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    EPA Offers Tips to Save Water and Money

    WASHINGTON – August is peak water use season and with a few simple tips from EPA's WaterSense program homeowners can save water and as much as $110 annually on their water bills.

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    Watermelon Rind Preserves

    Why would anyone want to preserve Watermelon Rind? It is most closely associated with the Deep South. In the Depression, people sought out ways to use every bit of food possible. Rinds are edible and can be a tasty treat cooked down with spices and sugar.

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    How to Feel Safe in an Uncertain World

    Cold hands and feet, difficulty breathing, muscle tension, dizziness, shakiness, depressed mood, insomnia, chronic fatigue ... sound familiar? These are the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. Ratchet it up a notch or two by adding heart palpitations, intestinal distress, sweating, faintness, a sense of unreality and of losing control and we're talking about full-fledged panic disorder.

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    14 Tactics for Getting Ahead At Work

    In every place I’ve worked, I’ve noticed a handful of patterns. Some people seem to fit in well, do their work, and usually get the perks - opportunities, raises, and promotions. Others are just kind of “there” - they do their work, but they never step up to the plate and rarely get the perks - and often wondering why the perks don’t come their way.

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    Corned Beef and Cabbage

    It wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day without Corned Beef & Cabbage. It’s rarely eaten in Ireland and was made popular by immigrants who missed the salted beef of their homeland.

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    Boomers Can Reduce Future Medical Costs

    As the boomer generation ages, its members enter the healthcare system in increasing numbers and often incur large costs. By making small changes now, many future health problems and related expenses can be prevented.

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    Use Solar Shades to Save Money

    Controlling the way light enters the home can make homes more comfortable and less expensive, not to mention more attractive. The experts at Durasol (www.durasol.com), a 25-year-old business that specializes in retractable awnings, solar screens and stationary awnings, offers these suggestions to common problems:

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    USDA Gives Food Safety Advice to Kick Off

    WASHINGTON - Jan. 22, 2009 - The history of the Super Bowl dates back to January 15, 1967, with the playing of Super Bowl I. An agreement between the National Football League (NFL) and its younger league, the American Football League (AFL), united the two leagues in 1970, marking the dawning of a new era in professional sports and the birth of the modern-day Super Bowl.

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    Brown Bag Popcorn

    Rumors have been flying about microwave popcorn containing carcinogens. Want to make popcorn cheaper, without fancy equipment, and without worrying about what’s really in there and if it’s safe? Here’s how you do it:

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    Cheap Dates, With or Without the Kids

    During these times when everyone is buckling down on spending, there are lots of ways to get out and have some fun without making your wallet lots lighter. Growing up, many of my fondest memories were things my mom did with me that were very inexpensive. I hardly even remember the trips to Disney (sorry mom). Here are some of my favorite dates to do with or without the kids:

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    Budget-Friendly Gifts Made at Home

    (NewsUSA) - With prices on the rise, gift-giving might seem too expensive for many Americans. But there's no reason to skimp on birthdays or stop surprising loved ones with spontaneous little-somethings. With a little creativity and some craft supplies, you can create economical, pleasing gifts for anyone, no matter the occasion.

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    Eat Right During the Holidays

    This year, whether you are a guest or holding a party yourself, try a new strategy by planning what, when, and how much you eat or serve at holiday events.

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    Making the Resolution to Help

    As New Year's resolutions are made, many Americans resolve to save money or lose weight, but some goals prove more charitable than personal. Resolving to give more of yourself can only make you feel happier and more fulfilled, and giving your time to a child can change a life forever.

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    Frying Your Turkey

    Frying turkeys has become an increasingly popular way to prepare the holiday bird. Frying keeps the turkey moist, takes only 40 minutes and frees up your oven for the green bean casserole but it can be quite messy and presents some possible hazards. Here are some tips along with a couple of recipes to start a new tradition of frying your turkey.

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    New Doctor is Free Even on Nights and Wknds

    As an emergency room physician, I realized something had to be done when I repeatedly found people struggling with a widespread problem that needed a solution -; getting medical care on nights and weekends. As a result, I established FreeMD.com so that people can get immediate answers 24 hours a day about what may be wrong and where to go for appropriate care. At the Web site, I greet people as a virtual doctor, ask questions in my own voice and tell them what may be wrong.

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    Candy Corn Activities for Halloween

    Through the miracle of modern technology, this Halloween you can enjoy your candy corn without gaining weight. Try using the little goodies in some fun kids' activities and games. And if you work at it hard enough, maybe you'll even burn off a few calories! And remember, October 30th is national candy corn day. There's no better way to celebrate than with some fun candy corn games.

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    Fall Pumkin Bars

    Enjoy these easy to make bars for any occasion. They are perfect for all the fall holidays.

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    Health Alert For Frozen, Stuffed Raw Chicken

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2008 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns about illness caused by Salmonella that may be associated with raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned, stuffed chicken entrees.

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    Don't Trash Our Air

    Did you know every time garbage is burned in an uncontrolled fire, it creates air pollution and the left over ash contains toxic residue? Past generations burned their garbage, but that practice should be a thing of the past. Garbage back then didn't contain plastics, foils, batteries, paper (which is bleached with chlorine) and other materials.

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    "Senior" Author Flynt - There's No Age Limit

    While most almost-60-year-olds are card-carrying members of AARP, counting down the days until they spend time with their grandkids or until they hit the links for 18-holes, Mike Flynt decided he wanted to play college-level football. He was 59.

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    Early Planning Benefits The Holiday Traveler

    Travel experts are predicting steep increases in airline fuel surcharges and fees for flight-related services that once came free, such as checked bags and soft drinks. To offset high fuel costs, airlines are trimming flight schedules by a combined 9 percent, meaning more people will be vying for fewer seats this holiday season.

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    Back to School Food Safety Tips

    It's time to pull out the backpacks and clean the lunch boxes as children head back-to-school this month. Packing safe lunches for school and for work is critically important. Since September is also National Food Safety Education Month®, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the non-profit Partnership for Food Safety Education are providing tips to help parents keep their children and themselves healthy.

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    The Frugal Whole Chicken

    A few days ago, I was inspecting the whole chickens that were on sale at the local grocery store. The price was quite nice - $0.88 a pound - and although it was a different brand of chicken than what I usually buy, I was considering making the purchase (we tend to buy free range chickens, which cost more).

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    Food Allergy on a Stick

    MILWAUKEE – Most people would rather not know what goes into the corndog they consume at the summer carnival. But for the 12 million Americans with food allergies, awareness of ingredients is a must for safely eating their way through summer events, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).

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    New Ideas for Cake Mixes

    From time to time, you might have an overabundance of cake mixes in the pantry. Of course, you can make cakes and cupcakes following the box's instructions. Or you can kick things up by adding a few extra ingredients to that mix to turn it into something extraordinary.

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    25 Ways to Improve Your Financial Situation

    I know from personal experience that when it comes to getting your personal finances in order, taking those first steps is one of the most difficult parts. There is so much information and it seems like it will take forever before you can ever reach your financial goals. It makes a person want to give up even before they start, but it doesn’t have to be that complicated. The main thing is to start, do a little bit each day and in doing so the savings will begin to pile up. Don’t have much time?

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    Food allergies on a stick:

    MILWAUKEE – Most people would rather not know what goes into the corndog they consume at the summer carnival. But for the 12 million Americans with food allergies, awareness of ingredients is a must for safely eating their way through summer events, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).

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    Where Does Your Barbeque Come From?

    Although we do not have a fixed menu for the celebration of the Fourth, you can almost count on traditional favorites such as hamburgers and hot dogs, chicken, ribs, garden salads, potato salad, chips and watermelon. Following is a summary of where these foods come from:

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    Unintended Consequences

    I bet that you like low interest rates. I do, too! They make it much easier for people to borrow and repay loans. That's something that both borrowers and lenders like. Making it easier to repay loans!

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    Energy Savings

    Astonishingly, Americans generally spend $1600 or more a year on their utility bills. Not only is much of this wasted energy, but more carbon dioxide is emitted into the air from one home than two average cars. The following tips will help you save energy costs both at home and in the car.

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    Firework Safety

    The National Council on Fireworks Safety and The Consumer Product Safety Commission want to share some safety tips to help you and your family enjoy a happy & safe 4th of July:

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    Garlic Marinated Steaks

    These are some of the best steaks you will have all summer! Pair the up with some great potatoes, bread and a salad and you have a feast! Don’t forget the cookies!

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    How to be a Great Dad - 12 Awesome Tips

    I’m often asked about raising six kids, and being productive and achieving goals and changing habits in the midst of raising so many kids. But here’s the thing: I do all the other stuff, the productivity stuff, because of my kids.

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    Keeping Your Child Off Drugs

    Protecting a child from harm and enabling him with the confidence and decision-making abilities required for adulthood is something most parents hope for. But while parents are the single most influencing factor in a child’s life, what can they do to protect their children from the influence drugs have in today’s thrill seeking society?

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    Home Heating Oil Prices:

    In today’s day and age, home heating oil prices are shooting up on a consistent basis. With the wars that are going on in the Middle East and all the changes in oil and gas prices, there is never any way to tell when the price increases will drop. Oil prices tend to skyrocket one day and then slowly go back down then back up again. The bad part is that in the long run, they are consistently going up very quickly.

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    Forest Service Mobilizes Kids for Conservatio

    WASHINGTON, April 24, 2008—The U.S. Forest Service today awarded a half-million dollars in matching funds to mobilize our nation’s most important conservation resource: kids. The funds will be used to get more kids outside, up close and personal with nature so they can have fun, get dirty, get healthy and learn!

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    Spicy Fireworks Rub Adds Sparkle to Catfish

    Nothing says Southern cooking more than fried or grilled catfish. But you don't have to live in the South to enjoy this traditional American food.

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    In Wisconsin, an Indian Summer

    Wisconsin should be better known for wild rice, America's oldest crop, than cheddar. The Menominee, just one of the state's 11 American Indian nations, have harvested the grain for 10,000 years. Wisconsin contains more Native American nations than any other state east of the Mississippi. In the past, the nations hunted Wisconsin's hardwood forests and fished its lakes.

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    Serving Those Who Serve

    With the Presidential campaigns now in high gear, the rhetoric can become deafening to the point that we simply tune it all out. Coverage of the economy, rising gas prices, shrinking home values and daily celebrity scandals make it easy to reach the saturation point and ignore everything.

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    Texas - the Destination for Passionate Travel

    In the whole of United States, Texas is the only destination where activities and attractions have taken wide dimensions to attract the attention of a large number of tourists internationally. Great food, golf, beaches, hunting, great accommodations and bird watching have enhanced the prestige of Texas as a foremost traveling destination.

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    Rosemary Roasted Leg of Lamb

    If you have never had lamb for Easter, it is time you tried this recipe

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    Modifying Recipes for Better Health

    Modifying or changing a recipe can produce a product that doesn’t meet traditional expectations. However, some changes can be made that can result in an “acceptable” change or one that some people don’t even notice. The following are some modifications you can make in a recipe that might be acceptable for you, your family and friends:

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    How To Cope When You Are Surrounded By Idiots

    Are the idiots in your life driving you crazy? Do you often feel like you are surrounded by idiots? Have you ever wondered if YOU are an idiot? Do the idiotic C.Y.A. instructions on the packaging of most products you buy these days make you feel like the world must think you are an idiot?

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    Buffalo Bill Rides Again

    His ability to trap food, deliver urgent messages, converse with the Indians and anticipate disaster is what kept people alive. Buffalo Bill Cody was one of these scouts. Like other Wild West folk heroes, his story is steeped in fact and fable, his legend embellished by many a young dreamer and old idealist.

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    Is Your Chicken Recipe Worth $50,000?

    Do you have a mouth-watering, original chicken recipe? If so, it's time to get cooking. The 48th National Chicken Cooking Contest -; one of the nation's top competitive cooking events -; is underway, and you could be in the running for the grand prize of $50,000.

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    If It Tastes Like the Real Thing...

    When Sheryl Kirby's favourite apple omelette disappeared from the menu of her usual brunch haunt, she didn't waste time mourning. “I went home and started frying up apples,” the Toronto food blogger says. Several days and several dozen eggs later, she created a striking facsimile of her beloved omelette with the perfect proportions of eggs, apples, cinnamon and a dash of Calvados. Now she doesn't have to change out of her pyjamas to enjoy her favourite restaurant breakfast.

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    Storage Tips for Organizing and Clearing Your

    Regardless of how big or small a home may be, many of us are faced with too much clutter and too little storage space. A lack of organization can make even the largest space seem small. With some innovation and a little effort, you can save or even create storage space in any home. Keep these tips in mind the next time that you're getting organized and in need of all the storage space you can get:

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    Modifying Recipes for Better Health

    Modifying or changing a recipe can produce a product that doesn’t meet traditional expectations. However, some changes can be made that can result in an “acceptable” change or one that some people don’t even notice. The following are some modifications you can make in a recipe that might be acceptable for you, your family and friends:

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    Emergency Room or ER: What's Right for You To

    The Urgent Care Association of America estimates that there are around 13,000 to 16,000 urgent care centers in the USA. Many illnesses and injuries that require timely treatment but are not true emergencies are ideally suited for evaluation in an urgent care center. If your personal physician is not available, a visit to an urgent care center may provide convenient access to quality healthcare. In communities that do not yet have an urgent care center, the local hospital emergency department may be overrun with inappropriate visits--visits that involve relatively minor problems that may be better suited to the urgent care center.

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    Landscaping: A different sort of dry

    At first glance, the two homes have nothing in common. One's an urban update of a rustic log cabin. The other, a 1920s Mediterranean casa. What links them is their imaginative drought-resistant gardens — drastic departures from the lush carpets of grass that used to surround each one and that still front almost all the other houses in their neighborhoods. Neither of the homeowners set out to be environmentally up-to-date. Water conservation was not a top priority or a major part of their original plans.

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    Who's Footing the Bill?

    (NewsUSA) - In the past, almost every child suffered the uncomfortable and sometimes long-term effects of diseases such as mumps, which caused swelling of the face and even permanent conditions such as deafness. Today, however, children are breezing through their early years facing fewer diseases, thanks to vaccinations, or immunizations.

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    Culture Shock: When Moving From an Urban to a

    Rural Real Estate is popular. But, Think ahead and don't open yourself up for; Culture Shock; An Unnecessary Evil, when moving to a rural area. Anyone CAN prevent some of the Culture Shock that may occur when they move to a rural neighborhood!

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    Pumpkin Power!

    Pumpkin Power! Calculating the Carotenoids in a Fall Favorite Scrumptious and good for you! Pumpkin pie is loaded with a healthful phytonutrient called beta-carotene.

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    3 SURPRISING STRESS BUSTERS

    You can be on the road to relaxation faster than you think. You know that stressful feeling: the tightening of your neck muscles that brings your shoulders a little closer to your ears, the churning feeling in the pit of your stomach. Maybe you even notice your breath quicken and become shallow. But whatever the short-term symptoms, the long-term toll of stress is greater: High blood pressure, obesity and even heart disease risk can increase.

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    Used Farm Equipment: A Farmer's Vintage Colle

    By valuing the antique product, people also value the importance of its era. For, antiques are things created during a certain era -- making it more or less a hundred years old. Of course, it is not necessary for an object to reach a hundred years before it gains reverence and value. The furniture or product just needs a simple touch of a certain character from a certain era. Then, it can be considered a classic. What is a classic?

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    The Dude Ranch Vacation: An American Traditio

    Dude ranches, as they are known today, first gained marked popularity in the 1920s, in large part due to the writings of Teddy Roosevelt. Roosevelt spent some time working as a ranchman, and herding cattle, and he urged Americans to explore for themselves.

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    Holidays On Horseback

    Whether you are a thrill-seeking daredevil or a committed “Happy Hacker”, there is sure to be a riding holiday to suit you.The choice of country and terrain is enormous and you can opt for a blissful week of escape from the family in beautiful and unspoilt surroundings. Alternatively, make it a family treat – even if some of the clan are totally non-horsey. The first thing to consider with any riding holiday is your true level of riding ability and stamina.

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    The Benefits of Therapeutic Horseback Riding

    In modern times, there has been a lot of research and experimentation regarding the use of horses in various forms of therapy. Back in the early 1900's, Dame Agnes Hunt used horses in the rehabilitation of her patients at the first orthopedic hospital in England. A few years later, therapeutic riding was introduced to soldiers injured on the battlefield during World War I.

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    Tips on Buying and Flying the American Flag

    Closer to home, the flag flies outside of the homes and offices of millions of Americans. But despite its ubiquitous presence, many citizens still do not know the basics of purchasing or maintaining the stars and stripes.

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    Fingerprinting the Culprit in Fire Fatalities

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most fire victims die from smoke or toxic gases and not from burns. House fires killed approximately 3,055 people in the U.S. last year. Safety experts believe the death toll could be greatly reduced if they knew more about how fires burn and what's in the smoke that fire create.

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    Check Out The Wonders Of Tea Tree Oil

    Tea tree oil is the essential oil comes from the Australian plant Melaleuca alternifolia. This species is unique to Australia and native to Northern New South Wales. This tree has very strong therapeutic and medicinal values which are found in its oil, which is obtained through steam distillation from the leaves of the tea tree. It has powerful antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal properties, making it very versatile.

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    The Health Secrets of Berries

    It’s only been within the last decade that scientists have started to pay a lot of attention to the health benefits of berries. And what researchers are learning about the health benefits of berries has a lot of exciting potential for human diets.

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    Traveling With Baby - Tips To Make Life Easier

    It may sound daunting, but travelling with baby does not have to be a nightmare! A little preparation and forward planning is all you need for a successful trip with your tiny traveller.

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    The Benefits of Knitting Circles

    Knitting circles bring women together in an environment where it is comfortable to share and ask questions. It is safe to learn something new. It appeals to women of all walks of life and all generations. Find a circle near you, come to one of my Knit One, Share Two events, or start one of your own. You'll be creating a life-changing group that will encourage each to become more than they already are.

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