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  • Real Estate

    Winterize your lawn equipment following these 6 essential tips

    (BPT) - You enjoyed a beautiful green, lush lawn all summer thanks to your favorite yard tools. Show your gratitude now by properly storing all yard equipment before winter. When the freezing temperatures hit and the snow starts to fall, you can rest assured your lawn mower, trimmer and other accessories will be safely tucked away and remain in perfect condition when spring rolls back around.

  • Pets

    Pumpkin: The ultimate fall superfood

    (BPT) - The perfect fall foods are hearty, nutrient-dense and packed with flavor. And while there is no shortage of savory sustenance this time of year, no other food captures the essence of the season quite like pumpkin. Brimming with nutrients and boasting a rich taste, it’s a nourishing food the whole family enjoys — from picky toddlers to even your dog! Here are five flavorful ways to incorporate pumpkin into your entire family’s meals this season.

  • Home Improvement

    Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests

    (Family Features) Welcoming friends and family into your home, celebrating time-honored traditions with delicious food and enjoying quality time with loved ones are all sure signs that it’s the most wonderful time of the year. However, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by holiday preparations and pressure to make your guests feel comfortable while visiting.

Top Story

One surprising way to prevent fractures for those over age 65

(BPT) - Loss of balance, dehydration, attention deficits and loss of cognition are symptoms of hyponatremia, a condition characterized by low salt levels in the blood. The symptoms can occur with just slight hyponatremia and can have particularly harmful effects for the elderly as the condition is difficult to diagnose. A study presented at an American Society of Nephrology meeting suggests that low-salt diets may be a contributing factor.

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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Friday 11/16/2018
6 tips for avoiding charity scams
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Charitable giving is a significant part of many people’s lives and budgets and individuals are often eager to give back and lend a helping hand to those in need. Unfortunately, not every organization seeking a donation is exactly what it claims to be. If you're not careful, you could wind up losing your well-intentioned money to a scam.

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What New Parents Should Know About Infant's Developing Microbiome
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - In infant health, moms act early to ensure healthy microbiome

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Pepperlane Gives Moms Tools, Network To Build Their Own Business
Posted: November 16, 2018

(NAPSI)—Mothers want to do it all, but between work, children’s schedules and home life, you can be left scrambling to keep all the balls in the air. For most, there are just two options: work full-time or stay at home to care for your children. A new company, Pepperlane, is working to give mothers another option—so you don’t have to choose between professional passions and being home for your families.

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Tooth-Friendly Tailgating
Posted: November 16, 2018

(NAPSI)—Throughout the season, for many football fans, the real game is played on an entirely different field of play: the parking lot.

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Warning Signs Your Aging Parents Need More Help
Posted: November 16, 2018

(NAPSI)—Home care agencies often see a surge in calls in late December and early January. Why? Many grown children head home for the holidays and notice their aging parents need some help.

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This Holiday Season: Protect Your Family by Recycling Old Batteries
Posted: November 16, 2018

(StatePoint) The holiday season can be just the motivation you need to finally declutter your junk drawers, closets, attic and basement in time for friends and family to visit. If these areas of your home contain used rechargeable batteries, you’re in good company. One in five consumers store some or all of their used batteries from the past year, according to a recent Nielsen study conducted on behalf of Call2Recycle.

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Are You Taking Full Advantage of Your Workplace Benefits?
Posted: November 16, 2018

(StatePoint) Millennials are a generation with unique financial challenges. Seven in 10 possess student loan debt, according to the Institute for College Access and Success’ “12th Annual Report, Student Debt and the Class of 2016.” Combined with car loans, housing expenses and entry level salaries, it’s no surprise to learn that many young workers lack the savings necessary to cover unexpected medical costs.

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Thursday 11/15/2018
Consejos Diarios para Manejar la Diabetes
Posted: November 15, 2018

(BPT) - La diabetes es un problema de todos los días en la comunidad latina. Según la Asociación Americana de Diabetes, cerca del 17 por ciento de los latinos en los Estados Unidos viven con diabetes, comparado al 10 por ciento de la población no hispana. Sin embargo, dentro de los latinos, la prevalencia es mayor en los descendientes de origen mexicano, que en los descendientes de origen Sudamericano.

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6 simple tips for thriving with diabetes
Posted: November 15, 2018

(BPT) - Randy Jackson is best known as an award-winning producer, music industry expert and beloved television personality. But what many people don’t know is that Jackson has also been managing the everyday reality of living with diabetes for 18 years.

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Knock knock: Health care at your door
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Paul Engwall has always been good about going to the doctor for his regular checkups.

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Bed and Breakfasts Give Travel a Personal Touch
Posted: November 15, 2018

(NewsUSA) - Travelers seeking a personal touch and insider stories would do well to consider staying at a local bed and breakfast (B&B).

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Five Things You May Not Know About Living With Ulcerative Colitis
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Ulcerative colitis (UC), a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that can cause abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea, affects at least 2 million people living in the United States (U.S.) and European Union (EU) alone.1,2 Results from a recent global survey fielded in 10 countries among 2,100 adults living with primarily moderate-to-severe UC and 1,254 gastroenterologists suggested that, around the world, adults living with UC share similar life impacts that many are not comfortable discussing with their gastroenterologists.3,4

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Gear Up for the New Dinner Party: With Bring-&-Share Menus and Something for Everybody
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Whatever happened to the formal dinner party? Between busy work schedules and the complexity of navigating food preferences and allergies, they can be hard to pull off — yet we still long for the pleasures of breaking bread (or an acceptable gluten-free substitute) with family and friends. Enter a growing trend: easy bring-&-share meals.

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How to put your own touch on modern bathroom design
Posted: November 15, 2018

(BPT) - Home design continues to evolve but one element remains true: The bathroom is often the oasis within the home. A secluded bathroom is an ideal spot to experiment with modern designs without undergoing a major renovation. Below are a few tips on how to incorporate contemporary elements into an existing bath.

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Discover how Virginia entrepreneurship changed the world
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - If you really want to go deep and learn how the American tradition of innovation and entrepreneurship came about, there’s no better place to begin than the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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4 unexpected bed bug hotspots
Posted: November 15, 2018

(BPT) - The term “bed bugs” might make you shudder and picture a mattress teeming with the bloodsucking insects, but don’t be fooled; the name is a bit of a misnomer. While almost 70 percent of bed bug infestations are associated with beds or items found near beds, the insects don’t limit themselves to those spaces. Bed bugs are experts at hitchhiking and can be found in common spaces like movie theaters and public transportation. Here are a few tips from Terminix on spots and objects where you may not have thought to check for these insects.

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Holiday Tips for Houseguests and Hosts This Season
Posted: November 15, 2018

(StatePoint) Planning for the holiday season? Whether you’re a guest or a host, there are easy ways to ensure that everyone enjoys their time with family and friends. Check out these tips for a joyful holiday season:

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Choosing Holiday Gifts for Your Co-Workers
Posted: November 15, 2018

(StatePoint) Looking for that special holiday present for your employees or your team? Instead of regifting that impenetrable fruit cake, try giving gifts based on individual working styles.

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3 Easy Ways to Illuminate Your Home for the Holidays
Posted: November 15, 2018

(StatePoint) ‘Tis the season of friends, family and entertaining! If you’re planning on hosting guests -- whether for an entire week of family fun or a one-night celebration -- now’s the time to get your home in the holiday spirit.

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Wednesday 11/14/2018
5 ways to treat your family (and yourself) and save money this holiday
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The holidays are a cheerful time of year, but the season also comes with increased spending — from purchasing gifts to holiday gatherings and travel. And, while most are shopping for gifts for others, recent research shows that more than half of shoppers are also buying for themselves, adding further to the shopping list.[1] There’s no better time than now to plan for holiday gift shopping in order to scoop up the best deals. 

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Online Portal Offers Quick and Easy Way to Charter Flights
Posted: November 14, 2018

(NewsUSA) - Savvy travelers recognize the benefits of flying privately, including convenience, comfort, and confidentiality. However, those who do employ private travel are not immune to the hassles of dealing with charter operators, a process that often involves waiting days for a flight confirmation.

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5 tips for an efficient and safe moving day
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Moving to a new home can call for the coordination of a lot of details. That’s especially true if you’re a do-it-yourselfer who’s renting a truck rather than hiring a moving company.

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Winterize your lawn equipment following these 6 essential tips
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - You enjoyed a beautiful green, lush lawn all summer thanks to your favorite yard tools. Show your gratitude now by properly storing all yard equipment before winter. When the freezing temperatures hit and the snow starts to fall, you can rest assured your lawn mower, trimmer and other accessories will be safely tucked away and remain in perfect condition when spring rolls back around.

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5 unexpected holiday gift ideas
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Finding the perfect holiday gift is no easy task. Whether you’re shopping for your mom, brother, sweetie pie or friend, finding a unique, memorable and most importantly likeable gift can be challenging. After so many birthdays, anniversaries and holidays, it can be hard to come up with new ideas. Here are five easy-as-pie gift ideas for everyone on your holiday list:

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6 holiday travel hacks to save your sanity
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Follow these tips to save time, money and your sanity this holiday season.

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Make a Difference this Holiday Season
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) This holiday season, you have the power to change children’s lives for the better.

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Make Emergency Planning a Priority
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) With plummeting temperatures and winter storm season on the horizon, it's time to refresh your family's emergency plan. Not only is it necessary to ensure you have the right supplies on-hand, it's also important to know how to safely execute your plan and use items like portable generators.

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5 Ways to Boost Home Wi-Fi
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) In today’s connected world, it’s almost unthinkable to function without an internet connection, and for practical purposes most households need wireless connectivity for everyone to fully enjoy their internet-enabled devices, including smartphones, laptops, tablets, televisions, thermostats, security cameras and even refrigerators.

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Selecting a Plan That’s Right for You During Medicare Open Enrollment
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Each year between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7 people can make changes to their Medicare coverage options.

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5 Ways to Find Your Morning Workout Motivation
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) For many people, hitting the gym in the morning leaves less time for excuses or interferences.

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Trending Gifts Topping Wish Lists this Year
Posted: November 14, 2018

(Family Features) Nostalgia often runs deep during the holidays, and retro gifts are one way to relive the holiday celebrations of your childhood.

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5 Ways to Support Your Community this Holiday Season
Posted: November 14, 2018

(Family Features) Each year, the true spirit of the holidays can seem to get buried further beneath mountains of wrapping paper and drowned out by commercialism.

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Medicare Open Enrollment 101
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:30 am

Know your options and get free help

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Cars to Consider for 2019
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Purchasing a new vehicle, while exciting, can be a burden for many shoppers. A variety of options and considerations for each make and model can turn the decision-making process into a stressful situation.

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Deck the Halls for Happy Holidays
Posted: November 14, 2018

(Family Features) Whether you opt for fresh-cut or fresh out of the box, trimming the tree is a staple of holiday decor in most homes. However, if you'll be entertaining this season, you may want to go beyond the tree and take your seasonal decorating to whole new level.

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STEM at Play
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) When children play, they often learn. Not only can playtime improve behavior and concentration, but it helps children explore with their imaginations. Both free play and adult-guided play allow kids to learn right from wrong, how to share and gain awareness of others’ feelings.

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A Host’s Guide to Holiday Gatherings
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Gearing up for a big crowd at your holiday festivities can provide moments of excitement, stress, fun and plenty of other emotions as the big dinner draws near. This year, avoid any nagging feelings of doubt with this step-by-step guide to prepare for large gatherings.

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Freshen Up Holiday Entertaining
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:30 am

Add tasty, crunchy grapes to seasonal dishes

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Holiday Fun for the Whole Family
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Celebrating the holidays with family meals and activities is what the season is all about, and when those moments and at-home projects are kid-friendly, you can get the whole gang involved.

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Savor Simplicity
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:30 am

Holiday recipes worth sharing

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Light Bites for Healthier Holidays
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) For those who are always on the go leading up to the holidays, the season can feel more like madness than merrymaking. From planning get-togethers to building out a perfect menu for the events, there can be difficulties for hosts and guests alike to ensure proper nutrition is still top of mind.

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8 Recipes to Help Ring in the Holiday Season
Posted: November 14, 2018

Festive dishes and drinks to get in the holiday spirit

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Put a Twist on Tradition this Holiday Season
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) ’Tis the season to dust off the decorations, dig out your family cookbook and celebrate everything that makes the holidays special. While it’s certainly a time to honor longstanding traditions, there’s also room to start something new and put your personal touch on the festivities.

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Simple Sides for Holiday Entertaining
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Preparing side dishes can be time consuming. Save those precious minutes to enjoy the holidays by using refrigerated, never-frozen options like mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, baked apples and even macaroni and cheese that can be heated in the microwave and ready to serve in minutes.

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Stress-Free Holiday Entertaining Tips
Posted: November 14, 2018

(Family Features) The holiday season is meant for spending quality time with friends and family, not stressing out over hosting. With some simple tips, you can cut down on hectic preparations while creating a memorable holiday full of food and fun guests can savor.

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Nutritious Family Meals Full of Flavor
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Putting healthy meals on the table continues to be a year-round goal for many families, one that can become more difficult with the satisfying and savory flavors of comfort-food season. From breakfast to dinner and every meal in-between, it can feel daunting to prepare simple and nutritious recipes without sacrificing taste.

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Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Welcoming friends and family into your home, celebrating time-honored traditions with delicious food and enjoying quality time with loved ones are all sure signs that it’s the most wonderful time of the year. However, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by holiday preparations and pressure to make your guests feel comfortable while visiting.

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The Rarest of the Rare
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:30 am

What to know about a cancer you may not have heard of

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Create a Healthy, Winter-Ready Home
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) When chilly weather arrives and the days get shorter, chances are good you’ll spend the majority of your days indoors. Before you start your hibernation, it’s a good idea to ensure your home is up to the task. Put your well-being at the top of the list with these ideas to help ensure a health-conscious home that’s ready for the dark days of winter.

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