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Simple Tips to Make Outdoor Chores and Activities Easier

(StatePoint) Whether you’re doing chores in the yard or going on an outdoor adventure, activities that take place outside come with their own set of challenges, particularly in colder weather.

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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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Wednesday 12/05/2018
Clever Kitchen Upgrades
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:44 am

Fresh colors and textures for a functional kitchen style

Winter Weather Emergency Preparedness
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) As temperatures drop, the risk of severe winter weather conditions and sudden power outages rise. Preparing your family ahead of time can help minimize the impact of a power loss.

The Art of the Perfect Gift
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) Even in a world where just about anything is a few clicks away, finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can still be a difficult task. One trick to winning the holidays is bringing back the basics by choosing presents you know your loved ones need and can actually use.

Trending Gifts Topping Wish Lists this Year
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) Nostalgia often runs deep during the holidays, and retro gifts are one way to relive the holiday celebrations of your childhood.

5 Ways to Support Your Community this Holiday Season
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) Each year, the true spirit of the holidays can seem to get buried further beneath mountains of wrapping paper and drowned out by commercialism.

Deck the Halls for Happy Holidays
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) Whether you opt for fresh-cut or fresh out of the box, trimming the tree is a staple of holiday decor in most homes. However, if you'll be entertaining this season, you may want to go beyond the tree and take your seasonal decorating to whole new level.

Go Exploring for These Hidden Travel Gems
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) Discovering a region’s secret treasures is one of the greatest rewards of travel. When you embrace an adventurer’s spirit, there’s no telling just where you’ll go. From an uncharted journey back in time to new ways to appreciate unconventional art, a vacation that celebrates the unexpected is an ideal way to uncover hidden travel gems.

3 Common New Parent Questions
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) Almost every new parent knows the feeling: It’s 2 a.m., you’re bleary-eyed and you want nothing more than everyone to get some sleep. However, you’re up, and so is your new baby.

Wednesday 11/28/2018
A Healthy, Winter-Ready Home
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) When chilly weather arrives and the days get shorter, chances are good you’ll spend the majority of your days indoors. Before you start your hibernation, it’s a good idea to ensure your home is up to the task. Put your well-being at the top of the list with these ideas to help ensure a health-conscious home.

Make a Difference this Holiday Season
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) This holiday season, you have the power to change children’s lives for the better.

DIY Holiday Home Décor
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) The holiday season can get expensive, especially when purchasing thoughtful gifts for loved ones. The last thing you want to spend money on is generic holiday decorations that don’t make your home stand out from the rest.

Ease Up on Energy Consumption
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) Enhancing your home’s energy-efficient features is a savvy way to make the space more livable while also making a smaller impact on the environment and your bank account.

Selecting a Plan That’s Right for You During Medicare Open Enrollment
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) Each year between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7 people can make changes to their Medicare coverage options.

5 Ways to Find Your Morning Workout Motivation
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) For many people, hitting the gym in the morning leaves less time for excuses or interferences.

Cars to Consider for 2019
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) Purchasing a new vehicle, while exciting, can be a burden for many shoppers. A variety of options and considerations for each make and model can turn the decision-making process into a stressful situation.

Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Welcoming friends and family into your home, celebrating time-honored traditions with delicious food and enjoying quality time with loved ones are all sure signs that it’s the most wonderful time of the year. However, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by holiday preparations and pressure to make your guests feel comfortable while visiting.

Friday 11/23/2018
5 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Decking Contractor
Updated: November 27, 2018 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) When it comes to tackling a backyard makeover, there is no time like the present to start planning. Unless you're planning to build your own deck, one of the first items on your "to-do" list should be hiring a contractor.

Thursday 11/22/2018
5 Tips for Deck Design
Updated: November 26, 2018 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) Timing can be everything, especially when it comes to planning an outdoor living space. By getting a jump-start on planning, you can afford yourself time to complete the process with maximum creativity and minimal stress.

Medicare Open Enrollment 101
Updated: November 26, 2018 - 2:48 am

Know your options and get free help

Wednesday 11/14/2018
The Rarest of the Rare
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:33 am

What to know about a cancer you may not have heard of

Create a Healthy, Winter-Ready Home
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) When chilly weather arrives and the days get shorter, chances are good you’ll spend the majority of your days indoors. Before you start your hibernation, it’s a good idea to ensure your home is up to the task. Put your well-being at the top of the list with these ideas to help ensure a health-conscious home that’s ready for the dark days of winter.

Common Indoor Air Quality Culprits
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) A new survey has revealed many Americans miss the mark when it comes to cleaning their homes, which may negatively affect the quality of air they breathe indoors.  Understanding the causes of poor indoor air can help you combat many common culprits. Consider these survey results and find more information at filtrate.com/culprits.

Don’t Lose the Luster
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Durability is one reason homeowners choose natural stone for their kitchens and bathrooms, but the greatest appeal is often the sheer beauty of the material. Maintaining that luster and shine requires a bit of effort, but the ability to enjoy the unique character of natural stone makes it all worthwhile.

5 Things to Consider on Your Next Road Trip
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) If you’re looking for a memorable vacation experience, getting behind the wheel and taking to the open road can provide the perfect opportunity to create your own journey and explore at your own pace.

Wednesday 11/07/2018
How to Choose the Right Food for Your Dog
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) When it comes to selecting the right food for their dogs, people often agonize about choosing among a myriad of options. Given that 95 percent of pet owners consider their pets to be part of the family, according to a Nielsen survey on The Humanization of Pet Food, pet parents typically want to provide a well-balanced diet, made from quality ingredients.

4 Ways to Show Your Pets You’re Thankful for Them
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) Pets can be morning jog partners and movie night snuggle buddies, but they often do much more than that: they can help make their owners healthier both physically and mentally. Research from the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition found that having a pet reduces the risk of heart disease and high cholesterol, as well as stress, depression and fear. While you should show your pets you’re thankful for them all year round, Thanksgiving is an opportunity to reassess and make sure your pets are feeling the love, in return for everything they do for you.

4 Tips to Prepare Your Pup for Winter
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) When winter approaches, it brings a number of distractions and factors that tend to keep people from getting outside and staying active. From holiday parties and vacations to bad weather, it’s important to keep health and exercise top of mind throughout the busy season. This is especially important for your furry friends since they depend on their owners to keep them healthy and active.

Prepare Pets for Better Grooming Visits
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) While a haircut is often the first thing that comes to mind when pet parents contemplate a visit to the groomer, those visits can involve much more than a bath and trim. It can also include spa-like skin and paw treatments, deep moisturizing shampoos and conditioners for healthy skin and a lustrous coat, de-shedding and flea or tick treatments. These treatments are all in addition to the expert clipping, shaving and nail trims you might expect.

Wednesday 10/31/2018
5 Ways the Whole Family Can Eat Healthy
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:00 am

(Family Features) People are understandably conscious about the foods they’re eating and where they come from. The human eating space has seen the rise of whole, clean and natural foods, and in the last couple years, the trend has even moved into pet foods.

5 Easy Ways to Add Colorful Curb Appeal
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:00 am

(Family Features) Before the dull and dreary days of winter set in, you still have plenty of time to update your home’s curb appeal with pops of color that add a cheerful touch to offset the oncoming gray weather.

Make Power Tool Safety Part of Your Remodeling Plan
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:02 am

(Family Features) When it’s time to take on a new project, both DIY-inclined homeowners and contractors alike must consider many components to successfully complete the task, from design plans and materials to the proper tools needed. For simple projects like installing new light fixtures as well as more complicated projects such as refurbishing an outdated bathroom, power tools can be helpful throughout the process.

Eyeing Better Vision
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:02 am

9 tips to maintain eye health

Expand Your Kitchen
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:02 am

How space-saving sliding door hardware can help

5 Hacks for Holiday Hosting
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:02 am

(Family Features) It may feel impossible to fit even more into already jam-packed days, but when the holidays roll around, entertaining and celebrating always find a way. Fortunately, you can find some shortcuts when hosting that offer plenty of festive style while also helping you avoid stressing over every detail.

Wednesday 10/24/2018
5 Steps to Incorporate Universal Design
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:01 am

(Family Features) As more homeowners opt to remodel their current homes for accessibility and safety, those concerns are taken into consideration especially for kitchens or bathrooms.

A Healthy Way to Work
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:01 am

Improve health and performance at the office

Keep Pets Safe this Halloween
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:01 am

(Family Features) Halloween isn’t just for humans; four-legged friends have plenty of opportunity to get in on the fun, too. However, it’s important to take some pet precautions that allow the whole family to enjoy the holiday safely, as the costumes and excitement can be overwhelming and some of the candy is even dangerous.

DIY Halloween Box Costume for All Ages
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:02 am

(Family Features) Candy, pumpkins and costumes are some of the most popular traditions of the Halloween season. This year, rather than searching store aisles for the perfect getup, consider using boxes from your latest deliveries and other items you have on-hand to create a one-of-a-kind DIY costume, or “boxtume.”

5 Ways to Show Your Cats You Love Them
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:00 am

(Family Features) Cats take on so many different roles within their owners’ lives and families, such as cuddle buddies, emotional support animals, quiet companions and purring playmates. Each furry feline deserves the best, so as a cat owner, it’s important to shower your pet with love and make him feel special all year round.

Wednesday 10/17/2018
Tips for Turning History into Your Story
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:01 am

(Family Features) If you have ever thought about exploring your family history, now can be the perfect time as October is National Family History Month. To get started, these four simple tips can help you unlock new understanding and make meaningful connections. You can also consider sharing these tips with loved ones so they can join in on the fun, too.

There is No One-Size-Fits-All Breast Cancer
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:00 am

(Family Features) Breast cancer. It is a simple phrase representing a complex journey thousands of women travel each year. Even during October, when Breast Cancer Awareness Month brings attention to the disease, many people don’t realize breast cancer is not just one disease; it’s extremely complex and classified into different types. Understanding the many types of breast cancer is important – not just for the 1-in-8 women who will be diagnosed in their lifetime, – but for those who love them, too.¹

Trick-or-Treat for a Cause
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:01 am

(Family Features) Orange pumpkins on doorsteps and orange candy corn in buckets are iconic staples of Halloween, but the season can be about more than fun and treats.

Bringing Baby Home
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:02 am

5 tips to prepare for a newborn’s arrival

4 Tips for Traveling with Your Furry Friend
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:00 am

(Family Features) It comes as no surprise that the “workaholic” mindset of many Americans can affect people’s willingness to take vacation days for traveling. However, work isn’t the only culprit hindering American’s travel. A study by Project: Time Off found the three top reasons why people don’t use their vacation days to travel are cost, children and pets.

Now is the Time to Address Your Hearing Health
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:59 am

(Family Features) If you find yourself constantly turning up the volume on the TV or asking people to repeat themselves, you’re not alone. In fact, 1 in 5 Americans – nearly 50 million people – ages 12 and older have hearing loss, according to the Hearing Health Foundation.

Wednesday 10/10/2018
The Evolution of Pumpkin Spice
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:00 am

(Family Features) Pumpkin spice has become the quintessential symbol of fall. Check out these details about the evolution of the iconic autumn flavor, from holiday pie to lattes and even dog treats, such as GREENIES™ Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Flavor Dental Treats. Find these seasonal treats for your furry friend at Chewy.com.

Quick Ways to Freshen Up Your Home for Fall
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:01 am

(Family Features) As fall weather sets in, many homeowners take advantage of cooler days to spruce up their living spaces since they’re confined indoors. However, fitting all that work into a busy season filled with school, sports and other family demands isn’t always easy.

4 Ways to Bring Classic Character to Your Kitchen
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:01 am

(Family Features) In today’s stainless steel world filled with clean lines, sharp angles and sleek kitchen accessories, it may seem daunting to achieve the perfect antique style for your kitchen.

Fall Into a Fitness Routine
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:00 am

(Family Features) Fall is notorious for comfort foods like pumpkin spice lattes and game day nachos. Combine these tempting seasonal staples with darker, shorter days and it can be hard to maintain an active mindset. Despite the enticement to indulge, you can keep your active lifestyle going or even kick off a new fitness regime.

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