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home : life : family living April 16, 2014

New laws emerge as technology impacts cars and driving
(BPT) - Have you ever felt that new technologies, from smartphones to Internet apps, are moving so fast that it’s hard to keep up?You’re not alone. Many Americans feel overwhelmed by new technology. One-third of adults in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and China said they ... Read More


Get spring off to a fresh start with these easy cleaning tips
(BPT) - Spring is finally here. It’s time to throw open the windows and get the kids ready for fun times outdoors. It’s also time to start those spring cleaning projects. In fact, 72 percent of Americans make spring cleaning an annual task.Spring cleaning projects usually require many d... Read More


Smart shopping tips for budget-savvy baby boomers
(BPT) - While the economy is moving again, many Americans – baby boomers included – continue to realize the importance of good money management skills. Boomers are focused on making the most of their money by boosting earnings, investing more and shopping smarter.“Smart shopping i... Read More


Get decked out with color
(BPT) - Wondering what one of the biggest trends “on deck” is this year? Hint, it is a colorful answer. That’s because more and more people are choosing to add color with a waterproofing deck stain.“There are practical reasons for the trend,” says HGTV/DIY Network star... Read More


Olympic hopefuls go for gold with virtual school
(BPT) - Thirteen year-old Vincent Zhou is the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Junior Men’s National Champion. He dreams of one day representing the United States in the Olympics. Zhou, of Southern California, is a ninth-grader at Capistrano Connections Academy, where, despite his rigorous training s... Read More


10 tips to help your kid speed to good dental health with NASCAR's Greg Biffle
(BPT) - Getting children to brush their teeth can be challenging. No parent wants to struggle with their child every morning and night to ensure they develop good dental habits and a healthy smile.That’s why NASCAR star Greg Biffle and his wife Nicole, parents of a two-year old daughter, have... Read More


Kick-start kids' summer with shoe-shopping tips for parents
(BPT) - When it comes to the health of your children, you do everything you can to help them grow up healthy and strong. You get them vaccinated, take them to the dentist and optometrist, and you do your best to ensure they eat a nutritious diet that will help them grow. But are you aware of the im... Read More


From farm to suburb, chicken coops are at the heart of the self-reliance movement
(BPT) - Americans across the country are taking strides to be more self reliant, including growing food, composting and raising animals. While these types of activities are most often associated with people who live in the country, residents in unexpected settings are embracing aspects of this life... Read More


Is your technology working for you?
(BPT) - For every new computer, gadget or service there are several different stages of ownership. Unfortunately, the first and happiest phase - the honeymoon - doesn’t last forever. Eventually, devices can slow, services get outdated, and in the end, the ailing technology begins to work agai... Read More


Five things you should know about spring allergies
(BPT) - April’s showers bring May flowers but they also bring on sneezing, runny noses and watery eyes for some of the 50 million Americans with allergies. The spring allergy season begins in some regions of the country as early as February and can last into the summer months.The most common ... Read More


It's OK to cry [Infographic]
(BPT) - Ever wonder why your man won’t shed a tear? You find yourself sniffling over a rom com, weeping at TV commercials or sobbing at your BFF’s wedding. You ask yourself, “What’s wrong with me?” Well ladies, the real question we should be asking is “What&rsquo... Read More


Kitchen makeover: 3 simple tips for beauty on a budget
(BPT) - If you’re tired of looking at your outdated kitchen, but feel replacement would be impractical, you’re not alone. In 2014, consumers will be trying to find solutions they can afford to do themselves. Check out these three DIY remodeling trends for simple and unique ways to refre... Read More


Taking care of your dog's teeth: One more way to show you love him
(BPT) - Most pet parents enjoy hugs and kisses from their canines. But while your best friend is showering you with love, have you wondered if his teeth are clean? Or about how his dental health affects his overall well-being? Good oral care is as essential for dogs as it is for humans.By the time ... Read More


Budget-friendly ideas for creating an impressive entertaining space
(BPT) - Each year there is a plethora of sports games, birthday parties and holidays to celebrate with friends and family. Now is the ideal time to create an impressive entertaining space in your home – one that you will be proud to share and truly enjoy throughout the year, whatever the occa... Read More


Spring into four simple DIY home decorating trends
(BPT) - Whether you’re personalizing a new home or revitalizing an old room, the start of spring is when newly imagined spaces become do-it-yourself realities.Here are four easy and affordable DIY tips to bring 2014’s trends into your home.Don’t just spring clean ... spring create... Read More


Rolling into spring: 10 dirtiest dogs in America
  (BPT) - The start of spring means many things - the return of higher temperatures; more time outdoors and, of course, April showers and May flowers. Unfortunately, for pet owners, April showers also mean muddy paws and unanticipated hours in dirty tubs.In honor of spring, pet grooming l... Read More


Take a fresh approach to better eating habits
(BPT) - The first step to improving your eating habits is simple: When it comes to meals, always include fresh ingredients. Fresh foods make meals taste better, and they can provide more of the nutrients that fuel your body and support your immune system.“A great way to start your morning is ... Read More


Don't let crooks steal your tax refund: Identity theft prevention tips
(BPT) - To itemize or not to itemize, deductions, exemptions, interest income and capital gains – you have a lot to think about when you’re doing your taxes. While you’re preparing your return, don’t overlook a consideration that’s every bit as important as whether you... Read More


New moms guide to going back to work
(BPT) - Going back to work for new moms can be challenging. Learning to balance work and family while facing many new stressors can be overwhelming.Jill Smokler, author of the New York Times bestselling book “Confessions of a Scary Mommy” and “Motherhood Comes Naturally (and Other... Read More


Tips for making your child's birthday extra special this year
(BPT) - For many young children (especially those between the ages of 3 and 6), a birthday is the most important and anticipated day of the year, ranking even above Christmas or Easter.The challenge, however, is that with more two-income families, increase in single parent households, and busier wo... Read More


Parents: Put the brakes on kids' summer 'brain drain'
(BPT) - Parents and kids alike sigh with relief at the end of another successful school year. Yet years of studies show that summer “brain drain” is a very real phenomenon, and where kids are intellectually at the end of one school year isn’t always where they are when they begin ... Read More


Put a little 'spring' in your seasonal recipes
(BPT) - Have guests been “springing” up in your home? Then treat your friends and family to these fun and simply delicious seasonal recipes from Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and Fisher Nuts.  It’s the perfect light fare for all of your springtime get-togethers. * Start w... Read More


Entertaining tips and tricks: Do game day right this spring
(BPT) - Spring is one of the best times of the year for many reasons. The light at the end of winter’s tunnel, it conjures images of beaches, picnics, barbecues and more. For sports fans, it’s also one of the busiest times of the year. Professional baseball is just getting started, the ... Read More


Avoid sickness by using a four-step process to eliminate germs
(BPT) - Cold and flu season can last as long as May, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and since Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors, where air is up to five times more polluted than it is outside (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), special care should be taken to ensur... Read More


Sure-fire laundry tips to make your kids' clothes last longer
By Evelyn Pimplaskar(BPT) - Taking care of your kids’ clothing can be a non-stop, dirty business. All that running around, sliding into home plate and puddle jumping can wear out more than just your kids’ shirts and pants. It can also leave parents feeling like they’re constantly ... Read More


Small changes can help you live a healthier lifestyle
(BPT) - A new year often brings with it the desire to make improvements in your life, and kick old habits to the curb in the pursuit of healthiness. But for most Americans, resolutions fail within the first few months because goals are too ambitious, intimidating or unrealistic in nature. If you&rs... Read More


Planning the perfect Easter egg hunt
(BPT) - From the White House lawn to the family living room, children of all ages will soon be searching behind bushes and couches to find that last treasured egg. If you don’t have an Easter egg hunt to attend in your community this year, consider planning your own and inviting all the neigh... Read More


Get your glitz on: How to add pizzazz to your Oscar party this year
(BPT) - Awards season will soon come to a crescendo with the airing of the Oscars March 2. Celebrities are gearing up to hit the red carpet and crossing their fingers that they come home with an award.In keeping with traditions of years past, people across the nation will gather with family and fri... Read More


Car lovers: Take care of your four-wheeled family member
(BPT) - Do you view your car or truck as a member of your family? Have you named your vehicle? If so, then consider how caring for your car is similar to caring for your kin. For the most part, caring for your family is pretty straightforward. Watch their diets, keep them clean, fix their bumps and... Read More


Misconceptions exposed - multivitamins and nutritional supplements
(BPT) - How often do you eat a cup of sauteed spinach? How about three servings of fatty fish, like salmon, per week? Probably not very often, but those are examples of foods and portions that are packed with the recommended amounts of essential nutrients. Research shows that Americans aren’t... Read More


Perk up your home with pattern
(BPT) - Give your home an energy shot this spring with bright colors and bold patterns.“Patterns are hot, hot, hot,” says Cathie Pliess, program coordinator of design for The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and a certified interior designer. “Look for oversized patterns in bold c... Read More


Have a delicious baking recipe? Share it with the world
(BPT) - Think your family’s favorite breakfast recipe is a winner? Enter it now in the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off(R) Contest for the chance to win $1 million and other prizes.In 2013, Antoinette Leal of Ridgefield, Conn., won third prize at the contest for her Cherry Almond Brunch Tart recipe. A... Read More


Bunny bowls and spring flavors get families hopping to the table for Easter
(BPT) - When spring finally arrives, we gladly shed heavy coats and snow boots. Meals, too, lighten up with warmer weather, as we leave behind hearty soups and heavier meals in favor of more sprightly and seasonal fare. Spring celebrations – from Easter brunches to graduation dinners – ... Read More


Teens need annual checkups, too
(BPT) - During cold, flu, and allergy seasons, sick teens and their parents are more likely to make time to see the doctor. However, these visits tend to focus on a specific illness rather than the teen’s general health and well-being. Annual checkups, on the other hand, can provide an opport... Read More


Wow guests with original wedding reception touches
(BPT) - Most brides have a vision of a beautifully decorated and themed wedding reception. Luckily, it is easy to achieve the wedding decor you see in your mind’s eye with a few easy and inexpensive do-it-yourself projects.Tables they’ll talk aboutYou don’t have to settle for the ... Read More


Survey says: Payday loan users savvier than you think
(BPT) - Read enough about the state of Americans’ finances and you might get the impression that the average consumer is fairly clueless when it comes to making good money decisions. But a new survey indicates that Americans are more credit-savvy than you might think about how and when to use... Read More


Through the art of makeup, people with rare pituitary disorders now have unique resources to help address common physical and emotional changes
(BPT) - Did you know that applying contour powder on certain areas of your face, like the outer rim of the jaw, along the hairline or along the hollows of the cheek, can help make enlarged features less noticeable? Seems like a basic makeup tip, right? Well, to a person with a pituitary disorder th... Read More


What do people wish they had 25 percent more of? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Whether from technology, sports, your favorite TV shows, vacation, or perks during your commute – more is always better. A recent survey showed this even applies to the bathroom! Nearly 70 percent of respondents wish they had more toilet paper, which is good news because Cottonelle ta... Read More


Is it really possible for kids to like whole grains?
(BPT) - We know. Whole grains are good for us, offering fiber, vitamins and other nutrients. But can they really be tasty enough for our kids to enjoy? And how do we add them to more of our meals?The answers may be as close as your nearest elementary, middle or high school. Schools across the count... Read More


Healthy housekeeping tips offer a fresh approach to spring cleaning
(BPT) - After the long and cold winter experienced across the United States, families will be tackling spring cleaning with a passion this year. But for more than 40 million Americans living with allergies and 25 million with asthma, housekeeping comes with extra concerns and responsibilities. More... Read More


Look for the seal for safe children's products
(BPT) - Your children’s safety is your top priority. You heard from the experts and you’ve read the books to ensure you’re providing them with the right clothes and the proper food. But what about the baby products they use every day? How do you know they’re safe?The Juvenil... Read More


Small tumor, major consequences: an acromegaly patient's journey
(BPT) - Paula Van Nostrand, a fit, health-conscious 34-year-old woman was training for her first triathlon when her life was placed on a trajectory no one saw coming. She began experiencing unexplainable symptoms but ultimately attributed them to her training.It started with exhaustion and grew to ... Read More


Rare Disease Day 2014: Recognizing rare diseases and empowering patients to become self-advocates
(BPT) - For the past six years, international Rare Disease Day has served as a day on which hundreds of patient advocacy organizations, patients and their loved ones across the globe join together to highlight the importance of continued focus and research on uncommon and serious illnesses. This ye... Read More


Add value to your home with smart spring home improvements
(BPT) - Snow, blizzards, Arctic winds and damaging ice storms have wreaked havoc across the country this winter. While it may feel as though spring will never come, building experts suggest that now is the time for homeowners to consider spring home improvements that add value and comfort to the ho... Read More


Modern technology rescues backyard pool-time fun
(BPT) - Technology  has made the world a very different place than it was just one, five or 10 years ago. Film cameras, handwritten letters and portable CD players, all have been replaced by newer, more efficient inventions.These advancements have improved so many facets of our lives, it reall... Read More


How Well Do You Know the Flu?
About half of US adults incorrectly believe that antibiotics or flu vaccines will treat the flu, according to a new survey from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). The good news is that two-thirds of those surveyed know that people should be vaccinated against the flu each year.... Read More


Flip-flops and snow don't mix: Winter foot-health advice
(BPT) - The holidays are over, but most regions of the country face a few more months of winter. Whether you’re slogging through deep snow and sub-zero temperatures in the north, or contending with dampness, chill and muddy conditions in the south, it’s important to take care of your fe... Read More


Five surprising solutions to help you stop snoring
(BPT) - Snoring not only keeps you and your bed partner up at night – it can be dangerous to your health.Typically, as you sleep, air passes through the nose and past the back of the throat without any trouble. But as muscles relax during sleep, the upper airway can become partially blocked, ... Read More


Plugged in, tuned out: Teen distraction increases pedestrian accidents
(BPT) - From dating to driving to curfews, there’s a lot to worry about if you have a teenager. You want to keep your child safe and likely have talked about distracted driving and avoiding texting while behind the wheel, but technology can be distracting while walking, too. More teens are pl... Read More


Healthy happy family travel
(BPT) - Looking to take a road trip but dread hearing the infamous “Are we there yet?” or “Can we please, please stop for fast food?” questions.Never fear, Registered Dietitian, author and mother, Pamela Nisevich Bede, offers creative ways to keep your family (and you) satis... Read More


The new time to have fun and bond with your family: breakfast
(BPT) - Families are always looking for new ways to celebrate and spend time together. Why not start your weekend off on the right foot with a little family time in the kitchen over a delicious hot breakfast?Cooking in the kitchen is a great activity for families, including children of all ages. Co... Read More


Stay ahead of cybercriminals: use caution and common sense online
(BPT) - Cybercrime is everywhere these days. It happens in the dead of night, in broad daylight, in homes, hotels, restaurants and airports.In fact, due to the explosion of online transactions, social media and mobile technology, it can happen almost anywhere at any time. The good news, however, is... Read More


Spring has sprung: tips for getting outside to play
(BPT) - After being cooped up during one of the most brutal winters in recent memory, families are eager for warmer weather so they can get outside and play. Research shows that play is an important part of children’s physical, emotional and intellectual development.With spring upon us, now i... Read More


Growing number of parents turn to police to report cyberbullying
(BPT) - As more people become aware of the harmful consequences of cyber bullying, parents are more likely to report cyber bullying incidents directly to their local police than local school officials.That’s the finding of a new national survey of 642 American parents conducted by the Fraud P... Read More


Valentine's Day: Cupid's favorite day by the numbers [Infographic]
(BPT) - Throughout time, Cupid's arrow has found its way in to the hearts of many. Founded by a man named John Valentine, FTD was destined to share Cupid's favorite day by the numbers. Find out how below. ... Read More


The key to a summer vacation full of amazing surprises: The Texas Gulf Coast
(BPT) - Summer vacation season will be here before you know it, and to ensure yours is full of family-friendly fun, you’ll need to move quickly and be creative. You need some out-of-the-box thinking, and a location that’s dependably exciting, affordable and amazingly diverse. One word: ... Read More


Flab to fit: The five money moves that can whip your finances into better shape
(BPT) - By now you’ve abandoned your plan to eat a healthier breakfast and spend an hour at the gym every day. Across the country, self-improvement resolutions have fallen by the wayside. Instead of succumbing to guilt and frustration over what you might not do this year, why not focus your e... Read More


Living with breast cancer when there's no cure
(BPT) - When Ginny Knackmuhs beat early-stage breast cancer and had routine checkups during the years that followed, she thought the disease was behind her. But in 2009, she was shocked to receive another diagnosis of breast cancer. This time it was metastatic, the most advanced kind.“I went ... Read More


How to keep your kids active during the winter months
(BPT) - As the holidays wind down, so do the temperatures. As a parent, you know your kids can get restless in the winter months while they’re cooped up inside. It’s tempting to let the tablets and video games provide hours of entertainment, but it’s important that kids stay activ... Read More


Think spring: Insider tips for shopping a local boat show
(BPT) - Spring has officially sprung! Looking for the best place to gear up for warm weather fun on the horizon? Try your local spring boat show. The winter chill is starting to fade across the country, which makes it a great time to turn thoughts to getting outside and on the water. Boat shows are... Read More


Four out of 10 drivers don't know this dashboard warning could save their lives
(BPT) - When it comes to tire pressure safety, many drivers fall flat in connecting this all-important safety concern with the dashboard icon that could alert them to a problem, a new national survey shows. With an estimated 245 million cars and light trucks on U.S. roadways, driver safety concerns... Read More


Want a shot at a healthy future? Protect yourself at any age
(BPT) - The best approach to health is a proactive one, and that means getting an annual checkup and staying up-to-date on recommended vaccinations. But many adults don’t visit a doctor unless they feel ill, nor do they think about vaccination as part of their routine, preventive healthcare. ... Read More


Easy do-it-yourself Easter: Fun Easter projects for the whole family
(BPT) - The Easter bunny is right around the corner, which means chocolate eggs, chick marshmallows and stuffed bunnies will soon be popping up around the home. Celebrate with a build-your-own Easter basket with the kids for some quality time for the entire family. DIY doesn’t mean it needs t... Read More


Don't forget about insurance when discussing finances with children
(BPT) - When it comes to financial literacy, parents know it’s important to give kids the knowledge and skills they need to manage money. In fact, 81 percent say it’s their responsibility as parents to teach children about money and saving, according to a 2012 survey by the website Doug... Read More


Head-to-toe tips for picking and packing summer travel togs
(BPT) - Vacation packing is an art-form, one every mother must master if she wants her family to be comfortable and well-dressed while traveling. Running out of clean clothes, having to do laundry, or wearing outfits that are hopelessly wrinkled or don’t suit the destination are all avoidable... Read More


Five crazy cruise features you have to try
(BPT) - Cruise liners are no longer just giant ships heading to enviable destinations. They are small, floating cities, destinations unto themselves, packed with unexpected entertainment from on-board planetariums to skydiving experiences.“As cruise ships add more exciting features to their d... Read More


Five sure-fire steps for planning the most memorable family vacation of your life
(BPT) - It’s no secret that families are busy these days. Between mom and dad’s careers, the kids’ school demands and extra-curricular activities, quality time together as a family is hard to come by. This busy lifestyle is inspiring a new travel movement, and 2014 is positioned f... Read More


Make TV safety part of your childproofing plan: Don't overlook TV tip-over risks
(BPT) - Have a new flat panel TV? Where will you put your older cathode ray tube (CRT) TV? For many families, when a new TV comes into the home, the old bulky TV often moves to a child’s room, basement or other location where it could pose a serious safety hazard.Every 45 minutes in the Unite... Read More


Family needs compete with retirement among Hispanic Americans, survey finds
(BPT) - Long term financial planning can be daunting for many Americans, however, Prudential’s 2014 Hispanic American Finance Experience survey indicates that the Hispanic community may face distinct challenges. According to a recent survey on how Hispanic Americans manage their finances, the... Read More


Cleaning conundrums [Infographic]
(BPT) - We have to do it ... and 87 percent don’t enjoy doing it ... but Moen Research dishes the dirt on who, how and how often we clean our homes. ... Read More



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