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Cool Summer Entertaining Tips to Keep Guests Happy
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(StatePoint) Hosting friends and family for backyard barbecues, picnics and garden parties during summer carries its own challenges. Here are a few tips guaranteed to keep your guests cool, comfortable and happy when you entertain.

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5 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Dads and Grads
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(StatePoint) Whether you’re shopping for Father’s Day or celebrating the accomplishments of a graduating senior, make a point of selecting thoughtful, unforgettable gifts this “dads and grads” season. Here are five ideas to get you started.

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Is that 'Junk' in Your Attic or Basement Worth a Fortune?
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(StatePoint) From baseball cards and sports equipment to postcards and toys, is that “junk” in your attic or basement dusty treasure or just dusty? We’ve all heard of families getting rich from the sale of rare memorabilia. So how can you tell if your stuff is valuable and how can you sell it, if it is?

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6 Money Tips for Buying a Home
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(StatePoint) When searching for a new home, you may come across some conflicting information, especially about home financing or mortgage loans. Consider these six money tips to help you navigate the process.

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4 Tips to Help You Rent Out Your Space Like A Pro
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(StatePoint) From city apartments to beach houses, vacation home rental sites like Airbnb, VRBO and others have become popular among homeowners and travelers alike. Renting your entire house or even just one room, especially if there’s a big event coming to your town, can be a wonderful way to earn extra income, but it can also expose you to unexpected and potentially costly risks. Before you start seeing dollar signs, learn how to rent your home like a pro.

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Colorful Design Ideas for Refreshing Your Home this Season
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(StatePoint) If you are looking to elegantly redesign the spaces in your home, consider taking your cues from the latest trends in the luxury market. Neutral color palettes and soft, soothing shades, such as gray, taupe and cream are on the rise among today’s luxury homes and adding touches of color will help personalize these spaces.

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From Patio Furniture to Tools: DIY Rust Repair Made Simple
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(StatePoint) Let’s face it; rust is unavoidable. It’s unsightly and if left unchecked, it can lead to costly damage to homes and automobiles. From lawn mowers and shovels to fences and furniture, if it’s metal and exposed to moisture, it is vulnerable to rust.

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Now Playing: Summer Movie Nights in Your Own Backyard
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(StatePoint) Looking for a way to get the most out of your summer evenings? Make it a night at the drive-in at home! With the right equipment and planning, you can easily enjoy your favorite movies under the stars, right in your own backyard. Here are a few simple steps for bringing your new favorite tradition to life.

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Millennials Want to Say ‘I Do’ to High-Tech Wedding Registries
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(StatePoint) Once upon a time, wedding registries were created so newlyweds would have all the basic essentials to establish their first home. But as technology has evolved, so too has the registry. Gone are the days where registries only include dishware and candlesticks. Couples can now incorporate modern must-haves, like connected lightbulbs, voice assistants and smart showers.

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5 Ways to Take Good Care of the Environment
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(StatePoint) Good environmental stewardship begins with individual choices. Here are five ways to celebrate the natural world and get involved in short- and long-term efforts to protect the environment.

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Are Your Home Furnishings Good for the Planet and Your Family?
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(StatePoint) More consumers are interested in selecting products that are good for the planet and their families, than ever before. While many understand what organic food is, confusion still exists when it comes to home furnishings. Simply put, what you bring into your home directly impacts the health and welfare of your family in terms of exposure to chemicals of concern, indoor air quality and comfort.

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Are Common Myths Holding You Back from Buying a Home?
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(StatePoint) Aspirations of home ownership is strong for America’s families, yet findings from the fifth annual America at Home survey from NeighborWorks America indicate several perceived barriers to homeownership among the majority of consumers.

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Appeal to House Hunters With Smart Home Upgrades
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(StatePoint) From smart thermostats to remotely controlled showers, connected homes are all the rage for today’s homeowners and those looking to make a purchase, providing easy opportunities to boost your profit when you sell.

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Tips to Protect Birds in Your Yard and Garden
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(StatePoint) One of the best parts of backyard living in the warmer months is all the potential for bird watching that comes with it. You may have even installed a birdfeeder in your garden in an attempt to attract more birds to your property.

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Innovative New Looks for Your Kitchen Renovation
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(StatePoint) Renovating your kitchen? Think about making updates that will add beauty and functionality to one of the most important rooms in the house. Here are a few innovative new looks and ideas to consider including in your plans.

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Fun Ways to Help Kids Enjoy Math, Science and Art
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(StatePoint) Science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) concepts are especially important for young minds. While these are among the most challenging school subjects, at home, these topics can be brought to life through play.

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4 Rules for a More Organized Home
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(StatePoint) There are plenty of reasons why people obsess over organization and resolve to master it at home. Household items become easier to find. Rooms all of a sudden seem bigger and more welcoming. Each walk past a tidy linen closet -- where there was once an avalanche waiting to spill forward -- comes with a small sense of accomplishment.

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