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    Best food and wine pairings for your summer soiree

    (BPT) - If you love entertaining, warmer weather brings up images of visiting with friends on the patio or deck, and enjoying light summer fare with a delicious, refreshing rosé wine. Now’s the time to make plans, and nothing is more fun than planning a soiree. All you need are the best pairings for summer dishes with wines you and your guests will love.

  • Lawn And Garden

    Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Space

    (Family Features) Transforming your backyard into a true extension of your home’s living space is a relatively easy way to add usable square footage and increase enjoyment of your home. Making outdoor upgrades is also a scalable project, meaning you can do as little or as much as your budget allows and continue enhancing the space over time.

  • Lawn And Garden

    Explore Top Summer Travel Destinations

    (Family Features) From a tropical retreat to exploring a new culture, summer is an ideal and popular time to travel. With a literal world of options, it can be tough to narrow down just where you want to visit, so get started with these popular destinations for a memorable getaway.

Pet Central

pets

Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

Fitness

Fitness

Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

Crosswords

Crosswords

Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

Sudoku

Sudoku

Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




Thursday 05/02/2019
Tips to Nail the Latest Home Design Trend
Posted: May 02, 2019

(StatePoint) Redecorating? Experts say to keep in mind that the days of matching metals used for lighting, cabinet hardware and plumbing are over. Today’s rule: mix it up! When done right, combining colors adds visual interest and depth to a space.

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Monday 03/25/2019
Celebrate spring with sweet and festive projects for your kids
Updated: June 18, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - Get your kids excited about spring's arrival and its festive holidays by making fun crafts and sweet treats together. Creating decorations and enjoying fun desserts together is one of the best ways to create lasting family memories. Why not start some new family traditions with your children this spring?

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Thursday 02/14/2019
Home Updates that Pay Off
Posted: February 14, 2019

(StatePoint) Whether you’re remodeling for a fresh take on an old style or contemplating a new build, there are choices you can make that will definitely pay off, say experts.

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Thursday 12/27/2018
Tips to Make A Style Statement in Every Room of Your House
Posted: December 27, 2018

(StatePoint) Want to elevate your home décor in the new year? Whether you’re going for farmhouse style or mid-century modern décor, make a statement in every room, even the most neglected spaces.

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Sunday 12/02/2018
How to Create a Holiday Atmosphere at Home
Posted: December 02, 2018

(StatePoint) Creating festive cheer at home for the holidays is easy and fun. Here are some great ways to transform your space into a winter wonderland.

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Monday 11/26/2018
The Verdict Is In: These 5 Home Design Ideas Will be Trending in 2019
Posted: November 26, 2018

(StatePoint) Usher in the new year with a crop of inspiring fresh ideas across home design.

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Thursday 11/15/2018
3 Easy Ways to Illuminate Your Home for the Holidays
Posted: November 15, 2018

(StatePoint) ‘Tis the season of friends, family and entertaining! If you’re planning on hosting guests -- whether for an entire week of family fun or a one-night celebration -- now’s the time to get your home in the holiday spirit.

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Monday 09/10/2018
Black and White: A Reemerging Home Design Trend
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 2:53 am

(StatePoint) Black and white always has been a classic color pairing, and this neutral palette has resurged as one of today’s hottest design trends.

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Thursday 08/09/2018
Home Design Ideas for Travel Enthusiasts
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 2:53 am

(StatePoint) Travelers are often struck by the unique style of a certain locale, such as the bright colors of Havana or the chic sophistication of Paris. If your family plans to travel soon, you will likely return longing to recreate memories of your time away.

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How to Select the Best Ceiling Fans for Your Home Interiors
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 2:53 am

(StatePoint) If you have a “less is more” outlook on home decorating purchasing decisions, you probably want your lighting fixtures to not only be functional, but also fashionable elements that complement other accessories and contribute to your overall interior design. When it comes to ceiling fans, experts say that by shopping around, you can find a highly functional fixture that can even serve as the focal point of a room.

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Thursday 05/23/2019
Go Green on Your Grass With Electric Lawn Mowers
Posted: May 23, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Spring is here and that means it's lawn cutting season. In the interest of curbing your carbon footprint and "going green," you may want to consider an eco-friendly alternative to a healthy, beautiful lawn - an electric lawn mower. Options for self-propelled, high-powered electric lawn mowers abound, and there's a mower to fit every lawn and budget.

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Monday 05/20/2019
7-Eleven Helps Drivers Curb Their Carbon Impact
Posted: May 20, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Summer travel is heating up and Americans are making plans to hit the open road to enjoy time off with family and friends. According to a recent survey from the American Automobile Association, approximately two-thirds of American families will travel this summer, and just over half of them will do so by car. Anticipation of lower gas prices this summer adds to the appeal of car trips, but today's auto travelers are also more mindful of the impact of their activities on the environment.

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Tuesday 04/23/2019
If you're feeling stressed and anxious, research says: feed the birds
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 2:38 am

(NewsUSA) - In today's constant contact, cell-phone celebrated, digital world, most people can go days or even weeks without spending any time in natural sunlight. Instead, we eat breakfast inside, or on the go, only to race to an office, filled with artificial light and plastic plants, for 8 to 10 hours a day. It's no wonder why Americans' mental health is suffering.

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Monday 04/15/2019
5 ways you can help fight climate change
Posted: April 15, 2019

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Tuesday 04/09/2019
Spending time outside this spring comes with a caveat - check for ticks
Updated: June 13, 2019 - 3:07 am

(NewsUSA) - It's time to start talking ticks. Spring signals a particularly active time for ticks, just when gardeners get antsy to get their hands dirty, working in their gardens. For anyone looking forward to spending time outdoors Be Warned: tick-borne disease is on the rise.

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How Are You Going To Celebrate Earth Day?
Updated: April 11, 2019 - 2:53 am

(NAPSI)—On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans gathered in the streets, in parks and in auditoriums around the country in support of a healthy, sustainable environment. By the end of that year, the first Earth Day had led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This year, the EPA is hoping that same number of Americans will make a difference—by pledging to choose ENERGY STAR certified products. Products that earn the ENERGY STAR label—everything from appliances and electronics to LED lighting, smart thermostats and air conditioners—are independently certified to save energy and reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases associated with climate change.

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Monday 04/08/2019
Be ‘Earth-Minded’
Updated: April 10, 2019 - 2:52 am

(NAPSI)—In celebration of Earth Day this month, an online Environmental Survey can help families and classroom students score their environmental habits and get practical tips on how to conserve energy, save water, and reduce waste and pollution.

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Wednesday 04/03/2019
5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Month
Posted: April 03, 2019

(StatePoint) Are you looking for ways to celebrate Earth Month? From enjoying nature to making simple changes to your routine that will have a positive impact on the environment, here are five cool ideas for marking the occasion.

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Wednesday 03/20/2019
A Riddle for Our Times
Updated: May 24, 2019 - 2:45 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored by GAF - Like riddles? 

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Easy Ways to Be More Eco-Friendly
Posted: March 20, 2019

(StatePoint) Earth Month, celebrated in April, is a great time to take a look at your daily habits and consider how you can give your lifestyle a green makeover.

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Monday 06/17/2019
Best food and wine pairings for your summer soiree
Posted: June 17, 2019

(BPT) - If you love entertaining, warmer weather brings up images of visiting with friends on the patio or deck, and enjoying light summer fare with a delicious, refreshing rosé wine. Now’s the time to make plans, and nothing is more fun than planning a soiree. All you need are the best pairings for summer dishes with wines you and your guests will love.

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Thursday 06/13/2019
Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Space
Posted: June 13, 2019

(Family Features) Transforming your backyard into a true extension of your home’s living space is a relatively easy way to add usable square footage and increase enjoyment of your home. Making outdoor upgrades is also a scalable project, meaning you can do as little or as much as your budget allows and continue enhancing the space over time.

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Explore Top Summer Travel Destinations
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) From a tropical retreat to exploring a new culture, summer is an ideal and popular time to travel. With a literal world of options, it can be tough to narrow down just where you want to visit, so get started with these popular destinations for a memorable getaway.

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Workplace Tips and Strategies for New Parents
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) While having or adopting a child can be a rewarding and exciting time for new parents, many working moms and dads will tell you navigating the complex maze of employee benefits can be confusing. Between short-term disability insurance, Family Medical Leave, vacation, paid time off and state and municipal paid leave laws, the process can be anxiety-inducing.

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Prep Your Home for Summer Gatherings
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) When temperatures rise, it’s time for sun dresses, cranking up the grill and entertaining. Spending time with your loved ones during the warm months can make for some of the best memories of the season, which is why it’s important to take simple steps to de-stress, declutter and refresh your home before your guests arrive.

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4 Tips for Peak Pet Fitness
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) Sunny days, aromatic flowers and warm temperatures are a few of summer’s most adored qualities. Getting outside to enjoy the sunshine isn’t something only humans love – pets often do, too.

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Your TV Stations May Change Frequencies
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) If you rely on an antenna for your TV viewing, changes may affect the reception of some of your local channels.

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Mandy Moore’s Mindful Tips for a Well-Balanced, Lively Summer
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) With plans of trips and relaxation on the horizon, it can be easy to give your wellness routine a vacation, too. Before you jet set off on your next adventure, take a moment to be consciously aware of how your mind and body may react to an overly active and jam-packed summer schedule.

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Invite the Outdoors In
Posted: June 13, 2019

(Family Features) Despite the comfort and convenience it affords, modern society is contributing to a vanishing relationship with the natural environment. However, there are plenty of ways to bring nature indoors to reap the benefits of an earthy connection inside your home.

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Wednesday 06/12/2019
5 Tips to Get Organized
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) Getting organized and making the most of your home’s storage space can be a daunting task. To help keep clutter at bay and streamline organization throughout the house, consider these tips for revamping your closets and designated storage areas from the experts at ClosetMaid.

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Friday 05/24/2019
Tips to Outsmart Bugs in Your Home
Posted: May 24, 2019

(StatePoint) If you have bugs in your home -- as many households do and the majority worry about -- there may be good reasons for this. Insects are resilient, strategic and way smarter than you may realize.

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Wednesday 05/22/2019
Moving Tips to Make Unpacking Easy
Posted: May 22, 2019

(StatePoint) When it comes to moving, we usually focus on the process of getting organized and boxing up valuables. But we often forget about the debatably more stressful part of moving: unpacking.

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Thursday 05/02/2019
Tips for Tackling Disorganized Areas of Your Home
Posted: May 02, 2019

(StatePoint) While we all know that minimalism is “in” right now, thanks to Japanese cleaning guru Marie Kondo and her “Tidying Up” show on Netflix, decluttering your whole house can feel daunting.

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Thursday 08/09/2018
Upgrade Your Kitchen to Cook Like a Professional Chef
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 2:56 am

(StatePoint) Of course, cooking like a chef at home requires talent and practice. But there’s no doubt about it -- having the right culinary tools, appliances and prep space is essential, too.

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