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home : lifestyle : holidays January 20, 2017

Smart shopping tips for Valentine's Day
(BPT) - When cupid shot his arrow, there was no turning back. You fell in love and that's one of the best feelings in the world. It's something that should be celebrated always, but of course there's one day dedicated to honoring the power of love: Valentine's Day.Shopping for a gift that represent... More >>


3 tips to get what you want from unwanted gift cards
(BPT) - If you're like the majority of Americans, you probably received a gift card this holiday season. After all, gift cards are the most requested holiday gift year after year according to the National Retail Federation's annual Consumer Spending Surveys. But just because you asked for a gift ca... More >>


Hidden hazards to keep in mind this season
(BPT) - As we head into the coldest months, it’s important to ensure both your indoor and outdoor decorations are safe and securely assembled. These items are often overlooked around your home during the season and they can cause very serious hazards, including fires. U.S. fire departments re... More >>


5 ways women are running the smartphone world
(BPT) - Take a minute to scroll through one of your social media feeds. Who is sharing the most photos? Using more emojis than words? Gaining 'likes' on their selfies? Most likely, it's your female friends.No, this wasn't a lucky guess - there is research to prove it. According to recent findings f... More >>


Hosting guests? 9 easy steps to prep your home
(BPT) - Hosting friends and family at your home is a guaranteed way to make long-lasting memories.Not only will your guests be reminiscing about the wonderful chats and laughs you shared, but thanks to some quick tips from Minwax(R) spokesperson, Bruce Johnson, they'll remember how great your home ... More >>


The 5 messiest rooms and how to clean them
(BPT) - From decorating, shopping, cooking and cleaning, there's a lot to do during the holiday season. Time is running out to get it all done before your next big gathering, and you may be thinking, "where do I even start?" Merry Maids, the nation's largest home cleaning company, is making it simp... More >>


5 easy tactics for making your New Year's resolution to save money a reality
(BPT) - It's almost that time of year again - you prepare for the holidays and start thinking about what you want your New Year's resolution to be.According to research from Nielsen, one quarter of Americans want to spend less and save more money in the New Year. If you're one of these people, foll... More >>


Party hosting hacks for the holidays and beyond
(BPT) - Hosting friends and family in your home is fun any time of the year, including the holidays. However, with entertaining comes the stress of planning and the pressure to make each get-together more exciting than the last.Throwing a memorable party does not have to be overwhelming. With a few... More >>


Tips for a happy, healthy holiday season with your dog
(BPT) - It's that time of year again, where you celebrate the holidays with loved ones and the furry friends that are part of your family. But with colder weather, less daylight and holiday parties filled with a few too many calories, the most wonderful time of the year can also take its toll, and ... More >>


Buying your first home? Follow this New Year's plan to get fiscally fit
(BPT) - So buying a new home tops your list of New Year's resolutions. As you picture the big moment - the one where you pull up to your dream home in your moving truck, sprint up and unlock your front door - you probably understand there's something you need to do first. You need to get your finan... More >>


Holiday Spending Confessions: Gifting, Saving and Indulging [Infographic]
(BPT) - A new survey uncovers that the average American spends nearly $300 on gifts during the holidays. Though the majority admit to being creative to save for holiday shopping - including using coupons or discounts - shoppers also indulge in holiday items for themselves. When shopping and saving ... More >>


Staying safe on winter roads
(BPT) - For those who live in snow-belt states, winter driving can be especially challenging.Snow (and related weather events, like frost, sleet and freezing rain) can significantly reduce the friction of the road surface, and slippery roads are significantly more dangerous than dry roads. You are ... More >>


Tips to 'get a grip' this winter
(BPT) - It's the season for boots and blazers, sweater vests and choker necklaces. Winter is here. But before you step out, make sure your stylish shoes have the best grip while walking up and down that slippery driveway. A slip and fall is a definite fashion faux pas, so here's a trick to avoid on... More >>


5 parent tips for picking the right video games
(BPT) - Armed with new game consoles and mobile devices, plus a pocket full of gift cards, kids everywhere are hoping to add a few new video games to their library with some fun post-holiday shopping. With so many choices, parents can sometimes feel a little overwhelmed trying to decide which games... More >>


6 green gift ideas everyone can love
(BPT) - Did you know electronics left plugged in drain energy, even when they're turned off? To reduce energy consumption, give battery-operated, cordless gadgets this holiday season. Need ideas? We've got you covered with these green gift ideas for every personality on your shopping list!The globe... More >>


5 tips to make your holiday driver safer this year
(BPT) - In the popular Christmas carol, the best way to reach grandmother's house is to travel by sleigh over the river and through the woods. However, these days, most people find their personal vehicles a far more reliable option.The holidays are the busiest travel time of the year, and according... More >>


Get the big bow ready: 4 tips for buying a used car
(BPT) - If you're tempted by steep discounts offered by car dealerships at the end of the year, you're not alone. Car sales rev up especially during the week between Christmas and New Year's, when dealerships may see sales jump 78 percent over the first part of December, according to Edmunds.com, a... More >>


How big data will help save lives this year
(BPT) - Each day, 144 new names are added to the national organ transplant waiting list - that's about one person every 10 minutes. At any given moment, 120,000 people are waiting for a new organ. Tragically, due to a donor shortage, an average of 22 people die each day waiting for that organ to ar... More >>


6 simple strategies for eliminating holiday stress
(BPT) - The holidays bring a time to celebrate and get together with family and friends, but for many people, it can also come with a lot of stress. Social engagements, gift-buying and a seemingly endless amount of to-do's can bring unwanted emotions that make it hard to enjoy the season.To keep yo... More >>


5 tips to get fit and stay fit
(BPT) - To lose weight and/or get in better shape consistently ranks as one of the top New Year's resolutions. However, many resolutions to reach this goal fall short or last less than a month because a great idea is seldom successful without a plan to make it happen.If you've tried and failed to g... More >>


4 brilliant tips for entertaining this season
(BPT) - The annual Hollis Holiday Party is a long-standing tradition, and hands down Rachel Hollis' favorite party to plan every year. Each year they pick a fun theme - last year they converted their house into a ski lodge for the night and everyone had a blast. Regardless of how you plan to decora... More >>


5 Tips to Pack and Ship Gifts like an Expert this Holiday Season
(BPT) - With the countdown to the holidays underway and the continued rise of eCommerce, more people are going online to complete their holiday shopping. The world's packing and shipping experts at FedEx Office offer tips everyone can use to ensure their precious packages arrive securely and on tim... More >>


5 holiday entertaining tips for space and budget conscious hosts
(BPT) - The holidays are all about spending time with friends and family, but with the average size of an apartment in the US 8% smaller than 10 years ago (source), many lack a comfortable space of their own to host a party. The good news is this: you don't need ample budget or space to entertain. ... More >>


Share the sweetness of the holidays with a new kind of cookie exchange
(BPT) - 'Tis officially the holiday season, and what better way to get in the spirit than sharing sweet treats with family and friends. This year, we invite you to wow your loved ones by putting a twist on the traditional cookie exchange. Featuring delicious, no-bake treats and a gifting station fo... More >>


Family entertainment: Holiday tips for parents
(BPT) - Surprisingly, more than 62 percent of parents play video games with their children at least once a week, according to a recent study from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). Many parents say picking up a controller and jumping into a game lets them reminisce about their own childh... More >>


Jennie Garth's best tips for savoring the holiday season
(BPT) - The holiday season can be stressful, but that doesn't stop mom-of-three Jennie Garth from slowing down to enjoy it. Garth is making it a season to savor by partnering with Marie Callender's to show others how to add special touches during this time of year. "Spending time with family and fr... More >>


Game on! 5 reasons to be excited about gaming in 2017
(BPT) - With a forecasted value of $82 billion for 2017, video games are hotter than ever. With new technologies, classic characters and interactive worlds that become more lifelike every day, there is plenty to be excited about when it comes to video games in the new year. So whether you're just g... More >>


5 last minute tips to have your holiday shopping done in a flash
(BPT) - Remember a few months ago when you thought about getting a head start on your holiday shopping so you wouldn't fall behind yet again? You were going to and then...well, where does the time go?Suddenly it seems, the holidays crept up once again. And once again you're facing another year of l... More >>


Why a check from grandma could be the worst gift for a child with special needs
(BPT) - You know that little check you can always count on from Grandma or Grandpa on birthdays and special occasions? It could be the worst gift your child gets, if he or she is a child with special needs.If a child with an intellectual disability accumulates generally more than $2,000 in total as... More >>


4 ways your smartphone is your ultimate holiday helper this season
(BPT) - The holidays have always been the elf's time to shine. Decorating, wrapping, toy making-it's what traditional holiday helpers spend all year prepping for. But in a world of online shopping, on-the-go recipe planning and streaming carols, a smartphone and wireless plan actually does the holi... More >>


4 easy, meaningful ways to give back this holiday season
(BPT) - More than a third of overall charitable giving happens during the holiday season, according to the Blackbaud Index, but Americans can give more than just cash when they're looking to help others.It is possible to find easy ways to make a difference this holiday season, without adding to tha... More >>


Less Havoc, More Magic: Easy Tips to Simplify the Holidays
(BPT) - Christmas is a special part of childhood, and there is plenty of pressure on parents at this time of year to make sure it's an unforgettable time for their families. It's important to remember what never gets tossed in the recycling with the wrapping paper afterwards: the Christmas memories... More >>


10 smart swaps to make baking and cooking healthier
(BPT) - Creamy sauces, cookies, casseroles and cakes — as temperatures drop, it's natural to crave favorite comfort foods. However, it's easy to overindulge on rich dishes and decadent desserts, especially if you're hosting a gathering of friends and family. How can you enjoy amazing foods wh... More >>


Who do you know that gives the most during the holidays?
(BPT) - Everyone has favorite moments from the holiday season. For some it's a present from a distant relative or greeting family members with a warm hug when they get off the plane. For others it's sitting down together to enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner. Some of these moments are steeped in tr... More >>


A holiday wish list that can make a difference
(BPT) - "What do you want this holiday season?" It's a question many of us will get asked in the coming weeks - if we haven't been asked already! And what's on your wish list this year? New golf clubs? Spend more time with family? Make a difference in someone's life? Many people look for opportunit... More >>


The best holiday gifts of 2016
(BPT) - Spending time with friends and family is a big part of what makes the holidays so special. Celebrating with loved ones and exchanging gifts is a time-honored tradition. But before the wrapping paper can be ripped away in a flurry of sparkling shreds, you first need to find the right gifts f... More >>


5 great gifts guaranteed to delight the food lover in your life
(BPT) - Do you have a loved one who is always experimenting in the kitchen, loves to try new flavors, and is known to binge-watch cooking shows for hours? This person is a bonafide food lover; passionate about all things edible.The holiday season is the best time to celebrate what makes your frien... More >>


One-weekend DIY projects to get your house relative-ready for the holidays
(BPT) - When the holidays arrive, you can prepare a scrumptious feast, present ideal gifts that are perfectly wrapped and decorate the house like something off a magazine cover. However, your mother-in-law is still going to focus on the stained upholstery in the family room, the tacky and dated wal... More >>


5 fun ways to make holiday memories with your child
(BPT) - The holidays are a special time of year for everyone, but through the eyes of a child, it can feel like pure magic. Parents and caregivers looking to make this holiday extra special should spend less time worrying about trinkets under the tree, and instead, focus on spending quality time wi... More >>


Maintaining heart health around the holidays
(BPT) - As we approach the holiday season, conversations about health, wellness and access to medicines may be an important and frequent topic addressed around the dinner table. It seems that access to new and innovative medicines is an increasingly common problem, and engaging in discussions with ... More >>


Sick of being sick? 5 tips to getting better and kicking that cold to the curb
(BPT) - From obligations at work to errands and chores and making time for family and friends - your plate is fuller than ever and, unfortunately, getting sick can throw a major wrench into your marathon of activities and greatly hamper your productivity.Despite how frustrating it can be, your busy... More >>


5 budgeting tips to host a spirited, not spendy holiday party
(BPT) - If you find the guests attending your upcoming holiday party delightful, but the bills associated with hosting frightful, here are five tips to know. So on with the snow, the glow and the show!* Lose the formal invitations. As you're looking to cut expenses associated with your holiday part... More >>


Important safety steps to keep kids' holidays bright, happy and burn-free
(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 fa... More >>


6 tech features that can make the holidays more manageable
(BPT) - Holiday shopping, paying bills and making deposits, sending digital greetings and invitations, looking up recipes, gathering holiday decorating ideas - let's face it, you're going to be super busy this holiday season and much of that extra activity is going to take place online.People rely ... More >>


Who is your ultimate holiday helper? The world of wireless is giving elves a run for their money [Infographic]
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3 tips to prevent common holiday injuries
(BPT) - What does your holiday wishlist include this year? Spending time with friends and family? The latest tech or that best-selling book you've been meaning to read? Maybe it includes plans for a trip in 2017. Whatever is on your wishlist, chances are a holiday-related injury isn't one of them.N... More >>


Gifts that say 'yum': A foodie holiday wish list
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The holiday hero lineup: Not all heroes wear capes [Infographic]
(BPT) - This year, Michelin is celebrating the unsung heroes who work tirelessly behind the scenes to help make the holidays special. We're talking about the people who help you fly, those who grow the food for your holiday feasts, and the ones who deliver the gifts and goodies that make the holida... More >>


5 ways to create a nostalgic holiday experience
(BPT) - As you grow older, the meaning of the holidays often changes. As a kid there were, of course, the endless assortments of cookies and treats, and sleepless nights anticipating what Santa might bring. Then the holidays brought relief from school, a break from work, maybe some ugly sweaters an... More >>


A guide to holiday traditions worth starting in 2016
(BPT) - Every family has their own set of traditions. Some involve going to holiday parties or shows like the Nutcracker, baking batches of cookies or a trip to the Christmas tree farm.But just as our phones, cars and lives have changed over the past 10 years, so have holiday traditions. While ugly... More >>


Tips for finding unique health and wellness gifts for the holidays, no stress included
(BPT) - Are you tired of giving the same old holiday gifts over and over? Does the thought of trying to find a novel gift idea for that special someone without breaking the bank stress you out? Or do those shopping lines that stretch a mile long make you want to scream in frustration?If the upcomin... More >>


5 tricks to a happier, less stressful holiday season
(BPT) - Americans have a love-hate relationship with the holiday season. You may love the festive spirit and the opportunity to share time with friends and family, but dread all the work - and stress - involved in seasonal tasks, including meal preparation. However, it is possible to make it throug... More >>


5 affordable ways to connect with family without breaking the bank
(BPT) - Ready or not, the holidays are fast approaching. While it’s a season known for celebrating family and friends, the stress of gift-giving and holiday planning can make people lose sight of what’s really important.Here are five ways you can easily connect with your family without ... More >>


Celebrate and save with 8 affordable entertainment tips
(BPT) - Celebrating with family and friends is the perfect way to elevate any holiday or festive occasion. If you're tasked with hosting the event, you have a lot to get done. As you create your to-do list, it can be overwhelming looking at just how much you have to purchase. But hosting a great pa... More >>


Set aside a food budget: Holiday tips from the Holiday Experts [Infographic]
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Five Ways to Help You Enjoy the Holiday Season
(BPT) - Does the phrase "relaxing holiday season" seem far out of reach? If it does, you're not alone. There's plenty to do during the holidays: there are gifts to buy, parties to host, work to finish and travel plans to make. With a hectic schedule, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. This year, pace y... More >>


5 tips to for pain-free holiday shipping this year
(BPT) - It took some long nights, longer drives and a lot of caffeine, but your holiday shopping list is just about done. Congratulations! Unfortunately, that’s only half the battle. Now it’s time to take all of the items you lovingly purchased for those people on your holiday shopping ... More >>


7 gift ideas for the seniors on your holiday shopping list
(BPT) - She always has time to listen when you need to talk, and her cookies taste like sheer love. He never says “no” to helping out with household repairs or just hanging out with you watching the game. This holiday season, you want to get Grandma and Grandpa the perfect gift, but it&... More >>


Have more money for the holidays with these 5 tips
(BPT) - The holidays are here again. It's that time of year when you get together with family and friends, take some time away from work and live out the definition of "it's better to give than receive." And, if you're like many Americans, this is also the season when you give a little too much and... More >>


5 ways to find extra money during the holidays
(BPT) - The holidays are here again. It's that time of year when you get together with family and friends, take some time away from work and live out the definition of "it's better to give than receive." And, if you're like many Americans, this is also the season when you give a little too much and... More >>


Research: Men want useful gifts, not fluff this holiday season
(BPT) - Let's face it - most men are really hard to buy gifts for. If you're trying to choose a meaningful gift this holiday season, psychologists have some advice for you: Consider what he will actually use and appreciate, not what you believe expresses your feelings. And please not another tie.Ma... More >>


Coughing? Bring a Healthy Dose of Sick-Etiquette to Work
(BPT) - Being considerate of others when you're sick is one of the first steps to good sick etiquette.For example, you may think you're going to score points for showing up at work despite feeling under the weather. However, if you were to run this by an etiquette expert like Diane Gottsman, she wo... More >>


'Tis the season: 5 expert tips for seamless holiday entertaining
(BPT) - As we gear up for the busy holiday season, a foolproof plan is essential for throwing an unforgettable party everyone will be talking about. Whether it's a casual weekend brunch, formal sit-down dinner or a glitzy cocktail party, you want to make sure the atmosphere is set, and that you're ... More >>


5 ways guys can enhance their lives today
(BPT) - Guys, it’s nearly that time of year again! The holidays are quickly approaching, and while it’s a time to celebrate and get together with friends and family, the next few months can be hectic, too. Travel, job pressures, having everyone over, even cold weather can take their tol... More >>


Homegating for the holidays: 5 pro tips for MVP hosts
(BPT) - This holiday season, millions of Americans will celebrate with friends, family and football. Will you be one of them?A whopping 78 percent of Americans watch NFL games with family or friends either at their home or at someone else's home during the season, found the NFL Homegating Sofa Surv... More >>


The easy guide for creating an amazing holiday cheese board
(BPT) - Whether it's a small gathering of close friends or a large family affair, hosting a holiday party makes the season extra magical. Looking for ideas that are guaranteed to impress? This year, a new food trend is elevating events and tantalizing taste buds: cheese boards."A simple cheese boar... More >>


Tips to help you prepare your home for holiday celebrations
(BPT) - 'Tis the season for big meals, festive gatherings and making memories that will last a lifetime. But hosting friends and family can be a daunting responsibility. In fact, nearly 40 percent of consumers say that entertaining guests is the most stressful part of their holiday season, accordin... More >>


Turn Thursdays into together time this holiday season
(BPT) - Holiday busyness can occupy your weekends, making it difficult to find time to prepare and share a special meal. Instead, why not commit to making Thursday evenings special throughout the season? Instead of trying to do one more thing on the weekend, organically fit together-time into Thurs... More >>


6 holiday-friendly home design features
(BPT) - Sponsored Ad Content by ClaytonWhether you're shopping for a new traditional, manufactured or modular home or just attempting a renovation project, it's important to consider the functionality of key spaces like kitchens and living rooms. These most-frequented rooms will host meals, family ... More >>


10 truly unique gifts for under $100
(BPT) - Some people are incredibly easy to shop for. You can go into any store and find something they would like. For others, you can spend months looking and still not discover the right gift.So what do you get the person who has everything? Furthermore, how can you get a unique gift at an afford... More >>


No-stress holiday entertaining tips and tricks
(BPT) - A holiday party is a wonderful way to celebrate the season with friends and family. However, no matter how big or small the guest list, hosting the event can turn stressful fast. Before you know it, your holiday gathering has become more frustrating than festive, and you're suddenly feeling... More >>


6 cooking tips to impress your guests this holiday season
(BPT) - Shared meals and get-togethers are among the holidays' best moments, but they can also be the most stressful. In fact, 90 percent of Americans feel stress during the holidays, a Healthline survey found - and holiday cooking was cited as one of the stress-drivers."Cooking family recipes and ... More >>


Time-saving kitchen hacks for the holidays
(BPT) - No matter how big or small the group, gathering with loved ones over a delicious meal is a holiday season essential. However, if you've offered to host the event, panic is likely to set in as you realize the amount of work it's going to take to cook a memorable meal for friends and family.F... More >>


5 fresh meal theme ideas for the holidays
(BPT) - Everyone looks forward to giving and receiving, decorating and celebrating with friends, but food is one of the must-have elements that makes the holiday season brighter. That perfectly roasted turkey on the table at Thanksgiving or Christmas really sets the tone for seasonal celebrations.W... More >>


'Tis the season for creating dazzling holiday tables
(BPT) - Laughter, joy, happiness - 'tis the season for family and friends to come together around the table, celebrating all the warmth of the holidays. Really want to wow your guests at your next gathering? It's as easy as mixing Christmas past with Christmas present."The holidays are the best tim... More >>


3 tips for a more flavorful holiday meal
(BPT) - Holiday gatherings and backyard barbecues have a lot in common as they are occasions for gathering and for eating. And for both, successful execution of a shared meal means preparing what everyone likes and preparing it perfectly.While holiday staples such as turkey, ham and brisket create ... More >>


Safe food techniques every home cook should know
(BPT) - Good hosts want positive experiences around the dishes they prepare for their friends and families — great conversation and good memories.What’s a sure way to mar the feast? Not being consistent in following safe food handling techniques that every home cook should know. Each ye... More >>


4 dynamic ways to style your family's portraits
(BPT) - Take a look at your family. How many changes have crept in since last year? And one year from now, think about the many more changes that are coming.Sending a family photograph to friends and loved ones is an easy way to share your pride in your family. But more importantly, as the years pa... More >>


Toast to this trifecta of wonderful wines to share at holiday celebrations
(BPT) - As the weather cools and the fireplace whets your appetite for comfort and relaxation, thoughts naturally turn to friends, family, good food and drinks ... enjoyable moments this season so notably brings. Whether you plan to be the host or a guest at the festivities, you can make a lasting ... More >>


How small businesses can capitalize on the holiday shopping season
(BPT) - For entrepreneurs and small businesses owners, the holiday season offers an incredible opportunity to boost sales and increase the bottom line. Just like how the early bird gets the worm, starting holiday promotions early will position your business for optimum growth.Polishing your online ... More >>


Tree trimming 101: Dazzling decorating easy as 1-2-3
(BPT) - Shiny silver and gold, the warm glow of lights, dazzling bursts of color - O Christmas tree, your magic helps fill our homes with laughter and love during this merriest of seasons. And while gathering together to trim the tree is a beloved family tradition for many of us, let's be honest; f... More >>


5 fun and cool ways to make extra money for the holidays
(BPT) - Brace yourself — the holidays are coming, and so are post-holiday bills. How will you cope with yours?Last year, Americans spent an average of more than $800 per person on holiday shopping, according to the National Retail Federation. In 2016, nearly 700,000 people will take seasonal ... More >>


Talking turkey: It's platter season
(BPT) - What's your idea of the perfect Thanksgiving meal? A big family buffet, or perhaps an intimate evening with a few close friends? Thanksgiving brings us together from near and far for all sorts of fun-filled traditions that are uniquely our own. And while those traditions may vary somewhat a... More >>


10 time-saving tips for the holidays
(BPT) - The holidays are magical, but all that fun and festiveness can eat up a lot of your time. Don't let the joy of the season be overshadowed by a hectic schedule and too many to-do's. These 10 simple tips and tricks will help you save time so you can focus on what really matters.1. Host a deco... More >>


The best Halloween decorations to spook guests [Video]
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Too much gobble, gobble? 6 steps to better digestion this holiday season
(BPT) - Cheer and goodwill aren't the only things Americans share during the holiday season. We also swap germs, overindulge in seasonal foods and spirits, and stew in stress - all of which can lead to digestive woes.You know you'll have to work hard at self-control if you don't want the numbers on... More >>


Holiday entertaining tips guaranteed to help hosts impress guests
(BPT) - The holiday season is packed with social events big and small. What makes some more memorable than others? The extra thought and special touches from the host or hostess.Cookbook author and entertaining expert Gaby Dalkin recently teamed up with the Paper & Packaging - How Life Unfolds ... More >>


Freedom is not free: Remembering our soldiers' sacrifices this Veterans Day
(BPT) - When U.S. Navy Lt. John McGrath took off on his 178th mission over North Vietnam at the age of 27, he had no idea it would end his life as a free man for more than six years. His plane was struck by anti-aircraft fire, tearing the wing and forcing him to eject from the aircraft. With a frac... More >>


5 headache-free holiday hosting tips
(BPT) - There's a reason the holidays are called the most wonderful time of the year. It's an opportunity to reconnect with loved ones over delicious food and shared traditions. But playing hostess can sometimes feel more like a burden rather than a blessing. This year, keep your holiday gathering ... More >>


'Tis the season for charitable giving: 5 tips for savvy donors
(BPT) - While many people may be thinking of pumpkins, apple picking and football in the fall, this time of year also marks the beginning of the holiday giving season.Savvy donors understand the practical benefit of giving before the end of the calendar year - to ensure credit is received on their ... More >>


Sentimental gift ideas with lasting meaning
(BPT) - The newest gadgets and gizmos are popular gifts for both young and old. However, as quickly as these items gain notoriety, they just as quickly lose it. Soon they are forgotten or replaced.More people desire to create a gift-giving experience that will always be remembered. That's why senti... More >>


Smart ways to create calm as you rush from holiday to holiday
(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 holid... More >>


Say yes to 'ho-ho-ho' and no to holiday allergies
(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?Granted, certain times of year are more allergen-filled than others, but the truth is, allergy symptoms can hit you in any season - even the holiday se... More >>


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,... More >>



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