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Monday 07/21/2014
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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Create a Room Fit for a Queen with Crown Molding
Posted: July 21, 2014

(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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DIY Ideas for Every Room
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 3:33 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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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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Home Updates That Go Back In Time
Updated: July 21, 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 07/17/2014
5 summer paint projects to create a splash
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - With the arrival of warm summer temperatures, it’s time to brighten the home with sensational summer shades. And it’s easy to add a pop of vibrant color with the help from the experts at Krylon spray paint.

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Tuesday 07/15/2014
Veggies galore? Make the most of your garden goodies
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - You’ve spent the summer tending and nurturing vegetables that have flourished, and now you have such an abundance of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and leafy greens, your home is starting to resemble the produce section of a grocery store.

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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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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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Friday 07/11/2014
Outdoor living made easy with home improvements that boost comfort and value
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Beautiful weather begs to be enjoyed, but a drab deck, dated patio and dull lighting can drive homeowners indoors fast. A few home improvements can ensure seasons full of outdoor comfort, all while enhancing your house’s value and exterior aesthetic.

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Summer projects to make your home sensational
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Summer is here and this is the time when you want to be outside as much as possible, soak up the sun, eat amazing food and enjoy the company of family and friends. You’ll also see more of your home’s exterior on days like this than any other time of the year so this is also a great time to complete those outdoor projects. In fact, 60 percent of homeowners will accomplish a summer home improvement project this year according to survey data from the Zillow Digs Summer Home Improvement Trend and Spending Survey.

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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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Friday 07/04/2014
Would Upgrading Your Lawn Mower Make Yard Care Easier?
Updated: July 04, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) While gardening may be the top hobby in America, mowing the lawn is rarely at the top of most homeowners’ list of fun tasks. With this in mind, more are using commercial lawn mowers to make faster work of this chore.

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Thursday 07/03/2014
Build a lasting memory with your backyard project
Updated: July 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - There are regular backyard projects and then there are those special backyard projects that bring families closer together, both during the construction and while enjoying the finished piece.

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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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Assessing Curb Appeal
Updated: June 30, 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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Friday 06/27/2014
Celebrate patio season with elegant and affordable outdoor updates
Updated: July 04, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Patio season is upon us, which means hosting family and friends for warm-weather gatherings and barbecues. Don’t fret; outdoor events don’t have to break the bank. With just a bit of creative vision and DIY savvy, you’ll have an al fresco affair to remember in no time at all.

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Travel checklist for vacationing gardeners
Posted: June 27, 2014

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Tuesday 06/24/2014
Extend your home to the outdoors this summer and beyond
Updated: July 04, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Summer is here and most people are turning their attention to home improvement projects that let them spend more time outside. In fact, 92 percent of residential landscape architects noted outdoor living spaces as a popular design feature for this year, according to the 2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects.

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Monday 06/23/2014
Tips for a Healthier Home
Updated: June 23, 2014 - 3:35 am

(Family Features) Every household has its honey-do list, but inevitably you’re not always going to have time to cross off every project on the list. Rather than setting lofty goals that make it easy to procrastinate, the key to a productive and effective list is to be realistic. Start with the projects that will have an immediate effect on creating and maintaining a safer and healthier home.

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5 Ways to Create a Safer Bathroom
Updated: June 23, 2014 - 3:35 am

(Family Features) According to the National Safety Council, approximately 70 percent of all accidents occurring in the home happen in the bathroom — accounting for nearly 200,000 accidents each year.

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Monday 06/16/2014
Five Ways to Enrich Your Lawn and Garden this Summer
Updated: June 16, 2014 - 3:38 am

(StatePoint) You may not recognize honey bees beyond their black and gold stripes, but bees and other pollinators play a vital role in our environment. Bees pollinate more than 16 percent of flowering plant species, including those found in yards, landscapes and parks in our communities and across the country. 

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Avoid Gardening Guesswork With All-America Selections
Updated: June 16, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) Experimentation seems to be the key to a great garden. Where one plant thrives, its neighbor can simply wither away. So, how's a gardener to know what plants to buy from year-to-year? The All-American Selections designation is designed to take some of the guesswork out of gardening.

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10 Frugal Gardening Tricks
Updated: June 16, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features)  Fun, frugal and environmentally-friendly, these tricks will help you get a great garden:

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Tuesday 06/10/2014
Lawn mower accessories help get landscaping jobs done efficiently and professionally
Updated: June 17, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - Efficiency is the name of the game these days. At the office it comes into play in processing work quickly and at a lower cost. At home, efficiency means being able to get the household and landscaping chores done so you can spend time with the family.

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Monday 06/09/2014
10 Easy Vegetables to Grow in Your Garden
Updated: June 09, 2014 - 3:38 am

(Family Features)  Growing fresh, healthy vegetables at home isn't as hard as it may sound. Novice gardeners just need good dirt, easy plants to grow, lots of sunshine and the right amount of water.

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5 Reasons to Love Raised Garden Beds
Updated: June 09, 2014 - 3:38 am

(Family Features) A neat and orderly garden is a thing of beauty. Get a picture-perfect garden without a lot of work with raised beds. Here are five great reasons to love this type of gardening:

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Simple updates create the perfect outdoor living space in your backyard
Updated: June 09, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - In the summer your backyard can quickly become the most important “room” of your home. However, you aren’t alone if your backyard looks outdated and lackluster. Weather conditions can be tough on outdoor areas, but with a few simple updates, you can create the perfect outdoor living space.

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Get decked out: prep your outdoor living space for a party
Updated: June 16, 2014 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or entertaining a late-night dinner party on the deck, summer is the perfect time to throw a get-together in your outdoor living space.

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Monday 06/02/2014
Make a Splash with Family Pool Fun
Updated: June 02, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Warmer weather brings leisurely days spent poolside with friends and family. As you get ready to dive in to another season of fun in the sun, remember that safety comes first.

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Sunday 06/01/2014
Stop Mosquito Breeding with Proper Yard Drainage
Updated: June 01, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) As you enjoy time outdoors, it’s important to remember that warmer weather means prime mosquito breeding season in outdoor areas around your home and yard.

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Thursday 05/29/2014
Great Tips for Lawn Mower Maintenance
Updated: May 29, 2014 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) It’s the season for outdoor fun in your yard. It’s also the season for lawn mower maintenance.

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Monday 05/26/2014
Bringing Indoor Comfort Outside
Updated: May 26, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) The arrival of summer, along with its sunny skies and beautiful weather, beckons homeowners to create a space to entertain guests and enjoy the great outdoors. Design an outdoor living room that merges style and function, and incorporates elements of indoor comfort.

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Five Simple Tips to Enhance Your Home's Personality
Updated: May 26, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Your home can say a lot about you. A state-of-the-art kitchen outfitted with a double oven likely means you enjoy cooking and entertaining friends and family. Likewise, a backyard complete with play sets, a treehouse or a basketball hoop is a sure sign your house is also a hangout for the neighborhood kids.

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Thursday 05/22/2014
Save Time and Prevent Injury When Doing Yard Work
Updated: May 22, 2014 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) While caring for your lawn can be pleasant, it needn’t take all day. Luckily, time saving tools can also save your body some wear and tear:

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Easy DIY Projects for Fun Summer Moments
Updated: May 22, 2014 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) With warm weather here, now is the time to tackle those seasonal do-it-yourself projects. By getting a jump start on your home improvement projects list you’ll ensure a summer full of family fun.

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5 tips for a better lawn
Updated: May 29, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Whether you’re an expert or just a beginner, it’s important to know how to properly care for and maintain your lawn – especially before the summer season begins.

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Monday 05/19/2014
Transform Small Spaces into Charming Places
Updated: May 19, 2014 - 3:35 am

(Family Features)  In home listings across the country, the word small is often replaced with a far more marketable and appealing word: “charming.” But what makes a home charming compared to small? How does a homeowner transition a cramped room into a space with unique and appealing character?

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Room-to-Room Home Additions
Updated: May 19, 2014 - 3:35 am

(Family Features) When considering a home renovation, think outside the box for design inspiration and setting the overall tone.

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Monday 05/12/2014
Four Steps for Attacking Garage Organization
Updated: May 12, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Organizing the garage may be one of the most feared tasks in household history. According to a recent Gladiator GarageWorks survey, nearly three out of four households can only park one car in their two-car garage, illustrating the need for a serious garage intervention.

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Energy-Saving Solutions
Updated: May 12, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) The winter of 2014 was a wake-up call for homeowners facing higher-than-normal heating costs. With polar vortex cold sweeps, heavy snowfalls and ice blizzards affecting much of the country, energy prices for electricity, gas and oil have increased. Propane prices have skyrocketed due to scarcity of supplies, leading some governors to declare a state of emergency. 

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Thursday 05/08/2014
Gardening Can Offer Physical and Mental Health Benefits
Updated: May 08, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) It's no wonder gardening is growing in popularity, as it offers a wealth of physical and mental health benefits.

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Wednesday 05/07/2014
Backyard projects to turn the area into a treasured sanctuary
Updated: May 14, 2014 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - You love the days when you can go home from work, open the windows and enjoy dinner out on the deck. And it sure isn’t hard to rise early on those sunny weekend days to spend all day in the backyard. Those days are here, and it’s time to get outside to spend time with the grill, the garden and the deck.

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Monday 05/05/2014
Tips for a Bountiful Backyard Garden
Updated: May 05, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) The benefits of having your own backyard vegetable garden are plentiful, and can include significant lifestyle impacts, such as healthier eating habits, money saving perks and more.

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Cooking Gifts for Mom
Updated: May 05, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) From those irresistible homemade cookies to favorite meals that always warm the heart; no one knows their way around the kitchen quite like mom. While thinking of what to give your favorite lady for Mother's Day this year, consider gifts that allow her to tap into her inner foodie, chef or baker.

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Monday 04/28/2014
Barbecue season gets underway with National Barbecue Month
Updated: May 06, 2014 - 3:52 am

(BPT) - May 1 kicks off National Barbecue Month and the beginning of the season for families to gather and enjoy more memorable meals together outside.

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Sunday 04/27/2014
Organize Entryways with Decorative Storage
Updated: April 27, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) An entryway is the first impression guests have of your home, yet it can quickly become a chaotic mess. Most entryways serve multiple functions as the receptacle for all things you and your family members shed as they walk through the door, from coats and backpacks to keys and mail.

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Five Myths of Spring Cleaning
Updated: April 27, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Don’t get caught putting extra work into your spring cleaning efforts.

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