• November 15, 2019

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3 Warm and Fuzzy Holiday Activities to Try this Season

(StatePoint) Whether you’re braving the cold to find the perfect Hanukah gift or searching high and low for the ideal Christmas tree, there are plenty of opportunities to create special memories with your family this season. And there are ways to make each event a little warmer and fuzzier.

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Wednesday 11/13/2019
Christmas Dreams Come Early For Wife Of Work-Life Balance Expert
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 3:08 am

(NAPSI)—It could be said that everything Troy Amdahl learned to love he learned in kindergarten. No kidding. He met Kristen, his wife of 29 years, at age five, remained friends, took her to the senior prom, married and raised four children.

Are Your Lungs Trying to Tell You Something?
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 3:08 am

(Family Features) Do you get short of breath doing daily activities? Feel like you’re unable to take deep breaths? Are you constantly coughing or wheezing? If you said yes to any of these questions, you may be experiencing symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a serious, potentially devastating lung disease also known as chronic bronchitis or emphysema. Though it’s easy to think of these symptoms as just part of “getting older’’ or as problems that come with allergies, often they are not.

Bringing Communities Together
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 3:08 am

(Family Features) It’s important today to find ways to connect with others to help deepen your understanding of those around you. In a time when differences seem to dominate today’s culture, it can help to find similarities, draw connections and bridge worlds.

5 Tips to Ward Off Cold Weather
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 3:08 am

A Tailgating Game Plan
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 3:08 am

7 steps to a successful game day gathering

Emerging Trends in Pet-Friendly Cities
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 3:08 am

(Family Features) From housing and business policies to overarching economic health, pets are making a profound impact on the lives of their owners. In its first Annual Report, Mars Petcare’s BETTER CITIES FOR PETS program highlights seven emerging trends as cities are working to make pets feel welcome. For a view of the full report and resources to help make your community more pet-friendly, visit BetterCitiesForPets.com.

Simple STEM Activities to Do at Home
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 3:08 am

(Family Features) Winter is the season for family gatherings, snow days and breaks from school and work, but all this time indoors can lead to a serious case of cabin fever for both children and adults. Before you face another chorus of “I’m bored,” consider these simple activities you and your child can do together when winter weather or schedules have you stuck indoors.

3 Tips for a Happier, Healthier You This Holiday
Posted: November 13, 2019

(StatePoint) During the holiday season, there tends to be a lot of focus on big celebrations and spending money. But during this festive time of year, it is also important to take steps that will keep your family, your home and your wallet healthy.  

Understanding Medical Sharps and Safe Disposal Options
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 3:09 am

(Family Features) If you’re among the millions of people in the United States who suffer from a chronic illness, you may use “sharps” to manage your medical condition at home or on the go. For example, many people with diabetes self-inject at least two insulin shots every day, and conditions including allergies, arthritis, cancer, infertility, migraines and psoriasis, among others, may also require the use of a sharp to administer medication.

Manage Grief with Grace this Holiday Season
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 3:09 am

(Family Features) Holidays are filled with traditions, but when someone you used to share those moments with has died, managing grief during the holiday season can be particularly challenging.

It Pays to Compare Using Medicare’s New Plan Finder During Open Enrollment
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 3:11 am

Tuesday 11/12/2019
Four Books For All Tastes: Romance, Domestic Humor, Wild West Whodunit, In Praise Of Gratitude
Updated: November 14, 2019 - 3:06 am

How to Declutter Your Child’s Room to Make Way for Play
Posted: November 12, 2019

(StatePoint) While all the gear, clothes and toys your kids possess are signs of a joyful childhood, keeping it all organized is essential for health, safety and even fun.

Friday 11/08/2019
Hispanic Homeowner Follows A Step-By-Step Plan to Buy A House
Posted: November 08, 2019

(NewsUSA) - A national housing survey found 88 percent of Hispanics felt homeownership was a good long-term investment, with 92 percent reporting they planned to be homeowners.

Questions Of Humanity—And Intrigue—Explored In Four Stimulating Works
Updated: November 13, 2019 - 2:39 am

“Rival’s Break” by Carla Neggers (MIRA)

Wednesday 11/06/2019
How to Train Your Cat
Updated: November 11, 2019 - 2:53 am

5 tips from a professional tiger trainer

Fall Into a Fitness Routine
Updated: November 11, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) Fall is notorious for comfort foods like pumpkin spice lattes and game day nachos. Combine these tempting seasonal staples with darker, shorter days and it can be hard to maintain an active mindset. Despite the enticement to indulge, you can keep your active lifestyle going or even kick off a new fitness regime.

6 Keys to Success in Business and Life
Updated: November 11, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) It's not always easy staying organized. Life is busy, chaotic and fast-moving. Although it can be easy to get discouraged at times, there are ways to enhance organization and attitude through the peaks and pits life throws at you.

How to Find the Right Dog for Your Family
Updated: November 11, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) Adding a four-legged friend to the family is no small decision, and it’s easy to get distracted by sweet eyes pleading to be taken home. Becoming a dog parent is a major commitment, so it’s important to do your research and make well-informed choices before deciding on a new dog.

4 Ways Pets Improve Overall Well-Being
Updated: November 11, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) Self-care is an important piece of maintaining a happy and healthy life, and adopting a pet can be a beneficial way to improve overall well-being in a number of ways.

It Pays to Compare Using Medicare's New Plan Finder
Updated: November 11, 2019 - 2:53 am

Explore your options before the end of Open Enrollment

Encouraging Youth Sports and Their Benefits
Updated: November 11, 2019 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) Sports help shape kids’ lives, but due to funding shortages, some school sports programs are at risk.

Monday 11/04/2019
Closing in on A Killer
Posted: November 04, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Lung cancer is the nation's leading cancer killer, expected to claim more than 142,000 lives this year alone. That is more than the lives lost due to breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.

Tips to Support Alzheimer’s Caregivers During the Holidays
Posted: November 04, 2019

(StatePoint) More than 16 million family members and friends are serving as Alzheimer’s caregivers in the U.S. As families approach the holiday season, there are easy ways to support caregivers that can ease the burden of caregiving and help make the holidays a joyous time for everyone.

How to Introduce Kids to Age-Appropriate Tech
Posted: November 04, 2019

(StatePoint) Getting young children acquainted and comfortable with digital devices and their interfaces is essential in today’s tech-driven world.

Friday 11/01/2019
4 Ways to Make Turning Back the Clocks a Cinch
Posted: November 01, 2019

(StatePoint) Daylight Saving Time may end like clockwork each fall, but that doesn’t make the transition any easier. Here are four ways to avoid scheduling snafus, missed appointments and lost sleep.

Wednesday 10/30/2019
Four Devilish Delights For Your Halloween Reading Pleasure
Updated: November 02, 2019 - 2:31 am

“The Devil and Dayna Dalton” by Brit Lunden

Tips to Improve Wellness and Prevent Stroke
Updated: November 04, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Stroke is often thought of as something that happens to older people, but more people under 50 are having strokes due to increased risky behaviors, such as smoking and untreated high blood pressure.

Holiday Entertaining with 5 Sommelier-Approved Wine Pairings
Updated: November 04, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The holiday season is all about entertaining. This year, take your holiday soiree to the next level with a palate-pleasing wine pairing experience. Invite friends and family to the kitchen for easily pairable tastes of these three favorites: wine, cheese and chocolate.

5 Questions to Ask When Planning for Long-Term Care
Updated: November 04, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) You may not want to consider a time when you might not be able to fully take care of yourself, but the reality is there is almost a 70% chance someone turning 65 today will need some type of long-term care service and support in his or her lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

5 Time-Saving Laundry Tips
Updated: November 04, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Between sorting, washing, pouring, transferring, drying and folding, laundry can often feel like a daunting chore.

Tuesday 10/29/2019
How to Buy A House Without Draining Your Savings
Posted: October 29, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Erin, who works at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, had been toying with the idea of buying her first home. She was 32 years old, and was very aware that the Durham housing market was heating up.

Tweety, It's Cold Outside
Posted: October 29, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Wintertime. Love it or hate it, it arrives every year. Some of us dread the cold, some of us revel in it. While a lot of us head toward the equator, many of us 'hibernate' by hunkering down at home, protected from the elements. We stay warm in winter by layering clothing, wearing socks and hats, adding layers of blankets to bedding, blocking drafts and even baking which helps warm the house without touching the thermostat.

Save Money, Live Luxuriously with Yacht Co-ownership
Posted: October 29, 2019

(NewsUSA) -Are you a yacht owner who wants to enjoy time on the water, but doesn't want to keep up with the work and expense of full-time ownership? Consider shared (fractional) ownership through a cooperative instead. It offers "all of the luxury and none of the hassle" according to yacht co-op and management company Saveene.

Monday 10/28/2019
Replacing a Roof: 4 Things to Consider
Posted: October 28, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Are you considering a home improvement project that will deliver value, curb appeal and performance? Replacing the roof is a good place to start.

Kick Off Your College Financial Aid Game This Fall
Posted: October 28, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Fall is here, and high school seniors (and their parents) are in the thick of the college application process.

Friday 10/25/2019
What's in Your Wine May Surprise You
Posted: October 25, 2019

(NewsUSA) - The holiday season is fast approaching. In anticipation of entertaining and gift-giving, now is the time of year we really start to think about wine. Sure, there will be tons of flashy packaging and labels to help find "the best", but have you ever stopped to think about what's actually in your wine? Heads up: there could be more than you think. 

Thursday 10/24/2019
Heartwarming Holiday Programming Arrives on UPtv
Posted: October 24, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Can't get enough Christmas movies? If you are already hauling out the holly, you don't have long to wait before UPtv, television's family-friendly source of holiday entertainment, launches its biggest Christmas season yet. The uplifting, cheerful, and fun slate of programs includes 10 movie premieres over 60 days leading up to Christmas, plus a return of the GilMORE the Merrier Gilmore Girls marathon during Thanksgiving week.

Wednesday 10/23/2019
Kidnapping, World Cultures, Murder, And Explosions—Mysteries Of Four Kind
Updated: October 26, 2019 - 2:31 am

“The Tower of Songs” by Casey Barrett (Kensington)

Authorized Biography Of Bill Marriott, Founder Of The Largest Hotel Chain In The World, Shares Never-Before-Published Stories That Made Him An International Business Icon
Updated: October 26, 2019 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—From a root beer stand to the largest hotel chain in the world, Bill Marriott was the driving force behind the growth of the world-famous Marriott hotel company. “Bill Marriott: Success Is Never Final” is the remarkable story of a man who had the vision to create a multi-billion-dollar business, who understands the power of giving through substantial philanthropic work, and who lives the creed that hard work will pay off but success is never final.

Beware of ‘Free Genetic Testing’ Medicare Scam
Updated: October 28, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) Over the past few years, DNA tests have become more popular across the country. However, unscrupulous people are taking advantage of the buzz around these tests to scam Medicare beneficiaries.

Be Prepared When Natural Disaster Strikes
Updated: October 28, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) Emergency situations, especially those that pertain to natural disasters, can be difficult to recover from without proper planning, which is why it’s important to take small steps from the start to help protect your family.

4 Tire Tips to Prepare for Winter
Updated: October 28, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) Among the many daily necessities that tend to take a backseat during the cold days of winter, driving is one of a handful directly affected by the weather. From slick roads caused by ice and snow to cold temperatures that can wreak havoc on certain parts of vehicles, even a simple commute to work or school may become a more treacherous activity.

Spooky Yet Safe
Updated: October 28, 2019 - 2:52 am

5 tips to help ensure a happy Halloween

Tuesday 10/22/2019
How you can help get your kids excited about STEAM
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 3:08 am

(BPT) - Most children entering kindergarten will do jobs that don’t currently exist, and studies also show that most of these jobs will require STEAM skills. This evolving landscape means that STEAM learning is important and plays a critical role in preparing children with the 21st century skills they need for the future workforce.

Parents as Guilty as Kids When it Comes to Too Much Screen Time
Posted: October 22, 2019

(StatePoint) Parents spend nearly the same amount of time with devices as they do with their kids, according to new research from The Genius of Play, a nonprofit initiative dedicated to raising awareness of play’s vital role in child development.

Thursday 10/17/2019
Halloween Spooky Cans
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:56 am

(eLivingtoday.com) Get the kids involved with Halloween decorations this year with these easy-to-make “spooky cans” resembling a bat, Frankenstein and a mummy.

Wednesday 10/16/2019
For Thriller Fans, A Modern Day Indiana Jones Is Back And Better Than Ever
Updated: October 19, 2019 - 2:48 am

“The Spanish Papers” by Kevin Tumlinson

5 Ways to Empower Kids to End Bullying
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) From the classroom to the internet, bullying can lead to children developing a poor self-image or lead to bullying others. In fact, members of Generation Z believe bullying is the biggest issue facing their generation, according to new data.