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Monday, June 10, 2013

P&G and Home Depot Summer Tips with Sarah Saucedo + Giveaway!!


It's summertime and that means that our outdoor space is going to be put to good use. We are really lucky because we have several outdoor spaces that we can utilize during the summer. We have a huge side yard where we have our garden.

We have 2 porches where we can sit out and relax. Our front porch has a view of the river, so we live out there during those long summer evenings. Our backyard has a wonderful area where we have our grill and a table where we entertain.

The problem is that during winter, all our furniture and outdoor areas get grungy and we need to clean them up before we start using them. It takes us a while to get outside and clean up the table and furniture. We need to start putting back the cushions and other accessories. It is a lot of work.

Luckily, design and DIY expert Sarah Saucedo from Thrifty D├ęcor Chick is here to save the day! I was given the opportunity to ask Sarah some questions about my concerns for my outdoor spaces. She was kind enough to answer them on the video below! Check out Sarah's tips below!


I loved her tips and was glad to hear that I asked some good questions. I want to thank Sarah Saucedo for these great answers to my questions. I learned a lot and will be implementing some of these tips to make my outdoor space better this summer! Thanks to P&G and Home Depot, I also have this wonderful prize pack to give away thanks to P&G and Home Depot. The prize pack includes a Home Depot card, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Outdoor Pro, Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro Multi-Purpose Spray, and Bounty Paper Towels!

You all know the drill. For a chance to win this great prize, just enter on the Rafflecopter widget below!


Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

343 comments:

  1. Keeping outdoor spaces organized and we use a power washer yearly to keep things cleaned

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  2. I have no yard :( ... so I spruce up my fence with a hanging garden and my teeny tiny "patio" (barely big enough for a lawn chair) with container flowers.

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  3. Give the entire patio and patio fruniture a spray down with the garden hose after winter.

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  4. My best tip for outdoor spaces is to reduce clutter. Nothing ever looks good when it's overcrowded. It looks junky like that, so have a yard sale.

    2dogs5catscrew@att.net

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  5. Tweet- https://twitter.com/amyorvin/status/344101316802523136

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  6. pressure wash everything down once a season, carawling(at)hotmail(Dot)com

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  7. Reuse old things to create new things! We just reused a bunch of pallets and turned them into planters.

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  8. Brign the stuff indoors when you don't need it, space allowing. Or put covers on.

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  9. Using a counter brush for dusting off railings and window sills.

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  10. Make your garden full of lively colors.

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  11. My best tip is to provide a comfortable seating area with shade.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  12. Try to keep up, so it does not get out of hand.

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  13. we have a covered swing that my husband an I love,we put it in a nice spot that isnt too sunny an just relax

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  14. I wish I had a great tip. I think the best thing you can do is try to treat them like indoor spaces but with hardier and weather resistant materials.

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  15. Have lots of flowers beds and bushes that are mulched.....less lawn makes for less mowing:)

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  16. My tip would be to just take care of your outdoor space

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  17. my tip is to make it a serene refuge...i like the look of a lot of natural stone, a lot of plants, windchimes and bird feeders.

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  18. restain your deck every other year.

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  19. A small organic veggie or flower garden is always a good idea using the outdoor space

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  20. I try to clean things up seasonally so it doesn't get too overwhelming.
    winit6@hotmail.com

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  21. I try to clean things up seasonally so things aren't so overwhelming.
    winit6@hotmail.com

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  22. Keeping a seperate area for animals

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  23. Do preventative work in your yard/garden so you can enjoy it later

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  24. Mulch around your house and shrubbery to look neater.

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  25. It is so much easier to do those outside jobs during the spring, even if you need to dodge days of rain. If we put it off until the heat of summer is here, nothing gets done

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  26. Wash your outdoor furniture often.

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  27. Comfort is key—if you're comfortable in your outdoor space, your guests will be, too!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  28. my tip is get a big umbrella if you don't have shaded areas to relax
    heartnsoulcooking at gmail dot com

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  29. My outdoor tip is to plant lots of colorful flowers that bloom all summer and have comfortable lawn furniture to relax in.

    colljerr at comcast dot net

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  30. My tip is to make your guests comfortable and to make things ahead of time....it cuts down on your stress.

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  31. I don't really have any..your home is beautiful!

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  32. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/344257585802780672

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  33. I like to have hedges between our yard and the neighbor's yard for privacy.
    heaven_1_@hotmail.com

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  34. Use the hose to spray everything down once in a while, and definitely spray before digging up anything!

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  35. clean it with every season so you dont get overwhelmed

    hippopurplemonkey at yahoo dot com

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  36. Always protect everything. If someone trips on your property...your doomed! :P

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  37. Maintain your lawn by cutting the grass, picking up sticks and other debris and regularly prune and clip any bushes/trees/shrubs!
    falses1gns(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. Keep your yard looking good - it's a lot more enjoyable to sit on the patio if there is a pretty view.

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  39. to keep your outdoor furniture clean and to have some nice plants around.

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  40. I bought a cheap table at a garage sale for my plants to sit on the deck. chefl@swbell.net

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  41. Tell me your best tip for outdoor spaces!

    cut the grass...build a patio with a grill

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  42. Haven't found any great ones yet

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  43. If you don't have time to take care of flower beds, plant them in pots, instead.

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  44. My outdoor tip is to clean before you plan to use and keep it picked up. I clean really good in the spring and can just touch up or weed the rest of the summer. Thanks.

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  45. My tip is to store cushions in a deck box when they are not in use. This prevents a lot of cleaning and drying of cushions unnecessarily.

    Entered the rafflecopter as "Wild orchid"

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  46. Don't leave things around. Put them away.

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  47. Spend 10 minutes sprucing up everytime you go out to enjoy your space, then you're never overwhelmed (and you'll enjoy it a lot more!)

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  48. My deck has lots of shade with trees but I have to use my blower to keep it clean. I have seating that dries easily if rained on or dew covered, thin mesh. And if you plan on spending time outside, spray the area ahead of time for pests! In the midwest, we cant outside without spraying for mosquitos, and use citronella candles.

    like2sweep@gmail.com
    Beth H

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  49. https://twitter.com/jbmthill/status/344482895349563392
    like2sweep@gmail.com

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  50. LOL my best tip- Shade AND a screen room. The mosquitoes here where I am in MN will drive you screaming into the house without a screen room!

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  51. We powerwash & add new flowers every year.
    rierie11booger (@) yahoo.com

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  52. https://twitter.com/KristinePhot0_j/status/344517096228659200 tweeted

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  53. do pathways to make your garden look more people friendly

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  54. Less is more! Do I want to enjoy the outdoor space or spend forever getting it organized?!?

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  55. Take the furniture to the car wash at the end if the season and give it a good soaping/rinse.

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  56. Get rid of the clutter. And, also spray the yard periodically for pests. There is an ant problem in my neighborhood and if I don't spray when my neighbors spray, the ants come to my house. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  57. Tweet: https://twitter.com/Mybakersdozen/status/344557046659698688 vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  58. My tip is to put dryer sheets under furniture to keep pests away. They really work.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  59. My tip is to invest in good quality covers for outdoor furniture and other items so they stay cleaner.

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  60. https://twitter.com/clc408/status/344604686646640641

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  61. My tip: Tightly cover outdoor furniture during the winter months and it will be less grungy when you start to clean in the Spring!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  62. I only have a small outdoor area and its filled with plants

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  63. Plant lots of edible goodies! If you have to water, you may as well get things like blueberries, apples, blackberries...

    sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

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  64. Use mulch as filler where you don't want anything popping up so you can work around it easily.

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    https://twitter.com/jbmthill/status/344800507824599040

    like2sweep@gmail.com

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  66. Outdoor spaces need flowers and greenery, comfortable seating, and shade.

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  67. I love the way paved patios look, and its a relatively easy DIY project for a total weekend makeover

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  68. There's always a lot of cleanup and weeding to do. My tip is to keep on top of it and don't let the weeds and junk accumulate.

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  69. Tweet: https://twitter.com/Mybakersdozen/status/344920141009661955 vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  70. We just try to keep things clean and neat by picking up and not letting things pile up.

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  71. keep your outdoor furniture clean.

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  72. hang vertical planters off fences. Great for strawberries , lettuces and herbs because slugs can't get at them
    gandolina(atsign)hotmail(dot) com

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  73. I am building a pond with a deck next to it. The sound of running water is soothing and makes you want to spend time outside.

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  74. My best tip is to take time to enjoy them!

    Thanks,

    selinda_mccumbers at yahoo.com

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  75. Use marigolds to help keep bugs away and add color

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  76. Stay on top of weeding!! You'll be grateful later.

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    https://twitter.com/jbmthill/status/345220649700184064

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  78. use an area spray or fogger if you are entertaining outdoors

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  79. Tweet: https://twitter.com/Mybakersdozen/status/345251930521608192 vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  80. keep it clean as much as possible so you do not have to so much cleaning later

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  81. https://twitter.com/sweetums82/status/345254479152705539

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  82. We have a shell collection on our deck-very summery!

    Kathie L

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  83. keep it simple and colorful

    name on rafflecopter is Amanda Sakovitz

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  84. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/345276176832536576

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  85. my best tip for outdoor spaces is to keep it simple, not too frou-frou! it is outdoors afterall! thanks

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  86. I use a magic eraser on everything at the beginning of the season. It gets rid of all the leftover gunk.

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  87. tweet https://twitter.com/rusthawk/status/345328766358282241

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  88. Keep the area clean.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  89. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/345332309278474241

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  90. A nice little herb garden goes a long way!
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

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  91. Keep it clean with greenery and don't block the view!

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  92. we try and get at ares once or twice a week to it does not go crazy

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  93. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/345597780963778560

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  94. Tweet: https://twitter.com/Mybakersdozen/status/345620695079874560 vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  95. Get a GREAT bbq cover, as it saves your investment!

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  96. Never underestimate the need for seating !!!

    ktgonyea at gmail.com

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  97. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/345709488327770112

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  98. Always pick up everyday when you goinside. Its amazing how much accumulates if you don't.

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  99. https://twitter.com/clc408/status/346047408901328897

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  100. Tweet: https://twitter.com/Mybakersdozen/status/346063174547677184 vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  101. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/346090934842310657

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  102. Keep them clutter-free. les is more.

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  104. We try to keep the lawn mowed so we don't have to rake, and we keep outside furniture clean weekly.

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  105. https://twitter.com/jbmthill/status/346274231035781121

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  106. Bring in your outdoor furniture cushions when it rains or the weather gets cold.
    susan chester

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  107. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/346402932427735040

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  108. Tweet: https://twitter.com/Mybakersdozen/status/346453670294085632 vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  110. My deck with my 11 foot umbrella is my spareroom in the spring, summer, and fall that I spend alot of time.

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  111. My tip is to have a water element, they look great and they add nice background noise.

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  112. I like a variety of flowers and vines in pots on our deck.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

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  113. Plant flowers for color and cheer

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  114. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/346748946212855811

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  115. https://twitter.com/clc408/status/346755241049468930

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  116. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/346771809678540801

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  117. Use a power washer. It gets down to the nitty gritty of the dirt.

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  118. Tweet: https://twitter.com/Mybakersdozen/status/346810835806601216 vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  119. I like to buy old plant pots from garage sales/thrift stores and spray paint them the color I want!

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  120. Rent a power washer once a year - so worth the cost. It makes the outside of your home and patios/sidewalks look so much better

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  121. like2sweep@gmail.com
    https://twitter.com/jbmthill/status/346972050751094784

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  122. Use a power washer to clean your porch.

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  123. Keep the grass mowed and hedges trimmed. Makes outdoor spaces look neat and not so scary :)

    Les Johnson

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  124. https://twitter.com/clc408/status/347130371642642432

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  125. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/347140614388854786

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  126. keep weeds whacked! grass cut, power wash the patio.

    jmatek AT wi DOT rr DOT com

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  127. Tweet: https://twitter.com/Mybakersdozen/status/347175725184475138 vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  128. https://twitter.com/jbmthill/status/347333263670517760

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  129. https://twitter.com/sweetums82/status/347336995808346114

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  130. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/347339488122531841

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  131. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/347500877873025024

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  132. https://twitter.com/clc408/status/347501741190823936

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  133. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/347510680951332866

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  134. Tweet: https://twitter.com/Mybakersdozen/status/347548824069369856 vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  135. Pull in your outdoor furniture in the winter and fall and it will last 5 times longer.

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  136. Always treat your wood, it will look better and last longer. The extra money is worth it.

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  137. https://twitter.com/jbmthill/status/347697617049882625

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  138. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/347820252018651136

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  139. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/347822979461287936

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  140. I don't have a yard but a balcony instead.
    Lots of great flowers blooming on it!
    Thank you.

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  141. Tweeted https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/347888730218053633

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  142. Keep up with outdoor cleaning so it isn't a huge chore all at once.

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  143. https://www.facebook.com/cindywindy.blogs/posts/177741315736856
    carawling(at)hotmail(Dot)com

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  144. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/giveaways2enter/status/348086012561461248

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  145. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/348166157678829568

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  146. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/348176471170363392

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  147. https://twitter.com/clc408/status/348222493045186560

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  148. plant A small organic veggie or flower garden

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  149. 6/22 tweet https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/348512165793239041

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  150. Don't wear perfume or else you're dinner for skeeters.

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  151. Keep the yard neat ....and mowed.

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  152. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/348570910552387584

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  153. https://twitter.com/clc408/status/348584594750177281

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  154. My best tip is to keep your space uncluttered and cover your furniture when it rains to avoid mold.

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  155. My best tip is to keep your space uncluttered and to cover your furniture when it rains to avoid mold.

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  156. 6/23 tweet

    https://twitter.com/CouponTammy/status/348810554372136960

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  157. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/348894281328644097

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  158. https://twitter.com/clc408/status/348909382966321152

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  159. https://twitter.com/jbmthill/status/348977750511595520

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  160. Don't forget your lawn during the winter, a little love can go a long way to an easier spring

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  161. We keep our outdoor space clean and organized. I have a bin for the kids outdoor toys. We keep a broom and dustpan outdoors as well to clear any debris. My kids know they have to pick up their toys and bikes at the end of the day or they loose it the next day.

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  162. Organization helps me to keep the clutter gone. If i don't stay on top of clutter your house won't be beautiful.

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  163. https://twitter.com/sweetums82/status/349244064991940610

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  164. Keep your backyard clean by using pest control products and outdoor cleaners like Mr.Clean

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  165. Keep your backyard clean by using pest control products and outdoor cleaners like Mr.Clean

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  166. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/349271471824179200

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  167. https://twitter.com/clc408/status/349278219423318016

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  168. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/349285342991482882

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  169. my best tip is to pack away outdoor furniture & yard decorations if you have the space... it keeps them lasting longer and they get less dirty during the off season & are easier to clean come spring/summer!

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  170. tweeted! https://twitter.com/BoutiqueOfLuck/status/349320138325098496

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  171. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/349340434453118977

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  172. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/349341100986740736

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  173. Make sure you put stuff away instead of leaving it out

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  174. https://twitter.com/sweetums82/status/349538237179625474

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  175. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/349542679610273792

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  176. I keep my outdoor space clean and organized and my door is always open for neighbors and friends to come by and enjoy a cool drink.

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  177. Tweet https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/349551134349864961

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  178. https://twitter.com/sohamolina/status/349603549241544706

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  179. https://www.facebook.com/sohamolina/posts/10151428441161707

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  180. Daily tweet: https://mobile.twitter.com/BoutiqueOfLuck/status/349607590327619585

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  181. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/349628735160459264

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  182. https://twitter.com/clc408/status/349631869396062209

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  183. here in the south with the heat, and water restrictions all the time, I love succulents and tons of rocks!
    onecheaplady@yahoo.com

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  184. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/349634544497995776

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  185. https://twitter.com/sweetums82/status/349876167274274817

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  186. Tweeted 6/26/13
    https://twitter.com/missfrugal/status/349923755402870785

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  187. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/349958188440883200

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  188. Plant shade trees that are drought resistant in Phoenix!

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  189. Tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/feralartist/status/349965341717299203

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  190. Wrote about it on my FB blog: https://www.facebook.com/marianne.griffith1/posts/682636801753394

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  191. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/349994909903753216

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  192. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/350011096976998403

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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