All together now: 6 tips toward being a friendlier neighbor

All together now: 6 tips toward being a friendlier neighbor

All together now: 6 tips toward being a friendlier neighbor (BPT) – In this age of political and economic uncertainty, many Americans are seeing the value of living in caring neighborhoods and acting as good neighbors. One recent survey found 75 percent of Americans think it’s important to welcome new neighbors, 58 percent say it’s important for neighbors to socialize and 37 percent are more likely to seek help from a neighbor than a friend when it comes to small projects. Further, the chance to meet others is often cited as a primary reason why millennials prefer living in urban neighborhoods. The […]

How to create a DIY planter box for growing your summer herbs

How to create a DIY planter box for growing your summer herbs (BPT) – Do-it-yourself projects are more popular than ever, and it’s no wonder why; they make for a great weekend activity and are a creative way to add handmade touches to your space. Whether it’s gardening, cooking, or simply being creative, summer is the perfect time to combine your favorite passions into a DIY project. Chris Lambton, garden and yard care expert, suggests a seasonal project to kick off the summer months that is not only fun to create, but also will be useful for months to come. […]

5 simple steps to getting started with solar panels

5 simple steps to getting started with solar panels

5 simple steps to getting started with solar panels (BPT) – With more Americans “going green” than ever before, you’ve probably already started thinking about doing it yourself. Perhaps you’ve increased your recycling efforts, started using more Energy Star appliances and light bulbs or upgraded to other greener technology options. Chances are, you also may be thinking about using solar energy to power your home, but don’t know where to start. It may be easier than you think to have solar panels installed in your home. According to residential solar experts, here are the steps involved in going solar. 1. […]

The real Dangers of Picaridin - Fire Salamander

The real dangers of Picaridin – yet again, Big Pharma tricks consumers into destroying ecosystems.

We’ve been there before: tobacco, lead, DEET and now Picaridin! Big Box stores along with Big Pharma are selling lethal poison to consumers wrapped in sweet and shiny marketing. In recent years awareness of the health and environmental dangers caused by chemical pesticide DEET has increased dramatically and it has led to a dramatic decline in sales of the insect repellents containing the poisonous pollutant. The chemical industry had to synthesize something fresh, new and cheap, so they did: marketed as a “safer alternative to DEET” pesticide Picaridin has become a staple in chemical insect repellents. Turned out, Picaridin not […]

7 smart steps to improve indoor air quality at home

7 smart steps to improve indoor air quality at home (BPT) – Think about how much time you and your family spend inside versus outside. From your home to the car to work and to school, it’s not uncommon that the majority of your day is spent indoors. This modern phenomenon means increased exposure to indoor air pollution. Fortunately, with a few smart, proactive steps, you can help protect yourself and your family. People vastly underestimate the time they spend inside, assuming just four hours, when in actuality they are inside more than 21 hours each day, according to The […]

Hudson Valley Hiking Adventures with Max & Dino

Hudson Valley Hiking Adventures: Overlook Mountain Woodstock, NY

Hudson Valley Hiking Adventures with Max & Dino Two weeks ago we were running around in t-shirts and celebrating Summer, but not on this beautiful yet crisp Saturday afternoon. Everyone knows that humans are the creatures of habits, but not everyone wants to face the truth. We are trying though! Things are more-less settled after our move to Kingston and we are finally squeezing some time to have actual “normal people’s” weekends when we can do something more laid back and less business-oriented. So, we (mostly I 🙂 ) decided to get in a habit of exploring nearby hiking trails, […]

Envision Distinction composite decking in Rustic Walnut.

How to create an outdoor living space you can enjoy all year long

How to create the outdoor sanctuary you’ve always wanted (BPT) – The dream of a perfect outdoor space where homeowners can enjoy the beauty of nature while still being completely comfortable is no longer limited to a specific climate or time of year. A one-of-a-kind all-seasons deck is possible if the right features are included in the design. The key is to combine features that protect from the elements, and then use the right materials to make it happen. Whether you’re revamping an existing area or creating a brand-new outdoor living space to enjoy all year long, the following deck […]

Natural Tick and Mosquito Repellent by DA Aromatherapy

Spring is here! Hiking Adventure Awaits! Hiking tips and more from the Hudson Valley Style Magazine and DA Aromatherapy

Getting ready for an outdoor adventure? Here is a Companion you can count on: DA Aromatherapy Natural Insect Repellent is made with 7 Organic Essential Oils, it provides powerful protection and naturally repels mosquitoes and ticks, fleas and many other pesky insects when sprayed directly on your skin or clothing. The Best Natural Tick and Mosquito Repellent Spray is 100% DEET-free and is safe for Humans and Pets. Unlike other (cheap big-box) brands, Our Natural Bug Spray smells amazing (see reviews below) and features the most powerful (on the market) blend of Organic Lemongrass, Eucalyptus Lemon and Globulus, Cedarwood (Cedar Oil), Rosemary, Clove Bud, and Lavender Essential Oils. Our signature Natural Tick […]

Priceless pics: 5 ways to capture better photos on your next vacation (BPT) - If you’re already planning your next fun vacation, congratulations! New places, people and experiences await. Whether you’re into adventuring, sightseeing, bonding with friends and family or just relaxing, anticipating an upcoming vacation can be a great way to soldier through the colder days of the year. Being able to look forward to new destinations can make our regular, staid work routines easier to navigate. Part of the appeal of a vacation can be the chance to gather meaningful photos that preserve treasured memories. That's true whether your goal is fun family memories at a theme park or breathtaking shots of exotic flora and fauna. Regardless of your level of expertise and destination, you can bring home better photographs if you use the following tips on your next journey. • Don't rely on your smartphone. It may come in handy for occasional snapshots, but pictures meant to preserve precious memories call for an actual camera such as a DSLR or mirrorless that enables creative, high-quality images, better low-light performance and faster auto-focus. • Invest in a capable camera lens. Regardless of the quality of your camera, the functions enabled by your lenses will dictate the scope of photos you’re able to take. Whether you’re shooting inside, outside, close up or far away, your lens will make the difference between a professional-grade photo and something best left in your camera roll. Fortunately, a range of high-quality, multi-use lenses are available from Sigma at prices that won’t ruin your vacation budget. Don’t pack your bags without including the tools that can help capture the best shots of your life. • Choose highly photographic locations. Naturally, you’ll feel more inspired to get out your camera when vacationing in a visually compelling locale. Research places that will motivate you and challenge you to use your skills. The New York Times reports that travel companies are increasingly offering photo op excursions especially for hobbyists, thanks in part to the popularity of photo-sharing apps. “The travel industry is catering to this growing interest in a fun way,” says travel consultant Janine Yu. “After all, what more enjoyable way to learn how to improve your camera skills than by exploring a great destination at the same time?” • Time photo sessions for optimal natural lighting. When planning your travel agenda, slot in plenty of time to take advantage of the daylight hours. The so-called “golden hours” most optimal for photographers are the two to three hours after sunrise and before sunset. • Protect your equipment. If you’re flying, plan to carry on your camera bag. If airline restrictions require it to be checked, insure it well against loss and damage. Choose a sturdy but lightweight bag that offers padded compartments for your camera body, lenses and flash units, seeking ergonomic features that make it comfortable to carry. Disassemble and cushion all removable parts to protect them en route. Remember your charger, lens wipes and cleaning supplies, but limit your lithium batteries to two to meet TSA restrictions. • Learn the best techniques for photographing people. You could spend years studying this topic, but basic strategies might include starting with a 50mm prime lens for its wide capabilities, and perhaps switching to an 85mm prime for more classic portraiture. Shooting at a speed of 1/125 sec or more helps you avoid blurry eye and facial movement. Note that all skin tones look best in early morning or early evening light. Great photos are one element of your vacation you can enjoy long after you've returned to your normal routine. Make preparations ahead of time that allow you to capture the best possible images while you're off on your next adventure.

Priceless pics: 5 ways to capture better photos on your next vacation

Priceless pics: 5 ways to capture better photos on your next vacation (BPT) – If you’re already planning your next fun vacation, congratulations! New places, people and experiences await. Whether you’re into adventuring, sightseeing, bonding with friends and family or just relaxing, anticipating an upcoming vacation can be a great way to soldier through the colder days of the year. Being able to look forward to new destinations can make our regular, staid work routines easier to navigate. Part of the appeal of a vacation can be the chance to gather meaningful photos that preserve treasured memories. That’s true whether […]

Hudson Valley Style Magazine - Spring 2019: The Real Estate Edition

Hudson Valley Style Magazine – Spring 2019: The Real Estate Edition

Hudson Valley Style Magazine – Spring 2019: The Real Estate Edition In the Spring’19 Issue of the Hudson Valley Style Magazine, we are introducing Duncan Avenue Group’s brand new enterprise: Alexander Maxwell Realty and the latest home design project by Duncan Avenue Studio. Thank you for getting a copy of the Hudson Valley Style Magazine! We appreciate your support! Editors Maxwell & Dino Alexander Hudson Valley Style Magazine™ is a flagship publication of the Duncan Avenue Group™ and Hudson Valley’s Premiere Style & Design Publication with a Global Audience with focus on highlighting examples of high-end design, style, sustainability, and social responsibility concepts in the Hudson Valley and beyond. […]

5 smart ideas to refresh your deck

5 smart ideas to refresh your deck

5 smart ideas to refresh your deck (BPT) – As seasons turn, your focus begins to shift to the outdoors. Your deck or patio becomes your new living room — an ideal setting for memorable moments with friends and family. If you look at these spaces and long for a refresh, the time to start planning is now. You have options, and many you can do yourself with minimal effort. To start, if you don’t have a deck or patio, research materials carefully before making an investment. One prevalent building trend involves making the smart choice toward natural, environmentally friendly […]

The best natural tick and mosquito repellent for humans and pets - DA Aromatherapy Collection

The Sun is Out and warm weather is here! Hike Hudson Valley Trails and Stay Protected from ticks and mosquitos!

Enjoying Warm & Sunny Weekend in the Woods? Bugs are now officially out too! Here are a few tips to stay protected while exploring Hudson Valley hiking trails: If hiking or camping in an area known as a tick & mosquito habitat, try to protect yourself, and children in particular, by wearing bright colored, long-sleeved tops and pants, tucking the bottoms of the pant legs into long socks. Apply a generous amount of DA Aromatherapy Collection Natural Insect Repellent Spray, as a deterrent, onto clothing and skin. For best results apply frequently. Inspect the entire body after hiking.

Modern Rustic Luxury in Cornwall on Hudson, NY - Interior Design project by Duncan Avenue Design Studio

Historic (Circa 1870) Hudson Valley Home Reimagined by Duncan Avenue Design Studio

Welcome to the historic (circa 1870) home in the heart of the quaint Village of Cornwall on Hudson, NY. Completely reimagined by the award-winning Duncan Avenue Design Studio the home was transformed into architecturally inspiring yet energy efficient masterpiece. It was fully renovated with design, sustainability, functionality and comfort in mind. Contemporary open concept floorplan and two-story-high foyer bring an abundance of light in the space. Wake up to the sunrise shining through double glass doors on the east side of the house and watch the warm sunset rays shining through plenty of energy-efficient windows on the west. High-end finishes such as […]

Natural Tick and Mosquito Repellent by DA Aromatherapy

DA Aromatherapy Collection — The spirit of the weekend warrior and the expeditionary alike.

At DA Aromatherapy, our line of natural insect repellents embodies the spirit of the weekend warrior and the expeditionary alike. Maybe you’re training for an Everest Summit or thru-hiking the Continental Divide—as for the rest of us, we will take what we can get with what little time we have. Both ends of the adventurist spectrum share a common center point, and that is to preserve the environment which enables us to do what we love. In many cases that means making a sacrifice, but when it comes to our natural bug repellent with 7 organically sourced essential oils, it […]