Your Checklist For Stocking Up on Essentials for Holiday Visitors

It’s that time of year again, when family and friends from afar descend upon your home for holiday festivities. Some stay for days; others just come for a party. In either case, a 2017 holiday survey found that 65 percent of respondents host between 1 and 15 guests over the holiday season and most of these hosts will prepare at least one meal daily for their guests—that’s a lot of work.
Regardless of the number of guests you have, you […]

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10 Foods You’ve Been Storing All Wrong

Are you guilty of throwing away a lot of your groceries when you clean out your refrigerator? If you find yourself throwing away a lot of groceries when you empty out your refrigerator then you are guilty of wasting food, but fear not as you aren’t alone in this as the average American throws away more than 20 pounds of food annually. This is equal to $165 billion dollars going into a landfill annually.
Here are some storage tricks you […]

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8 Ways to Cook Without Electricity

As a society we have become accustomed to our modern conveniences. Not only can we cook on a stovetop or oven, but we can pop a dish in the microwave and have it ready in mere seconds! So when we find ourselves in a position where we don’t have access to these conveniences things can get tough.
Whether you are out on a weekend camping trip, stranded in the woods, or in more dire circumstances, knowing how to cook without […]

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Fishing with Your Kids: The Ultimate Bonding Activity

Teaching your children to fish is one of the most rewarding ways you can spend time with them. But if you want your child to have fun, you’ll need to make sure that he or she gets a taste of sweet fishing success. And in this context, success means a photo of a fish on a hook with a grinning youngster in the background.
Fortunately, this is easier than you may suspect.
Aside from using age- and size-appropriate rods, reels and […]

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Meal Planning on Your Next Vacation

Everyone should be able to relax on a vacation, including the family cook. No-one wants to spend all afternoon chopping and prepping a meal when they could be at the beach or hiking up a mountain trail. At the same time, eating out every day is a surefire way to max out your vacation budget and stretch your waistline, so most families have to do some cooking on vacation. The trick is to make food that’s tasty, quick, and […]

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Non-Hybrid vs Hybrid Seeds: What’s The Difference?

Whether you’re concerned with the rising cost of food or just want to be self-sufficient, you may have started growing your own fruits and vegetables. If so, you may have discovered the ongoing debate about the pros and cons of hybrid and non-hybrid seeds. What’s the difference, and why should you care?
Hybrid Seeds and Commercial Interests
Hybrid seeds are produced by cross-pollinating two different strains of plant. For instance, if one type of large cabbage is susceptible to disease, and […]

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Thrill Seekers: Check out These 10 Haunted Hiking Trails 2.3

Hikers and campers delight in ghost stories. Crowded around a crackling campfire, with the noises of the dark night around you, tales of horror and the supernatural that you’d scoff at in the bright light of day seem eerily possible. Perhaps because of this, the United States is home to dozens of haunted trails. We’ve assembled some of the more compelling, for those of you brave enough to walk with the unknown.
Batona Trail, New Jersey
In the woods of the […]

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Mental Benefits from Hiking

Hikers have long maintained that spending time walking through nature has a positive effect on their mental health and mood, and science is beginning to prove them right. The mental benefits of hiking go beyond simply getting exercise (which has long been shown to positively affect mood). The connection to nature seems to be just as important, if not more so.
Negative, Obsessive Thinking and Hiking
Negative thinking and obsessive thoughts are common in the modern world, especially among city dwellers. […]

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Common Emergency Prepping Mistakes

You’ve realized it’s time to prepare for emergencies and disasters. That’s great! You’re taking steps to ensure the safety and survival of yourself and your family in what are often unstable times and in the face of increasingly severe weather and natural disasters.
Like any new skill, there’s a learning curve involved with prepping, and a set of common mistakes people make as they learn how to protect themselves. Knowing what mistakes to avoid will help you gain the skills […]

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Mosquito Biology and Habits That Can Help Us Avoid Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are one of the most irritating parts of spring and summer seasons. Often being outdoors and enjoying warm weather gets interrupted by these little insects. And in some parts of the world mosquitoes even transmit several serious diseases, therefore we should avoid getting bit as much as possible. Although there are endless array of products which deter and kill these aggravating pests from mosquito fogger to bug spray, understanding mosquito biology and habits can also help us to […]

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