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Wednesday 04/27/2016
The Twister Game Celebrates Five Decades as Family Party Game Favorite
Updated: April 27, 2016 - 4:37 am

(StatePoint) It’s been five decades of party-goers tangling themselves up in knots, as the TWISTER game celebrates its 50th anniversary as a pop culture phenomenon and game night staple.

Tuesday 04/26/2016
Enjoy A New Thriller
Updated: April 27, 2016 - 4:37 am

(NAPSI)—“Rogue Mission: A Jordan Sandor Thriller” sends the talented CIA agent on his most exciting adventure yet. Reviewers call this highly anticipated fourth entry in Jeffrey S. Stephens’ critically acclaimed series the best yet.

Monday 04/25/2016
Embracing the Season’s Home Trends
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) With warmer weather ahead, now is the perfect time to assess the nest and look for ways to refresh the home with the latest colors, prints, patterns and fabrics that are on-trend for the season.

7 Tips to Get a Step Ahead for Prom
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Prom is one of the most unforgettable moments of high school and an event that is looked forward to with excitement. What is there not to enjoy about getting all dolled up and spending a memorable night dancing and having a good time with your friends?

3 Ways to Begin Settling a Loved One’s Affairs
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Following the loss of a parent, the list of to-dos can feel overwhelming. Not only are you adjusting to life without a loved one, you may be facing a seemingly insurmountable list of tasks. From arranging services to dispersing personal possessions to taking care of yourself, it’s easy to find yourself in over your head.

Learn More, Breathe Better
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Only a few years ago, about one third of the population had not heard of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), despite its status as one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Now, nearly a decade later, awareness of COPD is on the rise.

Quick Beauty Tricks for a Busy Morning
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) When you’re crunched for time, you may be tempted to ditch the pampering from your morning routine. No matter how quickly you have to dash out the door, you can always find shortcuts to your daily beauty regimen that let you look and feel your best.

5 Reasons Why Hen Welfare Should Ruffle Your Feathers
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Over the past year, the national conversation over animal welfare has grown increasingly louder. Just three years ago, eggs from hens in cramped cages made up 95 percent of the market. Today, major corporations across the country have committed to more humane food practices by moving to cage-free eggs.

3 Ways to Find Financial Happiness This Year
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Whether a Millennial keen to put down roots and buy a house in the near future, a Gen Xer intent on nourishing credit health to keep life goals on track or a Boomer who wants to ensure their finances are in order before retirement, good credit health matters. A majority of Americans feel it directly correlates with their overall happiness, too.

Weed Out Gardening Injuries this Spring
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Gardening has many health benefits, but you need to ensure that you're not putting undue strain on your body.

Wednesday 04/20/2016
7 ways to keep your child learning this summer
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 4:38 am

(BPT) - When school dismisses for the summer, parents across the country worry about how much their children will forget over the vacation months. Will all those hours helping them with math and reading dissolve with the carefree hours spent at the pool or playground?

Tuesday 04/19/2016
Mom Knows Best: Even When Buying a Mother's Day Gift
Updated: April 20, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - If choosing the right Mother's Day gift has been your biggest challenge over the years, try taking a cue from mom herself.

Sugar Gliders, Pangolins & Foxes, Oh My! New Novel Entertains for Earth Day
Updated: April 20, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Just in time for Earth Day, a new book introduces young readers aged 7 to 11 to a whole new world of unique and compelling endangered species, environmental awareness, teamwork and, best of all, a rollicking, outlandish group of characters that entertain the whole family.

Monday 04/18/2016
Surprisingly simple potty training tips
Updated: April 19, 2016 - 4:38 am

(BPT) - Your toddler sits in unusually quiet concentration as you smile and give two thumbs up, the universal sign of encouragement between parent and child. After what seems like an eternity, when you’re about to give up hope, you suddenly hear the long-awaited sound of victory — that little tinkle that signifies potty training success!

Cooking Up Gifts for Mom’s Kitchen
Updated: April 18, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) From homemade childhood favorites that warm the heart to delectable desserts, no one works their magic in the kitchen quite like mom. When trying to decide what to get your favorite lady for Mother’s Day this year, look for gifts that allow her to channel her inner foodie, chef or baker.

Get Your Car Spring Ready
Updated: April 18, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Spring breezes may be blowing, but before you put those windows down and settle in for a leisurely drive to soak up that fresh air, your car needs some seasonal freshening of its own.

Increasing Road Safety with Cost-Effective Technology
Updated: April 18, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Driving conditions have drastically changed in recent years, and thanks to the rise of cell phones and smart devices there are more distracted drivers on the road than ever before. In fact, the National Safety Council reports that 1.6 million crashes each year are a direct result of cell phone use while driving.

Sharing Economy Embraces Camping
Updated: April 23, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) The number of people sharing their homes and rides has increased at steady rates across America based on increasing demand for less expensive and better vacation rentals and carpools. Now, landowners can join the sharing economy and benefit by sharing their land and hosting campers.

Felines and Fleas: A Dose of Prevention is Key
Updated: April 23, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) It’s a common belief that indoor cats don’t need protection from parasites, such as fleas. While cats that stay indoors are at lower risk than those who spend the majority of time outside, the potential still exists for infestation. Preventive care is the most important step cat owners can take to help ensure a long and healthy life for their furry friends.

Understanding the Yawn
Updated: April 23, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Yawning is a natural part of everyday life, yet this simple phenomenon has some rather curious and mysterious features.

Friday 04/15/2016
What the H? Rhum Finally Arrives to the Cocktail Party
Updated: April 16, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Just as Miami has mojitos and Mexico has margaritas, so too is a French Caribbean Island. Martinique, also known as the "island of flowers," is not only home to warm, tropical breezes and blue waters, but also to Ti' Punch -- the cocktail that is the heart of this island's culture.

Wednesday 04/13/2016
Give Kids A Fun Way To Save The Forests
Updated: April 14, 2016 - 1:23 pm

(NAPSI)—Kids and the people who care about them can have a good time with the fun-filled activities, easy-to-read story lines and beautifully illustrated, cartoonlike characters of an environmental teaching tool.

Monday 04/11/2016
Protect and Treat Your Family’s Skin from Bites and Itch this Season
Updated: April 11, 2016 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Warm days mean picnics, ballgames and outdoor adventure. Unfortunately, all that sun and fun can introduce a greater risk of skin woes for you and your family.

5 Simple Tips for Birthday Bash Success
Updated: April 14, 2016 - 1:23 pm

(Family Features) Whether you’re planning a princess tea party or a superhero birthday bash, the secret to organizing a party your child will treasure is to keep your little one’s interests at the forefront.

Tech Transforms Dining Out Experience
Updated: April 14, 2016 - 1:23 pm

(Family Features) Satisfying a craving has become easier than ever with the growing menu of interactive tools available at restaurants. From ordering to entertaining to rewarding, these resources make it simple to enjoy visiting your favorite eateries.

Friday 04/08/2016
A New First Step to Helping Solve Infertility
Updated: April 09, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Overall, close to 20 million women are affected by infertility. With a 58 percent reduction in sperm counts since 1938 due to estrogen-mimickers in many over-the-counter medications and in the water supply, men are equally affected.

Thursday 04/07/2016
It's Time To Disrupt Aging: The Realities Of Aging Have Changed But Attitudes Have Not
Updated: April 09, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—How old is “old”? What constitutes being middle-aged? A generation ago, someone who was in his or her early 40s was considered by most people to be middle-aged, but you won’t find as many who think that now. A generation before that, middle age started at around 35. However, a composite of recent surveys conducted over the last couple of years shows a majority of people now believe middle age starts at around 55.

Wednesday 04/06/2016
Make the Most of Your Greater Fort Lauderdale Vacation
Updated: April 07, 2016 - 4:34 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Planning a Florida vacation? The greater Fort Lauderdale area is among the most popular South Florida destinations. For outdoor enthusiasts, http://www.sunny.org/VIP">Greater Fort Lauderdale features 23 miles of Blue Wave-certified beaches, as well as more than 300 miles of inland waterways for sightseeing. This beach resort destination offers a range of daytime and nighttime options for entertainment, shopping and dining.

Monday 04/04/2016
Experience Florida, Off the Beaten Path
Updated: April 05, 2016 - 4:34 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - For many people, the words "Florida vacation" conjure up images of theme parks and beaches. But head inland and away from the major cities, and you'll quickly realize that there's so much more to the Sunshine State. Cattle ranches, historic architecture, some of the nation's oldest wineries and more dot the landscape as you explore the state's interior. Streamsong Resort, located about 45 minutes southeast of Tampa, is one getaway catering to an increasing number of tourists who want to experience this other side of Florida, off the beaten path.

Last Minute Tax Tips
Updated: April 09, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Even though it’s common knowledge that tax day is April 15 (April 18 for filing 2015 taxes in 2016), many people wait until the last minute to file their income taxes.

5 Hacks for Greener, Happier Living
Updated: April 09, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Whether you take shorter showers, reduce food waste or make eco-minded choices at the grocery store, adopting one simple habit can make a difference in protecting Earth’s natural resources. These simple, renewable lifestyle changes may even affect your personal mindset.

5 Reasons for Eating Right
Updated: April 09, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Eating right is not about adhering to a strict diet, losing weight or depriving yourself of your favorite foods. While maintaining a diet that is good for you can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid certain health problems, it can also have a positive impact on your mood, energy level and outlook.

Monday 03/28/2016
How to Combat Rising Life Insurance Costs
Updated: April 02, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) For a good portion of Americans, life insurance is a critical component of financial planning. However, in recent months, many seniors have been hit with an unwelcome surprise as several insurers are raising the premiums on their life insurance policies.

Tuesday 03/22/2016
Prom 101: Three Fun Facts for the Big Dance
Updated: March 22, 2016 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) If you remember your own prom like it was yesterday, you may be surprised to learn that kids today are celebrating the big dance differently these days.

Hints for Tackling Tough Household Chores
Updated: March 22, 2016 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) A long to-do list can seem daunting. But it doesn’t have to. A few strategies can help you be more productive and get tough household chores tackled in record time.

Healthy Sleeping Tips for Young Children
Updated: March 22, 2016 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) For babies and young children, high quality sleep is crucial for development and overall health. By adopting good, safe sleep habits early, the entire family can get the rest needed to thrive.

Monday 03/21/2016
Kicking the Habit
Updated: March 21, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Quitting tobacco is hard, but it’s never too late to quit and begin reaping the health benefits of a tobacco-free lifestyle.

Let the Housestalking Begin
Updated: March 21, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Homeowners and buyers have been on a huge roller coaster ride over the past decade. The market went downhill quick, hit bottom and is now roaring back up again. But that's not good news for everyone. The sharp upturn in the market has left many homebuyers with money to spend but no houses to buy.

How to Manage To-Dos and Capture Ideas on the Go
Updated: March 21, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) When your to-do list is miles long and deadlines are looming, it can be hard to tap into a creative, problem-solving mindset. Creating a more intentional approach to productivity will let you shift gears to not only cross items of your list, but to deliver higher quality, more effective work.

African Americans and Kidney Disease: Making the Connection
Updated: March 26, 2016 - 4:37 am

(Family Features) Kidney disease affects more than six million African American adults - one out of every six. Over time, kidney disease can lead to kidney failure. African Americans are nearly four times more likely to develop kidney failure than Caucasians.

Kidney Disease and Children: Put Prevention Into Practice
Updated: March 26, 2016 - 4:37 am

(Family Features) Kidney disease is not a health problem reserved for adults: children may have kidney disease or health problems that can increase their chance of developing kidney disease as adults.

Monday 03/14/2016
Want to Create a Bookworm? Start Reading Early and Often
Updated: March 15, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Most parents know the best way to get kids to read later in life is to read to them early and often. But even parents' best efforts to create bookworms sometimes fall flat -- especially in today's world of lights and action best seen from a screen.

5 Simple Tricks to Restore Damaged Hair
Updated: March 19, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) If your once shiny and healthy locks have fallen victim to heat and styling damage, you may be able to reverse the impact and reclaim your lustrous mane.

5 Savings Tips to Tax Refund Rewards
Updated: March 14, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) If $2,000 suddenly hit your bank account, you’d feel like you hit the jackpot, right? That will be a reality for many Americans this tax season as, according to a tax time survey by Straight Talk Wireless, Americans on average expect to receive exactly that back on their tax refund this year. Use this time to reap refund rewards!

When Quitting Is Winning
Updated: March 14, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Quitting tobacco is hard, but it’s never too late to quit and begin reaping the health benefits of a tobacco-free lifestyle.

Wake Up Refreshed
Updated: March 15, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Ready, set, go. Just as you would set off at the starting line of a race, this hectic pace is how mornings begin for most working men and women.

Friday 03/11/2016
Turning Travel Time Into Learning Time With Kids
Updated: March 12, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - With many parents making plans to get out of town this spring, it's the perfect time to introduce fun toys that can turn a road trip or visit to Grandma's house into a learning opportunity.

Wednesday 03/09/2016
Feeling lucky? 7 historic good luck charms explained
Updated: March 17, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - If you have a superstition or a good luck charm, you’re not alone. A recent survey polling 1,000 Americans reveals 72 percent believe luck contributes to their success, and one in 10 believe luck is the most important factor.

Fun Facts about Mr. Monopoly for World Monopoly Day
Updated: March 09, 2016 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Board games are a great way to bring families together and create new memories. The classic Monopoly game has been heating up the competition during game nights for more than 80 years. However, fans of the classic game may not know much about the real estate tycoon Mr. Monopoly himself.