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Now that summer is in full swing following the July 4th weekend, it's definitely time to take advantage of barbecue season. I'm going to run down the barest essentials you will need on your shopping list for a cookout for 8 -10 people. This isn't just theoretical either; I just had people over on Friday for a friend's birthday and cooked out. The idea for this post came to me Thursday night while shopping.
Here are 5 table settings you can make on a budget that are fun for
fall, but can be modified and used year round!
1. DIY Candy Jars. Do you have a small side table,
or the corner of a buffet table you are looking to decorate? How
about these DIY Candy Jars. We found three separate candle holders
we had around the house. one was wood, and the other two were both
different colors. We unified them with a can of glossy black spray
paint (we were decorating for Halloween, but you could use any
color). We then cleaned out an old pickle jar, pasta sauce jar
and mason jar in our fridge and painted their lids black. We
attached them to the bases with Gorilla Glue and added candy.
Are you still waking up to frost? Or even worse, snow? Do you
believe that the rumors of spring have been greatly exaggerated?
While spring may not have arrived to your region yet, it is still
possible to start your garden now.
Why would you consider starting a garden when you are still wearing
long johns? First, you can't get any more local than your backyard.
Second, you have complete control over how your produce is grown,
so you know exactly what was used on your fruits and vegetables.
Finally, eating homegrown produce is a great way to save on your
Here are some tips for starting a spring garden in a
Pick cold-hardy plants. There are a number of
vegetables that can survive cold weather; many can even survive a
light snow. Cold hardy vegetables can be planted 4 - 6 weeks before
your last frost date.
Here's a few back to school freebies, including one for
teachers! If your a teacher Staples is giving out free gift bags
with bonus coupons to the first 100 teachers at each store. Check
the link for the date in your area for Staples Teacher Appreciation Day. I've posted this
next freebie before but I want to remind everyone about it. For the
entire month of August, JCPenney's is offering free haircuts to all kids K - 6th grade.
Appointments are recommended. The free haircuts are available at
all JCP Salons in the USA.
When a company tries to pass a somewhat green product off as truly
eco-friendly, it's known as "greenwashing." Sometimes greenwashers
also advertise eco-friendly products for the sake of appearance, as
opposed to any actual earth-friendly motivation.
Here's how to tell when companies are more concerned
about looking green than actually being green:
Keep an eye out for obvious contradictions to an
otherwise earth-friendly message. One of the most obvious examples
is the Live H2O music festival. With three days of live
entertainment at more than 30 locations around the world, this
festival probably does meet its stated goal of promoting peace and