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home : greenwood living : how-to August 1, 2014


Running on empty: How far can you really go?
(BPT) - Whether intentional or purely circumstantial, it’s likely that most experienced drivers have seen the low-fuel light illuminate their vehicle’s dashboard at least once. For some drivers, the fuel light is a source of anxiety as they search for the closest gas station. For others... (click to continue...)


Escape a cooking rut with bold flavors the whole family will enjoy
(BPT) - Between busy schedules and family member’s picky eating habits, it’s easy to fall into a cooking rut where you’re preparing the same five recipes every week. Break out of this cycle with a few easy tips that will have you exploring new flavors in no time.“A well-stoc... (click to continue...)


Entertaining at home? These easy tips will ensure your place is guest-ready in no time
(BPT) - No matter the occasion, parties are good opportunities to relax with friends and family, step outside the normal routine and just have a great time. Hosting a party at home requires some extra prep work, but the reward is often worth the labor. Before you throw your next gathering, try thes... (click to continue...)


Decoding pet food claims to find the ideal nutrition for your furry family member
(BPT) - In the United States, 62 million households have at least one pet, including 83 million dogs and 95 million cats. That’s a lot of people who love their pets, and one of the key aspects of caring for a furry family member is providing the right nutrition. Unfortunately, with so many pe... (click to continue...)


Education insight: 5 tips for conquering college later in life
(BPT) - Today’s college students are breaking the stereotypical mold. Older students are no longer intimidated to conquer college later in life, and many colleges see students in their 20s studying alongside students in their 30s, 40s - even 60s! If it’s been a long time since you&rsquo... (click to continue...)


Fight childhood hunger to keep kids healthy this summer
(BPT) - Children everywhere look forward to the long sunny days of summer vacation, but not everything about being away from school is fun and games. Many children who rely on free or reduced cost meals during the school year are at risk of going hungry during the summer months.“Millions of c... (click to continue...)


Top time-saving kitchen appliances to help unleash your inner chef
(BPT) - Do you dream of being the next contestant on a reality cooking show? Think your culinary skills could take on Chef Gordon Ramsay? You’re not alone. There are millions of aspiring, in-home chefs who want to improve their skills.Whether you are a self-proclaimed expert or new to the kit... (click to continue...)


What's the top learning style in America? Hands-on wins hands down, survey says
(BPT) - Children learn by doing, and every child has a unique learning style all his or her own, child development experts tell us. The same can be said of adults if a recent survey is any indication. A majority of Americans say hands-on training is the hands-down winner when they want to learn som... (click to continue...)


Giving from the heart: Create meaningful, personalized gifts that are quick and easy to make
(BPT) - It’s that time of year to recognize the important people in your life. From Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to weddings and graduations, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate your loved ones. But this year, don’t fall into the trap of giving generic cards and gifts ... (click to continue...)


Color your world: Quick, easy ways to brighten decor and wardrobe
(BPT) - When spring and summer arrive, Mother Nature shows off her decorating skills, bringing vibrant color to the outdoors. The bounty of hues outside can inspire homeowners to liven up their own environments, too. Enjoying the colors of nature is free to all, and brightening your indoor environm... (click to continue...)


Smart ideas to get your car running, and looking, its best before your next road trip
(BPT) - Are you a self-proclaimed road warrior who loves when other drivers do a double take to admire your well-cared-for car? Do you like to make others envious of your engine’s soft purr, your car’s immaculate finish, manicured curves and polished accents? Even if you’re not a ... (click to continue...)


Got a great wedding theme? Tips for carrying it throughout your big day
(BPT) - What does the concept of a wedding theme mean to you? Do you think it’s just about the colors you choose for your bouquet and bridesmaid gowns? Or do you think of it as something grander – your personalized stamp that should shine through every aspect of your big day?“Even... (click to continue...)


Be your own health advocate to live well and save money with Medicare
(BPT) - When you think about health care, doctors and hospitals often come to mind, but it’s important to remember that the person staring back at you in the mirror may be your greatest health advocate. After all, no one knows your body or mind like you do. This is particularly important for ... (click to continue...)


Create a safer environment for summer swimming fun
(BPT) - Swimming is a popular summer activity and if you have a pool or spa, your backyard just may be this summer’s most popular retreat for friends, neighbors and all of the children that come with them. Adding as many water safety steps as possible is the best way to assure a safer and fun... (click to continue...)


Is your garage door ready to roll? Survey casts doubts
(BPT) - Does your garage door creak, squeak or groan when you open or close it? If so, that isn’t a good sign. But noticing this is the first step to fixing what could become a major home repair issue.Newly released survey results show that you’re probably not alone with your maintenanc... (click to continue...)


Secrets for selecting hard-working spring beauty products
(BPT) - Spring is the perfect time for women everywhere to “plus up” their beauty routine with the most effective, hard-working products – especially when it comes to skincare. While beauty aficionados may be lured by fad-driven skincare products, it’s often the “class... (click to continue...)


Putting herself first: Easy tips to help women to focus on their own health
(BPT) - As the caretaker of the family, sometimes Mom is so busy watching over her spouse and children, she forgets to take care of herself. This is the perfect time of year for women to focus on their own health, especially as schedules slow down for the summer months.Taking a moment to pause and ... (click to continue...)


5 simple projects to revive outdoor spaces in one weekend or less
(BPT) - Want to entertain outdoors this summer but your deck and patio aren’t party ready? It’s easy to refresh outdoor spaces with DIY projects that can be done in a weekend or less. Not only will you expand your property’s livable space, but you’ll be adding to its value a... (click to continue...)


Four real estate tips to help buyers and sellers both win this summer
(BPT) - The real estate market heats up when the weather does, and spring and summer are traditionally the most active seasons for home sales. This year, industry experts predict that home prices will continue to rise and, with mortgage rates remaining low, the spring and summer real estate season ... (click to continue...)


Home improvements that make your home more valuable
(BPT) - More and more homeowners are embarking upon home improvement projects, spending nearly $200 billion a year on home renovations, according to the National Association of Home Builders. If you’re looking to make some home improvements without breaking the bank, spend smartly and invest ... (click to continue...)


How to get your car to go that extra mile - or 100,000
(BPT) - Today’s car owners are keeping their vehicles on the road longer, and it’s not uncommon to find autos with odometer readings of 200,000, 300,000 or more. While increasingly common, that kind of longevity still merits bragging rights. So how can you reach the six-figure mile-mark... (click to continue...)


5 essential tips to turn your new house into a home
(BPT) - Moving brings great opportunities in the form of careers, social connections and new beginnings. However, the act of moving can create unnecessary stress and tension, which makes the process less than desirable. About 35 percent of Americans move every five years, according to the U.S. Cens... (click to continue...)


Simple, smart ways to spend less time on chores, more on fun this summer
(BPT) - Summer is supposed to be fun, so who has time for hassles like printing vacation photos or doing laundry? And then there’s all that time you spend slathering on sunscreen. A few time-saving tips can help you get inevitable summer tasks done more quickly, so you can spend more time sav... (click to continue...)


Outdoor living made easy with home improvements that boost comfort and value
(BPT) - Beautiful weather begs to be enjoyed, but a drab deck, dated patio and dull lighting can drive homeowners indoors fast. A few home improvements can ensure seasons full of outdoor comfort, all while enhancing your house’s value and exterior aesthetic.Outdoor home improvements extend li... (click to continue...)


All aboard: Family friendly tips to make your cleaning projects a snap
(BPT) - Winter is over. The birds have finally come back, the weather is warm enough to get outside and barbecue, and your annual golf outings and boating trips are already starting to show up on the calendar. But while you’re looking forward to all of these things, you’re probably not ... (click to continue...)


Simple design tips for bringing outdoor freshness into indoor spaces
(BPT) - Between time spent commuting, working in the office and conquering an endless list of to-dos at home, a full day can go by without much, if any, time spent outdoors. In fact, Americans spend 90 percent or more of their time indoors according to the United States Environmental Protection Age... (click to continue...)


Own your outdoors: Best practices for spring lawn maintenance
(BPT) - The warming weather is Mother Nature’s gentle reminder that it’s time for plants to wake up from their winter slumber and for homeowners to begin yard maintenance again. Being proactive and preparing in the spring for the long growing season ahead will help ensure your lawn gets... (click to continue...)


Do's and don'ts: the art of tackling your tile project
(BPT) - When you add a tile or natural stone surface to the kitchen or bathroom, it transforms each space with a fresh, clean and customized look. Many homeowners often dream about adding a backsplash or replacing a floor, but never complete the project because they can’t decide on the right ... (click to continue...)


Spray paint tips to flawlessly update your home's furniture
(BPT) - With the warmer weather, now is the ideal time to bring new life to home decor. Whether your outdoor items are looking worn and weathered - or your indoor spaces need a pop of color - spray paint is the perfect solution.To ensure your furniture update goes flawlessly, follow these few tips ... (click to continue...)


Smart, stylish solutions keep your entire home cool - without disrupting home decor
(BPT) - Don’t sweat it if your home doesn’t have central air-conditioning. Whether you live in an older house that can’t accommodate ductwork, or you don’t want to sacrifice your interior aesthetics with an unattractive air conditioning unit, you can still keep your home fee... (click to continue...)


Home organization starts with the right tools: How to get everyone on the same page
(BPT) - Your closets may be a bastion of neatness and your pantry a model of the philosophy “a place for everything and everything in its place.” Still, no home is truly in order if the people who live in it are disorganized.“Perfectly organized storage throughout your home is a b... (click to continue...)


Seeing the USA? Summer travel that includes unique hardwood hotspots
(BPT) - Finalizing your summer travel plans? Thinking outside the box to find destinations that combine history, architecture and nature can make travel that much more memorable.Whether it’s a leisurely road trip through the Keystone State or an action-packed fly-in to catch a baseball game i... (click to continue...)


This Independence Day, help start a national conversation about an often-neglected issue in women's health: sex after menopause
(BPT) - Some women say sex after menopause is fabulous. For millions of others, it’s the opposite. Something to avoid. Yet many suffer in silence finding it too awkward and uncomfortable to bring up with their health care providers, significant others or even their closest girlfriends. Studie... (click to continue...)


Backyard projects to turn the area into a treasured sanctuary
(BPT) - You love the days when you can go home from work, open the windows and enjoy dinner out on the deck. And it sure isn’t hard to rise early on those sunny weekend days to spend all day in the backyard. Those days are here, and it’s time to get outside to spend time with the grill,... (click to continue...)


Dare to dream: Feed your imagination to add flavor to life
(BPT) - The monotony of the everyday routine – wake, work, relax, sleep, repeat – can take its toll on even the most enthusiastic individuals. Especially during the long, hot summer.But not if you dare to dream. Feed your imagination, break away from the ordinary and add some flavor to ... (click to continue...)


Essential swim safety tips
(BPT) - As families start heading to local pools, lakes and beaches for warm weather fun, the staggering statistics around drowning risks take on renewed importance. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for infants and young kids between the ages of one and 14 in the U... (click to continue...)


Cellphones, batteries, computers: Simple ways to recycle electronics and reduce e-waste
(BPT) - Reduce, reuse, recycle – it’s a mantra we’ve known for decades. While Americans understand the benefits of recycling bottles, cans and paper, they aren’t as savvy when it comes to recycling electronics. Between cellphones, tablets, computers and other consumer electr... (click to continue...)


How to change careers in 5 simple steps
(BPT) - A teacher transitioning to a job in the corporate world. A stay-at-home mom rejoining the workforce. A baby boomer choosing a new career over retirement. There are countless individuals every day that carefully weigh the pros and cons of making a major career change. Are you one of them?Dri... (click to continue...)


Find out the tricks to make your next BBQ amazing
(BPT) - With the temperatures inching up, BBQ enthusiasts are looking to turn up the heat. You can jumpstart the BBQ season by perfecting your skills and experimenting on the grill.Charlie Torgerson, Famous Dave’s Restaurant Executive Chef and Pitmaster, has compiled 20 years of BBQ expertise... (click to continue...)


Digital mirrors, no lines, instant ordering: New retail technologies will change the way you shop
(BPT) - Imagine the ideal shopping experience: what you need is always in stock, the price is right and there is never a wait at checkout. New technology is quickly making this a reality and taking the shopping experience even one step further. From digital mirrors that allow you to virtually try o... (click to continue...)


Doors opening wide for women to serve in the Navy
(BPT) - What’s it like being a woman in today’s Navy? Challenging. Exciting. Rewarding. But above all, it’s incredibly empowering. That’s because the responsibilities are significant. The respect is well-earned. The lifestyle is liberating. And the chance to push limits pers... (click to continue...)


Keep your car cool on the road this summer
(BPT) - Summer temperatures can be notoriously hard on your car. Whether it’s a summer road trip or your daily commute to work, you could potentially find yourself stranded on the side of the road with an overheated engine or driving with no air conditioning. While you can’t prevent nor... (click to continue...)


Lawn mower accessories help get landscaping jobs done efficiently and professionally
(BPT) - Efficiency is the name of the game these days. At the office it comes into play in processing work quickly and at a lower cost. At home, efficiency means being able to get the household and landscaping chores done so you can spend time with the family.If your chore list includes maintaining... (click to continue...)


Grilling enhances the flavors of summer
(BPT) - This summer, take advantage of grilling fresh seasonal produce as well as meats, chicken and fish and trying some new marinades.To make the most of your grilling, Chef Larry Matson, academic director of culinary at The Art Institute of Dallas, a campus of South University, recommends:* Gril... (click to continue...)


How freeze-thaw cycles, water, impact, sun and pests can damage siding
(BPT) - Spring is a great time to re-side your house, whether to increase your home’s value or to replace damaged siding but be sure to evaluate all your siding options. Not all residential siding exteriors perform the same.Weather attacks a home’s siding year-round with freeze-thaw cyc... (click to continue...)


5 summer paint projects to create a splash
(BPT) - With the arrival of warm summer temperatures, it’s time to brighten the home with sensational summer shades. And it’s easy to add a pop of vibrant color with the help from the experts at Krylon spray paint.“Painting is a project that even a first time DIYer can feel confid... (click to continue...)


The key to managing stress: identify causes and find simple solutions
(BPT) - If there is one aspect of life in the modern world that affects all of us, it’s stress. In fact, it’s so prevalent and can have such a serious effect on our health, that April has been named Stress Awareness Month. Yet despite the potential negative effects of stress, it can als... (click to continue...)


'Tune-In' to Glioblastoma during Brain Cancer Awareness Month
(BPT) - Interested in using social media for a good cause? Look no further. In recognition of Brain Cancer Awareness Month this May, Twitter users everywhere can support glioblastoma (GBM) patients through the Tune-In to GBM campaign by tweeting the #TuneIn2GBM hashtag from May 1, 2014 through May ... (click to continue...)


Take the hassle out of moving your boxes to a new home
(BPT) - Americans are on the move. More than 35 million Americans moved last year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. While relocating to a new place is exciting, it also brings its own set of worries, with packing and unpacking topping the list of stressors. With careful planning ... (click to continue...)


Laboring under misconceptions: Epidural myths may keep women from reliable pain management
(BPT) - It’s one of the most effective, safest and widely used forms of pain management for women in labor, yet there are misconceptions about epidurals, a recent study shows. From fears of permanent back pain to allegations of potential harm to the baby, many women still harbor mistaken beli... (click to continue...)


Eyes get sunburned too: Doctor tips for being sun-wise with your eyes
(BPT) - The gentle breezes and bright sunshine of spring and summer entice people young and old to enjoy more time outdoors. Whether you’re spending the day at the beach or just relaxing on the patio with a good book, sunscreen is a necessity when you’re outside. While it’s always... (click to continue...)


5 reasons to smile this Mother's Day
(BPT) - Did you know the act of smiling can impact both how you look and how you feel?Dove research finds that one in three women hardly ever smile at themselves because they don’t like what they see in the mirror.Building a positive relationship with beauty helps women to feel more confident... (click to continue...)


How to find $500 in energy savings in 5 rooms
(BPT) - With the demand for electricity and natural gas rising, right along with energy costs, American homeowners can easily spend hundreds of dollars a month on utility bills.“From air conditioning larger homes to powering today’s high-tech electronics, we are using more energy than e... (click to continue...)


Safety essentials so you can enjoy the great outdoors
(BPT) - The great outdoors begs to be explored this summer. From week-long camping trips to spending an afternoon at the park with the kids, there’s so much to see and do during the warm weather months that it may be hard to choose where to start.If you’re packing up for a long hiking t... (click to continue...)


Home decorating tips from the ground up
(BPT) - Everywhere you look, top to bottom, the world is a place full of beauty, vibrancy, color and life. So why not take inspiration from nature to revamp your personal space? These decorating tips can help you turn a ho-hum house into a happy home ready to celebrate the warmth of summer.Get in o... (click to continue...)


Bathroom organization styles that work smarter - not harder
(BPT) - Hairdryers, toothbrushes, combs, hair brushes and picks. Shaving utensils, makeup, styling products and perfumes. The collection of grooming and beauty tools cluttering the bathroom vanity can quickly overwhelm everything, making the space unusable for guests and creating difficulty in find... (click to continue...)


Your how-to guide for an amazing deck makeover
(BPT) - Deck season is in full swing, but before you mix that pitcher of lemonade or fire up the grill, you may want to give your deck a much-needed makeover.  “If you’ve never cleaned and stained your deck before, you probably have lots of questions. But if you take things step by... (click to continue...)


Deer dangers you don't know - and what to do about them
(BPT) - It’s hard to live in suburbia these days and be unaware of the difficulties deer can cause homeowners. They lunch on your landscape and brazenly cross busy roads at the worst possible times. But did you know that deer can carry parasites that transmit debilitating diseases to people? ... (click to continue...)


Bird feeding faux pas? 5 easy, no-fret fixes
(BPT) - Fabulous food, pretty presentation and attention to detail can earn you a reputation as an amazing host among your human guests. But when you serve your feathered friends, are you committing a feeding faux pas that you fear may prove unforgivable?Birds may be small, but they pack long memor... (click to continue...)


Woman with hearing loss says hybrid hearing device is 'miraculous' and 'life changing'
(BPT) - If you’ve been living with hearing loss for a long time, it can be hard to believe there is anything new out there that can help - even if you’ve tried the most advanced hearing aids. You may have found that hearing aids can only help make some sounds louder but you can’t ... (click to continue...)


Bringing life back into your yard and garden
(BPT) - Spring season is a time of regeneration and renewal as you prepare to bring life back to your lawn and garden. Taking the proper steps after seasonal changes or severe weather conditions can prove to be the difference between creating a breathtaking landscape or an outdoor space with unsigh... (click to continue...)


Important guidelines for landing that perfect job
(BPT) - Graduating students are out in droves trying to find jobs that will enhance their careers. But before beginning the resume and interviewing process, there are certain do’s and don’ts that students should be aware of so they will be competitive in today’s limited job m... (click to continue...)


Driveways to mailboxes: Oft-overlooked items that drive curb appeal
(BPT) - Selling or staying, it makes no difference – everyone wants a home that looks great from the curb. Curb appeal comes together when all the elements of a home’s facade are in good shape and working together. Driveways that are cracked or pitted with potholes, dingy front doors an... (click to continue...)


5 packing tips to make the back-to-college move easier
(BPT) - Back-to-school season has thousands of college students packing their childhood rooms into cars, vans and moving trailers to transport into dorms and off-campus apartments. While college students usually don’t have a lot of belongings that need to be moved, the process can be exhausti... (click to continue...)


Deck staining secrets for success
(BPT) - After one of the toughest winters on record, your backyard deck may be looking worse for wear. And spring showers will just bring more potential damage to unprotected wood. Water is your deck’s worst enemy. It causes ugly and expensive cracking and splitting.Luckily, restoring your de... (click to continue...)


Easy tips and menu for outdoor entertaining
(BPT) - Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, bridal shower, graduation or simply inviting friends over to revel in the good weather, the change in seasons offers a great excuse to enjoy a meal outdoors and spend time with family and friends. Here are a few tips to help you simplify, so you ... (click to continue...)


Stylize your space with simple, smart buys and updates
(BPT) - Giving your home a stylish update can sometimes seem like a daunting and expensive task. But, it's actually easier than ever with the right mindset and design inspiration. Everyday items can easily be up-cycled while a couple of inexpensive projects can be completed for a quick style revamp... (click to continue...)


Save money, time and energy when you tackle these home improvements in tandem
(BPT) - Most of us spend our day multi-tasking. At work or home, we want to maximize our time and resources in order to accomplish the most work while expending the minimum required effort. Home improvement should be no different. In order to make the most of your home improvement resources, it mak... (click to continue...)


New home innovations help consumers weather the storm
(BPT) - Storms and wet weather not only impact our life’s activities they can also have a disastrous effect on our homes, both inside and out. New technologies and products that help homeowners manage the damaging effects of weather with reduced stress are in high demand. Included here are so... (click to continue...)


Outdoor kitchen? Second-floor laundry? How to easily achieve summer's hottest home improvements
(BPT) - Whether you’re staying in place or planning to take advantage of an improving real estate market to sell your home, spring and summer are upgrade seasons. From adding a bathroom to creating an outdoor kitchen, certain improvements pay off for both homeowners who are selling and those ... (click to continue...)


Update your workout gear to whip your fitness routine into shape
(BPT) - Summer is a great time to ramp up your physical fitness routine and get in shape for beach season. You’re probably looking for ways to improve not only your workout, but achieve your fitness goals as well. To maximize the effectiveness of your fitness routine, you’ll need some s... (click to continue...)


Getting hitched at home? Things you should think about first
(BPT) - Deciding to get married is one of the biggest and most important decisions many people will ever make. According to The Knot and WeddingChannel.com, the average wedding costing more than $28,000 - the cost of a new car or a down payment on a home, so your next biggest decision may be figuri... (click to continue...)


Moving on? Tips to help get your home ready to sell
(BPT) - Listing your home for sale? Or want to? First impressions can make the difference in attracting prospective buyers. Many buyers make decisions based on emotion. To appeal to emotions, and make a positive first impression with prospective buyers, present your home at its best.Get out the too... (click to continue...)


The great debate: Stacking TVs and fireplaces
(BPT) - When choosing a focal point for a room, designers and homeowners alike often plan for a single feature – windows, TVs, artwork, or fireplaces – to take center stage. However, the explosion of flat screen TVs for every room in the home has created a debate – can you really ... (click to continue...)


Deck dreaming: 5 easy steps to plan the perfect deck
(BPT) - With warm summer days in full swing, it is time to make your dream of a backyard deck transformation a reality. If you are like many homeowners who are interested in revamping outdoor living spaces, a lack of time and decking know-how may be preventing you from getting started.The good news... (click to continue...)


New tech devices make the perfect gift for your grad
(BPT) - Years of hard work have all led to this moment; your loved one is graduating. This is a special time in his or her life. It marks an end to past successes and the doorway to new challenges and opportunities. As you celebrate this wonderful event, you may be wondering how to find the perfect... (click to continue...)


The places you'll go: Tips for female graduates on how to lean in to your career
(BPT) - More females are graduating from college than ever before, but does gender still play a role in career success? Does the so-called glass ceiling still exist? The truth is females face unique considerations when it comes to growing and navigating a career.Rachel Thomas, president of LeanIn.O... (click to continue...)


The tween years: How to survive as a parent
(BPT) - There’s the summer vacation you dream of: happy children playing games, parents relaxing, cheerful grandparents, smooth roads, short lines and easy-to-schedule outdoor sports and activities for the kids. And then there’s the reality, which more closely resembles “National ... (click to continue...)


Secrets to the perfect backyard grilled menu
(BPT) - The grill is a big part of summer fare, whether you’re enjoying a delicious dinner in a restaurant or barbecuing in your backyard. If you want to increase your expertise in perfecting flaky-tender fish or mouth-watering steaks at home, here are some industry secrets that will have you... (click to continue...)


How to trick the eyes with the magic of home improvement
(BPT) - From disappearing acts to mind games and sensory illusions, the art of magic is all about making your audience believe what they are seeing, taking a seemingly impossible task and making it possible. This timeless art can inspire you to perform some magic of your own using simple home impro... (click to continue...)


5 college entrance exam tips to achieve success
(BPT) - If you’re a high school junior or senior, or you’re the parent of one, you know the college rush crush can be bewildering and stressful. To get into the college of your choice means a whirlwind of applications, university visits, admission interviews and exams. However, there ar... (click to continue...)


Critical program helps veterans find health care and other benefits
(BPT) - It could be a parent, a son or daughter, a co-worker, or a best friend. With more than 21 million American men and women over the age of 18 having served in the U.S. Armed Forces, most people know at least one person who is a veteran. But unless they are veterans themselves, most don’... (click to continue...)


Bring variety to foods served at your picnics and cookouts
(BPT) - The warmer months are the perfect time to enjoy meals outdoors, so head out to the backyard or the local park for a sunlit lunch or a breezy, laid-back dinner. Your family probably has some favorite picnic menu items they frequently request, but if you’re looking to inject some new li... (click to continue...)


Put the 'pro' in home improvement with the right painting tools
(BPT) - When planning to paint a room, most people spend countless hours selecting a color. Once that decision is made, they spend far less time selecting paint brushes and rollers. Many DIYers don’t consider that choosing the right applicators is just as important as selecting the right pain... (click to continue...)


With drought across the country, you can do your part to conserve water
(BPT) - When you turn on the water faucet in your kitchen, do you think about the water that goes down the drain without being used in any way? Or have you wondered how you might be able to reduce your water bill? Having good water sense can help answer these questions and more.What does it mean fo... (click to continue...)


Reuse, recycle and fix to turn trash into treasure [Infographic]
(BPT) - We break things every day, and all too often we throw those items away before trying to fix them. This contributes to Americans generating more than 250 million tons of trash each year. Reusing, recycling and fixing items not only helps the environment, it can also save you money. From now ... (click to continue...)


Lighten up summer with delicious salads and fun activities
(BPT) - The arrival of summer means families are looking for ways to lighten up when it comes to the clothes they’re wearing and the foods they’re eating. They’re starting to incorporate fresh, light flavors into their meals, especially as local fruits and vegetables become availa... (click to continue...)


How to choose a patio door to transform your home's view
(BPT) - It’s the time of year to get outside, dine on the deck, bask in the backyard or relax on the patio.Is your home ready for summer entertaining or is it time for a remodeling or replacement project? If the answer is the latter, now’s the time to get more out of your home by improv... (click to continue...)


Simple updates make homes environmentally friendly
(BPT) - Green living not only helps the environment, it helps your pocketbook. When making upgrades to your home - whether it’s replacing a light bulb or a total living room makeover - incorporate energy-efficient and repurposed materials to make your living space more environmentally friendl... (click to continue...)


What employers want: the 3 'Cs'
(BPT) - Whether you are an employer looking to hire someone or the person looking to get hired, it’s all about competency.Only 11 percent of employers believe recent graduates have the skills needed to succeed within their work forces, according to a recent Lumina Foundation report. Two-third... (click to continue...)


Eliminate home-maintenance headaches caused by the harsh weather
(BPT) - The polar vortex of 2014 may seem like a distant memory, but the effects of one of the coldest winters on record may leave long-lasting damage to your home. To make sure your home is in tip-top shape after any brutal weather, consider these key maintenance projects.1. Inspect the foundation... (click to continue...)


Mint lightens and brightens summer dishes
(BPT) - The Kentucky Derby, held the first Saturday in May, may be responsible for making mint the king of summertime drinks. Along with big hats, the Derby is famous for its mint juleps, kicking off the warm weather season.This year, mint is making its mark in the culinary scene in some new and un... (click to continue...)


Beyond games: Tips for tapping tech for education
(BPT) - We know kids love technology for fun - video games, movies, keeping in touch with friends - it’s easy to spend hours glued to the screen, wasting time. But there’s also plenty technology can do to enrich learning and help kids develop new skills in this digital age.The key is fi... (click to continue...)


Well-heeled: Tips for picking high heels that are better for your feet
(BPT) - Few relationships in a woman’s life are as love-hate as the one she has with her high heels. We love them because they look great and make legs appear longer and leaner, helping petite women appear taller and tall women statuesque. The hate, however, comes when the pain begins.High he... (click to continue...)


Flab to fit: The five money moves that can whip your finances into better shape
(BPT) - By now you’ve abandoned your plan to eat a healthier breakfast and spend an hour at the gym every day. Across the country, self-improvement resolutions have fallen by the wayside. Instead of succumbing to guilt and frustration over what you might not do this year, why not focus your e... (click to continue...)


Home design: the value of the ideal exterior color
(BPT) - When it comes to designing a home – whether it’s new construction or a renovation – choosing beautiful exterior colors and complementary accent hues is critical to creating an appealing household.“To select the right colors for your home, view siding colors as an ext... (click to continue...)


How one woman's cancer journey was transformed into art
(BPT) - A cancer diagnosis can be one of the scariest moments in a person’s life, but now, more than ever, that diagnosis doesn’t have to be a death sentence. Today, it is estimated that two in three people diagnosed with cancer survive at least five years, according to the American Can... (click to continue...)


Master suite upgrades: the secret to a speedier home sale
(BPT) - All signs point to a hearty real estate market this summer. Experts say more inventory will be available and buyers will have an easier time getting mortgages, all of which means more competition among sellers.If you plan to put your home on the market this season, you might be looking for ... (click to continue...)


Tossing and turning at night? Stop counting sheep and start collecting zzz's
(BPT) - Although many people workout, eat the right foods and are very concerned about their overall health, one important factor is often overlooked: sleep. In today’s 24/7 world, people are often going right up until they have to go to bed – leaving them unable to turn off their minds... (click to continue...)


3 easy ways to embrace spring style
(BPT) - With the winter doldrums behind us, it’s finally time to enjoy the warmer weather and get into the spirit of spring. By incorporating some of the season’s latest trends through a few simple tips and tricks, you can make this spring your best one yet.Pretty and playful pastelsPas... (click to continue...)


Keep cool this summer while saving money
(BPT) - As summer temperatures rise, so can your energy and utility bills. Hotter weather can translate into higher costs if your home isn’t operating efficiently while working to keep you cool and comfortable. Yet there’s no need to swelter in the summer heat. There are simple thi... (click to continue...)


Design inspiration at your fingertips: Homeowners go digital to jumpstart home improvement projects
(BPT) - More than 40 percent of homeowners plan to update their homes in the next two years, according to the latest Houzz & Home Study. Of those who plan to remodel, 78 percent cite their motivation as improving the look and feel of the space.“With an increasing amount of home remodeling... (click to continue...)


Simple tips to keep busy families organized
(BPT) - These days parents are expected to be everywhere at once. If you’re a parent, you know how stressful it can be to try and make the soccer game, the dance recital, prepare dinner for your family and work an eight-hour day. Just keeping track of your family’s schedules feels like ... (click to continue...)


Is your technology working for you?
(BPT) - For every new computer, gadget or service there are several different stages of ownership. Unfortunately, the first and happiest phase - the honeymoon - doesn’t last forever. Eventually, devices can slow, services get outdated, and in the end, the ailing technology begins to work agai... (click to continue...)


Learning on the go: How digital learning can help you understand any topic instantly
(BPT) - When you think about technology and learning, images of eager students likely come to mind. But in the digital age, technology is far reaching and not exclusive to America’s youth. One of the most active groups of digital learners is actually adults – a movement that is being dr... (click to continue...)


The best budget-friendly baby gear buys
(BPT) - From a car seat and crib to diapers and daycare, little ones come with big expenses. In fact, American parents spend an average of $14,000 on their baby’s first year. But you can buy the best for your baby without spending a bundle. Use this go-to guide to gear up for less.Smart savin... (click to continue...)


Beat the heat and save some green with these warm weather energy saving ideas
(BPT) - There are plenty of reasons to be excited that summer is finally here. Among them: the distant memory of those expensive heating bills you paid in the winter. But just because warmer weather is here doesn’t mean your bills are gone. In fact, if your home isn’t as energy efficien... (click to continue...)


Brown bagging potentially leads to $1 million retirement nest egg
(BPT) - Here’s a $1 million idea: making breakfast and lunch at home every day instead of dining out can potentially yield seven figures in retirement savings.A 25-year-old who eats breakfast at home and bags her lunch can save an extra $10 a day. Invested in a retirement account earning an 8... (click to continue...)


In the market for a mower? The A to Z of zero-turn mowers
(BPT) - A gorgeous lawn is a key element of the American dream, since a lush, green, well-trimmed lawn makes your home look great. The mower you choose affects the health and beauty of your lawn, and directly impacts the amount of time and money you invest in lawn care.If you’ll be replacing ... (click to continue...)


Make the most of summer: 4 easy ways to go boating
(BPT) - Itching to get on the water and have some fun this summer? Whether it’s fishing, sailing, cruising or watersports, they’re easier and more accessible than many think. Even better? Boating is one surefire way to make every summer weekend feel like a vacation close to home.Boating... (click to continue...)


Sure-fire laundry tips to make your kids' clothes last longer
(BPT) - Taking care of your kids’ clothing can be a non-stop, dirty business. All that running around, sliding into home plate and puddle jumping can wear out more than just your kids’ shirts and pants. It can also leave parents feeling like they’re constantly catching up on laund... (click to continue...)


When disaster strikes, will your pets be safe? Preparedness tips for pet parents
(BPT) - Americans living in areas prone to severe storms, floods, earthquakes or other natural disasters may be well aware of the philosophy, “Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.” Families with a disaster plan in place will be better equipped to stay safe and recover from an emer... (click to continue...)


Employee engagement is the secret for small businesses to stay productive and make money
(BPT) - One of the biggest worries for a small business owner is training and investing in quality employees and then losing them to a larger company – potentially a competitor – that might be able to offer larger salaries or better benefits.It might look like a no-win scenario for a sm... (click to continue...)


Glamping - in the backyard
(BPT) - It’s time to put those booties away ladies – it’s officially sandal season. With longer days and warmer weather, you and your girlfriends can share laughs and stories under clear blue skies and beautiful starry nights.Glamping – glamorous camping – has been nam... (click to continue...)


Try tasty simple swaps to lighten up your menu
(BPT) - When it comes to diet and health, small changes can lead to big rewards. Replacing less healthy ingredients in your favorite recipes with ingredients that are lower in calories and packed with nutrients (and flavor) make it easy for you to stay on track. The trick is to identify ingredients... (click to continue...)


5 tips for a better lawn
(BPT) - Whether you’re an expert or just a beginner, it’s important to know how to properly care for and maintain your lawn – especially before the summer season begins.The overall appearance and health of your lawn is a result of the care you put into it, so consider these tips t... (click to continue...)


Barbecue season gets underway with National Barbecue Month
(BPT) - May 1 kicks off National Barbecue Month and the beginning of the season for families to gather and enjoy more memorable meals together outside.Across the nation, from the Carolinas to the California coast, barbecue has never been bigger. Barbecue products and flavors line grocery store shel... (click to continue...)


Time to try to DIY: Easy outdoor living projects that can be done in a few weekends
(BPT) - Spring is the perfect time to put your home’s best face forward. The good news is you can refresh your outdoor living space with easy-to-tackle projects that can be done in a few weekends.Whether you’re building a brand new deck from the bottom-up or updating your existing outdo... (click to continue...)


Teaching kids to give back
(BPT) - One of the most rewarding reasons to get involved in your community is to set a good example for your kids. Whether you donate money or time, giving back is beneficial, and not just for the recipients. The reward for your selfless acts can be a beautiful thing for both your community and yo... (click to continue...)


Science and technology giving outdoor power tools a Millennial twist
(BPT) - The modern world runs on batteries. Portable smartphones, tablets, computers, e-readers and more have revolutionized how everyone communicates. The same is becoming true for household chores. Today’s line-up of innovative devices make maintaining a home’s outdoor spaces easy, fa... (click to continue...)


Lead with style: How to create clean, crisp curb appeal for your home's entry
(BPT) - Whether you are building a new home, or want to refresh your existing home, choosing a contemporary style creates high-class curb appeal.But, what goes into contemporary home styling?Among the various ways architects and interior designers describe “contemporary,” two words come... (click to continue...)


Check the big move off the moving to-do list with ease
(BPT) - When you’re planning the big move, you’ve probably created a lengthy to-do list of everything that needs to be packed, planned and previewed. While you’re likely excited about your move, stress can create a bit of an emotional upheaval as well.By staying organized and adop... (click to continue...)


Dorm rooms that rock: Simple tips for style and organization
(BPT) - When it comes to small space living, maximizing square footage and striking the right balance between function and design is essential. Whether you’re sending college students off to the dorms, preparing young adults for life in a first apartment, or re-designing small spaces in your ... (click to continue...)


Tips on how to give your home an annual checkup
(BPT) - There’s no better time than now to give your home the attention it deserves. Give it an annual checkup before cold weather arrives to help add comfort, save energy and cut home maintenance in the long-run.When inspecting your home’s windows and doors, here’s what to check:... (click to continue...)


The big cover-up: sun-smart tips for skin
(BPT) - Summer is a time for playing and relaxing in the great outdoors, but activities like volleyball, enjoying a picnic lunch in the park or even driving to work with the sunroof open can lead to unexpected sun exposure.Nearly 50 percent of men and women would use more sunscreen if they could tr... (click to continue...)


Tips to make outdoor play a priority this summer
(BPT) - The school year has ended and kids are more excited than ever to get outside and play. However, as the days grow longer and summer boredom sets in, it’s easy to become uninspired during playtime and it’s tempting for families to turn to DVDs and video games as entertainment.Keep... (click to continue...)


Easy DIY projects that boost curb appeal for less than $100
(BPT) - Your home’s curb appeal is a statement of the property’s style and overall personality. When you look at your house from the street, does the front feel warm and welcoming? If not, it’s time to boost curb appeal. A few simple updates can make a big impact without requiring... (click to continue...)


Guilt-free desserts to please the whole family
(BPT) - Dinner is over and your family is craving something sweet to end the meal. There are plenty of delicious options to satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth while keeping your family’s balanced diet in check. Best of all, these desserts can be made right in your own kitchen. By preparing ... (click to continue...)


5 ways to jump-start your credit score
(BPT) - It’s a common financial predicament for most 20-something-year-olds: You need credit to get credit. But even if you’re older and have been through some credit-wrecking havoc in your life, you could face the same issue.“The only way to build a credit history is to use credi... (click to continue...)


The new time to have fun and bond with your family: breakfast
(BPT) - Families are always looking for new ways to celebrate and spend time together. Why not start your weekend off on the right foot with a little family time in the kitchen over a delicious hot breakfast?Cooking in the kitchen is a great activity for families, including children of all ages. Co... (click to continue...)


Increase your home's curb appeal and value with simple outdoor improvements
(BPT) - First impressions happen at the curb. A good first impression raises the value of your home and pride in home ownership. If you are considering listing your home, it’s important that its curb appeal entices potential buyers to come inside and see more. A few improvements to the home&r... (click to continue...)


Outdoor kitchens: Tools and tips to do it yourself
(BPT) - Outdoor kitchens are one of the hottest trends for exterior home improvements in 2014, a survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects reveals. If you’re considering creating a backyard kitchen this year, you may be wondering how much of the work you can do yourself in order ... (click to continue...)


Baffled by birthdays? Simple ways to make your child's day bigger than Christmas
(BPT) - It’s more important than Christmas to your daughter and your son looks forward to his even more than summer vacation. A birthday is a big day for any child, and especially for kids 3 to 6. Yet busy parents can find it challenging to come up with creative ways to make a child’s b... (click to continue...)


Easy methods to give your home a summer spruce up
(BPT) - Home truly is where the heart is. After all, it’s where you raise the children, entertain friends and family, and relax after many a hard day. Chances are it’s also seen its share of wear and tear over the years.While springtime is traditionally the season for cleaning and clear... (click to continue...)


Ways to celebrate National Curb Appeal Month with projects you can do on your home
(BPT) - Can the look and condition of your roof affect the resale value and curb appeal of your home? What about your window frames, entry door or shutters? The answer is absolutely.During National Curb Appeal Month in August, building product companies are urging homeowners to focus on improving t... (click to continue...)


5 home improvements that boost safety, comfort and the value of your home
(BPT) - Home improvement season is in full swing, and homeowners across the country are deciding which projects to tackle this year. By taking a strategic approach to selecting home improvements, you can go beyond adding value to your property – you can also boost your comfort and safety as w... (click to continue...)


10 gifts for all kinds of moms on Mother's Day
  She knows your favorite foods, has always been your No. 1 fan and is just a phone call away, day or night. There’s truly no one quite like your mom. This Mother’s Day, go above and beyond with a present guaranteed to delight her. A personalized gift for mom is a great way to... (click to continue...)


Diaper disasters to ketchup squirts: How to laugh through life's messiest moments
(BPT) - Diaper changing disasters, milk and cereal splattered across the kitchen floor, ketchup landing right on your white shirt ... mess and ick are an inevitable part of everyday life, especially if you are a parent, but they are also part of what makes life interesting and humorous.Whether comm... (click to continue...)


Keep growing with season-extending gardening tips for fall
(BPT) - Warm weather, continued care and robust plants have yielded a bounty of beautiful, fresh vegetables – and personal satisfaction – from your garden this season. As the weather cools and fall approaches, it is not time to hang up your hat, gloves and trowel for the year. Autumn pr... (click to continue...)


A sure-footed way to choose new flooring
(BPT) - When spring-cleaning uncovers a worn floor it may be time to consider purchasing a new one, especially if you’re selling your home in the near future. A new floor, like refreshed paint and updated fixtures, makes a home more enjoyable to live in as well as more marketable.Floor purcha... (click to continue...)


Worried about data breach risks? What you can do to help protect yourself
(BPT) - For many Americans, recent high-profile retail data breaches have been a wake-up call. Even those who never did business with the breached retailers might have found themselves wondering what they can or should do about data breach risks. While you can’t prevent a breach from occurrin... (click to continue...)


Selecting a cellphone and plan that fits your lifestyle
(BPT) - Whether taking the plunge and joining the smartphone crowd or simply replacing a tired old cellphone, buying a new device takes careful deliberation. From selecting carriers and avoiding contracts to deciding on a type of phone and a specific model, numerous decisions must be made to find t... (click to continue...)


Selling this summer? 6 upgrades to secure a speedy sale
(BPT) - When the weather warms up, so does the real estate market. Spring and summer are traditionally the seasons when both home buyers and sellers are most active across the country. If you’ll be putting your home on the market this year, simple, cost-effective upgrades can help ensure a sp... (click to continue...)


Summer projects to make your home sensational
(BPT) - Summer is here and this is the time when you want to be outside as much as possible, soak up the sun, eat amazing food and enjoy the company of family and friends. You’ll also see more of your home’s exterior on days like this than any other time of the year so this is also a gr... (click to continue...)


Most often-overlooked truth of curb appeal: Little things mean a lot
(BPT) - Curb appeal relies not just on the color of a home’s siding or the beauty of its landscaping, but on often-overlooked, underplayed details. Whether it’s charming intricate gingerbread scrolls on the porch, or fluted door casing that imparts an elegant, upscale look, trim can hav... (click to continue...)


6 steps to control your blood pressure
(BPT) - A routine doctor’s appointment often involves a health professional checking your blood pressure. The screening is not painful or stressful and typically takes less than a minute to measure. However, the results of this simple test may identify a condition that, when managed, could he... (click to continue...)


Summer's hottest 'deck-cessories'
(BPT) - Whether it’s a cookout for friends or a quiet conversation with family, the backyard deck is the hot spot for summer living. So what’s trending now when it comes to making that space as stylish and functional as it can be?“The line between indoor and outdoor living spaces ... (click to continue...)


Turn your 'victory garden' into a 'vitamin garden' with no-fail, high-nutrition veggies and herbs
(BPT) - It’s a well-known fact that few Americans actually get the recommended daily dose of vitamins. Many turn to over-the-counter supplements to fill in nutritional gaps. But wouldn’t it be better – not to mention tastier – to get needed nutrients from what you eat? This ... (click to continue...)


Three success tips for converting an attic into living space
(BPT) - Moving up – vacating your current, smallish home for a larger, roomier abode – was the American way before the Great Recession. Now that the economy is humming again, at least some of the people who stayed put during those lean years will be looking to move into larger, nicer ho... (click to continue...)


Packing for your summer trip: wardrobe essentials
(BPT) - Summer vacation is here and with it, the frustration of packing a suitcase to cover a trip’s worth of activities. But with careful planning and reuse of key items, it’s easy to look fashionable no matter where your travels take you.“First of all, don’t fall into the ... (click to continue...)


Clever tips and tricks to save on auto insurance
(BPT) - Car insurance can take a bite out of your budget. On average, consumers shelled out nearly $800 for auto insurance for each vehicle in 2011, according to a recent report from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. In some states, the annual cost to insure one car topped $1,100... (click to continue...)


Tips to avoid the kitchen heat during the hot summer months
(BPT) - During the heat of summer, no one wants to spend time in the kitchen when the stove or oven is in use. But if you hate to give up the dishes your family loves until the weather cools again – don’t sweat it. From no-make recipes to alternative cooking tactics, you can find plenty... (click to continue...)


Colorful and creative outdoor activities for summer fun with kids
(BPT) - Now that warmer weather has arrived, take craft time outdoors. Instead of sitting inside at the kitchen table with paper, crayons, glue bottles or water color paints, bring the color and creativity outside for some DIY fun.The entire family can get involved in projects that decorate the yar... (click to continue...)


Tips to find great gifts for kids that will keep them engaged for hours
(BPT) - The challenge when finding the perfect gift for a child’s birthday party or special occasion is finding a gift that will keep the kid’s interest for longer than just a few hours. After all, no one wants to spend time and money on a toy or game and then see it collecting dust on ... (click to continue...)


3 expert tips for starting a successful vegetable garden
(BPT) - Warm weather begs green thumbs across the country to break out their gardening gloves and till the soil for the season’s plantings. Whether this is your first year tending a home garden or it’s something you’ve been doing for decades, gardening offers many rewards, includi... (click to continue...)


Fascinating facts about everyone's favorite sweet treat: Caramel
(BPT) - There are many confections available to satisfy a sweet tooth, but one that melts the hearts of many is rich, creamy caramel. Both young and old adore this treat that can be enjoyed on its own or paired with other ingredients to create an extra-delicious delight.Caramel is a candy staple in... (click to continue...)


Get decked out: prep your outdoor living space for a party
(BPT) - Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or entertaining a late-night dinner party on the deck, summer is the perfect time to throw a get-together in your outdoor living space.The outdoor living experts at Trex offer these tips for creating a party-perfect deck, porch or patio.Plan ... (click to continue...)


Make it easy: Tips for staying productive this summer
(BPT) - With the warm weather putting beach and barbecue plans in full swing, it can be tough to stay productive during the summer months. The key to getting it all done lies in finding the right device that makes work portable, so you can enjoy the sun without needing to be glued to your office. T... (click to continue...)


Wedding smarts: Before the 'I do's' remember these important insurance to do's
(BPT) - Congratulations, you're engaged. Once the excitement of sharing the news with your loved ones and Facebook friends dies down, there are several important issues to consider. This includes building your guest list, setting a budget, picking a venue, DJ versus band and other to do’... (click to continue...)


How to help veterans who've returned home from service
(BPT) - In wartime, members of the armed forces often face dangerous situations. President George Washington recognized this, when he created what is now known as the Purple Heart medal in 1782, to honor combat wounded veterans. Since then, an estimated 1.7 million Purple Hearts have been awarded b... (click to continue...)


Overcome common gardening challenges with raised beds and planters
(BPT) - Small yards, city dwelling or soil that’s sandy, rocky or full of clay – it seems no obstacles can keep Americans from the joys of gardening. More than 78 million U.S. households grow gardens, according to the Garden Writers Association Foundation, and many of them don’t h... (click to continue...)


Five ways to celebrate the return of the sun
(BPT) - With warm weather in sight, it’s time to celebrate the return of sun, travel and outdoor parties. Whether taking a break from the workday to enjoy the park or hosting an event for friends, there are many ways to bask in the warmth.Lunch in the parkThe cold of winter has kept you and y... (click to continue...)


DIY projects to turn your backyard into a summer oasis
(BPT) - The smell of fresh-cut grass, the cascade of blooming flowers, and the laughter from outdoor entertaining are a few of summer’s favorite moments. With the warm weather in full bloom, you may be looking for easy do-it-yourself projects to spruce up your backyard before the guests arriv... (click to continue...)


Help kids get organized and inspired
(BPT) - Between sports gear, homework assignments, mobile device chargers and social media contacts, kids have a lot to keep track of these days – just like grown-ups. While few kids seem to be born with the ability to be organized, most learn organizational skills over time. Parents are the ... (click to continue...)


Turn your home into a smart home with these simple technology upgrades
(BPT) - Homes are more technically advanced than ever before, providing homeowners with sophisticated sound systems, high-tech security capabilities and interactive entertainment systems. The good news is that you don’t have to be a techie to turn your home into a smart home.Not only is techn... (click to continue...)


Make a grand entrance: simple ideas to refresh your entryway
(BPT) - Most people enter their home through the garage or backdoor, forgetting how the front entrance looks to neighbors and guests. Your front door is often the first thing others notice about your home. That’s why it’s key to make a positive first impression.How to create an inviting... (click to continue...)


From battlefield to boardroom ... jobs report suggests more positive employment environment for military veterans
(BPT) - Employment opportunities seem to be on the upswing for military veterans, which is encouraging for the hundreds of thousands of service members returning from duty and veterans who are looking for new civilian career opportunities.The unemployment rate for veterans dropped to 6.6 percent in... (click to continue...)


Designer tips to create inspired dream spaces with color
(BPT) - Ready to transform your home this year? The key to creating your dream interior space could be as simple as updating with color.Seven-in-10 homeowners plan a house-related project in the next six months, according to the Sherwin-Williams National Home Design and Color Survey. Of those homeo... (click to continue...)


Celebrate patio season with elegant and affordable outdoor updates
(BPT) - Patio season is upon us, which means hosting family and friends for warm-weather gatherings and barbecues. Don’t fret; outdoor events don’t have to break the bank. With just a bit of creative vision and DIY savvy, you’ll have an al fresco affair to remember in no time at a... (click to continue...)


Simple twists to make summer cooking even more sensational
(BPT) - From juicy produce to savory grilled meats, summer is the best time for tantalizing taste buds with delicious foods. This year, why not enhance traditional favorites with a few unique twists? These simple updates to classic summer dishes will have everyone raving.Grown-up cheeseburgers If y... (click to continue...)


Eight ways to get the most out of your trip to the farmers market
(BPT) - This time of year is about warm weather, vacations and relaxing afternoons. It also heralds the return of farmers markets. A trip to the market is a great opportunity to indulge in fresh healthy produce and to expand your horizons by trying new items or preparing them in different ways.Here... (click to continue...)


Car care tips from a lady who professionally takes hers through the dirt and mud
(BPT) - Spring is here, and it’s time to make sure your vehicles are maintained.  As a professional off-road driver in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, Corry Weller knows the type of care that needs to go into helping a winter-worn car roll into the spring, ready to go. Helping your... (click to continue...)


Children's health concern: Every minute poison control answers a call about young kids getting into medicine
(BPT) - Most parents and grandparents know that keeping medicine out of children’s hands is important. But every minute a poison control center answers a call about a young child getting into medicine, and every 8 minutes a child goes to the emergency room for medicine poisoning. What’s... (click to continue...)


Spend smart and score brilliantly: Improve your credit score with these credit card best practices
(BPT) - One of the questions most often asked about credit cards is how they can impact your credit score. With so many different types of credit cards now available, it’s no wonder consumers have lots of questions.Here are five credit card best practices from VantageScore Solutions, the comp... (click to continue...)


Healthy housekeeping tips offer a fresh approach to seasonal cleaning
(BPT) - For more than 40 million Americans living with allergies and 25 million with asthma, housekeeping comes with extra concerns and responsibilities. More than half of all homes in the U.S. have at least one person dealing with allergies or asthma, so cleaning needs to focus on removing common ... (click to continue...)


10 reasons to love your lawn
(BPT) - As summer approaches and your thoughts turn to home improvement and the outdoors, you’re probably considering a variety of ways to make your home more comfortable, more attractive and more environmentally sustainable – while hopefully increasing its value as well. One feature th... (click to continue...)



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