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Top Road Trips for Families in the US

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When you think of road trips in the USA, the chances are that your first thought is Route 66. That’s no real surprise, as the route is one of the most famous driving dreams the world over. However, America offers a lot more than just one road trip option. The fact is that there are numerous spectacular drives on offer here, and some of them make the ideal getaway for those families hoping to experience something a little more exciting and liberating than theme parks and crowds of tourists. If … [Read more...]

5 Preventative Measures That Protect You from Unexpected Home Repairs

The worries don't immediately end for a home buyer once you're moved in. Unexpected home repairs can be a hassle to fix and a real pinch on the purse strings. While you may rely on your insurance to cover you, issues that can be addressed through early detection could fall under the cracks of your homeowners' insurance coverage. But it doesn't have to be that hard. Home repairs around these main areas of the house can be easily prevented with a little maintenance. Foundation All good … [Read more...]

3 Seasonings for Homemade French Fries

3 Seasonings for Homemade French Fries

French fried potatoes are among the most common side dish eaten in the United States. Besides being served with hamburgers, they are often served with other meat dishes. If you’ve never considered making homemade French fries, you may want to reconsider. Making homemade French fries is much easier than you think.   Is there a best variety of potato to use to make homemade fries? The answer you receive will depend upon who you ask. Some people prefer to use Russet potatoes while … [Read more...]

10 Money Saving Uses for Your Toaster Oven

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Preparing food in your toaster oven not only saves you time it also saves on your energy bills.  The average oven takes approximately 20 minutes to preheat to 400 degrees.  The average toaster oven takes less than half that amount of time.  Because the capacity space is smaller in a toaster oven, your food will be sizzling hot and ready to serve in approximately ¾ of the amount of time it would take in a regular oven.  Over time, this saved time amounts to a good bit … [Read more...]

Flooring Options That Matches Your Household

picking the correct flooring for your space

Like houses, flooring options come in many styles. You have your choice of everything from classics, like hardwood and carpeting to newer types of flooring, such as bamboo and eco-friendly tiles. Just browsing the many flooring options from Allen TX can be time-consuming, especially if you aren’t sure where to begin. Thankfully, the professionals at Wraps Studio have put together this guide to the various types of flooring. With it, you’ll know some important basics of each. Hardwood … [Read more...]

3 Ways Automation Can Simplify Your Everyday Life

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Wouldn't it be so nice to come home from a long day at work to a house that already knows what temperature your house should be, what rooms to light, and whether to play music or a podcast? Luckily, these features are readily available with smart devices and their accompanying services. You can make anything happen without leaving the comfort of your couch. Finances, scheduling, shopping, and many more tasks can be automated. There are a myriad of devices and appliances available with the … [Read more...]

Family Vacation Ideas

Family Vacation Ideas

It’s not always easy to decide where to go and what sort of vacation to have with your children. They will get bored looking round museums and art galleries, and if they’re on the beach they’ll want to play, not leave you in peace to soak up the sun! On the other hand, many parents would be terminally bored spending all their time at a soft play center or amusement park. How do you make sure the adults and the kids all have fun on your family vacation? Have a conversation Start … [Read more...]

Storing the Harvest: Ways You Can Preserve Your Fruits and Veggies

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It’s that time of year again. You have a bumper crop of certain fruits and vegetables in your garden, someone has shared their bumper crop or you’ve made a trip to the local farmer’s market or fruit stand. The question becomes what do you do with all of it? Here are some ideas for storing the harvest. Consider these ways you can preserve your fruits and veggies for use later in the year. Storing the Harvest: Ways You Can Preserve Your Fruits and Veggies Dehydrating This is … [Read more...]

Oven-Roasted Parmesan Green Beans

Parmesan Green Beans on a white rectangular plate

This elegant side dish elevates basic green beans to a whole new level. These oven-roasted Parmesan green beans are great for entertaining because it looks and tastes like you spent a lot more time on it than you actually did. Roasting the green beans assures they will be crisp tender and full of robust flavor. As an added bonus, the high-quality extra virgin olive oil and freshly grated Parmesan cheese greatly enhances the natural appeal of this classic side.  Oven-Roasted Parmesan … [Read more...]

Ways to Dry or Dehydrate Fruits and Veggies

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People who grow gardens each year hope that the garden will supply enough fruits and vegetables to be able to save some for the winter months. Some people choose to can their surplus while others freeze. Have you considered ways to dry/dehydrate fruits and vegetables as an alternative to canning or freezing? Ways to Dry or Dehydrate Fruits and Veggies You can dry food in a number of ways: * Sun Drying * Solar Drying * Oven Drying * Dehydrator Drying To effectively dry food it is … [Read more...]

Tips to Encourage Heart Healthy Habits In Your Child

With so many kids spending their free time indoors these days, a simple home garden can do wonders to get the family outside. A family garden teaches responsibility, curiosity, and generosity.

Heart health, is it related only to adults or elderly? Certainly no! The modern-day lifestyle today increases the threat of heart risks even in young children and early teenagers. Health disorders such as obesity and heart risks are increasingly found in the present age children because of the unhealthy and extra-sophisticated lifestyle that they are exposed to. The excessive love towards their children, sometimes, makes parents to give them high comforts which cause serious health … [Read more...]

How to Stay Comfortable All Summer With Allergies

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Summer is almost here, and with it, the seasonal allergy triggers that plague 50 million Americans every year. Sometimes, seasonal allergies seem unavoidable, but this summer, it is possible to get ahead of the game and keep your symptoms to a minimum.  Keep an Eye on Pollen Levels Technology is a wonderful thing. While once upon a time not so long ago, people had to take their chances with pollen, we can now check the pollen levels on our devices from the safety of air-conditioned … [Read more...]

How to Choose Which Fruits and Veggies to Store

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An overabundance of fruits and vegetables from your garden means you may have a problem. What do you do with all the extras? Some of it you will want to eat right away, some you may want to share with others but some you will probably want to store. Do you know how to choose which fruits and veggies to store and which are best used in another way? How to Choose Which Fruits and Veggies to Store No matter if you’re talking about fruits or vegetables, you want to purchase produce at the … [Read more...]

Freezer Friendly Fruits and Veggies

Various fruits and Vegetables that are freezer friendly

Preparing foods ahead of time makes it possible for you to save money on your grocery bill. You can find fruits and vegetables on sale during the summer and into fall months when they’re in season and cheaper. It helps to know which are freezer friendly fruits and vegetables so you can plan ahead to fill your freezer. Freezer Friendly Fruits and Veggies Not all fruits and vegetables will freeze well fresh from the garden. Fruits can often be frozen without much preparation but the same … [Read more...]

4 Smart Ways to Automate Your Home

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Home automation, also known as smart home technology, is the process of controlling various home functions through either automated or remote technologies. Automating your home can be done manually or automatically through a remote control or smartphone apps. Lights and temperature are examples of home functions that can be controlled and optimized. Most smart home technologies also include built-in proximity sensors to detect issues like water leaks, smoke hazards, and doors and windows that … [Read more...]