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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 2017 about halfway over, it’s an ideal time to evaluate your goals and objectives, and take action if necessary to get back on track.

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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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4 New Technologies to Help You Protect and Appreciate Nature
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(StatePoint) The possibilities of new technology to improve the world are seemingly boundless. And these days, the state-of-the-art can help you protect and appreciate nature in your daily life.

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Doctor’s Orders: How to Protect Your Skin this Summer
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(StatePoint) The summer can really take a toll on skin, when more of it is exposed to sun, bugs and poisonous plants.

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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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Keep Your Cool This Summer with These Organization Tips
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(StatePoint) Summer is often associated with lazy days spent picnicking and swimming, but most of us know that these months are often the most action-packed, making organization as important as ever.

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Hot for Summer: Create a Perfect Outdoor Escape in Your Backyard
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(StatePoint) If there’s anything better than heating up the grill and chilling drinks with close friends late into a summer evening, it’s decorating the space in which it all takes place. As with all things summer, refreshing your outdoor space calls for a simple, relaxed approach. Here are a few ideas for making a quick splash.

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Own Summer Entertaining Like a Boss
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(StatePoint) Make living easy and delicious this summer with Mediterranean-style snacks, appetizers and party trays that are ready to serve in a snap. Whatever the occasion, from barbecues to graduations, you can have a full season of al fresco fun with these ideas.

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Before Buying a Home, Learn the Lingo!
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(StatePoint) Buying a home for the first time? You may discover that one of the biggest obstacles is learning the lingo. Homebuying can be overwhelming and perhaps a bit intimidating if you aren’t familiar with the terminology.

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Make Your Summer Barbeques Sizzle
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(StatePoint) With family and friends gathering to celebrate all summer long, try a new and healthy twist on some backyard barbeque essentials.

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Make Your Home Safer in Wicked Weather
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(StatePoint) Wicked weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Being prepared will offer you, your family and your home greater protection. Here is what to know.

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Buying a Lawn Mower? Here’s What You Need to Know
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(StatePoint) Curb appeal all begins with a beautiful lawn. When it comes to making a great impression, your effort is just one part of the equation. The quality of your equipment can play a major role, too.

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5 Helpful Hints for a Clean and Clutter-Free Home
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(StatePoint) Papers piling up? Toys taking over?  If your home is more cluttered than clean, you’re not alone -- 85 percent of homeowners say that organization and storage is the most desired feature in a home, according to OrganizedLiving.com.

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Smart Home Innovations to Make Your Home More Comfortable
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(StatePoint) Innovations in smart technology continue to make our lives easier -- and now that extends to appliances and amenities for added convenience and control. Here are three to consider.

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Shopping Local Can Benefit You and Your Community
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(StatePoint) If you have home improvement plans, it’s important to consider where you will be doing your shopping. For many people, the first stores to come to mind are big box retailers because of the widespread assumption that chains can offer better selection and better prices.

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8 Things to Consider When Choosing a Trash Can
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(StatePoint) While nearly all municipalities or waste haulers provide trash carts and cans, most let residents and businesses use more as needed.

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4 Tips to Flip the Switch to a More Beautiful Home
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(StatePoint) The average home has 45 light sockets which means you probably have more light bulbs than just about any home product, and yet the lighting aisle can still be a daunting place. With the right knowledge, you can save money, protect the environment and bring the best features of your home to life.

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Smart Kitchen Upgrade Ideas to Help You Save Time
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(StatePoint) Most home cooks want the flexibility of preparing complicated meals with ease and convenience. However, even those with a deft culinary hand may be limited by their tools, space and appliances.

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A Simple Home Cleaning Checklist
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(StatePoint) When it’s time to roll up your sleeves and do some home cleaning, experts point out that it’s helpful to streamline the tools you use to do the job and the tasks you seek to accomplish.

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Buying or Refinancing Your Home? Tips for Success
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(StatePoint) Whether you are purchasing a new home or refinancing an existing one, making smart financing decisions is important.

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6 Ways to Update Home Décor
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(StatePoint) Is it time to re-evaluate your home’s décor and color palette? Get inspired to freshen up your home with these six 2017 décor trends from interior designer and DIY television personality, Taniya Nayak.

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Creative Gardening Tips
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(StatePoint) Gardeners often focus on the science of their hobby: how much water and sunlight their plants need and how to improve soil quality and keep pests at bay. But there can be a lot of artistry behind the craft as well -- from how you harvest and enjoy flowers to how you convert unused spaces of your home into a viable indoor edible garden.

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Natural Tips to Beat Seasonal Respiratory Health Challenges
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(StatePoint) Spring and summer can be particularly difficult times of year for those with respiratory health challenges, when simple activities like gardening, walking the dog and reading a book on the patio can cause itching, wheezing, sneezing and trouble breathing.

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Durable Décor Upgrades that Add Comfort and Style to Your Home
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(StatePoint) Interior upgrades should make a big impact -- adding style and comfort to your home. They should also last a long time, even if you have a busy household, with lots of foot traffic.

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What to Know Before Replacing Home Flooring
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(StatePoint) Whether you are building a new house or making upgrades on a current home, there is a lot to consider when it comes to flooring. It’s important to keep in mind that the choices available have changed in recent years.

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How to Spruce Up Your Garden with Bird Safety in Mind
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(StatePoint) You may not realize it, but the average residential property can be hazardous to local wildlife without proper precautions taken.

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From Clogs to Backups: 3 Simple DIY Plumbing Fixes
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(StatePoint) If the idea of doing-it-yourself where plumbing is concerned sounds intimidating, fear not. There are many simple fixes to common plumbing problems that just about anyone can take care of without professional assistance. More importantly, performing these simple maintenance tasks as they are needed can prevent larger problems from occurring.

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Buying a Home? What to Know about Down Payments
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(StatePoint) If you're in the market to buy a home, your down payment is probably top of mind. However, it’s important to understand all your options, particularly if you’ve heard the rule of thumb that you shouldn't pursue homeownership unless you can put 20 percent down.

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Garden-to-Table Tips for Growing and Cooking Your Own Produce
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(StatePoint) Nearly 50 percent of fresh fruits and 20 percent of fresh vegetables in the US are imported, according to FoodSafety.gov. This means that your food traveled long distances to get to your plate. To better enjoy fruits and vegetables, many families are now growing their own at home.

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A Beautiful Lawn in Less Time
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(StatePoint) For homeowners looking to create a more inviting outdoor living space, it all starts with a beautiful lawn. But without the right routines and tools, achieving and maintaining a top-quality yard can be time consuming.

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Shopping Smarter to Help Your Household Routine
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(StatePoint) If you follow awards shows to learn about the best movies and music, why not do the same to learn about the household products your family uses on a daily basis?

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Tips to Get Organized, Set Priorities and Be More Efficient
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(StatePoint) No matter what your work or family circumstances are, your days are likely a juggling act.

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Realistic Tips for Busy Moms
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(StatePoint) Time is perhaps the most coveted thing moms have and it's crucial to manage it effectively for you and your family.

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