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Tension relief needed this holiday season [Infographic]
(BPT) - With the holidays arriving, a new survey reveals what’s turning travelers into a “Scrooge” and their stress-relieving response to make the season merry. Conducted by Wakefield Research* on behalf of Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide&rsqu ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Farmers market closed? How to make the most of your grocery store's produce aisle
(BPT) - It’s the same story every year — kids return to school, temperatures drop, summer vacation becomes a fading memory and the local farmers market closes. While you may spend winter longing for the return of 80-degree days and sunny skies, you don’t have to miss out on your fa ...
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 ...
Community campaign to promote sportsmanship could earn youth sports teams $2,500
(BPT) - As fall arrives and kids return to school, both parents and young athletes will also be preparing for a busy schedule of youth sports. At such a time, it’s worth revisiting a touching story from a youth hockey game last year that gained attention on social media. In this particular gam ...
Winter family traditions to keep you warm all season long
(BPT) - Dark mornings, cold days and snowy roads are all things that might bring you down this winter. But winter doesn’t have to be a time of hibernation. With all of the holidays and celebrations throughout the season, your entire family can get involved in activities to keep the winter days ...
5 ways to get the most out of your holiday shopping
(BPT) - ‘Tis the season for all the joys of the holidays—an abundance of food, family and friends, giving and receiving, and a chill in the air. But with these come the often-dreaded struggle of holiday budgeting, finding the time to find the best gift deals for those on your list and fi ...
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 ...
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 easy ways businesses can thank their customers and employees this year
(BPT) - The holiday season is here once again, and while this is a busy time of year for companies all across the country, it’s also a great time to say thanks to the customers and employees who have made the year special.Your company’s gift giving doesn’t have to be lavish or expe ...
8 haunting hacks for the whole family
(BPT) - Halloween is creeping up — but don’t let it spook you! Whether you’re an experienced Halloween party pro or just looking to be in the know, these hauntingly easy hacks — from snacks, to costumes, to creepy décor — from Farm Rich will help you trick and tr ...
Early bird specials: Ways small businesses can prepare for the holidays
(BPT) - The holidays bring many things to mind — eggnog, Christmas trees, piles of presents, the first snowfall and more. However, for small business owners, the holidays signify more than good cheer and time spent with friends and family. For many small businesses, November and December mark ...
Fa-la-lah-choo! Allergic to the holidays?
(BPT) - Your goal may be to celebrate the holidays in style this year, but your allergies and asthma are making you feel like the Grinch. You may not even be aware of what’s causing the extra sniffling, sneezing and itchy eyes.“Two thirds of allergy sufferers have symptoms year-round, so ...
Tips to make your home holiday-ready for guests with asthma and allergies
(BPT) - More than 60 million Americans have asthma and allergies ... and it’s likely some of them will visit your home this holiday season. When triggers can lurk anywhere and everywhere, it’s important to take steps to ensure your home will be as comfortable as possible when your loved ...
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 ...
Top 4 year-round sensitive skin issues
(BPT) - Skin sensitivity has affected more than 70 percent of Americans at some point, according to a new survey by Nexcare Brand from 3M. While the problem affects people of every age, more than 65 percent of parents surveyed say they’re particularly worried about the sensitivity of their chi ...
Survey says Americans don't hesitate to travel when sick, so take steps to protect yourself against the spread of germs
(BPT) - If you’re among the millions of Americans who relish seeing loved ones during the holidays, there’s good news and bad news. The good: you’ll get a chance to visit with family and friends, since 66 percent of Americans say they plan to travel this holiday season. The bad: 10 ...
5 tips for stress-free holiday travel
(BPT) - Americans took more than 11 million flights in November and December 2014, according to the U.S. Office of Travel & Tourism Industries, and many experts believe that number is on track to grow this year. If you’re worried about long lines and potential flight delays, these five tip ...
Tips and tricks for fuss-free holiday entertaining
(BPT) - The holidays are a time of celebration, not for stressing about how you’re going to feed a room full of hungry guests. Serving fanciful fare in a beautiful setting shouldn't be difficult — just use the tricks of entertaining experts. Here are five low-fuss ways to impress guests ...
6 steps to a happy holiday of healthy eating
(BPT) - The holidays are approaching, and with them come buffets, sweets and food-laden tables. You can think of that as temptation or realize that you have the power to make good-for-you choices, whether you’re managing diabetes or aiming for healthy eating in general. The American Diabetes A ...
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 ...
Too soon? 5 reasons why many secretly love rushing the holidays
(BPT) - You roll your eyes when your hometown’s holiday lights go up the day after Halloween, cringe when the mall decks its halls before Thanksgiving and scoff at the neighbors who’ve already begun Christmas shopping. But secretly, you love the early arrival of the holiday season &mdash ...
What women say about fragrance [Infographic]
(BPT) - As we prepare for our perfect Christmas, Bath & Body Works surveyed women to better understand their fragrance personalities, and this is what we found out.
5 easy fall home updates
(BPT) - There are so many reasons to love fall. From the brisk breeze and color-changing leaves outdoors, to prepping for the holidays and watching football inside, there couldn’t be a better time to make a few updates around your house. Consider these simple fall home updates to stylishly wel ...
3 ways to bring a touch of nostalgia to modern holiday celebrations
(BPT) - Fond memories of holidays past are one of the many gifts of the seasons, and it turns out a bit of nostalgia is good for you. It can make you feel less lonely, bored or anxious, and more generous, tolerant and happy, according to a New York Times report on nostalgia research. You don’t ...
Online shopping: Who procrastinates more, men or women?
(BPT) - The holiday shopping season is in full swing, which means malls are sparkling with lights and decorations, enticing shoppers to purchase loads of gifts for friends and loved ones (and a few trinkets for themselves). At least that’s what retailers hope for. It should be no surprise that ...
How to be a great holiday guest and host
(BPT) - The holiday season is chaotic enough without the added stress of entertaining. Whether you open your house to family and friends, or attend parties hosted by others this season, these tips will help you keep tensions low and stomachs full wherever you celebrate.Don’t show up empty-hand ...
Best holiday gift for seniors? Teach them how to use tech to stay connected
(BPT) - If you’re thinking of buying Grandma her first ever smartphone or tablet for the holidays, but aren’t sure she’ll be able to handle the technology ... make that purchase! Studies show technology can lead to the deeper levels of social engagement associated with improved men ...
5 DIY holiday crafts
(BPT) - It’s time to deck the halls with tinsel, snowflakes and, of course, a steaming cup of holiday cheer. Get in a festive mood and gather the family to craft unique DIY holiday decorations — and make some fun memories together, too.Festive holiday garlandWhat better way to welcome th ...
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 ...
Talking turkey for the Thanksgiving table
(BPT) - Without a doubt the iconic American bird, the turkey, majorly influences all things Thanksgiving, right down to our tabletop décor. It’s a colorful history, nearly as old as the holiday itself.When Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving an official holiday back in 1863, English ...
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 ...
7 life hacks for the college freshman
(BPT) - The transition to college is the first step into a new world and a new you. This is the time for empowerment and individualism, from moving out of your parents’ home to making those lifelong friends the first night in your dorm — college is a world of fast-paced changes. It& ...
'Tis the season for good etiquette
(BPT) - In today’s fast paced, eat-on-the-run world, it seems very few of us make time for a regular sit down meal at the dinner table. That’s until the holidays roll around, when the pressure’s on to be perfect. Before you read any further, ask yourself — are you confident w ...
Americans take holiday décor seriously for 2015 [Infographic]
(BPT) - Did you know Americans start shopping for holiday décor items before Halloween? Who knew? See below for more seasonal consumer statistics unwrapped by Big Lots, one of the nation’s largest retailers.
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 ...
5 ways to make sure your pet has a safe holiday
(BPT) - Though everyone cherishes the holidays as an opportunity to catch up with friends and family, they don’t always feel like a vacation. AAA estimates that more than 98.6 million people travel over the holidays each year — meaning that neither trains, planes, or automobiles are ...
5 tips to make your holiday cooking and baking cleanup easier
(BPT) - Preparing meals together is a great way to create lasting holiday memories. However, it’s no secret that whipping up Grandma’s sugar cookie recipe can create quite a mess. This year, use these clean-up tips to enjoy holiday time in the kitchen:Start with a solid baseAvoid messy c ...
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 ...
Learn how to protect yourself from mosquito-borne illnesses
(BPT) - You may think of mosquitoes as being strictly hot weather pests, but these disease carrying insects can actually remain active until the temperature consistently stays lower than 60 degrees. The risk of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses can remain a significant threat well a ...
Suffering from fall allergies? What you can do to find relief
(BPT) - You heard all about the worst allergy season ever. You know the pollen tsunami swept through and left everyone sneezing and wheezing in its wake. But you want to know why the end of summer is almost here and you’re still miserable.“Although spring, summer and fall have different ...
4 easy hacks to save time and money this holiday season
(BPT) - Dashing around online,On a holiday shopping spree,Over the budget we go,With no time left for me.The holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year — as well as the most overwhelming. From finding the perfect gift for that special person, to attending various parties or celebratin ...
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 ...
Your holiday shopping guide: 4 ways to cut through the clutter this holiday season
(BPT) - It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but for you and your family, it’s also the busiest. The holidays bring trips to book, parties to plan, meals to cook, homes to clean and of course, work and school schedules to manage. On top of that, you have to tackle perhaps the most d ...
6 tips for fall recreation
(BPT) - While summer is all about sun, beaches and being on the water, autumn brings new types of outdoor fun. Cooler weather and colorful landscapes attract many to enjoy the outdoors during the season. But after the summer sun fades, it’s important to make sure you’re fully prepared to ...
10 Seasonal Tips: Simple ways to save time and enjoy the holidays
(BPT) - It may be the most wonderful time of year, but at times, it can also feel like the most stressful. This holiday season, take a fresh approach to your “to-do’s list” to save time and energy so you can be merry and bright. These 10 tips and tricks will help you relax, unwind ...
Warm up to luxury bathroom upgrades this winter
(BPT) - Back-to-school and the holidays aren’t the only welcome seasons that arrive with cooler weather. Fall and winter are also a great time to make some luxury upgrades to your home. With children back in school and holiday guests on the way, you have the perfect window of time — and ...
How to gift tech without becoming tech support [Infographic]
(BPT) - - Asurion premier support is able to resolve 99 percent of customer's questions on the very first call, allowing them to get back to their holiday plans as quickly as possible. What more could someone want in a holiday gift than the gift of peace-of- mind and unlimited knowledge?
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 ...
The road to the holidays: From field to forks and port to presents [Infographic]
(BPT) - While most of us look forward to leisure travel for the holidays, millions of others on the road aren’t headed home or to a vacation destination – they’re working. Farmers and truckers play critical roles in both the U.S. economy and bringing the holidays home for us to enj ...
7 steps for simplifying your next paint project
(BPT) - If you’re considering a household painting project, now’s the perfect time. The summer’s hottest days are in the past and winter’s frigid temperatures aren’t even on your radar. Whether you plan to paint your kitchen, a hallway, outdoor siding or a refurbished p ...
3 winter recipes and wine pairings to 'wow' any crowd
(BPT) - Whether you're cooking for two or a dinner party with friends, these recipes are the perfect accompaniment to the holiday season. Try them with the recommended wine pairings for a truly memorable meal.Prosciutto, Mozzarella, and Sage Pesto Stuffed Pork TenderloinAuthor: Katie Morris of ...
Gift yourself - others do, too
(BPT) - - The holidays are around the corner and people are starting to shop for the loved ones on their list. Whether you’re an expert gift-giver — and this is your favorite season — or you’re stumped on what gifts to buy, a new survey from Chase Freedom reveals fun and surp ...
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 ...
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 ...
Baking basics: Getting the best performance from eggs in desserts
(BPT) - Whether you prefer grandma’s famous pumpkin pie, snowflake cookies or delicious eggnog custard, there are plenty of dessert options to choose from during the holiday season. We often associate holiday desserts with sugar, frosting and all things sweet. However, the most important ingre ...
Six style tips to prepare your home for the holiday season
(BPT) - Bored with the whirlwind of red and green decor that inundates every home during the holiday season? This year, more homeowners are thinking beyond the traditional when decorating for winter celebrations. Expert insight into the year’s top decor trends can help anyone create impressive ...
5 ways to reconnect with your loved ones this holiday season
(BPT) - For many people, reconnecting with loved ones is the highlight of the holiday season. This is especially true if it’s the only time of the year they see distant friends or family. Enjoying time with loved ones near and far poses unique challenges but the rewards are certainly worth it. ...
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, ...
6 foolproof ideas for everyone on your holiday gift list
(BPT) - Giving gifts can be one of the biggest stressors during the holidays. Store after store, website after website, you try to find the perfect something for everyone on your list. Seeing the smiles on the faces of your loved ones as they open their presents is one of the best feelings in the wo ...
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 ...
Tailgating Essentials: 7 Tips for Game Day
(BPT) - Along with the hard hits, the heartache and exhilaration, football is about getting people together —even if they don’t always root for the same team. If you’re one of those fans who made several mock drafts of your ideal fantasy football team or have the stats of your favo ...
How to keep your skin healthy during the dry winter months
(BPT) - The transition from fall to winter presents unique challenges for everyone. Not only is it important to switch wardrobes in order to brave the cold, we also have to get used to driving in the snow and ice, remember to shovel the sidewalk, and of course, prepare against the seasonal onslaught ...
Make all merry and bright with these home revamping tips
(BPT) - The holidays are imminent, and you’re looking forward to inviting friends and family to your home to celebrate. Or maybe not . . . A closer look at your furniture reveals unseemly damage you’ve stopped noticing because you see it every day. Your couch cushions have more torn ...
How to conquer holiday food cravings and still enjoy seasonal treats
(BPT) - Sweet treats at work. Extravagant family dinners. Buffets brimming with holiday indulgences. There’s plenty to savor this time of year, and it doesn’t have to lead to a bigger waistline.Licensed naturopathic doctor Dr. Aimée Gould Shunney believes the holidays are a time t ...
Must-have home tech makes holiday entertaining brighter
(BPT) - Good times with loved ones are an important part of the holidays, so it’s understandable if you want everyone to put down their smartphones and turn off the TV while you’re sharing a holiday meal. But you can “tech the halls” to help get the most from your holiday ent ...
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 ...
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 ...
Winterize your outdoor living space in 5 easy steps
(BPT) - Ahh the backyard – it’s served you well all summer. But now the seasons are changing and colder weather is on the way. Which means you need to prime your property from the ravages of winter. That’s right, it’s time to winterize!Since you can finish your indoor winteri ...
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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 ...
Get your vehicle ready for fall with these 8 tips
(BPT) - Families across the country have returned from their carefree summer road trips and are already back to the grind of daily school commutes. With such a heavy reliance on the family vehicle, fall car care should be at the top of every driver’s fall priority list.Americans hold on to the ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Missed out on summer vacation? There's still time to relax and unwind this fall
(BPT) - Summer is supposed to be the season for vacation and relaxation, but if you were too busy to take time off, you’re not alone. More than 40 percent of Americans didn’t use their paid time off (PTO) in 2014, according to Project: Time Off, a study by the U.S. Travel Association. Bu ...
Forget pumpkin mania, it's time for all things eggnog
(BPT) - Step aside pumpkin spice — your 15 minutes are over (at least for another year). The holidays are quickly approaching and it’s time for eggnog to have its moment.While pumpkin permeates the culture every fall — from coffee flavoring to air fresheners — too often eggno ...
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