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(Family Features) With the extra time many Americans have spent at home over the past few months, there have been plenty of opportunities to think about how that living space could be improved.

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Thursday 09/17/2020
7 Steps to Plan a Remodel
Posted: September 17, 2020

(Family Features) Remodeling your home can be one of the most exciting projects to undertake. Whether you’re thinking about a bathroom update, kitchen overhaul or a new room addition, planning and setting realistic expectations are critical in ensuring your project goes as smoothly as possible.

Finding the Perfect Powersports Adventure for Your Bucket List
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Traditional getaways may seem like a thing of the past due to travel restrictions and safety concerns, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Many people are considering ways to create new experiences, take in landscapes and make memories with friends and family, and are looking for options.

How to Bring More Space into Bathrooms
Posted: September 17, 2020

(Family Features) Today’s designers, architects and builders are creating modern bathrooms that are practical, luxurious, comfortable and accommodating. They know homeowners and homebuyers desire – even demand – these features regardless of the bathroom’s size or layout.

Hot Ideas for Outdoor Living
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

Create the backyard retreat of your dreams

Wednesday 09/16/2020
Ease Into Education
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) If there’s one constant this year, it’s change. With another school year comes even more change, but you can help your family make a smooth transition with some planning and preparation.

Give Your Home a Modern Makeover
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 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.

Creating a Stable Back-to-School Routine for Children
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) If there’s one thing parents know, it’s children thrive on routines. When it seems like everything is changing, routines can create stability.

Saturday 09/12/2020
Home Projects That Don’t Require a Professional
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 2:32 am

(StatePoint) While spending more time at home, you may have noticed the little things that need to be fixed, and small ways you can improve the appearance and functionality of your home. So why not use this time to test your skills with a few DIY projects?

Wednesday 09/09/2020
Get Curious About Your Cat's Health
Updated: September 14, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Adopting and fostering pets continues to trend as people across the nation add furry friends to their families for company during these unprecedented times. However, building a bond is just the first step to pet ownership; curiosity and care for your pet’s health lasts its entire life.

5 Seasonal DIY Home Improvement Projects
Updated: September 14, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) The calendar pages may be turning fast, but it’s not too late to take advantage of late summer warm temperatures and do some work around the house. Now is the time to wrap up home improvement projects before the weather turns too cold.

How to Create Your DIY Dream Closet
Updated: September 14, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Creating the closet of your dreams could be in closer reach than you may think if you're willing to take matters into your own hands. With a little creative inspiration and some basic DIY skills, you may be surprised by the stylish space you can design by yourself.

Find a Grill to Fit Your Style
Updated: September 14, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re ready for a grilling marathon or want an easy way to elevate each meal, there’s an outdoor grill to fit your style. Beyond your eating habits and schedule, understanding the many styles of outdoor grills and the benefits of each is crucial to choosing the right one for you.

Smart, Stylish Designs for Outdoor Kitchens
Updated: September 14, 2020 - 2:30 am

Make Hydration and Heat Safety Workout Musts
Updated: September 14, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Whether this season has your teen athlete in training mode or competing, it’s important to understand the importance of heat safety and staying hydrated. This is especially true when it’s hot and they’re working up a sweat – athletes are at greater risk for dehydration.

Tuesday 09/08/2020
Tips for keeping your home pest-free this fall
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Autumn is a wonderful time of year — leaves show brilliant colors, there’s a refreshing crispness in the air — but, unfortunately, more bugs and rodents are finding their way into your home. As the season changes, insects and other critters are searching for places to hunker down for the cold weather and scoping out new food sources.

Falling into home safety
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - While the crisp autumn air signals the change of seasons, it also brings fire safety risks associated with fall activities, such as getting cozy around a campfire and burning candles. While spending more time at home and cooking more indoors as cooler weather approaches, it is important to be prepared. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

Wednesday 09/02/2020
An easy way to protect your home and family [Video]
Updated: September 04, 2020 - 2:31 am

10 Steps to a Better Backyard
Updated: September 07, 2020 - 2:30 am

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

5 Tricks for a Chore-Free Weekend
Updated: September 07, 2020 - 2:30 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.

Tips to Get the Whole Family Moving at Home
Updated: September 07, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) With many families stuck at home juggling working remotely, homeschooling and trying to keep everyone happy and healthy, it can be easy to let an otherwise active lifestyle fall by the wayside.

Smart Start
Updated: September 07, 2020 - 2:30 am

Savvy tips to kick off a new school year

Snack on Your State's Favorite Bar
Updated: September 07, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) While many people may not be able to travel much this year, they can still get a taste of each state by snacking on their favorite Quest Bar. With 19 flavors, there’s one to feed just about anyone’s cravings without nutritional compromise. Find your state’s favorite flavor based on a survey of 2,000 respondents at

Wednesday 08/26/2020
Back-to-School Support
Updated: August 31, 2020 - 2:32 am

Providing teachers and families tools for in-person and at-home learning

Travel Smart in a COVID-19 World
Updated: August 31, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Many Americans’ summer vacation plans have been delayed or canceled due to safety concerns. However, making time for a mental break is important as individuals attempt to manage ongoing stress related to COVID-19.

Try a New Way to Travel
Updated: August 31, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, families are still finding ways to make the most of unusual schedules to plan a getaway. With more flexible work and school arrangements, many families are embracing the idea of a “flexcation,” an emerging travel trend where families rent vacation homes later in August, September and October, consider staying longer to mix work and play, and often get better value in high-demand locales.

4 Tips for Welcoming a New Dog into Your Home
Updated: August 31, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) As people continue to navigate the world of social distancing, animal shelters across the country have seen an increase in pet adoptions. People are craving connection and companionship, and few things compare to the loyalty of dogs – from their affectionate snuggles on the couch to their wagging tails when you walk through the door.

Thursday 08/20/2020
Stylish projects to personalize your home
Posted: August 20, 2020

(BPT) - Thanks to the pandemic, most Americans are spending way more time at home, which makes it more important than ever that our living spaces reflect who we are as individuals and families. Renovation projects with hardwood are a great way to personalize your home while improving its looks, comfort, and value. “No other material rivals the range of colors, textures, and grain patterns offered by hardwood,” notes Linda Jovanovich, of the American Hardwood Information Center. “That variety allows homeowners to make any upgrade — large or small — unique so that the style and character of a room matches that of its occupants perfectly.” Here are some examples of hardwood being used to create highly individualized spaces.

Wednesday 08/19/2020
3 Tips to Support Your Pet's Immune System
Updated: August 24, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Up to 70% of a pet’s immune system is contained within his or her digestive system.

Save Your Way to Lower Home Insurance
Updated: August 24, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) If your homeowner insurance rates are creeping up even though you haven’t filed any claims, it may be time to take a look at how you can bring those prices back down.

Bold and Blended
Updated: August 24, 2020 - 2:31 am

Upgrade your home without a full renovation

Demystifying Composite Decking
Updated: August 24, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) First introduced in the late 1980s, composite decking quickly gained acceptance among builders and homeowners who recognized and appreciated being able to achieve a natural wood look without the ongoing hassles of upkeep. While most people today understand the main benefits of composite decking – durability and minimal maintenance – the material itself is still new enough to raise questions, confusion and some skepticism among homeowners who grew up with wood decks.

Back to the Nest
Updated: August 24, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) For the first time since 1880, more young people are living with their parents than any other living arrangement. A recent report from the Pew Research Center showed the number of 18- to 34-year-olds living at home is higher than the number of young adults who are married or cohabiting in their own home.

High-End Home Upgrades
Updated: August 24, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) For most people, the home is their family’s most significant asset. Upgrading is a smart approach to protecting and growing the value of that investment.

Make Your House a Home
Updated: August 24, 2020 - 2:31 am

Tips for adding personality to your leased living space

Tuesday 08/18/2020
3 Tips for a Safe Roof Repair or Replacement
Posted: August 18, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Defending against the elements, a home's roof helps protect against water infiltration that could threaten structural integrity and lead to mold or indoor air-quality issues. Timely roof repair or replacement is essential to protecting the home and its occupants. The following tips can help homeowners safely repair or replace a damaged roof:

Wednesday 08/12/2020
Emotionally Preparing Your Children for Back-to-School Season
Updated: August 17, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Between sheltering-in-place, online learning and time away from friends, many children will need a little extra support as they head back to school this fall.

How You Can Help Fight Lyme Disease
Updated: August 17, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Summer means it’s time to check for ticks, especially if you have recently spent time outdoors, taking part in activities such as hiking, camping, gardening, dog-walking or more.

Strengthen Mental Health by Embracing Culture
Updated: August 17, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) One in five U.S. adults experience mental illness each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and adult African Americans are 20% more likely to experience mental health issues compared to the general population.

Fire Safety for Furry Family Members
Updated: August 17, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) If you have a fire escape plan in place for your home, you’re steps ahead of many Americans. According to the National Fire Protection Association, only 30% of American households have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. It’s important for families to stay ahead of the curve and be prepared in the event of a fire.

Advances in Treating Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Updated: August 17, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Despite progress in treating lung cancer, it is the leading cause of cancer deaths and impacts communities across the United States. The most common form of lung cancer is non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). NSCLC is a complex disease that can be challenging to treat, which may feel overwhelming and unsettling for people facing the disease.

Thursday 08/06/2020
5 Home Improvements You Can Make to Keep Pests at Bay
Posted: August 06, 2020

(StatePoint) What might seem like one little pest sighting can be a much more extensive invasion than you realize. For starters, a single roach can lay up to 50 eggs at one time!

What to Know About Selecting Materials for Your Home Exterior
Posted: August 06, 2020

(StatePoint) Whether you’re building a new home or making exterior updates, there are many decisions you’ll have to make. Perhaps topping the list in importance is what materials you select for your roofing and siding. Not only do your selections impact your home’s curb appeal, but some choices have the potential to save you money and help increase your family’s safety.

Wednesday 08/05/2020
On-Trend Kitchen and Bath Upgrades
Updated: August 10, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Kitchens and bathrooms remain among the top picks for homeowners looking to upgrade because their functional contributions to the household can’t be overstated and they typically provide high return on investment.

5 Time-Saving Laundry Tips
Updated: August 10, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Between sorting, washing, pouring, transferring, drying and folding, laundry can often feel like a daunting chore.

Identifying Your Kitchen Style
Updated: August 10, 2020 - 2:32 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.

Factor Pets into Fire Safety Planning
Updated: August 10, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Pets are not just animals, they’re members of the family. While four-legged friends bring joy, it’s important to protect them in the event of a home emergency.

5 Tips for Creating a Low-Maintenance Home
Updated: August 10, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Because most people are spending more time at home than usual, ensuring your living spaces are clean and uncluttered can make being home more comfortable and enjoyable. However, not everyone has the time, or desire, to devote to constant maintenance.

5 Ways to Add Luxury to Your Laundry Room
Updated: August 10, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Updating your laundry room with a distinctive design and increased functionality can be one of the most exciting ways to refresh your home. Chic decor and elements of personal style can transform a dull, tired space into a luxurious retreat you may find yourself sneaking off to. Use these five tips to breathe new life into a room that is often forgotten.

Thursday 07/30/2020
Got a weekend? Add a weathered stone fireplace or grill station to your yard
Posted: July 30, 2020

(BPT) - The coronavirus continues to keep people at a distance, which is why many are turning to outdoor entertaining as a safer option to get together. Being outside lets people enjoy food and each other’s company, all while maintaining a social distance. That’s why homeowners are feeling the inspiration to update their outdoor living spaces.

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