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Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Space

(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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Thursday 05/28/2020
Weather the Storm
Updated: June 01, 2020 - 2:31 am

Prepare early for power outages and other storm impacts

4 Steps for DIY Paint Project Success
Updated: June 01, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Painting is one of the easiest and most impactful DIY projects for homeowners to quickly update their homes. Whether it’s a new look in a master bathroom, adding a pop of color to the guest room, finishing off a basement remodel or anything in-between, a fresh coat of paint provides a fresh spin that’s all your own.

Small-Scale Home Upgrades with a Big Impact
Updated: June 01, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When it comes to remodeling, there are dozens of ways to improve your home’s overall value and appeal without breaking the bank. Opt for projects that are manageable in scale, affordable and deliver benefits in multiple ways, such as aesthetics and energy efficiency.

6 Steps to Up Your Home's Curb Appeal
Posted: May 28, 2020

(Family Features) For good or bad, first impressions count. Whether you’re keeping up with the Joneses or capturing attention from would-be buyers, give your home’s curb appeal a boost with these easy steps.

Find Inspiration in Award-Winning Home Design
Updated: June 01, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Award-winning renovation projects aren’t just a way to identify top-notch contractors, they’re a chance for homeowners to gather ideas and learn from other home improvement success stories.

Wednesday 05/27/2020
A Nutritious, Appetizing Addition
Updated: June 01, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) One of the simplest ways to make meals tastier and more nutritious: just add mushrooms. You can multiply the flavor and nutrients like vitamin D and selenium by adding them to tacos, pasta, burgers and more. Find recipes and cooking tips at

The Pill Turns Sweet 60
Updated: June 01, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Celebrating groundbreaking moments from six decades of the birth control pill empowering women to prevent pregnancy on their own terms.

Get Ready to Roll Safely Into Summer
Updated: June 01, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) During the summer months, personal vehicles tend to cover a lot of ground between travel and daily commutes.

Wednesday 05/20/2020
Home Improvements with High ROI
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) If the ultimate goal of your home improvement project is aesthetic, the greatest benefit may come from your personal enjoyment of the new space. However, if you’re looking to add true value to your home, it’s important to consider which projects are likely to bring the greatest return on your investment.

Essential Pantry Staples to Have on Hand
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Keeping a well-stocked pantry ensures you can pull together a quality meal on a moment's notice or when unexpected circumstances keep you from making it to the store. In many homes, the pantry is filled with mismatched odds and ends that may not fit together, but you can shop smart to gather basic ingredients you need for a wide range of recipes.

5 Tips for Bringing a New Pet Home
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Bringing a pet home for the first time – even if you already have other pets – can be an exciting moment. However, it's important to involve the whole family in discussing whether your family will foster or adopt, and what each family member's responsibilities with the new pet will be. It also takes preparation and patience to ensure a smooth transition.

5 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Decking Contractor
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) When it comes to tackling a backyard makeover, there is no time like the present to start planning. Unless you're planning to build your own deck, one of the first items on your "to-do" list should be hiring a contractor.

Kids Can Save Lives by Getting Active at Home
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) As millions of people across the globe social distance and self-quarantine to help prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus, kids and families can help save lives by getting active at home.

8 Tips for Older Adults Isolating at Home or in Assisted Living Facilities
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) For many seniors, being home alone during the COVID-19 pandemic means being lonely. 

Tuesday 05/19/2020
Back to the barbecue with fun new grilling tips
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Warmer weather is here, so it’s time to get back to the barbecue! This year will be a little different, though. Because of social distancing, you may not be able to throw large cookouts — you may just be grilling for your family. While everyone can’t grill together, with over two-thirds of Americans owning a grill or smoker, and more than half of them grilling on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, you can all be together in spirit.

Wednesday 05/13/2020
Clever Kitchen Upgrades
Updated: May 18, 2020 - 2:33 am

Fresh colors and textures for a functional kitchen style

5 Tips for Better Home Safety this Spring
Updated: May 18, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) As people become more active during the warmer months, keeping home safety top of mind can sometimes go by the wayside. However, when it comes to fire and carbon monoxide safety, you can never be too prepared.

Secrets for a Well-Maintained Lawn
Updated: May 18, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Growing a healthy, appealing lawn isn’t about doing one thing right; it’s about doing a combination of things right. Different aspects of lawn maintenance, whether it’s watering, fertilizing or mowing, are interrelated. If you complete one task incorrectly – or skip it entirely – you may increase problems with insects, diseases and weeds.

Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Space
Updated: May 18, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Home improvement projects aren't limited to indoors. In fact, not only can upgrades to areas outside the house expand your livable space, they can also increase your home's value.

Less Fuel, More Power
Updated: May 18, 2020 - 2:33 am

3 lawn care technologies that provide strength, sustainability

Thursday 05/07/2020
Top Tips to Mow Like a Pro
Posted: May 07, 2020

(StatePoint) If you’re a homeowner who already has a nice lawn but you are looking to take its appearance to the next level, striping is a quick and easy way to do it, according to experts.

Wednesday 05/06/2020
Give Your Space a Spring Refresh
Updated: May 11, 2020 - 2:31 am

Start with upgrades to your home’s design features

Thursday 04/30/2020
Choosing the best battery-powered tools for spring yard projects
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - This season, many people are looking forward to a popular pastime they can fully enjoy without ever leaving their property — namely, gardening and yardwork.

Wednesday 04/29/2020
4 Ways to Help Nurses During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Updated: May 04, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) America's nurses are on the front lines of the fight against coronavirus, providing safe, quality, compassionate and nondiscriminatory care to those they serve, many of whom are doing so at significant risk to their own well-being.

Unleash Your Inner Home Chef
Updated: May 04, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) With many Americans staying home, the pressure is on to maintain fun and variety in the kitchen, so family meals don’t get boring. However, cranking out three meals a day can be a burden.

Thursday 04/23/2020
High-End Home Upgrades
Updated: April 29, 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.

Wednesday 04/22/2020
How to Find the Right Mower for You
Updated: April 27, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or looking for an upgrade, deciding what lawn mower to purchase deserves careful consideration. Similar to day-to-day life, new technology over the last five years, specifically in the gas mower industry, is making it easier to maintain your lawn.

Wednesday 04/15/2020
How You Can Help Protect Wild Birds in Your Yard
Posted: April 15, 2020

(StatePoint) You may not think about it often, but wild birds use your lawn as a rest stop and place to call home. As you spruce up your lawn and garden for the season, there are simple steps you can take to protect them and help them thrive.

Keep Clutter at Bay
Updated: April 20, 2020 - 2:32 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.

Seasonal Home Supplies for Spring
Updated: April 20, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Between spring cleaning and spending additional time outdoors (or both), the spring season can bring a lot of changes to your home. From insect prevention to rethinking home organization and adding style to your favorite spaces, it’s an opportunity to reimagine your living areas while planning ahead for potential problems.

Free Family Entertainment from Home
Updated: April 20, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) As people from coast to coast hunker down at home, some with children, taking a mental break from a new and unfamiliar lifestyle with the world of entertainment can be a way to relax and disconnect.

Easy Ways to Improve Your Home’s Health
Updated: April 20, 2020 - 2:32 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.

Thursday 04/09/2020
Soak up some sunshine to fight cabin fever
Updated: April 10, 2020 - 2:32 am

Top Tips to Plant, Grow and Care for a Container Garden
Posted: April 09, 2020

(StatePoint) Container gardens are a viable and popular cultivation option, especially for those who have limited sun-exposed spaces or are looking to start small and learn the basics of gardening.

Wednesday 04/08/2020
A Spring Cleaning To-Do List
Updated: April 13, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Spring cleaning often lands in a perfect spot on the calendar to serve as an annual reminder of your regular home maintenance to-do list such as changing HVAC and appliance filters, checking smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and cleaning exterior appliance venting. Keep this checklist from Kidde in mind this spring and find more spring safety information at

Friday 04/03/2020
Do's and Don'ts of Outdoor Fuel Use
Posted: April 03, 2020

(StatePoint) With stay-at-home measures in place, you may find yourself with extra time for getting a jumpstart on outdoor seasonal chores.

Wednesday 04/01/2020
Prepare Your Home for Storm Season
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Protecting your personal safety is the first priority when severe weather emerges with homes and personal property often running a close second. After all, the home is not only a place for comfort and sanctuary – it could be your single largest investment.

7 Steps to Prepare for a Home Remodel
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) A homeowner’s motivation for taking on a remodeling project can vary greatly, but there’s one universal rule of thumb: home upgrades should add value, function or both. This step-by-step guide can help ensure you get the maximum return on your investment and make the most of your remodel.

Wednesday 03/18/2020
Color Your Kitchen
Updated: March 23, 2020 - 2:31 am

(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.

Tuesday 03/17/2020
How to Extend Your Living Area to Outdoor Spaces
Posted: March 17, 2020

(StatePoint) When warmer weather arrives, it’s all about spending time in your home’s outdoor spaces. Here are a few new ideas for transforming your porch, deck or yard into an oasis of relaxation.

Thursday 03/12/2020
5 Tips for Traveling by Air with Children
Updated: March 19, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Spring, for some families, means packing bags and heading to the airport for a getaway. However, flying with young children can be stressful.

Wednesday 03/11/2020
5 Steps to Help Prevent Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Updated: March 16, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, potentially deadly gas that can be produced by fuel-burning appliances. Stoves, fireplaces, furnaces and many other types of home appliances and cooking devices are potential sources.

Home Decor 101
Updated: March 16, 2020 - 2:30 am

Decorating with bold colors

7 Ideas to Improve Curb Appeal
Updated: March 16, 2020 - 2:30 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.

5 Steps to Incorporate Universal Design
Updated: March 16, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) As more homeowners opt to remodel their current homes for accessibility and safety, those concerns are taken into consideration especially for kitchens or bathrooms.

Energy-Efficient Ideas to Upgrade Your Home
Updated: March 16, 2020 - 2:30 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.

Monday 03/09/2020
Proper Pruning is All About the Right Tools
Posted: March 09, 2020

(StatePoint) If you are like most homeowners, you need to prune trees, shrubs, bushes and other plants in your yard from time to time. But do you know which tool is best suited for each particular job? Experts say that choosing tools wisely is key to maximizing beauty, and minimizing damage to plants.

Safe Fuel Containers -- Your Link to Seasonal Chores
Posted: March 09, 2020

(StatePoint) People are heading outdoors to prep lawns and gardens for the season and get their families ready for warmer weather. What’s the key common denominator for most of these activities?

Wednesday 03/04/2020
7 ways to boost your home’s curb appeal
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Whether you’re looking to sell your home soon or you just want to boost your investment, improving your home’s curb appeal is the best way to increase its value. Another upside of working on your property? The enjoyment and sense of pride after you complete each project.

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