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5 Lawn Care Tips to Keep Your Yard Healthy This Fall

(Family Features) A beautiful lawn can be the foundation to a happy, healthier life and lead to spending more time outdoors. In fact, 86 percent of Americans consider their lawn important to their home and life.

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Monday 10/05/2015
Transitioning to the Next Phase of Living
Updated: October 05, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Knowing when it’s time to move yourself or a loved one to a smaller or more accessible home, or even an assisted living center, can be tough. There are some signs that can help aid you in identifying when the time is right.

Kitchen Facelift Made Easy
Updated: October 05, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) If your kitchen needs updating but all new cabinets are out of your budget’s reach, consider instead a makeover for the cupboards you already have. A fresh coat of paint is a relatively inexpensive and easy way to transform a tired, outdated kitchen.

Messy Moments Happen
Updated: October 05, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) As all parents with multiple children know and first-time parents will soon learn, children under 5 grow quickly – and so do opportunities for #MessyMoments. 

Keeping the Character
Updated: October 05, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Not every home renovation is a complete do-over. In fact, some projects are more about preserving the character and charm of the original structure than making everything shiny and new.

Cost-Conscious Home Upgrades for Fall
Updated: October 05, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) If you’re looking for ways to improve your home but don’t have the budget for a full-scale renovation, look at upgrades that add instant value with a smaller investment.

Get Creative with Sorghum this Fall
Updated: October 05, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Leaves will soon begin to change into their golden vibrant hues. The aroma of cinnamon, crops being harvested and bonfires will dance in the wind as the autumn breeze begins to cool the air. Fall is right around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about how to decorate for the upcoming season. 

Monday 09/28/2015
Watch Your Back: Leaf and Snow Removal Tips
Updated: October 03, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Some people loathe the task of raking leaves and removing snow in the fall and winter months, with perfectly good reason. A bad back, or the fear of throwing out a perfectly good one, can be a hindrance when it comes to keeping up with your yard and driveway.

Trends and Tips for Perfect Paint Patterns
Updated: October 02, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) No matter where you turn, pattern inspiration is all around you – from modern architecture and traditional flooring to animal furs, floral arrangements and fashion runways. As homeowners and designers look to personalize spaces and create impactful interiors, patterns are being replicated with paint on walls, floors, furniture and more.

Tuesday 09/22/2015
4 ways to keep kids safe outdoors
Updated: September 29, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Colder temperatures are on their way, but right now the weather is beautiful and that means there’s still plenty of time to get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air. As an adult, spending time outside allows you to pursue passions such as landscaping, lawn games, swimming in the pool or just enjoying the company of family and friends. There’s plenty to do and you know your children enjoy being outdoors just as much as you do.

Monday 09/21/2015
Backyard Upgrades for a Year-Round Oasis
Updated: September 26, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) If you’re finding it difficult to say farewell to all the fun you enjoyed in your backyard this summer, now is the perfect time to make upgrades that let you enjoy your outdoor living space all year long.

Monday 09/14/2015
7 Painting Projects for Weekend Warriors
Updated: September 14, 2015 - 4:37 am

(Family Features) Homeowners are often advised to keep the home neutral and avoid decorating with anything too bold or personal. But in order to make a house your home, the decor should reflect your personality and style. The good news is you don't have to make permanent commitments. Paint is an easy and cost-effective way to infuse color and patterns that transform the aesthetic of a room or piece of furniture.

5 Pops of Pattern to Instantly Upgrade Interiors
Updated: September 14, 2015 - 4:37 am

(Family Features) No matter where you turn, pattern inspiration is all around you – from modern architecture and traditional flooring to animal furs, floral arrangements and fashion runways. As homeowners and designers look to personalize spaces and create impactful interiors, patterns are being replicated with paint on walls, floors, furniture and more.

5 DIY Kitchen Renovation Inspirations
Updated: September 19, 2015 - 4:36 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re turning your home into a “homegating” headquarters this fall or looking to upgrade your everyday cooking, you can update your kitchen in just one weekend without the headache and mess of a full remodel. Here are five DIY ideas from the trend experts at Lowe’s and Frigidaire Professional that will fit any kitchen style and bring your Pinterest-worthy dream kitchen to life.

Keep Clutter at Bay
Updated: September 19, 2015 - 4:36 am

(Family Features) As summer gives way to a busy fall and schedules get a bit more hectic, things have a way of getting disheveled. 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.

Monday 09/07/2015
Amp Up Your Body and Mind Outdoors
Updated: September 12, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) It’s no secret that spending time outdoors is good for your health and well-being. From taking in fresh air during a walk through the park to taking advantage of the outdoor recreation facilities in your community, getting outside does a body good.

Friday 09/04/2015
Spit Happens: Get Active This Summer With New Portable Spittoon
Updated: September 05, 2015 - 4:34 am

(NewsUSA) - Summertime means outdoor barbecues, baseball games and time at the beach or pool. Outdoor activities are plentiful and often, but for the 9 million smokeless tobacco users, they can present a conundrum.

The Best Accessories for Going Swimming
Updated: September 05, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Summer. The word itself sounds so relaxing and soothing to the senses. And nothing is more soothing in the summer than swimming.

This Spring, It's all About That Bass Fishing -- and Your Basic Gear
Updated: September 05, 2015 - 4:34 am

(NewsUSA) - The days of using a stick, some string and a worm are as much a part of American culture as apple pie and baseball. Unlike that time, there are now many choices for anglers this spring, depending on where you'll be fishing.

Monday 08/31/2015
Choose the Right Lighting for Your Home
Updated: September 06, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Just like many products, when it comes to purchasing new light bulbs, nothing beats the in-store experience. Seeing the difference in lighting has a stronger impact than online reviews from other consumers or experts. 

Detect, Destroy Mold for Better Health
Updated: September 06, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Mold in your home is a serious matter that can cause not only substantial property damage, but also significant harm to your health. Any mold infestation requires immediate attention and cleanup, but it could be growing in a place you cannot see and still affect your health.

Wednesday 08/26/2015
Tips to Enjoy Pest-Free Camping This Summer
Updated: August 27, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Camping is a favorite activity for outdoor enthusiasts across the country. There are few better ways to take in the fresh air and relax than by spending some time out in the elements without all the distractions of everyday life. However, it's important to keep in mind that the great outdoors is also home to some serious health threats -- and you may be surprised at the "biggest" culprits!

Monday 08/24/2015
8 Ways to Bring Big Style to Small Spaces
Updated: August 29, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) As college students prepare to move into dorm rooms and apartments, they trim their packing lists and often sacrifice style due to space restraints. Although it may seem difficult to bring big style into tight quarters, there are several small things you can do to bring your personality to life on move-in day.

7 Safety Tips to Prepare Your Family for the Unexpected
Updated: August 29, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) When weather or other unforeseen circumstances cause a power outage, a portable generator may be the perfect solution. Although there are many benefits to using a generator as a temporary power source, some may be unaware of the dangers.

Thursday 08/20/2015
5 DIY projects that can't wait until next year
Updated: August 27, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Are you afraid your chances to complete a DIY project this year are over because colder temperatures are coming? If you are, the good news is there’s no need to worry. You still have plenty of time to tackle that outdoor DIY project and, if you act fast, even enjoy it for a while before colder temperatures finally set in.

Thursday 08/13/2015
Why You Should Aerate Your Lawn this Fall
Updated: August 13, 2015 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) Fall is a great time to aerate the lawn. Whether you do it yourself or hire a lawn care professional to do it for you, aeration at least once per year provides a number of benefits to your lawn, say experts.

Fall Home and Garden Clean-Up Project Tips
Updated: August 13, 2015 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) Fall is the ideal season to tick items off your home exterior to-do list. The weather is finally cooler, making the work more enjoyable; and a thorough fall clean-up will give you peace of mind all winter.

Wednesday 08/12/2015
Fear of frost? Tips to keep your garden growing through fall's chill
Updated: August 19, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - As summer winds down and frost threatens, even avid gardeners may be tempted to pack up their trowels and call it a season. You may think it’s better to leave the victory garden gracefully, than risk the disappointment of watching crops wither in chilly temperatures. But fear of frost and failure don’t have to stop you from enjoying a fruitful fall garden. With the right plant choices and a few tricks, producing a hefty harvest can be easy.

Monday 08/10/2015
Uncovering Myths about Pests
Updated: August 10, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) During the summer, it may seem impossible to keep bugs away from the home, so people will try just about anything. Perhaps you’ve heard about household DIY tricks to prevent pests, but what actually works?

Simple Home Safety Improvements
Updated: August 10, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Renovating a house can be a tough job. With so many details to consider, just knowing where to begin can be a challenge. But one consideration homeowners shouldn’t skip is safety.

Tips to Get Your Rental Security Deposit Back
Updated: August 15, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Moving out of an apartment or rental home is hard work and often unveils inevitable wear-and-tear from living in the space. What can be even more challenging is restoring the space to its original condition in order to get your security deposit back.

5 Tips for Tackling a Home Improvement Project
Updated: August 15, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Whether you’ve just bought a new home or you’re looking to refresh your familiar abode, chances are good you have a laundry list of home-improvement projects to accomplish.

Monday 08/03/2015
5 Freezer Hacks that Save Time & Money
Updated: August 03, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) As much as 30 to 40 percent of all food in North America is wasted, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. That's about 20 pounds per person every month! In terms of money, that's an alarming $165 billion in wasted food annually, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. 

Monday 07/27/2015
A Kitchen Designer Tells All
Updated: July 27, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) When remodeling your kitchen, it can be tricky to know where to start. Certified Kitchen Designer MaryJo Camp has been there, in more ways than one. As a designer certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), Camp has designed thousands of kitchens in her 35-year career – including her own. With a newfound personal understanding of remodeling challenges, Camp has pulled together her top tips for a successful kitchen revamp.

Monday 07/20/2015
Cut the Yuck for a Healthier Home
Updated: July 20, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Dirt. Grime. Bacteria. Airborne allergens. As hard as you try to keep your home clean, these types of yucky things are an everyday reality. Taking the necessary steps to create a healthy home can not only give you peace of mind, but also help keep your family healthier.

A Cool Way to Reduce Energy Costs
Updated: July 20, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) It’s the time of year when even a dip in the local lake won’t cool you down for long. What you really need is effective, efficient air conditioning that provides constant and reliable comfort.

4 tips to tackle any DIY project
Updated: July 27, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - (This post is brought to you by the makers of Advil(R).) It’s that time of year again: project season. It’s time to open the windows, reimagine your space and get to work on the home improvement project you’ve been dreaming about all winter. This is an exciting time of year but before you jump in with booted feet and work-gloved hands, you need to do a little planning.

Monday 07/13/2015
Let It Grow
Updated: July 13, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Whether it’s a just a vibrant pop of pretty petals you want added to the front of the home or a raised bed full of delicious fruits and vegetables, the return of warmer weather has many homeowners reaching for their gardening gloves.

From Front Porch to Back Patio
Updated: July 17, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Not only is your home a reflection of your own unique style, it’s that cozy nook you look forward to at the end of each day. Happy homeowners know it’s essential to keep up the comfort inside and out. From the sleek designs and functional convenience of kitchen appliances to smart tech tools that help you keep your grass greener and your water consumption in check, use these ideas to help you enjoy that beautiful space you call home.

Friday 07/10/2015
What Type of Bug Bite Is That?
Updated: July 11, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Sunny summer days are meant for outdoor fun, but few things ruin time outside more quickly than bites from pests. Insect bites can result in consequences that range from minor, yet aggravating, irritation to extreme pain and even potentially fatal illnesses. If you are on the receiving end of a bite, it is important to detect which pest inflicted it so you can determine the best course of treatment, as well as investigate whether there is a pest problem on your property that warrants a call to your local pest control company.

Monday 07/06/2015
Connected Home Conveniences
Updated: July 07, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) For busy families juggling to keep up with the pace of life, technology brings convenience and peace of mind to home life, making things easier for all of us. At the touch of a button, new technologies meet the needs of busy families who benefit from thoughtful, technological shortcuts throughout the house.

8 ways to make yardwork more enjoyable
Posted: July 06, 2015

(BPT) - There’s no better time than summer to enjoy and show off your yard. But sometimes, the list of to-do’s can seem never-ending and leave you unsure of where to start. Luckily, there are simple steps you can take to save time and help you be more efficient with your projects.

5 easy ways to make your outdoor space the best on the block
Updated: July 13, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - When the calendar flips to the summer months, all you can think about is getting outside and soaking up the sun. But when you look out the window into your yard, what do you see? Is it an inviting space that encourages you to get out and enjoy the fresh air? Or could it use a bit of sprucing up?

Monday 06/29/2015
Bug Off
Updated: June 29, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) A yard that is lush, green and free of weeds shows evidence of healthy lawn maintenance. However, many homeowners overlook an important aspect of lawn care that can affect not only the health of the yard, but also your family. Nuisance pests such as fleas, ticks, ants, spiders and more can transmit diseases and cause allergic reactions for both people and pets.

Savvy Storage Advice for Renters
Updated: June 29, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Just because you don't own your home or have a permanent abode, does not mean you can't be neat and organized in the place you currently hang your hat.

Party-Perfect Deck
Updated: June 29, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re hosting an al fresco gathering for friends or celebrating a summer holiday with loved ones, an outdoor living space is the perfect place for your big event.

10 Ways to Stay Organized All Day Long
Updated: June 29, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Organization is essential for keeping stress at bay throughout the day. Whether you’re getting the kids ready for school, tackling household chores, preparing meals or getting everyone ready for bed, there are several things you can do to maximize time, space and peace of mind.

Tuesday 06/23/2015
6 steps to a championship caliber lawn
Updated: June 30, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Creating a stadium-caliber lawn doesn’t have to take a lot of time, money or effort. This summer, follow these simple steps and tend to your natural turf in the morning and evening to create a yard that is championship caliber.

Monday 06/22/2015
Tips and Tech Make for a Tidy Home
Updated: June 26, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) With spring in full swing and summer fast approaching, finding ways to save time on indoor chores can help get you out of the house faster and back to enjoying your favorite outdoor pastimes. Tame household dust, hair and dirt in a snap this summer with these efficient and effective cleaning tips:

Get Your Yard Ready for Outdoor Fun
Updated: June 22, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) From impromptu dinners with pals to celebrating special events with family, warm weather adventures await in your own backyard. Before you invite the gang over to enjoy cocktails or a cookout, make sure your outdoor spaces give the right impression for enjoying those carefree summer moments.

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