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Your neighborhood deer are gearing up for winter - Get ready

(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.

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Thursday 10/10/2019
5 Time-Saving Laundry Tips
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:46 am

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

5 Tips for Protecting Your Outdoor Space in the Offseason
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:46 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.

Give Your Home a Modern Makeover
Posted: October 10, 2019

(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.

How Streaming Can Make Watching Favorite Shows Easier
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:46 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.

Fall in Love with Outdoor Décor
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:46 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 Ways to Treat and Trick Your Pet this Fall
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:46 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.

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.

4 Facts Parents Should Know About Antibiotic Resistance
Updated: September 30, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When administered properly, antibiotics can provide essential, even lifesaving, relief to a sick child. However, antibiotics are not without risks.

5 Fall Tips for a Healthy Yard
Updated: September 30, 2019 - 2:31 am

( While many homeowners think lawns need less care during the fall months, it’s actually the perfect time to give your yard the extra boost in needs to make it through a dormant winter.

6 Keys to the Best Possible Stroke Recovery
Updated: September 30, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Strokes change more than 795,000 lives in the United States each year.

How to Make the Most Out of Family Time
Updated: September 30, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With a little imagination, you can dream up all kinds of creative, engaging and interactive activities the entire family can enjoy no matter the season.

Wednesday 09/18/2019
Tips for a Vintage Kitchen Remodel
Updated: September 23, 2019 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) When you renovate an older home, the goal is not always to replace old with new. In fact, some renovations are all about preserving the past with a design that reflects and pays respect to the yesteryear features that make your home unique.

5 Common Questions for Memorializing a Loved One
Updated: September 23, 2019 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) One of the most difficult conversations in a person’s life typically takes place near the end of that life. Planning for a funeral can put an emotional strain on family members and friends, but some of the stress can be relieved when the most common questions have answers.

Find Some Time for Yourself
Updated: September 23, 2019 - 2:49 am

5 self-care tips to improve your well-being

Shop Your Way to an Organized Closet
Updated: September 23, 2019 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) If you often find yourself standing in front of a closet bursting with clothes but can’t find anything to wear, it may be time for a makeover – not only for your wardrobe, but for your closet, too.

Plan the Ultimate Kitchen Upgrade
Updated: September 23, 2019 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) A kitchen serves as command-central of most homes, so it’s also one of the first rooms homeowners choose when it’s time to make upgrades. When approaching your kitchen remodel, it’s important to keep your family’s lifestyle at the forefront of your planning to create a space that fits the way you like to live.

Make Sense of Doggy Dental Care
Updated: September 23, 2019 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) Dental care for dogs is important, but it’s an aspect of care that is frequently overlooked by dog owners. One of the few outward signs of dental problems lurking just below the surface is bad breath. 

Wednesday 09/11/2019
Top Tips to Transition Back to Work After Baby
Updated: September 16, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Many new parents spend hours preparing for the arrival of a new baby – reading books, seeking professional advice and consulting friends and family. However, in focusing on birth, they may not get to prepare for other big milestones, like the transition back to work.

7 Ideas to Improve Curb Appeal
Updated: September 16, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re hoping to sell in the near future or simply looking to touch up outdated areas, there’s one aspect of home maintenance most homeowners agree is important: curb appeal. It’s a broad term that may reference any number of visible features, meaning there are plenty of ways to enhance the appearance of your house.

Creating a Spa Oasis
Updated: September 16, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Transforming your bathroom into a personal home spa allows you to come home to a relaxing environment every day. By making space and removing clutter, along with adding decorative touches, you can achieve a stylish spa-like atmosphere in the comfort of your own home.

Tips for Maintaining an Organized Home
Updated: September 16, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) This time of year, family life can get a little messy. School schedules and sports activities mix with work commitments, and before long the house is as cluttered as the calendar.

Create a Sleek, Functional Home Office
Updated: September 16, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) The regular work-at-home, non-self-employed population has grown by 115 percent since 2005, according to research from That translates to 3.7 million employees working from home at least half the time, while 40 percent more U.S. employers offer flexible workplace options compared to five years ago.

Be a Hero this Halloween
Updated: September 16, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Being a hero goes beyond dressing up in a costume this Halloween season. Children, families and schools across the country can channel their own superpowers to help deliver lifesaving supplies to children in need this October.

Tuesday 09/10/2019
Fall Lawncare and Winterization Tips [Infographic]
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - Though spring is often seen as the most critical season for lawn care, fall can actually have just as much — if not more — impact on the long-term health of your lawn. The following tips from turfgrass researchers will help you prepare your lawn for winter so it will be lush and green come spring.

Wednesday 09/04/2019
5 Ways to Keep Your Cat Happy and Healthy
Updated: September 09, 2019 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) While cats can be quite independent animals, they still rely on their pet parents to maintain their well-being. It’s up to pet owners to provide the adequate care, nutrition and home environment to ensure their furry friends live long and healthy lives.

Making the Back-to-School Transition Easy
Updated: September 09, 2019 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) It’s time to get your household organized for another school year and all that comes with it.

Get the Most Out of Your Benefits Enrollment
Updated: September 09, 2019 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) A lackadaisical approach to benefits enrollment could leave you short on coverage or end up costing you more than it should. Gathering information and making time to thoroughly consider your options and needs can help ensure you’re getting the best value from your employer’s benefits package.

Emergency Preparedness Tips to Help Ensure Pet Safety
Updated: September 09, 2019 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) Preparing for an emergency can be a challenge. It oftentimes is hard to foresee when disaster will strike and how to properly prepare before it occurs.

4 Tips to Keep Pets Out of Trouble During Back-to-School Season
Updated: September 09, 2019 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) When structured school days and hours away from home return to the schedule, all members of the household feel the shift, even pets. Pets go from long days with the family in the yard to less time and activities with their favorite people. 

Tuesday 09/03/2019
How to Bring Comfort and Style to Your Outdoor Space
Posted: September 03, 2019

(StatePoint) Whether it’s uncomfortable furniture or utilitarian light fixtures, you’re probably used to making some concessions when it comes to comfort, style and convenience in your home’s outdoor spaces.

Wednesday 08/28/2019
A Romantic Rendezvous
Updated: September 02, 2019 - 2:33 am

Celebrate love with a Caribbean cruise

Teachers’ Top Needs for 2019
Updated: September 02, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Great classrooms don’t happen by accident. Teachers across the country work hard to build vibrant, energizing learning environments for their students, which often means everything from microscopes to pipe cleaners, graphic novels to oboes, class pets to field trips and much more. As a result, teachers spend more than $1 billion from their own pockets each year on supplies.

Ways to Make the World a Better Place for Seniors
Updated: September 02, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) By 2050, the senior population (adults age 65 and older) will be more than double that of the world’s youngest citizens, and the number of people living beyond age 80 is expected to triple over the next 30 years.

Prepare Your Family for Hurricane Season
Updated: September 02, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Severe weather events, like hurricanes, are powerful and can come on quickly, often leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. Because power outages are also common with strong storms and natural disasters, preparing your family ahead of time can help ensure safety.

Seek Outdoor Entertainment for Personal Satisfaction
Updated: September 02, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Making time to enjoy the outdoors is a simple way to boost your physical and mental well-being, no matter your age. Whether you venture out to the porch to watch the sunset or lace up your golf shoes for an afternoon on the course, there are plenty of ways you can take in some fresh air.

Keep Summer Movie Season Going at Home
Updated: September 02, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) The summer movie season may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean you have to limit your enjoyment of films outside the theater.

Improve Academic Outcomes through Access to Health Care Coverage
Updated: September 02, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) With each school year, parents dust off their annual checklists that help them organize their needs as their kids head back to the classroom. This school season, make sure one priority at the top of your to-do list is ensuring your children have health insurance.

Wednesday 08/21/2019
Health Care Solutions for Rural Americans
Updated: August 26, 2019 - 3:14 am

(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.