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Move over mosquitoes: Tick prevention grabs attention in fall and winter

(BPT) - Zika-carrying mosquitoes had their moment this year as the nation’s top headline-grabbing pests, but the arrival of cooler weather means the resurgence of another disease-carrying insect. Ticks transmit a number of diseases, including Lyme disease, that affect people and pets. And while cold weather may kill off mosquitoes, ticks remain a year-round threat.

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Tuesday 09/27/2016
4 great ways to create an outdoor living space
Updated: October 01, 2016 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Whether you plan to live in your home for years to come, or have an upcoming listing on your mind, now could be a great time to create an outdoor living space.

Monday 09/26/2016
Winterizing is key to better lawns
Updated: September 28, 2016 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - As September closes the door on summer with falling temperatures and leaves, many homeowners mistakenly slip into hibernation from yard work. However, this timeframe is crucial for prepping your yard for the coming winter— and positioning it to look its best the following spring.

Sunday 09/25/2016
Tips to Get Kids Outside and Away From Screens
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) Remember taking off for a day of adventure on your bike, returning home only for dinner? Kids these days don't have the same incredible experience of exploratory, unstructured play. According to a new survey commissioned by Nature's Path, 54 percent of moms say their kids spend more time playing in front of a screen than playing outside.

Big Results on a Little Budget
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 1:32 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.

Color Your Kitchen
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) While the kitchen is often the busiest room in the house, it is also one of the most important rooms when it comes to renovations. An upgraded, vibrant kitchen that incorporates elements of personal style can make the room more attrac­tive while increasing the home’s overall value.

Keep Your Home Safe Without Compromising Style
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) Home accidents cause nearly 13 million injuries a year. Some simple updates to your home can help you avoid these accidents, as well as give your rooms a facelift.

4 Important STEM Education Innovations
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) For the past 25 years, there has been an increased focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in the United States, but that’s just the beginning. According to the Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17 percent from 2008-2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM occupations. Not only has this trend led to increased job opportunities, but it has also produced numerous technological advances that have drastically changed the world.

7 Health Concerns That Can Result from Sleep Apnea
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) Sleep is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but sleep problems – such as sleep apnea – can hinder sleep quality and lead to other severe health complications. Sleep apnea is a serious breathing disorder that causes you to snore loudly and stop breathing up to hundreds of times a night for anywhere from 10 seconds to more than a minute. According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine(AADSM), approximately 25 million adults in the United States suffer from this disease. What many people don’t realize is that in addition to being a nuisance at night, sleep apnea also is a contributing factor to several other health problems.



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