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5 ways a weighted blanket can improve your life

(BPT) - Quality sleep is essential to good health, but daily life — the stresses of work and family, too much screen time, caffeine or alcohol — disrupts our body’s natural sleep cycle. One tool to promote better sleep is a weighted blanket, but the benefits go beyond sleep. Here are five benefits weighted blankets provide.

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Thursday 10/15/2020
Presenting: America's top 10 shelter dog makeovers of 2020
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Need someone to hug? They’re there. Need a workout buddy? They jump at the chance. Need a sympathetic ear? They keep all our secrets. If we learned anything this year, it’s that dogs are invaluable. And while many people added a furry family member to their home in 2020, there are still millions of homeless dogs looking to share their love. Sadly, these deserving animals are often perceived as ‘damaged goods’ just because of their appearance. To better their chances at finding a fur-ever family, pet industry leaders Wahl and Greater Good Charities have teamed up to donate funds and grooming supplies to shelters nationwide. The goal: transform thousands of 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 (DirtyDogsGallery.com) — including the following Top 10 Shelter Dog Makeovers of 2020.

Tuesday 10/06/2020
Dentist offers tips for a less spooky Halloween
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - While Halloween will be different this year, you'll still likely be enjoying all your favorite Halloween candies — at least from the comfort of your own home. And face it, it's not just kids who like to indulge in sweet treats.

Monday 10/05/2020
Haven't you always wanted a high-end bidet? Here's what to look for
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - There’s no shortage of choices when it comes to bidet toilets. If you’re someone who insists on having the best, here's a tidbit to simplify your search: The evolution of the bidet largely occurred in Japan. Though the French get credit for inventing the bidet, it was actually Japanese innovation that reshaped the bidet experience into a must-have luxury.

From Cave Paintings to Graffiti – The Evolution of Street Art
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - For many of us, art can still feel out of reach. We think of paintings hanging in a museum, chosen by curators and viewed at a price, or private art collectors in possession of influential pieces never seen by the wider public.

Wednesday 09/30/2020
Afro-Latina Beauty Brand Co-founder Talks Tips, Culture and Finding Success
Updated: October 02, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Ada Rojas is not your typical entrepreneur and small-business owner. She’s one of only a few Afro-Latinas to launch a beauty brand with her community in mind as the inspiration. Although representation is a hot button topic for many industries and workplaces, Latina voices and stories often still go unheard. In partnership with Target, Ada’s story is being told via the retailer’s Más Que (“More Than”) campaign, which is a new, year-long celebration that features Latino artists, entrepreneurs and team members’ inspirational stories of success, resilience and cultural contributions. Ada, an Afro-Latina Dominicana (Dominican) from the Bronx, is now on a mission to pave the way for other aspiring Latina entrepreneurs who also “live in the hyphen” and embrace their bicultural experiences.

Tuesday 09/29/2020
Taking NSAIDs for arthritis pain relief? Make sure you know the risks
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - You or someone you know well likely suffers from arthritis, joint inflammation that, per the CDC, affects an estimated 54 million people in the United States, or 23% of all adults.1 Two common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Monday 09/28/2020
Bring personalized expression into kitchen design
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(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.

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.

Wednesday 09/23/2020
How to Reduce Your Recovery Time After a Tough Workout
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) More Americans are investing their time and energy in the pursuit of fitness these days, with the percentage of people belonging to gyms and health clubs nearly doubling from 2000-2017, according to Statista. Beyond casual workouts, participation in extreme sports and endurance events has grown exponentially in the past 25 years. Whether you’ve recently started exercising, are ramping up your efforts or have always been an avid sports enthusiast, you’ve probably dealt with soreness and fatigue after a tough workout.

3 Ways to Get Fit as a Family this Fall
Updated: September 25, 2020 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) One of the keys to encouraging children to develop the healthy habit of regular exercise is to make fitness a priority in the home. With cooler weather and changing scenery to enjoy, autumn can be an ideal time to try new outdoor activities.

Thursday 09/17/2020
Hairy Hometowns: Top 10 Cities for Fans of Facial Hair
Posted: September 17, 2020

(BPT) - They’re infiltrating social media, they’re making surprise appearances in video calls — one might be looking back at you in the mirror. Don’t worry, they’re hairy but harmless — they’re ‘Quarantine Beards.’ Be it boredom or experimentation, 2020 is seeing more men jump on the bearded bandwagon. So whether you’re new to the beard-growing game or a long-time enthusiast, you’ll want to check out the seventh annual ‘Top 10 Most Facial Hair Friendly Cities in America’ list from men’s grooming leader Wahl.

Wednesday 09/16/2020
Tips for the best back-to-school skin-care routine
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - It’s that time of year again — the new school year is starting, and this year is like no other. Whether you’ve headed back into the classroom or you're continuing to learn remotely, this year presents new challenges for everyone. Amid all these changes, it's easy to get so busy that you don’t take good care of yourself. The result? When you’re over-stressed and under-nourished, it shows on your skin.

Monday 09/14/2020
How to Smooth 'Crepey' Skin on Arms and Legs
Updated: October 14, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Managing the effects of skin aging includes tackling the common complaint of skin crepiness. Crepiness refers to a sagging appearance caused in part by lack of moisture in the skin; women are especially affected by skin crepiness on the upper arms and above the knees.

Tuesday 09/08/2020
How to save money on monthly bills, with the help of your smart home
Updated: October 27, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Hundreds of millions of people have sheltered in place as governments issue executive orders to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, many homes are becoming a fortress against the virus, a makeshift school, an office outpost and a daycare facility. As homeowners continue to spend more time at home with the appliances and lights on, they are looking for ways to optimize the efficiency of their homes.

Friday 09/04/2020
Why Protecting Your Skin Matters All Year Long
Updated: September 05, 2020 - 2:32 am

(StatePoint) As the seasons change and the weather cools, you may be naturally inclined to pay less attention to the health and appearance of your skin. However, experts say that falling temperatures should not coincide with ditching your skin protection routine.

Monday 08/31/2020
How to use yoga to sleep better during the pandemic
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Whether due to illness, altered work schedules, homeschooling or social distancing, COVID-19 has impacted us all personally. Stress levels are high, and the resulting anxiety makes it much harder to get a good night’s rest. Despite the efforts of the $70 billion sleep-aid industry, many exhausted people are still searching for ways to get the sleep they need to keep their immune systems strong.

Simple steps for healthier, more vibrant skin during menopause
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Lower levels of estrogen and collagen during menopause can cause dehydration, which leads to thinning, sagging, fine wrinkling and dryness, accelerating changes to the skin from head to toe. Houston-based Dermatologist Elizabeth Mullans, M.D., and Yale OB/GYN Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., offer the latest interventions for skin-related effects of aging.

Friday 08/21/2020
3 ways to bring compassion into your yoga practice
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Yoga and service to others are two popular activities, but most people don't think about how much they have in common. Both activities enrich your life, connect you to the community, help you meet new people, and facilitate learning new ideas that can positively impact your world view. It’s natural to combine the two, helping you and your communities grow stronger together.

Tuesday 08/18/2020
How to care for your eyes while working from home
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - If you are one of the many people now working or attending school from home, you know that there are many challenges involved. One of the major changes to your life may be how much time you’re now spending staring at a screen for hours at a time.

Sunday 08/09/2020
Save money and streamline your makeup routine with the help of these beauty hacks!
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Let's face it, makeup can be expensive. We are living in a time like no other, with the pandemic and social distancing affecting every aspect of our lives — from our daily lifestyles, budgets, diets — to our beauty regimens. We are all guilty of wanting the most luxe and notable cosmetics to put on our faces. But in this economy, splurging on makeup isn’t a practical option.

Thursday 08/06/2020
Epic fashion moments: Take a brief peek at the evolution of underwear
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - From tag-free boxer briefs and seamless bikinis to weightless cotton fabrics and moisture wicking technology, there’s a go-to type of underwear for everyone. Influenced by notable pop culture moments and the evolving fashion industry, underwear styles have taken huge leaps throughout the years. Fruit of the Loom, the trusted underwear brand for over 160 years, is looking at the pivotal transformations of underwear, one of the most essential pieces of clothing.

Friday 07/31/2020
Find peace during pandemic uncertainty with Kundalini yoga and meditation
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has made the world far more uncertain. It’s impacted our work and finances, our relationships, and of course, our physical and mental health. Finding the sense of surety we all crave is almost impossible, which leads to stress, anxiety and powerlessness that drains us emotionally. These feelings of helplessness can be traumatic, putting our body and mind in a constant "flight or fight" state. Staying in this tense state for too long not only hurts our quality of life but makes our immune systems more vulnerable.

Tuesday 07/28/2020
Face the facts: Survey reveals common skincare misconceptions and mistakes
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Do you associate a “squeaky clean” feeling with an effective cleanse? Do you believe the more a cleanser foams, the better it works? Have you ever used dish soap to clean your face?

Thursday 06/25/2020
How to Treat Today’s Most Common Skin Issues
Posted: June 25, 2020

(StatePoint) Spending a lot more time at home indoors these days or adjusting to going back outside? New habits and big lifestyle changes can have an effect on one’s skin.

Thursday 12/26/2019
Why a Personalized Diet Can Help You Achieve Better Results
Posted: December 26, 2019

(StatePoint) From custom-designed sneakers to tailor-made sunglasses, the trend of personalization is going head-to-toe, and for good reason, making its way to the world of weight loss and wellness.

Monday 12/02/2019
Simple Ways a Keto-Friendly Diet Can Set You Up for Success
Posted: December 02, 2019

(StatePoint) Chances are you’ve heard of the keto diet. Its popularity has soared in recent years, adding it to the list of diets many people try, especially in the New Year. The keto diet is founded on the belief that when your body is in a state of nutritional ketosis -- a metabolic state in which fat provides most of the fuel for the body -- you will lose weight. But what if you could take a less drastic approach?

Monday 11/25/2019
Tips to Protect Your Winter Wardrobe
Posted: November 25, 2019

(StatePoint) If you are like many people, your winter wardrobe requires a bit of extra care. Between fine cashmere sweaters, favorite woolen outerwear and your snazziest cocktail attire, your special care garments should look as crisp at the end of the season as they do today.

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