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    Bring personalized expression into kitchen design

    (BPT) - Personalizing a kitchen’s design is an opportunity to showcase true individuality. The space will feel like a true reflection of self when finished with handpicked details. Adding special touches throughout a space, from unique materials to striking statement pieces, can work together to form that cohesive, yet individualized feel.

  • Pets

    Celebrate National Pet Bird Day, September 17, 2020 [Infographic]

    (BPT) - Mark your calendar for September 17 because it is National Pet Bird Day! This very special annual day of celebration was created in 2019 by the Bird Enjoyment Advantage Koalition (BEAK) to recognize all of the wonderful ways in which pet birds enrich our lives as well as educate on the responsibilities and commitment that come with having a companion bird. Post joyful pet bird photos, stories, stats and articles on social media using the hashtag #NationalPetBirdDay and join the celebration!

  • Kitchen Bed Bath

    Eco-Friendly Home Cleaning Hacks

    (StatePoint) With families spending more time at home, messes are on repeat and cleanups are often an hourly routine. At the same time, many households are looking to reduce their environmental impact affordably.

  • Money And Finance

    Now’s the time to redeem your gift cards

    (BPT) - This year has had its fair share of challenges, and you may find yourself adjusting to a tighter budget or needing a pick-me-up. While it might feel counterintuitive, a little retail therapy might be just the ticket to giving you a mood boost.

Top Story

How to Choose the Best Insurance Policy for You

(StatePoint) It’s never fun to think about the possibility of getting sick or hurt, losing a home, needing extended medical care, or even dying, but these are extremely important topics to confront when planning your financial future.

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Monday 09/28/2020
3 ways being a label reader helps protect people and the planet
Posted: September 28, 2020

(BPT) - We’ve all seen people reading the labels of food, beverage and supplement packaging to look at the ingredients and nutrition facts — chances are you have, too. More than ever, shoppers are looking at labels to make sure products match up with their values, whether it’s protecting people or the planet. Over the past decade, purchase of and trust in food labels has increased, showing an upward trend in shoppers voting with their dollars for what they care about most. In fact, more than half of U.S. consumers agree eco-labels raise their trust in a brand, and nearly 65% believe retailers’ and brands’ claims about sustainability and the environment need to be clearly labeled by an independent organization (GlobeScan 2020).

Staying Home More This Winter? 12 Tips for Preparing Your Fireplace
Posted: September 28, 2020

(BPT) - Temperatures are dropping and leaves are changing. It must be fireplace season. Now through the fall and into the winter, it’s likely we’ll be spending more time around our fireplaces than any year prior.

5 ways seniors can stay safe and active during COVID-19
Posted: September 28, 2020

(BPT) - By now, most seniors are aware that they’re among the most vulnerable demographic groups when it comes to contracting COVID-19.

Bring personalized expression into kitchen design
Posted: September 28, 2020

(BPT) - Personalizing a kitchen’s design is an opportunity to showcase true individuality. The space will feel like a true reflection of self when finished with handpicked details. Adding special touches throughout a space, from unique materials to striking statement pieces, can work together to form that cohesive, yet individualized feel.

Is it safe to travel during a pandemic?
Posted: September 28, 2020

(BPT) - According to the CDC, traveling safely during a global pandemic comes down to two basic things: avoiding close contact with strangers and following a few common-sense precautions.

Tips for Fueling up for Outdoor Fall Chores
Posted: September 28, 2020

(StatePoint) Along with the fall season comes a range of outdoor chores for homeowners nationwide, from clearing trees and branches after wicked weather strikes to gathering autumn leaves. Here are a few things to consider as you go about fueling your chainsaws, leaf blowers and other lawn care equipment:

A Skin Care Expert Weighs in: Take Care of Your Scalp
Posted: September 28, 2020

(StatePoint) When it comes to your skin and hair care routine, it can be all too easy to forget the scalp. After time though, this neglect can take a toll on the health of your hair, according to experts.

Why Weighing Your Medicare Part D Options is Crucial This Year
Posted: September 28, 2020

(StatePoint) You likely hear the same word of advice every fall: review your Medicare Part D plan. While you may be tempted to stick with what you have, it’s important to remember that plan specifics change annually, your health needs are always evolving, and as this year has shown, unexpected global events can impact your health and finances. For all these reasons, doing your homework is not only important, it has the power to substantially reduce your out-of-pocket costs.

Electrical Safety Tips for Fire Prevention Week
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 2:32 am

(StatePoint) Electrical fires often occur unexpectedly in locations that may be hidden from view. As the second most common type of home fire in the U.S., more than 40,000 electrical fires occur in American homes every year, resulting in hundreds of deaths, over 1,000 injuries and more than $1 billion in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Saturday 09/26/2020
Tips for an At-Home Tailgate
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) Football season is here (sort of), and for many, tailgating is a main event. While there will be nothing traditional about tailgating this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t grill delicious food and enjoy a few beers before game time in the comfort of your own backyard or driveway.

What Every Chronic Pain Sufferer Needs to Know
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) According to a new survey from Boston Scientific of more than 500 people with chronic  pain, 60 percent aren’t satisfied with their current treatment or therapies. Professional golfer Grant Waite can relate.

Friday 09/25/2020
Knowledge is power: Why genetic testing is essential for patients with acute myeloid leukemia
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Roughly 1.8 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States in 2020, according to the National Cancer Institute.[1] Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)—the most common type of acute leukemia—is an aggressive blood cancer characterized by the rapid growth of cells that accumulate in the bone marrow.[2],[3],[4]

Continuing STEM Education at Home [Video]
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 2:32 am

Shedding light on a rare bile duct cancer for the second annual Rare Cancer Day
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - While there is growing public awareness about cancer in general, there are many types of cancer that are not well known or are misunderstood.

Halloween 2020 is on: Guidelines to celebrate in a safe and fun way
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Every year, you count down the days until Halloween. You love selecting costumes for your whole family, indulging in all your favorite treats and celebrating with friends. But this year is different — while you long to celebrate the holiday to the fullest, you also want to make choices to keep your family and your community safe. Like many Halloween enthusiasts, rather than forgoing beloved traditions altogether, you are coming up with creative, out-of-the-box ways to celebrate safely and keep everyone healthy this season, but you still need some guidance.

Navigating Important Family Decisions With a Financial Advisor
Updated: September 26, 2020 - 2:33 am

(StatePoint) Recent historic economic downturns and significant unemployment numbers and job losses have created considerable financial worries for families across the country. Health and safety concerns about returning to schools, childcare facilities, and office settings have only added to the uncertainty and stress that Americans are currently feeling.

5 Ways to Make Your Next Camping Trip a Learning Experience
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) A camping trip is not only fun and relaxing, it can be the perfect opportunity to test out new skills and acquire more knowledge. Here are five ways to make your next camping trip a learning experience for family members of all ages:

BookBites: Mysteries, WWII Enemies Unite, and a Children's Book of Love
Posted: September 25, 2020


Thursday 09/24/2020
Genetics, Diagnosis, Treatment: NIH Takes on Sickle Cell Disease Globally
Posted: September 24, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Each year, some 150,000 children in Nigeria are born with sickle cell disease, the most common - and often life-threatening - inherited blood disorder in the world.

The top 5 trends driving Gen Z and millennial culture right now
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Memes, stans and DMs, oh my.

Global flavors for your weeknight meals
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - What turns a recipe into a weeknight favorite? How about something easy and packed with flavor that can be made partly in advance? Add excitement by exploring cuisines like those of North Africa, with flavor contrasts of spicy, sweet and tart. The following recipes use grapes as a fresh accent to the flavorful North African spices in each dish. Grapes are also a handy snack while putting the finishing touches on dinner.

Top tips for weathering storm season
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - It’s not over yet. Just past the peak of hurricane season weather forecasters have already had to resort to the Greek alphabet to name storms. And with severe storms and tornados appearing around the country, it is more important than ever to take steps and be prepared before, during and after a storm.

Cooling Tower Air Purifier Curbs Airborne Bacteria
Posted: September 24, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Contaminated air from the cooling towers that top most large buildings is not a new problem, but the focus on clean air in outdoor as well as indoor spaces has new urgency in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Healthy sleep is vital for school success
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Healthy sleep is vital for student success. Yet, a new survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) shows that many students are not getting enough sleep, according to more than half of American parents surveyed. No matter where classes are held — in-person, online or in a hybrid format — the group is highlighting the importance of healthy sleep for students.

COVID-19 Weighs on Those Saving for College
Posted: September 24, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Back to school has taken on a whole new meaning for families this fall.

A Grandparent’s Best Friend
Updated: September 26, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s good news for America’s approximately 70 million grandparents: A growing problem that has been bugging families since the advent of the digital photo revolution—“Where is the latest photo of my grandchild?”—may have a surprising solution thanks to two enterprising granddads, Silicon Valley alumni.

Vinnie Jones and Boyd Pearce put their heads together and designed a simple, free and user-friendly mobile app that lets families share and re-live at will their daily experiences, as well as special moments with loved ones even thousands of miles apart. Called My Grandkids, it works with a simple click or two of a button. 

Explains Pearce, formerly with IBM, Teradata and Hitachi, “Vinnie and I decided to take what we called the Ph.D approach (Press Here Dummy). We wanted to design an application that solved the photo problem but in a simple, easy way.” 

Jones, who worked with Pearce at Teradata, said, “My wife and I became swamped with all the photos that started to accumulate digitally. We were creating the digital equivalent of that old shoebox where you used to store your pictures and rummage from time to time to find the one you wanted. Yes, some people took the time to create photo albums but for those who didn’t, My Grandkids is a great solution—almost instantaneous albums that you can access at the touch of a button, right there on your mobile.”

The app lets you collect all photos taken by or received into your mobile device and display them in a handy reference gallery ready to be stored for easy access in self-designed albums.   

These galleries grow automatically as new photos appear ready for storage. Sharing is easy and safe via a private, secure network operating in the Cloud. Add as many contacts as you wish and have them share and exchange photo and video experiences easily—no emails, texts or post required. 

My Grandkids can be used not only for family photos but for categorizing your favorite dishes or recipes, wine labels, whatever visual information you want at your fingertips. 

The app works on most mobile phone operating systems and tablets and it’s available in the Apple Store and as an Android version on Google Play.

It could be a wonderful gift for grandparents who haven’t seen enough of their grandkids lately (and what grandparents have?)—even if they give it to themselves.


Tener seguro médico contribuye al éxito de estudiantes jóvenes
Posted: September 24, 2020

(BPT) - Ahora que comienza un nuevo año escolar, muchos estudiantes y sus familias están adaptándose a un ambiente diferente de aprendizaje. Aunque este año los preparativos para el regreso a la escuela puedan incluir la creación de un espacio para cursos virtuales en casa, el regreso a las aulas, o una combinación de ambas opciones, también podrían consistir en garantizar que su hijo (o hijos) tengan seguro médico. Pero, si no lo tienen, ¡no es tarde aun para buscarles cobertura!

Health coverage can set up young students for success
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - As a new school year kicks into gear, many students — and their families — are adjusting to a different learning environment. While back-to-school preparations this year may include setting up space for virtual learning at home, going back to the classroom, or a combination model, they should also include making sure your child or children have health insurance. But if they don’t, it is not too late to get them covered!

Life insurance 101: Your guide to getting the right coverage
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Life constantly changes and no one can predict the future, which is why life insurance offers peace of mind that your loved ones are protected financially should anything happen to you. There are many life insurance options available, which is beneficial because that means you can find the best one for your needs and budget.

Medicare insight: Three ways to advocate for lower out-of-pocket costs
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Medicare Part D provides coverage for prescription drugs that save and extend lives for millions of older adults and people with disabilities, many of whom would otherwise struggle to afford their treatments. However, despite the important purpose it serves, some people on Medicare, especially those taking expensive medications, still struggle to fill their prescriptions and maintain their health.

Top Tech to Bring With You on Your Next Outdoor Adventure
Updated: September 26, 2020 - 2:33 am

(StatePoint) Hitting the trail for a hike is good for the mind and body. Fortunately, there are still plenty of opportunities to get out and do so this fall. As you plan your next outdoor adventure, consider supporting your journey with the following tech tools and gear:

Get Your Home Ready for Work and School this Winter
Posted: September 24, 2020

(Family Features) Although preparing your home for winter is a fairly consistent process year-to-year, many homes have seen significantly more use this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. If your home will serve as your office or school throughout the winter months, it’s important to address issues that may have been noticed but tolerable during winters past. 

5 Home Remodeling Tips from the Pros
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) With the extra time many Americans have spent at home over the past few months, there have been plenty of opportunities to think about how that living space could be improved.

7 Steps to Plan a Remodel
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Remodeling your home can be one of the most exciting projects to undertake. Whether you’re thinking about a bathroom update, kitchen overhaul or a new room addition, planning and setting realistic expectations are critical in ensuring your project goes as smoothly as possible.

How to Bring More Space into Bathrooms
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Today’s designers, architects and builders are creating modern bathrooms that are practical, luxurious, comfortable and accommodating. They know homeowners and homebuyers desire – even demand – these features regardless of the bathroom’s size or layout.

Create a Healthier Home this Back-to-School Season
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are spending more time at home. That increased time indoors also comes with increased risks for fires, carbon monoxide poisoning and more. As families consider hybrid and home school schedules this year, use these four tips from the experts at Carrier to create a healthier home and get children involved in learning more about home safety and their environment. Learn more at

Building an Emergency Kit with Disability in Mind
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Creating a supply kit is part of being prepared for emergencies and disasters. Kits should include basic survival items but also things specific to your needs. Kits can have equipment to help with communication, things that reduce stress and more.

An Outside-the-Box, DIY Halloween Costume Combination
Posted: September 24, 2020

(Family Features) Even though Halloween may look a little different this year for many families, there are still ways to make the most of popular seasonal traditions, like costumes, spooky decor and festive treats.

Understanding the Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Pets
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) In most pets, the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning are nonspecific and could easily be attributed to other illnesses. To protect yourself and your pets from the dangers of CO, it’s important to keep working alarms throughout the home, test and replace them as recommended and understands the signs. Learn more about protecting your two- and four-legged loved ones at

Celebrate Halloween Safely and Help a Good Cause
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) This Halloween, fewer families will be going door to door as the pandemic enters its predicted second wave. Seventy-three percent of people do not anticipate taking their children trick-or-treating at all, according to a Harris Poll survey. However, Halloween is not canceled, and there are ways parents and kids can still celebrate safely while also giving back to a good cause.

Safety Steps for Spooky Fun
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Traditional family activities like trick-or-treating create fun moments and memories, but the effects of COVID-19 on this Halloween will bring about change for the spooky excitement.

A Naturally Sweet Yet Savory Dish
Posted: September 24, 2020

( Versatile recipes that make mealtime a cinch for busy families are one easy way to free up time for moments with loved ones.

Kid-Friendly Recipes for At-Home Learning
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) During a school year that’s sure to be a new experience for students and parents alike, many of the everyday necessities, like eating breakfast and lunch, remain. However, this year, many little learners will be enjoying their lunches from the comfort and safety of home rather than at school, meaning moms and dads are back in charge of keeping the kitchen running throughout the day.

A Delicious Breakfast-Inspired Dessert
Posted: September 24, 2020

(Family Features) Breakfast for dinner may be a widely accepted practice for many families, but breakfast for dessert can be a new option for your loved ones when a sweet craving strikes.

Enjoy Seasonal Favorites with Fall Comfort Foods
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) While this autumn season will likely look different than years past, wholesome meals celebrating fall flavors provide something to look forward to. Eating foods like walnuts, colorful fruits and vegetables, and whole grains can be a solution for improving overall well-being in an enjoyable, delicious way.

A Flavorful Family Meal for Fall
Posted: September 24, 2020

(Family Features) Warm, delectable dishes go hand-in-hand with cool fall evenings when the crisp air sends you to the kitchen for a filling meal. Look no further than easy recipes like meatballs that pack fulfilling flavor to feed your family when the autumn temperatures dip.

Make Taste and Nutrition a Priority with Powerful Pairings
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) According to the “Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior,” studies have proven that eating meals together as a family can improve communication and relationships, which is especially important during times of uncertainty and life’s more difficult moments. Great-tasting foods like pork and pulses can be combined to bring families together with quality nutrition, which helps bodies survive and thrive.

A Perfectly Dreamy Dessert
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

( Some desserts deliver sweet taste that satisfies taste buds while others provide a rich flavor that lingers long after you’ve finished that last delicious bite. When you’re pondering which type of dessert you’d like to make at home, it may be difficult to decide which direction to take.

Comforting Dairy Dishes that Deliver Taste and Nutrition
Posted: September 24, 2020

(Family Features) Cooler weather calls for comfort foods, and it’s hard to top soups, risottos and strata for heartwarming dishes to share with the family on chilly days.

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