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Monday 06/05/2017
5 hacks to get hitched without financial hiccups
Posted: June 05, 2017

(BPT) - Planning a wedding is an emotional experience: joy that you’ll be marrying your true love, nostalgia for the life you’re leaving behind, worry over the details and anxiety about how much money you’ll spend. While the average wedding costs more than $27,000 according to TheWeddingReport.com, it is possible to make it to — and through — your big day with minimal financial worries.

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Wednesday 05/03/2017
Sizzling-hot wedding trends for summer 2017
Posted: May 03, 2017

(BPT) - Long, sunshine-filled days and warm, star-studded nights make summer the ideal season to say "I do!" If you're planning an upcoming wedding, you can make your special day that much more unique with these seven top trends taking the summer bridal scene by storm.

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Wednesday 03/08/2017
The top 2017 spring wedding ideas
Updated: March 10, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Wednesday 02/22/2017
Newlyweds: Money-saving tips for your first move together
Updated: February 23, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - With the average wedding costing upwards of $30,000, starting your new life together takes a lot of careful budgeting. After you’ve finished paying for the flowers, reception hall, caterer, photographer and everything else related to your big day, you may not have much money left over when it comes time to move into a new home together. However, managing your move can be your first big DIY home project together, and it’s one that’s very doable on a budget.

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Borrow these wedding planner tricks for a polished event on a budget
Updated: February 23, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Planning your wedding is one of the most important management jobs you’ll ever take on. A professional wedding planner could help make the day go smoothly, but you can also achieve the same effect yourself for less money.

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Tuesday 10/25/2016
The Good, Bad and Ugliest Wedding Gifts Ever
Updated: October 25, 2016 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) For many couples, there’s nothing more exciting than creating wedding wish lists. Almost half (45 percent) of U.S. adults who are or ever have been married or engaged have had a bridal registry, according to a recent Moen survey conducted online by Harris Poll.

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Tuesday 09/06/2016
Tips for Planning Your Wedding and Beyond
Updated: September 06, 2016 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) While making the wedding day spectacular may seem like the main goal for engaged couples, savvy twosomes are also considering how they will build their home and life together after the honeymoon.

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Thursday 06/22/2017
Ladder Safety Should Be Tops for Home Improvers
Updated: June 22, 2017 - 3:35 pm

(NewsUSA) -As the warm weather of spring and summer arrives, ambitious and well-intentioned homeowners embark on cleaning, maintenance, and improvement projects that often involve roofs, gutters, and ladders. However, working on a ladder can be dangerous.

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Wednesday 06/14/2017
Forget Politics! Together We Can Save Our Climate!
Updated: June 14, 2017 - 3:35 pm

(NewsUSA) - One day before President Donald Trump announced his decision to pull the USA out of the Paris Agreement, Climeworks, an innovative Swiss startup, launched the world's first commercial carbon capture plant in Hinwil, Switzerland.

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Tuesday 06/13/2017
Don't Discount Safe Driving This Summer
Updated: June 14, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Summertime brings longer days and ideal driving conditions to much of the United States. However, summer weather can also lull drivers into a false sense of security, according to data from a survey conducted by Michelin.

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Tuesday 05/30/2017
A Look At The Vibrancy Of The Human Spirit
Updated: May 31, 2017 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—As a special tribute to the people involved in a 75-year-old atrocity, modern American veterans and others participate in the annual Bataan Memorial Death March challenge.

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Tuesday 05/23/2017
Preparation Pays Off When Storms Strike
Updated: May 23, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - While the approach of summer signals sun and fun, it also marks the height of storm season.

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Wednesday 05/17/2017
Slide Into Safety: Tips For A Fun, Safe Season
Updated: May 18, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—While the warmer months and longer days are often a time for outdoor fun and more physical activity—camping, boating, swimming, biking and the like—they can also mean an increased potential for injuries. Playground falls, lawn mower accidents, campfire and fire pit burns are common childhood injuries—but they don’t have to happen to your family.

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Thursday 05/11/2017
Hunger Still Has Hold on America Despite Economic Improvement
Updated: May 11, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - While America may not appear to have the kind of hunger that is pervasive in other countries, that's not to say it doesn't exist.

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Tuesday 05/09/2017
Online Retailer Celebrates 50 Amazing Teachers
Updated: May 09, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) -Education is a cornerstone of our culture and society. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are more than four million teachers in the United States. Every day, they go above and beyond to shape children's minds through their passion for lifelong learning.

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Thursday 05/04/2017
How Humor Can Improve Lives
Updated: May 04, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) You’ve probably heard the old adage, “laughter is the best medicine.” Well there’s some truth to that. The Mayo Clinic cites a number of health benefits from laughter, such as pain relief, stress relief and an improved immune system.

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Wednesday 05/03/2017
Enhance Pool Safety: Help Protect Your Family From Electric Shock Drowning
Updated: May 03, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Before you open your pool for the season or whenever you close it down, you should be aware of a hidden danger. Faulty wiring or damaged electrical cords used to connect electrical equipment near the pool or from the pool lighting can cause the water to become energized. When swimmers come into contact with this "leaked" electrical current in your pool, it can cause loss of muscle control, rapid or irregular heartbeat or even electric shock drowning (ESD).

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Tuesday 06/27/2017
How to Turn Volunteering Into a Family Affair
Updated: June 27, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Want to volunteer to make things better, but think you lack the time? You're not alone. 

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Monday 06/26/2017
A Decade Later, Economic Crisis Still Hitting Middle-Income Boomers
Updated: June 26, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Ten years after the U.S. financial crisis of 2007, a survey from the Bankers Life Center for a Secure Retirement found that middle-income boomers feel less than secure about their financial future, with almost 100 percent surveyed saying the economy has not fully recovered, and 65 percent believing they have not personally benefitted at all from any recovery.

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Thursday 06/22/2017
Wedding Planning 101
Updated: June 26, 2017 - 3:35 am

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10 Tips to Make Outdoor Parties Unforgettable
Updated: June 26, 2017 - 3:35 am

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Hit the Road Safely
Updated: June 26, 2017 - 3:35 am

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Rethink Your Drink This Summer
Updated: June 26, 2017 - 3:35 am

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Understanding the Serious Nature of Mini-Strokes
Updated: June 26, 2017 - 3:35 am

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Helpful Hints for Men's Health Month
Updated: June 26, 2017 - 3:35 am

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5 Tips to Save on Bills
Updated: June 28, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Weather the Storm Wisely
Updated: June 28, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Friday 06/23/2017
4 laundry personalities: Where do you fit?
Updated: June 28, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Chic, trendy, sporty, bohemian, sophisticated, fun, classic you probably have a clear vision of your fashion and style personality. But do you know your laundry personality? How you wash the clothes you wear is every bit as personal and unique to you as the clothes themselves. Knowing your laundry personality could help ease the load and make the chore easy and fail-proof.

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Thursday 06/22/2017
3 pressing reasons to talk hearing health at your next physical exam
Updated: June 28, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - When was the last time you and your doctor talked about your hearing?

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Understanding the link between salt and health
Updated: June 28, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - The news lately is full of articles about salt and health. Everyone seems to be getting either too much salt or not enough. So which is it? Part of the problem is with how we study the connection. Fortunately, researchers on both sides of the issue are starting to agree on how best to proceed and may soon have a better answer for all of us. That answer may be that for most of us, there is no need to eat less salt than we do now.

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Friday 06/16/2017
Here's how to tap into your home's not-so-hidden potential
Updated: June 20, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Your most valuable asset is around you all the time. It’s above you, it’s below you and in many cases you don’t realize how much it can do for you.

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Wednesday 06/14/2017
60-plus? Smart fashion tips to keep you looking stylish and fabulous
Updated: June 22, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Muumuus and mom jeans or spangled capris and Aloha shirts — is this really all the fashion world has to offer women over the age of 60? Do mature women who desire to dress fashionably for summer really have to choose between “frumpy and fogey” or “too young and trendy?”

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Tuesday 06/13/2017
How to use your home equity in retirement
Updated: June 21, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Most of us save and plan for decades to enjoy the period of our life when we no longer need to go into the office and work an eight-hour day for a paycheck.

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Monday 06/12/2017
4 strategies to grow your finances in retirement
Updated: June 20, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Friday 06/09/2017
Survey: Cataracts impact lifestyle; surgery brings emotional benefits
Updated: June 17, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - You may know that cataracts can interfere with your ability to see clearly, but might be unaware of their impact on your emotions. Alcon, the global leader in eye care, conducted a survey of about 1,300 people age 60 and older who have undergone cataract surgery and found that almost 60 percent of respondents said cataracts made them feel annoyed, frustrated or old. Also, many respondents said that the condition makes some daily activities harder.

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Wednesday 06/07/2017
More Grandparents are Raising Grandkids: 3 Things They Need to Know
Updated: June 07, 2017 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) From single parents to traditional and multigenerational households, modern families come in all shapes and sizes. But did you know there’s an uptick in the number of grandparents raising grandkids? According to data from The Pew Charitable Trusts, 2.9 million grandparents were raising their grandchildren in 2015 compared with 2.5 million in 2005.

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Friday 06/02/2017
Tips to help families cope with Alzheimer's, mitigate tensions and relieve stress
Updated: June 10, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Receiving an Alzheimer's diagnosis is never easy — it's life changing, not only for the person receiving the diagnosis but for their family members as well. The disease can exact a devastating toll on family relationships unless everyone pitches in to support caregivers and take steps to secure the financial future of the person with Alzheimer's. These are a few important takeaways from a new survey by the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Tuesday 06/27/2017
5 things keeping you awake (and what you can do about it)
Posted: June 27, 2017

(BPT) - Having trouble falling asleep is the worst, right? You toss and turn, you glance at the clock — again — calculating how much sleep you could get if only you would drift off this very moment. And of course, you don't, which only makes you feel more anxious, which just makes you feel more awake.

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Breathe Easier Two Ways
Updated: June 28, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—The Federal Trade Commission estimates that Americans lost more than $4 billion to fraud and scams during the last five years—but you don’t have to be one of them.

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Get Connected With Next-Gen Hearing Aids
Updated: June 28, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—You may have heard about wireless hearing aids but aren't sure what they can do for you or someone you love who'd like to hear better. In fact, there are many advantages to being able to stream audio directly into your hearing aids, as "John" discovered.

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Prevent Isolation s You Age!
Updated: June 28, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Did you know that an estimated one in five adults over age 50 are affected by isolation? This is a problem, as research has shown that prolonged isolation can be as bad for you as smoking 15 cigarettes a day—and these negative health consequences of chronic isolation may be especially harmful for older adults.

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Monday 06/26/2017
A One-Stop App For Women's Health
Updated: June 27, 2017 - 3:38 am

(NAPSI)—Period-tracking apps seem pretty self-explanatory—you input your last period and the app predicts when your next cycle will start. But with new technology, apps are able to do much more than simply track menstruation.

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Surviving Suicide: Recovery Steps And Resources For Survivors
Updated: June 27, 2017 - 3:38 am

(NAPSI)—It’s estimated that 1 million people in the U.S. attempt suicide each year. If you’ve survived a suicide attempt, know that you are not alone. While moving forward may seem nearly impossible, many survivors will tell you that they’re glad they held on and worked for a better life.

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Sunday 06/25/2017
Advanced hearing technology offers ideal features for the summer season
Updated: June 26, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Summer is the season of hot weather, outdoor activities, vacations and other conditions that in the past posed a threat to people who wear hearing aids. Extreme humidity, sweat, rain and the occasional splash were threatening to the devices’ tiny electronic components. Carrying extra batteries everywhere and worrying about the last time you changed them was a chore. Staying connected and hearing your best in virtually any summer environment wasn’t always possible.

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Thursday 06/22/2017
How much juice should kids drink? What you need to know about juice and serving size
Updated: June 28, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Wedding Planning 101
Updated: June 26, 2017 - 3:35 am

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10 Tips to Make Outdoor Parties Unforgettable
Updated: June 26, 2017 - 3:35 am

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Friday 06/16/2017
From farm to family: 7 things to consider before living with livestock
Updated: June 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Animals play a meaningful role in the lives of their owners. In fact, most people consider their furry friends part of the family. And while dogs and cats tend to be the most common companions, nowadays, the beloved family pet can come in many different shapes, sizes and species.

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Wednesday 06/07/2017
Working like a dog: Companies find benefits in going pet-friendly
Updated: June 15, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - It’s fair to call Charger a bull in a china shop. Well, at least a pit bull. The charming nine-year-old has a full-time job in the marketing department at dinnerware giant Replacements, Ltd.

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Wednesday 05/31/2017
Improve your dog's emotional life
Updated: June 08, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - For millions of pet parents, their beloved dog is more than just a four-legged friend — he’s a member of the family. When looking at products for their pet they are willing to explore all options to ensure they provide the very best items like organic foods, therapeutic bedding, unique and innovative toys, on-trend collars and leashes, electronic feeding and watering items and more. Although our pets are treated as family members there is one issue that is often overlooked and undertreated in dogs — anxiety.

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Tuesday 05/16/2017
Outward signs of aging in your pet and how to take action
Updated: May 17, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - It seems like just yesterday you brought her home and made her a part of the family. If you own a cat or dog, you have fond memories of your furry family member from day one.

Fast forward to today. Just like with people, age sometimes creeps up slowly on pets. Every pet is unique, so changes happen at different times. What's more, age-related changes can be easy to miss because they appear so gradually over time.

Being aware and proactive is the best thing pet parents can do to help their pets stay healthy as they age. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recommends that pets have a senior screening at about age 7. This allows the veterinarian to address any current concerns or potential health risks, including nutritional considerations.

Aging in pets can potentially impact the relationship you have with them, so being aware of the signs and what to do can help keep your older pet in the game. To help you understand what to look for, Hill’s Pet Nutrition has developed the "Tell TAILS" signs of aging in cats and dogs.

T = Thinking

Your pet gets confused by ordinary things, like how to find their bed.

A = Activity

Your pet is less active. Naps are now more appealing than playing or exploring.

I = Interactions

Your pet doesn't socialize with you as much as before.

L = Loss of control

Your pet is well-trained, but has started to have accidents.

S = Sleep-wake cycle

Sleeping patterns have changed, with more awake time during the night.

You’re the one who spends the most time with your pet, so it's important to note any of these changes and communicate them to your veterinarian. Consistent vet visits and changing your pet’s food are just two things that can help older pets to continue to remain healthy in their later years.

“As pets grow older, aging occurs inside every cell in their body and Hill’s studies these changes down to the gene level,” says Kathy Gross, Director of Clinical Nutrition at Hill’s Science Diet. “Our research shows that gene expression and activity are different in pets aged 7 and older compared to their younger counterparts. Through this research we’ve identified natural ingredients and nutrients that change gene activity and used that knowledge to create pet foods for pets of this age."

When selecting food, consider key nutrients important for pets aged 7 and older. A high-quality food like Hill’s Science Diet Youthful Vitality, developed from over a decade of extensive research, includes:

* High-quality protein with balanced levels of essential amino acids to support muscles.
* L-carnitine to help the body convert nutrients into energy to move, run and play.
* Right balance of phosphorus and sodium, not too much and not too little, helps maintain a healthy bladder, kidneys and heart.
* Antioxidant vitamins E and C along with beta-carotene and selenium to protect cells and support healthy immune function.

In addition to making nutritional adjustments, consider these smart tips for helping your pet get the most out of life and unlock their ageless spirit:

1. Providing regular exercise and opportunities to interact with family members helps keep older pets in shape and their minds actively engaged.

2. Just as with people, maintain a healthy body weight and body proportion (more muscle, strong bones, less body fat) by avoiding overfeeding, doing regular weigh-ins and avoiding unhealthy snacks.

4. Regular veterinary checkups (once per year for middle-aged pets and twice per year for senior pets over the age of 7) are recommended so any concerns or potential health risks can be addressed.

For more information about pet health for cats and dogs, visit www.HillsPet.com. For more information about pet aging and the cutting-edge food science in Science Diet Youthful Vitality, visit www.ScienceDiet.com/YouthfulVitality.

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3 cornerstones to a longer, healthier, happier life for your pet
Updated: May 24, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Your pets are members of the family. They are the source of some of your best memories, they are your travel companions, your confidantes and your evening snuggle partners. You love them and you want them to live the longest, healthiest and happiest life possible.

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Monday 05/08/2017
Do you know what to include in a pet emergency go-kit?
Posted: May 08, 2017

(BPT) - It’s no secret that Mother Nature can be unpredictable. Research shows that weather patterns are in flux across the United States, making it more important than ever to think ahead and be proactive in order to stay safe. Advanced planning is not just for humans. While you may already have an emergency plan in place for your family, it's important to remember the needs of your pets too.

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Thursday 05/04/2017
Finding Fido: Could America run out of dogs?
Updated: May 05, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Millions of people every year open their hearts and homes to rescue dogs to find their new best friend. It’s an act of compassion that is beneficial and fulfilling for person and pet.

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Could America run out of dogs? [Infographic]
Posted: May 04, 2017

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Monday 05/01/2017
10 tips to help your pet adjust to a new home
Posted: May 01, 2017

(BPT) - Congratulations, it’s a dog! Now that you’ve made the decision to add a furry friend to your family, here are some tips from Dr. Karen Lass, field veterinary services manager at Merial, for acclimating your dog to his new forever home.

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Close The Lid On Cat Litter Odors
Updated: May 02, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—According to the ASPCA, there are more than 85 million pet cats in America. If one (or more) of them is yours, you may have noticed one aspect of cat companionship that's less than delightful: the litter box. Fortunately for cats and their humans, following a few steps can help keep the odor down and the litter box use up.

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