Choosing A Countertop That Is Right For You

Written by Lee Dobbins

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Marble - Beautiful but very porous and is not really practical for a counter top. It will stain easily with normal food prep.

Slate - Slate has a nice warm earthy look withoutrepparttar shininess of granite. It is durable and easy to clean and unlike granite is nonporous. Scratches can be easily repaired.

Butcher Block - Wood kitchen counter top materials can give hour kitchen a warm look. Butcher block is good for cutting asrepparttar 140974 marks can be sanded out but it is not very resistant to bacteria or stains. Would need periodic conditioning.

Concrete - Fast becoming a favorite in modern kitchens that want an industrial look, concrete is a mid priced material that can be mixed to form any color and even can be mixed with little pieces of anything you want it it! It is durable and easy to clean but is very porous and should be sealed to avoid staining.

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Fourth of July Safety

Written by Jill Nelson

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Glow sticks are very popular. Like other products, it hasrepparttar potential to become very dangerous if not used properly. Although, glow sticks have very low potential of catching fire, glow sticks can create hazards ifrepparttar 140932 plastic is punctured or torn. The chemicals used in glow sticks can cause irritation torepparttar 140933 skin and if consumed orally can become very harmful. If this does occur, dispose ofrepparttar 140934 glow stick immediately. Wash your hands (or any other part ofrepparttar 140935 body which may have been exposed torepparttar 140936 chemicals) with soap and water. If any part ofrepparttar 140937 glow stick is consumed orally, see a doctor and callrepparttar 140938 US National Poison Helpline immediately at 1-800-222-1222. If a pet has ingestedrepparttar 140939 chemical, callrepparttar 140940 US Animal Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6800. For more information on glow sticks and glow stick safety, check out

Whatever you decide to do forrepparttar 140941 Fourth of July holiday make sure to have fun, be safe and respectrepparttar 140942 people around you.

Jill Nelson is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her children when she isnít working as a contributing editor for sites writing safety articles on topics such as Glow Sticks for sites like

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