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Prepárese y organícese con toda la familia en espera de la Pascua
(BPT) - Con la llegada de la Pascua, es momento de preparar la casa para celebrar con familiares y amigos. Pero limpiar la casa a fondo, organizar todas las actividades y preparar los almuerzos y las cenas puede ser estresante. Si deseas lograr una Pascua que todos recuerden en el futuro, planifica... Click to read more

3 tips to get what you want from unwanted gift cards
(BPT) - If you’re like the majority of Americans, you probably received a gift card this holiday season. After all, gift cards are the most requested holiday gift year after year according to the National Retail Federation’s annual Consumer Spending Surveys. But just because you asked for a gift ca... Click to read more

Let them live: Tips to help your Valentine's flowers last longer
(BPT) - Flowers and Valentine’s Day go together like heart and soul. Something about a bouquet of bright blooms just brings a smile to your face, and you want to stretch out the joy of your floral gift for as long as possible. Unfortunately, flowers are often as delicate as they are beautiful, so y... Click to read more

Smart shopping tips for Valentine's Day
(BPT) - When cupid shot his arrow, there was no turning back. You fell in love and that's one of the best feelings in the world. It's something that should be celebrated always, but of course there's one day dedicated to honoring the power of love: Valentine's Day.Shopping for a gift that represent... Click to read more

Hidden hazards to keep in mind this season
(BPT) - As we head into the coldest months, it's important to ensure both your indoor and outdoor decorations are safe and securely assembled. These items are often overlooked around your home during the season and they can cause very serious hazards, including fires. U.S. fire departments responde... Click to read more

5 ways women are running the smartphone world
(BPT) - Take a minute to scroll through one of your social media feeds. Who is sharing the most photos? Using more emojis than words? Gaining ‘likes’ on their selfies? Most likely, it’s your female friends.No, this wasn’t a lucky guess — there is research to prove it. According to recent findings f... Click to read more

Hosting guests? 9 easy steps to prep your home
(BPT) - Hosting friends and family at your home is a guaranteed way to make long-lasting memories.Not only will your guests be reminiscing about the wonderful chats and laughs you shared, but thanks to some quick tips from Minwax(R) spokesperson, Bruce Johnson, they’ll remember how great your home ... Click to read more

The 5 messiest rooms and how to clean them
(BPT) - From decorating, shopping, cooking and cleaning, there’s a lot to do during the holiday season. Time is running out to get it all done before your next big gathering, and you may be thinking, “where do I even start?” Merry Maids, the nation’s largest home cleaning company, is making it simp... Click to read more

5 easy tactics for making your New Year's resolution to save money a reality
(BPT) - It’s almost that time of year again – you prepare for the holidays and start thinking about what you want your New Year’s resolution to be.According to research from Nielsen, one quarter of Americans want to spend less and save more money in the New Year. If you’re one of these people, foll... Click to read more

Host a party with these 5 hacks
(BPT) - Hosting friends and family in your home is fun any time of the year. However, with entertaining comes the stress of planning and the pressure to make each get-together more exciting than the last.Throwing a memorable party does not have to be overwhelming. With a few simple hosting hacks, y... Click to read more

Tips for a happy, healthy holiday season with your dog
(BPT) - It’s that time of year again, where you celebrate the holidays with loved ones and the furry friends that are part of your family. But with colder weather, less daylight and holiday parties filled with a few too many calories, the most wonderful time of the year can also take its toll, and ... Click to read more

Buying your first home? Follow this New Year's plan to get fiscally fit
(BPT) - So buying a new home tops your list of New Year’s resolutions. As you picture the big moment — the one where you pull up to your dream home in your moving truck, sprint up and unlock your front door — you probably understand there's something you need to do first. You need to get your finan... Click to read more

Holiday Spending Confessions: Gifting, Saving and Indulging [Infographic]
(BPT) - A new survey uncovers that the average American spends nearly $300 on gifts during the holidays. Though the majority admit to being creative to save for holiday shopping – including using coupons or discounts – shoppers also indulge in holiday items for themselves. When shopping and saving ... Click to read more

6 green gift ideas everyone can love
(BPT) - Did you know electronics left plugged in drain energy, even when they're turned off? To reduce energy consumption, give battery-operated, cordless gadgets this holiday season. Need ideas? We’ve got you covered with these green gift ideas for every personality on your shopping list!The globe... Click to read more

Tips to 'get a grip' this winter
(BPT) - It's the season for boots and blazers, sweater vests and choker necklaces. Winter is here. But before you step out, make sure your stylish shoes have the best grip while walking up and down that slippery driveway. A slip and fall is a definite fashion faux pas, so here's a trick to avoid on... 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

Staying safe on winter roads
(BPT) - For those who live in snow-belt states, winter driving can be especially challenging.Snow (and related weather events, like frost, sleet and freezing rain) can significantly reduce the friction of the road surface, and slippery roads are significantly more dangerous than dry roads. You are ... Click to read more

5 tips to make your holiday driver safer this year
(BPT) - In the popular Christmas carol, the best way to reach grandmother's house is to travel by sleigh over the river and through the woods. However, these days, most people find their personal vehicles a far more reliable option.The holidays are the busiest travel time of the year, and according... Click to read more

Get the big bow ready: 4 tips for buying a used car
(BPT) - If you’re tempted by steep discounts offered by car dealerships at the end of the year, you’re not alone. Car sales rev up especially during the week between Christmas and New Year’s, when dealerships may see sales jump 78 percent over the first part of December, according to, a... Click to read more

How big data will help save lives this year
(BPT) - Each day, 144 new names are added to the national organ transplant waiting list - that's about one person every 10 minutes. At any given moment, 120,000 people are waiting for a new organ. Tragically, due to a donor shortage, an average of 22 people die each day waiting for that organ to ar... Click to read more

6 simple strategies for eliminating holiday stress
(BPT) - The holidays bring a time to celebrate and get together with family and friends, but for many people, it can also come with a lot of stress. Social engagements, gift-buying and a seemingly endless amount of to-do's can bring unwanted emotions that make it hard to enjoy the season.To keep yo... Click to read more

5 tips to get fit and stay fit
(BPT) - To lose weight and/or get in better shape consistently ranks as one of the top New Year's resolutions. However, many resolutions to reach this goal fall short or last less than a month because a great idea is seldom successful without a plan to make it happen.If you've tried and failed to g... Click to read more

4 brilliant tips for entertaining this season
(BPT) - The annual Hollis Holiday Party is a long-standing tradition, and hands down Rachel Hollis' favorite party to plan every year. Each year they pick a fun theme — last year they converted their house into a ski lodge for the night and everyone had a blast. Regardless of how you plan to decora... Click to read more

5 Tips to Pack and Ship Gifts like an Expert this Holiday Season
(BPT) - With the countdown to the holidays underway and the continued rise of eCommerce, more people are going online to complete their holiday shopping. The world’s packing and shipping experts at FedEx Office offer tips everyone can use to ensure their precious packages arrive securely and on tim... Click to read more

5 holiday entertaining tips for space and budget conscious hosts
(BPT) - The holidays are all about spending time with friends and family, but with the average size of an apartment in the US 8% smaller than 10 years ago (source), many lack a comfortable space of their own to host a party. The good news is this: you don’t need ample budget or space to entertain. ... Click to read more

Share the sweetness of the holidays with a new kind of cookie exchange
(BPT) - ‘Tis officially the holiday season, and what better way to get in the spirit than sharing sweet treats with family and friends. This year, we invite you to wow your loved ones by putting a twist on the traditional cookie exchange. Featuring delicious, no-bake treats and a gifting station fo... Click to read more

Family entertainment: Holiday tips for parents
(BPT) - Surprisingly, more than 62 percent of parents play video games with their children at least once a week, according to a recent study from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). Many parents say picking up a controller and jumping into a game lets them reminisce about their own childh... Click to read more

Jennie Garth's best tips for savoring the holiday season
(BPT) - The holiday season can be stressful, but that doesn’t stop mom-of-three Jennie Garth from slowing down to enjoy it. Garth is making it a season to savor by partnering with Marie Callender’s to show others how to add special touches during this time of year. “Spending time with family and fr... 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

5 last minute tips to have your holiday shopping done in a flash
(BPT) - Remember a few months ago when you thought about getting a head start on your holiday shopping so you wouldn't fall behind yet again? You were going to and then...well, where does the time go?Suddenly it seems, the holidays crept up once again. And once again you’re facing another year of l... Click to read more

Why a check from grandma could be the worst gift for a child with special needs
(BPT) - You know that little check you can always count on from Grandma or Grandpa on birthdays and special occasions? It could be the worst gift your child gets, if he or she is a child with special needs.If a child with an intellectual disability accumulates generally more than $2,000 in total as... Click to read more

4 ways your smartphone is your ultimate holiday helper this season
(BPT) - The holidays have always been the elf’s time to shine. Decorating, wrapping, toy making—it’s what traditional holiday helpers spend all year prepping for. But in a world of online shopping, on-the-go recipe planning and streaming carols, a smartphone and wireless plan actually does the holi... Click to read more

4 easy, meaningful ways to give back this holiday season
(BPT) - More than a third of overall charitable giving happens during the holiday season, according to the Blackbaud Index, but Americans can give more than just cash when they’re looking to help others.It is possible to find easy ways to make a difference this holiday season, without adding to tha... Click to read more

Less Havoc, More Magic: Easy Tips to Simplify the Holidays
(BPT) - Christmas is a special part of childhood, and there is plenty of pressure on parents at this time of year to make sure it's an unforgettable time for their families. It's important to remember what never gets tossed in the recycling with the wrapping paper afterwards: the Christmas memories... Click to read more

10 smart swaps to make baking and cooking healthier
(BPT) - Creamy sauces, cookies, casseroles and cakes - as temperatures drop, it's natural to crave favorite comfort foods. However, it's easy to overindulge on rich dishes and decadent desserts, especially if you're hosting a gathering of friends and family. How can you enjoy amazing foods while bu... Click to read more

Who do you know that gives the most during the holidays?
(BPT) - Everyone has favorite moments from the holiday season. For some it's a present from a distant relative or greeting family members with a warm hug when they get off the plane. For others it's sitting down together to enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner. Some of these moments are steeped in tr... Click to read more

A holiday wish list that can make a difference
(BPT) - “What do you want this holiday season?” It’s a question many of us will get asked in the coming weeks – if we haven’t been asked already! And what’s on your wish list this year? New golf clubs? Spend more time with family? Make a difference in someone’s life? Many people look for opportunit... Click to read more

The best holiday gifts of 2016
(BPT) - Spending time with friends and family is a big part of what makes the holidays so special. Celebrating with loved ones and exchanging gifts is a time-honored tradition. But before the wrapping paper can be ripped away in a flurry of sparkling shreds, you first need to find the right gifts f... Click to read more

5 great gifts guaranteed to delight the food lover in your life
(BPT) - Do you have a loved one who is always experimenting in the kitchen, loves to try new flavors, and is known to binge-watch cooking shows for hours? This person is a bonafide food lover; passionate about all things edible.The holiday season is the best time to celebrate what makes your frien... Click to read more

One-weekend DIY projects to get your house relative-ready for the holidays
(BPT) - When the holidays arrive, you can prepare a scrumptious feast, present ideal gifts that are perfectly wrapped and decorate the house like something off a magazine cover. However, your mother-in-law is still going to focus on the stained upholstery in the family room, the tacky and dated wal... Click to read more

5 fun ways to make holiday memories with your child
(BPT) - The holidays are a special time of year for everyone, but through the eyes of a child, it can feel like pure magic. Parents and caregivers looking to make this holiday extra special should spend less time worrying about trinkets under the tree, and instead, focus on spending quality time wi... Click to read more

Maintaining heart health around the holidays
(BPT) - As we approach the holiday season, conversations about health, wellness and access to medicines may be an important and frequent topic addressed around the dinner table. It seems that access to new and innovative medicines is an increasingly common problem, and engaging in discussions with ... 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

Important safety steps to keep kids' holidays bright, happy and burn-free
(BPT) - You bake their favorite treats, search stores for the toys they have begged for all year, stuff stockings and deck the halls to help ensure your children’s holidays are full of warm, happy memories. However, it is also important to ensure the holiday season is safe for kids and the whole fa... Click to read more

Tree trimming 101: Dazzling decorating easy as 1-2-3
(BPT) - Shiny silver and gold, the warm glow of lights, dazzling bursts of color — O Christmas tree, your magic helps fill our homes with laughter and love during this merriest of seasons. And while gathering together to trim the tree is a beloved family tradition for many of us, let's be honest; f... Click to read more

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