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    Not Just for the Dogs: Pet Parents Love Their Dog Walkers

    (StatePoint) Americans don’t just love their dogs – they also love their dog walkers, with a whopping 85 percent of pet parents affording their dog walkers equal importance to their nanny or childcare provider, according to a recent survey by Wag!, the inventor of on-demand mobile dog walking.

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5 Tips to Soothe a Fussy Baby

(StatePoint) If you’ve ever gone to great lengths to sooth a fussy baby, you may feel like you’ve tried every trick in the book. As most new parents learn quickly, this can be one of the most challenging aspects of caring for a little one.

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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Monday 09/24/2018
How Parents Can Achieve Work-Life Balance
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 2:57 am

(StatePoint) In the pursuit of having more time to spend with their families, an increasing number of working parents are requesting flexible working options from their employers, suggests new research.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Credit Card
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:05 am

(StatePoint) When it comes to purchases, Americans overwhelmingly prefer credit cards to cash or debit cards, yet few review the rewards and benefits that come with their card. This means millions of Americans may be missing out on experiences, cash back or other benefits that credit cards offer.

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Saturday 09/22/2018
Parents: How to Build Empathy and Prevent Bullying
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 2:57 am

(StatePoint) Sixty-two percent of 9 to 11-year-olds say they have been bullied at least “once or twice,” according to a recent national survey.

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Friday 09/21/2018
Take a second look at your homebuying options
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:06 am

(BPT) - Buying a home is an exciting process, but for many people it can also seem out of reach. While many renters would like to buy, there are several factors that may lead potential homebuyers to believe they may not be ready. These include credit score requirements, income and debt levels, and the common myth that a 20 percent down payment is needed. Here is some good news: Qualifying for a mortgage may not be so far out of reach.

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From deductibles to donuts, key terms to know about Medicare Part D
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:07 am

(BPT) - Navigating the ins and outs of Medicare can be an intimidating experience if you’re not familiar with certain terms.

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Conscious capitalism: How businesses do well by doing good
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:08 am

(BPT) - What drives someone to take the risk and start their own business?

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Why Puerto Rico plays a vital role in agriculture
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:09 am

(BPT) - For a region the size of Connecticut, Puerto Rico packs a big punch when it comes to its contribution to world agriculture.

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Best friends walk across America to raise money and awareness for veterans
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:09 am

(BPT) - Snow, Nor’easter storms and too many blisters to count — no challenge was too big for Matt and Trevor to overcome as they journeyed across the country this year. The determined duo began their excursion on March 1 in Delaware and recently celebrated their final steps in San Francisco on Sept. 8. Traveling across 15 states, Matt and Trevor experienced the trip of a lifetime. And they raised over $6,000 for veterans along the way.

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Back to basics: The importance of real grass
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:06 am

(BPT) - Well-maintained outdoor spaces increase curb appeal and can bolster property values. They inspire kids’ imaginations and support healthy play. They make a homegrown neighborhood hangout, ideal for spending time together.

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How to hygge your home this winter [Infographic]
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:03 am

(BPT) - Hygge: a Danish word used when acknowledging a sense of coziness and a comfortable conviviality.

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Four Tips For Protecting Your Family's Financial Future
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:04 am

(NAPSI)—While no one really likes to talk about the scenarios in which life insurance becomes necessary, having these conversations and taking the required steps to insure your legacy is the best way to protect loved ones’ financial futures—and is especially important as you near retirement.

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5 Ways Learning Piano Can Boost Kids’ Confidence
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 2:59 am

(StatePoint) Learning to play piano can boost children’s confidence in many ways. So, if your family is looking to introduce a new hobby or after-school activity to your children, here are five reasons to consider piano.

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Thursday 09/20/2018
Newborn to 13+: Car safety tips for kids of all ages
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:10 am

(BPT) - For many parents, you buckle up your kids and off you go to day care, school or the park. You trust their car seat or booster seat will keep your child safe should something happen, but are you sure the seat you installed months or years ago is truly secure?

"I am deeply concerned that nearly half of all car seats are not used correctly," says Heidi King, deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). "You don’t have to be a parent to play a part in protecting children. I urge everyone to follow these simple tips to ensure kids stay safe in the car at every age.”

The right car seat is the best protection in a crash

Every 33 seconds, a child under 13 years old is involved in a car crash, according to NHTSA data. Even more startling: Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1-13.

One of the most common mistakes parents and caregivers make is moving children to the next car seat too soon. No matter their age, you need to make sure that the car seat you use is the right one for your child's age, as well as their size (based on their weight and height).

Newborn to 3 years (infant and rear-facing car seat)

The youngest passengers should remain in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the maximum weight or height of their seat. This positioning better absorbs the force of an impact, making it a better option for small passengers whose necks and spines are still developing. In fact, car seats have been shown to reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants (under one year old) in passenger cars.

Keep in mind, even if your child’s feet touch the back of the vehicle seat, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re ready for a forward-facing seat. Parents shouldn't move their toddlers into a forward-facing car seat until they've hit the maximum height or weight limit of their current car seat.

4-7 years old (forward-facing car seat)

At this age your child will likely use a forward-facing car seat with a harness. One critical step for installing this car seat correctly is making sure to secure it with its tether, not just a seat belt. The tether is an adjustable strap with a hook that can be found at the top of most forward-facing car seats. When you secure the tether to the tether anchor in your vehicle, it keeps the car seat from moving forward in a crash, helping protect your child from head and neck injuries.

Additionally, always make sure the chest clip is secured across the chest rather than on the belly. These clips have a tendency to move down, so it's up to caregivers to align it properly. Make it a habit to always slide the clip up to the appropriate place after buckling your child in to their seat.

8-12 years old (booster seat)

After a child exceeds the age and size limits of their forward-facing seat, they can transition to a booster seat. A booster seat lifts a child up and helps their body properly align with the vehicle's existing seat belt.

Kids should stay in a booster seat until they are big enough to sit properly with the lap and shoulder belt securely buckled. That means the lap belt is snug across their upper thighs, not their stomach, and the shoulder belt is snug across their shoulder and chest, not their neck or face.

"Tweens" and preteens (seat belt)

Once your child is big enough to ride safely without needing a car seat or booster seat, keep in mind the back seat is still the safest place. All kids 13 and under should ride in the back, even if they try to convince you the front is the "cool" place to be.

For more advice and to find a car seat check location near you, visit NHTSA.gov/TheRightSeat.

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 2:57 am

(NewsUSA) - National Hispanic Heritage Month is here! Microsoft shares inspiring stories about Latinos driven by passion, determination, faith, love - and everything in between. Join the celebration sharing your story using #MicrosoftLatinx and #HispanicHeritageMonth. 

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Cómo saber más sobre CLL, un cáncer sanguíneo crónico y común
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - Imagínese que le han dado la noticia de que padece de cáncer en la sangre, y luego el siguiente comentario tranquilizador: “No se preocupe, es el bueno”. Como un diagnóstico de cáncer puede ser abrumador, ¿tiene sentido que le acaben de comunicar que debe estar aliviado, e incluso agradecido por ello?

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Understanding CLL - A Common, Chronic Blood Cancer
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:02 am

(BPT) - Imagine you’ve just been given the news that you have blood cancer, but you are told, “not to worry, it’s the good kind.” A cancer diagnosis can be shocking, and you have just heard that you should be relieved — even grateful?

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Explore Australia's largest and undiscovered fringing reef
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:09 am

(BPT) - Where do the red and orange hues of Australia’s iconic outback meet white sand beaches and turquoise blue water? Where can you walk off the shore and instantly experience pristine coral reef during a special drift snorkel? It’s where the best marine encounters in the world are part of everyday life. Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef, along the stunning Coral Coast, is one of the region’s best-kept secrets.

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This Season the Hygge Design Trend is Back and Bold
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:05 am

(BPT) - Last year, the Scandinavian concept of Hygge took the interior design stage by storm with people around the world flocking to buy cozy blankets and sheepskin throws. This year, Noa Santos, interior co-founder of interior design company Homepolish says that hygge has experienced a rebirth and visually has become the elevated, bolder enhancement of last year’s concept. It’s about purposeful design choices that stand out and speak for themselves, and not shying away from bold design decisions to make home an oasis of coziness.

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Try A Taste Of Hispanic Heritage
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:00 am

(NAPSI)—National Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to acknowledge the history, culture and contributions of the people of Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Spain. One of the best ways to celebrate, many say, is with food.

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Flu-Fighting Facts
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:01 am

(NAPS)—The flu is nothing to sneeze at. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza has resulted in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses annually since 2010. The best way to stay out of such statistics, the CDC says, is for everyone who is eligible and at least 6 months old to get a flu shot as soon as the vaccine becomes available.

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Quick Ways to Freshen Up Your Home for Fall
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) As fall weather sets in, many homeowners take advantage of cooler days to spruce up their living spaces since they’re confined indoors. However, fitting all that work into a busy season filled with school, sports and other family demands isn’t always easy.

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How to Make Smart Decisions During Benefits Enrollment Season
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) Every fall, millions of American workers spend time making financial decisions that will affect them for the entire upcoming year.

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Bring Tuscany to the Table
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:00 am

Simple, flavorful recipes for fall entertaining

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What’s in the Can May Surprise You
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:00 am

Cooking with canned foods combines convenience and nutrition

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Fall Into a Fitness Routine
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) Fall is notorious for comfort foods like pumpkin spice lattes and game day nachos. Combine these tempting seasonal staples with darker, shorter days and it can be hard to maintain an active mindset. Despite the enticement to indulge, you can keep your active lifestyle going or even kick off a new fitness regime.

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5 Ways to Connect with Your Heritage
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 2:58 am

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Preparing an Emergency Plan for Your Unique Needs
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) Disasters such as hurricanes, floods, fires and other emergency situations are all too common these days. In fact, about 4 out of 5 Americans live in counties hit by weather events since 2007, according to disaster declaration data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). That illustrates how these events can impact nearly everyone and the importance of having a plan.

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A Breath of Fresh Air: 7 ways to refresh your small business
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 2:58 am

7 ways to refresh your small business

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Be Prepared to Weather the Storm
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) For many people, inclement weather can be frightening. When the wind is blowing, the rain is pouring and the trees are rustling, it can be hard to remain calm. However, it’s important to remember certain safety tips and how to use tools properly in case of emergency.

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4 Ways to Fall in Love with Fall
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 2:58 am

Autumn activities for you and your pup

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Hosting and Toasting
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 2:59 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re hosting a small weekend get-together, a large gathering or anything in between, entertaining friends and family will always provide an opportunity to create memories that last a lifetime. However, no host wants to miss out on the highlights because of an endless to-do list in the kitchen. With the right recipes and refreshments, it’s easy to throw a successful, enjoyable dinner party for both you and your guests.

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Tips for an Active Outdoor Fall Season
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 2:59 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re a sports enthusiast or a nature lover, you are likely going to be taking full advantage of the great fall weather by getting outdoors this season. Before heading out, consider the following tips to make the most of your time.

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Fall Wine and Food Tips for Outdoor Entertaining
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 2:59 am

(StatePoint) Autumn is the ultimate time for outdoor dining. For your next gathering, bring the party out to the deck or patio for an evening of enjoyable light bites and delicious wines.

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Coconut Custard Pie
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 2:59 am

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Simple, Satisfying Weeknight Solutions
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 2:59 am

(Family Features) Hectic daytime schedules can often lead to even busier evenings, which makes putting dinner on the table in less than an hour a valuable time-saver for home chefs. Balancing a busy lifestyle with healthy food choices can certainly become a tall task, but making filling, nutritious meals a priority starts with planning and preparation.

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Exquisite Eating
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 2:59 am

Small plates to make for appealing dishes

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Fresh Flavors with Friends
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 2:59 am

(Family Features) Nothing beats a meal filled with flavorful ingredients fresh off the farm – unless you add a table filled with your closest friends to enjoy the bounty. From sides to main dishes to desserts, these recipes show you how to transform wholesome farm-raised foods into a crowd-pleasing menu you can enjoy from start to finish.

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Burrito Bake
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:00 am

This hearty casserole is full of meat, onion and cheeses, sitting on top of a crescent roll dough crust.  Add even more flavor and top your casserole with olives, green onions, lettuce, tomatoes and jalapenos with a side of sour cream, chips and salsa.

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New Research Links Refrigerator Staple to Teenage Height
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:00 am

Study finds drinking more milk growing up is associated with increased height at 17

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5 Recipes that Can Help Improve Your Health
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) When it comes to nutritious eating, finding and creating tasty yet healthy recipes is key for many people.

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Weeknight Dinner Solutions
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) Hectic daytime schedules can often lead to even busier evenings, which makes putting dinner on the table in less than an hour a valuable time-saver for home chefs. Balancing a busy lifestyle with healthy food choices can certainly become a tall task, but making filling, nutritious meals a priority starts with planning and preparation.

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Science Made Magical
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:03 am

(Family Features) When you see something you can’t explain, it can be easy to mistake those moments for magic, such as a balloon floating into the sky or water disappearing from a surface right before your eyes. However, the truth is these moments aren’t magic but scienceat play. Observing the laws of physics or chemistry can, at first glance, seem too fantastical to be explained, but science can explain a lot.

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Smart Tech Upgrades to Improve Home Function
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:03 am

(Family Features) When smart home technologies first emerged, their purpose was largely for convenience and operating the devices was often clunky. Today, smart devices seamlessly integrate into connected home systems to make living more efficient, improve home security and even offer advantages for your health.

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At Your Service
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:03 am

Fast facts about service dogs

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Autumn Additions
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:03 am

Fall upgrades for enhancing your home

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How Access to Health Care Coverage Can Improve Academic Outcomes
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:04 am

(Family Features)With each school year, parents dust off their annual checklists that help them organize their needs as their kids head back to the classroom. This school season, make sure one priority at the top of your to-do list is ensuring your children have health insurance.

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Good Friends, Good Food
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:04 am

Dog owners dish on how food factors into pet bonding

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Waking up to go to the bathroom multiple times per night? It’s not because you’re ‘getting old’
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:04 am

(Family Features) It’s a common misconception: the older you get, the more frequently you need to use the bathroom at night. Did you know waking up more than once per night to urinate is a medical condition known as nocturia? Shockingly, 64 percent of American adults do not know.

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Taking Steps to Prevent Falls
Updated: September 24, 2018 - 3:04 am

(Family Features) When you’re young, an injury from a fall may sideline you for a few days or weeks, but a full recovery is usually quick. As you get older, the consequences of falls can become more serious, setting up a sequence of events that can have longstanding implications on independence and health.

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