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The Galveston County Daily News: Around The Home

December 2, 2016

Around the Home

  • Green Living

    Snowmen: The endangered species no one talks about

    (BPT) - For many, snowmen are an iconic part of winter. Millions of people have memories of building their round snow bodies, using pieces of charcoal for their eyes, crooked sticks as arms and a withered carrot for a nose.

  • Green Living

    Make Medicare Open Enrollment a Healthy Habit

    (Family Features) Routines help keep us focused, organized and healthy. However, if your health care routine doesn’t include preparing for Medicare’s Open Enrollment, now’s the time to kick-start a new healthy habit.

  • Green Living

    5 Easy Steps for a Cleaner Home

    (Family Features) Whether it is a family dinner after a long day at work, sitting down with a book on a rainy day or entertaining friends during the weekend, there is nothing like spending quality time in the comfort of your own home. With a few simple steps, you can have a fresher, cleaner and healthier home, taking comfort to a whole new level.

Pet Central

pets

Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

Fitness

Fitness

Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

Crosswords

Crosswords

Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

Sudoku

Sudoku

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 >>




Tuesday 11/22/2016
5 budgeting tips to host a spirited, not spendy holiday party
Updated: November 23, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - If you find the guests attending your upcoming holiday party delightful, but the bills associated with hosting frightful, here are five tips to know. So on with the snow, the glow and the show!

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Wednesday 11/16/2016
The many moods of modern design
Updated: November 17, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - With roots dating back to the 1920's and 1930's, modern interior design encompasses a wide variety of aesthetics and moods. From an urban industrial loft to a sleek beach house, the versatility of modern design can morph to match a variety of environments. Whether you prefer raw spaces and reclaimed materials or crisp lines and minimal embellishment, there’s a modern flavor to fit your personal style.

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Thursday 11/03/2016
5 hot home trends for 2017
Posted: November 03, 2016

(BPT) - The choice to remodel a home is growing among U.S. homeowners. In fact, Americans will spend $31.2 billion in 2016 to remodel 1.8 million kitchens and 2.5 million bathrooms, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). Some experts predict this number to rise into 2017.

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How to Add a Unique Twist to Your Holiday Décor this Season
Updated: November 03, 2016 - 2:32 am

(StatePoint) We all love our holiday traditions, and that includes the way we deck the halls -- from special ornaments to favorite festive wreaths. However, you may be looking for ways to revamp the tried-and-true look, especially when entertaining friends and family.

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Tuesday 10/25/2016
Tree trimming 101: Dazzling decorating easy as 1-2-3
Updated: November 02, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Shiny silver and gold, the warm glow of lights, dazzling bursts of color — O Christmas tree, your magic helps fill our homes with laughter and love during this merriest of seasons. And while gathering together to trim the tree is a beloved family tradition for many of us, let's be honest; for others, it’s an intimidating decorating nightmare. But don’t be overwhelmed, it’s easy to go from dazed to dazzling with a few insider tips.

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Tuesday 10/18/2016
Talking turkey: It's platter season
Updated: October 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - What’s your idea of the perfect Thanksgiving meal? A big family buffet, or perhaps an intimate evening with a few close friends? Thanksgiving brings us together from near and far for all sorts of fun-filled traditions that are uniquely our own. And while those traditions may vary somewhat as families grow and our lives change over time, there’s one constant at the heart of Thanksgiving entertaining — the beloved turkey platter.

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Saturday 10/15/2016
Family-Friendly Tips to Transform Your Home this Season
Updated: October 15, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Transition your interior décor when temperatures drop -- it’s a great time to tap into your creativity and make a statement.  Here are some ideas -- big and small -- to freshen up your home this season.

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Tuesday 10/04/2016
Tips for getting senior photos that you and your teen will love
Updated: October 12, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Here it is, the final year of high school. A year from now, nothing will be the same, so this is, no doubt, an exciting and often nostalgic time for the entire family. As this final year of high school begins, now's the time to think about senior portraits.

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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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Tuesday 11/29/2016
Snowmen: The endangered species no one talks about
Posted: November 29, 2016

(BPT) - For many, snowmen are an iconic part of winter. Millions of people have memories of building their round snow bodies, using pieces of charcoal for their eyes, crooked sticks as arms and a withered carrot for a nose.

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Wednesday 11/16/2016
Go Green and Save Green with a High-Efficiency Water Heater
Updated: November 17, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - As energy costs rise, the "green" movement and conservation efforts have become popular topics. Energy-saving recommendations appear daily in the media, and consumers are being offered subsidies or state and federal tax credits to encourage the purchase of more efficient appliances. However, many homeowners fail to consider their water heater when it comes to going "green."

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Monday 10/31/2016
Natural Stone: Discovering New Forms of Art
Updated: October 31, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Art can take on many different shapes and sizes in a variety of media. From watercolor paintings and bronze sculptures to still-life photographs and wood carvings, art can become the focal point of any interior living space. But, what if art could become part of a home's architecture in unexpected ways? The answer is yes, it can, and it comes in the form of natural stone.

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Wednesday 10/05/2016
Bottled water: The healthy, environmentally friendly drink
Posted: October 05, 2016

(BPT) - Whether you drink it to quench your thirst or use it to wash your laundry, water is an indispensable part of our lives and our world.

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Monday 10/03/2016
Why Switching to LED Bulbs Makes a Difference
Updated: October 03, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) It may seem like a small detail, but the way you light your home can have a big impact on the environment and your energy bills. Indeed, widespread use of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the United States, according to government findings.

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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: October 08, 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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Monday 11/28/2016
Make Medicare Open Enrollment a Healthy Habit
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Routines help keep us focused, organized and healthy. However, if your health care routine doesn’t include preparing for Medicare’s Open Enrollment, now’s the time to kick-start a new healthy habit.

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5 Easy Steps for a Cleaner Home
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Whether it is a family dinner after a long day at work, sitting down with a book on a rainy day or entertaining friends during the weekend, there is nothing like spending quality time in the comfort of your own home. With a few simple steps, you can have a fresher, cleaner and healthier home, taking comfort to a whole new level.

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Making the World a Better Place with STEM
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) During this time of year, many families are looking for ways to give back to their communities. Collecting donations for a food drive or donating warm clothes are great ways to serve the community, but giving back through innovation is another impactful way to help others. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education plays a significant role in giving innovators the skills they need to create tools that help solve some of the world’s largest problems.

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Get Ready for Holiday Hosting 
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) As the holiday season approaches and you’re tasked with hosting family and friends, it can be a little overwhelming to imagine all the work that has to take place for a successful celebration.

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Easy Ways to Warm Up This Winter
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) As the cold weather settles in, staying snuggled up in your comfortable house around the clock may be tempting, but it’s not very realistic. So when you come back inside from work, running errands or a quick snowball war with the kids, you’ll need some easy ways to warm up.

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Take Precautions to Be Safe this Holiday Season
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Although good tidings and joy abound during the holiday season, this time of year can also pose a serious threat to your family, friends and home. The holidays bring an elevated risk for fires and burns, and many Americans may have a false sense of security.

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Put a Holiday Toy Tradition Under the Tree
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Most adults remember that one special Christmas that stands out above the rest thanks to that one coveted gift they discovered with childlike delight under the tree. Now you can help the children in your life create similar memories by sharing a beloved holiday toy tradition: the newest Hess Toy Truck.

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Save Time on Holiday Entertaining
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With each holiday season comes joy, laughter and celebrations with family and friends. However, all that revelry takes time. Fortunately, there are ways to keep the planning and preparation for holiday entertaining from infringing on your enjoyment of all the holidays have to offer.

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Monday 11/21/2016
Secrets for Simple Holiday Entertaining
Updated: November 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The hustle and bustle of the holiday season may feel overwhelming at times, and for hosts throwing holiday parties, sticking to formal cooking and dining traditions can be time-consuming and stressful. In the season dedicated to spending time with family and friends, experimenting with simple entertaining ideas and informal settings can allow for more time to enjoy the party with your guests.

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Holiday Lighting 101
Updated: November 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) While decorating the tree, house, or garland, a whole section of lights can go dark – along with holiday spirits. Light outages can be frustrating and time-consuming to repair during the busy holiday season.

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Thursday 11/17/2016
Making Fireplace Safety a Priority in Your Household
Updated: November 17, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Getting cozy this winter? You’ll definitely want to make use of your fireplace. But remember, you’ll need to take extra precautions to keep everybody and everything safe.

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Friday 11/11/2016
Holiday Cooking and Gift Ideas for Foodies
Updated: November 11, 2016 - 2:32 am

(StatePoint) Whether one aspires to culinary greatness or prefers whipping up cozy family meals, all cooks appreciate quality kitchen equipment. Here are some ways you can beef up your kitchen in time to prepare large holiday feasts, and some ideas to help you shop for the chefs and foodies in your life.

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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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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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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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