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Top tips to make the most of your family's outdoor plans this summer
(BPT) - With winter in the rearview and warm weather finally here, millions of Americans have come out of hibernation and are looking to breathe in the fresh summer air. This year marks the centennial celebration of America’s National Parks and according to AAA, gas prices are at their lowest... More >>


5 ways to give back and support a good cause using social media
(BPT) - Today, it's easier than ever to stay up-to-date on current events, maintain a close connection with family and friends and to share your views with the world - all thanks to the power of social media. The convenience that platforms like Facebook and Twitter provide is now making it easier ... More >>


Simple ideas to inspire your tween reader
(BPT) - Reading is a gateway to other places, time periods, or even worlds. It's also the springboard to success in school and beyond. Parents can inspire a life-long love of reading by encouraging and guiding their children, especially as they get older."The tween years are particularly important ... More >>


Meet the millennial mom: Same infant feeding concerns, savvier about savings
(BPT) - Mothering styles can be as unique as the moms themselves and vary from generation to generation. A millennial mom would never think of putting her baby to sleep on his stomach, or using a laundry basket to transport her newborn in the car - yet those were accepted mothering practices in dec... More >>


10 simple, week-by-week steps for a healthier summer
(BPT) - Summer’s arrival means more time outdoors and partaking in warm weather fun with family and friends. If your New Year’s resolution to be healthier has fallen by the wayside, summer can be a great time to reinvigorate your efforts.Here are 10 simple things you and your family can... More >>


5 fresh steps to reorganize your spring routine
(BPT) - The changing seasons create a great opportunity to rethink your habits to keep your “always on” routine at its freshest. With some quick, consistent changes, you can refresh your daily routine and form better habits with minimal effort required. Here are five easy tips to feel c... More >>


Last minute DIY tips for backyard hosting
(BPT) - Summer means outdoor entertaining. Whether you’re hosting a wedding reception, a family reunion or a birthday party, you’ll want to make the backyard get together memorable. Here are some quick DIY ideas to help you get ready for a fun, stress-free gathering.Lawn prepA healthy g... More >>


4 ways to make a healthier you right now
(BPT) - Stay healthy this season with these tips.You hear that? It's a collective sigh of relief that warmer weather is finally here. No more heavy coats, biting winds and mounds of snow. Yes, you're thankful to leave all that behind, along with the holidays. Because while it was great to see all y... More >>


5 tips to embrace messes
(BPT) - Warmer months bring days spent outdoors, sweet treats and backyard barbecues. Spending time with loved ones outside can also mean many messes, big and small. With kids out of school, outdoor entertaining and keeping the house clean become serious challenges — even for the most organiz... More >>


Bite back against mosquitoes this season with these prevention tips
(BPT) - From annoying itchy welts to serious conditions like Malaria and West Nile virus, mosquitoes have been making humans miserable and sick for thousands of years. And now, there's Zika - a mosquito-spread virus that may be linked to serious birth defects. In fact, according to the National Ins... More >>


Smart shopping tips for people with asthma and allergies
(BPT) - A stuffy nose. Scratchy throat. Difficulty breathing. It’s bad enough when spring allergy season reaps its ugly head, but when the things in your home trigger your asthma and allergies too, you feel like you’re in an endless battle to feel healthy.“Many household goods are... More >>


The right way to wash your workout gear
(BPT) - If you're finding more stains on your clothes because the weather is warming up, you're not alone. You may find yourself doing more loads of laundry during the summer, when outdoor activities like hiking and sports are likely to cause extra stains.To help you take on your growing laundry pi... More >>


The important role vaccines may play in helping keep children and adults healthy
(BPT) - Every one of the nearly 12,000 babies born in the United States each day may be susceptible to infectious diseases. The good news is that vaccines can help protect children from some of these diseases.As National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) approaches, it is timely to remember... More >>


7 ways to keep your child learning this summer
(BPT) - When school dismisses for the summer, parents across the country worry about how much their children will forget over the vacation months. Will all those hours helping them with math and reading dissolve with the carefree hours spent at the pool or playground?“While a break from the l... More >>


Make the most of an empty nest by creating the ultimate 'boomer cave'
(BPT) - The kids are off to college or living in homes of their own, and you have regained a big chunk of your house. It’s time to indulge and transform your home with a space especially designed for you.If you have been dreaming of a “boomer cave” — a place where you can ge... More >>


Surprisingly simple potty training tips
(BPT) - Your toddler sits in unusually quiet concentration as you smile and give two thumbs up, the universal sign of encouragement between parent and child. After what seems like an eternity, when you're about to give up hope, you suddenly hear the long-awaited sound of victory - that little tinkl... More >>


4 ways to make every day Earth Day
(BPT) - On Friday, April 22, millions across the globe celebrate Earth Day by participating in eco-friendly activities in order to make a positive impact on the world we live in. This special day is also the perfect opportunity to start thinking about how you can add small, environmentally-based ac... More >>


Center offers hope for eating disorder recovery
(BPT) - Savannah Kerr battled anorexia for 18 years before she hit rock bottom and decided that it was finally time to seek treatment.“Suffering from an eating disorder was so hard, not just on me, but my family as well. It felt like having this dark part of my personality that controlled wha... More >>


Turn spring cleaning into 'spring keeping' with 5 easy storage tips
(BPT) - Why do spring cleaning when you can do “spring keeping?” Organize all your gear in style while getting rid of the clutter at the same time. To help kick off spring in a whole new way, Karl Champley, home improvement expert and the winner of Ellen’s Design Challenge on... More >>


Want to know your donation really makes a difference? Give local, America!
(BPT) - Americans are generous people, donating billions of dollars every year to thousands of charities. Yet it’s only human nature to wonder if your check or online donation really makes a difference. It does — just ask Michelle Mott, the mother of a child who lost his battle with ped... More >>


Meaningful, moving ways to support veterans this Memorial Day
(BPT) - "All gave some. Some gave all." You likely hear that phrase around Memorial Day every year, but do you know its origin? Or what Memorial Day is supposed to mean to the veterans who gave some, the survivors of those who gave all, and the Americans who enjoy continued freedom because of those... More >>


From at school to home: 5 steps to keep kids active
(BPT) - Nearly one in six of all U.S. children and adolescents are obese, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control. And with some struggling schools forgoing traditional physical education classes, health experts view this issue as a growing concern. The regular physical activity ... More >>


Taking a bite out of life insurance premiums
(BPT) - We are bombarded with messages about the importance of making healthy choices every single day. While the latest exercise and nutrition trends can be complex and often contradictory, we all know the basics: eat right, stay active. Still, it can be difficult to make healthy choices in the mo... More >>


Spring stain cleaning tips [Infographic]
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Give your home a seasonal refresh with these easy tips
(BPT) - Another winter has passed and warm weather is on its way. That means it’s time to say hello to all-things spring: budding flowers, walks to the park and…spring cleaning.While cleaning this spring might not be as much fun as grilling burgers out on the deck, it’s pretty mu... More >>


3 tips for unbelievably delicious grilled cheese
(BPT) - As a kid, it didn’t get much better than grilled cheese: the buttery toast, the molten cheese and the savory satisfaction from that first bite to the last. Fast-forward to adulthood. Somehow throwing together two pieces of white bread with a slice of processed cheese simply doesn&rsqu... More >>


5 simple steps to creating gift baskets that rock
(BPT) - Graduations, weddings, birthdays, office celebrations, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and barbecues — spring and summer are full of occasions that cry out for a great gift basket. A big basket bursting with a bounty of goodies can be costly, however, if you buy a pre-made one.... More >>


Start your day with fun: 4 fresh takes on breakfast
(BPT) - A great way to start your day is to add breakfast to your morning routine. But as we all know, routines can get dull fast, especially after you’ve been eating the same breakfast for a few months. If you find your family is in a breakfast rut, it may be time to switch things up and add... More >>


Spring cleaning: 8 areas you can't overlook
(BPT) - Spring is here, which means it’s time to start cleaning. While a good wipe down can leave your home feeling clean, there are several overlooked items that could be hosting germs, dirt and dust. So when you’re ready to get out the broom, mop and rags, don’t forget to tidy u... More >>


5 easy ways to relax, recharge and have fun on a boat
(BPT) - Feeling stressed? Adding water to your summer plans may be one of the best remedies.More than four in five Americans say being around water relaxes them, and 72 percent feel healthier after spending time on the water, according to a 2015 Discover Boating survey by Wakefield Resear... More >>


5 ways to improve the air quality in your home
(BPT) - Before you take that next breath, do you know what’s in the air in your home? Sure there’s oxygen and carbon dioxide — that much you know — but it’s the things you don’t know about that should concern you.A quick test of your indoor air quality can uneart... More >>


What television gets wrong about weight loss and how it's affecting kids
(BPT) - We can watch television programs, such as The Bachelor or The Real Housewives, and recognize that what we are seeing is a contrived “reality.” But with programs like The Biggest Loser, Fit to Fat to Fit and Extreme Weight Loss, the lines become blurred. The contestants are losin... More >>


The next generation of an American classic
(BPT) - It’s not always easy for parents to remember what it was like to be a kid. It’s hard to understand why a bug can be so fascinating, or how toy trucks or dolls can entertain one for hours. But if there’s one thing that can take you back to your childhood, it’s food.Fo... More >>


5 tips for a satisfying spring cleaning
(BPT) - Of the many projects and activities people put on their annual to-do lists, few loom as large as spring cleaning. If you suddenly feel a burst of energy and a need to shake out the dreariness of winter, you’re not alone. While it may seem like a chore, many look forward to spring clea... More >>


What parents-to-be should know about prenatal screening tests
(BPT) - If you’re pregnant or hoping to become pregnant, recent headlines may have raised your awareness of birth defect risks. Contagious diseases like the Zika virus aren’t the only factors that can affect the development of unborn babies. Fortunately, prenatal testing can do a lot to... More >>


How to tell if someone needs inpatient drug treatment
(BPT) - It’s no secret that drug and alcohol abuse don’t pair well with a happy, productive and goal-oriented lifestyle. And even if it doesn’t escalate to an addiction, drug and alcohol use can still get in the way of one’s goals.When a loved one shows signs of substance ab... More >>


Relax and engage: 4 ways to learn on vacation
(BPT) - With busy schedules and jam packed to-do lists, people often view vacations as a time to simply lounge by the beach and soak up the sun. And while that may sound like paradise, when was the last time you truly pursued a passion, goal or curiosity?Vacation is a great time to take your goals ... More >>


Learning and attention issues: A child's invisible struggle
(BPT) - Suzanne Lang fondly remembers asking her then 5-year-old son, Alec, what he wanted to be for Halloween.“The king,” he said, beaming.So they went to the craft store and picked out red velvet and white fur for a cape. Lang made a scepter out of cardboard and spray-painted it gold.... More >>


Local farmers help hungry neighbors in rural America
(BPT) - For farming communities around the country, spring brings not only sunshine and blooms, it means it's planting season. Farmers are already working hard and planning ahead to ensure a bountiful harvest in the fall. Spring is also a time for renewed hope and the anticipation of the abundance ... More >>


Feeling lucky? 7 historic good luck charms explained
(BPT) - If you have a superstition or a good luck charm, you’re not alone. A recent survey polling 1,000 Americans reveals 72 percent believe luck contributes to their success, and one in 10 believe luck is the most important factor.But there’s a difference in how generations think abou... More >>


There's no free lunch and most workers don't want one anyway
(BPT) - You’ve probably heard the popular adage that “there’s no such thing as a free lunch,” underscoring the idea that it is impossible to get something for nothing. Yet most Americans wouldn’t want a free lunch anyway, recent research shows.Only one in five (18 perc... More >>


Five home-buying trends for this year's market
(BPT) - If you’re in the market for a new house this year, don’t be fooled by the brisk chill in the air — the spring house-hunting season is actually closer than you think. That means now is the perfect time to start your planning. Space requirements such as bedrooms, bathrooms a... More >>


Achoo! Are your seasonal allergies under control?
(BPT) - According to a recent survey by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), which was sponsored by Meda Pharmaceuticals, nearly one-half of allergy sufferers (48%) are highly satisfied with their prescription allergy treatment and report high satisfaction for their children too, su... More >>


4 nursery design trends you'll love now - and later!
(BPT) - When you’re decorating a nursery, it makes sense to design a room that pleases you as much as it will thrill your little one — after all, you’ll be spending as much time in the room as your baby, if not more! You crave a room that you can love for its beauty and functional... More >>


Celebrating the benefits of family togetherness in the kitchen [Infographic]
(BPT) - A recent survey by LG finds that today's children are most likely to be found in the kitchen before family meals begin, helping their parents with everything from rinsing and mixing to the dreaded cleanup. More good news for families today is that the tradition of dinnertime isn't going any... More >>


The financial solution you've been looking for might be right under your roof
(BPT) - What would you do with a little extra money? Chances are, you thought of something pretty fast — and you probably had more than one idea. Whether you’re looking to improve your home, pay off outstanding debt or take a vacation, a little cash can go a long way and you can find th... More >>


Real reasons why grandma won't eat - and how you can help improve her nutrition
(BPT) - Every parent knows good nutrition is critical for your kids, and getting them to eat well can be an on-going struggle. But what if you’re also helping care for an aging parent? Ensuring older adults eat well can be even more frustrating than getting children to eat right, but it&rsquo... More >>


Tire tips for parents on the go
(BPT) - A growing number of children are not content to keep all their efforts inside the classroom or play video games. They seek out different outlets like sports — especially soccer, which makes the largest youth sports organization in America — in order to learn, socialize and have ... More >>


Find the right fit: 4 important summer camp qualities
(BPT) - As this time of year approaches, kids start staring at the clock, counting down the minutes until the last day of school. But as a parent, you’re likely not wishing this time away so quickly, especially if you haven’t finalized any day care or day camp plans.The sheer number of ... More >>


Preventing brain drain: Important aspects of a summer learning program
(BPT) - Do you hear that? It’s the cheering of students as they run through the hallways on the last day of school. They’re excited for three months of playing outside with no teachers and no assignments. What will they get into this summer that will keep them entertained, active, ... More >>


Fostering your child's love for science could 'STEM' the tide of job shortages
(BPT) - Middle school is a make-or-break time for budding scientists.The subject matter gets more difficult, test anxiety often occurs and other interests emerge. U.S. students rank 27th in math and 20th in science out of 34 countries scored, according to the latest research from the Organization f... More >>


Are smart homes the key to unlocking relationship woes?
(BPT) - The American dream of owning a home comes with a large dose of reality — the often-overwhelming amount of time, energy and money it takes to maintain a property. Light bulbs burn out, furnaces strain and dishwashers leak.Daily chores like laundry, washing the dishes and vacuuming can ... More >>


How shifting supply and demand could end puppy mills and shelter killing
(BPT) - You bring two types of cupcakes to your first-grader’s school party — chocolate and vanilla. The chocolate cakes are gone in minutes, while the vanilla ones linger. Next time, you’ll probably just buy chocolate cupcakes. Supply and demand is a simple economic principle eve... More >>


5 myths and one truth about the cold and flu
(BPT) - Some people are always on the move. Their weekend begins with a list of things to do and ends with a bunch of checked boxes. Lunch hours are time to squeeze in a visit to the gym or take advantage of sale. Each day is a marathon of activity.If this is you, then you know nothing is worse tha... More >>


Unlocking the heart-healthy secret of mushrooms
(BPT) - Whether it’s being stuck in traffic, missing a deadline or having trouble getting the kids out of bed, the stress we experience comes in many different forms. Often, people think of stress as something you’re immediately aware of: your thoughts become crowded, your breath shorte... More >>


5 unbelievably yummy, better-for-you breakfast ideas
(BPT) - Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it can often be the one that's hardest to fit into busy schedules. Even if you have time for breakfast, you may find yourself trading wholesomeness and quality for speed and convenience. However, having better-for-you breakfasts need ... More >>


2015 was a year of passion and progress for nation's no-kill movement
(BPT) - More Americans are embracing the idea that killing shelter animals is not an ethical or viable way to control companion animal populations in the U.S. End-of-year statistics from Best Friends Animal Society, a leading national animal welfare organization, illustrate the no-kill movement&rsq... More >>


5 spring cleaning tips to save you time and money (and potentially earn some, too!)
(BPT) - Before we start spending more time outdoors, we first have to tackle the often-daunting task of spring cleaning indoors. But if you follow a game plan and keep the end result in mind, the experience can be more rewarding than stressful.Here are five tips to help streamline the spring cleani... More >>


How healthy is your smile? You'd be surprised
(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).But a recent breakthrough is ava... More >>


5 easy ways for modern couples to take date night to the next level
(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 w... More >>


Fishing for a healthy meal? Seafood is a smart choice
(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 ea... More >>


Protect your sight with this little known nutrient
(BPT) - There’s an existing nutrient that is incredibly important to your eye health. However, odds are you’ve probably never heard of it.The nutrient is called zeaxanthin (pronounced Zee-ah-zan-thun). The antioxidant, along with lutein, is found in the back of the eye as a component of... More >>


Why bad science isn't good for anyone
(BPT) - There is an old adage that the squeaking wheel gets the most oil. If you need proof that adage still rings true, consider where we are with food science research. Much of the time, the loudest are heard, regardless of qualifications, while the more informed and experienced are silenced.For ... More >>


Surgery and anesthesia: Making it safer at any age
(BPT) - Anesthesia today is safer than ever. But try telling that to a nervous parent of a 5-year-old about to have surgery, or to a patient in his 70s in poor health.Talking to your surgeon and physician anesthesiologist before surgery is an important step in making sure your experience is as safe... More >>



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