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Handmade for the Holidays

(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.

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Monday 11/23/2015
Building a Disaster Preparedness Kit
Updated: November 23, 2015 - 4:34 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: November 23, 2015 - 4:34 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.  

Now is the Time to Winterize Your Deck
Updated: November 23, 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.

Kitchen Must-Haves for Holiday Hosting
Updated: November 23, 2015 - 4:34 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: November 23, 2015 - 4:34 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 11/16/2015
Six Tips to Safely Power Through a Power Outage
Updated: November 16, 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.

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.

Ways to Recycle at Home
Updated: November 09, 2015 - 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.

How to winterize your yard
Posted: November 09, 2015

(BPT) - Winter will soon be knocking at your door, with all that the season brings — freezing ice, bitter temperatures and intense winds, to name a few. And while it may be hard to accept your days outside in the yard are limited, it’s important to start preparing your lawn and garden for winter now so they can handle the harsh conditions to come.

Monday 11/02/2015
Make a Great Escape with a Specialty Room for You
Updated: November 02, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) It has been said that distance makes the heart grow fonder. When the demands of life make it tough to get away, you can actually find your escape closer to home – right in your home, even – by carving out a corner to create a retreat just for you.

4 Easy, Inexpensive Ways to Block Light
Updated: November 02, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Although ample natural light is a feature many homeowners desire, there are plenty of reasons to manage the light streaming into your home. Whether you simply crave a different aesthetic or you’re working to correct a matter such as limited privacy or filtering damaging rays, there are various approaches you can take to block light around your home.

Considering a New Deck? Now is the Perfect Time to Get Started
Updated: November 07, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) While homeowners think of spring and summer as the premiere seasons for outdoor projects, that’s no reason to let dreams of a new outdoor living space hibernate through another winter. A big part of building your dream deck is the prep work – much of which can be done during the off-season so your new space can be ready come warm weather.

Monday 10/26/2015
Cost-Conscious Home Upgrades for Fall
Updated: October 26, 2015 - 4:33 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.

Monday 10/19/2015
5 Lawn Care Tips to Keep Your Yard Healthy This Fall
Updated: October 19, 2015 - 4:33 am

(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.

Keeping the Character
Updated: October 24, 2015 - 4:33 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.

Wednesday 10/14/2015
The annual deck checkup: 3 steps to a safer deck
Updated: October 21, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - A little maintenance goes a long way to keep your deck safe, performing well and looking great any time of year. Just like you need an annual checkup with your doctor to ensure you’re in good health, so does your deck. While you may think spring is the time to check your deck, another ideal time is now as we enter the fall season. This is especially true if you live in parts of the U.S. that spell "winter" with the letters “s-n-o-w.”

Monday 10/12/2015
Transitioning to the Next Phase of Living
Updated: October 12, 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.

Messy Moments Happen
Updated: October 17, 2015 - 4:33 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. 

Monday 10/05/2015
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.

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.

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