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5 Ways to Impress Holiday Guests this Season

(BPT) - As the holidays approach, those who love to host know shopping isn’t the only stress factor. Between groceries, cleaning the house, meal preparation and shoveling the driveway, it’s always a race to the finish line. Follow these five steps to leave guests impressed by (and even envious of!) your skills as a host.

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Monday 11/12/2018
Black Friday Deals Abound for Orlando
Posted: November 12, 2018

(NewsUSA) - As winter and the holidays approach, it's time to start planning warm-weather destination trips.

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The Ultimate Gift for Golf Gurus
Posted: November 12, 2018

(NewsUSA) - Coming up with clever holiday gifts is always a challenge, especially for someone who "has everything." However, ways to get creative include gifts that provide experiences, not just things to accumulate. Think of enjoying a craft beer or wine of the month, flying a drone or model plane, shushing down the slopes on a customized snowboard, or playing a classic arcade game.

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5 cleaning tips to save your sanity during the holidays
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Ready or not, the holidays are upon us. You may have visions of elaborate holiday décor or an extravagant light display to impress your neighbors. As you prepare for the season of parties, guests and entertaining, don’t procrastinate. Prepare now so you can spend more time doing the things that bring you joy this season. Here are five quick ways to help you prepare:

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5 common holiday myths debunked
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Holiday fantasies aren’t just for children. Grownups also live by their own set of holiday myths, which were uncovered by a recent Coinstar survey. Let’s take a look at some of these holiday misconceptions and get to the real truth.

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Thursday 11/08/2018
5 ways to host a no-hassle holiday celebration this season
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The holidays are supposed to be a joyous occasion, filled with warm memories of family and friends. When it’s your turn to host, however, the holidays can quickly turn into a stressful blur that involves cleaning, decorating and cooking all before the guests even arrive! Hosting loved ones doesn’t have to be this way. Try these five tips for a no-hassle holiday celebration and enjoy being fully present for the fun this season.

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3 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Holidays
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:50 am

(StatePoint) It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the busyness of the holiday season -- from perfecting your home décor to searching for gifts for everyone on your list to creating a delicious holiday menu.

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Wednesday 11/07/2018
3 tips for making gifting easier this holiday season
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - From shopping for gifts, planning holiday travel or parties and wrapping up work projects, the weeks leading up to the holidays can be full of activity. For those tackling their shopping list, finding the perfect gift for a special loved one may sometimes feel overwhelming. However, for savvy shoppers who leverage the following tried-and-true tips, holiday shopping can be stress-free, fun and convenient.

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Affordable affair: 7 tips for a holiday bash on a budget
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The days leading up to the holidays tend to be among the busiest of the year, with lots of celebrations taking place over a few short weeks.

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Friday 11/02/2018
Time-saving tips and healthy tricks for holiday baking
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - 'Tis the season for cookies, cakes, candies and more! Those delectable treats are an iconic part of celebrations big and small. Whether you want to cozy up by the fire with your favorite confection or bring a few batches to the school bake sale, you're bound to be baking like crazy this time of year.

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Holiday Gift-Giving Can Help Employ Adults With Developmental Disabilities
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - This holiday season, checking off items on your gift list can also help provide jobs for adults with developmental disabilities.

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Wednesday 10/31/2018
6 healthy twists to lighten your favorite holiday foods
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - It’s hard not to dread the holidays if you’re trying to maintain a healthy diet. Heavy meals packed with carbs and creams are often followed by sugary treats — leaving you ready to crash in a house full of guests. On the other hand, munching on a simple salad while loved ones dig into each delicious holiday dish leaves you feeling unsatisfied and your mouth watering.

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Tuesday 10/30/2018
Scent-imental: Holiday Smells Evoke Happy Memories
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:42 am

(NewsUSA) - Does a whiff of cinnamon bring back memories of your grandmother's kitchen? Is the smell of a fir tree unalterably linked to Christmas morning? The sense of smell is uniquely connected to memories, especially during the holiday season.

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Monday 10/29/2018
Christmas Comes Early with Family Holiday Movies on UPtv
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:43 am

(NewsUSA) - The holidays are almost here, and fans of uplifting Christmas television can look forward to 45 films on UPtv, including seven Sunday night premiere movies. The network, known for family-friendly fare, kicks off 55 days of holiday programming starting November 1.

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Friday 10/26/2018
Simple ways to get your budget on track this holiday season
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Americans will have lots to celebrate this holiday season, with unemployment rates at an all-time low and consumer confidence on the rise. According to The Annual Retail Sales Forecast for the Holiday Season from Deloitte, retailers have their sights on sales of more than $1.1 trillion.

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Monday 10/15/2018
Extend the Life of Your Outboard Engine with These Storage Tips
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:42 am

(NewsUSA) - As summer winds down, every boat owner clings to those last few warm days to take his or her boat out on the water with family and friends. Unfortunately, summer doesn't last forever and as the sun sets on another boat season, it is time to start thinking about how to store your boat and outboard engine for those off-season months.

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Thursday 10/04/2018
DIY Halloween Tips to Save Money
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:50 am

(StatePoint) Halloween may be the spookiest night of the year, but it’s the prices for costumes and decorations that are scarier than any vampire (and they’ll drain your wallet even faster).

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Monday 08/27/2018
New Collar Jobs Redefining Labor Day
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:40 am

(NewsUSA) - Labor Day originated as a celebration of American workers, but for many Americans it has become a time for barbeques and sales to celebrate the end of summer. What has happened to the support for labor in America when longtime stalwart industries such as the automotive industry are experiencing a skills gap and workforce shortages?

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Tuesday 08/21/2018
Orlando Screams: 78 Days of Halloween
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:42 am

(NewsUSA) - Halloween has become one of America's most iconic holidays. But why celebrate for just one night when Orlando, Halloween Vacation Capital, offers Halloween events spanning an entire 78 days?

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Thursday 07/19/2018
Plan, be positive, unplug: 5 ways to make family meals more enjoyable
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - With our busy lifestyles today, finding time to shop for groceries, cook, then meet as a family to enjoy a meal together can be a major challenge.

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Wednesday 07/04/2018
Brendan Looney: A life of service before self
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:50 am

(BPT) - The Fourth of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and the founding of our nation. It’s an opportunity to celebrate patriotism with fireworks and parades.

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Wednesday 06/27/2018
Beat-the-Heat Tips for Summer
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:50 am

(StatePoint) Want to beat the heat this summer? Staying cool in hot weather can be easier with these top tips.

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Monday 05/21/2018
Wine Pairing Tips for Summer Fun
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:50 am

(NewsUSA) - The thought of pairing a wine with food can intimidate a lot of people. How do you decide what food to pair with a wine? What flavors are you looking for? Why does wine pairing even matter?

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Summertime Boating Safety Tips for Families
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:40 am

(NewsUSA) - As summer approaches, many families look forward to more time on the water together.

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Tuesday 05/15/2018
Summer Boating Tips for Safe Fun in The Sun
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:40 am

(NewsUSA) - Summer weather is finally here, and with it comes more time spent on the water. For boaters in particular, warmer temperatures and sunny skies mean more opportunities to bring family and friends along for the ride.

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Thursday 04/05/2018
Must-Haves for Summer Pool and Beach Parties
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:50 am

(State Point) Summer days are all about sun and fun. Here are some tips and accessories to make sure your days spent at the beach, pool or lake are picture-perfect for posting on social media.

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