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5 fall home maintenance tips: What you don’t do can cost you

While home maintenance may seem pricey, being proactive about home upkeep can save more money by preventing expensive repair or replacement costs in the future - not to mention safeguarding against damage to your home. The hard part is knowing how often and what type of maintenance to do, and where to start. According to State Farm, fall is the perfect time to take care of many jobs, whether by yourself or by hiring professionals. Here are some top maintenance tasks to help protect the largest investment you have - your home. 1. Check your smoke detectors According to the READ MORE >>

5 fall home maintenance tips: What you don’t do can cost you2022-09-23T10:52:57-04:00

3 easy ways to enjoy living color in your outdoor space this fall

As temperatures drop and seasons turn, that doesn't mean you have to give up on the vivid blooms you love so much in your yard. Strategically adding seasonal plants that can withstand cooler weather is a great way to bring color and dimension to outdoor spaces, enhancing your curb appeal into the autumn months. To educate and inspire, the plant and gardening experts at Ball Horticultural Company share simple tips, top trends and standout plants that are ideal for fall: Pollinator plants in traditional autumn hues There's no easier way to add autumn atmosphere to your entryway, walkways and flower READ MORE >>

3 easy ways to enjoy living color in your outdoor space this fall2022-09-23T10:45:26-04:00

Help for older adults on a budget may be a few clicks away

Food and gas prices continue to rise, on top of record-high housing costs in many cities across the U.S. If you're an older adult who is already living on a tight budget, today's inflation can be particularly difficult. Fortunately, there are programs available that can help you save money on health care, prescriptions, food, utilities and more. One of the easiest ways to find out if you're eligible for benefits is to visit the National Council on Aging's BenefitsCheckUp.org. The free and confidential tool connects older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers to benefit programs. The site is easy to READ MORE >>

Help for older adults on a budget may be a few clicks away2022-07-18T13:52:15-04:00

Make Family Reunions Meaningful

During the coming months, families are likely to spend more time together. Reunions that have been postponed during the pandemic will finally take place, and once those long-awaited hugs have been exchanged, everyone can settle in for some overdue catching up. However, the time many families spent apart over the past couple of years means important conversations may have been put on hold. A family reunion is a perfect opportunity to share stories, reminisce and discover what matters most to the people who matter most to you. Sitting down with loved ones to talk about their lives can be richly READ MORE >>

Make Family Reunions Meaningful2022-07-18T13:27:22-04:00

5 ways to help keep your home pest-free

Nothing beats spending time in your backyard or opening all the windows in the summer for some fresh air. However, the warmer weather also brings about prime bug season, meaning you'll likely have uninvited guests in and around your home. If you've struggled with unwanted pests in the past, you're not alone. According to a survey by The Harris Poll, 85% of homeowners in the past year reported seeing or having trouble with pests inside their homes such as ants, mosquitoes, spiders and cockroaches. So, what can you do to help protect your house from infestation? Check out these five READ MORE >>

5 ways to help keep your home pest-free2022-07-18T12:46:53-04:00

Your weekend, your time: 5 great tips for shaking the Sunday blues

Do you sometimes find yourself feeling less than optimistic as your weekend draws to a close each Sunday? If so, you're far from alone. Stats recently published on Inc.com indicate 81% of workers have experienced the "Sunday scaries" in anticipation of the work week ahead. Still, it's important to fend off those encroaching feelings and preserve the quality of your Sunday afternoon, since weekends are generally intended to help people relax, rejuvenate and enjoy time with family and friends. In that spirit, here are five suggestions to help energize your Sunday. Be intentional about weekend plans. Plan ahead so you READ MORE >>

Your weekend, your time: 5 great tips for shaking the Sunday blues2022-05-18T15:12:15-04:00

Self Care

Everyone gets stressed at times, and un-fortunately, the past few years have brought an extra, significant stressor to us in COVID 19. It is very easy to get caught up in all of the respons-ibilities and daily tasks that have to be done each day. However, when those things start to build up, it can become overwhelming. There is often a misconception that it is best to just push through and get everything done while pushing self-care to the side. People often push self-care to the side due to focusing on all the things that need to be done for READ MORE >>

Self Care2022-03-19T19:18:20-04:00

Refresh your outdoor space with these 5 tips

Over the last few years, you've likely spent more time at home than ever before. As a result, you're more conscious of how you use your space and how design can impact your comfort and ease. To give you a bit more variety beyond your home's walls, consider redesigning your outdoor spaces to create a haven for recreation and relaxation. Best of all, outdoor spaces add value to your home if you plan to sell. If you need ideas on how to revamp your outdoor spaces, consider these top five outdoor design trends. Get inspired and create your own outdoor READ MORE >>

Refresh your outdoor space with these 5 tips2022-03-19T19:11:18-04:00

5 retirement readiness hacks to help you save smarter

What are your goals for the future? If retirement planning is top of mind, you're not alone. According to new research from Empower and Personal Capital, 36% of Americans are making retirement planning a priority this year. That's more than those who said losing weight (28%), buying a house (14%) or getting a new job (11%). Whether you're just getting started or looking to kick it up a notch, here are some of the best ways to save for retirement in 2022 and beyond: Understand your complete financial picture It's important to look at your finances from where you are READ MORE >>

5 retirement readiness hacks to help you save smarter2022-01-27T13:09:55-05:00

5 Eye-Catching Ways to Update Your Home

Your home is a reflection of you, and your decor should match your tastes. With some simple home upgrades, you can create the perfect space for you and your family, even if your design preferences change over time. "When we're designing our ideal home, too often we may only think about what we want others to see and enjoy when they visit," said Jack Goldman, president and CEO of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA). "The reality is visitors account for less than 1% of your in-home time." Consider these ideas to get started: Add a Fresh Coat of READ MORE >>

5 Eye-Catching Ways to Update Your Home2022-01-27T13:01:16-05:00
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