5 More All-American Road Trips

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It’s summer again, which means that the open road beckons. Whether you’ve got an old-school convertible or a family minivan, you can take advantage of the miles and miles of road that stripe the United States and see bustling cities, quaint towns and all of the quirky rest stops in between. I wrote about five great American road trips last year, but I wanted to highlight five more in the heart of this summer travel season. Pick your path, load the trunk – and the cooler – and hit the road.

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1. Million Dollar Highway – Where Every Picture Is a Money Shot

You’re not mistaken: The views on this drive are leaving you breathless. That’s because the Million Dollar Highway – part of the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway – climbs more than two miles above sea level. From your perch, you can see all of the incredible scenery for which Colorado is so well known. The drive begins in Silverton, Colo., and ends in Ouray, a mere 25 miles that might take you a while, since you’ll stopping for pictures on the way.

You could also do the entire 236 miles of the Scenic Byway if you want to take a longer road trip, although you should spend a few days enjoying all of the gorgeous grounds that it has to offer. Read the rest of this entry

Tips To Fix A Slow Running Computer

If your computer is running slow, then fix it rather than spending a hefty amount on buying a new one. Here are some of the several ways you can do it.

  1. There are many unused programs running in the background on your computer of which you know not. To fix your computer delete all these useless programs.

Go to the Control Panel, open Programs and Features, scroll down the list of software that are installed on your computer. To remove the programs that you do not use, uninstall them. Make sure you do not delete the software that is essential for the computer hardware. If you are not sure about which programs to remove, use a PC decrapifier that tells you the programs that can be deleted.

  1. A collection of files from your everyday work is kept on the hard disk. These are temporary files that slow down your computer. To fix your system speed and performance, clear these files from your computer. Also delete browser history and all cookies and cache’ as this will release some hard disk space on your computer.

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How To Insulate Your Conservatory

More and more people like the idea of using their conservatory as an all year round space, not just for when the sun shines and the weather is warmer. In order to get the best use of a conservatory all year round, it’s important to not only be able to heat it but to insulate it, too.

Without proper insulation of the walls, ceiling and floor, your heating bills will be expensive and you’ll still probably have a chilly conservatory during the colder months. Read the rest of this entry

5 Simple Household Swaps That Save the Environment

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It’s easy to shrug off recycling as one more added frustration to your household organization. Who wants to take an extra few minutes to rinse out tin cans when you can just pitch them in the trash? But there are environmentally friendly swaps you can make throughout your household that will not only help out Mother Earth, but will help your family and your budget.

Are you ready to learn a few tips that’ll improve your own health, bank account and the planet? All these solutions save the earth from harsh chemicals or excessive waste.

1. Use DIY Cleaning Products

Replenishing your cleaning products doesn’t have to make up half your grocery budget. You can use homemade substitutes from baking soda, lemon, borax and white vinegar. That combination will cost you under $5 and — except for replenishing lemons — will last for some time. You can even add a splash of the essential oil of your choice for a nice scent. Read the rest of this entry

Ramadan: An Introduction

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Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. Muslims all over the world celebrate this as a month of fasting and prayers. It is the time when Muhammad received the initial revelations of what became the Quran. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint and self-reflection. Fasting is seen as a way to purify the soul and have empathy for those in the world who are hungry and less fortunate. Muslims go to work and take care of their usual activities during Ramadan however some also read the entire Quran, recite special prayers and attend mosques more frequently during this time. The main aspects of this festival are: Read the rest of this entry

Tips for Arranging Your Furniture Layout

When I tell people I don’t have a TV, one of the first questions they usually ask is, “what do you point your furniture at?” This is actually a pretty great question. We’ve become so used to the TV as the focal point of our living rooms that we don’t really know how to set up our furniture without one. It’s a clear demonstration that the way we set up furniture determines how we inhabit and use our space. Here are a few tips for arranging your furniture:

What’s Important

The first thing you need to consider when laying out your furniture and arranging your living space is what you want the room to be. How you envision using the space should help you determine the best way to arrange the furniture. Do you want the room to be a space that fosters conversation and togetherness, or do you want the space to be a utilitarian one where you can get some uninterrupted work done? Read the rest of this entry



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