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Food & Entertaining

Friday 06/01/2018
5 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Dads and Grads
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:10 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re shopping for Father’s Day or celebrating the accomplishments of a graduating senior, make a point of selecting thoughtful, unforgettable gifts this “dads and grads” season. Here are five ideas to get you started.

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5 Stand-Out Mother's Day Gift Ideas
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:10 am

(StatePoint) Need a Mother’s Day gift that truly shines? Take these fun and practical ideas into consideration.

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5 Creative Gift Ideas for Your Valentine
Updated: February 01, 2018 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Looking to surprise your loved one this Valentine’s Day with something a bit different? Check out these five creative gift ideas that will help make the day special.

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Thursday 12/07/2017
Fun Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids Exploring Math, Science, Art and More
Updated: December 07, 2017 - 4:36 am

(StatePoint) When shopping for children this holiday season, remember that the best gifts will pull double-duty and be not only fun, but educational too.

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Friday 12/01/2017
Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas
Updated: December 01, 2017 - 4:38 am

(StatePoint) Holiday shopping can be a source of stress for anyone, but particularly for procrastinators. Need some last-minute gift ideas? Think about readily accessible, yet thoughtful items that don’t require a lengthy shipping process.

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Wednesday 11/29/2017
How to Find the Ideal Holiday Gift for Her
Updated: November 29, 2017 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) A holiday gift is much more than a simple present. It’s a reflection of the relationship being celebrated. While finding the perfect gift may seem intimidating, it doesn’t have to be.

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Tuesday 11/14/2017
Coffee Table Books for Holiday Gift-Giving
Updated: November 14, 2017 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) While book lovers sometimes turn to digital for their literature fix, when it comes to coffee table books, print rules. Coffee table books are not only sources of knowledge, but also high impact art statements. For this reason, they make great holiday gifts.

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Friday 11/10/2017
Gift and Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Those with Active Hobbies
Updated: November 10, 2017 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) It’s the gift-giving season and rather than give generic presents to everyone you love, consider thoughtful items that will make their lives easier and hobbies more fulfilling.

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Thursday 11/09/2017
STEAM Books Make Great Gifts for Kids This Holiday Season
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 3:33 pm

(StatePoint) Add joy to the holiday season with exciting books for kids. Think about choices focusing on STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) that encourage the pursuit for knowledge and offer opportunities for immersive, learning experiences.

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Great Ideas for Holiday Gifts that Keep on Giving
Updated: December 09, 2017 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) The holidays come and go so quickly, and while many tokens of love and friendship are enjoyed and then forgotten, this year, consider items that make a more lasting impact.

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Monday 05/21/2018
Wine Pairing Tips for Summer Fun
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:11 am

(NewsUSA) - The thought of pairing a wine with food can intimidate a lot of people. How do you decide what food to pair with a wine? What flavors are you looking for? Why does wine pairing even matter?

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Summertime Boating Safety Tips for Families
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(NewsUSA) - As summer approaches, many families look forward to more time on the water together.

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Tuesday 05/15/2018
Summer Boating Tips for Safe Fun in The Sun
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(NewsUSA) - Summer weather is finally here, and with it comes more time spent on the water. For boaters in particular, warmer temperatures and sunny skies mean more opportunities to bring family and friends along for the ride.

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Thursday 04/05/2018
Must-Haves for Summer Pool and Beach Parties
Updated: April 05, 2018 - 4:38 am

(State Point) Summer days are all about sun and fun. Here are some tips and accessories to make sure your days spent at the beach, pool or lake are picture-perfect for posting on social media.

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Monday 02/12/2018
5 simple steps to extend the life of Valentine's Day flowers
Posted: February 12, 2018

(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.

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Tuesday 01/16/2018
Make your chip and dip a little more hip
Updated: January 24, 2018 - 4:35 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.

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Monday 01/08/2018
5 tips for speed cleaning your home
Updated: January 10, 2018 - 4:35 am

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

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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!

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Wednesday 12/06/2017
Tips to save money and energy this winter
Updated: March 13, 2018 - 4:35 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:

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Friday 06/22/2018
Make Rosé Your Go-To Wine This Summer with These Food Pairings
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re enjoying a sun-drenched brunch with family or hosting an elaborate dinner party for friends, you’ll need a go-to wine for such festive gatherings, and a chilled rosé is a refreshing choice in the summer months.

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Thursday 06/21/2018
Kids Go Bananas For A Cool Way To Eat More Fruit
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(NAPSI)—Many parents are encouraging their kids to play with their food; that is, to enjoy creating their own treats with a kid-friendly appliance that can turn just about any frozen food into a swirl of “nice cream.”

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Apples And Potatoes Are A Great Combination
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(NAPSI)—Whether it’s Labor Day, Election Day, Veterans Day, a day your family went apple picking, tailgating time or just a good day for a great salad, this colorful concoction of potatoes and Envy™ apples can make for a delightful side dish.

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Flavorful Foods for Outdoor Family Fun
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:10 am

(Family Features) Summer can be jam-packed with camps, family reunions and more, and people can sometimes miss opportunities to enjoy time together. This summer, savor and celebrate those simple yet memorable backyard moments with friends and family that make the season unforgettable.

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Host a Better-for-You Barbecue
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:10 am

(Family Features) A traditional backyard barbecue is typically filled with a wide array of tempting foods that make it hard to keep a healthy eating plan on track. With a few simple modifications to your menu, you can transform your grilling party into a spread of better-for-you foods you can still enjoy.

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Crowd-Pleasing Summer Entertaining
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:10 am

(Family Features) If you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, game night or TV show marathon with friends this summer, it’s helpful to have a plan in mind before diving in.

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Raise a Toast
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

Eye-popping recipes worth sharing

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Brighten and Awaken Summer Flavors
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(Family Features) Summer provides an abundance of delicious, fresh-picked flavors, giving home chefs plenty of opportunities to use them in both classic recipes and newfound favorites. From sides to salads to smoothies and everything in between, summer is all about creating dishes that taste tempting, bright and balanced.

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Serve Up Some Love This Fourth of July
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

Grill with your children for an exciting shared experience

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Encourage Healthy Eating Habits
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(Family Features) Of the many challenges parents face daily, encouraging healthy eating habits for their children can be one of the most vexing. While the consumption of nutritious foods like vegetables is good for kids while they’re young, it can also serve an important role in encouraging lifelong healthy habits.

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