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Monday 09/01/2014
Make Your Home Smarter
Updated: September 01, 2014 - 3:33 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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Outdoor Stain Busters
Updated: September 01, 2014 - 3:33 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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Tips for a Clean, Guest-Ready Home
Updated: September 01, 2014 - 3:33 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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Lawn Care Tips for Fall
Updated: September 01, 2014 - 3:33 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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Thursday 08/28/2014
Geothermal Systems: A Cold Weather Alternative
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—In many parts of the country, last winter’s low temperatures broke long-standing records. In fact, it was so cold that, nearly a year later, some people are still paying off their fuel bills.

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Wednesday 08/27/2014
Every Room Tells a Story if You Set the Stage
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Remember the last time you walked into a professionally designed home and marveled at its beauty? Chances are, the designer carefully planned the interior finishings -- like crown mouldings and interior doors. While trim and doors have a major impact on interior décor, few homeowners select them with the same care as their furnishings or paint.

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Tuesday 08/26/2014
3 home improvement upgrades that will save you money
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - If you’ve sweltered throughout summer and have noticed your cooling bills increase every month, now may be the opportune time to consider some home improvement upgrades that will let you better manage your HVAC equipment while lowering your monthly expenses.

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Monday 08/25/2014
Give Your Kitchen a Facelift
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Ever hear the saying “Kitchens sell a home?” Well it’s true; the kitchen is the most important room in the home. Whether you’re considering putting your house on the market or investing in your home for personal long-term enjoyment, an upgraded and attractive kitchen can make your home irresistible. 

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Feeling the cold at home and in your wallet? [Infographic]
Posted: August 25, 2014

(BPT) - If your home is allowing warm air to escape this winter, you’ll probably notice – both in temperature and in your wallet. This is because air escaping from your home wastes both money and energy – up to 40 percent energy for many homes. Learn more about how spray foam insulation can keep you warmer and reduce your energy bills. 

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Thursday 08/21/2014
Safety First: Protect Yourself During DIY Projects
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Reality TV shows, online webcasts and YouTube videos have encouraged many people to try the do-it-yourself (DIY) route when it comes to tackling less-complicated home renovations or fixes. Often, there are advantages to DIY projects, such as financial savings, learning new skills, environmental benefits and more.

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New Home Fashion Favorite: Show Your Metal
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—An increasing number of Americans are taking a shine to the look of metal for their home furnishings.

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Get Your Outdoor Power Equipment Ready For Winter (And Spring)
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—How well your outdoor power equipment works the next time you need it could depend on how you winterize and store it. Here are hints that can help:

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Wednesday 08/20/2014
Gasp-worthy perils of bad indoor air - and what you can do about them
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Cooler weather is on the way. You might think the seasonal demise of pollen-spewing flora, coupled with more time spent indoors, means allergy and asthma sufferers – not to mention the rest of us – can expect to breathe easier. Not so – if the air inside your home or office is polluted.

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Tuesday 08/19/2014
Enhancing the Curb Appeal of Your Home
Updated: August 20, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NewsUSA) - NewsusaInfographic - August is National Curb Appeal Month, and there's no better time to spruce up the exterior of your home. Be sure to use colors that complement each other when repainting or replacing window frames, shutters, doors and other areas. For inspiration and ideas, visit www.sensationalcolor.com/color-for-your-home.

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Monday 08/18/2014
Create a Room Fit for a Queen with Crown Molding
Updated: August 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to dress up a room in your home, crown molding is a simple way to add elegance and class with minimal investment.

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Install Bathroom Tile Like a Pro
Updated: August 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Updating the flooring can instantly infuse new life into a tired, outdated bathroom. For an upscale, polished look that doesn’t have to break the bank, transform your bathroom with a fresh style by installing a new tile floor.

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Assessing Curb Appeal
Updated: August 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) So you're looking to move your family out of your current residence to a new home better suited for your needs. Before you list your home on the market you will need to gauge its appearance to prospective buyers.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
A Fresh Approach To Fresh Air
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—If you think a screen door is a great way to let fresh air in and keep insects out of your home, you may want to retract that. The door, that is.

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Five Good Reasons to Replace Your Old AC in Fall
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Before you turn off your AC system for the season, consider having it checked out by a certified contractor. If it’s older or has been giving you problems, you might want to replace it. 

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Is Your Home Ready for Winter?
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) It’s time to start preparing your home to make sure it can efficiently handle colder weather.

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Prepping Your Home for Cold Weather Pays Off
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Preparing your home for colder weather can help ensure your family stays warm and safe, as well as save you money on energy-related costs and potential damage to your home’s structure.

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Wednesday 08/13/2014
Two Sides of Curb Appeal: Beauty and Performance
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - If your house is starting to look a little scruffy, you could re-caulk and re-paint, but that's a lot of work. Plus, you'd be out there again in a few years doing it all over again. And would it really make that much of a difference in the overall look? To really jolt your curb appeal, maybe it's time to re-side.

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Thursday 08/07/2014
Save Energy and Money With Home Lighting Techniques
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - From the kitchen, basement or even the couch, you can now turn lights on or off remotely, create "zones" of activity and control every shade of light and color in your home without ever flipping a switch. These benefits -- along with the ability to save energy and money -- are just a few reasons why consumers are rapidly adopting automated lighting and wireless or cloud-based home management systems.

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Going On Vacation? Your Smartphone Can Help Keep Your Home Safe While You're Away
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 3:37 am

(NAPSI)—With the economy picking up, more and more families are planning trips this season. Your next vacation may be more relaxing once you realize all the convenience and security you have at your fingertips—thanks to your smartphone and its many useful apps.

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You Can Help Stop Invasive Pests
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 3:37 am

(NAPSI)—There’s good news for those who enjoy outdoor activities. By taking a few simple steps, they can help protect the environment from invasive pests and the damage they can cause.

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Tuesday 08/05/2014
Keep them home, happy and studying: Creating a kid-friendly space
Updated: August 12, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Would a great study space ease your child’s transition from summer to school? Perhaps an awesome lounge area could convince your teens – and all their friends – that your house is the best hangout spot ever. Whatever your objectives, a few design and decorating tricks can help you create a kid-friendly space in your home.

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Monday 08/04/2014
DIY Ideas for Every Room
Updated: August 04, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) From simple storage solutions that freshen up messy rooms to projects that enliven a space, do-it-yourself options are a popular choice among many homeowners. Try out some of these ideas to make every room in your home feel new again, without having to empty your pocketbook or call a handyman. 

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Thursday 07/31/2014
Lower Home Cooling Costs And Increased Energy Efficiency
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Energy prices in California are among the highest in the nation. Fortunately, homeowners in the Golden State and across the country can beat the heat at home and in their wallets with spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation.

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Da Vinci Code For The Yard
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—An idea the Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci had back in 1490 could make a difference in how well you can keep your lawn looking today.

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New PSA Campaign Encourages Firearms Owners To "Lock It Up" When Not In Use And Provides Firearms Safety Resources For Families
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Launching today, the Safe Firearms Storage campaign encourages firearms owners to make safe firearms storage a priority. According to a study by the RAND Corporation using statistics from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1.4 million homes have firearms stored in a way that makes them accessible to the wrong hands—children, at-risk youth, potential thieves, and those who intend to harm themselves or others.

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Wednesday 07/30/2014
Going home again: A great office is a key to success for new home-based workers
Updated: August 06, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Whoever first said, “You can’t go home again,” probably wasn’t considering the 38 million home-based businesses in the United States, or the approximately 37 million households that have active home offices. More workers are plying their trade from home, as employers recognize the value of flexibility for their work force and more employees decide to enter the ranks of American entrepreneurship.

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Monday 07/28/2014
Home Updates That Go Back In Time
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Mid-century modern inspiration draws from the 1940s through the 1960s, a twenty-year span when design was sleek, elegant and functional. Although the style originated more than 70 years ago, this trend has resurfaced with a fresh revival. 

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Thursday 07/24/2014
Prepare For Extreme Weather By Being A Force Of Nature
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—When it comes to dealing with extreme weather such as hurricanes, planning and preparedness can pay big dividends. That’s the word from the experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, also known as NOAA.

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Wednesday 07/23/2014
Stay Cool With a Ceiling Fan as Stylish as It Is Functional
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - No longer do you have to choose between comfort and design. Once thought of as purely utilitarian, today's ceiling fans offer sophisticated styling, designer finishes and glamorous accents.

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Monday 07/21/2014
Energy-Saving Ideas for Home
Posted: July 21, 2014

(Family Features) Making improvements around the house to curb your energy usage is not only good for the environment, it can make a big impact on your utility bills, too.

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Get Growing with an Urban Garden
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Urban living and lush gardens aren’t as mutually exclusive as one might assume. In fact, it’s possible to cultivate thriving gardens in even the smallest spaces.

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Ways to Protect Your Family Outdoors
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Before your family begins enjoying the great outdoors during this adventure-filled season, make sure your yard is properly treated to avoid the dangers of poison ivy, oak or sumac.

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Thursday 07/17/2014
Geothermal: A Comfortable Way To Cut Costs
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—One way to keep your home at a comfortable temperature without your heating and cooling bills going sky high can be found underground.

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Monday 07/14/2014
Add Appeal, Save On Your Remodeling Project
Updated: July 14, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) For those who wish to make updates to their home, the kitchen is a great place to begin. According to the 2013 Cost vs. Value report from Remodeling magazine, a minor kitchen remodel should recoup up to 75 percent of total remodeling dollars, based on the value of the home increasing. When focusing on this important part of the house, many homeowners are looking for ways to add luxurious and modern touches without breaking the bank.

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National Curb Appeal Month: Tips to Upgrade Your Home’s Exterior
Updated: July 14, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Curb appeal is important in setting a welcoming tone. And if your home is for sale, an attractive exterior becomes crucial.

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Caring for Your Stone Surfaces
Updated: July 14, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Many homeowners install granite or marble countertops and vanities for their durability and to add more value to the home. But in the end, nothing beats the most visible benefit — that rich shine and luster right after the workmen install the new natural stone.

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Tips to Make Your Home More Peaceful
Updated: July 14, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Life is busy and loud. A home used to be a relaxing, calming haven to hide away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But with televisions in every room and a constant connection to the outside world through tablets, laptops and smartphones, finding a fortress of solitude, or even a room of quiet, has become a near impossible task.

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Thursday 07/10/2014
Keeping Your Cool In A Heat Wave
Updated: July 11, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—While high heat can drain your energy, increase your utility bills and make your AC work overtime, there are simple ways you can save energy without compromising comfort.

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Enjoy A Summer Of Celebrations
Updated: July 11, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Whether you are enjoying a long holiday weekend or a birthday or just sharing a nice day outside with family and friends, the lifestyle experts at Celebrations.com offer some tried-and-true tips to ensure a successful summer of celebrations.

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Five Ways A Power Outage Can Cost You Money
Updated: July 11, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Despite increases in their frequency and severity, power outages are still viewed by many people as merely inconvenient. Short outages—perhaps four hours or less—certainly fall within that category. Beyond that, power outages can start to cost you a lot of money. Here are five ways an extended power outage can impact your checkbook:

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Monday 07/07/2014
Smart Kids' Rooms that Grow with Time
Updated: July 07, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Costs for furnishing and decorating a child's room can mount quickly, but with careful planning and a few smart purchases, the decisions you make for that nursery or toddler's room can create a functional and clutter-free space that grows with your child well into the teen years.

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Pool Maintenance 101
Updated: July 07, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) For many homeowners, there is nothing better than inviting friends over to cool off from the sun's warm rays in the comfort of their own backyard pool.

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Wednesday 07/02/2014
Cool down those air conditioning bills this summer [Infographic]
Posted: July 02, 2014

(BPT) - High energy costs could be burning a hole through your wallet as you try to keep your air conditioning costs down this summer. The addition of Icynene spray foam insulation around your home can reduce your cooling costs, and the money you spend on energy bills.

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Monday 06/30/2014
Benefits of Soy Candles
Updated: June 30, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Available in a variety of colors, sizes and scents, candles are a favorite decorative item seen in homes everywhere. While some are drawn to the glow an open flame brings to a room, others adore candles for the calming benefits of aromatherapy. 

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