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Nadia North

Fantastic article! I have not yet tried the bug repellent wipes - anyone have success with those? One year, we had ants lined up on our deck to join the party! On a tip from my MIL, I recently had great success in our kitchen using "Skin So Soft" as an ant deterrent. I had no idea a bath oil would be so effective as an ant spray! http://wp.me/p7PFcl-or


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tina4

make ahead pitchers- homemade lemonade or sangria, simple appys like spiced nuts and pizza breads, Several sitting areas- shade, sunny, close to pool, away from noise. Please everyone. We took out one of our kitchen screens to make a temporary pass-through window. Awesome. Someday we'll put in a shelf as we don't have a great entrance from kitchen to yard sadly. beach balls look fun and everyone can join in as there's no skill involved!


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Sheila Jimenez

Week or two prior: Put in some annuals to fill out empty spaces in your garden. Bright ones in dark corners will really pop. Buy wasp traps (or refills) and hang them away from eating areas. Day prior: Hose down/scrub outdoor furniture for bugs and droppings, sweep webs from umbrellas, surface clean pillows and cushions. Use only mild soap to clean the outside of the BBQ: Once it heats up you don't want the strong smells of cleaning products to drown out the deliciousness cooking inside. Throw fresh lavender or, even better, fresh rosemary trimmings into compose, recycling, and garbage bins if they're stinky. Dryer sheets, baking soda, or a little scented kitty litter work, too. I have a small box of baby/toddler toys handy for new little friends who might be shy.

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