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  • US agricultural trade helps feed the world while strengthening the economy

    US agricultural trade helps feed the world while strengthening the economy

    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 agricultural products....

  • Be wary of adult bullying and know where to turn if you are being targeted

    Be wary of adult bullying and know where to turn if you are being targeted

    When you hear the word bully, you probably think of the big kid waiting in the school yard to steal your lunch money. However, bullies aren't left behind when you move into adulthood. Not by a long shot. According to a recent Harris Poll, conducted on behalf of the American Osteopathic Association,...

  • Make holiday shopping for your clients easy this year

    Make holiday shopping for your clients easy this year

    The holidays are known as the most wonderful time of the year, but they're also a great opportunity for reflection, particularly in a business setting. This is the time of year when you can look back on the last 12 months and appreciate everyone who helped make the year a success for your business....

  • Small businesses have struggled to find funding: Not anymore

    Small businesses have struggled to find funding: Not anymore

    In business, dreams are easy. Finding the money to make them happen, however, can be difficult. Even established, successful businesses can get turned away for loans at banks. This was the case for Sole Bicycles, a popular maker of stylish, high-performance bikes based in Venice Beach, California....

  • 5 big changes for today's small businesses

    5 big changes for today's small businesses

    A generation ago, the notion of a small business owner meant something very different. You pictured a person who owned their own storefront, often named after themselves, and every day they were the first to arrive and the last to leave. They worked tirelessly for their customers, and their reward...

  • 5 steps to creating happiness in your workplace

    5 steps to creating happiness in your workplace

    Each workday, the average American spends 8.8 hours at work or on work-related activities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s even more time than people spend sleeping. And because we spend so much time at work, it's in your and your employer’s best interest to make workplaces...

  • 6 pet-related businesses you can start today

    6 pet-related businesses you can start today

    Starting your own business can nurture your entrepreneurial spirit, earn you some money and give you the opportunity to spend more time with your family — including your pets. So what job can you do that doesn't necessarily require a degree, affords you time flexibility, is in a growing industry...

  • How credit card reward points created delicious results (Infographic)

    Doughnut Plant founder Mark Isreal brought his latest creation to life with the help of 80,000 points earned with his Chase Ink card. Here's how he pulled it off. Save Save

  • Bridging the digital wallet divide (Infographic)

    JPMorgan Chase commissioned Forrester Consulting to research the digital wallet opportunity from the audiences who determine the technology’s future: merchants and their customers. Save Save

  • One key to growth in today's business sector is inclusion

    Today's political climate seems to offer less room for inclusion than ever before. The polarizing campaigns and election in the United States left many divided. And across the ocean, the approval of Brexit shook the European continent to its core. In politics, it seems, inclusion is out. Yet in the...

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  • Tips and tricks to keep your car looking new this spring

    Tips and tricks to keep your car looking new this spring

    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 car. In fact,...

  • Biodiesel is making a difference

    Biodiesel is making a difference

    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 years,...

  • 6 reasons to love the Malone Golf Club

    A lot of golf courses claim to be the best, but Malone Golf Club has the stats to back it up. Located just south of the Canadian border and within sight of the foothills of New York's beautiful Adirondack Mountains, you'll find a variety of challenges laid out across an undulating landscape. Read...

  • 6 delightful things in downtown Saranac Lake

    Saranac Lake is a beautiful conglomeration of mountains and people. The downtown captures this essence in a wonderful way — eclectic eateries are interspersed among art galleries, music is on everyone’s mind, and mountains and lakes play peek-a-boo from behind the historic architecture. People...

  • Business travel on the rise for women: Road warrior gives 5 tips for traveling like a boss

    Business travel on the rise for women: Road warrior gives 5 tips for traveling like a boss

    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 note...

  • Take a trip through history: Visit Arkansas landmarks on the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail

    Take a trip through history: Visit Arkansas landmarks on the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail

    While Arkansas is known for its scenic beauty, it is also home to numerous historical sites considered vital in the fight for African-Americans’ civil rights. Six historical landmarks in Little Rock are included on the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which debuted in 2018. The national trail spans...

  • Travel insurance tips for a worry-free vacation

    Travel insurance tips for a worry-free vacation

    Vacation may be a time to relax, but things can take a serious downturn if you lose your passport or if there is disastrous weather at your destination — or worse, you need an emergency medical evacuation. Though travel insurance can seem like just one more expense, without it, an emergency evacuation...

  • Visit Durban for an unforgettable South African experience

    Visit Durban for an unforgettable South African experience

    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 along...

  • 5 experiences to try in Nanjing, China

    5 experiences to try in Nanjing, China

    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 the...

  • Adventurers and travelers: Add this to your bucket list

    Adventurers and travelers: Add this to your bucket list

    Let your soul experience one of the most stunning and pristine places on earth, Western Australia’s Kimberley. Its coastline is so unspoiled, dinosaur footprints still smatter the rocks. Its oceans are so untouched, whales nurse their young in its warm waters. Its indigenous culture is so ancient,...

  • What's driving car care and purchases this spring

    What's driving car care and purchases this spring

    As the weather starts to warm up, Americans will hit the road more often for destinations ranging from family outings to spring vacation destinations. Because cars are such an important part of our daily lives, Hankook Tire examined what drives Americans to keep up with car maintenance, as well...

  • Top 5 reasons to visit El Salvador in 2018

    Top 5 reasons to visit El Salvador in 2018

    El Salvador, Central America's smallest country, attracts a wide array of intrepid travelers who come to experience its vibrant culture and diverse outdoor activities. From its rich Maya history, to its volcanic beauty and generations-old artisan heritage, El Salvador provides plenty for travelers...

  • Beer, bears and Big Sky country: 5 fun features of Billings, Montana

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. For nature enthusiasts who also enjoy amenities such as great food and drink, the city of Billings, Montana, seems to have it all — especially in the summertime. Of course, the city known as the gateway to Yellowstone Park features an impressive...

  • Outdoor Family Getaways: Springtime in Arkansas, The Natural State

    Outdoor Family Getaways: Springtime in Arkansas, The Natural State

    Spring offers the perfect time of year for outdoor family getaways, and there’s no better place than Arkansas to explore, make memories and enjoy nature together. Famously known as The Natural State for its extraordinary scenic beauty, Arkansas has 52 state parks, three national forests, and five...

  • Entrepreneurs in unexpected places: How one Midwest city promotes diverse local innovation

    Entrepreneurs in unexpected places: How one Midwest city promotes diverse local innovation

    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’s...

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  • Supplements 101: 4 essentials you should consider taking daily

    When it comes to healthy living, many can agree that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Eating clean, exercising often and practicing self-care are just a few essential tactics necessary to achieve optimal wellness. But when it comes to food, the nourishment we get from our daily diet...

  • 5 self-care tips that take 10 minutes or less

    Sponsored by Vicks® Whether you're a young professional building a career, a busy parent maintaining a family schedule or a C-suite executive travelling the world, modern life can be extremely busy. With so many to-do's, priorities can shift, and oftentimes self-care suffers. To feel your best...

  • Taking control: The fight for my health

    Taking control: The fight for my health

    My path to diagnosis In my late twenties, I was leading a relatively “normal” life. I had graduated from college, landed a full-time job and was living on my own. I had my own insurance, which was a huge thing to me, because behind the scenes, I was dealing with symptoms of a chronic illness. ...

  • 6 things I wish I knew about my fertility in my 20s

    Although it’s no secret a woman’s fertility decreases with age, how much do you actually know about what’s going on in your own body when it comes to fertility? With 1 in 2 millennials choosing to delay starting a family, it’s easy to overlook your fertility in your 20s. In fact, when researchers...

  • The real bottom line: Maximize the value of your Medicare dollar

    The real bottom line: Maximize the value of your Medicare dollar

    In a recent survey, 43 percent of newly retired people said they were spending more on health care than they planned. One of the primary reasons? An unintentionally misguided approach to choosing their Medicare coverage. To make the process of comparing their plan options easier, too often people...

  • Health care costs in retirement: Can you separate fact from fiction?

    Health care costs in retirement: Can you separate fact from fiction?

    As their 65th birthday looms, many people eagerly anticipate the affordable access to health care that Medicare will provide. After all, Medicare covers everything, right? Not exactly. Because of this common misconception, many people are caught off guard when they realize that each one of the...

  • Advice for adult children of aging parents who need help at home

    Advice for adult children of aging parents who need help at home

    Helping a parent stay active and healthy at home can be achieved with careful planning. The rewards of personally caring for, or managing the care of, a loved one who needs help are innumerable. It’s an opportunity to give back and to offer a return on the loving investment they once made in us....

  • The Road to Finding a Treatment Option for My RA

    The Road to Finding a Treatment Option for My RA

    By: Carla Kienast My RA Diagnosis Most of my life, I was consumed by my career, which I’m sure many of you can relate to. When I wasn’t working, I loved traveling, going to the movies, reading, scuba diving, hiking, snowmobiling and camping. Oh, and I wrote a paperback novel with no socially redeeming...

  • Your prescription drug coverage and medication questions answered

    Your prescription drug coverage and medication questions answered

    Prescription drug coverage and medications can be complex territory. Enter UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement’s Chief Pharmacy Officer Mike Anderson, PharmD, who has spent his career navigating the ins and outs of the Rx world. Below, Anderson answers some questions people frequently ask about...

  • 10 things you don't know about meningitis

    10 things you don't know about meningitis

    By Jamie Schanbaum, GSK spokesperson, U.S. Para-athlete and meningitis survivor Before I contracted bacterial meningitis in 2008, I had never heard of it. I didn’t know how it was transmitted, what the symptoms were or how to help prevent it. After spending seven months in the hospital and losing...

  • Problem Gambling: Know When to Stop Before You Start

    Problem Gambling: Know When to Stop Before You Start

    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 positive...

  • Don't suffer in silence if you have these symptoms

    Don't suffer in silence if you have these symptoms

    "As a doctor, I want patients to have open conversations with me about any symptoms they may experience without feeling uncomfortable," said Dr. Howard Franklin, MBA, vice president of medical affairs and strategy at Salix Pharmaceuticals. "But, I understand that patients may sometimes choose not...

  • Are Your Symptoms Caused By Coronary Artery Disease?

    A Simple Blood Test Can Help Doctors Determine Your Current Likelihood of Having a Blockage in Your Heart Arteries Obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD), also known as a blockage in the heart arteries, has many telltale signs. Chest discomfort. Heartburn. Tightness or pressure in the throat,...

  • 5 deep-cleaning jobs that are oddly satisfying

    5 deep-cleaning jobs that are oddly satisfying

    Whether it’s scrubbing through grime to reveal a sparkling surface, cleaning dust bunnies from under appliances or organizing your pantry, there’s something oddly satisfying about a deep clean. According to a recent survey conducted on behalf of Clorox, lots of people get the good vibes flowing...

  • Mike Golic Shares Tips for Tackling His Type 2 Diabetes During a Busy Day

    Mike Golic Shares Tips for Tackling His Type 2 Diabetes During a Busy Day

    As a former professional football player and national sports talk show host, Mike Golic is constantly on the go. Living with type 2 diabetes means that Mike needs to take a few extra steps to manage his diabetes throughout the day. Here are a few tips that Mike uses to stay on track and find fun...

  • The Search for Extraordinary Women of Worth During National Volunteer Month

    The Search for Extraordinary Women of Worth During National Volunteer Month

    Throughout the month of April — National Volunteer Month — L’Oréal Paris is calling on men and women throughout the country to nominate extraordinary women who find beauty and strength in giving back to their communities. Women like Shandra Woworuntu, a survivor of human trafficking, who founded...

  • A new way to restore women's confidence and comfort in 15 minutes

    A new way to restore women's confidence and comfort in 15 minutes

    Major life events like childbirth, aging and menopause can cause unwanted changes to a woman’s body. These tend to include a woman’s overall vaginal health that can impact her daily life in terms of work, travel, sports and also, her sex life. Fortunately, there is an innovative, non-surgical treatment...

  • 5 Weight-Loss Strategies When You're Pressed for Time

    It’s not just you. Losing weight is a tough thing to pull off! Forty-one percent of us are currently trying to do it, yet only approximately three in 10 are confident we’ll succeed, according to a new national online survey, “The Truth About Weight Loss”, conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf...

  • New Study: Changed Lifestyles Are Hampering Our Weight-Loss Efforts

    New Study: Changed Lifestyles Are Hampering Our Weight-Loss Efforts

    If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you probably know it can seem like an overwhelming task. In fact, a recent survey conducted by The Harris Poll indicates losing weight is harder than ever before, and that today’s busy modern lifestyle is a key reason why. But, don’t lose hope. Results also...

  • Creative approaches to combat common menopausal symptoms

    Creative approaches to combat common menopausal symptoms

    Many women and their doctors are still confused about the safety of estrogen. When introduced, estrogen was believed to be good for you. But, following the Women's Health Initiative study 15 years ago, women were told that hormone therapy could, in fact, lead to an increased risk of cancer, blood...

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  • Having tax regrets? Here are 5 ways to pay less and save more on your taxes

    Having tax regrets? Here are 5 ways to pay less and save more on your taxes

    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 that,...

  • Healthcare hints: 5 savings tips for budget-conscious consumers

    Healthcare hints: 5 savings tips for budget-conscious consumers

    As Americans work hard to meet all the obligations that come with work, family and everyday life, many are challenged to find time to manage all the financial elements affecting their healthcare. If you're among them you're far from alone, since the multiple details associated with healthcare insurance...

  • 5 tips to create a personalized shed

    5 tips to create a personalized shed

    The backyard. It’s your oasis. Your happy place. Your second living room. It’s the place to go not only for “me” time — but quality time with friends and family. This National Barbecue Month, the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association wants to help you make your backyard the best backyard it can...

  • 5 ways smart cities provide a healthier, safer, richer life for residents

    5 ways smart cities provide a healthier, safer, richer life for residents

    It’s exciting to live in a time when technology is making everything smarter. Smartphones, smart homes, smart cars and now the talk is all about smart cities. Advances in automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are not only mind-boggling innovations, but contribute to greener urban environments,...

  • 3 ways to make your home more eco-friendly with smart home technology

    3 ways to make your home more eco-friendly with smart home technology

    More and more Americans are shifting to a greener lifestyle, and if you’re one of them, you're always looking for ways to reduce your impact on the environment. Cutting your energy usage is a big part of that, and the benefits of doing so are twofold: First, of course, is being more environmentally...

  • Simple ways to save on your pet's medical costs

    Simple ways to save on your pet's medical costs

    Pet parents know that there's nothing like the love of furry family members. Keeping your pets healthy is a priority because you want them to live as long as possible. However, health care costs for pets are expensive, and if you are dealing with additional expenses such as prescriptions for chronic...

  • 5 ways everyone can fight climate change

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. What can I do to combat climate change? Concerned with their impact on the environment and wanting to do something to reduce their personal carbon footprint, many people find themselves asking this question. What habits can I curb, where can...

  • 5 Tips for Today's Freelance Entrepreneur

    5 Tips for Today's Freelance Entrepreneur

    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 greater...

  • Now that the taxes are filed, give your small business a checkup

    Now that the taxes are filed, give your small business a checkup

    A challenge for any entrepreneur is getting access to capital. If you’re like many, you’re constantly looking for ways to reduce expenses and free up cash flow so you can be ready for anything, whether it’s a slow season or an opportunity to expand. When tax season rolls around, you’re already...

  • Taking Green to the Grave

    As Americans become increasingly dedicated to reducing their carbon footprint, people are exploring ways to be green in life, as well as after death. Last year, the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) reported in its Consumer Preferences and Awareness Study that more than 50 percent of...

  • Hard water proves hard on your wallet

    Hard water proves hard on your wallet

    Hard water, which contains high levels of calcium and magnesium, can be found in nearly 90 percent of American homes. These minerals cause scaling, a buildup that clogs waterlines and plumbing forcing appliances to work harder and operate less efficiently. The scale may also harbor bacteria. The...

  • 4 tips for festive flourishing flowers, vibrant plants and hardy herbs

    4 tips for festive flourishing flowers, vibrant plants and hardy herbs

    Spring is in full bloom, but are your plants keeping pace? If the answer is anything but a resounding yes, don’t worry. There’s still plenty of time to get into the spirit of the season and grow your most beautiful bed of flowers. “There’s nothing like the start of the season,” says Emily Murphy...

  • Retailers find purpose and share it with customers

    Retailers find purpose and share it with customers

    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 promote...

  • Time to Vaccinate: Addressing barriers to vaccination

    Time to Vaccinate provides farmers with information and shared experiences about vaccination as a preventive tool. Learn more at www.TimeToVaccinate.com. -

  • The new tax law: What you need to know now

    The new tax law: What you need to know now

    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 returns The new tax law is generally effective...

  • Tax help for each kind of procrastinator (Video)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Millions of Americans have yet to file their taxes. In fact, one in three taxpayers who file before the deadline wait until April to file. What causes people to procrastinate has long been examined, but when it comes to taxes, the stakes are...

  • Call 811 before digging for home improvement projects and landscaping this spring

    Call 811 before digging for home improvement projects and landscaping this spring

    With spring having officially begun, many eager homeowners and landscape professionals across the country will roll up their sleeves and reach for their shovels to start projects that require digging this season. During the transition into “digging season,” Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the organization...

  • How to handle rising interest rates in 2018

    How to handle rising interest rates in 2018

    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, car payment and home equity line...

  • Farm to freezer: Farmers and manufacturers working together to bring fresh, delicious food to the freezer section (Video)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. The U.S. frozen food and beverage supply chain is a $56 billion industry providing more than 670,000 jobs. Here’s how farmers and manufacturers are working together to create both tasty, nutrient-rich food and impactful jobs for Americans....

  • Credit tips for buying an investment property

    Credit tips for buying an investment property

    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 sound investment...

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  • Public Transportation: The Hidden Traffic Safety Solution (Infographic)

    More than 35,000 people died in car crashes in 2015. What can we do to keep roads, and the people traveling on them, safer? Invest in America's public transportation system.

  • Home for the holidays (Infographic)

    As Americans get ready for the most wonderful time of the year, they are also preparing for another element of the holiday season: lots of time in the car. Hankook Tire released findings from its latest Gauge Index Survey, which found that 84 percent of Americans are more likely to drive than fly...

  • The Vision Concept Tire: One of the Best Inventions of the Year (Infographic)

    Michelin’s Vision concept tire of the future was selected as a Best Invention of 2017. Introduced earlier this year, the Vision concept features an innovative combination of four technologies: airless, organic, rechargeable and connected. However, its most intriguing feature is its 3D-printed tread....

  • Celebrating Decades of Dominance at the Baja 1000 (Infographic)

    2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Baja 1000. Featuring rugged terrain, unpredictable elements, and endurance-testing conditions, the Baja Peninsula has long been considered one of the most complex and punishing off-road terrains around. BFGoodrich Tires has dominated Baja racing for decades,...

  • Men vs. women: Who's better behind the wheel?

    Men vs. women: Who's better behind the wheel?

    It’s the age-old question: Who is a better driver, men or women? Are women more likely to adhere to the speed limit? Are men more inclined to drive in high-traffic areas? Perhaps there will never be resolution on the matter, but the latest Hankook Tire Gauge Index uncovered some definite differences...

  • Coaching your teen driver: The handbook (Infographic)

    Much like preparing for a big game, coaching your teen driver requires some mental preparation and practice of the plays that will land your team that big "W" (a safe and confident licensed teen driver). That's why Michelin has teamed up with NFL Hall of Famer and father of a teen driver, Emmitt...

  • 5 tips to ready your ride for winter

    The winter driving season is … unique. No matter where you live, these aren't the same road conditions you enjoyed in June or July, and that means you can't handle your car in the same way. A winter-ready vehicle requires extra preparation. To get your vehicle ready for the season's unique driving...

  • Letting go of the wheel: Why consumers should trust self-driving cars

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Driverless-car technology is advancing rapidly and the potential benefits are vast. Experts predict self-driving cars will save millions of lives by reducing accidents. Other benefits will include reduced rush-hour congestion and improved...

  • 5 tire safety tips for your next road trip

    5 tire safety tips for your next road trip

    Summer travel is off to a hot start, and with historically low gas prices and declining car rental rates across the country, Americans are opting for road travel to reach their summer destinations. Whether driving to a beach vacation, visiting family or exploring the back roads, drivers should...

  • 5 things you didn't know about summer driving (Infographic)

    Summer driving is often associated with carefree memories of rolled-down windows, wind in your hair and clear, open roads. A new study by Michelin indicates that optimal summer driving conditions may actually lull drivers into a false sense of safety. Stay safe and vigilant on the road this summer...

  • Auto insight: Tips to maximize engine performance

    Auto insight: Tips to maximize engine performance

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. You may not be a legendary stunt driver, but the car you drive today has a lot of technology under the hood. Whether you're commuting to work or heading to the grocery store, you want to get the most out of your engine's performance. Your daily...

  • The road to efficient, eco-conscious performance (Infographic)

    The road to efficient, eco-conscious performance starts with the Hyundai Ioniq. The world's first dedicated vehicle with three electrified low- and zero-emission powertrain choices, the Ioniq Hybrid boasts an EPA-estimated 58 MPG (combined), making it the most efficient vehicle in the U.S. market...

  • Enhance your car with these easy upgrades

    Enhance your car with these easy upgrades

    Chances are you chose your current car or truck because of specific features or performance capabilities. These vary from vehicle to vehicle, and what one automobile may have, the other may lack. Thankfully, there are many ways to enhance the performance of your car or truck. According to the Specialty...

  • A driver's guide to potholes (Infographic)

    Ready or not, here it comes… pothole season! Springtime is primetime for potholes as temperature fluctuations from wintry weather to spring thaws wreak havoc on asphalt, causing hazardous craters to appear. This spring season, safely traverse bumpy roads with these tips from Michelin to avoid and...

  • Get the big bow ready: 4 tips for buying a used car

    Get the big bow ready: 4 tips for buying a used car

    If you're tempted by steep discounts offered by car dealerships at the end of the year, you're not alone. Car sales rev up especially during the week between Christmas and New Year's, when dealerships may see sales jump 78 percent over the first part of December, according to Edmunds.com, a leading...

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  • 5 ways to upgrade your grilling game

    5 ways to upgrade your grilling game

    Upgrading your grilling game is about more than just food, it’s about creating an outdoor living experience in which guests feel comfortable and relaxed — an atmosphere where lasting memories are made. Fortunately, transforming your backyard into BBQ HQ doesn’t have to be costly, difficult or time-consuming....

  • Are you eating too much salt, or not enough?

    Are you eating too much salt, or not enough?

    New York City already mandates it and now Philadelphia is considering it. “It” is salt warnings on menu labels for any item considered too high in salt. The average American eats about 3,400 mg./day of sodium and recent studies indicate that’s just about the right amount. Regardless, the federal...

  • 5 essentials to get your backyard party-ready

    5 essentials to get your backyard party-ready

    The warm, summery weather is a golden opportunity to take your get-together outside. Whatever the occasion, take advantage of the sun and extra space, and let these tips help you plan and get your outdoor space ready for your guests. 1. Cluster the conversation spots When planning your backyard...

  • Make your next brunch bubble over with Prosecco cocktails

    Make your next brunch bubble over with Prosecco cocktails

    Everybody loves brunch, but without the bubbly, it's just breakfast. Add a festive cocktail to the mix, and suddenly you've got a celebration. The next time you're cooking up a weekend morning meal, be it a brunch-in-bed with that sweet someone or a noon-ish feast for friends, add authentic Italian...

  • Gut check: Eat the right kinds of whole grains with the right kinds of fiber to cut cancer risk

    Gut check: Eat the right kinds of whole grains with the right kinds of fiber to cut cancer risk

    Can cutting back on whole grains be bad for your gut and deadly to your health? Though some popular diets promote the elimination of grains, a recent report from the American Institute for Cancer Research suggests this may be ill-advised. Researchers say 47 percent of colorectal cancers can be...

  • The travel warrior's nutrition guide: 5 easy steps to be healthy on the go

    The travel warrior's nutrition guide: 5 easy steps to be healthy on the go

    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, “Hey, I’m on vacation, so I can...

  • The busy parent's guide to weekday meals

    The busy parent's guide to weekday meals

    It’s amazing what parents do in a day. You help your kids with homework, drive them to and from practice, whip up a meal everyone will like, make sure they brush their teeth ... the list goes on. Not to mention you have a job to go to. It’s a wonder parents can ever find a few minutes to relax.

  • 5 great reasons to shop the frozen aisle at your local grocery store

    5 great reasons to shop the frozen aisle at your local grocery store

    Life moves pretty fast, especially on a weeknight when the commute is long or the kids have their evening homework and activities. On top of it all, everyone is turning to you for a hot meal. For a simple solution to your dinnertime needs, there’s one option that reduces time spent in the kitchen:...

  • Nutrition takes center stage for people with chronic conditions

    Nutrition takes center stage for people with chronic conditions

    Nutrition is important for everyone. The proper vitamins and nutrients help the body stay healthy and function well. For people with chronic conditions, the right nutrition is essential in helping to ward off potential health hazards. Depending on your state of health, some nutrients may be critical...

  • 4 simple swaps when planning a kitchen refresh

    4 simple swaps when planning a kitchen refresh

    Spring is in full swing, which means it’s time to reinvigorate your kitchen with a new look! When planning your refresh, consider these simple, stylish swaps that don’t require investing tons of time or budget. Upgrade your kitchen fixtures Faucets often serve as the centerpiece of the kitchen....

  • Mushrooms: Gentle on the Planet, Healthy on the Plate

    Mushrooms: Gentle on the Planet, Healthy on the Plate

    Want to start making more earth-friendly food choices in the kitchen? This Earth Month, start with mushrooms, a healthy food that requires minimal natural resources to produce. According to a 2017 study titled "The Mushroom Sustainability Story," mushroom production requires relatively low water,...

  • 7 plant-based tips for a healthy weight

    7 plant-based tips for a healthy weight

    Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian or omnivore, it’s important to eat a diet that includes a symphony of minimally processed plant foods, according to Sharon Palmer, an award-winning registered dietitian nutritionist, plant-based food and nutrition expert, author and blogger. This includes whole...

  • Earth Day 101: 6 impactful ways to teach your kids about food waste

    Earth Day 101: 6 impactful ways to teach your kids about food waste

    America needs to address its food waste problem, and a good place to start is taking steps to teach our children to conserve food. Right now, a staggering 40 percent of all food in the U.S. goes to waste when restaurants, supermarkets and consumers throw it away, costing our national economy $1...

  • Celebrate spring with 5 foods perfect for warmer weather

    Celebrate spring with 5 foods perfect for warmer weather

    Do the warmer weather, sunshine, gentle breezes and beautiful blossoms have you in a spring state of mind? The change of seasons also signals it's time to change things up in the kitchen. Spring is inspirational as fresh flavors complement the season of renewal, awakening taste buds in new and...

  • Break free from cooking ruts with easy inspiration for fresh, lively dishes

    Break free from cooking ruts with easy inspiration for fresh, lively dishes

    Are you in a cooking rut? If you find yourself making the same things over and over again, it's time for some fresh inspiration. As seasons turn, you might crave different types of food. This is the perfect reason to think beyond the ordinary and experiment with new flavors. We asked registered...

  • These health benefits of salt might surprise you

    These health benefits of salt might surprise you

    World Salt Awareness Week is being celebrated this year from March 12 to 18 and is the perfect opportunity to recognize all the many benefits of salt. Salt, or sodium chloride, is essential for life. In fact, no mineral is more essential to human survival than sodium because it allows nerves to...

  • Results are clear: BPA is safe

    Results are clear: BPA is safe

    For more than 10 years, U.S. government scientists have been conducting an in-depth research program with the goal of answering key scientific questions and resolving remaining uncertainties about the safety of BPA. This research so far has shown: that human exposure to BPA is low, that people...

  • R&R in the great outdoors: 3 ways to transform your outdoor living space

    R&R in the great outdoors: 3 ways to transform your outdoor living space

    As Americans increasingly appreciate the therapeutic benefits of nature, they’re putting more thought and effort into creating beautiful, comfortable and functional living areas outside their own homes. These days, such outdoor havens are considered valuable home extensions rather than underutilized...

  • Save time in your morning with these kitchen hacks

    Save time in your morning with these kitchen hacks

    It happens: You hit the snooze button once, twice, then three times, so when you’re finally showered, dressed and ready to tackle the day, you’re already behind schedule. Oftentimes that causes you to skip breakfast completely. Turns out, your breakfast habit is one time-saving step that should...

  • 10 easy ways to eat healthier

    March is National Nutrition Month — so what better time than now to take a look at your diet? If you're indulging in too many break room snacks or swinging by the drive-thru after work, you're not alone. With such a busy life, it's easy to grab something quick and unhealthy on the go. But, the...

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  • DIY tips for homeowner tile installation

    DIY tips for homeowner tile installation

    A bathroom remodel is on the agenda for 31 percent of homeowners in 2018, according to a survey by Lightstream, a national online lending division of SunTrust Bank. Those remodeling efforts can take many forms, but arguably the most dramatic and impactful upgrade to a bathroom is installing a new...

  • 4 ways to simplify your DIY projects and home improvements

    4 ways to simplify your DIY projects and home improvements

    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 each...

  • If it can rain, it can flood: Why flood insurance is a wise bet for homeowners

    If it can rain, it can flood: Why flood insurance is a wise bet for homeowners

    The federal government considers floods the nation's most common natural disaster. They strike every state and leave homeowners with huge repair costs. Why? Because typical homeowners insurance doesn't cover flood damage. Those policies may provide protection for water damage when it comes through...

  • Home improvements to help your home sell faster and for more money

    Home improvements to help your home sell faster and for more money

    The real estate market is heating up, and if you're planning to sell your home in the future, you want it to sell quickly and for as high of a price as possible. By taking proactive action now, you can make a few strategic home improvements that can help you achieve both your goals. To boost your...

  • 3 questions to ask before buying new door hardware (Infographic)

    When it comes to buying new locks for your home, it's not one size fits all. Before you buy new hardware, be sure to ask yourself these three important questions.

  • Rabbits running rampant in your backyard? Smart tips to keep them at bay

    Rabbits running rampant in your backyard? Smart tips to keep them at bay

    You may never see them. They sneak in silently once the sun goes down. They ravage your delicate garden and stunning landscape. If you do happen to catch a glimpse, they'll run fast as lightning to safety so they can dine in your yard while you’re not around. No, this isn't a plot from some cinematic...

  • Insider tips and tactics for buying a home in a seller's market

    Insider tips and tactics for buying a home in a seller's market

    Whether you're a millennial looking to buy your first home or a boomer thinking about downsizing your empty nest, you're probably aware that it's a seller's market out there. Homes are selling at lightning speed, bidding wars are commonplace, buyers often have little to no room for negotiation...

  • 4 hot fireplace design trends

    4 hot fireplace design trends

    Like a moth to the flame, humans are inherently drawn to fire. In fact, often our favorite rooms in the home contain a fireplace, and many of our most memorable moments take place around the hearth. While the popularity of fireplaces has remained steadfast over the years, trends in their design...

  • Buy a home in 2018 with these 3 steps

    Buy a home in 2018 with these 3 steps

    So you want to buy a home? Congratulations! Homeownership can be a wonderful accomplishment and milestone in your life. But be forewarned that it might not be easy. The process is complicated and often comes with a few hurdles. However, if you follow the three steps below, you can make your goal...

  • How many miles per gallon does your home get?

    How many miles per gallon does your home get?

    Everyone wants the inside scoop on how to get the best deal. Ironically, consumers will do a bunch of research over a $500 smart phone and relatively little for the largest purchase of their lives, their homes. Most home buyers focus on price and payments, however, factoring in a home’s energy...

  • Farm-to-table: The hot food trend you can enjoy without leaving home

    Farm-to-table: The hot food trend you can enjoy without leaving home

    Farm-fresh eggs. Locally grown tomatoes. Herbs sourced onsite. If you've eaten out recently, you've probably noticed the menus feature locally sourced ingredients. The farm-to-table movement continues to flourish at restaurants throughout the country. In fact, rather than the exception, it's become...

  • Spring lawn care is easier than ever

    Spring lawn care is easier than ever

    The snow has melted, flowers are beginning to bloom, and you wake to the sound of birds chirping: all signs that spring is here. Spring means time to give your lawn the TLC it needs, but most of us dread the thought of weekends spent occupied by yard work. Luckily, in 2018, getting that perfectly...

  • Protect your home from termites this spring

    Protect your home from termites this spring

    Spring is officially here, bringing flowers, greenery and increased pest activity. Because termite evidence is more noticeable in warmer months, it is important to check for any warning signs every spring. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to reduce the likelihood of a termite infestation...

  • Top design trends for 2018 (slideshow)

    Now that 2018 is here, that means a whole new year lies ahead, with fresh ideas to come! What is going on in the design world this year? What’s hot? What’s trending in 2018? Murals are the "in" thing. Check out Murals Your Way for your wall fashion ideas.

  • Silent destroyers: Tips to spot termites and prevent infestation

    Silent destroyers: Tips to spot termites and prevent infestation

    There are many reasons that termites have gained the nickname "silent destroyers." Five billion reasons, in fact. Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage in the U.S. each year. If left unchecked, they can silently chew through the structural stability of a home, eating away at wood,...

  • The Easy Steps of Mural Installation

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Installing a wall mural may seem like a daunting task, but it is actually pretty easy! There are three main steps involved with installation – wall preparation, application and completion. Watch Bridget and Greg from Murals Your Way walk through...

  • High-tech bathroom trends for 2018

    High-tech bathroom trends for 2018

    Technology is trending in home design and decor this year, and some of the most dramatic, futuristic and fun tech trends are showing up in the bathroom. From glass doors and windows changing from clear to opaque with the touch of a button to toilets transforming the whole experience of going to...

  • 5 musts for a low-stress, on-budget DIY home project

    5 musts for a low-stress, on-budget DIY home project

    Owning your own home is a life accomplishment for many adults, and keeping it looking sharp and adding your personal touches brings a sense of pride. It seems there are always things you want to improve, so don’t let a limited budget or lack of know-how hold you back from dreaming. There are plenty...

  • Tips to tackle 5 of the most satisfying DIY projects

    Tips to tackle 5 of the most satisfying DIY projects

    What’s your favorite DIY project you’ve ever completed? Chances are the answer pops right into your mind, and even if you’ve completed hundreds of DIY projects over the years, you probably have some that truly stand out. For those that weren’t at the top of your list, maybe the result wasn’t what...

  • Don't re-roof until you do these 5 things

    Don't re-roof until you do these 5 things

    With spring officially arriving, home improvement season is swinging into full gear. Fair warning to homeowners looking to hire a professional, 2018 is predicted to be a record-breaker. A recent study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University projects home improvement spending...

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