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home : life : family living August 27, 2015

What's the Makers Movement about? Reinventing the world one child at a time
(BPT) - Can kids playing with Legos make the world a better place? Will children who build their own rocket ships or dollhouses go on to be the adult innovators of tomorrow, who take on the world’s challenges with technology and creativity? If 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee is an example of you... More >>

4 tips for working adults going back to school
(BPT) - Do the back-to-school signs in the store have you itching to get back in a classroom? Back-to-school season traditionally falls around August or September for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, but a working adult can enroll in a new or advanced degree program at any time of the y... More >>

Top 4 year-round sensitive skin issues
(BPT) - Skin sensitivity has affected more than 70 percent of Americans at some point, according to a new survey by Nexcare Brand from 3M. While the problem affects people of every age, more than 65 percent of parents surveyed say they’re particularly worried about the sensitivity of their ch... More >>

5 simple time-tested tips for aging well
(BPT) - A health renaissance is taking place in America as more people are embracing aging well and being proactive rather than reactive about their well-being. Prevention has become the focus, and many aging Americans are turning to time-tested methods for keeping their bodies and minds healthy so... More >>

Fire safety tips to help protect your home during summer travel
(BPT) - Fire prevention tips often focus on reducing the risks of a fire occurring when you’re home; after all, everyone wants to protect their family. Home fires also cause significant property damage – $11.7 billion in 2011, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) – and... More >>

Millennials say they want to save for retirement, but a third aren't doing it
(BPT) - Nearly one in three millennials have no money saved for retirement, and a quarter of millennials – people between the ages of 18 and 34 – report owing more money than they have currently saved, according to a survey released by the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council (IALC).&ldqu... More >>

Happy and healthy how-tos from 100-year-olds, 10-year-olds
(BPT) - Spinning and yoga classes are no longer reserved for only the young and restless. Take a closer look around, and you might just find that it’s great-grandparents who are out-pedaling you on the stationary bikes. In fact, according to UnitedHealthcare’s 100@100 survey, nearly a q... More >>

7 fun ideas to prevent summer learning loss
(BPT) - Students of all ages look forward to the carefree days of summer, yet parents and teachers nationwide worry about the summer slide – the learning loss that happens to all children when they are out of school. Fortunately, preventing learning loss isn’t difficult if you plan some... More >>

When memories are fleeting: caregiver solutions
(BPT) - Think of your father. What is his favorite food? His favorite hobby? Where did he meet your mother? What is his proudest moment? Think of all these memorable moments in his life and ask another question: Does he have trouble remembering these moments?For the nearly 2 million men currently d... More >>

7 must-have survival tools for dorm-dwellers
(BPT) - College is full of milestone moments, both wonderful (walking across the stage to get your diploma) and not-so-great (realizing your sick roommate has sneezed all over your desk and mom and her Clorox wipes are miles away). Dorm-dwelling is a rite of passage for many college students; 40 pe... More >>

4 ways to bring order to another school year
(BPT) - It’s that time of year again; time for class projects and quizzes, field trips and friends, recesses and recitals. Yes it’s time for another school year and for parents, that can mean a little bit more stress as well. If the last school year left you feeling more like a survivor... More >>

5 tips to help your child have a great school year
(BPT) - They grow up fast, don't they? One minute they're in a car seat and the next you're picking out a school backpack. The transition to preschool and kindergarten is a big leap for most families and sometimes it can feel like a roller coaster ride. There are some obvious ways to prepare your k... More >>

4 ways to get your children to work with you instead of against you
(BPT) - Every parent has been there - one of those days when you feel like your child’s only goal is to directly defy you. When your child won’t brush her teeth, comb her hair or put on her socks, it makes you think a larger plan could be afoot. This can’t be accidental can it?Whe... More >>

Technology must haves before you travel
(BPT) - Good news, there’s still time for one more trip before winter sets in again but you need to start planning now. Preparing for and enjoying a trip has never been easier thanks to advancements in the latest technology so before you grab your bag and go, make sure you’ve added each... More >>

What parents and athletes need to know about carbohydrates in the form of sugar
(BPT) - An athlete’s overall nutrition needs vary depending on several factors, including the type of sport and duration of time in motion. Specifically during activity, an athlete needs fuel to perform, and carbohydrates, including sugars, have been found to be functional for athletes who ar... More >>

Beat the heat of your bank account: Five tips for hot savings
(BPT) - You may be enjoying the fun and sun of summer activities, but your bank account may think otherwise. It’s difficult to save money this time of year, but with smart budgeting you can still enjoy everything the warm weather has to offer. Instead of forgoing the fun, consider cutting the... More >>

Bed bugs and summer travel: how to protect yourself
(BPT) - When summer arrives, all you can think about is that vacation getaway, getting the kids off to camp and traveling to visit friends and family. You’re looking forward to spending some relaxing time away from your hectic everyday environment. Unfortunately, bed bugs feel the same way. T... More >>

From auto aromatherapy to planning ahead: 7 tips for a calmer commute
(BPT) - The majority of Americans drive to work — 86 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau —and it’s probably safe to say that all of them have been irritated by the commute at some point. Heavy volume, clogged roads, construction delays, bad weather and inconsiderate fello... More >>

Managing diabetes: 4 simple steps to keep your child safe at school
(BPT) - Between figuring out after-school schedules and seemingly constant school supply shopping trips, back-to-school time can be stressful for any parent. But some parents have more to think about than others. There are about 208,000 boys and girls under the age of 20 living with diabetes, accor... More >>

Your summertime packing guide: just the essentials
(BPT) - For many, summer trips are the perfect escape from an otherwise busy life. They offer the opportunity to experience new places, taste new foods and generally de-stress! This summer, don’t get bogged down by the thought of preparing for a trip. Keep it simple by packing everything you ... More >>

Easy tips to drink more water throughout the day
(BPT) - You know drinking plenty of water every day is good for your health. The Institute of Medicine recommends men consume about 13 cups of fluid a day and women take in about 9 cups. Yet remembering to drink water may not always make the top of your daily to-do list. Here are some tips to natur... More >>

Find the right loan to realize your financial goals
(BPT) - When it comes to borrowing money, many loans offer benefits beyond simple financing. With that in mind, it’s important to understand how one type of loan may be right for making home improvements, while another may be a better match for financing a wedding. The key is to research the ... More >>

Suffering from fall allergies? What you can do to find relief
(BPT) - You heard all about the worst allergy season ever. You know the pollen tsunami swept through and left everyone sneezing and wheezing in its wake. But you want to know why the end of summer is almost here and you’re still miserable.“Although spring, summer and fall have different... More >>

Drink up; the world's largest glass of ice tea is created in Summerville, South Carolina
(BPT) - The world’s largest ball of twine is in Darwin, Minnesota. The world’s largest bicyclist is in Sparta, Wisconsin. And now the home of the world’s largest glass of ice tea is officially Summerville, South Carolina, fittingly the birthplace of sweet tea.The world-record sett... More >>

Embracing life while living with advanced medullary thyroid cancer
(BPT) - The American Cancer Society estimates that about 62,450 new thyroid cancer cases will be diagnosed in the US in 2015. Medullary thyroid cancer represents only about 3 to 4 percent of these cases, and just one-third of those will be locally advanced or metastatic disease.Lucy Faith belo... More >>

6 steps to a championship caliber lawn
(BPT) - Creating a stadium-caliber lawn doesn’t have to take a lot of time, money or effort. This summer, follow these simple steps and tend to your natural turf in the morning and evening to create a yard that is championship caliber.1. Rake. Raking a lawn removes dead grass and other debris... More >>

Tips to turn kids into money masters at any age
(BPT) - Most kids start learning about money earlier than a lot of people think—and it's usually from watching their parents. Three out of five young adults say their parents’ advice or example had the greatest influence over how they handle their finances today, according to findings f... More >>

Nine in 10 people with high blood pressure can control it, but half don't
(BPT) - There is some really good news about high blood pressure that you simply must hear.“This silent killer can be prevented, and in the majority of patients who already have high blood pressure, it can be controlled,” says Dr. George Mensah, director of the Center for Translation Re... More >>

How you can give back to those who gave everything
(BPT) - When a dog named Smuckers started digging in her Colorado backyard, her owners had no idea what she would find. The object was shiny and metal, and it could have been a coin, a bottle cap or a washer. Upon closer inspection, it turned out to be none of these things. It was something much mo... More >>

6 questions to ask your child's pediatrician
(BPT) - Most parents bring their children to the doctor when they’re sick, but now is a great opportunity to be proactive and schedule a wellness checkup. This allows you and your doctor to take a broader look at a child’s overall health and well-being to ensure he or she is developing ... More >>

5 most difficult U.S. cities to spell
(BPT) - King Digital Entertainment recently launched its new word game adventure, AlphaBetty Saga. In celebration of the title’s travel and ‘play with words’ theme, King commissioned a survey to find the most difficult to spell U.S. cities and identified the top 10. Now, for summe... More >>

#HowWeFamily celebrates the love shared by modern families and empowers them to proclaim their familial pride. [Infographic]
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5 creative ways to recreate your look to amaze
(BPT) - Warmer weather is finally here. Time to lose the coat and the cold, the scarf and the sniffles and embrace all the fun these warmer weather months have in store. And of course you want to look good doing it as well.To help you find that perfect look, author and singer/songwriter Tanille Edw... More >>

6 ways to win the race against the clock (and the kids) each morning
(BPT) - Relaxed mornings are few and far between for the average American family, and it can seem like you’re always in a race against the clock to get everyone out the door on time. If it seems like your kids are making you 10 minutes late every morning, try these tricks to make mornings go ... More >>

4 tips for taming back-to-school stress
(BPT) - Do you or your child have the back-to-school blues? If so, you're not the only ones. Saying goodbye to slower summer days can be difficult. For almost three months, you have felt free from the structure of the classroom and the accompanying homework. When the upcoming school year rolls arou... More >>

The secret to family togetherness: eye contact
(BPT) - When Oxford Dictionaries chose “selfie” as the word of the year in 2013, they weren’t just describing the moment. They were documenting the present and forecasting the future. And increasingly, it’s a future many American families are hoping to change.Devices everywh... More >>

Get the most out of the sunny summer solstice
(BPT) - An evening spent with friends. The drive home from work or that early morning jog. All of these activities are best enjoyed when the sun is shining. The summer solstice is quickly approaching and with it, come the longest, brightest days of the year. It’s up to you to make the most of... More >>

A nutritionist's sustainable healthy habits for the whole family
(BPT) - It’s important to establish healthy eating habits for your family, but it’s not always easy to know where to start. We spoke to Rebecca Scritchfield, a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), to find out what she recommends her clients do to form healthy routines that can be ma... More >>

6 tips for fall recreation
(BPT) - While summer is all about sun, beaches and being on the water, autumn brings new types of outdoor fun. Cooler weather and colorful landscapes attract many to enjoy the outdoors during the season. But after the summer sun fades, it’s important to make sure you’re fully prepared t... More >>

Taking aim at the leading health risk for American Indians
(BPT) - While heart disease among most Americans has decreased over the past 50 years, American Indians are almost twice as likely to develop the condition as other Americans, a study supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has found. Heart disease is now the leading caus... More >>

Getting schooled: 5 ways to save on supplies
(BPT) - The long, hot summer vacation is almost over for most students. A new school year is here and for parents, the rush to load up on supplies can be expensive. In fact, the average family with school-aged children will spend $630 on back-to-school shopping, according to the National Retail Fed... More >>

Want to teach your children to be good stewards? Time to get your hands dirty
(BPT) - Growing your own garden is a popular pastime that cuts grocery bills and puts fresh produce within arm’s reach. But to parents it’s so much more than that. Gardening is a trending family activity that provides plenty of teachable moments, and it also promotes positive characteri... More >>

Five emotions you feel when a mess occurs
(BPT) - Messes, and the resulting emotions, are an inevitable part of life, just like the emotions in Disney*Pixar’s original new movie “Inside Out,” which opens in theaters on June 19. With the help of The Clorox Company and some tips and tricks for how to deal with life&rsq... More >>

8 tips for a healthy pregnancy
(BPT) - Did you know that every single minute in the United States a baby is born too early? That’s approximately 450,000 born too early each year. A pregnant woman’s good health, both physical and emotional, is essential to the health of her baby. You can boost your own chances of havi... More >>

6 easy ways to boost your brain health
(BPT) - When you think about health and wellness, what first comes to mind? Most likely it’s along the lines of fitness, healthy eating and doctor’s appointments. But have you ever considered the importance of brain health as you age?According to the National Institute on Aging, researc... More >>

The new secret for savvy, simple savings: Gift card exchanges
(BPT) - The average family with children in grades K-12 plans to spend $630 on back-to-school shopping this year, according to the National Retail Federation. Retailers are ready for the second largest shopping season with coupons, discounts, flash sales and rebates to lure shoppers.But there is an... More >>

Comforting touches can ease back-to-school transitions for both parents and kids
(BPT) - Every school year brings new beginnings, whether your child is going to kindergarten, entering middle school, or heading off to college. New environments, people and challenges can create anxiety for parents and kids, no matter how much a child might be looking forward to the school year. C... More >>

Working to improve the heart health of African American women
(BPT) - Every two minutes, a woman dies from heart disease. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. However, author Alice Walker once said “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” For combating heart disease, wom... More >>

Filling the gap: Community programs feed low-income children over the summer
(BPT) - When summer comes along, kids and teens have plenty to look forward to: pool time, sports camp, three months of freedom and no homework. But some low-income kids might actually be looking forward to their next meal.During the school year, more than 20 million low-income children receive fre... More >>

An important lesson for your teen this summer
(BPT) - With summer underway, kids of all ages are enjoying a break from school by spending more free time with their friends. As kids enter their teenage years, summer camp and swim lessons are traded for hanging out with friends, often without adult supervision.While many parents want to foster i... More >>

10 tips to make your home safer for kids
(BPT) - Home is where the heart is, and for most people, it’s where they feel safest. Yet for children, the home isn’t as safe as you might assume. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that 3.5 million children go to the emergency room every year for injuries that happen in homes.Some... More >>

Big brother is watching: It's good for you and bad for the bad guys
(BPT) - It’s Monday morning and you awake to the sound of your alarm blaring. If you’re like a hundred million other Americans, it means it’s time to get ready for work.Some people get up, get dressed, then wrestle the kids into their clothes and the car to drop them off at school... More >>

6 must-have auto products for the summer
(BPT) - Summer is a great time to get up off the couch and soak up the sun. As you stock up on sunscreen and prepare to protect your skin from the direct sunlight, be sure to pick up products to protect your vehicle as well. Whether you’re taking the car out for a summer road trip, a day at t... More >>

Are U.S. parents risking their child's eyes and learning ability?
(BPT) - Is an eye exam part of your child’s yearly wellness routine? It should be. Learn more about why eye exams are so important for your child today and in the future. To find an eye care provider near you, visit www.thinkaboutyoureyes.com.... More >>

Planning a family? What to know about inherited genetic diseases and screening options
(BPT) - The decision to start a family can create a mixture of excitement and concern for parents-to-be. While you may be eager for the joys of parenthood, it's normal to be concerned about potential health risks to your baby, whether you're already pregnant or planning to get pregnant.Approximatel... More >>

Summer like a celebrity: 4 easy ways to go boating
(BPT) - Perusing social media or flipping through a magazine, it’s common to see famous faces like George Clooney or Taylor Swift cruising around on fancy boats, but guess what? You don’t have to be rich and famous to enjoy boating. Get your feet wet this summer just like the stars with... More >>

From sea to shining sea: the most patriotic things to see and do on your summer vacation
(BPT) - Summer isn’t just the season of no school and summer vacations. It’s also the most patriotic season in America, encompassing three iconic American holidays – Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. This summer, why not put a patriotic shine on your family’s sum... More >>

The pursuit of freedom for responsible dog owners
(BPT) - Americans cherish freedom. As a society, we agree that it’s wrong to discriminate based on how someone looks, their racial heritage or their religious beliefs. What about the rights of responsible dog owners? An emerging legal trend now protects dog owners right to own, care for and l... More >>

Medicine safety as important for teens as toddlers
(BPT) - Protecting children from harm is a priority for every parent. They are encouraged to child-proof the entire house to keep curious toddlers safe. Eventually, as kids mature, parents tend to give them new freedoms and responsibilities. New data shows that parents need to be particularly watch... More >>

Gaming on the go: Hot trend allows favorite games to break free of the console
(BPT) - More Americans play video games than don’t. In fact, 67 percent of U.S. households play video games, according to the Entertainment Software Rating Board. Many gamers, however, have either been leashed to a console in order to play their favorite games or have had to find new favorite... More >>

Labor and delivery: No laughing matter
(BPT) - Women have long sought ways to ease the pain of labor without detracting from the experience of childbirth. While epidural anesthesia remains the most popular and effective method for managing labor pain, nitrous oxide — otherwise known as laughing gas — is gaining some interest... More >>

7 sweet summer activities to bring your family closer together
(BPT) - The summer season is full of memory-making potential for families across the country. The long sunny days and cool clear nights provide endless possibilities for sharing a few laughs and enjoying the activities of the season. Get ready to have some fun together with these seven sweet summer... More >>

Top 8 breastfeeding tips for new moms
(BPT) - Did you know that more than three out of four newborns are breastfed? While the numbers at birth start high, they drop significantly by the six-month mark when less than one in five are exclusively breastfed. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least 12 m... More >>

Empower yourself: Questions to ask your doctor about managing sickle cell disease
(BPT) - Being an informed patient with sickle cell disease has become an important part of health care today. Physicians are increasingly looking upon their patients (and the parents of their young patients) as active partners. In light of this, consider preparing a list of specific questions befor... More >>

Can your walls stand up to life?
(BPT) - Let’s face it. No matter how careful you are, an active family can take its toll on the interior of a house – especially on the walls. Depending on the season or day of the week, your family may come home toting cross-country skis, throwing off wet raincoats or banging football ... More >>

Banish back-to-school lunchbox blues with grapes
(BPT) - When it comes to packing a school lunch, you know the drill: Lay out two slices of bread. Spread one with peanut butter, the other with jelly. Press together, slice diagonally and place in sandwich bag. Repeat. And repeat. And repeat.Of course good ol’ PB&J is a lunchbox staple, b... More >>

Summer safety: 5 tips to keep your pet happy and healthy
(BPT) - Summertime allows you to spend more time outside in the sun, enjoying breezy days and a vacation state of mind. But before you get caught up reveling in all that nice weather, it’s important to keep your furry friends in mind. For curious pets, warm temperatures and increased outdoor ... More >>

Mom clicks her way to a simpler day [Infographic]
(BPT) - Mom works hard to keep her family and home running smoothly. One of her best kept secrets? “Clicks” power much of mom’s day, whether it’s helping her manage her to-dos or capturing memorable moments. Lysol is helping moms everywhere simplify the home cleaning routine... More >>

7 reasons tablets are good for your customers and your restaurant as well
(BPT) - In today’s digital age, more people are enjoying more experiences via mobile screens than ever before. Modern technology is changing every aspect of life and the restaurant industry is no different. Digital offerings, such as tablets, play a vital role in the future of the industry, b... More >>

5 of the hottest trends for back to school this year
(BPT) - It’s that time of year again – time to trade summer break for lunch break, road trips for recess and home in bed for homework instead. Yes, back to school is in full swing and if your kids are going to start another year, they need the latest gear. Here are the five hottest tren... More >>

How many of these household medicine safety steps do you follow?
(BPT) - Every year, approximately 60,000 young children visit the ER due to one – preventable – reason: they accidentally swallow medicine.That’s why the Up and Away and Out of Sight program, an initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and partners, is re... More >>

5 essentials for your best summer yet
(BPT) - There’s no better way to savor the last few days of warm weather than with a fun trip. As you prepare for family vacations before kids head back to school, it’s important to make sure you have the proper essentials to ensure a hassle free trip.As you throw those last few items i... More >>

How to make Labor Day last year-round
(BPT) - Labor Day doesn’t have to be a sign of the end of the summer season. Rather, it’s America’s opportunity to take an extra day of rest and relaxation and continue soaking up the warmth of summertime. With the sun shining bright, here are some ways to extend summer well into ... More >>

5 emotions you feel when a mess occurs
(BPT) - Messes, and the resulting emotions, are an inevitable part of life, just like the emotions in Disney*Pixar’s original new movie “Inside Out,” which opens in theaters on June 19. With the help of The Clorox Company and some tips and tricks for how to deal with life’s ... More >>

5 tips for a seamless moving process
(BPT) - Packing up your entire life and moving it somewhere new is an exciting, yet intimidating task. Whether you’re moving across the country or just down the street, you’re bound to experience all the ups and downs of the moving process. Between the packing, moving and eventual unpac... More >>

This Father's Day, surprise Dad with an unexpected day together
(BPT) - This Father’s Day, rather than sitting dear ol’ Dad down and watching him unwrap a new necktie, try showing your appreciation in an unexpected way. Surprise him by spending a fun-filled day together enjoying his favorite activities. After all, doesn’t the man who spent hou... More >>

Summer curl care guide: How to keep the fun without the frizz
(BPT) - There are plenty of reasons that summer is the most enjoyable time of year: Longer days, warmer temps, barbecues, and, of course, beach trips. Yes, there’s plenty to love about summer, but there’s one thing to dislike – the effect heat, humidity and salt/chlorine have on y... More >>

5 simple steps to make your new place feel like home
(BPT) - Millions of Millennials move every year, and due to the flexibility of renting, a remarkable number of people choose to rent rather than own. Just because renting requires a short-term commitment, however, doesn’t mean you can’t personalize your temporary home. A few expert tips... More >>

Keeping teens on track: National high school graduation rate still shows room for improvement
(BPT) - It’s graduation season, and across the country many families will revel in their graduate’s accomplishments. Nationally, there’s reason to celebrate, too; 81 percent of American high school seniors are expected to graduate this year, the highest rate ever, according to the... More >>

Moving with a pet? Tips to make the transition easier for four-legged family members
(BPT) - Utilities switched, moving truck reserved, new domicile secured, boxes packed – as you work through your moving checklist, are you forgetting something? Have you taken steps to make the move as easy as possible for the only family member who has no say about your relocation: the famil... More >>

Get moving: 5 healthy summer family activities
(BPT) - Summer has arrived and for many kids, sports and activity practices are on hiatus leaving them with plenty of time to lounge on the couch. But summer isn’t the time to get lazy.Warmer weather provides the perfect opportunity to get more involved in your kids’ lives and spend tim... More >>

Tips for reclaiming some grown-up fun on family road trips
(BPT) - On family road trips, do you spend the entire drive listening to the music your kids prefer, playing their favorite games and generally doing everything you can to keep them content – and peaceful – in the car? It happens with the best intentions, but too often parents sacrifice... More >>

5 truly meaningful ways to show your patriotism this Memorial Day and beyond
(BPT) - “Expressions of patriotic enthusiasm are as bright and thrilling as fireworks, but they dissipate as quickly,” Washington Post blogger Alyssa Rosenberg wrote in a July 2014 examination of patriotism among American youth. Yet most Americans consider themselves patriotic, even if ... More >>

Back to school: A child's success starts with a good night's sleep
(BPT) - It’s hard to believe another school year is already here. After a fun summer of outdoor activities, vacations and plenty of late nights, it’s time to get your family back into a routine — specifically a regular bedtime routine. While sleep is important for adults, it&rsquo... More >>

Tips for parents to help students gain the edge in STEM education
(BPT) - As students prepare to head back to school each year, parents face the same question: How can they help their kids advance in school, develop into creative, collaborative thinkers, and make for an overall less stressful experience?What’s more, as students progress in school, the subje... More >>

5 reasons to take a Comic Con adventure this year
(BPT) - Comic-Con is here, the iconic international conference that celebrates all things comic books and pop culture. Located in San Diego, the conference has grown from its humble beginnings in 1970 to become the destination for all the latest and greatest entertainment news, fanfare and informat... More >>

The manly rights of passage
(BPT) - In honor of Father’s Day, Old Spice, the manliest grooming brand on the planet, navigates the international seas of masculinity in search of signs of manhood. Old Spice makes it easier than ever to celebrate fatherhood this year. Dad is covered from head to toes with two manly sm... More >>

New diabetes management system aims to alleviate worry and stress for parents of children with Type 1 diabetes
(BPT) - Managing Type 1 diabetes is hard, and can be a major source of worry and stress for parents of children with diabetes. In fact, a new survey reveals that 54 percent of parents experienced tension headaches from stress related to managing their child’s diabetes. They also experienced a... More >>

5-point travel checklist for you and your pets
(BPT) - Did you know 30 million people travel with their pets each year? Whether by plane, train or automobile, if you’re planning an upcoming trip with your furry family member, it’s important to plan ahead to ensure you both stay safe and healthy while making memories that will last a... More >>

5 spontaneous ways to love boldly for National Romance Month
(BPT) - Has your relationship been feeling lackluster? Saying ‘I love you’ before bed each night and giving a quick kiss on the cheek before rushing off to work each morning are nice gestures, but guys – 61 percent of women wish their partner was more spontaneous, according to a M... More >>

This simple DIY home improvement saves money and helps the environment
(BPT) - In the typical American home, heating and cooling account for 50 to 70 percent of total energy use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Yet, much of that energy is wasted, leading to higher energy bills for homeowners.The DOE notes that the leading causes of energy waste in mo... More >>

4 paws and a wet nose can save a wounded veteran's life
(BPT) - Combat-wounded veterans often face a new kind of battle when they return home. Of the 51,000 service members that the Congressional Research Service reports have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, thousands have come home to find that not even the love and support of family and friends i... More >>

5 ways to support your student and your school this year
(BPT) - It’s back to school season again. Time for schoolwork and sports, plays and parties, friends and field trips. For students, parents and teachers, this is an exciting time of year. Yet for teachers, the start of a new year can also be unnecessarily expensive. Research shows that each y... More >>

Breeze into summer with cool grape recipes
(BPT) - There’s something about summer that just makes everything feel brighter and lighter, more relaxed and less hurried. That’s how dinner should be, as well – minimal prep time and maximum quality time to sit and enjoy the company of those gathered around the table.Main dish s... More >>

3 steps to prepare your credit for homeownership
(BPT) - Homeownership is a dream for many Americans, and maybe it’s one of yours as well. Making this dream a reality requires hard work, dedication and the proper preparation. You must figure out where you want to live, what type of home you desire, what you can afford and also how your cred... More >>

Life can be uncomfortable, but your mattress shouldn't be [Infographic]
(BPT) - Have you ever been so uncomfortable you just want to go hide? Well, so do 25 percent of Americans each week. Let’s face it — uncomfortable situations are going to happen. But the iComfort Sleep System by Serta can make things easier. It’s so comfortable, you’ll be co... More >>

Tips on how to help keep your dog healthy
(BPT) - As a pet owner, you want the best for your dog. Determining what constitutes “the best,” however, can be difficult, especially when it comes to pet food.A simple search on the internet about pet food can lead pet owners to question what information is accurate - with much of it ... More >>

7 smart and easy ways to slip learning into kids' outdoor fun
(BPT) - Ah, summer. The perfect time for picnics, parks … and learning? Summer has a reputation for being heavy on play and light on learning, but the season is loaded with learning opportunities – courtesy of all those outdoor excursions. Children learn through play, which makes it ea... More >>

7 tips to help families spend more time together
(BPT) - The most resounding family memories are not always grounded in long-standing traditions, but often the in-between moments that are imperfect and unexpected. With busy families and kids taking part in after-school activities, everyday moments can get lost in the shuffle. In fact, recent rese... More >>

Travel light and don't let the bed bugs bite this season
(BPT) - Summer’s relaxed nature and the added free time enjoyed by parents and children alike make these warm-weather months perfect for travel. However, travelers who aren’t careful could find their trip leaves them with a few hundred extra - and unwanted - guests.New research from the... More >>

Keep a man cave top of mind when choosing a new home
(BPT) - It used to be that the man's room – or man cave – was relegated to the basement or the garage. Now homes are being designed with the man cave already in mind to give men a place to call their own.Man caves have changed over the years, becoming a part of the home itself instead o... More >>

4 tire tips for teen drivers
(BPT) - Getting a driver’s license is a pivotal moment for many teens, and with the privilege of driving comes greater freedom and independence. For parents, this can be both a moment of great pride and overwhelming anxiety.In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) r... More >>

The cat's meow: six fabulous ways to pamper your feline
(BPT) - Celebrity cat owners such as Ellen Degeneres, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry have made cat ownership trendy, and research shows that cats do more for their owners than influence celebrity style.A recent study from the makers of ARM & HAMMER Cat Litter found that 95 percent of cat owners be... More >>

Foods to fire up your metabolism
(BPT) - When it comes to a fast metabolism, some people seem to have hit the genetic jackpot. Luckily, your metabolism doesn’t solely depend on factors out of your control such as genetics, age, or gender. Modifying your exercise habits and making wiser food choices are two ways anyone can ac... More >>

Teaching girls to be unstoppable #LikeAGirl
(BPT) - Always continues its mission to help girls stay confident at puberty and beyond, and asks all girls to smash the limitations that hold them back, encouraging them to be unstoppable #LikeAGirl. Find out more about the #LikeAGirl movement at Always.com.... More >>

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