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Create inspiring home décor with a DIY concrete coffee table
(BPT) - Concrete is a beautiful, durable and dynamic alternative to granite, marble, steel, glass, wood, tile and other popular materials used in contemporary home design and furnishings. It’s not only less expensive than most of those other materials, concrete allows homeowners to customize t ...
Easy, affordable home winterization ideas with big impact
(BPT) - Although you may prefer to forget, last winter’s subfreezing temperatures may not be an isolated occurrence. Weather experts are already discussing if El Nino and arctic air from a polar vortex will cause colder than normal winter weather throughout the country. Is your home ready to w ...
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 project ...
The cost of hurricanes [Infographic]
(BPT) - Hurricane season brings high winds, flooding and power outages to millions of Americans each year, resulting in costly damages and emotional strain. It’s impossible to completely avoid the devastation of these severe storms, but there are precautionary steps homeowners and busines ...
5 ways to increase your workplace safety immediately
(BPT) - For millions of people like yourself, the daily grind is all part of the regular routine. Today, across the nation, there are more than 122 million people who work full time just like you. And research shows that full-time employees work an average of 47 hours a week— sometimes it feel ...
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 Inf ...
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 y ...
5 DIY projects that can't wait until next year
(BPT) - Are you afraid your chances to complete a DIY project this year are over because colder temperatures are coming? If you are, the good news is there’s no need to worry. You still have plenty of time to tackle that outdoor DIY project and, if you act fast, even enjoy it for a while befor ...
5 safety tips for indoor pets that venture outside
(BPT) - Different types of animals and breeds have different needs, but one thing is certain: when the conditions are right, most dogs and cats love the outdoors. Like their wild cousins, our fur-covered friends typically welcome the chance to spend more time with Mother Nature.Of course, just like ...
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 r ...
Ceiling revamps: Leave the popcorn to the movies
(BPT) - Calling all DIY enthusiasts: Those popcorn ceilings have to go. They don’t get much love from homeowners or homebuyers, and they can really bring down the overall look and feel of an otherwise attractive room.Popcorn ceilings haven’t really represented stylish home design since d ...
Secrets of experienced moms to save time, money and stress
(BPT) - The first time around, being a mom means learning a lot of new things and approaching each new stage with caution. The second time around, moms know sometimes you need to wing it and embrace the imperfections (and humor) of parenthood.Through this experience, moms learn some amazing time-sav ...
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 i ...
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 ...
5 tips to keep your home safe and worry-free on your next family trip
(BPT) - Sunscreen? Check. Flip flops? Check. Home appliances? Check. While families are busy planning and packing for their summer getaway, they tend to overlook that their appliances stay on the job even while no one is home. Ensuring you have your boarding pass printed and bags packed before leavi ...
Green your space this fall
(BPT) - Fall signals the end of summer and the beginning of vibrantly colored leaves on the ground, pumpkin patches and refreshingly cooler temperatures. Early fall is also the perfect time of year to complete home improvement projects — the weather is mild, and you can clear your home of clut ...
6 ways to win the race against the clock (and the kids) each morning
(BPT) - Relaxed mornings are few and far between for the average American family, and it can seem like you’re always in a race against the clock to get everyone out the door on time. If it seems like your kids are making you 10 minutes late every morning, try these tricks to make mornings go f ...
Fibs or facts: Misconceptions about a common heart health issue
(BPT) - How well do you know your heart? Approximately 6.4 million people in the U.S. were diagnosed with atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem in 2014 and there are a lot of misconceptions.Atrial fibrillation, commonly called AFib, is a type of irregular heartbeat. There are two t ...
Simplify your fall beauty routine with 5 minute hair and makeup styles
(BPT) - Fall is all about turning over a new leaf. As the seasons turn, it’s the perfect time for you to update your beauty routine. Feeling time crunched? Don’t worry. Even though days are short and schedules are long, you can still create head-turning style with a few tips and tricks f ...
How to best prepare for hurricanes this season
(BPT) - - Hurricane season is upon us. Check out these tried and true tips to avoid property damage in the wake of a major storm. For more information, please visit www.servicemasterrestore.com.
Take the stress out of laundry with these timesaving tips
(BPT) - Laundry doesn’t have to be a dreaded chore. With these effective and efficient tricks of the trade, you’ll be able to take down laundry one load at a time. These tips will ensure your laundry turns out perfectly every time.Decode the clothing label When you have a long list ...
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 ...
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 packi ...
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 yo ...
Splurge or steal? 3 DIY home projects that give a high-end, modern look without breaking the bank
(BPT) - Doing your own home improvement projects is a great way to save money and still get the new look you desire. When you’re working on giving a traditional home a more modern feel, it can be tempting to splurge – but you don’t have to. It is possible to “steal” gre ...
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 fin ...
Tailgate at your place with these easy party tips
(BPT) - Football season is here, and it’s the ideal time to throw a tailgate party in the comfiest and most welcoming place — in your home, in front of the TV, along with your best friends and your favorite foods.There’s no question that football, food and friends make a great comb ...
From auto aromatherapy to planning ahead: 7 tips for a calmer commute
(BPT) - The majority of Americans drive to work — 86 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau —and it’s probably safe to say that all of them have been irritated by the commute at some point. Heavy volume, clogged roads, construction delays, bad weather and inconsiderate fellow ...
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 elemen ...
Defining home improvement ROI: It's not just about the money
(BPT) - If home improvement was only about increasing a home’s resale value, perhaps more people would live in homes that had steel entry doors, manufactured stone veneer and/or vinyl siding and interior walls that were a uniform beige. But when you’re calculating the potential return on ...
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 imp ...
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&rsqu ...
Cold weather and critters are coming! Sensible steps to keep unwanted animals out of your environment
(BPT) - Depending on where you live and what weather forecasting service you listen to, the upcoming winter may be brutal. Weather predictions can be as variable as the weather itself, but one thing is for sure – temperatures don’t need to drop drastically to inspire unwelcome animals to ...
One-room living: How to live large in a small space
(BPT) - As we seek to simplify our lives, the desire for small-space living — even one-room living — seems more attractive than ever. But whether you’re ready to join the tiny house movement or just want to get the most out of a compact space in your home, there are easy things you ...
Lawn care tips guaranteed to save you winter worries
(BPT) - Cooler nights and shorter days are a sure sign winter is on its way. Smart homeowners use this time to prepare their homes against the season’s wrath. You too can protect your property and eliminate winter worries with a few simple projects that can be completed in one weekend or less. ...
4 winter-blues-busting home improvement projects
(BPT) - Three percent of the U.S. population suffers from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) every winter, according to Psychology Today. But you don’t have to be diagnosed with an actual disorder to suffer a bad case of the winter blues — it can happen to anyone. Since climate and enviro ...
5 beauty tips to help you shine and overcome your insecurities
(BPT) - Cold weather is finally here. Time to don a coat and scarf and embrace all the fun these months have in store. And of course you want to look good doing it as well.To help you find that perfect look, author and singer/songwriter Tanille Edwards offers her top five beauty tips inspi ...
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 holida ...
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 s ...
5 college packing tips to take the fear out of back-to-school
(BPT) - Whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned veteran, packing for college always seems like a last minute endeavor. Most often, packing up for a move to a dorm is haphazard. You toss your belongings in boxes thinking it will survive the jaunt to your dorm. But what happens w ...
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. Th ...
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 ...
5 steps to cleaning out your garage
(BPT) - From tools and stools to trunks and junk, it seems the garage is home to just about everything these days — except the car. As summer gear is put away and preparations for winter months begin, fall is the perfect time to organize the garage, reinforce garage safety and move the car bac ...
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 questi ...
3 smart, sensational ways to customize your shower experience
(BPT) - Any real estate agent will tell you great bathrooms help sell homes. But what if you’re not planning to sell any time soon and still want to have a memorable, attention-grabbing room? Start by upgrading your shower; it’s the heart of creating an amazing bathroom.A relaxing shower ...
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,” ...
6 tips for getting your vehicle tailgate ready
(BPT) - If “road trip” are the two best words for summer, then “tailgating” is the call for fall. As American as frozen TV dinners, tailgating is essentially a reason for over exuberant college and pro football fans to use their vehicles to party-hearty in the great outdoors, ...
Indoor air can be worse than the air outdoors
(BPT) - Home should be your refuge, the place where you feel safest and can breathe easy. But what if the air inside your home is stuffy, stale or just downright dirty? Poor indoor air quality is common in American households, and if your home has bad air, it could be affecting your health.Indoor po ...
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 stuff ...
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 F ...
Improve your home's energy efficiency this fall with these smart winterizing tips
(BPT) - Cooler temperatures and shorter days can only mean one thing — winter is on its way. January and February are typically considered the coldest months in the Northwest, Northeast and Midwest regions of the United States. It can be tough for homeowners to stay cozy inside without running ...
On your feet all day? Tips to keep feet and legs feeling great
(BPT) - A growing number of desk-bound office workers are choosing to stand at their workstations, hoping to reap the health benefits associated with working while upright. Yet millions of Americans, such as nurses, waitresses, factory workers and more, don’t have a choice about standing on th ...
5 tips for creating fall curb appeal
(BPT) - Soon, all things pumpkin spice will be here, including the home visitors that bring them. In preparation of the door bell ringing, create a little spice of your own with some seasonal curb appeal. You don't have to limit yourself to pumpkins and hay bales - below are tips and projects for sp ...
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 t ...
5 spontaneous ways to love boldly for National Romance Month
(BPT) - Has your relationship been feeling lackluster? Saying ‘I love you’ before bed each night and giving a quick kiss on the cheek before rushing off to work each morning are nice gestures, but guys – 61 percent of women wish their partner was more spontaneous, according to a Me ...
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 t ...
Parents: Tips for making baby's many milestones stress-free and joy-filled
(BPT) - More than one adorable baby has thrilled his parents by taking his first unassisted steps ... only to sit back down on his little diapered bottom and not walk again for another month. The milestones of infancy and childhood are filled with ups and downs, as well as joy. Children go at their ...
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.In ...
Find fabulous fall foliage in a whole new way this year
(BPT) - For families that like to travel and experience the beauty of nature, this is the perfect time of year. Cooler temperatures and vivid fall colors make for memorable and amazing sight-seeing opportunities. Most regions of the country have an area known for providing a vivid display of fall co ...
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 wrea ...
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 mornin ...
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 tec ...
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 to ...
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 money ...
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 happen ...
6 curb appeal boosters that increase your home's resale value
(BPT) - Whether you just bought a new home or have lived in yours for years, home improvement seems to come with the territory. It’s understandable — you want your home to feel like it’s your home, which means matching your tastes. That said, it literally pays to think about how mu ...
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 handle ...
5 fabulous fall upgrades can extend your deck time this year
(BPT) - Who says you have to give up time on the deck you love just because summer is over? Whether you’re just relaxing or tackling home improvement projects, time outdoors is a great way to recharge at the end of a hectic day or tiring week. A few simple do-it-yourself updates can help you e ...
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 kn ...
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 Am ...
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 enjo ...
Banish back-to-school lunchbox blues with grapes
(BPT) - When it comes to packing a school lunch, you know the drill: Lay out two slices of bread. Spread one with peanut butter, the other with jelly. Press together, slice diagonally and place in sandwich bag. Repeat. And repeat. And repeat.Of course good ol’ PB&J is a lunchbox staple, bu ...
Corn: Cream of the crops
(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 c ...
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 c ...
4 tips for working adults going back to school
(BPT) - Do the back-to-school signs in the store have you itching to get back in a classroom? Back-to-school season traditionally falls around August or September for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, but a working adult can enroll in a new or advanced degree program at any time of the ye ...
Out of gift ideas? Surprise loved ones with meaningful gifts they'll adore
(BPT) - Exchanging gifts is a cherished part of the holiday season, but after celebrating for so many years with your loved ones, it’s easy to get in a gift-giving rut. Resist defaulting to the same old robe, coffee mug or tie. This year, make their holiday extra merry with thoughtful gift ide ...
6 tips to keep mornings moving for busy moms
(BPT) - The average American mother has a bazillion things to do every morning, and only two hands — and limited time — to get it all done. Finding some tricks and tactics to make the morning go smoothly can help ensure you accomplish everything, squeeze in a satisfying breakfast, and ge ...
5 outdoor projects that will add value to your home
(BPT) - Everyone wants a great outdoor space, but backyard projects can be a lot of work – and in many cases, a lot of money. So it just makes sense to choose projects that will enhance your quality of living for summers to come as well as yield a great return on investment. Here, then, are fi ...
Conquer the last DIY craft frontier: concrete
(BPT) - You’ve made furniture out of tree stumps and wind chimes from buttons, bottle caps and old tin cans. You are the queen (or king) of Pinterest projects, and you’ve DIYed your way to decorative splendor with just about every material imaginable. What’s left if you want to tak ...
5 tips to keep your home safe while you're away
(BPT) - In the movies, burglars are smart and prepared, but in real life, most break-ins are committed by thieves looking for a “quick win” — a house or apartment they’ll be able to rob with as little trouble as possible. What better time to strike than when residents are on ...
Got chickens? Tips for keeping your flock healthy and laying through winter
(BPT) - When winter approaches, you probably take steps to prepare your home — insulating water pipes, sealing windows and doors, or covering and storing outdoor furniture. If you’ve also been following the backyard chicken trend — and enjoying fresh eggs all summer long — yo ...
Tips and tricks for solving 6 common kitchen design dilemmas
(BPT) - Kitchen design is an art form, one where function and beauty harmoniously co-exist. Achieving that balance, however, isn’t always easy. When renovating a kitchen, homeowners can find themselves facing challenging design dilemmas. And they are not alone.“When redesigning or refres ...
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 estim ...
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.Ba ...
Can't make it to the tailgate? Host the ultimate 'staygate' instead
(BPT) - With college football season upon us, there’s no better way to enjoy time with family and friends than getting together to cheer on your favorite team. This year, with rising ticket, concession and travel costs, why not gather your friends and family together for a private “stayg ...
The 5 worst times to be your own photographer
(BPT) - Sometimes taking your own photos can be a lot of fun, but sometimes it’s also the surest way to ruin a once-in-a-lifetime moment. The amateur treatment isn’t going to be good enough for truly special events like a wedding, family reunion or your newborn’s first portraits. & ...
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 tha ...
Dealing with the Dark: 6 tips to boost your mood this winter
(BPT) - It’s that time of the year again, when the days grow shorter and the weather becomes 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, crav ...
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 classmate ...
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 ...
Weathering the storm: 9 necessary tips for using a chainsaw to clear debris
(BPT) - It’s storm season, and as soon as a tornado or hurricane strikes, clean-up begins.Often, storm clean-up requires participation from volunteers who supplement the work of experts in removing miles of debris. Many are weekend warriors who have never tackled such an immense task — a ...
Fear of frost? Tips to keep your garden growing through fall's chill
(BPT) - As summer winds down and frost threatens, even avid gardeners may be tempted to pack up their trowels and call it a season. You may think it’s better to leave the victory garden gracefully, than risk the disappointment of watching crops wither in chilly temperatures. But fear of frost ...
5 tips for settling into your new home
(BPT) - Though summer is winding down, for many families, hectic moving schedules are still underway. Whether you are moving this season or planning for a move in the near future, consider some helpful guidelines on packing up, moving out and settling in without a hitch — plus, the latest tech ...
5 cleaning hacks to make your life easier
(BPT) - Keeping a clean and organized home is something we all strive to do, but it is easy to neglect day-to-day housework and let little messes become much bigger. Whether your goal is a spotless home or simply spending less time picking up, these five hacks will help keep your home mess-free and ...
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