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April 10, 2021

Be on the lookout for your federal stimulus prepaid card
(BPT) - Following the enactment of the American Rescue Plan Act on March 11, the IRS moved quickly to deliver the third round of Economic Impact Payments (EIP) with the first batch of direct deposits initiated on March 12.Some eligible individuals will receive their EIP in the form of a check and o... More >>

How to Keep Life Spontaneous: Travel Adventures at Home and Beyond
(BPT) - We’ve spent the past year bookmarking the travel excursions of our dreams and now our next flight finally seems to be in sight. We’re all yearning for more spontaneity and adventure — to connect with the people we love while revisiting all the places we miss. This year we ... More >>

Cutting-edge curriculum: How to fight underrepresentation in computer science
(BPT) - These days, computer science is important. Really important. Nearly every part of our lives is influenced by computers. So, why is diversity in this field still so hard to find?The problem starts early. According to the College Board, in spite of comprising 15% of the American high school s... More >>

Relax: Five simple steps for satisfying spring cleaning
(BPT) - There’s something calming about a clean and tidy home. Particularly after a dirt- and dust-busting spring cleaning session, it can feel like a total reset for the entire home. In fact, 90% of people feel more relaxed when their home is clean, and the positive feelings don't stop there... More >>

3 ways to toss and turn your night’s rest into quality sleep
(BPT) - Decades of research verify what anyone who has enjoyed a truly excellent night’s rest already knows: Sleep is an essential function that allows our body and mind to recharge. The CDC verifies that scrimping on sleep leaves people vulnerable to attention lapses, reduced cognition, dela... More >>

Spring cleaning? Don’t forget your medicine cabinet
(BPT) - With your mind on the changing season, you may be purging closets, vacuuming floors and washing windows — but there’s one crucial area of the house to keep in mind: your medicine cabinet. Every year, unused prescriptions and expired over-the-counter medicines clutter bathrooms, ... More >>

Don’t sleep on insomnia: tips to help you get more sleep
(BPT) - Have you ever struggled with sleep? Many people know what it feels like to have jet lag when traveling, or to toss and turn at night when they’re anxious and overwhelmed by life. But how do you know if your sleep problems have turned into insomnia? Read on to find out.What is insomnia... More >>

5 tips for spring cleaning your personal technology
(BPT) - People typically think of spring cleaning as a time to polish up their homes. However, spring is also a great time to evaluate if your technology is working for you and make smart choices to set you up for a successful year.Creating a smart home with Alexa and Ring can help make your life s... More >>

How to vacation responsibly this year? Try these 7 tips
(BPT) - After months of cautionary travel and shelving vacation plans, people, especially those with families at home, are researching how they can indulge their wanderlust safely again. The goal is to enjoy a vacation in a responsible manner, creating memories while keeping yourself and others saf... More >>

3 easy steps to create cleaner spaces
(BPT) - Face it — spending more time at home means spending more time cleaning our homes. And at a time when everyone is more focused on hygiene and sanitation, keeping everything and everyone clean enough seems like a lot of work.But there are steps you can take to clean smarter, not harder.... More >>

Pursuing a mortgage with 'less-than-perfect' credit
(BPT) - Owning a home is the cornerstone of the American dream. There's nothing like having a permanent plot of land you can call your own.But, if you've hit a rough patch with your credit score, this dream might feel like it's out of reach. However, finding a suitable mortgage with a “less t... More >>

Inspect these 3 areas to protect your home against costly water damage
(BPT) - There’s nothing quite like owning a home. There’s the pride of achieving a financial goal. There’s the comfort of having a sanctuary and space of your own in which to build a lifetime of memories.Occasionally, as many homeowners can attest to, there’s also the elemen... More >>

Easy ways to stay vigilant and help prevent the spread of illness
(BPT) - It has been a challenging year, full of anxiety about health and safety. While there are signs of improvement, the pandemic is still ongoing, which means that it’s important to continue to take proactive steps to help protect you and your family from COVID-19 — as well as from t... More >>

Spring refresh: 5 easy indoor projects to freshen up your home
(BPT) - While spring cleaning tends to get the most attention this time of year, the best way to usher in the new season is by giving your home a warm-weather refresh. There’s no need to go out and buy all new furniture and décor or undertake a major renovation to give your current int... More >>

5 top road trips to satisfy your spring wanderlust
(BPT) - The days are getting longer and warmer and with the pent-up demand to travel, now is the perfect time to start planning your next trip. While you may be approaching spring getaways differently this year, traversing the open road offers endless possibilities to explore new destinations or re... More >>

How to show your appliances some extra love this spring
(BPT) - This past year we’ve all made a few changes to our daily lives, but one thing has remained constant — your appliances. It’s easy to forget these machines are working hard in the background, but they’re always helping to keep your household running smoothly. In the sp... More >>

Virtual is here to stay: 5 creative ways people are connecting in a digital world
(BPT) - A year into the pandemic and a virtual lifestyle is the reality for many people. Remote work and online education are just the start — many people have taken a virtual approach to the way they shop, socialize, stay connected with friends and family, and much more. The interesting thin... More >>

Clinical trials lead to better treatments for rare diseases
(BPT) - People living with rare diseases often find themselves with more questions than answers when it comes to diagnosis and treatment. Symptoms can be unclear, making misdiagnoses common. This is often the case for people living with WHIM syndrome—a rare and difficult-to-diagnose disorder ... More >>

5 smart steps to keep medications safe from kids of all ages
(BPT) - Prescription medications have many benefits, including managing pain, regulating chronic conditions, preventing disease and more. Despite numerous positives, medications can be dangerous to others in your household, especially kids.As routines have changed and people are spending more time ... More >>

A special seat at the table: Honoring and supporting military children
(BPT) - Bravery in the face of adversity. Resiliency during unforeseen challenges. Growing wherever you are planted. These are traits of the servicemembers who protect our country every day, but the same patience and optimism take root in the children of our military members. Through every hasty re... More >>

How to crush interviews and build relationships — even through a screen
(BPT) - Have you been on a recent virtual date or job interview and just not felt the energy you might have in person? You’re not alone — as the pandemic has taken away the ease and safety of in-person meetups, “Zoom fatigue” has become a regular part of our vocabulary. Some... More >>

New survey reveals Americans feel unsafe during everyday activities
(BPT) - According to a new survey, routine activities are making people feel unsafe, including walking through a parking lot or garage or even taking a run. Conducted by SABRE, the #1 personal safety brand worldwide, via Ipsos.Digital, this new survey revealed that over the past three years more th... More >>

Good gaming? Yes, video games can have positive effects for kids and adults
(BPT) - Remote work, virtual education, quarantine, social distancing — COVID-19 is causing people to spend more time at home. If you're like many people you've been spending some of the extra time indulging in favorite hobbies such as gaming. Should you feel guilty? Probably not.Studies show... More >>

Spring into wellness with simple, dietitian-approved steps fueled by potatoes
(BPT) - The change of seasons is a cue for more than just cleaning your home. Spring — nature's time of renewal — is also a great time to refocus on self-care.With the additional stresses of the ongoing pandemic, self-care has never been more important. However, life can be busy and too... More >>

Food insecurity on the rise in the United States since start of pandemic
(BPT) - Food insecurity, a serious global public health issue, has risen significantly in the United States since the start of the pandemic. Entire families, especially children, are currently experiencing the detrimental effects of this crisis which the United States Department of Agriculture (USD... More >>

What to know about homebuying with an agent in 2021
(BPT) - In 2020, home sales reached their highest point in 14 years. In the process, the number of consumers who did internet research about a home purchase reached an all-time high of 97%. So why do 9 in 10 people still choose to work with a real estate agent to buy a home?“Buying a house is... More >>

Don’t let COVID-19 stop you from seeking critical healthcare
(BPT) - Despite falling rates of COVID-19 cases, seeking in-person healthcare is still a concern for many people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 41% of U.S. adults had delayed or avoided medical care because of concerns about COVID-19. Nationally, emergency department visits... More >>

Discover African American history in Virginia Beach
(BPT) - Searching for a great, educational road trip that also helps you and your family learn about the rich history of African Americans? Look no further than Virginia Beach. You may already know the destination as the site of the original Jamestown settlement in 1607, at First Landing State Park... More >>

The 50th birthday gift I never wished for – shingles: What you need to know
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Maximize your time and grocery budget with shelf-stable products
(BPT) - Whether you’re shopping online or in-store, grocery shopping can be time-consuming and costly. And some foods and beverages can expire quickly, wasting money and sending you back to the store for more.But some foods and beverages can be the superhero of your pantry — shelf-stabl... More >>

Receive a paper stimulus check? Here's what to do with it
(BPT) - Are you expecting a paper government stimulus check? If you received one in the previous two rounds of payments, it’s likely you may have another on the way. But what is an easy and efficient way to cash it so you can quickly put those funds to good use?While depositing a check usuall... More >>

As healthcare evolves, is your doctor ready?
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic changed how people think about healthcare. Interacting with your doctor has never been more critical, but now some or all those interactions might occur online. The ability to make appointments online and see your physician without leaving home has benefits. In fact, C... More >>

5 steps for better health from a registered dietitian
(BPT) - If you’re looking to put health first, who better to turn to than a registered dietitian?“When you’re figuring out what health or lifestyle changes you want to make, write out the pro’s and con’s of each change,” said Registered Dietitian Kelli McGrane, M... More >>

New study finds yoga key to promoting emotional health in children
(BPT) - Adolescence isn’t easy on anyone. The physical, psychological, social and emotional changes are difficult for young people since many do not have the tools to deal with the whirlwind of feelings that come with growing up. That’s why parents and educators are increasingly focused... More >>

5 key money moves to consider when transitioning out of the military
(BPT) - Each year, approximately 200,000 men and women transition from the U.S. military to civilian life.1 It can be a dramatic life change with financial implications that many people don’t realize or plan for. Much attention is given to accessing healthcare, transitioning careers and pursu... More >>

Hot Springs National Park celebrates 100 years of making vacation memories
(BPT) - For 100 years, Hot Springs National Park has provided a peaceful and enjoyable getaway for millions of Americans. Originally established in 1832 as Hot Springs Reservation, it is the oldest federally protected site in the national park system. And as Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas ce... More >>

Signs that poor sleep may be a more significant health issue
(BPT) - Sleep is essential to overall immunity and well-being, so disruptive sleep can affect personal health, family life and work. When you don’t get optimal sleep, it can hold you back from feeling energized, productive and healthy, not to mention lead to more significant health issues.Eve... More >>

Routine Checkups, Vaccines are Essential During COVID-19 – and for In-Person School and Play
(BPT) - COVID-19 has caused many disruptions in families’ lives — and in some cases, it has meant that children have missed or delayed their wellness checkups and vaccinations. These routine checkups, however, are a critical part of ensuring children stay healthy. The Centers for Diseas... More >>

8 tips to launch a rewarding career in the construction industry
(BPT) - Do you enjoy working with your hands? Do you love solving complex problems? Do you enjoy working in the outdoors? Do you enjoy the satisfaction of seeing something you’ve built?If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you may want to consider a career in construction... More >>

Take control of your financial future while managing pandemic challenges
(BPT) - A year into the pandemic, many people have experienced changes in how they manage their money. With different spending needs and, in some cases, changes in income, the ways we balance budgets, save and monitor credit have become top of mind.“No matter where you are financially, budget... More >>

5 fun ways to celebrate spring with your kids
(BPT) - This year, everybody’s got more cabin fever than usual. If you’re a parent, you're probably seeking new ways to connect with your kids while celebrating the season. To find activities to enjoy with your children, check out a great new resource for special bonding opportunities t... More >>

11 easy ways to stay entertained without leaving your house
(BPT) - Cold weather paired with stay-at-home orders means families across the country have been spending more time at home. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time together and make memories in the process. No matter what your household size or the variety of ages that live in your h... More >>

Want a better career? STEM online programs can help you get there
(BPT) - As the job market increasingly calls for STEM professionals (science, technology, engineering and math), more online programs are emerging that can help students study for such careers.While some educational institutions are struggling to figure out how to effectively teach science-based cl... More >>

How to choose the vehicle you need and the driving experience you want
(BPT) - The pandemic changed travel habits considerably and forced everyone to reconsider how they get around safely.For example, the latest Hankook Tire Gauge Index found that three-quarters of Americans don’t feel comfortable taking public transportation because of the coronavirus pandemic,... More >>

More than 9 in 10 infants have Newborn Gut Deficiency
(BPT) - Nothing is more important than the health and happiness of your baby, and when something is wrong, it's natural to be concerned. From short-term conditions like diaper rash, colic, eczema, and sleep issues, to more long-term conditions such as allergies and Type 1 diabetes, you may be surpr... More >>

Veggie-full foods for picky eaters
(BPT) - It seems like every family has at least one — a child who is somewhat selective about what they're willing to eat. As a parent, you may despair about making sure your children are getting enough healthy vegetables in their daily diet. But don’t give up just yet. It is possible t... More >>

3 ways to help your loved one age in place
(BPT) - In what seemed like an instant, the COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside down. In addition to completely changing the way we work, shop and interact with others — just to name a few — it’s also forcing seniors to rethink their living arrangements and plans for the fut... More >>

Exploring the patient-caregiver relationship: The story of a family's journey navigating a cancer diagnosis
(BPT) - When faced with a cancer diagnosis, life often changes drastically, with each person experiencing the impact differently. One change that can cause great uncertainty is an unexpected shift in relationships, especially with family or those closest to the patient. For some, the established fa... More >>

What's best for baby? Try these easy, nutrient-packed first foods
(BPT) - It's the funny face as he tries a new texture. It's the cute way she smacks her lips as she gobbles up a new food. It's the waving arms and big smile that says, "I want more!"Experts agree that most babies are ready to try solid foods at around 6 months of age. As a parent or caregiver, thi... More >>

4 tips for helping kids get more healthy sleep
(BPT) - Ever wonder if your kids get enough sleep? According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), around 25% of kids 5 and younger suffer from sleep problems. And it’s even worse for older kids: The CDC reports that over half (57%) of middle schoolers and nearly 3 out of 4 (72%) high s... More >>

Make your data, and your dollars, go further
(BPT) - Wireless providers would love for you to believe that your lifestyle requires an unlimited stream of data. At first glance, there’s probably nothing wrong with this assumption: After all, think about how much of your day is spent on data-dependent activities like streaming video or mu... More >>

GameStop levels up to help kids with critical illnesses
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Easy Fish Friday options for kids and adults
(BPT) - Fish Friday is an important part of Lent, and if you honor this tradition, you’re probably looking to add something different to the menu. At the same time, you’re probably not looking forward to the extra effort of making something new.Fortunately, there are simple ways to crea... More >>

A free way to save money on prescriptions and help kids with critical illnesses
(BPT) - Audrey is a 12-year-old girl from Arizona with a passion for fashion. She spends her free time flipping through style magazines and listening to her favorite songs. She dreams of having her photo professionally taken in a long, whimsical dress that covers the leg braces that help her stay s... More >>

Addressing the ongoing U.S. maternal and infant health crisis accelerated by COVID-19
(BPT) - For any new mother, one of the most important steps she can take is finding a prenatal care provider who can help ensure a healthy pregnancy for herself and her baby. Unfortunately, far too many women in the United States have limited or no access to prenatal care providers — a danger... More >>

New reasons to say yes to a Virginia Beach getaway in 2021
(BPT) - Where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, the vibrant coastal city of Virginia Beach is where you’ll find warm, inviting waters and a cool, laid-back feel. Home to three distinct beaches, you’re bound to bump into your vibe at one of them. With a delectable seafood-cent... More >>

5 fun ways to keep your cat entertained at home
(BPT) - Thanks to the pandemic, many people have gone from working in an office to working from home, giving cat owners a chance to spend more time with their furry friends. With all this extra time, you have the opportunity to strengthen the bond you share with your cat while helping them get acti... More >>

Pet parents are looking for more than just a reward for their furry friends
(BPT) - As many pet owners have spent more time at home during the pandemic, there has been an opportunity for dog lovers to enhance their relationship with their pet, like they never have had before. Thanks to newfound work-life balance and more quality time together, the bond between dog owners a... More >>

Is it allergies or COVID-19? 7 symptoms to watch
(BPT) - COVID-19 is complicating the 2021 spring allergy season. From watery eyes to dry coughs, people are left wondering exactly what their symptoms mean.“Many people are asking about the differences between COVID-19 and seasonal allergies,” says Dr. Luz Fonacier, president of the Ame... More >>

5 tips to get you back on your feet after a cough or cold this season
(BPT) - While there may be no “cure” for the common cold, there are certainly a number of ways you can help you or your family feel more comfortable while battling a cold. There are a plethora of tips and advice for coping with cold symptoms, but following a few tried-and-true methods t... More >>

New Year, New Policy: Insurance Considerations for the Road Ahead
(BPT) - As we move away from a year unlike any other, Americans have developed a newfound tolerance for uncertainty—and the need to prepare for it. The start of a new year is a time for resolutions, especially financial ones. As part of this process, it is essential to review your insurance c... More >>

As technology habits evolve, it's more important than ever to keep your family safe from cyber threats
(BPT) - If you’re like most Americans, how you use technology today is likely vastly different than just a year ago. As COVID-19 began to impact society, many aspects of daily life went virtual, and everything from office work, to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, and even our ki... More >>

How to choose the best face mask
(BPT) - Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, you have probably wondered what kind of face mask provides the most effective protection but is also easy and comfortable. You have probably also heard that double masking provides better protection against the more easily transmissible variants... More >>

4 pro tips to help your child defeat gamer's thumb
(BPT) - As social distance practicing extends through the winter, children are spending more time indoors, where they could be spending extra time locked in on their gaming systems and personal devices.According to market research by NPD, video game sales approached $1.6 billion in March 2020, the ... More >>

What You Need to Know about AMD to Save Your Sight
(BPT) - Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Month serves as an important reminder for people to stay on top of their eye health. AMD is one of the most common causes of vision loss later in life, affecting millions of Americans.We talked to Dr. David Eichenbaum, an ophthalmologist at Retina Vitr... More >>

How one company lifts the burden of college debt
(BPT) - Higher education has become synonymous with debt. The Federal Reserve reported more than $1.7 trillion in outstanding student loans as of Q4 2020 while nearly $120 billion in student loans were in default, according to Statista. Whether you’re fresh out of high school or returning as ... More >>

Why Nonprofit Leaders Need To Lead The Way In Innovating Education
(BPT) - Deb Mallin, Forbes Councils MemberForbes Nonprofit CouncilFounder of LiteracyMatters.org, a foundation on a mission to close the literacy gap with scalable, ethical technology & evidence-based instruction.As 2020 came to a close, were you looking at the glass half full, or depending on ... More >>

Nutrition key to dog’s success breaking competitive world records
(BPT) - In 2017, a two-year old whippet named Sounders was introduced to the world of competitive canine diving. Just two years later, he was breaking world records and even captured the Guinness World Record for farthest jump by a dog (dock jumping).In 2019, Sounders broke two records in Diving Do... More >>

In the grip of a toothache? Seek out this pro to save your smile
(BPT) - A stabbing toothache is a special kind of pain. It keeps you awake, inspires dread for your next meal and makes it darn near impossible to think about anything else. The mouth is a sensitive area, and those pain receptors are on high alert when it comes to infection and other maladies.If yo... More >>

Your COVID-19 Vaccination Questions, Answered
(BPT) - With COVID-19 vaccination underway in the United States, many Americans are preparing to get the vaccine to protect themselves and help slow the spread of COVID-19. If you're able to get the vaccine, you probably have a lot of questions. Knowing what to expect and how to properly prepare fo... More >>

Genetic testing advances give hope to people with rare diseases
(BPT) - Rare diseases have long been difficult for doctors to diagnose and treat. Symptoms can be vague or confusing and the diseases are often not widely known. People living with rare diseases called primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs), including neutropenia, face challenges with diagnosis and trea... More >>

3 ideas for the perfect socially distanced road trip
(BPT) - While it’s hard to know what’s around the corner, many travelers with wanderlust are thinking about heading for the horizon in 2021. And while travel may look different this year, there are lots of great socially distanced destinations on the map.Nokian Tyres is sharing some of ... More >>

3 top strategies to keep bones strong
(BPT) - Healthy bodies need healthy bones. Bones support our weight, protect our internal organs and provide a platform for our muscles to work. Unfortunately, we don’t always treat our bones right. There are many common behaviors or attributes that weaken the skeletal structure, including:Sm... More >>

The future of investing
(BPT) - Robinhood was built for a new generation of investors. For millions of people who have felt left behind by America’s financial system. For people who felt turned away by the big Wall Street financial institutions. For those who are making their voices heard through the markets and sho... More >>

4 fun car-related activities to do with kids
(BPT) - Got kids who love cars? Whether your child (or your student) is a preschooler, a teenager or somewhere in between, here are some creative ways to keep kids happily engaged at home while they’re dreaming about cars. These activities are appropriate for any age to help nurture and inspi... More >>

4 simple tips to feel your best in the new year
(BPT) - As we kick off the new year, many people are experiencing high levels of stress due to ongoing uncertainty and countless new demands. While you may think you don't have time for wellness and self-care, experts say it only takes a few minutes a day and the benefits are plentiful.Check out th... More >>

The urge to purge: How to make way for the New Year
(BPT) - In many cultures worldwide, it’s traditional to clean out your home at the beginning of a new year. It’s understandable — New Year’s brings with it the urge for a clean slate and a fresh start. And as you’ve been spending more time in your home this year, you&r... More >>

Piecing together your emotional wellness routine in 2021
(BPT) - 2020 was a tough year for everyone, so it’s more important than ever to develop positive physical, mental and emotional wellness routines as you tackle a new year and new challenges. As Americans continue to spend an increased amount of time in front of screens, these new routines can... More >>

Don’t fumble the appetizers for the big game
(BPT) - This year’s big game day may be quite different than previous ones, but that shouldn’t stop you from going all-out with your appetizers. Tasty snacks and sports go hand in hand, so use this event to score a touchdown using bite-sized finger foods!Huddle up and try something new ... More >>

5 ways to create a healthy indoor environment this season
(BPT) - Americans spend roughly 90% of their time indoors where the air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Homes contain a number of unwanted particles such as dust, dander and mold. While invisible to the naked eye, indoor air can also contain viruses and bacteria, which can l... More >>

Girls in Sports: Laurie Hernandez’s Tips on Why It’s Important to Keep Her Playing
(BPT) - Did you know millions of girls are stepping off the field and leaving sports during puberty? Participating in sports helps girls develop the confidence and skills they need to do whatever they are passionate about.Supporting female athletes at the age of puberty is essential because this is... More >>

4 ways to support your immune health, according to an MD
(BPT) - Amid the new normal where health and the health of loved ones is top of mind for many Americans, prioritizing wellness activities on a daily basis can be key to feeling in control and maintaining immune health. Our immune system is a critical part of our overall health and well-being &mdash... More >>

10 tips for choosing a primary care doctor
(BPT) - A primary care physician is more than just a doctor. Over time, he or she learns the nuances of your medical history, your reaction to medications, your health goals, your lifestyle, your treatment preferences and whether a caregiver is supporting you in managing your health.That intimate k... More >>

Navigating your health from home is just a call, click or doorbell away
(BPT) - You feel it again — that nagging back pain. Or maybe it’s an earache that won’t go away. With COVID-19 restrictions making many of us reluctant to leave the comforts of home, it’s good to know there are other ways to see your health care provider and get your medical... More >>

How to learn more about new virtual internship programs
(BPT) - It’s not news that the COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on learning opportunities for high school and college students. Unfortunately, that’s been especially true for underrepresented students, who often face roadblocks in accessing professional opportunities.One glaring issue... More >>

I didn’t know I was at risk: What everyone 50-plus needs to know about shingles
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5 reasons ADHD goes unrecognized in girls
(BPT) - Difficulties with sitting still, paying attention or controlling impulsive behavior are some of the initial signs or symptoms of ADHD in children. These signs are often stereotyped as typical of behavior of young boys. It’s reported that boys are three times more likely to be diagnose... More >>

Bend, don’t break: A guide to resiliency from military spouses
(BPT) - What do you do with uncertainty? Much less a year of it or more? The COVID-19 pandemic has presented us with challenges, hardships and instability of every kind — important events canceled, travel put on hold, businesses striving to stay open, kids and parents adjusting to virtual lea... More >>

5 delicious things you didn’t know about ghee
(BPT) - If you’ve heard of ghee, you might know of its recent, growing popularity as part of many wellness habits this time of year. Or, perhaps from its roots in the Ayurvedic health approach, which originated over 3,000 years ago and is still in use today. But what is ghee? How do you use i... More >>

More people are concerned about their financial future: 4 steps to protect yours
(BPT) - Finances are consistently a top concern for many Americans, with “saving money” a top-10 most common New Year’s resolution. This year, Americans are more concerned than ever before due to the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic.USE Credit Union reported that more ... More >>

Tips to help make the most of your health plan in 2021
(BPT) - Last year was a difficult year as the COVID-19 pandemic swept through our country, impacting families and communities nationwide. The health challenges of the pandemic also provided a crucial reminder about the importance of health care.For many Americans, new health plan benefits began in ... More >>

Leading Climate Scientists Launch New Science Moms Campaign [Video]
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Why adults should prioritize vaccines this winter
(BPT) - With COVID-19 cases on the rise and flu season underway, it is more important than ever to prioritize your health.Social distancing will become more difficult in the winter months. With everyone spending more time indoors, it’s essential to take every precaution to help keep yourself ... More >>

What to expect from Economic Impact Payment Cards
(BPT) - With the enactment of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, millions of eligible individuals will receive a second Economic Impact Payment (EIP). The Bureau of the Fiscal Service (Fiscal Service) is distributing these payments on behalf of the Internal... More >>

Pandemic meal preparation: How parents are coping with kids at home
(BPT) - In March, parents across the country had life flipped upside down. All of a sudden, they had to figure out how to work from home, guide their kids through e-learning, prepare more meals and manage the other regular duties of parenting. Little did these parents know that all those stressors ... More >>

How to solve the puzzle of paying for college [Infographic]
(BPT) - If your family is working to identify funding sources to finance a college education, there are a lot of options and resources to consider. From FAFSA and scholarships to grants and student loans, learn more about how the puzzle pieces fit together.... More >>

6 ways to improve the time you spend at home
(BPT) - After spending so much time at home in 2020, you might be running out of ideas to keep yourself entertained. If you find yourself with extra time on your hands, you’re not alone. Many people are looking for new ways to improve the time they spend at home. Follow these tips to revamp y... More >>

Digital tools can help kids build safe money habits
(BPT) - The earlier kids start learning basic financial skills, the better their financial health in the long run, according to research.When it comes to teaching kids about money, caregivers are asking for help. In fact, 32% of parents are uncomfortable speaking about finances with their own child... More >>

Expecting a paper stimulus check? Here's what to do with it
(BPT) - Are you expecting a paper government stimulus check? If you received one over the summer, it’s likely you may have another on the way. But what is an easy and efficient way to cash it so you can quickly put those funds to good use?While depositing a check usually takes time to process... More >>

Why you should hire a professional photographer for senior portraits
(BPT) - High school graduation is a proud moment for not only your senior but the entire family. After all, it's an important milestone that will never come again. Senior portraits commemorate this time in your son or daughter's life and will be cherished for years to come. As your child grows into... More >>

Study: Most Americans say they're optimistic about a brighter financial future in 2021
(BPT) - As we enter 2021, here’s one more essential item to put on your list in addition to canned goods and masks: a financial checkup. According to Fidelity Investments’ 2021 New Year Financial Resolutions Study, more than two-thirds of Americans experienced financial setbacks in 2020... More >>

5 quick tips for prioritizing health and wellness
(BPT) - Making it through a day, month and especially the busiest time of year, deserves a pat on the back these days. The new year brings a time to reset and look at new ways to put your wellness — and your family’s — front and center. Now, when focusing on your health and wellne... More >>

Cozy calorie-conscious dishes and cooking tips for celebrations
(BPT) - Many celebrations are now held virtually, but sharing your favorite recipes and making them together can be a great way to feel close together while miles apart. With a few simple steps and recipe updates, you'll be able to share new delicious and low-cal dishes with loved ones without havi... More >>

Feeling a cold coming on? Do these 3 things right now
(BPT) - Colds can make you feel run down and miserable. The last thing you want is the coughs, the sneezes and a run-down, foggy head feeling to hang on for weeks on end.So, that begs the question: What can you do to get through this bug as quickly as possible?“Unfortunately, there is current... More >>

How to make extra money by selling locally through resale: 4 popular trends this year
(BPT) - This year, people leveraged the convenience of online shopping more than ever. One of the main reasons is that buying and selling through resale marketplaces makes it easier for people to find deals or make money to supplement their income.In 2020, buying and selling locally became more pop... More >>

The perfect shot: The story of a boy and his photography
(BPT) - In a year like 2020, dreams can still come true, even for those with a critical illness. Just ask Colton, a young boy from South Carolina. After he was diagnosed with a brain tumor, Colton found he loved taking pictures with his smartphone. He's been at the beach every day, taking photos of... More >>

How pharmacogenetic (PGx) testing is revolutionizing mental health treatment
(BPT) - If you or a family member have sought care from a mental health professional, or are considering seeking help for depression, anxiety, ADHD or other conditions, you want the best treatment available. Multiple treatment options now exist for many of these conditions, ranging from medications... More >>

Breathe easy: What you need to know before buying an air purifier
(BPT) - More people than ever before are considering room air filters and purifiers to protect themselves against COVID-19 indoors. But do these devices really make a difference?Air purifiers and filters can help reduce airborne contaminants, including viruses, in a home, office or other confined s... More >>

Burglars don’t take off for the holidays: 5 tips to prevent home break-ins
(BPT) - While consumers have been in their homes more in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, USAA wants consumers to be aware of the potential increase in thefts during the holiday season.Top 10 states for USAA personal property theft claims in 20201. California2. Texas3. Washington4. Colora... More >>

Resolve to achieve healthy sleep in 2021
(BPT) - According to a recent survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), 85% of U.S. adults do not get the recommended seven hours or more of sleep every night. After a challenging and stressful year, the New Year provides Americans with the opportunity to refocus on the importance ... More >>

Considering relocating? 4 reasons to Choose Casper, Wyoming
(BPT) - Everyone’s lives have been upended this year, and with those changes have come new attitudes about how people everywhere live and work. More people working remotely and from home has led to a re-evaluation of lifestyles and future goals — at times shifting the focus to where peo... More >>

5 reasons to hire a professional photographer for family portraits
(BPT) - During a year that has been like no other, one thing is clear — family is more important than ever. Between the family members you’ve spent every moment with to those you dearly miss, the bonds between you are stronger than ever. What better way to celebrate your loved ones than... More >>

Is your pandemic pet giving your eye allergies the blues?
(BPT) - The pandemic has caused pet adoptions and sales to soar because who doesn’t want a cute, furry friend for extra snuggles during this time? What some might be noticing is that those snuggles from a cute pup or kitty come at a cost — itchy allergy eyes. If you are experiencing irr... More >>

How to have a holly, jolly, digital holiday
(BPT) - In this time of social distancing, when you may not be able to gather together with family and friends during the holiday season, there are plenty of exciting, unique and downright delightful ways to keep everyone’s holiday spirits high.Consider exploring websites and digital platform... More >>

Give the gift of connection
(BPT) - Connecting with other people is a huge part of our lives — and it’s essential to our health and well-being. It’s also a huge part of what makes the holidays special. The good news is there are many ways we can connect, even if we’re physically apart. And if you&rsquo... More >>

Dreaming of owning a home? Here’s how to get started
(BPT) - This post is sponsored by Bank of America.Are you dreaming about owning your own home? If so, you’re not alone. And, whatever your timeline, it’s never too early to start planning. Bank of America’s 2020 Homebuyer Insights found that 89 percent of prospective buyers remain... More >>

COVID-19: What is an Emergency Use Authorization?
(BPT) - Sponsored by Pfizer.According to the FDA, an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) is a mechanism to facilitate the availability and use of medical countermeasures, including vaccines, during public health emergencies, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.1 An EUA allows the use of medical pro... More >>

Easy ways to make your holiday dishes the star of the show
(BPT) - The holiday season is upon us, and while it may look and feel a bit different from holidays past, there’s still just as much to do. Even if it’s mostly online, we’re busy searching for the perfect presents, decorations galore, favorite festive movies and so much more. And,... More >>

Skip the stuff and give students peace of mind this holiday season
(BPT) - This holiday season, it seems more important than ever to give meaningful gifts to the people we care about. Because 2020 has been so stressful and challenging, a gift full of hope for the future can feel even more special. Consider ways to help further the education of your family and frie... More >>

How one company helps kids’ wishes come true
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