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Take Charge of Your Child’s Vision Health

(Family Features) Although many children receive a vision screening at school or by their pediatricians, those evaluations aren’t enough to identify vision issues and manage overall vision health. Parents who take a proactive role in their child’s vision health can help identify and correct problems before they impact everyday life.

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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Friday 01/11/2019
A Handy Guide to Starting a Home Remodel
Updated: January 15, 2019 - 2:34 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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How to Become Your Best Self
Updated: January 15, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Ask yourself ... are you truly who you want to be? Is this the life you really want? Are you living each day as your best self? What can you change today?

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3 Popular Eating Plans You’ll See in the New Year
Updated: January 15, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) If you’re thinking about revamping how you eat in the new year, you might want to think twice about the trendy dairy-free plans that crop up on your social media feed – as they could leave you missing out on nutrients you need.

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4 Steps for DIY Paint Project Success
Updated: January 15, 2019 - 2:34 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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Refresh Your Space
Updated: January 15, 2019 - 2:34 am

5 steps to simplify your next paint project

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Bring New Life to Your Kitchen with Color
Updated: January 15, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Just as filling your plate with colorful foods is typically good for your body, filling your kitchen with color can be good for the soul. In fact, color is an important element in interior design not only for its aesthetic value, but also because it can shape perceptions and emotions.

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Thursday 01/10/2019
5 Ways to Raise a Confident, Adventurous Child
Updated: January 14, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) From taking steps toward the stairs to learning that bubbles don't taste good, exploration is a part of development for babies and young children. While it's an exciting time, it also can be coupled with anxiety and hesitation as parents find themselves saying "no" or jumping in when baby discovers a new space.

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Celebrate Literacy this Year
Updated: January 14, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Teaching a child to appreciate reading not only promotes academic achievement, but it also it opens opportunities for the imagination to soar and for kids to learn about topics beyond their wildest dreams.

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Renovations for the Ages
Updated: January 14, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Not every renovation project is intended to make the space look shiny and new. A design that celebrates decades (or even centuries) past can carry the same big impact for a dramatically updated look.

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A Financial Planning Tool for Every Stage of Life
Updated: January 14, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) From heading off to college to marrying the love of your life to taking those dream vacations, life’s biggest moments are often tied to being financially responsible.

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Home Safe Home
Updated: January 14, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Some home upgrades are aesthetic, and some are for function. These ideas, all with better home safety in mind, show there’s no reason you can’t have both.

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Wednesday 01/09/2019
Overcoming Life’s Messes
Updated: January 12, 2019 - 2:36 am

(NAPSI)—Each January, people set resolutions for the New Year, but according to U.S. News & World Report, approximately 80 percent of resolutions fail by the second week of February. If organizing is your Achilles’ heel, the solution is to tap into local professionals to help guide you through the process and give you the tools necessary to sustain order. Whether you commit to downsizing a storage unit of inherited items, want to find more family time, or desire to design a more peaceful living space, a Professional Organizer or Productivity Consultant can help you tackle these tasks when you don’t know where to begin.

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Friday 01/04/2019
New Shingles Protect The Curb Appeal Of Homes
Updated: January 09, 2019 - 2:39 am

(NAPSI)—Increasingly, homeowners seeking to protect the curb appeal of their residences are looking up—at their roofs.

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Improving Our Climate: 3M™ Smog-reducing Granules
Updated: January 10, 2019 - 2:34 am

Roofing Solutions To Environmental Concerns

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Tips for Welcoming a Feline to the Family
Updated: January 07, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Introducing a feline into the family can be an exciting time, but it’s important to remember that a new home is often a big change for a little cat. Whether it’s a kitten or an adult cat, providing your new pet with proper nutrition, the comforts of a good home and engaging playtime are just a few of the key things to keep in mind.

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Thursday 01/03/2019
Stomach Acid Burns Woman’s Throat — How to Protect Yourself
Updated: January 07, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Like many with the condition, Kathy Bennett suffered for over a decade with a damaging, often-misdiagnosed disease — silent reflux. Also called laryngopharyngeal reflux disease (LPR), silent reflux is often confused with heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), as well as the common cold and allergies, because of its puzzling symptoms. However, LPR is more severe than simple heartburn and can seriously damage the throat and voice box.

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Adventurous Travel for the Winter Season
Updated: January 07, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) There is something about the winter months that seems to awaken a sense of wanderlust in many people. Whether it’s the need for an escape from the bitter, drab conditions or a desire for a break from the hectic schedule that often accompanies the season, carving out time to head south may be the perfect pick-me-up.

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Give Your Eyes a Rest
Updated: January 07, 2019 - 2:34 am

Tips to reduce digital eye strain

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Stylish Storage for Renters
Updated: January 07, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Just because you rent or live in small quarters doesn’t mean you can’t have ample storage space. It means you just have to be a bit more creative in figuring out where to put things, even when it seems hopeless to get a handle on organization and clutter under control. 

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What to Look for in a Daycare for Your Baby
Updated: January 07, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Between coordinating childcare, figuring out a new schedule and beginning to feel like a normal person again, life with a newborn can be a lot to handle. Finding the right daycare center on top of it all can seem like a nearly impossible task.

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Thursday 12/27/2018
A Healthy, Winter-Ready Home
Updated: December 31, 2018 - 2:40 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.

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Clever Kitchen Upgrades
Updated: December 31, 2018 - 2:40 am

Fresh colors and textures for a functional kitchen style

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Winter Weather Emergency Preparedness
Updated: December 31, 2018 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) As temperatures drop, the risk of severe winter weather conditions and sudden power outages rise. Preparing your family ahead of time can help minimize the impact of a power loss.

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Ease Up on Energy Consumption
Updated: December 31, 2018 - 2:40 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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Create a Sleek, Functional Home Office
Updated: December 31, 2018 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) The regular work-at-home, non-self-employed population has grown by 115 percent since 2005, according to research from GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com. That translates to 3.7 million employees working from home at least half the time, while 40 percent more U.S. employers offer flexible workplace options compared to five years ago.

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A Fresh Approach to the Winter Freeze
Updated: December 31, 2018 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) Winter means snowfall, cold days and time spent near a fireplace seeking warmth and comfort.

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Friday 12/21/2018
4 Insider Tips for Anyone Buying or Selling A House
Posted: December 21, 2018

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored by GAF - How many houses have you been outbid on? And if you're an owner who can't even get a nibble out of buyers - if some barely even bother stepping inside - are you starting to feel like screaming?

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Wednesday 12/19/2018
Home for the Holidays
Updated: December 24, 2018 - 2:35 am

(Family Features) As another busy travel season approaches, road-weary parents and families can hold on to holiday cheer a little longer by counting on tech as their preferred travel companion.

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Thoughtful Gifts for Friends and Family
Updated: December 24, 2018 - 2:35 am

(Family Features) While holiday festivities bring to mind thoughts of joy and celebration with loved ones, there’s one element of the season that can be a source of stress: gifting. Make this year’s shopping trips a touch simpler with thoughtful presents that can fit any number of those on your holiday list.

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Holiday Entertainment with Friends and Family of All Ages
Updated: December 24, 2018 - 2:35 am

(Family Features) Holiday entertaining is no small chore. From feeding the masses to keeping everyone happy and engaged, it can be a big job playing host during the holidays.

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6 Steps to Safer Winter Driving
Updated: December 24, 2018 - 2:35 am

(Family Features) The winter season is typically one of the busiest times of the year for travelers. While millions prepare to hit the road to visit family and see sights they may never have seen before, there’s one essential travel tip that cannot be overlooked: the proper tires.

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5 Tips for Coping with Chronic Pain
Updated: December 24, 2018 - 2:35 am

(Family Features) Pain can impact nearly every aspect of your daily life from cleaning the house to going to work or playing with your kids. In fact, according to the Institute of Medicine, 100 million Americans, or more than 30 percent of the population of the United States, suffer from chronic pain, which is pain lasting 3-6 months or longer.

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Tuesday 12/18/2018
Start Breathing Clean
Updated: December 20, 2018 - 2:56 am

(NAPSI)—A new year, whether the one on the calendar or a more personal milestone, is a good time to give your health and well-being a new start, too. Here are three hints on how:

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Thursday 12/13/2018
Snow Thrower Usage: Questions To Help You Keep Safety In Mind
Updated: December 18, 2018 - 2:41 am

(NAPSI)—Clearing driveways, sidewalks and parking lots of snow is no small job but home and business owners can keep safety in mind.

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Wednesday 12/12/2018
The Ins and Outs of Birth Control
Updated: December 17, 2018 - 2:45 am

(Family Features) When looking at options for pregnancy prevention, your healthcare provider will likely share details about several options, along with information about which options might be appropriate for you. More likely than not, oral contraceptives –  a birth control method that has been available since the early 1960s – will be discussed.

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5 Ways to Rev Up for a Travel Adventure
Updated: December 17, 2018 - 2:45 am

(Family Features) Hitting the open road continues to be an increasingly popular vacation option for families. As spring approaches, the idea of exploring the country in full bloom encourages many families to begin planning an RV travel adventure.

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The Art of the Perfect Gift
Updated: December 17, 2018 - 2:45 am

(Family Features) Even in a world where just about anything is a few clicks away, finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can still be a difficult task. One trick to winning the holidays is bringing back the basics by choosing presents you know your loved ones need and can actually use.

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Thoughtful, Stress-Free Gift Giving
Updated: December 17, 2018 - 2:45 am

(Family Features) When in need of inspiration during gift-giving season, focusing on thoughtful presents that align with the personalities and interests of your intended recipients can be a surefire way to delight even the hard-to-buy-for friends and family on your list.

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A Photo-Worthy Home Decorated for the Holidays
Updated: December 17, 2018 - 2:45 am

Tips for creating a festive space while leasing your home

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Perfect Picks for the Holidays
Updated: December 17, 2018 - 2:45 am

Practical presents for everyone on your list

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Tuesday 12/11/2018
6 value-adding upgrades for your home
Updated: January 17, 2019 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - Faced with a tight U.S. housing market, many people are looking to improve the looks, comfort and value of homes they might otherwise sell. Renovating with hardwood is an excellent way of achieving these goals.

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Wednesday 12/05/2018
Trending Gifts Topping Wish Lists this Year
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) Nostalgia often runs deep during the holidays, and retro gifts are one way to relive the holiday celebrations of your childhood.

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5 Ways to Support Your Community this Holiday Season
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) Each year, the true spirit of the holidays can seem to get buried further beneath mountains of wrapping paper and drowned out by commercialism.

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Deck the Halls for Happy Holidays
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) Whether you opt for fresh-cut or fresh out of the box, trimming the tree is a staple of holiday decor in most homes. However, if you'll be entertaining this season, you may want to go beyond the tree and take your seasonal decorating to whole new level.

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Go Exploring for These Hidden Travel Gems
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) Discovering a region’s secret treasures is one of the greatest rewards of travel. When you embrace an adventurer’s spirit, there’s no telling just where you’ll go. From an uncharted journey back in time to new ways to appreciate unconventional art, a vacation that celebrates the unexpected is an ideal way to uncover hidden travel gems.

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3 Common New Parent Questions
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) Almost every new parent knows the feeling: It’s 2 a.m., you’re bleary-eyed and you want nothing more than everyone to get some sleep. However, you’re up, and so is your new baby.

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Monday 12/03/2018
7 Questions To Ask Around Winterizing Outdoor Power Equipment
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:40 am

(NAPSI)—When the colder weather blows in, it’s often time to put away such outdoor power equipment as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and trimmers, and get out snow throwers, generators and other small-engine equipment.

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Hints For Keeping Your Friends Happy
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:40 am

(NAPSI)—Picking just the right presents for your friends while looking like a blooming genius at gift giving time can be easier than many people realize.

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Wednesday 11/28/2018
Make a Difference this Holiday Season
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) This holiday season, you have the power to change children’s lives for the better.

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