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5 Plants that will Kill You

Have you ever stopped to wonder while in your yard or garden at which plants may actually be deadly to you? I know I haven’t, but after doing a little research I have to say, I am a bit surprised, and you may be as well. Castor Bean Who would have thought the very plant that was spoon-fed to children could have such a deadly ingredient. And to be among the group of plants that made the list of most deadly plant poison. One oh so small castor bean is capable of killing an adult within minutes. These plants are particularly grown in California, but can be found all over. Rosary Pea Next on the list...
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Energy Efficient Home Design: Green Up & Green Down

Greening up with more highly efficient home design is a sure way to green down on the pocketbook. Although energy efficiency is linked to protecting the environment, it involves much more than just “going green” in the sense of preserving the environment. Energy efficiency is making the most of resources, which has a long-term effect financially as well as sustainably. How to Make Homes Energy Efficient When it comes to building or remodeling a home, the energy efficiency of the home should be taken into account. The higher your home’s energy efficiency, the more money you can save in expenses...
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Natural Face Moisturizers for Dry Skin

Believe it or not, a majority of people suffer from dry skin in one way or another. It also isn’t just an ailment strictly confined to women, as some may assume – it can also affect men quite drastically. But what causes dry skin? Well, it could be a number of things. First, some people are just born with dry skin, just like some people are born with blonde hair. It’s not really something they can control. For these people, the chemicals inside their bodies just can’t produce the correct amount sebum to keep their skin at a comfortable texture. Sebum is the oily, waxy...
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Dog Body Language: What that “Woof” Really Means

  Have you ever seen your dog make an odd expression and wondered, “Now what, exactly does that mean?” We treat our pets like they’re a part of the family. We even talk to them like they know exactly what we’re saying, and sometimes they respond in a manner that suggests they do know exactly what we’re saying. The thing about pets though, is they cannot talk back to us. They can’t say, “No, mom. I’m not eating that new food. I really hate it.” Or even, “It’s really nice outside. Can you let me out?” Instead, we have...
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Accumulair Platinum Air Filter

The Tragedy of Fiberglass Filters I never realized how important it was to choose the correct air filters for my furnace until recently. I really thought they were all the same. As long as I had something in there, I was good, right? Wrong! I learned the hard way after buying all those filters that were the cheap inexpensive kind that I could see right through. And when I placed them in my unit, I had to be extremely careful not to bend them because most of the time they would collapse from the air flow. Pictured above: fiberglass filter I would wonder why it recommends changing every 30 days when I...
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Household Inventions by Women that Keep Them in the Kitchen

What names do you think of when you hear the word “inventor”? Thomas Edison? Benjamin Franklin? Alexander Graham Bell? I’ll bet it’s not Martha Knight or Nancy Johnson. Wait—who are those ladies, you may ask, and you would be asking a good question. They are just two of many women inventors. In fact, I would like to introduce you to some very special women. These women, most of them little homemakers themselves, made their marks on history by sharing with the world their own inventions that we find in the kitchen every day. Let’s meet these ladies and their inventions… Cleaning and Curing...
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