Shrug off that winter chill with smart home improvement projects
(BPT) - Spring is drawing nearer and, for homeowners, now is the time to shrug off the winter chill and think about home improvement plans. Building industry experts say that it’s an ideal time to carefully consider and prioritize your plans – both cosmetic and structural. Understanding what is an essential home improvem...
Five must-haves for your new truck
(BPT) - With a brand new truck decorating your driveway, you’ve probably got plenty of ideas of how you’re going to use it for towing a boat, transporting large and heavy loads and conquering rugged terrain. Or maybe you just want to feel powerful while driving it down the road. But before you get too comfortable, think ...
Ever wondered how much data the world uses in one minute? [Infographic]
Every 60 seconds, our networks have to process 240 million emails, 1.3 million videos watched on YouTube and 100,000 people sending a Tweet – and in 2013 these numbers will be even higher. By 2015, the number of network devices is expected to double the world’s population, making our demand for network bandwidth even larger. Companies like Intel are creating solutions for network providers that will boost performance to handle the increasing network traffic.
Considering self-employment? Career fields with double-digit growth
(BPT) - Americans were born to make lemonade. If you have any doubt about the resiliency of U.S. workers, consider the many reports that indicate millions of Americans are turning life’s lemon of layoffs into an opportunity to work for themselves. With unemployment rates still high, many people are looking to self-employ...
Score big with a game-day snacking strategy
(BPT) - Upwards of 100 million viewers will tune in to watch a professional sporting event this winter and spring season. As the fans wait for those historic moments of triumph and dramatic play-by-play recaps, they also partake in a celebration of food and feasting at halftime, and throughout the game. Wings, onion ring...
Grow your tax refund with savings bonds
(BPT) - Expecting a tax refund this tax season? If so, you may be interested in a convenient savings option offered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Taxpayers may buy paper Series I Savings Bonds, in amounts ranging from $50 to $5,000, with their annual tax refund by completing the “Allocation of Refund (Including...
Tips for hosting last-minute big game gatherings
For sports fans, the months of February and March are busy – filled with catching football and basketball championship games happening in the professional and collegiate leagues. Then before we know it, spring sports season is upon us. There’s a good chance you’ll be hosting a couple of game-watching events at your house...
Nursing home admissions avoided with simplified prescription packaging
(BPT) - Numerous factors impact a senior’s ability to live independently, such as health and memory problems, mobility issues, and care coordination concerns. Often overlooked is the fact that one quarter of all nursing home admissions are the result of poor medication adherence. Representing a loss of independence, bein...
Flu by numbers [Infographic]
This year’s flu season had the earliest start in 10 years. The flu typically affects five to 20 percent of the U.S. population each year. On average, the flu is associated with more than 200,000 hospitalizations due to flu-related complications. The flu is different from a cold. Both a cold and the flu are respiratory illnesses, yet they are caused by different types of viruses with different symptoms. The flu usually comes on suddenly. To recognize flu symptoms, remember Flu F.A.C.T.S. (Feve...
Digestive tract not on track? [Infographic]
A new survey from Dannon found that ninety-three percent of Americans agree that digestive health is closely linked to well-being, but many people don't know how to keep their digestive system on track. Here is some information on steps we can take to improve our digestive health, including easy changes to the foods we buy and eat.
Stop your relationship rut: 3 simple steps to a fresh start this Valentine's Day
(BPT) - Feeling like you’re in a relationship rut? You’re not alone. Whether you’re single or married, getting stuck in a routine may be normal, but that’s no excuse to keep on down the same path. Take control of your love life and break out of your relationship habits. Relationship expert and author of “Cheat On Your Husband With Your Husband,” Andrea Syrtash, shares three simple steps to help you identify your patterns, make small changes and ultimately decide if this is the right relations...