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Healthy Summer Hair Care

(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.

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 >>

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Crosswords

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 06/14/2018
Healthy at Home
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

How to improve indoor airflow and quality

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Less Fuel, More Power
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

3 lawn care technologies that provide strength, sustainability

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Where to Catch Your Favorite Stars this Summer
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

New and classic shows and movies available in June

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Ignite Ambition
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

How women can inspire other women

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7 Ways to Create a High-Tech, Healthy Home
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 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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Fight the Beg
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

Proper feeding habits can help with pet obesity

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Ideas for an On-Trend Bathroom
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 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(Family Features) Bringing an outdated bathroom into the now is a sure way to infuse value and personal enjoyment into your home.

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Wednesday 06/13/2018
Get Ready for Guests
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

Tips to prepare your home for summer entertaining

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Tips for Cleaning Outdoor Spaces
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 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.

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8 Household Items You May Need To Replace
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

(Family Features) There are items in your home that you know to replace on a regular basis, such as a toothbrush, air conditioner filter or water heater. There are also things in your home that you may not replace until they are worn out, when in fact, most household items also have a shelf life that should be adhered to for efficiency, safety and health reasons.

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5 Fun, Educational Summer Activities for Kids
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

(Family Features) Summer may be a break from formal education, but keeping kids excited about learning can be an easy way to keep them active and engaged instead of zoned out on screen time.

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10 Steps to Help Prevent Cancer
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

(Family Features) Nearly 4 out of 10 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes, and it remains the second-leading cause of death for Americans, but nearly half of all cancer cases can be prevented.

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Tuesday 06/12/2018
Yes, Homeowners, It's Time to Prepare for Storm Season
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:52 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored by GAF - Here we go again?

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Friday 06/08/2018
Raising The Bar And Wine Cellar To New Heights
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

(NAPSI)—When you’re looking for a great place to unwind with friends, as more and more Americans are discovering, few spots can beat your own home bar or wine cellar.

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Transform Your Home into an Entertaining Haven this Summer
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

(StatePoint) In warm weather, everything is better done outdoors -- from eating meals to entertaining guests.

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Thursday 06/07/2018
Outdoor Spaces Offer Style And Comfort
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:52 am

(NewsUSA) - If you enjoy relaxing and entertaining on your porch or patio, you are not alone.

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Wednesday 06/06/2018
Owning A Vacation Home Is More Affordable Than Many Realize
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

(NAPSI)—Relaxing by the water or in the mountains is more than a once-a-year vacation for people who own a second home, and the explosive growth of the vacation home rental industry has put the dream of affording a vacation home within reach for more people. For those who already own a second home, the increasing popularity of renting those homes to others is boosting retirement savings, college tuition payments and disposable income.

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5 Tips for Healthy Summer Hydration
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

(Family Features) Summer provides countless opportunities to get outside for hiking, biking and running around with friends and family. However, having fun in the sun also requires proper hydration.

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How to Inspire Summer Reading
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

(Family Features) While summer is the perfect time for kids to take advantage of days spent away from the classroom, remember not to put valuable skills, like reading, on the backburner. In fact, research estimates that 1-2 months of learning loss can occur during the summer months.

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Spruce Up Your Space Inside and Out
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

(Family Features) With longer days and warmer weather, many homeowners look to take on summertime projects to bring new life to their homes, lawns and gardens. According to a recent survey from Bank of America, 46 percent of Americans plan to tackle DIY projects to redecorate or renovate their homes this summer, but for many Americans, the cost of these projects can be a big hurdle.

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Tuesday 06/05/2018
Roommate Cleaning Confessions [Infographic]
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

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Five Ways To A Better Move
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

(NAPSI)—The next time you’re among the estimated 40 million Americans a year who move into a new home, heeding these five hints can help you stress less:

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Vinyl Siding Cleaning and Maintenance Tips
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

(StatePoint) The type of siding you have on your home can affect how you spend your weekends, as some options require more maintenance and upkeep than others.

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Monday 06/04/2018
Backyard Maintenance Tips For Summer
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

(NAPSI)—Summer is here and it's time for backyard barbecues! Before your guests arrive, check these four backyard maintenance tasks off your to-do list to ensure your yard is looking good.

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Friday 06/01/2018
Location, Location, Location: New Survey Reveals Top Neighborhood Priorities
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

(NAPSI)—Anyone who’s watched popular house-hunting shows knows such features as walk-in closets and multiple bathrooms are repeatedly named “must-haves” by home buyers.

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Thursday 05/31/2018
Defining Luxury: American Hardwoods
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:52 am

(NewsUSA) - For everyone seeking to transform lackluster into extraordinary, the product choice is American hardwood. Distinctive, characterful, and unmatched in function, flexibility and sheer beauty, products made from American hardwoods are redefining "luxury," and adding warmth and grand style to both the charmingly rustic and the sleekly sophisticated.

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Wednesday 05/30/2018
5 Summer Outdoor Entertaining Tips
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

(Family Features) Summer brings plenty of opportunities to enjoy time outdoors entertaining family and friends. The key to a successful summer party is simplicity: keep things easy so you can enjoy the festivities right along with your guests.

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5 Ways to Step Up Date Night Without Breaking the Bank
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

(Family Features) Most relationship experts agree that making time for date night is important, whether it’s the early days of a blossoming romance or decades into a comfortable marriage. Spending that valuable time together doesn’t have to be expensive as long as you take the time to make it special.

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Prepare Your Car for Summer
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

(Family Features) Summer is a time for sunshine and road trips. No matter the length of the trip, you’ll want your car safe and functional, especially with your family and friends in the passenger seats.

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Get Involved in the Game of Chess
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

(Family Features) Chess, once a game considered to be reserved for the affluent and older men, is creating a cooler image with a younger demographic. The ancient game has seen a rising level of involvement among young people in the United States, and there’s even a growing interest in watching tournaments, where big money is at stake.

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Thursday 05/24/2018
Hints To Help You Have More Comfort At Less Cost
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

(NAPSI)—When the temperature’s rising, your energy costs don’t have to. These tips from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can help:

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Wednesday 05/23/2018
Smooth operators: Tips for installing trendy barn doors
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

(BPT) - Whether they’re rustic or contemporary in style, sliding or barn-style doors have become a much-sought-after element of American home décor.

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5 Reasons to Get Streaming this Spring
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

The next wave of movies and shows to watch now

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Spruce Up Your Outdoor Spaces
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 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.

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Landmark Alzheimer’s Study Urgently Seeks Hispanic Volunteers
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

Study focuses on early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and tracking it over time Hispanics are 1.5 times as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease

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New Medicare Cards are Designed to Reduce Medicare Fraud
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

(Family Features) Millions of people with Medicare will receive new, more secure Medicare cards in the mail in 2018. The new cards replace Social Security Number-based Medicare numbers with a new, unique, personalized Medicare Number, known as the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier. Each person with Medicare will have his or her own number. The cards will be mailed automatically, free of charge, and there will be no changes to Medicare users’ current benefits.

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How to Help Your Family Budget
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

(Family Features) Managing all of life’s demands on limited funds can feel like a never-ending chore. Every family’s budget is unique, so there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to saving money. However, establishing priorities and looking for ways to make small cuts can add up.

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Secrets for a Well-Maintained Lawn
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

(Family Features) Growing a healthy, appealing lawn isn’t about doing one thing right; it’s about doing a combination of things right. Different aspects of lawn maintenance, whether it’s watering, fertilizing or mowing, are interrelated. If you complete one task incorrectly – or skip it entirely – you may increase problems with insects, diseases and weeds.

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Wednesday 05/16/2018
Empowering Kids to Help Kids
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

(Family Features) Some of the challenges of the 21st century demand solutions from a new generation of problem-solvers. Children can join forces to bring tangible change to the world around them, including helping to solve worldwide ailments like malnourishment.

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Unplug with an Outdoor-Oriented Vacation
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

(Family Features) A family vacation is the perfect time to unwind, but it can be even more relaxing with time spent outdoors enjoying nature in all its beauty. Whether you plan your entire trip around a specific activity or just build in a day or two along the way, you can create some unforgettable memories.

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7 Tips to Combat Seasonal Allergies
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

(Family Features) It’s time to welcome fresh air, enjoy outdoor barbecues and run around at the park with family and friends. While embracing these warm activities, you may also face the dreaded symptoms of allergies.

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Select Wines that Match Your Style
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

(Family Features) For a novice, simply distinguishing a wine preference – white or red, sweet or dry – may be the extent of his or her comfort level. However, a more experienced wine enthusiast knows there is an entire world to explore when it comes to discovering interesting wine styles. 

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Engage at Every Age
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

(Family Features) You are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that enrich your physical, mental and emotional well-being. No matter your age, there is no better time than now to start.

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5 Steps to Saving Money Easily
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

(Family Features) Saving money – it’s one of the most challenging tasks people face month after month, year after year. However, a few simple rules and free personal finance apps can make it easier for you to stay on top of your spending and saving habits.

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Landmark Alzheimer’s Study Urgently Seeks Volunteers
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

Study focuses on early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and tracking it over time

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Thursday 05/10/2018
What You Need To Know About Your Ductwork
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

(NAPSI)—Your health and your wealth. Those are the two major reasons you should have your HVAC system inspected by a reputable, certified professional. Consider this:

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Wednesday 05/09/2018
5 Health Tips for Your Feline Friend
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

(Family Features) It’s always a good time to pay attention to your family’s health and happiness, and that includes your feline friends, too. Regular exercise and wholesome nutritional choices can help ensure your cat is happy and healthy all year long.

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Simple Ways to Enjoy Warm-Weather Dining
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

(Family Features) The warmer months can bring a sense of new beginnings. While you’re taking in the sights and sounds of the seasons, it’s the perfect time to give your dining routine some fresh perspective.

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A Handy Guide to Starting a Home Remodel
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:54 am

(Family Features) Apprehension and inexperience keep many homeowners from pursuing renovation projects that would make their homes more functional, enjoyable and comfortable. Getting your hands dirty on the front end – with some planning and preparation – is the best blueprint for a successful home remodeling project.

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