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Wednesday 11/21/2018
3 Festive Outfit Ideas for the Holiday Party Season
Posted: November 21, 2018

(StatePoint) Hitting the holiday party circuit is the perfect excuse to give those casual clothes and athleisure a night off and dress up in eye-catching, festive attire.

Wednesday 11/07/2018
3 tips for making gifting easier this holiday season
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - From shopping for gifts, planning holiday travel or parties and wrapping up work projects, the weeks leading up to the holidays can be full of activity. For those tackling their shopping list, finding the perfect gift for a special loved one may sometimes feel overwhelming. However, for savvy shoppers who leverage the following tried-and-true tips, holiday shopping can be stress-free, fun and convenient.

Friday 11/02/2018
Work Pants: The Next Generation
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:46 am

(NAPSI)—Just as technology has had a major effect on the kind of work people do, it has also changed the clothes in which they do that work.

Thursday 11/01/2018
4 Reasons to Start Your New Year’s Resolution Early
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:46 am

(StatePoint) Chances are, if you’re contemplating a New Year’s resolution, shedding those extra pounds is at the top of your list, according to a Marist Poll.

Wednesday 10/17/2018
Stylish Carrying Case Corrals Handbag Essentials in Style
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Despite their best efforts, most women have had the experience of frantically digging into the bottom of a large purse or handbag for an essential item such as eyeglasses, cellphone, keys, or passport. A separate case to corral these important possessions makes sense, especially if it combines fashion with function.

Tuesday 10/16/2018
5 tips for staying calm, cool and collected when you're always on the go
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:39 am

(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:

4 simple ways to highlight your smile
Updated: October 28, 2018 - 3:15 am

Friday 10/12/2018
3 Steps to Help Manage Depression
Updated: October 30, 2018 - 3:20 am

(BPT) - Sadness and grief are normal human emotions. These feelings can often last for a short period of time. However, when these emotions last for many days or weeks, depression becomes a concern.

Wednesday 09/26/2018
Tips for Dealing With Damaged Hair
Updated: December 07, 2018 - 2:37 am

(StatePoint) Heat tools, color processing and even the simple act of brushing, can cause hair to lose its strength. Indeed, eight out of 10 women in the U.S. experience some form of damaged hair, according to an IPSOS Brand Health Study. But there’s good news, say experts.

Thursday 09/20/2018
Tips for an Active Outdoor Fall Season
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:46 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re a sports enthusiast or a nature lover, you are likely going to be taking full advantage of the great fall weather by getting outdoors this season. Before heading out, consider the following tips to make the most of your time.

Tuesday 09/18/2018
Forget Calorie Counting: New Guidelines for Losing Weight
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:46 am

(StatePoint) For years, the general wisdom was that the only scientifically proven way to shed pounds and inches was to consume fewer calories than one burned each day. Unfortunately, that formula doesn’t work for everybody. Why? Experts say that this is because successful weight loss is associated with a wider range of factors.

Wednesday 09/12/2018
Recognizing a true Hall of Fame dad
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Each Sunday, millions cheer as their favorite NFL stars charge out of the tunnel and onto the field. For those players, the ultimate dream is a shot at one day becoming a Hall of Famer. This past July, one special father found himself with that title without ever having played in a single game.

How to properly store summer clothes to avoid a pest infestation
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - As colder weather approaches, you may decide to store some of your summer clothes. However, when warmer temperatures roll around again, you might not find those shorts and tank tops exactly as you left them. Certain insects that feed on fabrics and textiles can leave your carefully stored clothing damaged and full of holes. But don’t despair! Your shirts aren’t necessarily doomed. With some tips from Terminix, you can learn what kinds of bugs damage fabric and how you can best protect your outfits in storage.

Saturday 09/01/2018
5 Ways to Head Back to School in Style
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:46 am

(StatePoint) When it comes to back-to-school fashion, it’s all about the intersection of form and function. Here are five ways to stylishly accessorize and gear up for school.

Wednesday 08/29/2018
Do you really need less salt?
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - More research seems to contradict the oft-stated notion that we eat too much salt. The latest such study appeared in The Lancet medical journal. The study found that for the majority of people there is no health benefit from a low-salt diet and no harm from the average salt consumption of most people.

Tuesday 08/28/2018
Remake your bathroom with these luxurious hotel-inspired trends
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - Life can get hectic. While it is easy to become overwhelmed with busy schedules and everyday challenges, it is important to carve out personal time for relaxation and renewal. The practice of self-care and personal wellness is becoming a trend on the rise.

Thursday 08/16/2018
Looking great, not done: Facial plastic surgeons report shift toward natural beauty
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:46 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.

Wednesday 08/15/2018
Back to School, Back to You: A Parent’s Survival Guide
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:46 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.

Monday 07/30/2018
The Cure For AIDS Is In Your Hands
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:46 am

(NAPSI)—What do a motorcycle ride taking place August 6 through August 10, a hand cream, an Instagram photo, an exercise class and a skincare company have in common? Surprisingly, they can all help fight HIV/AIDS.

Tuesday 07/10/2018
3 Hacks to Solve Your Workout Woes
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:46 am

(StatePoint) Is your workout causing you grief? Check out these hacks below that address some of the most common workout woes.

Wednesday 07/04/2018
The Ultimate Summer Dining Out Guide: 10 Tips for a Healthier You
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:46 am

(StatePoint) With summer, comes BBQs, beach days and dining out with family and friends. And if you’re trying to lose weight or maintain your healthy lifestyle, a big part of being successful is having the freedom to enjoy the things you love and not feel deprived. Strike the right balance with this ultimate summer dining out guide from Mandi Knowles, dietitian for South Beach Diet.

Wednesday 06/20/2018
Don't Let a Vacation Derail Your Diet
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:46 am

(StatePoint) Vacation season is here and it’s no surprise that what you eat can have an impact on your weight. In a study from the University of Georgia, 61 percent of the participants gained weight while on vacation, with an average gain of 0.7 pounds. Some even gained up to 7 pounds.

Friday 05/25/2018
Slim Down Tips for a Healthier Summer
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:46 am

(StatePoint) Summer means BBQs, beach time and swimsuits, but it could also mean a change in eating habits and not necessarily for the better. Many people work hard throughout the winter in hopes of losing weight before summer, but when summer arrives, they abandon their healthy lifestyle and risk gaining weight.

Monday 05/21/2018
5 ways to turn back the clock on your skin
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - If you have started to notice changes in your skin in your late 30s or early 40s, you’re not alone. This is when most people see their skin start to sag around the forehead and jowls, and some areas may look more sunken, such as around the eyes and cheek area. These changes tend to make your face look older. Fortunately, there are many treatments that can help forestall and reverse the aging process that do not involve invasive cosmetic surgery.

Thursday 04/05/2018
3 Fun, Fashionable Color Trends This Summer
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:46 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re looking forward to attending a few special events or have a fun getaway planned, you’re probably wondering what key items you’ll need to add to your wardrobe for summer.

Wednesday 02/28/2018
These health benefits of salt might surprise you
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:53 am

(BPT) - World Salt Awareness Week is being celebrated this year from March 12 to 18 and is the perfect opportunity to recognize all the many benefits of salt. Salt, or sodium chloride, is essential for life. In fact, no mineral is more essential to human survival than sodium because it allows nerves to send and receive electrical impulses, helps your muscles stay strong and keeps your cells and brain functioning. However, sodium chloride (salt) is a nutrient that the body cannot produce, and therefore it must be consumed.

Thursday 01/04/2018
5 Weight Loss Tips from a Woman Who Lost 128 Pounds
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:46 am

(StatePoint) Sometimes the best advice comes from someone who’s been there, done that. So, if you’re resolving to lose weight, why not consider the wisdom of someone who faced this challenge, and did so with great success?

Wednesday 12/27/2017
5 ‘Healthy’ New Year’s Resolutions Worth Giving Up
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:46 am

(StatePoint) While most New Year’s resolutions are well-intentioned, sometimes they look better on paper than in practice, actually doing more harm than good. Here are five so-called “healthy” resolutions worth giving up in 2018, as well as better solutions.