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Health Care Solutions for Rural Americans

(Family Features) Heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke. These top five causes of death in the United States all have a higher incidence of death among rural residents and research points to lack of access to health care as a culprit.

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Thursday 08/15/2019
Tidy Back-to-School Transitioning
Posted: August 15, 2019

(Family Features) With shopping that needs to be done and supplies that need to be gathered for busy days ahead, preparing for the back-to-school season can descend into near chaos for many parents. When long school days leave little time for organization and decluttering, any home can quickly become a mess.

4 Qualities of a Pet-Friendly City
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) When pets are present, people and communities thrive. The benefits of pets have long been discussed, but surveys and studies have started to prove their positive impact.

3 Ways Soapstone Enhances Home Design
Posted: August 15, 2019

Prepare Your Kids to Head Back to School
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) Whether your child's stance on heading back to school is eager and enthusiastic or falls a bit short of that level of excitement, by working together your family can gear up for a successful school year.

How to Plan for Traveling with Kids
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) Families that travel with kids typically know tablets and other gadgets and activities can make the journey easier, and vacation rentals can make the stay more relaxing and affordable.

The Undiscussed Medical Error
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:54 am

7 questions that could save your life

Save Time with a Dream Closet
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:54 am

Wednesday 08/14/2019
Ease Kids Back into School with Confidence
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) There’s nothing like a major milestone in a child’s life to test a parent’s confidence. Big changes like a new school or classroom can be trying for kids and adults alike, but tackling the transition a little at a time can make it easier on everyone.

Back-to-School Bus Safety
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) Another school year means millions of children across the country are boarding buses at the beginning and end of each day, and it provides an appropriate opportunity for parents, teachers, school administrators and students themselves to practice and enforce safety guidelines in and around the school bus.

Simple Steps for Back-to-School Success
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) Finding new clothes and gathering pens, pencils, notebooks and other supplies are always part of the back-to-school fun, but there are other needs and wants to consider when another school year rolls around.

Don’t Lose the Luster
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) Durability is one reason homeowners choose natural stone for their kitchens and bathrooms, but the greatest appeal is often the sheer beauty of the material. Maintaining that luster and shine requires a bit of effort, but the ability to enjoy the unique character of natural stone makes it all worthwhile.

Natural Stone in the Shower
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:54 am

Stylish Storage for Renters
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) Just because you rent or live in small quarters doesn’t mean you can’t have ample storage space. It means you just have to be a bit more creative in figuring out where to put things, even when it seems hopeless to get a handle on organization and clutter under control. 

Summer Sweat Sessions
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:54 am

3 tips for surviving workouts in the heat

Tuesday 08/13/2019
Press Here for Perfect Cold Brew Coffee at Home
Posted: August 13, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Cold brew coffee continues to be a hot trend. Recent market research shows an increase in sales of 580 percent between 2011 and 2016 as coffee drinkers have embraced the smooth flavor of cold brew.

Thursday 08/08/2019
5 Household Cleaning Hacks Using Essential Oils
Posted: August 08, 2019

(StatePoint) From cleaners and sprays to air fresheners and more, essential oils are making their way into the mainstream as commonplace, common sense household solutions. 

What to Know Before Replacing Home Windows
Posted: August 08, 2019

(StatePoint) As with any home upgrade, a little research can help ensure a top-quality installation with the best materials on the market. Here are the most important factors to consider before purchasing replacement windows:

Wednesday 08/07/2019
Identify Your Ideal Kitchen Design Style
Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) While you may see kitchens in a variety of styles and find them all beautiful in their own way, finding inspiration for your dream kitchen often requires sorting through many different considerations. From transitional to modern and every style in-between, these ideas can help you decide what suits your home while also fitting your personal tastes.

Keeping Your Finances Fresh Throughout the Year
Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) For many Americans, reaching and maintaining financial stability is a goal that tops their checklists. However, the strategies necessary for achieving that goal can quickly fall by the wayside.

Save Money on Summer Road Trips
Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) If financial constraints are keeping you from exploring the world, it may be time to reassess your approach to travel. From road trips across the country to jaunts across your state, there are plenty of ways to curb costs, so your biggest challenge is finding more days away from the office, not replenishing your bank account.

Eco-Friendly Ways to Keep Your Home Cool
Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features)When it's hot outside, heat can seep into your home and make it unbearable. However, there are sustainable, eco-friendly solutions to maximize comfort and cooling when the thermometer creeps upward without racking up an outrageous electric bill or large carbon footprint.

Spruce Up Your Outdoor Spaces
Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Over time, the appearance and function of any outdoor space can dull due to combinations of heat, precipitation and use. With some careful attention, you can quickly spruce up your outdoor living areas and get them back in great working order for patio season.

Define Your Own Design
Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) In cities across the country, vibrantly hued murals are often created to bring color and life to buildings, community gathering places and more.

Friday 08/02/2019
Extend Dining and Entertainment into Your Backyard with an Outdoor Kitchen
Posted: August 02, 2019

(BPT) - Outdoor kitchens continue to grow in popularity across the United States. They are a great way to enhance the look of any backyard, while functioning as an extension of your home for entertaining friends or enjoying a casual meal with family. In addition, an attractive well-built outdoor kitchen can greatly increase the financial value of a home. An outdoor kitchen can deliver as much as a 100 to 200 percent return on investment, according to Houzz, a popular home design website.

HVAC Tips for Homeowners
Posted: August 02, 2019

(StatePoint) Having a home cooling system that is working optimally is crucial to keeping your family comfortable.

Wednesday 07/31/2019
Stainless Steel is Trending Outdoors
Updated: August 05, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Stainless steel has been a staple in luxurious, contemporary kitchens all over the world for years. While it’s most often used indoors, this durable, low-maintenance, design-forward material is making its way outdoors.

Start the School Year Off Right
Updated: August 05, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) As kids head back to school, it’s important to provide them with the necessary resources to succeed. As a parent, you can take steps to put your kids on the path toward a successful school year.

5 Bathroom Upgrades for Style, Function
Updated: August 05, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Home upgrades are all about adding comfort, convenience and beauty, and the bathroom is no exception. It may be the smallest room in the house, but these ideas for enhancing the most functional features of your bathroom are sure to make a big impact.

Material Matters
Updated: August 05, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) For many homeowners, aesthetics and function are the primary considerations of a kitchen renovation. However, before you lay out your space and start selecting colors, there is another essential factor to explore: the materials you will use for each feature.

Tuesday 07/30/2019
Refrigerator organization 101: 4 tips for reducing food waste
Updated: August 20, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - Fresh ingredients can turn any meal into a masterpiece. But there’s nothing more disappointing than finding fresh, farmer’s market produce spoiled in your refrigerator before you use it.

Thursday 07/25/2019
Big Results on a Little Budget
Updated: July 31, 2019 - 2:45 am

(Family Features) With the abundance of home improvement shows on TV, DIY has evolved from an intimidating trade for the pros to an easy-to-manage project for even the least handy of humans. Transforming a home from disaster to delightful through simple DIY projects and repairs is much easier than you may think and can save you a bundle in the process. If the thought of doing your own handy work has you wiping your brow, think again with these easy improvements.

Wednesday 07/24/2019
Color Your Kitchen
Updated: July 29, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) While the kitchen is often the busiest room in the house, it is also one of the most important rooms when it comes to renovations. An upgraded, vibrant kitchen that incorporates elements of personal style can make the room more attrac­tive while increasing the home’s overall value.

Smart, Stylish Designs for Outdoor Kitchens
Updated: July 29, 2019 - 2:31 am

Monday 07/22/2019
4 ways to get the indoor/outdoor living look for less
Updated: August 20, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - Have you ever seen images of beautiful homes with wide expanses of open walls, leading out to sun-drenched patios with infinity pools that fade into the bright blue sky, and thought, “I want that”? If so, you’re like many people in a growing trend to bring the outside in.

A Better Way to Buy and Own A Home
Posted: July 22, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Whether it's your first house or your fourth, buying a home is exciting - but also stressful.

Wednesday 07/17/2019
5 Tips for Moving with a Pet
Updated: July 22, 2019 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Whether it’s across the street or across the country, moving can be a stressful and chaotic time for your family. This can be especially true for your four-legged family members, who don’t understand what’s happening. Detailed planning and foresight can help alleviate some of the hassle and make relocating a more positive experience for everyone.

5 Tips for Capturing Purr-fect Pictures of Your Cat
Updated: July 22, 2019 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Cats are naturally curious, and while that can make them entertaining and engaging pets, it doesn’t always lead to the best photos. While getting a perfect pet pic is hard enough, a frisky, playful or defiant cat can make a photo op nearly impossible.

Monday 07/15/2019
Whole home safety: Fire and carbon monoxide protection [Video]
Updated: August 20, 2019 - 2:42 am

Wednesday 07/10/2019
10 Steps to a Better Backyard
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Follow these simple steps for building your dream escape – right in your own backyard. For more inspiration and ideas, visit

5 Ways to Prepare for a New Furry Companion
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Bringing home a new furry friend can spark joy while adding new routines for the whole family. When adding a pet to a household, it’s important to take into consideration the type of companion, a pet’s life stage, size and how to select a veterinarian.

How to Create a Pet-Friendly Workplace
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) In the last five years, pet-friendly offices have increased in popularity and companies are developing accommodating policies that benefit both pets and the offices they join.

Invite the Outdoors In
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Despite the comfort and convenience it affords, modern society is contributing to a vanishing relationship with the natural environment. However, there are plenty of ways to bring nature indoors to reap the benefits of an earthy connection inside your home.

Bold and Blended
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:31 am

Upgrade your home without a full renovation

4 Ways to Connect with Your Cat
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) In addition to playing with a laser pointer and offering endless cuddle sessions, there are many more ways to connect with your favorite feline. Cats are curious by nature, and in order for them to stay happy and healthy, they need lots of love and care from their parents.

Wednesday 07/03/2019
Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Space
Updated: July 08, 2019 - 2:42 am

(Family Features) Transforming your backyard into a true extension of your home’s living space is a relatively easy way to add usable square footage and increase enjoyment of your home. Making outdoor upgrades is also a scalable project, meaning you can do as little or as much as your budget allows and continue enhancing the space over time.

Tips for Tackling Storm-Related Roof Damage
Updated: July 08, 2019 - 2:42 am

(Family Features) Having your home severely damaged by a storm can turn your world upside down. The damage could simply be cosmetic, or so extensive as to render your home uninhabitable. In either case, you need to act fast, but smart, to ensure that your home will be properly repaired.

Keep Clutter at Bay
Updated: July 08, 2019 - 2:42 am

(Family Features) You can get your home reorganized and looking great with just a little bit of TLC and some helpful storage solutions. From those stray groceries that haven’t found a home in the pantry to shampoo bottles that linger on the bathtub ledge, these options can help you get reorganized and maximize your storage space.

Honor History and Its Lessons
Updated: July 08, 2019 - 2:42 am

(Family Features) The reasons for understanding the past are plentiful. Historical knowledge may illuminate the moments that shaped a loved one’s life or simply satisfy a curiosity about events and people that occupied a different place in time. A look into yesteryear can help make sense of the world today or even foreshadow happenings well into the future.

Furry Friends and a Welcoming Workplace
Updated: July 08, 2019 - 2:42 am

(Family Features) Pets are more than just members of the family – they also make great co-workers. As more offices work to create pet-friendly environments, a survey conducted by Mars Petcare shows that workspaces allowing furry friends are more likely to attract and retain (human) talent. Consider these four ways to make your workplace more pet-friendly and find more information at