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Holiday Decorating Tips for the Whole House

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Holiday Decorating Tips for the Whole House We agree with Andy Williams that this is indeed “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” We all love decking the halls, hosting parties, caroling, cooking and baking, shopping for gifts for friends and family, and anything that has to do with making the holidays merry. Here are some great holiday decorating tips for the whole house. So, gather your family and friends. All of these ideas are family friendly. Plus, they offer you the opportunity for creating a fun night crafting holiday cheer. Kitchen Mason Jar Floating Candles A fun and inexpensive craft for the whole family. Place these on counters, windowsills, and tables. They add rustic charm and a cozy feel to everyone’s favorite room in the house. Gingerbread Men Garland Super cute, easy to make, plus they smell great. This Gingerbread Men garland is a fun group craft. Cookie Cutter

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Squirrel Proofing Tips, Whether You Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em

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Squirrel Proofing Tips, Whether You Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em Squirrels. Most folks either love ’em or hate ’em. They are clever, relentless and can become an nuisance when trying to feed the birds. In fact, many people may become disenchanted when feeding birds because squirrels can be so destructive. They have voracious appetites and will eat their way through all of your birdseed within hours. But, we have a few squirrel proofing tips that will dissuade squirrels from feasting at your bird feeders. You may even learn to love their antics! Just the Facts, Ma’am! We feel that knowledge is power. One of your best defensive tools is learning what you can do about these furry critters. Tail or Sail? Eastern Grey Squirrels are famous for their leaping skills. They can jump over large open spaces and land safely with grace and agility. The explanation for this balance is

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Tips to Help Birds Survive the Winter

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Tips to Help Birds Survive the Winter Winters in the Chesapeake region are unpredictable for certain. Heavy wind and rain, sleet and snow, coupled with fluctuating temperatures create challenging outdoor living conditions, especially for non-migratory birds. While birds are very well equipped to survive on their own, studies have shown that birds with access to bird feeders and birdhouses survive at a higher rate. Additionally, ornithologists have suggested that amateur bird-watching and feeding is a beneficial hobby for humans as well. Here are some tips to help birds survive the winter. Ensure Seed is Accessible and Dry If the food in the feeder becomes soggy and wet, it will sprout or even become moldy. This could make birds sick. Choose hopper and tube feeders to protect seed from wet weather. Make sure you sweep snow off of platform feeders. You can even clear a space on the ground and scatter

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The Importance of Fall Lawn Care

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The Importance of Fall Lawn Care The early fall brings beautiful weather. With the cooler days and lower humidity, it is the ideal time to get outside. Why not take advantage and spend some of that time preparing your lawn for next spring? With a little bit of effort, you will ensure your yard will weather through winter only to recover beautifully in the spring. You may think your yard needs less attention in the fall, but during this time of year, grasses are busily storing energy moisture and nutrients in preparation for the colder months ahead. These fall lawn care tips show how easy it can be to maintain your lush green lawn no matter what “Ole Man Winter” throws at it. Keep Mowing Grass continues to grow up until the first hard frost. If you let it get too high, it could mat and become vulnerable to fungi,

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Halloween Decorating Ideas

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11 Halloween Decorating Ideas for the Entire Family We love everything the Fall season brings: the colorful leaves, cooler temperatures, football game tailgating, and most of all Halloween! Every year customers stroll through our store searching for unique, fun, and spooky ways to decorate. This year is no different! We have put together some cute and creepy Halloween decorating ideas for the entire family. 1. DIY Potion Bottles and Jars Raid the recycling bin for old glass bottles, such as wine, ketchup, sparkling water, or jelly jars. Spray paint them black or gray and attach fun homemade or printable labels. 2. Fill Up Your Hearth Sure, it is fun to display pumpkins on your front porch or in your yard. But, consider stacking and piling decorated pumpkins in your unused fireplace and around your hearth. 3. Spooky Silhouettes Find patterns and cut out whimsical silhouettes to hang in your windows

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Canning, The Basics

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Canning Basics Canning allows you to enjoy the delicious benefits of the summer bounty all year long. Transform gorgeous tomatoes and crisp cucumbers into sauces and pickles. Create sweet jams and jellies from your favorite fruits. Canning is a simple process, although time-consuming. It is an operation that is a bit labor-intensive but is worth every minute. You have the opportunity to make appetizing, hearty, and healthy foods. So, gather your friends and family for a fun day preparing and canning scrumptious fresh fruits and veggies. Just like any skill, the more you practice, the better you get. Here are the canning basics to get you started. List of Supplies Canning Jars and Seals – Mason-style jars with sealed lids and rings are offered in a variety of sizes. Plus you have a choice between regular or wide-mouth. Wide-Mouth Funnel – For easy mess-free filling of jars with sauces or jams.

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Age Appropriate Chores for Your Kids

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Age Appropriate Chores for Your Kids Do your little ones balk when you ask them to chip in around the house? Do you find that you are spending your valuable time repeating the same household tasks with little or no help? What are the reasons your kids never seem to pitch in? Do they take too long? Do they not perform the task “the right way?” Do you think it is easier if you just handle it yourself? Well, believe it or not, you may be putting your children at a disadvantage. You can have kids as young as two years old help around the house. Chores help your youngsters learn responsibility and the value of teamwork. You are giving them the skills necessary so they can care for themselves and their future families. Here is an excellent approach to enlist everyone’s help along with a chart of age appropriate

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Painting Project Tips

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Painting Project Tips Starting a do-it-yourself painting project may seem overwhelming. You must make sure you have the right products for the project. Picking the right product can be confusing. In addition, different mediums require different applications. The key to it all is to keep it simple. Even if you are attempting a large project or a complicated faux finish, focus on one step at a time. Here are some painting project tips that can help you stay organized. Prep the Surface Carefully inspect the walls, trim, and ceiling for any cracks, holes, or peeling paint. Wipe down walls, remove cobwebs in the corners, and dust the trim. If you are tackling the exterior of your home, you should pressure wash the entire surface. Fill in any holes and scrape and sand away peeling paint. Apply painter’s tape around trim or where the wall and ceiling meet. Make sure to

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11 Ways to Prepare Your Perfect Summertime Backyard

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11 Ways to Prepare Your Perfect Summertime Backyard Sneade’s Ace Home Center is the place for all of your summer fun needs. The outdoor entertaining season is upon us. Every summer, folks head out into the backyard for a variety of fun reasons. Well, we’ve got some inventive ways to dress up your backyard. The best news? They work on just about any budget. With a little creativity, you could have the best backyard on the block this summer. Here are 11 ways to prepare your perfect summertime backyard. Now, let’s get ready for the best season yet! 1. Kiddie Pool Fun Kiddie pools are not just for the kiddos! You can use these little wading pools in a variety of ways. Fill it with sand for an inexpensive sandbox. Throw in your favorite beverages and ice for a fun way to serve chilled drinks. Keep your cold foods cold

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American Flag Etiquette for Your Home

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American Flag Etiquette for Your Home The flag of the United States of America is a bold symbol of freedom and represents a strong sense of national pride. Many U.S. citizens feel so passionately about what the flag represents that they choose to display one at their home. Did you know there are customs when flying Old Glory? American flag etiquette is taken seriously, because this emblem deserves honor and respect. Here are the guidelines for displaying the flag at your home. Raise and Lower with Respect When displaying your flag in the morning it is to be hoisted briskly. Conversely, in the evening, it should be lowered ceremoniously. When the flag is lowered, make sure that no part of it touches the ground. Neatly fold your flag for storage. Flying With Other Flags Many homeowners also like to fly their state flag in conjunction with the American flag. When

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