(BPT) - In the midst of the winter we love to think of the summer as this idyllic time when we live barefoot under the sky and everything is perfect and beautiful. Then when the summertime comes, we find ourselves complaining about too much sun, being too hot or bugs - and stay inside in the cool AC to avoid them. The good news is you can create a cool, shady and even bug-free spot for yourself, no matter the size of your outdoor space or your wallet.
(StatePoint) It’s no secret that home upgrades cost time and money. But certain projects can actually save you money in key areas and improve the resale value of your home, while making it more beautiful and livable now.
(NAPSI)—It’s a cold, hard fact: Icy roads are dangerous for even the most experienced driver, and even in dry weather, multicar pileups have closed interstates.
(NAPSI)—So many people are grilling outdoors year-round—even when temperatures dip below freezing—that Weber Grills, the company that launched the grilling revolution more than 60 years ago, has released its top tips for hearty grillers who simply won’t give up the distinctive flavors that only an outdoor grill can deliver.
(Family Features) When cold winter days keep you inside, you may find yourself quickly bored with your surroundings. While you wait for the sun to make its next appearance, it’s the perfect time for a mini-makeover to make your indoor space feel fresh and appealing.
(BPT) - “Oh the weather outside is frightful.” For many, this sums up the blustery season known as winter. With cold temperatures blanketing cities and towns, many have been spending more time indoors with friends and family. While everyone should take steps to stay healthy during this season, a cancer patient is at greater risk for picking up an infection because their immune system is not as strong as usual. If you have cancer and are undergoing chemotherapy treatment, there are some important things you can do this winter that may help you avoid getting an infection.
(BPT) - When you hear the phrase “pairing tips,” do you instinctively grab your wine opener and pull out stemmed glasses? Wine is divine, but over the past few years there’s no denying that craft beers are trending and getting foodies everywhere excited to re-think pairing possibilities. Artisan and handcrafted beers are no longer just an afterthought on the drink menu - they’re standing tall next to your favorite red and white wine varietals, proving to be just as food-friendly.
(NAPSI)—While winter, with its cold temperatures and extreme weather, can be an isolating time for many, it can be particularly tough on seniors. When driving conditions deteriorate and roads are slippery, many seniors don’t feel safe enough to venture out of their homes. Others just don’t like the cold and often forgo regular activities and visits with family and friends that involve going outdoors.
(Family Features) As a kid, the winter season was always a special time of year filled with snow days, ice-skating, favorite movies and fun board games. Bringing back carefree moments from winters past can be as easy as gathering together family and friends for game night and sipping your favorite wintertime drink – hot chocolate.
(Family Features) As winter temperatures drop, the potential for higher utility bills goes up. Taking steps ahead of the cold season can help you trim costs and make your home more energy efficient, keeping those utility bills in check even as the winter weather rages.
(BPT) - The arrival of cold weather and Valentine’s day aren’t the only predictions you can reliably make about February each year. It’s a pretty safe bet that many resolutions passionately adopted in January will be broken by the end of February – if not sooner. New Year’s resolution success, however, is possible, and the first step in the right direction is to change your mindset.
(NAPSI)—It may seem surprising to some, but the road to a healthy vehicle air-conditioning system in the summertime—begins in the wintertime.
(Family Features) When the mercury drops, it’s more important than ever to stay properly hydrated. During the winter, people may not seem to sweat as much as in the summer, but that doesn’t lessen one’s risk of dehydration.
(BPT) - When you hear the term “spring break” what comes to mind? Likely images of partying college students or theme parks packed to the brim with families. If you’re looking to enjoy a spring break vacation that’s a little more off the beaten path, consider a destination that proves to be a hidden gem for more mature crowds, whether it be young couples looking for romance to empty-nesters desiring a quick getaway.
(Family Features) Ensuring that your garage is weatherproofed and ready to withstand the elements of winter not only makes a more comfortable environment during the blustery cold months, it also is likely to help reduce energy costs.
(Family Features) Just because cold, dreary weather has you stuck indoors doesn’t mean you have to forego all of the flowers and plants you delight in outside during the spring and summer.
(BPT) - Picture this: warm wind blowing across your face, the sound of waves crashing, and all your worries left behind on land. This is you on a boat and now is the perfect time to make this dream a reality. Winter may be frigid for many, but it’s the best time to start planning for warmer days ahead.
(BPT) - In the middle of winter, snowstorms and severe weather might be top of mind, but when was the last time you thought about the flu? Are you one of the many individuals who don’t think the flu is serious until you experience it firsthand?
(NAPSI)—Sunlight streaming through the window and onto your skin may feel fine when the weather’s cold but it can damage your skin—unless you take certain steps.
(Family Features) When the cold of winter settles in, it can bring a wide range of problems – especially for individuals who wear glasses.
(BPT) - The holidays will be here in the blink of an eye – have you finished shopping for gifts? If your answer is no, you’re not alone. Fortunately, you can save time, money and cut down on stress thanks to a handy gift-guide guaranteed to inspire perfect presents for everyone on your list.
(NAPSI)—Millions of Americans enjoy the unmatched comfort of propane-powered appliances for space heating, water heating, cooking and clothes drying. To help them stay safe and comfortable in cold weather, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) offers some advice.
Hollywood studios deserve major credit for increasing the public’s awareness of mental illness and the silent suffering often faced by those afflicted. Leading actors from several successful 2014 films have masterfully morphed into character to showcase their delusional tendencies or other psychotic episodes. Michael Keaton’s powerful performance in “Birdman” provided audiences with a riveting illustration of bouts from auditory and visual hallucinations. In “Nightcrawler”, Jake Gyllenhaal’s emotionally troubled and socially awkward freelance cameraman role gave us a look into the off-kilter, dangerous menace to Los Angeles residents. Director David Fincher provided audiences with a brilliant depiction of a psychopath in the twisted thriller “Gone Girl”. And now comes a western movie, directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones, which chronicles the suffering and plight of women on the American frontier during the 1850s.