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Respecting the stars and stripes: American flag etiquette
(BPT) - Summers are packed with outdoor activities, barbecues and patriotic celebrations. While the American flag is often an important part of these celebrations, many of us have questions about how to properly care for and display it."Flag etiquette can be confusing," says Mary "Dubbie" Buckler, ... More >>


Mother's Day gifts guaranteed to give a lift
(BPT) - For those who want to think outside the chocolate box, Mother’s Day poses a challenge of the very best kind. Making sure your gift counts all comes back to knowing and appreciating just what makes Mom special. These gift ideas are sure to strike a chord with those women who give us un... More >>


5 simple steps to creating gift baskets that rock
(BPT) - Graduations, weddings, birthdays, office celebrations, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and barbecues — spring and summer are full of occasions that cry out for a great gift basket. A big basket bursting with a bounty of goodies can be costly, however, if you buy a pre-made one.... More >>


Top tips for a perfect Mother's Day
(BPT) - She’s spent years taking care of you, whether it was mending your first broken heart, helping you pack and move for college, or moving in to help take care of your first child. Mom has always been around to help. For all the times she’s been there for you, now is the time to be ... More >>


5 easy ways to relax, recharge and have fun on a boat
(BPT) - Feeling stressed? Adding water to your summer plans may be one of the best remedies.More than four in five Americans say being around water relaxes them, and 72 percent feel healthier after spending time on the water, according to a 2015 Discover Boating survey by Wakefield Resear... More >>


If you can't read it, don't feed it; give birds healthy, natural food
(BPT) - Have you ever wondered what’s in one of your favorite packaged foods, grabbed the box from your pantry, read the ingredients list … and realized you still didn’t know what you were eating? The ingredients in some processed foods can read like a chemist’s shopping li... More >>


5 tips to help you make the most of this year's real estate season
(BPT) - Spring is here! This season of new beginnings also marks the start of the year’s busiest real estate period. According to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, the housing market in 2016 is set to be quite active with a 3 percent increase in total home sales compared to the prev... More >>


6 summer sides you never knew you could grill
(BPT) - What image does the word “grilling” bring to mind? Do you envision thick, juicy burgers or steaks? What about sauce-slathered chicken breasts sizzling over coals? Cooking out is one of the great joys of warm weather, but if you leave side dishes out of your grilling plans &mdash... More >>


Don't miss these must-have snacks that define each season of the year
(BPT) - Snacks, produce, drinks or sweets – if it is a seasonal offering, Americans are anxiously awaiting it. According to Nielsen, Americans spend about $374 billion annually on snack foods. For many of those snack lovers, items that are only available for a limited time are one of the... More >>


5 things you can do to improve the look of your lawn today
(BPT) - You’ve waited all winter for the chance to transform your lawn from that drab, frozen tundra into the lush, green oasis you know it can be. But this transformation doesn’t happen overnight, and you can’t expect Mother Nature to take care of everything herself. Getting your... More >>


5 ways to make the most of this year's college basketball tournament
(BPT) - It’s that time of year again - the madness is setting in. College basketball’s 64-team extravaganza dominates the month of March and is one of the most-watched sports events of the year. Whether you’re a die-hard hoops fan or a casual sports enthusiast, it’s always f... More >>


Don't dumb down deer - they're smarter than you think! Outsmart them and protect your yard
(BPT) - With 2015 breaking records as the warmest year ever in the U.S., you’ll soon be seeing an unhappy side-effect of the mild weather; more deer will be browsing your backyard when the weather gets warm.Most of us have seen more acorns, a bumper crop in fact, that provided deer with an ea... More >>


5 tips for a more colorful March Madness
(BPT) - In the world of college sports, your school’s official team colors play a powerful role in every aspect of the game. From team jerseys and mascots to lucky game day gear, team colors bring fans together and act as a beacon of pride, spirit and unity.Make your road to the Final Four a ... More >>


5 better-for-you ways to host your next brunch or dinner
(BPT) - It may be time to take a fresh approach to your sunny brunches and breezy dinners. Who wouldn’t want to step up their hosting game?During a season of celebration, temptations can preoccupy you, but that doesn’t mean you have to give in. These tips will help you plan a spring gat... More >>


Don't let that New Year's resolution slip stop your journey to lose weight
(BPT) - The tradition of making new goals and resolutions each year to lose weight is nothing new. We all know making those resolutions and keeping them are two very different things. In fact, of people who self-reported as overweight or obese, when asked if they have ever made a New Year’s r... More >>


5 myths and one truth about the cold and flu
(BPT) - Some people are always on the move. Their weekend begins with a list of things to do and ends with a bunch of checked boxes. Lunch hours are time to squeeze in a visit to the gym or take advantage of sale. Each day is a marathon of activity.If this is you, then you know nothing is worse tha... More >>


Looking his best: Grooming for the perfect Valentine's Day date
(BPT) - Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and for many men, the pressure is on to book the perfect, romantic dates and make sure the chocolates and flowers are ordered on time. While trying to create the perfect Valentine’s Day for their special someone, it’s easy for guys t... More >>


No more dairy envy this Valentine's Day [Infographic]
(BPT) - Nothing is worse than not being able to fully indulge in a sweet treat, especially on Valentine's Day. However, for dairy sensitive sufferers, not being able to fully relish in traditional sweet holidays is the norm. A recent poll from the Lactaid Brand shows how Dairy Envy affects dessert ... More >>


6 tips for surviving the winter blues
(BPT) - It’s the most trying time of the year. The holidays are a distant memory, while the warm weather and carefree getaways of spring are several weeks away. No matter how much you insist you love the seasons and that you’re really a winter-loving gal, chances are you need a little h... More >>




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