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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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Monday 11/07/2016
5 Tips for Perfect Wedding Photos
Updated: November 08, 2016 - 3:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion -- something to be celebrated and cherished. Planning it, on the other hand, can feel as if you're preparing for war -- between ensuring that Uncle Sal isn't sitting next to his brother, who owes him money, to budgeting for everything you want and need. The one thing you don't want to skimp on is the memories.

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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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Monday 06/13/2016
Wedding Season Tips to Select Champagne
Updated: June 13, 2016 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) Fizzing, bubbling, exciting and inspiring. Champagne is the quintessential complement to any memorable occasion, but perhaps is most inextricably linked to setting the mood for romance.

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Friday 03/17/2017
Seniors Find That Doing Good Is Good For You
Updated: March 17, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - There are two things that older adults have in spades these days: time and knowledge. And both make them the perfect match for volunteering.

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Thursday 03/09/2017
Recognizing The Best In Education
Updated: March 10, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—When it comes to educating children and giving parents a choice in the process, some states have been found better than others. Here’s a look at the ones the experts on school choice at EdChoice voted to win last year’s educational choice yearbook superlatives.

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Wednesday 03/08/2017
Libraries Are Not Just About Books Anymore
Updated: March 08, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Parenting is one of the most important jobs a person can undertake.

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Wednesday 02/15/2017
Companies Are Discovering That Pittsburgh Is Good for Business
Updated: February 15, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Many companies have recognized the road to their success runs through Pittsburgh. Popular brands like American Eagle Outfitters and Dick's Sporting Goods are headquartered in the city, and powerhouse companies like Amazon, Google, Uber, Shell, Facebook, and Apple have made recent investments or are expanding operations in the region.

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Monday 02/06/2017
Local Community Newspapers Go Digital
Updated: February 06, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Small, local newspapers have been valued community resources across the United States for approximately 200 years, but many have faced challenges from increasing costs and difficulty keeping up with the latest technology. However, one form of new technology can help these papers survive. A specifically designed platform can help small community papers contribute to their survival by capitalizing on mobile revenue options.

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Friday 02/03/2017
Water Treatment System Maintenance for the Well Owner
Updated: February 03, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Water treatment can help household well owners address health risks and undesirable taste, odor, and smells -- but treatment systems work only if properly maintained, says the National Ground Water Association (NGWA), which operates the website, WellOwner.org.

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Thursday 01/12/2017
Top Tips for Timely Performance Driving
Updated: February 02, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - As millions of Americans know, daily commutes can be stressful and monotonous. Couple that with winter weather, and staying alert is paramount--especially as road conditions start to deteriorate.

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Wednesday 01/11/2017
Student Athletes Emulate the Pros in Abusing Prescription Painkillers
Updated: February 02, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sometimes we're so caught up in all the pro sports stars whose lives have been wrecked by misusing prescription painkillers that we forget the problem extends down to the amateur level.

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Monday 01/09/2017
Specialized Firefighter Training Helps Save Farmers' Lives
Updated: February 02, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - Becoming entrapped in a grain-bin remains a real safety hazard for farmers and other grain handlers. Firefighters who are trained in grain-bin rescue techniques can make a lifesaving difference in an emergency situation. To emphasize the importance of grain-bin safety, Nationwide, the No. 1 farm insurer in the United States, is partnering with agricultural professionals and other industry leaders to host the fourth annual Nominate Your Fire Department Contest in conjunction with Grain-Bin Safety Week.

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Wednesday 12/28/2016
Los fanáticos de todo terrenos se preocupan por los caminos
Updated: December 28, 2016 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Un cuarteto de los clubes de todo terreno son los ganadores del programa Outstanding Trails del 2016, patrocinado por BFGoodrich Tires, en asociación con 4 Wheel Parts, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, Blue Ribbon Coalition y Off Road Business Association.

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Thursday 03/23/2017
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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Wednesday 03/22/2017
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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7 Tips to Shake Up Your Lifestyle
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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Make Your Promposal Epic
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Tuesday 03/21/2017
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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4 Tips for Helping Pets in Need
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Health Help for Your Feline Friend
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Giving to the Next Generation
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 am

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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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Tuesday 03/21/2017
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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Monday 03/20/2017
3 steps to reach 100 feeling youthful and healthy
Updated: March 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - What will your life be like when you turn 100? A century ago the question seemed almost flippant, a needless consideration for most people, but today it's very real. The percentage of people living to 100 has grown almost 66 percent in the last 30 years, according to U.S. News and World Report.

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Is hidden salt hurting your health? Five tips for taking control
Updated: March 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - A typical soup and sandwich lunch can seem like a healthy meal. However, the bread, cold cuts and soup can be packed with something that can have a negative impact on your overall wellness: salt.

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Friday 03/17/2017
Seniors Find That Doing Good Is Good For You
Updated: March 17, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - There are two things that older adults have in spades these days: time and knowledge. And both make them the perfect match for volunteering.

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Wednesday 03/15/2017
Seniors struggling to pay life insurance premiums have options, including selling their policy
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Monday 03/13/2017
Obstructive sleep apnea and respiratory compromise: Know your risk
Updated: March 21, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) — a potentially serious sleep disorder that can stop a person’s breathing during sleep — affects 25 million adults in the U.S. Individuals living with OSA may know they are at risk for high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, diabetes or headaches. What they may not know is that OSA is also a risk factor for respiratory compromise, a potentially fatal condition.

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Frustrated Seniors Are Often Served Meals They Dislike Or Can't Tolerate
Updated: March 13, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(ZD360) - Anyone who has aging parents knows how frustrating it can be to get them to eat -- never mind eat well.

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Wednesday 03/08/2017
5 fast shortcuts to make your home sparkle this spring
Updated: March 16, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - We all know that one person who just adores cleaning. But for the rest of us, it's a necessary evil that gets old very quickly!

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Wednesday 03/01/2017
Tips to get the most out of your HSA dollars
Updated: March 09, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Millions of Americans with high-deductible health insurance plans rely on health savings accounts to help them manage the costs of health care. If you’re among them, you know how important it is to maximize the value you get out of every HSA dollar.

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Thursday 03/23/2017
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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Wednesday 03/22/2017
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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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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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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7 Tips to Shake Up Your Lifestyle
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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Make Your Promposal Epic
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Tuesday 03/21/2017
Better Balance for Heart Health
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Monday 02/13/2017
Sound Or Lame: It's Often Found In The Health Of The Sole
Updated: February 14, 2017 - 3:31 am

(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.

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Wednesday 01/11/2017
Bred for purpose: History behind the show dog, and what makes your breed unique today
Updated: January 12, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - It’s easy enough for any dog lover to fall for the silky coat of the Golden Retriever, a Siberian Husky’s striking blue eyes or a Dalmatian’s spots. In fact, most dog owners say it was the look of a breed that drew them to bring home that puppy in the first place.

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Tuesday 12/20/2016
Survey Unmasks the Peculiar Behaviors of Pet Owners
Updated: December 20, 2016 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Do you share a playlist with your poodle? Take a bath with your turtle? It might seem far-fetched, but since many people treat pets like family, they often let them do surprising things.

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Thursday 12/15/2016
5 tricks to keep your pup active, healthy and happy all winter long
Updated: December 16, 2016 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - No matter how hearty and fun-loving your dog is, as a pet parent you know there will come a time when it’s just too cold, snowy, icy, wet or windy for your pup to comfortably exercise outdoors. When the weather outside is frightful and the fire inside delightful, it’s important to find ways to help your dog stay active indoors where it’s safe and warm.

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Holiday Safety Suggestions For Pet Parents
Updated: December 16, 2016 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—According to legend, at midnight on Christmas Eve, all animals are able to talk. If you want your pets to say nice things about you, heed five hints on how to keep them healthy and happy throughout the holiday season:

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Saturday 11/19/2016
Make the Holidays Furry and Bright: Tips for Holiday Travel with Pets
Updated: November 19, 2016 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) For many pet owners, canine companions and feline friends are considered members of the family. If pets are joining out of town holiday festivities, it’s important to remember that traveling with pets requires a few extra considerations.

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Tuesday 11/08/2016
5 ways dogs are more than furry friends
Updated: November 11, 2016 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Did you know that approximately 37 to 47 percent of households in the United States have a dog? Chances are you have a pet dog living in your household, or you know someone who is a pet owner. Unconditional love is one of the many benefits of man’s best friend; however, dogs can also play an important role in the lives of those coping with an illness or a health condition. Learn these five key facts you may not know about dogs.

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Tuesday 11/01/2016
Plastic prosthesis helps one dog live a better life [Video]
Updated: November 02, 2016 - 3:32 am

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Wednesday 10/26/2016
Get adventurous with these 5 fun family activities
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Before this year ends, take advantage of the free time you have to partake in fun activities with those you love the most: your family. It's tempting to stick to the same routine of going to the local playground, taking in a movie or playing in the backyard. Why not try some new experiences this year and go on a family adventure? These five activities are fun for the whole family and will help create lasting memories together. Incorporate a couple (or all five!) ideas into your schedule to begin fall on a fun note. 

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Tuesday 10/25/2016
Calming Aid
Updated: October 26, 2016 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Just like us, our pets can experience stress; stress can be caused by fear, excitement and anxiety. There is a solution to help your pets manage stressful situations naturally. NaturVet Quiet Moments is veterinarian formulated and recommended to support the nervous system in reducing stress and tension while promoting rest and relaxation. Quiet Moments’ unique blend of thiamine and L-tryptophan helps reduce stress and tension. Ginger supports sensitive stomachs, which is especially important when traveling, while melatonin helps to promote rest and relaxation.

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