Valley Bargain Book: Around The Home Front

Around The Home Front

  • Home Improvement

    4 Home Improvement Ideas

    (Family Features) Whether you’re thinking about a bathroom update, kitchen overhaul or any other type of home improvement project, these tips from the experts at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and eLivingtoday.com can help you get started.

  • Home Improvement

    Small-Scale Home Upgrades with a Big Impact

    (Family Features) When it comes to remodeling, there are dozens of ways to improve your home’s overall value and appeal without breaking the bank. Opt for projects that are manageable in scale, affordable and deliver benefits in multiple ways, such as aesthetics and energy efficiency.

  • Home Improvement

    Energy-Efficient Ideas to Upgrade Your Home

    (Family Features) Energy bills are likely among the largest expenses for homeowners, but you can take action to lower those costs. During a remodel, a certified contractor can help you make smart decisions when it comes to selecting appliances, windows and insulation for your projects.

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 02/13/2020
Building a Home? What to Ask Your Builder About Lighting
Posted: February 13, 2020

(StatePoint) While lighting is an essential piece of new home design; it’s often selected and installed at the end of the building process. What’s more, statement-making decorative lighting is often not part of the initial design at all. 

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Tuesday 01/28/2020
Consumer Safety Alert: Anchor It! Ahead of the Big Game
Updated: February 22, 2020 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - Ahead of the big game, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issues a safety warning to families nationwide.

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Saturday 12/14/2019
2020 Interior Design Trends on the Horizon
Posted: December 14, 2019

(StatePoint) The beginning of the new year is a natural time to think about refreshing the look of your home, and in 2020, “cozy” and “warm” are trending keywords for interior design, according to experts, with luxurious textiles, inviting color palettes, and warm mixed metals found across all design styles.

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Thursday 12/12/2019
Sleigh Holiday Décor With These On-Trend Design Tips
Posted: December 12, 2019

(StatePoint) There’s something magical about the winter holiday season -- perhaps it’s the moments spent with loved ones, the aroma of sugar cookies and peppermint, or the cozy, twinkling lights. But when it comes to decorating, there are hundreds of different styles and determining your personal holiday aesthetic can be difficult.

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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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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 - 2:48 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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Tuesday 02/04/2020
U.N. Declares 2020 As The International Year Of Plant Health
Updated: February 13, 2020 - 2:37 am

(NAPSI)—Can you imagine a world without fruit or flowers? Without farms or forests? It sounds extreme, but it could happen. Plants are under attack and the culprit is invasive pests. Some are so small, you can’t see them with your eyes. But they are there, and it’s time that everyone takes notice. That’s why the United Nations (U.N.) has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health. It’s calling on individuals, organ­izations, industries, scientists and governments at all levels to work together to protect plants against the introduction and spread of invasive pests.


Healthy Plants = Human Survival
Plants are the foundation of all life on Earth. They make the oxygen we breathe and give us 80 percent of the food we eat. They sustain our livestock, provide habitat for wildlife and help our world to thrive. And plants add beauty and joy to people’s lives.


According to the U.N., invasive pests destroy up to 40 percent of food crops globally and cause $220 billion in trade losses each year. This trade, worth nearly $1.7 trillion annually, has become crucial for human survival and economic growth in rural areas.


To feed the world’s growing population, the U.N. estimates that agricultural production must increase by about 60 percent by 2050. That means we must do everything we can now to protect plant health from destructive invasive pests.


What You Can Do
The good news is that there are simple steps anyone can take to protect plants. It just takes one person to make a difference. For example, a hospital groundskeeper in Boston was the first to notice a strange-looking, dime-sized hole in a tree. Her call provided an early warning and jump-started the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) control effort, which quickly eliminated the destructive Asian longhorned beetle from that city.


Here are ways you can help:
•    Look for and report unusual signs of pests or diseases in trees and plants.
•    Don’t move untreated firewood. Instead, buy heat-treated firewood or responsibly gather wood where you will burn it to ensure tree-killing beetles hiding inside can’t spread to new areas.
•    When returning from international travel, always declare any food, plants or other agricultural items to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, so its experts can ensure they are pest-free.
•    Before buying seeds or plants online from other countries, contact USDA to find out if the items need to be inspected and certified as pest-free or meet other conditions before you can legally bring them into this country.


Learn More
Locate a USDA office and find more tips on www.HungryPests.com, which describes invasive pests that people can accidentally spread and how to help prevent it. You can also join the conversation and get the latest updates at #PlantHealth and #IYPH2020 on social media.

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Friday 01/17/2020
Trees Not Tombstones: New Options For End-of-Life
Posted: January 17, 2020

(NAPSI)—The vast majority of Americans have not completed their end-of-life planning. In fact, over half of those age 45-plus have done no end-of-life planning at all, according to a recent survey conducted by Better Place Forests, the country’s first sustainable alternative to cemeteries for families that choose cremation.

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Monday 01/13/2020
Beneficial Microbes In Our Everyday Lives
Posted: January 13, 2020

(NAPSI)—The last few years have seen a substantial increase in the number of products containing microbes in the market. Microbes are living organisms, such as bacteria or fungi, that are too small for the naked eye. They are found all around us and present rich opportunities to advance our lives.

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Wednesday 12/18/2019
“Bee” Thankful for Pollinators
Posted: December 18, 2019

(NAPSI)—When you gather with family or friends around the table this holiday season, consider just how much pollinators contribute to your favorite dishes.

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What Is Lurking In The Pork Sold At Walmart Stores?
Posted: December 18, 2019

(NAPSI)—When Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928, the average U.S. life expectancy was around 57 years. Today, largely thanks to the era of antibiotics that he created; life expectancy now stands at 79.

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Friday 12/06/2019
How To Choose A Christmas Tree: Tips From Expert Arborist Mark Chisholm
Posted: December 06, 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
Posted: November 26, 2019

(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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Friday 11/08/2019
Prepare Your Home For The Rough Weather Ahead
Posted: November 08, 2019

(NAPSI)—There have been more than 80 extreme weather events in the United States that caused at least $1 billion each in damage since 2011, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Centers for Environmental Information.

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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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Wednesday 02/19/2020
4 Home Improvement Ideas
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re thinking about a bathroom update, kitchen overhaul or any other type of home improvement project, these tips from the experts at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and eLivingtoday.com can help you get started.

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Small-Scale Home Upgrades with a Big Impact
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) When it comes to remodeling, there are dozens of ways to improve your home’s overall value and appeal without breaking the bank. Opt for projects that are manageable in scale, affordable and deliver benefits in multiple ways, such as aesthetics and energy efficiency.

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Energy-Efficient Ideas to Upgrade Your Home
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Energy bills are likely among the largest expenses for homeowners, but you can take action to lower those costs. During a remodel, a certified contractor can help you make smart decisions when it comes to selecting appliances, windows and insulation for your projects.

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5 Ways to Add Luxury to Your Laundry Room
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Updating your laundry room with a distinctive design and increased functionality can be one of the most exciting ways to refresh your home. Chic decor and elements of personal style can transform a dull, tired space into a luxurious retreat you may find yourself sneaking off to. Use these five tips to breathe new life into a room that is often forgotten.

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Home Upgrades that Really Work
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:36 am

Ideas and inspiration to create more functional spaces

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Sustainable Home Upgrades for Better Health
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) When you’re on a quest to create a home environment that promotes wellness, it can be difficult to know where to begin. One easy solution is to look for small changes that improve your personal well-being while also promoting a better environment overall.

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Wednesday 02/12/2020
Celebrate Awards Season with a Look to the Past
Updated: February 17, 2020 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) Awards season is the time of year when Hollywood celebrates its best films and talents. It’s also an opportunity to take note of the actors and actresses lighting up the big screen, many with long careers you can watch unfold by taking a look back at their roles through the years.  

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Going Green with Natural Stone
Updated: February 17, 2020 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) The 2017 color of the year, revealed by the Pantone Color Institute is a near-avocado hue called “Greenery.”

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Renovations in Every Room
Updated: February 17, 2020 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) If your favorite room is outdated and dingy, a renovation may be all you need to make the old feel new and to fall in love with your home all over again.

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Wednesday 02/05/2020
Save Money Through Energy Efficiency
Updated: February 10, 2020 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) As much as half of the average homeowner’s monthly utility expenses go toward cooling and heating, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). For many households, that makes energy the largest home-related expense each month, next to a mortgage payment.

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Monday 02/10/2020
How to Make Household Shopping a Breeze
Posted: February 10, 2020

(StatePoint) One of the most important parts of any household or personal care routine is shopping for all the items you need. With new products introduced to store shelves all the time, sorting the best from the rest can be a time consuming process.

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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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