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    Top Tips for Moving With a Pet

    (StatePoint) Your furball is part of the family, so if you’re like most, you don’t make major life decisions without thinking of your pet’s needs — including where you live and how you move into a new home.

  • Home Decorating

    Tips to Nail the Latest Home Design Trend

    (StatePoint) Redecorating? Experts say to keep in mind that the days of matching metals used for lighting, cabinet hardware and plumbing are over. Today’s rule: mix it up! When done right, combining colors adds visual interest and depth to a space.

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    Tips to Outsmart Bugs in Your Home

    (StatePoint) If you have bugs in your home -- as many households do and the majority worry about -- there may be good reasons for this. Insects are resilient, strategic and way smarter than you may realize.

Top Story

5 tips on preparing your home for summer travel season

(BPT) - According to AAA Travel, nearly 100 million Americans — four in 10 U.S. adults — are planning to take a family vacation in 2019, with two-thirds of all families embarking on a summer getaway. As families across the country take time off to travel and spend quality time together, the last thing they want to worry about is if their homes and belongings will be the victim of theft or break-ins. Luckily, there are several ways that can help summer travelers keep their homes safe — even from miles away.

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

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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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Monday 06/24/2019
How to avoid hidden dangers in home and office furniture
Updated: June 25, 2019 - 3:09 am

(BPT) - Awareness of health risks from potentially harmful chemicals has grown exponentially in recent years. Consumers are demanding transparency regarding what’s in the food, personal care products and household items we use every day.

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The Story of the Barcode: Past, Present, and Future
Posted: June 24, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Same-day delivery. Self-checkout. Buy online, pick-up in store. Countless modern shopping conveniences that are currently available can be traced back to the debut of a seemingly simple technology with a powerful impact on global commerce - the barcode.

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Alleviating some financial burden felt by the 'Sandwich Generation'
Posted: June 24, 2019

(BPT) - You’re middle-aged and the thought of how you’re going to enjoy your golden years is becoming more persistent. You may be daydreaming about finally buying an RV to take that cross-country trip you and your significant other always talk about, or maybe you’ve begun planning how you can buy that vacation home. You take a quick look at your portfolio and it brings you back down to earth. You realize that those plans seem further off as you find yourself “financially stuck” between two generations of dependents — your aging parents and your adult kids struggling to find their financial footing. Congratulations, you are officially part of the Sandwich Generation.

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Sweet cherries: Your on-the-go, healthy summertime snack
Posted: June 24, 2019

(BPT) - Summer is peak vacation season. According to a recent AAA Travel survey, nearly 100 million Americans will take a vacation in 2019, with 68% of those vacations occurring in the summer. While vacations are fun, traveling can be hectic, making it that much more important to have healthy on-the-go snacks to keep you energized throughout your trip.

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Get almost anything you want (or need) delivered from Amazon Prime in one day or less
Posted: June 24, 2019

(BPT) - We all want to find both essentials and fun products easily — with lots of variety — and get them delivered fast, and for free. This summer, spend more time with friends and family and less time shopping. Prime Free One Day ensures members can find last-minute birthday presents, sunscreen and beach towels for an impromptu getaway, as well as closet organizers and cleaning products — all delivered the very next day.

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Sunday 06/23/2019
Now Available - JORNAY PM™ (Methylphenidate HCl) CII, the First and Only ADHD Stimulant Dosed in the Evening [Video]
Updated: June 25, 2019 - 3:05 am

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Friday 06/21/2019
5 signs you should seek medical treatment for your headache
Updated: June 25, 2019 - 3:08 am

(BPT) - You’ve been there before — you wake up and immediately feel the pulsing in your head, you get to work and can feel the pounding pressure mounting as you move between looking at your computer screen and meetings, you’re gearing up for a fun day out with your kids but you cringe as the pain in your head magnifies with every shout of excitement.

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5 steps to eco-friendly pet care
Updated: June 25, 2019 - 3:06 am

(BPT) - Your animal companion is part of the family. You care about what your pet eats, and want what’s healthiest for everyone, including your pet. You also care about promoting a healthy environment and using products that are eco-friendly.

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Good health for men often depends on wellness awareness and early screenings
Updated: June 25, 2019 - 3:08 am

(BPT) - The statistics for men’s health are alarming. For men, life expectancy is 76.3 years; for women, it’s 81.2 years. The Kaiser Family Foundation points out that nearly 71 percent of men are at risk of being overweight or obese, compared to 59 percent for women. Far more women than men are likely to go to a physician office visit, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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39 Million Hugs and Counting - Amma Visits US, Toronto
Posted: June 21, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Mata Amritanandamayi, or Amma, as she is called, is a world-renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader whose life of service has inspired millions of people to help others.

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How to refresh your home and your attitude with a deep clean
Updated: June 25, 2019 - 3:09 am

(BPT) - The latest trend in home cleaning popularized by Marie Kondo reveals what many of us yearn for — not just decluttering, but a fresh start, a clean slate. We dream of an open, airy, bright home where everyone can thrive and be their best selves. But how do we get there, when our houses are filled with stuff — not to mention the accumulated dust?

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Plant-based food options to delight your senses
Updated: June 25, 2019 - 3:05 am

(BPT) - It’s summertime, and the living is easy! So long to the days and evenings spent inside — warmer weather means outdoor activities abound. From weekend trips and beach days, to pool parties and BBQs, there’s no limit to fun summer outings.

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5 ways real wood floors add appeal and value
Updated: June 25, 2019 - 3:05 am

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Keeping your cool in a stressful industry
Updated: June 25, 2019 - 3:05 am

(BPT) - Seeking tips on how to handle a stressful industry?

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Learn About Auto Window Tint
Updated: June 25, 2019 - 3:04 am

(NAPSI)—Automotive window films, or tint, offer a variety of benefits, such as reduced exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays, a cooler interior by rejecting up to 55 percent of the sun’s heat, reduced glare and more safety for the occupants.

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Olives: A Good-For-You, On-The-Go Snack
Updated: June 25, 2019 - 3:04 am

(NAPSI)—Among the tastiest and most versatile fruits on Earth, olives are enjoyed by many cultures around the world. They have been in existence for 8,000 years, and while olives are not indigenous to the Americas, they have been in the New World for a good long time.

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Combat Sickle Cell Disease by Filling the Missing Types
Updated: June 25, 2019 - 3:05 am

(NAPSI)—“Silent heroes.” That’s how Blaze Eppinger, who has had sickle cell disease since birth, describes people who donate blood—and you could be among them.

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5 Reasons Kids Should Play Outside More
Posted: June 21, 2019

(StatePoint) Whether it’s dance lessons, computer projects, art class or yoga, kids these days are busy bees. And while such activities are enriching and fun, experts say that many kids aren’t spending enough time doing something much simpler and every bit as important as structured programming: playing outdoors.

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Is Your Child’s Physical Development on Track?
Posted: June 21, 2019

(StatePoint) All children develop at their own pace. Sometimes however, a child may not do certain activities that other children the same age are doing -- like sitting without support, rolling over, walking or other physical skills. Parents may question whether their child has a physical developmental delay.

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Thursday 06/20/2019
Ideas for projects to improve your outdoor living space
Updated: June 25, 2019 - 3:06 am

(BPT) - Looking for a DIY project to improve your outdoor space and create an inviting oasis for everyone in the family to get outside and have fun together?

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How one idea - big or small - can help change cancer care
Updated: June 25, 2019 - 3:06 am

(BPT) - Anyone who has confronted cancer or helped a friend or family member battle the disease knows that the challenges go far beyond diagnosis and treatment. Managing the cancer journey and life after treatment calls on support from family and the surrounding community. It is this community that may have the greatest potential to improve lives of people touched by cancer, by using their own experiences to inform solutions.

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Paying for college: 4 ways to help lower your education costs
Updated: June 25, 2019 - 3:08 am

(BPT) - Total student loan debt has surpassed $1.5 trillion, with 4 in 10 students carrying over $30K in outstanding student loans. Getting accepted into college or graduate school is an exciting time for students and parents. As college continues to get more expensive, determining how you’ll fund your education is a big decision. Review these tips to help keep costs down as you navigate this exciting time in a student’s life.

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What original Medicare covers – and doesn’t cover
Posted: June 20, 2019

(BPT) - As you age, you gain wisdom — and a big part of that wisdom is realizing the importance of caring for your health. Taking care of yourself means getting regular checkups and screenings to help prevent issues from becoming serious — and to help you feel good while living your best, healthiest life every day.

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5 Delicious Low-Carb Recipes Perfect for a Cookout
Posted: June 20, 2019

(StatePoint) Food on the grill, carb-loaded side dishes and high-sugar desserts are at the center of most seasonal cookouts. But this doesn’t mean you need to avoid those countless neighborhood barbecues to ensure you stay on track with your healthy lifestyle.

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Tips for Tackling Storm-Related Roof Damage
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:48 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.

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Bold and Blended
Posted: June 20, 2019

Upgrade your home without a full renovation

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Memorable Family Moments
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:48 am

Educational activities ideal for making memories together

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Invite the Outdoors In
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:48 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.

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5 Time-Saving Laundry Tips
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) Between sorting, washing, pouring, transferring, drying and folding, laundry can often feel like a daunting chore.

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Educational Activities to Make Memories Together
Posted: June 20, 2019

(Family Features) Educational activities and plans that allow kids to flex their brain muscles in fun and creative ways can be ideal ways to spend family time that makes lasting memories.

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Honor History and Its Lessons
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:47 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.

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Furry Friends and a Welcoming Workplace
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:47 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.

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A Sweet Summer Dessert
Posted: June 20, 2019

(Family Features) Fresh fruits are one of the highlights of summer. Try this tasty Fresh Pear Dumplings with Raspberry Sauce recipe, bringing pears and raspberries together for a delicious seasonal dessert.

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Spice Up Summer with Grilled Kebabs
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) Fire up your summer cookouts with crowd-pleasing kebabs, which are easy to prepare and fun to experiment with because you can use nearly any combination of meats and veggies.

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Punched Up Summer Side Ideas for Backyard Entertaining
Posted: June 20, 2019

(Family Features) Backyard barbecues and family picnics are plentiful during the summer months, so chances are good you’ll host (or attend) at least one event this season. While you’ll likely feast on a bevy of hamburgers, hot dogs and summer salads, a menu filled with fresh, delicious sides makes for a meal worth celebrating.

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Effortless Summertime Entertaining
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) Summer means it’s time to stock up on fresh produce and light the grill for a season of outdoor gatherings with friends and family. Make entertaining easier with flavorful options that can make menu-planning a breeze all summer long.

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Make Room for New Favorites on the Grill
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) Whether firing up the grill for a pool party, barbecue or even just a weeknight meal, one thing’s for sure: summertime means grilling season. Grilling takes many forms and flavors from casual favorites like burgers and hot dogs to flame-kissed vegetables and the artistry of a perfectly done steak. However, the possibilities don’t end there.

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Get Grilling with Fresh Ingredients
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) Grilling season provides ample opportunities to put flavorful fare on the table, but it doesn’t have to be a lengthy cooking process. By planning ahead, having the right equipment on-hand and using ready-to-go ingredients, home cooks can quickly put family meals together.

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Simplify Your Grilling Routine this Summer
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) Summer is typically a busy time for families, making those moments you spend together all the more precious. The hustle and bustle of the season doesn't have to mean sacrificing wholesome meals, however.

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Sweet, Refreshing Summer Snacks
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) There’s no time like a hot summer picnic to let your patriotic spirit show. These all-American snacks featuring a classic favorite fruit – watermelon – are the perfect solution for nearly any summertime celebration.

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4 Key Decisions to Help Memorialize a Loved One
Updated: June 25, 2019 - 3:04 am

(Family Features) Despite the certainty of death, many Americans delay dealing with the fact and avoid funeral planning.

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4 Stealthy Ways to Keep Your Family Healthy
Updated: June 25, 2019 - 3:04 am

(Family Features) Living a healthy lifestyle takes effort and diligence, but with common stressors of day-to-day life, health can take a backseat to jobs, social engagements and tempting treats. While adopting more healthful habits may not be top-of-mind for your family, there are some simple and sneaky ways to incorporate them into your family’s routines.

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7 Pet Safety Tips for Fourth of July
Updated: June 25, 2019 - 3:04 am

(Family Features) With crowds of unfamiliar people and loud, scary noises, the Fourth of July can make even the most laid-back, four-legged family members apprehensive and unpredictable.

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Enjoy Summer Movie Favorites at Home
Updated: June 25, 2019 - 3:04 am

(Family Features) The 2019 summer movie season is filled with exciting big screen events, from mega-blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame” to “Toy Story 4.” After the closing credits roll, however, movie fans can explore plenty of complementary film titles at home.

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Wednesday 06/19/2019
5 signs you need to hire a landscape professional
Updated: June 25, 2019 - 3:07 am

(BPT) - In this age of DIY, many outdoor home projects look doable. The truth is, plenty of outdoor projects tackled by homeowners to save money are better left to landscape professionals. When attempting these projects on their own, homeowners soon realize that some jobs require more knowledge and expertise than an online search engine can provide, and the project may end up costing more if doing it themselves.

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5 ways parents can help kids avoid the 'summer slide'
Updated: June 25, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - After many months of learning through the school year, kids are understandably ready for summer vacation. But hitting pause on academics can cause significant challenges when returning to school in the fall. Some children lose the equivalent of one month of learning over the summer and “slide” back in math, reading and other skills.

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Having Fun in the Sun
Updated: June 25, 2019 - 3:09 am

(BPT) - Spending time outside is what makes summer so enjoyable. Whether you plan to spend a day at the pool, mill about a music festival or relax at a family barbecue, everyone looks forward to a beautiful, sunny day.

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How to choose a degree? 4 questions to ask
Updated: June 25, 2019 - 3:08 am

(BPT) - Many college-bound students find that there’s one question commonly asked by family members, friends and even complete strangers: What degree are you pursuing? It’s a great conversation starter and gives students an opportunity to share their educational goals with others, but for some who are trying to select from a long list of degree choices for the first time, this seemingly harmless question can be daunting.

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Retailers Embrace AI Tech for Improved Customer Experience
Posted: June 19, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Artificial Intelligence is becoming commonplace across major industries and retail is no exception.

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