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The Galveston County Daily News: Living

December 7, 2016

Living

  • Family Living

    Yes, Olivia, There Is a Santa, and He's Calling You

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

  • Family Living

    A Holiday Survival Guide

    (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.

  • Family Living

    Kitty Christmas

    (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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Fitness

Fitness

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

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Crosswords

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

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Monday 11/07/2016
5 Tips for Perfect Wedding Photos
Updated: November 08, 2016 - 2:32 pm

(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.

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Tuesday 10/25/2016
The Good, Bad and Ugliest Wedding Gifts Ever
Updated: October 25, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) For many couples, there’s nothing more exciting than creating wedding wish lists. Almost half (45 percent) of U.S. adults who are or ever have been married or engaged have had a bridal registry, according to a recent Moen survey conducted online by Harris Poll.

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Tuesday 09/06/2016
Tips for Planning Your Wedding and Beyond
Updated: September 06, 2016 - 2:30 am

(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.

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Monday 06/13/2016
Wedding Season Tips to Select Champagne
Updated: June 13, 2016 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) Fizzing, bubbling, exciting and inspiring. Champagne is the quintessential complement to any memorable occasion, but perhaps is most inextricably linked to setting the mood for romance.

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Thursday 03/03/2016
3 Ways Couples Today are Personalizing their Weddings
Updated: March 03, 2016 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) The face of marriage is changing and so are the ways couples are choosing to celebrate the occasion.

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Friday 12/02/2016
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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Thursday 12/01/2016
Epilepsy Awareness Day 2016 Largest Turnout Ever
Updated: December 01, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - November is Epilepsy Awareness month, and this year's 4th Annual Epilepsy Awareness Day (EAD) was the largest gathering of epilepsy patients and physicians in the world. Held at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, the 2-day event included a convention with over 90 exhibitors, 24 physician/specialist seminars, a Rick Springfield benefit concert, and a full day at Disneyland for the families.

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Give the Gift of Connectivity, Without the Stress
Updated: December 01, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Once again, tech is topping lots of wish lists. We've all been there. You unwrap your wanted new tech, but before you can use your exciting new gift, there's usually some assembly or setup required. The setup is a major source of frustration for nearly a third of consumers recently surveyed by Asurion, the global leader in technology support and protection services, who say that putting together new technology has ruined their holiday.

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Three Simple Swaps for a Healthier Lunch
Updated: December 01, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Choosing a healthy lunch doesn't have to be boring or a day-to-day challenge. In fact, there are plenty of tasty and healthier substitutions you can make to your favorite meals when eating out or packing a lunch, such as adding more fresh fruits and vegetables and reducing refined grain products such as white bread and sugary foods. And losing just a few pounds can help reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.

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New Cancer Treatment Continues to Progress By Filing for Orphan Drug Status
Updated: December 01, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - It takes a lot to get a drug to market.

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Wednesday 11/30/2016
Many Working Mothers Can't Afford Their Health Insurance Deductibles
Updated: December 01, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Working mothers have a lot on their plate. In addition to their professional responsibilities, they are often in charge of numerous household decisions, including choosing their family's health care plan. However, nearly half (49 percent) of working mothers would not have enough money to cover their health insurance deductible if they needed to do so today, according to a recent survey from Aflac and Working Mother magazine.

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How Many Years Does it Take to Become a Doctor of Chiropractic?
Updated: November 30, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Did you know it takes seven years of higher education, intensive study, and rigorous training to become a doctor of chiropractic?

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Friday 11/18/2016
Tax Law Changes Mean Refund Delays Will Affect Millions of Holiday Shoppers
Updated: November 19, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - For many gift buyers, the tax refund is that extra paycheck that arrives just in time to pay off holiday bills. However this year, new provisions under the PATH - Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes - Act will impact early tax season refund timing. For tax returns that include the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and/or the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC), the IRS will issue your refund no earlier than February 15, 2017. Last year, over 26 million Americans received EITC, meaning this change could surprise many who typically plan to get their refund early in the year.

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The Magic Number for Millennials: $51,000
Updated: December 06, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(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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Celebra una fiesta de Posadas inolvidable para tu familia y amigos
Updated: November 18, 2016 - 2:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - Cuando los jóvenes de la casa empiezan a pasar más tiempo con sus amigos o se mudan por primera vez, la celebración de las Posadas puede ser la ocasión perfecta para reunirlos a todos cada año y pasar un tiempo en familia. Desde JCPenney te contamos cómo preparar un festejo emocionante y memorable que mantenga viva la tradición. Si tienes previsto invitar a tus seres queridos a un delicioso banquete o salir a cantar villancicos en las calles o bien, jugar a la tradicional piñata de las Posadas, en JCPenney tenemos todos los artículos que necesitas para celebrar esta fiesta de manera fácil y asequible.

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Tuesday 12/06/2016
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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Monday 12/05/2016
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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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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Tuesday 12/06/2016
5 things life insurance companies don't always tell you
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Monday 12/05/2016
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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Thursday 12/01/2016
Home for the holidays: What to look for when visiting your parents
Updated: December 02, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The holidays are for more than talking turkey. While it’s a chance to spend precious time with your parents, for long distance caregivers, it’s also an opportunity to see how Mom and Dad are coping on their own.

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Wednesday 11/30/2016
Are you receiving the best care for your medical problem?
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - As we age, maintaining our health becomes increasingly important. For Baby Boomers and adults caring for older parents, better health depends on wellness initiatives and receiving care from the proper professionals.

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Monday 11/28/2016
At-home first-aid tips to manage the stress of caregiving
Updated: December 06, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Nearly 10 million adults over the age of 50 are caring for their aging parents — a number that has tripled over the past 15 years. With careers, children and grandchildren added to the mix, many baby boomers are feeling the mounting stress of caring for young, old and themselves! One way to reduce stress is to have peace of mind in knowing you’re prepared for emergency first-aid situations, such as cuts, scrapes and burns. In honor of National Family Caregivers Month, we’ve outlined some basic first-aid tips that can prepare you in case an emergency strikes, whether at home or on the go.

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Important safety steps to keep kids' holidays bright, happy and burn-free
Updated: December 06, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - You bake their favorite treats, search stores for the toys they have begged for all year, stuff stockings and deck the halls to help ensure your children’s holidays are full of warm, happy memories. However, it is also important to ensure the holiday season is safe for kids and the whole family.

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How to Take Care of Bruised, Fragile Skin in Winter
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Many people who bruise easily breathe a sigh of relief in the winter, because long sleeves and leggings or slacks can conceal myriad skin issues. But, it’s important to note that while the outside world can’t see what’s going on under the layers, leaving these skin issues untreated may lead to more serious problems down the road.

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Monday 11/21/2016
Communication, not silence, is golden for men battling prostate cancer
Updated: November 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - For the nearly 3 million American men fighting prostate cancer, and the thousands more yet to be diagnosed, silence is not golden. Men who speak up about their disease — to their doctors, loved ones and community — can get the help they need, when they need it, and ensure their treatment plan is tailored to their needs. What’s more, they could use their voice to inspire others to be more vocal, especially about symptoms that may indicate the disease may be getting worse.

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Friday 11/18/2016
Your family's guide to cold and flu season
Updated: November 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Every year in the U.S., there are more colds than people. Annually, nearly 320 million Americans catch 1 billion colds, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Seven in 10 people will turn to over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to help them feel better — and many of these medicines may contain acetaminophen.

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Wednesday 11/16/2016
Changing the end-of-life care conversation
Updated: November 24, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, which provides a timely opportunity to better understand end-of-life care options and how to broach this sometimes difficult subject for you or a family member.

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Tuesday 12/06/2016
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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You deserve a WOC nurse [Video]
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Monday 12/05/2016
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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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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Saturday 11/19/2016
Make the Holidays Furry and Bright: Tips for Holiday Travel with Pets
Updated: November 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) For many pet owners, canine companions and feline friends are considered members of the family. If pets are joining out of town holiday festivities, it’s important to remember that traveling with pets requires a few extra considerations.

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Tuesday 11/08/2016
5 ways dogs are more than furry friends
Updated: November 11, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Did you know that approximately 37 to 47 percent of households in the United States have a dog? Chances are you have a pet dog living in your household, or you know someone who is a pet owner. Unconditional love is one of the many benefits of man’s best friend; however, dogs can also play an important role in the lives of those coping with an illness or a health condition. Learn these five key facts you may not know about dogs.

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Tuesday 11/01/2016
Plastic prosthesis helps one dog live a better life [Video]
Updated: November 02, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Wednesday 10/26/2016
Get adventurous with these 5 fun family activities
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Before this year ends, take advantage of the free time you have to partake in fun activities with those you love the most: your family. It's tempting to stick to the same routine of going to the local playground, taking in a movie or playing in the backyard. Why not try some new experiences this year and go on a family adventure? These five activities are fun for the whole family and will help create lasting memories together. Incorporate a couple (or all five!) ideas into your schedule to begin fall on a fun note. 

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Tuesday 10/25/2016
Calming Aid
Updated: October 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Just like us, our pets can experience stress; stress can be caused by fear, excitement and anxiety. There is a solution to help your pets manage stressful situations naturally. NaturVet Quiet Moments is veterinarian formulated and recommended to support the nervous system in reducing stress and tension while promoting rest and relaxation. Quiet Moments’ unique blend of thiamine and L-tryptophan helps reduce stress and tension. Ginger supports sensitive stomachs, which is especially important when traveling, while melatonin helps to promote rest and relaxation.

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Thursday 10/20/2016
4 ways you can help your cat with asthma
Updated: October 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Humans aren’t the only ones that can suffer from asthma. As one of the most common respiratory diseases in cats, asthma affects about 1 percent of the domesticated feline population in the U.S. Cats between the ages of 2 and 8 are most likely to develop the disease.

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Tuesday 10/18/2016
Feed backyard birds this season for the greater, global good
Updated: October 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - When you fill your bird feeders and put fresh water in the birdbath this season, you’ll definitely be giving your feathered friends a helping hand. But you could also be serving the greater good!

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Friday 10/07/2016
Brighten your yard this winter with the help of wild birds
Updated: October 15, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Bright colors aren’t often associated with winter — but they can be. In fact, a backyard full of beautiful colors and cheerful chirps may be just a few feedings away.

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Wednesday 09/28/2016
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 09/20/2016
Three Surefire Signs That It's Time To Have 'The Talk' With Tabby
Updated: September 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—These days, many people know that spaying and neutering are the most humane and effective ways to reduce pet overpopulation. Not everyone, however, knows that fixing your cat will also address some of the most vexing and bothersome cat behaviors, including:

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