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Cypress: The natural choice for siding

(BPT) - Known for its honey-like hues and ability to withstand the elements, cypress is fast becoming the go-to-product for siding and a host of other outdoor applications. There’s no denying it — cypress is a natural beauty. And with proper care and maintenance, it’s a product that will provide a lifetime of good looks and lasting performance. So let’s talk siding.

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Friday 07/22/2016
How to Select Interior Finishings for Your Home
Updated: July 22, 2016 - 4:34 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - When building or renovating a home, the use of interior finishings can help create a finished and unique look . Interior finishings can include trim or moulding, wall treatments, interior doors, posts and columns, stairway systems, and ceiling treatments. Here are some tips and tricks from interior design experts at Metrie to help you choose the best interior finishings based on your style and home:

Wednesday 07/20/2016
How To Save Time, Money And Water
Updated: July 21, 2016 - 4:32 am

(NAPSI)—Wondering about the most efficient way to water your landscaping beds, vegetable gardens and container plants? For nongrass areas like these, drip irrigation is an ideal solution that will give you happier, healthier plants while saving you time and water.

Tuesday 07/19/2016
Dads and Daughters Can Profit From Each Other on Father's Day
Updated: July 21, 2016 - 4:33 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - She's not just "daddy's little girl" anymore. And this Father's Day, it turns out that both millennial daughters and their Boomer dads could profit by sharing financial advice with each other.

Finding the best cooling options for hot garages
Updated: July 20, 2016 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - The garage is a haven for car enthusiasts and hobbyists like woodworkers — that is until the temperatures start to increase. Outdoor work spaces get hot fast when the mercury rises. Whether the garage is your man cave or where you work to make a living, don’t let the heat stop your productivity.

The Floors Of Tomorrow Will Reflect What's On The Runway Today
Updated: July 20, 2016 - 4:32 am

(NAPSI)—When you walk into a room, your eyes do not move from top to bottom—quite the opposite. Your gaze starts at the floor and moves up. Just as the clothes you wear make a fashion statement, your floors set the tone, add the drama and create the mood in your home.

Three Ways To Be More Efficient And Get The Job Done Right
Updated: July 20, 2016 - 4:32 am

(NAPSI)—When it comes to work and performing tough jobs, efficiency is key. Regardless of your profession or hobbies, here are ways to ensure you get the job done right.

Six Ways To Sleep Better
Updated: July 20, 2016 - 4:32 am

(NAPSI)—Here's eye-opening news: Getting the right amount of restful sleep can reduce your risk of depression, diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure and obesity, and, in general, improve your quality of life.

Monday 07/18/2016
A Traveler's Guide to Avoiding Bed Bugs' Bite
Updated: July 21, 2016 - 4:33 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - At bedtime, it's common for parents to sweetly send their children off to sleep by saying, "Sleep tight -- don't let the bed bugs bite!" But could you imagine the reaction if that was said to vacationers by hotel staff? People wouldn't be able to check out fast enough. Unfortunately, travelers will never be given such a clear warning about bed bugs in real life, but there are steps they can take to prevent an encounter while enjoying a trip away from home.

Earth-Friendly American Ethanol: An Important Success Story
Updated: July 21, 2016 - 4:33 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - There is little question ethanol is helping America reduce its dependence on foreign oil -- lowering gasoline prices, improving the environment with lower emissions and growing the economy with jobs that can't be outsourced.

Sleep Better at Night, Feel Better During the Day
Updated: July 21, 2016 - 4:33 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Sleeping should be simple, but insomnia and other sleeping disorders prevent many people from getting the rest they need for good health. Internet data suggests that approximately 246,000 searches are done on "insomnia" per month, and 60 percent of American adults report having sleep-related problems several nights a week, according to the American Psychological Association.

Relocating in 2016? 6 tips for a stress free move
Updated: July 23, 2016 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - Does the prospect of moving have you buzzing with excitement? Or are you left with worries about packing and clutter? This moving season, an estimated 40 million Americans will move or relocate, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Cleaning Hacks to Tackle Each Room of Your Home
Updated: July 18, 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.

Ways to Recycle at Home
Updated: July 18, 2016 - 4:32 am


Cottage Cool
Updated: July 18, 2016 - 4:32 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.

Sipable, Sharable Summer Spritzers
Updated: July 23, 2016 - 4:31 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.

8 Household Items You May Need To Replace
Updated: July 23, 2016 - 4:31 am

(Family Features) There are items in your home that you know to replace on a regular basis, such as a toothbrush, air conditioner filter or water heater. There are also things in your home that you may not replace until they are worn out, when in fact, most household items also have a shelf life that should be adhered to for efficiency, safety and health reasons.

4 Essential Strategies for Growing Your Business
Updated: July 23, 2016 - 4:31 am

(Family Features) Since opening its first store in 1986, the foundation of Mattress Firm’s success has been built on a commitment to its core values: service, integrity and passion. Now, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, a three-decade journey has seen it grow from a single Houston store to 3,500 stores in 48 states. The following strategies can help grow the success of your business, too.

Friday 07/15/2016
For Kitchens And Baths, Stone Really Rocks
Updated: July 16, 2016 - 4:32 am

(NAPSI)—Homeowners thinking about creating or remodeling their indoor or outdoor spaces may want to consider these ideas from noted interior designer Courtney Babineaux.

What You Need To Know About Home Comfort
Updated: July 16, 2016 - 4:32 am

(NAPSI)—A home comfort system is a major investment, so homeowners need an understanding of the system they’re getting, whether it’s an air conditioner, heat pump or gas furnace. To help, the experts at the Champion® brand of Johnson Controls answer common questions.

Wednesday 07/13/2016
5 simple ways to liven up any room
Posted: July 13, 2016

(BPT) - Today’s décor options are endless for adding style to any room renovation. Unique shapes, angles and textures add depth and interest to even the simplest of room elements. Here are a few tips on how to use these decorating strategies to liven up any kitchen or bath in your house. 

Tuesday 07/12/2016
Triple Threat: Save Money, Water And The Environment
Updated: July 14, 2016 - 4:32 am

(NAPSI)—If your home is like most in America, 27 percent of your water consumption comes from flushing it right down the toilet. And if that sounds like a money-sucking waste to you, it’s because it is. A huge one, which may make you say WHAT THE FLUSH? Luckily, there’s a solution. You can save up to 20,000 gallons of water a year—enough to fill an 18-foot by 40-foot inground swimming pool—and cut your water bills by up to 60 percent without having to change any of your bathroom behavior, just your toilet. Niagara Conservation created the Stealth Toilet, which uses less than one gallon of water per flush compared to the average toilet that uses 3.5 to five gallons per flush. Even homeowners who have installed so-called “high-efficiency” toilets can reduce water use by an additional 35 to 50 percent by switching to the Stealth Toilet. Plus, you may even get a rebate from the water supplier just for installing it. To find out if you’re eligible, visit

Monday 07/11/2016
See the light: Get the real facts about LED bulbs
Updated: July 19, 2016 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - Light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs have transformed home lighting since coming on the market. Despite proven benefits that far outweigh older lighting options, like incandescent and compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, many people remain hesitant to make the switch.

Energy-Saving Ideas for Home
Updated: July 11, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Making improvements around the house to curb your energy usage is not only good for the environment, it can make a big impact on your utility bills, too.

5 Tips for Organizing Your Home Office
Updated: July 11, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) When temperatures begin creeping up again, it signals time for an annual tradition: spring cleaning. While big projects like windows are hard to overlook, don’t forget smaller areas that need attention, too, such as your home office.

Install Bathroom Tile Like a Pro
Updated: July 11, 2016 - 4:33 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.

Benefits of Responsible Use of Animal Antibiotics
Updated: July 16, 2016 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) Animal antibiotics have been used by farmers for decades to make food safer, prevent animal suffering and lessen the burden on our planet. However, concern about human antibiotic resistance is inspiring scrutiny of all uses of antibiotics.

How to Deal with Rising Health Care Costs
Updated: July 16, 2016 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) Many seniors are finding their medical expenses exceed what they anticipated when planning for retirement. Maximizing the value of available assets can be one of the ways to significantly ease a stressed budget.

Smooth the Ride for Dogs with Motion Sickness
Updated: July 16, 2016 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) Because the symptoms of canine motion sickness can mimic several other problems, many pet owners may not realize their dogs suffer from this condition.

Benefits of a Digital Detox During Summer Travel
Updated: July 16, 2016 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) Despite your best intentions to take time off for a relaxing getaway, chances are high that you’ll find it difficult to fully unplug from your digital devices. While you probably realize that staying connected prevents you from recharging, you may not be aware that it can also expose you to potential security risks.

Thursday 07/07/2016
Go big for less: 4 simple ways to make a small kitchen feel bigger
Updated: July 15, 2016 - 4:32 am

What to Ask About the Medicines You Take
Updated: July 21, 2016 - 4:33 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Have you ever been prescribed medication by your healthcare provider, only to arrive home and find that you're unsure about the possible side effects? Or the correct dose? Or the risk of taking the new medication together with other medicines you already use? Have you ever felt too embarrassed -- or too rushed -- to clarify medication information or instructions with your provider?

Driver Safety: New Tips for Road Trips
Updated: July 21, 2016 - 4:33 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - For many, summer is about freedom on the open road. It's a carefree time, focused on fun, family and adventures.

What to Look for in a New House This Home Buying Season
Updated: July 21, 2016 - 4:33 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Mortgage rates have remained low, and home prices are stable or rising in most communities.

Power Is The Priority With An At-Home Office
Updated: July 08, 2016 - 4:32 am

(NAPSI)—According to the US Census Bureau, a summary of trends indicates that 3.7 million employees now telecommute at least half of their work week. In fact, the number of work-at-home individuals who are not self-employed has grown by 103% since 2005. These work trends support an urgent need for undisrupted electricity in the home to reduce lost work time and other avoidable disruptions.

Wednesday 07/06/2016
New Study Reveals America's Laundry Habits
Updated: July 14, 2016 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - Whether you learned it from your mom or through trial and error during your first year in college, everyone has developed laundry habits that they’d be hard-pressed to break.

Give Seniors a Lift With Household Chores
Updated: July 21, 2016 - 4:33 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Many older adults want to remain in their homes as they continue to enjoy good health and independence. However, some activities of daily living, including household chores, become more challenging with age because of factors such as slower gait, impaired balance, reduced mobility, and reduced muscle strength.

Monday 07/04/2016
Break Through
Updated: July 04, 2016 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) Consumers today increasingly rely on connected devices to research products and services before making purchases – so it’s no secret that small businesses need to focus more of their marketing resources than ever before on online strategies.

Fixing the Pain Problem
Updated: July 04, 2016 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) America is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. Sales of prescription opioids have nearly quadrupled since 1999. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2012 alone enough opioid prescriptions were written for “every American adult to have their own bottle of pills.”

6 Simple Ways to Dazzle Without the Hassle
Updated: July 04, 2016 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) When a long day at the office turns into a late evening with family or friends, you need a quick and easy get-ready routine so you can get up and do it all again the next day. Keep your morning hassle-free with these time-trimming tips.

Back to the Nest
Updated: July 04, 2016 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) For the first time since 1880, more young people are living with their parents than any other living arrangement. A recent report from the Pew Research Center showed the number of 18- to 34-year-olds living at home is higher than the number of young adults who are married or cohabiting in their own home.

Protect Your Tailgate Party from Pests
Updated: July 04, 2016 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) Whether it’s before a football or baseball game, most sports fans share one thing in common: tailgating. No matter the event or the teams playing in the big game, few things create as strong a sense of camaraderie and community as tailgating. While most fans prepare for the food, drinks, music and games, many overlook or ignore an ever-present threat of the great outdoors: flies and other pests crashing the party.

Less Fuel, More Power
Updated: July 04, 2016 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) As homeowners constantly look for ways to be more environmentally friendly, lawn equipment is a good place to start. There are revolutionary lawn care products on the market today that provide a more efficient way to accomplish tasks around the yard without sacrificing power and strength.

Spruce Up Your Space Inside and Out
Updated: July 04, 2016 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) With longer days and warmer weather, many homeowners look to take on summertime projects to bring new life to their homes, lawns and gardens. According to a recent survey from Bank of America, 46 percent of Americans plan to tackle DIY projects to redecorate or renovate their homes this summer, but for many Americans, the cost of these projects can be a big hurdle.

Friday 07/01/2016
On the Brink: Africa Viewed As Growth Target for Telecom
Updated: July 20, 2016 - 4:34 pm

(NewsUSA) - When it comes to telecommunications, experts agree that Africa is the new "it" continent for growth. If you're a little rusty on exactly what telecom means, it translates to big bucks for companies like Belgium-based Artilium PLC, which provide software solutions for data and wireless companies that want to help Africa get better connected.

Wednesday 06/29/2016
Looking for a Safer Option Than Opioids?
Updated: July 20, 2016 - 4:34 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - What to do now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged physicians to avoid prescribing opioids in most situations for treating chronic pain, and to seek alternative approaches?

Protect Your Family With Encryption
Updated: July 19, 2016 - 4:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - It is one of those items on your perpetual to-do list that never seems to quite get done. You mean to, but encrypting your personal information to keep it safe, seems to fall hopelessly into that chasm between, "I'll do it later," and "Surely, it'll never happen to me."

Tuesday 06/28/2016
Americans Favor Investment in Cancer Cure
Updated: July 19, 2016 - 4:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - As divisive as American politics can be, most Americans want their next president to pursue cancer cures, based on the results of a survey conducted by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

Get Even More From Your Health Care Benefits
Updated: July 19, 2016 - 4:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - As the health care needs of consumers continue to evolve, it's important to look for insurance offerings that provide more holistic support outside the usual health, dental and vision policies. Consumers should be aware that there are plans available today that will aid in their overall well-being, which includes physical and financial health. Value-added services, such as fraud protection, telemedicine and benefits management support, provide solutions that make life easier - not just when the unexpected happens, but every day. For more information, visit

Monday 06/27/2016
High-End Home Upgrades
Updated: June 27, 2016 - 4:32 am

(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.

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.