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Respecting the stars and stripes: American flag etiquette

(BPT) - Summers are packed with outdoor activities, barbecues and patriotic celebrations. While the American flag is often an important part of these celebrations, many of us have questions about how to properly care for and display it.

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Thursday 05/05/2016
Mom Knows Best: Even When Buying a Mother's Day Gift
Updated: May 25, 2016 - 4:37 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - How many times have you been prescribed medication by your healthcare provider, only to arrive home to find that you're unsure about possible side effects? Or the correct dose? Or the risk of taking the new medication together with other medicines you already use? Have you ever felt too embarrassed -- or too rushed -- to clarify medication information or instructions with your provider?

3 Ways to Celebrate Summer Affordably at Home
Updated: May 05, 2016 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) Don’t let the potentially high cost of summer fun keep you from enjoying time with family and friends.

Tuesday 04/26/2016
Are You Eating Enough Vegetables a Day?
Updated: May 27, 2016 - 4:42 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Only nine percent of Americans are meeting their daily recommended consumption of vegetables, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This May, National Salad Month, make an extra effort to get your greens and meet the 2016 USDA Dietary Guidelines, which recommend that you consume between two and three cups of vegetables per day.

Thursday 04/07/2016
3 Ways Scents Can Impact Your Mood
Updated: April 07, 2016 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) Have your spirits ever cheered suddenly when you entered a room? Have you ever been whisked away to a different time and place after breathing in a familiar fragrance? The way you feel is affected by more than what meets the eye. When it comes to your mood, scent can be a very powerful force.

Friday 04/01/2016
Sell your home fast with these 3 often-overlooked home-staging tricks
Updated: April 09, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - If you’ll be selling your home this spring or summer, your Realtor will probably talk to you about staging the house to maximize its appeal to buyers. Staging is a simple process that can have a big impact on how quickly your home sells and, Realtors say, how much buyers are willing to pay for it.

Top tips for a perfect Mother's Day
Updated: April 05, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - She’s spent years taking care of you, whether it was mending your first broken heart, helping you pack and move for college, or moving in to help take care of your first child. Mom has always been around to help. For all the times she’s been there for you, now is the time to be there for her. This Mother’s Day, plan the perfect day to show mom just how thankful you are.

5 simple steps to creating gift baskets that rock
Updated: April 09, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Graduations, weddings, birthdays, office celebrations, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and barbecues — spring and summer are full of occasions that cry out for a great gift basket. A big basket bursting with a bounty of goodies can be costly, however, if you buy a pre-made one. Worse yet, store-bought baskets can be predictable and impersonal. Creating your own gift basket can save you money, allow you to really personalize your gift and be as much fun to make as they are to receive!

Wednesday 03/30/2016
Spring cleaning: 8 areas you can't overlook
Updated: April 07, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Spring is here, which means it’s time to start cleaning. While a good wipe down can leave your home feeling clean, there are several overlooked items that could be hosting germs, dirt and dust. So when you’re ready to get out the broom, mop and rags, don’t forget to tidy up these areas of the home.

Tuesday 03/29/2016
Can't read it, don't feed it: Why wild bird-lovers should choose top-of-the-crop natural feed
Updated: April 06, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Have you ever wondered what’s in one of your favorite packaged foods, grabbed the box from your pantry, read the ingredients list … and realized you still didn’t know what you were eating? The ingredients in some processed foods can read like a chemist’s shopping list. Now imagine if your backyard birds could read. What would they say about the ingredients in the food you feed them?

Monday 03/28/2016
5 tips to help you make the most of this year's real estate season
Updated: April 05, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Spring is here! This season of new beginnings also marks the start of the year’s busiest real estate period. According to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, the housing market in 2016 is set to be quite active with a 3 percent increase in total home sales compared to the previous year. If you’re planning to enter the housing market this year, buying or selling a home is a big decision and you can count on plenty of competition. To ensure you make the correct home buying or selling decisions, it’s important to do your research and arm yourself with valuable information.

6 summer sides you never knew you could grill
Updated: April 05, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - What image does the word “grilling” bring to mind? Do you envision thick, juicy burgers or steaks? What about sauce-slathered chicken breasts sizzling over coals? Cooking out is one of the great joys of warm weather, but if you leave side dishes out of your grilling plans — or stick with cold sides like salads — you’re missing out on some great flavors.

Wednesday 03/23/2016
Don't miss these must-have snacks that define each season of the year
Updated: March 31, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Snacks, produce, drinks or sweets – if it is a seasonal offering, Americans are anxiously awaiting it. According to Nielsen, Americans spend about $374 billion annually on snack foods. For many of those snack lovers, items that are only available for a limited time are one of the major highlights of seasonal occasions and holidays, especially this time of year when, according to a recent Cheetos brand survey, 65 percent of Americans profess their love of seasonal Easter treats.

5 things you can do to improve the look of your lawn today
Updated: March 31, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - You’ve waited all winter for the chance to transform your lawn from that drab, frozen tundra into the lush, green oasis you know it can be. But this transformation doesn’t happen overnight, and you can’t expect Mother Nature to take care of everything herself. Getting your dream yard is going to require a little work on your part, but the rewards are worth the efforts and as you’ll see, even the smallest changes can have a big impact. Follow each of the five simple tips below and you’ll be enjoying your yard all season long.

Tuesday 03/22/2016
Backyard bounty: Vegetables are nature's original nutritional powerhouses
Updated: March 30, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - You’ve probably heard the chatter around how a handful of unusual foods are must-eat nutritional powerhouses — and wondered how you’ll ever get your kids to try kale or chia seeds. But you don’t have to stress over how to incorporate the latest health food fads into your family’s diet in order to get powerful nutrition.

Monday 03/21/2016
5 tips for a satisfying spring cleaning
Updated: March 29, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Of the many projects and activities people put on their annual to-do lists, few loom as large as spring cleaning. If you suddenly feel a burst of energy and a need to shake out the dreariness of winter, you’re not alone. While it may seem like a chore, many look forward to spring cleaning, and with good reason. It’s a time to open up your home, let in the fresh air and get it ready for the warmer months.

Tuesday 03/15/2016
Don't dumb down deer - they're smarter than you think! Outsmart them and protect your yard
Updated: March 23, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - With 2015 breaking records as the warmest year ever in the U.S., you’ll soon be seeing an unhappy side-effect of the mild weather; more deer will be browsing your backyard when the weather gets warm.

Thursday 03/10/2016
Buy or sell, termites should be top-of-mind during spring real estate season
Updated: March 18, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Spring is here, and it’s the perfect time to sell or buy a home. Whether you’re putting your home on the market, or shopping for a new house for your family, you have a lot to think about — and termites should be near the top of your list. Just as swarms of homebuyers will start circulating through neighborhoods with the arrival of spring, the warmer weather also brings out termite swarms. A termite infestation can quickly turn your dream home sale or purchase into a living nightmare.

Tuesday 03/01/2016
Clover comeback: Today's twist to a lush, green, easy, eco-smart lawn alternative
Updated: March 08, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Who doesn’t love the look and feel of a lush, green lawn? Having your home surrounded by gorgeous green turf has forever been part of the American dream. But once reality sets in, maintaining and irrigating traditional turf lawns can cost you time and money. If you’re an eco-conscious homeowner, or just want gorgeous green surrounding your home, you may find it difficult to justify the expense, water and chemicals involved in modern lawn maintenance.

Thursday 02/25/2016
5 better-for-you ways to host your next spring gathering
Updated: March 04, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - As the weather warms up and you’re beginning to think about sunny brunches and breezy dinners on the patio, it may be time to take a fresh approach to your spring entertaining. From Easter and Mother’s Day to a number of other spring holidays, who wouldn’t want to step up their hosting game?

Monday 02/15/2016
5 myths and one truth about the cold and flu
Updated: February 23, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Some people are always on the move. Their weekend begins with a list of things to do and ends with a bunch of checked boxes. Lunch hours are time to squeeze in a visit to the gym or take advantage of sale. Each day is a marathon of activity.

Thursday 02/11/2016
A Better Valentine's Day Gift for Couples?
Updated: March 11, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - The cold, blistering months can take a toll on our mental and physical health, but a colorful mix of seasonal ingredients can keep you going strong until springtime.

7 steps to allergy relief with spring cleaning
Updated: February 19, 2016 - 4:33 am

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Looking his best: Grooming for the perfect Valentine's Day date
Updated: February 18, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and for many men, the pressure is on to book the perfect, romantic dates and make sure the chocolates and flowers are ordered on time. While trying to create the perfect Valentine’s Day for their special someone, it’s easy for guys to forget about looking the part, too.

Tuesday 02/09/2016
El Regalo Ideal Para Cualquier Etapa De Tu Relación
Updated: February 24, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Noticias destacadas - El día de San Valentín está por llegar y encontrar el regalo ideal para tu persona especial, a la vez que comunicar el correcto mensaje romántico, no sólo puede ser difícil, sino que además un abrumador.

Tuesday 02/02/2016
6 tips for surviving the winter blues
Updated: February 02, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - It’s the most trying time of the year. The holidays are a distant memory, while the warm weather and carefree getaways of spring are several weeks away. No matter how much you insist you love the seasons and that you’re really a winter-loving gal, chances are you need a little help getting through the pre-spring stretch. With these simple tips, you’ll survive and maybe even thrive in the gloomiest months of the year:

Wednesday 01/27/2016
Fibromyalgia: The Disease Whose Exact Cause Remains Unknown
Updated: February 27, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Fibromyalgia is a disease affecting about 10 million American adults whose exact cause remains unknown. So it was a big deal when a new conference was held to develop ways to collaborate on treatment efforts, which includes chiropractic care.

Tuesday 01/26/2016
How Safe Is Your Child's Bedroom?
Updated: February 24, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Radon is an all-too-common invisible radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. Thankfully it can be easily fixed if you have your home tested. Protect yourself and your loved ones by having your home tested as soon as possible.

Friday 01/22/2016
Reading Program Is 'Changing Lives One Student at a Time'
Updated: February 21, 2016 - 4:35 am

(NewsUSA) - While parents may understand the importance of reading to their kids at an early age, not all children are born bookworms.

Monday 01/11/2016
Homeowners liable for snow, ice control
Updated: January 19, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - During the winter months, it’s common to see shopping centers and business owners out and about clearing snow and ice from pathways, parking spaces and entrances. But this isn’t just good business to help customers get in the door — it’s also a liability issue should someone slip and fall and injure themselves. Homeowners, too, face similar, albeit more limited, liability if they fail to take adequate steps to remove such slippery hazards from their property.

5 tips to protect your identity and celebrate refund season
Updated: January 18, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - The holidays may be over, but refund season is just beginning, and there’s a lot to celebrate. This tax season, while consumers are eagerly awaiting their refund, tax preparation companies, tax officials and the IRS are working together to combat one of the fastest growing threats for tax season 2016 — tax identity fraud.

Monday 12/28/2015
Winter tree trimming: why the season of white is a great time to think green
Updated: January 04, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Is your winter tree maintenance limited to trimming the Christmas tree? If so, you’re missing out on one of the season’s most important home projects. Many homeowners pay little attention to their trees and bushes once colder weather arrives, but seasonal maintenance done during these months can be incredibly beneficial, not only for the plant but for you as well.

Help your family's health while giving back this holiday season
Updated: January 04, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - The holidays are full of stressful tasks such as event planning, gift buying and last minute errands. But when you get to see your family, all of the business seems worth it.

Wednesday 12/23/2015
Four steps to protect your home from winter water damage
Updated: December 30, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Rain, sleet, ice and snow — no matter what form it’s in, precipitation can lead to major winter damage resulting in many issues for home and business owners. Icy roads, ruptured pipes and ice dams are all complications brought on by winter water, and the threat may be even greater this season according to national weather predictions.

Tuesday 12/22/2015
5 simple ways to kick-start a financially healthy 2016
Updated: December 29, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - You banked your holiday bonus and landed that raise you’ve been hoping for, but the post-holiday bills are coming. You may be wondering what more you can do to ensure you’re on the right track financially in 2016. Fortunately, you can do a lot right away to start the year off strong.

Friday 12/18/2015
5 tips to make sure your home is ready for winter
Updated: December 25, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - It’s a chilling thought, but winter is coming fast. Snow, sleet, ice and brisk winds are all on their way. You can’t avoid winter’s pending arrival, but you can prepare for it. If you haven’t already, start your preparations today because once the first few flurries fall, it will be too late.

Wednesday 12/16/2015
Domestic violence knows no holiday: Give the gift of support to a survivor
Updated: December 23, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - The holidays are a time for joy and peace. You can help keep it that way.

Tuesday 12/15/2015
5 ways to make your holidays magical through giving
Posted: December 15, 2015

(BPT) - “It’s better to give than to receive.” You’ve heard the saying before, we all have. But this year, what if you lived it? Not just by giving presents to your family and friends, but by giving of yourself, your talents and your compassion to the people who need it most. The holidays come alive when you give, and in doing so, you may just develop some new Christmas traditions you’ll look forward to in the years ahead.

A new 'third option' for gift cards offers a personal, practical touch to gifting
Posted: December 15, 2015

(BPT) - Gift cards have been the most requested holiday gift for nine straight years, according to the National Retail Federation. Consumers love them for the convenience and flexibility they provide, and they cut down on the hassle and waste of unwanted and returned gifts. Post-recession consumers are more precise and frugal with their spending and gift cards satisfy their desire for practical but thoughtful gifting.

Holiday grooming trends: Is the bushy beard on the naughty or nice list?
Updated: December 16, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - The holidays are almost here. That means it’s time for holiday work parties, seasonal outings and visiting with loved ones you may not otherwise see during the year. With so many important events coming up, you want to look your best and — for guys — that means celebrating Santa Claus without looking like him.

Tech, glorious tech! Top last-minute gear gifts for every budget
Updated: December 22, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - If you’re still not done with your holiday shopping, you’re not alone; the vast majority of shoppers are still buying gifts in December, according to the National Retail Federation. The top reason they’re not done yet? The majority say they’re still trying to figure out what to buy, NRF surveys reveal.

Friday 12/11/2015
A Homeowner's Guide to Hanging Holiday Lights
Updated: December 12, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Let there be lights!

Delivering the Goods: Michelin Honors Unsung Holiday Heroes
Updated: December 12, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - With holidays fast approaching, it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of buying gifts, and food for get-togethers, parties and holiday dinners. Rarely do we take time to think about how these items -- that will be long remembered (or forgotten) after the holidays are over -- got to the store, market, and ultimately to your home.

Wednesday 12/09/2015
Five ways to inspire holiday magic this year
Updated: December 10, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - In a perfect world, the countdown to Christmas is full of visions of Santa Claus, his reindeer and sugarplums dancing in our heads. At least, that’s the way it’s supposed to be. So why are all of your visions focused on shopping lists, travel arrangements and holiday chaos?

Last minute gifts for the 4 types of people on your list
Updated: December 16, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Inevitably it happens — no matter how much you plan, how meticulous you are in making a list with all your friends, family and co-workers on it, you forget to buy a gift for someone and have to scramble to come up with a last minute gift idea.

Tuesday 12/08/2015
Holiday inspiration: A sweet DIY wreath
Posted: December 08, 2015

(BPT) - This holiday season, welcome friends and family to your home by adding a personal touch to your décor. This delicious twist on the traditional Christmas wreath will elevate your home’s first impression, setting a festive tone for all your seasonal celebrations. Indulge your DIY spirit with our easy to follow steps to create your own LINDOR Truffle Wreath.

New season, new tires: what you need to know about all-season and all-terrain
Updated: December 15, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - If your vehicle is more to you than just a tool that gets you to and from work, then you’re always looking for new ways to maximize your drive time. As seasons change, your pursuits do as well which requires considerations about road conditions and weather when choosing the best equipment to get you where you want to go, without fail.

Friday 12/04/2015
Dressings Go Beyond Lettuce and Salads This Holiday Season
Updated: December 17, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - If you're like many Americans, you likely have multiple salad dressings sitting in your refrigerator right now. Whether straight off the shelf or made from a packet with added ingredients, salad dressings can be used for more than the typical green salad.

Thursday 12/03/2015
How to Give Your 2016 Resolutions Staying Power
Updated: December 04, 2015 - 4:34 am

(NewsUSA) - With any new year comes a clean slate and a chance to take on new goals. For many, resolutions revolve around healthy changes, but experts caution that resolve begins to waver at the end of January -- which is why setting specific, realistic goals is proven to be more effective.

Wednesday 12/02/2015
Don't Drink and Ink This Holiday Season
Updated: December 02, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) There will be lots of holiday cheer this season, and when that happens, people often do silly things like getting drunken tattoos. But drinking and inking is not always the best idea.