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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Make Your Own Disposable Cleaning Wipes

Save Money by Making Your Own Disposable Cleaning Wipes
By: Monique Kilgore

I love disposable disinfectant wipes! No, that is an understatement. I'm obsessed with disposable cleaning wipes! Not only are they quick, easy and convenient to use, but they really come in handy when you want to sanitize around the house without getting out the spray bottle and rag.

I use to stock up on Lysol and Clorox wipes every time they were on sale, which still ended up costing me a lot. They usually run about $4 for a case of 50-70 wipes.

Imagine my joy when I discovered a way to make my own, better quality disinfectant wipes for a fraction of the cost. Not only that, but I could create any kind of cleaning wipe that I desired. I made up batches of wipes using Pledge cleaner to create dusting wipes and used Windex cleaner to make my own window wipes. I even created all-natural, green wipes to use in my baby's nursery.

Here is the exact recipe that I use to make homemade disposable wipes.

Homemade Cleaning Wipes Recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 roll of extra strong paper towels (Bounty)
2-3 cups of your favorite cleaner (be sure to use a cleaner that doesn't require rinsing afterwards)
An air-tight storage container
Knife
Cutting board

DIRECTIONS

1. Using the knife, cut the paper towel roll in half
2.) Place the roll inside of the container. (save the other half for a refill later)
3.) Pour cleaning solution all over paper towels
4.) Close the container and shake it up a bit so that the cleaning solution is absorbed
5.) Remove the cardboard tubing from the inside of the roll. (It should come out easily if the towels are wet enough)

The cleaning wipes are now ready to use!

To watch a step-by-step video of me making these homemade cleaning wipes from start to finish visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnYIEUrBXAQ

Monique Kilgore is the owner and operator of the website Yes Divas Can Cook. http://yesdivascancook.com A fun, girly website designed to get young women motivated to cook & create from scratch! Featuring easy, 5-star, tried and true recipes, cooking tips, videos and much more!

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Low Cost Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Great Baby Shower Gifts Without Breaking the Bank
By: Jack Chary

You've received an invitation to a friend's baby shower, and while you're excited, you don't want to break the bank or go overboard, especially in today's economy. Well, don't plan on giving up your invitation just because you're broke. There are lots of great gift ideas out there that are surprisingly affordable and that are will still be just as appreciated as more expensive gifts.

1.) If you want to purchase clothing, you should think ahead. Don't plan on buying newborn or 0-3 months sizes, because everyone will be buying those! If you think ahead you may be able to buy a 12 month or 18 month outfit now that is on clearance because it's the end of the season. This will allow you to purchase a much-appreciated outfit for half, if not more, of the cost!

2.) There are a lot of inexpensive sentimental type gifts out there. You could consider purchasing a photo album with room to write in it or a plaster or ink handprint/footprint kit. Or what about a couple of matching picture frames in different sizes that you've decorated yourself? These are all great, inexpensive ideas, and they will become wonderful keepsakes the new parents will truly cherish.

3.) If you are related to or a close friend of the mommy-to-be, maybe you could attend each shower with her (if she's having more than one), take photos of the shower(s), and make her a scrapbook of her baby shower(s). This would be a great gift idea at a relatively low cost to you.

4.) What about a couple of classic children's books? Board books are the best from growing babies, since they love putting everything in their mouth. But, any children's book would be great especially ones that rhyme, like a great Dr. Suess book, or even a classic, Jack and the Beanstalk or Little Red Riding Hood.

5.) A basket of baby essentials is also a wonderful gift and if you play your cards right, you can usually keep it under $20.00. Just buy a nice looking basket and fill it with baby wash, baby lotion, maybe a couple baby wash cloths, diaper rash cream, diaper wipes, etc. Whatever you think may be especially useful to the new parents that they may not have thought to even register for.

6.) An umbrella stroller is nice to have, especially once the baby starts sitting up. They are easier to tote than bigger strollers, and you can usually get one for under $15.00.

7.) Small infant toys are always a great buy, especially if you get the educational one. These are handy for new parents to have at home and to keep in their diaper bag, because babies are constantly learning, so why not give them something to help them along. They are usually relatively inexpensive, so you can get a few and still stay well within your budget.

8.) A big package of diapers is always welcome! Watch your local paper or sign up for coupons online, so you can ensure your getting the best deal once you go to buy your gift.

As you can see, there are so many affordable baby gift ideas, so don't feel like you have to forfeit or attend empty handed. Remember anytime of gift will be appreciated, especially with a baby on the way.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Free Recipes

Why Pay for Recipes When You Get Them Online for Free?
By:Stephanie Manley

With so many recipe web sits online, why should you pay for recipes?  The Internet really gives you a great resource of many different web sites.  There is a great variety of web sites out there.  Some sites are run by food companies such as Kraft foods, Barilla Pasta, and Land O'Lakes. Other sites are run by magazines like Martha Steward, Women's Day, Family Circle, and many others.  There are other websites that are simply collections of recipes.

Many companies such as Kraft foods build websites so you will use their ingredients in the food that you make.  On Kraft's website you can find so many recipes for things made with cheese: casseroles, appetizers, breads, pizzas, and so much more.  Other sites such as Barilla Pasta feature recipes that are specialize in pasta. Land of Lakes features recipes that contain butter: cookies, sauces, breads, a variety of desserts, and so much more.   If you buy a particular brand of food, chances are that there is a web site to compliment what you just bought. 

Many magazines offer free recipes online.  Bon Appetit, Gourmet Magazine offers tons of recipes from current magazines as well as the past.  Other magazines such as Woman's Day, and Family Circle offer so many free recipes.  So if you can think of a magazine you enjoy, chances are there is a web site to match. 

Another terrific type of recipe web site are simply ones that are collections of recipes.  Allrecipes.com features many recipes from its viewers, people just like you.  SOAR recipe archive has been around since around 1995 and is a non profit web site that features thousands of recipes from many different categories.  Be sure to use your favorite search engine to find recipe collections based upon pies, cakes, Jewish, French, and just about any other sorts of recipes you can think of. 

You can easily see that there are many different free recipes available online.  There is really no need in purchasing recipes when there is a great variety that is available for you.  There are literally thousands of recipes and cooking web sites that are waiting for you to explore them.

Web Sites Mentioned

Major food companies http://www.kraft.com [http://www.barillaus.com/index.aspx] http://www.landolakes.com/

Magazines with recipes http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/ - Features recipes from Gourmet and Bon Apetit Magazines http://www.womansday.com http://www.familycircle.com

Other Recipe Websites http://www.recipesource.com/ http://www.allrecipes.com

Stephanei Manley is  the editor for   CopyKat recipes - you have tried it in the restaurant, now make it at home. http://www.copykat.com

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Great Ideas For Your Children This Summer

Never Again Hear Your Kids Say During The Summer, "I'm Bored!"
By:Darryl Mobley

Every parent (to include me) has heard their kids say - with the incredible freedom of summer all around - "I'm bored!" As a life and executive coach, I find that every summer I am asked by my clients who are parents to tell them what they should do to keep their kids active, engaged and not bored during the greatest three months of the year (for kids).

You know how it works. Your children are excited about the upcoming summer as the school year comes to a close. Then, for the first week or so they are all fired up and balls of energy. Then, they run out of energy and things to do. And you hear, "I'm bored," and "What should I do?" Your summer has just turned ugly.

First of all, let me say that it is easy for kids to get bored during the summer because they have so much freedom. But childhood freedom often becomes the strongest of all chains; a slave master who uses mind-numbing boredom as punishment. My belief and study has shown that kids do not need unfettered freedom. Kids need structure in order to grow and feel fulfilled.

Here's my simple 3-step process for eliminating your child's boredom during the summer months.

Step 1
You should sit down with your kids before the school-is-out-for-the-summer season hits and write a list of their GOALS for the summer. Setting goals is the most important step you can take to keep your child from getting bored during the summer. Ask your kid these questions (and have them write down the answers):
- What new sports do you want to learn?
- What new challenges do you want to tackle?
- What new books do you want to read?
- What new sights do you want to see?
- What new skills do you want to learn?
- What area(s) do you want to improve in?

Step 2
Next - using the goals as your guide, you and your kid(s) should write out a week-by-week schedule of summer activities for them. (I actually recommend you have the entire summer scheduled out day-by-day, but let me allow you to ease into this.)

Step 3
Then, follow the schedule.

My kids have not uttered the phrase, "I'm bored," since I began this approach to their summers. They are too busy, engaged and happy to be bored! And yours will be as well. And I know that your kids and mine will look back someday (as we parents do) and say how great this or that summer was because of what they did.

To help you get rolling, I am providing you (below) a list of 301 things that your kid can do during the summer. Many of these are low cost or no cost. This list makes sure that no kid need ever be bored.

The following list of 301 activities will help your kid, your family, and you take full advantage of the warm weather season and spark the creativity that makes summer the best time of the year! Your kid can look over the list and choose any activities they are interested in and get started. Some of my suggested activities require parental permission, but most are suitable for your kids to complete on their own.

301 THINGS YOUR KID CAN DO DURING THE SUMMER

1 Act in a play
2 Adopt a pet
3 Attend a concert
4 Bake cookies
5 Barbecue shrimp
6 Become a model
7 Become a photographer
8 Become an expert cupcake, cookie or brownie baker. Give them a funky name and sell them. That's how Wally 'Famous Amos' got started
9 Become an expert on something. Choose a topic you interested in and study it a little everyday. By the end of the summer, you'll be one of the leading experts
10 Blow up balloons and give them to your friends and family
11 Build a sandcastle
12 Build a tree house
13 Build an electric train model
14 Build your own plane from a kit
15 Buy a DVD projector and host a movie that you project on the side of your house at night
16 Call a president of a large company and interview him/her about what they do
17 Check out the stars with a telescope
18 Clean up a nature trail
19 Clean your room!
20 Climb a tree
21 Collect sea shells from the seashore
22 Cook something you've never cooked before
23 Cook your breakfast on an outdoor fire
24 Create a family photo album of summer activities
25 Create a terrarium
26 Create a treasure hunt
27 Create a web site
28 Create your own holiday - a Festivus-for-the-Rest-of-Us
29 Create your own science club with friends
30 Design a new clothing line
31 Determine 10 goals you have for your life.
32 Dig for fossils
33 Do 25 jumping jacks each day
34 Donate some of the toys and clothes you no longer use
35 Draw a self-portrait
36 E-mail a friend you haven't spoken to in awhile.
37 Send your question about life success and life's challenges to us.
38 Enter a chili cooking contest (or host your own)
39 Find a new favorite author or book
40 Find a pen-pal
41 Find the cheapest flight you can to a foreign country and go on a vacation
42 Fly a kite
43 Get a job as a lifeguard at the local pool
44 Get a job or an internship.
45 Get a ride on a paddle wheeler
46 Get a summer job with a friend
47 Get a temporary tattoo
48 Get in better shape! Exercise everyday
49 Get in touch with a cousin you've never met
50 Give your dog a bath.
51 Go backpacking
52 Go beachcombing for driftwood, shells and stones
53 Go birdwatching
54 Go boating
55 Go bowling
56 Go camping in a national park
57 Go camping in your backyard
58 Go camping on the beach
59 Go canoeing
60 Go deep sea diving
61 Go explore caves
62 Go fishing
63 Go for a hike
64 Go go-karting
65 Go hunting
66 Go on a boat ride
67 Go on a glass-bottom boat ride
68 Go on a hayride
69 Go on a long bike ride
70 Go on a rollercoaster ride
71 Go on a walk and take pictures of trees, flowers, dogs, etc.
72 Go out for lunch with one of your parents
73 Go outside and find 20 different kinds of flowers
74 Go paddle boating
75 Go parachuting
76 Go prospect for gold
77 Go river rafting
78 Go sailing
79 Go swimming
80 Go to a baseball game
81 Go to a camp
82 Go to a museum
83 Go to a national park
84 Go to a new restaurant
85 Go to a party
86 Go to a pre-season practice being held by your local pro team
87 Go to a science camp
88 Go to a Shakespeare festival
89 Go to a waterslide park
90 Go to an amusement park
91 Go to an antiques show
92 Go to an opera
93 Go to the fair
94 Go to the movies with friends
95 Go to the movies with your siblings.
96 Go to the playground and swing or play on the monkey bars
97 Go to the top of the tallest building in the nearest big city
98 Go to work with your parents and observe
99 Go vegetarian for a week
100 Go whale watching
101 Go window-shopping at the most expensive stores with a friend
102 Go without email for a day
103 Go without TV for a day
104 Hang a bird feeder
105 Have a bonfire and roast marshmallows
106 Have a bubblegum blowing contest
107 Have a 'classic movie' night with friends
108 Have a family game night
109 Have a paper airplane contest
110 Have a picnic
111 Have a sleepover with your best friends
112 Help an elderly person with house or yard work
113 Hike to a waterfall
114 Host a 24 hour soccer game for charity or just for fun
115 Host a 5k race to benefit charity
116 Host a dance and you be the DJ
117 Host a real clambake
118 Host a scavenger hunt in the neighborhood or with friends at a park
119 Host a water balloon fight
120 Host a yard sale
121 Increase your vocabulary. Learn 5 new words each day from the dictionary
122 Invent a new dance
123 Invent your own board game
124 Invite friends over and have a tea sandwich party
125 Keep a journal of what you do during the Summer
126 Learn a foreign language
127 Learn a martial art
128 Learn a new card game and play it a lot
129 Learn about fireworks
130 Learn CPR
131 Learn how to be a comedian
132 Learn how to make balloon animals
133 Learn how to make crafts
134 Learn how to make jewelry
135 Learn how to make sushi
136 Learn how to play chess
137 Learn how to play the conga drums
138 Learn how to play the guitar
139 Learn how to rappel down mountains
140 Learn how to refinish antique furniture
141 Learn how to sail
142 Learn how to sew
143 Learn how to sew or knit
144 Learn how to snorkel
145 Learn how to swim
146 Learn how to throw a boomerang
147 Learn or teach a new sport with someone
148 Learn origami
149 Learn some new outdoor games
150 Learn to how to paint
151 Learn to windsurf
152 Listen to a motivational audio program
153 Look for sand dollars and shells at a beach
154 Make a bird feeder
155 Make a collage from magazine photos and words
156 Make a delicious ice cream float
157 Make a fire plan for your home
158 Make a new kind of sandwich
159 Make a scrapbook of everything you do this summer
160 Make a scrapbook of your baby pictures.
161 Make a smoothie so tasty it makes your toes curl!
162 Make a time capsule and bury it in your backyard
163 Make an obstacle course in your back yard
164 Make dinner for your family
165 Make homemade fruit juice.
166 Make homemade ice cream
167 Make popsicles in your freezer.
168 Make purses and sell them
169 Make something from recyclables
170 Make the world's best root beer float.
171 Open a savings account at your bank
172 Organize a bike safety clinic
173 Organize a scavenger hunt
174 Paint your family
175 Plan a trip to Disney World
176 Plan the vacation you want to take next summer.
177 Plant flowers in your yard.
178 Play a computer game
179 Play backgammon
180 Play badminton
181 Play croquet
182 Play crossword puzzles
183 Play in a summer sports league
184 Play monopoly
185 Play pool
186 Play pool volleyball
187 Play putt-putt golf
188 Play soccer
189 Play Twister
190 Play volleyball
191 Play Wii
192 Play with the family pet
193 Play with your siblings
194 Produce and direct your own movie
195 Put up a basketball hoop in your driveway
196 Read 25 (or 50 or more) books this Summer
197 Read a book about a famous super-achiever
198 Read a book based on a movie you have seen
199 Read a story to someone
200 Read the newspaper (your favorite parts) everyday
201 Recycle bottles and donate the money to a local charity
202 Re-decorate your room
203 Rent a bicycle-built-for-two and go for a ride with a friend or family member
204 Rent a houseboat
205 Research your family tree
206 Ride a mechanical bull
207 Ride a rollercoaster
208 Ride every ride at the carnival
209 Ride on a train
210 Roast marshmallows
211 Set up a lemonade stand
212 Share your favorite DVD with a friend
213 Shoot 100 free throws
214 Show off your green thumb! Buy some flower seeds and plant them in your own garden
215 Sign up at your local library for their summer great books reading program
216 Spend time with your grandparents
217 Start a babysitting business
218 Start a band
219 Start a blog
220 Start a business
221 Start a collection of something you find interesting
222 Start a diary and write in it everyday.
223 Start a dog pooper-scooper business
224 Start a dog-walking business
225 Start a grocery shopping business
226 Start a herb garden
227 Start a lawn care business
228 Start a magazine for kids your age
229 Start a snow-removal business. (Send out flyers now so everyone remembers when the winter season comes)
230 Start a tutoring business
231 Start a yard cleaning business
232 Start an errand running business
233 Start an internet based business
234 Start an investing club with your friends. Buy stock. Sell stock. Make money!
235 Start practicing to become an Olympic Athlete
236 Start saving for a trip to Europe (or Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, Japan,... ) next Summer
237 Start your own soccer camp
238 Stay at a Dude Ranch
239 Stay in a hostel
240 Stay up and watch the shows that air from midnight to 7am
241 Study a school subject during the Summer
242 Subscribe to a new magazine
243 Swim with dolphins
244 Swim with stingrays
245 Take a boat ride
246 Take a course on mountaineering
247 Take a dance class
248 Take a family vacations
249 Take a first aid class
250 Take a helicopter ride
251 Take a jeep tour in the wilds of Arizona or New Mexico
252 Take a math class
253 Take a ride on a dinner train
254 Take a singing class
255 Take a trip in an RV
256 Take a vacation on a cruise ship
257 Take a walk and listen to the sounds of nature
258 Take a yoga class
259 Take an orienteering class
260 Take flying lessons
261 Take Pictures of interesting buildings, homes, birds, trees, waterways, cars, roads...
262 Take up golfing
263 Take up trampoline jumping
264 Take your dog for a walk.
265 Take your dog to dog-obedience school
266 Tale a class on animation
267 Teach your grandparents to use email
268 Throw a cultural heritage party in your neighborhood
269 Tie-Dye a t-shirt
270 Track the moon phases
271 Train for running your first marathon
272 Try to break a Guinness Book of World Records record
273 Use a compass or GPS to map your neighborhood
274 Visit a farm
275 Visit a National Park
276 Visit a tourist spot near your city
277 Visit every professional baseball or football stadium in the country
278 Visit Mt. Rushmore
279 Visit the aquarium
280 Visit the desert
281 Visit the Grand Canyon
282 Visit the Great Wall of China
283 Visit the Rocky Mountains
284 Visit the zoo
285 Visit Washington, DC
286 Visit the U.S. service academies (West Point, Annapolis, Air Force Academy, Coast Guard Academy... )
287 Volunteer at a local nursing home
288 Watch a cricket match
289 Watch a favorite TV show with your friends
290 Write a book
291 Write a comedy TV show
292 Write a fairy tale
293 Write a letter to your best friend
294 Write a letter to your grandparents telling them how much you love them
295 Write a list of the 10 most important questions you want to ask you grandparents. Then ask them the questions
296 Write a list of the 10 most important questions you want to ask you parents. Then ask them the questions
297 Write a play and get your friends to act it out
298 Write a poem
299 Write a song
300 Write a speech on something you find interesting
301 Write letters on airplane air-sickness bags and mail them to your friends

Summer Fun
My Goals Are...

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3. ______________________________________
4. ______________________________________
5. ______________________________________
6. ______________________________________
7. ______________________________________
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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Companion Gardening 102

How Does Companion Planting Help My Home Vegetable Garden Grow Better?
By Loretta Crowder

Companion planting in your home vegetable garden is based on the relationships between plants and organisms, as well as among various different plants. The attractant crops are the plants that attract beneficial insects that you want in the garden. These factors prey on pest insects and supplement their diet with the nectar and pollen of the attractant crops. On the other hand, repellent crops discourage pests. Marigolds, for example, exude a substance from their roots that repels eelworms (root-sucking nematodes). It is quite common to see home gardeners plant a border of marigolds around their vegetable garden to keep these pests away from precious edibles. Another excellent all-purpose pest repellent is garlic - grown in humus rich soil, garlic gives off sulfur compounds (what makes garlic smell) that will kill aphids and onion flies, just to name a couple of things.

Another important factor in companion planting includes allies (those that help adjacent plants by nourishing them). For example, legumes (peas or beans) fix nitrogen from the air, adding nutrition to the soil. When allies are planted with root vegetables (carrots, turnips, radishes, rutabagas and beets) the allies provide fertilizer to neighboring plants. (Sometimes better than our own neighbors right?) Plants that make good neighbors don't compete for space, sun, or nutrients. For example, inter-planting corn and lettuce maximizes the use of space in your home vegetable garden; the corn shields the lettuce from the sun's glare and the plants have no pests in common. Another one, basil can enhance the growth of any plant in close proximity.

All the elements of companion gardening are not complete without some mention of the plant enemies. Plant enemies are plants that may have a negative effect on other plants when grown in close proximity. Sometimes an enemy may be too aggressive, competing for the same sun and soil nutrients of a neighboring plant. A different type of plant may attract or be a host plant for a pest or disease that also affects the other plants you want to grow in your home vegetable garden. Some plants inhibit the growth of specific plants or all plants in general, such as black walnut trees and sunflowers. Another plant that often stunts the growth of other plants is fennel, but fennel attracts beneficial parasitic wasps and can be given space near your garden rather than inside your home vegetable garden.

With these facts in mind, you should be able to plan your home vegetable garden so that it will benefit from allies, attractant crops and repellent crops while avoiding plant enemies. Whether we want to admit it or not, pests come in all shapes and sizes, from microscopic size upwards. These pests can wreak havoc on a vegetable garden if these same pests are not controlled. Diseases, too, come in all sorts of guises - molds and mildews, wilts and blights, curls and burns. Depending on the disease, its manifestation and effects may be merely unsightly or at worst can destroy an entire vegetable garden. Insects - both good and bad-will vary from one garden to the next; each habitat is unique.

If you haven't tried companion gardening yet, do you plan on seeding your home vegetable garden with companion gardening in mind?

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Companion Gardening 101

Companion Planting - Natures Own Pesticide
By: Cynthia M Overfield

Before there were chemical and manufactured pesticides, early settlers used companion planting to keep away pests and to make their crops grow heartier. Farmers of old would plant squash, beans and corn together because they knew that these three crops were kept in balance because they gave each other nutrients.

Organic farmers and those who care about not polluting the Earth use this type of gardening method in lieu of chemicals and harsh fertilizers. Planting two or more crops together in some instances will allow nature to make its own pesticide protection and its own fertilizer.

What exactly is companion planting?

Companion planting is the practice of planting certain types of plants next to or around each other to discourage disease, pests and to help all the plants grow to their full potential. You can't just run out and start planting a menagerie of plants. You do have to study up a little bit. Knowing which plants use a lot of the soils nutrients and which plants need more water are all things you must take into consideration. You should never grow two plants together that deplete the soil or who need lots of water; they will just fight each other for their own share instead of balancing each other out.

My mother always put orange peels in her flower beds to keep the cats out. Farmers who grow hay may plant that crop for two years, and then plant a crop of oats so that the soil will get replenished with nutrients. Using companion planting works in the same way. You are letting Mother Nature make her own eco-system.

Companion Planting as a Pest Control

Many people like to companion plant to control pests. If you garden much then you will know that some bugs are necessary; bees for plant growth and worms for replenishing the soil, so you never want to harm the varmints that should be there.

You can plant marigolds throughout your flower gardens to control aphids. They look beautiful mixed in with other flowers and they naturally repel the bugs that eat the leaves. You could plant garlic around the same area as your rose bushes to keep the aphids away. Garlic planted around the borders of your potato beds will help keep the dreaded potato beetle from destroying your valuable crop.

You may be using chemical pesticides and fertilizers because you don't really know any other way to keep your gardens healthy and bug free. We have seen the studies of what these substances are doing to the planet and many caring people are starting to use our ancestor's old methods of pest and fertilizer control.

When you mix different types of plants together, you are not only helping the planet-you will be surprised at how beautiful your gardens will look when you learn how to do companion gardening correctly.

Cynthia writes a successful blog called Tulip Care Tips - Bulb Gardening For The Beginner. She loves sharing her gardening tips with others. Visit her website at: http://www.tulipcaretips.com

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Father's Day Gift Ideas

Great Father's Day Gift Ideas
By:Phoenix Roberts

Father's Day gifts can be a tricky proposition. Fortunately, most men have similar basic needs and wants that don't change much, regardless of their age or situation. This Father's Day gift buying guide will help you figure out how to buy a Father's Day gift that will tell Dear Old Dad that you care -- specifically, that you care enough to think about what he would really like to receive on Father's Day.

Electronics -- Gifts for the Techno-Dad

GPS
Men don't like asking directions, so help Dad get where he's going with a global positioning system. A basic handheld GPS or mobile GPS unit displays coordinates over a map. Fancier GPS systems go from a simple dash-mount GPS navigation system to multi-component in-dash car audio-video units loaded with everything you want and a few things you may never figure out.

LCD TV
Most LCD televisions are called flat panel televisions because they are thin and light enough to hang on the wall like a painting. LCD technology has seen huge improvements in recent years and LCD TVs are becoming the most popular TV set. Big screens are fabulous, but not a necessity -- a 26-inch LCD TV is affordably priced and works in most rooms. For the serious movie or sports fan, a 32-inch to 42-inch wide-screen HDTV is a thing to be envied. If you have a very large TV room or just like your action life-size, go 52 inches or bigger!

Home Theater Audio
If Dad already has a widescreen TV, well, what's dazzling video without astounding audio? Pick out a home theater! For small rooms, a home-theater-in-a-box -- a package containing the amplifier, tuner and speakers -- is enough but not too much. For Dads who never shout, "Turn your stereo down!" go with surround sound speakers -- a multi-speaker system identified by number: 5.1, 6.1 or 7.1; the ".1" is the subwoofer (the deep notes); the other number is how many speakers are in the group. Spread them around the room and they'll reproduce theater-quality audio.

iPods & MP3 players
Dad probably grew up with "boomboxes" or "ghetto blasters," big radio-cassette tape players. Today's Dad still wants to listen to Elvis Presley or Johnny Cash or Rachmaninov (or maybe SheDaisy), but on pocket-sized iPods and MP3 players. iPods help keep distractions down while working. MP3 players make excellent companions driving or exercising. If music isn't Dad's thing, help keep the gray matter from getting stale with audio books.

Video game consoles and games
Lots of Dads grew up with video games then outgrew them. Now that they have children to game with, video games make brilliant Father's Day gift ideas. A new video game console can be a great way to get some one-on-one time with each child. It's also a way for Mom and Dad to keep an eye on the video games the kids are playing.

Sports -- Gifts for the Active Dad

Camping
Think you've run out of Father's Day ideas because Dad has a room full of electronics? Here's an idea: Turn them off! That's right, shut them down, throw the kids in the car and take to the great outdoors! What good is a Father's Day present that brings the whole world into your living room if you never get out and experience the real thing? Fishing gear gifts or camping gifts for Dad can be simple and economical, or you can buy enough camp gear for a crusade. (By the way, if Dad really isn't the Lewis and Clark type, Mom might still get him to pitch a family tent in the backyard, if she buys a cozy double sleeping bag to go with it!)

Golf
Whether Dad is a duffer or the local club pro, if the man likes his links, he needs something. (Don't buy him golf lessons unless he knows he needs them.) Fortunately, the great thing about golf gifts is the range -- not the driving, range, the price range! They start with useful, inexpensive gear like rangefinders and electronic scorecards, going all the way to a golf club set including the best handmade woods or latest high-tech irons.

Do the Q!
BBQ, that is. Barbecue may be America's most popular lawn sport, and like any great athlete, the right equipment is important in making the point spread. A classic charcoal grill or a new-style gas grill plus grill accessories are cooking essentials that abound in the home store. By the way, Dad will enjoy this even more with Father's Day baskets full of gourmet foods, tasty treats or other goodies!

Games
Dads work hard, so they appreciate Father's Day gifts that help them relax. "Poker night with the boys" is more common in late night reruns than most suburban homes, but it hasn't gone the way of the vinyl record yet. Poker is more than just a way to trade money; it is something to do with the hands while men talk about manly things. Dad doesn't gamble? Not a problem with the many indoor games on today's market. Board games include chess, backgammon or darts. For the bigger game room, a billiards table or billiards accessories. They are all gift ideas for Dads they will be grateful for every time they play.

Other gift ideas -- Gifts for the hard-to-buy-for Dad

Gear and gizmos work for most Dads, but not all. Personalized Father's Day gifts -- meaning gifts that reflect Dad's personality, not just something with his name or initials -- require thought. For Dads with other tastes, Father's Day can be an interesting challenge:

Superior style
Men's clothing and men's jewelry are great choices for the Dad who's serious about his appearance, but it can be tricky. Solid research for truly personal items means you avoid the ever-present Father's Day gift-giving risk -- getting something you like instead of something Dad likes. Some Dads always dress casual; some always dress for business; some like to mix it up. Whatever his taste, there are plenty of Father's Day gift ideas in the clothing store (especially in the designer section!). Likewise, the right men's jewelry, including fine men's watches, could be a Father's Day gift that really hits the mark; one he'll wear for life and could become a treasured family heirloom.

Academic advancement
For Father's Day ideas for the practical Dads whose business or profession demands they keep up with the latest advances, or for Dads who simply like a good tale well told, choose something from among the classics or latest releases in books, movies, music and videos.

"Back in my day..."
Is Dad waxing nostalgic? Is he always talking about "the way things were"? If so, maybe a retro-gift is the Father's Day gift he'll love. Get him a candlestick telephone, a collectible framed photo showing someone he admires, a collegiate souvenir or something else to remind him -- with a gentle smile -- that's he's getting on in years.

The Pro from Dover!
Is Dad a professional man? Most professionals still carry briefcases or attache cases and these do wear out eventually. Practical gifts are excellent Father's Day gift ideas for the practical man. Pick a prime-leather business case or some new luggage.

What's his size?

Getting the right size can be a tricky proposition. If you want to get personalized Father's Day gifts like clothes that really fit well, take a look at what Dad wears most often. Generally, this is what fits him best. If you can't measure the Man, measure the clothing.

What doesn't work on Father's Day?

A keychain -- unless it contains keys to a new car, leave this one at the auto parts counter.

"Oh, I don't really want anything." Yeah, right.

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