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    7 'little' upgrades that can mean a lot to homebuyers

    (BPT) - Anyone who’s ever bought or sold a home knows how even little things can sway a buyer to feel a particular house is "just right." While major features such as a good location, a big kitchen, and a certain number of bedrooms and bathrooms all drive a home’s price and how attractive it is to buyers, small details like fresh paint and new faucets can also help clinch a sale.

  • Pets

    Outward signs of aging in your pet and how to take action

    (BPT) - It seems like just yesterday you brought her home and made her a part of the family. If you own a cat or dog, you have fond memories of your furry family member from day one.Fast forward to today. Just like with people, age sometimes creeps up slowly on pets. Every pet is unique, so changes happen at different times. What's more, age-related changes can be easy to miss because they appear so gradually over time.Being aware and proactive is the best thing pet parents can do to help their pets stay healthy as they age. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recommends that pets have a senior screening at about age 7. This allows the veterinarian to address any current concerns or potential health risks, including nutritional considerations.Aging in pets can potentially impact the relationship you have with them, so being aware of the signs and what to do can help keep your older pet in the game. To help you understand what to look for, Hill’s Pet Nutrition has developed the "Tell TAILS" signs of aging in cats and dogs.T = ThinkingYour pet gets confused by ordinary things, like how to find their bed.A = ActivityYour pet is less active. Naps are now more appealing than playing or exploring.I = InteractionsYour pet doesn't socialize with you as much as before.L = Loss of controlYour pet is well-trained, but has started to have accidents.S = Sleep-wake cycleSleeping patterns have changed, with more awake time during the night.You’re the one who spends the most time with your pet, so it's important to note any of these changes and communicate them to your veterinarian. Consistent vet visits and changing your pet’s food are just two things that can help older pets to continue to remain healthy in their later years.“As pets grow older, aging occurs inside every cell in their body and Hill’s studies these changes down to the gene level,” says Kathy Gross, Director of Clinical Nutrition at Hill’s Science Diet. “Our research shows that gene expression and activity are different in pets aged 7 and older compared to their younger counterparts. Through this research we’ve identified natural ingredients and nutrients that change gene activity and used that knowledge to create pet foods for pets of this age."When selecting food, consider key nutrients important for pets aged 7 and older. A high-quality food like Hill’s Science Diet Youthful Vitality, developed from over a decade of extensive research, includes:* High-quality protein with balanced levels of essential amino acids to support muscles.* L-carnitine to help the body convert nutrients into energy to move, run and play.* Right balance of phosphorus and sodium, not too much and not too little, helps maintain a healthy bladder, kidneys and heart.* Antioxidant vitamins E and C along with beta-carotene and selenium to protect cells and support healthy immune function.In addition to making nutritional adjustments, consider these smart tips for helping your pet get the most out of life and unlock their ageless spirit:1. Providing regular exercise and opportunities to interact with family members helps keep older pets in shape and their minds actively engaged.2. Just as with people, maintain a healthy body weight and body proportion (more muscle, strong bones, less body fat) by avoiding overfeeding, doing regular weigh-ins and avoiding unhealthy snacks.4. Regular veterinary checkups (once per year for middle-aged pets and twice per year for senior pets over the age of 7) are recommended so any concerns or potential health risks can be addressed.For more information about pet health for cats and dogs, visit For more information about pet aging and the cutting-edge food science in Science Diet Youthful Vitality, visit

  • Home Decorating

    5 bold trends to try this spring

    (BPT) - Spring is in full swing. If you’ve been waiting to make updates to your home, this is the perfect time for a refresh. Whether you’re looking to completely renovate a room or make small décor changes, Linda Crisolo, design expert and merchandising director at, helps navigate the boldest trends of the season.

  • Home Improvement

    Five Reasons To Choose Fiber Cement Siding Over Wood-Based Siding

    (NAPSI)—For homeowners wanting a fresh look, there's one project that can give their home a whole new appearance while adding value at the same time: re-siding. Re-siding is one of the most important maintenance tasks Minneapolis homeowners can take on during the spring and summer. The project provides a chance to replace worn, damaged siding with new siding that refreshes the exterior and improves curb appeal. After all, nothing decreases curb appeal faster than rotting, peeling siding.

  • Bridal

    Sizzling-hot wedding trends for summer 2017

    (BPT) - Long, sunshine-filled days and warm, star-studded nights make summer the ideal season to say "I do!" If you're planning an upcoming wedding, you can make your special day that much more unique with these seven top trends taking the summer bridal scene by storm.

Top Story

Safe Summer Driving Tips for Teens and Young Adults

(StatePoint) Warm weather means more young drivers on the road as they head to summer jobs, parties and embark on road trips. Often, young drivers feel invincible, but they shouldn’t take their safety for granted.

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Updated: May 25, 2017 - 1:33 am

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7 'little' upgrades that can mean a lot to homebuyers
Updated: May 25, 2017 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - Anyone who’s ever bought or sold a home knows how even little things can sway a buyer to feel a particular house is "just right." While major features such as a good location, a big kitchen, and a certain number of bedrooms and bathrooms all drive a home’s price and how attractive it is to buyers, small details like fresh paint and new faucets can also help clinch a sale.

Access to mental health care may be just a virtual visit away
Updated: May 25, 2017 - 1:34 am

(BPT) - Mental health disorders impact thousands of people every day, including many of our friends, neighbors and co-workers. Everyone reading this likely knows someone struggling with mental illness and is aware of the toll it can take on individuals, families and communities. Mental health challenges do not discriminate — they affect people from all walks of life regardless of age, gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic level.

5 tips that support your lawn and the environment
Updated: May 25, 2017 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - You have a love for all things green; that’s why you take such pride in the care you show for your yard. While you want your yard to be beautiful, you also want to achieve your goals in an environmentally friendly way. You want to be green in the process of growing green.

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(StatePoint) While you may take healthy eyes for granted, it’s important to know that as you age, you become more susceptible to conditions that can impair your vision. The effects of vision loss can be devastating, harming one’s quality of life and independence.



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