The State Port Pilot : Around The Home Front

Around The Home Front

Pet Central

pets

Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

Fitness

Fitness

Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

Crosswords

Crosswords

Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

Sudoku

Sudoku

Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




Thursday 02/15/2018
3 Major Home Renovations that are Worth the Effort
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) Building a new home? Overhauling an existing one? Here are three renovation ideas that will add beauty and value.

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Mix and Match: Update Your Home With 2018 Design Trends
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) Are you planning to refresh your home but aren’t sure where to start? Some of today’s most popular design trends encourage mixing and matching favorite home accents within the same space.

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Monday 01/22/2018
6 Home Décor Trends to Make a Style Statement
Updated: January 22, 2018 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Is your home décor starting to feel a bit stale? Spruce up your interiors with some of the hottest home design trends for 2018 -- from customized cozy to natural textures to retro touches.

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Friday 12/15/2017
Top 3 design trends for 2018 (slideshow)
Updated: December 22, 2017 - 4:34 am

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Monday 11/20/2017
Fireplace Safety Tips for this Holiday Season and Beyond
Updated: November 20, 2017 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) Gathering around the hearth this holiday season? While you may be taking time off from work and school to celebrate, don’t take a vacation from practicing basic safety guidelines. Stay safe with the following tips.

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Wednesday 11/15/2017
5 Ways to Create Ambiance in Your Home
Updated: November 15, 2017 - 4:36 am

(StatePoint) If your home interiors lack charm, don’t worry. These five simple additions and updates can add ambiance and character to your home.

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Tuesday 10/31/2017
Tips to Make Your Holiday Decorating Very Merry
Updated: October 31, 2017 - 4:35 am

(StatePoint) Nearly 70 percent of Americans say their favorite part about the holidays is spending time with family and friends, according to the Pew Research Center. So, during the hectic holiday crunch, you may be looking for ways to simplify the many tasks on your to-do list.

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Thursday 10/26/2017
5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays
Updated: October 26, 2017 - 4:36 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re hosting or just trying to get into the holiday spirit, preparing your home doesn’t have to be daunting or expensive.

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Wednesday 10/11/2017
Top 7 design trends for your home this fall
Posted: October 11, 2017

(BPT) - Whether you’re planning a large home-renovation project or simply looking for inspiration as you dream up ideas for new rooms or entire houses, it always pays to check out the latest design trends. From modern and contemporary to rustic and traditional, there are products and design options to suit every style and budget. To help you get started, Floor & Decor, a leading specialty retailer in hard-surface flooring, offers a sneak peek at the latest design trends to look for, plus some tips and ideas for incorporating these styles into your home. Here are the top seven design trends for fall:

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Tuesday 09/19/2017
Is BPA a thing of Halloween nightmares?
Updated: September 28, 2017 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Now that fall is underway and you’re already growing tired of all the pumpkin-flavored treats, Halloween must not be too far away. That means it’s time to head to the store to pick up the trendiest Halloween decor to guarantee a shocked response from trick-or-treaters. But before you do, have you considered what some of these products are made of? Chances are, some may be polycarbonate plastic made with a safe, common chemical known as BPA.

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Wednesday 02/14/2018
Time To Get Ready, Florida
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 4:34 am

by Chip LaMarca

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Monday 01/29/2018
A New Year's Resolution for Everyone: Battery Recycling
Updated: February 01, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Post-holiday time means many of us are enthralled with new gadgets, leaving old devices to collect dust. The good news: the new year means new resolutions, like decluttering your house. This year, add a new resolution to your list that benefits you and the planet: battery recycling.

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Monday 11/13/2017
Unexpected Ways to Support Pollinators
Updated: November 18, 2017 - 4:34 am

(NAPSI)—It's a common misconception that you need a large yard and advanced gardening skills to support honey bees by planting more forage. However, the reality is that anyone with enthusiasm and a potted plant can provide bees with the food and habitat they need. While individuals are crucial in protecting pollinators, many organizations are also finding solutions to help pollinators thrive in unexpected places.

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Thursday 11/09/2017
How Buying A Fishing License Helps the Environment
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 3:29 pm

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Wednesday 11/08/2017
5 tips to clean your home - and save the planet
Updated: November 10, 2017 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Log onto almost any news website and in just a few clicks you’ll probably come across some story about the environment. Whether it involves international agreements, alternative energy sources or fuel-efficient cars, the discussion is often abstract and far removed from our everyday lives.

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Friday 10/27/2017
PepsiCo Recycling Contest Fuels Sustainability Across College Campuses
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 3:29 pm

(NewsUSA) - For the second year, PepsiCo is going beyond store shelves to make a real difference on college and university campuses by giving students the chance to win up to $10,000 in funding to implement new sustainability initiatives or improve existing efforts in their communities.

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Thursday 10/26/2017
Eco-Friendly Paving Revives Park Pathways
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 3:28 pm

(NewsUSA) - Yellowstone National Park experiences more than 4 million visits annually. The park's volume of foot traffic, particularly around the famous geyser, Old Faithful, has put a strain on the existing walkways.

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Small Changes in What You Eat Can Make a Big Difference
Updated: October 26, 2017 - 4:36 am

(StatePoint) Not everyone is inclined to think about the global impact of their food choices, particularly when they are not in their own kitchens. But experts say that average consumers can learn more about what’s on their plate and how it got there no matter who’s doing the cooking, and use this knowledge to make responsible choices.

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Monday 10/23/2017
PepsiCo Recycling Contest Fuels Sustainability on College Campuses
Updated: October 23, 2017 - 4:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - For the second year in a row, PepsiCo is going beyond store shelves to make a real difference on college and university campuses by giving students the chance to win up to $10,000 in funding to implement new sustainability initiatives or improve existing efforts in their communities.

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Tuesday 10/10/2017
What Others Are Doing, How You Can Help
Updated: October 11, 2017 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—The next time you open a food or beverage carton you could be opening the way to a better world, if you recycle it when the contents are gone. Recycled food and beverage cartons contain valuable material and can be turned into tissues, paper towels, stationery and even sustainable building materials.

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Thursday 02/15/2018
Innovative New Looks for Your Kitchen Renovation
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) Renovating your kitchen? Think about making updates that will add beauty and functionality to one of the most important rooms in the house. Here are a few innovative new looks and ideas to consider including in your plans.

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Friday 09/08/2017
Home Cleaning Do's and Don’ts
Updated: September 08, 2017 - 4:57 am

(StatePoint) Now and then, every home gets to the point at which a quick tidy-up here and there just isn’t cutting it anymore. You take a look around, notice all of the surfaces that have gone untouched for far too long, then sigh as you pick a day dedicated to cleaning from top to bottom.

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Thursday 08/10/2017
3 Beautiful Ways to Add Pops of Color to Your Kitchen
Updated: August 10, 2017 - 4:35 am

(StatePoint) If your kitchen is bland or boring, it’s time for an update. Consider those home projects that add pops of color and beauty, inspiring you to do your best culinary work.

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Thursday 02/23/2017
Smart Kitchen Upgrade Ideas to Help You Save Time
Updated: February 23, 2017 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) Most home cooks want the flexibility of preparing complicated meals with ease and convenience. However, even those with a deft culinary hand may be limited by their tools, space and appliances.

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