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    Emergency Preparedness Tips

    (Family Features) Americans who have recently endured a prolonged power outage at home are much more likely to improve their family's emergency preparation for the future, according to a recent report.

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    Outdoor Stain Busters

    (Family Features) Engaging in outdoor activities are a great way for families to stay active and spend quality time together, but between tree-climbing, nature hikes, and backyard barbecues, outdoor adventures can lead to piles of dirty, dingy and stained clothing.

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    How to Be Prepared for an Emergency

    (Family Features) To be prepared in any situation, planning ahead is critical. Engine-driven portable generators are intended for multiple uses and designed for portability. When utility power is unavailable due to extreme weather, portable generators become a useful source of temporary or remote electric power.

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Friday 08/15/2014
Ten Home Décor Trends for Your Rental
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Just because you’re a renter doesn’t mean you need to settle for bland, boring décor. You can make more of your space in an inexpensive yet trendy way.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Stay on Top of Design Trends When Updating Your Home Décor
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Whether you have a traditionally styled interior or your home sports more contemporary décor, you can stay on top of design trends when refreshing your home’s look.

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Wednesday 08/06/2014
Quick, Easy Ways to add Warmth to Your Home Décor for Fall
Updated: August 06, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) We all get bored from time to time and want to change things up. While it’s easy to add items to your wardrobe or try a new hairstyle, it may not always feel as easy to change the look and feel of your home.

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Tuesday 07/22/2014
Home Improvement Tips to Make the Most of Small Spaces
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) No matter where you live, you want to make the most of your available living and storage space.

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Monday 07/07/2014
Art evolves with new technology
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Can you imagine a museum without paintings? Technology has impacted society in countless ways but many overlook its impact on the arts. The very phrase “the arts” might evoke images of oils, watercolors or sculpture but technology is inspiring a whole new generation of artists who are using new mediums to create their masterpieces.

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Tuesday 07/01/2014
Tricks for less mess and stress this summer - indoors and out
Updated: September 03, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Summer vacation means children, teens and in-betweens are spending more time at home, resulting in more messes, mud and madness. By tackling a few projects around the home now, you’ll be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful weather and carefree days ahead.

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Monday 06/09/2014
Small Touches Can Make a Big Impact on Your Home’s Interior Design
Updated: June 09, 2014 - 3:38 am

(StatePoint) For homeowners looking to make a big interior design splash while staying on-trend, it’s all about focusing on little touches, say experts.

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Tuesday 06/03/2014
Spruce Up Your Home this Summer for Under $100
Updated: June 03, 2014 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) Looking for an easy and inexpensive way to refresh your home this summer? With a little inspiration and work you can give your home a quick makeover within a limited budget.

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Tuesday 05/13/2014
Fresh ideas for summer alfresco entertaining
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Warm days are calling, as summer traditionally kicks off the outdoor entertaining season. But this year, tradition takes a new direction. More hosts are breaking the boundaries of indoor versus outdoor entertaining. Gone are the paper plates and plastic cups. Instead, people are daring to take their dinnerware outside.

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Monday 05/12/2014
Outdoor Furniture Trends
Posted: May 12, 2014

 Outdoor furniture in Florida is trending more modern with clean, simple lines and plush seating.

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Tuesday 08/26/2014
Help the environment this school year
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 3:31 am

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Thursday 08/21/2014
Outdoor Enthusiasts: Create a Plan for Wildlife to Thrive on Your Land
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) Whether your home rests on a small lot or a large woodland, there are steps you can take to create a thriving ecosystem for local wildlife. And if you live on woodlands, you may even consider turning your property into an ideal game habitat.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Getting The Most Out Of Your Breakfast
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Calling breakfast the most important meal of the day is no exaggeration. Without breakfast, your metabolism can suffer, performance and concentration are apt to decrease, and hunger throughout the day can result in overeating during future meals.

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How to Make Your Yard More Environmentally Friendly
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) It’s easy to make your home more eco-friendly, and your yard is a great place to start. This season, take steps to limit your home’s impact on the local environment by giving your outdoor spaces an earth-friendly makeover.

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Thursday 08/07/2014
Ethanol: Key To U.S. Energy Independence
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 3:37 am

(NAPSI)—Since its inception, the ethanol industry has had a profoundly positive impact on the U.S. economy. Ethanol is helping America reduce its dependence on foreign oil, lowering prices at the pump, improving the environment with lower emissions, and growing the economy with jobs that can’t be outsourced.

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Is Fracking Dangerous For Our Health?
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Concerns surrounding the potential effects of hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking) on public health and our environment have policymakers, industrialists and scientists looking to address critical questions about safety.

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Tuesday 07/15/2014
Tips for reducing food and packaging waste in your kitchen
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Have you ever thought about how much food ends up being wasted? Expired yogurt cups, slimy salads, moldy leftovers - it all adds up. Experts estimate that more than 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. - from farm to fork - is wasted. Imagine all the resources that went into growing, harvesting, processing, transporting, packaging, selling and serving that food. And then imagine throwing away almost half of it.

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Monday 07/14/2014
Shopping Smarter for Family Necessities Can Help the Environment
Updated: July 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Everyday choices can affect your family’s health as well as the environment.

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Friday 07/11/2014
The best protection for trees? You
Updated: July 12, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Whether it’s a game of hide and seek in the woods, a walk in the park on a sunny day, or a moonlit night around a campfire – the memories of summer  stay with us forever. Too often we can take for granted the beauty of our surroundings while enjoying the great outdoors, but everyone can play a part in protecting our natural resources.

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Thursday 07/10/2014
Does Your Garbage Want to Be Recycled?
Updated: July 12, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - NewsusaInfographic - Consumers are shown that their recyclable materials want to be something more. Promote recycling as a way to give garbage another life. Learn more at http://IWantToBeRecycled.org.

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Monday 09/15/2014
Emergency Preparedness Tips
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Americans who have recently endured a prolonged power outage at home are much more likely to improve their family's emergency preparation for the future, according to a recent report.

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Outdoor Stain Busters
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Engaging in outdoor activities are a great way for families to stay active and spend quality time together, but between tree-climbing, nature hikes, and backyard barbecues, outdoor adventures can lead to piles of dirty, dingy and stained clothing.

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How to Be Prepared for an Emergency
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) To be prepared in any situation, planning ahead is critical. Engine-driven portable generators are intended for multiple uses and designed for portability. When utility power is unavailable due to extreme weather, portable generators become a useful source of temporary or remote electric power.

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Tips for a Clean, Guest-Ready Home
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Now is the season for enjoying backyard BBQs and poolside parties with friends and family - not being trapped in the house for pre- and post-party cleaning. With a little planning, you can minimize time spent on daily chores and maximize time spent soaking up the sun and creating memories with guests.

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Keep Family Safe from Home's Hidden Hazards
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) In the U.S. alone, approximately 60 million people suffer from asthma and allergies, which according to the American Lung Association can be triggered by mold for those who are allergic. As a responsible homeowner, it's essential to be aware of the many threats, such as mold and fire, which may cause harm to your family and your investment.

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Lawn Care Tips for Fall
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Taking time in the fall to prepare your lawn for the colder months ahead will pay dividends come spring and allow you to enjoy lusher, greener grass when temperatures rise again. 

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Friday 09/12/2014
Fall clean-up tips for your lawn and garden tools
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - As the temperature drops, your lawn and garden will start settling into a dormant state. As you prep your landscaping and garden for a winter’s slumber, it’s a good idea to review the tools you used all summer. Taking care of this task now will ensure they’re in good shape come spring when it’s time to use them again.

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Monday 09/08/2014
Tips to Keep Your Family Safe
Updated: September 08, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Portable generators are useful when temporary or remote electric power is needed, but if used incorrectly, they can cause harm to you and your family.

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Make Your Home Smarter
Updated: September 08, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) With apps that offer comfort, convenience and security, homeowners are getting more out of their smartphones to make their homes better, smarter places to live. Smart home apps such as those from Nest are expected to link various home devices together to bring peace of mind, control and even energy savings to our lives.

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Friday 09/05/2014
Accomplish your to-do list of finishing the deck with ease this fall
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - If you have a wood deck, chances are that it’s made its way onto your summer to-do list. And if summer quickly slipped by you without that list being completely checked off, don’t worry, you still have plenty of time in the fall months to finish your deck. 

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Tuesday 09/02/2014
Dinnerware bursts with color for fall entertaining
Updated: September 09, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The autumn leaves bursting into vibrant reds, lively oranges, and brilliant yellows  signal a new season for home entertaining. If you need a little inspiration, look no further than your favorite outdoor spot to update your table setting with the hottest colors for fall 2014.

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Upgrades that scream 'luxury' with cheaper-than-you-think price tags
Updated: September 09, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Hand-planed, reclaimed hardwood floors? Beautiful but pricey. Custom drapery? The cost can be blinding. When it comes to home decorating, it’s easy to blow your budget on one or two upgrades – and maybe that would be OK if those improvements also amped up the drama in your decor. Too often, however, costly decorating ploys disappoint, wearing out or becoming dated before you’ve paid off the financing.

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Create a cozy and clutter-free kitchen
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Clutter can disrupt the flow of any home, bringing unwanted stress and frustration, especially in the kitchen. As one of the most prominently used rooms, maintaining a clutter-free environment will create a happier and healthier space for your family to enjoy. Here are a few tips to help you achieve and maintain a fully functional, chaos-free kitchen.

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Monday 08/18/2014
Forward-looking luxury at the forefront of today's bathroom renovation trends
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Americans are renovating again, and instead of letting resale value alone drive their renovation choices, in 2014 homeowners are weighing many more factors. They are seeking renovations that are beautiful, luxurious and eco-friendly, and that both enhance resale value and their ability to age in place should they choose not to sell down the road.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Upgrading Your Kitchen? Think Electric
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re a passionate chef and a regular host, or you cook simple meals for just your family, you know that a highly serviceable kitchen can mean the difference between easy meal prep and a headache. A big part of this equation is your cooking appliances.

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Friday 07/18/2014
Decor through the decades: How kitchen and bath product designs have evolved
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Remember when brass fixtures and mauve countertops were all the rage in kitchen design? How about the days of shag carpet (yes, in the bathroom) and avocado tile? Fortunately, those particular trends have come and gone. And, whether you embraced them or not, they did have an influence on the space you live in right now. Take a look through the decades to see how decor styles have evolved into the modern kitchens and bathrooms of today.

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Wednesday 07/16/2014
Say 'bye bye' to bathroom remodeling blues with 5 budget-friendly tips
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Beautifying your bathroom sounds exciting but oftentimes renovation plans begin with good intentions and end up a long, costly nightmare. The national average cost for a bathroom remodel is $10,142, according to the Cost Guide from HomeAdvisor.com. That’s a hefty investment but one that can easily be reduced with a simple refresh of the space instead. Here are five cost-effective updates you can make to your bathroom in as little as a weekend.

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Friday 07/11/2014
Key considerations for family-friendly bathroom renovations
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Mom rules the media room, Johnny loves the basement workshop and the kitchen is Dad’s domain. Gender roles notwithstanding, each family member has one room where he or she enjoys spending more time. One room, however, is equally used and loved – or reviled – by all: the bathroom.

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Thursday 07/10/2014
Summertime home improvements don't have to be all work and no play
Updated: September 03, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - If this year’s summer vacation plans involve more hardware than beachwear, don’t fret. Just apply tried-and-true trip-planning principles to your “staycation” renovation plans and you can ensure both your time and money are well spent.

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Wednesday 07/02/2014
Tricks to instantly refresh your home design for summer entertaining
Updated: August 09, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Summer is the ideal time to host events at home with family and friends. But is your home ready for summer soirees? The kitchen is the heart of the home and where people naturally congregate, so it’s important it showcases your signature style and reflects the relaxed feeling of the summer season.

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