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September 19, 2021

Go-to meals for the busy season ahead
(BPT) - Fall is a busy time of year. Families are embracing new back-to-school and work routines whether in person or online, and events and activities are popping up on the calendar. Having go-to meal and snack solutions that don’t require a lot of prep time is a smart strategy to navigate n... More >>

5 healthy brushing habits to kick-start a new school year
(BPT) - Student wellness is a key part of success in school, especially this year. While proactive measures like increased hand washing are widely implemented, it's important not to overlook oral health like a sensitive tooth, throbbing mouth pain or even a cavity. These are signs of tooth decay th... More >>

6 simple tips to protect yourself from online crime
(BPT) - Strange texts and curious emails requesting personal information. Unauthorized purchases on your credit card. New online accounts being opened in your name. Digital crime can vary greatly and is increasingly concerning as criminals get more sophisticated every day.The Federal Trade Commissi... More >>

How to prepare your pet for the return to in-person work
(BPT) - As millions of U.S. employees anticipate a potential return to in-person work, some concerns are cropping up for pet parents and their furry family members. Many pet parents — including the over 2 million who have adopted dogs and cats from shelters just over the past year — are... More >>

Be prepared for back to school – catch up on routine checkups and vaccinations
(BPT) - With many children returning to in-person learning this fall, families are going through their back-to-school checklists. This is the perfect moment to check off one thing that is essential for a healthy start to school: making sure children are caught up on well-child visits and routine va... More >>

5 tips for caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s
(BPT) - Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be rewarding, but has its challenges. Early diagnosis, having open communication and doing some simple activities can significantly help in caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Fortunately, there are also resources and assistance t... More >>

6 fire safety tips for kids [Infographic]
(BPT) - Keep kids safe and healthy at home with the following fire safety tips. For more ideas to protect your family, visit www.kidde.com.... More >>

3 tips to turn your deck into a modern farmhouse-inspired outdoor retreat
(BPT) - When DIY maven Allison Aars purchased a ramshackle Texas farmhouse on a leap of faith, she knew her work was cut out for her. Determined to reveal the full potential of her historic farmhouse, Aars spent several years transforming her family’s home and bringing it to its current desig... More >>

The child in your life will be the main character this holiday season with personalized books
(BPT) - It's no secret that the benefits of reading are profound in childhood education, but not all children are eager to pick up a book. What if there were books that not only improved your child’s engagement in reading, but also increased their knowledge retention and helped develop their ... More >>

Making more than 12,000 wishes come true during a pandemic
(BPT) - Fourteen-year-old Kael, who lives with a severe blood disorder, is “obsessed with flying.” That love of aviation makes sense considering his great-grandfather, grandfather and father are all pilots, making Kael a fourth-generation aviation geek. Despite the ongoing pandemic, Kae... More >>

Celebrating the unique flavors of Hispanic cuisine
(BPT) - Hispanic Heritage Month offers an ideal opportunity to celebrate Hispanic contributions to the U.S., inviting everyone to explore the unique art, music, talent, innovation — and food — that has enriched the American experience.These vital cultural influences come from regions sp... More >>

5 tips to prepare kids for back-to-school in 2021
(BPT) - Back-to-school is here, and once again, it looks a little different this year. With an increasing level of uncertainty, and the possibility of various learning formats — in-person, virtual and hybrid — parents, caregivers and teachers need to be prepared and stay flexible for th... More >>

5 tips to revamp your immune health routine
(BPT) - Did you know that your immune system works around the clock to defend your body against invaders? It never stops doing its part in protecting you. So one of the best things you can do to keep yourself healthy is to make your immune health a top priority in your wellness routine.Here are som... More >>

5 simple ways to improve your health habits
(BPT) - The last year and a half has been a strong reminder of the importance of good health. Statistics show that 73% of Americans consider their health and wellness a priority and are reevaluating their own lifestyle habits. In a recent survey of 13,000 people, (including 2,000 Americans), commis... More >>

5 things you don’t know about dairy milk
(BPT) - Milk is good for you, but did you know it’s becoming better for the planet, too? Delicious and nutritious, milk benefits people and the environment in many exciting ways. Catch up on the latest milk trivia with this at-a-glance primer.Milk is even more nutritious than you think.Milk h... More >>

Diabetes Technology Aims to Simplify Life
(BPT) - Hiking, swimming, traveling — the summer and fall seasons are all about adventure. But for the 7.4 million Americans who require insulin due to diabetes1, being on-the-go can be complicated. There’s so much to think about when it comes to managing diabetes, from checking blood g... More >>

7 tips for staying healthy this back-to-school season
(BPT) - Here we are, a full school year later, and again moving into it with some uncertainty. Whether in-person or remote, masked or mask-less, there are a lot of new experiences ahead for students (and their parents). And, whether your child is entering kindergarten or high school, there is an in... More >>

Pain medicine specialists innovate to tackle America’s ongoing opioid epidemic by reducing misuse after surgery
(BPT) - Drug overdose deaths broke records during 2020, and while the pandemic no doubt contributed, surgery plays an often-overlooked role in America’s ongoing opioid epidemic because many patients continue to use their prescribed opioids months after their procedures.Pain medicine specialis... More >>

Parents' Back-to-School Guidebook [Video]
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Best sleeping tips for heading back to work this fall
(BPT) - After summer breaks and trips are over, it’s time for everyone to head back to their regular routines of work and school. While getting back on schedule can be a hard adjustment, re-establishing a good sleep routine can also be challenging. According to a recent study conducted by Sle... More >>

5 reasons hazelnuts are a family-friendly snack
(BPT) - Need a new snack? Hungry families are turning to a trendy and tasty new choice — the homegrown hazelnut. Perhaps parents outside the Pacific Northwest might not recognize the state nut of Oregon, but rest assured, there’s more to crack here than mere coffee flavoring.What makes ... More >>

How to live a low-carbon lifestyle
(BPT) - Our communities are feeling the impacts of climate change in many ways, both large and small. As our collective impact on the environment becomes more and more apparent, people are looking at how they can make a difference.Climate change is not something that can be addressed by one person,... More >>

5 ways to avoid busting your budget while back-to-school shopping
(BPT) - There’s nothing worse for a household budget than big-ticket expenses, even when you know they're coming. And one of the most challenging spending periods is well underway: back-to-school shopping.As back-to-school (and back-to-work) season kicks off, retailers across the U.S., from F... 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 >>

Important fire safety tips for the back-to-school transition
(BPT) - After months of working remotely, some parents are preparing to return to the workplace. This transition occurs as students head back to school, so some children may find themselves home unsupervised for the first time before or after school, or for longer times. According to a new survey, ... More >>

Here’s how to make sure you have the funds you need to start college
(BPT) - Heading to college is an exciting adventure. While schools everywhere may look and feel a bit different than how they’ve been traditionally or family finances may be up in the air, it’s still important to explore your options. “Make a plan to pay for college, so you’... More >>

What can you do with a communication degree?
(BPT) - For students just beginning their undergraduate degree, those interested in pursuing an advanced degree or adults returning to school mid-career, the biggest question is always: “What should I study?” And among the many paths to pursue, one major stands out as being incredibly v... More >>

Parents are Preparing for Back-to-School with Smart Bedtime Routines [Video]
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Registered dietitian offers tips for ‘better for you’ treats
(BPT) - When you’re looking for sweet snacks on-the-go or indulgent treats to enjoy, there’s nothing better than finding foods that satisfy those cravings without sacrificing your nutritional goals. Fortunately, there are plenty of options to choose from, if you know where to look.Regis... More >>

5 ways to support brain health this back-to-school season
(BPT) - With back-to-school season in full swing, parents are doing everything they can to help their children prepare. While having the right books and supplies is at the top of everyone’s lists, it’s also important to think about your child’s nutrition and overall brain health.T... More >>

Show Your Kids a Little Love When It’s Needed as They Head Back to School [Infographic]
(BPT) - In a world where routines have been turned upside down and as kids head back to school, it’s more important than ever to give kids the emotional support they need on a daily basis. The start of the school year is filled with moments when kids need extra encouragement. Knowing this, Ri... More >>

3 lesser-known signs you are at risk for falling
(BPT) - Falling doesn't have to be a normal part of aging. This is good news, given the consequences of a fall. Just ask Mike Berning, an older adult who suffered a severe fall after trying to change a lightbulb in his home. His injury resulted in extended, expensive and difficult physical therapy,... More >>

Picture perfect pup: 5 easy dog photography tips
(BPT) - Loyal, loving, quirky and kind — a dog brings so much joy to life. It comes as no surprise that pet parents take ample pictures of furry family members. Dogs are a favorite subject matter for amateur and professional photographers, and countless framed photographs and slews of social ... More >>

Why now is the ideal time to aerate and seed your lawn
(BPT) - As a homeowner, you likely associate lawn care maintenance with mowing, watering and weeding — but there are a few other important steps you might be missing. Aeration and seeding are often overlooked, essential steps to ensuring a vibrant, healthy lawn that can help fight weed growth... More >>

Top 5 tips for decking out your dorm room
(BPT) - As any college student — or parent who has seen a dorm — knows, dorm rooms are not exactly known for their level of glam or comfort. But with a little planning, you can transform any dorm room into a welcoming, fun and truly livable space.Here are some tips to get you started:1.... More >>

Survey Finds Preparation and Confidence Will be Key for Successful School Year
(BPT) - Sponsored by Office DepotWith summer winding down, back-to-school season is in full swing. After a year of distance learning, parents and teachers are preparing for students to resume in-person education — but with some trepidation.A recent survey by OnePoll for Office Depot has highl... More >>

3 tips to beef up your tailgate game
(BPT) - With football season excitement mounting, people are already planning what to make for their next tailgating event. While cooped up at home last year, you may have had time to beef up your current tailgate recipes or try out something new. Now that you can reunite with friends and family be... More >>

Don’t let flushability fears throw a wrench in your bathroom routine
(BPT) - Although your toilet requires regular maintenance to keep things flowing the right way, many of us don’t know the basics of taking care of the porcelain throne. Luckily, learning how to take care of your toilet is as easy as following a few simple tips, stocking up on the right produc... More >>

Five Must-Have Outfits for Easy Preschool Dressing
(BPT) - As we transition into fall, it’s that time of year to revamp your little one's wardrobe for the new season. From adorable print dresses to mixing and matching tops and bottoms, there are so many ways to refresh a baby's wardrobe.Carter’s, the most trusted brand in baby and child... More >>

4 reasons vaccines keep people healthy
(BPT) - The theory behind vaccines — that limited exposure to a disease may help inoculate against more severe illness — has circulated for centuries. In 16th century China, smallpox scabs were ground up and blown into people’s noses to shield them from the disease. While this str... More >>

Transform Back-To-School Basics Into “Crazy Good” Gear [Infographic]
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A digital safety checklist as students head back to school
(BPT) - Students across the country are starting school again, and although many will now be in-person full time, technology will continue to play a key role in their education both in the classroom and at home. Research shows children’s online safety is a top concern for parents, with many w... More >>

9 Tips for Winning On- and Off-the-Field from the Little League Coaches of the Year
(BPT) - In honor of the return of the Little League® Softball and Baseball World Series this month, Positive Coaching Alliance® and Lance® – the Official Snack of Little League – have once again joined forces to bring you the Little League “Coach of the Year” Awa... More >>

5 back-to-school tips to support children’s emotional well-being
(BPT) - Over a year and a half of coping with the pandemic is taking a toll on everyone’s emotional and mental health — and may be affecting children and teens even more than adults. According to recent research from the Kaiser Family Foundation, over 25% of high school students have ex... More >>

Back-to-school eats: 5 brain-boosting foods for kids
(BPT) - As summer draws to an end, many families are gearing up for an exciting new school year. And while picking out new pencils and notebooks is a fun way to prepare, it’s even more important to make sure your child is mentally ready to return to the classroom — whether that be virtu... More >>

5 hairstyles to look and feel great for the new school year
(BPT) - Back-to-school season can be one of the busiest and most stressful checklist-chasing times of the year, second only to the holidays. Amid shopping for school supplies and signing up for sports teams and activities, kids of all ages may also be thinking about their back-to-school looks, from... More >>

5 simple and effective self-care tips
(BPT) - When we have a self-care routine that actually works, we feel better, and it shows. Longtime actress and model Brooke Shields reveals her simple yet effective tricks to effortless beauty and wellness that will have anyone feeling model ready. See below for Brooke’s tips, from how she ... More >>

How to pack allergy-friendly lunches your kids will love
(BPT) - Did you know 85 million Americans avoid buying foods with the top 9 allergens because of allergies of someone in their household? According to Food Allergy Research and Education, $19 billion is spent by these Americans annually to avoid specific proteins or allergens in their food. If you&... More >>

Sibling perspectives: Learning from a brother or sister with a rare epilepsy
(BPT) - There are many different types of epilepsies (the fourth most common neurological disorder in the U.S.); but rare forms of the disease can be especially debilitating and disruptive.These include infant- and childhood-onset developmental epileptic encephalopathies (DEEs, more simply called &... More >>

Back-to-school meal prep: 7 kid-friendly favorites with a twist
(BPT) - With kids returning to classes this fall, staying on top of their schedules can be challenging. Whether their itinerary is packed with homework, music lessons or sporting events, kids are busier than ever, and finding time to eat as a family can be easier said than done.No matter what the n... More >>

America’s Favorite Rapping Teacher Discusses the Importance of STEM Education [Video]
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Ease The Transition From Fun in the Sun To The Bustling Fall Schedules [Video]
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Use technology to get into a new back-to-school routine
(BPT) - Heading back to school is an exciting time for students, but after over a year of being flexible with home, hybrid and in-person study, your family might feel a bit overwhelmed at the idea of having an everyday routine again. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to help your... More >>

5 things to know while searching for life insurance
(BPT) - In today's environment, when many things may seem like they're not in your control, finding ways to help your family feel more financially secure and protected is important. As anyone who has suffered a loss in their family is likely to tell you, having life insurance in place beforehand ma... More >>

Overcoming learning loss begins at home
(BPT) - School closures. Widespread distant learning and hybrid classrooms. Two summer breaks. Since the pandemic started in March 2020, students in the United States have faced numerous challenges. While educators nationwide have done their best to shift learning to reach all students, studies sho... More >>

5 tips for staying healthy as you return to school or work
(BPT) - As work and school routines begin to shift again, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. After over a year of avoiding social activity, everyone’s lives are being upended once more. Without knowing what the “new normal” really means right now, it’s harder than ever to ... More >>

Make the sweets you love work for you, not against you
(BPT) - There’s no shame in craving treats. In fact, it’s completely normal. However, indulging in sweets can be troublesome as they are often high in sugar, calories and carbs and can compromise your healthy lifestyle.While finding a balance between control and indulgence can feel chal... More >>

Win a Gold Medal: How to Protect Children from Furniture and TV Tip-Overs
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5 tips for easing the transition to in-person back to school
(BPT) - As most working American parents and students prepare to return to in-person work and school, after a year plus of remote work and virtual learning, it begs the question for parents: How prepared are you to handle not only back to school, but also back to after school?The impact felt from C... More >>

Life is better on a boat: 5 tips for cruising confidently and safely on the water
(BPT) - Spending more time on the water with friends and family? Boating has seen a surge in popularity as millions of Americans realize it gives you the freedom to explore the outdoors and is a fun, relaxing way to escape stress on land. In fact, boat sales are at near-record highs with an influx ... More >>

Make a splash and ride the waves with a trip to Arkansas
(BPT) - During hot summers, there’s nothing better than a relaxing day on your local lake or river. But after spending the last year at home, you may be itching for a change of scenery. For fun water activities this summer, consider a trip to Arkansas. There’s a reason they call Arkansa... More >>

Doctor offers easy tips for coping with heartburn
(BPT) - If you’ve ever experienced heartburn, you know why it’s called that — you feel a burning sensation in your throat and upper chest, and even a bad taste in your mouth. While heartburn can have many triggers and causes, it is essentially due to the backward flow of acid, cal... More >>

Tips to lower stress – and budgets – getting ready for back to school
(BPT) - Preparing to go back to school can be exciting as well as stressful for kids and parents, and this year is no exception. A recent survey found that nearly 9 in 10 parents (86%) are relieved or excited about their kids returning to in-person schooling this fall. However, the Coinstar Back-to... More >>

7 Back-To-School Must-Haves Stylish Moms are Buying Now
(BPT) - After more than a year of remote learning, there is so much excitement around dressing for back-to-school this year and showing off individual style. To help identify the top back-to-school trends and styles for the school year, OshKosh B’gosh, known by generations of parents for high... More >>

Want a more meaningful career? Try working in the classroom
(BPT) - At age 62, Sandy Weber became unemployed when her customer service job was eliminated during the COVID pandemic. A friend encouraged her to give substitute teaching a try. Weber said, "I didn’t realize I could work in a classroom without a teaching background. It was the best decision... More >>

Smart Tips And Tricks For Teaching Kids Good Financial Habits
(BPT) - As kids across the country are gearing up to head back to school, parents and caregivers are looking forward to their children learning new lessons and skills, full of fun and education. While school is a primary place for students to learn, some of the most impactful lessons actually start... More >>

Returning to School with a Smile: Tips & Tricks
(BPT) - Many students and parents are preparing to head back to classrooms this fall for the first time in over a year. Amazon has compiled tips and tricks to help students — and parents! — keep back-to-school jitters at bay so they can head back to school with confidence.1) Create a fa... More >>

Is it broken? What to do when a kid’s injury is more than just a bump or bruise
(BPT) - Ouch! Kids break bones in many ways. Whether from a fall, a sports-related injury, roughhousing or just an accident, a broken bone isn't something to take lightly. But, how do you know if it’s broken and what should you do next?Know the signsBroken bones are most common in the upper a... More >>

5 must-have supplies for a colorful first day of school
(BPT) - Pack up your backpacks because it's time to head back to school! After many months of remote classrooms and distance education, kids are excited to get back to their desks and start learning in person again. Help your students be prepared for the best first day ever with colorful supplies t... 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 >>

For children with classic congenital adrenal hyperplasia, researchers are working to advance treatment options
(BPT) - Maintaining balance is an important part of life, especially when it comes to health and wellness. For people with classic congenital adrenal hyperplasia, commonly referred to as CAH, balance can be an ongoing challenge.CAH refers to a group of genetic conditions that affect the body’... More >>

Looking to explore breathtaking scenery? How to vacation responsibly this year
(BPT) - As the pandemic slowly subsides in the U.S., people are looking to put the rubber to the road. Many like to travel out west to see the gorgeous stretches of mountains and quaint towns that provide an escape from the hustle and bustle of metro living.While the quiet life and the breathtaking... 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 activities to help get you and your family outside
(BPT) - There's nothing better than getting outside. 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 positive effects o... 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 >>

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 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 >>

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