Three unique ways to help kids embrace a blended family
(BPT) - About 1,300 new stepfamilies form each day in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And of the 60 million American children younger than 13, half are currently living with one biological parent and that parent's partner. As a result, couples are trying to find ways to include their stepchildren ...
When it comes to NSAIDs, take the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time
You feel a headache coming on from a long day at the office ... your knee is aching from your morning jog ... when reaching into your medicine cabinet for common painkillers, you may not have realized that you were taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), a category of medications helpful for reducing pain and inflammation. More than 23 million Americans take NSAIDs on a daily basis, including common over-the-counter medications like generics ibuprofen and naproxen. Additionally...
Stressed like everyone else? Find your bliss [Infographic]
Nearly 50 percent of Americans spend at least half their work days stressed out, reveals a new study released by neuro drinks. While controlling stress might not be the easiest feat, nearly all survey respondents agree it’s at least somewhat important to be in control of stress. In response, neuro is urging Americans to join an empowering stress-free movement with the launch of its BLISS and Tell campaign, inspired by its drink neuro BLISS . The nationwide summer campaign encourages consumers...
Checkups aren't just for babies
(BPT) - Parents of infants and young children regularly visit the pediatrician’s office for their child’s checkups. These visits offer an opportunity to learn about keeping your child healthy and to ensure he/she is up-to-date on vaccines. However, when a child reaches the teen years, these annual checkups may fall off the radar. A recent survey, fielded by Harris Interactive, and commissioned by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), in collaboration with and with support fr...
Smart home improvements for growing multi-generational households
(BPT) - The American family continues to evolve, with multiple generations living under the same roof in more households than any time since the Great Depression. Of America’s 76 million households, 5.6 percent (4.3 million) were multi-generational as of 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Homeowners are finding i...
Making the choice between weathering and finishing a deck
(BPT) - A backyard refresh or upgrade can bring comfort, energy, fun and relaxation into the space for the family to enjoy. But before you start work or purchase materials, you need to consider the maintenance and upkeep of the project for years down the road. Sure, you will enjoy the project tremendously the first year ...
Helping moms get finances on track for now and the future
(BPT) - Being a mom is a full-time job. No matter how old the children are, a mom is on call at all hours of the day and night, responding to injuries and broken hearts, handling homework questions, setting household rules, and establishing consequences if said rules are broken. But moms often have other jobs as well, ju...
Easy ways to add digital fun to your outdoor living space
(BPT) - It’s always been possible to watch the big game or your favorite movie from your deck or patio. But until the arrival of wireless technology, you would have needed a really long extension cord and a super-long cable connection (or rabbit ears) to do it. And rain would have ruined your fun in more ways than one. N...
Shattering stereotypes: Study shows women manage credit better than men
The stereotype of women being big spenders, and men being the fiscally conservative gender has inspired plenty of jokes in our society. However, the reality is slightly different from the centuries-long running stereotype: women actually handle certain aspects of their finances (like credit) better than men. That’s the c...
The 24-hour challenge: Tackle your home to-do list
(BPT) - We all have home improvement projects on our to-do lists. However, often the hustle and bustle of life keeps us from getting them done. But what if you devoted a full day – 24 hours – to accomplishing these DIY projects? Imagine how accomplished you’d feel and how great your home would look. Krylon, the nation’s ...
Five tax advantages of life insurance
(BPT) - With another tax season behind us, it’s a good time to consider something that can offer a long-term tax benefit to you and your family: life insurance. If you are fortunate enough to receive some money from a refund this year, rather than buying that big flat screen TV, consider a purchase that can make a real difference over the long-term. Most people think about life insurance as a way to supplement income or pay for final expenses. However, in addition to death benefit protection,...
Four ways men can slash high blood pressure
What you don’t know can’t hurt you, right? Not necessarily, especially when it comes to high blood pressure (hypertension). This often asymptomatic condition may not lead to physical problems right away, but over time it can damage and harden the arteries, causing buildup of scar tissue. Gradually, that scar tissue can a...
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May 24, 2010