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5 easy projects to get the whole family outside

(BPT) - Want to get the kids away from screens and outside for some fresh air? Many outdoor projects will not only lure your whole family outdoors once the jobs are completed, but the family may actually want to help you.

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Tuesday 07/16/2019
Avoiding the summer slide: How teens can learn new skills during summer break
Posted: July 16, 2019

(BPT) - Summer vacation is all about freedom and flexibility for most teens, and sometimes all they want to do is kick back and relax. While a break from structured school days and homework can be refreshing, too many weeks without flexing mental muscles can mean losing knowledge teens gained over the school year.

Breast cancer survivor puts chemo to the test
Posted: July 16, 2019

(BPT) - As a commercial airline pilot with nearly 30 years of experience, Diane Sandoval, age 50, is no stranger to making difficult decisions. However, she faced one of her toughest challenges not in the skies, but when she discovered a small lump in her left breast during a self-examination. Her worst fear was confirmed after a visit to her doctor when she was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer.

Smoking basics for mastering the art of delectable beef
Posted: July 16, 2019

(BPT) - Summer weekends are all about the barbecue. Grilling has become 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.

How to create a charcuterie board for your next party
Posted: July 16, 2019

(BPT) - Planning a party doesn’t have to be difficult. Instead of agonizing over appetizers, opt for serving delicious wine with a charcuterie board — a variety of cured meats, cheeses and condiments that can range from simple to sophisticated. Even a fairly basic spread can look elegant, while providing your guests with inviting, impressive flavor combinations.

Heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest are different, but often related
Posted: July 16, 2019

(BPT) - Within just eight days, Michael Adams, a 59-year-old husband and father of two from Moore, OK, suffered a heart attack and a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) — he survived them both. Many think a heart attack and SCA are the same, but they are very different. Recent heart attack victims have a higher risk of SCA, but there are life-saving treatment options available.

Monday 07/15/2019
Why ethics is good for business
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:20 am

(BPT) - The last thing any company wants is a misstep that hurts the trust it has built with customers. This is especially true for smaller businesses, which may not have the resources to recover from a reputational setback. To prevent mistakes, bad decisions and wrongdoing, smaller businesses can take a proactive approach to developing ethical business leaders and business cultures. In doing so, experts say businesses can achieve benefits for their bottom line, their employees and the common good.

Buy a home without breaking the bank
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:24 am

(BPT) - Buying a home is one of life’s biggest financial milestones, but people often think it’s out of reach because of the costs involved, including the myth that you have to put 20% down. The fact is, you don’t necessarily need to deplete all of your savings to qualify for a mortgage and you can purchase a home sooner than many people believe.

Friday 07/12/2019
4 steps to keep your home safe from fires
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:22 am

(BPT) - According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms — often due to missing alarm batteries or expired alarms.

How detailed planning can help you make every minute count
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:18 am

(BPT) - To say ClassPass founder Payal Kadakia keeps busy is an understatement. The fitness platform she founded operates at 15,000 partner sites across 80 cities worldwide and is continuing to expand. Kadakia also founded Sa Dance Company, a bicoastal Indian dance troupe that performs at major venues across Los Angeles and New York.

Thursday 07/11/2019
5 ways to prepare for Public Safety Power Shutoffs this summer
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:16 am

(BPT) - During extreme weather conditions and when threat of danger from wildfires is imminent, California utility companies make a determination whether to temporarily shut off power in specific areas to protect public safety and prevent an increase in dangerous conditions. Southern California Edison (SCE), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) will be monitoring local fire danger and extreme weather conditions to evaluate when a Public Safety Power Shutoff might be necessary this season.

5 tips for stress-free outdoor entertaining
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:20 am

(BPT) - Good food, great company and the beauty of the outdoors: Dining al fresco with family or friends is the perfect way to enjoy beautiful weather. For many people, though, the job of outdoor entertaining can feel somewhat intimidating. But it doesn't have to be. With these simple tips, you'll end up hosting a memorable, stress-free get-together, whether it's a lovely patio lunch for two or a poolside party for twenty.

Wednesday 07/10/2019
5 staples for the ideal DIY workspace
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:17 am

(BPT) - From ambitious millennials to enthusiastic boomers, do it yourself — DIY — is trending among people of all ages. No matter the hobby or home improvement project, creating a well-equipped workspace is just as important as having the right tools for the job. Whether your workspace is in the garage, a shed or a converted patio or back porch, equipping the space for your ultimate comfort and creativity can start your project off on the right foot and keep your productivity on track.

5 smart home upgrades that will pay off later
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:24 am

(BPT) - Whether you want to make the most of your home now, or you’re thinking of selling soon, smart upgrades can boost your enjoyment of your home and increase its resale value. Some upgrades improve the aesthetics of your house, while others help save on energy costs or improve the functionality of the home. Still others can add a touch of luxury.

6 questions to ask your healthcare provider about out-of-pocket medication costs
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:16 am

(BPT) - Even in the privacy of a doctor’s office, many patients hesitate to discuss one subject — money.

Tuesday 07/09/2019
Get the facts about radiation therapy and cancer
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:20 am

(BPT) - If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, you probably have a lot of questions.

Buying for a better world: Purchasing decisions that help the planet
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:21 am

(BPT) - While research from The Shelton Group shows 90% of millennials choose to purchase from brands they trust for their social and environmental practices, carefully crafted marketing lingo and even bigger advertising budgets can make it difficult to know if their dollars are truly making a difference.

How small business sellers make the most of Prime Day
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:17 am

(BPT) - While mid-summer typically sees a lull in retail sales, causing some small businesses to hang on anxiously, waiting for better days, many are looking forward to mid-July as a great time to boost their businesses. Small and medium-sized businesses selling in Amazon's stores are gearing up for this year's Prime Day — a two-day parade of epic deals on July 15 and 16 — when shoppers worldwide will flock to the online store for over a million amazing deals.

Inclusive playgrounds: How play helps all children learn
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:23 am

10 tips for making the move to college a smooth one
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:23 am

(BPT) - Moving to a college campus is an exciting experience for both students and parents. Whether you're destined for the dorms or will be sharing a modest apartment with other students, you'll need to pack strategically and move mindfully so you get just what you need to feel comfortable and be productive.

4 tips for serving and enjoying red wine this summer
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:24 am

(BPT) - With the summer season in full swing, entertaining heads outdoors, with leisurely BBQs and picnics forming the backdrop for gatherings of family and friends. Choosing a great wine to pair with the menu is a thoughtful touch, but white wines aren’t the only options during the warmer months. Even as temperatures rise, versatile red wine deserves a place on the table, and these quick tips can enhance your understanding and enjoyment of wines all summer long.

Monday 07/08/2019
How to add truck rental services to your business
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:21 am

(BPT) - Successful entrepreneurs are always looking for new opportunities to expand their business and increase their revenue, with minimal time commitment, overhead and expenditure. For business owners looking to grow their bottom line, becoming a truck rental agent can provide a profitable opportunity.

How immunotherapy is changing lives for people with allergies
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:22 am

(BPT) - Every year, 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 only expected to rise. For chronic allergy sufferers, this can mean battling symptoms around the calendar, year after year.

Wednesday 07/03/2019
Exercise is important for everyone, especially people with disabilities
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:21 am

(BPT) - No matter how old or out of shape you think you are, it is never too late to add more physical activity to your life. Regular and consistent exercise can:

Don’t let summer pests bug you
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:23 am

(BPT) - Summer activities like hiking, camping, picnics and barbecues are all fun ways to enjoy the great outdoors. But spending more time outside can lead to mosquito and tick bites, and the potential for bringing these pests inside the home and putting families at risk for insect-borne diseases.

The perfect pairing for a chart-topping burger
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:20 am

(BPT) - You can smell it in the air: BBQ season is in full swing. To impress your friends and family, you’re going to need to offer up some serious eats because, let’s face it, the food is the true star of any BBQ. But, this summer, don’t overlook one of the key elements to really enjoying the full grilling experience — music.

5 steps to a seriously fun cookout
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:22 am

(BPT) - It's that time of year, when the weather's heating up and everyone is inviting friends over for a great day in the sun or evening feast. Make sure your cookout stands out as one of the summer's best memories by offering everything your guests will need for a seriously amazing time.

Feeling overwhelmed? 5 tips to make time for self-care
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:17 am

(BPT) - Ever feel like the days just get away from you, and you don’t have time to do the things you need to do, much less want to do? Often wish you could just spend your evenings or weekends on your personal goals, practicing self-care or just relaxing? There are many ways you can take control of your time and take better care of yourself. Sometimes it’s a question of prioritizing what you want to do — and outsourcing the rest.

Expert lawn-care tips for a weed-free yard
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:20 am

4 things a healthy breakfast should include
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:25 am

(BPT) - Everyone has heard, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” but why?

How to pay for senior living
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:19 am

(BPT) - Shopping. Cooking. Cleaning. The burdens of living alone were taking a toll on Joyce, who at 89 was the oldest resident in her apartment building. Though she’d spent a lifetime saving money, Joyce wasn’t sure what she could afford. Her daughter Sandy knew it was time to talk about senior living.

Tuesday 07/02/2019
Cleaning tricks: 5 overlooked items in your kitchen that deserve a refresh
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:20 am

(BPT) - You wipe down the counters, clean the floor and run the dishwasher regularly. Your kitchen appears clean on the surface, but there's probably a lot that could use a refresh. It's time to pay attention to frequently used but often forgotten items in your kitchen.

Fact or fiction? 5 myths about metal roofing
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:24 am

(BPT) - Asphalt shingles may be the most popular roofing in the U.S. by volume, but metal roofing is gaining in popularity for its durability, longevity and low-maintenance benefits. Still, many people unfamiliar with the product have misconceptions about this quality roofing option.

6 ways to get "s'more" outdoor fun during the short summer season
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:18 am

(BPT) - Now that summer is here, for many, it seems opportunities to savor those sun-drenched days and starry nights are all too limited. Events and activities are already stacking up on the calendar, and it’s almost as if the season is over before it begins.

A guide to affordable home improvement
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:21 am

(BPT) - The holy grail of home improvement is a project that makes a big difference to the appearance or value of the home without breaking the bank. The key is to focus on low-cost, quality items that will give the most bang for your buck. Here are five to consider:

Monday 07/01/2019
5 ways to have a Happy School Year
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:19 am

(BPT) - For kids, the start of a new school year is like New Year’s Eve: a chance to start fresh and set intentions for the year ahead. It’s a time to reboot, make new friends, get new clothes and gear, and find new opportunities to fuel their passions. As parents, you can help your children have a Happy School Year by encouraging them to set and accomplish their goals — or school year’s resolutions. Whether they want to join math club, improve their finger-painting skills, or just make the bus on time every day, Amazon has the resources and tips to help kids achieve their goals this year.

Summer is the perfect time to dive into unstructured play
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:20 am

(BPT) - As school lets out for the summer, many parents are concerned about their child maintaining all they’ve learned from the school year. Some parents may be tempted to add extra classes or tutors to stave off the summer slide, but one of the most effective methods for boosting brain development is often overlooked.

Home safe home: Protect your children with these 5 easy tips
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:22 am

(BPT) - We all like to think of our homes as secure havens where our families can retreat from the world in peace and comfort.

While most of us do everything we can to protect our children from harm, records show that in the U.S. some 2,000 children 14 and younger succumb to preventable injuries in the home caused by burns, suffocation, drowning, firearms, falls, choking or poisoning. That’s why it’s important to stay vigilant when checking for potential safety hazards in and around our places of residence.

Take the time to evaluate whether your home is as protected as it can possibly be from preventable accidents. Consider using the following checklist as you take a close look at potential safety hazards in your home.

What areas could make your child trip or fall? Staircases and other drop-offs should be closed off to small children through well-designed safety gates. Handrails, flooring and floor coverings should be firmly affixed, and indoor and outdoor stairs and walkways should all be well-lit and free of clutter. Non-slip flooring and support bars should also be added to showers.

Could your window coverings be a safety hazard? Corded window coverings can pose a threat to safety, since young children can easily become entangled in the pull cords and inner cords. Your best alternative? For homes with young children, only use cordless window covering products, or those with inaccessible cords. Look for the Best for Kids(TM) label that shows they’ve been third-party tested for optimal safety around young children. The improved coverings are now available in a range of colors and styles designed to enhance any room in your home. Move cribs, beds, toys and furniture away from windows where children may be tempted to play with coverings, advises the Window Covering Safety Council.

Is poisoning a possibility? Keep prescription and over-the-counter medicines, as well as potentially harmful household products, out of reach of children through cabinet locks and other preventative measures. Be cognizant of advisable limits on pain relief medications, and stay aware of which medicines (and for adults, alcoholic drinks) should never be mixed.

Are you protected against fires and carbon monoxide? Ensure working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are placed at recommended intervals throughout your home, then check their batteries on a regular schedule. And families should conduct fire drills twice annually to ensure everyone knows what to do in the event of emergency.

Are you aware of drowning hazards? It seems hard to believe, but young children are capable of drowning in just an inch or two of water. That means any form of standing water, including bathtubs, pools, water features and fountains, can be a threat. Pools should be protected with fences of at least 4 feet in height that include self-closing, self-latching gates. As a rule of thumb, children should remain within your grabbing distance if they’re in a bath or otherwise around standing water.

Being aware of potential safety hazards in the home, both obvious and hidden, is important to protecting your family from harm. Take time today to address any in-home elements that could possibly pose a threat.

Sunday 06/30/2019
Resilience defines ag community in wake of natural disasters
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:16 am

(BPT) - The hits just seem to keep on coming. For America’s farmers, it feels like it’s been one natural disaster after the next. From record wildfires in California and unprecedented hurricanes in the South and Southeast to the relentless flooding in the Midwest, people in the agricultural community have been hit hard in recent months. But they aren’t letting misfortune define them. Instead, the entire community has shown incredible resilience, coming together to face the challenges head on.

Friday 06/28/2019
Refresh your summer with delicious, healthy mocktails
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:21 am

(BPT) - There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than kicking back and relaxing with a cold, tasty and refreshing beverage — and there are so many great options to choose from. But why not add a little excitement to your summer by choosing something to drink that’s fun and colorful, super healthy and delicious, too?

Mindfulness and its proven impact on loneliness: What you should know
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:18 am

(BPT) - Maybe you know someone who stands by taking five minutes each morning to meditate or finds time after lunch to quiet his or her mind and focus on breathing. Whatever the method may be, incorporating “mindfulness” practices into your life can have a wide range of positive health benefits like improving your memory, sleep and immune system; reducing stress and feelings of loneliness and increasing compassion toward others and yourself.

How to keep your home cool and improve indoor air quality
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:25 am

(BPT) - Summer heat may be good if you're at the beach or pool, but when you're at home, it often means fighting scorching temperatures with costly air conditioning. Not only can this feel like an endless battle during the dog days of summer, but leaving the trapped hot air in your home can also worsen indoor air quality.

Increasing access to computer science education for students
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:25 am

(BPT) - For today’s students, learning how to code is becoming just as important as learning how to read. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says computer science is the fastest growing profession within the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) field. They also project that, by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer science-related jobs available and only 400,000 computer science graduates with the skills to apply for those jobs.

Looking for ways to reduce health care costs? Try these 5 tips
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:19 am

(BPT) - Do you know how your health plan benefits work? If not, it’s a great time to learn how to make them work for you.

Thursday 06/27/2019
Building a legacy of financial freedom
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:24 am

(BPT) - What does Juneteenth mean to you? For millions of Americans, Juneteenth marks an important moment in American history, one that spans 154 years.

Recycling 101: Know what to throw
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:23 am

(BPT) - When it comes to recycling, do you know what to throw?

A Lingering Cough That Wouldn’t Go Away: A Patient’s Road to NTM Lung Disease Diagnosis
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:23 am

(BPT) - Having a persistent cough wasn’t something new to Debbie. As early as high school, she found herself coughing excessively on the school bus due to the cigarette smoke from her fellow classmates. Over the years, she was prescribed an antibiotic and antihistamine for each new cough, and eventually, it disappeared.

Tuesday 06/25/2019
Ask the expert: Vision health as you age
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:22 am

(BPT) - Many people expect their eyesight to decline with age — perhaps requiring a stronger eyeglass prescription or “readers.” Some vision changes are linked to age, but there are steps to consider to help our eyes stay as healthy as possible.

Combine graceful forms and slender proportions for mid-century style
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:19 am

(BPT) - Mid-century style celebrates the aesthetic influences of the 20th century, bringing clean lines, slender forms and high function to the interior space. From modernist architectural structures to furnishings that embrace rounded geometries and smooth contours, design elements from this period are rooted in a sense of history, yet seamlessly integrate into the present for a truly enduring, iconic look. Incorporate these elements to create a space that distills the essence of timeless sophistication and captures the je ne sais quoi of mid-century influence.

No bank account? 3 reasons why having one is an important step to financial health
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:17 am

(BPT) - Having a bank account is the start to being truly in charge of your finances, including managing payments and getting paid. If you've never had a bank account before, or you've struggled with keeping one in the past, you have options.

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