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  • Home Improvement

    Bringing the Outside Indoors

    (Family Features) When the weather conditions are just right, a relaxing evening spent on the porch or patio is perfect for enjoying good company and the beauty of the outside world. Wouldn't it be nice to enjoy these comforts regardless of the season?

  • Home Improvement

    Eliminate Stains This Holiday Season

    (Family Features) Parties filled with festive drinks, food and fun are in full swing this holiday season. Every event is a chance to come away with great memories, plenty of pictures and sometimes, a stubborn stain or two.

  • Home Improvement

    Tips for Tackling Holiday Messes

    (Family Features) This holiday season, create a welcoming environment for your guests. From getting your home ready for company to managing the many messes that come with a packed home, there are several cleaning tips to help you enjoy the fun at hand without the extra stress.

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Thursday 11/13/2014
Delight the Five Senses this Holiday Season
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 1:31 am

(StatePoint) To create a memorable holiday experience this year, turn your gifts, celebrations and home décor into a festive feast for the five senses.

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Tuesday 09/30/2014
Decorate Your Home this Season for Under $100
Updated: October 03, 2014 - 1:35 am

(StatePoint) When it comes to filling your home with fall flair and warm festive cheer, you don’t have to rely on generic décor purchased from the store, which can be pricy and forgettable. This holiday season make your home unique with a little DIY.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Ten Home Décor Trends for Your Rental
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 1:36 am

(StatePoint) Just because you’re a renter doesn’t mean you need to settle for bland, boring décor. You can make more of your space in an inexpensive yet trendy way.

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Wednesday 08/13/2014
Stay on Top of Design Trends When Updating Your Home Décor
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 1:39 am

(StatePoint) Whether you have a traditionally styled interior or your home sports more contemporary décor, you can stay on top of design trends when refreshing your home’s look.

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Tuesday 08/05/2014
Quick, Easy Ways to add Warmth to Your Home Décor for Fall
Updated: August 06, 2014 - 1:33 am

(StatePoint) We all get bored from time to time and want to change things up. While it’s easy to add items to your wardrobe or try a new hairstyle, it may not always feel as easy to change the look and feel of your home.

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Monday 07/21/2014
Home Improvement Tips to Make the Most of Small Spaces
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 1:39 am

(StatePoint) No matter where you live, you want to make the most of your available living and storage space.

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Sunday 07/06/2014
Art evolves with new technology
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Can you imagine a museum without paintings? Technology has impacted society in countless ways but many overlook its impact on the arts. The very phrase “the arts” might evoke images of oils, watercolors or sculpture but technology is inspiring a whole new generation of artists who are using new mediums to create their masterpieces.

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Monday 06/30/2014
Tricks for less mess and stress this summer - indoors and out
Updated: September 03, 2014 - 1:34 am

(BPT) - Summer vacation means children, teens and in-betweens are spending more time at home, resulting in more messes, mud and madness. By tackling a few projects around the home now, you’ll be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful weather and carefree days ahead.

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Sunday 06/08/2014
Small Touches Can Make a Big Impact on Your Home’s Interior Design
Updated: June 09, 2014 - 1:39 am

(StatePoint) For homeowners looking to make a big interior design splash while staying on-trend, it’s all about focusing on little touches, say experts.

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Monday 06/02/2014
Spruce Up Your Home this Summer for Under $100
Updated: June 03, 2014 - 1:36 am

(StatePoint) Looking for an easy and inexpensive way to refresh your home this summer? With a little inspiration and work you can give your home a quick makeover within a limited budget.

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Tuesday 11/11/2014
The Modern Formula for an Easy, Eco-Friendly Fire
Updated: November 12, 2014 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) Rather than using conventional firewood this winter, enjoy a cleaner-burning, convenient fire log that’s well-suited to today’s busy lifestyles.

Fire logs, which are created using materials such as recycled sawdust and fibers blended with wax from paraffins, tree and vegetable oils, produce 80 percent less emissions than a typical wood fire and save millions of trees from use as firewood annually. Manufacturers of fire logs, such as Duraflame, are constantly developing new ways to improve the fire experience. For example, a Duraflame fire log takes only five minutes to reach full flames and comes in different sizes and features to fit any occasion, indoors or outdoors.

More information about fire logs can be found at www.Duraflame.com.

Fire may be one of man’s oldest discoveries, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for innovating the way we enjoy one.

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Modern Landfills: Safe, Smart and Green
Updated: November 12, 2014 - 1:32 am

(NewsUSA) - The average American generates a lot of trash and recyclables -- about four pounds per day. That adds up to more than 250 million tons of trash every year, and more than a third of it gets recycled and repurposed into new products. Many Americans are working to expand recycling. Some communities are also beginning to divert food and yard waste out of their waste stream, and that could expand the amount of waste that is repurposed.

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Thursday 11/06/2014
Taking Care Of Business—Literally
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 1:31 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s a job you more than likely would not want: storing, pumping, handling, transporting and applying livestock manure to farm fields. Believe it or not, there are hundreds of thousands of farmers, ranchers and custom applicators who perform this important and essential task every year across the U.S.

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Wednesday 10/29/2014
Take a Hike: Enjoying the Great Outdoors Year-Round
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 1:31 am

(StatePoint) Just because the weather is cooler, doesn’t mean it’s time to hibernate. With the proper equipment, preparation and motivation, any time of year is the perfect time to get outdoors for an adventure. And you don’t have to look far for a great hike. Across the country, there are 59 gorgeous National Parks and thousands of state parks to choose from, comprising tens of thousands of miles of trails.

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Friday 10/17/2014
Students Helping Communities By Recycling
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 1:31 am

(NAPSI)—What do 500,000 students at 900 schools across the U.S. have in common?

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Tuesday 09/30/2014
How You and Your Family Can Protect Your Local Environment
Updated: October 03, 2014 - 1:34 am

(StatePoint) It’s all too easy to feel out of touch with nature. But whether you live in an urban or rural setting, near a stand of woods or in the forest, there are trees near you that can help you feel connected to the outdoors. And getting involved with protecting your state’s woods is easy if you know how.

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Thursday 09/25/2014
A Meaningful Funeral
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 1:37 am

(NAPSI)—The number of cremations has grown across the country over the past 20 years. In fact, the Cremation Association of North America estimates some 1.5 million Americans are cremated every year.

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Help the environment this school year
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 1:33 am

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Wednesday 08/20/2014
Outdoor Enthusiasts: Create a Plan for Wildlife to Thrive on Your Land
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 1:33 am

(StatePoint) Whether your home rests on a small lot or a large woodland, there are steps you can take to create a thriving ecosystem for local wildlife. And if you live on woodlands, you may even consider turning your property into an ideal game habitat.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Getting The Most Out Of Your Breakfast
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 1:36 am

(NAPSI)—Calling breakfast the most important meal of the day is no exaggeration. Without breakfast, your metabolism can suffer, performance and concentration are apt to decrease, and hunger throughout the day can result in overeating during future meals.

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Sunday 11/23/2014
Bringing the Outside Indoors
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) When the weather conditions are just right, a relaxing evening spent on the porch or patio is perfect for enjoying good company and the beauty of the outside world. Wouldn't it be nice to enjoy these comforts regardless of the season?

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Eliminate Stains This Holiday Season
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) Parties filled with festive drinks, food and fun are in full swing this holiday season. Every event is a chance to come away with great memories, plenty of pictures and sometimes, a stubborn stain or two.

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Tips for Tackling Holiday Messes
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) This holiday season, create a welcoming environment for your guests. From getting your home ready for company to managing the many messes that come with a packed home, there are several cleaning tips to help you enjoy the fun at hand without the extra stress.

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Set the Scene for Holiday Entertaining
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) The holiday season brings a flurry of activity, especially when it comes to entertaining family and friends. While the formal sit-down dinner is still alive and well this time of year, casual holiday gatherings are growing in popularity.

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4 Tips to Make Home Maintenance Easier
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) Some home maintenance jobs require a significant investment of time and specialized equipment, but there are many projects you can accomplish efficiently with basic tools and the right approach. Follow these tips to get started:

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Sunday 11/16/2014
Save on Splurge-Worthy Home Styles
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) In the fashion and design world, alternative materials that emulate high-end looks are trendy not only for their lower price point and low maintenance qualities, but thanks to advancements in design and technology, are often hard to differentiate from the real thing.

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Bathroom Upgrades to Impress Guests
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) Game night, girls' night or family reunion - your home serves as the backdrop for many occasions. Preparing your space for friends and family can feel like a heavy undertaking, but with a few simple entertaining tips, hosts can wave goodbye to anxieties.

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Sunday 11/09/2014
Lawn Care Tips for Fall
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) Taking time in the fall to prepare your lawn for the colder months ahead will pay dividends come spring and allow you to enjoy lusher, greener grass when temperatures rise again. 

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Sunday 11/02/2014
Earth-Friendly Ways to Welcome Babies, Pets
Updated: November 03, 2014 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) Bringing a new member of the family home - be it a baby or pet - is sure to result in many happy smiles, giggles and messes. Whether it's your child eating spaghetti for the first time or your puppy trailing in mud after a rainy day, joyful moments with your little loved ones create memories and clean-ups.

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Tips for a Clean, Guest-Ready Home
Updated: November 03, 2014 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) Now is the season for enjoying backyard BBQs and poolside parties with friends and family - not being trapped in the house for pre- and post-party cleaning. With a little planning, you can minimize time spent on daily chores and maximize time spent soaking up the sun and creating memories with guests.

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Sunday 11/16/2014
Hot master bath trends for 2015 and beyond
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - When it comes to renovating spaces in your home, the master bath should be top of mind. Leading master bath trends for 2015 go beyond functionality to incorporate features that complement the design aesthetic and provide a touch of luxury for lasting results.

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Tuesday 11/11/2014
5 home design tips on layering
Updated: November 19, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Designers are often drawn to a simple, modern look – however, layering unique patterns and textures in the home is a quickly growing trend. Keep your space harmonized, yet distinct, with the tips outlined below.

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Thursday 11/06/2014
Kitchen and bathroom makeovers start with high-performance grout
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - With fall and winter weather driving homeowners indoors, it’s a great opportunity to turn pent-up time and energy into a kitchen or bathroom upgrade. The visual and functional design of any kitchen or bathroom starts with the floors, which make installation of tile the perfect project candidate.

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Wednesday 11/05/2014
Things to consider when making popular kitchen renovations
Updated: November 13, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - The kitchen is the focal point of any home. It’s a place where you eat, congregate and celebrate life’s big moments. If you are an empty-nester looking for the kitchen of your dreams, a parent seeking to match your kitchen to your growing family or you simply feel inspired to change things for the better, it’s time to stop dreaming and start planning.

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Wednesday 10/29/2014
Which kitchen style best matches your personality?
Updated: November 06, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Everyone has a preferred style of kitchen, no matter if you’re a chef at heart or just prefer to heat something frozen using the microwave. You may be surprised to discover your personality influences the style of kitchen you prefer. So, do you know what style matches your personality?

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Tuesday 10/28/2014
Americans have a big opportunity to improve their dishwasher regimen and save water
Updated: November 05, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Nearly everyone (96 percent) wastes up to an hour each week pre-washing their dishes, according to a recent survey. But the reality is that the outdated ritual of pre-washing can actually result in dirtier dishes and waste a valuable resource – water!

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Wednesday 10/22/2014
How to cut the clutter and take back your home
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - You’ve reached your breaking point. You’ve tripped over the same thing in the living room too many times. Now you’ve picked it up to finally put it away and you realize – you have nowhere to put it. You have too much clutter in your home. So what do you do? How do you decide where to start so you can reduce the clutter in your home and make your walkways safe once more?

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Tuesday 10/14/2014
From make-do to all new – updates to create your dream kitchen
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Homeowners have spent more on kitchen remodeling than any other home improvement category in the last 10 years, according to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies – and there’s good reason. An updated kitchen does more than boost the value of your home; whether you make just a few changes or completely renovate the entire space, a kitchen that feels new is always refreshing. From basic cooking to frequent entertaining, your dream kitchen should look good and function well.

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Sunday 09/28/2014
Avoid a blizzard of bills this season with these energy efficiency tips
Updated: October 06, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Fall’s cooler temperatures are on their way, if you haven’t felt them already. And when you feel that first chill, your natural response is to reach for the thermostat. Many people do the same thing, sacrificing energy efficiency in the name of comfort. But you can have both. October is Energy Awareness Month, and to celebrate, here are five ways you can conserve energy in your home now and throughout the cooler months ahead without sacrificing comfort. 

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Monday 09/22/2014
3 easy ways to warm up any bedroom
Updated: October 03, 2014 - 1:36 am

(BPT) - As the weather cools down, people are preparing for cozy nights indoors. Perhaps nowhere is the desire for warm, comfortable living spaces more important than the bedroom. Fortunately, it only takes a few simple tricks to warm up any bedroom in just one weekend.

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