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5 Basic Must-Have Camping Safety Items

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Whether planning an adventure in the African bush or just making a weekend outing with the family, some supplies are must-haves for a successful and safe camping trip. Everyone remembers to grab the tent and sleeping bags, but no camping trip is complete without some other basic tools. Here are a few of our favorites:

Top 5 Books We’re Reading This Summer

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Summers are always surprisingly busy and go peculiarly fast. One of the best ways to slow it down is to steal some time for yourself and do something you can’t do fast: Read. Here are some of the books we’re reading this summer: The Monocle Guide to Better Living  - (multiple authors) Skip the eReader

7 Easy Ways to Reduce Summer Energy Bills

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The U.S. Department of Energy reports that heating and cooling make up 43% of the total utility bill for the average homeowner. After the winter we had, you probably won’t hear anyone complaining about the heat – but you may hear friends and neighbors complaining about the air conditioning bill! Here are seven easy ways

The #1 Thing to Add to Your Emergency Supplies (Besides Food)

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The Red Cross and other disaster preparedness sites have excellent advice they can help you get prepared for an emergency. In the past the Red Cross and FEMA recommended the households have three days of clean drinking water per person set aside for emergencies. At a gallon per day per person, and a little more

10 Reasons to Start or Join a Community Garden

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A community garden is piece of land collectively tended by a group of people. Some gardens, called allotment gardens, give individuals their own small plots and each person plants what they want and keeps their harvest. In other types of community gardens, a large garden is tended by all members of the group and the

How To Survive an Emergency Shelter: 13 Essentials to Take With You

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Emergency personal do their best to keep people comfortable, but the best course of action is to be entirely self-sufficient. If you find you have to evacuate to a shelter, you’ll be a lot more comfortable if you have everything you need for a few days. And, if you have to evacuate you probably won’t

15 Container Plants to Start Now

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No garden? No problem. Container gardening is enjoying a resurgence as people all over the world get involved in vertical gardening, rooftop gardening, urban gardening and even xeriscaping (the concept of replacing a lawn with a garden). Growing edible plants in containers allows you to stretch your grocery dollars through the spring summer and early

Microhouses

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As the nation recovers from the housing market bust, homeowners seem to be asking themselves if they can be happier with less and in less space. The shift away from McMansions to more modest housing caught our attention because the possibilities to use micro housing for emergency preparedness or off-the-grid living are virtually endless. A

Not Just For Emergencies

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We talk a lot about having freeze-dried meals ready in case of emergency, but our gourmet just-add-water snacks and entrees have plenty more uses than tiding you over until things are back to normal. After all, most of us would say that our daily lives are far from normal! Here are some ideas for using

Making Your Own Natural Insect Repellant

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Last week we wrote about natural ways to repel insects in order to keep your food stores safe – and to keep disease-carrying critters off of you and your pets, but you can also make your own insect repellent products from natural ingredients, which saves you money, is less toxic, and in certain situations can

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