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February 17, 2018

Navigating Medicare: 5 allies who can help
(BPT) - Enrolling in Medicare for the first time or starting coverage under a new plan? It might bring you back to that first day starting a new job. You knew some of the basics, but you also knew there was a lot more to learn. More than likely, you got help from colleagues who have been around for... More >>

Improve your heart health in 2018 with these tips
(BPT) - When it comes to maintaining and/or improving your heart health, it's the little things you do day after day that can have a big impact on your immediate and long-term health.A healthy diet and plenty of exercise are naturally the first things you think of when looking at ways to support yo... More >>

The secret to sticking to your resolutions just may lie in your Medicare benefits
(BPT) - Despite our best intentions, 80 percent of us have given up on our New Year's resolutions by mid-February. Determined to make this year different? If you're enrolled in Medicare, you might be surprised to learn that your benefits could give you an edge in your quest to stay motivated and on... More >>

Eating healthy has never been more delicious
(BPT) - Yoga mats, kale salads, fitness trackers, standing desks and gym memberships. It seems like everywhere you look, people are taking strides to get healthier. And with good reason.In the U.S., 37.9 percent of adults aged 20 and older suffer from obesity, and heart disease accounts for one out... More >>

An underutilized retirement strategy
(BPT) - Across the nation, thousands of seniors have used a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), commonly called a reverse mortgage loan, as a savvy way to access the equity in their homes as part of their retirement strategy.Those who are interested in a reverse mortgage loan should know that t... More >>

5 ways to support your child and address issues at school
(BPT) - Children and teens experience some of the most important moments of their lives at school. It's where they spend two-thirds of their waking hours. Of course, school can be stressful, too - and not just because of pop quizzes and science projects.'Stress isn't the same for all children, and ... More >>

Add fire safety to your family's routine
(BPT) - Think of all the items you replace regularly - your cellphone, lightbulbs and even your toothbrush. But when was the last time you replaced your smoke alarm batteries, or even the alarms themselves? It's easy to overlook, but the time to think about fire safety is now - before an emergency ... More >>

Mix, match and mosaic: The top interior design trends of 2018
(BPT) - Whether you're redecorating your home, changing up that old carpet for warm hardwood flooring, or just longing for a fresh coat of paint and some new accents in the living room, the design trends this year are all about texture, style and surprises. It's hardwood floors celebrating knots an... More >>

New research calls pistachios superfood for people with desk jobs
(BPT) - Recent research is giving the 86 percent of Americans who sit all day at their jobs new reasons to reach for a handful of nuts while at work, and in particular, pistachios. Adding to an increasing volume of research around the health benefits of pistachios, one study and a national survey i... More >>

Take a pre-cruise vacation and 'live like a local' on Florida's Space Coast
(BPT) - There's something magical about taking a cruise. Is it the open ocean? The indescribable feeling of warm sea air blowing through your hair? The endless access to world-class food, drinks and entertainment? Whatever the reason, each year millions of people around the world set their sights o... More >>

4 tips for protecting your home this season and beyond
(BPT) - Winter is in full swing and extremely cold temperatures continue to grip much of the U.S.; which mean hats, gloves and high home maintenance bills could be in your future. According to recent data from the Insurance Information Institute, in 2016 severe winter weather cost homeowners more t... More >>

Fight for your sight: 5 tips to fight Age-related Macular Degeneration
(BPT) - The ability to see is one of our most precious gifts. Like most things in life, our vision may be impacted as we age. That's why it's important to learn about Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Prevalent among older Americans, it affects one in five adults age 65 and older, and is the ... More >>

5 top trends for your kitchen in 2018
(BPT) - It's your home's focal point. The site of some of your best moments and the base of operations for entertaining - it's your kitchen, and no room in your home is more valuable. A magnificent kitchen defines a home, and bringing your kitchen to this level means capitalizing on today's top tre... More >>

Transform the look and feel of your kitchen with an updated sink
(BPT) - While everyone would love a complete kitchen makeover, you can still freshen and update the look of this room by taking on smaller projects.The perfect place to start is the kitchen sink. Most people don't realize it, but a well-chosen sink has the potential to create the perfect focal poin... More >>

South African culture, history, and heritage come alive in Durban
(BPT) - Think of South Africa, and images of majestic savanna landscapes and roaming wildlife may come to mind. A South African safari is an unforgettable experience, but no visit to the country is truly complete without a cultural immersion. Luckily, the vibrant city of Durban combines the best of... More >>

5 ways travel will change in 2018
(BPT) - As international travel gains popularity each year, new destinations are added to bucket lists and new travel gadgets and accessories appear on the market. The way we travel has changed in the past few decades, but that age-old itch to explore and discover new places and experiences remains... More >>

Fresh beginnings: Clean your bathroom faster with these tech tools
(BPT) - If you're like most Americans, you prefer to have an immaculate bathroom - you just don't like cleaning it.In fact, in a recent study by Kohler (conducted by independent research firm Vision Critical), 42 percent of consumers admitted cleaning the toilet is one of their most disliked chores... More >>

Top trends to inspire your outdoor living
(BPT) - Outdoor living spaces rank first among special function rooms desired by consumers, according to the American Institute for Architects, and so homeowners are expected to be going all-in for the outdoors in 2018.Trex Company, a maker of premium decking and railing, has gleaned insights from ... More >>

Warm up with 5 DIY projects to tackle this winter
(BPT) - For the avid DIYer in you, the winter season may cause a little anxiety while you're cooped up inside and unable to tackle those outdoor projects you'd love to finish. The good news, however, is that the inside of your home needs just as much DIY attention as the outside - sometimes more - ... More >>

6 must-know spring break hacks
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Top tips for planning an epic family vacation
(BPT) - Are you dreaming about an incredible family escape your loved ones will always remember? Perhaps your dream vacation is filled with adventure while eating around the world and exploring castles in faraway places, or maybe it's relaxing on a private island with picturesque views of crystal c... More >>

5 tips from a tea expert to brew the perfect cup
(BPT) - For most of us, a little evening downtime is not a luxury - it's a necessity. After a hectic day of work, commutes, kids and dinner prep, we deserve to take a moment to slow down and enjoy some hard-earned 'me time.'Instead of using this time to stream your favorite show or scroll through s... More >>

Hidden fees add up to unpleasant cellphone bill surprises
(BPT) - Has this ever happened to you?You sign up for a great deal on wireless service, but when it's time to pay, the numbers just don't add up. That $70 service shows up on your bill as $80 or more, leaving you confused about how your costs have gone up without any warning.Extra charges on your b... More >>

Why probiotics should be part of your routine in 2018
(BPT) - At the turn of the calendar, many people begin taking action on what they plan to accomplish in the new year. Some have resolved to take up a new hobby, to save more money, to travel and, of course, to improve their health.New eating plans and gym memberships are common steps people take to... More >>

3 formerly misunderstood foods now a part of a well-balanced diet
(BPT) - Throughout history, misconceptions, misinformation and popular culture have influenced Americans' eating habits. Many foods that were previously eaten daily are now considered unhealthy. Conversely, some foods that were thought to be 'bad for you,' are now considered nutritious.'Nutrition i... More >>

4 tips to prepare for extended power outages
(BPT) - In the year 2018, it's very easy to take your home's power for granted. You flick the light switch and the lights come on. Same with the television and the microwave. It's easy. And should a storm knock the power out, you expect that it will be up again in a matter of minutes or hours.Often... More >>

Chinese history comes alive in Nanjing
(BPT) - In southern China, the ancient capital city of Nanjing beckons travelers who long to immerse themselves in Chinese history and culture.Nanjing served as the capital city of 10 dynasties and regimes over more than 1,800 years and is home to some of China's most significant historical attract... More >>

2018 remodeling trends that boost your home's value
(BPT) - A strong housing market is giving homeowners the confidence to invest in remodeling. In fact, homeowner spending on improvements and repairs will approach $340 billion in 2018, an increase of 7.5 percent from estimated 2017 spending, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity... More >>

Cut expenses without cutting corners on your bathroom remodel
(BPT) - When homeowners get the urge to remodel and renovate their homes, two rooms immediately top the list: the kitchen and the bathroom. In the last decade, we've seen something of a renaissance in home bathroom design. From an innovative use of materials to radically reimagined bathtubs and toi... More >>

Do the math: Homebuying now may save a lot
(BPT) - It is a common misconception that a 20 percent down payment is required to buy a home. Advice to wait and save a large down payment is often based on the theory that the cost of mortgage insurance (MI), which is required when you buy with a smaller down payment, should be avoided. This may ... More >>

The beauty of barn doors
(BPT) - Barn doors moved out of the farmyard and into the house a long time ago. Recently, however, they have become an even more popular and useful feature in residential design. It's not hard to see why.'Many homeowners hear the term 'barn door' and think of reclaimed, rustic wood, which may not ... More >>

Oh, baby! 5 unexpected (but common) symptoms experienced during pregnancy
(BPT) - Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman's life, filled with countless physical, emotional and lifestyle changes. Pregnant women often do research, read books or consult friends and family to determine what to expect during those nine months and how to best combat the symptoms that may aris... More >>

Why online eye apps may do more harm than good
(BPT) - Online vision apps can be a great resource for health-related information, but if you rely on them to preserve your eye health and detect potential problems, you could be doing more harm than good, the American Optometric Association warns.'Eye health is critical to overall good health,' sa... More >>

Make 2018 the year of helping veterans
(BPT) - For many of us, the new year is the perfect time to make resolutions that improve our own lives. What if, this year, your resolutions included giving back to a community that has sacrificed so much for not only you, but our country?According to the most recent U.S. Census, there are 18.8 mi... More >>

Keep your home pest free this year
(BPT) - Now is a great time to establish year-long goals and resolutions, including home improvement goals you'd like to tackle this year. The first step is to create a pest control plan for your home. It's important to establish good habits early in the year to help prevent potential pest problems... More >>

The Changing Landscape of Lung Cancer Treatment
(BPT) - At age 64, Bob Carlson was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer, and he felt the diagnosis was like 'an expiration date being stamped on his life, like a milk carton,' and the time he had left 'wasn't nearly enough.' Bob, his wife, Julia, and doctors chose chemotherapy to combat his il... More >>

Do you know all of your psoriasis treatment options?
(BPT) - Dru Riddle of Fort Worth, Texas, is one of the estimated 7.5 million people afflicted with psoriasis across the United States. A nurse anesthetist and university professor, Riddle understands first-hand the importance of receiving the proper treatment as quickly as possible and treating the... More >>

Escape with 2018's top trending color
(BPT) - Whether you've been a loyalist to the same shade of green for the last decade or if you're an evolving follower of trends whose color choices have shifted over the years, the trending color of 2018 is sure to surprise and intrigue you. Indeed, black is back. But how was this classic shade n... More >>

5 DIY projects that will reinvent your bathroom in a weekend
(BPT) - Ready to tackle your next home remodeling project and showcase your Do-It-Yourself (DIY) skills? Or maybe you're an aspiring DIYer, hoping to channel your creative spirit and try your hand at the next home improvement project? Now is the time to get started.According to experts from the Nat... More >>

Clear winter roads: What works and what doesn't
(BPT) - It is no surprise that in the winter we see many articles about how our roads get plowed and treated. Nor is it particularly surprising that winter maintenance practices often lead to debates over different methods and materials used to keep roads clear. One often-heard rebuke is that road ... More >>

Consider alternatives to opioids to manage pain after surgery
(BPT) - If you're having surgery, you can expect to be sore and uncomfortable for a few days, whether you're recovering at home or in the hospital. But it's best to limit opioids or avoid them altogether, opting for alternatives to manage pain and discomfort, recommends the American Society of Anes... More >>

What you should know to prepare for a blood test
(BPT) - A new survey reveals Americans are not aware of what to report prior to a blood test. Only half (52 percent) believe it is very important to report use of supplements to their healthcare provider before getting a blood test.With recent interest in the use of supplements like biotin as beaut... More >>

Healthy half-time snacking tips from a pro
(BPT) - Healthy snacking and making good food choices can be difficult any time of the year, but it can be especially tough during the big game. Business Insider reports that only 80 percent of people who start a New Year's resolution keep that resolution through February. This happens to correspon... More >>

Rent vs. own: Which is right for you?
(BPT) - If you're thinking of buying your first home, you've probably wrestled with the decision to rent or own your home - and for good reason.Owning a home is a big commitment. With it comes a lot of responsibility and a long-term financial relationship.But which is right for you? To answer that,... More >>

Improving visibility on the road this winter
(BPT) - As winter progresses, we are likely to see more visibility-reducing weather. Heavy rain, frost, ice and snow can all impair visibility while driving, including reducing the performance of windshield wipers.Reduced visibility can quickly turn your drive into a stressful situation, especially... More >>

Dermatologist debunks top 5 skincare misconceptions
(BPT) - Figuring out what's best for your skin can feel like solving a difficult mystery - everyone's condition is unique, there are countless treatment options and people will do almost anything for a clear complexion."When it comes to your skin, there are many elements to consider," says Dr. Davi... More >>

Start the year strong with this high-performance vegetable
(BPT) - Chasing a place on the podium isn't possible without the proper fuel for your body. Whether you're going for the gold or just passing the pigskin in honor of the big game, athletes and amateurs alike need the right combination of nutrients to take on their training, and sports nutritionists... More >>

Stuck inside? Easy tips to freshen up your living space
(BPT) - Winter weather means more time living indoors - working, playing, relaxing and staying warm. It's important to keep your home fresh by staying ahead of the continual buildup of dirt, dust and allergens. The following are some key areas to tackle for a comfortable and efficient home.Wash win... More >>

New year, new you. Be your best, most productive self in 2018
(BPT) - It's a new year, the time people traditionally take a look at what's working in their lives and what could be kicked up a notch. If you could use more productivity and efficiency in your life, you're not alone. Sometimes, it's all anyone can do to make it through the day unscathed, let alon... More >>

5 ways to achieve your New Year's resolution
(BPT) - Whether you want to lose weight, get in shape, read more or start playing guitar, there are thousands of New Year's resolutions to pick from. For most people, though, their resolutions have to do with losing weight, exercising more or getting healthier. In fact, 69 percent of resolutions ar... More >>

What New Year's resolution can you stick to and feel like you're making a difference in the world?
(BPT) - This time of year, many Americans are setting (or already breaking) New Year's resolutions focused on getting healthier, saving money, spending more time with friends and family, etc. These are great resolutions, but perhaps this year, you're thinking about ways you can make a difference. G... More >>

Want a beautiful smile? Protect yourself!
(BPT) - They say you can tell a lot about a person from their smile. From braces to whitening treatments, regular dental visits and good brushing habits, Americans do a lot to make sure their teeth look great when they flash a smile.However, one of the most important parts of a great smile, and ind... More >>

National survey reveals the serious impact Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) has on women
(BPT) - Though many women are reluctant to discuss 'embarrassing' health issues - especially those pertaining to gynecologic health - many don't understand the impact these same issues can have on a woman's overall health and quality of life. Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most prevalent gynecolog... More >>

Top ways to boost health in 2018 in under 5 minutes per day
(BPT) - A new year brings new opportunities to focus on health and fitness. The following are four easy ways to boost your health in less than five minutes per day.Drink water before each meal.Drinking enough water each day helps to boost hydration, improve energy and aid digestion. But drinking be... More >>

Common tax mistakes to avoid in 2018
(BPT) - Life changes - getting married, having a baby, buying or selling a home, sending a child off to college or retiring - often come with changes to your tax situation. Overlooking these changes when filing your taxes can lead taxpayers to make mistakes that leave money on the table, potentiall... More >>

The truth about what makes your skin dry and itchy in the winter
(BPT) - We wait all year for activities that come along with winter, like sipping hot cocoa by the fire or staying in to snuggle up under cozy blankets while re-watching our favorite movies.The winter season also brings some less-than-desirable side effects, though. An all-too-common winter woe is ... More >>

Here's how the tax reform plan could affect you
(BPT) - With the newly passed tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), now is the time to start thinking about how this will affect you so that you can plan ahead for the outcomes you will start to feel in your paycheck as early as February 2018.This tax reform affects virtually everyone;... More >>

5 spring remodeling projects sure to brighten your home
(BPT) - During the coldest months of the year, it's hard not to think about the warmer months to come - and all that they hold. You may already be planning your next vacation or outdoor activities to host in your backyard this summer. Now is the time to brainstorm about your spring home remodeling ... More >>

5 physician-approved nutrition tips to look and feel your best
(BPT) - Looking and feeling your best go hand in hand. When you take charge of your well-being, you'll feel healthier inside and out. Small efforts every day add up to a big impact."By taking specific steps each day, you can optimize your beauty hormones," says Dr. Shelena Lalji, founder of Dr. She... More >>

3 things you might not know about boat shows
(BPT) - Winter may be frigid for many, but it's an ideal time to plan for warmer days ahead and make dreams of owning a boat a reality. Boat shows across the country offer some of the hottest deals around, with special pricing and incentives on new boat models and marine accessories - a major draw ... More >>

Options available to help students pay for college
(BPT) - With student debt increasingly becoming a long-term burden on graduates and families, says Peter Gayle, a vice president for Prudential Advisors, it's never been more important to minimize the out-of-pocket expenses to put a student through college - and reduce reliance on student loans.To ... More >>

Resolve to get more shut-eye? Here are 4 sleep hacks to help
(BPT) - As the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve, millions of people vow to eat better, work out more and lead a healthier life.But something is missing from this equation. While eating well and getting exercise are extremely important, too often people neglect the keystone of good health: s... More >>

Wellness begins at home: 5 tips for a healthier, happier home
(BPT) - From diets to exercise routines to standing at our desks while we work, we do a lot to stay healthy. Most of the time this involves focusing on what we eat and how we move. No doubt this is an essential component to good health, but increasingly, people are realizing their home environment ... More >>

Staying safe on the mountain this winter
(BPT) - You can feel it in the air: The ski and snowboard season has arrived, and some areas in the U.S. are already open for business. As snow sports continue to gain popularity, millions of people will be hitting the slopes this winter. During the 2016-17 ski season, the National Ski Areas Associ... More >>

5 cold-weather hacks for winter driving
(BPT) - As drivers bundle up to take on Old Man Winter this season, having a few tricks up your sleeve can be a big help in keeping your cool on the road. Here are five hacks for battling the elements and staying safe on the roads.Got stuck? Snow problem! Hazardous winter weather requires that driv... More >>

5 ways to feel good while getting fit
(BPT) - Setting intentions is a powerful thing. Then when you have that shiny new gym membership in hand, you feel like nothing stands between you and your goals to get in shape once and for all.Trouble is, lack of motivation, unpreparedness and busy schedules have a way of interfering with our pla... More >>

Useful tips to help caregivers navigate the cost of care
(BPT) - When a patient receives bad medical news, it can be a paralyzing moment. It's easy to see how any serious diagnosis can shatter someone's life into a million pieces, but we often overlook what's happening to the caregiver who's devoting their time and energy to provide care. On top of the p... More >>

Hitting the road? Stay connected on the go
(BPT) - Traveling but worried about being disconnected? Don't worry, you aren't alone. In fact, plenty of other road warriors are making sure their devices are packed and ready to go so they won't miss a beat.Intel(R) recently conducted a survey with YouGov to learn more about the tips and tricks c... More >>

1 in 5 drivers can't fix a flat tire. Can you?
(BPT) - For many Americans, fixing a flat tire remains a mystery. According to a survey from AAA, nearly 20 percent of U.S. drivers don't know how to change a flat. This is compounded by research saying there are 220 million flat tires annually - and each driver will experience up to five flat tire... More >>

Winter storm power outages on the rise - 3 ways to prepare
(BPT) - Winter storms can wreak havoc on roads, homes and personal lives. However, facing hours of cleaning up fallen tree limbs, shoveling snow or being cooped up inside with antsy kids might be the least of your worries. Experts predict more frequent and severe storms could lead to lengthy power ... More >>

The most wonderful (and stressful) time of year. Could you be suffering from seasonal anxiety? Find out how to cope.
(BPT) - Hot cocoa by a crackling fire. The sounds of family and friends' laughter heard throughout the house. Your favorite holiday movies on the television. This is the idyllic holiday scene. But what's the reality? Statistics show us that the holiday season, portrayed as the most wonderful time o... More >>

Would direct sales work for you?
(BPT) - The Federal Reserve Board discovered in a survey of working Americans that nearly half of U.S. adults don't have enough cash on hand to pay for a $400 emergency. If that's a concern for you, you might be thinking about joining the 44 million Americans who have found ways to make money in ad... More >>

Say goodbye to winter blues with vitamin D-rich foods
(BPT) - Winter got you down? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is estimated to affect 10 million Americans, according to Psychology Today. Another 10 percent to 20 percent may have mild SAD.Even if you don't have diagnosed SAD, it's not uncommon to have bouts of the winter blues. There are many rea... More >>

3 simple tips to get delicious, balanced weeknight meals on the table
(BPT) - Weekday schedules get crazy, which is why the first casualty of all that chaos is the family dinner.While most families say eating together is a high priority, day-to-day reality is different. According to a 2013 poll by NPR and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, only half of children in t... More >>

Growing need for ag expertise: Not all high-paid careers are on the farm
(BPT) - (BPT) - As the farming industry faces growing consolidation in the U.S., one might get the impression fewer jobs are now available in agriculture.In fact, just the opposite is true. Today, one in three people worldwide - more than a billion employees - work in an ag-related industry.Industr... More >>

Senior guest? How to prepare your home for older visitors
(BPT) - Whether it's for a special occasion or just because, hosting an older adult in your home can be a wonderful experience with lots of memory-making potential. However, for a safe and successful visit, you may want to make a few adjustments to your home before they arrive to make it more senio... More >>

5 Must-know Investing and Retirement Tips
(BPT) - Parents and grandparents typically pass down many things to the next generation - jewelry, furniture and other family heirlooms. But what if the best thing that the preceding generation passed along was their financial wisdom? Through years of investing and saving for retirement, Baby Boome... More >>

Boomers: 10 reasons to go nuts
(BPT) - For the roughly 75 million Americans who make up the baby boom generation, a healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons against age-related diseases.'It's vital at any age to adopt good habits to live a strong, fit and healthy life,' says Dr. Mike Roussell, a nationally recognized nutr... More >>

5 strategies for protecting your valuables
(BPT) - Home is your sanctuary, your castle, the place where you feel the most secure and protected. It is natural to feel this way. So, it is not surprising that you store your prized possessions and valuables at home as well. But is that the best choice for all your valuables?The recent wildfires... More >>

Humans' intimacy with technology: Are we all becoming cyborgs?
(BPT) - Do you think you could live without your mobile phone? What about the navigation and backup camera in your car? Could you drive as well without them? Could you get by without your smartwatch reminding you how often to get up from your desk to keep healthy or weather conditions for the day s... More >>

Baby on the way? Here are some tips
(BPT) - It's only a matter of time now. Your little bundle of joy is on its way, and for the first time you are about to be a parent. Think you're ready? Many people do and then the reality of parenthood strikes them. Remember your friends who said being a parent is nothing like they expected? They... More >>

4 tips to organize your photos like a pro
(BPT) - Are you one of those dedicated people who snap great photos at every meaningful moment of your life? And do most of those shots end up in virtual memory, filed away in a sea of unsorted images?If so, you're far from alone. Analysts say a whopping 1.2 trillion photos will be taken across the... More >>

Need a vacation where it's warm? How about a quick weekend escape to this sunny coastal getaway?
(BPT) - Step outside. Is it cold, windy and gray? Snowy even? Yep, those are sure signs winter is upon us. The bright leaves of autumn have faded, the pumpkin-flavored beverages are starting to wane, and the kids already are developing a serious case of cabin fever. But there's a remedy for all thi... More >>

5 ways to jump-start your heart health
(BPT) - If you're looking to improve your heart health, each day is all about making a choice that moves you in the right direction. You'd rather stay in with a big bowl of ice cream. But maybe today, you could click off the TV set and take a walk with a friend.It's easy to see why heart health is ... More >>

Top 4 nutrition predictions in the New Year
(BPT) - Several food and nutrition trends were in the spotlight this year, including the continued rise of plant-based diets, non-dairy ice creams and superfoods that are blasts from the past - legumes, apples and cabbage. It can be easy to experience nutrition whiplash in the New Year, but don't b... More >>

Tips to save money and energy this winter
(BPT) - Winter is a time of year when expenses can soar, especially your utility bills. Thankfully, Chip Wade, HGTV expert, has some advice on how you can save energy, and ultimately money, this year:* Lighting: LED bulbs are 90 percent more efficient than incandescent light bulbs.* Prevent heat lo... More >>

Infuse life into the bath for a spa-like oasis
(BPT) - Today, more than ever, homeowners gravitate toward design elements that transform the bath into a spa-like oasis. Designers look to incorporate pieces inspired by the natural world to bring renewed energy into the room and create a soothing environment. From fixtures inspired by booming wat... More >>

From cancer nurse to cancer patient: One woman's story
(BPT) - Throughout her career, Lindsay Norris had a close connection with cancer, helping others battle the disease. Then one day, it became even more personal.The 33­-year-­old oncology nurse still remembers the moment she heard the news of her own diagnosis - Stage 3 colorectal ca... More >>

Party planning made easy
(BPT) - Party planning should be about spending quality time with family and friends, not stressing out. Focus on fun and keep stress levels at an all-time low with these seamless shortcuts to pull off a get together of any size - whether a football or awards show watching party or a low-key movie ... More >>

That '70s home: 5 trends making a comeback today
(BPT) - Disco may be dead, but the spirit of the 1970s is not. In homes all across the country, people are adding their own splash of '70s style in updated, modern ways.Here are five current top decorating trends that have an unmistakable '70s flair.* More macramé, please. From dip dyed wall hangin... More >>

Meet the Winemaker: Q&A with Jacob's Creek's Ben Bryant
(BPT) - Behind every bottle of wine stands a winemaker with the enviable position of shepherding the wine from grapes to final taste. Ben Bryant holds that coveted role for Australia's leading winery, Jacob's Creek. Bryant shares his journey on the road to winemaker and the passions that influence ... More >>

Is It a cold or the flu? When to seek care
(BPT) - Your nose is running. You are coughing and tired. Are you sure it's just a cold? You could have influenza, commonly referred to as 'the flu.' Although common, the flu can be serious and even lead to hospitalization or death. Knowing the difference between a cold and the flu is very importan... More >>

Seeking a smartphone? Here are 10 things to look for
(BPT) - There are many choices when shopping for a smartphone these days, and the differences can be very subtle. Here are some of the key things you'll want to look at to make sure you find the one that works best for your needs.Operating System (OS): There are two different operating systems to c... More >>

Shortage of truck diesel technicians and truck drivers is countrywide
(BPT) - As the transportation industry continues to grow and baby boomers continue to retire, the need for trained diesel mechanics and truck drivers has never been greater. Job openings span the U.S., and many sit open while businesses feel the stress of a massive talent shortage.For people seekin... More >>

A cup of tea can be the best solution for everyday wellness
(BPT) - Before medicine and pharmaceuticals filled our remedy box, food and food ingredients were considered healing agents. Hippocrates was wise in his understanding of the special powers of food, beyond satisfying our appetites: 'Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.'There are many c... More >>

Seize the holidays with 4 festive twists on decadent desserts
(BPT) - It's no secret that the holidays are a time for indulgence. Nearly four out of five Americans (79 percent) say dessert is one of their favorite parts of holiday dinners and celebrations, and 94 percent like pie, according to an Edwards(R) desserts survey conducted online by Harris Poll amo... More >>

How you can improve your FICO Score
(BPT) - Anyone who has tried to borrow money to purchase a car, buy a home or open a revolving line of credit may be familiar with the term FICO Score. Most lenders use this scoring model, which essentially determines a person's creditworthiness."The FICO Score may seem like a big, daunting mystery... More >>

5 tips for speed cleaning your home
(BPT) - What is one of the biggest sources of stress? It's cleaning on a deadline, especially when guests are on their way.But with the right plan in place, even last-minute cleaning can be efficient and stress-free, says Debra Johnson, Merry Maids home cleaning expert.In an online survey conducted... More >>

Make your chip and dip a little more hip
(BPT) - Savvy hosts and hostesses know that the keys to a successful soiree are a room filled with laughter and delicious treats served. If you're hosting a special event with friends and family, impress and delight your guests with fresh, new takes on the classics.Here are some ideas for a simple,... More >>

4 DIY projects perfect for winter months
(BPT) - Cooler temperatures have arrived. But does that mean it's time to shelve your DIY aspirations for the rest of the year?Hardly.Colder outdoor temperatures may have forced you indoors, but they don't have to mark an end to your DIY pursuits. There is still plenty of work to be done and you ca... More >>

Science-based suggestions for self-confidence
(BPT) - A recent study shows your perception of your own image has a profound effect on how you present yourself to the rest of the world.Those findings could be empowering since even small changes to your self-care routine can significantly boost your self-confidence.The study by researchers at th... More >>

10 tips for entrepreneurial success from women, for women
(BPT) - More women than ever are entrepreneurs. However, while women continue to make strides in business ownership, the path to success is still significantly more difficult for women than men. A recent study reports that female entrepreneurs receive only about 2 percent of all funding, despite ow... More >>

3 tips to keep your home cozy all winter
(BPT) - Every year, homeowners across the country take precautionary steps to winterize their homes to protect against burst water pipes as well as improve their overall comfort throughout the colder months. Winterizing your home goes beyond just ensuring snow and chills stay out. These three tips ... More >>

Java journeys in El Salvador offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences
(BPT) - Americans' love for coffee is inspiring them to embark on java journeys around the world, leading them to stunning locations where coffee is an important part of daily life.Coffee farming has fueled the economy in El Salvador and defined its rich culture for more than 200 years.Today, it is... More >>

3 ways to save money on diabetes medications
(BPT) - Controlling the 'ABCs of diabetes' - A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol levels - is difficult enough, but when you add that second C - costly medications - it's easy to see how one's levels can spiral out of control quickly.According to the American Diabetes Association, for the 30 million... More >>

Time-saving tricks that save hours each week
(BPT) - When you look at your to-do list, does it seem a mile long? From running errands, returning emails and making hurried trips to the ATM, modern life has never been busier for Americans.You can reclaim your day by using a few simple time-saving methods. By simplifying common tasks, you can op... More >>

Women in agriculture are challenging stereotypes
(BPT) - About a third of the nation's farmers are women, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And most of these women are working family farms, since 99 percent of all American farms are family-owned and operated. Just under 1 million women farmers contribute $12.9 billion to the nation... More >>

Moms-to-be: Forget pickles and reach for pistachios
(BPT) - Results of a new study among pregnant women with impaired glucose intolerance during gestation (GIGT) or gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) - commonly known as gestational diabetes - show that eating pistachios may help manage blood sugar levels. The study is the first to evaluate the gluc... More >>

5 house cleaning tips for allergy sufferers
(BPT) - Many people turn to nasal sprays and antihistamines to combat seasonal nasal allergies or hay fever, but keeping the home clean is just as important in the fight against allergies.Keep the outdoors outWhile it is hard to control exposure to pollen and other triggers when outside, those with... More >>

6 home cleaning tips for pet owners
(BPT) - Having a pet may seem like the beginning of a never-ending mess, but the key to living with furry friends is preparation. Whether combating odor, keeping surfaces free of dirt and fur or removing pesky stains, taking preventative measures and using the right products can turn any mess into ... More >>

Try this protein-packed substitute to make lunchtime more nutritious
(BPT) - Cottage cheese is having a moment.Nutritionists and health-minded individuals have discovered that the dairy case staple can actually unlock a lot of mealtime solutions, especially when it comes to remaking recipes with a creamy base, such as tuna salad and veggie dip.Simply swap the mayonn... More >>

Top tips for selecting unique decor gifts for everyone on your list
(BPT) - As you strive for a happy holiday, do all your gift ideas seem ho-hum at best?It's a common holiday conundrum: You want to show all your friends and family that you care, but finding the right present seems impossible. If you feel stuck, look for gifts that will enhance the home, because th... More >>

Preparing for a party? Try these 4 tips
(BPT) - It's important not to allow the stress of entertaining large groups to become a burden. Below are four tips to help organize a kitchen and host with ease, creating a functional space for family and friends to enjoy.Plan aheadSet aside time early in the week to plan the menu, from simple app... More >>

Hearing aids making use of futuristic technology
(BPT) - The primary goal of hearing aids has always been to improve speech understanding. While this hasn't changed, manufacturers are now building Bluetooth technology in to the most advanced hearing aid microchips. This lets consumers connect to virtually any wireless electronic device.Read on fo... More >>

7 tips to support Alzheimer's caregivers
(BPT) - Caring for someone with Alzheimer's or other dementias is exceptionally demanding, and especially challenging.A recent survey by the Alzheimer's Association indicates many caregivers are not getting the help and support they need - 84 percent of caregivers say they would like more support i... More >>

What's the deal with teen driving crashes?
(BPT) - It's no surprise that teen drivers get into more traffic collisions than their older counterparts, but why? Some reasons include less driving experience, a higher willingness to take risks and passenger distraction. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that mor... More >>

What to expect if your child needs ear tube surgery
(BPT) - Ear tube surgery is one of the most common pediatric procedures in the United States, with more than half a million surgeries performed each year. In fact, by age 3, approximately 1 in 15 children will have had ear tubes. Dr. Robert Bridge, Chief of Otolaryngology at HonorHealth in Phoenix,... More >>

Home smart home: Boost your home IQ with smart appliances
(BPT) - If you think a Jetsons-like home of the future is still a ways off, think again. Today's smart home is here offering simple ways for consumers to operate their home, adding the ultimate in efficiency, convenience and enjoyment. It's easier than you think to create a connected home that lets... More >>

Embrace life's simple pleasures - like home-cooked meals
(BPT) - As temperatures continue to drop, it's time to embrace all the simple and cozy pleasures the season offers: gatherings with friends, fuzzy socks, hanging strings of lights to bring ambiance to those early evenings.Of course, the season can also bring on some serious cravings for warm and co... More >>

Home improvement insight: 5 tips to redesign with kids' safety in mind
(BPT) - Smart homeowners take a strategic approach to home improvement projects such as redoing a playroom, living room or bedroom to keep kids' safety in mind during the redesign process.By being proactive today, you can ensure your entire family can safely enjoy the results of your home improveme... 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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