Experts warn of cyber threats during peak online shopping season
(BPT) - Consumers often associate holiday shopping with long lines, crowded stores and overpriced goods. In recent years, many have turned to e-commerce as an easier alternative - holiday shopping without the headache. This year e-commerce sales are projected to reach $262 billion, a 13-percent increase over 2012. This g...
Gifts to decor: 'Hot' chocolate ideas for the holidays
(BPT) - Peppermint may grab the glamour as a flavor of choice during the holiday seasons, but when it comes to sheer staying power in the hearts of the American public, it's hard to beat chocolate. While many of us consider chocolate welcome and appropriate at any time of year, this most delightful sweet can take center ...
Staying productive and getting things done at work and on the go
(BPT) - The always on, always connected way of life has benefits and drawbacks - our to-do list never seems to stop growing while the time never seems to stop shrinking. Technology makes freedom possible, but balancing personal and professional responsibilities requires more than the ability to work from anywhere, it's a...
Simple ways to save that really add up
Figuring out the best ways to save a few extra dollars can be difficult. But, a few simple strategies can go a long way in helping you and your family pay down debt and be better prepared for financial emergencies, college expenses and retirement. Some take a few minutes, others may require discipline - but all are easy ...
Quick, simple holiday entertaining tricks
(BPT) - The holidays are that special time of year when we open our homes and welcome guests from far and wide. It is a chance for us to connect with old friends and family we may not have seen since the previous holiday season. If you'll be hosting holiday guests this year, you know there are plenty of preparations to b...
Build the perfect man cave
(BPT) - The perfect man cave is different for everyone, but no matter how you define your ideal space, you're always looking for ideas on how to upgrade and make a space uniquely yours. If you're looking for some great man cave additions but don't have the money for a total makeover, don't worry. You can give your space ...
Dish up the love this holiday season with time-honored recipes
(BPT) - The heart of the holiday season centers around the bonds created during celebrations and traditions - Thanksgiving dinner, cookie exchanges, Christmas and Hanukkah parties and more. These special moments are often created in and around the kitchen. Whether it's an afternoon spent making holiday cookies or sitting...
Simple steps to improve your backyard safety all year
(BPT) - Your backyard is a space where you enjoy quality time with your family - from running around with your kids in the fall leaves to playing catch with your furry friend in the snow. It's a place to escape, but remember accidents can happen anywhere at any time, and just like you childproof your house, you need to e...
Quick and easy meal solutions for holiday entertaining
(BPT) - The hectic holidays can mean hurried cooks, frantic trips to the grocery store and chaotic menu planning. But it doesn't have to - with some tried and true solutions for easy entertaining, you can reduce your stress and set up a holiday party guaranteed to impress guests from near or far. Don't let cooking and en...
Smart 'green' options that help homeowners save green
(BPT) - With the average American household spending more than $1,000 on heating and cooling expenses each year, more homeowners are seeking smarter, green options to reduce the strain on their wallets. Incentives through the U.S. government's Energy Star program and other state and federal programs have made it easier f...
Understanding Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
COPD is the third leading cause of death and impacts 12 million people in the U.S., with an additional 12 million who may remain undiagnosed. It's a serious, chronic lung disease that includes bronchitis and emphysema. Talk to your doctor to learn more about treatment options.