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The Galveston County Daily News: Lawn & Garden

December 7, 2016

Lawn & Garden

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Santa’s Modern-Day Helpers

(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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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 >>




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Monday 12/05/2016
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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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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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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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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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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When Fun Fulfills a Purpose
Updated: November 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Parents know there is a small window of time to make a meaningful, positive impact on children and shape who they may become as adults. A large portion of that influence comes at home, but it often also involves school, friends and extracurricular activities, many of which can help families make the most out of childhood experiences.

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Apps Designed for Easier Living
Updated: November 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Just a generation ago, it was difficult to imagine a single palm-sized device that could serve as a phone, camera and day planner all in one. Today, smartphone users are discovering that new technology and sophisticated apps make it unbelievably easy to manage virtually every aspect of life.

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5 Time-Saving Ways to Live a Healthy Lifestyle
Updated: November 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With busy schedules and never-ending to-do lists, it can seem like living a healthy lifestyle is out of reach. But, prioritizing nutrition doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are five quick tips to help you and your family eat well, even when it feels like time is not on your side.

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Cost-Conscious Home Upgrades for Fall
Updated: November 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) If you're looking for ways to improve your home but don't have the budget for a full-scale renovation, look at upgrades that add instant value with a smaller investment.

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Fall Decorating Tips to Fit Any Home Décor
Updated: November 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Let the change in weather be your cue to swap out your summertime décor with the bold, rich tones of autumn. Whether your style is contemporary or early American, these design tips will add festive fall spirit to any home.

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6 Car Care Tips for Cold Weather
Updated: November 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Winter is approaching, bringing cold temperatures, salty roads, wet conditions and other challenges for drivers. To ensure your vehicle is at its best, follow these six simple tips to get your vehicle winter-ready. Whether it’s packing an emergency kit and jumper cables or preventative maintenance like getting a car wash to defend against ice, salt, sand and slush; preparation is key to keeping your vehicle going strong throughout the winter months. For additional winter car care tips, visit carwash.org/watersavers.

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Monday 10/31/2016
4 easy ways to pest-proof your home
Updated: November 08, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - It’s late and you’re in your favorite, cozy pajamas. You get in bed and pull up the warm comforter. You turn out the light and are just about to drift off to sleep when you hear a noise coming from the attic. You sit up to listen, but it quickly goes quiet again. You lay back down and close your eyes, and just as you fall asleep, the noise is back, this time it’s coming from inside the wall.

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5 Ways to Persuade a Picky Eater
Updated: October 31, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) For parents with a picky eater, it may seem that no amount of coaxing or prodding will get that little mouth in motion. A fresh approach may be all you need to make meal time a more enjoyable experience for all.

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Prepare Your Home for Holiday Entertaining
Updated: October 31, 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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Get Prepped for Winter
Updated: October 31, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The onset and arrival of colder temperatures means that it’s time once again to brace yourself – and your home – for everything that winter weather threatens to throw at you. From cool, drafty air wafting into your house to friends and family bringing snow and sand inside with them, it’s important to remember the preparation to go through before winter strikes.

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What to Consider When Purchasing a Utility Tractor
Updated: October 31, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) From a few acres of suburban sprawl to large properties in rural regions, building, mowing, digging and transporting can be a daunting task. With the right utility tractor, more work can be done with less elbow grease.

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Make Your Life Insurance Work for You
Updated: October 31, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Life insurance is a valuable asset, but over time you may find that your life insurance no longer fits your situation. You might be surprised to learn that in addition to your home, stocks, bonds and antiques, your life insurance is another asset you can sell.

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Easy Ways to Add Veggies to Everyday Meals
Updated: October 31, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Everyone can agree that eating your vegetables is important. Yet only about 4 percent of Americans eat the recommended amount of veggies each day.  

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How to Get the Most from Your Cookware
Updated: October 31, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) For leading chefs and casual home cooks alike, a little skill and talent goes a long way toward creating each mouthwatering culinary masterpiece. But as many chefs will tell you, the end result is only as good as the tools you use in the kitchen. Pots and pans that have been treated with care are essential for quality cooking.

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Keeping Kids Active in Cooler Temperatures
Updated: October 31, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) As the weather gets colder, it can be harder to motivate kids to step away from their computers and devices and get off the couch. However, it’s essential for kids to participate in active play all year round. According to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular physical activity helps build and maintain healthy bones and muscles, promotes psychological well-being and reduces feelings of depression and anxiety.

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Advocate for Kids' Eye Care
Updated: October 31, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Studies repeatedly emphasize the importance of diagnosing vision problems at an early age, but that’s something many parents assume is being covered by their children’s school system. In reality, an estimated one in four American school-age children have vision problems that – if untreated – can affect learning ability, personality and behavioral developments, adjustment in school and, ultimately, could lead to blindness.

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Friday 10/28/2016
5 must-do fall yard care tasks
Posted: October 28, 2016

(BPT) - With winter approaching, it’s almost time to hang up your gloves, and retire from the lawn and garden until next spring. But before the snow and cold temperatures arrive, there are a few fall yard care tasks you need to check off your list.

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