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4 surprising health benefits of cherries - this summer's superfruit
(BPT) - Have you ever said no to a cherry? Probably not. This summertime treat is simply delicious. And if you're looking for another reason to indulge, you'll be pleased to know that cherries are surprisingly good for you. Recent research indicates that this summer's superfruit offers a variety of... Click to read more


5 hot trends for the home
(BPT) - Home safety is one of the top priorities of homeowners and renters alike. Your home should be a place to relax, play and enjoy spending time with family and friends.Here are a few of the latest trends in home security so that you can make yours a home sweet home that's equally safe.Home aut... Click to read more


5 ways to keep your cottage comfortable this summer
(BPT) - Although it's officially summer, the fluctuations in temperatures, sporadic downpours and tornado-inciting weather would make you think otherwise. While many of us take the opportunity to hit the beach, lake or ranch during the summer for some rest and relaxation, cottage home improvements ... Click to read more


3 things to consider when choosing chocolate
(BPT) - Few things are better in life than unwrapping and biting into a piece of silky smooth chocolate. With so many options in the candy aisle, it's important to know not only where your favorite treat originates, but how it impacts the environment and the farmers who grow cocoa.'Americans are mo... Click to read more


10 smart power-outage hacks for homeowners
(BPT) - It's storm season across the United States, and with the wind and rain also comes power outages. No matter where you live, power outages are likely to happen at some point. That's why now is the perfect time to be proactive.Even if they last for just an hour or two, power outages are a majo... Click to read more


Repair or replace? What to do with a worn-out cooling system
(BPT) - Sooner or later, every homeowner will face the same tough decision: Can you repair that malfunctioning system or appliance one more time, or is it finally time to replace it? Summer temperatures can heat up the repair-or-replace debate for homeowners living with an older cooling system.To a... Click to read more


Cypress siding: It's what the pros choose
(BPT) - If current design trends are any indication, wood siding is back. Design professionals are recommending one species in particular: cypress. What's behind this revival of cypress siding?'Good looks, dependable performance and affordability,' says Stephen Logue of the Southern Cypress Manufac... Click to read more


The 411 on HVAC energy-efficiency ratings and terms
(BPT) - Whether you're looking to lower heating and cooling costs, or have a passion for protecting the environment, maximizing the energy efficiency of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is a smart move. The more energy efficient your system, the less you'll spend running it eve... Click to read more


'BPA-Free' meets 'fake news'
(BPT) - Thanks to years of attention to bisphenol A (BPA), used primarily to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, there is now quite a bit of attention to various alternatives described generically as 'BPA-Free." Many manufacturers proudly apply a BPA-Free label to their products, even to p... Click to read more


Simple upgrades and habit changes can yield big water savings in bathrooms
(BPT) - Researchers predict that rising water prices could mean within five years a third of American households will not be able to pay their water bills, despite the replenishment of water reserves around the country.What's more, the National Weather Service warns that drought could increase or r... Click to read more


4 tips for a happy, energy-efficient home
(BPT) - Managing the household budget can be difficult. There are bills to pay, obligations to meet and if you're fortunate enough to have all of your needs covered, you probably have a few wants you'd like to satisfy as well. All of this to say your money is a precious commodity and spending it on... Click to read more


Easy breezy: 5 ways to make summer lawn care projects easier
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Small-space gardens: Easy tips for homegrown flavors
(BPT) - The new growing season is upon us. You don't have to be an experienced gardener to enjoy the many benefits of the season, nor do you need large swaths of land and sprawling acreage to grow your favorite greens. In fact, beautiful outdoor spaces - rich with colorful blooms and hearty edibles... Click to read more


Roots run deep for American growers
(BPT) - The trend of home and community gardens is on the rise in the U.S. A 2014 study by the National Gardening Association found 1 in 3 households now grow their own food to help put breakfast, lunch and dinner on kitchen tables. While more and more people are helping to provide for themselves, ... Click to read more


5 green home improvements that can help sell your home for more
(BPT) - Demand remains high for energy-efficient, eco-friendly home features, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders. In fact, the majority of builders now put energy-efficient windows, heating and cooling systems, thermostats and appliances in their construction, the su... Click to read more


Working to create a better Earth [Infographic]
(BPT) - At Rustic Pathways, we empower students through innovative and responsible travel experiences to positively impact lives and communities around the world. We believe through responsible travel and well-designed service initiatives, our students can gain an understanding of pressing social a... Click to read more


5 spring cleaning projects to take on immediately
(BPT) - Spring cleaning is a seasonal tradition. You've been setting house projects aside all winter, and now's the perfect time to make sure the warm weather season starts with a cleaner, happier home. So open the windows, turn on your favorite song, and start your spring cleaning with these five ... Click to read more


How a smart thermostat can help you save money and energy
(BPT) - The key to reducing your home's energy bills could literally be at your fingertips, hanging on the wall of your home. Multiple studies have shown the connection between lower energy bills and thermostat settings. In fact, reducing thermostat settings just seven to 10 degrees for eight hours... Click to read more


4 tips for living green when the weather is warm
(BPT) - As the weather changes, so does our lifestyle. From grilling to gardening, we're ready to shake off winter and jump into warm-weather fun. But what about the impact these activities have on the planet? With just a few habit changes, you can limit your environmental impact by reducing waste ... Click to read more


Know what's below: Call 811 before digging for landscaping and home improvement projects this spring
(BPT) - With the snow melted and the ground thawed, many eager homeowners and landscape professionals across the country will roll up their sleeves and reach for their shovels to start projects that require digging this spring.During the transition into 'digging season,' Common Ground Alliance (CGA... Click to read more


Natural ways to keep roses radiant this season
(BPT) - Warm weather welcomes flowerbeds, gardens burst with color and fragrance, and in many yards, roses are the stars of the show. They're the most popular and prized flower in American gardens, one of the most-beloved flowers for weddings, and staples of Valentine's and Mother's Day bouquets. A... Click to read more




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