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Must Have Travel Items for Travel to Third World Countries

The first time I went to a third world country I was sixteen years old, had no clue what to expect, and subsequently, was hardly prepared. I learned quickly, however, what I should have brought, and the next time I went to a third world country, I was much more prepared! Here are some must-have items if...

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Natural Hair Care Products

Gorgeous, luscious locks don’t have to come from an expensive bottle of salon shampoo. In fact, there are a wide variety of natural hair care products you can make yourself, eliminating harsh ingredients and chemicals found in most commercial hair care products. Even if you’re new to making your own beauty treatments, the following recipes are...

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Nap Time: Not Just For Children

You’ve seen it again and again: kids complain and whine that they don’t want to take a nap. They fight it. They refuse to settle down, or keep chattering away in defiance of the inevitable. But eventually the nap wins and voilà, it instantly transforms them. They wake up refreshed and ready to get on with...

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Meals To Freeze Now and Eat Later

When you think of meals that freeze well, you usually think of casseroles. While the origin of the word “casserole” is French, this dish has been an American dinner time staple since the 1950s. Most casseroles use a standard list of ingredients: meat, poultry, or fish and vegetables incorporated in a soup (typically canned) or sauce, and topped with grated cheese or...

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Making Your Own Soap

Soap is probably one of the most taken-for-granted items, because you can’t remember a time when it wasn’t around. However, this under-appreciated grooming accessory has a rich history dating back to ancient Babylon. The earliest recorded soap-making recipe, consisting of water, alkali, and cassia oil, was found on a Babylonian clay tablet that dates back to...

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Making Your Own Gingerbread House

The gingerbread house is a wonderful tradition that is anticipated by both young and old alike; but buying a kit to build one can be very cost prohibitive, especially in these lean economic times. You and your family can still enjoy the fun and magic of a gingerbread house this holiday season by following the instructions...

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Making Meat Tender Through Braising

It isn’t news that food prices are spiraling out of control. What makes it worse is that other living expenses are also climbing into the stratosphere, causing most families to look at their grocery budgets to see where they can make cuts to save money. While it’s necessary to take a hard line during these troubling financial times, you don’t want to have to...

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Making Friends When You Move

It can be hard to start over and make new friends. When you move, yes, you still have your friends “back home” and you keep in touch with them, but you need to make new friends, too — friends that live near you, have similar interests as you, and that will help you out when you...