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Wednesday 03/20/2019
5 Tricks for a Chore-Free Weekend
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) When thinking about errands, check-lists and even downtime, every busy person wishes there were more hours in the day. When tight on time, chores have a way of piling up and spilling into free time. With the right routine, however, day-to-day tasks can be tackled throughout the week, paving the way to a chore-free weekend, which means more time for the fun stuff.

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Organize Your Way to a Clutter-Free Kitchen
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:41 am

(Family Feature) A kitchen must be many things for the average family: a cooking center, social hub and, most importantly, a central command station for the entire household. Unfortunately, organization sometimes takes a backseat in the chaos of daily life, which means kitchens and pantries aren’t living up to their full potential as spaces that make our lives easier to manage.

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Give Your Space a Spring Refresh
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:41 am

Start with upgrades to your home’s design features

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Shop Your Way to an Organized Closet
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) If you often find yourself standing in front of a closet bursting with clothes but can’t find anything to wear, it may be time for a makeover – not only for your wardrobe, but for your closet, too.

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Swing into Spring
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) While spring naturally means it’s time for a refresh for many homeowners, it doesn’t mean you’re limited only to a cleaning party. Take advantage of the season by using it as an opportunity to upgrade different areas of your home for reasons ranging from energy efficiency and convenience to ease of living and safety.

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Monday 03/18/2019
2019 Outdoor Living Trends
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:41 am

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Wednesday 03/13/2019
Give Your Home a Modern Makeover
Updated: March 18, 2019 - 2:42 am

(Family Features) Even if your home has seen a generation or two of living, creating a contemporary new look may not require a full-scale renovation. The key to creating a more modern feel is all in the details.

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Simple Steps to Maintain Natural Stone
Updated: March 18, 2019 - 2:42 am

(Family Features) Natural stone adds elegance and style to any home. With a nearly endless array of colors, textures and designs, it’s easy to create a one-of-a-kind look for your kitchen or bath. However, without proper care, that carefully selected natural stone may quickly start to show wear and tear.

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Starting Your Smart Home Transformation
Updated: March 18, 2019 - 2:42 am

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6 Top Home Design Trends for 2019
Updated: March 18, 2019 - 2:42 am

(Family Features) The influence of global cultures is increasingly visible in home decor as technology expands homeowners’ worldviews. Acting on the inspiration of global trends can be as simple as shifting your outlook to bringing eye-catching features and everyday functions into your home.

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Tuesday 03/12/2019
3 easy ways to increase the life and value of your deck
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - Building a deck is one of the best home improvement investments you can make. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 Cost vs. Value Report, a homeowner can expect to recoup about 76 percent of the cost of building a wood deck and 69 percent of a composite deck when the time comes to sell their home. No matter what material you choose, following are some tips for building a deck that delivers maximum enjoyment and ROI.

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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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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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Big Results on a Little Budget
Updated: March 04, 2019 - 2:31 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 Tips to Create Your Dream Closet
Updated: March 04, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) If you’ve ever opened your closet doors and been depressed by what you see, it may be time to rethink your closet.

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Bring Style to Your Closet
Updated: March 04, 2019 - 2:31 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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Ease Up on Energy Consumption
Updated: March 04, 2019 - 2:31 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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Wednesday 02/20/2019
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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On-Trend Home Design
Updated: February 25, 2019 - 2:45 am

6 design approaches to explore in 2019

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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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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 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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Wednesday 02/06/2019
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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5 DIY Winter Home Repair Hacks
Updated: February 11, 2019 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) Even if you’re not terribly handy, there are many simple household repairs that you can easily do yourself to avoid unnecessary time and expense. This is especially true in the winter, when little improvements can make a big difference in your comfort and energy consumption.

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7 Ways to Create a High-Tech, Healthy Home
Updated: February 11, 2019 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) Home technology devices have come a long way, and many homeowners are discovering that their features aren’t just for convenience and comfort. A growing number of technology-enabled home features promote a healthier living space for you and your family.

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Material Matters
Updated: February 11, 2019 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) For many homeowners, aesthetics and function are the primary considerations of a kitchen renovation. However, before you lay out your space and start selecting colors, there is another essential factor to explore: the materials you will use for each feature.

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Ideas for an On-Trend Bathroom
Updated: February 11, 2019 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) Bringing an outdated bathroom into the now is a sure way to infuse value and personal enjoyment into your home.

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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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Wednesday 01/30/2019
Find a Hotel to Fit Your Travel Needs
Updated: February 04, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When most people plan a trip, the focus is on the purpose of the journey, whether it’s a work-related jaunt or a vacation with loved ones. Researching and organizing travel for an upcoming trip is important, but so is finding the perfect place to make your journey easier, more productive and successful.

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Make a Difference in Education
Updated: February 04, 2019 - 2:31 am

6 ways to contribute to schools in your community

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Better Yourself in the New Year
Updated: February 04, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) A new year is the perfect opportunity to take a fresh look at your life and re-evaluate what you’d like to accomplish – both physically and mentally – during the coming year.

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Hug More, Stress Less
Updated: February 04, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Whether circumstances are good or bad, exciting or stressful, there are several simple ways to improve emotional and mental fitness.

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Wednesday 01/23/2019
4 Steps for DIY Paint Project Success
Updated: January 28, 2019 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Painting is one of the easiest and most impactful DIY projects for homeowners to quickly update their homes. Whether it’s a new look in a master bathroom, adding a pop of color to the guest room, finishing off a basement remodel or anything in-between, a fresh coat of paint provides a fresh spin that’s all your own.

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Refresh Your Space
Updated: January 28, 2019 - 2:36 am

5 steps to simplify your next paint project

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Bring New Life to Your Kitchen with Color
Updated: January 28, 2019 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Just as filling your plate with colorful foods is typically good for your body, filling your kitchen with color can be good for the soul. In fact, color is an important element in interior design not only for its aesthetic value, but also because it can shape perceptions and emotions.

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Overcoming Barriers to Disease Treatment
Updated: January 28, 2019 - 2:36 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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What to Consider When Planning a Cruise
Updated: January 28, 2019 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Everyone loves going on vacation, but planning your getaway is another story with questions like where and when to go, how to get there and how much it will cost.

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Thursday 01/17/2019
Take Charge of Your Child’s Vision Health
Updated: January 21, 2019 - 2:52 am

(Family Features) Although many children receive a vision screening at school or by their pediatricians, those evaluations aren’t enough to identify vision issues and manage overall vision health. Parents who take a proactive role in their child’s vision health can help identify and correct problems before they impact everyday life.

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A Handy Guide to Starting a Home Remodel
Updated: January 21, 2019 - 2:52 am

(Family Features) Apprehension and inexperience keep many homeowners from pursuing renovation projects that would make their homes more functional, enjoyable and comfortable. Getting your hands dirty on the front end – with some planning and preparation – is the best blueprint for a successful home remodeling project.

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How to Become Your Best Self
Updated: January 21, 2019 - 2:52 am

(Family Features) Ask yourself ... are you truly who you want to be? Is this the life you really want? Are you living each day as your best self? What can you change today?

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3 Popular Eating Plans You’ll See in the New Year
Updated: January 21, 2019 - 2:52 am

(Family Features) If you’re thinking about revamping how you eat in the new year, you might want to think twice about the trendy dairy-free plans that crop up on your social media feed – as they could leave you missing out on nutrients you need.

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Thursday 01/10/2019
5 Ways to Raise a Confident, Adventurous Child
Updated: January 14, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) From taking steps toward the stairs to learning that bubbles don't taste good, exploration is a part of development for babies and young children. While it's an exciting time, it also can be coupled with anxiety and hesitation as parents find themselves saying "no" or jumping in when baby discovers a new space.

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Celebrate Literacy this Year
Updated: January 14, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) Teaching a child to appreciate reading not only promotes academic achievement, but it also it opens opportunities for the imagination to soar and for kids to learn about topics beyond their wildest dreams.

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Renovations for the Ages
Updated: January 14, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) Not every renovation project is intended to make the space look shiny and new. A design that celebrates decades (or even centuries) past can carry the same big impact for a dramatically updated look.

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A Financial Planning Tool for Every Stage of Life
Updated: January 14, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) From heading off to college to marrying the love of your life to taking those dream vacations, life’s biggest moments are often tied to being financially responsible.

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