Go-anywhere upgrades that are great for kitchens and baths
(BPT) - Some upgrades look laughable in the wrong room: plush carpeting in the bathroom or custom drapes in a kitchen. A handful of go-anywhere upgrades work especially well in kitchens and baths - and can raise those rooms from merely functional to inspiringly fashionable. Of course, virtually any upgrade you make to a ...
10 expert tips for an affordable and memorable destination wedding
(BPT) - A flurry of congratulatory phone calls, social media announcements and sparkling ring pictures all mean one thing: engagement season has arrived. With approximately 39 percent of marriage proposals taking place between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day, engaged couples are taking note of one of the fastest-growing...
How to stick to your New Year's resolutions all year long
(BPT) - With the holidays past and a new year upon us, now is the time for Americans to focus on their 2014 resolutions. And while fitness goals often top the list of New Year's resolutions, diet and exercise aren't the only ways to get back into shape. This year, do yourself and your loved ones a favor by getting financially fit as well. Although most Americans intend to become financially savvy in the new year, only a small fraction fully commit to their financial success. According to a 20...
The no-fail solution for keeping healthy-eating resolutions
(BPT) - New Year's resolutions are good things - unless you set yourself up for failure with grand, ultimately unachievable goals. Rather than frustrate yourself with overwhelming changes, try making smaller ones that will positively impact your life and encourage other healthier decisions throughout the year. Sticking t...
Don't be left in the dark [Infographic]
Traditional 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs have been phased out, leaving consumers with less bulb options to light their homes. Lutron Electronics asked people if they feel "in the dark" about light bulb options, as well as how important dimmable bulbs and dimmers are, and the stats are illuminating. To learn more about LED, CFL and halogen light bulbs, as well as compatible dimmer options, visit Lutron.com/dimCFLLED .
Obesity: Let's start a healthy conversation [Infographic]
Did you know that there's a communications disconnect when it comes to weight loss discussions among physicians and patients? According to a new survey conducted by Eisai Inc., in partnership with the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) and The Obesity Society (TOS), only 56 percent of adults affected by overweight or obesity report ever having discussed weight with their doctor, yet all doctors surveyed say they counsel their patients affected by overweight or obesity about diet and exercise. A l...
Four simple tips to achieve your New Year's resolutions
(BPT) - The new year is here and it's time to tackle your resolutions! You've set your goal, and now is the time to take action. A recent survey by Bing and Impulse Research showed 69 percent of people were all talk last year and did not keep their New Year's resolution. The same survey showed 41 percent of people want to improve their health and lose weight in 2014. Following a few simple tips can help you kick start your healthy habits and inspire you to achieve your goals this year. * Be s...
Chase the mid-winter blues away with wholesome comfort foods
(BPT) - The colder weather of winter has many looking for some comforting wholesome meals to share with friends and family. This winter try delicious recipes that will create tantalizing smells in the home and warm everyone sitting around the table. If you're serving a smaller crowd like your immediate family or planning...
Healthy happy family travel
(BPT) - Looking to take a road trip but dread hearing the infamous 'Are we there yet?' or 'Can we please, please stop for fast food?' questions. Never fear, Registered Dietitian, author and mother, Pamela Nisevich Bede, offers creative ways to keep your family (and you) satisfied and entertained while traveling. * Who ca...
Hardwood flooring trends, a touch of the creative
(BPT) - The recovering U.S. housing market has led to increased demand for certain luxury items, including hardwood flooring. Exciting trends are influencing the marketplace and for today's consumers, there are more hardwood flooring options than ever before. 'Savvy consumers want variety and flexibility in their floorin...
Keep your hair shiny and bright this year
(BPT) - Holiday festivities may be over, but that doesn't mean you can slack on hair care. Starting each day with a great 'do can help you face winter challenges looking your best. Mark Townsend, Dove celebrity stylist, offers these tips to help you create fabulous hair styles that last day and night. Moisturized hair is...