(BPT) - Four hundred gallons - that's how much water the average American home uses in a day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Is it any wonder? You turn on the tap to get a drink and run the water until it feels cool,…Apr 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - First impressions happen at the curb. A good first impression raises the value of your home and pride in home ownership. If you are considering listing your home, it's important that its curb appeal entices potential buyers to come inside and see more.…Apr 17 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - There are plenty of reasons to be excited that winter is finally over. Among them: no more slick roads, heavy jackets, freezing temperatures or dry skin. Spring's arrival also means an end to those expensive heating bills you paid all season. But just…Apr 17 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - Hairdryers, toothbrushes, combs, hair brushes and picks. Shaving utensils, makeup, styling products and perfumes. The collection of grooming and beauty tools cluttering the bathroom vanity can quickly overwhelm everything, making the space unusable for guests and creating difficulty in finding the tools you…Apr 17 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - A routine doctor's appointment often involves a health professional checking your blood pressure. The screening is not painful or stressful and typically takes less than a minute to measure. However, the results of this simple test may identify a condition that, when managed,…Apr 17 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - Warmer weather means days spent in the backyard with barbecues, pool parties and neighborhood gatherings. This year, create a more satisfying and sustainable outdoor living space that you'll feel extra good about by going 'green.' With some expert advice, it's easier than you…Apr 17 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - Dinner is over and your family is craving something sweet to end the meal. There are plenty of delicious options to satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth while keeping your family's balanced diet in check. Best of all, these desserts can be made…Apr 17 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - Homes are more technically advanced than ever before, providing homeowners with sophisticated sound systems, high-tech security capabilities and interactive entertainment systems. The good news is that you don't have to be a techie to turn your home into a smart home.
Not only is…Apr 17 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - After a winter of frigid temperatures and record snowfalls, the nation now faces the spring thaw and long, rainy months. Flood season is officially here - is your home ready for it?
Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Over…Apr 17 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - It's 3 in the morning and your child is awake complaining of aches and pains. You take his temperature, give him some water, and sit with him to encourage rest. Parents commonly experience long nights like these, and it can be tormenting when…Apr 17 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - As the classic Gershwin song lyrics go, 'summertime and the livin' is easy' isn't always the case if you're a parent trying to determine what to do with your kids when the final school bell rings. More than 10 million kids from coast…Apr 16 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - Today's college students are breaking the stereotypical mold. Older students are no longer intimidated to conquer college later in life, and many colleges see students in their 20s studying alongside students in their 30s, 40s - even 60s! If it's been a long…Apr 16 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - If the thought of a scorching summer without adequate cooling sounds tough, think about the strain an overworked air conditioner unit places on both your household budget and the environment. Around two-thirds of all American homes have an air conditioner unit, amounting to…Apr 16 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - Most parents and grandparents know that keeping medicine out of children's hands is important. But every minute a poison control center answers a call about a young child getting into medicine, and every 8 minutes a child goes to the emergency room for…Apr 16 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - Numerous pieces of equipment are required for busy restaurant kitchens to run smoothly, and one of the hardest-working machines in any kitchen is the commercial dishwasher. Critical to both restaurant flow and sanitation, this piece of restaurant equipment can make or break the…Apr 16 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - Years of hard work have all led to this moment; your loved one is graduating. This is a special time in his or her life. It marks an end to past successes and the doorway to new challenges and opportunities. As you celebrate…Apr 16 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - Graduation is right around the corner. If someone in your life is graduating from college and about to embark on their first career, you're probably searching for the perfect gift to celebrate their educational accomplishments and to get them started on the right…Apr 16 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - More females are graduating from college than ever before, but does gender still play a role in career success? Does the so-called glass ceiling still exist? The truth is females face unique considerations when it comes to growing and navigating a career.
Rachel Thomas,…Apr 16 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - With warm weather in sight, it's time to celebrate the return of sun, travel and outdoor parties. Whether taking a break from the workday to enjoy the park or hosting an event for friends, there are many ways to bask in the warmth.
Lunch…Apr 15 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - Think your family's favorite breakfast recipe is a winner? Enter it now in the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off(R) Contest for the chance to win $1 million and other prizes.
In 2013, Antoinette Leal of Ridgefield, Conn., won third prize at the contest for her Cherry…Apr 15 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - As temperatures warm across the country, many homeowners will begin thinking about home improvement. Adding a deck or replacing an old one is a popular project in spring and summer - one that provides outdoor entertaining space and enhances home value. If you're…Apr 15 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - When it comes to the health of your children, you do everything you can to help them grow up healthy and strong. You get them vaccinated, take them to the dentist and optometrist, and you do your best to ensure they eat a…Apr 15 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - Whether you're staying in place or planning to take advantage of an improving real estate market to sell your home, spring and summer are upgrade seasons. From adding a bathroom to creating an outdoor kitchen, certain improvements pay off for both homeowners who…Apr 14 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - When it comes to diet and health, small changes can lead to big rewards. Replacing less healthy ingredients in your favorite recipes with ingredients that are lower in calories and packed with nutrients (and flavor) make it easy for you to stay on…Apr 14 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - After the long and cold winter experienced across the United States, families will be tackling spring cleaning with a passion this year. But for more than 40 million Americans living with allergies and 25 million with asthma, housekeeping comes with extra concerns and…Apr 14 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - Parents and kids alike sigh with relief at the end of another successful school year. Yet years of studies show that summer 'brain drain' is a very real phenomenon, and where kids are intellectually at the end of one school year isn't always…Apr 14 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - You already know grilling is a healthful, flavorful and fun way to cook while enjoying the great outdoors. But did you know it can also be a 'green' activity?
By choosing earth-friendly fuel options, better ingredients and sustainably sourced seasonings, you can…Apr 14 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - Technology has made the world a very different place than it was just one, five or 10 years ago. Film cameras, handwritten letters and portable CD players, all have been replaced by newer, more efficient inventions.
These advancements have improved so many facets…Apr 14 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - Families are always looking for new ways to celebrate and spend time together. Why not start your weekend off on the right foot with a little family time in the kitchen over a delicious hot breakfast?
Cooking in the kitchen is a great activity…Apr 14 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - What does the concept of a wedding theme mean to you? Do you think it's just about the colors you choose for your bouquet and bridesmaid gowns? Or do you think of it as something grander - your personalized stamp that should shine…Apr 11 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - Each week, the average person spends between 10 and 20 hours doing yard work and other tasks around the home, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While necessary, these routine tasks don't exactly fit neatly into today's busy, on-the-go lifestyles, which is…Apr 11 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - It's no secret that world travel is one of the most exciting perks enjoyed by men and women in America's Navy. With more than 100 ports of call around the globe and bases in multiple time zones, there's a great chance you'll see…Apr 11 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - If you have auto insurance, you probably think you have all the coverage you need for yourself, your spouse and your teenage drivers. Likewise, your homeowners insurance will take care of repair costs in case the pipes burst or there's a fire. But…Apr 11 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - Though most states require drivers to have car insurance, there are still motorists who take their chances and drive without coverage or with insufficient coverage. Nationwide, an estimated 14 percent of drivers are uninsured, and, in a handful of states, that figure tops…Apr 11 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - Car insurance can take a bite out of your budget. On average, consumers shelled out nearly $800 for auto insurance for each vehicle in 2011, according to a recent report from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. In some states, the annual cost…Apr 11 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - After one of the toughest winters on record, your backyard deck may be looking worse for wear. And spring showers will just bring more potential damage to unprotected wood. Water is your deck's worst enemy. It causes ugly and expensive cracking and splitting.
Luckily,…Apr 11 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - All signs point to a hearty real estate market this summer. Experts say more inventory will be available and buyers will have an easier time getting mortgages, all of which means more competition among sellers.
If you plan to put your home on the…Apr 10 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - When spring-cleaning uncovers a worn floor it may be time to consider purchasing a new one, especially if you're selling your home in the near future. A new floor, like refreshed paint and updated fixtures, makes a home more enjoyable to live in…Apr 10 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - With spring break plans in place and summer just around the corner - sandal season is finally here. It's time to put foot care on your immediate to-do list so your feet will be up to the task of showing off your newest…Apr 10 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(BPT) - With warm weather on the way, many Americans will be heading outdoors. Whether you're beautifying your landscape with a lawn mower and hedge trimmer or using a chain saw to clear space for that deck you've always dreamed of, it's important to take…
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee woman says she made a grisly discovery while hunting for Easter eggs in her back yard with her 3-year-old…Apr 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California exotic pet breeder who had 20,000 dead and dying rats and reptiles in a warehouse has avoided jail…Apr 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Friday, setting the stage for an Easter morning delivery…Apr 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy officer was relieved of duty Friday because of unspecified alleged misconduct while he was commanding officer of the Blue…Apr 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
SAN DIEGO (AP) — An autopsy report says a Mexican man who was killed by a Border Patrol agent near San Diego was shot twice…Apr 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
BOSTON (AP) — With an expanded field of runners and the memory of last year's bombings elevating interest in one of the world's great races,…Apr 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
(Reuters) - TransCanada Corp Chief Executive Russ Girling said on Friday he was "extremely disappointed and frustrated" with yet another delay in making a decision…Apr 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A child's body found off a highway in central Massachusetts on Friday matches the height and weight of a 5-year-old boy…Apr 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Teck Resources said on Friday its Red Dog zinc mine, the world's largest, in Alaska is operating as usual after two…Apr 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
NEW YORK (AP) — A second, milder wave of flu is hitting the Northeast.…Apr 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
Cuban television and cinema are lagging behind other industries that have seen recent reform on the communist island, a writers'…Apr 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
NEW YORK (AP) — ABC says it has promoted Lara Spencer to co-host status on "Good Morning America."…Apr 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
LOS ANGELES (AP) — WGN America is calling on witchcraft to help launch the cable channel in a new direction.…Apr 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
NEW YORK (AP) — Prince now owns the rights to the music he recorded on Warner Bros. Records after years…
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met separately Friday with US peace envoy Martin Indyk, a Palestinian source said, a day after five hours of three-way talks failed to bring agreement. Indyk ...…Apr 18 2014 / Read More »
President Barack Obama does not plan to see Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim when he is in Kuala Lumpur next week, though US officials on Friday did not rule out a lower-level meeting...…Apr 18 2014 / Read More »
US President Barack Obama made clear his "disgust" at anti-Jewish leaflets handed out in east Ukraine's main city, his top national security aide said Friday. The pamphlets telling...…Apr 18 2014 / Read More »
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region, but regional security concerns are ...…Apr 18 2014 / Read More »
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same.…Apr 18 2014 / Read More »