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The Galveston County Daily News: Home Improvement

December 7, 2016

Home Improvement

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Four Tips For Enjoying Your Backyard Year-Round

(NAPSI)—Here’s cool news: You can create an outdoor area that you, your family and friends can spend time in at just about any time of year. Get your yard ready with these four tips and you can defy the changing seasons.

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

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Monday 12/05/2016
Santa’s Modern-Day Helpers
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) From running his workshop to delivering toys around the world, the holiday season is a busy time for Santa. To keep himself going, Saint Nick relies on some essential gadgets to stay connected, organized and entertained throughout the holidays.

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Don’t Leave Dental Benefit Money on the Table
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) It’s not too late to improve your dental health and overall health without putting a dent in your wallet. If you have dental insurance, you have until Dec. 31 to use your benefits before they expire.

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4 Steps for Downsizing
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) For one reason or another, you’ve determined the house you’re living in has become too much to handle. Seniors, empty nesters or those moving from a suburban home into a loft or apartment in the city all face similar challenges when it comes to downsizing.

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Make Gifts Personal with DIY Labels
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) After spending hours scouring stores for the perfect gift for each person on your list, the last thing you want to do is bury your thoughtful gesture in generic wrapping. Fortunately, with the right tools and a little creativity, you can make your gift boxes just as personal as the gifts they contain.

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Safe and Sound During the Holidays
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The holiday season seems to last longer and get more hectic every year. Whether cooking the Thanksgiving feast or doing last-minute gift shopping, everyone can get a little stressed out. Most people don't know that their dog may also experience anxiety during these celebrations.

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3 Ways Soapstone Enhances Home Design
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Move over, marble and granite. There’s a new, old stone that’s coming back into vogue. After first coming into use 5,000 years ago, soapstone is once again becoming a “go-to” material for kitchen and bath designs, indoor and outdoor living spaces and more.

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Serve a Steakhouse-Style Meal at Home
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Bring the delicious tastes of a traditional steakhouse to your own dining room with simple steps that make it easier than you might expect to please a room full of hungry guests.

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Practical Tips to Combat Cold and Flu
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When cold and flu season strikes, millions of Americans find themselves coughing, sneezing, congested, aching, uncomfortable – and sometimes, downright miserable. The widespread prevalence of these symptoms sweeps the country each year and affects people of all ages.

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Stainless Steel is Trending Outdoors
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Stainless steel has been a staple in luxurious, contemporary kitchens all over the world for years. While it’s most often used indoors, this durable, low-maintenance, design-forward material is making its way outdoors.

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Wednesday 11/30/2016
3 ways to turn discarded wood into beautiful home decor
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The saying, “what’s old is new again” has been around for years, but most recently represents a popular trend in interior design — upcycling old items with a new purpose. Everyone from high-end designers to DIYers are enjoying and incorporating this trend into their everyday life. From five-star restaurants to suburban living rooms, people are seeking out weathered pieces of wood, discarded metal and unlikely antiques to create a unique, down to earth, and comfortable design aesthetic in their living spaces.

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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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Wednesday 11/23/2016
5 tips to prepare the bath for winter
Updated: November 24, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - As chilly weather approaches, it’s time for homeowners to consider ways to winterize their living spaces. New seasons serve as a great opportunity to refresh bath décor and incorporate simple upgrades — ultimately transforming the bath from a cold, simple space into a warm and comforting winter oasis.

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Tuesday 11/22/2016
Keep Safety In Mind When Using Your Snow Thrower
Updated: November 23, 2016 - 2:32 am

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Quiet, Reliable Power For Hunting, Fishing And Camping
Updated: November 23, 2016 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—With winter fast approaching, outdoor enthusiasts are gearing up for hunting and ice fishing. Traditional hunting camps and ice fishing shanties have gone hi-tech with the use of phones, tablets, TVs, fish finders and microwaves—powered by portable generators.

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Monday 11/21/2016
6 insider tips on upgrading your home
Posted: November 21, 2016

(BPT) - Life moves in many different directions, and the constant changes people face each year provide challenges, growth and opportunity. Many of life’s biggest changes happen when you realize your home is too small for your growing family. The once comfortable space you've lived in for years feels much too small and you need to upgrade.

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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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Dodge Winter Lawn Damage
Updated: November 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Winter conditions can present a wide range of challenges to your lawn and landscape, but there are precautions you can take to protect your lawn, as well as your trees and shrubs, from seasonal harm.

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The Why Before the Buy
Updated: November 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Today’s consumers don’t often follow a simple path of “search for what I want, find it, buy it.” They search at home, at work and on-the-go to find the products and services they need.

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Support Children this Holiday Season
Updated: November 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The holidays are all about spreading generosity and kindness, so when searching for the perfect presents for everyone on your holiday shopping list, look for gifts that also benefit children in need around the world.

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Get More Out of Holiday Entertaining this Season
Updated: November 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The holiday season is a time of year meant to be celebrated with friends and family. It is also a time for entertaining, whether you are hosting or attending as a cherished guest.

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Put Safety First When Winter Weather Strikes
Updated: November 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Severe winter weather and dangerously low temperatures can pose a serious threat to family safety, particularly when the power supply is threatened. Many families rely on portable generators as part of their emergency plan, which can provide peace of mind and protection when used properly.

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Gracious Gift Giving
Updated: November 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Holiday season means it’s time to start picking out stocking stuffers and gifts that perfectly match every friend and family member – including four-legged ones – on your list. But when that list grows longer and longer and you find that not everyone is so easy to buy for, the right present can be difficult to find. Instead of spending more time head-scratching than gift-wrapping, keep everyone jolly by going for one of these great gift ideas.

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Friday 11/18/2016
10 clever ways to organize your space
Posted: November 18, 2016

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Thursday 11/17/2016
Create grand, open living spaces with unique pocket door frames
Updated: November 18, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Offering twice the opening width of their standard pocket door frame, Johnson Hardware’s new 1562 Series Commercial Grade Bypass Pocket Door Frame lets you easily create a wider room divider using just a single wall recess. It’s a great alternative to converging doors. Designed to support two heavyweight, solid-core bypass doors in a standard 2-inch by 6-inch timber-framed or steel-framed stud wall, it’s a snap for architects and interior designers to specify functional divided openings for large rooms with minimal wall obstructions and zero floor barriers. The results are clear, wide-open living spaces that meet every need. Configured for compatibility with most standard door sizes, Johnson’s versatile 1562 Pocket Door Frame is designed for easy installation in both bypass pocket door and converging bypass pocket door applications.

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Hostess Gifts That Show You're A Blooming Genius
Updated: November 18, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—You can bring something truly original to the holiday table this year: a floral centerpiece.

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Tips To Keep Your Home Properly Humidified This Winter
Updated: November 18, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—The amount of humidity in the air directly affects the temperature and comfort level in your home. When air is heated, the humidity drops. The result can be chapped lips, dry skin and nasal passages, respiratory issues, static shocks, cracked woodwork and furniture, and chipped paint. Insufficient humidity also makes you feel colder, tempting you to turn the thermostat higher than necessary.

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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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5 kitchen updates that stand the test of time [Infographic]
Posted: November 16, 2016

(BPT) - Whether you’re tackling a full-scale kitchen renovation or simply refreshing your space, design decisions can often-times be overwhelming. Renowned interior designer and Artistic Advisor to LG STUDIO appliances, Nate Berkus, shares advice for making no-fail design decisions.

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Monday 11/14/2016
Harvest and Preserve Herbs
Updated: November 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) If you've been enjoying herbs from your garden all summer, make that enjoyment last all winter by harvesting and preserving your home grown bounty. Get started before the first frost.

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Combatting Concussions in Youth Sports
Updated: November 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With athletes of all ages taking to fields and courts, there are important steps to take in keeping young athletes safe during practice and games.

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Gardening Books for Holiday Gift Giving
Updated: November 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Whether you're looking for a gift to give a gardener in your life or you need ideas for your own yard, there's no shortage of new gardening books available. Here are a few books for gardeners:

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Health and Safety Go Hand-in-Hand
Updated: November 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Most people recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle when it comes to physical and emotional well-being, but you may not realize that some health-related activities can pose a safety risk if you don’t take proper precautions. Making safe habits part of your healthy lifestyle can help ensure you’re able to enjoy the results of your efforts.

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Helping Veterans Build Careers
Updated: November 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Once their military service ends, veterans can face obstacles in assimilating back into civilian life. One common struggle is finding post-military employment, which is why some veterans choose to own their own business and pursue franchising.

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Friday 11/11/2016
Elegance Made Easy By Hardwood
Updated: November 12, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Quality hardwood furniture is an investment that can easily last a lifetime and beyond with the right care. Here's a look at what's available and how to keep it looking great for a good long time.

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Alarming Survey Shows People’s Poor Home Maintenance Habits
Updated: November 11, 2016 - 2:32 am

(StatePoint) Proper home maintenance can preserve your home, while saving you money and headaches in the future. However, a new survey from Erie Insurance conducted by Harris Poll reveals Americans have alarmingly poor upkeep habits.

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Tuesday 11/08/2016
5 kitchen updates that stand the test of time
Updated: November 09, 2016 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Whether you’re undergoing a full-scale kitchen renovation or a simple refresh, design decisions can oftentimes feel overwhelming. Renowned interior designer and artistic advisor to LG STUDIO appliances, Nate Berkus, shares advice for making no-fail design decisions that will stand the test of time.

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5 easy ways to 'charge up' your recycling habits
Updated: November 16, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Americans generate about 254 million tons of trash annually, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) most recent figures, and only about one-third of that waste is recycled. For many, one of the main barriers to recycling is not knowing how or where to recycle certain items.

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Post-Hurricane Matthew: How to Prepare Your Home for Storms
Updated: November 08, 2016 - 2:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored by GAF - Risk mitigation.

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Monday 11/07/2016
The Truth About America's Cleaning Habits
Updated: November 10, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) People across the country spend countless amounts of time cleaning around the house. One of the most problematic areas is the kitchen, where 91 percent of Americans say they “deep clean” at least once a year. Rather than wasting precious time spraying and scrubbing, you can now find appliances with a finish that guards against skin’s natural oils, including the Maytag Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel kitchen suite. Save yourself an average of 2 hours and 48 minutes of time cleaning the kitchen each month with appliances that help prevent smearing and streaking. Find more information at maytag.com.

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This Fall, Plant Bulbs in Your Garden
Updated: November 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) One of the best ways to add variety to your garden is to choose plants of different sizes and colors, including bulbs. Alliums, daffodils, amaryllis and crocuses are great for taking your garden to a new level. But for many gardeners - even those who consider themselves experts - getting the timing and the method of planting bulbs down can be intimidating. Use these tips to get your garden planned this season.

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Fall Garden Checklist
Updated: November 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The leaves may be starting to put on their autumn show, but it's not time to hang up the gardening tools just yet.

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