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  • Breathing Matters: The Importance of Understanding COPD

    Breathing Matters: The Importance of Understanding COPD

    Breathe in. Breathe out. Just take a moment to inhale and exhale. We too often take breathing for granted, but what if taking a breath was a challenge? If you’re someone living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), the third leading cause of death in the United States (US), or know...

  • Feel good about satisfying your sweet tooth

    Feel good about satisfying your sweet tooth

    With growing concerns about diabetes, obesity and dental health issues, many Americans are trying to limit their sugar intake and are turning to other types of sweeteners. But with so many alternatives out there, how do you know the choices you make to replace sugar are actually healthier options?...

  • 7 reasons why millennials love gardening (and you should, too)

    7 reasons why millennials love gardening (and you should, too)

    The stereotype: Millennials spend more time interacting with the digital world than the natural world around them. The reality: Five million of the 6 million people who took up gardening in 2015 were millennials, according to the 2016 National Gardening Survey. More millennials (people between the...

  • Is hidden salt hurting your health? Five tips for taking control

    Is hidden salt hurting your health? Five tips for taking control

    A typical soup and sandwich lunch can seem like a healthy meal. However, the bread, cold cuts and soup can be packed with something that can have a negative impact on your overall wellness: salt. "Even meals that seem healthy, like a turkey sandwich with a side of cottage cheese, can have high levels...

  • 3 steps to reach 100 feeling youthful and healthy

    3 steps to reach 100 feeling youthful and healthy

    What will your life be like when you turn 100? A century ago the question seemed almost flippant, a needless consideration for most people, but today it's very real. The percentage of people living to 100 has grown almost 66 percent in the last 30 years, according to U.S. News and World Report....

  • Breakthrough technology offers numerous benefits to people with hearing loss

    Breakthrough technology offers numerous benefits to people with hearing loss

    The latest breakthrough in hearing aids is not what you'd expect. In an industry dedicated to helping people hear better, some hearing aid manufacturers have developed technology that helps people live better, too. Lithium-ion batteries — a rechargeable technology that has been used for years in...

  • Maintaining healthy weight helps protect kidneys

    There are countless reasons to maintain a healthy weight — and you can add protecting your kidneys to the list. If you have kidney disease or are at risk for it, maintaining a healthy weight is even more important. "Being overweight significantly increases your risk for developing high blood pressure...

  • Preparing for surgery? These tips could save your life

    Preparing for surgery? These tips could save your life

    If surgery is in your future, it’s never too early to prepare. Whether you’re having an outpatient procedure or a major operation involving a hospital stay, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) encourages you to take simple steps to be ready for the big day, starting with talking with...

  • Obstructive sleep apnea and respiratory compromise: Know your risk

    Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) — a potentially serious sleep disorder that can stop a person's breathing during sleep — affects 25 million adults in the U.S. Individuals living with OSA may know they are at risk for high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, diabetes or headaches. What they may...

  • Why skip breakfast? 5 warm comfort foods that cook in 3 minutes

    Why skip breakfast? 5 warm comfort foods that cook in 3 minutes

    In spite of the well-documented drawbacks of not eating breakfast, approximately 30 percent of Americans are still failing to fuel themselves in the morning, according to WebMD. And many of those moving through their days with empty stomachs blame a lack of convenience. Earlier this year, the Washington...

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  • 5 tips to create an affordable and rewarding home DIY project

    5 tips to create an affordable and rewarding home DIY project

    When it comes to home improvement, DIY is more popular than ever. There’s just something satisfying about improving your home with your own two hands and being able to enjoy the fruits of your labor, day after day. However, home improvement projects can be expensive, and many people shy away from...

  • 4 design upgrades for a spring refresh

    4 design upgrades for a spring refresh

    With warm weather knocking at the door, it's time to rejuvenate your space and rid the home of winter clutter. While it may be the perfect time of year for a refresh, it can be challenging to find exciting new ways to decorate. With top design trends in mind, here are four simple solutions to spring...

  • Tips for choosing an energy-efficient, eco-friendly HVAC system

    Tips for choosing an energy-efficient, eco-friendly HVAC system

    The majority of Americans (74 percent) care about the environment, according to Pew Research. If you recycle regularly and have a programmable thermostat, you're already doing something positive for the environment. But when it comes time to replace your heating, ventilation and cooling system,...

  • 3 upgrades to help boost your home's energy efficiency

    3 upgrades to help boost your home's energy efficiency

    With milder temperatures and longer days, it seems as though the last vestiges of winter are behind us. Yet, if you experienced high heating bills, or drafts and cold spots throughout your home, it could mean your home is not as energy efficient as it could be. Home improvement experts suggest...

  • Small nest egg, big dreams? Tips for buying your retirement home

    Small nest egg, big dreams? Tips for buying your retirement home

    Planning for retirement means making a lot of decisions, including when you'll stop working, how much you'll withdraw from your savings each year, and where you'll live. Many Americans view retirement as an opportunity to move into a house they'll love and live in for all their golden years. In...

  • Spring home improvements you can do in 24 hours or less

    Spring home improvements you can do in 24 hours or less

    For most of us, the idea of spring cleaning probably sounds refreshing after a winter of bundling up against the cold. Now that spring has arrived, it’s finally time to get started! Sprucing up your home doesn’t have to take lots of time, and is a great way to leave you feeling reinvigorated after...

  • The lowdown on low down payment mortgage

    The lowdown on low down payment mortgage

    You would like to buy, but you can't manage that 20 percent down payment. Does this sound familiar? The down payment is the biggest impediment to buying a home according to surveys, but in reality many individuals can qualify for a mortgage with as little as 3 percent down. It is important to compare...

  • 7 home improvements to tackle before you move in

    7 home improvements to tackle before you move in

    You found the perfect home, so it's not surprising that you want to move in as quickly as possible. However, there are some projects that are best done when the house is still empty. So, consider completing the following seven items before the moving trucks arrive. * Painting. A fresh coat of paint...

  • 3 tips to make your bathroom remodel a breeze

    3 tips to make your bathroom remodel a breeze

    If you're thinking about remodeling your bathroom, you’re not alone. Bathrooms are the most common remodeling project people will undertake in 2017, according to the National Association of Home Builders. So what's the best way to begin? Here are three expert tips to help you get started: 1. Identify...

  • 3 backyard projects you can tackle in a weekend

    3 backyard projects you can tackle in a weekend

    Now that warmer weather has finally arrived, you want to be outside to enjoy it. Your backyard could be the perfect place to bask in the sun, entertain friends or indulge in your hobbies. It just needs a little sprucing up, and the right projects can help. Best of all, many of these projects are...

  • What would Americans do to make their move in 2017? (Infographic)

    Owners.com, an innovative online brokerage, recently commissioned a survey of consumers considering a home purchase in 2017. As real estate prices continue to increase and inventory remains low in some markets, the study found that consumers are making significant compromises to purchase a home....

  • Beauty and utility: Designing a functional, stylish home

    Beauty and utility: Designing a functional, stylish home

    Spring is a time of renewal and home improvement. More and more, homeowners are looking for maximum practicality and durability from everything in their home. They won’t, however, sacrifice style and aesthetic to achieve it. Fortunately, home products continue to advance, be it waterproof technologies...

  • 4 hot, high-tech upgrades to give your bathroom over-the-top luxury

    4 hot, high-tech upgrades to give your bathroom over-the-top luxury

    Americans love luxury and technology, so it's no surprise that the two are meeting and thriving in one of our favorite places — the bathroom. Just as technology is transforming every other area of the house, inside and out, it's recreating our concept of what constitutes a luxurious bathroom. The...

  • Retaining walls create attractive outdoor seating options

    Retaining walls create attractive outdoor seating options

    Humpty Dumpty had the right idea when he sat on a wall. Segmental retaining wall (SRW) units are a popular solution for beautiful and durable outdoor seating — from freestanding walls that double as seating and two-tiered couches to large applications such as cost-effective amphitheater and stadium...

  • Top 6 design trends for 2017

    Now that 2017 is here, that means a whole new year lies ahead, with fresh ideas to come! What is going on in the design world this year? What's hot? What's trending in 2017? 1. Marble wallpaper A lot of the 2017 trends are about going back to classic styles, and it doesn't get much more classic than...

  • Home sellers: 6 last-minute cleaning tasks to do before every showing

    Home sellers: 6 last-minute cleaning tasks to do before every showing

    Real estate experts agree: dirt and clutter are the anti-staging elements that can send buyers running for the door before they ever think of making an offer. Prior to staging your home, invest some time in deep cleaning it, paying attention to everything from the front walk to the garbage disposal...

  • 5 spring DIY craft projects to make old stuff new again

    5 spring DIY craft projects to make old stuff new again

    Spring isn't just the season to clean out old junk from your home, it's also the perfect time to tackle some DIY craft projects that repurpose household items and give them new life. Repurposing, or "upcycling," is one of the hottest trends in home decor and design for 2017, according to online...

  • Thoughtful home design: 4 tips to transform any small space

    Thoughtful home design: 4 tips to transform any small space

    During the 1950s, the average-sized American home was just around 1,700 square feet. Fast forward to today, and the average size has increased to about 2,600 square feet, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While many Americans think the bigger the better, there is a growing trend of homeowners...

  • 6 surprising spots in the home you can transform with a wholesale club membership

    You may already know a wholesale club is a great place to buy groceries, but your membership in a club like BJ's Wholesale can also help you save money in virtually every room of the house, not just the kitchen and pantry. Here are six rooms in the house that a wholesale club membership can help...

  • Self-employed? Tips to help you navigate the mortgage process

    Self-employed? Tips to help you navigate the mortgage process

    Sponsored ad content by Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. When you're self-employed, you often work harder than anyone else you know. That's what it takes to be your own boss. While rewarding, it comes with a lot of added responsibility. This is especially true when applying for a mortgage. "Self-employment...

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  • 9 tips to boost productivity in the workplace

    9 tips to boost productivity in the workplace

    If you feel like you're working more, but getting less done, you're not alone. Employees are working an average of 44 hours per week, of which only 29 were considered to be productive, according to a new survey of 1,200 full time office workers. The recent "Productivity in the Workplace" study commissioned...

  • How to say and do just the right thing when a co-worker loses a loved one

    How to say and do just the right thing when a co-worker loses a loved one

    Knowing how to support a grieving co-worker can be one of the most challenging situations you face in your workplace. You want to express your sympathy and help your colleague, but you also don't want to cross any professional boundaries. In fact, guidance regarding expressions of sympathy in the...

  • Small businesses prepare for 2017 (Infographic)

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  • Growing up with elevators and escalators (Infographic)

    Just as the urban spaces we live in today have changed dramatically in the past 30 years, the cities of tomorrow will look very different than the cities of today. Buildings are rising taller than ever to accommodate growing urban population.

  • Boost home office productivity with a pre-holiday freshening

    Boost home office productivity with a pre-holiday freshening

    You engaged in spring cleaning and organization earlier this year, but with the holidays approaching, your home office could probably stand a bit of freshening up. Fall is the perfect time to make sure your office is a well-equipped and appealing workspace that boosts your efficiency and productivity....

  • 3 ways to celebrate Small Business Week 2016

    The bakery on the corner. The family-owned accounting firm down the street. The city's legendary cafe that's been around since the ‘50s. Small businesses nationwide prove the American dream is alive and well. In fact, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, according...

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    The majority of small business owners want help tracking metrics and admit they don't measure and track as often as they should, according to a Staples survey. Learn more about what business owners said about tracking metrics and how a new app can help grow your business in the below infographic....

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    Continuity planning used be something only companies in highly regulated industries were required to do, but today it's considered a standard for all businesses, regardless of size or reach. It answers the question, "What if…?" and can easily spell the difference between the continued operation...

  • 6 tips to help your small company get back to business in the New Year

    6 tips to help your small company get back to business in the New Year

    The decorations are down and stored away, the holiday rush is over and it’s time for small businesses to get back to doing business as usual. Many small businesses find they have the time and the inspiration to get their shops in order at the beginning of the first quarter — a task that can set...

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  • 10 must-read books to inspire travel

    10 must-read books to inspire travel

    A great book is an essential travel companion. But what if you are months from vacation, low on travel budget, or need inspiration for your next trip? The Amazon Books Editors have you covered. They read hundreds of thousands of pages a year in order to curate lists of the best books for all kinds...

  • Off-roading independence: Texas style (Infographic)

    Thursday, March 2 is Texas Independence Day, and there's no better way to celebrate your independence than getting outdoors! That's why the folks at BFGoodrich Tires curated the following list of top trails that the Lone Star State has to offer. Whether you're new to the hobby, an experienced off-roader,...

  • 7 tips to conquer your packing challenges while traveling

    7 tips to conquer your packing challenges while traveling

    Whether it's business travel, family road tripping or a romantic getaway, exploring new places is exciting. You may be counting down the days until you leave, but if there's one thing you dread, it's packing. Deciding what earns a spot in your suitcase is hard enough, let alone figuring out how...

  • Outdoor adventures offer out-of-this-world fun on Florida's Space Coast

    Outdoor adventures offer out-of-this-world fun on Florida's Space Coast

    When winter cold and snow force you indoors, you might dream of getting away to somewhere warm and sunny that offers plenty of energizing fun and a much-needed change in the weather. Planning for your spring and summer vacations is a great way to score some budget-friendly deals. It also helps...

  • Reducing risks while taking care of business: Tips to avoid distracted driving

    Reducing risks while taking care of business: Tips to avoid distracted driving

    The pace of business never seems to stop, and thanks to the convenience of cell phones, many people work on the go, even while they're driving. Yet cell phone use is one of the most common type of distracted driving, and it claims thousands of lives and causes thousands more injuries every year....

  • How to plan a successful spring getaway

    How to plan a successful spring getaway

    No matter where you live, spring travel is synonymous with the search for warm weather. While the sunshine may help keep the blues at bay, it takes more than just golden rays to make a trip unforgettable. Whether you're taking a family vacation, a couples escape or a getaway with friends, these...

  • Top reasons to love Titus Mountain

    With 50 trails spread across three mountains, there is a lot to love about Titus Mountain in Malone, New York. To learn more, four bloggers offer an insider's perspective on why it's their top pick when the urge to carve some turns hits. Glenn: Hooked on Titus from the start Glenn Pareira is a green...

  • 7 steps to secure your home while you're on vacation

    7 steps to secure your home while you're on vacation

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    With the thermometer hovering around freezing and snow still on the ground, it may not feel like it now, but spring is fast approaching. It will soon be time to step outside the house, enjoy the warmer weather and take that vacation you've been planning for months. Yes, it's time for a spring road...

  • 5 reasons ridesharing is on the rise

    5 reasons ridesharing is on the rise

    The rideshare industry has exploded in popularity over the past several years, with companies devoted to making transportation safe, reliable and enjoyable. At the swipe of a finger and tap of a button, you can hail a car through your smartphone. Within minutes, you are picked up at your desired...

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  • 5 family-friendly cities you should visit in 2017

    5 family-friendly cities you should visit in 2017

    Family vacations are as unique as the families that enjoy them. If your family vacations in 2016 involved returning to the same destinations again and again, 2017 is a great time to take embrace the weekend, step away from the traditional and explore a new city. So grab your family, pack your bags...

  • Discover the magic of winter

    Discover the magic of winter

    Were you lucky enough to grow up making snow angels? Did you spend the better part of a day building a snow fort or rolling up a snowman? If you have fond memories of playing in the snow, but for some reason haven't put on insulated pants or boots in a long time, then it's time to rediscover winter....

  • 9 life-changing experiences on Western Australia's Coral Coast

       Australia is an amazing country on many peoples bucket lists, with Western Australia offering some of the most extraordinary experiences of all. Will 2017 be the year you finally make this vacation dream come true? With secret beaches, untouched shorelines and an abundance of unique animals on...

  • 5 smart money-saving travel strategies

    5 smart money-saving travel strategies

    As the new year unfolds, now is the time to plan weekend escapes to ensure you have a chance to reset and refresh throughout the year. As Seekenders know, every weekend is a new opportunity for adventure and spontaneity. By planning your weekend getaways early, you'll set up key points to rejuvenate...

  • Touch down in Houston for the big game

    Touch down in Houston for the big game

    February is fast approaching, and with it the year's largest football event. Fans will come from across the nation to experience the highly anticipated Sunday football game in Houston, Texas. With mild weather, amazing city views, a walkable cultural district and delectable food, visitors will have...

  • 11 Reasons Billings, Montana, Was Named 'America's Best Town'

    Whether it's a quick weekend trip or a weeks-long adventure, you want to visit a unique travel destination that's equal parts excitement and relaxation. One location has something for everyone, with countless awards and accolades: Billings, Montana. Known as Montana's Trailhead, Billings perfectly...

  • Forget post-holiday sales: Find the best deals at local boat shows

    Forget post-holiday sales: Find the best deals at local boat shows

    Post-holiday sales aren't the only deals to be found during the winter months. Starting in January, boat shows take place across the country. They offer some of the best pricing and incentives of the year — a major draw for the millions of Americans who take to the water each year on more than...

  • Resolutions on the road: Cruising into 2017 with plans for better car care

    Resolutions on the road: Cruising into 2017 with plans for better car care

    Every new year brings a flurry of resolutions, and Hankook Tire checked out the road-related improvements Americans resolve to make happen in 2017. Whether you're looking to save money or are determined to make that cross-country road trip a reality, the Hankook Tire Gauge Index found Americans...

  • Wintery Wisconsin: 5 vacation destinations that can help you relax

    Wintery Wisconsin: 5 vacation destinations that can help you relax

    It may sound contrary to the holiday hype, but the winter season following the holidays can be a perfect time for a relaxing, soul-soothing getaway. Research cited by the American Psychological Association shows stress increases for many in the weeks leading up to the holidays, due to factors like...

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  • The truth behind some common, confusing food terms

    Organic, GMO-free, local, hormone-free and antibiotic-free: So many terms are attached to our food these days that it can be difficult to know what they really mean. Worldwide, 62 percent of consumers say they care about food and nutrition, and 80 percent read labels, according to a global survey...

  • Fiber: What it is and why you need more of it in your diet

    Fiber: What it is and why you need more of it in your diet

    Eat more fiber. If your doctor didn't give you this advice at your last checkup, she probably should have: 97 percent of Americans don't get the recommended daily amount of dietary fiber they need to stay healthy. But what is fiber, and why is it good for you? Dietary fiber, sometimes called "roughage,"...

  • Cooking essentials: A peek inside a professional chef's kitchen

    Cooking essentials: A peek inside a professional chef's kitchen

    From spices and oils to gadgets and gizmos, it seems like there are always new, trendy items that you should add to your kitchen. Trying to separate the handy from the hype, however, can be a time-consuming and expensive process. Professional chefs know not everything is worthy of space in their...

  • Decoding food labels: Scary additives or gifts from nature?

    Decoding food labels: Scary additives or gifts from nature?

    Food-ingredient labels are getting shorter. Why? Because the people have spoken: We want fewer, better ingredients in our foods. We asked, and the companies that make our food responded by replacing artificial colors and flavors, removing what's unessential, and using naturally derived ingredients....

  • Is seaweed the next superfood?

    Is seaweed the next superfood?

    There's a new superfood in town. And it's not kale. Seaweed may be a hot new food trend in the United States, but this leafy green from the sea has been used in Asian cuisine for thousands of years. Not only is seaweed low in calories and fat, it's also packed with essential nutrients like vitamins...

  • Food for thought: What millennials want to know about their pork products

    Food for thought: What millennials want to know about their pork products

    Pulled pork, ham steaks, chops, tenderloin and everyone's favorite, bacon — Americans love pork, and consume about 64 pounds per person every year, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics. But Americans' interest in pork goes far beyond what barbecue sauce to use on it, or how to...

  • 3 fun Easter baskets everyone will love

    It's hard to imagine celebrating Easter without baskets full of delicious chocolate and special gifts. In fact, filling Easter baskets has been a cherished tradition for centuries. This year Joy Cho, creative director and founder of the popular blog OhJoy.com, created three fun (and simple) Easter...

  • Top gardening trends for 2017

    Top gardening trends for 2017

    Whether you have a backyard or just a few containers on the patio, sunny days are your cue it's time to garden. Growing your own flowers, herbs and vegetables is a lot of fun, and with some simple tips, it can be pretty easy to make sure your outdoor space is a showstopper. The experts at Ball Horticultural...

  • 5 unique ways to enjoy chips and dip

    The classic chip and dip snack can be found at almost any party or get together, and there's a good reason why — everyone loves it! National Chip and Dip day is Thursday, March 23, so grab your apron and head to the kitchen with these fun and unique ways to enjoy CHI-CHI'S(R) Brand chips and dip:...

  • Soy sauce: Sodium saving, flavor raising (Infographic)

    March is National Nutrition Month and Kikkoman is sharing a tried-and-true secret to healthier cooking. According to research published in the Journal of Food Science, using Traditionally Brewed Kikkoman Soy Sauce in place of table salt can help reduce sodium quantities in your cooking by up to...

  • Smart food swaps mean more nutrition and less 'giving up'

    Smart food swaps mean more nutrition and less 'giving up'

    Does it ever seem like a lot of healthy-eating advice is about "less," "giving up" and "taking away?" Reducing fat and sodium intake, avoiding high-calorie foods and trimming portion size are commonly heard pieces of advice when you're trying to lose weight or improve your diet. But health experts...

  • 4 ways coffee lovers savor spring

    Spring is in the air, and with it comes more daylight and longer days to enjoy. To make sure you’re living them to the max, here are a few tips on how Café Bustelo can help you live a vibrant life as the clocks spring forward. 1. Adventure outside Take advantage of the warmer weather by heading outdoors...

  • Sell your great idea with practice, perfection and pitching

    Sell your great idea with practice, perfection and pitching

    In 2015, thousands of people filed more than half a million patent applications for their good ideas, according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. That's a lot of ideas. Sadly, only half received patents, and fewer still made it to market. Anyone can have a great idea, but how do...

  • Culinary goodness for healthy bones (Infographic)

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  • Hot cooking trends: 5 flavorful ways to prepare pork

    Hot cooking trends: 5 flavorful ways to prepare pork

    Tired of the same old casseroles and pasta dishes? As the seasons transition, you're probably looking for fresh and flavorful ways to prepare satisfying foods for your family and friends. An increasing number of home and professional chefs are using pork to produce mouth-watering, palate-pleasing...

  • Tips for hosting a better brunch

    Tips for hosting a better brunch

    Love the idea of hosting a brunch, but begin to regret it the moment you’re toiling over a pan of bacon grease while your friends are chatting over mimosas? You’re not alone. Whether you’re planning a simple brunch for a small group or an Easter brunch to wow a crowd, these simple tips and ideas...

  • Thinking outside the coop: 8 common myths about raising backyard poultry

    Thinking outside the coop: 8 common myths about raising backyard poultry

    From fresh egg production to natural garden fertilizer, there is no shortage of benefits in raising backyard poultry. But even as families become more familiar with sustainable living and keeping chickens, several poultry myths still exist. Here to set the record straight for our feathered friends...

  • 5 reasons seafood is a great choice for a relaxing date night

    5 reasons seafood is a great choice for a relaxing date night

    "Date night" is an activity people typically look forward to with great anticipation. The good news is, your plans don't have to be elaborate for evenings together to turn out romantic and fun. Sometimes the most-satisfying date nights are the relaxing evenings spent at home with the one you love,...

  • 10 delicious ways to use almond milk

    As almond milk is America's favorite dairy alternative, here's a guide to enjoying it even more, with quick tips and out-of-the-carton recipes for every day. Almond milk is a great choice for people who are looking to avoid lactose, dairy and soy. It's also great for calorie-watchers, as unsweetened...

  • The smart advice that makes clean eating an attainable lifestyle choice

    The smart advice that makes clean eating an attainable lifestyle choice

    Healthy eating trends come and go. Sometimes the fads are extreme, over-the-top and hard to maintain, but others offer simple, attainable changes that make them well worth incorporating into your lifestyle. Clean eating, actively seeking out foods that are minimally processed with simple, natural...

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  • The new old game in town is chess

    The new old game in town is chess

    If you think chess ranks somewhere with stamp collecting and horseshoes on the cool-and-hip meter, you need to turn down the disco music on your cassette player and start paying attention. The ancient game, now roughly 1,500 years old, is enjoying a renaissance across the country. Young people from...

  • Key retirement milestones everyone should know about

    Retirement can seem like a very distant destination in your early working years. However, as you age, that once distant destination starts to become more real. As you enter your 50s you can really start to think about how much you have saved and how that will translate into retirement income. You...

  • Recycle what? 5 tips for recycling bathroom products

    Recycle what? 5 tips for recycling bathroom products

    Most of us are used to recycling at home, but specifically in the bathroom? Not so much. However, your bathroom is home to a number of recyclable products, from shampoo and mouthwash bottles to bandage and tissue boxes. With families as busy as they are, it's no wonder bathroom recycling is far...

  • Secrets smart investors use year-round to save on their taxes

    Secrets smart investors use year-round to save on their taxes

    Come tax time, many people work to locate tax breaks. While this is always a smart financial move, a little-known way to help build your net worth is to keep taxes top of mind throughout the entire year. Reducing taxes means you keep more of what you earn, according to Nick Holeman, a financial...

  • Committed to care: Higher education institutions pledge dedication to student success

    Committed to care: Higher education institutions pledge dedication to student success

    The future of higher education is often the subject of debate; what constitutes a valuable education for students continues to shift as student demographics change. Recently, government regulators and other external stakeholders have been questioning the value of for-profit higher education, specifically,...

  • Inflatables 101: Tips for choosing the perfect pool float

    Inflatables 101: Tips for choosing the perfect pool float

    Visit any retailer’s pool aisle or website, and you’ll quickly realize a challenge your parents and grandparents never had to face — more pool inflatables to choose from than you could ever imagine. Whether you’re shopping for a larger-than-life float island or something to help keep your non-swimming...

  • 3 tax hints every investor should know

    3 tax hints every investor should know

    It's a common misconception that if you have investments you need to shell out a large chunk of change to have your taxes prepared by an accounting genius. The truth is, it's easy and affordable to do your own taxes and maximize tax savings — even if you're an investor. "First and foremost, gather...

  • 4 tips to help protect your identity this tax season

    4 tips to help protect your identity this tax season

    Tax season is a busy time for everyone. From accountants and small business owners to families and individuals, especially as more people choose to file their taxes themselves. Unfortunately, it's also a busy time of year for cybercriminals who use the flurry of activity to swindle sensitive personal...

  • 5 Ways to Help Your Baby Adjust to Daylight Saving Time

    Daylight Saving Time (DST) is coming, and with it comes longer days and more sunshine. But for parents, it also brings concern over disruption to a precious sleep schedule. In many cases, a family takes up to a week to adjust to the impact DST has on sleep. Pampers has teamed up with renowned sleep...

  • 14-year-old scientist aims to solve the energy crisis

    14-year-old scientist aims to solve the energy crisis

    The family trip. For most kids it’s a chance to relax, visit a new destination, collect souvenirs, and create stories and memories to share with their friends throughout the year. For 14-year-old Maanasa Mendu, however, the family trip provided her with a vision of how she needed to change the world....

  • The top 2017 spring wedding ideas

    Spring weddings are absolutely magical. The sunshine, the blooms and the fresh scent of spring air can add a touch of innocence and elegance to a couple's special day. Its a wonderful time of year to say "I do" and there are many ways you can create the perfect one-of-a-kind spring wedding. Go...

  • 5 fast shortcuts to make your home sparkle this spring

    5 fast shortcuts to make your home sparkle this spring

    We all know that one person who just adores cleaning. But for the rest of us, it's a necessary evil that gets old very quickly! Before you tackle that long list of spring cleaning tasks, try some of these cleaning hacks designed to make these chores faster and easier. When cleaning is fun and even...

  • How does your hospital stack up for maternity care?

    How does your hospital stack up for maternity care?

    As you get closer to your delivery date, many decisions lie ahead, all centered around care, maternity leave and even decorating the baby's room. But one question may rise to the top: Where will you give birth? If you are like most expectant mothers, you will be giving birth in a hospital. In spite...

  • Igniting a young girl's passion for STEM

    Igniting a young girl's passion for STEM

    As a young girl, Ava Lonneman wasn't about to let gender stereotypes get in the way of her passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Although told in grade school that "STEM isn't for girls," Lonneman was not only driven to pursue her own STEM dreams, she inspired her peers...

  • Check off your backyard bucket list: seed, weed and feed

    Check off your backyard bucket list: seed, weed and feed

    From Sunday picnics and impromptu barbecues to games of catch, make your lawn center stage this spring. Everyone longs for a lush, green lawn, but many homeowners aren’t sure how to achieve it. In fact, although 81 percent of Americans do their own lawn care, 69 percent say their lawns could be...

  • Tips to get the most out of your HSA dollars

    Tips to get the most out of your HSA dollars

    Millions of Americans with high-deductible health insurance plans rely on health savings accounts to help them manage the costs of health care. If you're among them, you know how important it is to maximize the value you get out of every HSA dollar. If you don't yet have an HSA, you may qualify...

  • Smart ideas for supporting your child's education in 2017 and beyond

    Smart ideas for supporting your child's education in 2017 and beyond

    The education children receive today will help them throughout their lives. School is the fundamental component of the learning process, but education doesn't stop when kids arrive back home at the end of the day. "Education and family go hand in hand," says Ellen Marks, curriculum director of Bricks...

  • It's 2017: Do you know how old your farmer is?

    It's 2017: Do you know how old your farmer is?

    Smartphone? Check. GPS? Check. Seed, fertilizer and tractor? Check. Welcome to the world of modern agriculture, where high-tech is the rule and savvy millennials are in demand as U.S. agriculture embraces the many challenges of feeding a growing world. From planters guided by GPS to corn and soybeans...

  • Newlyweds: Money-saving tips for your first move together

    Newlyweds: Money-saving tips for your first move together

    With the average wedding costing upwards of $30,000, starting your new life together takes a lot of careful budgeting. After you’ve finished paying for the flowers, reception hall, caterer, photographer and everything else related to your big day, you may not have much money left over when it comes...

  • Borrow these wedding planner tricks for a polished event on a budget

    Borrow these wedding planner tricks for a polished event on a budget

    Planning your wedding is one of the most important management jobs you’ll ever take on. A professional wedding planner could help make the day go smoothly, but you can also achieve the same effect yourself for less money. According to TheKnot.com, the average cost for a professional wedding planner...

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  • A driver's guide to potholes (Infographic)

    Ready or not, here it comes… pothole season! Springtime is primetime for potholes as temperature fluctuations from wintry weather to spring thaws wreak havoc on asphalt, causing hazardous craters to appear. This spring season, safely traverse bumpy roads with these tips from Michelin to avoid and...

  • Get the big bow ready: 4 tips for buying a used car

    Get the big bow ready: 4 tips for buying a used car

    If you're tempted by steep discounts offered by car dealerships at the end of the year, you're not alone. Car sales rev up especially during the week between Christmas and New Year's, when dealerships may see sales jump 78 percent over the first part of December, according to Edmunds.com, a leading...

  • 5 ways to win at winter driving

    As temperatures across the country start to drop, drivers are gearing up for changing road conditions. Whether you're making your way through a Nor'easter or simply trying to navigate wet roads down South, it's important to be prepared for whatever the season brings your way. Here is a five-step...

  • Celebrating 40 years of Baja and All-Terrain Tire Innovation (Infographic)

    Featuring rugged terrain, unpredictable elements, and endurance-testing conditions, the Baja Peninsula has long been considered one of the most complex and punishing off-road terrains around. BFGoodrich Tires has used this battleground as a laboratory and proving grounds of innovation the last...

  • Cyberattack 411: Protecting your vehicle from hackers

    Cyberattack 411: Protecting your vehicle from hackers

    New vehicles are packed full of the latest and greatest technology. Among their many capabilities, today's vehicles can automatically apply brakes to avoid collisions, maintain a designated following distance behind the car ahead of it and maneuver the vehicle back into its lane if the driver veers...

  • Ready, set, winter! Winterizing tips for the inside and outside of your car (Infographic)

    Rejoice, winter-activity enthusiasts! The 2017 Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a snow-filled, icy winter. Go ahead, daydream of fresh powder, smiling snowmen and frozen ponds, and get ready to embrace winter! A few simple “winterizing” tips for the inside and outside of your car can ensure you’re...

  • Half of U.S. drivers adopt usage-based insurance when offered to them, yet few are given the choice (Infographic)

    -According to the 2016 LexisNexis® Usage-Based Insurance Study 50 percent of U.S. drivers adopt usage-based insurance when offered to them, yet only one in five say they were given an opportunity to purchase a UBI policy by their insurer. The study reveals three opportunities for insurers to increase...

  • Most laboratories are clean. Not ours (Infographic)

    Featuring rugged terrain and ever-changing conditions, Dakar is the ideal lab for BFGoodrich Tires, to push our products to the max in an endless pursuit of creating the world's most advanced off-road gear. In 2017, BFGoodrich Tires is proudly returning to the Dakar Rally to continue our Global...

  • A+ college moving tips

    A+ college moving tips

    Across the country thousands of students are packing up their childhood rooms and heading off to a new adventure at college. The transition is equal parts exciting and nerve-wracking. The move itself, however, shouldn't cause unneeded stress. While college students usually don't have a lot of belongings...

  • 7 essentials for the great American road trip

    America has given the world some incredible gifts: Apple pie, jazz, baseball and rock and roll to name a few. And every summer, families and friends gear up for that most American of adventures: the road trip. There’s something about the freedom of the open road that inspires millions to load up...

  • Convenience vs. commitment: To bring or not to bring a car to college? (Infographic)

    Congrats, graduate! You have your college acceptance letter and you're one foot out the door. Now, you're faced with a new question: "Do I bring a car to campus?" The answer will vary depending on the student and the college. To help determine the right choice when it comes to cars on campus, consider...

  • Blue Link celebrates its fifth birthday (Infographic)

    -Hyundai Blue Link has handled more than 90,000,000 requests from customers since it launched just five years ago, with interactions increasing every year. In addition, subscribers remote started their Hyundai’s more than 22 million times and remotely locked the doors more than 2.5 million times....

  • 7 simple steps to changing a tire without losing your groove (Infographic)

    According to the Hankook Gauge Index, 80 percent of drivers are not comfortable changing a flat tire. As drivers prepare to hit the road this spring and summer, knowing how to change a flat can help you get back on the road again faster. For more information about selecting the right tires for...

  • The hottest accessory-friendly vehicles on the road

    The hottest accessory-friendly vehicles on the road

    Need help finding the perfect vehicle? If you're in the market for a new car or truck, consider purchasing one you can make your own. While just about any vehicle can be transformed with a few simple products, there are certain makes and models that are more accessory-friendly than others. To find...

  • Simple solution to maximize your car's performance

    Simple solution to maximize your car's performance

    Are you the type of driver who pushes the accelerator a little harder on the curves of a back-country road? Are you a person who smiles as they approach a new terrain or road condition you’ve never conquered before? If so, you’re a performance seeker. A person who is constantly pushing themselves...

  • Transform your drive! 5 easy ways to spruce up your vehicle

    Months of rough winter conditions take a toll on your vehicle. With the spring driving season upon us and summer road trips just around the corner, now is the perfect time to "refresh" your car for the months ahead. Luckily, transforming your drive doesn't have to be a big, expensive undertaking....

  • 5 winter driving tips to keep you safe, not sliding

    5 winter driving tips to keep you safe, not sliding

    What do you love most about winter? Is it the skiing and the sledding, the trips to the winter carnivals or seasonal get-togethers? There’s plenty to love about winter — and often that means driving out to enjoy those things. With sleet, snow and ice, winter weather can make your driving experience...

  • Weather the winter roads with these 12 tips

    For some, winter is a time to get cozy next to a fire, sip a mug of hot chocolate and watch the snow fall. But for those who spend their winter sitting in the driver’s seat of a rig, hauling goods all over the colder parts of the country, the snow that makes winter so beautiful can also make it...

  • Road readiness: Glove box guide (Infographic)

    When it comes to road safety, you can’t control other drivers or road conditions, but one thing you can control is proper maintenance of your vehicle and tires. To help remember what to check and when, Michelin and the FIA have put together five simple tips to help you stay safe on the road. Keep...

  • 5 best friends for your car

    Maintaining an automobile can be a messy and often confusing task. There are crumpled maps, a little pad of paper where you track mileage, the sticky note telling you when to get an oil change and the string around your finger reminding you to check the tire pressure. And that’s not even half of...

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