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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 >>




Monday 12/02/2019
5 Tips for a Merry Holiday Home
Posted: December 02, 2019

(StatePoint) A merry holiday season starts at home. Here are some nice ways to add cheer to the rooms and spaces where people gather.

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Monday 10/14/2019
2020 Wallpaper and Home Decorating Trends [Video]
Updated: November 07, 2019 - 2:38 am

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Friday 08/23/2019
Tips for Creating the Perfect Home Office
Posted: August 23, 2019

(StatePoint) With more people nationwide opting to create their own businesses or work for their employer remotely, the home office has become one of the most used spaces of the house, with many people spending more than eight hours a day in this room. If you’re one of these people, the kitchen table just won’t cut it if you’re looking to get serious and organized.

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Thursday 08/15/2019
How to Update Home Lighting to be Easy on the Eyes
Posted: August 15, 2019

(StatePoint) If you ever experience eyestrain, tired itchy eyes, blurry vision or headaches, it may be time to give your home a lighting makeover.

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Tuesday 07/02/2019
How to Nail the Farmhouse Style in Your Interior Decorating
Updated: July 12, 2019 - 2:41 am

(StatePoint) Farmhouse style is cozy, rustic, charming and eclectic. While creating the vibe in your own home is easy, according to home decorating experts, it requires some attention to detail.

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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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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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Thursday 12/05/2019
How To Choose A Christmas Tree: Tips From Expert Arborist Mark Chisholm
Posted: December 05, 2019

(NAPSI)—There’s more to decking the halls with just the right Christmas tree than many people realize. Here are seven hints that can help:

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Monday 12/02/2019
Resolve to Green Your Grocery Shopping in 2020
Posted: December 02, 2019

(StatePoint) In our grab-and-go culture, plastic is pervasive at the grocery store. But as more supermarkets worldwide adopt smart strategies for reducing single-use plastic packaging, experts say that these same changes are possible here in the U.S., so long as retailers, companies and individuals commit to making them a reality.

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Tuesday 11/26/2019
Gifts That Do A World Of Good
Updated: November 28, 2019 - 2:57 am

(NAPSI)—This holiday season, you don’t have to look far to find items that deliver great features and functionality but use less energy. Products that earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR label save money on energy bills and help protect the environment, making them gifts that do a world of good.

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Thursday 11/07/2019
3 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Holiday Season
Posted: November 07, 2019

(StatePoint) On average, there has been an astonishing 60 percent decline in the size of populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians in just over 40 years, according to the most recent World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Living Planet Report, and the top threat to species is human activity.

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Thursday 10/24/2019
Celebrate ENERGY STAR Day-Every Day
Updated: October 26, 2019 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Every October, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) celebrates ENERGY STAR Day to raise awareness about the benefits of saving energy today, tomorrow, and for good.

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Tuesday 10/15/2019
Your neighborhood deer are gearing up for winter - Get ready
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 2:53 am

(NewsUSA) - Like many mammals, deer physically prepare for winter by better insulating their bodies. In the fall, deer gradually trade their summer coats for a warmer winter one, which is more substantial and has thicker, longer, darker hair called "guard hairs" to protect their fur and skin from rain and snow.

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Monday 10/07/2019
Are Those Eco-Friendly Product Labels Telling the Truth?
Posted: October 07, 2019

(StatePoint) When you see a product labeled “eco-friendly,” or “environmentally sustainable,” it can be tempting to take this at face-value and feel good about your purchase. However, a new report shows that while many major companies are making claims that they are tackling the plastic pollution crisis, there are reasons to be skeptical.

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Monday 09/09/2019
Eco-Smart Company Keeps Landfills Free of Old Textile Fibers
Updated: October 26, 2019 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - You probably don't think much about the fate of old, worn-out uniforms from restaurants, stores, healthcare facilities, sports teams, and other industries. But the fact is that many end up in landfills. However, one company is doing its part to lessen this carbon footprint by repurposing these old uniforms into new.

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Friday 09/06/2019
Know What To Do In Case Of A Disaster
Updated: September 10, 2019 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—In 2019 alone, there have been at least six weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each—but you can be prepared for anything with the expert assistance of a NAPO Professional Member.

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Thursday 08/08/2019
How Your Family Can Protect Songbirds Around Your House and Garden
Posted: August 08, 2019

(StatePoint) Songbirds are not only beautiful, they are a vital component of the ecosystems they inhabit. If you have a garden, you may have observed this in action.

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Wednesday 12/04/2019
Prepare Your Family for Winter Weather
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) While the impact of winter weather varies across the country, nearly all Americans are affected in some capacity each year as temperatures drop, from freezing rain to severe blizzards. One of the key dangers when severe weather strikes is the potential loss of heat, power and communication services. Making a portable generator part of your family’s emergency plan can help keep your loved ones safe and warm in the event of an unexpected power outage.

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Clever Kitchen Upgrades
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 2:48 am

Fresh colors and textures for a functional kitchen style

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Spruce Up Your Guestroom for the Holidays
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) The holidays are typically a time for lots of merriment and cheer. They also often include an abundance of guests visiting your home, which means it’s time to get the guestroom ready for family and friends who’ll be spending time with you this season.

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3 Holiday Activities to Engage with Loved Ones
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) Any time can be the right time to enjoy memorable moments with family members, but the holidays present a special opportunity to have meaningful conversations and interactions with loved ones.

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Warm, Cozy and Eco-Friendly
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 2:48 am

Earth-friendly home improvements for winter

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Remodel Your Way to a Bigger ROI
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) Homeowners and renters remodel, redesign and restructure their homes for a variety of reasons. Even a newly constructed dream home needs improvements over time.

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On-Trend Home Design
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) If a home makeover is on your horizon, it’s the perfect time to take note of design trends that may help shape your project. Today’s hottest looks leave plenty of room for personal interpretation, so it’s easier than ever to incorporate the latest looks for a home that seamlessly blends your personality with on-trend decor and design elements.

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Break Free from Costly Streaming Services
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) Monthly subscription fees for streaming video services can really add up. That’s why television, film and music stars – such as The Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Sherzinger, Terrance Howard (“Hustle & Flow,” “Empire”), Chris Noth (“Sex and the City,” “Law & Order”), Carmen Electra (“Baywatch,” “Scary Movie”) and Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph from season 23 of “The Bachelor” – are breaking up with their paid streaming services in new commercials that appear to be typical therapy sessions, instead opting for a free streaming option like Tubi. With more than 15,000 movies and TV shows, the advertiser-supported service is available on nearly every type of device, including Android and iOS mobile devices, video game consoles, plug-and-play streaming devices and more.

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Wednesday 11/27/2019
From lawn mowers to snowblowers – equipment prep for changing seasons
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 3:11 am

(BPT) - As you finish yard cleanup and watch the forecast for signs of winter, it’s time to make that transition from lawn equipment to snow removal equipment.

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Bringing Communities Together
Updated: December 02, 2019 - 3:19 am

(Family Features) It’s important today to find ways to connect with others to help deepen your understanding of those around you. In a time when differences seem to dominate today’s culture, it can help to find similarities, draw connections and bridge worlds.

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Tuesday 07/23/2019
A Crazy Buggy Summer: Tips for Dealing With Home Insect Invasions
Posted: July 23, 2019

(StatePoint) Spotting more bugs than usual around the house? While a pest problem can cause embarrassment and concern, this summer you can take comfort in the fact that not only are you not alone, there are new ways of dealing with insects that can help you manage the problem without harsh chemicals.

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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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