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5 simple steps to extend the life of Valentine's Day flowers

(BPT) - Your day is feeling dreary until the doorbell rings. Who could it be? It's a surprise delivery full of beautiful blooms that instantly brings a smile to your face. Whether for Valentine's Day or any celebration, flowers always make someone feel special.

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Thursday 01/18/2018
4 Tips for Cutting Your Home Energy Bills Even in Winter
Updated: January 18, 2018 - 4:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored by GAF - You know it's cold when it snows in Florida.

Tuesday 01/16/2018
Make your chip and dip a little more hip
Updated: January 24, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Savvy hosts and hostesses know that the keys to a successful soiree are a room filled with laughter and delicious treats served. If you’re hosting a special event with friends and family, impress and delight your guests with fresh, new takes on the classics.

Wednesday 01/10/2018
Tips to save money and energy this winter
Updated: January 17, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Winter is a time of year when expenses can soar, especially your utility bills. Thankfully, Chip Wade, HGTV expert, has some advice on how you can save energy, and ultimately money, this year:

Monday 01/08/2018
5 tips for speed cleaning your home
Updated: January 10, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - What is one of the biggest sources of stress? It’s cleaning on a deadline, especially when guests are on their way.

Tuesday 12/26/2017
Party on, America! 5 fun facts about New Year's 2018
Posted: December 26, 2017

(BPT) - For people around the world, New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate the joys of the past 365 days while looking forward to the fun year ahead!

Monday 12/18/2017
8 clever homemade gifts for everyone on your holiday list
Posted: December 18, 2017

(BPT) - During the holidays, there’s nothing that conjures the love and coziness of the season quite like a homemade gift. Check out how Ball® Jars can help you pull together thoughtful DIY gifts at home that will delight everyone on your list!

Thursday 12/14/2017
5 tips to savor, not splurge during the holidays
Updated: December 15, 2017 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - What do we say about the holiday season? It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Amidst the wonder of the season that includes plenty of shopping and celebrating, spending can get out of control. Before we know it, bills come due and suddenly things really aren’t so wonderful anymore.

Wednesday 12/13/2017
Creative Gift Giving Is Easier Than You Think
Updated: December 13, 2017 - 4:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - It's no secret that shopping for holiday gifts can be overwhelming.

Tips to protect yourself from online shopping scams this holiday season
Updated: December 21, 2017 - 4:37 am

Inspired last-minute gifts for everyone on your list
Updated: December 15, 2017 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - The holiday season is a time of year when you want to show how much you care with your generosity and thoughtfulness. But as expected, searching for holiday gifts can bring the longest shopping sprees (and lines) of the year. Not only do you have to find the right gift for the right person, you then have to wrap it and mail it. And as your list of recipients to shop for grows throughout December, the thought of getting everything accomplished in time is simply exhausting.

5 helpers for hassle-free holiday hosting
Updated: December 21, 2017 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - While hosting the holidays can be a nerve-wracking experience, it doesn’t have to completely derail the rest of the joy of the season. The truth is even the most veteran holiday hosts feel some anxiety leading up to the big day. There’s a ton to do and remembering it all can be hard. To simplify your life and your holidays, renowned interior designer Nate Berkus offers his best tips for entertaining with style.

Avoid a #HolidayFail this Season [Infographic]
Posted: December 13, 2017

(BPT) - Tired of burning holiday cookies? Working in the kitchen while your guests enjoy the party? The holidays are here and so are common mishaps. With tips from Cook Beautiful author Athena Calderone and interior designer Nate Berkus, have a #HolidayFail Proof season!

Tuesday 12/12/2017
Seeing London in A New Light
Updated: December 12, 2017 - 4:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - "People are looking for magic in their lives and to experience something that stays with them forever," says Helen Marriage, the director of Artichoke, the producers and creators of the Lumiere London festival.

Monday 12/11/2017
5 simple steps to make your own gourmet gift basket for less
Updated: December 12, 2017 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - Birthday, anniversary, holiday or "just because" — gift baskets are the perfect way to show you care. Filled with gourmet goodies, they are customizable delights no matter the person's age or personality.

Friday 12/08/2017
5 pro tips for a hassle-free Christmas tree
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Decking the halls for Christmas takes a lot of effort and planning. Whether you’re the type to go all in or opt for a minimalist approach, there's nothing like a Christmas tree to create a festive focal point in any room.

Napa Valley Holiday Traditions from Marc Mondavi and Family
Updated: December 08, 2017 - 4:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - Holiday entertaining can be stressful. What to cook? Which wines pair well? But with a few tools and a bit of planning, you can breeze through the holiday season like an entertaining pro.

Thursday 12/07/2017
Simple ways to give back all year long
Updated: December 15, 2017 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - The old saying, “It is better to give than receive,” is never better illustrated than during the holiday season when gift giving is at its peak. But, how often does the purpose of giving get lost in the rush of shopping and deadlines?

Tuesday 12/05/2017
Healthy eating at holiday parties? It's possible
Updated: December 08, 2017 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - The holidays bring a lot of temptations from every direction if dieting or watching your weight. Holiday parties and get-togethers can be a healthful-eating challenge. Caught up in conversation among friends and family, surrounded by tasty food and drinks, it’s easy to lose track of what and how much is being eaten. Registered Dietitian Sarah Galicki offers tips for staying the course through the holidays.

Monday 12/04/2017
It Pays to Prep Your Tires for Winter Roads
Updated: December 04, 2017 - 4:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - Driving safely in the winter can be a challenge, even for the most experienced driver. In fact, an alarming three in five winter drivers (61 percent) have lost control of their car during winter weather, according to a new winter driving survey by Michelin.

Michelin Drives the Holidays Home
Updated: December 04, 2017 - 4:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - For the third consecutive holiday season, Michelin North America, Inc. (Michelin), is recognizing the people in the transportation industry who work "like busy elves" behind the scenes to make the holidays memorable. Michelin marks the season with its #KeepThanksMoving conversation in social and digital media and encourages people to share this appreciation via Facebook and Twitter.

Thoughtful Gifts For Colleagues: 4 Easy Steps to Create Delight
Updated: December 12, 2017 - 4:32 am

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Thursday 11/30/2017
Coasting while hosting: 5 ways to keep your holiday spirit at your next party
Updated: December 08, 2017 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Many of us are already looking forward to hosting holiday gatherings this year — decorating our homes, whipping up festive foods, planning fun activities and surrounding ourselves with the warmth of family and friends.

Tuesday 11/28/2017
Throw a holiday party like a professional
Updated: November 30, 2017 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - As much as holidays are about tradition, many have an insatiable drive to outdo the festivities of years past and make this holiday season the most memorable yet.

Monday 11/27/2017
'Tis the season to give
Posted: November 27, 2017

(BPT) - It’s that time of year again! Lights are being strung, mistletoe is being hung and your favorite holiday jingle can likely be found on nearly every radio station. The holiday season has officially arrived and — between spending time with friends and families and taking time to give back — this truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

Squash the pests, not your holiday spirit, with these pest-prevention tips
Updated: December 05, 2017 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - The holiday season and guests go together like twinkling lights and fir trees, or peppermint and chocolate. However, while you might be eager to welcome family and friends to your home, you’ll probably be less excited to receive a visit from another all-too-common type of holiday “guest” — pests.

Meet the Winemaker: Q&A with Jacob's Creek's Ben Bryant
Updated: December 05, 2017 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Behind every bottle of wine stands a winemaker with the enviable position of shepherding the wine from grapes to final taste. Ben Bryant holds that coveted role for Australia’s leading winery, Jacob’s Creek. Bryant shares his journey on the road to winemaker and the passions that influence how he crafts his wines.

Tuesday 11/21/2017
Barn doors go indoors: An ideal winter project
Updated: November 28, 2017 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Known for their versatility, barn doors have been popping up in homes across the country — in contemporary and rustic designs. Read on to discover why adding a barn door is an ideal winter home-improvement project.

Monday 11/20/2017
5 ways the '90s are back and bigger than ever
Posted: November 20, 2017


5 things you may not know about beloved holiday traditions
Updated: November 28, 2017 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Without a doubt, the holidays are definitely a nostalgic time of year, a chance to slow down and savor the things that make us feel happy and close to our loved ones.

Yule tools: 5 tips for dodging a holiday credit hangover
Updated: November 21, 2017 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - All the glitz, glamour, gatherings and good tidings over the holidays can easily make you forget your disposable income has limits.

In the spirit of holiday giving, national food donation partnership feeds needy, not landfills
Updated: November 28, 2017 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - With the holiday season upon us, Americans are gathering for traditional celebrations and family meals. Even after leftovers have been devoured for days, the amount of uneaten food and overall food waste is overwhelming.

The perfect gift for animal lovers: Becoming a wildlife hero
Updated: November 28, 2017 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - As people come together to celebrate the holidays and share their hopes for the future, the environment often comes up in conversation. Threats to animals and the planet have never been greater; more than 25 percent of the world’s mammals — such as elephants, polar bears and lemurs — are at risk of disappearing forever, and many of them live in places where people aren’t acting in their best interest.

Friday 11/17/2017
Don't let stress dull the holiday sparkle
Updated: November 22, 2017 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - For many, the pressure of the holiday season can be enough to wear away the glitter and magic.

Thursday 11/16/2017
5 quick-and-easy tips for taking the hassle out of holiday entertaining
Updated: November 24, 2017 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - 'Tis the season for entertaining, meaning the hustle and bustle of the holidays are already upon us. Fortunately, being named “hostess (or host) with the mostest” is well within your reach if you follow these tips guaranteed to keep the holiday cheer flowing throughout this season’s festivities.

Foodie gifts for creative beverage concoctions
Updated: November 24, 2017 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Chocolate, butterscotch, nutmeg, rosemary, pomegranate, oranges, mulled wine and more — celebrate the flavors of the holidays with creative beverage concoctions. Here are tips and tools for making the most of holiday drinks.

Wednesday 11/15/2017
Simple ways to savor the holidays
Updated: November 23, 2017 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - The season of tinsel, mistletoe, roasts, bake-offs, parties and countless shopping trips is upon us. Yes, the holidays are here! It’s a wonderful time of year to revive old traditions and start new ones, but amid all the planning, preparation and spreading of that holiday cheer, sometimes life can get a little crazed. Nobody says you have to leave shortcuts at the door, so make things easy on yourself and savor the season with these helpful holiday tips and food inspirations.

Monday 11/13/2017
5 ways gift cards can come to your rescue this holiday season
Updated: November 14, 2017 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - We all have hard-to-buy-for people on our shopping list — from a friend who has everything, to long-distance relatives and those who seem tough to please. So, what’s the best gift to get them this holiday season? For the 11th consecutive year, the National Retail Federation has named gift cards the most requested gift, and there are a variety of gift cards available to please everyone on your list.

Friday 11/10/2017
Grilled cheese options take comfort food to the next level
Updated: November 15, 2017 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - It's time to turn our thoughts to all the good things that come with the season, including the warm comfort food.

Thursday 11/09/2017
Lose yourself in one of the 10 best books of the year
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 3:30 pm

(BPT) - When you open the covers of a book, you enter another world — a world of thought and experience. If the narrative engages your mind and emotions, making the time fly, reading a great book can change you and your outlook on the world, even if just a little.

5 nutritionist-approved tips for better holiday baking
Updated: November 10, 2017 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - ‘Tis the season for sweet and savory treats. The holidays bring loads of goodies, but the problem is these temptations can put a big strain on your nutrition goals.

Tips to help your pet have a happy and healthy holiday
Updated: November 10, 2017 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - The holidays are upon us, and so is the chillier weather. As you bundle up and get cozy with your cocoa, Dr. Jeff Werber, Emmy award-winning celebrity veterinarian, has some tips and tricks on how to ensure your pet has a healthy and happy holiday season.

4 DIY tips to save money and get your home ready for winter
Updated: November 10, 2017 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Many people look forward to the cooler weather. The brisk autumn winds and colorful leaves signal that once again it’s time to take out the sweaters and scarves. There are the hot soups and pumpkin-flavored drinks to keep one warm as the weather gets cooler, but for the conscientious homeowner and dedicated DIYer, it’s time to start winterizing your home.

6 healthy reasons to enjoy a slice of sweet cherry pie this holiday season
Updated: November 10, 2017 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - The holidays are just around the corner, and for most of us that means time to indulge in some favorite treats. Fortunately, healthy doesn’t have to mean less delicious! If you’re looking for a good-for-you holiday dessert that can please even the most critical sweet tooth, a naturally sweet cherry pie could be just the ticket. You can have your pie and eat it too!

Wednesday 11/08/2017
Real vs artificial? Some facts to counter 3 Christmas tree myths
Updated: November 10, 2017 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Here comes Santa Claus … and a sleigh full of confusion about Christmas trees. Better to buy real or better to buy artificial? Popular myths are that real trees are bad for the environment, artificial trees make more financial sense and real trees are just a hassle, but read on for some facts that will set the record straight and some thoughts that might turn your head on some of the more subjective sides of the debate.

Tuesday 11/07/2017
Savvy season's greetings: 5 steps toward smart holiday spending
Updated: November 11, 2017 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - If you’re already thinking practically about funding your gift giving and other expenses this holiday season, you’re not alone. Sixty-five percent of U.S. adults say they’re establishing budgets in preparation, according to a recent Coinstar survey.

Hacks for healthier holiday entertaining
Updated: November 15, 2017 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - Decadent meals are often part of celebrations, but for those looking for a healthier holiday, it can feel like you must choose between your nutrition goals and the foods you love.

Focus on fun: 5 easy tips for a relaxed Thanksgiving
Updated: November 11, 2017 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - While Thanksgiving is supposed to be a heartwarming time for appreciating family and friends, it’s no secret the traditionally food-filled holiday can be less than relaxing for those making the preparations.

2017 Holiday Hiring Could Be a Boon for Seasonal Workers
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 3:29 pm

(NewsUSA) - Let the holiday hiring season begin.

Monday 11/06/2017
Top tips for selecting unique decor gifts for everyone on your list
Updated: November 14, 2017 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - As you strive for a happy holiday, do all your gift ideas seem ho-hum at best?