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3 Natural Hacks to Keep a Clean Kitchen
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(StatePoint) Are you looking to avoid harsh chemicals in the place where you prepare and eat food? Hoping to green your clean? Here are three natural hacks for keeping a healthy and tidy kitchen:

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6 Easy Tips to Prepare and Maintain Your Backyard
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(StatePoint) From backyard barbecues to water balloon fights, our outdoor spaces are home to some of our favorite memories. With warmer temperatures finally here, and everyone itching to get outside, preparing, and maintaining your outdoor space is a must, but it’s not everyone’s favorite chore.

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New Technology is Making Epidurals More Effective at Reduced Cost
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(StatePoint) Epidurals are used as a pain relief method by millions of American women during childbirth each year. While safe and effective in most cases -- each year, 2.4 million births involve epidural analgesia procedures out of 4 million annual births -- unintentional dural puncture affects 5%, causing complications for new mothers. Among those patients, 60–80% experience postpartum headaches, which can become severe, chronic and disabling, in some cases lasting months to years. Medical advancements however are promising to offer a safer and more comfortable and effective experience during labor and delivery.

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Americans’ Recognition of Racism’s Impacts is Fading
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(StatePoint) In the summer of 2020 when calls for racial justice and the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 were on full display, some speculated that the country seemed to be at a turning point for acknowledging how much racism affects people’s health and economic well-being.

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Unique Ways to Celebrate Summer Holidays
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(StatePoint) Summer holidays often revolve around being together, but whether your family and friends are near or far, there are plenty of fun and unique ways to celebrate these holidays in-person or virtually. Here’s a little history on a few annual summer occasions, and ideas for amping up the festivities.

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Protecting People and Property from Wildfires
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(StatePoint) Today, one-third of all U.S. homes are in what are known as wildland-urban interface (WUI) zones, regions in or adjacent to areas prone to wildland fires. As with many types of disasters, wildland fires are increasing in severity and frequency. This is because of the continuously changing climate. However, there are things we can do now to help protect properties, ensure the safety of residents, and strengthen local communities.

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Managing Life With Hemophilia
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(StatePoint) Jonathan Hill was only 2 years old when he was diagnosed with hemophilia A, a bleeding condition that can lead to life-threatening complications. Like with other chronic diseases, living with hemophilia is a lifelong journey filled with daily obstacles and medical care.

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Take These 6 Steps to Get Your Health Back on Track
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(StatePoint) Since the start of the pandemic, Americans have been postponing routine care. With more Americans vaccinated against COVID-19, medical experts are urging patients to return to routine health care and get caught up on delayed or foregone preventive health screenings.

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Spring Cleaning? Tips to Dust Off Your Financial Matters
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(StatePoint) While a new study conducted by Lincoln Financial found that eight in 10 employees would rather clean their house than their finances this spring, prioritizing a deep clean of your finances can provide not just a fresh start to the season, but a secure financial future.

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Tips for Enjoying the Sunny Season Safely
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(StatePoint) As the days grow long and the weather warms, you’re likely spending more time outdoors. Whether you’re taking a brisk walk around the neighborhood or competing in a triathlon, keep these five sunny season tips in mind:

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Make Your Dream Vacation a Reality With These Cost-Cutting Tips
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(StatePoint) After more than two years of the pandemic, you’re probably eager to get out and explore the world. But as desire and demand for travel skyrockets, so do the prices to get there. Here are some great ways to maximize your savings, so you can make your dream vacation a reality:

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Small Steps You and Your Family Can Take to Go Green
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(StatePoint) If you’re like many parents, you want to set a good example for your children and teach them how they can positively impact the world around them. However, when it comes to sustainable efforts, the responsibility of saving the environment can seem like a monumental task.

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How to Choose the Best Baby Monitor to Meet Your Needs
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(StatePoint) Creating a baby registry? Upgrading the nursery? If you’re like most parents, you probably have questions about baby monitors. Thanks to many new and exciting technological advancements, these essential gadgets have totally transformed over the last few years. To choose the best one to meet your needs, here’s what to know and consider about the latest features:

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Is Your Sleep Apnea Under Control?
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(StatePoint) High-quality sleep is fundamental to your health and happiness. However, for the 10-30% of U.S. adults living with sleep apnea, a good night’s rest is not guaranteed.

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Helping Schools and Students Recover From Pandemic Challenges
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(StatePoint) Over the past two years, public schools have faced continual disruptions brought about by COVID-19. Experts say that federal relief funds have given the nation a one-time opportunity to learn from the experience and to focus recovery efforts and resources on delivering high-quality instruction and support for students in ways that will accelerate their learning and meet their social and emotional needs.

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Tips to Keep Young Minds Active Over Spring Break
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(StatePoint) No matter the length of a vacation, students often have some catching up to do upon their return to school. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Check out these five spring break ideas that will keep young minds active and engaged, for a smooth transition back to the classroom.

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5 Tips for Buying Life Insurance
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(StatePoint) More and more people are realizing that adding life insurance to their financial plan can provide a measure of security for their loved ones. In fact, according to a survey by the financial services trade association LIMRA, the first six months of 2021 saw the highest number of U.S. life insurance policies sold since 1983, and nearly one in three Americans said they were more likely to purchase coverage due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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5 Ways to Rev Up Learning Fun With Toy Vehicles
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(StatePoint) Vroom, vroom! There’s no doubt about it. Toy vehicles are fun to play with. They’re colorful, interactive and let kids imagine exciting worlds beyond the playroom. They can also be a great way for little ones to learn new things. Here are five ways to rev up the learning fun at home with toy vehicles:

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7 Steps to Take After Receiving College Financial Aid Award Letters
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(StatePoint) Perhaps even more nerve-wracking than waiting for your child’s college acceptance letters is learning whether they’ve been awarded financial aid. This is the piece of the puzzle that tells you how much it will really cost, and ultimately, whether a particular school is within your budget.

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5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Routine
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(StatePoint) Falling short of your goals? In a period of stagnation? It may be time to spring clean your routine. Here are a few tips and ideas for getting more done with greater ease.

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How Support Systems Are Failing Millions of American Children
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(StatePoint) At a time when the economic impacts of COVID-19 are making it hard for many families to afford healthy food and safe housing, and ever-changing work and school schedules are making their logistics hard to juggle, a new report finds that inequities in the system are further exacerbating these issues for millions of American children.

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How to Make Grocery Shopping a Breeze
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(StatePoint) You want to fill your pantry and fridge with foods and beverages you know your family will love. However, amid the continued uncertainty affecting supply chains and retailers, that’s a task that’s often easier said than done for shoppers like you.

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Simplifying Household Shopping This Spring
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(StatePoint) Birds are chirping and the days are getting longer, which means it’s time to stock up on everything your household needs to usher in the new season. From spring cleaning supplies to allergy medications, it’s important to get the best products at the best price.

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Spring Cleaning: Is Your 'Junk' Worth a Fortune?
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(StatePoint) If your family is like most, you have “junk” in your basement, garage or attic, such as sports cards, memorabilia and toys. Before you toss them out during spring cleaning, consider that the prices of sports cards, games and other ephemera are skyrocketing.

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Tips to Add Farmhouse-Style Elements to Your Home Design
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(StatePoint) When it comes to home design, farmhouse style represents a total intersection of beauty and practicality, making it no surprise that many are embracing this traditional look today. Whatever architectural style your home is, adding key design elements can help you get in on best aspects of the farmhouse trend. Here are a few renovations to consider:

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3 Fun and Fresh Sneaker Trends to Try Right Now
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(StatePoint) New shoes can be a great way to update a wardrobe while staying motivated to remain on track with a wellness goal. From platform sneakers to slip-on styles with clean, classic graphics, a range of fresh footwear trends are all the rage. To stay on-trend, try these three tips and style ideas on for size.

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Beat Burnout With These Playful Tips
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(StatePoint) For many, the additional isolation and never-ending uncertainty of the past couple years has led to mental fatigue and burnout. Experts say that no matter your age, turning to play instead of social media can help you feel more like yourself again.

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What Doctors Want You to Know to Protect Yourself from Omicron
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(StatePoint) Omicron is between 1.5 to 3 times more transmissible than the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Additionally, people who manifest symptoms are doing so more quickly than with previous strains -- sometimes just two to three days after exposure. And recent evidence shows daily Omicron deaths in the United States have exceeded those from the Delta variant. Amid these troubling facts, there is pervasive confusion about what steps individuals should be taking right now to protect themselves.

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New Tech for a Great 2022
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(StatePoint) If you’re thinking about hitting the reboot button and giving your tech a refresh, here are a few tech gadgets and developments to look forward to this year, all of which can help you organize your life and better stick to your goals.

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