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SUMMER BRIDE: Trends in bridesmaid dresses, cakes, hairstyles, invitations and more
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LOST IN SUBURBIA: Putting the ‘air’ in foreign affairs - When you are packing for a big trip far away, you think a lot about the clothes and shoes you will need, but if you are like me, you often pay less attention to the what-ifs. In the case of our recent family vacation, I didn’t really think, “What if I happen to get a world-class case of digestive turbulence thousands of miles away from the stomach remedy aisle at CVS?” By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS.
BACKYARD POOLS: Six cool backyard pod structures - In the never-ending yin and yang of the housing industry, we can veer from overblown McMansions to the tiniest of backyard dwellings in the blink of an eye. It’s interesting that some of the most interesting architecture happens when space is at a premium and true creativity must be employed. Here are six backyard pod structures that are ecologically friendly, interesting to look at and packed with function. By Linda Merrill, Networx.
INTERIORS: Working with a blue carpet - Interior-design school tells us that blue is not a wise choice for carpet. That is because it can create a sort of down-in-the-dumps atmosphere. Another reason is that it might be difficult to choose color combinations for the rest of the decor that will work well with all that blue on the floor. But have no fear. If you love blue and are willing to express that love with a blue carpet, do it. By Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, Scripps Howard.
HOMEFIX: Insulating an older home - Q: I just bought a home and found out from one of the previous owners that it isn't insulated well on the exterior wall. The attic has been blown but is still hard to keep cool in the hot Louisiana summers. I plan on replacing the siding with the hardy board (cement board) siding in due time. I was still concerned about all the "vapor barrier" I have been hearing about. I planned on taking the old siding off, blowing cellulose insulation in the exterior wall, putting up felt/tar paper and then putting up the siding. Is this the correct method? Is their any cheaper/better solution to this problem? By Dwight Barnett, Scripps Howard.
CANDICE TELLS ALL: Now they can party hearty at home in style - Rather than going out to party, Doris and Jamie love to host the festivities at their place. But the couple's combination sitting room/dining room wasn't conducive to partying. The space had absolutely no storage, so getting ready for guests involved hauling up a folding table and wine fridge from the basement. After everyone went home, everything had to be dragged downstairs again, and Doris even tucked away platters and bowls on the seats of dining-room chairs. By Candice Olson, Scripps Howard.
TREASURES: Butter device could churn up some cash -- I would like to know the insurance-replacement value of this butter churn. It is marked "Parker and Woods, 49 No. Market 411 Merchants Row, Boston, Mass." It is in good condition. Scripps Howard News Service
HOBBIES: Turning diapers into burp cloths -- Parents of newborns have their hands full, considering all the drips and drools that go with the territory. The idea of using an old cloth diaper as a burp cloth has been around since the invention of cloth diapers. But what's new and trendy is altering the diapers to fit your personal style. Scripps Howard News Service
DAVID ROBSON: Some plants like it hot -- When temperatures climb into the 80s, 90s and higher, gardeners wilt as fast as the plants. Some plants, though, enjoy the high temperatures. Let’s start with the two big vegetable groups: tomatoes and vining crops. The State Journal-Register (Ill.)
MICHELLE TEHEUX: Why we need technology servants -- I need somebody to help me figure out why the Wi-Fi in my house is so slow, to explain the advanced settings of my microwave and to reset all the digital clocks twice a year. Pekin Daily Times (Ill.)
GARY BROWN: A look at the lighter side of summer holidays -- The Memorial Day weekend may have taught us some things that we should not say, think, ask, answer, announce or assume when the Fourth of July and Labor Day holidays roll around. Canton Repository (Ohio)
TRADING POST: Beverly’s Awesome Brownies -- Brownies are always a hit at summer get-togethers. Nancy Tatarek of Springfield, Ill., shares her favorite brownie recipe, one she got from a friend. Kathryn Rem/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)
RECIPE: Ribs Primavera -- My husband came up with it about seven years ago. We found that we were cooking more ribs than we could eat at one time. So this was a great way to use the meat to feed a lot of people. It’s a collaborative effort for Tom and me. Kathryn Rem/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)
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OVER THE COUNTER: Sunscreen, Lyme disease and poison ivy -- Overexposure to the sun can damage the skin and even cause skin cancer; contact with ticks can lead to Lyme disease; and rubbing against poison ivy or items that have been in contact with the plant can result in a painful, itching and blistering rash. Steve Bernardi and Dr. Gary Kracoff/ MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
PHYSICIAN FOCUS: The evolution of health IT -- Information technology –– the use of computers, other electronic devices and software designed to support clinical decisions –– is now becoming a pervasive and critical part of health care delivery for the benefit of both physicians and patients. Dr. Thomas Sullivan and Dr. Hugh Taylor/ MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
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5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions include celebrating National Doughnut Day, seeing “Snow White and the Huntsman” or another new film, observing World Environment Day, and more.
* Localization tip: Swap out any of these items for any local events; list doughnut shops and/or ask readers to share what their favorite shop is; and list volunteer opportunities for National Trails Day and World Environment Day.
BOOK NOTES: 'Little Night,' by Luanne Rice - Luanne Rice’s 30th book, a novel titled “Little Night,” is a plot-driven story of family torn apart by physical and emotional abuse. And, as is the case with so many suffering families, the first step toward healing is the unburdening of the secrets. It takes almost every one of the 321 pages in this book to get to that point, which is a good thing for those looking for an engrossing summer read. Answers come to those who persevere. By Rae Francoeur, Cape Ann, Mass.
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JERRY MOORE: Individual tastes often trump social values - There is certainly good reason to urge corporations to be socially responsible. But when push comes to shove, most consumer decisions will be based on product appeal, not business ethics. By Jerry Moore, Chicago Suburban.
* Poll idea: Ask readers if they boycott places based on what social issues they support.
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DAVE RAMSEY: Question on statute of limitations - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on settling an old debt and disability insurance. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS.
BIZ BITS: The importance of marketing your soft skills in the job search - Weekly business rail, with job-search tips, BBB tips on college scholarships, and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: You could include a weekly tax tip from a local expert, have a business-related Q&A with a local expert or do a “business of the week” feature in which you highlight a local business.
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