more about: summer

Clean Your Patio Furniture Fast

The sun is finally shining here on the East Coast, and Memorial Day will be here before we know it. That means it’s time to haul out your outdoor furniture, and get it looking spiffy before company comes calling. Just remember: You’re not aiming for perfectly clean. Pretty clean is just fine when you’re tidying up in the outdoors! Here […]

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The Easiest Way to Grill Corn on the Cob

It’s almost Labor Day weekend! Do you have any barbecues or picnics planned to celebrate the holiday? If you do, use this tip on the easiest way to grill fresh farm-stand corn. First, pull back the husks (leaving them attached) and remove all the silk from the ear of corn. Second, pull the husks closed again and soak the ears […]

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“Where Have All the Tape Measures Gone?”

To be sung to the tune of “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”  Deep, sincere apologies to Pete Seeger. Where have all the tape measures gone? I have no idea. Where have all the tape measures gone? It’s been weeks. Where have all the tape measures gone? I know they were in that drawer. When will my kids fess up? […]

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A Cool Trick to Beat the Heat

If you’re trying to limit your A/C usage and relying on a fan at night, or if you…don’t have A/C, use this trick to make sure you’re making your room as cold as possible. Point your fan so that the air is blowing out the window. This will help suck any hot air out of your home and pull cooler air […]

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A Fantastic Summer Side: Tomato, Feta, and Arugula Salad

I’ve been a little obsessed with Pinterest lately; it’s a great way to find inspiration for new recipes and creative twists on old favorites. I made this super-easy salad recently for a brunch, basing it loosely off a recipe I’d pinned a couple weeks earlier. The original recipe called for just tomatoes, gorgonzola, and red onion, but I mixed it […]

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How to Keep Fried Chicken Crispy

Do you ever make fried chicken at home? It’s one of the best comfort foods of summer, but can be time-consuming to make. If you decide to give it a go (like our recipe for Easy Fried Chicken), use this trick to keep your chicken crispy while you finish preparing dinner. Once your chicken pieces are done frying, set them […]

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Why Don’t Men Wear White Pants? (And Other Summer Head-Scratchers)

Why is the air conditioning turned up so high in so many stores and restaurants? Why do boys need bathing suits when they can just swim in shorts? Why do so many people have tattoos?  Didn’t their parents teach them about regret? Why are raspberries so expensive, even in the summer? Why is it unacceptable to wear a bike helmet once […]

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The Perfect 3-Ingredient Summer Salad

Now that peaches are in season, it’s the perfect time to make this incredibly easy and delicious summer salad. Best of all, this Peach, Mozzarella, and Basil Salad only has three ingredients—not counting olive oil, salt, and pepper. All you need are fresh peaches (make sure they’re as ripe as possible), some basil leaves, and fresh mozzarella. Use the absolute […]

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How to Get Shiny Hair

The summer months can be rough on your hair—chlorine, saltwater, and sun can dry it out and styling products can weigh it down. Give your tresses a boost with this easy-to-make rinse. Mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1 1/2 cups water, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil in a spray bottle. Spray the mix on […]

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How to Soothe a Sunburn With…Milk?

If you spent a bit too much time in the sun, and now have the pink cheeks and shoulders as a souvenir, use this trick to help soothe that sunburn. Mix whole milk and water in a bowl.  Soak a washcloth in the milk/water mixture and apply the cloth to your burn for 10 minutes at a time. The fat […]

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