How to Get Your Kids Involved in Everyday Chores

(Family Features) Chores are an important part of teaching children about responsibility. By encouraging kids to be accountable for completing everyday chores, even at an early age, you might be surprised at their willingness to share in the household duties.

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Four Steps for Attacking Garage Organization

(Family Features) Organizing the garage may be one of the most feared tasks in household history. According to a recent Gladiator GarageWorks survey, nearly three out of four households can only park one car in their two-car garage, illustrating the need for a serious garage intervention.

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Homeowners Can Cut Costs with Geothermal

(Family Features) The winter of 2014 was a wake-up call for homeowners facing higher-than-normal heating costs. With polar vortex cold sweeps, heavy snowfalls and ice blizzards affecting much of the country, energy prices for electricity, gas and oil have increased. Propane prices have skyrocketed due to scarcity of supplies, leading some governors to declare a state of emergency.

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Spring Home Decor Crafts

(Family Features) Whether sewing to relax or making gifts for those you love, there’s no better reason to break out the needle and thread than to create charming updates for the home. Nothing makes an interior adornment more unique than one created by hand.

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Going Wild for Wild Blueberries

(Family Features) If you love to cook, discover the wild advantage and fill your freezer with Wild Blueberries. Packed with more intense blueberry flavor and two times the antioxidants of regular blueberries, Wild Blueberries are wildly different from the cultivated blueberries you find in the fresh produce section.

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Five Myths of Spring Cleaning

(Family Features) Don’t get caught putting extra work into your spring cleaning efforts.

“A little effort up front can make everything you do feel effortless,” said Patrick Coleman, spokesman for Hoover vacuums. “It’s not about finding short cuts. It’s about finding easier ways to do the job right.”

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Healthy Watermelon on the Go

(Family Features) Long hailed as sweetly satisfying, watermelon may not be the first tasty fruit that comes to mind when you’re thinking nutrition. But in fact, watermelon is not only a perfect on-the-go snack to satisfy your sweet tooth, it’s also incredibly healthy.

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Transform Small Spaces into Charming Places

(Family Features) In home listings across the country, the word small is often replaced with a far more marketable and appealing word: “charming.” But what makes a home charming compared to small? How does a homeowner transition a cramped room into a space with unique and appealing character?

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Perk Up Your Home with Pattern

(BPT) – Give your home an energy shot this spring with bright colors and bold patterns.

“Patterns are hot, hot, hot,” says Cathie Pliess, program coordinator of design for The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and a certified interior designer. “Look for oversized patterns in bold colors on a white background.”

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Organize Entryways with Decorative Storage

(Family Features) An entryway is the first impression guests have of your home, yet it can quickly become a chaotic mess. Most entryways serve multiple functions as the receptacle for all things you and your family members shed as they walk through the door, from coats and backpacks to keys and mail.

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Decorating With Vintage Kitchen Collectibles

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If you want to add color and personality to your kitchen and to your table there are many vintage kitchen collectibles that will fulfill your design vision. It’s easy to take a generic kitchen and transform it with collectibles into a warm and unique space without spending a lot of money.

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Easter Brunch Made Easy

(Family Features) Plan an Easter gathering everyone can enjoy with a make-ahead menu that includes crowd-pleasing brunch casseroles packed with everyone’s favorite flavors and tasty sweets – and leaves you plenty of time to spend with the family.

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Cheesy Bacon & Egg Brunch Casserole

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Coffee-Inspired Kitchen Decorations

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Themed kitchens are truly works of art, with something interesting to look at and talk about everywhere that a visitor looks. A fun kitchen can feature coffee decor; this is classy and modern approach to decorating a kitchen, and there are many unique ideas to create a fun look. Mix them together for a coffee theme or choose just a few of your favorites as decorations that coordinate with another theme or style.

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Frugal Country Home Decorating Ideas

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Country decorating can be fun, creative and frugal because the items that work in country decor are either handmade like quilts, rugs, wood items, and folk art, or natural items like dried flowers, branches and flowers. Many of these type of items you can make or find at little or no cost.

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Gazebos: Elegant and Functional

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Gazebos are structures used to offer shade, shelter and a convenient place to rest. They have been around since a long time. A stylish gazebo can be a great addition to your garden offering you a place to relax and feel closer to nature. They can either stand separately in an open space or can be attached to a garden wall. The most common design includes a roof with open sides.

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