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  1. Memorial Day Staycation Supply List

    That luxurious vacation you had been planning since Mother’s Day last year might be on hold this summer but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan the perfect staycation at home. And a staycation can be just as rewarding plus less stressful and more affordable. It also might be the best option to unwind and reset.

    With Memorial Day just around the corner, you’ll need the perfect staycation supply list to make this a memorable holiday retreat.

    Backyard Camping Supplies

    If you’re an outdoor adventurer and enjoy sleeping under the stars, there’s nothing better than a little backyard camping. All you will need is a tent, some flashlights and bug spray to camp out in your backyard during your staycation. An

  2. Sunday is Made for Coffee

    But first, coffee. We know this phrase all too well when it comes to rough mornings, and the smell of that first aromatic brew might be just the thing that makes Sunday a Sunday.

    And because it might take a cup of coffee or two to wake up in the morning, we know the importance of a hot mug.

    That’s why we love insulated stainless-steel water bottles for a few reasons. They keep beer cold in the summer and coffee hot in the winter, they’re lighter and more durable than glass, and they’re free of the chemicals found in some plastics. Some of the new styles come with fetching new gadgets, such as a can opener at the bottom, a perfect tool to combine morning coffee with noon-time cocktails.

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  3. Essential Grilling Tools That Will Turn You into A Gourmet Chef

    JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE staying safer at home doesn’t mean you cannot eat gourmet meals and create an atmospheric, peaceful haven in your own backyard.

    Kick up those cooking skills a notch and pamper your creative side by turning into a grill master.

    And while those grills are getting fired up for the summer, it might be worthwhile to check your equipment that will enhance your gourmet spread.

    From lightweight, grippable tongs to a simple piece of equipment that makes grilling small vegetables easy, we’re suggesting the following items because they come with an affordable price tag and play double duty in your kitchen.

  4. Strategies to Keep Your Horse from Getting Bugged

    Anybody who has been around horses long enough knows that when a horse’s tail swats you in the face to avoid flies and other insects, the pain can be indescribable.

    And that’s just one of the things about the notoriously ferocious biting insect season.

    Horses expend a tremendous amount of energy stomping and swishing at irritating pests that can harbor disease, cause eye infections and inflict painful, bloody bites. But there are a few strategies to help keep them fly-free and happier in the summertime. And allows the riders to spend most of their time at the barn.

  5. 9 Unconventional Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

    MOM'S MIGHT HAVE had it rough this year so it’s never too early to dote on her. After all, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10. It’s coming up quickly. This year, avoid buying last-minute Mother’s Day gifts that could end up collecting dust or in the dumpster in less than a week. Whether you’re in the market for kitchen upgrades to help her morning routine run more smoothly or gadgets for the adventurer inside her, we wanted to share some recommendations for gear and tools she’ll use on a regular basis.

    For the Active Mom

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  6. Patchy Lawn? 6 Steps to Luscious Lawn this Summer

    SPRING IS UPON us and lawns around the neighborhoods are greening up for the summer season. If you’re noticing your lawn is a bit bald in some spots, now is the time to do some quick maintenance to achieve a full and even lawn in time for grillin’ season.

    At Big R we carry several products from Scott’s® that will help you not only with your re-seeding project this spring, but in maintaining a luscious lawn all year round.

    What you’ll need:

  7. Things To Consider Before Becoming A Chicken Tender

    Murray McMurray once said during the Great Depression, “When times are tough, people want chickens.” That continually proves true. Chick sales go up gradually each election year and when the stock market starts to fall. But never have we seen so many new backyard chicken keepers as we have during this time of quarantine and social distancing.

    I get it. I really do. I am crazy about my chickens. They are wonderful company and endlessly entertaining and -- bonus – they provide us with a constant supply of eggs at a time when all the stores are sold out.

    If you are new to chicken keeping, I want to make sure that you have the best start possible. Chickens are fun and fa

  8. Know What’s In Your First Aid Kit And What Everything Is Used For

    A properly stocked first aid kit is an essential part of being outdoors. You can either buy a pre-made kit or make one yourself.

    Your first aid kit should contain basic supplies. These include cotton balls, cold packs, duct tape, petroleum jelly, eye patches, hand soap, bandages, butterfly strips, scissors, tweezers, antiseptic wipes, eye solution and non-latex gloves. In addition, you want to have some over-the-counter medications on hand.

    Acetaminophen, ibuprofen and antibiotic creams are just a few you may need. Other important items include sunscreen, a whistle, cell phone charger and a waterproof flashlight.

  9. Injuries: What You'll Need For Your Horse Until The Vet Arrives

    Let’s face it. Horses get injured. How they get injured can be a complete mystery sometimes, and the severity of those injuries can be mindboggling. Because they get injured -- and easily -- the following is a list of items that every horse owner should have on hand for the minor injuries. This list also includes items that are must-haves for those severe injuries that you can use until the veterinarian arrives.

     

    Equine First Aid Kit Essential

    1. aluminum pan – a clean space for wound cream, bandages etc.

  10. Making the Most of Mud Season

    In the high country, mountain folk have an expression for that slowed-down stretch of time after winter season and before the busy summer season rolls in.

    Some call it the fifth season. But most endearingly call it “mud season.”

     “Mud season” refers to late April through May when spring’s sun melts winter’s snowpack, rivers swell and trails transition from frozen to sloppy to dry.

    For those who get bored and miss the buzz of tourism and trail traffic, don’t worry, it will be back right around Memorial Day. Hang on tight and get your fill of rafting, mountain biking, camping and hiking — summer in the mountains flies as quickly as the wildflowers bloom and the

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