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Home and Garden Improvements That Will Benefit Local Wildlife

(StatePoint) When it comes to changing the world, your own backyard is a great place to start. As you make home improvements, consider their potential to benefit local wildlife that travel in and around your property.

Pet Central

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Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

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Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

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Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

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Tuesday 02/12/2019
On-Trend Home Design
Updated: February 15, 2019 - 2:31 am

6 design approaches to explore in 2019

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4 Benefits of Pet Adoption
Updated: February 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Pets have an incomparable ability to improve owners’ lives in a number of ways, so it’s only right that pet parents do the same for them. That’s why, if you’re considering adding a pet to the family, adoption can be a great choice.

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A Surprising Solution for Stress Relief
Updated: February 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) From finances and health concerns to lengthy to-do lists, there are numerous sources of strain in the lives of most people.

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Starting Your Smart Home Transformation
Posted: February 12, 2019

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Easy, On-Demand Dinners
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Nearly everyone wishes for an extra hour or two in the day. When juggling evenings filled with homework, practices, games and last-minute art projects, even just 60 extra minutes could make the difference in finding time to whip up a dinner you can be proud of. While there’s no changing the fact that there are 24 hours each day, there are some time-saving options for creating family dinners that feel like they’ve come together “on-demand.”

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3 Tips for a Successful 2019 and Beyond
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) The demands of today’s always-connected culture can make finding balance in life nearly impossible. Between work, school and extracurricular activities, schedules can be crazy, and setting aside time to exercise is often difficult.

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Ease Up on Energy Consumption
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Enhancing your home’s energy-efficient features is a savvy way to make the space more livable while also making a smaller impact on the environment and your bank account.

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Give Your Home a Modern Makeover
Posted: February 12, 2019

(Family Features) Even if your home has seen a generation or two of living, creating a contemporary new look may not require a full-scale renovation. The key to creating a more modern feel is all in the details.

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Nicotine to Help Treat Memory Loss?
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) A study funded by the National Institutes of Health is testing whether the nicotine patch can improve memory and functioning in people who have mild memory loss or Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).

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3 Ways to Make Your Heart Healthier
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States? One in four people die from it each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and millions more have it or are at risk of developing the disease. Smoking, being overweight or having diabetes, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure or a family history of heart disease all increase your chances of getting the disease.

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Understanding Insurance Benefits
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) No matter where you are in life, whether you’re just starting your career or nearing retirement, it’s important to understand the voluntary benefits available to you that can complement traditional health insurance.

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5 Ways Dogs Can Improve Lives
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Whether playmates or protectors, the human-animal bond is often a powerful connection that goes beyond pure companionship. Dogs typically have many talents and personas – they can be man’s best friend, a canine companion during a difficult time or even a service dog helping veterans and others through daily routines. No matter the relationship between dog and human, these animals can improve lives in numerous ways.

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Big Results on a Little Budget
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) With the abundance of home improvement shows on TV, DIY has evolved from an intimidating trade for the pros to an easy-to-manage project for even the least handy of humans. Transforming a home from disaster to delightful through simple DIY projects and repairs is much easier than you may think and can save you a bundle in the process. If the thought of doing your own handy work has you wiping your brow, think again with these easy improvements.

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Bring Style to Your Closet
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Closet designer may not be a title on your resume, but deep down you may find talents you never knew existed. Whether you are laying out the perfect closet or organizing your belongings, these tips will guide you toward creating a truly stylish and functional space.

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Tuesday 02/05/2019
Material Matters
Updated: February 11, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) For many homeowners, aesthetics and function are the primary considerations of a kitchen renovation. However, before you lay out your space and start selecting colors, there is another essential factor to explore: the materials you will use for each feature.

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Ideas for an On-Trend Bathroom
Updated: February 11, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Bringing an outdated bathroom into the now is a sure way to infuse value and personal enjoyment into your home.

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3 Tips to Create Your Dream Closet
Updated: February 11, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) If you’ve ever opened your closet doors and been depressed by what you see, it may be time to rethink your closet.

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A Keto-Friendly Approach to Weight Loss
Updated: February 11, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) A growing number of health-conscious consumers are pursuing a keto lifestyle and products in their pursuit of health benefits, weight loss and improved performance.

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Transitioning Back to Work After Baby
Updated: February 11, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Just when you were getting the hang of having a baby at home, it’s time to go back to work. Beyond the expected changes such as picking work tasks back up and catching up on things you’ve missed, your priorities have most likely shifted now that you’re a parent.

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5 DIY Winter Home Repair Hacks
Updated: February 11, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Even if you’re not terribly handy, there are many simple household repairs that you can easily do yourself to avoid unnecessary time and expense. This is especially true in the winter, when little improvements can make a big difference in your comfort and energy consumption.

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7 Ways to Create a High-Tech, Healthy Home
Updated: February 11, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Home technology devices have come a long way, and many homeowners are discovering that their features aren’t just for convenience and comfort. A growing number of technology-enabled home features promote a healthier living space for you and your family.

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Tuesday 01/29/2019
Find a Hotel to Fit Your Travel Needs
Updated: February 04, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) When most people plan a trip, the focus is on the purpose of the journey, whether it’s a work-related jaunt or a vacation with loved ones. Researching and organizing travel for an upcoming trip is important, but so is finding the perfect place to make your journey easier, more productive and successful.

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Make a Difference in Education
Updated: February 04, 2019 - 2:34 am

6 ways to contribute to schools in your community

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Better Yourself in the New Year
Updated: February 04, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) A new year is the perfect opportunity to take a fresh look at your life and re-evaluate what you’d like to accomplish – both physically and mentally – during the coming year.

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Hug More, Stress Less
Updated: February 04, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Whether circumstances are good or bad, exciting or stressful, there are several simple ways to improve emotional and mental fitness.

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Tuesday 01/22/2019
4 Steps for DIY Paint Project Success
Updated: January 28, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Painting is one of the easiest and most impactful DIY projects for homeowners to quickly update their homes. Whether it’s a new look in a master bathroom, adding a pop of color to the guest room, finishing off a basement remodel or anything in-between, a fresh coat of paint provides a fresh spin that’s all your own.

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Refresh Your Space
Updated: January 28, 2019 - 2:31 am

5 steps to simplify your next paint project

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Bring New Life to Your Kitchen with Color
Updated: January 28, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Just as filling your plate with colorful foods is typically good for your body, filling your kitchen with color can be good for the soul. In fact, color is an important element in interior design not only for its aesthetic value, but also because it can shape perceptions and emotions.

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Overcoming Barriers to Disease Treatment
Updated: January 28, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) A diagnosis of a chronic condition such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, cancer, or diabetes can bring a swirl of thoughts and emotions. There may be relief at finding an explanation for bothersome symptoms, but that relief is often quickly overshadowed by insurance issues, financial concerns, and worry about the future.

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What to Consider When Planning a Cruise
Updated: January 28, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Everyone loves going on vacation, but planning your getaway is another story with questions like where and when to go, how to get there and how much it will cost.

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Wednesday 01/16/2019
Take Charge of Your Child’s Vision Health
Updated: January 21, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Although many children receive a vision screening at school or by their pediatricians, those evaluations aren’t enough to identify vision issues and manage overall vision health. Parents who take a proactive role in their child’s vision health can help identify and correct problems before they impact everyday life.

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A Handy Guide to Starting a Home Remodel
Updated: January 21, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Apprehension and inexperience keep many homeowners from pursuing renovation projects that would make their homes more functional, enjoyable and comfortable. Getting your hands dirty on the front end – with some planning and preparation – is the best blueprint for a successful home remodeling project.

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How to Become Your Best Self
Updated: January 21, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Ask yourself ... are you truly who you want to be? Is this the life you really want? Are you living each day as your best self? What can you change today?

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3 Popular Eating Plans You’ll See in the New Year
Updated: January 21, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) If you’re thinking about revamping how you eat in the new year, you might want to think twice about the trendy dairy-free plans that crop up on your social media feed – as they could leave you missing out on nutrients you need.

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Wednesday 01/09/2019
5 Ways to Raise a Confident, Adventurous Child
Updated: January 14, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) From taking steps toward the stairs to learning that bubbles don't taste good, exploration is a part of development for babies and young children. While it's an exciting time, it also can be coupled with anxiety and hesitation as parents find themselves saying "no" or jumping in when baby discovers a new space.

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Celebrate Literacy this Year
Updated: January 14, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Teaching a child to appreciate reading not only promotes academic achievement, but it also it opens opportunities for the imagination to soar and for kids to learn about topics beyond their wildest dreams.

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Renovations for the Ages
Updated: January 14, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Not every renovation project is intended to make the space look shiny and new. A design that celebrates decades (or even centuries) past can carry the same big impact for a dramatically updated look.

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A Financial Planning Tool for Every Stage of Life
Updated: January 14, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) From heading off to college to marrying the love of your life to taking those dream vacations, life’s biggest moments are often tied to being financially responsible.

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Home Safe Home
Updated: January 14, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Some home upgrades are aesthetic, and some are for function. These ideas, all with better home safety in mind, show there’s no reason you can’t have both.

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Thursday 01/03/2019
Tips for Welcoming a Feline to the Family
Updated: January 07, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Introducing a feline into the family can be an exciting time, but it’s important to remember that a new home is often a big change for a little cat. Whether it’s a kitten or an adult cat, providing your new pet with proper nutrition, the comforts of a good home and engaging playtime are just a few of the key things to keep in mind.

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Wednesday 01/02/2019
Stomach Acid Burns Woman’s Throat — How to Protect Yourself
Updated: January 07, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Like many with the condition, Kathy Bennett suffered for over a decade with a damaging, often-misdiagnosed disease — silent reflux. Also called laryngopharyngeal reflux disease (LPR), silent reflux is often confused with heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), as well as the common cold and allergies, because of its puzzling symptoms. However, LPR is more severe than simple heartburn and can seriously damage the throat and voice box.

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Adventurous Travel for the Winter Season
Updated: January 07, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) There is something about the winter months that seems to awaken a sense of wanderlust in many people. Whether it’s the need for an escape from the bitter, drab conditions or a desire for a break from the hectic schedule that often accompanies the season, carving out time to head south may be the perfect pick-me-up.

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Give Your Eyes a Rest
Updated: January 07, 2019 - 2:31 am

Tips to reduce digital eye strain

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Stylish Storage for Renters
Updated: January 07, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Just because you rent or live in small quarters doesn’t mean you can’t have ample storage space. It means you just have to be a bit more creative in figuring out where to put things, even when it seems hopeless to get a handle on organization and clutter under control. 

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What to Look for in a Daycare for Your Baby
Updated: January 07, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Between coordinating childcare, figuring out a new schedule and beginning to feel like a normal person again, life with a newborn can be a lot to handle. Finding the right daycare center on top of it all can seem like a nearly impossible task.

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Wednesday 12/26/2018
A Healthy, Winter-Ready Home
Updated: December 31, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) When chilly weather arrives and the days get shorter, chances are good you’ll spend the majority of your days indoors. Before you start your hibernation, it’s a good idea to ensure your home is up to the task. Put your well-being at the top of the list with these ideas to help ensure a health-conscious home.

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Clever Kitchen Upgrades
Updated: December 31, 2018 - 2:30 am

Fresh colors and textures for a functional kitchen style

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Winter Weather Emergency Preparedness
Updated: December 31, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) As temperatures drop, the risk of severe winter weather conditions and sudden power outages rise. Preparing your family ahead of time can help minimize the impact of a power loss.

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Ease Up on Energy Consumption
Updated: December 31, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Enhancing your home’s energy-efficient features is a savvy way to make the space more livable while also making a smaller impact on the environment and your bank account.

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