Written by John Rocco

I hope all of you had a nice Thanksgiving Holiday. Sometimes we get so busy in our lives that we forget how fortunate we all are to live inrepparttar greatest country on this earth. Those brave men and women in our armed forces make it possible, so keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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Once you are ready to installrepparttar 100092 new window, you can do it from insiderepparttar 100093 house. Remember, when installing retrofit style frames, you install them from outside and raise them into place. Instead, carryrepparttar 100094 window upstairs. If it's a slider, removerepparttar 100095 screen and sliding panel. Then, using a helper, you can anglerepparttar 100096 window frame throughrepparttar 100097 opening, extendingrepparttar 100098 retrofit lip completely outside ofrepparttar 100099 opening before pullingrepparttar 100100 window back toward you, and installingrepparttar 100101 window as if you were outside. Have your helper holdrepparttar 100102 center bar while you put a screw intorepparttar 100103 top center to holdrepparttar 100104 frame in place. You can dorepparttar 100105 entire installation from inside. The only time you will need to go onrepparttar 100106 extension ladder is when you're ready to caulkrepparttar 100107 exterior. Make sure you put a generous amount of caulk whererepparttar 100108 top ofrepparttar 100109 frame meetsrepparttar 100110 stucco or exterior material. You don't want any water getting pastrepparttar 100111 new frame, otherwise it can work it's way throughrepparttar 100112 wall and down throughrepparttar 100113 ceiling orrepparttar 100114 walls. You would be surprised how easily two people can install an 8' wide by 5' tall sliding window onrepparttar 100115 second floor if you removerepparttar 100116 sliding panels and screens. In fact, my helper and I did one 10' wide and 5' high. That wasrepparttar 100117 biggest one I ever did onrepparttar 100118 second floor. You can run a bead of caulk onrepparttar 100119 outside face ofrepparttar 100120 old frame before installingrepparttar 100121 new frame right from insiderepparttar 100122 room.

Scented Candles – Take Me AWAY!

Written by M J Plaster

Rememberrepparttar old Calgon commercial—"Take me away Calgon!" There's only one thing that can take you away faster than a Calgon bath, and that's a scented candle. Whether you want a breath of fresh spring air, or you want to transport yourself to a South Sea paradise minusrepparttar 100069 hassle of airport security, crowded, delayed flights and lost baggage, grab a scented candle, and travel wherever your imagination leads. Smell is a powerful sense, and you can use it to alter your mood within seconds withrepparttar 100070 flicker of a candle. In fact, why not keep a supply of scented candles inrepparttar 100071 bathroom when you don't have time to luxuriate inrepparttar 100072 bathtub. Envelope yourself in fragrance while you shower, dry and blow-dry.

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Perhaps you use an artificial tree instead of a fresh-cut tree each year. Simulaterepparttar 100087 scent of a Frazier fir with candles. Artificial trees are getting closer to their natural kissing cousins with each passing season, but they remain "flat" withoutrepparttar 100088 accompanying scent. They just can't bringrepparttar 100089 smell of Christmas into a home likerepparttar 100090 real thing. Light a few pine or cedar candles, and voila—you may never missrepparttar 100091 genuine article.

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