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How to host the best game-watching party
(BPT) - The days are getting cooler, the leaves are starting to change colors and team banners are starting to appear on front porches everywhere. It can only mean one thing - football season is back. With it comes more than 32 million fantasy football players and a whole lot of weekend game-watching festivities. Going t...
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Home improvement tricks to avoid the winter blues
(BPT) - Many triggers can affect our moods. From sights to sounds to smells - it's a sensory experience that we don't seem to have much control over. Or so we used to think. But with more research being done on exactly how these elements might affect our stress or happiness levels, we now have better insight on how to en...
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Stressed by social obligations? Tips for an easier holiday season
(BPT) - The holiday season is filled with gatherings of friends and family. As invitations to different holiday events begin to flood your calendar, one of the biggest challenges is figuring out how to attend everything. But for some, hectic schedules and public gatherings fill the holiday season with additional stress a...
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Fun home entertainment gifts for less than $100
(BPT) - What do most people want for the holidays? Technology and home entertainment gifts are highly sought after, meaning gift-givers have plenty of opportunities to get an impressive present. If you think you need to spend a lot to get a great gift, think again. There are many great options for less than $100. As more...
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Easy-to-update items to make your new home yours
(BPT) - This year more than 5.4 million homes were sold by the end of August, according to the National Association of Realtors. Are you one of these millions of new homeowners? If so, you've most likely felt the urge to settle in immediately. However, before making any major renovations, it's a good idea to live in a ne...
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Your go-to guide for elevator and escalator safety during the holidays
(BPT) - Remember the scene in Home Alone where the family is rushing through the crowded airport? Or images of teeming crowds in a shopping mall, every arm holding countless packages? Well ... it's that time of year again! November and December are arguably the busiest months of the year for traveling and shopping. Milli...
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Find the perfect gift for the music lover on your list
(BPT) - While most people truly enjoy the holiday season, it can also bring a considerable amount of stress. One commonly reported cause of holiday stress is shopping for gifts. Selecting the right gift for someone can be a daunting task. When choosing a gift, try to find something that relates back to the recipient's in...
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Are there any investment 'bargains' left?
(BPT) - Although everyone loves a bargain, they are often very hard to find. Usually, the best time to find a bargain is when a product is out of favor with buyers. In retailing, when an item is the wrong color, style or size, it is thrown into the bargain bin. Its price is then successively marked down until the product...
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The FLUgitives Campaign encourages more Americans to get their annual flu shot
(BPT) - Sanofi Pasteur is rounding up The FLUgitives(TM) - people who haven't yet been vaccinated against the flu this season. Through this national campaign, the company is encouraging more Americans to get their annual flu shot. #FLUgitives live in every town in America; they could be hiding in your workplace, your gym...
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Five lawn care tips and projects to complete before winter
(BPT) - With the autumn season in full swing, there's no better time to watch leaves change colors, enjoy a hayride with family and friends, and indulge in a cup of hot apple cider. But, did you know it's also the perfect time to prepare your backyard for winter? Fall is an important time of year to give your lawn proper...
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Supplemental insurance plans can help protect your family - and your wallet
(BPT) - No one wakes up thinking that their day will include a heart attack or a cancer diagnosis. But unexpected medical emergencies can happen to anyone at any time, and few people are prepared for the expenses that accompany them. Financial experts often recommend building an emergency fund consisting of six months of...
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Lighten the load: Open up valuable free time by organizing the laundry room
(BPT) - Laundry is always on the to-do list, and in busy households across the country, it seems that the hamper is always full. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average household does 392 loads of laundry each year. That translates to 7.5 loads per week, which can make the process of washing your clothes,...
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(BPT) - By the end of the first quarter 2014, more than 200 data breaches compromised millions of...
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