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Better Homes and Gardens July 2014

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soak up summer

The longest days of the year are upon us, and somehow they still don’t seem long enough. A typical Saturday at our house goes something like this: Get up early for the farmer’s market. Check off a few to-dos. Take an afternoon break for a swim or a trip to the park. Have dinner on the deck after the temperature drops. After all that, how is it possible that 10 p.m. still seems early? Maybe it’s because the summer “school’s-out” attitude grants us special permission to play, and play brings an energy all its own. You can experience that connection in our feature of Maxwell Ryan’s friend-and-family July Fourth celebration, “A New Spin on Tradition,” page 50. Maxwell is founder of the idea-rich Apartment Therapy website and a regular contributor to…

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win $10,000 to revamp your home this summer!

Save money and increase the value of your home with upgrades that make a difference. See entry details on page 162. Makeover Madness Challenge winner DIANE OF INMYOWNSTYLE.COM THE CHALLENGE In early spring, our editors chose 16 DIY projects from bloggers for a face-off. We invited the final four to BHG headquarters to compete in the Makeover Madness Challenge. The ultimate winner based on reader votes was Diane Henkler from In My Own Style. THE PROJECT Each of the final four bloggers had to transform a plain IKEA dresser into a masterpiece in just eight hours. Diane took inspiration from vintage file drawers to create a one-of-a-kind secretary desk. See the final four makeovers and watch videos from the challenge. BHG.com/MakeoverChallenge Summer fun IT’S STRAWBERRY SEASON Strawberries are great on their own, but you can use them in…

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camp it up

IDEAS FOR LIVING WELL GREAT OUTDOORS Our pop-up picnic packing list: an easy-tote blanket, individuals more kits, can’t break-em enamel dishes. and your favorite campfire tunes. Sunnylife Beach Sounds portable speaker/radio $46; daytripsociety.com STRIKE ZONE Store your fire starters in this wearable and waterproof match safe. 89; sanborncanoe.com WATER SOURCE A portable "sink" doubles as a drink tub. $29.95; rei.com Hydrate with scruncnable bottles. S16.99 each; bubiboitle.com PARTY PAIL This compact Poppytalk grill and broil pot makes an alfresco cookout effortless. $20; target.com MESS KIT You don’t have to be a scout to be prepared. Assemble personal s’mores kits ahead of time. Line a box with parchment paper, add the ingredients, and tape a bamboo skewer or two on top. Kraft Style All Purpose Soap Box; $11 for 25; tealightboxes.com…

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July MOMENTS TO MAKE AND THINGS TO DO Summer highlights Forget the fancy cam—firework photos can be perfectly awesome on your smartphone with the LightBomber app, which brings the luxury of long exposure to your mobile. Its light trail mode will capture color bursts so that what you see is the picture you’ll get. Free for iOS Shine on Come Saturday, July 12, throw a full moon party, complete with moonshine cocktails. Also known as white, raw, or unoaked whiskey, the clear spirit has gone legit and can be found everywhere from hip bars to big-box stores. Use moonshine as you would vodka, advises Jared Schubert, mixologist at the Monkey Wrench in Louisville, Kentucky. He likes to add a shot to a glass of peach iced tea, topped with simple syrup and a squeeze…

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fruit punch

1. SCENT AWAY Brazilian mango solid perfume is tropically transportive. $9; pacificabeauty.com2. LEMONY KICK-ITS We’re sweet on these preppy Keds for Kate Spade New York sneaks. $75; keds.com3. HOLLOW VICTORY Party-perfect fruit cups are microwave-and dishwasher-safe. $39.05 for pineapple, $29.70 for cantaloupe; imm-living.com4. PRINT CONDITION Pineapples skew soft and blue on this summery scarf. $17; lulus.com5. SUMMER WEDGES Primp away with mini mirrors. $25 each; artisangemsboutique.com6. FUN ZEST Plain pillows pop with hand-printed designs. $168 each; mainecottage.com7. FLAME THEORY Citronella adds function to a very cool form. $24 each; daytripsociety.com…

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richmond va

This capital city puts a creative spin on playtime, shopping, even food. aka: River City Population: 211,172 Known for: Colonial and Civil War era history, a rich gardening scene. Fun Fact: You can take a ride on the James River Class III and IV rapids without leaving the city. HAND TO MOUTH Lunchtime lines are out the door for Proper Pie Co.’s rotating selection of savory pastries: steak, pork, even vegan Thai butternut curry, all made to order New Zealandstyle—to fit in your hand. properpieco.com SECRET GARDENS New this summer, the Richmond Garden Trail is a self-guided tour of the city’s most popular verdant treasures, including a few hidden gems and lush surprises. Or view vicariously: #rvagardentrail. richmondgardentrail.org ECLECTIC COMPANY Orange, a rogue-ish gallery and boutique founded by Cathy Davis, features handcrafted decor by real-deal regional artists…