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September 19, 2014

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  • Pets

    Pet-proofing your home in preparation for adopting a shelter animal

    (BPT) - The addition of a new pet to the family is always a cause for celebration. Stress can occur, too, no matter how welcome the new addition. When you’re thinking about adopting a pet from an animal shelter, some preparation can help ensure he or she is as safe and happy as possible.

  • Kitchen Bed Bath

    Dinnerware bursts with color for fall entertaining

    (BPT) - The autumn leaves bursting into vibrant reds, lively oranges, and brilliant yellows  signal a new season for home entertaining. If you need a little inspiration, look no further than your favorite outdoor spot to update your table setting with the hottest colors for fall 2014.

  • Home Improvement

    Emergency Preparedness Tips

    (Family Features) Americans who have recently endured a prolonged power outage at home are much more likely to improve their family's emergency preparation for the future, according to a recent report.

  • 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

Silly Rabbit Still Seeking Cereal After 60 Years

(StatePoint) The next time you’re standing in the cereal aisle, think back on your early memories of breakfast. If you’re like many Americans, your morning likely started with a bowl of cereal and milk and perhaps a Silly Rabbit.

Recent Headlines

Thursday 09/18/2014
Wrinkle-busting skin care tips for boomer women
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - Time brings plenty of changes, yet the desire to have healthy, good-looking skin transcends age. While some skin-care tactics – sunscreen and moisturizing – apply to skin of any age, baby boomers need to update their skin care and makeup strategies to ensure their skin stays healthy and youthful-looking as long as possible.

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Wednesday 09/17/2014
Grandparents, Keep Your Meds Up and Away From Young Children
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 3:39 am

(NewsUSA) - Grandparents love spending time with their grandchildren. Grandbabies bring so much joy. However, it's not unusual for the curious, tiny fingers of youngsters to end up in places they shouldn't. Putting precious or breakable objects out of reach is important, and so is keeping medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight of young children.

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Smartphone to Become Wallet -- Are Customers, Businesses Ready?
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 3:39 am

(NewsUSA) - Much is being made of Apple's announcement of the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch. Overshadowed by this, however, was the introduction of Apple Pay -- a technology touting an easier way to pay for goods and services using mobile devices. But is this too much too soon -- even for Apple?

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Cutting Calories in the Grocery Aisle
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 3:42 am

(StatePoint) Sixteen of the nation’s leading food and beverage companies sold 6.4 trillion fewer calories in the U.S. in 2012 than they did in 2007, according to the recent findings of an independent evaluation funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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Proyectos sencillos que puede hacer por su cuenta para proteger su coche todo el año
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - Hay muchas características agradables en las ligeras diferencias que existen entre las estaciones cambiantes: desde disfrutar días soleados en la playa, a caminar por parques con colores de otoño y esquiar en montañas cubiertas de nieve. A lo largo del año, en la misma medida en que nos protegemos de elementos como el sol, la lluvia y el frío, aplicándonos bloqueador solar y usando ropa adecuada, es importante proteger su vehículo de la intemperie. Su coche necesita estar preparado para las futuras variaciones del tiempo, tal y como lo hacemos los seres humanos. A continuación, algunos proyectos fáciles para que su automóvil se mantenga nuevo y funcionando a cabalidad en las estaciones por venir.

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How to handle student-teacher conflicts for the benefit of your child's education
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - Conflict and disagreements are a part of life. As an adult you understand this and you employ skills that help you mitigate conflicts and avoid future disagreements. Your children, however, may not have developed these skills yet. That means they will rely on you for help in dealing with these situations. Your help is especially important when the disagreement involves your child’s teacher. Approaching this situation in the proper way is important. It provides a good example for your children and sets them up for a successful learning experience the rest of the school year.

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Prime preschoolers for the classroom with developmental games
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - While school prep is normally focused around kindergarten and elementary school students, increasingly preparations are occurring at much younger ages. Enhancing learning-based skills in preschoolers can be invaluable to their development and play is an essential role in early classroom experiences.

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Uncontrollable laughing and crying: A stroke survivor's unexpected diagnosis
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - At the age of 33, Delanie Wilson had everything she’d ever hoped for. She married the love of her life, had two wonderful children and adored her job as a history teacher. She had recently lost 78 pounds and was in the best shape of her life. In Delanie’s eyes, life couldn’t be better. That was until June 2012, when Delanie fell victim to a stroke, which left doctors questioning whether Delanie would ever be able to talk or walk again.

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Flu fighters: Busting six sickening flu myths
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - Ready for this year’s flu season? You may think you know a lot about flu prevention and treatment – but being wrong about the flu can make you downright ill. Here are six myths about the flu, and the truth behind them.

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Tips on how to prepare your windows and doors for winter and save energy
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - How much do you spend on utilities? Are you looking for ways to save? A typical American household spends about $2,100 on energy bills each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Most of that expense comes from a home’s energy use during the winter heating season. But a quick home checkup can help you can reduce these costs, prepare for winter and enjoy energy savings.

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Simple DIY steps to protect your car through all seasons
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - There is much to love about the nuances of the changing seasons – from spending sunny days on the beach to hiking through autumn-kissed parks and skiing down snow-covered mountains. Throughout the year, just as you would protect yourself from seasonal elements like sun, rain and cold by applying sunscreen and dressing appropriately, it’s important to protect your vehicle from the great outdoors. Your car needs to be prepared for the varying weather ahead – just like people do. Here are a few easy DIY projects to keep your car looking new and running for seasons to come.

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Tuesday 09/16/2014
As Insurers End Coverage for Compounded Drugs, Patients Struggle
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 3:42 am

(NewsUSA) - It's a David-vs.-Goliath dispute, and millions of patients are caught in the middle -- perhaps even unaware they're about to lose coverage for the compounded medications they need for their conditions.

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DIY projects to help you whip winter
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - The leaves are starting to fall off the trees, the birds are flying south and you can feel the temperature dropping. Winter is on its way and while squirrels pack away food before the first snow fall, you’ll be relieved to know that you still have time to finish some projects listed below to get your home ready for winter.

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Monday 09/15/2014
Ways to Keep Your Community Safer
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re single and live on your own, or you’re raising a family, feeling secure in your community is likely an important priority to you. As an average citizen, there are several steps you can take to make your community safer.

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Consejos de limpieza de otoño para ayudarle a librar su hogar de los alérgenos de la temporada
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(StatePoint)  Muchas personas piensan que las alergias son un problema de la primavera, pero la mayoría de quienes sufren congestión nasal saben que el otoño puede plantear sus propios problemas. El moho y la ambrosía son disparadores comunes de las alergias de otoño, así como los ácaros del polvo, que naturalmente son más comunes en el hogar durante los meses más secos.

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Sensible Snacking Solutions for Kids
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(Family Features) A day in the classroom, playing out on the field after school, and completing homework at night requires the right foods to fuel such activities. But unhealthy choices lurk around every corner, making the task of getting kids to eat a balanced and healthful diet a daunting one.

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Tailgate Tips That Add Flavor, Nutrition
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(Family Features) Soon, parking lots of colleges, high schools and professional stadiums across the nation will be filled with fans gearing up for another sporting season - and the tailgating celebrations that go hand-in-hand.

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Date Night 101
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(Family Features) Date night doesn't have to require reservations at an overpriced restaurant or an over-the-top production. You can easily turn your own home into the perfect romantic setting for a special night you both deserve.

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From Vine to Bottle
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(Family Features) Wine is the perfect complement to any occasion, whether celebrating with friends or enjoying your favorite meal. With the grape harvest kicking off, now is the perfect time to learn more about the winemaking process to deepen your enjoyment of this beverage. Here are three ways to get the most out of this exciting season.

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Simple Tips to Replenish Your Body
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(Family Features) The environment's natural elements can take a toll on the body. However, taking time to refill what has been depleted from your body, such as moisturizing skin and hair, can make you feel healthier and more beautiful. A similar approach can also help make your teeth stronger and make your smile healthier.

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Focus on Color for Healthy Eating
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(Family Features) Looking for creative ways to get your family to eat healthier? Registered dietitian nutritionist and mom of three, Frances Largeman-Roth, finds inspiration from the color spectrum, creating vividly-hued homemade culinary creations that encourage her children to explore new foods while incorporating good nutrition.

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Score a Touchdown This Football Season
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(Family Features) Football season can only mean one thing - time to grab the best seat in the house, and we're not talking about at the stadium. In fact, 77 percent of Americans think the best seat in the house is at home in front of an HDTV, according to a recent survey by McIlhenny Company, maker of Tabasco brand products. Instead of heading to the stadium, keep the tailgate at home and throw a "homegating" party.

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Fun Family Meals in Minutes
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(Family Features) Make dinnertime simple, delicious and fun by using different proteins, such as shrimp, for tried-and-true dishes like tacos, pasta or even slider sandwiches.

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Fall in Love with Fashionable Crafts
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(Family Features) Each new season brings fresh trends in fashion and style. As you're exploring new arts and crafts ideas this year, fall in love with new looks that celebrate luxurious coziness you can wear, and embrace the outdoors with nature-inspired gifts with a masculine flair with these project ideas from the crafting experts at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

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Create a Crafty Bistro at Home
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(Family Features) This fall, toast the coming of cooler nights by gathering friends to enjoy an assortment of wines and refreshments against the backdrop of your very own Bordeaux bistro. You can recreate this simple warmth and elegance in your home with craft projects that set the mood for an evening of intimate laughter and decadent indulgence.

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Fashion-Forward Frames for Fall
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(Family Features) While there's no magic way to transform your appearance overnight, you can freshen up your look through your eyewear. If you've worn the same glasses for years, a simple frame change can revitalize your face and style - and even take years off of you.

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Emergency Preparedness Tips
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(Family Features) Americans who have recently endured a prolonged power outage at home are much more likely to improve their family's emergency preparation for the future, according to a recent report.

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Hispanics learn 'the recipe' to manage type 2 diabetes and reach their A1C goal
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - Did you know that Hispanics are at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes? U.S. Hispanics are nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes as non-Hispanic whites, and diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death within the Hispanic community, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Sales of Lower Calorie Foods on the Rise
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(StatePoint) With all the options in the grocery aisle these days, consumers are gravitating toward lower-calorie foods and beverages. According to new research, 99 percent of the almost $1/2 billion in sales growth for leading consumer packaged goods for the five-year period ending December 31, 2012 came from lower-calorie foods.

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Fall Cleaning Tips to Help Rid Your Home of Autumn Allergens
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(StatePoint) Many people think of allergies as a spring problem, but most sniffle sufferers know that fall can pose its own issues. Mold and ragweed are common fall allergy triggers, as well as dust mites, which are naturally more prevalent in the home during the drier months.

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Outdoor Stain Busters
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(Family Features) Engaging in outdoor activities are a great way for families to stay active and spend quality time together, but between tree-climbing, nature hikes, and backyard barbecues, outdoor adventures can lead to piles of dirty, dingy and stained clothing.

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How to Be Prepared for an Emergency
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(Family Features) To be prepared in any situation, planning ahead is critical. Engine-driven portable generators are intended for multiple uses and designed for portability. When utility power is unavailable due to extreme weather, portable generators become a useful source of temporary or remote electric power.

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Tips for a Clean, Guest-Ready Home
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(Family Features) Now is the season for enjoying backyard BBQs and poolside parties with friends and family - not being trapped in the house for pre- and post-party cleaning. With a little planning, you can minimize time spent on daily chores and maximize time spent soaking up the sun and creating memories with guests.

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Keep Family Safe from Home's Hidden Hazards
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(Family Features) In the U.S. alone, approximately 60 million people suffer from asthma and allergies, which according to the American Lung Association can be triggered by mold for those who are allergic. As a responsible homeowner, it's essential to be aware of the many threats, such as mold and fire, which may cause harm to your family and your investment.

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Lawn Care Tips for Fall
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(Family Features) Taking time in the fall to prepare your lawn for the colder months ahead will pay dividends come spring and allow you to enjoy lusher, greener grass when temperatures rise again. 

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Five Tips for Haunting Your House this Halloween
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(StatePoint) Halloween trails only behind Christmas when it comes to spending on decorations. Americans spent an estimated $6.9 billion on Halloween in 2013, according to the National Retail Federation.

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Prevent Your Heating Bills from Going Through the Roof
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(StatePoint) Heating your home can be a costly endeavor. But you don’t have to make your family suffer in shivering silence to save some money. There are plenty of steps you can take to optimize your heating efforts, as well as prep your home for several months of cool weather.

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Los hispanos aprenden 'la receta' para controlar la diabetes tipo 2 y alcanzar sus metas de A1C
Updated: September 16, 2014 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - ¿Sabía que los hispanos tienen un mayor riesgo de desarrollar diabetes tipo 2? Los hispanos en los Estados Unidos tienen casi el doble de probabilidades de desarrollar diabetes que los blancos no hispanos. Esta enfermedad es la quinta causa principal de muerte en la comunidad hispana, según los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC).

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Smart Snacking Tips for Better Health
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 3:39 am

(Family Features) Snacks are a common aspect of most Americans' daily diets. Although you may feel like stealing nibbles between meals is a guilt-worthy offense, making smart snacking choices can actually contribute to a healthy eating plan. 

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Bring your family together with a fun, yet simple football-watching party
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - Football season has arrived, and it’s time to get started planning those football-watching parties so you can root the home team toward victory and post-season success. Game day is a great day to spend time with family and friends, so if you’re thinking about hosting a party , keep in mind there are ways to keep it simple and inexpensive so you can kick back and relax come kickoff time.

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Favorite fall flavors and activities guaranteed to enhance your autumn
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - The air is crisp, kids are back in school and leaves are beginning to change color – fall has arrived! With it comes many possibilities for making amazing memories. From favorite fall flavors to awesome autumn activities, everyone has something to look forward to as the season changes. So what types of things are high on Americans’ to-do lists this year?

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Friday 09/12/2014
4 Tips to Start Your Day a Little Earlier
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 3:38 am

(NewsUSA) - If you happen to be a person who just can't seem to find enough hours in the day, it might be time to get an earlier start. And, if you've already tried waking up before sunrise, only to meet a crashing halt following lunch, these four tips may help:

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Dry bottoms and rockin' tunes: The recipe for happy babies, survey says
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - Long, leisurely showers are a distant memory, the days are a busy blur and you’re getting used to never wearing a clean shirt – as the saying goes, parenthood is not for sissies.  Yet when your little one greets the day – and you – with a smile, stress seems to melt away.

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Fall clean-up tips for your lawn and garden tools
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - As the temperature drops, your lawn and garden will start settling into a dormant state. As you prep your landscaping and garden for a winter’s slumber, it’s a good idea to review the tools you used all summer. Taking care of this task now will ensure they’re in good shape come spring when it’s time to use them again.

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Thursday 09/11/2014
No se quede callado en el Mes Nacional de Prevención del Acoso Escolar
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 3:38 am

(StatePoint)  Con clases, deportes, tareas y otras actividades, los días de la semana están llenos de acción para los niños. Desafortunadamente, algunos estudiantes tienen que enfrentar un añadido no deseado a su rutina diaria: el acoso. Se calcula que anualmente 13 millones de estudiantes sufren acoso, según estadísticas del gobierno.

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Global Recipes Explore Ancient Spice Route
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 3:38 am

(NAPSI)—Today’s cooks have their pick of exotic spices, but these ingredients were once rare enough to inspire wars, send explorers on missions around the globe and, by some accounts, even factor in the purchase of the island of Manhattan by the Dutch.

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Testosterone: What You Need To Know About The Most Important Male Sex Hormone
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 3:38 am

(NAPSI)—It’s a fact: as men age, their bodies produce less testosterone. However, some men, whose bodies make very little or no testosterone, could have a condition called hypogonadism. The effects of hypogonadism and “Low T” could be a game changer for some men.

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Recovery Due to Packaging Issue of OFF! Botanicals® Insect Repellent I (4 oz. Spritz)
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 3:38 am

(NAPSI)—SC Johnson has announced that it is voluntarily recovering OFF! Botanicals® Insect Repellent I (4-oz. Spritz) in a clear plastic bottle. The product was manufactured between December 2011 and April 2014.

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The Nutrients They Need
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 3:38 am

(NAPSI)—According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, almost 80 percent of children in America don’t get the recommended number of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables in their diets. The USDA says you should fill at least half your child’s plate at most meals with fruits and vegetables.

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