Bicycle Camper Could Be a Micro RV for Your E-Bike

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For many, international travel is currently out of the realm of possibilities. What’s to blame? The COVID-19 pandemic of crouse, which is why 2020 has quickly become the year of the road trip. Traveling across the country in your own vehicle, stopping at campsites, and enjoying the great outdoors is perhaps the safest way to…

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A ‘Fundamental Shift is Occurring’ as People Flock to Tiny Homes

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Over the last several years, tiny homes have been increasing in popularity. Despite the growing interest, however, they have still remained more or less part of a fringe movement of people who want to escape the confines of materialism, or the “more is better” ideals of society. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the attitude toward…

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Scientists Discover How To Make Bricks Out Of Human Waste

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There’s no question about it: the world has a waste problem. In particular, a bio-solid waste problem. We also don’t have enough soil needed to make conventional bricks for building homes and commercial spaces. Recently, scientists have come up with a creative solution that solves both problems: human waste bricks. This is what you need…

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Spectacular Cannabis Bonsai Trees And How To Grow Them

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People have been growing different types of bonsai trees for thousands of years, but did you know that you can grow cannabis bonsai trees? That’s right, the art of bonsai tree growing plus the science of marijuana growing have come together in this adorable decorative and functional little plant. What is a Bonsai Tree? For…

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Pro boxer Manny Pacquiao wins $1.5 million, uses it to build 1,000 homes for the poor

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Most people who have enough money to do so will donate to charitable causes here and there. Few do what one of the world’s greatest boxers of all time has done. Manny Pacquiao builds homes for the poor with the money from his winnings, bringing hope to an entire community. Manny Pacquiao Builds Homes for…

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This Man Once Set a World Record with a 3-Story Tomato Plant Yielding 400 Pounds of Tomatoes. Here are his tips

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If I told you it is possible to grow three-story high tomato plants that are GMO and chemical-free, would you believe me? This Alabama man’s giant tomato plants are legendary in the state and they are completely organic. This is how he grew them. Completely GMO-Free Giant Tomato Plants Charles Wilbur set a Guinness World…

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Service Lets You Rent a Stranger’s Swimming Pool for an Afternoon

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Summer fun often include lounging by a serene pool, but public pools are often anything but. You’re surrounded by people, splashing, chatter, and hopefully not urine. Just because your backyard doesn’t have pool doesn’t mean you have to let go of the dream of relaxing by one. Maybe, rent a swimming pool? Introducing: Swimply.   Swimply: Airbnb…

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World’s Largest 3D Printer Makes Almost Zero Cost Homes Out of Mud

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According to United Nations projections, the global population is expected to reach 11.2 billion by the end of the century, up from 7.7 billion in 2019 [1]. As our population grows, so too will the need for more affordable and sustainable housing- an issue we are already facing with our current population size. One company…

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How to Grow Basil to Produce a Bountiful Harvest All Season Long

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Sweet basil is a culinary herb that’s at the heart of Italian cuisine, and it’s also the base of most varieties of pesto. There may be a discrepancy in how to pronounce it (“bay-sil” or “bah-sil”) but there’s no denying it’s delicious aroma. Although sweet basil may be the most famous of its kind, there…

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Artist Starts a Colorful Wedding Dress Business After Her “Fire” Wedding Dress Goes Viral

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Art is all about self- discovery and the way it’s expressed is strictly up to the individual. Every artist has a unique story to tell, and what’s better than one inspired by love? Taylor Ann Linko had been working hard at her big break for many years. Ever since she was a little kid in elementary…

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Man Transformed Unfinished Attic into Dream Closet for His Wife

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Part of every woman’s dream-life fantasy is to have a spacious walk-in closet where she could channel her inner reality-TV star (and fashion icon). Women love space, even when we don’t have so many possessions, and to have an entire room filled with cabinets, drawers, and shelves to stack your things is a real dream…

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Modular Home Design Powered Only by Sunshine & Rainwater

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As the world’s population continues to grow, architects, city planners, engineers, and researchers are constantly trying to come up with new and innovative ways to house everyone in a sustainable way.  This means not only having enough housing for everyone, but also designing homes that use resources efficiently. In 2015, a team from the University…

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10 vegetables you can buy once and regrow forever!

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Typically when you reach the ends of green onions, lettuces, and celery, what do you do? Toss them in the compost, right? While composting is wonderful for many reasons, growing vegetables from scraps – or rather, re-growing vegetables – is easier than you think. Cut down on your grocery bill and never buy these veggies…

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How to Prune Tomatoes for a Successful Harvest

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The first time I tried a home-grown tomato I thought to myself, “So this is what tomatoes are supposed to taste like!” Nothing beats a fresh tomato, home-grown, just picked from the vine. The juices exploded in my mouth with the taste of summer and joy. As the summer heat sets in, many people are heading…

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12 Pink Succulents You Need in Your Home This Summer

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As summer rolls in, it’s time to add a splash of color to our homes, whether you have a garden, lawn, or window box. Why not choose pink succulents?  Succulents come in a wide variety of colors, but the internet is becoming obsessed with its pink variety. These blossoms can be soft pink to bright pink,…

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A Couple Spend $3K to Turn an Old RV Into a Cozy Home For Five

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Plenty of people are making the switch from traditional homes to living the tiny house life. Many of those people, however, are single people, couples who don’t have kids, or couples whose kids are grown and gone. For those with young kids, this seems impossible – until now. This couple turned an old RV remodel…

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A 100-year-old Rhododendron and the Woman Who Grew Up Watching the Plant Grow

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No one had heard of the Canadian town of Ladysmith, British Columbia until this bush placed it on the map. A giant rhododendron spanning 25ft (7.6m) by 30ft blooms beautiful pink blossoms every spring — about over 4,000 blossoms, in fact. The bush (rhododendrons are bushes, not trees as some people erroneously assume) is almost…

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Margarita Trucks Could Be Rolling into Your Neighborhood Soon and 2020 Needs Them

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Many of us have fond memories of hearing the sound of the ice cream truck rolling through our neighbourhood when we were kids, and the excitement that followed. There was nothing quite like a sweet ice cream cone to cool you off on a hot summer day. As adults, that excitement has perhaps worn off…

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16 Unusual Ways To Use Rosemary That Goes Way Beyond Cooking

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When you think about rosemary, you may imagine those dried, spikey bits that you find in the spice aisle at your local grocery store. While not everyone loves the dried stuff, however, fresh rosemary makes a very aromatic and flavourful addition to many dishes and has been a popular herb in the kitchen for many…

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16 Unusual Ways To Use Rosemary That Goes Way Beyond Cooking

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When you think about rosemary, you may imagine those dried, spikey bits that you find in the spice aisle at your local grocery store. While not everyone loves the dried stuff, however, fresh rosemary makes a very aromatic and flavourful addition to many dishes and has been a popular herb in the kitchen for many…

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Couple Builds A Mini Pub In A Garden, Stuns People With Its Handmade Interior

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Whether it’s because our favorite bars and pubs have been closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, or even if it’s just because you’re tired of paying so much money for a pint of beer, you’ve probably at one point thought: Wouldn’t it be nice to have a mini pub right here in my backyard? This…

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People Are Turning Home Depot Tuff Sheds Into Affordable Two-Story Tiny Homes

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Have you ever looked at a shed and thought “Hmm… if done the right away, that could actually make a great little home.”? Well, you are in luck: in the area of prefab tiny homes, a tuff shed tiny home could be in your future. Home Depot Tuff Shed Tiny Homes Home Depot’s Tuff Shed…

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Eggshells in the Garden: 5 Ways They’ll Help You Grow Food

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For a long time, eggs have been touted by nutritionists and dietitians as being an excellent addition to a healthy diet. Have you considered using eggshells for plants? They’re high in protein, they provide omega-3 fatty acids, as well as a whole host of other nutrients [1]. The benefits of this nutritious food, however, do…

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Grocery Store Grows Its Own Organic Veggies on Rooftop

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We all know that the more local our produce is, the better it is for us and our planet. It can stay on the vine longer, doesn’t need to be transported as far, and helps support our local economy. At this grocery store in Montreal, Canada, buying local doesn’t get much closer than this: they…

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‘Right-sized’ prefab smart home now available to order

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As different types of tiny homes continue to pop up everywhere, one thing remains clear: people are highly interested in alternative living. They want a home that is better for both the environment and their bank account that allows them to live larger with less. If DIY home-building isn’t your thing, however, perhaps these eco-friendly,…

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Cucamelons is the Most Adorable Superfood You Can Grow in Your Own Garden

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What do you get when you cross cucumbers with watermelons? Cucamelons! Although this may sound like a joke, these fruits exist and Americans are finally hearing about them.  Cucamelons (Melothria scabra) are known by many names like “Mexican sour gherkin” or its commonly used Spanish name “sandiita” (which means little watermelon). Its monikers don’t end there, but…

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This House On Wheels Comes Fully Furnished and Sleeps 6 People

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Everyone has a different idea of a dream home. For some, it’s the penthouse suite in a bustling city center. For others, it’s a sprawling ranch-style home in the countryside, and for others it might be a rustic cabin tucked somewhere deep in the woods. There are others, however, who don’t want to be tethered…

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This Woman DIY’ed a Floor Out of 7,500 Pennies and It’s Stunning

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Are you wanting to update the floors in your home in a beautiful but inexpensive way? This DIY penny floor just might be the design that you need. Not only is it absolutely stunning, but it only costs, well, pennies! DIY Mosaic Penny Floor On May 5th, Kat Von D posted on Facebook about her…

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640-Square-Foot Solar-Powered Shipping Container House with Greenhouse for $25,000

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Living off the grid was once considered a fringe movement reserved for solitarians and individuals preparing for the apocalypse, but it has begun receiving a lot more attention and interest from the general population over the last several years. As the cost of living continues to rise, political upheaval and social unrest becomes increasingly common,…

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What Weeds Tell You About Your Soil

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Weeds are the bane of every gardener’s existence, and we often go to great lengths to prevent them from taking over our lawns and gardens. Despite their reputation, however, weeds aren’t all bad. Some of them are beneficial to pollinators, and some make a tasty addition to a salad, but there’s one thing they all…

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How to Keep Fleas, Roaches, and Ants Out of Your Home

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Spring and summer are such wonderful months of the year. The weather is warmer, the days are longer, and the plants and trees are full of life again. The downside to all of this is the bugs, especially the ones that find their way into your home. Getting rid of them is tricky, especially if…

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Austin Is Getting a Village of 3D-Printed Affordable Homes—and They Look Incredible

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There is no denying it: we are in a global housing crisis, and traditional home-building methods are not going to solve it. The poor and homeless of course are the most affected by this lack of affordable housing. There have been several solutions involving tiny homes and community projects, however, one is proving that it…

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Pandemic Leads To Urban Exodus As Families Turn To Self-Reliance And Off-The-Grid Living

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The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been felt most acutely in densely-populated cities around the world. When governments began enacting increasingly strict shelter in place orders, many Americans took that as their cue to pack their bags and head out of the city. This has led to an Urban Exodus. With offices, businesses, bars,…

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This Floating Projection Light Turns Your Pool into an Aquarium

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Summertime is finally upon us, and if you haven’t used that pool all year, now would be the time to get it back in shape. Home pools are going to be deeply appreciated this summer since most popular hotspots are still closed off to the public. However, we could have all the raving fun we…

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This Wooden Potato Planter Has a Door To Easily Access Your Home-Grown Potatoes

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Growing your own potatoes hasn’t always been an option for many people. For some it’s because they don’t have the right kind of soil, others live in an apartment or home without enough space, or perhaps their backs simply can’t handle the amount of bending required to dig the spuds out of the ground. Thankfully,…

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Cheap Secrets Revealed: Never see ants in your home again

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Just like all other insects, ants play an important role in our ecosystem. They are an integral part of the outdoor world, and of course, that is where we’d like them to stay. It becomes problematic when they invade your home. Need to learn how to get rid of ants in your kitchen? We’ve got…

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How To Make A Self-Feeding Fire – Lasts For A Whopping 14 Hours

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Campfires are synonymous with summer. It wouldn’t be a proper camping trip without roasting marshmallows and hot dogs, and telling stories around the fire until late into the evening.  Fires do, however, require constant maintenance, attention, and work, or else they’ll burn out. They need constant stoking, and you have to continuously add kindling and…

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Amazon Is Selling A DIY Backyard Guest House That Can Be Built In 8 Hours

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Tiny homes have exploded in popularity over the last several years, thanks to television shows like Tiny House Nation, Tiny House, Big Living, Tiny House Hunters, and more. While many of us are fascinated by this somewhat alternative way of living, we may not all be ready to take the plunge and move into a…

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10 Secret Ingredients to Make Your Garden Grow

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By the beginning of June, most avid gardeners will have their flower beds and vegetable plots planted and ready to grow. A healthy garden, however, does not stop at the planting stage. There are many tricks that successful gardeners use to ensure their gardens flourish, and all of them have to do with one simple…

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