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Monday 11/20/2017
Fireplace Safety Tips for this Holiday Season and Beyond
Updated: November 20, 2017 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Gathering around the hearth this holiday season? While you may be taking time off from work and school to celebrate, don’t take a vacation from practicing basic safety guidelines. Stay safe with the following tips.

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Wednesday 11/15/2017
5 Ways to Create Ambiance in Your Home
Updated: November 15, 2017 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) If your home interiors lack charm, don’t worry. These five simple additions and updates can add ambiance and character to your home.

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Tuesday 10/31/2017
Tips to Make Your Holiday Decorating Very Merry
Updated: October 31, 2017 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) Nearly 70 percent of Americans say their favorite part about the holidays is spending time with family and friends, according to the Pew Research Center. So, during the hectic holiday crunch, you may be looking for ways to simplify the many tasks on your to-do list.

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Thursday 10/26/2017
5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays
Updated: October 26, 2017 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re hosting or just trying to get into the holiday spirit, preparing your home doesn’t have to be daunting or expensive.

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Wednesday 10/11/2017
Top 7 design trends for your home this fall
Posted: October 11, 2017

(BPT) - Whether you’re planning a large home-renovation project or simply looking for inspiration as you dream up ideas for new rooms or entire houses, it always pays to check out the latest design trends. From modern and contemporary to rustic and traditional, there are products and design options to suit every style and budget. To help you get started, Floor & Decor, a leading specialty retailer in hard-surface flooring, offers a sneak peek at the latest design trends to look for, plus some tips and ideas for incorporating these styles into your home. Here are the top seven design trends for fall:

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Tuesday 09/19/2017
Is BPA a thing of Halloween nightmares?
Updated: September 28, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Now that fall is underway and you’re already growing tired of all the pumpkin-flavored treats, Halloween must not be too far away. That means it’s time to head to the store to pick up the trendiest Halloween decor to guarantee a shocked response from trick-or-treaters. But before you do, have you considered what some of these products are made of? Chances are, some may be polycarbonate plastic made with a safe, common chemical known as BPA.

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Friday 09/15/2017
5 tips to create a seaside oasis in your bathroom
Posted: September 15, 2017

(BPT) - Use finishes as coastal statement pieces

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Wednesday 09/13/2017
Color as a catalyst for purchase decisions [Infographic]
Posted: September 13, 2017

(BPT) - Color plays a dominant role in many of the purchasing decisions we make. Because paint color is so important, PPG’s more than 20 global color experts forecast upcoming relevant colors so you can be sure the paint colors you choose for your home, car and electronics are on trend. Consider adding a touch of the PPG Paints 2018 Color of the Year, Black Flame, in your home on shutters, front doors, trim or an accent wall for a modern yet classic look. Dubbed the “new neutral,” Black Flame is a timeless, black hue that evokes the privacy and hope that many crave.

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Saturday 09/02/2017
Six Ways to Bring Warmth into Your Home this Fall
Updated: September 02, 2017 - 12:26 pm

(StatePoint) With the shorter days and cooler nights of fall can come the urge to hibernate. But first prepare yourself and your home for the season with these cozy and warm accents that will make time spent indoors cozier.

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Monday 08/14/2017
Shared housework may be the true language of love, survey says
Updated: August 22, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The key to a better relationship may not be in long walks on the beach or romantic dinners, it may actually be in discovering how your partner values chores. According to recent studies, chores have a direct impact on relationships more than previously thought.

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Monday 11/13/2017
Unexpected Ways to Support Pollinators
Updated: November 18, 2017 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—It's a common misconception that you need a large yard and advanced gardening skills to support honey bees by planting more forage. However, the reality is that anyone with enthusiasm and a potted plant can provide bees with the food and habitat they need. While individuals are crucial in protecting pollinators, many organizations are also finding solutions to help pollinators thrive in unexpected places.

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Thursday 11/09/2017
How Buying A Fishing License Helps the Environment
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 2:25 pm

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Wednesday 11/08/2017
5 tips to clean your home - and save the planet
Updated: November 10, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Log onto almost any news website and in just a few clicks you’ll probably come across some story about the environment. Whether it involves international agreements, alternative energy sources or fuel-efficient cars, the discussion is often abstract and far removed from our everyday lives.

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Friday 10/27/2017
PepsiCo Recycling Contest Fuels Sustainability Across College Campuses
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 2:25 pm

(NewsUSA) - For the second year, PepsiCo is going beyond store shelves to make a real difference on college and university campuses by giving students the chance to win up to $10,000 in funding to implement new sustainability initiatives or improve existing efforts in their communities.

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Thursday 10/26/2017
Eco-Friendly Paving Revives Park Pathways
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 2:25 pm

(NewsUSA) - Yellowstone National Park experiences more than 4 million visits annually. The park's volume of foot traffic, particularly around the famous geyser, Old Faithful, has put a strain on the existing walkways.

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Small Changes in What You Eat Can Make a Big Difference
Updated: October 26, 2017 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) Not everyone is inclined to think about the global impact of their food choices, particularly when they are not in their own kitchens. But experts say that average consumers can learn more about what’s on their plate and how it got there no matter who’s doing the cooking, and use this knowledge to make responsible choices.

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Monday 10/23/2017
PepsiCo Recycling Contest Fuels Sustainability on College Campuses
Updated: October 23, 2017 - 3:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - For the second year in a row, PepsiCo is going beyond store shelves to make a real difference on college and university campuses by giving students the chance to win up to $10,000 in funding to implement new sustainability initiatives or improve existing efforts in their communities.

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Tuesday 10/10/2017
What Others Are Doing, How You Can Help
Updated: October 11, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—The next time you open a food or beverage carton you could be opening the way to a better world, if you recycle it when the contents are gone. Recycled food and beverage cartons contain valuable material and can be turned into tissues, paper towels, stationery and even sustainable building materials.

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Tuesday 09/26/2017
Back To School Means Early-Morning-Wake-Up Call
Updated: September 26, 2017 - 3:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - It's that time of year again -- back to school.

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Monday 09/25/2017
Steps to Save Energy in Your Home
Updated: September 25, 2017 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Reducing your energy use at home is a win-win for your wallet and the planet. Not only can it save you money on your bills now, but it could also improve your home’s resale value, if you know which steps to take.

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Wednesday 11/22/2017
7 Ways to Plan for Cold and Flu Season
Updated: November 22, 2017 - 3:33 am

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How to Prep Your Pup for Winter
Updated: November 22, 2017 - 3:33 am

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Making the Most of Medicare Open Enrollment
Updated: November 22, 2017 - 3:34 am

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Empowering Teens through Smart Spending
Updated: November 22, 2017 - 3:34 am

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Keep Cool-Weather Clothes Looking Fresh
Updated: November 22, 2017 - 3:34 am

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Pests Might be Hiding on Your Christmas Tree
Updated: November 22, 2017 - 3:34 am

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Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests
Updated: November 22, 2017 - 3:34 am

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Managing High Blood Pressure During the Holidays
Updated: November 22, 2017 - 3:34 am

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Wednesday 11/15/2017
Behind the Fuss for Real Grass Playing Fields
Updated: November 22, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Whether attending a child’s scrimmage, the hottest college bowl game of the week or a professional playoff, the vibrant expanse of a football field offers more than a colorful canvas for the action. Often an afterthought for spectators, the choice of playing surface – natural vs. artificial – is a major decision for sports teams and field managers that goes far beyond aesthetics. According to Don Follett, director of fields and grounds for the Baltimore Ravens, the decision to transition M&T Bank Stadium back to natural grass at the start of the 2016 season was driven by the players. “A few of our key players asked that we entertain natural grass,” said Follett. “Ultimately, we decided that real football should be played on real grass.”

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The Caribbean is Open for Cruise Vacations
Updated: November 16, 2017 - 3:33 am

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Friday 09/08/2017
Home Cleaning Do's and Don’ts
Updated: September 08, 2017 - 3:56 am

(StatePoint) Now and then, every home gets to the point at which a quick tidy-up here and there just isn’t cutting it anymore. You take a look around, notice all of the surfaces that have gone untouched for far too long, then sigh as you pick a day dedicated to cleaning from top to bottom.

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Thursday 08/10/2017
3 Beautiful Ways to Add Pops of Color to Your Kitchen
Updated: August 10, 2017 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) If your kitchen is bland or boring, it’s time for an update. Consider those home projects that add pops of color and beauty, inspiring you to do your best culinary work.

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Thursday 02/23/2017
Smart Kitchen Upgrade Ideas to Help You Save Time
Updated: February 23, 2017 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Most home cooks want the flexibility of preparing complicated meals with ease and convenience. However, even those with a deft culinary hand may be limited by their tools, space and appliances.

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Debunking Myths About Home Garbage Disposals
Updated: December 23, 2016 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) Over half of all Americans have a garbage disposal. Unfortunately, many may not be properly maintained due to common misconceptions.

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