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5 unexpected travel essentials for your summer road trip
(BPT) - Summer vacation is the time to pack up the family, dust off your suitcases and hit the road. These short summer months will be filled with trips to Grandma and Grandpa’s, adventures in the great outdoors and sunny days at the amusement park.Once you're on the road, you’ll be maki ...
From footballs to tires, inflation's important
(BPT) - If 2015 has shown us anything so far, it’s that deflation can cause a frenzy, especially when it comes to footballs. Who would have thought that slightly flat footballs would become a national debate? One thing’s for sure, it’s now clear how important proper inflation is an ...
Unique tips for sensational summer entertaining
(BPT) - The weather is warm and that means entertaining season has arrived. This year, elevate your gatherings with some unique twists. From serving fresh fare to creating cozy corners in outdoor spaces, you’ll transform your parties from average to amazing in a snap.Delightful decor Mother Na ...
Termites 101: What every homebuyer should know this spring
(BPT) - It’s a cruel coincidence that the spring’s real-estate buying season corresponds with another far less pleasant one – termite swarming season. When eager homebuyers emerge from winter hibernation to look for their dream homes, winged termites emerge, too, and swarms of them ...
Spring into action now to help prepare for fall allergies
(BPT) - To everything there is a season, and this season you just might be feeling lousy: sneezing, stuffy nose, and watery eyes. With spring allergies in full swing and summer right around the corner, it may be difficult to think about the upcoming fall allergy season now, but it’s not too ea ...
Avoid these fuel issues so your mower doesn't run out of gas
(BPT) - No matter how much you love mowing your lawn, there’s always something special about that first cut in the spring. It’s that initial opportunity to bring your lawn back to life after winter’s frigid temperatures finally give way to warmth. And operating a lawnmower instead ...
6 must-have auto products for the summer
(BPT) - Summer is a great time to get up off the couch and soak up the sun. As you stock up on sunscreen and prepare to protect your skin from the direct sunlight, be sure to pick up products to protect your vehicle as well. Whether you’re taking the car out for a summer road trip, a day at th ...
Get moving: 5 healthy summer family activities
(BPT) - Summer has arrived and for many kids, sports and activity practices are on hiatus leaving them with plenty of time to lounge on the couch. But summer isn’t the time to get lazy.Warmer weather provides the perfect opportunity to get more involved in your kids’ lives and spend time ...
This Father's Day, surprise Dad with an unexpected day together
(BPT) - This Father’s Day, rather than sitting dear ol’ Dad down and watching him unwrap a new necktie, try showing your appreciation in an unexpected way. Surprise him by spending a fun-filled day together enjoying his favorite activities. After all, doesn’t the man who spent hour ...
The secret to Mother's Day gifting success: Give time, not stuff
(BPT) - She nursed you through countless cases of childhood sniffles, taught you to tie your shoes and make a mean omelet, and she’s still your go-to source for good advice and your favorite home-baked cookies. Are you really going to just give Mom a pair of socks and some flowers for Mother&r ...
Protecting baby's skin: 3 steps parents should take this spring and summer
(BPT) - Soft, smooth, fresh and flawless – it’s how parents envision their baby’s skin. Your little one may be born with perfect skin, but protecting that perfection requires work. “The skin acts as a protective barrier, and many environmental factors can affect a baby’ ...
Heads up, Sunshine. Those rays are aging you fast [Infographic]
(BPT) - Before soaking up the rays this summer, check the facts on sun damage. For example, the sun causes more than 90 percent of the visible changes commonly attributed to skin aging. Additionally, 85 percent of the population still doesn’t know that sun exposure is the number one cause ...
Hurricane season, wind speed and your home's siding: What you need to know
(BPT) - Living near or along a coast has many advantages: warm weather, beach access, soothing waves and walks in the sand. However, the areas that are the most beautiful are often the most susceptible to hurricanes and other severe weather. If you live near the coast – or are looking to build ...
Will your pet be safe during an emergency?
(BPT) - Natural disasters can devastate families and communities in seconds, taking lives and destroying homes and properties. Sadly, pets are under-reported casualties of such disasters. For people who’ve lost everything else, losing or being unable to care for their furry family members can ...
Get your family moving with this easy breakfast recipe
(BPT) - Most Americans recognize that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet millions often skip their morning meal. In fact, research shows that millions of Americans pass on eating breakfast each morning.Is your family among that group? If so, don’t write off breakfast as somet ...
Power tools to the people: Getting your outdoor equipment ready for summer
(BPT) - Some people eagerly anticipate summer barbecues, beach vacations and blue skies, but for avid do-it-yourselfers, the best thing about summer is the opportunity to use their favorite power tools to make their yards look great. Before you revel in the rich rumble of your prized lawnmower or th ...
Gift-buying for guys: A whole lot easier than you think
(BPT) - Women have a reputation for being harder to shop for on most occasions, but any gal who has faced her fellow’s birthday, Father’s Day, a graduation or other occasion with dread knows that it’s not always easy to find just the right gift for a guy. Few of us can afford to bu ...
Ready for spring potty training season? Follow this 4-step game plan for success
(BPT) - The words “spring training” often evoke images of athletes prepping for the new season of baseball. However, for some parents the phrase has a different, more stressful meaning – prepping their toddlers for potty training before they enter pre-school in the fall. Helping to ...
Deer wars: coming soon to a suburb near you
(BPT) - When you think of deer, do you envision a shy doe hiding beneath forest foliage? Or perhaps you imagine a buck bounding through a field along a quiet country road. The reality of where deer like to live is much closer to home than you think. Humans aren’t the only species that thrive i ...
Gut check: Simple ways to beat the bloat
(BPT) - Bloated stomachs, indigestion and occasional gassiness grab the most attention during the holidays, when over-eating seems to be the norm. But periodic bloating and discomfort can occur throughout the year. In fact, one out of 10 people may experience gut problems on a regular basis, accordi ...
Top 10 most often forgotten spring cleaning steps
(BPT) - Spring is a great time to clear out the old, bring in the new and welcome a fresh start. From coast to coast, consumers are eager to usher in new home decor and air out spring attire; however, the areas of one’s home that are the hardest hit during the winter months - floors and carpet ...
Three super-simple ways to make your new deck look amazing
(BPT) - Do dreams of lazy days soaking up the sun have you looking for a way to move the indoors out? Then a deck addition may be the solution. A new porch, patio or multi-level deck can serve as an extension of your home and create personalized spaces for summertime festivities, from easy afternoon ...
5 over-the-top outdoor improvements for DIYers
(BPT) - A beautiful backyard has become a suburban status symbol much like a brand-new car in the driveway. Upgrading your outdoor space is not only uplifting, it’s practical, too. A great backyard expands your living space, enhances your enjoyment of your home and can boost resale value.Anyon ...
AC or windows down: secrets to better summer fuel economy
(BPT) - Summer is peak travel season for most Americans. Those hoping to spend less on fuel and more on fun can find ways to stretch their travel budgets with better vehicle care and use.One hotly (pun intended) debated topic during summer driving season is whether it is more fuel efficient to use t ...
Fun summer activities for the whole family
(BPT) - Summer and fun – while these words aren't technically synonyms, they probably should be. School is out for the children, you have summer vacation time from work stocked up, and the nice weather across the country is beckoning.Are you in search of some fun ideas for your summer activiti ...
Fire up your grilling game with expert tips and specialty cheese
(BPT) - Every grilling season presents a new opportunity to add recipes and tricks to your routine. This year, kick up your cooking skills with advice from the ultimate grill master, Chef Michael Symon, co-host of ABC’s “The Chew,” and author of three best-selling cookbooks and own ...
The best and brightest: How to attract the most colorful birds to your backyard
(BPT) - Sparrows to doves, mockingbirds to magpies, every bird that visits your backyard this season will bring its unique brand of delight. Yet when a particularly colorful species shows up, you can’t help but feel a special thrill at the beauty of their plumage and song. You can take steps t ...
5 sure-fire, stress-free ways to make your summer gathering awesome
(BPT) - Summer is party season, and most people prefer outdoor entertaining during warm months. In fact, a 2014 survey by entertaining website TheSalonniere found that 50 percent of people prefer barbecues in summer, 19 percent like al fresco dinner parties and 12 percent favor a pool party. Many pa ...
Traveling Abroad? Get Vaccinated Against Hepatitis A
(BPT) - Hepatitis A cases are on the rise, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Hepatitis A is common in many parts of the world, even in popular tourist destinations such as Mexico, most other countries in Central and South America and some Caribbe ...
Easy tips to drink more water throughout the day
(BPT) - You know drinking plenty of water every day is good for your health. The Institute of Medicine recommends men consume about 13 cups of fluid a day and women take in about 9 cups. Yet remembering to drink water may not always make the top of your daily to-do list. Here are some tips to natura ...
Tips to wow all the moms this Mother's Day
(BPT) - It’s the toughest job you’ll ever have – this common statement rings true for mothers across the country. From the moment you were born, mom has been a pillar in your life through the good times and the bad. This Mother’s Day, it’s time to do something extra spe ...
From sea to shining sea: the most patriotic things to see and do on your summer vacation
(BPT) - Summer isn’t just the season of no school and summer vacations. It’s also the most patriotic season in America, encompassing three iconic American holidays – Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. This summer, why not put a patriotic shine on your family’s summ ...
Simple ways to make Easter special for family of all ages
(BPT) - The spring season brings warm sunshine, fresh blooms and a holiday enjoyed by both young and old: Easter. For many people, celebrating this holiday is more meaningful when shared with family and friends. No matter what age your loved ones are, it’s easy to find ways to share the Easter ...
5 essential steps for finding the perfect lawn mower
(BPT) - Nothing says springtime like the sounds of lawn mowing and the sweet smell of freshly cut grass. For some, mowing the lawn is a chore. Others enjoy the sense of accomplishment and pride in a great looking lawn. Regardless of where you fall, you’ll likely find yourself mowing about 30-4 ...
Biting back against mosquitos: Eliminate breeding and feeding opportunities
(BPT) - Warm weather heralds the arrival of cookouts, lounging poolside, weekends at the beach and a host of fun outdoor activities. Spring and summer are also mosquito season, and the little blood-suckers are far more than just an itchy nuisance. Mosquitos carry and transmit diseases that kill more ...
5 simple tips for safe towing
(BPT) - With the summer months ahead, people will be towing boats, jet skis, campers, landscaping equipment, ATVs and more.Towing can be tricky so it’s important to plan ahead and emphasize safety. Operating a vehicle becomes a whole new task when another set of wheels is hitched to the back. ...
6 simple warm weather tune ups for your home
(BPT) - Are you revved up for warmer weather? Just as you’d tune up a convertible to drive you into the summer sunshine, now is the time to perform routine maintenance on your home so it’s ready for the hottest months of the year.Use this summer maintenance checklist to get your home in ...
4 easy upgrades to make your home more water-efficient
(BPT) - Low rainfall and lack of snow melt, along with record high temperatures have contributed to the worst drought California has seen in decades. In fact, some studies suggest it’s the worst the state has seen in 1,000 years, but California isn’t the only state suffering extremely dr ...
Standing water in your yard? Solve your drainage problems in three steps
(BPT) - Whether it’s the result of melting snow or a heavy rainstorm, standing water in the backyard is an unwelcome sight for any homeowner. While it’s unsightly and robs your yard of valuable green space, standing water can also cause excessive damage to your home’s foundation an ...
We spend how much time house cleaning? [Infographic]
(BPT) - House cleaning is a responsibility most homeowners choose to tackle themselves, for a variety of reasons. And it's a chore families spend on average six hours a week doing. But there are tools to help make the tidying up process easier to manage, and therefore, faster to complete. Check out ...
3 easy ways to go green when going back to school
(BPT) - It’s that time of year when millions of students will be shopping for back-to-school and purchasing the latest technology and electronic devices. Many of these popular items like smartphones, tablets and laptops use rechargeable batteries that contain materials that are potentially har ...
Top 7 DIYs to do with Dad this Father's Day
(BPT) - Father’s Day gift guides flood the Internet right now, but the best gift of all is peace and quiet - plus a cool project that you can build with your own two hands. Get inspired and check out these awesome project ideas from BLACK+DECKER that are perfect for you and Dad (because he doe ...
Simple precautions can help thwart common vacation scams
(BPT) - Bags packed? Check! Tickets in hand? Check! Perfect! You’re all set to embark on your dream vacation. Before you head out the door, you should know that scammers, identity thieves and fraudsters rarely take vacations. Instead, they wait for you to take yours.“When people plan vac ...
Your summertime packing guide: just the essentials
(BPT) - For many, summer trips are the perfect escape from an otherwise busy life. They offer the opportunity to experience new places, taste new foods and generally de-stress! This summer, don’t get bogged down by the thought of preparing for a trip. Keep it simple by packing everything you n ...
5 easy ways to sleep cool in the summertime
(BPT) - Summer has officially arrived! While escaping daytime summer temperatures with swimming, ice cream and running through the sprinkler can be fun, the heat can be unbearable when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep.There is a link between high temperatures and poor sleep, according ...
5 truly meaningful ways to show your patriotism this Memorial Day and beyond
(BPT) - “Expressions of patriotic enthusiasm are as bright and thrilling as fireworks, but they dissipate as quickly,” Washington Post blogger Alyssa Rosenberg wrote in a July 2014 examination of patriotism among American youth. Yet most Americans consider themselves patriotic, even if t ...
Top tips to overcome summer temptations and stay healthy
(BPT) - Barbeques, ice cream, baseball game hotdogs and indulging on vacation: All are major factors that make it difficult to maintain the healthy lifestyle you kick-started in the New Year. A recent survey from Prevention and Centrum reveals the majority of Americans say that it's easier to eat po ...
Summer like a celebrity: 4 easy ways to go boating
(BPT) - Perusing social media or flipping through a magazine, it’s common to see famous faces like George Clooney or Taylor Swift cruising around on fancy boats, but guess what? You don’t have to be rich and famous to enjoy boating. Get your feet wet this summer just like the stars witho ...
5 home-renovation tips that will reduce asthma and allergy triggers in your home
(BPT) - This is the peak season for do-it-yourself projects, and maybe you already have your tape measure in hand, ready to tackle a bathroom remodel, open up the floor plan or finally reimagine that unfinished basement. There are plenty of considerations to take into account with any project, inclu ...
Nothing to sneeze at: 5 tips for seasonal allergy relief
(BPT) - Spring is upon us, and if you have seasonal allergies, you may be less excited about that than most. After all, what fun is finally freeing your face from that scarf if you’re just going to bury it in a tissue? It’s no fun at all, but allergies don’t have to make you misera ...
Spring cleaning secrets to cut the clutter without hurting productivity
(BPT) - Spring cleaning can be a tedious task, but it doesn’t have to drain your time. With this three-step formula from Laura Stack, aka the Productivity Pro, you can increase productivity and have more time for fun in the sun.1. Get ready to tackle the clutter. Start by labeling five large b ...
5 ways to get buyers to see your open house as their next house
(BPT) - What makes a person or a family decide a home is the perfect for them? Is it all location, location, location? What about price, schools or the neighborhood? Or is it something else; a feeling they get when they walk in the door, a detail they notice or a scent in the air.If you’re sel ...
Tips for reclaiming some grown-up fun on family road trips
(BPT) - On family road trips, do you spend the entire drive listening to the music your kids prefer, playing their favorite games and generally doing everything you can to keep them content – and peaceful – in the car? It happens with the best intentions, but too often parents sacrifice ...
Elevate your garden game with raised beds and planter boxes
(BPT) - What’s stopping you from gardening today? Do you live in an urban area, have a small yard or is your soil rocky and full of clay? Any of these challenges could make you believe that planting a garden simply isn’t in the plans this year, but that doesn’t have to be the case. ...
Breeze through summer with this quick and easy snack idea
(BPT) - The sun is out and kids are enjoying a much-deserved breather from their daily grind. Parents, on the other hand, must balance children’s summer activities, sports leagues, family summer trips and household errands. As mom faces her busiest time of year head-on, quick meal and sn ...
Tips to keep everyone safe from heat-related illness this summer
(BPT) - Enjoying fun in the sun is one of the great pastimes of summer. But heat-related illnesses can seriously cool off your summer fun, so it’s important to protect yourself from sun and hot weather while you’re outdoors this season. Normally, the body cools itself by sweating, but wh ...
Children and summer learning: 5 building blocks for their brains
(BPT) - "No more pencils and no more books" is a chant heard on playgrounds across the country when the final bell releases students for the summer months. And while Alice Cooper's lyrics go on to showcase how excited the children are about their freedom from homework, they also highlight one of the ...
Top auto related products for a smooth summer camping trip
(BPT) - Escaping city life, exploring the outdoors and toasting marshmallows around a campfire are the essence of the classic American vacation: camping. While the trip itself can be quite enjoyable, getting there can sometimes be a challenge. Through the use of special products and accessories ...
From tundra to tulips: Top equipment for achieving a manicured lawn this season
(BPT) - Snowmageddon. Snowpocalypse. Polar Vortex 2.0. If you’re like most Americans, you’re limping to the finish line of yet another never-ending winter. But this winter doesn’t just have people at their breaking points, it has lawns across the country ready for a relief as well. ...
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