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4 easy projects to turn trash into treasure
(BPT) - Crafting is a great way to relieve stress and express your creative side — and fortunately, you don’t have to be a master craftsman — or spend a fortune on materials — to have fun and enjoy the benefits.“A great way to get into crafting is by ‘upcycling&r... Read More

Step up, America: 5 ways public transportation is crucial to our small towns
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5 tips for a memorable, stress-free graduation party
(BPT) - The nation’s high school graduation rate continues to rise. With more than 84 percent of students graduating on time in 2016, it is at a record high, according to recent data from the U.S. Department of Education.In addition, the National Center for Education Statistics is expecting t... Read More

Young 4-H leader makes STEM fun and accessible
(BPT) - Cassandra Ivie is the founder and creator of the Incredible Machine, a curriculum and activities kit that teaches chemical, mechanical, software and electrical engineering to students in her community — and she is only 17 years old! Ivie is a 4-H leader from West Jordan, Utah, who bri... Read More

4 ways to simplify your DIY projects and home improvements
(BPT) - Whether you're working on a spring home improvement project or a summer task, this is the time of year when you focus on improving your home both inside and out. As you look for ways to make your home even better, nothing beats a good DIY project.DIY home improvement projects are popular ea... Read More

Tips and tricks to keep your car looking new this spring
(BPT) - The colder weather is fleeting, flowers are blossoming and the grass is just a little greener, which means spring is finally here. While most of your time will be spent preparing your home, clothes and family calendars for the warmer weather, it’s important not to forget about your ca... Read More

Having tax regrets? Here are 5 ways to pay less and save more on your taxes
(BPT) - Most of us know the feeling: Tax season can be a frustrating and stressful time. You have to gather lots of documents, remember all the changes in your life over the past year that might affect your return, and file the required paperwork before tax day rolls around.And while you do all of ... Read More

5 Tips for Today's Freelance Entrepreneur
(BPT) - From millennials who have been grinding away in the workplace for a few years to Gen Xers looking to move out of their cube, many have been intrigued by the possibility of freelancing.It means the freedom to set your own hours, to work closely with clients, to be your own boss and have grea... Read More

The new tax law: What you need to know now
(BPT) - With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 having been signed into law, here are some of the things you should be thinking about as tax season approaches, according to Robert Fishbein, vice president and corporate counsel, Prudential Financial Inc.2017 tax returnsThe new tax law is generally ef... Read More

Use these sleep tips to stay safe and productive at work
(BPT) - It’s time for America’s workforce to wake up. If you are one of the tens of millions of adults sleeping fewer than seven hours each night — the amount recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) — you are likely jeopardizing performance, increasing a... Read More

The travel warrior's nutrition guide: 5 easy steps to be healthy on the go
(BPT) - U.S. residents logged 1.7 billion trips for leisure purposes in 2016, according to the U.S. Travel Association, and this number will likely grow in 2018. Whether you’re traveling for leisure or business, you shouldn’t lose sight of nutrition. It’s common to think, “H... Read More

How to handle rising interest rates in 2018
(BPT) - The nation’s central bank — the Federal Reserve — just raised interest rates by a quarter point. The Fed is expected to raise rates at least two more times this year by the same amount. That’s going to affect a lot of your finances, including your credit card bill, c... Read More

Business travel on the rise for women: Road warrior gives 5 tips for traveling like a boss
(BPT) - When it comes to business travel, more women are taking to the road and sky to get to their destinations. In fact, women account for 47 percent of all business travel worldwide, reports the Global Business Travel Association.With female business travel on the rise, many brands are taking no... Read More

Farm to freezer: Farmers and manufacturers working together to bring fresh, delicious food to the freezer section [Video]
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Credit tips for buying an investment property
(BPT) - If you love the idea of being a landlord, and don’t mind being on duty around the clock, buying an investment property may be the wealth-building option for you.Property values have enjoyed a steady increase over the decades. That’s why real estate has earned its reputation as a... Read More

Tax-time tips in the final stretch of the tax season
(BPT) - The April 17 tax filing deadline is quickly approaching. While many are excited about the possibility of a tax refund, nearly 1 in 3 taxpayers waits until April to file their return. Whether filing online or meeting with a tax professional, H&R Block shares three tips to help make the f... Read More

How far would you walk for clean water?
(BPT) - You finish a workout and when you’re done, you reach for a bottle of water. Afterward, you shower, the clean water hitting your skin and then, that evening, you use water to prepare dinner for your family. It's a standard day for you, but what if you were one of the millions of people... Read More

These boots are made for working: 5 epic stories from tradespeople
(BPT) - They say you can’t know someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. Red Wing Shoe Company is taking this to a new level by sharing stories from the tradespeople who quietly build the world around us. After collecting hundreds of stories, the most ‘epic’ are en... Read More

Corn, soybeans and nuts: Top U.S. exports feed the economy
(BPT) - Politicians spend a lot of time talking about America-first trade deals. Even though the average person may not think about U.S. trade often, it's a key part of the economy — a topic that’s on everyone’s mind.In 2017 alone, the U.S. exported around $132 billion worth of ag... Read More

3 steps to buying a better golf game
(BPT) - If the spring is golf season to you, then this is the best time of the year. A full season of golf awaits, and you can’t wait to get out and play.Making this your best season yet means starting the year off on the right foot and improving round after round. But to do that, you need mo... Read More

Stemming the leak: 4 ways to encourage STEM in your middle schooler
(BPT) - Even though many Americans understand the importance of STEM education, children in the U.S. continue to lose interest in science, technology, engineering and math subjects at young ages.Not surprisingly, 44 percent of U.S. adults say they felt more excited about science when they were kids... Read More

Entrepreneurs in unexpected places: How one Midwest city promotes diverse local innovation
(BPT) - In September of 2017, thousands of people from around the world congregated in an unlikely place: Wausau, Wisconsin.This diverse crowd was gathered for the first International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival. While many may be surprised that such an event would be held in the middle of Wisconsin... Read More

Problem Gambling: Know When to Stop Before You Start
(BPT) - The bright lights. The energy and laughter that fills the room. Casinos are fun and exciting to the vast majority of people but for some, they can be problematic.Casinos are a form of entertainment, so how do you ensure what’s meant to be a fun and leisurely activity continues to be a... Read More

The 2018 Small Business Report [Infographic]
(BPT) - How important is professional advice when it comes to small businesses' tax preparation and marketing? How do owners of thriving small businesses describe their workplace? Check out the 2018 Small Business Report by the numbers, based on a recent Staples study, for more on the current state... Read More

5 practical and fun ways to spend your tax refund
(BPT) - It’s that time of year again when you may find a little bit of extra money in your pocket, thanks to your annual tax refund. There are plenty of practical ways to spend it, such as putting it toward paying off credit cards, loan payments or even starting a college fund, but there is a... Read More

Forward-thinking programs get kids to eat better
(BPT) - They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But for millions of low-income children across the country, the low-cost or free lunch they get at school is the most nutritious, most filling meal they will eat.In 2016, over 30 million kids across the U.S. received low-cost or... Read More

6 other college costs (and opportunities) to consider when the financial aid letter arrives
(BPT) - The last year of high school is a whirl of activity, and it’s no different when it comes to the final leg of college selection. Once the acceptance notifications arrive, it will soon be time to sit down with a different stack of mail: financial aid letters.As you undoubtedly know, the... Read More

Henry Johnson: The story of an unsung hero
(BPT) - As you know, February is recognized as Black History Month. This is an opportunity to reflect on all of the brave African-American men and women throughout our country’s history. As the Purple Heart Foundation is a veteran service organization, we wanted to reflect on African-American... Read More

An underutilized retirement strategy
(BPT) - Across the nation, thousands of seniors have used a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), commonly called a reverse mortgage loan, as a savvy way to access the equity in their homes as part of their retirement strategy.Those who are interested in a reverse mortgage loan should know that t... Read More

New research calls pistachios superfood for people with desk jobs
(BPT) - Recent research is giving the 86 percent of Americans who sit all day at their jobs new reasons to reach for a handful of nuts while at work, and in particular, pistachios. Adding to an increasing volume of research around the health benefits of pistachios, one study and a national survey i... Read More

Biodiesel is making a difference
(BPT) - Soybean farmers in Minnesota have been at the forefront of developing a homegrown renewable fuel that has resulted in a dramatic improvement of the air quality in the state.Biodiesel has become an important part of the energy landscape in Minnesota and across the country. In just over 15 ye... Read More

Retailers find purpose and share it with customers
(BPT) - Ninety-six percent of Americans are now shopping online, according to a recent study from CPC Strategy.Building meaningful connections with local communities is one way to captivate today's consumer, says Etienne Veber, president of Field Trip Factory, a firm that helps design, schedule and... Read More

Visit Durban for an unforgettable South African experience
(BPT) - Think of South Africa, and images of majestic savannas and roaming wildlife come to mind. A South African safari is an unforgettable experience, but no visit to the country is truly complete without a cultural immersion. The vibrant city of Durban combines the best of both worlds. Located a... Read More

How to inspire your teen to expand their horizons and find their passion
(BPT) - With mounting pressures and expectations, the high school years can feel overwhelming — for students and parents alike. Teens grapple with questions like: Which colleges should I apply to? What should I choose as a major? What do I really want to do with my life? What if I don’t... Read More

5 ways travel will change in 2018
(BPT) - As international travel gains popularity each year, new destinations are added to bucket lists and new travel gadgets and accessories appear on the market. The way we travel has changed in the past few decades, but that age-old itch to explore and discover new places and experiences remains... Read More

5 experiences to try in Nanjing, China
(BPT) - In southern China, the ancient capital city of Nanjing beckons travelers to immerse themselves in history and culture.Nanjing served as the capital city of 10 dynasties and regimes over more than 1,800 years and is home to some of China's most significant historical attractions, including t... Read More

What to really expect from your first semester in college [Infographic]
(BPT) - Course Hero compares the expectations of high school seniors to the realities of college freshmen to help students and parents better prepare for the road ahead.... Read More

More than 39,000 veterans are homeless each night: How you can help
(BPT) - There are 18.8 million veterans in the U.S., according to the most recent U.S. Census. More than 9 million are seeking treatment at their local U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs medical center, and more than 39,000 are homeless on any given night, according to the U.S. Department of Housin... Read More

Common tax mistakes to avoid in 2018
(BPT) - Life changes — getting married, having a baby, buying or selling a home, sending a child off to college or retiring — often come with changes to your tax situation. Overlooking these changes when filing your taxes can lead taxpayers to make mistakes that leave money on the table... Read More

Here's how the tax reform plan could affect you
(BPT) - With the newly passed tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), now is the time to start thinking about how this will affect you so that you can plan ahead for the outcomes you will start to feel in your paycheck as early as February 2018.This tax reform affects virtually everyone;... Read More

Growing your business? These 3 financing mistakes can cost you big
(BPT) - Starting a business can be tough. Growing one can be even harder.Dr. Nacondus Gamble knows this all too well. After her optometry practice, The South Eastern Eye Center, began to establish a reputation for great patient care, Dr. Gamble decided she was ready to expand. So she began looking ... Read More

8 top wow moments of 2017 according to The Red Bulletin
(BPT) - 2017 has been a year filled with twists and turns. But what about those ones beyond the ordinary? The celebrities who admitted their embarrassing moments, the athletes who reached new heights and ordinary folk who pushed boundaries. Here are the top 8 stories from leading magazine The Red B... Read More


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