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A Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Idea

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Have Dad take the kids fishing! It’s an enjoyable outing and gives Mom a little alone time. Be sure to check out the Farmers’ Almanac fishing calendar for the Best Day to fish!

Fishing Secret

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Another great way to put those used coffee grounds to use! Mix a cup of used coffee grounds in with your bait worms to keep them alive and wiggling longer. Plus, fish—especially trout and bass—are attracted to coffee-scented worms.

No Straw, Please!

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When dining out, simply request “no straw” with your beverage to help reduce trash. Most of us don’t use a drinking straw with our glass of water at home, so why use one when out? Over 500 million plastic straws are used and discarded every day in the United States alone — that’s 175 billion a

Frost-Free Windshields

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Fill a clean spray bottle with 1 part water and 2 parts rubbing alcohol and store it in your car during the cold weather months. Spray it on your frosted windshield and windows on those chilly mornings to make scraping easier.

Rid Your Shoes of Mud!

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Keep some disposable chopsticks handy in the mudroom to clean mud and dirt from the deep treads of your boots and shoes. Chopsticks are the perfect size to dig into the small grooves.

Timely Tick Tip

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Next time you’re outside doing yard work, taking a walk (no matter how short), or hiking, take along a sticky tape lint roller and periodically roll it across your skin and clothes. Any ticks that have landed on you will be picked up.

Conserve Water

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To conserve water, use a broom or rake to clean away leaves and debris from your driveway and patio rather than a hose. Using a hose can waste as much as 150 gallons of water. You’ll get the added benefit of getting some exercise as well!

How To Predict Winter Weather With Persimmon Seeds

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Remove the seeds from a locally grown persimmon and soak them in hot water for about an hour to soften. Gently pry apart the seed’s outer shell (you can use your teeth or a sharp blade —just be careful!) to reveal the shape inside. According to folklore, the majority of the shapes you see determine the

Don’t Let Your Tent Get Moldy Or Musty

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Before packing your tent up for the season, put some clean kitty litter in a sock and tie it in a knot. Put it in the tent. This will help keep mold and mustiness away.

Homemade Bug Repellent

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Use 1 big bottle of blue mouthwash, 3 cups of Epsom salt, and 3 stale beers. Mix together until salt dissolves. Place in spray bottle. Spray perimeter where you are sitting. (Do not spray on yourself!)

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