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How to Perfect the Art of Going to the Bathroom Outdoors

Travel restrictions have led many Americans to look for outdoor adventures in their own regions. This has created a spike in the number of people who are hiking and camping for the first time. The Washington Post reports a significant increase in sales of guidebooks and hiking books, and my own visits to MEC (a Canadian outdoor gear retailer) have revealed startlingly empty shelves that, staff members told me, are a result of people buying whatever they can to facilitate outdoor adventures. 

This is a good thing, as long as people are following good wilderness etiquette. One of those rules is disposing of human excrement properly – a topic that’s understandably gross, and thus does not get discussed as openly as it should, considering how important it is. Leave No Trace issued guidelines this year in light of changing recreation patterns due to COVID-19 that addressed the problem of human

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Buying Guide: This olive oil sprayer is the perfect kitchen companion | Home & Garden

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If you’re trying to cook healthier meals at home, you’re probably already stocked with olive oil. But this healthy fat, popular in the Mediterranean diet, is only healthy in moderation—and it can be hard to tell just how much you need when pouring straight from the bottle. That’s where this oil sprayer comes in.

An Even Coat for Even Cooking

Whether you’re roasting, air frying, or baking your meal, this oil sprayer allows you to evenly coat meat or vegetables with a thin layer for a crispy finish without unnecessary calories. The simple pumping action provides a fine mist and keeps your hands clean and free from messy oil while you cook.

It’s Not Just for Olive Oil

This olive oil mister is so handy that you

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There’s a new DIY advent calendar perfect for home improvements lovers and you can get it from Wickes

IF there’s someone in your household who loves a bit of DIY then we have found the perfect advent calendar to buy for them this year.

The Draper Tools advent calendar includes a measuring tape, adjustable wrench, a selection of pliers, hexagon keys and a ¼” hex magnetic screwdriver with 31 different insert bits.

This Draper Tool calendar comes with 49 different surprises - perfect for creating a brand new tool box


This Draper Tool calendar comes with 49 different surprises – perfect for creating a brand new tool box

It also comes with a handy, sturdy case to keep everything safe and organised.

The limited edition calendar will be available from stockists nationally around the country and online, including Wickes, from end of October.

It’s Recommended Retail Price (RRP) is just £34.99, although individual retailers can set their own prices.

The full list of contents for the calendar is:

  • 1x 2m Measuring tape
  • 1x 100mm Adjustable wrench
  • 1x 115mm Combination pliers
  • 1x 115mm Diagonal pliers
  • 1x
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These Succulent Christmas Trees Are the Perfect Festive Touch for Your Holiday Decor

Succulents have become more than just those adorable plants that sit on tables and desks. With all of the adorable options, they’ve become some of our favorite Halloween decor. Once you’re ready to swap out your pumpkin succulents for something more Christmas-ready, you’re going to want to get ahold of these succulent Christmas trees.

Monochrome Christmas Trees Take the Guesswork Out of Christmas



These holiday plants have been around for a few years now, and they are just as magical as ever. There are several Etsy shops that make the attention-grabbing pieces, but Terracotta Corner FL has really perfected them. Trust us, you’ll want to place one in every room that needs a little seasonal spirit.

The 13-inch trees from the shop are handmade with real succulents. The Aurora Succulent Tree is made with 25 echeverias in different colors, so each one is unique. The

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Daniel Boulud’s New Home Kitchen Is Just as Perfect as You’d Expect

a kitchen filled with furniture and a large window: Star chef and longtime ELLE Decor contributor Daniel Boulud has renovated his country kitchen in Westchester County, New York. It's now the ultimate work space.

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Star chef and longtime ELLE Decor contributor Daniel Boulud has renovated his country kitchen in Westchester County, New York. It’s now the ultimate work space.

My wife, Katherine, and I fell in love with our Bedford, New York, home in spite of, not because of, the kitchen it came with. It was a galley affair, maybe six feet wide—the sort of space where a cook felt exiled. I don’t like to have walls separating me from my family or my guests when I cook, so I knocked them down and created a new, open space, absorbing what used to be a small dining room, a den, and a covered terrace that still has its curtain of wisteria. Our new kitchen is at least three times the size it was before, airy, and full of light.

a kitchen with a stove top oven: Chef Daniel Boulud preps a meal for his family in a Prada sweater, jeans, and loafers.

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Chef Daniel Boulud preps a meal for his family

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Deciding on the Perfect Kitchen Countertops for Your Dream Kitchen

Perhaps one the most eye-catching features of any kitchen design are the countertops. Regardless of whether you like the country chic that seems to be so prevalent, hints of Old World elegance, or have embraced the sleek, straight lines of the modern kitchen, the countertops are sure to be a key factor in the design. After all, this where the magic begins.

Sure, it is important to have all the right elements such as the stove of your preference, great lighting and comfortable seating, but keep in mind that the kitchen countertops can make the space inviting or make it feel crowded and impersonal. So, how do you select the counters that will send the message you want? Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Think about your lifestyle. If you have little ones, you might not want to invest in granite countertops with angled edges. Sure the
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Designing Your Perfect Timber Frame House

When purchasing timber frame homes they are generally built according to the specifications of the buyer. If you are considering having one built for you there are some things to consider that would make it perfect.

Look at your lifestyle

Consider your family members, such as adults and children, or adults only and how you like to live. Do you prefer a casual or formal, relaxed or hectic life style and if you like to entertain a lot or will have family or guests spending time at the home. All of these things will help you develop the floor plan for the perfect timber frame house for you and your family.

Size things up

Although bigger is not always better it will cost more. Look at different floor plans and choose the one that is perfect for your family without a lot of wasted-pace you will not need but will … Read More

Nautical Decor – Perfect For Any Seaman

If the ocean inspires you, you should probably think about surrounding yourself in a room completely themed in nautical decor. This is not to be confused with pirates and underwater motifs. The term nautical has more to do with maritime. Think about sailboats, life preservers and buoys. Creating a theme that is unique and geared towards sailing the seas can be as rewarding as it is challenging. A good place to start is with finding some visual inspiration. A favorite painting or even a magazine article can be something that you can draw ideas from. After you have developed some basic ideas, you should think about what type of furniture you want to use.

When decorating in nautical decor, furniture will be a major element of the theme. You don’t have to paint an anchor on your coffee table, but using classic solid pieces will really help your design to … Read More

Picking the Perfect Details for Your Kitchen Cabinets

Nothing refreshes the look of a kitchen more than new kitchen cabinets. The crisp, clean lines and shiny hardware draw the eye and tie the whole room together. But there are so many options-how does a homeowner know what to choose? Here are some tips to help anyone pick out the perfect cabinetry for their home.

First Things First

Before a homeowner begins picking out new kitchen cabinets, he or she should know the exact layout of the kitchen. Measurements should be taken, and an overall design theme should be chosen. This will make the ordering process much more streamlined. Standard lower cabinets should be 24 inches deep and 36 inches tall, while upper cabinets are usually at least 12 inches deep and 18 inches above the counter. However, these measurements are only a guideline and can be customized.

Stock, Semi-Custom, and Custom

Kitchen cabinets can be ordered three ways: … Read More

How to Plan the Perfect Open House

Have you ever spent time and energy planning an Open House, just to have less than five people attend? Have you ever had a ton of people show up at your Open House, and been unable to convert a single one of them into a sale or a future client? Are you unsure about why your Open House failed?

Open Houses are now more important to the real estate agent than ever. A report in 2015 by the National Association of Realtors Home Buyers and Sellers indicated that 48% of home buyers cited the Open House as an important source for most of their information. The reasons for this are obvious, for many it’s the first time that they’re getting to smell, see, and feel the home in person. It’s also a way to see what other people think of the house, which is a powerful push in a person’s … Read More