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March 18, 2018

Save time in your morning with these kitchen hacks
(BPT) - It happens: You hit the snooze button once, twice, then three times, so when you’re finally showered, dressed and ready to tackle the day, you’re already behind schedule. Oftentimes that causes you to skip breakfast completely.Turns out, your breakfast habit is one time-saving s... More >>

Stuck inside? Easy tips to freshen up your living space
(BPT) - Winter weather means more time living indoors — working, playing, relaxing and staying warm. It's important to keep your home fresh by staying ahead of the continual buildup of dirt, dust and allergens. The following are some key areas to tackle for a comfortable and efficient home.Wa... More >>

Top ways to boost health in 2018 in under 5 minutes per day
(BPT) - A new year brings new opportunities to focus on health and fitness. The following are four easy ways to boost your health in less than five minutes per day.Drink water before each meal.Drinking enough water each day helps to boost hydration, improve energy and aid digestion. But drinking be... More >>

Party on, America! 5 fun facts about New Year's 2018
(BPT) - For people around the world, New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate the joys of the past 365 days while looking forward to the fun year ahead!When Roman leader Caesar Augustus designated Jan. 1 as the first calendar day in honor of the two-faced god Janus, who could simultaneously look... More >>

Prescription for a healthy holiday: Tips to safeguard your medicines
(BPT) - For many people, the holiday season means extra visits with family and friends, creating fun memories, sharing traditions and enjoying the warm glow of family.With all the decorating and activities, it’s easy to let safety slip off your to-do list. But this is an excellent time to mak... More >>

4 ways to tackle the holidays with total confidence
(BPT) - The holiday season is the most wonderful (and busy) time of year. While the season means plenty of quality time spent with loved ones, it can also bring chaos and stress when it comes to buying gifts, coordinating travel and planning family functions.Luckily, there are some simple ways to t... More >>

Resolve to get more shut-eye? Here are 4 sleep hacks to help
(BPT) - As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, millions of people vow to eat better, work out more and lead a healthier life.But something is missing from this equation. While eating well and getting exercise are extremely important, too often people neglect the keystone of good hea... More >>

Staying safe on the mountain this winter
(BPT) - You can feel it in the air: The ski and snowboard season has arrived, and some areas in the U.S. are already open for business. As snow sports continue to gain popularity, millions of people will be hitting the slopes this winter. During the 2016-17 ski season, the National Ski Areas Associ... More >>

5 cold-weather hacks for winter driving
(BPT) - As drivers bundle up to take on Old Man Winter this season, having a few tricks up your sleeve can be a big help in keeping your cool on the road. Here are five hacks for battling the elements and staying safe on the roads.Got stuck? Snow problem! Hazardous winter weather requires that driv... More >>

4 tips to 'sleigh' the holidays from SIMPLE Mobile
(BPT) - Between trips to the mall, cross-country travel and never-ending hosting duties, it can be easy to get caught up in the chaos of the holidays and forget to experience the joys the season bring. From capturing and sharing their favorite memories to booking flights and shopping for gifts, hol... More >>

Points for holiday hosting [Infographic]
(BPT) - Ho, Ho, Hosting is an American tradition this time of year. A new survey reveals the majority of Americans (59%) plan to host family during the season. And most holiday get-togethers involve travel: seven in ten Americans (72%) have had friends and family come from out of town — perha... More >>

Get your home holiday-ready [Infographic]
(BPT) - Home is where the heart is, especially during the holidays. Whether you’re hosting a potluck with friends or pulling out all the stops to make the season special for your grandkids, a clean and welcoming home creates the canvas for holiday memories that last a lifetime.Holiday cleanin... More >>

3 technology tips for last-minute gift giving
(BPT) - The holidays are a favorite time of year for many. We love decorating our homes, baking cookies, donating to our favorite charities, and listening to those classic songs we only get to enjoy a few short weeks each year. There’s all the holiday parties and celebrations. And of course, ... More >>

8 clever homemade gifts for everyone on your holiday list
(BPT) - During the holidays, there’s nothing that conjures the love and coziness of the season quite like a homemade gift. Check out how Ball® Jars can help you pull together thoughtful DIY gifts at home that will delight everyone on your list!1. DIY Mason jar koozieHere's a charming gift... More >>

The most wonderful (and stressful) time of year. Could you be suffering from seasonal anxiety? Find out how to cope.
(BPT) - Hot cocoa by a crackling fire. The sounds of family and friends’ laughter heard throughout the house. Your favorite holiday movies on the television. This is the idyllic holiday scene. But what’s the reality? Statistics show us that the holiday season, portrayed as the most wond... More >>

5 tips to savor, not splurge during the holidays
(BPT) - What do we say about the holiday season? It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Amidst the wonder of the season that includes plenty of shopping and celebrating, spending can get out of control. Before we know it, bills come due and suddenly things really aren’t so wonderful ... More >>

3 simple tips to get delicious, balanced weeknight meals on the table
(BPT) - Weekday schedules get crazy, which is why the first casualty of all that chaos is the family dinner.While most families say eating together is a high priority, day-to-day reality is different. According to a 2013 poll by NPR and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, only half of children in t... More >>

Tips to protect yourself from online shopping scams this holiday season
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Inspired last-minute gifts for everyone on your list
(BPT) - The holiday season is a time of year when you want to show how much you care with your generosity and thoughtfulness. But as expected, searching for holiday gifts can bring the longest shopping sprees (and lines) of the year. Not only do you have to find the right gift for the right person,... More >>

Senior guest? How to prepare your home for older visitors
(BPT) - Whether it's for a special occasion or just because, hosting an older adult in your home can be a wonderful experience with lots of memory-making potential. However, for a safe and successful visit, you may want to make a few adjustments to your home before they arrive to make it more senio... More >>

5 helpers for hassle-free holiday hosting
(BPT) - While hosting the holidays can be a nerve-wracking experience, it doesn’t have to completely derail the rest of the joy of the season. The truth is even the most veteran holiday hosts feel some anxiety leading up to the big day. There’s a ton to do and remembering it all can be ... More >>

Avoid a #HolidayFail this Season [Infographic]
(BPT) - Tired of burning holiday cookies? Working in the kitchen while your guests enjoy the party? The holidays are here and so are common mishaps. With tips from Cook Beautiful author Athena Calderone and interior designer Nate Berkus, have a #HolidayFail Proof season! ... More >>

New survey unwraps holiday photo-taking insights among U.S. families
(BPT) - A photo with family and friends — ugly sweaters and all — is a holiday tradition. But getting everyone posed in front of the fireplace is just the first step. From selecting the right settings, to taking the photo, to sending it to our loved ones, so much goes into capturing the... More >>

4 steps for a foolproof guide to holiday preparation
(BPT) - Although there is plenty of love circulating around the holiday season, the thought of entertaining in the comforts of your home can be a stressful factor that often feels like a massive responsibility. Luckily, culinary and design guru Athena Calderone of the popular lifestyle blog EyeSwoo... More >>

5 simple steps to make your own gourmet gift basket for less
(BPT) - Birthday, anniversary, holiday or "just because" — gift baskets are the perfect way to show you care. Filled with gourmet goodies, they are customizable delights no matter the person's age or personality.This great gift idea does have one downfall: They can be expensive. Fortunately, ... More >>

4 tips to organize your photos like a pro
(BPT) - Are you one of those dedicated people who snap great photos at every meaningful moment of your life? And do most of those shots end up in virtual memory, filed away in a sea of unsorted images?If so, you’re far from alone. Analysts say a whopping 1.2 trillion photos will be taken acro... More >>

5 pro tips for a hassle-free Christmas tree
(BPT) - Decking the halls for Christmas takes a lot of effort and planning. Whether you’re the type to go all in or opt for a minimalist approach, there's nothing like a Christmas tree to create a festive focal point in any room.As beautiful as they are, though, Christmas trees, both fresh an... More >>

Need a vacation where it's warm? How about a quick weekend escape to this sunny coastal getaway?
(BPT) - Step outside. Is it cold, windy and gray? Snowy even? Yep, those are sure signs winter is upon us. The bright leaves of autumn have faded, the pumpkin-flavored beverages are starting to wane, and the kids already are developing a serious case of cabin fever. But there’s a remedy for a... More >>

Simple ways to give back all year long
(BPT) - The old saying, “It is better to give than receive,” is never better illustrated than during the holiday season when gift giving is at its peak. But, how often does the purpose of giving get lost in the rush of shopping and deadlines?It’s easy to forget that there are many... More >>

8 gifts to enjoy all year long
(BPT) - With the holiday season in full swing, many people are heading to a local department store, or their favorite website, to tick off their holiday shopping lists. While some gifts are fun for the instant gratification they provide, it is nice to give goods that can be enjoyed for months, and ... More >>

The hidden dangers of oversharing on social media
(BPT) - Locking doors and windows and leaving a light on used to deter criminals from breaking into homes when you were away on vacation, but our obsession with sharing photos and experiences in real time on social media has created a whole new security risk for travelers. According to Mercury Insu... More >>

5 simple ways to survive the holiday season
(BPT) - For most of us, the holidays are the busiest time of year. From finding the best deals to stuffing stockings, it’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle and forget the spirit of the season. Instead of enjoying valuable time with family and friends, the holidays are often defined b... More >>

5 tips for staying healthy this holiday season
(BPT) - As the holiday season approaches, it is as important as ever to stay healthy.With holiday parties and family gatherings, illnesses like the flu can spread easily — and you don’t want to miss out on the festivities.As the largest provider of influenza vaccine to the U.S., Sanofi ... More >>

Thoughtful Gifts For Colleagues: 4 Easy Steps to Create Delight
(BPT) - It’s that time of year when employees are seeking meaningful and appropriate holiday gifts for their coworkers and clients.While the process should be fun, because such gifts can inadvertently send unspoken messages to their recipients, making the right choice at the right time can be... More >>

3 essential tips for traveling with a pet during the holidays
(BPT) - The holidays mean different things to different people. Every family seems to have its own set of traditions, but one thing seems to be common among Americans during this time of year, and that’s traveling.Like Santa Claus making that long journey from the North Pole, it’s estim... More >>

4 great gifts for your green-living friend
(BPT) - Here’s a stat for you: More than 145 million Americans report being alarmed or concerned about climate change, according to the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.Yes, over 145 million. That’s more than a third of the nation’s total population. Are you one o... More >>

Coasting while hosting: 5 ways to keep your holiday spirit at your next party
(BPT) - Many of us are already looking forward to hosting holiday gatherings this year — decorating our homes, whipping up festive foods, planning fun activities and surrounding ourselves with the warmth of family and friends.In fact, one recent survey found 67 percent of U.S. consumers host ... More >>

6 tech tips to make the most of your holidays
(BPT) - When you think of the holidays and what is most important, it invariably comes back to the people. They are the ones you travel hundreds of miles — or just a few steps! — to see. They are the friends and family who help make memories and celebrate the season.However, when it com... More >>

5 hacks to save time and money during the holidays
(BPT) - The holidays are a wonderful time of year to spend with family and friends, and to reconnect with those you may not often see. However, the festive season can also be a busy and expensive time. By January, many are left feeling exhausted physically, emotionally and financially. But don&rsqu... More >>

'Tis the season to give
(BPT) - It’s that time of year again! Lights are being strung, mistletoe is being hung and your favorite holiday jingle can likely be found on nearly every radio station. The holiday season has officially arrived and — between spending time with friends and families and taking time to g... More >>

Squash the pests, not your holiday spirit, with these pest-prevention tips
(BPT) - The holiday season and guests go together like twinkling lights and fir trees, or peppermint and chocolate. However, while you might be eager to welcome family and friends to your home, you’ll probably be less excited to receive a visit from another all-too-common type of holiday &ldq... More >>

Meet the Winemaker: Q&A with Jacob's Creek's Ben Bryant
(BPT) - Behind every bottle of wine stands a winemaker with the enviable position of shepherding the wine from grapes to final taste. Ben Bryant holds that coveted role for Australia’s leading winery, Jacob’s Creek. Bryant shares his journey on the road to winemaker and the passions tha... More >>

Go from vacation deprivation to vacation inspiration
(BPT) - Pop quiz: When was the last time you took a vacation? A real vacation, not one of those staycations where you stuck around town to finish a project at your home? Do you even remember your last vacation? If you don’t, then you are officially vacation deprived.And you’re not alone... More >>

3 things you should know about BPA this holiday season [Infographic]
(BPT) - Before you make your holiday preparations, here are three facts you may not know about bisphenol-A (BPA), a common chemical used in many of the popular products we use during the holiday season.... More >>

America's stocking stuffer traditions: Revealed [Infographic]
(BPT) - Even when it comes down to last-minute shopping, the yearly trip to purchase stocking stuffers is not achieved without strategy. A recent survey by Arm & Hammer Spinbrush uncovers Americans’ habits when it comes to this holiday tradition.... More >>

Seeking a smartphone? Here are 10 things to look for
(BPT) - There are many choices when shopping for a smartphone these days, and the differences can be very subtle. Here are some of the key things you’ll want to look at to make sure you find the one that works best for your needs.Operating System (OS): There are two different operating system... More >>

Mastering the art of hosting the holidays [Infographic]
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Seize the holidays with 4 festive twists on decadent desserts
(BPT) - It’s no secret that the holidays are a time for indulgence. Nearly four out of five Americans (79 percent) say dessert is one of their favorite parts of holiday dinners and celebrations, and 94 percent like pie, according to an Edwards(R) desserts survey conducted online by Harris Po... More >>

Smarten up your holiday wish list with these must-have gadgets
(BPT) - With the hectic pace of today's busy lifestyles, is it really all that surprising that people everywhere are craving new smart technologies? After all, life basically demands that you save time and money wherever you can, and smart technologies utilized in your home deliver both. It's easy,... More >>

5 ways the '90s are back and bigger than ever
-(BPT) - The '90s were the years of dial-up internet connections and transparent phones, grunge music and boy bands, Biggie and Tupac, overalls and high-top sneakers, guys with frosted hair and girls with “The Rachel” cut.We could go on and on — and whether you raised your own vir... More >>

5 things you may not know about beloved holiday traditions
(BPT) - Without a doubt, the holidays are definitely a nostalgic time of year, a chance to slow down and savor the things that make us feel happy and close to our loved ones.While the flavors and rituals that make our holidays happy have roots that run deep into the past, they weren’t always ... More >>

Debunking the Myths Behind the Real vs. Artificial Christmas Tree Debate [Infographic]
(BPT) - Here comes Santa Claus … and a sleigh full of confusion about Christmas trees. Popular myths are that real trees are bad for the environment, artificial trees make smarter financial sense and real trees are a hassle, but read on for the truth and visit Facebook.com/ItsChristmasKeepIt... More >>

Cocktail party quantity guide [Infographic]
(BPT) - Whether your gathering is designed to be more intimate with a few guests or something livelier of a much larger scale, follow these guidelines from the Chinet brand for how much food and drink to have on hand for a cocktail party.Save... More >>

Yule tools: 5 tips for dodging a holiday credit hangover
(BPT) - All the glitz, glamour, gatherings and good tidings over the holidays can easily make you forget your disposable income has limits.Who wants to think about overspending when the jingle bells are rocking, the mistletoe is beckoning, peace and goodwill to men abound and the gifts are flowing ... More >>

In the spirit of holiday giving, national food donation partnership feeds needy, not landfills
(BPT) - With the holiday season upon us, Americans are gathering for traditional celebrations and family meals. Even after leftovers have been devoured for days, the amount of uneaten food and overall food waste is overwhelming.According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), during the ... More >>

5 tips for scoring the best Black Friday electronics
(BPT) - If you’re already looking forward to scouting out the best Black Friday deals, you’re clearly far from alone. Each year, many Americans look forward to the thrill of the hunt when it comes to securing the best bargains retailers can offer.That’s especially true when it com... More >>

The perfect gift for animal lovers: Becoming a wildlife hero
(BPT) - As people come together to celebrate the holidays and share their hopes for the future, the environment often comes up in conversation. Threats to animals and the planet have never been greater; more than 25 percent of the world’s mammals — such as elephants, polar bears and lem... More >>

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