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  • Real Estate

    Looking to Buy a Home? 2020 May Be Your Year

    (StatePoint) If buying a home is on your near-future to-do list, experts say that 2020 may be a good year to make it happen. Mortgage interest rates are near historic lows, providing you with the opportunity to finance a new home purchase at a much lower cost.

  • Pets

    Giving The Gift Of Love

    (NAPSI)—Most people would agree, the best gift during the holidays—and all year round—is the gift of love. For thousands of families, that means welcoming a puppy into their home. For those considering getting a new best friend for themselves or someone else, remember that choosing a puppy is a big decision. It’s also one you should think about carefully—for both your sake and the dog’s.

  • Home Decorating

    2020 Interior Design Trends on the Horizon

    (StatePoint) The beginning of the new year is a natural time to think about refreshing the look of your home, and in 2020, “cozy” and “warm” are trending keywords for interior design, according to experts, with luxurious textiles, inviting color palettes, and warm mixed metals found across all design styles.

  • Home Improvement

    Save Money Through Energy Efficiency

    (Family Features) As much as half of the average homeowner’s monthly utility expenses go toward cooling and heating, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). For many households, that makes energy the largest home-related expense each month, next to a mortgage payment.

Top Story

Recognize an overdose, know how to respond and carry naloxone — you could save a life

(BPT) - Every day nearly 200 people die from an overdose of drugs or from alcohol poisoning, with opioids responsible for the majority. Recognizing the signs and knowing how to respond to medical emergencies, including carrying and administering naloxone in cases of opioid overdose, can save lives, says the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).

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

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Friday 01/24/2020
How to win 'Best Awards Show Party' this year
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:51 am

(BPT) - Crazy about the movies? Love inviting friends over to watch the awards shows every year? Or maybe thinking about throwing an awards-watching party for the first time? Thrill your friends with a party worthy of the stars, with a focus on fun.

How physical therapy can help you manage pain
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - Movement is crucial to a person’s health, quality of life and independence. For some people, pain makes movement a challenge. Pain is one of the most common reasons people seek health care. A physical therapist can help people move better and safely manage their pain.

5 tips for hosting a top-notch big game party
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - It’s the height of football season, and you’re looking forward to hosting the big game this year. No matter which team you're cheering for, it’s all about prepping your home for the big event. But there’s no need to stress. Here are a few simple tips to make sure your party is the talk of the town.

Top indoor fitness trends to stay in shape this winter
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:53 am

(BPT) - Avoiding weather woes this winter? It doesn't mean you need to give up on your fitness goals. Being indoors provides ample opportunity to stay fit, whether you're doing so due to the weather or simply by choice. Check out some of the top trends for indoor fitness in 2020 and challenge yourself to try something new to make yourself happier and healthier.

Pop Quiz: Name the Six Types of K-12 Schools
Posted: January 24, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Six is a memorable number - It's the number of players on a volleyball team, geese a-laying in "The 12 Days of Christmas," and characters in Friends. There are also six main types of K-12 learning environments families can choose from. As we gear up for National School Choice Week (Jan. 26 - Feb. 1), can you name all six types of schools?

Thursday 01/23/2020
Write More Letters to Friends and Family
Posted: January 23, 2020

(StatePoint) In an age of instant messages, video chats and social media, the art of letter writing has become rare. But sitting down to write correspondence by hand can be a much more personal way to connect than some of the modern modes of communication. Not only does it give you ample opportunity to express yourself, it gives your recipient something tangible to hold onto and revisit.

6 Tips for Avoiding Emotional Spending
Posted: January 23, 2020

(StatePoint) Decisions about spending money are often driven by emotions, even if what your heart is telling you goes against logic. Emotional financial choices may provide you with short-term happiness, but they are just as likely to result in long-term regret or debt.

Men’s Health Matters
Posted: January 23, 2020

5 tips to maintain overall wellbeing

Celebrate Awards Season with a Look to the Past
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) Awards season is the time of year when Hollywood celebrates its best films and talents. It’s also an opportunity to take note of the actors and actresses lighting up the big screen, many with long careers you can watch unfold by taking a look back at their roles through the years.  

5 Ways to Improve Your Heart Health
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) If you worry that you or someone you love will get heart disease or even have a heart attack, it’s understandable.

Welcome a 4-Legged Family Member with Care
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:48 am

Tips for a successful, lifelong pet adoption

Time-Saving Kitchen Shortcuts That Don’t Sacrifice Quality
Posted: January 23, 2020

(Family Features) If coordinating schedules to gather the family around the dinner table is a victory in its own right, finding enough time to prepare a well-rounded, flavorful meal may just be a medal-worthy accomplishment.

Celebrate Agriculture
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:48 am

7 ag-focused ways to get involved

Resolve to Make Real Nutrition a New Year Priority
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) A new year signals a chance to renew your commitment to healthier eating, but many of the most popular diets, like the keto diet and paleo diet, eliminate entire food groups, which can cause you to fall short on nutrients you need.

Beat Sugar Addiction for Better Weight Loss Results
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) If your weight loss goals keep falling flat despite your best intentions, it may be due to an addiction you don’t even know you have. An addiction to sugar doesn’t mean that you can’t resist a slice of chocolate cake; it’s a true physiological addiction.

Easy Ethnic Enchiladas
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:49 am

(Culinary.net) If your family is looking for a simple way to serve up a south-of-the-border classic, this Enchilada Casserole can be your ticket to a warm, filling meal.

Fuel Up for a Busy Day
Posted: January 23, 2020

(Family Features) While some may say being busy is good, it’s not always good for a healthy lifestyle. With less time to prep, the thought of planning nutritious meals and snacks may feel overwhelming, but with simple changes, you can power through your hectic schedule.

30 Minutes to Mealtime
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) Variety certainly is the spice of life, but after a long day, it’s easy to get stuck in a mealtime rut and turn to the same dishes each week. With fast-paced lifestyles, many families are left with little time to come up with new, creative meals.

A Comforting Casserole
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:49 am

(Culinary.net) Almost nothing says comfort food quite like a freshly baked casserole. Next time your family asks for a warm, comforting meal, try this Rotisserie Chicken-Biscuit Casserole with just a handful of ingredients and less than 15 minutes of cook time.

A Savory, Crowd-Pleasing Breakfast
Posted: January 23, 2020

(Culinary.net) When you need a breakfast to feed a large group, this Biscuit-Sausage Mushroom Casserole is a perfect option. The savory aromas of sausage and bacon are almost sure to have your guests standing in line with a plate and fork in hand.

Go Long on Game Day
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:49 am

Ready-for-action recipes to feed fans

A Classic, Slow-Cooked Meal
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:49 am

(Culinary.net) Whether you’re looking for a family meal or a dish to feed a different type of crowd, taking advantage of kitchen tools like your slow cooker can help take the effort out of preparation. Flavored using cranberries and oranges, this Cranberry-Orange Pork Loin is a classic dish that’s perfect for entertaining any type of group.

Help Yourself to Healthier Hummus
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re hosting a houseful of guests or simply keeping your family’s hunger at bay before dinner, appetizers can be a home chef’s best friend. Simple options like dips allow for personalization while keeping cook time to a minimum.

Save Money Through Energy Efficiency
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) As much as half of the average homeowner’s monthly utility expenses go toward cooling and heating, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). For many households, that makes energy the largest home-related expense each month, next to a mortgage payment.

Put Safety First
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:49 am

Tips for using power tools like a pro

How to Create a More Functional Laundry Room
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) A laundry room may be one of the spaces that you use the most, but cramped quarters and clutter can hinder your productivity. Eliminate the excuses and get your laundry room under control with these tips to add function to your washing routine.

Starting a Home Remodeling Project
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:49 am

7 tips for choosing a qualified contractor

Going Green with Natural Stone
Posted: January 23, 2020

(Family Features) The 2017 color of the year, revealed by the Pantone Color Institute is a near-avocado hue called “Greenery.”

Renovations in Every Room
Posted: January 23, 2020

(Family Features) If your favorite room is outdated and dingy, a renovation may be all you need to make the old feel new and to fall in love with your home all over again.

Wednesday 01/22/2020
Annual Grassroots Campaign Raises $1 Million in One Month for Cancer-Fighting Technology
Posted: January 22, 2020

(BPT) - Cycle for Survival’s indoor cycling fundraisers are known for their party-like atmosphere with dancing, music, colorful team signs, and a sea of orange pom poms. Behind the event-day excitement is a serious mission: to beat rare cancers.

How to find the best tires for winter driving
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:53 am

(BPT) - Here’s something you may not know: All-season tires are only meant for year-round driving if you live in the extreme southern United States.

4 simple steps to reduce the cost of diabetes medications
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:51 am

(BPT) - Approximately 30 million people in the U.S. are living with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many require insulin to manage their condition, but due to rising costs, more and more people are struggling to get the medication they need.

Origin Story of the SUV Wowing the Auto Industry and Consumers Alike [Video]
Posted: January 22, 2020

Top 2020 food trends
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:51 am

(BPT) - A new year always brings predictions about what trends will rise to popularity, and when it comes to food, there are plenty of trends already underway that will no doubt continue to surge over the next several months. The good news is both your taste buds and your health will likely benefit from the latest trends in eating and cooking.

Confía en tu instinto: los probióticos son importantes
Posted: January 22, 2020

(BPT) - A menudo, cuando nos sentimos inseguros para tomar una decisión, alguien aconseja que confiemos en nuestros instintos. Una sugerencia que también puede aplicarse a todo lo referente a la salud de nuestro sistema digestivo.

Trust your gut: Get the story on probiotics
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - We’re often told when we can’t make a decision, we should trust our gut. And there’s a healthy reason to do so.

3 things a dermatologist wishes you knew about breakouts
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:49 am

(BPT) - If you suffer from frequent acne breakouts, you’ve likely been through several skincare products and have considered talking to a dermatologist to help you find the right solutions to improve your skin’s condition.

More Great Reading Ideas: Unlikely Relationships And Light-Hearted And Harrowing Memoirs
Posted: January 22, 2020

“Wounded Angels” by Chuck Miceli

Five To-Do’s To Take Your Basement From Unlivable To Lovable
Posted: January 22, 2020

(NAPSI)—Look up “basement” in the dictionary and you’ll see cellar, vault—even crypt. But with a little effort and some design flair you can make your basement come alive—and reclaim valuable living space.

Create the workout room you always wanted. A dramatic home theater. Or a spacious office, playroom or craft area. If you can re-imagine your basement, you can remodel it. Here are hints on how:

1. Make a plan: An accurate floor plan will help you visualize the end result—especially if you’re dividing rooms, adding a pool table, a large sectional or a projector and theater seating.

Dozens of design apps can help you create a virtual, 3D floor plan. A few to consider: Home Designer Suite, Sweet Home 3D, Home Design 3D and Google Sketchup.

Check to see if you’ll need a permit for improvements.

2. Banish water: Does your basement pass the smell test? If your lower level has moisture problems, your nose will know.

Besides a musty smell, moisture leaves other clues: dark, saturated concrete block walls, flaking paint or condensation. Consult a basement waterproofing contractor if you have any concerns before you begin remodeling.

3. Elevate your ceiling style: Stained or sagging ceilings also point to excess moisture. Identify the cause and make repairs. Then replace the old ceiling with coffered ceiling tiles. With the look of sunken panels, they add depth and distinction. Some of Armstrong Ceilings’ coffered options resist moisture and mold and stand up to humidity.

Like the look of wood? Check out Armstrong WoodHaven Ceiling Planks. They’re available in a variety of finishes, although WoodHaven Classic White planks is the DIY favorite. These wood-look ceiling planks can install over drywall, plaster or joists and can even cover an existing drop ceiling grid.

4. Beautify floors and walls: Beautiful, versatile flooring options are abundant today. Before you choose, think about how you’ll use the space. Consider structural issues, too.

Creating a playroom or cozy retreat? If moisture isn’t a worry, add warmth and softness underfoot with carpeting or an area rug.

If your sub-floor is smooth and even, vinyl is hard to beat. Whether in tile, sheet or plank form, the styles are versatile and the material is water-resistant or waterproof.

If you’re adding a basement gym, consider rubber interlocking tiles. They absorb shock and you can install them yourself.

You’ll discover abundant wall-covering options, too—such as wainscoting, paneling and beadboard. Subtle grass cloth wallpapers add sophistication. Peel-and-stick cork wall tiles create design interest and absorb sound.

Whatever your choice, be sure to waterproof the walls before you cover them.

5. Make a statement: Once you’ve landed on the look you love—whether it’s traditional, farmhouse or mid-century modern—personalize your décor to make it your own.

Display cubes or built-in shelving with lighting are great options for showing off your trophies, baskets, pottery or collectibles. For color and warmth, mix and match a variety of pillows and plush throws.

To personalize your walls—without making a permanent design commitment—consider wall decals. Their elegant patterns and bold images add instant interest. You can even make your mark with an inspiring, oversized quote.

Use every type of lighting—general, task and accent—to bring your basement out of the shadows. Mirrors are another great way to add light—and the illusion of space.

DIYers have never had more versatile design tools and materials to choose from. So don’t let your lower level go unloved and unused any longer. Let the transformation begin.

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What Makes A School Great
Posted: January 22, 2020

by Andrew Campanella

Small Business Owners Say Continual Tech Investments Are Critical
Posted: January 22, 2020

(StatePoint) A new survey of small business executives reveals key insights of what it takes to stay competitive today -- and technology and attracting top talent are crucial.

Refresh Your Child’s Diet with Low-Sugar Options
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) Many families look to the new year as a time to reset their eating habits and focus on making healthier choices. However, adults aren’t the only ones who could use a menu refresh as children may also need to focus on healthier food choices.

5 Tips for Staying on Track in the New Year
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) While many people often wish maintaining good health was as easy as following an equation, health doesn’t have a start or end date. Once the allure of the new year wears off, it can be easy to let those resolutions go by the wayside.

Tech Gifts Can Make Resolutions a Reality
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) While many people who make New Year's resolutions drop them within a couple weeks or months, pulling those newly received tech device gifts out of the packaging and putting them to good use may be just the help you need to keep your resolutions on track.

Kick Off the New Year with 8 Better-for-You Recipes
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) A commitment to eating better-for-you foods and living a healthier lifestyle in the new year doesn’t need to break the bank.

How to Start a Keto Diet
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) Starting a keto diet continues to be one of the leading trends in nutrition, though many find the transition to be daunting. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RDN, Quest Nutrition spokesperson and former nutrition lead for the Cleveland Clinic, recommends these guidelines for a day on the meal plan to help you get started. Find more information at questketo.com.

Make the Most of Your Bathroom Renovation
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) Adding additional bathroom space to your home or renovating an outdated lavatory can improve your home’s usability and increase its value, too. To get the most practical benefits and value out of your new space, there are several factors to consider.

Bring New Life to Your Kitchen with Color
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) Just as filling your plate with colorful foods is typically good for your body, filling your kitchen with color can be good for the soul. In fact, color is an important element in interior design not only for its aesthetic value, but also because it can shape perceptions and emotions.

Tuesday 01/21/2020
What type of game day entertainer are you? A winning playbook for each.
Posted: January 21, 2020

(BPT) - When it comes to the biggest football day of the year, it’s no secret that food takes center field. In fact, while people look forward to the game itself, most fans say they attend Big Game gatherings as much for the food as they do for the game, according to a new survey conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Farm Rich. But depending on your guests and party style, what to serve and how to keep friends entertained can be a toss-up.

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