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    Simple solutions to create a modern home oasis

    (BPT) - When people think of modern homes, many picture classic floor-to-ceiling glass windows, white rooms and contemporary furniture. The reality is, adding modern touches to your home does not require a rebuild, a huge investment or a blank space. A few design tips and simple swaps can transform your existing space into an updated, modern oasis.

  • Pets

    4 ways to help keep your dog protected and happy this summer

    (BPT) - With the country beginning to reopen, don’t forget about your pet. While you return to your favorite summer activities including hiking and swimming with your dogs, it is important to be aware of a few things first. Senior Technical Services Veterinarian at Bayer Animal Health, Dr. Zach Miller, shared these four simple tips to keep your pets happy and active in the coming months:

  • Kitchen Bed Bath

    Common Moving Myths - Busted!

    (StatePoint) You’ve finally found the perfect home. Now comes the hard part: moving. But don’t let misconceptions complicate the process. To keep frustrations to a minimum and make your move more manageable, here are five common moving myths, debunked.

  • Home Improvement

    Checklist: The Right Equipment To Create The Yard Of Your Dreams

    (NAPSI)—These days, many families are spending more time at home and “staycation-ing.” A beautiful landscape improves curb appeal and can increase your home value by as much as 17%, so investing in yard care can be a smart financial decision. An amazing yard extends valuable living space and helps you and your family de-stress and enjoy time outside.The right lawn equipment can make yard work more pleasant. With a refocus on staying home, now might be the time to invest in new equipment, which is more efficient, quieter, and more ergonomic than ever before. In addition, more power options are available including solar, battery/electric, propane or gasoline-powered equipment. There are even autonomous, robotic options available for mowing your lawn.To help you decide on whether to update your yard equipment, here’s a checklist from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of power equipment, small engines and battery power, utility and personal transport vehicles, and golf cars.1.Plan your yard needs. Draw a sketch and include such major features as trees, bushes, a garden, flower beds, lawn furniture, play or sports equipment, or a patio. Note where maintenance is required. Will bushes need to be trimmed back? Do you want to install more flowering bushes or trees? Are you planning to add a fence and more grass for your pet and games?2.Consider your equipment. Visit your garage or shed and find those forgotten lawn and garden tools. Make a list of what you need and what needs to be upgraded.3.Consider upgrading or adding equipment. If you have a large garden, you may need a cultivator or tiller. If you have a large lawn, a riding or zero-turn lawn mower can make mowing easier. Alternatively, you can get a robotic lawn mower that mows autonomously. A string trimmer makes caring for bushes or trimming grass near a fence line easier. A pole pruner trims back limbs that are too high to reach safely with a saw, and a leaf blower clears leaves faster than a rake. A wood chipper turns branches into mulch. Mower attachments can aerate your lawn or collect leaves. 4.Research online before buying. Think about efficiencies of scale. Equipment may be sized to handle a smaller job or a massive one, and tasks can be a little easier with some of today’s ergonomic, super-charged equipment. Ultimately, your decision should be based on your needs. The right equipment can mean more time for other activities, and mean doing yard work is more enjoyable for you.5.Ask questions. Talk with the staff at the store or ask online about the equipment. In the store, pick up and hold equipment to determine its “fit” for you. Discuss safety features and manufacturer fueling and care instructions. Find out how often equipment may need to be serviced. 

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Etch A Sketch Turns 60 This Year: How to Celebrate

(StatePoint) If you are like many parents these days, you are on a quest to find new ways to entertain the kids at home. This may be a good time to turn to a classic source of fun that requires no charging, batteries or Wi-Fi, making it screen time parents don’t have to limit.

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Friday 07/10/2020
4 Home Maintenance Tips to Keep the Outdoors Outside
Posted: July 10, 2020

(StatePoint) Even avid nature lovers will agree that not all aspects of the outdoors belong inside one’s home. While bugs, mud and allergens will sneak their way into interior spaces, the steps you take to manage these elements can keep your home more comfortable.

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4 Ways to Boost Immunity Through the Gut Microbiome
Posted: July 09, 2020

RV Owners are the Surprise Financial Success Story of the Year
Updated: July 11, 2020 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Millions of Americans who own an RV have it parked in their driveway or a storage facility for the better part of the year. With many families wary of airplanes and hotels these days, it may be time to consider renting your rig to make some serious cash.

According to peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace RVshare, RV bookings have reached unprecedented levels of demand, increasing more than 1,600% since the beginning of April and already tripling 2019 figures. As a result, RV owners are poised to capitalize on the surge of families discovering the unique and adventurous nature of RV travel for the first time.

In fact, the average RV owner who rents on the RVshare platform can earn up to $60,000 a year in rental income. The amount of money you can make from renting your RV can vary based on the type of vehicle you own. 

The most in-demand rentals on RVshare are Class C vehicles, which strike a great balance between features and price, making them popular with first-time renters. Class C rentals have an earning potential of $38,000 a year.  Class B vehicles, or camper vans, are the fastest growing in popularity on RVshare. With demand skyrocketing for these units, Class B rentals can earn up to $30,000 a year when listed on RVshare.

“During this time of financial instability, an RV can be converted into a significant money-making asset that many owners may not have previously considered,” said RVshare CEO Jon Gray. “For those who do not own an RV, now may be the time to invest. It’s not just pocket change that RV rentals can bring in.”

You can offset much or all of the cost of RV ownership from rental income. A survey of RV owners found that more than half (51%) are able to cover 76% or more of their RV’s financing cost through renting to travelers, with more than a third (35%) covering all or more of their financing cost.

RVshare’s Earnings Calculator can help evaluate the income potential of renting your RV, and to ease the minds of those new to the practice, RVshare provides owners with several tools and features to protect vehicles and their owners including:

•$1,000,000 Liability Insurance

•User Verification

•Secure Payments

•One-on-One Rental Coaching

•24/7 roadside assistance

Additional information on how to get started renting an RV can be found at https://rvshare.com/list-your-rv.

 

Protecting your finances: Resources and relief options during COVID-19
Posted: July 09, 2020

(BPT) - As the coronavirus crisis causes financial hardship and uncertainty, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) offers four resources and additional steps to help you prepare and take control of your personal finances.

Making memories: 4 fun, simple summer outings for your whole family
Updated: July 11, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Summer is a time for making family memories, and that doesn't need to be different this season even if some of the destinations on your agenda are now inaccessible due to social distancing guidelines.

Checklist: The Right Equipment To Create The Yard Of Your Dreams
Updated: July 11, 2020 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—These days, many families are spending more time at home and “staycation-ing.” A beautiful landscape improves curb appeal and can increase your home value by as much as 17%, so investing in yard care can be a smart financial decision. An amazing yard extends valuable living space and helps you and your family de-stress and enjoy time outside.

The right lawn equipment can make yard work more pleasant. With a refocus on staying home, now might be the time to invest in new equipment, which is more efficient, quieter, and more ergonomic than ever before. In addition, more power options are available including solar, battery/electric, propane or gasoline-powered equipment. There are even autonomous, robotic options available for mowing your lawn.

To help you decide on whether to update your yard equipment, here’s a checklist from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of power equipment, small engines and battery power, utility and personal transport vehicles, and golf cars.

1.Plan your yard needs. Draw a sketch and include such major features as trees, bushes, a garden, flower beds, lawn furniture, play or sports equipment, or a patio. Note where maintenance is required. Will bushes need to be trimmed back? Do you want to install more flowering bushes or trees? Are you planning to add a fence and more grass for your pet and games?

2.Consider your equipment. Visit your garage or shed and find those forgotten lawn and garden tools. Make a list of what you need and what needs to be upgraded.

3.Consider upgrading or adding equipment. If you have a large garden, you may need a cultivator or tiller. If you have a large lawn, a riding or zero-turn lawn mower can make mowing easier. Alternatively, you can get a robotic lawn mower that mows autonomously. A string trimmer makes caring for bushes or trimming grass near a fence line easier. A pole pruner trims back limbs that are too high to reach safely with a saw, and a leaf blower clears leaves faster than a rake. A wood chipper turns branches into mulch. Mower attachments can aerate your lawn or collect leaves. 

4.Research online before buying. Think about efficiencies of scale. Equipment may be sized to handle a smaller job or a massive one, and tasks can be a little easier with some of today’s ergonomic, super-charged equipment. Ultimately, your decision should be based on your needs. The right equipment can mean more time for other activities, and mean doing yard work is more enjoyable for you.

5.Ask questions. Talk with the staff at the store or ask online about the equipment. In the store, pick up and hold equipment to determine its “fit” for you. Discuss safety features and manufacturer fueling and care instructions. Find out how often equipment may need to be serviced.

 

At-Home Acne Mistakes to Avoid
Updated: July 11, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Spending more time at home has shifted the way we solve our problems. More than ever, people are turning to online platforms and social media, like YouTube and Instagram LIVE, as primary resources for mastering new skills and finding solutions. However, some problems are more complicated than a quick fix how-to video, especially when it comes to treating acne.

7 maneras de salvar Los 7 Mares
Posted: July 09, 2020

(BPT) - Los amantes de la playa se dirigen al océano después de meses de estar en sus casas a causa de la crisis de salud. Sin embargo, la crisis climática podría alterar para siempre los viajes futuros a la playa.

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Pet Central

pets

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

Fitness

Fitness

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

Crosswords

Crosswords

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

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Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




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