How to boost energy efficiency in your home and live green
(BPT) - It's now easier than ever for homeowners to transform their homes into models of green living thanks to the growing availability of affordable, energy-smart building products and materials. From replacing incandescent light bulbs to reviewing the energy rating on new appliances, more homeowners are making informe...
Turn a new leaf with a fall family road trip
(BPT) - With the cooler temperatures of autumn flowing in, many Americans will be hitting the road to discover the natural beauty that the season brings. Whether they crave adventure, want to see the fall foliage or are just getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday, families need to be prepared to ensure they are getti...
Can your morning cup of joe make the world a better place?
(BPT) - Can't start your day without a cup of coffee? You're not alone; 63 percent of adult Americans drink coffee every day, according to the 2012 National Coffee Association's National Coffee Drinking Trends study. All those cups of joe, however, can do more than give Americans the boost they need to wake up. They also...
Reclaimed wood flooring: How to design with eclectic affordability
(BPT) - Breathing new life into your home with weathered touches, aged accents and historical character is holding true to the popular belief of 'what's old is new.' Sparked from the sustainable living trend, reclaimed, recycled and repurposed wood floors have become one of the hottest green design and remodeling trends....
State of decay [Infographic]
By 2030, there will be more than 72 million older adults in the United States, but most of them won't have access to proper dental care. Because oral health can affect overall health, this is a critical issue that all seniors and caregivers must understand. Learn more at toothwisdom.org .
Firearm safety: Tips that can prevent injury and save lives
(BPT) - With hunting season gearing up in many parts of the country, a few important tips can help prevent injury and save lives. Good habits to safely handle and store firearms are easy to incorporate into your routine. Even the most proficient sportsmen and hunting enthusiasts may need a refresher course on how to safe...
'Come meet your planet' and discover the secrets of the natural world
(BPT) - Have you ever watched an amazing nature documentary and wondered how filmmakers captured such incredible scenes and compelling stories? Have you ever wished you could visit some of those same places yourself, to truly experience the wonders of the natural world with all five senses? If you answered 'yes,' you'll ...
Buying technology for seniors this holiday season
(BPT) - Finding the perfect gift for mom and dad or grandma and grandpa often seems impossible. If they're like a lot of seniors, they're fairly well settled and don't have long wish lists. Plus, it seems that many of the hottest gift ideas are tech devices, certainly not something that would be of interest, right? Think...
Three astoundingly simple solutions for big renovation challenges
(BPT) - Americans are renovating again. In fact, the remodeling market hasn't been this robust since 2004, according to the National Association of Home Builders' Remodeling Market Index . Yet even the most enthusiastic homeowners-turned-renovators may hesitate when faced with certain common challenges - be it adding a b...
How to plan a memorable multigenerational vacation
(BPT) - Whether over the river or through the woods, families across the U.S. are planning to travel during the holidays. In a world of well-traveled toddlers, worldly teens and active seniors, multigenerational travel is growing and for good reason: everyone enjoys a vacation together while creating unforgettable memori...
U.S. failing to meet minimal dental access standards for older adults
(BPT) - When it comes to caring for those who are aging, older Americans are not receiving the recommended standards of oral health care. This is a cause for concern, as maintaining a healthy mouth is essential for overall health and well-being at every age. The oral health of older Americans is in a state of decay, acco...