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Your TV may be watching you

<b>(CNN) —</b> Earlier this week, we learned that Samsung televisions are eavesdropping on their owners. If you have one of their Internet-connected smart TVs, you can turn on a voice command feature that saves you the trouble of finding the remote, pushing buttons and scrolling through menus. But making …

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3 Surprising Facts About Social Security That Every American Needs to Know

Source: Flickr user Joi Ito.<p>Social Security provides income assistance to millions of retirees, survivors of deceased workers, and disabled people. As of June 2014, according to the Social Security Administration, some 58.6 million people received benefits on a monthly basis, amounting to more than …

10 Who-Knew Uses for Aluminum Foil

It's handy for much more than just wrapping leftovers.<p>You already know that aluminum foil is a kitchen must-have, but its pliable, metallic structure makes it super-useful all over the house. Here's why you should stock up:<p><b>1. Line cabinets and drawers.</b>Not only is the foil easy to clean with a damp …

10 Foods That Are Surprisingly Good Cleaners

Add these kitchen staples to your cleaning arsenal. Seriously.<p>Your go-to cleaners might come in a bottle, but when tackling a tricky stain, it's worth cleaning outside the box. Try these fridge and pantry finds to freshen and brighten nearly every area of your home.<p><b>1. Lemons</b>Citrus can zap grime …

15 Great Decor Ideas for Your Kitchen

Is your kitchen in need of an update.<p>Is your kitchen in need of an update? Check out these kitchen decorating ideas and tips.

Clever wine gadgets to pop your cork

Wine expert Charlotte Sager-Wilde tests out some tools for wine-lovers to see if they’re a great idea or a gimmick<p>“Wine is an all-encompassing thing,” says Charlotte Sager-Wilde. “The more you think about wine, the more you come to know about history, geography, science; even art and …

The 10 Soothing Paint Colors That Will Change Your Life

We're feeling more relaxed already.<p>Color has the power to heal your spirit: It can be soothing, healing and make you feel reborn. So we asked 10 interior designers to share their favorite feel-good colors. Will one make it to your home?

100 Bedroom Designs That Will Inspire You

These cozy escapes will make you want to bliss out on all the bedding.<p>Bedrooms can often be the forgotten room in your home because no one else sees it — but it should be the exact opposite, because it's the one space where you get to <i>recharge</i>. With 100 different designer styles, there's an idea for …

25 Genius DIY Storage Solutions Your Home Needs Now

Say goodbye to entryway chaos forever.<p>If your house is overwhelmed with clutter, it's time to bust out your tool set to wrangle the situation once and for all. These projects are designed to organize and streamline the messiest trouble spots in your home.

7 Clever Uses for Dryer Sheets

This article originally appeared on goodhousekeeping.com<p>You probably already know that fabric softener sheets work wonders for getting rid of staticky hair, but that's not all they're good for. Here are a few more reasons to add them to your cleaning arsenal:<p><b>1. Make your shower door sparkle.</b>Skip …

10 Genius New Uses for Dish Soap

It helps with so much more than just cleaning greasy pots and pans.<p>Dish detergent might be a sink-side staple, but its cleaning power is incredibly helpful all over the house. Because the liquid is mild, it's often a great choice over harsher chemicals (plus, we bet you've got an ever-ready …

5 Biggest Mistakes You Make When You Dust

It may feel like a losing battle, but there are a few tricks to keep that dust from coming back so quickly.<p>Dusting is one of my least favorite chores. It's such a thankless, neverending task. Whisk it away one weekend and, before the next weekend rolls around, your furniture is dust-covered once …

13 DIY Decor Solutions That Will Make Your Life Easier

The 16 Best International Restaurant Chains, Ranked

By: Adam Lapetina<p>Take a drive through America, and you'll find it dotted with familiar signage: "McDonald's", "Wendy's", "Taco Bell", "Caution: Unfinished Bridge". Rarely will you come across a chain restaurant you haven't seen before. But unless you've toured around the world (from London to the …

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80 Beautiful Bathroom Designs That Will Inspire Relaxation

Relax and refresh with one of these designer-approved rooms.<p>Whether you're thinking of your powder room, master bath, or ensuite, our favorite designer looks will inspire you to spruce up your space. Don't stop there — take a look at these stunning bedroom and living room designs that are full of …

15 Kitchen DIYs That Take One Hour Or Less

Want to spruce up your kitchen but don't have much time on your hands? These 15 super-simple DIY projects take less than an hour to complete.<p><b>1. Repaint your mugs</b><p><i>This Heart of Mine</i><p>Are you the unfortunate owner of a set of mugs you just can't fall in love with? Unless they're a priceless family …

10 Things Every Buyer Should Know About Home Inspections

Congratulations, your offer was accepted and you’re going to be a homeowner! After you’ve made all your phone calls to share the big news and sipped …

Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes

<i>Every other Thursday, Gena Hamshaw of the blog Choosing Raw shares satisfying, flavorful recipes that also happen to be vegan.</i><p><i>Today: Warm, fluffy, weekday-friendly pancakes to cure your fall cravings.</i><p>It’s October, which means that I can pat myself on the back for having waited an appropriate amount …

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13 Super Scary Staircases

If heights, stairs, or steep slopes make you squeamish, consider this fair warning.<p>The artistic merit of these stairways cannot be denied. But if heights, stairs, or steep slopes make you squeamish, consider this fair warning. This piece originally appeared on ELLEDECOR.com.

10 Insider Hacks For Common Cleaning Conundrums

Be warned: they are weird, and many require a fridge.<p>During my first internship at a fashion magazine, I watched the editors with awe (and a little fear): They were powerful, worked hard, and looked impossibly chic. Everything about them seemed cool and effortless. So I studied them. I tried to …

9 Cleaners You Can Make Yourself

The key ingredients you need just might be hiding in your pantry.<p>These mix-it-yourself cleaners use environmentally friendly ingredients — like baking soda and vinegar — and are quite inexpensive. If you've run out of your favorite cleaning solution, don't run to the store; try one of these …

How to Set the Table for a Casual Sunday Supper

Lulu Lytle, the cofounder of London-based home-furnishings company Soane, keeps dinner casual in her eat-in kitchen. "The drama comes from the table," she says.<p><i>Photo: James Mortimer</i><p><b>1. Colorful Details</b>A red rim elevates this simple white everyday china. Abbesses Plates, from $8 each. …

8 Of The Dirtiest Places In Your Bathroom

Spend extra time cleaning these germy spots.<p><b>1. Toothbrush holder.</b> Deemed the third dirtiest place in your entire home in a study by NSF, your toothbrush holder is filled with germs. Not only do germs from your toothbrush cling to the holder, but also, because it's usually left out on the counter, …

35 Hearty Fall Recipes That'll Warm You Right Up

Autumn weather calls for serious comfort food.<p>These autumn dishes check off every box. They're filling, easy to make and perfect for a chilly fall day.

Inside a Kitchen the Size of a Walk-In Closet

Tiny, yet efficient.<p>To hear about a kitchen no bigger than a walk-in closet is to expect the worst. To actually see this one is to encounter the best. Designer Stephanie Stokes found savvy ways to save space in this big-city kitchen.

10 Designer Tricks to a Perfectly-Styled Coffee Table

How to Make Homemade Pizza, Grandma Pie-Style

A chewy-crisp crust, endless topping ideas, and do-ahead ease. Pizza made in a sheet pan is the simplest, tastiest way to feed a crowd.<p><b>Those supremely thin, hearth-blistered pizzas</b> coming out of upscale pizzerias these days? We love ‘em, but trying to replicate the conditions of an 800-degree …

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28 Colorful Kitchens That Will Inspire You

From classic pastels to offbeat colors.<p>Bored with your pure white kitchen? Try adding a dose of light — or bright — color to liven up your favorite room.

Texas and Florida did expand Medicaid — for kids

Republican lawmakers in Florida and Texas snubbed the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion for adults, but their states did broaden the program this year — for school-age children.<p>Those states were among 21 — including some big Democrat-led states, such as California — that were required to …

Top portable Bluetooth speakers: Ultimate Ears Mini Boom: $77, Jawbone JAMBOX $83 shipped

We’ve got the two most popular sub-$100 portable Bluetooth speakers on sale for their lowest prices ever new.<p>Amazon offers the Ultimate Ears Mini Boom in Red/Black for <b>$76.99 with free shipping</b>. That’s $23 off retail and one of the lowest prices we’ve seen for this unit new. We favorably …