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home : life : seasonal April 16, 2014

Mowers, chain saws and high-ethanol gas: safety tips for consumers
(BPT) - With warm weather on the way, many Americans will be heading outdoors. Whether you’re beautifying your landscape with a lawn mower and hedge trimmer or using a chain saw to clear space for that deck you’ve always dreamed of, it’s important to take proper care when using ou... ...Full Story


Look for the seal for safe children's products
(BPT) - Your children’s safety is your top priority. You heard from the experts and you’ve read the books to ensure you’re providing them with the right clothes and the proper food. But what about the baby products they use every day? How do you know they’re safe?The Juvenil... ...Full Story


New year, new holistic skincare routine
(BPT) - The new year is an ideal time to set goals surrounding personal health, fitness and wellness. As many goal-setters know, setting realistic resolutions that one can keep is a challenge, but taking a holistic approach to health - which includes everything from skincare and diet to working out... ...Full Story


Bunny bowls and spring flavors get families hopping to the table for Easter
(BPT) - When spring finally arrives, we gladly shed heavy coats and snow boots. Meals, too, lighten up with warmer weather, as we leave behind hearty soups and heavier meals in favor of more sprightly and seasonal fare. Spring celebrations – from Easter brunches to graduation dinners – ... ...Full Story


Is it better to look good or feel good? Both, when you're pondering pedicures
(BPT) - Whether you’re getting ready for a romantic evening out, or looking ahead to when sandal days are back again, treating your feet to a pedicure can help you look and feel your best – as long as you keep foot health front of mind.It’s important to ensure your pedicure is don... ...Full Story


All the New Year's fun on half the budget
(BPT) - Ringing in the new year on a budget? The high price of New Year's Eve hotel accommodations doesn’t have to keep you from celebrating in big-city style. Even the most sought-after New Year’s Eve hotspots have nearby alternatives that give travelers access to big-city countdowns w... ...Full Story


Sure-fire laundry tips to make your kids' clothes last longer
By Evelyn Pimplaskar(BPT) - Taking care of your kids’ clothing can be a non-stop, dirty business. All that running around, sliding into home plate and puddle jumping can wear out more than just your kids’ shirts and pants. It can also leave parents feeling like they’re constantly ... ...Full Story


Spring has sprung: tips for getting outside to play
(BPT) - After being cooped up during one of the most brutal winters in recent memory, families are eager for warmer weather so they can get outside and play. Research shows that play is an important part of children’s physical, emotional and intellectual development.With spring upon us, now i... ...Full Story


Five things you should know about spring allergies
(BPT) - April’s showers bring May flowers but they also bring on sneezing, runny noses and watery eyes for some of the 50 million Americans with allergies. The spring allergy season begins in some regions of the country as early as February and can last into the summer months.The most common ... ...Full Story


Four simple tips to achieve your New Year's resolutions
(BPT) - The new year is here and it’s time to tackle your resolutions! You’ve set your goal, and now is the time to take action. A recent survey by Bing and Impulse Research showed 69 percent of people were all talk last year and did not keep their New Year’s resolution. The same ... ...Full Story


Five holiday tips to make your trip home a little smoother
(BPT) - There’s no place like home for the holidays, but getting there can be a less-than-joyous experience. While busy airports aren’t known to inspire a holly, jolly spirit, a few tips and tricks can help you breathe a little easier as you make your way home.“This is the busiest... ...Full Story


Kick-start kids' summer with shoe-shopping tips for parents
(BPT) - When it comes to the health of your children, you do everything you can to help them grow up healthy and strong. You get them vaccinated, take them to the dentist and optometrist, and you do your best to ensure they eat a nutritious diet that will help them grow. But are you aware of the im... ...Full Story


Travel tips to reduce your stress this holiday season
(BPT) - Traveling over the holidays to visit family can be a bit stressful. As you travel during this time of year, consider the following tips to help you reduce your stress and better enjoy the time spent with family while away from home.* Pack flexibly – Family schedules can change quickly... ...Full Story


Beauty tips to beat the cold and refresh for spring
(BPT) - Winter weather can notoriously wreak havoc on skin and hair. While waiting for spring to arrive, a few easy adjustments to your beauty routine can help you look fabulous on even the dreariest of days, and ensure that you are looking your best when the weather warms up.The beauty experts at ... ...Full Story


Stepping out for spring? People with diabetes should check their feet first
(BPT) - Spring is finally here and it’s an ideal time to get outside and be more physically active. For those with diabetes, regular exercise helps increase circulation and is a critical part of staying healthy. But, before lacing up your sneakers, remember these important steps to ensure you... ...Full Story


Get spring off to a fresh start with these easy cleaning tips
(BPT) - Spring is finally here. It’s time to throw open the windows and get the kids ready for fun times outdoors. It’s also time to start those spring cleaning projects. In fact, 72 percent of Americans make spring cleaning an annual task.Spring cleaning projects usually require many d... ...Full Story


Top men's grooming experts offer tips for surviving the harsh winter weather
(BPT) - Most guys spend very little time paying attention to personal grooming and, as the winter months roll in, this can have a direct impact not just on how they look, but how they feel. To help men stay one step ahead in the grooming game, Dove Men+Care has a panel of men’s grooming exper... ...Full Story


Rolling into spring: 10 dirtiest dogs in America
  (BPT) - The start of spring means many things - the return of higher temperatures; more time outdoors and, of course, April showers and May flowers. Unfortunately, for pet owners, April showers also mean muddy paws and unanticipated hours in dirty tubs.In honor of spring, pet grooming l... ...Full Story


Tips to keep you trekking this winter
(BPT) - Winter is in full swing, and with the magical season come the potentially unpleasant snow, ice and slippery conditions that can make driving a challenge. But, even in this less-than-ideal driving weather, Americans are ready to take on what Mother Nature throws their way. Even though 63 per... ...Full Story


Get your glitz on: How to add pizzazz to your Oscar party this year
(BPT) - Awards season will soon come to a crescendo with the airing of the Oscars March 2. Celebrities are gearing up to hit the red carpet and crossing their fingers that they come home with an award.In keeping with traditions of years past, people across the nation will gather with family and fri... ...Full Story


Eight tips to get your lawn mower ready for spring
(BPT) - With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to tune up your lawn mower for the season ahead. A yearly tune-up is important to ensure all parts of your mower are functioning properly and safely. Use these eight tips to rev up your engine and get your mower ready for spring:1.... ...Full Story


Pamper your feet, now, in preparation for sandal season
(BPT) - With spring break plans in place and summer just around the corner – sandal season is finally here. It’s time to put foot care on your immediate to-do list so your feet will be up to the task of showing off your newest pair of sandals with pride the second temperatures creep int... ...Full Story


Prepping tips for spring outdoor projects
(BPT) - Soon, winter will be winding down and homeowners will start planning – and prepping for – a variety of outdoor projects for spring. From cleaning, repairing or replacing decks, to creating raised beds for veggies and flowers, now is the time to start gearing up for those spring ... ...Full Story


Paralympic alpine skier breaks barriers on the slopes
(BPT) - Ralph Green was a well-rounded junior athlete. He excelled as a football quarterback and basketball point guard for his high school in Brooklyn, N.Y. His life dramatically changed at the age of 15 when a gunshot wound in the back resulted in the amputation of his left leg from the hip down.... ...Full Story


Deer dangers you don't know - and what to do about them
(BPT) - It’s hard to live in suburbia these days and be unaware of the difficulties deer can cause homeowners. They lunch on your landscape and brazenly cross busy roads at the worst possible times. But did you know that deer can carry parasites that transmit debilitating diseases to people? ... ...Full Story


Put a little 'spring' in your seasonal recipes
(BPT) - Have guests been “springing” up in your home? Then treat your friends and family to these fun and simply delicious seasonal recipes from Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and Fisher Nuts.  It’s the perfect light fare for all of your springtime get-togethers. * Start w... ...Full Story


Three-room makeover takes homes from simple to sensational this spring
(BPT) - Spring is the season of new beginnings, so is it any wonder that many Americans think about home improvement and brightening their decor when the weather warms? Simple updates can bring the cheerful perspective from the outside indoors, and revive any room just in time for warmer weather.Ma... ...Full Story


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 fami... ...Full Story


Top fashion tips for spring and summer
(BPT) - Spring is here – time to start planning your warm-weather wardrobe updates. To help you stay on top of the trends for spring 2014, the experts have plenty of advice to share.Lynne Riding, who is the fashion coordinator at The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute ... ...Full Story


Expert tips for navigating tax-season changes
(BPT) - With the deadline for filing taxes fast approaching, there are myriad changes for the American taxpayer to consider. Between The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “fiscal cliff” agreement), the Affordable Care Act and the Supreme Court’s Windsor decision, it’... ...Full Story


Crave beyond-the-beach excitement? Four must-try vacation ideas
(BPT) - Heading on vacation? This year, instead of settling for just sitting on the beach, think about embarking on an experience-based adventure.“Whether you’re traveling with family, friends or by yourself, there are all kinds of activities to enhance your vacation experience,” ... ...Full Story


Exciting ways to stay motivated and get fit this year
(BPT) - This is the time of year when many people set a weight loss goal and pledge to begin living a healthier life. Enrolling in a fitness program is a popular means of accomplishing a weight loss goal. But while many people are successful with their exercise programs, others fail because they qu... ...Full Story


Keep your hair shiny and bright this year
(BPT) - Holiday festivities may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can slack on hair care. Starting each day with a great 'do can help you face winter challenges looking your best.Mark Townsend, Dove celebrity stylist, offers these tips to help you create fabulous hair styles that last day an... ...Full Story


Plowing 101: Tips for removing snow quickly and efficiently
(BPT) - If you live in America’s snowbelt, you know how back-breaking clearing all that white stuff can be. Using a shovel or snow blower can be time-consuming and strenuous, prompting many people to acquire a snowplow to keep driveways and other areas safe.If you’re a newbie to plowing... ...Full Story


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 ... ...Full Story


Avoid tax identity theft and keep your information safer this tax day
(BPT) - You know the feeling. You’ve slogged through the paperwork, collected your receipts, filled out the forms, transferred the totals from line to line and figured out the size of your refund, or how much you owe. You drop your tax forms in the mail or submit them online, and you can fina... ...Full Story


What to expect in travel in 2014: Big sporting events drive interest in this year's hottest locations
(BPT) - Where’s everybody going? The travel forecast for 2014 points to destinations inspired by a whole lot of sportsmanship and team spirit. Hot spots expected to trend this year include North American ski resorts catering to travelers looking for an Olympic experience closer to home before... ...Full Story


Six ways to kick your lawn's grass this season
(BPT) - For most all of us, springtime can’t come soon enough. Following a brutal winter with severe temps and record snowfall nationwide, people are more anxious than ever to enjoy the first days of spring outdoors.To help get your lawn ready for use and enjoyment this season, the Craftsman ... ...Full Story


Caring for winter skin
(BPT) - As the largest organ of the body, the skin should be well cared for and protected. Winter can pose a host of challenges for those who typically experience dry skin at this time of year. Between dropping and fluctuating temperatures and low humidity, it is easy for skin to feel the negative ... ...Full Story


It's OK to cry: Expert tips for creating an emotionally charged Valentine's Day card for your man
(BPT) - With the onslaught of roses, hearts and cherubs, it’s easy to think Valentine’s Day is all about women, but men deserve something special too. You don’t need to gift luscious chocolates or a new designer watch to get the ultimate Valentine’s Day reaction. This year, ... ...Full Story


Every 'bunny' loves bunnies at Easter [Infographic]
(BPT) - This Easter season, it’s all about the bunnies! From peanut butter-filled treats, to visits from everyone’s favorite furry friend, The Hershey Company surveyed consumers across the country to find out how they incorporate bunnies into their Easter activities. Check out the fun r... ...Full Story


Personalized Valentines that last all year long
(BPT) - Americans spent more than $13 billion on Valentine’s Day gifts last year. Sixty-four percent of men gave their significant other flowers and a card, and took them out to dinner, according to the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association.Valentine’s Day is full of expectations... ...Full Story


Crucial steps needed for healthy and safe homes in 2014
(BPT) - The winter season may have passed, but for much of the country, cold temperatures will linger, causing families to keep the furnaces running and fireplaces burning. Because of this, education about and protection from residential fire and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning become increasingly i... ...Full Story


Embrace spring early with fresh DIY home and landscaping projects
(BPT) - People across the country are feeling the winter blues after an unusually cold and snowy winter. But with warmer weather arriving soon, you can create a feeling of spring indoors and out with some simple do-it-yourself projects.Roll up your sleeves and embrace the season of growth with thes... ...Full Story


Spring cleaning your medicine cabinet? Simple steps to cut cabinet clutter
(BPT) - As temperatures warm and flowers blossom, Mother Nature’s renewal often inspires us to refresh our own surroundings. It’s officially time for spring cleaning, but as you focus on scrubbing floors, refreshing draperies and dusting every surface in sight, don’t forget about ... ...Full Story


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 de... ...Full Story


Gifts that stick: Tips to giving holiday gifts with staying power
(BPT) - When buying holiday gifts, we seek to find something that our loved ones will not only enjoy, but also keep. Unfortunately, many gifts are headed straight from under the tree back to store shelves. In fact, more than half of holiday shoppers expect to return gifts this holiday season, accor... ...Full Story


Budget-friendly ideas for creating an impressive entertaining space
(BPT) - Each year there is a plethora of sports games, birthday parties and holidays to celebrate with friends and family. Now is the ideal time to create an impressive entertaining space in your home – one that you will be proud to share and truly enjoy throughout the year, whatever the occa... ...Full Story


For small lawns, choose smart tools that get the job done quickly and store away neatly
(BPT) - Small lawns have many of the same needs and issues as larger lawns, but they don’t always require the same bulky tools to get the job done. A smart arsenal for small lawn care includes some sturdy hand tools and a few small, but powerful, gadgets. If you’re looking to outfit you... ...Full Story


Lovestruck: How to give a Valentine's Day gift perfect for her unique personality
(BPT) - Whether it’s a couple’s first date, a pair of love birds in their honeymoon phase or a husband and wife team enjoying 50 years of married bliss, Valentine’s Day serves as a reminder of the affection shared with a special someone. For the Valentine who is truly one of a kin... ...Full Story


Green spring cleaning ideas that are kind to Mother Nature
(BPT) - It’s not necessary to use harsh chemicals and toxins to achieve a cleaner, fresh-smelling home this spring. Homemade cleaning products and earth-friendly tactics can help you clean green. Here are green cleaning ideas and a supplies list that will make Mother Nature happy:* Begin by d... ...Full Story


How to keep your kids active during the winter months
(BPT) - As the holidays wind down, so do the temperatures. As a parent, you know your kids can get restless in the winter months while they’re cooped up inside. It’s tempting to let the tablets and video games provide hours of entertainment, but it’s important that kids stay activ... ...Full Story


Making security a priority during the busy holiday of hearts
(BPT) - Valentine’s Day is a busy day for many small-business owners – especially those who cater to the love and romance industries. While tech and big-box retailers have “Black Friday” in November, businesses like florists, candy shops and restaurants may experience &ldquo... ...Full Story


Planning the perfect Easter egg hunt
(BPT) - From the White House lawn to the family living room, children of all ages will soon be searching behind bushes and couches to find that last treasured egg. If you don’t have an Easter egg hunt to attend in your community this year, consider planning your own and inviting all the neigh... ...Full Story


Flip-flops and snow don't mix: Winter foot-health advice
(BPT) - The holidays are over, but most regions of the country face a few more months of winter. Whether you’re slogging through deep snow and sub-zero temperatures in the north, or contending with dampness, chill and muddy conditions in the south, it’s important to take care of your fe... ...Full Story


Save money without skimping on style on your kitchen remodel
(BPT) - Home remodel projects don’t have to require an extensive budget, or look cheap when using less expensive materials. If you’re interested in updating the look of your kitchen this year, you can find products and materials that allow you to create a beautiful and stylish home with... ...Full Story


Five simple ways to make at-home hosting easy and fun
(BPT) - Hosting a party, dinner or event in your home can be a lot of work, no matter how much you enjoy celebrating with loved ones and friends. You deserve to enjoy yourself at your own party and some creative shortcuts can help you do just that.“The thought of hosting often stresses people... ...Full Story


Must-have luxury upgrades for your over-the-top deck
(BPT) - Some home improvements are simply worth a larger investment to achieve outstanding results. The extra investment ensures optimum returns in value, beauty and livability. Indoors, kitchens and baths rate that extra attention. Outdoors, decks are the pinnacle of great home improvements.Kitche... ...Full Story


Car care tips from a lady who professionally takes hers through the dirt and mud
(BPT) - Spring is here, and it’s time to make sure your vehicles are maintained.  As a professional off-road driver in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, Corry Weller knows the type of care that needs to go into helping a winter-worn car roll into the spring, ready to go. Helping your... ...Full Story



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