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    I have a confession: I've never been camping. Not because I haven't been invited, but because I've never wanted to go. In fact, when I vacation, my idea of roughing it is when I'm forced to stay at a hotel that doesn't have an ice machine on each floor. 

    Recently, I traveled to Canada and didn't really feel relaxed until I was safely within walking distance of the gentle neon glow of a Starbucks sign

    Now, I get it, nature can be absolutely breathtaking. But so can a plush suite with a cavernous bathroom featuring blue and white tile cloud mosiacs and five shower heads. I'll create my own rain forest experience, thank you very much, and I'll probably follow it up with room service.  

    But what if you could combine the best of both worlds? Have you heard about the new "glamping" trend which marries the folksy outdoor fun of camping with the "someone else will do the heavy lifting" glamour of a 5-star hotel?

    Sorry, I'm still not buying it. Glamping can take a hike.

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    Your front porch isn't only important because of its potential to lend great curb appeal to your home. It can also make or break that all-important first impression when new guests visit. And your deck can offer a much-needed "wow!" factor to an otherwise lackluster backyard. 

    With the help of a few simple items, the front porch and back deck can serve as welcoming outdoor rooms as well as an oasis of sorts during the mild weather months. 

    "It's really important that you think of your outside living area as an extension of your indoor space," explains interior decorator Ellie Mroz of Michael Robert Construction. "You should keep a cohesive feel and overall aesthetic between the two spaces so it flows well and you feel comfortable moving from space to space."

    Making the most of these areas may be easier than you think. 

    Consider adding one or more of these 8 features to reinvent your front porch and back deck!

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    Ah, how I savor the sounds of summer! Lawnmowers roaring to life as landscapers rev their engines at the crack of dawn, neighbors chattering on sidewalk stoops as they take their evening strolls, and best of all, the distant din of a backyard barbecue.

    As I hear them squeal, I picture kids running under the garden hose, playing an old-fashioned game of Corn Hole Toss, eating burgers slathered with ketchup, and slurping down massive amounts of lemonade from their plastic Dixie® cups.

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    The season of camping is upon us! If you're like me, you love getting back into the great outdoors. Sure, I can be a bit of an electronics junkie, and a comfort queen, but returning to nature and really connecting with your surroundings and your family? That's what it's all about.

    Okay, gushy moment over, I promise. While camping can be awesome it can also be exhausting if you aren't properly prepared. It can take you more than a few trips to get your bearings and figure out what works for you and your camping mates.

    There are so many resources about how to make camping trips easier that they can actually wind up being overwhelming. What's practical, what's neat in theory but hard in practice, and what's just totally useless? It can be hard to tell without trying all of them out for yourself.

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    Is there anything worse than not knowing how to get rid of the bugs you find when you're spring cleaning?! Be it roaches or spiders or even ladybugs, springtime is when they all seem to come out of hiding. This isn't just an annoying discovery, it's super-gross and can be dangerous in terms of keeping your home sanitary. 

    We've rounded up 8 of the most infamous households pests. Some are dangerous, others are gross, and some, you might argue, aren't pests at all! You can always enlist the help of a professional exterminator when it comes to getting rid of household pests. But that can be super-costly. Let us help you with some quick, easy, and cheap ways to banish those bugs once and for all! 

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    I've been busy decorating my front porch with flowers and was thrilled to find a fun and easy way to dress up my old plain teracotta pots.

    A lot of people are covering their pots with fabric to give them a pop of color that will spruce up any home. I love this idea as a little centerpiece on a table or even next to my kitchen sink.

    My Mom loves gardening and I know this could be a gift she might really appreciate on Mother's Day.

    But first thing's first, does it actually work? I used a spray adhesive, some fabric I had on hand and a bit of mod podge to seal everything into place.

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    The following is a post from our sponsor, Simple.

    I love the city. I love busy sidewalks, towering skyscrapers, and honking taxis. I love the skylines, the river views, and the architecture. I love the culture, the cuisine, and the neighborhoods. I love the history, the hidden walkways, and the hot dog stands. Mostly, I love watching people as they bustle from corner to corner, briefcases, backpacks, or baby carriages in tow. I love to make up stories in my mind about who they are, what they do, and where they came from. The city is exciting and loud and full of commotion (sound like any household you know?), and I thrive on it!

    I could walk the city streets for hours on end and never get bored.

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    When I initially saw seedlings sprouting from eggshells, I thought they looked cute, but I wasn't sure why someone would go to the trouble of planting seeds this way. Growing plants inside eggshells seemed a little over the top, but once I realized people were doing this as a clever way to transport sprouting plants into their garden, it made perfect sense. Once transported, the eggshell actually feeds your garden!

    It's also helpful for people interested in growing herbs indoors, but don't have a garden. Growing them from an egg carton is a space saver and it's ecological and it can make for a lovely centerpiece.

    With this in mind, I grabbed a carton of eggs, top soil, and seeds and started my project!

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    I don't know about you, but I have completely and totally ignored my backyard for the last four or five months. I believe I stepped back there just once during the winter, and that was just to see if it was a raccoon I was hearing or an intruder. Needless to say, my lonely backyard is one huge, hot mess.

    But now, spring has sprung! It's time to face my fears and tackle the jungle that has grown in the back of my house. For inspiration, I have put together 5 tips on how to clean up our crazy yards so we can actually do fun outdoorsy things with our families now that it's warm out.

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    Little Sophie is a baby English bulldog making headlines, because not only is she abso-freakin'-lutely adorable, but she's one of the most hilariously playful pups you may ever see ... But her funny dog trick didn't start out giggle-worthy.

    Apparently, Sophie's owner worried that her pup may have injured herself when she initially tucked and tumbled to the bottom of a hill. "I picked her up, terrified that she had 'fallen' down this hill," her owner writes in the video caption on YouTube. But the owner soon learned that her little girl wanted to do it "again and again, 4 more times with such gusto we realized she was just having a ball!" 

    Check it out ...

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