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  • Preparing the garden for April showers

    There is no surer sign of spring than blooming gardens and flowerbeds, but what happens behind-the-scenes to get them to that point?

    Much of the work goes in before you even break the soil. Before digging in, it’s important to choose the proper site, plan what you’ll grow and prepare the soil to yield the best possible results. A garden is nothing without a good foundation, making it extra important to choose the correct site.

  • The multicooker craze

    The “Instant Pot,” a small kitchen appliance, is the latest craze to hit the culinary world with consumers touting health benefits and ease of use in the trendy appliance.

    The Instant Pot is just one brand of multi-cooker. Several companies manufacture multicookers like the Instant Pot.

    Multicookers have several different functions all contained in one unit. A single appliance can be used to steam, sauté, brown, slow cook, pressure cook, make yogurt or stir food while it is cooking. It depends on the unit design and brand. 

  • Caffeine and kids: what you should know

    Caffeine is the most commonly ingested drug found naturally in teas and coffees, the most popular beverages consumed around the world. It can also be found in many beverages commonly consumed by children and youth, such as soft drinks, energy drinks and even chocolate milk. Caffeine is popular because of its energy-boosting, mind-jolting effects, but research is starting to surface that explains the effects this drug may have on children and youth during development.

  • Lice infecting cattle most active during winter

    Lice could be to blame for cattle scratching to the point of rubbing off large patches of hair or creating raw sores. The biting and sucking lice that infest cattle are most numerous and active during winter and can spread easily from animal by direct contact. Confirm that lice are the reason for the scratching by examining some animals in the herd. Part the animal’s hair in spots where lice are likely to occur and look for lice eggs (nits) attached to hairs (Figure 1).

    Biting Lice

  • Safety first while removing mold, mildew from the home

    Mold and mildew are two fungi that may appear from time to time in your home. They can trigger allergic reactions or asthmatic complications for certain people, so prompt removal is critical to protect your family’s health.

    Mold and mildew grow in moist environments, spread easily and live on various surfaces. Mildew is a type of mold that usually has flat growth and remains on the surface. Mold contains multiple identical nuclei and grows in patches of various colors and can penetrate beneath the surface of an infected material.

  • Media consumption guidelines for children

    Children 0-5 years old

    Technology has become an important part of our society. This is not just true for adults, but also young children. It can be difficult for parents to decide what and how much media to allow around your children every day. The American Academy of Pediatrics has come up with guidelines to help families make positive media choices for children 0-5 years of age.

  • Ways to save on winter heating costs

    With the winter we have had so far, chances are you’ve seen at least one or two high heating bills. While home heating costs can put a strain on your wallet during the winter, you can do certain things to help save money while still keeping your home warm.

    Sunlight, even in the winter, is a great way to add natural, free warmth to your home. Open your blinds and curtains during the day, particularly on south-facing walls as they get the most exposure to the sun. As the sun sets, close them to help trap in the warmth.

  • Safety with standby generators

    Standby generators provide emergency electrical power during disruptions caused by winter storms and other disasters. However, you need to take some special precautions to ensure safe, efficient operation of these generators.

    Purchase a generator that will supply more than what you need, so you don’t blow a fuse or damage the equipment you plan on attaching to the generator. You’ll find power information on the labels of appliances, lighting and other equipment. For example, the wattage on a light bulb indicates the amount of power it needs.

  • Preventing slipping, falling on ice during winter months

    During the snowy and icy months, a person’s risk of falling increases. Typical injuries include broken ankle, hip, arms and shoulders as well as head and back injuries. LIM College recommends the following safety steps to help you be careful in the winter:

    Walk like a penguin—flat footed and take short steps.

    Wear footwear that provides traction, such as flat and waffled rubber soles versus heals or leather.

    Step down, not out from curbs so that your foot does not slide.

  • Be mindful of your eating habits into the new year

    By JANE PROCTOR

    One of the most common New Year’s resolutions we make is to lose weight. Eating the correct portions of nutritious foods and engaging in physical activity are two keys to successful weight loss. One way that may help you keep your portions under control is to be mindful of what you eat.

    Mindful eating means you eat slowly and enjoy your food with all your senses. When you are more mindful of what you eat, you may become more aware of when you become full, which prevents overeating.