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Looking for an alternative to college? Pursue a well-paying trade career instead
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Higher education, higher expense: Budgeting tips for college students and their parents
(BPT) - (BPT) - Sponsored ad content by Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.High school graduation should be a time of celebration. But for a lot of families, it can also be a source of stress. College is a big step into the future for any student – and it comes with a hefty price tag.Accord... More >>


The ABCs of back-to-school budgeting
(BPT) - It’s natural to pack all you can into those few precious summer months, but inevitably they’re gone before you know it. As summer vacations, sleepovers and outdoor grilling come to a close, it's time to start thinking about going back to school.You may be working to pay off summ... More >>


How much juice should kids drink? What you need to know about juice and serving size
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6 tips to make the most of your visit to the zoo
(BPT) - Children can’t help but be drawn to animals, so a visit to the zoo is always a winning and memorable choice for a summer outing. Introducing children to animals of all kinds, especially endangered species, will help foster a lifelong appreciation of them. With more and more animals ne... More >>


Beat the heat: Tips to stay healthy and hydrated
(BPT) - Americans love summertime and with good reason. It is the best time for outdoor fun and travel with family. Many people enjoy outdoor activities such as bicycling, kayaking and hiking, and kids are more active with sports.One thing to keep in mind when out and about in the summer heat is to... More >>


5 reasons to make your summer road trip a flight instead
(BPT) - Summer break is an American institution, and that midyear break is often best enjoyed through travel. This year is no different; in fact, many experts expect this year’s summer travel season to be among the busiest ever. That is particularly true when it comes to air travel.According ... More >>


Allergens and indoor air quality: 4 steps to a healthier home
(BPT) - When at home, you're probably relaxing, playing with the kids or tackling chores. What you aren't likely doing is thinking about the air you're breathing. Unfortunately, the reality is poor indoor air quality in residential spaces is a major problem.The United States Consumer Product Safety... More >>


5 eye health tips that are easy to visualize
(BPT) - Writer Leigh Hunt once said, “The groundwork of all happiness is good health.” It’s a mantra you heed because nothing is more important than your health. That’s why you watch what you eat, you exercise at least three times a week and you avoid tobacco or excessive al... More >>


8 fast tips to fight fall allergies before they begin
(BPT) - You made it through a tough spring allergy season and are enjoying every moment of the summer. But just when you think your allergies are under control, a new problem is brewing. In the blink of an (itchy) eye, fall allergy season will be here.You may be thinking, "It's still summer. Why wo... More >>


4 laundry personalities: Where do you fit?
(BPT) - Chic, trendy, sporty, bohemian, sophisticated, fun, classic — you probably have a clear vision of your fashion and style personality. But do you know your laundry personality? How you wash the clothes you wear is every bit as personal and unique to you as the clothes themselves. Knowi... More >>


Understanding the link between salt and health
(BPT) - The news lately is full of articles about salt and health. Everyone seems to be getting either too much salt or not enough. So which is it? Part of the problem is with how we study the connection. Fortunately, researchers on both sides of the issue are starting to agree on how best to proce... More >>


Create a special day for Dad this Father's Day with a delicious meal
(BPT) - By Yvette Marquez, Vive Mejor spokespersonAs my grandma would always say, “Panza llena, corazón contento.” The best gift you can give Dad on Father's Day is a full stomach. Sure you could take him to a fancy restaurant, but try surprising Dad with an economical and homema... More >>


From farm to family: 7 things to consider before living with livestock
(BPT) - Animals play a meaningful role in the lives of their owners. In fact, most people consider their furry friends part of the family. And while dogs and cats tend to be the most common companions, nowadays, the beloved family pet can come in many different shapes, sizes and species.Families ac... More >>


Solving the nation's water problems before the tap runs dry
(BPT) - Cooking dinner, washing dishes, showering and flushing toilets — these are daily activities for most Americans. If you did any of these in the last 24 hours, you’ve contributed to the roughly 355 billion gallons of water that are used each day in this country.Water is our most b... More >>


6 smart, fun STEM-themed camps to keep kids learning this summer
(BPT) - Summer camp season is on the horizon. Are you and your children in agreement on what you want from their summer camp this year? Chances are, you’re hoping for a camp that will keep your kids occupied, active and learning throughout the summer. And your kids ... your kids probably just... More >>


Smaller metros take action to draw millennials fleeing bigger urban areas
(BPT) - Are millennials getting ready to leave big cities in droves? Some experts in demographics, economics and real estate have predicted the millennial exodus from huge urban areas has already begun. If true, the question remains: where will they go?Some may head to the suburbs, like their paren... More >>


Calling all blood donors: Roll up a sleeve and give where you live
(BPT) - Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. In fact, approximately 36,000 blood donations are needed each day nationwide. However, during the summer months, it is typically more difficult for blood donations to keep pace with demand, and this can result in summer shortages. To help ... More >>


5 reasons summer is salad season
(BPT) - Summer is the perfect time to turn over a new you. With the arrival of warm weather, a relaxed schedule and summer vacations, this is the moment to invest in a new wardrobe and, of course, a new, healthier menu. When you think of summer cuisine, light and flavorful is the order of the day, ... More >>


From students to leaders: How today's youth are preparing for the future
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5 surprising facts about dairy you should know
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Catch a day on the water with Dad this Father's Day
(BPT) - This Father’s Day, add a little adventure and gift Dad a day he will remember by surprising him with a day of fishing. There’s nothing like getting in a boat with loved ones and heading out on the water to sink a line and enjoy some of the finer things in life together — l... More >>


Moving tips, services to make military families' moves go smoothly
(BPT) - Moving is hectic for anyone, but it can be especially challenging for military families. Frequent relocations, sometimes across the country and often with short notice, can make it difficult for military families to build the kind of friends and family support teams that civilians rely on t... More >>


7 tips for balancing retirement savings and paying for college
(BPT) - Most people want to help their children pay for a quality college education, but it can be difficult to balance personal financial goals and funding your kids' educational aspirations. When retirement savings is sacrificed for college costs, it can be a disservice to the entire family.To he... More >>


An adventurous family vacation awaits at Florida's Space Coast
(BPT) - When planning a Florida vacation for the entire family, two things typically first come to mind: winter getaway and busy theme park. Nothing wrong with that, but if you stop there, you're limiting your possibilities.Along the state’s Atlantic coast, there’s another side of Flori... More >>


Party themes for a summer bash to remember
(BPT) - When summer party season arrives, your guests will be happy to eat the grilled food you serve and down gallons of iced tea, but will they recall your party after Labor Day? Every good host wants to throw a bash guests will talk about all summer and remember long after the first snowfall. A ... More >>


Young adults seek opioid alternatives for pain relief after wisdom teeth extraction
(BPT) - Summer vacation is the time of year students of every age look forward to. Warm weather, no school or homework, and summer travels — there are plenty of reasons to enjoy the break from the classroom. However, it's not all fun and games, especially for college students. Summer break is... More >>


Tips to keep favorite vacation spots fresh and exciting, every time you visit
(BPT) - You can love everything about a destination, but after your family has visited the same spot multiple times they may start to feel as if they’ve done and seen everything the location has to offer. When a vacation destination fits your budget, lifestyle and the amount of time you have ... More >>


5 simple ways parents can make the world gentle for baby
(BPT) - The big day has finally arrived and your newborn is here. Your baby is as perfect as you imagined and you’re filled with a love you never knew existed. Even before she or he arrived, you started making more careful choices and looked for gentle alternatives with natural-based ingredie... More >>


Bridging the summer learning gap: Travel and education
(BPT) - “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” — Saint AugustineThe benefits of travel have been written about for centuries, connecting the experience with cultivating awareness and expanding perspectives. The story of travel connotes a journey of ... More >>


5 budget strategies to enjoy your summer vacation
(BPT) - The American summer vacation is a seasonal tradition. It's when memories are made, experiences are shared and sometimes when bills pile up. In fact, research shows that more and more families across the country are planning responsibly and considering their budget when it comes to summer tr... More >>


The eyes have it: 4 things your eyes may communicate without you knowing it
(BPT) - Your eyes: you stare with them, wink with them and roll them. You use your eyes to communicate your thoughts and feelings every single day. Whether you’re aware of it or not, your eyes can speak volumes about who you are and what you feel. But could your eyes be sending the wrong mess... More >>


Experts say it's never too early to teach compassion and empathy to children
(BPT) - The news is filled with articles about the opinions and attitudes of the millennial generation and now, Generation Z. But what about the youngest generation — youths 4-9 years old? These children are growing up in a time of unprecedented access to information, when civility, kindness ... More >>


7 fast, effective garage door safety tips
(BPT) - You probably put little thought into your garage door. You touch a button. The door opens, closes and you go about your day.While the garage door — the largest, heaviest moving object in your home — serves as the primary entry point of the home to many of us, it can also be dang... More >>


Simplifying baby nutrition: Expert advice for your infant's first foods
(BPT) - Your cooing, curious, incredibly cute baby is now 6 months old and you've got the go-ahead from your pediatrician to start solid foods. You both are excited to begin this new adventure, but when you head to the store you are suddenly confused by a sea of options.Which foods are safe for you... More >>


Preparing for Baby? Make Sure to Remember the Laundry! [Infographic]
(BPT) - Today’s new and expectant parents are making careful choices when it comes to preparing for baby. Dreft conducted a survey of expectant and new parents, as well as a survey of dermatologists from across the country to gather their thoughts on the best way to prepare for the most preci... More >>


Breathe easier: 7 ways to improve your home's indoor air quality
(BPT) - More than 6 million American children — nearly 9 percent of all kids in the U.S. — have asthma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each year, asthma attacks send more than a million people to emergency rooms, including approximately 24,000 children youn... More >>


Simple ways to add physical fitness to your daily routine
(BPT) - Being resourceful with your daily routine can deliver big payoffs when it comes to increasing your activity level. Incorporating physical fitness into your everyday activities can save you time and also burn calories, and it doesn't have to take much time or effort.“For many people, t... More >>


5 ways to make your gluten-free lifestyle more appetizing
(BPT) - Whether you have been gluten free for years or are just starting out, it’s a lifestyle rife with challenges. From cardboard-tasting foods to limited choices at social gatherings, a gluten-free lifestyle can make you feel left out and stuck with unappetizing options.“A gluten-fre... More >>


3 cornerstones to a longer, healthier, happier life for your pet
(BPT) - Your pets are members of the family. They are the source of some of your best memories, they are your travel companions, your confidantes and your evening snuggle partners. You love them and you want them to live the longest, healthiest and happiest life possible.Like it is for you, achievi... More >>


5 precise points to look for in the perfect PC
(BPT) - What drives you in the search for the perfect PC? Is it premium design and the high-end components? Or are you a performance person where nothing but the best specs will do? And what about price? Do you worry that you'll have to sacrifice some of the things you want simply because they are ... More >>


National Poppy Day honors veterans' sacrifice for freedom
(BPT) - Even in the darkest of times, flowers still find their way to the surface to bloom. Poppy seeds can lay fallow for years, yet bloom brilliantly when the soil is disturbed or when the soil is freshly dug. After the battles were fought in World War I, the blood red poppy flourished in France ... More >>


Small-space gardens: Easy tips for homegrown flavors
(BPT) - The new growing season is upon us. You don’t have to be an experienced gardener to enjoy the many benefits of the season, nor do you need large swaths of land and sprawling acreage to grow your favorite greens. In fact, beautiful outdoor spaces — rich with colorful blooms and he... More >>


4 things you can do to protect your drinking water
(BPT) - Water is something many of us tend to devote little time thinking about, not because it is unimportant but because we take our clean, safe drinking water for granted. That is, until something occurs that shifts our focus and shows us how potentially fragile our water infrastructure really i... More >>


10 smart power-outage hacks for homeowners
(BPT) - It's storm season across the United States, and with the wind and rain also comes power outages. No matter where you live, power outages are likely to happen at some point. That's why now is the perfect time to be proactive.Even if they last for just an hour or two, power outages are a majo... More >>


Smart tips to help Mother's Day flowers last longer
(BPT) - Mother’s Day consumers are expected to spend a record-breaking $2.6 billion on Mother’s Day flowers to show their appreciation for Mom, according to a recent National Retail Federation report. 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc., the leading destination for Mother’s Day floral and gou... More >>


The mess is the best: Cooking with family creates lifelong memories
(BPT) - Preparing a family dinner doesn’t have to be a solo chore when there are helping hands nearby. Getting the kids involved in the kitchen not only teaches them valuable lessons, but it’s also an opportunity to create fun family memories with a few spills and messes along the way.&... More >>


3 steps to becoming a savvier online shopper
(BPT) - Every day, people use data to influence their decision making — from where to go for dinner, to selecting stocks in which they should invest, to where to live. Every Google search we perform, every Yelp review read or written, each item of clothing, houseware or electronic device we p... More >>


Healthier kids, healthier communities: 4 ways to get involved
(BPT) - It’s no secret that experiences in early and middle childhood are extremely important for a child’s healthy development and lifelong learning. Yet schools — the places where kids spend the majority of their time outside of the home during the week — often lack the re... More >>


Need care today? Here are 4 choices to try before the emergency room
(BPT) - A health concern rarely strikes when it's convenient for you, and in most cases it occurs at the worst possible time. When you need care and don’t have time to schedule an appointment, what do you do?You head to the emergency room, of course. You wait in the long ER lines and pay the ... More >>


Gather the family in the kitchen for a magical Mother's Day
(BPT) - She's your biggest fan and the one you call whenever you need advice. Moms should be celebrated every day of the year, but there's no better time to show her you care than on Mother's Day!This year, rather than going with the tried-and-true gift of flowers and chocolate, surprise Mom with a... More >>


Don't sweat your summer move: 10 tips for smarter moving
(BPT) - Summer isn’t just vacation season, it’s also peak moving season. Studies show more people move during summer months than any other time of year; kids are out of school and weather is less likely to delay moves. However, moving is hard work no matter what time of year you do it. ... More >>


Kindergarten is the new 1st grade: Is your preschooler ready?
(BPT) - When you think back to your own kindergarten experience, it probably involved a half-day program and plenty of fun activities — finger painting, sand play and nap time. Likely the hardest parts were learning the alphabet and counting to 100.Fast forward to today. While kindergarten st... More >>


Celebrate Your Community of Moms on Mother's Day
(BPT) - Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate all mothers and the special place they have held in our societal and family structure for countless years. It is a time to recognize Mom for her unconditional love and dedication, along with the important contribution she has made to help shape our ... More >>


Too many with epilepsy are unaware of this uncommon but fatal threat
(BPT) - For people with epilepsy—and for those who care for them—the side effects of the condition are well known. They know all about the seizures and they also know how best to care for themselves or their loved ones should a seizure occur. While the persistent possibility of a seizur... More >>


5 renovation resolutions for your home this year
(BPT) - Spring spruce-ups often focus on the outdoors, but when summer temperatures arrive, it’s time to move your home improvement efforts indoors. Keep cool and reinvent your home’s interior with stylish décor that adds the “wow factor” summer deserves.These five re... More >>


The important role vaccines may play in helping keep children and adults healthy
(BPT) - Every one of the nearly 12,000 babies born in the United States each day may be susceptible to infectious diseases. The good news is that vaccines can help protect children from some of these diseases.As National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) approaches, it is timely to remember the role ... More >>


5 tips to help teens master their money
(BPT) - For most teens, high school is an exciting time, one that offers the opportunity to set their own path and make some of their own decisions. However, with this added independence comes additional responsibility, especially regarding money.Today teens are spending $260 billion a year in the ... More >>


Engage kids' love of nature through bird feeding, ditch their devices and get them outdoors
(BPT) - Is it difficult to pry your kids away from their electronic devices to get them outdoors? From tots to teens, today’s kids love their electronics. After all, where could you find anything to compete with the bright sights and sounds of their favorite video game? The answer may be no f... More >>


Confused by TV technology? This buyer's guide simplifies the terms
(BPT) - The technology in our TV sets has changed a lot in the past decade. When it comes time to buy one, it’s easy to lose track of which features matter for a good TV-watching experience.You might find a TV at a tempting price, but you don’t want to end up wasting money on a picture ... More >>


Fresh ways to enjoy pizza night and make a balanced meal
(BPT) - You know a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables is best for your health, but achieving that can be a challenge given everything you have to accomplish in a day. Daily meal planning doesn’t have to be such a chore if you turn to your freezer for a little help. In... More >>


Tips to reduce your health care expenses
(BPT) - Health care costs are in the news all the time. You hear about them at work and when you’re with friends and family. The comments are always the same. Health care is getting more and more expensive and it seems to be outpacing the money you make.Fortunately you’re not helpless w... More >>


6 tips for decoding college financial aid award letters
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5 health 'facts' that are actually myths
(BPT) - Get eight hours of sleep at night, eat your vegetables, and an apple a day keeps the doctor away — these are all common health sayings you’ve heard and probably believe to be true. While commonly told health myths may have some truth to them, there are some that don’t hold... More >>


Welcome warmer weather with a picnic
(BPT) - This time of year, the urge to go outside increases by the day. What better way to welcome warmer months than with a picnic, complete with homemade breads and baked goods made from scratch?Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, looking for a new idea for date night or just want an e... More >>


5 easy ways to recycle more
(BPT) - Most of us are used to recycling at home, but specifically in the bathroom? Not so much. However, your bathroom is home to a number of recyclable products, from shampoo and mouthwash bottles to bandage and tissue boxes. With families as busy as they are, it’s no wonder bathroom recycl... More >>


5 clever hacks to simplify any family's morning routine
(BPT) - Getting the family out the door on time every morning is no small feat. Seemingly simple tasks like getting dressed, packing backpacks and making breakfast can quickly turn into chaos. Before you know it, you're running late and the kids haven't even eaten as you dash to the car.Stop dreadi... More >>


5 ways creativity-inspiring video games can help parents share quality time with kids
(BPT) - When winter arrives, parents eagerly anticipate taking kids on family vacations and spending more time with them during the holidays. Kids look forward to more free time for their favorite video games. However, a growing body of research indicates video gaming can actually be a good thing f... More >>


Farming program helps neighbors in rural America fight hunger
(BPT) - Although the United States produces much of the world’s food, 48 million people in the country are food insecure, lacking access to enough food to sustain a healthy, active lifestyle. What's even more surprising is that many of the counties with the highest rates of food insecurity ar... More >>




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