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Lunchbox classics get a better-for-you update … and that's no baloney
(BPT) - Can kids enjoy their favorite lunchtime standbys and be healthier too? Yes, says Liz Weiss, registered dietitian and founder of MealMakeoverMoms.com. The key to a homerun for lunch, according to Weiss, is to throw a few curveballs into the mix. “There’s a reason kids love classics like bologna sandwiches and PB&J...
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Hiring tips to help avoid nanny nightmares
(BPT) - Movie nannies might work for a spoonful of sugar, and hugs and kisses, but in the real world nannies – no matter how loving and attentive they are – need to get paid a salary. When you’re ready to hire a nanny, you can go through the most rigorous background checks, confirm references, interview extensively and h...
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Tips to help kids stay dry and confident through overnight occasions
(BPT) - For the estimated 6 million-plus American children who experience bedwetting, sleepovers, sleep-away camp and vacation can trigger embarrassment, not to mention stress and worry for parents. Compounding the problem, many parents don’t understand that bedwetting is a developmental phase that occurs as a child grow...
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Entertaining with a fresh, local twist
(BPT) - The pleasant weather of late summer and early fall is ideal for outdoor gatherings. Instead of a go-to meal of burgers and potato salad, explore your culinary side and try something fresh and different. Entertaining with local vegetables and flavorful garden herbs can be easy, healthy and delicious. Farmers marke...
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Making wellness programs work for your wallet and lifestyle
(BPT) - By now you’ve probably heard the message loud and clear: Staying well through preventive steps is cheaper, healthier and easier for everyone than waiting until a health condition becomes an issue. From the government to your own employer, many organizations spend millions of dollars every year on wellness program...
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Think outside the lunch box to make school lunches they'll love
(BPT) - Many parents prefer packing their kids’ school lunches for a number of reasons, from cost savings to the confidence of having better control over what their children eat. But packing the same-old, same-old every day can get tired fast – for both parent and child. By adding a dollop of creativity to packed lunches...
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Back to college survival guide [Infographic]
College truly is survival of the fittest. Students face quite an uphill battle, as 38 percent live on campus; they sleep less than six hours per night; gain 6.5 to 9 lbs. their freshmen year; often are required to have roommates; and rank roommate conflict among the top five reasons they drop out of school. From organizing their technology to equipping them with tools to eat, sleep and work – students can take a few simple steps and gear up with high-tech accessories to get started right as t...
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Throw a perfect party - without costs and clutter
(BPT) - Whether it’s your child’s birthday or your relatives are flying in from overseas to take part in a family reunion, your life is filled with special events worth celebrating. Of course, you’d love to salute every one of them with a once-in-a-lifetime party, but how do you do that without winding up with a garage f...
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Lunch box 101: 10 nutritious tips and tricks for parents
(BPT) - Lunch box nutrition has come a long way from bologna on white bread with a juice drink pouch. As parents get ready to send their kids back to school, an easy lesson on lunch box nutrition may be just the thing to help kids get to the head of the class. Packing a winning lunch is not only about health and nutritio...
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Smart solutions for managing hectic family schedules during the school year
(BPT) - School days mean hectic schedules for most families. Older kids head to the classroom, younger ones go to day care, and parents try to manage the early mornings and increased extracurricular activities. How can parents stay organized, reduce stress and stay involved in their kids’ education and care? The increase...
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Cool car upgrades: How to enhance your ride and ease back-to-school stress
(BPT) - Fall has finally arrived, meaning it’s time for the kids to hit the school books. And as the leaves gradually morph from green to gold, your driving schedule quickly accelerates from leisurely cruising to nonstop go, go, go. Besides taking the kids to and from school, there are plenty of after-school activities –...
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Your back-to-campus cyber security checklist
Computers, tablets and mobile devices are fundamental for college students to learn, study and stay connected. With more and more devices being used on campus, college officials are feeling the pain of trying to keep their networks and data safe from ever-increasing threats. Cyber security is a big concern in higher educ...
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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 OUTThe captain was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need.


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File photo of U.S. President Obama meeting with Russian President Putin during the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in EnniskillenIn September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington's imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War. He agreed that U.S. planes carrying humanitarian aid could fly through Russian air space. He said the U.S. military could use airbases in former Soviet republics in Central Asia. And he ordered his generals to brief their U.S. counterparts on their own ill-fated 1980s occupation of Afghanistan.


2014-04-19 05:07:37 -0600

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.


2014-04-19 02:42:30 -0600