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(NewsUSA) - In case you haven't noticed, the indoor trampoline industry is booming with new arenas opening throughout the U.S. Not just because they're loads of fun (of course they are), but because it's something families can do together, while enjoying activities like dodge ball, basketball or even exercise classes.
(BPT) - Whether a loyal pal like Lassie is what you’re looking for, or a Garfield–like couch potato is more your speed, a pet can make a wonderful addition to your family. But there is more to choosing a new pet than simply falling in love with a cute face. Making an informed and well-researched decision can lead to a happy home life for both you and your pet.
Every year around this time, my wife and I make a $400 donation to public schools and I write a column about it. It may sound like I’m bragging about my generosity, but I’m not. See, I get the entire $400 back at income tax time. And you can do the same thing: give $200 as an individual or $400 as a couple to a public school – or spread it out over a few schools if you want – and get all your money back when you pay your state taxes. I highly recommend it. It’s a great deal, everybody wins. You get to do something good for school children, you get to feel good about yourself, and it doesn’t cost you a dime.
The incoming arrival of a Fisher House means out-of-state families can stay closer to their injured veterans – and for Tucson mother Libby Mannel that’s a subject that’s very close to home.
(BPT) - You work hard for your money and the last thing you want to do is waste it by buying the wrong product or investing in something of poor quality. So how do you know which product is the best? There is no definitive answer, of course, and marketing campaigns can be misleading. If you adhere to the steps below, however, you’ll find you’ll be generally happy with your purchases in the long run.
(BPT) - A good gift keeps on giving long after you’ve recycled the wrapping paper and put away the decorations. A great gift keeps giving in ways that change people’s lives for the better. This holiday season, give the people you love something that will contribute to their lives day after day, month after month. Instead of fruitcake, give the gift of fitness. It lasts even longer, and makes people much happier. Here are three gift ideas that will support health and wellness all year long.
(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.
(Family Features) Gift giving should fuel your holiday spirit, not drain it. Shopping for unique, stylish gifts that capture the fun-loving spirit of everyone on your list is easier than most think.
(Family Features) ‘Tis the season for holiday parties, and many pet lovers jump at the opportunity to include their four-legged friends in the festivities. Pet holiday parties may range from the simply elegant to the simply silly, but they all have one thing in common – a doggone good time.
(NAPSI)—Whether you’re considering cashing in on your equity, downsizing, trading up, moving for a change of scenery or relocating for better prospects, a few smart investments and improvements can help your home stand out from the competition so you get top dollar. Even if you’re not planning on moving anytime soon, these strategies can maximize your home’s value and increase its marketability:
(NAPSI)—For those looking to take an upscale road trip, but who want to get the most for their money, there are several tips and tricks to keep in mind when planning a getaway.
The creative minds at Blizzard Entertainment definitely have some news to pat themselves on the back over. World of Warcraft subscriptions have, once again, leapt above the 10 million mark, as announced following the fifth expansion to the world leading MMORPG juggernaut. Blizzard also announced that, within 24 hours of Warlords of Draenor’s release, over 3.3 million copies of the game were sold.
University of Arizona football has accepted an invitation to play Boise State at the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix, Ariz., it was announced by the College Football Playoff committee and Arizona Athletics on Sunday. The Wildcats’ game with the Broncos will be played Wed., Dec. 31, at 2 p.m. MT and will air on ESPN.
(Family Features) The time has come to begin planning your holiday celebrations – filled with tasty food and happy guests.
(Family Features) This holiday season, create a welcoming environment for your guests. From getting your home ready for company to managing the many messes that come with a packed home, there are several cleaning tips to help you enjoy the fun at hand without the extra stress.
(NAPSI)—Whether it’s the holidays or any occasion you want to be special, a gift that features a friend’s or family member’s favorite automotive item can be a great way to show you care—and know—about the person. For example, you can put car fanciers on the road to happiness with items such as these from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Mopar brand:
(BPT) - Another year is upon us, leaving plenty of time to reflect on what went well (and not so well) in 2014. Before you start outlining your self-improvement plan for 2015, consider this: only 8 percent of people who make new year’s resolutions actually stick to them. Control the urge to recycle annual resolutions that you know you’ll never keep. Instead, identify new opportunities to keep your body fresh and your mind focused. Here are four simple steps to a happier, healthier 2015.
(BPT) - The fall-to-winter transition brings harsher climates with drops in temperature and punishing winds across the country. Clothing and accessories will help protect most parts of your body but your face will almost always remain exposed, which can lead to skin damage if it’s not properly cared for.
The countdown to Super Bowl XLIX is on with the latest supersized promotion in the epicenter of what will be Super Bowl Central in downtown Phoenix: a 13-foot-tall solar countdown clock.
Red and green sprinkles, chocolate and popcorn make a happy winter treat. White chocolate and peppermint plus popcorn can bring warmth to the coldest night. (NAPS)
(BPT) - The end of a year usually means one thing: endless resolutions. As you bid farewell to the holidays, it’s all about what you want to change, upgrade and do better. Health and well-being are always the first things that come to mind, but don’t overlook your home. In fact, sometimes it’s the first place to start – from a total overhaul to the simplest design changes. Those major or minor design decisions can really impact not only how you live, but also the health and happiness of you, your family and your home.
(BPT) - Every year, many Americans resolve to change or improve something in their lives in the coming months. Too often, their January fervor to take control fizzles by February. But a new approach to managing resolutions could make 2015 the year you achieve meaningful, lasting change.
By now we have all heard about the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa and the instances where the virus has found its way into the United States. In many cases, the coverage has been overwhelming and frightening for some. In the swirl of media coverage, it can be difficult to evaluate what really is the true risk to our community. I am confident that the likelihood of a person becoming ill with the Ebola virus here in Pima County always has been, and remains, infinitely low.
Remember the song, “Is That All There Is?”