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Teachers: the resource students need most remains in short supply
(BPT) - The role of teachers in today’s society cannot be understated. Outside of a child’s parents, teachers are often the primary adult influencers in a young person’s life. Yet this essential role is getting harder and harder to fill as school districts across the nation face s... More >>

The new frontier: video games branch into reality
(BPT) - Professional race car driver Max Chilton is no stranger to driving at blistering speeds. Watching him control his car on the racetrack can be an unreal experience, like watching someone play a videogame. It’s no wonder Chilton recently partnered with Skylanders, the number one kid&rsq... More >>

Improve your health with these tips for a good night's sleep
(BPT) - As the winter months approach, you're probably planning to take preventative health measures recommended by your doctor: get the flu shot; wash your hands more often and sneeze into your elbow instead of your hands. But one thing that makes you more susceptible to getting sick is being stre... More >>

5 things parents need to know about HPV
(BPT) - Being a parent means looking out for your kids. When they were small it meant making sure they wore a helmet, crossed the street carefully and wore sunscreen. As they get older, the health challenges they face change. As they become adolescents, you can’t always be with them, so you w... More >>

10 tips to make your home safer for kids
(BPT) - Home is where the heart is, and for most people, it’s where they feel safest. Yet for children, the home isn’t as safe as you might assume. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that 3.5 million children go to the emergency room every year for injuries that happen in homes.Some... More >>

7 reasons tablets are good for your customers and your restaurant as well
(BPT) - In today’s digital age, more people are enjoying more experiences via mobile screens than ever before. Modern technology is changing every aspect of life and the restaurant industry is no different. Digital offerings, such as tablets, play a vital role in the future of the industry, b... More >>

Secrets of experienced moms to save time, money and stress
(BPT) - The first time around, being a mom means learning a lot of new things and approaching each new stage with caution. The second time around, moms know sometimes you need to wing it and embrace the imperfections (and humor) of parenthood.Through this experience, moms learn some amazing time-sa... More >>

Labor and delivery: No laughing matter
(BPT) - Women have long sought ways to ease the pain of labor without detracting from the experience of childbirth. While epidural anesthesia remains the most popular and effective method for managing labor pain, nitrous oxide — otherwise known as laughing gas — is gaining some interest... More >>

4 ways to keep kids safe outdoors
(BPT) - Colder temperatures are on their way, but right now the weather is beautiful and that means there’s still plenty of time to get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air. As an adult, spending time outside allows you to pursue passions such as landscaping, lawn games, swimming in the pool or ... More >>

Banish back-to-school lunchbox blues with grapes
(BPT) - When it comes to packing a school lunch, you know the drill: Lay out two slices of bread. Spread one with peanut butter, the other with jelly. Press together, slice diagonally and place in sandwich bag. Repeat. And repeat. And repeat.Of course good ol’ PB&J is a lunchbox staple, b... More >>

The most treatable serious senior health issue: loneliness
(BPT) - While Americans tend to associate the holidays with togetherness, joyful occasions and feelings of warmth and happiness, the season can also worsen feelings of loneliness and isolation for some people — especially older adults. Loneliness is not only bad for seniors’ mental heal... More >>

5 of the hottest trends for back to school this year
(BPT) - It’s that time of year again – time to trade summer break for lunch break, road trips for recess and home in bed for homework instead. Yes, back to school is in full swing and if your kids are going to start another year, they need the latest gear. Here are the five hottest tren... More >>

When memories are fleeting: caregiver solutions
(BPT) - Think of your father. What is his favorite food? His favorite hobby? Where did he meet your mother? What is his proudest moment? Think of all these memorable moments in his life and ask another question: Does he have trouble remembering these moments?For the nearly 2 million men currently d... More >>

5 tips to help your child have a great school year
(BPT) - They grow up fast, don’t they? One minute they’re in a car seat and the next you’re picking out a school backpack. The transition to preschool and kindergarten is a big leap for most families and sometimes it can feel like a roller coaster ride. There are some obvious ways... More >>

5 essentials for your best summer yet
(BPT) - There’s no better way to savor the last few days of warm weather than with a fun trip. As you prepare for family vacations before kids head back to school, it’s important to make sure you have the proper essentials to ensure a hassle free trip.As you throw those last few items i... More >>

The 5 worst times to be your own photographer
(BPT) - Sometimes taking your own photos can be a lot of fun, but sometimes it’s also the surest way to ruin a once-in-a-lifetime moment. The amateur treatment isn’t going to be good enough for truly special events like a wedding, family reunion or your newborn’s first portraits. ... More >>

Top 8 breastfeeding tips for new moms
(BPT) - Did you know that more than three out of four newborns are breastfed? While the numbers at birth start high, they drop significantly by the six-month mark when less than one in five are exclusively breastfed. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least 12 m... More >>

New diabetes management system aims to alleviate worry and stress for parents of children with Type 1 diabetes
(BPT) - Managing Type 1 diabetes is hard, and can be a major source of worry and stress for parents of children with diabetes. In fact, a new survey reveals that 54 percent of parents experienced tension headaches from stress related to managing their child’s diabetes. They also experienced a... More >>

Five ways parents can stay on top of everything this school year
(BPT) - By now, the hustle of the school year is in full swing and if you’re a parent, you probably feel like you can barely keep your head above water. Each year seems to be busier than the last, with new extracurricular activities for your kids and new responsibilities for you. If you&rsquo... More >>

5 spontaneous ways to love boldly for National Romance Month
(BPT) - Has your relationship been feeling lackluster? Saying ‘I love you’ before bed each night and giving a quick kiss on the cheek before rushing off to work each morning are nice gestures, but guys – 61 percent of women wish their partner was more spontaneous, according to a M... More >>

6 ways to win the race against the clock (and the kids) each morning
(BPT) - Relaxed mornings are few and far between for the average American family, and it can seem like you’re always in a race against the clock to get everyone out the door on time. If it seems like your kids are making you 10 minutes late every morning, try these tricks to make mornings go ... More >>

From auto aromatherapy to planning ahead: 7 tips for a calmer commute
(BPT) - The majority of Americans drive to work — 86 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau —and it’s probably safe to say that all of them have been irritated by the commute at some point. Heavy volume, clogged roads, construction delays, bad weather and inconsiderate fello... More >>

Life can be uncomfortable, but your mattress shouldn't be [Infographic]
(BPT) - Have you ever been so uncomfortable you just want to go hide? Well, so do 25 percent of Americans each week. Let’s face it — uncomfortable situations are going to happen. But the iComfort Sleep System by Serta can make things easier. It’s so comfortable, you’ll be co... More >>

The back-to-school item you may have missed: managing screen time
(BPT) - Kids are back in school, and parents have gone through their checklists to ensure their children are prepared to put their best foot forward this coming year. Children have the right school supplies, healthy snacks and are enrolled in afterschool activities to unleash energy after a day in ... More >>

Florida vacation ideas to make everyone happy
(BPT) - In one of the world’s great ironies, planning a vacation can be one of the most stressful and vacation-demanding activities you can take on — especially if you have kids. With everyone clamoring to do something different, finding the perfect spot can feel impossible. The simple ... More >>

Car talk: Americans and their car conversations
(BPT) - Americans like company when they're driving, as long as the talk isn't centered on thorny topics. However, family talk - especially talk surrounding black sheep family members - is a favorite conversation topic. These were the recent findings in the latest Hankook Tire Gauge Index.The Gauge... More >>

Five emotions you feel when a mess occurs
(BPT) - Messes, and the resulting emotions, are an inevitable part of life, just like the emotions in Disney*Pixar’s original new movie “Inside Out,” which opens in theaters on June 19. With the help of The Clorox Company and some tips and tricks for how to deal with life&rsq... More >>

Diluting baby formula: When frugality can be fatal
(BPT) - The average American family spends about $12,000 on a new baby in the first year of the infant’s life, and food represents the second-largest expense (after housing) in the total cost of raising a child, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Given the high costs of... More >>

5 ways grandparents can stay in touch with friends and family anywhere
(BPT) - These days, it’s not uncommon for family members to live in different cities, states or even across the country. If your family lives far away, the distance can make it difficult to connect, especially with grandkids. While you may be spread far and wide, thankfully there are a number... More >>

6 conversations parents should initiate to help their teen thrive
(BPT) - As teens and young adults mature, they gradually become more responsible for different aspects of their own lives, including their health.To help facilitate this sometimes challenging transition from adolescence to adulthood, parents should talk to their teens and college-aged kids early an... More >>

7 must-have survival tools for dorm-dwellers
(BPT) - College is full of milestone moments, both wonderful (walking across the stage to get your diploma) and not-so-great (realizing your sick roommate has sneezed all over your desk and mom and her Clorox wipes are miles away). Dorm-dwelling is a rite of passage for many college students; 40 pe... More >>

4 tips for taming back-to-school stress
(BPT) - Do you or your child have the back-to-school blues? If so, you're not the only ones. Saying goodbye to slower summer days can be difficult. For almost three months, you have felt free from the structure of the classroom and the accompanying homework. When the upcoming school year rolls arou... More >>

Know your child's heart and how to protect them from cardiac arrest
(BPT) - Dorien “DJ” Garnett loved sports, especially basketball. From the moment he learned to walk, he had a ball in his hand. By the time he was 2, he had outgrown every little tikes basketball set his parents could find for him. As Garnett continued to grow, he realized that basketba... More >>

Parents: Tips for making baby's many milestones stress-free and joy-filled
(BPT) - More than one adorable baby has thrilled his parents by taking his first unassisted steps ... only to sit back down on his little diapered bottom and not walk again for another month. The milestones of infancy and childhood are filled with ups and downs, as well as joy. Children go at their... More >>

Millennials say they want to save for retirement, but a third aren't doing it
(BPT) - Nearly one in three millennials have no money saved for retirement, and a quarter of millennials – people between the ages of 18 and 34 – report owing more money than they have currently saved, according to a survey released by the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council (IALC).&ldqu... More >>

4 ways to bring order to another school year
(BPT) - It’s that time of year again; time for class projects and quizzes, field trips and friends, recesses and recitals. Yes it’s time for another school year and for parents, that can mean a little bit more stress as well. If the last school year left you feeling more like a survivor... More >>

How to protect kids from the health risk that can harm them now and as adults
(BPT) - Many common childhood ills and ailments are fleeting discomforts that will have no effect on children’s health when they reach adulthood. A sunburn isn’t one of them. In fact, five or more blistering sunburns between the ages of 15 and 20 increases melanoma risks by 80 percent, ... More >>

Teaching girls to be unstoppable #LikeAGirl
(BPT) - Always continues its mission to help girls stay confident at puberty and beyond, and asks all girls to smash the limitations that hold them back, encouraging them to be unstoppable #LikeAGirl. Find out more about the #LikeAGirl movement at Always.com.... More >>

5 ways to support your student and your school this year
(BPT) - It’s back to school season again. Time for schoolwork and sports, plays and parties, friends and field trips. For students, parents and teachers, this is an exciting time of year. Yet for teachers, the start of a new year can also be unnecessarily expensive. Research shows that each y... More >>

Back to school: A child's success starts with a good night's sleep
(BPT) - It’s hard to believe another school year is already here. After a fun summer of outdoor activities, vacations and plenty of late nights, it’s time to get your family back into a routine — specifically a regular bedtime routine. While sleep is important for adults, it&rsquo... More >>

Can your walls stand up to life?
(BPT) - Let’s face it. No matter how careful you are, an active family can take its toll on the interior of a house – especially on the walls. Depending on the season or day of the week, your family may come home toting cross-country skis, throwing off wet raincoats or banging football ... More >>

Heart yourself with Omega-3s
(BPT) - Across the globe, heart health is becoming a growing concern. In order to combat a rising epidemic of heart disease and other heart-related illnesses, more and more Americans are placing a greater emphasis on the critical role of nutrition and a balanced diet.More than likely you’ve h... More >>

Get moving: 5 healthy summer family activities
(BPT) - Summer has arrived and for many kids, sports and activity practices are on hiatus leaving them with plenty of time to lounge on the couch. But summer isn’t the time to get lazy.Warmer weather provides the perfect opportunity to get more involved in your kids’ lives and spend tim... More >>

6 easy ways to boost your brain health
(BPT) - When you think about health and wellness, what first comes to mind? Most likely it’s along the lines of fitness, healthy eating and doctor’s appointments. But have you ever considered the importance of brain health as you age?According to the National Institute on Aging, researc... More >>

Getting schooled: 5 ways to save on supplies
(BPT) - The long, hot summer vacation is almost over for most students. A new school year is here and for parents, the rush to load up on supplies can be expensive. In fact, the average family with school-aged children will spend $630 on back-to-school shopping, according to the National Retail Fed... More >>

5 most difficult U.S. cities to spell
(BPT) - King Digital Entertainment recently launched its new word game adventure, AlphaBetty Saga. In celebration of the title’s travel and ‘play with words’ theme, King commissioned a survey to find the most difficult to spell U.S. cities and identified the top 10. Now, for summe... More >>

Top 4 year-round sensitive skin issues
(BPT) - Skin sensitivity has affected more than 70 percent of Americans at some point, according to a new survey by Nexcare Brand from 3M. While the problem affects people of every age, more than 65 percent of parents surveyed say they’re particularly worried about the sensitivity of their ch... More >>

5 ways to support a friend diagnosed with cancer
(BPT) - Learning a good friend or family member has been diagnosed with cancer can be shocking news. You want to do anything you can to help and support her, but it’s difficult to know what to say and do.Cancer patients with strong emotional support tend to have a more positive outlook and ad... More >>

The anatomy of a baby wipe [Infographic]
(BPT) - - As a parent, it’s natural to have questions about the products that will touch baby’s soft, delicate skin. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of your baby, so as Baby Safety Month comes to a close and Healthy Skin Month approaches in November, Huggies is keep... More >>

Get the most out of the sunny summer solstice
(BPT) - An evening spent with friends. The drive home from work or that early morning jog. All of these activities are best enjoyed when the sun is shining. The summer solstice is quickly approaching and with it, come the longest, brightest days of the year. It’s up to you to make the most of... More >>

The manly rights of passage
(BPT) - In honor of Father’s Day, Old Spice, the manliest grooming brand on the planet, navigates the international seas of masculinity in search of signs of manhood. Old Spice makes it easier than ever to celebrate fatherhood this year. Dad is covered from head to toes with two manly sm... More >>

Get ready for back-to-school with minivan meal makeovers
(BPT) - Back-to-school time can be hectic for busy, on-the-go parents. Between transporting kids to school, getting to work on time and never missing extracurricular events, the minivan can feel like a second home, making eating on the run a necessity. Whether planning breakfasts on the way to scho... More >>

3 steps to prepare your credit for homeownership
(BPT) - Homeownership is a dream for many Americans, and maybe it’s one of yours as well. Making this dream a reality requires hard work, dedication and the proper preparation. You must figure out where you want to live, what type of home you desire, what you can afford and also how your cred... More >>

Take the stress out of laundry with these timesaving tips
(BPT) - Laundry doesn’t have to be a dreaded chore. With these effective and efficient tricks of the trade, you’ll be able to take down laundry one load at a time. While the clothes won’t fold themselves, the experts at Faultless Starch Company are sharing advice to help ensure yo... More >>

Skill swap: How grandparents and grandkids can learn from each other
(BPT) - Known for their wisdom and patience, grandparents pass down skills, knowledge and stories to both their children and grandchildren. Conversely, grandparents can also learn from their grandkids, especially when it comes to technology. Traditional skills and new trades and tools alike, both g... More >>

4 ways to get your children to work with you instead of against you
(BPT) - Every parent has been there - one of those days when you feel like your child’s only goal is to directly defy you. When your child won’t brush her teeth, comb her hair or put on her socks, it makes you think a larger plan could be afoot. This can’t be accidental can it?Whe... More >>

How to make Labor Day last year-round
(BPT) - Labor Day doesn’t have to be a sign of the end of the summer season. Rather, it’s America’s opportunity to take an extra day of rest and relaxation and continue soaking up the warmth of summertime. With the sun shining bright, here are some ways to extend summer well into ... More >>

Young heroes across the nation are using this life-saving program
(BPT) - Emergencies strike without warning and when they do, they often make heroes of the people who respond to them, including thousands of young people. From dialing 911 when an emergency arises to administering the Heimlich maneuver on a friend who is choking, children are being taught to handl... More >>

6 tips to keep mornings moving for busy moms
(BPT) - The average American mother has a bazillion things to do every morning, and only two hands — and limited time — to get it all done. Finding some tricks and tactics to make the morning go smoothly can help ensure you accomplish everything, squeeze in a satisfying breakfast, and g... More >>

Can't make it to the tailgate? Host the ultimate 'staygate' instead
(BPT) - With college football season upon us, there’s no better way to enjoy time with family and friends than getting together to cheer on your favorite team. This year, with rising ticket, concession and travel costs, why not gather your friends and family together for a private “stay... More >>

Young families: The cost vs. protection challenge
(BPT) - Being young and starting a family is one of the most exciting times in many people’s lives as there are lots of opportunities ahead and so many memories to make together. Unfortunately, young families are often the most vulnerable to life’s uncertainties. They’re the ones ... More >>

4 paws and a wet nose can save a wounded veteran's life
(BPT) - Combat-wounded veterans often face a new kind of battle when they return home. Of the 51,000 service members that the Congressional Research Service reports have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, thousands have come home to find that not even the love and support of family and friends i... More >>

No time to pack your child's lunch for school? No worries
(BPT) - The school year is well underway and your best laid plans for coordinated family schedules, home-cooked dinners together and a bag lunch packed from home have evolved to an acceptable level of managed chaos. Time is short and usually double-booked.One thing you don’t need to worry abo... More >>

5 tips to stop bullying and build relationships
(BPT) - There are few parents who don’t occasionally worry about whether or not their child is being bullied at school. In recent years, the issue has gained national attention, and efforts to educate students, parents and teachers on how to stop bullying have made a big impact, but the probl... More >>

Redefining good days while living with breast cancer
(BPT) - When facing bad news — like something as serious as a cancer diagnosis — it can be difficult to imagine that any day of the coming journey would be “good.” But for many of the millions of men and women in the U.S. who have been affected by the disease, the experience... More >>

Tailgate at your place with these easy party tips
(BPT) - Football season is here, and it’s the ideal time to throw a tailgate party in the comfiest and most welcoming place — in your home, in front of the TV, along with your best friends and your favorite foods.There’s no question that football, food and friends make a great com... More >>

Drink up; the world's largest glass of ice tea is created in Summerville, South Carolina
(BPT) - The world’s largest ball of twine is in Darwin, Minnesota. The world’s largest bicyclist is in Sparta, Wisconsin. And now the home of the world’s largest glass of ice tea is officially Summerville, South Carolina, fittingly the birthplace of sweet tea.The world-record sett... More >>

5 reasons to take a Comic Con adventure this year
(BPT) - Comic-Con is here, the iconic international conference that celebrates all things comic books and pop culture. Located in San Diego, the conference has grown from its humble beginnings in 1970 to become the destination for all the latest and greatest entertainment news, fanfare and informat... More >>

Empower yourself: Questions to ask your doctor about managing sickle cell disease
(BPT) - Being an informed patient with sickle cell disease has become an important part of health care today. Physicians are increasingly looking upon their patients (and the parents of their young patients) as active partners. In light of this, consider preparing a list of specific questions befor... More >>

5 creative ways to recreate your look to amaze
(BPT) - Warmer weather is finally here. Time to lose the coat and the cold, the scarf and the sniffles and embrace all the fun these warmer weather months have in store. And of course you want to look good doing it as well.To help you find that perfect look, author and singer/songwriter Tanille Edw... More >>

Summer curl care guide: How to keep the fun without the frizz
(BPT) - There are plenty of reasons that summer is the most enjoyable time of year: Longer days, warmer temps, barbecues, and, of course, beach trips. Yes, there’s plenty to love about summer, but there’s one thing to dislike – the effect heat, humidity and salt/chlorine have on y... More >>

7 life hacks for the college freshman
(BPT) - The transition to college is the first step into a new world and a new you. This is the time for empowerment and individualism, from moving out of your parents’ home to making those lifelong friends the first night in your dorm — college is a world of fast-paced changes. It... More >>

The new secret for savvy, simple savings: Gift card exchanges
(BPT) - The average family with children in grades K-12 plans to spend $630 on back-to-school shopping this year, according to the National Retail Federation. Retailers are ready for the second largest shopping season with coupons, discounts, flash sales and rebates to lure shoppers.But there is an... More >>

Health insurance hurdles? 4 times to ask for help
(BPT) - Millions of people each year find themselves in transition with their health care coverage. They may be leaving an employer and considering COBRA coverage, or may be nearing retirement and planning to enroll in Medicare. They may be able to use Medicaid for their children’s health car... More >>

The cat's meow: six fabulous ways to pamper your feline
(BPT) - Celebrity cat owners such as Ellen Degeneres, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry have made cat ownership trendy, and research shows that cats do more for their owners than influence celebrity style.A recent study from the makers of ARM & HAMMER Cat Litter found that 95 percent of cat owners be... More >>

5 emotions you feel when a mess occurs
(BPT) - Messes, and the resulting emotions, are an inevitable part of life, just like the emotions in Disney*Pixar’s original new movie “Inside Out,” which opens in theaters on June 19. With the help of The Clorox Company and some tips and tricks for how to deal with life’s ... More >>

To flush or not to flush: Get the facts on what's flushable
(BPT) - Once something is flushed down the toilet, most people have an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality. Whatever was flushed has cleared the bowl and is on its journey to the wastewater treatment plant, wherever that may be. It’s not until a problem arises, (like a clogged t... More >>

Managing diabetes: 4 simple steps to keep your child safe at school
(BPT) - Between figuring out after-school schedules and seemingly constant school supply shopping trips, back-to-school time can be stressful for any parent. But some parents have more to think about than others. There are about 208,000 boys and girls under the age of 20 living with diabetes, accor... More >>

Tips to turn kids into money masters at any age
(BPT) - Most kids start learning about money earlier than a lot of people think—and it's usually from watching their parents. Three out of five young adults say their parents’ advice or example had the greatest influence over how they handle their finances today, according to findings f... More >>

6 questions to ask your child's pediatrician
(BPT) - Most parents bring their children to the doctor when they’re sick, but now is a great opportunity to be proactive and schedule a wellness checkup. This allows you and your doctor to take a broader look at a child’s overall health and well-being to ensure he or she is developing ... More >>

Planning a family? What to know about inherited genetic diseases and screening options
(BPT) - The decision to start a family can create a mixture of excitement and concern for parents-to-be. While you may be eager for the joys of parenthood, it’s normal to be concerned about potential health risks to your baby, whether you’re already pregnant or planning to get pregnant.... More >>

5 simple ways to find time for 'me time' - because you totally deserve it
(BPT) - From chasing your kids around to the demands of work and life, there are often just not enough hours in the day, let alone any time for yourself. But as hectic as your schedule may be, you deserve moments of zen. Even if it’s just a few minutes each day, your health and sanity depend ... More >>

Welcome fall with simple and stylish décor tips that are child friendly
(BPT) - As families prepare and adjust to kids going back to school, play dates, fall festivities and more, it can be a sprint going from one activity to the next. With all that goes on, it is important to still keep safety top of mind.With all of the educational parenting material available today,... More >>

Comforting touches can ease back-to-school transitions for both parents and kids
(BPT) - Every school year brings new beginnings, whether your child is going to kindergarten, entering middle school, or heading off to college. New environments, people and challenges can create anxiety for parents and kids, no matter how much a child might be looking forward to the school year. C... More >>

Suffering from fall allergies? What you can do to find relief
(BPT) - You heard all about the worst allergy season ever. You know the pollen tsunami swept through and left everyone sneezing and wheezing in its wake. But you want to know why the end of summer is almost here and you’re still miserable.“Although spring, summer and fall have different... More >>

Tips for parents to help students gain the edge in STEM education
(BPT) - As students prepare to head back to school each year, parents face the same question: How can they help their kids advance in school, develop into creative, collaborative thinkers, and make for an overall less stressful experience?What’s more, as students progress in school, the subje... More >>

Fire safety tips to help protect your home during summer travel
(BPT) - Fire prevention tips often focus on reducing the risks of a fire occurring when you’re home; after all, everyone wants to protect their family. Home fires also cause significant property damage – $11.7 billion in 2011, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) – and... More >>

Technology must haves before you travel
(BPT) - Good news, there’s still time for one more trip before winter sets in again but you need to start planning now. Preparing for and enjoying a trip has never been easier thanks to advancements in the latest technology so before you grab your bag and go, make sure you’ve added each... More >>

4 tips for working adults going back to school
(BPT) - Do the back-to-school signs in the store have you itching to get back in a classroom? Back-to-school season traditionally falls around August or September for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, but a working adult can enroll in a new or advanced degree program at any time of the y... More >>

6 steps to a championship caliber lawn
(BPT) - Creating a stadium-caliber lawn doesn’t have to take a lot of time, money or effort. This summer, follow these simple steps and tend to your natural turf in the morning and evening to create a yard that is championship caliber.1. Rake. Raking a lawn removes dead grass and other debris... More >>

Beat the heat of your bank account: Five tips for hot savings
(BPT) - You may be enjoying the fun and sun of summer activities, but your bank account may think otherwise. It’s difficult to save money this time of year, but with smart budgeting you can still enjoy everything the warm weather has to offer. Instead of forgoing the fun, consider cutting the... More >>

6 tips for fall recreation
(BPT) - While summer is all about sun, beaches and being on the water, autumn brings new types of outdoor fun. Cooler weather and colorful landscapes attract many to enjoy the outdoors during the season. But after the summer sun fades, it’s important to make sure you’re fully prepared t... More >>

Moving with a pet? Tips to make the transition easier for four-legged family members
(BPT) - Utilities switched, moving truck reserved, new domicile secured, boxes packed – as you work through your moving checklist, are you forgetting something? Have you taken steps to make the move as easy as possible for the only family member who has no say about your relocation: the famil... More >>

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