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October 31, 2014

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  • Real Estate

    Energy-efficient home trends for 2015 and beyond

    (BPT) - One of the top trends driving today’s housing market is the demand for energy-efficient homes that don’t sacrifice comfort for quality. If you’re looking to purchase a new home, green features can save money both now and in the future, with numerous earth-friendly benefits. Here’s what is trending for 2015 and beyond.

  • Home Decorating

    Decorate Your Home this Season for Under $100

    (StatePoint) When it comes to filling your home with fall flair and warm festive cheer, you don’t have to rely on generic décor purchased from the store, which can be pricy and forgettable. This holiday season make your home unique with a little DIY.

  • Kitchen Bed Bath

    Which kitchen style best matches your personality?

    (BPT) - Everyone has a preferred style of kitchen, no matter if you’re a chef at heart or just prefer to heat something frozen using the microwave. You may be surprised to discover your personality influences the style of kitchen you prefer. So, do you know what style matches your personality?

  • 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

Seasonal Temporary Jobs Help Workers Earn Cash and Find Permanent Positions

(StatePoint) The holiday season helps put millions of people to work in jobs that may begin as temporary employment, but often turn into permanent employment, according to Express Employment Professionals, which having employed nearly 400,000 people in 2013, is the largest franchised staffing company and second largest privately held staffing company in the United States. 

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Friday 10/31/2014
How to Freeze Veggies
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Fall is a great time to add fresh and falvorful seasonal produce to your menu. Make the most of your selection by using these simple freezing tips so you'll always have vegetables on hand to incorporate into your weeknight cooking.

8 ways to protect the value of your car this winter
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Your car is one of your most prized possessions. It’s your road-trip partner, your chauffer each morning and your home away from home when you’re on the go. Because you depend on your car for so much, you want to protect and keep it running as long as possible.

Thursday 10/30/2014
Six Vehicle Warning Signs Your Nose Can Notice
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—While most motorists are fond of what’s known as that “new car smell,” there are some other specific odors that motorists should also be aware of.

Anyway You Slice It, At-Home Tailgating Just Got Easier
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Good news for college football fans and pizza lovers who want to score points with their next at-home tailgate party.

Enjoy The Holidays With A Twist On Classic Celebrations
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Another spirited holiday has arrived, heralding months of twinkling lights, festive celebrations and delicious food. As festivities begin and hosts contemplate their holiday menus, it’s important to remember that a bountiful holiday table deserves to be paired with a bright and crowd-pleasing wine.

Four Ways To Simplify Your Holidays
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—This holiday season, you can simplify your day-to-day tasks to focus on spending time with family and friends.

Tips For Organic Holiday Living
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—During the bustling holiday season, it can be challenging to balance an organic lifestyle with holiday parties, decorating decadence and comfort food. This year, make sure your family is living organically-even during the sweetest season of the year!

Medication Safety Tips For Cold & Flu Season
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Every year, more than 126,000 hospitalizations and 17,000 deaths in the U.S. are due to overdose or overuse of acetaminophen and NSAIDs, which are present in many prescription or over-the-counter pain medications.

Stamping Out Childhood Cancer A Footprint At A Time
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Although 42 children on average are diagnosed with cancer every day, the encouraging news is that the five-year survival rate is now nearly 90 percent. Nevertheless, to these children and their families, the 5 percent of government funding for cancer research that goes to study children’s cancer is simply not enough. Fortunately, some major corporations are stepping up to help—and you can, too. Here’s how:

Online Program Leads To Fast Weight
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Paul Hart, 26, a single father in Las Vegas, struggled with his weight for years. As he passed the 250-pound mark, Hart decided it was time for a change. He didn’t want to develop Type 2 diabetes like his parents and he wanted to be active and healthy to enjoy playing with his 6-year-old daughter. So when Hart stumbled on an ad looking to test a new online personalized health tool for weight loss, he decided to give it a try.

It May Be Time To Have "The Talk" (Not That One)
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—If your family is among the approximately 80 million Americans currently avoiding the end-of-life discussion with their aging parents, you may want to rethink that. A conversation about end-of-life wishes can save families years of heartache, bickering and even legal issues.

Cold/Flu Meds Pose Risks For High Blood Pressure
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—If you have high blood pressure and purchase an over-the-counter (OTC) medication, you may be getting more than you bargained for.

Energy Tips For Colder Weather
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s news that may warm your heart-and your home.

What To Do With An Old 401(k)
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—When you change jobs or retire, one thing to think about is what happens to your 401(k) account.

Morocco Urges New Approach To Development As Key To Security Strategy
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—At the United Nations General Assembly, one of America’s staunchest allies recently called for a new approach to helping developing countries achieve secure, sustainable economic and political stability.

Tax Law Changes You Need To Know To Maximize Your Refund
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Although the U.S. federal tax code has undergone over 4,600 changes since 2001, most changes are unlikely to affect the average taxpayer.

In-Depth Study Reveals How To Identify Actively Managed Funds That Can Add Significant Value To Retirement Savings
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Looking at two key characteristics can help investors identify actively managed mutual funds that have outpaced index-focused investments over the past two decades, according to an in-depth study released by American Funds, whose parent company, Capital Group, manages nearly $1.4 trillion for individuals and institutions.

Alerting Struggling Homeowners To Mortgage Resources
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—There’s good news for homeowners who are having a tough time making their mortgage payments. There is a free federal program that just may have the solution, even if you’re not behind on your mortgage.

What You Need To Know About Taxes And Health Insurance
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—In the first year that most Americans were required to have health insurance, more than 8 million individuals got insurance through the federal or a state-sponsored marketplace.

Mensaje de la FDA a las madres: coman más mariscos
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Probablemente su madre le haya dicho alguna vez que “el pescado es el alimento del cerebro”. Pues resulta que tenía razón.

Take a Hike: Enjoying the Great Outdoors Year-Round
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) Just because the weather is cooler, doesn’t mean it’s time to hibernate. With the proper equipment, preparation and motivation, any time of year is the perfect time to get outdoors for an adventure. And you don’t have to look far for a great hike. Across the country, there are 59 gorgeous National Parks and thousands of state parks to choose from, comprising tens of thousands of miles of trails.

Often Overlooked Women’s Health Issue Impacting Relationships
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) An often overlooked women’s health issue is currently affecting a number of women, including married women between the ages of 30 and 50, and straining their relationships.

Keep Pets Happy and Healthy this Holiday Season
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) The holiday season can mean new routines, new décor and new foods in your home. While these temporary changes can be exciting for people, they can be hazardous to pets.

How simple stomach pains can take you to hell and back
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Kimberly Kuchler wasn’t too worried when she first felt some mild abdominal pains last summer. Young and full of energy, the former collegiate athlete wasn’t about to let anything slow her down, especially since her orthopedic sales job required her to be on call.

Get to know gluten-free [Infographic]
Posted: October 30, 2014

(BPT) - Looking to start or maintain a gluten-free diet? The supermarket can often be difficult to navigate especially when shopping under specific dietary restrictions. Read on for quick and easy tips on how you can shop your local grocers and have a gluten-free diet without breaking the bank.

FDA's message to moms: Eat more seafood
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Your mother probably told you “fish is brain food.” Turns out she was right.

The key to pursuing dreams for people with diabetes
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - When most people think of the 29.1 million people in the United States living with diabetes, they don’t think of competitive athletes who are performing at the top echelons of physically enduring sports like running, swimming, and cycling. These athletes are out there, and they’re competing at top levels thanks to active diabetes management.

Which kitchen style best matches your personality?
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Everyone has a preferred style of kitchen, no matter if you’re a chef at heart or just prefer to heat something frozen using the microwave. You may be surprised to discover your personality influences the style of kitchen you prefer. So, do you know what style matches your personality?

10 healthy strategies to survive the holidays
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The holidays are a wonderful time of year. A chance to see old friends and distant relatives, take a vacation or just put the stresses of everyday life behind you so you can focus solely on family and fun. If you’re trying to manage your weight, though, holiday activities can come with a cost if you give in to the treats of the season.

Wednesday 10/29/2014
IRS Warns Taxpayers of Latest Phone Fraud Scam
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NewsUSA) - Each tax season, identity thieves find new ways to con honest taxpayers. This year is no different as the IRS warns about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country.

The Road to Recovery
Posted: October 29, 2014

(BPT) - Cheryl Edwards was the host of her own radio talk show. But what she wants to talk about these days is how she made it through what she says was the darkest period of her life and how there’s hope for others to do the same.

Americans have a big opportunity to improve their dishwasher regimen and save water
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Nearly everyone (96 percent) wastes up to an hour each week pre-washing their dishes, according to a recent survey. But the reality is that the outdated ritual of pre-washing can actually result in dirtier dishes and waste a valuable resource – water!

Energy-efficient home trends for 2015 and beyond
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - One of the top trends driving today’s housing market is the demand for energy-efficient homes that don’t sacrifice comfort for quality. If you’re looking to purchase a new home, green features can save money both now and in the future, with numerous earth-friendly benefits. Here’s what is trending for 2015 and beyond.

Simple steps to make your holiday guests feel at home
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The holiday season makes for a memorable time of year, providing the chance to visit with old friends and relatives you might not see often. Equipping yourself with the right tools early on can be the key to enjoying a stress-free hosting experience this season, while ensuring your guests’ visit is as comfortable as possible. Following these simple tips will help you create a welcoming home so you can spend more time doing the things you enjoy most.

Holiday survival guide: quick tricks to eliminate hassles and headaches
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - ‘Tis the season for family gatherings, dinner parties, gift exchanges and the sound of laughter coming from around the table. With the hustle and bustle surrounding the holidays, finding ways to reduce stress can help you survive the season. Here are six simple tips that will help your holidays go from hectic to holly and jolly, with even a little time left over to relax before your guests start arriving.

Timely, budget-friendly solutions for getting your house ready for the holidays
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The fun chaos of the holidays is right around the corner. Family gatherings to plan, delicious meals to prepare, gifts to find and purchase, and a house to decorate ... the list goes on!

Four ways to spark creativity in your children
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - As colder months roll in, your children will spend more time indoors so you'll need to be equipped with indoor activities that will capture their imagination and foster their creativity. Here are a few activities you can do with your kids and keep them active:

Achieving blood sugar control is important for people with type 2 diabetes
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Do you know how to control your blood sugar? If you are one of the 29 million Americans living with diabetes, learning the basics is a great first step to help you manage your condition.

Worried about Ebola? You should be more concerned about these deadly diseases
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Ebola has been one of the top headlines in the nation in the second half of 2014, resulting in much discussion among government leaders, community leaders and health-care officials as they determine how to test for and treat the disease on U.S. soil.

Tuesday 10/28/2014
Finding Answers to Growing Concerns About Water Fluoridation
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Up until the mid-1940s, tooth decay plagued the nation. Case in point: in 1942, almost 10 percent of the 2 million men examined by the Army were rejected for service because they didn't have 12 solid teeth out of 32.

Putting Your Vacation Home to Work for You
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - If your vacation home has started to become more of a financial headache than a refuge, it might be time to consider renting out your property.

Soluciones oportunas y económicas para preparar su casa con vistas a la temporada festiva
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - El caos divertido de la temporada festiva está a la vuelta de la esquina, con las reuniones familiares a planificar, las deliciosas comidas a preparar, los regalos que debemos buscar y comprar, y una casa para decorar… ¡Por solo mencionar algunas tareas!

Tips for a food allergy-friendly Halloween [Infographic]
Posted: October 28, 2014

(BPT) - As the sun sets on Halloween night, children will transform into vampires, witches and pumpkins while they prepare for what many of them look forward to most – trick-or-treating. The suspense of not knowing what kind of treat you’ll get is always exciting, but this American trick-or-treating tradition can be a major concern for some families. An estimated one in 13 U.S. children lives with food allergies, a common cause of anaphylaxis (a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction). To be aware of those managing potentially life-threatening (severe) allergies, there are several things to keep in mind this Halloween season.

Coping with Cold Sores
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Those pesky cold sores on the lips and around the mouth always seem to pop up at the most inopportune times.

Easy projects to get your home winter ready [Infographic]
Posted: October 28, 2014

(BPT) - Winter is coming soon but there’s still enough time for a few more home projects. This infographic outlines some simple tasks you can accomplish yourself to ensure your home is winter ready. So grab this list and get going, because you never know when the snow is going to start flying.

Good Cyber Security Habits are Essential During the Holidays
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) With so many new methods for cyber theft, it’s important to remember to take extra steps to protect your bank accounts and money this season, as criminals look to take advantage of the increased spending activity.

Expectant moms need iodine for healthy children
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Expectant moms already have plenty to worry about including keeping up with medical appointments and setting up a nursery. However, one very easy and vitally important thing to do for a healthy baby is to make sure pregnant and nursing women get enough iodine.

Help prevent and manage diabetes with an active and healthy lifestyle
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - There’s nothing better than sitting before a steaming plate of delicious-smelling food and taking that first, delectable bite. Now imagine joining your family every night and sharing that delicious meal you prepared yourself.

Common new mom question: Are all formulas created equal?
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - New parents have plenty of concerns when it comes to raising a newborn, and pediatricians have heard them all. While some questions are unusual – “When can I feed my baby fast food?” or “Is it OK for my newborn baby to go kite surfing on my back?” – the most common ones are about the most basic of necessities: food.

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