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The Galveston County Daily News: Online Features

December 7, 2016

Online Features

  • Real Estate

    New neutrals dominate the color trends of 2017

    (BPT) - From furniture to walls, new homes to remodels, cool grays have dominated home design palettes for the last five years. Look to 2017 to gently shake things up with a focus on fresh neutrals that bring warm and cool tones together to create versatile color with timeless appeal.

  • Bridal

    5 Tips for Perfect Wedding Photos

    (NewsUSA) - Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion -- something to be celebrated and cherished. Planning it, on the other hand, can feel as if you're preparing for war -- between ensuring that Uncle Sal isn't sitting next to his brother, who owes him money, to budgeting for everything you want and need. The one thing you don't want to skimp on is the memories.

Top Story

Game on! 5 reasons to be excited about gaming in 2017

(BPT) - With a forecasted value of $82 billion for 2017, video games are hotter than ever. With new technologies, classic characters and interactive worlds that become more lifelike every day, there is plenty to be excited about when it comes to video games in the new year. So whether you’re just getting into the hobby or you’re a veteran gamer looking to level up, here are the top five things to look for in video gaming in 2017.

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Pet Central

pets

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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Tuesday 12/06/2016
4 tax changes that could impact your 2016 return
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - With tax filing season upon us, it’s a good idea to educate yourself on what’s changed since last year. While it’s been a relatively quiet year in terms of new tax laws, there are a handful of items for which you’ll want to prepare.

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How to build a better (plant-based) burger
Posted: December 06, 2016

(BPT) - Whether you’re an In-N-Out purist or a die-hard Shake Shack fan, there’s no denying that burgers are America’s quintessential comfort food. However, before you chow down, have you considered the impact your burger might have on your health and the planet?

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5 ways to win at winter driving
Posted: December 06, 2016

(BPT) - As temperatures across the country start to drop, drivers are gearing up for changing road conditions. Whether you’re making your way through a Nor’easter or simply trying to navigate wet roads down South, it’s important to be prepared for whatever the season brings your way. Here is a five-step guide to winning at winter driving:

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5 last minute tips to have your holiday shopping done in a flash
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Remember a few months ago when you thought about getting a head start on your holiday shopping so you wouldn't fall behind yet again? You were going to and then...well, where does the time go?

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Will new school lunch mean less veggies?
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The U.S Department of Agriculture proposed a complete overhaul of school lunches subsidized by the federal government in 2012. These changes, to be implemented over a period of years, aim to limit calories, reduce sodium and increase the consumption of vegetables and whole grains. Improved nutrition is a laudable goal, but the realities of science and nutrition may surprise most people. That's because scientific studies show kids are more likely to eat their vegetables if they have adequate salt.

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Yes, Olivia, There Is a Santa, and He's Calling You
Updated: December 06, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Think there's almost a conspiracy out there to squelch your child's belief in Santa Claus? Technology can help you fight back.

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5 things life insurance companies don't always tell you
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Shopping for small business solutions? Tech talk translations for SBOs
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - As a small business owner, you do it all: the books, marketing, customer service, product, inventory and — oh yes — tech support. In fact, small and microbusiness owners are more likely to shoulder all tech tasks for their firms, according to a study by the National Small Business Association. Yet unless your business is IT, chances are you struggle to speak the language of business technology solutions.

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Why a check from grandma could be the worst gift for a child with special needs
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - You know that little check you can always count on from Grandma or Grandpa on birthdays and special occasions? It could be the worst gift your child gets, if he or she is a child with special needs.

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You deserve a WOC nurse [Video]
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Freshen Up Your Meal Prep
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—With more than 3.9 million “mealprep” hashtags on Instagram, many people have found success in living a healthier lifestyle through meal prepping. Not only does it save you time during the busy workweek, it allows for a better variety of healthy, ready-to-eat foods at your disposal.

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Four Tips For Enjoying Your Backyard Year-Round
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s cool news: You can create an outdoor area that you, your family and friends can spend time in at just about any time of year. Get your yard ready with these four tips and you can defy the changing seasons.

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Home For The Holidays
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—With today’s technology, staying in touch with loved ones around the country—and the world—is easier than it’s ever been. We are connected to each other virtually day and night—from cell phones and video calls to social media, texting and e-mail. While we may rely on this technological closeness throughout the year, the holidays offer a unique opportunity to sit and spend time with family members, particularly older family members, whom we don’t see on a regular basis. This face-to-face time provides a chance to connect, catch up, and observe behaviors that may go undetected over the phone or through e-mail. Certain changes in these behaviors from year to year may indicate a need for long-term care.

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Monday 12/05/2016
4 ways your smartphone is your ultimate holiday helper this season
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The holidays have always been the elf’s time to shine. Decorating, wrapping, toy making—it’s what traditional holiday helpers spend all year prepping for. But in a world of online shopping, on-the-go recipe planning and streaming carols, a smartphone and wireless plan actually does the holidays better.

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3 ways to plan ahead for the 2017 tax season
Updated: December 06, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - With the tax season approaching, now is the time to start thinking about creating a strategy to help maximize tax refunds in the year ahead. From the passage of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act to the increase in health insurance penalties, here are a few items to keep in mind before the IRS begins accepting tax returns.

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How to Breathe Easier with Asthma this Winter: Setting Asthma Goals Now Can Keep You Chilled Out for the Holidays and Beyond
Updated: December 06, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - For the 25 million Americans who have asthma, wintry weather can take a real bite out of holiday fun. Cold weather is a common asthma trigger, especially for severe symptoms, and for many people, asthma attacks happen more often in the winter. That’s because winter means more time spent indoors, with exposure to indoor triggers like pet dander and smoke. Once outside, simply breathing the cold air can trigger an asthma attack.

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4 easy, meaningful ways to give back this holiday season
Updated: December 06, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - More than a third of overall charitable giving happens during the holiday season, according to the Blackbaud Index, but Americans can give more than just cash when they’re looking to help others.

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New neutrals dominate the color trends of 2017
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - From furniture to walls, new homes to remodels, cool grays have dominated home design palettes for the last five years. Look to 2017 to gently shake things up with a focus on fresh neutrals that bring warm and cool tones together to create versatile color with timeless appeal.

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A senior-friendly workout to improve movement and prevent injury
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Exercise is good for everyone, but seniors with mobility or balance issues may wonder what kind of exercise they can do that will be safe, easy and effective. Jogging outdoors, running on a treadmill or lifting weights at the gym aren’t always practical — or enjoyable — activities for everyone. However, one type of exercise works for everyone, no matter your age or ability, because it relies on improving practical movements often involved in everyday activities.

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How Drones Help Keep The Lights On
Updated: December 06, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Electricity is something that many take for granted, but without it, we wouldn’t be able to go about our everyday routines. That’s why electric companies work so hard to maintain the power grid. Today, electric companies are exploring a new way to protect the grid from any disruptions to our power.

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A Holiday Survival Guide
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) As the classic song goes, the holidays really are “the most wonderful time of the year.” Between the cozy scent and warmth of the fireplace, festive holiday parties and catching up with loved ones – the merriment of the season is endless.

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Kitty Christmas
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) While planning for the holiday festivities and solidifying your shopping list, don’t forget perhaps the most deserving recipient – your cat. Among the nearly three-quarters of surveyed cat owners who plan to give their kitty a gift, half said their feline friend is the most deserving “person” on their list. Whether it’s a new toy or a tasty treat, don’t leave out your favorite pet. For more gift ideas for your cat, visit temptationstreats.com.

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Preserving Holiday Traditions
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Holiday traditions come in many forms - from decorating the tree and shopping for loved ones to movie nights and your favorite festive foods. However, there is no holiday tradition quite as enjoyable and rewarding as giving back.

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Perfect Party Zones
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When you're entertaining a small group, it's fairly easy to ensure everyone enjoys the party. However, a larger group or an eclectic crowd with varied interests can make it harder to be an effective hostess. Planning party zones that cater to specific interests is one savvy solution to this dilemma.

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Winning at Holiday Giving
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Accept the challenge and make it your mission to earn the title of Ultimate Gift Giver with items to match the unique style and personality of each person on your list - even those on the "naughty list."

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3 Ways to Get Resourceful with Gift Wrapping
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) After spending hours searching for the perfect gift, it’s only fitting that the wrapping is just as special as the gift itself. Luckily, elaborate wrapping doesn’t have to be pricey – you can easily find ways to perfect and personalize your gift with what you have left over from last year and everyday items around the house.

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5 Steps For Easy Entertaining
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Hosting a large group of family and friends can be overwhelming, especially if entertaining isn’t something you do often. No matter the occasion, these tips can help you avoid common party pitfalls so you can keep the focus on having fun.

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A Complete Holiday Menu
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When the holidays approach, it's the perfect time to up your game in the kitchen with standout recipes.

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Handy Holiday Hints
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) One of the most memorable moments at any holiday dinner is when a moist, delicious turkey is brought to the table. Everyone grabs their forks at the sight of a perfectly brown bird glistening with juicy flavor.

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Serving Up an Easy Holiday Brunch
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Serving up brunch is never better than during the holidays, when friends and family gather together to celebrate the best moments of the season. You'll have plenty of time to join in the merry-making and fun with these simple ideas for a sensational brunch menu.

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Easy Elegance for Your Holiday Meal
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) There is no time like the holiday season to get together and make memories with family and friends. Nothing brings people together quite like an elegant meal featuring a standout main dish – an exceptionally prepared entree that pays true homage to the season and all that you celebrate. This focal point dish should not only look delightful, but needs to also be a masterful presentation of mouthwatering flavor to keep your loved ones gathered around the table.

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Tasty Tips for a Healthier Holiday
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The holiday season evokes thoughts of delicious, hearty and festive meals. Whether planning a family feast or flitting among gatherings, you may find it harder than ever to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep your weight management goals on track. However, with the right approach, you can still enjoy many of your holiday favorites and serve foods your guests will appreciate as much as your waistline does. The key is managing your carbohydrate and sugar intake.

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Santa’s Modern-Day Helpers
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) From running his workshop to delivering toys around the world, the holiday season is a busy time for Santa. To keep himself going, Saint Nick relies on some essential gadgets to stay connected, organized and entertained throughout the holidays.

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Don’t Leave Dental Benefit Money on the Table
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) It’s not too late to improve your dental health and overall health without putting a dent in your wallet. If you have dental insurance, you have until Dec. 31 to use your benefits before they expire.

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4 Steps for Downsizing
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) For one reason or another, you’ve determined the house you’re living in has become too much to handle. Seniors, empty nesters or those moving from a suburban home into a loft or apartment in the city all face similar challenges when it comes to downsizing.

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Make Gifts Personal with DIY Labels
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) After spending hours scouring stores for the perfect gift for each person on your list, the last thing you want to do is bury your thoughtful gesture in generic wrapping. Fortunately, with the right tools and a little creativity, you can make your gift boxes just as personal as the gifts they contain.

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Safe and Sound During the Holidays
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The holiday season seems to last longer and get more hectic every year. Whether cooking the Thanksgiving feast or doing last-minute gift shopping, everyone can get a little stressed out. Most people don't know that their dog may also experience anxiety during these celebrations.

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3 Ways Soapstone Enhances Home Design
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Move over, marble and granite. There’s a new, old stone that’s coming back into vogue. After first coming into use 5,000 years ago, soapstone is once again becoming a “go-to” material for kitchen and bath designs, indoor and outdoor living spaces and more.

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Serve a Steakhouse-Style Meal at Home
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Bring the delicious tastes of a traditional steakhouse to your own dining room with simple steps that make it easier than you might expect to please a room full of hungry guests.

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Practical Tips to Combat Cold and Flu
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When cold and flu season strikes, millions of Americans find themselves coughing, sneezing, congested, aching, uncomfortable – and sometimes, downright miserable. The widespread prevalence of these symptoms sweeps the country each year and affects people of all ages.

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Stainless Steel is Trending Outdoors
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Stainless steel has been a staple in luxurious, contemporary kitchens all over the world for years. While it’s most often used indoors, this durable, low-maintenance, design-forward material is making its way outdoors.

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Give the Gift of Donations
Updated: December 06, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With the season of giving in full swing, try turning your attention away from gift giving in the traditional sense and instead focus on a whole different kind of giving.

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5 Tips for Easy Holiday Shipping
Updated: December 06, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features)It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and holiday gift-giving and receiving is at the top of everyone’s to-do list. There are several simple steps you can take to make those deliveries a little easier. 

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A Smooth Way to Start Your Day
Updated: December 06, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) A wealth of research shows that starting each morning with a nutritious breakfast delivers benefits throughout the day. If you’re pressed for time or simply need to mix up your morning routine, put a fresh spin on a time-saving favorite by making a smoothie bowl.

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'Tis the Season … for More Laundry
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The holidays usher in a season filled with entertaining and house guests, bringing plenty of extra cleaning needs and chores with them. Despite the hustle and bustle of the season, you can make more time to spend with your loved ones by introducing some shortcuts to make those sometimes tedious tasks less demanding.

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Friday 12/02/2016
Sparking a young audience interest in STEM with great music and apps [Video]
Updated: December 03, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Less Havoc, More Magic: Easy Tips to Simplify the Holidays
Updated: December 03, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Christmas is a special part of childhood, and there is plenty of pressure on parents at this time of year to make sure it's an unforgettable time for their families. It's important to remember what never gets tossed in the recycling with the wrapping paper afterwards: the Christmas memories you make with your kids.

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Got Tech Neck? Here's Some Advice.
Updated: December 02, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - It's called "tech neck." But to really understand the stress you're putting on your neck every time you look down at some wireless device -; think texting, for example -; just imagine four 15-pound bowling balls sitting atop your head.

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Please Your Palate With Produce All Year Long
Updated: December 03, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Even when summer is only a distant memory, there’s no need to give up the benefits of consuming fresh produce.

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