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Sunday 08/31/2014
Make Your Home Smarter
Updated: September 01, 2014 - 1:35 am

(Family Features) With apps that offer comfort, convenience and security, homeowners are getting more out of their smartphones to make their homes better, smarter places to live. Smart home apps such as those from Nest are expected to link various home devices together to bring peace of mind, control and even energy savings to our lives.

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Outdoor Stain Busters
Updated: September 01, 2014 - 1:35 am

(Family Features) Engaging in outdoor activities are a great way for families to stay active and spend quality time together, but between tree-climbing, nature hikes, and backyard barbecues, outdoor adventures can lead to piles of dirty, dingy and stained clothing.

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Tips for a Clean, Guest-Ready Home
Updated: September 01, 2014 - 1:35 am

(Family Features) Now is the season for enjoying backyard BBQs and poolside parties with friends and family - not being trapped in the house for pre- and post-party cleaning. With a little planning, you can minimize time spent on daily chores and maximize time spent soaking up the sun and creating memories with guests.

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Lawn Care Tips for Fall
Updated: September 01, 2014 - 1:35 am

(Family Features) Taking time in the fall to prepare your lawn for the colder months ahead will pay dividends come spring and allow you to enjoy lusher, greener grass when temperatures rise again. 

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Wednesday 08/27/2014
Every Room Tells a Story if You Set the Stage
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 1:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Remember the last time you walked into a professionally designed home and marveled at its beauty? Chances are, the designer carefully planned the interior finishings -- like crown mouldings and interior doors. While trim and doors have a major impact on interior décor, few homeowners select them with the same care as their furnishings or paint.

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Monday 08/25/2014
3 home improvement upgrades that will save you money
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - If you’ve sweltered throughout summer and have noticed your cooling bills increase every month, now may be the opportune time to consider some home improvement upgrades that will let you better manage your HVAC equipment while lowering your monthly expenses.

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Sunday 08/24/2014
Give Your Kitchen a Facelift
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) Ever hear the saying “Kitchens sell a home?” Well it’s true; the kitchen is the most important room in the home. Whether you’re considering putting your house on the market or investing in your home for personal long-term enjoyment, an upgraded and attractive kitchen can make your home irresistible. 

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Feeling the cold at home and in your wallet? [Infographic]
Posted: August 24, 2014

(BPT) - If your home is allowing warm air to escape this winter, you’ll probably notice – both in temperature and in your wallet. This is because air escaping from your home wastes both money and energy – up to 40 percent energy for many homes. Learn more about how spray foam insulation can keep you warmer and reduce your energy bills. 

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