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5 beauty tips to help you shine and overcome your insecurities
(BPT) - Cold weather is finally here. Time to don a coat and scarf and embrace all the fun these 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 Edwards offers her top five beauty tips insp... 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 >>

Living with asthma? Get smart about the flu
(BPT) - It’s that time of year again — cold and flu season. Across the country, Americans are arming themselves by receiving the annual flu vaccine, defending themselves against the telltale sniffles, sneezing, chills and fever. While the flu virus can be unpleasant for anyone who contr... More >>

5 DIY holiday crafts
(BPT) - It’s time to deck the halls with tinsel, snowflakes and, of course, a steaming cup of holiday cheer. Get in a festive mood and gather the family to craft unique DIY holiday decorations — and make some fun memories together, too.Festive holiday garlandWhat better way to welcome t... 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

5 ways to say goodbye to bad family photos
(BPT) - Nowadays, it seems like everyone’s a photographer. This isn’t just because the cameras on our smartphones are always at our side, it’s because digital cameras have advanced in such a way that it’s easier and more affordable to snap great photos.However, having the te... 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 >>

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 >>

Can't Sleep? Ever wonder why you feel so awake? Change your understanding of insomnia
(BPT) - If you are struggling with insomnia, it can seem like you have many questions that are often hard to answer: “Will I ever get enough sleep? What am I doing wrong? What can I do to help get more rest?”  But experts’ understanding of insomnia is evolving, so why am I so... 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 >>

Brush up on dental hygiene: 6 tips for teaching your kids healthy habits
(BPT) - Eat your vegetables. Never skip breakfast. Wash your hands before eating. There are many important habits to teach your children to help lay the foundation for a long and happy life. But one crucial aspect of a child’s overall well-being that is often neglected is their oral health.&l... 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 >>

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 >>

Reduce seasonal allergies and improve your home's air quality
(BPT) - Affecting almost 50 million people in the United States, seasonal allergies like hay fever primarily start to escalate as fall progresses, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Now is the perfect time to start to take measures to reduce and potentially elimi... More >>

Get your vehicle ready for fall with these 8 tips
(BPT) - Families across the country have returned from their carefree summer road trips and are already back to the grind of daily school commutes. With such a heavy reliance on the family vehicle, fall car care should be at the top of every driver’s fall priority list.Americans hold on to th... 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 >>

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 >>

Is financial fear making it difficult for you to give?
(BPT) - What do you do to give back? Do you volunteer your time, your skills or your knowledge? Do you pride yourself on being a generous person?Generosity has always been seen as a positive virtue, and new research from Thrivent Financial shows Americans are placing more emphasis on being generous... 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 >>

Think you're too young for retirement planning? Think again
(BPT) - More than half of Americans are at risk of being unable to maintain their pre-retirement standard of living in retirement, with younger households in worse shape than those approaching their retirement years.The younger generation has already seen a reduction in their future Social Security... 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 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

New moms face new challenges: tips to prioritize your wellness
(BPT) - The smiles, the soft coos and yes, even that now all-too-familiar cry – it’s only been a few months but already you can’t picture life without your little one. You’re constantly focused on their every movement and will do anything to make sure they have what they nee... 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 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Getting ready for senior portraits? What you need to know and do for awesome pictures
(BPT) - Your senior year of high school changes everything, including how you handle school picture day. For 11 years, having your picture taken for school has meant putting on a nice shirt, combing your hair and trying to look like you’re not grimacing as you stand in rows with your classmat... More >>

Preparing your teen to manage their health
(BPT) - The transition from childhood to adulthood can be overwhelming for parents and teens alike. Parents know how important it is to manage their child’s health when they are young, ensuring they receive necessary medical care. However, as children become teens and young adults, and begin ... 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 >>

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy? 5 risk factors for preterm birth to know
(BPT) - November is World Prematurity Awareness Month. Preterm birth continues to be a public health concern in the United States and in many other countries around the world. In the United States, preterm birth is more common than you may think: approximately one in 10 babies is born premature. Pr... 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 >>

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 >>

Your holiday shopping guide: 4 ways to cut through the clutter this holiday season
(BPT) - It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but for you and your family, it’s also the busiest. The holidays bring trips to book, parties to plan, meals to cook, homes to clean and of course, work and school schedules to manage. On top of that, you have to tackle perhaps the most ... 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 >>

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 >>

Take your medicine: 5 steps to make sure you don't miss a dose
(BPT) - Did you remember to take your medication today? If the answer is no, you’re not alone. People all over the country make the same mistake every single day. Research shows more than 50 percent of prescription medication users fail to take their medications when they are supposed to. And... 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 >>

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 >>

Bottle service: 5 ways to alleviate fussy feedings
(BPT) - As a new parent, you want to make sure everything is right from the moment your baby is born. Your baby’s feeding habits have a profound impact on his or her growth and development, but what do you do when your baby always seems to fuss and cry during feeding times?“Infant feedi... More >>

Meaningful, efficient ways to give back this holiday season
(BPT) - Americans donate billions of dollars and millions of hours of their time to charity every year — and much of that generosity occurs during the holidays.Here are some ideas for meaningful ways to give back during the hustle and bustle of this holiday season – that won’t wre... 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 >>

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 >>

Double check your medicine labels; don't double up on acetaminophen
(BPT) - You know when cold and flu season has arrived. The temperature drops, and you can hear sniffles and sneezes everywhere you go. You see over-the-counter (OTC) medicine aisles at neighborhood pharmacies and grocery stores quickly fill with people buying cough syrup, throat lozenges, and nasal... More >>

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 4-step plan to make your day more efficient
(BPT) - Remember free time? You used to have so much of it. But these days, work and family obligations have you running around constantly and you don’t know what to do first. You don’t even have time to do everything you have to do, let alone what you want to do.So how do you take back... More >>

Winter family traditions to keep you warm all season long
(BPT) - Dark mornings, cold days and snowy roads are all things that might bring you down this winter. But winter doesn’t have to be a time of hibernation. With all of the holidays and celebrations throughout the season, your entire family can get involved in activities to keep the winter day... More >>

5 easy ways to reduce food waste in your daily life
(BPT) - “What’s for dinner?”For many, the question is uttered nearly every evening, and the answer is easy.But for 795 million people in the world — those who don’t have a reliable meal to look forward to according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United... 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Dirty house got you steamed? The trick to cleaning with steam
(BPT) - Did you ever wonder how people cleaned their homes before the invention of commercial cleaning products? Good old-fashioned hot water and elbow grease did the trick long before mops, vacuums and buckets of cleaning products became a staple in American homes. Today, you can still harness the... 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

5 ways to increase your productivity and turn 'due' to 'done'
(BPT) - Take a look at your to-do list and ask yourself how many things on the list can be finished when you get around to them. Now how many things on that list need to be done as soon as possible or should have been finished yesterday? Chances are the second list is longer.These days you’re... More >>

Lighten your load: Knowing your laundry personality can make the chore a cinch
(BPT) - Chic, trendy, sporty, bohemian, sophisticated, fun, classic — you probably have a clear vision of your fashion and style personality. But do you know your laundry personality? How you wash the clothes you wear is every bit as personal and unique to you as the clothes themselves. And k... 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 >>

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 >>

3 things you should know before taking cold and flu medicine
(BPT) - Between headaches, stuffy noses, cough and the occasional fever, chances are you’ll at some point reach for over-the-counter medicines (OTC) to combat cold and flu symptoms. OTCs are a safe and effective way to relieve minor ailments when taken as directed, but a new survey suggests A... 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 >>

The season of 'ew': Tips and tricks for conquering unavoidable winter germs
(BPT) - From pencils and paper to snacks and show-and-tell treasures — kids share virtually everything at school. While parents agree sharing is a good skill for kids to learn, it’s certainly not the case when it comes to germs, particularly during cold and flu season. Germs are lurking... More >>

3 ways to bring a touch of nostalgia to modern holiday celebrations
(BPT) - Fond memories of holidays past are one of the many gifts of the seasons, and it turns out a bit of nostalgia is good for you. It can make you feel less lonely, bored or anxious, and more generous, tolerant and happy, according to a New York Times report on nostalgia research. You don’... 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. These tips will ensure your laundry turns out perfectly every time.Decode the clothing label When you have a long list... More >>

5 tips to boost baby's skin health
(BPT) - Fall and winter weather can wreak havoc on baby’s delicate skin, so Dr. William Sears, trusted pediatrician, author and Huggies consultant, offers up his top five tips for keeping your baby’s skin healthy as the seasons change.Apply a moisturizer. With winter fast approaching, i... 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Taking a cue from the rich and famous
(BPT) - Where can you find more Olympic gold medals and Oscar awards than anywhere else? Here’s a hint: It’s the same place where more precious jewelry, gold, moon rocks, Super Bowl rings, lottery tickets and priceless art are located than any other place in the world.The answer is less... More >>

Tradiciones familiares invernales mantienen el calor humano toda la temporada
(BPT) - Las mañanas oscuras, los días fríos y las carreteras nevadas son situaciones que pueden abatirnos este invierno. Sin embargo, no tiene que ser un tiempo de hibernación. Con tantas festividades y celebraciones durante la temporada, toda la familia puede participar... 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 >>

Dietary differences? Keep breakfast satisfying with smart substitutions
(BPT) - When it comes to breakfast, the options are truly endless. However these days, dietary sensitivities to dairy, eggs, nuts and meat-free lifestyle choices can make it challenging to serve a breakfast that’s nourishing and satisfying for everyone.Fortunately, making smart substitutions ... 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Reading: The best thing about winter
(BPT) - This winter, instead of getting swept away in holiday shopping stress or cold weather blues, try digging into a great book. With more time spent indoors, many find winter to be the perfect time to get lost in a book, so why not join them? The only problem: you may find that there are so man... 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 Ti... 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Embrace the holiday spirit and fight hunger in your hometown
(BPT) - Imagine helping feed 500 people in order to fight hunger in your hometown. Jill Chandler of Fayette, Missouri, does this twice every month. Her efforts through the Fayette Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry help feed approximately one-sixth of the city’s 3,000 population. In this rural ... More >>

5 ways to reconnect with your loved ones this holiday season
(BPT) - For many people, reconnecting with loved ones is the highlight of the holiday season. This is especially true if it’s the only time of the year they see distant friends or family. Enjoying time with loved ones near and far poses unique challenges but the rewards are certainly worth it... More >>

Too soon? 5 reasons why many secretly love rushing the holidays
(BPT) - You roll your eyes when your hometown’s holiday lights go up the day after Halloween, cringe when the mall decks its halls before Thanksgiving and scoff at the neighbors who’ve already begun Christmas shopping. But secretly, you love the early arrival of the holiday season &mdas... More >>

Dealing with the Dark: 6 tips to boost your mood this winter
(BPT) - It’s that time of the year again, when the days grow shorter and the weather becomes colder. Approximately 45 million Americans are negatively affected by the change of seasons and darkening of the summer light. They experience a drop in energy, have trouble getting up, feel down, cra... 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 >>

6 foolproof ideas for everyone on your holiday gift list
(BPT) - Giving gifts can be one of the biggest stressors during the holidays. Store after store, website after website, you try to find the perfect something for everyone on your list. Seeing the smiles on the faces of your loved ones as they open their presents is one of the best feelings in the w... 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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