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Easy tips to create the perfect outdoor living room
(BPT) - It's that time of year - time to dust off your patio furniture, fill your planters and set up to spend the spring outdoors. While expanding an outdoor space is a top renovation project for homeowners and renters alike, it does not have to induce a state of pre-spring stress. With a few simple tips, you can create...
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Build a better bath on a budget
(BPT) - Do you cringe every time you step into your bathroom? If so, it may be time to remodel. Bathroom remodels are the most popular remodeling project, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders. But remodeling doesn't have to be a budget buster. You can simply improve what you already h...
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Increasing your resale value is easy when you save smartly
(BPT) - Investing in home improvements is a smart idea when you're thinking of putting your home on the market. So where is the best place to spend your money? While it may be tempting to make cosmetic home improvements including decorating touches or fresh coats of paint, upgrading vital home systems such as heating and...
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Reaching new heights: 4 tips for finding a skilled roofing contractor
(BPT) - Purchasing a new roof is one of the most important - and biggest - investments you can make in your home. That's why it's crucial to have a knowledgeable professional on hand to guide you through each step of the process. In fact, choosing the right contractor is just as important as choosing the right roofing co...
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New moms guide to going back to work
(BPT) - Going back to work for new moms can be challenging. Learning to balance work and family while facing many new stressors can be overwhelming. Jill Smokler, author of the New York Times bestselling book 'Confessions of a Scary Mommy' and 'Motherhood Comes Naturally (and Other Vicious Lies),' shares tips and tricks ...
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The key to a summer vacation full of amazing surprises: The Texas Gulf Coast
(BPT) - Summer vacation season will be here before you know it, and to ensure yours is full of family-friendly fun, you'll need to move quickly and be creative. You need some out-of-the-box thinking, and a location that's dependably exciting, affordable and amazingly diverse. One word: Texas. The phrase ' Texas vacation ...
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Tips for making the most of your wedding registry
(BPT) - As you busily prepare for your walk down the aisle and make countless decisions regarding every flawless detail, one task on your to-do list will help you see beyond your wedding day and into your future life together - the wedding registry. And though few things could be more enjoyable than a day of shopping wit...
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Wood is good: The must-have material for your spring home spruce-up
(BPT) - Thinking of sprucing up your home for spring? You're not alone; one in three homeowners say they'll take on at least one home improvement project in the first half of 2014, according to a recent survey by Burst Media. And it turns out, freshening your home for spring is a smart investment. Home sales and prices a...
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Beyond cool: How ceiling fans offer energy efficiency, decor and function
(BPT) - Savvy interior designers know that items that are both fashionable and functional are in high demand. One of the best examples of a stylish, hardworking home fixture is also one of the most overlooked: the ceiling fan. In 2014, more homeowners are realizing the potential this classic technology has not only on th...
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From floor to fixtures: Top spring home decor trends add style and personality
(BPT) - Spring is in the air, which means it's time to refresh your indoor spaces to reflect the energy and optimism of the season. The top home decor trends of spring 2014 take a fresh approach to traditional design elements to create an aesthetic that is fresh and full of life. Best yet, the trends are easily accessibl...
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STEM careers challenging, rewarding and attainable for women [Infographic]
Jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are the second-fastest growing job sector over the next decade, yet women comprise just 24 percent of the STEM workforce. Why? Many girls do not perceive themselves as being successful in STEM-related careers because they lack real-life role models and lose interest over time, eventually choosing careers in other fields. Grassroots efforts like DeVry University's STEM Ready initiative introduce high school students to careers in STEM an...
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Your home could be attracting termites
(BPT) - Spring is when pests come out of hiding and hibernation to search for new places to establish their colonies. Unfortunately, it's not only the flowers in your garden that attract pests but also your home itself. One of the most determined springtime pests is termites. Termites live up to their nickname of the 'si...
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Bloomberg talks to reporters after meeting with Obama and business and civic leaders for an event to discuss his "My Brother's Keeper" initiative at the White House in WashingtonThe former New York City mayor aims to battle the NRA.


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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspect #2 in the Boston Marathon explosion is pictured in this undated FBI handout photoBOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have told a judge that understanding their client's family is key to their case.


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FILE- In this file photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2012, Emmanuel de Merode, Virunga National Park director and chief warden, poses at the park headquarters in Rumangabo, some 60 kms (40 miles) north of Goma, eastern Congo. Park officials say the Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park, a reserve in conflict-ridden eastern Congo, has been shot and seriously wounded. Three gunmen ambushed de Merode on Tuesday, April 15 according spokeswoman Joanna Natasegara. A statement on the park's website said he was traveling between Goma, a main city in the east near Rwanda's border, and Rumangabo at the time Natasegara said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay,File)DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A member of Belgium's royal family who, as director of a vast national park in eastern Congo has tried to defend endangered mountain gorillas and other animals from poachers and the forests from illegal logging and charcoal production, was shot and seriously wounded as he drove in the area, officials said Wednesday.


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