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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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Lee Joon-seok, third from left, the captain of the ferry Sewol that sank off South Korea, and two crew members prepare to leave a court which issued their arrest warrant in Mokpo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 19, 2014. The captain of the sunken ferry, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTHe was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need.


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FILE - This April 17, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. During his upcoming trip to Asia, the president and the region's leaders will be keeping close watch on the Russian troops amassed on Ukraine's border and the status of a tenuous diplomatic deal aimed at keeping those forces at bay. In Asia, the U.S. response to the Ukraine crisis is being viewed through the prism of the region's own territorial disputes China. Japan and the Philippines _ two of the four countries Obama will visit _ are locked in tense disputes with Beijing over islands in the South and East China Seas and will be seeking reassurances that the U.S. would back them if the conflicts boiled over. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China.


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FILE - This May 24, 2012 file photo shows some of about 500 miles worth of coated steel pipe manufactured by Welspun Pipes, Inc., originally for the Keystone oil pipeline, stored in Little Rock, Ark. The US is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline until after the midterm elections. The State Department didn’t say how much longer it will grant agencies to weigh in, but cited a recent decision by a Nebraska judge that overturned a state law that allowed the pipeline's path through the state, prompting uncertainty and an ongoing legal battle. Nebraska’s Supreme Court isn’t expected to rule for another several months and there could be more legal maneuvering after that, potentially freeing President Barack Obama to avoid making a final call on the pipeline until after the election in November. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.


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