Home security tips to keep the holiday season merry and bright
(BPT) - During the holidays, family and friends will be gathering to share stories, hand out gifts and enjoy time spent together. It is also a season with houses left empty and large piles of valuable gifts often sitting out in plain sight through the windows - making this time of year ideal for would-be burglars. "Takin...
No tricks here: Treat guests to a hair-raising Halloween experience
(BPT) - Whether prepping for trick-or-treaters or hosting a party fit for Frankenstein, turning your home into a haunted house can be fun and easy. With these tips, before you know it, your home will be transformed into the spookiest house on the block. * Create terrifying tombstones. Set the stage before trick-or-treate...
Tips to help your baby sleep through the night
(BPT) - If you're a new parent, the idea of a full night's sleep probably seems like just a dream. Your world is full of late-night feedings, diaper changes and snuggles in the rocking chair. If this sounds like you, you can take some comfort in knowing you aren't the only one out there dealing with sleepless nights. Tho...
Think mobile: marketing tips for local businesses
(BPT) - No doubt about it, mobile technology is transforming the way consumers live and businesses operate. Today nearly 5 billion people use mobile phones around the world, with 1 billion of those phones being smartphones. According to research conducted by venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Americans ...
Power over ticks [Infographic]
In the U.S., ticks transmit more diseases than any other pest. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) increased its estimate of annual Lyme disease cases to 300,000 - an increase of 10 times what previously thought. Below, the pest experts at Terminix provide basic information on how to be tick smart.
Tips and tricks for planning the perfect Halloween
(BPT) - Planning the perfect Halloween can be pretty spooky, and it's not just because of the ghosts and ghouls that run from door to door. Coordinating Halloween activities, planning a festive party and pulling off the perfect costume for each family member can be frightening. But with a few technology tricks, you'll be...
Smart steps to rev up your career and make a positive change
Have you hit a wall in your career? Do you go to your job every day and feel bored? Have you been looking for a new job for what seems like forever? If you're not happy with your current work situation, it's time to make a change for the better. 'Knowing you want change and actually taking steps to initiate change are tw...
Avoiding footwear fumbles when exercising or playing sports
(BPT) - No one disputes that exercise provides a host of health benefits, from helping control weight to improving cardiovascular functions. But exercising in the wrong footwear can cause more harm than good, especially since foot health is integral to overall well-being. 'To get the most out of your workout or from play...
Top DIY home winterization projects
(BPT) - As the months pass and the end of the calendar year approaches, it's time to update your do-it-yourself list. Several home winterization projects will help keep your home in good repair come spring. While some projects should be left for the experts - like cleaning out the chimney - there are several most homeown...
Don't give up on skin during the colder months ahead
(BPT) - During the fall, when temperatures drop, skincare steps that were crucial during the hot summer months can often be overlooked because skin isn't as exposed. Instead of waiting until skin is uncomfortably dry and itchy, make sure you're moisturizing every day so skin stays soft, smooth and supple. And with all of the gatherings and parties that happen through fall and winter, you want to feel comfortable and confident in whatever you wear - whether it's a short cocktail dress or a sle...
HARP changes put refinancing in reach of more homeowners
(BPT) - When the federal Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) launched in 2009, millions took advantage, but many other homeowners found they couldn't qualify to refinance their underwater mortgages. Today, significant enhancements have made the program more accessible for homeowners and a great opportunity to lower ...