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Composite or wood? Myth-busting facts to know before you decide on a deck
(BPT) - As temperatures warm across the country, many homeowners will begin thinking about home improvement. Adding a deck or replacing an old one is a popular project in spring and summer - one that provides outdoor entertaining space and enhances home value. If you're considering a deck project this season, will you ch...
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Healthy housekeeping tips offer a fresh approach to spring cleaning
(BPT) - After the long and cold winter experienced across the United States, families will be tackling spring cleaning with a passion this year. But for more than 40 million Americans living with allergies and 25 million with asthma, housekeeping comes with extra concerns and responsibilities. More than half of all homes...
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Parents: Put the brakes on kids' summer 'brain drain'
(BPT) - Parents and kids alike sigh with relief at the end of another successful school year. Yet years of studies show that summer 'brain drain' is a very real phenomenon, and where kids are intellectually at the end of one school year isn't always where they are when they begin a new one. Over the summer, the average s...
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Try tasty simple swaps to lighten up your menu
(BPT) - When it comes to diet and health, small changes can lead to big rewards. Replacing less healthy ingredients in your favorite recipes with ingredients that are lower in calories and packed with nutrients (and flavor) make it easy for you to stay on track. The trick is to identify ingredients that make for easy tra...
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Outdoor kitchen? Second-floor laundry? How to easily achieve summer's hottest home improvements
(BPT) - Whether you're staying in place or planning to take advantage of an improving real estate market to sell your home, spring and summer are upgrade seasons. From adding a bathroom to creating an outdoor kitchen, certain improvements pay off for both homeowners who are selling and those who are staying. And while pl...
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The new time to have fun and bond with your family: breakfast
(BPT) - Families are always looking for new ways to celebrate and spend time together. Why not start your weekend off on the right foot with a little family time in the kitchen over a delicious hot breakfast? Cooking in the kitchen is a great activity for families, including children of all ages. Consider the following w...
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Greener grilling: Good for you and for Mother Nature, too
(BPT) - You already know grilling is a healthful, flavorful and fun way to cook while enjoying the great outdoors. But did you know it can also be a 'green' activity? By choosing earth-friendly fuel options, better ingredients and sustainably sourced seasonings , you can satisfy your family's taste buds and Mother Nature...
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Modern technology rescues backyard pool-time fun
(BPT) - Technology has made the world a very different place than it was just one, five or 10 years ago. Film cameras, handwritten letters and portable CD players, all have been replaced by newer, more efficient inventions. These advancements have improved so many facets of our lives, it really is no surprise that the la...
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Got a great wedding theme? Tips for carrying it throughout your big day
(BPT) - What does the concept of a wedding theme mean to you? Do you think it's just about the colors you choose for your bouquet and bridesmaid gowns? Or do you think of it as something grander - your personalized stamp that should shine through every aspect of your big day? 'Even the most romantic, unique theme can fai...
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To-do list 2.0: How high-tech is making household chores easier than ever
(BPT) - Each week, the average person spends between 10 and 20 hours doing yard work and other tasks around the home, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While necessary, these routine tasks don't exactly fit neatly into today's busy, on-the-go lifestyles, which is why technology is stepping in. Here are three h...
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Serve your country and explore the world simultaneously
(BPT) - It's no secret that world travel is one of the most exciting perks enjoyed by men and women in America's Navy. With more than 100 ports of call around the globe and bases in multiple time zones, there's a great chance you'll see the world over the course of your Navy career. On any given day, 600,000 Sailors and ...
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Clever tips and tricks to save on auto insurance
(BPT) - Car insurance can take a bite out of your budget. On average, consumers shelled out nearly $800 for auto insurance for each vehicle in 2011, according to a recent report from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. In some states, the annual cost to insure one car topped $1,100. To cut insurance cost...
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Elite women runners leave the start line of the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)A look at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.


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Parents say 234 girls kidnapped from Nigeria school, up from 85 reportedThe school was attacked last week by Islamic extremists, and the number of kidnapped victims is up significantly from the 85 reported by education officials.


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File-This Feb. 18, 2014, file photo shows Vice President Joe Biden speaking to media during a meeting with representatives of student groups in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. Biden is heading to Ukraine to meet with leaders of the turbulent country. Biden’s visit comes a day after violence erupted in eastern Ukraine, despite an agreement last week aimed at easing tensions. A shootout at a checkpoint in eastern Ukraine manned by pro-Russia insurgents left at least three dead and Ukrainian and Russian officials trading accusations of blame. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)Vice President Joe Biden on Monday launched a high-profile, two-day visit amid tension over a shattered Easter truce.


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