(ARA) – Natural stone is one of the most sought-after upgrades in a home. Providing both versatility and timeless beauty, it’s no surprise that granite is the most popular natural stone option. Though very durable, the composition of stone can make it sensitive to damage through daily use. By understanding a few important do’s and don’ts, you can easily keep your home’s natural stone looking as good as the day it was installed.
(ARA) - Most women agree that style is an important tool for succeeding at work, at home and in life. But for many women, getting dressed in the morning can prove a frustrating process. Even with the basics covered, it’s often the final touches that can make or break an outfit.
(ARA) - The average super market offers some 45,000 food products, most of which are packaged, processed and a poor choice for someone who wants to eat healthy - even when the package says otherwise with claims of being natural, whole grain and even organic.
(ARA) - For today’s homeowners who are seeking easy ways to update their homes on a do-it-yourself budget, nothing transforms the look and feel of a room as quickly and affordably as a fresh coat of colorful paint.
(ARA) - With cooler temperatures on the way, there’s no better time to finish checking items off the home improvement to-do list. Several projects are “must-do’s” and should be completed before the harsher weather arrives. Most are simple enough to accomplish in just a couple days.
(ARA) - It has been said that most of life is about making choices and the rest is about luck. Every day, women are faced with numerous choices – both big and small, from which political affiliations we hold to how we raise our families to what to serve for dinner to how to style our hair. One area that we don’t often realize how many choices we have is the same area that should not be left to luck - birth control.
(ARA) – When’s the last time you thought about your foot health? From wiggling to walking, feet are used constantly, but are often forgotten when it comes to living healthy. Because the health of your feet can affect everything you do, it’s wise to keep them looking and feeling great. With a few simple steps, you can prevent injury and infection, and have toes you are proud to show off.
(ARA) - Having guests over to your house doesn’t necessarily mean you have to keep everyone contained inside. Open the doors of your home to your backyard to provide a relaxed ambiance for your guests. And with good lighting and comfortable seating, they’ll enjoy socializing and hanging around until well after the sun sets.
(ARA) - Many people opt for whole wheat bread as a healthier option than the white version. But for meals that go beyond a standard sandwich, whole wheat tortillas can serve as a versatile ingredient that's more nutritious than white flour tortillas. Whole wheat tortillas typically contain fewer calories, less fat and more fiber than traditional white flour versions, while also offering vital nutrients like antioxidants and B vitamins. Many restaurants, including Qdoba Mexican Grill, have incorporated them into their menu, and it's easy for you to do the same when preparing foods at home.
(ARA) – As the weather cools and daylight hours shorten, families tend to spend more time inside. After a long summer of open windows, sticky treats and constant activity in and out the door, you might notice that your carpets are looking a bit drab. Keeping carpets clean might seem like a daunting task, but with some tips from the experts it’s quicker and easier than you think.
(ARA) - With the changing of the season right around the corner, most Americans are beginning to clean up the exterior of their homes by raking leaves and cleaning out the gutters, but what about the interior? Fall can be the perfect time to revisit that spring cleaning list that you never completed and give the interior of your home a deep clean in preparation for the holiday season.
(ARA) – Whether it’s shopping for groceries or clothes at the mall, we’re always on the lookout for the best deal. Though it may be through more subtle means, you can apply the same money-saving principals toward other everyday expenses. The money you spend on gas is a perfect example.
(ARA) – One in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. However, early detection coupled with advanced treatment options has cut mortality rates by a third in the U.S. over the past 20 years. Today, a new breakthrough technology is poised to provide a dramatic improvement in breast cancer detection by making mammograms more detailed and accurate.
(ARA) – Do you ever feel like you’re trying to avoid tripping off an alarm as you’re carefully tiptoe through your living room? Except instead of an alarm, you’re hoping not to trigger that familiar creak or groan of the floorboards. It’s happened to everybody, and at times it wakes up the newborn (or anyone else who is asleep), interrupts home-office calls, and lets everyone in the house know about your midnight snack run to the fridge.
(ARA) - The change of seasons, the change of family schedules, or even a change in furniture – there are many reasons to take the time to transform the interior of your home and revitalize your decor. Why not take the opportunity this fall and winter to refresh your interior with the bold colors trending this year?
(ARA) – Many parents agonize over making just the right choice for their baby’s first pair of shoes. In one important way, however, picking infant shoes is easier than choosing for an older child: babies have nothing to say about what style or brand you put on their feet. Teens, however, have strong opinions about fashion – opinions that extend all the way to their toes.
(ARA) – Teenagers across the country experience excitement, anxiety and stress as they get ready to head back to the classroom. This mix of emotions can shift teens’ hormones into overdrive, aggravating the symptoms that cause acne. A breakout is the last thing any teen wants to deal with on the first day of school.
(ARA) - Bedwetting is a natural childhood developmental phase that millions of children experience. While it’s quite common, parents still struggle with interrupted sleep and extra laundry loads, and some even wonder where they might have gone wrong in the potty-training process. If not handled properly, children can even lose confidence in themselves, especially when faced with potentially discouraging situations like a sleepover at a friend’s house.
(ARA) - Your home - it's your castle, your sanctuary. But could the place you go to escape the rest of the world be bad for you? Formaldehyde, chloroform and even asbestos could be in your home and you may not even know it.
(ARA) - When it comes to clothes, most guys seek out comfort before style. Rather than shopping for clothing, time is better spent watching the game or enjoying the outdoors. The good news is the all-American man can easily look great by building his wardrobe with a couple key pieces that blend both fashion and function.
(ARA) - In today's economy, it takes a lot more than meeting job requirements and possessing technical skills to get and keep a job.
(ARA) - When searching for employment in today's highly competitive job market, the process often seems like one hurdle after another. Once you have prepared a letter-perfect resume, you face the hurdle of landing an interview. After securing the interview, the next hurdle poses itself in the form of surprisingly tough interview questions. In the past, job interviews were all about your knowledge and technical skills. Not so today.
(ARA) - The therapeutic use of adult stem cells has come a long way over the past decade and continues to remain at the frontier of the rapidly expanding field of regenerative medicine. For more than 50 years, adult stem cells have been extensively researched and used safely and successfully. Today, widespread therapeutic use of stem cells is beginning to emerge as part of "mainstream" medicine.
(ARA) - Heading back to an early morning makeup routine can be overwhelming once the school year gets underway. For the busy mom getting her family organized and out the door in the morning, there isn't much time to primp for the day. She needs a look that is achieved quickly and requires minimal maintenance. The student beginning a new school year is often seeking a fresh, new style that will have her looking great in and out of class. For the first-time makeup user, this can also be a time to start experimenting with makeup and developing a personal style.
(ARA) - Most of us have been there, nervously anticipating an upcoming job interview. When we're nervous, our body language tends to give us away. Signs take many forms. We may stammer, clench our fists, clear our throats, or tap our fingers. Certainly, during a job interview, we want to hide this telltale behavior. So what can we do to calm the jitters?
(ARA) - It's a surprising statistic, but data from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows that indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, including the air in your home. With the average American spending as much as 90 percent of their lives indoors, taking relatively easy steps to improve air quality should be a priority.
(ARA) - The warm summer months into the fall harvest season are some of the most beautiful times on the farm. Crops are in full-swing, fruit is abundant and families often make annual trips to local farms and festivals during this time. Whether you live on a farm or plan to visit one this season, now is the perfect time to remind children about important safety tips for working and playing around equipment.
(ARA) - It's a story that's been told a thousand times. You're throwing a reception and need to purchase some generic invitations, but you've passed the six week mark. Ms. Emily Post recommends to send them in the mail to your potential guests. Once inside your nearest invitations retail location, you browse the aisles and get a sinking feeling when you realize that nothing truly fits your needs and you're too late to customize something.
There's a groundswell movement among today's travelers. They are no longer satisfied with seeing the standard sights in the standard way; these travelers are a part of that movement which seeks richer knowledge, new perspectives and one-of-a-kind experiences. Travelers who identify with this type of movement are finding that river cruises are one of the best ways to see the world.
(ARA) - No matter how long it's been since you set foot in a classroom, September can still bring a sense of starting over, which makes it the perfect time of year to take stock of where you are and where you want to be with your general health and level of fitness. You can go "back to school" by enrolling in an exercise class or get a new "teacher" by hiring a personal trainer.
(ARA) - The start of a new school year is like a fresh box of crayons - full of possibilities.
(ARA) - Everyone's life needs a bit of organization - so why not do it with a bit of fun and whimsy? For a new way to get organized, think charming, unique ... think chalkboard paint. That's right, the old-school chalkboard is making a stylish comeback. And with a bit of hands-on creativity, your home can be organized, stylish and enjoyable.
(ARA) - Whether you are a new graduate or recently unemployed, competition remains fierce in the current job market. Things you may never guess could be eliminating you as a candidate. Are you making some major interview mistakes without even knowing it?
(ARA) - "Go big or go home." It's a popular sports chant that's found its way into numerous other aspects of American life. But when it comes to home decor, going big at home may not seem like an option, especially if your budget is less than grand.
(ARA) - Did you know we spend as much as 90 percent of our lives indoors and that indoor pollutant levels are often two to five times higher than outdoors? Using the principles of green design will significantly improve your home's indoor environment, leading to better health and well-being for your family.
(ARA) - Run a marathon. Visit the rainforest. Backpack through Europe. You might have a to-do list for chores around the house, work tasks or errands, and while those are all intended to keep you on track for the more mundane, but necessary, tasks in life, have you thought about compiling a more exciting kind of to-do list - filled with the places you want to see and things you want to do before you die?
(ARA) - Whether or not we want to admit it, we all want our home to look its best and be the envy of the neighborhood. But do you think that keeping up with the Joneses comes with a big price tag? Think again. With a little elbow grease and creativity, your property can be the talk of the town.
(ARA) - Every year, rain or shine, walkers across the country join together to bring awareness to a deadly disease. They walk for their friends, family, co-workers and themselves.
(ARA) - An enduring love of road trips and stable gas prices are combining to increase the miles Americans expect to log during this summer's travel season.
(ARA) - Starting a business is no small endeavor, with financial, organizational and marketing challenges thrown at entrepreneurs from the get-go. Those challenges can be even greater for Hispanic business owners who often face a lack of necessary resources.
(ARA) - Nurseries and playrooms on television and in magazines might have you thinking your child could use a more playful environment. Some of the more elaborate designs undoubtedly cost more time and money than you may want to spend, but don't let that discourage you. Creating a space your kids can call their own doesn't need to break the bank or require too much of your time. With a little creative thinking, you can transform any space into the perfect kid-friendly retreat.
(ARA) - Summer is in full swing, and that means more time for friend and family get-togethers, outdoor dining, and overall fun in the sun. Whether your outdoor gatherings are small and casual or formal, large-scale events, here are some tips to make your summer celebrations a big hit:
(ARA) - As Americans love affair with the family road trip hits full throttle, fuel the fun with these tips for enjoying delicious and satisfying snacks that can be eaten on the go. Stay hydrated by loading up on plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. Grape tomatoes, berries and carrot sticks are great bite-sized snacks perfect for small fingers. By choosing high-protein snacks with staying power, you'll keep your family's hunger at bay so your drive time flies by without hassle.
(ARA) - The growth of a college student from the first year of instruction to the final days as an undergraduate is immeasurable. But what happens in the time between these two milestones? Book reading, paper writing and party going generally make the list, but employers are telling us to add another item - practical on-the-job training.
Summer is the ideal time to entertain. From casual barbecues and pool parties, to graduations and more, there is always a reason to invite family and friends over. This is also cause to keep your house tidy.
(ARA) - Summer is the busiest season of the year for restaurants, with hungry consumers looking to beat the cooking heat opting to dine out instead. As a result, restaurants from coast to coast are looking to hire hundreds of thousands of additional employees to support the influx of local customers and travelers and tourists throughout the warmer months.
(ARA) - Ants, though often small, are the biggest pests of the summer for homeowners. They can enter homes through tiny cracks, looking for water and food - mainly sweets, meats or greasy foods - in the kitchen or pantry area. Ants may also be forced inside because of the weather, in search of a cooler or drier environment and better living conditions.
(ARA) - More than half of vacationers this summer will alter their summer driving leisure plans because of gas prices, according to a recent study by the U.S. Travel Association. Rather than changing family vacation plans, AutoZone encourages motorists to proactively maintain vehicles to ease the pain at the pump and get the most out of their gas tanks.
(ARA) - As families become more concerned about the quality of food they are putting on the table, many are realizing that getting back to the basics is one of the best ways to eat better and not compromise on taste. If you're looking for ways to improve your family meals it doesn't require a major overhaul of your approach to shopping or cooking. Often, just a few simple adjustments can go a long way.
(ARA) - While many Americans are familiar with the process of finding a medical doctor that suits their needs, not everyone is comfortable and confident in doing the same when it comes to their mental health practitioner.