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Thursday, March 21, 2019

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Making the Most of a Mudroom

(NewsUSA) - Mudrooms - transition spaces between the outdoors and the indoors that provide storage for footwear, wet clothes, sports gear, and other paraphernalia not wanted in the house - have grown in popularity as American homes have become bigger.

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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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Wednesday 03/20/2019
Fix a Leak Week Reminds Us to Evaluate our Home Plumbing
Posted: March 20, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Plumbing leaks are rampant and such a problem that the Enironmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a Fix a Leak Week campaign in March to educate the public and save water. FloLogic, a smart leak control technology company, is participating in the effort with practical tips and smart home solutions for every homeowner.

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5 Tips to Manage Money Smarter
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:40 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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Pro Tips for Living an RV Lifestyle
Posted: March 20, 2019

(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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Tech Trends to Watch in 2019
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) It wasn’t long ago that the idea of a watch that did anything more than tell time was a figment of futuristic fantasy. Now technologies once deemed high-end luxuries for only the wealthy are completely common. Yet new advances keep spurring even more ideas to improve tech devices themselves and the networks they rely on to deliver unprecedented connectivity in every aspect of life.

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5 Ways to Reduce Food Waste
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) Americans waste an average of one pound of food per day, according to research by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Not only does food waste create environmental challenges by depleting landfills, it can have an expensive impact on your household budget.

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5 Ways to Get Kids Excited About STEM Learning
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:40 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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Understanding Pediatric Chronic Illnesses
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:40 am

How families can manage inflammatory bowel diseases

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Simple Steps to Wake Up Well
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:40 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: March 21, 2019 - 2:40 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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Break Away for a Spring Travel Adventure
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) Spring is the perfect time of year to break away from everyday life for a journey to a new destination. Across the country, the climate tends to be moderate, so you can take in a wide range of activities for a fun-filled getaway.

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Tuesday 03/19/2019
What Every Family Should Know About Childhood Development
Posted: March 19, 2019

(StatePoint) As a parent, you are probably tracking every move your young child makes, paying special attention to developmental milestones such as sitting, standing and talking.

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Friday 03/15/2019
Surety Bond Producers Offer Sound Advice for Construction Firms
Posted: March 15, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Commercial construction is a competitive business, and to succeed, contractors need to find the best support and advice possible.

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Gini's "Blockchain with A Soul" Is Saving Capitalism
Posted: March 15, 2019

(NewsUSA) - "Violent revolutions are inevitable when economic and political conditions become intolerable to the masses," says Ferris Eanfar, CEO of the Gini Foundation. With the rapid rise in wealth inequality and the escalation of economic and social conflicts in recent years, it appears Mr. Eanfar's predictions are coming true.

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Wednesday 03/13/2019
5 Ways Children Benefit From Creative Playtime
Posted: March 13, 2019

(StatePoint) When kids pretend to be their favorite superhero, it may look like sheer fun at first glance, but experts say that imaginative play also benefits children in a number of substantial ways.

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Why Human Milk Matters
Updated: March 18, 2019 - 2:41 am

New study shows expanded benefits for premature babies on exclusive human-milk diet

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Smooth the Ride for Dogs with Motion Sickness
Updated: March 18, 2019 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) Because the symptoms of canine motion sickness can mimic several other problems, many pet owners may not realize their dogs suffer from this condition.

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Overcome Limitations for Better Dental Health
Updated: March 18, 2019 - 2:41 am

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Friday 03/08/2019
Why a Roth IRA May Be Ideally Suited for Millennials
Posted: March 08, 2019

(NewsUSA) - When it comes to saving, a Roth IRA may be a Millennial's best friend.

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Thursday 03/07/2019
Feature-Rich Dog Parks Are Coming to Towns Across America
Posted: March 07, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Lassie used to run free throughout the town, solving problems and rescuing kids in trouble.

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Which Home Upgrades Are Worth It and Which Aren't
Posted: March 07, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored by GAF - Mark your calendars.

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Wednesday 03/06/2019
4 Benefits of Pet Adoption
Updated: March 11, 2019 - 2:53 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 - 2:53 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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5 Ways to Avoid an Energy Crash
Updated: March 11, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) If you start each day motivated but find your energy tends to fade throughout the day, a few simple and easy-to-implement changes to your routine could make all the difference. Minor adjustments to your eating habits, exercise routine and mental attitude can help boost energy levels so you can power through the day feeling fully charged.

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5 Ways Pets Make Life Happier and Healthier
Updated: March 11, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) More than 84 million U.S. homes have a pet, according to the National Pet Owners Survey, and in many of those homes, pets are a big part of the family. However, there are several barriers that can prevent people from spending time with their furry friends, including outdated housing rules and limited green space in communities.

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Friday 03/01/2019
Sensory Loss Can Bring Increased Risk of Isolation, Depression
Posted: March 01, 2019

(NewsUSA) - According to a study by The University of Chicago, nearly 94 percent of older adults in the United States are living with at least one diminished sense. While many seniors experience hearing or vision loss, senses such as taste, touch and smell can also be affected.

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Cheribundi Smoothie aids Arthritis For Celebrity Chef
Posted: March 01, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Seamus Mullen is an award-winning New York chef, restaurateur and cookbook author. In 2007, he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a debilitating autoimmune disease, which forced him to rethink his relationship with food.

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Wednesday 02/27/2019
The Rarest of the Rare
Updated: March 04, 2019 - 2:30 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 - 2:30 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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Monday 02/25/2019
One Small House in Boise, One Big Step in Homeownership
Posted: February 25, 2019

(NewsUSA) - There came a point in Meghanne's 29-year-old life when she decided it was time to "be an adult and buy a house." And as a loan officer, she wanted to practice what she preached about investing in homeownership.

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Friday 02/22/2019
Some of the Biggest Misconceptions About Life Insurance
Posted: February 22, 2019

(NewsUSA) - So much for fancy cars, houses and jewelry.

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Thursday 02/21/2019
Aiding Aging Parents
Updated: February 28, 2019 - 2:40 am

4 tips to help overcome new challenges

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Wednesday 02/20/2019
Choosing the Right Doctor for You and Your Family
Updated: February 25, 2019 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) What matters to you when finding a doctor to treat you or your family members?

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Cutting Through ‘Wellness Confusion’ to Find Real Weight Loss
Updated: February 25, 2019 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) The secret is out – Americans are no longer in the dark about healthy eating.

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3 Tips for a Successful 2019 and Beyond
Updated: February 25, 2019 - 2:45 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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Nicotine to Help Treat Memory Loss?
Updated: February 25, 2019 - 2:45 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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Wednesday 02/13/2019
Online Conference Connects Global Startups and Investors
Posted: February 13, 2019

(NewsUSA) - The current startup business environment today is full of opportunities for investors who want to get in on the global economy.

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Simplify Your Morning Routine to Get More Out of Your Day
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:45 am

(Family Features) Some people wake up each morning refreshed, bright-eyed and ready to take on the day. Others slap the snooze button repeatedly and drag themselves begrudgingly from a cocoon of blankets. Whether you embrace the morning or muddle through, there’s little doubt that those early moments set the stage for the day ahead.

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Easy, On-Demand Dinners
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:46 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 - 2:46 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 - 2:46 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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Tuesday 02/12/2019
Tips to Make Smart Choices When Grocery Shopping
Posted: February 12, 2019

(StatePoint) Even savvy shoppers can get overwhelmed sometimes when navigating grocery store aisles. With new items introduced to shelves all the time, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of similar products.

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Thursday 02/07/2019
Women Say They're Ready to Put Their Money to Work for Them
Posted: February 07, 2019

(NewsUSA) - More women than ever before are realizing they need to make their money grow for them.

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Wednesday 02/06/2019
How to Help Kids Develop Healthy Dental Habits
Posted: February 06, 2019

(StatePoint) Copying adult behavior is a part of childhood development. While you may not always love it when your child repeats everything you say, when it comes to healthy dental habits, you can use this to your advantage.

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Transitioning Back to Work After Baby
Updated: February 11, 2019 - 2:58 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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A Keto-Friendly Approach to Weight Loss
Updated: February 11, 2019 - 2:58 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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Monday 02/04/2019
This Year, Rethink The Way You Plan a Vacation
Posted: February 04, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Now is the ideal time to revisit your travel bucket list. Before you choose your destination based solely on a list, though, reflect on the types of experiences that really gratify you - culinary, history, culture, adventure. Then craft your ideal vacation from there.

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Friday 02/01/2019
Pop the Question with the Perfect Song
Posted: February 01, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Enhancing a once-in-a-lifetime event, such as a wedding proposal or ceremony, with the right song takes the experience to a whole new level. It adds a personal touch that makes for ongoing memories, as couples have the opportunity to play the song at anniversaries or other special events through the years.

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Thursday 01/31/2019
Post-Holiday Wake-up Call: Signs Senior Loved Ones May Need Help
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:40 am

(NewsUSA) - The holiday season is the perfect time to reconnect with those you love most. But for many adult children, this is also a time where they may start to notice changes in their parents' health and behaviors that signal the need for assistance at home. Each year, this realization leads to an increase in inquiries about senior care services from concerned family members.

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Navigating the Obstacles of Disease Treatment
Updated: February 06, 2019 - 2:35 am

(Family Features) A diagnosis of a chronic condition such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, cancer, or diabetes can bring a swirl of thoughts and emotions. There may be relief at finding an explanation for bothersome symptoms, but that relief is often quickly overshadowed by insurance issues, financial concerns, and worry about the future.

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