As U.S. Copes With Ebola, Are ‘Preppers’ Stocking Up on Food and Supplies?

By Nick DiUlio   October 20, 2014


With Ebola having arrived in the U.S. only recently, most Americans haven’t had much reason to fret about the potentially deadly virus until now. But for single mother Daisy Luther, publisher of the website The Organic Prepper, the virus has been on her radar for the better part of a year.

“I’ve been following this outbreak since it became a big deal in the media in March,” Luther said. “But this particular outbreak has defied all previous expectations and rules of an Ebola outbreak. So that has me concerned.”

Despite the rising tide of public concern, if not hysteria, preppers like Luther and Cat Ellis, who publishes the website, are confident that they’re prepared for even the worst-case scenario. → Keep Reading

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Architect Converts Stockholm Storage Space Into Functional, Fashionable Apartment

By Nathalie Rothschild   October 20, 2014

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Sweden may be the sixth largest country in Europe, but 85 percent of the population lives on less than 1.5 percent of the land. Housing prices have tripled since 1996 and apartment prices in Stockholm, the capital, have risen 20 percent over the past two years.

In other words, residential property is out of reach for many and, with new construction happening at a snail’s pace, Swedes on the hunt for homes sometimes have to get creative. → Keep Reading

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Facts and Figures About Pumpkins, America’s Favorite Halloween Fruit [Infographic]

By John Egan   October 20, 2014


Pumpkins are deceiving. The orange gourds look so rough and tough, but they’re actually rather delicate.

The rind is a pumpkin’s only means of protection, agriculture experts say. Once the rind is bruised or pierced, organisms will invade and quickly eat away at the pumpkin. That’s frightening. → Keep Reading

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Gone! App Can Clear Out Your Clutter in Just a Few Clicks

By Kathryn Hawkins   October 13, 2014

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Making a purchase is easier than it’s ever been. These days, you rarely need to leave the comfort of your favorite chair: Just click on an item to add it to your shopping cart, and it arrives at your home or office within days or even hours. → Keep Reading

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Moving Your Stuff Into a Storage Unit

By Wade Lombard   October 9, 2014

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Storing items during a move can be a balancing act. You’ve got the movers on one hand and the storage facility on the other. Everything has to come together just right or you’ll run into big—and potentially costly—issues. Here’s a look at the top five mistakes people make when moving things into a storage unit and tips on how to do it right. → Keep Reading

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Remodeling Your Kitchen? Don’t Ignore These 5 Technology Trends

By Allie Johnson   October 8, 2014

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Planning a kitchen remodel? Make it high tech, and you’ll be able to turn on a faucet with a wave of your hand, boil water in 90 seconds and zap germs before you clean.

“Technology is cool in the kitchen,” said Sandra Brannock, owner and principal designer at Expert Kitchen Designs in Rappahannock County, VA. But, she said, don’t incorporate pricey new products just for the “wow factor.” → Keep Reading

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Inside the High-Flying World of Hot Air Balloons [Infographic]

By John Egan   October 7, 2014

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Soaring in the sky, hot air balloons inspire awe and exude beauty. That awe and beauty comes at a price, though. The owner and operator of a balloon easily can pump thousands upon thousands of dollars into this hobby.

“Hot air balloons are not inexpensive toys; they are vehicles that require maintenance, storage, and comprehensive insurance policies,” according to → Keep Reading

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Welcome Inside One of the Coolest Photo Storage Facilities on the Planet

By Jay MacDonald   October 6, 2014

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Where’s the best place to preserve and protect your family’s photo collection? For most of us, it’s inside a dust-free protective container within a climate-controlled self-storage unit.

But if you’re Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and your Corbis Collection includes 15 million priceless photographs, negatives and glass plates dating back to the Civil War, you tuck them safely away inside a specially repurposed limestone mine 220 feet below ground in Boyers, PA, about an hour’s drive northeast of Pittsburgh. → Keep Reading

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After Health Scare, Dan and Laura Dotson of ‘Storage Wars’ Tout Importance of CPR

By Allie Johnson   October 3, 2014

Dan and Laura Dotson

When “Storage Wars” star Dan Dotson collapsed at home from a double brain aneurysm on a Monday morning in June, cameras from the A&E reality show missed his brush with death.

But later, Dotson’s wife and co-star, Laura Dotson, invited a camera crew to the hospital to do some filming for an episode titled “The Daneurysm,” which premiered Sept. 8.

In that episode, Laura told a doctor she performed CPR on her husband after he fell. She learned the lifesaving skill as a Girl Scout in the sixth grade, she told The SpareFoot blog. Now, the Dotsons have become CPR advocates.

“I owe her my life,” Dan Dotson told The SpareFoot Blog. → Keep Reading

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How to Store Your Tailgating Gear: 5 Tips From the Experts

By Anne Wynter   October 2, 2014


Whether you’ve been tailgating veteran or a newcomer, it’s hard to deny the appeal of meeting up with friends, firing up the grill and getting psyched for the big game.

As relaxing and exciting as tailgating is, it involves a fair amount of work—especially when it comes to organizing and storing the dozens of items that contribute to a successful tailgating experience. To make things a little easier, The SpareFoot Blog talked with three tailgating experts and got their advice about storage of tailgating gear. → Keep Reading

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