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(BPT) - For some, chillier weather can decrease the likelihood of sticking to a consistent workout routine. Luckily, there are plenty of small changes one can make to ensure that staying active during short winter days and long nights remains a priority. Not only does exercise benefit physical and mental well-being, but it also has a positive effect on the look and feel of skin.
If you are new to the area, you may not know a wide variety of herbs and vegetables grow well here in the winter months ahead. The only secret to growing a great winter garden is to plant the right kinds at the right time. And the time is now!
(BPT) - As ever-increasing home energy bills continue to plague Americans, homeowners are looking for cost-effective ways to reduce their heating and cooling costs. If your house has not been properly insulated, you may be paying more than you should to heat or cool it.
Oro Valley resident John Scheuring sees a lot of buffelgrass and fountain grass in and around town alive, well and green, but would like to see those plants dead, dying and brown.
When it rains, it pours – and in Tucson’s case it floods. On Sept. 8, the city received a downpour of rain from the post-tropical cyclone, Norbert.
(BPT) - There is much to love about the nuances of the changing seasons – from spending sunny days on the beach to hiking through autumn-kissed parks and skiing down snow-covered mountains. Throughout the year, just as you would protect yourself from seasonal elements like sun, rain and cold by applying sunscreen and dressing appropriately, it’s important to protect your vehicle from the great outdoors. Your car needs to be prepared for the varying weather ahead – just like people do. Here are a few easy DIY projects to keep your car looking new and running for seasons to come.
(BPT) - The leaves are starting to fall off the trees, the birds are flying south and you can feel the temperature dropping. Winter is on its way and while squirrels pack away food before the first snow fall, you’ll be relieved to know that you still have time to finish some projects listed below to get your home ready for winter.
(BPT) - The air is crisp, kids are back in school and leaves are beginning to change color – fall has arrived! With it comes many possibilities for making amazing memories. From favorite fall flavors to awesome autumn activities, everyone has something to look forward to as the season changes. So what types of things are high on Americans’ to-do lists this year?
Eleven-year-old Hunter Lopez got up at 2 a.m. to start his day, although he admitted being so excited he barely slept.
(BPT) - The change of season creates a need for many adjustments around your home, from switching over wardrobes to warmer clothes, to completing necessary yard work and home repairs. You can also make adjustments to ensure you get the most out of your heating and cooling dollars as temperatures change.
(Family Features) Take advantage of the longer, warmer days before winter arrives by whipping up tasty grilled meals that are delicious and healthy for the whole family. Using lean cuts of beef is a great way to cut down calories and fat, but it doesn't have to reduce the grilled flavors you love.
Continuing to pursue a quest initiated in 2003, in 2014 it was time to summit another state highpoint. With deep snow and cold weather blanketing the mountains of most western states, Oklahoma was designated the most likely candidate. Plans got underway.
(BPT) - If you enjoyed every minute of your summer vacation or you were completely booked with fun activities, you might have some last-minute back-to-school shopping left to do before the bell rings this fall. If you are a little behind in checking all of your kids’ school supplies off the shopping list, you can still find some good deals online.
(Family Features) Making improvements around the house to curb your energy usage is not only good for the environment, it can make a big impact on your utility bills, too.
(NAPSI)—After a grueling winter, summer is finally here and Americans across the country are trading their heavier layers for lighter wear. Whether your idea of fun in the sun is a picnic at the park, hiking, volleyball on the beach or grilling in the backyard, it’s important to be mindful of one outer layer in particular: your skin. As seen on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and NBC’s “TODAY”, board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Jeanine Downie, offers these easy tips to help protect your skin while you embrace warm weather activities.
(BPT) - Summer is supposed to be fun, so who has time for hassles like printing vacation photos or doing laundry? And then there’s all that time you spend slathering on sunscreen. A few time-saving tips can help you get inevitable summer tasks done more quickly, so you can spend more time savoring the sunshine and warm weather.
(BPT) - Now that the United States has emerged from one of the worst winters in the past century, homeowners are starting to take notice of damage caused to their driveways, patios, sidewalks, and other concrete surfaces. This past winter featured an average temperature of 31.3 degrees Fahrenheit and the 10th largest snow cover since 1966, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center. Concrete is like a rigid sponge that snow and other precipitation penetrate, freeze, expand and eventually thaw; those repeated freezing and thawing cycles cause unsightly cracking, flaking, and spalling.
(NAPSI)—In the last two years, one in every four homeowners has experienced a power outage lasting 12 hours or more, averaging more than $1,900 in property damage, according to a survey by Harris Interactive—but you don’t have to be among them.
Summertime is basil-time in the Old Pueblo. As the nights stay warm, the sun shines for hours on end and the soil temperatures rise - all conditions that basil love. Originally native to India, basil is now grown around the globe wherever (and whenever) it is warm enough.
(Family Features) With warmer weather finally arriving, it's time to get smart about making the most of summer with your pet. To keep pets energetic and active during the summer months, take a proactive approach to protecting them from health hazards.
(BPT) - If you think water damage isn’t a real threat for millions of Americans, consider this: water damage caused $9.1 billion in annual homeowner property losses over a three-year period, according to a 2011 ACE Insurance Underwriters study. Despite that, many people don’t worry about protecting their home against water damage because they believe their home is safe so long as it isn’t located on a flood plain.
(BPT) - The arrival of summer means families are looking for ways to lighten up when it comes to the clothes they’re wearing and the foods they’re eating. They’re starting to incorporate fresh, light flavors into their meals, especially as local fruits and vegetables become available. And with the warmer weather, it’s much easier to get outside for activities the entire family will enjoy.
Vines, any vines, are great in the landscape. Three reasons. First, vines need little root space to flourish, thus they can fit in even the smallest yard. Second, many vines have beautiful flowers, and the bloom period can last for months, offering an opportunity to fill your yard with color. Third, and in my book best of all, vines produce food, fiber, and other usable products (grapes for wine, hops for beer, I could go on). Tops on my vine list for this area, with trouble-free growth, ample fruit production, and amazing blooms for months, not to mention butterflies galore - passion vine, or Passiflora.
(Family Features) As winter gives way to spring, it's the perfect excuse to gather together with your loved ones. This time of year is ideal for casual brunches, so for your next midday feast with friends and family, take your inspiration from the changing weather and create a brunch menu that mimics the flavors of the season.
(BPT) - During the heat of summer, no one wants to spend time in the kitchen when the stove or oven is in use. But if you hate to give up the dishes your family loves until the weather cools again – don’t sweat it. From no-make recipes to alternative cooking tactics, you can find plenty of ways to beat kitchen heat this summer.