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Wood is good: The must-have material for your spring home spruce-up
(BPT) - Thinking of sprucing up your home for spring? You're not alone; one in three homeowners say they'll take on at least one home improvement project in the first half of 2014, according to a recent survey by Burst Media. And it turns out, freshening your home for spring is a smart investment. Home sales and prices a...
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Beyond cool: How ceiling fans offer energy efficiency, decor and function
(BPT) - Savvy interior designers know that items that are both fashionable and functional are in high demand. One of the best examples of a stylish, hardworking home fixture is also one of the most overlooked: the ceiling fan. In 2014, more homeowners are realizing the potential this classic technology has not only on th...
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From floor to fixtures: Top spring home decor trends add style and personality
(BPT) - Spring is in the air, which means it's time to refresh your indoor spaces to reflect the energy and optimism of the season. The top home decor trends of spring 2014 take a fresh approach to traditional design elements to create an aesthetic that is fresh and full of life. Best yet, the trends are easily accessibl...
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STEM careers challenging, rewarding and attainable for women [Infographic]
Jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are the second-fastest growing job sector over the next decade, yet women comprise just 24 percent of the STEM workforce. Why? Many girls do not perceive themselves as being successful in STEM-related careers because they lack real-life role models and lose interest over time, eventually choosing careers in other fields. Grassroots efforts like DeVry University's STEM Ready initiative introduce high school students to careers in STEM an...
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Your home could be attracting termites
(BPT) - Spring is when pests come out of hiding and hibernation to search for new places to establish their colonies. Unfortunately, it's not only the flowers in your garden that attract pests but also your home itself. One of the most determined springtime pests is termites. Termites live up to their nickname of the 'si...
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Stay ahead of cybercriminals: use caution and common sense online
(BPT) - Cybercrime is everywhere these days. It happens in the dead of night, in broad daylight, in homes, hotels, restaurants and airports. In fact, due to the explosion of online transactions, social media and mobile technology, it can happen almost anywhere at any time. The good news, however, is that it doesn't take ...
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Learn how water is helping energy flow [Infographic]
We each have an individual impact on the Earth when it comes to using resources, like water. Each person uses 5-13 gallons a day for drinking, cooking and cleaning. But our water 'splashprint' goes much deeper than that. In some cases, 1.5 miles below the Earth. Shale oil gas is an abundant source of energy, which requires water to extract. This year's World Water Day is focused on Water and Energy, and this infographic illustrates how we can tap into shale oil gas through sustainable water m...
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Getting cash back from Uncle Sam? Tips to make your tax refund work harder for you
(BPT) - Tax season is well underway, and many Americans expect to receive a refund, or have already gotten theirs. For many families, tax season is just one part of a broader financial picture for an overall budget. Forty-five percent of Americans expect to receive a refund this year, according to a survey released by TD...
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What's your wedding's story? David Tutera's expert advice for wedding invitations and etiquette
The bended knee, the little velvet box, the moment you exclaimed 'yes!' - getting engaged is such a magical time. With 39 percent of marriage proposals occurring between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day, you and a lot of your friends may be newly engaged. Now comes the fun part - planning your dream wedding. 'Every weddi...
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Mental health beats out bikini bodies for reasons to get fit
Springtime is synonymous with beach body aspirations, or so one would think. A nationwide survey,conducted online among more than 1,000 U.S. women (ages 18+) by Harris Poll on behalf of The Dailey Method , reveals key fitness motivators for women. It exposes the enormous value women place on mental well-being over looking good in a bikini. A look at the exercise trends during each decade shows how this came to be. For more survey findings and information on the world-renown barre exercise, Th...
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Custom home decor without the hassle and high costs
(BPT) - Conventional wisdom holds that in order to achieve a custom look in your home decor you either have to spend a bundle hiring professionals, or invest countless hours of hard work doing it yourself. In the Internet age, however, it's easier than ever to achieve the look of custom home decor without the expense or ...
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Health alert: Are you at risk for type 2 diabetes and don't know it?
(BPT) - Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S., and 7 million do not even know they have it. An additional 79 million, or one in three American adults, have prediabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. For 26 years, the American Diabetes A...
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