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A dozen holiday fails and fixes
Kitchens are the heart of the holidays, where magical activities take place like baking cookies or dishing up a hearty meal. But mistakes in the kitchen happen too and it can be stressful! The holiday's ultimate helper - eggs - is here with a dozen of the most common holiday 'fails' and suggestions for easy 'fixes.' 1. Fail: You're spending too much time in the kitchen and not enough time at the party. Fix: Plan a menu with a make-ahead dish as the main attraction, like Ham, Asparagus & Tomat...
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The best-kept secret for your home's exterior
(BPT) - Unique versatility, unrivaled durability, breathtaking beauty - all are qualities that have made cypress a longtime favorite building material in the coastal regions of the South. But the secret about cypress is out, and homeowners across the country are acknowledging its virtues for upgrading their homes' curb a...
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Five simple ways to make at-home hosting easy and fun
(BPT) - Hosting a party, dinner or event in your home can be a lot of work, no matter how much you enjoy celebrating with loved ones and friends. You deserve to enjoy yourself at your own party and some creative shortcuts can help you do just that. 'The thought of hosting often stresses people out, but having a party doe...
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Plowing 101: Tips for removing snow quickly and efficiently
(BPT) - If you live in America's snowbelt, you know how back-breaking clearing all that white stuff can be. Using a shovel or snow blower can be time-consuming and strenuous, prompting many people to acquire a snowplow to keep driveways and other areas safe. If you're a newbie to plowing, the experts at Agri-Cover urge y...
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Gift-wrap a raptor: New dinosaur-themed trip is a perfect gift for kids
Kids love dinosaurs, and with the new 3-D motion picture 'Walking With Dinosaurs' in theaters nationwide for the holidays, parents of precocious paleontologists everywhere are scrambling to find the perfect dino-themed gift to put under the Christmas tree. For parents seeking something more enriching than yet another pla...
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Tips for managing your year-end taxes
(BPT) - The close of every year seems to bring its own uncertainty from a tax-planning perspective. Last year featured the expiration of certain temporary tax provisions and the commencement of automatic federal government spending cuts. In October the President and Congress temporarily agreed on funding the government and increasing the national debt limit. But these issues may reappear in 2014 and could result in tax law changes that affect income-tax and financial planning. For now, the be...
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Travel tips to reduce your stress this holiday season
(BPT) - Traveling over the holidays to visit family can be a bit stressful. As you travel during this time of year, consider the following tips to help you reduce your stress and better enjoy the time spent with family while away from home. * Pack flexibly - Family schedules can change quickly when large groups come toge...
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Overactive bladder: a common condition many women struggle with privately
(BPT) - Imagine having a common medical condition that requires you to plan around it and causes embarrassment and daily disruptions. These repeated disruptions are common for women with overactive bladder, or OAB, with their symptoms causing frequent trips to the bathroom or worry over a leak from a sudden urge to urinate. Despite the toll OAB takes on those who have it, women often avoid speaking with their doctor and cope with their symptoms on their own. Even though she does not have OAB,...
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Winter dreaming: Travelers reveal their top cold-weather destinations
Winter's dark nights are for more than just regular dreaming: They're for conjuring up pleasant images of that satisfying cold-weather escape we all envision. But just where are Americans' winter travel dreams landing these days? DreamPlanGo , the travelers' website for destination ideas and inspiration, asked a cross-se...
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Easy and beautiful holiday looks for the everyday woman
(BPT) - Feeling your best during the holiday season helps make celebrating that much more meaningful. When you look beautiful, your confidence and charisma can shine, whether at a work party or a family gathering. You don't have to dress like a fashion model to have a festive look, simply remember these fashion tricks an...
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New year, new you: Five easy tips to get more fiber
(BPT) - For many, the new year provides a reason to examine the changes we would like to make for a healthier life. This January will be no different for the many Americans who will think about improving their diet. Focusing on fiber intake is one important and easy modification to consider. Research has shown that fiber...
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Restaurants serve up opportunities to give back
(BPT) - Approximately 980,000 restaurants serve communities across the U.S., according to the National Restaurant Association (NRA). Many have deep roots in those communities - they know the needs of their neighbors and recognize they are an integral part of everyday life. Restaurants understand the positive impact that ...
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Shalane Flanagan leads the elite pack past Wellesley College during the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Wellesley. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)A total of 35,755 athletes registered for today's Boston Marathon—the second-largest field in its history.


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Parents say 234 girls kidnapped from Nigeria school, up from 85 reportedThe school was attacked last week by Islamic extremists, and the number of kidnapped victims is up significantly from the 85 reported by education officials.


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File-This Feb. 18, 2014, file photo shows Vice President Joe Biden speaking to media during a meeting with representatives of student groups in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. Biden is heading to Ukraine to meet with leaders of the turbulent country. Biden’s visit comes a day after violence erupted in eastern Ukraine, despite an agreement last week aimed at easing tensions. A shootout at a checkpoint in eastern Ukraine manned by pro-Russia insurgents left at least three dead and Ukrainian and Russian officials trading accusations of blame. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)Vice President Joe Biden on Monday launched a high-profile, two-day visit amid tension over a shattered Easter truce.


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