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Prepare Your Family for Winter Weather

(Family Features) While the impact of winter weather varies across the country, nearly all Americans are affected in some capacity each year as temperatures drop, from freezing rain to severe blizzards. One of the key dangers when severe weather strikes is the potential loss of heat, power and communication services. Making a portable generator part of your family’s emergency plan can help keep your loved ones safe and warm in the event of an unexpected power outage.

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Wednesday 12/04/2019
Clever Kitchen Upgrades
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 2:36 am

Fresh colors and textures for a functional kitchen style

Spruce Up Your Guestroom for the Holidays
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) The holidays are typically a time for lots of merriment and cheer. They also often include an abundance of guests visiting your home, which means it’s time to get the guestroom ready for family and friends who’ll be spending time with you this season.

3 Holiday Activities to Engage with Loved Ones
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Any time can be the right time to enjoy memorable moments with family members, but the holidays present a special opportunity to have meaningful conversations and interactions with loved ones.

Warm, Cozy and Eco-Friendly
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 2:36 am

Earth-friendly home improvements for winter

Remodel Your Way to a Bigger ROI
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Homeowners and renters remodel, redesign and restructure their homes for a variety of reasons. Even a newly constructed dream home needs improvements over time.

On-Trend Home Design
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) If a home makeover is on your horizon, it’s the perfect time to take note of design trends that may help shape your project. Today’s hottest looks leave plenty of room for personal interpretation, so it’s easier than ever to incorporate the latest looks for a home that seamlessly blends your personality with on-trend decor and design elements.

Break Free from Costly Streaming Services
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Monthly subscription fees for streaming video services can really add up. That’s why television, film and music stars – such as The Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Sherzinger, Terrance Howard (“Hustle & Flow,” “Empire”), Chris Noth (“Sex and the City,” “Law & Order”), Carmen Electra (“Baywatch,” “Scary Movie”) and Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph from season 23 of “The Bachelor” – are breaking up with their paid streaming services in new commercials that appear to be typical therapy sessions, instead opting for a free streaming option like Tubi. With more than 15,000 movies and TV shows, the advertiser-supported service is available on nearly every type of device, including Android and iOS mobile devices, video game consoles, plug-and-play streaming devices and more.

Wednesday 11/27/2019
From lawn mowers to snowblowers – equipment prep for changing seasons
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - As you finish yard cleanup and watch the forecast for signs of winter, it’s time to make that transition from lawn equipment to snow removal equipment.

Bringing Communities Together
Updated: December 02, 2019 - 3:07 am

(Family Features) It’s important today to find ways to connect with others to help deepen your understanding of those around you. In a time when differences seem to dominate today’s culture, it can help to find similarities, draw connections and bridge worlds.

5 Pro Tips to Prep Homes for Winter
Updated: December 02, 2019 - 3:07 am

(Family Features) Before blustery winter days arrive, there are plenty of home improvement projects contractors can tackle for homeowners. Many cooler weather projects focus on cost efficiency and sustainability, making the improvements all around smart investments.

5 Tips to Ward Off Cold Weather
Updated: December 02, 2019 - 3:07 am

Understanding Medical Sharps and Safe Disposal Options
Updated: December 02, 2019 - 3:07 am

(Family Features) If you’re among the millions of people in the United States who suffer from a chronic illness, you may use “sharps” to manage your medical condition at home or on the go. For example, many people with diabetes self-inject at least two insulin shots every day, and conditions including allergies, arthritis, cancer, infertility, migraines and psoriasis, among others, may also require the use of a sharp to administer medication.

Manage Grief with Grace this Holiday Season
Updated: December 02, 2019 - 3:07 am

(Family Features) Holidays are filled with traditions, but when someone you used to share those moments with has died, managing grief during the holiday season can be particularly challenging.

Wednesday 11/20/2019
Are Your Lungs Trying to Tell You Something?
Updated: November 25, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) Do you get short of breath doing daily activities? Feel like you’re unable to take deep breaths? Are you constantly coughing or wheezing? If you said yes to any of these questions, you may be experiencing symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a serious, potentially devastating lung disease also known as chronic bronchitis or emphysema. Though it’s easy to think of these symptoms as just part of “getting older’’ or as problems that come with allergies, often they are not.

Autumn Additions
Updated: November 25, 2019 - 2:40 am

Fall upgrades for enhancing your home

Emerging Trends in Pet-Friendly Cities
Updated: November 25, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) From housing and business policies to overarching economic health, pets are making a profound impact on the lives of their owners. In its first Annual Report, Mars Petcare’s BETTER CITIES FOR PETS program highlights seven emerging trends as cities are working to make pets feel welcome. For a view of the full report and resources to help make your community more pet-friendly, visit

4 Steps for DIY Paint Project Success
Updated: November 25, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) Painting is one of the easiest and most impactful DIY projects for homeowners to quickly update their homes. Whether it’s a new look in a master bathroom, adding a pop of color to the guest room, finishing off a basement remodel or anything in-between, a fresh coat of paint provides a fresh spin that’s all your own.

Simple STEM Activities to Do at Home
Updated: November 25, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) Winter is the season for family gatherings, snow days and breaks from school and work, but all this time indoors can lead to a serious case of cabin fever for both children and adults. Before you face another chorus of “I’m bored,” consider these simple activities you and your child can do together when winter weather or schedules have you stuck indoors.

3 Tips to Create Your Dream Closet
Updated: November 25, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) If you’ve ever opened your closet doors and been depressed by what you see, it may be time to rethink your closet.

Wednesday 11/13/2019
Ready for Winter Weather
Updated: November 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

Tips to keep your family safe and warm

It Pays to Compare Using Medicare’s New Plan Finder During Open Enrollment
Updated: November 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

Quick Ways to Freshen Up Your Home for Fall
Updated: November 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) As fall weather sets in, many homeowners take advantage of cooler days to spruce up their living spaces since they’re confined indoors. However, fitting all that work into a busy season filled with school, sports and other family demands isn’t always easy.

5 Tips to Get Your Home Winter-Ready
Updated: November 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) As the days get shorter and the weather turns chilly, it's time to prepare your home for the winter months ahead. Because your home will likely require extra maintenance to keep it in shape throughout the winter, beginning preparations early can help lower energy bills, increase the efficiency and lifespan of your home's components and make your property safer overall.

Wednesday 11/06/2019
4 Ways Pets Improve Overall Well-Being
Updated: November 11, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Self-care is an important piece of maintaining a happy and healthy life, and adopting a pet can be a beneficial way to improve overall well-being in a number of ways.

It Pays to Compare Using Medicare's New Plan Finder
Updated: November 11, 2019 - 2:31 am

Explore your options before the end of Open Enrollment

Encouraging Youth Sports and Their Benefits
Updated: November 11, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Sports help shape kids’ lives, but due to funding shortages, some school sports programs are at risk.

Wednesday 10/30/2019
5 Questions to Ask When Planning for Long-Term Care
Updated: November 04, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) You may not want to consider a time when you might not be able to fully take care of yourself, but the reality is there is almost a 70% chance someone turning 65 today will need some type of long-term care service and support in his or her lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

5 Time-Saving Laundry Tips
Updated: November 04, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) Between sorting, washing, pouring, transferring, drying and folding, laundry can often feel like a daunting chore.

Give Your Home a Modern Makeover
Updated: November 04, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) Even if your home has seen a generation or two of living, creating a contemporary new look may not require a full-scale renovation. The key to creating a more modern feel is all in the details.

Wednesday 10/23/2019
Beware of ‘Free Genetic Testing’ Medicare Scam
Updated: October 28, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Over the past few years, DNA tests have become more popular across the country. However, unscrupulous people are taking advantage of the buzz around these tests to scam Medicare beneficiaries.

Be Prepared When Natural Disaster Strikes
Updated: October 28, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Emergency situations, especially those that pertain to natural disasters, can be difficult to recover from without proper planning, which is why it’s important to take small steps from the start to help protect your family.

Fall in Love with Outdoor Décor
Updated: October 28, 2019 - 2:31 am

( Just because the temperatures cool doesn’t mean the amount of time and attention you spend on your outdoor spaces should. Fall is the perfect time to add seasonal touches and decorations to the exterior of your home that not only improve curb appeal, but also amplify your personal style.

4 Tire Tips to Prepare for Winter
Updated: October 28, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Among the many daily necessities that tend to take a backseat during the cold days of winter, driving is one of a handful directly affected by the weather. From slick roads caused by ice and snow to cold temperatures that can wreak havoc on certain parts of vehicles, even a simple commute to work or school may become a more treacherous activity.

Wednesday 10/16/2019
4 Ways to Treat and Trick Your Pet this Fall
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) The autumn season offers plenty of reasons to celebrate: nostalgic flavors, pretty leaves and a seasonal wardrobe change. Fall also typically features event calendars full of festivals, trips to pumpkin patches and hikes to take in the crisp air.

5 Tips for Protecting Your Outdoor Space in the Offseason
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) Regardless of the climate you live in, protecting your patio furnishings and accessories during the colder months is crucial to maintaining a beautiful and functional outdoor living space. Protective outdoor covers can help defend against snow, sleet, wind, sun and rain, which can damage your outdoor essentials and cause them to deteriorate over time.

How Streaming Can Make Watching Favorite Shows Easier
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) At home, you have ultimate control over your entertainment environment. Now, with today’s technology, you can create the same viewing experience wherever you are, even if that means you are miles away from your favorite spot on the couch.

Tuesday 10/15/2019
Your neighborhood deer are gearing up for winter - Get ready
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 2:49 am

(NewsUSA) - Like many mammals, deer physically prepare for winter by better insulating their bodies. In the fall, deer gradually trade their summer coats for a warmer winter one, which is more substantial and has thicker, longer, darker hair called "guard hairs" to protect their fur and skin from rain and snow.

Wednesday 10/09/2019
Wearable Fall Trends
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:46 am

(Family Features) The fall season is all about remixing modern classics, which means some fall trends may already be hanging in your closet. However, if you decide to upgrade a few basics, you can find plenty of worthy investment pieces this season that you can wear again and again for years to come.

Help Safeguard Your Family’s Finances
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:46 am

(Family Features) Every year, millions of American workers enroll in employee benefits through their workplaces during a period known as annual enrollment. It's usually a short window of time, but employees make crucial financial decisions for their families for the coming year.

Refresh Your Space
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:46 am

5 steps to simplify your next paint project

The Benefits of Service Dogs
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:46 am

Supporting veterans when they return home

Smart Value
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:46 am

Tech upgrades to improve home function

Easy Ways to Improve Your Home’s Health
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:46 am

(Family Features) Maintaining a healthy home is a goal most Americans share, but not all are confident they’re doing the best job they can to protect their home’s health.

Wednesday 10/02/2019
An Easy, Stylish Decorating Upgrade
Updated: October 08, 2019 - 3:07 am

A wall-mount door makes more room for fun

How to Re-Watch Hollywood History
Updated: October 08, 2019 - 3:07 am

(Family Features) Streaming media is transforming TV and movie watching, but the convenience and ability to binge watch favorite shows aren’t the only benefits. Super-fans of a specific actor or genre can geek out like never before thanks to unprecedented access to libraries filled with beloved stars and film categories.

Steps to Better Sleep for Peak Sports Performance
Updated: October 08, 2019 - 3:07 am

(Family Features) For fans and athletes alike, fall means gearing up for a new season of sports activities. While plenty of attention goes into developing skills and talent, other important components that affect an athlete’s performance can be overlooked. Especially considering the demands of an athlete’s training and game schedule, getting adequate sleep is often an afterthought.

Pet Health Tips for an On-the-Go Lifestyle
Updated: October 08, 2019 - 3:07 am

(Family Features) People who lead busy lives often seek convenient and healthy choices when it comes to taking care of their own well-being. For pet parents, a little creativity can make it easy to deliver the same level of care for their beloved pets, even when the pace of life accelerates.

5 Ways Technology is Transforming Hearing Aids
Updated: October 08, 2019 - 3:07 am

(Family Features) Around 37.5 million adults in the United States report some trouble hearing, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). However, it is an undertreated condition with the NIH also estimating 28.8 million adults with mild to severe hearing loss could benefit from hearing aids. Thanks to ever-evolving technology, devices that improve hearing loss are more user-friendly than ever.

Wednesday 09/25/2019
Make Your Child’s Vision Health a Priority this School Year
Updated: September 30, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Children's vision is paramount to their performance in school and life.