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Before you renovate, have you considered this?

(BPT) - Home improvement projects are popular this time of year and you’ve certainly tackled your share of DIY to-dos in the past. But not this year. This year you realize it’s time to go big, to go bold, to set aside those traditional home improvement projects for another year and do something even bigger.

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Wednesday 07/18/2018
3 elements to create a dream bathroom sanctuary
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

(BPT) - Bathrooms reign supreme, overtaking kitchens as the most popular remodeling project, according to a new survey by the National Association of Home Builders. In the study, remodelers reported on the most common projects in 2017 and 81 percent performed bathroom remodeling.

Monday 07/16/2018
5 ways to make your pooch's mealtime more enjoyable
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:16 am

(BPT) - Dogs and their owners have many things in common, but perhaps one of the biggest commonalities is that they both love to eat! When preparing meals for your four-legged family members, it’s important for the meal to be packed with flavor and nutrients, and to create a dining experience they enjoy and look forward to. Help give your pets the ultimate mealtime experience with these tips:

Friday 07/13/2018
5 fantastic energy-boosting snacks for fitness success
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

(BPT) - As marathon season approaches, many people are focused on training. Building up endurance is key, but you can't do that without the fuel your body needs. Wholesome energy-boosting snacks are essential for keeping up the pace, whether you're focused on a 5K or full marathon.

Thursday 07/12/2018
Top 4 grilling tips to kick off National Grilling Month!
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

(BPT) - National Grilling Month is here, making it the perfect time to enjoy outdoor barbecues with friends and family and trying out brand new recipes with savory pork favorites.

Watch what you heat: 5 kitchen safety tips
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

(BPT) - Cooking equipment is the top cause of home fires, and the second leading cause of home fire deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Tuesday 07/10/2018
Seniors' Health Rankings: Where does your state rank?
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:16 am

(BPT) - It’s well known that where you live can influence your health. The recently released United Health Foundation’s 2018 America’s Health Rankings Senior Report dives into this issue. The sixth annual report finds that older adults who live in rural areas often experience poorer health outcomes and receive fewer preventive services than those in urban and suburban environments. It also sheds light on how states rank related to certain behaviors and health outcomes.

Monday 07/09/2018
What should you be doing to prepare for retirement? Top tips and tactics from financial advisors
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

(BPT) - You're 10 years or less away from retirement. You can clearly see the next phase of your life down the road and it's coming up fast. Are you ready for it? Do you have a comprehensive plan in place so you don't outlive your savings?

This 70-year-old program prepares young women for leadership
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:16 am

(BPT) - A record number of women are running for public office this year. In the near future, we can expect more female public servants representing the American people — from local chambers to Capitol Hill. In light of this exciting trend, it is important to highlight programs that help develop young women to become the next generation of female leaders. One such program? American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls Nation.

Don't fear anesthesia when your child needs surgery
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

(BPT) - When surgery is necessary, anesthesia ensures your child can safely receive life-saving or corrective treatment while managing the pain and discomfort of the procedure. Anesthesia’s effect on the developing brain is being researched continually, and you’ll be comforted to know that anesthesia provided during one brief surgery is considered safe by the experts at the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).

Friday 07/06/2018
DIY deck re-do: Resurface in a weekend
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

(BPT) - Outdoor living season means backyard BBQs, yard games and relaxing with a good book or good friends. If you own a wood deck, however, it also means considerable time and money spent on seasonal maintenance and deck repairs.

Wednesday 07/04/2018
Got company? 5 quick and easy refreshments for summer guests
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

(BPT) - Summer is a great time to create memories with friends and family, and some of the best times happen when you gather your favorite people together on your deck, balcony, poolside or screen porch. As singer John Mayer puts it, “A little bit of summer's what the whole year's all about."

Tuesday 07/03/2018
Remodeling to age in place? Make changes where it matters most
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

(BPT) - American household demographics constantly change. With kids grown and moved out, many adults are considering remodeling to meet their future needs. This has inspired the idea of aging in place, meaning the desire to have a high quality of life in your home as you get older. In the United States, it's a desire shared by many.

Monday 07/02/2018
5 tips for financing your next home improvement project
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

(BPT) - Whether it’s transforming a fixer-upper into your dream home or just giving a makeover to your kitchen or bathroom, home improvement projects are on the minds of many new homeowners across the country.

5 tips for busy women to take charge of their health
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:16 am

(BPT) - If you’re an American woman today, chances are your busy lifestyle is preventing you from seeking out the regular check-ups and screenings so important to maintaining your health. And that’s true regardless of your economic status or whether you live in a rural, urban or suburban area.

How big of a deck do I need?
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

(BPT) - As the major outdoor living trend sweeps the nation, decks are getting bigger. But with television shows featuring 3,000-square-foot monster decks, the average homeowner is left to wonder, “Just how big of a deck do I need?”

Friday 06/29/2018
Got stress? Bringing your pet to work can help
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

(BPT) - If you’ve ever felt tense, anxious or simply unable to relax while performing your job, you’re far from alone.

Smart steps to beat the heat in favorite outdoor spaces
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

(BPT) - Are summer’s sizzling temperatures causing you to retreat from your favorite outdoor spaces? Garages, patios, sheds, gardens and other outdoor areas should be enjoyed throughout the year. Unfortunately, heat and humidity can quickly make being outside intolerable during the dog days of summer.

The right wood for the job: Your guide to summer deck building
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

Wednesday 06/27/2018
Savvy summer fitness and nutrition tips
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:16 am

(BPT) - The warmer-weather months are the ideal time to get outdoors, stay active and focus on your health goals. Staying fit and eating healthy can come easy when you keep a few simple tips in mind.

Tuesday 06/26/2018
Grilling makes summer meals a snap
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:16 am

(BPT) - It’s summertime, and temperatures are on the rise. Whether relaxing at the pool, cheering for a favorite team or just hanging out with family and friends, keeping cool is at the top of the list. Nothing fancy needed — with a hat or cap to keep the sun away from the eyes, an umbrella for a bit of shade and a cold bunch of California grapes straight from the fridge or cooler, it is easy to take the sizzle out of hot summer days.

Stay hydrated this summer and year-round
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

(BPT) - Staying hydrated is a necessity, but sometimes it’s difficult to tell when your body needs water, especially during warmer months. Experts say on average men need 15 cups (3.6 liters) and women need 11 cups (2.6 liters) of water per day. Our bodies are about 60 percent water, and just losing 1.5 percent can be the tipping point for mild dehydration. Culligan International, a world leader in the treatment of water, is offering tips to keep you and your people well hydrated.

Monday 06/25/2018
Families find hope for rare genetic brain disorder
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

(BPT) - For most parents, their child’s first steps or first words are incredible moments in their lives and a reason to celebrate. Well before their child is born they look forward to these milestones.

The surprising health benefits of decluttering
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

(BPT) - Getting your house in order can be a struggle, especially as we age. Sorting through decades of belongings is often emotional and stressful, as questions and decisions pile up: Is this jewelry valuable? What should I do with all these tools I no longer use? Will this china set have sentimental value to my children?

Boomer bonanza: 5 ways to stay in style on a fixed income
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:16 am

(BPT) - As American baby boomers begin to exit their careers and opt for more leisurely lifestyles, some 10,000 are expected to retire every day through 2029.

Friday 06/22/2018
Don't suffer high energy bills any longer
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

(BPT) - Do you cringe each month when your utility bills arrive?

Wednesday 06/20/2018
6 sure-fire tips that save time and labor on yard work and gardening
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:16 am

(BPT) - It’s summertime, and you’ll want to spend many sun-drenched hours in the great outdoors. But while Mother Nature is flourishing, it feels like you’re wasting too many precious summer afternoons and evenings doing chores in the yard and garden.

Bee responsible! How to attract pollinators to your garden and help them thrive
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:16 am

(BPT) - It's been in the news for years now: the decline of pollinators such as honeybees and butterflies, and how it’s upsetting our world's healthy ecosystem. We need pollinators for the growth of many of the foods we eat each day – according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, some scientists estimate that one in three bites of food we take result from the work of pollinators. Berries, apples, oranges, almonds and scores of other foods, not to mention flowers, rely on pollinators. If they disappear, those foods will fade along with them.

Tuesday 06/19/2018
Protecting your peace of mind, and your bottom line
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

(BPT) - How big is your retirement nest egg? Is there a chance you could outlive it? Even if you're socking money into your 401(k) every paycheck like clockwork, that's a question worth pondering. Americans are living longer, more active, younger lives. They say that 60 is the new 40, and if you look around at who we used to call "senior citizens," you'll see people in their prime. That's the good news.

Sunday 06/17/2018
Top tips to help first-timers navigate the fast-paced housing market
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

(BPT) - Across the U.S., the housing market is picking up pace moving into the peak of the summer homebuying season.

Friday 06/15/2018
Don't let the summer sun blind you to this lesser-known skin cancer
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:16 am

(BPT) - Most of us look forward to the balmy breezes and cheerful sunshine brought about by spring and summer, especially those of us living in climates where winter is long, gloomy and bitterly cold. Yet as we get our shorts, polo shirts and swimsuits out of storage, it’s important to remind ourselves to stay sun smart and vigilant against skin cancer.

Thursday 06/14/2018
Are you doing enough to stay protected against germs?
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:16 am

(BPT) - When it comes to avoiding germs, some people take it to an extreme. They are fastidious about using a paper towel to avoid touching the door in a public bathroom, wipe down every square inch of an airplane seat and can hardly go 15 minutes without re-sanitizing their hands. Some habits, like using your foot to flush the handle on a toilet, or giving a fist-bump instead of a handshake, may make good sense. The fact is there are good reasons to avoid germs and embrace the habits of a germaphobe.

Wednesday 06/13/2018
Five-minute life hack: Tips to boost your career
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:16 am

(BPT) - The rapid pace of change in jobs means the era of one-and-done learning is over. It no longer matters what you learned in the past — to stay relevant you need to upskill. So if you want to improve your marketability and get ahead in your career, it’s time to think about the valuable skills that could open the door to new opportunities. The good news is with tools and online courses on platforms like LinkedIn Learning, you can explore and develop critical skills and interests — right at your fingertips anytime, anywhere.

3 easy ways to get on deck with the right decking
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:16 am

(BPT) - If The Old Farmer’s Almanac prediction holds true, this summer will be a hot one. The weather forecast anticipates temperatures for the season to be “hotter than normal” across most of the U.S. If you’re ready to kick up your feet and soak in these rays, now is the perfect time to get started on that deck you’ve been dreaming about adding. But before you put hammer to nail, you’ll need to decide on which decking material to use.

Friday 06/08/2018
4 DIY ideas for upcycling common household items
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

(BPT) - Crafting is a wonderful way to relieve stress and express your creative side — and fortunately, you don’t have to be a master craftsman — or spend a fortune on materials — to have fun and enjoy the benefits.

Maintaining a healthy pH balance 'down there': 3 common triggers for elevated vaginal pH and why it matters
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:16 am

(BPT) - Many women do not realize the vagina is an ecosystem that requires a balanced environment to remain healthy; and events like menstruation, sex, and hormonal changes can throw off that balance. The result can be odor and discomfort, according to Lauren Streicher, M.D., Medical Director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause and Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University. Many women never have the benefit of a frank, open discussion about vaginal health and the importance of maintaining a healthy pH balance “down there.” Healthy pH and beneficial lactobacillus are the keys to reducing the risk of vaginal issues. pH refers to the vagina’s acidity level. A vaginal pH of 3.5 - 4.5 indicates that the vagina is populated by good bacteria (lactobacilli) without overgrowth of the bad bacteria that can cause odor and irritation and an elevated pH means that the healthy flora of the vagina may struggle to survive, while harmful bacteria thrive.

Thursday 06/07/2018
Simple, local nutrition: 5 reasons to feel good about the dairy in your diet
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:16 am

(BPT) - When you sip a wholesome smoothie or savor a slice of cheesy pizza, do you ever wonder who’s behind your favorite dairy foods?

Tuesday 06/05/2018
Heartburn help: Try these 6 tips
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

(BPT) - From the food or beverages consumed to the way we eat and when, there are many factors that play a role in the onset of heartburn. To help keep it at bay, internal medicine physician at Lenox Hill Hospital and Mount Sinai Medical Center Dr. Keri Peterson recommends the following tips:

Quick DIY home improvement projects
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:16 am

(BPT) - The words home improvement usually conjure up images of major undertakings like tiling your bathroom or kitchen or tearing down a wall, taking hours or even days to complete. The fact is there are some meaningful home improvements you can finish in under two hours.

How homeowners can prepare for summer storm season
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

(BPT) - It’s that time of year again when unwanted weather patterns like severe thunderstorms, rainstorms and tornadoes can wreak havoc on homes and businesses.

Monday 06/04/2018
5 home-buying tips for first-timers and old-timers
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:16 am

(BPT) - Whether you are buying a home for the first time or you are just looking for an upgrade, it is never a bad idea to arm yourself with tips that can make your search go from overwhelming to enjoyable. Rather than learning the hard way about hidden expenses and difficult neighbors, there are things you can do to feel more confident as you begin your search.

Friday 06/01/2018
4 simple tips for hosting a memorable summer party
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

(BPT) - From outdoor cookouts to dinner parties on the patio, summer is the ideal season for entertaining guests. According to a recent survey commissioned by Delta Faucet, an overwhelming majority of homeowners (89 percent) plan to host at least one summer gathering this season. To ensure hosts are well prepared, below are tips on how to throw a simple summer soirée.

Take these 4 steps to clean up your financial house
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:16 am

Tips for talking about Alzheimer's with a family member
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:16 am

(BPT) - It’s a conversation no family wants to have, but one that can be vitally important — talking to a loved one about memory loss or cognitive decline.

Thursday 05/31/2018
5 sunny beauty trends for this summer
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:16 am

(BPT) - Summer is here, which means it’s finally time to part ways with your knit scarves and cute wool jackets — at least for the next few months. It’s the season to bathe in the sun and enjoy the warm weather.

Chocolate pairings: Innovative entertaining with a sweet twist
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

(BPT) - Whether a fancy five-course social event, a laid-back barbecue or a progressive dinner party, what separates average from impressive entertaining is innovative and original ideas. One way to surely catch the attention of your guests while tempting their taste buds is to feature chocolate pairings in your entertaining itinerary.

Are you a caregiver? Try these 7 resources
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

(BPT) - When David Bowen’s father fell taking out the trash in 2016, it set in motion a series of health challenges the family is still battling together. Bowen, 62, hired a part-time professional caregiver to assist his father and his mother, who was battling Alzheimer’s, but he found himself serving as a caregiver much of the time, too.

Wednesday 05/30/2018
5 ways to up your summer get-together game
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

(BPT) - Neighborhood cookouts are quintessentially summer, and totally fun. Because of that, it’s no surprise that you may want to host them as often as possible, even every weekend if you could. But that introduces a new challenge — how do you keep your events fresh and interesting for your guests?

A healthier, happier summer starts with these tips
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:16 am

(BPT) - In the cold of winter, at the start of the year, people all across the country resolve to live a healthier lifestyle — yet summer is actually the perfect time to start your resolution. Think about it: the weather is beautiful, the kids are out of school and fresh produce is abundant.

Businesses brace for a summer with record low unemployment
Updated: July 22, 2018 - 4:15 am

(BPT) - School closing for the summer may mark lazy days for kids, but local businesses are bracing for peak season. With unemployment at a 17-year low, and a record 6.6 million job openings reported at the end of March, it’ll be tougher than usual to serve the seasonal boom of customers as the weather warms up. Traditionally, many hourly positions were filled by teens on summer vacation who didn’t have another way to make some spare cash. This source of trusty summer hires is down from 60 to 30 percent, which — coupled with a teeny 3.9 percent unemployment rate — means businesses that rely on heavy summer hiring should expect a smaller-than-usual batch of job seekers.