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Wednesday 11/14/2018
Create a Healthy, Winter-Ready Home
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) When chilly weather arrives and the days get shorter, chances are good you’ll spend the majority of your days indoors. Before you start your hibernation, it’s a good idea to ensure your home is up to the task. Put your well-being at the top of the list with these ideas to help ensure a health-conscious home that’s ready for the dark days of winter.

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Common Indoor Air Quality Culprits
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) A new survey has revealed many Americans miss the mark when it comes to cleaning their homes, which may negatively affect the quality of air they breathe indoors.  Understanding the causes of poor indoor air can help you combat many common culprits. Consider these survey results and find more information at filtrate.com/culprits.

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DIY Holiday Home Décor
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) The holiday season can get expensive, especially when purchasing thoughtful gifts for loved ones. The last thing you want to spend money on is generic holiday decorations that don’t make your home stand out from the rest.

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Ease Up on Energy Consumption
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:30 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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Don’t Lose the Luster
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Durability is one reason homeowners choose natural stone for their kitchens and bathrooms, but the greatest appeal is often the sheer beauty of the material. Maintaining that luster and shine requires a bit of effort, but the ability to enjoy the unique character of natural stone makes it all worthwhile.

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5 Things to Consider on Your Next Road Trip
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) If you’re looking for a memorable vacation experience, getting behind the wheel and taking to the open road can provide the perfect opportunity to create your own journey and explore at your own pace.

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Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Welcoming friends and family into your home, celebrating time-honored traditions with delicious food and enjoying quality time with loved ones are all sure signs that it’s the most wonderful time of the year. However, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by holiday preparations and pressure to make your guests feel comfortable while visiting.

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Thursday 11/08/2018
It Doesn't Have To Cost 6 Percent To Sell A Home
Updated: November 13, 2018 - 2:38 am

(NAPSI)—If you're thinking about selling a home, you may have wondered: "What, really, does a real estate agent do to earn a 6 percent commission?"

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Wednesday 11/07/2018
Prep-Your-Place Pointers
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:37 am

(NAPSI)—Many people may be surprised to learn that fall is actually the most affordable season for home prep and repair projects. There’s less demand, so homeowners enjoy breaks on equipment and services.

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Prepare Pets for Better Grooming Visits
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) While a haircut is often the first thing that comes to mind when pet parents contemplate a visit to the groomer, those visits can involve much more than a bath and trim. It can also include spa-like skin and paw treatments, deep moisturizing shampoos and conditioners for healthy skin and a lustrous coat, de-shedding and flea or tick treatments. These treatments are all in addition to the expert clipping, shaving and nail trims you might expect.

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How to Choose the Right Food for Your Dog
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) When it comes to selecting the right food for their dogs, people often agonize about choosing among a myriad of options. Given that 95 percent of pet owners consider their pets to be part of the family, according to a Nielsen survey on The Humanization of Pet Food, pet parents typically want to provide a well-balanced diet, made from quality ingredients.

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5 Tips for Deck Design
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Timing can be everything, especially when it comes to planning an outdoor living space. By getting a jump-start on planning, you can afford yourself time to complete the process with maximum creativity and minimal stress.

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4 Ways to Show Your Pets You’re Thankful for Them
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Pets can be morning jog partners and movie night snuggle buddies, but they often do much more than that: they can help make their owners healthier both physically and mentally. Research from the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition found that having a pet reduces the risk of heart disease and high cholesterol, as well as stress, depression and fear. While you should show your pets you’re thankful for them all year round, Thanksgiving is an opportunity to reassess and make sure your pets are feeling the love, in return for everything they do for you.

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4 Tips to Prepare Your Pup for Winter
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) When winter approaches, it brings a number of distractions and factors that tend to keep people from getting outside and staying active. From holiday parties and vacations to bad weather, it’s important to keep health and exercise top of mind throughout the busy season. This is especially important for your furry friends since they depend on their owners to keep them healthy and active.

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Monday 11/05/2018
How To Prevent A Multigenerational Home Thermostat War
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:37 am

(NAPSI)—Multigenerational households are on the rise, with a record one in five Americans living in homes shared by multiple adult generations, inevitably leading to various domestic conflicts, including home temperature—but that doesn’t have to happen at your house.

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Be Smart About Your Kitchen Sink
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:38 am

(NAPSI)—You may never have thought about it, but the most used appliance in your kitchen is likely the sink—it’s where people spend 60 percent of their time.

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Get Ready For A Smart Home Three Ways
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:38 am

(NAPSI)—If you’ve been thinking about making your house a Smart Home, three tech trends are worth considering:

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Friday 11/02/2018
Bring Home Some Wild Beauty
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—The days of formal, buttoned up and by the book, it seems, are over. The new trend is for easy breezy, free-spirited, casual. An attitude of latitude! From lifestyle to fashion to flowers, today’s beauty is in the looser details. You might say it’s perfection in imperfections.

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Making Sense Of Cryptocurrencies
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—Social and traditional media have been abuzz with articles and information about the rising phenomenon of digital currencies. But what does it all mean and should you buy in?

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Thursday 11/01/2018
Illuminate your holiday decorating with this fun project
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - Cooler weather has arrived and the holidays are quickly approaching. That means it’s time to focus on your home decorating and, while you can always buy your holiday décor, making it can be so much more fun. Kick off your decorating by breaking out the wood, power drills, Arrow Fastener tools and other materials to create unique wall art that will literally light up your holidays and say “Family.”

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Wednesday 10/31/2018
5 Ways the Whole Family Can Eat Healthy
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) People are understandably conscious about the foods they’re eating and where they come from. The human eating space has seen the rise of whole, clean and natural foods, and in the last couple years, the trend has even moved into pet foods.

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5 Easy Ways to Add Colorful Curb Appeal
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:37 am

(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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Make Power Tool Safety Part of Your Remodeling Plan
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:38 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.

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Eyeing Better Vision
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:38 am

9 tips to maintain eye health

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Expand Your Kitchen
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:38 am

How space-saving sliding door hardware can help

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5 Hacks for Holiday Hosting
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:38 am

(Family Features) It may feel impossible to fit even more into already jam-packed days, but when the holidays roll around, entertaining and celebrating always find a way. Fortunately, you can find some shortcuts when hosting that offer plenty of festive style while also helping you avoid stressing over every detail.

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Tuesday 10/30/2018
Making the Transition from House to Home
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:38 am

(NewsUSA) - Whether talking new construction or refreshing an existing space, if you're looking to transform that "roof over your head" into a warm and flourishing home, the experts say it's all in the details. It's the architectural elements - specifically those crafted from natural materials, such as cypress - that transition a house into an extraordinary home.

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Thursday 10/25/2018
There's A Lot More To A Mortgage Than Just Your Interest Rate
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:37 am

(NAPSI)—A home mortgage is one of the biggest expenses a consumer will undertake. That’s why it’s important to look beyond interest rates to help get the lowest possible costs.

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Wednesday 10/24/2018
5 affordable decorating ideas to breathe new life into your South Carolina home
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - Craving a change in your home décor but don’t have the budget to hire an interior designer or do a major remodel? No problem! This year the trends involve natural materials, handmade accents, and rich colors. It’s about bringing the outside in, making your home a haven of peace and calm, and creating a sense of comfortable, lived-in style that’s inviting to your family and friends alike. Best of all? You can do it all with change to spare.

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5 affordable decorating ideas to breathe new life into your East coast home
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - Craving a change in your home décor but don’t have the budget to hire an interior designer or do a major remodel? No problem! This year the trends involve natural materials, handmade accents, and rich colors. It’s about bringing the outside in, making your home a haven of peace and calm, and creating a sense of comfortable, lived-in style that’s inviting to your family and friends alike. Best of all? You can do it all with change to spare.

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What's creeping in your kitchen? [Infographic]
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:44 am

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5 Ways to Show Your Cats You Love Them
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) Cats take on so many different roles within their owners’ lives and families, such as cuddle buddies, emotional support animals, quiet companions and purring playmates. Each furry feline deserves the best, so as a cat owner, it’s important to shower your pet with love and make him feel special all year round.

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5 Steps to Incorporate Universal Design
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:38 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.

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A Healthy Way to Work
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:38 am

Improve health and performance at the office

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Keep Pets Safe this Halloween
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:38 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.

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DIY Halloween Box Costume for All Ages
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:38 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.”

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Wednesday 10/17/2018
There is No One-Size-Fits-All Breast Cancer
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:37 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

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Tips for Turning History into Your Story
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:37 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.

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4 Tips for Traveling with Your Furry Friend
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:37 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.

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Now is the Time to Address Your Hearing Health
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:36 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.

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Trick-or-Treat for a Cause
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:38 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.

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Bringing Baby Home
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:38 am

5 tips to prepare for a newborn’s arrival

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Tuesday 10/16/2018
Storms And Flooding Require A Fast, Effective Mold And Odor Solution
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:38 am

(NAPSI)—Storms and flooding are resulting in widespread occurrences of mold, mildew and associated foul odors. The CDC and FEMA both advise the need to treat flooded structures as soon as possible to help prevent mold development.

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Wednesday 10/10/2018
Healthy Air, Healthy Home
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:38 am

(NAPSI)—In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities, warns the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since most people spend some 90 percent of their time indoors, the EPA adds, for many people, the risks to health may be great.

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Fall Into a Fitness Routine
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:37 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.

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Preparing an Emergency Plan for Your Unique Needs
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:37 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.

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The Evolution of Pumpkin Spice
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:37 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.

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A Breath of Fresh Air: 7 ways to refresh your small business
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:36 am

7 ways to refresh your small business

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Be Prepared to Weather the Storm
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:36 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.

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