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Naturally Clean for Spring

(Family Features) Wiping away the grime of winter doesn’t have to mean launching an attack with dangerous chemicals. As you tackle this year’s spring cleaning chores, take a note from Mother Nature and rely on the cleaning power of a surprisingly effective natural product: vinegar.

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Monday 02/08/2016
Get a Fresh Look with Easy Furniture Updates
Updated: February 08, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) When you grow bored with your furnishings or want to change up the look and feel of a room, you may find yourself trying to put off redecorating until you have a bigger budget. Instead, you can give the furniture you already have a unique, fresh look at a fraction of the cost.

Creative Ways to Add Order to Your Home
Updated: February 08, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Although there are hundreds of options for organizing your home, the pieces you make yourself are the ones that truly reflect your personality. Adding your own flair to standard organizing materials adds instant character and functionality to any room.

Friendly Advice to Fight Cold and Flu
Updated: February 08, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Even a mild case of the flu or a powerful cold can leave you feeling run down and out of sorts for days or even weeks. While many ailments must simply run their course, there are many steps you can take to fight your way back to good health.

Personal Loans 101
Updated: February 08, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) If you happen to find yourself in a tight spot, borrowing money can help set you back on the right path. However, doing so without a full understanding of the facts can hinder your finances in the future.

Monday 02/01/2016
Make Living a Healthy Lifestyle a Priority
Updated: February 02, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be a daunting task. There are many products available to help make the process easier. There is no time like the present to make your body a priority and it’s no secret that good health can have an undeniably positive impact on quality of life.

Home Sweet Office
Updated: February 02, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) For most people who work full-time jobs, it often feels that more time is spent at work than at home. Spare your co-workers and yourself a drab, flair-free desk and bring elements of your personal style to your work space.

Paint Your Way Trendy with Chevron
Updated: February 02, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Creatively painted wall designs can instantly transform a room with a look that appears high end with minimal cost. Trendy looks such as chevron are easy to achieve with a little patience and the proper tools.

Help Your Dog Fight Flu Season
Updated: February 06, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) People who have suffered from the flu know how exhausting the fever, chills and upset stomach can be. Your dog may be at risk for the same symptoms. One type of canine influenza virus – CIV H3N8 – has been around for years, and a new type (CIV H3N2) was identified in Chicago in March 2015. Since then, the virus has spread to more than 25 states, according to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Animal Health Diagnostic Center.

Eat What You Love, Drop Extra Pounds
Updated: February 06, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) If your holiday eating habits have you scared to step on the scale, don’t fret. There is a simple solution available to help you lose that extra holiday weight no matter your lifestyle or eating preferences.

Monday 01/25/2016
New Year Boosters for Body and Mind
Updated: January 25, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) A new year is the perfect time to commit to making personal improvements to your body and mind. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources available to bolster and guide you for nearly every self-improvement effort you can imagine.

Cottage Cool
Updated: January 25, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Is your home in need of color, individuality and a little romance? A cottage-inspired makeover may be just what the décor doctor ordered.

Monday 01/18/2016
Clear the Bathroom Clutter
Updated: January 18, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Due to their small size and heavy usage, bathrooms can become a messy, cluttered area for many families.

Create a Welcoming Guest Room
Updated: January 18, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) When family and friends are coming to visit, providing them a comfortable setting to relax and feel at home is essential for an enjoyable stay.

Ways to Recycle at Home
Updated: January 18, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Though recycling may seem like a chore, it is an important key to managing the waste in your family’s home.

Power into a New Year with Protein
Updated: January 23, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) If the idea of diving into a new year has you feeling more exhausted than invigorated, it may be time to introduce some new strategies to help keep busy days from feeling overwhelming. Proper exercise, balanced nutrition and quality rest can make it easier to adapt when life demands you give a little bit more.

Monday 01/11/2016
Get Motivated to Get Organized
Updated: January 11, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) It’s that time of year when you think about getting organized for a fresh new start. But how many times have you thought about finally clearing out your closet, decided it’s just too overwhelming, and simply shut the door only to think about it later?

Upgrade Your Kitchen This New Year
Updated: January 11, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) As the calendar turns over a new page, many homeowners begin contemplating upgrades and home repairs for the coming year. The kitchen is one of the most common rooms for these efforts, but if a full-fledged renovation is out of your budget, you can still make a noticeable difference in other ways.

Getting an early start on spring
Updated: January 18, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - As soon as the first morning frost appears and the first snowflakes start to pile up, many begin looking forward to spring. Images of green leaves, red and orange blossoms, fresh vegetables and herbs help keep the cold winter days manageable as you wait for the ground to thaw so you can start planting. A good green thumb knows early starts in the garden or yard ensure lush, healthy plants, especially if you’re planting trees.

Monday 01/04/2016
DIY Decor with Creative Containers
Updated: January 09, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Containers come in all shapes and sizes with purposes ranging from helping organize your stuff to adding an extra element to your decor. These simple DIY projects make it easy to transform basic containers into pretty accent pieces that showcase your personal style.

Monday 12/28/2015
How to Take Action in Tough Times
Updated: December 28, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) When things go awry for someone you love, it can be hard to know just how to help. Don’t let fear of saying or doing the wrong thing prevent you from taking action. It’s important to remember that some gesture, whether big or small, is better than doing nothing at all.

Top Wine Trends of 2015 Unveiled
Updated: December 28, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) From wine in a can to boxed wine and beyond, frequent wine drinkers are enjoying wine at a wider variety of occasions than ever before. E. & J. Gallo Winery, the world’s largest family-owned winery, recently released the findings of its 2015 Gallo Consumer Wine Trends Survey to identify the top trends of the year. For a closer look at these trends and more, visit GalloWineTrends.com.

Manage Diabetic Pets at Home
Updated: February 01, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Chances are good that you know someone who has diabetes. However, you may not realize this disease that commonly affects humans is on the rise among dogs and cats. Like humans, a diagnosis of diabetes requires lifestyle changes and heightened health monitoring, yet with proper care, your pet can live a full and active life.

5 Tips for Better Financial Health
Updated: February 01, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) As the calendar turns over a new year, it’s a good time to take stock of your finances. Evaluating what missteps you made with your money in the past year, determining how you can correct those errors and setting a realistic budget will put you on your way to better financial health in 2016.

Easy Ways to Manage Your Whole Home in Zones
Updated: February 01, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) You’ve been taught from childhood to turn off the lights when you leave a room to save energy and money. Now, technology is allowing homeowners to apply those years of training to managing energy consumption – and comfort – on a room-by-room basis throughout the house.

Tips to Help You Weather the Snowy Winter
Updated: February 01, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) When snow is in the forecast, a fully stocked shed and plan of attack can help you weather the storm. Regardless of the predicted snowfall totals, it’s best to have the appropriate tools on hand for your home, your car and yourself.  

10 Essential Steps to Take This Winter
Updated: February 01, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Year after year, winter proves to be a challenging season. This year, prepare for the inevitable with these 10 steps:

Monday 12/21/2015
Make the Season Brighter for Families in Need in Your Community
Updated: December 21, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) For many of us, a cozy winter's night isn't complete without milk and cookies or a warm cup of hot cocoa. But families in need in your community may be missing out on milk and its nine essential nutrients.

Unwrap Joy with Santa’s Perfect Present Finder
Updated: December 21, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) This holiday season, skip the stress and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list with Westfield’s Perfect Present Finder. This interactive digital gift finder features more than 400 products from Westfield retailers.

Get Your Home Holiday Ready
Updated: December 21, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) When you have a house full of visiting family members and friends this holiday season, you’ll rest easier knowing your kitchen and laundry rooms are up to the task.

Get More Out of Holiday Entertaining this Season
Updated: December 23, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) The holiday season is a time of year meant to be celebrated with friends and family. It is also a time for entertaining, whether you are hosting or attending as a cherished guest.

A Crafty Storage Solution
Updated: December 23, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) A desk or workspace is one of the most difficult spaces to organize. Between the things you need to keep within reach and the mementos and treasures you want close by, chasing away clutter may feel like a losing battle. Especially when surface space is at a premium, try turning to your walls for creative storage solutions.

Monday 12/14/2015
Interior House Painting Tips for Beginners
Updated: December 14, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) If you're looking to give your home a makeover, nothing can revamp your place quite like a fresh coat of paint. But unless you're a seasoned pro, painting your home interior can be intimidating. Use these tips and resources to get the job done right.

Gift Books for Gardeners
Updated: December 14, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) The holidays are just around the corner, and there are plenty of terrific books for the gardeners on your gift list. Here are a few to help you get your holiday shopping started.

Deck the Halls
Updated: December 18, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Among the most treasured of holiday delights is, as the carol says, decking the halls. It’s the perfect excuse to pull out the bling and bring an aura of festivity and fun to your home, whether it’s for your personal enjoyment or setting the stage to celebrate the season with loved ones.

Gifts with Purpose
Updated: December 18, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) As the saying goes, it's the thought that counts when it comes to gift-giving. But the thought means even more when you delight the recipients on your shopping list with gifts that are as stylish as they are functional.

Accents to Update Any Space
Updated: December 18, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Accent pieces are an easy way to update any room. Introducing fresh colors and styles with decorative items and textiles can instantly transform the entire ambiance at a fraction of the cost you might spend completely refurbishing the same space.

4 Holiday Decorating Trends to Try This Season
Updated: December 18, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) With the holidays upon us, homeowners and renters are gearing up to deck the halls in celebration of the season. Just as the year-round decor in your space reflects your personality and unique style, your approach to holiday decorating shouldn’t be any different. Whether your design style is cheery and colorful, natural and rustic or glitzy and glamorous, there are many ways to replace traditional holiday decor and make the space feel more like you.

Monday 12/07/2015
Building a Disaster Preparedness Kit
Updated: December 12, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Natural disasters – hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and earthquakes – can be unpredictable. That’s why organizations like the American Red Cross urge people to prepare ahead of time. You may have an emergency plan in place, so everyone in your family knows what to do and where to go if a disaster strikes. What you may not have is a disaster preparedness kit.

Clean Feels Good
Updated: December 12, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) While the holiday season is the “most wonderful time of the year,” it can also be the most stressful. Gift giving, family gatherings and travel coordination can all be stressors, but at the top of the list, playing holiday host just might be the biggest tension producer.  

Kitchen Must-Haves for Holiday Hosting
Updated: December 12, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) With the right preparation and kitchen set up, hosting a holiday feast can be as enjoyable as sitting down to savor that delicious holiday meal. Having the right kitchen appliances and making sure they are working properly before you begin can go a long way toward a successful holiday gathering with friends and family.

Gift Wrapping Trends for Everyone on Your Holiday List
Updated: December 12, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) ’Tis the season for gift giving. As shoppers make their holiday gift lists and check them twice, it’s not necessarily what’s on the inside that counts. The presentation makes the first impression and how the gifts look on the outside is often what builds the most excitement and makes them memorable.

Monday 11/30/2015
Six Tips to Safely Power Through a Power Outage
Updated: December 05, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) With winter weather comes the increased chance of power outages. Convenient and easy-to-use portable generators provide security and comfort when the power goes out, but improper generator use brings its own set of risks. The most serious risk is carbon monoxide poisoning, which is especially dangerous because you cannot smell, see or taste carbon monoxide gas.

Now is the Time to Winterize Your Deck
Updated: December 05, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) As the leaves begin to fall and change color and cooler weather begins to take over, it’s time to start thinking about winterizing your outdoor space. While your deck receives a lot of use during the summer with foot traffic, summer storms, scorching heat and high humidity, fall and winter bring in a whole other slew of wearing elements.

Monday 11/23/2015
Handmade for the Holidays
Updated: November 23, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) A holiday-ready home is filled with small touches that celebrate the season. Welcome guests with these easy DIY projects that lend an extra special feel to your home.

Monday 11/16/2015
Nursery Decor Handmade with Love
Updated: November 16, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re working on a budget or simply looking to infuse a little handmade love, DIY projects can bring a special heartfelt touch to a baby’s nursery.

Create Wow-Worthy Wall Art
Updated: November 16, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) You’ve selected the perfect furniture and coordinated all the accessories, but if you leave the walls bare, the room you’ve worked so hard to complete may still feel unfinished.

Light Up Your Holidays
Updated: November 21, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Whether you are the first one on your block to hang lights or the last-minute decorator hurrying to decorate your tree, nothing is more frustrating than having a section of lights fail to illuminate.

Ornament Treats You Can Eat
Updated: November 21, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) As you set out to make this a holiday to remember, your creativity doesn’t have to be limited to your craft room. Let your imagination loose in other areas, such as the kitchen, for delicious treats that taste as good as they look.

Monday 11/09/2015
Comfortably Aging in Place
Updated: November 09, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Having lived in the same ranch house for 55 years, John Heck’s grandparents wanted to make any and all necessary accommodations to allow them to peacefully age in place. Using his expertise as a home remodeler, Heck completed a variety of aging-in-place related projects in their house, including adding grab bars to the bathroom and other small comforts.

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