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December 26, 2014

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Cost-Saving Winter Preparedness Tips Can Keep Your Family Safe And Warm

(NAPSI)—There are several easy and cost-effective ways that homeowners can winterize their homes this storm season. Generac Power Systems offers six easy steps that will save you money while keeping your family and home safe during the long and brutal winter storm season.

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Monday 12/22/2014
Define Your Unique Style
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 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?

Holiday Lighting 101
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) While decorating the tree, house, or garland, a whole section of lights can go dark – along with holiday spirits. Light outages can be frustrating and time-consuming to repair during the busy holiday season.

Keep Winter Energy Bills in Check
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 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.

How to Wow Guests This Holiday Season
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) The holiday season provides the perfect opportunity to go all out for your guests. From decor tips to hosting secrets, it only takes a few special tweaks to make your party the talk of the season.

Set the Scene for Holiday Entertaining
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) The holiday season brings a flurry of activity, especially when it comes to entertaining family and friends. While the formal sit-down dinner is still alive and well this time of year, casual holiday gatherings are growing in popularity.

Tuesday 12/16/2014
Enjoy The Sun—Inside
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Sunlight streaming through the window and onto your skin may feel fine when the weather’s cold but it can damage your skin—unless you take certain steps.

Afternoon Project
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—The next time you’re looking to instantly transform a piece of wood furniture or your kitchen cabinets, try a one-step stain and clear finish product to change the look and color of your wooden piece. You can update a tired room by making over one item without removing its existing finish or replacing the furniture.

Monday 12/15/2014
Conserve Energy This Winter by Choosing the Right Windows
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NewsUSA) - Winter is upon us, but the window hasn't closed for homeowners to keep their heating bills from going through the roof.

4 Tips to Make Home Maintenance Easier
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:35 am

(Family Features) Some home maintenance jobs require a significant investment of time and specialized equipment, but there are many projects you can accomplish efficiently with basic tools and the right approach. Follow these tips to get started:

Friday 12/12/2014
Five Quick Ways To Upgrade Your Home For Resale
Updated: December 13, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Whether you’re considering cashing in on your equity, downsizing, trading up, moving for a change of scenery or relocating for better prospects, a few smart investments and improvements can help your home stand out from the competition so you get top dollar. Even if you’re not planning on moving anytime soon, these strategies can maximize your home’s value and increase its marketability:

Wednesday 12/10/2014
Simple Safety Tips
Updated: December 11, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Millions of Americans enjoy the unmatched comfort of propane-powered appliances for space heating, water heating, cooking and clothes drying. To help them stay safe and comfortable in cold weather, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) offers some advice.

Tuesday 12/09/2014
How To Purchase Your First Home In 2015
Updated: December 10, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—The American dream of homeownership may not be as hard to attain as many people seem to fear. A few intriguing facts and hints can help.

Monday 12/08/2014
Choose Spray Foam For Lower Energy Bills And A Cozier Home This Winter
Updated: December 09, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—With the chill of winter settled in across much of the country, keeping homes warm while also maintaining manageable energy bills is a major concern for homeowners. Installing spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation may ease these concerns.

Bringing the Outside Indoors
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 3:35 am

(Family Features) When the weather conditions are just right, a relaxing evening spent on the porch or patio is perfect for enjoying good company and the beauty of the outside world. Wouldn't it be nice to enjoy these comforts regardless of the season?

Tips for Tackling Holiday Messes
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 3:35 am

(Family Features) This holiday season, create a welcoming environment for your guests. From getting your home ready for company to managing the many messes that come with a packed home, there are several cleaning tips to help you enjoy the fun at hand without the extra stress.

Save on Splurge-Worthy Home Styles
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 3:35 am

(Family Features) In the fashion and design world, alternative materials that emulate high-end looks are trendy not only for their lower price point and low maintenance qualities, but thanks to advancements in design and technology, are often hard to differentiate from the real thing.

Thursday 12/04/2014
Hints To Help You Get The Sleep You Need
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s an eye-opening statistic: According to the National Institutes of Health, adults need seven to eight hours of sleep a night, but nearly 30 percent are getting six or less.

Countdown to 2015: New ideas to get your home ready for the new year
Updated: December 11, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The end of a year usually means one thing: endless resolutions. As you bid farewell to the holidays, it’s all about what you want to change, upgrade and do better. Health and well-being are always the first things that come to mind, but don’t overlook your home. In fact, sometimes it’s the first place to start – from a total overhaul to the simplest design changes. Those major or minor design decisions can really impact not only how you live, but also the health and happiness of you, your family and your home.

Wednesday 12/03/2014
Home Improvement Trends are Driving Innovations in Tools
Updated: December 03, 2014 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) If you’ve hired a contractor to work on your home, you may not recognize the impact you had on trends and innovation in the home improvement industry.

6 design trends to heighten your home's style in 2015
Updated: December 10, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - As the new year kicks off, it’s the premier time to refresh and refocus on certain aspects of your life ... and the home is no exception. Say goodbye to lackluster interiors as renowned interior designer and DIY television personality, Taniya Nayak, has forecasted the top trends for 2015 that will be sure to enhance and revive any home.

Monday 12/01/2014
What To Know About Winter Storm Preparedness
Updated: December 02, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Many homeowners overlook one of the most important things to prepare for when the holiday season rolls around—winter storms. Experts believe homeowners are unprepared for winter storms, putting their families and their home in danger. So while you’re decking the halls for the season, make sure you take the following into consideration and ensure your home is both merry and safe.

Tuesday 11/25/2014
Lighting for Aging Eyes -- Don't Get Left in the Dark
Updated: November 27, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Lighting becomes more important as people age. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), with each passing year, everyone requires more light to see properly.

Monday 11/24/2014
Eliminate Stains This Holiday Season
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Parties filled with festive drinks, food and fun are in full swing this holiday season. Every event is a chance to come away with great memories, plenty of pictures and sometimes, a stubborn stain or two.

Thursday 11/20/2014
Choosing Stain Color
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—When it comes to giving your home natural warmth and beauty, few things compare to wood—and wood is surprisingly flexible when it comes to color. Whether you’re refinishing your floors or cabinets, restoring a fine piece of furniture or creating a new look distressing an existing piece, wood stain can enhance the beauty of the wood and add to your style.

Smart Shipping And Storage Suggestions
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Whether you’re sending gifts for the holidays, packing for a move or storing keepsakes, heeding a few hints on how to prepare things for shipping and storage can help your package stay safe and intact.

Sweet Scents Of Joy
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—This year, you can treat your sense of smell to the delights of the holiday season.

Getting The Most Out Of A Kitchen Remodel
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—According to the U.S. Census Bureau, homeowners spent $130 billion on remodeling projects last year. If you hope to join them anytime soon, there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind. After all, a kitchen remodel can give you one of the best returns on investment as long as you know where to save and where to spend.

Tips to Heat Your Home Affordably this Winter
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Climate control accounts for almost half the energy use in a typical U.S. home and is also the largest energy expense for most people -- but it doesn’t have to be. With a few simple solutions, you can be friendlier toward your wallet and the environment this winter.

Tips to Update Your Home’s Technology
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) When thinking about home updates, our attention so often turns to a fresh coat of paint or new décor, but some of the most practical, meaningful changes you can make to your home will truly modernize the way you live.

Wednesday 11/19/2014
Not Leo DiCaprio? How to Cut Your Energy Bills Anyway
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NewsUSA) - If we all had Leo DiCaprio's millions, we too could spend a small fortune powering our mansions with solar panels without having to worry whether the investment would ultimately wind up cutting our energy bills or not. But we don't have Leo's millions. (Sigh.)

Monday 11/17/2014
Bathroom Upgrades to Impress Guests
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) Game night, girls' night or family reunion - your home serves as the backdrop for many occasions. Preparing your space for friends and family can feel like a heavy undertaking, but with a few simple entertaining tips, hosts can wave goodbye to anxieties.

Wednesday 11/12/2014
How to Select a Contractor: Certification Counts With Vinyl Siding
Updated: November 13, 2014 - 3:35 am

(NewsUSA) - No doubt, finding a qualified siding contractor can be tricky. Do you use a contractor who did a good job down the block? A cousin or in-law? Maybe crowd sourcing services such as Angie's List or Home Advisor?

Monday 11/10/2014
Tips to Prevent Slips and Falls in Your Bathroom
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) Roughly 234,000 injuries occur in the bathroom annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And while children and adults over 70 are most at risk, more than half of all injuries involve people between ages 25 and 64.

Lawn Care Tips for Fall
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 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. 

Thursday 11/06/2014
Adding A Touch Of Warmth To Your Holiday Celebration
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—At holiday time or anytime, for many busy people, a fire in the fireplace can provide an escape from day-to-day chaos, an opportunity for a romantic interlude, or a great accompaniment to an entertaining evening with family and friends.

Real Insights From Realtors
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—For many people, buying a home is a goal they aspire to achieve and often the most significant financial decision they'll make in their life. If you're among them, consider this advice: Given the mass amounts of information, data and tools available, it's critical to work with a professional who can help you make sense of it all. During the home buying or selling process, it's wise to follow these tips:

Holiday Happiness
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Picture this: Norman Rockwell’s “Young Love: Sledding” (Brown & Bigelow: 1949 Four Seasons calendar, winter) painted in 1949 and now adorning the labels of fine skin care products—to help you help hungry children.

Top Cold Weather Home Efficiency Tips
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Homeowners can prepare for cold weather by taking simple energy efficiency measures that will reduce energy consumption and heating bills.

Decorating Ideas
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—While holiday decorations are a great way to spread the joy of the season, you have to make sure they’re safe.

Tuesday 11/04/2014
Where Do Pests Lurk? The Rooms in Your Home That Pests Like Most
Updated: November 05, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NewsUSA) - When it comes to common household pests, they enter homes in search of three things: water, food and shelter. They can find entry points through almost any size opening, including tiny cracks and crevices or holes as small as a dime in the structure's exterior. Once inside, pests, such as rodents, cockroaches, ants and spiders, will find a hiding or nesting spot -- the most common rooms being the kitchen, bathroom, basement and attic.

Overcoming home improvement anxiety [Infographic]
Posted: November 04, 2014

(BPT) - We all dream of beautifying our homes, but a new survey from Wood, Naturally shows that many homeowners are overwhelmed at the mere thought of starting a home improvement project. From budget woes to relationship tensions, a long list of concerns can turn homeowners off of home improvement altogether. But it doesn’t have to be that way! With proper education and a detailed plan, home improvement can be a breeze.

Monday 11/03/2014
Tips to Maximize Space in Every Room
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Current trending of lifestyles, whether it may be empty nesters, first time home buyers or the economy, have left people with smaller spaces. There are several ways that you can maximize storage just by thinking ahead and taking steps to stay organized.

Deck the Halls with Smart Home Technology
Updated: November 03, 2014 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) 2014 will go down in history as the year smart home technology went mainstream. Rapidly evolving security, entertainment, cleaning and mobile technology have made home automation more affordable and easier to integrate than ever before. And this holiday season is the perfect time to give yourself and others the gift of smart home convenience.

Earth-Friendly Ways to Welcome Babies, Pets
Updated: November 03, 2014 - 3:36 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.

Tips for a Clean, Guest-Ready Home
Updated: November 03, 2014 - 3:36 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.

The beauty of wood turns homes into architectural masterpieces
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Ever since humans stopped dwelling in caves and started living in huts made of tree branches, wood has been an indispensible structural and decorative residential material. Man’s house-building relationship with wood - historically, culturally and experientially - is deep, long and universal. In part that’s because wood is abundant, economical, durable and flexible. But our enduring love affair with wood is also due to the fact that, like us, each piece of timber is unique - its color, texture and grain are as individual as a human personality, so we keep discovering new aspects of its beauty and versatility to delight in.

Thursday 10/30/2014
Energy Tips For Colder Weather
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s news that may warm your heart-and your home.

Tuesday 10/28/2014
Easy projects to get your home winter ready [Infographic]
Posted: October 28, 2014

(BPT) - Winter is coming soon but there’s still enough time for a few more home projects. This infographic outlines some simple tasks you can accomplish yourself to ensure your home is winter ready. So grab this list and get going, because you never know when the snow is going to start flying.

Monday 10/27/2014
Pick Your Power Source
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) In a variety of situations, portable generators can supply temporary or remote electric power. From emergencies to recreational and construction activities, portable generators become a welcome addition to any instance when power is needed, yet not readily available.

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