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  • Three bad-mouthed building materials you won't believe are really eco-friendly

    (BPT) - More homeowners are keeping Mother Nature in mind when undertaking a renovation, addition or new construction. They’re seeking building practices and materials that are energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. If you’re among these groups, you may choose to avoid construction materials you’ve come to think of as “not green.”

  • New Ways to Solve Cat Behavior Problems

    (StatePoint) From inappropriate marking to excessive meowing to scratching, a misbehaving cat can cause disruption to your home. Unfortunately, behavior problems are the number one reason for pet euthanasia, resulting in the death of approximately 15 million pets annually, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

  • Expert advice for spring kitchen redesigns that you'll love forever from designer Nate Berkus

    (BPT) - When your spring cleaning is accomplished and the room sparkles, do you still feel as if something is missing? All the cleaning in the world can’t hide worn countertops, outdated appliances or uninspired cabinetry. If spring cleaning your kitchen is starting to feel like you’re simply putting polish on a dirt floor, it’s time to plan a spring redesign that you’ll love now, and for years to come.

  • 5 outdoor living trends that instantly turn a drab deck into a beautiful oasis

    (BPT) - Warm weather means more time to spend outside enjoying gentle breezes and sunshine-filled days. Is your deck or patio ready for months of outdoor fun? If your outdoor space is a bit drab, there’s no need to fret. The year’s top trends in outdoor living will transform any deck in an instant and create a space that is truly an extension of the home.

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Ten Tips for Parenting Teens Today

(StatePoint)  Parenting a teenager can be an uphill battle. In addition to the problems you may have faced in your youth, a new host of issues are presented by texting, sexting, social media and cyberbullying, point out experts.

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Thursday 04/24/2014
Tips to Get Children Refocused on the Written Word
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(StatePoint) We live in a fast-paced world where children have so many ways to consume both entertainment and knowledge. With so many distractions present, how do we keep children focused on reading?

Wednesday 04/23/2014
Your next profession: Are you meant to be a teacher?
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - Teaching is an admirable profession, whether you’re helping kindergarteners learn to read or preparing high school students for life after graduation. If you’re looking for a fulfilling career, teaching could be a great option no matter how old or young you are. Are you meant to be a teacher?

Heartburn-busting tips to keep summer feasting fun
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - Warm weather is on the way, which means family gatherings, vacations and lots of party foods. From sweet barbecue and frozen treats, to spicy and rich foods, spring and summer are full of risks for people prone to frequent heartburn. This year, try to beat the burn with some quick tips to help manage the problem.

Tuesday 04/22/2014
Las verduras, con su buena apariencia y sabor, también benefician su salud ocular
Updated: April 23, 2014 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Después de un invierno crudo y extenso, es hora de celebrar el comienzo del verano con días de campo ,  actividades al aire libre con  amigos y familiares y de disfrutar los alimentos frescos de temporada. Es probable que  al crear el menú para las próximas celebraciones veraniegas, no se haya dado cuenta de que los numerosos alimentos que componen algunas de sus recetas favoritas pueden contener ingredientes que benefician la salud y el bienestar de sus ojos. A propósito de ello, usted puede encontrar gran parte de esas frutas y verduras en su propio huerto.

Safety tips to prevent summer fun from becoming a summer scare
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - As the days get longer and warmer, kids and adults alike have plenty of reasons to get outdoors. With all the playtime comes extra dangers everyone needs to be on the lookout for. No family wants to have summer fun turn into a summer scare.

5 outdoor living trends that instantly turn a drab deck into a beautiful oasis
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - Warm weather means more time to spend outside enjoying gentle breezes and sunshine-filled days. Is your deck or patio ready for months of outdoor fun? If your outdoor space is a bit drab, there’s no need to fret. The year’s top trends in outdoor living will transform any deck in an instant and create a space that is truly an extension of the home.

Beyond games: Tips for tapping tech for education
Posted: April 22, 2014

(BPT) - We know kids love technology for fun - video games, movies, keeping in touch with friends - it’s easy to spend hours glued to the screen, wasting time. But there’s also plenty technology can do to enrich learning and help kids develop new skills in this digital age.

Make the most of summer: 4 easy ways to go boating
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - Many Americans felt the effects of a long winter but now it’s finally time to start planning for summer fun. So what can you do to make the most of the summer months? Flipping through a celebrity magazine, it's easy to spot stars on exotic getaways, enjoying the water aboard a mega yacht. But, boating isn't just for the rich and famous - you don't have to be a millionaire to get out on the water. Climbing aboard a boat is easier than you may think and it is one of the best ways to make every weekend feel like a vacation.

Expert advice for spring kitchen redesigns that you'll love forever from designer Nate Berkus
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - When your spring cleaning is accomplished and the room sparkles, do you still feel as if something is missing? All the cleaning in the world can’t hide worn countertops, outdated appliances or uninspired cabinetry. If spring cleaning your kitchen is starting to feel like you’re simply putting polish on a dirt floor, it’s time to plan a spring redesign that you’ll love now, and for years to come.

Caught in a data breach? How to reclaim control of your credit and identity
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - By the end of the first quarter 2014, more than 200 data breaches compromised millions of consumer records, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center, which keeps track of reported data breaches. Stunned? Data breach stats are even more staggering if you’re among the millions of Americans caught up in one every year.

Eight ways to get the most out of your trip to the farmers market
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - When spring arrives, leaves, flowers and robins aren’t the only signs of warm weather to reappear. Spring also heralds the return of farmers markets.  A trip to the market is a great opportunity to indulge in fresh healthy produce and to expand your horizons by trying new items or preparing them in different ways.

New home innovations help consumers weather the storm
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - Storms and wet weather not only impact our life’s activities they can also have a disastrous effect on our homes, both inside and out. New technologies and products that help homeowners manage the damaging effects of weather with reduced stress are in high demand. Included here are some of the latest innovations that can help homeowners weather the storm and mitigate or prevent the harmful effects of wet weather.

Great-looking, flavorful veggies are also good for your eyes
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - After a long, cold winter, it’s time to celebrate the start of summer with outdoor picnics, activities with friends and family, and by enjoying fresh, seasonal foods. As you put together your menu for your upcoming summer celebrations, you may not realize just how many foods in some of your favorite recipes contain ingredients that benefit the health and wellness of your eyes. In fact, many of these fruits and vegetables can even be found in your own home garden.

How to be a sun-savvy super hero for your family
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - Summer days lead to cherished family memories – whether they're spent splashing in surf and sand or picnicking in the park. Parents have a knack for creating magical summer moments for their kids. During these times they can also set an example for sun-protection smarts, and in doing so, they can become a sun-savvy role model for the whole family.

Simple tips to keep busy families organized
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - These days parents are expected to be everywhere at once. If you’re a parent, you know how stressful it can be to try and make the soccer game, the dance recital, prepare dinner for your family and work an eight-hour day. Just keeping track of your family’s schedules feels like another full time job.

Quick and Tasty Lunch Ideas to Take to Work
Updated: April 22, 2014 - 3:11 pm

(StatePoint) The work week can be busy and stressful, from shuttling the family around to packing everyone’s lunch.

Monday 04/21/2014
How small and medium-sized businesses can stay competitive with larger companies
Updated: April 22, 2014 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Some of the latest changes in technology are making it easier for employees to connect with clients and conduct business both day and night, which makes it easier for small and medium-sized businesses to compete against larger companies.

Public awareness needed to prevent bed bugs
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - One of the most feared household pests of the past decade has been the bed bug. What may be the most unnerving part about these tiny pests is how they hide in mattresses, couches and even dressers waiting for their next blood meal.

The key to managing stress: identify causes and find simple solutions
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - If there is one aspect of life in the modern world that affects all of us, it’s stress. In fact, it’s so prevalent and can have such a serious effect on our health, that April has been named Stress Awareness Month. Yet despite the potential negative effects of stress, it can also be beneficial.

No sweat: Secrets to staying cool in the kitchen and eating well this summer
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - Summer is on the way and for the next several months, heavy clothes and winter boots will be on hiatus. So too will ovens in kitchens across the country as home cooks avoid running an appliance notorious for raising the temperature. But if you hate to give up the dishes your family loves until the weather cools again – don’t sweat it. From no-make recipes to alternative cooking tactics, you can find plenty of ways to beat kitchen heat this summer.

Make two company - not a crowd - in the master bath
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - The saying is that you shouldn’t marry the person you can live with, but the person you can’t live without. But while you may be ready to share your life with someone, you may quickly realize you aren’t willing to share everything, and some of your partner’s habits you could definitely live without. So how can you achieve togetherness with bliss? His-and-her master bath bathrooms could be the perfect solution.

Three bad-mouthed building materials you won't believe are really eco-friendly
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - More homeowners are keeping Mother Nature in mind when undertaking a renovation, addition or new construction. They’re seeking building practices and materials that are energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. If you’re among these groups, you may choose to avoid construction materials you’ve come to think of as “not green.”

The Indoor Allergen That Might Surprise You
Updated: April 22, 2014 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - While many welcome the arrival of warmer temperatures with open arms, people with seasonal allergies and asthma may be bracing themselves with boxes of tissues and asthma medications this season. According to a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, about 45 percent of people over the age of six and 36 percent of children under the age of six have tested positive for at least one allergen.

Study Shows That Bachelor's-Prepared Nurses Improve Patient Outcomes
Updated: April 22, 2014 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Findings from a recent international study in The Lancet came as no surprise to Dr. Phyllis Marshall, dean of the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing.

Spring Cleaning Tips to Detox Your Body
Updated: April 22, 2014 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Spring is here, and if your thoughts turn to spring cleaning your house or office, don't stop there. Take the opportunity to spring clean your body, too. Variations on the process of body detoxification have been elements of many traditional health practices, including ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine.

Putting an "I" into Eye Care
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) When going through your health checklists, you probably think about your blood pressure, weight and cholesterol levels. But what people often neglect is actually right in front of our eyes – our vision. 

Reduce College Debt
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) College is a significant investment and how to pay for it can be a major source of concern for parents and students. However, there are ways to reduce the amount of debt you take on when preparing for higher education. 

Car Buying Made Easy
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Buying a car may be one of the biggest purchases you make in a lifetime. When searching for the perfect car to fit your personal needs, there are many things to consider before hitting the sales lot and filling out the paperwork.

Everyday Chores Made Easy
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Chores are an important part of teaching children about responsibility. By encouraging kids to be accountable for completing everyday chores, even at an early age, you might be surprised at their willingness to share in the household duties.

Easter Gifts that Inspire
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) From the brimming basket itself to the goodies within, Easter has become a true gift-giving occasion. With sugar-coated marshmallow chicks and giant chocolate bunnies, there are endless ways to give your little ones gifts that fit this beloved holiday’s traditionally sweet offerings. But with the health of children top of mind, some parents are using this special springtime occasion as a way to give better-for-you gifts that stimulate the brain and inspire creativity.

Blueberry Scones
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 4:34 am

Enjoy these extra tender blueberry scones, made with cake flour or soft winter wheat. They are delicious served with lemon curd and freshly whipped cream.

Good-for-You Grilling Ideas
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) As you stoke the flames of your grill this season, choose a versatile canvas that allows you to build on flavors and textures, lending itself to a wide range of cuisine and preparation methods. Tofu is a perfect grilling companion - a complete protein that's low in fat, cholesterol-free and tasty, too.

Celebrate a Sweet Cinco de Mayo
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Cinco de Mayo is, officially, a holiday celebrating Mexico’s victory over France in the 1862 Battle of Puebla. In the U.S., where it is actually celebrated with more gusto than in its native country, the holiday has become a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture.

A Fun Fiesta Feast for Cinco de Mayo
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Cinco de Mayo is one flavorful fiesta and while it may land on a Monday this year, that doesn't mean you can't have some fun.

Feed Your Wild Side
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) If you love to cook, discover the wild advantage and fill your freezer with Wild Blueberries. Packed with more intense blueberry flavor and two times the antioxidants of regular blueberries, Wild Blueberries are wildly different from the cultivated blueberries you find in the fresh produce section. Don’t be fooled by their small size, these berries pack more flavor and antioxidant power into their tiny blue bodies than any other blueberry on this big blue planet. This makes them the blueberry of choice for anyone interested in cooking, baking, making smoothies and more.

Tips for a Bountiful Backyard Garden
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) The benefits of having your own backyard vegetable garden are plentiful, and can include significant lifestyle impacts, such as healthier eating habits, money saving perks and more.

Organize Entryways with Decorative Storage
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) An entryway is the first impression guests have of your home, yet it can quickly become a chaotic mess. Most entryways serve multiple functions as the receptacle for all things you and your family members shed as they walk through the door, from coats and backpacks to keys and mail.

Five Myths of Spring Cleaning
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Don’t get caught putting extra work into your spring cleaning efforts.

Bring Fun to Life's Messiest Moments
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Who says cleaning has to be boring? Glad Black Bag, the strongest trash bag around, is on a mission to provide good, clean fun, one home at a time. If you’ve just had a large party, are making room for a new wardrobe or simply doing house chores, there are plenty of ways to turn an otherwise mundane task into a fun activity.

A Sparkling, Spotless Home
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 4:34 am

(Family Feature) Do you need to tidy up your home for spring? This vibrant season lends natural inspiration to home cleanup projects in every room. Whether you need to provide some overdue TLC to the tub, want a solution to freshen up the floors or long for laundry care that is safe for your family, refer to this guide for tips that will make your home feel shiny and new again.

Sunday 04/20/2014
Tips for transforming a dated NYC condo into a hot property
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - When a New York City family relocated to California, they called celebrity designer and NBC’s American Dream Builders contestant Erinn Valencich to help sell their Manhattan digs.

Career and technical training give students a competitive edge
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - In a few weeks, high school students around the U.S. will close one chapter of their lives and enter another as they graduate and move on to continue their education or enter the workforce.

Groundbreaking new technology helps those with hearing loss who aren't satisfied with hearing aids
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - If you’ve been living with hearing loss for a long time, it can be hard to believe there is anything new out there that can help - even if you’ve tried the most advanced hearing aids. You may have found that hearing aids can only help make some sounds louder but you can’t hear other sounds at all, especially in noisy situations. In the past, you may have been told that there is no other technology that can help. Well, now there is. 

Doors opening wide for women to serve in the Navy
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - What’s it like being a woman in today’s Navy? Challenging. Exciting. Rewarding. But above all, it’s incredibly empowering. That’s because the responsibilities are significant. The respect is well-earned. The lifestyle is liberating. And the chance to push limits personally and professionally is an equal opportunity for women and men alike.

5 ways to jump-start your credit score
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - It’s a common financial predicament for most 20-something-year-olds: You need credit to get credit. But even if you’re older and have been through some credit-wrecking havoc in your life, you could face the same issue.

Four eco-friendly car tips to get you back on the road
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - You put your vehicle through a lot this winter, but spring is finally here and that means you can enjoy driving once again.

Friday 04/18/2014
Celebrate National Public Gardens Day on May 9
Updated: April 18, 2014 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Birds are singing, flowers are blooming, it can only mean one thing -- spring has sprung. May 9, which is National Public Gardens Day, is an ideal time to celebrate the warmer weather and visit a local garden.

Thursday 04/17/2014
Protect kids from dangers lurking online
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - Every day, millions of Americans turn to the Internet for news and entertainment and to shop. Over the years, Americans have come to trust the Internet so much, that they regularly share information about their daily lives through social media sites and with online retailers.

Stopping the drain: Innovative technology helps conserve water throughout the house
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - Four hundred gallons – that’s how much water the average American home uses in a day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Is it any wonder? You turn on the tap to get a drink and run the water until it feels cool, or let the shower pour until the water is hot enough. The toilet or irrigation system runs a bit too long, and your dishwasher dates to the Clinton administration.

Ladies And Gentlemen, Start Your Engines
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 4:36 am

(NAPSI)—For dependable vehicle operation, it’s essential, for starters, to prevent ignition system failure. That way, you won’t be left stranded by the side of the road.