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Simple tips to keep busy families organized
Keeping your family organized is harder now than it ever was before. Learn how technology can help you and your family stay ahead of the game.
 
Make the most of summer: 4 easy ways to go boating
Boating is a popular American pastime. This spring and summer, don't get left on the dock and take advantage of the warmer weather aboard a boat.
 
Beyond games: Tips for tapping tech for education
There's plenty technology can do to enrich learning and help kids develop new skills. The key is finding the right ways to use technology for learning, both in the classroom and at home.
 
New home innovations help consumers weather the storm
Learn how the latest technology can protect your home from wet weather and storms.
 
The key to managing stress: identify causes and find simple solutions
If there is one aspect of life in the modern world that affects all of us, it's stress. In fact, it's so prevalent and can have such a serious effect on our health, that April has been named Stress Awareness Month.
 
No sweat: Secrets to staying cool in the kitchen and eating well this summer
From no-make recipes to alternative cooking tactics, you can find plenty of ways to beat kitchen heat this summer.
 
5 ways to jump-start your credit score
It's a common financial predicament for most 20-something-year-olds: You need credit to get credit. But even if you're older and have been through some credit-wrecking havoc in your life, you could face the same issue.
 
Groundbreaking new technology helps those with hearing loss who aren't satisfied with hearing aids
If you've been living with hearing loss for a long time, it can be hard to believe there is anything new out there that can help - even if you've tried the most advanced hearing aids. But now there's new groundbreaking technology.
 
Doors opening wide for women to serve in the Navy
The chance to push limits personally and professionally is an opportunity for women in the Navy. Women who seek to pursue what some may consider male-dominated roles are not only welcome, they're wanted.
 
Turn your home into a smart home with these simple technology upgrades
Homes are more technically advanced than ever before. The good news is that you don't have to be a techie to turn your home into a smart home.
 
Bathroom organization styles that work smarter - not harder
The collection of grooming and beauty tools cluttering the bathroom vanity can quickly overwhelm everything. The bathroom should be a functional room that works for you and here's how.
 
Guilt-free desserts to please the whole family
Dinner is over and your family is craving something sweet to end the meal. There are plenty of delicious options to satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth while keeping your family's diet balanced.
 
Increase your home's curb appeal and value with simple outdoor improvements
First impressions happen at the curb. Even if you're not planning on selling your home anytime soon, simple outdoor improvements can make a dramatic difference. Add curb appeal without emptying your bank account.
 
6 steps to control your blood pressure
The results of a simple blood pressure test may identify a condition that, when managed, could help reduce your chances for stroke or heart attack.
 
The places you'll go: Tips for female graduates on how to lean in to your career
Does the so-called glass ceiling still exist? The truth is females face unique considerations when it comes to growing and navigating a career.
 
Education insight: 5 tips for conquering college later in life
Older students are no longer intimidated to conquer college later in life. If it's been a long time since you've been in a classroom, it's important to understand how modern educational changes are making getting a degree easier than ever before.
 
New tech devices make the perfect gift for your grad
Learn more about how the latest technology can make a perfect gift for the grad in your life. You'll find out which options are available and the benefits of each technology choice that grads are sure to enjoy.
 
Children's health concern: Every minute poison control answers a call about young kids getting into medicine
Children's health concern: Did you know every minute poison control answers a call about kids getting into medicine? Here's what you need to know about this growing problem and how to prevent it.
 
Five ways to celebrate the return of the sun
Whether taking a break from the workday to enjoy the park or hosting an event for friends, there are many ways to bask in the warmth of the sun
 
Healthy housekeeping tips offer a fresh approach to spring cleaning
Spring cleaning can be problematic for asthma sufferers. Learn what you can do to protect yourself during this season.
 
The new time to have fun and bond with your family: breakfast
Families are always looking for new ways to spend time together. Why not start your weekend off on the right foot with a little family time in the kitchen over a delicious hot breakfast?
 
Outdoor kitchen? Second-floor laundry? How to easily achieve summer's hottest home improvements
From adding a bathroom to creating an outdoor kitchen, above-floor plumbing quickly and easily solves a host of plumbing challenges.
 
Try tasty simple swaps to lighten up your menu
When it comes to diet and health, small changes can lead to big rewards. The trick is to identify ingredients that make for easy trades, like milk, yogurt and cheese.
 
Clever tips and tricks to save on auto insurance
Car insurance can take a bite out of your budget. Check out these tips to help cut insurance costs.
 
Got a great wedding theme? Tips for carrying it throughout your big day
What does the concept of a wedding theme mean to you? Do you think it's just about the colors you choose for your bouquet and bridesmaid gowns? Or do you think of it as something grander - your personalized stamp that should shine through every aspect of your big day?
 
Deck staining secrets for success
Restoring your deck's beauty and protecting it from further damage can be relatively easy and affordable. HGTV/DIY Network star and seasoned deck builder Jeff Wilson shares his six essential tips for success for this popular project.
 
5 reasons to smile this Mother's Day
Did you know the act of smiling can impact both how you look and how you feel? Research finds that one in three women hardly ever smile at themselves because they don't like what they see in the mirror.
 
A sure-footed way to choose new flooring
When spring-cleaning uncovers a worn floor it may be time to consider purchasing a new one, especially if you're selling your home in the near future. A new floor, like refreshed paint and updated fixtures, makes a home more enjoyable to live in as well as more marketable.
 
Bringing life back into your yard and garden
You can take pride in your backyard year after year with a breathtaking landscape by following these simple steps.
 
Master suite upgrades: the secret to a speedier home sale
If you're planning to sell your home and have already renovated the kitchen and bathrooms, what's your next move? Three words: master suite upgrades.
 
Science and technology giving outdoor power tools a Millennial twist
New battery-powered tools are compact, lightweight and easy to store. They share the flip-of-a-switch appeal of other portable devices. But instead of connecting you to the outside world, these improve the world outside your own back door.
 
How freeze-thaw cycles, water, impact, sun and pests can damage siding
Learn why spring is a great time to reside your house and what options you have.
 
Easy tips and menu for outdoor entertaining
Try these tips for planning an outdoor entertaining soiree for a birthday, bridal shower, graduation, or simply to spend time with some friends.
 
Worried about data breach risks? What you can do to help protect yourself
While you can't prevent a breach from occurring, you can still do a number of things to help better protect yourself from one of the most serious potential consequences of a breach - identity theft.
 
10 reasons to love your lawn
Installing and maintaining a natural turf lawn is a home improvement that pays big, making your home more comfortable, attractive and environmentally sustainable.
 
Spring home decorating tips from the ground up
Everywhere you look, top to bottom, the world is transforming into a place full of beauty, vibrancy, color and life. So why not take inspiration from nature to revamp your personal space?
 
Lead with style: How to create clean, crisp curb appeal for your home's entry
Whether you are building a new home, or want to refresh your existing home, choosing a contemporary style creates high-class curb appeal. But, what goes into contemporary home styling?
 
Time to try to DIY: Easy outdoor living projects that can be done in a few weekends
Find out how to recreate your outdoor living space without spending a fortune. There are plenty of easy-to-tackle projects that can be done in just a few weekends.
 
Turn your 'victory garden' into a 'vitamin garden' with no-fail, high-nutrition veggies and herbs
Turn your victory garden into a "vitamin garden" and reap all the health benefits of gardening.
 
Designer tips to create inspired dream spaces with color
Ready to transform your home this year? The key to creating your dream interior space could be as simple as updating with color.
 
National Infant Immunization Week 2014
Immunizations are considered to be one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Over time, successful vaccination campaigns have contributed to the elimination or near-elimination of some diseases in the United States, like polio. But today, rates of some diseases are increasing and could continue to do so if vaccination rates decrease.
 
Tossing and turning at night? Stop counting sheep and start collecting zzz's
Too many distractions are keeping American's awake way later into the night. These tips help a person to relax in time for a good night of slumber.
 
Running on empty: How far can you really go?
It's no secret that an automobile can continue to run after the fuel light comes on, but should drivers rely on the extra mileage it allows? Consider this expert insight.
 
Moving on? Tips to help get your home ready to sell
Listing your home for sale? Or want to? First impressions can make the difference in attracting prospective buyers. Check out these tips for getting your home ready for a quick sale.
 
How to get your car to go that extra mile - or 100,000
How can you reach the six-figure mile-mark? The answer is as simple as listening to your car, following a regular maintenance schedule and asking yourself these questions.
 
Check the big move off the moving to-do list with ease
When you're planning the big move, you've probably created a lengthy to-do list of everything that needs to be packed, planned and previewed. While you're likely excited about your move, stress can create a bit of an emotional upheaval as well.
 
Deer dangers you don't know - and what to do about them
Deer damage to bushes, blooms, shrubs and gardens can be annoying at best and costly at worst, but deer can pose other, more serious, risks to the safety of your home and family. A pro-active approach can help protect your home from deer dangers you don't know.
 
Car care tips from a lady who professionally takes hers through the dirt and mud
Learn 10 easy ways to keep your car running at the top of its game from a person who routinely puts her vehicle into extreme conditions.
 
Fascinating facts about everyone's favorite sweet treat: Caramel
There are many confections available to satisfy a sweet tooth, but one that melts the hearts of many is rich, creamy caramel. Read fascinating facts about caramel's history as well as two new exciting dessert recipes.
 
Pump it up: Ways to grow the personal trainer profession
Americans are using personal trainers in a proactive approach to their personal health and well-being. There are opportunities in the fitness industry to ensure personal trainers concentrate on health and well-being for their clients.
 
Making spring cleaning easy with one tool [Infographic]
Spring cleaning can quickly turn into a mountainous task. However there are plenty of tools available to make spring cleaning simple.
 
Get spring off to a fresh start with these easy cleaning tips
Seventy-two percent of Americans make spring cleaning an annual task, so use these easy cleaning tips to get your project started.
 
Easy do-it-yourself Easter: Fun Easter projects for the whole family
The Easter bunny is right around the corner, which means chocolate eggs, chick marshmallows and stuffed bunnies will soon be popping up around the home. Celebrate with a build-your-own Easter basket with the kids for some quality time for the entire family.
 
Ice is nice: 5 simple steps to maintain your commercial ice machine
It's easy for restaurants and other food service businesses to forget about one of the hardest working pieces of equipment in their kitchens: the commercial ice machine. But ice is critical to the storage, preparation and distribution of items on your menu, and must be treated like food when it comes to safety and sanitation.
 
Exercise those ears: Simple ways to keep your hearing in shape
There are actions people can take that can help maintain the ability to process and understand speech when communicating with others. The following list of healthy hearing practices may help prevent or reduce hearing loss in adults and children and help maintain hearing fitness.
 
Tips for making your child's birthday extra special this year
For many young children (especially those between the ages of 3 and 6), a birthday is the most important and anticipated day of the year. The challenge is finding the time to create birthdays that will leave lasting impressions. Here are fun and easy ways to make your child feel extra special on their birthday.
 
Chic chalet: Give your kitchen a mountain makeover
Your kitchen doesn't need a Matterhorn vista to stay on top of the latest "chalet chic" design trend. It's easier than you think to get this style by mixing rustic pieces with modern touches.
 
Creating inviting outdoor spaces for entertaining
From barbecues and games of bocce to parties and candlelit dinners, your outdoor space can be a hub for entertaining friends and family. Here's advice from the experts.
 
Renovating? Laying a good foundation for home improvement success
You've probably heard the saying: "Your home is your castle." But if your current home - or the home you're thinking of buying - feels more like the servant's quarters than the royal palace, you may need to plan a renovation. At times like these it's easy to give in to your excitement and get the project moving forward, but take a moment to plan your overall strategy. You'll find that, much like your future castle, your renovation project will benefit from a solid foundation.
 
Flab to fit: The five money moves that can whip your finances into better shape
Taking control of your finances doesn't have to be limited to the first few months of the year - you can get started anytime. Here's how.
 
Sure-fire laundry tips to make your kids' clothes last longer
Taking care of your kids' clothing can be a non-stop, dirty business. All that running around, sliding into home plate and puddle jumping can wear out more than just your kids' shirts and pants. It can also leave parents feeling like they're constantly catching up on laundry and continuously replacing faded, stained or worn-out clothing. Fortunately, a few simple tricks can help make laundry less of a chore, extend the life of children's clothes and even your budget.
 
Is your technology working for you?
For every new computer, gadget or service there are several different stages of ownership. Unfortunately, the first and happiest phase - the honeymoon - doesn't last forever. Eventually, devices can slow, services get outdated, and in the end, the ailing technology begins to work against you.
 
Learning on the go: How digital learning can help you understand any topic instantly
One of the most active groups of digital learners is adults - a movement that is being driven by the desire for self-improvement and to gain knowledge about a variety of topics of personal interest. Here's what you need to know about this fascinating evolution.
 
Why invest in insulation during a renovation?
When it comes to enhancing the value and comfort of a home, most homeowners will opt to address the cosmetic features of a home when completing a renovation project. Yet, it's often the things that homeowners don't consider that can have the biggest impact on the value of a home.
 
Green spring cleaning ideas that are kind to Mother Nature
It's not necessary to use harsh chemicals and toxins to achieve a cleaner, fresh-smelling home this spring. Homemade cleaning products and earth-friendly tactics can help you clean green. Here are green cleaning ideas and a supplies list that will make Mother Nature happy.
 
Is bracket-busting technology the key to victory?
Each year technology has a greater impact on our lives and that may be most visible in the world of sports. Long-time sports fans have witnessed the advent of new protective equipment, slow motion playbacks and officials using instant replay to determine the correct call in major sporting events all across the country.
 
Big family, big love: Easy entertaining tips for large groups
Between holidays, graduation parties and warm weather festivities, there's always a reason to gather for a great meal and some fun. With a few organization tricks and cooking tips, even the largest families can come together to enjoy quality time with one another while sharing in food and fun.
 
Walking: the old way to get fit is new again
With so many fitness trends, you might not think of walking as good exercise. If you're not thrusting a kettlebell over your head, pushing a tractor trailer tire or shaking your hips to a Top 40 dance beat in a scheduled group class, you're not cutting it, right? Well, not so fast. Walking is actually a great way to get in shape. In fact, if you walk often enough and fast enough, the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other can satisfy your body's daily requirement for aerobic activity.
 
Call 811 before every digging project, large or small
Keep safety in mind before you start to dig for your landscaping project this spring and summer. Use these tips to be sure you know where all utilities are located prior to digging.
 
Bridal registry trends inspire new dinnerware traditions
What are the hot trends of the season in bridal registry? For many bridal couples it is mixing something old with something new to create updated dinnerware designs. The table looks refreshed and renewed while allowing couples to enjoy treasured family heirlooms.
 
Couples: Live happily ever after with tips on moving into your first home together
Moving into your first home as a couple is a fun experience. But you will also face challenges like combining your household belongings and determining where you want everything placed. Handling these negotiations well can start your life together on the right foot.
 
Ask the Pharmacist: Expert advice for managing ADHD medications
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is no longer just a condition impacting school-aged boys. In fact, ADHD diagnosis rates are exploding among the adult population - climbing 53 percent overall and an alarming 84 percent for those ages 26-34. Here's what you need to know about this startling statistic and growing condition.
 
Entertaining tips and tricks: Do game day right this spring
There are many exciting games during the spring and, unfortunately, it's nearly impossible to catch them all. But you can still have a great time watching from home if you do it the right way. In fact, hosting family and friends to watch the big game is an American tradition. Consider these entertaining tips and tricks so you host a winning party.
 
Is your garage door ready to roll? Survey casts doubts
Does your garage door creak, squeak or groan when you open or close it? If so, that isn't a good sign. But noticing this is the first step to fixing what could become a major home repair issue.
 
Best on the block: How to create curb appeal
Spring is in the air, so it's time to give your home an exterior makeover and add curb appeal. A few simple tricks can help boost your home's profile, and ensure visitors get a good first impression when they arrive on your doorstep.
 
Three-room makeover takes homes from simple to sensational this spring
Spring is the season of new beginnings, so is it any wonder that many Americans think about home improvement and brightening their decor when the weather warms? Simple updates can bring the cheerful perspective from the outside indoors, and revive any room just in time for warmer weather.
 
How to prepare your pet for summer fun - and beyond
The dark, cold days of winter are nearly behind us, and many people are looking forward to warmer weather and outdoor activities. Dogs also appreciate their time in the sun. So, it's important to keep in mind what you need to do to make sure your dog is ready to enjoy summer activities.
 
Increasing your resale value is easy when you save smartly
Investing in home improvements is a smart idea when you're thinking of putting your home on the market. So where is the best place to spend your money?
 
Build a better bath on a budget
Bathroom remodeling doesn't have to be a budget buster. You can simply improve what you already have to get the spa-like retreat you're seeking. Here are a few tips to get you started on your redesign.
 
Wood is good: The must-have material for your spring home spruce-up
Thinking of sprucing up your home for spring? You're not alone; one in three homeowners say they'll take on at least one home improvement project in the first half of 2014, according to a recent survey by Burst Media. And it turns out, freshening your home for spring is a smart investment.
 
Beyond cool: How ceiling fans offer energy efficiency, decor and function
Savvy interior designers know that items that are both fashionable and functional are in high demand. One of the best examples of a stylish, hardworking home fixture is also one of the most overlooked: the ceiling fan. In 2014, more homeowners are realizing the potential this classic technology has not only on their comfort levels, but also on their interior's design aesthetic.
 
Custom home decor without the hassle and high costs
In the Internet age, it's easier than ever to achieve the look of custom home decor without the expense or hassle of traditional methods. That's because you can buy virtually anything online these days, from custom wall art to made-to-order slip covers.
 
From farm to suburb, chicken coops are at the heart of the self-reliance movement
Americans across the country are taking strides to be more self reliant, including growing food, composting and raising animals. While these types of activities are most often associated with people who live in the country, residents in unexpected settings are embracing aspects of this lifestyle at increasingly fast rates.
 
Still need to file your taxes? Tips for faster, easier filing
Spring can inspire a renewed sense of confidence and optimism in do-it-yourself activities. For nearly 40 percent of Americans, this includes preparing and e-filing their own income tax return. Like most things DIY, following a few simple strategies can save you valuable time and money at tax time.
 
Spring cleaning your medicine cabinet? Simple steps to cut cabinet clutter
As temperatures warm and flowers blossom, Mother Nature's renewal often inspires us to refresh our own surroundings. It's officially time for spring cleaning, but as you focus on scrubbing floors, refreshing draperies and dusting every surface in sight, don't forget about one area critical to your health and happiness: your medicine cabinet.
 
Working adults plug into online education
Many working adults begin using technology from the moment their alarm clocks go off. From checking emails on a tablet over morning coffee, to sending out social media posts from a smartphone before they get into the office, technology allows people to be efficient and stay connected anytime, anyplace. This same technology is now playing an important role for individuals seeking alternative learning environments to continue their educations or grow their careers.
 
Decorating with light captures the fresh spirit of spring
Something about spring seems to inspire us to lavish attention on our homes. Whether enthusiastically cleaning or freshening decor, Americans seize spring as an opportunity to breathe new life into interior spaces. While painting and decluttering are great ways to revitalize home decor, for sheer spring-like impact it's hard to beat decorating with light.
 
Eight tips to get your lawn mower ready for spring
With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to tune up your lawn mower for the season ahead. A yearly tune-up is important to ensure all parts of your mower are functioning properly and safely. Use these eight tips to rev up your engine and get your mower ready for spring.
 
Solve everyday setbacks with five simple 'life hacks'... and possibly get rich doing so
Fifty-six percent of adults who completed home improvements in the past year spent $1,000 or more, according to The Scarborough Report. Next time you're faced with a home improvement project, instead of wasting money throwing away fixable objects or hiring professionals for quick and easy repairs and improvements, keep these money-saving tips in mind. Here are five simple life hacks to help you throughout your entire home and trying one just might make you $40,000 richer!
 
Discover the little-known investment strategy that your advisor isn't telling you about
Did you know self-directed IRAs allow Americans to invest in assets other than stocks and bonds, while enjoying the tax-free or tax-deferred status of their retirement account? Very few Americans realize that they have the option to self-direct their IRAs, or other retirement plans, into real estate and other alternative assets. Most investors believe that the only IRA investment options are bank CDs, the stock market or mutual funds - often because of inaccurate information from their current IRA custodian. Here's what every investor should know.
 
Sowing the seeds of spring: How to start your garden indoors
While cooler temperatures slowly fade, gardeners across the country eagerly await the arrival of spring - and the chance to get outdoors and grow something. If gardening is your passion, you don't have to wait until the weather is perfect to get started. In fact, working ahead by growing your own seedlings is a great way to ensure your garden is successful throughout the warmer months.
 
Achieving personal harmony and balance during Colon Cancer Awareness Month
What if after surviving your first cancer diagnosis at the age of 51, you were re-diagnosed just 18 months later? Metastatic colorectal cancer patient Dave Johnson experienced that first-hand, and was initially reluctant and scared to tell his family, friends and co-workers.
 
IRS audits: 8 triggers to avoid and tips to help you survive
Ever wonder how the Internal Revenue Service selects which taxpayers to audit? Well, it isn't always a matter of chance. There are certain factors that can make your tax return stand out from the rest.
 
Empty nesters want low-maintenance yards that focus on fun and functionality, not fuss
One of the first questions new empty nesters face is: what do we do with the nest? One key area to tackle is the yard and garden. The following are tips for transforming a yard's maintenance-hungry features, especially the lawn, into alternatives that offer fun and functionality without the fuss.
 
Clutter-clearing home cleaning tips turn chaos into harmony
The stack of shoes that pile up by the front door, the linen closet that you're afraid to open, the junk drawer that may well hide the mysteries of the universe - we all have one or two spots in our home that cry out for organization and tidying. Spring cleaning season is approaching, and with a plan of attack you can take this opportunity to clear away clutter, organize underutilized spaces and generally improve the overall usability of your home.
 
Now's the time to spring into DIY action with home improvement projects
It's time to start dreaming of a spring home makeover. Sources of design inspiration, like Pinterest, are plentiful and can help make your home decor and renovation projects easy and fun. In fact, now is the season to gather ideas and get started.
 
Opening the door to space and privacy is easy
Homeowners, builders and remodelers are always looking for innovative new ways to enhance existing spaces during home makeovers and room renovations.
 
Selecting a cellphone and plan that fits your lifestyle
Whether taking the plunge and joining the smartphone crowd or simply replacing a tired old cellphone, buying a new device takes careful deliberation. From selecting carriers and avoiding contracts to deciding on a type of phone and a specific model, numerous decisions must be made to find the right phone for your life's next adventure.
 
Learn how speaking to your doctor may have a positive effect on your rheumatoid arthritis
For the 1.3 million people across the United States who have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), pain is often a part of life. If you have been diagnosed with RA, there is help out there. Having a conversation with your rheumatologist is a start to getting the care you need.
 
Six ways to kick your lawn's grass this season
For most all of us, springtime can't come soon enough. Following a brutal winter with severe temps and record snowfall nationwide, people are more anxious than ever to enjoy the first days of spring outdoors.
 
Embrace spring early with fresh DIY home and landscaping projects
People across the country are feeling the winter blues after an unusually cold and snowy winter. But with warmer weather arriving soon, you can create a feeling of spring indoors and out with some simple do-it-yourself projects.
 
Five insider tips to save money when buying a car
As the weather warms, car buying season gets into full swing. Even though interest rates are still at or near record lows, there are additional ways smart buyers are saving even more cash on their next vehicle and staying within their budgets.
 
School lunches are gold mines for recycling, reusing and replenishing
From an early age, children can roll up their sleeves and get involved in helping reduce the amount of trash they produce by participating in recycling programs. Across the country, children will celebrate Earth Day April 22 with science fairs and environmental educational seminars about the importance of recycling. When children start recycling early in life, they're more likely to continue that behavior as they get older - and pass the practice on to their own kids.
 
For small lawns, choose smart tools that get the job done quickly and store away neatly
Small lawns have many of the same needs and issues as larger lawns, but they don't always require the same bulky tools to get the job done. A smart arsenal for small lawn care includes some sturdy hand tools and a few small, but powerful, gadgets. If you're looking to outfit your arsenal, consider these tools.
 
Nix the neutrals: Undoing open house decor to make a new home your own
When selling a house, the mantra for most is neutral, neutral, neutral. To help potential new owners envision themselves moving in, real estate experts remind sellers to de-personalize their homes. That means removing family photos and mementos and replacing favorite color schemes with more vanilla shades and hues. So as a new homeowner, how do you begin to de-neutralize your new house to make it your new home?
 
Sleep better together - how to slumber as a couple
Tossing, turning, snoring, thrashing, blanket yanking - it's amazing anybody who shares a bed ever gets any sleep. If your loved one is keeping you up, you're definitely not alone.
 
Traveling? Check out these tips on how to stay healthy
As vital as vacations are for our mental well-being, many of us find ourselves compromising on nutrition when we travel. Being away from our routines - and our own kitchens - can throw our weight loss efforts for a loop. Eating while traveling with limited time and restaurant choices is often the hardest part of keeping up with a healthy diet. Here are some tips to help you eat healthy while on the road.
 
Meeting buyer demands in a seller's market: Top trends for 2014
With many real estate industry watchers predicting 2014 will be a seller's market, you may think you won't need to do much to sell your home this spring. Not so fast - while more buyers are likely to be competing for homes, that doesn't mean they're willing to settle for less than perfect. In fact, coming out of the real estate crash of a few years ago, buyers have learned the importance of getting the maximum value for their home investment.
 
Five sure-fire steps for planning the most memorable family vacation of your life
It's no secret that families are busy these days. Between mom and dad's careers, the kids' school demands and extra-curricular activities, quality time together as a family is hard to come by. This busy lifestyle is inspiring a new travel movement, and 2014 is positioned for the grand rebirth of the family vacation. If you want to take an unforgettable family vacation this year, the idea of planning might seem overwhelming. But travel experts agree that planning ahead and researching your options are important steps to ensure your trip is stress-free and full of fun.
 
Four tips for achieving a healthy lawn on a budget
As spring rolls around, it's time to start thinking about yard maintenance. If your budget is tight, you might be tempted to let the lawn care slide, but maintaining a great lawn doesn't need to be expensive - and the reward for just a small investment is a beautiful, environmentally friendly setting for outdoor activities of many kinds.
 
Wine and food: Making a perfect match
If you've ever stood before an aisle of wine completely baffled by what to serve at your next dinner party, you aren't alone. Whether red or white, dry or sweet, the options can be overwhelming. Two wine experts have teamed up to help you navigate the wine aisle like a pro.
 
Four quick color tips to awaken your home in 2014
While many resolutions are based on eating healthier and exercising more, homes rarely receive the same promise of improvement. This year, resolve to give your home some attention by committing to a new coat of paint. Painting can be a quick and cost-effective way to refresh your home, so consider updating several spaces for a clean start.
 
Wake up to why you might be tired all the time
With busy schedules, it's inevitable to feel sleepy once in a while. But habitually falling asleep during the day while watching TV, reading a book, or in the middle of having a conversation could be a sign of a serious sleep disorder known as narcolepsy.
 
Put your decorating fears to bed and awaken your personality with the latest color trends
The bedroom is an oasis. It's the place where you wake up, energized and ready to start the day, as well as where you slip away and unwind from the day's activities. This is the one room that is truly yours, so make sure it's a reflection of your personality.
 
Prepping tips for spring outdoor projects
Soon, winter will be winding down and homeowners will start planning - and prepping for - a variety of outdoor projects for spring. From cleaning, repairing or replacing decks, to creating raised beds for veggies and flowers, now is the time to start gearing up for those spring projects.
 
How to diversify your retirement portfolio in ways you might not have imagined
Many investors are taking more control of their financial future by investing in alternatives to the stock market including real estate, land, promissory notes, oil and gas.
 
Mind Your B.I.S. - Tips to jumpstart your financial well-being
In the next few months, high school seniors across the country will be anxiously checking mailboxes for college acceptance letters. With two-thirds of recent high school grads enrolling in college as of 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is the first step on a journey towards personal and financial independence for many Americans. Whether an incoming freshman, soon to be senior or recent grad, it is never too early to get financially fit. The key to success is to make the process fun and manageable.
 
What to consider when upgrading your technology
The holidays are over and if you're left looking at a fruit cake and a room full of white elephant gifts, you're probably thinking it is time to find the perfect present for yourself.
 
Five surprising solutions to help you stop snoring
Snoring not only keeps you and your bed partner up at night - it can be dangerous to your health. Typically, as you sleep, air passes through the nose and past the back of the throat without any trouble. But as muscles relax during sleep, the upper airway can become partially blocked, causing the soft tissue in the throat to vibrate and creating the cumbersome noise that is snoring. Loud and frequent snoring is a common warning sign for obstructive sleep apnea, which is a serious sleep illness. Over time, sleep apnea can increase the risk of high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, depression, diabetes, heart disease and more.
 
Food forecast: U.S. embraces European traditions to create authentic cuisine stateside
Not long ago, adding international flair to your foods simply meant incorporating a dash of spice or trying a new cooking method. Today, Americans expect more out of their food, and the newest culinary trends are inspired by European traditions in order to create delicious, unique cuisine closer to home. Keep an eye out for these top food trends and dine on exciting new foods made in the U.S.
 
Preparing for peace of mind in retirement
Everyone's vision for retirement is different - for some it involves trips across the globe, while for others it means relocating to a new city or picking up a new hobby. Regardless of what your retirement goals might be, preparing to achieve them financially should include a plan that anticipates both the expected and unexpected events and expenses that may arise before or after leaving the workforce.
 
How color affects your exterior home makeover
How do you know you've chosen the right colors to accent your home's exterior? What colors on windows, doors, trim or shutters can highlight architectural details? Try these tips to help choose an exterior color scheme for your home.
 
Make TV safety part of your childproofing plan: Don't overlook TV tip-over risks
Have a new flat panel TV? Where will you put your older cathode ray tube (CRT) TV? For many families, when a new TV comes into the home, the old bulky TV often moves to a child's room, basement or other location where it could pose a serious safety hazard.
 
Six hot home design trends for spring 2014
Does the change of seasons have you itching to refresh a tired, lackluster room? Or maybe you're looking for some small ways to make a big impact on your home's style? Whatever the case, here are some of this season's most buzzed-about trends and how you can incorporate them into your next project.
 
Five things they don't teach you in school about how to secure your financial future
Anyone over a certain age has heard about the "the three Rs" of education - reading, writing and arithmetic. The thinking is that if you graduate from school knowing how to read, write and solve basic math problems, you'll have the fundamentals for a successful life. But these days much more is required, especially when it comes to making sure you have the financial resources to take care of yourself and your family. Here are five things they generally don't teach you in school but that everyone should learn.
 
Brewing up fresh ideas in the kitchen: How to incorporate craft beer into your cooking
For those that are experienced in the kitchen, wine may be a familiar ingredient to cook with, but many people don't even consider using craft beer in their recipes. While it may not be commonplace quite yet, more and more people are learning that craft beer can add a flavorful dimension to a variety of dishes.
 
Enjoy the taste of eating right with healthy, tasty snacks
While health is a main concern for many Americans, the majority are still choosing food based on taste rather than nutrition. This Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) is hoping to change perceptions and shed light on the fact that healthy food can taste good by promoting the theme: Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right during National Nutrition Month.
 
Learn how to be healthy, active and live well with diabetes
Navigating the world of diabetes care can be overwhelming, whether you are at risk for, have been recently diagnosed or are living with diabetes. Where do you turn for help?
 
Lovestruck: How to give a Valentine's Day gift perfect for her unique personality
Whether it's a couple's first date, a pair of love birds in their honeymoon phase or a husband and wife team enjoying 50 years of married bliss, Valentine's Day serves as a reminder of the affection shared with a special someone. For the Valentine who is truly one of a kind, find a gift that perfectly suits her unique personality. She'll love the presents and appreciate the thought that went into finding that perfect gift, just for her.
 
Three easy DIY tips to maintain your vehicle
When it comes to vehicle maintenance there are two schools of practice: the "do it for me" and the "do it yourself." We all know about the basic maintenance you should be doing like getting your oil changed and checking the belts and hoses for wear. But did you know there are other aspects of your vehicle you can easily maintain and, by doing so, will extend the life of your vehicle?
 
Learn how to achieve your weight loss goals this year
The average American who wants to lose weight will make four attempts this year and only one in six of them will see long-term success. Statistics also show it takes 21 days to create a habit and if the results aren't coming, giving up becomes easy. This year, instead of giving up on your resolution, stay motivated and push through.
 
Technology playing a bigger role in what families eat each month
Restaurants play a key role in most family's weekly - and sometimes daily - routine. When families take advantage of a restaurant - either by dining out, taking food to go or ordering delivery - what can they expect on the menu? Increasingly, it's healthier options with a side of technology.
 
Spring-prep steps for your sun-friendly skylights
When spring finally arrives, windows and skylights across the country will open, as happy homeowners revel in all that sunshine and warm, fresh air. But before you can savor spring, you still have weeks of winter to get through. You can use that time wisely to ensure all your home's windows, skylights and doors are in good working order - and ready for action when spring arrives.
 
Steering the course to success
Elana Meyers' dream of winning an Olympic medal began at a young age. Growing up in Georgia, she participated in a myriad of sports to feed her desire for competition, including basketball, competitive dance, soccer, track and softball. Today, the 29-year-old Meyers is ready to lay everything on the line in pursuit of her dream as the pilot of the U.S. women's bobsled team.
 
Survey says: Payday loan users savvier than you think
Read enough about the state of Americans' finances and you might get the impression that the average consumer is fairly clueless when it comes to making good money decisions. But a new survey indicates that Americans are more credit-savvy than you might think about how and when to use one of the most-maligned types of credit: payday loans.
 
Could depression be affecting your job?
Did you know that one in 10 people struggle with depression? Depression can consist of a range of symptoms and it can also impact every aspect of a person's life including social, family, personal and work/school life. Depression affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act, and affects people during their prime working years.
 
How to keep your kids active during the winter months
As the holidays wind down, so do the temperatures. As a parent, you know your kids can get restless in the winter months while they're cooped up inside. It's tempting to let the tablets and video games provide hours of entertainment, but it's important that kids stay active to keep their minds and bodies healthy. With a little creativity, you can keep your kids moving and prevent the winter blues.
 
How health care reform could impact your tax returns this year and next
Several key tax law changes in the Affordable Care Act have been implemented in 2013 and 2014. The impact of those changes on federal tax returns due April 15, 2014 and 2015 hinge mainly on your household's adjusted gross income (AGI) and health insurance situation. Here's the important facts everyone should understand.
 
What you don't know about pain can hurt you
You may not like it, but when you feel pain, your body is trying to tell you something. In most cases, it's to stop what you're doing. ("Ouch, that stove is hot!") That's why some pain is necessary and can prevent us from seriously injuring ourselves. But, at times, pain also can be intolerable, becoming constant and negatively impacting your quality of life. If you or a loved one suffers from chronic pain, it's important to learn the best way to treat it.
 
Tough times never last, tough people do
Growing up just steps away from the slopes in Park City, Utah, Steven Holcomb's Olympic dreams started early. Today, the 32-year-old Holcomb pilots the four-man bobsled crew nicknamed the "Night Train" and is considered one of the most successful bobsled drivers in U.S. history.
 
Ditch the New Year's resolution and make 2014 a delicious, well-balanced eating revolution
The New Year's resolution is an annual tradition for many Americans. But year after year, Americans throw themselves into a harsh new routine of extreme weight loss and diet, which leaves little room for success. In fact, 92 percent of those who set a resolution fall short of keeping it. This year, kick those New Year's resolutions to the curb and revamp your lifestyle with a well-balanced eating revolution. What does this mean? Make small - and flavorful - changes to your daily routine to help you reach your goals and become a better you throughout the year. The following tips include new ways to prepare meals for every season, allowing you to boost your energy and make better choices without sacrificing taste.
 
3 easy steps to sweeten someone's day
Nearly everyone has more than one special person in their life. Whether it's a neighbor who lets the dog out, the friend who watches the kids in a pinch or a colleague who makes Mondays a little more bearable, loved ones make our days better. A simple thank you or a small thank you gift can go a long way in showing those people just how much you appreciate them.
 
Energy-efficiency: the remodeling trend that's here to stay
Remodeling trends come and go, which is a good thing if you're talking about shag carpet or avocado-colored Formica. But some trends have both staying power and universal appeal, such as the strengthening movement toward homes that are more energy efficient and eco-friendly.
 
A reasonable explanation: What 'reason codes' tell you about your credit score
Consumer knowledge about credit scoring remains a challenge. In fact, nearly half of Americans still don't know that mortgage companies use credit scores when making decisions about credit availability and pricing. Even if you do understand the importance of a credit score, you may still wonder why yours isn't higher. That's where "reason codes" come in handy.
 
Got an 'impossible' space? The no-fail way to turn it into a bathroom
Nearly everyone has a home improvement "impossible dream" - an inground pool in a postage-stamp-sized backyard or a professional-grade kitchen on a $5,000 budget. Some homeowners might say their can't-do renovation is adding a bathroom in an impossible space. But enterprising homeowners and contractors are using a long-proven technology to creatively add bathrooms in a variety of locations once considered "impossible" for plumbing.
 
Get a jumpstart on digital spring cleaning by tackling an overloaded inbox
If you spring clean your home every year, you might want to consider an often forgotten and usually cluttered space - your email.
 
Bathroom remodeling: the first five things you must do
So you've decided it's time to remodel your bathroom. Whether you're excited at the idea of creating a new look that will add value to your home, or simply relieved that you'll no longer have to look at dated fixtures and cracked tile, you'll be facing a lot of decisions about materials, colors, fixtures, flooring and more. The options are vast, and you may wonder: What is the best way to get started?
 
Heart attack proof: How to give yourself a cardiac makeover
It's not cancer, accidents or even old age - the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States is cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attack and stroke. The good news is that this killer is highly preventable and controllable. By taking the right steps and working closely with your doctor, you can help prevent heart attack and stroke at any age.
 
Spruce up your home for spring
Spring is a time of rebirth. A time when everyone shakes off the last chills of a long winter and sets goals to improve themselves. Maybe you plan to set a goal to lose weight, now that you can exercise outside, learn a new skill or get promoted. All of these are great ideas. But while you are striving to attain your personal goal, have you ever thought of setting a goal to refresh your home in a way that will have your friends talking?
 
Can you afford a college degree?
For working adults wondering if they should go back to school for a degree - or to upgrade their bachelor's degree to a master's - affordability is, today, more important than ever. "How can I afford it?" is often the first question students ask before they enroll.
 
Look for the seal for safe children's products
Your children's safety is your top priority. You heard from the experts and you've read the books to ensure you're providing them with the right clothes and the proper food. But what about the baby products they use every day? How do you know they're safe?
 
Mom was right, you should eat more veggies - here's how you do it
The majority of Americans say they've been trying to eat more fruits and vegetables over the past year, according to a poll by the International Food Information Council Foundation. And, with good reason; eating plenty of vegetables and fruits can help ward off heart disease and stroke, control blood pressure and prevent some types of cancer, according to Harvard School of Public Health.
 
How your car's computers can improve your gas mileage
Your right foot holds the key to better gas mileage. How aggressively you apply the gas or brakes affects how frequently you have to stop for fuel. And driving style is even more important with today's cars as the spread between a vehicle's best and worst mileage may be 10 mpg or more. Here are some tips you can use to improve your gas mileage during the miles ahead, using your car's technology.
 
How to protect your diesel in cold weather
As more manufacturers produce diesel vehicles for consumers, owners need to be aware of the issues that may occur during the cold winter months and learn how they can protect their vehicle.
 
Top 10 home decor trends for 2014
Renew. Rejuvenate. Reinvigorate. The same objectives people have when making their personal New Year's resolutions can be just as easily be applied to their homes. There's no better time to give a home a fresh look, whether it's incorporating a new color palette, adding accessories, repurposing furniture or putting something interesting up on the walls.
 
Business owners: Resolve to use your time for growth in 2014
Each year offers a chance for new beginnings - an opportunity for people to reflect on the past and make personal resolutions to use their time effectively to prosper in the year ahead. The same is true for businesses, as entrepreneurs and business owners set new strategic goals and plans for growth. Here are some tip resolutions for business owners in 2014.
 
How to manage your money in the new year
As a new year unfolds, many people resolve to kick bad habits and take better care of their health and their finances. After a few late payments, messy receipt folders and carefree budgeting, it's time to make your personal finances a priority. It may feel like you don't have enough time in your hectic life to sit down and manage your money, but with a few secret weapons you can organize your personal finances like a professional in no time at all, from wherever your busy day may take you.
 
Knowing when to repair or replace three of your home's major systems - the furnace, air conditioner and water heater
If your furnace, air conditioner or water heater is not working properly, you probably notice it long before you actually inspect the appliance itself. You know because those winter mornings are a little too cold, those July days are a little too hot or your morning showers are chillier than normal. All three are signs that these crucial systems are not running as efficiently as they once did.
 
It's OK to cry: Expert tips for creating an emotionally charged Valentine's Day card for your man
With the onslaught of roses, hearts and cherubs, it's easy to think Valentine's Day is all about women, but men deserve something special too. You don't need to gift luscious chocolates or a new designer watch to get the ultimate Valentine's Day reaction. This year, more women are thinking ahead to create customized cards for their beaus that truly speak from the heart - and men are responding with tears of joy.
 
Resolving to cook more at home?
Cooking more at home is a common New Year's resolution - and a good one at that. Not only can you save money by eating at home, you can also make choices restaurants often decide for you about how food is purchased and prepared.
 
A fitness revolution for your New Year's resolution
It is the time of year when resolutions are made, but that does not have to mean the beginning of broken promises. It should not be a surprise that fitness goals are among the top New Year's resolution for men. Gyms are flowing with new members in the beginning of the year, but within a few weeks many men will return to their sedentary lifestyle. One reason that people abandon their fitness routine is that working out at the gym can be irritating. Dove Men+Care Antiperspirant Deodorant wants to help men overcome irritation in 2014 and has partnered with fitness and motivational lifestyle expert, Dai Manuel, to offer these tips to help men stay on track toward their fitness goals.
 
How to claim victory as a No. 1 sports party host
When you hear the phrase "'tis the season" you might be thinking holidays. But it's also the season of families and friends gathering together around the big-screen TV to cheer on their favorite college or pro sports teams.
 
Go-anywhere upgrades that are great for kitchens and baths
Some upgrades look laughable in the wrong room: plush carpeting in the bathroom or custom drapes in a kitchen. A handful of go-anywhere upgrades work especially well in kitchens and baths - and can raise those rooms from merely functional to inspiringly fashionable.
 
Ideas to inspire home remodeling projects
With new home trends emerging, it's an ideal time to collect ideas to inspire your next home improvement plans.
 
Boomers: Are you asking your doctor these critical heart health questions?
America's baby boomers are a vibrant group of people who embrace the idea of aging well. A healthy heart is key to ensuring you can live life to the fullest no matter what your age. Even if you're committed to taking care of your heart health, the amount of information available can be overwhelming, and you may not be aware of the most important topics to discuss with your doctor.
 
How to stick to your New Year's resolutions all year long
With the holidays past and a new year upon us, now is the time for Americans to focus on their 2014 resolutions. And while fitness goals often top the list of New Year's resolutions, diet and exercise aren't the only ways to get back into shape. This year, do yourself and your loved ones a favor by getting financially fit as well.
 
Chase the mid-winter blues away with wholesome comfort foods
The colder weather of winter has many looking for some comforting wholesome meals to share with friends and family. This winter try delicious recipes that will create tantalizing smells in the home and warm everyone sitting around the table.
 
Four simple tips to achieve your New Year's resolutions
The new year is here and it's time to tackle your resolutions! You've set your goal, and now is the time to take action. Following a few simple tips can help you kick start your healthy habits and inspire you to achieve your goals this year.
 
How to find rebates for energy-efficient home improvements
Home improvements that increase energy efficiency are appealing on many levels, from saving you money on heating and cooling costs to the confidence you get from knowing you're doing something good for the environment. They're even better when you can get some money back from the initial investment of making those improvements. Here are some ways to find rebates.
 
Top apps help keep small-business owners efficient and on the go
With all the buzz surrounding business use of "cloud computing," you might think the concept of conducting business anywhere - on the road, in the board room, on a soccer field or in the gym - was a new one. But small-business owners (SBOs) have been working on the go for decades. The arrival of mobile apps has just made things a little easier for them.
 
Get in gear this year with a resolution to ride with
Now that the ball has dropped to usher in 2014, make it your mission to set a resolution to stick with this new year. According to Forbes, more than 40 percent of Americans set a goal for themselves at the start of a fresh year. However, only a mere 8 percent ever actually reach the finish line due to lack of ease and tangibility.
 
Tips to keep you trekking this winter
Winter is in full swing, and with the magical season come the potentially unpleasant snow, ice and slippery conditions that can make driving a challenge. But, even in this less-than-ideal driving weather, Americans are ready to take on what Mother Nature throws their way. Even though 63 percent of Americans say icy roads are their top winter driving concern, 76 percent also say they are comfortable driving in snow, according to Hankook Tire's Winter Gauge Index.
 
Keep wall flaws hidden with beautiful texturing techniques
When it comes to home decorating, texturing can do for your walls what a good coat of wax can do for your car's finish - hide a host of flaws. Poorly patched holes, uneven sheetrock, ugly wallpaper and even multiple layers of peeling paint can all be hidden beneath a beautiful layer of texture.
 
Accomplish your weight management goals this year
The new year gives everyone the perfect opportunity to start fresh. For some, it may be a time to explore a new hobby or take on a new professional challenge. For others, starting fresh means moving into a new home or a new city. And the new year for many people is a time to begin managing their weight.
 
10 simple ways to instantly improve your finances in 2014
Do you wonder how you could better manage finances? You're not alone. When it comes to money, most people are far from perfect. Whether you make $20,000 a year or $200,000, some simple steps can start you on the right financial path, and some of them only take a few minutes to complete.
 
How Well Do You Know the Flu?
About half of US adults incorrectly believe that antibiotics or flu vaccines will treat the flu, according to a new survey from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). The good news is that two-thirds of those surveyed know that people should be vaccinated against the flu each year.
 
Cold weather pushes rodents into homes
With the holidays over for another year, you may think you won't have any more surprise guests until spring. Think again. Nearly a third (29 percent) of Americans have had a "visit" from one of winter's least-welcome "guests" - rodents - according to a survey from the National Pest Management Association. In fact, these pests enter approximately 21 million homes each winter, and nearly half of the infestations occur in the fall and winter months.
 
A resolution you can keep all year: The one-day identity checkup
Exercise. Lose the weight. Answer every incoming email. Those are the hard kinds of New Year's resolutions, because you have to think about them every day for the rest of the year. Many are forgotten long before Valentine's Day.
 
Think spring: Insider tips for shopping a local boat show
A new year means new resolutions. Maybe your resolution is looking to spend more quality time with family and friends? Learn something new? Spend more time outdoors or being active? This is the year to follow through on that resolution and discover boating - an activity that can accomplish all of the above.
 
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