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An outside-the-box, DIY Halloween costume combination

October 30, 2020

Family Features Even though Halloween may look a little different this year for many families, there are still ways to make the most of popular seasonal traditions, like costumes, spooky decor and festive treats. Rather than venturing out to look for a costume, get creative at home with everyday craft supplies and delivery boxes to…

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Fall home decor trends: Comforting hues, flexible design

September 17, 2020

By Kim Cook New York-based designer Glenn Gissler painted this New York loft in Benjamin Moore’s deep, rich Van Buren Brown, with columns and ceilings in crisp Decorator’s White. A long tuxedo-style sofa in milk chocolate-y velvet anchors the space along with tonal modern art. The result is a chic, contemporary yet cozy and eminently…

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Top tips for weathering storm season

September 10, 2020

BPT September is the most common month for hurricanes to make U.S. landfall, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, and with severe storms and tornadoes appearing around the country, it is more important than ever to take steps and be prepared before, during and after a storm. One of the biggest threats during…

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Dig into gardening trends: Tips to get started

July 31, 2020

BPT  Just like fashion, trends in gardening come and go … and sometimes come back again. Some shifts in gardening were inspired by necessity, like the “victory gardens” of  WWII for growing food during years of rationing. Others reflected societal changes, like the green lawns of the 1950s and 1960s, when families spent more time…

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Have time and energy? Five affordable DIY projects homeowners can finish now

July 24, 2020

BPT (Paid content by Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.) We are all spending more time at home now and are increasingly finding that DIY home improvement projects can be fun, rewarding and cost-effective. Especially today when it’s so important to have a comfortable, stylish home to enjoy more time with friends and family, DIY projects…

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How to keep your cool all summer long

July 10, 2020

BPT With summer comes plenty of sunshine, and with it lots of heat – sometimes more than you enjoy. Are you lacking central air conditioning in your place? Don’t sweat it. There are many easy things you can do to help keep yourself and your whole family cool as the summer starts to heat up….

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Go Ahead, Make His Day

June 19, 2020

Dad-approved gifts for Father’s Day FAMILY FEATURES An entire day dedicated to “dear ol’ dad” may not be enough to show the depths of your appreciation, but a hug, a heartfelt thanks and some quality time (even from afar) are great places to start. When it comes to giving gifts for Father’s Day, practical and…

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Simple ways to beautify your outdoor space and enjoy time at home

May 22, 2020

BPT Whether it’s a quaint patio, a simple garden, a rolling expanse of land or the many possibilities in between, the backyard is the perfect place to unwind. As people spend more time at home, creating a personal outdoor sanctuary is more important than ever before. Fortunately you don’t need a lot of time or…

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Five steps to painting like a pro at home

April 30, 2020

BPT Nothing transforms a home quite like a fresh coat of paint. In fact, painting your own house is one of the smartest and easiest DIY upgrades a homeowner can accomplish, especially as they find themselves spending more time at home. With 71% of homeowners undertaking improvement or renovation projects that include paint, according to…

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Blooms and beyond: The top gardening trends for 2020

April 17, 2020

BPT Whether you have an outdoor oasis or are a nurturing indoor plant parent, gardening offers a multitude of benefits and has the power to brighten up any space or mood. Spring is the time to plan what plants to grow, and with some expert insight on top trends, you’ll be gardening with success and…

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