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    Welcome Your Holiday Guests With Inviting Lighting

    (NewsUSA) - Everyone is starting to spruce up their homes for holiday entertaining. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), it's easy to make your home warm and inviting by updating your ambient lighting.

  • Home Improvement

    Three Top Reasons to Make Chia a Healthy Habit

    (NAPSI)—Here’s food for thought: Adding a serving of chia seeds to meals every day offers a more natural way to improve health and well-being than consuming multiple nutritional supplements, vitamins and energy drinks.

  • Home Improvement

    Top Five Reasons To Go Digital

    (NAPSI)—These days, we have “smart” everythings—smart cars, smartphones, smart televisions—but it seems most Americans still don’t feel quite as smart as their electronics when it comes to downloading digital movies. Most of us don’t think twice before downloading a song or even a full album; we’ll download apps until our thumbs are sore, and according to a 2013 study done by the PEW Research Center, nearly 60 percent of Americans think online dating is a great way to meet people—and yet, for some reason, most of us still don’t know how easy it is to purchase movies online. Well, it’s time to change that. Here are the top five reasons to go digital with your film library.

Monday 10/20/2014
Holiday Gift Ideas for the Health Conscious
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 1:31 am

(StatePoint) Americans have a lot on their minds during the holiday season, and the stress of ballooning budgets and crowded calendars can be enough to affect almost anyone’s well-being. With that in mind, why not use the holidays as an opportunity to give the most important gift of all?

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Tuesday 09/16/2014
Prime preschoolers for the classroom with developmental games
Updated: September 24, 2014 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - While school prep is normally focused around kindergarten and elementary school students, increasingly preparations are occurring at much younger ages. Enhancing learning-based skills in preschoolers can be invaluable to their development and play is an essential role in early classroom experiences.

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Combining virtual and real-world toys into hours of fun playtime
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 1:36 am

(BPT) - Do your children have imaginary friends or pretend the characters from their favorite TV show or video game are real and in the room? Many children creatively stage playful interactions with fictional and imaginary characters during their developmental years, but now those imaginary characters don’t have to be quite so imaginary.

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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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Wednesday 05/28/2014
New discoveries decode the symbols and mysteries of the Mona Lisa
Updated: October 03, 2014 - 1:34 am

(BPT) - Almost 500 years after the death of artist Leonardo da Vinci, the world-famous Mona Lisa painting continues to fascinate people of all ages. An estimated 6 million people view the painting each year at the Louvre in France, and many more read and study about its history and the theories surrounding the legendary work of art.

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Tuesday 05/13/2014
The best gifts for grads and dads
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 1:36 am

(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
Reading and playing can increase your child's imagination
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 1:36 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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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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Thursday 10/23/2014
Welcome Your Holiday Guests With Inviting Lighting
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 1:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Everyone is starting to spruce up their homes for holiday entertaining. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), it's easy to make your home warm and inviting by updating your ambient lighting.

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Sunday 10/19/2014
A cut above the rest: How to make the perfect holiday cookie
Updated: October 25, 2014 - 1:30 am

(BPT) - Many of our fondest childhood memories consist of spending time with friends and family, baking delicious holiday cookies and eyeing the beautifully wrapped presents under the tree.

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Wednesday 10/15/2014
Tips for reducing tailgating waste
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Tailgating at your favorite sports events is almost as big a draw as the game itself, with lots of food, lots of fun - and, unfortunately, lots of waste. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, large college stadiums can generate 100 tons of waste per game, for example. But you can help reduce game day waste by taking a few simple steps, such as choosing the right packaging, recycling everything you can, and using tailgating essentials made with recycled plastics.

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Tuesday 10/14/2014
Gifts for the trend-setter, go-getter and romantic-at-heart
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Gift-giving doesn’t come naturally to everyone. If you’re struggling to find the perfect present, or if you just need some inspiration, Los Angeles-based celebrity stylist Lawrence VonRompf has tips to help you please all the women on your holiday shopping list.

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Monday 10/13/2014
Keep your skin glowing by staying active as temperatures start to drop
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - For some, chillier weather can decrease the likelihood of sticking to a consistent workout routine. Luckily, there are plenty of small changes one can make to ensure that staying active during short winter days and long nights remains a priority. Not only does exercise benefit physical and mental well-being, but it also has a positive effect on the look and feel of skin.

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Keep the cold at bay with these home winterizing tips
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Winter’s frigid temperatures are on their way, and if you wait until the cold hits to finally start winterizing your home, it may already be too late to prevent home damage.

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Sunday 10/12/2014
DIY Halloween costumes that won't spook your budget
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - As the leaves turn, children of all ages begin their quest for this year’s “it” Halloween costume. Americans will spend $2.8 billion dollars on Halloween costumes this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2014 Halloween Consumer Trends Report.

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Why grandma’s holiday check could be the worst gift for a special needs child
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - You know that little check you can always count on from grandma or grandpa around the holidays? It could be the worst gift your child gets this year, if he or she is a child with special needs.

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Thursday 10/09/2014
New ideas to bring your Halloween decor back from the dead
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Halloween has its fair share of iconic symbols: ghosts, witches, mummies and pumpkins, just to name a few. But if your home decor is becoming just as iconic, it may be time to change it up and take your decorating in a new direction.

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Wednesday 10/08/2014
Enjoy healthier comfort foods while keeping the comfort
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Comfort foods remind us of home, warmth and family; they are often the creamy, rich and heavy everyday foods we had as children. Things like macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and fried chicken may be soothing to the soul, but not to the waistline.

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Wednesday 10/22/2014
Three Top Reasons to Make Chia a Healthy Habit
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 1:31 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s food for thought: Adding a serving of chia seeds to meals every day offers a more natural way to improve health and well-being than consuming multiple nutritional supplements, vitamins and energy drinks.

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Top Five Reasons To Go Digital
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 1:31 am

(NAPSI)—These days, we have “smart” everythings—smart cars, smartphones, smart televisions—but it seems most Americans still don’t feel quite as smart as their electronics when it comes to downloading digital movies. Most of us don’t think twice before downloading a song or even a full album; we’ll download apps until our thumbs are sore, and according to a 2013 study done by the PEW Research Center, nearly 60 percent of Americans think online dating is a great way to meet people—and yet, for some reason, most of us still don’t know how easy it is to purchase movies online. Well, it’s time to change that. Here are the top five reasons to go digital with your film library.

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Tuesday 10/21/2014
Select the Best Apples for Your Favorite Autumn Recipes
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 1:31 am

(StatePoint) Unsure what to do with the bounty from your trip to the apple orchard? Before you get to cooking or baking, be sure you’re using the right variety of apple for your specific dish.

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Sunday 10/19/2014
Start the Day Off Right With These 5 Tips for a Better Breakfast!
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 1:31 am

(Family Features) Breakfast has forever been celebrated as the most important meal of the day - but are you eating the right kind of breakfast to power your potential? To ensure your morning meal gets you off on the right start, opt for one with protein.

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3D Printing 101
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 1:31 am

(Family Features) Technology seems to evolve at lightning speed, and it can be tough for business owners to sort out the latest tech fads from the tech must-haves. One recent innovation adding new dimensions to all kinds of small businesses is 3D printing. Before you write it off as a fad, read on to find out how it could be just the right fit for your business.

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Frighteningly Fun Halloween Ideas
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 1:31 am

(Family Features) Halloween is right around the corner, so it is time to carve out a spooky plan for your celebration. As little ghosts, goblins, princesses, and pirates around the country get ready for trick-or-treating, here are a few ghoulishly good ideas that will make your next Halloween fright night a scream.

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Big Flavor, Little Time
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 1:31 am

(Family Features) You don’t have to be a master chef to create great meals that your family will love. Simple yet flavorful and warming dishes are the perfect solution for busy cooks with hungry families to feed.

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Appetites, Ingredients Change with the Seasons
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 1:31 am

(Family Features) Just as our wardrobe adjusts to the cooler weather, so, too, do our appetites as we enjoy warm, comforting dishes to stave off the chill in the air.

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Boo-tiful Halloween Carvings
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 1:31 am

(Family Features) This Halloween, why not put a fun twist on pumpkin carving by making some Jack O'Melons? Watermelons carve up boo-tifully, and you can eat the fruit right away, making it easy to scare up some delicious Halloween fun.

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Earth-Friendly Ways to Welcome Babies, Pets
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 1:31 am

(Family Features) Bringing a new member of the family home - be it a baby or pet - is sure to result in many happy smiles, giggles and messes. Whether it's your child eating spaghetti for the first time or your puppy trailing in mud after a rainy day, joyful moments with your little loved ones create memories and clean-ups.

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