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Wednesday 11/14/2018
6 holiday travel hacks to save your sanity
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Follow these tips to save time, money and your sanity this holiday season.

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Thursday 11/08/2018
How to assemble a holiday cheeseboard guaranteed to impress
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - 'Tis the season for getting together with friends and family to celebrate. Food is at the heart of the holidays, so whether you're hosting an event or attending as a guest, you'll want to whip up something to impress a wide variety of taste buds. The perfect solution: A holiday cheeseboard.

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Tuesday 10/30/2018
6 tips for shopping in Guadalajara
Updated: November 05, 2018 - 5:00 am

(BPT) - As one of Mexico’s top artisanal hubs, Guadalajara offers culture, cuisine and shopping. Travelers can find everything from expertly crafted pottery to luxe leather goods in markets throughout the city. For those who travel the world in search of the best locally produced, stylish souvenirs, Guadalajara provides a vibrant, festive atmosphere — after all, this is the birthplace of mariachi, tequila and charrería, the Mexican rodeo! 

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Friday 10/26/2018
How to Eat Like a Local in El Salvador
Updated: November 05, 2018 - 5:00 am

(BPT) - Foodies with adventurous palates might be tempted to vacation in El Salvador just to enjoy its array of delectable local dishes.

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Friday 08/10/2018
9 savvy traveler hacks that will save time, money and headaches
Updated: November 05, 2018 - 5:00 am

(BPT) - Are you a savvy traveler? Do you shop around to get the best deals? How about knowing the ins and outs of saving money when planning a trip?

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Wednesday 06/13/2018
Coupling Finances: What All Newlyweds Should Know
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:50 am

(NewsUSA) - Coupling finances.

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Friday 04/20/2018
Shopping for a Wedding Gift? What to Know Now
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:50 am

(StatePoint) If your fridge is filled with save-the-dates and wedding invitations, you’re inevitably facing the daunting question: what to give?

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Tuesday 04/10/2018
Popping the Question? How to Select an Engagement Ring
Updated: April 10, 2018 - 4:37 am

(StatePoint) “Will you marry me?” Be sure to pair these four little words with the perfect engagement ring. While there’s a bit of a learning curve when it comes to selecting the right diamond, the most important thing you can do is find a piece both you and your significant other will love.

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Friday 03/30/2018
Millennials Want to Say ‘I Do’ to High-Tech Wedding Registries
Updated: March 30, 2018 - 4:37 am

(StatePoint) Once upon a time, wedding registries were created so newlyweds would have all the basic essentials to establish their first home. But as technology has evolved, so too has the registry. Gone are the days where registries only include dishware and candlesticks. Couples can now incorporate modern must-haves, like connected lightbulbs, voice assistants and smart showers.

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Friday 11/30/2018
Bringing Families Together Around The World
Updated: December 04, 2018 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—With all the sad stories of conflict and desperation from around the world, it can be heartening to hear of loved ones reunited.

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Monday 11/19/2018
Innovative School Is A Training Ground For Artists
Updated: November 21, 2018 - 2:38 am

(NAPSI)—Art classes have slowly but steadily all but disappeared from public schools over the years. Lack of funding has been the culprit, but educators tend to agree that the arts play a crucial role in the academic and creative development of our children.

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Monday 11/12/2018
3 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season
Posted: November 12, 2018

(StatePoint) Want to give back this holiday season? There are many ways to get into the charitable spirit. And if you need some inspiration for how to go about benefitting those in your local and global community, consider the following ideas.

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Tuesday 10/30/2018
YA Author Meyer Mentors Young Writer
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(NAPSI)—Marissa Meyer, author of young adult fantasy series “The Lunar Chronicles,” recently mentored Riley Pearce, an aspiring author, and shared advice about writing as part of an intriguing job shadow program.

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Friday 10/26/2018
Be A Hero—Mentor A Child
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(NAPSI)—Helping to turn a young life around may be simpler than many people realize.

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Thursday 10/25/2018
Girls: Our Time Is Now
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

by Shelby O’Neil

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Monday 10/15/2018
Together, We Can (And Must) End Family Fire
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

by Rev. Dr. Rob Schenck

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Thursday 10/11/2018
Microsoft Destaca La Innovacion Y La Transformacion Cultural
Updated: November 15, 2018 - 2:35 am

(NewsUSA) - Microsoft se unirá a Hispanicize LA por segundo año consecutivo. El evento, diseñado para creadores de tendencias y creadores de noticias latinos, tendrá lugar en Los ?ngeles del 11 al 13 de octubre, y dos ejecutivos de Microsoft abordarán algunas de las últimas innovaciones e ilustrarán la transformación cultural en Microsoft.

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Monday 10/01/2018
Never Forget: What the Past Can Teach Us About Today’s Problems
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(StatePoint) While history may feel like the distant past (and something you may think you don’t need to know much about outside the classroom), many experts believe it can offer valuable lessons for today.

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Friday 09/28/2018
A Lasting Tribute To American Soldiers
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(NAPSI)—More than 30 million Americans have served in the United States Army. If you or someone you care about is among them, you can now order a personalized, commemorative brick that will be permanently placed along the pathway to the future National Museum of the United States Army.

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Saturday 12/08/2018
Decorating A Photo-Worthy Home for the Holidays
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:36 am

(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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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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


3 indoor activities to encourage fun and education

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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.

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Friday 12/07/2018
Most adults with chronic health conditions unaware of dangers of influenza
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - During the 2017-2018 influenza (flu) season, nearly 80,000 people died and more than 950,000 people were hospitalized due to flu and flu-related illnesses, and less than four in 10 U.S. adults (37.1 percent) were vaccinated against flu, fewer than in previous years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While those who are vaccinated may still get the flu, the vaccine helps prevent serious complications that may result in hospitalization, loss of independence or even death. 

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Fun Facts About Seniors and Travel
Posted: December 07, 2018

(StatePoint) Lingering anxieties may influence some older Americans about if and where they will journey out of town; however, a new survey found that a majority of seniors say that aging has positively affected their desire and ability to travel.

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Thursday 12/06/2018
5 questions to answer when considering a new deck
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - When planning a deck project, choosing the right material is key to the enjoyment and value you’ll get from your outdoor living space. Today, there are more choices in decking materials than ever before, including high-performance composites, which are increasingly replacing wood in backyards across the country.

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Fighting an illness? 4 ways to boost your immune system
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - The winter months bring cold and flu season, which can take a toll on your health. While flu shots and rest are common advice for prevention, a strong immune system is critical to keeping you healthy all year long. According to Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN, CDE, a Registered Dietitian at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, “Your body’s ability to fight infection and disease depends on your immune system.”

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6 ways to save on Amazon this holiday season (and into 2019!)
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - This time of year, family and friends gather to celebrate the holiday season. It's a joyful time, but it can also be stressful — especially if money is tight. Financial expert and author Eva Macias, who specializes in leveling the financial playing field for all families, regardless of income, says that it's possible for people to de-stress and enjoy the holidays even if their budgets are stretched thin. All it takes is a strategic, bargain-hunter's mindset.

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Wednesday 12/05/2018
How consumers can make the most of their money, stress less this holiday season
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - The arrival of the holidays brings with it a whole host of considerations and things to do. According to a recent survey by Chase, eight in 10 Americans say they have holiday stress. Whether you’re out to find the perfect gift, or just entertain the kids as school winds down, the common denominator is the holiday season sees Americans strapped for time and spending more money than at other times of the year. 

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5 steps to find the perfect financial planner for you
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - The economy has changed considerably since the recession. Unemployment is at record lows and the market is flush with opportunities for workers of every level. While it is certainly good to live in the present, it is also important to plan for the future, and research shows that many people are not saving sufficiently to live life at their current standard when they retire.

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Are you recycling your plastic beverage containers?
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - When you place a plastic beverage container in a recycling bin, you are an important part of the product’s life cycle, helping that packaging to be used to make something new, over and over again.

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ASMR: The Incredible Impact of Sound and How It Affects Human Emotion
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - Maybe it is the rustle of canvas unfurling, or the sharp snipping of the stylist’s shears as they tidy up your bangs. Whatever it is, it resonates down your scalp and spine like a tuning fork. Certain noises can trigger the senses and make us feel a variety of ways. In fact, researchers are just beginning to understand the power of sound, and how it can unlock an array of sensations that enhance the human experience.

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Tuesday 12/04/2018
Which of these silly habits look familiar? [Infographic]
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - Get a handle on germs this season with these helpful tips and tricks.

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Monday 12/10/2018
Living with Knee Pain - Regaining a Positive Outlook
Posted: December 10, 2018

(BPT) - Living with knee pain can become part of a daily routine for many, and some resign themselves to thinking it’s just part of the aging process. Often, people live with the pain for years and delay having important conversations with their doctors.

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Saturday 12/08/2018
Decorating A Photo-Worthy Home for the Holidays
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:36 am

(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.

more »
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.  

more »
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.

more »
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.

more »
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.

more »
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.

more »
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.

more »
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.

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Friday 12/07/2018
5 Must-Share Facts About Metastatic Breast Cancer
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:45 am

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Tuesday 12/04/2018
5 important facts to teach kids about pet ownership
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - Kids instinctively love animals. Children begin learning about animal species, their habitats and behavior during elementary school, and this is when children also become more interested and involved in caring for family pets. They may even become pet owners for the first time at this age. Learning about animal care is fun for kids, while also teaching them life lessons about empathy, compassion and responsibility.

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How to Keep Dogs Safe During Cold Weather Walks
Posted: December 04, 2018

(StatePoint) Make winter a wonderland for dogs by ensuring they’re safe when temperatures drop.

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Wednesday 11/07/2018
Pumpkin: The ultimate fall superfood
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - The perfect fall foods are hearty, nutrient-dense and packed with flavor. And while there is no shortage of savory sustenance this time of year, no other food captures the essence of the season quite like pumpkin. Brimming with nutrients and boasting a rich taste, it’s a nourishing food the whole family enjoys — from picky toddlers to even your dog! Here are five flavorful ways to incorporate pumpkin into your entire family’s meals this season.

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Monday 10/15/2018
Top 9 reasons to adopt a dog
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - If you're thinking of adding a four-legged friend to your family, adopting is a great way to go. Whether you find a purebreed or a mutt, an older dog or a puppy, you will be saving a life while adding immeasurably to your own.

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Saturday 10/13/2018
Celebrating Halloween Safely With Dogs
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:03 am

(StatePoint) Over half of pet parents plan to dress up their dogs for Halloween, according to a Wag! survey. 

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Wednesday 10/10/2018
5 things to know to help your pet live a healthier life
Updated: October 30, 2018 - 5:44 am

(BPT) - Pets are part of the family, so it’s important to practice preventative care to support their well-being and help them live long, healthy lives. Just like people, pets can be affected by chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and allergies. That's why it’s always good to stay informed and be proactive to help avoid or at least delay the onset of chronic conditions in pets. Here’s 5 things to know about caring for your pet:

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New technology helps keep pets safe while traveling
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:43 pm

(BPT) - For many people, the health and happiness of their pets is a prime concern during travel. In fact, according to a recent survey, 48 percent of pet owners said that they actually care about their pets’ comfort more than their own when traveling. And while traveling with pets can be stressful — for the owner and the pet — the latest technology can help travelers rest easy knowing that their furry friends are safe and secure, no matter where they go.

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Tuesday 10/09/2018
Special Needs Pets: Can I Adopt a Heartworm-Positive Dog?
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:03 am

(StatePoint) Every year, an estimated 3.3 million dogs enter U.S. animal shelters, with roughly half that number subsequently adopted by pet owners. These include shelter dogs with special medical needs that can make them harder to place. Dogs with heartworm infection are a common example.

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Friday 09/14/2018
Not Just for the Dogs: Pet Parents Love Their Dog Walkers
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:03 am

(StatePoint) Americans don’t just love their dogs – they also love their dog walkers, with a whopping 85 percent of pet parents affording their dog walkers equal importance to their nanny or childcare provider, according to a recent survey by Wag!, the inventor of on-demand mobile dog walking.

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Thursday 08/16/2018
America's top dogs: 10 best shelter dog makeovers
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:43 pm

(BPT) - Imagine going to a job interview filthy and stinky. Or on a first date covered in mud. Unfortunately, that’s the reality for millions of shelter dogs looking to make a good first impression. While rescue organizations work tirelessly, the sad truth is that less than half of these dogs are getting the grooming they need so their lovable, adoptable selves can shine through. To better their chances at finding a fur-ever family, pet industry leaders Wahl and GreaterGood.org have teamed up to donate funds and grooming supplies to shelters nationwide. The goal: Transform more than 20,000 dogs this year to get them ready for adoption. Hundreds of these amazing makeovers can be seen in the Dirty Dogs Before & After Gallery (DirtyDogsGallery.com), but the following represent the 10 most amazing transformations.

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