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September 27, 2016


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Debunking bulk buying myths: The truth that makes 'cents' this season

(BPT) - Bulk buying often gets a bum rap. If you buy into common bulk myths, you probably believe “buying in bulk” means going to a warehouse store to purchase bucket-sized jars of jelly or paper towel packages so large they barely fit in an SUV — all to supply a big family. Bulk buying, you think, isn’t for smaller families with smaller needs.

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Wednesday 09/21/2016
Is Your Christmas Tree Up to the Task?
Updated: September 21, 2016 - 2:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Ensure that your holiday lighting dreams come true with brightly lit bulbs on your trees, wreaths and other holiday decorations. Plan ahead to save time, reduce aggravation, and eliminate disappointment.

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Tuesday 09/20/2016
How to Store Your Warm Weather Gear for Winter Hibernation
Updated: September 20, 2016 - 2:30 pm

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Friday 09/16/2016
5 simple tips for the perfect birthday goodie bag
Updated: September 24, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Birthday parties are an exciting time for all, from the party games to the presents and delicious cake, birthdays are an occasion for family and friends to come together and celebrate. There are so many ways to make a birthday party special, but why not kick it up a notch and make your next birthday party even more memorable?

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Friday 07/22/2016
How to Make the Most of Your Greater Fort Lauderdale Vacation
Updated: July 22, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Are you thinking about planning a Florida vacation? The greater Fort Lauderdale area is among the most popular South Florida destinations. For outdoor enthusiasts, Greater Fort Lauderdale features 23 miles of Blue Wave-certified beaches, as well as more than 300 miles of inland waterways for sightseeing. This beach resort destination offers a range of daytime and nighttime options for entertainment, shopping and dining.

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Thursday 07/21/2016
Celebrar el verano sin estrés en la casa o en la calle
Updated: July 21, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Noticias Patrocinadas - El inicio oficial del verano ya está y los días largos y las noches ambles resultan en las excusas perfectas para invitar a tus queridos a una cena deliciosa al fresco con bebidas frías y una buena conversación. Sin importa si organizas una cena con familia dentro de la casa o si haces una barbacoa para todo el barrio, sigue las últimas tendencias para mantenerte en la moda y dentro de tus presupuestos con estos tesoros de la ropa y del hogar de JCPenney.

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Tuesday 07/19/2016
Dads and Daughters Can Profit From Each Other on Father's Day
Updated: July 21, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - She's not just "daddy's little girl" anymore. And this Father's Day, it turns out that both millennial daughters and their Boomer dads could profit by sharing financial advice with each other.

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Thursday 07/07/2016
Summer Is the Perfect Time to Catch Up on Some Reading
Updated: July 21, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - As summer days grow longer (and hotter), with them comes a more relaxed mindset -- there are no lunches to make, kids to get off to school or parent-teacher conferences to attend. In short, it tends to be a great time to catch up on some of those guilty pleasures that you deny yourself nine other months out of the year.

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Thursday 06/09/2016
Summer Must-Haves to Take the Fun to the Next Level
Updated: June 15, 2016 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Warmer weather, sun and clear skies are nearly here; that means it's time to get outside, explore new terrain and create unforgettable memories. Whether it's taking a hike, going for a dip in the pool, or creating the perfect backyard party, it's time to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and have some summer fun.

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Wednesday 05/25/2016
Respecting the stars and stripes: American flag etiquette
Updated: June 02, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Summers are packed with outdoor activities, barbecues and patriotic celebrations. While the American flag is often an important part of these celebrations, many of us have questions about how to properly care for and display it.

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Thursday 05/05/2016
3 Ways to Celebrate Summer Affordably at Home
Updated: May 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Don’t let the potentially high cost of summer fun keep you from enjoying time with family and friends.

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Tuesday 04/19/2016
Mom Knows Best: Even When Buying a Mother's Day Gift
Updated: April 20, 2016 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - If choosing the right Mother's Day gift has been your biggest challenge over the years, try taking a cue from mom herself.

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Thursday 04/07/2016
3 Ways Scents Can Impact Your Mood
Updated: April 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Have your spirits ever cheered suddenly when you entered a room? Have you ever been whisked away to a different time and place after breathing in a familiar fragrance? The way you feel is affected by more than what meets the eye. When it comes to your mood, scent can be a very powerful force.

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Friday 04/01/2016
Sell your home fast with these 3 often-overlooked home-staging tricks
Updated: April 09, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - If you’ll be selling your home this spring or summer, your Realtor will probably talk to you about staging the house to maximize its appeal to buyers. Staging is a simple process that can have a big impact on how quickly your home sells and, Realtors say, how much buyers are willing to pay for it.

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Top tips for a perfect Mother's Day
Updated: April 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - She’s spent years taking care of you, whether it was mending your first broken heart, helping you pack and move for college, or moving in to help take care of your first child. Mom has always been around to help. For all the times she’s been there for you, now is the time to be there for her. This Mother’s Day, plan the perfect day to show mom just how thankful you are.

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5 simple steps to creating gift baskets that rock
Updated: April 09, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Graduations, weddings, birthdays, office celebrations, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and barbecues — spring and summer are full of occasions that cry out for a great gift basket. A big basket bursting with a bounty of goodies can be costly, however, if you buy a pre-made one. Worse yet, store-bought baskets can be predictable and impersonal. Creating your own gift basket can save you money, allow you to really personalize your gift and be as much fun to make as they are to receive!

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Wednesday 03/30/2016
Spring cleaning: 8 areas you can't overlook
Updated: April 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Spring is here, which means it’s time to start cleaning. While a good wipe down can leave your home feeling clean, there are several overlooked items that could be hosting germs, dirt and dust. So when you’re ready to get out the broom, mop and rags, don’t forget to tidy up these areas of the home.

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Tuesday 03/29/2016
Can't read it, don't feed it: Why wild bird-lovers should choose top-of-the-crop natural feed
Updated: April 06, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Have you ever wondered what’s in one of your favorite packaged foods, grabbed the box from your pantry, read the ingredients list … and realized you still didn’t know what you were eating? The ingredients in some processed foods can read like a chemist’s shopping list. Now imagine if your backyard birds could read. What would they say about the ingredients in the food you feed them?

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Monday 03/28/2016
5 tips to help you make the most of this year's real estate season
Updated: April 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Spring is here! This season of new beginnings also marks the start of the year’s busiest real estate period. According to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, the housing market in 2016 is set to be quite active with a 3 percent increase in total home sales compared to the previous year. If you’re planning to enter the housing market this year, buying or selling a home is a big decision and you can count on plenty of competition. To ensure you make the correct home buying or selling decisions, it’s important to do your research and arm yourself with valuable information.

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6 summer sides you never knew you could grill
Updated: April 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - What image does the word “grilling” bring to mind? Do you envision thick, juicy burgers or steaks? What about sauce-slathered chicken breasts sizzling over coals? Cooking out is one of the great joys of warm weather, but if you leave side dishes out of your grilling plans — or stick with cold sides like salads — you’re missing out on some great flavors.

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Wednesday 03/23/2016
Don't miss these must-have snacks that define each season of the year
Updated: March 31, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Snacks, produce, drinks or sweets – if it is a seasonal offering, Americans are anxiously awaiting it. According to Nielsen, Americans spend about $374 billion annually on snack foods. For many of those snack lovers, items that are only available for a limited time are one of the major highlights of seasonal occasions and holidays, especially this time of year when, according to a recent Cheetos brand survey, 65 percent of Americans profess their love of seasonal Easter treats.

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5 things you can do to improve the look of your lawn today
Updated: March 31, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - You’ve waited all winter for the chance to transform your lawn from that drab, frozen tundra into the lush, green oasis you know it can be. But this transformation doesn’t happen overnight, and you can’t expect Mother Nature to take care of everything herself. Getting your dream yard is going to require a little work on your part, but the rewards are worth the efforts and as you’ll see, even the smallest changes can have a big impact. Follow each of the five simple tips below and you’ll be enjoying your yard all season long.

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Tuesday 03/22/2016
Backyard bounty: Vegetables are nature's original nutritional powerhouses
Updated: March 30, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - You’ve probably heard the chatter around how a handful of unusual foods are must-eat nutritional powerhouses — and wondered how you’ll ever get your kids to try kale or chia seeds. But you don’t have to stress over how to incorporate the latest health food fads into your family’s diet in order to get powerful nutrition.

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Monday 03/21/2016
5 tips for a satisfying spring cleaning
Updated: March 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Of the many projects and activities people put on their annual to-do lists, few loom as large as spring cleaning. If you suddenly feel a burst of energy and a need to shake out the dreariness of winter, you’re not alone. While it may seem like a chore, many look forward to spring cleaning, and with good reason. It’s a time to open up your home, let in the fresh air and get it ready for the warmer months.

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Wednesday 12/02/2015
Don't Drink and Ink This Holiday Season
Updated: December 02, 2015 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) There will be lots of holiday cheer this season, and when that happens, people often do silly things like getting drunken tattoos. But drinking and inking is not always the best idea.

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Monday 11/16/2015
Toddler Boredom Busters for the Holiday Season
Updated: November 16, 2015 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) For many families, the holiday season means giving, celebrating, and spending time together -- but it also means chilly weather and long hours cooped up inside the house. This year, consider using the downtime to help children tap into their natural creativity. Here are some festive ways to motivate kids to engage in fun and active learning.

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Friday 10/30/2015
Make Your Holidays Merry with These Fireplace Tips
Updated: October 30, 2015 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) Fireplaces mean warmth, comfort and ambiance -- and there’s no better time of year to enjoy one than when loved ones are gathered together for the holidays.

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Thursday 10/29/2015
Seven Tips to Get You and Your Home Holiday-Ready
Updated: October 29, 2015 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) The holiday season is the most joyous time of year, but getting organized for it can be overwhelming. Increase your home’s yuletide cheer with these helpful tips to streamline tasks.

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Saturday 10/03/2015
Top 15 Haunted Attractions of 2015
Updated: October 03, 2015 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Halloween has ballooned into a 15 billion dollar industry, with consumers projected to spend over one billion to get scared this year -- and the haunted house industry is racing to meet demand. 

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