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Recycle what? 5 tips for recycling bathroom products
(BPT) - Most of us are used to recycling at home, but specifically in the bathroom? Not so much. However, your bathroom is home to a number of recyclable products, from shampoo and mouthwash bottles to bandage and tissue boxes. With families as busy as they are, it’s no wonder bathroom recycling is... Click to read more


Smart ideas for supporting your child's education in 2017 and beyond
(BPT) - The education children receive today will help them throughout their lives. School is the fundamental component of the learning process, but education doesn't stop when kids arrive back home at the end of the day.“Education and family go hand in hand,” says Ellen Marks, curriculum director ... Click to read more


Inflatables 101: Tips for choosing the perfect pool float
(BPT) - Visit any retailer's pool aisle or website, and you'll quickly realize a challenge your parents and grandparents never had to face - more pool inflatables to choose from than you could ever imagine. Whether you're shopping for a larger-than-life float island or something to help keep your n... Click to read more


Why skip breakfast? 5 warm comfort foods that cook in 3 minutes
(BPT) - In spite of the well-documented drawbacks of not eating breakfast, approximately 30 percent of Americans are still failing to fuel themselves in the morning, according to WebMD. And many of those moving through their days with empty stomachs blame a lack of convenience.Earlier this year, th... Click to read more


5 Ways to Help Your Baby Adjust to Daylight Saving Time
(BPT) - Daylight Saving Time (DST) is coming, and with it comes longer days and more sunshine. But for parents, it also brings concern over disruption to a precious sleep schedule. In many cases, a family takes up to a week to adjust to the impact DST has on sleep. Pampers has teamed up with renown... Click to read more


How does your hospital stack up for maternity care?
(BPT) - As you get closer to your delivery date, many decisions lie ahead, all centered around care, maternity leave and even decorating the baby's room. But one question may rise to the top: Where will you give birth?If you are like most expectant mothers, you will be giving birth in a hospital. I... Click to read more


Tips to get the most out of your HSA dollars
(BPT) - Millions of Americans with high-deductible health insurance plans rely on health savings accounts to help them manage the costs of health care. If you’re among them, you know how important it is to maximize the value you get out of every HSA dollar.If you don’t yet have an HSA, you may qual... Click to read more


Baby food brand takes an unfiltered look at sex, parenting and relationships [Infographic]
(BPT) - The team at Plum Organics had a hunch, and research confirmed, that the majority of parents think having strong connection with their partner is essential to their family's happiness. Because Plum believes a healthy relationship between parents is important for the entire family, they launc... Click to read more


5 fun ways to decorate for spring
(BPT) - Spring is the perfect time to shake things up with your home decor. As Mother Nature transforms her landscape with fresh buds and blooms, you're probably longing to refresh your home, too. These five easy craft projects are perfect family activities and the results will add touches of sprin... Click to read more


5 reasons why talking about money can enhance a relationship
(BPT) - Thinking about combining finances with your significant other? Whether you’re getting married or just thinking about getting serious, talking about money can help couples understand each other and avoid unhappy surprises down the road. Here are five reasons why talking about money can enhan... Click to read more


Trying to quit? Tips from former smokers can help you succeed
(BPT) - Since the Surgeon General released the first report on smoking in 1964, the smoking rate among adults has decreased from 42 percent to 15 percent. Though great strides have been made, more than 36 million adults in the United States continue to smoke cigarettes, claiming nearly half a milli... Click to read more


Are you reading and posting content worthy of your smartphone data? 5 tips to switch up your online commentary
(BPT) - From awards shows to politics and sporting events, the beginning of the year is packed with comment-worthy moments. Many of us take these opportunities to share what we think are the smartest, sharpest and snarkiest takes and project online to our friends and beyond.But as these major momen... Click to read more


5 fiscally-friendly budgeting tips for your family
(BPT) - Kids grow up so fast. As they do, those bills grow up right along with them - often faster than you can bring more money in, right? Yes, your budget is tighter than ever before, but you certainly don't want to sacrifice the fun things you do as a family just because of money.The good news i... Click to read more


Keep your teen athlete fueled with these 4 vital tips
(BPT) - High school can be intense, but being a student athlete can intensify expectations.As the start of spring sports approaches, the stakes are even higher for your student to maintain the success they had first semester. There are practices, matches and conference finals that have to fit in wi... Click to read more


5 easy tips to prepare your family for the daylight saving time change
(BPT) - Daylight saving time brings brighter evenings and a reminder that spring and warmer weather are within reach. However, it comes with the potential to wreak havoc on a family’s sleep routine. Time changes can make morning schedules just a little bit harder for parents everywhere.“A time chan... Click to read more


Volunteers bring healthier smiles to kids in need
(BPT) - Did you know half of all children in this country enter kindergarten with tooth decay? Tooth decay is the number one chronic infectious disease among children in the U.S., affecting 42 percent of children aged 2 to 11 years old, according to the National Institutes of Health. In addition, n... Click to read more


5 simple steps to boost your immune system now
(BPT) - Whether it's battling the rampant germs of cold and flu season or maintaining wellness throughout the year, the immune system is your main line of defense. In order to feel good as often as possible - and recover quickly when you don't - it's important to keep your immune system strong."The... Click to read more


Year-round ways to help pets and their families in need
(BPT) - Approximately 48 million Americans face food insecurity every day, according to Feeding America, a non-profit organization and network of more than 200 food banks. That means they, and their pets, face uncertain access to a sufficient amount of affordable, healthy food.“People who face food... Click to read more


5 tips for safe space heater use
(BPT) - During the coldest days of the year, space heaters are one of the easiest, most efficient ways to get warm fast. However, when not used correctly, they may also be one of the most dangerous.Space heaters accounted for 40 percent of all home heating fires and a staggering 84 percent of home ... Click to read more


The best ways to support veterans in 2017
(BPT) - As the new administration and Congress settle into office, many organizations are working hard to put America's 21 million veterans at the top of the nation's 'to-do' list.'Veterans share a common thread - regardless of where they served or for how long - they are driven to protect our coun... Click to read more


The home design trend you need to know about
(BPT) - With the new year underway, the housing world is buzzing about the next transformative trend in home design and remodeling. This year it seems certain the growing trend of mixing and layering materials, something many designers and architects noticed was growing in popularity over the past ... Click to read more


Why eating breakfast boosts your health
(BPT) - Want to make 2017 the year you focus on your health? Wellness goals are admirable throughout the year, but too often well-meaning people make a common mistake that sabotages their efforts: they skip breakfast.It's a daily choice that millions of people shrug off as no big deal, but research... Click to read more


8 ways to create more quality family time this season
(BPT) - This is a paid advertisement.Are you a parent that doesn't feel you have enough time to spend with your kids? You're not alone. Working parents tell their children they are too busy to play with them an average of eight times a week - that's more than once a day - according to a recent surv... Click to read more


Paying for college: Options reduce need for student loans
(BPT) - While only a fortunate few students can expect a free college education by winning full academic or athletic scholarships, everyone can take advantage of a combination of academic aid, grants, fellowships, work-study and student loans to pay for a four-year degree, says Peter Gayle, a vice ... Click to read more


Tips to make goodbyes better for both parent and child
(BPT) - As a parent, you’ve probably experienced the clinging, clutching and crying that often accompany a goodbye when your child returns to day care or preschool after a long holiday break. Separation can be difficult for both children and their parents. Remember, separation anxiety is perfectly ... Click to read more


The 8 hottest new devices for 2017
(BPT) - When it comes to the latest technology, you can never have too many options. And for tech lovers, there is nothing like the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) which takes place Jan. 5-8 in Las Vegas.CES delivered an exciting look at the newest Windows 10 devices that will make your life... Click to read more


The benefits of probiotics for babies
(BPT) - With the increasing number of products in the marketplace containing probiotics, many new parents might be wondering if their babies could benefit from probiotics. To answer that question, it is important to understand the role of the body's microbiota, the living organisms that inhabit the... Click to read more


Millennials and baby boomers approach pregnancy very differently
(BPT) - The millennial mom-to-be uses an app to track her fertility and pregnancy progress, pins nursery ideas on Pinterest and researches baby gear on YouTube. She reads online advice on everything from what to eat (or not), to when to talk to a doctor about prescription prenatal vitamins and what... Click to read more


10-minute healthy habits for 2017
(BPT) - Healthy living is an admirable goal no matter what time of year. The problem is that many people shoot for the stars, resolving to lose a big amount of weight or completely give up foods they adore. A better approach is to make small changes that together can make a big impact."People who m... Click to read more


Mama's Mama knows best [Infographic]
(BPT) - Millennial moms-to-be consume a lot of digital information. But the apps, websites, blogs and social streams they follow during pregnancy often conflict and overwhelm more than they help, according to a recent poll. Turns out, a more trusted source of information and answers to questions ab... Click to read more


5 tips to bring organization to your post-holiday chaos
(BPT) - You have plenty of goals for 2017. Maybe you want to find a new job or be promoted at your current employer. Perhaps you want to lose weight, kick a bad habit, or learn a new instrument, skill or language. And if you’re feeling daring, maybe this is the year you finally surf, skydive or ski... Click to read more


Reinvent your cooking with award-winning recipe ideas
(BPT) - Are you stuck in a cooking rut? It's common to cycle the same dishes over and over, but at some point your taste buds will crave something new. Maybe it's time to shake things up.Whether it's trying new recipes or simply adding fresh flavors to your standard go-to meals, it's easy to add pi... Click to read more


5 easy ways to keep your family comfortable during a power outage
(BPT) - Losing power at home is inconvenient. When it happens, the worst part is not knowing if the outage will last for a couple hours, or if it will stretch on for days. But if you take a little time to get organized and round up a few items today, you will be ready to keep your family comfortabl... Click to read more


Before you cruise, embark on a fun-finding mission in your port city
(BPT) - When booking a sea cruise vacation, it may seem like a good idea to schedule your flight to the port of departure for the same morning your ship sets sail.A same-day flight might appear to save you time and money, but travel experts warn this could turn into an expensive mistake. Should air... Click to read more


5 parent tips for picking the right video games
(BPT) - There's a constant stream of new video games coming out on consoles, computers and mobile devices almost every day, and kids are always on the look-out for new challenges to tackle and the bragging rights that come with them. But with so many choices, parents can sometimes feel a little ove... Click to read more


How youth team sports are shaping kids' and teens' values on and off the field
(BPT) - 2016 will be remembered for is its exciting and emotional highlights of sports teams working together to achieve new heights, from hometown heroes to some of sports history’s greatest athletes. Whether it’s a neighborhood scrimmage or a national championship, experts agree that the benefits... Click to read more


How technology can save your love life
(BPT) - It's a common refrain: technology is killing our relationships. Couples have swapped date night for Netflix binging. They Candy Crush their way through an intimate conversation. They've replaced long walks on the beach with an all-out Facebook investigation into their friend's cute new pupp... Click to read more


Yes! Screen time can be good for young kids: Experts agree digital education may help young kids learn
(BPT) - For years, parents and pediatricians fretted over how much screen time was too much, especially for very young children. Many child health experts advised minimal screen time for elementary-aged kids and none at all for children younger than 2. New research, a revised policy from the Americ... Click to read more


Game on! 5 reasons to be excited about gaming in 2017
(BPT) - With a forecasted value of $82 billion for 2017, video games are hotter than ever. With new technologies, classic characters and interactive worlds that become more lifelike every day, there is plenty to be excited about when it comes to video games in the new year. So whether you're just g... Click to read more


One thing can help children eat more vegetables at school
(BPT) - The U.S Department of Agriculture proposed a complete overhaul of school lunches subsidized by the federal government in 2012. These changes aimed to limit calories, reduce sodium and increase the consumption of vegetables and whole grains. Improved nutrition is a laudable goal, but the rea... Click to read more


Sometimes, even parents need a 'time-out' [Infographic]
(BPT) - Looking for a gift for a mom or dad? How about giving them a little “me time?” From feeding, to diaper changes, to bath time and everything in between, a parent's work is never done, but you might be surprised at what they would do with some time to themselves. Luvs conducted a poll of moms... Click to read more


Tips to make good nutrition a family affair in 2017
(BPT) - Nurturing and nourishing a family go hand-in-hand. If you’re ready to rally your family around better nutrition, now’s the time to get a healthy jump on the new year.“Making consistently good food choices can set your family on the road to good health,” says Marlene Schmidt, registered diet... Click to read more


Winning the fight against the dropout rate one student at a time
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4 Tips for Better Sleep
(BPT) - It's no secret sleep is critical to one's overall health and well-being. We've all heard getting six to eight hours of sleep is recommended, but busy work schedules and ongoing personal commitments make it difficult to make sleep a priority. So how can you ensure you're getting quality shut... Click to read more


Hispanics at the forefront of digital banking trends
(BPT) - With a population of more than 55 million and estimated buying power of over $1.5 trillion, Hispanics in the United States are continuing to shape economic trends; however, as new research finds, they're shaping digital trends as well.This year's Bank of America Trends in Consumer Mobility ... Click to read more


At-home first-aid tips to manage the stress of caregiving
(BPT) - Nearly 10 million adults over the age of 50 are caring for their aging parents — a number that has tripled over the past 15 years. With careers, children and grandchildren added to the mix, many baby boomers are feeling the mounting stress of caring for young, old and themselves! One way to... Click to read more


Sick of being sick? 5 tips to getting better and kicking that cold to the curb
(BPT) - From obligations at work to errands and chores and making time for family and friends — your plate is fuller than ever and, unfortunately, getting sick can throw a major wrench into your marathon of activities and greatly hamper your productivity.Despite how frustrating it can be, your busy... Click to read more


Time-saving tips so parents can have a little break
(BPT) - You wake up before the sun rises to shower and get ready for the day. Soon you hear the patter of tiny feet upstairs. You get breakfast ready for your little ones and then get them dressed. Between packing bags and preparing lunches, you barely have time to grab breakfast for yourself. You ... Click to read more


5 clever hacks to simplify any family's morning routine
(BPT) - Getting the family out the door on time every morning is no small feat. Seemingly simple tasks like getting dressed, packing backpacks and making breakfast can quickly turn into chaos. Before you know it, you're running late and the kids haven't even eaten as you dash to the car.Stop dreadi... Click to read more


5 ways creativity-inspiring video games can help parents share quality time with kids
(BPT) - When winter arrives, parents eagerly anticipate taking kids on family vacations and spending more time with them during the holidays. Kids look forward to more free time for their favorite video games. However, a growing body of research indicates video gaming can actually be a good thing f... Click to read more


Farming program helps neighbors in rural America fight hunger
(BPT) - Although the United States produces much of the world's food, 48 million people in the country are food insecure, lacking access to enough food to sustain a healthy, active lifestyle. What's even more surprising is that many of the counties with the highest rates of food insecurity are loca... Click to read more




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