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Adding in, not just cutting out, is key to better eating habits
(BPT) - When you think of eating right, does your mind immediately turn to what you should cut out of your diet? The list of things you might consider giving up can be long and daunting. As important as it might be to cut out some foods, don't overlook the importance of the things you should add in, such as quality ingre...
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Fall allergies or falling prey to chronic asthma or COPD?
(BPT) - Twenty-two million Americans, many of whom are children, suffer from the frightening acute attacks and long-term disabilities of chronic asthma. Millions more adults face the increasing burdens and life-altering effects of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes both emphysema and chronic bro...
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Fun ways to add a splash of color this holiday season
(BPT) - The holidays are that special time of year when we reunite with our family and friends; in some cases we may not have seen these loved ones since the previous holiday. If you're in charge of hosting this year's event, you may think you don't have the time and the money to give your home a new look. You do. Not al...
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From tots to teens: Inspiring kids in the kitchen
When it comes to making healthy meals and nutritious snacks, mom and dad typically take the lead in the kitchen. But as peak entertaining season gets underway, the additional cooking and baking can keep parents extra busy. Before you let party prep stress you out, remember that this can be a great time to let your childr...
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Good looks or good sense? Home designs that don't make you choose
(BPT) - Ever purchased a great-looking faucet only to find you can't easily turn it on with one hand? Or discovered that you can't stand to sit for more than a few minutes on that new sofa that looked so great in the showroom? If so, you have experienced comfort and practicality sacrificed on the altar of aesthetics. Inc...
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How to host the best game-watching party
(BPT) - The days are getting cooler, the leaves are starting to change colors and team banners are starting to appear on front porches everywhere. It can only mean one thing - football season is back. With it comes more than 32 million fantasy football players and a whole lot of weekend game-watching festivities. Going t...
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Home improvement tricks to avoid the winter blues
(BPT) - Many triggers can affect our moods. From sights to sounds to smells - it's a sensory experience that we don't seem to have much control over. Or so we used to think. But with more research being done on exactly how these elements might affect our stress or happiness levels, we now have better insight on how to en...
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Stressed by social obligations? Tips for an easier holiday season
(BPT) - The holiday season is filled with gatherings of friends and family. As invitations to different holiday events begin to flood your calendar, one of the biggest challenges is figuring out how to attend everything. But for some, hectic schedules and public gatherings fill the holiday season with additional stress a...
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Fun home entertainment gifts for less than $100
(BPT) - What do most people want for the holidays? Technology and home entertainment gifts are highly sought after, meaning gift-givers have plenty of opportunities to get an impressive present. If you think you need to spend a lot to get a great gift, think again. There are many great options for less than $100. As more...
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Easy-to-update items to make your new home yours
(BPT) - This year more than 5.4 million homes were sold by the end of August, according to the National Association of Realtors. Are you one of these millions of new homeowners? If so, you've most likely felt the urge to settle in immediately. However, before making any major renovations, it's a good idea to live in a ne...
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Lighten the load: Open up valuable free time by organizing the laundry room
(BPT) - Laundry is always on the to-do list, and in busy households across the country, it seems that the hamper is always full. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average household does 392 loads of laundry each year. That translates to 7.5 loads per week, which can make the process of washing your clothes,...
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Your go-to guide for elevator and escalator safety during the holidays
(BPT) - Remember the scene in Home Alone where the family is rushing through the crowded airport? Or images of teeming crowds in a shopping mall, every arm holding countless packages? Well ... it's that time of year again! November and December are arguably the busiest months of the year for traveling and shopping. Milli...
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