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5 Easy Ways to Add Colorful Curb Appeal

(Family Features) Before the dull and dreary days of winter set in, you still have plenty of time to update your home’s curb appeal with pops of color that add a cheerful touch to offset the oncoming gray weather.

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Thursday 10/18/2018
Make Power Tool Safety Part of Your Remodeling Plan
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(Family Features) When it’s time to take on a new project, both DIY-inclined homeowners and contractors alike must consider many components to successfully complete the task, from design plans and materials to the proper tools needed. For simple projects like installing new light fixtures as well as more complicated projects such as refurbishing an outdated bathroom, power tools can be helpful throughout the process.

5 Steps to Incorporate Universal Design
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(Family Features) As more homeowners opt to remodel their current homes for accessibility and safety, those concerns are taken into consideration especially for kitchens or bathrooms.

A Healthy Way to Work
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

Improve health and performance at the office

Keep Pets Safe this Halloween
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(Family Features) Halloween isn’t just for humans; four-legged friends have plenty of opportunity to get in on the fun, too. However, it’s important to take some pet precautions that allow the whole family to enjoy the holiday safely, as the costumes and excitement can be overwhelming and some of the candy is even dangerous.

DIY Halloween Box Costume for All Ages
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(Family Features) Candy, pumpkins and costumes are some of the most popular traditions of the Halloween season. This year, rather than searching store aisles for the perfect getup, consider using boxes from your latest deliveries and other items you have on-hand to create a one-of-a-kind DIY costume, or “boxtume.”

Expand Your Kitchen
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

How space-saving sliding door hardware can help

Wednesday 10/17/2018
Tips for Turning History into Your Story
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

(Family Features) If you have ever thought about exploring your family history, now can be the perfect time as October is National Family History Month. To get started, these four simple tips can help you unlock new understanding and make meaningful connections. You can also consider sharing these tips with loved ones so they can join in on the fun, too.

4 Tips for Traveling with Your Furry Friend
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

(Family Features) It comes as no surprise that the “workaholic” mindset of many Americans can affect people’s willingness to take vacation days for traveling. However, work isn’t the only culprit hindering American’s travel. A study by Project: Time Off found the three top reasons why people don’t use their vacation days to travel are cost, children and pets.

There is No One-Size-Fits-All Breast Cancer
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

(Family Features) Breast cancer. It is a simple phrase representing a complex journey thousands of women travel each year. Even during October, when Breast Cancer Awareness Month brings attention to the disease, many people don’t realize breast cancer is not just one disease; it’s extremely complex and classified into different types. Understanding the many types of breast cancer is important – not just for the 1-in-8 women who will be diagnosed in their lifetime, – but for those who love them, too.¹

Now is the Time to Address Your Hearing Health
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

(Family Features) If you find yourself constantly turning up the volume on the TV or asking people to repeat themselves, you’re not alone. In fact, 1 in 5 Americans – nearly 50 million people – ages 12 and older have hearing loss, according to the Hearing Health Foundation.

Trick-or-Treat for a Cause
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(Family Features) Orange pumpkins on doorsteps and orange candy corn in buckets are iconic staples of Halloween, but the season can be about more than fun and treats.

Bringing Baby Home
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

5 tips to prepare for a newborn’s arrival

Tuesday 10/16/2018
Storms And Flooding Require A Fast, Effective Mold And Odor Solution
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(NAPSI)—Storms and flooding are resulting in widespread occurrences of mold, mildew and associated foul odors. The CDC and FEMA both advise the need to treat flooded structures as soon as possible to help prevent mold development.

Wednesday 10/10/2018
Healthy Air, Healthy Home
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(NAPSI)—In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities, warns the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since most people spend some 90 percent of their time indoors, the EPA adds, for many people, the risks to health may be great.

Quick Ways to Freshen Up Your Home for Fall
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(Family Features) As fall weather sets in, many homeowners take advantage of cooler days to spruce up their living spaces since they’re confined indoors. However, fitting all that work into a busy season filled with school, sports and other family demands isn’t always easy.

Be Prepared to Weather the Storm
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

(Family Features) For many people, inclement weather can be frightening. When the wind is blowing, the rain is pouring and the trees are rustling, it can be hard to remain calm. However, it’s important to remember certain safety tips and how to use tools properly in case of emergency.

4 Ways to Fall in Love with Fall
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

Autumn activities for you and your pup

Fall Into a Fitness Routine
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

(Family Features) Fall is notorious for comfort foods like pumpkin spice lattes and game day nachos. Combine these tempting seasonal staples with darker, shorter days and it can be hard to maintain an active mindset. Despite the enticement to indulge, you can keep your active lifestyle going or even kick off a new fitness regime.

Preparing an Emergency Plan for Your Unique Needs
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

(Family Features) Disasters such as hurricanes, floods, fires and other emergency situations are all too common these days. In fact, about 4 out of 5 Americans live in counties hit by weather events since 2007, according to disaster declaration data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). That illustrates how these events can impact nearly everyone and the importance of having a plan.

The Evolution of Pumpkin Spice
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

(Family Features) Pumpkin spice has become the quintessential symbol of fall. Check out these details about the evolution of the iconic autumn flavor, from holiday pie to lattes and even dog treats, such as GREENIES™ Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Flavor Dental Treats. Find these seasonal treats for your furry friend at Chewy.com.

A Breath of Fresh Air: 7 ways to refresh your small business
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

7 ways to refresh your small business

4 Ways to Bring Classic Character to Your Kitchen
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(Family Features) In today’s stainless steel world filled with clean lines, sharp angles and sleek kitchen accessories, it may seem daunting to achieve the perfect antique style for your kitchen.

Thursday 10/04/2018
Your Attic Can Make Pre-Winter Roof Checkups Easier
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:24 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored by GAF - If you believe the Farmer's Almanac, it's going to be a brutal winter. Which is all the more reason to check the health of your roof now - using your attic to maybe save you from breaking your neck.

Five Hot Trends in Hardwood Flooring
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:24 am

(NewsUSA) - More than ever, homeowners are appreciating the added value - aesthetic and monetary - that hardwood floors bring to a home.

Wednesday 10/03/2018
Smart Millennial Uses Down Payment Assistance for New Home
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:24 am

(NewsUSA) - Until this summer, Matt Berna had an unusual tradition: Every year, he moved to a new apartment. After doing this for 9 years, the 27-year-old inside sales professional decided enough was enough.

Be Savvy About Succulents
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(NAPSI)—Easy to care for, long lasting and more popular than ever, succulents are the plants that people are buying for themselves and giving as gifts to bring the beauty of nature inside.

How To Combat Four Pet Peeves Around The House
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(NAPSI)—If your family is like most, there are a few things about your home that really annoy you. Fortunately, ingenious solutions are available for four of the most common pet peeves when it comes to lighting and electronics:

Smart Tech Upgrades to Improve Home Function
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

(Family Features) When smart home technologies first emerged, their purpose was largely for convenience and operating the devices was often clunky. Today, smart devices seamlessly integrate into connected home systems to make living more efficient, improve home security and even offer advantages for your health.

Simple Home Renovations
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

7 projects that improve resale value

Help Kids Falling Short on Nutrients They Need this School Year
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

Milk is one of the most requested, but least donated items at food banks, meaning children in need may be missing out on essential nutrients

Autumn Additions
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

Fall upgrades for enhancing your home

Healthy Kids Are Better Students
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

(Family Features) There is a strong connection between academic performance and a student’s health. Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide school-age children (ages 6-18) with the care they need to improve their ability to fully participate in the classroom and fulfill school health requirements.

Renovations in Every Room
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(Family Features) If your favorite room is outdated and dingy, a renovation may be all you need to make the old feel new and to fall in love with your home all over again.

Home Upgrades that Really Work
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

Ideas and inspiration to create more functional spaces

It’s Time to Learn More About Your Loved Ones
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(Family Features) With days of family picnics, vacations and reunions in the rearview mirror, it’s easy to move full steam ahead into the busy fall season and forget to make time for meaningful conversations with family members.

Monday 10/01/2018
Why our world needs wood
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(BPT) - More than 30 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly established World Habitat Day, an important step in acknowledging that everyone deserves a safe place to live.

Wednesday 09/26/2018
Life Is Loud—But You Can Still Enjoy A Quiet Home
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(NAPSI)—Home life is changing, so sound dampening is more important than ever. Life is getting louder inside and around the home. Televisions, home theaters, computers and video games blare from almost every room. Family cell phones ring or buzz. Life gets loud.

How Access to Health Care Coverage Can Improve Academic Outcomes
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(Family Features)With each school year, parents dust off their annual checklists that help them organize their needs as their kids head back to the classroom. This school season, make sure one priority at the top of your to-do list is ensuring your children have health insurance.

Good Friends, Good Food
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

Dog owners dish on how food factors into pet bonding

Science Made Magical
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

(Family Features) When you see something you can’t explain, it can be easy to mistake those moments for magic, such as a balloon floating into the sky or water disappearing from a surface right before your eyes. However, the truth is these moments aren’t magic but scienceat play. Observing the laws of physics or chemistry can, at first glance, seem too fantastical to be explained, but science can explain a lot.

At Your Service
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

Fast facts about service dogs

Waking up to go to the bathroom multiple times per night? It’s not because you’re ‘getting old’
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(Family Features) It’s a common misconception: the older you get, the more frequently you need to use the bathroom at night. Did you know waking up more than once per night to urinate is a medical condition known as nocturia? Shockingly, 64 percent of American adults do not know.

Taking Steps to Prevent Falls
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(Family Features) When you’re young, an injury from a fall may sideline you for a few days or weeks, but a full recovery is usually quick. As you get older, the consequences of falls can become more serious, setting up a sequence of events that can have longstanding implications on independence and health.

Friday 09/21/2018
How to hygge your home this winter [Infographic]
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

(BPT) - Hygge: a Danish word used when acknowledging a sense of coziness and a comfortable conviviality.

Wednesday 09/19/2018
A Guide to Outfit Your Home
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re just starting out and filling your first home or looking to round out the missing pieces of a household you’ve lived in for years, this handy list can help give you a rundown of some must-have items for every room.

4 Benefits of Pet Adoption
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

(Family Features) Pets have an incomparable ability to improve owners’ lives in a number of ways, so it’s only right that pet parents do the same for them. That’s why, if you’re considering adding a pet to the family, adoption can be a great choice.

5 Ways for New Parents to Get More Sleep
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

(Family Features) Between feedings, changing diapers and household chores, sleep is often put on the back burner for new parents at the end of a busy day.

Refresh Your Space
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

5 steps to simplify your next paint project

Enjoy Your Outdoor Kitchen All Year Long
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(Family Features) Building an outdoor kitchen is a significant investment that can be rewarding for years to come. It’s important to take advantage of nice days and temperate seasons as much as possible, no matter in which part of the country you live. However, with proper planning and preparation, you can fully maximize the enjoyment of your outdoor kitchen all year long, even when temperatures drop.   

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