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  • Real Estate

    Paint like a pro in 5 easy steps

    (BPT) - Nothing transforms a home quite like a fresh coat of paint. In fact, painting your own house is one of the smartest and easiest DIY upgrades a homeowner can accomplish on their own.

  • Pets

    How To House-train Your Dog

    (NAPSI)—If you're a pet parent to any of the country's estimated 78 million dogs, here's how to make house-training easier for both you and your pet.

  • Kitchen Bed Bath

    How to Defeat Clogged Drains

    (StatePoint) Whether you’re a homeowner or a renter, clogged drains are likely to affect your bathroom and kitchen sinks every so often as a result of soap residue, hair and skin flakes, food particles, dirt and accumulated gunk.

Top Story

Is Your Retirement Income Protected? 9 Questions to Ask

(StatePoint) When it comes to retirement planning, anxiety comes with the territory. Will you be able to maintain your lifestyle in retirement? Will you have enough to cover your monthly bills without depleting your savings? Are you at risk of outliving your money? While such concerns are common among Americans approaching retirement, protecting part of the money that you’ve saved to ensure monthly income for life can make a difference in your confidence about the future, suggests a new study.

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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 >>




Recent Headlines

Wednesday 06/20/2018
Don't Let a Vacation Derail Your Diet
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:54 am

(StatePoint) Vacation season is here and it’s no surprise that what you eat can have an impact on your weight. In a study from the University of Georgia, 61 percent of the participants gained weight while on vacation, with an average gain of 0.7 pounds. Some even gained up to 7 pounds.

Tuesday 06/19/2018
Protecting your peace of mind, and your bottom line
Posted: June 19, 2018

(BPT) - How big is your retirement nest egg? Is there a chance you could outlive it? Even if you're socking money into your 401(k) every paycheck like clockwork, that's a question worth pondering. Americans are living longer, more active, younger lives. They say that 60 is the new 40, and if you look around at who we used to call "senior citizens," you'll see people in their prime. That's the good news.

Paint like a pro in 5 easy steps
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - Nothing transforms a home quite like a fresh coat of paint. In fact, painting your own house is one of the smartest and easiest DIY upgrades a homeowner can accomplish on their own.

Travel spotlight: Titletown is a touchdown for sports enthusiasts
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:59 am

(BPT) - Some travel trends come and go, but others have staying power. Sports-themed travel is gaining momentum in 2018, and experts predict that it's only going to get bigger. If you like the thrill of competition, the history of the game and the joy of being a fan, consider sports-themed destinations for your next vacation.

Need a break from summer break? [Infographic]
Posted: June 19, 2018

(BPT) - Moms love spending time with their kids during summer break, but sometimes the extra chaos at home can leave them needing a break of their own.

Classic cardigan? 5 tips for caring for your vintage wardrobe
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - As environmentally aware Americans join the movement to reduce, reuse and recycle, many are turning to the past to find unique, well-made vintage pieces to complement their wardrobes.

4 Tips for Paying for College While Saving for Retirement
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:57 am

(StatePoint) Saving for retirement and college simultaneously is a balancing act that many families face. However, experts say these goals don’t have to be in competition with each other. To manage both priorities, consider the following tips.

What You Need to Know Before Firing up the Grill
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:54 am

(StatePoint) Summer is officially here and with seven in 10 U.S. adults owning a grill or smoker, according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, for many, that means it’s time to cook up mouth-watering dishes and invite friends and family over for a barbeque.

Monday 06/18/2018
Simple ways to earn extra money without owning a car
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 3:00 am

(BPT) - Whether you’re new to a city and are getting on your feet, or you don’t want the commitment of a longtime lease or loan, there are countless ways to put some dough in your pocket without the need to purchase a car. Working with a flexible schedule doesn't necessarily mean that you need to be tied to traditional car ownership. Here are five simple ways to make money on your own time.

Keep Kids Busy With A Summertime PLAYlist
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:54 am

(NAPSI)—When school’s out, it’s up to parents and caregivers to keep kids busy. Instead of waiting to hear the dreaded “I’m bored,” families can be prepared with fun activities to ensure children are playing and learning all vacation long.

How to Defeat Clogged Drains
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:56 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re a homeowner or a renter, clogged drains are likely to affect your bathroom and kitchen sinks every so often as a result of soap residue, hair and skin flakes, food particles, dirt and accumulated gunk.

Top Tips and Decluttering Insights for Your Next Move
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:57 am

(StatePoint) Moving can be emotional and the ways you manage it – including the downsizing of your possessions – may be influenced by your age, suggests a new study.

Sunday 06/17/2018
Top tips to help first-timers navigate the fast-paced housing market
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - Across the U.S., the housing market is picking up pace moving into the peak of the summer homebuying season.

Friday 06/15/2018
3 simple ways to create the party deck of the summer
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - Cookouts, barbecues, family reunions and more are upon us, and as the coolest neighbor on the cul-de-sac, hosting the summer fun is a no-brainer. Throughout the colder seasons it’s easy to forget about your special role of summer party host, and maybe the dirt and grime on your deck is piled a little bit higher than you had expected. Worry not, for we’ve compiled three simple ways to have your deck and yard ready to go, so you can play host to the cookout of the year.

Don't let the summer sun blind you to this lesser-known skin cancer
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - Most of us look forward to the balmy breezes and cheerful sunshine brought about by spring and summer, especially those of us living in climates where winter is long, gloomy and bitterly cold. Yet as we get our shorts, polo shirts and swimsuits out of storage, it’s important to remind ourselves to stay sun smart and vigilant against skin cancer.

Keep entertaining fun and easy with a make-your-own-pizza party
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:54 am

(BPT) - Pizza night is something the whole family can look forward to, especially after a long week of work, school and activities. Fortunately, pizza night doesn't need to be fussy or a lot of work. And for parents of picky eaters, it’s a great way to help kids get a balanced meal by incorporating vegetables into a food that they love. One of the easiest ways to enjoy time with the family on pizza night is to get everyone involved in decorating the “rainbow pizza”!

5 things you probably didn't know about women's baseball and the 2018 Women's Baseball World Cup
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:55 am

Heart Failure Doesn't Take a Summer Vacation
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:55 am

(BPT) - While most Americans are excited about a summer full of fun activities like travel, swimming and gatherings with friends and family, for those living with heart failure, their condition doesn’t take a vacation.

Understanding ovulation and the best days to conceive
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:55 am

(BPT) - Many women trying to conceive are confused about their period, the 28-day cycle and when they’re most likely to get pregnant.

Flavorful Foods for Outdoor Family Fun
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) Summer can be jam-packed with camps, family reunions and more, and people can sometimes miss opportunities to enjoy time together. This summer, savor and celebrate those simple yet memorable backyard moments with friends and family that make the season unforgettable.

Host a Better-for-You Barbecue
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) A traditional backyard barbecue is typically filled with a wide array of tempting foods that make it hard to keep a healthy eating plan on track. With a few simple modifications to your menu, you can transform your grilling party into a spread of better-for-you foods you can still enjoy.

Crowd-Pleasing Summer Entertaining
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) If you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, game night or TV show marathon with friends this summer, it’s helpful to have a plan in mind before diving in.

Encourage Healthy Eating Habits
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) Of the many challenges parents face daily, encouraging healthy eating habits for their children can be one of the most vexing. While the consumption of nutritious foods like vegetables is good for kids while they’re young, it can also serve an important role in encouraging lifelong healthy habits.

Authentic Italian Cuisine Featuring Pesto
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) One of the best times of each day is gathering with family members to enjoy home-cooked meals. Using fresh and versatile ingredients, adults can be at ease that everyone is eating right with a nutritious dinner and kids are eating something delicious and relaxing each evening.

Fresh, Family-Friendly Flavors
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) One of the best parts of warmer weather for many families is the availability of fresh ingredients for meals at home. The unique tastes provide a variety of recipes that can be prepared with everyone in mind, including crisp flavors to help satisfy adults and kids alike.

Raise a Toast
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:54 am

Eye-popping recipes worth sharing

Brighten and Awaken Summer Flavors
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) Summer provides an abundance of delicious, fresh-picked flavors, giving home chefs plenty of opportunities to use them in both classic recipes and newfound favorites. From sides to salads to smoothies and everything in between, summer is all about creating dishes that taste tempting, bright and balanced.

Thursday 06/14/2018
Eat clean this summer: 5 plant-based hacks from a registered dietitian
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:55 am

(BPT) - Jessica Cording, RD Shares Her Tips to Shape Up For Summer

Principales consejos para los padres nuevos en movimiento
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:53 am

(StatePoint) El ser padres no significa frenar tu estilo de vida en movimiento.

DIY dream: 4 cedar project ideas for your home or cottage
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - Americans love their do-it-yourself home improvement projects, and the warmer months can be an excellent time to brush up on your construction skills and complete a woodworking project to grace your home or cottage.

Are you doing enough to stay protected against germs?
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - When it comes to avoiding germs, some people take it to an extreme. They are fastidious about using a paper towel to avoid touching the door in a public bathroom, wipe down every square inch of an airplane seat and can hardly go 15 minutes without re-sanitizing their hands. Some habits, like using your foot to flush the handle on a toilet, or giving a fist-bump instead of a handshake, may make good sense. The fact is there are good reasons to avoid germs and embrace the habits of a germaphobe.

Back to campus? 7 tips for a manageable college move
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 3:00 am

(BPT) - In many areas of the country leaves are turning, apple orchards are attracting crowds, football teams are starting practice and nighttime is bringing a chill to the air. For better or worse, that means college students’ thoughts are turning to studying and everything else that goes with campus life.

Los antibióticos no son siempre la solución
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:53 am

(BPT) - Los CDC instan a las familias a tomar conciencia sobre los antibióticos

Ready for the road? A 10-point checklist for RV'ers
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:53 am

How to Prepare for an Active Shooter Incident in Your Community
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:53 am

(StatePoint) Active shooter incidents are rare. You are 700 times more likely to die in a car crash, for example, than from an active shooter event, according to the National Safety Council. However, these terrifying events are on the rise. Experts say that being prepared can save lives.

Authentic Italian Cuisine
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:54 am

Savory dishes featuring pesto

Eat Well On-the-Go
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:54 am

Perfectly portable watermelon dishes

Add Sizzle to Summer Salads
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) During the warm summer months, salad makes for a refreshing lunch or convenient dinner option that can be delicious and nutritious. With a variety of salad options available, they don’t have to be boring or monotonous.

Make the Most of Summer College Visits
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) For students entering their senior year of high school or current college students considering a transfer, there’s no better way to determine whether a college or university is the right fit than a college visit. Summer is a great time to make those journeys, when campuses are less chaotic and the demands of the school year are on hold.

A Fit, Fun Summer
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:54 am

Make smart fitness choices with post-workout recovery and hydration

Tips for Safe Summer Travel with Pets
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) With warmer weather, people often spend more time on summer trips with family. These trips can be more enjoyable when your four-legged friends tag along, but it can be less of a vacation if your pets are uncomfortable on the road.

8 Tips for Safer Power Tool Performance
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) For many homeowners, a list of seasonal chores and home improvement projects can add up to a whole lot of work. Power tools often get called on for heavy use to whittle away at that list, but the batteries used to power these devices can pose certain risks.

5 Tips for Raising Resilient Kids
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) Parenting, while providing plenty of excitement, comes with a certain set of challenges. With years of outdoor playtime ahead, one of those challenges is ensuring safety while still promoting an adventurous spirit. 

Cool Summertime Kitchen Hacks
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) Summer is a time for relaxing, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. Yet for some, the warmer months can be hectic and busy, and often go by too quickly.

Create an Accessible Lifestyle
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:54 am

Enhance independence with mobility in mind

Welcome the Return of Warm Weather with Farm-to-Table Foods
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) More daylight in the evening, birds chirping in the morning and plants sprouting up from the ground are signs that Spring has sprung. With the return of outdoor activities and sunshine, it's the perfect time to build on your family's healthy habits with farm fresh foods you can trust for quality nutrition.

Summer Learning Activities for Kids
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) Summer may be a break from formal education, but keeping kids excited about learning can be an easy way to keep them active and engaged instead of zoned out on screen time.

Ideas for an On-Trend Bathroom
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Bringing an outdated bathroom into the now is a sure way to infuse value and personal enjoyment into your home.

Healthy Summer Hair Care
Updated: June 20, 2018 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) While the sun, pool days and warmer temperatures are often a welcome change come summer, they can be brutal on your hair. It’s important to give your locks some extra love this season.

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