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Improvements with a hint of green

July 10, 2010

Rubber mulch. Paper countertops. Soy concrete stain. Who knew! When you thinking about all the home projects you need or want to complete this summer, check out this HGTV slideshow on green options first. I can’t believe all of the unique, beautiful and innovative eco products that are out there. Are you planning any updates for your home? Have you used these funky materials?


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Alfresco Dining: It’s 5 o’clock somewhere

July 9, 2010

Somedays it’s just too hot to cook. So when you give up and order takeout, eat cold pizza or consider ice cream a meal, you’re gonna need one of these tasty cocktails — the Dark and Strawmy.  This drink is a version of the traditional Dark and Stormy, but with light and fruity twist. Dedicated to UG copywriter and associate creative director, Miss Missy Dondlinger — a master of puns and a connoisseur of Dark and Stormies.

dark and stormy

What You Need:

2 oz. dark rum

3 lime wedges

2 strawberries, sliced

ginger beer

What You Do:

Muddle and lime and the strawberries in a highball glass. Add ice and the remaining ingredients. Stir gently. Serve with two straws. Smile. Sip 🙂

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Must Love Dogs

July 7, 2010



Once a cute little puppy comes into your life, you’re a dog person forever. No product (custom collars), service (doggy spa) or surgery (perhaps they ate an entire bag of gelt…yes, it happened) seems ludicrous when you think of a dog as your best friend instead of your pet. That’s why when I saw the latest UG item — dog blueprints— it wasn’t a luxury, but a necessity. With over 30 breeds to choose from (and more to come!) you can hang the blueprint of your Pomeranian, Boxer or Springer Spaniel on your wall for all to admire.

And in the case of a mutt like Napoleon (adorable dog seen above), you might have to get more than one to show your dog’s roots.  What’s the greatest thing about your best friend? Tell us about your pooch below.

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Updates on Independence Day

July 6, 2010



If anyone out there is like me, you don’t fully recall all the details regarding our independence due to passing notes in the 5th grade. While July 4th has passed, there is no time like the present to read up on the details and dates of our forefathers’ mission. As history reveals, John Adams wrote his wife Abigayle regarding the Declaration of Independence on July 2nd and the official signing didn’t take place until August 2nd. Where did we get the 4th? Read the rest on the Huffington Post! How did you celebrate your independence this past weekend?

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The Pacific Garbage Patch

June 29, 2010


Wowza — talk about taking on a project! Electrolux is stepping out of the box and into the deep blue sea by backing a project that would pull plastics from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (you’ve gotta see this) and use them for home appliances like vacuum cleaners. TreeHugger asked the questions of whether this is really sustainable considering the amount of work going into getting the plastic. What are your thoughts? Get the whole story on TreeHugger.

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