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November 23, 2014

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  • Real Estate

    New homebuyers checklist to ID costly repairs

    (BPT) - When you’re about to buy a house, it’s easy to get excited about its great location, spacious floor plan or beautifully decorated interior. Yet the old saying, “beauty’s only skin deep” can apply to any home, especially if you’re considering an older, previously owned property. Before signing on the dotted line, use this checklist to help avoid some potentially costly surprises and anticipate repairs or upgrades that may be needed.      

  • Kitchen Bed Bath

    Hot master bath trends for 2015 and beyond

    (BPT) - When it comes to renovating spaces in your home, the master bath should be top of mind. Leading master bath trends for 2015 go beyond functionality to incorporate features that complement the design aesthetic and provide a touch of luxury for lasting results.

  • Home Improvement

    Choosing Stain Color

    (NAPSI)—When it comes to giving your home natural warmth and beauty, few things compare to wood—and wood is surprisingly flexible when it comes to color. Whether you’re refinishing your floors or cabinets, restoring a fine piece of furniture or creating a new look distressing an existing piece, wood stain can enhance the beauty of the wood and add to your style.

  • Turn your fantasy fairytale wedding into reality

    (BPT) - Every girl dreams of her fantasy wedding. It usually includes a Prince Charming standing next to her at the altar, saying “I do,” while surrounding by friends and family in a fairytale atmosphere.

Top Story

Sugerencias para actualizar la tecnología de su hogar

(StatePoint) Al pensar en las puestas al día del hogar, nuestra atención con frecuencia se dirige a una nueva capa de pintura o decoración nueva, pero algunos de los cambios más prácticos y significativos que puede hacer en su hogar verdaderamente modernizarán la manera en que vive.

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Friday 11/21/2014
Don’t Let Kids' Brains Go on Vacation During the Holiday Season
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) You may have heard of “summer slide” – when those summer months cause kids to lose all that glorious information and knowledge they acquired during the school year. But even shorter breaks can cause education rifts for students, too.

Three Creative Ideas for Holiday Party Themes and Décor
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) The look of your holiday party can be just as important as its other elements. So go above and beyond a plain table setting. Set the mood for your party and provide a striking visual to accompany the feast by creating a thematic holiday “tablescape.”

Food and Wine Pairing Tips for the Holiday Season
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) One of the most important aspects of holiday entertaining is sometimes overlooked -- proper pairing of the food and wine. Even if you have a bottle of top quality wine and an amazing chef-inspired dish, without considering how the food and drink combine, you can ruin the taste of both, say experts.

Do you know more about snack cakes than smoke alarms? Most Americans say 'yes'
Updated: November 23, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Cold weather often brings many tasks to mind, such as shoveling snow, conducting car maintenance and preparing for holiday fun. However, one preparation often overlooked by many Americans is how to keep their families safe during the peak season for home fires.

New homebuyers checklist to ID costly repairs
Updated: November 23, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - When you’re about to buy a house, it’s easy to get excited about its great location, spacious floor plan or beautifully decorated interior. Yet the old saying, “beauty’s only skin deep” can apply to any home, especially if you’re considering an older, previously owned property. Before signing on the dotted line, use this checklist to help avoid some potentially costly surprises and anticipate repairs or upgrades that may be needed.      

Thursday 11/20/2014
Tax-Savings Tips From Licensed Experts
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NewsUSA) - As tax season approaches, there's still time to talk to a licensed tax specialist about your withholding and other possibilities for improving your tax-time savings.

Weather Or Not, Get Your Car Ready Now
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s advice many motorists can warm up to: “An investment of an hour or two to have your vehicle checked is all it takes to have peace of mind and help avoid the cost and hassle of car trouble during severe weather,” suggested Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. Its “Be Car Care Aware” campaign promotes regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair.

Eye-Opening Tips On Pleasing Coffee And Tea Lovers
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Any time is the right time to treat the coffee or tea lovers in your life to an unexpected gift, but the holidays provide an excellent excuse to show them how much you care. Follow these tips and soon you’ll be known as having the gift of gift-giving.

Infuse Pears With Wintertime Flavors
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—It’s peak pear season, and with it comes an endless variety of ways to enjoy this versatile fruit, like sliced into salads, layered in sandwiches or simply enjoyed, fresh and ripe, with a napkin in hand. Multiple varieties of USA-grown pears are available in markets from coast to coast nearly year-round. Reach for everyday favorites like Bartlett, Bosc and Anjou, and experiment with the delicate flavors of Starkrimson, Forelle and Comice.

Grand Prize-Winning Recipes By Young Chefs
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—You could have a secret weapon for keeping your family healthy right in your own home: your kitchen table.

Spiced Cranberry-Apple Iced Tea: A Frosty, Fun Treat
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—When it comes to beverages, cold is hot this holiday season. Iced tea appears to be America’s favorite, representing 85 percent of all U.S. tea consumption. With so many wintry and seasonal tea flavors available—including gingerbread, cranberry, peppermint, spiced apple cider, citrus almond, pumpkin spice, candied apple and more—iced tea is becoming one of the most popular beverages at the holiday table.

A Wine And A Tattoo Artist Create A Collectible
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—A California wine is celebrating its rebellious roots by partnering with a well-known tattoo artist. The result is a commemorative limited-edition bottle created by Dead Bolt wine and artist David Hale.

Baking Powder Pointers
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—At holiday time, successful baking is more important than ever; favorite recipes, family dinners and annual traditions count on it. With baking season right around the corner, here is a fresh idea for better baking: Start the season with new ingredients. For the best baking results, ingredients such as baking powder, baking soda, and flour must be fresh.

A New Test Aids In The Battle Against Prostate Cancer
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—A new type of test for prostate cancer is designed to improve on existing methods, and that’s good news for men about to undergo testing—and those who love them.

Protect Yourself From Falls
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Every day, more than 150 Americans are injured after falling from heights. Here’s how you can avoid becoming part of this painful statistic.

Faster At The Pharmacy
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—There are five steps you can take to get in and out of the pharmacy faster:

Prepare For Long-Term Care
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—As Americans live longer, the prospect of becoming a caregiver or needing one is an undeniable reality. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 70 percent of adults 65 or older will require some form of long-term care (“LTC”). Despite the clear need, the majority of Americans have not taken proactive steps to address care for themselves or their loved ones—but you don’t have to be among them.

Be Smart About Your Heart: Talk To Your Doctor About Heart Block
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Taking care of your heart is an important part of living a healthy life, especially when you consider that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 600,000 people die of heart disease each year—that’s one in every four deaths.

Fear The Flu, Not Ebola
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—According to a poll conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, 40 percent of Americans feel that they or their immediate family is at risk of getting Ebola. Yet with only a few confirmed cases of Ebola in the United States, the actual risk of contracting the disease is extremely low. In fact, other infections that don’t hit the same emotional hot buttons as Ebola—such as MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection, and even the common flu—pose much more of a risk than Ebola to the average American. So what is a rational response to the Ebola virus?

Drink (Water) To Your Health
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s health news you should find easy to swallow: Whether you’re working, traveling, playing sports or just relaxing, it’s important to stay hydrated regardless of the season.

Mejorando la calidad del agua de la llave
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSM)—Mientras que los expertos en salud y bienestar instan a los consumidores a tomar más agua, el hacerlo de manera sana no es tan simple como parece: el agua de la llave puede estar más contaminada de lo que usted cree. Podría contener contaminantes potencialmente perjudiciales para su salud, como residuos químicos, metales pesados y quistes microbianos. De hecho, varios estudios respaldados por la Agencia de Protección Ambiental de los Estados Unidos y los Centros Para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades calculan que todos los años se producen alrededor de 16 millones de enfermedades transmitidas por el agua potable en los Estados Unidos.

Choosing Stain Color
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—When it comes to giving your home natural warmth and beauty, few things compare to wood—and wood is surprisingly flexible when it comes to color. Whether you’re refinishing your floors or cabinets, restoring a fine piece of furniture or creating a new look distressing an existing piece, wood stain can enhance the beauty of the wood and add to your style.

Smart Shipping And Storage Suggestions
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Whether you’re sending gifts for the holidays, packing for a move or storing keepsakes, heeding a few hints on how to prepare things for shipping and storage can help your package stay safe and intact.

Sweet Scents Of Joy
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—This year, you can treat your sense of smell to the delights of the holiday season.

Getting The Most Out Of A Kitchen Remodel
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—According to the U.S. Census Bureau, homeowners spent $130 billion on remodeling projects last year. If you hope to join them anytime soon, there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind. After all, a kitchen remodel can give you one of the best returns on investment as long as you know where to save and where to spend.

Three Important Steps To Consider When Launching Your Business
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—If you are starting a business, it's important to remember that actions you take now can have significant consequences in the future.

Smart Spending And Saving
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—According to financial experts, it’s not how much money you make that counts, it’s how much you keep. To help you hang on to more of your hard-earned dollars, there’s now a new, free and convenient way to pay your bills from any mobile device—mobile phones, tablets, Macs and PCs—wherever you may be. So you don’t have to worry about missing a payment—and having to pay a penalty; you can even schedule the payment days in advance.

New Campaign To Arm Investors Against Fraud
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—While it’s common for savvy investors to research an investment before they pour money into it, in many cases, those same investors don’t examine the background of the financial professional to whom they are giving their money. Unfortunately, this can leave them vulnerable to fraud.

Ways To Save
Posted: November 20, 2014

(NAPSI)—For the most enjoyment at the least expense when shopping in stores and online, try these tips:

Classic Holiday Tradition Gets Modern Update With Help From Beloved Furry Friends, The Care Bears
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—It’s a familiar scene in homes around the globe this time of year: The anticipation of the season is building and family traditions are coming alive. Children are on their best behavior waiting for Santa to arrive, mantels are decorated with monogrammed stockings, Christmas trees are filled with meaningful ornaments and decorations, parents are wrapping and hiding gifts, and lights are twinkling both inside and out. For many, these family preparations and traditions also include unveiling an Advent Calendar, a special calendar used to count down to Christmas with 25 doors or windows that house special little surprises when opened each day leading to Christmas.

Breves preguntas y respuestas sobre el Servicio Selectivo
Updated: November 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSM)—Muchos se sorprenden cuando se enteran de que no saben tanto como creían sobre la ley del Servicio Selectivo. Para ayudarte, aquí hay unas breves preguntas y respuestas además de otros interesantes datos y hechos,

El Registro Nacional ofrece información sobre la enfermedad de Lou Gehrig
Updated: November 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSM)—Los esfuerzos para investigar y analizar la esclerosis lateral amiotrófica (ALS, por sus siglas en inglés), también conocida como la enfermedad de Lou Gehrig, han sido esporádicos en EE.UU. hasta hoy en día.

Las nuevas definiciones de los términos del embarazo que toda futura mamá debe saber
Updated: November 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSM)—Los Institutos Nacionales de la Salud (NIH, por sus siglas en inglés) y grupos médicos destacados tienen noticias importantes para las futuras mamás. Un embarazo no está a “término completo” hasta las 39 semanas. Las investigaciones muestran que dar a luz entre las 39 ó 40 semanas es lo mejor para su bebé.

Enfermedad de Células Falciformes: Lo Que Usted Necesita Saber
Updated: November 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSM)—La enfermedad de células falciformes conlleva a que glóbulos rojos de forma anormal reduzcan el flujo de sangre dentro de los vasos sanguíneos. Es hereditaria, de la misma manera que las personas heredan el color de los ojos, la piel y el cabello. En los Estados Unidos, se estima que la enfermedad de células falciformes afecta a más de 100.000 personas, en su mayoría afro-americanos. Y aunque la enfermedad de células falciformes causa dolor severo y otras complicaciones, con el tratamiento y la atención adecuada, es posible que la mayoría de las personas que la tienen tengan vidas normales y activas. Acá encontrará lo que necesita saber sobre la enfermedad, las poblaciones más afectadas, cómo manejar mejor la enfermedad y como mantenerse tan saludable como sea posible:

La mayoría de la gente en EE. UU. no está preparada para una emergencia
Updated: November 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSM)—Una reciente encuesta conducida por la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés) demostró que casi el 70 por ciento de la gente de este país no ha participado en ejercicios de preparación para casos de emergencia aparte de uno que otro ejercicio para casos de incendio en el lugar de trabajo, escuela u hogar en los últimos dos años.

Consejos para hábitos saludables a cualquier edad
Updated: November 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSM)—Comer saludablemente y realizar actividad física regularmente es importante para una buena salud, a cualquier edad.

Cómo mantener a su bebé seguro al dormir
Updated: November 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSM)—Maneras clave de ayudar a proteger a su bebé mientras duerme.

Los casos de la tosferina están aumentando—¿Esta protegido?
Updated: November 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSM)—Muchos piensan a menudo que la tosferina (whooping cough) es una enfermedad del pasado, pero desafortunadamente, ha regresado. Para que usted y su familia tengan la mejor protección, vacúnese contra esta enfermedad.

Consejos para mejorar la salud de su hijo
Updated: November 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSM)—Se calcula que alrededor de un tercio de los niños en EE. UU. tienen sobrepeso o son obesos. Sobrepeso en la niñez puede traer problemas de salud más tarde en la vida. Afortunadamente, como padre o cuidador, hay cosas que usted puede hacer para ayudar a que su hijo consuma comidas y bebidas saludables, sea físicamente activo y mantenga un peso saludable.

Manténgase abrigado y ahorre
Updated: November 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSM)—Las personas mayores estarán más seguro y abrigados durante el invierno gracias a la ayuda de un nuevo recurso: el folleto llamado “Un Invierno Caliente y Seguro: Consejos Para Adultos Mayores De Cómo Ahorrar Energía En Sus Casas”. Este folleto ofrece consejos para preparar la casa para el invierno y ahorrar dinero en gastos de energía.

How to Look Your Best for Holiday Parties
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) It’s the holiday party season, which means that it’s time to be in the social limelight and look your best. But with indulgent feasts, hectic schedules and cold weather leading to dry, dull skin, you’ll need to take extra steps to overcome a few beauty hurdles, no matter who you are.

Tips to Heat Your Home Affordably this Winter
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Climate control accounts for almost half the energy use in a typical U.S. home and is also the largest energy expense for most people -- but it doesn’t have to be. With a few simple solutions, you can be friendlier toward your wallet and the environment this winter.

Tips to Update Your Home’s Technology
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) When thinking about home updates, our attention so often turns to a fresh coat of paint or new décor, but some of the most practical, meaningful changes you can make to your home will truly modernize the way you live.

6 'Friendsgiving' tips that won't leave you stuffed
Posted: November 20, 2014

(BPT) - If your family is far away, going home for the holidays isn’t always possible around Thanksgiving. Hectic work schedules and the high cost and hassle of traveling can make it difficult for everyone you love to be in the same place at the same time.

What You Need to Know to Protect Your Home and Wallet from Weather Events
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Whether you like to hibernate all winter or you enjoy hitting the slopes, don’t forget to be prepared for power outages, especially this year, as the “Old Farmer’s Almanac,” known for accurately forecasting weather since 1792, is calling for the “worst winter in years.”

Three Ways to Give the Holiday Season More Meaning
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) These days, the focus of the holidays is often on consumerism -- from gift cards to glitzy décor to formal place settings. Whatever your religious beliefs, you may be looking for ways to incorporate more spirituality into the season and beyond.

Expand your career options with a global perspective
Updated: November 23, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The business world is constantly changing and growing, becoming more culturally diverse and interconnected than ever before. Companies are looking for employees who are globally minded – even if the company does not do business on an international scale – because chances are it employs and serves a diverse population. Employees who recognize and understand different business opportunities, cultures and strategies can help a company successfully negotiate diverse situations.

Be a super shopper: where to splurge and save at the grocery store
Updated: November 23, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Every time you walk into a grocery store you are hit with a barrage of options: fresh, frozen, canned, store brand, name brand, organic. Even with your shopping list in hand, the choices can be overwhelming. Knowing when you should splurge and where you can save can make all the difference in your grocery store shopping.

Add a signature style to your home
Updated: November 23, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - To satisfy homeowners seeking to add a signature style to their indoor living spaces, more and more design professionals and builders are going back to basics and rediscovering the versatility, durability and good looks of cypress.

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