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April 18th, 2014

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Winter home safety: Quick steps to help protect your family

As cooler weather descends, homes heat up and so does the risk your family could experience a home fire or carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. According to the National Fire Protection Association, most home fires and CO poisonings occur in the winter. Besides heating appliances, seasonal activities such as increased cooking, candle usage and holiday d...

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Hard water: bad for your home and wallet

Nearly 90 percent of American homes have hard water – water containing high levels of calcium and magnesium, according to The U.S. Geological Survey. The hardest water is commonly found in the states that run from Kansas to Texas as well as in Southern California. Hard water on its own is bad enough, making it difficult to wash clothes and di...

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Moving this summer? Navigate the peak season like a pro

Summer is busiest time of the year for home and business moves. In fact, an estimated 65 percent of the 43 million Americans who are moving this year will do so in the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. What does that mean for those with a move in the immediate future? Considering the fact that moving is ranked just behind death and divorce...

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Trusting the weakest link: What data breaches mean to you

You’ve seen it in the headlines. Hundreds of data breaches, often at large corporations, happen every year – and consumers suffer the consequences. Data breaches have become a constant reality of a connected world. Although many people choose to ignore the problem, you can take steps to defend yourself. What is a data breach? According...

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Easy meal and snack ideas for families adjusting to busy back-to-school schedules

As the relaxing days of summer come to a close, it can be challenging to smoothly transition to back-to-school time. While kids and families adjust to more hectic schedules, it’s more important than ever to fuel both body and mind with foods that nourish and satisfy.  With a few new meal and snack ideas, your family will have a head star...

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Younger men may be at high risk for throat cancer

Recently there has been a dramatic shift: Younger men who do not drink nor smoke and are in the prime of their physical health are being diagnosed with throat cancer. The increase is due to a common virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV), and many men don’t even know they have it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventi...

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Trash vs. treasure: Expert tips when hunting for authentic garage sale finds

Collecting relics isn’t a hobby just for Grandma and Grandpa any more. With the explosive popularity of TV shows centered around unearthing historic memorabilia and valuable pieces of Americana, searching for knickknacks and artifacts that make one-of-a-kind home decor is now a popular pastime for people of all ages. But how do you know the d...

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Upcycling: Breathe new life into decor with a dash of DIY inspiration

If you’ve ever looked around your house and gotten the urge to purge, you might consider pausing and first thinking about how you could transform that old, damaged piece of furniture or outdated light fixture into a fresh-faced showpiece for your home. Not only are you doing something good for the environment – and likely your pocketboo...

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Tips and tools to prepare for power outages

Storms have been packing big punches in recent years. While the debate about the cause might rage on, so do the natural elements that wreak havoc on private homes and public infrastructure. As has been seen in recent years, the aging of the American power grid has resulted in extended power outages – and that increasingly seems that this will...

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Five tips to take your home from ‘for sale’ to ‘sold’

If you’ve been thinking about selling your home, there’s no time like the present. House hunters come out of the woodwork in warm weather months and “for sale” signs pop up everywhere. Your job is to set your home apart from all the others. In most areas around the country, it’s a buyers’ market. So how do you ge...

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