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New home innovations help consumers weather the storm Learn how the latest technology can protect your home from wet weather and storms....
No sweat: Secrets to staying cool in the kitchen and eating well this summer From no-make recipes to alternative cooking tactics, you can find plenty of ways to beat kitchen heat this summer....
The key to managing stress: identify causes and find simple solutions If there is one aspect of life in the modern world that affects all of us, it’s stress. In fact, it’s so prevalent and can have such a serious effect on our health, that April...
Doors opening wide for women to serve in the Navy The chance to push limits personally and professionally is an opportunity for women in the Navy. Women who seek to pursue what some may consider male-dominated roles are not only welcome, they’re wanted....
Groundbreaking new technology helps those with hearing loss who aren't satisfied with hearing aids If you’ve been living with hearing loss for a long time, it can be hard to believe there is anything new out there that can help - even if you’ve tried the most advanced hearing...
Bathroom organization styles that work smarter - not harder The collection of grooming and beauty tools cluttering the bathroom vanity can quickly overwhelm everything. The bathroom should be a functional room that works for you and here's how....
Turn your home into a smart home with these simple technology upgrades Homes are more technically advanced than ever before. The good news is that you don’t have to be a techie to turn your home into a smart home....
6 steps to control your blood pressure The results of a simple blood pressure test may identify a condition that, when managed, could help reduce your chances for stroke or heart attack....
Increase your home's curb appeal and value with simple outdoor improvements First impressions happen at the curb. Even if you’re not planning on selling your home anytime soon, simple outdoor improvements can make a dramatic difference. Add curb appeal without emptying your bank account....
Guilt-free desserts to please the whole family Dinner is over and your family is craving something sweet to end the meal. There are plenty of delicious options to satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth while keeping your family’s diet balanced....
Children's health concern: Every minute poison control answers a call about young kids getting into medicine Children's health concern: Did you know every minute poison control answers a call about kids getting into medicine? Here's what you need to know about this growing problem and how to prevent it....
Education insight: 5 tips for conquering college later in life Older students are no longer intimidated to conquer college later in life. If it’s been a long time since you’ve been in a classroom, it’s important to understand how modern educational changes are making getting...
The places you'll go: Tips for female graduates on how to lean in to your career Does the so-called glass ceiling still exist? The truth is females face unique considerations when it comes to growing and navigating a career....
New tech devices make the perfect gift for your grad Learn more about how the latest technology can make a perfect gift for the grad in your life. You'll find out which options are available and the benefits of each technology choice that grads are...
Five ways to celebrate the return of the sun Whether taking a break from the workday to enjoy the park or hosting an event for friends, there are many ways to bask in the warmth of the sun...
Healthy housekeeping tips offer a fresh approach to spring cleaning Spring cleaning can be problematic for asthma sufferers. Learn what you can do to protect yourself during this season....
The new time to have fun and bond with your family: breakfast Families are always looking for new ways to spend time together. Why not start your weekend off on the right foot with a little family time in the kitchen over a delicious hot breakfast?...
Outdoor kitchen? Second-floor laundry? How to easily achieve summer's hottest home improvements From adding a bathroom to creating an outdoor kitchen, above-floor plumbing quickly and easily solves a host of plumbing challenges....
Try tasty simple swaps to lighten up your menu When it comes to diet and health, small changes can lead to big rewards. The trick is to identify ingredients that make for easy trades, like milk, yogurt and cheese....
Clever tips and tricks to save on auto insurance Car insurance can take a bite out of your budget. Check out these tips to help cut insurance costs....
Got a great wedding theme? Tips for carrying it throughout your big day What does the concept of a wedding theme mean to you? Do you think it’s just about the colors you choose for your bouquet and bridesmaid gowns? Or do you think of it as something...
Deck staining secrets for success Restoring your deck’s beauty and protecting it from further damage can be relatively easy and affordable. HGTV/DIY Network star and seasoned deck builder Jeff Wilson shares his six essential tips for success for this popular...
Master suite upgrades: the secret to a speedier home sale If you're planning to sell your home and have already renovated the kitchen and bathrooms, what's your next move? Three words: master suite upgrades....
A sure-footed way to choose new flooring When spring-cleaning uncovers a worn floor it may be time to consider purchasing a new one, especially if you’re selling your home in the near future. A new floor, like refreshed paint and updated fixtures,...
Bringing life back into your yard and garden You can take pride in your backyard year after year with a breathtaking landscape by following these simple steps....
5 reasons to smile this Mother's Day Did you know the act of smiling can impact both how you look and how you feel? Research finds that one in three women hardly ever smile at themselves because they don’t like what they...
Easy tips and menu for outdoor entertaining Try these tips for planning an outdoor entertaining soiree for a birthday, bridal shower, graduation, or simply to spend time with some friends....
Science and technology giving outdoor power tools a Millennial twist New battery-powered tools are compact, lightweight and easy to store. They share the flip-of-a-switch appeal of other portable devices. But instead of connecting you to the outside world, these improve the world outside your own...
How freeze-thaw cycles, water, impact, sun and pests can damage siding Learn why spring is a great time to reside your house and what options you have....
Worried about data breach risks? What you can do to help protect yourself While you can’t prevent a breach from occurring, you can still do a number of things to help better protect yourself from one of the most serious potential consequences of a breach – identity theft....
Time to try to DIY: Easy outdoor living projects that can be done in a few weekends Find out how to recreate your outdoor living space without spending a fortune. There are plenty of easy-to-tackle projects that can be done in just a few weekends....
Lead with style: How to create clean, crisp curb appeal for your home's entry Whether you are building a new home, or want to refresh your existing home, choosing a contemporary style creates high-class curb appeal. But, what goes into contemporary home styling?...
Spring home decorating tips from the ground up Everywhere you look, top to bottom, the world is transforming into a place full of beauty, vibrancy, color and life. So why not take inspiration from nature to revamp your personal space?...
10 reasons to love your lawn Installing and maintaining a natural turf lawn is a home improvement that pays big, making your home more comfortable, attractive and environmentally sustainable....
Turn your 'victory garden' into a 'vitamin garden' with no-fail, high-nutrition veggies and herbs Turn your victory garden into a "vitamin garden" and reap all the health benefits of gardening....
Designer tips to create inspired dream spaces with color Ready to transform your home this year? The key to creating your dream interior space could be as simple as updating with color....
Tossing and turning at night? Stop counting sheep and start collecting zzz's Too many distractions are keeping American's awake way later into the night. These tips help a person to relax in time for a good night of slumber....
National Infant Immunization Week 2014 Immunizations are considered to be one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Over time, successful vaccination campaigns have contributed...
Running on empty: How far can you really go? It's no secret that an automobile can continue to run after the fuel light comes on, but should drivers rely on the extra mileage it allows? Consider this expert insight....
How to get your car to go that extra mile - or 100,000 How can you reach the six-figure mile-mark? The answer is as simple as listening to your car, following a regular maintenance schedule and asking yourself these questions....
Moving on? Tips to help get your home ready to sell Listing your home for sale? Or want to? First impressions can make the difference in attracting prospective buyers. Check out these tips for getting your home ready for a quick sale....
Fascinating facts about everyone's favorite sweet treat: Caramel There are many confections available to satisfy a sweet tooth, but one that melts the hearts of many is rich, creamy caramel. Read fascinating facts about caramel's history as well as two new exciting dessert...
Car care tips from a lady who professionally takes hers through the dirt and mud Learn 10 easy ways to keep your car running at the top of its game from a person who routinely puts her vehicle into extreme conditions....
Check the big move off the moving to-do list with ease When you’re planning the big move, you’ve probably created a lengthy to-do list of everything that needs to be packed, planned and previewed. While you’re likely excited about your move, stress can create a bit...
Deer dangers you don't know - and what to do about them Deer damage to bushes, blooms, shrubs and gardens can be annoying at best and costly at worst, but deer can pose other, more serious, risks to the safety of your home and family. A pro-active...
Making spring cleaning easy with one tool [Infographic] Spring cleaning can quickly turn into a mountainous task. However there are plenty of tools available to make spring cleaning simple....
Pump it up: Ways to grow the personal trainer profession Americans are using personal trainers in a proactive approach to their personal health and well-being. There are opportunities in the fitness industry to ensure personal trainers concentrate on health and well-being for their clients....
Get spring off to a fresh start with these easy cleaning tips Seventy-two percent of Americans make spring cleaning an annual task, so use these easy cleaning tips to get your project started....
Exercise those ears: Simple ways to keep your hearing in shape There are actions people can take that can help maintain the ability to process and understand speech when communicating with others. The following list of healthy hearing practices may help prevent or reduce hearing loss...
Ice is nice: 5 simple steps to maintain your commercial ice machine It’s easy for restaurants and other food service businesses to forget about one of the hardest working pieces of equipment in their kitchens: the commercial ice machine. But ice is critical to the storage, preparation...
Easy do-it-yourself Easter: Fun Easter projects for the whole family The Easter bunny is right around the corner, which means chocolate eggs, chick marshmallows and stuffed bunnies will soon be popping up around the home. Celebrate with a build-your-own Easter basket with the kids for...
Tips for making your child's birthday extra special this year For many young children (especially those between the ages of 3 and 6), a birthday is the most important and anticipated day of the year. The challenge is finding the time to create birthdays that...
Chic chalet: Give your kitchen a mountain makeover Your kitchen doesn’t need a Matterhorn vista to stay on top of the latest “chalet chic” design trend. It’s easier than you think to get this style by mixing rustic pieces with modern touches....
Sure-fire laundry tips to make your kids' clothes last longer Taking care of your kids’ clothing can be a non-stop, dirty business. All that running around, sliding into home plate and puddle jumping can wear out more than just your kids’ shirts and pants. It...
Renovating? Laying a good foundation for home improvement success You’ve probably heard the saying: “Your home is your castle.” But if your current home - or the home you’re thinking of buying - feels more like the servant’s quarters than the royal palace, you...
Creating inviting outdoor spaces for entertaining From barbecues and games of bocce to parties and candlelit dinners, your outdoor space can be a hub for entertaining friends and family. Here's advice from the experts....
Flab to fit: The five money moves that can whip your finances into better shape Taking control of your finances doesn’t have to be limited to the first few months of the year – you can get started anytime. Here's how....
Is your technology working for you? For every new computer, gadget or service there are several different stages of ownership. Unfortunately, the first and happiest phase - the honeymoon - doesn’t last forever. Eventually, devices can slow, services get outdated, and...
Learning on the go: How digital learning can help you understand any topic instantly One of the most active groups of digital learners is adults – a movement that is being driven by the desire for self-improvement and to gain knowledge about a variety of topics of personal interest....
Why invest in insulation during a renovation? When it comes to enhancing the value and comfort of a home, most homeowners will opt to address the cosmetic features of a home when completing a renovation project. Yet, it’s often the things that...
Green spring cleaning ideas that are kind to Mother Nature It’s not necessary to use harsh chemicals and toxins to achieve a cleaner, fresh-smelling home this spring. Homemade cleaning products and earth-friendly tactics can help you clean green. Here are green cleaning ideas and a...
Is bracket-busting technology the key to victory? Each year technology has a greater impact on our lives and that may be most visible in the world of sports. Long-time sports fans have witnessed the advent of new protective equipment, slow motion playbacks...
Big family, big love: Easy entertaining tips for large groups Between holidays, graduation parties and warm weather festivities, there’s always a reason to gather for a great meal and some fun. With a few organization tricks and cooking tips, even the largest families can come...
Call 811 before every digging project, large or small Keep safety in mind before you start to dig for your landscaping project this spring and summer. Use these tips to be sure you know where all utilities are located prior to digging....
Walking: the old way to get fit is new again With so many fitness trends, you might not think of walking as good exercise. If you’re not thrusting a kettlebell over your head, pushing a tractor trailer tire or shaking your hips to a Top...
Entertaining tips and tricks: Do game day right this spring There are many exciting games during the spring and, unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to catch them all. But you can still have a great time watching from home if you do it the right way....
Couples: Live happily ever after with tips on moving into your first home together Moving into your first home as a couple is a fun experience. But you will also face challenges like combining your household belongings and determining where you want everything placed. Handling these negotiations well can...
Bridal registry trends inspire new dinnerware traditions What are the hot trends of the season in bridal registry? For many bridal couples it is mixing something old with something new to create updated dinnerware designs. The table looks refreshed and renewed while...
Ask the Pharmacist: Expert advice for managing ADHD medications Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is no longer just a condition impacting school-aged boys. In fact, ADHD diagnosis rates are exploding among the adult population – climbing 53 percent overall and an alarming 84 percent...
Is your garage door ready to roll? Survey casts doubts Does your garage door creak, squeak or groan when you open or close it? If so, that isn’t a good sign. But noticing this is the first step to fixing what could become a major...
Three-room makeover takes homes from simple to sensational this spring Spring is the season of new beginnings, so is it any wonder that many Americans think about home improvement and brightening their decor when the weather warms? Simple updates can bring the cheerful perspective from...
How to prepare your pet for summer fun - and beyond The dark, cold days of winter are nearly behind us, and many people are looking forward to warmer weather and outdoor activities. Dogs also appreciate their time in the sun. So, it’s important to keep...
Best on the block: How to create curb appeal Spring is in the air, so it’s time to give your home an exterior makeover and add curb appeal. A few simple tricks can help boost your home’s profile, and ensure visitors get a good...
Increasing your resale value is easy when you save smartly Investing in home improvements is a smart idea when you’re thinking of putting your home on the market. So where is the best place to spend your money?...
Build a better bath on a budget Bathroom remodeling doesn’t have to be a budget buster. You can simply improve what you already have to get the spa-like retreat you’re seeking. Here are a few tips to get you started on your...
Your home could be attracting termites Spring is when pests come out of hiding and hibernation to search for new places to establish their colonies. Unfortunately, it’s not only the flowers in your garden that attract pests but also your home...
Wood is good: The must-have material for your spring home spruce-up Thinking of sprucing up your home for spring? You’re not alone; one in three homeowners say they’ll take on at least one home improvement project in the first half of 2014, according to a recent...
Beyond cool: How ceiling fans offer energy efficiency, decor and function Savvy interior designers know that items that are both fashionable and functional are in high demand. One of the best examples of a stylish, hardworking home fixture is also one of the most overlooked: the...
Custom home decor without the hassle and high costs In the Internet age, it’s easier than ever to achieve the look of custom home decor without the expense or hassle of traditional methods. That’s because you can buy virtually anything online these days, from...
Still need to file your taxes? Tips for faster, easier filing Spring can inspire a renewed sense of confidence and optimism in do-it-yourself activities. For nearly 40 percent of Americans, this includes preparing and e-filing their own income tax return. Like most things DIY, following a...
From farm to suburb, chicken coops are at the heart of the self-reliance movement Americans across the country are taking strides to be more self reliant, including growing food, composting and raising animals. While these types of activities are most often associated with people who live in the country,...
Spring cleaning your medicine cabinet? Simple steps to cut cabinet clutter As temperatures warm and flowers blossom, Mother Nature’s renewal often inspires us to refresh our own surroundings. It’s officially time for spring cleaning, but as you focus on scrubbing floors, refreshing draperies and dusting every...
Working adults plug into online education Many working adults begin using technology from the moment their alarm clocks go off. From checking emails on a tablet over morning coffee, to sending out social media posts from a smartphone before they get...
Decorating with light captures the fresh spirit of spring Something about spring seems to inspire us to lavish attention on our homes. Whether enthusiastically cleaning or freshening decor, Americans seize spring as an opportunity to breathe new life into interior spaces. While painting and...
IRS audits: 8 triggers to avoid and tips to help you survive Ever wonder how the Internal Revenue Service selects which taxpayers to audit? Well, it isn’t always a matter of chance. There are certain factors that can make your tax return stand out from the rest....
Eight tips to get your lawn mower ready for spring With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to tune up your lawn mower for the season ahead. A yearly tune-up is important to ensure all parts of your mower are functioning...
Achieving personal harmony and balance during Colon Cancer Awareness Month What if after surviving your first cancer diagnosis at the age of 51, you were re-diagnosed just 18 months later? Metastatic colorectal cancer patient Dave Johnson experienced that first-hand, and was initially reluctant and scared...
Discover the little-known investment strategy that your advisor isn't telling you about Did you know self-directed IRAs allow Americans to invest in assets other than stocks and bonds, while enjoying the tax-free or tax-deferred status of their retirement account? Very few Americans realize that they have the...
Solve everyday setbacks with five simple 'life hacks'... and possibly get rich doing so Fifty-six percent of adults who completed home improvements in the past year spent $1,000 or more, according to The Scarborough Report. Next time you’re faced with a home improvement project, instead of wasting money throwing...
Sowing the seeds of spring: How to start your garden indoors While cooler temperatures slowly fade, gardeners across the country eagerly await the arrival of spring – and the chance to get outdoors and grow something. If gardening is your passion, you don’t have to wait...
Opening the door to space and privacy is easy Homeowners, builders and remodelers are always looking for innovative new ways to enhance existing spaces during home makeovers and room renovations....
Clutter-clearing home cleaning tips turn chaos into harmony The stack of shoes that pile up by the front door, the linen closet that you’re afraid to open, the junk drawer that may well hide the mysteries of the universe – we all have...
Now's the time to spring into DIY action with home improvement projects It’s time to start dreaming of a spring home makeover. Sources of design inspiration, like Pinterest, are plentiful and can help make your home decor and renovation projects easy and fun. In fact, now is...
Empty nesters want low-maintenance yards that focus on fun and functionality, not fuss One of the first questions new empty nesters face is: what do we do with the nest? One key area to tackle is the yard and garden. The following are tips for transforming a yard's...
Six ways to kick your lawn's grass this season For most all of us, springtime can’t come soon enough. Following a brutal winter with severe temps and record snowfall nationwide, people are more anxious than ever to enjoy the first days of spring outdoors....
Selecting a cellphone and plan that fits your lifestyle Whether taking the plunge and joining the smartphone crowd or simply replacing a tired old cellphone, buying a new device takes careful deliberation. From selecting carriers and avoiding contracts to deciding on a type of...
Learn how speaking to your doctor may have a positive effect on your rheumatoid arthritis For the 1.3 million people across the United States who have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), pain is often a part of life. If you have been diagnosed with RA, there is help out there. Having a...
Embrace spring early with fresh DIY home and landscaping projects People across the country are feeling the winter blues after an unusually cold and snowy winter. But with warmer weather arriving soon, you can create a feeling of spring indoors and out with some simple...
Five insider tips to save money when buying a car As the weather warms, car buying season gets into full swing. Even though interest rates are still at or near record lows, there are additional ways smart buyers are saving even more cash on their...
School lunches are gold mines for recycling, reusing and replenishing From an early age, children can roll up their sleeves and get involved in helping reduce the amount of trash they produce by participating in recycling programs. Across the country, children will celebrate Earth Day...
For small lawns, choose smart tools that get the job done quickly and store away neatly Small lawns have many of the same needs and issues as larger lawns, but they don’t always require the same bulky tools to get the job done. A smart arsenal for small lawn care includes...
Nix the neutrals: Undoing open house decor to make a new home your own When selling a house, the mantra for most is neutral, neutral, neutral. To help potential new owners envision themselves moving in, real estate experts remind sellers to de-personalize their homes. That means removing family photos...
Freezing temperatures are good news and bad news for pests The newest buzz word this winter is “Polar Vortex.” Most of the country has experienced weeks of extremely cold temperatures, and these repeated bouts of ice and snow could have an impact on local pest...
Sleep better together - how to slumber as a couple Tossing, turning, snoring, thrashing, blanket yanking - it’s amazing anybody who shares a bed ever gets any sleep. If your loved one is keeping you up, you’re definitely not alone....
Traveling? Check out these tips on how to stay healthy As vital as vacations are for our mental well-being, many of us find ourselves compromising on nutrition when we travel. Being away from our routines - and our own kitchens - can throw our weight...
Meeting buyer demands in a seller's market: Top trends for 2014 With many real estate industry watchers predicting 2014 will be a seller’s market, you may think you won’t need to do much to sell your home this spring. Not so fast – while more buyers...
Five sure-fire steps for planning the most memorable family vacation of your life It’s no secret that families are busy these days. Between mom and dad’s careers, the kids’ school demands and extra-curricular activities, quality time together as a family is hard to come by. This busy lifestyle...
Four quick color tips to awaken your home in 2014 While many resolutions are based on eating healthier and exercising more, homes rarely receive the same promise of improvement. This year, resolve to give your home some attention by committing to a new coat of...
Wine and food: Making a perfect match If you’ve ever stood before an aisle of wine completely baffled by what to serve at your next dinner party, you aren’t alone. Whether red or white, dry or sweet, the options can be overwhelming....
Four tips for achieving a healthy lawn on a budget As spring rolls around, it’s time to start thinking about yard maintenance. If your budget is tight, you might be tempted to let the lawn care slide, but maintaining a great lawn doesn’t need to...
Wake up to why you might be tired all the time With busy schedules, it’s inevitable to feel sleepy once in a while. But habitually falling asleep during the day while watching TV, reading a book, or in the middle of having a conversation could be...
Put your decorating fears to bed and awaken your personality with the latest color trends The bedroom is an oasis. It’s the place where you wake up, energized and ready to start the day, as well as where you slip away and unwind from the day’s activities. This is the...
How to diversify your retirement portfolio in ways you might not have imagined Many investors are taking more control of their financial future by investing in alternatives to the stock market including real estate, land, promissory notes, oil and gas....
Prepping tips for spring outdoor projects Soon, winter will be winding down and homeowners will start planning – and prepping for – a variety of outdoor projects for spring. From cleaning, repairing or replacing decks, to creating raised beds for veggies...
Mind Your B.I.S. - Tips to jumpstart your financial well-being In the next few months, high school seniors across the country will be anxiously checking mailboxes for college acceptance letters. With two-thirds of recent high school grads enrolling in college as of 2012, according to...
Five surprising solutions to help you stop snoring Snoring not only keeps you and your bed partner up at night – it can be dangerous to your health. Typically, as you sleep, air passes through the nose and past the back of the...
What to consider when upgrading your technology The holidays are over and if you’re left looking at a fruit cake and a room full of white elephant gifts, you’re probably thinking it is time to find the perfect present for yourself....
Food forecast: U.S. embraces European traditions to create authentic cuisine stateside Not long ago, adding international flair to your foods simply meant incorporating a dash of spice or trying a new cooking method. Today, Americans expect more out of their food, and the newest culinary trends...
Preparing for peace of mind in retirement Everyone’s vision for retirement is different – for some it involves trips across the globe, while for others it means relocating to a new city or picking up a new hobby. Regardless of what your...
How color affects your exterior home makeover How do you know you’ve chosen the right colors to accent your home’s exterior? What colors on windows, doors, trim or shutters can highlight architectural details? Try these tips to help choose an exterior color...
Five things they don't teach you in school about how to secure your financial future Anyone over a certain age has heard about the “the three Rs” of education - reading, writing and arithmetic. The thinking is that if you graduate from school knowing how to read, write and solve...
Make TV safety part of your childproofing plan: Don't overlook TV tip-over risks Have a new flat panel TV? Where will you put your older cathode ray tube (CRT) TV? For many families, when a new TV comes into the home, the old bulky TV often moves to...
Six hot home design trends for spring 2014 Does the change of seasons have you itching to refresh a tired, lackluster room? Or maybe you’re looking for some small ways to make a big impact on your home’s style? Whatever the case, here...
Enjoy the taste of eating right with healthy, tasty snacks While health is a main concern for many Americans, the majority are still choosing food based on taste rather than nutrition. This Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) is hoping to change perceptions and shed...
Brewing up fresh ideas in the kitchen: How to incorporate craft beer into your cooking For those that are experienced in the kitchen, wine may be a familiar ingredient to cook with, but many people don’t even consider using craft beer in their recipes. While it may not be commonplace...
Three easy DIY tips to maintain your vehicle When it comes to vehicle maintenance there are two schools of practice: the “do it for me” and the “do it yourself.” We all know about the basic maintenance you should be doing like getting...
Lovestruck: How to give a Valentine's Day gift perfect for her unique personality Whether it’s a couple’s first date, a pair of love birds in their honeymoon phase or a husband and wife team enjoying 50 years of married bliss, Valentine’s Day serves as a reminder of the...
Learn how to be healthy, active and live well with diabetes Navigating the world of diabetes care can be overwhelming, whether you are at risk for, have been recently diagnosed or are living with diabetes. Where do you turn for help?...
Technology playing a bigger role in what families eat each month Restaurants play a key role in most family’s weekly – and sometimes daily – routine. When families take advantage of a restaurant – either by dining out, taking food to go or ordering delivery –...
Learn how to achieve your weight loss goals this year The average American who wants to lose weight will make four attempts this year and only one in six of them will see long-term success. Statistics also show it takes 21 days to create a...
Spring-prep steps for your sun-friendly skylights When spring finally arrives, windows and skylights across the country will open, as happy homeowners revel in all that sunshine and warm, fresh air. But before you can savor spring, you still have weeks of...
What valentines want [Infographic] We take the guesswork out of winning your Valentine’s heart – from the treats they crave to the where, when and how to celebrate.   ...
Steering the course to success Elana Meyers’ dream of winning an Olympic medal began at a young age. Growing up in Georgia, she participated in a myriad of sports to feed her desire for competition, including basketball, competitive dance, soccer,...
Survey says: Payday loan users savvier than you think Read enough about the state of Americans’ finances and you might get the impression that the average consumer is fairly clueless when it comes to making good money decisions. But a new survey indicates that...
Could depression be affecting your job? Did you know that one in 10 people struggle with depression? Depression can consist of a range of symptoms and it can also impact every aspect of a person’s life including social, family, personal and...
How to keep your kids active during the winter months As the holidays wind down, so do the temperatures. As a parent, you know your kids can get restless in the winter months while they’re cooped up inside. It’s tempting to let the tablets and...
How health care reform could impact your tax returns this year and next Several key tax law changes in the Affordable Care Act have been implemented in 2013 and 2014. The impact of those changes on federal tax returns due April 15, 2014 and 2015 hinge mainly on...
Ditch the New Year's resolution and make 2014 a delicious, well-balanced eating revolution The New Year’s resolution is an annual tradition for many Americans. But year after year, Americans throw themselves into a harsh new routine of extreme weight loss and diet, which leaves little room for success....
What you don't know about pain can hurt you You may not like it, but when you feel pain, your body is trying to tell you something. In most cases, it’s to stop what you’re doing. (“Ouch, that stove is hot!”) That’s why some...
Tough times never last, tough people do Growing up just steps away from the slopes in Park City, Utah, Steven Holcomb’s Olympic dreams started early. Today, the 32-year-old Holcomb pilots the four-man bobsled crew nicknamed the “Night Train” and is considered one...
Energy-efficiency: the remodeling trend that's here to stay Remodeling trends come and go, which is a good thing if you’re talking about shag carpet or avocado-colored Formica. But some trends have both staying power and universal appeal, such as the strengthening movement toward...
3 easy steps to sweeten someone's day Nearly everyone has more than one special person in their life. Whether it’s a neighbor who lets the dog out, the friend who watches the kids in a pinch or a colleague who makes Mondays...
A reasonable explanation: What 'reason codes' tell you about your credit score Consumer knowledge about credit scoring remains a challenge. In fact, nearly half of Americans still don’t know that mortgage companies use credit scores when making decisions about credit availability and pricing. Even if you do...
Got an 'impossible' space? The no-fail way to turn it into a bathroom Nearly everyone has a home improvement “impossible dream” – an inground pool in a postage-stamp-sized backyard or a professional-grade kitchen on a $5,000 budget. Some homeowners might say their can’t-do renovation is adding a bathroom...
Bathroom remodeling: the first five things you must do So you’ve decided it’s time to remodel your bathroom. Whether you’re excited at the idea of creating a new look that will add value to your home, or simply relieved that you’ll no longer have...
Heart attack proof: How to give yourself a cardiac makeover It’s not cancer, accidents or even old age – the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States is cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attack and stroke. The good news...
Get a jumpstart on digital spring cleaning by tackling an overloaded inbox If you spring clean your home every year, you might want to consider an often forgotten and usually cluttered space – your email....
Mom was right, you should eat more veggies - here's how you do it The majority of Americans say they've been trying to eat more fruits and vegetables over the past year, according to a poll by the International Food Information Council Foundation. And, with good reason; eating plenty...
Can you afford a college degree? For working adults wondering if they should go back to school for a degree – or to upgrade their bachelor’s degree to a master’s - affordability is, today, more important than ever. “How can I...
How your car's computers can improve your gas mileage Your right foot holds the key to better gas mileage. How aggressively you apply the gas or brakes affects how frequently you have to stop for fuel. And driving style is even more important with...
How to protect your diesel in cold weather As more manufacturers produce diesel vehicles for consumers, owners need to be aware of the issues that may occur during the cold winter months and learn how they can protect their vehicle....
Look for the seal for safe children's products Your children’s safety is your top priority. You heard from the experts and you’ve read the books to ensure you’re providing them with the right clothes and the proper food. But what about the baby...
Spruce up your home for spring Spring is a time of rebirth. A time when everyone shakes off the last chills of a long winter and sets goals to improve themselves. Maybe you plan to set a goal to lose weight,...
Business owners: Resolve to use your time for growth in 2014 Each year offers a chance for new beginnings – an opportunity for people to reflect on the past and make personal resolutions to use their time effectively to prosper in the year ahead. The same...
Top 10 home decor trends for 2014 Renew. Rejuvenate. Reinvigorate. The same objectives people have when making their personal New Year’s resolutions can be just as easily be applied to their homes. There’s no better time to give a home a fresh...
How to manage your money in the new year As a new year unfolds, many people resolve to kick bad habits and take better care of their health and their finances. After a few late payments, messy receipt folders and carefree budgeting, it’s time...
Knowing when to repair or replace three of your home's major systems - the furnace, air conditioner and water heater If your furnace, air conditioner or water heater is not working properly, you probably notice it long before you actually inspect the appliance itself. You know because those winter mornings are a little too cold,...
It's OK to cry: Expert tips for creating an emotionally charged Valentine's Day card for your man With the onslaught of roses, hearts and cherubs, it’s easy to think Valentine’s Day is all about women, but men deserve something special too. You don’t need to gift luscious chocolates or a new designer...
A fitness revolution for your New Year's resolution It is the time of year when resolutions are made, but that does not have to mean the beginning of broken promises. It should not be a surprise that fitness goals are among the top...
Resolving to cook more at home? Cooking more at home is a common New Year’s resolution – and a good one at that. Not only can you save money by eating at home, you can also make choices restaurants often decide...
How to claim victory as a No. 1 sports party host When you hear the phrase “’tis the season” you might be thinking holidays. But it’s also the season of families and friends gathering together around the big-screen TV to cheer on their favorite college or...
Ideas to inspire home remodeling projects With new home trends emerging, it’s an ideal time to collect ideas to inspire your next home improvement plans....
Go-anywhere upgrades that are great for kitchens and baths Some upgrades look laughable in the wrong room: plush carpeting in the bathroom or custom drapes in a kitchen. A handful of go-anywhere upgrades work especially well in kitchens and baths – and can raise...
Boomers: Are you asking your doctor these critical heart health questions? America’s baby boomers are a vibrant group of people who embrace the idea of aging well. A healthy heart is key to ensuring you can live life to the fullest no matter what your age....
How to stick to your New Year's resolutions all year long With the holidays past and a new year upon us, now is the time for Americans to focus on their 2014 resolutions. And while fitness goals often top the list of New Year’s resolutions, diet...
Four simple tips to achieve your New Year's resolutions The new year is here and it’s time to tackle your resolutions! You’ve set your goal, and now is the time to take action. Following a few simple tips can help you kick start your...
Chase the mid-winter blues away with wholesome comfort foods The colder weather of winter has many looking for some comforting wholesome meals to share with friends and family. This winter try delicious recipes that will create tantalizing smells in the home and warm everyone...
How to find rebates for energy-efficient home improvements Home improvements that increase energy efficiency are appealing on many levels, from saving you money on heating and cooling costs to the confidence you get from knowing you’re doing something good for the environment. They’re...
Top apps help keep small-business owners efficient and on the go With all the buzz surrounding business use of “cloud computing,” you might think the concept of conducting business anywhere – on the road, in the board room, on a soccer field or in the gym...
Get in gear this year with a resolution to ride with Now that the ball has dropped to usher in 2014, make it your mission to set a resolution to stick with this new year. According to Forbes, more than 40 percent of Americans set a...
Tips to keep you trekking this winter Winter is in full swing, and with the magical season come the potentially unpleasant snow, ice and slippery conditions that can make driving a challenge. But, even in this less-than-ideal driving weather, Americans are ready...
Keep wall flaws hidden with beautiful texturing techniques When it comes to home decorating, texturing can do for your walls what a good coat of wax can do for your car's finish - hide a host of flaws. Poorly patched holes, uneven sheetrock,...
Accomplish your weight management goals this year The new year gives everyone the perfect opportunity to start fresh. For some, it may be a time to explore a new hobby or take on a new professional challenge. For others, starting fresh means...
How Well Do You Know the Flu? About half of US adults incorrectly believe that antibiotics or flu vaccines will treat the flu, according to a new survey from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). The good news is that two-thirds...
10 simple ways to instantly improve your finances in 2014 Do you wonder how you could better manage finances? You’re not alone. When it comes to money, most people are far from perfect. Whether you make $20,000 a year or $200,000, some simple steps can...
A resolution you can keep all year: The one-day identity checkup Exercise. Lose the weight. Answer every incoming email. Those are the hard kinds of New Year’s resolutions, because you have to think about them every day for the rest of the year. Many are forgotten...
Cold weather pushes rodents into homes With the holidays over for another year, you may think you won’t have any more surprise guests until spring. Think again. Nearly a third (29 percent) of Americans have had a “visit” from one of...
Think spring: Insider tips for shopping a local boat show A new year means new resolutions. Maybe your resolution is looking to spend more quality time with family and friends? Learn something new? Spend more time outdoors or being active? This is the year to...

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