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How to Make a Two-Board Backyard Lounger

One afternoon of work, one great chair.<p><b>Okay, we'll admit that although last month's CNC-milled chair</b> was awesome, the project was out of reach for many readers. So here's something you can build that doesn't require access to a $25,000 CNC machine. In fact, you'll need little more than a circular …

9 Genius Ways To Relieve Bug Bites

<b>Honey</b><br>If you don’t mind a bit of stickiness, honey is an anti-inflammatory and can make the itching a little less tempting, says board-certified dermatologist Whitney Bowe, M.D.<p><b>Milk and Water</b><br>This is Schultz’s favorite technique. Mix equal parts skim milk and water, dip a thin cloth (like …

10 Peach Smoothies that are PERFECT for Summer

This peach smoothie contains bananas, chia seeds, coconut shavings, and protein powder for extra power. It's an excellent pre-workout drink to boost your energy.<p>Peaches, bananas, and carrots—oh, my! Throw in some flaxseeds, and you've got a one heck of a smoothie.<p>The Fourth of July may be over, but …

40 Clever Life Hacks to Simplify your World

Back in January the Sifter posted <i>50 Life Hacks to Simplify your World</i>. The post went on the be one of the most shared articles in the history of the …

Micro fungi of Australia - in pictures

Photographer Stephen Axford forages for fungi in the forests of New South Wales in Australia. He doesn't harvest them, he captures their beauty on camera

6 Summer Salads You'll Actually Crave

<b>1. Black Bean, Corn & Avocado Salad with Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette</b><p>With black beans, sweet corn, crisp bell peppers and creamy avocado, this is one of those crowd-pleasing, make-ahead recipes that everyone loves. You can serve it as a side dish, salad or dip. The vinaigrette is similar to the …

Cooking

24 Summer Recipes Everyone Should Know How to Cook

It's summertime, and the cookin's easy—master these ultimate summer dishes and eat well through September<p><b>Just because we're not in the mood to fire up the oven</b> to make brisket in the summer, doesn't mean we're off the hook when it comes to warm weather meals. Nope, when it comes to summertime, …

Cooking

This is the Easiest, Tastiest Summer Drink Ever

Andrew Zimmerman of Chicago's Sepia is a major proponent of a proper daiquiri.<p><i>After a night on the line, most chefs have a go-to drink, from cheap</i> …

Getting Familiar With Color Relationships for Impactful Photography

The topic of color relationships in photography is somewhat akin to the topic of composition in that there are no set-in-stone rules governing these …

The 13 Greatest Iced Coffee Recipes for Summer

Cool down and caffeine up with these delicious iced coffee drinks that you can make at home!<p>Cool down and caffeine up with these delicious iced coffee drinks that you can make at home! Via Redbook.com

Coffee

Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Exercise 1 Basic Workout: Plank<p>Starting at the top of a pushup position, bend your elbows and lower yourself down until you can shift your weight from your hands to your forearms. Your body should form a straight line. Brace your abs (imagine someone is about to punch you in the gut) and hold for …

Outdoor Daybeds Let You Enjoy Summer In Comfort And Style

What better way to enjoy the beautiful summer weather, the sun and the views than while sitting and relaxing in a daybed placed outdoors? This sounds …

DIY Sunscreen - Easy To Make (and why YOU need this recipe)! • pronounceskincare.com

C<i>onfession: I have been sitting on this sunscreen recipe post (and not sharing it with all of you) for a loooong time.</i> Whew! I feel better getting …

Bye, Bye Bugs (especially mosquitoes). Effective DIY Bug Spray Recipe! | Pronounce

Source: Håkan Dahlström<p>Looking for a natural DIY bug spray recipe that will not leave you soaked in horrific chemicals? <i>Who needs that!??</i><p>Here is where …

Homesessive

50 Ways to Upcycle Tree Branches and Logs - Living Vintage

I guess you could call me a tree hugger. I do love trees enough to hug them.<p><b>My appreciation of trees</b> started when I was a little girl. <b></b> My mother is a …

15 Creative Water Projects For The Garden

Water features in the garden are beautiful as well as calming and peaceful. Including a fountain in your garden landscape is one of the best ways of …

21 Epsom Salt Garden "Cheats" You Don't Want To Miss!

There are many reasons to use Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) in the garden. It contains magnesium one of what vegetable garden growers call the …

Best Vegetables to Grow in the Shade - Organic Gardening

For many gardeners, the optimum conditions most vegetables prefer — eight to 10 hours of full sun — just aren’t possible. Whether it’s from trees or …

10 Creative Ideas to Make an Outdoor Oasis for Kids this Summer

With warm weather finally here, the wheels in my mind have been turning thinking of fun ways to get my little ones outdoors as much as possible this …

Landscaping

How to Build a Natural Swimming Pool - DIY

<i>Learn how to build a natural swimming pool in order to create a cooling summer retreat for your homestead.</i><p>Whether you like to practice your dolphin …

Summer's Most Refreshing Cocktail Comes From Venice

When summer temperatures soar, folks around the world take different strategies for adult refreshment. In Mexico, an icy cerveza hits the spot. Spain’s sunny climate makes it the gin and tonic capital of the world. But it’s the Italians who do it best, especially in the Veneto where the Aperol …

Homemade Pet Friendly Weed Killer

By Heather Rhoades<p>Your pets are as much a part of your life as your garden is and you want to make sure that they can enjoy your garden without it …

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book | Colossal

<p>In 1692 an artist known only as “A. Boogert” sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors. Not only would he begin the book with a bit …

3 Simple Ways that Solar Energy Can Save You Money at Home - Renewable Energy

Before the adjective “green” was used to describe the modern environmentalist movement, the color had a more monetary association. Hey, green may be …

Start Right with Chickens: the Basics for Beginners.

PHOTO BY FREDERICK J. DUNN<p>Today, chickens are popping up in the most unlikely and unexpected parts of the country. City chickens are no longer rare …

Farming

Learn Homesteading Skills – Homestead Blog & Online Library For Beginners

Learn Homesteading skills online at Homestead.org for free. Enjoy and learn traditional homesteading skills without buying the farm. Homestead Online …

6 future Android phones to keep an eye on: January 2015 edition

2015 may have only just begun, but the first smartphones of the year are right around the corner. CES, which is less than a week away, will give us our first glimpse at this year’s smartphones, and there will be plenty more to come over the next twelve months.<p>The world of Android is full of …

Mobile Technology

Herbal Tea Garden Plans for Stress, Colds, Flus and More - Gardening

Many of us suffer from minor ailments that can be treated with herbal teas. Whether we are coping with stress, fighting a cold or need help getting …

Winners of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Part I

The Sony World Photography Awards have announced the winners of their Open, Youth, and National Award competitions today. The winners were selected from over 70,000 entries submitted by photo enthusiasts and amateurs from across the world. Overall winners and the judging of the final categories are …