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The Affordable Care Act and taxes: What you need to know
(BPT) - While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is no longer new, each year brings changes to the health care law. As you undoubtedly know, the ACA is inextricably linked to taxes so keeping up with annual changes is important. Given tax season is now well underway, here's what you need to know when pr... More >>

Give homes custom curb appeal with exterior moulding and trim
(BPT) - When it comes to home exteriors, the beauty is in the details. Custom homes have rich, unique exterior elements, including decorative moulding and trim, which enhance architectural aesthetics and create captivating curb appeal. But you don't need a custom home to enjoy custom looks. With ey... More >>

5 reasons you're not sleeping
(BPT) - Tossing, turning and constantly waking - it can be maddening when you don't get the sleep your mind and body so desperately needs. If you constantly struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep, you're in good (albeit tired) company.Millions of Americans across the country are chronically sleep ... More >>

Conquering the top 5 reasons people fail at fitness
(BPT) - Everyone can agree that regular exercise is important, so why do so many people struggle to stick with their fitness goals?If you've encountered barriers holding you back from committing to a fitness routine, you're not alone. The health experts at the Mayo Clinic offer simple ideas for ove... More >>

The answer to overcoming color cowardice in home decorating: more natural light
(BPT) - Have you ever picked a paint color you loved in the store, only to hate it when it’s on the walls at home? Or purchased throw pillows that you thought would be delightful on your neutral-hued couch, only to decide they look positively garish there? In both cases, you loved the colors ... More >>

Taking responsibility on winter roads
(BPT) - You can find a large number of alarming videos on the Internet showing cars crashing on snowy roads. We can see from these videos that driving too fast on snow or ice covered roads is risky and leaves you vulnerable to crashes. However, it's not just fast driving that causes accidents, but ... More >>

Starting the conversation about opioid-induced constipation
(BPT) - Results of a survey of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain sheds light on constipation, a common side effect of opioid therapy.The online survey was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of AstraZeneca. The survey results show that out of the 2,797 survey respondents who were prescrib... More >>

Tips for going green, saving green, with greywater recycling
(BPT) - Water conservation isn’t just for Californians and others who live in dry climates. Although the Golden State’s water woes grabbed headlines last summer, it’s not the only state potentially facing water shortages. Nor is it the only one where conservation-minded homeowners... More >>

3 tips for evaluating what your business is worth
(BPT) - Financial and business education is a critical pathway for the future of America’s small business community.To start with, business owners should ask themselves: “What is the true value of my business?” It’s an important question because the value of your business wi... More >>

8 homeowner dilemmas solved with 1 simple fix
(BPT) - Unless you are the latest lottery winner or Queen of England (thank you for reading, your Majesty), you try to make your home improvements really count, and sometimes have to choose one upgrade over another. What if we told you there is a rather quick improvement that will take care of eigh... More >>

Learn from HIV: The importance of finding and sharing HIV information and HIV-related resources online
(BPT) - For many of us, the search for information and advice starts online. Finding content has never been easier, from sports trivia to family recipes, and 41 percent of all internet users search for and share posts from others. But the benefits of social sharing extend beyond receiving “li... More >>

Windows and skylights 101: What to know when adding windows, roof windows or skylights to your home
(BPT) - Is your home chilly and dark in winter, or stuffy and dark in the summer? If your home has too small or too few windows, it can be difficult to get the natural light and ventilation you crave, and need for good health. You may look around your digs and think, “this place could stand s... More >>

Visualizing success: 6 ways to set yourself apart in business
(BPT) - More than half a million new businesses emerge onto the scene over the course of each month, according to Forbes Entrepreneurs. But even more businesses shut down than start up. Whether you’re a new business owner or an employee looking to take your career to the next level, it’... More >>

6 musts for an award-winning viewing party
(BPT) - Award season is here. Each year, Hollywood rolls out the red carpet to celebrate the industry’s hottest movies, shows and stars. Make it a night to remember by bringing the festivities into your home with an award show viewing party.1. Engage guests with entertaining invitations.Free ... More >>

A tisket a tasket a Valentine's Day basket: 5 ways to send a message of love
(BPT) - Valentine’s Day is a time for building memories and connections with your child to show the special people in your life you care. With so many options for gifts and little ways to show how you feel, it’s hard to decide where to start… and why limit the fun? This year, sta... More >>

3 tips for breaking the DIY barrier
(BPT) - Whether inspired by countless cable shows or the desire to have the perfect kitchen, more Americans are doing their own home improvement projects. Laying hardwood floors, installing plumbing and replacing windows has become another DIY task like changing your oil.Consider these following ti... More >>

To grandmother's house we go: The hazards of a grandparent's home
(BPT) - It is no secret that grandparents play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren. From giving encouragement and life advice, to helping out as a caretaker, many turn to their grandparents for support. In fact, 72 percent of grandparents take care of their grandchildren on a regu... More >>

Proper flu etiquette to help keep you and your family flu-free
(BPT) - It came out of nowhere. The sudden fever, aches, and chills you’re experiencing are unbearable. You crawl into bed, thinking there’s not much you can do. You already feel guilty for bringing the flu home to your kids and spouse. You can try to fight it, but the virus will likely... More >>

Your four-step plan to changing careers and becoming a teacher
(BPT) - What's your goal for 2016? Do you want to lose weight, learn a new skill or quit smoking? Perhaps you've decided to set goals around your career instead. Earning more money or getting promoted are common pursuits, but what if your goal is bigger than just moving up in your current career? W... More >>

Tips on using a balance transfer to become debt-free
(BPT) - If you’re carrying a balance on your credit card, don’t worry — most Americans are too. In fact, the average U.S. household carries just over $15,000 of credit card debt, which isn’t a bad thing when managed properly. Let’s look at the big picture.You most like... More >>

Forget your dream job - 3 reasons to work for a dream company in 2016
(BPT) - A workplace renaissance is positioned to gain steam in 2016. Professionals are shattering the stereotype that the ultimate career goal is to work in a dream job and instead are seeking out employment at dream companies."While satisfying work is key to professional fulfillment, working for a... More >>

A resolution to keep: Save more money
(BPT) - Almost every New Year, money-related goals rank near the top of resolution lists, right alongside “eat healthier.”The struggle is real. Many try to save money — at least for a few weeks — by bringing a sack lunch to work, driving past their fancy coffee shop or ignor... More >>

Making the most of college financial aid: 7 tips you should know
(BPT) - What do parents of toddlers and parents of high school students have in common? Both worry about paying for college. With the constantly rising costs of higher education, financial aid becomes more important than ever for making the dream of a college education possible. So if you’re ... More >>

Homeowners liable for snow, ice control
(BPT) - During the winter months, it’s common to see shopping centers and business owners out and about clearing snow and ice from pathways, parking spaces and entrances. But this isn’t just good business to help customers get in the door — it’s also a liability issue should... More >>

New year, new boat: Why winter is one of the best times to buy a boat
(BPT) - Post-holiday sales aren’t the only deals to be found this winter. Winter boat shows offer some of the best pricing and incentives of the year — a major draw for the estimated 87 million Americans who take to the water each year, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Ass... More >>

5 tips for your Super Bowl 'homegating' party
(BPT) - Football has something for everyone: entertainers, causal viewers and die-hard fans all experience the joy of the game with friends and family. Why else would last year’s Super Bowl — averaging more than 114 million viewers — be the most watched show in U.S. television his... More >>

Transform your home today, stay safe tomorrow
(BPT) - While many can only dream of the day they’ll retire, for baby boomers, that dream is quickly becoming a reality. By the year 2030, approximately 20 percent of Americans are expected to be age 65 or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But retirement doesn’t necessarily me... More >>

Debunking detox with 5 easy fixes
(BPT) - Lots of things in life create messes that need to be cleaned up — even in our bodies. Think of a playroom after a long day of family fun — toys and games strewed about the room, which if not tidied, we often end up tripping over. The same holds true for our bodies. After a holid... More >>

Make your bathroom a retreat for holistic living
(BPT) - In holistic living, all things are interconnected, which means home design has a big influence on health and wellness. One room where every household member can benefit from the art of holistic living is the bathroom. With some strategic upgrades to the decor, fixtures and appliances, it&rs... More >>

The quick guide to home financing
(BPT) - It’s an all too familiar monthly event: you write out a rent check and wait for the funds to disappear from your bank account. But what if instead of making endless payments on something you don’t own, you could own a home of your own? When you finance a home purchase with a mor... More >>

5 reasons to restore your pelvic floor this New Year
(BPT) - Making your annual New Year's resolution? This year, try something new — something that takes a little effort but delivers big.Try hitting the floor — your pelvic floor. No gym membership required. This is one set of muscles you can exercise virtually any time, anywhere: in the ... More >>

Four steps to protect your home from winter water damage
(BPT) - Rain, sleet, ice and snow — no matter what form it’s in, precipitation can lead to major winter damage resulting in many issues for home and business owners. Icy roads, ruptured pipes and ice dams are all complications brought on by winter water, and the threat may be even great... More >>

These 3 steps will help you get out of debt this year
(BPT) - Providing for a family. Getting an education. Striving for the American dream. Sarah Thomas of Bono, AR, was like so many others, trying to better her life. She got a master’s in nursing in order to give herself and her son a bright future, but soon after found herself overwhelmed by ... More >>

5 simple ways to kick-start a financially healthy 2016
(BPT) - You banked your holiday bonus and landed that raise you’ve been hoping for, but the post-holiday bills are coming. You may be wondering what more you can do to ensure you’re on the right track financially in 2016. Fortunately, you can do a lot right away to start the year off st... More >>

5 ways to make your first impression a lasting one
(BPT) - Within the first few seconds of meeting someone, an opinion is immediately formed that can last forever. This encounter often sets the tone for the relationship that follows. So how can you make your first impression a positive one?Here are some tips to help you knock your first meeting out... More >>

Live long and financially strong with these 3 tips
(BPT) - By 2029, more than 76 million baby boomers will be 65 or older, according to recent Census estimates. While there is great upside to increased longevity, there are also challenges. Inflation, climbing health care expenses and ebbing safety nets are complex dynamics to navigate through an ex... More >>

Winter woes: Dry eye more prevalent in cold weather
(BPT) - Our wardrobes aren’t the only things that change when the weather turns chilly. Our bodies are often affected not only by the outdoor changes, but inside changes as well. The body part that receives most of the brunt from winter weather is our eyes.Between the harsh winter winds and t... More >>

5 tips for creating a sound financial strategy
(BPT) - Many people want to know the secret to financial success. Whether they should be saving more, protecting more, investing more or spending less — everyone wants a silver bullet to set them on the road to financial success. There is no silver bullet.The key is to have discussions with y... More >>

4 ways to go green this new year
(BPT) - This new year means fun-filled celebrations, spending time with loved ones and the excitement of new changes in the coming year. It’s also the perfect opportunity to break old habits and create new, healthy ones. While many put exercising, eating healthy or traveling at the top of the... More >>

All the rage: What's trending in hardwood flooring
(BPT) - After months of online browsing, you’ve found the perfect, wide plank hardwood flooring. Or so you think! You absolutely love the look, but how can you be sure it’s the right product for you? Ask the pros.In order to make an informed, purchasing decision, Linda Jovanovich of the... More >>

This year, resolve to make the most of your employee benefits
(BPT) - Many Americans start the New Year by resolving to improve their lives by exercising more, losing weight or making other changes. Based on research findings, one in five should resolve to put their financial house in order.Research by MassMutual shows that many Americans struggle with their ... More >>

Five hacks to travel smart with your smartphone
(BPT) - Whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple or with your entire extended family, there’s one thing you likely won’t forget to bring on your trip: your smartphone or tablet. Nearly two-thirds of Americans are now smartphone owners, according to the Pew Research Center, and a... More >>

5 tips to help protect and maximize your new smartphone
(BPT) - Are you celebrating the new year by gifting a smartphone to yourself or loved ones? A whopping 65 percent of all Americans, roughly 160 million people, were planning to buy tech gifts this holiday season, according to the Consumer Technology Association's 22nd Annual CE Holid... More >>

4 tips to #LoveYourCurls this winter season
(BPT) - With the temperature quickly cooling down, you’ll want to look your best and treat your curls with the love and care they deserve. Winter can be stressful on your hair, especially curls, forcing you to make changes in your hair-care routine.Because no two curls are the same, Dove Hair... More >>

Healthy 5-minute breakfast ideas the whole family will love
(BPT) - The alarm goes off and the morning mayhem begins. You quickly wake the kids from their dreamy slumber before jumping in the shower. As everyone hurries to get ready and out the door on time, there’s one critically important part of the day that often gets overlooked: a healthy breakfa... More >>

5 DIY projects to help your home beat the cold weather blues
(BPT) - When winter is at its worst, most homeowners bundle up and hope for the best. But savvy do-it-yourselfers know that preparations and regular maintenance throughout the season can prevent costly damage down the line.So grab your toolbox and try out these projects to help prepare your home to... More >>

Domestic violence knows no holiday: Give the gift of support to a survivor
(BPT) - The holidays are a time for joy and peace. You can help keep it that way.For millions of domestic violence survivors, the holiday season is especially stressful. As you gather with friends and family, pay special attention to those around you. If you suspect someone you care about is being ... More >>

Top travel trend for 2016: Dude ranches
(BPT) - Planning a trip for 2016? While the beach is warm and a cruise ship is lovely, you’ve done those trips before. This year you want something unique that will create lasting memories and bring you closer to your family.“More people are visiting dude ranches due to the desire to do... More >>

Which 2016 dining trend do you want to try most?
(BPT) - Around-the-clock food shows, celebrity guests and niche themed restaurants are just a few reasons the fine food movement continues to experience extraordinary growth. In 2016, more people will be seeking upscale dining experiences that focus on the unique to the luxurious — and they&r... More >>

Financial resolutions: Are you saving for retirement?
(BPT) - The start of a new year is a great time to look forward with a fresh outlook, as well as to set goals. As you think about what you want to accomplish next year, consider your financial savings habits. How much are you putting away for the future? Could you begin to save for retirement, or i... More >>

Resolve to cut clutter: Quick, easy ways to bring order to the kitchen
(BPT) - The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but it’s also home to a lot of clutter. From food and utensils to small appliances and phone chargers, the kitchen is the second most-cluttered room in the house, according to a Moen Consumer and Market Insights Group. But, that doesn’t ... More >>

Make your new house feel like home to your family pets
(BPT) - Moving into a new home is exciting — for the humans in the family. It can be less comfortable for pets who need time to adjust to a new environment, learn their way around and discover the best nap spots in their new home. As a loving pet parent, you want every member of your family t... More >>

New season, new tires: what you need to know about all-season and all-terrain
(BPT) - If your vehicle is more to you than just a tool that gets you to and from work, then you’re always looking for new ways to maximize your drive time. As seasons change, your pursuits do as well which requires considerations about road conditions and weather when choosing the best equip... More >>

Strong El Nino prediction: Ways to act now to protect your home
(BPT) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced a very significant El Niño event will likely continue through winter 2016. While this might provide some relief from the 4-year drought currently affecting much of the West, it may also mean severe rains, winds,... More >>

5 tips that will help your small business make the most of 2016
(BPT) - Is there any time of year more important for a small business than right now? The business you do in these months will go a long way toward not only determining your day-to-day success, but the very outlook for the rest of 2016. So how do you make sure your small business is up to the task ... More >>

Life insurance can mean more than protection for your loved ones
(BPT) - Most people who own life insurance don’t think about it often. It’s something they pay for under the assumption that the benefit will be received when they are no longer around. But when you own life insurance, you can go to sleep at night with the confidence that you’re h... More >>

6 simple ideas for living happier in 2016
(BPT) - Saving money and staying fit are traditional New Year’s resolutions, but overly packed schedules and the materialistic focus of modern day life are inspiring a new goal for many people: to live happier in 2016 and beyond.“To make 2016 the happiest year ever, think about how you ... More >>

5 tips to protect yourself from cybercrime during holiday travel
(BPT) - Travel season is upon us, and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics says the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is among the busiest of the year, with more than 98 million people traveling throughout the season last year. These busy, unassuming travelers could be a hacke... More >>

5 easy ways to combat holiday stress
(BPT) - The holidays should be joyful and relaxing, filled with quality family time, but with all the pressures of gift buying, parties and traveling, you might view the season a bit differently. Whether you’re worried about money, checking everyone off your gift list or sending your holiday ... More >>

4 ways to focus on what's important this holiday season
(BPT) - In the midst of the busyness and bustle of the holiday season, it’s easy to lose sight of the important things in life, like spending time with those you love and making a difference in the lives of others. This year, take a step back and consider these four suggestions from Thrivent ... More >>

5 projects to create the bathroom you've always dreamed of
(BPT) - Work, social obligations, the kids – your life is go, go, go. Sometimes it’s impossible to find even the slightest moment for yourself, until you head home to your bathroom oasis and find a calmness to melt your stress away.But what if you don’t feel this relaxation when y... More >>

Trending holiday makeup looks add sizzle to holiday celebrations
(BPT) - Tis the season to be merry as your social calendar fills up with festive events. Don your favorite winter wear and get ready for some fun with glamorous looks to suit every occasion, from brunch with girlfriends to elegant cocktail parties.“The holidays are a fantastic time to amp up ... More >>

5 ways to say goodbye to bad family photos
(BPT) - Nowadays, it seems like everyone’s a photographer. This isn’t just because the cameras on our smartphones are always at our side, it’s because digital cameras have advanced in such a way that it’s easier and more affordable to snap great photos.However, having the te... More >>

Simple steps to gorgeous holiday hair and makeup
(BPT) - You’re donning a cute cozy sweater, you’ve decked the halls at home and now it’s time to dazzle with beautiful holiday hair and makeup.EcoTools Beauty Team members and expert stylists Christine Symonds and Teni Panosian have created a complete holiday hair and makeup look ... More >>

Out of gift ideas? Surprise loved ones with meaningful gifts they'll adore
(BPT) - After exchanging gifts for so many years with your loved ones, it’s easy to get in a rut. Resist defaulting to the same old robe, coffee mug or tie. This year, make their birthday extra happy with thoughtful gift ideas they’ll truly love.Great gift idea #1: A beloved book In the... More >>

Picking next year's work benefits? Check to see if these 4 innovative offerings are on the table
(BPT) - The last months of the year don’t just usher in the holidays, they also herald the arrival of open enrollment for employee benefits at many American companies. While you’re rushing to fulfill your holiday gift list, it pays to take a few moments to consider what benefits you&rsq... More >>

Smartest Black Friday shopping strategy: Buy the stuff others overlook
(BPT) - The promise of Black Friday deals can look downright amazing — who wouldn’t want to buy a 50-inch flatscreen TV for $150? But the competition to score deals on big-ticket items can be fierce and frustrating. You can be the third person in line when the doors open on Friday morni... More >>

4 ways to improve your home's curb appeal
(BPT) - You never get a second chance to make a first impression. This steadfast advice isn’t just for interviews and first dates; it’s also applicable to your home.Whether it’s a potential buyer or simply a visitor, within seconds of seeing your home’s exterior, that first ... More >>

Dashing through the store (on a budget): Tips for navigating holiday deals
(BPT) - The holiday season is a time to celebrate family by giving and receiving gifts, but it can quickly get expensive. Black Friday deals offer great opportunities to save on gifts for everyone on your list without sacrificing quality. Navigate the hectic post-Thanksgiving shopping scene like a ... More >>

Tackling the tundra: Top tips for 2015 snow removal
(BPT) - For much of the nation, freezing temperatures, ice storms and snowy blizzards will take over this winter. When it comes time to clear the driveway and sidewalks, there are smart measures you can take to increase efficiency, expedite the process and get back indoors fast.To conquer the eleme... More >>

Winterize your wallet: 4 maintenance projects to save money and prepare your home for winter
(BPT) - Cooler temperatures signal it’s time to switch gears and prepare your home for the approaching winter. A few modifications can go a long way — here are four key projects to winterize your abode, help you stay warm and save money this coming season and beyond.1. Stop letting mone... More >>

Embrace the holiday spirit and fight hunger in your hometown
(BPT) - Imagine helping feed 500 people in order to fight hunger in your hometown. Jill Chandler of Fayette, Missouri, does this twice every month. Her efforts through the Fayette Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry help feed approximately one-sixth of the city’s 3,000 population. In this rural ... More >>

4 DIY tips to refresh your home for the holidays
(BPT) - With the holidays right around the corner, people across the country are getting ready to host parties, dinners and more. Could your home’s interior use a refresh before the guests arrive, but you haven’t settled on the right idea? The key is to select one or two-day projects th... More >>

Bust holiday-hosting stress with these 5 smart party-planning tactics
(BPT) - When it comes to holiday get-togethers, no mood-killer is worse than a stressed-out host or hostess. Your guests may be willing to brave snowy roads, low temperatures and the fruitcake they know you’ll serve, but if you’re too frantic to enjoy their company, they won’t enj... More >>

Meaningful, efficient ways to give back this holiday season
(BPT) - Americans donate billions of dollars and millions of hours of their time to charity every year — and much of that generosity occurs during the holidays.Here are some ideas for meaningful ways to give back during the hustle and bustle of this holiday season – that won’t wre... More >>

7 ways to share a meal and fight child hunger this holiday season
(BPT) - The holidays are a time when children should be singing, decorating and celebrating with family, not worrying about where they’ll get their next meal. Yet one in five kids in America face hunger every day. Fortunately, there are many simple ways you can make a big difference.From pack... More >>

The top 10 painful jobs that rob people of quality sleep
(BPT) - Is your job literally a pain in the neck? From an aching back to sore feet, Americans experience a variety of different aches and pains attributed to their jobs.While everyone experiences pain every now and then from work, some jobs are far more likely to cause pain than others. According t... More >>

Tackling insects, diseases and weeds can lead to a larger corn harvest
(BPT) - Some bake with it. Some decorate with it. Some wander around for hours in it. We’re talking about corn: the edible, ornamental and downright a-maze-ing homegrown staple. Corn takes center stage in U.S. tradition, especially during the holidays. But for all the corn mazes (800 at last ... More >>

7 tasty twists to spice up classic holiday foods
(BPT) - Food is a central part to any holiday celebration, but after having the same recipe for the fifth or sixth time, even beloved dishes can feel bland and boring. This year, spice up traditional fare with a few unique twists guaranteed to have guests raving.Mushrooms give earthy appeal to stuf... More >>

How nutrient deficiencies are killing your health potential
(BPT) - Key nutrients are cornerstones of good health, yet deficiency among Americans is skyrocketing. Are you unknowingly suffering from a nutrient shortage?Dr. Ronald Hoffman, medical director of the Hoffman Center in New York City and host of the radio program “Intelligent Medicine,”... More >>

How to score Black Friday-worthy deals every day
(BPT) - Black Friday: the unofficial holiday when retail promotions peak, and the winter holiday shopping season kicks off. Americans across the country scour the Web or wake up before dawn to beat the crowds and score bargains on their most wanted products. But deals don’t only have to happe... More >>

Following a cleaning timeline can keep your holidays stress-free and your home fresh
(BPT) - The shopping hysteria and baking frenzy aren’t the only chore craziness you face during the holidays. You probably also engage in some major cleaning to ensure your home is ready to welcome guests — and return it to habitable condition after they leave for the season.Instead of ... More >>

Ways to celebrate, remember Native culture
(BPT) - November marks the recognition of American Indian Heritage month, a time to reflect on the vibrant tribes and cultures that first inhabited our nation. With 567 federally recognized Indian tribes, reservations and pueblos across more than 30 states in the United States, the cultural im... More >>

Lighten your load: Knowing your laundry personality can make the chore a cinch
(BPT) - Chic, trendy, sporty, bohemian, sophisticated, fun, classic — you probably have a clear vision of your fashion and style personality. But do you know your laundry personality? How you wash the clothes you wear is every bit as personal and unique to you as the clothes themselves. And k... More >>

10 ways to have a hassle-free Thanksgiving
(BPT) - From cooking an extravagant turkey dinner to readying the house for guests, hosting Thanksgiving is a lot of work. This annual day of thanks should be focused on connecting with family and enjoying each other’s company, not worrying if the bird will be dry or the kids will be bored. T... More >>

Everything including the kitchen sink: 5 high-impact renovation projects for DIYers
(BPT) - Do-it-yourselfers are generally a "can-do" bunch, willing to tackle just about any home-renovation project — except perhaps installing a new kitchen sink. But with the right innovative product and a little self-confidence, it’s possible to get fabulous results for kitchen projec... More >>

Freshen your home room by room with this simple ingredient
(BPT) - With the holiday season in full swing and family and friends visiting from places near and far, you’ll have a checklist full of things to do. Don’t forget to freshen up your house before guests arrive and keep it simple with one ingredient you might already have in your pantry.B... More >>

Dealing with the Dark: 6 tips to boost your mood this winter
(BPT) - The days have grown shorter and the weather has become colder. Approximately 45 million Americans are negatively affected by the change of seasons and darkening of the summer light. They experience a drop in energy, have trouble getting up, feel down, crave carbs and become irritable or wit... More >>

Millennials 'chronically' stressed but optimistic about financial future
(BPT) - Millennials — those between 18 and 34 years old — are now the largest generation in American history, constituting 25 percent of the population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. They’ve surpassed baby boomers in number and are poised to exceed that generation’s f... More >>

3 things you should know before taking cold and flu medicine
(BPT) - Between headaches, stuffy noses, cough and the occasional fever, chances are you’ll at some point reach for over-the-counter medicines (OTC) to combat cold and flu symptoms. OTCs are a safe and effective way to relieve minor ailments when taken as directed, but a new survey suggests A... More >>

5 DIY steps to help you stay warm and save money this winter
(BPT) - With the dead of winter fast approaching, it’s never too soon (or late) to prepare your home for the cold months ahead. With the goal of keeping cold air out and warm air in, make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family warm and your heating bills low.Proper insulating... More >>

Know the prescription for finding safe online pharmacies
(BPT) - Many Americans have trouble affording their medications. In fact, numerous recent news reports document the skyrocketing costs of prescriptions. Spending on medications was up 13 percent, totaling $374 billion last year alone, according to one report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare In... More >>

Top five tips to maintain your car in the winter
(BPT) - Ice, rain, snow and freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your car. To keep your family safe on the slippery roads this winter, it's important to take a few simple winterization steps.According to the International Carwash Association, proper maintenance can also go a long way in helping... More >>

The annual deck checkup: 3 steps to a safer deck
(BPT) - A little maintenance goes a long way to keep your deck safe, performing well and looking great any time of year. Just like you need an annual checkup with your doctor to ensure you’re in good health, so does your deck. While you may think spring is the time to check your deck, another... More >>

5 life hacks for a better cell signal
(BPT) - From calls to texting to browsing the Web, today’s smartphones and tablets have the potential to keep us in constant communication while on the go. But for mobile users who suffer through dropped calls, slow downloads or delayed voicemails, that potential isn’t always realized.I... More >>

Veterans: Are you missing out on key benefits?
(BPT) - There are currently 19.6 million veterans in the United States. These hard working men and women have access to a variety of programs and benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs during active duty and retirement — yet many are not taking full advantage. Why?One reason... More >>

Looking to buy a home? 5 mortgage steps you need to know
(BPT) - The home loan process can seem intimidating, especially for a first-time homebuyer. It is not a simple process, but it doesn’t have to be too complicated. There are many resources available to help you prepare for your home buying journey, and your mortgage lender can answer the quest... More >>

Spice up the holidays with creative, spirited ideas for using holiday seasonings
(BPT) - Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, vanilla — the spices and flavors of the season are as integral to the holidays as pumpkins, gift-giving and family gatherings. It’s hard to imagine ever tiring of seasonal flavors, especially when they illuminate baked treats and other holid... More >>

Getting ready for senior portraits? What you need to know and do for awesome pictures
(BPT) - Your senior year of high school changes everything, including how you handle school picture day. For 11 years, having your picture taken for school has meant putting on a nice shirt, combing your hair and trying to look like you’re not grimacing as you stand in rows with your classmat... More >>

4 ways to spread cheer and save your wallet this holiday season
(BPT) - The holiday season is often dubbed “the most wonderful time of the year,” but for many Americans, it can be an incredibly stressful time financially. The National Retail Federation predicts a 4.1 percent increase in sales this year, with the average American set to spend an esti... More >>

5 ways to boost your health in five minutes or less
(BPT) - You know those days when your normal schedule gets thrown completely out the window? You’re tired, overrun and can barely think about the next thing on your to-do list, let alone work on your larger goals or concentrate on your health.“Luckily, major results can stem from small ... More >>

Young heroes across the nation are using this life-saving program
(BPT) - Emergencies strike without warning and when they do, they often make heroes of the people who respond to them, including thousands of young people. From dialing 911 when an emergency arises to administering the Heimlich maneuver on a friend who is choking, children are being taught to handl... More >>

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