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    5 tips for settling into your new home

    (BPT) - Though summer is winding down, for many families, hectic moving schedules are still underway. Whether you are moving this season or planning for a move in the near future, consider some helpful guidelines on packing up, moving out and settling in without a hitch — plus, the latest technologies to turn your new house into a home.

  • Pets

    With great puppy comes great responsibility: 7 tips to dog-proof your home

    (BPT) - Bringing home a new puppy is an exciting life event, but it can also be a little scary. While your new best friend is likely to take to you right away, dogs can also get disoriented when they are in a new place. They’ll frequently want to explore, and they’ll have lots and lots of energy. You might be confident that you’ll be a great, intuitive pet parent, but it’s important to take the right precautions and make sure your house is pet-friendly before Fido finds your designer shoes.

  • Home Decorating

    Make Your Home’s Exterior Pop with Color

    (StatePoint) Color is a fundamental component of curb appeal and can make your home either stand out from the pack or blend in nicely with its environment. But you’re not alone if you’re unsure how to incorporate color to make your home look its best.

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    Heat your home without wasting energy this season

    (BPT) - If you’re interested in living a greener lifestyle, perhaps you’re already trying to reduce your energy usage as much as possible. Maybe you ride your bike to work, unplug your electronics when they’re not in use, use fans during warm weather and avoid wasting water.

Top Story

Why is it So Hard to Accept Compliments?

(StatePoint) Try a little experiment. Think of someone you love or respect, and offer her a compliment. Chances are high that she’ll deflect your kind words, if not outright tell you you’re just plain wrong, suggests a new study, which finds that nearly 40 percent of women have trouble accepting compliments.

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Friday 08/28/2015
Americans Spending More for College Out-of-Pocket
Updated: August 28, 2015 - 3:30 am

(StatePoint) The Bank of Mom and Dad is open for business, as parent out-of-pocket spending has become the number one source of college funding. In fact, 62 percent of families did not borrow to pay for college last year, according to a new report.

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Thursday 08/27/2015
How to make Labor Day last year-round
Updated: August 28, 2015 - 3:30 am

(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 fall and beyond.

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A new option for patients with brain diseases
Updated: August 28, 2015 - 3:30 am

(BPT) - Every year more than 300,000 people are diagnosed with brain lesions in the U.S.[i] The term lesion is used to describe a wide variety of abnormal brain growths.

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Heat your home without wasting energy this season
Updated: August 28, 2015 - 3:30 am

(BPT) - If you’re interested in living a greener lifestyle, perhaps you’re already trying to reduce your energy usage as much as possible. Maybe you ride your bike to work, unplug your electronics when they’re not in use, use fans during warm weather and avoid wasting water.

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With great puppy comes great responsibility: 7 tips to dog-proof your home
Updated: August 28, 2015 - 3:30 am

(BPT) - Bringing home a new puppy is an exciting life event, but it can also be a little scary. While your new best friend is likely to take to you right away, dogs can also get disoriented when they are in a new place. They’ll frequently want to explore, and they’ll have lots and lots of energy. You might be confident that you’ll be a great, intuitive pet parent, but it’s important to take the right precautions and make sure your house is pet-friendly before Fido finds your designer shoes.

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Farmers market closed? How to make the most of your grocery store's produce aisle
Updated: August 28, 2015 - 3:30 am

(BPT) - It’s the same story every year — kids return to school, temperatures drop, summer vacation becomes a fading memory and the local farmers market closes. While you may spend winter longing for the return of 80-degree days and sunny skies, you don’t have to miss out on your favorite fruits and veggies. Many are still available in local grocery stores and some smart tricks and choices can help you eat like the farmers market is still open ... all winter long.

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Tech jobs are booming! How to help your daughter ride the tech wave
Updated: August 28, 2015 - 3:30 am

(BPT) - Virtual reality headsets, super sophisticated smartphones and 4K TVs with images as sharp as the view through a clean window — technology just keeps getting more amazing. Don’t forget, however, that behind all that awesome technology are the people who are innovating and producing it. The tech industry is no longer comprised of a handful of introverts and math whizzes, it’s now made up of millions of dreamers who believe in a small idea’s potential to achieve global impact.

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From auto aromatherapy to planning ahead: 7 tips for a calmer commute
Updated: August 28, 2015 - 3:30 am

(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 fellow commuters — driving to and from work can be downright stressful.

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Wednesday 08/26/2015
Don't Miss a Beat: Tips for Enjoying a Live Concert
Updated: August 27, 2015 - 3:30 am

(NewsUSA) - A concert is more than an evening excursion. This is your chance to go out in the town, mingle with friends, and discover the hottest new up-and-coming artists to add to your everyday playlist.

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Tips to Enjoy Pest-Free Camping This Summer
Updated: August 27, 2015 - 3:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Camping is a favorite activity for outdoor enthusiasts across the country. There are few better ways to take in the fresh air and relax than by spending some time out in the elements without all the distractions of everyday life. However, it's important to keep in mind that the great outdoors is also home to some serious health threats -- and you may be surprised at the "biggest" culprits!

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Make Your Home’s Exterior Pop with Color
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) Color is a fundamental component of curb appeal and can make your home either stand out from the pack or blend in nicely with its environment. But you’re not alone if you’re unsure how to incorporate color to make your home look its best.

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Easy Interior Upgrades to Add Beauty to Your Home
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) Making home upgrades? Why not make style a priority? There are many easy ways to add beauty to your home in the most unlikely spaces.

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What to Know When Giving Kids Tech Gear
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) Most parents expect their children to one day ask to use their cool, expensive tech devices. But adult tech for kids is now more accessible than ever, so parents don’t need to hand over their pricey tablets, smartwatches and smartphones.

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Making the jump: College living to real world working
Updated: August 27, 2015 - 3:30 am

(BPT) - As recent college graduates trade in their old futons for more grown-up couches or hand-me-downs and become acclimated to living in the real world, the realities of adulthood may begin to take hold. The jump from college to the real world can be a difficult one to make, as college grads are becoming more independent while also trying to land a job and establish a work/life balance during the process.

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Being there for loved ones with acute coronary syndrome this summer
Updated: August 27, 2015 - 3:30 am

(BPT) - Summer brings plenty of opportunities for you to spend time with family and friends. Whether you enjoy the summer vacations, barbeques, beach days or the holidays, there are various activities you want to participate in and make memories with your loved ones.

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Tips to make your next DIY home improvement as green as possible
Updated: August 28, 2015 - 3:30 am

(BPT) - If you’re thinking about making your next DIY home improvement project “green,” but aren’t sure how to achieve a balance of eco-friendly and affordability, there’s good news. It’s now easier than ever, especially when you do the work yourself with rented equipment and choose salvaged building materials for your project.

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New technologies can help short circuit your chronic pain
Updated: August 28, 2015 - 3:30 am

(BPT) - More than 100 million people in this country have pain that won’t go away. Many fail to get relief from pills, shots and surgery, while others trade the pain for side effects such as drowsiness or digestive problems. Unfortunately, too many become addicted to medications while trying to relieve their pain.

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Tuesday 08/25/2015
Los Hispanos Predominan En El Mercado De Regreso a Clases Este Año
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NewsUSA) - NewsusaInfographic - ¿Sabía que el 57 por ciento de las familias hispanas con un ingreso de 40K o más gastaran más de $300 en compras de regreso a clase? Considerando esto, no es nada extraño qué los padres hispanos le ganan a la población en general cuando se trata de hacer las compras de regreso a clases. Los hispanos quieren que sus niños y adolescentes definan su estilo personal, por lo que JCPenney se ha convertido en un popular destino de compras de regreso a la escuela. JCPenney tiene todo lo último en tendencias para ayudar a los niños y adolescentes a crear su propio estilo único y que se sienten cómodos y seguros en su propia piel.

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Obtén ayuda para tu carrera universitaria y profesional
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NAPSM)—La escuelas secundarias de los varones jóvenes pueden ayudarles a obtener buen empleo y dinero para la universidad en una manera sorprendente.

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Be "Pro-pack-tive" And Send A Healthful Lunch
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Lunch is important to power kids through their school day, explains Dr. Kurt Hong of the Center for Human Nutrition and director of Huntington Medical Foundation.

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Balancing Your Gut Flora—Better Health Through Better Digestion
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Your digestive system is home to a complex community of about 100 trillion living microorganisms. That’s over 10 times more than the total number of human cells found in your entire body! This community makes up your gut microbiome, a dynamic, diverse ecosystem of living microbes mainly made up of bacteria. Most of the bacteria living inside of you are beneficial. So, what are friendly, probiotic bacteria? Why do we need them?

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What's Cooking In Kitchens Today
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)-If you’ve been thinking—or just dreaming—of a remodeled or upgraded kitchen, a look at the latest trends may prove inspiring.

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Start Smart: Top Tips For Parents This School Year
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Whether you’re a newbie sending your kids to kindergarten or a grizzled veteran parent of a high school senior, school season can be an emotional time. Here’s a quick list of things you can do for more stress-free days at school.

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Protect Your Retirement
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—A new rule out of Washington could well make retirement saving even harder, particularly for the middle class—but there is something you can do about it.

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Bringing The Fair To The Home Or Classroom—Going Back To School With Risk Ranch
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Searching for ways to make summer last just a little bit longer for your kids? Look no further than Risk Ranch, the award-winning educational app that brings the fun of the farm and the state fair straight to a desktop or mobile device.

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What to Ask Your Doctor Before Scheduling Surgery
Updated: August 25, 2015 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) If you are planning to have surgery, you may be anxious. Asking the right questions before scheduling surgery can help ensure good care and give you a better idea of what to expect.

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Siete consejos para evitar estafas de lotería
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Aparentemente, es el día más feliz de su vida. Acaba de recibir una carta, un mensaje de correo electrónico o de texto, informándole que acaba de ganar la lotería. E incluso podría hasta recibir un cheque acompañado de una carta asegurando que la suma es parte de lo que ha ganado, que solo debe abonar determinada cantidad de sus fondos personales para cubrir el pago de cuotas o impuestos correspondientes, enviar una prueba de su identidad, para ser finalmente el feliz propietario del premio. Pero todo lo anterior parece demasiado bueno para ser cierto.

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Easy grout makeover brings new life to tile
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - One of the most economical improvements a homeowner can make to a kitchen or bath is refreshing the grout instead of replacing the tile. Mechanically removing and replacing grout can cost as much as $20 per square foot and complete demolition can seem out of reach when you are on a budget. However, there are penny-wise alternatives that are simple do-it-yourself solutions that can typically be achieved in a day.

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5 ways to support your student and your school this year
Updated: August 28, 2015 - 3:30 am

(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 year most teachers spend on average more than $400 of their own money to provide supplies and materials for their classrooms.

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Splurge or steal? 3 DIY home projects that give a high-end, modern look without breaking the bank
Updated: August 28, 2015 - 3:30 am

(BPT) - Doing your own home improvement projects is a great way to save money and still get the new look you desire. When you’re working on giving a traditional home a more modern feel, it can be tempting to splurge – but you don’t have to. It is possible to “steal” great looks for a lot less money.

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6 tips for fall recreation
Updated: August 28, 2015 - 3:30 am

(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 to take on the new season.

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Monday 08/24/2015
Chiropractors Offer Advice to Those With Diabetes
Updated: August 28, 2015 - 3:30 am

(NewsUSA) - If current trends hold, 1 in 5 Americans will have diabetes by 2025 -- and 1 in 3 by about a generation after that.

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Life Line Screening Data Supports Awareness as Key to Treating Arterial Disease
Updated: August 24, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) A lack of symptoms may be giving you a false sense of security about your health. In reality, there are several serious health conditions that can be asymptomatic, meaning your body doesn’t give you signals that something is wrong.

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A New Way to Play
Updated: August 24, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) In today’s electronic-driven digital age, kids are defining a new way to play. As the market for toys boasting the latest in technology continues to grow, companies have become increasingly innovative to deliver toys that tick the tech checkbox for kids, while satisfying parents who want options that inspire the imagination and encourage active play.

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5 Ways to Save Money on School Gear
Updated: August 24, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Families are working to stretch their back-to-school shopping budgets further this year, according to a recent survey by the National Retail Foundation. But saving money isn’t just about how much you spend on supplies; it’s also about making school supplies and equipment last as long as possible.

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Why Water is Your Workout Buddy
Updated: August 24, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) If you think drinking water during a workout is just about keeping your mouth from drying out as you pant your way through each set, think again. In addition to keeping you comfortable, staying hydrated is a necessary aspect of any healthy workout.

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8 Ways to Bring Big Style to Small Spaces
Updated: August 24, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) As college students prepare to move into dorm rooms and apartments, they trim their packing lists and often sacrifice style due to space restraints. Although it may seem difficult to bring big style into tight quarters, there are several small things you can do to bring your personality to life on move-in day.

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7 Safety Tips to Prepare Your Family for the Unexpected
Updated: August 24, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) When weather or other unforeseen circumstances cause a power outage, a portable generator may be the perfect solution. Although there are many benefits to using a generator as a temporary power source, some may be unaware of the dangers.

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Good Vision Helps Children Excel in School
Updated: August 24, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) With children heading back to school soon, parents’ to-do lists keep getting longer – shopping for clothes, shoes and supplies, going to the doctor for yearly physicals or checkups, and making appointments at the dentist, among other things. What is easily forgotten or put off is a yearly eye exam.

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Not all tilapia are equal: Choosing good from bad
Updated: August 24, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - The right seafood can make for a nutritious and satisfying meal, but it’s not always easy to decipher its labeling. Wild-caught, farm-raised, all-natural and organic are just a few buzz words shoppers notice at the seafood counter, but relying on a one-off label alone won’t guarantee a quality product, particularly in the case of tilapia.

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Time-Saving Beauty Tips for a Busy Day
Updated: August 24, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) It’s inevitable: the morning you oversleep is the day you have someplace important to be. Fortunately, there are plenty of short-cuts to your morning beauty routine that will have you out the door looking great and feeling confident in no time.

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Get a Super Start to Back to School
Updated: August 24, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) It’s that time of year again – back to school. Parents know the hustle of school schedules, afterschool activities and the dinner rush all too well, so getting started off on the right foot to set the tone for the rest of the year is important.

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Choose the Right Lighting for Your Home
Updated: August 24, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Just like many products, when it comes to purchasing new light bulbs, nothing beats the in-store experience. Seeing the difference in lighting has a stronger impact than online reviews from other consumers or experts. 

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3 easy steps to upgrade your computer to the latest operating system
Updated: August 24, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - When it comes to your computer it’s a PC or Apple. And, if you have a PC, your machine runs on a Microsoft operating system.

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10 ways to keep your cool with grapes
Posted: August 24, 2015

(BPT) - This time of year, nothing tastes better on a warm day than a refreshing cool snack – like grapes. Delicious and good for you, California grapes are the perfect finger food but they can also be so much more. If you’re looking to treat your palate to new taste sensations, here are 10 recipes that will expand your horizons and your love of this delectable fruit.

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Busy schedule? Here are some tips to help manage food allergies
Updated: August 25, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Like many children, Auggie Maturo has a busy schedule. The “Girl Meets World” actor loves acting, playing baseball and the piano and volunteering. He also lives with potentially life-threatening (severe) allergies and has experienced a life-threatening allergic reaction, or anaphylaxis.

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You could save a life by donating umbilical cord blood [Infographic]
Posted: August 24, 2015

(BPT) - Every three minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer. For many of these patients, a transplant using umbilical cord blood is a potential cure. Most patients in need of a cord blood transplant rely on donated cord blood units listed on the national Be The Match Registry. But many expectant parents are not aware of the option to donate these potentially life-saving cells and, often, cord blood is simply discarded as medical waste.

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Tips to help those with food allergies manage a busy schedule
Updated: August 25, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Like many children, Auggie Maturo has a busy schedule. The “Girl Meets World” actor loves acting, playing baseball and the piano and volunteering. He also lives with potentially life-threatening (severe) allergies and has experienced a life-threatening allergic reaction, or anaphylaxis.

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7 Painting Projects for Weekend Warriors
Updated: August 25, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Homeowners are often advised to keep the home neutral and avoid decorating with anything too bold or personal. But in order to make a house your home, the decor should reflect your personality and style. The good news is you don't have to make permanent commitments. Paint is an easy and cost-effective way to infuse color and patterns that transform the aesthetic of a room or piece of furniture.

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