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Kitchen fires spike during holidays: Keep your family safe
(BPT) - During the holidays, more Americans spend time in the kitchen preparing meals for family and friends. That additional kitchen time also means added risk of home fires. In fact, according to claims data from Liberty Mutual Insurance, three times more fires occur on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day than on any other ...
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How to use texture, colors and accessories to bring emotion to your home
(BPT) - Home decor can convey many different emotions - from warmth and comfort on cold and dreary winter days to elegance and festiveness during the holiday season. The colors and materials you use set the stage; everything from the textures that appear in the accessories, the arrangement of the furniture and even how s...
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New offerings in home and on-the-go entertainment: how to 'decode' the many options
(BPT) - With all of the advancements in home entertainment technology, there are now more options than ever to watch movies at home or on the go that fit your budget and lifestyle. When planning a family movie night, road trip or just a cozy night in, here are terms that will help explain some of today's most popular mov...
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Finding the true cost of a college education
(BPT) - A college education is a lifelong investment. College graduates are more likely to be employed and earn more throughout the course of their lives, according to a recent report by the College Board. While the benefits of a college education may be clear, figuring out the true cost and how to pay for it isn't alway...
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One mac and cheese recipe served 3 ways makes for ultimate comfort food
(BPT) - The chill of the season heralds many changes, including your appetite for heartier foods. This is the perfect time to break out the casserole dishes and whip up your family's favorite comfort foods. Americans seem to agree that when it comes to comfort classics, macaroni and cheese is what they crave. In fact, ac...
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2013 holiday gift guide: outrageous and outside-the-box ideas
(BPT) - With the holiday season quickly approaching, it's officially shopping crunch time. This year, consider some innovative and imaginative gift ideas sure to impress even the hardest to shop for on your list. You may want to gift yourself a holiday treat, too. For the aspiring rock star One of the hottest home gadget...
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Eight steps to perfect holiday cookies
(BPT) - The time-honored popularity of holiday cookie baking remains strong even in today's grab-and-go society. 'Most of us are looking for ways to simplify the holiday hubbub, and focus on activities that truly have meaning for our families,' says Ginny Bean, publisher of Ginny's catalog and Ginnys.com . Bean, who fond...
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What to do if your child is accused of being a bully
(BPT) - It's a phone call that most parents can't imagine receiving. Your school's principal has requested a meeting because your child is being suspended or expelled ... for bullying. While some parents might look at bullying as a part of growing up, in fact it actually has reached epidemic proportions across the countr...
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Tips for keeping kids' minds and bodies active through cooler months
(BPT) - The sunny days of summer may seem like a distant memory, but as tempting as it is to let the kids curl up on the couch when they're home, it's important to keep them active throughout the cooler months. Even as days get shorter, you can still use those free hours to stay energetic and fuel their curiosity. Whethe...
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Tips for successful gift giving this holiday season
(BPT) - This time of year, there is no shortage of holiday gift guides available to help you find the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Whether it's your chocolate-loving aunt or fashion-forward sister, there is an art to selecting just the right things to put smiles on their faces. Here are a few tips to get you throug...
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Moms champion traditional toys even in a digital age
(BPT) - As smartphones and tablets are more frequently finding their way into kids' hands, many parents may wonder about the implications of increased screen time, and question what role traditional toys should play in their children's lives. While there is no denying the benefits of digital devices and it is becoming co...
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Tips for merry holiday season travel
(BPT) - Traveling during the holiday season can be fun, but it also offers its fair share of anxious moments, stress and expense. This year, between Thanksgiving weekend and New Year's Day, an estimated 100 million Americans will travel by car, train or air to visit family or go on vacation, based on forecasts issued in ...
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