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Tuesday 04/06/2021
Tips to Keep Kids’ Rooms Clean and Organized
Updated: April 08, 2021 - 2:35 am

(StatePoint) For the past year, many of us have lived, played, worked and gone to school right at home, making clutter inevitable – especially when it comes to kids’ bedrooms and playrooms. 

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Monday 03/01/2021
Design Do’s & Don’ts: Embrace the Year’s Top Interior Design Trends
Posted: March 01, 2021

(StatePoint) The COVID-19 pandemic permanently evolved our definition of “home,” inspiring us to reconsider how we use and live in our spaces. For many, it’s no longer just the place where we relax and regroup at the end of the day – it’s also an office, daycare, eatery, gym or classroom.

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Thursday 02/18/2021
Affordable Tips for Spring Decorations and Celebrations
Posted: February 18, 2021

(StatePoint) The arrival of spring brings with it warming temperatures, blooming flowers and endless springtime celebrations. It is also an opportunity to try something new, whether it is in the garden, kitchen or around the home.

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Wednesday 02/17/2021
Love and Life Inspire Success for Two Black Women Entrepreneurs
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Two rising, women entrepreneurs — Jena Holliday and Kalilah Wright — have found their voice and are using it to spread Black joy, solidify Black representation in retail and shine a spotlight on what success looks like. With the help of Target, Holliday and Wright’s stories are being told via the retailer’s Black History Month campaign, celebrating the creators building Black economic vitality and leaving a strong legacy for future generations.

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Friday 01/29/2021
The urge to purge: How to make way for the New Year
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - In many cultures worldwide, it’s traditional to clean out your home at the beginning of a new year. It’s understandable — New Year’s brings with it the urge for a clean slate and a fresh start. And as you’ve been spending more time in your home this year, you’re probably more aware of the need to clear out than ever before.

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5 ways to up your Big Game viewing experience at home
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 2:30 am

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Monday 01/25/2021
Start 2021 on a high note with these hacks
Updated: March 24, 2021 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - While 2020 was a rollercoaster of emotions, this year doesn’t have to be. These hacks will help you navigate the new norm this year — and make sure 2021 kicks off on a stress-free note.

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Saturday 01/23/2021
Fall in Love With These Valentine’s Day Decor Ideas
Updated: January 27, 2021 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, celebrations may include romantic dinners, Galentine’s Day plans or even family fun. The experts at Dollar General have provided a few budget-friendly decor ideas that everyone will love.

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Tuesday 11/24/2020
Boosting Holiday Cheer at Home During a Socially Distant Season
Updated: November 27, 2020 - 2:32 am

(StatePoint) Unfortunately, many Americans will be unable to celebrate the holidays with their extended family and friends in person this year, making it all the more important to boost holiday cheer at home. Here are few festive ideas for getting into the holiday spirit during this socially distant season.

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Wednesday 10/21/2020
Home Lighting to Add to Your Holiday Wish List
Updated: October 25, 2020 - 2:35 am

(StatePoint) Spending more time at home working, learning and simply living? The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to gift your household with lighting that enhances the feel and function of your spaces.

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Thursday 04/01/2021
Celebrate the Earth With a New Vision On Eye Care
Updated: April 04, 2021 - 2:33 am

(StatePoint) When it comes to recycling, you may not often think about something as small as your contact lenses. Did you know, though, that 45 million Americans who wear contact lenses flush anywhere between 1.8 and 3.36 billion lenses down the toilet or sink per year? As a result, contact lenses could be contributing to the trillions of microplastics in waterways that can harm marine wildlife and even enter our food supply.

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Friday 03/19/2021
Reaching Carbon Neutrality For $1 A Day
Updated: March 27, 2021 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—Zero net emissions of carbon dioxide from energy and industry can be achieved by 2050—and it could cost only about $1 a day. That’s the finding of a new study by James Williams at the University of San Francisco and Margaret S. Torn at the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory. The study can be found in the peer-reviewed journal AGU Advances, which publishes high-impact, open-access research and commentary across the Earth and space sciences. 

Why It Matters

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world must reach zero net carbon dioxide emissions by mid-century to avoid the most dangerous effects of climate change.

How To Do It 

The researchers say it can be done by:

•Increasing energy efficiency.

•Switching to electric technologies. 

•Using clean energy (especially wind and solar power). 

•Deploying a small amount of carbon capture technology. 

Why It Works

The cost of rebuilding the U.S. energy infrastructure to run primarily on renewable energy is lower now than even five years ago, according to the study. The net costs range from 0.2% to 1.2% of GDP, depending on different trade offs, including how much land is given to solar and wind farms.

Transforming Infrastructure

“The decarbonization of the U.S. energy system is fundamentally an infrastructure transformation,” explained Margaret Torn, a senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. “It means that by 2050 we need to build many gigawatts of wind and solar power plants, new transmission lines, a fleet of electric cars and light trucks, millions of heat pumps to replace conventional furnaces and water heaters, and more energy-efficient buildings—while continuing to research and innovate new technologies.”

In this transition, very little infrastructure would need “early retirement,” or replacement before the end of its economic life. “No one is asking consumers to switch out their brand-new car for an electric vehicle,” Torn added. “The point is that efficient, low-carbon technologies need to be used when it comes time to replace the current equipment.”

Doing Well By Doing Good 

There’s even an economic upside to doing all this.

“All that infrastructure build equates to jobs in the U.S., as opposed to sending money overseas to buy oil from other countries,” Torn said. “There’s no question that there are a lot of jobs in building a low-carbon economy.”

The cost figures should be lower still considering the economic and climate benefits of decarbonizing energy systems. For example, less reliance on oil will mean less money spent on oil and less economic uncertainty due to oil price fluctuations. Climate benefits include the avoided effects of climate change, such as extreme droughts and hurricanes, avoided air and water pollution from fossil fuel combustion, and improved public health.

Learn More 

 For more information and to read the study, visit news.agu.org.

 

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Re-imagining Home Sales For Healthier, More Sustainable Living
Updated: March 21, 2021 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—The COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to stop the spread of the virus have shifted how people think about a lot of things, including their homes. With shelter-in-place orders and shutdowns around the globe, residences are not only homes, but also offices, classrooms, gyms and more. With increased time at home, there’s an increased awareness of how homes impact health and well-being—from allergens and dust collection to higher costs associated with energy consumption. 

Research suggests that the concentration of toxins, allergens and other pollutants can be up to five times higher indoors than outdoors. Air pollutants can contribute to a range of short-term symptoms such as eye, nose and throat irritation and headaches, as well as long-term adverse health outcomes such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lung cancer and respiratory issues. 

As COVID-19 shifted the real estate market to increase buyer demand for homes, there is a unique opportunity to restructure home sales for healthier, more sustainable living that adds value for the homebuyer, rather than cost. 

Alongside leading research institutions such as Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic, Delos (www.Delos.com) has spent nearly a decade researching how buildings and indoor spaces can improve health and well-being, including ultra-fine particle filtration of indoor air. 

“Years of experience and extensive science tell us that our indoor environments can have a profound impact—either negative or positive—on our health and well-being,” said Paul Scialla, Founder and CEO of Delos and Founder of the International WELL Building Institute. “Our homes are a critical tool in addressing today’s most pressing public health concern while also helping us be more resilient in the future.” 

To meet the growing demand for healthier homes, Delos has partnered with House X (www.housex.org), a Smart Home Marketplace that aims to lower the total cost of home ownership by reinvesting the broker commission into smart, healthier sustainable home technologies for new homeowners. Through this collaboration, Delos provides Healthway advanced air purification for new homebuyers who purchase through the House X marketplace, where the cost is covered through the broker commission. In addition, House X offers qualifying homebuyers free renewable energy for two to five years and a “smart mortgage” discounted one percent for the first 12 months of a qualifying 15- or 30-year fixed mortgage. The House X Marketplace features over 150,000 new homes for sale across America with 19,000 ready for quick move-in. 

“We spend around 90 percent of our time indoors, with two-thirds of this time spent at home,” said William Farrell, President of House X World. “Expanding home ownership through innovative models that place value back into the hands of the homeowner is a necessary step towards improving the accessibility of healthier, more sustainable homes for everyday Americans.” 

 

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Friday 03/05/2021
4 Tips for Reducing Your Plastic Footprint at Home
Updated: March 10, 2021 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) Plastic contributes to climate change and is a major pollutant, harming wildlife and people. With Earth Day around the corner, here are a few tips for reducing your plastic footprint at home that will also contribute to a healthier planet.  

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Tuesday 03/02/2021
Is Your Supermarket Doing Enough to Address the Plastic Pollution Crisis?
Posted: March 02, 2021

(StatePoint) Plastic pollution is not just an eyesore. According to environmental experts, it also affects marine species, accelerates climate change and adversely impacts human health, particularly in low-income communities near plastic production sites, which face greater exposure to toxins and waste and bear the brunt of the impacts of improper plastic disposal and incineration. A new report highlights the role supermarkets play in the plastic pollution crisis.

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Wednesday 02/17/2021
5 Surprising Ways Clean Technology is Improving Daily Life
Updated: February 19, 2021 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) Climate-related crises like rising sea levels, severe weather events and longer drought seasons are challenging the global economy. They’re also driving the launch of new clean technologies.

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Friday 01/29/2021
Keep Your Air Clean
Updated: February 10, 2021 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—People are increasingly concerned about dirt and germs these pandemic days, but many are neglecting an unseen area where airborne contaminants can lurk: the air ducts.

Even in the cleanest house, the indoor air system can recirculate dust, dirt, and particles from renovation and remodeling projects. 

Why It’s Important

Your home’s heating and cooling system is the lungs of your home. The system pulls air from your rooms; filters, heats or cools it; and sends it back out again. 

Unfortunately, the average home generates 40 pounds of dust a year, so the filters can’t get every speck. They get clogged and can send contaminants back into your home. This can lead not only to unhealthy air—a particular problem for children, seniors and those with respiratory or autoimmune conditions—but higher energy bills as well.

What To Do

Fortunately, it can be easy to have clean ducts when you turn to a reputable, certified HVAC professional. 

Where To Turn

Making it simple to find one is NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association). Its members comply with a code of ethics and meet the organization’s high standards. For a list of certified, nearby professionals, visit www.nadca.com.

 

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Thursday 01/14/2021
Leading Climate Scientists Launch New Science Moms Campaign [Video]
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 2:30 am

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Monday 01/04/2021
Dairy farmers work to care for the environment
Updated: February 12, 2021 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - A gallon of milk. Cream for your coffee. A pat of butter. Whether you’re enjoying a yogurt on the go in the morning or family night at home with a cheese and veggie pizza, dairy has been an enjoyable and nutritious part of daily life for generations. Throughout that time, America’s dairy farm families have provided an essential service to nourish their communities, during good times or bad.

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Wednesday 12/23/2020
Let’s All Cheer For The Plant And Flower Of The Year
Updated: January 09, 2021 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—It’s official: 1-800-Flowers.com has named the sunflower as 2021’s Flower of the Year and the Prayer Plant as Plant of the Year. With everyone looking forward to a fresh start, there’s never been a better time to celebrate the hope, positivity and bright outlook each one of these well-deserved picks brings!

Sunflowers: Radiating Happiness

Sparking instant cheer with big, golden petals, sunflowers naturally turn toward the sun to uplift and inspire. That’s why the team at 1-800-Flowers is proud to give this ever-popular bloom the recognition it deserves. 

A Golden Opportunity

At a time when positivity is just what everyone needs, anyone can learn from this trending favorite:

•It’s a powerful reminder to rise, shine and hold your head high.

•All it takes is a bit of brightness to boost someone’s mood.

•Looking on the bright side is something all people can all incorporate into their lives.

Plant Prayers Have Been Answered

This popular houseplant’s unique leaves show off painterly-like veins for a bold splash of color. At night, they fold up, resembling hands in prayer. It’s a powerful reminder of just how far gratitude can go, making this plant a natural choice for such a coveted award. 

Inspiration, for Every Day

There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the Plant of the Year…giving people even more reason to love it.

•Its vibrant appearance helps celebrate the beauty all around us.

•This plant’s nightly routine can inspire us all pause and reflect 

•Opening up again each morning promotes the idea that each day is full of opportunity.

“Plants are the perfect gift to help us relax and be happy,” said Alfred ­Palomares, vice president of merchandising for leading gifting site 1800flowers.com.

Over 40 years ago, 1-800-Flowers.com was founded on one simple, universal idea: making people smile. And that’s exactly what they’ve become most well known for. Through unique floral arrangements, thoughtful plant gifts, gourmet gift baskets, and so much more, 1-800-Flowers.com is there to help connect you with loved ones for life’s little and big moments and all those in between.

 

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Wednesday 04/07/2021
Spruce Up for Spring: Fresh ideas for home upgrades
Updated: April 09, 2021 - 2:30 am

Fresh ideas for home upgrades

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5 Tips for Gardening with Kids
Updated: April 09, 2021 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) After months of cool weather, the first hint of spring will likely have the whole family eager to dive into outdoor activities. This year, as you begin tackling the garden, find ways to get the youngest family members in on the action, too.

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Make Spring Cleaning a Cinch
Updated: April 09, 2021 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Spring is a time of renewal and revitalization, but it’s hard to appreciate all the invigorating aspects of spring when your home still bears months of winter dust and dirt. Tackle your living space room-by-room for a spring clean that will leave you and your home refreshed and ready for a new season.

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Clear the Bathroom Clutter
Updated: April 09, 2021 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Due to their small size and heavy usage, bathrooms can become messy, cluttered areas for many families.

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Wednesday 03/31/2021
10 Tips for Designing Your Dream Deck
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Designing your dream deck doesn’t have to be daunting. An easy way to get started is by asking yourself how you’ll primarily use your deck. Whether you are looking to create the ultimate entertainment hub, a picturesque setting for al fresco dining, or a relaxing retreat for weekend rejuvenation, envisioning your space is a great first step in the process. From there, you can focus on the smaller details, such as color choice and traffic flow. To get some fresh ideas and bring your dream deck to life, follow these 10 tips from the experts at Decks.com.

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Hire Smart for Home Remodeling
Updated: April 05, 2021 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) When you decide to make the investment in a home improvement project, you’re likely entrusting a professional contractor to bring your vision to life on time and on budget.

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Purposeful Ways to Style a Multi-Purpose Room
Updated: April 05, 2021 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Whether you call it a laundry room, mudroom or something else entirely, that multi-purpose space is likely a hub of activity in your home. For homeowners creating this utility space from scratch, the sky is the limit, but even if you’re updating an existing room, there are plenty of ways to add purposeful style and function.

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Safety Tips to Get Your Garage Ready for Spring
Updated: April 05, 2021 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) When you throw open the windows to welcome spring breezes, you’ll likely be spending more time with the garage door open, too. Make access to your outdoor equipment safer with these tips to get your garage ready for spring.

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5 Tips to Spring Clean Your Home Inside and Out
Updated: April 05, 2021 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Spring cleaning isn’t just about purging dirt and grime. It’s also the perfect opportunity to take inventory of items around your home. As you tackle this season’s cleaning, look for ways to improve your overall living space, from getting rid of things you no longer need to adding items that can work harder for you.

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How to Bring More Space into Bathrooms
Updated: April 05, 2021 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Today’s designers, architects and builders are creating modern bathrooms that are practical, luxurious, comfortable and accommodating. They know homeowners and homebuyers desire – even demand – these features regardless of the bathroom’s size or layout.

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Wednesday 03/10/2021
3 Easy Design Tips to Deep Clean and Organize Your Kitchen
Updated: March 13, 2021 - 2:33 am

(StatePoint) Over the last year, our kitchens have become a place where we prep for an important presentation, help with schoolwork, cook meals together and laugh with friends at a virtual party.

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Friday 03/05/2021
Ready, Set…Refresh! Quick Tips to Revitalize Your Most-Used Spaces
Updated: March 09, 2021 - 2:33 am

(StatePoint) Have the cold winter months left your home feeling a bit dirty, drab or disorganized? Are you feeling the urge to purge? Then it’s time for some spring cleaning. With a few simple tips and tricks, your home—and mood—can be refreshed and revitalized.

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Monday 03/01/2021
Amp Up Your Spring Cleaning Routine With These Hacks
Updated: March 03, 2021 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) Spring is a great time to refresh your home. Whether you’re planning a major clean sweep or just giving problem areas a little extra TLC, experts say that a few simple strategies will make the job easier and the fruits of your labor last longer.

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Thursday 02/18/2021
3 Hacks to Make Spring Cleaning a Breeze
Updated: February 25, 2021 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Time for your annual spring clean? Make sure you’re equipped with the right tools and strategies. Here are a few cleaning hacks to help ensure a smooth and easy process.

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Saturday 01/09/2021
Healthy, Safe and Affordable Home Cleaning Tips
Updated: January 14, 2021 - 2:33 am

(StatePoint) When it comes to keeping your home healthy, safe and clean, it’s all about balance. Using the following tips, you can make 2021 the year you perfect your cleaning technique affordably:

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Thursday 08/06/2020
Eco-Friendly Home Cleaning Hacks
Posted: August 06, 2020

(StatePoint) With families spending more time at home, messes are on repeat and cleanups are often an hourly routine. At the same time, many households are looking to reduce their environmental impact affordably.

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Tuesday 04/28/2020
Common Moving Myths - Busted!
Posted: April 28, 2020

(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.

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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 >>

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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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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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