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Financial planning makes college education a reality for many in the new year
(BPT) - The new year is widely associated with personal resolutions for self-improvement that range from physical fitness to cutting out vices. For many, the goal of returning to school to earn a college degree provides the opportunity for impactful, long-lasting change and a more fulfilling life and career. New data sho...
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How to manage your money in the new year
(BPT) - As a new year unfolds, many people resolve to kick bad habits and take better care of their health and their finances. After a few late payments, messy receipt folders and carefree budgeting, it's time to make your personal finances a priority. It may feel like you don't have enough time in your hectic life to si...
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Top 10 home decor trends for 2014
(BPT) - Renew. Rejuvenate. Reinvigorate. The same objectives people have when making their personal New Year's resolutions can be just as easily be applied to their homes. There's no better time to give a home a fresh look, whether it's incorporating a new color palette, adding accessories, repurposing furniture or putti...
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Business owners: Resolve to use your time for growth in 2014
(BPT) - Each year offers a chance for new beginnings - an opportunity for people to reflect on the past and make personal resolutions to use their time effectively to prosper in the year ahead. The same is true for businesses, as entrepreneurs and business owners set new strategic goals and plans for growth. Managing tim...
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Home-field advantage for the big-game party? Don't forget to have a food safety game plan in place
(BPT) - You've seen it time and time again. Your favorite football team is trailing late in the game with the ball not far inside the opponent's territory. It's what's commonly referred to as 'four-down territory.' Attempting a field goal is either a long shot or doesn't garner enough points to win the game. The best opt...
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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've resolved to be healthi...
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The nutrient gap [Infographic]
An ideal diet ensures we're getting the appropriate amounts of essential nutrients from the foods we eat on a daily basis, but unfortunately the ideal is not the reality for most. According to a recent analysis of NHANES data (2001-2008) commissioned by Nature Made , Americans are missing out on adequate levels of six essential nutrients daily: vitamins A, C, D, E, calcium and magnesium. In order to bridge the gap between what Americans are eating and the nutrients they are lacking, high-qual...
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Top 2014 home decor trend: Personalized design
(BPT) - Interior design is in a constant state of transformation, and this year homeowners are taking control. The 'keeping up with the Joneses'' mentality is giving ground to the desire for personalized design that reflects the exact needs and design aesthetic of the residents. In 2014, more people will actively embrace...
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Get back to basics with your business technology
(BPT) - Technology can do a lot for home offices as well as small and medium-size businesses, but choosing and investing in the appropriate level of technology can sometimes feel overwhelming and time-consuming. Business owners and consumers alike sometimes overspend on technology rather than selecting the right tools to help them improve their productivity while keeping their costs at a minimum. 'As business owners, we face the challenge of accounting for everything that keeps our businesses...
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New credit score myths and why you shouldn't believe them
(BPT) - Myths and folklore endlessly evolve as cultures change, technologies emerge and societies grow. Some myths - like the one that warns against washing Pop Rocks down with Coke - are chuckle-worthy. Others, such as fallacies about how credit scores work, can be downright detrimental. Thankfully, some credit score my...
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Knowing when to repair or replace three of your home's major systems - the furnace, air conditioner and water heater
(BPT) - If your furnace, air conditioner or water heater is not working properly, you probably notice it long before you actually inspect the appliance itself. You know because those winter mornings are a little too cold, those July days are a little too hot or your morning showers are chillier than normal. All three are...
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It's OK to cry: Expert tips for creating an emotionally charged Valentine's Day card for your man
(BPT) - With the onslaught of roses, hearts and cherubs, it's easy to think Valentine's Day is all about women, but men deserve something special too. You don't need to gift luscious chocolates or a new designer watch to get the ultimate Valentine's Day reaction. This year, more women are thinking ahead to create customi...
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