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  • Pets

    How (and why) to pick a pet food that's backed by science

    (BPT) - There’s no doubt that pet owners want the best for their furry friends, including the best pet food to help them grow and fuel a long, healthy life together. But with increased confusion about what’s good, bad and just a fad, it’s no wonder many pet owners may not feel completely confident that the food they are feeding is healthy and safe.

  • Home Decorating

    Tips for Creating the Perfect Home Office

    (StatePoint) With more people nationwide opting to create their own businesses or work for their employer remotely, the home office has become one of the most used spaces of the house, with many people spending more than eight hours a day in this room. If you’re one of these people, the kitchen table just won’t cut it if you’re looking to get serious and organized.

  • Family Living

    Health Care Solutions for Rural Americans

    (Family Features) Heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke. These top five causes of death in the United States all have a higher incidence of death among rural residents and research points to lack of access to health care as a culprit.

Top Story

5 life lessons that can help teach kids about money

(BPT) - By Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz

  • icon Posted: August 23

Pet Central

pets

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

Fitness

Fitness

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

Crosswords

Crosswords

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

Sudoku

Sudoku

Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




Recent Headlines

Friday 08/23/2019
5 steps you can take today to get closer to a secure retirement
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Did you know nearly 1 in 3 people think they're more likely to learn Bigfoot is real than to save enough to retire comfortably? That’s according to a recent survey from AARP and the Ad Council.

Don’t Let Mother Nature Sidetrack Your Health: Five Ways To Prioritize Your Family’s Physical And Mental Well-Being In Hurricane Season
Posted: August 23, 2019

(NAPSI)—The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts an average hurricane season this year, but as history has shown, the worst hurricanes are often unexpected. Last year, the seemingly mild Hurricane Michael rapidly turned into a category 5 storm, devastating parts of the Florida Panhandle. While many will stock batteries, flashlights and bottles of water, few will prep for health-related incidents or have a plan in place if a family member gets sick during a natural disaster. What’s more, such storms can be traumatic, causing stress and fear, even after they’ve blown over. It’s wise to prepare for that, too.

Tips for Creating the Perfect Home Office
Posted: August 23, 2019

(StatePoint) With more people nationwide opting to create their own businesses or work for their employer remotely, the home office has become one of the most used spaces of the house, with many people spending more than eight hours a day in this room. If you’re one of these people, the kitchen table just won’t cut it if you’re looking to get serious and organized.

Thursday 08/22/2019
Head back to school proud: Top trending products for every student’s supply list
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:30 am

Surprising secrets and tips to reignite that relationship spark
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - With our busy schedules, it’s easy to forget to make time for sex, which may help with mood and intimacy within a relationship. So, with all these positives, why should women want to give up one of life’s most pleasurable pastimes? Because they’re too tired, not in the mood or too dry to try.

Discover Heartwarming Family Drama with Heartland on UPtv
Posted: August 22, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Now more than ever, families appreciate the value of heartwarming television dramas that they can watch, enjoy, and discuss together.

How (and why) to pick a pet food that's backed by science
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - There’s no doubt that pet owners want the best for their furry friends, including the best pet food to help them grow and fuel a long, healthy life together. But with increased confusion about what’s good, bad and just a fad, it’s no wonder many pet owners may not feel completely confident that the food they are feeding is healthy and safe.

Should I pay for insurance on a rental car?
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Maybe you’re signing the paperwork for a rental car, ready to zip up the West Coast for your end-of-summer vacation, when the agent asks if you’re also going to be adding rental insurance.

Even successful business owners occasionally need extra cash
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Growing a business requires strategy, persistence and money. Even the most successful business owners occasionally need extra cash to expand their operations. However, getting this funding can be an uphill battle.

Smart Factories With A Human Feel
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—Future smart factories may look like something out of a science-fiction movie but they’ll also contain a familiar element: people.

Challenged Friendships, Past Secrets And Lies, Touching Animal Tale, Lakeside Tranquility In Four Great Reads
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:30 am

“Without Her” by Rosalind Brackenberry

Wednesday 08/21/2019
Presenting: America's top 10 shelter dog makeovers
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Millions of dogs enter shelters each year. Most are dirty and matted, and less than half get the grooming they so desperately need. Sadly, these deserving animals are being perceived as ‘damaged goods’ just because of their appearance. To better their chances at finding a fur-ever family, pet industry leaders Wahl and GreaterGood.org have teamed up to donate funds and grooming supplies to shelters nationwide. The goal this year: transform more than 20,000 dogs so their lovable, adoptable personalities can shine through. Hundreds of these amazing makeovers can be seen in the Dirty Dogs Before & After Photo Gallery — including the following Top 10 Shelter Dog Makeovers of 2019.

Easy ways to add beef to your back-to-school menus
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - As the school year kicks off, parents are seeking meals that keep their children happy and healthy. On top of that, they need dinner options that are quick for their hectic schedules, fit into the budget and go beyond frozen pizza and entrees. Beef delivers on nutrition, simplicity and versatility to please every family member with delicious meals for back-to-school.

Your Bucket List Isn't Complete without These Five Experiences
Posted: August 21, 2019

(NewsUSA) - A vacation shouldn't be about posing for photos in front of monuments.

AC on the fritz? What to do next
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Does your home feel uncomfortably warm, even when your AC is running full blast? You may think you can wait until next season to fix this, but with hot and sticky temperatures still lingering, now is the perfect time to upgrade your air conditioning system.

A Moment That Matters: Take Time for Tire Safety
Posted: August 21, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Working batteries in smoke alarms? Check. Fresh oil in your car? Check. New water filter for your fridge? Check. But how many people think about regularly checking their tires? As fall travel and winter weather loom on the horizon, taking a moment to check your car tires can make a difference in keeping you safe on the road.

Make Back-To-School A Breeze With These Essentials
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 2:35 am

(NAPSI)—Another summer has come and gone, and millions of children, college students and parents are preparing for back-to-school this fall. While supplies such as notebooks and pens are important, the essentials don't stop there when it comes to shopping for a successful new school year.

Breathe Easier, Have Your Kids Tested For Asthma
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 2:36 am

(NAPSI)—The school year can be a hectic time for the families of America’s estimated 57 million schoolkids—but it’s also a good time for parents to bring their children to the doctor to get tested for asthma.

5 Ways to Keep Your Cat Happy and Healthy
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) While cats can be quite independent animals, they still rely on their pet parents to maintain their well-being. It’s up to pet owners to provide the adequate care, nutrition and home environment to ensure their furry friends live long and healthy lives.

Making the Back-to-School Transition Easy
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) It’s time to get your household organized for another school year and all that comes with it.

Ways to Make the World a Better Place for Seniors
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) By 2050, the senior population (adults age 65 and older) will be more than double that of the world’s youngest citizens, and the number of people living beyond age 80 is expected to triple over the next 30 years.

Seek Outdoor Entertainment for Personal Satisfaction
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Making time to enjoy the outdoors is a simple way to boost your physical and mental well-being, no matter your age. Whether you venture out to the porch to watch the sunset or lace up your golf shoes for an afternoon on the course, there are plenty of ways you can take in some fresh air.

Get the Most Out of Your Benefits Enrollment
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) A lackadaisical approach to benefits enrollment could leave you short on coverage or end up costing you more than it should. Gathering information and making time to thoroughly consider your options and needs can help ensure you’re getting the best value from your employer’s benefits package.

Boat Safe
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

Ensure your boat is ready for the water with this checklist

Emergency Preparedness Tips to Help Ensure Pet Safety
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Preparing for an emergency can be a challenge. It oftentimes is hard to foresee when disaster will strike and how to properly prepare before it occurs.

4 Tips to Keep Pets Out of Trouble During Back-to-School Season
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When structured school days and hours away from home return to the schedule, all members of the household feel the shift, even pets. Pets go from long days with the family in the yard to less time and activities with their favorite people. 

Celebrate Plant-Based Alternatives
Posted: August 21, 2019

(Family Features) World Plant Milk Day on Aug. 22 is a day to celebrate plant-based alternatives to dairy milk – from soya to oats to cashew nuts to hemp, the diversity of vegan milks continues to grow. However, milk isn’t the only dairy product with plant-based alternatives.

A Classic Staple for Family Meals
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Every day seems to bring a new food trend, and while it can be tempting to go all-in on the latest craze to hit the shelves, there are lots of tried-and-true foods that still deserve a place at the table. One of those is real, wholesome dairy milk.

School Day Solutions
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

Family-friendly recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner

5 Basic Steps for Sizzling Steak
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Culinary.net) A sizzling steak is a surefire sound of summer, and the flavors achieved from one that’s perfectly grilled are hard to match.

Back-to-School Food Fit for the Family
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) As parents and kids navigate back-to-school routines and extracurricular activities, making healthy food choices is essential to keep everyone energized and engaged. 

Head Back to School with a Balanced Breakfast
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With each school morning comes the importance of getting children up, ready and out the door for a day of learning and adventure. To help your little learner truly make the most of each lesson, a nutritious breakfast can be just the right way to get the morning started.

Flavorful, On-Trend Asian-Inspired Summer Entertaining
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Summer is the perfect time to bring out the grill and enjoy creating a flavorful meal when entertaining your family and friends. While some choose to whip up classic recipes, you can heat things up by taking advantage of all the seasonal ingredients and popular culinary trends, such as opting for authentic, Asian-inspired recipes.

An Easy Solution to After-School Snacking
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The early morning chaos and activity-packed evenings of the back-to-school season can make finding time to connect challenging. Throughout the day, there can be small windows of time that your family can make the most of – even if only for a few moments that matter.

Health Care Solutions for Rural Americans
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke. These top five causes of death in the United States all have a higher incidence of death among rural residents and research points to lack of access to health care as a culprit.

Tidy Back-to-School Transitioning
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) With shopping that needs to be done and supplies that need to be gathered for busy days ahead, preparing for the back-to-school season can descend into near chaos for many parents. When long school days leave little time for organization and decluttering, any home can quickly become a mess.

4 Qualities of a Pet-Friendly City
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) When pets are present, people and communities thrive. The benefits of pets have long been discussed, but surveys and studies have started to prove their positive impact.

3 Ways Soapstone Enhances Home Design
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:32 am

Prepare Your Kids to Head Back to School
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Whether your child's stance on heading back to school is eager and enthusiastic or falls a bit short of that level of excitement, by working together your family can gear up for a successful school year.

How to Plan for Traveling with Kids
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Families that travel with kids typically know tablets and other gadgets and activities can make the journey easier, and vacation rentals can make the stay more relaxing and affordable.

The Undiscussed Medical Error
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:32 am

7 questions that could save your life

Save Time with a Dream Closet
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:32 am

Tuesday 08/20/2019
Appreciating Everyday Moments: Gerry’s Journey with Metastatic Breast Cancer [Video]
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:30 am

Do you have unused opioids in your home? Here is what you need to do.
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:31 am

Cybercriminals are targeting the education sector: How to protect your family
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - As children return to school across the country there is a topic not found in textbooks or traditional coursework that parents, guardians and educators should prioritize: smart cybersecurity practices.

Are you a mindless muncher? Follow these smart tips for healthier snacking
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Eating small snacks throughout the day can be a great way to maintain energy and keep hunger pangs at bay between meals. The problem is, it's far too easy to reach for unhealthy foods that satisfy your sweet or salty cravings, but don't necessarily provide the essential nutrients your body needs.

Mushrooms Are Ready For Their Closeup
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—In the ensemble cast of the produce aisle, finding a stand-out player can sometimes be difficult. After all, each has its own unique characteristics, whether it be taste, nutrition, or health benefits. However, when it comes to mushrooms—which are grown in the dark in nondescript growing houses across the country—it might seem they’re averse to attention.

Monday 08/19/2019
The Pet Boost: Furry Friends Help Seniors Feel Less Lonely
Posted: August 19, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Many older adults experience feelings of loneliness and isolation as they age, but pets can provide the companionship and love seniors desire. A new survey conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care Network, found regular interaction with animals can help to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness in older adults.

Getting a grip on essential tremor for a new beginning
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:31 am

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