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  • Real Estate

    Bathroom design: It's all in the details

    (ARA) - It's most likely one of the top reasons you've been putting off that bathroom makeover or remodel -- you're not sure where to begin. What color theme will you use? Do you want a pedestal sink or a furniture-style vanity? Will you incorporate any green faucets or fixtures? And, with all the decisions to make, will it all look good together and still perform well?

  • Pets

    Avoid 'lost' signs by tagging your cat

    (ARA) - You've seen the posters decorating mailboxes, telephone poles and trees in your neighborhood. The picture of a cat - usually curled up in the sun or giving a curious look to the camera - with "LOST" in bold, capital letters and a contact number underneath. Sadly, less than 5 percent of lost cats make it home.

  • Home Decorating

    Interior design and decor on a budget: Transform a room for less than $50

    It's been a dreary year economically, so now is the perfect time to get creative with your cash and refresh your living space. The cheapest and most sustainable approach to changing a room is going green: Reuse old furniture and decor just by adding a splash of paint and some accessories. If you want to learn more techniques for creating new designs, look into interior design training, but first check out these interior design and decorating tips to enhance a room for less than $50.

  • Home Improvement

    Can smarter closets smooth school days?

    (ARA) - Experts say children with good organizational skills do better in school. Performing activities such as sorting and classifying when children are pre-school-age and older can help them acquire organizational skills. It may even help to build self-confidence and self-control, too. What better way to teach kids organization than by starting with their own clothes and toys?

Top Story

Identity theft prevention tips for college kids heading back to campus

(ARA) - Getting their dorm room organized, reconnecting with friends they met last year, making new friends, setting up a class schedule ... college students have a lot to look forward to as they head back to campus. Identity thieves eagerly anticipate back-to-school time too, because it often means more opportunity for them to purloin someone's private, personal information for their financial gain.

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Sunday 08/01/2010
Caregivers: Making the transition from hospital to home easier
Updated: November 30, 2010 - 6:20 am

(ARA) - Coming home from the hospital or other care setting after an illness or surgery can be worrisome for both patients and the friends and family members who care for them. Planning ahead can make the process much easier. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has advice that is useful to the millions of Americans who are actively involved in caregiving. Through its caregiver initiative, Ask Medicare, CMS recommends the following steps to prepare for a transition:

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Thursday 07/29/2010
Helping drivers safely share the road with bicyclists and runners
Posted: July 29, 2010

Now that summer is here, avid runners and bicyclists are out in droves, taking advantage of every opportunity to enjoy the activities they love. While it can sometimes be challenging to share the road with them, it's important to keep http://www.allstate.com/auto-insurance/auto-insurance-features.aspx" rel="nofollow">driving safely top of mind, especially at this time of year.

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Why it's so important to keep your car clean
Posted: July 29, 2010

How often do you clean your car? A lot of people run their vehicle through the car wash every month or two, more often in the winter. But how often do you vacuum the inside of your car?

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Tips to buy school supplies, without spending extra cash
Updated: October 28, 2010 - 9:05 am

According to a consumer survey by Deloitte, only 17 percent of respondents planned to cut back on back to school shopping.

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Wednesday 07/28/2010
Choosing the best water heater for your lifestyle
Posted: July 28, 2010

(ARA) - When ranking household appliances that consume the most energy, no one is surprised to see heating and air conditioning units at the top of the list. On the other hand, many people are surprised to learn that their water heater ranks at No. 2.

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Upgrade your work wardrobe without breaking the bank
Posted: July 28, 2010

We've all stood in front of our closets, the morning minutes ticking away, saying "I don't have anything to wear." Not only is it a sour note on which to start your morning, but it can make you run late and end up wearing something that either isn't appropriate or doesn't make you feel good.

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Smart moves: Five tips that will make moving to college a snap
Posted: July 28, 2010

(ARA) - As summer winds down, college freshmen - and sophomores, juniors and seniors - are gearing up to move onto campus. Whether you're moving to college for the first time or the third, you'll find there are ways to make your move smarter and, believe it or not, more enjoyable.

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Tuesday 07/27/2010
Usted no tiene que pedir necesariamente seguro especializado para su carro clásico
Posted: July 27, 2010

Si usted es una de las muchas personas que poseen un vehículo clásico, probablemente está pagando más de lo debido por su seguro de auto. Tal vez se pregunte cómo es posible. ¿No se supone que el seguro de un carro clásico sea menos costoso?

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