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Backyard Entertainment Starts with Clean Concrete

(BPT) - The backyard truly is an extension of the home these days, so it makes perfect sense that homeowners are placing greater emphasis on the upkeep and maintenance of these areas. In fact, the primary reason homeowners start a landscaping project is to upgrade deteriorated features of their outdoor living space, according to the Houzz 2018 Landscaping Survey. Patios, paths and other outdoor concrete surfaces are literally and figuratively the foundation to entertaining in many backyards, so it’s important to clean them regularly. The daily wear-and-tear of weather, surrounding vegetation, foot traffic, lawn equipment and other potentially harmful nuisances vary from backyard to backyard, so assessing the dirt and stains on the concrete surface will dictate the best cleaning approach.

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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 >>

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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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Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




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Wednesday 07/18/2018
5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy in the Heat
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(Family Features) Warm weather calls for outdoor activities with your pup, such as hiking, traveling and spending time in the park. While more outside playtime can be great for increased exercise, it’s also important to keep your pet healthy, inside and out, especially during the hot months.

Energy Savers that Make ‘Cents’
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

(Family Features) A home that operates efficiently isn’t just better for the environment. Ensuring your home systems are as efficient as possible can also help reduce the financial burden of maintaining your home throughout the year.

7 Ways to Create a High-Tech, Healthy Home
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

(Family Features) Home technology devices have come a long way, and many homeowners are discovering that their features aren’t just for convenience and comfort. A growing number of technology-enabled home features promote a healthier living space for you and your family.

Ideas for an On-Trend Bathroom
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

(Family Features) Bringing an outdated bathroom into the now is a sure way to infuse value and personal enjoyment into your home.

5 Ways to Give Your Body a Boost Inside and Out
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

(Family Features) Balancing work and life is no small proposition, and when things heat up, it can be easy to let your normal self-care habits slide. While a busy lifestyle may not allow for luxurious weekly trips to the spa to rejuvenate, you can still steal moments to promote the wellbeing of your mind and body.

Home Improvements with High ROI
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

(Family Features) If the ultimate goal of your home improvement project is aesthetic, the greatest benefit may come from your personal enjoyment of the new space. However, if you’re looking to add true value to your home, it’s important to consider which projects are likely to bring the greatest return on your investment.

Tips for Welcoming a Feline to the Family
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

(Family Features) Introducing a feline into the family can be an exciting time, but it’s important to remember that a new home is often a big change for a little cat. Whether it’s a kitten or an adult cat, providing your new pet with proper nutrition, the comforts of a good home and engaging playtime are just a few of the key things to keep in mind.

Wednesday 07/11/2018
5 Tips to Take Pets on Trips
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(Family Features) If your next big excursion is on hold until you can make arrangements for your four-legged friend, a solution may be closer than you think. Pet-friendly accommodations can be easier to find than ever, making it possible to simply take your pet along for the ride.

When School Is Out, Kids May Be Missing Out On Essential Nutrients
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

Feeding America® and The Great American Milk Drive makes it easy to pour more milk for local kids in need

How to Build the Perfect Playlist
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

(Family Features) Music can set the mood, no matter the occasion. Whether you’re playing jazz classics to give your dinner party a sophisticated ambience or blasting the latest dance-pop tracks for motivation on the treadmill, music is able to provide the soundtrack to different aspects of peoples’ lives.

Less Fuel, More Power
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

3 lawn care technologies that provide strength, sustainability

5 Steps for a Home Remodel
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(Family Features) This step-by-step guide from the experts at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) can help ensure you get the maximum return on your investment and make the most of your remodel.

Tips for Tackling Storm-Related Roof Damage
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 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.

Tuesday 07/10/2018
Moving? This Is Why You Need To Get Your Next Mattress Online
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re one of the 35 million Americans moving this year—and even if you’re not—consider replacing your old mattress with an easy direct-to-consumer online brand. Here’s why:

Monday 07/09/2018
6 Imaginative Ways to Use Hardwood in Your Home
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(BPT) - Hardwood is synonymous with high-quality residential flooring, the ultimate in underfoot durability and good looks. But as sophisticated architects, designers and homeowners regularly demonstrate, there are many other applications that exploit wood’s functional and aesthetic possibilities just as successfully as floors do.

Wednesday 07/04/2018
A Fit, Fun Summer
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

Make smart fitness choices with post-workout recovery and hydration

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(Family Features) More efficient, tightly built homes than those constructed in previous generations are generally well-regarded, for the most part with good reason. However, when you consider people spend 90 percent of their time indoors on average, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), such airtight environments raise some concerns.

5 Tips for Raising Resilient Kids
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

(Family Features) Parenting, while providing plenty of excitement, comes with a certain set of challenges. With years of outdoor playtime ahead, one of those challenges is ensuring safety while still promoting an adventurous spirit. 

Create an Accessible Lifestyle
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

Enhance independence with mobility in mind

Friday 06/29/2018
Tips to keep vintage style fresh all year round [Infographic]
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(BPT) - As seasons change, so do your clothing choices! No matter the season, there are constants to getting the most out of your clothing every day. Maintain and maximize your vintage looks all year round with these five tips from Gerard Maione of luxury vintage shop What Goes Around Comes Around.

Wednesday 06/27/2018
Treatment Options for Men with Enlarged Prostate
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(Family Features) If you’re a male over the age of 45, chances are you may be suffering from a condition more common than prostate cancer – benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). More commonly known as enlarged prostate, BPH can cause bothersome urinary symptoms that can worsen with age. In fact, nearly 40 million men in the United States are affected by enlarged prostate, according to research published in the “Journal of Urology.”

Tips for Safe Summer Travel with Pets
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

(Family Features) With warmer weather, people often spend more time on summer trips with family. These trips can be more enjoyable when your four-legged friends tag along, but it can be less of a vacation if your pets are uncomfortable on the road.

8 Tips for Safer Power Tool Performance
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

(Family Features) For many homeowners, a list of seasonal chores and home improvement projects can add up to a whole lot of work. Power tools often get called on for heavy use to whittle away at that list, but the batteries used to power these devices can pose certain risks.

Make Summer Safer
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

Tips for portable power use

Make the Most of Summer College Visits
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(Family Features) For students entering their senior year of high school or current college students considering a transfer, there’s no better way to determine whether a college or university is the right fit than a college visit. Summer is a great time to make those journeys, when campuses are less chaotic and the demands of the school year are on hold.

Tuesday 06/26/2018
Moving? This Is Why You Need To Get Your Next Mattress Online
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re one of the 35 million Americans moving this year—and even if you’re not—consider replacing your old mattress with an easy direct-to-consumer online brand. Here’s why:

Monday 06/25/2018
Remodel Unused Living Space To Maximize Your Home's Potential
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(NAPSI)—If the real estate market has you frazzled or if the notion of trading up leaves you with sticker shock, a home remodeling project may be just the right answer.

Wednesday 06/20/2018
Fight the Beg
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

Proper feeding habits can help with pet obesity

Healthy Summer Hair Care
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

(Family Features) While the sun, pool days and warmer temperatures are often a welcome change come summer, they can be brutal on your hair. It’s important to give your locks some extra love this season.

Healthy at Home
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

How to improve indoor airflow and quality

Where to Catch Your Favorite Stars this Summer
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

New and classic shows and movies available in June

Ignite Ambition
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

How women can inspire other women

Tuesday 06/19/2018
Classic cardigan? 5 tips for caring for your vintage wardrobe
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(BPT) - As environmentally aware Americans join the movement to reduce, reuse and recycle, many are turning to the past to find unique, well-made vintage pieces to complement their wardrobes.

Wednesday 06/13/2018
8 Household Items You May Need To Replace
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(Family Features) There are items in your home that you know to replace on a regular basis, such as a toothbrush, air conditioner filter or water heater. There are also things in your home that you may not replace until they are worn out, when in fact, most household items also have a shelf life that should be adhered to for efficiency, safety and health reasons.

5 Fun, Educational Summer Activities for Kids
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

(Family Features) Summer may be a break from formal education, but keeping kids excited about learning can be an easy way to keep them active and engaged instead of zoned out on screen time.

10 Steps to Help Prevent Cancer
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

(Family Features) Nearly 4 out of 10 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes, and it remains the second-leading cause of death for Americans, but nearly half of all cancer cases can be prevented.

Get Ready for Guests
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

Tips to prepare your home for summer entertaining

Tips for Cleaning Outdoor Spaces
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 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.

Tuesday 06/12/2018
Yes, Homeowners, It's Time to Prepare for Storm Season
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:05 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored by GAF - Here we go again?

Friday 06/08/2018
Raising The Bar And Wine Cellar To New Heights
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(NAPSI)—When you’re looking for a great place to unwind with friends, as more and more Americans are discovering, few spots can beat your own home bar or wine cellar.

Transform Your Home into an Entertaining Haven this Summer
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

(StatePoint) In warm weather, everything is better done outdoors -- from eating meals to entertaining guests.

Thursday 06/07/2018
Outdoor Spaces Offer Style And Comfort
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:05 am

(NewsUSA) - If you enjoy relaxing and entertaining on your porch or patio, you are not alone.

Wednesday 06/06/2018
Owning A Vacation Home Is More Affordable Than Many Realize
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(NAPSI)—Relaxing by the water or in the mountains is more than a once-a-year vacation for people who own a second home, and the explosive growth of the vacation home rental industry has put the dream of affording a vacation home within reach for more people. For those who already own a second home, the increasing popularity of renting those homes to others is boosting retirement savings, college tuition payments and disposable income.

Spruce Up Your Space Inside and Out
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

(Family Features) With longer days and warmer weather, many homeowners look to take on summertime projects to bring new life to their homes, lawns and gardens. According to a recent survey from Bank of America, 46 percent of Americans plan to tackle DIY projects to redecorate or renovate their homes this summer, but for many Americans, the cost of these projects can be a big hurdle.

5 Tips for Healthy Summer Hydration
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

(Family Features) Summer provides countless opportunities to get outside for hiking, biking and running around with friends and family. However, having fun in the sun also requires proper hydration.

How to Inspire Summer Reading
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(Family Features) While summer is the perfect time for kids to take advantage of days spent away from the classroom, remember not to put valuable skills, like reading, on the backburner. In fact, research estimates that 1-2 months of learning loss can occur during the summer months.

Tuesday 06/05/2018
Roommate Cleaning Confessions [Infographic]
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

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Five Ways To A Better Move
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(NAPSI)—The next time you’re among the estimated 40 million Americans a year who move into a new home, heeding these five hints can help you stress less:

Vinyl Siding Cleaning and Maintenance Tips
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(StatePoint) The type of siding you have on your home can affect how you spend your weekends, as some options require more maintenance and upkeep than others.

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