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June 1, 2015

Around The Home Front

  • Home Improvement

    Tips for Perfect Laundry, Every Time

    (Family Features) Keeping your wardrobe and entertaining linens fresh and clean is no easy task – from fitting your laundry routine into your lifestyle to removing the toughest stains from your bright whites.

  • Home Improvement

    Power Your Way Through Summer

    (Family Features) As temperatures rise, there are more and more reasons you may find yourself in need of electricity. From weather-related emergencies that leave your home without power to camping or tailgating, where electricity adds convenience, you can keep the power at all times with a portable generator.

  • Home Improvement

    Energy-Efficient Renovation Tips

    (Family Features) Picking paint colors and ogling kitchen remodels on Pinterest can be fun for homeowners looking to renovate. However, today’s homeowners are looking for upgrades that not only look great, but save money. Energy-efficiency improvements are a smart investment toward curbing energy use, cutting energy bills, and increasing the value of a home.

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 05/07/2015
Add Color to Customize Your Home's Interiors
Updated: May 07, 2015 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) In a world where home décor options can often seem bland, you may be wondering how to colorfully customize interior spaces to fit your lifestyle and speak to your personality. Luckily, you’re not alone.

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Thursday 02/12/2015
Hot home design trend: DIY concrete projects that add personality
Updated: February 13, 2015 - 3:30 am

(BPT) - Want cool, whimsical and funky design in your home? One of the most simple and seamless ways to translate your personality into home expression is with concrete.

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Friday 11/14/2014
Delight the Five Senses this Holiday Season
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) To create a memorable holiday experience this year, turn your gifts, celebrations and home décor into a festive feast for the five senses.

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Wednesday 10/01/2014
Decorate Your Home this Season for Under $100
Updated: October 03, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) When it comes to filling your home with fall flair and warm festive cheer, you don’t have to rely on generic décor purchased from the store, which can be pricy and forgettable. This holiday season make your home unique with a little DIY.

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Friday 08/15/2014
Ten Home Décor Trends for Your Rental
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) Just because you’re a renter doesn’t mean you need to settle for bland, boring décor. You can make more of your space in an inexpensive yet trendy way.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Stay on Top of Design Trends When Updating Your Home Décor
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:38 am

(StatePoint) Whether you have a traditionally styled interior or your home sports more contemporary décor, you can stay on top of design trends when refreshing your home’s look.

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Wednesday 08/06/2014
Quick, Easy Ways to add Warmth to Your Home Décor for Fall
Updated: August 06, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) We all get bored from time to time and want to change things up. While it’s easy to add items to your wardrobe or try a new hairstyle, it may not always feel as easy to change the look and feel of your home.

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Tuesday 07/22/2014
Home Improvement Tips to Make the Most of Small Spaces
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:38 am

(StatePoint) No matter where you live, you want to make the most of your available living and storage space.

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Monday 06/09/2014
Small Touches Can Make a Big Impact on Your Home’s Interior Design
Updated: June 09, 2014 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) For homeowners looking to make a big interior design splash while staying on-trend, it’s all about focusing on little touches, say experts.

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Tuesday 06/03/2014
Spruce Up Your Home this Summer for Under $100
Updated: June 03, 2014 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) Looking for an easy and inexpensive way to refresh your home this summer? With a little inspiration and work you can give your home a quick makeover within a limited budget.

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Thursday 05/28/2015
Invasive Pests In The Classroom
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Don’t look now, but invasive species are invading classrooms. That’s the word from experts who say such pests have been popping up across America for decades.

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5 smart upgrades to bring your home into the future
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - From school to work to travel, technology has changed virtually every aspect of life in the United States. In fact, 64 percent of American adults own a smartphone, and more than half of them use their smartphones almost exclusively for banking and to get health information. There’s no doubt that the demand for connectivity and high tech improvements has never been greater. The next big tech trend: the smart home.

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Tuesday 04/07/2015
4 simple steps to shop earth-friendly
Updated: April 08, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - It's important the food your family eats is delicious, nutritious and provides the energy everyone needs to tackle the day. But the best meals are those that are healthy for both your family and the Earth. Plus, it doesn’t take a ton of effort to make your meals at home more earth-friendly. Start with these four simple tips:

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Wednesday 04/01/2015
Recycle—Be Rewarded
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—On Earth Day and all year long, you can help the environment through an inspiring program by using a beauty product with a special label.

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Tuesday 03/31/2015
Make Every Day Earth Day: Reuse and Refill!
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Every consumer choice you make has an impact on the environment. Earth Day, celebrated April 22, is a great time to evaluate how you can make simple changes for a healthier planet.

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Monday 03/30/2015
Three Ways Your Technology Can Help You Go Green this Earth Day
Updated: March 30, 2015 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) These days, there’s no reason why you can’t be both tech-savvy and an environmentalist. More gadgets and technical appliances are trending green, and this Earth Day is the perfect time to learn how you can adopt some of these innovations in your life.

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Monday 03/09/2015
Is Your Home Hurting You? Reducing Pollutants and Chemicals at Home
Updated: March 09, 2015 - 3:38 am

(StatePoint) The spring cleaning season is a great time to take a closer look at some of the potentially harmful chemicals present in your home -- and to seek out healthier alternatives.     

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Friday 03/06/2015
Reducing food waste: Good for restaurants, diners and the environment
Updated: March 13, 2015 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - Americans are more environmentally aware than ever, and the demand for sustainability has even made its way to our tables. If you’re among those seeking dining options that feature locally sourced and sustainably harvested ingredients, you’re part of a powerful movement. But are you as aware of where leftover food ends up when it leaves your table? Or where unpurchased, unused foods go?

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Sunday 03/01/2015
Are Your Spring Cleaning Products Safe?
Updated: March 01, 2015 - 3:39 am

(StatePoint) Do you know what ingredients are in the cleaning products you buy? Probably not, as there are no federal governmental regulations requiring companies to disclose their contents. But harsh chemicals can take their toll on the indoor air quality of your home, are harmful to the environment and may irritate eyes and skin.

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Wednesday 02/18/2015
Honoring American Agriculture On March 18
Updated: February 19, 2015 - 3:30 am

(NAPSI)—“In no other country do so few people produce so much food, to feed so many, at such reasonable prices.”—President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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Monday 06/01/2015
Tips for Perfect Laundry, Every Time
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Keeping your wardrobe and entertaining linens fresh and clean is no easy task – from fitting your laundry routine into your lifestyle to removing the toughest stains from your bright whites.

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Power Your Way Through Summer
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) As temperatures rise, there are more and more reasons you may find yourself in need of electricity. From weather-related emergencies that leave your home without power to camping or tailgating, where electricity adds convenience, you can keep the power at all times with a portable generator.

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Energy-Efficient Renovation Tips
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Picking paint colors and ogling kitchen remodels on Pinterest can be fun for homeowners looking to renovate. However, today’s homeowners are looking for upgrades that not only look great, but save money. Energy-efficiency improvements are a smart investment toward curbing energy use, cutting energy bills, and increasing the value of a home.

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Get Your Yard Ready for Outdoor Fun
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) From impromptu dinners with pals to celebrating special events with family, warm weather adventures await in your own backyard. Before you invite the gang over to enjoy cocktails or a cookout, make sure your outdoor spaces give the right impression for enjoying those carefree summer moments.

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What’s your storage style?
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Storage has style? Really? Of course it does. And when it comes to tackling storage projects, don’t skimp on creating the style that best suits your personality.

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Let It Grow
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Whether it’s a just a vibrant pop of pretty petals you want added to the front of the home or a raised bed full of delicious fruits and vegetables, the return of warmer weather has many homeowners reaching for their gardening gloves.

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Design Your Dream Outdoor Kitchen
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) It often starts as a blank spot on the patio, usually somewhere just outside the back door. Then come the “things” to fill the spot. There’s so much to consider that it gets difficult to make a decision.

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Wednesday 05/27/2015
Want to teach your children to be good stewards? Time to get your hands dirty
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Growing your own garden is a popular pastime that cuts grocery bills and puts fresh produce within arm’s reach. But to parents it’s so much more than that. Gardening is a trending family activity that provides plenty of teachable moments, and it also promotes positive characteristics like self reliance and stewardship of the earth.

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Monday 05/25/2015
Simple Accents
Updated: May 25, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Small details and accent pieces can make a big difference when it comes to dressing up your home. However, adding a touch of personal style doesn’t have to break the bank; you can actually make a big difference by adding simple, practical and inexpensive accents in every room.

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Throwing a Decked Out Deck Party
Updated: May 25, 2015 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, graduation party or making the most of a summer holiday, the perfect preparations and attention to ambiance are key ingredients to a successful outdoor celebration.

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Friday 05/22/2015
Floor your house guests with creative design twists
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Hardwood flooring brings enduring beauty, charm and value to a home. Not content to keep a good thing underfoot, inspired homeowners are now finding new and creative locations to use it for a dramatic effect.

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Wednesday 05/20/2015
Find space with grace, the best positioning for items around your house
Updated: May 27, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Equations are for more than just math class; did you know there’s a proper order of operations for your home, too? Whether it’s arranging your couch and television for optimal viewing or making sure towel bars are right within reach, knowing a few key numbers can help you determine the ideal place for each item in your home – creating spaces that look great and are easy-to-use.

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Wednesday 05/13/2015
Great Products for People Who Hate Mornings
Updated: May 13, 2015 - 3:30 am

(StatePoint) Do the words “rise and shine” make you cringe? Face it -- you’re just not a morning person. Luckily, there are many products out there that can help you get out of bed... and even on the right side.

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Tuesday 05/12/2015
Save water - and money - in the most budget-draining room in your house
Updated: May 19, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Certain home appliances and features have a reputation for being energy and money wasters; everyone knows the air conditioner draws more electricity and old, leaky windows boost utility bills. But are you aware of the room in your home that uses – and wastes – the most water?

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Thursday 05/07/2015
Top Time-Saving Tips for Household Chores
Updated: May 07, 2015 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) On average, people spend more than two hours daily on such household activities as cleaning and organizing, according to the 2013 American Time Use Survey by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. But there’s no need to spend the bulk of precious free time achieving a spotless home.

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Thursday 04/09/2015
Why DIY? Projects can pay you back big time
Updated: April 16, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Hiring professionals to get jobs done around the house may be convenient, but it can set your budget back quite a bit. Instead, consider doing it yourself – not only to save big bucks but also to showcase your creativity. Do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement is a major trend that will pay you back many times over.

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Wednesday 04/08/2015
4 sensible, affordable ways to give your bathroom spa-like panache
Updated: April 15, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Americans’ love of a spa-like bathroom experience continues to be strong, with industry watchers reporting that luxurious touches like freestanding bathtubs, separate vanities and top quality materials remain in demand. But if you’ve delayed renovating your bathroom, thinking that creating the ultimate spa at home won’t fit your space, budget or lifestyle, think again. It’s possible to create a spa experience that’s as sensible, space appropriate and affordable as it is lavish.

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Monday 04/06/2015
Refreshing your kitchen? What you need to know about the kitchen sink
Updated: April 13, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - If the kitchen is the heart of your home, it would be easy to make the case that the sink is the heart of your kitchen. It’s where you prepare foods, clean dirty hands and scrub dishes before the next culinary project. It's also one of the best features to update when planning a kitchen remodel, thanks to new technology and designs aimed at improving how well kitchen sinks perform.

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Friday 03/27/2015
6 things you should never do when renovating a kitchen
Updated: April 03, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Whether you’ve heard it in the office, a classroom or a soccer field, that old saying about mistakes being valuable learning tools really rings true, doesn’t it? If those mistakes occur during the course of a kitchen renovation, however, it may be difficult to be philosophical about them. Bungle a kitchen redesign, and you’ll either have to live with the consequences for a long time or invest even more money to correct them.

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Friday 03/20/2015
Ahead of the curve: Demystifying 2015 kitchen design trends
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Every new year brings along new design trends, with homeowners often feeling the pressure to mix up their kitchen interiors to keep things current. But the truth is, when embarking on any renovation project, incorporating more timeless (and less trendy) assets will save both time and money in the long run. This ensures any kitchen styling stays current and “fits in” no matter which way the design pendulum swings.

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