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  • Family Living

    Tournament Spotlights Popularity of Sport Abroad

    (Family Features) Hollywood's A-list will be joining the world's top golfers for a week of golf, glamour and gala events at the third Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am Oct. 24-26, 2014. The event represents a match of sports and entertainment legends, congregating at Mission Hills China, the world's largest golf resort. Held on the tropical island of Hainan, which has been called China's Hawaii, the players will enjoy world-class amenities, including the world's largest spa and mineral springs.

  • Family Living

    Pasta's Perfect for Casual Supper

    (Family Features) Be it a relaxing night in with friends, watching the football game or just catching up, such occasions call for great food. This flavorful, creative pasta skillet meal inspired by the time-honored appetizer, spinach-artichoke dip, is just the ticket. 

  • Family Living

    Understanding Headache Pain, Treatments

    (Family Features) Whether it's a mild stress headache or a full-blown migraine, those who regularly battle headaches are continually looking for safe and effective remedies to alleviate the pain as quickly as possible.

Tuesday 09/16/2014
Prime preschoolers for the classroom with developmental games
Updated: September 24, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - While school prep is normally focused around kindergarten and elementary school students, increasingly preparations are occurring at much younger ages. Enhancing learning-based skills in preschoolers can be invaluable to their development and play is an essential role in early classroom experiences.

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Combining virtual and real-world toys into hours of fun playtime
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 1:35 am

(BPT) - Do your children have imaginary friends or pretend the characters from their favorite TV show or video game are real and in the room? Many children creatively stage playful interactions with fictional and imaginary characters during their developmental years, but now those imaginary characters don’t have to be quite so imaginary.

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Friday 06/06/2014
Give high school grads the right start for college with these technology gifts
Updated: June 17, 2014 - 1:35 am

(BPT) - Technology is one of the most practical - and most appreciated - gifts a high school graduate can receive. Different technology tools can give the class of 2014 a jump start on their college journey and all post-high-school adventures. A new survey conducted by Impulse Research revealed that the majority of students (65 percent) believe a laptop is the most important purchase for heading back to school.

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Wednesday 05/28/2014
New discoveries decode the symbols and mysteries of the Mona Lisa
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 1:35 am

(BPT) - Almost 500 years after the death of artist Leonardo da Vinci, the world-famous Mona Lisa painting continues to fascinate people of all ages. An estimated 6 million people view the painting each year at the Louvre in France, and many more read and study about its history and the theories surrounding the legendary work of art.

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Tuesday 05/13/2014
The best gifts for grads and dads
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 1:34 am

(BPT) - It’s that time of year again where everyone is out shopping for gifts and looking for the perfect presents for dads and grads. This year, think about going the technology route for devices grads can use. Dads will love them, too, for the value the devices add to their lives. Here are a few tech-related gifts to consider:

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Thursday 05/01/2014
5 gifts for the modern mom
Updated: June 25, 2014 - 1:35 am

(BPT) - If you think your mom wants another messy breakfast in bed that ends with her scrubbing pancake batter off the counter, think again. Moms today are looking for modern gifts that speak to their personality and create an experience for them and their family. Here are some options that go beyond the boring gifts and offer a fresh take on the perfect Mother’s Day gift for your modern mom.

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Thursday 04/24/2014
Reading and playing can increase your child's imagination
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 1:35 am

(BPT) - Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” It’s a pretty amazing statement when you consider just how much knowledge Einstein possessed. Today’s world always has a spot for creative, imaginative people. Whether they are designing the next dot com or the latest menu sensation, imaginative people are thriving everywhere.

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Thursday 04/10/2014
Give Mom The Very Best
Updated: April 11, 2014 - 1:32 am

(NAPSI)—She’s a nurturer, confidante, role model—it’s difficult to use just one word to describe the love of a mom. From daily challenges to momentous occasions, she’s been there every step of the way. Mother’s Day is an opportunity to express how you feel and celebrate mom for who she is.

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Sunday 03/16/2014
Guest-friendly tips for building your wedding registry
Updated: July 17, 2014 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - As you busily prepare for your walk down the aisle and make countless decisions regarding every flawless detail, one task on your to-do list will help you see beyond your wedding day and into your future life together - the wedding registry. And though few things could be more enjoyable than a day of shopping with your beloved, there’s also a bit of strategy that goes into building a complete registry.

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Thursday 11/28/2013
Survey Reveals What Men Want for the Holidays
Updated: November 29, 2013 - 2:32 am

(StatePoint) Do you know what guys want for the holidays?

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Sunday 09/21/2014
Dare to pair: food and wine pairings for game day
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 1:37 am

(BPT) - When it comes to game day food, are you bored by brats and beer? If you’re looking to step up your game and serve daring game day fare, why not try something new with a creative food and wine pairing?

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Wednesday 09/17/2014
Simple ways to make sure your garage isn't costing you money on utility bills
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 1:34 am

(BPT) - As ever-increasing home energy bills continue to plague Americans, homeowners are looking for cost-effective ways to reduce their heating and cooling costs. If your house has not been properly insulated, you may be paying more than you should to heat or cool it.

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Tuesday 09/16/2014
Tips on how to prepare your windows and doors for winter and save energy
Updated: September 24, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - How much do you spend on utilities? Are you looking for ways to save? A typical American household spends about $2,100 on energy bills each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Most of that expense comes from a home’s energy use during the winter heating season. But a quick home checkup can help you can reduce these costs, prepare for winter and enjoy energy savings.

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Simple DIY steps to protect your car through all seasons
Updated: September 27, 2014 - 1:38 am

(BPT) - There is much to love about the nuances of the changing seasons – from spending sunny days on the beach to hiking through autumn-kissed parks and skiing down snow-covered mountains. Throughout the year, just as you would protect yourself from seasonal elements like sun, rain and cold by applying sunscreen and dressing appropriately, it’s important to protect your vehicle from the great outdoors. Your car needs to be prepared for the varying weather ahead – just like people do. Here are a few easy DIY projects to keep your car looking new and running for seasons to come.

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Monday 09/15/2014
DIY projects to help you whip winter
Updated: September 23, 2014 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - The leaves are starting to fall off the trees, the birds are flying south and you can feel the temperature dropping. Winter is on its way and while squirrels pack away food before the first snow fall, you’ll be relieved to know that you still have time to finish some projects listed below to get your home ready for winter.

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Sunday 09/14/2014
Favorite fall flavors and activities guaranteed to enhance your autumn
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - The air is crisp, kids are back in school and leaves are beginning to change color – fall has arrived! With it comes many possibilities for making amazing memories. From favorite fall flavors to awesome autumn activities, everyone has something to look forward to as the season changes. So what types of things are high on Americans’ to-do lists this year?

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Monday 09/08/2014
Find relief from occasional allergy symptoms this fall
Updated: September 16, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Fall’s arrival brings fun family activities such as pumpkin picking, football watching and Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, it can also bring unwanted allergy and sinus symptoms. Fall allergy and sinus symptoms can be unpredictable and can be triggered by a variety of environmental factors including weeds, mold or even indoor allergens.

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
Chic storage ideas to corral clutter
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - With the fall season comes cool weather and more time indoors. Snuggling up with blankets and partaking in activities at home can create more clutter than usual around the house. Instead of getting frustrated, it’s easy to add stylish storage to corral extra items. Get organized and keep your home clutter-free with a few smart tips.

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Monday 09/01/2014
Think hosting a dinner party is difficult? Think again
Updated: September 09, 2014 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - Some might call the dinner party a lost art, but gathering family and friends around the table to eat great food, drink fantastic wine and enjoy each other’s company is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays. Creating an elegant, effortless evening to remember is easier than one might think.

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Change-of-season checklist for lowering home energy costs
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - The change of season creates a need for many adjustments around your home, from switching over wardrobes to warmer clothes, to completing necessary yard work and home repairs. You can also make adjustments to ensure you get the most out of your heating and cooling dollars as temperatures change.

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Sunday 09/28/2014
Tournament Spotlights Popularity of Sport Abroad
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 1:35 am

(Family Features) Hollywood's A-list will be joining the world's top golfers for a week of golf, glamour and gala events at the third Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am Oct. 24-26, 2014. The event represents a match of sports and entertainment legends, congregating at Mission Hills China, the world's largest golf resort. Held on the tropical island of Hainan, which has been called China's Hawaii, the players will enjoy world-class amenities, including the world's largest spa and mineral springs.

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Pasta's Perfect for Casual Supper
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 1:35 am

(Family Features) Be it a relaxing night in with friends, watching the football game or just catching up, such occasions call for great food. This flavorful, creative pasta skillet meal inspired by the time-honored appetizer, spinach-artichoke dip, is just the ticket. 

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Understanding Headache Pain, Treatments
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 1:35 am

(Family Features) Whether it's a mild stress headache or a full-blown migraine, those who regularly battle headaches are continually looking for safe and effective remedies to alleviate the pain as quickly as possible.

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Doing Well By Doing Good
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 1:35 am

(Family Features) Beyond their bottom lines, a growing number of companies and brands are harnessing their products, services and resources to help make the world a better place. 

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A Spooky Snack and Drink for Halloween
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 1:35 am

(Family Features) If your family's Halloween consists of pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating and transforming your home into a haunted house, you'll be happy to know that the "double, double, toil and trouble" doesn't have to stop there. You can add a little extra hocus pocus to your season by brewing up these chillingly creative treats with the whole family.

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Why Emergency Preparedness Matters
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 1:35 am

(Family Features) Preparing for an unexpected emergency, especially one brought on by severe weather, is one of the most important ways you can protect your home and family. Proactively addressing storm-related issues ranging from property damage to power outages can minimize a potentially disastrous situation.

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Game Day Eats
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 1:35 am

(Family Feature) It just isn't game day without great food to help fill your belly and spirits as you cheer your favorite team to victory. While traditional tailgate fare has a rightful place in any pre-game celebration, adding interesting new tastes and textures to your typical spread only enhances the excitement.

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Tips for Raising Money-Wise Kids
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 1:35 am

(Family Features) Kids are never too young to learn the skills of saving, budgeting, and other basics for becoming a money-wise individual.

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Thursday 09/25/2014
Hard Cider Helps Make Entertaining Easy
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 1:34 am

(NAPSI)—With football season under way, why not take your tailgating eats up a notch? Angry Orchard Crisp Apple is a crisp and refreshing hard cider perfect for any palate no matter what team you’re rooting for. The cider’s fresh apple aroma and slightly sweet, ripe apple flavor complement the bold flavors of game day fare and also make for great cider cocktails.

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Celebrate Popcorn
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 1:34 am

(NAPSI)—Popcorn, enjoyed every day but celebrated in October during National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, existed long before today’s dizzying array of snacks, tracing its roots back thousands of years. Yet, throughout the ages, this enduring fan favorite has remained relatively unchanged. Popcorn kernels are the seeds of a large-grain plant also known as maize. Once the kernels are stripped from the cob and dried to 14 percent moisture, they can be popped and eaten.

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