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Home Projects with a Great Return on Investment

The warmer months present an excellent opportunity to get outdoors and spruce up your home’s exterior. But if you have limited time and resources, it’s important to prioritize the focus of your efforts. For guidance, consider Remodeling Magazine’s 2018 Cost vs. Value Report, which shows that not all remodeling projects are equal. Here are three spring renovation ideas that will give your property not only a facelift, but offer a great return on investment to boot. Garage Door National data from the 2018 Cost vs. Value Report shows that the project that delivers the highest return on investment is a new upscale garage door. This is a good choice for those looking for better noise control, gre

Cancer.com Provides Personalized Support for Those Impacted By Cancer

(BPT) - Whether you've helped a family member through treatment or are facing a diagnosis yourself, hearing the word "cancer" can make people feel powerless and overwhelmed. For many, the best way to regain control is to be as educated as possible. This desire to be informed can lead to an endless and exhausting search for relevant, trustworthy, and relatable information. "People with cancer are overwhelmed by information from many disparate sources, however, they need to absorb and retain what's important to them. Curated information that is specific to their individual situation allows them to focus without having to sift through irrelevant and often inaccurate content." Ellen Miller-Sonet

Five tips to fight Age-related Macular Degeneration

The ability to see is one of our most precious gifts. Like most things in life, our vision may be impacted as we age. That's why it's important to learn about Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Prevalent among older Americans, it affects one in five adults age 65 and older, and is the leading cause of blindness for this population. While there is no cure for this condition, there are steps that you can take to help reduce the risk of progression, including: 1) Schedule routine eye exams. As early stages of AMD may not present any symptoms, you may not think to consult your eye doctor. Keeping routine eye exams that include eye dilation may help to identify the condition early, as well a

Three simple recipes to celebrate Spring veg

The last of the snow has melted and winter winds have given way to warm spring breezes. Those hearty soups and rich stews that kept you fueled for the last few months all of a sudden seem a little heavy, a little too much at the end of a sunny day. It’s spring vegetables you crave. Time for a visit to the produce section of the grocery store or trek to the farmer’s market to check out the new crop of fresh veggies. Asparagus A sure sign of spring is the abundant availability of asparagus, a versatile spring vegetable that you can use as a salad or appetizer course, a main course, or a side dish. Asparagus is loaded with fiber, vitamins, and trace elements, but it also tastes good. Its uniqu

Extend spring cleaning to common household items

Most people would be horrified to eat something from their fridge if it expired 3 months earlier, the same can’t be said for those everyday household items without expiry dates. Unfortunately it’s much easier to forget the less obvious items that need to be replaced once in a while. Mattresses Do you know how old your mattress is? It’s true that you can turn a mattress over or get it deep cleaned every so often, but at some point you’ll need to face facts and part with a mattress that’s over 8 years old or so. Throw it out sooner if you’ve noticed permanent dents, smells, stains or squeaks. An old mattress is not just gross -- it’s unhygienic. Toss it and you’ll rid your home of allergy-caus

Hot tub health benefits

Many homeowners dismiss purchasing a hot tub for their home as being a luxury item that they don’t really need. But there’s more to a hot tub than just recreational use. Hot tubs provide a number of health benefits that anyone can take advantage of. Before dismissing the idea of purchasing a hot tub, consider the following 5 health benefits that hot tubs provide: • Relieve stress - The jets that are in a hot tub have the same effect as a massage. They help to reduce the tension in your body through the use of pressure as well as the heat of the water. Additionally, the buoyancy of the water creates a weightlessness effect that can relax you. Relieving your stress is an important part o

Psychology of the color blue

From social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Tumblr to technology companies, including NASA, Dell, Sprint, and HP, blue is the most common color used in company logos. In fact, 33% of the world’s top brands use blue. Why do so many companies use blue? Several psychology studies point to blue as being one of the most effective branding colors. While blue is commonly considered a “boy’s color,” a study called Colour Assignment found that 57% of men and 35% of women claimed blue as their favorite color. The study also found that blue was favored by 42% of all participants, making it more popular than any other color. Blue’s popularity was also consistent among all age groups

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