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How To Start a Fire the Old-Fashioned Way

December 30th, 2012

Today, starting a fire is an easy venture due to the lighters and matches that give us instant heat, as well as the accelerators such as gasoline and lighter fluid that allow our flames to flourish without effort. Starting a fire by only using natural means - as seen on the hit television show Survivor - can be a fickle work of labor that in the end provides a great sense of...

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Saving Time and Money on a Summer Road Trip

December 30th, 2012

While flying off to an exotic tropical destination is a popular trip idea, travel and hotel arrangements can cost a fortune, which can be a major roadblock in this difficult economy. If you're interested in a more affordable getaway, consider packing up your family in the car and hitting the pavement for a cross-country road trip. However, even this vacation plan can become a...

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A Brief History of Blueberries

December 28th, 2012

In July 2003, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) dubbed July National Blueberry Month. The department's official proclamation cites numerous reasons for dedicating a whole month to one specific food, including the fact that the blueberry plays a vital role in America's fruit industry. The USDA claims that nearly 46,000 acres of U.S. soil is strictly set aside to the...

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Crafty Fourth of July Projects for Kids

December 28th, 2012

While the food preparations for your backyard Fourth of July barbecue might be reserved for grownups, kids can get also channel a festive feeling by creating red, white and blue decorations. These homemade crafts will likely add liveliness and a sense of patriotism to your shindig. Red, white and blue hand wreaths This craft idea from DLTK-Kids.com is a fun and collaborative...

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Tools for Your 4th of July Barbecue

January 2nd, 2013

As the Fourth of July approaches, you might be thinking about marking America's birthday with an epic outdoor bash with all of your family and friends. While you may have extravagant ideas for a backyard barbecue, you might also want to keep some of the essential supplies on hand in order to allow preparing the food and beverages to be quick and enjoyable. This will also help...

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Firework Safety

December 28th, 2012

The Fourth of July has come to be synonymous with fireworks. Once the sun goes down, there's no better way to wish our country a happy birthday then with candles of epic proportions. Lighting up the night with an array of colorful explosions is a jovial occasion, but as with all fire-related and explosive materials, fireworks should be treated with caution. Here are a few...

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The Benefits of Landing an Internship

December 31st, 2012

A summer internship can be extremely beneficial. While kicking back and enjoying the sun instead of working might sound tempting, you'll likely find that internships inevitably afford you more opportunities - whether they involve increased pay for maximizing that summer fun or contribute to landing that dream job right after college. Post-college career success It turns out...

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Pool Maintenance for the Summer Season

December 30th, 2012

As the the summer months come upon us, it might be an ideal time to de-winterize our respective swimming holes so we can enjoy the cool water on those hot days. While you may be tempted to just jump right in each day, you may want to keep in mind that a pool requires a great deal of maintenance throughout the season. There are also many safety factors to consider. Spot check...

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How To Find and Prepare for a Summer Concert

December 29th, 2012

The summer season is great for a number of things, not the least of which is a slew of outdoor concerts, many of them free! If your kids are out of school and you're looking for a way to keep them occupied, this could be the perfect way to do so. If you're not sure how to go about finding these concerts, you'll be happy to know that doing so is actually pretty simple. You just...

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Building a Porch - Tips and Things to Remember

December 28th, 2012

As the summer sun shines its rays and we're greeted with warmth and light, you might want to think about building a porch. A porch can help you optimize your time outside by giving you a great place to lay down your beach towel and soak up some Vitamin D. It can also allow you to designate a spot to engage in fun social activities like barbeques, where you and your guests can...

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