• April 28, 2015

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  • Real Estate

    How to determine the true value of home improvements

    (BPT) - As the U.S. housing industry continues to emerge from the Great Recession, signs are pointing toward positive recovery. In fact, a recent report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University states that the home improvement industry could see record spending in 2015. It’s news like this that may have you contemplating an update to your house. Even if you plan to stay in your home for years to come, it’s important to consider which home remodeling projects offer the potential for a positive return on investment.

  • Pets

    Expert tips for preventing and treating tick bites

    (BPT) - If you think ticks are a concern only in the deep woods, it’s time to think again. Partially due to migrating deer populations, ticks are now abundant in suburban and city backyards – and they're spreading disease. In fact, an estimated 300,000 Americans are infected with Lyme disease each year, according to estimates from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as other types of diseases.

  • Kitchen Bed Bath

    Why DIY? Projects can pay you back big time

    (BPT) - Hiring professionals to get jobs done around the house may be convenient, but it can set your budget back quite a bit. Instead, consider doing it yourself – not only to save big bucks but also to showcase your creativity. Do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement is a major trend that will pay you back many times over.

  • Home Improvement

    5 Ways to Increase Curb Appeal, Value

    (Family Features) Whether you're planning to list your home for sale soon or you're simply working to maintain features that attracted you to the charming abode in the first place, careful attention to curb appeal is a must.

  • Bridal

    Money-saving wedding-planning tips for any budget

    (BPT) - Weddings can be expensive, and most brides and grooms need to establish a budget before they start planning the wedding so they can afford to get hitched. Many couples are now getting married later in life and paying most or all of the costs themselves, so it's important to start budgeting sooner than later.

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(BPT) - Today’s consumers want to get the most out of what they pay for. Instead of buying bloated packages full of useless add-ons, they only want to pay for the services and products they will actually use, when they want to use them. Streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu are gaining popularity against cable packages and pay for use options exist in the automobile, fashion and cell phone industries.

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Monday 04/27/2015
Smart Saving Strategies for Small Business
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Although small businesses comprise a huge majority of the U.S. economy, their owners often find themselves at a disadvantage when it comes to operating costs. Small businesses overpay for everything from wireless service to healthcare to taxes, because they don’t have time or resources to research, negotiate or haggle.

Grooms: Tips to Survive the Big Day
Posted: April 27, 2015

(StatePoint) There’s an endless stream of advice out there for brides-to-be -- from insights into gown trends to leads on finding the best photographer. But grooms, who are more involved than ever these days in the wedding planning process, may have their own set of worries. Being prepared can keep the pressure of the big day at bay, say experts.

Alzheimer’s Disease Study Seeks African American Volunteers
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) More than 5 million Americans are currently suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and scientists expect this number to triple by 2050. Experts say that African Americans are two to three times more likely than white Americans to develop the disease. A groundbreaking study testing whether an investigational drug can prevent or slow the development of Alzheimer’s seeks volunteers – including African Americans – who have just the earliest changes in their brain associated with the disease but don’t yet have any symptoms.

Pest-Free Pets
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Rising temperatures are a double-edged sword for pet lovers. Warmer days create the perfect setting for a run through the park or a game of fetch. But these warm days also provide an ideal environment for pests that can have a serious impact on your pet’s health.

Celebrate Graduates with DIY Party Decor, Gifts
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Graduation marks a major milestone in any student’s life, and the event calls for a celebration to remember. Whether you’re planning a party in honor of the graduate or commemorating the accomplishment from afar, consider these fun DIY party projects.

Creating Sustainable, Beautiful Landscapes
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) For most homeowners, sunny skies lead to more time spent enjoying nature in your coveted outdoor spaces. If you’ve considered revamping your open-air landscapes, let this be your season to bring the elements of beauty and design to the environment.

Ready for a Road Trip
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) If your upcoming travel plans include a road trip, the last thing you want is unexpected car trouble to leave you stranded at the side of the road. A pre-trip vehicle check is the best way to ensure that your car is ready to get you to your destination.

Mother’s Day Kitchen Traditions
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) There’s no better place than the kitchen to honor your special bond with a woman who has taught you all you know about cooking and baking. Whether she’s your mom, or a woman who has been like a mom in your life, Mother’s Day is the perfect time to create kitchen traditions you can cherish together year after year.

DIY From the Inside Out
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) For many homeowners, the weekend is their chance to get their house in order, tackling that seemingly endless list of projects that take a little more time. After all, the key to improved function, value and comfort at home requires a plan, some elbow grease and a few simple tips to help you do it yourself. Use these projects as inspiration and make your favorite dwelling spaces shine from the inside out.

Building Secure Futures, One Family at a Time
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) According to a study done by LIMRA, a non-profit life insurance industry research organization, as many as 40 percent of U.S. households would have immediate trouble meeting household expenses if a primary wage earner were to pass away today. The study also showed that a majority of Gen X and Y consumers believe they need more life insurance than they currently have. Yet according to LIMRA, 30 percent of Americans have no life insurance at all and more than half of those who do are inadequately covered.

5 Ways to Increase Curb Appeal, Value
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Whether you're planning to list your home for sale soon or you're simply working to maintain features that attracted you to the charming abode in the first place, careful attention to curb appeal is a must.

Spring Project Breakdown
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) As a kickoff to home improvement season, there are many home updates homeowners are undertaking. But before you grab your toolkit or enlist the help of a professional, do your wallet a favor, and conduct a little research.

Protein-Packed Meals and Snacks
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Protein is an incredibly important part of our diets. Not only is it associated with muscle and tissue health, research finds that protein plays an important role in energy levels, weight management and satiety (feeling full). In fact, a recent survey found that nine in 10 Americans believe that protein helps them feel fuller and satisfied longer.

Fresh Way to Fiesta
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Cinco de Mayo is the perfect opportunity to indulge in Mexican-inspired dishes, dips and drinks. This year, put a tangy twist on your festive favorites with a refreshing new flavor.

Get Your Yard Ready for Outdoor Fun
Posted: April 27, 2015

(Family Features) From impromptu dinners with pals to celebrating special events with family, warm weather adventures await in your own backyard. Before you invite the gang over to enjoy cocktails or a cookout, make sure your outdoor spaces give the right impression for enjoying those carefree summer moments.

Garden-Inspired Gifts for Mom
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for a mom who has it all, or just the right way to express your love and appreciation, this Mother’s Day you can give a gift that keeps on growing with items inspired by the garden.

Enjoy Backyard Family Time
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) A lush, healthy landscape is the perfect setting for making family memories. In fact, more than half of Americans say their yard is their favorite place at home to spend quality time with family.

What’s your storage style?
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Storage has style? Really? Of course it does. And when it comes to tackling storage projects, don’t skimp on creating the style that best suits your personality.

Maximizing Your Storage Space
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) A recent study found that 50 percent of homeowners claim their garage is the most disorganized place in the home. In addition, The Department of Energy cites 25 percent of people with two-car garages have too much clutter to leave room for cars, while 32 percent only have room for one vehicle. Isn’t it time to do something about the mess? This year, focus your efforts on maximizing storage space in the garage.   

Spring lawn care 101: Tools and tricks to landscaping success
Posted: April 27, 2015

(BPT) - Lush lawns and luxurious landscapes don’t just happen; you have to work for them. Success hinges on having the right tools and know-how to get the job done properly. The tool masters at BLACK+DECKER offer insight on how to make the most of your lawn with these helpful tips and tricks.

Expert tips for preventing and treating tick bites
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - If you think ticks are a concern only in the deep woods, it’s time to think again. Partially due to migrating deer populations, ticks are now abundant in suburban and city backyards – and they're spreading disease. In fact, an estimated 300,000 Americans are infected with Lyme disease each year, according to estimates from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as other types of diseases.

Get your family moving with this easy breakfast recipe
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Most Americans recognize that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet millions often skip their morning meal. In fact, research shows that millions of Americans pass on eating breakfast each morning.

Budget-Friendly Summer Travel Tips
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) Americans collectively neglect 430 million vacation days annually, according to the 2014 Oxford Economics analysis. Whatever your reasons for sacrificing vacation, don’t let it be finances.

Friday 04/24/2015
Insuring the Health of America's Emerging Multigenerational Workforce
Updated: April 25, 2015 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - For the first time in modern history, America's workforce spans four generations. In this new era of multigenerational workers, a "one size fits all" approach to health insurance is a thing of the past.

Did You Know: Bananas are a Nutrient-Rich Food Choice for Your Diet
Updated: April 24, 2015 - 3:44 am

(StatePoint) The average American eats 27 pounds of bananas every year -- and it’s no wonder, bananas not only taste great, they are also good for your health.

Adults should get vaccines too
Posted: April 24, 2015

(BPT) - Vaccines aren’t just for kids – adults need them too. Even if you feel healthy, your immune system naturally weakens with age. This aging immune system can make aging adults as young as 50 vulnerable to infectious diseases. Get informed about your personal risk.

Want to work with a diverse company? Tips to tell the factual from the fake
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Americans are becoming more committed to diversity and inclusion than ever before. They look to do business with companies that are truly diverse, too. Not only does this align with their values, it offers a distinct advantage: companies with more diverse teams are also top financial performers, according to McKinsey & Company research.

5 ways to give your home and lawn the spring refresh they need
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - With winter finally a distant memory, it’s time to get ready for spring. Prepare your home and lawn for guests and barbecues to come with a few simple DIY tips for inside and outside the house.

Thursday 04/23/2015
New FDA-Cleared Device Significantly Advances IV Therapy Safety
Updated: April 24, 2015 - 3:44 am

(NewsUSA) - While many patients fear needles -- especially IVs -- a new FDA-cleared device is making for a safer experience.

Scholarships Awarded To Determined Students
Updated: April 24, 2015 - 3:44 am

(NAPSI)—When over 50 percent of the recipients of a national scholarship program are awarded to students in a particular category, it’s time to take notice.

Six Back-To-Basics Health Tips
Updated: April 24, 2015 - 3:44 am

(NAPSI)—Staying in shape and being healthy can be a challenge for anyone, especially with different fad diets and health trends constantly emerging. But knowing just a few facts and tips can really help you to stay on top of your health goals.

Protect Your Family Three Ways
Updated: April 24, 2015 - 3:44 am

(NAPSI)—A few simple steps can help reduce the risk that your loved ones will be injured in your house.

Protect Your Business From Termite Problems
Updated: April 24, 2015 - 3:44 am

(NAPSI)—While termites cause more than $5 billion in damage a year, knowing a few facts can help your company and property best those pests.

Tips For Planning A Family Vacation
Updated: April 24, 2015 - 3:44 am

(NAPSI)—When it comes to creating a memorable vacation, planning and scheduling are key. That’s the word from travel experts, such as those at Expedia, who say Americans collectively let half a billion paid days off go to waste last year.

Tips to Stay in Touch with Your Spiritual Side
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) While there are many differences between the major world religions, there are just as many similarities. Fostering a conversation about religion and incorporating spirituality into your life can benefit you and your family, believe experts.

Tips to Make History Come Alive for Your Family
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) It may have been many years since you picked up a history textbook. And if so, who can blame you? History can seem dull when told as a listing of facts and dates. But learning about times gone by can be a worthwhile pursuit -- whether you want to be better prepared to help your kids with homework or to beef up your own store of knowledge.

How to Find a Smartphone that Will Last
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) Americans have spent more than $23.5 billion on smartphone repairs and replacements over the last seven years, and those numbers are on the rise.

Nuts give a fresh twist to classic spring recipes
Updated: April 24, 2015 - 3:44 am

(BPT) - With spring in full bloom, do you find yourself looking for ways to creatively add flavor to lighter, fresher fare? The season’s fresh produce makes a fine foundation for a variety of classic dishes, but what can you do to add a fresh twist to your recipes?

5 health myths you shouldn't believe
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Separating fact from fiction can be difficult, especially when it comes to information about your health. Cutting through the Internet clutter and opinions from friends to uncover the truth is key to keeping the mind and body well.

Are you overpaying to be underinsured?
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - If you own a home, vacation property, boat, art or other valuables, you likely understand the importance of insurance. What you might not know is there’s a good chance you’re overpaying for that insurance, and furthermore, it’s likely not providing the coverage you really need.

Enjoy summer fun in the pool - without the harsh effects of chlorine
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - This summer your kids will be spending every day in the backyard, having a grand old time splashing around in the pool. You'll probably spend some quality hours in your pool as well, cooling off when the weather gets hot and enjoying the beautiful summer days.

Avoid these fuel issues so your mower doesn't run out of gas
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - No matter how much you love mowing your lawn, there’s always something special about that first cut in the spring. It’s that initial opportunity to bring your lawn back to life after winter’s frigid temperatures finally give way to warmth. And operating a lawnmower instead of a snow blower can be deeply satisfying. But what if you’re out in your yard, ready to cut the grass and your mower won’t start?

Wednesday 04/22/2015
Take a Bite Out of Gum Disease By Seeing a Periodontist
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Many people know that seeing a dentist twice a year is a key to keeping teeth clean and healthy. Those regular visits ensure your choppers are cavity-free, and perhaps it's a chance for the dentist to chastise you for not flossing enough. However, you shouldn't simply stop there.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Take Five And Check Your Tires
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Keep your family and vehicle safe as you prepare for your summer travels.

Drawing On The Future
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Twenty-five writers and artists from around the globe offer their vision for the future in a contest with a fascinating past.

Together, We Are Stronger Than MS—Make Your Connection Count To End Multiple Sclerosis Forever
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. MS destroys connections, divides minds from bodies, pulls people from their lives and away from one another. Therefore, it’s only fitting that connections would be its greatest enemy. Connections help individuals address the challenges of MS and move their lives forward. Connections break down barriers around the world and help researchers pursue the best science to stop MS, restore function lost and end MS forever.

Understanding Depression
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Pondering six important points can help you answer the question “Are you depressed” about yourself or someone you care about.

Go With A Pro To Be Sprinkler Savvy
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—With warmer weather upon us, you may be getting ready to boot up your irrigation system to return your landscape to its former glory. Before you get started, remember that winter can take a toll on your sprinkler system, causing anything from cracked pipes to broken sprinkler heads. This type of damage can result in lots of wasted water.

Seven Steps To Keeping Your Pet Healthy
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—A total of 68 percent of U.S. households own a pet, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), with 56.7 million owning a dog and 45.3 million owning a cat.

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