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August 15, 2018

What days are best to conceive?
(BPT) - When a couple is planning to have a baby, understanding the 28-day cycle can mean the difference between success and disappointment, says Dr. Gloria Richard-Davis, Ob/Gyn, fertility specialist and author of Planning Parenthood.Timing is a critical factor when you're trying to get pregnant. ... More >>

Historic Women's Baseball World Cup unfolds Aug. 22-31 on Florida's Space Coast
(BPT) - For the first time in the history of either the men's or the women's competition, a Baseball World Cup is coming to America. Later this month, the Women's Baseball World Cup will be drawing attention from far and wide to the baseball diamonds at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Flori... More >>

Cancer care costs on the rise: How to get help
(BPT) - Cancer patients face skyrocketing costs for their treatment, which adds to the stress of a cancer diagnosis and living with a disease. As an unapologetically patients-first organization, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is finding ways to lessen the burden. 'When cancer patients ar... 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 ways to use technology to simplify your home buying process
(BPT) - While spring is typically the busiest period in real estate, particularly for families looking to get in to a new home before the school year starts, the fall months have become increasingly active for those who have more flexibility or are looking for a good deal.With increased competition... 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 >>

4 habits for fit finances
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Will my deck have room for a hot tub? And other questions answered
(BPT) - As the major outdoor living trend sweeps the nation, decks are getting bigger. But with television shows featuring 3,000-square-foot monster decks, the average homeowner is left to wonder, 'Just how big of a deck do I need?'Frank Pologruto, owner of Decks & More in Atlanta, says it all ... 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 >>

9 savvy traveler hacks that will save time, money and headaches
(BPT) - Are you a savvy traveler? Do you shop around to get the best deals? How about knowing the ins and outs of saving money when planning a trip?Chase and the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) asked folks across the U.S. travel-related questions to find out just how savvy they are, an... More >>

Tire confidential: Tips on picking the right one for you
(BPT) - To most people, a tire is a tire is a tire. To the naked eye, that's absolutely correct: They are black and round. However, upon further inspection, tires are one of the most technologically advanced parts of a car, influencing the braking, steering, comfort, handling, safety and fuel effic... More >>

3 Things You Didn't Know About Chocolate - And Why You Should Care
(BPT) - As you stand in the chocolate aisle of the grocery store, have you ever stopped to think about the story behind each bar?Knowing that your choice of chocolate has a positive impact on the farmers who cultivated the cocoa beans can sweeten the entire experience. When choosing your favorite t... More >>

5 yard updates you can complete in a fall weekend
(BPT) - If you love spending time in your yard, the end of summer can mark a period of sadness thinking about the colder temperatures and shorter days you must endure before getting back outside.One sure cure for the blues is looking forward to something fun. Get a head start on spring and use the ... More >>

Do you know how that new supplement will affect your existing medication regimen?
(BPT) - Mahatma Gandhi once famously said, 'It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.' If you count yourself as a believer in this statement, your health is more important to you than any material possession and you do your best to protect it every single day. That's why y... More >>

Celebrate the season! 5 ways to get your yard party-ready
(BPT) - If you're like many Americans, you're planning an outdoor party to celebrate the warm-weather season. That may be especially true if you've made recent improvements to your outdoor spaces; according to a recent Houzz survey, 51 percent of homeowners conducting such upgrades plan to throw mo... More >>

4 ways to prep your home for winter
(BPT) - When you start feeling those first hints of winter, the instinct to get ready kicks in. You may dig out your car's snow brush, blanket, shovel and winter survival kit and place them in the trunk of your car. The winter coats and boots come out of storage, and you may pick up some extra mitt... More >>

Millennial women and money: 5 things that might surprise you
(BPT) - Now more than ever, women are speaking out on a variety of issues, from social inequality to inadequate representation to harassment, but there is one thing that's still taboo: money.In order to get a better understanding of how millennial and Gen X women think, feel and act when it comes t... More >>

4 tips to mitigate home improvement costs
(BPT) - Construction material costs in 2018 are up about 10 percent compared to last year, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, and some raw materials, like crude petroleum, are up nearly 50 percent. Labor is also getting more expensive as construction workers are in high demand due t... 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 >>

Tips for managing occasional sleep trouble [Video]
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5 hazards on the road to the Medicare Part D plan that's best for you
(BPT) - Some experts estimate that as many as 80 percent of Medicare beneficiaries choose to stay in a Medicare prescription drug plan ('Part D plan') that doesn't match their needs. Studies show that these individuals could benefit from cost savings and better coverage by taking the time to select... More >>

5 simple tips for a low-maintenance lawn
(BPT) - Whether it's regular outdoor entertaining, kids playing soccer or dogs chasing tennis balls, fun on the lawn - combined with hot, dry conditions - can mean your grass gets a major workout during the summer and early fall. But that doesn't mean you have to.To keep your lawn looking sharp wit... More >>

Keep your family safe: Get rid of unused prescription opioids
(BPT) - Want to help keep your family and community safe? 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. You can find them in pill forms, syrups or even pre... More >>

5 ways to beat the heat this summer
(BPT) - Everyone has had that moment when fun in the sun turns into a struggle to stay cool. And when that happens, all you want to do is get out of the heat as fast as possible.Sometimes, however, that is easier said than done, and if you've ever found yourself in extreme heat for a prolonged peri... More >>

Age-related macular degeneration: What you should know
(BPT) - Ask most people what eye disease is responsible for the greatest incidence of vision loss in the over-65 population and they would probably say glaucoma.They'd be wrong.Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in people over age 65, according to the Centers... More >>

Beginning a workout at any age or skill level
(BPT) - Our bodies crave exercise at all ages, whether that means daily walks, fitness classes or a night of dancing. Although physical fitness may look different at age 65 than it did at 20, being active on a regular basis is still important to maintaining health and well-being.Exercise helps esta... More >>

5 insider tips to plan an unforgettable African vacation
(BPT) - When you get lost in wanderlust, do you find yourself dreaming of Africa? This exotic continent is on many people's travel bucket lists, but planning a trip can be intimidating. If you are ready to stop dreaming and start planning an unforgettable African adventure, here are some simple tip... More >>

Antibiotics are Powerful Tools for Fighting Infections and Sepsis, but Must be Used Appropriately
(BPT) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wants patients and families to know that antibiotics are the most powerful tools we have to fight life-threatening infections, like those that can lead to sepsis.Sepsis is the body's extreme response to an infection. It happens when an in... 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 >>

Military move? 5 key tips that can smooth the way
(BPT) - Changing residences can be an emotional and logistical challenge for any family.For military families, that challenge can be recreated many times over. Due to the nature of the work, the average U.S. military family relocates every two to three years - 10 times more than civilian families. ... More >>

Pollution protection: 5 easy tips for combating the environment's effects on skin
(BPT) - Properly taking care of your skin each day - and countering the possible effects of pollution - is quick, affordable and easy to do. So why do so many Americans forgo that step in their daily routines?A recent survey by CeraVe found 48 percent of American adults often worry about their skin... 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 >>

Tips for managing menopausal moodiness [Video]
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Menopause: You're not alone [Video]
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The 4 greatest salt myths
(BPT) - Salt is everywhere, it seems. It is on our tables, in many of our favorite foods and even in life-saving hospital infusions.After more than a century of debate over the role of salt in human health, the overwhelming medical evidence makes it clear that reducing salt in the U.S. diet may pos... More >>

Your summertime prescription: Sweet cherries
(BPT) - This summer, don't be surprised if dietitians point you to one of Mother Nature's sweetest treats to remedy a variety of ailments: sweet cherries. These bright, glossy orbs are in season for only a short time, so don't pass them up while they're at their freshest and, arguably, most flavorf... More >>

4 ways gardening is good for you
(BPT) - In this increasingly digital world, there's an app for just about everything. People are glued to their smartphones, texting instead of talking, and, in general, interacting with technology more than they do with the living, breathing world around them. But there's a cure for tech overload:... 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 >>

Your home haven: 5 common mistakes when planning a DIY deck
(BPT) - Across America, decks have become a popular place for people to entertain guests or just relax. The greatest appeal? The elevated outdoor living areas offer a convenient option for enjoying the great outdoors in a comfortable, room-like space that's somewhat removed from the elements.Furthe... More >>

6 ways nonprofit public broadcasting strengthens local communities
(BPT) - In a time when consumers have more information and entertainment options than ever before, one resource continues to deliver high-quality, well-researched news and engaging entertainment programming that bridges the divide between national events and local activities.Whether you are braving... 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 >>

Before you renovate, have you considered this?
(BPT) - Home improvement projects are popular this time of year and you've certainly tackled your share of DIY to-dos in the past. But not this year. This year you realize it's time to go big, to go bold, to set aside those traditional home improvement projects for another year and do something eve... More >>

3 elements to create a dream bathroom sanctuary
(BPT) - Bathrooms reign supreme, overtaking kitchens as the most popular remodeling project, according to a new survey by the National Association of Home Builders. In the study, remodelers reported on the most common projects in 2017 and 81 percent performed bathroom remodeling.Whether you're hiri... More >>

5 ways to make your pooch's mealtime more enjoyable
(BPT) - Dogs and their owners have many things in common, but perhaps one of the biggest commonalities is that they both love to eat! When preparing meals for your four-legged family members, it's important for the meal to be packed with flavor and nutrients, and to create a dining experience they ... More >>

5 fantastic energy-boosting snacks for fitness success
(BPT) - As marathon season approaches, many people are focused on training. Building up endurance is key, but you can't do that without the fuel your body needs. Wholesome energy-boosting snacks are essential for keeping up the pace, whether you're focused on a 5K or full marathon.There are a varie... More >>

Top 4 grilling tips to kick off National Grilling Month!
(BPT) - National Grilling Month is here, making it the perfect time to enjoy outdoor barbecues with friends and family and trying out brand new recipes with savory pork favorites.Pork, the classic crowd pleaser, is the move for any barbecue menu given not only the juicy, savory possibilities of a p... More >>

Watch what you heat: 5 kitchen safety tips
(BPT) - Cooking equipment is the top cause of home fires, and the second leading cause of home fire deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).'Considered to be one of the more preventable types of fires, kitchen fires can be avoided by following a few common-sense guideli... More >>

Seniors' Health Rankings: Where does your state rank?
(BPT) - It's well known that where you live can influence your health. The recently released United Health Foundation's 2018 America's Health Rankings Senior Report dives into this issue. The sixth annual report finds that older adults who live in rural areas often experience poorer health outcomes... More >>

What should you be doing to prepare for retirement? Top tips and tactics from financial advisors
(BPT) - You're 10 years or less away from retirement. You can clearly see the next phase of your life down the road and it's coming up fast. Are you ready for it? Do you have a comprehensive plan in place so you don't outlive your savings?If you're not as prepared for retirement as you should be, y... More >>

This 70-year-old program prepares young women for leadership
(BPT) - A record number of women are running for public office this year. In the near future, we can expect more female public servants representing the American people - from local chambers to Capitol Hill. In light of this exciting trend, it is important to highlight programs that help develop yo... More >>

Don't fear anesthesia when your child needs surgery
(BPT) - When surgery is necessary, anesthesia ensures your child can safely receive life-saving or corrective treatment while managing the pain and discomfort of the procedure. Anesthesia's effect on the developing brain is being researched continually, and you'll be comforted to know that anesthes... More >>

DIY deck re-do: Resurface in a weekend
(BPT) - Outdoor living season means backyard BBQs, yard games and relaxing with a good book or good friends. If you own a wood deck, however, it also means considerable time and money spent on seasonal maintenance and deck repairs.While wood decks are aesthetically pleasing, properly maintaining th... More >>

Got company? 5 quick and easy refreshments for summer guests
(BPT) - Summer is a great time to create memories with friends and family, and some of the best times happen when you gather your favorite people together on your deck, balcony, poolside or screen porch. As singer John Mayer puts it, 'A little bit of summer's what the whole year's all about."As you... More >>

Remodeling to age in place? Make changes where it matters most
(BPT) - American household demographics constantly change. With kids grown and moved out, many adults are considering remodeling to meet their future needs. This has inspired the idea of aging in place, meaning the desire to have a high quality of life in your home as you get older. In the United S... 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 >>

5 tips for financing your next home improvement project
(BPT) - Whether it's transforming a fixer-upper into your dream home or just giving a makeover to your kitchen or bathroom, home improvement projects are on the minds of many new homeowners across the country.While many things about renovating your home are flexible, your budget might not be. In ge... More >>

5 tips for busy women to take charge of their health
(BPT) - If you're an American woman today, chances are your busy lifestyle is preventing you from seeking out the regular check-ups and screenings so important to maintaining your health. And that's true regardless of your economic status or whether you live in a rural, urban or suburban area.So re... More >>

Your Next Extraordinary Adventure: Western Australia's Ningaloo Reef
(BPT) - Have you ever heard of Australia's other reef? A place where the red and orange hues of Australia's iconic outback meet white sand beaches and turquoise blue water, where you can walk off the shore and instantly experience pristine coral reef during a special drift snorkel, and where the be... More >>

Got stress? Bringing your pet to work can help
(BPT) - If you've ever felt tense, anxious or simply unable to relax while performing your job, you're far from alone.A recent survey by the American Institute of Stress found 80 percent of U.S. workers across industries have felt stress in the workplace; nearly half say they could use help dealing... More >>

Smart steps to beat the heat in favorite outdoor spaces
(BPT) - Are summer's sizzling temperatures causing you to retreat from your favorite outdoor spaces? Garages, patios, sheds, gardens and other outdoor areas should be enjoyed throughout the year. Unfortunately, heat and humidity can quickly make being outside intolerable during the dog days of summ... More >>

The right wood for the job: Your guide to summer deck building
(BPT) - Think about your favorite moments and memories from past summers. The time you spent with family and friends, dining, playing games or simply enjoying one another's company. Now, ask yourself this: How many of those summer memories took place outside, on the deck?The deck is the perfect spo... 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 >>

Savvy summer fitness and nutrition tips
(BPT) - The warmer-weather months are the ideal time to get outdoors, stay active and focus on your health goals. Staying fit and eating healthy can come easy when you keep a few simple tips in mind.Explore Mother NatureIf the gym is getting boring or just isn't your style, it's time to find inspir... More >>

Grilling makes summer meals a snap
(BPT) - It's summertime, and temperatures are on the rise. Whether relaxing at the pool, cheering for a favorite team or just hanging out with family and friends, keeping cool is at the top of the list. Nothing fancy needed - with a hat or cap to keep the sun away from the eyes, an umbrella for a b... 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 >>

Stay hydrated this summer and year-round
(BPT) - Staying hydrated is a necessity, but sometimes it's difficult to tell when your body needs water, especially during warmer months. Experts say on average men need 15 cups (3.6 liters) and women need 11 cups (2.6 liters) of water per day. Our bodies are about 60 percent water, and just losin... 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 >>

The surprising health benefits of decluttering
(BPT) - Getting your house in order can be a struggle, especially as we age. Sorting through decades of belongings is often emotional and stressful, as questions and decisions pile up: Is this jewelry valuable? What should I do with all these tools I no longer use? Will this china set have sentimen... More >>

Boomer bonanza: 5 ways to stay in style on a fixed income
(BPT) - As American baby boomers begin to exit their careers and opt for more leisurely lifestyles, some 10,000 are expected to retire every day through 2029.While many are scaling back their incomes in retirement, however, most have no intention of becoming out-of-touch with modern trends and inno... More >>

Don't suffer high energy bills any longer
(BPT) - Do you cringe each month when your utility bills arrive?The annual energy cost for a typical single family home in the U.S. is more than $2,000, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. If you can think of a thousand things you'd rather spend your hard-earned money on than electricity an... More >>

6 sure-fire tips that save time and labor on yard work and gardening
(BPT) - It's summertime, and you'll want to spend many sun-drenched hours in the great outdoors. But while Mother Nature is flourishing, it feels like you're wasting too many precious summer afternoons and evenings doing chores in the yard and garden.Give some of these labor-saving tips a try so yo... More >>

5 tips for a bathroom worthy of any man cave
(BPT) - Every guy wants his own man cave, right? But an amazing bathroom is rarely part of that equation. Instead, too many men see a bathroom for its functionality when it could be about luxury, too. Why can't you have both?It is possible to create a bathroom worthy of every modern gent and the ti... More >>

Green Bay's Titletown is a travel touchdown
(BPT) - Some travel trends come and go, but others have staying power. Sports-themed travel is gaining momentum, and experts predict that it's only going to get bigger. If you like the thrill of competition, the history of the game and the joy of being a fan, consider sports-themed destinations for... More >>

Protecting your peace of mind, and your bottom line
(BPT) - How big is your retirement nest egg? Is there a chance you could outlive it? Even if you're socking money into your 401(k) every paycheck like clockwork, that's a question worth pondering. Americans are living longer, more active, younger lives. They say that 60 is the new 40, and if you lo... More >>

Classic cardigan? 5 tips for caring for your vintage wardrobe
(BPT) - As environmentally aware Americans join the movement to reduce, reuse and recycle, many are turning to the past to find unique, well-made vintage pieces to complement their wardrobes.The hunt for great vintage wear has become so popular that we're spending some $4 billion annually on such f... More >>

Simple ways to earn extra money without owning a car
(BPT) - Whether you're new to a city and are getting on your feet, or you don't want the commitment of a longtime lease or loan, there are countless ways to put some dough in your pocket without the need to purchase a car. Working with a flexible schedule doesn't necessarily mean that you need to b... More >>

Top tips to help first-timers navigate the fast-paced housing market
(BPT) - Across the U.S., the housing market is picking up pace moving into the peak of the summer homebuying season.In city after city, home prices are on the rise, up 2.3 percent on average between April 2017 and 2018, according to the RE/MAX April 2018 National Housing Report. And there are fewer... More >>

Don't let the summer sun blind you to this lesser-known skin cancer
(BPT) - Most of us look forward to the balmy breezes and cheerful sunshine brought about by spring and summer, especially those of us living in climates where winter is long, gloomy and bitterly cold. Yet as we get our shorts, polo shirts and swimsuits out of storage, it's important to remind ourse... More >>

Keep entertaining fun and easy with a make-your-own-pizza party
(BPT) - Pizza night is something the whole family can look forward to, especially after a long week of work, school and activities. Fortunately, pizza night doesn't need to be fussy or a lot of work. And for parents of picky eaters, it's a great way to help kids get a balanced meal by incorporating... More >>

5 things you probably didn't know about women's baseball and the 2018 Women's Baseball World Cup
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Are you doing enough to stay protected against germs?
(BPT) - When it comes to avoiding germs, some people take it to an extreme. They are fastidious about using a paper towel to avoid touching the door in a public bathroom, wipe down every square inch of an airplane seat and can hardly go 15 minutes without re-sanitizing their hands. Some habits, lik... More >>

Back to campus? 7 tips for a manageable college move
(BPT) - In many areas of the country leaves are turning, apple orchards are attracting crowds, football teams are starting practice and nighttime is bringing a chill to the air. For better or worse, that means college students' thoughts are turning to studying and everything else that goes with cam... More >>

Five-minute life hack: Tips to boost your career
(BPT) - The rapid pace of change in jobs means the era of one-and-done learning is over. It no longer matters what you learned in the past - to stay relevant you need to upskill. So if you want to improve your marketability and get ahead in your career, it's time to think about the valuable skills ... More >>

3 easy ways to get on deck with the right decking
(BPT) - If The Old Farmer's Almanac prediction holds true, this summer will be a hot one. The weather forecast anticipates temperatures for the season to be 'hotter than normal' across most of the U.S. If you're ready to kick up your feet and soak in these rays, now is the perfect time to get start... More >>

5 important tips to recruit and retain millennials
(BPT) - As millennials continue to expand their share of the workforce in this country, they're using their influence to change the workplace to their advantage.The generation of workers ages 22 to 37 is an important segment for employers as baby boomers retire in huge numbers to create what's slat... More >>

How to prep your home for a new addition to the family
(BPT) - Whether it's a baby or pet, a new addition to the family calls for new, unexpected responsibilities, and is bound to come with adjustments for every member of the family. While it would be silly to guarantee zero stress for the new family environment, below are tips for a transition with mo... More >>

4 DIY ideas for upcycling common household items
(BPT) - Crafting is a wonderful way to relieve stress and express your creative side - and fortunately, you don't have to be a master craftsman - or spend a fortune on materials - to have fun and enjoy the benefits.'A great way to get into crafting is by 'upcycling' - bringing new life into items y... More >>

Tips for empty nesters to maximize summer travel
(BPT) - With the kids out of the house and newfound independence, summer is the perfect time of year for empty nesters to embark on bucket list trips they've always craved. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by Tracfone, 68 percent of empty nesters say that traveling is a priority now ... More >>

Maintaining a healthy pH balance 'down there': 3 common triggers for elevated vaginal pH and why it matters
(BPT) - Many women do not realize the vagina is an ecosystem that requires a balanced environment to remain healthy; and events like menstruation, sex, and hormonal changes can throw off that balance. The result can be odor and discomfort, according to Lauren Streicher, M.D., Medical Director of th... More >>

Ready to switch wireless carriers? Answer these 6 important questions first
(BPT) - Changing your wireless carrier is an important (and potentially expensive) decision. Before you make the switch, answer these simple questions to make sure you make the move that's right for you.1. Are you free to go?While carrier contracts in the U.S. are quickly becoming things of the pas... More >>

Be prepared for the 2018 storm season
(BPT) - For millions of Americans, the devastation of the 2017 storm season is still fresh in their minds. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the cumulative cost of the weather events in the U.S. was $306.2 billion. Whether you were directly affected by one of those s... More >>

Simple, local nutrition: 5 reasons to feel good about the dairy in your diet
(BPT) - When you sip a wholesome smoothie or savor a slice of cheesy pizza, do you ever wonder who's behind your favorite dairy foods?More than 97 percent of dairy farms in the United States are family-owned and operated - and these families are as passionate about crafting simple, nutritious dairy... More >>

Future of agriculture grows at fairs
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5 pet-friendly preparations for your summer travels
(BPT) - On your most challenging days you can always count on your pet to greet you at the door when you come home or cuddle up in your lap in the evening. They are a vital part of your home life all year long, but when your life takes you away from home - as it often does during summer travel - ar... More >>

Heartburn help: Try these 6 tips
(BPT) - From the food or beverages consumed to the way we eat and when, there are many factors that play a role in the onset of heartburn. To help keep it at bay, internal medicine physician at Lenox Hill Hospital and Mount Sinai Medical Center Dr. Keri Peterson recommends the following tips:1) Be ... More >>

Quick DIY home improvement projects
(BPT) - The words home improvement usually conjure up images of major undertakings like tiling your bathroom or kitchen or tearing down a wall, taking hours or even days to complete. The fact is there are some meaningful home improvements you can finish in under two hours.1) Need more daylight? Hav... More >>

How homeowners can prepare for summer storm season
(BPT) - It's that time of year again when unwanted weather patterns like severe thunderstorms, rainstorms and tornadoes can wreak havoc on homes and businesses.While certain areas of the country are more apt to face tornadoes, virtually everyone is at risk for heavy rain, winds and hail, which can ... More >>

Take control of your social media experience in 3 easy steps
(BPT) - Does all this talk about data and sharing on social media have you confused? Is your feed too noisy and you're not seeing posts from the people and brands you care about? Social media should be a fun place for you to have meaningful interactions with friends and family. Here are three simpl... More >>

5 home-buying tips for first-timers and old-timers
(BPT) - Whether you are buying a home for the first time or you are just looking for an upgrade, it is never a bad idea to arm yourself with tips that can make your search go from overwhelming to enjoyable. Rather than learning the hard way about hidden expenses and difficult neighbors, there are t... More >>

One school's impact on the city of Chicago
(BPT) - One hundred years ago, the poet Carl Sandburg famously called Chicago the 'hog butcher of the world,' and the 'nation's freight handler.' The character of the city has changed with each decade, and throughout the years.Chicago has established itself as an educational hub, with world-class r... More >>

4 simple tips for hosting a memorable summer party
(BPT) - From outdoor cookouts to dinner parties on the patio, summer is the ideal season for entertaining guests. According to a recent survey commissioned by Delta Faucet, an overwhelming majority of homeowners (89 percent) plan to host at least one summer gathering this season. To ensure hosts ar... More >>

4 tips for keeping your pet safe this summer
(BPT) - There are thousands of reasons to love the summer, and if you're a pet owner, you love summer more than most.Summer is the perfect opportunity to get outside and get active with our pets. Between cool swims in the pool and brisk walks in the sunshine, summer is a great bonding time for you ... More >>

Tips for talking about Alzheimer's with a family member
(BPT) - It's a conversation no family wants to have, but one that can be vitally important - talking to a loved one about memory loss or cognitive decline.Mary Foss of Eagan, Minnesota, said she knew it was time to broach this sensitive topic with her husband Darrell when she noticed he was having ... More >>

Lower temps at a lower price: How to improve the energy-efficiency of your home today
(BPT) - When the seasons change, the energy needs in your home change right along with them. And yet, whether you need to heat or cool your home, there's one thing that never shifts: You want to do so as efficiently as possible.An energy-efficient home is more than just good for the environment. It... More >>

5 sunny beauty trends for this summer
(BPT) - Summer is here, which means it's finally time to part ways with your knit scarves and cute wool jackets - at least for the next few months. It's the season to bathe in the sun and enjoy the warm weather.Summer is all about having fun! Flip-flops, shorts, iced coffee and long nights sitting ... More >>

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(BPT) - Whether a five-course social event, laid-back barbecue or progressive dinner party, what separates average from impressive entertaining is innovative and original ideas. One way to catch the attention of your guests while tempting their taste buds is to feature chocolate pairings in your en... More >>

Are you a caregiver? Try these 7 resources
(BPT) - When David Bowen's father fell taking out the trash in 2016, it set in motion a series of health challenges the family is still battling together. Bowen, 62, hired a part-time professional caregiver to assist his father and his mother, who was battling Alzheimer's, but he found himself serv... More >>

5 ways to up your summer get-together game
(BPT) - Neighborhood cookouts are quintessentially summer, and totally fun. Because of that, it's no surprise that you may want to host them as often as possible, even every weekend if you could. But that introduces a new challenge - how do you keep your events fresh and interesting for your guests... More >>

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(BPT) - In the cold of winter, at the start of the year, people all across the country resolve to live a healthier lifestyle - yet summer is actually the perfect time to start your resolution. Think about it: the weather is beautiful, the kids are out of school and fresh produce is abundant.Instead... More >>

Businesses brace for a summer with record low unemployment
(BPT) - School closing for the summer may mark lazy days for kids, but local businesses are bracing for peak season. With unemployment at a 17-year low, and a record 6.6 million job openings reported at the end of March, it'll be tougher than usual to serve the seasonal boom of customers as the wea... More >>

4 Tips to Pull Together a Garden-to-Table Meal This Summer
(BPT) - The summer season is the best time for enjoying the garden you've worked so hard on throughout the spring months. As the flowers bloom, the herbs mature, and the vegetables ripen, it's time to celebrate all your hard work with a garden-to-table meal.Chris Lambton, garden and yard care exper... More >>

5 ways to help Dad out
(BPT) - Being a dad today brings with it many joys and challenges. From the kids' soccer games to tidying up the house to cooking healthy foods everyone actually wants to eat, it can be exhausting. Supporting Dad can make a big difference all year long, helping to reduce stress and save time. What ... More >>

Menopause and painful sex: What you need to know
(BPT) - This year, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Senior Health & Fitness Day. The common goal for this observance is simple: to help keep Americans healthy and fit at any age. This national awareness day is the perfect opportunity for individuals to make or renew resolutions aro... More >>

Take the sting out of summer with these pest prevention tips
(BPT) - If you're like many people, the warm months of summer are when you are most active outdoors. You're not alone. The same is also true for fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. New findings show these pests are more than just an annoyance, they can pose a health risk. According to the Centers for Dise... More >>

Easy and breezy: 6 tips for controlling summer cooling costs
(BPT) - As Americans gear up for sun, surf, barbecues and all the other fun activities that represent summer, they're also concerned with how to keep themselves and their homes comfortably cool this season.Of course, they're also concerned with controlling costs. The average homeowner spends nearly... More >>

4 Traits to Look for When Choosing Your Wedding Photographer
(BPT) - Planning a wedding is no small task. In order to enjoy the process (and stay sane), it's important to recognize early on which details can be decided quickly, and which ones deserve more time and care.When it comes to wedding photos, you can't go wrong with a little extra time and thought, ... More >>

How much will it cost to replace your roof?
(BPT) - How can there be thousands of dollars difference between contractor bids for similar home improvement projects on neighboring homes? And how can homeowners get an idea of what a new roof will cost?In general, labor for a new roof should make up 60-65 percent of the cost and most of the rema... More >>

Reclaiming the rooftop: Tips for decks with a view
(BPT) - Once reserved for the urban elite, rooftop decks are popping up all over the country as an attractive option that offers a mixture of space savings and an unrivaled view. Rooftop decks take what was formerly unused space - the top of a building or the flat roof over part of a home - and rec... More >>

Think you're too old to quit smoking? Think again
(BPT) - It's no secret that tobacco smoke can be deadly. It is strongly linked to everything from cancer and stroke to pulmonary issues and heart disease.Although the prevalence of smoking in the U.S. decreased from 21 percent to 17 percent of adults over the past five years, according to America's... More >>

5 tips for selecting the right railing for your deck
(BPT) - As one of the most visible elements of a deck, the railing serves an important aesthetic and structural role - adding support, safety and style. Here are five expert tips for creating the perfect perimeter for your outdoor space.1) Aim high and low - When choosing railing, look for high-per... More >>

4 decorating tips for the perfect outdoor entertaining space
(BPT) - When it comes to outdoor entertaining, making sure your space is ready is critical for enjoying summer - from its "unofficial" start over Memorial Day weekend all the way through Labor Day.Lowe's recently partnered with Julia Engel, lifestyle influencer of Gal Meets Glam, to style her new C... More >>

Great grilling tips and tricks of the pros
(BPT) - Across the country as weather heats up, so do the grills. You don't need to be a pitmaster to enjoy the fresh flavors that only come from grilling. A few simple tips and creative tricks will help you perfectly grill foods so juicy and delicious, you'll impress even the pickiest of palates.K... More >>

5 ways for families to tackle summer on-the-go
(BPT) - Summer is just around the corner, which means it's time to get ready for the fun-filled months ahead. From barbecues to sporting events and family vacations, summer can be the busiest time of year for families - but, there are some easy tips and tricks you can use to stay on top of a busy r... More >>

5 tips for creating lasting memories on summer vacation
(BPT) - There's a lot to love about summer: School's out, everyone's wearing flip-flops, the trees are a brilliant green and you tend to grill out more nights of the week than not.For families across the nation, one of the best parts of summer is taking off on a vacation. It's rare that everyone ca... More >>

Eating right and staying healthy in retirement
(BPT) - Americans are now living longer than ever before. In fact, one of the fastest growing segments is people over the age of 85 who will represent 20 percent of the population by the year 2040. Because we are living longer, certain conditions specific to seniors are also on a steady rise. Dehyd... More >>

5 tips for women to conquer summer discomforts
(BPT) - The summer season means balmy weather, fun outdoor activities, frequent travel and the opportunity to take a dip in your newest swimsuit. However, whether hiking or soaking up the sun, sweat and moisture can quickly become an enemy of summer activities, ruining fun and relaxation time. With... More >>

Summer nausea is a thing: 4 tips to prevent nausea from ruining fun in the sun
(BPT) - Summer is the long-awaited season for fun and relaxation, warm weather and quintessential outdoor activities. However, the season's most anticipated and exciting events can also lead to a not-so-fun problem: nausea. Whether it's chasing kids through the park, dreaded long commutes in the he... More >>

An easy start to better eating: Healthy surfaces and simple ingredients
(BPT) - When you become a parent, your child's health and well-being takes top priority. This is why when it comes to getting dinner on the table, parents these days are less likely to reach for that box of mac and cheese and other heavily processed foods. Instead, parents tend to gravitate to dish... More >>

5 tips to prepare for college when you have allergies
(BPT) - Going to college is the first time many young adults will be away from their parents and their home. With this newfound freedom comes new responsibilities, especially for those with allergies and asthma.'For most teens, going away to college marks their first time living on their own,' says... More >>

Stay agile: 5 tips for easier aging in place
(BPT) - While many of us may dream of retiring and moving away to a beach-side resort or cabin by the lake, the reality is that most Americans look forward to remaining in their own homes so they can continue to enjoy familiar comforts, activities and loved ones. In fact, an AARP survey recently fo... More >>

Home improvement: One repair at a time
(BPT) - Tis the season … for home improvement. Longer days, warmer weather and more flexible schedules (hello, summer break!) have a way of inspiring home improvement projects. It's as if appliances in and around the house emerge from the shadows of winter, calling out for attention. Sud... More >>

5 things you didn't know about Pinot Grigio
(BPT) - A warm summer evening, a cold glass of Pinot Grigio and a light dinner al fresco. Sounds like heaven. This is the season for Pinot Grigio, one of America's favorite white wines. It pairs perfectly with the lighter dishes of spring and summer - flaky fish, angel hair pasta with lemon and bas... More >>

Sizzling sips: The summer's hottest wines are made in South Africa
(BPT) - Summertime means weekend adventures, sunsets and toasting with friends and family. With so many wine options on shelves, selecting the perfect summer sip can be daunting. For those looking to impress guests with wine recommendations that extend beyond the the usual suspects, look no further... More >>

Thanks, Dad: 5 special things you can do for your father this season
(BPT) - He was there when you rode your bike for the first time, got behind the wheel of a car and when you simply couldn't figure out algebra. Your dad has been there for you through the good and the bad and he's given you so much that you can't help but want to give back.Now's the perfect time. W... More >>

For People with Diabetes: Get Active this Spring, but Check Your Feet First
(BPT) - Spring is finally here, and it's an ideal time to get outside and be more physically active. For those with diabetes, regular exercise helps increase circulation and is a critical part of staying healthy. But, before lacing up your sneakers, here are some important steps to ensure your feet... More >>

Don't Be Sidelined by an Injury - New Treatment Could Help You Get Back to Go
(BPT) - Weekend warriors are enjoying golf, tennis and jogging in record numbers. While many will continue to enjoy these leisure activities pain-free well into their senior years, increasing numbers face the prospect of surgery for bone, joint and muscle injuries. In fact, more than 50 million adu... More >>

5 ways to win the fight against hunger cravings
(BPT) - It's a sadly familiar situation: You ate a nutritious breakfast, packed a salad and ate a healthy lunch. You're eating better, cutting out the junk and everything is going well ... until late in the afternoon.Around 3 p.m. is when the cravings always hit. When your stomach tells you it want... More >>

Osteoporosis is responsible for millions of broken bones a year. Do you have it?
(BPT) - As people age, they become more likely to develop osteoporosis, a disease that occurs when bones lose density and mass, which can cause them to be brittle, weak and easily broken.Dr. Rhonda Randall, chief medical officer for UnitedHealthcare Retiree Solutions, answers questions about osteop... More >>

5 reasons to use a financial professional
(BPT) - True or false: You need to be wealthy to use a financial professional. It's a common misconception, but in fact there are financial professionals that can help at various stages in life, whether you're just starting out or nearing retirement. It can be a huge benefit to sit down with one to... More >>

Family doctors remind people that #MentalHealthMatters
(BPT) - Mental health and emotional wellness affect every aspect of a person's life, from work to family to leisure. One in five adults lives with mental illness, which can range from mild to severe. Many times, before mental illness is diagnosed, it can trigger physical symptoms.Take, for example,... More >>

Get stroke smart: You could save a life - and it could be your own
(BPT) - Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has some type of stroke. Even though stroke is a leading cause of disability in America, it is largely preventable and treatable. As May is American Stroke Month, it's the perfect time to brush up on the facts to stay as healthy as possible.Bayer Aspiri... More >>

Choline is vital during pregnancy: Here's were to get it
Nutrition is critical to consider when you are pregnant. You want to support your changing body and satisfy your cravings, but you also want to help your growing baby thrive.(BPT) - "Nutrients serve double duty during pregnancy because they support both mom and baby," said Dawn Jackson Blatner, reg... More >>

5 tips when buying a car for a teen
(BPT) - With graduation season and summer break upon us, many parents may be on the hunt for a new car for their graduate. Memorial Day deals offer some of the best incentives of the year, so it's crucial to know how to navigate what can be an overwhelming and exhausting process.'USAA helps members... More >>

Why world travelers are going cashless
(BPT) - What's your dream vacation?Whether you live to travel or only manage to get away for a couple of long weekends every year, you probably have a bucket list of places to go and sites to see.Sometimes it feels like there might be too many options.For some people, it's adventure travel in Basqu... More >>

5 ways shilajit helps you power through your workout
(BPT) - If you're looking to increase your energy, stamina and endurance to kick your workouts up to the next level, bypass the energy drinks and caffeine and turn to ancient Ayurvedic tradition instead. You read that right. The secret to boosting your performance isn't well known in the Western Wo... More >>

Alternative financing options work for growing small businesses
(BPT) - How businesses access working capital has shifted, as traditional methods haven't kept pace with the speed of business.Growth is one of the biggest indicators of small business success. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), more than 500,000 businesses have between 20 and 99... More >>

5 ways to get your kids involved at mealtime
(BPT) - When kids are exposed to delicious meals prepared with fresh ingredients, they are more likely to make healthier choices away from home.Registered Dietitian Emily Burson and Executive Chef Brandon Neumen, founders of School Nutrition Plus (SNP), are inspiring families to cook together. The ... More >>

4 common mistakes keeping you from a good night's sleep
(BPT) - Do you wake up in the morning feeling tired, even if you went to bed early? Do you struggle to feel well rested? Is it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep all night? You're not alone.Healthy adults generally need 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night, although sleep quality is just as import... More >>

4 tips for better vacation pictures
(BPT) - Whether your vacation takes you on a hiking adventure in the mountains, to the beach, to explore a new city or vineyards, chances are you will end up with a bunch of photos.With advanced lens technology on smartphones and professional-grade cameras now affordable and available to consumers,... More >>

Unlocking amino acid potential and building lean muscle
(BPT) - While the global protein category is nearing $6 billion annually, there are many conflicting theories and reports about the best combination of ingredients for success as it relates to building muscle. In addition, many consumers are easily confused by the wide variety of products available... More >>

The importance of NTM lung disease education: A teacher's journey to diagnosis
(BPT) - Donna was an active school teacher who loved tennis and bike riding, until one day, she coughed up a small amount of blood. Her coughing, coupled with constantly feeling out of breath, put Donna on a journey of misdiagnosis, hospitalizations and fear.Donna saw multiple doctors and underwent... More >>

Probiotics for a healthy life
(BPT) - According to super bug warrior and probiotic guru Heather Holmes, the human body naturally contains trillions of both good and bad bacteria that must stay in balance for optimal health; but this balance is fragile and often disrupted by changes in environment and/or routine, diet, oral anti... More >>

Women fight rare blood disease
(BPT) - National Women's Health Week is a time to empower women to make their health a priority as well as encourage them to take steps to improve their overall health. It's also an opportunity to raise awareness of rare diseases that disproportionately affect women.One rare blood disease called im... More >>

5 reasons to celebrate shrimp
(BPT) - Want a reason to celebrate? Look no further than America's favorite seafood! Shrimp knows how to get a party started. Beloved for its great taste, this bite-sized protein is a mouthwatering, flavor-packed option that deserves its moment in the spotlight. Don't believe us? Here are five simp... More >>

Easy ways to create your personalized garden
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5 essential planning tips to make your outdoor wedding perfect
(BPT) - There's so much to love about an outdoor wedding. Whether it's set on the beach, at a winery or even in the backyard of a family member, pledging your eternal commitment to your partner in beautiful natural surroundings makes the day extra memorable.If you're thinking of holding the big day... More >>

5 steps to the perfect fishing trip with dad
(BPT) - When you were a kid and needed to learn something new, you went to Dad, right? He's the one who taught you how to ride a bike and drive a car. He's also the one who taught you how to bait your hook for the first time.You've never forgotten these skills and now is a great time to say thank y... More >>

5 ways gardening and plants can reduce stress
(BPT) - In today's busy world, we're continually searching for new ways to slow down and unwind. This has led more people to discover the calming benefits of gardening and how incorporating plants into decor provides a way to reduce everyday stress.Studies have shown that indoor plants clean the ai... More >>

6 summer essentials to stay healthy and maximize the season
(BPT) - The long summer months are full of potential. From hitting the beach to hitting the open road, there are plenty of activities for you to get outdoors and explore the warm weather. To make the most of the sunny days and star-studded nights, you need to be prepared so you have fun, stay safe ... More >>

3 warm-weather home cleaning tips
(BPT) - Warmer weather and more daylight hours bring renewed energy to truly enjoy your home with family and friends. Spring is a great time to get rid of the lingering grime and grit of winter to keep your clean home happening all season long. With a thorough home clean, you can create a vibrant l... More >>

5 tips for towing trailers, boats and campers
(BPT) - According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 20,000 people require medical attention every year because of crashes involving trailers towed by passenger vehicles.These recreational outings don't need to go sideways - nor does whatever you may be towing. Here's ... More >>

Why quitting your high cholesterol medication without talking to your doctor is a big mistake
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Wearing a poppy supports veterans
(BPT) - For Ann Fournier, it started with a train ride. She has taken the same train at 5 a.m. and 4:50 p.m. daily for 30 years. She spends her hour-long commutes piecing together tiny petals of red crepe paper to assemble poppies to support veterans.Fournier's work has made her a symbol on the tra... More >>

Myths and facts about pain management in childbirth
(BPT) - Nearly half of first-time moms (46 percent) said the labor and delivery pain they experienced with their first child was better than they expected, according to a nationwide survey commissioned by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).The survey findings suggest that being proacti... More >>

Tips to keep your pet healthy in the heat
(BPT) - Spring is here, summer is approaching fast and it's time to get outside and start taking advantage of the warmer weather. Dr. Jeff Werber, Emmy award-winning celebrity veterinarian, has a few tips and tricks on how to keep your pet happy and healthy in the heat.Before you start your jogging... More >>

Looking ahead: 4 tips for scaling your small business
(BPT) - As the U.S. economy continues to move at a healthy pace, many analysts are projecting a 2.5 percent growth for 2018, which would represent the best two-year run since 2005.A big contributor to this growth, and to the high U.S. consumer confidence, which reached a 17-year high in Nov. 2017, ... More >>

If an injury or illness kept you out of work, could you pay your bills?
(BPT) - You helped friends move their furniture; now your back is so sore you can't move. You could be out of work and unable to collect at least three paychecks.Your doctor says you've eaten your last bacon-wrapped hot dog, or your health could keep you out of work for four paychecks.You made a di... More >>

5 easy ways to relax and recharge on a boat this summer
(BPT) - Looking to get away from the daily grind this summer? The answer may be to leave your stress on land and take those summer plans on the water. Four in five Americans say being around water relaxes them, and 72 percent feel healthier after spending time on the water, according to a Discover ... More >>

Are you 'in tune' with AFib-related stroke risk?
(BPT) - In 2017, nearly seven million Americans were estimated to have AFib, a type of irregular heartbeat, not caused by a heart valve problem. This condition increases the risk of having a stroke by five times. 'Tune in to AFib,' an educational campaign from the Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer Al... More >>

Do's and don'ts of attracting hummingbirds and getting one to land on your hand
(BPT) - Watching a hummingbird is enchanting. Their tiny size and incredible speed make them a natural wonder. Flapping their wings an estimated 70 times per second, they can move in every direction, or simply float majestically in midair.You may have observed hummingbirds in the wild, but you can ... More >>

Floor cleaning 101
(BPT) - Flooring trends change through the years as homeowners acquire new tastes and technology allows for a larger variety of flooring designs. Deep ebony and driftwood finishes peaked in 2017, while 2018 trends are pushing toward wider planks, gray tones and even durable porcelain tiles designed... More >>

Simple summer home maintenance tips for comfort and energy savings
(BPT) - Things will soon be heating up all over the country. In fact, the average U.S. household will spend 3 percent more on electricity bills this summer than in 2017, due to rising retail electricity prices and higher usage, according to the U.S. Energy Administration's estimation.Jennifer Franz... More >>

Wildfire protection starts in these 5 places
(BPT) - It's National Wildfire Awareness Week. So, if you live in a wildfire-prone area, make sure you're taking the right steps to stave off potential damage long before flames rage toward your doorstep.And one of the best ways to do that is to take a look at the home itself."It's a combination of... More >>

Changing addresses? 10 tips for busy baby boomers
(BPT) - For many Americans, moving households represents a fresh start and a chance to improve quality of life. Last year, some 39.4 million Americans changed residences, thanks in part to better affordability in the housing market.That doesn't mean, however, that everyone's moving process was fric... More >>

3 ways to set the stage for the perfect summer soiree
(BPT) - The backyard barbecue is a staple of the American summer. Long days filled with sun, fun, family and friends are what make lifelong memories. Now is the perfect time to start planning for your next barbecue, so you, too, can create memories you won't soon forget.However, before you fire up ... More >>

Chef Michael Voltaggio's kitchen essentials inspire culinary innovation
(BPT) - When award-winning chef and culinary visionary Michael Voltaggio was remodeling his West Hollywood home, he purposefully selected kitchen essentials that facilitate restaurant-level culinary innovation in a residential setting. Chef Voltaggio's home kitchen couples superior functionality wi... More >>

2018: The year of comfort culture
(BPT) - Are you in touch with your comfort culture? More than just a catchy buzzword, comfort culture is that sense of comfort and pride that comes from who you are, where you're from and how you do things. It's the space where you can relax and let the stresses of everyday life melt away, even for... More >>

Dogs can catch the flu? What dog parents need to know
(BPT) - Did you know that humans are not the only ones who can catch the flu? Unfortunately for man's best friend, dogs are also susceptible to their own version of it.Dog flu is a year-round illness that can easily spread from dog to dog, but isn't contagious to humans. Spring is a great time for ... More >>

Why small businesses need to think big this summer hiring season
(BPT) - Finding great employees hasn't been easy for small businesses lately. And this summer, the competition could heat up even more.Thanks to a healthy economy, unemployment levels are low across the country. Many companies will be adding even more jobs as the weather warms up - especially those... More >>

Brilliant blooms: 5 smart consumer tips for sending flowers
(BPT) - For Americans, sending flowers to show love, caring and concern is a longstanding tradition appreciated by both givers and receivers. It's so popular, in fact, that last year we spent some $2.6 billion on flower gifts for the Mother's Day holiday alone - $26.6 billion on floral products thr... More >>

5 questions to ask when shopping for a mortgage
(BPT) - Buying a home is a major financial commitment. It's exciting, but can also be confusing and overwhelming. Choosing the best mortgage that fits your needs is an important first step and first-time homebuyers in particular should research the many options and know the right questions to ask. ... More >>

How your lawn equipment is harming the environment
(BPT) - Spring is upon us and our yards are beginning to bloom. The grass needs to be cut, the hedges trimmed and the debris blown away. This is an exciting time of year as we all look forward to getting outdoors after a longer than desired winter season.As we begin our list of warm-weather chores,... More >>

A home expert shares top tips for a worry-free vacation
(BPT) - When it's time to embark on your well-deserved getaway, the last thing you want is to worry about the things that could go wrong at your unattended house.It's pretty common to wonder if everything is OK while you're on vacation, says Chip Wade, an HGTV expert. Especially since there are ple... More >>

5 tips for a memorable, stress-free graduation party
(BPT) - The nation's high school graduation rate continues to rise. With more than 84 percent of students graduating on time in 2016, it is at a record high, according to recent data from the U.S. Department of Education.In addition, the National Center for Education Statistics is expecting that 3.... More >>

New guidelines may alter the way you see your MS treatment
(BPT) - For people with multiple sclerosis (MS), many of the treatment options surrounding their condition are well known. However, in the past, many people with MS decided to delay using MS drugs for as long as possible and allow the disease to run its course. New guidelines from the American Acad... More >>

Why would manufactured homes require a title?
(BPT) - On June 15, 1976, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) instituted the Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards - more commonly referred to as the 'HUD Code.'With these regulations, HUD defined the safety and quality standards required for constructio... More >>

Consider a new way to see the world: The benefits of group travel
(BPT) - Many people long to see another part of the world but are reluctant to travel on their own or take on the stress of planning a vacation. Researching destinations, transportation, accommodations and activities can be a lot of work. Expedia research has shown that leisure travelers visit an a... More >>

Seniors are exploring smartphone settings to add ease, accessibility
(BPT) - The digital generation gap is slowly narrowing, with older users appreciating the many benefits of smartphone technology. Innovative technologies make it easier than ever to maintain social contacts, monitor health and preserve independence. According to Pew Research, 85 percent of adults o... More >>

6 ways to revive your home with essential oils
(BPT) - Essential oils, highly concentrated essences of plants, have the power to improve our lives, revive our spaces and boost our mood, whether it's through diffusing them to add a fresh scent to the kitchen, creating a spa-like oasis in your bathroom or whipping up DIY cleaning products to use ... More >>

Millions of smokers go online for help to quit each year
(BPT) - The internet is the first place many people go to get information on how to quit smoking. In fact, more than 12 million U.S. adults - a third of all smokers - turn to the internet for help quitting each year, according to a new Truth Initiative study.Published in Nicotine & Tobacco Rese... More >>

The most common causes of homeowners insurance claims
(BPT) - The value of homeowners insurance is often thrust into the national spotlight when natural disasters happen. The devastation and financial loss they can cause reinforces the importance of making sure you have adequate insurance coverage to rebuild if disaster strikes your home. In 2017 alon... More >>

Advice for adult children of aging parents who need help at home
(BPT) - Helping a parent stay active and healthy at home can be achieved with careful planning. The rewards of personally caring for, or managing the care of, a loved one who needs help are innumerable. It's an opportunity to give back and to offer a return on the loving investment they once made i... More >>

Having tax regrets? Here are 5 ways to pay less and save more on your taxes
(BPT) - Most of us know the feeling: Tax season can be a frustrating and stressful time. You have to gather lots of documents, remember all the changes in your life over the past year that might affect your return, and file the required paperwork before tax day rolls around.And while you do all of ... More >>

Easy tips to save money on health care
(BPT) - As Americans work hard to meet all the obligations that come with work, family and everyday life, many are challenged to find time to manage all the financial elements affecting their health care.The details associated with health care insurance can be confusing. At the same time, you want ... More >>

5 tips to create a personalized shed
(BPT) - The backyard. It's your oasis. Your happy place. Your second living room. It's the place to go not only for 'me' time - but quality time with friends and family.This National Barbecue Month, the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association wants to help you make your backyard the best backyard ... More >>

Health care costs in retirement: Can you separate fact from fiction?
(BPT) - As their 65th birthday looms, many people eagerly anticipate the affordable access to health care that Medicare will provide. After all, Medicare covers everything, right? Not exactly. Because of this common misconception, many people are caught off guard when they realize that each one of ... More >>

Maximize the value of your Medicare dollar
(BPT) - In a recent survey, 43 percent of newly retired people said they were spending more on health care than they planned. One of the primary reasons? An unintentionally misguided approach to choosing their Medicare coverage.To make the process of comparing their plan options easier, too often p... More >>

Insufficient salt consumption can be dangerous
(BPT) - New York City mandates it and now Philadelphia is considering it. 'It' is salt warnings on menu labels for any item considered too high in salt. The average American eats about 3,400 mg./day of sodium and recent studies indicate that's just about the right amount. Regardless, the federal go... More >>

If it can rain, it can flood: Why flood insurance is a wise bet for homeowners
(BPT) - The federal government considers floods the nation's most common natural disaster. They strike every state and leave homeowners with huge repair costs. Why? Because typical homeowners insurance doesn't cover flood damage.Those policies may provide protection for water damage when it comes t... More >>

The busy parent's guide to weekday meals
(BPT) - It's amazing what parents do in a day. You help your kids with homework, drive them to and from practice, whip up a meal everyone will like, make sure they brush their teeth ... the list goes on. Not to mention you have a job to go to. It's a wonder parents can ever find a few minutes to re... More >>

Problem Gambling: Know When to Stop Before You Start
(BPT) - The bright lights. The energy and laughter that fills the room. Casinos are fun and exciting to the vast majority of people but for some, they can be problematic.Casinos are a form of entertainment, so how do you ensure what's meant to be a fun and leisurely activity continues to be a posit... 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 >>


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