Monthly Archives: June 2011

Move Over, Movies: Save On Ticket Prices By Building Your Own Home Theater

With wages falling, movie prices rising, and the turnaround time from opening night to DVD/BLU-Ray release getting shorter every day, many people are turning to a home theater as an alternative to overpriced popcorn and stale milk duds. What do you need to do it yourself? I’ll discuss the three main components you’ll need to bring theater quality video and sound to your very own living room! Continue reading

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Stop Those Buggers Where They Stand! A Guide to The Best Mosquito Repellents

Mosquito season is here, and we’ve got a list of the best bug sprays to turn you from bloodsucker smorgasbord to temporarily invisible. From DEET sprays to organic, all-natural insect repellants, we can match a mosquito repellant to the amount of time you intend to spend outside, activity levels, and can even help you find one that’s chemical free and safe for your kids. Continue reading

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Row Row Row Your… Very Own Kayak Or Canoe

If you’re a summer canoe renter, or a water sports enthusiast looking to turn boating into more than just a passing hobby, you might want to consider buying a canoe or a kayak. Both are great either solo or for a couple, but when deciding, you want to keep a few important things in mind: What material, size, and shape you want based on where and how far you think you’ll be traveling in it – and we can help you find the best canoe or kayak for your needs. Continue reading

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Somewhere To Stuff Your Stuff: Closet Storage Solutions

Got too much stuff and not enough space to store it? We’ve got bedroom storage solutions for you! From closet organizers to storage beds, we’re here to help you figure out how to best maximize your space and minimize clutter and get your closet organized. Continue reading

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Window To The World: Classy Curtains And Dressy Drapes

When choosing a window dressing, there are three important factors to consider: the look, the light, and the privacy. Curtains and drapes come in a wide variety of styles to meet the needs of any room in your house – from a country kitchen to a late sleeper’s lair, we can help you pick the best curtains to put the finishing (functional!) touches on your decor. Continue reading

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Don’t Be A (Data) Loser: Back Up Your Files!

If your computer looks like it’s headed into its death throes, or you’re getting more than a little nervous about that horrible grinding sound, it might just be time to back up your data. The best way to do it is to copy your files onto a separate drive – a portable hard drive, external hard drive, thumb drive, or just a plain old spare hard drive, in duplicate or even triplicate. And it can’t hurt to trust your most important files to the cloud, and back them up with Dropbox. Continue reading

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Get Cultured: Make Your Own Yogurt

Yogurt is finally starting to get the recognition it deserves as a tasty treat, digestive aid, and great workout fuel, but even the brands that tout themselves as healthy can be bogged down with sugar, fat, and artificial ingredients. If you really want an all-natural, healthy yogurt, a home yogurt makers can churn out half a dozen individually contained servings of yogurt in any flavor you can imagine. Continue reading

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Ice Cream Dream: Make Your Own, Right at Home!

Ice cream has a bad wrap as one of the most decadent desserts, but when you can control the ingredients you put into your very own homemade ice cream recipes, you can make it as good (or bad!) for you as you want. All you need is an ice cream maker – either hand cranked or with a freezer canister, to churn out silky smooth, sinful, and all-natural ice cream. Continue reading

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Get Your Hammock On

Whether you’re looking for a centerpiece for a tropical themed room, a great addition to your yard, or a way to swap out some of your camping gear in the summer, a hammock might be your answer. From traditional rope hammocks to bright and colorful barbados hammocks to no-see-um camping hammocks, the freedom to sleep swinging between some trees (or a really nice hammock stand) can bring a little tropical vacation to your every day. Continue reading

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Father’s Day Gift Guide (For Your Hard Drink Devotee)

If you’re looking for a Father’s Day Gift for the beer, wine, or liquor loving Father in your life, we’ve got a lot of great gadgets for the less liquor educated among us that are still sure to make his father’s day. From whisky stones to kegerators and everything in between, we have what your dad wants. Continue reading

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