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December 14, 2019

4 ways to conquer the holiday season
(BPT) - For many, the holiday season means get-togethers with friends and family, traveling and buying gifts, which can also bring an increase in spending. With all the hustle and bustle, it’s important to remember what the season is all about — connecting with loved ones. With the help... More >>

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

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

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

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

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

5 ways employers are recruiting top talent
(BPT) - A recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that U.S. employment is projected to grow by 8.4 million jobs from 2018 to 2028. At the same time, employers are battling an ultra-competitive job market, in which candidates are being wooed by increased pay and enhanced medical ben... More >>

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

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

Jump start your wellness resolutions in Myrtle Beach
(BPT) - If your thoughts are turning to healthy resolutions for the New Year, why not give yourself a head start by planning a trip that will help you relax, recharge and refocus on your top wellness goals?Fortunately, there’s a location that can provide everything you need for focusing on yo... More >>

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

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

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

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

The must-have gaming gift this holiday season
(BPT) - Don’t know what to get the gamer in your life? No idea what the hottest games are, or what gaming products are trending? Don’t despair — there is one gift that any gamer will love, whether they’re a novice or a veteran gaming aficionado.Here are the many benefits to ... More >>

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

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

Q&A: How girls can build careers in the video game industry
(BPT) - Careers in the video game industry are highly desirable, and for good reason. Working for a video game company can be rewarding, and equally important, turns a favorite pastime into an exciting career. However, for tween and teen girl gamers, the prospect of one day working in the video gam... More >>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9 Unique Ways to Teach Character to Kids [Infographic]
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5 tips for stress-less holiday cleaning
(BPT) - Each year, the holiday season brings a flurry of entertaining. From hosting a houseful of out-of-town relatives to formal sit-down dinners to impromptu get-togethers, chances are your schedule — and your home — is brimming with activity.With all the extra foot traffic and activi... More >>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5 simple ways to teach kids financial literacy
(BPT) - Understanding finances and making smart money decisions is something many people struggle with. In fact, when asked to grade their own financial literacy most people give themselves a “C” or lower, according to new data from Prudential.“Financial literacy is key to achievi... More >>

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

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

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

How to choose a Christmas tree
(BPT) - The days are shorter, the temperatures are dropping: It's time to get ready for the holidays! For many families, no decoration is more important than the Christmas tree. The following tips from expert arborist Mark Chisholm will help you choose the perfect tree for your home.Select your loc... More >>

5 ways to keep kids entertained over winter break
(BPT) - Along with the fun and festive winter holidays comes the long break from school — and the challenge of keeping kids happy and engaged with all that unstructured time. Apart from the special holiday events, kids could use a few other diversions, and parents could, too!Here are some ide... More >>

The most craftable time of the year
(BPT) - When you’re shopping for all the DIYers, crafters and makers in your life this holiday season, there are many ways to encourage their creativity and show that you “get” them — which they’ll remember for years to come. First, think about the types of crafts or h... More >>

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

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

The key to sustaining that New Year’s resolution: Turkey
(BPT) - Every year many Americans establish New Year’s resolutions, setting their sights high with the turn of the calendar, but few of them are able to sustain those resolutions. According to online global activity data analyzed by Strava, most people report failing their resolution by Jan. ... More >>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5 tips to optimize your gaming experience
(BPT) - You’ve just defeated the final boss in a game you’ve spent hours on. You’re happy and ecstatic that your battle has been won and right before the game saves, your console shuts off. It’s all gone! If you love gaming, chances are there are plenty of things you don&rsq... More >>

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

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

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

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

7 ways to protect yourself from Medicare fraud
(BPT) - Every year, many seniors are targeted by scammers who want to steal their Medicare numbers to do things like rack up fake health care charges and commit identity theft. These scams hurt seniors and other people eligible for Medicare, cost taxpayers money, and result in higher health care co... More >>

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

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

Practice makes perfect: Easy steps to plan for an emergency
(BPT) - Fires can occur when you least expect it, leaving little time to plan your escape, so the time to prepare for an emergency isn’t when your alarm sounds. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), only 32% of American households have actually developed and practiced ... More >>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6 ways to turn your home into a natural oasis
(BPT) - As the year comes to an end, many people make resolutions to start the New Year strong. This might mean ramping up your workout routine, increasing your self-care regimen or finding time to de-stress.The EPA reports we spend 90 percent of our time indoors, but most people feel that spending... More >>

Real Christmas Trees Make Real Family Memories: New Survey Reveals Families Who “Keep it Real” Are More Likely to Create Lasting Traditions
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Four reasons to pursue careers in nursing
(BPT) - As time and technology reshape the workforce, most professionals are not in the position to choose one career or one track and stick with it until retirement. Nursing offers relevant, future-focused opportunities for people of all ages and levels of experience, from those re-entering the wo... More >>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Invasive Pneumococcal Disease May Impact Your Baby [Infographic]
(BPT) - Invasive Pneumococcal Disease is an uncommon but serious infectious disease that may impact your baby. For more resources and to see patient stories, visit www.babypneumococcalfacts.com/.... More >>

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

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

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

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

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

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

5 ways you can be ready when disaster strikes
(BPT) - When North Carolina native and licensed practical nurse Shannon Lanier found herself caught in Hurricane Florence, more than two feet of rain arrived in her hometown of Wilmington.Lanier had listened to all the warnings and knew this had the potential to be a big one. But she’d never ... More >>

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

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

How a scholarship opportunity preps students for their future
(BPT) - According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer science-related jobs available, but there will only be 400,000 computer science graduates with the skills needed to apply for those jobs. Furthermore, although computer science is the fastest-growing pro... More >>

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

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

Five ways to support shelter animals if you’re not ready to adopt
(BPT) - The winter months, which are often considered some of the busiest for animal shelters, are approaching. According to the ASPCA, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters every year. Adding a shelter pet to your family can be fulfilling, but what if you’re not ready or... More >>

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

Common causes and treatments for sensitive teeth
(BPT) - Sponsored by CrestIf you’ve ever noticed sharp pain in your teeth when enjoying ice cream or a cold or hot beverage, you probably experience some degree of tooth sensitivity. When the temperature gets colder outside, even just breathing in frosty air can trigger that pain. According t... More >>

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

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(BPT) - The holiday season is the year’s busiest time for retail and e-commerce sales worldwide. Year-end holiday sales surpass one-fourth of all sales for the year, for the majority of businesses around the world. As these businesses gear up for this year’s peak selling season, they gr... More >>

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

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(BPT) - Here’s something you may not know: All-season tires are only meant for year-round driving if you live in the extreme southern United States.For everyone else, it’s vital to install a set of tires that protect them in snow, ice and frigid temperatures. In some places in North Ame... More >>

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

Tip or Treat: Ways to keep teeth healthy through Halloween
(BPT) - There’s nothing spooky about it — everyone loves Halloween treats. But did you know that you may have ‘candy thieves’ in your house? Parents of trick-or-treaters are the culprits as they are just as guilty when it comes to enjoying candy. According to a recent survey... More >>

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

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

5 do’s and don’ts to keep your identity safe from hackers
(BPT) - Resourceful thieves and cybercriminals continue to find new ways to hack U.S. consumers’ sensitive personal information. Dumpster diving, stolen or lost wallets and mail fraud should still be concerns, but the digital age of tablets, smartphones, PCs and Wi-Fi networks leaves people m... More >>

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

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

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

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(BPT) - For people with ataxia, a rare and progressive neurological disease, the most common aspects of everyday life are a significant struggle. It’s an uphill battle that patients like John Mauro are confronted with every day.Ataxia is a condition that develops due to damage to the cerebell... More >>

The Holiday Travel Guide to Vitamin Supplements
(BPT) - Whether you’re traveling for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s, gummy vitamins can provide surprising and unexpected health benefits for beauty, digestion, and sleep. Many people don’t realize they’re not alone when they can’t sleep in a strange bed or eat ... More >>

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

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

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

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

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

Survey: Common infection leads to emotional trauma
(BPT) - A new national survey reveals that women are desperate for solutions to their frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs), and they’re equally tired of the stigma that comes with them.Key findings of “UTIs: The Burning Truth” by ellura, the urinary tract supplement, found tha... More >>

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

How you can help get your kids excited about STEAM
(BPT) - Most children entering kindergarten will do jobs that don’t currently exist, and studies also show that most of these jobs will require STEAM skills. This evolving landscape means that STEAM learning is important and plays a critical role in preparing children with the 21st century sk... More >>

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

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

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

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

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5 reasons to encourage your child to eat school lunch
(BPT) - For millions of Americans, particularly those in lower income communities, access to healthy foods remains a challenge. However, when it comes to building healthy, happy kids, proper nutrition is essential to helping them succeed later on in life. School lunch is important for student healt... More >>

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

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(BPT) - Movement is crucial to a person’s health, quality of life and independence. For some people, pain makes movement a challenge. Pain is one of the most common reasons people seek health care. A physical therapist (PT) can help people move better and safely and manage their pain.Who are ... More >>

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How to throw a fun themed holiday party
(BPT) - This year, why not choose a fun theme for your holiday party? You can create a great atmosphere while providing entertainment for all ages with a little creativity — and local resources.You could do the usual “white elephant” gift swap, or hold an ugly sweater competition,... More >>

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

How to Navigate the College Financial Aid Game [Infographic]
(BPT) - If you have a college-bound high school student, fall kicks off the financial road to college. College Ave Student Loans offers lots of resources to help you manage the financial aid process, including a student loan calculator that highlights ways to save. From tips on how to decode the FA... More >>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disaster relief improves with collaboration among communities, charities and companies
(BPT) - When disasters strike — whether hurricanes and tornadoes or floods and earthquakes — communities and organizations rally to help, using their unique strengths to boost support. While every attempt to support affected families and neighborhoods is appreciated, aid is most effecti... More >>

Fuel up for fall: 5 ways to take on the day
(BPT) - Back to school and back to the grind! Fall is here and with that comes maxed out schedules and new routines — school, sports practices, work travel, getting ready for the holidays and more. It can be hard to keep up, especially when you sometimes want to just lay down and recharge, bu... More >>

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

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

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

Five fall fix-ups for your outdoor space
(BPT) - After a long summer relaxing on your deck or patio, autumn is a great time to renovate your outdoor space — or build one from scratch. Home improvement expert Alison Victoria, host of HGTV’s “Windy City Rehab,” offers five tips for fabulous fall fix-ups.1. Get decked... More >>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pains in the butt: 4 common side effects of sitting too long
(BPT) - Sitting is a part of daily routines and nearly impossible to avoid. Whether during your daily commute, working hard at your desk or watching your favorite TV show on the couch, sitting can provide relief and give you the opportunity to relax. However, sitting for a long period of time can a... More >>

Presents with purpose: Gift ideas that make an impact
(BPT) - This holiday season, what if you could give loved ones a present that makes a meaningful impact on the world? Nothing evokes the holiday spirit more than giving gifts that help others in a direct, effective way. Both you and the gift recipient will know you’re making a difference in t... More >>

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

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

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

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

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Top 5 exciting reasons to visit Baltimore this fall
(BPT) - Baltimore is a city with a rich history, thriving culture and eye on the future. Quickly becoming one of the top destinations for travel enthusiasts, visiting this vibrant city satisfies wanderlust any time of year, but it’s the upcoming fall season that really has travelers enthused.... More >>

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best ways to celebrate the Halloween season
(BPT) - Everyone in the family loves to celebrate Halloween, so why not make the most of it? There’s plenty you can do together to extend the Halloween magic for a month or more, from crafts and decorating to games and sharing sweet treats.Rally the whole family to come up with more ideas, bu... More >>

Fire safety tips that could help save your life
(BPT) - Having working smoke alarms in your home is as important as wearing a seatbelt in your car. It’s a necessity that protects you and your loved ones. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately three out of five home fire deaths occur in residences with n... More >>

Tips for keeping kids safe on the road
(BPT) - With all the distractions on today's roads, parents are feeling increasingly anxious about keeping their children safe while driving. According to a new study by Volvo Car USA and The Harris Poll, more than six in ten American parents believe roads today are more dangerous than ever, and ar... More >>

Tips for getting your family organized this fall
(BPT) - Fall marks the beginning of a new school year and a perfect time to get you and your family organized. Use this fresh start as an opportunity to establish clear routines for scheduling, sorting papers and organizing everything your family needs for your work, school and home lives to run mo... More >>

5 step fire safety checklist
(BPT) - When flames engulfed his 1940s beach bungalow without warning, actor Taylor Kinney was thankful to make it out alive. That experience, paired with his role as one of America’s favorite TV firefighters, inspired him to advocate for fire safety and is why he’s partnering with Firs... More >>

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(BPT) - Imagine being diagnosed with cancer, going through chemotherapy, and then getting sidelined by an infection.Unfortunately for people with cancer, this is a serious potential side effect of chemotherapy. Each year, more than half a million people with cancer are treated with chemotherapy, wh... More >>

Haylie Duff shares best tips for quick and healthy family meals
(BPT) - Every parent knows it can be a struggle to prepare a nutritious meal that the whole family will enjoy. Finding time to spend around the table during back-to-school season can be particularly challenging, but not impossible.Actress, chef and mother of two Haylie Duff has a few expert tips an... More >>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(BPT) - If you had to go back to driving school today, would you pass the parallel parking portion? What if the instructor tested your knowledge of car maintenance?Learning how to drive and taking care of your vehicle are integral parts of growing up. In a recent Gauge Index survey, Hankook Tire fo... More >>

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

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

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(BPT) - When a loved one dies unexpectedly, the last thing families should have to think about is how they’re going to pay the bills or whether they can stay in the house. But the reality is that, according to research from LIMRA1, 35% of households would feel the financial impact of losing a... More >>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Staying on track: 3 ways to kickstart a healthy fall
(BPT) - Lacking culinary inspiration as grilling season ends? Keep telling yourself that you will start going to the gym next week? Binge-watching TV rather than tackling a crossword puzzle?We can often be our own biggest hurdle when it comes to making healthy decisions. But sometimes all it takes ... More >>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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