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Steppin’ out for Spring:

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See that big warm yellow ball in the sky? Before you know it, it’ll have us sweating, swimming and grilling our way through the summer. Before it can go full heat wave, it’s got to stretch its arms and welcome back the birds, bees, blooms and buds, and change the grey shades of winter into a pastel arrangement of rejuvenation. This is spring!

Revving Up

$1,000

With regular maintenance, the cost to maintain a car annually.

$8,0001

Skipping regular maintenance, the cost of not maintaining a car annually.

The instant the weather breaks, take that winter worn car of yours and treat it to a nice spa day. Click on these handy check points to help get your car ready for spring and all its post-snow glory.

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    Check the brakes:

    Listen for crunches, squeaks and squeals. These are often an indication of trouble and should be dealt with.

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    Check your fluids:

    Make sure your coolant, oil and wiper fluids are all topped off which will help keep your car running efficiently.

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    Wash away winter

    Eliminate all the salt and muck that has attached itself to your car for the last few months.

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    Change the wipers:

    If your car is pulling to the side when the steering wheel is centered, you might want to have it checked out. Those late winter/early spring potholes can easily shift your alignment.

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    Check your tire alignment:

    At the very least, make sure they’ll be able to handle the often-rainy conditions of those spring showers.

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What's in Season, by Season?

Seasons wheel

In Season Drink of the Month:

Pineapple, Apricot and Lime Punch

2 limes, thinly sliced

¼ lime, juiced

1 cup soda water

1 cup ginger beer

1 ½ cups apricot juice

2 cups pineapple juice

Farmers Market

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a millions times, “Farmers markets are the pancakes of markets. They taste good. They smell good. They’re never far from your table!” Here are a few reasons why you should seek out these neighborhood gems.

Growers selling locally create

13 full-time jobs

per

$1 million

in revenue earned.

For every

$100 spent

at a farmers market,

$62 stay in the local economy, and

$99 stay in state.2

150,000

farmers, ranchers, and agricultural entrepreneurs are selling

quality products

directly to consumers.3

Farmer Markets

Spring into Cleaning

Spring-cleaning isn’t the most fun, but you’ll feel so good when you’re done! Click the tips below to give your house the makeover it deserves.

1.2 million people

suffer from compulsive hoarding.4

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    Sweep and then mop your floors.

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    Declutter closets, cabinets and drawers.

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    Clean your windows (outside as well).

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    Clean ceiling fans, blinds and baseboards.

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    Vacuum furniture and drapes. Shake out the rugs.

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Spring is all about rejuvenation. Here are cheap and easy hacks to get you out of winter and into spring.

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    Toss a few ice cubes, a lemon and some coarse salt into your empty garbage disposal, then run it for a clean lemony-scent.

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    Apply a thin layer of car wax to a clean stovetop. Wax on and off, then marvel at both its shine and ability to slide the grime off.

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    Clean your microwave! Nuke a mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar for 3 – 4 minutes then wipe down.

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    Clean your coffee grinder by grinding up an old piece of bread. It’ll sparkle and absorb old aromas.

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OK — Now that you’ve got the inside of your house looking great, lets get dirty and spruce up the landscape. Get your garden growing month-by-month.

Egg-cellent Ideas

Instead of hopping around and hiding eggs this spring, how about we take some time to discover some new ways eggs can be useful. Here are some awesome post-scramble hacks that are sure to make your life easier.

* Any eggshells used for these hacks should be rinsed clean.

Here’s a fun activity for the whole family, and a great way to jazz up the egg-sterior of your house.

Eggshell Sidewalk Chalk

Chalk boat

You'll Need:

  • 6 – 12 empty egg shells
  • 1 tsp flour
  • 1 tsp hot water
  • Food coloring (for colored chalk)

Directions:

  1. Crush clean dried eggshells into a bowl until they all become a powder
  2. Mix the flour and hot water in another bowl. Then add 1 tbsp. eggshell powder and mix into a paste.
  3. Add a drop or two of food coloring for colored chalk. Add nothing to keep white.
  4. Shape the paste into chalk sticks/shapes and then let it dry for 3 days.

About 

Jim Noonan was a shoe salesman, park ranger, landscaper, fitness instructor, student, waiter, actor and comedian before using his degree in Education to become a part-time writer. One day he hopes to have acquired enough interesting experiences to warrant a 2500 character bio.

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