Create a traditional kitchen full of personality and style
(BPT) - The kitchen is the heart of the home ... the place where memories are made while cooking, eating and sharing stories around the table. Since so much time is spent in this room, it's important to have a kitchen that fits your personality. There are many styles to choose; but traditional remains one of the most pop...
Resolve to reduce waste this year
Americans produce 25 percent more household waste during the holiday season - that's an extra 1.2 million tons of trash per week from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day. Here are some simple resolutions for the new year that can help you to do more with less waste. Recycle more plastics: Plastics recycling is growing rapidly...
Keep wall flaws hidden with beautiful texturing techniques
(BPT) - When it comes to home decorating, texturing can do for your walls what a good coat of wax can do for your car's finish - hide a host of flaws. Poorly patched holes, uneven sheetrock, ugly wallpaper and even multiple layers of peeling paint can all be hidden beneath a beautiful layer of texture. Texture's beauty, ...
Tips to keep you trekking this winter
(BPT) - Winter is in full swing, and with the magical season come the potentially unpleasant snow, ice and slippery conditions that can make driving a challenge. But, even in this less-than-ideal driving weather, Americans are ready to take on what Mother Nature throws their way. Even though 63 percent of Americans say i...
Accomplish your weight management goals this year
(BPT) - The new year gives everyone the perfect opportunity to start fresh. For some, it may be a time to explore a new hobby or take on a new professional challenge. For others, starting fresh means moving into a new home or a new city. And the new year for many people is a time to begin managing their weight. Finding s...
Top 2014 home improvement trends: smart homes and home automation
(BPT) - From smartphones to smart cars, technology is transforming virtually every aspect of our busy lives. Technologies not only make life easier while on the go, but new options are quickly simplifying life at home as well. Home automation is proving to be a top home improvement trend, making the Jetsons' futuristic l...
10 simple ways to instantly improve your finances in 2014
(BPT) - Do you wonder how you could better manage finances? You're not alone. When it comes to money, most people are far from perfect. Whether you make $20,000 a year or $200,000, some simple steps can start you on the right financial path, and some of them only take a few minutes to complete. 'Personal finance is an in...
Using your Health Insurance Marketplace coverage on Jan. 1, 2014
(BPT) - With the start of the new year, millions of Americans will have access to health coverage for the first time or have improved coverage because of the health care law. There are steps you can take now to ensure you have access to coverage beginning Jan. 1. Coverage begins on Jan. 1 for anyone who signed up by Dec. 24. Don't worry, if you didn't sign up by then, there's still time for you to apply through March 31, 2014. But if you did sign up and your insurance card has not yet arrived...
How Well Do You Know the Flu?
(BPT) - About half of US adults incorrectly believe that antibiotics or flu vaccines will treat the flu, according to a new survey from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). The good news is that two-thirds of those surveyed know that people should be vaccinated against the flu each year. 'It is reassur...
A resolution you can keep all year: The one-day identity checkup
(BPT) - Exercise. Lose the weight. Answer every incoming email. Those are the hard kinds of New Year's resolutions, because you have to think about them every day for the rest of the year. Many are forgotten long before Valentine's Day. But here's one important resolution, one you can fulfill today and easily keep all ye...
Cold weather pushes rodents into homes
(BPT) - With the holidays over for another year, you may think you won't have any more surprise guests until spring. Think again. Nearly a third (29 percent) of Americans have had a 'visit' from one of winter's least-welcome 'guests' - rodents - according to a survey from the National Pest Management Association . In fac...
The trouble with trapped air [Infographic]
Did you know lingering, musty smells are an indicator of poor ventilation in your home? Smart ventilation from Aprilaire is the most energy efficient way to exchange stale, contaminated indoor air for fresh, outdoor air. It's a solution that will help you protect the investment you've made in your home, as well as the people who live in it.