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6 tips: Create your own festive moments at home between the holiday rush

(BPT) - During this unique holiday season, many people plan to spend more time at home surrounded by a few select family members and friends, or they may even connect with loved ones virtually from afar. But that doesn’t mean their gatherings and time spent together need to be any less special.

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Tuesday 11/24/2020
The Busy Family’s Holiday Hacks: Stress-Busting Tips to Help You Get Through the Season [Video]
Posted: November 24, 2020

5 quick tips for improving the airflow in your home this Thanksgiving
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - With COVID-19 cases up in most parts of the country families are weighing the pros and cons of gathering for Thanksgiving. Experts encourage maintaining a steady flow of fresh, quality air within your home to help slow the transmission of coronavirus.

Tips to help you shop safely amid COVID-19 this holiday season
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - It’s a shopping season like no other. Fifty-seven percent of shoppers surveyed report that they are likely to change their gifting habits this holiday season because of COVID-19[1]. As a result, shoppers are relying on a long-time favorite — gift cards — as a gift that can lessen the headache of 2020. This year’s most requested gift allows consumers to shop online or load gifts into mobile wallets, making shopping simpler and safer.

End 2020 on a high note with these holiday hacks!
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - While 2020 has been a rollercoaster of emotions for all of us, this year’s holiday season doesn’t have to be. These hacks will help you navigate the new norm this holiday shopping season — and make sure 2020 ends on a stress-free note.

Monday 11/23/2020
Real Christmas trees can help end a difficult year with good memories [Infographic]
Posted: November 23, 2020

(BPT) - To help shoppers find a location that fits their shopping preferences, the Christmas Tree Promotion Board is debuting a new zip code-based retailer locator at ItsChristmasKeepitReal.com. An interactive map and search filters allow users to narrow the field by location and retail type, including choose and cut farms, seasonal lots, garden centers, general retailers and home improvement stores.

Great eggspectations: Surprising holiday gift ideas
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

Holiday hosting: Putting new twists on mealtime traditions
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Fewer people around the table, virtual meal sharing and car trips that take you no farther than the local grocery store are making holiday gatherings look a bit different this year. As a holiday host and master chef in your home kitchen there are still plenty of ways to usher in new traditions and show-off your culinary skills by adding some new twists to the classic holiday menu.

Home for the Holidays? Re-establish Your Home Safety Traditions
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays … at least for the 60% of Americans who claim they will be staying put this holiday season. While that may not seem different than the past year of working and learning from home, for many, the holiday break will bring a renewed opportunity to focus on family, create new traditions and re-establish critical household rules, specifically around safety.

Friday 11/20/2020
How to green your table (and your wine glass) this winter
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Gathering around the table looks a lot different this year. From virtual toasts to strategically separated seating, winter’s hottest entertaining trend is the socially distanced dinner. But a little distance needn’t dim the glow of socializing, nor the eco-minded sensibility of sustainable choices.

Thursday 11/19/2020
'Tis the Season to Be Safe: Top Tips to Celebrate Safely During the Holidays in 2020
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - The holidays are usually a time to gather in person to share the joys and traditions of the season with friends and family. However, not unlike many occasions in 2020, the ongoing restrictions to help curb the spread of COVID-19 may make holiday festivities look different this year. This could mean spending time with fewer people, participating in virtual celebrations, and more shopping online. Regardless of how you celebrate, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging American families to protect themselves from possible dangers associated with unsafe toys, cooking and decorating as they prepare for the holidays.

Wednesday 11/18/2020
Smart Shopping Expert Trae Bodge Shares Strategies For the “New Normal” of Holiday Shopping [Video]
Updated: November 20, 2020 - 2:34 am

Green Christmas: 7 great gift ideas for your lawn and garden enthusiast
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - As people are sheltering in the comfort of their homes, many are spending more time in their yards, gardens and other outdoor spaces. And as a result, they’re putting more time and energy into turning those areas into well-tended natural retreats.

Engagement Ring Styles to Suit Any Holiday Wishlist
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Life and love go on, and couples are getting engaged and getting married, even through the unprecendented coronavirus pandemic. Winter holidays remain a popular time for engagements, and couples still want to make the most of this special time with one-of-a-kind engagement rings.

Helpful Winter Weather Tips From the Meteorologists
Updated: November 20, 2020 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) Preparing for unpredictable winter weather? Take stock of your home, vehicle and planning tools to ensure your family stays safe and warm all winter long.

Tuesday 11/17/2020
Handcrafted holiday: Trending DIY gifts you can make at home
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Finding just the right gift for everyone on your list can be difficult, expensive and time-consuming. Instead of buying another generic gift from a store, have you thought about making something meaningful for loved ones instead?

Monday 11/16/2020
4 ways to turn holiday gifts into shared experiences
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - It’s no secret this year’s holiday season is bound to be different. But what hasn’t changed is the search for unique gift ideas — and fun new activities — to share with the ones we love, whether we’re together or apart.

Five Ways to Shop Small Businesses this Holiday Season
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

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Give A Box of "Chocolates" To Your Dog This Holiday
Updated: November 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - The holidays are quickly approaching and lots of people gift their loved ones boxes of gourmet chocolates. However, can dogs eat chocolate? Of course they can't! So, how do we include our cherished furry family members in this loving tradition?

Meaningful gifts for the amazing women in your life
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - To make this year’s holiday even more meaningful, you may be searching for special gifts to celebrate and honor the women who make a difference in your life — whether they are family members, mentors, friends or your spouse. If you want her to know that you care not just about pleasing her with your gift, but that you also want to help lift up and empower women around the world, here are some ideas for holiday gifts that mean a whole lot more.

Friday 11/13/2020
Winter wellness: 3 expert tips to boost overall health
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - As we head into the chillier months, the winter season brings simple pleasures such as hot cocoa, holiday music and cozy nights by the fireplace. However, the hustle and bustle of the season can also take a toll on your well-being. Stress and unhealthy eating associated with seasonal celebrations are paired with colder weather that makes many people want to curl up inside with a blanket. Plus, the ongoing challenges of virtual learning, remote working and staying home can also impact overall health.

Thursday 11/12/2020
Bring joy back into a family's life this holiday season
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - 2020 has been a year of change, reflection and resilience. But most of all, 2020 has been a year of seeking new ways to connect — with your family and loved ones, or with others in your community who need support.

Wednesday 11/11/2020
Survey reveals how Americans will celebrate the holidays this year [Video]
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

Tuesday 11/10/2020
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Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

Tuesday 11/03/2020
5 Tips to Minimize Holiday Spending Anxiety
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - With the pandemic causing upheaval in all of our lives, the holidays will feel different this year, across every dimension, including financially. With money worries on the rise this year for many, navigating this time while still participating in traditions and festivities may call for some new approaches to how we celebrate together.

Monday 11/02/2020
How to spread joy to everyone from anywhere this holiday
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - COVID-19 restrictions mean the 2020 holiday season will be different this year, but that doesn't mean you have to become a Grinch. Although extensive travel, large group gatherings and many traditional activities can't happen, you can find imaginative ways to be just as joyful with a dash of creativity. In fact, many people are embracing this as an opportunity to take a unique approach and discover new ways to make one-of-a-kind memories with family, friends and coworkers.

How small businesses can be ready for this holiday shopping season amidst the pandemic
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Nearly every business has been disrupted by COVID-19 in some way, which makes this year’s holiday shopping season more important than ever for many small businesses. Small business owners have demonstrated incredible resilience and creativity this year, and there are ways they can prepare for a holiday shopping season unlike any we’ve seen before.

4 Simple Tips for a Safe and Healthy Holiday Season
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Traditionally, the holiday season is a time to gather with family and friends to reminiscence and celebrate all that has happened throughout the year. But with an ongoing pandemic, many are left looking for new and unique ways to enjoy those time-honored traditions in a way that keeps everyone safe and healthy.

Thursday 10/29/2020
Make meals more festive with a unique fall ingredient
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Looking for new ways to elevate fall favorites? Add a ruby red pop of color and sweet burst of flavor to your dishes with a unique seasonal ingredient: pomegranates. Known for their sweet taste, brilliant red color and antioxidants, pomegranate arils, or seeds, bring a touch of sweetness that elevates savory and sweet recipes like no other ingredient.

Want Extra Cash in Your Pocket? Try Saving on Car Insurance
Posted: October 29, 2020

(StatePoint) When it comes to saving money, it helps to cut out smaller expenses that add up over time – like frequent lunch dates, unused gym memberships or online subscriptions. But if you really want to make a dent in your budget, you need think bigger.

Tuesday 10/27/2020
Save money with these 3 holiday shopping hacks
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - The holiday shopping season may look a little different this year, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the importance of saving money. Whether you’re shopping online or in store, these tips can help you spend less and set you up for long-term financial success.

Monday 10/26/2020
Santa Goes Virtual with Zoom Visits
Updated: November 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Santa Claus is coming to town -- via Zoom.

Thursday 10/22/2020
Halloween week is here! How to celebrate in a safe and fun way
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Every year, you count down the days until Halloween. You love selecting costumes for your whole family, indulging in all your favorite treats and celebrating with friends. But this year is different — while you long to celebrate the holiday to the fullest, you also want to make choices to keep your family and your community safe. Like many Halloween enthusiasts, rather than forgoing beloved traditions altogether, you are coming up with creative, out-of-the-box ways to celebrate safely and keep everyone healthy this season, but you still need some guidance.

Lifetime to Air 30 New Christmas Movies This Holiday Season
Updated: November 17, 2020 - 2:36 am

(NewsUSA) - The holidays will look a little different this year in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but fortunately some things will remain the same, namely Lifetime's upcoming slate of holiday movies.

Wednesday 10/21/2020
Why Getting a Flu Shot Makes Sense
Updated: November 17, 2020 - 2:36 am

(NewsUSA) - COVID-19 may be grabbing most of the headlines, but flu season has arrived as well, and unlike the novel coronavirus, there are safe and effective vaccines to reduce the risk of flu.

Monday 10/19/2020
4 ways to make holiday shopping a breeze this year
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - This year more than ever, we’re all ready to kick back and enjoy a relaxing holiday season. Shopping online is a great way to get your shopping done safely and conveniently this year — in fact, the majority (59 percent) of holiday shoppers plan to shift more of their shopping online compared with last year, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual consumer holiday survey.

Tuesday 10/13/2020
DIY Tips on How to Creatively Celebrate Halloween While Still Following the New CDC Guidelines [Video]
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

Friday 10/09/2020
Creative ways to celebrate Halloween using favorite treats
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Halloween enthusiasts rejoice! Halloween is happening, although it will be a little different this year. Fortunately, different is good because it's the perfect reason to create new traditions and enjoy all the days leading up to the holiday. Rather than celebrating for just one day, you can enjoy an entire month of spooky fun and tasty treats.

Thursday 10/08/2020
Budget-friendly tips for a safe and joyous holiday 2020
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Uncertainty continues into the 2020 holiday season, with limited travel, canceled events and strict budgets changing how Americans will celebrate this year. According to a recent Coinstar Holiday Survey, the majority of Americans said COVID-19 will influence how they celebrate the holidays.

Tuesday 10/06/2020
5 must-do home improvements for fall
Updated: November 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - The average American home has nine DIY jobs that need to be tackled, according to a study conducted by Porch.com. Fall is the perfect time to give your home a little TLC and start checking off projects on your to-do list. Here are five easy fall fixups to get your home ready for the upcoming season:

Tuesday 09/08/2020
Drug-Free Device Simplifies Sinus Pain Relief
Updated: October 10, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Sinus pain is a persistent problem for many allergy sufferers. The pain makes it hard to focus and enjoy the outdoors. The chemical side effects associated with some allergy over-the-counter and prescription medications can be as annoying as the sinus pain itself. However, Tivic Health, a bioelectronic device company, has developed a simple, handheld device designed to relieve allergy-related sinus pain with no drugs or chemical side effects. The device, known as ClearUP Sinus Pain Relief, runs on a rechargeable lithium battery and can be used at home, at work, or while traveling.

Thursday 04/09/2020
Tips to Safely Combat Home Bug Invasions
Posted: April 09, 2020

(StatePoint) Thanks to an unusually warm, wet winter, experts predict that Americans will face an extra buggy summer.

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