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Smart Tech Upgrades to Improve Home Function

(Family Features) When smart home technologies first emerged, their purpose was largely for convenience and operating the devices was often clunky. Today, smart devices seamlessly integrate into connected home systems to make living more efficient, improve home security and even offer advantages for your health.

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Thursday 09/20/2018
At Your Service
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

Fast facts about service dogs

Autumn Additions
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

Fall upgrades for enhancing your home

How Access to Health Care Coverage Can Improve Academic Outcomes
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

(Family Features)With each school year, parents dust off their annual checklists that help them organize their needs as their kids head back to the classroom. This school season, make sure one priority at the top of your to-do list is ensuring your children have health insurance.

Good Friends, Good Food
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

Dog owners dish on how food factors into pet bonding

Science Made Magical
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

(Family Features) When you see something you can’t explain, it can be easy to mistake those moments for magic, such as a balloon floating into the sky or water disappearing from a surface right before your eyes. However, the truth is these moments aren’t magic but scienceat play. Observing the laws of physics or chemistry can, at first glance, seem too fantastical to be explained, but science can explain a lot.

Waking up to go to the bathroom multiple times per night? It’s not because you’re ‘getting old’
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:25 am

(Family Features) It’s a common misconception: the older you get, the more frequently you need to use the bathroom at night. Did you know waking up more than once per night to urinate is a medical condition known as nocturia? Shockingly, 64 percent of American adults do not know.

Taking Steps to Prevent Falls
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:25 am

(Family Features) When you’re young, an injury from a fall may sideline you for a few days or weeks, but a full recovery is usually quick. As you get older, the consequences of falls can become more serious, setting up a sequence of events that can have longstanding implications on independence and health.

Wednesday 09/19/2018
5 Ways for New Parents to Get More Sleep
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

(Family Features) Between feedings, changing diapers and household chores, sleep is often put on the back burner for new parents at the end of a busy day.

Refresh Your Space
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

5 steps to simplify your next paint project

A Guide to Outfit Your Home
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re just starting out and filling your first home or looking to round out the missing pieces of a household you’ve lived in for years, this handy list can help give you a rundown of some must-have items for every room.

4 Benefits of Pet Adoption
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

(Family Features) Pets have an incomparable ability to improve owners’ lives in a number of ways, so it’s only right that pet parents do the same for them. That’s why, if you’re considering adding a pet to the family, adoption can be a great choice.

Home Upgrades that Really Work
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:25 am

Ideas and inspiration to create more functional spaces

Enjoy Your Outdoor Kitchen All Year Long
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:25 am

(Family Features) Building an outdoor kitchen is a significant investment that can be rewarding for years to come. It’s important to take advantage of nice days and temperate seasons as much as possible, no matter in which part of the country you live. However, with proper planning and preparation, you can fully maximize the enjoyment of your outdoor kitchen all year long, even when temperatures drop.   

Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Trends to Watch
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:25 am

(Family Features) Investing thousands of dollars in a kitchen or bathroom remodel can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.

Wednesday 09/12/2018
Chasing Childhood Passions
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

(Family Features) As education continues to be more accessible to American workers, lifelong learning is increasingly important. Pearson, a digital education company, surveyed working adults as part of its “Dare to Learn, Dare to Change” campaign celebrating those who take steps to change their lives while empowering adults to rediscover childhood passions through education. Visit pearson.com/daretolearn for more information and to watch the campaign videos.  

Smart Value
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

Tech upgrades to improve home function

How to Find the Right Preschool
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

Things to consider when researching child care providers

A Surprising Solution for Stress Relief
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

(Family Features) From finances and health concerns to lengthy to-do lists, there are numerous sources of strain in the lives of most people.

Wednesday 09/05/2018
Fabulous Fall Flavors: Why Autumn is ideal for gardening, plus timely tips for success
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:25 am

(BPT) - For any gardener, fall is bittersweet. The exuberance of summer’s bounty has started to fade, while cooler nights and less daylight signal the approach of cold, dark winter.

Keep Up with Your Cat’s Health
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

Tips for Tackling a DIY Deck Project
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:23 am

(Family Features) While planning a new outdoor living space can be overwhelming, chances are there’s a home improvement retailer nearby that offers an abundance of resources to help you tackle virtually any project. If a DIY deck project is on your to-do list, these tips can help you navigate the aisles like a pro.

Thursday 08/30/2018
Living in Color
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

(Family Features) When picking a color for cabinetry, personality and lifestyle are essential considerations. Gray and white cabinets are options for the modern active living lifestyle, whereas green and blue tones may work better for a more eclectic existence.

Wednesday 08/29/2018
5 Benefits of Having a Dog
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

(Family Features) Few things compare to the feelings of love and companionship that come with owning a dog. Many owners even call their dogs “fur babies” or say they’re a “pet parent.” While having a pet comes with responsibilities and commitment, the physical and emotional benefits can make bringing a pet into the family a worthwhile experience.

Off to School and Into a New Routine
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

(Family Features) The fall season is met with many transitions, from cooler weather to time changes to more time spent indoors. Among these transitions is the immediate shift from packing beach bags for a day in the sun to packing suitcases to head back to campus for a new semester. As every student’s routine faces an overhaul this time of year, it is important to bear in mind any health needs that may come into play while away from home.

3 Kitchen and Bath Trends for 2018
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

(Family Features) When it’s time for a home remodel, specifically of a bathroom or kitchen, many homeowners turn to trendy looks as inspiration. Color, texture and material variance, like using different types of tile, lead the way in this year’s kitchen and bath trends.

Upgrades that Boost Your Home’s Value and Enjoyment
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:25 am

(Family Features) A home is often a family’s single largest asset, so making investments with upgrades and home improvements is almost always a good idea. However, knowing when and where to make those improvements isn’t necessarily a simple decision. Budget and space most often dictate the direction, but keeping function and your lifestyle needs in mind can help create a space that makes for an all-around smart investment.

Wednesday 08/22/2018
5 Ways Dogs Can Improve Lives
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

(Family Features) Whether playmates or protectors, the human-animal bond is often a powerful connection that goes beyond pure companionship. Dogs typically have many talents and personas – they can be man’s best friend, a canine companion during a difficult time or even a service dog helping veterans and others through daily routines. No matter the relationship between dog and human, these animals can improve lives in numerous ways.

Bring New Life to Your Kitchen with Color
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

(Family Features) Just as filling your plate with colorful foods is typically good for your body, filling your kitchen with color can be good for the soul. In fact, color is an important element in interior design not only for its aesthetic value, but also because it can shape perceptions and emotions.

5 Back-to-School Shopping Tips to Buy More Time
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

(Family Features) It's that time of year again. Parents are preparing for the rush of back-to-school with a seemingly never-ending to-do list. As you run around to purchase school supplies, uniforms and sneakers it can be a busy and expensive time of year.  

Make the Most of Outdoor Concerts
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:25 am

(Family Features) For many music lovers, there are few things better than an evening spent at a concert, sprawled out on the lawn with friends. Concerts and interesting venues can also be reasons for traveling and excuses to explore a new city or revisit a favorite location.

Wednesday 08/15/2018
End-of-summer backyard bash? 5 must-haves to pick up for your BBQ
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:25 am

(BPT) - As summer winds down, there’s still plenty of time for good food, great friends and celebrating the great outdoors unburdened by coats, shoes or any other winter-time worries.

Set for Success
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

Back-to-school shopping essentials

5 Ways to Squash Back-to-School Stress
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

(Family Features) Heading back to school is exciting for both kids and parents, but with all the thrill and anticipation, there can be quite a bit of stress, too. As a parent, you can approach the impending school year with a positive attitude and these tricks can help minimize stress and give your kids extra confidence when heading into the classroom.

Spruce Up Your Outdoor Spaces
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

(Family Features) Over time, the appearance and function of any outdoor space can dull due to combinations of heat, precipitation and use. With some careful attention, you can quickly spruce up your outdoor living areas and get them back in great working order for patio season.

3 Ways to Throwback Style
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

(Family Features) When it's time for a bathroom or kitchen upgrade, some of the greatest inspiration may come from another time entirely. Some of the most on-trend styles of today are actually throwbacks to bygone eras.

5 Tips for a Smooth Back-to-School Transition
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:25 am

(Family Features) Just when it seems like you have gotten into your summer groove, it’s time to get back into your school routine, which can be cause both relief and stress at the same time for parents and students alike. Even if your kids are fairly adaptable, big changes like heading back to school after a summer of limited scheduling can be stressful.

4 Bedroom Upgrades that Won’t Break the Bank
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:25 am

(Family Features) Upgrading your bedroom might sound like a daunting task. You may assume it costs an arm and a leg, takes months and requires professionals to complete. However, upgrading your bedroom doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank, or your back. Investing in a few quality upgrades to some bedroom essentials can make your life less stressful and more cost- and energy-effective.

Thursday 08/09/2018
Attract Beautiful Songbirds to Your Backyard
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:25 am

(StatePoint) Did you know that you can create a safe haven for wild song birds in your own backyard? By taking a few simple actions, you can provide birds with vital resources they need to thrive, as well as guard them from common flying hazards.

Wednesday 08/08/2018
Energy Savers that Make ‘Cents’
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

(Family Features) A home that operates efficiently isn’t just better for the environment. Ensuring your home systems are as efficient as possible can also help reduce the financial burden of maintaining your home throughout the year.

Ideas for an On-Trend Bathroom
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

(Family Features) Bringing an outdated bathroom into the now is a sure way to infuse value and personal enjoyment into your home.

Home Upgrades that Make ‘Cents’
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:25 am

Home Improvements with High ROI
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:25 am

(Family Features) If the ultimate goal of your home improvement project is aesthetic, the greatest benefit may come from your personal enjoyment of the new space. However, if you’re looking to add true value to your home, it’s important to consider which projects are likely to bring the greatest return on your investment.

Friday 08/03/2018
Add curb appeal with a concrete lawn border
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:25 am

(BPT) - Curb appeal is important to homeowners for many reasons. Some people take pride in keeping up the exterior appearance of their home and enjoy the process of doing so. Others want to be the envy of the neighborhood or are meeting property guidelines required by the local homeowners’ association. Curb appeal can also determine whether a homeowner sells his or her house quickly or watches it sit on the market unsold for months. Whatever the reason, an easy and affordable way to significantly increase the curb appeal of any home is the addition of a concrete lawn border.

How to make a concrete lawn border [video]
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:25 am

Wednesday 08/01/2018
Budgeting Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:21 am

(Family Features) From the cost of gym memberships to prepping healthier meals, living well can be expensive. Before you abandon your goals for a healthier lifestyle, consider these tips that show you don't have to overspend to live a better life.

Wednesday 07/25/2018
Download Before You Go This Summer
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

New and classic shows to watch on the road in July

Friday 07/20/2018
5 tips to help keep pests from attending your backyard party
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:25 am

(BPT) - When you’re making memories surrounded by friends and family by the grill, the last thing you want to be doing is swatting and shooing away pests. With a few tips from Terminix, you can help keep your backyard the perfect place for all your celebrations.

Wednesday 07/18/2018
5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy in the Heat
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

(Family Features) Warm weather calls for outdoor activities with your pup, such as hiking, traveling and spending time in the park. While more outside playtime can be great for increased exercise, it’s also important to keep your pet healthy, inside and out, especially during the hot months.

7 Ways to Create a High-Tech, Healthy Home
Updated: September 26, 2018 - 3:24 am

(Family Features) Home technology devices have come a long way, and many homeowners are discovering that their features aren’t just for convenience and comfort. A growing number of technology-enabled home features promote a healthier living space for you and your family.