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    3 simple ways to create the party deck of the summer

    (BPT) - Cookouts, barbecues, family reunions and more are upon us, and as the coolest neighbor on the cul-de-sac, hosting the summer fun is a no-brainer. Throughout the colder seasons it’s easy to forget about your special role of summer party host, and maybe the dirt and grime on your deck is piled a little bit higher than you had expected. Worry not, for we’ve compiled three simple ways to have your deck and yard ready to go, so you can play host to the cookout of the year.

  • Pets

    How To House-train Your Dog

    (NAPSI)—If you're a pet parent to any of the country's estimated 78 million dogs, here's how to make house-training easier for both you and your pet.

  • Home Improvement

    8 Household Items You May Need To Replace

    (Family Features) There are items in your home that you know to replace on a regular basis, such as a toothbrush, air conditioner filter or water heater. There are also things in your home that you may not replace until they are worn out, when in fact, most household items also have a shelf life that should be adhered to for efficiency, safety and health reasons.

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3 simple ways to create the party deck of the summer

(BPT) - Cookouts, barbecues, family reunions and more are upon us, and as the coolest neighbor on the cul-de-sac, hosting the summer fun is a no-brainer. Throughout the colder seasons it’s easy to forget about your special role of summer party host, and maybe the dirt and grime on your deck is piled a little bit higher than you had expected. Worry not, for we’ve compiled three simple ways to have your deck and yard ready to go, so you can play host to the cookout of the year.

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Friday 06/15/2018
Don't let the summer sun blind you to this lesser-known skin cancer
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 5:01 am

(BPT) - Most of us look forward to the balmy breezes and cheerful sunshine brought about by spring and summer, especially those of us living in climates where winter is long, gloomy and bitterly cold. Yet as we get our shorts, polo shirts and swimsuits out of storage, it’s important to remind ourselves to stay sun smart and vigilant against skin cancer.

Keep entertaining fun and easy with a make-your-own-pizza party
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:59 am

(BPT) - Pizza night is something the whole family can look forward to, especially after a long week of work, school and activities. Fortunately, pizza night doesn't need to be fussy or a lot of work. And for parents of picky eaters, it’s a great way to help kids get a balanced meal by incorporating vegetables into a food that they love. One of the easiest ways to enjoy time with the family on pizza night is to get everyone involved in decorating the “rainbow pizza”!

5 things you probably didn't know about women's baseball and the 2018 Women's Baseball World Cup
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:59 am

Heart Failure Doesn't Take a Summer Vacation
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 5:00 am

(BPT) - While most Americans are excited about a summer full of fun activities like travel, swimming and gatherings with friends and family, for those living with heart failure, their condition doesn’t take a vacation.

Understanding ovulation and the best days to conceive
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 5:00 am

(BPT) - Many women trying to conceive are confused about their period, the 28-day cycle and when they’re most likely to get pregnant.

Thursday 06/14/2018
Eat clean this summer: 5 plant-based hacks from a registered dietitian
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 5:00 am

(BPT) - Jessica Cording, RD Shares Her Tips to Shape Up For Summer

Principales consejos para los padres nuevos en movimiento
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:58 am

(StatePoint) El ser padres no significa frenar tu estilo de vida en movimiento.

DIY dream: 4 cedar project ideas for your home or cottage
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 5:00 am

(BPT) - Americans love their do-it-yourself home improvement projects, and the warmer months can be an excellent time to brush up on your construction skills and complete a woodworking project to grace your home or cottage.

Are you doing enough to stay protected against germs?
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 5:01 am

(BPT) - When it comes to avoiding germs, some people take it to an extreme. They are fastidious about using a paper towel to avoid touching the door in a public bathroom, wipe down every square inch of an airplane seat and can hardly go 15 minutes without re-sanitizing their hands. Some habits, like using your foot to flush the handle on a toilet, or giving a fist-bump instead of a handshake, may make good sense. The fact is there are good reasons to avoid germs and embrace the habits of a germaphobe.

Back to campus? 7 tips for a manageable college move
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 5:02 am

(BPT) - In many areas of the country leaves are turning, apple orchards are attracting crowds, football teams are starting practice and nighttime is bringing a chill to the air. For better or worse, that means college students’ thoughts are turning to studying and everything else that goes with campus life.

Los antibióticos no son siempre la solución
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:58 am

(BPT) - Los CDC instan a las familias a tomar conciencia sobre los antibióticos

Ready for the road? A 10-point checklist for RV'ers
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:58 am

Crowd-Pleasing Summer Entertaining
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:59 am

(Family Features) If you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, game night or TV show marathon with friends this summer, it’s helpful to have a plan in mind before diving in.

Encourage Healthy Eating Habits
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:59 am

(Family Features) Of the many challenges parents face daily, encouraging healthy eating habits for their children can be one of the most vexing. While the consumption of nutritious foods like vegetables is good for kids while they’re young, it can also serve an important role in encouraging lifelong healthy habits.

Authentic Italian Cuisine
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:59 am

Savory dishes featuring pesto

Eat Well On-the-Go
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:59 am

Perfectly portable watermelon dishes

Fresh, Family-Friendly Flavors
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:59 am

(Family Features) One of the best parts of warmer weather for many families is the availability of fresh ingredients for meals at home. The unique tastes provide a variety of recipes that can be prepared with everyone in mind, including crisp flavors to help satisfy adults and kids alike.

Add Sizzle to Summer Salads
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:59 am

(Family Features) During the warm summer months, salad makes for a refreshing lunch or convenient dinner option that can be delicious and nutritious. With a variety of salad options available, they don’t have to be boring or monotonous.

Raise a Toast
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:59 am

Eye-popping recipes worth sharing

Welcome the Return of Warm Weather with Farm-to-Table Foods
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:59 am

(Family Features) More daylight in the evening, birds chirping in the morning and plants sprouting up from the ground are signs that Spring has sprung. With the return of outdoor activities and sunshine, it's the perfect time to build on your family's healthy habits with farm fresh foods you can trust for quality nutrition.

How to Prepare for an Active Shooter Incident in Your Community
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:58 am

(StatePoint) Active shooter incidents are rare. You are 700 times more likely to die in a car crash, for example, than from an active shooter event, according to the National Safety Council. However, these terrifying events are on the rise. Experts say that being prepared can save lives.

Wednesday 06/13/2018
Los consumidores deben estar alerta contra estafas de alquiler de propiedades
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:58 am

(BPT) - Seguramente ha escuchado esto: Si le parece demasiado bueno para ser cierto, ¿probablemente lo es? Ya sea que esté buscando su primera propiedad para alquilar, o es un inquilino experto que busca un nuevo lugar en una nueva ciudad, recuerde que las estafas de alquiler de propiedades son más comunes de lo que cree.

Five-minute life hack: Tips to boost your career
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 5:01 am

(BPT) - The rapid pace of change in jobs means the era of one-and-done learning is over. It no longer matters what you learned in the past — to stay relevant you need to upskill. So if you want to improve your marketability and get ahead in your career, it’s time to think about the valuable skills that could open the door to new opportunities. The good news is with tools and online courses on platforms like LinkedIn Learning, you can explore and develop critical skills and interests — right at your fingertips anytime, anywhere.

Coupling Finances: What All Newlyweds Should Know
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:58 am

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3 easy ways to get on deck with the right decking
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 5:01 am

(BPT) - If The Old Farmer’s Almanac prediction holds true, this summer will be a hot one. The weather forecast anticipates temperatures for the season to be “hotter than normal” across most of the U.S. If you’re ready to kick up your feet and soak in these rays, now is the perfect time to get started on that deck you’ve been dreaming about adding. But before you put hammer to nail, you’ll need to decide on which decking material to use.

Easy Ways to Boost Your Family’s Veggie Intake
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:59 am

(StatePoint) Nutritious, delicious and low-calorie, vegetables should be the star player of all your meals. But sometimes providing veggies for your family can be time consuming and costly. Luckily, there are a number of simple ways to boost your veggie intake, and it all starts in your grocery store’s freezer aisle.

Tips for Safe Summer Travel with Pets
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:59 am

(Family Features) With warmer weather, people often spend more time on summer trips with family. These trips can be more enjoyable when your four-legged friends tag along, but it can be less of a vacation if your pets are uncomfortable on the road.

8 Tips for Safer Power Tool Performance
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:59 am

(Family Features) For many homeowners, a list of seasonal chores and home improvement projects can add up to a whole lot of work. Power tools often get called on for heavy use to whittle away at that list, but the batteries used to power these devices can pose certain risks.

Healthy Summer Hair Care
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:59 am

(Family Features) While the sun, pool days and warmer temperatures are often a welcome change come summer, they can be brutal on your hair. It’s important to give your locks some extra love this season.

Make Summer Safer
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:59 am

Tips for portable power use

4 Favorite Dishes You Didn't Know Pair with Champagne
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:59 am

(StatePoint) While you may think of Champagne as just for toasting, experts point out that it can actually be quite food-friendly.

8 Household Items You May Need To Replace
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 5:00 am

(Family Features) There are items in your home that you know to replace on a regular basis, such as a toothbrush, air conditioner filter or water heater. There are also things in your home that you may not replace until they are worn out, when in fact, most household items also have a shelf life that should be adhered to for efficiency, safety and health reasons.

7 Ways to Create a High-Tech, Healthy Home
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 5:00 am

(Family Features) Home technology devices have come a long way, and many homeowners are discovering that their features aren’t just for convenience and comfort. A growing number of technology-enabled home features promote a healthier living space for you and your family.

5 Fun, Educational Summer Activities for Kids
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 5:00 am

(Family Features) Summer may be a break from formal education, but keeping kids excited about learning can be an easy way to keep them active and engaged instead of zoned out on screen time.

10 Steps to Help Prevent Cancer
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 5:00 am

(Family Features) Nearly 4 out of 10 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes, and it remains the second-leading cause of death for Americans, but nearly half of all cancer cases can be prevented.

Tips for Cleaning Outdoor Spaces
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 5:00 am

(Family Features) Over time, the appearance and function of any outdoor space can dull due to combinations of heat, precipitation and use. With some careful attention, you can quickly spruce up your outdoor living areas and get them back in great working order for patio season.

Healthy at Home
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 5:00 am

How to improve indoor airflow and quality

Less Fuel, More Power
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 5:00 am

3 lawn care technologies that provide strength, sustainability

Get Ready for Guests
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 5:00 am

Tips to prepare your home for summer entertaining

Ignite Ambition
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:58 am

How women can inspire other women

Make the Most of Summer College Visits
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:58 am

(Family Features) For students entering their senior year of high school or current college students considering a transfer, there’s no better way to determine whether a college or university is the right fit than a college visit. Summer is a great time to make those journeys, when campuses are less chaotic and the demands of the school year are on hold.

Treatment Options for Men with Enlarged Prostate
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:58 am

(Family Features) If you’re a male over the age of 45, chances are you may be suffering from a condition more common than prostate cancer – benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). More commonly known as enlarged prostate, BPH can cause bothersome urinary symptoms that can worsen with age. In fact, nearly 40 million men in the United States are affected by enlarged prostate, according to research published in the “Journal of Urology.”

Summer Learning Activities for Kids
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:58 am

(Family Features) Summer may be a break from formal education, but keeping kids excited about learning can be an easy way to keep them active and engaged instead of zoned out on screen time.

A Fit, Fun Summer
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:58 am

Make smart fitness choices with post-workout recovery and hydration

Tuesday 06/12/2018
5 important tips to recruit and retain millennials
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 5:01 am

(BPT) - As millennials continue to expand their share of the workforce in this country, they’re using their influence to change the workplace to their advantage.

Surprising facts you should know about women veterans
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:58 am

(BPT) - Today, more women are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces than ever before. Because of this, more women are transitioning from active duty to civilian life every year, and these women face unique challenges during that process.

5 things your tires can tell you
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 4:58 am

(BPT) - Cars can relay all kinds of information these days, like how many miles until you run out of gas or what’s causing that traffic jam up ahead. Your tires can offer a wealth of information, too, and knowing how to read them can help improve the performance and fuel efficiency of your vehicle.

Helping you understand total knee replacement
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 5:00 am

(BPT) - Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA), often referred to as knee replacement surgery, can sound like an intimidating and worrisome procedure, especially for those who aren’t familiar with advances in knee replacement implants. Knee replacement surgery is a viable option because it can help alleviate pain and improve mobility by replacing damaged bone. Many patients discover they are able to get their mobility back after surgery and return to doing the things they love.

How to prep your home for a new addition to the family
Updated: June 17, 2018 - 5:00 am

(BPT) - Whether it’s a baby or pet, a new addition to the family calls for new, unexpected responsibilities, and is bound to come with adjustments for every member of the family. While it would be silly to guarantee zero stress for the new family environment, below are tips for a transition with more playtime and fewer headaches to help you get started.

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