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Five reasons why scent is important for home decorating
(BPT) - Cooler temperatures, dwindling daylight that makes you crave a mood boost, and the approach of the holidays - at this time of year, many inspirations prompt people to redecorate. But while you're breaking out the holiday decorations or looking for just the right shade of yellow to make your kitchen look brighter ...
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Stay on trend this winter season
(BPT) - As we head into the cold winter months, there is no need to sacrifice your style for warmth. This year, incorporate on-trend looks from the runway into your wardrobe to keep your look fashion-forward throughout season. Here are five fantastic looks for fall and winter from celebrity stylist, Cristina Ehrlich. 1. ...
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Tips to make your home sparkle for holiday guests
(BPT) - The holiday season's here - time for enjoying your favorite foods, cider simmering on the stove and gatherings of friends and family. If you're hosting a holiday celebration, prepping your home now will help reduce last-minute chores and make the season more enjoyable. Cleaning the glass on your front door and wi...
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Parenting tips to help young children love to read
(BPT) - Children are energetic learners, trying to make sense of the world around them. One of the most important activities to help a child stretch his mind, especially in the early years, is reading. From birth to age 5, development in all areas of the brain is rapid, so it is especially important during this time that...
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Cinnamon: what's the difference? [Infographic]
Different kinds of cinnamon offer different flavor profiles, aromas and uses. Whether ground or in cinnamon stick form, the quality of the cinnamon you choose also has a lot to do with the degree of cinnamon zing you're bringing to a dish, dessert or drink. Here's a handy chart of what you should know about cinnamon from the spice experts at Frontier Natural Products Co-op .
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Balance-boosting footwear tips for older Americans
(BPT) - Balance in all aspects of life is a good thing. We work hard but make time for fun, love our children while setting boundaries, and eat healthy to enjoy a sundae on Friday night. But mental equilibrium isn't the only kind of balance that's important in life. Good physical balance can help older people avoid the d...
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Tips for finding the perfect guy gift this holiday season
(BPT) - Guys can be the hardest people to shop for, and finding the perfect gift has become a daunting holiday tradition. Sure, they will appreciate the thought behind another bundle of tube socks - and might even wear them - but there are gifts that bring a wow factor and make even the most stoic guys light up like a li...
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Straight talk: Some lenders lead marketplace in simplified customer agreements
(BPT) - If one universal lesson emerged from the economic meltdown of the Great Recession, it's that ignorance is not bliss when it comes to financial matters. Before the recession, many Americans made financial decisions without fully understanding the impact of their choices - despite detailed financial disclosure stat...
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Vacationing: The best way to explore American history
Understanding the past can help us better appreciate the present and look toward the future. If you want a more meaningful vacation, an excursion to one of America's most significant sites can be a step straight into history. Why not celebrate the Gettysburg Address' and Yosemite National Park's 150th anniversaries by de...
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Preparing for the holiday rush: small business pre-holiday planning tips
(BPT) - Financial optimism is on the rise, but data shows that many small business owners are still trying to turn the corner. In fact, according to Capital One's Spark Small Business Barometer , while small businesses across the country are expressing optimism about the national economy and expect to see continued impro...
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Winter renovations to boost home energy efficiency, add value
(BPT) - It's that time of year again, when the cold wind blows outdoors and your home works as hard as it can to keep you warm and comfortable indoors. Yet your home may be working harder than necessary, while inflating your energy bills in the process. By making a few home renovations this winter, you can boost energy e...
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Maximizing your child's learning with technology
(BPT) - A practice that was once frowned upon, many schools are now encouraging students to bring their own tablets, smartphones and notebook computers into the classroom to improve student learning opportunities. With the rise of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs, many parents are wondering how they can ensure their...
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Bloomberg talks to reporters after meeting with Obama and business and civic leaders for an event to discuss his "My Brother's Keeper" initiative at the White House in WashingtonThe former New York City mayor aims to battle the NRA.


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FILE- In this file photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2012, Emmanuel de Merode, Virunga National Park director and chief warden, poses at the park headquarters in Rumangabo, some 60 kms (40 miles) north of Goma, eastern Congo. Park officials say the Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park, a reserve in conflict-ridden eastern Congo, has been shot and seriously wounded. Three gunmen ambushed de Merode on Tuesday, April 15 according spokeswoman Joanna Natasegara. A statement on the park's website said he was traveling between Goma, a main city in the east near Rwanda's border, and Rumangabo at the time Natasegara said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay,File)DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A member of Belgium's royal family who, as director of a vast national park in eastern Congo has tried to defend endangered mountain gorillas and other animals from poachers and the forests from illegal logging and charcoal production, was shot and seriously wounded as he drove in the area, officials said Wednesday.


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This undated photo provided by M&M Hair Academy in South Ealing, west London, shows barber Karim Nabbach standing next to a poster poking fun at North Korean leader Kim Jong-un unusual hairstyle. North Korean diplomats have asked the British government take action against a London hair salon’s poster poking fun at distinctively coiffured leader Kim Jong Un. The Foreign Office said Wednesday it had received a letter from the country’s embassy objecting to the poster, and was considering its response. The Evening Standard newspaper reported that the letter urged Britain to take “necessary action to stop the provocation.” Staff at M&M Hair Academy say they were visited by diplomats from the nearby embassy after putting up a poster featuring a picture of Kim - who sports a distinctive undercut - and the slogan "Bad Hair Day?" Police say they spoke to both parties and determined no crime had been committed. The embassy didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. (AP Photo/M&M Hair Academy)LONDON (AP) — North Korea has made a diplomatic appeal to the British government to get a London salon out of its hair.


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