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  • Health And Wellness

    5 expert tips to save money at the grocery store

    (BPT) - Parents are struggling to provide for their families during these uncertain and challenging times. A recent survey conducted by the Brookings Institution finds 1 in 5 young children in the U.S. are not getting enough food during this pandemic, and food insecurity is rising at an unprecedented rate.

  • Health And Wellness

    3 tips to boost eye health during virtual learning

    (BPT) - Whether students are attending class in person, virtually or a hybrid version of both, there's one thing everyone has in common: A lot more education is happening digitally. Screens are a valuable tool in education, but they also can have health implications, including stress on the eyes.

  • Health And Wellness

    Real Christmas trees can help end a difficult year with good memories [Infographic]

    (BPT) - To help shoppers find a location that fits their shopping preferences, the Christmas Tree Promotion Board is debuting a new zip code-based retailer locator at ItsChristmasKeepitReal.com. An interactive map and search filters allow users to narrow the field by location and retail type, including choose and cut farms, seasonal lots, garden centers, general retailers and home improvement stores.

Monday 11/16/2020
Screen-Free Holiday Gift Ideas That Inspire Kids
Updated: November 18, 2020 - 2:33 am

(StatePoint) Shopping for holiday gifts for kids? Looking for activities that don’t involve a screen? Consider toys and activities that will inspire them this holiday season and beyond. Here are four great gift ideas that will encourage kids to be creative and use their imaginations:

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Monday 10/26/2020
Big Gift Ideas That Will Wow Kids This Holiday Season
Updated: October 28, 2020 - 2:33 am

(StatePoint) Shopping for kids this holiday season and want to make a splash? Add some holiday cheer to the gift pile and wow kids with these big ideas that combine learning and fun!

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Saturday 02/01/2020
5 Cool Gift Ideas That Last Beyond Valentine’s Day
Posted: February 01, 2020

(StatePoint) Flowers, chocolate and candlelit dinner are classic ways to show devotion on Valentine’s Day, but by tapping into your loved one’s hobbies and interests, you will discover gifts that truly last.

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Monday 12/02/2019
4 Ways to Give the Gift of Music Over the Holidays
Posted: December 02, 2019

(StatePoint) The holiday season is the perfect time of year to bring the gift of music into others’ lives. Here are four thoughtful ways to do so:

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Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas for the Man Who Has Everything
Posted: December 02, 2019

(StatePoint) Let’s face it, most people have a tendency to procrastinate around the holiday season, especially when it comes to scoring the perfect presents for those who are hard to shop for.

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More Gift Ideas
Monday 11/23/2020
Real Christmas trees can help end a difficult year with good memories [Infographic]
Posted: November 23, 2020

(BPT) - To help shoppers find a location that fits their shopping preferences, the Christmas Tree Promotion Board is debuting a new zip code-based retailer locator at ItsChristmasKeepitReal.com. An interactive map and search filters allow users to narrow the field by location and retail type, including choose and cut farms, seasonal lots, garden centers, general retailers and home improvement stores.

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Great eggspectations: Surprising holiday gift ideas
Posted: November 23, 2020

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Holiday hosting: Putting new twists on mealtime traditions
Posted: November 23, 2020

(BPT) - Fewer people around the table, virtual meal sharing and car trips that take you no farther than the local grocery store are making holiday gatherings look a bit different this year. As a holiday host and master chef in your home kitchen there are still plenty of ways to usher in new traditions and show-off your culinary skills by adding some new twists to the classic holiday menu.

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Home for the Holidays? Re-establish Your Home Safety Traditions
Posted: November 23, 2020

(BPT) - Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays … at least for the 60% of Americans who claim they will be staying put this holiday season. While that may not seem different than the past year of working and learning from home, for many, the holiday break will bring a renewed opportunity to focus on family, create new traditions and re-establish critical household rules, specifically around safety.

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Friday 11/20/2020
How to green your table (and your wine glass) this winter
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Gathering around the table looks a lot different this year. From virtual toasts to strategically separated seating, winter’s hottest entertaining trend is the socially distanced dinner. But a little distance needn’t dim the glow of socializing, nor the eco-minded sensibility of sustainable choices.

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Thursday 11/19/2020
'Tis the Season to Be Safe: Top Tips to Celebrate Safely During the Holidays in 2020
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - The holidays are usually a time to gather in person to share the joys and traditions of the season with friends and family. However, not unlike many occasions in 2020, the ongoing restrictions to help curb the spread of COVID-19 may make holiday festivities look different this year. This could mean spending time with fewer people, participating in virtual celebrations, and more shopping online. Regardless of how you celebrate, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging American families to protect themselves from possible dangers associated with unsafe toys, cooking and decorating as they prepare for the holidays.

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Wednesday 11/18/2020
Smart Shopping Expert Trae Bodge Shares Strategies For the “New Normal” of Holiday Shopping [Video]
Updated: November 20, 2020 - 2:31 am

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Green Christmas: 7 great gift ideas for your lawn and garden enthusiast
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - As people are sheltering in the comfort of their homes, many are spending more time in their yards, gardens and other outdoor spaces. And as a result, they’re putting more time and energy into turning those areas into well-tended natural retreats.

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Engagement Ring Styles to Suit Any Holiday Wishlist
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(NewsUSA) - Life and love go on, and couples are getting engaged and getting married, even through the unprecendented coronavirus pandemic. Winter holidays remain a popular time for engagements, and couples still want to make the most of this special time with one-of-a-kind engagement rings.

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Helpful Winter Weather Tips From the Meteorologists
Updated: November 19, 2020 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) Preparing for unpredictable winter weather? Take stock of your home, vehicle and planning tools to ensure your family stays safe and warm all winter long.

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More Seasonal
Monday 11/23/2020
5 expert tips to save money at the grocery store
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Parents are struggling to provide for their families during these uncertain and challenging times. A recent survey conducted by the Brookings Institution finds 1 in 5 young children in the U.S. are not getting enough food during this pandemic, and food insecurity is rising at an unprecedented rate.

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3 tips to boost eye health during virtual learning
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Whether students are attending class in person, virtually or a hybrid version of both, there's one thing everyone has in common: A lot more education is happening digitally. Screens are a valuable tool in education, but they also can have health implications, including stress on the eyes.

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Pop Up New Traditions This Holiday Season
Posted: November 23, 2020

(NAPSI)—Although the holiday season may be a little different this year for families, you don’t have to say goodbye to fun and good cheer.

Create new traditions and make lasting memories of good times together with fun family projects. For example, you can cook up some great gifts in your own kitchen with tasty popcorn recipes.

 Wrap them up beautifully and do contactless drop-off to spread some tasteful cheer among all your friends and family—and give yourself and your immediate family a good time making them, too. 

Here’s one recipe to try:

 

Cook It Up

 

White Chocolate Peppermint 

Popcorn Bark

 

5 cups popped popcorn

12 ounces white chocolate baking chips, chopped white chocolate or white candy coating

1 cup crushed hard candy peppermints

 

Cover a baking pan with foil or wax paper; set aside. Place popcorn in a large bowl; set aside. Melt chocolate in a double boiler over barely simmering water, stirring until smooth OR melt according to package directions. Stir in crushed peppermints after chocolate is melted. Pour chocolate mixture over popcorn mixture and stir to coat. Spread onto prepared pan; allow to cool completely. When chocolate is cooled and set, break into chunks for serving. Store in an air-tight container at room temperature. 

 

Variation:

White Chocolate Popcorn Crunch

 

Omit candy peppermints. Mix 1/2 cup dried sweetened v cranberries and 1/2 cup sliced almonds with the popcorn. Pour chocolate over the mixture after it is melted.

 

Wrap It Up

 

Pack the treat in a tin with a tightly fitting lid. Add a beautiful bow and a clever card, maybe something like “Best wishes for poppin’ good Christmas and a sweet New Year!”

Learn More

The recipe can be seen at: https://www.popcorn.org/Recipes/Details/white-chocolate-peppermint-popcorn-bark.

 

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Friday 11/20/2020
Holiday Centerpieces to Savor
Updated: November 23, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Celebrate the season and create long-lasting memories this year by serving tasteful main courses centered around tender cuts of beef.

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Make Small Holiday Celebrations Special with a Fresh Menu
Posted: November 20, 2020

(Family Features) Holiday festivities with immediate family members or just a few friends rather than larger gatherings may feel different than normal, but you can make the most of the situation with these tips to add intimacy and special meaning to celebratory moments:

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Festive and Flavorful Holiday Snacks
Updated: November 23, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The holidays are filled with delicious food - from indulgent breakfasts to decadent desserts - but snacks can get overlooked. Spice up this holiday season with festive snacks that are perfect for a quick on-the-go bite or a taste of your favorite holiday dessert.

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Put a Zesty Spin on Weeknight Meals
Posted: November 20, 2020

(Family Features) Dinner in many households means foolproof recipes that families can count on, but those can become bland and boring. Finding new ways to put a twist on meals throughout the week adds fun to time spent in the kitchen while bringing new flavor to the table.

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Delectable Desserts for Holiday Celebrations
Posted: November 20, 2020

(Family Features) With so many traditions and ways to celebrate the holiday season, the options are nearly endless for families looking to spend special moments together. One of the tastiest and most enjoyable activities you can engage in with family and friends is to team up and create sweet eats in the kitchen.

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A Memorable Holiday Menu
Posted: November 20, 2020

(Family Features) Holiday gatherings, even in a time when smaller groups are encouraged, take on special meaning for many families. Part of the joy comes from the food that’s shared among loved ones from appetizers and sides to the main course.

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Eat and Drink Smart to Fend Off Cold and Flu Season
Posted: November 20, 2020

(Family Features) It’s no secret that a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and veggies can deliver important vitamins and nutrients for better health, but many of your favorite foods can actually help support your immune system, too.

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