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September 19, 2017

Is BPA a thing of Halloween nightmares?
(BPT) - Now that fall is underway and you're already growing tired of all the pumpkin-flavored treats, Halloween must not be too far away. That means it's time to head to the store to pick up the trendiest Halloween decor to guarantee a shocked response from trick-or-treaters. But before you do, ha... read full story


The key ingredient to a successful school year
(BPT) - Now that school is in session, you've likely returned to the routine of nightly homework and packing lunches in the morning. One thing that helps ensure a safe and successful school year is polycarbonate plastic made from bisphenol A (BPA).BPA is a building-block chemical used to make a pla... read full story


5 tips to keep ticks away
(BPT) - Researchers are predicting 2017 will be one of the worst years for ticks that we have seen in quite some time - and by all indications, those researchers are correct. People who have found themselves pulling ticks off their pets, children and their own bodies can readily attest to this. The... read full story


The top 5 things to know about opioids
(BPT) - While a decade ago you may not have heard much about opioids, today they make headlines daily. The nationwide epidemic crosses generations and socioeconomic lines, and it's affecting your family, friends and neighbors."Opioids have long been used clinically to treat pain, but prior to the 1... read full story


3 easy DIY STEM projects for kids
(BPT) - Looking for hands-on activities to engage your kids? It's never too early to introduce them to important STEM subjects at home.STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These subjects are critical for all students to learn because they are required for so many career... read full story


Top 4 tips to help you get the sleep you need
(BPT) - If you're reading this, there's a good chance you're not getting enough sleep. You could probably use a nap, and you're not alone.Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that about 70 million U.S. adults report sleeping six hours or less on average. This is well... read full story


4 tips to send your kids back to school with total confidence
(BPT) - Back-to-school season is under way! While this is an exciting time for the whole family, it can be a hectic one, too. A recent survey conducted by Total Wireless found that almost two-thirds (63 percent) of moms agree that planning for back to school is more stressful than planning for the ... read full story


Four times you should choose organic when it comes to your child
(BPT) - If you're a parent, you've probably come across ongoing debates regarding the term 'organic' and what should go into your child's body. But, what about organic versus non-GMO? A recent study from Perrigo Nutritionals revealed that more than half of moms didn't know that organic is inherentl... read full story


5 ways to keep in touch with grandparents near and far
(BPT) - There are laundry lists of reasons why grandparents are the best. They say yes when parents say no, they tell the best stories but make even better listeners, and often they're the first people we call with news, both good and bad.That's why each September, we celebrate National Grandparent... read full story


6 simple steps to avoid distracted driving
(BPT) - Mobile phones have become an essential part of life for most people, helping them stay connected and increase productivity. However, this technology can also be a distraction when driving, which puts everyone on the road at risk.More than one-quarter of all car crashes involve phone use, bo... read full story


Tricks of the trade: How to maximize your kitchen renovation
(BPT) - Considering a kitchen renovation but not sure how to get the most out of your space and budget? Expert tips can help you focus your plans so you get the kitchen of your dreams for less money and less stress."Redesigning your kitchen is a big investment," says A-list designer Nate Berkus, Ar... read full story


Back-to-school lessons for drivers
(BPT) - With Americans around the country adjusting their daily commutes and driving habits to accommodate back-to-school schedules, it is a great time to brush up on Driving 101. Take the stress out of back-to-school travel by practicing these safe driving tips.Steer away from old habitsEven somet... read full story


A+ advice for a successful school year
(BPT) - The first days of school are filled with excitement and pangs of anxiety, but it doesn't take long for high school and college students to fall into a routine. Adjusting to the new reality of school can be difficult, but it's the steps students take now that determine their success througho... read full story


Teentastic: 5 tips to make any space perfect for young adults
(BPT) - Teenagers are at a point in their life where they are looking to make their own mark and find their own space. You want to give it to them, but as you start considering renovation ideas, how do you create a space your teen will appreciate?The Boys & Girls Clubs of America knows all abou... read full story


How to build healthy habits for the school year and beyond
(BPT) - Bells are ringing across the country as kids settle into classrooms for a year full of fun, friendship and plenty of learning.While exciting, adjusting to new school schedules is a hectic time. Healthy habits are often forgotten as the focus shifts to studies, assignments and extracurricula... read full story


Housework may be a key to improving your relationship
(BPT) - Cleaning the bathroom and emptying the dishwasher isn't at the top of a couple's 'To Do Together' list, but it may be the true language of love. In fact, a recent survey from home appliance leader LG Electronics found most Americans (52%) get turned on by their partner doing housework. In f... read full story


Classics reinvented with tech: How technology has updated arts and crafts
(BPT) - Modern technology has revolutionized many aspects of our day-to-day lives. While it is hard for some to imagine a day without social media, smartphones and Wi-Fi, these were not available a mere 20 years ago. Technology has revolutionized the way we order food, purchase clothes and read boo... read full story


Teaching your child to be a responsible digital citizen
(BPT) - Parents have always had a lot to worry about when it comes to their children. It's simply part of the job. Many of the issues parents face today are the same ones they've dealt with in the past, including safety, diet and how much independence to give their kids. But parenting in the 21st c... read full story


5 ways to explore the 'final frontier' on Florida's Space Coast
(BPT) - When it comes to outer space, there is much to wonder over and dream about. Where else are there such colossal challenges paired with the infinite possibilities of discovery? For stargazers, dreamers and those who believe anything is possible, Florida has the perfect vacation spot for exper... read full story


3 things you'll need to throw the ultimate tailgating party
(BPT) - Football season is finally upon us and fans everywhere are getting revved up to cheer on their favorite team. Whether you watch the big game from the comfort of your home or head down to the stadium, it's the perfect time to throw the mother of all football celebrations - a really big tailg... read full story


A mother's loss sheds light on need for better asthma control
(BPT) - For people living with asthma, managing the condition becomes part of their daily life. But some may not know that, in spite of their best efforts, their asthma may still be uncontrolled.Benjamin Buckley was one of those people. Ben, as he was known, was just 7 years old when he died from a... read full story


Age ferociously with this eating game plan
(BPT) - A healthy diet and lifestyle are our best weapons against age-related diseases, and for staying healthy and active throughout life.Becci Twombley is sports dietitian for USC Athletics and Angels Baseball, overseeing the nutrition of 650 collegiate athletes and the 200 MLB and minor league b... read full story


5 simple ways to stay connected as a family on a budget
(BPT) - School's out, summer's here and the family is ready for some fun-in-the-sun memory making! It's the perfect time to bond, catch up and enjoy the slower pace of the season. However, with fun on the brain, it's easy to find yourself dipping into pockets a bit more for ice cream treats and new... read full story


5 must-have gadgets for heading back to school
(BPT) - Summer is almost over and the school bell is about to ring. To make sure you and your family are set up for success, equip your home with the best technology devices on the market. Consider this your gadget guide for the best school year yet.Big soundStudies show that listening to music whi... read full story


Frustrated while flying? Here are 5 smart ways to keep your cool
(BPT) - There was a time decades ago when taking a flight was truly a privilege. People looked forward to comfy seats, cold drinks and friendly service.Today? Not so much. With the cramped seating and impossibly long security lines, flying is the unpleasant grunt work of travel - something you endu... read full story


A celebrity chef's secrets to building a better sandwich
(BPT) - A great sandwich is a delicious meal choice, which could be why about 60 percent of American adults eat at least one for lunch every week and 70 percent pack one or more in their children's lunches, according to food industry trend-watching company Datassential. In fact, sandwiches are so p... read full story


Is your family expanding? Protect what matters most with these nursery safety checks
(BPT) - You may have chosen the perfect color palette and all of your nursery furniture, but have you thought about some key safety checks?'The arrival of a baby means you have to take a look at your home in a whole new light,' said Tarsila Wey, marketing director for First Alert, the most trusted ... read full story


Shared housework may be the true language of love, survey says
(BPT) - The key to a better relationship may not be in long walks on the beach or romantic dinners, it may actually be in discovering how your partner values chores. According to recent studies, chores have a direct impact on relationships more than previously thought.For example, a recent survey o... read full story


Enjoy the latest trend in swimming pools
(BPT) - It was supposed to be a community swimming pool, but many people stayed away because they couldn't tolerate the biting, nose-curdling odor of chlorine. Others experienced breathing and skin problems.So the Evergreen Commons senior center in Holland, Michigan, converted its 65,000-gallon chl... read full story


5 ways to stop mosquitoes from bugging you this season
(BPT) - Ask people what they love about the warm weather months and you'll get a variety of answers. They love the sun, the warmth, camping, picnicking, boating and just being outside with family and friends. However, if you ask them what they like least about being outdoors during the warm weather... read full story


5 baby formula myths debunked
(BPT) - Baby feeding has many pervasive myths, especially about infant formula. Here are five of those myths debunked by Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH, family physician and co-author of The Mommy MD Guide to Your Baby's First Year:Myth 1: Breast is best.Fact: It depends on the mother and her baby. Bab... read full story


Top tips for making back to school a success
(BPT) - Summer days are getting shorter. Summer fun is winding down for the season. Bedtimes are starting earlier. And parents seem to be oddly excited.Back to school is right around the corner.For most kids, the thought of going back to school can be a drag. But it doesn't have to be.Marley Dias, ... read full story


Diabetes impacts younger people more often: Are you at risk?
(BPT) - Every 17 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. What's even more surprising is diabetes is growing fastest among younger people, outpacing the rate of heart disease, substance abuse and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.A new study by the Blue Cross Blue Shield... read full story


5 things parents need to know about HPV
(BPT) - Being a parent means looking out for your kids. When they were small it meant making sure they wore a helmet, crossed the street carefully and wore sunscreen. As they get older, the health challenges they face change. As they become adolescents, you can't always be with them, so you warn ag... read full story


Stress-busting tips to stay organized while on vacation
(BPT) - Vacation is supposed to be fun and relaxing, but more than half of Americans say vacations cause them stress, and 46 percent say stress interferes with their enjoyment of traveling, according to a survey by HomeAway. Vacation stress comes from multiple sources, including crowded airports, m... read full story


Getting ready for back to school: How setting goals can help Generation Z students excel in the new school year
(BPT) - Generation Z, born between 1995 and 2012, is the first generation to grow up with a widespread use of digital tools. While technology is now part of everyday life, it's important to remember that writing things down can be the first step to getting them done, especially when it comes to ide... read full story


Travel tips to keep bed bugs at bay
(BPT) - Planning an upcoming trip - maybe a long weekend getaway, or a family vacation before the kids head back to school, or perhaps you're a road warrior who travels frequently for work? No matter what type of trip you have planned, you've probably already put together a packing list of what to ... read full story


5 ways to help kids start the school year strong
(BPT) - The beginning of the school year isn't just about getting backpacks and school supplies ready. It's also a time when parents check to make sure their children are ready for success in their next classroom.According to a national survey of K-8 parents conducted by the parent organization Lea... read full story


5 hassle-free tips for protecting your child's valuables at school
(BPT) - From phones and tablets, to computers and headphones, technology has quickly become an integral component within the daily lives of students of all ages.A departure from the contents of students' backpacks as little as 10 years ago, these pieces of technology have, on the one hand, made stu... read full story


5 late-summer road trip tips
(BPT) - Last call for your summer road trip. Grab the family, call your friends: The Great American Road Trip still awaits. Don't let summer fade into the sunset without a last hurrah. According to the Auto Club, you won't be alone: 37.5 million Americans hit the road during the Independence Day h... read full story


5 tips for taking the stress out of 'back to after school'
(BPT) - As kids and teens head back to school, working parents are also preparing for "back to after school." Despite the fact that 60 percent of parents report having flexible work hours that allow them to take care of their children once the school day ends, a survey from Boys & Girls Clubs o... read full story


Is your child protected from preventable illnesses at school?
(BPT) - Fall is an exciting time for kids - seeing old friends, getting to know new classmates, learning new skills and exploring classrooms. But with all this fun and interaction, it's important to remember one of the best ways to keep your child safe and healthy is to make sure he or she is up to... read full story


6 sanity-saving tips to make college moves go smoothly
(BPT) - Every year, thousands of young Americans move out of their bedrooms in Mom and Dad's house and into a college dorm or off-campus apartment. In fact, 68 percent of students at four-year colleges and 56 percent of two-year college students either live on campus or in off-campus residences, ra... read full story


5 ways to tame the back-to-school madness
(BPT) - It seems like you just adjusted to managing your children's summer schedules, juggling camps and making sure all that free time doesn't get them in trouble. Now it's time to switch gears. Summer is nearly over and school is about to begin.Back-to-school time might mean new outfits, reconnec... read full story


Mandy Moore's Advice to Pursuing Life Goals
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Fighting the morning clock? 9 no-fail ways to get out the door on time
(BPT) - As the sun shines through the curtains, you hit the snooze button again. Suddenly you bolt up, realizing you're running late. You skip breakfast, grab your bag and rush out the door. Stress levels skyrocket and your day has barely begun.The race against the clock at the start of the day is ... read full story


Focusing on Family Health: August is National Immunization Awareness Month
(BPT) - National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), held each year in August, is a great time to review your family's vaccination records. NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them and their family members.Vaccinatio... read full story


7 ways to snack like a pro this football season
(BPT) - Football season is quickly approaching, which means it will soon be time for tailgating or watching the big game on TV. For many of us, this time of year is tough on our diet and exercise plans, but it doesn't have to be, according to Bryan Snyder, registered dietitian and director of team ... read full story


'Removable' labels present sticky situation for 8 of 10 shoppers
(BPT) - You know the feeling. You buy an item you're excited to use or give as a gift. But that excitement quickly turns to frustration when you can't remove the label. Even if you do manage to pry it off, a sticky glue-like substance remains, marring the item's appearance.You are not alone. Eighty... read full story


How the state you live in affects your college savings strategy
(BPT) - The cost of a four-year college degree now hovers around the $100,000 mark, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics. While high college costs seem universal these days, college savings strategies are far from a one-size-fits-all. Many factors influence how you'll... read full story


3 reasons to study abroad during high school
(BPT) - Think about how your teenager will spend their next summer vacation.What if their months off from school could include something much bigger than the usual lineup of part-time jobs, sports practices and hanging out with friends?Picture this: Your teenager wakes up in a different bedroom in ... read full story


Mangos bring families together around the world
(BPT) - Ayesha Curry was raised by great women who instilled in her a passion for cooking. This passion has helped Ayesha both launch her career and prioritize spending time with her family in the kitchen. But even as a celebrity chef, author and foodie, Ayesha sometimes struggles to think of new, ... read full story


Looking for an alternative to college? Pursue a well-paying trade career instead
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Higher education, higher expense: Budgeting tips for college students and their parents
(BPT) - (BPT) - Sponsored ad content by Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.High school graduation should be a time of celebration. But for a lot of families, it can also be a source of stress. College is a big step into the future for any student - and it comes with a hefty price tag.According to... read full story


The ABCs of back-to-school budgeting
(BPT) - It's natural to pack all you can into those few precious summer months, but inevitably they're gone before you know it. As summer vacations, sleepovers and outdoor grilling come to a close, it's time to start thinking about going back to school.You may be working to pay off summer vacation ... read full story


How much juice should kids drink? What you need to know about juice and serving size
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6 tips to make the most of your visit to the zoo
(BPT) - Children can't help but be drawn to animals, so a visit to the zoo is always a winning and memorable choice for a summer outing. Introducing children to animals of all kinds, especially endangered species, will help foster a lifelong appreciation of them. With more and more animals needing ... read full story


Beat the heat: Tips to stay healthy and hydrated
(BPT) - Americans love summertime and with good reason. It is the best time for outdoor fun and travel with family. Many people enjoy outdoor activities such as bicycling, kayaking and hiking, and kids are more active with sports.One thing to keep in mind when out and about in the summer heat is to... read full story


5 reasons to make your summer road trip a flight instead
(BPT) - Summer break is an American institution, and that midyear break is often best enjoyed through travel. This year is no different; in fact, many experts expect this year's summer travel season to be among the busiest ever. That is particularly true when it comes to air travel.According to res... read full story


Allergens and indoor air quality: 4 steps to a healthier home
(BPT) - When at home, you're probably relaxing, playing with the kids or tackling chores. What you aren't likely doing is thinking about the air you're breathing. Unfortunately, the reality is poor indoor air quality in residential spaces is a major problem.The United States Consumer Product Safety... read full story


5 eye health tips that are easy to visualize
(BPT) - Writer Leigh Hunt once said, 'The groundwork of all happiness is good health.' It's a mantra you heed because nothing is more important than your health. That's why you watch what you eat, you exercise at least three times a week and you avoid tobacco or excessive alcohol use. You're workin... read full story


8 fast tips to fight fall allergies before they begin
(BPT) - You made it through a tough spring allergy season and are enjoying every moment of the summer. But just when you think your allergies are under control, a new problem is brewing. In the blink of an (itchy) eye, fall allergy season will be here.You may be thinking, "It's still summer. Why wo... read full story


4 laundry personalities: Where do you fit?
(BPT) - Chic, trendy, sporty, bohemian, sophisticated, fun, classic - you probably have a clear vision of your fashion and style personality. But do you know your laundry personality? How you wash the clothes you wear is every bit as personal and unique to you as the clothes themselves. Knowing you... read full story


Understanding the link between salt and health
(BPT) - The news lately is full of articles about salt and health. Everyone seems to be getting either too much salt or not enough. So which is it? Part of the problem is with how we study the connection. Fortunately, researchers on both sides of the issue are starting to agree on how best to proce... read full story


Create a special day for Dad this Father's Day with a delicious meal
(BPT) - By Yvette Marquez, Vive Mejor spokespersonAs my grandma would always say, 'Panza llena, corazón contento.' The best gift you can give Dad on Father's Day is a full stomach. Sure you could take him to a fancy restaurant, but try surprising Dad with an economical and homemade meal for his spe... read full story


From farm to family: 7 things to consider before living with livestock
(BPT) - Animals play a meaningful role in the lives of their owners. In fact, most people consider their furry friends part of the family. And while dogs and cats tend to be the most common companions, nowadays, the beloved family pet can come in many different shapes, sizes and species.Families ac... read full story


Solving the nation's water problems before the tap runs dry
(BPT) - Cooking dinner, washing dishes, showering and flushing toilets - these are daily activities for most Americans. If you did any of these in the last 24 hours, you've contributed to the roughly 355 billion gallons of water that are used each day in this country.Water is our most basic, physic... read full story


6 smart, fun STEM-themed camps to keep kids learning this summer
(BPT) - Summer camp season is on the horizon. Are you and your children in agreement on what you want from their summer camp this year? Chances are, you're hoping for a camp that will keep your kids occupied, active and learning throughout the summer. And your kids ... your kids probably just want ... read full story


Smaller metros take action to draw millennials fleeing bigger urban areas
(BPT) - Are millennials getting ready to leave big cities in droves? Some experts in demographics, economics and real estate have predicted the millennial exodus from huge urban areas has already begun. If true, the question remains: where will they go?Some may head to the suburbs, like their paren... read full story


Calling all blood donors: Roll up a sleeve and give where you live
(BPT) - Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. In fact, approximately 36,000 blood donations are needed each day nationwide. However, during the summer months, it is typically more difficult for blood donations to keep pace with demand, and this can result in summer shortages. To help ... read full story


5 reasons summer is salad season
(BPT) - Summer is the perfect time to turn over a new you. With the arrival of warm weather, a relaxed schedule and summer vacations, this is the moment to invest in a new wardrobe and, of course, a new, healthier menu. When you think of summer cuisine, light and flavorful is the order of the day, ... read full story


From students to leaders: How today's youth are preparing for the future
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5 surprising facts about dairy you should know
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Military families can get help with their moves
(BPT) - Moving is hectic for anyone, but it can be especially challenging for military families. Frequent relocations, sometimes across the country and often with short notice, can make it difficult for military families to build the kind of friends and family support teams civilians rely on to hel... read full story


Catch a day on the water with Dad this Father's Day
(BPT) - This Father's Day, add a little adventure and gift Dad a day he will remember by surprising him with a day of fishing. There's nothing like getting in a boat with loved ones and heading out on the water to sink a line and enjoy some of the finer things in life together - like fishing, snack... read full story


7 tips for balancing retirement savings and paying for college
(BPT) - Most people want to help their children pay for a quality college education, but it can be difficult to balance personal financial goals and funding your kids' educational aspirations. When retirement savings is sacrificed for college costs, it can be a disservice to the entire family.To he... read full story


An adventurous family vacation awaits at Florida's Space Coast
(BPT) - When planning a Florida vacation for the entire family, two things typically first come to mind: winter getaway and busy theme park. Nothing wrong with that, but if you stop there, you're limiting your possibilities.Along the state's Atlantic coast, there's another side of Florida that's wa... read full story


Party themes for a summer bash to remember
(BPT) - When summer party season arrives, your guests will be happy to eat the grilled food you serve and down gallons of iced tea, but will they recall your party after Labor Day? Every good host wants to throw a bash guests will talk about all summer and remember long after the first snowfall. A ... read full story


Young adults seek opioid alternatives for pain relief after wisdom teeth extraction
(BPT) - Summer vacation is the time of year students of every age look forward to. Warm weather, no school or homework, and summer travels - there are plenty of reasons to enjoy the break from the classroom. However, it's not all fun and games, especially for college students. Summer break is also ... read full story


Tips to keep favorite vacation spots fresh and exciting, every time you visit
(BPT) - You can love everything about a destination, but after your family has visited the same spot multiple times they may start to feel as if they've done and seen everything the location has to offer. When a vacation destination fits your budget, lifestyle and the amount of time you have for ge... read full story


5 simple ways parents can make the world gentle for baby
(BPT) - The big day has finally arrived and your newborn is here. Your baby is as perfect as you imagined and you're filled with a love you never knew existed. Even before she or he arrived, you started making more careful choices and looked for gentle alternatives with natural-based ingredients fo... read full story


Bridging the summer learning gap: Travel and education
(BPT) - 'The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.' - Saint AugustineThe benefits of travel have been written about for centuries, connecting the experience with cultivating awareness and expanding perspectives. The story of travel connotes a journey of self-discovery. Th... read full story


5 budget strategies to enjoy your summer vacation
(BPT) - The American summer vacation is a seasonal tradition. It's when memories are made, experiences are shared and sometimes when bills pile up. In fact, research shows that more and more families across the country are planning responsibly and considering their budget when it comes to summer tr... read full story


The eyes have it: 4 things your eyes may communicate without you knowing it
(BPT) - Your eyes: you stare with them, wink with them and roll them. You use your eyes to communicate your thoughts and feelings every single day. Whether you're aware of it or not, your eyes can speak volumes about who you are and what you feel. But could your eyes be sending the wrong message?Ne... read full story


Experts say it's never too early to teach compassion and empathy to children
(BPT) - The news is filled with articles about the opinions and attitudes of the millennial generation and now, Generation Z. But what about the youngest generation - youths 4-9 years old? These children are growing up in a time of unprecedented access to information, when civility, kindness and co... read full story


Simplifying baby nutrition: Expert advice for your infant's first foods
(BPT) - Your cooing, curious, incredibly cute baby is now 6 months old and you've got the go-ahead from your pediatrician to start solid foods. You both are excited to begin this new adventure, but when you head to the store you are suddenly confused by a sea of options.Which foods are safe for you... read full story


Preparing for Baby? Make Sure to Remember the Laundry! [Infographic]
(BPT) - Today's new and expectant parents are making careful choices when it comes to preparing for baby. Dreft conducted a survey of expectant and new parents, as well as a survey of dermatologists from across the country to gather their thoughts on the best way to prepare for the most precious of... read full story


5 clever hacks to simplify any family's morning routine
(BPT) - Getting the family out the door on time every morning is no small feat. Seemingly simple tasks like getting dressed, packing backpacks and making breakfast can quickly turn into chaos. Before you know it, you're running late and the kids haven't even eaten as you dash to the car.Stop dreadi... read full story


5 ways creativity-inspiring video games can help parents share quality time with kids
(BPT) - When winter arrives, parents eagerly anticipate taking kids on family vacations and spending more time with them during the holidays. Kids look forward to more free time for their favorite video games. However, a growing body of research indicates video gaming can actually be a good thing f... read full story


Farming program helps neighbors in rural America fight hunger
(BPT) - Although the United States produces much of the world's food, 48 million people in the country are food insecure, lacking access to enough food to sustain a healthy, active lifestyle. What's even more surprising is that many of the counties with the highest rates of food insecurity are loca... read full story



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