A colorful flower bed can add pizzazz to your outdoor space. The right choices can make or break your garden, leaving you playing catch-up throughout the year. Paying attention to the small details will pay immediate dividends. A thoughtful mixture of colors, shapes, and heights will leave others green with envy. What are the steps to designing a colorful flower bed of your own? Here is a how-to guide that will help you make the decisions that are right for you and your space. Location The first thing to do when planning your proposed garden space is to determine the…

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As a parent, one of your most important tasks is making sure every one of your child’s birthdays is magical. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to turn your life upside down to bring together a birthday party for your kids. Some parents do just that, going to insane lengths to try to create an epic birthday party that tops what all the other parents did for their children’s parties. You need to find a balance. Make sure your child’s birthday party is special, but don’t go overboard. Use the following guide to plan a wonderful birthday party for…

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Moving can be a stressful and costly experience, and the bigger the move, the more you need to plan it out and prepare properly. While many moving expenses are unavoidable, you can cut your costs quite a bit with the right game plan. Follow these tips and you’ll keep expenses on your next move to a minimum. The number of items you move and the weight of those items affect are two of the most significant factors in determining your moving costs. It’s a good idea to get rid of whatever you can before your move so you aren’t paying…

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Tipping is one of those controversial subjects that people debate all day long. Some people believe that they should tip only when someone in a service position does an outstanding and over-the-top job, and other people believe that not tipping is morally wrong. Who’s correct? Who’s in error? Is it ever appropriate not to tip? Is It ever inappropriate to tip? How much should a person leave? This piece seeks to answer those questions or at least provide a lighthearted perspective to them. What Is Tipping? Tipping, which is also known as gratuity, is the act of leaving a service…

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Lyme disease is caused by bites from deer ticks infected with the Lyme bacteria. The disease is especially common in the Northeast and Upper Midwest regions of the United States, and it can cause muscle pain, joint stiffness, fatigue, and a variety of other symptoms. The disease can be treated with antibiotics, but the symptoms can be severe if left untreated for a long period of time. While DEET-containing bug sprays are effective for repelling ticks and other bugs, the chemical can cause a range of health issues when overused. If you want to avoid chemical repellents, you can use…

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Summer is officially here and with summer comes festivals, vacations, and everyone is enjoying activities outside. You want your yard to be one of the best looking yards in the neighborhood, so you should add a little add curb appeal. For those of you that don’t know, curb appeal is how attractive your yard and the surrounding area looks from the street. This article will talk about ten ways to add curb appeal to any size yard this summer. 1. Install Outdoor Lighting Your yard will get an instantly updated look, as well as curb appeal by installing outdoor lighting.…

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It’s that time of year again, when your green thumb gets the itch. You want to grow your own veggies, load a pretty wicker basket with freshly harvested garden goodies. But you’re not the most patient gardener, and you waited until summer’s half over. Good news, it’s not too late! The following plants will give you the makings for salads and side dishes in no time, and all of them can be grown in pots or in the ground. Radishes This crispy peppery vegetable wins the title of fastest growing. It goes from dirt to serving dish in under a…

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If your monthly food budget has you exasperated, you’re not alone. Most people wish they could spend less at the checkout counter. They also wish that they could eat a little healthier. Fortunately, these two goals don’t have to be mutually exclusive. If you’re trying to eat healthy and save money, these nine suggestions will help you accomplish those goals. 1. Make a List and Stick to It Adhering to this one practice and you’ll find that your impulse purchases go way down. (They’re major budget destroyers.) Aside from this, it’s difficult to plan meals ahead of time if you…

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Family reunions are a great way to catch up with everyone and spend some quality time together. Because so many families don’t live near one another, family reunions have become a necessity for in-person familial bonding that people wouldn’t get otherwise. Perhaps that’s why this event has been gaining in popularity in the past several decades. According to an Ipsos survey, around 63% of people have attended a reunion, and around 29% has attended a reunion in the last two years. While family reunions can be incredibly fun, it takes a lot of planning for this to happen. Thanks to…

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Every home deserves to be surrounded by a beautiful lawn, but quality landscaping can cost a fortune. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can save money on lawn care without too much extra effort. All you have to do is plan your lawn’s design carefully to make sure that you don’t waste any time or money. Choose Plants Carefully Plants are living things, and each one has adapted to a specific environment. This is even true of plants like grass, where the difference between each species is almost invisible to the naked eye. You can certainly plant species…

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