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home : home & lifestyle : seniors
January 21, 2020

6 hacks for savvy parents to save time and money
(BPT) - Whether it's your first child or you've been around the baby block a few times before, having an infant in your life is an unforgettable experience. While there are countless joys you'll cherish forever, there are also a few challenges you'll likely face along the way.Savvy parents are alwa... click to read more

Tips to prepare you and your loved ones for an emergency
(BPT) - Fires can occur when you least expect it, leaving little time to plan your escape, so the time to prepare for an emergency isn't when your alarm sounds. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), only 32% of American households have actually developed and practiced an eme... click to read more

Swiping payment cards at the pump could put your card information at risk
(BPT) - Have you paid for gas recently at the pump where you've had to swipe your credit or debit card?At gas stations across the U.S., criminals are skimming cards and stealing payment card data from consumers paying at older fuel pumps. This is because the majority of fuel stations still use inse... click to read more

Three ways to give youth hockey a boost in your hometown
(BPT) - Enrollment in youth hockey is at an all-time high in communities across the country. According to USA Hockey, a record 567,908 players registered to play in the 2018-2019 season, with 356,760 of those players ages 16 and younger.Based on the recent surge in youth hockey enrollment, it's mor... click to read more

How to protect yourself from fraud this year
(BPT) - With a new decade upon us, it is natural to look to the past on lessons learned. When looking at cybercrime, criminals have advanced their techniques over the past 10 years and have become adept at stealing personal information and scamming innocent people. While we can't control what they ... click to read more

Get your glow on: 6 tips to make your skin and hair shine
(BPT) - Face it, winter is brutal for your skin and hair. Between the harsh, cold wind outside and the dry, overheated air inside, it's hard to look your best all winter long. On top of that, everyone tends to overindulge in unhealthy food and drinks during the winter months. Fortunately, there are... click to read more

Destress by bringing the outdoors in
(BPT) - This year you might have goals like ramping up your workout routine, increasing your self-care regimen or finding time to de-stress.The EPA reports we spend 90 percent of our time indoors, but most people feel that spending time in nature has a positive effect on their mental well-being and... click to read more

5 easy ways to help your local animal shelter
(BPT) - The winter months are often considered some of the busiest for animal shelters. According to the ASPCA, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters every year. Adding a shelter pet to your family can be fulfilling, but what if you're not ready or able to adopt?Hartz Loving Pa... click to read more

How living with AI can improve your daily life
(BPT) - These days, AI - artificial intelligence - has become a household name, mostly because so many household gadgets and appliances use it.What's the impact of AI becoming part of your everyday life? Ultimately, it's about convenience. Many tasks are getting easier, products are more efficient ... click to read more

3 ways to add wellness to your vacation
(BPT) - Why not focus on your health this year by planning a trip that will help you relax, recharge and refocus on your top wellness goals?The following are a few ways to focus on your health while on vacation.Here are just a few ways you can make the most of your vacation while getting your healt... click to read more

2 simple questions may lower your pet's medication costs considerably
(BPT) - If you own a pet, you're in good company. In fact, 67% of U.S. households own a pet, according to the 2019-2020 National Pet Owners Survey by the American Pet Products Association. Pets provide unconditional love and countless memories, and in return they look to their humans to care for th... click to read more

Shaping our future with AI
(BPT) - Artificial intelligence (AI) is impacting everyone's lives more and more. The latest technology increasingly helps daily tasks and routines become simpler, leaving consumers with more time to spend on other priorities.What do you want from the AI-powered devices and systems in your life?A c... click to read more

Smart tips to manage high-deductible health plan costs
(BPT) - It's the same issue every year: Jan. 1 arrives and you need to meet an annual deductible again before your health care coverage takes full effect. For people with high-deductible plans, this can be a big expense at the start of the year.High-deductible plans are increasing in popularity as ... click to read more

6 simple steps to take control of your finances
(BPT) - As we say goodbye to the holidays and hello to a new decade, it comes as no surprise that money is the No. 1 driver of stress for many of us in the Midwest. That's according to the inaugural Midwest Money Mindset Survey conducted by Huntington.The survey found that 50% of participants cited... click to read more

Lean and Mean: Turkey Helps Build a Balanced Lifestyle
(BPT) - As the calendar flips to a new year, many Americans try to tackle a tough task: building a healthier lifestyle. According to Statista, the sense of being unhealthy is especially strong among Millennials, with nearly 80% of adults under the age of 36 reporting that they 'could be healthier.'... click to read more

How small businesses crushed 2019 holiday sales
(BPT) - Mastering online sales reaps big rewards for small businesses.Ask North Carolina-based business owner Ken Baker of Dream Big Printables. Baker's decorative and inspirational art prints are sold on Amazon Handmade, where his business has grown over 200%. On Cyber Monday alone, more items wer... click to read more

Jigsaw puzzles – perfect for 'me' and 'we' time this winter
(BPT) - During the blustery cold days and cozy nights at home this winter, there's no better time to rediscover the simple pleasures and quiet joys of indoor activities that help you relax and reconnect with family. Over the holidays, through winter break and beyond, families everywhere are eager t... click to read more

Help make a child’s wish come true
(BPT) - It's hard to imagine what life has been like for a child who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at just 2 years old, followed by years of surgeries, doctor visits, medications and treatments. Eleven-year-old, four-time cancer survivor Alika has endured all of that - but maintains a positive a... click to read more

7 ways to get creative with your FSA money
(BPT) - An employer-sponsored Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is a convenient option for saving on health care. You put pre-tax dollars into the account to spend throughout the year on health care related expenses. The downside? Most of your FSA funds expire at the end of the year.If you have an FS... click to read more

Escape winter doldrums: Warm up with hot deals at your local boat show
(BPT) - Winter may be frigid for many, but it's an ideal time to plan for warmer days ahead that could be enjoyed on a boat with friends and family. Beginning in January, boat shows take place across the country offering some of the hottest deals around with special pricing and incentives on new bo... click to read more

4 common fitness myths debunked
(BPT) - Weight-loss tips, fad diets and more - these days, they're everywhere you look. And most of it is false information. In fact, the average American wrongly assumes a daily workout must be 95 minutes or more to be impactful, according to a new study conducted by Planet Fitness.Americans expre... click to read more

Coping with the Challenges of Mental Illness During the Holidays
(BPT) - During the holiday season, many look forward to festivities and spending time with family, but for some, this time of year can be overwhelming and stressful. People living with mental health challenges may have an especially difficult time during this season as it can cause feelings of isol... click to read more

6 ways to focus on yourself in the new year
(BPT) - When setting New Year's intentions, it's easy to get caught up in career or physical health achievements. You strategize to work extra hours or get to the gym a certain number of days per week, but that's not always the right mindset for success.The key to external success starts within. Le... click to read more

Resolving for a healthy 2020? Talking to your family is a great way to start
(BPT) - An estimated 130 million Americans make resolutions for 2020 - with more than half of them focused on health. However, most resolutions are broken by February.Marjan Champine, a board-certified and licensed genetic counselor at Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer geno... click to read more

8 gift ideas for energetic entrepreneurs
(BPT) - Entrepreneurship is becoming an increasingly common career as passionate and creative people start successful businesses on their own. But entrepreneurial endeavors aren't easy. The lifestyle requires long hours, hard work and dedication.The best gift you can get for the entrepreneur in you... click to read more

5 ways to be more productive in the new year
(BPT) - When the calendar flips to a new year, many people are inspired to make resolutions, promising productivity, healthy lifestyles, self-care and more. But all New Year's goals require making time for what you set out to do - and a little planning goes a long way.No matter your resolutions, he... click to read more

5 tips for winterizing your health routine
(BPT) - The arrival of the winter months brings an abundance of food, festive drinks and busy days celebrating with loved ones. While indulging in winter festivities, it's important to stay on top of your healthy habits.'The foods and beverages we put into our bodies has a big impact on our health.... click to read more

How to throw an unforgettable holiday party
(BPT) - While some holiday traditions are worth keeping, there's no need to copy anybody else's party. Especially if you're new to hosting, why not make your celebration your own? You might need some new gear and supplies, depending how elaborate your plan is - but don't be shy about asking for hel... click to read more

9 subscription services that make the perfect gift
(BPT) - Subscription boxes are gifts that keep on giving. Not only will your loved one be ecstatic to receive the first box, but they'll also be reminded of your thoughtfulness every time a new one shows up on their doorstep.Throughout the past few years, subscription boxes have gained popularity, ... click to read more

Better baking: 5 things to know about your oven
(BPT) - Measuring, mixing, blending and kneading - there is so much that goes into the art of baking. You start with the right materials and techniques, but you also need to be familiar with how your oven works to get the best results.Getting to know your oven could be the difference between a beau... click to read more

6 tips every holiday baker needs to know
(BPT) - It's the holiday season - and bakers everywhere are kicking into high gear, filling kitchens with stacks of cookies, cupcakes, pies and candies. Holiday baking should be a joyful experience, sweet, easy and filled with fun memories. Whether you're baking for a few or a flock, here are six t... click to read more

The winter wine you should be drinking (and sharing) this season
(BPT) - Chilly weather: Check. Cozy gatherings with friends: Check. Same old wine: Not so fast. Before you reach for your go-to red this winter, consider Chile's answer to the season's most toast-worthy pours: crimson-hued Carmenere (car-men-air).The signature red grape of Chile delivers luscious d... click to read more

Give your backside a break: 4 tips if you sit for extended periods
(BPT) - Sitting is nearly impossible to avoid. Whether during your daily commute, working hard at your desk or watching your favorite TV show on the couch, sitting can provide relief and give you the opportunity to relax.However, sitting for a long period of time can lead to some adverse health eff... click to read more

How to make financial wellness your New Year’s resolution
(BPT) - While the holiday season is a wonderful time of year, it can also put great financial strain on individuals going into the new year. The demand of holiday spending can lead to worry of unpaid credit card bills, which can lead many to put themselves on a strict "money diet." As you reflect o... click to read more

Host-with-the-most: A step-by-step guide to wow-ing holiday guests
(BPT) - With the holidays just around the corner, party planning is in full swing. Whether it be a traditional family gathering or friendly white elephant, consider these tips and tricks to stay organized throughout the holiday hustle to ensure festivities go off without a hitch.Have your cake with... click to read more

How scholarships can help today's companies encourage top talent
(BPT) - The demand for highly skilled employees continues to rise across various industries, spurring many of today's top companies to seek creative new ways to encourage and develop the best talent. One obstacle to that mission is the rising cost of higher education. To combat that, some businesse... click to read more

8 tips to prep your home during (and after) the holidays
(BPT) - Hosting guests, baking treats, kids on school break and managing a packed social calendar - the holidays can be a stressful, busy time. And with so much to do, household chores can fall by the wayside, leaving your home messy and disorganized.These eight tips will help you enjoy a cleaner h... click to read more

Club for the Future enables students to send space mail
(BPT) - Did you know that students can send postcards to space and have the cards returned right back to their mailbox for only the cost of a stamp?The program, started by nonprofit Club for the Future, gives students of all ages around the globe the chance to send and receive space mail. The Club ... click to read more

Self-care re-imagined: Achieve higher quality 'me time' in the bathroom
(BPT) - The long-overdue self-care movement acknowledges what you've known for years: Taking time for yourself gets you in a better state of mind to handle your crazy life and tackle your long to-do list.A day off and a massage appointment are both acts of self-care that can work wonders on your st... click to read more

Making a Difference: Why Finding the Right Schizophrenia Treatment Plan Matters
(BPT) - Schizophrenia is a complex and chronic brain disorder that can interrupt every aspect of an adult's life. For adults living with serious mental illness, like Jason, the journey to finding the right treatment plan, including medication and supportive therapies, can take years. During that ti... click to read more

Are you prepared for a natural disaster or state of emergency?
(BPT) - If emergency officials in your community issued a mandatory evacuation order to get out of the path of a wildfire, hurricane or other natural disaster, would you know what to take with you, the evacuation route you would take and where you would go until it was safe to return home?In short,... click to read more

Discounted access to Amazon Prime for customers on government assistance
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Stake out special occasion meals in the beef aisle
(BPT) - Hosting dinner for a special occasion can be stressful. Whether you're gathering with family for the holidays or making something new for friends, you want to deliver an entertaining evening and impress your guests with a pristine meal that everyone enjoys. A delicious beef cut is the focal... click to read more

Prioritize your health in the New Year
(BPT) - Now is the time of year when people typically take inventory of their lives and set new goals. Relationships, finances, careers and health are all important aspects that impact overall well-being. For this New Year, consider making your health a top priority.According to the recent America'... click to read more

Haylie Duff’s 4 tips to make brunch even better
(BPT) - "One of my favorite things to do is get together with friends for a cozy Sunday brunch," says mother, actress and chef Haylie Duff. "It's the best way to spend some quality time together before jumping into the busy week ahead. Plus, kicking off the morning with a nutritious meal is an adde... click to read more

New year, new ... tires?
(BPT) - As you gear up for a new year with new goals, now is the time to ask yourself if your wheels need a refresh. And there's no better time, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that tires be replaced every six years regardless of the number of miles driven. Research... click to read more

How to maximize AI usage at home
(BPT) - As the prevalence of artificial intelligence (AI) in the home grows, so too does the amount of helpful features available to make daily tasks much easier. While the abundance of smart home technology (powered by AI) can seem overwhelming, the more you know, the better these functions can im... click to read more

How to relax and enjoy holiday entertaining
(BPT) - When the holidays roll around, it can be easy to over-schedule, over-complicate and over-stress - especially when it's your turn to be the party host. But if you look back on your favorite holiday memories, you probably don't remember the centerpiece, the table settings or the menu. You jus... click to read more

Top wine serving tips: Why the glass matters
(BPT) - Wine connoisseurs know something even more important than facts about vintages and varietals: It makes a big difference how your wine is served. From the correct temperature to the glass you drink from, how any wine is presented can change the entire experience.And it's not just about aesth... click to read more

Don't let winter sports injuries freeze your fun
(BPT) - For many people, dropping temperatures mean it's time to bundle up and head outdoors for their favorite winter activities. Whether you're a sports enthusiast hitting the ski slope, a casual skater heading to the local rink or a parent ready to tackle the nearby sledding hill with your child... click to read more

Supporting a Loved One with a Chronic and Progressive Lung Condition
(BPT) - Having a friend or loved one with a chronic and progressive condition teaches you many things: patience, understanding and adapting to lifestyle changes after diagnosis. But for Mary, supporting her friend, Barbara, living with a serious lung condition called nontuberculous mycobacterial (N... click to read more

Life insurance: Who should get it? [Infographic]
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4 ways to conquer the holiday season
(BPT) - For many, the holiday season means get-togethers with friends and family, traveling and buying gifts, which can also bring an increase in spending. With all the hustle and bustle, it's important to remember what the season is all about - connecting with loved ones. With the help of your sma... click to read more

How to keep your house warm – even in freezing temperatures
(BPT) - With the early arrival of winter, the grip of cold temperatures and snowfall that landed along with it, now is a good time to start thinking about keeping your home warm and cozy all season long.This winter, consider the strategies below to keep your house warm, even during the most frigid ... click to read more

Restore and look good: What to pack for your winter getaway
(BPT) - It's officially that time of year when everyone is stressed out, exhausted and overall in desperate need of some R&R. Whether your idea of restoration involves tearing up the ski slopes or drinking wine by a roaring fireplace, now is the time to prep and plan your exciting winter getawa... click to read more

Caution is king when it comes to winter driving
(BPT) - With the winter in full swing, ensuring your tires - the last line of defense between your vehicle and harsh conditions - are in working order may be the difference between an enjoyable or stressful travel season. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 17% of all v... click to read more

Tips for winterizing your vehicle
(BPT) - Winter's not coming: It's here. That means extra-chilly weather, as well as driving in snow, ice, rain, fog and sleet. In short, be prepared for much-tougher-than-normal driving conditions, such as super-slippery roads and a decrease in visibility.The best way to prepare for winter driving ... click to read more

Next year's tax tips for small business owners
(BPT) - When you completed last year's small business tax return, did you run into surprises? Deductions you could no longer take? Changes in the tax code that left you regretting choices you made last year?You may have discovered you can no longer deduct for entertaining, so hold off on buying spo... click to read more

Expert tips for the perfect holiday roast
(BPT) - Wondering what to cook for an upcoming holiday gathering? A beautiful beef roast is a feast for the eyes and the stomach, sure to impress guests of all ages. With a few expert tips and tricks, you'll be sure to serve a perfectly cooked roast packed full of flavor.Roasting tips from the pros... click to read more

5 hidden holiday allergy triggers to avoid
(BPT) - The holidays are a time to gather for food, friends and festivities. While everything may seem merry and bright, if you have asthma or allergies, this is when you need to be cautious. A season full of tradition and good cheer can come with hidden allergy triggers if you're not aware and pre... click to read more

Secrets to success from winners of Amazon’s Small Business Spotlight Awards
(BPT) - Starting a small business requires a lot of hard work and commitment, with no guarantee of success. Thanks to the internet and the rise of e-commerce, small businesses today can capitalize on opportunities using tech tools that didn't exist a couple of decades ago. This has opened up possib... click to read more

5 winter tips for healthy teeth and gums
(BPT) - Winter is here - it's time to layer on the warm clothes and stock up on the cold and flu essentials that keep you healthy during the colder months. But as you focus on winter wellness, it's important to remember how oral care affects your overall health.'Your mouth is the gateway to your di... click to read more

Keep mom, dad and the grands home safe with the latest technology
(BPT) - Technological advancements are helping aging adults stay safe, comfortable and connected as they age in place. And, families can feel more confident about mom, dad and the grands living independently, especially around the holidays.'The year 2020 brings new innovative technologies to enable... click to read more

Pre-Party Rituals to Look & Feel Your Best This Holiday Season
(BPT) - With the drastic drop in temperatures also comes the most festive time of the year. The holiday season isn't just the cheeriest time, but also the busiest. With so many upcoming holiday celebrations to look forward to, you'll want to make sure you not only look your best, but also feel your... click to read more

Tech gifts for absolutely everyone on your list
(BPT) - One of the best things about technology today is that there's a huge variety of items to choose from that can suit anybody on your list, for a surprising range of prices.From the practical to the just-for-fun, shopping for the hottest in tech this holiday season does not have to be complica... click to read more

5 ways to refresh your home for the holidays
(BPT) - Tis the season for festive holiday gatherings with family and friends. Whether hosting your first or fifteenth celebration, you want your home to be ready to impress. Here are five simple ways to make sure your home is merry and bright for the holidays.1. Refresh kitchen countersSince the k... click to read more

7 tips for holiday road trips with kids
(BPT) - Whether the length of your drive is three hours or 30 minutes, it can seem an eternity with a bored child in the car. If you're planning a road trip with one or more children, plan ahead so you'll have a happy and safe trip, no matter where you're going.Here's how you and your kids can stay... click to read more

4 things to do when the tire pressure warning light turns on
(BPT) - It'll happen to every driver and likely at the most inopportune moment - like when you're running late, on a family road trip or commuting to work. A familiar light will flick on in your car's dashboard. Sometimes, the low tire pressure indicator can mean it's time to add more air, caused b... click to read more

From Seed to Supplement: Behind the Label
(BPT) - More than ever before, consumers today are demanding transparency on product labels. As news about food adulteration and contamination continues to appear in the headlines, the concern for food and product safety is rising.If nutritional supplements have ever been an important part of your ... click to read more

How to find the right balance with pain management
(BPT) - If you're facing surgery soon, you may have concerns about pain management. In a 2018 Mayo Clinic survey, 94% of the adults surveyed said that they would choose an alternative to opioids for treatment after surgery, but only 1 in 4 actually talked to their healthcare professional about thos... click to read more

Eco-friendly gifts for a merrier (and greener) holiday season
(BPT) - 'Tis the season for giving. And with this eco-friendly gift guide, giving greener is easier. Whether you're shopping for the gardener, techie, alternative energy aficionado or the do-it-yourselfer, this is your go-to resource for gifts that please people and the planet.The gardener For the ... click to read more

5 tech-forward innovations every holiday traveler can look forward to
(BPT) - If you're like most, you shudder at the idea of traveling during the holiday season. With all those long lines, tight timetables and crowded spaces, who wouldn't feel like a Grinch? To add more comfort and joy to your journey, the travel and hospitality industries are quick to embrace innov... click to read more

How to avoid falling for sweepstakes scams
(BPT) - The holiday season brings with it a flurry of cards, ads, email offers and more. It's also a prime time for sweepstakes, giveaways, contests and shopping sprees. Scammers are looking to take advantage of your good cheer, as well as your cluttered mailboxes and inboxes. Be on the lookout for... click to read more

Better by design: Senior tech benefits from user input
(BPT) - The technology market for older users is booming. With the world's 65-plus population poised to hit one billion by 2030, manufacturers are scrambling to find new ways to put digital products into the hands of this lucrative market.But while they may be purchasing laptops, smartphones and ta... click to read more

Hiring the next-gen employee
(BPT) - The U.S. workforce is in the midst of an influx with 65 million workers from Generation Z beginning to look for jobs, according to BridgeWorks Consulting. This group of workers, born after 1997, do not remember a time without the internet and have grown up in a post-2008 recession era of fi... click to read more

Creative ways to celebrate the holidays together
(BPT) - Every year we celebrate beloved holiday traditions with friends and family. While passing on traditions is a hallmark of the season, there's nothing like taking old favorites and transforming them into something new and exciting - for adults and kids alike!If you're looking for fresh ideas ... click to read more

Amazon’s Best of Prime Highlights the Year’s Top Trends
(BPT) - What were the biggest trends of 2019? With more than one hundred million Prime members around the world, there is no better indicator than Amazon's Best of Prime.* The results are particularly telling because over the past year, Prime welcomed more members worldwide than ever before.Amazon'... click to read more

4 home upgrades that are good for the environment
(BPT) - Consumers today are more mindful about the environmental impact of everything they do, from driving and traveling to energy usage in their homes. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps homeowners can take to save energy and help the environment.1. Boost your insulationYou may already kno... click to read more

Tips for surviving the Medicare annual enrollment period
(BPT) - Annual enrollment for Medicare ends Dec. 7, so now is the time to check your plan and update coverage for the coming year. While many people stick to the same plan they have used in the past, subtle changes can leave you second guessing what is best for your personal situation.Some of the m... click to read more

5 tips for stress-less holiday cleaning
(BPT) - Each year, the holiday season brings a flurry of entertaining. From hosting a houseful of out-of-town relatives to formal sit-down dinners to impromptu get-togethers, chances are your schedule - and your home - is brimming with activity.With all the extra foot traffic and activity can also ... click to read more

How to protect your most valuable asset
(BPT) - If you're like many Americans, your home may be your most valuable asset. That's why it's so important to protect it with homeowners insurance. Plus, it's probably a requirement of your mortgage. Setting up your coverage the right way starts with understanding the major parts of a homeowner... click to read more

Tips to prepare your home for winter weather
(BPT) - No matter where you live, there are bound to be weather challenges this winter. Your home may suffer damage, minor or major, from the onslaught of colder weather, along with wind, heavy rain, ice storms or even major snow systems. This can affect not only the integrity and value of your hom... click to read more

Young mom doesn’t let MS get in the way of living her life
(BPT) - At the young age of 24, Savana Sadler received both the most exciting and terrifying news of her life. Within just weeks of each other, she learned she was about to become a mother for the first time, but she was also going to be embarking on this exciting journey while living with multiple... click to read more

Smart homes aren't smart without fire sprinklers
(BPT) - Today there are many automated options that make homes more comfortable, energy efficient, cost-effective and safe. Typically referred to as smart home technology, these features may include automating control of items such as lighting, temperature, window shades, surveillance cameras, lock... click to read more

Kick off 2020 by getting outdoors and enjoying state parks
(BPT) - For many people, modern life means spending more time indoors. In fact, Americans spend roughly 90% of their time indoors, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This has had numerous direct and indirect health impacts, from respiratory issues due to poor indoor air... click to read more

9 holiday party survival tips – when you (or guests) are in recovery
(BPT) - Let's face it. Drinking, drug abuse and depression soar over Christmas, Chanukah and New Year's - call it the holiday blues. As you prepare to throw your annual holiday party, the compassionate host recognizes that the holidays can be a painful time for some family members and friends. With... click to read more

3 tips for safe holiday driving
(BPT) - The holidays are wonderful. They can also be stressful.The good: special times with family and friends. The bad: all the travel in between. The ugly: when winter roads become snowy and icy, turning a joyful journey into a jittery one.Fortunately, your safety this season is partially under y... click to read more

4 steps to financial fitness in the new year
(BPT) - Sponsored ad content from Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.The new year is just around the corner and it's never too early to think about your 2020 goals - and for many, this means prioritizing finances. Taking the time to focus on your goals and determine what's important to you financ... click to read more

Tips for growing your small business this holiday season
(BPT) - Small businesses have a major impact on their communities: 67 cents of every dollar spent on small businesses stays in the local economy. But when it comes to growing their businesses, nearly one in four small business owners say marketing is one of their biggest challenges. As small busine... click to read more

5 Tips for Prioritizing Self-Care During the Holidays
(BPT) - During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it's all too easy to let self-care slip off your radar. However, it's important for your health that you prioritize your well-being, so you can enjoy the season with family and friends. If you burn yourself out with all the cooking, shoppi... click to read more

5 fire safety tips to follow this winter season
(BPT) - Heating, cooking, decorations and candles all contribute to an increased risk of fire during the winter months. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fires occur more in the winter than in any other season. As the snowflakes start to fall and the temperatures dr... click to read more

The most craftable time of the year
(BPT) - When you're shopping for all the DIYers, crafters and makers in your life this holiday season, there are many ways to encourage their creativity and show that you 'get' them - which they'll remember for years to come. First, think about the types of crafts or homemade projects they love to ... click to read more

What you can do about your dog’s stinky breath
(BPT) - Even though you try to be a good 'dog parent,' chances are you may not think of everything when it comes to your furry best friend's well-being. But if you notice that your dog's breath is unpleasant, it may be time to up your doggy care game. Bad breath can be a sign of poor dental health,... click to read more

4 myths about PC technology small businesses need to reject
(BPT) - The PCs you choose to power your small business can dramatically impact your company's productivity and competitiveness. However, many small businesses fall for common myths about computers, leading to poor purchasing decisions.Here are four myths about PCs - and realities to help you make ... click to read more

8 tips to allergy-proof your home this holiday
(BPT) - Before you know it, you're knee-deep in preparing for holiday celebrations and family visits. If you're hosting guests with allergies - and you have pets - you have a few more things to consider when getting your home guest-ready. No problem! Here are eight cleaning tips to help allergy-pro... click to read more

A tasty guide to the perfect holiday cookies
(BPT) - When Inga Lam of BuzzFeed's Tasty, the world's largest social food network, gets going in the kitchen, she makes sure to consider all aspects of her baking process when creating the perfect treat. As a Tasty Creator, Inga is known for showing budding chefs how to sharpen their skills and li... click to read more

Air travel can be dangerous for passengers with disabilities
(BPT) - During the busy holiday travel season, everyone suffers from the stress and strain that accompanies flying today. Unfortunately, travelers with disabilities face even more barriers to air travel such as damaged wheelchairs, delayed assistance and untrained airline staff. These obstacles are... click to read more

Enjoy this superfood on any specialty diet
(BPT) - Are you following a gluten-free, keto, paleo, vegetarian, Whole 30 or other special diet? The problem with sticking to a diet is that it can feel restricting, because you're only allowed to eat certain foods, and that can get boring fast.Fortunately, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Da... click to read more

Your 2019 guide to climate-friendly holiday gifting
(BPT) - Each year, many people count down the days to the holiday season and save their money for festive decorations and gift giving. In fact, the average American will spend over $1,000 on holiday gifts, according to the National Retail Federation.But before you start checking gifts off your list... click to read more

Preserving old analog photos this holiday season? 4 tips for making that easier
(BPT) - When it comes to passing down family memories, there's nothing like the visual impact of a photograph.Photo frames, custom ornaments, and other similar memorabilia make some of the most popular gifts during the holiday season. Family photos can remind us where we came from, preserve valuabl... click to read more

How AI is Transforming Life at Home by Thinking of You
(BPT) - We all love the idea of having a washer, refrigerator or smart appliance that gives us important messages and guides our next steps.But not all smart technology is alike. The last thing you want from your investment is a gimmicky gadget that does nothing more than turn your mobile device in... click to read more

5 easy ways to give back during the season of giving
(BPT) - Over the holiday season, it's natural to look for ways to give back to those in need, whether in your own community or beyond. With everyone's schedules being full to the brim over the season, and with so many other demands on your energy and your funds, it's sometimes hard to know the best... click to read more

Veterans Bond Through Challenging Diagnosis of Kidney Failure
(BPT) - The fall of 2018 was life-changing for U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Phillip Hayes. Not only did the season mark his retirement from a 33-year-long service in the Air Force, it marked the beginning of the fight for his life. Phillip's health had been declining for some time, but he did not ant... click to read more

How cutting-edge technology is transforming cooking
(BPT) - When marveling at the ways modern technology has impacted our daily lives, people most frequently cite areas such as communication, transportation, entertainment and health care. But there's one arena where technology is making huge differences that often gets left out of the discussion - h... click to read more

4 questions to help you choose the right health insurance
(BPT) - Your options for health care and dental plans can feel overwhelming. Dozens of plans and many variables can affect your decision, which is why it's worth your time to find the option that best fits your individual or family needs.'We will devote hours of painstaking research to other choice... click to read more

'Tis the season for heart disease?
(BPT) - Deaths from heart-related causes tend to spike over the holidays. According to a recent study, the risk of heart attack increases significantly around Christmas time, and may be highest on Christmas Eve. Recognizing the symptoms of heart disease - and taking time from the busy season to see... click to read more

5 tips to optimize your gaming experience
(BPT) - You've just defeated the final boss in a game you've spent hours on. You're happy and ecstatic that your battle has been won and right before the game saves, your console shuts off. It's all gone! If you love gaming, chances are there are plenty of things you don't love when they happen - l... click to read more

pHreshen the pHunk Up! Here are a few things that will keep you in control of your feminine health
(BPT) - The vagina is a delicate ecosystem that must be maintained at a normal pH of 3.8-4.5, the same pH as beer, if you can believe it! Everyday events like blood with your period, sex, soaps, certain medications and the water in a douche can all elevate the natural vaginal balance, because those... click to read more

Prepare for the unexpected: Travel tips for peace of mind
(BPT) - Do you have a case of wanderlust? Traveling is a great way to explore new places and try new activities, going beyond the ordinary to create lifelong memories with family and friends.But travel does come with risks. This is particularly important with the rise in adventure travel, where Ame... click to read more

Simple, meaningful ways to give back to your community
(BPT) - With today's busy and distracted lifestyles, it can be difficult to find ways to make a difference to those less fortunate in the community. However, today it is simpler than ever to give back, and you do not have to alter your hectic routine to make an impact.1) Give back while you shopIf ... click to read more

Mortgage insurance: A faster way into your first home
(BPT) - For many Americans, the biggest hurdle in buying a home is the down payment. According to a recent report, 49% of non-homeowners stated that not having enough money for a down payment and closing costs was a major obstacle to purchasing a home. Many people also mistakenly believe lenders re... click to read more

5 Easy Projects to Protect Your Home This Winter
(BPT) - The winter months are here! While you may be preparing to celebrate the holidays and spend time with loved ones, it's also important to ensure your home is protected from the cold weather.There are several ways to lower your heating bill and protect your home this winter. Below are five eas... click to read more

Easy gravy hacks for irresistible holiday cooking
(BPT) - Planning and food prep for the holidays are underway so you're probably creating grocery store lists and considering which favorite family recipes to cook this year. No matter what you're serving, there's one thing that can elevate foods from good to great: a delicious gravy.Making gravy do... click to read more

5 retirement questions to ask before 'How much should I save?'
(BPT) - How do I plan for a comfortable retirement? This question is top of mind for many Americans. Yet how to afford that dream retirement remains a mystery to most. According to The Employee Benefit Research Institute's 2019 Retirement Confidence Survey, only 42% of working-age people have tried... click to read more

Gut Check: Why Women with Chronic Constipation Feel Stuck [Infographic]
(BPT) - We all have to go when nature calls, but for approximately 35 million American adults living with a condition called chronic idiopathic constipation, or CIC, that isn't always easy. Idiopathic means the cause of the constipation is unknown. People with CIC experience symptoms like abdominal... click to read more

Open enrollment: 4 steps to getting the right life insurance benefits at work
(BPT) - Is it open enrollment time for your employee benefits? Most companies begin offering the opportunity to update or add new benefits for the next year in the last quarter of the year. Take advantage of this time to align your life with your benefits because when life changes, insurance needs ... click to read more

Actress shares tips to shine bright this holiday season
(BPT) - The holidays can challenge just about anyone to stick to healthy habits and keep up with the busy season. Despite her hectic schedule, actress, producer, entrepreneur and mother Sarah Michelle Gellar has learned how to juggle family and career all while maintaining her daily routine.Gellar ... click to read more

Love dogs? Here's how to turn that passion into a successful side gig
(BPT) - Most people would like to follow their life's passions when exploring ways to supplement their incomes, but it can be hard to find those meaningful outlets - and earn any income at the same time. For one dog lover in Stratford, Connecticut, her tremendous love and affection for the dogs in ... click to read more

Inspiration and tips from the 2019 'Whole Home Concept House'
(BPT) - Today's home builders, designers and innovators are working to create interiors and living experiences that take into account consumer trends toward seeking a more healthful environment, inside and out. This year's 'Whole Home Concept House,' by leading design magazine House Beautiful, plac... click to read more

8 simple ideas to prevent home break-ins
(BPT) - Did you know most burglaries are home break-ins? Keeping your home secure is vital to the safety of yourself, your family and your belongings. Here are several simple ideas to increase your personal safety.1. Install a home security system.Security systems offer perhaps the most powerful pr... click to read more

5 reasons now is the right time to advance your career
(BPT) - As 2019 comes to an end, it marks a time of new possibilities and change. While some might get the itch to tackle a new challenge or hobby, many adults use this time to reflect on their current job and what might be next for their career path.The good news is that with today's competitive j... click to read more

4 festive tricks to make a holiday meal work for everyone
(BPT) - The holidays are full of family, friends - and lots and lots of food. And while we love getting together with all our loved ones, the thought of coming up with a meal that pleases everyone can be a bit frightful. But with a little prep work, planning, and new healthy takes on cooking and ba... click to read more

How to make any occasion sparkle
(BPT) - What if everyone spent a little more time and energy celebrating everyday moments, tiny victories and micro-achievements? Rather than focusing on the negative, directing your attention toward what you are grateful for, and making a special occasion out of those things, is the secret to a ha... click to read more

Caring for the family caregiver: Ways to manage your health and wellbeing while supporting others
(BPT) - Caring for a loved one with a chronic illness is something millions of Americans do every day. Whether it is a parent, spouse, extended family member or friend, the stress of caring for another adult can take a toll."I have to do absolutely everything for her," explains Anthony Cowels, whos... click to read more

6 Ways to Save Time and Money This Holiday Shopping Season
(BPT) - No matter what holiday shoppers are looking for this season, there are two things on everyone's list: saving time and saving money. Whether you're making memories with friends and family, or enjoying some JOMO (joy of missing out) cozied up with a holiday flick and treat, we all wish we had... click to read more

Tackle Two at a Time: Treat Your Diabetes and Protect Your Heart
(BPT) - People living with diabetes are two times more likely to die from cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease, heart failure, heart attack and stroke.i And, nearly 70 percent of people aged 65 or older with diabetes die from some form of heart disease.iDiabetes can lead to many complicat... click to read more

Common tech hurdles when starting a small business
(BPT) - Entrepreneurs love a challenge. But when starting a small business, there's one challenge that can prove especially difficult: technology. Savvy business owners know they need the right technology to compete in today's market. But the price can be prohibitive, and many business owners just ... click to read more

Four reasons to pursue careers in nursing
(BPT) - As time and technology reshape the workforce, most professionals are not in the position to choose one career or one track and stick with it until retirement. Nursing offers relevant, future-focused opportunities for people of all ages and levels of experience, from those re-entering the wo... click to read more

Honoring veterans and moving into a new era of service
(BPT) - Every day is a good time to honor veterans - and this year, to mark important milestones for the holiday and for service to these American heroes.A century ago, on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the armistice ending World War I, President Woodrow Wilson addressed the nation asking ... click to read more

Making your own jewelry is easier than you think
(BPT) - If you love jewelry, and you also love to tap into your artistic side, you're in luck! Making jewelry is a gratifying hobby, and there are great resources available to help you learn how to craft unique pieces. With little or no previous experience, you can make beautiful jewelry for yourse... click to read more

Stressed over open enrollment? Try these tips
(BPT) - It's that time of year again - employers around the country are opening their benefits enrollment window, a defined period during which employees can assess and select benefits packages. For many, this will be a period of avoidance and stress, before the ultimate last-minute race to select ... click to read more

Natural holiday baking tips
(BPT) - What are the benefits of baking from scratch? Mostly, it's fun, and your whole family can join in. On top of that, nothing tastes as good as fresh baked treats right out of the oven. For another bonus, it makes the whole house smell great. But perhaps the most important reason to bake from ... click to read more

Fighting through the pain of a misunderstood skin condition - Hidradenitis Suppurativa
(BPT) - Imagine experiencing symptoms like pain so severe you may not want to do tasks like showering, going to work or even getting out of bed. For people living with hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), a chronic, debilitating, inflammatory skin disease, this can be their reality.Often beginning in ado... click to read more

Vast majority of Americans lose sleep to binge-watch TV
(BPT) - A new survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) found that 88% of U.S. adults admitted to losing sleep due to staying up late to watch multiple episodes of a TV show or streaming series - and this number jumps to 95% when looking at 18- to 44-year-olds.The same survey shows ... click to read more

Holiday hacks: How to spend less time cooking and more time with family
(BPT) - The holidays are a time to celebrate and make priceless memories with friends and family. However, when you are the person tasked with preparing and cooking for everyone else, you may often have to miss out on all the family fun and those moments that matter most.Here are several tips to ge... click to read more

5 carbon monoxide safety tips
(BPT) - Along with the cold temperatures, snow and ice, winter also brings unpredictable dangers, including the threat of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, CO poisoning is the number one cause of accidental poisonings in the U.S. Referred ... click to read more

Reinvent your holiday meals using one simple ingredient
(BPT) - The holiday season is upon us, bringing opportunities to whip up delicious, crowd-pleasing dishes for all occasions, from party appetizers to a family dinner spread. This year, make your celebrations the best yet with fresh takes on your favorite festive recipes.While pecan pie may be a sta... click to read more

Financial insight: Tips to reduce or eliminate high-interest debt
(BPT) - Reality is eye opening: The total amount of consumer debt is more than $13 trillion in the United States. That means if you have revolving bills to pay off loans and other debt, you're certainly not alone.Having high-interest debt can feel like a big weight on your shoulders that stresses y... click to read more

Why brighter headlights are better
(BPT) - The end of daylight saving time marks the start of longer, darker nights. That means many of us will spend more time over the next few months driving in the dark, relying on our headlights to light the way. Are your headlights up to the task?If you have older halogen headlight bulbs, they m... click to read more

Veterans Day: Go Beyond the 'Thank You' [Infographic]
(BPT) - The most common gesture toward veterans and service members this time of the year is a 'Thank you for your service' at the coffee shop or grocery store, or maybe flying a flag to show your support. But has the phrase 'Thank you for your service' become so common that it has begun to feel em... click to read more

Stay Healthy During the Holidays
(BPT) - Holiday travel, endless parties and hours waiting in long shopping lines can take a toll on your health. As the season ramps up, it's a great time to take some steps to support your immune system for extra protection. These common-sense health tips can go a long way toward keeping yourself ... click to read more

3 Important Benefits to Look For When Buying Life Insurance
(BPT) - While death is a difficult subject to discuss, it is something for which we all must prepare. If something happens to you, are your loved ones able to carry on financially without your income? Could they afford to continue making payments on the family home? Would your children's dreams of ... click to read more

5 tips to help keep kids healthy during cold and flu season
(BPT) - It's here again - that time of year when everyone seems to unwittingly pass colds and other illnesses around. As every parent knows, kids can bring germs home from school and share them with the entire family, spreading illness at warp speed. In fact, 60 million school days are missed every... click to read more

How Americans deal with the stress of sick
(BPT) - Cough and cold season is bad enough on its own, with the constant sneezing, nagging cough and fatigue. The aches and pains from the season of sickness don't stop there, though, as mental and emotional stressors can also take a toll on the body. From the anxiety of missing work to the guilt ... click to read more

Thanksgiving wine pairing tips
(BPT) - For holiday entertaining, there's so much advice out there - but the truth is, some rules about how to pair food with wine may not be as hard and fast as it may seem. A lot depends on the exact wine you're serving, as well as the kinds of herbs and spices used in cooking.For example, the co... click to read more

3 inexpensive home maintenance projects that could save you thousands
(BPT) - Routine maintenance: two words that likely evoke eye rolls, exasperated sighs and dread for most homeowners who read, hear or even think about them. However, they're also a homeowner's best line of defense when it comes to protecting their most important investment - their home.'Many homeow... click to read more

Make room for your passions: How to maximize your garage space
(BPT) - Did you know over half of Americans (59%) feel that engaging in hobbies helps relieve stress? This was one finding in a survey of over 3,000 Americans conducted in 2017 by Kelton Global on behalf of Gladiator, the nation's leader in customizable garage and household organization solutions.W... click to read more

How to spot hearing loss and improve quality of life
(BPT) - In today's hectic healthcare environment, new diagnoses, wellness trends and studies on conditions like cancer and heart attacks are popping up every day. This can be overwhelming and cause many to push standard health care, like hearing health, to the bottom of their to-do lists.As you gat... click to read more

Program offers scholarship, internship in computer science
(BPT) - According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer science-related jobs available, but there will only be 400,000 computer science graduates with the skills needed to apply for those jobs.Although computer science is the fastest-growing profession within... click to read more

Embrace timeless design elements for a lasting aesthetic
(BPT) - As trends transition in and out of style, an understanding of what takes a space beyond temporary can help achieve a truly timeless design. Whether it's blending the past with the present for a new take on traditional, or selecting decor and furnishings with a quiet, yet self-assured air, c... click to read more

How to Ski & Ride Safely While Protecting Your Noggin
(BPT) - A chill is in the air and fall is here, which means winter is right around the corner. Millions of Americans will soon take to the slopes on skis, snowboards and more to participate in these popular winter sports. As with any active sport, there is some risk of injury, from minor to severe.... click to read more

Age alone shouldn’t determine breast cancer treatment options
(BPT) - One in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Many will be surprised to learn that age is a major barrier when it comes to patients accessing the information they need to make a better-informed treatment decision.Age shouldn't affect your chances of getting the ... click to read more

3 DIY decor projects for the holiday season
(BPT) - Are you looking for fun ways to spend time with loved ones this holiday season? Crafting DIY decorations is a perfect way to do so, providing an opportunity for you to get creative and make cheerful and festive pieces you'll cherish all season long.Another perk of making delightful holiday ... click to read more

Home bartending: Your guide to the perfect drink
(BPT) - When Stacie Grissom of Garden Cocktails has folks over to her apartment, she makes sure to offer guests something to drink before they can even get through the door. She built her brand on the notion that anyone can make gorgeous and tasty alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks right at home, w... click to read more

Common causes and treatments for sensitive teeth
(BPT) - Sponsored by CrestIf you've ever noticed sharp pain in your teeth when enjoying ice cream or a cold or hot beverage, you probably experience some degree of tooth sensitivity. When the temperature gets colder outside, even just breathing in frosty air can trigger that pain. According to rese... click to read more

Five tips for teens to avoid debt
(BPT) - Back in the day, most people learned how to manage their money through the school of hard knocks. That's still true. But today's young people face much larger, higher-stakes financial decisions at a younger age than their elders.For example, in 2018, the average college graduate faced $29,2... click to read more

Boost your business through global expansion
(BPT) - The holiday season is the year's busiest time for retail and e-commerce sales worldwide. Year-end holiday sales surpass one-fourth of all sales for the year, for the majority of businesses around the world. As these businesses gear up for this year's peak selling season, they grapple with m... click to read more

Vital careers in today’s transportation industry
(BPT) - If you want to buy anything at all today, you can probably find it online, purchase it, then have it shipped to your home in a matter of days - or even hours. You can track the package as it heads toward you, and you'll probably receive a text or email, and even a picture of the item, just ... click to read more

Did you know that all-season tires don’t always work in all seasons?
(BPT) - Here's something you may not know: All-season tires are only meant for year-round driving if you live in the extreme southern United States.For everyone else, it's vital to install a set of tires that protect them in snow, ice and frigid temperatures. In some places in North America, doing ... click to read more

Stress-free tips and tricks to elevate your entertaining
(BPT) - As the seasons change, entertainment opportunities ramp up. Between boisterous game day parties and festive holiday celebrations, calendars through the end of the year will be full of special events and occasions. But there's no need to stress - with a little creativity and a few fresh ingr... click to read more

Which apps help employees most? 3 tips for growing businesses
(BPT) - For many businesses in our increasingly technical world, future success will depend on how well they can take advantage of digital tools such as apps.These days, it's all about finding and optimizing the right apps, which may explain why app usage has grown so much in recent years. In fact,... click to read more

Who are the most dangerous celebrities to search for online?
(BPT) - From TV shows to movies, theater and more, everyone has favorite celebrities. You probably have spent time online searching to find out more about what these celebrities are up to and their most recent projects. While there are endless options to feed your need for celebrity news, the probl... click to read more

10 essential laundry organization and maintenance tips
(BPT) - Professional organizer Lisa Jacobs of Imagine It Done emphasizes the importance of creating strategies in the home for practical, efficient living. The laundry room is one of the easiest places to begin when trying to improve your organization at home. To help keep you on the right track sh... click to read more

5 must-have items for your kids
(BPT) - As a parent, it can be difficult to decide what to buy for your kids. You want clothes that are trendy and versatile, but also items that will last. Even more, you want your kids' unique personality to shine through!Stocking your kid's closet with clothing that is unique, fun and durable wi... click to read more

Travel tips: How vitamins can help you look and feel your best
(BPT) - When you're traveling, gummy vitamins can provide surprising and unexpected health benefits for beauty, digestion and sleep. You're not the only one who can't sleep in a strange bed or eat properly because you are bloated from not being on a 'regular' schedule. Traveling can throw your body... click to read more

Honor a youth volunteer: Awards deadline is Nov. 5
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Cozy up to the table this winter with family game night
(BPT) - Feeling disconnected from members of your own family lately? You're not alone - a 2018 study by 72 Point for Visit Anaheim found that 60% of parents with kids between 4 and 18 described their daily lives as 'hectic.' Sadly, the survey also found that today's families only spend about 37 min... click to read more

Diabetes health: Top tips to find affordable medication
(BPT) - In the United States, approximately 30 million people are living with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many require insulin to manage their condition, but due to rising costs, more and more people are struggling to get the medication they need.According... click to read more

Advancing the fight against devastating neurological disease
(BPT) - For people with ataxia, a rare and progressive neurological disease, the most common aspects of everyday life are a significant struggle. It's an uphill battle that patients like John Mauro are confronted with every day.Ataxia is a condition that develops due to damage to the cerebellum, th... click to read more

The power of positivity: Simple tips to change your life
(BPT) - Work demands paired with family demands make modern life extremely busy. Meetings, deadlines, housework, kids' homework, practice and much more all vie for your time. What's the secret to keeping on top of it all? Research shows the power of positivity can work wonders in managing stress, s... click to read more

The joy of giving: 6 ways to gift and give back this holiday season
(BPT) - The holiday season is here - it's time to break out the decorations, turn up the festive tunes and of course, find the perfect gifts for everyone on your shopping list. From the pressure to pick the most thoughtful present to the stress of going over budget, it's easy to lose sight of the h... click to read more

5 tips to keep vintage clothing fresh anytime
(BPT) - Vintage clothing, while beautiful and unique, can be tricky to take care of. No one knows how to properly take care of these delicate items better than luxury vintage clothing retailer, What Goes Around Comes Around. Below you will find simple ways their team keeps clothing in the top condi... click to read more

Be prepared: 3 tips to help you get the care you need
(BPT) - When a health issue comes up, it might be hard to know what to do, especially if you or someone you love isn't feeling well. Your first impulse might be to go straight to the emergency room. However, with the potential for longer wait times, at times unnecessary tests and treatments, plus t... click to read more

Lead by example for a healthier heart
(BPT) - Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women,i and the total numbers of deaths from heart disease are rising.ii Cardiovascular risk tends to accumulate over time - the roots of which can often be traced to lifestyle choices made in early adulthood.iii You can help chang... click to read more

New to Medicare? 4 Plans You Need to Know
(BPT) - Is this the first year you are eligible for Medicare? If so, you have probably found yourself bombarded with mailers attempting to explain what health insurance, prescription plan and supplement plan you need. With all the parts and Medicare plans, sifting through the information can be com... click to read more

4 DIY-friendly projects to get your house ready for winter
(BPT) - The leaves have changed, temperatures are dropping and pumpkin spice treats abound, which means winter is coming. Now is the time to winterize your home, which can mean up to a 10% savings on your energy bills, according to Energy Star.'Winter brings unpredictable weather and dropping tempe... click to read more

5 tips for keeping your dog more active
(BPT) - Face it, getting enough exercise is tough for everyone, and it's certainly true when it comes to our pets. The amount of exercise your dog may need varies, depending on the age, size and breed, but most dogs need more exercise than they're getting, especially during the colder months when w... click to read more

10 steps to a DIY financial plan
(BPT) - By Carrie Schwab-PomerantzDid you know that 78 percent of people with a financial plan pay their bills on time vs. only 38 percent of people who don't have a plan? Or that 68 percent of planners have an emergency fund while only 26 percent of non-planners are prepared to cover an unexpected... click to read more

Small businesses need to adapt to overcome cash flow problems
(BPT) - If there's one thing that keeps small business owners up at night, it's cash flow problems. Without solid cash flow, businesses can lose employees and suppliers, and watch as their normal business operations fall apart. When small businesses run into these issues, they often struggle to fin... click to read more

3 ways to prepare children for jobs of the future
(BPT) - Today's technology evolves so rapidly, it's impossible to predict what new inventions are coming. How can parents and educators today prepare children for technology and jobs that may not even exist yet? A recent education study by Harris Poll reveals that hands-on, collaborative learning e... click to read more

Ways to celebrate and support women small-business owners
(BPT) - Chances are good that you know at least one woman who runs a small business. She might run a retail shop, own a restaurant or be in charge of a thriving small company - or she may be a one-woman operation providing goods or services via her online or home-based business. Globally, women com... click to read more

Protect Your Family from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning [Video]
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Kick Off Winter Energy Savings and a Better Environment this ENERGY STAR Day
(BPT) - Everyone has heard of Earth Day, an annual event celebrated around the world every April 22 to support and focus on environmental protection. But have you heard of ENERGY STAR Day? It's a nationwide celebration, held this fall, honoring the collective efforts of the Environmental Protection... click to read more

Four ways to boost your vitamin D intake
(BPT) - As the days shorten and the weather turns chillier, absorbing vitamin D from the sun becomes more challenging. Why does that matter? Less vitamin D can lead to a weakened immune system, fatigue, joint pain and even impaired wound healing. Essentially, vitamin D helps your whole system run b... click to read more

Choose physical therapy for safe pain management
(BPT) - Movement is crucial to a person's health, quality of life and independence. For some people, pain makes movement a challenge. Pain is one of the most common reasons people seek health care. A physical therapist (PT) can help people move better and safely and manage their pain.Who are physic... click to read more

Living life to the fullest – without knee pain
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How to throw a fun themed holiday party
(BPT) - This year, why not choose a fun theme for your holiday party? You can create a great atmosphere while providing entertainment for all ages with a little creativity - and local resources.You could do the usual 'white elephant' gift swap, or hold an ugly sweater competition, but that's so las... click to read more

How to be ready for a home fire: Plan and practice
(BPT) - Did you know that today's homes burn faster than ever? Newer homes tend to be built with unprotected, lightweight wood construction and are frequently designed with lots of open spaces and high ceilings - ideal conditions for fire to grow and spread quickly. Also, modern home furnishings ar... click to read more

3 surprising ingredients to boost flavor in your recipes
(BPT) - Looking for easy ways to add zing to snacks and meals, as well as holiday entertaining? Adding just a few flavor-packed ingredients can revamp recipes with very little effort. Consider adding dried fruits to your daily meals and snacks, as they're not only full of flavor, but packed with nu... click to read more

7 budget-friendly tips for smart holiday gift giving
(BPT) - The holiday season is full of celebration, social activities and spreading good cheer by exchanging gifts. The problem is gift giving can get expensive if you're not making a plan and monitoring your spending. A happy holiday doesn't have to mean stressing about finances or going into debt.... click to read more

5 hacks to save money while traveling for college football games
(BPT) - The fresh air. The roar of the crowd. The sweet smell of looming victory. Is there anything better than rooting your favorite college football team to a big win? Being at the game is an energetic experience like no other, but for many people, traveling to see college football is expensive.F... click to read more

Hosting tips for your next get-together
(BPT) - There are always reasons to entertain, especially now during the holidays. From decor to dessert, there isn't one exact recipe for the perfect party, and the right combination can make a real difference. Candy maker HARIBO suggests sprinkling in moments of sweet childlike happiness to strik... click to read more

Understand data usage to get the best deal
(BPT) - When it comes to how we use our cellphones, it's especially important to understand data usage. Knowing what consumes your data, and how you use it, will help you recognize whether you're getting the best deal on your wireless plan.With unlimited talk and text becoming more common offerings... click to read more

Winter is coming: Be prepared for costly, damaging storms
(BPT) - Winter weather is difficult to predict. Use these tips to help protect your home from the costly damage winter storms can bring.Take care of your roofKeep your gutters clear. This keeps ice from accumulating and backing up under the shingles.Trim trees year-round so branches don't fall on y... click to read more

Investing tips for smart and steady growth
(BPT) - From mobile deposits to apps that transfer money in the blink of an eye, financial technology (or fintech) is disrupting the financial marketplace in new ways. The latest example is an innovation in the annuity marketplace that expands online access to a conventional retirement product, off... click to read more

5 tips to keep your packages safe this holiday season
(BPT) - According to the National Retail Federation, 41.4 million people shopped exclusively online from Thanksgiving Day to Cyber Monday in 2018. As the holidays approach, online shopping will continue to grow in popularity, helping families spend more time celebrating the season and less time str... click to read more

As business payment fraud skyrockets, are you protected?
(BPT) - Whether your business is small, medium or large, as an owner you're probably all too familiar with the threats of payment fraud. A proactive approach can make a big difference in reducing your chances of experiencing this common type of fraud, saving you significant time, money and stress.A... click to read more

How this metastatic breast cancer patient became her own best advocate for personalized treatment
(BPT) - There are few things more frightening than an advanced cancer diagnosis. Karen Peterson knows this better than most. A 54-year-old single mother from Harlem, she is a cancer survivor three times over. But she almost wasn't.A childhood cancer survivor, in 2015 Peterson was diagnosed with tri... click to read more

Disaster relief improves with collaboration among communities, charities and companies
(BPT) - When disasters strike - whether hurricanes and tornadoes or floods and earthquakes - communities and organizations rally to help, using their unique strengths to boost support. While every attempt to support affected families and neighborhoods is appreciated, aid is most effective when it's... click to read more

Frequently asked questions about metastatic breast cancer
(BPT) - Imagine sitting in a stadium cheering on your favorite team with over 42,000 other fans - then, in the blink of an eye, the entire stadium is empty.Now imagine this happening again, year after year.Each year, over 42,000 people are lost to metastatic breast cancer (MBC), also known as stage... click to read more

Want a showstopper master bathroom? 5 criteria to achieve exceptional design
(BPT) - When it's time to renovate your master bathroom, why not set your sights on something bigger and better? Rather than letting the latest fads drive your choices, create a room that holds its breathtaking beauty for years, and never fails to transform your mood each time you cross the thresho... click to read more

Tips to ensure your retirement savings last for your entire life
(BPT) - Regardless of age, most individuals share a common financial goal: to retire with the confidence that they have enough money to last a lifetime. With some smart planning, simple steps and useful tools this goal can be achieved.The problem is that the anxiety caused by uncertain variables ca... click to read more

The surprising evolution of plant-based margarine
(BPT) - What does Napoleon III have to do with the development of margarine? Quite a lot, as it turns out. The origins and evolution of plant-based margarines involve a lot more history - and dramatic changes in how people eat - than you might expect.The forces that have driven human food options a... click to read more

Five fall fix-ups for your outdoor space
(BPT) - After a long summer relaxing on your deck or patio, autumn is a great time to renovate your outdoor space - or build one from scratch. Home improvement expert Alison Victoria, host of HGTV's 'Windy City Rehab,' offers five tips for fabulous fall fix-ups.1. Get decked out. Fall is an ideal t... click to read more

How to keep that relaxed summer vibe going year-round
(BPT) - When summer sadly comes to an end and fall comes around, there's no reason to give up everything that makes the season so enjoyable. Hang on to that summer vibe by extending some of the best of those warm-weather pleasures with your family and friends. Whether you're hosting a large party f... click to read more

7 tips for enjoying autumn with your furry best friend
(BPT) - Autumn is a great time to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors in the company of your favorite four-legged friend. The temperatures have cooled down and the fall colors are starting to appear, yet it's not too cold to enjoy a brisk walk or even a leisurely stroll together. It's also ... click to read more

How play can build a STEM mindset
(BPT) - Learning about STEM doesn't have to be relegated to the classroom in preparation for a future career. At its essence, STEM is about exploration, observation and curiosity, which sounds an awful lot like another four-letter word - PLAY. So often when children are playing, they are testing th... click to read more

Are you protecting your digital house from cybercrime?
(BPT) - As the pace of technology advances, cybersecurity threats do, too. Data breaches, identity theft, phishing and malware make headlines seemingly every day. Internet-connected devices, social media, digital assistants and mobile apps have become indispensable in our everyday lives, but their ... click to read more

Taking your medications can protect your health [Infographic]
(BPT) - Fifty percent of prescriptions that are filled are never used. For those with chronic conditions, the side effects of not taking medications can range from higher health care costs to premature death. Read on for more information on the risks of not taking medications as prescribed - and fo... click to read more

7 tips to help choose your health plan during open enrollment
(BPT) - Open enrollment season is here, a time when millions of Americans across the country have the opportunity to select or switch their health insurance plan for 2020.To help guide you during this important time, Elena McFann, regional CEO with UnitedHealthcare, shares the following tips that m... click to read more

Why now is the best time to go solar
(BPT) - October is National Energy Awareness Month, and you can celebrate by exploring opportunities to create a more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly home. With renewable energy solutions gaining momentum with homeowners, the latest energy technologies are more efficient, affordable and ... click to read more

Are you living with frequent, severe headaches? You may have Chronic Migraine
(BPT) - There's an invisible disease that affects 31 million Americans. Its symptoms are often debilitating and impact people in various aspects of their lives. The name? It's called migraine disease.People living with migraine disease experience a wide spectrum of the disease, ranging from Episodi... click to read more

5 simple ways to update your bathroom's style
(BPT) - Do you have a bathroom that's starting to look a little dated and drab, but perhaps doesn't need a complete remodel? If you're craving a change, you can update the space's style with a few strategic steps. Not only will you elevate the appearance of your bathroom, but you'll be boosting you... click to read more

Maximize your employee benefits in 3 simple steps
(BPT) - With the autumn season near, thoughts naturally turn to cooler temperatures, football games and holiday preparations. Another annual ritual synonymous with the season - but not one that many spend enough time on or particularly enjoy - is open enrollment.Open enrollment is the period of tim... click to read more

Guide your chainsaw to a clean, effective cut every time with these tips
(BPT) - Summer's over, and with cooler months ahead your outdoor activities begin to change. The lawn and garden are no longer your focus. Now, it's time to think about what you need to do to get your home ready for fall projects and winter storms. This is especially true if you have old or dead tr... click to read more

How to make a splash entertaining this fall
(BPT) - Looking for new party ideas for any hour of the day? As fall begins, entertaining can seem challenging, but it doesn't have to be. With a little creativity and the right ingredients, you can make any occasion memorable. Whether you're hosting a weekend brunch, a casual tailgate or an evenin... click to read more

3 ways to improve your self-care routine
(BPT) - Self-care - the practice of taking care of oneself - has become a hot topic across generational groups, with sleep, stress management and fitness as key areas to build better habits. But where to start? Here are three tips for practicing better self-care.1) Get a sleep routine - Only 11 per... click to read more

5 ways to celebrate everyday occasions
(BPT) - If you look at most people's calendars, the days that stand out are the big ones - national holidays, anniversaries, graduations - in other words, those occasions that almost require special parties, rituals or ceremonies. But the truth is, it's the everyday moments that people remember, an... click to read more

How to have a meaningful impact on the world this year
(BPT) - What if you could give loved ones a present that makes a meaningful impact on the world? If you want to make a difference this year, consider giving gifts that help others in a direct, effective way. You and the gift recipient will know you're making a difference in the lives of people who ... click to read more

Give breakfast a boost before school: Fuel your kids’ day with wholesome on-the-go options
(BPT) - School is back in session, which means hectic mornings spent searching for missing shoes and backpacks, and jam-packed schedules with homework sessions and extracurricular activities. Morning meals at home or at school are imperative, and for busy parents, breakfast snacks on the go can be ... click to read more

Ask the expert: Important questions about Alzheimer’s
(BPT) - Alzheimer's is a progressive medical condition, and one of the deadliest diseases in the United States. That's why it is important to learn about the disease along with some simple steps that can help delay the potential onset, or help facilitate an early diagnosis.Dr. Rhonda Randall, a boa... click to read more

Ask these 5 questions before choosing a savings account
(BPT) - Breaking up is hard to do, but there's one relationship you may want to reconsider - the one with your savings account. According to an August 2019 survey from Marcus by Goldman Sachs, which polled 1,053 Americans who have savings accounts with both traditional and online banks, nearly half... click to read more

5 Things Everyone Should Know About Consumer DNA Tests
(BPT) - Millions of people have taken consumer DNA tests and received their results online. In fact, in May of this year, Ancestry® announced it surpassed 15 million members in its global DNA network.These simple-to-take saliva-based tests reveal your ethnic origins, connect you to distant ... click to read more

10 cancer facts that may surprise you
(BPT) - There are more than 100 types of cancer that impact people of all backgrounds. It's likely that cancer has touched you or someone close to you. There is a lot to know about cancer and its effects on people in the United States and around the world. How many of these 10 cancer facts do you k... click to read more

Meal solutions for a flavorful fall
(BPT) - Fall marks the beginning of back to busy - back to school and the office, back to sports and other activities, and back to a season of social occasions with family and friends. Healthy, portable snacks such as fresh California grapes play a key role in providing energy and hydration to help... click to read more

4 key resources small businesses need to succeed
(BPT) - SPONSOREDFrom small home offices to co-working spaces to hotels and airplanes - as a small business owner, you've likely learned that being flexible with your work environment is critical to establishing and growing your business. No matter the spaces you travel to and run your business fro... click to read more

Severe emphysema relief: From difficulty rolling over in bed to swimming with dolphins
(BPT) - A year ago, Cheri's chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was classified as stage IV, requiring constant support from an oxygen tank. Even rolling over in bed at night exhausted her.Cheri was on a waiting list for a lung transplant when her pulmonologist in Eugene, Oregon, asked her ... click to read more

Firefighters share home fire safety tips [Video]
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Top 5 exciting reasons to visit Baltimore this fall
(BPT) - Baltimore is a city with a rich history, thriving culture and eye on the future. Quickly becoming one of the top destinations for travel enthusiasts, visiting this vibrant city satisfies wanderlust any time of year, but it's the upcoming fall season that really has travelers enthused. Here ... click to read more

Top tips to make a plant-based diet more flavorful
(BPT) - If you're trying to eat more veggies and you're encouraging your kids to do the same, you may struggle with making meals tasty enough to tempt even the pickiest eaters in your family. The struggle is real! But don't worry, there are plenty of options that are plant-based, healthy and delici... click to read more

Sophisticated kitchen design for a stately aesthetic
(BPT) - A balanced aesthetic across styles creates a truly sophisticated kitchen design. Bring this concept to life with contemporary nuances that complete a space and complement an overall traditional tone. From spatial layout to thoughtful fittings, merge design influences to elevate the heart of... click to read more

Multi-talented Latina helps build new car for America, offers inspiration for girls considering STEM careers
(BPT) - Latina engineer Angeles Elena Van Ryzin helped build the Kia Telluride, a luxury SUV designed specifically for the U.S. market. There are not many women in STEM, and even fewer Latina women in STEM. That's why Van Ryzin embodies Kia's brand philosophy of 'Give it Everything.'Born in Zacatec... click to read more

A guide to nutritional needs at every age
(BPT) - According to data from the 2018 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements, 75 percent of U.S. adults take dietary supplements, but many people don't realize supplement needs can change with age. While food is always the first place to obtain the nutrients we need from early childhood throu... click to read more

10 to-dos for home and yard winterization
(BPT) - Scarves. Pumpkin spice lattes. Leaves crunching underfoot. Sweater season is moving in fast, which means it's time to start transitioning to fall maintenance to make sure your home and yard are ready for winter. The following are 10 things you can do to prepare for the cold and wet weather ... click to read more

How to put your college student on the right financial track
(BPT) - The fall semester is in full swing at college campuses across the country. New and returning students everywhere are juggling full class schedules, part-time jobs and packed social calendars. On the other hand, parents are hoping that they've positioned their child for success. Strong finan... click to read more




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