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Decorating A Photo-Worthy Home for the Holidays

(Family Features) Seasons change, and so do rental contracts and housing arrangements. If you’re leasing, you can still make your rental feel like home for the holidays with seasonal decor.

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Saturday 12/08/2018
Practical Tips to Prep for Holiday Travel
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Planning travel around the holidays is rarely simple. Coordinating flights or ground transportation is often just the beginning, and safely arriving at your destination may feel like a gift in its own right.  

Bring a Pet Home for the Holidays
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) The holiday season – and the lead-up to it – is a popular time to bring home a new puppy or kitten.

Home for the Holidays
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) As another busy travel season approaches, road-weary parents and families can hold on to holiday cheer a little longer by counting on tech as their preferred travel companion.

Holiday Entertainment with Friends and Family of All Ages
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Holiday entertaining is no small chore. From feeding the masses to keeping everyone happy and engaged, it can be a big job playing host during the holidays.

A Fresh Approach to the Winter Freeze
Posted: December 08, 2018

(Family Features) Winter means snowfall, cold days and time spent near a fireplace seeking warmth and comfort.

6 Steps to Safer Winter Driving
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) The winter season is typically one of the busiest times of the year for travelers. While millions prepare to hit the road to visit family and see sights they may never have seen before, there’s one essential travel tip that cannot be overlooked: the proper tires.

5 Tips for Coping with Chronic Pain
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Pain can impact nearly every aspect of your daily life from cleaning the house to going to work or playing with your kids. In fact, according to the Institute of Medicine, 100 million Americans, or more than 30 percent of the population of the United States, suffer from chronic pain, which is pain lasting 3-6 months or longer.

Friday 12/07/2018
Building Babies’ Brains
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:36 am

3 indoor activities to encourage fun and education

Thoughtful Gifts for Friends and Family
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) While holiday festivities bring to mind thoughts of joy and celebration with loved ones, there’s one element of the season that can be a source of stress: gifting. Make this year’s shopping trips a touch simpler with thoughtful presents that can fit any number of those on your holiday list.

Thursday 12/06/2018
The Ins and Outs of Birth Control
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) When looking at options for pregnancy prevention, your healthcare provider will likely share details about several options, along with information about which options might be appropriate for you. More likely than not, oral contraceptives –  a birth control method that has been available since the early 1960s – will be discussed.

5 Ways to Rev Up for a Travel Adventure
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Hitting the open road continues to be an increasingly popular vacation option for families. As spring approaches, the idea of exploring the country in full bloom encourages many families to begin planning an RV travel adventure.

The Art of the Perfect Gift
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Even in a world where just about anything is a few clicks away, finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can still be a difficult task. One trick to winning the holidays is bringing back the basics by choosing presents you know your loved ones need and can actually use.

Thoughtful, Stress-Free Gift Giving
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) When in need of inspiration during gift-giving season, focusing on thoughtful presents that align with the personalities and interests of your intended recipients can be a surefire way to delight even the hard-to-buy-for friends and family on your list.

A Photo-Worthy Home Decorated for the Holidays
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:37 am

Tips for creating a festive space while leasing your home

Perfect Picks for the Holidays
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:37 am

Practical presents for everyone on your list

Wednesday 12/05/2018
Trending Gifts Topping Wish Lists this Year
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Nostalgia often runs deep during the holidays, and retro gifts are one way to relive the holiday celebrations of your childhood.

5 Ways to Support Your Community this Holiday Season
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Each year, the true spirit of the holidays can seem to get buried further beneath mountains of wrapping paper and drowned out by commercialism.

Deck the Halls for Happy Holidays
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Whether you opt for fresh-cut or fresh out of the box, trimming the tree is a staple of holiday decor in most homes. However, if you'll be entertaining this season, you may want to go beyond the tree and take your seasonal decorating to whole new level.

Go Exploring for These Hidden Travel Gems
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Discovering a region’s secret treasures is one of the greatest rewards of travel. When you embrace an adventurer’s spirit, there’s no telling just where you’ll go. From an uncharted journey back in time to new ways to appreciate unconventional art, a vacation that celebrates the unexpected is an ideal way to uncover hidden travel gems.

3 Common New Parent Questions
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Almost every new parent knows the feeling: It’s 2 a.m., you’re bleary-eyed and you want nothing more than everyone to get some sleep. However, you’re up, and so is your new baby.

Tuesday 12/04/2018
How to Succeed in Selling Your Business
Posted: December 04, 2018

(NewsUSA) - As a larger proportion of the American population reaches retirement age, the issues of wealth transfer and asset management become even more prominent.

Monday 12/03/2018
Ultimate Life Hack for Managing Your Money after the Wedding Day
Posted: December 03, 2018

(NewsUSA) - While your love may know no bounds for your spouse, things can get a little more tricky when talking about finances.

Thursday 11/29/2018
Tips to Keep Kids’ Minds and Bodies Active
Posted: November 29, 2018

(StatePoint) If you’re like many parents, you want to ensure that your little ones’ playtime gives them a chance to exercise both body and mind. Here are some fun ways to incorporate both into the equation.

Wednesday 11/28/2018
Make a Difference this Holiday Season
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) This holiday season, you have the power to change children’s lives for the better.

Selecting a Plan That’s Right for You During Medicare Open Enrollment
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) Each year between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7 people can make changes to their Medicare coverage options.

5 Ways to Find Your Morning Workout Motivation
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) For many people, hitting the gym in the morning leaves less time for excuses or interferences.

Cars to Consider for 2019
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) Purchasing a new vehicle, while exciting, can be a burden for many shoppers. A variety of options and considerations for each make and model can turn the decision-making process into a stressful situation.

Tuesday 11/27/2018
Tackling The Ultimate Workforce Challenge
Updated: November 30, 2018 - 2:49 am

(NAPSI)—Today, many people in business talk of diversity fatigue, says Barbara Adams, PsyD, author of “Women, Minorities, & Other Extraordinary People: The New Path for Workforce Diversity” (Greenleaf Book Group Press). But, she adds, that means “we’ve momentarily lost sight of the magnitude of opportunity before us.”

Saturday 11/24/2018
Selecting a Plan During Medicare Open Enrollment
Updated: November 28, 2018 - 2:46 am

(Family Features) Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment period started on Oct. 15 and ends on Dec. 7, meaning this is the time for you to review your current coverage and decide if there are better coverage options for you based on changes to the current plans, your budget, and your health needs.

Friday 11/23/2018
STEM at Play
Updated: November 26, 2018 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) When children play, they often learn. Not only can playtime improve behavior and concentration, but it helps children explore with their imaginations. Both free play and adult-guided play allow kids to learn right from wrong, how to share and gain awareness of others’ feelings.

Thursday 11/22/2018
Medicare Open Enrollment 101
Updated: November 26, 2018 - 2:48 am

Know your options and get free help

Thursday 11/15/2018
Bed and Breakfasts Give Travel a Personal Touch
Posted: November 15, 2018

(NewsUSA) - Travelers seeking a personal touch and insider stories would do well to consider staying at a local bed and breakfast (B&B).

Wednesday 11/14/2018
Online Portal Offers Quick and Easy Way to Charter Flights
Posted: November 14, 2018

(NewsUSA) - Savvy travelers recognize the benefits of flying privately, including convenience, comfort, and confidentiality. However, those who do employ private travel are not immune to the hassles of dealing with charter operators, a process that often involves waiting days for a flight confirmation.

Make Emergency Planning a Priority
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) With plummeting temperatures and winter storm season on the horizon, it's time to refresh your family's emergency plan. Not only is it necessary to ensure you have the right supplies on-hand, it's also important to know how to safely execute your plan and use items like portable generators.

5 Ways to Boost Home Wi-Fi
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) In today’s connected world, it’s almost unthinkable to function without an internet connection, and for practical purposes most households need wireless connectivity for everyone to fully enjoy their internet-enabled devices, including smartphones, laptops, tablets, televisions, thermostats, security cameras and even refrigerators.

The Rarest of the Rare
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:33 am

What to know about a cancer you may not have heard of

Common Indoor Air Quality Culprits
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) A new survey has revealed many Americans miss the mark when it comes to cleaning their homes, which may negatively affect the quality of air they breathe indoors.  Understanding the causes of poor indoor air can help you combat many common culprits. Consider these survey results and find more information at filtrate.com/culprits.

5 Things to Consider on Your Next Road Trip
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) If you’re looking for a memorable vacation experience, getting behind the wheel and taking to the open road can provide the perfect opportunity to create your own journey and explore at your own pace.

Monday 11/12/2018
Digital Cash Can Aid Marital Money Management
Posted: November 12, 2018

(NewsUSA) - You may be happy with your honey, but the happiest of couples can argue over money.

Black Friday Deals Abound for Orlando
Posted: November 12, 2018

(NewsUSA) - As winter and the holidays approach, it's time to start planning warm-weather destination trips.

Thursday 11/08/2018
6 Tips to Maintain Eye Health
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) When considering making changes to positively impact your well-being, many aspects of health may jump to the forefront, from taking care of mental and emotional health to ensuring a well-maintained body from head to toes. However, one sometimes overlooked area is your eyes and the importance of vision care.

Wednesday 11/07/2018
Understanding Yourself In 'The Age Of Overwhelm'
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re ever among the many Americans who feel overwhelmed by work or school; family or community; caretaking for others or your own health and well-being; or engagement in social justice, environmental advocacy or civil service, you may be relieved to learn that just a few subtle shifts can make a major difference.

How to Choose the Right Food for Your Dog
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) When it comes to selecting the right food for their dogs, people often agonize about choosing among a myriad of options. Given that 95 percent of pet owners consider their pets to be part of the family, according to a Nielsen survey on The Humanization of Pet Food, pet parents typically want to provide a well-balanced diet, made from quality ingredients.

4 Ways to Show Your Pets You’re Thankful for Them
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) Pets can be morning jog partners and movie night snuggle buddies, but they often do much more than that: they can help make their owners healthier both physically and mentally. Research from the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition found that having a pet reduces the risk of heart disease and high cholesterol, as well as stress, depression and fear. While you should show your pets you’re thankful for them all year round, Thanksgiving is an opportunity to reassess and make sure your pets are feeling the love, in return for everything they do for you.

4 Tips to Prepare Your Pup for Winter
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) When winter approaches, it brings a number of distractions and factors that tend to keep people from getting outside and staying active. From holiday parties and vacations to bad weather, it’s important to keep health and exercise top of mind throughout the busy season. This is especially important for your furry friends since they depend on their owners to keep them healthy and active.

Prepare Pets for Better Grooming Visits
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) While a haircut is often the first thing that comes to mind when pet parents contemplate a visit to the groomer, those visits can involve much more than a bath and trim. It can also include spa-like skin and paw treatments, deep moisturizing shampoos and conditioners for healthy skin and a lustrous coat, de-shedding and flea or tick treatments. These treatments are all in addition to the expert clipping, shaving and nail trims you might expect.

Tuesday 11/06/2018
What College Kids Need
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—To give college students something that’ll help them for years, consider these job search tools and resources.

Friday 11/02/2018
Family farmers from across the country talk turkeys
Updated: November 05, 2018 - 4:54 am

(BPT) - It’s 6 a.m. in Bell County, Texas. The sun is yet to peek over the horizon on what will become a steamy summer day, but Darrell Glaser is already strolling through his turkey houses to ensure the birds on his family farm are comfortable. The farm has been in Glaser’s family for nearly 100 years, and Darrell and his family have spent nearly every day tending to their turkeys.

Can too much potassium be harmful? What you need to know if you have a chronic condition
Updated: November 05, 2018 - 4:55 am

(BPT) - For people with chronic illnesses, nutrition is important — but some nutrients present risks for certain patients. Potassium, for example, has many benefits, but can be fatal for people with kidney disease if the level of potassium in their blood spikes. In the United States, there are more than three million patients who are living with hyperkalemia — a condition that refers to having abnormally high blood potassium levels. As the number of people with these diseases is expected to climb, so too are the number of people at risk for hyperkalemia.