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    5 Ways to Decorate with Nature

    (BPT) - According to a recent YouGov survey, commissioned by VELUX, 63% of people spend less than 7 hours a week in nature. Nature helps to soothe and calm us, so weave it into the decor throughout your home. Natural light brightens this bathroom, highlighting the clean, modern lines.

  • Green Living

    Your neighborhood deer are gearing up for winter - Get ready

    (NewsUSA) - Like many mammals, deer physically prepare for winter by better insulating their bodies. In the fall, deer gradually trade their summer coats for a warmer winter one, which is more substantial and has thicker, longer, darker hair called "guard hairs" to protect their fur and skin from rain and snow.

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Schools Can Play an Instrumental Role in Empowering Young Leaders

(StatePoint) From encouraging dialogue on mental health to initiating grassroots fundraising efforts for pediatric cancer, students across the country are choosing issues they’re passionate about and generating real change. Parents, educators and community members may ask a pertinent question: how can we develop this initiative in every child?

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Wednesday 10/16/2019
4 Ideas for Becoming a Lifelong Learner
Posted: October 16, 2019

(StatePoint) October is National Learning and Development Month, a time set aside for broadening one’s personal and professional skills. Here are four cool ideas for marking the occasion:

How to throw a fun themed holiday party
Posted: October 16, 2019

(BPT) - This year, why not choose a fun theme for your holiday party? You can create a great atmosphere while providing entertainment for all ages with a little creativity — and local resources.

Tuesday 10/15/2019
How to be ready for a home fire: Plan and practice
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - Did you know that today’s homes burn faster than ever? Newer homes tend to be built with unprotected, lightweight wood construction and are frequently designed with lots of open spaces and high ceilings — ideal conditions for fire to grow and spread quickly. Also, modern home furnishings are often made with synthetic fibers that generate toxic smoke and gases when they burn, making it hard to see and breathe within moments.

Five ways to support shelter animals if you’re not ready to adopt
Posted: October 15, 2019

(BPT) - The winter months, which are often considered some of the busiest for animal shelters, are approaching. According to the ASPCA, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters every year. Adding a shelter pet to your family can be fulfilling, but what if you’re not ready or able to adopt?

Your neighborhood deer are gearing up for winter - Get ready
Posted: October 15, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Like many mammals, deer physically prepare for winter by better insulating their bodies. In the fall, deer gradually trade their summer coats for a warmer winter one, which is more substantial and has thicker, longer, darker hair called "guard hairs" to protect their fur and skin from rain and snow.

A New Way to Achieve Defined Arms and Contoured Thighs
Posted: October 15, 2019

(BPT) - Picture this: You’re sporting a sleek, black sleeveless tank or maybe a pair of denim short shorts. Your arms are defined and trim, and your legs could stop traffic.

Simple ways to support causes in your daily life
Posted: October 15, 2019

(BPT) - We are all busy and distracted these days, and it can often be difficult to find ways to make a difference to those less fortunate in our communities. However, today it is simpler than ever to give back, and you do not have to alter your hectic routine to make an impact.

Give back while you shop

If you want to make a difference with your shopping dollars, look for retailers that give a percentage of their profits to those in need.

For example, Walgreens gives one percent of sales from participating vitamin products to nonprofit Vitamin Angels. Through Vitamin Angels, undernourished pregnant women and children under five receive life-changing nutrients to combat the devastating effects of malnutrition. When customers purchase they support Vitamin Angels’ mission to improve child and maternal health in the U.S. and around the world. The partnership between Walgreens and Vitamin Angels has already reached more than 200 million children and mothers throughout the U.S. and worldwide with essential vitamins and minerals. To learn more, visit

Many retailers and grocery stores also provide shoppers the opportunity to donate to causes when they are at the checkout register. With just a couple of extra clicks, you can opt to add a small contribution to your total bill to provide resources to a worthy cause.

Give while you work up a sweat

You can get exercise and support a cause you care about at the same time. Several apps on the market allow you to donate to your charity of choice for every mile you walk, run or bike — the miles can even add up as you carry your phone around all day. All you have to do is download an app, create an account, select your favorite charity and get moving!

You can also join organized walks and runs that suit all fitness levels to support your cause. Turn it into a social event by rallying friends, coworkers and family members to join you, or ask them to sponsor you (and cheer you on!) for each mile completed.

Give back while you de-clutter

Next time you join in on the Marie Kondo craze to clear out your closets, consider sparking even more joy by donating gently used items to a local nonprofit. Clothing and goods you no longer use can be life-changing for those in need. Check before you donate to make sure your charity of choice actually needs your donations. Some organizations will even come to your home at no charge, making it even easier to give back.

Give your time

With crammed schedules, it can seem like a big commitment to volunteer, but today’s nonprofits offer flexible arrangements. Most nonprofits welcome any level of assistance, even one-­time engagements or a couple of hours a month. Contact a local nonprofit you are interested in to ask about volunteering opportunities. Some employers will even allow you to use PTO (paid time off) for volunteering, so it's worth asking your employer’s HR department.

3 surprising ingredients to boost flavor in your recipes
Posted: October 15, 2019

(BPT) - Looking for easy ways to add zing to snacks and meals, as well as holiday entertaining? Adding just a few flavor-packed ingredients can revamp recipes with very little effort. Consider adding dried fruits to your daily meals and snacks, as they're not only full of flavor, but packed with nutrition, too. Because dried fruit needs no refrigeration, it's also a great on-the-go snack for packing in school lunches, gym bags or keeping in your office desk.

7 budget-friendly tips for smart holiday gift giving
Posted: October 15, 2019

(BPT) - The holiday season is full of celebration, social activities and spreading good cheer by exchanging gifts. The problem is gift giving can get expensive if you’re not making a plan and monitoring your spending. A happy holiday doesn't have to mean stressing about finances or going into debt. You can enjoy the holidays and save money with some smart strategies for gift giving on a budget.

Study Shows Gift Cards Can Give A Boost To Small Businesses
Posted: October 15, 2019

(NAPSI)—If you own or run any of America’s nearly 31 million small businesses, recent research reveals gift cards can be a real gift to your bottom line. According to a 2019 Small Business Gift Card Study commissioned by First Data, now Fiserv, gift card programs help small business owners bring in more sales, attract new customers, and build relationships with their customers.

Home Weatherization 101: Tips for a Comfortable Home
Posted: October 15, 2019

(StatePoint) Do seasonal temperatures sometimes leave you frustrated with your home’s lack of insulation? Staying comfortable indoors is a top priority for most people, and luckily, it’s easy to ensure your home is an optimal temperature.

Monday 10/14/2019
Cutting the chaos out of your morning routine
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - Mornings can be chaotic as you fight the clock to get out the door on time. This is especially true if you have a big family. Wouldn't it be nice if rather than feeling like a stressful race, your morning routine was something you looked forward to?

5 ways to add luxury and style to your bathroom
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - Today's homeowners are increasingly expecting their bathrooms to mirror some of the spa-like features previously seen only in hotels, resorts and luxury vacation rentals.

2020 Wallpaper and Home Decorating Trends [Video]
Posted: October 14, 2019

¿Los milenials están prestando suficiente atención a su puntaje de crédito?
Posted: October 14, 2019

(StatePoint) Los milenials no son ajenos a trabajar con números. Las vidas de hoy en día se ven afectadas por un gran número de estadísticas en línea y en las redes sociales: los “me gusta”, los seguidores, las calificaciones y las puntuaciones. Sin embargo, una nueva encuesta sugiere que, pese al tiempo y la atención que esta generación dedica a las redes sociales, está más concentrada en la importancia de un número muy diferente: su puntaje de crédito.

5 hacks to save money while traveling for college football games
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - The fresh air. The roar of the crowd. The sweet smell of looming victory. Is there anything better than rooting your favorite college football team to a big win? Being at the game is an energetic experience like no other, but for many people, traveling to see college football is expensive.

Global Film Series Highlights the World of Flavors [Video]
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:41 am

5 reasons to encourage your child to eat school lunch
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - For millions of Americans, particularly those in lower income communities, access to healthy foods remains a challenge. However, when it comes to building healthy, happy kids, proper nutrition is essential to helping them succeed later on in life. School lunch is important for student health and well-being because it ensures students have the nutrition they need throughout the day to learn. Kids’ minds and bodies are also constantly developing, so healthy habits developed in the school cafeteria directly impact future decisions.

Hosting tips for your next get-together
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - There are always reasons to entertain, especially now during the holidays. From decor to dessert, there isn’t one exact recipe for the perfect party, and the right combination can make a real difference. Candy maker HARIBO suggests sprinkling in moments of sweet childlike happiness to strike a memorable chord with party-goers. So, if you’re dreaming of ways to make your next get-together a reality, here are three helpful tips.

Bring The Family Back To The Dinner Table With Five Quick Tips
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:40 am

(NAPSI)—With summer in the rearview mirror, school back in session and days getting shorter, it’s the perfect time to rethink your dinner routine.

Ask The Doctor: Early Morning Challenges With ADHD
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:40 am

(NAPSI)—ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder defined by impairing levels of inattention, disorganization, and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity.1 For people with ADHD, these behaviors are more severe, occur more often, and interfere with or reduce the quality of how they function socially, at school, or in a job.2

Seniors Have A Lot To Smile About
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:40 am

(NAPSI)—Healthy teeth and gums are an important part of overall well-being. However, as people age, they become more prone to gum disease and other oral health problems. With regular dental check-ups and proper care, your smile may never get old.

Medicare Enrollment Season Is Coming: 5 Tips To Make Sure You’re In The Right Plan
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:40 am

(NAPSI)—Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period runs from October 15 to December 7, 2019. This is your yearly chance to shop for insurance coverage that best meets your needs. People covered by Medicare will have even more plans with a host of new benefits to choose from for 2020.

Simple Steps To Declutter Your Phone
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:44 am

(NAPSI)—Have you ever scrolled endlessly through your photos on your phone to find that special one you took weeks ago? Or, perhaps you have that one important e-mail that takes forever to find in your inbox?

Sunday 10/13/2019
Understand data usage to get the best deal
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - When it comes to how we use our cellphones, it's especially important to understand data usage. Knowing what consumes your data, and how you use it, will help you recognize whether you’re getting the best deal on your wireless plan.

Saturday 10/12/2019
Are Millennials Paying Enough Attention to Their Credit Scores?
Posted: October 12, 2019

(StatePoint) Millennials are no strangers to watching numbers. Lives today are affected by a vast number of online and social media statistics -- likes, followers, scores and ratings. However, a new survey suggests that despite the time and attention this generation devotes to social media, they are more focused on the importance of a very different number: their credit scores.

Friday 10/11/2019
UL Presents: Smoke Alarm Friendship Stories [Video]
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:41 am

Winter is coming: Be prepared for costly, damaging storms
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - Winter weather is difficult to predict. Use these tips to help protect your home from the costly damage winter storms can bring.

Knowing If It's Alzheimer's Or Just Typical Age-Related Changes
Posted: October 11, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Maybe your mom forgot where she parked her car. Or maybe you had to resort to describing "the thing that gets the creases out of clothes" to a salesperson because you couldn't remember the word "iron."

Investing tips for smart and steady growth
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - From mobile deposits to apps that transfer money in the blink of an eye, financial technology (or fintech) is disrupting the financial marketplace in new ways. The latest example is an innovation in the annuity marketplace that expands online access to a conventional retirement product, offering a smart tool for savers, even those years out from retirement.

Falling Leaves, Football, Halloween, And A New Kitchen
Posted: October 11, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Many people believe spring or summer is the best time of year to get your dream kitchen.

How to Choose Smart Video Games for Your Kids This Holiday Season
Posted: October 11, 2019

(StatePoint) When it comes to putting a smile on kids’ faces during the holiday season, video games are a pretty safe bet.

A Flavorful Fall Meal for the Entire Family
Updated: October 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) When fall comes around, it brings many iconic flavors, festive traditions and family meals, along with cravings for warm, hearty dishes. For your next gathering of loved ones, whether it’s a special occasion, sporting event or simply spending quality time together, serve a classic comfort food perfect for a small crowd.

Thursday 10/10/2019
5 tips to keep your packages safe this holiday season
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - According to the National Retail Federation, 41.4 million people shopped exclusively online from Thanksgiving Day to Cyber Monday in 2018. As the holidays approach, online shopping will continue to grow in popularity, helping families spend more time celebrating the season and less time struggling through long disorganized lines, fighting massive crowds of frantic shoppers, and worrying about whether that must-have gift will still be on shelves at the mall.

How one man survived sudden cardiac arrest
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - Within eight days, Michael Adams, a 59-year-old husband and father of two from Moore, Oklahoma, suffered a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) — and survived them both. While many think a heart attack and SCA are the same, they are not. Recent heart attack victims have a higher risk of SCA, but there are life-saving treatment options available.

Beauty and Style Finds for All [Video]
Posted: October 10, 2019

No deje que las alergias ocultas de temporada festiva arruinen su alegría y diversión
Posted: October 10, 2019

(BPT) - La temporada de fin de año es ocasión de reunirse para disfrutar de buena comida, amigos y festividades. Pero si bien todo pudiera parecernos alegre y brillante, si usted padece de asma o de alergias, debe ser precavido. A menudo, una temporada plena de tradición y alegría puede venir acompañada de desencadenantes de alergias ocultas, si no está atento y preparado.

Take it from the pros and close before you doze [Video]
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:41 am

As business payment fraud skyrockets, are you protected?
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - Whether your business is small, medium or large, as an owner you're probably all too familiar with the threats of payment fraud. A proactive approach can make a big difference in reducing your chances of experiencing this common type of fraud, saving you significant time, money and stress.

Cómo enfrentar la recurrencia del cáncer en la sangre
Posted: October 10, 2019

(BPT) - Muchas de las personas que integran la cifra creciente de sobrevivientes de cáncer en los Estados Unidos comparten esta pregunta: “¿Tendrá recurrencia mi cáncer?” De hecho, el miedo a la recurrencia del cáncer es una de las principales preocupaciones en las personas con cáncer y sus seres queridos.1

Four Women’s Fiction Books Explore Diverse Family Dramas
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 2:32 am

“Wild Boar in the Cane Field” by Anniqua Rana

3 ways supplemental insurance helps those facing breast cancer
Posted: October 10, 2019

(BPT) - As we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women should take some time to make sure they are taking the proper precautions to help protect themselves physically and financially against the disease. According to the American Cancer Society, women still have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer at some time in their life.1

A Stuffed Tomato Snack
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:45 am

( Whether you need a quick appetizer or something to snack on, these Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes make for an appealing bite.

5 Tips to Save at the Grocery Store
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:45 am

( Among the many monthly expenses that are simply unavoidable, buying groceries is one of the few that's squarely in your own control. While it's a necessity you can't eliminate from your budget completely, there are some simple ways to save a few bucks during future grocery runs.

Family Favorites with a Blended Twist
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:45 am

(Family Features) If you are raising picky eaters, there's a cooking technique that makes some of kids' favorite foods - like burgers and nachos - more nutritious while still tasting delicious.

Protein-Packed Peanut Butter Breakfast
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:45 am

(Family Features) Recipes that are both nutritious and flavorful can help bring your loved ones together at the family table. Power up your family meals with protein-packed dishes like Peanut Butter Breakfast Bread Pudding with Maple Peanut Sauce.

5 Time-Saving Laundry Tips
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:46 am

(Family Features) Between sorting, washing, pouring, transferring, drying and folding, laundry can often feel like a daunting chore.

5 Tips for Protecting Your Outdoor Space in the Offseason
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:46 am

(Family Features) Regardless of the climate you live in, protecting your patio furnishings and accessories during the colder months is crucial to maintaining a beautiful and functional outdoor living space. Protective outdoor covers can help defend against snow, sleet, wind, sun and rain, which can damage your outdoor essentials and cause them to deteriorate over time.

Give Your Home a Modern Makeover
Posted: October 10, 2019

(Family Features) Even if your home has seen a generation or two of living, creating a contemporary new look may not require a full-scale renovation. The key to creating a more modern feel is all in the details.