Month: June 2012

Summer survival tips: the medicine cabinet edition

(HIB) - You can't avoid it: Summer activities mean bites, bumps, burns and bruises. Make sure you're ready by stocking up on these medicine-cabinet basics: Over-the-counter pain relievers Summer is the time when people are breaking out golf clubs, gar...

Start enjoying your deck after one day’s work

(HIB) - Most deck owners know that one of the keys to keeping their decks looking good is staining it every few years. However, while deck staining is a process that most homeowners are capable of doing themselves, finding the time to do it can be diff...

Four common photography mistakes to avoid

(HIB) - If your photos seem too bright, cluttered or ordinary, you can take simple steps to avoid these and other common photography mistakes. "Photographers know it takes a good eye, practice and patience to make the most out of every moment," says B...

Extend, don’t move

Does it ever feel as if your house has shrunk? Mine has definitely got smaller in recent years. I suppose this has something to do with the fact that my babies aren’t babies anymore, and that our puppy Max is now a fully-grown black Labrador. We moved into our three-bed semi in south-west London five years …

Pointers for protecting feet from skin cancer

(HIB) - Walking on the beach, frolicking in the surf, participating in sports, strolling through a theme park while on vacation - your feet will carry you through a lot of fun this summer. But can paying attention to them help you avoid the most common...

Grow beautiful landscapes with less water

(HIB) - Hot and dry weather provides reason enough to think about simple ways to save water while still enjoying beautiful yards and gardens. You may even find that your efforts to be water smart may improve the health and appearance of your plants. D...

Don’t let pesky ants put a damper on your summer

(HIB) - Ants, though often small, are the biggest pests of the summer for homeowners. They can enter homes through tiny cracks, looking for water and food - mainly sweets, meats or greasy foods - in the kitchen or pantry area. Ants may also be forced i...

Signs that termites might be invading your house

(HIB) - Termites live to eat. Their hunger causes $5 billion worth of damage each year in the U.S., damage most homeowner's insurance doesn't cover. In fact, a colony can devour a foot of 2-by-4 wood in only six months. And since termites are masters a...

When parties move outdoors, try these simple ideas

(HIB) - Warm weather and outdoor entertaining go hand in hand. Sit back and relax this summer with family, friends and great food at your next backyard barbecue. No matter who or how many guests, you'll want to create a memorable gathering that keeps p...

Getting roots wet without waste

(HIB) - Water is one of the most important and precious natural resources necessary for garden and lawn health. Now that planting is in full swing, getting plants established while using water wisely is essential for a successful growing season. With ...

Ideas and tips to perfect your summer party

Summer itself is the perfect excuse to throw a party - no holidays required. All you need are the right festive ingredients to make sure that your friends show up and that everyone has a great time. So, whether you want to have an impromptu gathering i...

How to protect your pet from the heat

(HIB) - When the weather warms and the heat arrives, it seems everyone has a reason to smile. Whether you prefer to cool off with a dip in the pool or with a tall cool drink in the shade, we all have ways to beat the heat. But what about your dog? Pets...