Morgan County Herald: Around The Home

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  • Senior Living

    Everyone can save on vital energy costs

    (BPT) - It’s something everyone in the U.S. needs and uses in their everyday lives — energy to keep the lights on, appliances working and homes cool or warm enough to be comfortable. Now that Americans are spending more time at home, energy needs — and costs — for households across the country are going through the roof.

  • Senior Living

    Water Infrastructure Investment Critical to Future Accessibility

    (NewsUSA) - Clean, safe, reliable water is more important now than ever. With the global health emergency still posing challenges, clean water is essential for maintaining personal hygiene at home and in the community to help prevent the spread of illness.

  • Senior Living

    Home Lighting to Add to Your Holiday Wish List

    (StatePoint) Spending more time at home working, learning and simply living? The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to gift your household with lighting that enhances the feel and function of your spaces.

Pet Central

pets

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

Fitness

Fitness

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

Crosswords

Crosswords

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

Sudoku

Sudoku

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 >>




Wednesday 10/21/2020
Home Lighting to Add to Your Holiday Wish List
Posted: October 21, 2020

(StatePoint) Spending more time at home working, learning and simply living? The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to gift your household with lighting that enhances the feel and function of your spaces.

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Saturday 10/03/2020
5 Fun DIY Craft Projects for Fall
Updated: October 07, 2020 - 2:33 am

(StatePoint) Give your home a warm and cozy vibe this fall with a few DIY projects that are sure to add seasonal cheer to any space. Whether you’re looking for a rainy day activity to keep kids busy or searching for affordable décor options, these fall craft ideas are a great place to start -- all you need is your creativity and a few supplies.

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Friday 10/02/2020
Shorter Darker Days Are Ahead: Make Your Home a Haven
Updated: October 06, 2020 - 2:32 am

(StatePoint) As more of life is centered around home, good design can help you augment and replace natural light, while creating a beautiful, productive, safe haven during the darker, shorter days of fall and winter.

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Sunday 07/05/2020
5 steps companies might consider before reopening their office spaces
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Sponsored by Office Depot

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Tuesday 06/23/2020
A New Age of Design: Top 5 Trends to Watch
Posted: June 23, 2020

(BPT) - In 2020, there have been some lifestyle changes that have impacted the way we all are using our home spaces. With more time spent at home, many have gained new perspective when it comes to their immediate needs and surroundings. Not surprisingly, consumers are now rethinking their home designs and about the ways they can make their dwellings more functional as well as enjoyable. From dual-purpose designs, to self-care spaces, here are five top trends to watch in this new age.

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Thursday 05/07/2020
4 Hot Home Renovation Trends This Summer
Posted: May 07, 2020

(StatePoint) Whether building a home from scratch, doing a complete renovation or simply refreshing a room or two, you can take your project to the next level with some design inspiration.

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Thursday 03/19/2020
Top Ways to Lighten Up Your Home Workspace
Posted: March 19, 2020

(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.

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Monday 03/02/2020
Decorating With Table Lamps: The 5 Best Tips for 2020
Posted: March 02, 2020

(StatePoint) Many people underestimate the power of lighting to set the mood and introduce different design elements into their home’s interiors. As a result, they often make the mistake of relying solely only overhead fixtures to light their homes.

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Thursday 02/13/2020
Building a Home? What to Ask Your Builder About Lighting
Posted: February 13, 2020

(StatePoint) While lighting is an essential piece of new home design; it’s often selected and installed at the end of the building process. What’s more, statement-making decorative lighting is often not part of the initial design at all. 

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Saturday 12/14/2019
2020 Interior Design Trends on the Horizon
Posted: December 14, 2019

(StatePoint) The beginning of the new year is a natural time to think about refreshing the look of your home, and in 2020, “cozy” and “warm” are trending keywords for interior design, according to experts, with luxurious textiles, inviting color palettes, and warm mixed metals found across all design styles.

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Wednesday 10/21/2020
Everyone can save on vital energy costs
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - It’s something everyone in the U.S. needs and uses in their everyday lives — energy to keep the lights on, appliances working and homes cool or warm enough to be comfortable. Now that Americans are spending more time at home, energy needs — and costs — for households across the country are going through the roof.

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Water Infrastructure Investment Critical to Future Accessibility
Posted: October 21, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Clean, safe, reliable water is more important now than ever. With the global health emergency still posing challenges, clean water is essential for maintaining personal hygiene at home and in the community to help prevent the spread of illness.

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Tuesday 10/20/2020
Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality and Breathe Better at Home
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(StatePoint) With more of life centered at home due to cool weather and social distancing, it’s time to ensure the space where your family spends the majority of its time is healthy and safe.

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Monday 10/12/2020
How dairy farmers are protecting our planet
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - A gallon of milk. Cream for our coffee. A pat of butter. Whether you’re enjoying a yogurt on the go in the morning or family night at home with a cheese and veggie pizza, dairy has been an enjoyable and nutritious part of daily life for generations. Throughout that time, America’s dairy farm families have provided an essential service to nourish their communities, during good times or bad.

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Friday 10/09/2020
7 Tips for Readying Your Outdoor Power Equipment for Winter Storage Prep Equipment for Season Changes, Save Time and Future Headaches
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—After your lawn gets its last cut before winter, it will be time to put away spring and summer outdoor power equipment, like lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and trimmers. What’s next? Snow throwers, generators and other small engine equipment need to be readied for winter use. How and when you prepare your equipment for seasonal changes can save you time and money later, says the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI).

With record-breaking sales of outdoor power equipment, homeowners are spending more time during the COVID-19 pandemic working or renovating their family yards. This means more people are using outdoor power equipment, and OPEI reminds everyone the importance of proper outdoor power equipment storage, maintenance and safe handling.

“During this very challenging pandemic, we’ve learned our outdoor spaces are more important than ever,” says Kris Kiser, President and CEO of OPEI and the TurfMutt Foundation, which encourages outdoor learning experiences, stewardship of our green spaces, and care for all living landscapes. “Our yards, parks and schoolyards are our safe space for connecting with friends and family, acting as outdoor classrooms and offices. Green space also contributes to the health and wellbeing of people, pets and wildlife, and having the right outdoor power equipment to take care of it is key. But preparation is everything —understanding how to store equipment and get it serviced, how to operate it safely, and how to ready your space to use that equipment.”

He adds, “Always follow your manufacturer’s guidelines, and remember to keep kids and dogs away from operating equipment at all times.”

Here are a few tips from OPEI to ensure your lawn mower and other spring equipment will be available for use when warmer temperatures return, and snow throwers and other winter equipment will be ready for use when the snow falls.

 Re-familiarize yourself with how to handle equipment safely. Lost manuals can be found online. Save a copy on your computer if possible, so it can be consulted when needed. Be familiar with your equipment, and all its features, including how to turn it off quickly and safely.

2.Service all equipment. Before storing spring and summer equipment, clean and service it or take it to a small engine repair shop. Drain and change engine oil and safely dispose of the old oil. Service the air filter, and do other maintenance as directed by the owner’s  manual. Check winter equipment and see if any maintenance and repairs are required.

3.Handle fuel properly. Unused fuel left in gas tanks over the winter can go stale and even damage equipment. Before storing equipment, add fuel stabilizer to the gas tank, then run the equipment to distribute it. Turn the engine off, allow the machine to cool, then restart and run until the gas tank is empty. For winter equipment, buy the recommended type of fuel no more than 30 days before use. Use fuel with no more than 10% ethanol in outdoor power equipment. Use a fuel stabilizer if recommended by the manufacturer. Get more information on safe fueling for outdoor power equipment at LookBeforeYouPump.com.

4.Charge the battery. Remove and fully charge batteries before storing. Don’t store batteries on metal shelves or allow them to touch metal objects. Store them on a plastic or wood shelf in a climate-controlled structure.

5.Shelter equipment from winter weather. Store spring and summer equipment in a clean and dry place such as a garage, barn or shed. Winter equipment should be kept away from the elements, but be easily available for use.

6.Prepare, prepare, prepare. Make space in the garage or basement before the weather changes, so there is room to store larger yard items. Clean up the yard of sticks, debris, dog and kid’s toys and other items that can damage or destroy equipment. Clear the paths used regularly in your yard, especially during the winter when snow can “hide” things.

7.Have the right weather appropriate extension cord for your generator. Keep heavy duty weather proof extension cords on hand to use with it. Ensure the length of the cord is necessary to operate the generator a safe distance from the house or building. Never operate a generator indoors, in a garage, breezeway or under an open window.

 

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Thursday 10/08/2020
Beyond recycling: Which common green behaviors most effectively fight climate change?
Posted: October 08, 2020

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Wednesday 10/07/2020
6 ways to reduce single-use plastic during a pandemic
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has increased in the consumption of single-use plastic as disposable mask and glove usage has skyrocketed. Additionally, many businesses have eliminated the option to use reusable shopping bags at a store or to bring your own mug to a coffee shop.

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Monday 10/05/2020
5 tips: How to create your own private spa at home
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - As Americans are spending more time at home in response to the pandemic, many are looking for ways to turn their living spaces into retreats of calm, comfort and well-being.

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Friday 10/02/2020
5 tips for online grocery shopping success
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Online grocery shopping is on the rise, and the options are plentiful — from having a shopper deliver goods at your door to curbside pickup and more. But even the most experienced grocery shoppers may find they need to learn some new tricks to achieve online grocery shopping success.

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Thursday 10/01/2020
3 healthy home projects to improve indoor environmental quality
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - How healthy is your house? After spending more time at home due to quarantine and social distancing, many homeowners are asking themselves this question.

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Wednesday 10/21/2020
Home Decor 101
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

Decorating with bold colors

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Financial Tips to Help Prepare for the Unexpected
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Over the past year, most people have noticed how truly unpredictable life can be. While it’s impossible to predict what the next few months have in store, practicing a few fundamental financial skills can help you and your family prepare for whatever comes next.

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4 Tips to Celebrate Halloween with Your Pet
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Halloween is going to look different this year for many, and you might be looking for costume inspiration for you and your furry quarantine companion along with ways to celebrate virtually at home. You don’t have to have a black cat or werewolf to celebrate the spooky holiday or get in on the festive fun – there are many ways you can include your pet in your haunted (virtual) activities.

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Energy Savers that Make Cents'
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) A home that operates efficiently isn’t just better for the environment. Ensuring your home systems are as efficient as possible can also help reduce the financial burden of maintaining your home throughout the year.

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Bring New Life to Your Kitchen with Color
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 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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Colorful Kitchen Inspiration: 5 impactful, on-trend cabinet stylings
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

5 impactful, on-trend cabinet stylings

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Wednesday 10/14/2020
4 Ways to Help Your New Cat Adapt to Your Home
Updated: October 19, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Welcoming a new cat can be an exciting time in your household. Between the affectionate purrs, playtimes and cuddles, a cat can add a lot of personality, fun and special memories to a family. Don’t be a scaredy-cat because with some preparation and patience, you and your new feline friend can set up a successful transition in no time.

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An Outside-the-Box, DIY Halloween Costume Combination
Updated: October 19, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Even though Halloween may look a little different this year for many families, there are still ways to make the most of popular seasonal traditions, like costumes, spooky decor and festive treats.

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The Heart Can't Wait: What to know about AFib and COVID-19
Updated: October 19, 2020 - 2:33 am

What to know about AFib and COVID-19

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Commit to Getting the Care You Need as You Age
Updated: October 19, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Older adults in America are living longer lives and will outnumber people under the age of 18 by nearly 500,000 by 2034, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Thursday 08/06/2020
Eco-Friendly Home Cleaning Hacks
Posted: August 06, 2020

(StatePoint) With families spending more time at home, messes are on repeat and cleanups are often an hourly routine. At the same time, many households are looking to reduce their environmental impact affordably.

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Tuesday 04/28/2020
Common Moving Myths - Busted!
Posted: April 28, 2020

(StatePoint) You’ve finally found the perfect home. Now comes the hard part: moving. But don’t let misconceptions complicate the process. To keep frustrations to a minimum and make your move more manageable, here are five common moving myths, debunked.

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Monday 02/10/2020
How to Make Household Shopping a Breeze
Posted: February 10, 2020

(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.

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