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  • What to collect at Comic-Con and beyond

    (BPT) - What started in 1970 as a small comic book convention has become the mecca of all pop-culture events. Comic-Con, the four-day convention in San Diego, has grown to attract more than 130,000 people a year. Each year’s attendance seems to surpass the last.

  • To Boost Your Health, Consider Your Glycemic Response

    (NAPSI)—While most people consider their weight, their blood pressure or their running time when they think about their health, one important parameter is often overlooked: their glycemic response. The glycemic response is used as a way to classify foods based on their potential to in_crease blood glucose (blood sugar), as the glycemic response is the measure of the impact of a particular food on blood sugar. Foods with faster rates of digestion and absorption of carbohydrates cause blood sugar levels to increase more quickly than those with lower glycemic response, when glucose is released slowly into blood.

  • Majority Of Americans Plan To Explore "The Great Indoors" And Stream TV This Summer

    (NAPSI)—According to the 2014 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac, “the summer will be exceptionally hot across much of North America, with ‘oppressive’ humidity throughout the eastern half of the United States.” How do most Americans plan to cope? By seeking solace in the comfort of their homes and catching up on their favorite TV shows, made possible in part by the advent of the streaming media player.

Friday 06/06/2014
Give high school grads the right start for college with these technology gifts
Updated: June 17, 2014 - 1:38 am

(BPT) - Technology is one of the most practical - and most appreciated - gifts a high school graduate can receive. Different technology tools can give the class of 2014 a jump start on their college journey and all post-high-school adventures. A new survey conducted by Impulse Research revealed that the majority of students (65 percent) believe a laptop is the most important purchase for heading back to school.

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Tuesday 05/13/2014
The best gifts for grads and dads
Posted: May 13, 2014

(BPT) - It’s that time of year again where everyone is out shopping for gifts and looking for the perfect presents for dads and grads. This year, think about going the technology route for devices grads can use. Dads will love them, too, for the value the devices add to their lives. Here are a few tech-related gifts to consider:

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Thursday 05/01/2014
5 gifts for the modern mom
Updated: June 26, 2014 - 1:34 am

(BPT) - If you think your mom wants another messy breakfast in bed that ends with her scrubbing pancake batter off the counter, think again. Moms today are looking for modern gifts that speak to their personality and create an experience for them and their family. Here are some options that go beyond the boring gifts and offer a fresh take on the perfect Mother’s Day gift for your modern mom.

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Thursday 04/24/2014
Easy ideas you can use to grow your child's imagination
Updated: July 26, 2014 - 1:34 am

(BPT) - Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” It’s a pretty amazing statement when you consider just how much knowledge Einstein possessed. Today’s world always has a spot for creative, imaginative people. Whether they are designing the next dot com or the latest menu sensation, imaginative people are thriving everywhere.

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Thursday 04/10/2014
Give Mom The Very Best
Updated: April 11, 2014 - 1:33 am

(NAPSI)—She’s a nurturer, confidante, role model—it’s difficult to use just one word to describe the love of a mom. From daily challenges to momentous occasions, she’s been there every step of the way. Mother’s Day is an opportunity to express how you feel and celebrate mom for who she is.

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Sunday 03/16/2014
Guest-friendly tips for building your wedding registry
Updated: July 17, 2014 - 1:34 am

(BPT) - As you busily prepare for your walk down the aisle and make countless decisions regarding every flawless detail, one task on your to-do list will help you see beyond your wedding day and into your future life together - the wedding registry. And though few things could be more enjoyable than a day of shopping with your beloved, there’s also a bit of strategy that goes into building a complete registry.

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Thursday 11/28/2013
Survey Reveals What Men Want for the Holidays
Updated: November 29, 2013 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) Do you know what guys want for the holidays?

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Wednesday 11/13/2013
Great Holiday Gifts for Current and Future College Students
Updated: November 14, 2013 - 1:33 am

(StatePoint) Whether the students in your life are in high school and dreaming about their future majors, or in the middle of their college careers, the holiday season is a great opportunity to shower them with gifts that quench their thirst for knowledge and foster their academic interests.

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Wednesday 11/06/2013
Great Holiday Gifts for People On-the-Go
Updated: November 07, 2013 - 1:31 am

(StatePoint) No matter how hard we try, life just won’t slow down. And with the increasing need to be connected all the time, a few minutes off the grid could mean missing out on something. That’s why there are more options than ever to find the perfect tech gift for people with very busy schedules.

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Tuesday 11/05/2013
Expert Gifting Tips for a Stress-Free, Joyful Holiday Season
Updated: November 06, 2013 - 1:31 am

(StatePoint) The holiday shopping season can mean long lines, crowded malls and uncertainty about what gifts to buy-- but shopping for all the women in your life doesn’t have to be a source of stress.

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Thursday 07/24/2014
What to collect at Comic-Con and beyond
Updated: July 26, 2014 - 1:35 am

(BPT) - What started in 1970 as a small comic book convention has become the mecca of all pop-culture events. Comic-Con, the four-day convention in San Diego, has grown to attract more than 130,000 people a year. Each year’s attendance seems to surpass the last.

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Tuesday 07/22/2014
Have a Blast With the Family This Summer, but Stay Safe
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 1:35 am

(NewsUSA) - Summertime. It's the time of year to put your feet up, relax and have a little fun. So, why not make it a little safer for the whole family?

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Sunday 07/20/2014
5 tips to keep your family healthy and your house clean this school year
Updated: July 26, 2014 - 1:35 am

(BPT) - While you and your family have enjoyed relaxing vacations and amazing weather these last few months, it’s time to prepare for the hustle and bustle of another school year.

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Communicate confidence in sleeveless style this summer
Updated: July 26, 2014 - 1:35 am

(BPT) - Women today know that the clothes they wear make a statement about who they are to the world around them. Sleeveless fashion can be one of the easiest ways to communicate confidence. However, it can often be difficult to put together a great sleeveless style, and knowing a few simple tricks becomes even more valuable in the summer months when your wardrobe is made up of tank tops, strapless dresses and shoulder-baring looks.

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Thursday 07/17/2014
6 tips for a safe and enjoyable summer
Updated: July 26, 2014 - 1:35 am

(BPT) - Summer is all about spending time outdoors – either at home or away. Whether you’re hitting the road or taking a trip to the local park, it’s time for fun in the sun. And when you’re preparing for fun outside, remember that there are safety concerns to consider as well.

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Monday 07/14/2014
Wholesome snacks for back to school
Updated: July 26, 2014 - 1:35 am

(BPT) - The school year is here and with it, all of those hectic schedules. You may think the chaos of another school year means you’re too busy to provide your children with nourishing after-school snacks, but that doesn’t have to happen. There are many easy recipes available that will allow you to provide wholesome and delicious snacks to your kids, and there are easy ways to be sure they enjoy them. Here are a few ideas.

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Seven tips for a greener back-to-school season
Updated: July 26, 2014 - 1:35 am

(BPT) - With back-to-school shopping, changing schedules and preparing kids for the upcoming school year, your family’s environmental impact may be the last thing on your mind

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Sunday 07/13/2014
Beat the heat: Simple solutions for keeping outdoor spaces cool and comfortable
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 1:34 am

(BPT) - Are summer’s sizzling temperatures causing you to retreat from your favorite outdoor spaces? Decks, patios and other outdoor areas should be enjoyed throughout the year, but heat, sun and humidity can quickly make being outside intolerable during the dog days of summer. The good news is that keeping outdoor spaces comfortable and cool doesn’t have to be a challenge – in fact, it can be quite simple.

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Monday 06/30/2014
Meatless options for the grill
Updated: July 08, 2014 - 1:34 am

(BPT) - Cheeseburgers, chicken thighs and hot dogs are common fare at summer barbeques, but what about guests who are looking to reduce their meat intake? In addition to traditional meat dishes, there are many ways to prepare meals on the grill that everyone can enjoy, including vegetarians.

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Keeping kids stimulated all summer can help prevent the summer learning slide
Updated: July 19, 2014 - 1:35 am

(BPT) - For most kids, the final school bell signals a break from learning and a focus on summer fun, but for parents it often means an uphill battle to beat the “summer slide” in their child’s learning. Significant knowledge and skills gained during the previous school year can be lost if children don’t participate in enrichment and learning activities during summer break.

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Thursday 07/24/2014
To Boost Your Health, Consider Your Glycemic Response
Updated: July 26, 2014 - 1:34 am

(NAPSI)—While most people consider their weight, their blood pressure or their running time when they think about their health, one important parameter is often overlooked: their glycemic response. The glycemic response is used as a way to classify foods based on their potential to in_crease blood glucose (blood sugar), as the glycemic response is the measure of the impact of a particular food on blood sugar. Foods with faster rates of digestion and absorption of carbohydrates cause blood sugar levels to increase more quickly than those with lower glycemic response, when glucose is released slowly into blood.

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Majority Of Americans Plan To Explore "The Great Indoors" And Stream TV This Summer
Updated: July 26, 2014 - 1:34 am

(NAPSI)—According to the 2014 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac, “the summer will be exceptionally hot across much of North America, with ‘oppressive’ humidity throughout the eastern half of the United States.” How do most Americans plan to cope? By seeking solace in the comfort of their homes and catching up on their favorite TV shows, made possible in part by the advent of the streaming media player.

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Tuesday 07/22/2014
Make your big day as unique as you are
Updated: July 26, 2014 - 1:34 am

(BPT) - Weddings are steeped in tradition – no matter whom you are or where you live. But what if you’re not interested in wearing the same dress your mother did, getting married in the same location your sister did or wearing something blue?

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Sunday 07/20/2014
Sweet Ideas for Al Fresco Entertaining
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 1:34 am

(Family Features) You can heighten the fun of every outdoor gathering with the right nibbles, noshes and refreshments. A fruitful al fresco experience involves lively conversation with good friends, easy finger foods and tasty, versatile drinks that fit the laid-back atmosphere. For the hosts who long for a successful backyard bash, consider serving palate-pleasing Moscato. This deliciously sweet wine varietal has become very popular as its approachable flavor profile is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. 

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Versatile Sauce Creates Menu Magic
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 1:34 am

(Family Features) Every cook needs a little menu magic once in a while - something that turns basic into best. A versatile sauce that complements your family's favorite meals is one way to do it.

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How to Select the Perfect Wines for Any Summer Event
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 1:34 am

(Family Features) From weekend backyard barbeques to spontaneous weeknight gatherings, summer is filled with celebrations that bring friends and family together for fabulous food, drink and fun. Whether you're unsure of what wines to serve as the host, or the best refreshment to pick as a guest, you don't have to be a master sommelier to choose the perfect wine pairing for every meal or occasion.

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Build a Better Bag
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 1:34 am

(Family Features) Brown bag lunches and back to school go hand in hand. As you're gearing up for the start of a new school year, it's the perfect time to stock the pantry with healthy sack lunch options and after school snacks, too.

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Bring Global Flavor to Your Table with Pork
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 1:34 am

(Family Features) Explore new flavors and cuisines and take a tasty trip around the world with pork - all from the comfort of your own home. Pork's versatility and savory taste make it the perfect pairing with global ingredients and dishes, giving you a passport to delicious mealtimes you will want to share with family and friends.

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Thursday 07/17/2014
A Favorite Ice Cream And A New Movie Share A Name
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 1:33 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s a cool scoop. If you are looking for a way to celebrate National Ice Cream Month—which is July—and chill out on National Ice Cream Day in particular, which happens to be this Sunday, why not give some love to that all-American favorite, Rocky Road?

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Wednesday 07/16/2014
Make Breakfast Special
Updated: July 17, 2014 - 1:34 am

(StatePoint)  A little extra time – and a special recipe – is all you need to set the tone for a great day, especially on weekend mornings.

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