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Don't let stress dull the holiday sparkle

(BPT) - For many, the pressure of the holiday season can be enough to wear away the glitter and magic.

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Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

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Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

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Thursday 11/16/2017
5 quick-and-easy tips for taking the hassle out of holiday entertaining
Updated: November 18, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - 'Tis the season for entertaining, meaning the hustle and bustle of the holidays are already upon us. Fortunately, being named “hostess (or host) with the mostest” is well within your reach if you follow these tips guaranteed to keep the holiday cheer flowing throughout this season’s festivities.

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Foodie gifts for creative beverage concoctions
Updated: November 18, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Chocolate, butterscotch, nutmeg, rosemary, pomegranate, oranges, mulled wine and more — celebrate the flavors of the holidays with creative beverage concoctions. Here are tips and tools for making the most of holiday drinks.

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Wednesday 11/15/2017
Simple ways to savor the holidays
Updated: November 18, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - The season of tinsel, mistletoe, roasts, bake-offs, parties and countless shopping trips is upon us. Yes, the holidays are here! It’s a wonderful time of year to revive old traditions and start new ones, but amid all the planning, preparation and spreading of that holiday cheer, sometimes life can get a little crazed. Nobody says you have to leave shortcuts at the door, so make things easy on yourself and savor the season with these helpful holiday tips and food inspirations.

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Monday 11/13/2017
5 ways gift cards can come to your rescue this holiday season
Updated: November 14, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - We all have hard-to-buy-for people on our shopping list — from a friend who has everything, to long-distance relatives and those who seem tough to please. So, what’s the best gift to get them this holiday season? For the 11th consecutive year, the National Retail Federation has named gift cards the most requested gift, and there are a variety of gift cards available to please everyone on your list.

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Friday 11/10/2017
Grilled cheese options take comfort food to the next level
Updated: November 15, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - It's time to turn our thoughts to all the good things that come with the season, including the warm comfort food.

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Thursday 11/09/2017
Lose yourself in one of the 10 best books of the year
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(BPT) - When you open the covers of a book, you enter another world — a world of thought and experience. If the narrative engages your mind and emotions, making the time fly, reading a great book can change you and your outlook on the world, even if just a little.

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4 DIY tips to save money and get your home ready for winter
Updated: November 10, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Many people look forward to the cooler weather. The brisk autumn winds and colorful leaves signal that once again it’s time to take out the sweaters and scarves. There are the hot soups and pumpkin-flavored drinks to keep one warm as the weather gets cooler, but for the conscientious homeowner and dedicated DIYer, it’s time to start winterizing your home.

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5 nutritionist-approved tips for better holiday baking
Updated: November 10, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - ‘Tis the season for sweet and savory treats. The holidays bring loads of goodies, but the problem is these temptations can put a big strain on your nutrition goals.

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6 healthy reasons to enjoy a slice of sweet cherry pie this holiday season
Updated: November 10, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - The holidays are just around the corner, and for most of us that means time to indulge in some favorite treats. Fortunately, healthy doesn’t have to mean less delicious! If you’re looking for a good-for-you holiday dessert that can please even the most critical sweet tooth, a naturally sweet cherry pie could be just the ticket. You can have your pie and eat it too!

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Tips to help your pet have a happy and healthy holiday
Updated: November 10, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - The holidays are upon us, and so is the chillier weather. As you bundle up and get cozy with your cocoa, Dr. Jeff Werber, Emmy award-winning celebrity veterinarian, has some tips and tricks on how to ensure your pet has a healthy and happy holiday season.

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Wednesday 11/08/2017
Real vs artificial? Some facts to counter 3 Christmas tree myths
Updated: November 10, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Here comes Santa Claus … and a sleigh full of confusion about Christmas trees. Better to buy real or better to buy artificial? Popular myths are that real trees are bad for the environment, artificial trees make more financial sense and real trees are just a hassle, but read on for some facts that will set the record straight and some thoughts that might turn your head on some of the more subjective sides of the debate.

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Tuesday 11/07/2017
Savvy season's greetings: 5 steps toward smart holiday spending
Updated: November 11, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - If you’re already thinking practically about funding your gift giving and other expenses this holiday season, you’re not alone. Sixty-five percent of U.S. adults say they’re establishing budgets in preparation, according to a recent Coinstar survey.

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Hacks for healthier holiday entertaining
Updated: November 15, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Decadent meals are often part of celebrations, but for those looking for a healthier holiday, it can feel like you must choose between your nutrition goals and the foods you love.

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Focus on fun: 5 easy tips for a relaxed Thanksgiving
Updated: November 11, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - While Thanksgiving is supposed to be a heartwarming time for appreciating family and friends, it’s no secret the traditionally food-filled holiday can be less than relaxing for those making the preparations.

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2017 Holiday Hiring Could Be a Boon for Seasonal Workers
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Let the holiday hiring season begin.

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Monday 11/06/2017
Top tips for selecting unique decor gifts for everyone on your list
Updated: November 14, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - As you strive for a happy holiday, do all your gift ideas seem ho-hum at best?

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Friday 11/03/2017
Tips for setting the perfect holiday table
Updated: November 11, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Every holiday season, you invest hours planning and preparing the perfect menu for each celebration you host. While easy and fun may be the name of the game for buffet-style events, when it’s a sit-down soiree, the delightful cuisine you produce deserves a presentation worthy of your efforts. A beautifully set table can elevate your holiday dinner from just great to simply perfect.

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Thursday 10/26/2017
Try these stress-busting strategies to get the feast on the table
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(BPT) - The date is circled in red: the day of the big feast. This year, everyone’s coming over to your house for the big event. But just the thought of getting ready raises your pulse and sends a surge of stress through your system.

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Wednesday 10/11/2017
Five tips for staying on budget and keeping the holidays jolly
Updated: October 12, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - If you’re one of those savvy consumers already strategizing how to best fund gifts and other expenses this holiday season, you’re not alone. Sixty-five percent of U.S. adults who give holiday presents establish a budget for these purchases, according to a recent Coinstar survey. Yet 85 percent admit they still tend to go over budget when it comes to gift buying, entertainment, travel, decorating and other holiday expenses.

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5 ways to take your holiday party to the next level
Updated: October 19, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - On the one hand, the holidays are all about traditions. You and your family probably have some favorite recipes you like to cook up, or maybe it’s a trip to the tree farm or pumpkin patch. But just as much as holidays are about tradition, many have an insatiable drive to outdo themselves and try something new, to outdo the festivities of years past and make this holiday season the most memorable yet.

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8 tips for navigating holiday food temptations
Updated: October 19, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - The holidays throw in a lot of temptations from every direction if dieting or watching your weight. Holiday parties and get-togethers in particular can be a healthful-eating challenge. Caught up in conversation among friends and family, surrounded by tasty food and drinks, it’s easy to lose track of what and how much is being eaten. Registered Dietitian Sarah Galicki offers tips for staying the course through the holidays.

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Monday 10/09/2017
Quick tips to prepare your home for holiday guests
Updated: October 17, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - As the holidays approach, the decorator in us gets excited about how to deck the halls and drape the tinsel to create a festive home for the season. Social media is full of inspiration, but before you embark on decorating projects, the following are a few easy ideas to ensure your home is as functional and welcoming as it is festive for family and friends.

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Friday 09/22/2017
Ready, set, guests: 3 paint projects for fall entertaining
Updated: September 30, 2017 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - “Despite the hectic chaos that comes with the back-to-school season and adapting our family schedules, I find fall to be the perfect time to tackle my home to-do list,” explains Cyndy Aldred, the do-it-yourself paint blogger behind The Creativity Exchange. “It’s perfect because fall is our favorite time of year for entertaining!”

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Thursday 09/21/2017
Fall in Love with Greater Fort Lauderdale
Updated: September 21, 2017 - 3:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - Travelers may think of summer and beach activities when they think of Florida, but Greater Fort Lauderdale takes its relaxing vibe into the fall season.

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Thursday 09/14/2017
London Unveils Autumn's Can't-Miss Cultural Events
Updated: September 14, 2017 - 3:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - London's Autumn Season remains a highlight of the country's cultural calendar, and this fall is no exception.

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5 tips to keep sniffles and sneezes out of your holiday plans
Updated: September 22, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - With the holidays upon us, there’s a lot to look forward to: seeing old friends, eating too much, wearing ugly sweaters; the list goes on. Likewise, there are a lot of things that might make you sigh: awkward questions from your aunts, arguing about politics and of course, how you’re going to work off all that extra weight in the new year.

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Wednesday 09/06/2017
Inspirational tips for autumn outdoor entertaining
Updated: September 14, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - The days are shorter, the temperatures are cooler and kids are back in school. You've said goodbye to summer socials, but that doesn't mean it's time to put away your apron and stow the patio furniture. Autumn is one of the best times of the year for outdoor entertaining, and with a few smart tips you'll fall in love with hosting fall gatherings.

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Wednesday 05/31/2017
Party themes for a summer bash to remember
Updated: June 08, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - When summer party season arrives, your guests will be happy to eat the grilled food you serve and down gallons of iced tea, but will they recall your party after Labor Day? Every good host wants to throw a bash guests will talk about all summer and remember long after the first snowfall. A themed summer party can be just the ticket to ensure your summer celebration has everyone clamoring to be on the guest list for your next big event.

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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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Monday 05/22/2017
Central Florida's Hidden Gems Shine in the Summer
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Florida may be best known as a winter- and spring- break getaway, but savvy travelers will tell you that the Sunshine State is most certainly a summer destination as well.

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Monday 11/21/2016
Fire and Fireplace Safety Tips for the Holiday Season
Updated: November 21, 2016 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) The holiday season is full of family, friendship and good cheer, but it’s important to keep in mind that this time of year can also pose specific safety risks, particularly around the use of candles, fire and heating products.

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