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How to Safely Celebrate 4th of July with Fireworks
The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with the all-American tradition of a fireworks display? Many communities offer professional public shows that families can enjoy from blankets on the ground in a park, or presented in a stadium, or over the water. Another option that thousands of American homeowners choose each year is to...
As temperatures rise in the summer, many homeowners are desperate to cool their houses without sending the energy bill through the roof. Follow these simple guidelines to help your central air conditioning system to run as efficiently as possible, keeping your house comfy and cool while using less energy. Clean or Replace Air Filters As air gets pushed through your HVAC...
Clear summer nights offer a perfect opportunity for seasoned stargazers and amateurs alike to come together and look toward the sky. In fact, July 20th is National Moon Day, a holiday commemorating the day that man first walked on the moon in 1969. What better time to gather friends and family for some amateur astronomy in the backyard? It’s a great opportunity for kids...
During the hot summer months, nothing is more refreshing than sitting on the front porch or back yard with a nice cold glass of iced tea. But commercial iced tea can be expensive, too sweet, or too bitter for your taste, or may contain artificial sweeteners and preservatives that you’d rather avoid. So why not trying brewing up your own fresh batch this summer? With...
Although spring is typically thought of as being peak allergy season, summer presents allergy challenges as well. Summer is the time when grasses and weeds pollinate. Dust mites peak during summer heat and who can resist playing with their pets in the great outdoors on a nice day? Here are 7 home remedies for summer allergies: Dust and Vacuum More Often - Dust and vacuum...
Setting SMART Goals for the Rest of the Year  As the seasons change, we reflect on how we’d like to improve our lives moving forward. This can be a great opportunity to set new goals. However, many of us unintentionally set ourselves up for failure in the way we set our goals for the future. When setting a goal, give yourself the best shot at success by making sure your...
Planning and Hosting the Perfect Summer BBQ One of the best parts of summer is the barbecues that give us a chance to gather with family and friends for a good time in our own back yards. Hosting these events is easy, and one of the favorite American pastimes. Follow these tips to make your summer BBQ event the best it can be. Keep the setup simple. A great thing about a...
10 Tips & Tricks for Cleaning Your Home This Summer Season As the weather heats up and the school year draws to a close, the summer season brings challenges in maintaining a clean and healthy home. Use these simple tips to keep your home looking and smelling great all summer long. Clean out the gutters - Get ready for any summer storms by cleaning out your gutters and...
Getting Fun Foods Out of Furniture Upholstery
Summer time brings with it many fun foods, from pizza and soda to ice cream and popsicles. While fun to enjoy on a hot summer day, many of these foods can spell trouble for furniture upholstery. When sticky fingers and dripping snacks find their way onto the couch cushions, don’t despair – these simple techniques can be surprisingly effective. And don’t act too quickly...
How to Host a Great Cinco de Mayo Party
Cinco de Mayo is the perfect opportunity to host a party to kick off the summer ahead. Though its historical significance is often misunderstood (more on that later), May 5th has become a holiday on which people across the United States come together to celebrate Mexican culture and traditions.  Decorations: The Brighter, the Better! Mexico is known for its brightly...