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  • Real Estate

    Staying secure beyond National Home Safety Month

    (BPT) - Assessing and updating your home’s security measures should be a year-round focus for homeowners. While timely reminders, such as National Home Safety Month, are great for encouraging immediate action, these considerations should remain top-of-mind 365 days of the year.

  • Pets

    4 ways to help keep your dog protected and happy this summer

    (BPT) - With the country beginning to reopen, don’t forget about your pet. While you return to your favorite summer activities including hiking and swimming with your dogs, it is important to be aware of a few things first. Senior Technical Services Veterinarian at Bayer Animal Health, Dr. Zach Miller, shared these four simple tips to keep your pets happy and active in the coming months:

  • Home Decorating

    A New Age of Design: Top 5 Trends to Watch

    (BPT) - In 2020, there have been some lifestyle changes that have impacted the way we all are using our home spaces. With more time spent at home, many have gained new perspective when it comes to their immediate needs and surroundings. Not surprisingly, consumers are now rethinking their home designs and about the ways they can make their dwellings more functional as well as enjoyable. From dual-purpose designs, to self-care spaces, here are five top trends to watch in this new age.

  • Kitchen Bed Bath

    Common Moving Myths - Busted!

    (StatePoint) You’ve finally found the perfect home. Now comes the hard part: moving. But don’t let misconceptions complicate the process. To keep frustrations to a minimum and make your move more manageable, here are five common moving myths, debunked.

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Top Ways to Take a Safe Vacation

(StatePoint) After months spent indoors at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s clear that many people are itching to get back out there and take a vacation. This is with good reason. Staying isolated for too long can take a substantial toll on one’s mental health and well-being, according to the American Psychological Association.

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Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

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Fitness

Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

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Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

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Thursday 07/02/2020
Expert Series: Frito-Lay Chief Customer Officer Mike Del Pozzo Sheds Light on the New State of Snacking
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - By Mike Del Pozzo

Anime las recetas de verano con uvas frescas
Posted: July 02, 2020

(BPT) - Ha llegado una temporada más cálida, lo cual equivale a más horas de luz solar para realizar actividades de todo tipo, e idealmente disfrutar de más tiempo para relajarse. Independientemente de que las familias opten por emplear su tiempo jugando al aire libre, realizando proyectos hogareños o ejercitando su creatividad con manualidades; es fácil que surja un apetito por las sabrosas comidas veraniegas. Y las uvas crujientes y jugosas son una merienda fácil — ya sea frescas o congeladas — así como un ingrediente especial en nuevas recetas sencillas, pero creativas.

4 ways to help keep your dog protected and happy this summer
Posted: July 02, 2020

(BPT) - With the country beginning to reopen, don’t forget about your pet. While you return to your favorite summer activities including hiking and swimming with your dogs, it is important to be aware of a few things first. Senior Technical Services Veterinarian at Bayer Animal Health, Dr. Zach Miller, shared these four simple tips to keep your pets happy and active in the coming months:

Boating is booming: How to ride the wave of demand and get top dollar for your boat
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - Not only is it peak boating season, but the impact of COVID-19 has inspired a renewed interest in boats from coast-to-coast as people start getting outside and enjoying the water while maintaining social distancing.

Roadway safety on the weekends [Infographic]
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 2:39 am

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6 Fun Facts About How People Are Snacking in Summer 2020
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 2:42 am

The Return of the Great American Road Trip
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - Road trips offer exploration, discovery and adventure at your own pace. Car picnics, roadside attractions, historical sites, lake visits, rolling through the Great Plains or canyons, up to the mountains or down to the beach — regardless of where you go, memories are sure to be made at any age. The pandemic has prevented many from traveling these past few months and the summer offers the opportunity to test drive socializing again with family and friends who may live far away.

How to Help Friends Vote Absentee From Anywhere in the World
Posted: July 02, 2020

(StatePoint) For military members and their families stationed away and U.S. citizens living abroad, family and friends are vital connections to life back home. For the 2020 general election, those friends can be an important source of voting information, especially for young people voting for the first time. And this year it’s even more important to register and request an absentee ballot early to avoid potential mail delays or other disruptions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

4 Steps for Developing a Thoughtful Estate Plan
Posted: July 02, 2020

(StatePoint) Many people may avoid estate planning because they think it can be put off until later in life. But experts agree that adults of any age should have a plan in place to make sure their financial affairs are in order after they pass on, or in case they are incapacitated. A complete and thoughtful estate plan covers more than who will get what -- it helps to ease the burden on your family and beneficiaries by documenting your wishes and instructions.

4 Mood-Boosting Benefits of Pet Ownership
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 2:52 am

(Family Features) While there are many ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle, pet ownership offers a plethora of mental and physical health benefits and adds value to your quality of life. A pet can be a constant companion around the house as a snuggle buddy on the couch, a friendly face when you walk into the room and a great partner to stay active with.

Why the Graves' Disease Community Should Focus on Eye Health
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) People living with Graves’ disease have a lot to focus on. The disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes an overproduction of the thyroid hormone, causes a variety of troublesome symptoms, many of which can happen with other diseases, leading to misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. Some common symptoms include anxiety, tremors, heat sensitivity, weight loss, hair loss, change in menstrual cycle and irregular heartbeat.

4 Tips for Working from Home with Your Pet
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) One of the perks of working from home is more time with your pets. While it can be exciting to have your furry friends by your side all day, it’s important to know how to make the day as productive and pleasant as possible for you and your pet. Mindfully incorporating your pet and his needs into your routine can allow for an efficient and successful workday with your four-legged coworker.

Managing Your Emotions to Navigate a Crisis
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 2:53 am

How to navigate a crisis and come out stronger

5 Ways Youth Can Connect Food Choices to a Healthier Planet
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) Although many young people care deeply about global issues like food and the environment, they don’t necessarily see these matters as connected. By learning more about the source of their food and the benefits of making nutritious choices, eating appropriate portions and minimizing food waste, youth can better understand the positive impact on their own and the planet’s health.

4 Summer Health and Safety Tips for Cats
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) Summer is officially here and while it may be the perfect time for family trips and outdoor activities, it’s also a great time to reset and make sure you’re keeping the whole family healthy, including your feline friend. By keeping your cat healthy, hydrated and active, your family will be able to enjoy more time together and get the most out of the season.

4 Tips for Planning a Summer Family Vacation
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) As stay-at-home orders ease, many families are eager to get out of the house and hit the road for a summer trip. However, vacation will most likely look different this year as families looking to get away may stay closer to home and take extra precautions.

Smart Summer Skin Care
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 2:53 am

Get back to basics with warm weather skin care tips

Find Your Happy Place with Free Streaming Programs
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) If the words “happy little trees” and “almighty mountains” slow your pulse and bring a sense of calm, you’re probably already a fan of Bob Ross. Now you can take in the soothing sights of Ross creating his famous art for free from virtually any device you own.

4 Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) Across the country, people are fostering and adopting furry friends more, with the number of animals in foster homes 43% higher than it was in 2019, according to 24PetWatch. With this uptick in fostering, potential pet owners are determining if they are ready and able to care for a pet permanently, and shelters are bracing for a time when these pets may be returned once people go back to work.

Wednesday 07/01/2020
Simple ideas for celebrating every day virtually
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - For most people, 2020 is a year of change. Remote work, social distancing and more have challenged people to find new ways to connect with each other. Fortunately, humans are resilient and their spirit for finding innovative ways to connect is alive and well.

How to have dip for dinner [Infographic]
Posted: July 01, 2020

(BPT) - Sometimes pulling together an elaborate meal is just out of the question. When dinnertime approaches and there’s nothing in the fridge except a few basic ingredients, there’s no better time to break out a box of Town House® crackers and create endless possibilities with your favorite dip … for dinner. Recently hitting shelves of stores nationwide, Town House Dippers won’t crack under the pressure of creating a full meal while standing out among your most robust, flavor-packed dip recipes.

Boost Your Retirement Income with Little-Known Benefits
Posted: July 01, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Retirement is a life-changing experience. For some older adults it can be relaxing, for others it can be energizing. Bu it should never be stressful.

20 Tips for Fuel Safety Month
Posted: July 01, 2020

(StatePoint) This July will mark the first annual Fuel Safety Month, serving as an important reminder that handling any type of fuel requires caution.

Commit to More Family Meals
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) Spending moments together with loved ones carries obvious benefits like time to catch up and opportunities to bond, but sharing meals actually provides definitive value for families. With restricted social interactions and confinement at home due to COVID-19, many families face meal challenges that have shifted from juggling busy schedules to seeking new ways to mix up the traditional menu or using digital solutions to reconnect at a virtual table.

Upgrade Your Summer Grilling Game
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) The days are getting longer and hotter and you’re itching to head outside to kick off grilling season. After a few weeks of eating the same boring burgers and hot dogs, you’re looking for something a little more exciting (and so are your guests). These recipes can help take your grilling skills to the next level and make your next party something to brag about.

Flavor Fusion
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:47 am

Update summer classics with Asian-inspired flair

Cookout Cravings: Appease summer appetites with grilled fare
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) The first thought that comes to mind when picturing grilling in the summer sun might be a perfectly cooked steak or a juicy burger, but no backyard barbecue is complete without the all-important sides and beverages that complete the meal.

Add Seafood to Summer Meals
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) Grilled meals provide a summer escape for many families by offering opportunities to spend moments together while enjoying flavorful dishes. As Americans face uncertainty in many aspects of life, one place they should be able to turn to for normalcy is food.

Evening Eating
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:47 am

A late-night meal that can aid weight loss

An Ethnic Entree for Intermittent Fasting
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) With so many eating plans and diets to choose from when looking to lose weight, it can be challenging to make the decision that’ll end in the best results. If your goal is to shed extra pounds, consider an option that still allows you to eat meals you enjoy.

A Menu Made for Summer Indulgence
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:47 am

Keep Safe with Home Upgrades This Summer
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) Extra time around the house this summer may be welcome for avid DIYers. With lists of upgrades and renovations to tackle, homeowners can rely on portable generators to power tools such as drills, circular saws and more when working outside.

Top Ways to Reach Your Target Market
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) An amazing product, a phenomenal business model and a great team may put you on the right path, but ultimately, they mean little to your chances for success as a business owner if you don’t get in front of your target market.

Engage Virtually
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:48 am

Tips for keeping older adults connected

Market Your Business for Long-Term Success
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) Rapid growth and long-term success are the dreams virtually every entrepreneur pursues. The fire pushes you to ascend to the mountaintop quickly and stay there as long as possible.

Smart Advice to Build Your Own Business
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) With many tools and resources available, it is easy for entrepreneurs to build successful businesses. The United States has somewhere around 27 million entrepreneurs, and 69% of them started their businesses at home, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report from researchers at Babson College and Baruch College. 

8 Tips for Safely Operating Battery-Powered Tools
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) Battery-powered power tools make it convenient and efficient to tackle chores around the house and job site. While batteries eliminate the risks associated with electricity, they come with their own requirements for safe use and handling.

Add Natural Light to Any Room
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) Increasing the amount of natural light that enters your home can help make spaces feel larger and more inviting. An option like Sun Tunnel Skylights from Velux are a cost-effective, healthy way to transform nearly any room by funneling natural light from the roof through the attic to the area below.

4 Creative Ways to Drive Website Traffic
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) Consistent website traffic is an essential building block for a successful online business. While paid ads and search engine optimization are valuable strategies, there are some lesser known, but equally effective, ways to attract potential customers to your website or funnel.

The Business of Reading
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:48 am

5 impactful books for building your small business

Tuesday 06/30/2020
7 ways to save the 7 seas
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - Beachgoers are heading to the ocean after months of being cooped up due to the health crisis. However, the climate crisis could forever alter future beach treks.

Wednesday 07/01/2020
From fun themes to top technology: Here's what you need for an epic backyard movie night
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - Canceled camps, postponed trips, closed pools and more — summer 2020 is shaping up to be very different for families across the country. While you may not be able to do some activities, that doesn't mean you can't make lasting memories while enjoying time together. You just have to think creatively and plan unique events at home!

Tuesday 06/30/2020
Staying home? 5 tips for creating a comforting outdoor retreat
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 2:39 am

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3 tips to create a deliciously hearty ‘dip for dinner’
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - First, it was breakfast foods for supper. Then, it was grilled chicken in breakfast sandwiches. Now, the next mealtime frontier is “dip for dinner.”

How are we equipping students to succeed in science?
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - Scientists across the world are charging forward in the fight to prevent and treat COVID-19. And they’re harnessing the latest tech and science as they press down on the accelerator at a speed unattainable to date.

Tips for the perfect summer camping trip
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - Summer is officially here.

A Police Sergeant Fights Crime and a Chronic Disease - Plaque Psoriasis
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - When he was younger, Eli knew he wanted to become a police officer and fight crime in his community. Today, he gets to do just that as a police sergeant in Mesa, Arizona. Yet, when he was younger and preparing for his law enforcement career, he did not suspect that he’d be fighting an equally important battle – one against chronic illness.

Desk Booking System & Room Scheduling Software Helps Offices Open Safely
Posted: June 30, 2020

(NewsUSA) - As offices gradually reopen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, caution is key to supporting employees as they return to work safely.

How Consistent Labeling Can Help Families With Food Allergies
Posted: June 30, 2020

(StatePoint) Having food allergies in one’s household is not only stressful, it can cost substantial time and money.

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