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Make the most of your end-of-year charitable donations
Giving back is a big focus of the holiday season. This year, because Thanksgiving fell a week late, Americans have five fewer days to give back and help charities earn much-needed funds that keep yearlong programming afloat. That could translate into shortfalls of millions of dollars for charities, so the stakes are high...
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Five simple ways to find deeper meaning in everyday life
(BPT) - Turbulent, fast-paced, chaotic - the modern world is increasingly hectic. From this oft-crazy environment, a new movement is emerging - where people are pausing to find deeper meaning in everyday life. Self-empowerment and true emotional connections can counterbalance daily stress and uncertainty, providing happi...
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Coming clean: tips to keep on top of your home's dirtiest rooms
(BPT) - Household chores are a never-ending reality of life. In fact, on average women spend more than two hours a day on household activities, which include housework and cooking, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Time Use Survey. Yet, keeping up with kids, pets and a hectic schedule make it seem like there's ...
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Holiday dog grooming 101: How to get your pet ready for the party
The holidays are going to the dogs. More than 60 percent of owners include their pets in holiday cards or give them a gift, according to petfinder.com. Furthermore, 80 percent of pets participate in holiday celebrations. No matter what festivities your dog partakes in, grooming is essential to avoid smelly pet odors and ...
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Eco-chic fashion trends: Is your LBD made with recycled plastics?
'Eco-chic' clothing has become a hot fashion trend in recent years - and for good reason. These fashion-forward styles help us look fabulous while doing something fabulous for the environment. For example, eco-friendly clothes and accessories made with recycled plastics now are available in a wider range of styles than e...
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Safety tips for your home's largest moving object - the garage door
(BPT) - The garage door's role in the home has changed dramatically over the last 30 years and most people don't realize it. Consider this: garage door openers have been installed in 35 million homes across the United States, making them one of the most widely used appliances. In fact, more than 70 percent of today's hom...
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Expert tricks and delicious, balanced recipes help make holiday entertaining a cinch
(BPT) - From hearty appetizers to decadent desserts, food is often the 'star of the show' when it comes to holiday entertaining. Whether you're creating a favorite meal for loved ones, or planning to host a large gathering, it's easy to get overwhelmed with all of the planning and prep. Here to help is Carla Hall, celebr...
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Celebrate the season with a new beauty routine
(BPT) - For most places, winter undoubtedly means chilly temperatures, less sunlight and - inevitably - dry, tight or flaky skin. This season, follow these easy tips to break the cycle of dull winter skin by revamping beauty routines that will ensure radiant skin is always in the forecast. The Simple brand, a range of fa...
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Tips for keeping your house warm without burning a hole in your pocket
(BPT) - The winter months mean celebrating the holidays, reconnecting with family and friends and planning your resolutions for the New Year. They can also mean a sharp increase to your monthly heating bill in order to stay warm and comfortable. If you're interested in controlling your energy expenses while maintaining c...
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Rising emergency department visits driving demand for nurses
(BPT) - Catastrophes like the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 in San Francisco and the Boston Marathon bombings have highlighted the extraordinary work of emergency departments (ED) and their indispensable role in health care. While disasters such as these are rare, emergency medicine plays a pivotal role in our nati...
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Diesel rides in demand for 2014
(BPT) - Not that long ago, finding a diesel car or truck - a truck with fewer than 18 wheels, anyway - on an American highway was about as rare as an icy road in July. Not so today. The era of dirty, smelly and noisy diesel vehicles has gone the way of the 8-track tape player, clearing a path for high-profile and increas...
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Best business investment for 2014: Fueling employee engagement
(BPT) - Do your employees feel personally connected to the organization they work for? Would they recommend your workplace to others? If the answer to any of those questions is 'no,' you're far from alone. Employee engagement is way down, so low that a recent study found that two-thirds of the U.S. workforce is not fully...
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