Not Using Your Inground Swimming Pool Anymore? A Pool Deckover Saves Money & Gives You Back Usable Space

If you're not using your swimming pool much these days, there's a better option than draining it, filling it in, and/or keeping it covered year round.  With a swimming pool Deckover, you can utilize all of that valuable space in your backyard that's currently being consumed by the pool any way you want to! A Deckover is the process of placing composite decking over an existing swimming pool, giving you usable living space while protecting your pool until the time comes that you either want … [Read more...]

The Many Downsides Of Planting Bradford Pear Trees + Pruning Tips

The Bradford Pear tree, a variation of the Callery Pear which is native to China, was developed in 1963 by government scientists in Prince George County Maryland. It quickly became widely adopted for its quick growth and pleasing colors that lasted well into fall. This ornamental fruit tree with its snowy white spring blossoms became very popular. Neighborhoods and individuals across America have planting Bradford Pear trees for years. They provide almost immediate gratification when it comes … [Read more...]

Butterfly Gardens: How To Build A Garden That Will Attract Butterflies

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What could be better than a backyard sanctuary complete with colorful butterflies fluttering through the flowers and foliage?  Attracting butterflies (and the caterpillars that become beautiful butterflies) is as simple as incorporating the plants and flowers that butterflies like to eat.  By stocking their pantry correctly, you're likely to have plenty of colorful winged creatures flying about in no time!  Here are the basics for creating butterfly gardens...   … [Read more...]

Yard Sale Shopping 101: Tips For Finding Garage & Yard Sale Bargains

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Yard sale season will soon be in full-swing.As people declutter their homes and do some spring cleaning, they will begin gathering their unwanted items to sell at garage sales and yard sales.Typically, yard sales take place from early spring until mid-fall. Unless you happen to live in an area of the country where it's warm year-round -- in which case, yard sales take place all year long. (Lucky you!)There are a lot of bargains to be had by shopping at yard sales.Here are our best garage & … [Read more...]

Are Red & Purple Salvia Plants The Ones Used When Smoking Salvia?

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Most of us recognize Salvia as a houseplant that is commonly found in garden centers and flower beds across America.Salvia is a member of the mint family.As it turns out, when it is smoked or ingested, one species of the lovely Salvia plant becomes a psychedelic drug.That species is Salvia Divinorum. There is a new drug on the scene, and unlike Meth, Crack Cocaine, or Marijuana, this one is legal. Its name is Salvia Divinorum or Salvia for short. Source  Salvia - As … [Read more...]

Do’s & Don’t When Making A Rain Barrel For Rainwater Collection

Rain barrels are all the rage these days! Did you know that 623 gallons of water can be harvested from 1 inch of rain on a 1,000-square-foot roof? In terms of rain barrels, a typical 1/2-inch rainfall will fill a 50- to 55-gallon barrel. Here are some fun and easy ways to make your own rain barrel: Build Your Own Rain Barrel   Super Cheap & Easy DIY Rain Barrel   How To Make A Rain Barrel   3 Cheap Rain Barrels That Actually Look Nice … [Read more...]

10 DIY Fire Fragrances To Make Your Chiminea Or Fireplace Smell Really Aromatic

Once the weather starts to cool down, it's nice to spend some relaxing time in front of the fireplace.If you have a deck or patio and the temperatures don't get below freezing, then it's fun to spend some time outdoors in front of a chiminea or fire pit as well.Do you know what would make those warm fires even more enjoyable? Having a really unique fire fragrance fill the air around you!There are all sorts of things you can burn in your chiminea or fireplace that will give off wonderful … [Read more...]

Time To Replace Your Mattress? 8 Tips To Help You Find The Right Mattress

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Did you know this?... If your mattress is 5-7 years old, it might be time for a new one!But before you spend a fortune on a new mattress, here's an interesting tip from ShopSmart Mag:If your mattress is 8 years old or older, it's probably time to get a new one, especially if you aren't sleeping as well as you used to. In a survey of 5,900 ConsumerReports.org subscribers who had bought a mattress within the last 5 years, nearly 75% said they slept better on the new mattress. Price didn't … [Read more...]

World’s Longest Yard Sale On Highway 127: A Review

Last year we attended the World's Longest Yard Sale for the first time. I carried a notebook with me in the car and took notes along the way, just so I could put together a review that might be helpful for those wanting to get a feel for what it's like to actually be on the World's Longest Yard Sale route. I looked all over the Internet last summer before we went, and couldn't find anything that I personally felt gave much info about what it was really like to attend the World's Longest Yard … [Read more...]

Biggest And Best Yard Sales In America

If you like yards sales, then it's likely that you are already aware of the World's Longest Yard Sale which takes place each August.This sale runs 654 miles from Gadsen Alabama through Covington Kentucky along Highway 127.However, the "world's largest" yard sale isn't the only really big, really cool yard sale in America!Here are some of the best and biggest yard sales across the country... … [Read more...]