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    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.

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    Holiday Décor Tips from Interior Designer Genevieve Gorder

    (BPT) - 'Tis the season to eat, drink and entertain. Whether you’re hosting a smaller, more intimate gathering or throwing a grand festive soiree, don’t stress about upping your holiday home décor game — a few small touches will go a long way. In partnership with Scotties Facial Tissues, interior designer and television host Genevieve Gorder is sharing five tips to help you prep for the holiday entertaining season.

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Keep mom, dad and the grands home safe with the latest technology

(BPT) - Technological advancements are helping aging adults stay safe, comfortable and connected as they age in place. And, families can feel more confident about mom, dad and the grands living independently, especially around the holidays.

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Tuesday 12/10/2019
Tech gifts for absolutely everyone on your list
Posted: December 10, 2019

(BPT) - One of the best things about technology today is that there’s a huge variety of items to choose from that can suit anybody on your list, for a surprising range of prices.

Pre-Party Rituals to Look & Feel Your Best This Holiday Season
Posted: December 10, 2019

(BPT) - With the drastic drop in temperatures also comes the most festive time of the year. The holiday season isn’t just the cheeriest time, but also the busiest. With so many upcoming holiday celebrations to look forward to, you’ll want to make sure you not only look your best, but also feel your best! We can all use some extra fuel during the holiday season, so here are a few tips to help you create your own pre-party ritual this holiday season to help you do more all season long!

Supplement struggle: Could biotin affect your medical test results?
Posted: December 10, 2019

(BPT) - If you’ve heard of biotin, you may know that it's growing in popularity due to the thought that it can help improve a person’s hair, skin and nails. In fact, retail sales of supplements containing high doses of biotin climbed 58% between 2014 and 2018, according to Nielsen.[i]

5 ways to refresh your home for the holidays
Posted: December 10, 2019

(BPT) - Tis the season for festive holiday gatherings with family and friends. Whether hosting your first or fifteenth celebration, you want your home to be ready to impress. Here are five simple ways to make sure your home is merry and bright for the holidays.

Children’s Book Holiday Gift Ideas
Posted: December 10, 2019

(NAPSI)—Animals disappearing without a trace? In the first book of the critically acclaimed four-book middle-grade series “The Nocturnals,” we meet three unlikely friends—Dawn, a serious fox; Tobin, a sweet pangolin; and Bismark, the pint-sized sugar glider. When the animals go missing, it’s up to Dawn, Tobin and Bismark to find out why.

Holiday Season Jobs For Students
Posted: December 10, 2019

(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is among America’s estimated 20 million college students, the holidays could include a particular present for you: a great seasonal job.

Giving The Gift Of Love
Posted: December 10, 2019

(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.

Monday 12/09/2019
The must-have gaming gift this holiday season
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - Don’t know what to get the gamer in your life? No idea what the hottest games are, or what gaming products are trending? Don’t despair — there is one gift that any gamer will love, whether they’re a novice or a veteran gaming aficionado.

Selección Best of Prime de Amazon muestra las tendencias principales del año
Posted: December 09, 2019

(BPT) - ¿Cuáles fueron las tendencias principales del 2019? Con más de cien millones de miembros de Prime en todo el mundo, no hay mejor indicador que la selección Best of Prime de Amazon*. Los resultados son particularmente reveladores, porque en el curso del año pasado, se suscribieron mundialmente a Prime más miembros que nunca.

7 tips for holiday road trips with kids
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - Whether the length of your drive is three hours or 30 minutes, it can seem an eternity with a bored child in the car. If you’re planning a road trip with one or more children, plan ahead so you'll have a happy and safe trip, no matter where you’re going.

4 things to do when the tire pressure warning light turns on
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - It’ll happen to every driver and likely at the most inopportune moment — like when you’re running late, on a family road trip or commuting to work. A familiar light will flick on in your car’s dashboard. Sometimes, the low tire pressure indicator can mean it’s time to add more air, caused by regular wear-and-tear or a sudden change in the weather. But other times, the light leads drivers down a road that requires them to buy a new set of tires. So how do you know?

Q&A: How girls can build careers in the video game industry
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - Careers in the video game industry are highly desirable, and for good reason. Working for a video game company can be rewarding, and equally important, turns a favorite pastime into an exciting career. However, for tween and teen girl gamers, the prospect of one day working in the video game industry may seem daunting. While 46% of the U.S. gamer population is female, women account for only 22% of video game developers.

De la semilla al suplemento: detrás de la etiqueta
Posted: December 09, 2019

(BPT) - (BPT) – En la actualidad, y más que nunca antes, los consumidores exigen transparencia en las etiquetas de los productos. Y como la adulteración y contaminación de los alimentos siguen haciendo noticia, la preocupación por la seguridad de alimentos y productos va en aumento.

From Seed to Supplement: Behind the Label
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - More than ever before, consumers today are demanding transparency on product labels. As news about food adulteration and contamination continues to appear in the headlines, the concern for food and product safety is rising.

Top Five Collision Types in Military States [Infographic]
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - Read on for the top five collision types in 10 states with high military presence, and five safe driving tips to help you avoid these costly accidents.

Lighting Up The Holidays For Children In The Hospital
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:40 am

(NAPSI)—The holidays may be the most wonderful time of the year, but the reality is, many children won’t be able to enjoy time with family at home. Instead of shopping for gifts and trimming the tree, countless children will be in the hospital, fighting to get stronger. Missing family traditions. Missing holiday events. Missing waking up to see that Santa has visited.

Where is Your Acne? The Importance of Speaking to a Dermatologist About the Acne on Your Face … and Beyond
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Did you know that acne affects more than 50 million Americans?1 Even though the condition is astoundingly widespread, not everyone experiences acne the same way. While facial acne is the most visible presentation, 52% of people with facial acne are also affected by acne on their back, shoulders and chest.2 That’s why it’s so important to consider not only if you’re breaking out, but where, and be prepared to speak up to your dermatologist.

Holiday Hot Chocolate Made Easy
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - For a warm and cozy moment of holiday relaxation, froth up some delicious hot chocolate spiced with flavors of the season. The Capresso froth Select makes it easy to create rich, frothy hot chocolate using chocolate chips, chunks, syrup or powder.

7 Tips for Using Credit Cards Safely
Posted: December 09, 2019

(StatePoint) Credit cards are a useful tool for managing personal finances and building credit, but they also expose you to a number of risks -- including identity theft and credit card fraud. Thankfully, experts say there are many simple, proactive steps you can take to help protect yourself when using a credit card. Here are seven tips for guarding your credit.

How to find the right balance with pain management
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - If you're facing surgery soon, you may have concerns about pain management. In a 2018 Mayo Clinic survey, 94% of the adults surveyed said that they would choose an alternative to opioids for treatment after surgery, but only 1 in 4 actually talked to their healthcare professional about those alternatives. Successfully managing pain involves much more than treating it with either prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medicine. Recent research has shown that the most effective approach to pain relief is achieved by combining more than one method or therapy.

Saturday 12/07/2019
Solidaridad de veteranos ante complejo diagnóstico de insuficiencia renal
Posted: December 07, 2019

(BPT) - El otoño del 2018 le cambió la vida a Phillip Hayes, sargento mayor de la Fuerza Aérea de los Estados Unidos. La estación no solo marcó su jubilación después de prestar servicio durante 33 años en la Fuerza Aérea. También fue el comienzo de su lucha por la vida. La salud de Phillip había desmejorado durante algún tiempo, pero no esperaba la noticia que le dio el médico: el mal funcionamiento de sus riñones dio como resultado el diagnóstico de enfermedad renal en etapa final (ESKD, por sus siglas en inglés).

Friday 12/06/2019
Eco-friendly gifts for a merrier (and greener) holiday season
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - ‘Tis the season for giving. And with this eco-friendly gift guide, giving greener is easier. Whether you’re shopping for the gardener, techie, alternative energy aficionado or the do-it-yourselfer, this is your go-to resource for gifts that please people and the planet.

5 tech-forward innovations every holiday traveler can look forward to
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - If you're like most, you shudder at the idea of traveling during the holiday season. With all those long lines, tight timetables and crowded spaces, who wouldn’t feel like a Grinch? To add more comfort and joy to your journey, the travel and hospitality industries are quick to embrace innovation and new technology. From the time you hail the airport ride-share to the moment you step outside your hotel for an evening of holiday wonder, here are some travel tech advances to look for this season.

Fuel Your Adventures with Great Coffee on The Road
Posted: December 06, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News -Whether you are in a hotel room, at your desk, in an RV, or by a campfire, it can be difficult to get a good cup of coffee away from home. With the holiday travel season in full swing, travelers are wondering how best to enjoy their morning java while on the go.

How to avoid falling for sweepstakes scams
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - The holiday season brings with it a flurry of cards, ads, email offers and more. It's also a prime time for sweepstakes, giveaways, contests and shopping sprees. Scammers are looking to take advantage of your good cheer, as well as your cluttered mailboxes and inboxes. Be on the lookout for elaborate and realistic-looking messages convincing you that you are the lucky winner of the grand prize.

Holiday Décor Tips from Interior Designer Genevieve Gorder
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - 'Tis the season to eat, drink and entertain. Whether you’re hosting a smaller, more intimate gathering or throwing a grand festive soiree, don’t stress about upping your holiday home décor game — a few small touches will go a long way. In partnership with Scotties Facial Tissues, interior designer and television host Genevieve Gorder is sharing five tips to help you prep for the holiday entertaining season.

Hiring the next-gen employee
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - The U.S. workforce is in the midst of an influx with 65 million workers from Generation Z beginning to look for jobs, according to BridgeWorks Consulting. This group of workers, born after 1997, do not remember a time without the internet and have grown up in a post-2008 recession era of financial responsibility, meaning what motivates them differs greatly from previous generations.

Creative ways to celebrate the holidays together
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - Every year we celebrate beloved holiday traditions with friends and family. While passing on traditions is a hallmark of the season, there’s nothing like taking old favorites and transforming them into something new and exciting — for adults and kids alike!

The critical differences you need to know: Prescription medicine, over-the-counter medicine and dietary supplements
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Seventy-five percent of Americans take dietary supplements, according to a 2018 study by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).i Furthermore, “87 percent [of adults in the United States] have overall confidence in the safety, quality and effectiveness of dietary supplements.”i While the effort to sustain better overall health is commendable, there is skepticism among healthcare experts regarding the medical benefits of dietary supplements.ii Use and promotion of dietary supplements is considerably broader in the United States than other areas of the world.iii

What to Consider Before Buying a Used Car
Posted: December 06, 2019

(StatePoint) When it comes to their next set of wheels, the majority of Americans would consider buying used despite harboring concerns about reliability and necessary repairs, suggests a new survey.

Thursday 12/05/2019
Ways your smartphone can alleviate stress this holiday season
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - The holidays are full of joy and festivities, but the season can also bring hassle and stress. Fortunately, it’s simple to ease holiday headaches and streamline to-do’s when you use your smartphone in a smart way.

Amazon’s Best of Prime Highlights the Year’s Top Trends
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - What were the biggest trends of 2019? With more than one hundred million Prime members around the world, there is no better indicator than Amazon’s Best of Prime.* The results are particularly telling because over the past year, Prime welcomed more members worldwide than ever before.

Spencer’s Story: What to Know About Seizure Clusters
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:40 am

4 home upgrades that are good for the environment
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - Consumers today are more mindful about the environmental impact of everything they do, from driving and traveling to energy usage in their homes. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps homeowners can take to save energy and help the environment.

Tips for surviving the Medicare annual enrollment period
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - Annual enrollment for Medicare ends Dec. 7, so now is the time to check your plan and update coverage for the coming year. While many people stick to the same plan they have used in the past, subtle changes can leave you second guessing what is best for your personal situation.

How to protect your most valuable asset
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - If you're like many Americans, your home may be your most valuable asset. That's why it's so important to protect it with homeowners insurance. Plus, it's probably a requirement of your mortgage. Setting up your coverage the right way starts with understanding the major parts of a homeowners policy.

5 tips for stress-less holiday cleaning
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - Each year, the holiday season brings a flurry of entertaining. From hosting a houseful of out-of-town relatives to formal sit-down dinners to impromptu get-togethers, chances are your schedule — and your home — is brimming with activity.

Tips to prepare your home for winter weather
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - No matter where you live, there are bound to be weather challenges this winter. Your home may suffer damage, minor or major, from the onslaught of colder weather, along with wind, heavy rain, ice storms or even major snow systems. This can affect not only the integrity and value of your home, but may lead to costly repairs down the road. That's why it's smart to prep now, to prevent bigger problems in the future. It's also a good idea to make sure that your home is prepped for spending more time indoors.

Here are basic tasks to prepare for wintry weather, and to ensure your family stays healthy and safe inside.

1. Perform a safety check

Are your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in good working order? Make monthly testing of these safety features a regular part of your seasonal household chores. For battery-operated units keep up-to-date with battery changes as per manufacturer instructions. Also be aware and take action if you hear any low battery alarms. Also, do you have a home fire extinguisher in your kitchen?

2. Ensure clean indoor air

Make sure your home’s heating and air conditioning units are in good condition, and schedule regular tune-ups to avoid unpleasant surprises. Change your furnace filter frequently, so your air quality stays clean indoors, where you’re likely to spend more time as temps get cooler. Also, consider setting up a schedule with a professional to have your ductwork cleaned on a regular basis.

3. Keep the outside out

Check weatherstripping around exterior doors, replacing where necessary, then seal and caulk exterior wood, since wood trim can rot around windows and outside doors. Walk around the outside of your home with spray foam gap sealer and caulk to plug gaps, cracks and holes in siding and around windows. Find and seal air leaks where you may be losing valuable heat and letting in the cold. Many energy companies offer an energy audit to discover where you may be losing both heat and money — and advise you on ways to improve your insulation. Making sure your gutters are cleaned out and in good condition helps protect your home's exterior from exposure to moisture due to rain, ice or snow melt.

4. Install back-up power

Power outages occur for many reasons, usually outside your control. In major storms, outages can last for days or even weeks when a large area is affected. To protect your home and family, an automatic standby generator gives you peace of mind — even when you’re not at home.

Look for a unit that comes in a durable aluminum enclosure with options that can withstand up to 181 mph winds and can be installed as close as 18 inches from your home (important for areas with tight lot lines and strict building codes), such as select models of KOHLER standby home generators. They will automatically start and restore your power in seconds, whether you’re home or away.

Units can be monitored remotely from your smartphone or laptop. The unit is permanently installed near your home, and provides high-quality power that can run your sump pump, furnace or air conditioner, and major appliances — plus delicate electronics. KOHLER generators feature commercial-grade engines built to withstand extreme workloads over many years, and they come with a five-year warranty. This is not a do-it-yourself job; you will need to work with a professionally licensed and insured generator installer.

5. Trim your trees

Now is a great time to get your trees trimmed, while it’s easier to access branches without all the extra foliage. Trimming dead branches helps prevent problems that can occur due to wind or ice storms, when a falling branch could endanger a power line, car or home. Like all professional contractors, work with tree service companies that have proper credentials and insurance.

6. Check your roof

Whether you inspect your roof yourself or hire a professional, it's a good idea to take care of repairs before winter wind, hail, snow and ice do their worst. Look for blistering, curling, buckling — or missing — shingles. Moss or lichen growing can indicate decay underneath. Any visible sagging of your roof, rust or cracks around flashing or vent pipes should also be repaired promptly to avoid later problems like leaks.

Don't let the calamities of winter take you and your family by surprise. Doing prep work and maintenance on your home now, with a focus on safety, will ensure that you're ready for anything that may come your way — even if it's just hunkering down in your home for the season.

10 Tips To Pick Your Best Plan In The Last Days Of ACA Open Enrollment
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:39 am

(NAPSI)—If you buy individual or family health insurance on your own, you need to know that the nationwide open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act is coming to an end on December 15, 2019. This may be your only chance to compare your options and enroll in a new 2020 health insurance plan.

Sweeten The Season With Delicious, Nutritious Dried Fruit
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:39 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s encouraging news for many people who like to indulge around the holidays: you can enjoy a sweet treat as a snack, a sauce, a spread and even dessert, that’s actually good for you. That is when you whet your appetite for dried fruits such as cranberries and cherries.

Five Good Reasons To Eat Less Meat
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:39 am

(NAPSI)—The next time you’re planning a family meal, a party or just a little snack for yourself, consider this: Reducing your meat consumption can have a multitude of benefits.

How To Choose A Christmas Tree: Tips From Expert Arborist Mark Chisholm
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:39 am

(NAPSI)—There’s more to decking the halls with just the right Christmas tree than many people realize. Here are seven hints that can help:

Travel Trends To Inspire Your 2020 Vacation Planning
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:43 am

(NAPSI)—Some things never change when it comes to traveling with friends and family, but every year new trends arise as travelers discover new places and ways to travel. With data and insights from its global vacation rental marketplace, Vrbo identified where, how and why Americans will travel for vacation in 2020.

Transitioning To Work As A Young Adult With Disabilities
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:40 am

(NAPSI)—As young adults prepare to leave school and enter the workforce, Social Security’s Ticket to Work program can help make that a successful transition.

Young mom doesn’t let MS get in the way of living her life
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - At the young age of 24, Savana Sadler received both the most exciting and terrifying news of her life. Within just weeks of each other, she learned she was about to become a mother for the first time, but she was also going to be embarking on this exciting journey while living with multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic disease of the brain and central nervous system that leads to some level of disability in most people.

One and a Half Centuries of Defining American Food Traditions
Posted: December 05, 2019

(StatePoint) Think back on some of your favorite family meals over the years and it’s likely that Campbell Soup Company played a role during those important moments around the table. An American icon, Campbell is celebrating its 150th anniversary.  

Decorate Your Home for the Holidays
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) Chances are good that at some point during the holiday season, you’ll welcome guests into your home. Whether you lease or own your home, creating a cozy, festive setting for holiday gatherings can actually be quite simple, especially if you take on the project one room at a time.

7 Steps to Take Before Hitting the Road this Holiday
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) If you’re among the millions of Californians who will hit the road for the holidays, you’ll want to make sure your car is road-trip ready.

Get Inspired to Give Back this Holiday Season
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) For many, the holiday season sparks the spirit of giving - not only among family and friends, but to those living in need and the organizations working to help them. If you're committed to helping improve the lives of others in your community, it may mean thinking long-term.