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Eight ways to get the most out of your trip to the farmers market
(BPT) - When spring arrives, leaves, flowers and robins aren't the only signs of warm weather to reappear. Spring also heralds the return of farmers markets. A trip to the market is a great opportunity to indulge in fresh healthy produce and to expand your horizons by trying new items or preparing them in different ways....
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Increase your home's curb appeal and value with simple outdoor improvements
(BPT) - First impressions happen at the curb. A good first impression raises the value of your home and pride in home ownership. If you are considering listing your home, it's important that its curb appeal entices potential buyers to come inside and see more. A few improvements to the home's exterior will go a long way ...
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Five ways to celebrate the return of the sun
(BPT) - With warm weather in sight, it's time to celebrate the return of sun, travel and outdoor parties. Whether taking a break from the workday to enjoy the park or hosting an event for friends, there are many ways to bask in the warmth. Lunch in the park The cold of winter has kept you and your coworkers eating lunch ...
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Composite or wood? Myth-busting facts to know before you decide on a deck
(BPT) - As temperatures warm across the country, many homeowners will begin thinking about home improvement. Adding a deck or replacing an old one is a popular project in spring and summer - one that provides outdoor entertaining space and enhances home value. If you're considering a deck project this season, will you ch...
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To-do list 2.0: How high-tech is making household chores easier than ever
(BPT) - Each week, the average person spends between 10 and 20 hours doing yard work and other tasks around the home, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While necessary, these routine tasks don't exactly fit neatly into today's busy, on-the-go lifestyles, which is why technology is stepping in. Here are three h...
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Mowers, chain saws and high-ethanol gas: safety tips for consumers
(BPT) - With warm weather on the way, many Americans will be heading outdoors. Whether you're beautifying your landscape with a lawn mower and hedge trimmer or using a chain saw to clear space for that deck you've always dreamed of, it's important to take proper care when using outdoor power equipment. Safety measures he...
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Bringing life back into your yard and garden
(BPT) - Spring season is a time of regeneration and renewal as you prepare to bring life back to your lawn and garden. Taking the proper steps after seasonal changes or severe weather conditions can prove to be the difference between creating a breathtaking landscape or an outdoor space with unsightly mishaps. By followi...
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Science and technology giving outdoor power tools a Millennial twist
(BPT) - The modern world runs on batteries. Portable smartphones, tablets, computers, e-readers and more have revolutionized how everyone communicates. The same is becoming true for household chores. Today's line-up of innovative devices make maintaining a home's outdoor spaces easy, fast and fun while adding a dash of M...
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Easy tips and menu for outdoor entertaining
(BPT) - Whether you're celebrating a birthday, bridal shower, graduation or simply inviting friends over to revel in the good weather, the change in seasons offers a great excuse to enjoy a meal outdoors and spend time with family and friends. Here are a few tips to help you simplify, so you can make the most of your goo...
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10 reasons to love your lawn
(BPT) - As summer approaches and your thoughts turn to home improvement and the outdoors, you're probably considering a variety of ways to make your home more comfortable, more attractive and more environmentally sustainable - while hopefully increasing its value as well. One feature that can achieve all these goals is a...
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Time to try to DIY: Easy outdoor living projects that can be done in a few weekends
(BPT) - Spring is the perfect time to put your home's best face forward. The good news is you can refresh your outdoor living space with easy-to-tackle projects that can be done in a few weekends. Whether you're building a brand new deck from the bottom-up or updating your existing outdoor living space, the experts at Tr...
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Turn your 'victory garden' into a 'vitamin garden' with no-fail, high-nutrition veggies and herbs
By Evelyn Pimplaskar (BPT) - It's a well-known fact that few Americans actually get the recommended daily dose of vitamins. Many turn to over-the-counter supplements to fill in nutritional gaps. But wouldn't it be better - not to mention tastier - to get needed nutrients from what you eat? This season, why not turn your ...
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FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2014 photo, Talia Eisenberg, co-founder of the Henley Vaporium, uses her vaping device in New York. Soon, the Food and Drug Administration will propose rules for e-cigarettes. The rules will have big implications for a fast-growing industry and its legions of customers. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)The government wants to ban sales to minors and require health warning labels.


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President Barack Obama speaks as he participates in a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Akasaka Palace state guest house in Tokyo Thursday, April 24, 2014. Obama says the time is now to resolve issues preventing the conclusion of a major, 12-nation trade agreement. Opening a four-country swing through the Asia-Pacific region, Obama is aiming to promote the U.S. as a committed economic, military and political partner, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine threatens to cast a shadow over the president's sales mission. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)TOKYO (AP) — Warning Russia that new economic sanctions are "teed up," President Barack Obama accused Moscow of failing to live up to an agreement last week to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine.


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This photo combo of images provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett, left, and Charles Warner. Lockett and Warner, two death-row inmates who want to know the source of drugs that will be used to execute them, have placed Oklahoma’s two highest courts at odds and prompted aggravated members of the Legislature to call for the impeachment of Oklahoma Supreme Court justices. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections)Court says inmates are not entitled to know source of drugs that will be used to kill them.


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