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Help dogs maintain their calm behavior

Summer can be a stressful time of year for dogs who experience anxious behaviors, with triggers like fireworks, thunderstorms, summer travel and more taking a toll on pets. While... — Updated 6/7/2019


Take your workout outdoors for a fresh boost

As temperatures rise and the sun shines brighter, residents might consider taking their workouts outside more often. To ensure their body's comfort and safety, they may need to refr... — Updated 5/30/2019


Diversify the dinner menu

Crafting quick, easy, nutritious meals is one of the most common goals for home chefs, yet it may sometimes be difficult to keep the menu feeling fresh and new. By introducing a... — Updated 5/16/2019


Tackle these 9 troublesome weed zones this spring

Weeds are opportunists that take advantage of bleak growing conditions to set root. If anyone has ever seen a weed growing out of a crack in the driveway or other paving, they know... — Updated 4/19/2019


Keep cool on the grill

Keep the kitchen cool and comfortable with grilled meals that banish the heat to the outdoors. Crisp, fresh greens and a perfect blend of spices and savory ingredients make each of... — Updated 4/19/2019


Swing into spring with these 5 ideas to update your space

While spring naturally means it's time for a refresh for many homeowners, it doesn't mean you're limited only to a cleaning party. Take advantage of the season by using it as an... — Updated 3/29/2019


Simplify your morning routine to get more out of your day

Some people wake up each morning refreshed, bright-eyed and ready to take on the day. Others slap the snooze button repeatedly and drag themselves begrudgingly from a cocoon of blan... — Updated 3/22/2019


Cope with chronic pain without opioids

Pain can impact nearly every aspect of a person's daily life from cleaning the house to going to work or playing with their children. In fact, according to the Institute of... — Updated 3/14/2019


Give your home a modern makeover

Even if a home has seen a generation or two of living, creating a contemporary new look may not require a full-scale renovation. The key to creating a more modern feel is all in... — Updated 3/8/2019


Living in color

When picking a color for cabinetry, personality and lifestyle are essential considerations. Gray and white cabinets are options for the modern active living lifestyle, whereas... — Updated 2/21/2019


Consider implementing these on-trend home designs for 2019

The influence of global cultures is increasingly visible in home decor as technology expands homeowners' worldviews. Acting on the inspiration of global trends can be as simple as... — Updated 2/21/2019


Smart tech upgrades improve home functions

When smart home technologies first emerged, their purpose was largely for convenience and operating the devices was often clunky. Today, smart devices integrate into connected home... — Updated 2/21/2019


Put a healthy twist on your favorite foods

Whether it's a simple date night at home or a weeknight meal for the entire family, finding inter-culinary balance between everyone at the table can sometimes be difficult. When at... — Updated 2/15/2019


Complete these winter home repair hacks

Even if a homeowner is not terribly handy, there are many simple household repairs that they can easily do at home to avoid unnecessary time and expense. It is especially true in... — Updated 2/15/2019


Rev up for a travel adventure

Hitting the open road continues to be an increasingly popular vacation option for families. As spring approaches, the idea of exploring the country in full bloom may encourage many... — Updated 2/15/2019


5 Steps for Game day party success

Whether you have been planning for months or you're inviting guests the day of, hosting a huge crowd on game day requires a bit more than RSVPs and a welcoming setting. Whether a... — Updated 1/31/2019


Help prevent accidental carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, potentially deadly gas that can be produced by fuel-burning appliances. Stoves, fireplaces, furnaces and many other types of home... — Updated 1/31/2019


Create a healthy, winter-ready home

When chilly weather arrives and the days get shorter, chances are good residents will spend the majority of their days indoors. Before starting their hibernation, it's a good idea... — Updated 1/17/2019


Bring Tuscany to the table with simple, flavorful recipes for winter entertaining

Take time this winter to slow down and experience the delight of great-tasting food with family and friends. Savoring the moment is at the heart of Tuscan-inspired entertaining,... — Updated 1/10/2019


Bring classic character to a kitchen

In today's stainless steel world filled with clean lines, sharp angles and sleek kitchen accessories, it may seem daunting to achieve the perfect antique style for a kitchen. While... — Updated 1/10/2019


Combat cold and flu season

When temperatures drop, the risk for illness, such as colds and the flu, rises. Each year, millions of Americans suffer from symptoms ranging from coughing, sneezing and congestion... — Updated 1/11/2019


Consider these 3 popular eating plans in the new year

If someone is thinking about revamping how they eat in the new year, they might want to think twice about the trendy dairy-free plans that crop up on social media feeds – as they... — Updated 1/4/2019


Photo-worthy homes are decorated for the holidays

Seasons change, and so do rental contracts and housing arrangements. If people are leasing, they can still make their rental feel like home for the holidays with seasonal decor. The... — Updated 11/29/2018


Aid performance in the classroom

With all the stress of a new school year, it can be difficult for students to re-adjust to a healthy routine, but many experts agree that sleep is among the most important parts of... — Updated 10/5/2018


Fight the Beg: Proper feeding habits can help with pet obesity

When it comes to keeping pets at a healthy weight, humans can contribute to both the problem and the solution. Just as people need to control the temptation to overindulge, pet... — Updated 9/21/2018


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