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September 18, 2014

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Wednesday 09/17/2014
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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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: September 03, 2014 - 3:39 am

(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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Thursday 04/10/2014
Give Mom The Very Best
Updated: April 11, 2014 - 3:36 am

(NAPSI)—She’s a nurturer, confidante, role model—it’s difficult to use just one word to describe the love of a mom. From daily challenges to momentous occasions, she’s been there every step of the way. Mother’s Day is an opportunity to express how you feel and celebrate mom for who she is.

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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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Wednesday 09/17/2014
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
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
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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Tuesday 09/09/2014
Find relief from occasional allergy symptoms this fall
Updated: September 16, 2014 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - Fall’s arrival brings fun family activities such as pumpkin picking, football watching and Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, it can also bring unwanted allergy and sinus symptoms. Fall allergy and sinus symptoms can be unpredictable and can be triggered by a variety of environmental factors including weeds, mold or even indoor allergens.

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Thursday 09/04/2014
Chic storage ideas to corral clutter
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 3:40 am

(BPT) - With the fall season comes cool weather and more time indoors. Snuggling up with blankets and partaking in activities at home can create more clutter than usual around the house. Instead of getting frustrated, it’s easy to add stylish storage to corral extra items. Get organized and keep your home clutter-free with a few smart tips.

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Tuesday 09/02/2014
Think hosting a dinner party is difficult? Think again
Updated: September 09, 2014 - 3:42 am

(BPT) - Some might call the dinner party a lost art, but gathering family and friends around the table to eat great food, drink fantastic wine and enjoy each other’s company is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays. Creating an elegant, effortless evening to remember is easier than one might think.

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Change-of-season checklist for lowering home energy costs
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 3:40 am

(BPT) - The change of season creates a need for many adjustments around your home, from switching over wardrobes to warmer clothes, to completing necessary yard work and home repairs. You can also make adjustments to ensure you get the most out of your heating and cooling dollars as temperatures change.

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Thursday 08/28/2014
Dress up your dinner party this season: table makeover tips to entertain in colorful style
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 3:40 am

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Wednesday 08/27/2014
Catch a glimpse of fall colors on these awesome off-road trails
Updated: September 03, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - The fall months are a great time for families to enjoy the great outdoors with the changing of colors and much cooler temperatures. If you don’t already have a fall escape weekend planned, you might want to consider scheduling one soon.

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Thursday 09/18/2014
Silly Rabbit Still Seeking Cereal After 60 Years
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 3:39 am

(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.

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Monday 09/15/2014
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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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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Thursday 09/11/2014
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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