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Color Your Kitchen

(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.

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Thursday 07/18/2019
Stainless Steel is Trending Outdoors
Updated: July 22, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Stainless steel has been a staple in luxurious, contemporary kitchens all over the world for years. While it’s most often used indoors, this durable, low-maintenance, design-forward material is making its way outdoors.

Big Results on a Little Budget
Updated: July 22, 2019 - 2:32 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.

5 Bathroom Upgrades for Style, Function
Posted: July 18, 2019

(Family Features) Home upgrades are all about adding comfort, convenience and beauty, and the bathroom is no exception. It may be the smallest room in the house, but these ideas for enhancing the most functional features of your bathroom are sure to make a big impact.

Smart, Stylish Designs for Outdoor Kitchens
Updated: July 22, 2019 - 2:32 am

Material Matters
Posted: July 18, 2019

(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.

Wednesday 07/17/2019
5 Tips for Moving with a Pet
Updated: July 22, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Whether it’s across the street or across the country, moving can be a stressful and chaotic time for your family. This can be especially true for your four-legged family members, who don’t understand what’s happening. Detailed planning and foresight can help alleviate some of the hassle and make relocating a more positive experience for everyone.

5 Tips for Capturing Purr-fect Pictures of Your Cat
Updated: July 22, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Cats are naturally curious, and while that can make them entertaining and engaging pets, it doesn’t always lead to the best photos. While getting a perfect pet pic is hard enough, a frisky, playful or defiant cat can make a photo op nearly impossible.

Monday 07/15/2019
Whole home safety: Fire and carbon monoxide protection [Video]
Updated: July 22, 2019 - 2:32 am

Wednesday 07/10/2019
10 Steps to a Better Backyard
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:59 am

(Family Features) Follow these simple steps for building your dream escape – right in your own backyard. For more inspiration and ideas, visit

5 Ways to Prepare for a New Furry Companion
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:59 am

(Family Features) Bringing home a new furry friend can spark joy while adding new routines for the whole family. When adding a pet to a household, it’s important to take into consideration the type of companion, a pet’s life stage, size and how to select a veterinarian.

How to Create a Pet-Friendly Workplace
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:59 am

(Family Features) In the last five years, pet-friendly offices have increased in popularity and companies are developing accommodating policies that benefit both pets and the offices they join.

Invite the Outdoors In
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:59 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.

Bold and Blended
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:59 am

Upgrade your home without a full renovation

4 Ways to Connect with Your Cat
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:59 am

(Family Features) In addition to playing with a laser pointer and offering endless cuddle sessions, there are many more ways to connect with your favorite feline. Cats are curious by nature, and in order for them to stay happy and healthy, they need lots of love and care from their parents.

Wednesday 07/03/2019
Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Space
Updated: July 08, 2019 - 2:50 am

(Family Features) Transforming your backyard into a true extension of your home’s living space is a relatively easy way to add usable square footage and increase enjoyment of your home. Making outdoor upgrades is also a scalable project, meaning you can do as little or as much as your budget allows and continue enhancing the space over time.

Tips for Tackling Storm-Related Roof Damage
Updated: July 08, 2019 - 2:50 am

(Family Features) Having your home severely damaged by a storm can turn your world upside down. The damage could simply be cosmetic, or so extensive as to render your home uninhabitable. In either case, you need to act fast, but smart, to ensure that your home will be properly repaired.

Keep Clutter at Bay
Updated: July 08, 2019 - 2:50 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.

Honor History and Its Lessons
Updated: July 08, 2019 - 2:50 am

(Family Features) The reasons for understanding the past are plentiful. Historical knowledge may illuminate the moments that shaped a loved one’s life or simply satisfy a curiosity about events and people that occupied a different place in time. A look into yesteryear can help make sense of the world today or even foreshadow happenings well into the future.

Furry Friends and a Welcoming Workplace
Updated: July 08, 2019 - 2:50 am

(Family Features) Pets are more than just members of the family – they also make great co-workers. As more offices work to create pet-friendly environments, a survey conducted by Mars Petcare shows that workspaces allowing furry friends are more likely to attract and retain (human) talent. Consider these four ways to make your workplace more pet-friendly and find more information at

Friday 06/28/2019
Make Your Own Beautiful, Durable Concrete Countertops
Updated: July 22, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Concrete is the ideal material for kitchen and bathroom countertops. As beautiful and striking as marble, quartz and granite, concrete countertops are a fraction of the cost and easier to maintain. Concrete is also a much more attractive and durable alternative to laminate, composites and other lower-end countertop surfaces. Practical and functional, a concrete countertop is truly an expression of a homeowner’s personality and style.

Thursday 06/27/2019
Creating An Outdoor Oasis
Posted: June 27, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Summer cookouts. Relaxing nights. Weekend staycations. Whether entertaining friends or simply relaxing with family, homeowners are enjoying vacation vibes in their own backyards. Serene porches and oasis-like patios are all the rage these days, and design pros - aiming to pair comfort and functionality - are crafting these stylish spaces with natural materials such as cypress.

Be Your Own Towel Guru
Posted: June 27, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Whether you're creating your wedding registry, preparing for a bathroom makeover, taking advantage of holiday sales or just ready to towel off like a grownup - here's a handy visual guide to selecting quality bath linens from Micro Cotton®, which has been crafting quality comfort for eight decades. 

Wednesday 06/26/2019
Weathering The Storm Starts at The Top
Posted: June 26, 2019

(NewsUSA) - While property damage caused by extreme weather often makes headlines, even isolated spring and summer storms can wreak havoc on your home's roof.

Memorable Family Moments
Updated: July 01, 2019 - 3:12 am

Educational activities ideal for making memories together

Invite the Outdoors In
Updated: July 01, 2019 - 3:12 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.

Friday 06/21/2019
5 ways real wood floors add appeal and value
Updated: July 22, 2019 - 2:32 am

Wednesday 06/19/2019
Explore Top Summer Travel Destinations
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) From a tropical retreat to exploring a new culture, summer is an ideal and popular time to travel. With a literal world of options, it can be tough to narrow down just where you want to visit, so get started with these popular destinations for a memorable getaway.

Workplace Tips and Strategies for New Parents
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) While having or adopting a child can be a rewarding and exciting time for new parents, many working moms and dads will tell you navigating the complex maze of employee benefits can be confusing. Between short-term disability insurance, Family Medical Leave, vacation, paid time off and state and municipal paid leave laws, the process can be anxiety-inducing.

Prep Your Home for Summer Gatherings
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) When temperatures rise, it’s time for sun dresses, cranking up the grill and entertaining. Spending time with your loved ones during the warm months can make for some of the best memories of the season, which is why it’s important to take simple steps to de-stress, declutter and refresh your home before your guests arrive.

4 Tips for Peak Pet Fitness
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) Sunny days, aromatic flowers and warm temperatures are a few of summer’s most adored qualities. Getting outside to enjoy the sunshine isn’t something only humans love – pets often do, too.

Your TV Stations May Change Frequencies
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) If you rely on an antenna for your TV viewing, changes may affect the reception of some of your local channels.

Mandy Moore’s Mindful Tips for a Well-Balanced, Lively Summer
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) With plans of trips and relaxation on the horizon, it can be easy to give your wellness routine a vacation, too. Before you jet set off on your next adventure, take a moment to be consciously aware of how your mind and body may react to an overly active and jam-packed summer schedule.

Friday 06/14/2019
Millennial Successfully Relocates And Buys Second Home at Age 25
Updated: July 20, 2019 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Amy bought her first house in Grand Rapids, Michigan at age 23. Fast forward two years and she has since sold that house and relocated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Two houses in two years at age 25: Here's one Millennial who isn't sacrificing homeownership for mobility. 

Wednesday 06/12/2019
5 things to consider when planning a summer remodel
Posted: June 12, 2019

(BPT) - When summer arrives, homeowners tend to start thinking about home improvements, both indoors and out. Before beginning any project, consider all your options — what really needs doing? What’s a fun “wish list” project that can add enjoyment to your home? What might increase the value of your house? And most importantly, how are you going to pay for it?

5 Tips to Get Organized
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) Getting organized and making the most of your home’s storage space can be a daunting task. To help keep clutter at bay and streamline organization throughout the house, consider these tips for revamping your closets and designated storage areas from the experts at ClosetMaid.

How to Combine Learning and Fun
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 2:55 am

5 tips to keep kids’ brains active and avoid the summer slide

Make Sense of Your Travel Preferences
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) Seasoned travelers know that no two trips are exactly the same, even when revisiting the same location. The weather changes, your personal life and perspective evolve and any combination of factors makes each experience unique. However, if you’re like most travelers, your preferences guide your journeys no matter how far you venture from home.

Mouthwatering Ways to Create Italian Dishes
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) While activities and events seem to rule most people’s schedules, time spent sharing a home-cooked meal is an important way to keep up with loved ones.

To Dad, With Love
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 2:55 am

Gift ideas for a fantastic Father’s Day

Take Your Workout Outdoors for a Fresh Boost
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) As temperatures rise and the sun shines brighter, you might start taking your workouts outside more often. To ensure your body's comfort and safety, you may need to refresh your fitness regimen.

6 Ways to Help Your Dog Maintain Calm Behavior
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) Summer can be a stressful time of year for dogs who experience anxious behaviors, with triggers like fireworks, thunderstorms, summer travel and more taking a toll on pets. While you may not be able to prevent your pet’s anxious behaviors entirely, there are ways you can ease your dog’s apprehension and manage the behavior it can potentially cause.

Veteran Affairs
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 2:55 am

Service members make business ownership a post-military career

Monday 06/10/2019
Be The Coolest, Most Energy-Efficient Home On The Block This Summer
Updated: June 12, 2019 - 2:36 am

(NAPSI)—This summer, homeowners don’t have to choose between being cool and eco-conscious. Today’s innovations make it “no sweat” to enjoy both with smart home climate control technologies and advanced air-conditioning systems created to achieve maximum energy efficiency and comfort.

Wednesday 06/05/2019
Breathing Lessons For Your Home
Updated: June 07, 2019 - 2:44 am

(NAPSI)—Your heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system is the lungs of your home. Taking proper care of it can help everyone breathe easier.

7 Steps Toward Superior Sleep
Updated: June 10, 2019 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) While it’s fairly common knowledge that quality sleep is essential to overall wellness, there are several factors that can keep you from getting the rest you need. However, overcoming them is well within your control.

Identifying Your Kitchen Style
Updated: June 10, 2019 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) With so many different styles of kitchens and cabinets, sometimes it can be hard to decide on a favorite. While you may see kitchens in a variety of styles and find them all beautiful in their own way, finding inspirations for your dream kitchen often requires sorting through many different considerations.

5 Healthy Tips for Summertime
Updated: June 10, 2019 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) Healthy living doesn’t always require life-altering changes to your everyday schedule. Even with work obligations, family time or the unexpected twists and turns life can bring during the summer months, these five lifestyle tweaks to implement exercise, nutritious foods and refueling techniques can make a difference for long-term health benefits.

Add Personality to Your Leased Living Space
Updated: June 10, 2019 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) Even if you don’t own the house you lease, there’s no reason you can’t make it feel like home by taking a creative approach to designing and decorating your space.

Stay Safe on the Road this Summer
Updated: June 10, 2019 - 2:44 am

5 warm weather tire safety tips

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