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Creating a Butterfly Garden

Captivating and magical, backyard butterflies add dynamic beauty to your backyard. These delicate, winged creatures are easy to attract, if you know what they like.
Be a Good Host
If you build it, they will come. To entice butterflies and keep them, you want to plant host plants (for butterfly larva) and nectar plants.

Backyard butterflies feed on host plants and lay their eggs, which then become caterpillars that feed on the plants until they develop chrysalises and eventually butterflies…. See More

Homemade Pretzels and Fresh Pasta

Simple foods and their simple pleasures are making a comeback. People are reclaiming their kitchens— not as museums for their fancy pans that never get much use but as functioning shrines where the family gathers and makes and enjoys simple things. And what better incentives to gather the family and spend some quality time than tasty treats like homemade pretzels and fresh pastas? It’s easy and fun, even if you’re not the world’s greatest baker or cook. The time and effort it takes is rewarded,… See More

Five reasons to ride your bike to work

With fuel costs rising, more and more people are discovering the joys of cycling to work. Grab a helmet and maybe a tire inflator and spare tube, and you’re ready to go.Here are the top reasons you should get on two wheels.
It makes you healthier
By cycling to work you’re adding exercise into your routine. How many times have you thought about going to the gym after work, only to have the 5 o’clock torpor set in? On a bike you’re burning calories, reducing your risk of cancer, heart disease,… See More

Farmers Market Tips

Spring is the time of year when nature’s bounty begins to shine again.  It’s not that I don’t appreciate winter fruits and vegetables. It’s just that spring holds so much promise! With warm days, cold days, rainy days and mud season – spring offers the variety that winter often lacks, in more ways than one.  With a few simple guidelines in mind, it’s fun and easy to cook with this season’s harvest.

A variety of greens come to market in spring including arugula, spinach, sorrel… See More

How to Store Table Linens

When you’re having a dinner party or when you want to set your table for a holiday feast, table linens are a must. But if you use them infrequently, you may find your tablecloths, cloth napkins and placemats look a little lifeless when you pull them out of a crumpled pile in the linen closet. If you want to keep your table linens looking their best, storing them properly is important.

Use hangers

It’s pretty difficult to keep a large tablecloth free of wrinkles, if it’s folded up and… See More

Benefits of Using an Air Purifier in the Home

Most people think of air purifiers only as a device for allergy sufferers, something to remove contaminants from the air and stop the sneezing and watery eyes. While that is very true, air purifiers are also a discreet way to improve the quality of the air you breathe, which can have major health impacts for everyone.

Home air purifiers are a small step, but it’s a step in the right direction. Already popular with allergy and asthma sufferers, air filters are a great way to eliminate – or… See More

Simple Bike Tune Up for Spring

It’s time to pull the bike out of hibernation, but before you can enjoy a nice smooth ride there are a few minor things you may need to do to. Don’t worry you don’t need any special tools or expertise, and it only takes a few minutes before you’re road-ready.
Clean the Chain
There are chain cleaners that make this task a lot easier and less messy. They’ll get into the crevices your fingers won’t be able to. And there are cleaner & lubricants that allow you to do both with one squeeze… See More

Find the Best Sunglasses for your Face Shape

Now that we’ve sprung forward and are getting our wardrobes ready for the spring and summer, it’s officially time to start shopping for a new pair of shades. With dozens of shapes and hundreds of styles to choose from, buying new sunnies can be overwhelming. Too often women just choose a random trendy pair of sunglasses that are either too large, too small or simply just the wrong shape.

It’s all about YOU when it comes to your sunglasses. Yes, personal style comes into play here but more… See More

What’s the Best Bathing Suit for Your Body Type?

It’s swimwear season, ladies. Pack your thick wooly sweaters in the back of your closet and bust out the bathing suits. In a society of stick-thin models and unrealistic expectations, it’s normal for any women (even the stick-thin models) to feel uncomfortable in a bathing suit. That’s why it’s important to dress in suits that flatter your figure and are comfortable for you to wear.

Knowing how to dress your body type and what looks good on you can boost your confidence level and leave you… See More

Spring Sports and Kids: Get Active

Most children spend an average of five to seven hours daily in front of a screen, whether it’s a television, computer or other electronic device, reports the National Institutes of Health. When the warmer weather arrives, it’s time to turn off the power button and get the kids involved in outdoor sports and activities. Keep active with spring sports for kids such as baseball, softball and soccer.

Get your kids off the couch and outside with recreational sports through your local park district… See More

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