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By Sarah Wexler, Allure magazine
It's easy to cover up a few extra pounds with a chunky sweater. But when the temperatures-and the hemlines and shirt sleeves-rise, there's just nowhere for the pudge to hide. Here, ten things that will help get you into summer shape without you ever having to break a sweat.
Gain curb appeal and outdoor living space with fresh ideas for your porch, patio, and garden.Read More »from 18 must-see front yard makeovers
Modern façade makeover (before)
A dated façade and a bleak concrete front yard-that's what the owners of this '50s rancher got when they bought their Southern California home. Instead of remodeling the home, though, the couple used a simpler, less costly strategy to solve both problems.
Modern façade makeover (after)
This may look like a whole new house, but the sleek façade is really a wall masking a brand new open-air living room.
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Desert front yard facelift (before)
A scruffy lawn and an oddly configured walkway do nothing for this Phoenix house-the yard is wasted space.
Desert front yard facelift (after)
The owners replaced the lawn with drought-tolerant grasses, then added young trees and a paved area beside the front door.
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Low-water curb appeal (before)
Summers are hot in Grants Pass, Oregon, and a front yard that is mostly
- Walmart.com | Spring Cleaning – Tue, May 10, 2011 5:53 PM EDT
You've picked your paint color, you have your brushes and you're anxious to start painting. But how much paint do you need for a room? Running out won't be fun, but overbuying is not the answer, either. Wall texture, your method of application (brush, roller, spray) and how porous the wall is will all affect how much paint you need for each room.
One gallon of paint
A gallon of paint will cover somewhere between 300 and 400 square feet. If you want to estimate on the safer side, go with 300 to 350 square feet per gallon of paint. A room with more than one door and multiple windows will need less paint and may end up in the 375 range. A small amount of extra paint can always be saved for those inevitable touch-ups.
Estimating your paint needs, room by room
An easy way to estimate your paint needs while accounting for architectural features like doors and windows is to use the Walmart paint calculator. With a measuring tape, and some some help from a family member toRead More »from How to estimate how much paint you need for a room
- HowAboutWe | Spring Cleaning – Tue, May 10, 2011 5:49 PM EDT
You know what differentiates spring cleaning from regular cleaning? It feels good. It's the time of year when we say "The status quo just isn't working," and we do something about it.
Let's apply the same mentality to our dating life. While we're cleaning out our closets and rearranging our bedrooms, let's dump those bad dating habits that are holding us back and replace them with good ones. Today, we'll share 6 bad habits to trash.
1. Being Too EagerMen and women both get very confused about this one. "Aren't I supposed to let them know I'm interested?" "Don't women want to be pursued?" "What if they're really the one and I let them go?"
Asking yourself if your eagerness is coming from genuine excitement or fear might be a good starting point. According to dating coach Donna Barnes of ABC's hit series What Would You Do?, it's an important distinction to make. "Fear is what ruins most potential relationships. Fear of abandonment, fear of commitment, fear of intimacy, Read More »from Spring Cleaning For Your Dating Life: 6 Bad Habits To Trash
- The Editors of EatingWell Magazine | Spring Cleaning – Mon, May 9, 2011 5:36 PM EDT
By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., Nutrition Editor, EatingWell Magazine
When it comes to produce, there's an oft-overlooked but funny-named spring favorite-usually matched with fruit in sweets even though it's actually a vegetable-that you shouldn't miss. What is it? Drumroll, please...
Rhubarb was love at first bite for me. The first time I baked a strawberry-and-rhubarb dessert it was for the plump, sweet strawberries. But when I took a bite I was unexpectedly smitten with the intensely tart and tender rhubarb-so much so that I forgot about the strawberries.
Recipes to Try:
Get the Strawberry-and-Rhubarb Dessert I Made Here, plus More Delicious, Healthy Spring Dessert Recipes
Oatmeal-Rhubarb Porridge, Roasted Rhubarb Porridge and More Amazing Rhubarb Recipes
Now, when rhubarb is in season (from April to September), I fanatically stockpile pounds of the crimson celery-like stalks in my freezer. I usually track it down at the farmers' market. But ifRead More »from The one spring vegetable youâ€™re not cooking, but should
By GalTime Landscape Architect Wells Rawls
Composting can take time to get going. A new compost pile or tumbler may take as much as six months to get active and start to produce good humus for gardening or applying to your lawn. With these 5 tips to speed up your compost pile, you can get a head start and begin harvesting the rich, dark soils from what begins as old leftover food and yard waste. Composting is the method of using natural decomposition to create soil additives rich with beneficial soil microorganisms that add fertility to soil, boost plant growth and enhance the taste of fruits and vegetables. Composting is free, takes a few minutes each day, and helps reduce costs by recycling leftover trash into valuable fertilizers for shrubs, trees, lawns, and gardens.
1. Keep the Compost Moist
All living creatures need water to survive. Microorganisms are no different. Moisture is critical to enabling a compost pile to carry out its processes. If you live in arid regions likeRead More »from Composting 101: Getting Started
Source: 4 Ways to Sneak Fitness Into Spring Days
Spring seems to be in full force, so what's the best thing to do? Get outside! And while I love a good outdoor workout, I also love ways that incorporate being active with doing something fun. Here are my favorite ways to sneak fitness while enjoying the nice weather.
- Hiking. One of my favorite things to do is have a picnic outside when the weather starts getting better. But what better way to enjoy the outdoors with a leisurely lunch than a hike before that gets you huffing and puffing? You'll burn 355 calories an hour, while being able to enjoy the outdoors and the views post "workout."
- Biking. Even if you're not a regular cyclist, playing tourist and exploring your own city by bike can be a great way of seeing the sights in a new light. Plan a route hitting all your town's big sightseeing locales, making sure you spend a good amount of time of the bike, since you'll burn 355 calories for each hour of leisurely
Spring is a time when we can finally open our windows and doors to warmer temperatures and chase all of the germs that festered in our homes all winter outdoors. And spring cleaning is a great way to spruce up your home and get it sparkling after being cooped up indoors for months. But instead of dreading the chore of cleaning your home from top to bottom, make it easy with these spring cleaning products. Each of these cleaning products saves you time by cutting down on the effort you need to rid your home of unwanted dirt and germs. And because all of these products can be found at Walmart stores and on Walmart.com, you'll also save money. Stop dreading spring cleaning and get it done in no time so you can enjoy the nicer weather and more time with your family.
Multi-surface cleanersRead More »from Spring cleaning products checklist
Mrs. Meyers All Purpose Cleaner
While this cleaner may seem expensive, even at the low Walmart price, it's actually a great value. Just ¼ cup of this all-purpose cleaner can be mixed with a
Attempting to keep a house with 3 children, 2 adults, 3 cats, and 2 dogs organized is a daunting task. No matter how hard I try to keep things in their place I'm never able to catch up or get ahead. Sure, my husband helps when he can, but working over 50 hours a week limits most of what he can do until after the sun goes down. And, I'd take an overgrown lawn over the kids being woken up any day!
Now that the children are getting a bit older we have been working to implement chores and tasks that they can be responsible for handling on a daily basis. We don't reward with allowance or special prizes. We work to show them that the house runs smoother and the mommy is more patient when everyone chips in! Check out the chores we give our 7, 5, and 3 year old.
- Cleaning bedrooms - every Friday when they arrive home from school the children take time to clean up their toys, clothes, and messiness. They do their best to make their beds, empty their trash, and organize any special toys in a way
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