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    7 Ways to Create a High-Tech, Healthy Home

    (Family Features) Home technology devices have come a long way, and many homeowners are discovering that their features aren’t just for convenience and comfort. A growing number of technology-enabled home features promote a healthier living space for you and your family.

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Make Rosé Your Go-To Wine This Summer with These Food Pairings

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Thursday 06/21/2018
Be prepared: 5 smart items to stash for family travel
Posted: June 21, 2018

(BPT) - For many Americans, summer is a time for creating memories with kids by embarking on trips to fun destinations.

Fly your flag for the Fourth and all year with this fun project
Posted: June 21, 2018

3 things your small business should be leasing
Posted: June 21, 2018

(BPT) - Should I lease or should I buy?

Build boldly with these 4 features of advanced decking
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 3:00 am

(BPT) - If you’re planning to create an outdoor living space, advanced decking enables you to show off your creativity. For years, complex deck designs have been difficult to achieve with traditional lumber. But, with advances in today’s decking materials, you have the flexibility to create virtually any design to reflect your style. The possibilities of creating a bold deck design are only limited by your imagination. For example, did you love hopscotch while growing up? Build a hopscotch board into your deck. Maybe you are an avid musician; why not design your deck in a giant guitar shape?

CDC Urges Public To Start The Conversation About Sepsis
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - Each year, at least 1.7 million Americans develop sepsis, and nearly 270,000 die as a result. While anyone can get an infection, and almost any infection can lead to sepsis, only 55% of Americans have heard of sepsis.[1]

Fortified salt improves lives
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - Haiti has among the highest rates of elephantiasis (lymphatic filariasis), which attacks the lymphatic system, leading to abnormal enlargement of body parts, disfigurement, pain, disability and social ostracism. The World Health Organization estimates that 856.4 million people in 53 countries remain threatened by elephantiasis. The Haitian population also suffers from widespread iodine deficiency. The Haitian Ministry of Health has established a goal to completely eradicate elephantiasis and iodine deficiency disorders in Haiti by 2020. Fortunately, there is a simple cure for these conditions: salt fortified with iodine and diethylcarbamazine citrate (DEC).

Kids Go Bananas For A Cool Way To Eat More Fruit
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:57 am

(NAPSI)—Many parents are encouraging their kids to play with their food; that is, to enjoy creating their own treats with a kid-friendly appliance that can turn just about any frozen food into a swirl of “nice cream.”

Apples And Potatoes Are A Great Combination
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:58 am

(NAPSI)—Whether it’s Labor Day, Election Day, Veterans Day, a day your family went apple picking, tailgating time or just a good day for a great salad, this colorful concoction of potatoes and Envy™ apples can make for a delightful side dish.

Ending The Tragedy Of 'Family Fire'
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:58 am

(NAPSI)—On the battlefield, one of the greatest tragedies is “friendly fire,” and the military does everything in its power to avoid these incidents through rigorous training, constant communication, and a deadly serious focus on the safe use of weapons. All Americans would be wise to look to our military professionals as an example of how to solve the tragedy of “family fire” in this country.

Technical Schools Create Pathway To In-Demand Careers
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 3:03 am

(NAPSI)—When it comes to higher education, one size does not fit all. Every student is wired differently. For some, a four-year college degree may be ideal, but for others, a technical training program may be the best option.

Raise a Toast
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:57 am

Eye-popping recipes worth sharing

Brighten and Awaken Summer Flavors
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:57 am

(Family Features) Summer provides an abundance of delicious, fresh-picked flavors, giving home chefs plenty of opportunities to use them in both classic recipes and newfound favorites. From sides to salads to smoothies and everything in between, summer is all about creating dishes that taste tempting, bright and balanced.

Millennial Men vs. Women: Different Financial Habits
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 3:00 am

(StatePoint) As the saying goes, “men are from Mars, women are from Venus.” But when it comes to how each gender approaches their finances, the two groups might as well be from different universes, according to findings from the recent PNC Investments Millennials & Investing Survey.

Serve Up Some Love This Fourth of July
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:57 am

Grill with your children for an exciting shared experience

Encourage Healthy Eating Habits
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:57 am

(Family Features) Of the many challenges parents face daily, encouraging healthy eating habits for their children can be one of the most vexing. While the consumption of nutritious foods like vegetables is good for kids while they’re young, it can also serve an important role in encouraging lifelong healthy habits.

Authentic Italian Cuisine Featuring Pesto
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) One of the best times of each day is gathering with family members to enjoy home-cooked meals. Using fresh and versatile ingredients, adults can be at ease that everyone is eating right with a nutritious dinner and kids are eating something delicious and relaxing each evening.

Fresh, Family-Friendly Flavors
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) One of the best parts of warmer weather for many families is the availability of fresh ingredients for meals at home. The unique tastes provide a variety of recipes that can be prepared with everyone in mind, including crisp flavors to help satisfy adults and kids alike.

Flavorful Foods for Outdoor Family Fun
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) Summer can be jam-packed with camps, family reunions and more, and people can sometimes miss opportunities to enjoy time together. This summer, savor and celebrate those simple yet memorable backyard moments with friends and family that make the season unforgettable.

Host a Better-for-You Barbecue
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) A traditional backyard barbecue is typically filled with a wide array of tempting foods that make it hard to keep a healthy eating plan on track. With a few simple modifications to your menu, you can transform your grilling party into a spread of better-for-you foods you can still enjoy.

Crowd-Pleasing Summer Entertaining
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) If you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, game night or TV show marathon with friends this summer, it’s helpful to have a plan in mind before diving in.

Wednesday 06/20/2018
6 sure-fire tips that save time and labor on yard work and gardening
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 3:02 am

(BPT) - It’s summertime, and you’ll want to spend many sun-drenched hours in the great outdoors. But while Mother Nature is flourishing, it feels like you’re wasting too many precious summer afternoons and evenings doing chores in the yard and garden.

A vacation for the ages: 7 off-roading tips
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 3:03 am

(BPT) - Summer’s here and millions of folks are gearing up for the Great American Road Trip. Instead of hitting the highway, how about taking a sharp turn off-road instead? That’s the suggestion of 79-years-young Jim Brightly, a still-active off-road and outdoor journalist who has a vast array of publications on his resume, including Four Wheeler, Truckin’, Trailer Life and Field & Stream.

5 tips for a bathroom worthy of any man cave
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 3:03 am

(BPT) - Every guy wants his own man cave, right? But an amazing bathroom is rarely part of that equation. Instead, too many men see a bathroom for its functionality when it could be about luxury, too. Why can't you have both?

It is possible to create a bathroom worthy of every modern gent and the tips below will show you how to make your bathroom into a space you will love to use.

* A fresh coat of paint. Switch out that drab white or brown with a soothing blue or another color that catches your attention. And don’t be afraid to hang some art or photographs on the wall. Having something to look at besides the mirror will make you want to spend more time in the bathroom.

* Finally, a throne. Comfort and luxury should be staples in every facet of your bathroom, including your toilet. Luckily, the right upgrades can turn any toilet into a throne, especially with TOTO’s WASHLET S550e with EWATER+. This highly advanced personal cleansing system leads to a new level of luxury and hygiene. A unique, self-cleaning wand offers comfortable warm water to cleanse. You can adjust the temperature and pressure as you see fit for total control. Once the washing cycle is complete, gentle warm air follows to dry. No need for toilet paper, which saves money and benefits the planet.

In addition, TOTO’s WASHLET features high-tech innovations such as an auto-open/close seat and lid, electrolyzed water to keep your toilet bowl fresh and clean, an ergonomically-contoured heated seat for maximum comfort and in-bowl catalytic deodorizer, taking your luxury bathroom experience to the next level.

* Warm up the floors. Your toilet seat needn’t be the only thing in your bathroom that’s heated. In fact, installing heated floors in your bathroom can provide a much-appreciated dose of comfort once cooler temperatures kick in. Many homeowners have shied away from this project in the past because of cost concerns, but additional options on the market have increased affordability.

* Reinvent the shower experience. Guys generally prefer showers to taking a bath, but preferring the former doesn’t mean you have to give up the comfort of the latter. TOTO’s versatile G Series Rain Shower will transform your shower into a luxury experience and — most importantly — get you clean and feeling refreshed. The G Series Rain Shower offers touch button multimode water technologies, allowing you to choose the kind of shower you desire. From the restorative Comfort Wave to the fully enveloping Warm Spa, you control the spray mode for a completely customizable shower experience. It's the perfect choice whether you’re just beginning or ending your day.

* A fan of the fan. If you’ve ever dealt with moisture issues in your bathroom, taking on this cleaning project even once should be all the motivation you need to install the proper bathroom fan. The market is flooded with options and finding the right one for your bathroom can take a little bit of research. Understand how often you'll need to run your fan and how large your bathroom is and you’ll be on your way to a drier bathroom with more relaxing moments and fewer cleaning necessities in the future.

Start recreating your bathroom today

Your man cave deserves a great bathroom, and this vital room in your house doesn't need to be a functional afterthought. Complete the scene and build the bathroom of your dreams easily with the tips above. It's a surefire way to complete your cave in no time.

Meet 7 women who shaped America
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - When we think about what we know about history and the events that led to the formation of the United States, key dates like 1492 and 1776 come to mind. Many people don’t know that 1619 was another of those pivotal years that continue to shape our lives.

Bee responsible! How to attract pollinators to your garden and help them thrive
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 3:02 am

(BPT) - It's been in the news for years now: the decline of pollinators such as honeybees and butterflies, and how it’s upsetting our world's healthy ecosystem. We need pollinators for the growth of many of the foods we eat each day – according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, some scientists estimate that one in three bites of food we take result from the work of pollinators. Berries, apples, oranges, almonds and scores of other foods, not to mention flowers, rely on pollinators. If they disappear, those foods will fade along with them.

Tips for Safe Summer Travel with Pets
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:57 am

(Family Features) With warmer weather, people often spend more time on summer trips with family. These trips can be more enjoyable when your four-legged friends tag along, but it can be less of a vacation if your pets are uncomfortable on the road.

8 Tips for Safer Power Tool Performance
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:57 am

(Family Features) For many homeowners, a list of seasonal chores and home improvement projects can add up to a whole lot of work. Power tools often get called on for heavy use to whittle away at that list, but the batteries used to power these devices can pose certain risks.

5 Tips for Raising Resilient Kids
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:57 am

(Family Features) Parenting, while providing plenty of excitement, comes with a certain set of challenges. With years of outdoor playtime ahead, one of those challenges is ensuring safety while still promoting an adventurous spirit. 

Make the Most of Summer College Visits
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:57 am

(Family Features) For students entering their senior year of high school or current college students considering a transfer, there’s no better way to determine whether a college or university is the right fit than a college visit. Summer is a great time to make those journeys, when campuses are less chaotic and the demands of the school year are on hold.

Summer Learning Activities for Kids
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:57 am

(Family Features) Summer may be a break from formal education, but keeping kids excited about learning can be an easy way to keep them active and engaged instead of zoned out on screen time.

A Fit, Fun Summer
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:57 am

Make smart fitness choices with post-workout recovery and hydration

Cool Summertime Kitchen Hacks
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:57 am

(Family Features) Summer is a time for relaxing, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. Yet for some, the warmer months can be hectic and busy, and often go by too quickly.

Create an Accessible Lifestyle
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:57 am

Enhance independence with mobility in mind

Don't Let a Vacation Derail Your Diet
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:57 am

(StatePoint) Vacation season is here and it’s no surprise that what you eat can have an impact on your weight. In a study from the University of Georgia, 61 percent of the participants gained weight while on vacation, with an average gain of 0.7 pounds. Some even gained up to 7 pounds.

7 Ways to Create a High-Tech, Healthy Home
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) Home technology devices have come a long way, and many homeowners are discovering that their features aren’t just for convenience and comfort. A growing number of technology-enabled home features promote a healthier living space for you and your family.

Fight the Beg
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 3:00 am

Proper feeding habits can help with pet obesity

Ideas for an On-Trend Bathroom
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) Bringing an outdated bathroom into the now is a sure way to infuse value and personal enjoyment into your home.

Healthy Summer Hair Care
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) While the sun, pool days and warmer temperatures are often a welcome change come summer, they can be brutal on your hair. It’s important to give your locks some extra love this season.

Healthy at Home
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 3:00 am

How to improve indoor airflow and quality

Less Fuel, More Power
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 3:00 am

3 lawn care technologies that provide strength, sustainability

Where to Catch Your Favorite Stars this Summer
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 3:00 am

New and classic shows and movies available in June

Is Your Retirement Income Protected? 9 Questions to Ask
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 3:00 am

(StatePoint) When it comes to retirement planning, anxiety comes with the territory. Will you be able to maintain your lifestyle in retirement? Will you have enough to cover your monthly bills without depleting your savings? Are you at risk of outliving your money? While such concerns are common among Americans approaching retirement, protecting part of the money that you’ve saved to ensure monthly income for life can make a difference in your confidence about the future, suggests a new study.

Ignite Ambition
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:59 am

How women can inspire other women

Tuesday 06/19/2018
Protecting your peace of mind, and your bottom line
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 3:01 am

(BPT) - How big is your retirement nest egg? Is there a chance you could outlive it? Even if you're socking money into your 401(k) every paycheck like clockwork, that's a question worth pondering. Americans are living longer, more active, younger lives. They say that 60 is the new 40, and if you look around at who we used to call "senior citizens," you'll see people in their prime. That's the good news.

Paint like a pro in 5 easy steps
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 3:00 am

(BPT) - Nothing transforms a home quite like a fresh coat of paint. In fact, painting your own house is one of the smartest and easiest DIY upgrades a homeowner can accomplish on their own.

Travel spotlight: Titletown is a touchdown for sports enthusiasts
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 3:03 am

(BPT) - Some travel trends come and go, but others have staying power. Sports-themed travel is gaining momentum in 2018, and experts predict that it's only going to get bigger. If you like the thrill of competition, the history of the game and the joy of being a fan, consider sports-themed destinations for your next vacation.

Classic cardigan? 5 tips for caring for your vintage wardrobe
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:59 am

(BPT) - As environmentally aware Americans join the movement to reduce, reuse and recycle, many are turning to the past to find unique, well-made vintage pieces to complement their wardrobes.

Need a break from summer break? [Infographic]
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - Moms love spending time with their kids during summer break, but sometimes the extra chaos at home can leave them needing a break of their own.

What You Need to Know Before Firing up the Grill
Updated: June 22, 2018 - 2:56 am

(StatePoint) Summer is officially here and with seven in 10 U.S. adults owning a grill or smoker, according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, for many, that means it’s time to cook up mouth-watering dishes and invite friends and family over for a barbeque.

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