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October 19, 2018

Tips from an executive pastry chef for simple holiday entertaining
(BPT) - Whether you're hosting a small holiday gathering with friends or a formal dinner party with family, entertaining can be stressful. But with a few simple food-focused tips, you'll be on your way to throwing the perfect holiday get-together - headache-free.For ease of planning, Executive Past... More >>

5 tips for staying calm, cool and collected when you're always on the go
(BPT) - No matter what you're chasing or up against - goals, bargains, chores, deadlines, your kids, etc. - life can be crazy. There never seems to be enough time to check everything off your to-do list, especially if you're always on the go. Here are some tips and tricks for keeping your sanity wh... More >>

3 Steps to Help Manage Depression
(BPT) - Sadness and grief are normal human emotions. These feelings can often last for a short period of time. However, when these emotions last for many days or weeks, depression becomes a concern.According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression is a common and serious medical illness... More >>

3 alarming places where germs are hiding in your kitchen
(BPT) - Your kitchen may look clean, but here's the dirt on what's really happening. Although a quick daily clean might keep some of the bacteria at bay, it's important to remember that germs are lurking in the dark corners often overlooked! Since the kitchen tends to be where family and friends co... More >>

Busted: 5 of the biggest holiday myths
(BPT) - Holiday fantasies are not just for children. It turns out grownups actually celebrate the holidays living by their own set of myths, and they probably don't even know it.If all the holiday prep and bustle is giving your inner Grinch a migraine, you may find yourself in very good company! A ... More >>

Simple health tips for busy moms
(BPT) - Mothers are the CEO of the home. Organizing schedules, paying the bills, doing food shopping, managing pick-ups and drop-offs, and making sure everyone is healthy is just part of the job. Unfortunately, because they are so busy taking care of others, many moms often put off taking care of t... More >>

Simplicity and savings trigger flip phone comeback
(BPT) - The good old-fashioned flip phone is enjoying a quiet resurgence, with sales having increased by 5 percent in 2017. While they're not exactly poised to overtake the popularity of the iPhone, these venerable devices retain a timeless appeal for those who prefer the simple convenience of usin... More >>

Prepare your backyard now and create a safe haven for birds in bad weather
(BPT) - Ready or not, bad weather is on its way. Before the snow starts falling, take some time to transform your backyard into a safe refuge for winter-weary birds before unpredictable, harsh weather begins. The experts at Cole's Wild Bird Products suggest timely tips to encourage birds to seek su... More >>

Fun and accessible STEM resources for kids
(BPT) - Inspiring kids' interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) now could help prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that occupations related to STEM are projected to grow 13 percent by 2022 - faster than projections for all ... More >>

5 Real-life Examples of Ordinary People Who Made an Extraordinary Difference
(BPT) - The idea of making a difference in our communities may sound impossible to many of us. With busy schedules, family demands and homes to care for, it can be hard to find the time and energy.To motivate you to challenge yourself and give back, here are five everyday people who will inspire yo... More >>

Why leftover opioids are dangerous and what you can do
(BPT) - Want to help protect your family and community from the opioid crisis? Get rid of any unused prescription opioids that may be in cabinets, drawers or anywhere else you store medicine.What are opioids?Prescription opioids are powerful, pain-reducing medicines found in pill forms, syrups or e... More >>

Opioids: How physician anesthesiologists are treating pain responsibly
(BPT) - The opioid crisis has made physicians increasingly wary about prescribing the potentially addictive drugs to their patients in pain. Experts in pain medicine, such as physician anesthesiologists, are creating individualized pain management plans that include alternatives to opioids that are... More >>

Make a fashion statement ... with hearing aids?
(BPT) - When thinking about fashionable accessories, images of jewelry, scarves, ties or glasses may come to mind. You might even think of the growing number of wearable technology options like earbuds or smartwatches, offering useful and sleek accessories. In any case, hearing aids are often the l... More >>

Go pro: 5 times to seek professional financial advice
(BPT) - While many believe only the wealthy need financial professionals, the truth is that hiring such key advisors may help pay for itself financially and bring you peace of mind - regardless of your economic status.Whether you're just starting out in your professional life or nearing retirement,... More >>

What parents need to know about bullying
(BPT) - Unfortunately, bullying in schools is all too common. According to StopBullying.gov, between 1 in 4 and 1 in 3 U.S. students say they have been bullied at school. While the term 'bullying' has certainly become a buzz word, it's also important to understand what it means. The Centers for Dis... More >>

Crunchy, crispy, juicy: 5 warm comfort foods featuring apples
(BPT) - As the leaves change and the nighttime air takes on a chill, our thoughts naturally turn to warm, delicious foods that offer an element of comfort on a chilly autumn night.Some comfort foods are hugely rooted in nostalgia. Others are just so enjoyably crispy, crunchy, chewy, sweet or savory... More >>

Me, myself and eye: 5 common behaviors that could be hurting your eyes
(BPT) - If you're like many Americans, you're diligent about maintaining your health by eating right, exercising and regularly seeing your doctor. But even the most health-conscious people are often unaware of daily behaviors in their lives that could be straining or even damaging their eyes. That'... More >>

Debunking myths about grocery store staples
(BPT) - When you enter a grocery store, you're suddenly faced with thousands of options. You want to get the staples you need and you want the best nutrition for your family, but it's easy to get overwhelmed. How do you know what's your best choice?"Options like brown versus vitamin-enriched white ... More >>

Life skills 101: 4-H empowers happy campers
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Protect yourself: Learn the truth behind 4 common myths about life insurance
(BPT) - If you haven't made solid financial plans for the future, now would be a good time to consider a life insurance policy that could protect you and your family in your time of need - or protect your loved ones in your absence.Given the importance of life insurance, it's astounding that 37.5 m... More >>

Best friends walk across America to raise money and awareness for veterans
(BPT) - Snow, Nor'easter storms and too many blisters to count - no challenge was too big for Matt and Trevor to overcome as they journeyed across the country this year. The determined duo began their excursion on March 1 in Delaware and recently celebrated their final steps in San Francisco on Sep... More >>

Newborn to 13+: Car safety tips for kids of all ages
(BPT) - For many parents, you buckle up your kids and off you go to day care, school or the park. You trust their car seat or booster seat will keep your child safe should something happen, but are you sure the seat you installed months or years ago is truly secure?"I am deeply concerned that nearl... More >>

Making it count: 5 tips for choosing a health plan
(BPT) - This fall millions will head to the polls to cast their vote in the mid-term elections, but they have another important choice to make as well: their health care coverage for 2019.People will have the opportunity to select or switch their health insurance plans for 2019 during open or annua... More >>

Know a youth volunteer? Awards deadline is Nov. 6
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It's anniversary time for this fun-loving digital dragon
(BPT) - What entertained you in the 90's? Was it the last episode of Seinfeld? The first episode of Friends or big, exciting adventure films like Titanic, Saving Private Ryan or Armageddon? Maybe you remember something else, and no, we don't mean heading out to the mall in your flannel, your overal... More >>

30-minute Mediterranean meals with grapes
(BPT) - With the onset of fall, new schedules and an invigorating pace, eating nourishing meals is an important way to keep up energy levels. With few having the time to devote to cooking an elaborate meal, a collection of delicious and dependable 30-minute recipes for a quick but satisfying meal c... More >>

The truth behind food labels
(BPT) - When we visit the grocery store, we've become accustomed to a dizzying array of options. There are labels touting everything from food safety to environmental and ethical standards. Making the best decision for your family, your health and the good of the planet is important, but how can yo... More >>

How to spot and treat 4 common children's health Issues
(BPT) - From a cough that won't go away to a sore throat they caught from the classroom, children and their vulnerable immune systems can fall victim to common illnesses quicker and more often than adults. However, while these health issues are typical, it is not always easy to identify what they a... More >>

Recognizing a true Hall of Fame dad
(BPT) - Each Sunday, millions cheer as their favorite NFL stars charge out of the tunnel and onto the field. For those players, the ultimate dream is a shot at one day becoming a Hall of Famer. This past July, one special father found himself with that title without ever having played in a single g... More >>

Choose wisely: Complete vs. incomplete proteins
(BPT) - Now that more people are aware of the health benefits of eating protein - and the effectiveness of low-carb diets - they're increasingly seeking ways to enjoy that nutritional powerhouse in their daily diets.Many, however, may be unclear about the important nutritional differences between c... More >>

5 back-to-school savings tips for parents
(BPT) - Back-to-school season is in full swing and parents are busy completing their shopping lists. Between new books, school supplies and the latest gadgets, sticking to a back-to-school budget is no small feat. Financial columnist, broadcaster and author Peter Dunn, known nationally as 'Pete the... More >>

Finding the support teachers need during the school year
(BPT) - The school year has begun, and while the back-to-school expenses of many parents are done for the summer, students will still have ongoing needs throughout the year. But parents are not the only ones who spend their own hard-earned cash to make the school year a success, and they are not th... More >>

Uncommon - but important - baby safety steps
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How a healthy gut can be good for your well-being
(BPT) - Whether it's eating too many slices of pizza or constantly getting takeout, most of us have slipped on our good eating habits at one time or another. But is avoiding unhealthy foods enough to keep our bodies in top shape? While gut health is not something many people consider, Mayo Clinic e... More >>

How to stay connected with your kids when school starts
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Tips for staying connected on Grandparents Day
(BPT) - Being a grandparent is a joyful experience, but one of the hurdles can be staying connected with family, especially as a first-time grandparent. With an affordable smartphone and reliable wireless network, grandparents can easily capture and share the special moments that matter, no matter ... More >>

7 healthy, kid-approved lunchbox ideas
(BPT) - Kids' school days are packed with learning, laughing and lots of fun. To get the most out their time in class, it's important their bodies and minds are properly fueled. Packing a healthy lunch is on of the easiest ways parents can support their child's education during the day while they c... More >>

5 ways play and learning go hand-in-hand
(BPT) - Children are hard-wired to play. However, busy schedules, homework, classes and structured activities like sports and dance classes can often get in the way of allowing kids to feel free to express that natural behavior.While these things are important, it's just as important to recognize t... More >>

Why kids have a shortage of free time and what parents can do about it
(BPT) - A typical school night can get pretty hectic. Once the kids get home, there's a scramble to get to after-school activities, then dinner and finally, homework.For families that are feeling the schedule squeeze this school year, here's some news that might make you feel good about cutting an ... More >>

5 ways to make the most of your first year of college
(BPT) - When you hear people talk about the best years of their life, college will inevitably come up. After all, these are the years when you can first experience the freedom of living on your own and the time when your future will truly be what you make of it.It all starts with your freshman year... More >>

Battling back-to-school pest problems
(BPT) - A new school year means backpacks stuffed with school supplies and the return to classrooms. It also means an increased chance of your child encountering pests or unknowingly bringing them home. From sweaty locker rooms to classroom floors riddled with food scraps, schools provide a whole h... More >>

7 surprising benefits of doing jigsaw puzzles
(BPT) - There's a quiet movement going on in this country, and it doesn't involve apps, data or the latest fad. Following the lead of vinyl record albums, coloring books and traditional board games, jigsaw puzzles are seeing a resurgence in popularity. Perhaps, because it's an opportunity to unplug... More >>

Home sweet home? 6 safety tips when moving with kids
(BPT) - Moving to a new home can be an exciting undertaking, a fresh start that brings with it the potential for new friends, opportunities and experiences.For parents of young children, though, the process of adapting to a new home can be stressful. While you may have been proactive about averting... More >>

5 back-to-school tips for parents with young athletes
(BPT) - The transition between summer and going back to school can be tough, especially for families with student athletes who are participating in fall sports. Whether your athletes are in high school or grade school, it's difficult to balance schoolwork, practice, games, proper nutrition and rest... More >>

Donating to your favorite public school classroom is as easy as buy, get, give
(BPT) - Ask any public school teacher, and they'll tell you the same thing: There's never enough money in the school budget for everything they need, and they often reach into their own wallets to make up the difference. They're not talking about extras or nice-to-haves; often it's basic school sup... More >>

Good gut gone bad: The C. diff Invasion
(BPT) - Trillions of bacteria, viruses and other tiny organisms - called "microbes" - live inside our bodies and make up a community known as the microbiome. The diversity of microbes is like a rainforest in our gut, helping us digest food and keep diseases at bay. Like bulldozing a rainforest, tak... More >>

Why Myrtle Beach is the perfect fall vacation for families
(BPT) - When it comes to vacation planning, millennial families with young children have the edge over school-aged families - no strict school schedules to obey!Take advantage of this flexibility while you can, and plan your escape to Myrtle Beach. This oceanside city along the beautiful South Caro... More >>

Knowledge is power: Tips to help children better understand our connected world
(BPT) - Technology has rapidly changed the way we live over the past 30 years. Where people once turned strictly to their televisions to watch their favorite shows or play video games, people can now access their favorite entertainment, anytime and anywhere - thanks to smart devices and a WiFi conn... More >>

Laugh, learn and lunch: Tips for bonding with kids over cooking
(BPT) - Cooking with your kids is just plain fun. Everyone likes good food, and being in the kitchen offers an excellent opportunity to work together toward one common (and hopefully delicious) goal. And the added benefit, of course, is that your kids can learn to follow directions, are exposed to ... More >>

4 natural ways to support your child this school year
(BPT) - Busy school nights can make your house feel like a zoo. Between commutes, sports practices and dinner plans, it feels like everyone is always either on the go or hustling to get there.Your child may not be aware of it, but you can see it: They're feeling the pressures of school. Whatever th... More >>

5 reasons to snack on strawberries
(BPT) - The perfect snack needs to check off three boxes: It should be filling enough to get you to your next meal, provide nutrition that fits into your balanced diet, and satisfy cravings, whether sweet or savory. Not an easy task, but juicy California strawberries are up for the challenge.'Straw... More >>

Easy entertaining and recipe tips from celebrity chef Katie Lee
(BPT) - Whether it's an end-of-summer bash or a back-to-school barbecue, entertaining is all about family, friends and of course, food. But hosting the perfect soiree doesn't have to mean you're stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is enjoying the party. TV chef and cookbook author Katie Lee of... More >>

Paying for college: It pays to have a cosigner when applying for student loans
(BPT) - Adding a cosigner to your student loan application can be a smart financial move, according to a new analysis from online student loan marketplace Credible.com. The research found that borrowers who added a cosigner to their private student loan applications were more than five times more l... More >>

CDC: How to navigate vaccinations for your family
(BPT) - Today's technology provides so much information that learning the essentials about an important topic like vaccination can be overwhelming.Vaccines play an important role in keeping you and your family members healthy, and when you make sure everyone receives the recommended vaccines at the... More >>

5 simple tips to stay connected during back-to-school season
(BPT) - Back-to-school season is an exciting time for both students and parents, but it can be a stressful time as well. For students, it can be intimidating taking on new classes and settings, all while juggling extracurricular activities. Meanwhile, parents face added financial and emotional stre... More >>

The proactive parent's checklist for back-to-school success
(BPT) - A new school year is quickly approaching, and while you probably have supply lists and bus schedules in hand, there are a few other things parents should tackle to get a head start on the back-to-school season. Prepare kids for the best school year yet by handling these important tasks that... More >>

Kids and screens: Not all screen time is created equal
(BPT) - Screen time. You've heard the phrase before, and if you're a parent, you've probably agonized over creating a screen time policy for your family. You understandably want a policy that reflects your family values, and you also want to consider your child's wants, needs and expectations.The A... More >>

Non-gamers: What you need to know about the biggest trend sweeping households
(BPT) - Today's gamer is no longer the stereotypical teen loner playing in his parents' basement. In fact, today's gamer is probably more like you than you think. She's a co-worker with two kids, the guy next to you at the gym, a fellow volunteer - and most commonly, a spouse, sibling or friend. Ga... More >>

Plan, be positive, unplug: 5 ways to make family meals more enjoyable
(BPT) - With our busy lifestyles today, finding time to shop for groceries, cook, then meet as a family to enjoy a meal together can be a major challenge.A Harris poll shows only 30 percent of American families share dinner each night. Yet the benefits of maintaining that family time are so substan... More >>

A different approach to preventing child abuse
(BPT) - Research shows that child abuse and neglect affects households across the country, and a majority of Americans view it as a public health problem and acknowledge that it is an issue in their community. In fact, a recent national survey by Research!America shows that 44 percent of non-Hispan... More >>

Fight pregnancy symptoms with these feel-good pregnancy nutrients
(BPT) - If you're like most expecting moms, you've already heard that a healthy, whole foods diet is best for you and baby, one that features plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains and lean proteins.However, many expecting moms are also battling nausea and indigestion, especially during t... More >>

Back-to-school readiness contributes to your child's academic success
(BPT) - Approximately 55 million students in the U.S. will head back to class soon. From dealing with first-day jitters to shopping for school supplies, it's an exciting and chaotic time.Reports show a correlation, however, between the start of school and student performance - early positive school... More >>

Secret weapons moms use to cope with back-to-school chaos
(BPT) - For moms, back to school means transitioning back into routines filled with more activities to shuttle kids and their friends to and from, more homework to keep track of and more chaos to deal with at home. But with a little preparation and an arsenal of secret weapons, moms can get through... More >>

Fresh grilling ideas for entertaining
(BPT) - When it's time to entertain, the grill can be a host's best friend by making it a breeze to cook and relax outside at the same time. Grilled Flank Steak with Southwest Corn and Grape Salad is guaranteed to please the senses with its tasty flavors; beautiful color medley from red and green g... More >>

Not enough hours in the day? Try these handy shortcuts for time-consuming errands
(BPT) - Between work, kids, pets and more, everyday life can feel like … a lot. Add summer schedules to the mix, and things can get downright chaotic.Thankfully, retailers are stepping up with convenient new delivery and pickup options. To help you save time this summer, we've listed her... More >>

Families find hope for rare genetic brain disorder
(BPT) - For most parents, their child's first steps or first words are incredible moments in their lives and a reason to celebrate. Well before their child is born they look forward to these milestones.Parents Mike and Lori Cecere looked forward to watching their son Weston crawl. Most babies learn... More >>

5 clever hacks to simplify any family's morning routine
(BPT) - Getting the family out the door on time every morning is no small feat. Seemingly simple tasks like getting dressed, packing backpacks and making breakfast can quickly turn into chaos. Before you know it, you're running late and the kids haven't even eaten as you dash to the car.Stop dreadi... More >>

Farming program helps neighbors in rural America fight hunger
(BPT) - Although the United States produces much of the world's food, 48 million people in the country are food insecure, lacking access to enough food to sustain a healthy, active lifestyle. What's even more surprising is that many of the counties with the highest rates of food insecurity are loca... More >>


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