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5 tips for painting like a pro this summer
(BPT) - Sunny summer months are the perfect time for a colorful home refresh. With open windows, warm weather and the tips below, you can check painting off your list in a breeze and head back outdoors to enjoy the weather.1. Buy high-quality paint for the best coverage and deepest color satura ...
How to tackle your home's stubborn stains and odors
(BPT) - From wall stains to washing machines, indoor stains and smells can be a challenge to tackle. Luckily, there are surprisingly simple methods to erase them for good. Here are a few tips to freshen up the most stubborn spots in your home.Conceal wall stains with primerHave your kids made artwor ...
Tax time tips: How to combat tax identity theft fraud
(BPT) - April 15 is quickly approaching, and while receiving a tax refund may be the first thing on your mind, there’s one important issue to think about: tax fraud. Tax-related identity theft occurs when your personal information is stolen and used to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent r ...
Concrete basin doubles as a planter and cooler
(BPT) - Homeowners enjoy their backyards in different ways and two of the most popular are gardening and entertaining. Homeowners who love gardening often use planters for their flowers and vegetables. Those who entertain often use a cooler for refreshments when hosting family and friends. A fun and ...
Hoping to retire in 10, 20 or 40 years? Here's what you need to know now
(BPT) - American workers, ages 32 to 64, are $6.6 trillion short of the amount they need in order to retire comfortably, according to Retirement USA. When it comes to planning ahead and saving money early, time is of the essence. However, 63 percent of American workers have less than $1,000 saved fo ...
Beautiful lawn DIY: 6 steps to success
(BPT) - Has nicer weather inspired you to find ways to make your home more comfortable, attractive and environmentally sustainable while increasing its value? One feature that can achieve all these goals is a healthy lawn.Installing and maintaining a natural turf lawn is one of the best home improve ...
5 money traps to avoid each month
(BPT) - Are you always on the prowl for a better deal? Looking for ways to save money – but without having to cut back on quality?People often overspend in ways they don't even realize. From service plans that aren't being used to buying too many bulk items, it is easy to throw away money with ...
Plan now for your big move this summer
(BPT) - The big move – it should be in all-caps and announced with a deep, authoritative voice. THE BIG MOVE. And it's coming to your family soon. It might be from one house to another across town, or it might involve crossing many state lines. No matter the distance, amount of belongings or n ...
Unique tips for sensational summer entertaining
(BPT) - The weather is warm and that means entertaining season has arrived. This year, elevate your gatherings with some unique twists. From serving fresh fare to creating cozy corners in outdoor spaces, you’ll transform your parties from average to amazing in a snap.Delightful decor Mother Na ...
This simple DIY home improvement saves money and helps the environment
(BPT) - In the typical American home, heating and cooling account for 50 to 70 percent of total energy use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Yet, much of that energy is wasted, leading to higher energy bills for homeowners.The DOE notes that the leading causes of energy waste in mos ...
5 upgrades for under $5,000 to put your home at the top of every buyer's list
(BPT) - It’s a sobering truth of real estate that sellers often have to spend money to make money. Even if your home is relatively new, you still face costs associated with getting it ready to show, such as repainting interior rooms or hiring professional cleaners and stagers. If your home cou ...
Termites 101: What every homebuyer should know this spring
(BPT) - It’s a cruel coincidence that the spring’s real-estate buying season corresponds with another far less pleasant one – termite swarming season. When eager homebuyers emerge from winter hibernation to look for their dream homes, winged termites emerge, too, and swarms of them ...
Considering home improvements? Out-of-the-ordinary upgrades can enhance livability and value
(BPT) - Perhaps your home is in pretty good shape – newish roof, well-maintained furnace and air-conditioning, and fresh paint throughout. Or maybe you’ve bought a brand-new house that’s move-in ready. Even though you don’t really need to do a thing to the home, you may still ...
6 must-have auto products for the summer
(BPT) - Summer is a great time to get up off the couch and soak up the sun. As you stock up on sunscreen and prepare to protect your skin from the direct sunlight, be sure to pick up products to protect your vehicle as well. Whether you’re taking the car out for a summer road trip, a day at th ...
The cat's meow: six fabulous ways to pamper your feline
(BPT) - Celebrity cat owners such as Ellen Degeneres, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry have made cat ownership trendy, and research shows that cats do more for their owners than influence celebrity style.A recent study from the makers of ARM & HAMMER Cat Litter found that 95 percent of cat owners bel ...
5 projects to amaze with your outdoor space
(BPT) - Now that warmer weather’s finally here, who doesn’t want to be outside? Lawn games, barbecues and lazy afternoons in the backyard – these warm days were made to enjoy. They also present a great opportunity to conquer some outdoor home improvements.If you have an eye on impr ...
One smart update can upgrade your entire home
(BPT) - If your home is 10 years old or older, your garage door is probably a plain-Jane raised-panel steel door that adds little or nothing to the overall design of your house.So why not make an improvement? In the last decade, the garage door industry has generated stunning new designs that can tr ...
5 easy ways to sleep cool in the summertime
(BPT) - Summer has officially arrived! While escaping daytime summer temperatures with swimming, ice cream and running through the sprinkler can be fun, the heat can be unbearable when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep.There is a link between high temperatures and poor sleep, according ...
Three super-simple ways to make your new deck look amazing
(BPT) - Do dreams of lazy days soaking up the sun have you looking for a way to move the indoors out? Then a deck addition may be the solution. A new porch, patio or multi-level deck can serve as an extension of your home and create personalized spaces for summertime festivities, from easy afternoon ...
7 common tax return blunders to avoid
(BPT) - Although tax laws change every year, you can count on certain things to be timeless. That includes the same common mistakes taxpayers with simple and complex returns make every year. Knowing what those common errors are will help keep you in the clear. 1. Not reporting all of your income. Em ...
6 ways to ease your long commute
(BPT) - Research shows Americans spend $33 billion annually on aftermarket products to enhance the styling and performance of their vehicles. Whether it’s for functionality or appearance, you can find just about any product to modify your car, truck or SUV to fit your needs. An updated navigat ...
What you need to know to weather the weather
(BPT) - Few things universally touch and impact everyone like the weather does. Regardless of where you live or what you do, the weather influences your day-to-day activities. In fact, approximately 90 percent of all U.S. adults consume weather information on a weekly basis, with most people checkin ...
5 projects to recreate your basement
(BPT) - Have you ever wished you had more space in your home? Maybe you’d use the space to pursue a hobby, host out-of-town guests or just spread out and get some quiet time to yourself. The space you desire could already be in your home in your basement. If your cellar is nothing but a series ...
4 ways to add 'wow' to your outdoor living space
(BPT) - Turning your backyard into an outdoor living oasis can be a tough project to start. Between product choices and design ideas, planning your ideal outdoor space can mean a lot of research and time at the local home improvement store.To simplify your project, many companies are integrating the ...
6 tips for a successful small business
(BPT) - Since its inception, the United States has always been considered “the land of opportunity” – a place where any individual with the motivation and drive can start a business and succeed. This notion still holds true today as 99 percent of all American companies are small bu ...
Power tools to the people: Getting your outdoor equipment ready for summer
(BPT) - Some people eagerly anticipate summer barbecues, beach vacations and blue skies, but for avid do-it-yourselfers, the best thing about summer is the opportunity to use their favorite power tools to make their yards look great. Before you revel in the rich rumble of your prized lawnmower or th ...
7 tips for safe moving and new home security
(BPT) - A whopping 35 million people move each year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The warmer months are the most popular time to move, which means people across the country are planning their next steps right now in order to settle into their new home sweet home.Wh ...
Is a line of credit right for your business?
(BPT) - From time to time, your small business may face revenue swings, prompting you to borrow money to meet your short-term cash and working capital needs. One option is to secure a business line of credit.The Small Business Administration defines a line of credit as a loan given by a financial in ...
3 great reasons to clean your car this spring
(BPT) - Spring cleaning isn’t just for your home – it’s a smart thing to do for your vehicles, too. A few simple steps can help boost your vehicle’s integrity and beauty while maintaining its value, plus you might even regain that new-car smell. 1. Your car is a reflection of ...
5 tips for a seamless moving process
(BPT) - Packing up your entire life and moving it somewhere new is an exciting, yet intimidating task. Whether you're moving across the country or just down the street, you're bound to experience all the ups and downs of the moving process. Between the packing, moving and eventual unpacking, the pro ...
5 creative ways to recreate your look to amaze
(BPT) - Warmer weather is finally here. Time to lose the coat and the cold, the scarf and the sniffles and embrace all the fun these warmer weather months have in store. And of course you want to look good doing it as well.To help you find that perfect look, author and singer/songwriter Tanille Edwa ...
Cultivating financial confidence: Study finds women have more to learn when it comes to retirement planning
(BPT) - Women today are incredibly competent when it comes to juggling career, family and personal obligations. Despite feeling confident in their ability to multi-task, it appears that managing their long-term finances may be taking a back seat to short-term priorities.Seventy-five percent of women ...
A nutritionist's sustainable healthy habits for the whole family
(BPT) - It’s important to establish healthy eating habits for your family, but it’s not always easy to know where to start. We spoke to Rebecca Scritchfield, a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), to find out what she recommends her clients do to form healthy routines that can be mai ...
Deer wars: coming soon to a suburb near you
(BPT) - When you think of deer, do you envision a shy doe hiding beneath forest foliage? Or perhaps you imagine a buck bounding through a field along a quiet country road. The reality of where deer like to live is much closer to home than you think. Humans aren’t the only species that thrive i ...
4 simple ways to help your family eat well on a budget
(BPT) - How people approach a wholesome diet has changed dramatically over the decades. Today, many Americans see home cooking as an investment in health, but that leaves hurdles for many families who struggle with busy schedules and tight budgets. A few simple tips using frozen foods can help put a ...
Under pressure: How to manage stress before it affects your health
(BPT) - Stress: it makes your heart race, your head pound and your stomach churn.While a little stress can be a good thing and help motivate us when needed, too much stress can lead to negative health effects including headaches, upset stomach, back pain, trouble sleeping and a weakened immune syste ...
Living with MS, finding inner strength
(BPT) - When Chrystal Graham of Alpharetta, Georgia was diagnosed with relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2009, she was 27-years-old and no stranger to coping with life’s challenges. Having dealt with the loss of her mother to illness, Graham knew she could manage her way through almost any ...
Kick up your grilled cheese game with Havarti and Gouda
(BPT) - April is National Grilled Cheese Month but you can celebrate this mighty melted-cheese marvel any time of year. If you want to up your grilled cheese game by trying something new, incorporate specialty cheeses like Havarti and Gouda to get your taste buds dancing to a delicious new beat.Ther ...
6 steps to a championship caliber lawn
(BPT) - Creating a stadium-caliber lawn doesn’t have to take a lot of time, money or effort. This summer, follow these simple steps and tend to your natural turf in the morning and evening to create a yard that is championship caliber.1. Rake. Raking a lawn removes dead grass and other debris, ...
Is a wood or composite deck right for your home?
(BPT) - Outdoor living is a home improvement trend that can’t be ignored. If you plan to add a deck to your house, remember the design is only one aspect of the planning process. The materials you decide to use can affect the project in numerous ways, from the initial investment to maintenance ...
5 ways to manage chronic pain
(BPT) - When struggling with chronic pain, many often feel their concerns fall on deaf ears. Without physical symptoms, friends, family and sometimes even physicians may fail to empathize with the debilitating effects of the condition. Just because chronic pain lacks physical manifestations, it does ...
Add 1 often-overlooked task to your childproofing plan: Secure your TVs
(BPT) - Parents can do a lot to childproof their homes: Put medicine up and away. Place baby gates on the stairs. Put cabinet locks on cabinets. But what about checking their TVs?Injuries and deaths from TV tip-overs happen far too often. Every 45 minutes in the United States, a child is rushed to t ...
Top auto related products for a smooth summer camping trip
(BPT) - Escaping city life, exploring the outdoors and toasting marshmallows around a campfire are the essence of the classic American vacation: camping. While the trip itself can be quite enjoyable, getting there can sometimes be a challenge. Through the use of special products and accessories ...
5 ways to boost your home's curb appeal
(BPT) - Spring and summer continue to be the most popular months for selling your home, according to Realtor.com. And with many homeowners staying in their houses for an average of 13 years, your home will surely need some sprucing up to add to its curb appeal. By following a these simple steps, you ...
Keep your cool by paying less for air conditioning this summer
(BPT) - If high heating bills left you cold and bitter this winter, then now is the time to think about how high your monthly cooling bills could be this summer. Air conditioning accounts for approximately 19 percent of all household electricity consumption and emits nearly two tons of carbon ...
6 tips for a safe outpatient surgery experience
(BPT) - Nearly two-thirds of surgeries today are performed at outpatient facilities, meaning you don’t need to pack an overnight bag. But just as if you were having the procedure in the hospital you will likely need anesthesia, and should plan ahead to have a safe and successful experience.Sev ...
6 simple warm weather tune ups for your home
(BPT) - Are you revved up for warmer weather? Just as you’d tune up a convertible to drive you into the summer sunshine, now is the time to perform routine maintenance on your home so it’s ready for the hottest months of the year.Use this summer maintenance checklist to get your home in ...
Summer like a celebrity: 4 easy ways to go boating
(BPT) - Perusing social media or flipping through a magazine, it’s common to see famous faces like George Clooney or Taylor Swift cruising around on fancy boats, but guess what? You don’t have to be rich and famous to enjoy boating. Get your feet wet this summer just like the stars witho ...
The natural secret to a high-yield, pest-free garden this year
(BPT) - Gardening is one of America’s favorite pastimes – an impressive 35 percent of U.S. households are growing food at home or in a community garden, according to the National Gardening Association. That means 42 million households are currently planning their annual gardens and resea ...
Was winter hard on your hardscape? Tips for simple DIY repairs
(BPT) - Heavy snowfall that lingers for weeks or months, extreme temperatures, ice that thaws and then refreezes – Old Man Winter can be rough on your home’s hardscape. When the last vestiges of cold weather finally melt away, you can find yourself heading into spring with pitted drivewa ...
3 secrets to creating the shabby chic wedding of your dreams
(BPT) - Wedding trends come and go, driven by many cultural influences, but few are as enduring and romantic as shabby chic/shabby glam. With its perfect combination of elegance and softness, bright sparkles and gentle hues, a shabby chic wedding complements the individuality and beauty of brides of ...
Greener, cleaner bathrooms save water, time and money
(BPT) - If you’re considering a green home renovation, or building an eco-friendly house, you’ll likely put a lot of thought into heating and cooling, as well as kitchen appliances. But don’t overlook the value of greening your bathrooms, too. Environmentally-friendly bathrooms can ...
Avoid these fuel issues so your mower doesn't run out of gas
(BPT) - No matter how much you love mowing your lawn, there’s always something special about that first cut in the spring. It’s that initial opportunity to bring your lawn back to life after winter’s frigid temperatures finally give way to warmth. And operating a lawnmower instead ...
4 steps to find your home's perfect patio door
(BPT) - Do you feel like your house could use more natural light to brighten and warm your favorite spaces? Patio doors offer unobstructed views that flood your home with natural light and provide convenient access to the outside.Whether you’re replacing an old door or installing one for the f ...
5 ways to get buyers to see your open house as their next house
(BPT) - What makes a person or a family decide a home is the perfect for them? Is it all location, location, location? What about price, schools or the neighborhood? Or is it something else; a feeling they get when they walk in the door, a detail they notice or a scent in the air.If you’re sel ...
Discover unexpected ways to drink more water
(BPT) - A whopping 96 percent of Americans believe that they should be drinking more water, according to a International Bottled Water Association survey. Celebrity health and wellness coach Kathy Kaehler agrees, because she encounters hydration issues all the time with her clients.“I’ve ...
Business credit cards: 5 benefits to boost your small business
(BPT) - More and more American small businesses are using credit cards for business expenses, indicating a nationwide shift away from cash and checks toward more modern purchasing alternatives. In fact, according to Capital One’s latest Spark Business Barometer, 79 percent of business owners i ...
Breeze into summer with cool grape recipes
(BPT) - There’s something about summer that just makes everything feel brighter and lighter, more relaxed and less hurried. That’s how dinner should be, as well – minimal prep time and maximum quality time to sit and enjoy the company of those gathered around the table.Main dish sa ...
Creating an island paradise: Tips for adding an island in your kitchen renovation
(BPT) - Custom cabinetry, granite countertops, reclaimed wood flooring and accents, and top-of-the-line, high-tech appliances – what more do you need to make your kitchen renovation perfect? How about adding an island? Designers and builders across the country are pointing to the addition of a ...
Tax hints every investor should know
(BPT) - Contrary to popular belief, having investments doesn’t mean only an accounting genius can prepare your tax return. Investors can easily do their own taxes while maximizing tax savings by following a few simple tips.“Gathering all forms and information beforehand makes preparing t ...
How to audit your home's energy efficiency
(BPT) - A home that wastes energy can put significant strain on your budget. Extremely cold winter temperatures and scorching summers, together with a poorly performing thermal system will drive monthly heating and cooling costs higher than expected. So what can you do to cut the waste and the expen ...
5 ways to give your home and lawn the spring refresh they need
(BPT) - With winter finally a distant memory, it’s time to get ready for spring. Prepare your home and lawn for guests and barbecues to come with a few simple DIY tips for inside and outside the house.When it comes to weed control, driveway repairs, home maintenance projects and more, these ti ...
Children and summer learning: 5 building blocks for their brains
(BPT) - "No more pencils and no more books" is a chant heard on playgrounds across the country when the final bell releases students for the summer months. And while Alice Cooper's lyrics go on to showcase how excited the children are about their freedom from homework, they also highlight one of the ...
Spring cleaning secrets to cut the clutter without hurting productivity
(BPT) - Spring cleaning can be a tedious task, but it doesn’t have to drain your time. With this three-step formula from Laura Stack, aka the Productivity Pro, you can increase productivity and have more time for fun in the sun.1. Get ready to tackle the clutter. Start by labeling five large b ...
4 easy upgrades to make your home more water-efficient
(BPT) - Low rainfall and lack of snow melt, along with record high temperatures have contributed to the worst drought California has seen in decades. In fact, some studies suggest it’s the worst the state has seen in 1,000 years, but California isn’t the only state suffering extremely dr ...
Tips for growing a water-conservative garden
(BPT) - Families can decorate their homes with colorful flowers and bring healthy, home-grown foods to the table with gardens. Gardening, however, can use quite a bit of water, and in states struck by drought it’s important to conserve as much water as possible.If you're living in an area of t ...
Elevate your garden game with raised beds and planter boxes
(BPT) - What’s stopping you from gardening today? Do you live in an urban area, have a small yard or is your soil rocky and full of clay? Any of these challenges could make you believe that planting a garden simply isn’t in the plans this year, but that doesn’t have to be the case. ...
Easy tips to drink more water throughout the day
(BPT) - You know drinking plenty of water every day is good for your health. The Institute of Medicine recommends men consume about 13 cups of fluid a day and women take in about 9 cups. Yet remembering to drink water may not always make the top of your daily to-do list. Here are some tips to natura ...
Quick tips to reduce moving stress
(BPT) - Moving brings exciting possibilities of a different neighborhood, fresh spaces to decorate and new family traditions to be made. But it also means leaving behind people and places you love. While some sentimental items can be taken to your new place, many memories just aren’t transport ...
6 must-do home improvements to withstand severe summer weather
(BPT) - Mother Nature can be hard on your home, especially during the summer months. Thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes can cause extensive damage to houses and entire communities. Some preparation, however, can help homeowners defend their homes against severe-weather damage.“It pays to ...
Biting back against mosquitos: Eliminate breeding and feeding opportunities
(BPT) - Warm weather heralds the arrival of cookouts, lounging poolside, weekends at the beach and a host of fun outdoor activities. Spring and summer are also mosquito season, and the little blood-suckers are far more than just an itchy nuisance. Mosquitos carry and transmit diseases that kill more ...
4 steps toward greener living
(BPT) - Living a greener lifestyle isn’t just about conserving natural resources, it’s also about saving money. Whether you’re renovating your existing home, or building from the ground up, you can create a home that’s more efficient, cost effective and “green.”1. ...
Are you overpaying to be underinsured?
(BPT) - If you own a home, vacation property, boat, art or other valuables, you likely understand the importance of insurance. What you might not know is there’s a good chance you’re overpaying for that insurance, and furthermore, it’s likely not providing the coverage you really n ...
Three reasons why you should consider an IRA
(BPT) - Americans know tax day is the deadline to file income tax returns with the federal government. But tax day is also another important deadline: workers have until tax day to make contributions to their individual retirement accounts (IRAs) for the previous year.IRA contributions grow on a tax ...
10 tips to safely sell a car online
(BPT) - Looking for a new set of wheels? Need to raise some cash for a home improvement project? Heading back to college?Last year, a whopping 42.5 million used cars were sold in the United States, many by private owners. And 94 percent of those transactions involved an online search, according to l ...
Use less water, save more money by focusing on 3 areas of your home
(BPT) - Severe drought and water restrictions in California may be making headlines and history, but the Golden State is far from the only region in the U.S. facing a drier summer. With the Environmental Protection Agency reporting that 40 out of 50 state water managers predict shortages in their st ...
5 health myths you shouldn't believe
(BPT) - Separating fact from fiction can be difficult, especially when it comes to information about your health. Cutting through the Internet clutter and opinions from friends to uncover the truth is key to keeping the mind and body well.Dr. Jennifer Johnson, naturopathic doctor at Bastyr Universit ...
Stay one step ahead of Mother Nature with new outdoor solutions
(BPT) - After one of the harshest winters in history for many areas of the country, it is likely that your property has suffered some damage or wear and tear. New products and solutions that resist moisture damage, help reduce maintenance, and stay one step ahead of the weather are just around the c ...
5 truly meaningful ways to show your patriotism this Memorial Day and beyond
(BPT) - “Expressions of patriotic enthusiasm are as bright and thrilling as fireworks, but they dissipate as quickly,” Washington Post blogger Alyssa Rosenberg wrote in a July 2014 examination of patriotism among American youth. Yet most Americans consider themselves patriotic, even if t ...
Dorm dwelling? Tips to make the move go smoothly
(BPT) - There’s no traveling light when you’re moving into a dorm room; college calls for a lot of stuff. Smart storage options can help you find a place for everything once you’re there, but transporting your belongings from home to a far-off campus – or even one close to ho ...
Hurricane season, wind speed and your home's siding: What you need to know
(BPT) - Living near or along a coast has many advantages: warm weather, beach access, soothing waves and walks in the sand. However, the areas that are the most beautiful are often the most susceptible to hurricanes and other severe weather. If you live near the coast – or are looking to build ...
Improve your spring-cleaning routine and create a healthier home
(BPT) - Spring is cleaning season. You've opened the curtains to let in the sunshine, and every cleaning product you have in the house is primed and ready for action.The whole family has been enlisted to help. The youngest is in charge of wiping all the cobwebs off the floorboards. You have the olde ...
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