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October 23, 2014

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Curb energy loss with smart home renovation investments

(BPT) - While homeowners may not immediately think of their attic as a major source of energy loss, the reality is that as much as 25 percent of the energy lost in the average American home occurs there. As the weather begins to get cooler, you may be inclined to increase the thermostat to maintain a warm and comfortable home. However, air leakage, caused by numerous gaps and cracks throughout your home’s infrastructure, particularly the attic, can cause your HVAC equipment to work overtime and place a strain on your wallet every month.

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Friday 10/17/2014
Why the next talk you have with your daughter should be about breast health
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - While breast cancer awareness has greatly increased over the last two decades, a recent national survey found that women and families are not talking enough about breast health. Eighty-seven percent of women said they could talk to their daughters about anything, but less than half said they have actually talked with their daughters about breast cancer. A person’s most influential health role models come from within the family, so it’s important that families - mothers, daughters, sisters and aunts - start talking to each other more about breast health.

Thursday 10/16/2014
The bedroom: the key to a restful night's sleep
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Whether snuggling in for the night or just trying to catch a few quick winks, your environment plays an important role in determining if you’re counting sheep or counting Zzzs. From noise reduction to lighting, there are a few easy ways you can turn your bedroom into a tranquil oasis.

Wednesday 10/15/2014
Have a sweet tooth? Smart ways to indulge and still maintain your diet
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Did you know that some of your favorite beverages can have upwards of 500 calories per serving due to high sugar content? With many adult women on a 1500 to 1800 calorie per day diet, that one sugary delight can quickly make up a big portion of your daily calorie allotment. Moreover, with two in three Americans overweight and 26 million with diabetes, watching calories and reducing sugar is an important step towards leading a healthier lifestyle.

Tuesday 10/14/2014
Fall foot health made easy
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The days of summer living and relaxing are over and it’s time to get back on your feet! Whether you are exploring orchards, raking leaves or dodging rain puddles, autumn keeps you on your toes. The changing of seasons is the perfect time to remember the importance of foot health. Simple steps you take today can help keep feet healthy and comfortable so you don’t miss a beat this fall.

Monday 10/13/2014
Is fresher always better? 4 ways to know your produce
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - These days, when it comes to produce, the catch words are "local" and "seasonal." Local and seasonal, like fresh and organic, can mean a lot of different things, according to Jim Gallivan, department chair of Culinary Arts at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Atlanta and author of several cookbooks, including "The Adventure Cookbook" and "The New Spa Cuisine."

Fall into your home to-do list
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The leaves and the weather don’t need to be the only things to change this season. As the cooler temperatures send you indoors, start adding home improvement projects to your to-do list.

Friday 10/10/2014
5 affordable entertaining ideas guaranteed to impress at holiday parties
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The holidays are coming up quickly, and that means there’s plenty of reason to celebrate. Whether you’re throwing a party for the first time or you’re continuing a long-running annual tradition, hosting a festive celebration with friends and family is a lot of work and always worth it. This year, take your party to the next level to truly impress your guests – without breaking the bank.

Expand and enhance your job search with social media
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - If social media isn’t at the top of your list when starting your job-searching endeavors, you might find the process slow and tedious. That’s because social networks are the way nearly all U.S. companies are finding new employees, according to Jobvite.

Work-life effectiveness: It’s more achievable than you think
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Having a successful and fulfilling job and life outside of work can present challenges. While the debate over achievable “work/life balance" and “having it all” wages on, one thing is for sure. Some companies are becoming quite adept at creating policies, programs and services that go a long way to help their employees find the right mix of personal and professional satisfaction.

Thursday 10/09/2014
5 job interview questions you must be prepared to answer
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - It’s a competitive market for all types of jobs, from entry level on up. If you have an interview scheduled, make certain you’re prepared for the questions you’ll be asked.

Easy ways to warm up and protect your space this winter
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Cooler temperatures are on the horizon and now is the ideal time to begin checking items off your seasonal to-do list. Complete simple projects before the harsh winter weather arrives so your home is ready to enjoy in the coming season.

Wednesday 10/08/2014
Want your resume to be read? Avoid these 5 resume don’ts
Updated: October 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Finding that perfect job opportunity doesn’t come around very often for many, and when it does, excitement can take over and cloud the ability to stay focused on the best version of your resume.

Tuesday 10/07/2014
10 tips for becoming a more efficient and eco-friendly business
Updated: October 14, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Sustainability is good for the environment, but did you know it’s also good for the bottom line? The headlines are filled with stories about the latest and greatest sustainability goals and projects for large corporations. But, you don’t have to be a giant company to be a green business.

Don't let the flu be a factor in your fall festivities
Updated: October 14, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Flu season is officially here, and it may not be long before you or someone you know starts experiencing muscle aches, chills, fever and other flu-like symptoms. Unfortunately, these symptoms can also be caused by other illnesses, like the common cold, and it can be almost impossible to determine whether you have the flu based on symptoms alone. To get the most timely and effective treatment for your seasonal health needs, it is important know exactly what is causing your illness.

Wednesday 10/01/2014
What are your breast cancer risk factors? The answers could surprise you
Updated: October 08, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, aside from skin cancers. About one in eight women in the U.S. develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. Fortunately, 90 percent of patients diagnosed with breast cancer will survive the disease.

Tuesday 09/30/2014
Can the power of positive thinking change your life?
Updated: October 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - A positive attitude is one of the most powerful assets you can have. Positive people find success, good health, happiness, wealth and rewarding relationships throughout their lives. This is not because they are already successful, or because they are more confident, it is simply the attitude. The law of attraction is that positive thoughts lead to positive results. Your thoughts are much more powerful than just electric signals between synapses. They have the ability to define you and affect those around you. However, it’s not easy to summon this way of thinking on command. It may take years of patience and practice to change your overall mentality.

Grape idea! One simple ingredient boosts nutrition and reinvents meals
Updated: October 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - As the days start to get shorter – and the evenings busier – families are always on the lookout for quick and easy go-to meals that will please even the pickiest eaters. A few tricks and time-saving recipes instantly reinvent family favorites and will receive rave reviews at the dinner table.

Friday 09/26/2014
Ways you can support your kids' school and teachers
Updated: October 03, 2014 - 3:44 am

(BPT) - With school back in session, you might hear your kids talking about the activities they get to do in class, on field trips or in after-school activities. To make all these extra adventures successful learning opportunities for your kids, they require financing and manpower. So what can you do to keep the extracurricular programs going strong?

Wednesday 09/24/2014
Do-it-yourself tricks and treats for Halloween party hosts
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:33 pm

(BPT) - Decorating for an All Hallows' Eve monster bash can be frightful ... for hosts. From the invitations and decor to the entertainment and favors, it can be quite an undertaking. But there’s no need to fret. You can haunt your Halloween party with easy do-it-yourself decor and crafts.

Monday 09/22/2014
4 tips for conserving 'invisible' water every day
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - Every day the average American family uses 300 gallons of water for everything from brushing their teeth and washing clothes to running the sprinkler and flushing the toilet, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Beyond this, families also use lots of water in ways they don’t see.

Pressure to perform can outweigh the benefits of children's sports
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:33 pm

(BPT) - The benefits for children playing sports are plentiful. Teamwork, setting and accomplishing goals, developing small motor skills and the physical activity are just a few, and they can take a child far toward becoming a well-developed person - even if they don’t pursue sports professionally as an adult.

6 simple steps to an organized and sensational garage space
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:33 pm

(BPT) - Move over kitchens and bathrooms, homeowners are focusing on a new part of the home: the garage. No longer just a place to park the car and lawn equipment, today’s garages are getting bigger and better. Here are a few quick and easy projects to create a useful and organized garage.

Friday 09/19/2014
Take a trip around the world without leaving the kitchen
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 3:54 am

(BPT) - Exploring different cultures has become increasingly mainstream in today’s culinary world. Fusion cuisine has claimed its stake on restaurant menus and can make an appearance in home kitchens for less effort than you might imagine. By utilizing popular and emerging ethnic flavors, home chefs can experiment with dishes to bring an international flare to their food.

Wednesday 09/17/2014
Flu fighters: Busting six sickening flu myths
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:33 pm

(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.

Monday 09/15/2014
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.

Bring your family together with a fun, yet simple football-watching party
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:40 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.

Friday 09/12/2014
Dry bottoms and rockin' tunes: The recipe for happy babies, survey says
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 3:41 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.

Wednesday 09/10/2014
Improve your entire day with these easy breakfast ideas
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 3:42 am

(BPT) - Want to keep the weight off? It starts at the breakfast table. Seventy-eight percent of those who successfully maintain their weight loss eat breakfast each day, according to the National Weight Control Registry

Tuesday 09/09/2014
Natural cedar, a great material to help reduce your environmental footprint
Updated: September 16, 2014 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - Everyone wants to go green, but because the movement has been around for many years, it’s hard for homeowners to get a firm grasp on what products will keep the environmental footprint created by their homes smaller.

Celebrating those who make a difference in the lives of people affected by rare blood cancers, myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs)
Updated: September 16, 2014 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - Dealing with any serious health problem can be an isolating experience. But it can be especially difficult for those living with a rare disease because information, resources and treatment options may be hard to find. Often, people who have rare diseases face challenges because their needs are not well understood.

The simple DIY trick to eliminate pesky floor squeaks
Updated: October 08, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Do floorboard squeaks date your home past its actual age? Do you avoid walking in some areas due to the noises the floor produces, especially at night when everyone is sleeping? Annoying at best and disruptive to work and sleep at worst, floor creaks are easier to eliminate than you may think.

Thursday 09/04/2014
Swapping ingredients and habits for healthier living
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - When it comes to cooking, you’re always on the lookout for new recipes, easy shortcuts and ways to make familiar recipes healthier without sacrificing the great taste. If you are a health-minded cook, here are some tips to get you started:

Give your home a colorful makeover in just a weekend
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - Are you limited on time but want to upgrade your home? There are easy home improvements you can achieve in a weekend. Painting is one of the most popular ways to transform the look of your home.

Wednesday 09/03/2014
Choosing the hardwood floor that's right for you
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:33 pm

(BPT) - After kids go back to school, homeowners finally have time to complete remodeling projects. This makes autumn a popular time for home improvements. In fact, home improvement activity is expected to peak in the final three months of 2014, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity developed by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

Tuesday 09/02/2014
Modern man cave musts
Updated: September 09, 2014 - 3:42 am

(BPT) - Whether in a workshop, garden or garage, American men have always enjoyed their personal spaces. With the rise of flat-screen technology, having a “man cave” became an official home improvement trend. In fact, a 2013 survey by online retailer Newegg found that more than half of American homes now have a man cave. Now, after more than a decade of partying, man caves have matured.

Monday 08/25/2014
Preparing for fall and winter pests: How to keep wildlife and insects out of your home
Updated: September 01, 2014 - 3:40 am

(BPT) - For many pests, including rodents, spiders and cockroaches, the change in season indicates the need to find shelter from the colder temperatures ahead. In some cases, this shelter is the same place that keeps your family warm and dry.

5 common weatherization myths ... busted
Updated: September 01, 2014 - 3:40 am

(BPT) - Last winter’s visit from the polar vortex made for bone-chilling blizzards and teeth-chattering temperatures. If this year is anything like the last, drafty homes and high thermostat settings will accompany the freezing weather. Unfortunately, many homeowners get cold feet when it comes to weatherizing their homes, citing various reasons why they don’t just get it done. Here are five common weatherizing myths you should overcome to help you get ready this winter:

Thursday 08/21/2014
Tips to keep tools in top shape
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - From painting supplies to gardening and hand tools, buying well-made home improvement tools can help improve project results. The tools you use may be an investment, so you’ll want to take care of them to ensure they last for more than just one project.

Tuesday 08/19/2014
Auto insight: What makes synthetic oil different from conventional oil?
Updated: August 26, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - There was a time when you were considered a “responsible” vehicle owner if you changed the oil and oil filter every 3,000 miles and had your tires rotated every other oil change. It turns out that while it is good practice to maintain your vehicle on a schedule, breaking out of that traditional oil change mind set and utilizing premium synthetic oil can ultimately save you time and money.

Monday 08/18/2014
Simple DIY projects that save your home from water damage
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Rain, hail, ice, flooding – these are all the result of seasonal weather changes. Whether you live in an area prone to hurricanes or you experience daily downpours and dropping temperatures, now is the best time to prepare for whatever Mother Nature has in store for the upcoming months.

5 fast fixes for a fabulous bath
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - With Americans working longer hours than ever before, most homeowners yearn for a luxurious place to relax and unwind at the end of a hectic day. This is likely why the bathroom is the most requested home renovation project, according to the National Association of Homebuilders.

Friday 08/15/2014
4 ways to discover the design potential of the '5th wall'
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - With autumn just a few short weeks away, many people will soon spend less time on the patio and more time within four walls. Actually, five walls if you include the ceiling.

Tuesday 08/12/2014
Millennial homeowners: Simple, affordable ways to personalize home decor
Updated: August 19, 2014 - 3:42 am

(BPT) - Every generation of homeowners has its design priorities. Baby boomers look for home design that will let them age in place, while generation X wants features that facilitate busy lifestyles. Millennials crave interior decor that meshes with their technology, blending energy efficiency, family-friendly features and plenty of personalization. Since many millennials are starting out in their personal and professional lives, affordability is also a priority.

3 reasons now is the time to get vaccinated
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Vaccines protect you from serious and sometimes deadly diseases. Yet most adults in the United States are not fully vaccinated. Like many, you may not even realize that there are vaccines recommended for adults based on age, health conditions, job and other factors.

Thursday 07/24/2014
Your how-to guide for an amazing deck makeover
Updated: July 31, 2014 - 3:46 am

(BPT) - Deck season is in full swing, but before you mix that pitcher of lemonade or fire up the grill, you may want to give your deck a much-needed makeover.  

Tuesday 07/22/2014
The great debate: Stacking TVs and fireplaces
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 3:44 am

(BPT) - When choosing a focal point for a room, designers and homeowners alike often plan for a single feature – windows, TVs, artwork, or fireplaces – to take center stage. However, the explosion of flat screen TVs for every room in the home has created a debate – can you really have more than one focal point?

Thursday 07/17/2014
What employers want: the 3 'Cs'
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 3:42 am

(BPT) - Whether you are an employer looking to hire someone or the person looking to get hired, it’s all about competency.

Wednesday 07/16/2014
Help kids get organized and inspired
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 3:46 am

(BPT) - Between sports gear, homework assignments, mobile device chargers and social media contacts, kids have a lot to keep track of these days – just like grown-ups. While few kids seem to be born with the ability to be organized, most learn organizational skills over time. Parents are the key to instilling these practices. With the right tools, creating good organization habits in the spaces kids use the most, is easy and can help prepare them to be more independent later in life.  

Tuesday 07/15/2014
How to help veterans who've returned home from service
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 3:47 am

(BPT) - In wartime, members of the armed forces often face dangerous situations. President George Washington recognized this, when he created what is now known as the Purple Heart medal in 1782, to honor combat wounded veterans. Since then, an estimated 1.7 million Purple Hearts have been awarded by the military to soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen.

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