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  • Real Estate

    How to create the perfect, four-season outdoor living space

    (BPT) - Creating an outdoor living space will give you an extra "room" to enjoy in all types of weather, even as the temperatures drop. You can start small with an inexpensive patio set and charcoal grill on a new deck, go all out with a fully installed kitchen, fireplace and living room, or something in between. It depends on your budget and how you plan to use the space.

  • Pets

    Top 9 reasons to adopt a dog

    (BPT) - If you're thinking of adding a four-legged friend to your family, adopting is a great way to go. Whether you find a purebreed or a mutt, an older dog or a puppy, you will be saving a life while adding immeasurably to your own.

  • Home Decorating

    5 low-cost decorating ideas to breathe new life into your lovely Eastern home

    (BPT) - Craving a change in your home décor but don’t have the budget to hire an interior designer or do a major remodel? No problem! This year the trends involve natural materials, handmade accents, and rich colors. It’s about bringing the outside in, making your home a haven of peace and calm, and creating a sense of comfortable, lived-in style that’s inviting to your family and friends alike. Best of all? You can do it all with change to spare.

Top Story

5 tips for staying calm, cool and collected when you're always on the go

(BPT) - No matter what you’re chasing or up against — goals, bargains, chores, deadlines, your kids, etc. — life can be crazy. There never seems to be enough time to check everything off your to-do list, especially if you’re always on the go. Here are some tips and tricks for keeping your sanity while managing your busy lifestyle:

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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

Tuesday 10/16/2018
Center Offers Hope and Help for Binge Eating Disorder
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:08 am

(NewsUSA) - Many individuals who struggle with food and weight may be undiagnosed with the mental health illness of binge eating disorder (BED), according to a leading health pscychologist.

Take a road trip through Arkansas for the best fall foliage views
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:24 am

(BPT) - With vibrant colors, crisp air and unmatched natural beauty, autumn is one of the most popular times of the year to visit Arkansas. During the months of October and November, The Natural State is the ideal destination for a long weekend trip to experience some of the most vibrant fall foliage in the U.S. Whether you’re traveling as a family, taking a couples retreat or exploring solo, consider driving along these scenic routes and enjoying the historic towns, state parks and nature trails along the way:

Oh deer! How to keep hungry herbivores out of your yard all year-round
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:18 am

(BPT) - Few sights make homeowners more furious than an attractive landscape destroyed virtually overnight by hungry deer. Rose bushes and ornamentals? Nipped off every bud. Expensive shrubs? Browsed within an inch of their lives. Trees? Damaged, disfigured and sometimes dead.

4 simple ways to highlight your smile
Posted: October 16, 2018

4 Formas Sencillas Para Resaltar Tu Sonrisa
Posted: October 16, 2018

Make your tailgating party the hotspot
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:23 am

(BPT) - Tailgates down! Portable grills are full of mascot-stamped brats ready to be washed down by the contents of ice cold coolers. The scene includes enough family and friends to leave no leftovers behind. Rivalry-fueled rhetoric, bag toss tournaments and face painting mark one of the most anticipated traditions of the year.

5 tips to plan the perfect game day
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:22 am

(BPT) - You’ve waited all summer for this but now it’s finally here again — the sports season trifecta. That’s right, football season, post-season baseball, the return of hockey and new professional and college basketball seasons on the horizon are all happening at once. It’s a sports-lover’s dream and for you there’s no better way to spend the upcoming weekends than at home watching your favorite team play. But is the environment in which you and your friends enjoy the game up to the level of the event itself? If it isn’t, consider these five tips to up your in-home game-day experience this year:

Storms And Flooding Require A Fast, Effective Mold And Odor Solution
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:16 am

(NAPSI)—Storms and flooding are resulting in widespread occurrences of mold, mildew and associated foul odors. The CDC and FEMA both advise the need to treat flooded structures as soon as possible to help prevent mold development.

After Stroke Strikes, What Comes Next?
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:13 am

American Stroke Association highlights importance of rehabilitation after a stroke this World Stroke Day

Tips for Keeping Baby Safe and Happy in the Car
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

(StatePoint) When it comes to car travel, families know that keeping baby safe and happy is essential, and understanding the latest expert recommendations is one of the best ways to help keep children as safe as possible.

Monday 10/15/2018
Extend the Life of Your Outboard Engine with These Storage Tips
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:09 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.

Forget 'wine rules': 4 unconventional wine pairings for guys
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:22 am

(BPT) - Have you ever looked at a wine list and wished it actually told you what the wine tastes like? Have you ever wanted wine connoisseurs to stop swirling and sniffing, and just take a big sip? Well, you’re not alone. And American craft wine, The Federalist, and Dan Dunn want to do something about it.

Find out what destinations are trending, hot and undiscovered for the holidays [Video]
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:23 am

Even During School Year, Fun Reading Important for Kids
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:08 am

(NewsUSA) - Most young kids love reading, but when the busy school year starts, it can be challenging to find the time to encourage them to read for fun.

Top 9 reasons to adopt a dog
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:17 am

(BPT) - If you're thinking of adding a four-legged friend to your family, adopting is a great way to go. Whether you find a purebreed or a mutt, an older dog or a puppy, you will be saving a life while adding immeasurably to your own.

Cultural Center Breathes Life into Historic School
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:08 am

(NewsUSA) - A former Nevada school for Indian children continues its mission of education, but now as a museum and educational center for tribal arts and culture.

LASIK: Why it's important to talk with your eye doctor
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:20 am

(BPT) - If you’re thinking about LASIK, or any other vision correction procedure, you’ve probably come across this advice: “Talk to your doctor.”

What You Need to Know This Medicare Enrollment Season
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:09 am

(NewsUSA) - It's that time of year when people with Medicare review their health insurance choices and enroll in a Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug plan for the coming year.

Together, We Can (And Must) End Family Fire
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:08 am

by Rev. Dr. Rob Schenck

Are You a Job-Seeking Veteran? What to Know
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:07 am

(StatePoint) With the veteran unemployment rate at a record low, many who have served in the military are now in the driver’s seat when it comes to civilian job hunting. This is in part because employers understand that veterans bring a wealth of translatable skills and experience to the workforce, including leadership, teamwork and attention to detail.

3 Reasons Women Should Consider a Career in Small Business
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:07 am

(StatePoint) Talented, dedicated and ambitious women’s entrepreneurial spirits increasingly are driving the nation forward.

Saturday 10/13/2018
Celebrating Halloween Safely With Dogs
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:18 am

(StatePoint) Over half of pet parents plan to dress up their dogs for Halloween, according to a Wag! survey. 

Friday 10/12/2018
Medicare Part D: 3 factors that could save you money
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:13 am

(BPT) - Many people are surprised to find out that Original Medicare doesn’t generally cover prescription drugs. For help with the cost of your medications, you can choose a stand-alone Part D plan or a Medicare Advantage plan with prescription coverage.

Are Americans saving enough for retirement?
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:22 am

(BPT) - The answer you get to this question will depend on who you ask. The amount households have accumulated for retirement is not hotly debated, but the amount needed in retirement is. The Investment Company Institute (ICI) is working to make sure that everyone has the facts through its new website — FactsOnRetirement.org. Much of the academic research and the ICI’s analysis of the retirement data indicate that most Americans are properly preparing for retirement, and with some very small changes, the retirement system can be even stronger.

Preparing For Motherhood: How To Protect Your Health And Your Growing Baby
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:13 am

(NAPSI)—Pregnancy is an exciting time, from decorating the nursery to reading every parenting book available. The most important thing expecting moms can do for themselves and their baby is to protect their health throughout pregnancy. Start by being aware of what the science says about preventing common conditions that can emerge during pregnancy and about daily supplements that can support your baby’s development.

Thursday 10/11/2018
Don't Let Hodgkin Lymphoma Hold You Back: Jennifer's Story of Perseverance May Help Newly Diagnosed Patients
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:13 am

(BPT) - Jennifer Hoodless was in the prime of her life (37) when she was diagnosed with Stage 3 classical Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer that can affect younger people. A schoolteacher, wife, and mother of five young children who prided herself on living a healthy life, Jennifer was shocked when she learned of her disease.

3 alarming places where germs are hiding in your kitchen
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:23 am

(BPT) - Your kitchen may look clean, but here’s the dirt on what’s really happening. Although a quick daily clean might keep some of the bacteria at bay, it’s important to remember that germs are lurking in the dark corners often overlooked! Since the kitchen tends to be where family and friends congregate, not only is it alarming to discover that things may not be as clean as you thought they were, bacteria can come in contact with the food you eat. That raises your risk of getting sick.

Microsoft Destaca La Innovacion Y La Transformacion Cultural
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:07 am

(NewsUSA) - Microsoft se unirá a Hispanicize LA por segundo año consecutivo. El evento, diseñado para creadores de tendencias y creadores de noticias latinos, tendrá lugar en Los ?ngeles del 11 al 13 de octubre, y dos ejecutivos de Microsoft abordarán algunas de las últimas innovaciones e ilustrarán la transformación cultural en Microsoft.

The best way to buy beauty products without stepping in a store
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:22 am

(BPT) - Mobile, social and e-commerce platforms as well as augmented reality have infinitely changed the way consumers research and shop for the things they need. Even with all of that information, buying beauty products online can be tricky.

Supporting Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:22 am

(BPT) - Within the sea of pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there is a wealth of information about early diagnosis, the newest treatments, and how to find support for a loved one who might be affected by the disease. While this information is critical, it is equally important that we recognize the 155,000 people living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC), the most advanced form of the disease. MBC is when the cancer has spread beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes to other parts of the body such as the brain or the bones. It is important that MBC patients receive information relevant to them and that they are empowered to take an active role in their treatment in order to receive the best possible care.

Busted: 5 of the biggest holiday myths
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:20 am

(BPT) - Holiday fantasies are not just for children. It turns out grownups actually celebrate the holidays living by their own set of myths, and they probably don’t even know it.

Reduce Your Risk Of Stroke
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:13 am

(NAPSI)—An estimated 2.7 million Americans are living with a condition that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. Fortunately, a leading health organization is working to help these individuals reduce their risk of developing such dangerous conditions.

Bringing Baby Home
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:16 am

5 tips to prepare for a newborn’s arrival

5 Steps to Incorporate Universal Design
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:16 am

(Family Features) As more homeowners opt to remodel their current homes for accessibility and safety, those concerns are taken into consideration especially for kitchens or bathrooms.

Trick-or-Treat for a Cause
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:16 am

(Family Features) Orange pumpkins on doorsteps and orange candy corn in buckets are iconic staples of Halloween, but the season can be about more than fun and treats.

Tips for Turning History into Your Story
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:15 am

(Family Features) If you have ever thought about exploring your family history, now can be the perfect time as October is National Family History Month. To get started, these four simple tips can help you unlock new understanding and make meaningful connections. You can also consider sharing these tips with loved ones so they can join in on the fun, too.

Family Favorites from Tree to Table
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

(Family Features) Getting the whole family around the dinner table every evening can be hard. Feeding your family meals that incorporate high-quality ingredients and are also delicious can be even harder. Sometimes, though, that special ingredient you’re looking for can already be in your pantry.

Switch Up Your Game Day Menu
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

(Family Features) Burgers and dogs may be typical game day grub, but a lineup that never changes can get tiresome a few weeks into the season. Infuse new energy and homemade favorites into your game day menu so you can enjoy great games and good eats for a winning combination.

Eat Healthy with Seafood
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

(Family Features) Eating healthy isn’t always easy, and when your family is rushing around in the evenings it can seem like a daunting task to put a well-balanced, nutritious meal on the table.

4 Tips for Traveling with Your Furry Friend
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:14 am

(Family Features) It comes as no surprise that the “workaholic” mindset of many Americans can affect people’s willingness to take vacation days for traveling. However, work isn’t the only culprit hindering American’s travel. A study by Project: Time Off found the three top reasons why people don’t use their vacation days to travel are cost, children and pets.

Now is the Time to Address Your Hearing Health
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:14 am

(Family Features) If you find yourself constantly turning up the volume on the TV or asking people to repeat themselves, you’re not alone. In fact, 1 in 5 Americans – nearly 50 million people – ages 12 and older have hearing loss, according to the Hearing Health Foundation.

5 Ways to Show Your Cats You Love Them
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:09 am

(Family Features) Cats take on so many different roles within their owners’ lives and families, such as cuddle buddies, emotional support animals, quiet companions and purring playmates. Each furry feline deserves the best, so as a cat owner, it’s important to shower your pet with love and make him feel special all year round.

Fall for a Flavorful Cheese Board
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:11 am

(Family Features) Some of the most beloved flavors are inspired during the fall, and there are few better ways to enjoy the season’s best than with a group of friends and family. Get ready to wow guests with seasonal treats that invite everyone to indulge in fall flavors.

Simple Yet Stunning
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

Set the menu for easy entertaining

6 Meals to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

Try these authentic and traditional recipes to celebrate Hispanic heritage with flavor

Creative Seafood Solutions
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

(Family Features) When it comes to cooking up creative meals for the family, finding inspiration for new flavors while maintaining nutrition is typically a primary goal.

Italian-Inspired Dishes
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

Delightful dining that honors heritage

There is No One-Size-Fits-All Breast Cancer
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:15 am

(Family Features) Breast cancer. It is a simple phrase representing a complex journey thousands of women travel each year. Even during October, when Breast Cancer Awareness Month brings attention to the disease, many people don’t realize breast cancer is not just one disease; it’s extremely complex and classified into different types. Understanding the many types of breast cancer is important – not just for the 1-in-8 women who will be diagnosed in their lifetime, – but for those who love them, too.¹

5 Easy Ways to Add Colorful Curb Appeal
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:15 am

(Family Features) Before the dull and dreary days of winter set in, you still have plenty of time to update your home’s curb appeal with pops of color that add a cheerful touch to offset the oncoming gray weather.