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Tips for Tackling Storm-Related Roof Damage

(Family Features) Having your home severely damaged by a storm can turn your world upside down. The damage could simply be cosmetic, or so extensive as to render your home uninhabitable. In either case, you need to act fast, but smart, to ensure that your home will be properly repaired.

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Thursday 06/20/2019
Bold and Blended
Posted: June 20, 2019

Upgrade your home without a full renovation

Memorable Family Moments
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

Educational activities ideal for making memories together

Invite the Outdoors In
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

(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.

Wednesday 06/19/2019
Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Space
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

(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.

Explore Top Summer Travel Destinations
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:35 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.

Workplace Tips and Strategies for New Parents
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:35 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.

Prep Your Home for Summer Gatherings
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:35 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.

4 Tips for Peak Pet Fitness
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:35 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.

Your TV Stations May Change Frequencies
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

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

Mandy Moore’s Mindful Tips for a Well-Balanced, Lively Summer
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:35 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.

Monday 06/17/2019
Best food and wine pairings for your summer soiree
Updated: June 25, 2019 - 3:11 am

(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.

Wednesday 06/12/2019
5 Tips to Get Organized
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 3:18 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.

How to Combine Learning and Fun
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 3:18 am

5 tips to keep kids’ brains active and avoid the summer slide

Keep Clutter at Bay
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 3:18 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.

Make Sense of Your Travel Preferences
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 3:18 am

(Family Features) Seasoned travelers know that no two trips are exactly the same, even when revisiting the same location. The weather changes, your personal life and perspective evolve and any combination of factors makes each experience unique. However, if you’re like most travelers, your preferences guide your journeys no matter how far you venture from home.

Mouthwatering Ways to Create Italian Dishes
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 3:18 am

(Family Features) While activities and events seem to rule most people’s schedules, time spent sharing a home-cooked meal is an important way to keep up with loved ones.

To Dad, With Love
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 3:18 am

Gift ideas for a fantastic Father’s Day

Take Your Workout Outdoors for a Fresh Boost
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 3:18 am

(Family Features) As temperatures rise and the sun shines brighter, you might start taking your workouts outside more often. To ensure your body's comfort and safety, you may need to refresh your fitness regimen.

6 Ways to Help Your Dog Maintain Calm Behavior
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 3:18 am

(Family Features) Summer can be a stressful time of year for dogs who experience anxious behaviors, with triggers like fireworks, thunderstorms, summer travel and more taking a toll on pets. While you may not be able to prevent your pet’s anxious behaviors entirely, there are ways you can ease your dog’s apprehension and manage the behavior it can potentially cause.

Veteran Affairs
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 3:18 am

Service members make business ownership a post-military career

Wednesday 06/05/2019
7 Steps Toward Superior Sleep
Updated: June 10, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) While it’s fairly common knowledge that quality sleep is essential to overall wellness, there are several factors that can keep you from getting the rest you need. However, overcoming them is well within your control.

Identifying Your Kitchen Style
Updated: June 10, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) With so many different styles of kitchens and cabinets, sometimes it can be hard to decide on a favorite. While you may see kitchens in a variety of styles and find them all beautiful in their own way, finding inspirations for your dream kitchen often requires sorting through many different considerations.

5 Healthy Tips for Summertime
Updated: June 10, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Healthy living doesn’t always require life-altering changes to your everyday schedule. Even with work obligations, family time or the unexpected twists and turns life can bring during the summer months, these five lifestyle tweaks to implement exercise, nutritious foods and refueling techniques can make a difference for long-term health benefits.

Add Personality to Your Leased Living Space
Updated: June 10, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Even if you don’t own the house you lease, there’s no reason you can’t make it feel like home by taking a creative approach to designing and decorating your space.

Stay Safe on the Road this Summer
Updated: June 10, 2019 - 2:34 am

5 warm weather tire safety tips

Hot Ideas for Outdoor Living
Updated: June 10, 2019 - 2:34 am

Create the backyard retreat of your dreams

Back to the Nest
Updated: June 10, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) For the first time since 1880, more young people are living with their parents than any other living arrangement. A recent report from the Pew Research Center showed the number of 18- to 34-year-olds living at home is higher than the number of young adults who are married or cohabiting in their own home.

Wednesday 05/29/2019
Reduce Your Residential Risk
Updated: June 03, 2019 - 4:29 am

Advice to make your home storm-ready

5 Ways Pets can Improve Mental Health
Updated: June 03, 2019 - 4:29 am

(Family Features) Pet ownership can have a positive effect on people, including those who may be struggling with mental health. From minimizing loneliness and stress to aiding in social situations, pets can truly go above and beyond for their human companions.

Sudden Rapid Heartbeat
Updated: June 03, 2019 - 4:29 am

Revealing a lesser-known heart disorder and what to do about it

Less Fuel, More Power
Updated: June 03, 2019 - 4:29 am

3 lawn care technologies that provide strength, sustainability

4 Ways Kids can Benefit from Growing Up With Pets
Updated: June 03, 2019 - 4:29 am

(Family Features) Pets can make an impression on every member of the family, but the bond between a child and a pet can become a special one with lifelong effects. From increased physical activity to a positive impact on confidence and social skills, there are many ways younger family members can benefit from growing up alongside a furry friend.

Make Your House a Home
Updated: June 03, 2019 - 4:29 am

Tips for adding personality to your leased living space

Wednesday 05/22/2019
What to Know Before Any Home Project Involving Digging
Posted: May 22, 2019

(StatePoint) When you look down at the ground you may not realize the millions of miles of buried utility infrastructure that keeps society clothed, fed, powered, connected, and a whole lot more. Unfortunately, many of us are on an out-of-sight, out-of-mind basis with the pipes, wires, and cables situated right under our feet, and this can have disastrous consequences when we try to dig without doing our homework first.

5 Springtime Adventure Ideas for You and Your Pet
Updated: May 27, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) As temperatures rise and days get longer, pets, just like humans, get excited about spring. It’s time to get into new routines, and warmer weather provides the perfect opportunity to spend more time with your pet, creating memories both indoors and out.

Take a Holistic Approach to Self-Care
Updated: May 27, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) While you aim to live a full, happy life, achieving it starts with protecting your most valuable asset: your health. Though the pace of life and other external variables can hinder you from putting your health first, self-care should not be ignored. Proactively taking care of your physical and mental health is one of the best ways to ensure a longer, healthier life.

9 Troublesome Weed Zones to Tackle
Updated: May 27, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) Weeds are opportunists that take advantage of bleak growing conditions to set root. If you've ever seen a weed growing out of a crack in your driveway or other paving, you know that weeds, by nature, can adapt to almost any spot.

Stream Your Favorite Seasons of a Historic Show
Updated: May 27, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) Entertainment seekers hooked on stories of love and romance can indulge in finding some of the early episodes of one of the most popular reality dating shows of all-time for free.

How Children Can Receive Free or Low-Cost Preventive Care
Updated: May 27, 2019 - 2:39 am

Medicaid and CHIP benefits include vaccines, regular checkups, dental visits

Take Music and Podcasts Everywhere You Go
Updated: May 27, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) Music is everywhere, and today’s tech-enabled world makes it easy to enjoy the sounds of your favorite artists and storytellers no matter where you go.

Small-Scale Home Upgrades with a Big Impact
Updated: May 27, 2019 - 2:39 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.

Spruce Up for Summer
Updated: May 27, 2019 - 2:39 am

Make your backyard the perfect outdoor space

Don't Let Stroke Strike Twice
Updated: May 27, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) Not all strokes can be prevented, but making healthy lifestyle choices, like exercising, eating right, maintaining a healthy weight and treating conditions such as high blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure can help reduce your risk of another one.

Understanding Common Myths About Prostate Health
Updated: May 27, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) When it comes to your health, misconceptions about treatment options and their potential side effects can have a negative impact on your overall wellbeing. One common condition that is shrouded by misinformation is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Also known as enlarged prostate, BPH is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate that typically occurs as men age causing bothersome urinary symptoms such as a frequent need to urinate day and night, weak flow, difficulty starting urination, an urgent need to go, and other symptoms. The condition affects more than 40 million men in the United States alone with more than 40 percent of men over 50 and 80 percent of men over 70 suffering from BPH.1,2,3

Wednesday 05/15/2019
Pushing for a Strong Start for Babies
Updated: May 20, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) More than 10,000 babies are born each day in the United States. Where they are born and where they live during the first years of their lives can make a difference in their chances for strong starts.

Planning for the Future
Updated: May 20, 2019 - 2:53 am

Taking inventory of your financial health

6 Steps to Up Your Home's Curb Appeal
Updated: May 20, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) For good or bad, first impressions count. Whether you’re keeping up with the Joneses or capturing attention from would-be buyers, give your home’s curb appeal a boost with these easy steps.

Simple Home Renovations
Updated: May 20, 2019 - 2:53 am

7 projects that improve resale value

Smart Value
Updated: May 20, 2019 - 2:53 am

Tech upgrades to improve home function

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