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Simple tips to save money, conserve energy as the heat rises

(BPT) - With temperatures — and therefore, electric bills — on the rise, American homeowners are looking for the most effective ways to make the biggest dent in their energy bills; however, many may be overlooking some of the most important energy-saving strategies.

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Friday 06/10/2016
Gym-free fitness ideas anyone can do
Updated: June 18, 2016 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - Visiting a gym to lift weights or take a class is great for your health. However, busy schedules, tight budgets and simply not feeling like the gym environment is for you are reasons that frequently cause people to stop going. Fortunately, being fit doesn’t require the gym!

Wednesday 06/08/2016
5 ways to shake up your summer beauty routine
Updated: June 16, 2016 - 4:32 am

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Friday 06/03/2016
Summer Nights Live: 3 ways to get the most out of your summer
Updated: June 11, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Brighter skies. Longer days. Warmer nights. As summer sets in, the time is right to make the most of every sun-kissed day and embrace each sizzling night through no-holds-barred fun and good times all season long.

Thursday 06/02/2016
Tips to Combat Packing Stress when Moving
Updated: June 02, 2016 - 4:39 am

(StatePoint) From finding a new home to selling one’s current home, the moving process can be a big source of stress.

Wednesday 06/01/2016
Unexplained itching and fatigue? Time to get your liver checked
Updated: June 09, 2016 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - Imagine having itchy skin and fatigue with no explanation or diagnosis for your symptoms. This is what happened to Minnesota native Nishele, 44, who received a primary biliary cholangtis (PBC) diagnosis after years without any answers. Her journey, unfortunately, is like many others who have PBC.

Summer party themes that sizzle
Updated: June 09, 2016 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - Patriotic celebrations, neighborhood block parties, graduations, bridal showers and family reunions — whatever your summer soiree, a creative theme can elevate any gathering from fun to fantastic. If you’ve done the usual — luau, ethnic and red-white-and-blue — and are looking for motifs that will really make a splash, here are six unique themes and some ideas for implementing them with style this season:

Thursday 05/26/2016
Get alarmed! Protect your home from the dangers of smoke and fire
Updated: June 03, 2016 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms — often due to missing alarm batteries or expired alarms, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Tuesday 05/24/2016
Calling all small employers: Affordable, quality health coverage for your employees
Updated: June 01, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Research shows that for small employers, being able to offer quality health insurance for employees is a high priority. Even so, you may be wondering about how to control costs while offering quality coverage, which policies to choose for your employees and how to enroll.

Thursday 05/19/2016
Wait for the correct weight oil
Updated: May 27, 2016 - 4:42 am

(BPT) - Most vehicle owners know it is important to regularly have their motor oil changed. Many owners may not know that choosing any oil weight other than the one specified in their owner's manual could damage their engine. 

Wednesday 05/18/2016
Simple ideas to inspire your tween reader
Updated: May 26, 2016 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - Reading is a gateway to other places, time periods, or even worlds. It's also the springboard to success in school and beyond. Parents can inspire a life-long love of reading by encouraging and guiding their children, especially as they get older.

Monday 05/16/2016
Find fun, fresh ways to use your cherished china
Updated: May 24, 2016 - 4:42 am

(BPT) - Sometimes collecting all the pieces to your cherished wedding china may take more time than you think. It took Jill Rogers four decades.

Friday 05/13/2016
Fuel your day with 5 energizing superfoods
Updated: May 21, 2016 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - With groggy eyes and slow movements, you peel yourself out of bed each day. Between the morning and afternoon slumps, you long for the energy of your youth. Does this sound familiar? Then you’ll be glad to know about five superfoods that can help energize you from the inside out, so you can feel your best all day.

Thursday 05/12/2016
Tips to keep small businesses up and running during a move
Updated: May 20, 2016 - 4:40 am

(BPT) - Small businesses relocate for many reasons. Business may be booming and you need a bigger facility to keep up. Perhaps you added staff and everyone’s tired of being elbow-to-elbow in your current office. Whatever the reason for your small business move, some simple steps can make the process as easy and cost-effective as possible.

Thursday 05/05/2016
10 ways to be more active during the work day
Updated: May 13, 2016 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - We’re sitting too much and it’s dangerous. The average American spends more than seven hours sitting every day, and the more time you sit, the higher your risk of serious, potentially life-threatening health problems such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. So, what can you do about it?

Wednesday 05/04/2016
5 tips to embrace messes
Updated: May 12, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Warmer months bring days spent outdoors, sweet treats and backyard barbecues. Spending time with loved ones outside can also mean many messes, big and small. With kids out of school, outdoor entertaining and keeping the house clean become serious challenges — even for the most organized families. Here are five easy hacks to keep your house (and kids) clean while embracing the mess.

Friday 04/29/2016
Safe driving tips: how to get the most out of your tires
Updated: May 07, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - A tire’s tread depth significantly affects driving safety. In fact, to ensure a vehicle drives safely, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration recommends a tire be replaced once its tread depth reaches 2/32nds of an inch. Winter tires should be replaced even sooner.

Tuesday 04/26/2016
Smart shopping tips for people with asthma and allergies
Updated: May 04, 2016 - 4:39 am

(BPT) - A stuffy nose. Scratchy throat. Difficulty breathing. It’s bad enough when spring allergy season reaps its ugly head, but when the things in your home trigger your asthma and allergies too, you feel like you’re in an endless battle to feel healthy.

Friday 04/22/2016
10 heart-healthy foods that you'll actually want to eat
Updated: April 30, 2016 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - What does oatmeal, beans and skinless chicken have in common? They are all heart healthy foods, yet don’t do a whole lot to tantalize the taste buds. Fortunately, eating for heart health doesn’t mean a life sentence of bland foods or boring flavors.

Surprising foods that pack a protein punch
Updated: April 30, 2016 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - It helps you build muscle and tissues. You need it to make blood, antibodies and hair. It keeps you satisfied for longer so you can fight hunger pangs. Protein isn’t just for athletes and bodybuilders — it’s essential for everyone striving for a healthy lifestyle.

Thursday 04/21/2016
A blanket for your home: Choose the right insulation to save money
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - With memories of winter fading fast, you might not be thinking about your home’s insulation, but the warm months are the ideal time for some simple DIY insulation projects with huge paybacks. Proper insulation — from roof to foundation — helps keep your home cool in the summer (and warm and cozy in winter).

Wednesday 04/20/2016
Easy breezy tips for spring cleaning your wardrobe
Updated: April 21, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Spring is the season of renewal, especially when it comes to trading in your winter coats for your summer tees. It’s an ideal time for a fashion revival, so here are a few expert tips and tricks that will have you looking your best with minimal effort.

Monday 04/18/2016
Make the most of an empty nest by creating the ultimate 'boomer cave'
Updated: April 26, 2016 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - The kids are off to college or living in homes of their own, and you have regained a big chunk of your house. It’s time to indulge and transform your home with a space especially designed for you.

Thursday 04/14/2016
4 ways to make every day Earth Day
Updated: April 22, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - On Friday, April 22, millions across the globe celebrate Earth Day by participating in eco-friendly activities in order to make a positive impact on the world we live in. This special day is also the perfect opportunity to start thinking about how you can add small, environmentally-based actions to your everyday lifestyle. This can be achieved through small efforts at home, work and in your community.

Moving 101: Simple Solutions to Streamline Your Move
Updated: April 14, 2016 - 1:22 pm

(StatePoint) Whether it’s your first move or your tenth, the process can be overwhelming. In fact, in a recent survey, commissioned by Duck brand, conducted online by Harris Poll, over half of Americans (56 percent) say packing to move is extremely/very stressful.

Monday 04/11/2016
Turn spring cleaning into 'spring keeping' with 5 easy storage tips
Updated: April 19, 2016 - 4:38 am

(BPT) - Why do spring cleaning when you can do “spring keeping?” Organize all your gear in style while getting rid of the clutter at the same time. 

Tuesday 04/05/2016
Spring cleaning tricks for small businesses and home offices
Updated: April 13, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Being a small-business owner or home-based professional is hard work. Long hours may come with big rewards, but maintaining a clean and well-organized office might just be one of the many sacrifices. Do you think the mess doesn’t matter when it comes to the bottom line? The reality might surprise you.

Monday 04/04/2016
3 tips for unbelievably delicious grilled cheese
Updated: April 12, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - As a kid, it didn’t get much better than grilled cheese: the buttery toast, the molten cheese and the savory satisfaction from that first bite to the last. Fast-forward to adulthood. Somehow throwing together two pieces of white bread with a slice of processed cheese simply doesn’t have the same appeal.

Thursday 03/31/2016
Nationwide need for volunteer firefighters grows: Are you up to the challenge?
Updated: April 08, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Did you know that 87 percent of America's 30,000 fire departments are either fully or partially staffed by volunteers? The peace of mind that these firefighters provide their communities is irreplaceable, however, the number of volunteers is declining rapidly. This shortage is threatening the effectiveness of fire departments nationwide, ultimately putting many communities at risk.

4 wine buying tips for weddings
Updated: April 08, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Traditional wedding rules have fallen by the wayside — food trucks are in, having a hashtag is a must, bridesmaids no longer wear the same dress and groomsmen are sometimes in sneakers. Couples are actively seeking ways to differentiate themselves and get creative. All that aside, there is one thing that remains constant — weddings must have wine.

5 ways businesses can cut energy, save money
Updated: April 08, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Companies across the nation are looking for ways to become more energy efficient, and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are no exception. Reducing energy consumption is one of the top areas where SMB leaders need more guidance — up 14 percent from the previous year, according to the Cox Conserves Sustainability Survey.

Start your day with fun: 4 fresh takes on breakfast
Updated: April 08, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - A great way to start your day is to add breakfast to your morning routine. But as we all know, routines can get dull fast, especially after you’ve been eating the same breakfast for a few months. If you find your family is in a breakfast rut, it may be time to switch things up and add some excitement to those early hours. 

Tuesday 03/22/2016
The next generation of an American classic
Updated: March 30, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - It’s not always easy for parents to remember what it was like to be a kid. It’s hard to understand why a bug can be so fascinating, or how toy trucks or dolls can entertain one for hours. But if there’s one thing that can take you back to your childhood, it’s food.

Tuesday 03/15/2016
Know the signs: How to tell if someone needs inpatient drug treatment
Updated: March 23, 2016 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - It’s no secret that drug and alcohol abuse don’t pair well with a happy, productive and goal-oriented lifestyle. And even if it doesn’t escalate to an addiction, drug and alcohol use can still get in the way of one’s goals.

Garage door 101: 3-step program offers homeowners peace of mind
Updated: March 23, 2016 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - Spring is here, and so are the chores that come with it, like spring cleaning and tuning up the lawnmower. Here’s a tip — don’t forget your garage door.

Monday 03/07/2016
Making a healthy change for you, your community and the environment
Updated: March 15, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Just because New Year’s Day has come and gone, your chance for making a change for the better hasn’t. Whether looking to give a boost to your health, your fellow man or even the environment, there’s no deadline on picking up positive habits.

Thursday 02/25/2016
One simple ingredient for a better-for-you breakfast
Updated: March 04, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - If you think of oatmeal as part of your average, boring breakfast, it’s time to think again. As a morning staple, oatmeal gives you the get-up-and go you need to start the day.

4 nursery design trends you'll love now - and later!
Updated: March 04, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - When you’re decorating a nursery, it makes sense to design a room that pleases you as much as it will thrill your little one — after all, you’ll be spending as much time in the room as your baby, if not more! You crave a room that you can love for its beauty and functionality, but you also want it to be trendy and fun. Here are four nursery design trends that can help you create a room that fits your design tastes and will thrill your little one:

Thursday 02/18/2016
10 expert health tips that simplify holistic living
Updated: February 26, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Diet fads, new workout regimens, exotic health supplements — every day, people are inundated with headlines about health trends. Out of the clutter and confusion a new, arguably more sensible, health movement is gaining traction: holistic living.

Wednesday 02/17/2016
Abracadabra! 5 impressive party tricks to help warm up your winter
Posted: February 17, 2016

(BPT) - It’s that time of year again— the excitement and stress of the holidays are over and the novelty of staying in for a cozy night of hot drinks and movies has worn off. You’ve read all the books on your list, binge-watched TV shows until your eyes hurt and, at this point, you couldn’t care less about sitting around one more fire.

Tuesday 02/16/2016
Preventing brain drain: Important aspects of a summer learning program
Updated: February 23, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Do you hear that? It’s the cheering of students as they run through the hallways on the last day of school. They’re excited for three months of playing outside with no teachers and no assignments. What will they get into this summer that will keep them entertained, active, using their brains and socializing with peers?

Wednesday 02/10/2016
10 office organization tips to boost productivity
Updated: February 17, 2016 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - Empty boxes, piles of paper, pens strewn about – everyone is guilty of office disorganization. What most people don’t realize is a messy, disheveled office space can actually dramatically reduce worker efficiency and productivity.

Monday 02/08/2016
5 easy ways for modern couples to take date night to the next level
Updated: February 15, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Romance is much more than a simple card on Valentine’s Day. Amid the hectic schedules and chaos of everyday life, romantics across the country are looking for ways to spice up that intimate evening with someone special. Since crowded restaurants and cold temperatures are a sure-fire way to kill the mood, a celebration at home can be much more appealing. Incorporate these modern twists on a romantic night in to take your next date night to the next level.

Wednesday 02/03/2016
Conquering the top 5 reasons people fail at fitness
Updated: February 11, 2016 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - Everyone can agree that regular exercise is important, so why do so many people struggle to stick with their fitness goals?

Tuesday 02/02/2016
The answer to overcoming color cowardice in home decorating: more natural light
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Have you ever picked a paint color you loved in the store, only to hate it when it’s on the walls at home? Or purchased throw pillows that you thought would be delightful on your neutral-hued couch, only to decide they look positively garish there? In both cases, you loved the colors when you first saw them, so what happened between the store and home? The problem is simple — the light changed.

Monday 02/01/2016
5 reasons you're not sleeping
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Tossing, turning and constantly waking — it can be maddening when you don’t get the sleep your mind and body so desperately needs. If you constantly struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep, you’re in good (albeit tired) company.

Thursday 01/28/2016
Tips for going green, saving green, with greywater recycling
Updated: February 04, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Water conservation isn’t just for Californians and others who live in dry climates. Although the Golden State’s water woes grabbed headlines last summer, it’s not the only state potentially facing water shortages. Nor is it the only one where conservation-minded homeowners are turning to greywater recycling to reduce water bills and preserve the environment.

Wednesday 01/27/2016
Windows and skylights 101: What to know when adding windows, roof windows or skylights to your home
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Is your home chilly and dark in winter, or stuffy and dark in the summer? If your home has too small or too few windows, it can be difficult to get the natural light and ventilation you crave, and need for good health. You may look around your digs and think, “this place could stand some more windows,” but have no clue if it’s feasible to add them or how to get started.

Friday 01/22/2016
6 musts for an award-winning viewing party
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Award season is here. Each year, Hollywood rolls out the red carpet to celebrate the industry’s hottest movies, shows and stars. Make it a night to remember by bringing the festivities into your home with an award show viewing party.

A tisket a tasket a Valentine's Day basket: 5 ways to send a message of love
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Valentine’s Day is a time for building memories and connections with your child to show the special people in your life you care. With so many options for gifts and little ways to show how you feel, it’s hard to decide where to start… and why limit the fun? This year, start a new tradition by creating a basket full of treats and fun activities your whole family will love.

Thursday 01/21/2016
3 tips for breaking the DIY barrier
Updated: January 28, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Whether inspired by countless cable shows or the desire to have the perfect kitchen, more Americans are doing their own home improvement projects. Laying hardwood floors, installing plumbing and replacing windows has become another DIY task like changing your oil.