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September 16, 2014

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Sensible Snacking Solutions for Kids

(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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Monday 09/15/2014
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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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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Smart Snacking Tips for Better Health
Updated: September 15, 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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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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Monday 09/08/2014
The Art of Barbequing
Updated: September 08, 2014 - 3:43 am

(Family Features) Americans love barbequing. There's something great about inviting friends and family over, firing up the grill, sitting back and eating a juicy burger with veggies in the backyard.

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Saturday 09/06/2014
Don’t Leave Children at Risk During Emergencies
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 3:46 am

(StatePoint) More than half of US families have been affected by some type of disaster; however two out of five families don’t have an emergency plan, according to findings from the Save the Children’s 2014 Disaster Report Card.   

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National Preparedness Month: Tips to Keep Your Family Safe
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 3:46 am

(StatePoint) Severe weather can pose a risk to your family’s safety, especially if you don’t have an emergency plan. Having a plan for what to do before, during and after severe weather can mean all the difference to your family’s safety.

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Monday 09/01/2014
A Cool Way to Cool Down
Posted: September 01, 2014

(Family Features) While some enjoy basking in the sun's warm rays, others are trying to beat the heat. Here's a refreshing idea to cool you down.

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Embrace the Outdoors With Your Canine Companion
Updated: September 01, 2014 - 3:40 am

(Family Features) Spending a little too much time indoors these days? If you're feeling cooped up, then there's no doubt that your canine companion is feeling it as well.

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Top of the Class
Updated: September 01, 2014 - 3:40 am

(Family Features) For many parents, the back to school season means running from store to store in search of everything the kids need for a successful academic year. Use this special guide, which includes everything from on-trend footwear to portable chargers that power devices, to outfit your star pupils in style.

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Thursday 08/28/2014
Family-Friendly Programming Storms The Weather Channel
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 3:38 am

(NewsUSA) - If you are a parent, you are probably well aware of how difficult it is to find quality family-friendly programming on TV. You know, shows that don't force you to keep your finger hovering over the remote "just in case."

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Tuesday 08/26/2014
Making Music Part of Daily Life Can Benefit Kids
Updated: August 26, 2014 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) While most schools offer a baseline level of music education, many programs are limited and sometimes classroom instruments can be scarce. Exposure to music, however, offers people of all ages a number of benefits - from reduced stress to improved coordination and academic outcomes. There are many things families can do to enrich their musical lives. September is National Piano Month, so here are some fun ways to make more music together.

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Monday 08/25/2014
Taking the High Road to Scotland
Updated: August 26, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NewsUSA) - "Braveheart" or "Brigadoon"?

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Create a Winning Fantasy Football League
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) If the idea of spending Sunday afternoon on the couch has you excited for the upcoming fantasy football season — you’re not alone. In fact, the Fantasy Sports Trade Association reports that in America and Canada, more than 41 million people participated in some form of fantasy sports in 2014.

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Patient Safeguards Needed for Biosimilar Development
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Thanks to a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, efforts are underway to streamline licensing for medications known as "biosimilars," which are similar - but not identical - to cutting-edge biologic medicines. However, the development has some concerned about patient safety, especially among older Americans who tend to suffer from more chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

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Tips for a Great School Day
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) There are various habits that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. But one healthy habit in particular, the routine of having a nutritious breakfast every morning, is one that can positively impact your family. 

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Specialty Pets Inspire Kids to Learn
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) All pets bring us closer to the natural world, but specialty pets, such as fish, small pets and reptiles, provide a unique way to inspire kids to learn about the world around them. As teachers and families gear up for the start of a new school year, pets can help teach kids responsibility and how to keep a routine. They can sharpen kids' math and science skills through activities such as measuring food and water, keeping track of days of the week on a calendar and studying information about their care needs.

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Tips to Make Playtime Educational and Fun
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) Playtime should be fun, but who says it can’t also be beneficial to kids? From imaginative play that expands creativity to toys that develop crucial motor skills, kids’ play can be a time when learning and fun go hand in hand.

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Thursday 08/21/2014
Fishing and Boating are Great Activities for the Entire Family
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:36 am

(NewsUSA) - NewsusaInfographic - "Protecting Memories" reminds us that fishing and boating are great activities for your family to make memories on the water. Participating in these fun outdoor activities actually contributes to the protection and conservation of our nation's waterways for generations to come. Learn more at TakeMeFishing.org.

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Monday 08/18/2014
Protein Packs a Power Punch
Updated: August 18, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) Whether you're training for your first half marathon or a busy mom on-the-go, there's no question that protein is essential to keeping your body in top physical form. Lugging around heavy grocery bags? Chasing after kids? Protein increases strength by rebuilding damaged muscle tissue, and helps promote stamina since it takes longer to digest. No question about it - protein has certainly earned its reputation as the workhorse for your body!

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Skin Treatment to Address True Indicator of One's Age
Updated: August 18, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) A woman's face and hands can be tell-tale signs of years creeping by, but there is another area of the body that is often overlooked and can be one of the best indicators of a woman's true age - her décolletage.

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Squeaky Clean Tips
Updated: August 18, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) For many families, clothing represents the largest share of back-to-school expenses each year. The amount of money that goes into a new school wardrobe paired with the reality that kids tend to be careless about their stained clothing can be daunting, but with proper care, you can take steps to better protect your investment. 

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Who's taking charge of the back-to-school shopping? [Infographic]
Posted: August 14, 2014

(BPT) - As summer comes to a close, families are preparing to go back to school. A new back-to-school shopping trend report, revealed by Office Depot, indicates teens have more influence over parents as they age and 84 percent of students go beyond the recommended school list to add a personalized touch to their supplies. More than half prefer trendy or customizable items to simple items because it allows them to make a bold statement about their personality. To learn more about the personalized and trendy back-to-school products, visit www.officedepot.com/school or www.officemax.com.

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Wednesday 08/13/2014
Who Are Super Lifestyle Enthusiasts?
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:44 am

(NewsUSA) - NewsusaInfographic - A recent Scripps Networks Interactive survey found that consumers who actively engaged in home, food and travel differ from other consumers. Those who engage in all three are considered "super enthusiasts." Visit www.scrippsnetworksinteractive.com to learn more.

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Monday 08/11/2014
Give Meals a Nutrient Boost
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 3:43 am

(Family Features) Feeding your family with nutrient dense foods can be as simple as making a few better-for-you choices. By definition, superfoods are calorie sparse and packed with beneficial nutrients that add health and flavor to meals. Because the human body cannot create these nourishing elements alone, the addition of these foods is essential for regular function and to defend against certain diseases and conditions.

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Complete Nutrition for Women
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 3:43 am

(Family Features) With so many different choices in the vitamin aisle, many women find it difficult to choose the right ones to fit their personal needs.

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College Cool
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:44 am

(Family Features) For the entering college freshman, the days leading up to the start of the academic year can be filled with great anticipation and anxiety. But there are ways to begin this new journey on the right foot with a little preparation ahead of time.

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Monday 08/04/2014
More Secure Shopping Ahead
Updated: August 04, 2014 - 3:40 am

(Family Features) Following several high-profile security breaches in recent years, consumers have more reason than ever to be concerned about their privacy when using debit and credit cards. Fortunately, an effort is underway to implement new technology across the United States that will better protect shoppers and their private information.

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Back to School Bites
Updated: August 04, 2014 - 3:40 am

(Family Features) When it comes to packing lunches and after school snacks for your little ones, it's easy to get into a rut. But by making a few delicious and convenient choices in the grocery store, you can break away from the same old sandwich routine and serve up nibbles and noshes your kids will love.

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Tips to Reduce Moving Stress
Updated: August 04, 2014 - 3:40 am

(Family Features) You've found the perfect neighborhood and the ideal new house for your family. But before you can settle in and begin making your new surroundings feel like home, you have to cross one more dreaded hurdle: moving day.

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Add Balance to Packed Lunches and Snacks
Updated: August 04, 2014 - 3:40 am

(Family Features) When you supply your kids with nutritious and sensible choices, you’re ensuring a productive day in the classroom and beyond. It’s simple to make lunch and snack time fun by tossing in some new, wholesome options that add variety and appeal for your little learner.

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Wednesday 07/30/2014
Teenager danger: Five rules for young drivers
Updated: August 06, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - If you’re feeling nervous about handing the car keys to your teenager for the first time, you’re not alone. It’s a common sentiment given some sobering statistics. According to teendriversource.org, 20 percent of all 16-year-old drivers will be involved in an accident during their first year behind the wheel.  And studies show more teenage motor vehicle fatalities happen during the summer than any other time of year. But there are some things you can do to help keep your teenager from becoming a statistic. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has some tips and tools to keep your teen safe.

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Tuesday 07/29/2014
Erase Strokes From Your Golf Game -- No Pencil Required
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 3:43 am

(NewsUSA) - "To shave strokes from your golf game, the only equipment you need is a good eraser."

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Technology Can Inspire Kids' Outdoor Adventures
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 3:44 am

(StatePoint) With today’s engaging technology, it can be hard to get kids off the couch and outside. But no matter what your child’s interests are, outdoor time is important.

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Why all kids should have the opportunity to go to camp [Infographic]
Posted: July 29, 2014

(BPT) - Nestle USA is collaborating with Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) on the Nestle Crunch Girl Scout Candy Bars “Let’s Get Her to Camp” campaign, making it possible for hundreds of girls to attend Girl Scout camp.

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Monday 07/28/2014
Back-to-school shopping a great time to bond with teens [Infographic]
Posted: July 28, 2014

(BPT) - Parents say they reminisce a bit when taking their teens back-to-school shopping, and find the experience a great way to bond, according to a recent survey conducted by Staples. So as you look forward to finding great deals on back-to-school supplies, see how you compare to other parents with your thoughts on prices, styles and timing for shopping.

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Serve Eggs With Safety in Mind
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 3:43 am

(Family Features) In today's information age, when news of a food recall travels fast, consumers are more conscious than ever before about the importance of food safety. Fortunately, providing safe food is the top priority for those in food production. But it's not always obvious to know how that focus translates into how foods like eggs are actually produced. 

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Hungry Children Miss Out on Nutrients During Summer Recess
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 3:43 am

(Family Features) For many kids, the last school bell of the academic year rings in a summer of fun in the sun. But for millions of children in every corner of the country, it could mean not knowing where their next meal will come from. 

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3 Tips for Staying Hydrated This Summer
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 3:43 am

(Family Features) As warmer temperatures heat up the summer nationwide, being prepared for the season’s outdoor activities means more than sunscreen protection and appropriate dress. Health experts state that keeping yourself hydrated by drinking enough water and other beverages when temperatures rise is critical to safely enjoying the fun of the season.  

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No More Free Checking?
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 3:43 am

(Family Features) For everything from paying for lunch to paying the water bill, a checking account is the primary tool many Americans use to make day-to-day financial transactions. But for many consumers free checking is becoming a thing of the past as banks notify their customers that “free” accounts are being discontinued. 

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Expert tips for making peer learning part of your child's academic success
Updated: August 04, 2014 - 3:40 am

(BPT) - As students young and old head back to school, attention turns to getting good grades. Smart parents know that positive study habits boost success in the classroom, but finding ways to encourage kids academically can be difficult. A growing body of evidence proves peer learning and study groups are main drivers for academic success.

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Carpools and school buses: tips for arriving to school safely and on time
Updated: August 04, 2014 - 3:40 am

(BPT) - Your children are getting older and with each new grade level they want more independence. You’re OK with that, but you still get a little worried when you think about them getting to school safely each day. Whether they drive themselves, ride in a carpool or they take the bus, safety is paramount.

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Friday 07/25/2014
Boomers Find Reason to Celebrate With Vacations
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 3:43 am

(NewsUSA) - Let's face it. For many people, getting older has less to do with chasing the almighty dollar, and more to do with enjoying special moments with friends and family.

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Wednesday 07/23/2014
Shave Strokes off Your Golf Game -- Without the Eraser
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 3:43 am

(NewsUSA) - "To shave strokes from your golf game, the only equipment you need is a good eraser."

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Monday 07/21/2014
Focus on the Journey, Not the Destination
Posted: July 21, 2014

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Nearly every parent has probably heard a child recite the famous four words of a family vacation – “Are we there yet?”

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