Upgrade your home's exterior and achieve the look you've always wanted
(BPT) - If you enjoy spending the cold winter months planning your next spring home improvement project, your creative juices are already flowing. But instead of focusing on the same small home improvement projects again this year, have you considered something bigger? Have you considered a project that redefines your ho...
Eight efficient organization tips for your busy life
(BPT) - If you run a small business or you manage your family's household, you know that time is a precious commodity, one that you never seem to have enough of. And despite your best efforts, you can't create time. So how do you save it and make yourself more efficient? Organization is the key. To help people achieve th...
Living with breast cancer when there's no cure
(BPT) - When Ginny Knackmuhs beat early-stage breast cancer and had routine checkups during the years that followed, she thought the disease was behind her. But in 2009, she was shocked to receive another diagnosis of breast cancer. This time it was metastatic, the most advanced kind. 'I went through a lot of the normal ...
Who needs a 1099 or a W-2?
(BPT) - As the year winds down, it is time to start thinking about recent tax changes and how they affect you, especially if you run a small business. But keeping tax details straight is tough - even for those who live and breathe the industry. One of the most common questions during this time of year is 'who needs a 109...
Home improvement: Faux wood tile leads hot new trends in tile
(BPT) - Fake and faux are far apart. Fake is meant to deceive, but faux is intended as a tribute or a toast to something great or beautiful. Faux wood tile is one of the hottest trends in home remodeling and home decorating. Paying tribute to beautiful hardwood flooring, faux wood tile is a ceramic tile that combines the...
Great technology holiday gift ideas for friends and family
One of the biggest gift trends is technology. Ranging from the fun and toy category to gifts that are more practical, technology gifts can help you cross off everyone on your list. According to a recent national Staples survey, 40 percent of gift givers will buy tech or tech accessories this gift giving season. "If there's someone who doesn't want tech for the holidays this year, I can't find them!" says tech expert Carley Knobloch. "For work or play, whatever their age, there's a range of te...
Improving health care in Africa [Infographic]
Africa faces immense challenges when it comes to providing adequate health care to its people. Non-communicable disease rates are alarmingly high, and many others suffer from preventable and treatable diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. In addition, low levels of awareness, declining infrastructure and poor distribution channels provide large scale barriers. Novartis, a company that provides innovative health care solutions that address the evolving needs of patients and soc...
10 year-end financial ideas to consider
(BPT) - With the economic ups and downs of the last several years, many Americans are more motivated than ever to get their finances on track. With some financial alternatives expiring before the year's end, there's no better time than the present to start. 'If you're waiting until the New Year to resolve to better your ...
Tipping TVs to fire hazards: Vital home safety resolutions for 2014
(BPT) - Some New Year's resolutions can be difficult to keep, such as exercising more and eating less junk food. But resolutions that involve improving home safety can be just as worthwhile as those that deal with self-improvement - and often they're much easier to keep. Boosting home safety in 2014 can be as simple as m...
New Year's Eve uncorked [Infographic]
The countdown to the countdown has begun! Barefoot Bubbly , a fun, flavorful and affordable sparkling wine, commissioned a survey to learn how Americans are planning to celebrate New Year's Eve this year. Though some will head out for a night on the town, more than half (54 percent) intend to skip long lines and high prices by celebrating at home. Check out the infographic below for a summary of additional survey findings.
Learn how you can support a friend who is being abused
(BPT) - When someone you love is being emotionally or physically abused by her partner, it can be difficult to know the best way to show support without appearing judgmental or invasive. But statistics show that violence typically continues and escalates if no one takes action to stop it. Here are some simple tips and re...
To tip or not to tip: that is the holiday question
(BPT) - When the holiday season arrives, so too does the enigma of holiday tipping. What's supposed to be a sign of gratitude for great service, can quickly turn into stress as you try to decide if and how much you should tip the handyman, mail carrier, babysitter and many more. Lizzie Post, co-author of 'Emily Post's Et...