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Party themes for a summer bash to remember

(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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Wednesday 05/03/2017
Three steps to a glamorous Mother's Day she'll never forget
Updated: May 04, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - This year, tell your mom how much she is loved by giving her a day unlike any other. Planning a glamorous day just for her will let her know you care, and will give her a much-needed day filled with luxury and love.

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Tuesday 03/21/2017
Prepárese y organícese con toda la familia en espera de la Pascua
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Con la llegada de la Pascua, es momento de preparar la casa para celebrar con familiares y amigos. Pero limpiar la casa a fondo, organizar todas las actividades y preparar los almuerzos y las cenas puede ser estresante. Si deseas lograr una Pascua que todos recuerden en el futuro, planifica con anticipación para conseguir un festejo divertido y sin estrés. Encuentra todo lo que necesitas para una celebración perfecta en JCPenney.

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Monday 02/06/2017
Let them live: Tips to help your Valentine's flowers last longer
Updated: February 07, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Flowers and Valentine’s Day go together like heart and soul. Something about a bouquet of bright blooms just brings a smile to your face, and you want to stretch out the joy of your floral gift for as long as possible. Unfortunately, flowers are often as delicate as they are beautiful, so you’ll have to take some steps to ensure yours last.

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Thursday 01/19/2017
Smart shopping tips for Valentine's Day
Updated: January 20, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - When cupid shot his arrow, there was no turning back. You fell in love and that's one of the best feelings in the world. It's something that should be celebrated always, but of course there's one day dedicated to honoring the power of love: Valentine's Day.

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Wednesday 12/28/2016
¿Cómo hacer un viaje en carretera sin estrés?
Updated: February 02, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - Los viajes en vacaciones pueden ser estresantes, pero también deben ser divertidos. La planificación anticipada y el cuidado adecuado del vehículo pueden reducir mucho del estrés que produce un viaje en carretera y le permitirá disfrutar el recorrido.

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Abordar El Hielo y La Nieve desde El Suelo Hasta
Updated: February 03, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Caminar en un país de las maravillas del invierno puede inspirar sensaciones cálidas, pero conducir en invierno tiene el efecto contrario. Conducir en invierno puede ser un reto, pero mantener su coche correctamente sujeto significa un largo camino hacia la paz de la mente cuando el clima de invierno golpea. La conducción invernal segura comienza donde el caucho se encuentra con la carretera, en los neumáticos.

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Tuesday 12/27/2016
3 tips to get what you want from unwanted gift cards
Updated: December 28, 2016 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - If you’re like the majority of Americans, you probably received a gift card this holiday season. After all, gift cards are the most requested holiday gift year after year according to the National Retail Federation’s annual Consumer Spending Surveys. But just because you asked for a gift card, it doesn’t mean you’ll use it. If you don’t use a gift card within the first few months of receiving it, chances are, you’ll forget about it or simply won’t use it at all. Rather than hold onto an unused card indefinitely, put the gift card to use in another way.

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Thursday 12/22/2016
Hidden hazards to keep in mind this season
Updated: December 30, 2016 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - As we head into the coldest months, it’s important to ensure both your indoor and outdoor decorations are safe and securely assembled. These items are often overlooked around your home during the season and they can cause very serious hazards, including fires. U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 357,000 home fires per year between 2009-2013, causing 2,470 deaths and $6.9 billion in damage, according to the NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association). That’s why it’s important to check your lights and heating systems for any faults while also installing preventative measures to keep you and your family safe.

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Tuesday 12/20/2016
Hosting guests? 9 easy steps to prep your home
Updated: December 28, 2016 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Hosting friends and family at your home is a guaranteed way to make long-lasting memories.

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Monday 12/19/2016
5 easy tactics for making your New Year's resolution to save money a reality
Updated: December 27, 2016 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - It’s almost that time of year again – you prepare for the holidays and start thinking about what you want your New Year’s resolution to be.

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Friday 12/16/2016
Party hosting hacks for the holidays and beyond
Updated: December 24, 2016 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Hosting friends and family in your home is fun any time of the year, including the holidays. However, with entertaining comes the stress of planning and the pressure to make each get-together more exciting than the last.

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Tips for a happy, healthy holiday season with your dog
Updated: December 24, 2016 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - It’s that time of year again, where you celebrate the holidays with loved ones and the furry friends that are part of your family. But with colder weather, less daylight and holiday parties filled with a few too many calories, the most wonderful time of the year can also take its toll, and it’s important to give your dog the care he needs, too. To help you enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season with your furry friends, Beneful teamed up with Dr. Kurt Venator, director of veterinary strategy and programs at Purina, to offer these tips:

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Thursday 12/15/2016
Buying your first home? Follow this New Year's plan to get fiscally fit
Updated: December 23, 2016 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - So buying a new home tops your list of New Year’s resolutions. As you picture the big moment — the one where you pull up to your dream home in your moving truck, sprint up and unlock your front door — you probably understand there's something you need to do first. You need to get your finances in shape.

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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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Tuesday 11/15/2016
New Ways to Create Ambiance at Your Holiday Party
Updated: December 10, 2016 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) Hosting a party this yuletide? These days, there are new and innovative ways to set the tone for festive holiday cheer.

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Monday 11/14/2016
'Tis the Season to Save
Updated: November 14, 2016 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) It’s easy to get the entire house ready for the holiday this season and celebrate one of the most wonderful times of the year without spending a fortune.

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