(BPT) - For years Dwight Nadig and his wife suffered through the cold winters in their York, Pa., ranch-style home, originally built in 1979.
(BPT) - Do your employees feel personally connected to the organization they work for? Would they recommend your workplace to others? If the answer to any of those questions is “no,” you’re far from alone. Employee engagement is way down, so low that a recent study found that two-thirds of the U.S. workforce is not fully engaged.
(BPT) - If you run a small business or you manage your family’s household, you know that time is a precious commodity, one that you never seem to have enough of. And despite your best efforts, you can’t create time. So how do you save it and make yourself more efficient?
(BPT) - When someone you love is being emotionally or physically abused by her partner, it can be difficult to know the best way to show support without appearing judgmental or invasive. But statistics show that violence typically continues and escalates if no one takes action to stop it. Here are some simple tips and resources to help you start a conversation that could lead to positive changes.
(BPT) - A new year means new resolutions. Maybe your resolution is looking to spend more quality time with family and friends? Learn something new? Spend more time outdoors or being active? This is the year to follow through on that resolution and discover boating - an activity that can accomplish all of the above.
(BPT) - The holidays are known for eliciting cheer, thanks and a sense of community as families come together to share some of their most treasured traditions, whether that’s gathering for a special meal, organizing an activity or finding a way to give back to those less fortunate. Last year, Americans gave $316 billion to charity according to Giving USA, but it’s not just financial donations needed. Many organizations depend on donations of time and kindness to get by.
(BPT) - Popcorn is one of the oldest snacks known to mankind. The fluffy kernels were a favorite pastime long before the first motion picture. In fact, it is believed the oldest ear of popping corn was over 5,000 years old. Now that’s staying power.
(BPT) - Americans have come a long way in their acceptance of marijuana. Long gone are the days of “Reefer Madness,” the infamous 1936 movie that depicted a couple falling into addiction and ultimately – madness. Today, 58 percent of Americans favor the legalizing of pot for recreational use, according to an October 2013 Gallup poll.
(BPT) - Everyone experiences irritations from time to time, but a surprising new statistic shows that eight in 10 men experience underarm irritation during their everyday routine.
(BPT) - Achieving consistent quality of care regardless of a person’s race or ethnicity remains a critical goal for anyone with a stake in America’s health care system for improving health literacy – the ability to use and understand health information.
(BPT) - Auto shows are full of flashy new cars and concept cars that offer an exciting look into the future of technology and design. If you are in the market for a new car, your local auto show can be the perfect place to start shopping.
(BPT) - As we head into the cold winter months, there is no need to sacrifice your style for warmth. This year, incorporate on-trend looks from the runway into your wardrobe to keep your look fashion-forward throughout season. Here are five fantastic looks for fall and winter from celebrity stylist, Cristina Ehrlich.
(BPT) - More than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease (CKD), a progressive loss of kidney function that’s most often caused by diabetes or high blood pressure.
(BPT) - The chill of the season heralds many changes, including your appetite for heartier foods. This is the perfect time to break out the casserole dishes and whip up your family’s favorite comfort foods. Americans seem to agree that when it comes to comfort classics, macaroni and cheese is what they crave.
(BPT) - It’s a phone call that most parents can’t imagine receiving. Your school’s principal has requested a meeting because your child is being suspended or expelled ... for bullying.
(StatePoint) Hunting can be a rewarding sport, providing billions of pounds of organic, free-range deer meat to outdoorsmen each year. By following certain guidelines when hunting deer, elk or any other animal, you can ensure a more successful hunt and fill your freezer.
(BPT) - ‘Tis the season of wonderful company and delicious food! It’s also that time of year to bring friends and family together, but preparing for holiday gatherings along with the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping can often be stressful and time consuming. In fact, Thanksgiving is the most stressful holiday for home cooks as more than one in three Millennials plans to host a gathering at their home and 57 percent have noted feeling pressure when preparing a holiday meal, according to the Allrecipes’ 2013 Annual Holiday Survey. Following are a few easy tips to simplify your holiday planning so you can spend more time with loved ones.
(BPT) - While homeowners generally spend more time entertaining guests indoors, the exterior of your home makes the first impression. When it is time for home improvements, the exterior of the home may be forgotten or ignored. Painting, updating furniture and replacing flooring inside are all important, but the exterior of your house deserves some tender love and care as well.
(BPT) - With so many TV shows, publications, websites and social networks focusing on home design, gathering expert tips and real-world inspirations to make over your home is easier than ever. Use these sources of inspiration and ideas as a starting point, and inject personality by adding layers to the space with individual touches that will truly make it your own.
(BPT) - Despite parents’ best efforts, bedtime can be the most stressful time of the day. Many kids fight sleep and resist going to bed, and questions of “but why do I have to go to bed?” are often answered with an unsatisfying, “Because I said so!”
(BPT) - When it comes to bathroom decor, tastes and preferences are as common and varied as wrinkles on elbows. A look that delights one homeowner may disgust another, but one trend suits everyone’s taste: saving money. You may want your bathroom redo to look like you spent a million bucks on it, but you can get a whole new look for a lot less than that.
(BPT) - With impending health care changes, employers and employees are looking for ways to offset some of the rising costs of health care with the goal of getting healthy at the same time.
(BPT) - Your backyard is a space where you enjoy quality time with your family – from running around with your kids in the fall leaves to playing catch with your furry friend in the snow. It’s a place to escape, but remember accidents can happen anywhere at any time, and just like you childproof your house, you need to ensure your backyard is safe as well.
(BPT) - The holidays are that special time of year when we open our homes and welcome guests from far and wide. It is a chance for us to connect with old friends and family we may not have seen since the previous holiday season.
(BPT) - Each year, an estimated 650,000 people in the United States undergo chemotherapy in their battle against cancer. This experience can be a lonely and isolating time for patients and their caregivers, and despite all the educational resources available today, many people continue to feel overwhelmed and uninformed.
(BPT) - The always on, always connected way of life has benefits and drawbacks – our to-do list never seems to stop growing while the time never seems to stop shrinking. Technology makes freedom possible, but balancing personal and professional responsibilities requires more than the ability to work from anywhere, it’s about what you are able to get done from where you are that matters.
Figuring out the best ways to save a few extra dollars can be difficult. But, a few simple strategies can go a long way in helping you and your family pay down debt and be better prepared for financial emergencies, college expenses and retirement. Some take a few minutes, others may require discipline – but all are easy moves to stretch your dollars and improve your financial situation.
(BPT) - With the average American household spending more than $1,000 on heating and cooling expenses each year, more homeowners are seeking smarter, green options to reduce the strain on their wallets. Incentives through the U.S. government’s Energy Star program and other state and federal programs have made it easier for homeowners to create an energy efficient and greener home.
(BPT) - The perfect man cave is different for everyone, but no matter how you define your ideal space, you’re always looking for ideas on how to upgrade and make a space uniquely yours.
The arrival of fall and winter weather is a signal to homeowners that unprotected driveways, patios, sidewalks, pool decks, paths and other exterior concrete surfaces around the house are in danger of flaking, spalling, staining or cracking.
(BPT) - The hectic holidays can mean hurried cooks, frantic trips to the grocery store and chaotic menu planning. But it doesn’t have to – with some tried and true solutions for easy entertaining, you can reduce your stress and set up a holiday party guaranteed to impress guests from near or far.
(BPT) - For Wendy Langley, a nightmare ordeal with head lice has turned into a multimillion dollar dream. With sheer determination and passion, the Oregon mother has turned the head lice industry on its head with a product that kills lice with, of all things, salt. And it’s all because she was trying to protect her child, and millions more just like her.
(BPT) - The upcoming holiday season has parents and family members focused on finding the perfect gift for their loved ones. With this year’s release of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One joining the new Wii U, video games are bound to once again be at the top of wish lists. With a vast selection of titles and genres, there is something for every player. While choosing the right game may be perplexing to some parents, figuring out which games are suitable for your child doesn’t have to be. Remember to ask these important questions before giving video games and other interactive content as a gift:
(BPT) - With diabetes and obesity cases at alarmingly high levels in the U.S., people are starting to take small steps toward leading healthier lifestyles to try to prevent these issues.
(BPT) - Homeowners will pay 13 percent more this year to heat their homes with natural gas, the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts. Prices for heating with propane, electricity and heating oil also will remain higher than five-year averages. With this in mind, it is especially important for homeowners to act now to ensure their homes are energy-efficient.
(BPT) - Girls’ night out is a rite of passage, a time to celebrate friendships and embrace life. Preparing for a big night on the town is often as much fun as the actual outing.
(BPT) - Pet ownership is more than just a privilege – it is a responsibility. While pet owners spend ample time and money purchasing elaborate outfits, accessories and toys for their pets, what truly matters is when owners take the initiative to install healthy habits and routines that enhance their pets’ lives.
(BPT) - While your dream bath may be a sprawling space, the reality is that the typical bathroom is 100 square feet or less. According to recent home builder statistics, the average home size has seen a 6 percent decline in recent years. That doesn’t mean you need to give up on your dream bath. A large bathroom footprint isn’t always the answer to a better bath. Focusing on quality products can create a luxurious look, even in a small space.
(BPT) - As the holidays roll around, it’s natural to want to spread good tidings and cheer with festive decorations like wreaths, candy canes and Santa Claus figurines. But this year, instead of digging out the same old holiday decorations, why not create some new looks that will last the entire winter season, even after you put away the gift wrap and ornaments?
(BPT) - Who doesn’t love the smell of a warm kitchen during the holidays? They’re designed around food and bringing family, old friends and new friends together. However, holidays can also be a detriment to your healthy lifestyle and cause you to lose your focus through the end of the year.
(BPT) - Entertaining with family and friends is one part of the holiday season that we all look forward to. But holiday hosting can sometimes be harried. To keep you and your guests merry this season, consider hosting a wine party that shines.
(BPT) - When you’re brain-storming holiday menus, do lovingly roasted turkeys with all the trimmings and decadent cookies dance alongside the peppermint and sugarplums in your visions? Certain flavors and foods are strongly associated with the holiday season – seafood, however, isn’t always among those favored dishes. But it could be! The right seasonings and a dash of creativity – along with historically low prices on well-loved options like lobster – could make seafood a centerpiece of your holiday menus.
(BPT) - Cinnamon may be the world's most popular baking spice, but all cinnamons are not created equal, and in the foodie world, Vietnamese cinnamon has emerged as the most prized of the bunch.
(BPT) - Brushing your teeth and getting dressed in the morning are among the daily routines that are second nature to humans. But you may not always remember that your pets need regular care too - like avoiding potentially harmful table scraps, being protected from pesky fleas and ticks, keeping the sensitive pads of their paws safe from ever-changing weather conditions, and getting regular veterinary care.
(BPT) - Job seekers are growing increasingly pessimistic about their ability to gain employment.
(BPT) - Americans are on the move: logging two billion business and leisure trips of 50 miles or more from home for at least one night last year alone, according to the U.S. Travel Association. Today, more people are looking for authentic travel activities – ones that are outside the traditional museum or monument visit. To get more out of your next vacation, consider expert advice on how to break out of the tourist rut and have a truly authentic local experience.
(BPT) - Despite the recent deal to re-open the government and gains in the economy, the business community is still somewhat skeptical about the economy’s stability.
(BPT) - When looking to transform your home, elements such as doors, ceilings and trim are perfect places to add color. These architectural details can create a wow factor with well-placed splashes of color.
(BPT) - There are seemingly endless options through which homeowners must navigate when buying a new garage door: the style, materials and accessories, just to name a few. But perhaps the most important feature that should top the garage door consumer’s list is energy efficiency.
(BPT) - As temperatures dip, it’s important to prepare your car for harsh winter weather. Not only can the elements be hard on your vehicle, but the chemicals that are used to fight the elements such as road salt and chemical compounds to melt ice are as well. Being prepared and knowing how to take care of your vehicle can help you avoid costly repairs and will extend the life of your vehicle.