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  • Pets

    America's top dogs: 10 best shelter dog makeovers

    (BPT) - Imagine going to a job interview filthy and stinky. Or on a first date covered in mud. Unfortunately, that’s the reality for millions of shelter dogs looking to make a good first impression. While rescue organizations work tirelessly, the sad truth is that less than half of these dogs are getting the grooming they need so their lovable, adoptable selves can shine through. To better their chances at finding a fur-ever family, pet industry leaders Wahl and GreaterGood.org have teamed up to donate funds and grooming supplies to shelters nationwide. The goal: Transform more than 20,000 dogs this year to get them ready for adoption. Hundreds of these amazing makeovers can be seen in the Dirty Dogs Before & After Gallery (DirtyDogsGallery.com), but the following represent the 10 most amazing transformations.

  • Home Decorating

    Home Design Ideas for Travel Enthusiasts

    (StatePoint) Travelers are often struck by the unique style of a certain locale, such as the bright colors of Havana or the chic sophistication of Paris. If your family plans to travel soon, you will likely return longing to recreate memories of your time away.

  • Family Living

    5 Ways to Squash Back-to-School Stress

    (Family Features) Heading back to school is exciting for both kids and parents, but with all the thrill and anticipation, there can be quite a bit of stress, too. As a parent, you can approach the impending school year with a positive attitude and these tricks can help minimize stress and give your kids extra confidence when heading into the classroom.

Top Story

Three tax savings strategies for a secure retirement to try right now

(BPT) - Individuals who rushed to prepay property taxes after the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act may have saved some money in 2018 — but that’s pennies compared to the long-term tax savings taxpayers should take advantage of before the TCJA’s individual tax provisions are expected to expire in 2026, according to Robert Fishbein, vice president and corporate counsel at Prudential Financial.

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Saturday 08/18/2018
Moda divertida para el regreso a la escuela de los estudiantes
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - Una de las mejores partes de regresar a la escuela es comprar la ropa para el primer día de clases. Para fijar la tendencia del nuevo año, es importante elegir piezas versátiles, asequibles y a la moda para armar un vestuario que realmente exprese la personalidad única de cada niño. Aquí hay algunas opciones sencillas y con estilo de JCPenney que brindarán a los niños la confianza que necesitan para afrontar el año escolar con estilo y al mismo tiempo para mantener bajo control el presupuesto del nuevo año escolar.

Friday 08/17/2018
5 back-to-school tips for parents with young athletes
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:07 am

(BPT) - The transition between summer and going back to school can be tough, especially for families with student athletes who are participating in fall sports. Whether your athletes are in high school or grade school, it’s difficult to balance schoolwork, practice, games, proper nutrition and rest. Mitzi Dulan, registered dietitian and nutrition consultant to professional athletes, has some great tips on how to help your child eat adequate, nutritious foods for their best performance in the classroom and on the field.

This item on your table has been eliminating illnesses for years
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:01 am

(BPT) - Haiti has among the highest rates of elephantiasis (lymphatic filariasis), which attacks the lymphatic system, leading to abnormal enlargement of body parts, disfigurement, pain, disability and social ostracism. The World Health Organization estimates that 856.4 million people in 53 countries remain threatened by the condition.

3 trends that can stimulate small business growth
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:10 am

(BPT) - Small businesses are far more influential than most people may realize.

Donating to your favorite public school classroom is as easy as buy, get, give
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - Ask any public school teacher, and they'll tell you the same thing: There's never enough money in the school budget for everything they need, and they often reach into their own wallets to make up the difference. They're not talking about extras or nice-to-haves; often it's basic school supplies: paper, colored pencils, crayons, hand sanitizer, tissues, notebooks, art supplies and classroom furniture.

How Service Leadership Prepares Today’s Students to Succeed
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:57 am

(StatePoint) Students are more successful when they practice leadership outside of the classroom. A recent survey conducted by Harris Poll found that 91 percent of respondents agreed with this statement.

Thursday 08/16/2018
Four simple ways to tune up your nutrition and live healthier longer
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:07 am

(BPT) - Just about everyone feels like they could use a little extra pep in their day, that surge of energy to get things done and enjoy their favorite activities. This is especially true as we age.

America's top dogs: 10 best shelter dog makeovers
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:06 am

(BPT) - Imagine going to a job interview filthy and stinky. Or on a first date covered in mud. Unfortunately, that’s the reality for millions of shelter dogs looking to make a good first impression. While rescue organizations work tirelessly, the sad truth is that less than half of these dogs are getting the grooming they need so their lovable, adoptable selves can shine through. To better their chances at finding a fur-ever family, pet industry leaders Wahl and GreaterGood.org have teamed up to donate funds and grooming supplies to shelters nationwide. The goal: Transform more than 20,000 dogs this year to get them ready for adoption. Hundreds of these amazing makeovers can be seen in the Dirty Dogs Before & After Gallery (DirtyDogsGallery.com), but the following represent the 10 most amazing transformations.

Good gut gone bad: The C. diff Invasion
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:09 am

(BPT) - Trillions of bacteria, viruses and other tiny organisms — called "microbes" — live inside our bodies and make up a community known as the microbiome. The diversity of microbes is like a rainforest in our gut, helping us digest food and keep diseases at bay. Like bulldozing a rainforest, taking antibiotics can sometimes destroy that microbial landscape and allow dangerous bacteria like Clostridium difficile to take over.

Why Myrtle Beach is the perfect fall vacation for families
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:10 am

(BPT) - When it comes to vacation planning, millennial families with young children have the edge over school-aged families — no strict school schedules to obey!

Looking great, not done: Facial plastic surgeons report shift toward natural beauty
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - Gone are the days of plumped-up puckers, ski-sloped noses, overfilled cheeks and wind-tunnel faces that were obviously “done.” Today, facial plastic surgery is about looking like the best version of yourself — refreshed, relaxed and natural.

Looking for your coolest vacation yet? How about Japan?
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:11 am

(BPT) - If you’re trying to choose the next destination for your big vacation, have you considered Japan? With exciting cities, standout cuisine, traditional charm that echoes the country’s remarkable history, and awe-inspiring natural beauty, Japan embodies a “cool” factor that’s hard to miss.

Why public transit is a key economic issue for growing cities
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:10 am

Knowledge is power: Tips to help children better understand our connected world
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:10 am

(BPT) - Technology has rapidly changed the way we live over the past 30 years. Where people once turned strictly to their televisions to watch their favorite shows or play video games, people can now access their favorite entertainment, anytime and anywhere — thanks to smart devices and a WiFi connection.

Is Your Dinner Contributing to Plastic Pollution in the Ocean?
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:00 am

(StatePoint) Did you know that the choices your local grocery store makes can have a global impact on the environment? From the types and brands of seafood sold to the way foods are packaged and carried out of the store, oceans worldwide are affected by the operations of grocers near you.

How to Turn Your Side Hustle Into A Business
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:56 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re looking to pick up a side hustle or make the leap into starting your own business, there are many ways to be your own boss.  

Wednesday 08/15/2018
Take control of your personal information
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:07 am

(BPT) - Understanding and managing your personal information is essential to achieving your life goals such as owning a home, financing an education, getting your next job or simply having the convenience of credit cards for everyday purchases.

A child's wish to help save lives
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:09 am

(BPT) - This past July marks one year for Jack. Just one year ago, the 15-year-old was unable to go outside — he was bound to his home because of his blood disorder. He missed time with friends, school and sports. A bone marrow donation was his only hope, but matches sometimes aren’t easy to find, particularly for those of Asian heritage. So, Jack waited patiently — nine months to be exact — until thankfully a match was found.

6 simple tips to prevent a fall
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:07 am

(BPT) - Overwhelmingly, people say that they want to stay independent and in their own home as they age. One way to ensure they can is to learn about fall risks and make changes to reduce their chances of falling. Because, while one in four older adults falls each year, there are ways to be prepared for the changes of aging in order to prevent falls.

End-of-summer backyard bash? 5 must-haves to pick up for your BBQ
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:05 am

(BPT) - As summer winds down, there’s still plenty of time for good food, great friends and celebrating the great outdoors unburdened by coats, shoes or any other winter-time worries.

Pickled onions are gaining popularity
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:08 am

(BPT) - At America’s restaurants, you may have noticed more appetizers and entrees draped with pickled onions in the last couple of years. You may have been adventurous enough to try them, learning how their tartness coupled with onion flavor kick every dish up a notch, bringing tired flavors into a new era.

New technology promotes healthy aging in place
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:09 am

(BPT) - As millions of baby boomers reach their golden years, they’re changing the world yet again, this time by driving a booming market in senior-friendly aging-in-place technologies. From simple wearable devices to high-tech monitoring systems, the list of gadgets designed to help aging boomers stay independent is extensive and growing.

Bathroom customization: Stylish options for styling needs
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:07 am

(BPT) - The kitchen may be the heart of your home, but don't underestimate the importance of your bathrooms. If you think about it, bathrooms are one of the most frequented spaces in the home. It's where you go to rejuvenate and get ready for the day. It's the place where you take the time to make yourself look and feel your best. A thoughtfully designed bathroom can start your day on a positive note and end it in a calm, relaxing and stress-free manner.

10 tips to design a stylish bathroom for living in place
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:08 am

(BPT) - According to AARP, 87 percent of adults age 65 or older and 71 percent of those age 50 to 64 want to stay in their current home and community as they age. The message is clear: Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers prefer to "live in place" as they get older. How can you best prepare your home's bathrooms for the future? Here are 10 tips to enhance any size bathroom with safety and style top of mind.

Food and Family
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:59 am

Connecting to cultural heritage through the legacy of food

Lemon Raspberry Pie
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:59 am

When cool and creamy meets tangy and fruity, what do you get? Sweet endings to a porch supper, a backyard barbecue or a meal under the stars.

Make it Mediterranean
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:59 am

3 dishes to highlight the next trend in internationally themed cuisine

5 Benefits of Having a Dog
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:57 am

(Family Features) Few things compare to the feelings of love and companionship that come with owning a dog. Many owners even call their dogs “fur babies” or say they’re a “pet parent.” While having a pet comes with responsibilities and commitment, the physical and emotional benefits can make bringing a pet into the family a worthwhile experience.

5 Ways Dogs Can Improve Lives
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:57 am

(Family Features) Whether playmates or protectors, the human-animal bond is often a powerful connection that goes beyond pure companionship. Dogs typically have many talents and personas – they can be man’s best friend, a canine companion during a difficult time or even a service dog helping veterans and others through daily routines. No matter the relationship between dog and human, these animals can improve lives in numerous ways.

Off to School and Into a New Routine
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) The fall season is met with many transitions, from cooler weather to time changes to more time spent indoors. Among these transitions is the immediate shift from packing beach bags for a day in the sun to packing suitcases to head back to campus for a new semester. As every student’s routine faces an overhaul this time of year, it is important to bear in mind any health needs that may come into play while away from home.

School Bus Safety 101
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) For millions of school-age children in the United States, each day begins – and ends – with a bus ride. While the school bus is the safest way to travel to and from school, according to the National Association of Pupil Transportation (NAPT), it’s important for parents to teach their children how to stay safe in and around the school bus as obstructed views, distracted drivers and more can put kids at risk.

5 Ways to Make Mealtime Meaningful
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:57 am

(Family Features) Coming together for a shared meal is a simple, yet important way for family members to bond and create memories with one another. There’s no better time than right now to bring everyone together around the dinner table – including your four-legged friends – for a delicious meal.

5 Ways to Squash Back-to-School Stress
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:03 am

(Family Features) Heading back to school is exciting for both kids and parents, but with all the thrill and anticipation, there can be quite a bit of stress, too. As a parent, you can approach the impending school year with a positive attitude and these tricks can help minimize stress and give your kids extra confidence when heading into the classroom.

Set for Success
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:03 am

Back-to-school shopping essentials

3 Kitchen and Bath Trends for 2018
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:03 am

(Family Features) When it’s time for a home remodel, specifically of a bathroom or kitchen, many homeowners turn to trendy looks as inspiration. Color, texture and material variance, like using different types of tile, lead the way in this year’s kitchen and bath trends.

5 Back-to-School Shopping Tips to Buy More Time
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) It's that time of year again. Parents are preparing for the rush of back-to-school with a seemingly never-ending to-do list. As you run around to purchase school supplies, uniforms and sneakers it can be a busy and expensive time of year.  

5 Tips to Aid Performance in the Classroom
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) With all the stress of a new school year, it can be difficult for students to readjust to a healthy routine, but many experts agree that sleep is among the most important parts of that routine. Numerous studies demonstrate that children who sleep better learn better.

Make the Most of Outdoor Concerts
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) For many music lovers, there are few things better than an evening spent at a concert, sprawled out on the lawn with friends. Concerts and interesting venues can also be reasons for traveling and excuses to explore a new city or revisit a favorite location.

Back to School, Back to You: A Parent’s Survival Guide
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:58 am

(StatePoint) Parenthood is a demanding and busy job, particularly during back-to-school season. With lunches to pack, homework to check, projects to oversee and activities to drive the kids to and from, it’s no wonder many parents find it challenging to squeeze in time for self-care.

After-School Snacking Fun
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) After a busy day of work, wrapping up extracurriculars and gearing up for school, there is an opportunity to relax and share a snack everybody, young and old, can savor.

Back-to-School Seafood Favorites
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) With a new school year beginning, it’s important for parents to be prepared and help their children start forming good habits. For example, most children function better on a routine. They wake up every day at a certain time, they practice the same sports and eat nutritious, fresh foods that fuel their bodies.

Fresh, Fast, Flavorful Meals for Back-to-School Season
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:59 am

(Family Features) The start of each school year brings new routines for families to adjust to, which can leave little to no time to think about dinner. With the right ingredients, however, it’s still possible to create a healthy, home-cooked meal in a matter of minutes, allowing you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time at the dinner table catching up on the day’s events.

School Mornings Made Easy
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:59 am

(Family Features) Most parents know the first few weeks of school season and new daily routines can be hectic. From stocking up on school supplies to finishing up homework, there's few unused minutes in the day.

Fast, Family-Friendly Recipes Make Dinner Doable
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:59 am

(Family Features) As the fall season begins, kids go back to school and schedules once again book up with activities.

Bring New Life to Your Kitchen with Color
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:04 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.

Spruce Up Your Outdoor Spaces
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:04 am

(Family Features) Over time, the appearance and function of any outdoor space can dull due to combinations of heat, precipitation and use. With some careful attention, you can quickly spruce up your outdoor living areas and get them back in great working order for patio season.

3 Ways to Throwback Style
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:04 am

(Family Features) When it's time for a bathroom or kitchen upgrade, some of the greatest inspiration may come from another time entirely. Some of the most on-trend styles of today are actually throwbacks to bygone eras.

5 Tips for a Smooth Back-to-School Transition
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:04 am

(Family Features) Just when it seems like you have gotten into your summer groove, it’s time to get back into your school routine, which can be cause both relief and stress at the same time for parents and students alike. Even if your kids are fairly adaptable, big changes like heading back to school after a summer of limited scheduling can be stressful.

4 Bedroom Upgrades that Won’t Break the Bank
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:04 am

(Family Features) Upgrading your bedroom might sound like a daunting task. You may assume it costs an arm and a leg, takes months and requires professionals to complete. However, upgrading your bedroom doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank, or your back. Investing in a few quality upgrades to some bedroom essentials can make your life less stressful and more cost- and energy-effective.