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(Family Features) For most people, the home is their family’s most significant asset. Upgrading is a smart approach to protecting and growing the value of that investment.

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Monday 06/27/2016
Easy Ways to Keep Your Pet Happy and Healthy
Updated: June 27, 2016 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) For many people pets are a part of the family. Owning a pet is a rewarding experience, but also an important responsibility. Fortunately, there are preventative measures that can be taken to help keep pets healthy.

5 Tips for Fast, Fun Golf
Updated: June 27, 2016 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) Most golfers would agree that speeding up pace of play makes the game, and their time spent on the links, more enjoyable. And they know the faster they play their way through nine or 18 holes, the more golf they can squeeze into their busy lives.

Help Fuel the Simple Joys of Summer for Kids in Need
Updated: June 27, 2016 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) Summer is about fun and freedom – and to most kids, it means months filled with playing in the sun, swimming at the lake or playing baseball in the park. However, more than 22 million children may lose access to free or reduced-price meal programs when school lets out.

10 Steps to a Better Backyard
Updated: June 27, 2016 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) Follow these simple steps for building your dream escape – right in your own backyard. For more inspiration and ideas, visit Trex.com.

Create Inviting Outdoor Spaces
Updated: June 27, 2016 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) The arrival of milder temperatures means dining al fresco, hosting neighborhood cookouts and enjoying intimate cocktail parties under the stars. When creating a backyard oasis, make your space both inviting and able to withstand the wear and tear of warm-weather fun.

Get Ready to Get Your Grill On
Updated: June 27, 2016 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) Outdoor cooking is one of the highlights of the summer season, right up there with long days spent at the beach. Not only is grilling perfect for entertaining and socializing, but it also provides an ideal way to get out of the kitchen during the hot summer months.

Plan Ahead for Power Outages
Updated: June 27, 2016 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) Summer storms are often accompanied by damaging hail, high winds, heavy rain and lightning that cause widespread power outages affecting homeowners' peace of mind, and their pocketbooks. Homeowners can prepare for possible power outages by establishing an emergency plan for their families.

Cleaning Hacks to Tackle Each Room of Your Home
Updated: June 27, 2016 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) From fighting fuzz on the living room sofa to removing grime from kitchen appliances, these quick and easy tips can help you prep your home for summertime entertaining.

5 Tips to Get More Out of Your Backyard
Updated: June 27, 2016 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) Once warmer weather arrives, there is nothing better than spending time outside on your deck or patio. But before you can enjoy those outdoor spaces to the fullest, you need to put in a little work to make them feel fresh and new again.

Friday 06/24/2016
Don't Move With Moths
Updated: June 25, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 12 percent of Americans move to new homes every year. The next time you’re among them, there’s something you need to remember NOT to pack: gypsy moths.

Thursday 06/23/2016
3 tips for keeping natural stone countertops beautiful
Updated: June 24, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - The versatility and beauty of marble, granite, limestone, travertine and other natural stone countertops make them extremely popular in kitchens around the country these days. Unfortunately, as arguably the most heavily trafficked area of a home, kitchen countertops are exposed on a daily basis to all types of potential hazards including stains. Grease, wine, coffee, spaghetti sauce and other seemingly harmless foods and beverages can actually have lasting and costly consequences if the proper precautions aren’t taken to protect and care for your natural stone countertops, which are a significant investment to any kitchen.

Wednesday 06/22/2016
Yes, Most Insurance Plans Cover Chiropractic Care
Updated: June 28, 2016 - 4:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Most parents know how damaging the effects of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) can be to our skin, which is why they dutifully slather sunscreen on their kids during the summer. But one thing that often gets overlooked is protecting their children's eyes.

Tuesday 06/21/2016
Three Simple Tips
Updated: June 22, 2016 - 4:32 am

(NAPSI)—Moving season is officially under way. The average person will move around 11 times, yet not many will rethink the moving process. Here are some tips to update your approach:

Monday 06/20/2016
Four Tips For Protecting Your Family From Fire
Updated: June 21, 2016 - 4:32 am

(NAPSI)—According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 350,000 home fires occur each year—but you can help your family stay safe.

Elevate Your Camping Experience
Updated: June 20, 2016 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) If a break from the sights and sounds of the city is calling your name, it may be time for a camping getaway to rest and recharge. Fortunately, if roughing it isn’t your idea of a good time, there are several ways you can elevate your campsite for a less primitive experience.

Easy Tips to Keep Kids Active this Summer
Updated: June 25, 2016 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) With the school year complete, kids are excited to relax after a year of hard work, learning and extracurricular activities. However, this may lead to the temptation of sitting on the couch watching TV or playing on a computer or mobile device.

Summer-Ready Beauty Secrets
Updated: June 25, 2016 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) It’s time to get your body ready for tanks and shorts, bikinis at the beach, evenings out with friends and vacationing with family – all of which mean showing off your beautiful skin. Summer styles call for a whole new approach to body care.

Keeping Summer Fun
Updated: June 25, 2016 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) Summer is here and that means it’s time for baseball games, barbecues, camping trips and other vacations. However, it’s also a time for continued learning, whether you’re staying at home or out on the go exploring your community and beyond.

Summer Spritzers to Sip and Share
Updated: June 25, 2016 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) No gathering on a warm summer day is complete without an array of food and chilled refreshments. This summer, add some fun to the beverage cart with fresh, fruity spritzers that make any occasion feel like a beach getaway.

Small-Scale Home Upgrades with a Big Impact
Updated: June 25, 2016 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) When it comes to remodeling, there are dozens of ways to improve your home’s overall value and appeal without breaking the bank. Opt for projects that are manageable in scale, affordable and deliver benefits in multiple ways, such as aesthetics and energy efficiency.

Wednesday 06/15/2016
A Guide To Finding And Hiring A Heating And Cooling Contractor
Updated: June 16, 2016 - 4:32 am

(NAPSI)—Choosing a heating and cooling contractor can be just as important as selecting the equipment that makes up your home comfort system. That’s because your contractor will help you pick the system that is best suited to your needs, install what is probably the most significant investment you make in your home and provide the technical expertise to keep it operating efficiently. As you begin your search, you should first learn as much as you can about heating and air-conditioning to prepare yourself for the interview process.

Tuesday 06/14/2016
Make the Most of Your Backyard This Summer
Updated: June 27, 2016 - 4:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Summer has arrived, and homeowners are ready to make the most of their outdoor spaces. Current outdoor living trends focus on several areas, including heating, lighting, dining and multilevel design, with the overall theme of creating a welcoming, relaxing environment suitable for entertaining guests or enjoying in private.

How Brand Marketers Increase Loyalty and Reach
Updated: June 28, 2016 - 4:34 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Summer has arrived, and homeowners are ready to make the most of their outdoor spaces. Current outdoor living trends focus on several areas, including heating, lighting, dining and multilevel design, with the overall theme of creating a welcoming, relaxing environment suitable for entertaining guests or enjoying in private.

Monday 06/13/2016
Easy Home Upgrades
Updated: June 13, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Whether you recently purchased a new house and are looking for ways to add your own style and personal touches or are looking to upgrade your longstanding home, it’s essential to add style and function when completing any home improvement project. From adding light and ventilation to updating your home’s safety, closets, facade or backyard, you can take advantage of these ideas to enhance the aesthetics of your house and improve its livability and capabilities.

Combatting Warm-Weather Bugs
Updated: June 13, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) With temperatures rising and homeowners heading outdoors for picnics, parties and gatherings, insect-induced risks are fully in-season. With disease-carrying bugs buzzing around, it’s time to take the proper steps in protecting your lawn so that you can enjoy living life outside to the fullest and get the most out of your backyard this summer.

Refresh, Restore and Repair Your Health
Updated: June 17, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) When it comes to your overall health, taking simple steps to keep yourself in good shape is key. Regardless of age or physical ability, practicing healthy habits can help improve both your physical and mental states, and lead to a happier, healthier lifestyle.

Be a Superhero of Summer Safety
Updated: June 17, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Summer is a time for playground fun, camping, boating, swimming, biking and other fun outdoor activities. Playground falls, lawnmower accidents, campfire and fire pit burns are some common and potentially life-altering childhood injuries that happen during summer months.

Simple Tips to Create a Pure Home
Updated: June 17, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) When you think about creating a better lifestyle for you and your family, you may first consider factors such as healthy eating and exercise. However, things as simple as a clean kitchen or stocking your pantry with gentle products can create a pure home and help to benefit you and your family’s health and happiness.

Keep Pets Safe from Summertime Threats
Updated: June 17, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Just as humans are exposed to certain risks when temperatures rise, hot weather creates the potential for both emergency threats and everyday dangers that can affect pets.

Thursday 06/09/2016
7 Questions to Ask Before Hiring Your Wedding Photographer
Updated: June 22, 2016 - 4:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Warmer weather, sun and clear skies are nearly here; that means it's time to get outside, explore new terrain and create unforgettable memories. Whether it's taking a hike, going for a dip in the pool, or creating the perfect backyard party, it's time to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and have some summer fun.

Dads and Daughters Can Profit From Each Other on Father's Day
Updated: June 28, 2016 - 4:34 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Warmer weather, sun and clear skies are nearly here; that means it's time to get outside, explore new terrain and create unforgettable memories. Whether it's taking a hike, going for a dip in the pool, or creating the perfect backyard party, it's time to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and have some summer fun.

Wednesday 06/08/2016
A Safer Alternative to Opioids for Treating Chronic Pain
Updated: June 22, 2016 - 4:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - It happens more often than we like to think.

New Battery Has 5X More Energy Storage
Updated: June 28, 2016 - 4:34 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - It happens more often than we like to think.

Monday 06/06/2016
Avoid Home Improvement Scams
Updated: June 07, 2016 - 4:37 am

(NAPSI)—While home repairs are a standard part of homeownership, they can open the door to scam artists seeking to prey on vulnerable older adults—but you can avoid being a target. That’s a good thing, since recent research suggests older Americans lose over $36 billion annually to a range of financial exploitation schemes, including home improvement scams.

Get Growing with an Urban Garden
Updated: June 06, 2016 - 4:38 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.

Install Bathroom Tile Like a Pro
Updated: June 06, 2016 - 4:38 am

(Family Features) Updating the flooring can instantly infuse new life into a tired, outdated bathroom. For an upscale, polished look that doesn’t have to break the bank, transform your bathroom with a fresh style by installing a new tile floor.

10 Tips to Stop the Summer Slide
Updated: June 11, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Learning shouldn’t stop just because school is out. In fact, stepping too far away from the books can result in a learning loss. However, research has shown that encouraging kids to read just six books, or 20 minutes a day, over the summer can help prevent the summer slide.

Guide Grads to Apps for Real-World Success
Updated: June 11, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) As a parent, it can be difficult to know just how to guide new college graduates as they set out to conquer the real world. Surprise them with your tech savvy by showing how a smartphone can match their new aspirations for a successful professional life.

Caring for Your Underarms
Updated: June 11, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) With summer weather finally here, increased sweating is bound to happen. While using a cleanser or lathering on sunblock may be an obvious part of a guy’s summer grooming routine – applying deodorant, and underarm health in general, is surprisingly important to men.

Goodnight, Smartphone
Updated: June 11, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Checking email or flipping through channels instead of sleeping? Playing video games or browsing social media in bed? If you want to catch some quality ZZZs, you should put down that smartphone.

Dad’s Day Gift Ideas
Updated: June 11, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Dad can be hard to shop for sometimes. Of course, he can never have too many ties, coffee mugs or tools. But doesn’t the man who taught you how to ride a bike, to play catch and to always try your best deserve something more personal and unique.

Look and Feel Your Best This Summer
Updated: June 11, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Spring is upon us, and with the warmer weather it’s time to step up your beauty routine.

Friday 06/03/2016
Tote Your Wine in Style
Updated: June 27, 2016 - 4:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - For anyone who ever wished for an easy way to take a beverage on the go, a GenieBag will grant that wish. At first glance, a GenieBag looks like a designer handbag. But the unique design of GenieBags allows them to serve as stylish, discreet, and effective beverage carriers.

Summer Must-Haves to Take the Fun to the Next Level
Updated: June 28, 2016 - 4:34 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - For anyone who ever wished for an easy way to take a beverage on the go, a GenieBag will grant that wish. At first glance, a GenieBag looks like a designer handbag. But the unique design of GenieBags allows them to serve as stylish, discreet, and effective beverage carriers.

EMD Serono Improves Access to Fertility Care for Eligible Military
Updated: June 28, 2016 - 4:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Through its unique patient assistance programs, EMD Serono, Inc., the North America biopharmaceutical business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, has been working to bridge significant gaps in coverage of fertility treatment for eligible active U.S. military, and veterans who have been injured in service such as Alex D., who suffered from a spinal cord injury while in active service.

Thursday 06/02/2016
The 3 Steps of Mural Installation
Updated: June 03, 2016 - 4:35 am

Importance Of Garage And Gate Safety For Homeowners
Updated: June 03, 2016 - 4:35 am

(NAPSI)—As a homeowner, few things are more important than safety and security, whether referring to the entry and exit points of your home or community at large. Unfortunately, millions of homes and communities are at risk, with 1 in 15 garages and 3 out of 4 gate systems lacking the latest safety features, which ensure protection for everyone who comes into contact.

Wednesday 06/01/2016
Dads and Grads: They've Worked Hard for These Gifts
Updated: June 27, 2016 - 4:32 am

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Is Your Home As Childproofed As You Think?
Updated: June 28, 2016 - 4:34 pm

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Family Has a Home: TV Network Has Something for Everyone
Updated: June 28, 2016 - 4:34 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - In a world that thrives on bad news and sensationalized storytelling, it can be difficult to find programming consisting of genuine and authentic shows about family.