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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 ...
5 must-know tips for healthy winter travel
(BPT) - Whether heading to grandma’s house for the holidays or to a tropical destination to get away from the cold, winter travel comes with the added challenge of staying healthy.Crowded airports and train stations and tight guest quarters make us all more exposed to germs – and this ye ...
5 winter car care tips that save you money
(BPT) - Winter is when car trouble can cause big financial problems. So how do you keep your car winter-ready for severe weather and protect your budget? The right preventive care is essential, and the good news is that there are many simple things you can do to get your car ready for extreme weathe ...
Is 'hockey mom' the new 'soccer mom?'
(BPT) - American hockey participation has greatly increased since the early 1990’s, according to USA Hockey, the governing body for organized amateur ice hockey in the U.S. More than just a game, experts say hockey develops skills on the ice that build a foundation for a lifetime. In addition ...
6 holiday hacks for real moms
(BPT) - Everyone wants to throw the party friends rave about well into the new year. But busy folks just don’t have time to weave their own pine bough wreaths or turn paperbacks overflowing on the coffee table into an artfully arranged “tree” complete with a star and twinkling ligh ...
Remember, Christmas is meant to be fun! Make it special for your kids
(BPT) - How do you keep the magic of Christmas alive during the mad rush of the holidays? The trick to nurturing the sense of wonderment that is such a delight to watch in children, is simply to let kids be kids. Encourage imaginations to soar with a few special holiday traditions that allow them to ...
Make every guest feel home for the holidays in your house [Infographic]
(BPT) - Are you among the 60 percent of Americans who say they’ll host guests in their home this holiday season? The holidays are a wonderful time to visit with loved ones, but all those extra people in the house can cause stress. Stress-free hosting starts with the right tools that can help e ...
From tundra to tulips: Top equipment for achieving a manicured lawn this season
(BPT) - Snowmageddon. Snowpocalypse. Polar Vortex 2.0. If you’re like most Americans, you’re limping to the finish line of yet another never-ending winter. But this winter doesn’t just have people at their breaking points, it has lawns across the country ready for a relief as well. ...
Making holidays special by celebrating unsung heroes
(BPT) - The holidays are about the home and celebrating time with friends and family. It’s a time to cherish the warmth, comfort and company of being around those we love most. For some, however, work keeps them away from the ones they love.Many unsung heroes spend the late night hours working ...
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 ...
Hot holiday trend: Personalized gifts [Infographic]
(BPT) - Finding the perfect gift for loved ones is not an easy task. You want a gift they’ll enjoy that also makes them feel special. That’s why the year’s hottest holiday giving trend is personalized gifts. From accessories and housewares to clothing and holiday decorations, there ...
What's your Valentine's Day personality? How anyone can make the day special
(BPT) - Whether you’re a hopeless romantic or you don’t believe in Cupid at all, everyone celebrates Valentine’s Day in their own special way. From a fancy date or a girls’ night in, to a festive class party with the kids, there are activities, and treats, to suit every type ...
From footballs to tires, inflation's important
(BPT) - If 2015 has shown us anything so far, it’s that deflation can cause a frenzy, especially when it comes to footballs. Who would have thought that slightly flat footballs would become a national debate? One thing’s for sure, it’s now clear how important proper inflation is an ...
5 ways to show your kids how to give back this holiday season and year round
(BPT) - Any time is a great time for families to talk to their children about giving back and helping those who are less fortunate. Whether you're celebrating a holiday, special occasion, or still haven’t figured out your 2015 resolution, make giving back part of the conversation - from making ...
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 ...
The amazingly simple psychology of successful New Year's resolutions
(BPT) - The arrival of cold weather and Valentine’s day aren’t the only predictions you can reliably make about February each year. It’s a pretty safe bet that many resolutions passionately adopted in January will be broken by the end of February – if not sooner. New Year&rsq ...
The best New Year's resolution? Don't make one
(BPT) - In 2014, the most popular New Year’s resolutions included losing weight and getting in shape, according to a study by the University of Scranton. If your health resolutions from last year have fallen by the wayside, you’re not alone. Don’t let last year repeat itself. Inste ...
Discover the top technology trends for holiday 2014 and beyond
(BPT) - It’s shaping up to be a high-tech holiday this year, with more money being spent than ever before on consumer electronics gifts like tablets and phones, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. People are anxious to learn about new technologies and are shopping for the perfec ...
5 ways to make any purchase a smart purchase
(BPT) - You work hard for your money and the last thing you want to do is waste it by buying the wrong product or investing in something of poor quality. So how do you know which product is the best? There is no definitive answer, of course, and marketing campaigns can be misleading. If you adhere t ...
Can't keep a resolution? Outside support can help
(BPT) - Holiday celebrations are a traditional way to cap off the year, but once the ball drops it’s time to usher in a new beginning with New Year’s resolutions.Each year, millions of Americans resolve to get in better shape and become healthier, better versions of themselves. But, unfo ...
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 ...
Triple play: 3 ways to add flare to traditional game-day fare
(BPT) - When the holiday lights fade for another year, the excitement really begins with the arrival of big games and tournaments in top winter sports like football, basketball and hockey. If you’ll be playing game-day host for your team of fans, you know the flavors of the food you serve are ...
Simple tips for stylish holiday hosting
(BPT) - There’s no doubt that hosting during the holiday season is a learned skill that gets better with practice. Between the food, detailed decor, guest list and gifts, the hours leading up to the event can be one of the most stressful parts of the holidays. To master t ...
Fun summer activities for the whole family
(BPT) - Summer and fun – while these words aren't technically synonyms, they probably should be. School is out for the children, you have summer vacation time from work stocked up, and the nice weather across the country is beckoning.Are you in search of some fun ideas for your summer activiti ...
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 ...
Hidden holiday hazard? Don't let foot pain dampen holiday spirits
(BPT) - Americans spend just shy of 274 hours a year on shopping – or 45 minutes per day – according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Survey. It’s probably safe to say a good chunk of that time occurs during the holiday season. While much shopping takes pl ...
Freshen up your home with 5 colors for the new year
(BPT) - While you're making resolutions and setting goals for the new year, consider adding updating the look of your home to your list. If your walls are looking a little dated, follow these five color suggestions to give your space a renewed look.To simplify the makeover process, Dutch Boy Paints ...
5 financial fitness habits to begin in the new year
(BPT) - While many people focus on personal health goals in the new year, the beginning of the year is also a great time to check your financial fitness. So how can you whip your finances into shape?South University College of Business, Virginia Beach faculty member Dr. Alan Harper says everyone sho ...
Expert tips to protect your heart this winter
(BPT) - Heart disease and stroke remain the two top killers of Americans, according to the American Heart Association. Some research shows that heart-related deaths increase by 5 percent during the holidays, no matter where you live, and more cardiac deaths occur on Christmas and New Year's day than ...
6 tips for managing your year-end tax planning
(BPT) - The end of 2014 is shaping up to be relatively quiet compared to the challenges of recent years - such as the fiscal cliff. After this year’s mid-term elections a lame duck Congress needs to fund the operations of the federal government, so it is possible new tax law changes could affe ...
5 essential winter home safety checks
(BPT) - Home fires, carbon monoxide poisonings and home break-ins tend to increase during the winter months. If you’re aware of the increase in dangers to your home during the cold-weather season, you have the power to take precautions. Now is the perfect time for you and your family to review ...
Tips for maintaining your diesel vehicle during the winter months
(BPT) - Gone are the days when the only diesel vehicles on the road were commercial and heavy duty trucks. According to biodiesel.org, 44 new clean diesel car, truck and SUV models were available in the 2014 model year. Experts are predicting consumers will have more than 58 diesel vehicle models to ...
The real reason we entertain
(BPT) - The holidays are here and parties are in full swing. At this time of year, there can be a lot of pressure to throw memorable parties that will keep people talking into the new year. Many people forget that the real cheer in holiday entertaining is spending time with family and friends.In fac ...
Tips to help cancer patients prevent infections during the winter
(BPT) - “Oh the weather outside is frightful.” For many, this sums up the blustery season known as winter. With cold temperatures blanketing cities and towns, many have been spending more time indoors with friends and family. While everyone should take steps to stay healthy during this s ...
Nothing to sneeze at: 5 tips for seasonal allergy relief
(BPT) - Spring is upon us, and if you have seasonal allergies, you may be less excited about that than most. After all, what fun is finally freeing your face from that scarf if you’re just going to bury it in a tissue? It’s no fun at all, but allergies don’t have to make you misera ...
5 New Year's resolutions too simple to overlook
(BPT) - If you make New Year’s resolutions, you’re not alone. About half of Americans make special goals for each new year, according to University of Scranton research. Unfortunately, you’re also not alone if you break them, as only 8 percent of people are successful in achieving ...
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 ...
Romantic rendezvous or girls' night out, find the perfect look for Valentine's Day
(BPT) - Whether you’ll be dining out with a new love, sharing a romantic dinner at home, or enjoying a night out with your besties, you’ll want to look great on Valentine’s Day. Creating just the right look doesn’t have to be overwhelming; a few simple tips, tricks, tools and ...
We spend how much time house cleaning? [Infographic]
(BPT) - House cleaning is a responsibility most homeowners choose to tackle themselves, for a variety of reasons. And it's a chore families spend on average six hours a week doing. But there are tools to help make the tidying up process easier to manage, and therefore, faster to complete. Check out ...
7 holiday shopping security tips for staying safe online
(BPT) - From Target to Home Depot to eBay, hundreds of millions of Americans had their personal data stolen in the last year, and most shoppers aren’t confident they will be safer any time soon. In fact, 55 percent of Americans worry their Social Security numbers will be stolen in the next yea ...
Teachers: Tips to bring classroom energy levels back to normal after break
(BPT) - The start of the spring semester in the classroom is a great time for teachers to refresh the room so all learning goals can be accomplished before the end of the year. Sometimes a refresh involves disinfecting everything to help students stay healthy. Perhaps this year's refresh even involv ...
How a proper winter skincare regimen can help you save face this season
(BPT) - The fall-to-winter transition brings harsher climates with drops in temperature and punishing winds across the country. Clothing and accessories will help protect most parts of your body but your face will almost always remain exposed, which can lead to skin damage if it’s not properly ...
Top technology gifts for a special holiday season
(BPT) - Tech gifts are hot this holiday season, and with all the latest gadgets and upgraded electronic devices, it shouldn’t be a surprise that many wish lists include the best in smart devices.As you get your holiday shopping started, check out these great tech gift ideas that will have your ...
How to enjoy your holiday without the stress
(BPT) - It’s ironic that a time traditionally associated with good cheer and merriment can turn into a virtual nervous breakdown for so many people. High expectations paint the holidays as a time of fun and joy, and when people don’t feel this way they then feel even worse because they s ...
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 ...
How to prevent identity theft during tax season
(BPT) - It’s the time of year when Americans gather their financial documents and anxiously await news of a tax refund or debt. While many hope to get money back, Time Magazine recently reported that the IRS paid an estimated $5 billion plus in false tax refunds in 2013, and according to Bloom ...
Diabetes and holidays can go together better than chocolate and peanut butter
(BPT) - The holidays are almost here, and with them comes plenty of feasting and merriment. Enjoying the season is important, but if you have a family member with diabetes, it’s also very important to maintain a healthy routine for managing the condition.Having diabetes doesn’t mean miss ...
Have it made in the shade in your backyard this summer
(BPT) - In the midst of the winter we love to think of the summer as this idyllic time when we live barefoot under the sky and everything is perfect and beautiful. Then when the summertime comes, we find ourselves complaining about too much sun, being too hot or bugs - and stay inside in the cool AC ...
Stay on the road this season with these winter car care tips
(BPT) - Preparing your car for harsh winter temperatures before they strike is a great way to ensure your vehicle will be able to handle the year’s coldest months. Both new and old cars need maintenance during this season. Following the car care tips below will help to keep your vehicle runnin ...
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 ...
The inside scoop on just how much Americans love to deck the halls [Infographic]
(BPT) - What’s your favorite part of the holidays? The food? The gifts? Time off? For many Americans, decking the halls ranks high among the things they most love about the season. A recent survey by ProFlowers found that nearly 102 million Americans say holiday decorating is one of ...
5 tips for an easy, yet impressive cookie swap
(BPT) - Between shopping, wrapping, decorating and travel, most would agree that enjoying tasty meals and delicious treats with friends, family and loved ones is one of the best parts of the holiday season. To help you pull off an impressive cookie exchange with homemade touches, the bak ...
The way to anyone's heart on Valentine's Day: Homemade baked goods
(BPT) - “Sweets for the sweet” will always be appropriate for Valentine’s Day, but what if your sweetheart isn’t a fan of boxed chocolates? Or perhaps you want to give an extra special gift by making it homemade? Baking a treat for your loved one is a great way to give a pers ...
Last-minute fitness gifts can keep giving all year long
(BPT) - A good gift keeps on giving long after you’ve recycled the wrapping paper and put away the decorations. A great gift keeps giving in ways that change people’s lives for the better. This holiday season, give the people you love something that will contribute to their lives day aft ...
5 ways to redefine your outdoor space
(BPT) - Winter’s coldest days make you appreciate spring and summer, as well as the warm afternoons spent outdoors enjoying these seasons. And when the time comes, there’s no better place to relax than in your own backyard. If your space isn’t all it could be, though, this is the p ...
Newly dating to married for years: Top ways to celebrate Valentine's Day for any relationship stage
(BPT) - Whether you’re smitten after dating for only a month or your relationship has a soothing rhythm after many years of marriage, your affections deserve to be celebrated this Valentine’s Day. Finding the perfect way to say you care, however, is often easier said than done. Stop stre ...
Americans struggle to find the perfect gift for the holidays [Infographic]
(BPT) - How many hours and dollars have you spent finding the perfect gift this holiday season? More than you planned? You’re not alone. For many Americans, finding that special gift for loved ones is difficult and stressful, and many (especially men!) are missing the mark. A recent survey by ...
What Americans really want to do on New Year's Eve [Infographic]
Tradition calls for “ringing” in the new year by painting the town red and sharing a midnight kiss with your true love, but most Americans would rather greet the arrival of 2015 by popping the cork at home with good friends and family. Sixty-one percent of adults polled by Wakefield for ...
Last-minute shopping tips to check everyone off your holiday list
(BPT) - The days are flying quickly past, and the holiday season will be over before you know it. If you haven’t completed – or even started – your holiday gift shopping yet, don’t worry; there’s still plenty of time to get everything accomplished.First, be sure to find ...
Finding big-ticket bargains during the holiday season
(BPT) - Bargain hunting is practically a sport, especially during the holiday shopping season. Deloitte‘s 2014 annual holiday survey predicts the average American will drop nearly $1,300 this holiday season. With that level of spending in mind, planning to save real money elsewhere is crucial ...
Favorite flavors warm up winter recipes
(BPT) - When you think of favorite winter dishes, what comes to mind? Do hearty soups and bold coffee seem like the best sources of warmth to sustain you through winter’s chill? For dishes that create comfort and warmth, don’t rule out one of the most-loved American flavors: peanut butte ...
3 tips to create and stick to your financial goals this season
(BPT) - Holiday sales are expected to reach more than $600 billion this year, an increase from 2013 according to the National Retail Federation. For the average household, that equates to spending $804 on gifts - up 5 percent from last year. And rest assured retailers will be pulling out all the sto ...
Lack of flu preparedness: What you need to know to protect your family
(BPT) - In the middle of winter, snowstorms and severe weather might be top of mind, but when was the last time you thought about the flu? Are you one of the many individuals who don’t think the flu is serious until you experience it firsthand?Those who have had the flu before were significant ...
5 simple steps to scoring delicious, stress-free game day fare
(BPT) - On game days, sports fans love to gather around the TV with family and friends, while treating themselves to fun foods and snacks. But hosting a gathering can keep you cooking in the kitchen when you’d rather be in on the action. Here’s an easy guide for creating delicious foods ...
The evolution of holiday shopping [Infographic]
(BPT) - This holiday season, the National Retail Federation projects online shopping to hit an all-time high with 56 percent of customers planning to shop online. As more Americans look to shop on their terms – anytime, anywhere, and in any way these choose, Sears is continuing to innovate aro ...
Don't let new year's fervor fizzle: 6 ways to achieve meaningful change
(BPT) - Every year, many Americans resolve to change or improve something in their lives in the coming months. Too often, their January fervor to take control fizzles by February. But a new approach to managing resolutions could make 2015 the year you achieve meaningful, lasting change.Paul Kriegler ...
Spread cheer, not germs this holiday season [Infographic]
(BPT) - With many possible germy situations arising during the holidays, Lysol is encouraging families to spread cheer, not germs this winter and focus on what’s really important – quality time with loved ones. That’s why Lysol has developed an infographic featuring some of these s ...
Holiday home safety checklist
(BPT) - The holidays are a wonderful time of the year when everyone spends a little less time focusing on their day-to-day lives and a little more time on family and friends. If you’re hosting at your home this year, you’re probably already preparing your decorations and your menu for th ...
Uncorking the Top Wine Trends of 2014 [Infographic]
(BPT) - Will you be serving wine at your holiday gatherings this year? E. & J. Gallo Winery, the world’s largest family-owned winery, recently commissioned its inaugural Gallo Consumer Wine Trends Survey to identify the top trends of 2014. The survey explored everything from serving styles ...
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 ...
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