Money-saving tips to help you stock up this season
(BPT) - As summer winds down, many are heading into a busy buying season with Labor Day soirees and preparing for back-to-school. With the average family expected to spend an average of $634.78 on back-to-school shopping this year, according to the National Retail Federation , consumers are seeking cost saving strategies...
Growth of K-12 online education [Infographic]
What was once reserved for higher education is now a growing trend among K-12 students nationwide - online learning. More than 275,000 students in grades K-12 in the U.S. are getting a high-quality education - often through a full-time online public school - without boarding a bus, entering a physical classroom, or even leaving their homes. What types of students are going to public school online and why? Learn more about the students and families who are choosing this non- traditional, rapid...
Three easy beauty solutions for looking and feeling great this summer
(BPT) - Summer is the time to inspire the senses, embrace the warm weather and have fun with seasonal trends. Looking and feeling your best can be challenging as temperatures and humidity levels rise, but a few simple tips can help you incorporate some of the season’s hottest trends and enjoy a beautiful, refreshed look all summer long. Summer hues The trick to experimenting with warm weather beauty trends is keeping them fun and simple. One way to spice up your look this summer is to integra...
How to maximize the flavor and nutrition of snack mixes
(BPT) - Everyone wants to enjoy foods they can feel good about eating, and snacks are no different. While carrot sticks and crackers with cheese are great go-to options, it’s important to mix things up. Snacking should be tasty and combine an interesting medley of flavors, as well as include whole grains and vitamin-rich...
Taking a look at key food issues
(BPT) - Kids around the country are heading for school. For parents, now is the time to think about providing nutritious meals in kids’ lunch boxes and on the kitchen table – keeping them energized and focused throughout the day, and above all else, healthy. This fall, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance wants to help fami...
Low-risk lung cancer screening saves lives
Although lung cancer kills more people than breast, colon, pancreatic and prostate cancers combined, the most effective early detection method for lung cancer has not been recognized by the government - until now. Heading into August, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued its long awaited draft recommendation that people considered at high risk for lung cancer get screened for the disease using a low dose CT scan. "This is the most significant advancement in fighting lung ca...
Entertaining ideas for going Greek (yogurt)
(BPT) - Twice the protein, half the carbs, 20 percent of your daily calcium requirement and probiotic cultures that help keep digestive tracts happy – what’s not to love about Greek yogurt? For some who resist making the switch from regular to Greek yogurt, it boils down to taste. Some people find the strong flavor of th...
Cooking Wine 101 [Infographic]
When a recipe calls for wine, do you grab for any bottle of red or white found on the shelf? It’s a better idea to use cooking wine, which is wine made for cooking. Not only does it cost less, but it has a longer shelf life, allowing you to continue making –and enjoying – the recipe several times over.
Three simple ideas for creating an amazing cheese platter
(BPT) - An order of “extra cheese” is commonly heard in restaurants across the United States. In fact, this delectable dairy treat is enjoyed by people all around the world. The flavors and textures of different cheeses make a cheese tray the perfect appetizer to please a group of guests and showcase your personal style ...
Easing stress during the busy back-to-school season
(BPT) - The easy breezy days of summer are coming to a close, and families everywhere are preparing to go back to school. For parents, this is a particularly challenging time of year. To help simplify and make this time more enjoyable, “The Lifestyle Mom” Dana Hilmer has a few tips for busy parents: 1. The temptation to ...
Checking for bed bugs: A new back-to-school routine?
(BPT) - As parents and students prepare to begin another school year, one back-to-school routine they may have to add to their duties is checking backpacks, school items and clothing for bed bugs. Communities across the country have seen an increased number of bed bug infestations in recent years. As these pests infiltra...