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    DIY projects that will have you falling for outdoor living

    (BPT) - Never before has a home’s outdoor space been more cherished or vital. It’s not surprising then that nearly two-thirds of American homeowners have either recently undertaken or are in the process of upgrading their home’s exterior, according to Porch.com. For those of you still in the planning phase, professional designer and TV personality Alison Victoria, host of HGTV’s “Windy City Rehab,” suggests four DIY-friendly projects to undertake this fall to turn your backyard into an outdoor oasis.

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    Haven't you always wanted a high-end bidet? Here's what to look for

    (BPT) - There’s no shortage of choices when it comes to bidet toilets. If you’re someone who insists on having the best, here's a tidbit to simplify your search: The evolution of the bidet largely occurred in Japan. Though the French get credit for inventing the bidet, it was actually Japanese innovation that reshaped the bidet experience into a must-have luxury.

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    5 do's and don’ts of fire safety

    (BPT) - A fire department responds to a fire every 24 seconds, and a small flame can turn into a major fire rapidly. With Americans spending more time at home than ever before, it is important to be ready before disaster strikes. To ensure your family is prepared for the unexpected, make sure you know these five fire safety do's and don’ts from First Alert:

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Wednesday 10/21/2020
Colorful Kitchen Inspiration: 5 impactful, on-trend cabinet stylings
Updated: October 23, 2020 - 2:36 am

5 impactful, on-trend cabinet stylings

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Home Decor 101
Updated: October 26, 2020 - 2:34 am

Decorating with bold colors

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Financial Tips to Help Prepare for the Unexpected
Updated: October 26, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Over the past year, most people have noticed how truly unpredictable life can be. While it’s impossible to predict what the next few months have in store, practicing a few fundamental financial skills can help you and your family prepare for whatever comes next.

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Caring for Your Nutrition When Caregiving
Updated: October 26, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Family caregivers of people with illnesses, injuries or disabilities sometimes spend more time thinking about those they care for than themselves. It’s important to remember that self-care is essential to providing good care to others and must include eating well.

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Get Tested for COPD: Your Lungs Will Thank You
Updated: October 26, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) If you're often short of breath during everyday activities, your chest feels tight, or you cough a lot, you may be chalking it up to getting older, having allergies, or being a smoker (now or in the past). Fortunately, there's a way to know whether something more may be at play. Consider getting a lung function test to find out if you have a serious condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.1 Knowing the cause of your cough and breathing problems will not only help you manage your symptoms - it'll help you feel better, too.

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4 Tips to Celebrate Halloween with Your Pet
Updated: October 26, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Halloween is going to look different this year for many, and you might be looking for costume inspiration for you and your furry quarantine companion along with ways to celebrate virtually at home. You don’t have to have a black cat or werewolf to celebrate the spooky holiday or get in on the festive fun – there are many ways you can include your pet in your haunted (virtual) activities.

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A New Way to Tune into the News Without Cable
Updated: October 26, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) News junkies who have been hesitant to cut the cord and forsake their favorite news channels have an increasing number of alternative sources for their information including online, social media and, more recently, a growing number of streaming options.

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Make Virtual Learning Fun and Easier
Updated: October 26, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Learning remotely from home is now the norm for many families across the country. Kids and caregivers alike have settled into a routine, though keeping children engaged can still be challenging.

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Properly Powered
Posted: October 21, 2020

Tips for proper use of battery-operated power tools

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Tuesday 10/20/2020
Don’t Forget to Clean the Thing that Cleans! [Infographic]
Posted: October 20, 2020

(BPT) - Many people think appliances are the things that do the cleaning, not the things that need cleaning. But without proper care, grime, soap scum and other odor-causing residues can build up overtime — even in the parts you can’t see. Fortunately, there is an easy and efficient way to clean the inside of your appliances. Learn more about appliance care products and other helpful tips!

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Friday 10/02/2020
4 easy – and effective – ways to protect your home
Updated: October 26, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Data collected in recent years by the FBI has revealed that there are roughly 2.5 million burglaries a year. This averages out to one burglary about every 13 seconds nationwide. So, while many feel safe and secure at home, one can never be too prepared when it comes to protecting your loved ones.

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Monday 09/28/2020
Bring personalized expression into kitchen design
Updated: October 26, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Personalizing a kitchen’s design is an opportunity to showcase true individuality. The space will feel like a true reflection of self when finished with handpicked details. Adding special touches throughout a space, from unique materials to striking statement pieces, can work together to form that cohesive, yet individualized feel.

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Thursday 09/24/2020
Top tips for weathering storm season
Updated: October 26, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - It’s not over yet. Just past the peak of hurricane season weather forecasters have already had to resort to the Greek alphabet to name storms. And with severe storms and tornados appearing around the country, it is more important than ever to take steps and be prepared before, during and after a storm.

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Wednesday 09/02/2020
3 ways to build a lasting dream deck with steel framing
Updated: October 26, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - A recent Houzz survey reports that 1 in 5 homeowners who underwent home renovations in the last year made exterior upgrades to their property. Breaking it down further, 1 in 8 of those weekend warriors funneled their energy into a complete deck overhaul. With the rising popularity of DIY home improvement projects in today’s ever-evolving landscape, these statistics will only continue to climb.

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Thursday 08/27/2020
Tips for jump-starting your next home project — safely
Updated: October 26, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - While health and safety concerns remain top of mind for all Americans, many are also using this season and the extra time at home to get started on long-awaited home improvement projects. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to achieve your vision for your abode safely, with a little planning and know how, while practicing social distancing.

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Wednesday 08/12/2020
The latest in home fire safety
Updated: October 26, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - While the office, school and home now share one roof, keeping your house and family safe has never been more important. Thanks to enhanced safety technology, you can better protect against the threats of smoke, fire and carbon monoxide (CO), allowing you to go about your busy lifestyle without skipping a beat. When upgrading your protection, make sure to install alarms with the latest safety enhancements. Alarms should be installed on every level of the home, including in each bedroom and outside every sleeping area.

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Friday 08/07/2020
Pet-friendly design tips
Updated: October 26, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Whether you're dreaming of a complete home remodel or a simple decor update, you may not be factoring your pets in your decision-making and overall design process. But how many times have you regretted a furniture or upholstery choice once Fido or Fluffy got their paws (and fur) on it?

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Monday 08/03/2020
How to use the noir aesthetic in home design
Updated: October 26, 2020 - 2:34 am

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Tuesday 07/28/2020
4 home improvements that may affect your homeowners insurance
Updated: October 26, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Many of today’s homeowners have been inspired by house-flipping shows to learn practical tips and savvy tricks to either increase their home’s resale value or, for those who prefer to stay put, refresh their living space for its long-term use. While these shows highlight the newest trends that resonate with new buyers or help customize a house to an owner’s current needs, what they don’t tell you is how remodeling might affect your homeowners insurance coverage.

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Wednesday 07/15/2020
Have time and energy? 5 affordable DIY projects homeowners can finish now
Updated: October 26, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Paid Content by Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.

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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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