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October 21, 2017

Do vacations cause you stress? Try these tips
(BPT) - Vacation is supposed to be fun and relaxing, but more than half of Americans say vacations cause them stress, and 46 percent say stress interferes with their enjoyment of traveling, according to a survey by HomeAway. Vacation stress comes from crowded airports, making transportation arrange... More >>


Arts and crafts go online
(BPT) - While it is hard for some to imagine a day without social media, smartphones and Wi-Fi, these were not available a mere 20 years ago. Technology has revolutionized the way we order food, purchase clothes and read books.'Technology used to be considered a separate entity from arts and crafts... More >>


Don't get hacked! Time to get serious about password safety
(BPT) - We all know hiding your house key under the doormat is a terrible idea, but we do it anyway because it's a convenient backup. When it comes to safeguarding passwords, especially in a family setting, people often choose convenience over safety.As families manage their digital information and... More >>


Celebrating Total Boss Moms on National Boss's Day and Beyond [Infographic]
(BPT) - Oct. 16 is National Boss’s Day. A time to celebrate all the bosses out there — and for many, the ultimate boss with some of the most stressful, round-the-clock responsibilities is mom. In addition to managing the day-to-day chaos, making difficult choices to prioritize between family and wo... More >>


Easy winter weatherproofing: Keep the chill out as temperatures drop
(BPT) - Households heating with natural gas, which is almost half of U.S. homes, are expected to spend an average of $635 on heating this winter - 22 percent more than last winter, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration - but some easy seasonal maintenance tips can make a big diffe... More >>


Easy ways to make your data, and your dollars, go further
(BPT) - Wireless providers would love for you to believe that a modern lifestyle requires an endless, unlimited stream of data; and by the way, they'd love to sell it to you! On its face, there's probably nothing wrong with this assumption. Just think about how much of your day is spent on data-dep... More >>


It's time: Signs your heating system needs a tune-up
(BPT) - Temperatures are falling, pumpkin spice everything has reappeared and stores have already put out holiday displays - all signs that winter is either on the way, or already here, depending on where you live. If you haven't already had your heating system tuned up, now is the time.Neglect is ... More >>


5 reasons to skip the stadium and watch the game at home
(BPT) - For many, fall is back-to-school season. It's the time for pumpkin-spiced coffee, decorative gourds, scarves and cardigans. But by far, the most exciting part of fall is when the sports world begins to heat up. As the football season kicks off, baseball playoffs begin and inevitably, one of... More >>


Protect your pets by bringing them home again safely
(BPT) - From the moment you bring your pet home, they are a member of your family and you want to do everything you can to protect them from harm — including bringing them home safely if they get lost. Each year, 6-8 million pets are taken into U.S. animal shelters. Thankfully, with HomeAgain, more... More >>


DIY home security systems: The smart, affordable way to secure your home
(BPT) - With the holiday season approaching, you may be thinking about giving your family the gift of home security - especially if you know you'll be traveling over the holidays. Yet high monthly fees and lengthy security company contracts could make you think twice about installing a professional... More >>


Top tips to reap the fullest experience from fall TV
(BPT) - With long nights and chilly temperatures, it's always good to find an excuse to stay home. Here's a classic excuse that's gone from lame to legitimate in a short time: I have to catch up on my favorite TV show.So fix your favorite snack and pull up a sofa, because this fall, there are a ton... More >>


5 food trends impacting what, and how, we eat
(BPT) - Today's consumers market view their food choices with a more critical eye than ever before, and this pressure is placing higher expectations on food manufacturers, not only in terms of how consumers' food is made but what it's made from, where it's sourced and how it's delivered.To discuss ... More >>


5 student-friendly apps that beat any college care package
(BPT) - Soon after back-to-school season ends, a new one begins for parents of college-age kids: "send-me-something" season lasts for the whole school year. This year, instead of sending your college kid yet another care package filled with cookies and other stuff they may not use (or will have to ... More >>


5 easy ways to turn your house into a smart home
(BPT) - There was a time when setting up a smart home was a labor-intensive endeavor. You had to know which devices worked together, spend tedious days getting everything to work just right, then master complicated software to control the whole experience.Things have changed. Nowadays, smart homes ... More >>


5 ways to boost engagement and productivity in the office
(BPT) - Step into the office of the future on the first day of work, and the things that you expect in a traditional workplace are not going to happen here.There's no landline, no file cabinet, no bulletin board. The employee is never taken to an assigned cubicle. In fact, it's highly unlikely that... More >>


3 easy DIY STEM projects for kids
(BPT) - Looking for hands-on activities to engage your kids? It's never too early to introduce them to important STEM subjects at home.STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These subjects are critical for all students to learn because they are required for so many career... More >>


4 tips to send your kids back to school with total confidence
(BPT) - Back-to-school season is under way! While this is an exciting time for the whole family, it can be a hectic one, too. A recent survey conducted by Total Wireless found that almost two-thirds (63 percent) of moms agree that planning for back to school is more stressful than planning for the ... More >>


7 steps to improve cybersecurity
(BPT) - There was a time you could run a small business with a bank account, a telephone, an internet connection and some sort of physical base. These days, cybersecurity has been added to this list as a necessity nearly every small business owner needs to consider.This is especially true for small... More >>


Riding is the new driving: How to make the most of your ride
(BPT) - New to ridesharing? So are most people, both drivers and passengers alike. Ridesharing matches you with a nearby driver who will pick you up and take you where you need to go. Calling a ride is as easy as opening up a ridesharing app and tapping a button; a driver will then arrive within mi... More >>


5 ways to switch up your routine and save
(BPT) - Summer is coming to an end, and that means revisiting your bank account before heading into fall. Whether it was vacations, get-togethers or concerts that did you in, summer always seems to come full of activities but doesn't come cheap. As you head into the next season, it's a great time t... More >>


Tips for safely recycling household batteries
(BPT) - Do you have a pile of used household batteries hidden in your junk drawer or a coffee can in the garage? You know you should be environmentally responsible and recycle them, but you aren't sure where to start, so the pile grows larger.But did you also know that extra precautions are require... More >>


5 ways to keep in touch with grandparents near and far
(BPT) - There are laundry lists of reasons why grandparents are the best. They say yes when parents say no, they tell the best stories but make even better listeners, and often they're the first people we call with news, both good and bad.That's why each September, we celebrate National Grandparent... More >>


6 simple steps to avoid distracted driving
(BPT) - Mobile phones have become an essential part of life for most people, helping them stay connected and increase productivity. However, this technology can also be a distraction when driving, which puts everyone on the road at risk.More than one-quarter of all car crashes involve phone use, bo... More >>


Is your hearing loss a barrier to a happy life?
(BPT) - Sheliadawn Fitch would wonder if it really was possible for her to hear again. But she would shove aside those thoughts, overcome by fear and uncertainty, telling herself she was doing okay.Not that you could blame her. The vivacious Texan had been through a lot, having lost much of her abi... More >>


A+ advice for a successful school year
(BPT) - The first days of school are filled with excitement and pangs of anxiety, but it doesn't take long for high school and college students to fall into a routine. Adjusting to the new reality of school can be difficult, but it's the steps students take now that determine their success througho... More >>


5 ways to explore the 'final frontier' on Florida's Space Coast
(BPT) - When it comes to outer space, there is much to wonder over and dream about. Where else are there such colossal challenges paired with the infinite possibilities of discovery? For stargazers, dreamers and those who believe anything is possible, Florida has the perfect vacation spot for exper... More >>


5 smart solutions when flying gets frustrating
(BPT) - Decades ago, taking a flight was truly a privilege. People looked forward to comfy seats, cold drinks and friendly service.Today? Not so much. With cramped seating and impossibly long security lines, flying is the unpleasant grunt work of travel - something you endure to make it to the bett... More >>


5 must-have gadgets for heading back to school
(BPT) - Summer is almost over and the school bell is about to ring. To make sure you and your family are set up for success, equip your home with the best technology devices on the market. Consider this your gadget guide for the best school year yet.Big soundStudies show that listening to music whi... More >>


How savvy Wi-Fi use saves data and dollars
(BPT) - Access to cellular data has become the lifeblood of communications in the 21st century. We stay connected to keep up with news, weather and sports, listen to music, check email, watch movies and videos or grab new apps that let us do even more. With today's technology, a few clicks on your ... More >>


3 reasons to go cashless
(BPT) - The dollar, the euro, the pound, the yen… the currency people use around the world has many different names, but it all shares something in common. Paper forms of currency are out and digital payments are in. The security and convenience of card based electronic payments and digi... More >>


5 steps to a smart home
(BPT) - When it comes to technology, smarter is better. There are smart watches, smart televisions and just about everyone has a smartphone.So what about a smart home?Smart thermostats and lighting timers represent the first steps toward smart home technology for many homeowners, but in a lot of ca... More >>


5 ways to maximize your conference room and increase meeting creativity
(BPT) - The average person spends about 35-50 percent of their time at work in conference rooms. Long, inefficient meetings can be creativity, productivity and workplace morale killers. But meetings don't have to feel like a drag. To cultivate positive workplace culture, it's crucial to prepare ahe... More >>


5 ways to streamline your efforts to make most of summer
(BPT) - In an effort to maximize recreational time and get the most out of longer summer days, the world's packing, shipping and business services experts at FedEx Office offer tips to help you work more efficiently.1. Work smarter to achieve balanceWith summer being one of the busiest seasons, mak... More >>


5 eye health tips that are easy to visualize
(BPT) - Writer Leigh Hunt once said, 'The groundwork of all happiness is good health.' It's a mantra you heed because nothing is more important than your health. That's why you watch what you eat, you exercise at least three times a week and you avoid tobacco or excessive alcohol use. You're workin... More >>


5 ways businesses are turning old problems into new opportunities
(BPT) - Today's business environment is characterized by excitement as much as it is by anxiety. As new technologies are constantly introduced into the workplace and transform how employees work, managers need to adjust in order to retain employees, streamline processes and stay competitive.'Compan... More >>


5 reasons to leave the laptop behind and use a tablet
(BPT) - Sick of carrying that heavy laptop around? Do you want the functionality of a laptop but the flexibility of a touch screen? Today's tablets are fully functioning computers that have the firepower to match a laptop and provide the best of both worlds when partnered with a detachable keyboard... More >>



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