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Giving great gifts: 4 ways to personalize presents

(BPT) - As much as your loved ones mean to you, gift-giving can be challenging. If you want to make an impact with your gifts, consider making an impression by customizing them. Personalized gifts speak volumes about the thought and care that went into choosing the gift.

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Tuesday 02/11/2020
5 alternative treats for Valentine's Day to convey the perfect message
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Valentine's Day is a special time to celebrate love of all different kinds. Whether it's to celebrate romantic love, adoration of family members, appreciation for neighbors or the bond between best friends, Valentine's Day is perfect for gifting a sweet treat that shows you care.

Thursday 02/06/2020
Overspend this holiday? 5 smart financial steps to take in the new year
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Did you get a little too jolly with the credit card this year? Were you so merry you didn't have time to focus much on your budget? Did the season of giving just keep going and going? Hindsight is 20/20 in 2020 when you overspent during the holidays.

Tuesday 02/04/2020
Celebrate Valentine’s Day, Italian style
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - It doesn’t get more romantic than a getaway to Italy. But if a trip to Italy is not in the cards this year — no worries! With just a little planning, you can do the next best thing and bring some Italian flair to your Valentine’s Day — whether you want to woo your new crush or celebrate your lasting love.

Friday 12/20/2019
Easy Plant-based Swaps for the New Year
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - As we say goodbye to 2019, many of us will find ourselves making health-focused resolutions or looking to 2020 food trends for inspiration in the new year. One trend that has remained consistent year after year is the desire for plant-based foods, as more consumers continue to seek meat and dairy alternatives.

Wednesday 12/18/2019
Frito-Lay Releases U.S. Snack Index and No Need to Check Twice: It's Family, Friends and Food that Make the Holidays Nice [Video]
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

Monday 12/16/2019
The Surprising Gift on Parents' Holiday Wish List
Updated: January 09, 2020 - 2:41 am

(NewsUSA) - Forget the clothes and electronics. If you really want to please parents on your holiday gift lists, give them some help paying their kids' college costs. 

The Surprising Gift on Parents' Holiday Wish List
Updated: February 27, 2020 - 2:35 am

(NewsUSA) - Forget the clothes and electronics. If you really want to please parents on your holiday gift lists, give them some help paying their kids' college costs. 

Friday 12/13/2019
Holiday Wellness Tips [Infographic]
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - For most, the joy of holiday festivities is intertwined with the stress of packed schedules, flight delays, last-minute gift shopping, or the daunting task of hosting friends and family for a holiday meal. Stress and anxiety can turn what should be an opportunity to spend quality time in the company of loved ones into stressful situations. Many of the stressors that plague us during the holiday season can be handled or eliminated altogether if dealt with proactively. To help alleviate some of this holiday season’s strain, clinical staff across the country have provided some tips on how to combat stress and keep you in the holiday spirit.

Tuesday 12/10/2019
3 holiday-inspired twists on cocktail classics that will wow your guests
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - With the holiday season in full swing, it’s time to get the party started!

Monday 12/09/2019
Holiday Hot Chocolate Made Easy
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - For a warm and cozy moment of holiday relaxation, froth up some delicious hot chocolate spiced with flavors of the season. The Capresso froth Select makes it easy to create rich, frothy hot chocolate using chocolate chips, chunks, syrup or powder.

Tuesday 12/03/2019
5 ways to keep kids entertained over winter break
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Along with the fun and festive winter holidays comes the long break from school — and the challenge of keeping kids happy and engaged with all that unstructured time. Apart from the special holiday events, kids could use a few other diversions, and parents could, too!

Tuesday 11/26/2019
Top scams you should watch for this holiday season
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - The holiday season is a time to celebrate and spread joy, but while you’re focused on merrymaking, cybercriminals are primed to turn your good times into their good fortune. With a mix of tactics, there’s a lot you should be aware of this season to keep your personal information and finances safe.

Monday 11/25/2019
Tips to Take the Stress Out of Hosting Your Holiday [Video]
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

Clever Money-Saving Tips and Gifts [Video]
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

Credit Card Rewards Help Consumers Save Money and Shop Smarter This Holiday Season
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Consumers say they will spend an average of just over $1,000 during the holiday season this year, according to an annual survey released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. With holiday spending on the rise, consumers are looking for ways to balance spending, save money and focus on being with loved ones.

10 crowd-pleasing holiday gift hacks
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Looking for fresh inspiration on what to gift this holiday season? A great rule of thumb is to stick to crowd-pleasers you know your friends, family and colleagues will love. Fortunately, Pretzel Crisps® pretzel crackers has done the hard work for you. With its exceptionally thin shape and versatile range of flavors, Pretzel Crisps are perfect for all types of gifts and holiday snacks.

Every groom's guide to engagement ring shopping
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - What could be more romantic than proposing over the holidays? For grooms thinking about a Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year's engagement, learning more about diamonds and settings can help you find the best value. Then you'll be ready to find the ring of her dreams — without breaking the bank.

Friday 11/22/2019
Tastes of the season: Kitchen tools for home entertaining
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Special occasions call for special dishes and beverages, with inviting aromas such as freshly baked pastries, slow-roasted meats, and the rich fragrances of cappuccino and gourmet teas. These kitchen tools make it easier to create memorable moments of entertaining.

Thursday 11/21/2019
5 holiday hosting life hacks
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

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Wednesday 11/20/2019
Tips and tricks for budget-friendly holiday gift giving
Posted: November 20, 2019

(BPT) - The holiday season is a special time of year for many when friends and family get together to exchange gifts and enjoy the festivities. While giving gifts is a long-standing tradition, it can quickly get expensive if you’re not monitoring your spending. Fortunately, with a few smart strategies, you can give thoughtful gifts to everyone on your list while staying within your budget.

The Benefits of Shopping Small This Holiday Season
Updated: December 27, 2019 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Small Business Saturday casts a national spotlight each year on independently-owned businesses, which includes a wide variety of shopping options, from the mom-and-pop storefronts in your local community to home-based e-commerce businesses. Since its inception in 2010, Small Business Saturday spending has reached an estimated $103 billion, according to American Express.

The Benefits of Shopping Small This Holiday Season
Updated: January 09, 2020 - 2:40 am

(NewsUSA) - Small Business Saturday casts a national spotlight each year on independently-owned businesses, which includes a wide variety of shopping options, from the mom-and-pop storefronts in your local community to home-based e-commerce businesses. Since its inception in 2010, Small Business Saturday spending has reached an estimated $103 billion, according to American Express.

The Benefits of Shopping Small This Holiday Season
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Small Business Saturday casts a national spotlight each year on independently-owned businesses, which includes a wide variety of shopping options, from the mom-and-pop storefronts in your local community to home-based e-commerce businesses. Since its inception in 2010, Small Business Saturday spending has reached an estimated $103 billion, according to American Express.

Wednesday 11/13/2019
Real Christmas Trees Make Real Family Memories: New Survey Reveals Families Who “Keep it Real” Are More Likely to Create Lasting Traditions
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

Tuesday 11/12/2019
Get Back to the Table With Seventh Annual 'Cansgiving' Sweepstakes
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

Tips to protect and boost your credit score this holiday [Video]
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

Wednesday 11/06/2019
How a seasonal job can become a career [Video]
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

Monday 11/04/2019
5 Low-Carb Swaps for A Guilt-Free Holiday Season
Updated: December 27, 2019 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - With the holidays just around the corner, you might be worrying about how to get through all the parties and cookie exchanges without derailing your healthy lifestyle. It can be a struggle to avoid temptation, particularly when you're busy, stressed, sleep-deprived, or all three. At times, you might consider giving up and just diving into the dessert tray. But with a bit of motivation and creativity, you can whip together some festive treats that are both delicious and carb-conscious.

Tuesday 10/29/2019
Take the Scare out of Making Halloween Dinner with $0 Delivery Fee All Week Long
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

Whether it’s throwing together DIY ghost costumes, speeding to the store for some last minute trick-or-treat candy, or cleaning up your front lawn after a third TP attack, Halloween is a busy time of year. It’s a season for carving pumpkins — not carving out time to make dinner — which is why it’s no surprise that Halloween is among the most popular days for food delivery.
Don’t want to argue with the family over which toppings to order, or worry about your food being delivered in time for the party on such a busy night? McDelivery with Uber Eats® offers a convenient Halloween option that arrives at your front door in an average of 30 minutes or less. As an extra treat, take advantage of a $0 delivery fee from Oct. 26 – Nov. 1.
As if free delivery wasn’t enough to brighten up the spooky holiday, McDelivery with Uber Eats is adding a new layer of excitement to holiday dinnertime and delivering happy with Halloween-inspired menu hacks. By combining delivery favorites with items you already have at home — such as pumpkin seeds or candy corn — it’s never been easier to create fun, themed treats.
“We know people are looking for quick dinner options on Halloween, and we also know they don’t want to sacrifice any of the fall holiday fun. That’s why we’re delivering a bit of creativity along with our craveable favorites this year,” said McDonald’s Chef Chad Schafer. “Our team tested a variety of creations in our kitchens to brew up these delicious and spooky treats. We can’t wait to deliver the Halloween fun straight to customers’ doors this season!”
Follow the below how to’s for the most convenient and fun Halloween meals that make dinnertime a frightful delight all Halloweek long — no tricks, just treats!
How to Make Cauldron Sauce:
What You’ll Need:
Tangy barbecue sauce
Creamy ranch sauce
Chicken McNuggets®
Small bowl
How to Hack:
Swirl your Barbecue and Ranch Sauces together in a bowl and dig your Chicken McNuggets into the potion for a burst of new flavor.
How to Make Fry Fangs:
What You’ll Need:
French Fries
Ketchup
How to Hack:
Dip two French Fries into ketchup, then hang the fries from your mouth for edible vampire fangs.
How to Make Caramel Chiller Thriller:
What You’ll Need:
Apple Slices
Hot Caramel Sundae
How to Hack:
Use your fresh Apple Slices to scoop up caramel-y soft serve goodness from your sundae for the perfect taste of fall.
How to Make Itsy Bitsy Burger:
What You’ll Need:
Cheeseburger
French fries
Ketchup
Pumpkin seeds
How to Hack:
• Place eight French Fries under the bun of your cheeseburger (or any other McDonald’s sandwich!) to create spider legs. Stick two pumpkin seeds on top of the bun for the eyes and use your ketchup to draw a spiderweb on the burger paper.
How to Make Trick-or-Treat McFlurry®:
What You’ll Need:
McFlurry of your choice
Halloween candy from your trick-or-treating haul
How to Hack:
Stir your best fun size Halloween candy into a delicious McFlurry for a one-of-a-kind treat.

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Tweety, It's Cold Outside
Updated: December 27, 2019 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Wintertime. Love it or hate it, it arrives every year. Some of us dread the cold, some of us revel in it. While a lot of us head toward the equator, many of us 'hibernate' by hunkering down at home, protected from the elements. We stay warm in winter by layering clothing, wearing socks and hats, adding layers of blankets to bedding, blocking drafts and even baking which helps warm the house without touching the thermostat.

Friday 10/25/2019
What's in Your Wine May Surprise You
Updated: December 03, 2019 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - The holiday season is fast approaching. In anticipation of entertaining and gift-giving, now is the time of year we really start to think about wine. Sure, there will be tons of flashy packaging and labels to help find "the best", but have you ever stopped to think about what's actually in your wine? Heads up: there could be more than you think. 

Thursday 10/24/2019
Heartwarming Holiday Programming Arrives on UPtv
Updated: November 26, 2019 - 2:53 am

(NewsUSA) - Can't get enough Christmas movies? If you are already hauling out the holly, you don't have long to wait before UPtv, television's family-friendly source of holiday entertainment, launches its biggest Christmas season yet. The uplifting, cheerful, and fun slate of programs includes 10 movie premieres over 60 days leading up to Christmas, plus a return of the GilMORE the Merrier Gilmore Girls marathon during Thanksgiving week.

Tuesday 10/15/2019
Your neighborhood deer are gearing up for winter - Get ready
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 2:43 am

(NewsUSA) - Like many mammals, deer physically prepare for winter by better insulating their bodies. In the fall, deer gradually trade their summer coats for a warmer winter one, which is more substantial and has thicker, longer, darker hair called "guard hairs" to protect their fur and skin from rain and snow.

Friday 10/11/2019
Falling Leaves, Football, Halloween, And A New Kitchen
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 2:35 am

(NewsUSA) - Many people believe spring or summer is the best time of year to get your dream kitchen.

Wednesday 09/18/2019
Escape to the Caribbean for Stress-Free Holidays
Updated: October 30, 2019 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Summer vacation season may be over, but it is never too soon to start planning a Christmas- season getaway.

Friday 06/07/2019
Top Tips for Hurricane and Storm Readiness
Posted: June 07, 2019

(StatePoint) June to November is known in many parts of the country as hurricane season. As a growing area of the U.S. becomes susceptible to the effects of tropical storms, tornadoes and hurricanes, it’s important to have a plan for your home and family.

Monday 05/06/2019
Great Ways to Staycation During the Warmer Months
Posted: May 06, 2019

(StatePoint) Whether you’re taking a staycation or just looking for some fun in the sun near home, check out these ideas for creating instant summer vibes:

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