What to do when your drinking becomes a problem
(BPT) - There's no denying that drinking is a widely accepted element of social life in America. Cocktail parties, evenings out, formal functions, and even a drink or two with dinner are customary practices. However, alcohol abuse is a major problem in this country and, on a different level, many "social drinkers" probab...
Honeymoon encore: The big move in
(BPT) - It may come as a surprise to young engaged couples, but the excitement of the wedding and honeymoon doesn’t end when it’s all over. In fact, after the honeymoon, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and plan the big move – the joining of two households. It’s a herculean task finding the perfect location with great s...
A bright idea: Tips to save money, energy with LED light bulbs
(BPT) - What could you do in 23 years? A lot, apparently – you could trip your way to an Oscar win like Jennifer Lawrence. Better yet, what about banking billions by 23 like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg? You could have a baby, send them to college and buy them their first (legal) libation … all before having to change a ...
Taking the intimidation out of saving for retirement
(BPT) - Saving for retirement is a scary prospect for many Americans. In fact, just 14 percent feel confident they will have enough money to live on when they retire, according to the 2012 Retirement Confidence Survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute . And 60 percent say they have less than $25,000 saved for re...
PC shopping? Finding a device for your lifestyle is easy
Not unlike a car or home, a computer purchase is an incredibly personal decision. A shopper in the market for a new computer is after a product that will not simply perform basic functions but also support his or her lifestyle by making every day easier. The computer shopper’s decision must factor in price and availabili...
Creating the perfect sleep environment this spring
(BPT) - Everyone, including moms and doctors, can agree that a good night of sleep is necessary for good health, high energy, and an individual’s overall well-being. Not getting enough good sleep – or rapid eye movement sleep – can affect the mind and body’s ability to react appropriately to outside factors, the National...
Three stress-free tricks to refresh your home from floor to ceiling
(BPT) - Spring is the time of year for renewal. So, it’s no surprise that springtime finds most people planning to rejuvenate their spaces. Four out of five Americans have a room in the home in need or redecorating, according to a 2013 study by Homegoods. Unfortunately, all too often the decorating process is a source of...
Water cooperation case study [Infographic]
The world’s most precious finite resource is not oil, but water – essential to life, human and economic development, and geopolitical stability. According to the United Nations, nearly 1 billion of the Earth’s 7 billion-plus people do not have access to clean water. This integrated water management model demonstrates how dwindling water supplies can be managed more efficiently through public-private collaborations.
How organizations can develop diversity in the workplace
Diversity is a word that can define many characteristics when it comes to hiring employees. Diversity encompasses race, age, gender, cultural background, religious affiliations, sexual orientation and even the ways an employee may apply thoughts to decision-making situations. Being a “diverse company” is a valued label in today’s business climate. For example, stock values of companies listed in the Fortune magazine top 100 companies for minority workers are positively impacted when the list ...
Warmer weather home updates that are easy on your wallet
(BPT) - As the weather turns warmer, most of us are experiencing cabin fever, anxious to escape to the outdoors. But has the harsh winter weather put a damper on your outdoor spaces? Don’t fret. You can easily spruce up your exteriors with a few easy and inexpensive home improvement projects. Here are a few fast fixes th...