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5 Winter Getaway Tips
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(StatePoint) Winter is an ideal time to travel, whether your motivation is to escape the cold weather or to frolic in it. Here are five travel tips for better winter vacations.

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Tips to Refresh Yourself in the New Year
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(StatePoint) Planning some New Year’s resolutions? Instead of simply resolving to lose weight or drop a clothing size, consider placing a more positive spin on your objectives. Whether your stated goal is to try new sports and hobbies or to get in touch with nature, you can better refresh yourself this new year with resolutions that help you get in shape while appreciating your surroundings and having fun.

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5 Overlooked Items for Your Family’s Emergency Supply Kit
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(StatePoint) If you prepped an emergency supply kit for your family, you most likely have the basics covered: batteries, first aid and non-perishable foods. Here are five often overlooked items that can help keep your family safe, comfortable and informed should the unexpected occur.

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Gift and Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Those with Active Hobbies
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(StatePoint) It’s the gift-giving season and rather than give generic presents to everyone you love, consider thoughtful items that will make their lives easier and hobbies more fulfilling.

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How to Prepare for Your Next Adventure or Stay-cation
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(StatePoint) Whether you seek adventure from the comfort of an armchair or the top of a mountain, great books can either help you get your travel fix or prepare you for that next big trip.

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Weatherization 101: 4 Ways to Get a Warmer Home this Winter
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(StatePoint) Dreading the cold drafts and rising heating bills that come with winter? You’re not alone. Nearly two-thirds of Americans live in homes that need to be weatherized to improve heating efficiency and maximize comfort, but many still don’t take the time to do so, according to a survey conducted by OnePoll for Duck brand.

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Small Changes in What You Eat Can Make a Big Difference
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(StatePoint) Not everyone is inclined to think about the global impact of their food choices, particularly when they are not in their own kitchens. But experts say that average consumers can learn more about what’s on their plate and how it got there no matter who’s doing the cooking, and use this knowledge to make responsible choices.

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Tips to Safely Enjoy the Great Outdoors in Cooler Months
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(StatePoint) It may be chilly, but that’s no reason to stay indoors. Some of the best opportunities for outdoor exploration can only take place during the coldest months of the year; it just requires special preparation.

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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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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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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 Holiday Gifts that Give Back
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(StatePoint) The holiday season is all about giving. This year, consider combining thoughtful gifts for loved ones with charitable efforts that benefit the larger community. There are many great ways to do so. Here are a few.

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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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Head-to-Toe Winter Fashion Tips for Men and Women
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(StatePoint) We all need solid, traditional staples in our wardrobes when the weather cools. But be they scarves, jackets or socks, the trend in this winter's clothing staples is all about putting a fun twist on classics when dressing for seasonal weather.

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How to Update Your Wardrobe Without Overhauling Your Entire Closet
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(StatePoint) Fun floral prints, pops of color and luxury materials are all making appearances in footwear, accessories and ready-to-wear items. Fashion lovers will have the freedom to update their wardrobe by selecting a few key pieces -- without feeling the need to overhaul their entire closets.

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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 Update Your Wardrobe Without Overhauling Your Entire Closet
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(StatePoint) Fun floral prints, pops of color and luxury materials are all making appearances in footwear, accessories and ready-to-wear items this fall. Fashion lovers will have the freedom to update their wardrobe by selecting a few key pieces -- without feeling the need to overhaul their entire closets.

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Does Where You Live Determine How Long You Live?
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(StatePoint) From one corner of a city or county to another, life expectancy can vary by five, 10 or even 20 years, according to a report from the Center on Society and Health.

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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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Tips to Get Your Family Moving and Boost Fitness
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(StatePoint) Regular exercise is an important part of helping to keep your family healthy and strong. Indeed, physical activity can help you live longer, improve your mood, reduce your risk for life-threatening diseases and strengthen bones and muscles, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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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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Gearing Up for Sports and Exercise
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(StatePoint) Outdoor athletes are continually pushing new boundaries and venturing farther than ever. Whether you are hiking a trail or training for a marathon, this great gear can help you before, during and after your next big activity.

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6 Family Activities to be Enjoyed Indoors and Outside
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(StatePoint) If spending more time together is on your family’s to-do list, consider the following tips and ideas to make the most of each experience.

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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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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 Make the Most of Your Next Outdoor Adventure
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(StatePoint) Spending time enjoying nature is good for the body and mind, helping to reduce stress, increase focus and provide opportunities for physical activity, say studies. Unfortunately, our busy schedules sometimes don’t allow us to get outside as often as we’d like.

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