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Local gas prices from over 130,000 stations in the U.S., along with maps to each location. More >>

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Monday 03/17/2014
New Technology Can Help with Home Improvement Projects
Updated: March 18, 2014 - 4:32 am

(StatePoint) Will you be remodeling your home or doing any home improvement projects this season? Planning ahead and using new available technologies can help you design and prioritize your updates and projects.

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Thursday 08/15/2013
Renting? How to Make Your Space Feel Like Home
Updated: August 15, 2013 - 4:32 am

(StatePoint) Creative decorating solutions are needed when decorating your rental space.  Make sure you are complying with the rental rules and regulations.

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Monday 06/03/2013
Budget-Friendly Tips to Prepare Your Backyard for Entertaining
Updated: June 03, 2013 - 4:32 am

(StatePoint) There is no better place to entertain on a warm sunny day than in your own backyard. But before the parties start, make sure your outdoor space is a place where people want to spend time.

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Thursday 05/09/2013
Tips for Choosing Carpeting for Your Home
Updated: May 09, 2013 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Is updating your flooring on your home improvement to-do list this season? From color to style to performance, there’s a lot to consider. Learn how to find flooring that fits your lifestyle and reflects your family’s personality.

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Friday 04/18/2014
Celebrate National Public Gardens Day on May 9
Updated: April 18, 2014 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Birds are singing, flowers are blooming, it can only mean one thing -- spring has sprung. May 9, which is National Public Gardens Day, is an ideal time to celebrate the warmer weather and visit a local garden.

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Wednesday 04/02/2014
From Bark to Wine Stopper to Footwear -- the Story of Cork
Updated: April 03, 2014 - 4:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Every time you buy a bottle of wine sealed with a natural cork stopper, you're helping to sustain one of the world's most biodiverse forests and protect an extraordinary ecosystem.

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Thursday 03/27/2014
Hints To Help You Recycle Smarter
Updated: March 28, 2014 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—Good news: An increasing number of Americans are recycling their trash to give it another life. In fact, more than 35 percent of America’s waste is recycled into new products.

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Tuesday 03/25/2014
Tips to Green Your Home and Garden this Season
Updated: March 25, 2014 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Going green at home doesn’t have to turn your life upside down. There are simple measures you can take in your kitchen and garden to run a planet-friendly home.

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Wednesday 01/01/2014
Resolve to reduce waste this year
Updated: January 03, 2014 - 4:32 am

Americans produce 25 percent more household waste during the holiday season – that’s an extra 1.2 million tons of trash per week from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.

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Thursday 12/26/2013
Time To Stop Dumping Dangerous Dirt
Updated: December 28, 2013 - 4:32 am

(NAPSI)—A long-simmering struggle involving toxic landfill sites in Gloucester County, N.J., may well be repeated around the country.

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Friday 11/22/2013
U.S. Farmers Taking Proactive Steps To Reduce Nutrient Runoff Into Waterways
Updated: November 23, 2013 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—Runoff of agricultural fertilizers into streams, rivers and watersheds is a major environmental concern, but U.S. farmers are aggressively adopting more environmentally sound crop production methods and technologies that address this problem.

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Monday 09/30/2013
Help Protect Wildlife in Your Own Backyard
Updated: September 30, 2013 - 4:32 am

(StatePoint) There’s nothing like spending time outdoors in the woods. With some simple steps, you can make your woodlands a paradise for flora and fauna by creating a space for wildlife to thrive.

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Thursday 09/26/2013
This Energy Action Month: Discover Ways to Improve Your Home’s Efficiency
Updated: September 26, 2013 - 4:32 am

(StatePoint) October, which is Energy Action Month, is a great time to learn more about how your home uses energy. By making more energy efficient choices, you can increase the comfort of your home, reduce your energy bills, breathe healthier air indoors and help the environment.

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Thursday 08/15/2013
Nine Simple Tips for Recycling at Home
Updated: August 15, 2013 - 4:32 am

(StatePoint) Recycling is crucial to running a green home. It’s also an easy and effective way to reduce your weekly contribution to the local landfill.

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Monday 04/21/2014
Tips for a Bountiful Backyard Garden
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) The benefits of having your own backyard vegetable garden are plentiful, and can include significant lifestyle impacts, such as healthier eating habits, money saving perks and more.

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Organize Entryways with Decorative Storage
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) An entryway is the first impression guests have of your home, yet it can quickly become a chaotic mess. Most entryways serve multiple functions as the receptacle for all things you and your family members shed as they walk through the door, from coats and backpacks to keys and mail.

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Five Myths of Spring Cleaning
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Don’t get caught putting extra work into your spring cleaning efforts.

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Bring Fun to Life's Messiest Moments
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Who says cleaning has to be boring? Glad Black Bag, the strongest trash bag around, is on a mission to provide good, clean fun, one home at a time. If you’ve just had a large party, are making room for a new wardrobe or simply doing house chores, there are plenty of ways to turn an otherwise mundane task into a fun activity.

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A Sparkling, Spotless Home
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 4:33 am

(Family Feature) Do you need to tidy up your home for spring? This vibrant season lends natural inspiration to home cleanup projects in every room. Whether you need to provide some overdue TLC to the tub, want a solution to freshen up the floors or long for laundry care that is safe for your family, refer to this guide for tips that will make your home feel shiny and new again.

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Wednesday 04/16/2014
Increase your home's curb appeal and value with simple outdoor improvements
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - First impressions happen at the curb. A good first impression raises the value of your home and pride in home ownership. If you are considering listing your home, it’s important that its curb appeal entices potential buyers to come inside and see more. A few improvements to the home’s exterior will go a long way in making it more inviting and desirable to buyers on the market. It’s also a great investment. Curb appeal can increase the value of a home as much as 5 percent, according to Realtor.com.

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Monday 04/14/2014
Five ways to celebrate the return of the sun
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - With warm weather in sight, it’s time to celebrate the return of sun, travel and outdoor parties. Whether taking a break from the workday to enjoy the park or hosting an event for friends, there are many ways to bask in the warmth.

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Refresh Your Routine
Updated: April 14, 2014 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) The changing season evokes a sense of renewal, inside and out, making it the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate you and your surroundings. It’s time to let a little sunlight in and celebrate the warmer months ahead. 

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Top Tools for Growing a Garden
Updated: April 14, 2014 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Whether starting a new hobby or you just want to upgrade the gear you already have, there are many different tools designed to make maintaining your garden less of a burden.

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Thursday 04/10/2014
Ways to Update Your Home’s Outdoor Spaces for the Season
Updated: April 10, 2014 - 4:32 am

(StatePoint) Are your home’s outdoor spaces a viable place to dine, relax and entertain? If not, consider making better use of your patio, balcony, yard or deck by prioritizing this home upgrade.

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Wednesday 04/16/2014
Bathroom organization styles that work smarter - not harder
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Hairdryers, toothbrushes, combs, hair brushes and picks. Shaving utensils, makeup, styling products and perfumes. The collection of grooming and beauty tools cluttering the bathroom vanity can quickly overwhelm everything, making the space unusable for guests and creating difficulty in finding the tools you need.

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Sunday 04/06/2014
Designer tips to create inspired dream spaces with color
Updated: April 14, 2014 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Ready to transform your home this year? The key to creating your dream interior space could be as simple as updating with color.

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Wednesday 04/02/2014
Cook up some space in the kitchen: Simple solutions to add storage and style to your home
Updated: April 10, 2014 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - The kitchen - it’s the central hub of the home where we do homework, pay bills, charge electronics, surf the Web and cook up a meal or two. We spend hours in this core of the house, so it’s not surprising that a recent survey from the Research Institute for Cooking and Kitchen Intelligence (RICKI) found that four out of five homeowners want to change something about their kitchen.

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Wednesday 03/26/2014
Chic chalet: Give your kitchen a mountain makeover
Updated: April 03, 2014 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - Your kitchen doesn’t need a Matterhorn vista to stay on top of the latest “chalet chic” design trend. It’s easier than you think to get this style by mixing rustic pieces with modern touches.

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Tuesday 03/25/2014
Kitchen makeover: 3 simple tips for beauty on a budget
Updated: April 02, 2014 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - If you’re tired of looking at your outdated kitchen, but feel replacement would be impractical, you’re not alone. In 2014, consumers will be trying to find solutions they can afford to do themselves. Check out these three DIY remodeling trends for simple and unique ways to refresh the most used rooms in the home.

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Sunday 03/16/2014
Build a better bath on a budget
Updated: March 24, 2014 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Do you cringe every time you step into your bathroom? If so, it may be time to remodel. Bathroom remodels are the most popular remodeling project, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders. But remodeling doesn’t have to be a budget buster. You can simply improve what you already have to get the spa-like retreat you’re seeking. Here are a few tips to get you started on your redesign.

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Thursday 03/13/2014
From floor to fixtures: Top spring home decor trends add style and personality
Updated: March 21, 2014 - 4:33 am

By Laura Malm

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Beyond cool: How ceiling fans offer energy efficiency, decor and function
Updated: March 21, 2014 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Savvy interior designers know that items that are both fashionable and functional are in high demand. One of the best examples of a stylish, hardworking home fixture is also one of the most overlooked: the ceiling fan. In 2014, more homeowners are realizing the potential this classic technology has not only on their comfort levels, but also on their interior’s design aesthetic.

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Sunday 03/09/2014
Decorating with light captures the fresh spirit of spring
Updated: March 17, 2014 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Something about spring seems to inspire us to lavish attention on our homes. Whether enthusiastically cleaning or freshening decor, Americans seize spring as an opportunity to breathe new life into interior spaces. While painting and decluttering are great ways to revitalize home decor, for sheer spring-like impact it’s hard to beat decorating with light.

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Tuesday 03/04/2014
Clutter-clearing home cleaning tips turn chaos into harmony
Updated: March 12, 2014 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - The stack of shoes that pile up by the front door, the linen closet that you’re afraid to open, the junk drawer that may well hide the mysteries of the universe – we all have one or two spots in our home that cry out for organization and tidying. Spring cleaning season is approaching, and with a plan of attack you can take this opportunity to clear away clutter, organize underutilized spaces and generally improve the overall usability of your home.

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