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Weeknight meals made easy with simple tips
(BPT) - What's for dinner? It's a question most of us ask every day. With evening routines packed full of extracurricular activities, chores and preparation for the following day, we don't always have as much time as we'd like to make dinner. Fortunately, a quick, delicious and healthy meal can still be an option for you...
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Stop the spread of cold and flu viruses this school year
(BPT) - A new school year is starting and as many parents know, kids are likely to bring home more than their homework at some point. Many catch cold and flu viruses from their classmates, which can then spread to other family members at home. When kids are sick, they miss out on valuable learning experiences and social ...
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Are you an expert about head lice? [Infographic]
Head lice are a common problem, especially in school-aged children, but they can be hard to treat. If not diagnosed or treated right away, head lice can spread. Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice is an educational initiative to help moms, families and their communities learn about head lice - what they are, what they look like and how to treat them. This initiative aims to empower moms and families with expert advice and resources to help them treat head lice with confidence. For more informati...
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Lights, camera, holiday party
(BPT) - With the holiday party season right around the corner, a growing camp of entertaining experts suggests approaching things a little less like Martha Stewart, and a little more like Steven Spielberg. Whether it's a Halloween party for the kids, a Thanksgiving potluck, or an elegant Christmas dinner, entertaining pr...
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Things retailers do to make you love their stores - and spend more
(BPT) - Holiday shopping can make you feel frantic, while you sprint from store to store, trying to find the right gift for everyone on your list. If you think you're under pressure to achieve during the holidays, however, just image how the retailers feel; holiday season is often make-or-break for many of them. And they...
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Soft skills will help you land that next job
(BPT) - You've polished your resume, updated your references and picked up your best outfit from the dry cleaners. You're ready for that big interview. But while your experience and qualifications may match the position perfectly, have you given any thought to your soft skills? Soft skills include a person's attitude, wo...
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Can we really have it all? [Infographic]
The question of 'What do women want?' has been debated for hundreds of years in social settings, movies, songs and books, and the answer is still elusive. However, the following infographic, created by Ghirardelli , provides some answers from women taken in a survey conducted by LinkedIn and Cross-Tab. Regardless of where women sit on the spectrum, Ghirardelli Chocolate's new filled bars, Mint Cookie and Toffee Crunch, offer a tasty respite from the balancing act of life. To find out more abo...
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Are you covered? Five tips for roof replacement projects
(BPT) - Summer storms are a reminder to make certain your roof is well-equipped to help provide protection from Mother Nature. Considering a roof replacement? Follow these tips for outstanding performance, increased curb appeal and enhanced comfort for your family. 1. Check the warning signs One of the best ways to stay ...
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Why you should fix these 5 bad habits that hurt your health
Habits are hard to break. This is great news for those of us with healthy habits, but not so much for those with bad habits we know we should kick. If you're committing any of these bad habits, it's time to fix them - today. Smoking. Smoking is bad for our bodies, plain and simple. The health effects from cigarette smoking cause more than 440,000 deaths in the United States every year. Fix it: Don't quit cold turkey, try nicotine-replacement therapy, ask your doctor about prescription medicat...
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New ways to enjoy fall's bounty
(BPT) - Fall is a great time to try new recipes. Why? Because the markets are bursting with bounty of the harvest season. Included in that bounty is the fall harvest of grapes , which are in fine fresh supply through January. Besides their long season, grapes are amazingly versatile as an ingredient. Here's a sophisticat...
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Kitchen remodeling 101: Making the space your own
(BPT) - There is a lot to think about when remodeling your kitchen. You want to design a kitchen that reflects your taste and style, which you’ll love for years to come. Whether you’re designing for yourself or for resale, the key to success is to embrace timelessness. That doesn’t mean sacrificing personality for a neut...
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Outside the comfort zone: How personal change benefits you and the community
From losing weight to being more assertive at work to visiting relatives more often – when it comes to making personal change, you probably have a long list of things you’d like to do. For many of us, the obstacle of changing and actually making a difference is not a lack of desire, or even motivation, but total confusio...
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In this map provided on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, by the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, details are presented in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet will likely soon deploy more powerful sonar equipment that can delve deeper as the current search of the most likely crash site in the Indian Ocean has failed to yield any clues, Australia's defense minister said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Joint Agency Coordination Centre) EDITORIAL USE ONLYUnidentified material is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane.


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A mourner weeps as he pays tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast at a gymnasium, in Ansan, South Korea, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. (AP Photo/Korea Pool) KOREA OUTThe city south of Seoul has taken the brunt of the pain from the ferry sinking last week that left 302 people dead or missing.


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FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, file photo, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted to a security vehicle outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., after a hearing in his court martial. A northeast Kansas judge will make a final determination Wednesday, April 23, 2014, on Manning’s request to change her name from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. Manning is serving a 35-year sentence for giving reams of classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)Serving a 35-year sentence for passing classified U.S. government information, Chelsea Manning's petition to legally change her name from Bradley will be considered.


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