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5 reasons why talking about money can enhance a relationship
(BPT) - Thinking about combining finances with your significant other? Whether you're getting married or just thinking about getting serious, talking about money can help couples understand each other and avoid unhappy surprises down the road. Here are five reasons why talking about money can enhan... More >>


Trying to quit? Tips from former smokers can help you succeed
(BPT) - Since the Surgeon General released the first report on smoking in 1964, the smoking rate among adults has decreased from 42 percent to 15 percent. Though great strides have been made, more than 36 million adults in the United States continue to smoke cigarettes, claiming nearly half a milli... More >>


Are you reading and posting content worthy of your smartphone data? 5 tips to switch up your online commentary
(BPT) - From awards shows to politics and sporting events, the beginning of the year is packed with comment-worthy moments. Many of us take these opportunities to share what we think are the smartest, sharpest and snarkiest takes and project online to our friends and beyond.But as these major momen... More >>


5 fiscally-friendly budgeting tips for your family
(BPT) - Kids grow up so fast. As they do, those bills grow up right along with them - often faster than you can bring more money in, right? Yes, your budget is tighter than ever before, but you certainly don't want to sacrifice the fun things you do as a family just because of money.The good news i... More >>


Keep your teen athlete fueled with these 4 vital tips
(BPT) - High school can be intense, but being a student athlete can intensify expectations.As the start of spring sports approaches, the stakes are even higher for your student to maintain the success they had first semester. There are practices, matches and conference finals that have to fit in wi... More >>


5 easy tips to prepare your family for the daylight saving time change
(BPT) - Daylight saving time brings brighter evenings and a reminder that spring and warmer weather are within reach. However, it comes with the potential to wreak havoc on a family's sleep routine. Time changes can make morning schedules just a little bit harder for parents everywhere."A time chan... More >>


Volunteers bring healthier smiles to kids in need
(BPT) - Did you know half of all children in this country enter kindergarten with tooth decay? Tooth decay is the number one chronic infectious disease among children in the U.S., affecting 42 percent of children aged 2 to 11 years old, according to the National Institutes of Health. In addition, n... More >>


Year-round ways to help pets and their families in need
(BPT) - Approximately 48 million Americans face food insecurity every day, according to Feeding America, a non-profit organization and network of more than 200 food banks. That means they, and their pets, face uncertain access to a sufficient amount of affordable, healthy food."People who face food... More >>


5 simple steps to boost your immune system now
(BPT) - Whether it's battling the rampant germs of cold and flu season or maintaining wellness throughout the year, the immune system is your main line of defense. In order to feel good as often as possible - and recover quickly when you don't - it's important to keep your immune system strong."The... More >>


5 tips for safe space heater use
(BPT) - During the coldest days of the year, space heaters are one of the easiest, most efficient ways to get warm fast. However, when not used correctly, they may also be one of the most dangerous.Space heaters accounted for 40 percent of all home heating fires and a staggering 84 percent of home ... More >>


The best ways to support veterans in 2017
(BPT) - As the new administration and Congress settle into office, many organizations are working hard to put America’s 21 million veterans at the top of the nation’s “to-do” list.“Veterans share a common thread — regardless of where they served or for how long &... More >>


The home design trend you need to know about
(BPT) - With the new year underway, the housing world is buzzing about the next transformative trend in home design and remodeling. This year it seems certain the growing trend of mixing and layering materials, something many designers and architects noticed was growing in popularity over the past ... More >>


Why eating breakfast boosts your health
(BPT) - Want to make 2017 the year you focus on your health? Wellness goals are admirable throughout the year, but too often well-meaning people make a common mistake that sabotages their efforts: they skip breakfast.It's a daily choice that millions of people shrug off as no big deal, but research... More >>


8 ways to create more quality family time this season
(BPT) - This is a paid advertisement.Are you a parent that doesn’t feel you have enough time to spend with your kids? You’re not alone. Working parents tell their children they are too busy to play with them an average of eight times a week — that’s more than once a day &mda... More >>


Paying for college: Options reduce need for student loans
(BPT) - While only a fortunate few students can expect a free college education by winning full academic or athletic scholarships, everyone can take advantage of a combination of academic aid, grants, fellowships, work-study and student loans to pay for a four-year degree, says Peter Gayle, a vice ... More >>


Tips to make goodbyes better for both parent and child
(BPT) - As a parent, you've probably experienced the clinging, clutching and crying that often accompany a goodbye when your child returns to day care or preschool after a long holiday break. Separation can be difficult for both children and their parents. Remember, separation anxiety is perfectly ... More >>


The 8 hottest new devices for 2017
(BPT) - When it comes to the latest technology, you can never have too many options. And for tech lovers, there is nothing like the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) which takes place Jan. 5-8 in Las Vegas.CES delivered an exciting look at the newest Windows 10 devices that will make your life... More >>


The benefits of probiotics for babies
(BPT) - With the increasing number of products in the marketplace containing probiotics, many new parents might be wondering if their babies could benefit from probiotics. To answer that question, it is important to understand the role of the body’s microbiota, the living organisms that inhab... More >>


Mama's Mama knows best
(BPT) - The millennial mom-to-be uses an app to track her fertility and pregnancy progress, pins nursery ideas on Pinterest and researches baby gear on YouTube. She reads online advice on everything from what to eat (or not), to when to talk to a doctor about prescription prenatal vitamins and what... More >>


10-minute healthy habits for 2017
(BPT) - Healthy living is an admirable goal no matter what time of year. The problem is that many people shoot for the stars, resolving to lose a big amount of weight or completely give up foods they adore. A better approach is to make small changes that together can make a big impact. "People who ... More >>


Mama's Mama knows best [Infographic]
(BPT) - Millennial moms-to-be consume a lot of digital information. But the apps, websites, blogs and social streams they follow during pregnancy often conflict and overwhelm more than they help, according to a recent poll. Turns out, a more trusted source of information and answers to questions ab... More >>


5 tips to bring organization to your post-holiday chaos
(BPT) - You have plenty of goals for 2017. Maybe you want to find a new job or be promoted at your current employer. Perhaps you want to lose weight, kick a bad habit, or learn a new instrument, skill or language. And if you're feeling daring, maybe this is the year you finally surf, skydive or ski... More >>


Reinvent your cooking with award-winning recipe ideas
(BPT) - Are you stuck in a cooking rut? It's common to cycle the same dishes over and over, but at some point your taste buds will crave something new. Maybe it's time to shake things up.Whether it's trying new recipes or simply adding fresh flavors to your standard go-to meals, it's easy to add pi... More >>


5 easy ways to keep your family comfortable during a power outage
(BPT) - Losing power at home is inconvenient. When it happens, the worst part is not knowing if the outage will last for a couple hours, or if it will stretch on for days. But if you take a little time to get organized and round up a few items today, you will be ready to keep your family comfortabl... More >>


Before you cruise, embark on a fun-finding mission in your port city
(BPT) - When booking a sea cruise vacation, it may seem like a good idea to schedule your flight to the port of departure for the same morning your ship sets sail.A same-day flight might appear to save you time and money, but travel experts warn this could turn into an expensive mistake. Should air... More >>


5 parent tips for picking the right video games
(BPT) - There’s a constant stream of new video games coming out on consoles, computers and mobile devices almost every day, and kids are always on the look-out for new challenges to tackle and the bragging rights that come with them. But with so many choices, parents can sometimes feel a litt... More >>


How youth team sports are shaping kids' and teens' values on and off the field
(BPT) - 2016 will be remembered for is its exciting and emotional highlights of sports teams working together to achieve new heights, from hometown heroes to some of sports history's greatest athletes. Whether it's a neighborhood scrimmage or a national championship, experts agree that the benefits... More >>


How technology can save your love life
(BPT) - It’s a common refrain: technology is killing our relationships. Couples have swapped date night for Netflix binging. They Candy Crush their way through an intimate conversation. They’ve replaced long walks on the beach with an all-out Facebook investigation into their friend&rsq... More >>


Yes! Screen time can be good for young kids: Experts agree digital education may help young kids learn
(BPT) - For years, parents and pediatricians fretted over how much screen time was too much, especially for very young children. Many child health experts advised minimal screen time for elementary-aged kids and none at all for children younger than 2. New research, a revised policy from the Americ... More >>


Game on! 5 reasons to be excited about gaming in 2017
(BPT) - With a forecasted value of $82 billion for 2017, video games are hotter than ever. With new technologies, classic characters and interactive worlds that become more lifelike every day, there is plenty to be excited about when it comes to video games in the new year. So whether you’re ... More >>


One thing can help children eat more vegetables at school
(BPT) - The U.S Department of Agriculture proposed a complete overhaul of school lunches subsidized by the federal government in 2012. These changes aimed to limit calories, reduce sodium and increase the consumption of vegetables and whole grains. Improved nutrition is a laudable goal, but the rea... More >>


Sometimes, even parents need a 'time-out' [Infographic]
(BPT) - Looking for a gift for a mom or dad? How about giving them a little "me time?" From feeding, to diaper changes, to bath time and everything in between, a parent's work is never done, but you might be surprised at what they would do with some time to themselves. Luvs conducted a poll of moms... More >>


Tips to make good nutrition a family affair in 2017
(BPT) - Nurturing and nourishing a family go hand-in-hand. If you're ready to rally your family around better nutrition, now's the time to get a healthy jump on the new year."Making consistently good food choices can set your family on the road to good health," says Marlene Schmidt, registered diet... More >>


Winning the fight against the dropout rate one student at a time
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4 Tips for Better Sleep
(BPT) - It’s no secret sleep is critical to one’s overall health and well-being. We’ve all heard getting six to eight hours of sleep is recommended, but busy work schedules and ongoing personal commitments make it difficult to make sleep a priority. So how can you ensure you&rsquo... More >>


Hispanics at the forefront of digital banking trends
(BPT) - With a population of more than 55 million and estimated buying power of over $1.5 trillion, Hispanics in the United States are continuing to shape economic trends; however, as new research finds, they’re shaping digital trends as well.This year’s Bank of America Trends in Consum... More >>


At-home first-aid tips to manage the stress of caregiving
(BPT) - Nearly 10 million adults over the age of 50 are caring for their aging parents - a number that has tripled over the past 15 years. With careers, children and grandchildren added to the mix, many baby boomers are feeling the mounting stress of caring for young, old and themselves! One way to... More >>


Sick of being sick? 5 tips to getting better and kicking that cold to the curb
(BPT) - From obligations at work to errands and chores and making time for family and friends - your plate is fuller than ever and, unfortunately, getting sick can throw a major wrench into your marathon of activities and greatly hamper your productivity.Despite how frustrating it can be, your busy... More >>


Addicted to heroin or opioids? Help is available
(BPT) - How large is the opioid/heroin problem in the United States? It's bigger than you think. Research shows 1.9 million people age 12 and older have a disorder involving prescription pain relievers, and an additional 586,000 have a disorder involving heroin. These statistics, from the American ... More >>


Time-saving tips so parents can have a little break
(BPT) - You wake up before the sun rises to shower and get ready for the day. Soon you hear the patter of tiny feet upstairs. You get breakfast ready for your little ones and then get them dressed. Between packing bags and preparing lunches, you barely have time to grab breakfast for yourself. You ... More >>


When it's not just the flu: Kids with Type 1 diabetes often misdiagnosed due to the rapid onset of common symptoms
(BPT) - It is a common scenario: your child is nauseous, vomiting and very tired. It could be the flu, and that's probably all it is. But it could also be Type 1 diabetes, a condition where the body does not produce a hormone, insulin, which it needs to get energy from food. Unfortunately, Type 1 d... More >>


Your family's guide to cold and flu season
(BPT) - Every year in the U.S., there are more colds than people. Annually, nearly 320 million Americans catch 1 billion colds, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Seven in 10 people will turn to over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to help them feel better — and many of these med... More >>


5 affordable ways to connect with family without breaking the bank
(BPT) - Ready or not, the holidays are fast approaching. While it’s a season known for celebrating family and friends, the stress of gift-giving and holiday planning can make people lose sight of what’s really important.Here are five ways you can easily connect with your family without ... More >>


Baby on board? 8 tips for stress-free infant travel
(BPT) - Whether it's a quick weekend away or a weeklong adventure, family travel is a great way to bond and create lifelong memories. However, if you have an infant, you may be hesitant to pack all those bags and venture to the unknown."With their love of a set schedule and the familiar, plus loads... More >>


Be ready: Simple preparations to ensure winter weather doesn't catch you by surprise
(BPT) - When severe weather hits this winter, the difference between being safe and stranded can often come down to how prepared you are. A recent survey by AccuWeather found that the number one weather-related concern Americans have this winter is being caught by surprise by inclement weather. Peo... More >>


8 stress-free family travel tips for dads
(BPT) - Family travel is a great way for everyone to bond and create lifelong memories. However, before you can hit the road, you need to do a little planning.Traditionally, moms took the lead in organizing vacations. Today, a new trend is emerging in which men are taking charge and planning family... More >>


4 undeniable reasons to travel in 2017
(BPT) - Do you dream of getting away from the stress of your everyday life? Are you looking for a way to reconnect with loved ones? Do the winter blues have you dreaming of warm sunny days?Sounds like you're in need of a vacation.Planning a vacation gives you something to look forward to in the new... More >>


4 reasons why you should fill your shopping cart with store brands
(BPT) - Price isn't the only reason 97 percent of millennials say they buy store brands. Shoppers age 18-36 say store brand products are also more innovative than brand name ones, deliver better value and are higher quality than ever, according to a report by Mintel.What's more, millennials aren't ... More >>


10 truly unique gifts for under $100
(BPT) - Some people are incredibly easy to shop for. You can go into any store and find something they would like. For others, you can spend months looking and still not discover the right gift.So what do you get the person who has everything? Furthermore, how can you get a unique gift at an afford... More >>


Overdose deaths on the rise and where you can get help
(BPT) - Michigan recently passed the Good Samaritan Law, and while the law is designed to save lives, not everyone is a proponent. Under the law, charges cannot be filed against persons trying to find emergency help for themselves or a loved one after an overdose.While rehab professionals understan... More >>


Go West! Adventurers, film buffs flock to Rocky Mountain resort
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90% child bone mass acquired by age 20 - nutrient packed foods can help
(BPT) - Most people associate bone density and skeletal concerns with advanced age. However, healthy bones form during childhood with the majority of bone density established before kids reach their 20s. Is it time to shift the focus to the early years rather than the later?Up to 90 percent of peak... More >>


3 ways schools are redefining mealtime
(BPT) - What's the most important part of a child's school day? Is it math? Reading? History? How about lunch? Research shows that children who eat breakfast and lunch are more attentive, have a better attendance rate and ultimately do better in school. But getting children to partake in school mea... More >>


Pregnant? What you should know about preterm birth
(BPT) - Not long after the joy of discovering you're pregnant, the worries set in. You may think you know all the threats - Zika virus, pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes - and take appropriate steps to minimize them. But what do you know about one of the most common pregnancy complications - pret... More >>


The truth behind 2 popular 'health' foods
(BPT) - Did you dance in delight the first time you heard that dark chocolate is good for you? Did you think that your favorite indulgence just became an official "health food?" Popular culture often makes too much of health benefit claims, especially when it comes to food and drink that many peopl... More >>


Chores earn high marks as financial teaching tools, parents agree
(BPT) - When you pay your child $5 to clean the garage or $6 to mow the lawn, you’re accomplishing far more than just getting the tasks done. A majority of parents use chores to teach their kids that money should be earned, a new study reveals.“Sixty-eight percent of parents believe kid... More >>


6 small steps to improve your health in a big way
(BPT) - You want to be healthier, right? But try as you might, it always seems like something's standing in your way. Time and money are two of the largest obstacles, and you may think it's impossible to improve your health without a significant time or financial investment.The good news is, howeve... More >>


5 clever hacks to simplify any family's morning routine
(BPT) - Getting the family out the door on time every morning is no small feat. Seemingly simple tasks like getting dressed, packing backpacks and making breakfast can quickly turn into chaos. Before you know it, you're running late and the kids haven't even eaten as you dash to the car.Stop dreadi... More >>


5 ways creativity-inspiring video games can help parents share quality time with kids
(BPT) - When winter arrives, parents eagerly anticipate taking kids on family vacations and spending more time with them during the holidays. Kids look forward to more free time for their favorite video games. However, a growing body of research indicates video gaming can actually be a good thing f... More >>


Farming program helps neighbors in rural America fight hunger
(BPT) - Although the United States produces much of the world’s food, 48 million people in the country are food insecure, lacking access to enough food to sustain a healthy, active lifestyle. What's even more surprising is that many of the counties with the highest rates of food insecurity ar... More >>


5 smart ways parents save time and money with a boss mindset
(BPT) - When it comes to parenting, there are as many styles as there are stars in the sky. It doesn't matter if you're a known helicopter parent or you prefer detachment parenting methods, there's one thing everyone can agree on: You want to parent with compassion and confidence.Every mom knows th... More >>


Shared experiences and support can help people manage type 2 diabetes
(BPT) - Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes, and most (90-95 percent) have type 2 diabetes. Diabetes management isn’t always easy — some people may have difficulty visiting their doctor regularly, eating healthy foods and reaching their A1C goal. That’s why America’s D... More >>


From stains to storage: Easy home cleaning solutions that open up time for fun
(BPT) - Juggling parenting duties and work obligations, not to mention household chores, is a lot for one person to take on and yet, moms like you do this every single day. So often you get caught up in all the busyness, you forget to set aside time to relax or just have some fun. Fortunately, ther... More >>



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