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5 new ways to bring the beauty of nature into your home

(BPT) - (BPT) - There’s nothing like being outdoors. It soothes the soul, calms the spirit and delights the senses. Most of us can’t spend as much time as we’d like outside, but many clever methods can bring the serenity and beauty of nature into your home. Take a look at a few of the innovative ways that you can introduce nature’s beauty, from a lush garden to a forest of birch trees, into your interior spaces.

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Wednesday 09/18/2019
Transforming Your Under-Stair Space
Posted: September 18, 2019

(NewsUSA) - If you live in a multi-story house, chances are you've looked at the no-man's-land under a set of stairs and thought: That space could be made to look and function much better. The classic solution is to fill the unattractive void with a closet, which is a perfectly serviceable idea. But there are other, more imaginative possibilities - home office, mini-library, powder room, wet bar, dog kennel, to name a few - creative hardwood built-ins that can transform those formerly awkward architectural cul-de-sacs into a visually interesting, highly practical, value-adding features in your home.

Tips for a Vintage Kitchen Remodel
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) When you renovate an older home, the goal is not always to replace old with new. In fact, some renovations are all about preserving the past with a design that reflects and pays respect to the yesteryear features that make your home unique.

5 Common Questions for Memorializing a Loved One
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) One of the most difficult conversations in a person’s life typically takes place near the end of that life. Planning for a funeral can put an emotional strain on family members and friends, but some of the stress can be relieved when the most common questions have answers.

5 Fall Tips for a Healthy Yard
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:33 am

(eLivingtoday.com) While many homeowners think lawns need less care during the fall months, it’s actually the perfect time to give your yard the extra boost in needs to make it through a dormant winter.

Find Some Time for Yourself
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:33 am

5 self-care tips to improve your well-being

Shop Your Way to an Organized Closet
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:33 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.

Plan the Ultimate Kitchen Upgrade
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) A kitchen serves as command-central of most homes, so it’s also one of the first rooms homeowners choose when it’s time to make upgrades. When approaching your kitchen remodel, it’s important to keep your family’s lifestyle at the forefront of your planning to create a space that fits the way you like to live.

Make Sense of Doggy Dental Care
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Dental care for dogs is important, but it’s an aspect of care that is frequently overlooked by dog owners. One of the few outward signs of dental problems lurking just below the surface is bad breath. 

Easy Ways to Improve Your Home’s Health
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:33 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.

Monday 09/16/2019
DIY before and after: A step-by-step thrifted vintage chair upholstery makeover
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - A thrift store can be a treasure trove of forgotten furniture just waiting to be brought back to life. Blogger Serena Appiah from ThriftDiving found a $10 chair that needed some love, including updating the worn and dated fabric. In a few steps using simple-to-use tools like an Arrow T50 Staple Gun, she transformed the drab chair into a statement piece that would be a great addition to any room.

Wednesday 09/11/2019
Be a Hero this Halloween
Updated: September 16, 2019 - 2:57 am

(Family Features) Being a hero goes beyond dressing up in a costume this Halloween season. Children, families and schools across the country can channel their own superpowers to help deliver lifesaving supplies to children in need this October.

Top Tips to Transition Back to Work After Baby
Updated: September 16, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Many new parents spend hours preparing for the arrival of a new baby – reading books, seeking professional advice and consulting friends and family. However, in focusing on birth, they may not get to prepare for other big milestones, like the transition back to work.

7 Ideas to Improve Curb Appeal
Updated: September 16, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re hoping to sell in the near future or simply looking to touch up outdated areas, there’s one aspect of home maintenance most homeowners agree is important: curb appeal. It’s a broad term that may reference any number of visible features, meaning there are plenty of ways to enhance the appearance of your house.

Creating a Spa Oasis
Updated: September 16, 2019 - 2:57 am

(Family Features) Transforming your bathroom into a personal home spa allows you to come home to a relaxing environment every day. By making space and removing clutter, along with adding decorative touches, you can achieve a stylish spa-like atmosphere in the comfort of your own home.

Tips for Maintaining an Organized Home
Updated: September 16, 2019 - 2:57 am

(Family Features) This time of year, family life can get a little messy. School schedules and sports activities mix with work commitments, and before long the house is as cluttered as the calendar.

Create a Sleek, Functional Home Office
Updated: September 16, 2019 - 2:57 am

(Family Features) The regular work-at-home, non-self-employed population has grown by 115 percent since 2005, according to research from GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com. That translates to 3.7 million employees working from home at least half the time, while 40 percent more U.S. employers offer flexible workplace options compared to five years ago.

Wednesday 09/04/2019
5 Ways to Keep Your Cat Happy and Healthy
Updated: September 09, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) While cats can be quite independent animals, they still rely on their pet parents to maintain their well-being. It’s up to pet owners to provide the adequate care, nutrition and home environment to ensure their furry friends live long and healthy lives.

Making the Back-to-School Transition Easy
Updated: September 09, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) It’s time to get your household organized for another school year and all that comes with it.

Get the Most Out of Your Benefits Enrollment
Updated: September 09, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) A lackadaisical approach to benefits enrollment could leave you short on coverage or end up costing you more than it should. Gathering information and making time to thoroughly consider your options and needs can help ensure you’re getting the best value from your employer’s benefits package.

Emergency Preparedness Tips to Help Ensure Pet Safety
Updated: September 09, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Preparing for an emergency can be a challenge. It oftentimes is hard to foresee when disaster will strike and how to properly prepare before it occurs.

4 Tips to Keep Pets Out of Trouble During Back-to-School Season
Updated: September 09, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) When structured school days and hours away from home return to the schedule, all members of the household feel the shift, even pets. Pets go from long days with the family in the yard to less time and activities with their favorite people. 

Friday 08/30/2019
Houseplants Are Hot For Today’s Home
Updated: September 01, 2019 - 3:08 am

(NAPSI)—Plants are having a moment-and 1-800-Flowers.com is embracing it with their newly expanded Plant Shop. Offering some of the most sought-after greenery for home décor enthusiasts, gift-givers and plant lovers alike, the Plant Shop now offers nearly 150 plants, including houseplants, blooming plants, succulents, bonsai, bamboo and more. Customers can also get expert tips and how-tos on selecting and caring for their plants with a newly created Gift Guide.

Wednesday 08/28/2019
A Romantic Rendezvous
Updated: September 02, 2019 - 2:56 am

Celebrate love with a Caribbean cruise

Teachers’ Top Needs for 2019
Updated: September 02, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Great classrooms don’t happen by accident. Teachers across the country work hard to build vibrant, energizing learning environments for their students, which often means everything from microscopes to pipe cleaners, graphic novels to oboes, class pets to field trips and much more. As a result, teachers spend more than $1 billion from their own pockets each year on supplies.

Ways to Make the World a Better Place for Seniors
Updated: September 02, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) By 2050, the senior population (adults age 65 and older) will be more than double that of the world’s youngest citizens, and the number of people living beyond age 80 is expected to triple over the next 30 years.

Prepare Your Family for Hurricane Season
Updated: September 02, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Severe weather events, like hurricanes, are powerful and can come on quickly, often leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. Because power outages are also common with strong storms and natural disasters, preparing your family ahead of time can help ensure safety.

Seek Outdoor Entertainment for Personal Satisfaction
Updated: September 02, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Making time to enjoy the outdoors is a simple way to boost your physical and mental well-being, no matter your age. Whether you venture out to the porch to watch the sunset or lace up your golf shoes for an afternoon on the course, there are plenty of ways you can take in some fresh air.

Keep Summer Movie Season Going at Home
Updated: September 02, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) The summer movie season may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean you have to limit your enjoyment of films outside the theater.

Improve Academic Outcomes through Access to Health Care Coverage
Updated: September 02, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) With each school year, parents dust off their annual checklists that help them organize their needs as their kids head back to the classroom. This school season, make sure one priority at the top of your to-do list is ensuring your children have health insurance.

Wednesday 08/21/2019
Health Care Solutions for Rural Americans
Updated: August 26, 2019 - 2:38 am

(Family Features) Heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke. These top five causes of death in the United States all have a higher incidence of death among rural residents and research points to lack of access to health care as a culprit.

Tidy Back-to-School Transitioning
Updated: August 26, 2019 - 2:38 am

(Family Features) With shopping that needs to be done and supplies that need to be gathered for busy days ahead, preparing for the back-to-school season can descend into near chaos for many parents. When long school days leave little time for organization and decluttering, any home can quickly become a mess.

4 Qualities of a Pet-Friendly City
Updated: August 26, 2019 - 2:38 am

(Family Features) When pets are present, people and communities thrive. The benefits of pets have long been discussed, but surveys and studies have started to prove their positive impact.

3 Ways Soapstone Enhances Home Design
Updated: August 26, 2019 - 2:38 am

Prepare Your Kids to Head Back to School
Updated: August 26, 2019 - 2:38 am

(Family Features) Whether your child's stance on heading back to school is eager and enthusiastic or falls a bit short of that level of excitement, by working together your family can gear up for a successful school year.

How to Plan for Traveling with Kids
Updated: August 26, 2019 - 2:38 am

(Family Features) Families that travel with kids typically know tablets and other gadgets and activities can make the journey easier, and vacation rentals can make the stay more relaxing and affordable.

The Undiscussed Medical Error
Updated: August 26, 2019 - 2:38 am

7 questions that could save your life

Save Time with a Dream Closet
Updated: August 26, 2019 - 2:38 am

Wednesday 08/14/2019
Stylish Storage for Renters
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:59 am

(Family Features) Just because you rent or live in small quarters doesn’t mean you can’t have ample storage space. It means you just have to be a bit more creative in figuring out where to put things, even when it seems hopeless to get a handle on organization and clutter under control. 

Summer Sweat Sessions
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:59 am

3 tips for surviving workouts in the heat

Ease Kids Back into School with Confidence
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:59 am

(Family Features) There’s nothing like a major milestone in a child’s life to test a parent’s confidence. Big changes like a new school or classroom can be trying for kids and adults alike, but tackling the transition a little at a time can make it easier on everyone.

Back-to-School Bus Safety
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:59 am

(Family Features) Another school year means millions of children across the country are boarding buses at the beginning and end of each day, and it provides an appropriate opportunity for parents, teachers, school administrators and students themselves to practice and enforce safety guidelines in and around the school bus.

Simple Steps for Back-to-School Success
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:59 am

(Family Features) Finding new clothes and gathering pens, pencils, notebooks and other supplies are always part of the back-to-school fun, but there are other needs and wants to consider when another school year rolls around.

Don’t Lose the Luster
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:59 am

(Family Features) Durability is one reason homeowners choose natural stone for their kitchens and bathrooms, but the greatest appeal is often the sheer beauty of the material. Maintaining that luster and shine requires a bit of effort, but the ability to enjoy the unique character of natural stone makes it all worthwhile.

Natural Stone in the Shower
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:59 am

Tuesday 08/13/2019
Press Here for Perfect Cold Brew Coffee at Home
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 2:35 am

(NewsUSA) - Cold brew coffee continues to be a hot trend. Recent market research shows an increase in sales of 580 percent between 2011 and 2016 as coffee drinkers have embraced the smooth flavor of cold brew.

Press Here for Perfect Cold Brew Coffee at Home
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Cold brew coffee continues to be a hot trend. Recent market research shows an increase in sales of 580 percent between 2011 and 2016 as coffee drinkers have embraced the smooth flavor of cold brew.

Thursday 08/08/2019
5 Household Cleaning Hacks Using Essential Oils
Posted: August 08, 2019

(StatePoint) From cleaners and sprays to air fresheners and more, essential oils are making their way into the mainstream as commonplace, common sense household solutions. 

What to Know Before Replacing Home Windows
Posted: August 08, 2019

(StatePoint) As with any home upgrade, a little research can help ensure a top-quality installation with the best materials on the market. Here are the most important factors to consider before purchasing replacement windows:

Wednesday 08/07/2019
Identify Your Ideal Kitchen Design Style
Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) While you may see kitchens in a variety of styles and find them all beautiful in their own way, finding inspiration for your dream kitchen often requires sorting through many different considerations. From transitional to modern and every style in-between, these ideas can help you decide what suits your home while also fitting your personal tastes.

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