Astrology.com Weekly: April 16-22, 2012
This is a week of new beginnings and fresh starts. First, you'll have plenty of new ideas and exciting conversations as Mercury, the planet of communication, enters impulsive Aries on April 16 before conjuncting independent Uranus on April 22. Luckily, the Sun enters stable Taurus on April 19, a transit that will help keep your feet on the ground. Then, a new Moon in Taurus on April 21 helps bring your ideas back to earth as well so you can create a solid, workable plan.
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These stunning pieces will light up any outdoor kid-free gathering.Read More »from 4 Ways to Decorate with Fire
TABLE SERVICE | Stone Forest's Vesta FIRE TABLE with granite top and stainless steel base creates a sculptural fire element for your patio, (888) 682-2987, stoneforest.com.
FEEL THE FIRE | Let Brasa's portable centerpiece fire lamp shed some light on your next summer soiree. $185, brasafire.com.
FIRED UP | John T. Unger combined beauty and sustainability to create this fire bowl fit for the finest backyards. $1,875 (shipping included), through Susan Langone, Inc., Piermont, NY, 917-863-2084, johntunger.com.
A TOUCH OF CAMPFIRE | Check out this collection of candles from Himalayan Trading Post. Each eco-friendly soy wax candle comes in a beautifully painted terracotta jar. And of course, they smell great too, in scents like campfire, orange grove and mistletoe. $12-$20, available at Passports, Salisbury, (860) 435-8855, and himalayantradingpost.com.
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Bert Meadows/Fitness MagazineBy Christie Griffin
To get the best results from your workout -- and stay safe, too -- you can't keep ignoring the necessary upkeep and replacement of your most important items. "It's worth it, especially since most gear is fairly inexpensive and other gear may have useful upgrades," says Corey Twedt, NordicTrack Research and Development Manager. "You should always check your items for tears, cracks, or yellowing, and replace them so you can prevent injuries." Here's how to know when it's time to pony up the dough for a better performance.
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When to replace them: Varies
Must-know info: The lifespan of your apparel depends on each garment's type of material and the manufacturer's specific instructions (which can be found on the tag, the information/price tag, or inside a pocket). Fabric softener diminishes the breathability, water repellency, and wicking ability of performance fabrics -- so those items will lose their power within months if youRead More »from When to Replace Your Exercise Essentials
My husband and I get teased about being frugal (by certain family members), but we're saving ourselves a lot of money by being this way! We don't just walk into a store without a plan. Check out some of our methods of saving:Read More »from Ways to Save Money: Part I
1. Use coupons
Check store circulars, the newspapers and the internet for coupons. Sometimes you can even double up.
2. Apply for a store discount card
It only takes a minute to fill out the application and the savings can make a huge difference.
3. Look for good deals
Look for buy one get one free deals, but be careful because sometimes the stores advertise those deals but the fine print says you need to spend a minimum amount or you need to buy several to get the free product.
4. Buy generic/store brand items
Usually the more expensive products are on one side and the less expensive on the other. Look from left to right. Also look for store brand or generic products. They are exactly the same thing but without the brand name and much
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MouseWhen mice invade the home, the instinct to kill can overwhelm many a homeowner.
But beyond being cruel to critters just trying to live, a lot of the poisons commonly used for years are so toxic that the Environmental Protection Agency recently moved to ban the most toxic products, as well as most loose bait and pellet poisons, and even started legal action against some manufacturers.
Why? These pesticides resulted in thousands of calls to poison control centers annually, and because they weren't contained in tamper- and weather-resistant bait boxes, pets and wildlife were also killed.
What's more, research has shown that pesticides used in and around the home can linger for years.
In addition to banning the use of loose baits, the EPA is banning the use of poisons called "second generation anticoagulants" that kill by causing internal bleeding after a single dose. (These new rules apply to products marketed for home use, but licensed pest control professionals mayRead More »from How to Get Rid of Mice Naturally
"...rolled the stone away..."Read More »from The Easter Lobster
"Suddenly there was a violent earthquake; an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled the stone away, and sat on it."
This past Sunday many Christians celebrated the most important holiday of our year, Easter. Leading up to and during the day there were probably millions of Easter eggs hidden and found during various festivities surrounding the holiday. Eggs and chicks (along with rabbits) have long been symbols of the holiday, representing the new life for us in Jesus' resurrection. The biblical stories in the four gospels relate how the tomb that once held his body was broken open and God's love sprang forth in the resurrected Jesus. It's easy to see how a chick breaking forth from its shell could symbolize this new birth of life in all its possibilities. God's love is so powerful that not even a tomb could hold it.
This Easter during the time with the children that's part of our Sunday service of worship I proposed that we
by Healthy Child Healthy WorldRead More »from Pesticides and Pregnancy
There was a time when doctors told pregnant mothers it was okay to smoke and drink alcohol because their babies were protected. Obviously, now we know otherwise-but many women are still misinformed about the dangers of the common contaminants that their fetuses are exposed to. Last week, a new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives found that "an expectant mother's exposure to commonly used pesticides might pose risks to her developing fetus comparable to those long associated with tobacco smoking [such as lower birth weight and earlier labor]," according to the Huffington Post. The study subjects were not agricultural workers: "These are women exposed primarily through diet and perhaps pesticides used in and around the yard," said Dr. Bruce Lanphear, a study researcher. Should doctors recommend women avoid pesticides during pregnancy as they do cigarettes and alcohol? We think so.
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5 Affordable Ways to Upgrade Your Home GardenI took a landscape design class several years ago for fun, and one thing that they emphasized was that the outdoor space of your home is just as important as the indoor. Especially if you like to spend time outside or host any garden parties. I don't do that, but I might if I had a nice place to entertain! Here are 5 ways to upgrade your home garden, even if you're on a budget.Read More »from 5 Affordable Ways to Upgrade Your Home Garden
Pallet Table 1. Pallet Table
This gorgeous outdoor table was made by painting old pallets and adding casters.
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Mushroom Stools2. Mushroom Stools
The tops of these mushrooms are actually spray painted salad bowls with white duct tape spots.
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Related: 7 ways to revamp your backyard with a garden
Clay Markers3. Clay Markers
Use polymer clay and stamps to make modern garden markers that look way better than the plastic ones that come with your plants.
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Refurbished BIrdbath4. Refurbished Birdbath
This birdbath is a beauty made of leftovers. The base is a candlestick, and the top is made from a pot lid!
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Herbs on the windowsillRead More »from Simple Herbs to Keep on the Windowsill
Whether you're an urban gardener or an avid gourmet, growing herbs inside the home is a sure way to keep fresh ingredients at arm's length. With so many varieties available, it is best to set limits and choose only those you cook with most; this allows for enough time to keep them properly fed and watered, making for a healthy and successful indoor herb garden.
Remodelista contributing editor and garden sage Michelle has the following herbs growing in her kitchen. To read more about her picks and tips, visit Remodelista.
"Flat-Leaf Parsley is a trooper that doesn't ask for much," says Michelle.To help it grow optimally, she recommends keeping the soil moist and exposing it to six hours of sunlight daily; $3.95 for 600 organic seeds at Burpee.
Guacamole lovers take note: Cilantro can be a little tricky to grow. Michelle has found the most success by starting with a plant rather than seed, and moving it it to a cooler spot on hot days, as cilantro doesn't do well in the direct heat;
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