Overcoming all odds: Young Special Olympics athlete with rare disease takes home the gold
(BPT) - At this year's Greater Fort Worth Area Special Olympics games in Texas, Steven Striegel overcame all odds when he took home a gold medal in the bowling competition. For the 20-year-old from Little Elm, Texas, the achievement meant so much more than simply hanging another medal on the wall. This summer, as Steven was gearing up for a local Special Olympics softball competition, he experienced a seizure that caused him to fall onto a concrete sidewalk and fracture his jaw in two places....
Ideas to inspire home remodeling projects
(BPT) - With new home trends emerging, it's an ideal time to collect ideas to inspire your next home improvement plans. Nearly 60 percent of homeowners surveyed by real estate site Zillow plan to complete a home improvement project or room addition by the summer of 2014. Of those surveyed, nearly 40 percent will find ins...
10 expert tips for an affordable and memorable destination wedding
(BPT) - A flurry of congratulatory phone calls, social media announcements and sparkling ring pictures all mean one thing: engagement season has arrived. With approximately 39 percent of marriage proposals taking place between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day, engaged couples are taking note of one of the fastest-growing...
Go-anywhere upgrades that are great for kitchens and baths
(BPT) - Some upgrades look laughable in the wrong room: plush carpeting in the bathroom or custom drapes in a kitchen. A handful of go-anywhere upgrades work especially well in kitchens and baths - and can raise those rooms from merely functional to inspiringly fashionable. Of course, virtually any upgrade you make to a ...
Five hot decorating trends to make your home interiors pop
(BPT) - Looking for ways to switch up your style this year? From the right patterns and colors to impressive accents, the latest home design trends will keep your space looking fresh and fabulous in 2014. 'Now more than ever, homeowners are willing to experiment with design,' says Taniya Nayak, interior designer and DIY ...
How to stick to your New Year's resolutions all year long
(BPT) - With the holidays past and a new year upon us, now is the time for Americans to focus on their 2014 resolutions. And while fitness goals often top the list of New Year's resolutions, diet and exercise aren't the only ways to get back into shape. This year, do yourself and your loved ones a favor by getting financially fit as well. Although most Americans intend to become financially savvy in the new year, only a small fraction fully commit to their financial success. According to a 20...
Don't be left in the dark [Infographic]
Traditional 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs have been phased out, leaving consumers with less bulb options to light their homes. Lutron Electronics asked people if they feel "in the dark" about light bulb options, as well as how important dimmable bulbs and dimmers are, and the stats are illuminating. To learn more about LED, CFL and halogen light bulbs, as well as compatible dimmer options, visit Lutron.com/dimCFLLED .
Looking for a sign it's time to quit? [Infographic]
Each January, people pledge to make healthy lifestyle choices in the New Year, and for many, it means making a commitment to quit smoking. While many smokers choose to quit with the goal of becoming healthier, a lesser-known outcome of quitting smoking is that it can also make people happier. One study shows that seventy percent of ex-smokers say they are happier after quitting than when they smoked. Sponsorship to Quit , a new quit-smoking program, is asking America to take to social media a...
Obesity: Let's start a healthy conversation [Infographic]
Did you know that there's a communications disconnect when it comes to weight loss discussions among physicians and patients? According to a new survey conducted by Eisai Inc., in partnership with the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) and The Obesity Society (TOS), only 56 percent of adults affected by overweight or obesity report ever having discussed weight with their doctor, yet all doctors surveyed say they counsel their patients affected by overweight or obesity about diet and exercise. A l...