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10 Incredible Day Trips Within Easy Reach of America’s Major Metros

Many summer festivals and destinations have shuttered for the season, and considering health concerns associated with traveling by plane at the moment, it may be just as well. Being in the midst of a major public health crisis, isn’t the summer you were expecting, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some responsible fun. If your locality has not advised against traveling within the region, consider hopping in the car and taking a drive just outside of America’s major metros. On your own or in a small group, you can spend a day learning about the history of the region, visiting unique towns, or climbing to awe-inspiring outlooks. 
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10 Things Flight Attendants Want You to Know About Flying During a Pandemic

Airlines are taking extra precaution to keep spaces cleaned and disinfected for everyone’s protection. Alaska Airlines, for example, claims its crews are paying more attention to cleaning frequently touched spaces, such as arm rests, seat belts, tray tables, overhead controls, light buttons, and the exterior and interior door handles for the bathrooms. This is performed on planes that are on the ground longer than an hour. Electrostatic sanitizing spray is also in use to disinfect all aircrafts at all hubs. This electrically charged spray essentially traps droplets on surfaces, allowing cleaning crews to wipe them up rather than spread them around. British Airways claims its planes are disinfected after every flight and completely cleaned “from nose to tail” daily...

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9 Ways to Help Your Garden Survive a Heat Wave

When it’s unusually hot, your plants will be extra thirsty, so don’t skip watering during a heat wave! Because extreme temperatures can impair plants’ ability to take up water via their roots, it’s also important to give them a helping hand by watering deeply. Water at the base of each plant, using a hose or watering can, and strive to avoid overspray on leaves. When the mercury rises, keep an extra close eye on your container plants. Potted plants are the first to suffer in a heat wave and will need more water than in-ground greenery.

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What to Know About Paying Off Your Mortgage Early

While home loans in the 1980s and 1990s came with some steep interest rates (up to 14% at one point), most of those mortgages have been refinanced at lower, 3.25% to 5.0%, rates in the past decade, according to Freddie Mac. Before paying off your mortgage if you have a low interest rate, first pay off any outstanding revolving credit accounts, such as credit cards and store cards, which come with interest rates ranging from 11% to as high as 25%, depending on your credit score, according to WalletHub.

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10 Things I Learned from Moving During a Pandemic

Amber and Tyler Jones of Baytown, Texas, never planned to be landlords, but the contract on their old house fell through after they made an offer on a new home, leaving them with two properties. “The buyer lost his job due to the pandemic, and we couldn’t afford to keep paying all the upkeep on two homes,” Amber Jones said. “Instead, we pulled our house off the market and we rented it out, so at least now we have the rent money to pay the bills.”

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11 Things You Need to Consider Before Putting in a Pool

Professionally installed above-ground pools average $4,000 to $8,000 and some can be installed in as little as a day. In-ground pools normally take six to eight weeks to build, and cost between $30,000 and $60,000. Above-ground pools are more budget friendly, but have fewer options for customization and are more visually intrusive. In-ground pools offer total customization, and are more durable, but the total cost of ownership is significantly higher. 

Swimming pools come in one of three materials: vinyl, fiberglass, or concrete (gunite). Each offers a unique set of advantages and disadvantages. Fiberglass pools are low maintenance, durable, compatible with salt systems...

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These 11 Plants May Help Keep Your House Cool

If you’re looking for something low maintenance, consider adding a golden pothos to your army of cooling plants. Also known as devil’s ivy, money plant, or Epipremnum aureum, this plant has large, heart-shaped leaves that make it a top choice for humidifying. And like many of the plants on this list, it’s also been shown to remove toxins like formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, and carbon monoxide. These plants will do best when under indirect sunlight.

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Do These 10 Things to Reduce Your Risk of Identity Theft

The three main credit bureaus — Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion — offer one free credit report per year. Take advantage of the opportunity, and check your report. The reports show every account associated with your Social Security number, name, and birthday. They’re a great way to spot unfamiliar, and usually, fraudulent accounts. If you do notice an account you didn’t open, get on the phone to shut it down as soon as possible.

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10 Ways Your Yard Can Help Raise Your Property Value

A picturesque water feature like a fountain, waterfall, or small pond not only creates a serene, calming ambience, but it can also boost your property value. Just make sure that it doesn’t require too much maintenance, or it could be perceived as more of a hassle than a perk. You may, however, want to steer clear of one type of water feature—pools—which, because of the upkeep involved and the potential for liability, can actually make it harder to sell a house.

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8 Steps for Making Your Sad Patio Look Brand New Again

While it’s one of the strongest and most durable construction materials around, even concrete suffers over time from stains, cracks, and surface flaking (aka spalling), leaving it looking old and worn. When the concrete in question is a patio, it can detract from the look and feel of the entire yard. Resurfacing a worn-out patio is a straightforward DIY project when using a product such as Quikrete Re-Cap Concrete Resurfacer. A few basic tools, a free weekend, and a couple of friends who are ready to roll up their sleeves is all that’s needed to give that pathetic patio a fresh new look—without the expense or labor that’s involved in tearing out and re-pouring it.

The secret to a successful patio resurfacing project lies in correctly prepping the surface and then applying the pro...

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