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Back-to-school tech trends that keep kids in touch
(BPT) - Chances are your young kids love to play games on their tablets or even your smartphone, and your teens and college students rely on technology to stay in touch with friends. But as they head back to school, keep in mind technology can also help students discover the joy of learning, and keep them on track with t...
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Renovation loans give homebuyers an edge in a competitive market
(BPT) - Just a year ago homebuyers could choose from a bounty of properties on the market. Today things are starkly different. In many locations throughout the United States, inventory of homes for sale is at historic lows, creating a seller’s market where multiple buyers get into bidding wars over move-in-ready homes. “...
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Tips for safe vacation travel
(BPT) - Vacations are keeping Americans busy this season. But, with all that fun, make sure you don’t overlook caring for your car and tires. If you do, the only thing you’ll be doing is standing in the breakdown lane. Americans will travel 1,045 miles on average to reach their destinations, according to the recent Hanko...
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Small business success checklist [Infographic]
Being successful as a small business depends on a series of smart decisions and business purchases. This inforgraphic looks at tools, trends and tips to set you apart from the competition.
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Little hands inspire creative kitchens: How to encourage kids to cook
(BPT) - The kitchen is known as the heart of the home, a central place where families gather to relax, work, share stories and most importantly – cook meals together. By teaching your kids how to help in the kitchen from meal prep to cleanup, you’re also helping them understand how to prepare healthy meals and appreciate...
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Six ways studying abroad can change your life
(BPT) - Many students study abroad each year for only a few months, or even weeks. But the experiences and lessons learned go on to impact them well past that brief time, and the benefits of their travels don’t stop once they return home. Studying abroad isn’t just a chance to explore foreign cities, but a time to grow, ...
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What do consumers and doctors need to know about opioid dependence? [Infographic]
Opioid dependence (OD) is more common than many people realize and can happen to anyone - affecting adult men and women of all ages, races, ethnic groups, income and educational levels. This chronic condition, also known as prescription painkiller and heroin addiction, has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and represents a rapidly growing medical problem and public health concern. Despite the ever-growing numbers of individuals living with OD and significant media coverage, a ...
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How to lose a sweet tooth
(BPT) - Most of us have been there at some point. You somehow find yourself barefoot in your kitchen at midnight, eating ice cream out of the container. Alternatively, the mid-afternoon energy slump has landed you in front of the vending machine pining for a package of candy. Maybe the kids didn’t exactly have to twist y...
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Don't be daunted by drywall: Tips for success
(BPT) - Whether you’re finishing a basement or adding space, many home improvement projects require you to replace or add drywall. These days, many homeowners are considering hanging and finishing drywall themselves, giving their projects a complete do-it-yourself flair and helping to cut expenses. As you plan your summe...
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Best backyard bets for your buck
(BPT) - From entertainment systems and fully functional kitchens to luxurious furnishings and decor, it’s easy to drop a bundle on improving your outdoor living spaces. The choices seem to be unlimited. But no matter how much you love your deck or patio – and most Americans do – you probably don’t have an unlimited budge...
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Create an outdoor sanctuary in your backyard
(BPT) - Coming home from a long work day to a place of peace, quiet, relaxation and even harmony is a dream for many homeowners. And by creating an outdoor sanctuary in the backyard, this private place of solace will become the first destination for all members of the family when they need a break. Backyard sanctuaries i...
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How America's change-leading generation has redesigned aging
(BPT) - America’s baby boomers first came on the scene in 1946. They’ve been turning the world on its head ever since. Known as the country’s greatest generation for leading change, baby boomers make up roughly 26 percent of the United States’ total population – at about 78 million people. Over the years they’ve reinvent...
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