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Friday 10/19/2018
Tech tricks: 5 digital improvements helping millennials reach life goals
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - As innovation and technology drive our world forward, millennial consumers expect seamless experiences more-so than their older peers. This desire is motivating businesses to make processes and experiences more efficient through digital tools so they can ultimately meet the expectations of their customers.

Road salt supplies crucial to winter safety
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Each winter, drivers from Maine to Texas are reminded just how dependent we are on our cars, and what happens when snow and ice get in the way. More than 116,000 Americans are injured and over 1,300 are killed on snowy, slushy or icy pavement every winter. Snowfighters tasked with the job of keeping travelers safe know that road salt is the most effective way to treat road surfaces. A Marquette University study examined highway accidents in snow and found that road salt reduced crashes by up to 88 percent, and injuries and accident costs were reduced by as much as 85 percent.

Thursday 10/18/2018
5 tips to keep your tires ready for holiday driving
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Holiday season is upon us again, meaning an extra-large helping of food, family, friends and fun are in store. Unfortunately, so is the seasonal nasty weather. Be prepared for chilling temps, rain and snow that could easily put a damper on driving to holiday celebrations and shopping sprees.

Tuesday 10/16/2018
5 tips for staying calm, cool and collected when you're always on the go
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - No matter what you’re chasing or up against — goals, bargains, chores, deadlines, your kids, etc. — life can be crazy. There never seems to be enough time to check everything off your to-do list, especially if you’re always on the go. Here are some tips and tricks for keeping your sanity while managing your busy lifestyle:

Take a road trip through Arkansas for the best fall foliage views
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - With vibrant colors, crisp air and unmatched natural beauty, autumn is one of the most popular times of the year to visit Arkansas. During the months of October and November, The Natural State is the ideal destination for a long weekend trip to experience some of the most vibrant fall foliage in the U.S. Whether you’re traveling as a family, taking a couples retreat or exploring solo, consider driving along these scenic routes and enjoying the historic towns, state parks and nature trails along the way:

Monday 10/15/2018
Find out what destinations are trending, hot and undiscovered for the holidays [Video]
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:33 am

Tuesday 10/09/2018
Weekend in paradise? Make a quick getaway to Hawaii
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - A long weekend is coming up, and this time, you’re hoping to elevate it into something more memorable than a run-of-the-mill road trip to the next city.

Thursday 10/04/2018
Touring through the best Italian wines
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Dreaming of an Italian vacation? You can experience the country's ancient, romantic regions without even leaving home. The wines of Italy embody the heart and soul of the regions in which they're grown.

Wednesday 10/03/2018
How to make sure your door hardware makes the grade
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Short, chilly days mean more time spent indoors with family and friends. This is the perfect time to focus on home improvement, starting with finding the right door hardware. While home security is typically top-of-mind, door hardware such as locksets and deadbolts are generally overlooked and purchasing new locks is not a simple decision. Does it need to withstand repeated, long-term use? Or heavy impact, in the case of an intruder? Does it need to be capable of withstanding certain weather conditions?

Monday 09/24/2018
13 moving hacks that could save time, money and sustainability
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Changing households can be a time for new beginnings, fresh perspectives and boundless opportunities.

Friday 09/21/2018
Best friends walk across America to raise money and awareness for veterans
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Snow, Nor’easter storms and too many blisters to count — no challenge was too big for Matt and Trevor to overcome as they journeyed across the country this year. The determined duo began their excursion on March 1 in Delaware and recently celebrated their final steps in San Francisco on Sept. 8. Traveling across 15 states, Matt and Trevor experienced the trip of a lifetime. And they raised over $6,000 for veterans along the way.

Thursday 09/20/2018
Newborn to 13+: Car safety tips for kids of all ages
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - For many parents, you buckle up your kids and off you go to day care, school or the park. You trust their car seat or booster seat will keep your child safe should something happen, but are you sure the seat you installed months or years ago is truly secure?

"I am deeply concerned that nearly half of all car seats are not used correctly," says Heidi King, deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). "You don’t have to be a parent to play a part in protecting children. I urge everyone to follow these simple tips to ensure kids stay safe in the car at every age.”

The right car seat is the best protection in a crash

Every 33 seconds, a child under 13 years old is involved in a car crash, according to NHTSA data. Even more startling: Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1-13.

One of the most common mistakes parents and caregivers make is moving children to the next car seat too soon. No matter their age, you need to make sure that the car seat you use is the right one for your child's age, as well as their size (based on their weight and height).

Newborn to 3 years (infant and rear-facing car seat)

The youngest passengers should remain in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the maximum weight or height of their seat. This positioning better absorbs the force of an impact, making it a better option for small passengers whose necks and spines are still developing. In fact, car seats have been shown to reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants (under one year old) in passenger cars.

Keep in mind, even if your child’s feet touch the back of the vehicle seat, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re ready for a forward-facing seat. Parents shouldn't move their toddlers into a forward-facing car seat until they've hit the maximum height or weight limit of their current car seat.

4-7 years old (forward-facing car seat)

At this age your child will likely use a forward-facing car seat with a harness. One critical step for installing this car seat correctly is making sure to secure it with its tether, not just a seat belt. The tether is an adjustable strap with a hook that can be found at the top of most forward-facing car seats. When you secure the tether to the tether anchor in your vehicle, it keeps the car seat from moving forward in a crash, helping protect your child from head and neck injuries.

Additionally, always make sure the chest clip is secured across the chest rather than on the belly. These clips have a tendency to move down, so it's up to caregivers to align it properly. Make it a habit to always slide the clip up to the appropriate place after buckling your child in to their seat.

8-12 years old (booster seat)

After a child exceeds the age and size limits of their forward-facing seat, they can transition to a booster seat. A booster seat lifts a child up and helps their body properly align with the vehicle's existing seat belt.

Kids should stay in a booster seat until they are big enough to sit properly with the lap and shoulder belt securely buckled. That means the lap belt is snug across their upper thighs, not their stomach, and the shoulder belt is snug across their shoulder and chest, not their neck or face.

"Tweens" and preteens (seat belt)

Once your child is big enough to ride safely without needing a car seat or booster seat, keep in mind the back seat is still the safest place. All kids 13 and under should ride in the back, even if they try to convince you the front is the "cool" place to be.

For more advice and to find a car seat check location near you, visit NHTSA.gov/TheRightSeat.

Tuesday 09/18/2018
8 home security hacks recommended by police
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Did you know that many police departments have a community affairs officer whose primary goal is to build a strong working relationship with the community? That means you have access to a trained safety expert who wants to give you ideas to keep your home and neighborhood safe.

Shop like a local in Guadalajara
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - As one of Mexico’s top artisanal hubs, Guadalajara offers the best in culture, cuisine and shopping. Travelers can find everything from expertly crafted pottery to luxe leather goods in unique markets throughout the city. For those who travel the world in search of the best locally-produced, stylish souvenirs, Guadalajara provides the ultimate in retail therapy in a vibrant, festive atmosphere — after all, this is the birthplace of mariachi, tequila, and charrería, the Mexican rodeo!

The 5 podcasts you should be listening to right now
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - If you love a good podcast, you're not alone. According to Podcast Insights, 73 million Americans listen to podcasts regularly, seven per week on average. You can find a podcast about virtually any subject that strikes your fancy, so if you're looking for a new show to engage and delight you, there is no shortage of fun, information, news, controversy and commentary out there for you to choose from. But where do you start?

Maximize Earning Potential With Vacation Rental Properties
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—It is often said that, in real estate, it’s all about “location, location, location.” However, when it comes to rental properties, the key to maximizing their potential is all about “timing, timing, timing.”

The Florida Keys Deliver Experiences Unlike Anywhere Else
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:34 am

(NAPSI)—The most significant worldwide travel trend today is individuals’ desire for experiential travel.

Monday 09/17/2018
Beyond the Liberty Bell: Exploring Western Philly
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - A visit to Philadelphia is sure to be steeped in American history and culture. It doesn't get more American than the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. And it doesn't get more authentically Philly than cheesesteaks at competing Geno's Steaks and Pat's King Of Steaks, and the oldest farmers market in the country, Reading Terminal Market. But, when you've been there, done that, what else can you explore?

Wednesday 09/12/2018
Recognizing a true Hall of Fame dad
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Each Sunday, millions cheer as their favorite NFL stars charge out of the tunnel and onto the field. For those players, the ultimate dream is a shot at one day becoming a Hall of Famer. This past July, one special father found himself with that title without ever having played in a single game.

Monday 09/10/2018
Get there intact: 5 tips toward a safe DIY moving day
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Changing residences can call for the coordination of a lot of details, and that’s especially true if you’re a do-it-yourselfer who’s renting a truck rather than hiring a moving company.

Friday 08/31/2018
3 tire safety tips for end of summer
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - With the final days of summer upon us, now is the time to spend a few extra minutes performing a tire safety check. Here are three easy steps to ensure your tires will be ready to handle the season change and keep you and your family safe year-round.

Wednesday 08/29/2018
7 savvy ways to save on your next trip
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Looking to spend time away without spending a ton of money? Your wanderlust doesn't have to directly compete with your desire to save. With a few smart tips and tricks, you can cut costs and make the most out of your trip. These seven savings strategies make travel more accessible, enjoyable and affordable than ever before.

Tuesday 08/28/2018
A vacation deprivation crisis: Americans are not using their PTO
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Americans need a vacation. More than half of working Americans, 52 percent, didn't use all of their PTO last year, collectively leaving 705 million vacation days on the table. That means employers got 705 million of your hard-earned workdays for free. For the love of Jimmy Buffett, people, why are you essentially volunteering at work on your PTO days when you could plant yourself on the beach with an adult beverage instead?

How To Plan A Big-Group Mountain Vacation
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—From destination weddings to family reunions and corporate outings, planning a group affair can be quite a large feat. Whether you’re gathering 50 or hundreds of your closest family and friends, you’ll need plenty of space and things to do. Big hotels or resorts are often quick-to-mind, but bringing everyone together in one spot to bond can be hard when you’re trying to reserve conference rooms or common areas.

Friday 08/24/2018
Fall family travel from leaf peeping to star gazing
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - The gradual seasonal change is an ideal platform for leaf peeping, stargazing, weekend camping, long drives and getaways that can bring your family closer during the cozier fall months.

Thursday 08/23/2018
Explore America With HomeExchange
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:34 am

(NAPSI)—In a country as diverse and wide reaching as the United States, it is no wonder that some of HomeExchange's most-viewed homes are located there. From top-of-the-line access in New York City to savoring the sunset over Hawaii's North Shore, 2018's Top 10 Homes in the U.S.A. offers something for everyone. You can dive into the Pacific or work on your Florida tan. Now is the time to start planning an adventure with HomeExchange.com.

Thursday 08/16/2018
Why Myrtle Beach is the perfect fall vacation for families
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - When it comes to vacation planning, millennial families with young children have the edge over school-aged families — no strict school schedules to obey!

Looking for your coolest vacation yet? How about Japan?
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - If you’re trying to choose the next destination for your big vacation, have you considered Japan? With exciting cities, standout cuisine, traditional charm that echoes the country’s remarkable history, and awe-inspiring natural beauty, Japan embodies a “cool” factor that’s hard to miss.

Why public transit is a key economic issue for growing cities
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:33 am

Tuesday 08/14/2018
5 savvy traveler tips for your next getaway
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:33 am

Historic Women's Baseball World Cup unfolds Aug. 22-31 on Florida's Space Coast
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - For the first time in the history of either the men’s or the women’s competition, a Baseball World Cup is coming to America. Later this month, the Women’s Baseball World Cup will be drawing attention from far and wide to the baseball diamonds at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Florida.

Friday 08/10/2018
9 savvy traveler hacks that will save time, money and headaches
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Are you a savvy traveler? Do you shop around to get the best deals? How about knowing the ins and outs of saving money when planning a trip?

6 ways to make the most of your summer getaway
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:34 am

Thursday 08/09/2018
Tire confidential: Tips on picking the right one for you
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - To most people, a tire is a tire is a tire. To the naked eye, that’s absolutely correct: They are black and round. However, upon further inspection, tires are one of the most technologically advanced parts of a car, influencing the braking, steering, comfort, handling, safety and fuel efficiency. They are also the only parts actually touching the road.

Why Puerto Rico plays a vital role in agriculture
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - For a region the size of Connecticut, Puerto Rico packs a big punch when it comes to its contribution to world agriculture.

Wednesday 08/08/2018
Why Hawaii is a great destination for single female travelers
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Whether it's traveling solo or a girlfriends getaway, Hawaii is becoming a prime destination for single female travelers. This lush paradise offers plentiful opportunity to experience a vacation of your lifetime, with many ways to customize your trip to match your personality perfectly. Adventurous, educational, indulgent — whatever fits your tastes, Hawaii has even more to offer than you think.

Thursday 08/02/2018
5 bucket list-worthy destinations for your next cruise
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - If you’ve ever dreamed of finding adventure by exploring another country, cruising is an excellent and simple way to make those dreams a reality.

Tuesday 07/31/2018
5 insider tips to plan an unforgettable African vacation
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - When you get lost in wanderlust, do you find yourself dreaming of Africa? This exotic continent is on many people's travel bucket lists, but planning a trip can be intimidating. If you are ready to stop dreaming and start planning an unforgettable African adventure, here are some simple tips to help you get the most out of your trip.

Monday 07/30/2018
Military move? 5 key tips that can smooth the way
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Changing residences can be an emotional and logistical challenge for any family.

Thursday 07/26/2018
Wisconsin landmark celebrates 100th birthday
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Many travelers seek out cultural enclaves to explore the fascinating stories of how Americans lived, thought and dreamed in the past. That helps explain the $762 million in revenues logged by U.S. historic sites in 2013, according to Statista. Other research predicts the revenues realized by U.S. museums and historic sites will more than double between 2018 and 2022.

Top Ways Air Travel is Changing for Passengers
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) At any given time, up to 5,000 aircraft are in American skies. Ten million passenger flights took place in 2016. The “Golden Age” of air travel may feel like it’s long gone in a time of heightened security and since the advent of mass affordable flight, but experts say that consumers can expect flying to be more comfortable and convenient in the coming years -- even when you’re riding coach.

Tuesday 07/10/2018
Family Fun In The Sun
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—When vacation time rolls around, many families head to a place that combines the quiet solitude of an undeveloped beachfront with the amenities of a destination spot. The beaches are uncrowded, and just a few miles inland, wilderness adventures await. The kids can have a supervised blast while parents can escape for some much-needed downtime.

Thursday 07/05/2018
5 tips for planning the easiest summer vacation ever
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Where will your travels take you this summer? Are you planning a trip to an exotic island, or are you hitting the road? Wherever you’re headed, preparing for a great trip takes smart planning. Here are five simple tips for planning your next vacation.

Tuesday 07/03/2018
Boating Better With Quality Fuel
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:33 am

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Friday 06/29/2018
Explore Australia's largest and undiscovered fringing reef
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Where do the red and orange hues of Australia’s iconic outback meet white sand beaches and turquoise blue water? Where can you walk off the shore and instantly experience pristine coral reef during a special drift snorkel? It’s where the best marine encounters in the world are part of everyday life. Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef, along the stunning Coral Coast, is one of the region’s best-kept secrets.

5 reasons Arkansas is a natural for retirees
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Natural beauty. Endless adventure. Southern cuisine. Economical living. Whether searching for a place to retire or simply looking for the perfect setting for a new home, Arkansas has it all. The Natural State offers quality of life with a diverse array of things to do and see.

Wednesday 06/27/2018
4 Vacation Destinations for Wine Lovers
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) Love wine? Build your next vacation around it! Wine regions have delicious food, beautiful views and amazing history.

Monday 06/25/2018
Must-Know Health Tips for Summer Vacation
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) More than half of Americans are planning to take a vacation this summer, according to a Bankrate survey. While these excursions are meant to be fun and relaxing, road trips and long flights can lead to health risks that you know about, like jet lag, and some you may not be familiar with, such as leg swelling and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Experts advise travelers to take precautions for a healthy travel experience.

Thursday 06/21/2018
Be prepared: 5 smart items to stash for family travel
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - For many Americans, summer is a time for creating memories with kids by embarking on trips to fun destinations.

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