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  • Real Estate

    Tips for choosing an energy-efficient, eco-friendly HVAC system

    (BPT) - The majority of Americans (74 percent) care about the environment, according to Pew Research. If you recycle regularly and have a programmable thermostat, you’re already doing something positive for the environment. But when it comes time to replace your heating, ventilation and cooling system, will you know how to make choices that protect your wallet and the environment?

  • Pets

    Sound Or Lame: It's Often Found In The Health Of The Sole

    (NAPSI)—When it comes to keeping your horse healthy, hoof care is often the critical element that allows you to enjoy normal activities with your horse, such as riding. Both shod and unshod, otherwise known as shoed or barefoot, philosophies offer benefits, but also come with limitations, which directly affect the health of the soles. While shoeing is necessary for many horses, a shod foot does not absorb shock as efficiently, mostly because shoeing raises the sole and frog off the ground, and constrains the normal flex of the foot. A lack of sufficient ground contact and stimulation limits circulation, which causes soles to shrink, which can lead to numerous problems. By contrast, an unshod foot uses the hoof wall, internal hoof cavity and sole to absorb and dissipate shock. However, adding the weight of the horse and a rider can sometimes wear the hoof down faster than it grows. In these cases, shoes or boots can be a good short-term alternative, as well as polyurethane pour-in pad materials to help limit sole wear and provide the necessary support.

  • Home Decorating

    Top 6 design trends for 2017

    (BPT) - Now that 2017 is here, that means a whole new year lies ahead, with fresh ideas to come! What is going on in the design world this year? What’s hot? What’s trending in 2017?

  • Home Improvement

    Recycle what? 5 tips for recycling bathroom products

    (BPT) - Most of us are used to recycling at home, but specifically in the bathroom? Not so much. However, your bathroom is home to a number of recyclable products, from shampoo and mouthwash bottles to bandage and tissue boxes. With families as busy as they are, it’s no wonder bathroom recycling is far from top of mind. A recent survey done on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. found 60 percent of moms wish they remembered to recycle more.

Top Story

Recycle what? 5 tips for recycling bathroom products

(BPT) - Most of us are used to recycling at home, but specifically in the bathroom? Not so much. However, your bathroom is home to a number of recyclable products, from shampoo and mouthwash bottles to bandage and tissue boxes. With families as busy as they are, it’s no wonder bathroom recycling is far from top of mind. A recent survey done on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. found 60 percent of moms wish they remembered to recycle more.

Pet Central

pets

Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

Fitness

Fitness

Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

Crosswords

Crosswords

Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

Sudoku

Sudoku

Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




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Thursday 03/23/2017
Key retirement milestones everyone should know about
Posted: March 23, 2017

(BPT) - Retirement can seem like a very distant destination in your early working years. However, as you age, that once distant destination starts to become more real. As you enter your 50s you can really start to think about how much you have saved and how that will translate into retirement income. You can also start to better understand the idea of allocating part of your retirement nest egg to guaranteed income based on your calculation of how much pension income and Social Security you will receive. Also critical during this final phase of working is understanding the key retirement milestones and how they will impact your ability to retire.

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6 pet-related businesses you can start today
Updated: March 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Starting your own business can nurture your entrepreneurial spirit, earn you some money and give you the opportunity to spend more time with your family — including your pets. So what job can you do that doesn’t necessarily require a degree, affords you time flexibility, is in a growing industry and will be something you love?

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Breathing Matters: The Importance of Understanding COPD
Updated: March 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Breathe in. Breathe out. Just take a moment to inhale and exhale. We too often take breathing for granted, but what if taking a breath was a challenge?

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zulily Helps Moms Navigate the "Fourth Trimester" in Style
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Watching a new baby explore his or her world during those first few months can bring so much joy to motherhood. Those first three months, coined the "fourth trimester," present new challenges often to be figured out in a sleep-deprived state. Finding clothes that are comfortable, functional and stylish can lead to a serious wardrobe dilemma for many new moms.

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5 tips to create an affordable and rewarding home DIY project
Updated: March 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - When it comes to home improvement, DIY is more popular than ever. There’s just something satisfying about improving your home with your own two hands and being able to enjoy the fruits of your labor, day after day. However, home improvement projects can be expensive, and many people shy away from tackling home improvements they know they would enjoy because of their skill level or the fear of high costs.

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The truth behind some common, confusing food terms
Posted: March 23, 2017

(BPT) - Organic, GMO-free, local, hormone-free and antibiotic-free: So many terms are attached to our food these days that it can be difficult to know what they really mean. Worldwide, 62 percent of consumers say they care about food and nutrition, and 80 percent read labels, according to a global survey conducted by Kynetec on behalf of the ENOUGH movement. Making safe, nutritious food choices is so important for our families. But with the profusion of labels and conflicting information, understanding the right choice is harder than ever.

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4 Ways to Help Raise Kids' Grades
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) School can be tough, but parents can help by making sure students have all the tools and study habits they need to succeed. Here are four ways to help raise children’s grades.

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Smart Home Innovations to Make Your Home More Comfortable
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) Innovations in smart technology continue to make our lives easier -- and now that extends to appliances and amenities for added convenience and control. Here are three to consider.

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Wednesday 03/22/2017
Secrets smart investors use year-round to save on their taxes
Updated: March 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Come tax time, many people work to locate tax breaks. While this is always a smart financial move, a little-known way to help build your net worth is to keep taxes top of mind throughout the entire year.

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Is seaweed the next superfood?
Updated: March 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - There’s a new superfood in town. And it’s not kale.

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Decoding food labels: Scary additives or gifts from nature?
Updated: March 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Food-ingredient labels are getting shorter. Why? Because the people have spoken: We want fewer, better ingredients in our foods. We asked, and the companies that make our food responded by replacing artificial colors and flavors, removing what’s unessential, and using naturally derived ingredients.

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Have a Blast This Spring Break With These Must-Have Necessities
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NewsUSA) -Spring is right around the corner, and after months of being locked inside from the cold winter weather, it's time to get out and have some fun in the sun! Whether it's at the beach, traveling somewhere new, or just spending time with family and friends, spring break is the perfect time to get out and enjoy yourself in the warm weather.

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4 design upgrades for a spring refresh
Updated: March 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - With warm weather knocking at the door, it’s time to rejuvenate your space and rid the home of winter clutter. While it may be the perfect time of year for a refresh, it can be challenging to find exciting new ways to decorate. With top design trends in mind, here are four simple solutions to spring into a new look this season.

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Tips for choosing an energy-efficient, eco-friendly HVAC system
Updated: March 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - The majority of Americans (74 percent) care about the environment, according to Pew Research. If you recycle regularly and have a programmable thermostat, you’re already doing something positive for the environment. But when it comes time to replace your heating, ventilation and cooling system, will you know how to make choices that protect your wallet and the environment?

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Cooking essentials: A peek inside a professional chef's kitchen
Updated: March 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - From spices and oils to gadgets and gizmos, it seems like there are always new, trendy items that you should add to your kitchen. Trying to separate the handy from the hype, however, can be a time-consuming and expensive process.

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Feel good about satisfying your sweet tooth
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - With growing concerns about diabetes, obesity and dental health issues, many Americans are trying to limit their sugar intake and are turning to other types of sweeteners. But with so many alternatives out there, how do you know the choices you make to replace sugar are actually healthier options?

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Veteran Raises Capital Via Alternative Financing
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) -Every veteran entrepreneur needs capital, but investing in them via regulated channels may be the best bet for investors.

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Stop Pests This Spring With These Safe, Simple Steps
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Spring is here, and that means not only getting a jump on your cleaning, but also having a reason to check all areas of your house and garage for signs of pests that might have made themselves at home over the winter.

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Food for thought: What millennials want to know about their pork products
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Pulled pork, ham steaks, chops, tenderloin and everyone’s favorite, bacon — Americans love pork, and consume about 64 pounds per person every year, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics. But Americans’ interest in pork goes far beyond what barbecue sauce to use on it, or how to serve the perfect holiday ham; they also care about where their pork comes from and how it was raised, a new survey by Cargill shows.

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3 fun Easter baskets everyone will love
Posted: March 22, 2017

(BPT) - It’s hard to imagine celebrating Easter without baskets full of delicious chocolate and special gifts. In fact, filling Easter baskets has been a cherished tradition for centuries. This year Joy Cho, creative director and founder of the popular blog OhJoy.com, created three fun (and simple) Easter basket tutorials that will leave a lasting impression on friends and family.

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Seniors: Make Eye Care Part Of Your Wellness Routine
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Regular checkups at the doctor’s office are a familiar routine for most people: blood pressure checks, blood tests and health history questions. There’s something else you should know, however: Your overall health can affect your eyes.

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Smart Tips to Prevent Identity Theft
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) More than 13 million U.S. consumers fall victim to identity theft each year, according to Javelin Strategy and Research, with more than $15 billion stolen. Fortunately for consumers, many of these crimes are preventable.

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Boost Your Recipes with Protein
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Simplify Fish Fridays with Sheet Pan Dinners
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Spring Forward with an Original Farm-to-Table Spread
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Throw an Epic Easter Brunch on a Budget
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Dare to Dream
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Make Spring Cleaning a Cinch
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Going Green with Natural Stone
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

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7 Tips to Shake Up Your Lifestyle
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

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After-School Fuel for Busy Families
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

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30 Minutes to Mealtime
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

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A Better Easter Brunch
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Pair Like a Pro
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Smell Your Way to a Better Mood
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Prepare Outdoor Spaces for Warm Weather Use
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Make Your Promposal Epic
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Tuesday 03/21/2017
Committed to care: Higher education institutions pledge dedication to student success
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - The future of higher education is often the subject of debate; what constitutes a valuable education for students continues to shift as student demographics change. Recently, government regulators and other external stakeholders have been questioning the value of for-profit higher education, specifically, citing for-profit colleges and universities that have not upheld their commitment to students.

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La sal escondida está dañando su salud? Cinco consejos para evitarlo
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Un almuerzo convencional de sopa y sándwich puede parecer una comida sana. Sin embargo, el pan, las carnes frías o fiambres y la sopa, pueden contener una sustancia que implicaría un impacto negativo en su bienestar físico general: la sal.

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Prepárese y organícese con toda la familia en espera de la Pascua
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Con la llegada de la Pascua, es momento de preparar la casa para celebrar con familiares y amigos. Pero limpiar la casa a fondo, organizar todas las actividades y preparar los almuerzos y las cenas puede ser estresante. Si deseas lograr una Pascua que todos recuerden en el futuro, planifica con anticipación para conseguir un festejo divertido y sin estrés. Encuentra todo lo que necesitas para una celebración perfecta en JCPenney.

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3 upgrades to help boost your home's energy efficiency
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - With milder temperatures and longer days, it seems as though the last vestiges of winter are behind us. Yet, if you experienced high heating bills, or drafts and cold spots throughout your home, it could mean your home is not as energy efficient as it could be. Home improvement experts suggest spring is the ideal time for homeowners to think about investing in projects that boost their home’s energy efficiency while helping save money each month.

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7 reasons why millennials love gardening (and you should, too)
Updated: March 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - The stereotype: Millennials spend more time interacting with the digital world than the natural world around them. The reality: Five million of the 6 million people who took up gardening in 2015 were millennials, according to the 2016 National Gardening Survey.

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Small nest egg, big dreams? Tips for buying your retirement home
Updated: March 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Planning for retirement means making a lot of decisions, including when you’ll stop working, how much you’ll withdraw from your savings each year, and where you’ll live. Many Americans view retirement as an opportunity to move into a house they’ll love and live in for all their golden years. In fact, 64 percent of retirees either have moved or plan to move, according to a Merrill Lynch survey.

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Eat Well. Spend Less.
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPS)—You can join the effort to prevent and control disease at www.partneringforhealth.org.

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Experiential Getaways: Making Your Vacation A True Adventure
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—American travelers today are looking to get more out of their vacation. No longer content just hitting the regular tourist hot spots, they want to explore a destination’s local culture and enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences. In an American Express survey, over 72 percent of respondents said they would rather spend money on experiences than things and nearly nine in 10 said travel is the No. 1 item on their life’s bucket list.

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Declutter Your Home And Give Unused Items A 'Second Chance'
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Here are five simple, effective tips to help you clean out any junk you’ve accumulated—and make some quick cash in the process.

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Facts On Filing Tax Extensions Without Paying A Penalty
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—There’s good news, bad news and better news for people who can’t file or pay their taxes on time.

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Better Balance for Heart Health
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 am

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5 Tips to Plan Your Wedding Like a Pro
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 am

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