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How to get a more sustainable yard this spring with battery-powered products

(BPT) - Years ago, lawn care could hardly be considered an eco-friendly business, but today’s market has changed thanks to new technologies and emission regulations. The result leaves homeowners with the best of both worlds — the ability to create the perfect outdoor space by using tools that are powerful yet eco-friendly and creating low noise, so your neighbors will like you, too.

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

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

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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 04/19/2018
10 Steps to a Better Backyard
Updated: April 24, 2018 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) Follow these simple steps for building your dream escape – right in your own backyard. For more inspiration and ideas, visit Trex.com.

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Refresh Your Space for a Brighter Season
Updated: April 24, 2018 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) As temperatures rise and springtime blooms, it’s time to wipe away winter and refresh your home. Spring is all about airing out your space and spending more time outside, which calls for cleaning and perking up your routine. 

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Bold and Blended
Updated: April 24, 2018 - 3:37 am

Upgrade your home without a full renovation

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Demystifying Composite Decking
Updated: April 24, 2018 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) First introduced in the late 1980s, composite decking quickly gained acceptance among builders and homeowners who recognized and appreciated being able to achieve a natural wood look without the ongoing hassles of upkeep. While most people today understand the main benefits of composite decking – durability and minimal maintenance – the material itself is still new enough to raise questions, confusion and some skepticism among homeowners who grew up with wood decks.

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6 Steps to Up Your Home's Curb Appeal
Updated: April 24, 2018 - 3:37 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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Smart Ways to Baby-Proof Your Home
Updated: April 24, 2018 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) First-time parents quickly discover how little they know, especially when it comes to critical tasks like baby-proofing the home. When a tiny tot’s safety is at stake, the entire house can seem like one giant danger zone.

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5 Ways to Add Luxury to Your Laundry Room
Updated: April 24, 2018 - 3:37 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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5 Ways Fuel-Injected Lawn Tractors Will Change How You Mow
Updated: April 24, 2018 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) The term “fuel-injected engine” is most closely tied to engines for high-performance cars – both on the road and on the race track. Now this popular technology is making its way to yards around the country with the introduction of fuel-injected residential lawn mowers.

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Wednesday 04/11/2018
Spring into Lawn and Garden Care
Updated: April 12, 2018 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) If cooler weather has you longing for sunny days outdoors, take heart. Once spring rolls around, you can safely begin the annual cleanup to prepare your yard for months of warm-weather enjoyment.

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3 Kitchen and Bath Trends for 2018
Updated: April 12, 2018 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) When it’s time for a home remodel, specifically of a bathroom or kitchen, many homeowners turn to trendy looks as inspiration. Color, texture and material variance, like using different types of tile, lead the way in this year’s kitchen and bath trends.

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Tuesday 04/10/2018
Rabbits running rampant in your backyard? Smart tips to keep them at bay
Updated: April 24, 2018 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - You may never see them. They sneak in silently once the sun goes down. They ravage your delicate garden and stunning landscape. If you do happen to catch a glimpse, they'll run fast as lightning to safety so they can dine in your yard while you’re not around.

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Thursday 04/05/2018
4 tips for festive flourishing flowers, vibrant plants and hardy herbs
Updated: April 24, 2018 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - Spring is in full bloom, but are your plants keeping pace? If the answer is anything but a resounding yes, don’t worry. There’s still plenty of time to get into the spirit of the season and grow your most beautiful bed of flowers.

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Wednesday 04/04/2018
Budgeting Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle
Updated: April 05, 2018 - 3:38 am

(Family Features) From the cost of gym memberships to prepping healthier meals, living well can be expensive. Before you abandon your goals for a healthier lifestyle, consider these tips that show you don't have to overspend to live a better life.

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4 Bedroom Upgrades that Won’t Break the Bank
Updated: April 05, 2018 - 3:38 am

(Family Features) Upgrading your bedroom might sound like a daunting task. You may assume it costs an arm and a leg, takes months and requires professionals to complete. However, upgrading your bedroom doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank, or your back. Investing in a few quality upgrades to some bedroom essentials can make your life less stressful and more cost- and energy-effective.

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Wednesday 03/28/2018
How to Get the Best Deals Online
Updated: March 30, 2018 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) There are obvious benefits to shopping online. You can skip the lines and congested parking lots all while taking your time and enjoying the comfort of shopping in your pajamas. One of the biggest draws, however, is the potential money savings.

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Spring Home Upgrade Ideas
Updated: March 29, 2018 - 3:35 am

(Family Features) After a long winter cooped up indoors, spring is the perfect time to start re-imagining your home and making upgrades that create a fresh, welcoming vibe. These project ideas – some big, some small – can help breathe new life into your home so you’re ready to enjoy your favorite rooms to the fullest.

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Living Lavishly Outdoors with 2018 Trends
Updated: March 29, 2018 - 3:35 am

(Family Features) As many families prepare to ramp up their time spent outside, it can be helpful to keep the latest trends in mind while planning for outdoor living spaces.

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Back to the Nest
Updated: March 29, 2018 - 3:35 am

(Family Features) For the first time since 1880, more young people are living with their parents than any other living arrangement. A recent report from the Pew Research Center showed the number of 18- to 34-year-olds living at home is higher than the number of young adults who are married or cohabiting in their own home.

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Wednesday 03/21/2018
Budget-Friendly Spring Break Getaways
Updated: March 22, 2018 - 3:39 am

(Family Features) Spring is the perfect time for a vacation. Shake off the doldrums of winter as you transition toward fresh beginnings and warmer days. One tip for planning a fun-filled trip with nearly countless memories: start your planning by deciding what types of things you’d like to do and experiences you’d like to enjoy.

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Fresh Home Upgrades for Spring
Updated: March 22, 2018 - 3:39 am

(Family Features) After a long winter cooped up indoors, spring is the perfect time to start re-imagining your home and making upgrades that create a fresh, welcoming vibe. These project ideas – some big, some small – can help breathe new life into your home so you’re ready to enjoy your favorite rooms to the fullest.

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How to Prepare for Life’s Inevitabilities
Updated: March 22, 2018 - 3:39 am

(Family Features) Spring offers the promise of warmer temperatures, but with spring cleaning, tax season and other responsibilities, it is also a season for planning.

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5 Ways to Promote Gender Equality in the Workplace
Updated: March 22, 2018 - 3:39 am

(Family Features) Although women are making strides in the corporate world, there is still work that can be done to level the landscape.

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Wednesday 03/14/2018
Find Out the Truth About Tap Water
Updated: March 15, 2018 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) While the tap water you drink may look clean, it may contain harmful contaminants like lead, pesticides and industrial pollutants. These and others may be picked up on the journey from your water treatment plant through miles of pipes to your home.

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Transform Your Bathroom into the Ultimate Paradise
Updated: March 15, 2018 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Many people spend a lot of time in the bathroom. It’s a functional space where you can bathe, get ready for the day and take care of business. However, the bathroom can be so much more than that: it can offer a place to destress, relax and recharge before taking on the morning or after conquering a long day.

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5 Ways to Refresh Your Home for Spring
Updated: March 15, 2018 - 3:34 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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Tuesday 03/13/2018
R&R in the great outdoors: 3 ways to transform your outdoor living space
Updated: April 24, 2018 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - As Americans increasingly appreciate the therapeutic benefits of nature, they’re putting more thought and effort into creating beautiful, comfortable and functional living areas outside their own homes.

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Monday 03/12/2018
Tips to Protect Birds in Your Yard and Garden
Updated: March 12, 2018 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) One of the best parts of backyard living in the warmer months is all the potential for bird watching that comes with it. You may have even installed a birdfeeder in your garden in an attempt to attract more birds to your property.

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Wednesday 03/07/2018
How to assess your lawn equipment, get ready for the spring and achieve maximum results
Updated: March 08, 2018 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Spring season marks the beginning of the lawn care regimen and many of us have big plans and strategies ready to make this season of lawn care our best yet.

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6 Tips to Protect the Things You Love Indoors and Out
Updated: March 08, 2018 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Whether the family dog gets his muddy paws on the couch, an ice cream cone melts all over the backyard hammock or a sudden storm soaks your new patio cushions, life is filled with unexpected messes. There’s no time like the present to plan ahead so you’re ready for whatever mess life throws your way.

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Room-by-Room Refresh
Updated: March 08, 2018 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Spring is a sensible time to refresh and restore your home after heavy indoor use during winter. It’s also an opportunity to conduct overdue home maintenance and achieve a sense of accomplishment.

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Thursday 03/01/2018
How to Maintain Marble Floors
Updated: March 05, 2018 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Veins of color and unique patterns give marble tile a truly stunning appearance. However, maintaining that elegance may seem anything but effortless.

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Wednesday 02/28/2018
5 Easy Steps for a Cleaner Home
Updated: March 01, 2018 - 3:33 am

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Wednesday 02/21/2018
Small-Scale Home Upgrades with a Big Impact
Updated: February 22, 2018 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) When it comes to remodeling, there are dozens of ways to improve your home’s overall value and appeal without breaking the bank. Opt for projects that are manageable in scale, affordable and deliver benefits in multiple ways, such as aesthetics and energy efficiency.

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Simplify Your Cleaning Routine
Updated: February 22, 2018 - 3:34 am

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Wednesday 02/14/2018
7 Steps for a Healthier Home
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 3:35 am

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Color Your Kitchen
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 3:35 am

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5 Smarter Ways to Keep Your Home Warm
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 3:35 am

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Wednesday 02/07/2018
Foundation for the Future
Updated: February 10, 2018 - 3:34 am

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Wednesday 01/31/2018
Keep Your Home Safe Without Compromising Style
Updated: February 01, 2018 - 3:35 am

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5 Bathroom Upgrades for Style, Function
Updated: February 01, 2018 - 3:35 am

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New Effort Aims to Bolster Music Venues
Updated: February 01, 2018 - 3:35 am

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Wednesday 01/24/2018
6 Ways to Fight the Flu
Updated: January 25, 2018 - 3:35 am

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New Baby? New Tech Can Make a Big Difference
Updated: January 25, 2018 - 3:35 am

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Resolve to Improve Your Financial Life
Updated: January 25, 2018 - 3:35 am

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Assistive Technology
Updated: January 25, 2018 - 3:35 am

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Wednesday 01/17/2018
3 Ways Soapstone Enhances Home Design
Updated: January 18, 2018 - 3:33 am

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Tips for Family Safety
Updated: January 18, 2018 - 3:33 am

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Tips for Winter Wellness
Updated: January 18, 2018 - 3:33 am

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5 Tips to Have Fun and Enhance Learning
Updated: January 18, 2018 - 3:33 am

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