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Bring New Life to Your Kitchen with Color

(Family Features) Just as filling your plate with colorful foods is typically good for your body, filling your kitchen with color can be good for the soul. In fact, color is an important element in interior design not only for its aesthetic value, but also because it can shape perceptions and emotions.

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Wednesday 08/15/2018
Spruce Up Your Outdoor Spaces
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(Family Features) Over time, the appearance and function of any outdoor space can dull due to combinations of heat, precipitation and use. With some careful attention, you can quickly spruce up your outdoor living areas and get them back in great working order for patio season.

3 Ways to Throwback Style
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(Family Features) When it's time for a bathroom or kitchen upgrade, some of the greatest inspiration may come from another time entirely. Some of the most on-trend styles of today are actually throwbacks to bygone eras.

5 Tips for a Smooth Back-to-School Transition
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:27 am

(Family Features) Just when it seems like you have gotten into your summer groove, it’s time to get back into your school routine, which can be cause both relief and stress at the same time for parents and students alike. Even if your kids are fairly adaptable, big changes like heading back to school after a summer of limited scheduling can be stressful.

4 Bedroom Upgrades that Won’t Break the Bank
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:27 am

(Family Features) Upgrading your bedroom might sound like a daunting task. You may assume it costs an arm and a leg, takes months and requires professionals to complete. However, upgrading your bedroom doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank, or your back. Investing in a few quality upgrades to some bedroom essentials can make your life less stressful and more cost- and energy-effective.

Set for Success
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

Back-to-school shopping essentials

3 Kitchen and Bath Trends for 2018
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(Family Features) When it’s time for a home remodel, specifically of a bathroom or kitchen, many homeowners turn to trendy looks as inspiration. Color, texture and material variance, like using different types of tile, lead the way in this year’s kitchen and bath trends.

5 Ways to Squash Back-to-School Stress
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(Family Features) Heading back to school is exciting for both kids and parents, but with all the thrill and anticipation, there can be quite a bit of stress, too. As a parent, you can approach the impending school year with a positive attitude and these tricks can help minimize stress and give your kids extra confidence when heading into the classroom.

Thursday 08/09/2018
Fast Tape Hacks for the Handy (or Not-So-Handy) Man
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(StatePoint) It’s inevitable... accidents happen. Luckily, there is a secret weapon that can save the day with virtually any fix: duct tape. Why? Because it pairs versatility and intense strength with easy application.

3 Unexpected Upgrades to Add Beauty and Comfort to Your Home
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:27 am

(StatePoint) While a simple home upgrade once meant a new area rug or fresh coat of paint, these days, there are new and unexpected ways to update your space in order to add beauty and comfort to your home.

Wednesday 08/08/2018
Home Upgrades that Make ‘Cents’
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:27 am

Energy Savers that Make ‘Cents’
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(Family Features) A home that operates efficiently isn’t just better for the environment. Ensuring your home systems are as efficient as possible can also help reduce the financial burden of maintaining your home throughout the year.

Ideas for an On-Trend Bathroom
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(Family Features) Bringing an outdated bathroom into the now is a sure way to infuse value and personal enjoyment into your home.

Home Improvements with High ROI
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:27 am

(Family Features) If the ultimate goal of your home improvement project is aesthetic, the greatest benefit may come from your personal enjoyment of the new space. However, if you’re looking to add true value to your home, it’s important to consider which projects are likely to bring the greatest return on your investment.

Tuesday 08/07/2018
Tiling like a pro comes down to the right grout
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(BPT) - Today, anyone who enjoys interior design can experience the pride of installing their own tile. Planning is the key to success, since each project has different needs based on the size and type of tile and where it will be installed. After that perfect tile has been selected, the next step is choosing the proper installation products, including the right grout.

Monday 08/06/2018
Beware 'Blow-and-go' Scams
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(NAPSI)—For their own peace of mind, home owners should get their heating an cooling systems cleaned by members of NADCA, who must comply with a strict Code of Ethics. Some homeowners have been taken by what's known as "blow-and-go" air duct cleaning—but you don't have to be. These companies charge what seems a nominal fee but do a very poor job. They may ask you to pay extra for unneeded services and even pretend to be members of NADCA.

Thursday 08/02/2018
How to Afford a Pricier House in the Neighborhood You Love
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(NewsUSA) - When Danielle and Jimmy returned to their home state after three years in Germany, they spent the next six months looking for their first home.

Wednesday 08/01/2018
Budgeting Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(Family Features) From the cost of gym memberships to prepping healthier meals, living well can be expensive. Before you abandon your goals for a healthier lifestyle, consider these tips that show you don't have to overspend to live a better life.

Thursday 07/26/2018
New Bedding Line Boasts Recycled Materials
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(NewsUSA) - Global interest in socially conscious, eco-friendly products has exploded over the last two decades. Now it extends not only to paper and packaging, but to high-end sectors such as clothing and home goods.

Wednesday 07/25/2018
Download Before You Go This Summer
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

New and classic shows to watch on the road in July

Monday 07/23/2018
Simple home efficiency upgrades for homeowners [Infographic]
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(BPT) - Have you assessed your home efficiency? With rising energy costs and a greater emphasis on green living it may be a good time to review your home efficiency ...

Friday 07/20/2018
Backyard Entertainment Starts with Clean Concrete
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:27 am

(BPT) - The backyard truly is an extension of the home these days, so it makes perfect sense that homeowners are placing greater emphasis on the upkeep and maintenance of these areas. In fact, the primary reason homeowners start a landscaping project is to upgrade deteriorated features of their outdoor living space, according to the Houzz 2018 Landscaping Survey. Patios, paths and other outdoor concrete surfaces are literally and figuratively the foundation to entertaining in many backyards, so it’s important to clean them regularly. The daily wear-and-tear of weather, surrounding vegetation, foot traffic, lawn equipment and other potentially harmful nuisances vary from backyard to backyard, so assessing the dirt and stains on the concrete surface will dictate the best cleaning approach.

Wednesday 07/18/2018
7 Ways to Create a High-Tech, Healthy Home
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(Family Features) Home technology devices have come a long way, and many homeowners are discovering that their features aren’t just for convenience and comfort. A growing number of technology-enabled home features promote a healthier living space for you and your family.

5 Ways to Give Your Body a Boost Inside and Out
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(Family Features) Balancing work and life is no small proposition, and when things heat up, it can be easy to let your normal self-care habits slide. While a busy lifestyle may not allow for luxurious weekly trips to the spa to rejuvenate, you can still steal moments to promote the wellbeing of your mind and body.

Tips for Welcoming a Feline to the Family
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:27 am

(Family Features) Introducing a feline into the family can be an exciting time, but it’s important to remember that a new home is often a big change for a little cat. Whether it’s a kitten or an adult cat, providing your new pet with proper nutrition, the comforts of a good home and engaging playtime are just a few of the key things to keep in mind.

5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy in the Heat
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(Family Features) Warm weather calls for outdoor activities with your pup, such as hiking, traveling and spending time in the park. While more outside playtime can be great for increased exercise, it’s also important to keep your pet healthy, inside and out, especially during the hot months.

Wednesday 07/11/2018
How to Build the Perfect Playlist
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(Family Features) Music can set the mood, no matter the occasion. Whether you’re playing jazz classics to give your dinner party a sophisticated ambience or blasting the latest dance-pop tracks for motivation on the treadmill, music is able to provide the soundtrack to different aspects of peoples’ lives.

Less Fuel, More Power
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

3 lawn care technologies that provide strength, sustainability

Tips for Tackling Storm-Related Roof Damage
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(Family Features) Having your home severely damaged by a storm can turn your world upside down. The damage could simply be cosmetic, or so extensive as to render your home uninhabitable. In either case, you need to act fast, but smart, to ensure that your home will be properly repaired.

5 Tips to Take Pets on Trips
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(Family Features) If your next big excursion is on hold until you can make arrangements for your four-legged friend, a solution may be closer than you think. Pet-friendly accommodations can be easier to find than ever, making it possible to simply take your pet along for the ride.

When School Is Out, Kids May Be Missing Out On Essential Nutrients
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

Feeding America® and The Great American Milk Drive makes it easy to pour more milk for local kids in need

5 Steps for a Home Remodel
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(Family Features) This step-by-step guide from the experts at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) can help ensure you get the maximum return on your investment and make the most of your remodel.

Tuesday 07/10/2018
Moving? This Is Why You Need To Get Your Next Mattress Online
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re one of the 35 million Americans moving this year—and even if you’re not—consider replacing your old mattress with an easy direct-to-consumer online brand. Here’s why:

Monday 07/09/2018
6 Imaginative Ways to Use Hardwood in Your Home
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(BPT) - Hardwood is synonymous with high-quality residential flooring, the ultimate in underfoot durability and good looks. But as sophisticated architects, designers and homeowners regularly demonstrate, there are many other applications that exploit wood’s functional and aesthetic possibilities just as successfully as floors do.

Wednesday 07/04/2018
How to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(Family Features) More efficient, tightly built homes than those constructed in previous generations are generally well-regarded, for the most part with good reason. However, when you consider people spend 90 percent of their time indoors on average, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), such airtight environments raise some concerns.

5 Tips for Raising Resilient Kids
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:27 am

(Family Features) Parenting, while providing plenty of excitement, comes with a certain set of challenges. With years of outdoor playtime ahead, one of those challenges is ensuring safety while still promoting an adventurous spirit. 

Create an Accessible Lifestyle
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:27 am

Enhance independence with mobility in mind

A Fit, Fun Summer
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

Make smart fitness choices with post-workout recovery and hydration

Friday 06/29/2018
Tips to keep vintage style fresh all year round [Infographic]
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(BPT) - As seasons change, so do your clothing choices! No matter the season, there are constants to getting the most out of your clothing every day. Maintain and maximize your vintage looks all year round with these five tips from Gerard Maione of luxury vintage shop What Goes Around Comes Around.

Wednesday 06/27/2018
Tips for Safe Summer Travel with Pets
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(Family Features) With warmer weather, people often spend more time on summer trips with family. These trips can be more enjoyable when your four-legged friends tag along, but it can be less of a vacation if your pets are uncomfortable on the road.

8 Tips for Safer Power Tool Performance
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(Family Features) For many homeowners, a list of seasonal chores and home improvement projects can add up to a whole lot of work. Power tools often get called on for heavy use to whittle away at that list, but the batteries used to power these devices can pose certain risks.

Make Summer Safer
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:27 am

Tips for portable power use

Make the Most of Summer College Visits
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(Family Features) For students entering their senior year of high school or current college students considering a transfer, there’s no better way to determine whether a college or university is the right fit than a college visit. Summer is a great time to make those journeys, when campuses are less chaotic and the demands of the school year are on hold.

Treatment Options for Men with Enlarged Prostate
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(Family Features) If you’re a male over the age of 45, chances are you may be suffering from a condition more common than prostate cancer – benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). More commonly known as enlarged prostate, BPH can cause bothersome urinary symptoms that can worsen with age. In fact, nearly 40 million men in the United States are affected by enlarged prostate, according to research published in the “Journal of Urology.”

Tuesday 06/26/2018
Moving? This Is Why You Need To Get Your Next Mattress Online
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re one of the 35 million Americans moving this year—and even if you’re not—consider replacing your old mattress with an easy direct-to-consumer online brand. Here’s why:

Monday 06/25/2018
Remodel Unused Living Space To Maximize Your Home's Potential
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(NAPSI)—If the real estate market has you frazzled or if the notion of trading up leaves you with sticker shock, a home remodeling project may be just the right answer.

Wednesday 06/20/2018
Healthy Summer Hair Care
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(Family Features) While the sun, pool days and warmer temperatures are often a welcome change come summer, they can be brutal on your hair. It’s important to give your locks some extra love this season.

Fight the Beg
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

Proper feeding habits can help with pet obesity

Healthy at Home
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How to improve indoor airflow and quality

Where to Catch Your Favorite Stars this Summer
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:27 am

New and classic shows and movies available in June

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