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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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.
Stumped for a gift idea? Give the power to change the world
(BPT) - Every year, office or classroom gift exchanges, thank you tokens for service providers, and last-minute items for acquaintances that drop in unannounced leave many Americans wrestling with a burning question: What can you give for $25 (the ubiquitous price point for this type of gifting)? How about the chance to ...
Boomers on the road [Infographic]
As one of the nation's largest generations, baby boomers are nearing the end of their careers, unlocking more time to travel. By breaking the mold of bus tours and multi-generational trips, boomers are redefining how they travel. To capture the evolving desires of this new generation of retirees, 12,000 AARP members registered with AARPdiscounts.com were recently polled on their travel preferences. Homewood Suites by Hilton has created an infographic to demonstrate how boomers prefer to hit t...
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...
Gift-giving tips for people who have everything
(BPT) - Finding the perfect gift for a loved one can be difficult at any time of year, but no time places more stress on finding a great gift than Christmas. It goes beyond finding the 'perfect' gift for special days and holidays to giving something that reflects your affection or appreciation for the gifts you've receiv...
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...
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 ...