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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 >>




Thursday 02/23/2017
5 spring DIY craft projects to make old stuff new again
Updated: February 24, 2017 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - Spring isn’t just the season to clean out old junk from your home, it’s also the perfect time to tackle some DIY craft projects that repurpose household items and give them new life. Repurposing, or “upcycling,” is one of the hottest trends in home decor and design for 2017, according to online DIY community Hometalk.com. Before you throw away an old book case, battered picture frame or wooden industrial spool, why not think of ways to upcycle those items instead?

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Monday 02/20/2017
5 fun ways to decorate for spring
Updated: February 24, 2017 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - Spring is the perfect time to shake things up with your home decor. As Mother Nature transforms her landscape with fresh buds and blooms, you’re probably longing to refresh your home, too. These five easy craft projects are perfect family activities and the results will add touches of springtime throughout the house.

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Wednesday 02/15/2017
6 Ways to Update Home Décor this Spring
Updated: February 16, 2017 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) Spring is the perfect time re-evaluate your home’s décor and color palette. After the long winter season, interiors often need a facelift.

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Durable Décor Upgrades that Add Comfort and Style to Your Home
Updated: February 16, 2017 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) Interior upgrades should make a big impact -- adding style and comfort to your home. They should also last a long time, even if you have a busy household, with lots of foot traffic.

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Tuesday 11/22/2016
5 budgeting tips to host a spirited, not spendy holiday party
Updated: November 23, 2016 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - If you find the guests attending your upcoming holiday party delightful, but the bills associated with hosting frightful, here are five tips to know. So on with the snow, the glow and the show!

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Wednesday 11/16/2016
The many moods of modern design
Updated: November 17, 2016 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - With roots dating back to the 1920's and 1930's, modern interior design encompasses a wide variety of aesthetics and moods. From an urban industrial loft to a sleek beach house, the versatility of modern design can morph to match a variety of environments. Whether you prefer raw spaces and reclaimed materials or crisp lines and minimal embellishment, there’s a modern flavor to fit your personal style.

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Thursday 11/03/2016
5 hot home trends for 2017
Posted: November 03, 2016

(BPT) - The choice to remodel a home is growing among U.S. homeowners. In fact, Americans will spend $31.2 billion in 2016 to remodel 1.8 million kitchens and 2.5 million bathrooms, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). Some experts predict this number to rise into 2017.

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Wednesday 11/02/2016
How to Add a Unique Twist to Your Holiday Décor this Season
Updated: November 03, 2016 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) We all love our holiday traditions, and that includes the way we deck the halls -- from special ornaments to favorite festive wreaths. However, you may be looking for ways to revamp the tried-and-true look, especially when entertaining friends and family.

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Tuesday 10/25/2016
Tree trimming 101: Dazzling decorating easy as 1-2-3
Updated: November 02, 2016 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Shiny silver and gold, the warm glow of lights, dazzling bursts of color — O Christmas tree, your magic helps fill our homes with laughter and love during this merriest of seasons. And while gathering together to trim the tree is a beloved family tradition for many of us, let's be honest; for others, it’s an intimidating decorating nightmare. But don’t be overwhelmed, it’s easy to go from dazed to dazzling with a few insider tips.

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Tuesday 10/18/2016
Talking turkey: It's platter season
Updated: October 26, 2016 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - What’s your idea of the perfect Thanksgiving meal? A big family buffet, or perhaps an intimate evening with a few close friends? Thanksgiving brings us together from near and far for all sorts of fun-filled traditions that are uniquely our own. And while those traditions may vary somewhat as families grow and our lives change over time, there’s one constant at the heart of Thanksgiving entertaining — the beloved turkey platter.

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Friday 02/03/2017
4 ways to lead the charge on National Battery Day
Posted: February 03, 2017

(BPT) - National Battery Day, Feb. 18, is a day when people across the nation are encouraged to participate in battery recycling to celebrate the vital role batteries play in our everyday lives. Without them, the modern world couldn’t exist as we know it. From household appliances to laptops, cellphones, tablets, and other portable electronics, batteries power the devices we rely on every day and can and should be recycled at the end of their useful life.

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Monday 12/19/2016
Wanna Recycle More Plastics? Just Ask Comedian Rudy Mancuso [Video]
Updated: December 20, 2016 - 1:32 am

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Friday 12/16/2016
How Ethanol Can Impact Your Engine
Updated: December 16, 2016 - 1:33 pm

(NewsUSA) - When consumers fill their tanks at the gas station, they will see signs reading "may contain 10 percent Ethanol. However, many don't know what this means or how it can affect their engine performance. Ethanol-blended fuel has become standard in the United States, and the Environmental Protection Agency recently mandated an increase in the amount of ethanol added to fuel;, meaning, it is even more important that consumers understand the pros and cons of Ethanol.

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Four-Wheel Fans Care for Trails
Updated: December 16, 2016 - 1:33 pm

(NewsUSA) - A foursome of four-wheel drive clubs are the winners of the 2016 Outstanding Trails Program sponsored by BFGoodrich Tires, in partnership with 4 Wheel Parts, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, Blue Ribbon Coalition, and Off Road Business Association.

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Wednesday 12/07/2016
Building a Tiny House with Plastics [Video]
Updated: December 08, 2016 - 1:32 am

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Tuesday 11/29/2016
Snowmen: The endangered species no one talks about
Posted: November 29, 2016

(BPT) - For many, snowmen are an iconic part of winter. Millions of people have memories of building their round snow bodies, using pieces of charcoal for their eyes, crooked sticks as arms and a withered carrot for a nose.

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Wednesday 11/16/2016
Go Green and Save Green with a High-Efficiency Water Heater
Updated: November 17, 2016 - 1:33 pm

(NewsUSA) - As energy costs rise, the "green" movement and conservation efforts have become popular topics. Energy-saving recommendations appear daily in the media, and consumers are being offered subsidies or state and federal tax credits to encourage the purchase of more efficient appliances. However, many homeowners fail to consider their water heater when it comes to going "green."

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Monday 10/31/2016
Natural Stone: Discovering New Forms of Art
Updated: October 31, 2016 - 1:34 pm

(NewsUSA) - Art can take on many different shapes and sizes in a variety of media. From watercolor paintings and bronze sculptures to still-life photographs and wood carvings, art can become the focal point of any interior living space. But, what if art could become part of a home's architecture in unexpected ways? The answer is yes, it can, and it comes in the form of natural stone.

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Wednesday 10/05/2016
Bottled water: The healthy, environmentally friendly drink
Posted: October 05, 2016

(BPT) - Whether you drink it to quench your thirst or use it to wash your laundry, water is an indispensable part of our lives and our world.

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Sunday 10/02/2016
Why Switching to LED Bulbs Makes a Difference
Updated: October 03, 2016 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) It may seem like a small detail, but the way you light your home can have a big impact on the environment and your energy bills. Indeed, widespread use of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the United States, according to government findings.

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Tuesday 02/21/2017
Bold and Blended
Updated: February 23, 2017 - 1:34 am

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Trends to Enhance Your Outdoor Living Space
Updated: February 23, 2017 - 1:34 am

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How to Create the Closet of Your Dreams
Updated: February 23, 2017 - 1:34 am

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5 Ways to Add Luxury to Your Laundry Room
Updated: February 23, 2017 - 1:34 am

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Cleaning Hacks to Tackle Each Room of Your Home
Updated: February 23, 2017 - 1:34 am

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Wednesday 02/15/2017
How to Spruce Up Your Garden with Bird Safety in Mind
Updated: February 16, 2017 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) You may not realize it, but the average residential property can be hazardous to local wildlife without proper precautions taken.

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A Beautiful Lawn in Less Time
Updated: February 16, 2017 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) For homeowners looking to create a more inviting outdoor living space, it all starts with a beautiful lawn. But without the right routines and tools, achieving and maintaining a top-quality yard can be time consuming.

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Expand your outdoor living experience with a retaining wall
Updated: February 16, 2017 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - There are many popular ways people chose to get the most out of their outdoor living space these days. They build a fireplace or a fire pit, install lighting or a water feature, add a paver patio or outdoor kitchen, or plant a garden or trees — the possibilities are limited only to a person’s imagination and budget. However, accommodating these upgrades can be a challenge if the area is excessively sloped. In those situations, functional square footage can easily be added to the outdoor living space by building a small retaining wall.

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Tuesday 02/14/2017
On-Trend Transformations
Updated: February 16, 2017 - 1:32 am

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Easy Home Upgrades
Updated: February 16, 2017 - 1:32 am

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Wednesday 02/22/2017
Smart Kitchen Upgrade Ideas to Help You Save Time
Updated: February 23, 2017 - 1:34 am

(StatePoint) Most home cooks want the flexibility of preparing complicated meals with ease and convenience. However, even those with a deft culinary hand may be limited by their tools, space and appliances.

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Debunking Myths About Home Garbage Disposals
Updated: December 23, 2016 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) Over half of all Americans have a garbage disposal. Unfortunately, many may not be properly maintained due to common misconceptions.

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Wednesday 11/16/2016
Making Fireplace Safety a Priority in Your Household
Updated: November 17, 2016 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) Getting cozy this winter? You’ll definitely want to make use of your fireplace. But remember, you’ll need to take extra precautions to keep everybody and everything safe.

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Thursday 11/10/2016
Holiday Cooking and Gift Ideas for Foodies
Updated: January 04, 2017 - 1:31 am

(StatePoint) Whether one aspires to culinary greatness or prefers whipping up cozy family meals, all cooks appreciate quality kitchen equipment. Here are some ways you can beef up your kitchen in time to prepare large holiday feasts, and some ideas to help you shop for the chefs and foodies in your life.

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How Hot Technologies Can Improve Your Kitchen
Updated: August 11, 2016 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) Modern technology is improving every facet of our lives and the kitchen is no exception. By carefully outfitting your kitchen, your appliances can be safer, more efficient and give you versatility and precision as a home chef.

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Monday 06/06/2016
7 Helpful Hacks for Quick Kitchen Cleanup
Updated: June 07, 2016 - 1:37 am

(StatePoint) Prepare. Eat. Clean up. Repeat. In the kitchen, it’s a never-ending cycle of conquering messes. These seven simple cleaning hacks, tips and products that will cut down time spent restoring order in your space.

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Thursday 03/31/2016
Who Showers More and Why? Women or Men?
Updated: April 01, 2016 - 1:33 am

(StatePoint) On average, we spend more than 3,000 minutes in our showers every year. How we use those minutes might surprise you. New research from Moen, a leading manufacturer of bathroom fixtures, explores how men and women’s showering and grooming routines compare:

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Sunday 03/20/2016
Tips to Make Spring Cleaning Safer and Easier
Updated: March 21, 2016 - 1:33 am

(StatePoint) If you love the results of spring cleaning, but not the process, it could be that the methods and tools you’re using to get the job done are making the work harder than it needs to be.

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Sunday 03/06/2016
Spring Cleaning: Eliminate Kitchen Counter Clutter
Updated: March 07, 2016 - 1:33 am

(StatePoint) Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and the ever-daunting spring cleaning checklist is looming. As you take on tasks this year, make the kitchen a top priority.

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