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(NAPSI)—The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that over 17 million Americans move to a new home every year.

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Friday 03/15/2019
Get More Bang for Your Buck With These Spring Home Improvements
Posted: March 15, 2019

(StatePoint) The warmer weather means it’s time to start thinking about home improvement projects. Whether you’re getting your home in tip-top shape for your own enjoyment, or getting it ready to put on the market, not all home improvement projects are created equal when it comes to return on investment (ROI). Here are top areas on which to focus:

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Thursday 03/14/2019
Home Decor 101
Updated: March 19, 2019 - 2:31 am

Decorating with bold colors

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5 Tricks for a Chore-Free Weekend
Updated: March 19, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When thinking about errands, check-lists and even downtime, every busy person wishes there were more hours in the day. When tight on time, chores have a way of piling up and spilling into free time. With the right routine, however, day-to-day tasks can be tackled throughout the week, paving the way to a chore-free weekend, which means more time for the fun stuff.

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Organize Your Way to a Clutter-Free Kitchen
Updated: March 19, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Feature) A kitchen must be many things for the average family: a cooking center, social hub and, most importantly, a central command station for the entire household. Unfortunately, organization sometimes takes a backseat in the chaos of daily life, which means kitchens and pantries aren’t living up to their full potential as spaces that make our lives easier to manage.

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Give Your Space a Spring Refresh
Updated: March 19, 2019 - 2:31 am

Start with upgrades to your home’s design features

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Shop Your Way to an Organized Closet
Updated: March 19, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) If you often find yourself standing in front of a closet bursting with clothes but can’t find anything to wear, it may be time for a makeover – not only for your wardrobe, but for your closet, too.

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Swing into Spring
Updated: March 19, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) While spring naturally means it’s time for a refresh for many homeowners, it doesn’t mean you’re limited only to a cleaning party. Take advantage of the season by using it as an opportunity to upgrade different areas of your home for reasons ranging from energy efficiency and convenience to ease of living and safety.

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Wednesday 03/13/2019
Lawn Equipment: Keep Safety In Mind
Updated: March 19, 2019 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—When spring is on its way, home owners are often eager to get outside and spruce up their yards. It’s important when doing so to keep safety in mind.

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Starting Your Smart Home Transformation
Updated: March 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

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6 Top Home Design Trends for 2019
Updated: March 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) The influence of global cultures is increasingly visible in home decor as technology expands homeowners’ worldviews. Acting on the inspiration of global trends can be as simple as shifting your outlook to bringing eye-catching features and everyday functions into your home.

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Give Your Home a Modern Makeover
Updated: March 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Even if your home has seen a generation or two of living, creating a contemporary new look may not require a full-scale renovation. The key to creating a more modern feel is all in the details.

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Simple Steps to Maintain Natural Stone
Updated: March 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Natural stone adds elegance and style to any home. With a nearly endless array of colors, textures and designs, it’s easy to create a one-of-a-kind look for your kitchen or bath. However, without proper care, that carefully selected natural stone may quickly start to show wear and tear.

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Thursday 03/07/2019
Which Home Upgrades Are Worth It and Which Aren't
Posted: March 07, 2019

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Wednesday 03/06/2019
4 Benefits of Pet Adoption
Updated: March 11, 2019 - 2:44 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.

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5 Ways Dogs Can Improve Lives
Updated: March 11, 2019 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) Whether playmates or protectors, the human-animal bond is often a powerful connection that goes beyond pure companionship. Dogs typically have many talents and personas – they can be man’s best friend, a canine companion during a difficult time or even a service dog helping veterans and others through daily routines. No matter the relationship between dog and human, these animals can improve lives in numerous ways.

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Tuesday 03/05/2019
Spring (Duct) Cleaning
Updated: March 07, 2019 - 2:38 am

(NAPSI)—Two out of three American homes get a thorough cleaning at least once a year, reports the American Cleaning Institute, often in the springtime.

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Monday 03/04/2019
5 must-haves to make spring cleaning a breeze
Updated: March 19, 2019 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Springtime means warmer temperatures, wide-open windows and a fresh outlook on life. With springtime on the way, many of us look forward to freshening up our homes by clearing out the dust and cobwebs that have accumulated over the winter. While spring cleaning can seem like a daunting task, the right tools can help make the job easier.

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Wednesday 02/27/2019
Tips To Avoid A Multigenerational Home Energy Crisis
Updated: March 02, 2019 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Is your family suffering from a multigenerational home energy crisis? If so, you’re not alone. Multigenerational households are on the rise, with a record one in five Americans living in homes shared by multiple adult generations, causing various domestic growing pains—including skyrocketing heating and cooling bills.

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Big Results on a Little Budget
Updated: March 04, 2019 - 2:38 am

(Family Features) With the abundance of home improvement shows on TV, DIY has evolved from an intimidating trade for the pros to an easy-to-manage project for even the least handy of humans. Transforming a home from disaster to delightful through simple DIY projects and repairs is much easier than you may think and can save you a bundle in the process. If the thought of doing your own handy work has you wiping your brow, think again with these easy improvements.

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3 Tips to Create Your Dream Closet
Updated: March 04, 2019 - 2:38 am

(Family Features) If you’ve ever opened your closet doors and been depressed by what you see, it may be time to rethink your closet.

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Bring Style to Your Closet
Updated: March 04, 2019 - 2:38 am

(Family Features) Closet designer may not be a title on your resume, but deep down you may find talents you never knew existed. Whether you are laying out the perfect closet or organizing your belongings, these tips will guide you toward creating a truly stylish and functional space.

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Ease Up on Energy Consumption
Updated: March 04, 2019 - 2:38 am

(Family Features) Enhancing your home’s energy-efficient features is a savvy way to make the space more livable while also making a smaller impact on the environment and your bank account.

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The Rarest of the Rare
Updated: March 04, 2019 - 2:37 am

What to know about a cancer you may not have heard of

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A Surprising Solution for Stress Relief
Updated: March 04, 2019 - 2:37 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.

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Monday 02/25/2019
One Small House in Boise, One Big Step in Homeownership
Posted: February 25, 2019

(NewsUSA) - There came a point in Meghanne's 29-year-old life when she decided it was time to "be an adult and buy a house." And as a loan officer, she wanted to practice what she preached about investing in homeownership.

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Wednesday 02/20/2019
3 Tips for a Successful 2019 and Beyond
Updated: February 25, 2019 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) The demands of today’s always-connected culture can make finding balance in life nearly impossible. Between work, school and extracurricular activities, schedules can be crazy, and setting aside time to exercise is often difficult.

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On-Trend Home Design
Updated: February 25, 2019 - 2:44 am

6 design approaches to explore in 2019

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Nicotine to Help Treat Memory Loss?
Updated: February 25, 2019 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) A study funded by the National Institutes of Health is testing whether the nicotine patch can improve memory and functioning in people who have mild memory loss or Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).

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Thursday 02/14/2019
Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Posted: February 14, 2019

(StatePoint) When it comes to your home, you only get one chance to make a great first impression -- and that takes place before anyone ever steps inside, making curb appeal upgrades an effective way to beautify your home while boosting its value.

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Wednesday 02/13/2019
Save Energy And Money
Updated: February 20, 2019 - 2:38 am

(NAPSI)—Don’t let window replacement become a “pane” in your wallet. There’s a disconnect between saving money on energy with window replacements, according to government agencies. In fact, they found, it may take decades to recoup the cash spent on the installation of new, energy-efficient windows.

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Easy, On-Demand Dinners
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Nearly everyone wishes for an extra hour or two in the day. When juggling evenings filled with homework, practices, games and last-minute art projects, even just 60 extra minutes could make the difference in finding time to whip up a dinner you can be proud of. While there’s no changing the fact that there are 24 hours each day, there are some time-saving options for creating family dinners that feel like they’ve come together “on-demand.”

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3 Ways to Make Your Heart Healthier
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States? One in four people die from it each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and millions more have it or are at risk of developing the disease. Smoking, being overweight or having diabetes, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure or a family history of heart disease all increase your chances of getting the disease.

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Understanding Insurance Benefits
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) No matter where you are in life, whether you’re just starting your career or nearing retirement, it’s important to understand the voluntary benefits available to you that can complement traditional health insurance.

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Friday 02/08/2019
Tips For Easy Snow Removal
Updated: February 12, 2019 - 2:38 am

(NAPSI)—It's the heart of winter, which means plenty of snow removal is in your future. Poorly maintained equipment and using the wrong clearing techniques can make shoveling or blowing your driveway and walkways a chore. Follow the tips below to make snow removal as easy as possible.

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Wednesday 02/06/2019
Material Matters
Updated: February 11, 2019 - 2:38 am

(Family Features) For many homeowners, aesthetics and function are the primary considerations of a kitchen renovation. However, before you lay out your space and start selecting colors, there is another essential factor to explore: the materials you will use for each feature.

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Ideas for an On-Trend Bathroom
Updated: February 11, 2019 - 2:38 am

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

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A Keto-Friendly Approach to Weight Loss
Updated: February 11, 2019 - 2:38 am

(Family Features) A growing number of health-conscious consumers are pursuing a keto lifestyle and products in their pursuit of health benefits, weight loss and improved performance.

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Transitioning Back to Work After Baby
Updated: February 11, 2019 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Just when you were getting the hang of having a baby at home, it’s time to go back to work. Beyond the expected changes such as picking work tasks back up and catching up on things you’ve missed, your priorities have most likely shifted now that you’re a parent.

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5 DIY Winter Home Repair Hacks
Updated: February 11, 2019 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Even if you’re not terribly handy, there are many simple household repairs that you can easily do yourself to avoid unnecessary time and expense. This is especially true in the winter, when little improvements can make a big difference in your comfort and energy consumption.

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7 Ways to Create a High-Tech, Healthy Home
Updated: February 11, 2019 - 2:38 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.

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Monday 02/04/2019
How To Wow The One Who Wows You
Updated: February 07, 2019 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—Legend has it that King Henry VIII—the one who famously had six wives—declared the first Valentine’s Day in 1537. Ever since, it’s been an occasion to show the one you love how much you care with cards, sweets, gifts and flowers. For many, it just isn’t Valentine’s without flowers.

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Top Roofing Trends
Updated: February 07, 2019 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—While replacing your roof can be expensive, it may pay to know more about increasingly popular stone-coated metal. There are five good reasons:

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Thursday 01/31/2019
Post-Holiday Wake-up Call: Signs Senior Loved Ones May Need Help
Posted: January 31, 2019

(NewsUSA) - The holiday season is the perfect time to reconnect with those you love most. But for many adult children, this is also a time where they may start to notice changes in their parents' health and behaviors that signal the need for assistance at home. Each year, this realization leads to an increase in inquiries about senior care services from concerned family members.

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Wednesday 01/30/2019
Find a Hotel to Fit Your Travel Needs
Updated: February 04, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When most people plan a trip, the focus is on the purpose of the journey, whether it’s a work-related jaunt or a vacation with loved ones. Researching and organizing travel for an upcoming trip is important, but so is finding the perfect place to make your journey easier, more productive and successful.

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Make a Difference in Education
Updated: February 04, 2019 - 2:31 am

6 ways to contribute to schools in your community

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Better Yourself in the New Year
Updated: February 04, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) A new year is the perfect opportunity to take a fresh look at your life and re-evaluate what you’d like to accomplish – both physically and mentally – during the coming year.

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Hug More, Stress Less
Updated: February 04, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Whether circumstances are good or bad, exciting or stressful, there are several simple ways to improve emotional and mental fitness.

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Wednesday 01/23/2019
Pets-Come-First Trend Unleashes Happy Results For Homeowner
Updated: March 08, 2019 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Some dog lovers show their puppy love with fancy dog food, a special spot on the sofa or toys and outfits.

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4 Steps for DIY Paint Project Success
Updated: January 28, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) Painting is one of the easiest and most impactful DIY projects for homeowners to quickly update their homes. Whether it’s a new look in a master bathroom, adding a pop of color to the guest room, finishing off a basement remodel or anything in-between, a fresh coat of paint provides a fresh spin that’s all your own.

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