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Tips to Enhance Your Backyard With Water Features

(StatePoint) Enhancing your backyard? Experts say that the sights and sounds of water features make them one of the most impactful additions to consider.

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Wednesday 08/05/2020
On-Trend Kitchen and Bath Upgrades
Updated: August 06, 2020 - 2:31 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 06, 2020 - 2:31 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 06, 2020 - 2:31 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 06, 2020 - 2:31 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 06, 2020 - 2:31 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 06, 2020 - 2:31 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.

Make Your House a Home
Updated: August 06, 2020 - 2:31 am

Tips for adding personality to your leased living space

Wednesday 07/29/2020
Safe Grilling Tips for a Sizzling Summer
Updated: August 03, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) When temperatures soar this summer, many American families may be seeking a break from the monotony of their everyday routines. To make the most of the extra time at home, firing up the grill can be a simple solution for relatively quick food preparation that also allows for spending time with loved ones in the comfort of your own backyard.

Create a Family-Friendly 'Staycation'
Updated: August 03, 2020 - 2:34 am

5 ways to fill your home with happiness

Starting a Home Remodeling Project
Updated: August 03, 2020 - 2:34 am

7 tips for choosing a qualified contractor

Creating a Spa Oasis
Updated: August 03, 2020 - 2:34 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.

Saturday 07/25/2020
Cross-Bore: What Every Homeowner Should Know
Posted: July 25, 2020

(StatePoint) In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, learning about cross-bore is important, as certain lifestyle changes you may have made over the past few months could turn an existing cross-bore condition into a potentially dangerous situation. Fortunately, unlike many items on your list of concerns these days, cross-bore is something that you can do something about besides just worry.

Wednesday 07/22/2020
The Graves' Disease Community Should Focus on Eye Health
Updated: July 27, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) People living with Graves’ disease have a lot to focus on. The disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes an overproduction of the thyroid hormone, causes a variety of troublesome symptoms, many of which can happen with other diseases, leading to misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. Some common symptoms include anxiety, tremors, heat sensitivity, weight loss, hair loss, change in menstrual cycle and irregular heartbeat.

4 Ways to Help Transition Pets to Post-Quarantine Routines
Updated: July 27, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) As states ease COVID-19 restrictions and people get out of the house to return to work, pets around the country may see their daily routines of hanging out with everyone come to an end.

Friday 07/17/2020
Protect yourself from heat-related illnesses during home DIY projects
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Quarantine and social distancing means spending more time at home. This has inspired renewed interest in home improvement and DIY projects. While warm-weather months are ideal for many projects, it also can bring high temperatures and dangerous heat. To avoid heat-related illness and injury, it is important to take precautions to stay safe.

Wednesday 07/15/2020
Productive Paint Projects
Updated: July 20, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With many homeowners seeking to renovate or reshape the look of their homes, one common project stands above many others: painting.

Practical Home Upgrades to Improve Function and Ambiance
Updated: July 20, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Homeowners tackling interior upgrades often focus their attention on two of the most-used rooms the in the house: the kitchen and bathroom. Tailoring these rooms to your personal preferences may enhance your enjoyment of the space, but most experts recommend thinking long term for the biggest return on your investment.

4 Tips for Working from Home with Your Pet
Updated: July 20, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) One of the perks of working from home is more time with your pets. While it can be exciting to have your furry friends by your side all day, it’s important to know how to make the day as productive and pleasant as possible for you and your pet. Mindfully incorporating your pet and his needs into your routine can allow for an efficient and successful workday with your four-legged coworker.

5 Ways Youth Can Connect Food Choices to a Healthier Planet
Updated: July 20, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Although many young people care deeply about global issues like food and the environment, they don’t necessarily see these matters as connected. By learning more about the source of their food and the benefits of making nutritious choices, eating appropriate portions and minimizing food waste, youth can better understand the positive impact on their own and the planet’s health.

Add Natural Light to Any Room
Updated: July 20, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Increasing the amount of natural light that enters your home can help make spaces feel larger and more inviting. An option like Sun Tunnel Skylights from Velux are a cost-effective, healthy way to transform nearly any room by funneling natural light from the roof through the attic to the area below.

4 Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet
Updated: July 20, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Across the country, people are fostering and adopting furry friends more, with the number of animals in foster homes 43% higher than it was in 2019, according to 24PetWatch. With this uptick in fostering, potential pet owners are determining if they are ready and able to care for a pet permanently, and shelters are bracing for a time when these pets may be returned once people go back to work.

Tuesday 07/14/2020
Create an outdoor getaway in your own backyard
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - We all need a place to retreat, relax and detach from stress and anxiety.

Wednesday 07/08/2020
Expert tips to maximize your victory garden
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

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Keep Safe with Home Upgrades This Summer
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Extra time around the house this summer may be welcome for avid DIYers. With lists of upgrades and renovations to tackle, homeowners can rely on portable generators to power tools such as drills, circular saws and more when working outside.

Big Results on a Little Budget
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 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.

Shop Your Way to an Organized Closet
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:32 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.

4 Tips for Planning a Summer Family Vacation
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) As stay-at-home orders ease, many families are eager to get out of the house and hit the road for a summer trip. However, vacation will most likely look different this year as families looking to get away may stay closer to home and take extra precautions.

Smart Summer Skin Care
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:32 am

Get back to basics with warm weather skin care tips

Wednesday 07/01/2020
4 Creative Ways to Drive Website Traffic
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Consistent website traffic is an essential building block for a successful online business. While paid ads and search engine optimization are valuable strategies, there are some lesser known, but equally effective, ways to attract potential customers to your website or funnel.

The Business of Reading
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 2:32 am

5 impactful books for building your small business

Top Ways to Reach Your Target Market
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) An amazing product, a phenomenal business model and a great team may put you on the right path, but ultimately, they mean little to your chances for success as a business owner if you don’t get in front of your target market.

Engage Virtually
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 2:32 am

Tips for keeping older adults connected

Market Your Business for Long-Term Success
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Rapid growth and long-term success are the dreams virtually every entrepreneur pursues. The fire pushes you to ascend to the mountaintop quickly and stay there as long as possible.

Smart Advice to Build Your Own Business
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) With many tools and resources available, it is easy for entrepreneurs to build successful businesses. The United States has somewhere around 27 million entrepreneurs, and 69% of them started their businesses at home, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report from researchers at Babson College and Baruch College. 

8 Tips for Safely Operating Battery-Powered Tools
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 2:32 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.

Tuesday 06/30/2020
Staying home? 5 tips for creating a comforting outdoor retreat
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

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Thursday 06/25/2020
How to pour a slab to build a shed for top ROI and expanded living space
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

Wednesday 06/24/2020
Home Safe Home
Updated: June 29, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Some home upgrades are aesthetic, and some are for function. These ideas, all with better home safety in mind, show there’s no reason you can’t have both.

Ultimate Upgrades
Updated: June 29, 2020 - 2:31 am

Practical tips to improve your home’s function and ambiance

Managing Your Emotions
Updated: June 29, 2020 - 2:31 am

How to navigate a crisis and come out stronger

Upgrade Your Home, Downgrade Energy Usage
Updated: June 29, 2020 - 2:31 am

7 efficient home improvement projects

7 Tips for Summer Gardening Success
Updated: June 29, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When temperatures peak and the summer sun shines for long hours throughout the day, it can put a burden on your garden and the plants growing in it. Some steps may be easier to take than others, but there are ways to keep your greenery thriving even in relentlessly scorching heat.

Thursday 06/18/2020
Sustainable Home Upgrades for Better Health
Updated: June 24, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) When you’re on a quest to create a home environment that promotes wellness, it can be difficult to know where to begin. One easy solution is to look for small changes that improve your personal well-being while also promoting a better environment overall.

Wednesday 06/17/2020
Go Ahead, Make His Day
Updated: June 22, 2020 - 2:30 am

Dad-approved gifts for Father’s Day

5 Tips to Build Resilience in School-Aged Children
Updated: June 22, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Resilience – the capacity to prepare for, adapt to and grow through disruption, trauma and loss – is a skill many parents want for their children. However, there is more to it than “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps” or persevering through hardships.

7 Tips to Save Money and Have Fun Shopping Online
Updated: June 22, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Online shopping allows you the ease of getting items delivered directly to your door. Not only is online shopping convenient, but it also allows you to discover sites that help you save money while shopping.

6 Reasons to Pick Up Some Pistachios
Updated: June 22, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Flavorful and fun, pistachios are a convenient source of protein you can enjoy on the go or in meals. In addition, research shows pistachios have even more health benefits.

Thursday 06/11/2020
Smart tips for easy summer lawn care
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The sun is shining and temperatures are rising across the country, signaling that summer is in full swing. Summer can present some unique challenges for lawn care, but with the right strategies and a few useful tools, you'll save time and have the best yard on the block.

Wednesday 06/10/2020
Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Space
Updated: June 15, 2020 - 2:31 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.

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