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    Looking to Buy a Home? 2020 May Be Your Year

    (StatePoint) If buying a home is on your near-future to-do list, experts say that 2020 may be a good year to make it happen. Mortgage interest rates are near historic lows, providing you with the opportunity to finance a new home purchase at a much lower cost.

  • Pets

    Giving The Gift Of Love

    (NAPSI)—Most people would agree, the best gift during the holidays—and all year round—is the gift of love. For thousands of families, that means welcoming a puppy into their home. For those considering getting a new best friend for themselves or someone else, remember that choosing a puppy is a big decision. It’s also one you should think about carefully—for both your sake and the dog’s.

  • Home Decorating

    2020 Interior Design Trends on the Horizon

    (StatePoint) The beginning of the new year is a natural time to think about refreshing the look of your home, and in 2020, “cozy” and “warm” are trending keywords for interior design, according to experts, with luxurious textiles, inviting color palettes, and warm mixed metals found across all design styles.

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Friday 01/17/2020
Hollywood Legends Recruit Military Caregiver Champions
Posted: January 17, 2020

(NAPSI)—Academy Award winner Tom Hanks is rallying the nation behind America’s military caregivers with help from the legacy of a legend, Bob Hope. Hanks launched the Military Caregiver Champion program with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation to fund resources for the 5.5 million Americans voluntarily caring for a loved one who was wounded, made ill or injured through military service. Hope’s daughter, Linda Hope, was the first to join the campaign, donating $1 million on behalf of the Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation.

Expanded Pre-AP Access Coming To A School Near You Next Fall
Posted: January 17, 2020

(NAPSI)—Exciting changes for students are coming to the College Board’s Pre-AP Program in the 2020-21 school year. After two years of partnership with more than 200 schools, the Pre-AP Program is expanding nationwide, making the program available to all schools and giving more students the opportunity to grow and prepare for college and career.

Thursday 01/16/2020
6 hacks for savvy parents to save time and money
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 2:49 am

(BPT) - Whether it's your first child or you've been around the baby block a few times before, having an infant in your life is an unforgettable experience. While there are countless joys you'll cherish forever, there are also a few challenges you'll likely face along the way.

Tips to prepare you and your loved ones for an emergency
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 2:49 am

(BPT) - Fires can occur when you least expect it, leaving little time to plan your escape, so the time to prepare for an emergency isn’t when your alarm sounds. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), only 32% of American households have actually developed and practiced an emergency escape plan. Make time to sit down with your family to plan and practice what you would do in case of a fire or carbon monoxide (CO) emergency. Consider the following tips when helping to prepare yourself and your loved ones:

Criminals target the connected home: Simple steps to stay safe
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - From smart coffee makers and vacuums to controlling your home with the touch of a button, connectivity reigns king in 2020. Smart devices in homes are on the rise, which means there has never been more digital connectivity for Americans. It also means there has never been more opportunity for savvy criminals looking to hack your devices.

The secret to healthy weight loss [Video]
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 2:47 am

Swiping payment cards at the pump could put your card information at risk
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 2:53 am

(BPT) - Have you paid for gas recently at the pump where you’ve had to swipe your credit or debit card?

Three ways to give youth hockey a boost in your hometown
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 2:49 am

(BPT) - Enrollment in youth hockey is at an all-time high in communities across the country. According to USA Hockey, a record 567,908 players registered to play in the 2018-2019 season, with 356,760 of those players ages 16 and younger.

Wednesday 01/15/2020
How to protect yourself from fraud this year
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 2:49 am

(BPT) - With a new decade upon us, it is natural to look to the past on lessons learned. When looking at cybercrime, criminals have advanced their techniques over the past 10 years and have become adept at stealing personal information and scamming innocent people. While we can’t control what they do, we can continue being smart and vigilant in protecting sensitive information like account numbers, expiration dates and three-digit security codes on the back of payment cards.

School Choice Combines Nature And Nuture for Success
Posted: January 15, 2020

(NewsUSA) - How important is a child's learning environment to his or her success, and how important are his or her natural gifts? School choice offers a nuanced response to the proverbial nature vs. nurture question, recognizing the role of both in a child's success and happiness.

How to Get Your Taxes Done Without Stepping into an Office [Video]
Posted: January 15, 2020

Good Health Reset
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—A good health reset can happen any time of the year. It simply takes a commitment to making small, sustainable changes that add up to impactful, healthy habits. Dr. Samara Sterling with The Peanut Institute says it’s best to begin by concentrating on the good habits you already follow.

Trees Not Tombstones: New Options For End-of-Life
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—The vast majority of Americans have not completed their end-of-life planning. In fact, over half of those age 45-plus have done no end-of-life planning at all, according to a recent survey conducted by Better Place Forests, the country’s first sustainable alternative to cemeteries for families that choose cremation.

How to Troubleshoot Your Technology Issues
Posted: January 15, 2020

(StatePoint) If you’re like most people, you’ve spent more time than you’re willing to admit troubleshooting a technology issue with any one of the many devices in your connected home. Did you know that the average person owns at least 10 connected devices from Macs and PCs, smartphones, tablets and printers, to voice assistants, video doorbells and even home automation systems? 

5 Tips to Help Older Adults Be Healthier in 2020
Posted: January 15, 2020

(StatePoint) For many, the new year is about establishing goals for the year ahead. But where should you start? As we age, an increasing number of us link our emotional and physical well-being to our overall health. After all, you can’t do the things you’d like if you aren’t healthy.

3 Financial Planning Trends to Look for in 2020
Posted: January 15, 2020

(StatePoint) The latest financial planning trends anticipated by industry experts will have important implications for consumers.

Resolve to Make Real Nutrition a New Year Priority
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 2:50 am

(Family Features) A new year signals a chance to renew your commitment to healthier eating, but many of the most popular diets, like the keto diet and paleo diet, eliminate entire food groups, which can cause you to fall short on nutrients you need.

Beat Sugar Addiction for Better Weight Loss Results
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 2:50 am

(Family Features) If your weight loss goals keep falling flat despite your best intentions, it may be due to an addiction you don’t even know you have. An addiction to sugar doesn’t mean that you can’t resist a slice of chocolate cake; it’s a true physiological addiction.

5 Tips for Staying on Track in the New Year
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 2:50 am

(Family Features) While many people often wish maintaining good health was as easy as following an equation, health doesn’t have a start or end date. Once the allure of the new year wears off, it can be easy to let those resolutions go by the wayside.

Easy Ethnic Enchiladas
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 2:50 am

(Culinary.net) If your family is looking for a simple way to serve up a south-of-the-border classic, this Enchilada Casserole can be your ticket to a warm, filling meal.

Kick Off the New Year with 8 Better-for-You Recipes
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 2:50 am

(Family Features) A commitment to eating better-for-you foods and living a healthier lifestyle in the new year doesn’t need to break the bank.

How to Start a Keto Diet
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 2:50 am

(Family Features) Starting a keto diet continues to be one of the leading trends in nutrition, though many find the transition to be daunting. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RDN, Quest Nutrition spokesperson and former nutrition lead for the Cleveland Clinic, recommends these guidelines for a day on the meal plan to help you get started. Find more information at questketo.com.

Go Long on Game Day
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 2:50 am

Ready-for-action recipes to feed fans

A Classic, Slow-Cooked Meal
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 2:50 am

(Culinary.net) Whether you’re looking for a family meal or a dish to feed a different type of crowd, taking advantage of kitchen tools like your slow cooker can help take the effort out of preparation. Flavored using cranberries and oranges, this Cranberry-Orange Pork Loin is a classic dish that’s perfect for entertaining any type of group.

Help Yourself to Healthier Hummus
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 2:50 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re hosting a houseful of guests or simply keeping your family’s hunger at bay before dinner, appetizers can be a home chef’s best friend. Simple options like dips allow for personalization while keeping cook time to a minimum.

Put Safety First
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 2:50 am

Tips for using power tools like a pro

Starting a Home Remodeling Project
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 2:50 am

7 tips for choosing a qualified contractor

Refresh Your Child’s Diet with Low-Sugar Options
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Many families look to the new year as a time to reset their eating habits and focus on making healthier choices. However, adults aren’t the only ones who could use a menu refresh as children may also need to focus on healthier food choices.

Tech Gifts Can Make Resolutions a Reality
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) While many people who make New Year's resolutions drop them within a couple weeks or months, pulling those newly received tech device gifts out of the packaging and putting them to good use may be just the help you need to keep your resolutions on track.

Save Money Through Energy Efficiency
Posted: January 15, 2020

(Family Features) As much as half of the average homeowner’s monthly utility expenses go toward cooling and heating, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). For many households, that makes energy the largest home-related expense each month, next to a mortgage payment.

Resolve to Be a Healthier You
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) While traveling more, losing weight and quitting bad habits are annually among some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, the turn of the calendar does represent a perfect opportunity to better yourself in multiple ways.

How to Create a More Functional Laundry Room
Posted: January 15, 2020

(Family Features) A laundry room may be one of the spaces that you use the most, but cramped quarters and clutter can hinder your productivity. Eliminate the excuses and get your laundry room under control with these tips to add function to your washing routine.

Make the Most of Your Bathroom Renovation
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) Adding additional bathroom space to your home or renovating an outdated lavatory can improve your home’s usability and increase its value, too. To get the most practical benefits and value out of your new space, there are several factors to consider.

Bring New Life to Your Kitchen with Color
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) Just as filling your plate with colorful foods is typically good for your body, filling your kitchen with color can be good for the soul. In fact, color is an important element in interior design not only for its aesthetic value, but also because it can shape perceptions and emotions.

Top 10 Travel Destinations to Start the New Decade
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) For many, traveling offers an opportunity to disconnect from the everyday and experience new places and cultures. With the beginning of a new decade, it is the perfect time to start deciding your next travel adventures.

Winter Skin Care 101
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 2:46 am

(Family Features) Cold weather can take a real toll on your skin. Dry skin can lead to discomfort and, if neglected, can affect your skin's elasticity and trigger outbreaks of irritated skin.

5 Ways to Improve Your Heart Health
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 2:46 am

(Family Features) If you worry that you or someone you love will get heart disease or even have a heart attack, it’s understandable.

Welcome a 4-Legged Family Member with Care
Posted: January 15, 2020

Tips for a successful, lifelong pet adoption

Celebrate Agriculture
Posted: January 15, 2020

7 ag-focused ways to get involved

5 Tips to Refresh Your Home in the New Year
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 2:46 am

(Family Features) Each new year gives you the chance to reset and start new routines. When you’re considering new approaches to healthy living – whether eliminating or adding habits to improve your daily life – beginning with your home is an optimal choice.

30 Minutes to Mealtime
Posted: January 15, 2020

(Family Features) Variety certainly is the spice of life, but after a long day, it’s easy to get stuck in a mealtime rut and turn to the same dishes each week. With fast-paced lifestyles, many families are left with little time to come up with new, creative meals.

Better Balance for Every Day
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 2:46 am

Resolve to make nutritious eating a priority

New Year, New Family Habits
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 2:46 am

Simple ideas to make healthy eating easier

A Comforting Casserole
Posted: January 15, 2020

(Culinary.net) Almost nothing says comfort food quite like a freshly baked casserole. Next time your family asks for a warm, comforting meal, try this Rotisserie Chicken-Biscuit Casserole with just a handful of ingredients and less than 15 minutes of cook time.

Tuesday 01/14/2020
Get your glow on: 6 tips to make your skin and hair shine
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - Face it, winter is brutal for your skin and hair. Between the harsh, cold wind outside and the dry, overheated air inside, it’s hard to look your best all winter long. On top of that, everyone tends to overindulge in unhealthy food and drinks during the winter months. Fortunately, there are strategies you can use to enhance your looks while boosting your body’s natural ability to fight off the ill effects of winter.

Distracted driving: It's not what you think [Infographic]
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 2:53 am

(BPT) - Think cell phones are the only distraction on the road? Think again. Eighty-seven percent of fatal distraction-affected crashes did not involve cell phones. MetLife Auto & Home’s recent survey reveals the most common misperceptions of distracted driving and provides an inside look into drivers’ attitudes and behaviors behind the wheel.

3 Tips for Greater Financial Health and Happiness in 2020
Posted: January 14, 2020

(StatePoint) What tops most New Year’s resolutions lists? You guessed it. Greater health and happiness. But what most Americans don’t consider is that financial health can be equally, if not more important to overall happiness than other resolutions, such as starting a new diet or joining a gym.

Middle Market Companies Upgrading Technology to Drive Growth
Posted: January 14, 2020

(StatePoint) Technology and talent are key drivers of future growth, middle market executives say in a new survey.

Monday 01/13/2020
Destress by bringing the outdoors in
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 2:51 am

(BPT) - This year you might have goals like ramping up your workout routine, increasing your self-care regimen or finding time to de-stress.