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  • Home Decorating

    Tips to Nail the Latest Home Design Trend

    (StatePoint) Redecorating? Experts say to keep in mind that the days of matching metals used for lighting, cabinet hardware and plumbing are over. Today’s rule: mix it up! When done right, combining colors adds visual interest and depth to a space.

  • Home Improvement

    Make Tidying Your House Easier

    (NAPSI)—“Today is the day I will clean all the things!” We’ve all been there. We wake up with boundless energy and enthusiasm, ready to tackle the never-ending cleaning and organizing to-do list. But let’s face it, this motivation dwindles quickly because the list is daunting. Keep your home in order with these easy tasks.

  • Bridal

    Pop the Question with the Perfect Song

    (NewsUSA) - Enhancing a once-in-a-lifetime event, such as a wedding proposal or ceremony, with the right song takes the experience to a whole new level. It adds a personal touch that makes for ongoing memories, as couples have the opportunity to play the song at anniversaries or other special events through the years.

Top Story

Video games that help young women solve problems and express themselves

(BPT) - Playing video games is not simply entertainment or an escape for middle school girls; it can be a confidence booster. The best games offer intellectual challenges, social interaction and a creative outlet. These games provide opportunities for young women to problem solve, be part of a group, express themselves and find their voice.

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 >>




Recent Headlines

Friday 05/17/2019
The home fire safety feature you probably haven't thought about
Updated: May 19, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Home is supposed to be a safe space, so it can be scary to think about things like fires. Unfortunately, fires are a real threat. Seven people die each day due to home fires, so it's important to be ready.

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4 tips to help college grads buy the perfect vehicle
Updated: May 19, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Congratulations, college graduates! You’re all set to enter the job market, but do you have what it takes to get to and from interviews or work? It might be time to move on from worn-out, hand-me-down vehicles for your fresh start in life.

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4 signs & symptoms which may mean your rheumatoid arthritis is uncontrolled
Updated: May 19, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - If you’ve been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you’re far from alone.

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Herramientas fabulosas: Guía de regalos para el Día de los Padres
Posted: May 17, 2019

(BPT) - El Día de los Padres es una ocasión para demostrarle a Papá nuestro aprecio por todo lo que hace, grande o pequeño. Este año, ofrézcale algo más atractivo que la corbata tradicional, los equipos de golf o los accesorios para el asador.

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Terrific tools: A Father’s Day gift guide
Updated: May 19, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Father’s Day is a time to show Dad appreciation for all he does, big and small. This year, get him something more exciting than the traditional tie, golf gear or barbecue accessories.

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Personalized cancer care offers new hope for patients
Updated: May 19, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Elissa Reynolds was preparing to move to Indianapolis and begin an exciting new chapter in her life. Knowing her upcoming move meant she would be without health insurance for a time, the 36-year-old decided to get any potential health issues examined while she still had coverage.

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Starting a Business? Is Franchise Ownership Right for You?
Posted: May 17, 2019

(StatePoint) Starting a new business? Becoming part of a franchise organization with an established brand is considered a wise choice by many experts, and also comes with many perks, one of the biggest of which is having advocates who work with you from application submission to grand opening.

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Honoring the Achievements of Native Americans in the Military
Posted: May 17, 2019

(StatePoint) Native Americans serve in the U.S. military at a higher rate per capita than any other population group and have done so since the American Revolution. Yet there is no monument or memorial in the Nation’s capital that commemorates the contributions of American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. This is finally changing, as the first memorial to their service is about to be built.

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Thursday 05/16/2019
5 ideas to save money on health care
Updated: May 19, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Rising premiums and different levels of coverage can make health care costs seem very confusing. Here are 5 simple ideas that could help you save on your health care costs.

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Ask the expert: Oral health as you age
Updated: May 19, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - We all know brushing our teeth twice a day is crucial to keeping our smile bright, but most of us probably don’t understand how dental hygiene can impact our overall health, especially as we age. Going to the dentist is one of the most important things we can do for our health.

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Make Tidying Your House Easier
Posted: May 16, 2019

(NAPSI)—“Today is the day I will clean all the things!” We’ve all been there. We wake up with boundless energy and enthusiasm, ready to tackle the never-ending cleaning and organizing to-do list. But let’s face it, this motivation dwindles quickly because the list is daunting. Keep your home in order with these easy tasks.

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How to Look Polished on Any Budget
Posted: May 16, 2019

(StatePoint) You don’t need to spend a fortune to look like you own a fortune.

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Don't Wait for 'Rock Bottom' [Video]
Posted: May 16, 2019

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5 Ways Pets can Improve Mental Health
Updated: May 18, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Pet ownership can have a positive effect on people, including those who may be struggling with mental health. From minimizing loneliness and stress to aiding in social situations, pets can truly go above and beyond for their human companions.

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How Children Can Receive Free or Low-Cost Preventive Care
Updated: May 18, 2019 - 2:30 am

Medicaid and CHIP benefits include vaccines, regular checkups, dental visits

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Sudden Rapid Heartbeat
Updated: May 18, 2019 - 2:30 am

Revealing a lesser-known heart disorder and what to do about it

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How the Internet Can Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
Updated: May 18, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Over the past 10 years, researchers have learned Alzheimer’s disease starts much earlier than the onset of symptoms – 10-20 years before an individual, family member or friend might notice the signs of the debilitating disease.

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Don't Let Stroke Strike Twice
Updated: May 18, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Not all strokes can be prevented, but making healthy lifestyle choices, like exercising, eating right, maintaining a healthy weight and treating conditions such as high blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure can help reduce your risk of another one.

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4 Ways Kids can Benefit from Growing Up With Pets
Updated: May 18, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Pets can make an impression on every member of the family, but the bond between a child and a pet can become a special one with lifelong effects. From increased physical activity to a positive impact on confidence and social skills, there are many ways younger family members can benefit from growing up alongside a furry friend.

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Knowledge is Power
Updated: May 18, 2019 - 2:30 am

Understanding the rights of nursing home residents

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Understanding Common Myths About Prostate Health
Updated: May 18, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) When it comes to your health, misconceptions about treatment options and their potential side effects can have a negative impact on your overall wellbeing. One common condition that is shrouded by misinformation is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Also known as enlarged prostate, BPH is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate that typically occurs as men age causing bothersome urinary symptoms such as a frequent need to urinate day and night, weak flow, difficulty starting urination, an urgent need to go, and other symptoms. The condition affects more than 40 million men in the United States alone with more than 40 percent of men over 50 and 80 percent of men over 70 suffering from BPH.1,2,3

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Wednesday 05/15/2019
How a secured card can help you establish or repair credit
Updated: May 19, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Building strong credit is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. It can affect everything from getting a loan, to renting an apartment, to even getting your own cell phone plan. But building or repairing your credit doesn’t happen overnight, it takes time.

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Apréndete esta lección sobre estafas a estudiantes
Posted: May 15, 2019

(BPT) - Si estás cursando estudios universitarios o secundarios, hay muchas posibilidades de que estés esforzándote para tener buenas calificaciones y trabajando para ganarte un poco más de dinero extra. Y mientras ahorras al máximo comiendo sopa de fideos y pizza congelada, ¿querrías arriesgarte a ser víctima de una estafa, y a perder ese dinero obtenido con tanto trabajo?

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Health tips: Treat your hair and scalp with care
Updated: May 19, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - The changing seasons, environmental factors, overuse of harmful products and ingrained grooming habits can damage your hair. Getting the strong, shiny hair you want can be as easy as following a few simple tips for hair and scalp health.

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Teen Fitness: Something Parents & Teens Can Agree On, For Once [Infographic]
Posted: May 15, 2019

(BPT) - Planet Fitness, Inc., home of the Judgement Free Zone®, commissioned a national study that sheds light on how teens and parents feel about health and wellness, and how best to motivate youth toward pursuing an active lifestyle and setting them up for success through adulthood.

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Five ways to take charge of your type 2 diabetes diagnosis
Updated: May 19, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - As the 30 million Americans with diabetes might confirm, type 2 diabetes can be a lot of work. Beyond monitoring blood sugar and implementing a variety of lifestyle changes, adults with type 2 diabetes have to worry about serious complications of the condition, such as an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and kidney disease. Loyce, an active community volunteer, received her type 2 diabetes diagnosis just six months after her mother passed away from complications related to the condition. She was determined to take control of her health and to work with her doctor to identify the treatment approach that works best for her. She has since become a vocal health advocate for herself and the type 2 diabetes community. Here are five ways she took charge of her type 2 diabetes and has helped others along the way:

1. Finding the ingredients for success

Managing your diet can help you control your blood sugar and the complications that come with type 2 diabetes.

One of the staples of Loyce’s holiday season is cooking traditional family recipes for her family gatherings, but like many people with type 2 diabetes, she felt like her diagnosis forced her to take a step back from the food she and her family loved. “That was the hardest part for me, at the holidays baking these wonderful, buttery things that I should not eat. So, I stopped baking them and everyone got upset.” Loyce eventually found resources online that offered diabetes-friendly ingredients to swap into her family recipes, and she knows that moderation and exercise is a key part of managing her condition. “I am now able to bake for my family and find ways to plan my holidays better by incorporating more exercise if I’m going to have a holiday treat.” She now encourages others to integrate healthier food options into their daily diet.

2. Checking in on your check-ups

Preparing a list of questions in advance of a doctor’s visit can help people with type 2 diabetes make the most of their time with their healthcare professional and feel in control of their health.

Before every doctor’s appointment, Loyce compiles a list of questions that she can use to guide her doctor’s visit, ranging from her current symptoms to potential treatment options. She knows that her appointment time is limited, so being prepared with the information beforehand helps her get the most out of her visit and helps her diabetes management team provide comprehensive guidance.

3. Thinking beyond type 2 diabetes

Patients can take early steps to address the full scope of their condition by learning about the complications associated with type 2 diabetes.

Seeing her mother pass away due to complications from type 2 diabetes was a wake-up call for Loyce — she decided to learn about the full impact of the condition so she could do everything she could to manage the risks. She learned that even if people with type 2 diabetes manage their blood sugar, they are still at an increased risk for experiencing a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack or stroke. After a couple of “cardiovascular scares,” Loyce made it a point to attend patient conferences and talk to her doctor about ways that she could address her cardiovascular risk. These conversations led Loyce to Jardiance® (empagliflozin) tablets, a once-daily pill approved to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death in adults with type 2 diabetes and known cardiovascular disease.

JARDIANCE is not for people with type 1 diabetes or people with diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in the blood or urine).

You should not take JARDIANCE if you are allergic to empagliflozin or any of the ingredients in JARDIANCE, if you have severe kidney problems or are on dialysis. Please scroll below to read additional Important Safety Information.

4. Surrounding yourself with advocates

Joining a support group can help reduce stress and feelings of loneliness and can provide members with an opportunity to talk openly and honestly about their feelings and experiences.

Type 2 diabetes demands daily behavioral changes to manage the condition. Some people with type 2 diabetes may feel that they have to sacrifice time with friends or family to accommodate their diagnosis and limit social activities, such as dinners out or gatherings with friends, which can lead to a feeling of isolation. In fact, people with diabetes are two to three times more likely to have depression than those without diabetes. The good news is that type 2 diabetes does not have to be isolating. Loyce got involved with her local support groups, which empowered her to speak about her experiences with type 2 diabetes to try to help others.

5. Raising your own voice

Like Loyce, remember to speak up about any questions or concerns you may have when talking to your doctor.

After visiting multiple doctors and trying different therapies, Loyce has found a program that works for her. She now leads a diabetes empowerment program to help people with diabetes in her community find their own voice in their diabetes journey and encourages others to find the best treatment program for them. Through education, informed conversation and community engagement, Loyce has found a path that helps her take control of her health and make the most of life with type 2 diabetes.

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Summertime cuts and scrapes: 3 simple steps to help prevent infection
Updated: May 19, 2019 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Summer is a time to get the family back outside to play after a long winter of being stuck inside. Those outdoor adventures — for kids big and small — may also bring a few unexpected injuries. Parents never want to see their kids hurt, but when those minor cuts or scrapes do occur, it's important to know what to do — and what to use — to help prevent infection and get little ones back to their adventures.

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Is It Seasonal Allergies Or Dry Eye?
Updated: May 17, 2019 - 3:02 am

(NAPSI)—Two of the more common eye-related problems are dry eyes and eye allergies. While the symptoms are similar, there are differences between the two conditions. Sometimes they can occur at the same time, compounding the problem.

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3 ways leaders can help employees embrace AI
Updated: May 19, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Most people may be unaware how much Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become part of their lives. From GPS and predictive text on smartphones to search engines and customer service chatbots, AI is changing the way people live and work. AI involves the process of using algorithms to make sense of large amounts of data beyond human capacity to manage, with the potential to tackle more tasks than ever before imagined.

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Tips to Punch up Your Next Backyard Barbecue
Posted: May 15, 2019

(StatePoint) If you’re like many folks, your backyard will become the heart of the home throughout the summer, as you play host to barbecues, picnics, parties and more.

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Tips to Guard Against Bites and Burns This Summer
Posted: May 15, 2019

(StatePoint) For families -- and everybody else for that matter -- protecting skin should be a top summer priority. After all, there is no shortage of summer skin woes you’ll want to avoid.

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A Home-Cooked Cobbler
Updated: May 17, 2019 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) During the season for outdoor parties, reunions, picnics and delicious desserts, try bringing a new dish to the table with a recipe like this Apple-Cranberry Cobbler. 

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Simple Snacks for Anytime Entertaining
Updated: May 17, 2019 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) When it comes to entertaining, it’s not always about three-course meals or hours upon hours of preparation. Sometimes, the best hosts look toward simple snacks and small plates to please guests with an array of palates.

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Refreshing Recipes for a Healthier Spring
Updated: May 17, 2019 - 3:00 am

Add healthy avocado for fresh, creamy flavor

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How to Create Fresh Spring Flavors
Updated: May 17, 2019 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) When it comes to healthy eating, looking for nutrient-rich foods to include in your diet is one of the more important goals. However, when warmer weather is in full swing, it may be tricky to incorporate nourishing foods that are versatile enough for grilling season.

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Celebrate with a Gourmet Brunch
Updated: May 17, 2019 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) As warmer weather approaches, so do a variety of special occasions. If you're looking for an easy way to celebrate with family and friends, brunch is a perfect option.

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Enjoy the Goodness of Grapes for Healthy Snacks and Meals
Updated: May 17, 2019 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) Establishing a regular pattern of healthy snacks and meals made from fresh, whole foods is essential to promoting good health. Fresh grapes always make a great snack because they are tasty, healthy and portable. Yet grapes can also be used as an ingredient to make good-for-you dishes that are just as satisfying as they are healthy.

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A Fast, Family-Friendly Dinner
Updated: May 17, 2019 - 3:00 am

Use on-hand ingredients for a quick-fix meal

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Keep Cool on the Grill
Updated: May 17, 2019 - 3:00 am

Refreshing, dairy-infused dishes for warm days

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Pushing for a Strong Start for Babies
Updated: May 17, 2019 - 3:02 am

(Family Features) More than 10,000 babies are born each day in the United States. Where they are born and where they live during the first years of their lives can make a difference in their chances for strong starts.

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Reduce Your Residential Risk
Updated: May 17, 2019 - 3:02 am

Advice to make your home storm-ready

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Planning for the Future
Updated: May 17, 2019 - 3:02 am

Taking inventory of your financial health

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6 Steps to Up Your Home's Curb Appeal
Updated: May 17, 2019 - 3:02 am

(Family Features) For good or bad, first impressions count. Whether you’re keeping up with the Joneses or capturing attention from would-be buyers, give your home’s curb appeal a boost with these easy steps.

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Simple Home Renovations
Updated: May 17, 2019 - 3:02 am

7 projects that improve resale value

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Smart Value
Updated: May 17, 2019 - 3:02 am

Tech upgrades to improve home function

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Real Milk’s Role in a Sustainable Farm-to-Table Diet
Updated: May 17, 2019 - 3:02 am

(Family Features) A dairy cow in a pasture can feel like a long way from the milk in refrigerators and at family tables. However, the distance between the farm and your family may be shorter and more sustainable than you think. Dairy farmers are committed to sharing milk’s vital nutrients in more environmentally conscious ways, and they’re making strides today and with each generation.

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5 Ways to Add Luxury to Your Laundry Room
Updated: May 17, 2019 - 3:02 am

(Family Features) Updating your laundry room with a distinctive design and increased functionality can be one of the most exciting ways to refresh your home. Chic decor and elements of personal style can transform a dull, tired space into a luxurious retreat you may find yourself sneaking off to. Use these five tips to breathe new life into a room that is often forgotten.

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8 Recipes to Take Summer Gatherings to the Next Level
Posted: May 15, 2019

(Family Features) The summer months offer seemingly endless opportunities to enjoy the warm weather with friends and family. Serving crowd-pleasing foods and drinks can go a long way toward a successful gathering, whether you’re hosting a brunch, relaxing by the pool or throwing a backyard bash.

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Tuesday 05/14/2019
Florida’s Space Coast is a vacation destination that’s out of this world
Updated: May 19, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - For the science, technology and sci-fi enthusiasts in your family, there’s no better way to truly experience the excitement of the modern-day space race than to view a rocket launch in person during the yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, which in 1969 landed humans on the moon for the first time.

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