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Thursday 03/26/2020
Ignite Immunity, Clean Naturally With Lemons
Updated: April 01, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re among the increasing number of Americans keen on natural solutions to boost immunity these days, you may be glad to know the answer may be right in your refrigerator—or should be. Loaded with vitamin C and zinc, and with key antioxidant qualities, Limoneira Lemons can play a vital role in helping the immune system adapt to new threats and conditions.

Experts have cited lemons as a way to “reduce the risk of complications from a cold or flu, and reduce inflammation in the body.” Experiments have also found that lemon juice can destroy the bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases.

Lemons are also a boon to any kitchen or DIY beauty routine—plus, they’re a handy sustainability tool. Use them to make life simpler without investing in potentially toxic chemicals or overpriced solutions. In fact, beyond their immunity-boosting benefits, lemons provide natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties that let you clean and disinfect your home, naturally.

Here’s how to create a useful all-purpose cleaner for your kitchen and bathroom that can help your house smell spring fresh all year: Combine equal parts lemon juice and water in a spray bottle. You can use it nearly anywhere. For wood surfaces, create a polish by mixing one cup of olive oil and one-half cup of lemon juice. Test it first on a small spot.

For other “green cleaning” with lemon tips, visit www.Limoneira.com/cleaning.

 "A natural solution to boost immunity may be right in your refrigerator. Loaded with vitamin C, zinc and antioxidants, lemons can help your health and, when used as a cleaner, give your home a fresh smell.https://bit.ly/2UlE1Hm"

5 Ways to Upgrade Your Home With New Tech
Posted: March 26, 2020

(StatePoint) Upgrading your lifestyle doesn’t have to mean undergoing a major home renovation. By simply introducing a few technologies around the home, you can boost the style, efficiency and comfort of your living spaces. Consider these five ideas for five areas of your home:

5 Tips for Better Home Safety this Spring
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) As people become more active during the warmer months, keeping home safety top of mind can sometimes go by the wayside. However, when it comes to fire and carbon monoxide safety, you can never be too prepared.

Keep Clutter at Bay
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) You can get your home reorganized and looking great with just a little bit of TLC and some helpful storage solutions. From those stray groceries that haven’t found a home in the pantry to shampoo bottles that linger on the bathtub ledge, these options can help you get reorganized and maximize your storage space.

Seasonal Home Supplies for Spring
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Between spring cleaning and spending additional time outdoors (or both), the spring season can bring a lot of changes to your home. From insect prevention to rethinking home organization and adding style to your favorite spaces, it’s an opportunity to reimagine your living areas while planning ahead for potential problems.

Prepare Your Home for Storm Season
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Protecting your personal safety is the first priority when severe weather emerges with homes and personal property often running a close second. After all, the home is not only a place for comfort and sanctuary – it could be your single largest investment.

7 Steps to Prepare for a Home Remodel
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) A homeowner’s motivation for taking on a remodeling project can vary greatly, but there’s one universal rule of thumb: home upgrades should add value, function or both. This step-by-step guide can help ensure you get the maximum return on your investment and make the most of your remodel.

Easy Ways to Improve Your Home’s Health
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 2:33 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.

A Spring Cleaning To-Do List
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Spring cleaning often lands in a perfect spot on the calendar to serve as an annual reminder of your regular home maintenance to-do list such as changing HVAC and appliance filters, checking smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and cleaning exterior appliance venting. Keep this checklist from Kidde in mind this spring and find more spring safety information at kidde.com/home-safety.

Friday 03/20/2020
Unlock Your Home Equity with A Home Co-Investment
Posted: March 20, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Owning a home is a huge investment, and once they've owned long enough to build up equity, many homeowners opt to leverage the equity for other uses. But if you're on the fence about taking on another monthly loan payment, an option that may be right for you is co-investing.

Wednesday 03/18/2020
Don't Sweat The EPA's 2020 Freon Phaseout This Summer
Posted: March 18, 2020

(NewsUSA) - As temperatures rise and air conditioners begin to blast, educated homeowners have no need to fear the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2020 Freon Phaseout.

Color Your Kitchen
Updated: March 23, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) While the kitchen is often the busiest room in the house, it is also one of the most important rooms when it comes to renovations. An upgraded, vibrant kitchen that incorporates elements of personal style can make the room more attrac­tive while increasing the home’s overall value.

Monday 03/16/2020
Spring Cleaning: What You May Be Missing
Posted: March 16, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Spring is here, and that means so is spring cleaning. This year, take time to show some love to the workhorses that make your house run smoothly; namely, the washing machine, dishwasher, disposal, and stove.

Simple steps for DIY concrete crack repair
Posted: March 16, 2020

(BPT) - If you have a concrete driveway, walkway, patio or other area on your property, you know that cracks can happen. Reasons vary, but the most common causes of cracks include temperature changes, ground movement, improperly placed joints and excessive loads. As seasons change and spring emerges across the country, many homeowners are surprised to discover cracks that formed during the cold weather. This is even more prevalent as many parts of the country are experiencing record precipitation.

Friday 03/13/2020
Spring Lawn Equipment: Keep Safety in Mind with These 8 Tips
Updated: March 15, 2020 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Spring is on its way and homeowners are eager to get outside and spruce up their yards. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing outdoor power equipment, small engine, utility vehicle, golf car and personal transport vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, reminds homeowners to keep safety in mind when working in their outdoor living spaces.

Thursday 03/12/2020
5 Tips for Traveling by Air with Children
Updated: March 19, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Spring, for some families, means packing bags and heading to the airport for a getaway. However, flying with young children can be stressful.

Wednesday 03/11/2020
5 Steps to Help Prevent Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Updated: March 16, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, potentially deadly gas that can be produced by fuel-burning appliances. Stoves, fireplaces, furnaces and many other types of home appliances and cooking devices are potential sources.

Home Decor 101
Updated: March 16, 2020 - 2:33 am

Decorating with bold colors

7 Ideas to Improve Curb Appeal
Updated: March 16, 2020 - 2:33 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.

5 Steps to Incorporate Universal Design
Updated: March 16, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) As more homeowners opt to remodel their current homes for accessibility and safety, those concerns are taken into consideration especially for kitchens or bathrooms.

Energy-Efficient Ideas to Upgrade Your Home
Updated: March 16, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Energy bills are likely among the largest expenses for homeowners, but you can take action to lower those costs. During a remodel, a certified contractor can help you make smart decisions when it comes to selecting appliances, windows and insulation for your projects.

Wednesday 03/04/2020
4 Home Improvement Ideas
Updated: March 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re thinking about a bathroom update, kitchen overhaul or any other type of home improvement project, these tips from the experts at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and eLivingtoday.com can help you get started.

Some Over-the-Air TV Frequencies are Changing
Updated: March 09, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) If you rely on a rooftop or indoor antenna for your TV viewing, changes that may affect your local channels are happening.

Tuesday 03/03/2020
The Design Craze That's Here to Stay
Posted: March 03, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Shiplap - the wall treatment favored by popular home improvement shows - is filling Pinterest boards and continues to top the to-do lists of today's savvy DIYers. Even high-end homebuilders are incorporating it into their upmarket designs. And when crafting a custom shiplap wall, the pros are choosing cypress because of its practicality and stunning good looks. 

6 Easy Room Makeovers with Shiplap
Updated: April 01, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Looking for some creative ways to add pizzazz to your home? A pop of color is one way to bring life to a dreary room. But for today’s savvy DIYers and homebuilders, the buzzword is “shiplap.” And choosing an attractive wood species like cypress packs a stylish punch. So whether you’re going for a coastal cottage aura or farmhouse vibe, cypress shiplap delivers, in every room.

Home Interior Updates You Can Make to Create a Wow Factor
Posted: March 03, 2020

(StatePoint) Whether you want to customize and enhance your living spaces for your own enjoyment or you need to prepare to stand out in a buyer’s market, creating that wow factor is easy to achieve, if you know where to focus your attention. You’re likely already familiar with the importance of exterior curb appeal. According to experienced realtors, it’s just as important to continue that concept after walking through the front door.

Wednesday 02/26/2020
Eco-Friendly, Health-Enhancing Home Design
Posted: February 26, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Today most homeowners want to do right by the environment while also caring for the health and wellness of their own families. But they don't always know what measures they can take with the design, construction, and furnishing of their houses to achieve eco-friendly, health-enhancing results.

Sustainable Home Upgrades for Better Health
Updated: March 02, 2020 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) When you’re on a quest to create a home environment that promotes wellness, it can be difficult to know where to begin. One easy solution is to look for small changes that improve your personal well-being while also promoting a better environment overall.

Wednesday 02/19/2020
Small-Scale Home Upgrades with a Big Impact
Updated: February 24, 2020 - 2:57 am

(Family Features) When it comes to remodeling, there are dozens of ways to improve your home’s overall value and appeal without breaking the bank. Opt for projects that are manageable in scale, affordable and deliver benefits in multiple ways, such as aesthetics and energy efficiency.

5 Ways to Add Luxury to Your Laundry Room
Updated: February 24, 2020 - 2:57 am

(Family Features) Updating your laundry room with a distinctive design and increased functionality can be one of the most exciting ways to refresh your home. Chic decor and elements of personal style can transform a dull, tired space into a luxurious retreat you may find yourself sneaking off to. Use these five tips to breathe new life into a room that is often forgotten.

Home Upgrades that Really Work
Updated: February 24, 2020 - 2:57 am

Ideas and inspiration to create more functional spaces

Thursday 02/13/2020
3 Smart Ways to Boost Home Curb Appeal
Posted: February 13, 2020

(StatePoint) Taking steps to boost curb appeal makes good sense for any homeowner. Not only does it help make a great first impression on guests and neighbors, but certain updates can actually increase your home’s resale value when it comes time to put your property on the market.

Taking a Top Down Approach to Home Exterior Updates
Posted: February 13, 2020

(StatePoint) Whether you want to boost the beauty of your home for your own enjoyment or you’re looking to sell in the near future, experts recommend taking a top-down approach to evaluate the outside of your home.

Wednesday 02/12/2020
A DIY fire pit creates a welcoming outdoor retreat
Updated: April 01, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - The outdoor living trend continues to flourish with homeowners desiring exterior spaces that are beautiful and inviting while also increasing a property’s overall value. Providing a gathering place and focal point for the yard, fire pits are one of the most requested outdoor features. In fact, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects, fire pits are one of the most popular outdoor design elements among homeowners.

Celebrate Awards Season with a Look to the Past
Updated: February 17, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Awards season is the time of year when Hollywood celebrates its best films and talents. It’s also an opportunity to take note of the actors and actresses lighting up the big screen, many with long careers you can watch unfold by taking a look back at their roles through the years.  

Going Green with Natural Stone
Updated: February 17, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) The 2017 color of the year, revealed by the Pantone Color Institute is a near-avocado hue called “Greenery.”

Renovations in Every Room
Updated: February 17, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) If your favorite room is outdated and dingy, a renovation may be all you need to make the old feel new and to fall in love with your home all over again.

Wednesday 02/05/2020
Save Money Through Energy Efficiency
Updated: February 10, 2020 - 2:52 am

(Family Features) As much as half of the average homeowner’s monthly utility expenses go toward cooling and heating, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). For many households, that makes energy the largest home-related expense each month, next to a mortgage payment.

How to Create a More Functional Laundry Room
Updated: February 10, 2020 - 2:52 am

(Family Features) A laundry room may be one of the spaces that you use the most, but cramped quarters and clutter can hinder your productivity. Eliminate the excuses and get your laundry room under control with these tips to add function to your washing routine.

Tuesday 02/04/2020
From traditional to contemporary: Discover farmhouse design for any style
Updated: April 01, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Think you're stuck with rustic and shabby chic with farmhouse designs? Think again. These examples prove farmhouse provides a timeless look that can be customized with interesting elements that showcase your preferred design aesthetic — from modern to industrial and beyond!

Let Flowers Express Your Feelings
Updated: February 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—Valentine’s is fast approaching, and whether you’ve been in a relationship for a long time already or you’re just beginning one, this is the opportunity to express yourself perfectly. Fortunately, 1-800-Flowers.com offers not only the most beautiful flowers and gifts but also the latest technology to help you make sure you’re getting—and giving—the perfect presents.

See Their Flowers Before You Pick Them
Now, if you’re shopping for romantic gestures on your mobile device (and most of us are), a new 3-D/augmented reality feature on 1-800-Flowers.com lets you preview top-selling Valentine’s arrangements before you purchase them. It even gives you the option of seeing what the arrangement would look like on your table in your home.

Love Is Timeless, But…

Your time isn’t unlimited. And, if you’re like many of us, maybe you waited a bit too long to start looking for their Valentine’s gifts. Don’t worry. Shopping online via your desktop, laptop, or mobile device is easier than ever at 1-800-Flowers.com. The revamped checkout process makes buying online quick and easy, for one thing. Plus, if you’re using the app to shop on the go, the new “Trending Gifts” section has a speedy one-tap buying experience that brings you directly to checkout. And this year you can send complimentary e-cards to sweethearts and “galentines” right from the desktop homepage. Choose from a wide variety of themed layouts and craft your own personalized message.

Need Inspiration?
If you’ve been together a while, you probably know what they like. If you’re at all unsure, though, 1-800-Flowers.com makes it easy to get their gift right. The very popular Gift Finder tool is now available on the mobile app. You just input information such as the recipient, occasion, and location for tailored gift recommendations. But that’s not all: SmartGift sends a gift link to the gift recipient…who can then decide to swap out the gift for one that’s more their style, at an equal or lower price, and decide on the delivery date and address, so they can decide if they want to enjoy it at home or send to the office for all to see.

Keep Love Fresh
It’s just not Valentine’s without flowers. Here’s your chance to try something new! 1-800-Flowers.com strives to offer new, often exclusive gifts every year, and this year is no exception. To represent your enduring love, you can send Magnificent Roses, specially preserved roses selected for their size and perfection, arranged in a beautiful container. Or make a unique statement with Conversation Roses: one dozen beautiful red roses, half embossed with “I Love You” and the other half with an interlocking heart design. And add extra sweetness with a delicious variety of Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Your special someone may just find them—and you—irresistible.

Most importantly, though, enjoy the day, knowing that you’ve chosen a meaningful way to express your feelings and connect with the most important people in your life.

Learn More
For further facts and to see and order flowers, go to https://www.1800flowers.com/valentinesday.

Wednesday 01/29/2020
Five Treatments to Enhance a Room's Fifth Wall
Updated: April 01, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Whether it’s a home makeover or new construction, the key to transforming ordinary into distinctive is in the details — namely the wood finishes. Most homeowners or buyers pay close attention to a home’s wood floors and accent walls. But look up and get creative. Ceilings are a blank canvas. Incorporating an attractive wood species like cypress adds character and drama to a room’s fifth wall. Here are five ways to tap into that potential.

Put Safety First
Updated: February 03, 2020 - 4:38 am

Tips for using power tools like a pro

Starting a Home Remodeling Project
Updated: February 03, 2020 - 4:38 am

7 tips for choosing a qualified contractor

Wednesday 01/22/2020
Five To-Do’s To Take Your Basement From Unlivable To Lovable
Posted: January 22, 2020

(NAPSI)—Look up “basement” in the dictionary and you’ll see cellar, vault—even crypt. But with a little effort and some design flair you can make your basement come alive—and reclaim valuable living space.

Make the Most of Your Bathroom Renovation
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Adding additional bathroom space to your home or renovating an outdated lavatory can improve your home’s usability and increase its value, too. To get the most practical benefits and value out of your new space, there are several factors to consider.

Bring New Life to Your Kitchen with Color
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Just as filling your plate with colorful foods is typically good for your body, filling your kitchen with color can be good for the soul. In fact, color is an important element in interior design not only for its aesthetic value, but also because it can shape perceptions and emotions.

Wednesday 01/15/2020
Resolve to Be a Healthier You
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) While traveling more, losing weight and quitting bad habits are annually among some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, the turn of the calendar does represent a perfect opportunity to better yourself in multiple ways.

Top 10 Travel Destinations to Start the New Decade
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) For many, traveling offers an opportunity to disconnect from the everyday and experience new places and cultures. With the beginning of a new decade, it is the perfect time to start deciding your next travel adventures.

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