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(NewsUSA) - Between the planning, gift-buying and parties, the holidays can be a stressful time.

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Thursday 12/13/2018
No Arms, No Legs, No Worries
Posted: December 13, 2018

(NewsUSA) - One might not think that someone with no arms and no legs could swim, much less scuba dive, but with the help of one non-profit organization based in the Chicagoland area, children, veterans and people of all abilities around the world can benefit from zero gravity and scuba therapy.

Wednesday 12/12/2018
The Ins and Outs of Birth Control
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) When looking at options for pregnancy prevention, your healthcare provider will likely share details about several options, along with information about which options might be appropriate for you. More likely than not, oral contraceptives –  a birth control method that has been available since the early 1960s – will be discussed.

5 Ways to Rev Up for a Travel Adventure
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Hitting the open road continues to be an increasingly popular vacation option for families. As spring approaches, the idea of exploring the country in full bloom encourages many families to begin planning an RV travel adventure.

The Art of the Perfect Gift
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Even in a world where just about anything is a few clicks away, finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can still be a difficult task. One trick to winning the holidays is bringing back the basics by choosing presents you know your loved ones need and can actually use.

Thoughtful, Stress-Free Gift Giving
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) When in need of inspiration during gift-giving season, focusing on thoughtful presents that align with the personalities and interests of your intended recipients can be a surefire way to delight even the hard-to-buy-for friends and family on your list.

A Photo-Worthy Home Decorated for the Holidays
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

Tips for creating a festive space while leasing your home

Perfect Picks for the Holidays
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

Practical presents for everyone on your list

Saturday 12/08/2018
Decorating A Photo-Worthy Home for the Holidays
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Seasons change, and so do rental contracts and housing arrangements. If you’re leasing, you can still make your rental feel like home for the holidays with seasonal decor.

Practical Tips to Prep for Holiday Travel
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Planning travel around the holidays is rarely simple. Coordinating flights or ground transportation is often just the beginning, and safely arriving at your destination may feel like a gift in its own right.  

Bring a Pet Home for the Holidays
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) The holiday season – and the lead-up to it – is a popular time to bring home a new puppy or kitten.

Home for the Holidays
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) As another busy travel season approaches, road-weary parents and families can hold on to holiday cheer a little longer by counting on tech as their preferred travel companion.

Holiday Entertainment with Friends and Family of All Ages
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Holiday entertaining is no small chore. From feeding the masses to keeping everyone happy and engaged, it can be a big job playing host during the holidays.

A Fresh Approach to the Winter Freeze
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Winter means snowfall, cold days and time spent near a fireplace seeking warmth and comfort.

6 Steps to Safer Winter Driving
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The winter season is typically one of the busiest times of the year for travelers. While millions prepare to hit the road to visit family and see sights they may never have seen before, there’s one essential travel tip that cannot be overlooked: the proper tires.

5 Tips for Coping with Chronic Pain
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Pain can impact nearly every aspect of your daily life from cleaning the house to going to work or playing with your kids. In fact, according to the Institute of Medicine, 100 million Americans, or more than 30 percent of the population of the United States, suffer from chronic pain, which is pain lasting 3-6 months or longer.

Friday 12/07/2018
Building Babies’ Brains
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:33 am

3 indoor activities to encourage fun and education

Thoughtful Gifts for Friends and Family
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) While holiday festivities bring to mind thoughts of joy and celebration with loved ones, there’s one element of the season that can be a source of stress: gifting. Make this year’s shopping trips a touch simpler with thoughtful presents that can fit any number of those on your holiday list.

Wednesday 12/05/2018
Trending Gifts Topping Wish Lists this Year
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Nostalgia often runs deep during the holidays, and retro gifts are one way to relive the holiday celebrations of your childhood.

5 Ways to Support Your Community this Holiday Season
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Each year, the true spirit of the holidays can seem to get buried further beneath mountains of wrapping paper and drowned out by commercialism.

Deck the Halls for Happy Holidays
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Whether you opt for fresh-cut or fresh out of the box, trimming the tree is a staple of holiday decor in most homes. However, if you'll be entertaining this season, you may want to go beyond the tree and take your seasonal decorating to whole new level.

Go Exploring for These Hidden Travel Gems
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Discovering a region’s secret treasures is one of the greatest rewards of travel. When you embrace an adventurer’s spirit, there’s no telling just where you’ll go. From an uncharted journey back in time to new ways to appreciate unconventional art, a vacation that celebrates the unexpected is an ideal way to uncover hidden travel gems.

3 Common New Parent Questions
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Almost every new parent knows the feeling: It’s 2 a.m., you’re bleary-eyed and you want nothing more than everyone to get some sleep. However, you’re up, and so is your new baby.

Tuesday 12/04/2018
How to Succeed in Selling Your Business
Posted: December 04, 2018

(NewsUSA) - As a larger proportion of the American population reaches retirement age, the issues of wealth transfer and asset management become even more prominent.

Monday 12/03/2018
Ultimate Life Hack for Managing Your Money after the Wedding Day
Posted: December 03, 2018

(NewsUSA) - While your love may know no bounds for your spouse, things can get a little more tricky when talking about finances.

Thursday 11/29/2018
Tips to Keep Kids’ Minds and Bodies Active
Posted: November 29, 2018

(StatePoint) If you’re like many parents, you want to ensure that your little ones’ playtime gives them a chance to exercise both body and mind. Here are some fun ways to incorporate both into the equation.

Wednesday 11/28/2018
Make a Difference this Holiday Season
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) This holiday season, you have the power to change children’s lives for the better.

Selecting a Plan That’s Right for You During Medicare Open Enrollment
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) Each year between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7 people can make changes to their Medicare coverage options.

5 Ways to Find Your Morning Workout Motivation
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) For many people, hitting the gym in the morning leaves less time for excuses or interferences.

Cars to Consider for 2019
Updated: December 03, 2018 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) Purchasing a new vehicle, while exciting, can be a burden for many shoppers. A variety of options and considerations for each make and model can turn the decision-making process into a stressful situation.

Tuesday 11/27/2018
Tackling The Ultimate Workforce Challenge
Updated: November 30, 2018 - 2:44 am

(NAPSI)—Today, many people in business talk of diversity fatigue, says Barbara Adams, PsyD, author of “Women, Minorities, & Other Extraordinary People: The New Path for Workforce Diversity” (Greenleaf Book Group Press). But, she adds, that means “we’ve momentarily lost sight of the magnitude of opportunity before us.”

Saturday 11/24/2018
Selecting a Plan During Medicare Open Enrollment
Updated: November 28, 2018 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment period started on Oct. 15 and ends on Dec. 7, meaning this is the time for you to review your current coverage and decide if there are better coverage options for you based on changes to the current plans, your budget, and your health needs.

Friday 11/23/2018
STEM at Play
Updated: November 26, 2018 - 2:35 am

(Family Features) When children play, they often learn. Not only can playtime improve behavior and concentration, but it helps children explore with their imaginations. Both free play and adult-guided play allow kids to learn right from wrong, how to share and gain awareness of others’ feelings.

Thursday 11/22/2018
Medicare Open Enrollment 101
Updated: November 26, 2018 - 2:35 am

Know your options and get free help

Friday 11/16/2018
5 tips to help simplify your gift giving this year
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - The holidays are a magical time of year, but if you’re the head of your household, you know they can be stressful as well. After all, there are meals to make, get-togethers to coordinate, holiday clothes to select and, of course, gifts to buy.

Thursday 11/15/2018
Bed and Breakfasts Give Travel a Personal Touch
Posted: November 15, 2018

(NewsUSA) - Travelers seeking a personal touch and insider stories would do well to consider staying at a local bed and breakfast (B&B).

Wednesday 11/14/2018
5 ways to treat your family (and yourself) and save money this holiday
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - The holidays are a cheerful time of year, but the season also comes with increased spending — from purchasing gifts to holiday gatherings and travel. And, while most are shopping for gifts for others, recent research shows that more than half of shoppers are also buying for themselves, adding further to the shopping list.[1] There’s no better time than now to plan for holiday gift shopping in order to scoop up the best deals. 

Online Portal Offers Quick and Easy Way to Charter Flights
Posted: November 14, 2018

(NewsUSA) - Savvy travelers recognize the benefits of flying privately, including convenience, comfort, and confidentiality. However, those who do employ private travel are not immune to the hassles of dealing with charter operators, a process that often involves waiting days for a flight confirmation.

5 tips for an efficient and safe moving day
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Moving to a new home can call for the coordination of a lot of details. That’s especially true if you’re a do-it-yourselfer who’s renting a truck rather than hiring a moving company.

The Rarest of the Rare
Updated: November 20, 2018 - 2:41 am

What to know about a cancer you may not have heard of

Common Indoor Air Quality Culprits
Updated: November 20, 2018 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) A new survey has revealed many Americans miss the mark when it comes to cleaning their homes, which may negatively affect the quality of air they breathe indoors.  Understanding the causes of poor indoor air can help you combat many common culprits. Consider these survey results and find more information at filtrate.com/culprits.

5 Things to Consider on Your Next Road Trip
Updated: November 20, 2018 - 2:42 am

(Family Features) If you’re looking for a memorable vacation experience, getting behind the wheel and taking to the open road can provide the perfect opportunity to create your own journey and explore at your own pace.

Make Emergency Planning a Priority
Updated: November 20, 2018 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) With plummeting temperatures and winter storm season on the horizon, it's time to refresh your family's emergency plan. Not only is it necessary to ensure you have the right supplies on-hand, it's also important to know how to safely execute your plan and use items like portable generators.

5 Ways to Boost Home Wi-Fi
Updated: November 20, 2018 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) In today’s connected world, it’s almost unthinkable to function without an internet connection, and for practical purposes most households need wireless connectivity for everyone to fully enjoy their internet-enabled devices, including smartphones, laptops, tablets, televisions, thermostats, security cameras and even refrigerators.

Tuesday 11/13/2018
Tips for embracing the benefits of natural light
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - With daylight saving time in full effect, sunlight can be harder to come by. According to a recent study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), humans spend an average of 90 percent of their days indoors, so savoring every opportunity for natural sunlight is more important than ever, especially during winter months. However, more time spent indoors and longer nighttime hours can mean fewer opportunities to soak up the benefits of natural light. But did you know that you can enjoy all the perks of natural lighting through simply upgrading or adding windows into your home?

Monday 11/12/2018
Digital Cash Can Aid Marital Money Management
Posted: November 12, 2018

(NewsUSA) - You may be happy with your honey, but the happiest of couples can argue over money.

Black Friday Deals Abound for Orlando
Posted: November 12, 2018

(NewsUSA) - As winter and the holidays approach, it's time to start planning warm-weather destination trips.

Friday 11/09/2018
Tips to honor veterans on Veterans Day ... and every day
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - Hostility ceased on the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 after World War I. Armistice Day was then celebrated on the 11th day of November to mark the beginning of this peaceful era. Nationwide there were celebrations, parades, public meetings and suspension of business for two minutes at 11 a.m. Over the years, Congress has changed the date on which Armistice Day was celebrated, but in 1975 President Gerald Ford returned Armistice Day to Nov. 11, due to the significance and importance of the date.

Thursday 11/08/2018
6 Tips to Maintain Eye Health
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) When considering making changes to positively impact your well-being, many aspects of health may jump to the forefront, from taking care of mental and emotional health to ensuring a well-maintained body from head to toes. However, one sometimes overlooked area is your eyes and the importance of vision care.

Wednesday 11/07/2018
5 steps to tackling technology and raising your Gen Z child
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:39 am