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December 19, 2014

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Family Fun: Indoor Trampoline Parks Grow by Leaps and Bounds

(NewsUSA) - In case you haven't noticed, the indoor trampoline industry is booming with new arenas opening throughout the U.S. Not just because they're loads of fun (of course they are), but because it's something families can do together, while enjoying activities like dodge ball, basketball or even exercise classes.

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Tuesday 12/16/2014
Popping the Question Over the Holidays? What Every Guy Should Know
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Congratulations, guys, on being so in love that you can save yourself at least one big headache this holiday season.

Monday 12/15/2014
Baby MythConceptions
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) As a new parent, it’s easy to find yourself overwhelmed by conflicting information about the safest ways to care for the little one who completely relies on you. This is especially true when it comes to baby care products.

5 Smartphone Tips for Car Buying
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Securing a good price on a new car purchase can be a long and confusing experience. Fortunately, the prevalence of smartphones has enabled car buyers to quickly arm themselves with the information they need to get a great deal without wasting a lot of time.

Tips to Save Money at the Pump
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) As gas prices continue to drop, motorists should take advantage of their savings at the pump and invest it back into their vehicles. By spending a little now to increase fuel efficiency, drivers can multiply fuel savings and save more money at the pump, according to the Car Care Council.

Hot Gifts to Rev-Up Your Cool Factor
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Gift giving should fuel your holiday spirit, not drain it. Shopping for unique, stylish gifts that capture the fun-loving spirit of everyone on your list is easier than most think.

Young at Heart
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) For seniors, keeping in touch with friends, family and caregivers is important to maintain an active social life and remain independent. The number of seniors — and the need to find creative ways to be mindful of their care — is on the rise. With nearly seven million Americans providing support as long-distance caregivers, according to the National Institute on Aging, staying in touch is especially important.

Winter Eye Care Tips
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) When the cold of winter settles in, it can bring a wide range of problems – especially for individuals who wear glasses.

Tips for a Pet-Friendly Holiday
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) ‘Tis the season for holiday parties, and many pet lovers jump at the opportunity to include their four-legged friends in the festivities. Pet holiday parties may range from the simply elegant to the simply silly, but they all have one thing in common – a doggone good time.

Celebrations Big or Small
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Life is full of celebrations, especially during the festive holiday season. From small gatherings with co-workers to large family parties, having the right wine to give or to serve is the best way to make every occasion merry.

Choosing a Kid-Friendly Cell Phone
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) From connecting with friends to playing interactive games, a mobile device presents endless entertainment to kids of every age. With children getting their first cell phone at a younger age than ever before, it’s important to make sure they stay safe by investing in a kid-friendly phone and keeping tabs on their activity. From ensuring there is fun content to using new applications which limit their exposure to undesirable content, there are many considerations to take into account when purchasing a phone for your child.

Why Sleeping Through the Holidays is a Good Thing
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Battling crowded shopping centers. Purchasing last minute gifts. Party preparations. Travel arrangements. Hosting family. In addition to cheer and excitement, the holidays also seem to bring never-ending “to do” lists that often cause you to sacrifice basic needs in order to check off every task. One of the first things many people give up is a good night’s sleep – not knowing the crucial role that it plays in staying healthy throughout the holiday rush.

Sparkling DIY Fashion for the Holidays
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) If you're looking for a fashion-forward way to get festive this holiday season, look no further than your own closet, where you can find outdated pieces to transform and add sparkle to your holiday wardrobe.

Wrap Up Your Holiday Gift Giving
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Feature) Stock up on pretty paper, ribbons, boxes and bows — the holiday season is here. This gift guide offers an assortment of unique ideas to help you mark those recipients off your list. Use it, and you’ll have your seasonal shopping duties all wrapped up in no time.

Avoid Identity Theft this Holiday
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:35 am

(Family Features) With the popularity of online shopping and the willingness to offer personal information in exchange for deep discounts, consumers are particularly vulnerable to fraud during the holiday season.

This Holiday, Be Festive and Fashion Forward
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) The holidays are here, but before you leave the house for work or play, make sure you’re looking your best. The good news – almost everything you need to make your holiday season festive, fresh and fashion forward is already in your closet.

The Ultimate Guide to Great Giving
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Feature) Brighten up the holiday of those you love with these thoughtful gift ideas. Now you have everything you need to wrap up the seemingly endless quest for the right holiday gifts. Use this handy guide to select the perfect presents for everyone on your list.

Low-Price Gifts for High-Tech Lovers
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) If you’re overwhelmed by shopping for technology items for the gadget lovers on your holiday list, rest assured that you can still find fun, unique high-tech gifts that won't break the bank.

Saturday 12/13/2014
Ten Tips for Expectant Parents
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Finding out you’re going to be a parent can be both exciting and stressful. But preparation makes for a smoother transition.

Friday 12/12/2014
Frank Perdue Bio Collects Business, Life Lessons
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—It takes a tough man to build a thriving business, and Frank Perdue was certainly the man for the task.

Thursday 12/11/2014
Gifts That Wow, and What They Say About You
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Wow.

Tuesday 12/09/2014
Millennial Travel Is on the Rise
Updated: December 10, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NewsUSA) - Millennials want to see the world. According to a study by Boston Consulting Group, Americans ages 18-34 reported a greater desire to travel abroad by a 23 percent margin. While the economy rebounds, travel spending by this group is up.

Monday 12/08/2014
Caregiver 101: Information You Should Know Before You Hire
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 3:35 am

(Family Features) When looking for the perfect caregiver, many families don't know where to begin. Though the Internet offers a quick solution for finding caregiver information, it can also be a misleading source.

Handcrafted Holiday Decor
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 3:35 am

(Family Features) Handcrafted decor sets a festive tone throughout the house for all your holiday celebrations this season. Deck the halls with these spirited craft ideas from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores that transform your home into a holiday haven with cheerful color across the mantel, personalized gift tags, a whimsical use for ornaments and even a way to include your four-legged friends in the fun.

That Infamous Check Engine Light
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 3:35 am

(Family Features) It’s a situation that has likely happened to you. You’re driving down the road when out of nowhere the words “check engine” illuminate from the dashboard. While this glowing symbol may cause you to panic, there are a few things you should know about this common issue.

The Ultimate Guide for the Smart Traveler
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 3:35 am

(Family Features) With Americans traveling more than ever today, both domestically and internationally, it’s important to develop smart traveling habits. Whether you are venturing around the world or road-tripping across your home state, traveling smart is a must if you want to get the most out of your vacation without spending more.

Make Holiday Wishes Come True
Updated: December 13, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) The holiday season is a magical time and there are some simple ways to share in the season’s spirit of goodwill and generosity.

Thursday 12/04/2014
"Destiny Prevails" Reveals Intimate Life of Aristotle Onassis
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Aristotle Onassis died forty years ago on March 15, 1975.

What Kids Want in Books
Updated: December 04, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) “What Kids Want in Books,” a “sneak preview” from a new national survey of children ages six to 17 and their parents, can help gift givers select the right books for children this holiday season.

Tuesday 12/02/2014
Head of the class: How to get accepted to the school of your choice
Updated: December 09, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - With tuitions at an all-time high, the cost of college and the increasingly competitive job market have become major considerations for aspiring college students and their parents. Students are not only focusing on where they can get in, but where they can get the best education that will set them up for a desirable career. The most challenging part of the journey to success is oftentimes the first step – gaining admissions.

Monday 12/01/2014
Check It Twice
Updated: December 01, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Whether it's co-workers at the office or your stylist at the salon, when the holidays come around, you likely have a lot of gift giving to do. Check those names off your shopping list and tuck these delightful gifts under the tree. This guide has something to make everyone's season a little brighter.

Fly Through Holiday Travel with Ease
Updated: December 01, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) For many, travel is as essential to holiday festivities as the jolly old elf himself. Heeding the advice of seasoned travel pros can help take the headache and hassle out of your holiday travel this year.

Unique, Fun-ctional Gifts for Kids
Updated: December 01, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) If you're looking for a unique alternative to the traditional trucks and dolls, a holiday gift that is both fun and functional is an ideal way to treat the kids on your shopping list this year. 

Give Some Culinary Cheer
Updated: December 01, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) From amateurs just sharpening their culinary skills to gourmet gurus with a refined taste for beverage and cuisine, you likely know a few people who enjoy spending time in the kitchen. Use this guide of kitchen must-haves to bring cheer to everyone on your holiday shopping list.

Tis the Season to Safeguard Your Identity
Updated: December 03, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is an exciting time. But from the crowded malls to the big online markdowns, a silent threat lurks – one with the ability to wipe out your good financial standing and make it a not-so-jolly holiday for you and your family.

Healthy Holidays and Sparkling Smiles
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Tis the season for holiday feasts, but making smart food choices and stepping up your oral hygiene routine can help you have a healthy, holiday season and a fresh, bright smile.

Celebrate and Create
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) This season, let your creative side shine with thoughtful gifts that are fun to create and add cheer to the lives of those you love.

Tips for a Customer-Friendly Return Policy
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Today’s holiday shoppers have dozens, if not hundreds, of options for their gift purchases. Small business owners can compete for their share of consumers’ holiday dollars by offering policies and services that set them apart, such as customer-friendly returns.

Monday 11/24/2014
Santa's List Revealed
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) This holiday, take some tips from the big man with the jolly red hat. Whether shopping for family and friends young or old, you're sure to find something for everyone on your list with these gifts, specially selected from Santa himself.

It's Never Too Early to Foster a Love for Learning
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) It may be too soon to start thinking about sending your baby off to kindergarten, but kids are never too young to develop a love of learning. The way you play with them during the early years can enrich their development substantially, say early childhood experts.

Tips for a Safe Holiday Season
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) It's no surprise that as the holiday season approaches, family and friends gather to celebrate. With more cooking, decorating and rituals that include candles and open flames, the risk of house fires and pediatric burn injuries increase drastically during the month of December.

Ship-It-All Protocol
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re sending merchandise to customers across the country or sending a gift to a loved one across town, ensuring your shipments end up at their final destination can be a time-consuming and sometimes stressful process.

This Holiday, Give More
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) During this hectic holiday shopping season, the best gifts for friends and family are not only wonderful to receive, but also give back to children who need help.

Make It a DIY Holiday
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Whether you're a do-it-yourself beginner or experienced crafter, show off your personality with simple DIY projects to make your home shine this holiday season.

Monday 11/17/2014
Encourage Children to Learn More about Science and Nature at Playtime
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(StatePoint) Have any budding scientists in your family? If your children are fascinated by nature, dinosaurs and other cool science subjects, you can help foster their interests by turbo charging their playtime to fit their favorite topics.

Gifts to Spread the Holiday Cheer
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) When it comes to holiday gift giving, you can't go wrong with clever gifts that promote unwinding with friends and family. The following gift ideas are perfect for entertainers, tailgaters, wine enthusiasts, craft beer fanatics and more. So go ahead, spread some holiday cheer with one of these hot, new gift ideas - all affordably priced under $50 each. Give your family and friends unique, affordable gifts that help them celebrate not just the holiday season, but all year long.

Prep Your Devices for Travel
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) The busiest travel weekend of the year is just around the corner and a smart traveler knows that before you hit the road here in the U.S. or head overseas, you do some planning and prep. Wardrobe, medications, itinerary – but what about your phone? Have you made sure you’re maximizing your phone’s usefulness and minimizing your costs? These travel prep tips will help you get the most out of your phone and help you save money.

Holiday Shipping 101
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) If one of your holiday tasks is shipping gifts to family and friends across the nation, knowing a few tips and tricks will ensure your packages get to them in time for the festivities.

Health Essentials for a Happy Pet
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) With wagging tails and bright eyes, pets offer up a wealth of benefits to their owners. Keeping your four-legged friends active, energetic and at their best begins with providing essential nutrients, which can quickly result in changes you can see.

Tips for Hassle-Free Holiday Shopping
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

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HOT BLAST: Which college football team will be the champ? (Take our reader poll)

The final four teams for the college football playoffs were announced Sunday. Which team do you think will win the title?

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