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Got chickens? Tips for keeping your flock healthy and laying through winter
(BPT) - When winter approaches, you probably take steps to prepare your home — insulating water pipes, sealing windows and doors, or covering and storing outdoor furniture. If you’ve also been following the backyard chicken trend — and enjoying fresh eggs all summer long — yo ...
5 tips to keep your home safe and worry-free on your next family trip
(BPT) - Sunscreen? Check. Flip flops? Check. Home appliances? Check. While families are busy planning and packing for their summer getaway, they tend to overlook that their appliances stay on the job even while no one is home. Ensuring you have your boarding pass printed and bags packed before leavi ...
Conquer the last DIY craft frontier: concrete
(BPT) - You’ve made furniture out of tree stumps and wind chimes from buttons, bottle caps and old tin cans. You are the queen (or king) of Pinterest projects, and you’ve DIYed your way to decorative splendor with just about every material imaginable. What’s left if you want to tak ...
Defining home improvement ROI: It's not just about the money
(BPT) - If home improvement was only about increasing a home’s resale value, perhaps more people would live in homes that had steel entry doors, manufactured stone veneer and/or vinyl siding and interior walls that were a uniform beige. But when you’re calculating the potential return on ...
6 ways the Grateful Dead and tie-dye have transformed America's look
(BPT) - The Beatles had their signature haircut, and the Stones celebrated Mick Jagger’s lips with their mouth-and-tongue logo, but few bands have made a look their own as thoroughly as the Grateful Dead and tie-dye. Granted, the Dead didn’t invent tie-dye – the technique originate ...
Ceiling revamps: Leave the popcorn to the movies
(BPT) - Calling all DIY enthusiasts: Those popcorn ceilings have to go. They don’t get much love from homeowners or homebuyers, and they can really bring down the overall look and feel of an otherwise attractive room.Popcorn ceilings haven’t really represented stylish home design since d ...
5 college packing tips to take the fear out of back-to-school
(BPT) - Whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned veteran, packing for college always seems like a last minute endeavor. Most often, packing up for a move to a dorm is haphazard. You toss your belongings in boxes thinking it will survive the jaunt to your dorm. But what happens w ...
6 tips for a successful small business
(BPT) - Since its inception, the United States has always been considered “the land of opportunity” – a place where any individual with the motivation and drive can start a business and succeed. This notion still holds true today as 99 percent of all American companies are small bu ...
Improve your home's energy efficiency this fall with these smart winterizing tips
(BPT) - Cooler temperatures and shorter days can only mean one thing — winter is on its way. January and February are typically considered the coldest months in the Northwest, Northeast and Midwest regions of the United States. It can be tough for homeowners to stay cozy inside without running ...
Banish back-to-school lunchbox blues with grapes
(BPT) - When it comes to packing a school lunch, you know the drill: Lay out two slices of bread. Spread one with peanut butter, the other with jelly. Press together, slice diagonally and place in sandwich bag. Repeat. And repeat. And repeat.Of course good ol’ PB&J is a lunchbox staple, bu ...
Camp like a pro with these auto additions
(BPT) - Escaping city life, exploring the outdoors and toasting marshmallows around a campfire are the essence of the classic American vacation: camping. While the trip itself can be quite enjoyable, getting there can sometimes be a challenge. Through the use of special products and accessories ...
Millennials say they want to save for retirement, but a third aren't doing it
(BPT) - Nearly one in three millennials have no money saved for retirement, and a quarter of millennials – people between the ages of 18 and 34 – report owing more money than they have currently saved, according to a survey released by the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council (IALC).&ldquo ...
Secrets of experienced moms to save time, money and stress
(BPT) - The first time around, being a mom means learning a lot of new things and approaching each new stage with caution. The second time around, moms know sometimes you need to wing it and embrace the imperfections (and humor) of parenthood.Through this experience, moms learn some amazing time-sav ...
Take the stress out of laundry with these timesaving tips
(BPT) - Laundry doesn’t have to be a dreaded chore. With these effective and efficient tricks of the trade, you’ll be able to take down laundry one load at a time. While the clothes won’t fold themselves, the experts at Faultless Starch Company are sharing advice to help ensure you ...
5 steps to cleaning out your garage
(BPT) - From tools and stools to trunks and junk, it seems the garage is home to just about everything these days — except the car. As summer gear is put away and preparations for winter months begin, fall is the perfect time to organize the garage, reinforce garage safety and move the car bac ...
6 curb appeal boosters that increase your home's resale value
(BPT) - Whether you just bought a new home or have lived in yours for years, home improvement seems to come with the territory. It’s understandable — you want your home to feel like it’s your home, which means matching your tastes. That said, it literally pays to think about how mu ...
5 creative ways to recreate your look to amaze
(BPT) - Warmer weather is finally here. Time to lose the coat and the cold, the scarf and the sniffles and embrace all the fun these warmer weather months have in store. And of course you want to look good doing it as well.To help you find that perfect look, author and singer/songwriter Tanille Edwa ...
6 tips to keep mornings moving for busy moms
(BPT) - The average American mother has a bazillion things to do every morning, and only two hands — and limited time — to get it all done. Finding some tricks and tactics to make the morning go smoothly can help ensure you accomplish everything, squeeze in a satisfying breakfast, and ge ...
5 outdoor projects that will add value to your home
(BPT) - Everyone wants a great outdoor space, but backyard projects can be a lot of work – and in many cases, a lot of money. So it just makes sense to choose projects that will enhance your quality of living for summers to come as well as yield a great return on investment. Here, then, are fi ...
Taking back Saturday: How to enjoy your time off
(BPT) - Summer is supposed to be the time to kick up your feet on the beach, read a good book, soak up the sun and enjoy the company of your friends and family. But for most, free time during the warmer months is spent on lawn care, landscaping, laundry, grocery shopping and other tedious chores. Wi ...
Use less, pay less with these energy saving tips [Infographic]
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4 steps toward greener living
(BPT) - Living a greener lifestyle isn’t just about conserving natural resources, it’s also about saving money. Whether you’re renovating your existing home, or building from the ground up, you can create a home that’s more efficient, cost effective and “green.”1. ...
Find fabulous fall foliage in a whole new way this year
(BPT) - For families that like to travel and experience the beauty of nature, this is the perfect time of year. Cooler temperatures and vivid fall colors make for memorable and amazing sight-seeing opportunities. Most regions of the country have an area known for providing a vivid display of fall co ...
6 steps to a championship caliber lawn
(BPT) - Creating a stadium-caliber lawn doesn’t have to take a lot of time, money or effort. This summer, follow these simple steps and tend to your natural turf in the morning and evening to create a yard that is championship caliber.1. Rake. Raking a lawn removes dead grass and other debris, ...
How women can plan for their financial futures
(BPT) - Are women more diligent savers than men? A 2014 study conducted by Fidelity Investments seems to suggest so. Fidelity’s research found that women saved more than men in their 401(k) plans, as of the year ending Sept. 30, 2014. This stems from the fact that women joined their employer&r ...
Business credit cards: 5 benefits to boost your small business
(BPT) - More and more American small businesses are using credit cards for business expenses, indicating a nationwide shift away from cash and checks toward more modern purchasing alternatives. In fact, according to Capital One’s latest Spark Business Barometer, 79 percent of business owners i ...
From auto aromatherapy to planning ahead: 7 tips for a calmer commute
(BPT) - The majority of Americans drive to work — 86 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau —and it’s probably safe to say that all of them have been irritated by the commute at some point. Heavy volume, clogged roads, construction delays, bad weather and inconsiderate fellow ...
Scrub the air inside your home and breathe easier with these tips
(BPT) - Home should be your refuge, the place where you feel safest and can breathe easy. But what if the air inside your home is stuffy, stale or just downright dirty? Poor indoor air quality is common in American households, and if your home has bad air, it could be affecting your health.Indoor po ...
Dorm dwelling? Tips to make the move go smoothly
(BPT) - There’s no traveling light when you’re moving into a dorm room; college calls for a lot of stuff. Smart storage options can help you find a place for everything once you’re there, but transporting your belongings from home to a far-off campus – or even one close to ho ...
The cost of hurricanes [Infographic]
(BPT) - Hurricane season brings high winds, flooding and power outages to millions of Americans each year, resulting in costly damages and emotional strain. It’s impossible to completely avoid the devastation of these severe storms, but there are precautionary steps homeowners and busines ...
5 tips for settling into your new home
(BPT) - Though summer is winding down, for many families, hectic moving schedules are still underway. Whether you are moving this season or planning for a move in the near future, consider some helpful guidelines on packing up, moving out and settling in without a hitch — plus, the latest tech ...
4 winter-blues-busting home improvement projects
(BPT) - Three percent of the U.S. population suffers from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) every winter, according to Psychology Today. But you don’t have to be diagnosed with an actual disorder to suffer a bad case of the winter blues — it can happen to anyone. Since climate and enviro ...
Weathering the storm: 9 necessary tips for using a chainsaw to clear debris
(BPT) - It’s storm season, and as soon as a tornado or hurricane strikes, clean-up begins.Often, storm clean-up requires participation from volunteers who supplement the work of experts in removing miles of debris. Many are weekend warriors who have never tackled such an immense task — a ...
Can't make it to the tailgate? Host the ultimate 'staygate' instead
(BPT) - With college football season upon us, there’s no better way to enjoy time with family and friends than getting together to cheer on your favorite team. This year, with rising ticket, concession and travel costs, why not gather your friends and family together for a private “stayg ...
5 DIY projects that can't wait until next year
(BPT) - Are you afraid your chances to complete a DIY project this year are over because colder temperatures are coming? If you are, the good news is there’s no need to worry. You still have plenty of time to tackle that outdoor DIY project and, if you act fast, even enjoy it for a while befor ...
Fear of frost? Tips to keep your garden growing through fall's chill
(BPT) - As summer winds down and frost threatens, even avid gardeners may be tempted to pack up their trowels and call it a season. You may think it’s better to leave the victory garden gracefully, than risk the disappointment of watching crops wither in chilly temperatures. But fear of frost ...
Inspiration and good looks for your next home project
(BPT) - If you’re looking to upgrade your home’s exterior, include American hardwoods in the mix. New, environmentally friendly treatment methods now make hardwood an excellent and great looking material choice for outdoor living spaces.“American hardwoods in outdoor applications u ...
Tips and tricks for solving 6 common kitchen design dilemmas
(BPT) - Kitchen design is an art form, one where function and beauty harmoniously co-exist. Achieving that balance, however, isn't always easy. When renovating a kitchen, homeowners can find themselves facing challenging design dilemmas. And they are not alone."When redesigning or refreshing a kitch ...
6 tips for getting your vehicle tailgate ready
(BPT) - If “road trip” are the two best words for summer, then “tailgating” is the call for fall. As American as frozen TV dinners, tailgating is essentially a reason for over exuberant college and pro football fans to use their vehicles to party-hearty in the great outdoors, ...
Lawn care tips guaranteed to save you winter worries
(BPT) - Cooler nights and shorter days are a sure sign winter is on its way. Smart homeowners use this time to prepare their homes against the season’s wrath. You too can protect your property and eliminate winter worries with a few simple projects that can be completed in one weekend or less. ...
One-room living: How to live large in a small space
(BPT) - As we seek to simplify our lives, the desire for small-space living — even one-room living — seems more attractive than ever. But whether you’re ready to join the tiny house movement or just want to get the most out of a compact space in your home, there are easy things you ...
5 easy ways to sleep cool in the summertime
(BPT) - Summer has officially arrived! While escaping daytime summer temperatures with swimming, ice cream and running through the sprinkler can be fun, the heat can be unbearable when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep.There is a link between high temperatures and poor sleep, according ...
5 cleaning hacks to make your life easier
(BPT) - Keeping a clean and organized home is something we all strive to do, but it is easy to neglect day-to-day housework and let little messes become much bigger. Whether your goal is a spotless home or simply spending less time picking up, these five hacks will help keep your home mess-free and ...
5 tips for painting like a pro this summer
(BPT) - Sunny summer months are the perfect time for a colorful home refresh. With open windows, warm weather and the tips below, you can check painting off your list in a breeze and head back outdoors to enjoy the weather.1. Buy high-quality paint for the best coverage and deepest color satura ...
4 tips for working adults going back to school
(BPT) - Do the back-to-school signs in the store have you itching to get back in a classroom? Back-to-school season traditionally falls around August or September for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, but a working adult can enroll in a new or advanced degree program at any time of the ye ...
On your feet all day? Tips to keep feet and legs feeling great
(BPT) - A growing number of desk-bound office workers are choosing to stand at their workstations, hoping to reap the health benefits associated with working while upright. Yet millions of Americans, such as nurses, waitresses, factory workers and more, don’t have a choice about standing on th ...
7 must-haves to summer like a pro
(BPT) - It’s summer, it’s hot and you’re in the mood to dress light, eat light and tote light. So, we found seven must-haves for a day at work, the beach or just chilling out reading the latest best seller. Grab the following basics when you’re heading out for a day on the go ...
5 reasons to take a Comic Con adventure this year
(BPT) - Comic-Con is here, the iconic international conference that celebrates all things comic books and pop culture. Located in San Diego, the conference has grown from its humble beginnings in 1970 to become the destination for all the latest and greatest entertainment news, fanfare and informati ...
How to best prepare for hurricanes this season
(BPT) - - Hurricane season is upon us. Check out these tried and true tips to avoid property damage in the wake of a major storm. For more information, please visit www.servicemasterrestore.com.
6 questions to ask your child's pediatrician
(BPT) - Most parents bring their children to the doctor when they’re sick, but now is a great opportunity to be proactive and schedule a wellness checkup. This allows you and your doctor to take a broader look at a child’s overall health and well-being to ensure he or she is developing p ...
Breeze into summer with cool grape recipes
(BPT) - There’s something about summer that just makes everything feel brighter and lighter, more relaxed and less hurried. That’s how dinner should be, as well – minimal prep time and maximum quality time to sit and enjoy the company of those gathered around the table.Main dish sa ...
Fire safety tips to help protect your home during summer travel
(BPT) - Fire prevention tips often focus on reducing the risks of a fire occurring when you’re home; after all, everyone wants to protect their family. Home fires also cause significant property damage – $11.7 billion in 2011, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) – and ...
Concrete basin doubles as a planter and cooler
(BPT) - Homeowners enjoy their backyards in different ways and two of the most popular are gardening and entertaining. Homeowners who love gardening often use planters for their flowers and vegetables. Those who entertain often use a cooler for refreshments when hosting family and friends. A fun and ...
Parents: Tips for making baby's many milestones stress-free and joy-filled
(BPT) - More than one adorable baby has thrilled his parents by taking his first unassisted steps ... only to sit back down on his little diapered bottom and not walk again for another month. The milestones of infancy and childhood are filled with ups and downs, as well as joy. Children go at their ...
The Cs of choosing diamonds and shingles: Knowing more means paying less
(BPT) - Shopping for an engagement ring can be confusing. But knowing the 4 C’s of picking a diamond – Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat – can help consumers get the best gem for their money. Shopping for roof shingles can be confusing, too. But knowing the 3 C’s of buying a new ...
Tailgate at your place with these easy party tips
(BPT) - Football season is here, and it’s the ideal time to throw a tailgate party in the comfiest and most welcoming place — in your home, in front of the TV, along with your best friends and your favorite foods.There’s no question that football, food and friends make a great comb ...
Cold weather and critters are coming! Sensible steps to keep unwanted animals out of your environment
(BPT) - Depending on where you live and what weather forecasting service you listen to, the upcoming winter may be brutal. Weather predictions can be as variable as the weather itself, but one thing is for sure - temperatures don't need to drop drastically to inspire unwelcome animals to encroach on ...
Create inspiring home décor with a DIY concrete coffee table
(BPT) - Concrete is a beautiful, durable and dynamic alternative to granite, marble, steel, glass, wood, tile and other popular materials used in contemporary home design and furnishings. It’s not only less expensive than most of those other materials, concrete allows homeowners to customize t ...
Elevate your garden game with raised beds and planter boxes
(BPT) - What’s stopping you from gardening today? Do you live in an urban area, have a small yard or is your soil rocky and full of clay? Any of these challenges could make you believe that planting a garden simply isn’t in the plans this year, but that doesn’t have to be the case. ...
5 fabulous fall upgrades can extend your deck time this year
(BPT) - Who says you have to give up time on the deck you love just because summer is over? Whether you’re just relaxing or tackling home improvement projects, time outdoors is a great way to recharge at the end of a hectic day or tiring week. A few simple do-it-yourself updates can help you e ...
4 ways to add 'wow' to your outdoor living space
(BPT) - Turning your backyard into an outdoor living oasis can be a tough project to start. Between product choices and design ideas, planning your ideal outdoor space can mean a lot of research and time at the local home improvement store.To simplify your project, many companies are integrating the ...
3 smart, sensational ways to customize your shower experience
(BPT) - Any real estate agent will tell you great bathrooms help sell homes. But what if you’re not planning to sell any time soon and still want to have a memorable, attention-grabbing room? Start by upgrading your shower; it’s the heart of creating an amazing bathroom.A relaxing shower ...
Power tools to the people: Getting your outdoor equipment ready for summer
(BPT) - Some people eagerly anticipate summer barbecues, beach vacations and blue skies, but for avid do-it-yourselfers, the best thing about summer is the opportunity to use their favorite power tools to make their yards look great. Before you revel in the rich rumble of your prized lawnmower or th ...
6 easy ways to boost your brain health
(BPT) - When you think about health and wellness, what first comes to mind? Most likely it’s along the lines of fitness, healthy eating and doctor’s appointments. But have you ever considered the importance of brain health as you age?According to the National Institute on Aging, research ...
Easy, affordable home winterization ideas with big impact
(BPT) - Although you may prefer to forget, last winter’s subfreezing temperatures may not be an isolated occurrence. Weather experts are already discussing if El Nino and arctic air from a polar vortex will cause colder than normal winter weather throughout the country. Is your home ready to w ...
5 tips for creating fall curb appeal
(BPT) - Soon, all things pumpkin spice will be here, including the home visitors that bring them. In preparation of the door bell ringing, create a little spice of your own with some seasonal curb appeal. You don’t have to limit yourself to pumpkins and hay bales — below are tips and pro ...
The cat's meow: six fabulous ways to pamper your feline
(BPT) - Celebrity cat owners such as Ellen Degeneres, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry have made cat ownership trendy, and research shows that cats do more for their owners than influence celebrity style.A recent study from the makers of ARM & HAMMER Cat Litter found that 95 percent of cat owners bel ...
5 spontaneous ways to love boldly for National Romance Month
(BPT) - Has your relationship been feeling lackluster? Saying ‘I love you’ before bed each night and giving a quick kiss on the cheek before rushing off to work each morning are nice gestures, but guys – 61 percent of women wish their partner was more spontaneous, according to a Me ...
5 tips to keep your home safe while you're away
(BPT) - In the movies, burglars are smart and prepared, but in real life, most break-ins are committed by thieves looking for a “quick win” — a house or apartment they’ll be able to rob with as little trouble as possible. What better time to strike than when residents are on ...
Green your space this fall
(BPT) - Fall signals the end of summer and the beginning of vibrantly colored leaves on the ground, pumpkin patches and refreshingly cooler temperatures. Early fall is also the perfect time of year to complete home improvement projects — the weather is mild, and you can clear your home of clut ...
The 5 worst times to be your own photographer
(BPT) - Sometimes taking your own photos can be a lot of fun, but sometimes it’s also the surest way to ruin a once-in-a-lifetime moment. The amateur treatment isn’t going to be good enough for truly special events like a wedding, family reunion or your newborn’s first portraits. & ...
6 ways to win the race against the clock (and the kids) each morning
(BPT) - Relaxed mornings are few and far between for the average American family, and it can seem like you’re always in a race against the clock to get everyone out the door on time. If it seems like your kids are making you 10 minutes late every morning, try these tricks to make mornings go f ...
5 ways to increase your workplace safety immediately
(BPT) - For millions of people like yourself, the daily grind is all part of the regular routine. Today, across the nation, there are more than 122 million people who work full time just like you. And research shows that full-time employees work an average of 47 hours a week— sometimes it feel ...
Can your walls stand up to life?
(BPT) - Let’s face it. No matter how careful you are, an active family can take its toll on the interior of a house – especially on the walls. Depending on the season or day of the week, your family may come home toting cross-country skis, throwing off wet raincoats or banging football g ...
Simplify your fall beauty routine with 5 minute hair and makeup styles
(BPT) - With the sun set on summer, the transition into fall is all about turning over a new leaf and getting back-to-routine. As the seasons turn, it’s the perfect time for you to update your beauty routine as well. Feeling time crunched? Don’t worry. Even though days are short and sche ...
Splurge or steal? 3 DIY home projects that give a high-end, modern look without breaking the bank
(BPT) - Doing your own home improvement projects is a great way to save money and still get the new look you desire. When you’re working on giving a traditional home a more modern feel, it can be tempting to splurge – but you don’t have to. It is possible to “steal” gre ...
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