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November 13, 2018

Flu season is coming. Are you prepared to stop its spread?
(BPT) - Every year, fall heralds the arrival of the dreaded flu season: a long, six-month stretch of coughs, aches, fevers and stuffy noses. But make no mistake - it is far more than a case of the sniffles. It can be very serious business. The flu can be deadly for even healthy individuals, and the... More >>

Five Show House Trends to Inspire Your Renovation
(BPT) - When it's time to remodel and renovate your home, you're no doubt on the lookout for the freshest takes in design and color choices, so you can ensure your renovation is a lasting investment.To go about your home refresh in a thoughtful way, it can help to turn to the top experts in the ind... More >>

Unique budget-friendly gifts for $20 or less
(BPT) - What do you get the person who has everything? Furthermore, what do you get all those people while still sticking to your holiday budget? Finding unique gifts for friends and family doesn't mean breaking the bank. With a little creative thinking, you can give gifts that will inspire a smile... More >>

Slippery season: Mayo Clinic offers 10 tips for avoiding falls
(BPT) - With the winter season approaching, you may need to pay closer attention to watching your step. Even if you're active, healthy and full of life, statistics show that you have a greater chance of taking a debilitating fall as you age. Mayo Clinic notes that some 400,000 "fragility fractures"... More >>

Tips to honor veterans on Veterans Day ... and every day
(BPT) - Hostility ceased on the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 after World War I. Armistice Day was then celebrated on the 11th day of November to mark the beginning of this peaceful era. Nationwide there were celebrations, parades, public meetings and suspension of business f... More >>

How to assemble a holiday cheeseboard guaranteed to impress
(BPT) - 'Tis the season for getting together with friends and family to celebrate. Food is at the heart of the holidays, so whether you're hosting an event or attending as a guest, you'll want to whip up something to impress a wide variety of taste buds. The perfect solution: A holiday cheeseboard.... More >>

4 tips to keep pantry pests off your holiday invite list this year
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5 ways to host a no-hassle holiday celebration this season
(BPT) - The holidays are supposed to be a joyous occasion, filled with warm memories of family and friends. When it's your turn to host, however, the holidays can quickly turn into a stressful blur that involves cleaning, decorating and cooking all before the guests even arrive! Hosting loved ones ... More >>

Deck the halls with cherry preserves! Give your holidays a healthy twist
(BPT) - Bring the gift of nutrition to holiday gatherings by incorporating sweet cherries into your favorite menu. It may not seem the season for cherries, but this is the time to raid the summer stash that has been frozen, dried or canned. Adding a bright, festive touch, sweet cherries will provid... More >>

3 tips for making gifting easier this holiday season
(BPT) - From shopping for gifts, planning holiday travel or parties and wrapping up work projects, the weeks leading up to the holidays can be full of activity. For those tackling their shopping list, finding the perfect gift for a special loved one may sometimes feel overwhelming. However, for sav... More >>

5 compelling reasons to make prepaid wireless service part of your household budget
(BPT) - Out with the old and in with the new is the mantra most people live by in the smartphone age. New apps, new styles, new functionality, they all have you running to get an upgrade as quickly as possible.But the predecessors to what's new and hot aren't the only old that needs to go. In fact,... More >>

Affordable affair: 7 tips for a holiday bash on a budget
(BPT) - The days leading up to the holidays tend to be among the busiest of the year, with lots of celebrations taking place over a few short weeks.If you're hosting a holiday celebration of your own, you're following a national trend. Statista reports some 59 percent of Americans anticipate spendi... More >>

Family farmers from across the country talk turkeys
(BPT) - It's 6 a.m. in Bell County, Texas. The sun is yet to peek over the horizon on what will become a steamy summer day, but Darrell Glaser is already strolling through his turkey houses to ensure the birds on his family farm are comfortable. The farm has been in Glaser's family for nearly 100 y... More >>

Time-saving tips and healthy tricks for holiday baking
(BPT) - 'Tis the season for cookies, cakes, candies and more! Those delectable treats are an iconic part of celebrations big and small. Whether you want to cozy up by the fire with your favorite confection or bring a few batches to the school bake sale, you're bound to be baking like crazy this tim... More >>

Holiday Gift-Giving Can Help Employ Adults With Developmental Disabilities
(BPT) - This holiday season, checking off items on your gift list can also help provide jobs for adults with developmental disabilities.1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. has introduced a special collection of eight holiday gifts to benefit Smile FarmsSM, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing meanin... More >>

How parents can encourage and support imaginative play
(BPT) - Play is a child's work, and it comes naturally to kids. While we often focus on how a child's intellectual abilities are coming along, the role of imaginative play in childhood development is often overlooked.Imaginative play comes in many forms, whether playing house during a play date or ... More >>

How to pack the party with you next time you're traveling
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6 healthy twists to lighten your favorite holiday foods
(BPT) - It's hard not to dread the holidays if you're trying to maintain a healthy diet. Heavy meals packed with carbs and creams are often followed by sugary treats - leaving you ready to crash in a house full of guests. On the other hand, munching on a simple salad while loved ones dig into each ... More >>

5 tips for a mobile man cave that rivals home
(BPT) - It's football time, and many Americans are making the annual pilgrimage to man caves forged in living rooms, basements or garages. There, fans hunker down for hours in the extreme comforts of recliners, snacks and drinks, and of course, mega-sized TV screens.Yet for others, the football exp... More >>

Simple ways to get your budget on track this holiday season
(BPT) - Americans will have lots to celebrate this holiday season, with unemployment rates at an all-time low and consumer confidence on the rise. According to The Annual Retail Sales Forecast for the Holiday Season from Deloitte, retailers have their sights on sales of more than $1.1 trillion.We a... More >>

Love your leftovers with these smart and safe tips
(BPT) - From family feasts to office parties, the holidays bring an abundance of leftovers. Think mountains of turkey, buckets of gravy and stacks of side dishes."This season, give yourself and your family the gift of enjoying holiday leftovers with food safety top of mind," says Shelley Feist, exe... More >>

The power of play
(BPT) - Play is fun for children, but it's serious business when it comes to their health and development. From peek-a-boo as a toddler to jigsaw puzzles, dolls and toy trains as an older child, play enriches not only their lives at the moment, but their brain development and a whole host of other ... More >>

Job opportunities in manufacturing benefit America's veterans
(BPT) - Following their military service, many veterans feel overwhelmed by the transition to civilian life and the decision about what's next. While veterans may feel that it's challenging to identify civilian jobs that match their skills, there are job opportunities across the country and in thei... More >>

Wheelchair damage is a frequent risk for disabled travelers
(BPT) - Does the idea of holiday travel make you feel like a Scrooge? Booking a flight, traversing through a packed airport and getting to the gate on time are just a few things that can cause stress. Then there's using those tiny on-board bathrooms, and hoping you get your luggage back in one piec... More >>

5 secrets to brewing the perfect cup of coffee at home
(BPT) - A cup of steaming rich coffee is one of life's simple pleasures, especially if you have some extra time to linger over those roasty aromas and flavors at your favorite coffee shop.The good news is you don't have to be a barista to achieve the same results at home. Apply these expert secrets... More >>

5 tips to keep your tires ready for holiday driving
(BPT) - Holiday season is upon us again, meaning an extra-large helping of food, family, friends and fun are in store. Unfortunately, so is the seasonal nasty weather. Be prepared for chilling temps, rain and snow that could easily put a damper on driving to holiday celebrations and shopping sprees... More >>

Meaningful ways to connect different generations during the holidays
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Pickled onions add healthy kick to any dish
(BPT) - You may have noticed more appetizers and entrees draped with pickled onions in the last couple of years. You may even have been adventurous enough to try them, learning how their tartness and onion flavor kick every dish up a notch.Pickling has been around some 4,000 years to preserve veget... More >>

Tips from an executive pastry chef for simple holiday entertaining
(BPT) - Whether you’re hosting a small holiday gathering with friends or a formal dinner party with family, entertaining can be stressful. But with a few simple food-focused tips, you’ll be on your way to throwing the perfect holiday get-together — headache-free.For ease of planni... More >>

Forget 'wine rules': 4 unconventional wine pairings for guys
(BPT) - Have you ever looked at a wine list and wished it actually told you what the wine tastes like? Have you ever wanted wine connoisseurs to stop swirling and sniffing, and just take a big sip? Well, you’re not alone. And American craft wine, The Federalist, and Dan Dunn want to do someth... More >>

How to keep pests out of your chimney
(BPT) - As temperatures drop, many people will start spending more time in the warmth of their homes. Animals don't have the luxury of extra heating and take whatever refuge they can find, making chimneys a convenient place for pests to seek shelter. The team at Terminix has some helpful informatio... More >>

Busted: 5 of the biggest holiday myths
(BPT) - Holiday fantasies are not just for children. It turns out grownups actually celebrate the holidays living by their own set of myths, and they probably don't even know it.If all the holiday prep and bustle is giving your inner Grinch a migraine, you may find yourself in very good company! A ... More >>

Take a road trip through Arkansas for the best fall foliage views
(BPT) - With vibrant colors, crisp air and unmatched natural beauty, autumn is one of the most popular times of the year to visit Arkansas. During the months of October and November, The Natural State is the ideal destination for a long weekend trip to experience some of the most vibrant fall folia... More >>

Touring through the best Italian wines
(BPT) - Dreaming of an Italian vacation? You can experience the country's ancient, romantic regions without even leaving home. The wines of Italy embody the heart and soul of the regions in which they're grown.Letting the vineyards be your guide, travel from the Tuscan coast to the Adriatic's sandy... More >>

Crunchy, crispy, juicy: 5 warm comfort foods featuring apples
(BPT) - As the leaves change and the nighttime air takes on a chill, our thoughts naturally turn to warm, delicious foods that offer an element of comfort on a chilly autumn night.Some comfort foods are hugely rooted in nostalgia. Others are just so enjoyably crispy, crunchy, chewy, sweet or savory... More >>

National Seafood Month: 5 reasons to choose sustainable seafood
(BPT) - October is National Seafood Month, and one of the best ways to keep the world’s waters full of life is to choose certified wild, sustainable seafood. Not only is it better for the environment, but it helps ensure a steady supply of an important natural resource that people around the ... More >>

This Season the Hygge Design Trend is Back and Bold
(BPT) - Last year, the Scandinavian concept of Hygge took the interior design stage by storm with people around the world flocking to buy cozy blankets and sheepskin throws. This year, Noa Santos, interior co-founder of interior design company Homepolish says that hygge has experienced a rebirth an... More >>

6 tips for shopping in Guadalajara
(BPT) - As one of Mexico's top artisanal hubs, Guadalajara offers culture, cuisine and shopping. Travelers can find everything from expertly crafted pottery to luxe leather goods in markets throughout the city. For those who travel the world in search of the best locally produced, stylish souvenirs... More >>

30-minute Mediterranean meals with grapes
(BPT) - With the onset of fall, new schedules and an invigorating pace, eating nourishing meals is an important way to keep up energy levels. With few having the time to devote to cooking an elaborate meal, a collection of delicious and dependable 30-minute recipes for a quick but satisfying meal c... More >>

The truth behind food labels
(BPT) - When we visit the grocery store, we’ve become accustomed to a dizzying array of options. There are labels touting everything from food safety to environmental and ethical standards. Making the best decision for your family, your health and the good of the planet is important, but how ... More >>

7 savvy ways to save on your next trip
(BPT) - Looking to spend time away without spending a ton of money? Your wanderlust doesn't have to directly compete with your desire to save. With a few smart tips and tricks, you can cut costs and make the most out of your trip. These seven savings strategies make travel more accessible, enjoyabl... More >>

5 ways play and learning go hand-in-hand
(BPT) - Children are hard-wired to play. However, busy schedules, homework, classes and structured activities like sports and dance classes can often get in the way of allowing kids to feel free to express that natural behavior.While these things are important, it’s just as important to recog... More >>

5 tips to help party guests feel welcome
(BPT) - At this time of year there is plenty to celebrate, and any celebration is best done with a collection of your closest friends. So, who’s up for a party? You are. Your house is ready, the food is prepped and your guests should be showing up any minute. When they do, you want them to ha... More >>

7 surprising benefits of doing jigsaw puzzles
(BPT) - There's a quiet movement going on in this country, and it doesn't involve apps, data or the latest fad. Following the lead of vinyl record albums, coloring books and traditional board games, jigsaw puzzles are seeing a resurgence in popularity. Perhaps, because it's an opportunity to unplug... More >>

Why Myrtle Beach is the perfect fall vacation for families
(BPT) - When it comes to vacation planning, millennial families with young children have the edge over school-aged families — no strict school schedules to obey!Take advantage of this flexibility while you can, and plan your escape to Myrtle Beach. This oceanside city along the beautiful Sout... More >>

Laugh, learn and lunch: Tips for bonding with kids over cooking
(BPT) - Cooking with your kids is just plain fun. Everyone likes good food, and being in the kitchen offers an excellent opportunity to work together toward one common (and hopefully delicious) goal. And the added benefit, of course, is that your kids can learn to follow directions, are exposed to ... More >>

Easy entertaining and recipe tips from celebrity chef Katie Lee
(BPT) - Whether it's an end-of-summer bash or a back-to-school barbecue, entertaining is all about family, friends and of course, food. But hosting the perfect soiree doesn't have to mean you're stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is enjoying the party. TV chef and cookbook author Katie Lee of... More >>

9 savvy traveler hacks that will save time, money and headaches
(BPT) - Are you a savvy traveler? Do you shop around to get the best deals? How about knowing the ins and outs of saving money when planning a trip?Chase and the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) asked folks across the U.S. travel-related questions to find out just how savvy they are, and here's... More >>

Wisconsin landmark celebrates 100th birthday
(BPT) - Many travelers seek out cultural enclaves to explore the fascinating stories of how Americans lived, thought and dreamed in the past. That helps explain the $762 million in revenues logged by U.S. historic sites in 2013, according to Statista. Other research predicts the revenues realized b... More >>

Plan, be positive, unplug: 5 ways to make family meals more enjoyable
(BPT) - With our busy lifestyles today, finding time to shop for groceries, cook, then meet as a family to enjoy a meal together can be a major challenge.A Harris poll shows only 30 percent of American families share dinner each night. Yet the benefits of maintaining that family time are so substan... More >>








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