Tips to spruce up your home for the holidays
(BPT) - Holidays are when most people open their homes for friends and family. Sharing the season's greetings is always the priority but these gatherings are also an opportunity to show off improvements made during the year. This is one of the reasons that autumn is a popular time for home improvements. Fifty-two percent...
The truth about cataracts [Infographic]
As we age, the lenses in our eyes become cloudy, obscuring our vision. That's what the folks in the lab coats call cataracts - and it's a common phenomenon. Cataracts affect more than 20.5 million Americans over 40. How can you tell if you have cataracts? It's a gradual process, so you may not notice any symptoms until the cataract is severe enough to distort light as it enters your eye. Early symptoms include blurriness and needing more and more light to read, even while wearing glasses. As ...
Tips for safer home medication storage and consumption
(BPT) - Allergy season is behind us and before flu season strikes, now is the time for consumers to clean out their medicine cabinet and brush up on medication consumption and storage tips. A recent data brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that almost 50 percent of Americans take at le...
Protect your credit while shopping this holiday season
(BPT) - The holiday season is a great time for merriment - finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones and gathering with friends and family to celebrate the season. However, the holidays can cause a strain on your credit if you don't take certain precautions. Don't let this year's celebration leave you with the credit...
Water: It's what's on tap [Infographic]
The leaves are falling and the air is crisp, it's time enjoy Oktoberfest! What better way to do that than to have a pint of ... water? Yep, water. Water is 90 percent of your favorite beer, and can determine the type of beer brewed. Historically, different types of beer have been brewed in different regions because of the mineral and calcium content of the source water. Now, advances in reverse osmosis technology makes it possible to enjoy your favorite stout, lager or pale ale made from anyw...
Fun and creative kids' activities just in time for fall
(BPT) - Each year autumn marks a time for change - leaves turn colors, the air becomes crisp and parents everywhere prepare for their children to return to school. The new season brings with it a shift in rhythms and patterns, including a new weekly routine for families as children go back to school. For young children starting school, it's important to maintain a learning environment even after the last school bell rings and they return home. Spend this time building family traditions and ma...
The value of DIY home improvement projects
(BPT) - Each day across the United States homeowners are taking on do-it-yourself home improvement projects. Whether you're a first-time or long-time homeowner, DIY enhancements can have positive results - emotionally, esthetically and financially. By tackling DIY projects, you'll feel a sense of pride and accomplishment...
Not home for the holidays: the beauty of holiday traveling
(BPT) - Vocalists from Perry Como and the Carpenters to Michael Buble have warbled about how wonderful it is to be home for the holidays. But who says you have to buy into that belief? Not being home for the holidays offers many advantages, including the opportunity to travel, visit far-off loved ones or just immerse you...
Regional differences in banking fees and consumer experiences [Infographic]
Checking accounts are fundamental building blocks of healthy finances, but many bank consumers are frustrated with the rising cost of banking. The TD Bank Checking Experience Index, a study conducted by TD Bank and Angus Reid Public Opinion found that while many consumers are seeing rising costs, the majority are not moving to a new account or bank. For the best experience, consumers should investigate options, like accounts that waive non-bank ATM fees or don't require a minimum balance. Wit...
Halloween fun [Infographic]
This Halloween, Chester Cheetah, the official Cheetos brand spokes-cheetah, is putting his paw down to show that cheesy Halloween fun never grows old.
Planting a fall garden [Infographic]
Spring crops vacate space that can allow for later summer sowing and fall harvesting. Maximize your garden's production by planning accordingly so you can eat fresh produce in the fall. Learn how to plant a fall garden and use raised garden beds with this infographic courtesy of AvantGardenDecor.com.