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October 2, 2014

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  • Home Improvement

    Why Emergency Preparedness Matters

    (Family Features) Preparing for an unexpected emergency, especially one brought on by severe weather, is one of the most important ways you can protect your home and family. Proactively addressing storm-related issues ranging from property damage to power outages can minimize a potentially disastrous situation.

  • Home Improvement

    Clever Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

    (Family Features) No matter how cramped and cluttered your living space, there is always a spot or two for extra storage. Finding it is just a matter of getting creative and utilizing a few clever solutions.

  • Home Improvement

    Earth-Friendly Ways to Welcome Babies, Pets

    (Family Features) Bringing a new member of the family home - be it a baby or pet - is sure to result in many happy smiles, giggles and messes. Whether it's your child eating spaghetti for the first time or your puppy trailing in mud after a rainy day, joyful moments with your little loved ones create memories and clean-ups.

Friday 08/15/2014
Ten Home Décor Trends for Your Rental
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 3:42 am

(StatePoint) Just because you’re a renter doesn’t mean you need to settle for bland, boring décor. You can make more of your space in an inexpensive yet trendy way.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Stay on Top of Design Trends When Updating Your Home Décor
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:44 am

(StatePoint) Whether you have a traditionally styled interior or your home sports more contemporary décor, you can stay on top of design trends when refreshing your home’s look.

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Wednesday 08/06/2014
Quick, Easy Ways to add Warmth to Your Home Décor for Fall
Updated: August 06, 2014 - 3:40 am

(StatePoint) We all get bored from time to time and want to change things up. While it’s easy to add items to your wardrobe or try a new hairstyle, it may not always feel as easy to change the look and feel of your home.

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Tuesday 07/22/2014
Home Improvement Tips to Make the Most of Small Spaces
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:44 am

(StatePoint) No matter where you live, you want to make the most of your available living and storage space.

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Monday 07/07/2014
Art evolves with new technology
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - Can you imagine a museum without paintings? Technology has impacted society in countless ways but many overlook its impact on the arts. The very phrase “the arts” might evoke images of oils, watercolors or sculpture but technology is inspiring a whole new generation of artists who are using new mediums to create their masterpieces.

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Tuesday 07/01/2014
Tricks for less mess and stress this summer - indoors and out
Updated: September 03, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - Summer vacation means children, teens and in-betweens are spending more time at home, resulting in more messes, mud and madness. By tackling a few projects around the home now, you’ll be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful weather and carefree days ahead.

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Monday 06/09/2014
Small Touches Can Make a Big Impact on Your Home’s Interior Design
Updated: June 09, 2014 - 3:57 am

(StatePoint) For homeowners looking to make a big interior design splash while staying on-trend, it’s all about focusing on little touches, say experts.

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Tuesday 06/03/2014
Spruce Up Your Home this Summer for Under $100
Updated: June 03, 2014 - 3:47 am

(StatePoint) Looking for an easy and inexpensive way to refresh your home this summer? With a little inspiration and work you can give your home a quick makeover within a limited budget.

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Tuesday 05/13/2014
Fresh ideas for summer alfresco entertaining
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - Warm days are calling, as summer traditionally kicks off the outdoor entertaining season. But this year, tradition takes a new direction. More hosts are breaking the boundaries of indoor versus outdoor entertaining. Gone are the paper plates and plastic cups. Instead, people are daring to take their dinnerware outside.

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Thursday 05/08/2014
What to Know When Redoing Your Home’s Flooring
Updated: May 08, 2014 - 3:37 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re purchasing a home or remodeling your current one, floors are perhaps the biggest piece of your home investment puzzle. They’re also the literal base from which all other design choices are made.

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Thursday 09/25/2014
A Meaningful Funeral
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 3:53 am

(NAPSI)—The number of cremations has grown across the country over the past 20 years. In fact, the Cremation Association of North America estimates some 1.5 million Americans are cremated every year.

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Tuesday 08/26/2014
Help the environment this school year
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 3:40 am

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Thursday 08/21/2014
Outdoor Enthusiasts: Create a Plan for Wildlife to Thrive on Your Land
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 3:37 am

(StatePoint) Whether your home rests on a small lot or a large woodland, there are steps you can take to create a thriving ecosystem for local wildlife. And if you live on woodlands, you may even consider turning your property into an ideal game habitat.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Getting The Most Out Of Your Breakfast
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 3:42 am

(NAPSI)—Calling breakfast the most important meal of the day is no exaggeration. Without breakfast, your metabolism can suffer, performance and concentration are apt to decrease, and hunger throughout the day can result in overeating during future meals.

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How to Make Your Yard More Environmentally Friendly
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:44 am

(StatePoint) It’s easy to make your home more eco-friendly, and your yard is a great place to start. This season, take steps to limit your home’s impact on the local environment by giving your outdoor spaces an earth-friendly makeover.

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Thursday 08/07/2014
Ethanol: Key To U.S. Energy Independence
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 3:44 am

(NAPSI)—Since its inception, the ethanol industry has had a profoundly positive impact on the U.S. economy. Ethanol is helping America reduce its dependence on foreign oil, lowering prices at the pump, improving the environment with lower emissions, and growing the economy with jobs that can’t be outsourced.

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Is Fracking Dangerous For Our Health?
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 3:42 am

(NAPSI)—Concerns surrounding the potential effects of hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking) on public health and our environment have policymakers, industrialists and scientists looking to address critical questions about safety.

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Tuesday 07/15/2014
Tips for reducing food and packaging waste in your kitchen
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 3:48 am

(BPT) - Have you ever thought about how much food ends up being wasted? Expired yogurt cups, slimy salads, moldy leftovers - it all adds up. Experts estimate that more than 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. - from farm to fork - is wasted. Imagine all the resources that went into growing, harvesting, processing, transporting, packaging, selling and serving that food. And then imagine throwing away almost half of it.

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Monday 07/14/2014
Shopping Smarter for Family Necessities Can Help the Environment
Updated: July 15, 2014 - 3:47 am

(StatePoint) Everyday choices can affect your family’s health as well as the environment.

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Friday 07/11/2014
The best protection for trees? You
Updated: July 12, 2014 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - Whether it’s a game of hide and seek in the woods, a walk in the park on a sunny day, or a moonlit night around a campfire – the memories of summer  stay with us forever. Too often we can take for granted the beauty of our surroundings while enjoying the great outdoors, but everyone can play a part in protecting our natural resources.

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Monday 09/29/2014
Why Emergency Preparedness Matters
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 3:55 am

(Family Features) Preparing for an unexpected emergency, especially one brought on by severe weather, is one of the most important ways you can protect your home and family. Proactively addressing storm-related issues ranging from property damage to power outages can minimize a potentially disastrous situation.

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Clever Storage Ideas for Small Spaces
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 3:56 am

(Family Features) No matter how cramped and cluttered your living space, there is always a spot or two for extra storage. Finding it is just a matter of getting creative and utilizing a few clever solutions.

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Earth-Friendly Ways to Welcome Babies, Pets
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 3:56 am

(Family Features) Bringing a new member of the family home - be it a baby or pet - is sure to result in many happy smiles, giggles and messes. Whether it's your child eating spaghetti for the first time or your puppy trailing in mud after a rainy day, joyful moments with your little loved ones create memories and clean-ups.

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Tips for a Clean, Guest-Ready Home
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 3:56 am

(Family Features) Now is the season for enjoying backyard BBQs and poolside parties with friends and family - not being trapped in the house for pre- and post-party cleaning. With a little planning, you can minimize time spent on daily chores and maximize time spent soaking up the sun and creating memories with guests.

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Lawn Care Tips for Fall
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 3:56 am

(Family Features) Taking time in the fall to prepare your lawn for the colder months ahead will pay dividends come spring and allow you to enjoy lusher, greener grass when temperatures rise again. 

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Corral Clutter with a Mudroom
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 3:56 am

(Family Features) Positioned near the busiest door, mudrooms are quickly becoming a must-have in many family homes. These organizational dynamos are the perfect place to catch muddy boots, backpacks, sports equipment and dirty paws before they make it all the way into the main living area.

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Thursday 09/25/2014
Building memories around a fire pit
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 3:54 am

(BPT) - Whether you’re spending quality time with family or entertaining guests, few things compare to the cozy, warm and welcoming atmosphere created by a fire pit in the backyard. In fact, fire pits are among the most popular features for enhancing an outdoor living space, according to the 2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects. Even better, with little experience and materials, you can build a fire pit in just a few hours.

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Keep your family secure at home with these tips
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 3:57 am

(BPT) - When it comes to protecting your family, your home is your fortress. It’s the place where your children fall asleep at night, tucked safely in their beds. It has the backyard where your pets roam freely without any danger of running into traffic. And it’s the place where you can relax, knowing your family is secure.

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Monday 09/22/2014
How to Be Prepared for an Emergency
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:40 am

(Family Features) To be prepared in any situation, planning ahead is critical. Engine-driven portable generators are intended for multiple uses and designed for portability. When utility power is unavailable due to extreme weather, portable generators become a useful source of temporary or remote electric power.

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Keep Family Safe from Home's Hidden Hazards
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:40 am

(Family Features) In the U.S. alone, approximately 60 million people suffer from asthma and allergies, which according to the American Lung Association can be triggered by mold for those who are allergic. As a responsible homeowner, it's essential to be aware of the many threats, such as mold and fire, which may cause harm to your family and your investment.

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Tuesday 09/23/2014
3 easy ways to warm up any bedroom
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - As the weather cools down, people are preparing for cozy nights indoors. Perhaps nowhere is the desire for warm, comfortable living spaces more important than the bedroom. Fortunately, it only takes a few simple tricks to warm up any bedroom in just one weekend.

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Tuesday 09/02/2014
Upgrades that scream 'luxury' with cheaper-than-you-think price tags
Updated: September 09, 2014 - 3:42 am

(BPT) - Hand-planed, reclaimed hardwood floors? Beautiful but pricey. Custom drapery? The cost can be blinding. When it comes to home decorating, it’s easy to blow your budget on one or two upgrades – and maybe that would be OK if those improvements also amped up the drama in your decor. Too often, however, costly decorating ploys disappoint, wearing out or becoming dated before you’ve paid off the financing.

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Create a cozy and clutter-free kitchen
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - Clutter can disrupt the flow of any home, bringing unwanted stress and frustration, especially in the kitchen. As one of the most prominently used rooms, maintaining a clutter-free environment will create a happier and healthier space for your family to enjoy. Here are a few tips to help you achieve and maintain a fully functional, chaos-free kitchen.

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Dinnerware bursts with color for fall entertaining
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 3:57 am

(BPT) - The autumn leaves bursting into vibrant reds, lively oranges, and brilliant yellows  signal a new season for home entertaining. If you need a little inspiration, look no further than your favorite outdoor spot to update your table setting with the hottest colors for fall 2014.

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Monday 08/18/2014
Forward-looking luxury at the forefront of today's bathroom renovation trends
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 3:57 am

(BPT) - Americans are renovating again, and instead of letting resale value alone drive their renovation choices, in 2014 homeowners are weighing many more factors. They are seeking renovations that are beautiful, luxurious and eco-friendly, and that both enhance resale value and their ability to age in place should they choose not to sell down the road.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Upgrading Your Kitchen? Think Electric
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:44 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re a passionate chef and a regular host, or you cook simple meals for just your family, you know that a highly serviceable kitchen can mean the difference between easy meal prep and a headache. A big part of this equation is your cooking appliances.

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Friday 07/18/2014
Decor through the decades: How kitchen and bath product designs have evolved
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - Remember when brass fixtures and mauve countertops were all the rage in kitchen design? How about the days of shag carpet (yes, in the bathroom) and avocado tile? Fortunately, those particular trends have come and gone. And, whether you embraced them or not, they did have an influence on the space you live in right now. Take a look through the decades to see how decor styles have evolved into the modern kitchens and bathrooms of today.

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Wednesday 07/16/2014
Say 'bye bye' to bathroom remodeling blues with 5 budget-friendly tips
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 3:46 am

(BPT) - Beautifying your bathroom sounds exciting but oftentimes renovation plans begin with good intentions and end up a long, costly nightmare. The national average cost for a bathroom remodel is $10,142, according to the Cost Guide from HomeAdvisor.com. That’s a hefty investment but one that can easily be reduced with a simple refresh of the space instead. Here are five cost-effective updates you can make to your bathroom in as little as a weekend.

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Friday 07/11/2014
Key considerations for family-friendly bathroom renovations
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 3:46 am

(BPT) - Mom rules the media room, Johnny loves the basement workshop and the kitchen is Dad’s domain. Gender roles notwithstanding, each family member has one room where he or she enjoys spending more time. One room, however, is equally used and loved – or reviled – by all: the bathroom.

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Thursday 07/10/2014
Summertime home improvements don't have to be all work and no play
Updated: September 03, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - If this year’s summer vacation plans involve more hardware than beachwear, don’t fret. Just apply tried-and-true trip-planning principles to your “staycation” renovation plans and you can ensure both your time and money are well spent.

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