(Family Features) - If it seems like you're constantly doing laundry, you're not alone. According to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, the average American family does 8 to 10 loads of laundry each week. And from wash to dry, a single load takes about an hour and a half to complete.
(Family Features) - As temperatures dip and snow flakes start to fall, your home will require extra maintenance to keep it in shape throughout the winter.
(Family Features) - Kathie Bond-Borie, Guest Columnist - If you're looking for a plant with year-round appeal, holly belongs near the top. No matter where you live, hollies offer shiny red, orange, or yellow berries, and many varieties have characteristic waxy leaves that cloth the plant in all seasons. There are thousands of different varieties (the main distinctions being either evergreen or deciduous), and they all prefer similar growing conditions. Here are some tips to keeping hollies healthy and full of fruits.
(Family Features) Every chef knows a properly outfitted kitchen is a must in order to create culinary masterpieces. This year, make sure the special food lover in your life has everything he or she needs to stir their passion for food and drink. Expand their culinary library with a book that serves up helpful food tips and original recipes. Let them prepare their favorite recipes with a set of ergonomic and innovative knives. Perk up their mornings with a coffee maker that quickly brews a customized cup at the touch of a button. Or, help them serve up delightful dishes by keeping their pantry stocked with superior quality olive oil. This guide will help you find unique gifts for every kitchen connoisseur on your list.
(Family Features) With cold temperatures, dreary skies and bare winter landscapes, it's easy to feel a touch of the winter blues. But there are three ways you can bring some cheer to the inside of your home, no matter what it looks like outside.
When considering general lighting needs, even light distribution and flexibility are essential. Consider recessed fixtures spaced evenly throughout the kitchen, with additional lighting positioned above islands, working countertops, sinks and ranges.
(Family Features) What comes to mind when considering safety hazards around the home? Do you think of electrical safety, fire prevention and reducing the risk of electrical shock? Often times, our quest for new kitchen cabinets and hardwood floors takes priority, while the projects to increase home safety are put on the back burner. One project, however, that should not be put off is evaluating the electrical safety of your home.
(NAPSI)—The most important part of preparing your home’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system for cold or warm weather may be selecting a qualified contractor. Finding one who is trained to maintain, repair and/or replace the components of your system is key.
(NAPSI)—The next time you need a snowblower, ice auger, generator or other gas-powered equipment, you can feel secure that it will be ready to start up at a moment’s notice if you consider this:
(NAPSI)—For the first time in a long time, home remodel costs are trending in a positive direction for homeowners looking to add value with cost-effective projects. According to a recent study by Remodeling, the average cost-to-value ratio has increased to 60.6 percent.
(NewsUSA) - It's been said that, "Home is where the heart is." While this sentiment may be true, that home could also be making you sick.
(Family Features) - According to the Farmers' Almanac, this winter will see an increase in "shivery conditions," where temperatures will average below normal for about three-quarters of the nation and snowfall will be significant. Are you and your family winter ready?
(Family Features) For most Americans, the holiday season is the busiest and most demanding time of the year. From social engagements and travel to buying gifts and baking, it's often hard to juggle competing commitments. In fact, 80 percent of Americans anticipate stress during the holiday season, according to the American Psychological Association.
(Family Features) - Nothing captures the warmth of the holidays quite like the gentle glow of candlelight. This season, set the mood with delicious holiday scents and decorations by making fragrance your centerpiece.
(Family Features) - Parking a lawn mower in the corner of a garage or storage building is not tucking it in for winter.
(Family Features) The change in seasons should bring about more than just a change of wardrobe. It's important to check out your appliances and home systems now in order to help prevent unnecessary repairs when you need those systems the most.
(Family Features) If you've got a gardener on your holiday shopping list, but you can't tell a peony from a petunia, don't fret. This handy gift guide will let you pick out a gift that will make any home horticulturalist happy.
(Family Features) With frigid weather and gloomy days, adding some charm and pizazz to your front porch can seem like a lost cause in the winter. But there are a few ways to bring a fresh, chic feel to your porch that will last well past the holidays.
(NewsUSA) - Lorsqu'il s'agit de se détendre et de se régénérer, il n'y a rien de mieux que de se prélasser longtemps dans une piscine ou un spa. Aujourd'hui, plus que jamais, les propriétaires cherchent des fa?ons de recréer chez eux l'expérience d'un spa professionnel. C'est pratique, moins co?teux et la détente plus complete répond mieux aux besoins personnels de chacun. Pour recréer une expérience professionnelle ? la maison, il ne faut que quelques metres d'espace extérieur et un peu d'imagination. Vous pouvez utiliser de magnifiques lanternes pour éclairer l'endroit, disposer des fauteuils confortables, placer une glaciere pour garder les breuvages au froid et ? portée de la main et m?me installer un foyer tout pres pour rendre l'expérience encore plus confortable pendant les froids mois de l'hiver. Vous pouvez aussi embellir l'espace en ajoutant des crochets pour les peignoirs et en installant une belle bo?te en teck pour ranger les serviettes et garder les sandales au sec.
(NewsUSA) - 'Tis the season for list making. Of course, there's the naughty-and-nice list, the endless holiday shopping list and the "this-year-I-will-do-it-New Year's Resolution (really!) list." With so many lists to be made, there's one list that is particularly important -- the winter pest-proofing list.
(NAPSI)—Ah, the holidays! They’re a time filled with family, friends, large parties and the inevitable holiday entertaining stress. While more guests and big holiday meals can put a serious strain on a home’s plumbing system, a plumbing emergency should be the last thing you need to worry about during a festive gathering. Did you know that the day after Thanksgiving is the single busiest day of the year for Roto-Rooter’s residential plumbers? North America’s No. 1 plumbing repair and drain service company sees, on average, a 47 percent increase in incoming calls on that day compared to an average Friday.
(NAPSI)—You can be known for having the gift for giving if you heed three hints:
(BPT) - It’s no secret that finding the perfect gift around the holidays for everyone on your list can be a daunting task. If your list includes someone who enjoys spending his or her free time fixing things around the house, why not show them you appreciate their DIY enthusiasm with some great gifts that will come in handy for their next project?
(Family Features) - Are you shivering and bundling up inside your house? If your thermostat is set at the desired temperature, your furnace runs continuously, your utility bills are ridiculously high, but you are still cold, it is probably because energy is escaping your house.
(Family Features) As America's economy strengthens, remodeling and home renovations are on the rise. "Homeowners are looking for ways to update their current homes, rather than buying a new property," said Sarah Reep, director of designer relations and education at KraftMaid Cabinetry. "From simply adding a new faucet to completely gutting a bathroom, there are many ways to revitalize any home." For homeowners seeking inspiration for their bathroom renovation, here are the top trends to know:
(Family Features) - Scrambling to tidy up the house before, during and after the arrival of holiday houseguests is one tradition that many Americans would like to simply forget. Between shopping for gifts, cooking elaborate meals, and reconnecting with loved ones, keeping the house clean can seem like the one chore that never gets checked off the holiday to-do list.
(Family Features) When it comes to getting the house clean and tidy, closets often get left off the to-do list. From hall closets and linen closets to bedroom closets, "out of sight, out of mind" thinking quickly leads to clutter - and then frustration when you can't find what you need when you need it.
(Family Features) It’s that time of year again when everyone needs help finding the perfect holiday gift. Whether you need a gift for a foodie friend or a family member who likes to cook, these awesome ideas are sure to please. Even better, the list features several different price ranges so there truly is something for everyone on your list.
(Family Features) The holiday season is all about gathering family and friends together. But hosting any kind of holiday gathering means stacking a lot of items on your plate during an already busy season, taking the fun out of the festivities. With a little planning and the right attitude, you can pull off a fantastic event and enjoy being the holiday host or hostess.
(Family Features) When creative inspiration strikes, you need to seize the moment and create. But if supplies are strewn from one end of the house to the other and clutter reigns, you may battle a real cramp in creativity.
(Family Features) We all want a clean and tidy home, without having to spend the time and effort to make it clean and tidy. But the truth is - if you don't keep it maintained, it takes much longer to sort and organize. Here are some tips to keep your home organized as you go:
(NAPSI)—Dust, pollen, and smoke from cooking or tobacco use can leave indoor air far more polluted than the air outside—but it doesn’t have to be that way.
(NAPSI)—While you probably don’t think much about electrical outlets, you should know that there’s a whole new generation of receptacle wall boxes and accessories that can make your life easier—and safer.
(NAPSI)—You can save yourself some time, space and effort this holiday season and make entertaining carefree with the help of a few organizing tips aimed at different areas of your home.
(NAPSI)—For many families, a highlight of the holiday season is a trip to the mall for the traditional Santa Experience photo. Not only can the visit to Santa be fun itself, the photos you take can make great gifts for family and friends now and cherished mementos for you and your children in years to come. It takes more than magic elves, however, to get a great picture. There are steps you and the photographer can take.
(NAPSI)—Colder weather does not have to cast a chill on your energy budget. By winterizing your home, you can enjoy increased warmth and comfort and lower your heating costs, which can significantly increase energy savings.
(BPT) - The holiday season’s here - time for enjoying your favorite foods, cider simmering on the stove and gatherings of friends and family. If you’re hosting a holiday celebration, prepping your home now will help reduce last-minute chores and make the season more enjoyable.
(Family Features) - Fall is a great time for yard maintenance. Raking leaves is a given for many homeowners, but there are more things you can do to help make sure your lawn, trees and shrubs will be ready for the new growth of spring.
(Family Features) For most people who work full-time jobs, it often feels that more time is spent at work than at home. Spare your co-workers and yourself a drab, flair-free desk and bring elements of your personal style to your work space.
(Family Features) The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house - especially around the holidays. With all the cooking, baking and celebrating going on, it can be hard to keep the kitchen clean.
(Family Features) Embrace style by adding colorful additions into your home. Use these simple tips to glean inspiration and ideas that give your interior an instant makeover.
(Family Features) As decorations are hung this holiday season in preparation for entertaining family and friends, consider creating ambiance using lighting in the main social rooms of the home, including the kitchen, dining and living rooms. Beyond the trimmings, presents and other jolly adornments, it is essential to have the proper lighting to enhance the glow of the holidays and adjust the mood of a room.
(Family Features) The holiday season gives people the chance to take a break from their typically hectic lives to catch up with family and friends. Beyond the festive decorations, music and food that make this time of year so special, it’s important to take a moment to enjoy the scents and the great feelings, memories and motivations that they inspire — especially while entertaining. Whether it’s the smell of mom’s homemade cookies or the woodsy allure of a fresh-cut tree, these smells have a remarkable way of boosting spirits.
(NewsUSA) - Are your home energy bills high? If the answer is yes, consider participating in Home Performance with Energy Star. This national program provides comprehensive home energy assessments, incentives and low-interest loans to help homeowners reduce their energy use and costs.
(NewsUSA) - The holiday season is here, and in no time family and friends will descend upon your home for divine meals and holiday cheer. Now isn't the time to panic, there's plenty of time to prep your house (and your family). Integrating a few of the tips below can help relieve some holiday stress and dress up your home.
(NAPSI)—You may care to give a warm welcome to these ideas that can help ensure that your home heating system is in tip-top shape to handle the stress that cold weather can place on a home.
(NewsUSA) - The holiday season is one of merriment, decorating, baking seasonal treats and family gatherings. As homeowners begin spreading holiday cheer, the National Pest Management Association encourages them to also be cautious to ensure they aren't also spreading seasonal pests. Whether they are hiding in old boxes of ornaments and decorations, contaminating baking ingredients stored in pantries, or sneaking indoors on freshly cut Christmas trees, these pests are not the holiday visitors anyone wants.
(NewsUSA) - Twenty years ago, a chandelier was a sure thing in two rooms in the home -- the foyer and dining room. Fortunately, today's homeowners and lighting designers have broken those two-room barriers, allowing chandeliers to become statement-making additions to everything from bedrooms to closets.
(BPT) - With the onset of cooler weather, now is the ideal time for homeowners to consider the efficiency of their heating systems. Drafts, gaps and poor insulation throughout the building envelope can significantly contribute to the efficiency of a home’s heating system, the comfort of occupants and the household budget.