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10 simple ideas for maximizing family time throughout the summer
(BPT) - Today's modern family juggles a multitude of obligations that keep schedules incredibly busy during the summertime. Parents balance work, errands and housework with sports practices, day camps and music lessons. Fortunately, creating quality time for family doesn't require a lavish vacation ...
Back-to-school 101 for kids with allergies and asthma
(BPT) - There are lots of things kids get excited about when they go back to school. From brand new lunch boxes loaded with pudding cups, to shiny 64-packs of crayons and catching up with friends they haven't seen for awhile, anticipation is in the air.But if you're a parent of one of the 28 million ...
4 ways to boost your family's health
(BPT) - Summertime and outdoor fun go hand-in-hand. But even with blue skies and sunshine, most of us spend about 90 percent of our time indoors, even during the summer, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).With school out, families are spending more time with each other. This i ...
A+ lunchbox solutions for balanced back-to-school meals
(BPT) - Heading back to school means a ramp up in routine for lots of families. One of the best ways to not only support their learning, but also show kids you care - even when you're not there - is to pack a wholesome, balanced lunch.These tips and tricks will help any parent whip up something tast ...
Online school: Taking the road less traveled to academic success
(BPT) - K-12 education has evolved. What used to be a linear path to academic success has expanded to a variety of nontraditional options for families and students looking to chart their own course in and after school. Schools that leverage online learning, such as full-time virtual schools, make it ...
Drive away distractions to protect teens behind the wheel
(BPT) - Today's teens face more distractions than any generation before.Many don't recall a time when they were not continuously connected to their friends. Cell phones - which might have been provided as a safety precaution in case Mom or Dad was running late picking them up from school - are now t ...
Does your door lock protect against this break-in method?
(BPT) - From self-driving cars to Snapchat, digital technology continues to transform almost every aspect of our lives. While these big-ticket smart items make the headlines, many homeowners are more interested in how smart technology can be used to increase their level of home security.Today, advan ...
10 parenting hacks of ingenious dads
(BPT) - It takes a village to raise a child, and dads play an important role in taking on tough parenting duties. Sometimes their methods don't always go by the book, but through that out-of-the-box thinking can emerge some pretty amazing parenting tips and tricks.In honor of Father's Day, try these ...
Swamped this summer? 7 tips to keep your family healthy
(BPT) - The sunny days of summer are here and school may be out, but your family is still as active and busy as ever. It's easy to get caught up in a hectic schedule of activities, but don't let the summer hustle keep you from a healthy lifestyle. Enjoying the summer is about balance and planning. T ...
Top 5 most distracted behaviors and how to change them
(BPT) - With the average attention span only lasting eight seconds, and the need to multitask to keep up with an on-the-go lifestyle, it's no wonder so many of us are easily sidetracked during routine tasks. Mace, a globally recognized leader in personal safety and security, offers valuable tips to ...
Tips to get family photos you want to keep forever
(BPT) - If you’re like most people, images of your family are probably languishing on your smartphone or tucked away in the closet on an old computer. If you take a break from the selfies and invest in the time to hire a professional photographer, you’ll end up with beautiful family port ...
Stay safe from mosquito-borne illnesses with these simple tips
(BPT) - Despite recent news that Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that can carry Zika, chikungunya and other viruses has spread to 30 states, the majority of Americans have yet to embrace basic recommendations to help reduce the mosquito population at their own homes.That's the result of a new survey fie ...
What makes you feel fulfilled? Uncovering the secret to living your best life
(BPT) - It’s not money. It’s also not how many vacations you take, or whether or not you have pets, or if you own a big house. So what, then, is the secret to living a fulfilled life? The highly debated answer to this question might surprise you. Nearly 2 million people around the world ...
Top tips to make the most of your family's outdoor plans this summer
(BPT) - With winter in the rearview and warm weather finally here, millions of Americans have come out of hibernation and are looking to breathe in the fresh summer air. This year marks the centennial celebration of America’s National Parks and according to AAA, gas prices are at their lowest ...
5 ways to give back and support a good cause using social media
(BPT) - Today, it's easier than ever to stay up-to-date on current events, maintain a close connection with family and friends and to share your views with the world — all thanks to the power of social media. The convenience that platforms like Facebook and Twitter provide is now ma ...
Simple ideas to inspire your tween reader
(BPT) - Reading is a gateway to other places, time periods, or even worlds. It's also the springboard to success in school and beyond. Parents can inspire a life-long love of reading by encouraging and guiding their children, especially as they get older.“The tween years are particularly impor ...
Meet the millennial mom: Same infant feeding concerns, savvier about savings
(BPT) - Mothering styles can be as unique as the moms themselves and vary from generation to generation. A millennial mom would never think of putting her baby to sleep on his stomach, or using a laundry basket to transport her newborn in the car — yet those were accepted mothering practices i ...
10 simple, week-by-week steps for a healthier summer
(BPT) - Summer’s arrival means more time outdoors and partaking in warm weather fun with family and friends. If your New Year’s resolution to be healthier has fallen by the wayside, summer can be a great time to reinvigorate your efforts.Here are 10 simple things you and your family can ...
5 fresh steps to reorganize your spring routine
(BPT) - The changing seasons create a great opportunity to rethink your habits to keep your “always on” routine at its freshest. With some quick, consistent changes, you can refresh your daily routine and form better habits with minimal effort required. Here are five easy tips to feel co ...
Last minute DIY tips for backyard hosting
(BPT) - Summer means outdoor entertaining. Whether you’re hosting a wedding reception, a family reunion or a birthday party, you’ll want to make the backyard get together memorable. Here are some quick DIY ideas to help you get ready for a fun, stress-free gathering.Lawn prepA healthy gr ...
4 ways to make a healthier you right now
(BPT) - Stay healthy this season with these tips.You hear that? It’s a collective sigh of relief that warmer weather is finally here. No more heavy coats, biting winds and mounds of snow. Yes, you’re thankful to leave all that behind, along with the holidays. Because while it was great t ...
5 tips to embrace messes
(BPT) - Warmer months bring days spent outdoors, sweet treats and backyard barbecues. Spending time with loved ones outside can also mean many messes, big and small. With kids out of school, outdoor entertaining and keeping the house clean become serious challenges — even for the most organize ...
Bite back against mosquitoes this season with these prevention tips
(BPT) - From annoying itchy welts to serious conditions like Malaria and West Nile virus, mosquitoes have been making humans miserable and sick for thousands of years. And now, there’s Zika — a mosquito-spread virus that may be linked to serious birth defects. In fact, according to the N ...
Smart shopping tips for people with asthma and allergies
(BPT) - A stuffy nose. Scratchy throat. Difficulty breathing. It’s bad enough when spring allergy season reaps its ugly head, but when the things in your home trigger your asthma and allergies too, you feel like you’re in an endless battle to feel healthy.“Many household goods are ...
The right way to wash your workout gear
(BPT) - If you’re finding more stains on your clothes because the weather is warming up, you’re not alone. You may find yourself doing more loads of laundry during the summer, when outdoor activities like hiking and sports are likely to cause extra stains.To help you take on your growing ...
The important role vaccines may play in helping keep children and adults healthy
(BPT) - Every one of the nearly 12,000 babies born in the United States each day may be susceptible to infectious diseases. The good news is that vaccines can help protect children from some of these diseases.As National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) approaches, it is timely to remember ...
7 ways to keep your child learning this summer
(BPT) - When school dismisses for the summer, parents across the country worry about how much their children will forget over the vacation months. Will all those hours helping them with math and reading dissolve with the carefree hours spent at the pool or playground?“While a break from the lo ...
Make the most of an empty nest by creating the ultimate 'boomer cave'
(BPT) - The kids are off to college or living in homes of their own, and you have regained a big chunk of your house. It’s time to indulge and transform your home with a space especially designed for you.If you have been dreaming of a “boomer cave” — a place where you can get ...
Surprisingly simple potty training tips
(BPT) - Your toddler sits in unusually quiet concentration as you smile and give two thumbs up, the universal sign of encouragement between parent and child. After what seems like an eternity, when you’re about to give up hope, you suddenly hear the long-awaited sound of victory — that l ...
4 ways to make every day Earth Day
(BPT) - On Friday, April 22, millions across the globe celebrate Earth Day by participating in eco-friendly activities in order to make a positive impact on the world we live in. This special day is also the perfect opportunity to start thinking about how you can add small, environmentally-based act ...
Center offers hope for eating disorder recovery
(BPT) - Savannah Kerr battled anorexia for 18 years before she hit rock bottom and decided that it was finally time to seek treatment.“Suffering from an eating disorder was so hard, not just on me, but my family as well. It felt like having this dark part of my personality that controlled what ...
Turn spring cleaning into 'spring keeping' with 5 easy storage tips
(BPT) - Why do spring cleaning when you can do “spring keeping?” Organize all your gear in style while getting rid of the clutter at the same time. To help kick off spring in a whole new way, Karl Champley, home improvement expert and the winner of Ellen’s Design Challenge on ...
Want to know your donation really makes a difference? Give local, America!
(BPT) - Americans are generous people, donating billions of dollars every year to thousands of charities. Yet it’s only human nature to wonder if your check or online donation really makes a difference. It does — just ask Michelle Mott, the mother of a child who lost his battle with pedi ...
Meaningful, moving ways to support veterans this Memorial Day
(BPT) - "All gave some. Some gave all." You likely hear that phrase around Memorial Day every year, but do you know its origin? Or what Memorial Day is supposed to mean to the veterans who gave some, the survivors of those who gave all, and the Americans who enjoy continued freedom because of those ...
From at school to home: 5 steps to keep kids active
(BPT) - Nearly one in six of all U.S. children and adolescents are obese, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control. And with some struggling schools forgoing traditional physical education classes, health experts view this issue as a growing concern. The regular physical activity e ...
Taking a bite out of life insurance premiums
(BPT) - We are bombarded with messages about the importance of making healthy choices every single day. While the latest exercise and nutrition trends can be complex and often contradictory, we all know the basics: eat right, stay active. Still, it can be difficult to make healthy choices in the mom ...
Spring stain cleaning tips [Infographic]
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Give your home a seasonal refresh with these easy tips
(BPT) - While cleaning might not be as much fun as grilling burgers out on the deck, it’s pretty much a necessity. This year’s projects don't have to be daunting or scary. These simple projects can help you get started.* Clean the blinds. Instead of simply dusting, give your cu ...
Start your day with fun: 4 fresh takes on breakfast
(BPT) - A great way to start your day is to add breakfast to your morning routine. But as we all know, routines can get dull fast, especially after you’ve been eating the same breakfast for a few months. If you find your family is in a breakfast rut, it may be time to switch things up and add ...
3 tips for unbelievably delicious grilled cheese
(BPT) - As a kid, it didn’t get much better than grilled cheese: the buttery toast, the molten cheese and the savory satisfaction from that first bite to the last. Fast-forward to adulthood. Somehow throwing together two pieces of white bread with a slice of processed cheese simply doesn&rsquo ...
5 simple steps to creating gift baskets that rock
(BPT) - Graduations, weddings, birthdays, office celebrations, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and barbecues — spring and summer are full of occasions that cry out for a great gift basket. A big basket bursting with a bounty of goodies can be costly, however, if you buy a pre-made one. ...
Spring cleaning: 8 areas you can't overlook
(BPT) - Spring is here, which means it’s time to start cleaning. While a good wipe down can leave your home feeling clean, there are several overlooked items that could be hosting germs, dirt and dust. So when you’re ready to get out the broom, mop and rags, don’t forget to tidy up ...
The next generation of an American classic
(BPT) - It’s not always easy for parents to remember what it was like to be a kid. It’s hard to understand why a bug can be so fascinating, or how toy trucks or dolls can entertain one for hours. But if there’s one thing that can take you back to your childhood, it’s food.For ...
5 easy ways to relax, recharge and have fun on a boat
(BPT) - Feeling stressed? Adding water to your summer plans may be one of the best remedies.More than four in five Americans say being around water relaxes them, and 72 percent feel healthier after spending time on the water, according to a 2015 Discover Boating survey by Wakefield Researc ...
5 ways to improve the air quality in your home
(BPT) - Before you take that next breath, do you know what’s in the air in your home? Sure there’s oxygen and carbon dioxide — that much you know — but it’s the things you don’t know about that should concern you.A quick test of your indoor air quality can unearth ...
What television gets wrong about weight loss and how it's affecting kids
(BPT) - We can watch television programs, such as The Bachelor or The Real Housewives, and recognize that what we are seeing is a contrived “reality.” But with programs like The Biggest Loser, Fit to Fat to Fit and Extreme Weight Loss, the lines become blurred. The contestants are losing ...
5 tips for a satisfying spring cleaning
(BPT) - Of the many projects and activities people put on their annual to-do lists, few loom as large as spring cleaning. If you suddenly feel a burst of energy and a need to shake out the dreariness of winter, you’re not alone. While it may seem like a chore, many look forward to spring clean ...
What parents-to-be should know about prenatal screening tests
(BPT) - If you’re pregnant or hoping to become pregnant, recent headlines may have raised your awareness of birth defect risks. Contagious diseases like the Zika virus aren’t the only factors that can affect the development of unborn babies. Fortunately, prenatal testing can do a lot to ...
Learning and attention issues: A child's invisible struggle
(BPT) - Suzanne Lang fondly remembers asking her then 5-year-old son, Alec, what he wanted to be for Halloween.“The king,” he said, beaming.So they went to the craft store and picked out red velvet and white fur for a cape. Lang made a scepter out of cardboard and spray-painted it gold.& ...
Local farmers help hungry neighbors in rural America
(BPT) - For farming communities around the country, spring brings not only sunshine and blooms, it means it's planting season. Farmers are already working hard and planning ahead to ensure a bountiful harvest in the fall. Spring is also a time for renewed hope and the anticipation of the abundance p ...
Feeling lucky? 7 historic good luck charms explained
(BPT) - If you have a superstition or a good luck charm, you’re not alone. A recent survey polling 1,000 Americans reveals 72 percent believe luck contributes to their success, and one in 10 believe luck is the most important factor.But there’s a difference in how generations think about ...
Relax and engage: 4 ways to learn on vacation
(BPT) - With busy schedules and jam packed to-do lists, people often view vacations as a time to simply lounge by the beach and soak up the sun. And while that may sound like paradise, when was the last time you truly pursued a passion, goal or curiosity?Vacation is a great time to take your goals a ...
There's no free lunch and most workers don't want one anyway
(BPT) - You’ve probably heard the popular adage that “there’s no such thing as a free lunch,” underscoring the idea that it is impossible to get something for nothing. Yet most Americans wouldn’t want a free lunch anyway, recent research shows.Only one in five (18 perce ...
Five home-buying trends for this year's market
(BPT) - If you’re in the market for a new house this year, don’t be fooled by the brisk chill in the air — the spring house-hunting season is actually closer than you think. That means now is the perfect time to start your planning. Space requirements such as bedrooms, bathrooms an ...
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