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How to Create a More Functional Laundry Room

(Family Features) A laundry room may be one of the spaces that you use the most, but cramped quarters and clutter can hinder your productivity. Eliminate the excuses and get your laundry room under control with these tips to add function to your washing routine.

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Wednesday 01/13/2021
4 Tips for a Productive 2021
Updated: January 14, 2021 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) This year has taught many workers a thing or two about being productive when offices and homes blend into one.

How to Bring More Space into Bathrooms
Updated: January 14, 2021 - 2:31 am

(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.

8 Tips for Safely Operating Battery-Powered Tools
Updated: January 14, 2021 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Battery-powered power tools make it convenient and efficient to tackle chores around the house and job site. While batteries eliminate the risks associated with electricity, they come with their own requirements for safe use and handling.

Energy-Efficient Ideas to Upgrade Your Home
Updated: January 14, 2021 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Energy bills are likely among the largest expenses for homeowners, but you can take action to lower those costs. During a remodel, a certified contractor can help you make smart decisions when it comes to selecting appliances, windows and insulation for your projects.

Colorful Kitchen Inspiration: 5 impactful, on-trend cabinet stylings
Updated: January 14, 2021 - 2:31 am

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5 Tips to Refresh Your Home in the New Year
Updated: January 14, 2021 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Each new year gives you the chance to reset and start new routines. When you’re considering new approaches to healthy living – whether eliminating or adding habits to improve your daily life – beginning with your home is an optimal choice.

Thursday 01/07/2021
Discover Nature-Inspired Paint Trends for a Calming Home
Updated: January 14, 2021 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When it comes to home design, color can change everything. From understated, clean hues and calming neutrals to soft greens and mid-tone colors with artistic qualities, a whole new style is just brush strokes away. With the right color palette, you can transform your space to highlight contemporary trends while creating your desired ambiance.

Wednesday 01/06/2021
5 Ways to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly
Updated: January 11, 2021 - 2:35 am

(Family Features) An earth-friendly approach to your home isn't just good for the environment. Making minor adjustments with sustainability in mind can enhance your enjoyment and comfort while reducing expenses related to energy consumption.

Ready for Winter Weather
Updated: January 11, 2021 - 2:35 am

Tips to keep your family safe and warm

Thursday 12/31/2020
How to Create Your DIY Dream Closet
Updated: January 05, 2021 - 2:32 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.

5 Winter Home Safety Tips
Updated: January 06, 2021 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) When you see frost on the windows in the morning, feel the crunch of leaves underfoot and hear the roar of fire in the fireplace, old man winter has returned.

Wednesday 12/30/2020
Commit to Getting the Care You Need as You Age
Updated: January 04, 2021 - 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.

Seniors: Get Your Flu Shot - It's Important!
Updated: January 04, 2021 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Getting vaccinated for the flu is more important than ever. Not only will a flu shot help keep you and your family healthy, it can help reduce the strain on the healthcare system and keep hospital beds and other medical resources available for people with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Overcoming the Mask
Updated: January 04, 2021 - 2:34 am

Tips for communicating through COVID-19

3 Expert Winter Skin Care Tips
Updated: January 04, 2021 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) As temperatures drop, winter weather can wreak havoc on your skin – leaving it dry, itchy or even irritated. Blustery outdoor conditions can leave skin feeling thirsty while the warm air blowing indoors can decrease moisture in the air – and your skin.

Wednesday 12/23/2020
5 Ways to Design with Authentic Materials
Updated: December 28, 2020 - 2:38 am

(Family Features) Creating a welcoming and relaxing space may be easier than you expect when you give natural materials a leading role in your design. Elements like natural stone, wood, fiber, metals and even plant life can allow you to express a sense of unique personal style that is broadly appealing.

5 Things to Keep in Mind When Selecting Your 2021 Health Plan
Updated: December 28, 2020 - 2:38 am

(Family Features) Premiums are often the biggest consideration when choosing your health plan during open enrollment each year. However, paying close attention to what different plans include can make a major difference in the scope of services and types of care available to you as well as what your out-of-pocket costs are.

Navigating the NICU
Updated: December 28, 2020 - 2:38 am

What to expect when your newborn needs special care

Get Organized for an Envy-Worthy Garage
Updated: December 28, 2020 - 2:38 am

(Family Features) A garage may not be the focal point of your home, but it likely plays a significant role in your family’s everyday life. Keeping the garage tidy can help you get the most out of the space, no matter how you use it.

Wednesday 12/16/2020
An Easy Way to Make Your Holiday Healthier
Updated: December 21, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Planning your holiday menu? Dried cranberries are an ingredient found in many classic holiday recipes, but what you may not know is that they are packed with added sugars. Raisins, on the other hand, are naturally sweet with 0 grams of added sugars, making them a healthy alternative that can help enhance the flavor and nutrition of your favorite holiday recipes.

Creative, Colorful Christmas Ideas for Kids
Updated: December 21, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Picking out the perfect presents for kids this holiday doesn’t limit your search to simply including gifts with screens or the hottest tech gadgets.

4 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays with Your Pets
Updated: December 21, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The holiday season may look different this year, as many around the world won’t be able to travel to be with friends and family in person. While some traditions may be put on hold, you can still create new ones with the loved ones around you, including your pets.

Boost Your Spirits Through the Holidays and Beyond
Updated: December 21, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Stress and anxiety are all too familiar to many Americans, this year especially, and the added pressure of the holiday season may provide a new set of challenges. Practicing self-care and nurturing your mental health can help you navigate these potentially isolating times, especially if you’re tackling this season single.

Smart Holiday Gift Ideas
Updated: December 21, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Many of the season’s most popular gift ideas can generally be classified as “tech.” From smartphones and gaming systems to digital photo frames and smart home devices, tech junkies and technophobes alike can delight in the options available to help enhance daily routines and make tasks easier.

Self-Care Strategies to Help Stay Healthy This Holiday Season
Updated: December 21, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With the COVID-19 pandemic added to the typical cold and flu season, many Americans are wondering what they can do to protect themselves and others this holiday season and how to respond if they get sick.

4 Ways Life with Pets Evolved During the Pandemic
Updated: December 21, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With more time spent at home, pet owners are seeing their daily routines upended. Many who once relied on dog-walkers and smart devices to keep up with their pets during their time at work are now spending quality time with their pets all day long.

Wednesday 12/09/2020
Age with Style and Grace
Updated: December 14, 2020 - 2:34 am

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Give the Gift of Practicality
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Holiday presents loved ones can put to work

Get Ready to Gift
Updated: December 14, 2020 - 2:34 am

Holiday presents for every person (and pet) on your holiday list

4 Ways to Include Your Furry Friends in Holiday Festivities
Updated: December 14, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) The holidays are a time when many come together to celebrate loved ones, practice family traditions, express gratitude and share gifts. This year, many have leaned on close friends and family for support and relied on the companionship of their furry family members as well.

Reasons for New Hope in Lung Cancer
Updated: December 14, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Lung cancer is the second most common form of cancer diagnosed in both men and women. Among the different forms of the disease, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common, comprising 84% of all lung cancer cases, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology. NSCLC is most often diagnosed in the advanced stage when it can be difficult to treat.

Shop Small and Give Back This Holiday Season
Updated: December 14, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) This year has been tough for many. Despite the challenges, acts of compassion and generosity can bring together the global community. With this holiday season different than those before, it is important to remember the world’s shared humanity and help make the season brighter. 

Wednesday 12/02/2020
What to Look for in an Infant Day Care
Updated: December 07, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) It can be challenging to raise a baby even in the best of times, but many parents need additional support for the education and care of their young children amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, both parents work in nearly two-thirds of families with children. The number of working single parents is even higher.

Help Others During the Holidays
Updated: December 07, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Giving during the holiday season can mean more than gifts. It’s the time of year when giving back to your community can make an even bigger impact – especially this year when so many need a helping hand.

Autumn Additions
Updated: December 07, 2020 - 2:33 am

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Sensible Solutions for Holiday Gifting
Updated: December 07, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Practically every year there’s at least one person on your holiday gift list that seems to have it all. One way to think outside the box is to sift through wants and needs to find something that can truly be put to use on an almost daily basis.

5 Tips for Your Next Snowmobile Adventure
Updated: December 07, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) As travel restrictions and popular trends like staycations have changed the way many people escape from their day-to-day lives, rediscovering classic, outdoor winter activities like snowmobiling can provide a simple way to spend time with loved ones.

Quick Ways to Freshen Up Your Home for Fall
Updated: December 07, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) As fall weather sets in, many homeowners take advantage of cooler days to spruce up their living spaces since they’re confined indoors. However, fitting all that work into a busy season filled with school, sports and other family demands isn’t always easy.

5 Tips to Get Your Home Winter-Ready
Updated: December 07, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) As the days get shorter and the weather turns chilly, it's time to prepare your home for the winter months ahead. Because your home will likely require extra maintenance to keep it in shape throughout the winter, beginning preparations early can help lower energy bills, increase the efficiency and lifespan of your home's components and make your property safer overall.

Wednesday 11/25/2020
Winter Weather Emergency Preparedness
Updated: November 30, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) As temperatures drop, the risk of severe winter weather conditions and sudden power outages rise. Preparing your family ahead of time can help minimize the impact of a power loss.

5 Pro Tips to Prep Homes for Winter
Updated: November 30, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Before blustery winter days arrive, there are plenty of home improvement projects contractors can tackle for homeowners. Many cooler weather projects focus on cost efficiency and sustainability, making the improvements all around smart investments.

Make the Most of Holiday Gatherings This Year
Updated: November 30, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) The holiday season may look different this year, but family, friends, gratitude and good food never go out of style. This year, you can make the most of your intimate holiday gatherings with new traditions, cooking shortcuts and creative ways to keep friends and family close, no matter how far apart you are. For more information and ideas to spice up your holiday meal this season, visit

Skip the Holi-daze
Updated: November 30, 2020 - 2:33 am

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Properly Powered
Updated: November 30, 2020 - 2:33 am

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Stocking Stuffers for Everyone on Your List
Updated: November 30, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Before you can hang the stockings by the chimney with care, you have to figure out how you’re going to stuff them. Nearly every family has a different approach, but practical presents that match the personality of the recipient is almost always a winning strategy for filling out your loved ones’ stockings.

Wednesday 11/18/2020
Help Families Struggling this Christmas Due to COVID-19
Updated: November 23, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Nearly half of low-income Americans reported that they or someone in their household experienced some type of income loss during the pandemic, according to information published by Pew Research Center. Because more people are facing hardship this year due to the impacts of COVID-19, more families in your community will likely be in need of assistance this holiday season and into 2021.

Safe Winter Driving: 4 tire tips for cold weather
Updated: November 23, 2020 - 2:31 am

4 tire tips for cold weather

Make Quality Time Thanksgiving's Secret Ingredient
Updated: November 23, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Perhaps more than usual, the centerpiece this Thanksgiving won’t be the turkey, the stuffing or even family-famous recipes for sweet potato casserole or pumpkin pie. Instead, when gathering around a table with loved ones, the precious moments of togetherness will be what many families treasure most.

4 Tire Tips for Safe Winter Driving
Updated: November 23, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Even the most experienced drivers can encounter challenges when driving on slick roads caused by ice and snow or dealing with the impact of colder temperatures during the winter months. In fact, inclement weather and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes each winter, according to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

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