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March 22, 2018

Protect your home from termites this spring
(BPT) - Spring is officially here, bringing flowers, greenery and increased pest activity. Because termite evidence is more noticeable in warmer months, it is important to check for any warning signs every spring. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to reduce the likelihood of a termite ... More >>

Mushrooms: Gentle on the Planet, Healthy on the Plate
(BPT) - Want to start making more earth-friendly food choices in the kitchen? This Earth Month, start with mushrooms, a healthy food that requires minimal natural resources to produce.According to a 2017 study titled "The Mushroom Sustainability Story," mushroom production requires relatively low w... More >>

Nutrition takes center stage for people with chronic conditions
(BPT) - Nutrition is important for everyone. The proper vitamins and nutrients help the body stay healthy and function well. For people with chronic conditions, the right nutrition is essential in helping to ward off potential health hazards.Depending on your state of health, some nutrients may be ... More >>

Tax-time tips in the final stretch of the tax season
(BPT) - The April 17 tax filing deadline is quickly approaching. While many are excited about the possibility of a tax refund, nearly 1 in 3 taxpayers waits until April to file their return. Whether filing online or meeting with a tax professional, H&R Block shares three tips to help make the f... More >>

How far would you walk for clean water?
(BPT) - You finish a workout and when you’re done, you reach for a bottle of water. Afterward, you shower, the clean water hitting your skin and then, that evening, you use water to prepare dinner for your family. It's a standard day for you, but what if you were one of the millions of people... More >>

7 plant-based tips for a healthy weight
(BPT) - Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian or omnivore, it’s important to eat a diet that includes a symphony of minimally processed plant foods, according to Sharon Palmer, an award-winning registered dietitian nutritionist, plant-based food and nutrition expert, author and blogger. Th... More >>

8 simple things you can do at home to improve indoor air quality
(BPT) - A clean house always looks and feels good. But did you know a clean environment goes a long way toward keeping you and your family healthy?For starters, dust holds dander and pollen, which explains why dust so easily triggers an allergy attack. But common household dust contains other bad s... More >>

Earth Day 101: 6 impactful ways to teach your kids about food waste
(BPT) - America needs to address its food waste problem, and a good place to start is taking steps to teach our children to conserve food.Right now, a staggering 40 percent of all food in the U.S. goes to waste when restaurants, supermarkets and consumers throw it away, costing our national economy... More >>

What's driving car care and purchases this spring
(BPT) - As the weather starts to warm up, Americans will hit the road more often for destinations ranging from family outings to spring vacation destinations. Because cars are such an important part of our daily lives, Hankook Tire examined what drives Americans to keep up with car maintenance, as ... More >>

6 skills of happiness help teens live a more positive life
(BPT) - How would you describe happiness? You may have trouble putting it into words, but you know you want it for yourself and your loved ones. One thing that's harder than describing it for many people is knowing how to achieve it.Researchers studying social emotional well-being define happiness ... More >>

Break free from cooking ruts with easy inspiration for fresh, lively dishes
(BPT) - Are you in a cooking rut? If you find yourself making the same things over and over again, it's time for some fresh inspiration. As seasons turn, you might crave different types of food. This is the perfect reason to think beyond the ordinary and experiment with new flavors.We asked registe... More >>

10 reasons to plant a tree this spring
(BPT) - Did you know planting a tree is one of the easiest and most powerful things you can do to have a positive impact on the environment? It's true. Trees clean the air, prevent rainwater runoff, help you save energy and even combat global warming. And they're a snap to plant! No horticultural d... More >>

More than 39,000 veterans are homeless each night: How you can help
(BPT) - There are 18.8 million veterans in the U.S., according to the most recent U.S. Census. More than 9 million are seeking treatment at their local U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs medical center, and more than 39,000 are homeless on any given night, according to the U.S. Department of Housin... More >>

5 simple ways to jump-start fitness goals
(BPT) - Fitness is central to your well-being and ability to enjoy life to the fullest, however it's easy to get stuck in a rut. How do you find new interest and motivation so you're ready to maximize the warm weather months?Dan Gaz, physical activity and assessment program manager at the Mayo Clin... More >>

Tips to tackle 5 of the most satisfying DIY projects
(BPT) - What’s your favorite DIY project you’ve ever completed? Chances are the answer pops right into your mind, and even if you’ve completed hundreds of DIY projects over the years, you probably have some that truly stand out.For those that weren’t at the top of your list,... More >>

5 musts for a low-stress, on-budget DIY home project
(BPT) - Owning your own home is a life accomplishment for many adults, and keeping it looking sharp and adding your personal touches brings a sense of pride. It seems there are always things you want to improve, so don’t let a limited budget or lack of know-how hold you back from dreaming. Th... More >>

Results are clear: BPA is safe
For more than 10 years, U.S. government scientists have been conducting an in-depth research program with the goal of answering key scientific questions and resolving remaining uncertainties about the safety of BPA. This research so far has shown: that human exposure to BPA is low, that people quic... More >>

3 steps to buying a better golf game
(BPT) - If the spring is golf season to you, then this is the best time of the year. A full season of golf awaits, and you can’t wait to get out and play.Making this your best season yet means starting the year off on the right foot and improving round after round. But to do that, you need mo... More >>

Stemming the leak: 4 ways to encourage STEM in your middle schooler
(BPT) - Even though many Americans understand the importance of STEM education, children in the U.S. continue to lose interest in science, technology, engineering and math subjects at young ages.Not surprisingly, 44 percent of U.S. adults say they felt more excited about science when they were kids... More >>

Save time in your morning with these kitchen hacks
(BPT) - It happens: You hit the snooze button once, twice, then three times, so when you’re finally showered, dressed and ready to tackle the day, you’re already behind schedule. Oftentimes that causes you to skip breakfast completely.Turns out, your breakfast habit is one time-saving s... More >>

How to be 'money smart' in a digital world
(BPT) - Modern digital technology has replaced landlines, television antennas, VCRs, CDs and many other things that were once part of our daily lives — and the next thing to go may well be cash.A few years ago, the idea that we would no longer use cash would have seemed outlandish, but it&rsq... More >>

Dominate spring: 5 easy steps to wake up your lawn
(BPT) - There are a lot of things people miss during the winter — flip-flops, shorts and warm sunshine. But one of the things homeowners miss the most is the sight of green grass.For months their lawns go into hibernation and disappear under a blanket of snow. Once the temperature starts to r... More >>

Have 5 minutes? Easy tips for finding moments of Zen
(BPT) - From work to working out, kids' activities to household tasks and so much more, modern life has never been busier. The problem is hectic schedules can lead to unnecessary stress.If you're one of the many people who feel frazzled on a regular basis, you're probably longing for a vacation or ... More >>

4 ways hardscapes can add value to your home
(BPT) - Outdoor hardscape projects add resale value to a home as well as bring extra enjoyment to homeowners while they are living in the home, according to the “Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features” by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the National Association of Lan... More >>

Childhood vaccine rates increase but more parents also are refusing
(BPT) - Childhood and adolescent vaccination is considered by many to be one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century, but based on the results of a new study by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), there is still more work to do to ensure children and teens are ... More >>

6 project ideas to recreate your kitchen
(BPT) - As the hub of activity in a home, the kitchen serves many purposes: meal prep base, dining area, family gathering place, celebration zone, and entertainment center, to name a few. Does your high-use, heart-of-the-home kitchen meet the challenges and needs of your family life?If not, then it... More >>

The tale of an abandoned mutt who became an unlikely hero
(BPT) - They say heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Never has this been more true than the story of Stubby, a stray mutt who went on to become the first dog ever promoted to the rank of sergeant in the U.S. Army, and the subject of a new animated family feature, "Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero," t... More >>

Ideas to help you reap big rewards from your garden
(BPT) - Get active outdoors with a hobby more satisfying than binge-watching another television series. As a pastime, gardening can help you eat delicious, more flavorful food while transforming your patio or yard into a colorful hangout for butterflies and bees.Many people don’t realize how ... More >>

How to keep your seafood wild
(BPT) - Every day, consumers are bombarded with buzzwords when selecting groceries — natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten-free and so on. Coupled with news headlines about the environmental impacts of growing, raising and catching food, it’s no wonder many of us are becoming more confused ... More >>

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month: Know When to Stop Before You Start
(BPT) - The bright lights. The energy and laughter that fills the room. Casinos are fun and exciting to the vast majority of people but for some, they can be problematic.Casinos are a form of entertainment, so how do you ensure what’s meant to be a fun and leisurely activity continues to be a... More >>

5 ways to care for and comfort your sick child
(BPT) - If you’re a parent, a big part of your job is making sure your children feel well. No matter how many times you wash their hands, sterilize their toys or keep a sparkling clean house, inevitably the germs will win. All parents know that taking care of a sick child can be a stressful e... More >>

How to eat more protein and improve athletic performance
(BPT) - Whether competing recreationally, at an amateur level or professionally in front of the world, proper nutrition is a key component of any athlete’s performance. A variety of nutrients come into consideration, but one seems to get the highest level of attention: protein.Because protein... More >>

Tips for overcoming obstacles to be your best self
(BPT) - Everyone faces their own journey in life. This journey will likely have hurdles of many kinds. These hurdles can knock you down, but with the right mindset and attitude, they can never keep you down. In fact, they can actually make you stronger.Chelsee Nabritt has been overcoming hurdles si... More >>

These health benefits of salt might surprise you
(BPT) - World Salt Awareness Week is being celebrated this year from March 12 to 18 and is the perfect opportunity to recognize all the many benefits of salt. Salt, or sodium chloride, is essential for life. In fact, no mineral is more essential to human survival than sodium because it allows nerve... More >>

5 helpful tips for sticking to your New Year's resolutions this spring
(BPT) - On average, two-thirds of Americans set New Year’s resolutions to begin the new year with a fresh outlook. Whether it’s changing your diet, saving money or starting a new hobby, it seems almost everyone is trying to accomplish something when January rolls around.With the new yea... More >>

5 ingredients for a perfect family vacation
(BPT) - It’s hard to believe it, but the kids who were labeled “millennials” have all grown up and started their own families. As this next generation enters the realm of parenthood, many will be thinking about what they want to do and where they want to go for their family vacati... More >>

The secret places pests are hiding in your home
(BPT) - Pests can be hiding just about everywhere — whether you can see them or not. When you know where to look, there are preventative measures you can take to help avoid a pest infestation problem in your home. Terminix shares details on the unexpected, “secret” places pests ca... More >>

5 important qualities to look for when purchasing paper
(BPT) - Buying paper and office supplies can seem routine, however, these simple choices matter. Choosing the right paper can help save time and money, as well as ensure the quality of documents.So, what exactly should you look for in copy paper?“There are many different performance attribute... More >>

6 smart snacking ideas for busy moms
(BPT) - Whether you have a new baby, toddler, big kid or teen, life is busy when you have kids. From play dates to playoffs, busy moms need to stay fueled to feel their best. However, being so busy can mean forgetting about healthy snacking. Fortunately with a few tips and tricks, eating right on t... More >>

5 simple things you can do to promote literacy at home and beyond
(BPT) - What was your favorite childhood book? Chances are, you can come up with a title right away. That’s because books create powerful memories of stories and characters that inspire kids’ imaginations and will be treasured for a lifetime.Unfortunately, some children grow up with lim... More >>

5 tips to keep allergy sufferers from dreading spring
(BPT) - From flowers poking through the ground to ditching heavy winter parkas, it’s easy to look forward to spring. Unless, of course, you have allergies. Then, the path to warmer weather and additional daylight could be marked with watery eyes, sneezing and a runny nose. Makes it hard to be... More >>

The time is now to incorporate Scandinavian style into decor
(BPT) - As homeowners look for ways to refresh their spaces, Scandinavian style has become ever more prominent and popular among designers and interior decor experts. The clean, modern, minimalist aesthetic shows up in interiors and exteriors, from streamlined furniture to low-maintenance landscapi... More >>

5 practical and fun ways to spend your tax refund
(BPT) - It’s that time of year again when you may find a little bit of extra money in your pocket, thanks to your annual tax refund. There are plenty of practical ways to spend it, such as putting it toward paying off credit cards, loan payments or even starting a college fund, but there is a... More >>

5 'smart' ways to tackle your spring cleaning
(BPT) - Pull back the drapes, crack open the window and let in the warm, sun-soaked air. That’s right, spring is right around the corner and that means it’ll soon be time to chase away the grime and odors that have settled in over the long winter.For many, spring cleaning is something o... More >>

Chef Jose Garces focuses on quality and versatility at this year's sold-out South Beach Wine and Food Festival
(BPT) - There are few foods that span a variety of diverse culinary styles more than fresh pork. Fresh pork is known by both leading chefs and home cooks as a flavorful, versatile solution for any night of the week.Smithfield Fresh Pork is proud to partner with the National Pork Board and 20 award-... More >>

Swap these 4 food fads with nutritious kitchen staples
(BPT) - With new so-called “healthy” food trends popping up all the time, it’s hard to keep track of what’s actually good for your health and what’s just a fad. Luckily, new research continually shows consumers which fads to ditch and which kitchen staples stand the te... More >>

Technology can help people manage Type 2 diabetes in real time
(BPT) - There is no disputing that digital health technology and connected devices can produce massive amounts of data. But that data, on its own, is not always particularly useful. The real value comes from translating that data into personalized and actionable information and putting it into the... More >>

Forward-thinking programs get kids to eat better
(BPT) - They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But for millions of low-income children across the country, the low-cost or free lunch they get at school is the most nutritious, most filling meal they will eat.In 2016, over 30 million kids across the U.S. received low-cost or... More >>

The best way to clean wood floors might surprise you
(BPT) - Although most people envision their dream home with shiny wood floors, many consumers are unaware of the best way to care for them, according to a 2017 survey conducted by the National Wood Flooring Association.“Not surprisingly, many homeowners are unsure of the best way to effective... More >>

Poison safety tips to keep your family safe this winter
(BPT) - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 2 million poisoning incidents per year within the U.S., and more than 90 percent of these occur within the home. This winter, keep your family safe by learning more about the potential for poisoning, how to... More >>

6 other college costs (and opportunities) to consider when the financial aid letter arrives
(BPT) - The last year of high school is a whirl of activity, and it’s no different when it comes to the final leg of college selection. Once the acceptance notifications arrive, it will soon be time to sit down with a different stack of mail: financial aid letters.As you undoubtedly know, the... More >>

Improve your heart health in 2018 with these tips
(BPT) - When it comes to maintaining and/or improving your heart health, it’s the little things you do day after day that can have a big impact on your immediate and long-term health.A healthy diet and plenty of exercise are naturally the first things you think of when looking at ways to supp... More >>

The secret to sticking to your resolutions just may lie in your Medicare benefits
(BPT) - Despite our best intentions, 80 percent of us have given up on our New Year’s resolutions by mid-February. Determined to make this year different? If you’re enrolled in Medicare, you might be surprised to learn that your benefits could give you an edge in your quest to stay moti... More >>

Eating healthy has never been more delicious
(BPT) - Yoga mats, kale salads, fitness trackers, standing desks and gym memberships. It seems like everywhere you look, people are taking strides to get healthier. And with good reason.In the U.S., 37.9 percent of adults aged 20 and older suffer from obesity, and heart disease accounts for one out... More >>

An underutilized retirement strategy
(BPT) - Across the nation, thousands of seniors have used a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), commonly called a reverse mortgage loan, as a savvy way to access the equity in their homes as part of their retirement strategy.Those who are interested in a reverse mortgage loan should know that t... More >>

5 ways to support your child and address issues at school
(BPT) - Children and teens experience some of the most important moments of their lives at school. It’s where they spend two-thirds of their waking hours. Of course, school can be stressful, too — and not just because of pop quizzes and science projects.“Stress isn’t the sam... More >>

Add fire safety to your family's routine
(BPT) - Think of all the items you replace regularly — your cellphone, lightbulbs and even your toothbrush. But when was the last time you replaced your smoke alarm batteries, or even the alarms themselves? It’s easy to overlook, but the time to think about fire safety is now — be... More >>

New research calls pistachios superfood for people with desk jobs
(BPT) - Recent research is giving the 86 percent of Americans who sit all day at their jobs new reasons to reach for a handful of nuts while at work, and in particular, pistachios. Adding to an increasing volume of research around the health benefits of pistachios, one study and a national survey i... More >>

Take a pre-cruise vacation and 'live like a local' on Florida's Space Coast
(BPT) - There's something magical about taking a cruise. Is it the open ocean? The indescribable feeling of warm sea air blowing through your hair? The endless access to world-class food, drinks and entertainment? Whatever the reason, each year millions of people around the world set their sights o... More >>

4 tips for protecting your home this season and beyond
(BPT) - Winter is in full swing and extremely cold temperatures continue to grip much of the U.S.; which mean hats, gloves and high home maintenance bills could be in your future. According to recent data from the Insurance Information Institute, in 2016 severe winter weather cost homeowners more t... More >>

Fight for your sight: 5 tips to fight Age-related Macular Degeneration
(BPT) - The ability to see is one of our most precious gifts. Like most things in life, our vision may be impacted as we age. That’s why it’s important to learn about Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Prevalent among older Americans, it affects one in five adults age 65 and older,... More >>

Transform the look and feel of your kitchen with an updated sink
(BPT) - While everyone would love a complete kitchen makeover, you can still freshen and update the look of this room by taking on smaller projects.The perfect place to start is the kitchen sink. Most people don’t realize it, but a well-chosen sink has the potential to create the perfect foca... More >>

How to inspire your teen to expand their horizons and find their passion
(BPT) - With mounting pressures and expectations, the high school years can feel overwhelming — for students and parents alike. Teens grapple with questions like: Which colleges should I apply to? What should I choose as a major? What do I really want to do with my life? What if I don’t... More >>

5 ways travel will change in 2018
(BPT) - As international travel gains popularity each year, new destinations are added to bucket lists and new travel gadgets and accessories appear on the market. The way we travel has changed in the past few decades, but that age-old itch to explore and discover new places and experiences remains... More >>

Fresh beginnings: Clean your bathroom faster with these tech tools
(BPT) - If you’re like most Americans, you prefer to have an immaculate bathroom — you just don’t like cleaning it.In fact, in a recent study by Kohler (conducted by independent research firm Vision Critical), 42 percent of consumers admitted cleaning the toilet is one of their mo... More >>

Top trends to inspire your outdoor living
(BPT) - Outdoor living spaces rank first among special function rooms desired by consumers, according to the American Institute for Architects, and so homeowners are expected to be going all-in for the outdoors in 2018.Trex Company, a maker of premium decking and railing, has gleaned insights from ... More >>

Warm up with 5 DIY projects to tackle this winter
(BPT) - For the avid DIYer in you, the winter season may cause a little anxiety while you’re cooped up inside and unable to tackle those outdoor projects you’d love to finish. The good news, however, is that the inside of your home needs just as much DIY attention as the outside —... More >>

6 must-know spring break hacks
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Top tips for planning an epic family vacation
(BPT) - Are you dreaming about an incredible family escape your loved ones will always remember? Perhaps your dream vacation is filled with adventure while eating around the world and exploring castles in faraway places, or maybe it’s relaxing on a private island with picturesque views of cry... More >>

5 tips from a tea expert to brew the perfect cup
(BPT) - For most of us, a little evening downtime is not a luxury — it’s a necessity. After a hectic day of work, commutes, kids and dinner prep, we deserve to take a moment to slow down and enjoy some hard-earned “me time.”Instead of using this time to stream your favorite ... More >>

Hidden fees add up to unpleasant cellphone bill surprises
(BPT) - Has this ever happened to you?You sign up for a great deal on wireless service, but when it’s time to pay, the numbers just don’t add up. That $70 service shows up on your bill as $80 or more, leaving you confused about how your costs have gone up without any warning.Extra charg... More >>

3 formerly misunderstood foods now a part of a well-balanced diet
(BPT) - Throughout history, misconceptions, misinformation and popular culture have influenced Americans' eating habits. Many foods that were previously eaten daily are now considered unhealthy. Conversely, some foods that were thought to be “bad for you,” are now considered nutritious.... More >>

4 tips to prepare for extended power outages
(BPT) - In the year 2018, it’s very easy to take your home's power for granted. You flick the light switch and the lights come on. Same with the television and the microwave. It's easy. And should a storm knock the power out, you expect that it will be up again in a matter of minutes or hours... More >>

2018 remodeling trends that boost your home's value
(BPT) - A strong housing market is giving homeowners the confidence to invest in remodeling. In fact, homeowner spending on improvements and repairs will approach $340 billion in 2018, an increase of 7.5 percent from estimated 2017 spending, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity... More >>

Do the math: Homebuying now may save a lot
(BPT) - It is a common misconception that a 20 percent down payment is required to buy a home. Advice to wait and save a large down payment is often based on the theory that the cost of mortgage insurance (MI), which is required when you buy with a smaller down payment, should be avoided. This may ... More >>

Oh, baby! 5 unexpected (but common) symptoms experienced during pregnancy
(BPT) - Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life, filled with countless physical, emotional and lifestyle changes. Pregnant women often do research, read books or consult friends and family to determine what to expect during those nine months and how to best combat the symptoms that ma... More >>

Why online eye apps may do more harm than good
(BPT) - Online vision apps can be a great resource for health-related information, but if you rely on them to preserve your eye health and detect potential problems, you could be doing more harm than good, the American Optometric Association warns.“Eye health is critical to overall good healt... More >>

Keep your home pest free this year
(BPT) - Now is a great time to establish year-long goals and resolutions, including home improvement goals you’d like to tackle this year. The first step is to create a pest control plan for your home. It’s important to establish good habits early in the year to help prevent potential p... More >>

Do you know all of your psoriasis treatment options?
(BPT) - Dru Riddle of Fort Worth, Texas, is one of the estimated 7.5 million people afflicted with psoriasis across the United States. A nurse anesthetist and university professor, Riddle understands first-hand the importance of receiving the proper treatment as quickly as possible and treating the... More >>

Escape with 2018's top trending color
(BPT) - Whether you’ve been a loyalist to the same shade of green for the last decade or if you’re an evolving follower of trends whose color choices have shifted over the years, the trending color of 2018 is sure to surprise and intrigue you. Indeed, black is back. But how was this cla... More >>

Consider alternatives to opioids to manage pain after surgery
(BPT) - If you’re having surgery, you can expect to be sore and uncomfortable for a few days, whether you’re recovering at home or in the hospital. But it’s best to limit opioids or avoid them altogether, opting for alternatives to manage pain and discomfort, recommends the Americ... More >>

What you should know to prepare for a blood test
(BPT) - A new survey reveals Americans are not aware of what to report prior to a blood test. Only half (52 percent) believe it is very important to report use of supplements to their healthcare provider before getting a blood test.With recent interest in the use of supplements like biotin as beaut... More >>

Healthy half-time snacking tips from a pro
(BPT) - Healthy snacking and making good food choices can be difficult any time of the year, but it can be especially tough during the big game. Business Insider reports that only 80 percent of people who start a New Year’s resolution keep that resolution through February. This happens to cor... More >>

Rent vs. own: Which is right for you?
(BPT) - If you’re thinking of buying your first home, you’ve probably wrestled with the decision to rent or own your home — and for good reason.Owning a home is a big commitment. With it comes a lot of responsibility and a long-term financial relationship.But which is right for yo... More >>

Improving visibility on the road this winter
(BPT) - As winter progresses, we are likely to see more visibility-reducing weather. Heavy rain, frost, ice and snow can all impair visibility while driving, including reducing the performance of windshield wipers.Reduced visibility can quickly turn your drive into a stressful situation, especially... More >>

Dermatologist debunks top 5 skincare misconceptions
(BPT) - Figuring out what's best for your skin can feel like solving a difficult mystery — everyone’s condition is unique, there are countless treatment options and people will do almost anything for a clear complexion."When it comes to your skin, there are many elements to consider," s... More >>

Start the year strong with this high-performance vegetable
(BPT) - Chasing a place on the podium isn’t possible without the proper fuel for your body. Whether you’re going for the gold or just passing the pigskin in honor of the big game, athletes and amateurs alike need the right combination of nutrients to take on their training, and sports n... More >>

Stuck inside? Easy tips to freshen up your living space
(BPT) - Winter weather means more time living indoors — working, playing, relaxing and staying warm. It's important to keep your home fresh by staying ahead of the continual buildup of dirt, dust and allergens. The following are some key areas to tackle for a comfortable and efficient home.Wa... More >>

New year, new you. Be your best, most productive self in 2018
(BPT) - It's a new year, the time people traditionally take a look at what's working in their lives and what could be kicked up a notch. If you could use more productivity and efficiency in your life, you're not alone. Sometimes, it's all anyone can do to make it through the day unscathed, let alon... More >>

5 ways to achieve your New Year's resolution
(BPT) - Whether you want to lose weight, get in shape, read more or start playing guitar, there are thousands of New Year’s resolutions to pick from. For most people, though, their resolutions have to do with losing weight, exercising more or getting healthier. In fact, 69 percent of resoluti... More >>

What New Year's resolution can you stick to and feel like you're making a difference in the world?
(BPT) - This time of year, many Americans are setting (or already breaking) New Year’s resolutions focused on getting healthier, saving money, spending more time with friends and family, etc. These are great resolutions, but perhaps this year, you’re thinking about ways you can make a d... More >>

Want a beautiful smile? Protect yourself!
(BPT) - They say you can tell a lot about a person from their smile. From braces to whitening treatments, regular dental visits and good brushing habits, Americans do a lot to make sure their teeth look great when they flash a smile.However, one of the most important parts of a great smile, and ind... More >>

6 ways to reach your New Year's financial resolutions
(BPT) - Sponsored content from Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.With the New Year upon us, many people are thinking about what they want out of 2018, what goals they’d like to accomplish and what changes they’d like to make. After the holidays have come and gone, America enters into... More >>

Top ways to boost health in 2018 in under 5 minutes per day
(BPT) - A new year brings new opportunities to focus on health and fitness. The following are four easy ways to boost your health in less than five minutes per day.Drink water before each meal.Drinking enough water each day helps to boost hydration, improve energy and aid digestion. But drinking be... More >>

Common tax mistakes to avoid in 2018
(BPT) - Life changes — getting married, having a baby, buying or selling a home, sending a child off to college or retiring — often come with changes to your tax situation. Overlooking these changes when filing your taxes can lead taxpayers to make mistakes that leave money on the table... More >>

The truth about what makes your skin dry and itchy in the winter
(BPT) - We wait all year for activities that come along with winter, like sipping hot cocoa by the fire or staying in to snuggle up under cozy blankets while re-watching our favorite movies.The winter season also brings some less-than-desirable side effects, though. An all-too-common winter woe is ... More >>

Here's how the tax reform plan could affect you
(BPT) - With the newly passed tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), now is the time to start thinking about how this will affect you so that you can plan ahead for the outcomes you will start to feel in your paycheck as early as February 2018.This tax reform affects virtually everyone;... More >>

5 spring remodeling projects sure to brighten your home
(BPT) - During the coldest months of the year, it’s hard not to think about the warmer months to come — and all that they hold. You may already be planning your next vacation or outdoor activities to host in your backyard this summer. Now is the time to brainstorm about your spring home... More >>

3 things you might not know about boat shows
(BPT) - Winter may be frigid for many, but it’s an ideal time to plan for warmer days ahead and make dreams of owning a boat a reality. Boat shows across the country offer some of the hottest deals around, with special pricing and incentives on new boat models and marine accessories — a... More >>

Options available to help students pay for college
(BPT) - With student debt increasingly becoming a long-term burden on graduates and families, says Peter Gayle, a vice president for Prudential Advisors, it’s never been more important to minimize the out-of-pocket expenses to put a student through college — and reduce reliance on stude... More >>

Resolve to get more shut-eye? Here are 4 sleep hacks to help
(BPT) - As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, millions of people vow to eat better, work out more and lead a healthier life.But something is missing from this equation. While eating well and getting exercise are extremely important, too often people neglect the keystone of good hea... More >>

Staying safe on the mountain this winter
(BPT) - You can feel it in the air: The ski and snowboard season has arrived, and some areas in the U.S. are already open for business. As snow sports continue to gain popularity, millions of people will be hitting the slopes this winter. During the 2016-17 ski season, the National Ski Areas Associ... More >>

5 cold-weather hacks for winter driving
(BPT) - As drivers bundle up to take on Old Man Winter this season, having a few tricks up your sleeve can be a big help in keeping your cool on the road. Here are five hacks for battling the elements and staying safe on the roads.Got stuck? Snow problem! Hazardous winter weather requires that driv... More >>

Hitting the road? Stay connected on the go
(BPT) - Traveling but worried about being disconnected? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. In fact, plenty of other road warriors are making sure their devices are packed and ready to go so they won’t miss a beat.Intel(R) recently conducted a survey with YouGov to learn more about the... More >>

1 in 5 drivers can't fix a flat tire. Can you?
(BPT) - For many Americans, fixing a flat tire remains a mystery. According to a survey from AAA, nearly 20 percent of U.S. drivers don’t know how to change a flat. This is compounded by research saying there are 220 million flat tires annually — and each driver will experience up to fi... More >>

Winter storm power outages on the rise - 3 ways to prepare
(BPT) - Winter storms can wreak havoc on roads, homes and personal lives. However, facing hours of cleaning up fallen tree limbs, shoveling snow or being cooped up inside with antsy kids might be the least of your worries. Experts predict more frequent and severe storms could lead to lengthy power ... More >>

New ways renters are becoming homeowners
(BPT) - Sponsored Content from Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.The world that millennials have grown up in is a lot different than the world the Gen Xers and Baby Boomers knew. The digital revolution, widespread use of smartphones and adoption of disruptive technologies such as ride sharing an... More >>

The most wonderful (and stressful) time of year. Could you be suffering from seasonal anxiety? Find out how to cope.
(BPT) - Hot cocoa by a crackling fire. The sounds of family and friends’ laughter heard throughout the house. Your favorite holiday movies on the television. This is the idyllic holiday scene. But what’s the reality? Statistics show us that the holiday season, portrayed as the most wond... More >>

Would direct sales work for you?
(BPT) - The Federal Reserve Board discovered in a survey of working Americans that nearly half of U.S. adults don’t have enough cash on hand to pay for a $400 emergency. If that’s a concern for you, you might be thinking about joining the 44 million Americans who have found ways to make... More >>

Say goodbye to winter blues with vitamin D-rich foods
(BPT) - Winter got you down? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is estimated to affect 10 million Americans, according to Psychology Today. Another 10 percent to 20 percent may have mild SAD.Even if you don't have diagnosed SAD, it's not uncommon to have bouts of the winter blues. There are many rea... More >>

3 simple tips to get delicious, balanced weeknight meals on the table
(BPT) - Weekday schedules get crazy, which is why the first casualty of all that chaos is the family dinner.While most families say eating together is a high priority, day-to-day reality is different. According to a 2013 poll by NPR and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, only half of children in t... More >>

When to introduce tech to children
(BPT) - If you're a parent with a smartphone or tablet, it didn’t take long before your little one first reached for your shiny device. If only their fingers weren't covered in slobber at the time, you may have been more willing to hand it over. The good news is that saliva is easy to wipe of... More >>

Growing need for ag expertise: Not all high-paid careers are on the farm
(BPT) - (BPT) – As the farming industry faces growing consolidation in the U.S., one might get the impression fewer jobs are now available in agriculture.In fact, just the opposite is true. Today, one in three people worldwide — more than a billion employees — work in an ag-relate... More >>

Boomers: 10 reasons to go nuts
(BPT) - For the roughly 75 million Americans who make up the baby boom generation, a healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons against age-related diseases.“It’s vital at any age to adopt good habits to live a strong, fit and healthy life,” says Dr. Mike Roussell, a national... More >>

Humans' intimacy with technology: Are we all becoming cyborgs?
(BPT) - Do you think you could live without your mobile phone? What about the navigation and backup camera in your car? Could you drive as well without them? Could you get by without your smartwatch reminding you how often to get up from your desk to keep healthy or weather conditions for the day s... More >>

Baby on the way? Here are some tips
(BPT) - It’s only a matter of time now. Your little bundle of joy is on its way, and for the first time you are about to be a parent. Think you’re ready? Many people do and then the reality of parenthood strikes them. Remember your friends who said being a parent is nothing like they ex... More >>

4 tips to organize your photos like a pro
(BPT) - Are you one of those dedicated people who snap great photos at every meaningful moment of your life? And do most of those shots end up in virtual memory, filed away in a sea of unsorted images?If so, you’re far from alone. Analysts say a whopping 1.2 trillion photos will be taken acro... More >>

Need a vacation where it's warm? How about a quick weekend escape to this sunny coastal getaway?
(BPT) - Step outside. Is it cold, windy and gray? Snowy even? Yep, those are sure signs winter is upon us. The bright leaves of autumn have faded, the pumpkin-flavored beverages are starting to wane, and the kids already are developing a serious case of cabin fever. But there’s a remedy for a... More >>

Tips to save money and energy this winter
(BPT) - Winter is a time of year when expenses can soar, especially your utility bills. Thankfully, Chip Wade, HGTV expert, has some advice on how you can save energy, and ultimately money, this year:* Lighting: LED bulbs are 90 percent more efficient than incandescent light bulbs.* Prevent heat lo... More >>

From cancer nurse to cancer patient: One woman's story
(BPT) - Throughout her career, Lindsay Norris had a close connection with cancer, helping others battle the disease. Then one day, it became even more personal.The 33­-year-­old oncology nurse still remembers the moment she heard the news of her own diagnosis — Stage 3 colorectal canc... More >>

Beyond the diploma: Helping teens forge their futures
(BPT) - What’s the key to optimism? From a career standpoint, it’s having a vision where you see yourself climbing and thriving, and you know there will be a place in the world for your skills and knowledge.Unfortunately, there are many teens and young people who have a much bleaker vis... More >>

The first rule of the road: Focus on driving
(BPT) - Have you noticed that traffic seems to be worse lately? There’s a good reason for that — there are more vehicles on the road than at any time in recent history. Unemployment is low and gas is affordable, which means more people are driving more miles. And more drivers means an i... More >>

Top safety tips for teen drivers
(BPT) - Once a newly licensed teen gets behind the wheel for the first time without a parent or guardian, the taste of freedom is exhilarating.But a teenager’s lack of behind-the-wheel experience puts them at greater risk of getting into an accident. Add factors like passengers, loud music an... More >>

Is It a cold or the flu? When to seek care
(BPT) - Your nose is running. You are coughing and tired. Are you sure it’s just a cold? You could have influenza, commonly referred to as “the flu.” Although common, the flu can be serious and even lead to hospitalization or death. Knowing the difference between a cold and the fl... More >>

Seeking a smartphone? Here are 10 things to look for
(BPT) - There are many choices when shopping for a smartphone these days, and the differences can be very subtle. Here are some of the key things you’ll want to look at to make sure you find the one that works best for your needs.Operating System (OS): There are two different operating system... 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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