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  • The best protection for trees? You

    (BPT) - Whether it’s a game of hide and seek in the woods, a walk in the park on a sunny day, or a moonlit night around a campfire – the memories of summer  stay with us forever. Too often we can take for granted the beauty of our surroundings while enjoying the great outdoors, but everyone can play a part in protecting our natural resources.

  • Outdoor living made easy with home improvements that boost comfort and value

    (BPT) - Beautiful weather begs to be enjoyed, but a drab deck, dated patio and dull lighting can drive homeowners indoors fast. A few home improvements can ensure seasons full of outdoor comfort, all while enhancing your house’s value and exterior aesthetic.

  • Does Your Garbage Want to Be Recycled?

    (NewsUSA) - NewsusaInfographic - Consumers are shown that their recyclable materials want to be something more. Promote recycling as a way to give garbage another life. Learn more at http://IWantToBeRecycled.org.

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Sunday 07/06/2014
Art evolves with new technology
Updated: July 08, 2014 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - Can you imagine a museum without paintings? Technology has impacted society in countless ways but many overlook its impact on the arts. The very phrase “the arts” might evoke images of oils, watercolors or sculpture but technology is inspiring a whole new generation of artists who are using new mediums to create their masterpieces.

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Monday 06/30/2014
Tricks for less mess and stress this summer - indoors and out
Updated: July 08, 2014 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - Summer vacation means children, teens and in-betweens are spending more time at home, resulting in more messes, mud and madness. By tackling a few projects around the home now, you’ll be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful weather and carefree days ahead.

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Sunday 06/08/2014
Small Touches Can Make a Big Impact on Your Home’s Interior Design
Updated: June 09, 2014 - 1:36 am

(StatePoint) For homeowners looking to make a big interior design splash while staying on-trend, it’s all about focusing on little touches, say experts.

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Monday 06/02/2014
Spruce Up Your Home this Summer for Under $100
Updated: June 03, 2014 - 1:34 am

(StatePoint) Looking for an easy and inexpensive way to refresh your home this summer? With a little inspiration and work you can give your home a quick makeover within a limited budget.

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Monday 05/12/2014
Fresh ideas for summer alfresco entertaining
Updated: May 22, 2014 - 1:34 am

(BPT) - Warm days are calling, as summer traditionally kicks off the outdoor entertaining season. But this year, tradition takes a new direction. More hosts are breaking the boundaries of indoor versus outdoor entertaining. Gone are the paper plates and plastic cups. Instead, people are daring to take their dinnerware outside.

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Wednesday 05/07/2014
What to Know When Redoing Your Home’s Flooring
Updated: May 08, 2014 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re purchasing a home or remodeling your current one, floors are perhaps the biggest piece of your home investment puzzle. They’re also the literal base from which all other design choices are made.

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Sunday 03/16/2014
New Technology Can Help with Home Improvement Projects
Updated: March 18, 2014 - 1:31 am

(StatePoint) Will you be remodeling your home or doing any home improvement projects this season? Planning ahead and using new available technologies can help you design and prioritize your updates and projects.

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Wednesday 08/14/2013
Renting? How to Make Your Space Feel Like Home
Updated: August 15, 2013 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) Creative decorating solutions are needed when decorating your rental space.  Make sure you are complying with the rental rules and regulations.

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Thursday 07/10/2014
The best protection for trees? You
Updated: July 12, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Whether it’s a game of hide and seek in the woods, a walk in the park on a sunny day, or a moonlit night around a campfire – the memories of summer  stay with us forever. Too often we can take for granted the beauty of our surroundings while enjoying the great outdoors, but everyone can play a part in protecting our natural resources.

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Does Your Garbage Want to Be Recycled?
Updated: July 12, 2014 - 1:32 am

(NewsUSA) - NewsusaInfographic - Consumers are shown that their recyclable materials want to be something more. Promote recycling as a way to give garbage another life. Learn more at http://IWantToBeRecycled.org.

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Monday 07/07/2014
Recycled plastics: Great for outdoor clothing and gear, good for Mother Nature, too
Updated: July 09, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Warmer weather often leads people outdoors for camping, swimming, hiking, cycling or running - and to a renewed appreciation for our natural environment. One of the easiest ways to lighten our environmental footprint while enjoying the outdoors is to look for outdoor gear made with recycled plastics, including outdoor clothing.

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Tuesday 06/10/2014
Harvesting Cork Is as Natural as Shearing Sheep
Updated: June 11, 2014 - 1:42 am

(NewsUSA) - Natural cork is one of the planet's most versatile and useful materials. It is used to make everything from wine stoppers, to high-fashion items, to building materials. Natural cork can even be found as insulation on the space shuttle.

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Monday 06/02/2014
Entertaining outdoors? These tips can lighten your environmental footprint
Updated: June 07, 2014 - 1:35 am

(BPT) - From lunch on the porch to parties on the patio, warm weather brings you outdoors for entertaining with family and friends. But these get-togethers often create a lot of waste. Is there anything you can do to lighten your environmental footprint?

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Wednesday 05/14/2014
Green start-ups challenged to develop green business plans for chance to win $680,000
Posted: May 14, 2014

(BPT) - The fast-growing clean energy and technology market has the potential to make our economies more sustainable and future-proof. Today’s innovators have the ability to unlock a “green revolution” that builds resilience, creates value and grows prosperity.

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Thursday 04/17/2014
Big Features In Compact Farming Equipment
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 1:34 am

(NAPSI)—Helping to feed the world is a big job for America’s farmers. However, when it comes to application equipment, many are relying on smaller, more compact machines to help produce their crops.

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Wednesday 04/02/2014
From Bark to Wine Stopper to Footwear -- the Story of Cork
Updated: April 03, 2014 - 1:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Every time you buy a bottle of wine sealed with a natural cork stopper, you're helping to sustain one of the world's most biodiverse forests and protect an extraordinary ecosystem.

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Thursday 03/27/2014
Hints To Help You Recycle Smarter
Updated: March 28, 2014 - 1:32 am

(NAPSI)—Good news: An increasing number of Americans are recycling their trash to give it another life. In fact, more than 35 percent of America’s waste is recycled into new products.

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Monday 03/24/2014
Tips to Green Your Home and Garden this Season
Updated: March 25, 2014 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) Going green at home doesn’t have to turn your life upside down. There are simple measures you can take in your kitchen and garden to run a planet-friendly home.

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Thursday 07/10/2014
Outdoor living made easy with home improvements that boost comfort and value
Updated: July 12, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Beautiful weather begs to be enjoyed, but a drab deck, dated patio and dull lighting can drive homeowners indoors fast. A few home improvements can ensure seasons full of outdoor comfort, all while enhancing your house’s value and exterior aesthetic.

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Sunday 07/06/2014
Add Appeal, Save On Your Remodeling Project
Updated: July 07, 2014 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) For those who wish to make updates to their home, the kitchen is a great place to begin. According to the 2013 Cost vs. Value report from Remodeling magazine, a minor kitchen remodel should recoup up to 75 percent of total remodeling dollars, based on the value of the home increasing. When focusing on this important part of the house, many homeowners are looking for ways to add luxurious and modern touches without breaking the bank.

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Caring for Your Stone Surfaces
Updated: July 07, 2014 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) Many homeowners install granite or marble countertops and vanities for their durability and to add more value to the home. But in the end, nothing beats the most visible benefit — that rich shine and luster right after the workmen install the new natural stone.

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Ways to Protect Your Family Outdoors
Updated: July 07, 2014 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) Before your family begins enjoying the great outdoors during this adventure-filled season, make sure your yard is properly treated to avoid the dangers of poison ivy, oak or sumac.

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Smart Kids' Rooms that Grow with Time
Updated: July 07, 2014 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) Costs for furnishing and decorating a child's room can mount quickly, but with careful planning and a few smart purchases, the decisions you make for that nursery or toddler's room can create a functional and clutter-free space that grows with your child well into the teen years.

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Pool Maintenance 101
Updated: July 07, 2014 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) For many homeowners, there is nothing better than inviting friends over to cool off from the sun's warm rays in the comfort of their own backyard pool.

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Thursday 07/03/2014
Would Upgrading Your Lawn Mower Make Yard Care Easier?
Updated: July 04, 2014 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) While gardening may be the top hobby in America, mowing the lawn is rarely at the top of most homeowners’ list of fun tasks. With this in mind, more are using commercial lawn mowers to make faster work of this chore.

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Wednesday 07/02/2014
Build a lasting memory with your backyard project
Updated: July 12, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - There are regular backyard projects and then there are those special backyard projects that bring families closer together, both during the construction and while enjoying the finished piece.

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Sunday 06/29/2014
Benefits of Soy Candles
Updated: June 30, 2014 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) Available in a variety of colors, sizes and scents, candles are a favorite decorative item seen in homes everywhere. While some are drawn to the glow an open flame brings to a room, others adore candles for the calming benefits of aromatherapy. 

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Assessing Curb Appeal
Updated: June 30, 2014 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) So you're looking to move your family out of your current residence to a new home better suited for your needs. Before you list your home on the market you will need to gauge its appearance to prospective buyers.

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Thursday 07/10/2014
Key considerations for family-friendly bathroom renovations
Updated: July 12, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Mom rules the media room, Johnny loves the basement workshop and the kitchen is Dad’s domain. Gender roles notwithstanding, each family member has one room where he or she enjoys spending more time. One room, however, is equally used and loved – or reviled – by all: the bathroom.

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Wednesday 07/09/2014
Summertime home improvements don't have to be all work and no play
Updated: July 12, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - If this year’s summer vacation plans involve more hardware than beachwear, don’t fret. Just apply tried-and-true trip-planning principles to your “staycation” renovation plans and you can ensure both your time and money are well spent.

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Tuesday 07/01/2014
Tricks to instantly refresh your home design for summer entertaining
Updated: July 09, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Summer is the ideal time to host events at home with family and friends. But is your home ready for summer soirees? The kitchen is the heart of the home and where people naturally congregate, so it’s important it showcases your signature style and reflects the relaxed feeling of the summer season.

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Sunday 06/29/2014
Popular home decor style - a blend of old and new
Updated: July 07, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - It can be hard to keep up with the latest changes in decorating styles for the home. But the latest trend might actually make it easy for you to have a stylish house, especially if you’ve kept some family treasures around.

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Tuesday 06/24/2014
The human touch: Handcrafted items speak to the soul with unique, customized appeal
Updated: July 02, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - The quilt handed down through generations, the turn-of-the-century wooden rocking chair made by a long-gone relative, hand-stitched samplers that have graced every home your family has lived in – handcrafted items simply speak to the soul. In today’s society, when we’re surrounded by technology and homogenous machine-made items from clothes to curtains, handcrafting imparts a human, customized quality to home decor.

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Wednesday 06/11/2014
Smart, stylish solutions keep your entire home cool - without disrupting home decor
Updated: June 19, 2014 - 1:37 am

(BPT) - Don’t sweat it if your home doesn’t have central air-conditioning. Whether you live in an older house that can’t accommodate ductwork, or you don’t want to sacrifice your interior aesthetics with an unattractive air conditioning unit, you can still keep your home feeling – and looking – cool this summer with advanced air conditioning technology.

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Sunday 06/08/2014
Sink into these top tub trends for the ultimate bathing experience
Updated: July 12, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - The tub tucked away in your home’s master bathroom is so much more than a place to get clean. It’s a calming refuge and therapeutic retreat after a busy, high-pressure day. Tub trends indicate that bathtubs are primarily used for soaking, while shower time is mainly for cleansing. The soaking tub has become the destination for relaxation amid today's fast-paced lifestyles.

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Thursday 06/05/2014
How to trick the eyes with the magic of home improvement
Updated: June 17, 2014 - 1:35 am

(BPT) - From disappearing acts to mind games and sensory illusions, the art of magic is all about making your audience believe what they are seeing, taking a seemingly impossible task and making it possible. This timeless art can inspire you to perform some magic of your own using simple home improvement tips to fool the eyes and transform small, drab spaces into ones that will surely astound and amaze.

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Wednesday 06/04/2014
5 fixes for kitchens that are all about the details
Updated: June 16, 2014 - 1:38 am

(BPT) - No matter if you’re an aspiring chef or TV dinner connoisseur ... if the look of your kitchen makes you want to dine out – it may be time for an upgrade. The kitchen should be the heart of your home: it’s where you entertain, hold family meetings and even pay bills, so why not take it from “make-do” to “magnificent?”

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Tuesday 06/03/2014
Top 5 trendy bathroom upgrades that don't cost a bundle
Updated: June 11, 2014 - 1:42 am

(BPT) - No one ever said “trendy” translates to “cheap.” Yet when it comes to on-trend, luxury upgrades, you don’t have to spend like a diva to make your bathroom look and function like a designer’s dream. From skylights to shower seats, some of the hottest bathroom trends of 2014 are surprisingly affordable to accomplish.

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