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The Galveston County Daily News: Online Features

September 29, 2016

Online Features

  • Pets

    Pet Play With A Superstar Twist From Petmate's WWE Collection

    (NAPSI)—Exercise is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle for pets. They need to get up and get active to stay healthy and fit. And, just as for people, exercise is not only important for pets physically, but crucial to their mental health as well. Consider these three things:

  • Home Decorating

    10 Home Upgrades Under $500

    (BPT) - With the overwhelming popularity of home renovation shows, now more than ever, people are looking to tackle their own upgrades and invest in making their homes look and feel stylish, updated and reflective of their personalities without breaking the bank (or spending months in the process). To help you master your own easy home renovation, Ashlina Kaposta, home décor and DIY blogger at the The Decorista, offers her 10 easy and budget-friendly ways to make your home feel fresh and new.

  • Bridal

    Tips for Planning Your Wedding and Beyond

    (StatePoint) While making the wedding day spectacular may seem like the main goal for engaged couples, savvy twosomes are also considering how they will build their home and life together after the honeymoon.

Top Story

The Magic Number for Millennials: $51,000

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - What does it take to make a millennial happy? At least $51,000 a year in income, for starters.

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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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Thursday 09/29/2016
Tips to Prepare a Holiday Budget
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) It’s the holiday season and you know all that it entails, so don’t let the expenses catch you off-guard -- from traveling to see family to throwing your massive annual party to simply completing your holiday shopping.

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Wednesday 09/28/2016
Finding balance: 3 approaches for managing ADHD behaviors in children
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published new recommendations for helping children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to reduce associated behaviors, which can include hyperactivity, restlessness, and emotional dysregulation. The leading public health institute’s recommendation is behavior therapy before starting a prescription drug regimen, which often includes stimulant-based medications. Behavior therapy provides tools for parents to help their child with ADHD learn self-control and boost their self-esteem. The CDC’s recommendations come at a time when more than 60 percent of children aged 4-17 who are diagnosed with ADHD are taking prescription medication.

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Prepare your home for winter with these smart home improvement projects
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Fall is here, and with it, cooler temperatures. Home renovation experts suggest now is the ideal time for homeowners to prepare their home for winter and think about home improvement plans that they can complete during the fall months.  

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4 questions smart homeowners must ask remodelers
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - If you’re like millions of Americans, you’re doing some sort of home improvement project within the next year. Have you thought about how you’ll select your remodeler? Don’t be wooed by beautiful before-and-after photos — they are created to grab your attention and impress you, but they don’t tell the whole story.

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Rabies: It May Be Closer To Home Than You Think
Posted: September 28, 2016

(BPT) - A Common Misconception

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Say yes to 'ho-ho-ho' and no to holiday allergies
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Shouldn’t this be the season for walks in the snow, gift-shopping, family gatherings, ho-ho-ho and mistletoe? So why are you still sneezing?

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Bringing the Family Together At the Dinner Table
Updated: September 28, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - If you are like most families, the stress of having kids and maintaining hectic schedules, can heat up the happiest of households in no time -- especially when it comes to trying to decide what to have for dinner.

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How to Overcome Your Smile Insecurities
Updated: September 28, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Everyone deserves to have a smile that expresses self-confidence and inner beauty. Unfortunately, too many people are insecure about their smile when the sources of their unhappiness can easily be fixed. Turns out, with some simple, cost-effective, and painless cosmetic dentistry, you can dazzle the world with your smile.

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5 things to learn from a coffee expert
Posted: September 28, 2016

(BPT) - Coffee is more than a drink  it’s a lifestyle and an integral part of people’s everyday lives. In fact, more than half of Americans enjoy a cup of coffee daily, according to the 2016 National Coffee Drinking Trends Report.

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Smart ways to create calm as you rush from holiday to holiday
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Less than a month separates Halloween from Thanksgiving. And, this year, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are all within a day of each other, and the two multi-day holidays both end on New Year’s Day. With end-of-year celebrations coming one after another, transitioning from holiday to holiday can ratchet up your stress level.

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Time To Conjure Up Fun
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—During National Popcorn Poppin Month in October, or anytime of year, it’s a great time to celebrate what’s been called the most magical of all snack foods. It seems particularly fitting in this season of transformation when green turns to gold, gourds into glowing goblins, and children into costumed characters.

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Shower Yourself in Savings
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Showers—you use them in the morning to wake up, after a workout to rinse off, or in the evening to freshen up. That might explain why showers are one of the leading ways we use water in our homes, accounting for nearly 17 percent of all residential indoor water use.

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Food For Thought: Postnatal Nutrition Advice For New Moms
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Pregnant women spend loads of time worrying about every aspect of their baby’s development, starting with their nutrition. But here’s some food for thought: After your little one finally arrives, it is no time to let the cookie crumble. Sure, you’re exhausted, irritable, and moving 100 miles per hour, but postnatal nutrition is just as important, especially when you are breast-feeding. But good news: There’s no reason to stress about it—that’s what a prenatal vitamin is for! Although it’s called a “pre”-natal vitamin, a new mom should continue taking her supplement during this “post”-natal period, especially if she is breast-feeding, to ensure she and her baby get the nutrients they need.

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EyeCare America Helps Save Seniors' Sight
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—It’s a fact of life. When people reach their senior years, they are at high risk for developing age-related eye diseases that can lead to blindness if not caught and treated in time.

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A More Energy- And Cost-Efficient Heating And Cooling Solution
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—As the temperature plummets, homeowners will crank up the heat to keep warm and toasty—quickly burning through money and energy. In fact, home heating uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home, typically making up nearly half of your utility bill. So what’s the best way to keep the cold out, the heat in, and your energy bill down?

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Tips For Getting Your Outdoor Power Equipment Ready For Winter
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Fall is here, and as cold weather creeps in, it’s time to put away your spring and summer outdoor power equipment, such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, chain saws and trimmers, and get out what you will need for winter, such as snow throwers, generators and other small-engine equipment.

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Pet Play With A Superstar Twist From Petmate's WWE Collection
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Exercise is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle for pets. They need to get up and get active to stay healthy and fit. And, just as for people, exercise is not only important for pets physically, but crucial to their mental health as well. Consider these three things:

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Tuesday 09/27/2016
4 Smart Reasons to Upgrade Your Home Security System
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Think of what has changed forever in the span of a decade. How do you watch movies at home? You’ve replaced the DVDs with digital streaming. How do you send a picture of your kids to your parents? You skip the printing and post it on social media or send a quick text.

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6 unconventional jobs you can get with an IT or business degree
Updated: September 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Good compensation and benefits, doing meaningful work, and having the opportunity to advance – those elements have always been what employees desire in a career. But do these desired job qualities have to come at the expense of discovering new careers?

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4 Techy Tips For The Ultimate Fall Camping Experience
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Camping is a getaway, a break from the chaos and a chance to be in nature for that fresh fall air.

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Zika Isn't Going Away: Stay Safe With These Tips
Updated: September 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Thousands of travel-associated cases of the Zika virus have been reported all over the United States, and new cases are being diagnosed daily. They’ve also been reported in dozens of foreign countries around the globe such as Germany, Spain, Costa Rica, Papua New Guinea and Singapore, among others.

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4 great ways to create an outdoor living space
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Whether you plan to live in your home for years to come, or have an upcoming listing on your mind, now could be a great time to create an outdoor living space.

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What You Should Know About Psoriatic Arthritis
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Did you know more than 1 million people in the US live with psoriatic arthritis? Psoriatic arthritis, or PsA, is a chronic inflammatory disease characterized by swelling, pain, and tenderness of the joints. PsA can be challenging – even debilitating – and can impact a person’s common day-to-day activities, such as walking up the stairs, driving a car, and doing laundry. PsA affects so many people yet most people still don’t know much about it or understand it.

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7 things you should look for when evaluating swim schools
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - “Golden Growth.” That’s what USA Swimming has said of the recent surge across the sport. Athletes like Michael Phelps, Nathan Adrian, Ryan Lochte, Simone Manuel and Katie Ledecky have paved the way for massive growth across the sport — USA Swimming claims more than 300,000 compete in nearly 2,800 teams stretching across the U.S.

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Fall in love with your numbers this fall
Updated: September 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The return of fall often means busier schedules and spending more time indoors, which can make staying physically active a challenge. In fact, research shows that U.S. adults are the least physically active during the fall and winter months.[i],[ii]  For the 29 million Americans living with diabetes, however, it is especially important to stay active throughout the year. Along with having a balanced diet and taking prescribed medications, regular exercise can help control blood sugar levels (A1C), an important measure of diabetes management.

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Save Time, Money And Energy
Updated: September 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Sometimes, the vehicle you need isn’t the one you have. Whether it’s transporting a large item, a cross-campus move, a trip to the airport or a special event, many people have been in the position of not having convenient access to the right vehicle for the job.

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Preparing for the Cost of Alzheimer's Disease or Other Dementia
Updated: September 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPS)—Visit BankersLife.com/ALZ1 to learn more about planning ahead. photo

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Fall Trend Report: Tips to Refresh Your Wardrobe this Season
Updated: September 27, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Cool weather means tailgating, apple picking, attending festivals and enjoying the changing leaves. It also means it’s time to refresh the wardrobe.

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Tips to Overcome Personal Struggles and Achieve Goals
Updated: September 27, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) When faced with tough challenges, it can be tempting to throw in the towel. But experts say the power of goal-setting is fierce and the discipline behind it can help anyone overcome obstacles.

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How to Make a Successful Offer in Today’s Housing Market
Updated: September 27, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Prospective homebuyers can get encouraged by the current market. Nearly 68 percent of homes sales today are to individual buyers compared to 53 percent in 2011 when investor and cash deals were at their peak. Still, competition for housing is hot.

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Monday 09/26/2016
Gran promesa latina lanza línea de moda para el Mes de la Herencia Hispana
Updated: September 27, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Noticias patrocinadas - Con el Mes de la Herencia Hispana en marcha, los latinos están recibiendo el muy merecido reconocimiento público por su contribución al crecimiento cultural de Estados Unidos. De acuerdo con White House Initiative on Education Excellence and Hispanics, en la actualidad hay más de 54 millones de latinos en EE.UU., y se espera que las latinas representen un tercio de la población femenina del país en 2060. Por esta razón, no debe sorprender que figuras latinas hayan acaparado la atención en los campos de la política, los deportes y el entretenimiento. En el mundo de la moda, las latinas se están posicionando a la cabeza y están resaltando sobre el resto. Este es el caso de la diseñadora y ganadora de la temporada 14 del Project Runway de invierno , Ashley Nell Tipton.

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Winterizing is key to better lawns
Updated: September 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - As September closes the door on summer with falling temperatures and leaves, many homeowners mistakenly slip into hibernation from yard work. However, this timeframe is crucial for prepping your yard for the coming winter— and positioning it to look its best the following spring.

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Good Dental Care: Make It Safe
Updated: September 27, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Patient safety and infection control are key concerns among dental professionals who go to great lengths to ensure that the care they provide their patients is as effective as it is safe. With good cause, too, since research indicates that while rare, cross-infection from one patient to the next does still occur.

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Make a World of Difference on Halloween
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) This year, Halloween will bring tricks and treats, and teachable moments, too, thanks to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. Under the guidance of teachers across the nation, thousands of students can learn positive global citizenship values and be empowered to make a difference.

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Why Sleep Apnea is Bad for Your Health
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) A poor night’s sleep can leave you feeling exhausted and cranky, but long-term sleep disruption can actually lead to serious health conditions. Not only is sleep apnea a leading cause of disrupted sleep and daytime sleepiness, but this disease is also a contributing factor to a host of medical problems.

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Simple Steps to Protect Your Family from Fire, Carbon Monoxide and Other Threats
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) While life can be complicated, sometimes the simple solutions are the best ones, particularly when it comes to protecting your family from household hazards.

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Get Picky About Pet Food
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When a beloved family pet experiences health problems, it can take a toll on the whole family. In some cases, it can take weeks or even months to identify the problem, and more importantly, where the solution lies. In some cases, the answer is as simple as changing what your pet eats.

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Fashionably Fall
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When fall comes on quick and brings cool weather with it, you can’t afford to be caught with an unprepared wardrobe. With every season change, there comes an opportunity to make sure your closet reflects your unique style.

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Giving Back
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) America’s farmers have a unique opportunity to support and give back to their local community.

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Wonderful Weeknight Dining
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With school, work and evening activities all spiraling in different directions, most families find that some things have to give. Make sure quality time around the dinner table isn’t one of them with these savvy solutions that can help make weekday meals a cinch.

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How to Use Turmeric From Morning to Night
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) From the celebrity on TV to your coworker at the watercooler, everyone is talking about turmeric. That’s because scientific evidence has been building around the potential health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties, of curcumin, a compound in turmeric. These six tempting recipes – from a morning shake to baked chicken – will quickly make turmeric the new star of your spice cabinet. Find more tips for using turmeric at McCormick.com.

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Savor the Season
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Spice things up this season with some uniquely delicious recipe options that are perfect for most any meal occasion.

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Delightful Farm-Raised Foods
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Putting fresh, clean meals on the table is easy with fruits, vegetables and other farm-raised foods. For a full day of deliciously pleasing food, start with healthy strawberries to make Strawberry and Goat Cheese Pizza for lunch. Just before dinnertime, go for Heirloom Tomato and Mozzarella Salad and combine it with a crisp, white wine. Finally, round it out with a main course using honey and its natural sweetening qualities to put Linguini with Honey-Sauced Prawns on the table.

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Put a Fresh Twist on Tailgating
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Add some team spirit to your menu by stepping out of bounds this tailgating season. Score big points with your fellow fans by sharing new apps and snacks that put a special game day spin on traditional favorites.

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Tips to Get Kids Outside and Away From Screens
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Remember taking off for a day of adventure on your bike, returning home only for dinner? Kids these days don't have the same incredible experience of exploratory, unstructured play. According to a new survey commissioned by Nature's Path, 54 percent of moms say their kids spend more time playing in front of a screen than playing outside.

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Big Results on a Little Budget
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With the abundance of home improvement shows on TV, DIY has evolved from an intimidating trade for the pros to an easy-to-manage project for even the least handy of humans. Transforming a home from disaster to delightful through simple DIY projects and repairs is much easier than you may think and can save you a bundle in the process. If the thought of doing your own handy work has you wiping your brow, think again with these easy improvements.

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Color Your Kitchen
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) While the kitchen is often the busiest room in the house, it is also one of the most important rooms when it comes to renovations. An upgraded, vibrant kitchen that incorporates elements of personal style can make the room more attrac­tive while increasing the home’s overall value.

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Keep Your Home Safe Without Compromising Style
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Home accidents cause nearly 13 million injuries a year. Some simple updates to your home can help you avoid these accidents, as well as give your rooms a facelift.

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4 Important STEM Education Innovations
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) For the past 25 years, there has been an increased focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in the United States, but that’s just the beginning. According to the Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17 percent from 2008-2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM occupations. Not only has this trend led to increased job opportunities, but it has also produced numerous technological advances that have drastically changed the world.

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