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Productive Paint Projects

(Family Features) With many homeowners seeking to renovate or reshape the look of their homes, one common project stands above many others: painting.

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Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

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Thursday 07/09/2020
Starting a Home Remodeling Project
Posted: July 09, 2020

7 tips for choosing a qualified contractor

Practical Home Upgrades to Improve Function and Ambiance
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Homeowners tackling interior upgrades often focus their attention on two of the most-used rooms the in the house: the kitchen and bathroom. Tailoring these rooms to your personal preferences may enhance your enjoyment of the space, but most experts recommend thinking long term for the biggest return on your investment.

4 Tips for Working from Home with Your Pet
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) One of the perks of working from home is more time with your pets. While it can be exciting to have your furry friends by your side all day, it’s important to know how to make the day as productive and pleasant as possible for you and your pet. Mindfully incorporating your pet and his needs into your routine can allow for an efficient and successful workday with your four-legged coworker.

5 Ways Youth Can Connect Food Choices to a Healthier Planet
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Although many young people care deeply about global issues like food and the environment, they don’t necessarily see these matters as connected. By learning more about the source of their food and the benefits of making nutritious choices, eating appropriate portions and minimizing food waste, youth can better understand the positive impact on their own and the planet’s health.

Creating a Spa Oasis
Posted: July 09, 2020

(Family Features) Transforming your bathroom into a personal home spa allows you to come home to a relaxing environment every day. By making space and removing clutter, along with adding decorative touches, you can achieve a stylish spa-like atmosphere in the comfort of your own home.

Add Natural Light to Any Room
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Increasing the amount of natural light that enters your home can help make spaces feel larger and more inviting. An option like Sun Tunnel Skylights from Velux are a cost-effective, healthy way to transform nearly any room by funneling natural light from the roof through the attic to the area below.

4 Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Across the country, people are fostering and adopting furry friends more, with the number of animals in foster homes 43% higher than it was in 2019, according to 24PetWatch. With this uptick in fostering, potential pet owners are determining if they are ready and able to care for a pet permanently, and shelters are bracing for a time when these pets may be returned once people go back to work.

Wednesday 07/08/2020
Expert tips to maximize your victory garden
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

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Keep Safe with Home Upgrades This Summer
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Extra time around the house this summer may be welcome for avid DIYers. With lists of upgrades and renovations to tackle, homeowners can rely on portable generators to power tools such as drills, circular saws and more when working outside.

Big Results on a Little Budget
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) With the abundance of home improvement shows on TV, DIY has evolved from an intimidating trade for the pros to an easy-to-manage project for even the least handy of humans. Transforming a home from disaster to delightful through simple DIY projects and repairs is much easier than you may think and can save you a bundle in the process. If the thought of doing your own handy work has you wiping your brow, think again with these easy improvements.

Shop Your Way to an Organized Closet
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) If you often find yourself standing in front of a closet bursting with clothes but can’t find anything to wear, it may be time for a makeover – not only for your wardrobe, but for your closet, too.

4 Tips for Planning a Summer Family Vacation
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) As stay-at-home orders ease, many families are eager to get out of the house and hit the road for a summer trip. However, vacation will most likely look different this year as families looking to get away may stay closer to home and take extra precautions.

Smart Summer Skin Care
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

Get back to basics with warm weather skin care tips

Wednesday 07/01/2020
4 Creative Ways to Drive Website Traffic
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Consistent website traffic is an essential building block for a successful online business. While paid ads and search engine optimization are valuable strategies, there are some lesser known, but equally effective, ways to attract potential customers to your website or funnel.

The Business of Reading
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 2:30 am

5 impactful books for building your small business

Top Ways to Reach Your Target Market
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) An amazing product, a phenomenal business model and a great team may put you on the right path, but ultimately, they mean little to your chances for success as a business owner if you don’t get in front of your target market.

Engage Virtually
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 2:30 am

Tips for keeping older adults connected

Market Your Business for Long-Term Success
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Rapid growth and long-term success are the dreams virtually every entrepreneur pursues. The fire pushes you to ascend to the mountaintop quickly and stay there as long as possible.

Smart Advice to Build Your Own Business
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) With many tools and resources available, it is easy for entrepreneurs to build successful businesses. The United States has somewhere around 27 million entrepreneurs, and 69% of them started their businesses at home, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report from researchers at Babson College and Baruch College. 

8 Tips for Safely Operating Battery-Powered Tools
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Battery-powered power tools make it convenient and efficient to tackle chores around the house and job site. While batteries eliminate the risks associated with electricity, they come with their own requirements for safe use and handling.

Tuesday 06/30/2020
Staying home? 5 tips for creating a comforting outdoor retreat
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

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Thursday 06/25/2020
How to pour a slab to build a shed for top ROI and expanded living space
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am


Wednesday 06/24/2020
Upgrade Your Home, Downgrade Energy Usage
Updated: June 29, 2020 - 2:33 am

7 efficient home improvement projects

Managing Your Emotions
Updated: June 29, 2020 - 2:33 am

How to navigate a crisis and come out stronger

7 Tips for Summer Gardening Success
Updated: June 29, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) When temperatures peak and the summer sun shines for long hours throughout the day, it can put a burden on your garden and the plants growing in it. Some steps may be easier to take than others, but there are ways to keep your greenery thriving even in relentlessly scorching heat.

Home Safe Home
Updated: June 29, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Some home upgrades are aesthetic, and some are for function. These ideas, all with better home safety in mind, show there’s no reason you can’t have both.

Ultimate Upgrades
Updated: June 29, 2020 - 2:33 am

Practical tips to improve your home’s function and ambiance

Thursday 06/18/2020
Sustainable Home Upgrades for Better Health
Updated: June 24, 2020 - 2:30 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 06/17/2020
Go Ahead, Make His Day
Updated: June 22, 2020 - 2:31 am

Dad-approved gifts for Father’s Day

5 Tips to Build Resilience in School-Aged Children
Updated: June 22, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Resilience – the capacity to prepare for, adapt to and grow through disruption, trauma and loss – is a skill many parents want for their children. However, there is more to it than “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps” or persevering through hardships.

7 Tips to Save Money and Have Fun Shopping Online
Updated: June 22, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Online shopping allows you the ease of getting items delivered directly to your door. Not only is online shopping convenient, but it also allows you to discover sites that help you save money while shopping.

6 Reasons to Pick Up Some Pistachios
Updated: June 22, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Flavorful and fun, pistachios are a convenient source of protein you can enjoy on the go or in meals. In addition, research shows pistachios have even more health benefits.

Thursday 06/11/2020
Smart tips for easy summer lawn care
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - The sun is shining and temperatures are rising across the country, signaling that summer is in full swing. Summer can present some unique challenges for lawn care, but with the right strategies and a few useful tools, you'll save time and have the best yard on the block.

Wednesday 06/10/2020
Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Space
Updated: June 15, 2020 - 2:31 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.

After the Armed Forces
Updated: June 15, 2020 - 2:31 am

Business ownership appeals to veterans seeking post-military careers

Weather the Storm
Updated: June 15, 2020 - 2:31 am

Prepare early for power outages and other storm impacts

Small-Scale Home Upgrades with a Big Impact
Updated: June 15, 2020 - 2:31 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.

6 Steps to Up Your Home's Curb Appeal
Updated: June 15, 2020 - 2:31 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.

Practical Tips for Caregivers Facing a Pandemic
Updated: June 15, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Whether your role as a caregiver has you looking out for an elderly relative, children or both, chances are good that you’ve worried about how the COVID-19 pandemic may continue to affect your ability to provide necessary care.

Wednesday 06/03/2020
Reduce Your Risk of Another Heart Attack or Stroke
Updated: June 08, 2020 - 2:30 am

COVID-19 pandemic highlights importance of maintaining healthy routines

4 Steps for DIY Paint Project Success
Updated: June 08, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Painting is one of the easiest and most impactful DIY projects for homeowners to quickly update their homes. Whether it’s a new look in a master bathroom, adding a pop of color to the guest room, finishing off a basement remodel or anything in-between, a fresh coat of paint provides a fresh spin that’s all your own.

Find Inspiration in Award-Winning Home Design
Updated: June 08, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Award-winning renovation projects aren’t just a way to identify top-notch contractors, they’re a chance for homeowners to gather ideas and learn from other home improvement success stories.

Wednesday 05/27/2020
A Nutritious, Appetizing Addition
Updated: June 01, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) One of the simplest ways to make meals tastier and more nutritious: just add mushrooms. You can multiply the flavor and nutrients like vitamin D and selenium by adding them to tacos, pasta, burgers and more. Find recipes and cooking tips at mushroomcouncil.com.

The Pill Turns Sweet 60
Updated: June 01, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Celebrating groundbreaking moments from six decades of the birth control pill empowering women to prevent pregnancy on their own terms.

Get Ready to Roll Safely Into Summer
Updated: June 01, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) During the summer months, personal vehicles tend to cover a lot of ground between travel and daily commutes.

Wednesday 05/20/2020
Essential Pantry Staples to Have on Hand
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Keeping a well-stocked pantry ensures you can pull together a quality meal on a moment's notice or when unexpected circumstances keep you from making it to the store. In many homes, the pantry is filled with mismatched odds and ends that may not fit together, but you can shop smart to gather basic ingredients you need for a wide range of recipes.

5 Tips for Bringing a New Pet Home
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Bringing a pet home for the first time – even if you already have other pets – can be an exciting moment. However, it's important to involve the whole family in discussing whether your family will foster or adopt, and what each family member's responsibilities with the new pet will be. It also takes preparation and patience to ensure a smooth transition.

5 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Decking Contractor
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) When it comes to tackling a backyard makeover, there is no time like the present to start planning. Unless you're planning to build your own deck, one of the first items on your "to-do" list should be hiring a contractor.

Kids Can Save Lives by Getting Active at Home
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) As millions of people across the globe social distance and self-quarantine to help prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus, kids and families can help save lives by getting active at home.

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