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September 17, 2019

6 great reasons to visit Pittsburgh with your family
(BPT) - Seeking a great vacation spot? Look no further than Pittsburgh, an ideal destination for an unforgettable family getaway. Pittsburgh has plenty of entertainment options for kids of all ages — and their parents. Pull up a chair (and maybe a highchair or two) and book your perfect Pitts... More >>

You’ve Bought A New Car Seat. Now What? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Picking out the right car seat is the first step to ensuring your child is safe on the road, but it’s not the only one. Below you’ll find a few more actions you need to take to make sure your child remains safe. This Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 15-21), you can also take a... More >>

The country's favorite fair foods, region by region
(BPT) - Perhaps the main reason most people go to the fair is for the food — delicious, over-the-top savory and sweet items you just can’t get anywhere else, whether on a stick or not. In fact, most people are willing to put up with the heat, crowds, expense, and even long lines just fo... More >>

4 steps to help you plan for wildfires
(BPT) - Wildfires and other disasters can be challenging because you rarely get enough warning to develop a plan to protect your family and minimize property damage, much less execute that plan. Thinking ahead can make all the difference — increasing your family’s personal protection an... More >>

Ways to save at the start of the school year
(BPT) - The new school year is officially here, and although it’s an exciting fresh start for students and parents alike, it may also cause you financial stress. In fact, according to the National Retail Federation, the back-to-school season is the second largest shopping season of the year, ... More >>

Simplify your kitchen with smart home gadgets
(BPT) - As the heart of the home, the kitchen is often the busiest room of the house — a perfect space to install the latest smart home gadgets. With “smart” sidekicks, you can solve kitchen challenges and simplify the overall cooking process.Increase cooking efficiency Whether co... More >>

How healthy is your home? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Home wellness is the active pursuit of creating and maintaining a healthy, balanced home.According to a new survey, virtually all Americans desire to achieve a healthy home. However, when asked about their current level of home wellness, most people admitted they could do a better job.... More >>

Why reading confidently is crucial to success [Infographic]
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3 things you didn’t learn in driving school
(BPT) - If you had to go back to driving school today, would you pass the parallel parking portion? What if the instructor tested your knowledge of car maintenance?Learning how to drive and taking care of your vehicle are integral parts of growing up. In a recent Gauge Index survey, Hankook Tire fo... More >>

Medicare Open Enrollment: How to save money next year
(BPT) - Medicare Open Enrollment is about to kick off. For most people already enrolled in Medicare, the annual Open Enrollment period (Oct. 15 through Dec. 7) is the only opportunity to make changes to your existing Medicare coverage.Even if you are happy with your Medicare coverage, you should ta... More >>

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Spreads Magic in Times Square [Video]
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5 ways to help your child be a confident learner this school year
(BPT) - You packed the backpack. The school bus is waiting outside. Don’t forget the one thing your child needs in the classroom this year: confidence.While many kids feel excited to see friends and return to routine, a new school year also brings new material and subjects to learn, with more... More >>

Life insurance protects your family when you’re not there to do it
(BPT) - When a loved one dies unexpectedly, the last thing families should have to think about is how they’re going to pay the bills or whether they can stay in the house. But the reality is that, according to research from LIMRA1, 35% of households would feel the financial impact of losing a... More >>

The rise of crowdfunding to pay for funerals
(BPT) - You’ve seen them on your Facebook and Twitter feeds shared by friends and family members, the tragic stories of a loved one’s passing and a plea for help in covering the expense of a memorial or funeral. As crowdfunding has grown, it’s become a go-to resource for many fami... More >>

3 stylish ways to personalize your kitchen
(BPT) - From cooking to conversing to entertaining, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s also a space that homeowners often dream of renovating. A growing trend in kitchen design is personalization, where thoughtful updates go beyond stainless-steel appliances and standard cabinetry to ... More >>

Try these refreshing – and nutritious – mocktail ideas
(BPT) - Skip the dehydrating alcohol, artificial flavorings and unhealthy refined sugar to serve up a natural, fruit-based drink — a mocktail — when you’re planning your next party. A mocktail not only replenishes your vital fluids, hydrating you and providing important nutrition ... More >>

5 age-specific ways to keep children safe during back-to-school
(BPT) - The back-to-school season comes with its share of excitement — including new classrooms, friends and routines — but it’s also a time to be thoughtful about safety. As schedules change and daily life takes on an added layer of complexity with trips to and from school, after... More >>

Start your cruise vacation with some home port adventure
(BPT) - It’s said life is a journey, not a destination. That should especially be true when you and your family are planning your next cruise vacation.Often overlooked as a key part of that journey is the original port you’ll be sailing from — the real beginning of your adventure.... More >>

4 tips to prevent and treat health issues on vacation
(BPT) - It’s the night before your long-awaited vacation. You’ve triple-checked your suitcase, checked into your flight and notified the bank of your travel plans. Everything is ready to go, but even the most experienced travelers can’t predict the unexpected health hiccups that m... More >>

Study: UTIs cause roller coaster of emotional pain and antibiotic overuse
(BPT) - Women are desperate for solutions to their frequent urinary tract infections, and they’re equally tired of the stigma that comes with them, reveals a new national survey.Key findings of “UTIs: The Burning Truth” by ellura, the urinary tract supplement, found that 3 out of ... More >>

6 ways to use newly popular pimento cheese
(BPT) - One of the South’s best-kept secrets for years, pimento cheese is catching on with the rest of the country. While pimento cheese and things made with it are still only on 4% of U.S. restaurant menus, according to www.datassential.com, that’s an increase of 65% in the last four y... More >>

Three Tips For Making the Most of Back-to-School Snack Packing Routines
(BPT) - Back-to-school means back to the daily routine of after-school activities and snacks. To help usher in the season, Lance® Sandwich Crackers, the maker of Lance® Minis, is unveiling hacks for making the most of a convenient after-school snack routine – from prepping, to snackin... More >>

How to keep your home and family 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.A new generation of home safety technology — combined with tried... More >>

Tips for picking the perfect pet
(BPT) - Choosing the perfect pet for your family begins with doing your homework beforehand to determine the age, size and temperament of your ideal dog or cat. The whole family can share in the matchmaking fun.Will your newest family member be an independent feline or a playful, social cat? A ramb... More >>

Survey reveals skyrocketing interest in marijuana and cannabinoids for pain
(BPT) - Millennials lead the escalating interest in marijuana and cannabinoid compounds for managing pain — with older generations not far behind — and yet most are unaware of potential risks. Three-quarters (75%) of Americans who expressed interest in using marijuana or cannabinoids to... More >>

Why your clothes dryer is an energy hog and what you can do about it
(BPT) - There’s nothing quite as comforting as pulling on your favorite hoodie when it's fresh from the dryer. As much as you love luxuriating in that warmth and softness, you may not be aware just how much energy this beloved appliance burns through in a year. When it comes to energy savings... More >>

Planning to retire on your 65th birthday? We didn't think so
(BPT) - The traditional notion of retirement — a switch from full-time work to full-time leisure — is becoming a thing of the past for millions of Americans. In fact, according to a recent UnitedHealthcare survey (conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of UnitedHealthcare) of 1,000 n... More >>

Staying on track: 3 ways to kickstart a healthy fall
(BPT) - Lacking culinary inspiration as grilling season ends? Keep 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 ... More >>

Useful items to help launch your college-bound kid into their new pad
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3 Tips for how to change the way you see Polycythemia Vera (PV) - a rare blood cancer
(BPT) - When you’re living with a rare, chronic blood cancer like polycythemia vera, or PV, you might look good on the outside even when you don’t feel good on the inside. That’s because for some people with PV, their symptoms may not be visible to others, despite having a serious... More >>

Preparing for disaster: 9 things you can do now
(BPT) - Are you prepared if a disaster were to hit? If you aren’t, making sure to prioritize this initiative for you and your family is smart. Disasters don’t plan ahead, but you can.Here are nine things you can do now to ensure you are prepared:Sign up for alerts and warnings. Utilizin... More >>

Alzheimer’s: Early diagnosis can make a big difference
(BPT) - After 30 years of painting commercial buildings, Mario Martinez of San Jose, California, was used to 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 pick up his paintbrush, roller ... More >>

3 ways to refresh your household routine at back-to-school time
(BPT) - Each year as summer ends, teachers, parents and students alike all begin their back-to-school preparations. Fall is a great time to start fresh, establish new and better routines, and to set family schedules that fit both your needs and the needs of your growing kids.Below are 3 tips to hel... More >>

Active aging: 5 important questions to ask to help prevent falls
(BPT) - Despite the common belief, falls are not a normal part of aging, and they are largely preventable. In fact, the best way to prevent falls is with a proactive, team approach.Be empowered and engage your health care professionals, community providers and family by asking these five important ... More >>

College students: Find the best song for any occasion
(BPT) - Music is a quintessential part of the college experience. Whether it’s getting you pumped for the big game or helping you focus while studying for those final exams, there’s no denying that good tunes can make all the difference.Now, it’s easier than ever to find the best ... More >>

5 easy ways to go green
(BPT) - 1. Go reusable.Did you know that the average plastic grocery bag has a lifespan of 12 minutes? Pick up a reusable grocery bag or bring a reusable water bottle with you to stay hydrated. Both can be used countless times and help reduce single-use plastic. By making small changes in your dail... More >>

After leukemia battle, teen wishes to visit historic WWII sites
(BPT) - Being 17 years old and battling leukemia was not easy for Johnny. He was forced to miss out on many opportunities with friends and family as his illness took a toll.During this lonely time in his life, Johnny, the son of a military veteran, kept busy by learning about World War II. He enjoy... More >>

7 things you may not know about your child's safety in cars
(BPT) - Parents and caregivers want to keep kids safe in the car, but keeping up with the latest recommendations can be tricky, especially as your child grows and their needs change. It's sometimes hard to know if you're doing everything you can to keep children as safe as possible.Regardless of yo... More >>

Tips for late-summer gardening
(BPT) - Summer may be winding down, but a new opportunity to garden is just beginning. Plenty of vegetables and flowers can be grown successfully in late summer and into fall, so it’s a great time to refresh with plants that either thrive in slightly cooler weather or are easy to bring indoor... More >>

Significant student benefits of flexible classroom seating
(BPT) - Have you seen a modern classroom with a variety of seating options that allow kids to sit, stand, wiggle and wobble as they engage in learning throughout the day?If so, you are familiar with flexible seating, a leading educational trend in K-12 classrooms nationwide. Both teachers and stude... More >>

5 essential car safety tips for pets
(BPT) - Face it, everyone loves their pets. And they often want to take their pets wherever they’re going. In fact, a recent survey by Volvo Car USA and The Harris Poll found that 39% of pet owners would rather go on a road trip with their dog than a family member.However, many pet owners wor... More >>

Quick tips on adding easy, enjoyable and healthy elements to your family's meals
(BPT) - Feeding your family wholesome meals that everyone enjoys can feel like a challenge, especially on busy days. With different food preferences and limited time to cook, it's easy to fall into meal ruts where you eat the same thing over and over again.It's time to add a little color and creati... More >>

Study and organization tips for achieving goals this school year, one semester at a time
(BPT) - Whether students are entering their senior year of college or freshman year of high school, planning is key to having a great year — and achieving goals. A recent study conducted by Post-it Brand found that American students spend approximately 105 hours a month “hustling”... More >>

Stretch your summer in Myrtle Beach
(BPT) - Has summer just flown by? Did you run out of time to take a vacation, or just can’t stand to see summer end? Maybe you want to use up the year’s vacation days before they expire.Whatever the reason, now’s the perfect time to stretch your summer in Myrtle Beach. You could e... More >>

5 life lessons that can help teach kids about money
(BPT) - By Carrie Schwab-PomerantzAs our children head back to school, do you know how much of their classroom time will be devoted to learning about money?Unfortunately, the answer to this question is generally “not much.” Only 19 states require high school students to take a course in... More >>

Head back to school proud: Top trending products for every student’s supply list
(BPT) - Office Depot wants to help students do more than just check the boxes on their school supplies list this year. Students should head back to the classroom feeling confident, proud and prepared with the best supplies that reflect their personal interests and style.From folders and backpacks t... More >>

Surprising secrets and tips to reignite that relationship spark
(BPT) - With our busy schedules, it’s easy to forget to make time for sex, which may help with mood and intimacy within a relationship. So, with all these positives, why should women want to give up one of life’s most pleasurable pastimes? Because they’re too tired, not in the moo... More >>

Should I pay for insurance on a rental car?
(BPT) - Maybe you’re signing the paperwork for a rental car, ready to zip up the West Coast for your end-of-summer vacation, when the agent asks if you’re also going to be adding rental insurance.You pause. The agent starts talking about liability, and you see dollar signs piling up. Yo... More >>

Easy ways to add beef to your back-to-school menus
(BPT) - As the school year kicks off, parents are seeking meals that keep their children happy and healthy. On top of that, they need dinner options that are quick for their hectic schedules, fit into the budget and go beyond frozen pizza and entrees. Beef delivers on nutrition, simplicity and vers... More >>

AC on the fritz? What to do next
(BPT) - Does your home feel uncomfortably warm, even when your AC is running full blast? You may think you can wait until next season to fix this, but with hot and sticky temperatures still lingering, now is the perfect time to upgrade your air conditioning system.Replacing old ineffective heating ... More >>

Cybercriminals are targeting the education sector: How to protect your family
(BPT) - As children return to school across the country there is a topic not found in textbooks or traditional coursework that parents, guardians and educators should prioritize: smart cybersecurity practices.Recent McAfee Labs research found cybercriminals are actively targeting the education sect... More >>

Are you a mindless muncher? Follow these smart tips for healthier snacking
(BPT) - Eating small snacks throughout the day can be a great way to maintain energy and keep hunger pangs at bay between meals. The problem is, it's far too easy to reach for unhealthy foods that satisfy your sweet or salty cravings, but don't necessarily provide the essential nutrients your body ... More >>

Picture perfect: New survey shows U.S. consumer smartphone camera habits [Infographic]
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Getting a grip on essential tremor for a new beginning
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Searching for a deal on a family wireless plan? Here's what you should know
(BPT) - Sharing your wireless plan with family members is a great way to save. It eliminates the hassle of multiple bills and lets you benefit from bundled savings offered by your provider. But choosing the right one requires some homework: Family plans today come in all shapes and sizes.Here are a... More >>

5 tips to protect your connected devices and electronic identity
(BPT) - Resourceful thieves and cyber criminals continue to find new ways to hack U.S. consumers’ sensitive personal information. Dumpster diving, stolen or lost wallets and mail fraud should still be concerns, but the digital age of tablets, smartphones, PCs and Wi-Fi networks leaves people ... More >>

5 ways to elevate your home decor through minimalism
(BPT) - The latest trends in home decor reveal a desire for a feeling of tranquility and calmness, perhaps as a response to today’s overly busy and distracted lifestyles. From Marie Kondo’s decluttering craze to a return to natural materials in home design, everyone is looking for a way... More >>

Time to think harder about your checking account
(BPT) - When we imagine “financial literacy,” we often think about credit cards, loans and debt. But these building blocks of our financial infrastructures tend to cloud our perspective, pushing important details, like checking accounts, to the sidelines.Checking accounts are often over... More >>

Rising child star and mom share their top 5 tips for preparing to go back to school proud
(BPT) - Sponsored by Office Depot and OfficeMaxIt’s that time of year again, when families start preparing their kids to head back to school. From basic supplies like folders and pencils, to technology, books and backpacks, each student’s needs for back to school change and grow each ye... More >>

4 back-to-school essentials to help keep kids healthy
(BPT) - New backpack? Check. Cool new shoes? Check. The right 24-pack of crayons? Check.As a parent, you want to give your child everything needed for a successful new school year, and sometimes that means thinking outside the crayon box. Are you keeping these less obvious things front of mind?"Bei... More >>

5 budget-friendly projects that boost your home's value
(BPT) - Whether you plan to sell your home soon or you simply want to make your property more modern and livable, there are many things you can do to increase the value of your house. The good news is you don't need a massive budget to make a big impact. Here are five affordable things you can do t... More >>

The cost of complacency: How auto-pay can drain your dollars
(BPT) - When it comes to managing your monthly bills, it doesn’t get much more convenient than auto-pay. Because this option eliminates missed payments and late fees, it’s easy to see why three-quarters of Americans have opted in, with anywhere between one and seven monthly payments, ac... More >>

An aging family member is struggling with their chronic condition - what can you do?
(BPT) - As we get older, the ones we love inevitably age too. For many, there comes a time where you are no longer just a son, daughter or family member — you’re a caregiver. Ensuring your aging parent or loved one is able to manage and afford their medical treatments can have an enormo... More >>

Plant-Based Meal Solutions to Help Families Power through the Busy Back-to-School Season
(BPT) - Ready or not, it's that time of year when the kids go back to school and life seems to be busier than ever. Whether you're rushing off to work, scurrying to get kids out the door, or simply trying to keep track of your family's complex schedule — every parent could use a little help, ... More >>

Gearing Up for a Happy School Year [Infographic]
(BPT) - The new school year is like New Year’s for Kids — a chance for a fresh start and an opportunity to set intentions for the year ahead. This year Amazon is encouraging parents to go Happy School Year shopping, looking forward to the year ahead, instead of “going back” ... More >>

Lack of pet-friendly domestic violence shelters critical barrier for victims with pets
(BPT) - An estimated 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience some form of domestic abuse in their lifetime. Escaping abusive situations and starting over in a new and safe environment is an overwhelming experience for victims, especially when pets are involved. An added challenge is that very f... More >>

5 tips to make the most out of your workout routine
(BPT) - Whether you’re hitting the gym to get healthy, tone up or improve your overall well-being, there’s no denying that seeing results can be one of the most satisfying feelings. Noticing even the smallest change in the way you feel or look is reason enough to lace up your sneakers f... More >>

Think outside: 5 ways to disconnect and enjoy the outdoors
(BPT) - Life is hectic, full of demands at work and home. Add digital distractions like computers, cell phones, tablets and more, and it's no wonder many people are experiencing record-high levels of stress.One simple solution is to shift your perspective by spending more time outdoors. When you do... More >>

Which is more important to recognize, emojis or road signs?
(BPT) - If you were to take a quiz to test your ability to identify common emojis and road signs, how do you think you’d fare?According to the results from a recent survey by Mercury Insurance, 1,890 respondents did not do so well. The meaning of the “yawning” emoji was correctly ... More >>

4 easy DIY projects to go back-to-school in style
(BPT) - Parents spend over $500 per student for those in grades K-12 during the back-to-school season, according to a new survey from Deloitte. But back-to-school shopping doesn’t mean your wallet needs to take a heavy hit! With just a little extra time and effort, generic backpacks and suppl... More >>

The ultimate guide to buying a cordless vacuum
(BPT) - Whether you live in a house or an apartment, you may have found that old-fashioned vacuum cleaners with long cords are inconvenient to use, and a hassle to carry around your home for everyday cleaning. Today’s lightweight, cordless vacuums offer more convenience and are much easier to... More >>

Are you getting enough protein in your diet?
(BPT) - You may have noticed protein bars and shakes popping up at grocery stores or gyms. Coverage of the benefits of protein is all the rage. So it might be surprising to learn that almost half of older adults are not consuming enough protein, thus negatively impacting their health, according to ... More >>

5 ways to get organized in time for back-to-school
(BPT) - As fall quickly approaches, parents everywhere start thinking ahead to the next school year, writing to-do lists and going back-to-school shopping to be ready. It’s easy for things to feel hectic at the beginning of each school year, with changing schedules and routines making everyon... More >>

5 ways parents can help kids be themselves
(BPT) - As a parent, it's so exciting to see your children grow and develop their own unique personalities and interests. While children are young and exploring the world around them, parents are always looking for ways to encourage their children’s growth, and to support them in finding acti... More >>

4 ways to celebrate a teacher who made an impact
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Record low unemployment creates opportunities for Americans with disabilities
(BPT) - With unemployment rates at a nearly 50-year low, many businesses are struggling to find workers. This tight job market is opening doors for people with disabilities, as many companies are turning their attention to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.Though more Americans with disabili... More >>

Trips that transform: How airline miles can transform a child’s life
(BPT) - Maksim was just a few months shy of 2 years old when his parents rushed him to the emergency room for severe flu-like symptoms, only to find that their little boy was suffering from kidney failure. Since that day, Maksim has spent most of his six years in and out of hospitals, doctors' offi... More >>

Young women learn government fundamentals in nationwide leadership program
(BPT) - This July, two teenage girls from every state in the country met 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 r... More >>

What you need to do before traveling abroad
(BPT) - Planning a trip abroad? That’s exciting! But you have lots to do and less time than you think to get it done. What do you need to accomplish before leaving?Here's a handy checklist to help you get your ducks in a row.PassportIf you have a current passport, check the expiration date. M... More >>

Embarrassing questions you’re too afraid to ask your gynecologist
(BPT) - It’s that time again. The dreaded gynecologist appointment. There’s nothing to be afraid of because nothing shocks the gyno. However, many women are reluctant to ask the questions they want — and need — answered.You know, like that unpleasant odor and itch after sex ... More >>

How you sleep affects your health – and could give you wrinkles
(BPT) - As you drift off to sleep, how does your nightly position affect your health?Whether you prefer stomach, back, side or curled into a fetal position, the way you snuggle into the pillow may affect your breathing patterns, neck and back pain, and circulation. A less-serious effect, but one mo... More >>

Handy hacks and simple tricks for DIY projects
(BPT) - Have you ever left a reminder on a small scrap of paper because that is all you could find? Or ran out of room when writing an important message? No matter your profession — from construction and manufacturing, to culinary and education, to even around the house — there's always... More >>

From silence into sound, cochlear implants change one couple's world
(BPT) - Caroline and Andreas Schwabe are hearing impaired. Well, only Caroline has hearing loss. Andreas can hear just fine. But, as Andreas says, for a couple, hearing is a "we" thing.Caroline's mother suffered from hearing loss, like many of the women in her family, so, as a newlywed at age 21, i... More >>

5 Ways to Inspire Others in Your Community
(BPT) - Everyday life doesn’t always grant opportunities to make a difference in other people's lives, but you can find those opportunities if you seek them out. For example, being a coach or mentor is one great way to make a positive impact on the lives of children.Recognizing those who do m... More >>

5 easy ways to be a more active dad
(BPT) - For children, having an engaged dad makes a huge difference — fathers play a critical role, and research tells us just how important that role is. In fact, studies show that children who feel close to their fathers are two times more likely to go to college or find a job after high sc... More >>

True confessions: Which skin sins have you committed?
(BPT) - From catching your favorite team at a ballgame to swimming in a pool, summertime brings no shortage of outdoor activities. All this time outside, though, can wreak havoc on your skin if you don’t follow a proper routine to rid your skin of the dirt, oil and residue it encounters throu... More >>

6 back-to-school tips every parent of kids with allergies should know
(BPT) - For kids who live with allergies and asthma, back-to-school can spell trouble with symptoms.Late summer/early fall is the height of ragweed season. When you add in exposure to environmental factors found in school classrooms, playing fields and eating areas, you have the perfect recipe to j... More >>

3 smart steps to protect your vacation home when you're away
(BPT) - Whether it's a cabin up north, a villa down south or a quaint cottage near family, many people in the United States own second homes. There are seasons you may spend more time at these vacation properties, but for many people, much of the year they remain empty. That's why it's important to... More >>

5 last-minute strategies to help cover college costs
(BPT) - It’s been a whirlwind year so far, with events and parties for your graduated teenager. You couldn’t be prouder, or more excited, about what’s to come. Then you face the tuition bill: the college expenses financial aid doesn’t cover. Besides the cost of tuition, room... More >>

3 emerging smart home trends of 2019
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5 advantages of traveling on a small cruise ship
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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 l... More >>

Rockwell Automation calls on next generation of innovators, builders and makers to dream big with 'You Make It' Challenge [Video]
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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 fibros... More >>

Summer Adventure Ideas for the Whole Family [Video]
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Maternal morbidity and mortality: Your guide to healthy pregnancy
(BPT) - Every year in the United States, approximately 700 women die as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications, and more than 50,000 experience unexpected health problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some pregnancy complications (for example, morning ... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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 w... More >>

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(BPT) - Honey Nut Cheerios is on a mission to inspire happy hearts! The beloved cereal brand is encouraging people to adopt simple, enjoyable behaviors that can help make their heart happy with this doctor-approved activity list. Plus, from now through August, consumers can participate in the Hone... More >>

5 creative ways to help pay for rising school costs
(BPT) - It’s that time of year again — back-to-school sales are starting up, and parents everywhere are preparing to send kids back to the classroom. In a recent Coinstar back-to-school survey conducted among 1,004 U.S. parents, three in five said that they felt stressed about managing ... 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... 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 ... More >>

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(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 ha... 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 mo... More >>

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(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... 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 ... More >>

The best U.S. resort towns to visit this summer
(BPT) - Summer is here, which means it’s time for an annual vacation for many families. Since most Americans plan to travel within the U.S., Expedia.com has picked the best small towns and coastal cities to inspire your vacation planning. America's historic resort towns, along with thousands ... 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 onPop... 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 functio... 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... 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 Un... 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... 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... More >>

Inclusive playgrounds: How play helps all children learn
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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 ... More >>

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(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 ... 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 bee... More >>

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(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... 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... 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... 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 feel... More >>

5 items to clean for a sparkling kitchen
(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... 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 ... 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 chi... More >>

Summer is the perfect time to dive into unstructured play
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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 ... 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 ... More >>

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(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... More >>

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(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... 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 ... More >>

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(BPT) - The summer season is often packed to the brim for families everywhere — from vacations and barbecues to camp and summer reading lists. One of the main activities keeping families on the go during the summer months? Youth sports. In fact, according to new research from Lance Sandwich C... 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 toget... 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,... 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.&ldqu... 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... More >>

5 ways parents can help kids avoid the 'summer slide'
(BPT) - After many months of learning through the school year, kids are understandably ready for summer vacation. But hitting pause on academics can cause significant challenges when returning to school in the fall. Some children lose the equivalent of one month of learning over the summer and &ldq... 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 dermatolo... 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 f... 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 t... 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... 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 s... 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... More >>

‘The inspiration is endless:’ An ingredient the world’s top chefs recommend
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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 ... More >>

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(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... More >>

You exercise your abs; what about your pelvic floor muscles?
(BPT) - 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 aging, tearing of the pelvic muscles during childbirth, anal or rectal cancer. Many people who suffer with urinary incontinence can also have le... 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, energ... 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 t... 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 U... 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 w... 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... 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 attractio... 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 whil... 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 weeken... 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.... 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... 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... 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... More >>

5 steps you can take today to get closer to 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? That’s 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. ... 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... 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 nud... 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... 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... 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 — w... 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... More >>

8 helpful tips for your child's college prep list [Infographic]
(BPT) - As your child prepares to leave for college, the list of to-dos can feel overwhelming for you both. To help you tackle the emotional, financial and academic tasks ahead, College Ave Student Loans offers these eight points that will leave you and your student feeling ready for this exciting ... More >>

Three road safety tips every parent needs to know [Infographic]
(BPT) - There’s a baby boom coming! August and September statistically see the highest birth rates year over year. Whether you’re a parent-to-be or a parental veteran, be sure to follow these tips to keep your family safe all summer.... 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 op... 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 ... 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 grocerie... 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... 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... 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... 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 ... 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... 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 ... 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... 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 d... 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 ... 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 pu... 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... 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... 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 ... 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, ... 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... 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... 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 fru... More >>

6 Ways to Brighten Your Load
(BPT) - Whether you live to do laundry or it's your least favorite chore, we've all got to do it. These practical tips and decorating tricks will make the laundry one of the simplest chores on your checklist. Now laundry day doesn’t look so bad after all.1. Take advantage of your alone timeWh... 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 ... 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 im... More >>

Cutting-edge tumor tests reveal new cancer treatment options
(BPT) - In the fall of 2017, Elissa Reynolds was shocked by a stage four colorectal cancer diagnosis at 35 years old. Almost two years later, she has hope for the future thanks to innovative tests on her living tumor tissue, which revealed personalized treatment options for her specific cancer.&ldq... 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 h... More >>

4 home fix-ups for fall
(BPT) - With cooler days and temperate weather, fall is a good time to get outdoors and tackle some larger home projects, as well as prep your home for winter.“Cold weather can wreak havoc on your house, leaving you with a long list of repairs,” said Cathy McHugh, director, brand manage... 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... More >>


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