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Prepping tips for spring outdoor projects
(BPT) - Soon, winter will be winding down and homeowners will start planning - and prepping for - a variety of outdoor projects for spring. From cleaning, repairing or replacing decks, to creating raised beds for veggies and flowers, now is the time to start gearing up for those spring projects. Cleaning up Start with sp...
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How to diversify your retirement portfolio in ways you might not have imagined
(BPT) - Many investors are taking more control of their financial future by investing in alternatives to the stock market including real estate, land, promissory notes, oil and gas. Sue Jensen of New York grew frustrated after watching her life savings take a hit year after year in the stock market. A couple of years ago...
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Making bitter ... sweet, the story of chocolate [Infographic]
Life really might be a box of chocolates. Chocolate is one of the most recognized and enjoyed foods of the world. But did you know that it comes from seeds that require sweetening before becoming your favorite dessert food? This infographic shares how ion exchange technology creates the sweetener combined to harvested cocoa from seeds to make our favorite Valentine's Day treat!
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There are many things we want to pass on to our loved ones, illness is not one of them
(BPT) - You want to pass on family traditions, a grandmother's quilt, or dad's love of books - but no one wants to pass on a serious illness. Take charge of your health and help protect those around you by asking about vaccines at your next doctor's visit. Vaccinating our children is commonplace in the United States. But...
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Women's style: Expert advice for dressing and feeling more confident
(BPT) - A variety of factors play into a confident appearance, but many women are unaware of simple ways they can come across as more poised and self-assured every day. Bobbie Thomas, national style expert and author of The Power of Style: Everything You Need to Know Before You Get Dressed Tomorrow, shares her advice on ...
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Five surprising solutions to help you stop snoring
(BPT) - Snoring not only keeps you and your bed partner up at night - it can be dangerous to your health. Typically, as you sleep, air passes through the nose and past the back of the throat without any trouble. But as muscles relax during sleep, the upper airway can become partially blocked, causing the soft tissue in t...
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What to consider when upgrading your technology
(BPT) - The holidays are over and if you're left looking at a fruit cake and a room full of white elephant gifts, you're probably thinking it is time to find the perfect present for yourself. Like many adults, you want to treat yourself to a little technology. You're not alone. Laptops and tablets were the two most-wante...
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Hosting a bridal, baby or graduation party? Clever food shortcuts big on taste, low on stress
(BPT) - It's that time of year - bridal showers, baby showers and graduation parties are likely dotting your calendar. If you're the lucky host of one of these milestone events, you might feel excitement paired with a bit of trepidation as you start the party-planning process. The good news is, there are some simple ways...
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Looking for the perfect wedding gift? How to spice up the happy couple's newlywed bliss
(BPT) - If you struggle finding just the right wedding present for friends and family who are getting married, you're not alone. You want a gift that is personal, unique and, above all else, something they will actually use. Many newlyweds need to build their kitchen supplies, plus with the foodie trend still going stron...
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Food forecast: U.S. embraces European traditions to create authentic cuisine stateside
(BPT) - Not long ago, adding international flair to your foods simply meant incorporating a dash of spice or trying a new cooking method. Today, Americans expect more out of their food, and the newest culinary trends are inspired by European traditions in order to create delicious, unique cuisine closer to home. As more ...
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Making security a priority during the busy holiday of hearts
Valentine's Day is a busy day for many small-business owners - especially those who cater to the love and romance industries. While tech and big-box retailers have 'Black Friday' in November, businesses like florists, candy shops and restaurants may experience 'Pink Friday' on February 14, with significant influx in sale...
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Don't let crooks steal your tax refund: Identity theft prevention tips
(BPT) - To itemize or not to itemize, deductions, exemptions, interest income and capital gains - you have a lot to think about when you're doing your taxes. While you're preparing your return, don't overlook a consideration that's every bit as important as whether you owe or are due a refund - tax-related identity theft...
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The places you'll go: Tips for female graduates on how to lean in to your career
(BPT) - More females are graduating from college than ever before, but does gender still play a r...
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New tech devices make the perfect gift for your grad
(BPT) - Years of hard work have all led to this moment; your loved one is graduating. This is a s...
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These tech-related gifts will help college graduates start their careers in style
(BPT) - Graduation is right around the corner. If someone in your life is graduating from college...
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