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  • Real Estate

    Boost your home’s curb appeal

    (BPT) - Looks matter and first impressions count! So to pique the interest of potential buyers, refresh your home’s exterior and boost the curb appeal with new siding. In-the-know design pros are choosing cypress siding for the upgrade. It looks great and can last a lifetime, no matter what Mother Nature might have in store.

  • Home Decorating

    Top Ways to Lighten Up Your Home Workspace

    (StatePoint) Many people have found themselves working from home. Whether setting up shop at the kitchen table or creating a complete home office, here are simple hacks to make your new work environment comfortable and productive.

  • Kitchen Bed Bath

    How to Make Household Shopping a Breeze

    (StatePoint) One of the most important parts of any household or personal care routine is shopping for all the items you need. With new products introduced to store shelves all the time, sorting the best from the rest can be a time consuming process.

  • Travel

    Cure the winter blues in Myrtle Beach

    (BPT) - Dreaming of a warm beach destination this winter? If the view outside your window makes you shiver, it may be time for a warm-weather getaway — and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has you covered. Instead of looking out at the snow and ice, you could be viewing a sunny beach and ocean waves.

Top Story

5 Insta-Worthy Hacks to Get Your Home in Tip-Top Summer Shape

(StatePoint) The weather is warming up which means you’re probably chipping away at your cleaning to-do list.

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Pet Central


Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>



Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>



Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>



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 >>

Recent Headlines

Thursday 04/09/2020
Top Tips to Plant, Grow and Care for a Container Garden
Posted: April 09, 2020

(StatePoint) Container gardens are a viable and popular cultivation option, especially for those who have limited sun-exposed spaces or are looking to start small and learn the basics of gardening.

Tips to Safely Combat Home Bug Invasions
Posted: April 09, 2020

(StatePoint) Thanks to an unusually warm, wet winter, experts predict that Americans will face an extra buggy summer.

Top spring cleaning tips from the pros
Posted: April 09, 2020

(BPT) - With extra time at home right now, millions of Americans are taking the opportunity to address housekeeping tasks they haven’t gotten around to — from cleaning the mattress to scrubbing the washer and dryer. This is the year to do your best spring cleaning yet.

Wednesday 04/08/2020
Enjoy at-home mixology with 5 easy gin and tonic recipes
Posted: April 08, 2020

(BPT) - While you’re at home helping to keep everyone safe, why not get creative and hone your at-home mixology skills? It’s easy to find — or create — delicious recipes for refreshing cocktails, including twists based on the classic gin and tonic, using ingredients from your fridge or pantry.

Quarantine routine: 4 smart screen time tips for families today
Posted: April 08, 2020

(BPT) - Social distancing has transformed life in countless ways, especially for families that are now tasked with working remotely and homeschooling simultaneously. From work and school to entertainment and social connection, screens have become an essential tool, leaving parents contemplating screen time rules in a new light.

Helping to Keep Americans Healthy During COVID-19
Posted: April 08, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Our collective will and intellects are being called upon to manage COVID-19, save lives, and restore our economy.

In volatile times, understanding your finances is more important than ever
Posted: April 08, 2020

(BPT) - Wild swings in the U.S. stock market marked the past weeks as the nation reeled from the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic, oil price wars and trade disputes, causing havoc to Americans’ finances.

Rethinking Screen Time for Kids
Posted: April 08, 2020

(StatePoint) As families try to establish a new normal, balancing screen time for kids has become not only especially challenging, but more important than ever.

Tap into Employer Benefit Resources in Times of Uncertainty
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) For many American workers, how they do their jobs dramatically changed with the spread of COVID-19. Some have shifted to working from home while others moved to part-time or reduced hours.

5 Tips to Reduce Your Pet's Environmental Pawprint
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) There’s plenty of advice on ways to reduce your environmental footprint, but you might be left wondering about the environmental pawprint made by your pet.

Free Family Entertainment from Home
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) As people from coast to coast hunker down at home, some with children, taking a mental break from a new and unfamiliar lifestyle with the world of entertainment can be a way to relax and disconnect.

Now's the Time to Focus on Financial Health in the Workplace
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Employers have both an opportunity and a responsibility to care for their employees' financial wellbeing. Employers that help their teams achieve better financial health tend to foster healthier, more productive and more committed workforces.

How to Find the Right Dog for Your Family
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Adding a four-legged friend to the family is no small decision, and it’s easy to get distracted by sweet eyes pleading to be taken home. Becoming a dog parent is a major commitment, so it’s important to do your research and make well-informed choices before deciding on a new dog.

Maintenance Tips for a More Reliable Ride
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

4 things to know for National Car Care Month

5 Tips for 1st Foods for Babies
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Ask any parent what he or she remembers most about a child’s first year and you’re likely to hear quite a bit about sleep schedules. However, a baby’s eating schedule is just as important as his or her sleep.

Invite the Outdoors In
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Despite the comfort and convenience it affords, modern society is contributing to a vanishing relationship with the natural environment. However, there are plenty of ways to bring nature indoors to reap the benefits of an earthy connection inside your home.

Now's the Time to Teach At-Home Nutrition
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) With a lot of parents facing the challenge of keeping housebound kids happy and healthy, this is the perfect time to teach kids the basics of nutrition and eating right.

Bite-Sized Breakfast
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

( Appetizer-sized portions and small bites of all sorts are ideal for breakfast spreads, and these Pastry Brunch Cups are perfect for a quick morning snack. Try baking a batch and separating into appropriate serving sizes for a simple way to meal prep heading into a new week.

Refreshing Dishes for Dining Al Fresco
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Some of life’s most cherished moments are shared with loved ones around the table. As temperatures climb, cheerful sunshine and sparkling blue skies are the perfect ingredients to make family time even more enjoyable with a meal served al fresco.

Give a Treat with a Kid-Friendly Sweet
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Letting kids get hands-on in the kitchen is an easy way to keep them busy while teaching important life skills. Planning for delicious snacks children can make all on their own (or with minimal assistance) makes for a winning solution, and these Crazy Candy Ice Cream Sandwiches are a prime example.

A Menu Fit for Family Mornings
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Many spring celebrations call for fabulous food, specifically dishes fit for brunch, even if your “crowd” is simply your nearest loved ones gathered at the family table. A wide variety of recipes may fit the festivities, but a combination of comforting bites with sweet and savory flavors is perfect for appeasing all appetites.

Super Snacking
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

Let kids get hands-on with healthy, easy treats

Turn to a Tart, Sweet Snack
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

( When snack time comes calling, turning to an easy option that’s ready to go in your refrigerator is perfect for life’s busy moments.

Family-Friendly Ways to Rethink Favorite Recipes
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Freshen up family dinners by adding new ingredients like pecans, with natural richness and subtle sweetness coupled with irresistible crunch.

5 Tips for Better Home Safety this Spring
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) As people become more active during the warmer months, keeping home safety top of mind can sometimes go by the wayside. However, when it comes to fire and carbon monoxide safety, you can never be too prepared.

Give Your Space a Spring Refresh
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

Start with upgrades to your home’s design features

Keep Clutter at Bay
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) You can get your home reorganized and looking great with just a little bit of TLC and some helpful storage solutions. From those stray groceries that haven’t found a home in the pantry to shampoo bottles that linger on the bathtub ledge, these options can help you get reorganized and maximize your storage space.

Seasonal Home Supplies for Spring
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Between spring cleaning and spending additional time outdoors (or both), the spring season can bring a lot of changes to your home. From insect prevention to rethinking home organization and adding style to your favorite spaces, it’s an opportunity to reimagine your living areas while planning ahead for potential problems.

Easy Ways to Improve Your Home’s Health
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Maintaining a healthy home is a goal most Americans share, but not all are confident they’re doing the best job they can to protect their home’s health.

A Spring Cleaning To-Do List
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Spring cleaning often lands in a perfect spot on the calendar to serve as an annual reminder of your regular home maintenance to-do list such as changing HVAC and appliance filters, checking smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and cleaning exterior appliance venting. Keep this checklist from Kidde in mind this spring and find more spring safety information at

Tuesday 04/07/2020
Seniors with diabetes: Important questions to ask your doctor now
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - If you're a senior with diabetes, you're not alone. The statistics are eye opening — more than 25% of Americans age 65 and older have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. What's more, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports diabetes as the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

Connecting in kindness during troubling times
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - The theory that the world is interconnected to such a degree that the fluttering of a butterfly’s wing in Africa could cause a tornado in Arizona has been debated for over a century. One man wanted to try a similar experiment, but in kindness. Could one random act of kindness have the necessary ripple effect to impact the world?

Protecting Your Financial Health During the COVID-19 Outbreak [Video]
Posted: April 07, 2020

Top Gardening Trends for 2020
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

New Ways to Keep Kids Engaged While Distance-Learning
Posted: April 07, 2020

(StatePoint) As learning goes remote, many teachers and families are doing their best to adjust. Luckily, new resources and tools are emerging to help ease this process.

Protecting Your Financial Health in These Uncertain Times
Posted: April 07, 2020

(StatePoint) With expected delays in bill payments, unprecedented layoffs, hiring freezes and related hardships, many Americans are facing new financial challenges.

Monday 04/06/2020
Durante COVID-19, tome sencillas medidas para instalar una nueva normalidad
Posted: April 06, 2020

(StatePoint) Siempre es el momento adecuado para comprometerse con hábitos, comportamientos y pasos saludables destinados a mejorar su salud física y mental. Cuando la pandemia del COVID-19 está creando tanta incertidumbre y poniendo de cabeza tantas rutinas, los expertos dicen que centrarse en las cosas que están bajo su control es particularmente importante.

Fact vs. fiction: Drugs and alcohol in TV, movies and social media
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - When it comes to drugs and alcohol, do the teens in your life know how to separate fact from fiction? As with many of the myths portrayed in pop culture — including on TV, in movies and on social media — what you see doesn’t always reflect reality.

Retirement planning during uncertain times: Lessons for each generation
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - By Kelly Greene, TIAA Sr. Director and co-author of The New York Times bestseller The Wall Street Journal Complete Retirement Guidebook

5 tips to protect your network from hackers when staying at home
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Being home 100% of the time has become the new norm for many Americans, as social distancing is implemented in communities across the country to slow the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic. Connected devices are being used virtually nonstop, as the homebound stream shows to binge watch and video chat with friends to help pass the time. Unfortunately, most residential computing networks aren’t regularly maintained and monitored to protect against security breaches. This presents hackers with a virtual playground of which to take advantage.

Caregiving and COVID-19: Tips for people with vulnerable family members
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - COVID-19 has dramatically shifted daily life for many people around the world. Nobody is immune, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and older adults and individuals with chronic health conditions are at higher risk of getting very sick from the Coronavirus.

Saturday 04/04/2020
During COVID-19, Take Simple Steps to Establish a New Normal
Posted: April 04, 2020

(StatePoint) It’s always the right time to commit to healthy habits, behaviors and steps to improve your physical and mental health. With the COVID-19 pandemic creating so much uncertainty and upending so many routines, experts say that focusing on the things within your control is particularly important.

Friday 04/03/2020
How one woman took action after her cancer diagnosis
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - As a busy working mom of four, Chaya did not expect her tiredness, persistent cough and fevers to be cancer.

Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia: New Study Reveals COVID-19 is Having an Impact on Americans’ Mental Health [Infographic]
Posted: April 03, 2020

(BPT) - The America’s Mental Health COVID-19 Pulse Study looked at the mental health of Americans during the pandemic. With more than 90 percent of the U.S. population under some form of stay-at-home order, and social distancing in place until at least April 30, the situation is beginning to impact the mental health of many Americans.

What you need to know before a roof project or repair
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Think the roof over your head is just shingles? Beneath the visible shingles are essential components such as the roof deck, underlayment, cements and sealants. These layers help the roof stand up to the long-term harsh effects of sun, rain, ice and other conditions, extending the life and beauty of your home.

Before you buy a home, ask these 5 questions about the roof
Updated: April 09, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Ready to make an offer on that perfect piece of real estate? Most homebuyers have a checklist of questions to ask the seller. Questions about the plumbing, heating and AC unit are common. But when searching for that dream home, one of the most important yet overlooked major items is directly overhead and should top the checklist.

Cuidar a un ser querido o trabajar: la dura realidad para muchos californianos
Posted: April 03, 2020

(BPT) - Trabajar para sobrevivir es una realidad en el caso de gran parte de los californianos, especialmente aquellos que tienen a su cargo niños pequeños o padres ancianos. Y ante esa situación, es inevitable que en un momento determinado habrá que dejar de trabajar para cuidar a un familiar que necesita ayuda. Además, como evidencia la reciente pandemia de la COVID-19, muchos californianos no tienen acceso a programas que contribuyan al equilibrio de las responsabilidades cambiantes de trabajo y cuidado de un ser querido. Sin embargo, existe una norma particularmente vital—en tiempos de crisis y normales—el Permiso Familiar Pagado (Paid Family Leave, en inglés).

Do's and Don'ts of Outdoor Fuel Use
Posted: April 03, 2020

(StatePoint) With stay-at-home measures in place, you may find yourself with extra time for getting a jumpstart on outdoor seasonal chores.

Tips to Protect Yourself From COVID-19 Related Scams
Posted: April 03, 2020

(StatePoint) As more Americans take precautions to stay safe from COVID-19, scammers are cooking up new schemes and exploiting every angle to profit off these unusual times -- from offering testing equipment to pretending to have in-demand products.

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