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Wednesday 05/05/2021
Easy Spring Home Maintenance Tips
Updated: May 06, 2021 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Spring often means it’s time to deep clean your home, but it can also be a perfect opportunity to check some key maintenance tasks off your list to create healthier indoor spaces. To welcome a new season, consider these seven tips from the experts at Carrier to create a safer, healthier home. Learn more at corporate.carrier.com/healthyhomes.

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Make This Spring a Season of Clean
Updated: May 06, 2021 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition to clear the clutter and start fresh, but when strapped for time, it can be hard to get started. Instead, simplify the process, stay motivated and get a sense of accomplishment for a job well done with these tips.

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Healing Home Design
Updated: May 06, 2021 - 2:30 am

How to infuse living spaces with color that feeds the soul

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Get Growing with an Urban Garden
Updated: May 06, 2021 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Urban living and lush gardens aren’t as mutually exclusive as one might assume. In fact, it’s possible to cultivate thriving gardens in even the smallest spaces.

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Keeping Pets Safe in the Garden
Updated: May 06, 2021 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) If you have pets that enjoy spending time outdoors, it’s important to make sure your yard is a safe place for them to be.

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Colorful Kitchen Inspiration: 5 impactful, on-trend cabinet stylings
Updated: May 06, 2021 - 2:30 am

5 impactful, on-trend cabinet stylings

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Tuesday 05/04/2021
Healthy Air, Healthy Home
Posted: May 04, 2021

(NAPSI)—Asthma affects more than 24 million people in the U.S., including more than 6 million children, reports the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. In addition, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. 

If any of them is someone you care for, you should know those experts also say indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Fortunately, you can still be breathing clean.

The Problem

The air in your home circulates through the HVAC system and air ducts five to seven times a day. During the circulation process, allergens and other contaminants can settle in the air ducts and then get redistributed back into the air you and your family breathe. 

An Answer

By having your air ducts properly cleaned, you keep dander, pollen, mold and the like from accumulating. 

Call A Professional 

Not just anyone can do the job. If a duct cleaning company’s deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. That’s why savvy homeowners turn to qualified contractors who are members of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA). They follow a higher standard and a code of ethics. 

Get Help

NADCA makes it really simple to find a certified air duct cleaning professional, via its online directory at www.nadca.com.

 

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Goodbye Gym Membership—The Reimagined Connected Home Gym Is Here To Stay
Posted: May 04, 2021

(NAPSI)—After nearly a year at home and with access to more exercise resources and choices, including online workouts and classes, it’s easier than ever before to exercise from the comfort of your home. If you’re ready to commit to an at-home fitness routine, exercise physiologist and Bowflex fitness advisor Tom Holland offers advice for creating a home gym to fit your space and budget. 

Stay Connected While In The Zone 

According to Holland, working out at home has never been easier—or as per- sonalized—thanks to connected fitness equipment that gives you everything you need to get individual training, coaching and personal entertainment. For example, with the JRNY digital fitness platform (https://www.bowflex.com/jrny.html) and iOS app, enjoy personalized adaptive workouts, on-demand classes and stream your favorite shows. Connect with like-minded people and take a run along Venice Beach or through Zion National Park through Explore the World on the new Bowflex T22 treadmill (https://www.bowflex.com/treadmills/t22/100910.html). Bonus: it’s space-efficient as it folds up for easy storage. Holland adds that this kind of technology offers experiences you won’t find at the gym. 

Determine Your Workout Style 

After you’ve identified your fitness goals and budget, the next step is to figure out which fitness solutions and equipment will keep you motivated and healthy. New equipment choices mean new options to help you enjoy your workout. Holland recommends incor- porating a mix of both strength and car- dio into your exercise regimen. A great combo, for example, is the compact Bowflex M9 Max Trainer (https://www. bowflex.com/maxtrainer/m9/100944. html) machine and Bowflex SelectTech 840 kettlebell (https://www.bowflex. com/selecttech/840-kettlebell/100790. html) or Bowflex SelectTech 2080 barbell (https://www.bowflex.com/ selecttech/2080-barbell/100874.html). 

Choose The Right Space 

Once you know what types of work- outs you’ll be doing, Holland says the way to choose the right space is to start by asking yourself how much room you really need. Enough space for a tread- mill or swinging a kettlebell will look a lot different from space for primarily doing yoga. Imagine yourself in the space and whether you’ll enjoy working out in it. If you are tight on indoor space, a Tuff Shed building (https://www.tuff- shed.com/) offers another option to cre- ate a custom backyard home gym. 

Now for the easy part—using your home gym. Holland recommends a mid-week virtual circuit challenge with friends or simply hitting the tread- mill and weights for a mind-clearing solo workout. Without the limitations, time-outlay and costs around the traditional gym membership, the reimagined home gym is here to stay. 

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Backyarding With A Purpose: Know Your Personality Type
Posted: May 04, 2021

(NAPSI)—Backyarding—the trend to use the backyard for everything from tele-working to working out to relaxing—has a different purpose for each person. Identifying your backyard’s role in your family’s health and happiness is key to cultivating a purposeful outdoor space customized to your needs.

“How do you a create a more purposeful outdoor space? First, you need to identify what type of ‘backyarder’ you are,” explains Kris Kiser, President & CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and the TurfMutt Foundation. “Then, you can get to work in your yard with that idea in mind.”

Here are just a few of the backyarding personality types. Which one(s) are you?

Expert Landscaper. Your yard makes neighbors green with envy. You know how to maintain a healthy living landscape and you have the latest outdoor power equipment to make even big jobs easier. Your idea of a good time? Spending the weekend doing yardwork. You love the sense of accomplishment that comes from working in your yard, and friends can count on you for advice.

Environmentalist. You know that nature starts in your own backyard and that taking small steps in your yard can make a big impact on climate change. As the proverbial Robin to your yard’s Batman, you embrace your role in supporting the superhero powers of your living landscape (capturing and filtering rainwater, producing oxygen and absorbing carbon, just to name a few).

Nature Lover. No binge-watching TV for you. You spend your free time watching the birds, bats, butterflies and other wildlife that count on your yard for food and shelter. You cultivate a landscape that supports a rich biodiversity with butterfly bushes, flowering plants, water sources, and trees and shrubs with nooks for nesting and food. 

Horticulturist. The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is bookmarked on your browser because putting the right plant in the right place is the Golden Rule you live by. You consider location, maintenance, sunlight and watering requirements, as well as the climate zone, before you even think about sticking your shovel in the dirt.

Kid Zone Creator. You know the safest place for your kids is in your own backyard and work hard to create an outdoor fun zone. A flat area of sturdy turfgrass to play sports and pitch a tent? Check. Treehouse? Check. Zipline strung safely between backyard trees? Check. An elevated garden for veggies? Check. Natural playscapes, such as a patch of sand bordered by rocks and log stump seating? Check. 

Pet Pamperer. Your focus is on Fido. You’ve planted sturdy turfgrass that can stand pet play and used soft foliage to create a natural barricade between “off limits” areas and the rest of the lawn. Trees and shrubs are strategically planted for shade and you’ve even set up a water feature to help your pup cool off. 

Entertainer Extraordinaire. Your backyard was the neighborhood hotspot long before the pandemic made that trend posh. Birthdays, graduations, reunions, socially distanced BBQs—your yard is the place to gather. It’s got patio furniture, a fire pit, yard games, string lights and an outdoor kitchen. 

Zen Master. You enjoy your morning coffee on the balcony as songbirds serenade. Meditating in the shade and de-stressing in a hammock are your jam. Your backyard is your sacred space for relaxation and rejuvenation. You know spending time outside is good for your health and well-being. 

To learn more, visit TurfMutt.com. Sign up for Mutt Mail, TurfMutt’s monthly e-newsletter with TurfMutt Foundation news and backyarding tips, at http://eepurl.com/he0XzD.

 

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Saturday 05/01/2021
Is Your Home at Risk for an Electrical Fire?
Updated: May 03, 2021 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Springtime is peak home-buying and building season. And it’s critical to protect one of the largest investments you’ll make in a lifetime — as well as your loved ones.

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Monday 04/19/2021
Optimize Your Outdoor Space with Custom Shading
Updated: April 22, 2021 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Spring is here at last, and a pandemic-weary world is eager to get outside. Now more than ever, businesses and individuals want to make the most of outdoor spaces.

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5 tips for women seeking success in real estate
Updated: May 09, 2021 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Looking to start a new career, or to revamp your current career in real estate? For women entrepreneurs seeking a breakout business opportunity, now is an ideal time to consider a real estate franchise. Advantages include using skills and knowledge you already have, being your own boss and taking steps toward achieving financial freedom. You can use your people skills, plus your knowledge or experience about homeownership and real estate to develop a successful career.

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Thursday 04/15/2021
The Ultimate How-To for Homebuyers: Key Considerations to Make When Purchasing a Home
Updated: May 09, 2021 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Purchasing your first home is one of life’s most thrilling milestones. Whether you prefer an urban loft or a sprawling suburban dwelling, most homeowners hope to find a home that feels tailor-made to their specific lifestyle needs and design preferences. Still, searching for the perfect place comes with a big list of considerations, and you will want to ensure that the choices you make will keep you happy for years to come. Here are a few major factors every first-time homebuyer should consider before making the big purchase.

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Tuesday 04/06/2021
Ready, set, sold: 5 tips for selling your home in a hot market
Updated: April 08, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - If you're thinking about moving, now could be the ideal time to sell your home. Over 28 million Americans say they plan to purchase a home in the next 12 months, yet the number of available homes on the market is lower than it’s been in decades. When there are more buyers than available houses, the uneven supply and demand typically results in bidding wars and higher selling prices. This has created a hot market for home sellers in cities across the country.

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Friday 04/02/2021
5 inspiring ways to bring the beauty of nature into the home
Updated: May 09, 2021 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - It’s no secret that nature has the power to inspire, invigorate, restore and refresh. Research shows that nature can offer mental health benefits including decreasing stress and relieving anxiety. In fact, incorporating elements of nature into the home has been proven to improve happiness and well-being. Following are five ways to invite the beauty and benefits of the outdoors into your home.

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Wednesday 03/31/2021
3 easy ways to get your home ready for Earth Day
Updated: May 09, 2021 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - With Earth Day just around the corner, have you done a home health check to make sure you aren’t wasting water? Some easy upgrades can help you to kick water-guzzling fixtures to the curb and start saving water and money.

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4 easy one-day bathroom upgrades
Updated: May 09, 2021 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Since you’ve been spending more time at home, you've probably noticed things that need a refresh, especially in that most-used room of the house: the bathroom. Whether you’re an experienced DIY-er or novice fixer-upper, you may be putting off renovations that seem too tough to tackle.

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Inspect these 3 areas to protect your home against costly water damage
Updated: May 09, 2021 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - There’s nothing quite like owning a home. There’s the pride of achieving a financial goal. There’s the comfort of having a sanctuary and space of your own in which to build a lifetime of memories.

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Tuesday 03/30/2021
Spring refresh: 5 easy indoor projects to freshen up your home
Updated: May 09, 2021 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - While spring cleaning tends to get the most attention this time of year, the best way to usher in the new season is by giving your home a warm-weather refresh. There’s no need to go out and buy all new furniture and décor or undertake a major renovation to give your current interior a fresh look and feel, though — small tweaks can make just as big of an impact!

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How to show your appliances some extra love this spring
Updated: May 09, 2021 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - This past year we’ve all made a few changes to our daily lives, but one thing has remained constant — your appliances. It’s easy to forget these machines are working hard in the background, but they’re always helping to keep your household running smoothly. In the spirit of spring cleaning, let’s give some extra love to our dedicated appliances, so they can keep performing at their best. Here are spring cleaning must-dos from Maytag appliance experts.

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