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Wednesday 10/21/2020
Financial Tips to Help Prepare for the Unexpected
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Over the past year, most people have noticed how truly unpredictable life can be. While it’s impossible to predict what the next few months have in store, practicing a few fundamental financial skills can help you and your family prepare for whatever comes next.

4 Tips to Celebrate Halloween with Your Pet
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Halloween is going to look different this year for many, and you might be looking for costume inspiration for you and your furry quarantine companion along with ways to celebrate virtually at home. You don’t have to have a black cat or werewolf to celebrate the spooky holiday or get in on the festive fun – there are many ways you can include your pet in your haunted (virtual) activities.

Energy Savers that Make Cents'
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) A home that operates efficiently isn’t just better for the environment. Ensuring your home systems are as efficient as possible can also help reduce the financial burden of maintaining your home throughout the year.

Bring New Life to Your Kitchen with Color
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Just as filling your plate with colorful foods is typically good for your body, filling your kitchen with color can be good for the soul. In fact, color is an important element in interior design not only for its aesthetic value, but also because it can shape perceptions and emotions.

Colorful Kitchen Inspiration: 5 impactful, on-trend cabinet stylings
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

5 impactful, on-trend cabinet stylings

Wednesday 10/14/2020
4 Ways to Help Your New Cat Adapt to Your Home
Updated: October 19, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Welcoming a new cat can be an exciting time in your household. Between the affectionate purrs, playtimes and cuddles, a cat can add a lot of personality, fun and special memories to a family. Don’t be a scaredy-cat because with some preparation and patience, you and your new feline friend can set up a successful transition in no time.

An Outside-the-Box, DIY Halloween Costume Combination
Updated: October 19, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Even though Halloween may look a little different this year for many families, there are still ways to make the most of popular seasonal traditions, like costumes, spooky decor and festive treats.

The Heart Can't Wait: What to know about AFib and COVID-19
Updated: October 19, 2020 - 2:33 am

What to know about AFib and COVID-19

Commit to Getting the Care You Need as You Age
Updated: October 19, 2020 - 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.

Safety Steps for Spooky Fun
Updated: October 19, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Traditional family activities like trick-or-treating create fun moments and memories, but the effects of COVID-19 on this Halloween will bring about change for the spooky excitement.

4 Tips for Keeping Your Pet's Coat Healthy
Updated: October 19, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Dogs and cats come in many shapes and sizes, and can have a range of different coats, from short-haired to long and smooth to curly or wire-haired.

Wednesday 10/07/2020
Get Your Home Ready for Work and School this Winter
Updated: October 12, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Although preparing your home for winter is a fairly consistent process year-to-year, many homes have seen significantly more use this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. If your home will serve as your office or school throughout the winter months, it’s important to address issues that may have been noticed but tolerable during winters past. 

Building an Emergency Kit with Disability in Mind
Updated: October 12, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Creating a supply kit is part of being prepared for emergencies and disasters. Kits should include basic survival items but also things specific to your needs. Kits can have equipment to help with communication, things that reduce stress and more.

Understanding the Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Pets
Updated: October 12, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) In most pets, the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning are nonspecific and could easily be attributed to other illnesses. To protect yourself and your pets from the dangers of CO, it’s important to keep working alarms throughout the home, test and replace them as recommended and understands the signs. Learn more about protecting your two- and four-legged loved ones at Kidde.com.

How to Bring More Space into Bathrooms
Updated: October 12, 2020 - 2:33 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.

Celebrate Halloween Safely and Help a Good Cause
Updated: October 12, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) This Halloween, fewer families will be going door to door as the pandemic enters its predicted second wave. Seventy-three percent of people do not anticipate taking their children trick-or-treating at all, according to a Harris Poll survey. However, Halloween is not canceled, and there are ways parents and kids can still celebrate safely while also giving back to a good cause.

Create a Healthier Home this Back-to-School Season
Updated: October 12, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are spending more time at home. That increased time indoors also comes with increased risks for fires, carbon monoxide poisoning and more. As families consider hybrid and home school schedules this year, use these four tips from the experts at Carrier to create a healthier home and get children involved in learning more about home safety and their environment. Learn more at corporate.carrier.com/healthyhomes.

Wednesday 09/30/2020
Build Heart-Healthy Behaviors for Preschoolers at Home
Updated: October 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

Manage Medical Conditions During COVID-19
Updated: October 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Diabetes and heart disease are two pre-existing medical conditions that researchers believe contribute to elevated risk of severe complications from COVID-19. In fact, patients with two or more pre-existing conditions have 4.5 times greater risk of needing treatment at a hospital if they contract COVID-19, according to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

5 Home Remodeling Tips from the Pros
Updated: October 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(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.

7 Steps to Plan a Remodel
Updated: October 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(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.

Monday 09/28/2020
Tips for Fueling up for Outdoor Fall Chores
Updated: October 01, 2020 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) Along with the fall season comes a range of outdoor chores for homeowners nationwide, from clearing trees and branches after wicked weather strikes to gathering autumn leaves. Here are a few things to consider as you go about fueling your chainsaws, leaf blowers and other lawn care equipment:

Wednesday 09/23/2020
DIY projects to upgrade outdoor living spaces
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - The ever-growing popularity of outdoor living combined with more time spent at home is causing many of us to tackle exterior home improvement projects. If you don’t mind getting your hands a bit dirty, here are some DIY ideas for all skill levels to help inspire home spruce-ups that will enhance the beauty and enjoyment of your outdoor spaces.

Finding the Perfect Powersports Adventure for Your Bucket List
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 2:34 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.

Thursday 09/17/2020
Hot Ideas for Outdoor Living
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 2:31 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.

Monday 09/14/2020
Get growing this fall gardening season
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

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.

Friday 09/04/2020
Tips for Healthy and Sustainable Outdoor Dining
Updated: September 09, 2020 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) The fall season is the ideal time of year to dine outdoors. To create a healthy and sustainable outdoor dining experience, consider these tips:

Wednesday 09/02/2020
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 Trex.com.

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 questnutrition.com.

Tuesday 09/01/2020
3 Tips to Prepare for Turkey Hunting Season
Updated: September 02, 2020 - 2:33 am

(StatePoint) Want to hunt turkeys on your home turf this fall? You’ll need to create and manage a habitat that will attract them to your property first.

3 Ways to Make Your Yard a Safe Haven for Beautiful Birds
Posted: September 01, 2020

(StatePoint) Without a few measures in place, your home and garden could be hazardous to birds. Here are some great ways to create a safe haven for beautiful flying visitors.

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.

Monday 08/24/2020
How to stay safe during home DIY projects
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 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, they also can bring high temperatures and dangerous heat.

5 common home pests and how to eliminate them
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Who’s enjoying your home the most, you or your household pests? Consider this: If you’ve seen just one pest, there could be hundreds that have been living in or around your home for at least a year.

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