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Wednesday 12/05/2018
Winter Weather Emergency Preparedness
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) As temperatures drop, the risk of severe winter weather conditions and sudden power outages rise. Preparing your family ahead of time can help minimize the impact of a power loss.

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The Art of the Perfect Gift
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Even in a world where just about anything is a few clicks away, finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can still be a difficult task. One trick to winning the holidays is bringing back the basics by choosing presents you know your loved ones need and can actually use.

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Trending Gifts Topping Wish Lists this Year
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Nostalgia often runs deep during the holidays, and retro gifts are one way to relive the holiday celebrations of your childhood.

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5 Ways to Support Your Community this Holiday Season
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Each year, the true spirit of the holidays can seem to get buried further beneath mountains of wrapping paper and drowned out by commercialism.

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Deck the Halls for Happy Holidays
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Whether you opt for fresh-cut or fresh out of the box, trimming the tree is a staple of holiday decor in most homes. However, if you'll be entertaining this season, you may want to go beyond the tree and take your seasonal decorating to whole new level.

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Go Exploring for These Hidden Travel Gems
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Discovering a region’s secret treasures is one of the greatest rewards of travel. When you embrace an adventurer’s spirit, there’s no telling just where you’ll go. From an uncharted journey back in time to new ways to appreciate unconventional art, a vacation that celebrates the unexpected is an ideal way to uncover hidden travel gems.

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3 Common New Parent Questions
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Almost every new parent knows the feeling: It’s 2 a.m., you’re bleary-eyed and you want nothing more than everyone to get some sleep. However, you’re up, and so is your new baby.

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Monday 12/03/2018
7 Questions To Ask Around Winterizing Outdoor Power Equipment
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:36 am

(NAPSI)—When the colder weather blows in, it’s often time to put away such outdoor power equipment as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and trimmers, and get out snow throwers, generators and other small-engine equipment.

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Hints For Keeping Your Friends Happy
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:36 am

(NAPSI)—Picking just the right presents for your friends while looking like a blooming genius at gift giving time can be easier than many people realize.

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Wednesday 11/28/2018
A Healthy, Winter-Ready Home
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) When chilly weather arrives and the days get shorter, chances are good you’ll spend the majority of your days indoors. Before you start your hibernation, it’s a good idea to ensure your home is up to the task. Put your well-being at the top of the list with these ideas to help ensure a health-conscious home.

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Make a Difference this Holiday Season
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) This holiday season, you have the power to change children’s lives for the better.

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DIY Holiday Home Décor
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) The holiday season can get expensive, especially when purchasing thoughtful gifts for loved ones. The last thing you want to spend money on is generic holiday decorations that don’t make your home stand out from the rest.

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Ease Up on Energy Consumption
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Enhancing your home’s energy-efficient features is a savvy way to make the space more livable while also making a smaller impact on the environment and your bank account.

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Selecting a Plan That’s Right for You During Medicare Open Enrollment
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Each year between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7 people can make changes to their Medicare coverage options.

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5 Ways to Find Your Morning Workout Motivation
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) For many people, hitting the gym in the morning leaves less time for excuses or interferences.

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Cars to Consider for 2019
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Purchasing a new vehicle, while exciting, can be a burden for many shoppers. A variety of options and considerations for each make and model can turn the decision-making process into a stressful situation.

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Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Welcoming friends and family into your home, celebrating time-honored traditions with delicious food and enjoying quality time with loved ones are all sure signs that it’s the most wonderful time of the year. However, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by holiday preparations and pressure to make your guests feel comfortable while visiting.

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Friday 11/23/2018
5 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Decking Contractor
Updated: November 27, 2018 - 2:48 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.

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Thursday 11/22/2018
5 Tips for Deck Design
Updated: November 26, 2018 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Timing can be everything, especially when it comes to planning an outdoor living space. By getting a jump-start on planning, you can afford yourself time to complete the process with maximum creativity and minimal stress.

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Medicare Open Enrollment 101
Updated: November 26, 2018 - 2:56 am

Know your options and get free help

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Wednesday 11/21/2018
Upgrade Attic Insulation To Save On Energy Expenses
Updated: November 27, 2018 - 2:49 am

(NAPSI)—One of the most cost-effective ways to make your home more comfortable year-round is to add insulation to your attic, including the attic trap or access door. By sealing uncontrolled air leaks, points out the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save 10 percent to 20 percent on your heating and cooling bills. Fortunately, this can be a relatively easy task.

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Tuesday 11/20/2018
New Ways to Help Protect Your Home and Family
Posted: November 20, 2018

(StatePoint) When it comes to your home, there is unfortunately no shortage of things that can go wrong and no shortage of culprits, from wicked weather to electrical fires.

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Wednesday 11/14/2018
The Rarest of the Rare
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:30 am

What to know about a cancer you may not have heard of

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Create a Healthy, Winter-Ready Home
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) When chilly weather arrives and the days get shorter, chances are good you’ll spend the majority of your days indoors. Before you start your hibernation, it’s a good idea to ensure your home is up to the task. Put your well-being at the top of the list with these ideas to help ensure a health-conscious home that’s ready for the dark days of winter.

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Common Indoor Air Quality Culprits
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) A new survey has revealed many Americans miss the mark when it comes to cleaning their homes, which may negatively affect the quality of air they breathe indoors.  Understanding the causes of poor indoor air can help you combat many common culprits. Consider these survey results and find more information at filtrate.com/culprits.

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Don’t Lose the Luster
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Durability is one reason homeowners choose natural stone for their kitchens and bathrooms, but the greatest appeal is often the sheer beauty of the material. Maintaining that luster and shine requires a bit of effort, but the ability to enjoy the unique character of natural stone makes it all worthwhile.

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5 Things to Consider on Your Next Road Trip
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) If you’re looking for a memorable vacation experience, getting behind the wheel and taking to the open road can provide the perfect opportunity to create your own journey and explore at your own pace.

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Thursday 11/08/2018
It Doesn't Have To Cost 6 Percent To Sell A Home
Updated: November 13, 2018 - 2:44 am

(NAPSI)—If you're thinking about selling a home, you may have wondered: "What, really, does a real estate agent do to earn a 6 percent commission?"

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Wednesday 11/07/2018
Prep-Your-Place Pointers
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:45 am

(NAPSI)—Many people may be surprised to learn that fall is actually the most affordable season for home prep and repair projects. There’s less demand, so homeowners enjoy breaks on equipment and services.

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How to Choose the Right Food for Your Dog
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:45 am

(Family Features) When it comes to selecting the right food for their dogs, people often agonize about choosing among a myriad of options. Given that 95 percent of pet owners consider their pets to be part of the family, according to a Nielsen survey on The Humanization of Pet Food, pet parents typically want to provide a well-balanced diet, made from quality ingredients.

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4 Ways to Show Your Pets You’re Thankful for Them
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:45 am

(Family Features) Pets can be morning jog partners and movie night snuggle buddies, but they often do much more than that: they can help make their owners healthier both physically and mentally. Research from the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition found that having a pet reduces the risk of heart disease and high cholesterol, as well as stress, depression and fear. While you should show your pets you’re thankful for them all year round, Thanksgiving is an opportunity to reassess and make sure your pets are feeling the love, in return for everything they do for you.

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4 Tips to Prepare Your Pup for Winter
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:45 am

(Family Features) When winter approaches, it brings a number of distractions and factors that tend to keep people from getting outside and staying active. From holiday parties and vacations to bad weather, it’s important to keep health and exercise top of mind throughout the busy season. This is especially important for your furry friends since they depend on their owners to keep them healthy and active.

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Prepare Pets for Better Grooming Visits
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:45 am

(Family Features) While a haircut is often the first thing that comes to mind when pet parents contemplate a visit to the groomer, those visits can involve much more than a bath and trim. It can also include spa-like skin and paw treatments, deep moisturizing shampoos and conditioners for healthy skin and a lustrous coat, de-shedding and flea or tick treatments. These treatments are all in addition to the expert clipping, shaving and nail trims you might expect.

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Monday 11/05/2018
How To Prevent A Multigenerational Home Thermostat War
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:45 am

(NAPSI)—Multigenerational households are on the rise, with a record one in five Americans living in homes shared by multiple adult generations, inevitably leading to various domestic conflicts, including home temperature—but that doesn’t have to happen at your house.

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Be Smart About Your Kitchen Sink
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:45 am

(NAPSI)—You may never have thought about it, but the most used appliance in your kitchen is likely the sink—it’s where people spend 60 percent of their time.

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Get Ready For A Smart Home Three Ways
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:45 am

(NAPSI)—If you’ve been thinking about making your house a Smart Home, three tech trends are worth considering:

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Friday 11/02/2018
Making Sense Of Cryptocurrencies
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:44 am

(NAPSI)—Social and traditional media have been abuzz with articles and information about the rising phenomenon of digital currencies. But what does it all mean and should you buy in?

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Bring Home Some Wild Beauty
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:44 am

(NAPSI)—The days of formal, buttoned up and by the book, it seems, are over. The new trend is for easy breezy, free-spirited, casual. An attitude of latitude! From lifestyle to fashion to flowers, today’s beauty is in the looser details. You might say it’s perfection in imperfections.

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Thursday 11/01/2018
Illuminate your holiday decorating with this fun project
Updated: December 09, 2018 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Cooler weather has arrived and the holidays are quickly approaching. That means it’s time to focus on your home decorating and, while you can always buy your holiday décor, making it can be so much more fun. Kick off your decorating by breaking out the wood, power drills, Arrow Fastener tools and other materials to create unique wall art that will literally light up your holidays and say “Family.”

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Wednesday 10/31/2018
5 Ways the Whole Family Can Eat Healthy
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 6:52 am

(Family Features) People are understandably conscious about the foods they’re eating and where they come from. The human eating space has seen the rise of whole, clean and natural foods, and in the last couple years, the trend has even moved into pet foods.

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5 Easy Ways to Add Colorful Curb Appeal
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 6:53 am

(Family Features) Before the dull and dreary days of winter set in, you still have plenty of time to update your home’s curb appeal with pops of color that add a cheerful touch to offset the oncoming gray weather.

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Make Power Tool Safety Part of Your Remodeling Plan
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 6:58 am

(Family Features) When it’s time to take on a new project, both DIY-inclined homeowners and contractors alike must consider many components to successfully complete the task, from design plans and materials to the proper tools needed. For simple projects like installing new light fixtures as well as more complicated projects such as refurbishing an outdated bathroom, power tools can be helpful throughout the process.

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Eyeing Better Vision
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 6:57 am

9 tips to maintain eye health

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Expand Your Kitchen
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 6:57 am

How space-saving sliding door hardware can help

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5 Hacks for Holiday Hosting
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 6:57 am

(Family Features) It may feel impossible to fit even more into already jam-packed days, but when the holidays roll around, entertaining and celebrating always find a way. Fortunately, you can find some shortcuts when hosting that offer plenty of festive style while also helping you avoid stressing over every detail.

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Tuesday 10/30/2018
Making the Transition from House to Home
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 9:03 pm

(NewsUSA) - Whether talking new construction or refreshing an existing space, if you're looking to transform that "roof over your head" into a warm and flourishing home, the experts say it's all in the details. It's the architectural elements - specifically those crafted from natural materials, such as cypress - that transition a house into an extraordinary home.

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Thursday 10/25/2018
There's A Lot More To A Mortgage Than Just Your Interest Rate
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 6:51 am

(NAPSI)—A home mortgage is one of the biggest expenses a consumer will undertake. That’s why it’s important to look beyond interest rates to help get the lowest possible costs.

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Wednesday 10/24/2018
5 affordable decorating ideas to breathe new life into your South Carolina home
Updated: November 26, 2018 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - Craving a change in your home décor but don’t have the budget to hire an interior designer or do a major remodel? No problem! This year the trends involve natural materials, handmade accents, and rich colors. It’s about bringing the outside in, making your home a haven of peace and calm, and creating a sense of comfortable, lived-in style that’s inviting to your family and friends alike. Best of all? You can do it all with change to spare.

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5 affordable decorating ideas to breathe new life into your East coast home
Updated: December 09, 2018 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Craving a change in your home décor but don’t have the budget to hire an interior designer or do a major remodel? No problem! This year the trends involve natural materials, handmade accents, and rich colors. It’s about bringing the outside in, making your home a haven of peace and calm, and creating a sense of comfortable, lived-in style that’s inviting to your family and friends alike. Best of all? You can do it all with change to spare.

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