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Spring into four simple DIY home decorating trends
(BPT) - Whether you're personalizing a new home or revitalizing an old room, the start of spring is when newly imagined spaces become do-it-yourself realities. Here are four easy and affordable DIY tips to bring 2014's trends into your home. Don't just spring clean ... spring create Spring cleaning doesn't have to mean g...
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Feed body and soul by giving your next Italian meal a nutritious twist
(BPT) - It is said that Italian food nourishes the body and soul by celebrating fresh ingredients prepared with love. Using care when selecting ingredients for your next Italian meal can be the difference between heavier fare and something family members can feel good about, especially at a time when many are striving to...
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Color your world with love: Top hues for 2014 weddings
Planning a wedding means making plenty of decisions, and one of the most important - and, hopefully, enjoyable - choices you'll make will be to select your wedding colors. Yet even when it's fun, choosing a wedding color can be challenging, as you strive for a look that's both on-trend and true to your personal tastes. '...
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Affordable yet elegant wedding themes
Saving money is always smart, but can it also be romantic? When it comes to your wedding day, spending less doesn't mean you have to give up elegance and romance. It's all about wise choices, setting priorities and selecting a theme that is the perfect marriage of elegance and budget mindedness. 'We've all heard how the ...
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Celebrate America's favorite snack - the potato chip [Infographic]
Celebrate National Potato Chip Day - March 14th - by helping LAY'S, America's most-loved potato chip brand, create a new flavor as part of the LAY'S 'Do Us A Flavor' contest. Here are some fun facts on the history of the potato chip.
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Head-to-toe tips for picking and packing summer travel togs
(BPT) - Vacation packing is an art-form, one every mother must master if she wants her family to be comfortable and well-dressed while traveling. Running out of clean clothes, having to do laundry, or wearing outfits that are hopelessly wrinkled or don't suit the destination are all avoidable travel fiascoes. All you hav...
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From farm to suburb, chicken coops are at the heart of the self-reliance movement
(BPT) - Americans across the country are taking strides to be more self reliant, including growing food, composting and raising animals. While these types of activities are most often associated with people who live in the country, residents in unexpected settings are embracing aspects of this lifestyle at increasingly f...
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Teens need annual checkups, too
(BPT) - During cold, flu, and allergy seasons, sick teens and their parents are more likely to make time to see the doctor. However, these visits tend to focus on a specific illness rather than the teen's general health and well-being. Annual checkups, on the other hand, can provide an opportunity for teens and their doctors to discuss important health topics, such as weight, sexual health, vaccines and stress-related conditions. Statistics show that as children get older, they are less likel...
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How American singles feel about love, dating and cigarettes [Infographic]
Match.com and Pfizer Inc teamed up to conduct a survey asking Match.com members what they think about dating, smoking and their preferences in a potential partner. The survey provided insights for a new program, 'We Heart Quitters,' aimed at helping people who are interested in quitting smoking by providing information and resources. Quitting is hard! A good quit plan, support from that special someone and your doctor can help. Visit www.WeHeartQuitters.com to download tips and resources to h...
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Still need to file your taxes? Tips for faster, easier filing
(BPT) - Spring can inspire a renewed sense of confidence and optimism in do-it-yourself activities. For nearly 40 percent of Americans, this includes preparing and e-filing their own income tax return. Like most things DIY, following a few simple strategies can save you valuable time and money at tax time. "First, gather...
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Spring cleaning your medicine cabinet? Simple steps to cut cabinet clutter
(BPT) - As temperatures warm and flowers blossom, Mother Nature's renewal often inspires us to refresh our own surroundings. It's officially time for spring cleaning, but as you focus on scrubbing floors, refreshing draperies and dusting every surface in sight, don't forget about one area critical to your health and happ...
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Money talk: Educating the next generation
(BPT) - At a certain age, kids stop listening to their parents on all topics except for one. Money. Yet recent research conducted by Bank of America found that although this is the one area where teens and tweens actually seek advice from their parents, it's one many adults avoid due to their own lack of confidence in ma...
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A weeping relative of a missing passenger aboard the sunken ferry Sewol struggles with a policeman as he tries to march toward the presidential house to protest the government's rescue operation at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014. Divers recovered more bodies from inside the ferry that sank off South Korea, pushing the confirmed death toll to over three dozen. The discovery came after rescuers finally gained access to the inside of the ship following three days of failure and frustration caused by strong currents and bad visibility due to inclement weather. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)More than 250 people, most of them high school students on a holiday trip, remain missing.


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Johnny Di Francesco's award-winning margherita pizza (ABC News)If you want to try the world's best margherita pizza, you'll have to head down under.


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An American flag flutters in the wind next to signage for a U.S. Social Security Administration office in BurbankBy Mark Miller CHICAGO (Reuters) - Paper Social Security benefits statements, which used to be mailed out every year and then fell victim to budget cuts, are going to make a partial comeback. Starting this September, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will resume mailings at five-year intervals to workers who have not signed up to view their statements online, an agency spokesman told Reuters. The statements will be sent to workers at ages 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60, he said, adding the agency would continue to promote use of the online statements. The SSA stopped mailing most paper statements in 2011 in response to budget pressures, and saved the SSA $70 million annually - about 50 cents per mailed statement.


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