Author: Elizabeth Yuko

Photo: ImYanis (Shutterstock)This is the third summer of the COVID-19 pandemic, and people are ready to travel. Over the past two years, so many vacation plans have been cancelled, only to be rescheduled and cancelled again. Now more than ever, increasing numbers of people are ready to pretend the pandemic is over and book some flights. So if you’re looking to fly somewhere this summer, here’s when to book the cheapest summer flights.Opt for AugustAccording to reports from Expedia and CheapAir, August is the cheapest month to travel this summer, with average ticket prices nearly 10% lower than July, and…

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Photo: Oldboys (Shutterstock)Golf courses are known for their greener-than-green, perfectly manicured grass. And if you’ve been to one, you may have noticed a layer of sand on links. But unlike those professionally maintained grounds, most people don’t have their own landscaper or groundskeeper, and, as a result, want to take matters into their own hands.But will putting sand on your lawn make it the greenest grass on the block? Or will it ultimately do more harm than good? Here’s what to know.When to put sand on your lawnThe practice of spreading a layer of sand on your lawn—sometimes referred to…

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Photo: Africa Studio (Shutterstock)In addition to providing a blank canvas for your meals, white dishes are also a perennial favorite for their clean look. So when they develop stubborn stains—as a result of aging, wear and tear, or certain foods—they may lose some of their appeal. Here are a few ways to get them back to their original color (or at least close to it).Baking sodaWhether you’re dealing with metal scuff marks or deep stains, some baking soda may do the trick. Sprinkle a decent amount of baking soda on the surface of the plate or dish, then add a…

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Photo: FreshPaint (Shutterstock)Painting interior walls in your home is one of those tasks that seems pretty quick and simple, but usually ends up being far more work than you anticipated. That’s because it’s not only a matter of brushing or rolling on a coat of fresh paint—there’s also all the prep work and cleanup that goes along with it (and tends to be edited out of TV shows featuring home makeovers).And along with prep work like moving furniture out of the way and covering everything in drop cloths, there’s the matter of washing the walls. This is where it can…

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Photo: maymak (Shutterstock)When you mail something via the United States Postal Service (USPS), it can be hard to know when it might reach its final destination. And if it seems like it’s been taking longer than usual for a letter to get from one part of the country to another, it’s not your imagination: It’s part of a USPS money-saving strategy. While there are no guaranteed delivery timeframes for regular first-class mail, an interactive map from the USPS makes it possible to find out how long it is expected to take for a letter to arrive at its destination. Here’s…

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Photo: j.chizhe (Shutterstock)Although fresh basil is now available in supermarkets year-round, it’s not the same as being able to go into your own backyard (or turn to the planter on your windowsill) and picking a few leaves when you need them. But it’s one thing to clear a stem or two for some cocktails: What about picking a majority of the plant to make pesto?Basil’s growing season is already limited to summer weather, so you may be concerned about taking too many of your plants’ leaves early on and being left with nothing come July and August. But fear not:…

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Photo: JoannaTkaczuk (Shutterstock)For those who love to cook, having your own herb garden is a game-changer. Not only is it super convenient to have all those fresh flavors at your doorstep, but if you use them a lot, it tends to be more economical to grow your own instead of constantly buying them in the supermarket.But better yet, some herbs are perennials—meaning they grow back year-after-year on their own: No replanting-required. Here are some of the best perennial herbs to grow yourself.The best perennial herbs to grow in your gardenAlthough perennial herbs aren’t guaranteed to grow for a certain length…

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Photo: Jamie Hooper (Shutterstock)At this time of year, yard sales and flea markets are in full swing. Not only do they offer the opportunity to pick up myriad items at reasonable prices and score some unique vintage finds, but buying secondhand is (usually) a more sustainable way of shopping.That said, there are certain things that you shouldn’t buy when you see them at yard sales, flea markets, rummage sales and/or thrift stores. Here’s what to know.Items not to buy at yard salesMost of the items on this list are there for health, hygiene, and safety reasons, and apply if you’re…

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Photo: rsooll (Shutterstock)Whether it happens on a newly paved road, or it was the result of driving on a hot day on a street with a patch job, you may, at some point, find yourself with tar splatted on your car. And this isn’t a problem you can take your time tackling: If the tar sits on your car for too long, it can damage the paint job.And while it may take some elbow grease to make it happen, the tar does come off. Here’s what to knowHow to remove tar from your carAs tempting as it is, don’t just…

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Photo: Bundit Yuwannasiri (Shutterstock)Although most roots tend to grow (and stay) underground, sometimes those belonging to trees can make their way to the surface. While this isn’t something you necessarily notice out in the woods (unless you’re walking on a trail and happen to trip over some), seeing tree roots emerge from your lawn is a different story.Here’s what to do—and equally important, what to avoid—if you have visible tree roots in your lawn.Why are tree roots visible in your lawn?Officially, these are known as “surface roots,” and if they’ve emerged from underground and spread across part of your lawn…

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