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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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Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

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Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

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Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

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Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




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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 For simple projects like installing new light fixtures as well as more complicated projects such as refurbishing an outdated bathroom, power tools can be helpful throughout the process.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

Wednesday 10/10/2018
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.

Wednesday 10/03/2018
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
Leave it to the machines: How to avoid injury during snow season
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(BPT) - Back and shoulder pain, pulled muscles, slips and falls — these are just a few of the injuries commonly reported during the winter season due to snow removal. When the snow begins to fall, it’s important to make sure you have the proper snow-removal equipment. If you don’t, you’re increasing your risk for serious injury.

Wednesday 09/26/2018
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.

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.   

Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Trends to Watch
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(Family Features) Investing thousands of dollars in a kitchen or bathroom remodel can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.

Wednesday 09/12/2018
Smart Value
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

Tech upgrades to improve home function

How to Find the Right Preschool
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

Things to consider when researching child care providers

Chasing Childhood Passions
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

(Family Features) As education continues to be more accessible to American workers, lifelong learning is increasingly important. Pearson, a digital education company, surveyed working adults as part of its “Dare to Learn, Dare to Change” campaign celebrating those who take steps to change their lives while empowering adults to rediscover childhood passions through education. Visit pearson.com/daretolearn for more information and to watch the campaign videos.  

A Surprising Solution for Stress Relief
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(Family Features) From finances and health concerns to lengthy to-do lists, there are numerous sources of strain in the lives of most people.

Wednesday 09/05/2018
Fabulous Fall Flavors: Why Autumn is ideal for gardening, plus timely tips for success
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(BPT) - For any gardener, fall is bittersweet. The exuberance of summer’s bounty has started to fade, while cooler nights and less daylight signal the approach of cold, dark winter.

Keep Up with Your Cat’s Health
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

Tips for Tackling a DIY Deck Project
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

(Family Features) While planning a new outdoor living space can be overwhelming, chances are there’s a home improvement retailer nearby that offers an abundance of resources to help you tackle virtually any project. If a DIY deck project is on your to-do list, these tips can help you navigate the aisles like a pro.

Thursday 08/30/2018
Living in Color
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

(Family Features) When picking a color for cabinetry, personality and lifestyle are essential considerations. Gray and white cabinets are options for the modern active living lifestyle, whereas green and blue tones may work better for a more eclectic existence.

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