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5 ways to boost your home's curb appeal
(BPT) - Spring and summer continue to be the most popular months for selling your home, according to Realtor.com. And with many homeowners staying in their houses for an average of 13 years, your home will surely need some sprucing up to add to its curb appeal. By following a these simple steps, you ...
5 money traps to avoid each month
(BPT) - Are you always on the prowl for a better deal? Looking for ways to save money – but without having to cut back on quality?People often overspend in ways they don't even realize. From service plans that aren't being used to buying too many bulk items, it is easy to throw away money with ...
Why smart renovation investments will keep you living more comfortably
(BPT) - Now is the time when building industry experts urge homeowners to consider home renovations for the year. While thinking about home renovations may be the furthest thing from your mind right now, the recommendation is valid. With temperatures below freezing and furnaces across the country wo ...
Living with MS, finding inner strength
(BPT) - When Chrystal Graham of Alpharetta, Georgia was diagnosed with relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2009, she was 27-years-old and no stranger to coping with life’s challenges. Having dealt with the loss of her mother to illness, Graham knew she could manage her way through almost any ...
Look 10 years younger with expert anti-aging tips
(BPT) - Do you have friends or family members who seem to never age? No matter how old they get, their appearance is youthful and glowing. While genes play a role in how the body ages, they are not the only factor in aging gracefully. In fact, erasing years from your appearance is actually simpler t ...
February is Heart Month: 5 surprising facts that might save your life
(BPT) - The human heart is incredible: It pumps 2 ounces of blood in every heartbeat, totaling at least 2,500 gallons daily. It has its own electrical pulse and beats 100,000 times a day. Yet, unless there’s something wrong with yours, you probably don’t give your heart a second thought ...
It's going to blow: Must-know tips for homeowners replacing water heaters in 2015
(BPT) - Some 37 million residential water heaters gave up the ghost and were replaced over the past five years, according to estimates by the U.S. Department of Energy. While some things get better with age, water heaters aren’t among them. In fact, the average life expectancy for a new water ...
Breathe deeply and safely: 5 ways to protect yourself from CO poisoning
(BPT) - Most homeowners recognize the importance of protecting their homes from fire. They do this by checking the batteries in their smoke alarms, completely extinguishing fires in their fireplaces and keeping flammable materials away from candles or space heaters. However, while fire safety is fro ...
Spring projects that are sure to spruce up your home
(BPT) - Warmer weather and sunnier days are on their way and many homeowners are itching to begin home improvement projects. If you are one of them, consider these areas of your home when prepping for spring.Windows and doorsFrom a full window replacement to a simple coat of paint, updating your win ...
5 projects to recreate your basement
(BPT) - Have you ever wished you had more space in your home? Maybe you’d use the space to pursue a hobby, host out-of-town guests or just spread out and get some quiet time to yourself. The space you desire could already be in your home in your basement. If your cellar is nothing but a series ...
5 automotive mobile devices ideal for teenage drivers
(BPT) - Many parents worry when their teens start to drive. Distracted driving, inexperience and simple carelessness are all reasons for parents to be concerned. The added distraction of a cellphone and all its available functions bring even more reasons to worry.While it would be great if parents c ...
What you need to know to control this silent killer
(BPT) - Most people assume they only need to take their medication when they are sick, meaning when they experience symptoms. But in the case of hypertension, this type of thinking could kill you.Patients who have hypertension are often completely asymptomatic – that’s the reason hyperte ...
Stay one step ahead of Mother Nature with new outdoor solutions
(BPT) - After one of the harshest winters in history for many areas of the country, it is likely that your property has suffered some damage or wear and tear. New products and solutions that resist moisture damage, help reduce maintenance, and stay one step ahead of the weather are just around the c ...
4 simple ways to help your family eat well on a budget
(BPT) - How people approach a wholesome diet has changed dramatically over the decades. Today, many Americans see home cooking as an investment in health, but that leaves hurdles for many families who struggle with busy schedules and tight budgets. A few simple tips using frozen foods can help put a ...
Tax hints every investor should know
(BPT) - Contrary to popular belief, having investments doesn’t mean only an accounting genius can prepare your tax return. Investors can easily do their own taxes while maximizing tax savings by following a few simple tips.“Gathering all forms and information beforehand makes preparing t ...
Got digital clutter? 3 easy ways to spring clean your digital life
(BPT) - Smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop, GPS device – are you drowning in digital clutter? If so, you’re not alone. Americans spend more than 43 hours per week on a variety of devices, and nearly half (47 percent) have one or more devices they no longer use at all, a survey by Intel ...
10 tips for kids' good dental health
(BPT) - Getting children to brush their teeth can be challenging. No parent wants to struggle with a child every morning and night to ensure he or she develops good dental habits and a healthy smile. As a father of two young children, NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon understands the challenges ...
4 sensible, affordable ways to give your bathroom spa-like panache
(BPT) - Americans’ love of a spa-like bathroom experience continues to be strong, with industry watchers reporting that luxurious touches like freestanding bathtubs, separate vanities and top quality materials remain in demand. But if you’ve delayed renovating your bathroom, thinking tha ...
Creating characterful interiors with hardwood moulding
(BPT) - Just as tasteful, well-chosen jewelry can turn an unexciting outfit into a stylish, eye-catching ensemble, carefully applied hardwood mouldings and trimwork can transform a plain-Jane interior into an interesting - even beautiful - space.Today’s newly built houses often lack any sort o ...
Got an hour? Quick hits for updated kitchens and baths
(BPT) - Busy has become a way of life. Between work, household chores, time with family and friends, people often don’t have time to complete that entire wish list of home updates. Luckily, there are several simple kitchen and bath projects that you can conquer in minimal time that deliver max ...
6 tips to keeping seniors safe at home
(BPT) - Safety is a big concern for seniors and their families, especially as more baby boomers are embracing aging at home. Homes they've owned for decades that were perfect for raising children may not be as accommodating for people who may suffer from poor eye sight, unsteady balance or memory is ...
6 must-do home improvements to withstand severe summer weather
(BPT) - Mother Nature can be hard on your home, especially during the summer months. Thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes can cause extensive damage to houses and entire communities. Some preparation, however, can help homeowners defend their homes against severe-weather damage.“It pays to ...
4 steps to find your home's perfect patio door
(BPT) - Do you feel like your house could use more natural light to brighten and warm your favorite spaces? Patio doors offer unobstructed views that flood your home with natural light and provide convenient access to the outside.Whether you’re replacing an old door or installing one for the f ...
One smart update can upgrade your entire home
(BPT) - If your home is 10 years old or older, your garage door is probably a plain-Jane raised-panel steel door that adds little or nothing to the overall design of your house.So why not make an improvement? In the last decade, the garage door industry has generated stunning new designs that can tr ...
Corporate privacy becoming a top business concern in 2015
(BPT) - As many as 43 percent of companies experienced a data breach in the past year – a 10 percent increase from last year, according to an annual study conducted by the Ponemon Institute. As companies scramble to keep their names out of the headlines by bolstering up security practices and ...
Cultivating financial confidence: Study finds women have more to learn when it comes to retirement planning
(BPT) - Women today are incredibly competent when it comes to juggling career, family and personal obligations. Despite feeling confident in their ability to multi-task, it appears that managing their long-term finances may be taking a back seat to short-term priorities.Seventy-five percent of women ...
Identifying pain medication addiction in your friends; yourself
(BPT) - If you’ve ever taken them, you know prescription opioids can provide a clinically safe and effective solution to pain management. They can also be very addictive, however, and protecting against addiction requires vigilance on the part of the patient as well as his or her doctors, nurs ...
How to tackle your home's stubborn stains and odors
(BPT) - From wall stains to washing machines, indoor stains and smells can be a challenge to tackle. Luckily, there are surprisingly simple methods to erase them for good. Here are a few tips to freshen up the most stubborn spots in your home.Conceal wall stains with primerHave your kids made artwor ...
Move to a world of color with these easy tips to find your color inspiration
(BPT) - Color can be transformative. It has the power to evoke emotion, alter your mood and stimulate one-of-a kind creativity. The shades and hues that capture a person’s imagination are as varied as people themselves. What colors capture you? Is it a color you see or wear every day, or is i ...
Biting back against mosquitos: Eliminate breeding and feeding opportunities
(BPT) - Warm weather heralds the arrival of cookouts, lounging poolside, weekends at the beach and a host of fun outdoor activities. Spring and summer are also mosquito season, and the little blood-suckers are far more than just an itchy nuisance. Mosquitos carry and transmit diseases that kill more ...
4 easy upgrades to make your home more water-efficient
(BPT) - Low rainfall and lack of snow melt, along with record high temperatures have contributed to the worst drought California has seen in decades. In fact, some studies suggest it’s the worst the state has seen in 1,000 years, but California isn’t the only state suffering extremely dr ...
Tips for buying your first ATV
(BPT) - First-time buyers account for more than a quarter of all-terrain vehicle sales each year. As with any major purchase, a little education can go a long way toward helping you get the best possible deal for your money. Polaris Industries, a leading manufacturer of ATVs, offers the follo ...
5 projects to amaze with your outdoor space
(BPT) - Now that warmer weather’s finally here, who doesn’t want to be outside? Lawn games, barbecues and lazy afternoons in the backyard – these warm days were made to enjoy. They also present a great opportunity to conquer some outdoor home improvements.If you have an eye on impr ...
6 simple warm weather tune ups for your home
(BPT) - Are you revved up for warmer weather? Just as you’d tune up a convertible to drive you into the summer sunshine, now is the time to perform routine maintenance on your home so it’s ready for the hottest months of the year.Use this summer maintenance checklist to get your home in ...
Think it's too soon to start planning your child's summer? Think again
(BPT) - During the summer while school’s out, kids are at greater risk for learning loss and weight gain unless they have a game plan that includes learning enrichment and physical activity. Summer camps are a great way to ensure children continue to grow socially, emotionally, cognitively and ...
Deer wars: coming soon to a suburb near you
(BPT) - When you think of deer, do you envision a shy doe hiding beneath forest foliage? Or perhaps you imagine a buck bounding through a field along a quiet country road. The reality of where deer like to live is much closer to home than you think. Humans aren’t the only species that thrive i ...
What you need to know to weather the weather
(BPT) - Few things universally touch and impact everyone like the weather does. Regardless of where you live or what you do, the weather influences your day-to-day activities. In fact, approximately 90 percent of all U.S. adults consume weather information on a weekly basis, with most people checkin ...
Keep your cool by paying less for air conditioning this summer
(BPT) - If high heating bills left you cold and bitter this winter, then now is the time to think about how high your monthly cooling bills could be this summer. Air conditioning accounts for approximately 19 percent of all household electricity consumption and emits nearly two tons of carbon ...
8 questions to ask when hiring a family portrait photographer
(BPT) - What are the most important moments of your life? For most, it’s rarely a big promotion or a sports championship season. Instead, it’s quality family time that is most often cherished.Nothing captures these moments better than family photos. If you’re looking for a photogra ...
6 tips for a safe outpatient surgery experience
(BPT) - Nearly two-thirds of surgeries today are performed at outpatient facilities, meaning you don’t need to pack an overnight bag. But just as if you were having the procedure in the hospital you will likely need anesthesia, and should plan ahead to have a safe and successful experience.Sev ...
Three reasons why you should consider an IRA
(BPT) - Americans know tax day is the deadline to file income tax returns with the federal government. But tax day is also another important deadline: workers have until tax day to make contributions to their individual retirement accounts (IRAs) for the previous year.IRA contributions grow on a tax ...
Computers and car parts: Finding what you need has never been easier
(BPT) - Not that long ago a typewriter was the best tool for recording data and libraries kept track of books with index cards packed into wooden drawers. Obviously computers have improved productivity by letting people manipulate data faster. But have you ever considered all the physical, hold-in-y ...
5 simple steps to make your new place feel like home
(BPT) - Millions of Millennials move every year, and due to the flexibility of renting, a remarkable number of people choose to rent rather than own. Just because renting requires a short-term commitment, however, doesn’t mean you can’t personalize your temporary home. A few expert tips ...
10 tips to safely sell a car online
(BPT) - Looking for a new set of wheels? Need to raise some cash for a home improvement project? Heading back to college?Last year, a whopping 42.5 million used cars were sold in the United States, many by private owners. And 94 percent of those transactions involved an online search, according to l ...
How to maximize your tax refund and cut monthly expenses
(BPT) - Tax season is in full swing and everyone is hoping for a refund from Uncle Sam. What will you do with yours? Whether it’s several hundred or several thousand, if you use your refund smartly, it can provide the jumpstart to boosting your budget and living financially well this year and ...
Quick tips to reduce moving stress
(BPT) - Moving brings exciting possibilities of a different neighborhood, fresh spaces to decorate and new family traditions to be made. But it also means leaving behind people and places you love. While some sentimental items can be taken to your new place, many memories just aren’t transport ...
Decorating a home office? 3 productivity-enhancing principles
(BPT) - It’s a common piece of advice from effective home-based workers: start each day as if you were going to work in an office outside your home (translation – take a shower and don’t work in your jammies). The philosophy behind this tidbit is easy to understand. By dressing pro ...
Kick up your grilled cheese game with Havarti and Gouda
(BPT) - April is National Grilled Cheese Month but you can celebrate this mighty melted-cheese marvel any time of year. If you want to up your grilled cheese game by trying something new, incorporate specialty cheeses like Havarti and Gouda to get your taste buds dancing to a delicious new beat.Ther ...
Discover unexpected ways to drink more water
(BPT) - A whopping 96 percent of Americans believe that they should be drinking more water, according to a International Bottled Water Association survey. Celebrity health and wellness coach Kathy Kaehler agrees, because she encounters hydration issues all the time with her clients.“I’ve ...
5 upgrades for under $5,000 to put your home at the top of every buyer's list
(BPT) - It’s a sobering truth of real estate that sellers often have to spend money to make money. Even if your home is relatively new, you still face costs associated with getting it ready to show, such as repainting interior rooms or hiring professional cleaners and stagers. If your home cou ...
7 common tax return blunders to avoid
(BPT) - Although tax laws change every year, you can count on certain things to be timeless. That includes the same common mistakes taxpayers with simple and complex returns make every year. Knowing what those common errors are will help keep you in the clear. 1. Not reporting all of your income. Em ...
5 simple secrets to creating the career you want
(BPT) - Singer-song writer Willie Nelson once said that “99 percent of the world’s lovers are not with their first choice. That’s what makes the juke box play.” The majority of the American workforce knows just what Willie meant; they’re not in love with their careers a ...
Save water - and money - in the most budget-draining room in your house
(BPT) - Certain home appliances and features have a reputation for being energy and money wasters; everyone knows the air conditioner draws more electricity and old, leaky windows boost utility bills. But are you aware of the room in your home that uses – and wastes – the most water?Amer ...
Hooked on books: Why reading to your baby is a must
(BPT) - Four-month old Lily Campos sits on her father’s lap, one chubby hand in her mouth, the other patting the farm animals in the book in front of her. As the pages turn, she reaches for the pictures, squealing and gurgling with excitement as her father reads.The Campos family’s bigge ...
Under pressure: How to manage stress before it affects your health
(BPT) - Stress: it makes your heart race, your head pound and your stomach churn.While a little stress can be a good thing and help motivate us when needed, too much stress can lead to negative health effects including headaches, upset stomach, back pain, trouble sleeping and a weakened immune syste ...
Time-saving hacks impatient people use to maximize every minute
(BPT) - Do you routinely honk at the car in front of you, pass slow walkers on a sidewalk or press an already illuminated elevator button in hopes of getting to your destination sooner? If so, you’re not alone. The hectic nature of modern life means more people are impatient to squeeze the mos ...
Is a line of credit right for your business?
(BPT) - From time to time, your small business may face revenue swings, prompting you to borrow money to meet your short-term cash and working capital needs. One option is to secure a business line of credit.The Small Business Administration defines a line of credit as a loan given by a financial in ...
5 truly meaningful ways to show your patriotism this Memorial Day and beyond
(BPT) - “Expressions of patriotic enthusiasm are as bright and thrilling as fireworks, but they dissipate as quickly,” Washington Post blogger Alyssa Rosenberg wrote in a July 2014 examination of patriotism among American youth. Yet most Americans consider themselves patriotic, even if t ...
Ready, set, file: Helpful tips for choosing DIY tax preparation tools
(BPT) - Tax season is officially here. Last year, 40 percent of Americans chose to file their own taxes – but not all do-it-yourself tax preparation tools are created equal. For those consumers who like to sit in the driver’s seat when filing, here are five tips for what to look for when ...
Avoid these fuel issues so your mower doesn't run out of gas
(BPT) - No matter how much you love mowing your lawn, there’s always something special about that first cut in the spring. It’s that initial opportunity to bring your lawn back to life after winter’s frigid temperatures finally give way to warmth. And operating a lawnmower instead ...
Spring cleaning hacks to help de-clutter your life
(BPT) - Spring always inspires a fresh start, but in today's busy, connected lives it can sometimes be difficult to find the time to re-organize and recharge. These spring cleaning hacks will help you de-clutter and greet spring refreshed and ready to go:1. Follow the 80/20 rule. The 80/20 rule sugg ...
5 ways to get buyers to see your open house as their next house
(BPT) - What makes a person or a family decide a home is the perfect for them? Is it all location, location, location? What about price, schools or the neighborhood? Or is it something else; a feeling they get when they walk in the door, a detail they notice or a scent in the air.If you’re sel ...
The natural secret to a high-yield, pest-free garden this year
(BPT) - Gardening is one of America’s favorite pastimes – an impressive 35 percent of U.S. households are growing food at home or in a community garden, according to the National Gardening Association. That means 42 million households are currently planning their annual gardens and resea ...
Renew your look for spring with simple expert style tricks
(BPT) - Spring is the perfect time to renew your look and embrace the easy-breezy feeling of the season. Fortunately, you don’t need to spend hours at the salon or break the bank updating your look. A few expert tips will have you looking as radiant as the spring sunshine so you can turn heads ...
7 tips for safe moving and new home security
(BPT) - A whopping 35 million people move each year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The warmer months are the most popular time to move, which means people across the country are planning their next steps right now in order to settle into their new home sweet home.Wh ...
Green living tips: recycling while cleaning
(BPT) - When you clean your home, do you end up throwing items in the trash? Getting rid of clutter is a natural part of the cleaning process, but did you know that much of what you throw away can likely be recycled? For example, recycling batteries and cellphones has never been easier.Call2Rec ...
Take the sweat out of your DIY projects this year
(BPT) - You've been dreaming about digging in your garden, changing your landscaping or improving your house all winter long. Finally the weather is nice, your yard is clear and dry, and it's time for you to get your hands dirty. With the right tools and equipment, you can get all your DIY tas ...
3 great reasons to clean your car this spring
(BPT) - Spring cleaning isn’t just for your home – it’s a smart thing to do for your vehicles, too. A few simple steps can help boost your vehicle’s integrity and beauty while maintaining its value, plus you might even regain that new-car smell. 1. Your car is a reflection of ...
Greener, cleaner bathrooms save water, time and money
(BPT) - If you’re considering a green home renovation, or building an eco-friendly house, you’ll likely put a lot of thought into heating and cooling, as well as kitchen appliances. But don’t overlook the value of greening your bathrooms, too. Environmentally-friendly bathrooms can ...
Children and summer learning: 5 building blocks for their brains
(BPT) - "No more pencils and no more books" is a chant heard on playgrounds across the country when the final bell releases students for the summer months. And while Alice Cooper's lyrics go on to showcase how excited the children are about their freedom from homework, they also highlight one of the ...
8 ways first-time homebuyers can make themselves mortgage-ready
(BPT) - It’s rare to get something right the very first time you try it, but when it comes to buying your first home, a lack of knowledge and experience can lead to costly mistakes. One in four first-time homebuyers say they are completely unfamiliar with the mortgage financing process, accord ...
Unique tips for sensational summer entertaining
(BPT) - The weather is warm and that means entertaining season has arrived. This year, elevate your gatherings with some unique twists. From serving fresh fare to creating cozy corners in outdoor spaces, you’ll transform your parties from average to amazing in a snap.Delightful decor Mother Na ...
How to audit your home's energy efficiency
(BPT) - A home that wastes energy can put significant strain on your budget. Extremely cold winter temperatures and scorching summers, together with a poorly performing thermal system will drive monthly heating and cooling costs higher than expected. So what can you do to cut the waste and the expen ...
5 ways to give your home and lawn the spring refresh they need
(BPT) - With winter finally a distant memory, it’s time to get ready for spring. Prepare your home and lawn for guests and barbecues to come with a few simple DIY tips for inside and outside the house.When it comes to weed control, driveway repairs, home maintenance projects and more, these ti ...
Spring cleaning secrets to cut the clutter without hurting productivity
(BPT) - Spring cleaning can be a tedious task, but it doesn’t have to drain your time. With this three-step formula from Laura Stack, aka the Productivity Pro, you can increase productivity and have more time for fun in the sun.1. Get ready to tackle the clutter. Start by labeling five large b ...
Are you overpaying to be underinsured?
(BPT) - If you own a home, vacation property, boat, art or other valuables, you likely understand the importance of insurance. What you might not know is there’s a good chance you’re overpaying for that insurance, and furthermore, it’s likely not providing the coverage you really n ...
An ideal number 2 may not be a number 2: what your bathroom habits might be telling you
(BPT) - It can be uncomfortable to talk about what happens behind bathroom doors. But if you can set aside the awkwardness for a moment, your bathroom habits may actually be an important indicator of your gastrointestinal (GI) health.One of the most frequent digestive complaints in the U.S. – ...
Was winter hard on your hardscape? Tips for simple DIY repairs
(BPT) - Heavy snowfall that lingers for weeks or months, extreme temperatures, ice that thaws and then refreezes – Old Man Winter can be rough on your home’s hardscape. When the last vestiges of cold weather finally melt away, you can find yourself heading into spring with pitted drivewa ...
How to avoid winter chills without the higher bills
(BPT) - Every year, homeowners across the country face the expense of coping with winter – from cranking the heat to lighting your home during a season with fewer hours of daylight. However, it doesn’t take a lot of new technology to turn your house into an efficient home, and the payoff ...
U.S. farm-raised fish: the safe, sustainable choice
(BPT) - Go to the seafood counter or local restaurant and over 91 percent of the seafood is shipped from thousands of miles away. If you are looking for a source of safe, sustainable, high quality, local seafood, you’re probably having difficulty finding it.In the U.S., the aquaculture industr ...
4 designer touches every well-dressed deck will wear this season
(BPT) - When spring arrives will your deck be ready for “primetime?” Or will it still be wearing the shabby remnants of last season’s look? Clunky, view-blocking railings, a rectangular layout and dark stain are so last decade. Before warm weather gets here, consider upgrading your ...
Forget the pricey trip to the spa with simple DIY tips and tricks
(BPT) - With a whole new year ahead, now is the perfect time to relax and refresh with at-home spa treatments that are easy, natural, luxurious and, best of all, affordable.“Skin care does not have to be costly to be effective,” says Janet Little, director of nutrition at Sprouts Farmers ...
Vicki Lawrence shares personal health challenge for first time
(BPT) - Emmy award-winning actress Vicki Lawrence is sharing her experience with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) in a new campaign called CIU & You. In the US, it is estimated that approximately 1.5 million people suffer from CIU, a disease that is characterized by mild to severe itchy hives ...
Why experts recommend skin-to-skin contact for infants
(BPT) - If your family is expecting a child in the near future, there is a good chance you've been actively reading about all the latest in care techniques and methods for raising your child in the safest and most loving environment possible.Mothers and fathers have long known how effective cuddling ...
Improve your spring-cleaning routine and create a healthier home
(BPT) - Spring is cleaning season. You've opened the curtains to let in the sunshine, and every cleaning product you have in the house is primed and ready for action.The whole family has been enlisted to help. The youngest is in charge of wiping all the cobwebs off the floorboards. You have the olde ...
Beautiful lawn DIY: 6 steps to success
(BPT) - Has nicer weather inspired you to find ways to make your home more comfortable, attractive and environmentally sustainable while increasing its value? One feature that can achieve all these goals is a healthy lawn.Installing and maintaining a natural turf lawn is one of the best home improve ...
Easy tips to drink more water throughout the day
(BPT) - You know drinking plenty of water every day is good for your health. The Institute of Medicine recommends men consume about 13 cups of fluid a day and women take in about 9 cups. Yet remembering to drink water may not always make the top of your daily to-do list. Here are some tips to natura ...
Design a stunning backsplash without the whiplash
(BPT) - The kitchen is the heart of the home and a top-selling feature with homebuyers. Does yours convey style and functionality? Whether you’ve just completed a remodel or you’re looking for ways to upgrade your existing kitchen, a tile backsplash will instantly transform the space int ...
Remodeling a kitchen? Draw inspiration from locations and cultures around the world
(BPT) - Traditional, rustic, contemporary, modern – which style will you choose for your kitchen remodel? While each design style has its own appealing characteristics, what if you want a look that is worldly and inspired? You can add flare to any kitchen – and any kitchen design style & ...
6 ways to ease your long commute
(BPT) - Research shows Americans spend $33 billion annually on aftermarket products to enhance the styling and performance of their vehicles. Whether it’s for functionality or appearance, you can find just about any product to modify your car, truck or SUV to fit your needs. An updated navigat ...
Hurricane season, wind speed and your home's siding: What you need to know
(BPT) - Living near or along a coast has many advantages: warm weather, beach access, soothing waves and walks in the sand. However, the areas that are the most beautiful are often the most susceptible to hurricanes and other severe weather. If you live near the coast – or are looking to build ...
Termites 101: What every homebuyer should know this spring
(BPT) - It’s a cruel coincidence that the spring’s real-estate buying season corresponds with another far less pleasant one – termite swarming season. When eager homebuyers emerge from winter hibernation to look for their dream homes, winged termites emerge, too, and swarms of them ...
Creating an island paradise: Tips for adding an island in your kitchen renovation
(BPT) - Custom cabinetry, granite countertops, reclaimed wood flooring and accents, and top-of-the-line, high-tech appliances – what more do you need to make your kitchen renovation perfect? How about adding an island? Designers and builders across the country are pointing to the addition of a ...
Add 1 often-overlooked task to your childproofing plan: Secure your TVs
(BPT) - Parents can do a lot to childproof their homes: Put medicine up and away. Place baby gates on the stairs. Put cabinet locks on cabinets. But what about checking their TVs?Injuries and deaths from TV tip-overs happen far too often. Every 45 minutes in the United States, a child is rushed to t ...
This simple DIY home improvement saves money and helps the environment
(BPT) - In the typical American home, heating and cooling account for 50 to 70 percent of total energy use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Yet, much of that energy is wasted, leading to higher energy bills for homeowners.The DOE notes that the leading causes of energy waste in mos ...
Hoping to retire in 10, 20 or 40 years? Here's what you need to know now
(BPT) - American workers, ages 32 to 64, are $6.6 trillion short of the amount they need in order to retire comfortably, according to Retirement USA. When it comes to planning ahead and saving money early, time is of the essence. However, 63 percent of American workers have less than $1,000 saved fo ...
Tax time tips: How to combat tax identity theft fraud
(BPT) - April 15 is quickly approaching, and while receiving a tax refund may be the first thing on your mind, there’s one important issue to think about: tax fraud. Tax-related identity theft occurs when your personal information is stolen and used to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent r ...
3 secrets to creating the shabby chic wedding of your dreams
(BPT) - Wedding trends come and go, driven by many cultural influences, but few are as enduring and romantic as shabby chic/shabby glam. With its perfect combination of elegance and softness, bright sparkles and gentle hues, a shabby chic wedding complements the individuality and beauty of brides of ...
The invisible battle: managing your chronic pain
(BPT) - When struggling with chronic pain, many often feel their concerns fall on deaf ears. Without physical symptoms, friends, family and sometimes even physicians may fail to empathize with the debilitating effects of the condition. Just because chronic pain lacks physical manifestations, it does ...
5 health myths you shouldn't believe
(BPT) - Separating fact from fiction can be difficult, especially when it comes to information about your health. Cutting through the Internet clutter and opinions from friends to uncover the truth is key to keeping the mind and body well.Dr. Jennifer Johnson, naturopathic doctor at Bastyr Universit ...
7 simple tips to help babies adjust to daylight saving time
(BPT) - Adults are not typically affected by daylight saving time, but the change can turn an infant’s world upside-down. Many parents worry that springing ahead just one hour will cause chaos to their little one’s sleep routine.A whopping 77 percent of parents with kids ages 4 and young ...
Tips for growing a water-conservative garden
(BPT) - Families can decorate their homes with colorful flowers and bring healthy, home-grown foods to the table with gardens. Gardening, however, can use quite a bit of water, and in states struck by drought it’s important to conserve as much water as possible.If you're living in an area of t ...
Simple ways to make Easter special for family of all ages
(BPT) - The spring season brings warm sunshine, fresh blooms and a holiday enjoyed by both young and old: Easter. For many people, celebrating this holiday is more meaningful when shared with family and friends. No matter what age your loved ones are, it’s easy to find ways to share the Easter ...
6 model behaviors for tax planning season
(BPT) - Each tax season, much is written about strategies to minimize the amount you pay to Uncle Sam. Less focus is usually given to behaviors or practices that better position you to navigate tax season.With that in mind, Robert Fishbein, a vice president in Prudential’s Tax Department, offe ...
Need a fresh look for your company? Try a new logo
(BPT) - Just like a haircut, your company can use a fresh new look every once in a while. Maybe you've changed your services a bit, or perhaps the company is under new leadership. If your office lease is up and you have to move to a new location, that can also result in a big change.For a small busi ...
Plan now for your big move this summer
(BPT) - The big move – it should be in all-caps and announced with a deep, authoritative voice. THE BIG MOVE. And it's coming to your family soon. It might be from one house to another across town, or it might involve crossing many state lines. No matter the distance, amount of belongings or n ...
Use less water, save more money by focusing on 3 areas of your home
(BPT) - Severe drought and water restrictions in California may be making headlines and history, but the Golden State is far from the only region in the U.S. facing a drier summer. With the Environmental Protection Agency reporting that 40 out of 50 state water managers predict shortages in their st ...
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