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(Family Features) Energy bills are likely among the largest expenses for homeowners, but you can take action to lower those costs. During a remodel, a certified contractor can help you make smart decisions when it comes to selecting appliances, windows and insulation for your projects.

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(Family Features) When you’re on a quest to create a home environment that promotes wellness, it can be difficult to know where to begin. One easy solution is to look for small changes that improve your personal well-being while also promoting a better environment overall.

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(Family Features) When it comes to remodeling, there are dozens of ways to improve your home’s overall value and appeal without breaking the bank. Opt for projects that are manageable in scale, affordable and deliver benefits in multiple ways, such as aesthetics and energy efficiency.

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(Family Features) Updating your laundry room with a distinctive design and increased functionality can be one of the most exciting ways to refresh your home. Chic decor and elements of personal style can transform a dull, tired space into a luxurious retreat you may find yourself sneaking of…

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Ideas and inspiration to create more functional spaces

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(StatePoint) Taking steps to boost curb appeal makes good sense for any homeowner. Not only does it help make a great first impression on guests and neighbors, but certain updates can actually increase your home’s resale value when it comes time to put your property on the market.

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(StatePoint) Whether you want to boost the beauty of your home for your own enjoyment or you’re looking to sell in the near future, experts recommend taking a top-down approach to evaluate the outside of your home.

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(BPT) - The outdoor living trend continues to flourish with homeowners desiring exterior spaces that are beautiful and inviting while also increasing a property’s overall value. Providing a gathering place and focal point for the yard, fire pits are one of the most requested outdoor features…

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(Family Features) Awards season is the time of year when Hollywood celebrates its best films and talents. It’s also an opportunity to take note of the actors and actresses lighting up the big screen, many with long careers you can watch unfold by taking a look back at their roles through the…

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(Family Features) The 2017 color of the year, revealed by the Pantone Color Institute is a near-avocado hue called “Greenery.”

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(Family Features) If your favorite room is outdated and dingy, a renovation may be all you need to make the old feel new and to fall in love with your home all over again.

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(Family Features) As much as half of the average homeowner’s monthly utility expenses go toward cooling and heating, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). For many households, that makes energy the largest home-related expense each month, next to a mortgage payment.

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(Family Features) A laundry room may be one of the spaces that you use the most, but cramped quarters and clutter can hinder your productivity. Eliminate the excuses and get your laundry room under control with these tips to add function to your washing routine.

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(BPT) - Think you're stuck with rustic and shabby chic with farmhouse designs? Think again. These examples prove farmhouse provides a timeless look that can be customized with interesting elements that showcase your preferred design aesthetic — from modern to industrial and beyond!

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(NAPSI)—Valentine’s is fast approaching, and whether you’ve been in a relationship for a long time already or you’re just beginning one, this is the opportunity to express yourself perfectly. Fortunately, 1-800-Flowers.com offers not only the most beautiful flowers and gifts but also the lat…

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(BPT) - Whether it’s a home makeover or new construction, the key to transforming ordinary into distinctive is in the details — namely the wood finishes. Most homeowners or buyers pay close attention to a home’s wood floors and accent walls. But look up and get creative. Ceilings are a blank…

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Tips for using power tools like a pro

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7 tips for choosing a qualified contractor

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(NAPSI)—Look up “basement” in the dictionary and you’ll see cellar, vault—even crypt. But with a little effort and some design flair you can make your basement come alive—and reclaim valuable living space.

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(Family Features) Adding additional bathroom space to your home or renovating an outdated lavatory can improve your home’s usability and increase its value, too. To get the most practical benefits and value out of your new space, there are several factors to consider.

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(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 an…

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(Family Features) While traveling more, losing weight and quitting bad habits are annually among some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, the turn of the calendar does represent a perfect opportunity to better yourself in multiple ways.

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(Family Features) For many, traveling offers an opportunity to disconnect from the everyday and experience new places and cultures. With the beginning of a new decade, it is the perfect time to start deciding your next travel adventures.

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Four facts to know about one type of rare cancer, soft tissue sarcomas

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(Family Features) There are many emotional benefits to owning a dog, such as companionship and unconditional love, but a pet can also positively affect his or her owners’ physical health, too.

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(Family Features) If your homeowner insurance rates are creeping up even though you haven’t filed any claims, it may be time to take a look at how you can bring those prices back down.

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How to improve indoor airflow and quality

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Small changes that add up to a big impact

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(Family Features) Losing weight is a highly personal journey as a wide range of factors can affect a person’s ability to do so. There’s no one approach to weight loss; rather, the best approach is the one that fits your life and body best.

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(Family Features) Whether completely remodeling your kitchen or just looking for a few simple upgrades to make your cooking space shine, it can be difficult to know where to begin.

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(Family Features) Reading plays an obvious role in academic performance, but it’s also an essential life skill. Literacy and effective communication go hand-in-hand, and inspiring a child to embrace reading and writing can help open a world of opportunity.

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(Family Features) From planning your next getaway to managing your vacation budget, there are myriad apps you can use to make your trip a seamless, more enjoyable experience.

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Fresh colors and textures for a functional kitchen style

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(Family Features) If you’re among the millions of Californians who will hit the road for the holidays, you’ll want to make sure your car is road-trip ready.

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(Family Features) When you see frost on the windows in the morning, feel the crunch of leaves underfoot and hear the roar of fire in the fireplace, old man winter has returned.

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(NAPSI)—As the climate changes, rough weather—tornadoes, hailstorms and the like—that used to trouble single areas of the country now occur in places that never expected to see them.

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(NAPSI)—Research shows that most older adults want to live in their homes and communities for as long as possible. Most homes, however, were not built to support the mobility, sensory and cognitive changes that often accompany aging.

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(Family Features) When it comes to economics, many teens’ mouths write checks their knowledge can’t cash.

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(Family Features) The holidays can be a stressful time. From family events or planning your own gathering to finding the perfect gift for your loved ones, it seems like there is never enough time.

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(NAPSI)—If you’re ever determined to finally streamline your office “to do’s” and make a dent in your inbox, or committed to finding a way to keep the kids’ toys out of the way of unwary feet, you’re not alone. A recent national survey of more than 1,200 individuals conducted by the National…

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(StatePoint) If you take a look at your home’s windows and doors in winter, you may notice condensation. As temperatures drop, it often appears on the inside and outside of these surfaces.

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Tips for coping with a food-centric season

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(Family Features) While there’s plenty to be said for taking the proverbial road less traveled, fellow tourists can provide a wealth of knowledge to help shape a vacation filled with lifelong memories.

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(Family Features) Finding the perfect gift for someone who already has it all may be easier when you stop thinking in terms of “things.” A gift that creates an unforgettable experience, like a trip to a special destination, may be more meaningful than a trinket under the tree.

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(Family Features) Chances are good that at some point during the holiday season, you’ll welcome guests into your home. Whether you lease or own your home, creating a cozy, festive setting for holiday gatherings can actually be quite simple, especially if you take on the project one room at a time.

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Gift ideas for everyone on your list

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(Family Features) Entertainment seekers have an almost overwhelming number of options available today when it comes to viewing television shows and movies. The rise in alternative entertainment options, such as streaming video services, has only increased the amount of choices.

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(Family Features) The holiday season is filled with traditions, seasonal meals and festivities. With busy calendars, it can be easy to get caught up with a long to-do list when the true joy of the season is in creating meaningful memories with loved ones, including pets.

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(Family Features) The holidays signal a time for family gatherings, traditions and the spirit of giving. Make this holiday season even more meaningful by giving gifts that help children in need around the globe.

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(BPT) - 'Tis the season to eat, drink and entertain. Whether you’re hosting a smaller, more intimate gathering or throwing a grand festive soiree, don’t stress about upping your holiday home décor game — a few small touches will go a long way. In partnership with Scotties Facial Tissues, int…