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July 24, 2021

Home improvement wave sweeps the country: 4 ways to catch it
(BPT) - With more Americans working remotely, the pandemic has sparked an unprecedented wave of home improvement projects, with three out of four homeowners reporting having completed a major upgrade since the start of 2020. People are spending more time in their homes and are thinking differently ... More >>

5 ways companies can make a difference
(BPT) - After the past year, many companies are reflecting on their values and how they can make a positive impact in their communities. Finding better ways to interact with the world is not just good business sense, but helps a company become a positive force, leading to a more sustainable, thrivi... More >>

Get the most out of your Bourbon Trail visit in Bardstown, Kentucky
(BPT) - Known as the cultural cross point between the South and Midwest, the Bluegrass State attracts novel tourists worldwide. With its rich history, breathtaking scenery and delectable bourbon, Kentucky is one of the most underrated travel destinations in the United States. If you're a bourbon lo... More >>

5 finance tips to consider ahead of fall tuition deadlines
(BPT) - The second half of summer brings a welcomed sense of familiarity for families across the country as back-to-school season approaches, and enthusiasm is particularly strong after more than a year of uncertainty upended the education system as we know it. While a widespread return-to-campus i... More >>

Expert tips: Foods to support a healthier, more active lifestyle
(BPT) - As the country is opening back up, maintaining health and wellness is top of mind for many. Getting up and moving your body regularly is an important aspect of healthy living, but it can be challenging to muster up the energy to kick off a new exercise plan. Fortunately, there are a variety... More >>

Easy ways to incorporate more fruits and veggies at your next cookout or tailgate
(BPT) - After months of social distancing, many people are eagerly gathering with friends and family again. Whether it’s for a barbecue, cookout or tailgating party, start planning a get-together with people you love and celebrate with some good food that’s nutritious too.The pandemic h... More >>

Summer safety: 7 tips to keep bugs at bay this summer
(BPT) - From picnics to backyard BBQs, beach days and hikes, Americans continuously enjoy the outdoors throughout the warmer months. But the more time spent outside, the more susceptible people become to uncomfortable bug bites — or worse.To help keep families protected this summer no matter ... More >>

3 recipes for summer on the go
(BPT) - Road trips with your family, beach days with friends and solo hikes to ease your mind and enjoy the scenery — summer is one of the most exciting times to explore the outdoors. No matter where you live, there is something about summer that just makes you feel good, but how can you fuel... More >>

Survey: Americans' relationship with cars shifts gears
(BPT) - Without question, Americans’ relationship with vehicles turned a new direction over the last year and a half, and it is evolving yet again. As vaccination rates increase, restrictions ease and a sense of “normalcy” returns, new research revealed trends in the way drivers v... More >>

Which break-up is harder: Romantic partner or mobile provider?
(BPT) - Surprisingly, the answer to that question is not very clear. A new survey shows that nearly two-thirds of Americans (65%) — including a whopping 76% of millennials and 83% of Gen Z — have had longer relationships with their current mobile providers than they've had with their ro... More >>

How the relationship with our pets continues to grow [Video]
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3 ways credit plays into mortgage refinancing
(BPT) - If you’re thinking about refinancing your mortgage, there’s often a lot to consider. For instance, your decision to refinance may rely on current interest rates or your personal financial situation.Your credit score also plays a role in the mortgage refinancing process. While it... More >>

Expert tips to ease pandemic pets’ anxiety
(BPT) - Pet adoption rates skyrocketed in 2020, with nearly 1 in 2 Gen Zers adopting a pet during the pandemic. For pets, the past year at home has meant more walks, constant belly rubs and endless treats. As restrictions ease, businesses return to the office and kids go back to in-person learning,... More >>

5 telehealth tips for at-home health care
(BPT) - Telehealth is enabling health care professionals to provide patient care remotely, safely and conveniently through technologies such as a computer, mobile phone or landline telephone more than ever before. This has reduced barriers to care for millions of people who live far away from speci... More >>

Encourage your kids to keep healthy habits this school year
(BPT) - It may be mid-summer, but back-to-school season is just around the corner. While the world is slowly returning to normal, it can be a hectic time for you and your kids. You want your kids to have everything they need to do well in school. At the same time, balancing their educational needs ... More >>

Free Virtual “Creative” Camp This Summer for Young Crafters
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How to preserve fresh sweet cherries for healthy snacking all year
(BPT) - Fresh sweet Northwest cherries are a tasty summertime superfruit packed with nutrients. It’s easy to find fresh cherries during the summer, but the rest of the year may leave you yearning for the delicious and nutritious snack. Stock up on fresh cherries now and preserve their flavor ... More >>

Lessons from the pandemic: How the relationship with our pets continues to grow
(BPT) - The pandemic has brought with it a number of challenges, from quarantining to social distancing and remote working — all of which resulted in more time at home. For some, this meant more quality time with family, including pets. According to a survey by the makers of Seresto, more tha... More >>

Adopting a new cat? 5 tips for new cat parents
(BPT) - Welcoming a new cat or kitten into your home is an exciting event. However, like any new experience, it can feel daunting to prepare your home for your new furry family member. Now is the peak season for finding kittens and adult cats available for adoption, as it's the height of the kitten... More >>

Finding harmony: You, your cat and the litter box
(BPT) - The joys of being a cat parent are endless, yet nothing is quite like the stress of creating a perfect litter box setup that you can feel good about. Cats can be picky, so it can be challenging to appease their needs while also making the box a less intrusive part of the household. Discord ... More >>

5 tips for getting ready for back to school this year
(BPT) - Parents look forward to it, but kids might not — the time when families everywhere start thinking about going back to school. As savvy parents know, starting early can mean a less stressful transition.Unfortunately, a new study finds parents facing a more costly back-to-school shoppin... More >>

The Modern Family Food Fight [Infographic]
(BPT) - Parents are spending way too much time negotiating food choices with their kids. Rather than fight, consider the always-permissible, no-negotiation-needed snack.... More >>

Mastering the dishwasher: 4 tips to best utilize your appliance
(BPT) - Have you ever found yourself rearranging the dishwasher after a family member, roommate or partner loads the dishes? One of the great household debates is how to properly load the dishwasher, and how to use your appliance to properly clean your dishes. To rinse or not to rinse? Bowls on top... More >>

4 tips for hosting an epic summer games watch party
(BPT) - All eyes are on Japan this summer as the world’s best athletes come together to compete in the most anticipated sporting event of 2021. Aside from the competition itself, these games are also the perfect time to celebrate cultures and cuisines from across the globe. So why not create ... More >>

You can find KidsBURGH only in Pittsburgh
(BPT) - As people across the country are again starting to travel and plan those long-awaited vacations, many cities are promoting themselves as the ultimate family-friendly destination. Yet, only one city can officially call itself KidsBURGH. That would be Pittsburgh.The city — long known fo... More >>

How prunes can feed your health at 4 important stages of life
(BPT) - Seeking more plant-based options for healthy aging? This approach is right on track with the 2020-2025 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) that advocate for greater fruit and vegetable consumption. One easy way to expand your plant-based options and incorporate the Mediterranean die... More >>

5 essential parenting tips to encourage girls to stay in sports
(BPT) - A recent study, commissioned by Always, found that girls who played sports during puberty built confidence and critical life skills, like teamwork and resilience. Yet nearly half drop out during puberty, according to the nationally representative survey, conducted by OnePoll in 2021.Parents... More >>

More than 3 million homeowners are saving money by refinancing: 3 things to consider
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Protect Your Hearing When Life Gets Loud
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6 tips to make your house safer this summer
(BPT) - We all like to think our homes are a safe and secure place to relax and enjoy time with our family. Even though we try to make our homes as safe as possible for our children, accidents and injuries can still occur in the home. Preventable injuries unfortunately happen more often than they s... More >>

Ready to switch wireless carriers? Answer these 5 important questions first
(BPT) - Changing your wireless carrier is an important decision. It’s also probably a lot easier than you think. Before you make the switch, answer these simple questions to make sure you’re all set to change carriers, upgrade your wireless service, and potentially save a lot of money.A... More >>

5 fun ways to cool off with kids when temps soar
(BPT) - Heat waves can put a damper on family fun. When temperatures soar, you might not be able to do many favorite summer activities with kids. Playground equipment sizzles small hands. Sand scorches the feet. Even the hot breezes melt your ice cream faster than you can eat it. Fortunately, with ... More >>

3 questions to ask before sending kids back to the classroom
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic created a new sense of urgency and focus on air quality and safety indoors. As many parents get ready to send their children back to school classrooms this fall, confidence surrounding indoor air quality is still a major concern across the country.Evidence suggests tha... More >>

5 simple yet meaningful ways to support teachers during summer break
(BPT) - Being a teacher always comes with challenges, but through the uncertainties of the pandemic, it quickly became one of the toughest jobs in the country. Tasked with keeping students calm, engaged and learning — whether in school, at home or hybrid (not to mention added safety protocols... More >>

How to beat the heat with grape recipes and snacks
(BPT) - When the weather gets hot, it’s natural to seek cooling remedies such as splashing in a pool, sipping iced beverages and making meals that are quick to prepare and don’t heat up the kitchen.Fresh grapes are a cooling ingredient that can refresh and elevate summertime meals with ... More >>

Everything You Need to Know About Student Loans [Infographic]
(BPT) - Wondering how student loans help families cover the costs of higher education? Read on for answers to the most commonly asked questions about student loans, from what they can be used for to how to choose the right one for you.... More >>

Why bringing your phone with when you switch carriers could save you money
(BPT) - Taking your current phone with you when you switch wireless carriers — referred to as “bring your own phone” (BYOP) or “bring your own device” (BYOD) — is an increasingly popular option for those who simply don’t feel the need to buy a new phone. To... More >>

Back-to-work blues: Anxious about returning to your cubicle?
(BPT) - While everyone’s lives were upended this past year, they’re about to be turned upside-down again. Vaccinations are underway, and companies nationwide are making plans to bring employees back to the office.Some workers may welcome the change after spending over a year at home, bu... More >>

5 tips for living your best life with your new pet
(BPT) - Over the past year, pet adoptions have surged with many welcoming new dogs and cats into their homes for the first time. Adopting a pet brings lots of enjoyment, love and a very special bond between humans and their four-legged friends.New pets also bring new responsibilities and country st... More >>

8 great ways to plan your next vacation adventure
(BPT) - You may be eager to explore the world again, but the question is: Where should you go? There’s nothing like a good guide to the treasures that are the U.S. National Parks so you can plan your trips together, as a family.Check out these National Geographic guides to help discover what... More >>

Celebrate safely with these fireworks safety tips
(BPT) - Summer is here, and this Fourth of July, families and friends are gathering for celebrations after more than a year of social distancing due to the pandemic. Although the table may be filled with everyone’s favorite potluck dish, there is another summertime staple that Americans need ... More >>

Whole grains are good for you, but what about the other grains?
(BPT) - As most Americans have heard by now, whole grains are good for us — dietary guidance tells us to “make half our grains whole,” cereal boxes and bread bags tout their whole grain goodness, and news headlines repeat the message.Whole grains do provide health benefits —... More >>

Be the star of the summer picnic with tasty, healthy hazelnut recipes
(BPT) - Summer is officially underway, and it’s time for road trips and picnics in the park. The great thing about picnicking is that you can do it practically anywhere you can throw a blanket down — and it’s the perfect way to enjoy the gorgeous weather and, of course, eat lots o... More >>

Planning a road trip? Here's an important maintenance checklist
(BPT) - Whether a family beach trip or an off-the-beaten-path journey, this summer, more than ever, the open road is calling. With so many drivers hitting the roads again, a car travel preparation checklist can ensure you'll enjoy the full experience.Car care expert and Engineering Explained YouTub... More >>

Potty training time? Why the right toilet seat is key to success
(BPT) - Of all the things you do as a parent, one of the most challenging is toilet training. It can take a lot of planning, supplies and patience to teach your toddler to say goodbye to the diaper. Potty-training can be unpredictable and messy at times.Traditionally, parents have purchased small p... More >>

Before you go to the pool, dive into these 4 safety tips
(BPT) - As COVID-19 restrictions lift, community pools are opening around the country, and kids are eager to make a splash. However, before everyone jumps into the water, families should review and follow key water safety tips. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children age... More >>

Have allergies? Tips to feel your best indoors and out
(BPT) - A runny nose, watery eyes, itchy throat, nagging cough — as the weather changes throughout the year, different allergens can increase, making you miserable in numerous ways. Medications can help, but there are all-natural steps you can take to help you feel your best, whether indoors ... More >>

Why it's important to discuss organ donation with the whole family
(BPT) - For many people, raising a child is one of life's greatest adventures. If your child is healthy and happy, you're a lucky parent. Not all families are so fortunate. Of more than 100,000 people on the national organ transplant waiting list, more than 1,900 are children, over a third of them ... More >>

Selling your boat? Now is a great time to get top dollar
(BPT) - The best time of year to sell a boat fast and for the most money is any time when demand for boats is strong and supply is low.That means, if you’re looking for cash and have a boat you’re willing to sell, now is a great time to get top dollar.According to boating marketplace Bo... More >>

Back to learning: Tips to avoid a heavy load
(BPT) - The classroom environment changed tremendously throughout the pandemic, with many children studying at home full- or part-time. This meant additional gear for many, such as tablets and workbooks, while some items like backpacks went unused while studying remotely. As millions of students he... More >>

The right advisor can boost your financial health
(BPT) - Many people have reexamined their finances since the pandemic. While some are itching to dine out and travel again, others are looking to invest in their future. According to a recent survey, Americans’ top financial goals include boosting their savings, planning for retirement and pa... More >>

Kids and the COVID vaccine: What should a parent know?
(BPT) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted an Emergency Use Authorization allowing adolescents ages 12-15 to get the COVID vaccine — another giant leap forward in the fight against this coronavirus.Your 12-year-old is eligible for the COVID vaccine! Here’s what a pediatri... More >>

Traveling across the U.S. with family this summer
(BPT) - There’s no better way to strengthen family ties than to reconnect over a shared love of discovery and travel. Whether you’ve got a week to explore or only a few days, there’s so much family fun to be had no matter where your travels might take you when you’re ready.W... More >>

Having a hot summer? Know what to do if you get burned
(BPT) - Summertime is full of fun activities like grilling, hanging out by the firepit, July 4 fireworks and just enjoying the sunshine and warm weather. But with those activities come hazards as well — mostly from painful burns.According to the National Fire Protection Association, children ... More >>

4 top trends to watch as peak travel season arrives
(BPT) - After a devastating pandemic kept people in their homes for over a year, wanderlust is at an all-time high and more Americans are starting to get back out there. In fact, 92% of Americans will travel, or already have, in 2021, with more than half (52%) going as soon as this summer, accordin... More >>

5 ways an apple a day can keep hunger at bay this summer
(BPT) - Chances are you’re ready to get out to see friends and enjoy the sunshine this summer. However, it’s probably been awhile since you’ve had plans where you’re outside all day. While sunshine and socialization are good for you, you’re probably not eating full mea... More >>

4 reasons you should choose sweet Northwest cherries
(BPT) - The country may be turning a corner on the pandemic, but the fallout could take some time to work through. Americans have health concerns beyond COVID-19 that have compounded in the past year: postponed care for wellness issues, changed sleep patterns, undesired weight changes and increased... More >>

Travel hacks to keep your family happy
(BPT) - Whether you’re on a road trip or plane ride, every parent knows the journey can be a challenge. Long hours waiting or riding can test any kid’s — or parent’s — patience. With a little preparation, however, you can ensure your family (and you) will be happier th... More >>

Get outside this summer with these 4 exciting activities
(BPT) - There's nothing better than getting outside during the summer. Not only can it help reduce stress, but it can also bring more energy and excitement to your life. According to a study from the International Journal of Environmental Health Research, it only takes about 20 minutes to feel the ... More >>

5 trends driving new vehicle purchases
(BPT) - Buying or leasing a new vehicle involves plenty of planning and consideration. We think about what features we’d like to add, like self-parking technology or heated seats. And we ask how our needs might be changing, which could mean moving from a compact to an SUV, or from gas to elec... More >>

3 tips for a carefree summer
(BPT) - If you are like the majority of Americans, you have undoubtedly had a wave of uneasiness come over you in seemingly common, everyday situations. Whether you’re walking through a parking garage at night or taking the dog for an early morning walk, a recent study conducted by SABRE via ... More >>

Dads Deserve THESE for Father’s Day
(BPT) - We all have heroes in our lives who go under the radar. Often among the first to make quiet, inconspicuous sacrifices for the ones they love are dads and father figures. Last year was challenging for most families, and this coming Father’s Day gives us an opportunity to show our appre... More >>

4 tips to help you secure your mortgage
(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.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 than p... More >>

5 money lessons we can learn from a world-champion athlete
(BPT) - Champions put in work — a lot of work — to get where they are.Few people understand that as fully as legendary short-track speed skater Apolo Ohno, the most decorated U.S. winter athlete.“You're behind the curtain for a long time creating consistent habits,” he said.... More >>

5 reasons to snack on almonds this summer
(BPT) - As we head into the warmer months, we can always look forward to those seasonal staples — from staying cool in the pool to indulging on snow cones for that sweet summer feeling. How do we continue to munch on our favorites without that guilty feeling of overindulgence on unhealthy sna... More >>

Affordable and totally worth it: How renters insurance works
(BPT) - Just because you’re not a homeowner (yet) doesn’t mean your stuff is disposable. Chances are you’ve got pricey electronics, musical instruments or other valuables you wouldn’t want to lose to theft or damage.That’s how renters insurance works: No matter where y... More >>

Know the warning signs of sleep apnea
(BPT) - Sleep is essential for everyone. It's what allows the body and the mind to recharge at the end of every day. Without sufficient, healthy sleep, the brain and the body cannot function properly, so it's important to recognize signs that you might not be getting quality sleep.Nearly 70% of Ame... More >>

5 simple steps to feel good — while doing good
(BPT) - SPONSORED ADVERTISING CONTENTWhat could be better than taking positive steps to help boost your own health and well-being? How about joining a national effort to move more that also helps people facing hunger? With over 42 million people projected to experience food insecurity this year,1 t... More >>

5 easy ways to help kids stay hydrated this summer
(BPT) - Whether kids are running around in the yard, playing on a community sports team or going to the local pool, there’s nothing better than summer fun outdoors. However, the heat paired with activity means it's extra important to make sure your kids are drinking enough water. Water makes ... More >>

Get On Board: 4 ways to restore wellness and relax on a boat this summer
(BPT) - Looking for ways to recharge and escape stress this summer? Get away from it all and “Get On Board” for a relaxing summer on the water. With most Americans (78%) citing COVID-19 as a significant source of stress in their lives according to a recent Harris poll, millions of peopl... More >>

Simple steps to help protect young children from accidentally swallowing lithium coin batteries
(BPT) - People are spending more time in their homes, and there are devices everywhere, like remotes, key fobs and thermometers that may include small lithium coin batteries that can be a hidden danger. While lithium coin batteries are important for providing the power necessary for certain devices... More >>

3 ways you can help survivors of domestic violence and their pets
There’s nothing more meaningful than the unbreakable bond people share with their pets and the joy they bring every day. Now is a great time to take the opportunity to help both pets and people in need, specifically those impacted by domestic violence. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experie... More >>

6 tips to pay for your child's college education
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State of the Nation’s Mental Health: Stress is up, treatment is not
(BPT) - Our nation reported more mental health stress in 2020, but there was not a corresponding increase in people seeking mental health treatment, according to the inaugural State of the Nation’s Mental Health report.However, there were two conditions for which diagnoses and treatment grew ... More >>

How to protect your home from costly water damage
(BPT) - There’s nothing quite like owning a home. You feel the pride of achieving a financial goal and the comfort of having a sanctuary and space of your own in which to build a lifetime of memories.Occasionally, there’s also the element of surprise when things suddenly break — l... More >>

How to find mental health resources for children and families
(BPT) - Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) offer free or low-cost health coverage for children and teens up to age 19. Coverage includes check-ups and regular doctor visits, immunizations, emergency care, dentist visits, eye exams and other care that children may need... More >>

Don't let these 3 obstacles hold you back from career autonomy
(BPT) - If you’re seeking a purposeful and rewarding career that allows you complete freedom to make your own decisions, you may have thought about becoming an entrepreneur.Those who are interested often wonder the best time to become an entrepreneur. According to a recent survey commissioned... More >>

Spring is here. Keep your medicine cabinet up to date
(BPT) - It’s inevitable — even in the spring when everything feels new, life happens. You may still feel a tickle in your throat, or experience minor cuts, scrapes and burns when your family is getting back to outdoor activities. But savvy people know it helps to be ready for life&rsquo... More >>

What to Know About Pool Safety This Summer: 4 Tips to Prepare
(BPT) - May is National Water Safety Month, and as we gear up for an unforgettable summer and head out to the pool, safety should remain top of mind for families. According to a recent consumer survey from Leslie’s, the world’s largest pool and spa retailer, almost half (47%) of respond... More >>

Expert Q&A: What you need to know about pregnancy and heart health
(BPT) - While there are many health complications surrounding pregnancy and giving birth, those related to cardiovascular disease are some of the most common — and the number one killer of new moms in the U.S. According to The American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Movement, heart dise... More >>

Rough allergy season? How to keep symptoms at bay
(BPT) - Feeling itchy, sneezy and congested? If you or a family member find your allergies are worse this year — or if you have allergy symptoms for the first time — you are not alone. The Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America reports over 50 million people suffer from allergies nati... More >>

Feeding tips for your new puppy or kitten as they grow
(BPT) - Congratulations on your new puppy or kitten! Like babies, kittens and puppies have special nutritional needs. To help establish the foundation for a future of good health, welcome your new pet with the right foods packed with proper nutrients, and feed them appropriately for their age and s... More >>

Answers to some of the biggest car mysteries
(BPT) - Life is full of unanswered questions — many involving cars and driving. For example: Why does Hawaii have interstate highways? Why do you park in a driveway and drive on a parkway? Why do drivers turn down the radio when they’re looking for an address?Some of these and other puz... More >>

How disability insurance can help you protect what matters most
(BPT) - As we begin to transition out of the pandemic, it’s important to consider steps that can help provide you and your loved ones a more stable financial future. Just consider that 41% of U.S. employees are living paycheck to paycheck right now, and the same number of employees don’... More >>

Traveling this summer? 4 tips to protect your personal data
(BPT) - Since the pandemic began, you’ve likely been more connected to your digital devices than ever before. From work meetings and virtual happy hours to online shopping, more events and transactions are taking place digitally. And as connectivity and device adoption continues to rise, it&r... More >>

New campaign showcases Only in Pittsburgh attractions to drive visitation
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5 things parents should look for in a children's mobile app
(BPT) - With so many apps out there it can be challenging to identify which ones can help kids have fun and build new skills. Applaydu, Kinder Joy’s new app for families made with guidance from Oxford University, does both. Now free in the App Store and Google Play, Applaydu is full of games,... More >>

3 tips for the best summer vacation this year
(BPT) - Yearning to go on an adventure this summer? If you are, it’s a good idea to spend extra time planning for a successful vacation. A lot has changed over the past year, so a bit more planning, along with extra patience, will help make your family’s vacation as fun and as memorable... More >>

What every parent should know about autism
(BPT) - Shortly after Selena’s son Zamar was born, she noticed that while he loved to play with his magnet blocks and blow bubbles, he wasn’t making eye contact or reacting to the world around him. Selena decided to speak to a friend who recommended having Zamar screened for autism. Tha... More >>

Home product-related injuries: 5 tips for staying safer
(BPT) - While overall visits to hospital emergency rooms have dropped since the COVID-19 pandemic began, visits to the ER for certain product-related injuries have risen over the past year. According to a new report, some types of risks for injury have actually increased since most Americans starte... More >>

Health hacks for living life to the fullest
(BPT) - It's hard to keep up with the latest health and wellness trends, especially with so much conflicting information out there. In reality, one way to help navigate which approach to health and wellness is right for you is as simple as understanding the science behind giving your body what it n... More >>

The 4 Life Skills Kids Learn from Kundalini Yoga Class
(BPT) - A growing number of children are practicing yoga. In 2012, 3.1% of American children were taking yoga classes, and that number more than doubled to 8.4% in 2018. With many schools and parents embracing at-home yoga classes to give kids a physical outlet during distance learning, it’s ... More >>

10 tips on how to take dad fishing
(BPT) - What are two things that dads all over America would love to do the most this coming summer?Spend time with their kids … and catch fish.So, if you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate your love for dear ol’ dad, how about inviting him to go fishing (instead of the oth... More >>

National Poppy Day: Help meet essential needs of veterans and military families
(BPT) - For many Americans, a run to the grocery store is a simple task. You quickly grab items off the shelf with the next week of meals in mind. By the time you get up to the checkout counter, your cart is full of essentials and you swipe your card without a second thought. But for many others, p... More >>

Did you know? Smoke alarms don’t last forever
(BPT) - When is the last time you replaced your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms? Smoke and CO alarms are critical elements of home safety. Yet, many people overlook replacing their batteries — or even the alarms themselves. Fire safety experts have linked the incidence of fatal fires to... More >>

How you can help kids in foster care
(BPT) - Did you know there are almost 437,000 children and youth in foster care? According to the American Society for the Positive Care of Children, 45% of foster children are living in non-relative foster family homes, and they may spend an average of 20 months in foster care. The average age of ... More >>

15 minutes a day can help prevent student learning loss
(BPT) - Distance learning, hybrid models, social-distanced in-person — school has looked very different over the last year, and this interrupted learning has understandably impacted kids. While some children thrived learning at home, many others struggled staying on top of their learning and ... More >>

As Americans venture out post-pandemic, they’re stepping into a digital savvy world
(BPT) - More than a year after the pandemic began, Americans are realizing that almost every facet of life has changed. Suddenly their linear, analog world with a digital dabble has become a full-blown digital whirlwind. And that’s especially true when it comes to how they handle money.The pa... More >>

5 last-minute ways to satisfy Mom’s sweet tooth for Mother’s Day
(BPT) - She's the rock-solid foundation of your family, the one everyone turns to when they need help or comfort, and who always seems to know the right thing to do or the best words to say.When you’re searching for the perfect last-minute gift to show your mom and any of the other mothers in... More >>

The 4 best ways to protect your eyes this summer
(BPT) - A lot of people take their eyesight for granted, but eyesight allows you to connect to your surroundings, keeps you safe and helps you maintain mental clarity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 12 million Americans have vision problems. If you ... More >>

The Mommy Shower trend is the perfect way to shower moms-to-be with love
(BPT) - Whether it's a first child or she's been pregnant before, expecting a baby is an exciting journey. As the due date nears, that anticipation grows and friends and family enjoy sharing in the anticipation. Baby showers are the most common tradition for celebrating motherhood, but unfortunatel... More >>

3 money tips to help single moms build wealth
(BPT) - Four years ago, Dr. Lakisha L. Simmons was newly divorced, parenting two young kids and living beyond her means.“After putting the children to sleep, I would be alone at night in that big five-bedroom house,” she said. “I’d just sit there and think to myself, ‘... More >>

Road trips and rodeos: 2021's top travel trends focus on good old-fashioned fun
(BPT) - After altering travel plans for over a year, families across the country are ready to satisfy their wanderlust again. With an eye on safety, road trips and traditional family activities are making a comeback as people are hitting the highway to visit states that offer good fun and plenty of... More >>

Five Fundamental Traits that Make Preschool Teachers Superheroes
(BPT) - Most people assume that if you work in a preschool, all you need is love and compassion for young children. While that’s important, being a preschool teacher requires a very specific and unique set of skills — skills that are necessary to help children build character in and out... More >>

6 facts women need to know about giving birth during the COVID-19 pandemic
(BPT) - Giving birth is stressful enough. Adding a pandemic to the mix has only increased anxiety among today’s moms-to-be. While it’s true that aspects of labor and delivery may look different than they did prior to COVID-19, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) says the goa... More >>

Spring project inspiration: A bidet leaves you and the bath clean and refreshed
(BPT) - There’s nothing like the arrival of warmer weather to get you energized to pick up some home improvement projects.If you’re feeling a bounce in motivation for a bath update, you’re in good company. Nearly one-third of adults (31%) said their home renovation in 2021 would b... More >>

4 expert tips to save money while feeding your family
(BPT) - While becoming a new mom brings a variety of joyful new experiences, it can also be a challenging adjustment. Paired with an ongoing pandemic, balancing parenthood on top of work and other responsibilities has left many women feeling overwhelmed.In fact, a recent survey conducted by OnePoll... More >>

Assistance still available for renters amidst COVID-19 pandemic
(BPT) - Millions of people still find themselves confronting financial hardship and uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For those finding it challenging to keep up with timely rental payments, resources and relief options are available including financial counseling, help communicating with l... More >>

4 Top-of-Mind Questions from College Students Filing Taxes for the First Time
(BPT) - Are you in college, or a recent graduate getting ready to file your taxes for the first time? You probably have many questions, such as how to file, whether you can get any tax breaks, and did you receive all of your stimulus payments. It can be daunting to tackle your taxes for the first t... More >>

Creative ways apples can elevate your next brunch
(BPT) - Brunch is the perfect pairing of morning delights and mid-day favorites. Whether celebrating holidays, anniversaries, friendships or simply a sunny Sunday, brunch is guaranteed to satisfy and bring smiles.“From making pancakes with the kids on Saturday mornings to frittatas and mimosa... More >>

5 steps you can take to be actionable in your financial education
(BPT) - Make no mistake: The past several months have been challenging — both financially and emotionally — when it comes to the disruption the COVID-19 global pandemic brought to our everyday lives.In its latest Financial Wellness Census Special Report, Prudential found that since May ... More >>

Running a mile a day doesn’t keep shingles away: Why healthy adults are at risk for shingles
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5 Facts You Should Know About Leukemia
(BPT) - Heather, of Yorba Linda, California, was diagnosed with a form of leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia (AML), in late 2017. One morning, when she woke up extremely pale and covered with bruises, she sought medical help to see what was wrong. After contacting her doctor, who ran her bloodwork an... More >>

3 savvy ways to manage your finances
(BPT) - During challenging times, there’s nothing more stressful than trying to manage your money (especially if your cash flow has been disrupted). Between expenses like rent, groceries, student loans and other debt, it can be difficult to align your monthly spending with your paychecks. But... More >>

Does your infant formula have these important ingredients to support baby's development?
(BPT) - If you use formula to feed your baby, it’s important to look at the ingredients to ensure you’re providing the best possible nutrition. Formula is more than just food — it provides essential vitamins and nutrients to help support immune health and brain development. Knowin... More >>

Myth busters: Common pediatric dentist misconceptions
(BPT) - As with everything, there is myth and truth. Pediatric dentistry is certainly no exception and when it comes to navigating oral health care for your child’s teeth and gums, there are many misconceptions and myths.Even during the pandemic, many families have questions when it comes to ... More >>

5 Tips to Rebuild Your Savings and Unlock Opportunities
(BPT) - The pandemic created a lot of uncertainty for people, especially when it comes to their finances: unemployment was up, spending was down and pretty much everything felt like a roller coaster. One year after much of the world shut down due to the coronavirus, it’s time to rebuild your ... More >>

Why Can’t I Get Pregnant? 5 Possible Reasons, According to a Fertility Expert
(BPT) - If you're having trouble getting or staying pregnant, know that you're not alone. In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, CCRM Fertility — a global pioneer in fertility treatment, science, and research — is empowering prospective parents with information to help positiv... More >>

7 tips to avoid distracted driving
(BPT) - It is estimated that 81% of drivers read and type text messages while driving, 70% use social media while driving and 50% say their smartphone is essential for getting around, according to AT&T It Can Wait.What can you do to keep the roads safe by limiting distractions?1) Use your phone... More >>

Supporting fair housing, inclusivity in your community
(BPT) - Home and property ownership is a nearly universal part of the American dream. An unfortunate reality of our nation’s past and present, however, is that this dream has been much more difficult to achieve among minority groups.April marks the 53rd anniversary of the passage of the landm... More >>

Getting Kids Started with Yoga: A Guide for Parents and Teachers
(BPT) - The stresses of the past year have many adults turning to yoga. Many first step on the mat with a desire for stress relief, flexibility and physical activity, but soon discover that the benefits of yoga go beyond what drew them to the practice in the first place. Two-thirds of yoga students... More >>

A fire starts in a residential home every 86 seconds. Are you prepared?
(BPT) - You check your alarms regularly and practice your emergency escape plan — but are you overlooking an essential component of home safety? Having fire extinguishers — and knowing how to use them — is important to help ensure your home and family are prepared for the unexpect... More >>

How to support your well-being during challenging times
(BPT) - During difficult times like this past year, it’s more important than ever to safeguard your health and invest in your self-care. With the physical, mental, and emotional challenges everyone has been facing, it’s no surprise many people are rethinking their wellness routines. Imp... More >>

Engage your kids with healthy snacks and family movies
(BPT) - There’s no time quite like family time. And what better way to enjoy those moments with your little ones than cooking, baking and making snacks together? According to The New York Times, what you do with your kids in the kitchen really matters. If they’re regular little helpers,... More >>

Looking to improve your finances? Here are 5 tips
(BPT) - A new survey reveals that people are focusing more on saving money due to COVID-19.The Coinstar survey found nearly three out of four people (74%) say they are likely to set aside an emergency fund in the future due to COVID-19. The survey also revealed that people who had savings said they... More >>

Embrace these 10 habits to catch more and bigger fish this year
(BPT) - If you’re among the 50 million Americans who plan to wet a line this year, there’s no doubt that as you wait to feel that familiar tug at the end of your fishing line this summer, you’ll ask yourself, “How can I catch more fish and bigger fish?”Ever since peopl... More >>

How to combat allergy season before it sneaks up on you
(BPT) - From the longer daylight hours to the start of the growing season, spring is undoubtedly on the way. Anyone suffering from cabin fever will appreciate the chance to get outdoors, although spring also brings along allergies as trees, grasses and other plants are also coming out of their wint... More >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

5 easy indoor projects to freshen up your home
(BPT) - There’s no need to go out and buy all new furniture and décor or undertake a major renovation to give your current interior a fresh look and feel — small tweaks can make just as big of an impact.Spruce up interior spaces with these five simple do-it-yourself projects that... 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 >>

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 >>

Walking at night? Tips to protect yourself from situations that feel unsafe
(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 personal safety brand via Ipsos.Digital, a new survey revealed that over the past three years more than 80% of Americans hav... 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 >>

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 >>

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