(Family Features) Admiring the Statue of Liberty up close, hanging 10 in the Pacific Ocean or exploring Europe’s most charming cities are just some of the experiences that may rank high on your travel bucket list. Creating that list is just the beginning – the real fun begins when you start making your travel dreams a reality.
Inspiring people to make those getaways happen is the goal of a new effort by Hilton Garden Inn, which is helping plant the seed for travelers to embark on their next great adventure.
“Through the Garden Getaway Tour, we are reminding people of all the exciting possibilities available for their next trip,” said Judy Christa-Cathey, vice president of global brand marketing, Hilton Garden Inn & Hampton by Hilton. “Trekking your way through a list of all your favorite places is a great way to feel peaceful and alive, whether you spend your time discovering new places or reconnecting with loved ones.”
Get on your way to creating the travel experience of your dreams with these tips:
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Dare to Dream
Add functional, appealing features for a desirable home
(Family Features) Turning your home into the living space of your dreams takes effort and commitment, but while the weather is warm and motivation is on your side, it’s time to put your visions to the test.
Your dreams and desires for your home are attainable and within your reach, so long as you’re devoted and willing to put in the time. Find more home upgrade tips and tricks at eLivingToday.com.
Natural Light and Fresh Air from Above
Versatile Home Storage
A Finishing Touch
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Find more tips for safer living at eLivingToday.com.
5 Ways to Protect Your Family in 2017
Protect your family’s financial health
If you don’t have life insurance, it’s never too soon to explore your coverage options. You may be able to save on premiums and get more coverage for your dollar by completing a health exam as part of your application, which helps build a more accurate assessment of your health.
If you do have coverage, it’s a good idea to regularly review your coverage to ensure it still meets your needs. Also check your beneficiaries to ensure your policies are updated with your current information, especially if your family has grown.
Ensure your family is breathing safe air
Radon is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that can go undetected in homes until it is too late. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among non-smokers in America, and claims the lives of nearly 21,000 Americans each year.
January is National Radon Action Month, so it’s a good time to learn more about radon testing and obtain a test kit for your home. To locate a qualified radon professional, visit epa.gov/radon.
Know your own health status
Many employers and health plans offer health screenings. If you have applied for life insurance, many policies provide the laboratory results from your application that you can share with your physician. Find a checklist of important preventive screenings at CDC.gov/Prevention.
Protect the home of your loved ones
Safeguard your family from fire hazards
In addition to regularly checking alarms and batteries, it’s a good idea to make a family escape plan in the event of a fire.
Keep your loved ones safe and find more ways to protect your family at MyExamOne.com.SOURCE:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Supreme Court has made a decision that could make it easier for a divorced parent to move out of state with the kids, even if the other parent objects to the children relocating.
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Get Prepped for Winter
(Family Features) The onset and arrival of colder temperatures means that it’s time once again to brace yourself – and your home – for everything that winter weather threatens to throw at you. From cool, drafty air wafting into your house to friends and family bringing snow and sand inside with them, it’s important to remember the preparation to go through before winter strikes.
In order to help keep your home warm, cozy and clean throughout the winter months, follow these seven tips to get started:
Check the Roof
Clean the Gutters
Seal Leaks Around Windows and Doors
Install Door Sweeps
Reverse Ceiling Fans
Keep Out Sand and Snow
Stock Up on Winter Gear
Winter can be a pain, especially for homeowners, but staying on top of your preparation and being ready for cold weather’s reach can help make snow season easier to handle. For more tips to get your home ready for winter, visit elivingtoday.com.
Simple Steps to Maintain Natural Stone
Not only does natural stone lend a beautifully sophisticated aesthetic, it’s generally regarded as a practical choice because it’s more durable than many other materials. However, granite, marble, travertine and other natural-stone and quartz surfaces do require proper care and attention to maintain that luxurious finish. Keep your natural stone in top condition with these tips from the experts at Granite Gold.
Clean often. Even if your surface appears clean, the safest bet is to clean it after every meal preparation. The most miniscule particle could have a detrimental effect on your natural stone. Avoid common cleaners and abrasives. They can break down the protective seal and you could be faced with costly repair or replacement. Also, give special attention to the scrubbing pad you use; many are too abrasive for expensive stone counters and leave unsightly scratches.
Seal frequently. Frequently sealing granite countertops and all other natural stone surfaces maintains maximum surface protection, penetrating stone surfaces to provide superior, long-lasting resistance to staining, etching and soil buildup.
If you’re not sure whether it’s time to reseal, it’s easy to test. Pour water (about 3 inches in diameter) on the surface and let it sit for 30 minutes. Be sure to do this in several locations, since the integrity of the seal could vary from one area to another. If the water beads, then the stone remains sealed. However, if the stone is penetrated – signified by a dark mark or ring created by the water – it is time to reseal.
Polish regularly. Polishing stone provides two great benefits. First, polishing after cleaning will bring out the stone’s natural beauty. Second, it will reinforce the protective seal and provide ongoing protection against water spots and fingerprints. One time-saving but effective solution after sealing is Granite Gold Clean & Shine, which provides the cleaning power of the line’s Daily Cleaner and the luster from the Polish in one easy-to-use formula.
You can find the products nationwide at Walmart, Lowe’s, Home Depot and Bed Bath & Beyond; check the product locator at GraniteGold.com.
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[Inquisitr] Linking extreme weather events to change is becoming easier for scientists. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) has compiled a list of extreme weather events which can be linked to climate change. University of Georgia scientist J. Marshall Shepherd said this list is “the first definitive ranking of what events can be attributed to climate change.” Doctor David Titley, the head of the committee that wrote the NAS list commented further on the link between climate change and extreme weather.
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[Wired] San Francisco is a city surrounded on three sides by water. Well, maybe not so much surrounded as besieged. High tides already spill onto the sidewalks, and future sea level rise threatens roads, homes, and infrastructure. Duly noted. Last week the city released an action plan (really, a plan to make a plan) to protect its coastal assets and population against sea level rise.
Read more here http://www.wired.com/2016/03/sea-level-rise-predictable-will-anything-bad-awful/
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