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Tips to Avoid Scams After Storms and Natural Disasters
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(StatePoint) As if the damage from a natural disaster isn’t enough, consumers trying to rebuild after a natural disaster often face a different danger: a flood of fly-by-night contractors -- ultimately raising the risks of sub-par repair work and outright scams.

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5 Game Day Tips for the Ultimate Tailgate
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(StatePoint) Whether you’re tailgating at the stadium or a viewing party at home, a true football fan is always prepared for game day fun.

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Great Ideas for Holiday Gifts that Keep on Giving
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(StatePoint) The holidays come and go so quickly, and while many tokens of love and friendship are enjoyed and then forgotten, this year, consider items that make a more lasting impact.

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Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Foodies
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(StatePoint) The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to outfit foodies with all the tools they need to make cooking more efficient and delicious. Not sure where to start? Here are a few smart ideas.

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Soothing Tips for Fussy Babies
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(StatePoint) Parents dealing with a fussy baby -- especially one that has been recently fed, changed and loved -- are eager to find ways to soothe them.

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How to Save Time and Money this Holiday Season
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(StatePoint) From decking the halls to hosting the perfect party, holiday-time expenses can add up quickly.

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Tips to Make Your Holiday Decorating Very Merry
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(StatePoint) Nearly 70 percent of Americans say their favorite part about the holidays is spending time with family and friends, according to the Pew Research Center. So, during the hectic holiday crunch, you may be looking for ways to simplify the many tasks on your to-do list.

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Coffee Table Books for Holiday Gift-Giving
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(StatePoint) While book lovers sometimes turn to digital for their literature fix, when it comes to coffee table books, print rules. Coffee table books are not only sources of knowledge, but also high impact art statements. For this reason, they make great holiday gifts.

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Give Yourself the Gift of a Smart Home this Holiday Season
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(StatePoint) You can make this holiday season a bit merrier by giving your family the gift of a smart home. A gift that keeps on giving, connected devices can add security and convenience to your home easily. Start with a few basic smart home products and add to or change your tech over time as needed.

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Celebrate History with Port Wine
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(StatePoint) During its long and rich history, Port has earned an army of enthusiasts, who have discovered many ways to enjoy this fortified wine, from serving it with dessert to using it as a base in elegant cocktails.

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Fireplace Safety Tips for this Holiday Season and Beyond
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(StatePoint) Gathering around the hearth this holiday season? While you may be taking time off from work and school to celebrate, don’t take a vacation from practicing basic safety guidelines. Stay safe with the following tips.

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Are You Financially Prepared for an Emergency or Natural Disaster?
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(StatePoint) Being financially prepared for an emergency or natural disaster is about more than just having savings set aside. Having access to critical personal and financial information will help you on the road to recovery.

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4 Things Vets and Service Members Need to Know When Buying a Home
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(StatePoint) If you’re a veteran, reservist or active duty service member, it’s important to know that there are special benefits you may be eligible for when buying a home.

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8 Tips for Maximizing Garage Storage
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(StatePoint) Most people are pressed for garage space, regardless of the size of their house, from DIYers overwhelmed with tools to moms searching for places to store holiday decorations.

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Steps to Save Energy in Your Home
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(StatePoint) Reducing your energy use at home is a win-win for your wallet and the planet. Not only can it save you money on your bills now, but it could also improve your home’s resale value, if you know which steps to take.

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How to Incorporate Learning into Your Child's Daily Routine
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(StatePoint) Young children don’t need to be in a classroom to learn important skills. And the earlier you get started, the better. Here are some great ways to incorporate fun learning experiences into your child’s day.

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Pet Owners: Tips to Maintain a Beautiful Home
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(StatePoint) For all the companionship pets provide, it’s fair to admit that they can mess up a clean, tidy home pretty quickly.

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Tips to Throw the Best Movie Night Ever
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1. Know your audience. Will it be a family-friendly night? Will the movies screened have a theme -- such as all being by one director or set in the same city? Know who your audience is and select movies that best fit the bill.

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5 Home Maintenance Projects to Tackle this Fall
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(StatePoint) Fall is the perfect time to complete those pesky home maintenance projects left on your to do list. If you’ve been putting off these chores, you’re not alone, but it could cost you. In fact, a national survey from Erie Insurance shows many Americans are putting themselves and their homes at financial risk by delaying important home maintenance tasks.

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Top Things to Consider When Selecting After School Activities for Kids
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(StatePoint) Parents seeking positive, meaningful extracurricular activities for their children may struggle to identify the right programs for their kids, especially if busy family schedules limit options. While many youth programs help children socialize and learn new skills, some go further to help shape who kids may become as adults.

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Yesterday's Factories Could Be Tomorrow's Offices and Homes
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(StatePoint) To counter generic new construction projects, many cities and towns are converting older structures into vibrant tech offices, loft-style residences and even art institutions -- a process known as “adaptive reuse.”

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Home Cleaning Do's and Don’ts
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(StatePoint) Now and then, every home gets to the point at which a quick tidy-up here and there just isn’t cutting it anymore. You take a look around, notice all of the surfaces that have gone untouched for far too long, then sigh as you pick a day dedicated to cleaning from top to bottom.

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Quick DIY Plumbing Tips for Parents of Teenagers
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(StatePoint) No one ever said parenting teens would be easy, however you may not have considered the beating it can put on your household drains.

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How to Optimize Your Home Office
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(StatePoint) The old 9-to-5 isn’t what it used to be. As more companies embrace telecommuting, a growing number of employees are finding that even in the professional realm, there’s no place like home.

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Six Ways to Bring Warmth into Your Home this Fall
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(StatePoint) With the shorter days and cooler nights of fall can come the urge to hibernate. But first prepare yourself and your home for the season with these cozy and warm accents that will make time spent indoors cozier.

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How Smart Home Technology Can Eliminate Stress for Parents
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(StatePoint) Many parents have worries about kids who are home alone in the afternoon or in the morning before catching the bus.

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3 Home Projects to Transform Your Yard into a Refuge for Birds
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(StatePoint) Millions of wild birds are killed each year flying into windows, including private homes. Birds face other dangers, too, in your yard, whether they are migrating or flying locally.

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Is Your Family Prepared for a Disaster or Emergency?
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(StatePoint) When it comes to emergency and natural disaster preparation, clean, uncontaminated water should be top-of-mind. Being prepared ahead of time is essential to make sure your household will be able to hydrate safely throughout the duration of an emergency.

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3 Mini-Makeover Ideas to Refresh a Room
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(StatePoint) Looking to bring new energy to a space? Hoping to update that outdated décor? These easy tips can help you revitalize any space in your home with minimal time and effort -- utilizing color, accessories, accents and more.

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3 Beautiful Ways to Add Pops of Color to Your Kitchen
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(StatePoint) If your kitchen is bland or boring, it’s time for an update. Consider those home projects that add pops of color and beauty, inspiring you to do your best culinary work.

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10 Ways to Add Colorful Curb Appeal to Your Home
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(StatePoint) Want to give your home a dash of curb appeal? Focus on color, say experts.

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Design Tips for Small Living Spaces
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(StatePoint) Achieving a Pinterest-perfect setting in not-so-spacious quarters can feel like a challenge. However, decorating a small space doesn’t have to mean limiting your style or personality.

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Tips to Save Money and the Planet by Reducing Food Waste
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(StatePoint) Nearly 50 percent of produce in the US is thrown away before it reaches your plate, according to USDA estimates. This waste not only affects the environment, it impacts shoppers’ wallets, as well. The average family of four discards $1,600 of food each year, according to a study published by the International Journal on Food System Dynamics.

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Top Down Tips for Enhancing Your Home’s Curb Appeal
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(StatePoint) The power of curb appeal should not be underestimated. A whopping 99 percent of National Association of Realtors members believe it’s important in attracting a buyer.

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5 Easy Ways Families Can Go Green When Packing School Lunches
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(StatePoint) While packing lunch for the kids can seem like a daily grind, you can use the task as an opportunity to help kids form great lifelong habits.

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Tips to Furnish Your New Home on a Budget
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(StatePoint) Moving into your first apartment? Ease the transition and save money in the process by helping decorate personal spaces using these DIY tricks. Instead of buying new, you can turn used furniture into stunning and sophisticated statement pieces.

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Tips to Keep Outdoor Fun Going After Dark
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(StatePoint) Your outdoor fun doesn’t have to stop after sundown.

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Win the Battle Against School Germs
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(StatePoint) Did you know that, on average, elementary school children get eight to 12 colds or cases of the flu each school year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? By following some healthy habits, you can avoid getting sick.

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Top Organization Tips for Busy Families
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(StatePoint) Hectic mornings, piles of homework, endless events, practices, games and school conferences; when you’re a busy parent, day-to-day tasks can consume your thoughts and energy. Stay organized and sane by following these simple tips to beat the rush.

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Tips for Moving Away from Home for the First Time
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(StatePoint) Moving into your own place is a milestone that makes you feel like a grown-up. Before you sign that lease for your first apartment, here are some important tips to consider:

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Tips to Bring Your Home from Bland to Bold
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(StatePoint) Feeling uninspired in your space? Bring bright, cheerful feelings into your home with these DIY décor tips that won’t break the bank.

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Updates to Transform Your New House into Your Dream Home
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(StatePoint) Congratulations, you’ve purchased a home! Now what? You’ve saved a million ideas on Pinterest and you’re ready to start making improvements. But how do you prioritize to make the most of your money? Consider these simple upgrades to transform your new house into your dream home.

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Tips to Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls
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(StatePoint) Slips, trips and falls that cause injury and death are all too common, and they disproportionately affect older people. Indeed, one-third of older U.S. adults suffer falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What’s more, a fear of falling can alter habits, negatively impacting one’s quality of life.

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5 Ways to Give a Room a Makeover
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(StatePoint) Does a room in your home need an update? There are a range of projects from large to small that can help you transform any space for maximum utility and better design. Here are five great ideas.

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More Grandparents are Raising Grandkids: 3 Things They Need to Know
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(StatePoint) From single parents to traditional and multigenerational households, modern families come in all shapes and sizes. But did you know there’s an uptick in the number of grandparents raising grandkids? According to data from The Pew Charitable Trusts, 2.9 million grandparents were raising their grandchildren in 2015 compared with 2.5 million in 2005.

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Are You Still on Track to Achieve Your 2017 Resolutions?
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(StatePoint) With the year more than half over, you may have forgotten all about last New Year’s resolutions. Today is a great opportunity to do some hard thinking about the aspects of your life that you might want to improve or change. To make the rest of the year count, consider tackling one or more of the following projects.

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Buying a Home: How to Know How High to Go
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(StatePoint) Shopping for a home? Before you begin your search, it’s important to figure out what you can comfortably afford.

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Tips to Incorporate Music into Your Family's Daily Routine
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(StatePoint) The benefits of music education are endless. Studies have associated music education with higher test scores, improved concentration and more. But if you are a parent, you probably know how it goes: many children will begin a music program with enthusiasm, only to complain about practicing a short time later, sometimes even asking to quit.

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Remodeling Your Outdoor Space? Consider a Fireplace
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(StatePoint) While all homeowners may wish they had unlimited resources to make upgrades, most people need to prioritize a bit due to time and money. For many these days, the goal is extending living and entertaining areas outdoors: 56 percent of homeowners are making updates to improve their yards for entertaining, according to a Houzz Landscaping Trends study.

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6 Tips for Throwing a Great Outdoor Party
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(StatePoint) Throwing the perfect party outdoors requires a bit of precision. Here are six great ways to keep guests happy, comfortable and entertained.

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Tips to Step Up Your Patio Experience this Season
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(StatePoint) Ready to step up your outdoor living experience this season? You’re not alone. Nearly 70 percent of design and build firms report an increased demand for outdoor living space, according to the American Institute of Architects.

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DIY Projects to Improve Your Outdoor Living Space
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(StatePoint) Are you taking advantage of your yard and maximizing its potential as a living space? All you need is a bit of time and energy to transform your yard into the perfect place to spend time with family and friends.

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Does Your Home Need Storm Doors?
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(StatePoint) It’s that time of year again when you’ve installed screens in your windows to better enjoy the weather. But rain and wicked weather can impact your home at any time of year. Could your home use storm doors to add extra ventilation in warm weather and help protect it against tough conditions year-round?

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