Good looks or good sense? Home designs that don't make you choose
(BPT) - Ever purchased a great-looking faucet only to find you can't easily turn it on with one hand? Or discovered that you can't stand to sit for more than a few minutes on that new sofa that looked so great in the showroom? If so, you have experienced comfort and practicality sacrificed on the altar of aesthetics. Inc...
Raise your hand: 3 questions every investor should ask
(BPT) - We live in a busy world full of demands on our time and attention - everything from keeping up with our families and careers to making sure we are taking care of ourselves and answering our cellphones by the third ring. To meet all of life's challenges, sometimes you need to take a step back, sometimes you need t...
Financial aid for college in 5 steps
(BPT) - The majority of parents of high school students know that the future will very likely hold a college education for their child. But what is often uncertain is how they will pay for that education. About 60 percent of high school graduates enroll in a college or university for advanced studies according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average price for a four-year degree at a state school during the 2012-13 year was $22,261. It was $43,289 for a private, four-year college, accor...
Find classic style in carriage house garage doors
(BPT) - The carriage house garage door is to your house what the little black dress and strand of pearls are to your wardrobe: classic style elements that never go out of fashion. At the dawn of the automobile age, those who were affluent enough to own a car kept it in the carriage house, where the horses and buggy would...
Staygating at-home sports viewing parties revealed [Infographic]
If you prefer your sports on the big screen to the big stadium, then you're probably a staygater. What's a staygater? Read on to learn how this incredibly popular activity is taking the sports world by storm and fast becoming the way of choice to enjoy those big games with the best food and great friends.
Makeup and skin care tips for looking good during chemotherapy
(BPT) - Last year, 232,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States and many were told they would need chemotherapy. With October designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is important that women diagnosed with the disease and their caregivers feel empowered to take charge of their canc...
Protect your home against hidden dangers
(BPT) - America's aging water infrastructure is in a state of crisis, the culmination of years of neglect and underinvestment. Much of our water infrastructure is operating on borrowed time, with close to 25 percent of water mains installed over 50 years ago and some installations pre-dating the Civil War. The average wa...
Fun home entertainment gifts for less than $100
(BPT) - What do most people want for the holidays? Technology and home entertainment gifts are highly sought after, meaning gift-givers have plenty of opportunities to get an impressive present. If you think you need to spend a lot to get a great gift, think again. There are many great options for less than $100. As more...
Easy-to-update items to make your new home yours
(BPT) - This year more than 5.4 million homes were sold by the end of August, according to the National Association of Realtors. Are you one of these millions of new homeowners? If so, you've most likely felt the urge to settle in immediately. However, before making any major renovations, it's a good idea to live in a ne...
Stressed by social obligations? Tips for an easier holiday season
(BPT) - The holiday season is filled with gatherings of friends and family. As invitations to different holiday events begin to flood your calendar, one of the biggest challenges is figuring out how to attend everything. But for some, hectic schedules and public gatherings fill the holiday season with additional stress a...
Home improvement tricks to avoid the winter blues
(BPT) - Many triggers can affect our moods. From sights to sounds to smells - it's a sensory experience that we don't seem to have much control over. Or so we used to think. But with more research being done on exactly how these elements might affect our stress or happiness levels, we now have better insight on how to en...