Shape up your home in time for the holidays
(BPT) - Excited about hosting a holiday party; but dreading the decorating? You don't have to spend a great deal of money or invest a lot of time to get your home holiday ready. There are a number of quick, easy and inexpensive projects you can complete to update your decor before the first guest rings the doorbell. Sinc...
Laws to legalize pot for recreational use continue to grow
(BPT) - Americans have come a long way in their acceptance of marijuana. Long gone are the days of 'Reefer Madness,' the infamous 1936 movie that depicted a couple falling into addiction and ultimately - madness. Today, 58 percent of Americans favor the legalizing of pot for recreational use, according to an October 2013...
Tips for a keeping your home safe and dry this winter
(BPT) - Freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall are in store for much of the country this winter, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac, and that means homeowners need to start taking immediate steps to ensure that their loved ones and property stay safe and warm through the long, cold months ahead. Last year, winter st...
Easy cookies for the holidays - or any day
(BPT) - Whether the goodies are for gifts, for parties, or for the family to enjoy, crisp fall and chilly winter days are the perfect time to have the oven on and the house smelling great. 'Cookies are easy, quick, and everyone loves them. With just a few easy basic recipes, you can make so many delicious variations,' sa...
Create inviting entrances to welcome holiday guests
(BPT) - Holiday season guests will soon come knocking at your front door. What's the first impression your home's entryway creates? Is it a warm, friendly welcome, or is the cold hard truth that your home's entryway could use some improvement? If the latter is true, try these handy holiday entryway-decorating tips from P...
The 'Three P's' to smarter holiday spending
(BPT) - Americans will spend more than $6 billion this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation. How much of that will be overspending or outright wasted money? It's possible to control holiday spending and make smart money decisions this holiday season, if you keep in mind the 'three P's': plan, purch...
Shopping with the enemy [Infographic]
As the popularity of online shopping continues to skyrocket, so do the opportunities for hackers to steal personal information. Cyber security expert Bob Bunge, professor in the College of Engineering & Information Sciences at DeVry University, offers insight into these risks and tips for consumers to protect themselves.
Modern answers to help seniors stay in their homes longer
(BPT) - Retirement marks the start of the golden years, the period when hard-working individuals can put their feet up to relax after a long, successful career. But for seniors who think they can no longer live in their homes alone, retirement may be a stressful time. They worry they will have to give up the homes they h...
Shake up snack time with a pop of flavor inspiration
(BPT) - Popcorn is one of the oldest snacks known to mankind. The fluffy kernels were a favorite pastime long before the first motion picture. In fact, it is believed the oldest ear of popping corn was over 5,000 years old. Now that's staying power. Today, Americans eat around 16 billion quarts of popcorn every year maki...
Creating a pollinator-friendly habitat in your backyard
(BPT) - Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, bats and beetles play an important role in producing healthy plants and food for people and wildlife. Without pollinators feeding on nectar and moving pollen from one flower to the next, most plants would not produce fruit or seeds. You can attract pollinators ...