Avoid extensive repairs by winterizing your home this fall
(BPT) - Autumn is on the way, so don’t fall behind on your seasonal home repairs checklist. It pays to know which renovations to tackle now, which repairs can wait until next season, and what preventative measures can help you avoid large-scale, costly repairs. “While staying warm is top of mind for many homeowners this ...
Simple ways to warm up cold calls and turn them into sales
In the delicate dance that is the world of sales, it’s probably safe to say that cold calling is one area where sales people and prospects are totally in tune. No one relishes cold calls, whether you’re the initiator or the receiver. But cold calling continues to thrive for one reason: when done right, the tactic can lea...
Dog-gone vacation: Three essentials to pack when traveling with pets
Pets are members of the family – so much so that more families today are traveling with their four-legged companions than ever before. In fact, 40 percent of pet owners now bring their pets on family vacations, according to the American Humane Association. Although packing for your pet may seem like a walk in the park, a...
Natural, balanced and beyond: Making sense of dog food labels
(BPT) - Dogs are man’s best friend, so it’s only natural to want to give him the best care, from the veterinarian he goes to, right down to the food you put in his bowl every day. But in a world filled with an ever-expanding array of choices, it can be hard to make sense of it all. However, getting to know the meaning be...
Washing your car at home can do more harm than good
(BPT) - Whether a Saturday morning ritual or a charity fundraiser, washing vehicles on driveways, parking lots and streets can do far more harm than good. That’s because the dirty water entering storm drains from pavement washing does not undergo treatment before it is discharged. A study by the city of Federal Way, Wash...
Back to school road trip
(BPT) - Whether you’re a parent driving your college-age student to school or you’re heading out on your first solo road trip back to campus, you can make sure your trip is stress-free and prevent unnecessary break downs on the road. Check your tires While you can’t avoid all debris on the road that could cause a flat ti...
Green bathroom renovations that don't sacrifice style or luxury
(BPT) - Elegant, planet-friendly bathrooms continue to be a hot trend in home building and renovation. Bath products that respect and celebrate water have become trendier and more satisfying, proving that homeowners don’t need to sacrifice comfort, beauty and luxury in order to do something good for the environment. The ...
A history of french fries [Infographic]
Just in time for National French Fry Day on July 13, the Ruffles brand is adding a twist to one of America’s most popular side dishes. Ruffles Crispy Fries potato strips are the first-ever french fry-shaped snacks sliced from real potatoes. Available nationwide, the new product brings to life the french fry experience - from the shape, to the taste, to the crunchy texture and even to the packaging.
How to save money on summer road trips
(BPT) - Whether you’re driving across the country on your annual family road trip or taking a weekend to enjoy the open road, there are plenty of ways to save on the cost of fuel. Here are some easy tips that will help you save money at the pump and stretch the fuel in your gas tank. * Prepare your vehicle. Regular servi...
Transform your bathroom into an at-home spa experience
(BPT) - Today’s bathrooms are evolving into relaxing rooms with many benefits of a spa. Whether remodeling an existing bathroom or building a new one, nature-themed trends add comfort and style. Bathrooms are one of three most remodeled rooms, along with kitchens and master bedrooms, according to Remodeling Magazine’s an...