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Keep Your Outdoor Workouts Sting and Rash-Free

Protect yourself from summertime perils and pests and take your fitness alfresco without fear. When you think of outdoor exercise, what comes to mind? Likely you see yourself reveling in the sunlight, hiking the trails, enjoying the freedom of shorts and tees, and spending some intimate time with Mother Nature. But if telenovelas have taught us anything, with intimacy comes peril, and the onset of warm weather also rouses some dangerous creeps in both plant and animal form: ticks, bees/wasps and poison ivy/oak. Warm weather brings ticks, bees/wasps and poison ivy/oak. Don’t let these hot-weather hazards chase you back inside. Here’s the 411 on what they are, what they do and how to deal with their nastiness so you can face...

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My love of flattering, green maxi dresses began when I was pregnant with Adeline – not only is my favourite colour green but chasing after 2 toddlers with a baby bump was hard enough without my pants or shirt were cutting into my waist

I’m sure you know the feeling! Check out my favourite postpartum at-home exercise programs, from the first time you work out after giving birth to upping your overall strength! If I’m honest my maternity clothes from my first pregnancy didn’t fit quite the same in my third pregnancy – my clothes were more worn, my bump showed quicker and was bigger than the first time. And losing the baby weight is harder and harder each time. I’m less about impulsive buys with my clothes because my body fluctuates between pregnancy and postpartum and working out each year. I could burn through a lot of cash buying clothes for each stage of motherhood but I’m more frugal than that – and...

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Three PAX Walk-In Closet Designs Under $4,000

Designing an IKEA closet with PAX cabinets with a strict budget is tricky. But as certified kitchen designers, IKD knows proper closet design. In fact, we’ve just been recognized by The New York Times as a unique design solution for customers looking for custom doors for their IKEA kitchen (among other rooms). That said, it’s our belief that customers should have a clear idea of the price and design ranges for IKEA PAX walk-in closets. So if you’re looking for closet inspiration or already have closet ideas from HOUZZ, we can help. Following is a series of IKEA closets we’ve designed – all under $4,000 – and their actual cost. Of course all closets are different, but you’ll get a...

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SUMMER FASHION

Day.....whatever. Ha Ha. I am grateful for a few things though.  My BIL is getting so much stronger.  My sister has been busy cooking and he has gained back 11 lbs which is good as he needs to be strong for his surgery on May 1st.  He is walking everyday and she said he is back to running her life....hee haw.  It's so true about chemo.....it really does take you right to the brink of death.  Anyway we are hopeful that all will go well. As for me....my divorce is not final yet but probably close.  It has been rough being alone during quarantine ....this new normal stuff has way more meaning that I really wanted and I can definitely get...

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11 Things You Can Do at Home to Improve Your Wardrobe

More often than not, it’s hard to imagine improving your wardrobe without spending money and it’s easier to think about just going out to shop for something new. However, there are a number of things that you can do at home to really improve your wardrobe and it’s easy on your wallet, too.  At-Home Wardrobe Improvement Techniques 1. Figure Out Your Personal Style Values  What does this mean exactly? Well, have you ever bought something that you regretted after the fact? I certainly have, and I’ve listed them down what they are and why, here. Regrettable purchases often clog up one’s wardrobe and it prevents you from building a wardrobe that reflects your personal style and your values.  Your values...

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