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  • Home Decorating

    Home Updates that Pay Off

    (StatePoint) Whether you’re remodeling for a fresh take on an old style or contemplating a new build, there are choices you can make that will definitely pay off, say experts.

  • Home Decorating

    Home and Garden Improvements That Will Benefit Local Wildlife

    (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.

  • Home Decorating

    Easy, On-Demand Dinners

    (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.”

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 >>




Thursday 02/14/2019
Home Updates that Pay Off
Posted: February 14, 2019

(StatePoint) Whether you’re remodeling for a fresh take on an old style or contemplating a new build, there are choices you can make that will definitely pay off, say experts.

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Thursday 12/27/2018
Tips to Make A Style Statement in Every Room of Your House
Posted: December 27, 2018

(StatePoint) Want to elevate your home décor in the new year? Whether you’re going for farmhouse style or mid-century modern décor, make a statement in every room, even the most neglected spaces.

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Sunday 12/02/2018
How to Create a Holiday Atmosphere at Home
Posted: December 02, 2018

(StatePoint) Creating festive cheer at home for the holidays is easy and fun. Here are some great ways to transform your space into a winter wonderland.

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Monday 11/26/2018
The Verdict Is In: These 5 Home Design Ideas Will be Trending in 2019
Posted: November 26, 2018

(StatePoint) Usher in the new year with a crop of inspiring fresh ideas across home design.

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Thursday 11/15/2018
3 Easy Ways to Illuminate Your Home for the Holidays
Posted: November 15, 2018

(StatePoint) ‘Tis the season of friends, family and entertaining! If you’re planning on hosting guests -- whether for an entire week of family fun or a one-night celebration -- now’s the time to get your home in the holiday spirit.

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Wednesday 11/07/2018
Top entertaining trends for a delightful holiday season
Updated: February 15, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - It’s that time of year again — when hosting holiday guests means sprucing up living spaces, brushing up on new recipes and hunting for the perfect stylish centerpieces. Before you plump guest room pillows, tinker with a new Christmas dessert or purchase the perfect place settings, there are a few entertaining trends you’ll want to keep in mind this season.

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Monday 09/10/2018
Black and White: A Reemerging Home Design Trend
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 4:09 am

(StatePoint) Black and white always has been a classic color pairing, and this neutral palette has resurged as one of today’s hottest design trends.

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Thursday 08/09/2018
Home Design Ideas for Travel Enthusiasts
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 4:09 am

(StatePoint) Travelers are often struck by the unique style of a certain locale, such as the bright colors of Havana or the chic sophistication of Paris. If your family plans to travel soon, you will likely return longing to recreate memories of your time away.

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How to Select the Best Ceiling Fans for Your Home Interiors
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 4:09 am

(StatePoint) If you have a “less is more” outlook on home decorating purchasing decisions, you probably want your lighting fixtures to not only be functional, but also fashionable elements that complement other accessories and contribute to your overall interior design. When it comes to ceiling fans, experts say that by shopping around, you can find a highly functional fixture that can even serve as the focal point of a room.

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Monday 05/14/2018
5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Summer
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 4:09 am

(StatePoint) Summertime means backyard barbecues, home decorating updates and more. Want to make all of this happen affordably?

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Thursday 12/20/2018
Myths And Facts About Recycling Cartons
Updated: December 22, 2018 - 2:41 am

(NAPSI)—Recycling is one of the easiest ways the average person can help the environment. Not only does recycling prevent items from ending up in landfills, it reduces the amount of raw materials used to make new products. Here are some myths and facts about recycling commonly used food and beverage cartons:

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Monday 12/10/2018
5 Water-Saving New Year’s Resolutions
Posted: December 10, 2018

(StatePoint) It’s that time of year to start setting New Year’s resolutions: work out more; get a new job; save money. While these are admirable goals, have you considered how your resolutions might make a bigger impact?  

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Monday 11/26/2018
The Best Gifts Do Great Things
Updated: November 28, 2018 - 2:36 am

(NAPSI)—Some of the best gifts around deliver great features and functionality but use less energy, which means they save money on energy bills and help protect the environment.

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Friday 11/16/2018
The Joy of Giving: 4 Holiday Hacks for Stress-Free Shopping
Updated: February 15, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Whether you absolutely love shopping for gifts over the holidays or see it as a major source of stress, most people ultimately find gift giving rewarding.

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Tuesday 11/13/2018
Winter weatherproofing: Preparing your home to stay safe and save energy
Updated: February 15, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - The heat will certainly be on this winter. With winter storms hitting many parts of the country early in the winter season, furnaces are plugging away, causing heating bills across the country to increase. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the typical U.S. family spends at least $2,200 per year on energy bills — with nearly half of that going toward heating and cooling. 

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Monday 11/05/2018
Plastic Pollution: What to Know
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 4:05 am

(StatePoint) Plastics are an increasingly widespread pollutant, according to environmental experts, harming ecosystems and wildlife as well as endangering human health. One of the largest worldwide industries driving this crisis -- the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector which offers such things as soft drinks, toiletries, foods and other consumables -- is not taking significant action to put the brakes on the growing production and marketing of single-use plastics, suggests a new report.

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Tuesday 10/30/2018
8 Questions to Ask Before Going Solar at Home
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 4:05 am

(StatePoint) With a growing number of homeowners looking to save money on power bills and help the environment, rooftops across America are taking on a new look, as more homes are dotted with solar panels. But it’s important to ask the right questions before installing them on your home.

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Tuesday 10/16/2018
Oh deer! How to keep hungry herbivores out of your yard all year-round
Updated: February 15, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Few sights make homeowners more furious than an attractive landscape destroyed virtually overnight by hungry deer. Rose bushes and ornamentals? Nipped off every bud. Expensive shrubs? Browsed within an inch of their lives. Trees? Damaged, disfigured and sometimes dead.

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Wednesday 10/10/2018
Pollinator Health 101: 'Schooling' Students Through Hands-On Learning
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 4:05 am

(NAPSI)—While schools continue to teach reading, writing and arithmetic, the blueprint for educators is shifting as teachers notice the value of hands-on science education. Many schools are bringing science to their own backyards—literally—by developing gardens and pollinator plots, where students can learn about agriculture’s hardest-working insects: pollinators.

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Monday 10/01/2018
Technology Breakthroughs Drive Clean Energy Success
Updated: November 13, 2018 - 2:35 am

(NewsUSA) - Ongoing concerns about reducing carbon emissions and identifying clean energy sources continue to drive demand for clean energy products and support the development of technology that produces them.

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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 15, 2019 - 2:32 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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On-Trend Home Design
Updated: February 15, 2019 - 2:32 am

6 design approaches to explore in 2019

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Ease Up on Energy Consumption
Updated: February 15, 2019 - 2:32 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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Big Results on a Little Budget
Updated: February 15, 2019 - 2:32 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 Ways to Make Your Heart Healthier
Updated: February 15, 2019 - 2:32 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 15, 2019 - 2:32 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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Bring Style to Your Closet
Updated: February 15, 2019 - 2:32 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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4 Benefits of Pet Adoption
Updated: February 15, 2019 - 2:31 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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A Surprising Solution for Stress Relief
Updated: February 15, 2019 - 2:31 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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Thursday 08/09/2018
Upgrade Your Kitchen to Cook Like a Professional Chef
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 4:12 am

(StatePoint) Of course, cooking like a chef at home requires talent and practice. But there’s no doubt about it -- having the right culinary tools, appliances and prep space is essential, too.

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Monday 06/18/2018
How to Defeat Clogged Drains
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 4:12 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re a homeowner or a renter, clogged drains are likely to affect your bathroom and kitchen sinks every so often as a result of soap residue, hair and skin flakes, food particles, dirt and accumulated gunk.

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