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    Holiday Décor Tips from Interior Designer Genevieve Gorder

    (BPT) - 'Tis the season to eat, drink and entertain. Whether you’re hosting a smaller, more intimate gathering or throwing a grand festive soiree, don’t stress about upping your holiday home décor game — a few small touches will go a long way. In partnership with Scotties Facial Tissues, interior designer and television host Genevieve Gorder is sharing five tips to help you prep for the holiday entertaining season.

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7 Tips for Using Credit Cards Safely

(StatePoint) Credit cards are a useful tool for managing personal finances and building credit, but they also expose you to a number of risks -- including identity theft and credit card fraud. Thankfully, experts say there are many simple, proactive steps you can take to help protect yourself when using a credit card. Here are seven tips for guarding your credit.

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Monday 12/09/2019
How to find the right balance with pain management
Posted: December 09, 2019

(BPT) - If you're facing surgery soon, you may have concerns about pain management. In a 2018 Mayo Clinic survey, 94% of the adults surveyed said that they would choose an alternative to opioids for treatment after surgery, but only 1 in 4 actually talked to their healthcare professional about those alternatives. Successfully managing pain involves much more than treating it with either prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medicine. Recent research has shown that the most effective approach to pain relief is achieved by combining more than one method or therapy.

Saturday 12/07/2019
Solidaridad de veteranos ante complejo diagnóstico de insuficiencia renal
Posted: December 07, 2019

(BPT) - El otoño del 2018 le cambió la vida a Phillip Hayes, sargento mayor de la Fuerza Aérea de los Estados Unidos. La estación no solo marcó su jubilación después de prestar servicio durante 33 años en la Fuerza Aérea. También fue el comienzo de su lucha por la vida. La salud de Phillip había desmejorado durante algún tiempo, pero no esperaba la noticia que le dio el médico: el mal funcionamiento de sus riñones dio como resultado el diagnóstico de enfermedad renal en etapa final (ESKD, por sus siglas en inglés).

Friday 12/06/2019
Eco-friendly gifts for a merrier (and greener) holiday season
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - ‘Tis the season for giving. And with this eco-friendly gift guide, giving greener is easier. Whether you’re shopping for the gardener, techie, alternative energy aficionado or the do-it-yourselfer, this is your go-to resource for gifts that please people and the planet.

5 tech-forward innovations every holiday traveler can look forward to
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - If you're like most, you shudder at the idea of traveling during the holiday season. With all those long lines, tight timetables and crowded spaces, who wouldn’t feel like a Grinch? To add more comfort and joy to your journey, the travel and hospitality industries are quick to embrace innovation and new technology. From the time you hail the airport ride-share to the moment you step outside your hotel for an evening of holiday wonder, here are some travel tech advances to look for this season.

Fuel Your Adventures with Great Coffee on The Road
Posted: December 06, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News -Whether you are in a hotel room, at your desk, in an RV, or by a campfire, it can be difficult to get a good cup of coffee away from home. With the holiday travel season in full swing, travelers are wondering how best to enjoy their morning java while on the go.

How to avoid falling for sweepstakes scams
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - The holiday season brings with it a flurry of cards, ads, email offers and more. It's also a prime time for sweepstakes, giveaways, contests and shopping sprees. Scammers are looking to take advantage of your good cheer, as well as your cluttered mailboxes and inboxes. Be on the lookout for elaborate and realistic-looking messages convincing you that you are the lucky winner of the grand prize.

Holiday Décor Tips from Interior Designer Genevieve Gorder
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - 'Tis the season to eat, drink and entertain. Whether you’re hosting a smaller, more intimate gathering or throwing a grand festive soiree, don’t stress about upping your holiday home décor game — a few small touches will go a long way. In partnership with Scotties Facial Tissues, interior designer and television host Genevieve Gorder is sharing five tips to help you prep for the holiday entertaining season.

Hiring the next-gen employee
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - The U.S. workforce is in the midst of an influx with 65 million workers from Generation Z beginning to look for jobs, according to BridgeWorks Consulting. This group of workers, born after 1997, do not remember a time without the internet and have grown up in a post-2008 recession era of financial responsibility, meaning what motivates them differs greatly from previous generations.

Creative ways to celebrate the holidays together
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - Every year we celebrate beloved holiday traditions with friends and family. While passing on traditions is a hallmark of the season, there’s nothing like taking old favorites and transforming them into something new and exciting — for adults and kids alike!

The critical differences you need to know: Prescription medicine, over-the-counter medicine and dietary supplements
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Seventy-five percent of Americans take dietary supplements, according to a 2018 study by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).i Furthermore, “87 percent [of adults in the United States] have overall confidence in the safety, quality and effectiveness of dietary supplements.”i While the effort to sustain better overall health is commendable, there is skepticism among healthcare experts regarding the medical benefits of dietary supplements.ii Use and promotion of dietary supplements is considerably broader in the United States than other areas of the world.iii

What to Consider Before Buying a Used Car
Posted: December 06, 2019

(StatePoint) When it comes to their next set of wheels, the majority of Americans would consider buying used despite harboring concerns about reliability and necessary repairs, suggests a new survey.

Thursday 12/05/2019
Ways your smartphone can alleviate stress this holiday season
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - The holidays are full of joy and festivities, but the season can also bring hassle and stress. Fortunately, it’s simple to ease holiday headaches and streamline to-do’s when you use your smartphone in a smart way.

Amazon’s Best of Prime Highlights the Year’s Top Trends
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - What were the biggest trends of 2019? With more than one hundred million Prime members around the world, there is no better indicator than Amazon’s Best of Prime.* The results are particularly telling because over the past year, Prime welcomed more members worldwide than ever before.

Spencer’s Story: What to Know About Seizure Clusters
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:37 am

4 home upgrades that are good for the environment
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - Consumers today are more mindful about the environmental impact of everything they do, from driving and traveling to energy usage in their homes. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps homeowners can take to save energy and help the environment.

Tips for surviving the Medicare annual enrollment period
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - Annual enrollment for Medicare ends Dec. 7, so now is the time to check your plan and update coverage for the coming year. While many people stick to the same plan they have used in the past, subtle changes can leave you second guessing what is best for your personal situation.

How to protect your most valuable asset
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - If you're like many Americans, your home may be your most valuable asset. That's why it's so important to protect it with homeowners insurance. Plus, it's probably a requirement of your mortgage. Setting up your coverage the right way starts with understanding the major parts of a homeowners policy.

5 tips for stress-less holiday cleaning
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Each year, the holiday season brings a flurry of entertaining. From hosting a houseful of out-of-town relatives to formal sit-down dinners to impromptu get-togethers, chances are your schedule — and your home — is brimming with activity.

Tips to prepare your home for winter weather
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - No matter where you live, there are bound to be weather challenges this winter. Your home may suffer damage, minor or major, from the onslaught of colder weather, along with wind, heavy rain, ice storms or even major snow systems. This can affect not only the integrity and value of your home, but may lead to costly repairs down the road. That's why it's smart to prep now, to prevent bigger problems in the future. It's also a good idea to make sure that your home is prepped for spending more time indoors.

Here are basic tasks to prepare for wintry weather, and to ensure your family stays healthy and safe inside.

1. Perform a safety check

Are your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in good working order? Make monthly testing of these safety features a regular part of your seasonal household chores. For battery-operated units keep up-to-date with battery changes as per manufacturer instructions. Also be aware and take action if you hear any low battery alarms. Also, do you have a home fire extinguisher in your kitchen?

2. Ensure clean indoor air

Make sure your home’s heating and air conditioning units are in good condition, and schedule regular tune-ups to avoid unpleasant surprises. Change your furnace filter frequently, so your air quality stays clean indoors, where you’re likely to spend more time as temps get cooler. Also, consider setting up a schedule with a professional to have your ductwork cleaned on a regular basis.

3. Keep the outside out

Check weatherstripping around exterior doors, replacing where necessary, then seal and caulk exterior wood, since wood trim can rot around windows and outside doors. Walk around the outside of your home with spray foam gap sealer and caulk to plug gaps, cracks and holes in siding and around windows. Find and seal air leaks where you may be losing valuable heat and letting in the cold. Many energy companies offer an energy audit to discover where you may be losing both heat and money — and advise you on ways to improve your insulation. Making sure your gutters are cleaned out and in good condition helps protect your home's exterior from exposure to moisture due to rain, ice or snow melt.

4. Install back-up power

Power outages occur for many reasons, usually outside your control. In major storms, outages can last for days or even weeks when a large area is affected. To protect your home and family, an automatic standby generator gives you peace of mind — even when you’re not at home.

Look for a unit that comes in a durable aluminum enclosure with options that can withstand up to 181 mph winds and can be installed as close as 18 inches from your home (important for areas with tight lot lines and strict building codes), such as select models of KOHLER standby home generators. They will automatically start and restore your power in seconds, whether you’re home or away.

Units can be monitored remotely from your smartphone or laptop. The unit is permanently installed near your home, and provides high-quality power that can run your sump pump, furnace or air conditioner, and major appliances — plus delicate electronics. KOHLER generators feature commercial-grade engines built to withstand extreme workloads over many years, and they come with a five-year warranty. This is not a do-it-yourself job; you will need to work with a professionally licensed and insured generator installer.

5. Trim your trees

Now is a great time to get your trees trimmed, while it’s easier to access branches without all the extra foliage. Trimming dead branches helps prevent problems that can occur due to wind or ice storms, when a falling branch could endanger a power line, car or home. Like all professional contractors, work with tree service companies that have proper credentials and insurance.

6. Check your roof

Whether you inspect your roof yourself or hire a professional, it's a good idea to take care of repairs before winter wind, hail, snow and ice do their worst. Look for blistering, curling, buckling — or missing — shingles. Moss or lichen growing can indicate decay underneath. Any visible sagging of your roof, rust or cracks around flashing or vent pipes should also be repaired promptly to avoid later problems like leaks.

Don't let the calamities of winter take you and your family by surprise. Doing prep work and maintenance on your home now, with a focus on safety, will ensure that you're ready for anything that may come your way — even if it's just hunkering down in your home for the season.

Sweeten The Season With Delicious, Nutritious Dried Fruit
Posted: December 05, 2019

(NAPSI)—Here’s encouraging news for many people who like to indulge around the holidays: you can enjoy a sweet treat as a snack, a sauce, a spread and even dessert, that’s actually good for you. That is when you whet your appetite for dried fruits such as cranberries and cherries.

Five Good Reasons To Eat Less Meat
Posted: December 05, 2019

(NAPSI)—The next time you’re planning a family meal, a party or just a little snack for yourself, consider this: Reducing your meat consumption can have a multitude of benefits.

How To Choose A Christmas Tree: Tips From Expert Arborist Mark Chisholm
Posted: December 05, 2019

(NAPSI)—There’s more to decking the halls with just the right Christmas tree than many people realize. Here are seven hints that can help:

10 Tips To Pick Your Best Plan In The Last Days Of ACA Open Enrollment
Posted: December 05, 2019

(NAPSI)—If you buy individual or family health insurance on your own, you need to know that the nationwide open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act is coming to an end on December 15, 2019. This may be your only chance to compare your options and enroll in a new 2020 health insurance plan.

Transitioning To Work As A Young Adult With Disabilities
Posted: December 05, 2019

(NAPSI)—As young adults prepare to leave school and enter the workforce, Social Security’s Ticket to Work program can help make that a successful transition.

Travel Trends To Inspire Your 2020 Vacation Planning
Posted: December 05, 2019

(NAPSI)—Some things never change when it comes to traveling with friends and family, but every year new trends arise as travelers discover new places and ways to travel. With data and insights from its global vacation rental marketplace, Vrbo identified where, how and why Americans will travel for vacation in 2020.

Young mom doesn’t let MS get in the way of living her life
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - At the young age of 24, Savana Sadler received both the most exciting and terrifying news of her life. Within just weeks of each other, she learned she was about to become a mother for the first time, but she was also going to be embarking on this exciting journey while living with multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic disease of the brain and central nervous system that leads to some level of disability in most people.

One and a Half Centuries of Defining American Food Traditions
Posted: December 05, 2019

(StatePoint) Think back on some of your favorite family meals over the years and it’s likely that Campbell Soup Company played a role during those important moments around the table. An American icon, Campbell is celebrating its 150th anniversary.  

Creative Gift Ideas for Kids
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Few things compare to the joy and excitement on the faces of children on Christmas morning as they rush to the tree in search of packages bearing their names.

Decorate Your Home for the Holidays
Posted: December 05, 2019

(Family Features) Chances are good that at some point during the holiday season, you’ll welcome guests into your home. Whether you lease or own your home, creating a cozy, festive setting for holiday gatherings can actually be quite simple, especially if you take on the project one room at a time.

7 Steps to Take Before Hitting the Road this Holiday
Posted: December 05, 2019

(Family Features) If you’re among the millions of Californians who will hit the road for the holidays, you’ll want to make sure your car is road-trip ready.

Get Inspired to Give Back this Holiday Season
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) For many, the holiday season sparks the spirit of giving - not only among family and friends, but to those living in need and the organizations working to help them. If you're committed to helping improve the lives of others in your community, it may mean thinking long-term.

Paw-some Presents
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:37 am

Holiday gift ideas for furry friends

5 Financial Tips for Teens
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) When it comes to economics, many teens’ mouths write checks their knowledge can’t cash.

Put Some Stoke In Your Stocking
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) The holidays can be a stressful time. From family events or planning your own gathering to finding the perfect gift for your loved ones, it seems like there is never enough time.

Make Time for Better Health on Busy Days
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Fitting in time to exercise and eat sensible meals can be impractical, if not impossible, when the demands of daily life get in the way. If busy days limit your ability to live as healthy of a lifestyle as you desire, take charge by squeezing in fitness and smart snacking when and where you can.

A Chef’s Advice for Stress-Free Holiday Cooking
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) How many times have you heard someone say they’ve slaved away in the kitchen all day? Stress in the kitchen can easily arise for a variety of reasons, especially when you’re strapped for time and have a never-ending to-do list.

A Tasty Holiday Treat
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) When family and friends come together in celebration of the holiday season, tasty treats are a must-have for the festivities. You can also celebrate the season of giving with a special giveaway at the end of your gathering to show your gratitude to loved ones.

Sweet, Festive Fun
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Holiday celebrations call for recipes of all kinds, but perhaps the most popular area at many parties is the dessert table. Add flavor to your get-togethers with a festive treat like these Peppermint Shortbread Cookies, which call for the seasonal taste of peppermint and the versatility of dairy for a sweet bite after a holiday meal.

Celebrate the Season with Enjoyable Desserts
Posted: December 05, 2019

(Family Features) Whether you're huddled around the fireplace, gathered at the table or strolling through a winter wonderland, the holidays are all about enjoying pure and memorable moments with family and friends. With all of the seasonal gatherings, you can certainly expect that almost any host or guest will attempt to provide a classic holiday treat for everyone to enjoy.

A Full Menu for Fun-Filled Holiday Festivities
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) When holiday gatherings turn into all-day events, having meals ready from morning to night becomes an important part of seasonal hosting. Starting with breakfast through the main course followed by a savory dessert, a full day of celebration calls for a variety of dishes.

Savor the Season with Delicious, Decorative Cheese Boards
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:37 am

5 tips to create holiday meal centerpieces

A Holiday Roast to Remember
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) The holiday season is a perfect opportunity to gather with friends and family, and few things bring people together like an elegant, seasonal meal. Serving up a mouthwatering main dish worth celebrating can elicit rave reviews from your guests and keep them gathered around the table longer, creating lasting memories.

Show Your Heart Some Love
Posted: December 05, 2019

(Family Features) While heart disease is a leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, many of the risk factors associated with the condition can be controlled with dietary and lifestyle changes. By centering your meals around better-for-you ingredients and recipes, you can show your heart some extra love.

When Holidays are Hard
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:37 am

Tips for coping with a food-centric season

Let Trends Guide Your 2020 Travel
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) While there’s plenty to be said for taking the proverbial road less traveled, fellow tourists can provide a wealth of knowledge to help shape a vacation filled with lifelong memories.

Give the Gift of Travel
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Finding the perfect gift for someone who already has it all may be easier when you stop thinking in terms of “things.” A gift that creates an unforgettable experience, like a trip to a special destination, may be more meaningful than a trinket under the tree.

Home Decorating for the Holidays
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Chances are good that at some point during the holiday season, you’ll welcome guests into your home. Whether you lease or own your home, creating a cozy, festive setting for holiday gatherings can actually be quite simple, especially if you take on the project one room at a time.

Holiday Gifting Made Easy
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:37 am

Gift ideas for everyone on your list

A Streaming Solution for Subscription Fatigue
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Entertainment seekers have an almost overwhelming number of options available today when it comes to viewing television shows and movies. The rise in alternative entertainment options, such as streaming video services, has only increased the amount of choices.

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