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Which home improvements yield the Best ROI?

The average homeowner may get back as much as 64 percent of a renovation when a home is sold that same year, according to a 2016 Cost vs. Value report from Remodeling magazine. However, not all home improvement projects are alike or equally valued by prospective home buyers.

Montpelier, History Hightlighted

Whether it’s time for a school field trip, a family vacation or you’re looking to bolster your knowledge of U.S. history, there are countless historic sites around the country where you can get away and learn about the nation’s foundation.

For a truly engaging experience, James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange County, Virginia, gives families, students and the history-inclined a way to peer into the past for a look at Founding Era life.

5 Tips to Make Sense of Cyber Security

It’s no secret that kids have a sense of invincibility. While that trait can bring some endearing reminders of the innocence of childhood, it can also have some highly unfortunate consequences. In the context of cyber security, an action by an unknowing child can impact the entire family.

Get Focused for Your Career

Although there are many reasons to feel stressed in the workplace, productivity is often at the root. After all, productive employees are often perceived as the most valuable employees and when productivity fails, it tends to put everyone on edge.

Weather the Storm Wisely

One of the most serious side effects of severe weather is the potential for power loss. In some cases, it can be just a nuisance with little more impact than the time it takes to reset clocks. However, when the outage lasts for hours or days, or when you rely on power for necessities like medical equipment, a power outage can be a major imposition.

Save more money with home automation

(Family Features) As much as half of the average homeowner’s monthly utility expenses go toward cooling and heating, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). For many households, that makes energy the largest home-related expense each month, next to a...

3 steps toward better sleep

(Family Features) With overscheduled days full of early-morning conference calls and endless to-do lists, it’s impossible to avoid the stress that comes with working hard. Hand-in-hand with all that pressure, a lack of quality sleep can lead to aches and pains, stiffness, sore muscles, tingling or numbness in your extremities, general fatigue, as well as an increased risk of getting sick.

Time to get more sophisticated with defense strategies against malware

Malware defense practices have been focused on reactive technologies: intrusion detection, content filtering, detecting and blocking files and such. Most of these solutions require draconian settings to block malware well and user complaints about the resulting restrictions eventually wear down admin resistance – until the next bad attack.

Staying disciplined in the midst of adversity

The one thing that distinguishes a winner from a group of losers is self-control and self-discipline in making and keeping hard decisions. It requires internally-driven incentives because when adversity comes, often discipline evaporates and it becomes harder to maintain. By “adversity,” it refers to anything that causes distraction and discomfort.

Oliver Horn of Swisse’ success formula for creating a world-class brand

Swisse, a Melbourne-based Australian company of herbal and vitamin supplements, pivots its success story around health, happiness, and well-being. These three core elements are what Swisse Managing Director Oliver Horn describes as the “DNA” of the company. Swisse products include men’s and women’s multivitamins, dietary supplements, sports nutrition, skin care, and other “superfoods.”

Lessons learned from an Aussie fundraising expert that can catapult your business

Tim Conolan is more than your ordinary business owner, but also a social entrepreneur, philanthropist, and expert of fundraising whose mission is providing support for sick kids and their families across Australia. In 2014, Tim was nominated the “Australian of the Year – Local Hero” and the EY 2014 Social Entrepreneur award in the Southern Region. He’s also an Australia Day Ambassador.

Uber: culture is a four-letter word

According to recent reports, Uber has engaged in everything from sexual harassment to stealing driverless technology from Google. Even some of its own investors claim the company fosters a toxic culture. Culture can be a four-letter word if it is ignored. Culture can be a four-letter word if is toxic. And toxic cultures kill more businesses than recessions. And it is liable to kill Uber too.

A celebrity restauranteur shares his ultimate “recipe” to a rewarding career

It’s not often that I come across a well-known chef; even rarer is the opportunity to meet a celebrity ‘restaurateur’ with a proven track record of success within the food and entertainment industries. Such individuals are hard to come by, perhaps because their demanding lifestyle, schedule, and reputation prohibit them from reaching out to journalists. Meeting him was one of the most inspiring moments in my journalism career.

Should women ever run alone?

Two young women have been murdered while out running in recent weeks. The Road Runners Club of America offers safety tips for runners, but others question whether women should run alone.

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