All the New Year's fun on half the budget
(BPT) - Ringing in the new year on a budget? The high price of New Year's Eve hotel accommodations doesn't have to keep you from celebrating in big-city style. Even the most sought-after New Year's Eve hotspots have nearby alternatives that give travelers access to big-city countdowns without the big-city price tags. 'Su...
Stretching your ski vacation dollar
(BPT) - With the Olympics right around the corner, skiing is on a lot of people's minds. While ski trips can get pricey quickly, there are ways to give your budget a lift. 'It's not unusual for 'ski vacation' to be synonymous with 'expensive getaway,'' says Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor for the travel booking website...
Planning a home improvement project? How to hire a quality contractor
(BPT) - Dreaming of home improvement projects in the New Year? You're not alone - many homeowners are deciding what improvement project to tackle next. As the housing market continues to strengthen, homeowners buying or selling homes are focused on curb appeal or updating new spaces, which makes now a perfect time for re...
Staying happy and healthy this season the active way
The holidays are a time to share joy and happiness with loved ones. Yet with long lines, holiday parties and traveling, this time of year can really be exhausting. Add in the cold weather and other everyday stresses and you will find staying happy and healthy during the holidays can be downright impossible. 'People fall ...
Winter sports safety gear evolves with plastics
Just what does it take to excel in winter sports? Practice, practice, practice - plus modern safety gear to help protect against injury. While nothing can fully protect pro or amateur athletes from harm, today's winter sports safety gear is tougher than ever, thanks mostly to combinations of various lightweight, high-per...
Make every bath a safe bath [Infographic]
Did you know January is National Bath Safety Month? Nearly 200,000 people are injured in their bathroom each year, making now a great time to update the space with safety features. A grab bar is a stylish addition to any bathroom that also makes it safer for people of all ages.
Want a shot at a healthy future? Vaccinations aren't just for kids
(BPT) - The best approach to health is a proactive one, and that means getting an annual checkup and staying up-to-date on recommended vaccinations. But many adults don't visit a doctor unless they feel ill, nor do they think about vaccination as part of their routine, preventive health care. This leaves them needlessly ...
Winter dreaming: 7 drop-dead-fabulous dream destinations
Winter's dark nights are for more than just regular dreaming: They're for conjuring up pleasant images of that satisfying cold-weather escape we all envision. But just where are Americans' winter travel dreams landing these days? DreamPlanGo , the travelers' website for destination ideas and inspiration, asked a cross-section of followers what wintertime journeys were on their wish lists and in their plans. Here are 7 of the best and most beautiful. 1. The top dream destination was Bora Bora,...
Exciting ways to stay motivated and get fit this year
This is the time of year when many people set a weight loss goal and pledge to begin living a healthier life. Enrolling in a fitness program is a popular means of accomplishing a weight loss goal. But while many people are successful with their exercise programs, others fail because they quit the program before they can ...
The nation's most deadly disease
(BPT) - Few people understand just how much a threat cardiovascular disease (CVD), or heart disease, can be. Consider this: heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world. Cardiovascular disease claims more lives each year than cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease and accidents combined. According to the C...
Survey finds Americans want gift cards for the holidays
The holiday shopping season is wrapping up, and poll after poll shows that consumers spent even less this year. But, despite the tight wallets, one gift category is expected to increase in sales this year: gift cards. Holiday gift card purchases and use is on the rise, according to recent surveys by the Retail Gift Card Association (RGCA) and the National Retail Federation (NRF). The NRF survey shows that 59 percent of respondents said they'd like to receive gift cards this year. But that is ...