• Test with Multiple Pictures After R22

    Everyone has seen the old style of A frame ladders, and many people own one or more. They can be flimsy and very hard to use for some of those odd jobs and special situations. Now you can buy new types of ladder that have different configurations for those special situations and jobs.
    D.I.Y. Chair and Step Ladder employed as in the step ladder position.

    If you've seen the infomercial for the Little Giant Ladder, you know what I'm talking about when I say versatile ladder. They claim, and I'm not denying it may be true, that the Little Giant is twenty four ladders in one. All that means is that with the different heights the ladder adjusts to combined with the five ways you can set the ladder up , there are twenty four possible configurations.


    Changing category to Work + money

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  • Want to get through airport security faster? Get in and out of baggage claim in a jiff? Spend less, a lot less, on food? Next time you go to board a flight, keep these four tips in mind.

    Wear Slip-on Shoes
    Dressing for air travel used to mean donning a semi-formal outfit suitable for the occasion. Today, with the objective to get through airport security without delay, the dress code favors the practical. In addition to having to remove belts and jackets, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening policies require all able passengers to remove their shoes for scanning through security. The latter is what seems to take the longest, particularly for children. To keep it simple and quick, sandals are the obvious choice in summer but not everyone likes to travel in half-bare feet, either because they get cold or trampled. Moc, Crocs, Clogs and slides make great alternatives, as well as Toms. Pack a pair of socks or compact slippers for warmth on the plane.

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  • Dear BA Foodist,

    What food items can I bring home from a foreign country? Seasoned travelers have advised me never to declare even legal foods, but I want to stop being nervous at customs. What are your thoughts?

    Michelle Whitman, Redmond, Washington

    Dear Michelle,

    We all have a friend who has a friend who knows a guy who got busted with unpasteurized French cheese, had to pay a steep fine, and, worst of all, got his delicious illegal goodies confiscated. Confusion abounds. To get some answers, I e-mailed U.S.. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). They quickly e-mailed back that failing to declare agricultural items (including food) will cost first-time offenders $300. The CBP says the key to avoiding the penalty is to declare all agricultural items, because prohibited foods can "generally be abandoned at the port of entry without consequence." So, what foods are illegal or restricted? That's where, in my opinion, it gets a little unclear.

    First of all, don't mess with plants,

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  • In high school, for at least a couple of grades, I figured my fortune would be built by solving the problem posed by drive-thrus, french fries, and ketchup: In a car there is no good way to put ketchup on your fries and a dry fry disappoints.

    If you're the passenger, the contents of the wrinkly ketchup pouch can be squirted onto a flat-like surface, oftentimes a napkin balanced on a knee. With this method, there is risk of wet ketchup working through the paper onto your pants and napkin consumption is near certain. The second method is the Russian Roulette of ketchup application. The packet is used much like a tube of toothpaste to squirt a thin line of ketchup on each fry individually. Precision is paramount and roads are rarely smooth.

    Unsatisfied, I devised a ketchup holder to nest in the hole of the car-door armrest, secured by a sticky latch. I got as far as a sketch (reproduction on right), but did not know whether my invention would be a disposable container that the ketchup

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  • 5 Essential Road Trip Recipes

    Save your waistline (and your wallet) by packing these easy, approved-for-the-car dishes.

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    With spring in the air, the weather is just starting to inspire some sunnier weather getaways. And with sunshine comes the vagabond days of summer...

    But just because there's an open stretch of highway ahead and your travel itinerary is more about drifting with the wind, it doesn't mean healthy eating should also go to the wayside.

    Instead of shelling out dough for overpriced roadside junk, we've compiled our favorite pre-made meal recipes and snacks to fuel your four-wheeled travels.

    1. Pumpkin Loaf (above)


    • 1 (15 ounce) can of pumpkin puree
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 cup vegetable oil
    • 2/3 cup of water
    • 3 cups white sugar
    • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 tsp. baking soda
    • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
    • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
    • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
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  • https://media.zenfs.com/en-US/blogs/partner/airplane.jpgWell, maybe germ-free isn't quite right--our bodies are covered in so-called "germs" and that's not really a bad thing. But, a lot of people complain that they feel drained and depleted after a long flight, and there's the business of all that recirculated dry air, leaving you susceptible to picking up a cold or flu bug. Want to protect yourself? Here's a really effective, easy and smart thing you can do ...

    Of course, given two important germ-fighting strategies, 1.) not touching your face and 2.) washing your hands frequently, there is also another lesser-known ways to reduce your chances of picking up a cold or flu bug on a long flight.

    Related: 8 Reasons to Kick Your Soda Habit for Good

    I saw a segment on Good Morning America where an expert shared that the reason so many people end up getting sick after traveling via airplane is the dry air. Our noses and sinuses can get really dried out during flights. Mucus in the nasal lining is actually good. It protects your nose

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  • You plan, you pack, you activate your out-of-office message-you don't want your vacation ruined with back pain, jet lag, or worse. The reality is that as much as you need to get away to relieve stress, travel can take a toll on your body. "Changing your routine ramps up levels of stress hormones, which can wreak havoc on your immune system and disrupt your sleep," says Steven Lamm, MD, a clinical assistant professor at New York University. So if you want to feel happy, healthy, and alert, follow this advice to:

    Prevent Back Pain

    Ship your luggage to your destination in advance. Save time--and your spine--by going to luggagefree.com and scheduling a pickup. Your bags can be delivered within 24 hours in the United States.

    En route: Get out of your seat every hour to stretch your legs and walk around the cabin, suggests Arya Nick Shamie, MD, assistant professor of spine surgery at UCLA (if you're driving make frequent rest stops). And angle vents away from you: Cool

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  • Fortunately for me, the Big Man loves to go to the grocery store, wherever he is. Here on vacation, where the grocery store is the only store in town and just a two-minute bike trip, he once made five separate shopping trips in a single day.

    I, however, am not a fan of grocery shopping. I decided to come up with a short list of the foods that we HAD to keep in the house. I realized that we could live for a week (well, I could live for a week, others might start to complain pretty quick) with just eight items.

    1. broccoli
    2. apples
    3. whole wheat pita bread
    4. non-fat plain yogurt
    5. crunchy peanut butter
    6. raspberry jam
    7. skim milk
    8. Cheerios or Total cereal

    Plus coffee and Diet Coke.

    Am I advocating this list for others - or even my own family? Nope. I'm ADMITTING to it. I recognize the limits of the nutrition here. Obviously, we eat lots of other things. But these are the bedrock foods.

    I'm not sure whether this is a "tip"

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  • Spirit Airlines, a small Florida based airline, has caused an uproar with a plan to charge those who carry on luggage.[Fox News] I gasped the first time I witnessed the news. It was a happy gasp. Finally, an airline with a brain.

    When major airlines began charging for checked baggage, I was outraged. How could they? Our drinks and peanuts where stripped from our trips and then charges for luggage? What was the airline industry thinking? How expensive could a can off of soda and a bag of peanuts really be? Why not just put the expense into the ticket and forget the thought ever crossed anybody's mind?

    After years of traveling, people with carry on luggage bug me to no end. For one thing, even with posted signs about the size the airline accepts for these bags, no one seems to abide by them. It's like explaining to a child they can only buy the toy under $10 and having to repeatedly say to them as they choose, it's over the limit. Someone is always going to try and manipulate the

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  • Now that it's warming up outside, we're shedding our layers and exposing more skin. Seriously-how great does the sun feel on your body? But, as many of the skin-protection campaigns are saying, we need, need, NEED to practice safe sun. This week, we got to watch an incredibly informative presentation put on by the AVP of SkinCeuticals Raquel Klugman. Check out the top 10 incredible sun-care facts that we learned. Let's just say, our skin has been changed forever. Plus, see your skin cancer risk.

    1. Forty percent of Americans do not wear sunscreen.
    2. One in five Americans will get some form of skin cancer-men especially, since they don't use makeup and moisturizers with SPF like women do.
    3. A sunblock is opaque and contains physical filters that create a shield-like barrier. A sunscreen is transparent on your skin. Although both protect against UVA and UVB rays, sunblock is said to be safer since you don't have to apply it as often. Great for those who don't reapply after washing
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