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(BPT) - As temperatures drop, home heating costs increase across the country. In fact, experts predict this winter will be colder than previously expected, and electricity and natural gas prices will climb accordingly, ABC News reports. While the majority of Americans rely on those two sources to heat their homes, there is a time-proven alternative that should warrant consideration for homeowners looking to trim heating costs this winter: heating with wood.
(Family Features) While the winter may make for a tempting time to curl up on the couch, adapting your routine is essential for year-round well-being, whether you’re a professional athlete or an average person looking to stay on top of your game.
(Family Features) There's nothing quite like a hearty, homemade meal to help warm up those cold winter nights. And with a well-stocked pantry - or "Cantry" - delicious meals, like Turkey Green Bean Chili and Home-Style Chicken Pot Pie, are just a few cans away.
(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.
(Family Features) Homeowners can avoid emergency repairs by completing a few home projects each season. A simple project such as inspecting the plumbing annually can prevent the unexpected cost of repairing water damage from a pipe that burst.
(BPT) - Mom. It's a very important title; one that establishes you as a role model for your young daughter. Being a mom is a tough job, always challenging you to find ways to create and strengthen that special bond. The good news is it doesn't have to be complicated. Just find activities you both like, so you can spend time together developing special memories that will last a lifetime.
As the temperature outside drops, families take to the indoors to keep safe and warm. What they may not realize is that turning up the heat can increase the risk of home heating fires.
(BPT) - Americans’ love affair with pets continues to grow with approximately 69 million households owning a pet, according to American Veterinary Medical Association. In fact, pet ownership has tripled since the 1970s, and today there are 74.1 million owned cats alone. Felines are great companion animals, but there is still a surprising amount of widely accepted misinformation about cats – and it’s causing a multitude of issues.
(BPT) - Winter is when car trouble can cause big financial problems. So how do you keep your car winter-ready for severe weather and protect your budget? The right preventive care is essential, and the good news is that there are many simple things you can do to get your car ready for extreme weather without blowing your budget.
(BPT) - When you think of favorite winter dishes, what comes to mind? Do hearty soups and bold coffee seem like the best sources of warmth to sustain you through winter’s chill? For dishes that create comfort and warmth, don’t rule out one of the most-loved American flavors: peanut butter. Peanut butter adds flavor and flare to many dishes, from baked treats to main courses and everything in between.
Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of hikes and talks this winter that explore the park’s wonderful natural and cultural histories. Program listings also are available on the park’s website, www.nps.gov/sagu, or on Facebook. Interpretive programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Program schedules are subject to change; call the visitor centers for updates or reservations.
(BPT) - The average American spends an hour a day in the kitchen preparing food and cleaning up afterward, according to the American Time Use Survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Add in the time it takes to put groceries away, load and unload dishwashers, organize cabinets and pantries or just hang out, and you spend a whole lot of time in your kitchen.
A federal judge in California issued a ruling earlier this week that overturned the state’s ban on foie gras, the intentionally fattened livers of geese and ducks, ushering in a new generation of foie fans in the Golden State.
(NAPSI)—There’s good news for parents looking for a positive way to keep their kids entertained when there is no school. There is an affordable way to keep kids connected to the Internet.
There is a program designed to help children in low-income families get connected to the Internet at home. (NAPS)
(BPT) - The start of the spring semester in the classroom is a great time for teachers to refresh the room so all learning goals can be accomplished before the end of the year. Sometimes a refresh involves disinfecting everything to help students stay healthy. Perhaps this year's refresh even involves incorporating some new decor and bright colors. This semester, help your students stay energized all spring long, right up until the final bell rings for summer break:
It's officially award show season and, while the awards won't be given out until Feb. 22, the Oscar nominations were released today.
(BPT) - When the holiday lights fade for another year, the excitement really begins with the arrival of big games and tournaments in top winter sports like football, basketball and hockey. If you’ll be playing game-day host for your team of fans, you know the flavors of the food you serve are as important as the clarity of your flat-screen TV.
(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.
Adopting technologies designed specifically for seniors can be a great way for older adults to stay active and connected. (NAPS)