• September 30, 2016

Around the Home

  • Lawn And Garden

    Move over mosquitoes: Tick prevention grabs attention in fall and winter

    (BPT) - Zika-carrying mosquitoes had their moment this year as the nation’s top headline-grabbing pests, but the arrival of cooler weather means the resurgence of another disease-carrying insect. Ticks transmit a number of diseases, including Lyme disease, that affect people and pets. And while cold weather may kill off mosquitoes, ticks remain a year-round threat.

  • Lawn And Garden

    Shower Yourself in Savings

    (NAPSI)—Showers—you use them in the morning to wake up, after a workout to rinse off, or in the evening to freshen up. That might explain why showers are one of the leading ways we use water in our homes, accounting for nearly 17 percent of all residential indoor water use.

  • Lawn And Garden

    4 great ways to create an outdoor living space

    (BPT) - Whether you plan to live in your home for years to come, or have an upcoming listing on your mind, now could be a great time to create an outdoor living space.

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Wednesday 09/21/2016
10 Home Upgrades Under $500
Posted: September 21, 2016

(BPT) - With the overwhelming popularity of home renovation shows, now more than ever, people are looking to tackle their own upgrades and invest in making their homes look and feel stylish, updated and reflective of their personalities without breaking the bank (or spending months in the process). To help you master your own easy home renovation, Ashlina Kaposta, home décor and DIY blogger at the The Decorista, offers her 10 easy and budget-friendly ways to make your home feel fresh and new.

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Wednesday 09/14/2016
5 DIY projects to liven up your office
Updated: September 22, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Whether you go into the office every day or work from home, most of us probably spend a lot more time at our desk than anywhere else. Why not take some time to make it a space that you can enjoy? With some creativity and individual flare, you can transform a utilitarian work station into a personalized think tank that is as stylish and unique as you. 

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Saturday 09/10/2016
Home Ideas for Cozy Fall Living
Updated: September 10, 2016 - 2:32 am

(StatePoint) With autumn comes crisp falling leaves, fresh brisk air and pumpkin spice aromas. It’s time to prepare your home to spend more time indoors, decorating it with warm, cozy accents to set the tone for the season.

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Tuesday 09/06/2016
Cozy, clean and comfortable: 5 steps for getting your home autumn-ready
Updated: September 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - If cooler autumn weather makes you want to get inside your home to redecorate, add new furnishings or take other steps to settle in, you’re not alone.

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Tuesday 08/02/2016
Enhance Your Home Exterior During National Curb Appeal Month
Updated: August 02, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) If your home exterior looks “blah,” National Curb Appeal Month in August is the time to borrow successful ideas from builders.

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Saturday 07/16/2016
Tips to Make a Dorm Room a Home
Updated: July 16, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) College bound? Dorm room comfort is crucial for health, happiness and academic success. Luckily, there are ways to create personalized, functional spaces within any budget.

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Friday 07/15/2016
Reimagine your home with these 5 design ideas
Posted: July 15, 2016

(BPT) - When it comes to decorating your home, you've spent a lot of time curating pieces that complement your lifestyle and match your personality. If there's one thing you've learned about interior design, it's that one size doesn't fit all, at least not for you. From furniture arrangements to upholstery patterns, to the type of wood used on crown molding, how your home looks and feels is a unique statement of who you are.

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Saturday 05/21/2016
Six Home Ideas for Successful Summer Entertaining
Updated: May 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) The season of backyard entertaining is in full swing. There are infinite projects to spruce up your home and add charm to outdoor spaces. Upgrade your home to prime party condition with a few of the following ideas:

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Wednesday 05/18/2016
Top Decor Trends of 2016
Updated: May 20, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Whether you're updating an old home or putting your personal touch on a new one, we're absolutely in love with these design trends. Accents will be bolder and florals will be bigger than ever in 2016, so get ready to mix things up with a new look for your home.

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Monday 05/16/2016
What to Keep in Mind When Updating Home Flooring
Updated: May 16, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Updating your home flooring?  From durability to style to color, there are many things to consider -- and you’ll want to be sure these elements match your family’s lifestyle.

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Wednesday 09/28/2016
Shower Yourself in Savings
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Showers—you use them in the morning to wake up, after a workout to rinse off, or in the evening to freshen up. That might explain why showers are one of the leading ways we use water in our homes, accounting for nearly 17 percent of all residential indoor water use.

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Saturday 09/24/2016
Is Your Clothes Dryer Energy Efficient?
Updated: September 24, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) If you are looking to be more energy efficient at home, you are in good company. Consumers nationwide are looking for new ways to reduce their energy use in their single-family homes, condominiums and apartments because using less energy helps save money and builds a more sustainable planet.

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Monday 09/19/2016
5 ways to promote healthy living within your home
Posted: September 19, 2016

(BPT) - There’s nothing like feeling the warm sun on your skin, or seeing colorful flowers in bloom. Sometimes, just a little fresh air is all it takes for the day’s stress to melt away. It’s this sense of well-being that motivates so many to exercise more and eat better.

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Thursday 09/01/2016
The Health Perks of Our National Parks
Updated: September 01, 2016 - 2:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Most Americans agree that spending time outdoors can enhance their physical and mental health. A recent online survey, conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Humana among over 2,000 US adults, reveals that Americans believe spending time outdoors can reduce stress (75 percent), benefit mental well-being (74 percent) and lead to living a longer, healthier life (63 percent).

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Friday 08/19/2016
The Great Divide: Balancing Travel and Protecting Delicate Ecosystems
Updated: August 19, 2016 - 2:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - For some, traveling is a calling, a way of life. It's about those who are more traveler than tourist, who prefer upscale lodging, who are happy to hike, horseback ride or kayak as a mode of transportation.

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Thursday 08/11/2016
Is Your Lawn and Garden Bird-Friendly?
Updated: August 11, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Birds are more than just beautiful visitors to your lawn and garden, they are an important component of a healthy local ecosystem.

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Thursday 08/04/2016
5 surprising facts you didn't know about batteries
Posted: August 04, 2016

(BPT) - Without batteries, the modern world wouldn’t exist as we know it. From household appliances to laptops, cellphones, tablets and other portable electronics, batteries play a vital role in powering the devices we rely on every day.

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Tuesday 08/02/2016
Three Simple Ways To Aid Pollinators
Updated: August 03, 2016 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s the buzz on an important aspect of helping our environment. Pollinator health can sometimes seem as complex as a beehive with the multiple challenges bees face. Pests, pathogens, diseases, climate change, improper use of pesticides and habitat loss are just a few. However, protecting pollinator health is something with which everyone can help.

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Wednesday 07/27/2016
How to Make the World a Better Place
Updated: July 27, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Each morning is the beginning of a new day and another chance to make the world a better place. Think your actions don't make a difference? Think again!

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Friday 07/22/2016
5 Easy Ways to Live More Sustainably
Updated: July 22, 2016 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) It might not feel like you alone can have an impact on the environment, but over time, small lifestyle changes can make a substantial difference.

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Thursday 09/29/2016
Move over mosquitoes: Tick prevention grabs attention in fall and winter
Updated: September 30, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Zika-carrying mosquitoes had their moment this year as the nation’s top headline-grabbing pests, but the arrival of cooler weather means the resurgence of another disease-carrying insect. Ticks transmit a number of diseases, including Lyme disease, that affect people and pets. And while cold weather may kill off mosquitoes, ticks remain a year-round threat.

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Tuesday 09/27/2016
4 great ways to create an outdoor living space
Updated: September 30, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Whether you plan to live in your home for years to come, or have an upcoming listing on your mind, now could be a great time to create an outdoor living space.

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Monday 09/26/2016
Winterizing is key to better lawns
Updated: September 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - As September closes the door on summer with falling temperatures and leaves, many homeowners mistakenly slip into hibernation from yard work. However, this timeframe is crucial for prepping your yard for the coming winter— and positioning it to look its best the following spring.

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Tips to Get Kids Outside and Away From Screens
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Remember taking off for a day of adventure on your bike, returning home only for dinner? Kids these days don't have the same incredible experience of exploratory, unstructured play. According to a new survey commissioned by Nature's Path, 54 percent of moms say their kids spend more time playing in front of a screen than playing outside.

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Big Results on a Little Budget
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With the abundance of home improvement shows on TV, DIY has evolved from an intimidating trade for the pros to an easy-to-manage project for even the least handy of humans. Transforming a home from disaster to delightful through simple DIY projects and repairs is much easier than you may think and can save you a bundle in the process. If the thought of doing your own handy work has you wiping your brow, think again with these easy improvements.

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Color Your Kitchen
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) While the kitchen is often the busiest room in the house, it is also one of the most important rooms when it comes to renovations. An upgraded, vibrant kitchen that incorporates elements of personal style can make the room more attrac­tive while increasing the home’s overall value.

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Keep Your Home Safe Without Compromising Style
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Home accidents cause nearly 13 million injuries a year. Some simple updates to your home can help you avoid these accidents, as well as give your rooms a facelift.

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4 Important STEM Education Innovations
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) For the past 25 years, there has been an increased focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in the United States, but that’s just the beginning. According to the Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17 percent from 2008-2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM occupations. Not only has this trend led to increased job opportunities, but it has also produced numerous technological advances that have drastically changed the world.

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7 Health Concerns That Can Result from Sleep Apnea
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Sleep is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but sleep problems – such as sleep apnea – can hinder sleep quality and lead to other severe health complications. Sleep apnea is a serious breathing disorder that causes you to snore loudly and stop breathing up to hundreds of times a night for anywhere from 10 seconds to more than a minute. According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine(AADSM), approximately 25 million adults in the United States suffer from this disease. What many people don’t realize is that in addition to being a nuisance at night, sleep apnea also is a contributing factor to several other health problems.

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Why Sleep Apnea is Bad for Your Health
Updated: September 30, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) A poor night’s sleep can leave you feeling exhausted and cranky, but long-term sleep disruption can actually lead to serious health conditions. Not only is sleep apnea a leading cause of disrupted sleep and daytime sleepiness, but this disease is also a contributing factor to a host of medical problems.

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Thursday 08/11/2016
How Hot Technologies Can Improve Your Kitchen
Updated: August 11, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Modern technology is improving every facet of our lives and the kitchen is no exception. By carefully outfitting your kitchen, your appliances can be safer, more efficient and give you versatility and precision as a home chef.

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Wednesday 07/06/2016
3 simple, fast changes to make your kitchen more usable and beautiful
Updated: July 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Why do you want to remodel your kitchen? Sure, the cabinets date back to the disco era, but the doors and hardware all still work. Your stove may be older than your college senior, but you can still bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies in it. So why invest the time, money and emotional capital in renovating the most-used room in your home?

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Thursday 06/16/2016
How to throw a seamless summer gathering
Updated: June 24, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - You’ll likely host a party or two this summer, and you want it to be an event guests remember. From dinner parties and backyard barbecues to an easy Sunday morning get-together, the most important thing at the end of the day is that you, along with your guests, have a really great time. Why entertain otherwise?

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Tuesday 06/07/2016
7 Helpful Hacks for Quick Kitchen Cleanup
Updated: June 07, 2016 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) Prepare. Eat. Clean up. Repeat. In the kitchen, it’s a never-ending cycle of conquering messes. These seven simple cleaning hacks, tips and products that will cut down time spent restoring order in your space.

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Wednesday 05/18/2016
Plumbing problems? How to know if replacing metal pipes is the right solution
Updated: May 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Home ownership is an integral component of the American Dream, but fulfilling that dream can come with its share of nightmares, too. Even the best-constructed, well-maintained house can have problems, and homeowners dread hearing diagnoses such as “You need to re-pipe your home.”

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Friday 04/01/2016
Who Showers More and Why? Women or Men?
Updated: April 01, 2016 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) On average, we spend more than 3,000 minutes in our showers every year. How we use those minutes might surprise you. New research from Moen, a leading manufacturer of bathroom fixtures, explores how men and women’s showering and grooming routines compare:

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Wednesday 03/30/2016
6 kitchen and bath upgrades that are 'the whole package'
Updated: April 07, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Let’s face it — once you get past high school, the people who go farthest in life are the ones who are the “whole package,” those who balance style, good looks and brains. The same can be said of kitchen and bath upgrades. The ones that will stand the test of time — the ones you’ll love as much in five years as you do the day they’re installed — are the improvements that blend style and intelligence.

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Monday 03/21/2016
Tips to Make Spring Cleaning Safer and Easier
Updated: March 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) If you love the results of spring cleaning, but not the process, it could be that the methods and tools you’re using to get the job done are making the work harder than it needs to be.

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Monday 03/07/2016
Spring Cleaning: Eliminate Kitchen Counter Clutter
Updated: March 07, 2016 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and the ever-daunting spring cleaning checklist is looming. As you take on tasks this year, make the kitchen a top priority.

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Thursday 02/18/2016
Three Ways to Maximize Space in a Smaller Kitchen
Updated: February 18, 2016 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) Too often, the kitchen is the first room of a home to suffer the consequences of tight living quarters. But there’s no need to forfeit big-scale cooking in a small-scale kitchen.

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Firefighters to give away smoke detectors
Posted: September 30, 2016

In conjunction with the National Fire Protection Association’s “Don’t wait, check the date: campaign,” members of the Killeen Fire Department will take applications for free smoke detectors Saturday.

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Family, pets displaced after Cove house fire
Posted: September 28, 2016

COPPERAS COVE — Fire destroyed a home on the 200 block of East Hogan Drive in Copperas Cove on Monday.

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