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(BPT) - Are you limited on time but want to upgrade your home? Some easy home improvements can be achieved in a weekend. Painting is one of the most popular ways to transform the look of your home.

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Monday 08/25/2014
Preparing for fall and winter pests: How to keep wildlife and insects out of your home
Updated: August 30, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - For many pests, including rodents, spiders and cockroaches, the change in season indicates the need to find shelter from the colder temperatures ahead. In some cases, this shelter is the same place that keeps your family warm and dry.

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5 common weatherization myths ... busted
Updated: August 30, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Last winter’s visit from the polar vortex made for bone-chilling blizzards and teeth-chattering temperatures. If this year is anything like the last, drafty homes and high thermostat settings will accompany the freezing weather. Unfortunately, many homeowners get cold feet when it comes to weatherizing their homes, citing various reasons why they don’t just get it done. Here are five common weatherizing myths you should overcome to help you get ready this winter:

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Thursday 08/21/2014
Tips to keep tools in top shape
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - From painting supplies to gardening and hand tools, buying well-made home improvement tools can help improve project results. The tools you use may be an investment, so you’ll want to take care of them to ensure they last for more than just one project.

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Tuesday 08/19/2014
Auto insight: What makes synthetic oil different from conventional oil?
Updated: August 26, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - There was a time when you were considered a “responsible” vehicle owner if you changed the oil and oil filter every 3,000 miles and had your tires rotated every other oil change. It turns out that while it is good practice to maintain your vehicle on a schedule, breaking out of that traditional oil change mind set and utilizing premium synthetic oil can ultimately save you time and money.

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Monday 08/18/2014
Simple DIY projects that save your home from water damage
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Rain, hail, ice, flooding – these are all the result of seasonal weather changes. Whether you live in an area prone to hurricanes or you experience daily downpours and dropping temperatures, now is the best time to prepare for whatever Mother Nature has in store for the upcoming months.

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5 fast fixes for a fabulous bath
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - With Americans working longer hours than ever before, most homeowners yearn for a luxurious place to relax and unwind at the end of a hectic day. This is likely why the bathroom is the most requested home renovation project, according to the National Association of Homebuilders.

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Friday 08/15/2014
4 ways to discover the design potential of the '5th wall'
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - With autumn just a few short weeks away, many people will soon spend less time on the patio and more time within four walls. Actually, five walls if you include the ceiling.

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Tuesday 08/12/2014
Millennial homeowners: Simple, affordable ways to personalize home decor
Updated: August 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Every generation of homeowners has its design priorities. Baby boomers look for home design that will let them age in place, while generation X wants features that facilitate busy lifestyles. Millennials crave interior decor that meshes with their technology, blending energy efficiency, family-friendly features and plenty of personalization. Since many millennials are starting out in their personal and professional lives, affordability is also a priority.

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3 reasons now is the time to get vaccinated
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Vaccines protect you from serious and sometimes deadly diseases. Yet most adults in the United States are not fully vaccinated. Like many, you may not even realize that there are vaccines recommended for adults based on age, health conditions, job and other factors.

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Thursday 07/24/2014
Your how-to guide for an amazing deck makeover
Updated: July 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Deck season is in full swing, but before you mix that pitcher of lemonade or fire up the grill, you may want to give your deck a much-needed makeover.  

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Tuesday 07/22/2014
The great debate: Stacking TVs and fireplaces
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - When choosing a focal point for a room, designers and homeowners alike often plan for a single feature – windows, TVs, artwork, or fireplaces – to take center stage. However, the explosion of flat screen TVs for every room in the home has created a debate – can you really have more than one focal point?

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Thursday 07/17/2014
What employers want: the 3 'Cs'
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Whether you are an employer looking to hire someone or the person looking to get hired, it’s all about competency.

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Wednesday 07/16/2014
Help kids get organized and inspired
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Between sports gear, homework assignments, mobile device chargers and social media contacts, kids have a lot to keep track of these days – just like grown-ups. While few kids seem to be born with the ability to be organized, most learn organizational skills over time. Parents are the key to instilling these practices. With the right tools, creating good organization habits in the spaces kids use the most, is easy and can help prepare them to be more independent later in life.  

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Tuesday 07/15/2014
How to help veterans who've returned home from service
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - In wartime, members of the armed forces often face dangerous situations. President George Washington recognized this, when he created what is now known as the Purple Heart medal in 1782, to honor combat wounded veterans. Since then, an estimated 1.7 million Purple Hearts have been awarded by the military to soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen.

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Tuesday 07/08/2014
Bring variety to foods served at your picnics and cookouts
Updated: July 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The warmer months are the perfect time to enjoy meals outdoors, so head out to the backyard or the local park for a sunlit lunch or a breezy, laid-back dinner. Your family probably has some favorite picnic menu items they frequently request, but if you’re looking to inject some new life into those traditional foods, try the following:

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Monday 07/07/2014
From battlefield to boardroom ... jobs report suggests more positive employment environment for military veterans
Updated: July 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Employment opportunities seem to be on the upswing for military veterans, which is encouraging for the hundreds of thousands of service members returning from duty and veterans who are looking for new civilian career opportunities.

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Thursday 07/03/2014
This Independence Day, help start a national conversation about an often-neglected issue in women's health: sex after menopause
Updated: July 10, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Some women say sex after menopause is fabulous. For millions of others, it’s the opposite. Something to avoid. Yet many suffer in silence finding it too awkward and uncomfortable to bring up with their health care providers, significant others or even their closest girlfriends. Studies show even fewer doctors ask their postmenopausal women whether they’re experiencing any issues with sex after menopause.

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Wednesday 07/02/2014
Deck dreaming: 5 easy steps to plan the perfect deck
Updated: July 09, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - With warm summer days in full swing, it is time to make your dream of a backyard deck transformation a reality. If you are like many homeowners who are interested in revamping outdoor living spaces, a lack of time and decking know-how may be preventing you from getting started.

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Monday 06/30/2014
5 simple projects to revive outdoor spaces in one weekend or less
Updated: July 09, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Want to entertain outdoors this summer but your deck and patio aren’t party ready? It’s easy to refresh outdoor spaces with DIY projects that can be done in a weekend or less. Not only will you expand your property’s livable space, but you’ll be adding to its value as well.

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Important guidelines for landing that perfect job
Updated: July 09, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Graduating students are out in droves trying to find jobs that will enhance their careers. But before beginning the resume and interviewing process, there are certain do’s and don’ts that students should be aware of so they will be competitive in today’s limited job market.

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Easy DIY projects that boost curb appeal for less than $100
Updated: July 09, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Your home’s curb appeal is a statement of the property’s style and overall personality. When you look at your house from the street, does the front feel warm and welcoming? If not, it’s time to boost curb appeal. A few simple updates can make a big impact without requiring a large financial or time investment.

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Friday 06/27/2014
Teaching kids to give back
Updated: August 30, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - One of the most rewarding reasons to get involved in your community is to set a good example for your kids. Whether you donate money or time, giving back is beneficial, and not just for the recipients. The reward for your selfless acts can be a beautiful thing for both your community and your children’s future. But what are some of the ways you can teach kids to give back and what age should you begin encouraging them?

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Wednesday 06/25/2014
Dorm rooms that rock: Simple tips for style and organization
Updated: July 02, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - When it comes to small space living, maximizing square footage and striking the right balance between function and design is essential. Whether you’re sending college students off to the dorms, preparing young adults for life in a first apartment, or re-designing small spaces in your home, you can do several things to keep the space organized and stylish at the same time.

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Tuesday 06/24/2014
Simple updates make homes environmentally friendly
Updated: July 01, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Green living not only helps the environment, it helps your pocketbook. When making upgrades to your home - whether it’s replacing a light bulb or a total living room makeover - incorporate energy-efficient and repurposed materials to make your living space more environmentally friendly.

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Monday 06/23/2014
The tween years: How to survive as a parent
Updated: August 30, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - There’s the summer vacation you dream of: happy children playing games, parents relaxing, cheerful grandparents, smooth roads, short lines and easy-to-schedule outdoor sports and activities for the kids. And then there’s the reality, which more closely resembles “National Lampoon’s Vacation.”

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Monday 06/16/2014
How one woman's cancer journey was transformed into art
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - A cancer diagnosis can be one of the scariest moments in a person’s life, but now, more than ever, that diagnosis doesn’t have to be a death sentence. Today, it is estimated that two in three people diagnosed with cancer survive at least five years, according to the American Cancer Society. In fact, as of 2012, there were an estimated 13.7 million cancer survivors in the United States alone.

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Friday 06/13/2014
Summer's hottest 'deck-cessories'
Updated: June 20, 2014 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Whether it’s a cookout for friends or a quiet conversation with family, the backyard deck is the hot spot for summer living. So what’s trending now when it comes to making that space as stylish and functional as it can be?

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Escape a cooking rut with bold flavors the whole family will enjoy
Updated: June 24, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Between busy schedules and family member’s picky eating habits, it’s easy to fall into a cooking rut where you’re preparing the same five recipes every week. Break out of this cycle with a few easy tips that will have you exploring new flavors in no time.

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Thursday 06/12/2014
Make a grand entrance: simple ideas to refresh your entryway
Updated: June 19, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - Most people enter their home through the garage or backdoor, forgetting how the front entrance looks to neighbors and guests. Your front door is often the first thing others notice about your home. That’s why it’s key to make a positive first impression.

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Tips to find great gifts for kids that will keep them engaged for hours
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The challenge when finding the perfect gift for a child’s birthday party or special occasion is finding a gift that will keep the kid’s interest for longer than just a few hours. After all, no one wants to spend time and money on a toy or game and then see it collecting dust on the shelves.

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Easy methods to give your home a summer spruce up
Updated: August 30, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Home truly is where the heart is. After all, it’s where you raise the children, entertain friends and family, and relax after many a hard day. Chances are it’s also seen its share of wear and tear over the years.

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Monday 06/09/2014
DIY projects to turn your backyard into a summer oasis
Updated: June 16, 2014 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - The smell of fresh-cut grass, the cascade of blooming flowers, and the laughter from outdoor entertaining are a few of summer’s favorite moments. With the warm weather in full bloom, you may be looking for easy do-it-yourself projects to spruce up your backyard before the guests arrive.

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Fight childhood hunger to keep kids healthy this summer
Updated: August 06, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Children everywhere look forward to the long sunny days of summer vacation, but not everything about being away from school is fun and games. Many children who rely on free or reduced cost meals during the school year are at risk of going hungry during the summer months.

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Tuesday 06/03/2014
Putting herself first: Easy tips to help women to focus on their own health
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - As the caretaker of the family, sometimes Mom is so busy watching over her spouse and children, she forgets to take care of herself. This is the perfect time of year for women to focus on their own health, especially as schedules slow down for the summer months.

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Monday 06/02/2014
How to make a to-do list [Infographic]
Updated: June 07, 2014 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - Effective time management skills are important when it comes to working on daily tasks. Making a to-do list is one way to help you organize your priorities. A to-do list may help you plan, execute and monitor your daily tasks. As a bonus, a to-do list may help reduce some of your stress by prioritizing tasks and helping you get a better grasp on what you need to do. For more tips and tools to help you with organization, visit www.OrganizeYourStuffContest.com and enter the Organize Your Stuff contest for your chance to win a free space makeover.

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Laboring under misconceptions: Epidural myths may keep women from reliable pain management
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - It’s one of the most effective, safest and widely used forms of pain management for women in labor, yet there are misconceptions about epidurals, a recent study shows. From fears of permanent back pain to allegations of potential harm to the baby, many women still harbor mistaken beliefs about epidurals.

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Wednesday 05/28/2014
5 home improvements that boost safety, comfort and the value of your home
Updated: June 25, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Home improvement season is in full swing, and homeowners across the country are deciding which projects to tackle this year. By taking a strategic approach to selecting home improvements, you can go beyond adding value to your property – you can also boost your comfort and safety as well.

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Critical program helps veterans find health care and other benefits
Updated: July 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - It could be a parent, a son or daughter, a co-worker, or a best friend. With more than 21 million American men and women over the age of 18 having served in the U.S. Armed Forces, most people know at least one person who is a veteran. But unless they are veterans themselves, most don’t understand what veterans face on the home front.

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How to change careers in 5 simple steps
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - A teacher transitioning to a job in the corporate world. A stay-at-home mom rejoining the workforce. A baby boomer choosing a new career over retirement. There are countless individuals every day that carefully weigh the pros and cons of making a major career change. Are you one of them?

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Tuesday 05/27/2014
Spray paint tips to flawlessly update your home's furniture
Updated: June 18, 2014 - 3:43 am

(BPT) - With the warmer weather, now is the ideal time to bring new life to home decor. Whether your outdoor items are looking worn and weathered - or your indoor spaces need a pop of color - spray paint is the perfect solution.

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Simple design tips for bringing outdoor freshness into indoor spaces
Updated: July 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Between time spent commuting, working in the office and conquering an endless list of to-dos at home, a full day can go by without much, if any, time spent outdoors. In fact, Americans spend 90 percent or more of their time indoors according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Although it’s not always possible to increase the amount of time spent outside, it is possible to transform your interior environments allowing you to experience outdoor freshness even if you’re inside.  

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Monday 05/26/2014
Well-heeled: Tips for picking high heels that are better for your feet
Updated: July 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Few relationships in a woman’s life are as love-hate as the one she has with her high heels. We love them because they look great and make legs appear longer and leaner, helping petite women appear taller and tall women statuesque. The hate, however, comes when the pain begins.

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Wednesday 05/14/2014
Eyes get sunburned too: Doctor tips for being sun-wise with your eyes
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The gentle breezes and bright sunshine of spring and summer entice people young and old to enjoy more time outdoors. Whether you’re spending the day at the beach or just relaxing on the patio with a good book, sunscreen is a necessity when you’re outside. While it’s always important to protect the skin, there’s another sun-sensitive organ that too often gets ignored: the eyes.

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Tuesday 05/13/2014
The best budget-friendly baby gear buys
Updated: August 30, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - From a car seat and crib to diapers and daycare, little ones come with big expenses. In fact, American parents spend an average of $14,000 on their baby’s first year. But you can buy the best for your baby without spending a bundle. Use this go-to guide to gear up for less.

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Monday 05/12/2014
Entertaining at home? These easy tips will ensure your place is guest-ready in no time
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - No matter the occasion, parties are good opportunities to relax with friends and family, step outside the normal routine and just have a great time. Hosting a party at home requires some extra prep work, but the reward is often worth the labor. Before you throw your next gathering, try these simple tips to get your house prepped for company.

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Friday 05/09/2014
Outdoor kitchens: Tools and tips to do it yourself
Updated: May 24, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Outdoor kitchens are one of the hottest trends for exterior home improvements in 2014, a survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects reveals. If you’re considering creating a backyard kitchen this year, you may be wondering how much of the work you can do yourself in order to get the most out of your budget. Fortunately, many aspects of the job are within the abilities of the average do-it-yourselfer, and resources like rental stores mean you can easily obtain the tools you need to get the job done.

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Thursday 05/08/2014
Lighten up summer with delicious salads and fun activities
Updated: May 15, 2014 - 3:41 am

(BPT) - The arrival of summer means families are looking for ways to lighten up when it comes to the clothes they’re wearing and the foods they’re eating. They’re starting to incorporate fresh, light flavors into their meals, especially as local fruits and vegetables become available. And with the warmer weather, it’s much easier to get outside for activities the entire family will enjoy.

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'Tune-In' to Glioblastoma during Brain Cancer Awareness Month
Updated: May 15, 2014 - 3:41 am

(BPT) - Interested in using social media for a good cause? Look no further. In recognition of Brain Cancer Awareness Month this May, Twitter users everywhere can support glioblastoma (GBM) patients through the Tune-In to GBM campaign by tweeting the #TuneIn2GBM hashtag from May 1, 2014 through May 31, 2014. GBM is the most common and deadly form of primary brain cancer and affects approximately 10,000 Americans each year. The exact cause of GBM is not known.

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Create a safer environment for summer swimming fun
Updated: May 15, 2014 - 3:41 am

(BPT) - Swimming is a popular summer activity and if you have a pool or spa, your backyard just may be this summer’s most popular retreat for friends, neighbors and all of the children that come with them. Adding as many water safety steps as possible is the best way to assure a safer and fun experience this summer.

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