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  • Pets

    6 home cleaning tips for pet owners

    (BPT) - Having a pet may seem like the beginning of a never-ending mess, but the key to living with furry friends is preparation. Whether combating odor, keeping surfaces free of dirt and fur or removing pesky stains, taking preventative measures and using the right products can turn any mess into a simple task.

  • Kitchen Bed Bath

    Home Cleaning Do's and Don’ts

    (StatePoint) Now and then, every home gets to the point at which a quick tidy-up here and there just isn’t cutting it anymore. You take a look around, notice all of the surfaces that have gone untouched for far too long, then sigh as you pick a day dedicated to cleaning from top to bottom.

  • Home Improvement

    Planning Your Water Well

    (NAPSI)—To best ensure you have an adequate supply of good-quality water, it’s important to do some planning before the work begins, according to the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).

  • Bridal

    How to Pick the Perfect Engagement Ring

    (StatePoint) An engagement ring is at once a symbol of love and commitment and also a reflection of a woman’s personal style. For the engaged-to-be who hasn’t quite determined the perfect sparkler for herself, articulating an engagement ring style can seem challenging.

Top Story

Science-based suggestions for self-confidence

(BPT) - A recent study shows your perception of your own image has a profound effect on how you present yourself to the rest of the world.

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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Friday 12/15/2017
Top 6 design trends for 2017 (slideshow)
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:35 am

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The hidden benefits of winter road maintenance
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - More than 70 percent of the U.S. population lives in areas affected by snow and ice. Each winter the average driver in these areas will see more than 5 inches of snow on the roads. And when the snow is falling, there are few things more comforting than the sight of snowplows and salt trucks making highways safe for commuters, shoppers and travelers.

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Women in agriculture are challenging stereotypes
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - About a third of the nation’s farmers are women, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And most of these women are working family farms, since 99 percent of all American farms are family-owned and operated. Just under 1 million women farmers contribute $12.9 billion to the nation’s economy and are responsible for farming more than 301 million acres.

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Drivers' re-education on flat-tire fixing
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - The hardships of navigating winter roads aren’t made any easier when facing a flat tire. In fact, for many Americans, fixing a flat remains a mystery. According to a survey from AAA, nearly 20 percent of U.S. drivers don’t know how to change a flat tire. This is compounded by research saying there are 220 million flat tires annually — and each driver will experience up to five flat tires in their lifetime.

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Houston-area resident reestablishes running career after total knee replacement surgery
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - In 2009 Tomball resident Carrie Rand started running and hiking to stay active, and it wasn’t long before she found herself competing in 5Ks, 10Ks and half-marathons around Houston. Unfortunately, the wear-and-tear on her right knee eventually led to a meniscus tear, subsequent surgical repair and frequent cortisone shots to diminish the pain.

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22 million strong: 4 ways to make VA loans work for you
Posted: December 15, 2017

(BPT) - If you’re a veteran, active military member or reservist, you’ve likely heard about all the benefits offered with VA home loans.

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Overcoming Isolation And Loneliness
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:35 am

(NAPSI)—If you’ve ever felt lonely, you’re not alone. Researchers at the University of Chicago found that nearly half of older adults in America experience some degree of loneliness.

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Planning Your Water Well
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(NAPSI)—To best ensure you have an adequate supply of good-quality water, it’s important to do some planning before the work begins, according to the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).

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Five Hacks To Help You Have Happier Holidays
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

by Kristen Howerton

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Three Simple Ways To Keep Your Information Safer
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(NAPSI)—It seems as though data breaches affecting millions of Americans are constantly in the news these days. If this makes you anxious about the safety of your personal information, that’s understandable.

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Top Holiday Gifts for Tech Lovers
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(NAPSI)—This holiday season, take gift-giving to the next level with the latest must-have tech from Motorola.

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How to Recognize Potential Dehydration in Toddlers
Updated: December 15, 2017 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) Dehydration in toddlers can occur for a variety of reasons, including illness, vomiting, and diarrhea. The first step is recognizing the indications. If your toddler is extremely tired, has cool, dry and blotchy skin, fewer tears when crying or a dry mouth and tongue, it’s important to quickly replace fluids and electrolytes.

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New Benefits and Insurance Options You Can Expect in 2018
Updated: December 15, 2017 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) Ever wondered whether your insurance policy was actually working for you? You may be in luck, as your insurance plan may start to follow the same trends being adopted in other industries: simpler, more convenient and personalized products – all supported by the latest mobile technology.

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Thursday 12/14/2017
Winter storm power outages on the rise - 3 ways to prepare
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Winter storms can wreak havoc on roads, homes and personal lives. However, facing hours of cleaning up fallen tree limbs, shoveling snow or being cooped up inside with antsy kids might be the least of your worries. Experts predict more frequent and severe storms could lead to lengthy power outages that could affect thousands of Americans this winter storm season.

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The time is right to seek new income opportunities
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Whether you plan to watch the ball drop in Times Square this New Year’s Eve or be in bed by 10 p.m., one thing is certain: a new year is coming, and with it comes a chance for change. It’s a time to reflect on what works best for you and reset your course for the coming year. Research shows that 41 percent of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, and after spending the holidays indulging in food and festivities, it’s not surprising that the most popular resolutions include weight loss, improved fitness and healthier eating.

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5 pet-friendly preparations for your holiday travels
Posted: December 14, 2017

(BPT) - During the holidays, the family road trip takes on a whole new meaning because in many cases it includes everyone — even your pet. And while your pet is certainly on your mind as you pack for the journey, they may not be part of your consideration as you prepare your vehicle for the trip.

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Are you a holiday entertaining pro? [Infographic]
Posted: December 14, 2017

(BPT) - Test your “Holiday Q” this season.

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Are Fewer New Year's Financial Resolutions A Worrisome Sign of Inertia?
Updated: December 15, 2017 - 3:36 am

(NewsUSA) - Blame it on things being too good?

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New ways renters are becoming homeowners
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Sponsored Content from Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.

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La época más maravillosa (y estresante) del año. ¿Está padeciendo de ansiedad de temporada? Aprenda a hacerle frente.
Posted: December 14, 2017

(BPT) - Una taza de chocolate caliente junto al fuego. El sonido de las risas de amigos y familiares por toda la casa. Sus películas favoritas en la televisión. Una escena idílica de la temporada festiva. Pero ¿cuál es la realidad? Las estadísticas nos muestran que la temporada festiva, considerada como la época más maravillosa del año, también puede ser una etapa en la que pueden introducirse algunos invitados sin que se les haya convidado: el estrés, la ansiedad y la depresión.

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The most wonderful (and stressful) time of year. Could you be suffering from seasonal anxiety? Find out how to cope.
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Hot cocoa by a crackling fire. The sounds of family and friends’ laughter heard throughout the house. Your favorite holiday movies on the television. This is the idyllic holiday scene. But what’s the reality? Statistics show us that the holiday season, portrayed as the most wonderful time of year, can also be a time when a few uninvited guests come knocking — stress, anxiety and depression.

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Say goodbye to winter blues with vitamin D-rich foods
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Winter got you down? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is estimated to affect 10 million Americans, according to Psychology Today. Another 10 percent to 20 percent may have mild SAD.

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How does Prostate Cancer Affect Your Bones?
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - This article is sponsored advertising content from Amgen, Inc.

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The 6 carry-on items you never knew you needed
Posted: December 14, 2017

(BPT) - While there’s no place like home for the holidays, a long, crowded flight is one of those unpleasant things many of us need to endure to get there. With long lines at security, bustling terminals and stressed passengers, it’s no wonder that 92 percent of survey respondents agreed the experience “leaves a lot to be desired,” according to Airfarewatchdog.org.

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5 tips to savor, not splurge during the holidays
Updated: December 15, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - What do we say about the holiday season? It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Amidst the wonder of the season that includes plenty of shopping and celebrating, spending can get out of control. Before we know it, bills come due and suddenly things really aren’t so wonderful anymore.

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Living with osteoarthritis of the knee: Tips for managing function and leading an active life
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Ken Meritt, 71, knew he had a serious problem with his right knee when the pain made it difficult for him to engage in even moderate activity. There was a constant, nagging ache when he walked, climbed stairs, got up from a sitting position or even rose from bed at night. A jogger, Meritt worried that he'd have to give that up, too.

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Wednesday 12/13/2017
3 simple tips to get delicious, balanced weeknight meals on the table
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Weekday schedules get crazy, which is why the first casualty of all that chaos is the family dinner.

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'Tis the season: Holiday gifting and budgeting strategies [Infographic]
Posted: December 13, 2017

(BPT) - The Coinstar Holiday Survey, conducted among 2,000 U.S. adults, reports that the majority (65 percent) will set a budget this holiday season. The holiday infographic showcases results including budgeting and shopping strategies, creative gift giving, the “Scrooge” effect as well as ways to recover post-holiday if budget limits are exceeded.

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Creative Gift Giving Is Easier Than You Think
Updated: December 13, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - It's no secret that shopping for holiday gifts can be overwhelming.

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Hit Reset with a Kitchen Lighting Update
Updated: December 13, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Ready for a redo? Many homeowners resolve to kick-start a new year by making improvements to themselves as well as their home. When it comes to home renovations, the first place on which most people focus their attention is the kitchen.

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Tips to protect yourself from online shopping scams this holiday season
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

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Inspired last-minute gifts for everyone on your list
Updated: December 15, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - The holiday season is a time of year when you want to show how much you care with your generosity and thoughtfulness. But as expected, searching for holiday gifts can bring the longest shopping sprees (and lines) of the year. Not only do you have to find the right gift for the right person, you then have to wrap it and mail it. And as your list of recipients to shop for grows throughout December, the thought of getting everything accomplished in time is simply exhausting.

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When to introduce tech to children
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - If you're a parent with a smartphone or tablet, it didn’t take long before your little one first reached for your shiny device. If only their fingers weren't covered in slobber at the time, you may have been more willing to hand it over. The good news is that saliva is easy to wipe off! S’mores? Not so much.

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Public Transit's Impact in Rural and Small Towns [Infographic]
Posted: December 13, 2017

(BPT) - While America’s rural population declined, small town and rural public transit ridership increased nearly 8 percent (7.8) from 2007 to 2015.

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Growing need for ag expertise: Not all high-paid careers are on the farm
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - (BPT) – As the farming industry faces growing consolidation in the U.S., one might get the impression fewer jobs are now available in agriculture.

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Health Trend to Watch in 2018 - Personalized Medicine
Updated: December 13, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - When scientists first read the entire genetic code of a human being in 2003, the monumental achievement promised a new era in medicine.

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5 helpers for hassle-free holiday hosting
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - While hosting the holidays can be a nerve-wracking experience, it doesn’t have to completely derail the rest of the joy of the season. The truth is even the most veteran holiday hosts feel some anxiety leading up to the big day. There’s a ton to do and remembering it all can be hard. To simplify your life and your holidays, renowned interior designer Nate Berkus offers his best tips for entertaining with style.

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Senior guest? How to prepare your home for older visitors
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Whether it's for a special occasion or just because, hosting an older adult in your home can be a wonderful experience with lots of memory-making potential. However, for a safe and successful visit, you may want to make a few adjustments to your home before they arrive to make it more senior-friendly.

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Weed 101: How and why patients use medical marijuana [Infographic]
Posted: December 13, 2017

(BPT) - Medical marijuana has numerous mental and physical effects, but what are they, and what types of patients choose weed as a medicinal therapy? Read on to learn more.

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Avoid a #HolidayFail this Season [Infographic]
Posted: December 13, 2017

(BPT) - Tired of burning holiday cookies? Working in the kitchen while your guests enjoy the party? The holidays are here and so are common mishaps. With tips from Cook Beautiful author Athena Calderone and interior designer Nate Berkus, have a #HolidayFail Proof season!

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The Truth About Alcohol During The Holidays: How To Eat, Drink And Be Merry (Responsibly)
Updated: December 14, 2017 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—The holiday season is a time for celebration, renewals of faith, and setting goals for the year ahead. During family and social gatherings, champagne corks may be popped and wine passed as family and friends gather. While holiday parties invoke the spirit of the season, unhealthy alcohol use—drinking over the recommended limit of three drinks for women and four drinks for men per day—can lead to dangerous consequences for yourself and those around you.

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Tips For A Stress-Free Holiday Season
Updated: December 14, 2017 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but for many, the holiday season can also be stressful. From holiday parties and endless shopping, to travel and family visits, your holiday to-do list can quickly become overwhelming, and instead of feeling the holiday cheer, you are wishing for the season to be over.

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Reducing Your Risk Of Heart Attack
Updated: December 14, 2017 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—While death from heart attack is highest during the winter holidays, you can protect heart health with diet, exercise and taking prescribed medication.

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5 Tips for Finding College Scholarships
Updated: December 14, 2017 - 3:33 am

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Holiday Survival Guide for Busy Parents
Updated: December 14, 2017 - 3:33 am

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Passing the Torch for Holiday Hosting
Updated: December 14, 2017 - 3:33 am

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5 Ways to Make an Impact on Children
Updated: December 14, 2017 - 3:33 am

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Anti-Drug Challenge Encourages Students to be Part of the Solution
Updated: December 14, 2017 - 3:33 am

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Raising Eager Readers
Updated: December 14, 2017 - 3:33 am

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