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Favorite fall flavors and activities guaranteed to enhance your autumn

(BPT) - The air is crisp, kids are back in school and leaves are beginning to change color – fall has arrived! With it comes many possibilities for making amazing memories. From favorite fall flavors to awesome autumn activities, everyone has something to look forward to as the season changes. So what types of things are high on Americans’ to-do lists this year?

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Tuesday 09/09/2014
Find relief from occasional allergy symptoms this fall
Updated: September 16, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Fall’s arrival brings fun family activities such as pumpkin picking, football watching and Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, it can also bring unwanted allergy and sinus symptoms. Fall allergy and sinus symptoms can be unpredictable and can be triggered by a variety of environmental factors including weeds, mold or even indoor allergens.

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Thursday 09/04/2014
Chic storage ideas to corral clutter
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - With the fall season comes cool weather and more time indoors. Snuggling up with blankets and partaking in activities at home can create more clutter than usual around the house. Instead of getting frustrated, it’s easy to add stylish storage to corral extra items. Get organized and keep your home clutter-free with a few smart tips.

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Tuesday 09/02/2014
Think hosting a dinner party is difficult? Think again
Updated: September 09, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Some might call the dinner party a lost art, but gathering family and friends around the table to eat great food, drink fantastic wine and enjoy each other’s company is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays. Creating an elegant, effortless evening to remember is easier than one might think.

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Change-of-season checklist for lowering home energy costs
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The change of season creates a need for many adjustments around your home, from switching over wardrobes to warmer clothes, to completing necessary yard work and home repairs. You can also make adjustments to ensure you get the most out of your heating and cooling dollars as temperatures change.

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Thursday 08/28/2014
Dress up your dinner party this season: table makeover tips to entertain in colorful style
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 3:32 am

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Wednesday 08/27/2014
Catch a glimpse of fall colors on these awesome off-road trails
Updated: September 03, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The fall months are a great time for families to enjoy the great outdoors with the changing of colors and much cooler temperatures. If you don’t already have a fall escape weekend planned, you might want to consider scheduling one soon.

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Friday 08/22/2014
Fall Foes: Watch out for These Stinging Insects
Updated: August 23, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Many stinging insects become more aggressive in late summer and fall. Their hives are near maximum capacity, and they are scavenging for food to sustain the colony into the colder months. Being able to recognize different types of stinging pests can help determine whether there is an actual threat.

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Make this football season a smarter one
Updated: September 02, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - As the less structured and sun-filled summer days come to an end, many households across the country are preparing for football camps, practices and the start of the season. Coaches are dusting off their playbooks, schools and leagues are prepping the fields, and parents are adjusting their schedules to make time to attend games and scrimmages.  

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Friday 08/15/2014
Stress-free back-to-school shopping tips for parents of teens
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Back-to-school shopping with a teenager can be harrowing for both parent and child. Parents must balance the function and fashion of required supplies to make returning to school fun, yet still within budget. With parents of teens spending $133.40 on average for back-to-school supplies per child, according to a recent Staples back-to-school survey, price is very important. With some careful planning, cooperative tactics and a few tips, it’s possible to turn back-to-school shopping excursions into an opportunity for kids to learn smart decision-making and express themselves with designs.

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Make peace with fall: Get over your love-hate relationship with autumn allergies
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Fall: love it or hate it? People who suffer from fall allergies no doubt love the fall colors and the festive time of year, while hating the sneezing, sniffling, wheezing and itching. So what’s an autumn lover to do?

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Back-to-school snacking done right
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - As the school year begins, some parents may find that the most chaotic time of the day is around 3 p.m. when class is dismissed and the juggling act of homework, soccer practice and piano lessons begins. With so much going on, it’s important to keep kids energized and focused by providing them with healthy snacks packed with key nutrients such as vitamins E, D, B12 and omega-3s.

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Thursday 08/07/2014
Planned or spontaneous, pull off your next party with ease
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Football parties, back-to-school cook outs, Halloween celebrations and cooler temperatures – there’s so many reasons to plan a fun fall gathering at your house, or spontaneously invite your friends over for the afternoon. No matter if they’re planned or spur-of-the-moment, you can host a fall gathering without doing a lot of work.

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Wednesday 08/06/2014
Getting the most out of farmers markets and seasonal produce
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Warm weather months bring an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, and for those who enjoy buying local, farmers markets are popular destinations. Produce choices available at farmers markets are now reaching their peak. So how can you make the most of this seasonal bounty?

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Monday 08/04/2014
Ick factor - Why you may be struggling to get rid of those pesky head lice
Updated: August 11, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Whether your kids are off to summer camp, you’re gearing up for back-to-school, there is snow on the ground or flowers are blooming, you may find yourself dealing with a case of head lice. An estimated 6 million to 12 million head lice infestations occur each year in the United States alone, most commonly among children 3 to 11 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since head lice move by crawling and are mainly spread by head-to-head contact, children in close quarters are often the main form of transportation for these tiny, wingless critters.

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How to make the start of the school year healthy and happy
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The lazy days of summer are nearly over. Back-to-school season means back to a busy life with a seemingly never-ending schedule of classes, sporting events and extracurricular activities. Making healthy choices can take a back seat to convenience when on the run. While pre-packaged foods are tempting for those hectic days of fall, nutritious homemade snacks and meals can be just as easy and quick. They are also much better for you and your children.

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Friday 08/01/2014
Planning, communication and cooperation help reduce back-to-school worry for parents of students with diabetes
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - Children begin each school year excited about making new friends, and learning new things. But children living with diabetes and their families may also feel uncertain or uneasy about how their diabetes will be managed throughout the school day.

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Thursday 07/31/2014
Why it's critical to make eye exams part of your back-to-school routine
Updated: August 07, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Reading the computer, chalkboard and books are critical elements of getting an education that can lead students to reaching their full potential and making their goals and dreams come true.

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Tuesday 07/29/2014
Tips on how to give your home an annual checkup
Updated: August 05, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - There’s no better time than now to give your home the attention it deserves. Give it an annual checkup before cold weather arrives to help add comfort, save energy and cut home maintenance in the long-run.

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Monday 07/28/2014
Promoting peer engagement through afterschool programs
Updated: August 04, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - As summer winds down, inevitably kids’ nerves begin to show with the thought of the upcoming school year. The changes that lie ahead, be it a new school, teacher or a grade level, can create anxiety in many children.

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Keep growing with season-extending gardening tips for fall
Updated: August 09, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Warm weather, continued care and robust plants have yielded a bounty of beautiful, fresh vegetables – and personal satisfaction – from your garden this season. As the weather cools and fall approaches, it is not time to hang up your hat, gloves and trowel for the year. Autumn provides optimum weather and ample opportunity to keep growing and harvesting delicious, healthy produce well into the season.

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Friday 07/25/2014
What to collect at Comic-Con and beyond
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - What started in 1970 as a small comic book convention has become the mecca of all pop-culture events. Comic-Con, the four-day convention in San Diego, has grown to attract more than 130,000 people a year. Each year’s attendance seems to surpass the last.

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Tuesday 07/22/2014
Have a Blast With the Family This Summer, but Stay Safe
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Summertime. It's the time of year to put your feet up, relax and have a little fun. So, why not make it a little safer for the whole family?

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Monday 07/21/2014
Communicate confidence in sleeveless style this summer
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Women today know that the clothes they wear make a statement about who they are to the world around them. Sleeveless fashion can be one of the easiest ways to communicate confidence. However, it can often be difficult to put together a great sleeveless style, and knowing a few simple tricks becomes even more valuable in the summer months when your wardrobe is made up of tank tops, strapless dresses and shoulder-baring looks.

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5 tips to keep your family healthy and your house clean this school year
Updated: September 16, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - You and your family are probably adjusting to the hustle and bustle of another school year. Your family’s mornings have returned to the more familiar, hectic pace.

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Friday 07/18/2014
6 tips for a safe and enjoyable summer
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Summer is all about spending time outdoors – either at home or away. Whether you’re hitting the road or taking a trip to the local park, it’s time for fun in the sun. And when you’re preparing for fun outside, remember that there are safety concerns to consider as well.

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Tuesday 07/15/2014
Wholesome snacks for back to school
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The school year is here and with it, all of those hectic schedules. You may think the chaos of another school year means you’re too busy to provide your children with nourishing after-school snacks, but that doesn’t have to happen. There are many easy recipes available that will allow you to provide wholesome and delicious snacks to your kids, and there are easy ways to be sure they enjoy them. Here are a few ideas.

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Seven tips for a greener back-to-school season
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - With back-to-school shopping, changing schedules and preparing kids for the upcoming school year, your family’s environmental impact may be the last thing on your mind

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Monday 07/14/2014
Beat the heat: Simple solutions for keeping outdoor spaces cool and comfortable
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Are summer’s sizzling temperatures causing you to retreat from your favorite outdoor spaces? Decks, patios and other outdoor areas should be enjoyed throughout the year, but heat, sun and humidity can quickly make being outside intolerable during the dog days of summer. The good news is that keeping outdoor spaces comfortable and cool doesn’t have to be a challenge – in fact, it can be quite simple.

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Tuesday 07/01/2014
Meatless options for the grill
Updated: July 08, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Cheeseburgers, chicken thighs and hot dogs are common fare at summer barbeques, but what about guests who are looking to reduce their meat intake? In addition to traditional meat dishes, there are many ways to prepare meals on the grill that everyone can enjoy, including vegetarians.

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Keeping kids stimulated all summer can help prevent the summer learning slide
Updated: July 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - For most kids, the final school bell signals a break from learning and a focus on summer fun, but for parents it often means an uphill battle to beat the “summer slide” in their child’s learning. Significant knowledge and skills gained during the previous school year can be lost if children don’t participate in enrichment and learning activities during summer break.

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Monday 06/30/2014
The hottest hair trends for summer that will keep you cool
Updated: July 07, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - With the summer season in full swing, infuse goodness into your day by spending less time fussing with your hair and more time outdoors having fun in the sun.

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Wednesday 06/25/2014
Simple, smart ways to spend less time on chores, more on fun this summer
Updated: July 02, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Summer is supposed to be fun, so who has time for hassles like printing vacation photos or doing laundry? And then there’s all that time you spend slathering on sunscreen. A few time-saving tips can help you get inevitable summer tasks done more quickly, so you can spend more time savoring the sunshine and warm weather.

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Overcome common gardening challenges with raised beds and planters
Updated: July 02, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Small yards, city dwelling or soil that’s sandy, rocky or full of clay – it seems no obstacles can keep Americans from the joys of gardening. More than 78 million U.S. households grow gardens, according to the Garden Writers Association Foundation, and many of them don’t have optimal conditions to plant their gardens in the ground. When space constraints or soil conditions make traditional gardens impossible or inconvenient, gardeners turn to raised beds and planter boxes to grow the vegetables, herbs and flowers they crave.

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Tuesday 06/24/2014
Extend your home to the outdoors this summer and beyond
Updated: August 20, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Summer is here and most people are turning their attention to home improvement projects that let them spend more time outside. In fact, 92 percent of residential landscape architects noted outdoor living spaces as a popular design feature for this year, according to the 2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects.

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Grilling enhances the flavors of summer
Updated: August 20, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - This summer, take advantage of grilling fresh seasonal produce as well as meats, chicken and fish and trying some new marinades.

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Monday 06/16/2014
Tips to make outdoor play a priority this summer
Updated: June 23, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - The school year has ended and kids are more excited than ever to get outside and play. However, as the days grow longer and summer boredom sets in, it’s easy to become uninspired during playtime and it’s tempting for families to turn to DVDs and video games as entertainment.

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Wednesday 06/11/2014
Home organization starts with the right tools: How to get everyone on the same page
Updated: June 18, 2014 - 3:44 am

(BPT) - Your closets may be a bastion of neatness and your pantry a model of the philosophy “a place for everything and everything in its place.” Still, no home is truly in order if the people who live in it are disorganized.

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Mint lightens and brightens summer dishes
Updated: June 25, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The Kentucky Derby, held the first Saturday in May, may be responsible for making mint the king of summertime drinks. Along with big hats, the Derby is famous for its mint juleps, kicking off the warm weather season.

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Friday 06/06/2014
5 great gifts as modern and unique as dad himself
Updated: June 17, 2014 - 3:40 am

(BPT) - He grills the best steaks, travels to new adventures and hosts game day parties. Whether it’s for his birthday, Father’s Day or in celebration of a promotion or completed degree, doesn’t dad deserve better than a boring old necktie? This year, select something with a modern twist. These gifts will wow dad and make him feel celebrated.

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Wednesday 06/04/2014
Prepare your home for outdoor entertaining this summer
Updated: August 07, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - After a long winter trapped indoors, nothing beats a great backyard get-together to catch up with old friends, introduce yourself to new neighbors or just enjoy a beautiful day.

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Monday 06/02/2014
Update your workout gear to whip your fitness routine into shape
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Summer is a great time to ramp up your physical fitness routine and get in shape for beach season. You’re probably looking for ways to improve not only your workout, but achieve your fitness goals as well. To maximize the effectiveness of your fitness routine, you’ll need some summer fitness gear to kick off your workout and keep going strong. Be sure you’ve updated your workout gear to include the following:

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Friday 05/30/2014
Hurricanes Affect More than Coastal Regions
Updated: May 30, 2014 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) Everyone should consider financial protection from the dangers of hurricanes. Though hurricanes can cause flooding in coastal areas, you don’t have to live right on the coast to experience significant damage.

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All aboard: Family friendly tips to make your cleaning projects a snap
Updated: June 06, 2014 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - Winter is over. The birds have finally come back, the weather is warm enough to get outside and barbecue, and your annual golf outings and boating trips are already starting to show up on the calendar. But while you’re looking forward to all of these things, you’re probably not as excited about another staple of these warm weather months – cleaning projects.

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Simple twists to make summer cooking even more sensational
Updated: June 06, 2014 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - From juicy produce to savory grilled meats, summer is the best time for tantalizing taste buds with delicious foods. This year, why not enhance traditional favorites with a few unique twists? These simple updates to classic summer dishes will have everyone raving.

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5 easy tips for throwing the ultimate summer party
Updated: June 18, 2014 - 3:45 am

(BPT) - There’s nothing quite like a summer party where beautiful weather, great food and good friends come together to create memories that last. If you’re looking forward to throwing a summer party but you’re not sure how to get started, the following tips will have you outside enjoying a warm breeze with your friends in no time.

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Wednesday 05/28/2014
5 home improvements that boost safety, comfort and the value of your home
Updated: June 25, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Home improvement season is in full swing, and homeowners across the country are deciding which projects to tackle this year. By taking a strategic approach to selecting home improvements, you can go beyond adding value to your property – you can also boost your comfort and safety as well.

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Tuesday 05/27/2014
Essential swim safety tips
Updated: June 03, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - As families start heading to local pools, lakes and beaches for warm weather fun, the staggering statistics around drowning risks take on renewed importance. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for infants and young kids between the ages of one and 14 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s also the fifth leading cause for Americans of all ages.

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Named your car? Then treat it like a good friend with these tips
Updated: June 03, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - When cousins Bo and Luke Duke from the television series The Dukes of Hazzard named their car “The General Lee,” they had the famous General Robert E. Lee in mind. Why? The show was set in the South, so perhaps it was to capture the Southern vibe of the Duke lifestyle. Maybe it symbolized rebellion against authority. Who knows? There are as many reasons for naming a car as there are drivers, and the Dukes were in good company when they named theirs.

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What a buyer wants: Green improvements that cut utility costs
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Going green is good for the environment, but it can also be good for a homeowner’s wallet – and that’s the aspect of eco-friendly improvements that seems most appealing to homebuyers. More than 80 percent of buyers said they would pay more for home features that saved energy and trimmed utility bills, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders.

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