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Ease Kids Back into School with Confidence

(Family Features) There’s nothing like a major milestone in a child’s life to test a parent’s confidence. Big changes like a new school or classroom can be trying for kids and adults alike, but tackling the transition a little at a time can make it easier on everyone.

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pets

Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

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Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

Crosswords

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Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

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Wednesday 08/14/2019
Back-to-School Bus Safety
Updated: August 16, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Another school year means millions of children across the country are boarding buses at the beginning and end of each day, and it provides an appropriate opportunity for parents, teachers, school administrators and students themselves to practice and enforce safety guidelines in and around the school bus.

Simple Steps for Back-to-School Success
Updated: August 16, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Finding new clothes and gathering pens, pencils, notebooks and other supplies are always part of the back-to-school fun, but there are other needs and wants to consider when another school year rolls around.

Don’t Lose the Luster
Updated: August 16, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Durability is one reason homeowners choose natural stone for their kitchens and bathrooms, but the greatest appeal is often the sheer beauty of the material. Maintaining that luster and shine requires a bit of effort, but the ability to enjoy the unique character of natural stone makes it all worthwhile.

Natural Stone in the Shower
Updated: August 16, 2019 - 2:56 am

Stylish Storage for Renters
Updated: August 16, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Just because you rent or live in small quarters doesn’t mean you can’t have ample storage space. It means you just have to be a bit more creative in figuring out where to put things, even when it seems hopeless to get a handle on organization and clutter under control. 

Save Time with a Dream Closet
Updated: August 16, 2019 - 2:56 am

Summer Sweat Sessions
Updated: August 16, 2019 - 2:56 am

3 tips for surviving workouts in the heat

Wednesday 08/07/2019
More than a mower: The right robotic lawn mower can give you the yard of your dreams
Updated: August 18, 2019 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - If you love a lush, green, well-manicured lawn but hate spending hours out in the heat mowing week after week, a robotic mower may be just the thing you need. The latest technology in robotic mowing gives you hours of your life back, allowing you to focus on enjoying time with your family — or getting other chores accomplished — and a much better-looking, healthier lawn.

Identify Your Ideal Kitchen Design Style
Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) While you may see kitchens in a variety of styles and find them all beautiful in their own way, finding inspiration for your dream kitchen often requires sorting through many different considerations. From transitional to modern and every style in-between, these ideas can help you decide what suits your home while also fitting your personal tastes.

Keeping Your Finances Fresh Throughout the Year
Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) For many Americans, reaching and maintaining financial stability is a goal that tops their checklists. However, the strategies necessary for achieving that goal can quickly fall by the wayside.

Save Money on Summer Road Trips
Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) If financial constraints are keeping you from exploring the world, it may be time to reassess your approach to travel. From road trips across the country to jaunts across your state, there are plenty of ways to curb costs, so your biggest challenge is finding more days away from the office, not replenishing your bank account.

Eco-Friendly Ways to Keep Your Home Cool
Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features)When it's hot outside, heat can seep into your home and make it unbearable. However, there are sustainable, eco-friendly solutions to maximize comfort and cooling when the thermometer creeps upward without racking up an outrageous electric bill or large carbon footprint.

Spruce Up Your Outdoor Spaces
Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) Over time, the appearance and function of any outdoor space can dull due to combinations of heat, precipitation and use. With some careful attention, you can quickly spruce up your outdoor living areas and get them back in great working order for patio season.

Define Your Own Design
Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) In cities across the country, vibrantly hued murals are often created to bring color and life to buildings, community gathering places and more.

Wednesday 07/31/2019
Stainless Steel is Trending Outdoors
Updated: August 05, 2019 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) Stainless steel has been a staple in luxurious, contemporary kitchens all over the world for years. While it’s most often used indoors, this durable, low-maintenance, design-forward material is making its way outdoors.

Start the School Year Off Right
Updated: August 05, 2019 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) As kids head back to school, it’s important to provide them with the necessary resources to succeed. As a parent, you can take steps to put your kids on the path toward a successful school year.

5 Bathroom Upgrades for Style, Function
Updated: August 05, 2019 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) Home upgrades are all about adding comfort, convenience and beauty, and the bathroom is no exception. It may be the smallest room in the house, but these ideas for enhancing the most functional features of your bathroom are sure to make a big impact.

Material Matters
Updated: August 05, 2019 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) For many homeowners, aesthetics and function are the primary considerations of a kitchen renovation. However, before you lay out your space and start selecting colors, there is another essential factor to explore: the materials you will use for each feature.

Thursday 07/25/2019
Big Results on a Little Budget
Updated: July 31, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) With the abundance of home improvement shows on TV, DIY has evolved from an intimidating trade for the pros to an easy-to-manage project for even the least handy of humans. Transforming a home from disaster to delightful through simple DIY projects and repairs is much easier than you may think and can save you a bundle in the process. If the thought of doing your own handy work has you wiping your brow, think again with these easy improvements.

Wednesday 07/24/2019
Color Your Kitchen
Updated: July 29, 2019 - 2:42 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.

Smart, Stylish Designs for Outdoor Kitchens
Updated: July 29, 2019 - 2:42 am

Wednesday 07/17/2019
5 Tips for Moving with a Pet
Updated: July 22, 2019 - 2:43 am

(Family Features) Whether it’s across the street or across the country, moving can be a stressful and chaotic time for your family. This can be especially true for your four-legged family members, who don’t understand what’s happening. Detailed planning and foresight can help alleviate some of the hassle and make relocating a more positive experience for everyone.

5 Tips for Capturing Purr-fect Pictures of Your Cat
Updated: July 22, 2019 - 2:43 am

(Family Features) Cats are naturally curious, and while that can make them entertaining and engaging pets, it doesn’t always lead to the best photos. While getting a perfect pet pic is hard enough, a frisky, playful or defiant cat can make a photo op nearly impossible.

Wednesday 07/10/2019
10 Steps to a Better Backyard
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Follow these simple steps for building your dream escape – right in your own backyard. For more inspiration and ideas, visit Trex.com.

5 Ways to Prepare for a New Furry Companion
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Bringing home a new furry friend can spark joy while adding new routines for the whole family. When adding a pet to a household, it’s important to take into consideration the type of companion, a pet’s life stage, size and how to select a veterinarian.

How to Create a Pet-Friendly Workplace
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) In the last five years, pet-friendly offices have increased in popularity and companies are developing accommodating policies that benefit both pets and the offices they join.

Invite the Outdoors In
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Despite the comfort and convenience it affords, modern society is contributing to a vanishing relationship with the natural environment. However, there are plenty of ways to bring nature indoors to reap the benefits of an earthy connection inside your home.

4 Ways to Connect with Your Cat
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) In addition to playing with a laser pointer and offering endless cuddle sessions, there are many more ways to connect with your favorite feline. Cats are curious by nature, and in order for them to stay happy and healthy, they need lots of love and care from their parents.

Bold and Blended
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

Upgrade your home without a full renovation

Wednesday 07/03/2019
Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Space
Updated: July 08, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Transforming your backyard into a true extension of your home’s living space is a relatively easy way to add usable square footage and increase enjoyment of your home. Making outdoor upgrades is also a scalable project, meaning you can do as little or as much as your budget allows and continue enhancing the space over time.

Tips for Tackling Storm-Related Roof Damage
Updated: July 08, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Having your home severely damaged by a storm can turn your world upside down. The damage could simply be cosmetic, or so extensive as to render your home uninhabitable. In either case, you need to act fast, but smart, to ensure that your home will be properly repaired.

Keep Clutter at Bay
Updated: July 08, 2019 - 2:31 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.

Honor History and Its Lessons
Updated: July 08, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The reasons for understanding the past are plentiful. Historical knowledge may illuminate the moments that shaped a loved one’s life or simply satisfy a curiosity about events and people that occupied a different place in time. A look into yesteryear can help make sense of the world today or even foreshadow happenings well into the future.

Furry Friends and a Welcoming Workplace
Updated: July 08, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Pets are more than just members of the family – they also make great co-workers. As more offices work to create pet-friendly environments, a survey conducted by Mars Petcare shows that workspaces allowing furry friends are more likely to attract and retain (human) talent. Consider these four ways to make your workplace more pet-friendly and find more information at BetterCitiesForPets.com.

Thursday 06/27/2019
Creating An Outdoor Oasis
Posted: June 27, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Summer cookouts. Relaxing nights. Weekend staycations. Whether entertaining friends or simply relaxing with family, homeowners are enjoying vacation vibes in their own backyards. Serene porches and oasis-like patios are all the rage these days, and design pros - aiming to pair comfort and functionality - are crafting these stylish spaces with natural materials such as cypress.

Wednesday 06/26/2019
Memorable Family Moments
Updated: July 01, 2019 - 2:43 am

Educational activities ideal for making memories together

Invite the Outdoors In
Updated: July 01, 2019 - 2:43 am

(Family Features) Despite the comfort and convenience it affords, modern society is contributing to a vanishing relationship with the natural environment. However, there are plenty of ways to bring nature indoors to reap the benefits of an earthy connection inside your home.

Wednesday 06/19/2019
Explore Top Summer Travel Destinations
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) From a tropical retreat to exploring a new culture, summer is an ideal and popular time to travel. With a literal world of options, it can be tough to narrow down just where you want to visit, so get started with these popular destinations for a memorable getaway.

Workplace Tips and Strategies for New Parents
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) While having or adopting a child can be a rewarding and exciting time for new parents, many working moms and dads will tell you navigating the complex maze of employee benefits can be confusing. Between short-term disability insurance, Family Medical Leave, vacation, paid time off and state and municipal paid leave laws, the process can be anxiety-inducing.

4 Tips for Peak Pet Fitness
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) Sunny days, aromatic flowers and warm temperatures are a few of summer’s most adored qualities. Getting outside to enjoy the sunshine isn’t something only humans love – pets often do, too.

Prep Your Home for Summer Gatherings
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) When temperatures rise, it’s time for sun dresses, cranking up the grill and entertaining. Spending time with your loved ones during the warm months can make for some of the best memories of the season, which is why it’s important to take simple steps to de-stress, declutter and refresh your home before your guests arrive.

Your TV Stations May Change Frequencies
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) If you rely on an antenna for your TV viewing, changes may affect the reception of some of your local channels.

Mandy Moore’s Mindful Tips for a Well-Balanced, Lively Summer
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) With plans of trips and relaxation on the horizon, it can be easy to give your wellness routine a vacation, too. Before you jet set off on your next adventure, take a moment to be consciously aware of how your mind and body may react to an overly active and jam-packed summer schedule.

Monday 06/17/2019
Best food and wine pairings for your summer soiree
Updated: August 18, 2019 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - If you love entertaining, warmer weather brings up images of visiting with friends on the patio or deck, and enjoying light summer fare with a delicious, refreshing rosé wine. Now’s the time to make plans, and nothing is more fun than planning a soiree. All you need are the best pairings for summer dishes with wines you and your guests will love.

Wednesday 06/12/2019
5 Tips to Get Organized
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 2:38 am

(Family Features) Getting organized and making the most of your home’s storage space can be a daunting task. To help keep clutter at bay and streamline organization throughout the house, consider these tips for revamping your closets and designated storage areas from the experts at ClosetMaid.

How to Combine Learning and Fun
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 2:38 am

5 tips to keep kids’ brains active and avoid the summer slide

Make Sense of Your Travel Preferences
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 2:38 am

(Family Features) Seasoned travelers know that no two trips are exactly the same, even when revisiting the same location. The weather changes, your personal life and perspective evolve and any combination of factors makes each experience unique. However, if you’re like most travelers, your preferences guide your journeys no matter how far you venture from home.

Mouthwatering Ways to Create Italian Dishes
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 2:38 am

(Family Features) While activities and events seem to rule most people’s schedules, time spent sharing a home-cooked meal is an important way to keep up with loved ones.

To Dad, With Love
Updated: June 17, 2019 - 2:38 am

Gift ideas for a fantastic Father’s Day

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