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The Gift That Tops Parents' Holiday Wish Lists May Surprise You

(NewsUSA) - The one gift that may secretly top most parents' holiday wish lists? Help with paying college costs for their kids. 

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Tuesday 12/04/2018
Why books always make the perfect gifts for kids
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - Books have it all, when you think about it. Especially if you’re seeking the perfect gift for the child in your life. Books are enriching, mentally and emotionally. They have the power to hold young minds in thrall with colorful illustrations and exciting storylines. Best of all, books are the key to linking minds and hearts, at home and beyond.

Friday 11/30/2018
Tips to keep holiday spending from breaking the bank
Updated: December 05, 2018 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - Americans have lots to celebrate this holiday season, with unemployment rates at an all-time low and consumer confidence on the rise. According to The Annual Retail Sales Forecast for the Holiday Season from Deloitte, retailers have their sights on sales of more than $1.1 trillion.

5 Key Differences Between Synthetic and Natural Diamonds To Know This Holiday Season
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - The holidays are upon us, which means it's gift-giving season. This year, over 53 million Americans are giving the most timeless gift there is: a diamond. A recent survey by KRC Research for the Diamond Producers Association found that over one in five Americans over the age of 18 plans to purchase a diamond between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, with men and millennials making up the majority of purchasers. Of these diamond buyers, more than 20 million are planning a marriage proposal. After all, what better represents a lifelong commitment of love and devotion than a one-of-a-kind, billion-year-old gem?

Thursday 11/29/2018
Steal the Show at Your Next Holiday Party
Posted: November 29, 2018

(NewsUSA) - For those who like to wear their holiday spirit front and center, it's the most wonderful time of the year. But it's also the season of charity, so why not feel good by making a fashion statement that's socially conscious as well?

5 reasons mushrooms are trending up for 2019
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - What will be the hot, trendy food for 2019? The simple, versatile and mighty mushroom. 

Wednesday 11/28/2018
5 Christmas party trends that will change your holiday celebrations this season
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - The days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve are the busiest six weeks of the entire year for families thanks to a multitude of social gatherings. Chief among these celebrations is the Christmas party. With roots that date back to the Victorian era, the Christmas party has been a mainstay in American homes for decades, but in the last few years, the traditional holiday party has evolved.

Tuesday 11/27/2018
4 easy health hacks to stay tough this winter season
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - With never-ending holiday gatherings, travel, Sunday football tailgates and early morning snow-shoveling, everyone’s looking to stay strong and healthy this winter season. Along with colder temperatures, winter also brings a host of preventable sicknesses. In fact, the CDC estimates that there were over 49.7 million cases of the flu in the United States between 2017 and 2018, with a major spike occurring from November through February.

Sunday 11/25/2018
Celebrating the Holidays with Recipes for Coffee Pleasure
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - Whether it’s for a holiday brunch, a festive dessert course or an afternoon accompaniment for fresh-baked cookies, espresso-based beverages have become an integral part of seasonal entertaining. JURA offers an online recipe library of coffee specialties that are easy to make in JURA bean-to-cup automatic coffee machines such as the S8.

Wednesday 11/21/2018
7 ways the holiday season can be harmful for your dog or cat (and how to help)
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - Cheerful carolers, hopeful children, and grandmothers baking their fan favorites. The holidays are a time for gathering with family and friends, gift-giving and festive fun.

6 holiday hacks for easy entertaining prep
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:44 am

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Tuesday 11/20/2018
5 successful sides to wow Thanksgiving guests
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - Whether you’re hosting the entire meal or bringing a dish to share, there’s no reason the turkey deserves all the attention this Thanksgiving. Using high quality, delicious ingredients is the key to creating quick, yet impressive side dishes to grace any holiday table. These recipes are not only easy to make, but so mouthwatering that your entire family will love them.

5 plant-inspired gift ideas for the holiday entertainer
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:44 am

Monday 11/19/2018
5 ways to simplify your holiday decorating
Posted: November 19, 2018

(BPT) - It's here, the season of go, go, go. The time of year when there is so much to do, especially if you're hosting holiday festivities. You want everything to be magical and so you're planning events, buying presents, making plans for where everyone is going to sleep and all while working a full-time job and taking care of your family. It's a whirlwind but you wouldn't have it any other way.

7 ways to help a grieving friend during the holidays
Posted: November 19, 2018

(BPT) - Anyone who has lost a loved one knows that grief does not take a holiday. While others are celebrating, those in mourning may feel their loved one’s absence even more strongly. How can you help someone you care about cope with and gain comfort from what should be the most festive time of year?

Friday 11/16/2018
6 tips for avoiding charity scams
Posted: November 16, 2018

(BPT) - Charitable giving is a significant part of many people’s lives and budgets and individuals are often eager to give back and lend a helping hand to those in need. Unfortunately, not every organization seeking a donation is exactly what it claims to be. If you're not careful, you could wind up losing your well-intentioned money to a scam.

Wednesday 11/14/2018
5 unexpected holiday gift ideas
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Finding the perfect holiday gift is no easy task. Whether you’re shopping for your mom, brother, sweetie pie or friend, finding a unique, memorable and most importantly likeable gift can be challenging. After so many birthdays, anniversaries and holidays, it can be hard to come up with new ideas. Here are five easy-as-pie gift ideas for everyone on your holiday list:

Tuesday 11/13/2018
5 Ways to Impress Holiday Guests this Season
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - As the holidays approach, those who love to host know shopping isn’t the only stress factor. Between groceries, cleaning the house, meal preparation and shoveling the driveway, it’s always a race to the finish line. Follow these five steps to leave guests impressed by (and even envious of!) your skills as a host.

Monday 11/12/2018
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.

The Ultimate Gift for Golf Gurus
Posted: November 12, 2018

(NewsUSA) - Coming up with clever holiday gifts is always a challenge, especially for someone who "has everything." However, ways to get creative include gifts that provide experiences, not just things to accumulate. Think of enjoying a craft beer or wine of the month, flying a drone or model plane, shushing down the slopes on a customized snowboard, or playing a classic arcade game.

5 cleaning tips to save your sanity during the holidays
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Ready or not, the holidays are upon us. You may have visions of elaborate holiday décor or an extravagant light display to impress your neighbors. As you prepare for the season of parties, guests and entertaining, don’t procrastinate. Prepare now so you can spend more time doing the things that bring you joy this season. Here are five quick ways to help you prepare:

5 common holiday myths debunked
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Holiday fantasies aren’t just for children. Grownups also live by their own set of holiday myths, which were uncovered by a recent Coinstar survey. Let’s take a look at some of these holiday misconceptions and get to the real truth.

Thursday 11/08/2018
5 ways to host a no-hassle holiday celebration this season
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - The holidays are supposed to be a joyous occasion, filled with warm memories of family and friends. When it’s your turn to host, however, the holidays can quickly turn into a stressful blur that involves cleaning, decorating and cooking all before the guests even arrive! Hosting loved ones doesn’t have to be this way. Try these five tips for a no-hassle holiday celebration and enjoy being fully present for the fun this season.

3 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Holidays
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:43 pm

(StatePoint) It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the busyness of the holiday season -- from perfecting your home décor to searching for gifts for everyone on your list to creating a delicious holiday menu.

Wednesday 11/07/2018
3 tips for making gifting easier this holiday season
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - From shopping for gifts, planning holiday travel or parties and wrapping up work projects, the weeks leading up to the holidays can be full of activity. For those tackling their shopping list, finding the perfect gift for a special loved one may sometimes feel overwhelming. However, for savvy shoppers who leverage the following tried-and-true tips, holiday shopping can be stress-free, fun and convenient.

Affordable affair: 7 tips for a holiday bash on a budget
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - The days leading up to the holidays tend to be among the busiest of the year, with lots of celebrations taking place over a few short weeks.

Friday 11/02/2018
Time-saving tips and healthy tricks for holiday baking
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - 'Tis the season for cookies, cakes, candies and more! Those delectable treats are an iconic part of celebrations big and small. Whether you want to cozy up by the fire with your favorite confection or bring a few batches to the school bake sale, you're bound to be baking like crazy this time of year.

Holiday Gift-Giving Can Help Employ Adults With Developmental Disabilities
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - This holiday season, checking off items on your gift list can also help provide jobs for adults with developmental disabilities.

Wednesday 10/31/2018
6 healthy twists to lighten your favorite holiday foods
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - It’s hard not to dread the holidays if you’re trying to maintain a healthy diet. Heavy meals packed with carbs and creams are often followed by sugary treats — leaving you ready to crash in a house full of guests. On the other hand, munching on a simple salad while loved ones dig into each delicious holiday dish leaves you feeling unsatisfied and your mouth watering.

Tuesday 10/30/2018
Scent-imental: Holiday Smells Evoke Happy Memories
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:43 pm

(NewsUSA) - Does a whiff of cinnamon bring back memories of your grandmother's kitchen? Is the smell of a fir tree unalterably linked to Christmas morning? The sense of smell is uniquely connected to memories, especially during the holiday season.

Monday 10/29/2018
Christmas Comes Early with Family Holiday Movies on UPtv
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:43 pm

(NewsUSA) - The holidays are almost here, and fans of uplifting Christmas television can look forward to 45 films on UPtv, including seven Sunday night premiere movies. The network, known for family-friendly fare, kicks off 55 days of holiday programming starting November 1.

Monday 10/15/2018
Extend the Life of Your Outboard Engine with These Storage Tips
Updated: December 04, 2018 - 2:34 am

(NewsUSA) - As summer winds down, every boat owner clings to those last few warm days to take his or her boat out on the water with family and friends. Unfortunately, summer doesn't last forever and as the sun sets on another boat season, it is time to start thinking about how to store your boat and outboard engine for those off-season months.

Thursday 10/04/2018
DIY Halloween Tips to Save Money
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:04 am

(StatePoint) Halloween may be the spookiest night of the year, but it’s the prices for costumes and decorations that are scarier than any vampire (and they’ll drain your wallet even faster).

Monday 08/27/2018
New Collar Jobs Redefining Labor Day
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:50 am

(NewsUSA) - Labor Day originated as a celebration of American workers, but for many Americans it has become a time for barbeques and sales to celebrate the end of summer. What has happened to the support for labor in America when longtime stalwart industries such as the automotive industry are experiencing a skills gap and workforce shortages?

Tuesday 08/21/2018
Orlando Screams: 78 Days of Halloween
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:53 am

(NewsUSA) - Halloween has become one of America's most iconic holidays. But why celebrate for just one night when Orlando, Halloween Vacation Capital, offers Halloween events spanning an entire 78 days?

Thursday 07/19/2018
Plan, be positive, unplug: 5 ways to make family meals more enjoyable
Updated: October 23, 2018 - 4:25 am

(BPT) - With our busy lifestyles today, finding time to shop for groceries, cook, then meet as a family to enjoy a meal together can be a major challenge.

Wednesday 07/04/2018
Brendan Looney: A life of service before self
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:04 am

(BPT) - The Fourth of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and the founding of our nation. It’s an opportunity to celebrate patriotism with fireworks and parades.

Wednesday 06/27/2018
Beat-the-Heat Tips for Summer
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:04 am

(StatePoint) Want to beat the heat this summer? Staying cool in hot weather can be easier with these top tips.

Thursday 04/05/2018
Must-Haves for Summer Pool and Beach Parties
Updated: April 05, 2018 - 4:37 am

(State Point) Summer days are all about sun and fun. Here are some tips and accessories to make sure your days spent at the beach, pool or lake are picture-perfect for posting on social media.

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