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  • Home Improvement

    Give Your Kitchen a Facelift

    (Family Features) Ever hear the saying “Kitchens sell a home?” Well it’s true; the kitchen is the most important room in the home. Whether you’re considering putting your house on the market or investing in your home for personal long-term enjoyment, an upgraded and attractive kitchen can make your home irresistible. 

  • Home Improvement

    Outdoor Stain Busters

    (Family Features) Engaging in outdoor activities are a great way for families to stay active and spend quality time together, but between tree-climbing, nature hikes, and backyard barbecues, outdoor adventures can lead to piles of dirty, dingy and stained clothing.

  • Home Improvement

    Create a Room Fit for a Queen with Crown Molding

    (Family Features) If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to dress up a room in your home, crown molding is a simple way to add elegance and class with minimal investment.

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Tuesday 07/22/2014
Home Improvement Tips to Make the Most of Small Spaces
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 4:35 am

(StatePoint) No matter where you live, you want to make the most of your available living and storage space.

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Monday 07/07/2014
Art evolves with new technology
Updated: July 08, 2014 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Can you imagine a museum without paintings? Technology has impacted society in countless ways but many overlook its impact on the arts. The very phrase “the arts” might evoke images of oils, watercolors or sculpture but technology is inspiring a whole new generation of artists who are using new mediums to create their masterpieces.

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Tuesday 07/01/2014
Tricks for less mess and stress this summer - indoors and out
Updated: July 08, 2014 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Summer vacation means children, teens and in-betweens are spending more time at home, resulting in more messes, mud and madness. By tackling a few projects around the home now, you’ll be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful weather and carefree days ahead.

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Monday 06/09/2014
Small Touches Can Make a Big Impact on Your Home’s Interior Design
Updated: June 09, 2014 - 4:41 am

(StatePoint) For homeowners looking to make a big interior design splash while staying on-trend, it’s all about focusing on little touches, say experts.

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Tuesday 06/03/2014
Spruce Up Your Home this Summer for Under $100
Updated: June 03, 2014 - 4:37 am

(StatePoint) Looking for an easy and inexpensive way to refresh your home this summer? With a little inspiration and work you can give your home a quick makeover within a limited budget.

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Tuesday 05/13/2014
Fresh ideas for summer alfresco entertaining
Updated: May 22, 2014 - 4:39 am

(BPT) - Warm days are calling, as summer traditionally kicks off the outdoor entertaining season. But this year, tradition takes a new direction. More hosts are breaking the boundaries of indoor versus outdoor entertaining. Gone are the paper plates and plastic cups. Instead, people are daring to take their dinnerware outside.

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Thursday 05/08/2014
What to Know When Redoing Your Home’s Flooring
Updated: May 08, 2014 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re purchasing a home or remodeling your current one, floors are perhaps the biggest piece of your home investment puzzle. They’re also the literal base from which all other design choices are made.

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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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Tuesday 07/15/2014
Tips for reducing food and packaging waste in your kitchen
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - Have you ever thought about how much food ends up being wasted? Expired yogurt cups, slimy salads, moldy leftovers - it all adds up. Experts estimate that more than 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. - from farm to fork - is wasted. Imagine all the resources that went into growing, harvesting, processing, transporting, packaging, selling and serving that food. And then imagine throwing away almost half of it.

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Monday 07/14/2014
Shopping Smarter for Family Necessities Can Help the Environment
Updated: July 15, 2014 - 4:35 am

(StatePoint) Everyday choices can affect your family’s health as well as the environment.

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Friday 07/11/2014
The best protection for trees? You
Updated: July 12, 2014 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - Whether it’s a game of hide and seek in the woods, a walk in the park on a sunny day, or a moonlit night around a campfire – the memories of summer  stay with us forever. Too often we can take for granted the beauty of our surroundings while enjoying the great outdoors, but everyone can play a part in protecting our natural resources.

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Thursday 07/10/2014
Does Your Garbage Want to Be Recycled?
Updated: July 12, 2014 - 4:32 am

(NewsUSA) - NewsusaInfographic - Consumers are shown that their recyclable materials want to be something more. Promote recycling as a way to give garbage another life. Learn more at http://IWantToBeRecycled.org.

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Tuesday 07/08/2014
Recycled plastics: Great for outdoor clothing and gear, good for Mother Nature, too
Updated: July 09, 2014 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Warmer weather often leads people outdoors for camping, swimming, hiking, cycling or running - and to a renewed appreciation for our natural environment. One of the easiest ways to lighten our environmental footprint while enjoying the outdoors is to look for outdoor gear made with recycled plastics, including outdoor clothing.

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Tuesday 06/10/2014
Harvesting Cork Is as Natural as Shearing Sheep
Updated: June 11, 2014 - 4:48 am

(NewsUSA) - Natural cork is one of the planet's most versatile and useful materials. It is used to make everything from wine stoppers, to high-fashion items, to building materials. Natural cork can even be found as insulation on the space shuttle.

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Tuesday 06/03/2014
Entertaining outdoors? These tips can lighten your environmental footprint
Updated: June 07, 2014 - 4:41 am

(BPT) - From lunch on the porch to parties on the patio, warm weather brings you outdoors for entertaining with family and friends. But these get-togethers often create a lot of waste. Is there anything you can do to lighten your environmental footprint?

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Thursday 05/15/2014
Green start-ups challenged to develop green business plans for chance to win $680,000
Posted: May 15, 2014

(BPT) - The fast-growing clean energy and technology market has the potential to make our economies more sustainable and future-proof. Today’s innovators have the ability to unlock a “green revolution” that builds resilience, creates value and grows prosperity.

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Thursday 04/17/2014
Big Features In Compact Farming Equipment
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(NAPSI)—Helping to feed the world is a big job for America’s farmers. However, when it comes to application equipment, many are relying on smaller, more compact machines to help produce their crops.

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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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Monday 07/28/2014
Give Your Kitchen a Facelift
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 4:36 am

(Family Features) Ever hear the saying “Kitchens sell a home?” Well it’s true; the kitchen is the most important room in the home. Whether you’re considering putting your house on the market or investing in your home for personal long-term enjoyment, an upgraded and attractive kitchen can make your home irresistible. 

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Outdoor Stain Busters
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 4:36 am

(Family Features) Engaging in outdoor activities are a great way for families to stay active and spend quality time together, but between tree-climbing, nature hikes, and backyard barbecues, outdoor adventures can lead to piles of dirty, dingy and stained clothing.

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Create a Room Fit for a Queen with Crown Molding
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 4:36 am

(Family Features) If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to dress up a room in your home, crown molding is a simple way to add elegance and class with minimal investment.

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DIY Ideas for Every Room
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 4:36 am

(Family Features) From simple storage solutions that freshen up messy rooms to projects that enliven a space, do-it-yourself options are a popular choice among many homeowners. Try out some of these ideas to make every room in your home feel new again, without having to empty your pocketbook or call a handyman. 

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Home Updates That Go Back In Time
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 4:36 am

(Family Features) Mid-century modern inspiration draws from the 1940s through the 1960s, a twenty-year span when design was sleek, elegant and functional. Although the style originated more than 70 years ago, this trend has resurfaced with a fresh revival. 

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Monday 07/21/2014
Energy-Saving Ideas for Home
Posted: July 21, 2014

(Family Features) Making improvements around the house to curb your energy usage is not only good for the environment, it can make a big impact on your utility bills, too.

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Get Growing with an Urban Garden
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 4:35 am

(Family Features) Urban living and lush gardens aren’t as mutually exclusive as one might assume. In fact, it’s possible to cultivate thriving gardens in even the smallest spaces.

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Ways to Protect Your Family Outdoors
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 4:35 am

(Family Features) Before your family begins enjoying the great outdoors during this adventure-filled season, make sure your yard is properly treated to avoid the dangers of poison ivy, oak or sumac.

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Thursday 07/17/2014
5 summer paint projects to create a splash
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - With the arrival of warm summer temperatures, it’s time to brighten the home with sensational summer shades. And it’s easy to add a pop of vibrant color with the help from the experts at Krylon spray paint.

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Tuesday 07/15/2014
Veggies galore? Make the most of your garden goodies
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - You’ve spent the summer tending and nurturing vegetables that have flourished, and now you have such an abundance of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and leafy greens, your home is starting to resemble the produce section of a grocery store.

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Friday 07/18/2014
Decor through the decades: How kitchen and bath product designs have evolved
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - Remember when brass fixtures and mauve countertops were all the rage in kitchen design? How about the days of shag carpet (yes, in the bathroom) and avocado tile? Fortunately, those particular trends have come and gone. And, whether you embraced them or not, they did have an influence on the space you live in right now. Take a look through the decades to see how decor styles have evolved into the modern kitchens and bathrooms of today.

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Wednesday 07/16/2014
Say 'bye bye' to bathroom remodeling blues with 5 budget-friendly tips
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - Beautifying your bathroom sounds exciting but oftentimes renovation plans begin with good intentions and end up a long, costly nightmare. The national average cost for a bathroom remodel is $10,142, according to the Cost Guide from HomeAdvisor.com. That’s a hefty investment but one that can easily be reduced with a simple refresh of the space instead. Here are five cost-effective updates you can make to your bathroom in as little as a weekend.

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Friday 07/11/2014
Key considerations for family-friendly bathroom renovations
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Mom rules the media room, Johnny loves the basement workshop and the kitchen is Dad’s domain. Gender roles notwithstanding, each family member has one room where he or she enjoys spending more time. One room, however, is equally used and loved – or reviled – by all: the bathroom.

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Thursday 07/10/2014
Summertime home improvements don't have to be all work and no play
Updated: July 17, 2014 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - If this year’s summer vacation plans involve more hardware than beachwear, don’t fret. Just apply tried-and-true trip-planning principles to your “staycation” renovation plans and you can ensure both your time and money are well spent.

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Wednesday 07/02/2014
Tricks to instantly refresh your home design for summer entertaining
Updated: July 09, 2014 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Summer is the ideal time to host events at home with family and friends. But is your home ready for summer soirees? The kitchen is the heart of the home and where people naturally congregate, so it’s important it showcases your signature style and reflects the relaxed feeling of the summer season.

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Monday 06/30/2014
Popular home decor style - a blend of old and new
Updated: July 07, 2014 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - It can be hard to keep up with the latest changes in decorating styles for the home. But the latest trend might actually make it easy for you to have a stylish house, especially if you’ve kept some family treasures around.

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Wednesday 06/25/2014
The human touch: Handcrafted items speak to the soul with unique, customized appeal
Updated: July 02, 2014 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - The quilt handed down through generations, the turn-of-the-century wooden rocking chair made by a long-gone relative, hand-stitched samplers that have graced every home your family has lived in – handcrafted items simply speak to the soul. In today’s society, when we’re surrounded by technology and homogenous machine-made items from clothes to curtains, handcrafting imparts a human, customized quality to home decor.

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Thursday 06/12/2014
Smart, stylish solutions keep your entire home cool - without disrupting home decor
Updated: June 19, 2014 - 4:44 am

(BPT) - Don’t sweat it if your home doesn’t have central air-conditioning. Whether you live in an older house that can’t accommodate ductwork, or you don’t want to sacrifice your interior aesthetics with an unattractive air conditioning unit, you can still keep your home feeling – and looking – cool this summer with advanced air conditioning technology.

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Monday 06/09/2014
Sink into these top tub trends for the ultimate bathing experience
Updated: July 17, 2014 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - The tub tucked away in your home’s master bathroom is so much more than a place to get clean. It’s a calming refuge and therapeutic retreat after a busy, high-pressure day. Tub trends indicate that bathtubs are primarily used for soaking, while shower time is mainly for cleansing. The soaking tub has become the destination for relaxation amid today's fast-paced lifestyles.

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Friday 06/06/2014
How to trick the eyes with the magic of home improvement
Updated: June 17, 2014 - 4:42 am

(BPT) - From disappearing acts to mind games and sensory illusions, the art of magic is all about making your audience believe what they are seeing, taking a seemingly impossible task and making it possible. This timeless art can inspire you to perform some magic of your own using simple home improvement tips to fool the eyes and transform small, drab spaces into ones that will surely astound and amaze.

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