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home : home & lifestyle : seniors
July 23, 2019

Are you a Maverick? A Dreamer? Find your financial personality
(BPT) - When it comes to managing your finances, are you more likely to be spontaneous and optimistic or stick to a formal plan? Understanding your financial personality can be important on the journey to reaching your financial goals, whether it's something short-term like buying a home or longer ... click to read more

Patient registry breathes new life into pulmonary fibrosis research
(BPT) - Over 200,000 people in the United States are living with pulmonary fibrosis (PF), a progressive, debilitating lung disease. More than 50,000 new cases of PF are diagnosed each year - with many more that are likely misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. Most cases are idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IP... click to read more

Young women learn government fundamentals in nationwide leadership program
(BPT) - This July, two teenage girls from every state in the country meet in Washington, D.C., for the 73rd annual American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation. This one-week government-in-action leadership development program is designed to educate future leaders on U.S. government fundamentals and the ... click to read more

5 latest trends in bathroom design
(BPT) - Today's homeowners are increasingly expecting their bathrooms to mirror some of the spa-like features that were previously seen only in hotels, resorts and luxury vacation rentals.Home television shows and websites like Better Homes and Gardens (bhg.com), ElleDecor.com and Houzz.com have sh... click to read more

5 ways to celebrate your successful student
(BPT) - As students move forward to preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school and college, parents across America celebrate the achievements of their children, nieces, nephews and other friends and relatives.A whopping 3.3 million were set to graduate from high school this year. A va... click to read more

Internship tips from an intern who became an owner and CEO
(BPT) - Internships can be a valuable opportunity to start your full-time working career, and change your life.Fatih Ozmen went from intern to owner and CEO of multi-billion-dollar aerospace and national security leader, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC).Starting at SNC as an intern almost 40 years a... click to read more

How one idea - big or small - can help change cancer care
(BPT) - Anyone who has confronted cancer or helped a friend or family member battle the disease knows that the challenges go far beyond diagnosis and treatment. Managing the cancer journey and life after treatment calls on support from family and the surrounding community. It is this community that... click to read more

Party like it’s 1969: Space Coast celebrates Apollo 11 anniversary
(BPT) - For those of us who were glued to the television during the launch of the legendary Apollo 11 mission that first landed man on the moon, it may be hard to believe that it's been 50 years since mankind's greatest leap.And although 50 years have come and gone, the nostalgia, energy and pride ... click to read more

Time-saving tips for creating simple morning routines
(BPT) - Mornings can be a bit chaotic as you fight the clock to get out the door on time. This is especially true if you have a big family. Wouldn't it be nice if rather than feeling like a stressful race, your morning routine was something you actually looked forward to?Starting your day on a high... click to read more

4 affordable bucket list trips for the summertime
(BPT) - The country is filled with adventures to check off your bucket list this summer. From road trips to unique vacations, there's something for everybody! With the help of your smartphone and dependable wireless service, you can stay connected and share the special moments along the way with fa... click to read more

5 easy projects to get the whole family outside
(BPT) - Want to get the kids away from screens and outside for some fresh air? Many outdoor projects will not only lure your whole family outdoors once the jobs are completed, but the family may actually want to help you.Here are five ideas for outdoor projects everyone will love.1. Make a backyard... click to read more

Breast cancer survivor puts chemo to the test
(BPT) - As a commercial airline pilot with nearly 30 years of experience, Diane Sandoval, age 50, is no stranger to making difficult decisions. However, she faced one of her toughest challenges not in the skies, but when she discovered a small lump in her left breast during a self-examination. Her ... click to read more

How to create a charcuterie board for your next party
(BPT) - Planning a party doesn't have to be difficult. Instead of agonizing over appetizers, opt for serving delicious wine with a charcuterie board - a variety of cured meats, cheeses and condiments that can range from simple to sophisticated. Even a fairly basic spread can look elegant, while pro... click to read more

Heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest are different, but often related
(BPT) - Within just eight days, Michael Adams, a 59-year-old husband and father of two from Moore, OK, suffered a heart attack and a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) - he survived them both. Many think a heart attack and SCA are the same, but they are very different. Recent heart attack victims have a h... click to read more

Buy a home without breaking the bank
(BPT) - Buying a home is one of life's biggest financial milestones, but people often think it's out of reach because of the costs involved, including the myth that you have to put 20% down. The fact is, you don't necessarily need to deplete all of your savings to qualify for a mortgage and you can... click to read more

How to protect yourself from 4 health concerns during travel
(BPT) - It's the night before that long-awaited vacation you've been planning. You've tripled-checked your suitcase, checked into your flight and have notified the bank of your travel plans. Everything is ready to go, but even the most experienced travelers can't predict the unexpected health hiccu... click to read more

4 steps to keep your home safe from fires
(BPT) - According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms - often due to missing alarm batteries or expired alarms.Fortunately, a new generation of home safety technology - combined with trie... click to read more

How detailed planning can help you make every minute count
(BPT) - To say ClassPass founder Payal Kadakia keeps busy is an understatement. The fitness platform she founded operates at 15,000 partner sites across 80 cities worldwide and is continuing to expand. Kadakia also founded Sa Dance Company, a bicoastal Indian dance troupe that performs at major ven... click to read more

5 tips for stress-free outdoor entertaining
(BPT) - Good food, great company and the beauty of the outdoors: Dining al fresco with family or friends is the perfect way to enjoy beautiful weather. For many people, though, the job of outdoor entertaining can feel somewhat intimidating. But it doesn't have to be. With these simple tips, you'll ... click to read more

Do’s and don’ts for a successful summer road trip
(BPT) - Summer brings to mind the image of a convertible with the top down and an open road. Summer is a time for pumping up the music and hitting the road.As drivers gear up to head out, Hankook Tire outlined do's and don'ts for a smooth road trip.Don't: Leave the roof rack onPopular summer destin... click to read more

5 smart home upgrades that will pay off later
(BPT) - Whether you want to make the most of your home now, or you're thinking of selling soon, smart upgrades can boost your enjoyment of your home and increase its resale value. Some upgrades improve the aesthetics of your house, while others help save on energy costs or improve the functionality... click to read more

5 staples for the ideal DIY workspace
(BPT) - From ambitious millennials to enthusiastic boomers, do it yourself - DIY - is trending among people of all ages. No matter the hobby or home improvement project, creating a well-equipped workspace is just as important as having the right tools for the job. Whether your workspace is in the g... click to read more

6 questions to ask your healthcare provider about out-of-pocket medication costs
(BPT) - Even in the privacy of a doctor's office, many patients hesitate to discuss one subject - money.While nearly one in four Americans over the age of 50 feels stressed about their medical bills, only half of those have spoken to their healthcare provider about it, according to a University of ... click to read more

Get the facts about radiation therapy and cancer
(BPT) - If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, you probably have a lot of questions.As your doctor assesses the best treatment for your cancer, radiation therapy might be suggested. It's important to get the facts about radiation therapy so you can feel comfortable with each step of ... click to read more

Buying for a better world: Purchasing decisions that help the planet
(BPT) - While research from The Shelton Group shows 90% of millennials choose to purchase from brands they trust for their social and environmental practices, carefully crafted marketing lingo and even bigger advertising budgets can make it difficult to know if their dollars are truly making a diff... click to read more

How small business sellers make the most of Prime Day
(BPT) - While mid-summer typically sees a lull in retail sales, causing some small businesses to hang on anxiously, waiting for better days, many are looking forward to mid-July as a great time to boost their businesses. Small and medium-sized businesses selling in Amazon's stores are gearing up fo... click to read more

Inclusive playgrounds: How play helps all children learn
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4 tips for serving and enjoying red wine this summer
(BPT) - With the summer season in full swing, entertaining heads outdoors, with leisurely BBQs and picnics forming the backdrop for gatherings of family and friends. Choosing a great wine to pair with the menu is a thoughtful touch, but white wines aren't the only options during the warmer months. ... click to read more

10 tips for making the move to college a smooth one
(BPT) - Moving to a college campus is an exciting experience for both students and parents. Whether you're destined for the dorms or will be sharing a modest apartment with other students, you'll need to pack strategically and move mindfully so you get just what you need to feel comfortable and be ... click to read more

How to add truck rental services to your business
(BPT) - Successful entrepreneurs are always looking for new opportunities to expand their business and increase their revenue, with minimal time commitment, overhead and expenditure. For business owners looking to grow their bottom line, becoming a truck rental agent can provide a profitable opport... click to read more

How immunotherapy is changing lives for people with allergies
(BPT) - Every year, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, and as pollen production grows in intensity and duration due to longer freeze-free periods, that number is only expected to rise. For chronic allergy sufferers, this can mean battling symptoms around the calendar, year after ... click to read more

Ways to save even more this Prime Day
(BPT) - Mark your calendars! Prime Day is right around the corner on July 15 and 16, lasting a full 48 hours this year to give Prime members a two-day parade of epic deals. Prime Day offers the chance for you to save on everyday essentials and get deep discounts on big-ticket items you've been wait... click to read more

Exercise is important for everyone, especially people with disabilities
(BPT) - No matter how old or out of shape you think you are, it is never too late to add more physical activity to your life. Regular and consistent exercise can:Help you control your weight. Along with healthy diet, exercise plays an important role in preventing obesity.Reduce your risk of heart d... click to read more

Don’t let summer pests bug you
(BPT) - Summer activities like hiking, camping, picnics and barbecues are all fun ways to enjoy the great outdoors. But spending more time outside can lead to mosquito and tick bites, and the potential for bringing these pests inside the home and putting families at risk for insect-borne diseases.A... click to read more

The perfect pairing for a chart-topping burger
(BPT) - You can smell it in the air: BBQ season is in full swing. To impress your friends and family, you're going to need to offer up some serious eats because, let's face it, the food is the true star of any BBQ. But, this summer, don't overlook one of the key elements to really enjoying the full... click to read more

Feeling overwhelmed? 5 tips to make time for self-care
(BPT) - Ever feel like the days just get away from you, and you don't have time to do the things you need to do, much less want to do? Often wish you could just spend your evenings or weekends on your personal goals, practicing self-care or just relaxing? There are many ways you can take control of... click to read more

Expert lawn-care tips for a weed-free yard
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4 things a healthy breakfast should include
(BPT) - Everyone has heard, 'Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,' but why?According to Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner, there are extensive benefits to starting the day with a nutritious meal."The name breakfast means to 'break the fast' that happens when you... click to read more

Cleaning tricks: 5 overlooked items in your kitchen that deserve a refresh
(BPT) - You wipe down the counters, clean the floor and run the dishwasher regularly. Your kitchen appears clean on the surface, but there's probably a lot that could use a refresh. It's time to pay attention to frequently used but often forgotten items in your kitchen.Make sure to include these fi... click to read more

6 ways to get "s'more" outdoor fun during the short summer season
(BPT) - Now that summer is here, for many, it seems opportunities to savor those sun-drenched days and starry nights are all too limited. Events and activities are already stacking up on the calendar, and it's almost as if the season is over before it begins.It's not just you who's feeling the summ... click to read more

Top 5 trend-setting vehicles
(BPT) - If you're in the market for a new vehicle, consider purchasing one you can make your own. While just about any vehicle can be transformed with a few simple products, certain makes and models are more accessory-friendly than others.Every year the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)... click to read more

5 ways to have a Happy School Year
(BPT) - For kids, the start of a new school year is like New Year's Eve: a chance to start fresh and set intentions for the year ahead. It's a time to reboot, make new friends, get new clothes and gear, and find new opportunities to fuel their passions. As parents, you can help your children have a... click to read more

Summer is the perfect time to dive into unstructured play
(BPT) - As school lets out for the summer, many parents are concerned about their child maintaining all they've learned from the school year. Some parents may be tempted to add extra classes or tutors to stave off the summer slide, but one of the most effective methods for boosting brain developmen... click to read more

Home safe home: Protect your children with these 5 easy tips
(BPT) - We all like to think of our homes as secure havens where our families can retreat from the world in peace and comfort.While most of us do everything we can to protect our children from harm, records show that in the U.S. some 2,000 children 14 and younger succumb to preventable injuries in ... click to read more

Refresh your summer with delicious, healthy mocktails
(BPT) - There's nothing better on a hot summer day than kicking back and relaxing with a cold, tasty and refreshing beverage - and there are so many great options to choose from. But why not add a little excitement to your summer by choosing something to drink that's fun and colorful, super healthy... click to read more

Mindfulness and its proven impact on loneliness: What you should know
(BPT) - Maybe you know someone who stands by taking five minutes each morning to meditate or finds time after lunch to quiet his or her mind and focus on breathing. Whatever the method may be, incorporating 'mindfulness' practices into your life can have a wide range of positive health benefits lik... click to read more

Increasing access to computer science education for students
(BPT) - For today's students, learning how to code is becoming just as important as learning how to read. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says computer science is the fastest growing profession within the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) field. They also project that, by 2020, there ... click to read more

Looking for ways to reduce health care costs? Try these 5 tips
(BPT) - Do you know how your health plan benefits work? If not, it's a great time to learn how to make them work for you.Rebecca Madsen, chief consumer officer of UnitedHealthcare, offers the following five tips that may lead you to better health and even help save you money.1. Understand your plan... click to read more

Building a legacy of financial freedom
(BPT) - What does Juneteenth mean to you? For millions of Americans, Juneteenth marks an important moment in American history, one that spans 154 years.The original Juneteenth dates back to 1865 and commemorates the day the enslaved people of Galveston, Texas, were notified that they were free by e... click to read more

Embrace Vibrant Summer Vibes [Infographic]
(BPT) - Don't let everyday laundry products dull your vibrant vibe or clothing! Keep your beach cover-ups and colorful shirts bright all year long with Clorox 2 for Colors, no matter how many wears!... click to read more

A Lingering Cough That Wouldn’t Go Away: A Patient’s Road to NTM Lung Disease Diagnosis
(BPT) - Having a persistent cough wasn't something new to Debbie. As early as high school, she found herself coughing excessively on the school bus due to the cigarette smoke from her fellow classmates. Over the years, she was prescribed an antibiotic and antihistamine for each new cough, and event... click to read more

Ask the expert: Vision health as you age
(BPT) - Many people expect their eyesight to decline with age - perhaps requiring a stronger eyeglass prescription or 'readers.' Some vision changes are linked to age, but there are steps to consider to help our eyes stay as healthy as possible.Dr. Linda Chous, OD, chief eye care officer, UnitedHea... click to read more

5 must-haves to pack for a fun holiday weekend
(BPT) - It's finally here! Independence Day weekend! A time to celebrate with friends and family while eating good food, dancing to music and best of all - enjoying the fireworks! You can't wait for the long weekend and all the fun you're going to have as you celebrate together. But what should you... click to read more

How to avoid hidden dangers in home and office furniture
(BPT) - Awareness of health risks from potentially harmful chemicals has grown exponentially in recent years. Consumers are demanding transparency regarding what's in the food, personal care products and household items we use every day.But did you know that many home and office furnishings contain... click to read more

Alleviating some financial burden felt by the 'Sandwich Generation'
(BPT) - You're middle-aged and the thought of how you're going to enjoy your golden years is becoming more persistent. You may be daydreaming about finally buying an RV to take that cross-country trip you and your significant other always talk about, or maybe you've begun planning how you can buy t... click to read more

Get almost anything you want (or need) delivered from Amazon Prime in one day or less
(BPT) - We all want to find both essentials and fun products easily - with lots of variety - and get them delivered fast, and for free. This summer, spend more time with friends and family and less time shopping. Prime Free One Day ensures members can find last-minute birthday presents, sunscreen a... click to read more

5 signs you should seek medical treatment for your headache
(BPT) - You've been there before - you wake up and immediately feel the pulsing in your head, you get to work and can feel the pounding pressure mounting as you move between looking at your computer screen and meetings, you're gearing up for a fun day out with your kids but you cringe as the pain i... click to read more

5 steps to eco-friendly pet care
(BPT) - Your animal companion is part of the family. You care about what your pet eats, and want what's healthiest for everyone, including your pet. You also care about promoting a healthy environment and using products that are eco-friendly.There are many ways you can provide for your four-legged ... click to read more

Good health for men often depends on wellness awareness and early screenings
(BPT) - The statistics for men's health are alarming. For men, life expectancy is 76.3 years; for women, it's 81.2 years. The Kaiser Family Foundation points out that nearly 71 percent of men are at risk of being overweight or obese, compared to 59 percent for women. Far more women than men are lik... click to read more

How to refresh your home and your attitude with a deep clean
(BPT) - The latest trend in home cleaning popularized by Marie Kondo reveals what many of us yearn for - not just decluttering, but a fresh start, a clean slate. We dream of an open, airy, bright home where everyone can thrive and be their best selves. But how do we get there, when our houses are f... click to read more

Keeping your cool in a stressful industry
(BPT) - Seeking tips on how to handle a stressful industry?Ashley and Andy Williams of HGTV's 'Flip or Flop Fort Worth' are well acquainted with stressful work. The two military veterans, who were stationed overseas in Baghdad, are now running a real estate business in Texas.'There are few things m... click to read more

Ideas for projects to improve your outdoor living space
(BPT) - Looking for a DIY project to improve your outdoor space and create an inviting oasis for everyone in the family to get outside and have fun together?Here are some projects to consider, and the prep work involved.1) Check your deckDoes your existing deck need repair? Check for loose baluster... click to read more

Paying for college: 4 ways to help lower your education costs
(BPT) - Total student loan debt has surpassed $1.5 trillion, with 4 in 10 students carrying over $30K in outstanding student loans. Getting accepted into college or graduate school is an exciting time for students and parents. As college continues to get more expensive, determining how you'll fund ... click to read more

5 signs you need to hire a landscape professional
(BPT) - In this age of DIY, many outdoor home projects look doable. The truth is, plenty of outdoor projects tackled by homeowners to save money are better left to landscape professionals. When attempting these projects on their own, homeowners soon realize that some jobs require more knowledge and... click to read more

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Having Fun in the Sun
(BPT) - Spending time outside is what makes summer so enjoyable. Whether you plan to spend a day at the pool, mill about a music festival or relax at a family barbecue, everyone looks forward to a beautiful, sunny day.Before you head out, don't forget to pack your sunscreen! Leading dermatologists ... click to read more

How to choose a degree? 4 questions to ask
(BPT) - Many college-bound students find that there's one question commonly asked by family members, friends and even complete strangers: What degree are you pursuing? It's a great conversation starter and gives students an opportunity to share their educational goals with others, but for some who ... click to read more

Tips and technology to make your chores easier
(BPT) - Most of us have chores we would do almost anything to avoid. The good news is, advanced technology and new products have focused attention on making housework easier - or taking it completely out of our hands. Did you know you can leave many chores to technology, or use new products that ma... click to read more

3 easy changes that could transform your health
(BPT) - Making changes to improve your health can feel overwhelming. But just a few simple modifications can impact your health dramatically. Here are three easy changes you can make now to transform your health:Eat your waterAre you thirsty? Up to 75 percent of Americans may be functioning in a ch... click to read more

It’s time to talk about Alzheimer’s [Infographic]
(BPT) - Having a conversation about Alzheimer's can be difficult - but it is so important. Early detection can offer significant benefits for the person diagnosed and their loved ones, including more informed decision-making and planning, better medical care, greater respect for patient's wishes, a... click to read more

Don't delay the talk: An early Alzheimer's diagnosis can make a big difference
(BPT) - After 30 years of painting commercial buildings, Mario Martinez of San Jose, California, had experienced days like this before - grueling hours under a sun-soaked sky, doing back-breaking work. He loved his job, but after spending hours outside he was ready to go home.Mario bent down to pic... click to read more

7 ideas to give your barbecue the ultimate flavor boost
(BPT) - When the temps heat up, home cooks look for lighter, more refreshing food and drinks that still pack a nutritional punch. The cranberry is just the thing - a tangy fruit that adds flavorful zing to sweet and savory recipes. Available dried, frozen, as juice or sauce, cranberries are a good ... click to read more

4 ways to enjoy your outdoor living space year-round
(BPT) - A one-of-a-kind, all-seasons deck is possible in any climate - if the right features are included in the design. The key is to combine features that protect from the elements, and use the right materials to make it happen.Whether you're revamping an existing area or creating a brand-new out... click to read more

3 things to know about saving money on your new roof
(BPT) - Replacing an aging or damaged roof is an important step to protect your home from the damage the elements can dish out - heat, wind, rain, snow, sleet and hail. But homeowners may not realize that the type of shingle they choose can make a big difference, not only in the protection it offer... click to read more

Score: How sports empower women’s success, and you can too
(BPT) - Developing the women entrepreneurs and leaders of tomorrow is all about showing the way - and increasingly, the sweat of sports competition is a key training ground for women's career and business success.Research conducted by Ernst and Young and ESPNW shows the important role sports play a... click to read more

Prevent your student’s 'summer slide' with … video games?
(BPT) - School is out for the summer, and parents everywhere are worried about their kids spending too much time staring at their screens. If you are one of those worried parents, take a moment and determine what your child is actually doing with their screens. It's one thing if they're just consum... click to read more

Incontinence is nothing to sneeze at
(BPT) - Today, we're inundated with TV ads promoting the use of pads and adult diapers. We hear about mesh surgery going awry and about meds being prescribed. Urinary tract, bladder control and bowel problems are a major issue for men and women alike and it's one of the most embarrassing aspects of... click to read more

The American ingredient inspiring top French chefs
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Easy DIY projects to refresh your home decor
(BPT) - When you look at your favorite interior spaces, are you craving a refresh? If your home decor is dated, drab or you're just bored with it, an update is in order.Fortunately, you don't need to hire an expensive interior designer or completely redo rooms. With a few key DIY projects, you can ... click to read more

Hidden epidemic: The disease that will be the #1 reason for liver transplants in 2020
(BPT) - Every day your liver works tirelessly to support over 500 essential bodily functions, including storing energy, neutralizing harmful toxins, converting nutrients for absorption and acting as a filtration system. If your liver isn't healthy, it's unable to do these important tasks. The probl... click to read more

How to make sure that luxury brand is real before you buy online
(BPT) - Fashions may change, but nothing has the staying power of a luxury watch, handbag or necklace from one of the top brands in the world. Whether you're scouting out your next gift or looking to elevate your style, luxury goods hold the key to quality and prestige.The personal luxury goods mar... click to read more

7 tips to hire smart for your small business
(BPT) - Ever heard the expression, "One bad apple spoils the barrel?" In business this is especially true because hiring the wrong person can negatively affect everyone working around them, as well as potentially harming the reputation of your company.Turnover is incredibly expensive and can have a... click to read more

How you can help bring nutritious foods to kids in need this summer
(BPT) - For many American children, summer is the ultimate season. Whether it's the warm weather, the break from school or the opportunity to enjoy activities like camp, swimming and bike rides, kids count down the days to fun.However, one in six children in the U.S. faces hunger, according to a 20... click to read more

Can you take on the challenge of a day full of onions?
(BPT) - The onion now has its very own day. It's a day to cheer one of the nation's most popular and versatile vegetables. June 27 is National Onion Day.This is the perfect time to get adventurous and put onions in every meal.The onion is the third-most consumed fresh vegetable in the United States... click to read more

Take the quiz: What kind of travel companion are you?
(BPT) - Best friends don't always make the best travel companions. At home, it might sound like a good idea to explore the world with your BFF, but if your ideal vacation means lying on the beach and your friend's perfect trip is more like '10 cities in 10 days,' you might want to revisit your plan... click to read more

Report: Financial fraud is targeting older adults at record levels
(BPT) - The financial exploitation of older people is a rampant epidemic in America. A recent report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau revealed that each incident of financial fraud cost older adults ages 70 to 79 an average of $45,300. And when the older adult knew the suspect, the avera... click to read more

Explore a different side of Myrtle Beach this summer
(BPT) - No matter what you yearn for when you imagine your dream vacation, you can make it happen in one of the 14 distinct communities in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. You may think you know Myrtle Beach - with 60 miles of beautiful coastline, exciting nightlife and family-friendly attractions - b... click to read more

Moms, make time for yourself this summer
(BPT) - With summertime upon us and kids out of school, moms are heading into one of the busiest times of year. When summer schedules get hectic, it's more important than ever for moms to take time for themselves and keep up their energy.One easy way for moms to stay on top of their game while on t... click to read more

Tips for the perfect cross-country move
(BPT) - Summer is back and that means Americans are on the move. Whether it's spending some time at the cabin or going to visit relatives, travel always picks up when the weather gets warmer. But with a stable housing market and a strong economy, lots of people are planning more than a weekend outi... click to read more

Deck ideas: Cost-effective ways to add beauty and value to your outdoor space
(BPT) - When it comes to home improvements, few projects add as much function and value as upgrading an outdoor space. While it's hard to beat the beauty and durability of composite decking, wood has long been the go-to material for deck-building projects due to its low cost and availability. Howev... click to read more

Pittsburgh: Pull up a chair. You are welcomed here
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Summer sustainability: Simple ways to make your backyard more eco-friendly
(BPT) - The green movement is thriving, with homeowners across the country looking for ways to make their properties more eco-friendly. During the summer months, turn your attention outdoors by choosing smart landscape projects that provide ample opportunity to make spaces look great and also suppo... click to read more

Unique ways to add style and personality to your kitchen
(BPT) - From cooking to conversing to entertaining, the kitchen truly is the heart of the home. It's also one of the spaces that homeowners most often dream of renovating. A growing trend in kitchen design is personalization, where thoughtful updates go beyond stainless steel appliances and standar... click to read more

Room redesign? Start with the floor
(BPT) - To change the look of any room, start with the floor. A beautifully finished hardwood floor adds warmth and charm - and the range of options available for hardwood floors today can truly transform a room. With choices from soft natural to cool gray to dark charcoal you can find the perfect ... click to read more

Tips for sanitizing 5 hard-to-clean items in your children’s rooms
(BPT) - Every parent knows that keeping kids' rooms - and their stuff - sanitary can seem like a losing battle. Between the playdates, trips to the park and going back-and-forth from school to home, parents also worry about the amount of not just dirt, but also potentially harmful bacteria, living ... click to read more

What's more realistic, Bigfoot or a secure retirement?
(BPT) - Did you know nearly 1 in 3 people think they're more likely to learn Bigfoot is real than to save enough to retire comfortably, according to a recent survey from AARP and the Ad Council?But successfully saving for retirement doesn't have to be a fantasy - or scary. Chances are you're better... click to read more

New Technology Strives to Ensure a Properly Fit Football Helmet For Every Player
(BPT) - The NFL receives the highest television ratings of all pro sports, and football continues to have the highest rates of participation for high school boys in the country (compared to other sports), yet the dangers of playing the game have never been more visible. As a result, parents are hes... click to read more

Staying on track: 3 ways to spring into a healthy summer
(BPT) - Lacking culinary inspiration? Telling yourself that you will start going to the gym 'next week?' Binge-watching TV rather than tackling a crossword puzzle?We can often be our own biggest hurdle when it comes to making healthy decisions. But sometimes all it takes is a gentle nudge from a fr... click to read more

4 home upgrades, suitable for the whole family
(BPT) - With a bustling household and busy family schedules, updates to the home are often a low priority compared to time spent with loved ones. Consider four home improvement ideas fit for the entire family, which require little time commitment and deliver long-lasting benefits.1. Pick paint colo... click to read more

3 ways to shape up for summer
(BPT) - Summer is coming - and swimsuit season will be here before you know it. Now's the time to do a quick assessment and create a routine to get your body ready for sun and fun.By following three easy steps - reset, realign and repeat - you can commit to making changes to create a healthier you ... click to read more

3 tips for creating a durable summer lawn
(BPT) - Grass is a highly resilient plant, but even the healthiest lawn will require some TLC to help it keep up with the high-traffic summer recreation season. Follow these three tips for improved summer durability to make sure your yard bounces back quickly from whatever you throw at it - whether... click to read more

How to display the U.S. flag with respect and pride
(BPT) - Flag Day is celebrated every year on June 14 to commemorate the adoption of the U.S. flag on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. After decades of state and local celebrations across the country that date as far back as the early 1900s, Flag Day was officially es... click to read more

Shopping for diamonds? 5 options, from meteor-made to man-made
(BPT) - Diamonds are extolled in movies and songs for good reason - their romance, allure and durability make them the ideal symbol of love and fidelity. This wedding season - and year-round - diamonds are in demand from purists and romantics alike who want to indulge in the most coveted of all gem... click to read more

5 simple steps to getting started with solar panels
(BPT) - With more Americans 'going green' than ever before, you've probably already started thinking about doing it yourself. Perhaps you've increased your recycling efforts, started using more Energy Star appliances and light bulbs or upgraded to other greener technology options. Chances are, you ... click to read more

Summer must-haves to brighten your beauty routine
(BPT) - With summer around the corner, everyone is seeking the best beauty inspiration to prepare for the warmer weather styles and sun-kissed looks. Whether you are planning for a staycation or jet-setting around the country, these easy and effective steps can make your face glow and look vibrant ... click to read more

Pledge to listen: How a free trip to Egypt changed lives, attitudes
(BPT) - The familiar phrase 'random acts of kindness' has its origins on a placemat in Sausalito in 1982, on which writer Ann Herbert wrote, 'Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.' The idea took on a life of its own, with stories of strangers buying groceries for others or feeding ... click to read more

Man's quest for answers about rare disease uses genealogy to unlock secrets from the past
(BPT) - When Greg first learned about a rare disease affecting his brother, he had no idea that the illness would shortly come to define his own life, or that his search for answers would take him on a journey going back generations to his Irish ancestors.Greg grew up in an active family, and his l... click to read more

10 movies that connect generations
(BPT) - Movies both bring us together and bridge generational divides. They help us relate to each other and understand past eras. Great movies also shape a generation, creating a common experience. They reflect the hopes and dreams of their audiences.Here are 10 movies to help forge connections be... click to read more

Small businesses are looking beyond banks for loans
(BPT) - Growing a business requires strategy, persistence and money. Even the most successful business owners occasionally need extra cash to expand their operations. However, getting this funding through a bank can be an uphill battle.That was the case for Kate Lester, owner of Kate Lester Interio... click to read more

Expert tips for a better night’s sleep
(BPT) - When was the last time you had a good night's sleep?For many, sleep doesn't come easy. Up to 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy and restless legs syndrome. Nights are spent staring at the walls as insomnia takes control, o... click to read more

Summertime adventure in Arkansas
(BPT) - The warm months have arrived, bringing with them longer days and the promise of new family memories to be made.An affordable getaway to The Natural State is the perfect excuse to soak up all the fun and sun this time of year offers.Centrally located and naturally beautiful, Arkansas is the ... click to read more

How to prepare for your next road trip
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Tires keep America rolling
(BPT) - Off to work. Heading to the gym. Going to see the latest superhero movie … again. Taking the kids to soccer practice. Road trip! Wherever you're driving to, the last things on your mind when you jump into your car are the tires.Makes sense: To most, tires are nondescript, black a... click to read more

How colleges are adapting for today’s students
(BPT) - Today's college students bring a wide variety of needs and manage a constant juggle of responsibilities while pursuing a degree. According to the Department of Education, 74 percent of undergraduate students, described as the 'new normal,' have at least one nontraditional characteristic suc... click to read more

Take gardening to the next level
(BPT) - For both novice gardeners and those with years of experience, there are always ways to improve the gardening experience and the results with innovative techniques, approaches and products. From choosing eco-friendly plant food to updating the containers used for planting, here are a few tip... click to read more

Easy step-by-step instructions for a DIY tool organizer for the special dad in your life
(BPT) - Father's Day is coming up and you'd like to give something special as a gift. Why not make your own tool organizer? Not only does this make a great gift for any father figure in your life, it's also a fun project to do together, so you can spend quality time with your favorite dad.Get start... click to read more

3 reasons to go fishing on your next day trip
(BPT) - When the weather warms up, it's the perfect time to spend a day casting on the water. Whether you're an experienced fisherman, a novice or a family looking for a fun, all-ages activity, fishing is an easy and enjoyable choice.Here are three reasons for you and your family to go fishing for ... click to read more

How to improve your credit score before applying for a mortgage
(BPT) - In today's world, lenders use many different types of credit scoring models. There are virtually hundreds of different models out there for lenders to choose from.Many lenders continue to use conventional models that don't provide a score for millions of consumers. That often puts younger b... click to read more

4 habits to create lasting energy
(BPT) - When it comes to feeling your best, many people agree that energy plays a major role not only in our productivity but also our overall happiness. While we all wish there was a quick fix, sustained energy is not easily attained by just another cup of coffee. Energy needs to be generated from... click to read more

How companies are creating healthier worksites
(BPT) - Worksite hurdles are the issues or hassles that prevent employees from being engaged, successful and happy at their jobs. To help overcome these hurdles, and for more satisfied, productive employees, an increasing number of employers are looking to their employee well-being programs for ans... click to read more

Tire blowout 101: What to do when your tire fails on the road
(BPT) - As seasons change and temperatures rise, so do the number of tire blowouts around the country. The truth is a blowout can happen anywhere and at any time. Tire failures put drivers in an unexpected, frightening and dangerous situation. And, while it's an experience no motorist wishes to end... click to read more

Moving made simple: 5 tips and tricks to save time and stress
(BPT) - Moving is an exciting time as you look forward to settling into your new home sweet home. However, it's also a stressful time as you try to move your belongings from one place to another, as well as set up all the services you need, such as mail, cable and internet.Before you get stressed, ... click to read more

Developing a plan to ensure the safest pregnancy, childbirth and recovery
(BPT) - Many people would be surprised to learn that among developed countries, the United States not only has the highest rate of maternal mortality (death during pregnancy or within one year of birth), but that it increased 56% between 1990 and 2015. The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA... click to read more

6 ways to save money when shopping on Amazon
(BPT) - These days, everyone's looking for bargains and ways to save while shopping online from the comfort of their own homes. With low prices, a wide selection and fast shipping for customers, Amazon has a lot to offer to save you both time and money. Below are six easy ways to save when shopping... click to read more

3 ideas to freshen up your favorite summer treats
(BPT) - Summertime brings lots of picnics, barbecues and pool parties, along with tasty treats everyone loves to share. Want to make yummy desserts your friends will rave about, but with your own unique twist?Add exotic new fruit.Whether you're making a fruit salad, a pie or another tasty fruit-for... click to read more

The home fire safety feature you probably haven't thought about
(BPT) - Home is supposed to be a safe space, so it can be scary to think about things like fires. Unfortunately, fires are a real threat. Seven people die each day due to home fires, so it's important to be ready.Every home needs working smoke alarms and an escape plan for exiting the house. These ... click to read more

4 tips to help college grads buy the perfect vehicle
(BPT) - Congratulations, college graduates! You're all set to enter the job market, but do you have what it takes to get to and from interviews or work? It might be time to move on from worn-out, hand-me-down vehicles for your fresh start in life.'Safety ratings and affordability are important cons... click to read more

4 signs & symptoms which may mean your rheumatoid arthritis is uncontrolled
(BPT) - If you've been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you're far from alone.The inflammatory disease affects some 1.3 million adults in America, according to the National Institutes of Health.1,2What's more, despite recent advances in treatments for the disease, many patients still exper... click to read more

Terrific tools: A Father’s Day gift guide
(BPT) - Father's Day is a time to show Dad appreciation for all he does, big and small. This year, get him something more exciting than the traditional tie, golf gear or barbecue accessories.In general, dads can never have enough tools, and depending on your dad's personality and what he likes to d... click to read more

Personalized cancer care offers new hope for patients
(BPT) - Elissa Reynolds was preparing to move to Indianapolis and begin an exciting new chapter in her life. Knowing her upcoming move meant she would be without health insurance for a time, the 36-year-old decided to get any potential health issues examined while she still had coverage.After exper... click to read more

Ask the expert: Oral health as you age
(BPT) - We all know brushing our teeth twice a day is crucial to keeping our smile bright, but most of us probably don't understand how dental hygiene can impact our overall health, especially as we age. Going to the dentist is one of the most important things we can do for our health.Each year mor... click to read more

Summertime cuts and scrapes: 3 simple steps to help prevent infection
(BPT) - Summer is a time to get the family back outside to play after a long winter of being stuck inside. Those outdoor adventures - for kids big and small - may also bring a few unexpected injuries. Parents never want to see their kids hurt, but when those minor cuts or scrapes do occur, it's imp... click to read more

3 ways leaders can help employees embrace AI
(BPT) - Most people may be unaware how much Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become part of their lives. From GPS and predictive text on smartphones to search engines and customer service chatbots, AI is changing the way people live and work. AI involves the process of using algorithms to make sens... click to read more

Entertain effortlessly with global flavors
(BPT) - When the warm weather finally arrives, it's easy to get excited about leisurely days spent in the company of friends and family, enjoying delicious, fresh, seasonal foods. At the top of the list are crisp, juicy and delicious California grapes, which are always a favorite snack. For the hom... click to read more

Home flipping experts reveal the story of their first renovation
(BPT) - Like a first kiss, first car or first day of school, entrepreneurs and home renovation experts Ashley and Andy Williams will never forget completing their first home renovation project.'That day began as all our days do - with organized chaos,' Ashley said. 'We got our two kids ready for sc... click to read more

Dispelling myths about home warranty plans
(BPT) - If you're considering a home warranty plan, you are probably doing your due diligence - as you should - on how they work, who the different providers are and what to expect from the experience. This article is meant to help you understand home warranty plans, as well as separate fact from f... click to read more

7 easy travel snack ideas for diabetics
(BPT) - Do you have diabetes and stress about finding healthy and convenient snack options while you're traveling?See below for smart snacking tips and healthy recipes for diabetics.Choose healthy and satisfying snacks between meals. Snacking done right can keep your blood sugar levels as close to ... click to read more

5 steps to prepare for natural disasters
(BPT) - Whether it's hurricanes, tornadoes or snowstorms, natural disasters can occur anywhere at any time. When they do, it's often sudden, so being prepared ahead of time is key. However, only 39% of Americans are prepared for an unexpected natural disaster, according to a study by the Federal Em... click to read more

5 steps to a healthy spring lawn
(BPT) - After a long winter, it's finally time to enjoy the outdoors again. For a healthy yard all season, it's important to do a little 'spring cleaning' now for a lush, green lawn. If the work seems overwhelming, projects can be accomplished over several weekends.Here are six simple projects to h... click to read more

6 tips every parent should know about autism diagnosis and treatment
(BPT) - An estimated one in 59 children has been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite this prevalence, if you think your child might have autism, it can feel very isolating. Venturing into the unknown is stressful, but there ... click to read more

5 ways you can help fight child hunger
(BPT) - Did you know more than 13 million youth in the U.S. don't know where their next meal is coming from? This is especially true during the summer, when children and teens don't have access to free or reduced-cost lunches or breakfasts offered during the school year. In fact, over 22 million ki... click to read more

How to choose plants for your summer garden
(BPT) - Whether you're new to gardening or have a green thumb, summer is the perfect season to start your own garden. Now is the time to start thinking of all the possibilities the warm weather brings!'The first step to start your summer garden is considering what plants make you happy and what typ... click to read more

How to create a DIY planter box for growing your summer herbs
(BPT) - Do-it-yourself projects are more popular than ever, and it's no wonder why; they make for a great weekend activity and are a creative way to add handmade touches to your space. Whether it's gardening, cooking, or simply being creative, summer is the perfect time to combine your favorite pas... click to read more

Are you or a loved one struggling with addiction? You are not alone [Infographic]
(BPT) - Over 20 million Americans struggle with substance use. These are our children, parents, friends and neighbors. If you or someone you love needs help, don't wait to reach out. Call the Addiction Resource Center for free, confidential support: 1-833-301-HELP.... click to read more

National Poppy Day marks the 100th anniversary of 'The Poppy Lady'
(BPT) - One hundred years ago, a selfless young school teacher with a big heart and unwavering commitment to our nation's veterans started a national movement that continues today - brightening the lives of those who served our nation.During its 100th anniversary this year, The American Legion Fami... click to read more

Tips for eating healthier this summer
(BPT) - Summer is possibly the easiest time to stick to a healthier lifestyle. It's warm outside so we're more likely to be active, plus there's plenty of good, fresh produce available. With the recent focus on organic ingredients and the farm-to-table approach, home cooks and anyone interested in ... click to read more

5 surprising ways to use turmeric in your everyday cooking
(BPT) - If you're familiar with turmeric, you probably know it as a spice in Indian cuisine such as curry. Turmeric is mildly aromatic, with a distinct earthy, pungent flavor and deep yellow color. The warm, gingery taste of turmeric can be combined with other spices to create unique flavors that c... click to read more

7 Adorable Ways Children Show Appreciation
(BPT) - Mother's Day is the perfect time for children to show mom a little appreciation. From hugs aplenty to cute drawings, they know how to melt a mom's heart through even the smallest acts of affection. And as women who love unconditionally, moms are treasures that are deserving of our appreciat... click to read more

What you should know about buying versus leasing a car
(BPT) - Need a new car, but not sure whether to buy or lease? You're not alone. It can be a confusing decision, and there's a lot to think about before you decide what's right for you and your situation.Here are a few questions you should ask yourself to help in making that decision.Do you like hav... click to read more

7 sunscreen myths a dermatologist wants you to stop believing
(BPT) - It's no secret that sunscreen is essential for protecting our skin from the sun's damaging rays. Even on a cloudy day, sunscreen is important for helping to reduce early signs of skin aging and skin cancer when used along with other sun protection measures. However, not everything you hear ... click to read more

The 5 best ways to get your house ready to fight spring allergies
(BPT) - Spring is not only a time for renewal around the house, but also for battling pesky allergies. While you can't stop allergies from happening each spring, there are easy ways to reduce their effects in your home.Home space expert Egypt Sherrod shares her tips for refreshing your home décor, ... click to read more

5 fun and easy ways to help your kids keep learning all summer
(BPT) - Did you know 96% of teachers say that each fall, students appear to have forgotten or lost some of the knowledge or skills they learned the previous school year?But don't worry, the good news is that 89% of parents plan to continue some form of educational activities with their children dur... click to read more

How to honor the important women in your life this Mother’s Day
(BPT) - This Mother's Day, take the opportunity to honor not only your mother, but all the important women in your life who have provided care and love when you needed it the most. Think about the women who have supported, nurtured and cheered you on. Now it's your chance to show them how much they... click to read more

Find your voice in treating COPD: learn what you need to ask your doctor
(BPT) - While many of us take for granted the ability to breathe easily, nearly 16 million Americans may be experiencing symptoms like coughing, wheezing or struggling to take in a breath - signs of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.COPD is a serious, progressive lung disease, usually ... click to read more

5 financial wellness moves every family should master
(BPT) - If you had to grade your financial literacy, what would it be? Are you an A+ saver, investor and planner, or do you think you could do better? If you grade yourself average at best, you're not alone.When asked to grade their own financial literacy, more than half of Americans say they'd ear... click to read more

Unlock the secret to ageless skin
(BPT) - It's no secret that most of us can't stand the signs of aging on our skin and are looking for ways to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, tighten crepey loose skin, and fade scarring and other imperfections - without resorting to cosmetic surgery.The good news is that we no longer have to let o... click to read more

7 things you should know about addiction
(BPT) - Did you know 192 people die in America every day from drug overdose? That means 192 families lose someone every day. Survivors of people lost to drug addiction share their stories on the Addiction Policy Forum website to increase awareness. What these families learned could help save the li... click to read more

What to write: Tips for creating the perfect message for any Mother's Day card
(BPT) - Mom is a special title reserved for the special women who care tremendously for their loved ones. Of course this means your birth mom, but the mom squad includes so many more caring women. It's your wife, best friend, sister, neighbor and beyond. These people simply make the world a better ... click to read more

Seasonal trends to inspire and add style to your outdoor space
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Real estate ready: Smart tips for first-time homebuyers
(BPT) - Today's first-time homebuyers face a variety of hurdles when trying to enter the real estate market. While interest rates have declined recently and there are signs that more inventory may be coming onto the market, many buyers continue to feel frustration in finding and financing a home.Ad... click to read more

Create and connect: 5 unique ways to spark self-expression
(BPT) - Shared experiences are part of what makes us human. There's nothing better than getting together with friends, loved ones, neighbors, colleagues (really whoever wants to join!) to catch up and share a few laughs. Add to that an engaging, hands-on activity, and you've crafted the perfect gat... click to read more

Beauty lessons mothers and daughters have taught each other
(BPT) - Moms teach their daughters so much as they grow, from how to apply makeup to how to care for their skin, and while there are many habits you form simply because you picked them up from your mother, there are plenty of tricks you've learned on your own. There are even some that your mother h... click to read more

How to add a bathroom in the basement or garage
(BPT) - It's home improvement season, which means you're probably dreaming of enhancements to make your space more livable and to enhance property value. Adding a bathroom is a great way to do both, but for many people, concrete poses a potential problem.Want to add a bathroom to your garage? How a... click to read more

There’s a classic tool in your toolbox that might be an impostor
(BPT) - When you think of a list of the most common tools - tools that you start using as a kid and become part of your toolbox everywhere life takes you after that - it's probably got five or six must-haves. That list would likely include a hammer, screwdriver, tape measure, saw and a Crescent wre... click to read more

5 home fix-ups for spring
(BPT) - With the days lengthening and weather warming, spring is a good time to get outdoors and tackle some larger home projects. Now that the threat of winter storms has passed, be sure to look for damage and make any needed repairs, as well as prep your home and garden for summer.'Winter weather... click to read more

Grow your own food in small spaces
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5 best strategies to beat the heat and save energy this summer
(BPT) - When the temperatures start going up, so do your energy bills. If you're looking for ways to save energy and keep your house cooler at the same time, there are a number of strategies you can use that will save you money and make you and your family more comfortable all summer long.1. Get sm... click to read more

Adulting 101: Cleaning tips and tricks to survive post-grad life
(BPT) - Let's face it - being an adult is hard. The overflowing laundry basket and tomato soup splattered microwave aren't going to magically disappear. Whether you are graduating from school or moving out of home for the first time, with the fun of living on your own also comes the responsibility ... click to read more

Tips for an epic summer road trip
(BPT) - The heat is almost on so now's the time to plan for a cool summer road trip. Whether you're going with friends or family, near or far, there's nothing like hitting the road for an epic summer trip. National parks, the coast, big cities, Main Street USA and fun/silly tourist destinations are... click to read more

Interested in taking a DNA test? Your questions answered
(BPT) - April marks an important anniversary for genome-related discoveries; in April 1953, DNA's double helix was discovered by Watson, Crick, Wilkins and Franklin and fifty years later in April 2003, the Human Genome Project - an international research project that determined the sequence of the ... click to read more

5 simple breakfast hacks
(BPT) - Weekday mornings can be rough, trying to get yourself and your family up and dressed, fed, then out the door in time for school and work. It's tough to make sure everyone gets something healthy to eat before dashing out to start the day. What if there were a few simple things you could do t... click to read more

3 weekend projects to cut your energy bills
(BPT) - Seasons come and go, but one thing remains the same - energy bills. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the average annual energy cost for a single-family American home is more than $2,000. While some of this cost is due to the rise in electronic usage in homes, there is a muc... click to read more

5 tips for drivers hitting the open road this spring
(BPT) - Americans are ready for spring weekend getaways and road trips. According to the latest Gauge Index survey from Hankook Tire, most of us are planning an outdoor getaway. The beach (51%) is the top vacation Americans are planning this spring, followed by a national park (39%) for the outdoor... click to read more

6 reasons your bathroom needs a high-tech boost
(BPT) - From smart thermostats that help you save energy and keep your home comfortable, to high-fidelity speaker systems that allow you to enjoy your favorite music and movies, there's no shortage of electronics to upgrade your home. And as technology becomes more integrated into your everyday lif... click to read more

Upgrade your space without breaking the bank
(BPT) - Whether you rent or own, a happy home means finding distinctive ways to continuously improve your space. A full renovation or re-design can be pricey, but making your home feel fresh and current doesn't have to be. We've thought through cost-effective solutions to make your home a place you... click to read more

Your natural teeth are worth saving
(BPT) - The human body is something to marvel at, but sometimes we take it for granted. Some things, like your natural teeth, are truly worth the effort to take care of and preserve. And most Americans agree.A recent survey conducted by the American Association of Endodontists revealed that over 95... click to read more

How to make employee engagement a daily habit
(BPT) - One of the latest business buzzwords this year is EX, or the employee experience. Organizations are beginning to realize that they need to create a positive employee experience in the same way they have focused on the customer experience. In this ever-tightening job market, it's mission cri... click to read more

Get ahead of the storm: Check your coverage before hurricane season
(BPT) - Hurricanes provide little advance notice of their arrival, and as landfall approaches, insurance companies may temporarily suspend new coverage and coverage changes.That means it's usually a good idea to review your insurance coverage yearly to make sure it matches your needs.An insurance r... click to read more

Finding new ways to address hepatitis C
(BPT) - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, viral hepatitis is a silent epidemic that affects more than 5 million people in the United States. Additionally, more than half of those living with hepatitis do not know they have the virus, putting them at risk for life-threaten... click to read more

Consumers across the country use purchasing power to help the environment
(BPT) - Recent studies have shown that a record number of Americans understand that climate change is real and their increasing concern for the future of our planet is driving major corporations across the country to go green by setting and fulfilling lofty sustainability goals.According to a recen... click to read more

Half of Americans are ‘C’ students at best when it comes to understanding finances
(BPT) - When it comes to education, we instinctively understand the link between performance and opportunity - a college graduate is likely to have more job opportunities than someone who didn't finish high school. Similarly, the high school valedictorian may be courted by more colleges and univers... click to read more

6 reasons to add hydrotherapy to your self-care routine
(BPT) - Unwind, relax and rejuvenate - these are the words associated with enjoying a warm bath. Bathing is an indulgence that has remained popular for centuries and is especially important today as you work to find balance in a fast-paced lifestyle.Hydrotherapy provides the perfect solution with i... click to read more

How a secured card can help you establish or repair credit
(BPT) - Building strong credit is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. It can affect everything from getting a loan, to renting an apartment, to even getting your own cell phone plan. But building or repairing your credit doesn't happen overnight, it takes time.If you're commit... click to read more

Smart ways to help students gain confidence in learning
(BPT) - Building the confidence to try, experiment and keep going even when things get hard is a critical part of the educational process. Confidence comes more naturally to some students than others, yet new research shows that confidence levels today impact learning outcomes for students.Three-qu... click to read more

Tips for building an emergency savings fund
(BPT) - Sponsored ad content from Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.Emergencies by nature happen when we least expect them, and often at an inconvenient time. From a minor emergency like a car or home repair to more serious emergencies like a medical issue or unemployment, handling the emergency... click to read more

Top 5 financial tips for women
(BPT) - Do women worry more about saving for retirement? There are many reasons women may be concerned about saving enough - they have a longer life expectancy, they often earn less than their male counterparts and they may have fewer full-time working years due to time spent caring for children or... click to read more

Clearing the air: 5 facts to know when choosing new roofing
(BPT) - When choosing products and materials for a new roof, many homeowners focus mainly on color and what their shingles will look like next to their existing siding or brick.Naturally, aesthetics and curb appeal are important. But an even more crucial element of your new roof is the attic ventil... click to read more

How one piece of safety equipment has been saving lives for 100 years
(BPT) - Gary Govanus didn't put much thought into what he was wearing 45 years ago while working in-flight services at night at Chicago O'Hare, but by the end of that day his life would be forever changed because he reached for a hard hat at the start of his shift.On the night of his accident, he a... click to read more

Top tips for hosting a standout brunch
(BPT) - Any special occasion - whether it's Mother's Day, a birthday, a wedding shower or a baby shower - presents a great excuse to host a delicious, memorable brunch for family or friends. You can create not just a delicious meal accompanied by tasty drinks, but a special event that your guests w... click to read more

Tales from the grill: Why Americans are hooked on cooking outdoors
(BPT) - Americans have a long-standing love affair with grilling. This relationship started many years ago. Our ancestors first learned to cook over an open flame, and today grilling has become a year-round lifestyle choice with many preferring to cook outdoors.Why do Americans love grilling so muc... click to read more

6 ways to stay safe around the water this summer
(BPT) - Summer is fast approaching, which means that more children will be in and around water areas such as pools, lakes and oceans. Like many parents, you worry about your children's safety around water, no matter how old they are.According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of injury deat... click to read more

Take control with a financial reality check
(BPT) - Trying to make ends meet, dealing with credit card and student loan debt and paying unexpected bills while saving for retirement can be challenging regardless of where you are in life. It's not surprising that personal finances are employees' number one source of stress, according to MetLif... click to read more

Managing post-surgical pain without opioids
(BPT) - As the opioid epidemic raged on in 2018, dialogues swirled around who to blame for the crisis and how to cut opioids from the treatment narrative. While opioids have long been considered a standard in preoperative and postoperative pain management, many patients are beginning to wonder how ... click to read more

Is unlimited data really the best deal for you?
(BPT) - How much data do you really need on your monthly cellular plan?To hear the big four wireless companies tell it, the answer is simple: Go unlimited. After all, we live in an age where we can stay glued to our smartphone screens nearly every minute for news, email, social media posts, using G... click to read more

Personal finance: How credit and debit cards flag fraud before it happens
(BPT) - Imagine a thief gets your credit or debit card and decides to go on a shopping spree. The thief tries to buy a flat-screen TV, a new computer and a diamond ring. You have no idea this is happening, until you get a phone call from your bank or an alert from your mobile banking app. How did t... click to read more

Downsizing as you age: 8 smart organization tips and tricks
(BPT) - It's easy to accumulate a lot of things throughout your life. From clothes and household goods to antiques and treasured keepsakes, decades of living often means decades of stuff. When you get to a certain age, it can be smart to start downsizing your belongings.Sometimes downsizing is insp... click to read more

7 steps to health care cost savings
(BPT) - Health care is more complicated than ever. With rising premiums and different levels of coverage, it can be confusing to know what you can afford when it comes to wellness visits, urgent care and prescriptions.Here are some simple ideas that could help you save on health care.1. Get informe... click to read more

How one mother took control of her asthma - recognize the signs
(BPT) - Donna Matlach struggled with asthma for years, but it wasn't until she noticed how much it was interfering with simple, everyday tasks that she realized she needed to do something about it. That's why the mother of four became a patient advocate for people with severe asthma. 'I noticed tha... click to read more

Explore the American Evolution: Virginia as the gateway to modern America
(BPT) - While we often think of history as being so - yesterday, the truth is that the America of today wouldn't be what it is without the events of the past that shaped our country. And there is no better way to connect with the roots of modern America than to return to Virginia, where so many of ... click to read more

Video games that help young women solve problems and express themselves
(BPT) - Playing video games is not simply entertainment or an escape for middle school girls; it can be a confidence booster. The best games offer intellectual challenges, social interaction and a creative outlet. These games provide opportunities for young women to problem solve, be part of a grou... click to read more

How to Pinpoint a Rare Disease That Can Often be Misdiagnosed for up to 15 Years
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Test your knowledge about generic prescriptions
(BPT) - For the past quarter-century, Jonnie, 57, has kept a booth at the Antique Depot in Skiatook, Oklahoma. The job allows her a flexible enough schedule to take care of her elderly mother, who lives next door.Holding estate sales and dealing in used merchandise has also made her an expert on sp... click to read more

Why sitting is not the new smoking
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Getting kids thinking about life after graduation
(BPT) - Experiences and learning outside of the classroom can really shape a child's perspective, particularly when it comes to making decisions about what sort of work they might want to pursue. As important as formal education is, kids also learn from the school of life.While it seems like kids n... click to read more

5 smart ideas to refresh your deck
(BPT) - As seasons turn, your focus begins to shift to the outdoors. Your deck or patio becomes your new living room - an ideal setting for memorable moments with friends and family. If you look at these spaces and long for a refresh, the time to start planning is now. You have options, and many yo... click to read more

5 smart money tips that take a matter of minutes
(BPT) - According to a recent survey from Marcus by Goldman Sachs(R)[1], more than half of Americans (51 percent) would rather wash dishes than deal with their finances and 33 percent would rather change a diaper than deal with their finances.Evaluating your finances and making changes to your fina... click to read more

How daylighting can brighten up your home
(BPT) - Looking for relatively quick, doable home improvement projects that won't break the bank? You can create a bright, cheerful home just by changing the lighting. A well-lit space can make rooms appear more spacious, as well as brighten the colors of your new decor or accessories. As you begin... click to read more

More than beauty, healthy lawns benefit our environment and communities
(BPT) - Now that the temperatures have warmed, families are emerging from weather-imposed hibernation to delight once again in outdoor living. For some homeowners, however, the spring season can be fraught with embarrassment as they covet their neighbor's lush lawn and seek help from Mother Nature ... click to read more

Know what's below – Call 811 before digging for landscaping and home improvement projects this spring
(BPT) - With spring having officially begun, many eager homeowners and landscape professionals across the country will roll up their sleeves and reach for their shovels to start projects that require digging this season.During the transition into 'digging season,' Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the ... click to read more

Expert lawncare tips for a happy summer lawn
(BPT) - It's been a rough winter in many parts of the country, but spring is here at last - and that means it's time to give your lawn a bit of TLC.Although grass is highly resilient, you can help your lawn recover from winter and make sure it's in top shape for summer with these tips from turfgras... click to read more

A doctor shares 5 things consumers must know about supplements
(BPT) - You can't deny it, supplements are everywhere. One trip down the vitamin aisle at your supermarket can leave even the biggest wellness junkie bewildered. There are so many products on the market - many offering contradicting information or claims - that it's easy to understand why consumers... click to read more

Family safety: Public transportation is 10 times safer than traveling by car
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4 easy ways to go boating this summer
(BPT) - Starting to plan a summer getaway? Skip the plane ride or long road trip - go boating to enjoy the fun and relaxation of vacation at your convenience. Whether you prefer an action-packed weekend of watersports with the family, a relaxing after-work cruise with your friends or a serene morni... click to read more

Infusing natural elements for distinctive design
(BPT) - Natural materials add notes of strength and serenity to a space, while simultaneously revitalizing the overall aesthetic. These elements not only represent the distinct beauty found in nature, but also can serve as unique statement pieces that bring handcrafted modernity into a home. From f... click to read more

Uncle Sam gave you a refund? Make these smart money moves
(BPT) - While filing your taxes can be tedious, many Americans often look forward to receiving a tax refund. But it's important to remember that if you're receiving money back from Uncle Sam, it's because you had too much withheld and overpaid your taxes last year - it's not really extra money. So ... click to read more

5 Tips for Planting and Caring for Trees this Arbor Day
(BPT) - Trees are not only beautiful to look at; they also serve important purposes in our communities and all over the world. They provide the oxygen we breathe, regulate the temperature of our neighborhoods, provide food and shelter for wildlife and add value to our homes. If you've ever wanted t... click to read more

Will your family have to guess your health care wishes?
(BPT) - Imagine you are in an accident or a sudden illness leaves you unable to speak for yourself. Your loved one or caregiver may be faced with a difficult decision about whether to continue life-saving measures. How does that person know what to do?Discuss, decide and document. These are three i... click to read more

DIY nation: Jump-start your next project with these 5 tips
(BPT) - If you prefer to take on your own home improvement projects instead of hiring professional craftsmen, you're part of a growing trend.Americans are increasingly aware of the money they can save by completing their own renovations rather than paying premium prices for the work of others. And ... click to read more

Mom survey shows taxes a source of anxiety
(BPT) - Considering all the tasks a mom does, it may not be surprising that more than 40 percent of mothers feel overwhelmed during tax season, according to a new survey of 1,000 moms commissioned by H&R Block. Their largest source of anxiety when it comes to the process of filing their taxes i... click to read more

Simple ways to curb carbs when eating on the go
(BPT) - Whether you are trying to reduce carbs or eat more protein, eating well on the go can be a challenge.Quality carbohydrates like whole-grain breads, milk, yogurt, fruits and legumes are an important part of a balanced diet, especially for children and teens. For adults, reducing the amount o... click to read more

5 simple steps to sparkling hardwood floors
(BPT) - Getting your home ready for summer means putting away the warm clothing and winter gear, clearing out clutter and making room for lighter and brighter accessories. As you prepare to tidy and organize your home for a summer of get-togethers and cookouts, don't forget to show a little extra l... click to read more

How to Support Female Entrepreneurs this Women's History Month
(BPT) - To celebrate Women's History Month, Stacy's Pita Chips is releasing six limited-edition bags - all designed by female artists - with all proceeds going to United Way. The artwork depicts the six key stages of a female entrepreneur's journey to accomplishing their dreams: Inspiration, Courag... click to read more

3 key questions adult learners should ask before returning to school
(BPT) - The decision to return to school is not made lightly. While earning a degree can be highly rewarding in the form of better career opportunities and higher pay, the path to get there can be filled with challenges, especially if you're trying to fit school and studies in with your work and fa... click to read more






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