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Make Tidying Your House Easier

(NAPSI)—“Today is the day I will clean all the things!” We’ve all been there. We wake up with boundless energy and enthusiasm, ready to tackle the never-ending cleaning and organizing to-do list. But let’s face it, this motivation dwindles quickly because the list is daunting. Keep your home in order with these easy tasks.

Pet Central

pets

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

Fitness

Fitness

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

Crosswords

Crosswords

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

Sudoku

Sudoku

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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Wednesday 05/15/2019
Pushing for a Strong Start for Babies
Updated: May 20, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) More than 10,000 babies are born each day in the United States. Where they are born and where they live during the first years of their lives can make a difference in their chances for strong starts.

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Reduce Your Residential Risk
Updated: May 20, 2019 - 2:31 am

Advice to make your home storm-ready

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Planning for the Future
Updated: May 20, 2019 - 2:31 am

Taking inventory of your financial health

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6 Steps to Up Your Home's Curb Appeal
Updated: May 20, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) For good or bad, first impressions count. Whether you’re keeping up with the Joneses or capturing attention from would-be buyers, give your home’s curb appeal a boost with these easy steps.

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Simple Home Renovations
Updated: May 20, 2019 - 2:31 am

7 projects that improve resale value

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Smart Value
Updated: May 20, 2019 - 2:31 am

Tech upgrades to improve home function

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Real Milk’s Role in a Sustainable Farm-to-Table Diet
Updated: May 20, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) A dairy cow in a pasture can feel like a long way from the milk in refrigerators and at family tables. However, the distance between the farm and your family may be shorter and more sustainable than you think. Dairy farmers are committed to sharing milk’s vital nutrients in more environmentally conscious ways, and they’re making strides today and with each generation.

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5 Ways to Add Luxury to Your Laundry Room
Updated: May 20, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Updating your laundry room with a distinctive design and increased functionality can be one of the most exciting ways to refresh your home. Chic decor and elements of personal style can transform a dull, tired space into a luxurious retreat you may find yourself sneaking off to. Use these five tips to breathe new life into a room that is often forgotten.

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Friday 05/10/2019
When Storm Season Approaches, Ready Your Outdoor Power Equipment
Updated: May 14, 2019 - 2:36 am

(NAPSI)—At any time of year, storm preparedness is important. Hurricanes, floods and storms can damage property and endanger lives. The preparations you make ahead of bad weather, however, can help you recover faster and stay safer during the storm and the cleanup.

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Thursday 05/09/2019
Beat The Heat And The High Energy Bills
Updated: May 11, 2019 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—Did you know that the average household spends $2,000 a year on utility bills, with nearly half going to cooling and heating the home? The U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR Program offers resources to help you save energy, save money and protect the climate—all while beating the heat this summer.

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Wednesday 05/08/2019
5 reasons to choose all-steel stud pocket door frames
Updated: May 20, 2019 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Pocket doors are the ideal solution for a variety of places in the home without room for traditional swinging doors or where they simply don’t make sense. Sliding sleekly into the wall, pocket doors disappear, providing an easy and elegant way to transition from room to room.

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5 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Decking Contractor
Updated: May 13, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When it comes to tackling a backyard makeover, there is no time like the present to start planning. Unless you're planning to build your own deck, one of the first items on your "to-do" list should be hiring a contractor.

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Making an Environmental Impact
Updated: May 13, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features)As part of an effort to positively impact environmental change, many consumers care about the effect their shopping decisions may have on the world around them. As a way to aid in that mission, ALDI, which has never offered single-use plastic shopping bags, is aiming to make 100 percent of its private-label product packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. Find more information at ALDI.us.

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Give Mom the World this Mother’s Day
Updated: May 13, 2019 - 2:31 am

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5 Tips for New Pet Parents
Updated: May 13, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Introducing a new dog to the family can bring plenty of excitement, sweet snuggles and puppy kisses. However, there are also plenty of practical steps to consider to successfully transition a pup into its new environment.

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Friday 05/03/2019
Honor All The Moms In Your Life
Updated: May 08, 2019 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—Each year on Mother's Day, many people take the opportunity to remember and celebrate not only their own mothers but all the women in their lives who have provided care and love. When you think about those women who have supported, nurtured and encouraged you, you may be glad to know you can show them how much they mean to you and make them feel special.

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Thursday 05/02/2019
How to Avoid Losing Power this Hurricane Season
Posted: May 02, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Hurricane Preparedness Week runs from May 5-11, 2019 and the hurricane season starts June 1st. Millions of Americans could avoid personal and financial stress during power outages caused by hurricanes through a key home improvement, having a Cummins QuietConnect Home Standby generator installed.

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On-Trend Ideas for Updating Your Home Exterior
Posted: May 02, 2019

(StatePoint) If it’s time to upgrade your home exterior, you may need some guidance, particularly if you want to make on-trend choices that will instantly boost your curb appeal.

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Wednesday 05/01/2019
5 Savvy Improvements to Maintain the Value of Your Home During National Home Improvement Month in the Southeast
Updated: May 10, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - When it comes to one of life’s biggest investments, first impressions often mean everything. Take a trip down memory lane to the moment you fell in love with your home. There’s a high probability that curb appeal played a key role in the decision-making process before ever stepping foot inside.

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Improving Your Children’s Health
Updated: May 06, 2019 - 2:37 am

3 ways to take a proactive approach

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Plan a Stress-Free Group Getaway
Updated: May 06, 2019 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) The arrival of vacation season means it's time to stop daydreaming about that getaway and start making some travel plans.

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Expand Your Kitchen
Updated: May 06, 2019 - 2:37 am

How space-saving sliding door hardware can help

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Wednesday 04/24/2019
Make Spring Cleaning a Cinch
Updated: April 29, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) Spring is a time of renewal and revitalization, but it’s hard to appreciate all the invigorating aspects of spring when your home still bears months of winter dust and dirt. Tackle your living space room-by-room for a spring clean that will leave you and your home refreshed and ready for a new season.

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4 Ways Pets Make Humans Better
Updated: April 29, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) While pet owners are responsible for taking care of their four-legged friends, they don’t always stop to think about how their pets take care of them in return. From their unconditional love to their ability to combat loneliness and teach empathy, pets provide physical, mental and emotional benefits that can help their owners be better people.

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7 Steps to Plan a Remodel
Updated: April 29, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) Remodeling your home can be one of the most exciting projects to undertake. Whether you’re thinking about a bathroom update, kitchen overhaul or a new room addition, planning and setting realistic expectations are critical in ensuring your project goes as smoothly as possible.

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5 Ways to Refresh Your Home for Spring
Updated: April 29, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) Spring is a time for renewal and awakenings. It’s also the perfect time to take your cues from Mother Nature and devise a plan to reduce and reimagine your way to a refreshing, updated home you can fully enjoy once more.

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Tricked out with Tech
Updated: April 29, 2019 - 2:40 am

Bathroom features that take smart living to a whole new level

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Wednesday 04/17/2019
Great Grass Ideas
Updated: April 23, 2019 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—For a lawn that turns the neighbors green with envy, heed these four hints:

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Home Decor 101
Updated: April 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

Decorating with bold colors

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Swing into Spring
Updated: April 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

5 ideas for updating your space

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5 Blood Clot Risk Factors
Updated: April 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Blood clots can affect anyone and may lead to significant health problems, but some people are at higher risk for life-threatening blood clots.

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Tuesday 04/16/2019
How to Be Safe from Fires
Updated: April 18, 2019 - 2:38 am

(NAPSI)—Two in five people say they’re more likely to win the lottery than lose their home in a fire, according to a 2019 national American Red Cross survey.

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Wednesday 04/10/2019
Pro Tips for Living an RV Lifestyle
Updated: April 15, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Recreation vehicles, or RVs, are increasingly popular. Sleek new models and high-tech innovations are attracting younger and more diverse people to the RV lifestyle.

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Monday 04/08/2019
Why And How To Be In The Pink
Updated: April 17, 2019 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—It’s official: Pink is having its moment. From the runway to the red carpet, this coveted color is seen just about everywhere. And 1-800-Flowers.com is joining the pink party. Always ahead of the curve, this top floral gifting company has recently named the hot pink rose its 2019 Flower of the Year, leading to the launch of an exciting new collection: Perfectly Pink.

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Friday 04/05/2019
Don’t Forget THIS During A Deep Housecleaning
Updated: April 09, 2019 - 2:41 am

(NAPSI)—When it comes to doing a thorough cleaning, there are the “usual suspects”: getting rid of old clothes and magazines, organizing the pantry, cleaning the yard and getting the garden ready to plant. But there’s one item that many people don’t think about when it comes to deep cleaning—unused, unwanted cans of paint.

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Thursday 04/04/2019
When Temperatures Get High, Keep Your Bills Low
Posted: April 04, 2019

(StatePoint) Do higher temperatures have to mean higher energy bills? The answer is no. There are numerous ways to keep your home cool and bills low in summer.

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Wednesday 04/03/2019
Neutral Beauty A Top Trend
Updated: April 05, 2019 - 2:38 am

(NAPSI)—If your family is like most, the kitchen is your home’s central gathering place. Now, homeowners are looking to enhance their kitchens’ appeal with a timeless and transitional design that also makes a personal statement.

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Four Tips To Help You Perk Up Your Kitchen
Updated: April 05, 2019 - 2:38 am

(NAPSI)—Remodeling a kitchen can be a great idea—for most families it is the heart of the home and most-used room—and it can be easier than you may realize, if you heed these four suggestions.

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5 Tips to Manage Money Smarter
Updated: April 08, 2019 - 2:46 am

(Family Features) There’s more to managing your money than paying your bills and successfully avoiding overdraft charges (although those are definitely steps in the right direction). Effectively managing your money takes time and planning, but the payoff may be a stronger financial future.

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Give Your Space a Spring Refresh
Updated: April 08, 2019 - 2:46 am

Start with upgrades to your home’s design features

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Decorating Your Home with Bold Colors
Updated: April 08, 2019 - 2:46 am

(Family Features) From dark and moody to vibrant and bold, colorful design is gaining favor among homeowners ditching safe, neutral palettes to create more daring, dramatic spaces.

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Save Your Way to Lower Home Insurance
Updated: April 08, 2019 - 2:46 am

(Family Features) If your homeowner insurance rates are creeping up even though you haven’t filed any claims, it may be time to take a look at how you can bring those prices back down.

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Understanding Pediatric Chronic Illnesses
Updated: April 08, 2019 - 2:46 am

How families can manage inflammatory bowel diseases

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Friday 03/29/2019
Most Seniors Want to Age at Home, but More Are Moving to Make it a Reality
Posted: March 29, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Most older adults - about 94 percent - want to stay at home as they age. But a new survey from the Home Instead Senior Care network shows many seniors are redefining what it means to age in place, revealing that one in four plan to move to a new home to accommodate their changing needs.

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Wednesday 03/27/2019
5 Ways to Get Kids Excited About STEM Learning
Updated: April 01, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Many of the growing problems around the world, from famines and food insecurity to climate change and profound poverty, need the contributions of brilliant scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technologists. Encouraging children to explore skills and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can help build a better future.

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Simple Steps to Wake Up Well
Updated: April 01, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) If you have a hard time falling asleep and waking up and find yourself feeling lethargic during the day, rest assured you’re not alone. Regardless of how hard you may work to try and maintain a healthy lifestyle, you may be in need of a way to reset your body clock for optimal health and to look and feel your best – especially in the morning.

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Entertainment Options for Cord-Cutters
Updated: April 01, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) With cable and satellite subscription costs continuing to rise, many people are turning to the internet for alternative entertainment options. According to eMarketer, 33 million people have canceled their cable or satellite services – or “cut the cord” – and that number is expected to grow to 55.1 million by 2022.

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Monday 03/25/2019
A Little Paint Can Work Wonders for Communities
Posted: March 25, 2019

(NewsUSA) - What can a little paint do for communities? Sometimes a whole lot. 

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Wednesday 03/20/2019
A Riddle for Our Times
Posted: March 20, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored by GAF - Like riddles? 

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