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Accomplish your weight management goals this year
(BPT) - The new year gives everyone the perfect opportunity to start fresh. For some, it may be a time to explore a new hobby or take on a new professional challenge. For others, starting fresh means moving into a new home or a new city. And the new year for many people is a time to begin managing ... More >>


Make TV safety part of your childproofing plan: Don't overlook TV tip-over risks
(BPT) - Have a new flat panel TV? Where will you put your older cathode ray tube (CRT) TV? For many families, when a new TV comes into the home, the old bulky TV often moves to a child’s room, basement or other location where it could pose a serious safety hazard.Every 45 minutes in the Unite... More >>


Learn how to achieve your weight loss goals this year
(BPT) - The average American who wants to lose weight will make four attempts this year and only one in six of them will see long-term success. Statistics also show it takes 21 days to create a habit and if the results aren’t coming, giving up becomes easy. This year, inst... More >>


Learn how to be healthy, active and live well with diabetes
(BPT) - Navigating the world of diabetes care can be overwhelming, whether you are at risk for, have been recently diagnosed or are living with diabetes. Where do you turn for help?You can find answers to many questions at the American Diabetes Association EXPO events. These are free one-day d... More >>


Got a great wedding theme? Tips for carrying it throughout your big day
(BPT) - What does the concept of a wedding theme mean to you? Do you think it’s just about the colors you choose for your bouquet and bridesmaid gowns? Or do you think of it as something grander – your personalized stamp that should shine through every aspect of your big day?“Even... More >>


Outdoor kitchen? Second-floor laundry? How to easily achieve summer's hottest home improvements
(BPT) - Whether you’re staying in place or planning to take advantage of an improving real estate market to sell your home, spring and summer are upgrade seasons. From adding a bathroom to creating an outdoor kitchen, certain improvements pay off for both homeowners who are selling and those ... More >>


Build a better bath on a budget
(BPT) - Do you cringe every time you step into your bathroom? If so, it may be time to remodel. Bathroom remodels are the most popular remodeling project, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders. But remodeling doesn’t have to be a budget buster. You can simp... More >>


Clever tips and tricks to save on auto insurance
(BPT) - Car insurance can take a bite out of your budget. On average, consumers shelled out nearly $800 for auto insurance for each vehicle in 2011, according to a recent report from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. In some states, the annual cost to insure one car topped $1,100... More >>


Three weekend-friendly DIY bathroom upgrades
(BPT) - How much time do you spend in the bathroom each day? Whether it’s where you prep the kids for bed or step away for some alone time, the bathroom is one of the most frequently used rooms in the home. It’s also one of the best areas in which to invest; renovating or simply updatin... More >>


Time to try to DIY: Easy outdoor living projects that can be done in a few weekends
(BPT) - Spring is the perfect time to put your home’s best face forward. The good news is you can refresh your outdoor living space with easy-to-tackle projects that can be done in a few weekends.Whether you’re building a brand new deck from the bottom-up or updating your existing outdo... More >>


Eight tips to get your lawn mower ready for spring
(BPT) - With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to tune up your lawn mower for the season ahead. A yearly tune-up is important to ensure all parts of your mower are functioning properly and safely. Use these eight tips to rev up your engine and get your mower ready for spring:1.... More >>


A resolution you can keep all year: The one-day identity checkup
(BPT) - Exercise. Lose the weight. Answer every incoming email.Those are the hard kinds of New Year’s resolutions, because you have to think about them every day for the rest of the year. Many are forgotten long before Valentine’s Day.But here’s one important resolution, one you c... More >>


Master suite upgrades: the secret to a speedier home sale
(BPT) - All signs point to a hearty real estate market this summer. Experts say more inventory will be available and buyers will have an easier time getting mortgages, all of which means more competition among sellers.If you plan to put your home on the market this spring or summer, you might be lo... More >>


Still need to file your taxes? Tips for faster, easier filing
(BPT) - Spring can inspire a renewed sense of confidence and optimism in do-it-yourself activities. For nearly 40 percent of Americans, this includes preparing and e-filing their own income tax return. Like most things DIY, following a few simple strategies can save you valuable time and money... More >>


New tech devices make the perfect gift for your grad
(BPT) - Years of hard work have all led to this moment; your loved one is graduating. This is a special time in his or her life. It marks an end to past successes and the doorway to new challenges and opportunities. As you celebrate this wonderful event, you may be wondering how to find the perfect... More >>


Five things they don't teach you in school about how to secure your financial future
(BPT) - Anyone over a certain age has heard about the “the three Rs” of education - reading, writing and arithmetic. The thinking is that if you graduate from school knowing how to read, write and solve basic math problems, you’ll have the fundamentals for a successful life. But t... More >>


Running on empty: How far can you really go?
(BPT) - Whether intentional or purely circumstantial, it’s likely that most experienced drivers have seen the low-fuel light illuminate their vehicle’s dashboard at least once. For some drivers, the fuel light is a source of anxiety as they search for the closest gas station. For others... More >>


Easy tips and menu for outdoor entertaining
(BPT) - Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, bridal shower, graduation or simply inviting friends over to revel in the good weather, the change in seasons offers a great excuse to enjoy a meal outdoors and spend time with family and friends. Here are a few tips to help you simplify, so you ... More >>


Could depression be affecting your job?
(BPT) - Did you know that one in 10 people struggle with depression? Depression can consist of a range of symptoms and it can also impact every aspect of a person’s life including social, family, personal and work/school life. Depression affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act... More >>


Lovestruck: How to give a Valentine's Day gift perfect for her unique personality
(BPT) - Whether it’s a couple’s first date, a pair of love birds in their honeymoon phase or a husband and wife team enjoying 50 years of married bliss, Valentine’s Day serves as a reminder of the affection shared with a special someone. For the Valentine who is truly one of a kin... More >>


Moving on? Tips to help get your home ready to sell
(BPT) - Listing your home for sale? Or want to? First impressions can make the difference in attracting prospective buyers. Many buyers make decisions based on emotion. To appeal to emotions, and make a positive first impression with prospective buyers, present your home at its best.Get out the too... More >>


Tossing and turning at night? Stop counting sheep and start collecting zzz's
(BPT) - Although many people workout, eat the right foods and are very concerned about their overall health, one important factor is often overlooked: sleep. In today’s 24/7 world, people are often going right up until they have to go to bed – leaving them unable to turn off their minds... More >>


A fitness revolution for your New Year's resolution
(BPT) - It is the time of year when resolutions are made, but that does not have to mean the beginning of broken promises. It should not be a surprise that fitness goals are among the top New Year’s resolution for men. Gyms are flowing with new members in the beginning of the year, but within... More >>


Learn how speaking to your doctor may have a positive effect on your rheumatoid arthritis
(BPT) - For the 1.3 million people across the United States who have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), pain is often a part of life. RA patients can experience pain and stiffness on a daily basis. The disease affects nearly three times as many women as men.If you have been diagnosed with RA, there is help... More >>


For small lawns, choose smart tools that get the job done quickly and store away neatly
(BPT) - Small lawns have many of the same needs and issues as larger lawns, but they don’t always require the same bulky tools to get the job done. A smart arsenal for small lawn care includes some sturdy hand tools and a few small, but powerful, gadgets. If you’re looking to outfit you... More >>


Get a jumpstart on digital spring cleaning by tackling an overloaded inbox
(BPT) - If you spring clean your home every year, you might want to consider an often forgotten and usually cluttered space – your email.Your digital world can get just as messy as any other area of the home with all the photos, emails and documents you’re creating and storing. Your inb... More >>


Achieving personal harmony and balance during Colon Cancer Awareness Month
(BPT) - What if after surviving your first cancer diagnosis at the age of 51, you were re-diagnosed just 18 months later? Metastatic colorectal cancer patient Dave Johnson experienced that first-hand, and was initially reluctant and scared to tell his family, friends and co-workers.However, he soon... More >>


Fascinating facts about everyone's favorite sweet treat: Caramel
(BPT) - There are many confections available to satisfy a sweet tooth, but one that melts the hearts of many is rich, creamy caramel. Both young and old adore this treat that can be enjoyed on its own or paired with other ingredients to create an extra-delicious delight.Caramel is a candy staple in... More >>


Five ways to celebrate the return of the sun
(BPT) - With warm weather in sight, it’s time to celebrate the return of sun, travel and outdoor parties. Whether taking a break from the workday to enjoy the park or hosting an event for friends, there are many ways to bask in the warmth.Lunch in the parkThe cold of winter has kept you and y... More >>


How to protect your diesel in cold weather
(BPT) - As more manufacturers produce diesel vehicles for consumers, owners need to be aware of the issues that may occur during the cold winter months and learn how they can protect their vehicle.GellingCold weather can cause starting problems in diesel vehicles because the fuel tends to gel. Most... More >>


Spring-prep steps for your sun-friendly skylights
(BPT) - When spring finally arrives, windows and skylights across the country will open, as happy homeowners revel in all that sunshine and warm, fresh air. But before you can savor spring, you still have weeks of winter to get through. You can use that time wisely to ensure all your home’s w... More >>


Bathroom remodeling: the first five things you must do
(BPT) - So you’ve decided it’s time to remodel your bathroom. Whether you’re excited at the idea of creating a new look that will add value to your home, or simply relieved that you’ll no longer have to look at dated fixtures and cracked tile, you’ll be facing a lot of... More >>


Steering the course to success
(BPT) - Elana Meyers’ dream of winning an Olympic medal began at a young age. Growing up in Georgia, she participated in a myriad of sports to feed her desire for competition, including basketball, competitive dance, soccer, track and softball. Today, the 29-year-old Meyers is ready to lay ev... More >>


Renovating? Laying a good foundation for home improvement success
(BPT) - You’ve probably heard the saying: “Your home is your castle.” But if your current home - or the home you’re thinking of buying - feels more like the servant’s quarters than the royal palace, you may need to plan a renovation. At times like these it’s easy... More >>


Exercise those ears: Simple ways to keep your hearing in shape
(BPT) - There are hundreds of benefits from daily exercise. Science has shown that daily aerobic exercise improves brain function, helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, helps regulate insulin levels and slows aging. Good health enables a person to experience and enjoy life to its fullest,... More >>


Spring cleaning your medicine cabinet? Simple steps to cut cabinet clutter
(BPT) - As temperatures warm and flowers blossom, Mother Nature’s renewal often inspires us to refresh our own surroundings. It’s officially time for spring cleaning, but as you focus on scrubbing floors, refreshing draperies and dusting every surface in sight, don’t forget about ... More >>


Is your technology working for you?
(BPT) - For every new computer, gadget or service there are several different stages of ownership. Unfortunately, the first and happiest phase - the honeymoon - doesn’t last forever. Eventually, devices can slow, services get outdated, and in the end, the ailing technology begins to work agai... More >>


How health care reform could impact your tax returns this year and next
(BPT) - Several key tax law changes in the Affordable Care Act have been implemented in 2013 and 2014. The impact of those changes on federal tax returns due April 15, 2014 and 2015 hinge mainly on your household's adjusted gross income (AGI) and health insurance situation."The impact on this year'... More >>


Entertaining tips and tricks: Do game day right this spring
(BPT) - Spring is one of the best times of the year for many reasons. The light at the end of winter’s tunnel, it conjures images of beaches, picnics, barbecues and more. For sports fans, it’s also one of the busiest times of the year. Professional baseball is just getting started, the ... More >>


What you don't know about pain can hurt you
(BPT) - You may not like it, but when you feel pain, your body is trying to tell you something. In most cases, it’s to stop what you’re doing. (“Ouch, that stove is hot!”) That’s why some pain is necessary and can prevent us from seriously injuring ourselves. But, at t... More >>


Five sure-fire steps for planning the most memorable family vacation of your life
(BPT) - It’s no secret that families are busy these days. Between mom and dad’s careers, the kids’ school demands and extra-curricular activities, quality time together as a family is hard to come by. This busy lifestyle is inspiring a new travel movement, and 2014 is positioned f... More >>


Clutter-clearing home cleaning tips turn chaos into harmony
(BPT) - The stack of shoes that pile up by the front door, the linen closet that you’re afraid to open, the junk drawer that may well hide the mysteries of the universe – we all have one or two spots in our home that cry out for organization and tidying. Spring cleaning season is approa... More >>


IRS audits: 8 triggers to avoid and tips to help you survive
(BPT) - Ever wonder how the Internal Revenue Service selects which taxpayers to audit? Well, it isn’t always a matter of chance. There are certain factors that can make your tax return stand out from the rest.“The IRS pays more attention to some returns than others, so it’s import... More >>


Think spring: Insider tips for shopping a local boat show
(BPT) - Spring has officially sprung! Looking for the best place to gear up for warm weather fun on the horizon? Try your local spring boat show. The winter chill is starting to fade across the country, which makes it a great time to turn thoughts to getting outside and on the water. Boat shows are... More >>


Working adults plug into online education
(BPT) - Many working adults begin using technology from the moment their alarm clocks go off. From checking emails on a tablet over morning coffee, to sending out social media posts from a smartphone before they get into the office, technology allows people to be efficient and stay connected anytim... More >>


Lead with style: How to create clean, crisp curb appeal for your home's entry
(BPT) - Whether you are building a new home, or want to refresh your existing home, choosing a contemporary style creates high-class curb appeal.But, what goes into contemporary home styling?Among the various ways architects and interior designers describe “contemporary,” two words come... More >>


The places you'll go: Tips for female graduates on how to lean in to your career
(BPT) - More females are graduating from college than ever before, but does gender still play a role in career success? Does the so-called glass ceiling still exist? The truth is females face unique considerations when it comes to growing and navigating a career.Rachel Thomas, president of LeanIn.O... More >>


Healthy housekeeping tips offer a fresh approach to spring cleaning
(BPT) - After the long and cold winter experienced across the United States, families will be tackling spring cleaning with a passion this year. But for more than 40 million Americans living with allergies and 25 million with asthma, housekeeping comes with extra concerns and responsibilities. More... More >>


Green spring cleaning ideas that are kind to Mother Nature
(BPT) - It’s not necessary to use harsh chemicals and toxins to achieve a cleaner, fresh-smelling home this spring. Homemade cleaning products and earth-friendly tactics can help you clean green. Here are green cleaning ideas and a supplies list that will make Mother Nature happy:* Begin by d... More >>


Decorating with light captures the fresh spirit of spring
(BPT) - Something about spring seems to inspire us to lavish attention on our homes. Whether enthusiastically cleaning or freshening decor, Americans seize spring as an opportunity to breathe new life into interior spaces. While painting and decluttering are great ways to revitalize home decor, for... More >>


Why invest in insulation during a renovation?
(BPT) - When it comes to enhancing the value and comfort of a home, most homeowners will opt to address the cosmetic features of a home when completing a renovation project. Yet, it’s often the things that homeowners don’t consider that can have the biggest impact on the value of a home... More >>


Spruce up your home for spring
(BPT) - Spring is a time of rebirth. A time when everyone shakes off the last chills of a long winter and sets goals to improve themselves. Maybe you plan to set a goal to lose weight, now that you can exercise outside, learn a new skill or get promoted. All of these are great ideas. But while you ... More >>


Heart attack proof: How to give yourself a cardiac makeover
(BPT) - It’s not cancer, accidents or even old age – the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States is cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attack and stroke. The good news is that this killer is highly preventable and controllable. By taking the right ste... More >>


10 reasons to love your lawn
(BPT) - As summer approaches and your thoughts turn to home improvement and the outdoors, you’re probably considering a variety of ways to make your home more comfortable, more attractive and more environmentally sustainable – while hopefully increasing its value as well. One feature th... More >>


A sure-footed way to choose new flooring
(BPT) - When spring-cleaning uncovers a worn floor it may be time to consider purchasing a new one, especially if you’re selling your home in the near future. A new floor, like refreshed paint and updated fixtures, makes a home more enjoyable to live in as well as more marketable.Floor purcha... More >>


5 reasons to smile this Mother's Day
(BPT) - Did you know the act of smiling can impact both how you look and how you feel?Dove research finds that one in three women hardly ever smile at themselves because they don’t like what they see in the mirror.Building a positive relationship with beauty helps women to feel more confident... More >>


Go-anywhere upgrades that are great for kitchens and baths
(BPT) - Some upgrades look laughable in the wrong room: plush carpeting in the bathroom or custom drapes in a kitchen. A handful of go-anywhere upgrades work especially well in kitchens and baths – and can raise those rooms from merely functional to inspiringly fashionable.Of course, virtuall... More >>


Preparing for peace of mind in retirement
(BPT) - Everyone’s vision for retirement is different – for some it involves trips across the globe, while for others it means relocating to a new city or picking up a new hobby. Regardless of what your retirement goals might be, preparing to achieve them financially should include a pl... More >>


Big family, big love: Easy entertaining tips for large groups
(BPT) - The sun is shining, leaves are green and balmy temperatures have arrived – spring and summer months are the ideal time to entertain at home. Between holidays, graduation parties and warm weather festivities, there’s always a reason to gather for a great meal and some fun. With a... More >>


Tough times never last, tough people do
(BPT) - Growing up just steps away from the slopes in Park City, Utah, Steven Holcomb’s Olympic dreams started early. Today, the 32-year-old Holcomb pilots the four-man bobsled crew nicknamed the “Night Train” and is considered one of the most successful bobsled drivers in U.S. hi... More >>


Bridal registry trends inspire new dinnerware traditions
(BPT) - What are the hot trends of the season in bridal registry? For many bridal couples it is mixing something old with something new to create updated dinnerware designs. The table looks refreshed and renewed while allowing couples to enjoy treasured family heirlooms.“After years of leanin... More >>


Nix the neutrals: Undoing open house decor to make a new home your own
(BPT) - When selling a house, the mantra for most is neutral, neutral, neutral. To help potential new owners envision themselves moving in, real estate experts remind sellers to de-personalize their homes. That means removing family photos and mementos and replacing favorite color schemes with more... More >>


Energy-efficiency: the remodeling trend that's here to stay
(BPT) - Remodeling trends come and go, which is a good thing if you’re talking about shag carpet or avocado-colored Formica. But some trends have both staying power and universal appeal, such as the strengthening movement toward homes that are more energy efficient and eco-friendly.“Dem... More >>


Mind Your B.I.S. - Tips to jumpstart your financial well-being
(BPT) - In the next few months, high school seniors across the country will be anxiously checking mailboxes for college acceptance letters. With two-thirds of recent high school grads enrolling in college as of 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is the first step on a journey tow... More >>


Four simple tips for designing an on-trend home for 2014
(BPT) - The new year will usher in a new era of home decor by welcoming an “anything goes” attitude as designers mix old with new; DIY and high-end; as well as rustic and sleek to create eclectic, one-of-a-kind looks that are just as personal to the homeowner as they are unique.“W... More >>


Freezing temperatures are good news and bad news for pests
(BPT) - The newest buzz word this winter is “Polar Vortex.” Most of the country has experienced weeks of extremely cold temperatures, and these repeated bouts of ice and snow could have an impact on local pest populations.Rodents and mosquitoes may not be homeowners’ main concerns... More >>


What to consider when upgrading your technology
(BPT) - The holidays are over and if you’re left looking at a fruit cake and a room full of white elephant gifts, you’re probably thinking it is time to find the perfect present for yourself.Like many adults, you want to treat yourself to a little technology. You’re not alone. Lap... More >>


Opening the door to space and privacy is easy
(BPT) - Homeowners, builders and remodelers are always looking for innovative and new ways to enhance existing spaces during home makeovers and room renovations.To meet that demand, Johnson Hardware recently introduced the Series 200WM wall mount door hardware, an exclusively designed system for mo... More >>


How to find rebates for energy-efficient home improvements
(BPT) - Home improvements that increase energy efficiency are appealing on many levels, from saving you money on heating and cooling costs to the confidence you get from knowing you’re doing something good for the environment. They’re even better when you can get some money back from th... More >>


Deer dangers you don't know - and what to do about them
(BPT) - It’s hard to live in suburbia these days and be unaware of the difficulties deer can cause homeowners. They lunch on your landscape and brazenly cross busy roads at the worst possible times. But did you know that deer can carry parasites that transmit debilitating diseases to people? ... More >>


Survey says: Payday loan users savvier than you think
(BPT) - Read enough about the state of Americans’ finances and you might get the impression that the average consumer is fairly clueless when it comes to making good money decisions. But a new survey indicates that Americans are more credit-savvy than you might think about how and when to use... More >>


Wine and food: Making a perfect match
(BPT) - If you’ve ever stood before an aisle of wine completely baffled by what to serve at your next dinner party, you aren’t alone. Whether red or white, dry or sweet, the options can be overwhelming.Two wine experts from The Art Institutes system of schools have teamed up to help you... More >>


Technology playing a bigger role in what families eat each month
(BPT) - Restaurants play a key role in most family’s weekly – and sometimes daily – routine. When families take advantage of a restaurant – either by dining out, taking food to go or ordering delivery – what can they expect on the menu? Increasingly, it’s healthi... More >>


Four simple tips to achieve your New Year's resolutions
(BPT) - The new year is here and it’s time to tackle your resolutions! You’ve set your goal, and now is the time to take action. A recent survey by Bing and Impulse Research showed 69 percent of people were all talk last year and did not keep their New Year’s resolution. The same ... More >>


How your car's computers can improve your gas mileage
(BPT) - Your right foot holds the key to better gas mileage. How aggressively you apply the gas or brakes affects how frequently you have to stop for fuel. And driving style is even more important with today’s cars as the spread between a vehicle’s best and worst mileage may be 10 mpg o... More >>


Traveling? Check out these tips on how to stay healthy
(BPT) - As vital as vacations are for our mental well-being, many of us find ourselves compromising on nutrition when we travel. Being away from our routines - and our own kitchens - can throw our weight loss efforts for a loop. Eating while traveling with limited time and restaurant choi... More >>


Five surprising solutions to help you stop snoring
(BPT) - Snoring not only keeps you and your bed partner up at night – it can be dangerous to your health.Typically, as you sleep, air passes through the nose and past the back of the throat without any trouble. But as muscles relax during sleep, the upper airway can become partially blocked, ... More >>


Increasing your resale value is easy when you save smartly
(BPT) - Investing in home improvements is a smart idea when you’re thinking of putting your home on the market. So where is the best place to spend your money?While it may be tempting to make cosmetic home improvements including decorating touches or fresh coats of paint, upgrading vital home... More >>


How to get your car to go that extra mile - or 100,000
(BPT) - Today’s car owners are keeping their vehicles on the road longer, and it’s not uncommon to find autos with odometer readings of 200,000, 300,000 or more. While increasingly common, that kind of longevity still merits bragging rights. So how can you reach the six-figure mile-mark... More >>


Get in gear this year with a resolution to ride with
(BPT) - Now that the ball has dropped to usher in 2014, make it your mission to set a resolution to stick with this new year. According to Forbes, more than 40 percent of Americans set a goal for themselves at the start of a fresh year. However, only a mere 8 percent ever actually reach the finish ... More >>


Ask the Pharmacist: Expert advice for managing ADHD medications
(BPT) - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is no longer just a condition impacting school-aged boys. In fact, ADHD diagnosis rates are exploding among the adult population – climbing 53 percent overall and an alarming 84 percent for those ages 26-34.In Express Scripts’ new ... More >>


Keep wall flaws hidden with beautiful texturing techniques
(BPT) - When it comes to home decorating, texturing can do for your walls what a good coat of wax can do for your car's finish - hide a host of flaws. Poorly patched holes, uneven sheetrock, ugly wallpaper and even multiple layers of peeling paint can all be hidden beneath a beautiful layer of text... More >>


Top apps help keep small-business owners efficient and on the go
(BPT) - With all the buzz surrounding business use of “cloud computing,” you might think the concept of conducting business anywhere – on the road, in the board room, on a soccer field or in the gym – was a new one. But small-business owners (SBOs) have been working on the g... More >>


Is bracket-busting technology the key to victory?
(BPT) - Each year technology has a greater impact on our lives and that may be most visible in the world of sports. Long-time sports fans have witnessed the advent of new protective equipment, slow motion playbacks and officials using instant replay to determine the correct call in major sporting e... More >>


Six hot home design trends for spring 2014
(BPT) - Does the change of seasons have you itching to refresh a tired, lackluster room? Or maybe you’re looking for some small ways to make a big impact on your home’s style? Whatever the case, here are some of this season’s most buzzed-about trends and how you can incorporate th... More >>


Ideas to inspire home remodeling projects
(BPT) - With new home trends emerging, it’s an ideal time to collect ideas to inspire your next home improvement plans.Nearly 60 percent of homeowners surveyed by real estate site Zillow plan to complete a home improvement project or room addition by the summer of 2014. Of those surveyed, nea... More >>


The new time to have fun and bond with your family: breakfast
(BPT) - Families are always looking for new ways to celebrate and spend time together. Why not start your weekend off on the right foot with a little family time in the kitchen over a delicious hot breakfast?Cooking in the kitchen is a great activity for families, including children of all ages. Co... More >>


Enjoy the taste of eating right with healthy, tasty snacks
(BPT) - While health is a main concern for many Americans, the majority are still choosing food based on taste rather than nutrition.This March, however, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) is hoping to change perceptions and shed light on the fact that healthy food can taste good by promo... More >>


Easy and beautiful holiday looks for the everyday woman
(BPT) - Feeling your best during the holiday season helps make celebrating that much more meaningful. When you look beautiful, your confidence and charisma can shine, whether at a work party or a family gathering.You don’t have to dress like a fashion model to have a festive look, simply reme... More >>


Get spring off to a fresh start with these easy cleaning tips
(BPT) - Spring is finally here. It’s time to throw open the windows and get the kids ready for fun times outdoors. It’s also time to start those spring cleaning projects. In fact, 72 percent of Americans make spring cleaning an annual task.Spring cleaning projects usually require many d... More >>


Couples: Live happily ever after with tips on moving into your first home together
(BPT) - Moving into your first home as a couple is a fun experience. But you will also face challenges like combining your household belongings and determining where you want everything placed. Handling these negotiations well can start your life together on the right foot.Your first home may just ... More >>


Six ways to kick your lawn's grass this season
(BPT) - For most all of us, springtime can’t come soon enough. Following a brutal winter with severe temps and record snowfall nationwide, people are more anxious than ever to enjoy the first days of spring outdoors.To help get your lawn ready for use and enjoyment this season, the Craftsman ... More >>


Chic chalet: Give your kitchen a mountain makeover
(BPT) - Your kitchen doesn’t need a Matterhorn vista to stay on top of the latest “chalet chic” design trend. It’s easier than you think to get this style by mixing rustic pieces with modern touches.“Exposed structural elements work well when paired against something t... More >>


Learning on the go: How digital learning can help you understand any topic instantly
(BPT) - When you think about technology and learning, images of eager students likely come to mind. But in the digital age, technology is far reaching and not exclusive to America’s youth. One of the most active groups of digital learners is actually adults – a movement that is being dr... More >>


The black box that could save your life
(BPT) - Black boxes in airplanes or trains hold critical information relevant to a disaster. However, there is another type of black box that can help stop a medication-related catastrophe before it happens: a black box warning. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that some medications ... More >>


Flab to fit: The five money moves that can whip your finances into better shape
(BPT) - By now you’ve abandoned your plan to eat a healthier breakfast and spend an hour at the gym every day. Across the country, self-improvement resolutions have fallen by the wayside. Instead of succumbing to guilt and frustration over what you might not do this year, why not focus your e... More >>


Selecting a cellphone and plan that fits your lifestyle
(BPT) - Whether taking the plunge and joining the smartphone crowd or simply replacing a tired old cellphone, buying a new device takes careful deliberation. From selecting carriers and avoiding contracts to deciding on a type of phone and a specific model, numerous decisions must be made to find t... More >>


Worried about data breach risks? What you can do to help protect yourself
(BPT) - For many Americans, recent high-profile retail data breaches have been a wake-up call. Even those who never did business with the breached retailers might have found themselves wondering what they can or should do about data breach risks. While you can’t prevent a breach from occurrin... More >>


Deck staining secrets for success
(BPT) - After one of the toughest winters on record, your backyard deck may be looking worse for wear. And spring showers will just bring more potential damage to unprotected wood. Water is your deck’s worst enemy. It causes ugly and expensive cracking and splitting.Luckily, restoring your de... More >>


Put your decorating fears to bed and awaken your personality with the latest color trends
(BPT) - The bedroom is an oasis. It’s the place where you wake up, energized and ready to start the day, as well as where you slip away and unwind from the day’s activities. This is the one room that is truly yours, so make sure it’s a reflection of your personality.Looking for a ... More >>


Mom was right, you should eat more veggies - here's how you do it
(BPT) - The majority of Americans say they've been trying to eat more fruits and vegetables over the past year, according to a poll by the International Food Information Council Foundation. And, with good reason; eating plenty of vegetables and fruits can help ward off heart disease and stroke, con... More >>


It's OK to cry: Expert tips for creating an emotionally charged Valentine's Day card for your man
(BPT) - With the onslaught of roses, hearts and cherubs, it’s easy to think Valentine’s Day is all about women, but men deserve something special too. You don’t need to gift luscious chocolates or a new designer watch to get the ultimate Valentine’s Day reaction. This year, ... More >>


Car care tips from a lady who professionally takes hers through the dirt and mud
(BPT) - Spring is here, and it’s time to make sure your vehicles are maintained.  As a professional off-road driver in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, Corry Weller knows the type of care that needs to go into helping a winter-worn car roll into the spring, ready to go. Helping your... More >>


10 simple ways to instantly improve your finances in 2014
(BPT) - Do you wonder how you could better manage finances? You’re not alone. When it comes to money, most people are far from perfect. Whether you make $20,000 a year or $200,000, some simple steps can start you on the right financial path, and some of them only take a few minutes to complet... More >>


Call 811 before every digging project, large or small
(BPT) - With the snow melted and the ground thawed, many eager homeowners and landscape professionals are ready to start projects that require digging this spring.During this transition into “digging season,” Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the association dedicated to protecting undergro... More >>


Beyond cool: How ceiling fans offer energy efficiency, decor and function
(BPT) - Savvy interior designers know that items that are both fashionable and functional are in high demand. One of the best examples of a stylish, hardworking home fixture is also one of the most overlooked: the ceiling fan. In 2014, more homeowners are realizing the potential this classic techno... More >>


How Well Do You Know the Flu?
About half of US adults incorrectly believe that antibiotics or flu vaccines will treat the flu, according to a new survey from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). The good news is that two-thirds of those surveyed know that people should be vaccinated against the flu each year.... More >>


Discover the little-known investment strategy that your advisor isn't telling you about
(BPT) - Did you know self-directed IRAs allow Americans to invest in assets other than stocks and bonds, while enjoying the tax-free or tax-deferred status of their retirement account? Very few Americans realize that they have the option to self-direct their IRAs, or other retirement plans, into re... More >>


Three easy DIY tips to maintain your vehicle
(BPT) - When it comes to vehicle maintenance there are two schools of practice: the “do it for me” and the “do it yourself.” The majority fall under the first category, meaning they opt to take their vehicle in for maintenance, mostly because having the ability to lift your ... More >>


Your home could be attracting termites
(BPT) - Spring is when pests come out of hiding and hibernation to search for new places to establish their colonies. Unfortunately, it’s not only the flowers in your garden that attract pests but also your home itself. One of the most determined springtime pests is termites.Termites live up ... More >>


Prepping tips for spring outdoor projects
(BPT) - Soon, winter will be winding down and homeowners will start planning – and prepping for – a variety of outdoor projects for spring. From cleaning, repairing or replacing decks, to creating raised beds for veggies and flowers, now is the time to start gearing up for those spring ... More >>


Check the big move off the moving to-do list with ease
(BPT) - When you’re planning the big move, you’ve probably created a lengthy to-do list of everything that needs to be packed, planned and previewed. While you’re likely excited about your move, stress can create a bit of an emotional upheaval as well.By staying organized and adop... More >>


How to prepare your pet for summer fun - and beyond
(BPT) - The dark, cold days of winter are nearly behind us, and many people are looking forward to warmer weather and outdoor activities. Dogs also appreciate their time in the sun. So, it’s important to keep in mind what you need to do to make sure your dog is ready to enjoy summer activitie... More >>


Wake up to why you might be tired all the time
(BPT) - With busy schedules, it’s inevitable to feel sleepy once in a while. But habitually falling asleep during the day while watching TV, reading a book, or in the middle of having a conversation could be a sign of a serious sleep disorder known as narcolepsy.An underdiagnosed medical cond... More >>


Top 10 home decor trends for 2014
(BPT) - Renew. Rejuvenate. Reinvigorate. The same objectives people have when making their personal New Year’s resolutions can be just as easily be applied to their homes. There’s no better time to give a home a fresh look, whether it’s incorporating a new color palette, adding ac... More >>


Bringing life back into your yard and garden
(BPT) - Spring season is a time of regeneration and renewal as you prepare to bring life back to your lawn and garden. Taking the proper steps after seasonal changes or severe weather conditions can prove to be the difference between creating a breathtaking landscape or an outdoor space with unsigh... More >>


How to keep your kids active during the winter months
(BPT) - As the holidays wind down, so do the temperatures. As a parent, you know your kids can get restless in the winter months while they’re cooped up inside. It’s tempting to let the tablets and video games provide hours of entertainment, but it’s important that kids stay activ... More >>


Wood is good: The must-have material for your spring home spruce-up
(BPT) - Thinking of sprucing up your home for spring? You’re not alone; one in three homeowners say they’ll take on at least one home improvement project in the first half of 2014, according to a recent survey by Burst Media. And it turns out, freshening your home for spring is a smart ... More >>


Walking: the old way to get fit is new again
(BPT) - With so many fitness trends, you might not think of walking as good exercise. If you’re not thrusting a kettlebell over your head, pushing a tractor trailer tire or shaking your hips to a Top 40 dance beat in a scheduled group class, you’re not cutting it, right? Well, not so fa... More >>


Now's the time to spring into DIY action with home improvement projects
(BPT) - It’s time to start dreaming of a spring home makeover. Sources of design inspiration, like Pinterest, are plentiful and can help make your home decor and renovation projects easy and fun. In fact, now is the season to gather ideas and get started.Warm up to colorA fresh coat of paint ... More >>


3 easy steps to sweeten someone's day
(BPT) - Nearly everyone has more than one special person in their life. Whether it’s a neighbor who lets the dog out, the friend who watches the kids in a pinch or a colleague who makes Mondays a little more bearable, loved ones make our days better. A simple thank you or a small gift can go ... More >>


Solve everyday setbacks with five simple 'life hacks'... and possibly get rich doing so
(BPT) - Fifty-six percent of adults who completed home improvements in the past year spent $1,000 or more, according to The Scarborough Report. Next time you’re faced with a home improvement project, instead of wasting money throwing away fixable objects or hiring professionals for quick and ... More >>


How to claim victory as a No. 1 sports party host
(BPT) - When you hear the phrase “’tis the season” you might be thinking holidays. But it’s also the season of families and friends gathering together around the big-screen TV to cheer on their favorite college or pro sports teams.Pro football draws the biggest audience, but... More >>


Tips for making your child's birthday extra special this year
(BPT) - For many young children (especially those between the ages of 3 and 6), a birthday is the most important and anticipated day of the year, ranking even above Christmas or Easter.The challenge, however, is that with more two-income families, increase in single parent households, and busier wo... More >>


Designer tips to create inspired dream spaces with color
(BPT) - Ready to transform your home this year? The key to creating your dream interior space could be as simple as updating with color.Seven-in-10 homeowners plan a house-related project in the next six months, according to the Sherwin-Williams National Home Design and Color Survey. Of those homeo... More >>


Science and technology giving outdoor power tools a Millennial twist
(BPT) - The modern world runs on batteries. Portable smartphones, tablets, computers, e-readers and more have revolutionized how everyone communicates. The same is becoming true for household chores. Today’s line-up of innovative devices make maintaining a home’s outdoor spaces easy, fa... More >>


School lunches are gold mines for recycling, reusing and replenishing
(BPT) - From an early age, children can roll up their sleeves and get involved in helping reduce the amount of trash they produce by participating in recycling programs. Across the country, children will celebrate Earth Day April 22 with science fairs and environmental educational seminars about th... More >>


Making spring cleaning easy with one tool [Infographic]
(BPT) - Every spring 72 percent of Americans freshen up their homes by deep cleaning. This spring Tide is making it easier with new Tide Oxi Multi-Purpose Stain Remover, a product designed to tackle stains inside the laundry room and around the home. With more than 225 uses, it’s a true multi... More >>


Creating inviting outdoor spaces for entertaining
(BPT) - From barbecues and games of bocce to parties and candlelit dinners, your outdoor space can be a hub for entertaining friends and family.“Try to create a living room for your outdoor space,” says Kate Anthony, owner of Kate & Company Design Studio and Interior Design instruct... More >>


What valentines want [Infographic]
(BPT) - We take the guesswork out of winning your Valentine’s heart – from the treats they crave to the where, when and how to celebrate. ... More >>


How to manage your money in the new year
(BPT) - As a new year unfolds, many people resolve to kick bad habits and take better care of their health and their finances. After a few late payments, messy receipt folders and carefree budgeting, it’s time to make your personal finances a priority. It may feel like you don’t have en... More >>


A reasonable explanation: What 'reason codes' tell you about your credit score
(BPT) - Consumer knowledge about credit scoring remains a challenge. In fact, nearly half of Americans still don’t know that mortgage companies use credit scores when making decisions about credit availability and pricing, according to a 2013 survey by the Consumer Federation of America and V... More >>


Ice is nice: 5 simple steps to maintain your commercial ice machine
(BPT) - It’s easy for restaurants and other food service businesses to forget about one of the hardest working pieces of equipment in their kitchens: the commercial ice machine. But ice is critical to the storage, preparation and distribution of items on your menu, and must be treated like fo... More >>


National Infant Immunization Week 2014
(BPT) - Immunizations are considered to be one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Over time, successful vaccination campaigns have contributed to the elimination or near-elimination of some diseases i... More >>


The best-kept secret for your home's exterior
(BPT) - Unique versatility, unrivaled durability, breathtaking beauty – all are qualities that have made cypress a longtime favorite building material in the coastal regions of the South. But the secret about cypress is out, and homeowners across the country are acknowledging its virtues for ... More >>


Four quick color tips to awaken your home in 2014
(BPT) - While many resolutions are based on eating healthier and exercising more, homes rarely receive the same promise of improvement. This year, resolve to give your home some attention by committing to a new coat of paint. Painting can be a quick and cost-effective way to refresh your home, so c... More >>


Easy tips to stick to your healthy living New Year's resolutions
(BPT) - Only 8 percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions actually achieve their goals, according to a recent study by the University of Scranton. This year, instead of making a promise to lose weight, make small but impactful changes to the way you eat to ensure you reach your resolut... More >>


Turn your 'victory garden' into a 'vitamin garden' with no-fail, high-nutrition veggies and herbs
(BPT) - It’s a well-known fact that few Americans actually get the recommended daily dose of vitamins. Many turn to over-the-counter supplements to fill in nutritional gaps. But wouldn’t it be better – not to mention tastier – to get needed nutrients from what you eat? This ... More >>


How to diversify your retirement portfolio in ways you might not have imagined
(BPT) - Many investors are taking more control of their financial future by investing in alternatives to the stock market including real estate, land, promissory notes, oil and gas.Sue Jensen of New York grew frustrated after watching her life savings take a hit year after year in the stock market.... More >>


Spring home decorating tips from the ground up
(BPT) - Spring is here! Clear skies and sunshine have made their long-awaited appearance and the once-frozen grounds are sprouting fresh flowers and greenery. Everywhere you look, top to bottom, the world is transforming into a place full of beauty, vibrancy, color and life. So why not take inspira... More >>


Three-room makeover takes homes from simple to sensational this spring
(BPT) - Spring is the season of new beginnings, so is it any wonder that many Americans think about home improvement and brightening their decor when the weather warms? Simple updates can bring the cheerful perspective from the outside indoors, and revive any room just in time for warmer weather.Ma... More >>


Look for the seal for safe children's products
(BPT) - Your children’s safety is your top priority. You heard from the experts and you’ve read the books to ensure you’re providing them with the right clothes and the proper food. But what about the baby products they use every day? How do you know they’re safe?The Juvenil... More >>


Want a shot at a healthy future? Protect yourself at any age
(BPT) - The best approach to health is a proactive one, and that means getting an annual checkup and staying up-to-date on recommended vaccinations. But many adults don’t visit a doctor unless they feel ill, nor do they think about vaccination as part of their routine, preventive healthcare. ... More >>


Easy do-it-yourself Easter: Fun Easter projects for the whole family
(BPT) - The Easter bunny is right around the corner, which means chocolate eggs, chick marshmallows and stuffed bunnies will soon be popping up around the home. Celebrate with a build-your-own Easter basket with the kids for some quality time for the entire family. DIY doesn’t mean it needs t... More >>


From farm to suburb, chicken coops are at the heart of the self-reliance movement
(BPT) - Americans across the country are taking strides to be more self reliant, including growing food, composting and raising animals. While these types of activities are most often associated with people who live in the country, residents in unexpected settings are embracing aspects of this life... More >>


Business owners: Resolve to use your time for growth in 2014
(BPT) - Each year offers a chance for new beginnings – an opportunity for people to reflect on the past and make personal resolutions to use their time effectively to prosper in the year ahead. The same is true for businesses, as entrepreneurs and business owners set new strategic goals and p... More >>


How color affects your exterior home makeover
(BPT) - How do you know you’ve chosen the right colors to accent your home’s exterior? What colors on windows, doors, trim or shutters can highlight architectural details? Try these tips to help choose an exterior color scheme for your home.Accent your home’s styleConsider your ho... More >>


Sure-fire laundry tips to make your kids' clothes last longer
By Evelyn Pimplaskar(BPT) - Taking care of your kids’ clothing can be a non-stop, dirty business. All that running around, sliding into home plate and puddle jumping can wear out more than just your kids’ shirts and pants. It can also leave parents feeling like they’re constantly ... More >>


Got an 'impossible' space? The no-fail way to turn it into a bathroom
(BPT) - Nearly everyone has a home improvement “impossible dream” – an inground pool in a postage-stamp-sized backyard or a professional-grade kitchen on a $5,000 budget. Some homeowners might say their can’t-do renovation is adding a bathroom in an impossible space. But ent... More >>


Knowing when to repair or replace three of your home's major systems - the furnace, air conditioner and water heater
(BPT) - If your furnace, air conditioner or water heater is not working properly, you probably notice it long before you actually inspect the appliance itself. You know because those winter mornings are a little too cold, those July days are a little too hot or your morning showers are chillier tha... More >>


Can you afford a college degree?
(BPT) - For working adults wondering if they should go back to school for a degree – or to upgrade their bachelor’s degree to a master’s - affordability is, today, more important than ever. “How can I afford it?” is often the first question students ask before they enr... More >>


Food forecast: U.S. embraces European traditions to create authentic cuisine stateside
(BPT) - Not long ago, adding international flair to your foods simply meant incorporating a dash of spice or trying a new cooking method. Today, Americans expect more out of their food, and the newest culinary trends are inspired by European traditions in order to create delicious, unique cuisine c... More >>


Four tips for achieving a healthy lawn on a budget
(BPT) - As spring rolls around, it’s time to start thinking about yard maintenance. If your budget is tight, you might be tempted to let the lawn care slide, but maintaining a great lawn doesn’t need to be expensive – and the reward for just a small investment is a beautiful, envi... More >>


Try tasty simple swaps to lighten up your menu
(BPT) - When it comes to diet and health, small changes can lead to big rewards. Replacing less healthy ingredients in your favorite recipes with ingredients that are lower in calories and packed with nutrients (and flavor) make it easy for you to stay on track. The trick is to identify ingredients... More >>


Plowing 101: Tips for removing snow quickly and efficiently
(BPT) - If you live in America’s snowbelt, you know how back-breaking clearing all that white stuff can be. Using a shovel or snow blower can be time-consuming and strenuous, prompting many people to acquire a snowplow to keep driveways and other areas safe.If you’re a newbie to plowing... More >>


Five insider tips to save money when buying a car
(BPT) - As the weather warms, car buying season gets into full swing. Even though interest rates are still at or near record lows, there are additional ways smart buyers are saving even more cash on their next vehicle and staying within their budgets.“Purchasing power is crucial when it comes... More >>


Resolving to cook more at home?
(BPT) - Cooking more at home is a common New Year’s resolution – and a good one at that. Not only can you save money by eating at home, you can also make choices restaurants often decide for you about how food is purchased and prepared.Labels and terms on packaging at the supermarket to... More >>


Empty nesters want low-maintenance yards that focus on fun and functionality, not fuss
(BPT) - One of the first questions new empty nesters face is: what do we do with the nest? Some are eager to downsize and sell. Others like where they live and choose to stay put.No matter the decision, the property, new or old, is likely in for a makeover aimed at making routine upkeep more manage... More >>


Brewing up fresh ideas in the kitchen: How to incorporate craft beer into your cooking
(BPT) - For those that are experienced in the kitchen, wine may be a familiar ingredient to cook with, but many people don’t even consider using craft beer in their recipes. While it may not be commonplace quite yet, more and more people are learning that craft beer can add a flavorful dimens... More >>


Sleep better together - how to slumber as a couple
(BPT) - Tossing, turning, snoring, thrashing, blanket yanking - it’s amazing anybody who shares a bed ever gets any sleep. If your loved one is keeping you up, you’re definitely not alone. According to a recent survey, 37 percent of cohabitants have considered sleeping in a separate roo... More >>


Tips to keep you trekking this winter
(BPT) - Winter is in full swing, and with the magical season come the potentially unpleasant snow, ice and slippery conditions that can make driving a challenge. But, even in this less-than-ideal driving weather, Americans are ready to take on what Mother Nature throws their way. Even though 63 per... More >>


Pump it up: Ways to grow the personal trainer profession
(BPT) - At a time when the country is seeing sweeping changes in the health care landscape, many Americans are realizing the benefits of taking a proactive approach to their personal health and well-being. The focus is changing to taking personal responsibility in protecting your health as you age.... More >>


How freeze-thaw cycles, water, impact, sun and pests can damage siding
(BPT) - Spring is a great time to re-side your house, whether to increase your home’s value or to replace damaged siding but be sure to evaluate all your siding options. Not all residential siding exteriors perform the same.Weather attacks a home’s siding year-round with freeze-thaw cyc... More >>


Best on the block: How to create curb appeal
(BPT) - Spring is in the air, so it’s time to give your home an exterior makeover and add curb appeal. A few simple tricks can help boost your home’s profile, and ensure visitors get a good first impression when they arrive on your doorstep.Make a statement with your front doorYour fron... More >>


Boomers: Are you asking your doctor these critical heart health questions?
(BPT) - America’s baby boomers are a vibrant group of people who embrace the idea of aging well. A healthy heart is key to ensuring you can live life to the fullest no matter what your age. Even if you’re committed to taking care of your heart health, the amount of information available... More >>


Is your garage door ready to roll? Survey casts doubts
(BPT) - Does your garage door creak, squeak or groan when you open or close it? If so, that isn’t a good sign. But noticing this is the first step to fixing what could become a major home repair issue.Newly released survey results show that you’re probably not alone with your maintenanc... More >>


Travel tips to reduce your stress this holiday season
(BPT) - Traveling over the holidays to visit family can be a bit stressful. As you travel during this time of year, consider the following tips to help you reduce your stress and better enjoy the time spent with family while away from home.* Pack flexibly – Family schedules can change quickly... More >>


Cold weather pushes rodents into homes
(BPT) - With the holidays over for another year, you may think you won’t have any more surprise guests until spring. Think again. Nearly a third (29 percent) of Americans have had a “visit” from one of winter’s least-welcome “guests” – rodents – accor... More >>


Meeting buyer demands in a seller's market: Top trends for 2014
(BPT) - With many real estate industry watchers predicting 2014 will be a seller’s market, you may think you won’t need to do much to sell your home this spring. Not so fast – while more buyers are likely to be competing for homes, that doesn’t mean they’re willing to ... More >>


How to stick to your New Year's resolutions all year long
(BPT) - With the holidays past and a new year upon us, now is the time for Americans to focus on their 2014 resolutions. And while fitness goals often top the list of New Year’s resolutions, diet and exercise aren’t the only ways to get back into shape. This year, do yourself and your l... More >>


Sowing the seeds of spring: How to start your garden indoors
(BPT) - While cooler temperatures slowly fade, gardeners across the country eagerly await the arrival of spring – and the chance to get outdoors and grow something. If gardening is your passion, you don’t have to wait until the weather is perfect to get started. In fact, working ahead b... More >>


Custom home decor without the hassle and high costs
(BPT) - Conventional wisdom holds that in order to achieve a custom look in your home decor you either have to spend a bundle hiring professionals, or invest countless hours of hard work doing it yourself. In the Internet age, however, it’s easier than ever to achieve the look of custom home ... More >>


Embrace spring early with fresh DIY home and landscaping projects
(BPT) - People across the country are feeling the winter blues after an unusually cold and snowy winter. But with warmer weather arriving soon, you can create a feeling of spring indoors and out with some simple do-it-yourself projects.Roll up your sleeves and embrace the season of growth with thes... More >>


Chase the mid-winter blues away with wholesome comfort foods
(BPT) - The colder weather of winter has many looking for some comforting wholesome meals to share with friends and family. This winter try delicious recipes that will create tantalizing smells in the home and warm everyone sitting around the table.If you’re serving a smaller crowd like your ... More >>


Ditch the New Year's resolution and make 2014 a delicious, well-balanced eating revolution
(BPT) - The New Year’s resolution is an annual tradition for many Americans. But year after year, Americans throw themselves into a harsh new routine of extreme weight loss and diet, which leaves little room for success. In fact, 92 percent of those who set a resolution fall short of keeping ... More >>



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