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(BPT) - All of your entertainment activities have been canceled, your kids are home from school and your favorite hot spots are closed due to social distancing. Feeling stuck indoors? Now is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy spring in a safe way!

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Thursday 03/26/2020
5 Tips for Better Home Safety this Spring
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) As people become more active during the warmer months, keeping home safety top of mind can sometimes go by the wayside. However, when it comes to fire and carbon monoxide safety, you can never be too prepared.

Keep Clutter at Bay
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) You can get your home reorganized and looking great with just a little bit of TLC and some helpful storage solutions. From those stray groceries that haven’t found a home in the pantry to shampoo bottles that linger on the bathtub ledge, these options can help you get reorganized and maximize your storage space.

Seasonal Home Supplies for Spring
Posted: March 26, 2020

(Family Features) Between spring cleaning and spending additional time outdoors (or both), the spring season can bring a lot of changes to your home. From insect prevention to rethinking home organization and adding style to your favorite spaces, it’s an opportunity to reimagine your living areas while planning ahead for potential problems.

Prepare Your Home for Storm Season
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Protecting your personal safety is the first priority when severe weather emerges with homes and personal property often running a close second. After all, the home is not only a place for comfort and sanctuary – it could be your single largest investment.

7 Steps to Prepare for a Home Remodel
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) A homeowner’s motivation for taking on a remodeling project can vary greatly, but there’s one universal rule of thumb: home upgrades should add value, function or both. This step-by-step guide can help ensure you get the maximum return on your investment and make the most of your remodel.

Easy Ways to Improve Your Home’s Health
Posted: March 26, 2020

(Family Features) Maintaining a healthy home is a goal most Americans share, but not all are confident they’re doing the best job they can to protect their home’s health.

A Spring Cleaning To-Do List
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Spring cleaning often lands in a perfect spot on the calendar to serve as an annual reminder of your regular home maintenance to-do list such as changing HVAC and appliance filters, checking smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and cleaning exterior appliance venting. Keep this checklist from Kidde in mind this spring and find more spring safety information at

Wednesday 03/18/2020
Color Your Kitchen
Updated: March 23, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) While the kitchen is often the busiest room in the house, it is also one of the most important rooms when it comes to renovations. An upgraded, vibrant kitchen that incorporates elements of personal style can make the room more attrac­tive while increasing the home’s overall value.

Tuesday 03/17/2020
How to Extend Your Living Area to Outdoor Spaces
Posted: March 17, 2020

(StatePoint) When warmer weather arrives, it’s all about spending time in your home’s outdoor spaces. Here are a few new ideas for transforming your porch, deck or yard into an oasis of relaxation.

Thursday 03/12/2020
5 Tips for Traveling by Air with Children
Updated: March 19, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Spring, for some families, means packing bags and heading to the airport for a getaway. However, flying with young children can be stressful.

Wednesday 03/11/2020
5 Steps to Help Prevent Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Updated: March 16, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, potentially deadly gas that can be produced by fuel-burning appliances. Stoves, fireplaces, furnaces and many other types of home appliances and cooking devices are potential sources.

Home Decor 101
Updated: March 16, 2020 - 2:33 am

Decorating with bold colors

7 Ideas to Improve Curb Appeal
Updated: March 16, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re hoping to sell in the near future or simply looking to touch up outdated areas, there’s one aspect of home maintenance most homeowners agree is important: curb appeal. It’s a broad term that may reference any number of visible features, meaning there are plenty of ways to enhance the appearance of your house.

5 Steps to Incorporate Universal Design
Updated: March 16, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) As more homeowners opt to remodel their current homes for accessibility and safety, those concerns are taken into consideration especially for kitchens or bathrooms.

Energy-Efficient Ideas to Upgrade Your Home
Updated: March 16, 2020 - 2:33 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.

Monday 03/09/2020
Proper Pruning is All About the Right Tools
Posted: March 09, 2020

(StatePoint) If you are like most homeowners, you need to prune trees, shrubs, bushes and other plants in your yard from time to time. But do you know which tool is best suited for each particular job? Experts say that choosing tools wisely is key to maximizing beauty, and minimizing damage to plants.

Safe Fuel Containers -- Your Link to Seasonal Chores
Posted: March 09, 2020

(StatePoint) People are heading outdoors to prep lawns and gardens for the season and get their families ready for warmer weather. What’s the key common denominator for most of these activities?

Wednesday 03/04/2020
7 ways to boost your home’s curb appeal
Updated: April 01, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Whether you’re looking to sell your home soon or you just want to boost your investment, improving your home’s curb appeal is the best way to increase its value. Another upside of working on your property? The enjoyment and sense of pride after you complete each project.

4 Home Improvement Ideas
Updated: March 09, 2020 - 2:32 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 can help you get started.

Some Over-the-Air TV Frequencies are Changing
Updated: March 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) If you rely on a rooftop or indoor antenna for your TV viewing, changes that may affect your local channels are happening.

Wednesday 02/26/2020
Sustainable Home Upgrades for Better Health
Updated: March 02, 2020 - 2:39 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.

Wednesday 02/19/2020
Small-Scale Home Upgrades with a Big Impact
Updated: February 24, 2020 - 2:55 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.

5 Ways to Add Luxury to Your Laundry Room
Updated: February 24, 2020 - 2:55 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.

Home Upgrades that Really Work
Updated: February 24, 2020 - 2:55 am

Ideas and inspiration to create more functional spaces

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.  

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.”

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.

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.

How to Create a More Functional Laundry Room
Updated: February 10, 2020 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) A laundry room may be one of the spaces that you use the most, but cramped quarters and clutter can hinder your productivity. Eliminate the excuses and get your laundry room under control with these tips to add function to your washing routine.

Wednesday 01/29/2020
Put Safety First
Updated: February 03, 2020 - 2:34 am

Tips for using power tools like a pro

Starting a Home Remodeling Project
Updated: February 03, 2020 - 2:34 am

7 tips for choosing a qualified contractor

Wednesday 01/22/2020
Make the Most of Your Bathroom Renovation
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:43 am

(Family Features) Adding additional bathroom space to your home or renovating an outdated lavatory can improve your home’s usability and increase its value, too. To get the most practical benefits and value out of your new space, there are several factors to consider.

Bring New Life to Your Kitchen with Color
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:43 am

(Family Features) Just as filling your plate with colorful foods is typically good for your body, filling your kitchen with color can be good for the soul. In fact, color is an important element in interior design not only for its aesthetic value, but also because it can shape perceptions and emotions.

Wednesday 01/15/2020
Resolve to Be a Healthier You
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 2:52 am

(Family Features) While traveling more, losing weight and quitting bad habits are annually among some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, the turn of the calendar does represent a perfect opportunity to better yourself in multiple ways.

Top 10 Travel Destinations to Start the New Decade
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 2:52 am

(Family Features) For many, traveling offers an opportunity to disconnect from the everyday and experience new places and cultures. With the beginning of a new decade, it is the perfect time to start deciding your next travel adventures.

Wednesday 01/08/2020
Understanding Rare Cancers
Updated: January 13, 2020 - 2:55 am

Four facts to know about one type of rare cancer, soft tissue sarcomas

5 Ways to Help Keep Your Dog Happy and Healthy
Updated: January 13, 2020 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) There are many emotional benefits to owning a dog, such as companionship and unconditional love, but a pet can also positively affect his or her owners’ physical health, too.

Save Your Way to Lower Home Insurance
Updated: January 13, 2020 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) If your homeowner insurance rates are creeping up even though you haven’t filed any claims, it may be time to take a look at how you can bring those prices back down.

Healthy at Home
Updated: January 13, 2020 - 2:55 am

How to improve indoor airflow and quality

Wednesday 01/01/2020
Room-by-Room Renovations
Updated: January 06, 2020 - 2:48 am

Small changes that add up to a big impact

Make Your Weight Loss Goals a Reality
Updated: January 06, 2020 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) Losing weight is a highly personal journey as a wide range of factors can affect a person’s ability to do so. There’s no one approach to weight loss; rather, the best approach is the one that fits your life and body best.

Give Your Kitchen a Facelift
Updated: January 06, 2020 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) Whether completely remodeling your kitchen or just looking for a few simple upgrades to make your cooking space shine, it can be difficult to know where to begin.

Foster a Love for Literacy
Updated: January 06, 2020 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) Reading plays an obvious role in academic performance, but it’s also an essential life skill. Literacy and effective communication go hand-in-hand, and inspiring a child to embrace reading and writing can help open a world of opportunity.

Apps You’ll App-reciate on Your Next Trip
Updated: January 06, 2020 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) From planning your next getaway to managing your vacation budget, there are myriad apps you can use to make your trip a seamless, more enjoyable experience.

Wednesday 12/25/2019
7 Steps to Take Before Hitting the Road this Holiday
Updated: December 30, 2019 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) If you’re among the millions of Californians who will hit the road for the holidays, you’ll want to make sure your car is road-trip ready.

5 Winter Home Safety Tips
Updated: December 30, 2019 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) When you see frost on the windows in the morning, feel the crunch of leaves underfoot and hear the roar of fire in the fireplace, old man winter has returned.

Clever Kitchen Upgrades
Updated: December 30, 2019 - 2:49 am

Fresh colors and textures for a functional kitchen style

Wednesday 12/18/2019
5 Financial Tips for Teens
Updated: December 23, 2019 - 3:09 am

(Family Features) When it comes to economics, many teens’ mouths write checks their knowledge can’t cash.

Put Some Stoke In Your Stocking
Updated: December 23, 2019 - 3:09 am

(Family Features) The holidays can be a stressful time. From family events or planning your own gathering to finding the perfect gift for your loved ones, it seems like there is never enough time.

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