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5 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Decking Contractor

(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.

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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Thursday 04/18/2019
Make Spring Cleaning a Cinch
Updated: April 23, 2019 - 2:31 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 23, 2019 - 2:31 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 23, 2019 - 2:31 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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Expand Your Kitchen
Updated: April 23, 2019 - 2:31 am

How space-saving sliding door hardware can help

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5 Ways to Refresh Your Home for Spring
Updated: April 23, 2019 - 2:31 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 23, 2019 - 2:31 am

Bathroom features that take smart living to a whole new level

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Wednesday 04/17/2019
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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Friday 04/12/2019
2019 Outdoor Living Trends
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:33 am

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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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Tuesday 04/09/2019
Spending time outside this spring comes with a caveat - check for ticks
Posted: April 09, 2019

(NewsUSA) - It's time to start talking ticks. Spring signals a particularly active time for ticks, just when gardeners get antsy to get their hands dirty, working in their gardens. For anyone looking forward to spending time outdoors Be Warned: tick-borne disease is on the rise.

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Wednesday 04/03/2019
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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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
Don't be left behind - 3 tips to prep for spring
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Warmer weather means not only saying goodbye to the tough winter conditions your car or truck has endured, but also getting your vehicles — and outdoor power equipment — ready for the changing seasons. This is a great opportunity to get outside and tend to the vital cleaning and maintenance that the machines you rely on need to function well year-round.

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Wednesday 03/20/2019
5 Tricks for a Chore-Free Weekend
Updated: March 25, 2019 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) When thinking about errands, check-lists and even downtime, every busy person wishes there were more hours in the day. When tight on time, chores have a way of piling up and spilling into free time. With the right routine, however, day-to-day tasks can be tackled throughout the week, paving the way to a chore-free weekend, which means more time for the fun stuff.

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Organize Your Way to a Clutter-Free Kitchen
Updated: March 25, 2019 - 2:36 am

(Family Feature) A kitchen must be many things for the average family: a cooking center, social hub and, most importantly, a central command station for the entire household. Unfortunately, organization sometimes takes a backseat in the chaos of daily life, which means kitchens and pantries aren’t living up to their full potential as spaces that make our lives easier to manage.

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Shop Your Way to an Organized Closet
Updated: March 25, 2019 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) If you often find yourself standing in front of a closet bursting with clothes but can’t find anything to wear, it may be time for a makeover – not only for your wardrobe, but for your closet, too.

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Wednesday 03/13/2019
Starting Your Smart Home Transformation
Updated: March 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

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6 Top Home Design Trends for 2019
Updated: March 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) The influence of global cultures is increasingly visible in home decor as technology expands homeowners’ worldviews. Acting on the inspiration of global trends can be as simple as shifting your outlook to bringing eye-catching features and everyday functions into your home.

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Give Your Home a Modern Makeover
Updated: March 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Even if your home has seen a generation or two of living, creating a contemporary new look may not require a full-scale renovation. The key to creating a more modern feel is all in the details.

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Simple Steps to Maintain Natural Stone
Updated: March 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Natural stone adds elegance and style to any home. With a nearly endless array of colors, textures and designs, it’s easy to create a one-of-a-kind look for your kitchen or bath. However, without proper care, that carefully selected natural stone may quickly start to show wear and tear.

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Tuesday 03/12/2019
3 easy ways to increase the life and value of your deck
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Building a deck is one of the best home improvement investments you can make. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 Cost vs. Value Report, a homeowner can expect to recoup about 76 percent of the cost of building a wood deck and 69 percent of a composite deck when the time comes to sell their home. No matter what material you choose, following are some tips for building a deck that delivers maximum enjoyment and ROI.

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Wednesday 03/06/2019
4 Benefits of Pet Adoption
Updated: March 11, 2019 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) Pets have an incomparable ability to improve owners’ lives in a number of ways, so it’s only right that pet parents do the same for them. That’s why, if you’re considering adding a pet to the family, adoption can be a great choice.

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5 Ways Dogs Can Improve Lives
Updated: March 11, 2019 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) Whether playmates or protectors, the human-animal bond is often a powerful connection that goes beyond pure companionship. Dogs typically have many talents and personas – they can be man’s best friend, a canine companion during a difficult time or even a service dog helping veterans and others through daily routines. No matter the relationship between dog and human, these animals can improve lives in numerous ways.

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Wednesday 02/27/2019
Big Results on a Little Budget
Updated: March 04, 2019 - 2:38 am

(Family Features) With the abundance of home improvement shows on TV, DIY has evolved from an intimidating trade for the pros to an easy-to-manage project for even the least handy of humans. Transforming a home from disaster to delightful through simple DIY projects and repairs is much easier than you may think and can save you a bundle in the process. If the thought of doing your own handy work has you wiping your brow, think again with these easy improvements.

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3 Tips to Create Your Dream Closet
Updated: March 04, 2019 - 2:38 am

(Family Features) If you’ve ever opened your closet doors and been depressed by what you see, it may be time to rethink your closet.

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Bring Style to Your Closet
Updated: March 04, 2019 - 2:38 am

(Family Features) Closet designer may not be a title on your resume, but deep down you may find talents you never knew existed. Whether you are laying out the perfect closet or organizing your belongings, these tips will guide you toward creating a truly stylish and functional space.

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Ease Up on Energy Consumption
Updated: March 04, 2019 - 2:38 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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The Rarest of the Rare
Updated: March 04, 2019 - 2:37 am

What to know about a cancer you may not have heard of

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A Surprising Solution for Stress Relief
Updated: March 04, 2019 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) From finances and health concerns to lengthy to-do lists, there are numerous sources of strain in the lives of most people.

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Wednesday 02/20/2019
3 Tips for a Successful 2019 and Beyond
Updated: February 25, 2019 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) The demands of today’s always-connected culture can make finding balance in life nearly impossible. Between work, school and extracurricular activities, schedules can be crazy, and setting aside time to exercise is often difficult.

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On-Trend Home Design
Updated: February 25, 2019 - 2:44 am

6 design approaches to explore in 2019

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Nicotine to Help Treat Memory Loss?
Updated: February 25, 2019 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) A study funded by the National Institutes of Health is testing whether the nicotine patch can improve memory and functioning in people who have mild memory loss or Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).

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Thursday 02/14/2019
Home and Garden Improvements That Will Benefit Local Wildlife
Posted: February 14, 2019

(StatePoint) When it comes to changing the world, your own backyard is a great place to start. As you make home improvements, consider their potential to benefit local wildlife that travel in and around your property.

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Wednesday 02/13/2019
Easy, On-Demand Dinners
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Nearly everyone wishes for an extra hour or two in the day. When juggling evenings filled with homework, practices, games and last-minute art projects, even just 60 extra minutes could make the difference in finding time to whip up a dinner you can be proud of. While there’s no changing the fact that there are 24 hours each day, there are some time-saving options for creating family dinners that feel like they’ve come together “on-demand.”

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3 Ways to Make Your Heart Healthier
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States? One in four people die from it each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and millions more have it or are at risk of developing the disease. Smoking, being overweight or having diabetes, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure or a family history of heart disease all increase your chances of getting the disease.

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Understanding Insurance Benefits
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) No matter where you are in life, whether you’re just starting your career or nearing retirement, it’s important to understand the voluntary benefits available to you that can complement traditional health insurance.

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Wednesday 02/06/2019
Material Matters
Updated: February 11, 2019 - 2:38 am

(Family Features) For many homeowners, aesthetics and function are the primary considerations of a kitchen renovation. However, before you lay out your space and start selecting colors, there is another essential factor to explore: the materials you will use for each feature.

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Ideas for an On-Trend Bathroom
Updated: February 11, 2019 - 2:38 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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A Keto-Friendly Approach to Weight Loss
Updated: February 11, 2019 - 2:38 am

(Family Features) A growing number of health-conscious consumers are pursuing a keto lifestyle and products in their pursuit of health benefits, weight loss and improved performance.

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Transitioning Back to Work After Baby
Updated: February 11, 2019 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Just when you were getting the hang of having a baby at home, it’s time to go back to work. Beyond the expected changes such as picking work tasks back up and catching up on things you’ve missed, your priorities have most likely shifted now that you’re a parent.

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5 DIY Winter Home Repair Hacks
Updated: February 11, 2019 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Even if you’re not terribly handy, there are many simple household repairs that you can easily do yourself to avoid unnecessary time and expense. This is especially true in the winter, when little improvements can make a big difference in your comfort and energy consumption.

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