(BPT) - Planning your wedding can feel like you’re running a major corporation. From budgeting spreadsheets to seating charts and managing unruly relatives, there are times when the number crunching and Post-it notes can make your big day look like it will be anything but romantic.
(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Each year, millions of people suffer from a cold or flu, and this year is likely to be no different.
(BPT) - John Lentini carefully considered his career options after leaving the Navy. He decided to leverage the leadership skills fostered in the military by starting a business in Asheville, North Carolina, specializing in search-engine optimization.
(BPT) - That healthy smile may not be so healthy. Twenty-one percent of children and 91 percent of adults have caries (commonly referred to as tooth decay) in their permanent adult teeth, according to a recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHNES).
(BPT) - Sweet and savory. Hot and spicy. Earthy and aromatic. As the foodie movement grows rapidly, distinctive new flavors continue to emerge everywhere, from popular grocery store snacks to menu items at restaurants across the country.
(Family Features) Whether it’s relaxing at home, dining out at a restaurant or celebrating with friends and family, Americans are enjoying wine at a wider variety of occasions than ever before. In fact, 85 percent of frequent wine drinkers now believe that wine is equally appropriate for casual and formal settings alike.
(Family Features) Flowers are given to celebrate achievements of all sizes, from celebrating a birthday to achieving a personal goal – such as buying a new home or getting a promotion. Commemorating meaningful moments is a thoughtful way of sending thanks, encouragement and recognition.
(Family Features) Quitting tobacco is hard, but it’s never too late to quit and begin reaping the health benefits of a tobacco-free lifestyle.
(Family Features) Most of us are familiar with the healthy habits necessary to promote a high quality of life – whether we put them into practice or not. What some may not realize is that many of these common-sense teachings not only prevent disease, they also keep vital organs, such as your eyes, in tip-top shape.
(Family Features) Purchasing a dozen eggs offers nearly unlimited preparation possibilities. Enjoying any egg dish, however, starts with these four tips for purchasing safe eggs:
(Family Features) It may sound contrary to your healthy eating plan, but the human body actually needs some types of fat for heart and brain health. One common source is cooking oil, such as olive oil.
(Family Features) If you’re intimidated by the limitations of a full-fledged detox diet but like the idea of eating clean, you can mix a few delicious detox recipes into a broader healthy eating plan to get some of the same benefits without the sacrifice.
(Family Features) During late winter and early spring, limited availability of fresh produce can make it more difficult to enjoy your favorite fruity desserts. Richer, heartier recipes featuring canned or frozen fruits are an easy way to satisfy your cravings until fresh fruits fill the produce aisles again.
(Family Features) With the day of love not far away, it’s the perfect time to consider all of the ways that you can share sweet indulgences with your nearest and dearest. This Valentine’s Day, try some new, delicious ways to give the gift of decadent chocolate.
(Family Features) If you are like most Americans, you might have lapsed a little on your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier. Getting back on track is easy and guilt-free, and can be done with just a few steps.
(Family Features) Wiping away the grime of winter doesn’t have to mean launching an attack with dangerous chemicals. As you tackle this year’s spring cleaning chores, take a note from Mother Nature and rely on the cleaning power of a surprisingly effective natural product: vinegar.
(Family Features) When you grow bored with your furnishings or want to change up the look and feel of a room, you may find yourself trying to put off redecorating until you have a bigger budget. Instead, you can give the furniture you already have a unique, fresh look at a fraction of the cost.
(Family Features) Although there are hundreds of options for organizing your home, the pieces you make yourself are the ones that truly reflect your personality. Adding your own flair to standard organizing materials adds instant character and functionality to any room.
(Family Features) Even a mild case of the flu or a powerful cold can leave you feeling run down and out of sorts for days or even weeks. While many ailments must simply run their course, there are many steps you can take to fight your way back to good health.
(Family Features) If you happen to find yourself in a tight spot, borrowing money can help set you back on the right path. However, doing so without a full understanding of the facts can hinder your finances in the future.
(Family Features) For recent grads and young professionals, first job interviews are a crash course in interpersonal skills, thinking on ones feet and the danger of homonyms. To ease the learning curve a bit, use these tips to take smart notes during your job interview, answer questions intelligently, schedule the second (or third) interview and, of course, land your perfect job.
(BPT) - Romance is much more than a simple card on Valentine’s Day. Amid the hectic schedules and chaos of everyday life, romantics across the country are looking for ways to spice up that intimate evening with someone special. Since crowded restaurants and cold temperatures are a sure-fire way to kill the mood, a celebration at home can be much more appealing. Incorporate these modern twists on a romantic night in to take your next date night to the next level.
(BPT) - For Trace Cluck, the battle against a rare and deadly lung condition all began with shortness of breath in the spring of 2012. When it began, Trace thought he was suffering from something relatively common, like asthma. But before long, he was having trouble even walking the dog around the neighborhood. What was worse, he could no longer take the hikes he loved so much and even lacked the energy and stamina to spend time with his children.
(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - The mission: educating the public on how to help keep kids safe while participating in school athletic programs from kindergarten through college. To do that, the new Athletic TIPS program (Toward Injury Prevention in Sports) partnered with GlobalGiving.org to finance community workshops across the nation to confront what's been called a "silent epidemic" among the nation's youth -- with nearly 8,000 emergency room visits daily ascribed to sports-related injuries.
(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - If you're like most people, your New Year's resolutions for everything from losing weight and quitting smoking to saving more and spending less aren't as compelling as they were at the end of December. For many of us, these nebulous goals are abandoned within the first two weeks of January. If you're thinking about giving up, why not consider revising your goals to include something just as healthy and positive, but with more far-reaching impact, such committing to donate your time and money throughout the year?
(BPT) - While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is no longer new, each year brings changes to the health care law. As you undoubtedly know, the ACA is inextricably linked to taxes so keeping up with annual changes is important. Given tax season is now well underway, here’s what you need to know when preparing your income tax return this season.
(BPT) - Ralph Mesa of Atlanta, Georgia, has been living with type 2 diabetes for more than 30 years. When his doctor first told him he had type 2 diabetes, Ralph didn’t think too much about it. He took the medication his doctor prescribed and was feeling fine. What Ralph didn’t realize is that diabetes can change over time and what he was doing was no longer enough to keep his blood sugar under control. Now Ralph has a message for other adults with diabetes: learn all you can about the condition and the things you can do to help manage your diabetes.
(BPT) - When it comes to mealtime, are you thinking fish? You should! Fish is the premiere natural source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are not naturally produced by the body and, therefore, must come from food. If you’re an expecting or breastfeeding mom, it’s even more important to eat fish because it’s a vital staple for optimal brain and eye development in babies, as well as brain and heart health for moms. Eating two to three servings of fish each week has also been shown to have a positive effect on developing babies’ and children’s IQs. Unfortunately, many mothers avoid eating fish based on fears associated with misinformation.
(BPT) - Tax season means refunds for millions of Americans. Will you blow yours on a new TV, tech toy or weekend getaway? This year, consider spending that money on something that could save you countless headaches and have a long-term return on investment: your home.
(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Looking for a new way to celebrate Valentine's Day this year? Why not consider something just as healthy but with a more far-reaching impact than chocolate and flowers? Make a gift to someone you don't know or volunteer your time through an organization like UniversalGiving (www.universalgiving.org).
(BPT) - When it comes to home exteriors, the beauty is in the details. Custom homes have rich, unique exterior elements, including decorative moulding and trim, which enhance architectural aesthetics and create captivating curb appeal. But you don’t need a custom home to enjoy custom looks. With eye-catching details tastefully placed — from the front porch and windows up to the gables — you can distinguish new and remodeled homes and boost their value.
(BPT) - Everyone can agree that regular exercise is important, so why do so many people struggle to stick with their fitness goals?
(BPT) - For years, consumer buying power and purchasing trends have focused around baby boomers. However, within the past several years, the spotlight has shifted to the 80-plus million Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 known as millennials. Now the largest demographic group in history, this generation is undoubtedly the most studied. Significant research findings, speculations and predictions about shopping habits and motivators are driving the world to cater to this influential group.
(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Most people know her as the lovable, but no-nonsense nanny. In this way, Jo Frost brought a fresh, tough-love approach to parenting into American living rooms, all in the name of helping families.
(NAPSI)—A free trip to Spain is a delicious idea-and a new contest could make that dream a reality.
(NAPSI)—In the blink of an eye, my life went from living what I believed to be a “normal” lifestyle to almost becoming one of the over 37,000 African American men who die of heart disease each year. One moment I was enjoying a family vacation in Mississippi, and just two days later, I was in the hospital due to shortness of breath and dizziness. A series of tests showed that I had three blocked arteries, and I would quickly need triple coronary bypass surgery to save my life.
(BPT) - The last months of the year don’t just usher in the holidays, they also herald the arrival of open enrollment for employee benefits at many American companies. While you’re rushing to fulfill your holiday gift list, it pays to take a few moments to consider what benefits you’ll choose for the coming year — and to be aware of some innovative new ones that may be available to you.
(StatePoint) Are you experiencing heart palpitations, shortness of breath, fatigue and discomfort around your heart? You could be experiencing atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib), the most common heart rhythm disorder. Recognizing signs and symptoms is essential to early diagnosis and effective treatment.
(NAPSM)—Llegó la temporada de los impuestos. De acuerdo con la Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC, por sus siglas en inglés) un tercio de todas la quejas sobre el robo de identidad están relacionadas con los impuestos y son tres veces más grandes que cualquier otro tipo de robo de identidad. Así que la temporada de los impuestos es el momento ideal para revisar y repasar sus registros y archivos financieros para asegurar que están precisos y correctos y que no contienen datos erróneos o desconocidos.
(NAPSI)—At a checkup, often, the first thing your health care provider does is check your blood pressure—and for good reason. High blood pressure is the leading cause of death in the United States, affecting nearly one in three adults—but you can control it. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a serious condition that increases a person’s risk for heart attack, stroke, and kidney and heart failure. Often, high blood pressure has no signs or symptoms.
(NAPSI)—If you’re like many Americans, you may have heard about the BRCA gene and wondered what it is and whether it is something that could affect you and your family. Here are a few facts.
(NAPSI)—While you’re away from home or busy around the house, your home appliances, if you’re living in a smart home, remain hard at work.
(NAPSI)—While a plate of cookies may be nice to bring a hostess, what your tax preparer would prefer (at least in the office) is that you bring in the proper paperwork. Here's a list of the most likely paperwork to provide:
(NAPSI)—There’s now an easy-to-use mobile app that can make it easier for consumers to find nearby businesses and help build communities. Practically everything in your community can be in the palm of your hand. Find a restaurant for dinner, locate a roof repair company and check your child’s after-school activity calendar, all in one app. When the app is linked to a newspaper, it can bridge the gap between print and digital.
(StatePoint) For the last decade, there have been great shifts in the ways students study and learn, as education companies have developed new digital learning platforms. Educators say that content is more engaging and interactive now, and the benefits of these changes have been far reaching.
(BPT) - It’s the most trying time of the year. The holidays are a distant memory, while the warm weather and carefree getaways of spring are several weeks away. No matter how much you insist you love the seasons and that you’re really a winter-loving gal, chances are you need a little help getting through the pre-spring stretch. With these simple tips, you’ll survive and maybe even thrive in the gloomiest months of the year:
(BPT) - Have you ever picked a paint color you loved in the store, only to hate it when it’s on the walls at home? Or purchased throw pillows that you thought would be delightful on your neutral-hued couch, only to decide they look positively garish there? In both cases, you loved the colors when you first saw them, so what happened between the store and home? The problem is simple — the light changed.
(BPT) - Tossing, turning and constantly waking — it can be maddening when you don’t get the sleep your mind and body so desperately needs. If you constantly struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep, you’re in good (albeit tired) company.
(BPT) - You can find a large number of alarming videos on the Internet showing cars crashing on snowy roads. We can see from these videos that driving too fast on snow or ice covered roads is risky and leaves you vulnerable to crashes. However, it’s not just fast driving that causes accidents, but also failure to take proper care in these types of conditions.