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Top 4 year-round sensitive skin issues
(BPT) - Skin sensitivity has affected more than 70 percent of Americans at some point, according to a new survey by Nexcare Brand from 3M. While the problem affects people of every age, more than 65 percent of parents surveyed say they’re particularly worried about the sensitivity of their chi ...
Tips to keep everyone safe from heat-related illness this summer
(BPT) - Enjoying fun in the sun is one of the great pastimes of summer. But heat-related illnesses can seriously cool off your summer fun, so it’s important to protect yourself from sun and hot weather while you’re outdoors this season. Normally, the body cools itself by sweating, but wh ...
Teach your children to recycle their old phones and tablets
(BPT) - It’s that time of year when millions of students will be shopping for back-to-school and purchasing the latest technology and electronic devices. Many of these popular items like smartphones, tablets and laptops use rechargeable batteries that contain materials that are potentially har ...
Tips for reclaiming some grown-up fun on family road trips
(BPT) - On family road trips, do you spend the entire drive listening to the music your kids prefer, playing their favorite games and generally doing everything you can to keep them content – and peaceful – in the car? It happens with the best intentions, but too often parents sacrifice ...
Get moving: 5 healthy summer family activities
(BPT) - Summer has arrived and for many kids, sports and activity practices are on hiatus leaving them with plenty of time to lounge on the couch. But summer isn’t the time to get lazy.Warmer weather provides the perfect opportunity to get more involved in your kids’ lives and spend time ...
Unique tips for sensational summer entertaining
(BPT) - The weather is warm and that means entertaining season has arrived. This year, elevate your gatherings with some unique twists. From serving fresh fare to creating cozy corners in outdoor spaces, you’ll transform your parties from average to amazing in a snap.Delightful decor Mother Na ...
Can your home withstand hurricanes or high wind?
(BPT) - Living near or along a coast has many advantages: warm weather, beach access, soothing waves and walks in the sand. However, the areas that are the most beautiful are often the most susceptible to hurricanes and other severe weather. If you live near the coast – or are looking to build ...
The best and brightest: How to attract the most colorful birds to your backyard
(BPT) - Sparrows to doves, mockingbirds to magpies, every bird that visits your backyard this season will bring its unique brand of delight. Yet when a particularly colorful species shows up, you can’t help but feel a special thrill at the beauty of their plumage and song. You can take steps t ...
5 easy ways to sleep cool in the summertime
(BPT) - Summer has officially arrived! While escaping daytime summer temperatures with swimming, ice cream and running through the sprinkler can be fun, the heat can be unbearable when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep.There is a link between high temperatures and poor sleep, according ...
7 must-haves to summer like a pro
(BPT) - It’s summer, it’s hot and you’re in the mood to dress light, eat light and tote light. So, we found seven must-haves for a day at work, the beach or just chilling out reading the latest best seller. Grab the following basics when you’re heading out for a day on the go ...
Easy tips to drink more water throughout the day
(BPT) - You know drinking plenty of water every day is good for your health. The Institute of Medicine recommends men consume about 13 cups of fluid a day and women take in about 9 cups. Yet remembering to drink water may not always make the top of your daily to-do list. Here are some tips to natura ...
Your summertime packing guide: just the essentials
(BPT) - For many, summer trips are the perfect escape from an otherwise busy life. They offer the opportunity to experience new places, taste new foods and generally de-stress! This summer, don’t get bogged down by the thought of preparing for a trip. Keep it simple by packing everything you n ...
Summer curl care guide: How to keep the fun without the frizz
(BPT) - There are plenty of reasons that summer is the most enjoyable time of year: Longer days, warmer temps, barbecues, and, of course, beach trips. Yes, there’s plenty to love about summer, but there’s one thing to dislike – the effect heat, humidity and salt/chlorine have on yo ...
Gift-buying for guys: A whole lot easier than you think
(BPT) - Women have a reputation for being harder to shop for on most occasions, but any gal who has faced her fellow’s birthday, Father’s Day, a graduation or other occasion with dread knows that it’s not always easy to find just the right gift for a guy. Few of us can afford to bu ...
This Father's Day, surprise Dad with an unexpected day together
(BPT) - This Father’s Day, rather than sitting dear ol’ Dad down and watching him unwrap a new necktie, try showing your appreciation in an unexpected way. Surprise him by spending a fun-filled day together enjoying his favorite activities. After all, doesn’t the man who spent hour ...
From sea to shining sea: the most patriotic things to see and do on your summer vacation
(BPT) - Summer isn’t just the season of no school and summer vacations. It’s also the most patriotic season in America, encompassing three iconic American holidays – Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. This summer, why not put a patriotic shine on your family’s summ ...
Heads up, Sunshine. Those rays are aging you fast [Infographic]
(BPT) - Before soaking up the rays this summer, check the facts on sun damage. For example, the sun causes more than 90 percent of the visible changes commonly attributed to skin aging. Additionally, 85 percent of the population still doesn’t know that sun exposure is the number one cause ...
Elevate your garden game with raised beds and planter boxes
(BPT) - What’s stopping you from gardening today? Do you live in an urban area, have a small yard or is your soil rocky and full of clay? Any of these challenges could make you believe that planting a garden simply isn’t in the plans this year, but that doesn’t have to be the case. ...
5 of the hottest trends for back to school this year
(BPT) - It’s that time of year again – time to trade summer break for lunch break, road trips for recess and home in bed for homework instead. Yes, back to school is in full swing and if your kids are going to start another year, they need the latest gear. Here are the five hottest trend ...
Farmers market closed? How to make the most of your grocery store's produce aisle
(BPT) - It’s the same story every year — kids return to school, temperatures drop, summer vacation becomes a fading memory and the local farmers market closes. While you may spend winter longing for the return of 80-degree days and sunny skies, you don’t have to miss out on your fa ...
Summer vacation fun is bigger and better in Texas
(BPT) - Summer has arrived in Texas, which means it’s time for a vacation. From soaking up the sun on the Texas coast to diving into the cool clear waters of a swimming hole, from outdoor adventures to amusement park thrills, there is no shortage of fun in the Lone Star State. Thanks to recent ...
5 college packing tips to take the fear out of back-to-school
(BPT) - Whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned veteran, packing for college always seems like a last minute endeavor. Most often, packing up for a move to a dorm is haphazard. You toss your belongings in boxes thinking it will survive the jaunt to your dorm. But what happens w ...
6 tips for getting your vehicle tailgate ready
(BPT) - If “road trip” are the two best words for summer, then “tailgating” is the call for fall. As American as frozen TV dinners, tailgating is essentially a reason for over exuberant college and pro football fans to use their vehicles to party-hearty in the great outdoors, ...
5 ways to get buyers to see your open house as their next house
(BPT) - What makes a person or a family decide a home is the perfect for them? Is it all location, location, location? What about price, schools or the neighborhood? Or is it something else; a feeling they get when they walk in the door, a detail they notice or a scent in the air.If you’re sel ...
Tips to wow all the moms this Mother's Day
(BPT) - It’s the toughest job you’ll ever have – this common statement rings true for mothers across the country. From the moment you were born, mom has been a pillar in your life through the good times and the bad. This Mother’s Day, it’s time to do something extra spe ...
5 essential steps for finding the perfect lawn mower
(BPT) - Nothing says springtime like the sounds of lawn mowing and the sweet smell of freshly cut grass. For some, mowing the lawn is a chore. Others enjoy the sense of accomplishment and pride in a great looking lawn. Regardless of where you fall, you’ll likely find yourself mowing about 30-4 ...
Breeze through summer with this quick and easy snack idea
(BPT) - The sun is out and kids are enjoying a much-deserved breather from their daily grind. Parents, on the other hand, must balance children’s summer activities, sports leagues, family summer trips and household errands. As mom faces her busiest time of year head-on, quick meal and sn ...
Seniors: Safety tips to help you weather summer storms and heat
(BPT) - Flooding, extreme heat, drought, thunderstorms, lightning and hurricanes: For all its sun and fun, summer weather can be dangerous. This time last year, we saw record-breaking temperatures, rainfall and drought across the country. While everyone should be aware of summer weather dangers, the ...
4 easy upgrades to make your home more water-efficient
(BPT) - Low rainfall and lack of snow melt, along with record high temperatures have contributed to the worst drought California has seen in decades. In fact, some studies suggest it’s the worst the state has seen in 1,000 years, but California isn’t the only state suffering extremely dr ...
5 simple tips for safe towing
(BPT) - With the summer months ahead, people will be towing boats, jet skis, campers, landscaping equipment, ATVs and more.Towing can be tricky so it’s important to plan ahead and emphasize safety. Operating a vehicle becomes a whole new task when another set of wheels is hitched to the back. ...
Three super-simple ways to make your new deck look amazing
(BPT) - Do dreams of lazy days soaking up the sun have you looking for a way to move the indoors out? Then a deck addition may be the solution. A new porch, patio or multi-level deck can serve as an extension of your home and create personalized spaces for summertime festivities, from easy afternoon ...
5 truly meaningful ways to show your patriotism this Memorial Day and beyond
(BPT) - “Expressions of patriotic enthusiasm are as bright and thrilling as fireworks, but they dissipate as quickly,” Washington Post blogger Alyssa Rosenberg wrote in a July 2014 examination of patriotism among American youth. Yet most Americans consider themselves patriotic, even if t ...
Simple precautions can help thwart common vacation scams
(BPT) - Bags packed? Check! Tickets in hand? Check! Perfect! You’re all set to embark on your dream vacation. Before you head out the door, you should know that scammers, identity thieves and fraudsters rarely take vacations. Instead, they wait for you to take yours.“When people plan vac ...
Will your pet be safe during an emergency?
(BPT) - Natural disasters can devastate families and communities in seconds, taking lives and destroying homes and properties. Sadly, pets are under-reported casualties of such disasters. For people who’ve lost everything else, losing or being unable to care for their furry family members can ...
Missed out on summer vacation? There's still time to relax and unwind this fall
(BPT) - Summer is supposed to be the season for vacation and relaxation, but if you were too busy to take time off, you’re not alone. More than 40 percent of Americans didn’t use their paid time off (PTO) in 2014, according to Project: Time Off, a study by the U.S. Travel Association. Bu ...
Gut check: Simple ways to beat the bloat
(BPT) - Bloated stomachs, indigestion and occasional gassiness grab the most attention during the holidays, when over-eating seems to be the norm. But periodic bloating and discomfort can occur throughout the year. In fact, one out of 10 people may experience gut problems on a regular basis, accordi ...
AC or windows down: secrets to better summer fuel economy
(BPT) - Summer is peak travel season for most Americans. Those hoping to spend less on fuel and more on fun can find ways to stretch their travel budgets with better vehicle care and use.One hotly (pun intended) debated topic during summer driving season is whether it is more fuel efficient to use t ...
Traveling Abroad? Get Vaccinated Against Hepatitis A
(BPT) - Hepatitis A cases are on the rise, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Hepatitis A is common in many parts of the world, even in popular tourist destinations such as Mexico, most other countries in Central and South America and some Caribbe ...
6 tips for fall recreation
(BPT) - While summer is all about sun, beaches and being on the water, autumn brings new types of outdoor fun. Cooler weather and colorful landscapes attract many to enjoy the outdoors during the season. But after the summer sun fades, it’s important to make sure you’re fully prepared to ...
Top 7 DIYs to do with Dad this Father's Day
(BPT) - Father’s Day gift guides flood the Internet right now, but the best gift of all is peace and quiet - plus a cool project that you can build with your own two hands. Get inspired and check out these awesome project ideas from BLACK+DECKER that are perfect for you and Dad (because he doe ...
4 winter-blues-busting home improvement projects
(BPT) - Three percent of the U.S. population suffers from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) every winter, according to Psychology Today. But you don’t have to be diagnosed with an actual disorder to suffer a bad case of the winter blues — it can happen to anyone. Since climate and enviro ...
5 over-the-top outdoor improvements for DIYers
(BPT) - A beautiful backyard has become a suburban status symbol much like a brand-new car in the driveway. Upgrading your outdoor space is not only uplifting, it’s practical, too. A great backyard expands your living space, enhances your enjoyment of your home and can boost resale value.Anyon ...
7 steps for simplifying your next paint project
(BPT) - If you’re considering a household painting project, now’s the perfect time. The summer’s hottest days are in the past and winter’s frigid temperatures aren’t even on your radar. Whether you plan to paint your kitchen, a hallway, outdoor siding or a refurbished p ...
Power tools to the people: Getting your outdoor equipment ready for summer
(BPT) - Some people eagerly anticipate summer barbecues, beach vacations and blue skies, but for avid do-it-yourselfers, the best thing about summer is the opportunity to use their favorite power tools to make their yards look great. Before you revel in the rich rumble of your prized lawnmower or th ...
Standing water in your yard? Solve your drainage problems in three steps
(BPT) - Whether it’s the result of melting snow or a heavy rainstorm, standing water in the backyard is an unwelcome sight for any homeowner. While it’s unsightly and robs your yard of valuable green space, standing water can also cause excessive damage to your home’s foundation an ...
6 must-have auto products for the summer
(BPT) - Summer is a great time to get up off the couch and soak up the sun. As you stock up on sunscreen and prepare to protect your skin from the direct sunlight, be sure to pick up products to protect your vehicle as well. Whether you’re taking the car out for a summer road trip, a day at th ...
Moving with a pet? Tips to make the transition easier for four-legged family members
(BPT) - Utilities switched, moving truck reserved, new domicile secured, boxes packed – as you work through your moving checklist, are you forgetting something? Have you taken steps to make the move as easy as possible for the only family member who has no say about your relocation: the family ...
Top tips to overcome summer temptations and stay healthy
(BPT) - Barbeques, ice cream, baseball game hotdogs and indulging on vacation: All are major factors that make it difficult to maintain the healthy lifestyle you kick-started in the New Year. A recent survey from Prevention and Centrum reveals the majority of Americans say that it's easier to eat po ...
Weathering the storm: 9 necessary tips for using a chainsaw to clear debris
(BPT) - It’s storm season, and as soon as a tornado or hurricane strikes, clean-up begins.Often, storm clean-up requires participation from volunteers who supplement the work of experts in removing miles of debris. Many are weekend warriors who have never tackled such an immense task — a ...
Summer like a celebrity: 4 easy ways to go boating
(BPT) - Perusing social media or flipping through a magazine, it’s common to see famous faces like George Clooney or Taylor Swift cruising around on fancy boats, but guess what? You don’t have to be rich and famous to enjoy boating. Get your feet wet this summer just like the stars witho ...
Camp like a pro with these auto additions
(BPT) - Escaping city life, exploring the outdoors and toasting marshmallows around a campfire are the essence of the classic American vacation: camping. While the trip itself can be quite enjoyable, getting there can sometimes be a challenge. Through the use of special products and accessories ...
5 sure-fire, stress-free ways to make your summer gathering awesome
(BPT) - Summer is party season, and most people prefer outdoor entertaining during warm months. In fact, a 2014 survey by entertaining website TheSalonniere found that 50 percent of people prefer barbecues in summer, 19 percent like al fresco dinner parties and 12 percent favor a pool party. Many pa ...
Spring into action now to help prepare for fall allergies
(BPT) - To everything there is a season, and this season you just might be feeling lousy: sneezing, stuffy nose, and watery eyes. With spring allergies in full swing and summer right around the corner, it may be difficult to think about the upcoming fall allergy season now, but it’s not too ea ...
Biting back against mosquitos: Eliminate breeding and feeding opportunities
(BPT) - Warm weather heralds the arrival of cookouts, lounging poolside, weekends at the beach and a host of fun outdoor activities. Spring and summer are also mosquito season, and the little blood-suckers are far more than just an itchy nuisance. Mosquitos carry and transmit diseases that kill more ...
5 fabulous fall upgrades can extend your deck time this year
(BPT) - Who says you have to give up time on the deck you love just because summer is over? Whether you’re just relaxing or tackling home improvement projects, time outdoors is a great way to recharge at the end of a hectic day or tiring week. A few simple do-it-yourself updates can help you e ...
5 home-renovation tips that will reduce asthma and allergy triggers in your home
(BPT) - This is the peak season for do-it-yourself projects, and maybe you already have your tape measure in hand, ready to tackle a bathroom remodel, open up the floor plan or finally reimagine that unfinished basement. There are plenty of considerations to take into account with any project, inclu ...
Suffering from fall allergies? What you can do to find relief
(BPT) - You heard all about the worst allergy season ever. You know the pollen tsunami swept through and left everyone sneezing and wheezing in its wake. But you want to know why the end of summer is almost here and you’re still miserable.“Although spring, summer and fall have different ...
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