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October 31, 2014

Food & Entertaining

Tuesday 10/21/2014
Holiday Gift Ideas for the Health Conscious
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Americans have a lot on their minds during the holiday season, and the stress of ballooning budgets and crowded calendars can be enough to affect almost anyone’s well-being. With that in mind, why not use the holidays as an opportunity to give the most important gift of all?

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Wednesday 09/17/2014
Prime preschoolers for the classroom with developmental games
Updated: September 24, 2014 - 3:40 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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Combining virtual and real-world toys into hours of fun playtime
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 3:42 am

(BPT) - Do your children have imaginary friends or pretend the characters from their favorite TV show or video game are real and in the room? Many children creatively stage playful interactions with fictional and imaginary characters during their developmental years, but now those imaginary characters don’t have to be quite so imaginary.

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Saturday 06/07/2014
Give high school grads the right start for college with these technology gifts
Updated: June 17, 2014 - 4:20 am

(BPT) - Technology is one of the most practical - and most appreciated - gifts a high school graduate can receive. Different technology tools can give the class of 2014 a jump start on their college journey and all post-high-school adventures. A new survey conducted by Impulse Research revealed that the majority of students (65 percent) believe a laptop is the most important purchase for heading back to school.

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Thursday 05/29/2014
New discoveries decode the symbols and mysteries of the Mona Lisa
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:32 pm

(BPT) - Almost 500 years after the death of artist Leonardo da Vinci, the world-famous Mona Lisa painting continues to fascinate people of all ages. An estimated 6 million people view the painting each year at the Louvre in France, and many more read and study about its history and the theories surrounding the legendary work of art.

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Wednesday 05/14/2014
The best gifts for grads and dads
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 3:50 am

(BPT) - It’s that time of year again where everyone is out shopping for gifts and looking for the perfect presents for dads and grads. This year, think about going the technology route for devices grads can use. Dads will love them, too, for the value the devices add to their lives. Here are a few tech-related gifts to consider:

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Friday 05/02/2014
5 gifts for the modern mom
Updated: June 25, 2014 - 4:12 am

(BPT) - If you think your mom wants another messy breakfast in bed that ends with her scrubbing pancake batter off the counter, think again. Moms today are looking for modern gifts that speak to their personality and create an experience for them and their family. Here are some options that go beyond the boring gifts and offer a fresh take on the perfect Mother’s Day gift for your modern mom.

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Friday 04/25/2014
Reading and playing can increase your child's imagination
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 3:42 am

(BPT) - Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” It’s a pretty amazing statement when you consider just how much knowledge Einstein possessed. Today’s world always has a spot for creative, imaginative people. Whether they are designing the next dot com or the latest menu sensation, imaginative people are thriving everywhere.

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Monday 03/17/2014
Guest-friendly tips for building your wedding registry
Updated: July 17, 2014 - 3:48 am

(BPT) - As you busily prepare for your walk down the aisle and make countless decisions regarding every flawless detail, one task on your to-do list will help you see beyond your wedding day and into your future life together - the wedding registry. And though few things could be more enjoyable than a day of shopping with your beloved, there’s also a bit of strategy that goes into building a complete registry.

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Friday 10/31/2014
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.

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Thursday 10/30/2014
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.

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Wednesday 10/29/2014
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.

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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.

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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!

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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:

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Monday 10/27/2014
Inspiration for a simple and delicious Thanksgiving
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Thanksgiving is all about abundance. It’s a time when Americans pull out the stops to celebrate everything they have to be thankful for with a big, delicious meal that will leave everyone at the table saying “Wow!”

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Simple ways to bust winter blues
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Shorter days, colder weather, icy roads, and less sunshine – winter can be a serious downer. It’s not just in your head, either; 14 percent of Americans suffer from the winter blues and 6 percent have the more serious form of doldrums known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), according to research published in the journal Psychiatry.

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Clever holiday entertaining shortcuts big on taste, low on stress
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - It’s the season for entertaining. Between the holidays, family gatherings and just needing an excuse to socialize during the long winter months, you’ll probably be organizing several fun parties and gatherings at your home.

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Thursday 10/23/2014
Welcome Your Holiday Guests With Inviting Lighting
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Everyone is starting to spruce up their homes for holiday entertaining. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), it's easy to make your home warm and inviting by updating your ambient lighting.

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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.

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Thursday 10/30/2014
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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Monday 10/27/2014
Start the Day Off Right With These 5 Tips for a Better Breakfast!
Updated: October 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Breakfast has forever been celebrated as the most important meal of the day - but are you eating the right kind of breakfast to power your potential? To ensure your morning meal gets you off on the right start, opt for one with protein.

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Safe Halloween Fun with Pets
Updated: October 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Including pets in your family's Halloween festivities can be a fun addition to your celebration. However, with all the excitement comes the chance for pets to get into danger or trouble. You can head off potential problems and enjoy an evening of fun with some safety tips and smart planning.

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3D Printing 101
Updated: October 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Technology seems to evolve at lightning speed, and it can be tough for business owners to sort out the latest tech fads from the tech must-haves. One recent innovation adding new dimensions to all kinds of small businesses is 3D printing. Before you write it off as a fad, read on to find out how it could be just the right fit for your business.

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A New Brand of Business Ownership
Updated: October 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Many aspiring entrepreneurs hesitate to pursue their professional dreams due to the seemingly daunting risks of failure associated with starting a business from the ground up. Opening a franchise is an avenue that allows you to reap the benefits of owning your own small business without all of the costly trade-offs.

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Holiday Turkey Tips and More
Updated: October 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) One of the most memorable moments at any holiday dinner is when a moist, delicious turkey is brought to the table. Everyone grabs their forks at the sight of a perfectly brown bird glistening with juicy flavor.

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