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  • Pets

    Lucky’s Legacy: 5 Important Lessons TurfMutt Taught Us

    (NAPSI)—Lucky the TurfMutt is a real-life rescue dog who “pawed it forward” by spending a decade educating children and families about living landscapes—why they are important to people and the planet, how to take care of them, and encouraging everyone to get out and enjoy the nature around them. Lucky inspired people to look at their living landscapes through a dog’s eyes. After all, no one loves a yard like the family dog.

  • Home Decorating

    Tips for Creating the Perfect Home Office

    (StatePoint) With more people nationwide opting to create their own businesses or work for their employer remotely, the home office has become one of the most used spaces of the house, with many people spending more than eight hours a day in this room. If you’re one of these people, the kitchen table just won’t cut it if you’re looking to get serious and organized.

  • Home Improvement

    5 new ways to bring the beauty of nature into your home

    (BPT) - (BPT) - There’s nothing like being outdoors. It soothes the soul, calms the spirit and delights the senses. Most of us can’t spend as much time as we’d like outside, but many clever methods can bring the serenity and beauty of nature into your home. Take a look at a few of the innovative ways that you can introduce nature’s beauty, from a lush garden to a forest of birch trees, into your interior spaces.

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Riding toward a cure for multiple myeloma

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Pet Central

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Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

Fitness

Fitness

Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

Crosswords

Crosswords

Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

Sudoku

Sudoku

Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




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Friday 09/20/2019
Best ways to celebrate the Halloween season
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - Everyone in the family loves to celebrate Halloween, so why not make the most of it? There’s plenty you can do together to extend the Halloween magic for a month or more, from crafts and decorating to games and sharing sweet treats.

Fire safety tips that could help save your life
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:06 am

(BPT) - Having working smoke alarms in your home is as important as wearing a seatbelt in your car. It’s a necessity that protects you and your loved ones. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately three out of five home fire deaths occur in residences with no working smoke alarms or without any smoke alarms at all. These cases can be avoided as smoke alarms are accessible and easy to install.

5 tips for hosting an award-winning viewing party
Posted: September 20, 2019

(BPT) - Whether it’s the long-awaited premiere of your favorite drama, the return of a hyped reality series, or this season’s big award show, there’s always a reason to gather your friends around a screen for a viewing party!

Know the Facts about Spinocerebellar Ataxia and a New Clinical Study [Infographic]
Posted: September 20, 2019

(BPT) - Ataxia, a rare and progressive neurological disease, affects nearly 150,000 people in the U.S. A new clinical study will measure if troriluzole, an investigational drug, will improve ataxia symptoms in people with spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA). Learn more at www.scatrial.org.

Estate Planning: Most People, Alas, Fail to Make Crucial Decisions
Posted: September 20, 2019

(NewsUSA) - How best to put this delicately?

Tips for keeping kids safe on the road
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:09 am

(BPT) - With all the distractions on today's roads, parents are feeling increasingly anxious about keeping their children safe while driving. According to a new study by Volvo Car USA and The Harris Poll, more than six in ten American parents believe roads today are more dangerous than ever, and are actively seeking guidance on how to properly protect their loved ones when they’re on-the-go.

Spice Up Your Life With Easy-To-Enjoy Jambalaya
Posted: September 20, 2019

(NAPSI)—For a fast, easy and delicious one-pot meal, few dishes can beat a jambalaya. Created by the unique blend of cultures that make up New Orleans cuisine, jambalaya is both satisfying and simple to make using whatever you happen to have on hand (thus excellent for that “end-of-week-clean-out-the-fridge-meal”). Known for its bold flavor and versatility, there’s no wrong way to make this crowd-pleaser.

Removing The Mystery From A Prostate Cancer Diagnosis
Posted: September 20, 2019

(NAPSI)—According to the American Cancer Society, about one in nine American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. A leading cause of cancer in men, more than 173,000 new diagnoses are expected in the U.S. this year. Fortunately, this disease can be treated successfully, especially if caught early.

‘I knew I wasn’t alone’: North Carolina nurse looks back on Hurricane Florence
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:06 am

(BPT) - One year ago, North Carolina native and licensed practical nurse Shannon Lanier found herself caught in a storm that seemed otherworldly. Hurricane Florence had arrived. And with it came more than two feet of rain in her hometown of Wilmington.

Making the Most of the Medicare Annual Election Period
Posted: September 20, 2019

(StatePoint) Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are increasingly popular, offering robust benefits including vision, health, dental, drug coverage and more. For the more than 22 million people with an MA plan, the Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP), running from Oct. 15-Dec. 7, is the only time each year when they can shop for alternate plans.

Thursday 09/19/2019
With tax extensions up, October tax deadline nears
Posted: September 19, 2019

(BPT) - The IRS projected that more people than ever before — 14.6 million — would file an extension. That estimate may have been conservative, given how tax reform influenced people to delay filing as they figured out what tax reform meant for them.

Protecting Yourself from Medicare Fraud
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - Every year, many seniors are targeted by scammers who want to steal their Medicare numbers to do things like rack up fake health care charges and commit identify theft. These scams hurt seniors and other people eligible for Medicare, cost taxpayers money, and result in higher health care costs for everyone. The good news is that you can protect yourself from fraud and help Medicare stop scammers in their tracks.

Tips for getting your family organized this fall
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:05 am

(BPT) - Fall marks the beginning of a new school year and a perfect time to get you and your family organized. Use this fresh start as an opportunity to establish clear routines for scheduling, sorting papers and organizing everything your family needs for your work, school and home lives to run more smoothly.

How at-home allergy treatment is changing lives
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:06 am

(BPT) - More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, and as pollen production grows in intensity and duration due to longer freeze-free periods, that number is expected to rise. For chronic allergy sufferers, this can mean battling symptoms year-round, year after year.

Beef basics: Everything you need to become a pit master
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:06 am

(BPT) - Grilling is an American staple, and many home grill masters yearn to take it to the next level, impressing their friends and families with tasty, mouthwatering smoked beef. Smoking is a timeless technique that elevates the beef people crave by delivering rich flavor and tenderness.

Would you like the power to own your own home? Here are 4 steps to follow if you want to make your dream a reality
Posted: September 19, 2019

(BPT) - For many people, a monthly mortgage payment may be manageable, but their biggest obstacle is the upfront expense — namely down payment and closing costs — of buying a home. In fact, according to the Bank of America Spring 2019 Homebuyer Insights Report, 69% of prospective homeowners say saving enough money for a down payment and closing costs is the biggest challenge they face.

5 questions you should ask your doctor before surgery
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - Surgery can feel overwhelming, complicated and even scary, so it’s easy to overlook or avoid the questions you should ask to really understand what your procedure will entail and how to best recover. Plus, keeping the pre- and post-surgery do’s and don’ts straight can be hard, which is why many people still enter the operating room not knowing what to expect or how to help prepare their body.

National League For Nursing Calls For Greater Civility Among Our National Community
Updated: September 21, 2019 - 2:43 am

by G. Rumay Alexander , EdD, RN, FAAN, and Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN

7 Traits to Look for in a Financial Planner
Posted: September 19, 2019

(StatePoint) When looking for a financial planner who can bring all the pieces of your financial life together and put you in the driver’s seat of your own financial future, experts say it’s important to look beyond his or her resume.

Wednesday 09/18/2019
5 new ways to bring the beauty of nature into your home
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - (BPT) - There’s nothing like being outdoors. It soothes the soul, calms the spirit and delights the senses. Most of us can’t spend as much time as we’d like outside, but many clever methods can bring the serenity and beauty of nature into your home. Take a look at a few of the innovative ways that you can introduce nature’s beauty, from a lush garden to a forest of birch trees, into your interior spaces.

5 step fire safety checklist
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:08 am

(BPT) - When flames engulfed his 1940s beach bungalow without warning, actor Taylor Kinney was thankful to make it out alive. That experience, paired with his role as one of America’s favorite TV firefighters, inspired him to advocate for fire safety and is why he’s partnering with First Alert this fall to share important messages about fire safety preparedness.

CDC Foundation program makes a difference for people with cancer
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - Imagine being diagnosed with cancer, going through chemotherapy, and then getting sidelined by an infection.

The secret to recruiting top talent? Next-level office amenities
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:05 am

(BPT) - A recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that U.S. employment is projected to grow by 8.4 million jobs from 2018 to 2028. At the same time, employers are battling an ultra-competitive job market, in which candidates are being wooed by increased pay and enhanced medical benefits.

Escape to the Caribbean for Stress-Free Holidays
Posted: September 18, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Summer vacation season may be over, but it is never too soon to start planning a Christmas- season getaway.

Virologist's Book Warns of Coming Lethal Flu Pandemic
Posted: September 18, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Scientists have long held that it will not be weapons of mass destruction that kills the human race, but rather a biological one.

Transforming Your Under-Stair Space
Posted: September 18, 2019

(NewsUSA) - If you live in a multi-story house, chances are you've looked at the no-man's-land under a set of stairs and thought: That space could be made to look and function much better. The classic solution is to fill the unattractive void with a closet, which is a perfectly serviceable idea. But there are other, more imaginative possibilities - home office, mini-library, powder room, wet bar, dog kennel, to name a few - creative hardwood built-ins that can transform those formerly awkward architectural cul-de-sacs into a visually interesting, highly practical, value-adding features in your home.

A Thrilling Book Trilogy And More—Megalomaniacs Battle Zealots, With America Caught In The Middle
Updated: September 20, 2019 - 2:49 am

(NAPSI)—This issue of BookBites introduces readers to Eric C. Anderson’s New Caliphate trilogy, a saga ripped from today’s headlines that could leave tomorrow’s Europe on the brink of a new Dark Age, as well as a fourth thriller depicting the use of cryptocurrency as a tool for political regime change. Anderson is a former member of the U.S. intelligence community.

Hair today, gone tomorrow: Say goodbye to shaving forever
Posted: September 18, 2019

(BPT) - “I love shaving and am so glad I get to do it every day,” said no woman ever.

Mother Nature inspires 'new neutral' home design trends
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:05 am

(BPT) - Many interior designers gravitate toward grays or whites as a starting point when building a home’s look and feel, but a new trend is emerging. Homeowners are getting back to basics and finding ways to bring the outdoors in by using neutral earth tones as their blank slate. These wood tones have become the “new neutral” for those beginning their brand-new home design.

Steps to Better Sleep for Peak Sports Performance
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) For fans and athletes alike, fall means gearing up for a new season of sports activities. While plenty of attention goes into developing skills and talent, other important components that affect an athlete’s performance can be overlooked. Especially considering the demands of an athlete’s training and game schedule, getting adequate sleep is often an afterthought.

Pet Health Tips for an On-the-Go Lifestyle
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) People who lead busy lives often seek convenient and healthy choices when it comes to taking care of their own well-being. For pet parents, a little creativity can make it easy to deliver the same level of care for their beloved pets, even when the pace of life accelerates.

6 Keys to the Best Possible Stroke Recovery
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Strokes change more than 795,000 lives in the United States each year.

3 Ways Pet Adoption Can Be a Win for All
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Pet adoption improves – and sometimes saves – the lives of millions of furry friends each year. However, the benefits of adoption are not a one-way street. Research continues to emerge supporting the positive impact pets add to owners’ lives, as well as the benefits pet adoption has on communities as a whole.

5 Ways Technology is Transforming Hearing Aids
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Around 37.5 million adults in the United States report some trouble hearing, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). However, it is an undertreated condition with the NIH also estimating 28.8 million adults with mild to severe hearing loss could benefit from hearing aids. Thanks to ever-evolving technology, devices that improve hearing loss are more user-friendly than ever.

How to Make the Most Out of Family Time
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) With a little imagination, you can dream up all kinds of creative, engaging and interactive activities the entire family can enjoy no matter the season.

Get Back into the Swing of Dinnertime
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) After juggling work, school, extracurricular activities, homework and preparing dinner, getting back into a weeknight routine may feel impossible.

5 Tips for a Tasty Tailgate
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Casual and diehard sports fans alike can all agree one of the best parts of game day is the tailgate. Whether you’re heading to the game to take part in the action or tuning in on the big screen, you can light up the scoreboard this season with these tips for a fun, easy and downright tasty tailgate (or home-gate).

Get Creative with a School Lunch Favorite
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Getting back in the swing of the school year routine can be hectic. With the right ingredients, though, lunchtime doesn’t have to be.

7 Dishes Perfect for Game Day
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Culinary.net) Fried, grilled, baked or slow-cooked, game day dishes come in all flavors and textures so everyone comes out a winner. Try these classic ideas and new spins to take your home-gate to the next level.

Peanut-Powered Protein
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:31 am

Nutritious ideas for flavor-filled family meals

Make Family Meals Matter
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) For busy families, finding time to eat together isn’t always easy, but coming together around the dinner table regularly isn’t just about keeping hungry bellies full. Family meals nourish the spirit, brain and overall health.

Add Mexican Flair to Game Day Favorites
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Football season, for many people, is just as much about the food as it is about the action. No matter who’s playing and whether you’re at a tailgate or living room watch party, one thing is for sure: football and flavor go hand-in-hand.

A Sweet, Chocolaty Dessert
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Culinary.net) When it comes to dessert, it’s hard to beat chocolate as the main ingredient for dishes of all kinds. Add a twist to your next treat with the sweet taste of caramel in this Chocolate Caramel Pie.

Wearable Fall Trends
Posted: September 18, 2019

(Family Features) The fall season is all about remixing modern classics, which means some fall trends may already be hanging in your closet. However, if you decide to upgrade a few basics, you can find plenty of worthy investment pieces this season that you can wear again and again for years to come.

How to Re-Watch Hollywood History
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Streaming media is transforming TV and movie watching, but the convenience and ability to binge watch favorite shows aren’t the only benefits. Super-fans of a specific actor or genre can geek out like never before thanks to unprecedented access to libraries filled with beloved stars and film categories.

Make Sense of Doggy Dental Care
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Dental care for dogs is important, but it’s an aspect of care that is frequently overlooked by dog owners. One of the few outward signs of dental problems lurking just below the surface is bad breath. 

Easy Ways to Improve Your Home’s Health
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Maintaining a healthy home is a goal most Americans share, but not all are confident they’re doing the best job they can to protect their home’s health.

Tips for a Vintage Kitchen Remodel
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) When you renovate an older home, the goal is not always to replace old with new. In fact, some renovations are all about preserving the past with a design that reflects and pays respect to the yesteryear features that make your home unique.

5 Common Questions for Memorializing a Loved One
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) One of the most difficult conversations in a person’s life typically takes place near the end of that life. Planning for a funeral can put an emotional strain on family members and friends, but some of the stress can be relieved when the most common questions have answers.

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