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Wednesday 12/17/2014
Level up! Selecting the best video games for your children
Updated: December 25, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Kids love video games - they're exciting, fun and engrossing. While games can promote learning and growth, too much video gaming - or playing inappropriate games - can lead to negative consequences. What should parents know to make good game choices for their children?

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Sunday 12/14/2014
The last-minute holiday shopper's guide to great gifts for $100 or less
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - The holidays will be here in the blink of an eye – have you finished shopping for gifts? If your answer is no, you’re not alone. Fortunately, you can save time, money and cut down on stress thanks to a handy gift-guide guaranteed to inspire perfect presents for everyone on your list.

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Which books to gift this season
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - There are few things more pleasurable than curling up with a good book on a cold winter day, and if you have a reader on your holiday gift list, you’ll likely want to create that experience for them. With so many great books out there, how do you find the right book for the right person?

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Tuesday 12/09/2014
Holiday shopping game plan: How to save big and win the day
Updated: December 11, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Have you made your list and checked it twice? Nearly all Americans have some kind of “game plan” in place when shopping for gifts during the holidays, according to a recent survey by 1010 Data. But for many, that plan might not come together until the last minute. If you’re looking to make the shopping experience faster, easier and more convenient, here are five tips to make this year’s holiday shopping game plan a winning one.

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Wednesday 12/03/2014
Tips for finding the best tech gifts this holiday season
Updated: December 04, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - When it comes to giving technology gifts, it’s hard to stay “in-the-know” about what’s the latest and greatest. Yet, technology gifts are always some of the most popular gifts to receive.

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Sunday 11/30/2014
Top 5 gift-giving trends this holiday season
Updated: December 01, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Finding the right gifts for your loved ones each year can be a challenge. This year’s top trends, however, will make it easy for you to pick out perfect gifts that everyone will love!

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Tuesday 11/25/2014
Jingle bling: Give the look of diamonds for less than $100 this holiday season
Updated: November 27, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Every year, some items make the list of “hot” holiday gifts, only to turn tepid next year when something trendier comes along (think banana hair clips and leg warmers). Yet one gift category has proven its enduring appeal for thousands of years. Diamond jewelry remains one of the most welcome and meaningful holiday gifts. However, diamond jewelry can get expensive quickly.

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The key to a great hostess gift: personalize!
Posted: November 25, 2014

(BPT) - It’s going to be the party of the season. You know what to wear, but you haven’t a clue what to give as a hostess gift. As your calendar fills with holiday parties, finding the perfect gift for hosts and hostesses can be a challenge. Fortunately, it’s easy and affordable to personalize a gift basket or other holiday treat – just look to the bakery department in your local grocery store. From bagels and muffins paired with orange juice, to an assortment of cookies accompanied by hot cocoa, personalized creations are a welcome alternative to traditional gifts – ensuring the hostess has a gift worth waking up to!

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Give Artfully this Holiday Season
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 1:31 am

(StatePoint) When it comes to creative gift-giving, you may feel you’ve exhausted your options, especially for those who seem to have everything. But there’s no need to make a holiday tradition out of giving the same old gifts year-in and year-out.

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Thursday 11/13/2014
Time and Money-Saving Holiday Gift Ideas
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 1:31 am

(StatePoint) The holiday season is here. Amid decorating your home, planning holiday parties and baking cookies for Santa, you might find yourself with very little time (and cash) for holiday shopping.

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Monday 01/26/2015
5 simple steps to scoring delicious, stress-free game day fare
Updated: January 28, 2015 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - On game days, sports fans love to gather around the TV with family and friends, while treating themselves to fun foods and snacks. But hosting a gathering can keep you cooking in the kitchen when you’d rather be in on the action. Here’s an easy guide for creating delicious foods that will score big on flavor, while ensuring a stress-free experience for everyone involved - including you.

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Newly dating to married for years: Top ways to celebrate Valentine's Day for any relationship stage
Updated: January 28, 2015 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Whether you’re smitten after dating for only a month or your relationship has a soothing rhythm after many years of marriage, your affections deserve to be celebrated this Valentine’s Day. Finding the perfect way to say you care, however, is often easier said than done. Stop stressing and consider these top trends and unique gift ideas, all custom-fitted to the length of your relationship.

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Monday 01/19/2015
The ultimate gesture to make her swoon on Valentine's Day
Updated: January 20, 2015 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and you want to get your loved one something extra special this year without the extra hassle. The key to leaving her breathless is gifting classic and personal Valentine’s items that show you really care.

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5 winter car care tips that save you money
Updated: January 27, 2015 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Winter is when car trouble can cause big financial problems. So how do you keep your car winter-ready for severe weather and protect your budget? The right preventive care is essential, and the good news is that there are many simple things you can do to get your car ready for extreme weather without blowing your budget.

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Favorite flavors warm up winter recipes
Updated: January 27, 2015 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - When you think of favorite winter dishes, what comes to mind? Do hearty soups and bold coffee seem like the best sources of warmth to sustain you through winter’s chill? For dishes that create comfort and warmth, don’t rule out one of the most-loved American flavors: peanut butter. Peanut butter adds flavor and flare to many dishes, from baked treats to main courses and everything in between.

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Thursday 01/15/2015
Teachers: Tips to bring classroom energy levels back to normal after break
Updated: January 23, 2015 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - The start of the spring semester in the classroom is a great time for teachers to refresh the room so all learning goals can be accomplished before the end of the year. Sometimes a refresh involves disinfecting everything to help students stay healthy. Perhaps this year's refresh even involves incorporating some new decor and bright colors. This semester, help your students stay energized all spring long, right up until the final bell rings for summer break:

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Wednesday 01/14/2015
Triple play: 3 ways to add flare to traditional game-day fare
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - When the holiday lights fade for another year, the excitement really begins with the arrival of big games and tournaments in top winter sports like football, basketball and hockey. If you’ll be playing game-day host for your team of fans, you know the flavors of the food you serve are as important as the clarity of your flat-screen TV.

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The way to anyone's heart on Valentine's Day: Homemade baked goods
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - “Sweets for the sweet” will always be appropriate for Valentine’s Day, but what if your sweetheart isn’t a fan of boxed chocolates? Or perhaps you want to give an extra special gift by making it homemade? Baking a treat for your loved one is a great way to give a personal – and cost-effective – gift this year.

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Thursday 01/08/2015
Tips for maintaining your diesel vehicle during the winter months
Updated: January 16, 2015 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Gone are the days when the only diesel vehicles on the road were commercial and heavy duty trucks. According to biodiesel.org, 44 new clean diesel car, truck and SUV models were available in the 2014 model year. Experts are predicting consumers will have more than 58 diesel vehicle models to choose from in North America by 2017.

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Tuesday 01/06/2015
The amazingly simple psychology of successful New Year's resolutions
Updated: January 14, 2015 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - The arrival of cold weather and Valentine’s day aren’t the only predictions you can reliably make about February each year. It’s a pretty safe bet that many resolutions passionately adopted in January will be broken by the end of February – if not sooner. New Year’s resolution success, however, is possible, and the first step in the right direction is to change your mindset.

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Monday 01/26/2015
10 tips for a healthy start in 2015
Posted: January 26, 2015

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Halftime Happiness
Updated: January 27, 2015 - 1:31 am

(NAPSI)—Over 7,500 football fans in Rochester, New York experienced the magic of a Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show after recently being crowned the most hyped hometown in America. As a reward for showcasing their hype, Rochesterians received the experience of a lifetime—their very own Pepsi halftime show with an exclusive concert headlined by singing/songwriting duo Nico & Vinz. Pepsi continued to deliver the hype in unexpected ways by surprising the town with special guest appearances from Buffalo Bills new head coach Rex Ryan and star wide receiver Sammy Watkins. The town takeover also included mobile Hype Squads and vending machines that offered fans a chance to win VIP passes or meet and greets.

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Sunday 01/25/2015
Chase Away Winter Chills with Meals From Your Pantry
Updated: January 26, 2015 - 1:31 am

(Family Features) There's nothing quite like a hearty, homemade meal to help warm up those cold winter nights. And with a well-stocked pantry - or "Cantry" - delicious meals, like Turkey Green Bean Chili and Home-Style Chicken Pot Pie, are just a few cans away.

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Unlocking Sprouted Grains
Updated: January 26, 2015 - 1:31 am

(Family Features) Sprouted grains have been popular among health food junkies for years, but they've only recently hit the mainstream, popping up everywhere from breads and cereals to restaurant menus. This hot new healthy ingredient has loads of nutritional benefits and is increasingly easy to find. But what exactly are sprouted grains?

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Food Allergies Can Cause Nutrition Gaps
Updated: January 26, 2015 - 1:31 am

(Family Features) The first mission in creating safe meals for children with food allergies is avoiding the offending ingredient. But there can be a downside to diets that miss out on the nutritional value found in foods kicked off the menu, according to Carolyn O’Neil, a registered dietitian and nutrition advisor to Best Food Facts.

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All the Lean Ways to Love Pork
Updated: January 26, 2015 - 1:31 am

(Family Features) As new food and health trends appear across the country, pork makes the list as not only a delicious menu choice, but one that is both lean and versatile. With so many cuts to choose from, pork makes it easy to explore new flavors while staying on track with a health-conscious diet. Here are some simple tips to be mindful of when planning your next menu:  

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Show Off Your Sweet Side This Valentine's Day
Updated: January 26, 2015 - 1:31 am

(Family Features) Treat family, friends and co-workers to something they will all love this Valentine's Day by making easy and impressive cookies. Start with your favorite roll-out cookie recipe or simply dress up store-bought ones by adding some simple details with icing. 

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Define Your Unique Style
Updated: January 26, 2015 - 1:31 am

(Family Features) When thinking about your dream kitchen, what finish style of cabinets come to mind? Is it rich dark stained cherry wood? Maybe a clean, crisp white paint? Do you picture yourself having a rustic kitchen complemented by different techniques?

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Create Your Own Bathroom Retreat
Updated: January 26, 2015 - 1:31 am

(Family Features) With so much time spent in the bathroom, it is important to give that space a little TLC like the rest of the home. Almost everyone that enters your home sees your bathroom. From changing accessories to a total bath remodel, it is important that it receives a little refreshment. A bathroom should be an oasis, and the environment that it displays directly correlates with just how relaxing it is.

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Sweet Potatoes
Updated: January 27, 2015 - 1:31 am

(Family Features) If you’re looking for a little variety to spice up your life, cooking with a versatile veggie such as the sweet potato may give your menu the satisfying kick you crave, along with a healthy dose of the nutrients your body needs.

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