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3 simple, fast changes to make your kitchen more usable and beautiful
(BPT) - Why do you want to remodel your kitchen? Sure, the cabinets date back to the disco era, but the doors and hardware all still work. Your stove may be older than your college senior, but you can still bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies in it. So why invest the time, money and emotional cap ...
First-time homebuyers: You're closer to a down payment than you think
(BPT) - For many first-time buyers, saving for a down payment is the most difficult step in the home-buying process. However, it's a common misconception that you need 20 percent down to buy a home.Actually, lenders across the country offer mortgage products with very affordable down payments &mdash ...
Golden rules for an easy summer move
(BPT) - The nicer weather and longer days of summer make it the ideal season for moving. In fact, an estimated 17 to 20 million people move during the summer months. While it’s exciting to settle into a new home, the logistics and process of moving can feel overwhelming.If you’re getting ...
Simple tips to save money, conserve energy as the heat rises
(BPT) - With temperatures — and therefore, electric bills — on the rise, American homeowners are looking for the most effective ways to make the biggest dent in their energy bills; however, many may be overlooking some of the most important energy-saving strategies.Homeowners a ...
New home improvement trends that strengthen your property investment
(BPT) - When you’re in the process of buying or building a home, you’re constantly researching trends and technology that will set your home apart. Fast forward a few years and you probably don’t have your finger on the pulse of home advancements like before.It’s good you&rsq ...
Gym-free fitness ideas anyone can do
(BPT) - Visiting a gym to lift weights or take a class is great for your health. However, busy schedules, tight budgets and simply not feeling like the gym environment is for you are reasons that frequently cause people to stop going. Fortunately, being fit doesn’t require the gym!Tavis Piatto ...
5 ways to shake up your summer beauty routine
(BPT) - Stay cool this summer and let your natural beauty shine with products that protect, hydrate and get you glowing. With the warmer months ahead, now is the perfect time to lighten up your beauty routine with new, fresh formulas that will get you out the door in minutes and help you look ...
The Tip List for Pets - Keeping Your Dog Fit and Healthy
(BPT) - For pet owners and their four-legged friends, interacting with other dogs provides great opportunities for exercise and socialization. Whether it’s playing at the dog park, hiking through the woods, strolling around town or making new friends at doggy daycare, these activities can impr ...
Four simple ways to stay safe this summer
(BPT) - Summer is an appropriate time to assess your personal safety and plan ahead for emergencies. This is especially important for those living on their own and looking for ways to maintain their independence. A few simple tips and safety measures will help give peace of mind that you’ve ta ...
Summer Nights Live: 3 ways to get the most out of your summer
(BPT) - Brighter skies. Longer days. Warmer nights. As summer sets in, the time is right to make the most of every sun-kissed day and embrace each sizzling night through no-holds-barred fun and good times all season long.From barbecues and trips to the beach, to hanging out poolside and going on bik ...
5 ways to beautify your deck without breaking the bank
(BPT) - Are you ready to put your deck on the best-dressed list this summer, but hesitant to dent your savings? With these simple design ideas, you can make your deck the perfect place for summer festivities.1. Accessorize with railings.An easy way to give your deck a beauty boost is to update the r ...
Summer party themes that sizzle
(BPT) - Patriotic celebrations, neighborhood block parties, graduations, bridal showers and family reunions — whatever your summer soiree, a creative theme can elevate any gathering from fun to fantastic. If you’ve done the usual — luau, ethnic and red-white-and-blue — and ar ...
Unexplained itching and fatigue? Time to get your liver checked
(BPT) - Imagine having itchy skin and fatigue with no explanation or diagnosis for your symptoms. This is what happened to Minnesota native Nishele, 44, who received a primary biliary cholangtis (PBC) diagnosis after years without any answers. Her journey, unfortunately, is like many others who have ...
4 things millennials need to know to protect their financial future
(BPT) - More than 100 million working Americans have no disability coverage other than Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Millennials — now the largest part of the workforce — may be most at risk. Millennials are least likely to have disability coverage offered through their em ...
From amateur to expert: 5 gardening hacks you need to know
(BPT) - Gardening isn’t just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. Connecting with nature, being outdoors and putting in the needed work for a beautiful result is the ultimate reward. As an avid gardener, you’re always looking for new ways to outshine the previous year and achieve bigge ...
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 ...
Cool summer renovation ideas keep homes more comfortable when the heat is on
(BPT) - Once spring cleanup is done, you may feel ready to tackle some renovation projects this summer. If so, you’re not alone: 62 percent of homeowners plan to undertake a home improvement project this year, according to a Harris poll. Homeowners will renovate to improve their home’s a ...
Get alarmed! Protect your home from the dangers of smoke and fire
(BPT) - Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms — often due to missing alarm batteries or expired alarms, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).Fortunately, a new generation of home safety technology, combined ...
Respecting the stars and stripes: American flag etiquette
(BPT) - Summers are packed with outdoor activities, barbecues and patriotic celebrations. While the American flag is often an important part of these celebrations, many of us have questions about how to properly care for and display it."Flag etiquette can be confusing," says Mary "Dubbie" Buckler, e ...
Make home changes now to be safe as a senior
(BPT) - What homeowner, young or old, isn’t interested in affordable and functional home improvements that can be enjoyed for years to come? For seniors 65 and older, well-thought-out additions or upgrades are necessary for continued comfort and safety.Aging in place, or modifying your ho ...
Calling all small employers: Affordable, quality health coverage for your employees
(BPT) - Research shows that for small employers, being able to offer quality health insurance for employees is a high priority. Even so, you may be wondering about how to control costs while offering quality coverage, which policies to choose for your employees and how to enroll.Understanding the in ...
Moving? 5 tips to keep your valuables safe
(BPT) - Beyond the flowers blooming, the sound of birds singing and the burst of warm weather, something happens in May. After a long winter, the rising temperatures make spring a prime time to move. College students are moving out of dorms, young families are transitioning to new homes after the sc ...
Home improvement investments that pay you back
(BPT) - Homeowners are looking for value in every home improvement project they take on — whether they are upgrading for resale or their own pride of ownership. With new technologies and products on the market, it is easier than ever to add value to your home with projects that ultimately pay ...
Wait for the correct weight oil
(BPT) - Most vehicle owners know it is important to regularly have their motor oil changed. Many owners may not know that choosing any oil weight other than the one specified in their owner's manual could damage their engine. "My dad taught me to switch oil weight depending on the season and th ...
Seniors commit suicide twice as often as teens
(BPT) - While teenagers are the age group most associated with suicide risk, the terrible truth is that another group is killing themselves at even higher rates: seniors.Adults aged 65 to 84 are nearly twice as likely to commit suicide as 15 to 24-year-olds, according to the Center for Disease Contr ...
Travel tips for 3-day weekends
(BPT) - The arrival of warm weather signals the season of three-day weekends and more people are using that time to travel. Whether it’s three glorious days off due to a holiday, summer office hours or simply cashing in on precious PTO time, weekend warriors are taking advantage.This weekend t ...
5 easy tips for a stunning summer yard
(BPT) - Summer’s arrival brings longer days and more sunshine. This season also means more of your favorite outdoor activities, such as relaxing in the backyard or working in the garden. In fact, there is no better time to refresh your outdoor space."The secret to a well-manicured yard is prep ...
Feel rushed at the doctor's office? How to get more 1-1 time
(BPT) - For patients and physicians alike, the current health care environment has never been more promising, but it’s also frustrating. While there are more medical advancements and treatment options than ever before, the importance of the doctor-patient relationship has taken a backseat in t ...
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 ...
Catch 'em before they bite: 6 steps for fewer mosquitoes
(BPT) - Mosquitoes cause more human harm than any other living organism, according to the American Mosquito Control Association. Not only do these buzzing insects induce itchy red bites, but some species are also responsible for the spread of the Zika virus, which has caused concern in South America ...
10 points to consider before buying a walk mower
(BPT) - While it’s difficult to find the motivation to do chores when you’d rather bask in the sun, the right walk mower will make the job easier and faster.Before making a purchase, consider these top 10 points to ensure you get the right walk mower for your needs. The result: a beautif ...
Repiping can prevent more expensive plumbing problems
(BPT) - Home ownership is an integral component of the American Dream, but fulfilling that dream can come with its share of nightmares, too. Even the best-constructed, well-maintained house can have problems, and homeowners dread hearing diagnoses such as “You need to re-pipe your home.” ...
Find fun, fresh ways to use your cherished china
(BPT) - Sometimes collecting all the pieces to your cherished wedding china may take more time than you think. It took Jill Rogers four decades.“After 44 years of marriage, I got the soup bowls I wanted; Mama would be so proud to know I finally have exactly what she wanted for me,” says ...
Gas station myth or fact: What you need to know when you refuel
(BPT) - On any given day, some 40 million Americans stop at gas stations to fill their tanks. For many, it’s a weekly routine, one they don’t spend much time analyzing, but are there things you think you know about your fill-up that just aren’t true?Andrea Kaufman considers herself ...
Fuel your day with 5 energizing superfoods
(BPT) - With groggy eyes and slow movements, you peel yourself out of bed each day. Between the morning and afternoon slumps, you long for the energy of your youth. Does this sound familiar? Then you’ll be glad to know about five superfoods that can help energize you from the inside out, so yo ...
Tips to keep small businesses up and running during a move
(BPT) - Small businesses relocate for many reasons. Business may be booming and you need a bigger facility to keep up. Perhaps you added staff and everyone’s tired of being elbow-to-elbow in your current office. Whatever the reason for your small business move, some simple steps can make the p ...
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 ...
5 dream projects for DIYers and the tools you need to get them done
(BPT) - For many Americans, the longer, warmer days mean an opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get to work on a number of home projects. You may plan to plant some new trees, make a new dining room table or just keep up with the usual list of repairs and maintenance items that come with the ch ...
Real estate insight: Hot tips for buying a home in a competitive market
(BPT) - As the weather gets warmer and school comes to a close, the real estate market also heats up. If you’re planning on buying a home, you’ll likely find more properties on the market during the summer months. However, increased competition could present challenges on the path to lan ...
Top 2016 trends in outdoor living
(BPT) - Take a deep breath of fresh air. Feel the warm sunshine on your skin. Kick back and listen to the peaceful sounds of nature. There's a reason people are investing in spaces that allow them to spend more time relaxing, dining and entertaining outside.In addition to expanding livable space, ou ...
10 ways to be more active during the work day
(BPT) - We’re sitting too much and it’s dangerous. The average American spends more than seven hours sitting every day, and the more time you sit, the higher your risk of serious, potentially life-threatening health problems such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. So, wh ...
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 ...
Kill the 9-to-5 by turning your hobby into a thriving business
(BPT) - A beloved hobby can feel like a mini vacation from everyday life. Whether it’s gardening for relaxation, photography as a creative outlet or computer coding to exercise the brain, hobbies serve as an escape from stress and boredom.What if rather than a hobby being your escape, it was w ...
Safe driving tips: how to get the most out of your tires
(BPT) - A tire’s tread depth significantly affects driving safety. In fact, to ensure a vehicle drives safely, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration recommends a tire be replaced once its tread depth reaches 2/32nds of an inch. Winter tires should be replaced even sooner.Worn ...
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