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January 25, 2015

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  • Green Living

    3 ways to become more environmentally friendly in 2015

    (BPT) - Whether you’re motivated by a workplace initiative, a personal goal or the opportunity to teach your children lifelong positive habits, now is a great time to become more environmentally friendly. Earth Day is April 22, but there’s still plenty of time to develop eco-friendly habits before the big day arrives.

  • Green Living

    Define Your Unique Style

    (Family Features) When thinking about your dream kitchen, what finish style of cabinets come to mind? Is it rich dark stained cherry wood? Maybe a clean, crisp white paint? Do you picture yourself having a rustic kitchen complemented by different techniques?

  • Green Living

    Mini-Makeovers for Your Indoor Spaces

    (Family Features) When cold winter days keep you inside, you may find yourself quickly bored with your surroundings. While you wait for the sun to make its next appearance, it’s the perfect time for a mini-makeover to make your indoor space feel fresh and appealing.

Friday 11/14/2014
Delight the Five Senses this Holiday Season
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) To create a memorable holiday experience this year, turn your gifts, celebrations and home décor into a festive feast for the five senses.

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Wednesday 10/01/2014
Decorate Your Home this Season for Under $100
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:33 pm

(StatePoint) When it comes to filling your home with fall flair and warm festive cheer, you don’t have to rely on generic décor purchased from the store, which can be pricy and forgettable. This holiday season make your home unique with a little DIY.

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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 01/20/2015
3 ways to become more environmentally friendly in 2015
Updated: January 25, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Whether you’re motivated by a workplace initiative, a personal goal or the opportunity to teach your children lifelong positive habits, now is a great time to become more environmentally friendly. Earth Day is April 22, but there’s still plenty of time to develop eco-friendly habits before the big day arrives.

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Tuesday 01/06/2015
Cashless Classroom Fundraising
Updated: January 08, 2015 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—While fundraising is an essential for nonprofits, charities and local schools across the country, it can be particularly challenging to raise funds in today’s environment—but there are ways around the problem. It doesn’t help that Americans are donating 8 percent less today than they were in 2007, before the recession, and many schools faced with budget cuts are feeling the brunt of the decline.

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Tuesday 12/16/2014
Farmers Growing Green With Energy
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—One of the nation’s newest sources of electricity comes from...animal waste? It sounds futuristic, but it’s a reality for farmers like Luke, Mike and Tony Brubaker, who run a herd of 975 dairy cows and 800 young stock. Back in 2009, milk prices were down, so the Brubakers looked into other profit-making opportunities. They soon began converting cow manure, via an on-farm digester machine, into enough electricity to power 150-200 homes. But they didn’t stop there—solar panels were added atop their heifer barn and broiler house to create additional thousands of kilowatts of electricity every month.

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Thursday 12/04/2014
U.S. Farmers Keep Phosphorus Out Of Water
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—While a disruption in drinking water supplies in Ohio and the Hypoxia “Dead Zone” in the Gulf of Mexico are two examples of what can happen when too much phosphorus fertilizer runs off into waterways from agricultural fields and suburban lawns, there are solutions to the problem.

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Wednesday 11/12/2014
The Modern Formula for an Easy, Eco-Friendly Fire
Updated: November 12, 2014 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) Rather than using conventional firewood this winter, enjoy a cleaner-burning, convenient fire log that’s well-suited to today’s busy lifestyles.

Fire logs, which are created using materials such as recycled sawdust and fibers blended with wax from paraffins, tree and vegetable oils, produce 80 percent less emissions than a typical wood fire and save millions of trees from use as firewood annually. Manufacturers of fire logs, such as Duraflame, are constantly developing new ways to improve the fire experience. For example, a Duraflame fire log takes only five minutes to reach full flames and comes in different sizes and features to fit any occasion, indoors or outdoors.

More information about fire logs can be found at www.Duraflame.com.

Fire may be one of man’s oldest discoveries, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for innovating the way we enjoy one.

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Tuesday 11/11/2014
Modern Landfills: Safe, Smart and Green
Updated: November 12, 2014 - 3:35 am

(NewsUSA) - The average American generates a lot of trash and recyclables -- about four pounds per day. That adds up to more than 250 million tons of trash every year, and more than a third of it gets recycled and repurposed into new products. Many Americans are working to expand recycling. Some communities are also beginning to divert food and yard waste out of their waste stream, and that could expand the amount of waste that is repurposed.

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Thursday 11/06/2014
Taking Care Of Business—Literally
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s a job you more than likely would not want: storing, pumping, handling, transporting and applying livestock manure to farm fields. Believe it or not, there are hundreds of thousands of farmers, ranchers and custom applicators who perform this important and essential task every year across the U.S.

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Thursday 10/30/2014
Take a Hike: Enjoying the Great Outdoors Year-Round
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) Just because the weather is cooler, doesn’t mean it’s time to hibernate. With the proper equipment, preparation and motivation, any time of year is the perfect time to get outdoors for an adventure. And you don’t have to look far for a great hike. Across the country, there are 59 gorgeous National Parks and thousands of state parks to choose from, comprising tens of thousands of miles of trails.

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Friday 10/17/2014
Students Helping Communities By Recycling
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—What do 500,000 students at 900 schools across the U.S. have in common?

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Wednesday 10/01/2014
How You and Your Family Can Protect Your Local Environment
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:32 pm

(StatePoint) It’s all too easy to feel out of touch with nature. But whether you live in an urban or rural setting, near a stand of woods or in the forest, there are trees near you that can help you feel connected to the outdoors. And getting involved with protecting your state’s woods is easy if you know how.

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Monday 01/19/2015
Define Your Unique Style
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) When thinking about your dream kitchen, what finish style of cabinets come to mind? Is it rich dark stained cherry wood? Maybe a clean, crisp white paint? Do you picture yourself having a rustic kitchen complemented by different techniques?

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Mini-Makeovers for Your Indoor Spaces
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) When cold winter days keep you inside, you may find yourself quickly bored with your surroundings. While you wait for the sun to make its next appearance, it’s the perfect time for a mini-makeover to make your indoor space feel fresh and appealing.

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5 Tips for Organizing Your Home Office
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) When temperatures begin creeping up again, it signals time for an annual tradition: spring cleaning. While big projects like windows are hard to overlook, don’t forget smaller areas that need attention, too, such as your home office.

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Ways to Recycle at Home
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Though recycling may seem like a chore, it is an important key to managing the waste in your family’s home.

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Create Your Own Bathroom Retreat
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) With so much time spent in the bathroom, it is important to give that space a little TLC like the rest of the home. Almost everyone that enters your home sees your bathroom. From changing accessories to a total bath remodel, it is important that it receives a little refreshment. A bathroom should be an oasis, and the environment that it displays directly correlates with just how relaxing it is.

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Monday 01/12/2015
Keep Winter Energy Bills in Check
Updated: January 12, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) As winter temperatures drop, the potential for higher utility bills goes up. Taking steps ahead of the cold season can help you trim costs and make your home more energy efficient, keeping those utility bills in check even as the winter weather rages.

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5 ways to revamp your outdoor living space this year
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Do long, winter days holed up indoors have you dreaming of a new deck to relax on come springtime? Whether you envision transforming a deck into a personal sanctuary or building a new outdoor living space for backyard entertaining, now is the perfect time to start turning those dreams into reality.

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Monday 01/05/2015
Clear the Bathroom Clutter
Updated: January 05, 2015 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Due to their small size and heavy usage, bathrooms can become a messy, cluttered area for many families.

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What’s Your Kitchen Style?
Updated: January 09, 2015 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) With so many styles of kitchens and cabinets, it can sometimes be hard to decide on a favorite. You may see kitchens in each style and agree that they are all beautiful in their own way. But which is the style you would choose for your own home?

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Monday 12/29/2014
Ward Off Winter Chills in the Garage
Updated: December 29, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Ensuring that your garage is weatherproofed and ready to withstand the elements of winter not only makes a more comfortable environment during the blustery cold months, it also is likely to help reduce energy costs.

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Monday 01/19/2015
Three upgrades sure to turn kitchen time into quality time
Updated: January 25, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - The average American spends an hour a day in the kitchen preparing food and cleaning up afterward, according to the American Time Use Survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Add in the time it takes to put groceries away, load and unload dishwashers, organize cabinets and pantries or just hang out, and you spend a whole lot of time in your kitchen.

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Wednesday 01/14/2015
Expert tips for choosing the right window for your kitchen remodel
Updated: January 21, 2015 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - What are the hottest updates for homes in 2015? The kitchen is one of the most popular rooms in the home to remodel, and for good reason. According to HGTV and Trulia, a kitchen update is one of the secrets to selling your home.

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Tuesday 01/13/2015
Common Sense Upgrades to Make Your Bathroom Safer
Updated: January 13, 2015 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) From burns to slips to trips, bathrooms can be hazardous. In fact, hundreds of thousands of injuries occur in the bathroom annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Friday 01/09/2015
5 easy kitchen and bath upgrades that take only hours to complete
Updated: January 16, 2015 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Do your kitchen and bathrooms look a bit drab? If you don’t have the time or budget for a full remodel, there are still many simple updates you can do to refresh these spaces and invigorate each with impressive style. From affordable faucet updates to pretty paints, each takes one day or less to complete, instantly providing a dramatic effect.

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Wednesday 01/07/2015
Add a touch of Tuscany to your dinner table
Updated: January 14, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - A recipe that is ideal for any occasion, from weeknight meals to Sunday suppers to get-togethers with friends, can be hard to come by. Tuscan Brined Pork Chops with Salsa Verde is a near-perfect answer for all of these occasions.

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Monday 12/22/2014
Help men reclaim space of their own: Bathroom sharing tips
Updated: December 30, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Most couples acknowledge that women get the majority of space in the bathroom. In fact, men claim that just one-third of the bathroom is set aside for their things, according to the 2014 U.S. Dove Men+Care Hair Survey, and they often reach for items that belong to their partner, instead of products made for them.

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Friday 12/12/2014
Bathroom luxuries: 6 delights to take your bath from lax to luxe
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The bathroom doesn’t have to be basic. Thanks to a wide array of new products on the market – and plenty of ways to customize – even the most outdated bathrooms can become an oasis of tranquility and a lavish retreat away from the stresses of everyday life. Here are six ideas for transforming your bathroom into a luxurious spa-like space.

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Tackle tough DIY tasks like a pro
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Have you been putting off some seemingly hard-to-handle home improvement projects? If so, there’s still time to tackle do-it-yourself tasks like a pro – from painting high ceilings and stairwells to repairing garage and basement floors. With the right tips and tools, you can accomplish these home improvements in a snap.

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Tuesday 12/09/2014
Keeping the heat inside your home during the winter
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - The heat is definitely on this winter. With winter storms hitting many parts of the country early in the season, furnaces are plugging away, causing rising heating bills. Space heating is the largest energy expense in the average U.S. home, accounting for 45 percent of energy bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Consumers are looking to keep their homes cozy as the temperature continues to drop, while also having manageable utility bills.

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Monday 11/17/2014
Hot master bath trends for 2015 and beyond
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - When it comes to renovating spaces in your home, the master bath should be top of mind. Leading master bath trends for 2015 go beyond functionality to incorporate features that complement the design aesthetic and provide a touch of luxury for lasting results.

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