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Monday, August 19, 2019

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  • Pets

    Presenting: America's top 10 shelter dog makeovers

    (BPT) - Millions of dogs enter shelters each year. Most are dirty and matted, and less than half get the grooming they so desperately need. Sadly, these deserving animals are being perceived as ‘damaged goods’ just because of their appearance. To better their chances at finding a fur-ever family, pet industry leaders Wahl and GreaterGood.org have teamed up to donate funds and grooming supplies to shelters nationwide. The goal this year: transform more than 20,000 dogs so their lovable, adoptable personalities can shine through. Hundreds of these amazing makeovers can be seen in the Dirty Dogs Before & After Photo Gallery — including the following Top 10 Shelter Dog Makeovers of 2019.

  • Family Living

    How to Plan for Traveling with Kids

    (Family Features) Families that travel with kids typically know tablets and other gadgets and activities can make the journey easier, and vacation rentals can make the stay more relaxing and affordable.

Top Story

Fun Ways to Develop Your Children’s Interests

(StatePoint) The games children play can inform the way they see the world. Here are some fun ways to make playtime an opportunity to help young kids explore new ideas and develop their interests:

Pet Central

pets

Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

Fitness

Fitness

Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

Crosswords

Crosswords

Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

Sudoku

Sudoku

Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




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Saturday 08/17/2019
Questions Your Teen’s Pediatrician May Ask
Posted: August 17, 2019

(StatePoint) Routine check-ups are essential for adolescents and young adults. As health risks and concerns are rapidly changing during the teen years, these preventive services can help keep your teens healthy and safe. Experts say that conversations between doctors, patients and their families during these visits are very important.

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Friday 08/16/2019
How Plasma Donations Can Add Up to Life-Changing Medicines for People Around the World
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - What is plasma and how does it help people?

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5 tips to protect your connected devices and electronic identity
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:12 am

(BPT) - Resourceful thieves and cyber criminals continue to find new ways to hack U.S. consumers’ sensitive personal information. Dumpster diving, stolen or lost wallets and mail fraud should still be concerns, but the digital age of tablets, smartphones, PCs and Wi-Fi networks leaves people even more vulnerable than ever.

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What Money Tips Would You Tell Your Younger Self?
Posted: August 16, 2019

(StatePoint) As we age, we sometimes regret those life lessons that might have served us better when we were younger. If you could roll back the years, what would you tell your younger self about money? 

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Thursday 08/15/2019
Grill like a boss with big BBQ flavor and bold wines
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:09 am

(BPT) - Grilling is one of America’s greatest pastimes, and if you love grilled meat, chances are you also like hosting cookouts to show off your pit master prowess. Once you’ve mastered the art of the char, why not take it a step further? Serve wine that blows the lid off the meal, in the best possible way.

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5 ways to elevate your home decor through minimalism
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:12 am

(BPT) - The latest trends in home decor reveal a desire for a feeling of tranquility and calmness, perhaps as a response to today’s overly busy and distracted lifestyles. From Marie Kondo’s decluttering craze to a return to natural materials in home design, everyone is looking for a way to create a peaceful, less hectic inner space. When it comes to home decor, less is definitely more.

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4 home fix-ups for fall
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:07 am

(BPT) - With cooler days and temperate weather, fall is a good time to get outdoors and tackle some larger home projects, as well as prep your home for winter.

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Cutting-edge tumor tests reveal new cancer treatment options
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:10 am

(BPT) - In the fall of 2017, Elissa Reynolds was shocked by a stage four colorectal cancer diagnosis at 35 years old. Almost two years later, she has hope for the future thanks to innovative tests on her living tumor tissue, which revealed personalized treatment options for her specific cancer.

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The Seven Baking Techniques You Didn’t Even Know You Needed to Master
Posted: August 15, 2019

(BPT) - Love to bake but feel like you sometimes do not get the end result you were hoping for? The secret is usually with the technique. It’s time to go back to the basics and break down the top techniques you may not have known you needed to master to be a baking pro.

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5 easy relaxation techniques to reduce stress at home
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:11 am

(BPT) - Moms have to-do lists that are never done. From getting the kids to school, prepping family meals and everything in between, it’s a 24/7 job and can be hard to find a moment to stop and take a breath of fresh air. While the home should be a sanctuary to relax and de-stress, the reality is that a lot of life’s biggest activities happen there. The good news is that it only takes a few minutes to ground yourself through meditation. In fact, recent studies by the National Institutes of Health indicate that meditation can improve relaxation, lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety. Learning a few easy meditation techniques will give you the ability to power through even the toughest days.

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Time to think harder about your checking account
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:11 am

(BPT) - When we imagine “financial literacy,” we often think about credit cards, loans and debt. But these building blocks of our financial infrastructures tend to cloud our perspective, pushing important details, like checking accounts, to the sidelines.

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Ticket To Work Helps People Regain Independence
Posted: August 15, 2019

(NAPSI)—Millions of Americans get Social Security disability benefits yet want to work. They may be glad to know about a federal program that can help them enter the workforce while maintaining access to benefits. Thanks to Social Security’s Ticket to Work program, free employment support services help people prepare for work, find jobs or progress in their careers.

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Hints To Help You Be Engine Smart, Earth Kind
Posted: August 15, 2019

(NAPSI)—Knowing where to look can help you save money at the fuel pump.

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Rising child star and mom share their top 5 tips for preparing to go back to school proud
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:11 am

(BPT) - Sponsored by Office Depot and OfficeMax

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5 Classroom Technologies Making Learning Easy and Fun
Posted: August 15, 2019

(StatePoint) New technologies being introduced into the classroom are making learning easy, fun, and engaging, and are transforming education in the following ways:

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How to Update Home Lighting to be Easy on the Eyes
Posted: August 15, 2019

(StatePoint) If you ever experience eyestrain, tired itchy eyes, blurry vision or headaches, it may be time to give your home a lighting makeover.

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5 Ways to Keep Your Cat Happy and Healthy
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:04 am

(Family Features) While cats can be quite independent animals, they still rely on their pet parents to maintain their well-being. It’s up to pet owners to provide the adequate care, nutrition and home environment to ensure their furry friends live long and healthy lives.

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A Romantic Rendezvous
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:04 am

Celebrate love with a Caribbean cruise

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Making the Back-to-School Transition Easy from Kindergarten to College
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:04 am

(Family Features) It’s time to get your household organized for another school year and all that comes with it.

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Ways to Make the World a Better Place for Seniors
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:04 am

(Family Features) By 2050, the senior population (adults age 65 and older) will be more than double that of the world’s youngest citizens, and the number of people living beyond age 80 is expected to triple over the next 30 years.

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Seek Outdoor Entertainment for Personal Satisfaction
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:04 am

(Family Features) Making time to enjoy the outdoors is a simple way to boost your physical and mental well-being, no matter your age. Whether you venture out to the porch to watch the sunset or lace up your golf shoes for an afternoon on the course, there are plenty of ways you can take in some fresh air.

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Get the Most Out of Your Benefits Enrollment
Posted: August 15, 2019

(Family Features) A lackadaisical approach to benefits enrollment could leave you short on coverage or end up costing you more than it should. Gathering information and making time to thoroughly consider your options and needs can help ensure you’re getting the best value from your employer’s benefits package.

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Boat Safe
Posted: August 15, 2019

Ensure your boat is ready for the water with this checklist

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Emergency Preparedness Tips to Help Ensure Pet Safety
Posted: August 15, 2019

(Family Features) Preparing for an emergency can be a challenge. It oftentimes is hard to foresee when disaster will strike and how to properly prepare before it occurs.

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Keep Summer Movie Season Going at Home
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:04 am

(Family Features) The summer movie season may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean you have to limit your enjoyment of films outside the theater.

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A Classic Staple for Family Meals
Posted: August 15, 2019

(Family Features) Every day seems to bring a new food trend, and while it can be tempting to go all-in on the latest craze to hit the shelves, there are lots of tried-and-true foods that still deserve a place at the table. One of those is real, wholesome dairy milk.

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School Day Solutions
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:04 am

Family-friendly recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner

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5 Basic Steps for Sizzling Steak
Posted: August 15, 2019

(Culinary.net) A sizzling steak is a surefire sound of summer, and the flavors achieved from one that’s perfectly grilled are hard to match.

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Simple, Family-Friendly Solutions
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:04 am

(Family Features) During the hustle and bustle of a busy school week, juggling after-school activities, homework, dinners and next day lunch prep can be exhausting. Finding ways to simplify evenings while running a more efficient kitchen routine can make life more delicious for parents and children alike.

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Back-to-School Food Fit for the Family
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:04 am

(Family Features) As parents and kids navigate back-to-school routines and extracurricular activities, making healthy food choices is essential to keep everyone energized and engaged. 

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Head Back to School with a Balanced Breakfast
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:04 am

(Family Features) With each school morning comes the importance of getting children up, ready and out the door for a day of learning and adventure. To help your little learner truly make the most of each lesson, a nutritious breakfast can be just the right way to get the morning started.

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Flavorful, On-Trend Asian-Inspired Summer Entertaining
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:04 am

(Family Features) Summer is the perfect time to bring out the grill and enjoy creating a flavorful meal when entertaining your family and friends. While some choose to whip up classic recipes, you can heat things up by taking advantage of all the seasonal ingredients and popular culinary trends, such as opting for authentic, Asian-inspired recipes.

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An Easy Solution to After-School Snacking
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:04 am

(Family Features) The early morning chaos and activity-packed evenings of the back-to-school season can make finding time to connect challenging. Throughout the day, there can be small windows of time that your family can make the most of – even if only for a few moments that matter.

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How to Plan for Traveling with Kids
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:05 am

(Family Features) Families that travel with kids typically know tablets and other gadgets and activities can make the journey easier, and vacation rentals can make the stay more relaxing and affordable.

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The Undiscussed Medical Error
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:05 am

7 questions that could save your life

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Save Time with a Dream Closet
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:05 am

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Health Care Solutions for Rural Americans
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:05 am

(Family Features) Heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke. These top five causes of death in the United States all have a higher incidence of death among rural residents and research points to lack of access to health care as a culprit.

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Tidy Back-to-School Transitioning
Posted: August 15, 2019

(Family Features) With shopping that needs to be done and supplies that need to be gathered for busy days ahead, preparing for the back-to-school season can descend into near chaos for many parents. When long school days leave little time for organization and decluttering, any home can quickly become a mess.

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4 Qualities of a Pet-Friendly City
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:05 am

(Family Features) When pets are present, people and communities thrive. The benefits of pets have long been discussed, but surveys and studies have started to prove their positive impact.

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3 Ways Soapstone Enhances Home Design
Posted: August 15, 2019

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Prepare Your Kids to Head Back to School
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:05 am

(Family Features) Whether your child's stance on heading back to school is eager and enthusiastic or falls a bit short of that level of excitement, by working together your family can gear up for a successful school year.

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Wednesday 08/14/2019
Presenting: America's top 10 shelter dog makeovers
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:06 am

(BPT) - Millions of dogs enter shelters each year. Most are dirty and matted, and less than half get the grooming they so desperately need. Sadly, these deserving animals are being perceived as ‘damaged goods’ just because of their appearance. To better their chances at finding a fur-ever family, pet industry leaders Wahl and GreaterGood.org have teamed up to donate funds and grooming supplies to shelters nationwide. The goal this year: transform more than 20,000 dogs so their lovable, adoptable personalities can shine through. Hundreds of these amazing makeovers can be seen in the Dirty Dogs Before & After Photo Gallery — including the following Top 10 Shelter Dog Makeovers of 2019.

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How to protect your children from life-threatening allergies
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:05 am

(BPT) - As a parent or caregiver, you do everything you can to keep your children safe, happy and healthy. You do your best to plan for the expected, but it's usually the unexpected that can have the most impact.

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4 back-to-school essentials to help keep kids healthy
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:11 am

(BPT) - New backpack? Check. Cool new shoes? Check. The right 24-pack of crayons? Check.

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Entienda sus opciones
Updated: August 16, 2019 - 2:55 am

(NAPSM)—Para muchas familias, pocas cosas son más importantes que la enseñanza y un creciente número está tomado cargo de la educación de sus hijos.

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Historical Fiction, Real-Life Thriller And Lovable Characters To Round Out Your Reading List
Updated: August 16, 2019 - 2:55 am

“The Ticket” by Karen Schutte (Green Spring Publishing)

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How To Scratch Head Lice Off Your List Of Worries
Updated: August 16, 2019 - 2:55 am

(NAPSI)—One of the most common human parasitic infestations around, head lice affect an estimated 6-12 million Americans annually, most of them children.

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5 budget-friendly projects that boost your home's value
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:11 am

(BPT) - Whether you plan to sell your home soon or you simply want to make your property more modern and livable, there are many things you can do to increase the value of your house. The good news is you don't need a massive budget to make a big impact. Here are five affordable things you can do to boost your home's bottom line.

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Teachers’ Top Needs for 2019
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 3:04 am

(Family Features) Great classrooms don’t happen by accident. Teachers across the country work hard to build vibrant, energizing learning environments for their students, which often means everything from microscopes to pipe cleaners, graphic novels to oboes, class pets to field trips and much more. As a result, teachers spend more than $1 billion from their own pockets each year on supplies.

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