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    Holiday Décor Tips from Interior Designer Genevieve Gorder

    (BPT) - 'Tis the season to eat, drink and entertain. Whether you’re hosting a smaller, more intimate gathering or throwing a grand festive soiree, don’t stress about upping your holiday home décor game — a few small touches will go a long way. In partnership with Scotties Facial Tissues, interior designer and television host Genevieve Gorder is sharing five tips to help you prep for the holiday entertaining season.

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Solidaridad de veteranos ante complejo diagnóstico de insuficiencia renal

(BPT) - El otoño del 2018 le cambió la vida a Phillip Hayes, sargento mayor de la Fuerza Aérea de los Estados Unidos. La estación no solo marcó su jubilación después de prestar servicio durante 33 años en la Fuerza Aérea. También fue el comienzo de su lucha por la vida. La salud de Phillip había desmejorado durante algún tiempo, pero no esperaba la noticia que le dio el médico: el mal funcionamiento de sus riñones dio como resultado el diagnóstico de enfermedad renal en etapa final (ESKD, por sus siglas en inglés).

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Friday 12/06/2019
Eco-friendly gifts for a merrier (and greener) holiday season
Updated: December 08, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - ‘Tis the season for giving. And with this eco-friendly gift guide, giving greener is easier. Whether you’re shopping for the gardener, techie, alternative energy aficionado or the do-it-yourselfer, this is your go-to resource for gifts that please people and the planet.

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5 tech-forward innovations every holiday traveler can look forward to
Updated: December 08, 2019 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - If you're like most, you shudder at the idea of traveling during the holiday season. With all those long lines, tight timetables and crowded spaces, who wouldn’t feel like a Grinch? To add more comfort and joy to your journey, the travel and hospitality industries are quick to embrace innovation and new technology. From the time you hail the airport ride-share to the moment you step outside your hotel for an evening of holiday wonder, here are some travel tech advances to look for this season.

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Fuel Your Adventures with Great Coffee on The Road
Posted: December 06, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News -Whether you are in a hotel room, at your desk, in an RV, or by a campfire, it can be difficult to get a good cup of coffee away from home. With the holiday travel season in full swing, travelers are wondering how best to enjoy their morning java while on the go.

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How to avoid falling for sweepstakes scams
Updated: December 08, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - The holiday season brings with it a flurry of cards, ads, email offers and more. It's also a prime time for sweepstakes, giveaways, contests and shopping sprees. Scammers are looking to take advantage of your good cheer, as well as your cluttered mailboxes and inboxes. Be on the lookout for elaborate and realistic-looking messages convincing you that you are the lucky winner of the grand prize.

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Holiday Décor Tips from Interior Designer Genevieve Gorder
Updated: December 08, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - 'Tis the season to eat, drink and entertain. Whether you’re hosting a smaller, more intimate gathering or throwing a grand festive soiree, don’t stress about upping your holiday home décor game — a few small touches will go a long way. In partnership with Scotties Facial Tissues, interior designer and television host Genevieve Gorder is sharing five tips to help you prep for the holiday entertaining season.

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Hiring the next-gen employee
Updated: December 08, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - The U.S. workforce is in the midst of an influx with 65 million workers from Generation Z beginning to look for jobs, according to BridgeWorks Consulting. This group of workers, born after 1997, do not remember a time without the internet and have grown up in a post-2008 recession era of financial responsibility, meaning what motivates them differs greatly from previous generations.

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Creative ways to celebrate the holidays together
Updated: December 08, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - Every year we celebrate beloved holiday traditions with friends and family. While passing on traditions is a hallmark of the season, there’s nothing like taking old favorites and transforming them into something new and exciting — for adults and kids alike!

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The critical differences you need to know: Prescription medicine, over-the-counter medicine and dietary supplements
Updated: December 08, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - Seventy-five percent of Americans take dietary supplements, according to a 2018 study by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).i Furthermore, “87 percent [of adults in the United States] have overall confidence in the safety, quality and effectiveness of dietary supplements.”i While the effort to sustain better overall health is commendable, there is skepticism among healthcare experts regarding the medical benefits of dietary supplements.ii Use and promotion of dietary supplements is considerably broader in the United States than other areas of the world.iii

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What to Consider Before Buying a Used Car
Posted: December 06, 2019

(StatePoint) When it comes to their next set of wheels, the majority of Americans would consider buying used despite harboring concerns about reliability and necessary repairs, suggests a new survey.

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Thursday 12/05/2019
Ways your smartphone can alleviate stress this holiday season
Updated: December 08, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - The holidays are full of joy and festivities, but the season can also bring hassle and stress. Fortunately, it’s simple to ease holiday headaches and streamline to-do’s when you use your smartphone in a smart way.

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Amazon’s Best of Prime Highlights the Year’s Top Trends
Updated: December 08, 2019 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - What were the biggest trends of 2019? With more than one hundred million Prime members around the world, there is no better indicator than Amazon’s Best of Prime.* The results are particularly telling because over the past year, Prime welcomed more members worldwide than ever before.

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Spencer’s Story: What to Know About Seizure Clusters
Updated: December 08, 2019 - 2:42 am

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4 home upgrades that are good for the environment
Updated: December 08, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - Consumers today are more mindful about the environmental impact of everything they do, from driving and traveling to energy usage in their homes. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps homeowners can take to save energy and help the environment.

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Tips for surviving the Medicare annual enrollment period
Updated: December 08, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - Annual enrollment for Medicare ends Dec. 7, so now is the time to check your plan and update coverage for the coming year. While many people stick to the same plan they have used in the past, subtle changes can leave you second guessing what is best for your personal situation.

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How to protect your most valuable asset
Updated: December 08, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - If you're like many Americans, your home may be your most valuable asset. That's why it's so important to protect it with homeowners insurance. Plus, it's probably a requirement of your mortgage. Setting up your coverage the right way starts with understanding the major parts of a homeowners policy.

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5 tips for stress-less holiday cleaning
Updated: December 08, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - Each year, the holiday season brings a flurry of entertaining. From hosting a houseful of out-of-town relatives to formal sit-down dinners to impromptu get-togethers, chances are your schedule — and your home — is brimming with activity.

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Tips to prepare your home for winter weather
Updated: December 08, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - No matter where you live, there are bound to be weather challenges this winter. Your home may suffer damage, minor or major, from the onslaught of colder weather, along with wind, heavy rain, ice storms or even major snow systems. This can affect not only the integrity and value of your home, but may lead to costly repairs down the road. That's why it's smart to prep now, to prevent bigger problems in the future. It's also a good idea to make sure that your home is prepped for spending more time indoors.

Here are basic tasks to prepare for wintry weather, and to ensure your family stays healthy and safe inside.

1. Perform a safety check

Are your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in good working order? Make monthly testing of these safety features a regular part of your seasonal household chores. For battery-operated units keep up-to-date with battery changes as per manufacturer instructions. Also be aware and take action if you hear any low battery alarms. Also, do you have a home fire extinguisher in your kitchen?

2. Ensure clean indoor air

Make sure your home’s heating and air conditioning units are in good condition, and schedule regular tune-ups to avoid unpleasant surprises. Change your furnace filter frequently, so your air quality stays clean indoors, where you’re likely to spend more time as temps get cooler. Also, consider setting up a schedule with a professional to have your ductwork cleaned on a regular basis.

3. Keep the outside out

Check weatherstripping around exterior doors, replacing where necessary, then seal and caulk exterior wood, since wood trim can rot around windows and outside doors. Walk around the outside of your home with spray foam gap sealer and caulk to plug gaps, cracks and holes in siding and around windows. Find and seal air leaks where you may be losing valuable heat and letting in the cold. Many energy companies offer an energy audit to discover where you may be losing both heat and money — and advise you on ways to improve your insulation. Making sure your gutters are cleaned out and in good condition helps protect your home's exterior from exposure to moisture due to rain, ice or snow melt.

4. Install back-up power

Power outages occur for many reasons, usually outside your control. In major storms, outages can last for days or even weeks when a large area is affected. To protect your home and family, an automatic standby generator gives you peace of mind — even when you’re not at home.

Look for a unit that comes in a durable aluminum enclosure with options that can withstand up to 181 mph winds and can be installed as close as 18 inches from your home (important for areas with tight lot lines and strict building codes), such as select models of KOHLER standby home generators. They will automatically start and restore your power in seconds, whether you’re home or away.

Units can be monitored remotely from your smartphone or laptop. The unit is permanently installed near your home, and provides high-quality power that can run your sump pump, furnace or air conditioner, and major appliances — plus delicate electronics. KOHLER generators feature commercial-grade engines built to withstand extreme workloads over many years, and they come with a five-year warranty. This is not a do-it-yourself job; you will need to work with a professionally licensed and insured generator installer.

5. Trim your trees

Now is a great time to get your trees trimmed, while it’s easier to access branches without all the extra foliage. Trimming dead branches helps prevent problems that can occur due to wind or ice storms, when a falling branch could endanger a power line, car or home. Like all professional contractors, work with tree service companies that have proper credentials and insurance.

6. Check your roof

Whether you inspect your roof yourself or hire a professional, it's a good idea to take care of repairs before winter wind, hail, snow and ice do their worst. Look for blistering, curling, buckling — or missing — shingles. Moss or lichen growing can indicate decay underneath. Any visible sagging of your roof, rust or cracks around flashing or vent pipes should also be repaired promptly to avoid later problems like leaks.

Don't let the calamities of winter take you and your family by surprise. Doing prep work and maintenance on your home now, with a focus on safety, will ensure that you're ready for anything that may come your way — even if it's just hunkering down in your home for the season.

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Sweeten The Season With Delicious, Nutritious Dried Fruit
Posted: December 05, 2019

(NAPSI)—Here’s encouraging news for many people who like to indulge around the holidays: you can enjoy a sweet treat as a snack, a sauce, a spread and even dessert, that’s actually good for you. That is when you whet your appetite for dried fruits such as cranberries and cherries.

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Five Good Reasons To Eat Less Meat
Posted: December 05, 2019

(NAPSI)—The next time you’re planning a family meal, a party or just a little snack for yourself, consider this: Reducing your meat consumption can have a multitude of benefits.

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How To Choose A Christmas Tree: Tips From Expert Arborist Mark Chisholm
Posted: December 05, 2019

(NAPSI)—There’s more to decking the halls with just the right Christmas tree than many people realize. Here are seven hints that can help:

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10 Tips To Pick Your Best Plan In The Last Days Of ACA Open Enrollment
Posted: December 05, 2019

(NAPSI)—If you buy individual or family health insurance on your own, you need to know that the nationwide open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act is coming to an end on December 15, 2019. This may be your only chance to compare your options and enroll in a new 2020 health insurance plan.

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Travel Trends To Inspire Your 2020 Vacation Planning
Posted: December 05, 2019

(NAPSI)—Some things never change when it comes to traveling with friends and family, but every year new trends arise as travelers discover new places and ways to travel. With data and insights from its global vacation rental marketplace, Vrbo identified where, how and why Americans will travel for vacation in 2020.

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Transitioning To Work As A Young Adult With Disabilities
Posted: December 05, 2019

(NAPSI)—As young adults prepare to leave school and enter the workforce, Social Security’s Ticket to Work program can help make that a successful transition.

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Young mom doesn’t let MS get in the way of living her life
Updated: December 08, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - At the young age of 24, Savana Sadler received both the most exciting and terrifying news of her life. Within just weeks of each other, she learned she was about to become a mother for the first time, but she was also going to be embarking on this exciting journey while living with multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic disease of the brain and central nervous system that leads to some level of disability in most people.

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One and a Half Centuries of Defining American Food Traditions
Posted: December 05, 2019

(StatePoint) Think back on some of your favorite family meals over the years and it’s likely that Campbell Soup Company played a role during those important moments around the table. An American icon, Campbell is celebrating its 150th anniversary.  

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Wednesday 12/04/2019
4 easy ways to teach kids about animal care and pet adoption this holiday season
Updated: December 08, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - Approximately 6.5 million animals enter shelters each year looking for their forever home. It’s a wonderful feeling to change a life by bringing home a new furry family member, and it helps teach children valuable lessons of responsibility and basic pet care.

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Smart homes aren't smart without fire sprinklers
Updated: December 08, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - Today there are many automated options that make homes more comfortable, energy efficient, cost-effective and safe. Typically referred to as smart home technology, these features may include automating control of items such as lighting, temperature, window shades, surveillance cameras, locks, smoke alarms, even pet feeders. Often, these features have smartphone apps that allow the homeowner to control them from anywhere.

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Kick off 2020 by getting outdoors and enjoying state parks
Updated: December 08, 2019 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - For many people, modern life means spending more time indoors. In fact, Americans spend roughly 90% of their time indoors, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This has had numerous direct and indirect health impacts, from respiratory issues due to poor indoor air quality to reduced physical activity due to an indoor sedentary lifestyle.

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9 holiday party survival tips – when you (or guests) are in recovery
Updated: December 08, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - Let’s face it. Drinking, drug abuse and depression soar over Christmas, Chanukah and New Year’s — call it the holiday blues. As you prepare to throw your annual holiday party, the compassionate host recognizes that the holidays can be a painful time for some family members and friends. With an estimated 22 million Americans in recovery from addiction, chances are one or more of your guests may be in recovery from behavioral health issues.

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2020: The year of the home improvement
Posted: December 04, 2019

(BPT) - A new year is an opportunity to bring fresh life into your home through renovations, both large and small. Want an updated kitchen? A patio addition? New floors? Every homeowner has a different vision for their space, so make 2020 the year your home improvement dreams come true. But where should you start?

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3 tips for safe holiday driving
Updated: December 08, 2019 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - The holidays are wonderful. They can also be stressful.

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4 steps to financial fitness in the new year
Updated: December 08, 2019 - 2:43 am

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Identity theft from above? How hackers could use drones and other technology in 2020 [Video]
Posted: December 04, 2019

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Cómo los padres pueden aprender más sobre la elección educativa
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 3:05 am

(NAPSM)—Cada año, los estados consideran crear o expandir sus programas de elección educativa; lo hacen para que las familias realmente tengan el poder y la capacidad financiera de elegir escuelas más allá de las asignadas por el código postal de sus hijos. Por ejemplo, hay tres programas que les ayudan a permitir pagar por una educación privada: vales, becas de crédito fiscal y cuentas de ahorro para la educación (ESA, por sus siglas en inglés).

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Facing Your Fears In Four New And Notable Stories
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 3:05 am

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The End Of The Year Is Not The End Of Your Healthy Living Diet
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 3:06 am

(NAPSI)—The holiday season, starting with Thanksgiving and culminating on January 1, is a tough time of year for those wanting to lead a healthy lifestyle. In fact, a survey of 2,000 Americans who celebrate a winter holiday found that they are abandoning their attempts to be healthy—and half will break their diet to give in to the temptation of holiday food.

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Santa’s Safety Suggestions For People, Pets And Packages
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 3:07 am

(NAPSI)—It’s near the time to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. The United States Postal Service has long been known as a Santa’s helper, and we take this role seriously. Here are some tips to help keep people, pets and packages safe.

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5 simple ways to teach kids financial literacy
Updated: December 08, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - Understanding finances and making smart money decisions is something many people struggle with. In fact, when asked to grade their own financial literacy most people give themselves a “C” or lower, according to new data from Prudential.

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Cold and Flu Season Tips for Safe Medicine Storage
Posted: December 04, 2019

(StatePoint) Between nose-wiping, temperature-taking and appropriately dosing and storing medicines, parents and caretakers have a lot to manage during the cold and flu season. With all the chaos a winter illness can bring, slip-ups can happen, leading to an emergency. Indeed, approximately 60,000 children visit the emergency department every year because they got into medicines that were left within reach, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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For Healthier Eating, Grill More in the New Year
Posted: December 04, 2019

(StatePoint) Planning to follow a trendy diet like keto in 2020 or simply want to eat right? There’s good news -- grilling can be a great option for you to kickstart eating healthier in the new year. Indeed, the American Heart Association recommends it

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When Holidays are Hard
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 2:49 am

Tips for coping with a food-centric season

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Creative Gift Ideas for Kids
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) Few things compare to the joy and excitement on the faces of children on Christmas morning as they rush to the tree in search of packages bearing their names.

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Holiday Gifting Made Easy
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 2:49 am

Gift ideas for everyone on your list

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Get Inspired to Give Back this Holiday Season
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 2:50 am

(Family Features) For many, the holiday season sparks the spirit of giving - not only among family and friends, but to those living in need and the organizations working to help them. If you're committed to helping improve the lives of others in your community, it may mean thinking long-term.

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Paw-some Presents
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 2:50 am

Holiday gift ideas for furry friends

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5 Financial Tips for Teens
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 2:50 am

(Family Features) When it comes to economics, many teens’ mouths write checks their knowledge can’t cash.

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Put Some Stoke In Your Stocking
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 2:50 am

(Family Features) The holidays can be a stressful time. From family events or planning your own gathering to finding the perfect gift for your loved ones, it seems like there is never enough time.

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Make Time for Better Health on Busy Days
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 2:50 am

(Family Features) Fitting in time to exercise and eat sensible meals can be impractical, if not impossible, when the demands of daily life get in the way. If busy days limit your ability to live as healthy of a lifestyle as you desire, take charge by squeezing in fitness and smart snacking when and where you can.

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Protect the World’s Children this Holiday Season
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 2:50 am

(Family Features) The holidays signal a time for family gatherings, traditions and the spirit of giving. Make this holiday season even more meaningful by giving gifts that help children in need around the globe.

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