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Home security tips to keep the holiday season merry and bright
(BPT) - During the holidays, family and friends will be gathering to share stories, hand out gifts and enjoy time spent together. It is also a season with houses left empty and large piles of valuable gifts often sitting out in plain sight through the windows - making this time of year ideal for would-be burglars. "Takin...
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Tips to help your baby sleep through the night
(BPT) - If you're a new parent, the idea of a full night's sleep probably seems like just a dream. Your world is full of late-night feedings, diaper changes and snuggles in the rocking chair. If this sounds like you, you can take some comfort in knowing you aren't the only one out there dealing with sleepless nights. Tho...
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Think mobile: marketing tips for local businesses
(BPT) - No doubt about it, mobile technology is transforming the way consumers live and businesses operate. Today nearly 5 billion people use mobile phones around the world, with 1 billion of those phones being smartphones. According to research conducted by venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Americans ...
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Power over ticks [Infographic]
In the U.S., ticks transmit more diseases than any other pest. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) increased its estimate of annual Lyme disease cases to 300,000 - an increase of 10 times what previously thought. Below, the pest experts at Terminix provide basic information on how to be tick smart.
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Top DIY home winterization projects
(BPT) - As the months pass and the end of the calendar year approaches, it's time to update your do-it-yourself list. Several home winterization projects will help keep your home in good repair come spring. While some projects should be left for the experts - like cleaning out the chimney - there are several most homeown...
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Simple steps to perfect slow-cooker meals
(BPT) - The slow cooker captures the essence of the season with the first sniff of simmering comfort food. Convenient, economical and versatile, slow cookers are becoming popular again. 'This isn't your mother's slow cooker,' says Ginny Bean, publisher and founder of Ginny's catalog and Ginnys.com . 'Beyond coming in bri...
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Being your own boss: getting your freelance or small business off the ground
(BPT) - It's one of the greatest American dreams. You make your own hours and choose your own clients, while doing what you love and getting paid for it. Starting your own small or freelance business can be an empowering and life-altering experience, but before you get to the good part, there's plenty of work to create t...
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Turning your mechanical passion into a unique career
Technical and mechanical ability often shows itself at an early age. Chances are you've seen this in yourself. You always took care of your own bike and car. Do others see it? Are you the first person they come to when something is broken? Do you like troubleshooting mechanical problems and won't stop until you've found ...
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Men: Make sure you're keeping up your appearances these busy fall and winter months
(BPT) - Guys often keep their schedules packed full during the fall and winter months. Between the traditional work meetings, the sports game gatherings and all the holiday season activities, a man should be prepared to look his best at any given moment. Because the season is so busy, men don't want to spend much time keeping up their appearances, but still want to look great. Here are some easy tips from lifestyle expert and founder of MensStylePro.com, Sabir Peele, to help accomplish your b...
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Tips and tricks for planning the perfect Halloween
(BPT) - Planning the perfect Halloween can be pretty spooky, and it's not just because of the ghosts and ghouls that run from door to door. Coordinating Halloween activities, planning a festive party and pulling off the perfect costume for each family member can be frightening. But with a few technology tricks, you'll be...
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HARP changes put refinancing in reach of more homeowners
(BPT) - When the federal Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) launched in 2009, millions took advantage, but many other homeowners found they couldn't qualify to refinance their underwater mortgages. Today, significant enhancements have made the program more accessible for homeowners and a great opportunity to lower ...
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Smart steps to rev up your career and make a positive change
Have you hit a wall in your career? Do you go to your job every day and feel bored? Have you been looking for a new job for what seems like forever? If you're not happy with your current work situation, it's time to make a change for the better. 'Knowing you want change and actually taking steps to initiate change are tw...
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(BPT) - Teaching is an admirable profession, whether you're helping kindergarteners learn to read...
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(BPT) - By the end of the first quarter 2014, more than 200 data breaches compromised millions of...
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