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5 cleaning myths to keep in mind when cleaning your home this fall

If you tend to do a deep clean of your house in the fall, you're not alone. According to a recent Harris Poll online survey commissioned by Bona - a sustainably driven supplier of floor cleaning solutions - 74% of U.S. adults like to do a comprehensive, deep clean in the fall to reset their living space. A deep clean of your home is always useful, but a fall deep clean is a great way to transition from one season to another and prep your home for the winter holidays. The survey also shed light on some common preconceived notions READ MORE >>

5 cleaning myths to keep in mind when cleaning your home this fall2022-11-21T15:21:22-05:00

5 Tips to Pull Off Holiday Hosting

With stay-at-home holidays a thing of the past for many families, they're now busy preparing for full-blown celebrations. The return of traditional festivities brings seemingly never-ending to-do lists and pressure to be the perfect host. From mastering a mouthwatering menu and donning your home with decadent decor to ensuring guests enjoy the evening to the fullest, hosting duties bring plenty of responsibilities. This year, though, you can avoid those anxious feelings with some preparation ahead of the big day. To help pull off a sensational seasonal soiree, consider these tips from the entertaining experts at Sun-Maid to make the holidays READ MORE >>

5 Tips to Pull Off Holiday Hosting2022-11-21T15:13:13-05:00

2 Steps to Save a Life

The importance of Hands-Only CPR More than 350,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur annually outside hospital settings. However, a hands-on emergency intervention like cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim's chance of survival. According to the American Heart Association, 70% of cardiac arrests - electrical malfunctions in the heart that cause an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupt the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs - occur at home, but often family and friends who witness a child, spouse, parent or friend going into cardiac arrest hesitate to perform potentially READ MORE >>

2 Steps to Save a Life2022-11-21T15:06:29-05:00

9 Tips for Winterizing Your Home

Winter and colder weather mean it's time to think about winterizing to help keep your home and everyone in it safe and comfortable - no matter what Mother Nature throws at you. Winterizing your home now can help you avoid frozen pipes, storm damage and excessive bills. Because people tend to spend more time indoors in wintertime, it can be difficult to maintain those "perfect" interior conditions. HVAC systems may be less than efficient, and your home may not be as well insulated as it should be. As a result, utility bills can be quite shocking, especially when you consider READ MORE >>

9 Tips for Winterizing Your Home2022-11-21T14:56:17-05:00

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 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 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
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