Budgeting basics for first-time home buyers »

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You wouldn’t dream of going somewhere you’ve never been before without first getting directions. So, why would you go through life without a plan to help meet your financial goals?

“An ongoing household budget is essential,…

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Expert tips that can help achieve potty training success »

(BPT) - Transitioning into underwear is a big deal for every toddler. However, while the end result is rewarding, the road to get there can be challenging for parents and kids alike.

Because no two experiences are the same, keeping it simple and laying the proper…

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How virtual education could be a last-minute lifesaver for your expat child »

(BPT) - You know the right way to find the best school for your children when moving abroad is to do your research and plan ahead. But what happens when circumstances prevent you from preparing the way you’d like? Many expat parents find themselves in…

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Critical illnesses are expensive – are you prepared? »

(BPT) - The cost of a critical illness — a heart attack, cancer or stroke — can hit thousands of dollars. It can push families to the financial brink, as more than half say they have little or no savings.

The problem has become so acute…

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Help Celebrate and Support Teachers Nationwide During Back-to-School Season [Video] »

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Helpful hints for keeping tile surfaces gorgeous »

(BPT) - Apparently, Texas isn’t the only place where things are bigger when it comes to tile. During the past decade, homeowners across the country have installed larger and larger tile onto floors throughout their homes. In fact, the majority of tile installed today is…

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Fall entertaining forecast: cozy, comfortable and outdoors »

(BPT) - Whether an afternoon tailgating before the big game or a fun-filled evening under the dazzling autumn stars, the forecast for this season's entertaining is trending toward cozy, comfortable and outdoors.

'I think the big lifestyle shift right now is toward eating out less and…

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Fall entertaining forecast: casual, comfortable and outdoors »

(BPT) - Whether an afternoon tailgating before the big game or a fun-filled evening under the dazzling autumn stars, the forecast for this season’s entertaining is trending toward cozy, comfortable and outdoors.

“I think the big lifestyle shift right now is toward eating out less and…

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A four-point plan for joint health »

(BPT) - Whether it's a brand-new Bentley or a classic 1970 Mustang, most people have a car they dream about. If they're lucky enough to own it someday, you better believe they're going to take care of it. Regular maintenance is an essential part of…

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Is your teen ignoring you or is it hearing loss? »

(BPT) - We were all teenagers once. We let health warnings from parents and others wash over us like waves, noticed but forgotten almost as soon as they’d passed, because we figured we’d deal with them when we were older. Unfortunately, the mistakes of youth…

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What to look for when buying a garage door for your home »

(BPT) - The most important factor that garage door buyers consider is not the price!

That was the surprising result of a 2016 national survey completed in February. According to that study, the buyers' most important consideration is appearance/curb appeal, followed by price, durability, low…

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How to save money on health care »

(BPT) - One in two Americans has a chronic condition and 86 percent of health care spending is on chronic care, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When it comes to saving money, health care is probably the last place you might…

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Upgrade your backyard with a DIY outdoor fireplace »

(BPT) - Upgrading an outdoor living area with a fireplace continues to grow in popularity at homes across the country according to the American Society of Landscape Architects. In fact, the latest Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey by the organization identified fireplaces and…

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How to use color psychology when painting your home »

(BPT) - Do you ever wonder why you feel immediately relaxed when you enter a spa, yet when you enter a gym, you feel alert and energized? The answer can be found in the colors selected to decorate the space.

"Interior designers use color psychology to…

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5 simple tips to refresh ‘brown bag’ lunches »

(BPT) - You’re running out the door, already late and thinking about that important 8 a.m. meeting. Lunch is the last thing on your mind. In fact, you usually just pick something up from the deli line or local fast food place and hurry back…

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Tips for last-minute family travel »

(BPT) - Everything takes more time with young children in tow. When even a simple grocery store trip takes strategic planning, most parents forget about organizing a weekend getaway, especially if it’s spontaneous.

The truth is, small kids can be amazing travel companions with a little…

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Three DIY ways to improve your home WiFi »

(BPT) - You don’t need an expert to tell you: America is hooked on the internet. Just try to think of the last day you didn’t use the web in some way.

But you probably don’t think much about the main way the internet is…

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5 reasons to make a career in fitness »

(BPT) - Imagine waking up early on a Monday morning with a smile on your face. You're excited to get the week started because you love what you do. Or how about taking a Tuesday afternoon all to yourself, without having to ask permission and…

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Bright ideas to help working women find work-life balance »

(BPT) - Life for the modern working woman is a constant balancing act. She strives for success on the job while supporting her family and pursuing her own personal goals. As she makes her way through her daily to-do list, there's often one thing that…

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Expanding access to coordinated care for dialysis patients »

(BPT) - More than 660,000 people in the U.S. suffer from kidney failure, also known as end-stage renal disease (ESRD). These patients often cope with multiple chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and depression. They are also more likely to be socioeconomically disadvantaged, which…

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10 packing hacks to streamline your move »

(BPT) - Moving brings a mix of emotions. Excitement about living in a new home is paired with angst and anxiety about the actual moving process. The most dreaded task is the one that takes the most time: packing.

The boxes, the bubble wrap, the labels…

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How technology is simplifying relief of chronic pain »

(BPT) - Doctors hate seeing patients suffering from chronic pain, and not just because their instinct is immediately to want to help their patients to feel better. One of the primary challenges doctors confront is that even though chronic pain is common, it can be…

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Top 3 ways to save money on health care »

(BPT) - One in two Americans has a chronic condition and 86 percent of health care spending is on chronic care, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When it comes to saving money, health care is probably the last place you might…

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5 ideas for celebrating grandparents and forging deeper bonds with family »

(BPT) - There's no arguing grandparents have special relationships with their grandchildren. Whether they are a couple hours' drive away or a flight across the country, distance doesn't dissolve this bond.

National Grandparents Day happens every September, but grandparents and families shouldn’t have to limit the…

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3 simple DIY updates to make your home safer and more energy efficient »

(BPT) - At the height of summer when busy schedules are at their peak, it’s difficult to find time to cross home improvement projects off of your to-do list. But as the seasons change, it’s important to be mindful of best practices around the house…

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Top tips for healthy hydration: You’re probably missing this key ingredient »

(BPT) - This summer, most of the United States experienced a heat wave that kept many people indoors or in the shade. Very high temperatures, especially for a prolonged period of time, can be extremely dangerous - and not just for the elderly or other…

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Foot care tips to keep vacationers on the go »

(BPT) - Clothing, passport, toiletries, accessories — when you travel you have a lot of important items to fit into your suitcase. But two of the most essential ingredients in an enjoyable vacation don’t go in your luggage: your own feet. Whether you’re walking on…

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Stay pool-cool without chlorine: There’s a healthy alternative »

(BPT) - As summer temperatures rise, backyard and neighborhood pools become more attractive for old and young alike. The one thing most folks don't like, however, is the smell of the chlorine or how it burns your eyes or feels on your skin once you…

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5 money tips every teen should know »

(BPT) - For most teens, high school is an exciting time for those sweet, first tastes of independence: first dates, first cars, first paychecks.

As low-stakes as some of these milestones may seem, there’s one area that deserves some extra attention in every family: personal finance. Today’s…

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Americans want action on housing and credit: Survey [Video] »

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From Brazil to China – flavor exploration has never been easier »

(BPT) - No matter where you live, you seek authentic flavors from countries around the world, and tasting those flavors can offer a glimpse into the many different cultures and cuisines. In fact, three out of five people feel they have become more adventurous when…

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6 tips to protect your children from hidden dangers around the home »

(BPT) - Even in the most safety-minded homes, the most serious hazards for children can be hiding in plain sight. Know which unexpected items can be risky, and what to do to prevent an accident.

Many parents feel they know the top child proofing items to…

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Parent snack hacks to fight after-school hunger »

(BPT) - "How was your day," you ask your child after school. Rather than hearing a funny recess anecdote or story about a tough test, she murmurs back, "I'm hungry."

School days are long, and if your child participates in after-school activities, they're even longer. Busy…

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Focusing on Family Health: August is National Immunization Awareness Month »

(BPT) - National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), held each year in August, is a great time to review your family’s vaccination records. NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them…

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Online schools allow personalized education with flexible schedules »

(BPT) - K-12 education has evolved. What used to be a linear path to academic success has expanded to a variety of nontraditional options for students looking to chart their own course in and after school.

Nationwide, more than 275,000 K-12 students in the U.S. attended…

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Your child’s school is nut-fee. Now what? »

(BPT) - The notice arrives: Your child's school does not allow any tree nuts on the premises. Or perhaps you've just learned this year's classroom is a designated peanut free zone.

This can be frustrating for all parents, especially with all those confusing food labels and…

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7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Kiwifruit »

(BPT) - When it comes to fruit, kiwis are often overlooked. But that’s a shame, because these tiny orbs pack big nutritional, culinary and palate-pleasing surprises.

Here are seven little-known facts about kiwifruit:

1. There’s no need to peel kiwifruit.

Kiwifruit is the perfect portable snack because it…

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5 ways to encourage handwriting this school year »

(BPT) - Handwriting is an essential part of a child’s education, as it allows children to express their creativity and develop their best self. Research shows that handwriting promotes critical thinking, reading comprehension and fine motor skills development.

"I've found that the more my kids write…

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Seniors: 5 simple secrets for overcoming gym intimidation »

(BPT) - No one really relishes the idea of growing older and experiencing the health issues that can accompany aging. If there was one thing you could do to significantly improve your chances of staying mentally sharp, physically healthy and independent throughout your golden years,…

Aug 17 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

You’re Free! Five Great Ideas for Repurposing Kids’ Bedrooms »

(BPT) - Now that your kids have launched lives of their own, you may be considering how to maximize the extra space they left behind.
Making renovations can be a fun way to turn their now-empty rooms into a useful and/or relaxing space for…

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Baltimore police fire at, miss man who aimed gun at officers »

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police say a man who pointed a stolen gun at officers was arrested after one of them fired a single round…

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NC officer confronts suspect: ‘Put the gun down, bro’ »

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Recorded radio traffic captures a North Carolina police officer telling a suspect to put his gun down during a confrontation that…

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Caltrans to sell homes along proposed 710 Freeway extension »

Caltrans will soon be selling dozens of homes along the proposed 710 Freeway extension after orders by Gov. Jerry Brown and the state legislature.…

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As the bear populations grow, some say more hunting needed »

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The black bear population in northern New England is growing, and wildlife managers say this year's hunt for the animals is…

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Intoxicated in the air: drunk pilots make news but are rare »

NEW YORK (AP) — Every few months, a pilot somewhere in the world is stopped before a jet takes off because of suspicion of drunkenness.…

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Body pulled from Schuylkill River in Grays Ferry »

A body was pulled from the Schuylkill River in the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia on Tuesday morning.…

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Deputies fatally shoot man who charged them with chain saw »

GRAHAM, Wash. (AP) — Officers in Washington state shot and killed a man they say charged at them with a running chain saw.…

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Chicago lawmaker proposes cracking down on Pokemon Go sites »

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Invasive weeds have long threatened to erode dunes on a portion of the Chicago lakefront, but the area recently had to…

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Hospital, hepatitis C outbreak victims reach settlement »

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Trinity Health and its hospital in Minot have agreed in principal on a legal settlement with 21 victims of the largest…

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USDA closes offices in five U.S. states after threats »

"Yesterday, USDA received several anonymous messages that are concerning for the safety of USDA personnel and its facilities. As a precaution, USDA has closed offices,"…

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Couple Sharing Household Should Share Expenses Too »

DEAR ABBY: I need some relationship advice. How do you handle household expenses with a partner? My boyfriend and I have been in a relationship for 10 years. In all…

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Man Looking At Gay Porn May Be More Than Merely Curious »

DEAR ABBY: I've been with my fiance for three years and I'm very much in love. A few months ago I asked to use his phone to look up something…

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Fall Preview: Warren Beatty’s Hughes film finally takes off »

NEW YORK (AP) — Warren Beatty is standing outside an early screening of his new film, "Rules Don't Apply" —…

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Lochte mum on Rio return, plugs ‘Dancing with the Stars’ gig »

NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Lochte isn't saying whether he'll return to Brazil to face a charge of filing a…

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Myanmar group targets Kofi Annan; uses Morgan Freeman photo »

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A prominent anti-Muslim group of Buddhist nationalists in Myanmar is criticizing former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan…

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Alicia Keys to pay tribute to Clive Davis during Black Ball »

NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Keys is paying tribute to the record executive who offered her a recording contract more…

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Mosquitoes Can Pass Zika to Their Offspring »

Mosquito-borne viruses, like dengue and chikungunya, tend to come in seasonal waves, flaring up in the summer or wet seasons, and fading in the winter or dry seasons. Zika is expected ...…

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Kosovo police arrest six opposition activists over blast »

Kosovo police arrested six opposition party activists Tuesday over a grenade fired at parliament, one of several recent attacks that have rattled the capital ahead of a controversial parliamentary vote. A police statement said those ...…

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Nigerian rebels claim attack on state-owned pipeline »

Nigerian rebels claimed a Tuesday attack on a state-owned oil pipeline and accused the military of "endlessly harassing" the country's south as they vowed to intensify their campaign...…

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Hungarian far-right extremist jailed over terror acts »

A Hungarian far-right extremist who set up a paramilitary group was handed a 13-year jail term Tuesday on terrorism-related charges, including firing Molotov cocktails at homes of left-wing politicians. After ...…

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How The Night Of Explored the Bias of Sight »

One of the most memorable images of The Night Of, the now-concluded HBO miniseries that seemed only to ever deal in memorable images, was among its simplest. In Sunday’s ...…

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