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  • Small business tips: How to maximize your marketing, minimize your spend

    Small business tips: How to maximize your marketing, minimize your spend

    When it comes to marketing your small business, a digital strategy is vital, but so are traditional marketing and advertising tactics like print advertising and direct mail. In fact, nearly a third of all small business owners still use those formats, while one in five say they don't plan to use...

  • Helpful tips for navigating today's sharing economy (Infographic)

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  • Business owners quest for 'me time' (Infographic)

    A new survey reveals that more than two-thirds of small business owners think taking a personal vacation ultimately benefits their business. However, despite knowing the importance and benefits of unplugging completely from work, only 25 percent of SBOs are able to do so. While they seldom rest,...

  • 5 tips to improve meeting efficiency and productivity

    5 tips to improve meeting efficiency and productivity

    Creating efficient work environments is a common goal among executives and office professionals alike. To keep everything running smoothly in the workplace, organization is essential. A new Post-it Brand Workplace study surveying 1,000 full-time office workers found that a consistent commonality...

  • 3 ways to celebrate Small Business Week 2016

    The bakery on the corner. The family-owned accounting firm down the street. The city's legendary cafe that's been around since the ‘50s. Small businesses nationwide prove the American dream is alive and well. In fact, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, according...

  • Small business SOS: Majority of small business owners want help tracking metrics (Infographic)

    The majority of small business owners want help tracking metrics and admit they don't measure and track as often as they should, according to a Staples survey. Learn more about what business owners said about tracking metrics and how a new app can help grow your business in the below infographic....

  • The entrepreneurial power of women (Infographic)

    Women-owned businesses are making significant contributions to today's economy. Women of all ages, races and ethnicities are creating jobs, bolstering economies, strengthening families and communities, and providing creative solutions to 21st century problems. A new study conducted by the Center...

  • Top 5 business strategies for 2016

    Continuity planning used be something only companies in highly regulated industries were required to do, but today it's considered a standard for all businesses, regardless of size or reach. It answers the question, "What if…?" and can easily spell the difference between the continued operation...

  • 6 tips to help your small company get back to business in the New Year

    6 tips to help your small company get back to business in the New Year

    The decorations are down and stored away, the holiday rush is over and it’s time for small businesses to get back to doing business as usual. Many small businesses find they have the time and the inspiration to get their shops in order at the beginning of the first quarter — a task that can set...

  • Farmers share equipment to increase profits

    Farmers share equipment to increase profits

    With stagnant commodity prices causing farm incomes to fall to their lowest levels in 9 years, America’s farmers are finding new ways to add revenue or cut costs. While the sharing economy has taken hold in urban areas and vacation hot spots with services like Uber and AirBnB, its arrival in agriculture...

  • 7 desk-organizing tips to make you look forward to returning to work in January

    7 desk-organizing tips to make you look forward to returning to work in January

    You have a lot to do as the end of the year approaches, including getting ready for 2016 at home and in the office. If holiday tasks have diverted your attention from staying organized at work, getting back on track and decluttering your workspace can help ensure a smoother start in the New Year....

  • Business owners: 3 things you should consider to avoid fraud liability

    About half of the world’s fraudulent card payments happen in the U.S., according to a report from BI Intelligence. Card issuers, payment networks, businesses and consumers pay billions of dollars each year to cover the costs of payment fraud. America’s payment networks are moving toward more-secure...

  • 5 ways to improve your workday every day

    5 ways to improve your workday every day

    Workdays — over the course of your career there’s a lot of them. Too many in fact to just keep soldiering through when something isn’t working. The good news, however, is improving your workday doesn’t require a dramatic change. In fact, there are plenty of simple things you can do to improve your...

  • Looking for a job in business? These 5 insights give you an edge

    Are you looking for a job in the business sector? It doesn’t matter if you’re fresh out of college or you’ve chosen to re-career, the competition can be stiff. Recruiters want more than just an impressive resume – they want a candidate with real-world skills that will enable them to succeed. Business...

  • Expert tips to help small businesses innovate their way to success

    Expert tips to help small businesses innovate their way to success

    Management expert Gary Hamel once said that innovation is “the only insurance against irrelevance … the only guarantee of long-term customer loyalty.” Achieving relevance and building strong customer relationships is key for any business, and that’s especially true for small businesses. Knowing...

  • Why data center management is key to an efficient data center ecosystem

    As global data consumption soars, so does the need for data centers to better process, store and analyze massive quantities of data. Management solutions are proving to be the best way for organizations to curb energy use and maintain efficiency. These solutions provide accurate, real-time power...

  • Five tips to make your 2015 small business goals happen

    Five tips to make your 2015 small business goals happen

    Spring is in the air and small business owners are excited for all potential growth opportunities this year. In fact, they're feeling more optimistic about the economy than in recent history. Growth opportunities might include developing a new product or service, hiring more people or expanding...

  • Small businesses are optimistic about 2015 [Infographic]

    After several years in a slow economy, small business owners are optimistic about 2015 and how they'll be able to market their businesses, according to a Staples survey. Learn more about what business owners said about the economy this year and ways they plan to grow their businesses in the below...

  • Modern office: Why a diverse workforce works

    Modern office: Why a diverse workforce works

    The shifting demographics of the United States are becoming increasingly important for employers to consider when building a productive workforce. More than 50 percent of the working-age population will be made up of minorities by 2039, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Now more than ever, a...

  • Taking care of business: 5 tips to protect home-based entrepreneurs

    Taking care of business: 5 tips to protect home-based entrepreneurs

    With 28 million small businesses employing half of the country’s population, small businesses form the backbone of our nation’s economy. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that since 1995, small businesses have been responsible for more than 65 percent of all new American jobs. For the majority of U.S....

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  • 4 Smart Reasons to Upgrade Your Home Security System

    4 Smart Reasons to Upgrade Your Home Security System

    Think of what has changed forever in the span of a decade. How do you watch movies at home? You've replaced the DVDs with digital streaming. How do you send a picture of your kids to your parents? You skip the printing and post it on social media or send a quick text. Another thing you can add to...

  • 4 regions to get your golf drive on

    Do you love sinking a putt in the quiet serenity of nature, or nailing a drive and watching it disappear into a backdrop of towering peaks? How about docking your boat, hopping on a shuttle bus and getting a few rounds in before an evening of lakeside dining? Whether you want to be near the action...

  • Sometimes a weekend is all it takes (Infographic)

    If you’re looking to add a new ingredient to your relationship or a more personal way to say “I love you,” then it’s time you became a Weekend Escape Artist and surprise your partner with a weekend getaway. If that feels like a talk task, it’s not, as long as you remember the advice from women...

  • Driving 101: Smart tips to ace the road

    Driving 101: Smart tips to ace the road

    The backpacks are full, the car pools are set, and the homework is piling up as we continue to transition away from summer and back-to-school. Whether you are walking your child to the bus stop, dragging your teen out of bed or dropping your child off at school, the morning routines for millions...

  • Kick-start your planning with the 4th Annual Baltimore Family Reunion Expo

    Family roots are what provide the foundation for our strongest ties, ties so strong that scientists discovered that the experiences of our ancestors shape our DNA, even generations later. Family is the source of everything; it's where our individual stories begin.  A family reunion provides a powerful...

  • 5 fascinating fishing facts

    The Lake Champlain region is host to numerous ponds, rivers, and of course, the big lake itself. Knowledgable anglers know that all these bodies of water offer terrific fishing opportunities, but here are five Lake Champlain Region fishing facts for the rest of us. 1. There's a fish hatchery that...

  • 9 Adirondack fall outings everyone can enjoy

    If you're looking for fall foliage, you'll find it in the central Adirondacks. But did you know there's more than one way to see nature's most vibrant display of the year? Check out this list of our nine favorites. 1. Take a cruise in Raquette Lake Leaf-peep in style while cruising the majestic Raquette...

  • 4 Adirondack birding destinations to flock to

    The secret is out — the central Adirondacks is a special place, and birds know it. Located in the heart of the boreal zone, a swath of bird-loving habitat that runs from the northeastern to the southwestern Adirondacks, Hamilton County, New York, contains a wide range of ecosystems that attract...

  • Fabulous food finds puts Pittsburgh on every traveler's 'must visit' list

    Fabulous food finds puts Pittsburgh on every traveler's 'must visit' list

    While the french fry and coleslaw-garnished Primanti Bros. sandwich and pierogies are traditional culinary staples of Pittsburgh, the food scene in this city of three rivers has exploded, much like the city itself. Long known as the Steel City, Pittsburgh is now more closely associated with robotics,...

  • From the mountains to the seashore, explore the Lone Star State's nationally recognized sites

    From the mountains to the seashore, explore the Lone Star State's nationally recognized sites

    History buffs, beach bums and backpackers know that Texas has more than a few options to choose from when it comes to enjoying their hobbies, but did you know that the state is also home to national parks, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the longest section of undeveloped barrier island in the...

  • Tips for last-minute family travel

    Tips for last-minute family travel

    Everything takes more time with young children in tow. When even a simple grocery store trip takes strategic planning, most parents forget about organizing a weekend getaway, especially if it's spontaneous. The truth is, small kids can be amazing travel companions with a little forethought. Use...

  • 10 packing hacks to streamline your move

    10 packing hacks to streamline your move

    Moving brings a mix of emotions. Excitement about living in a new home is paired with angst and anxiety about the actual moving process. The most dreaded task is the one that takes the most time: packing. The boxes, the bubble wrap, the labels — oh my! Packing can be chaotic and overwhelming. Fortunately...

  • From cliff jumping to paddleboarding: What it's like to spend a weekend in Maine

    From cliff jumping to paddleboarding: What it's like to spend a weekend in Maine

    The power of nature is undeniable — all it takes is a few moments outdoors to feel refreshed and have your spirits lifted. So why limit yourself to short bursts of warm sunlight? With the wide-ranging landscapes that make up this country, there's no shortage of unique experiences waiting to be...

  • Foot care tips to keep vacationers on the go

    Foot care tips to keep vacationers on the go

    Clothing, passport, toiletries, accessories — when you travel you have a lot of important items to fit into your suitcase. But two of the most essential ingredients in an enjoyable vacation don't go in your luggage: your own feet. Whether you're walking on a sandy beach or strolling through a bustling...

  • The aircraft tire: Celebrating the unsung hero of aviation (Infographic)

    Every day we rely on air transportation, but you can't get off the ground without quality tires. During National Aviation Week, don't forget to celebrate the unsung hero of aviation — the aircraft tire  

  • A foodie's guide to finding the best restaurants

    A foodie's guide to finding the best restaurants

    This is the golden age of food. Diners are passionate about quality, freshness and experience. And like a performer feeding off an enthralled audience, chefs are putting more energy and dazzle into the restaurant experience. This is great news for travelers. No longer are you limited to bland roadside...

  • 5 tips to surprise your significant other with a weekend getaway

    Whether it's driving up the Pacific coast, touring Civil War battlefields or spending a week in New York City, everyone has their list of dream vacations. While it's easy to get caught up in dreaming about these big trips, we often forget that every weekend brings an opportunity to get away, relax...

  • Lake Placid fishing (Infographic)

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  • 5 ways to save on summer fun

    5 ways to save on summer fun

    Summer is a time to get out and enjoy yourself, and you can find plenty of ways to have fun without breaking the bank. Follow these five tips for straight summer savings: 1. Skip the movie theater. Summer is a blockbuster movie season, but if you’re saving for vacation those first-run films may...

  • From sea-to-table: 5 must have lobster dishes in Maine

    You've heard of the "farm-to-table" movement, but what about sea-to-table? In the same way that farms sustain agricultural communities, the sea-to-table movement is the foundation of coastal communities everywhere. In Maine, lobster is a way of life. You can't get far in this state without hearing...

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  • 4 Techy Tips For The Ultimate Fall Camping Experience

    4 Techy Tips For The Ultimate Fall Camping Experience

    Camping is a getaway, a break from the chaos and a chance to be in nature for that fresh fall air. For some, camping means getting back to the basics to recharge. But camping doesn’t always mean you need to sacrifice technology. In fact, your smartphone can be one of your biggest assets. To help...

  • 5 ways to make a difference for kids with childhood cancer

       Parents dream of a childhood for their children filled with joy and exploration. But for far too many kids, cancer robs them of a traditional childhood. "The National Cancer Institute states cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children younger than 19 in the U.S., yet only 4 percent...

  • Second Annual Open Talk About Open Enrollment (Infographic)

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  • Get a garden program growing at your school with these tips

    Get a garden program growing at your school with these tips

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. As a parent, you probably spend a lot of time trying to keep your kids clean and healthy, but sometimes a little dirt is just what the doctor ordered. Research shows a direct link between children's current and future health and their participation...

  • The uplifting truth about end-of-life care

    The uplifting truth about end-of-life care

    When a loved one is critically ill, hearing that it’s time for hospice care can be devastating news. On top of the emotional upheaval of coping with a terminal illness, you may be unsure what hospice care really is — and believe it’s just an indication your loved one will likely pass away. Yet the...

  • Changes in your household? Tips for updating your insurance

    Changes in your household? Tips for updating your insurance

    The American household is changing. The typical single-family home has evolved in the 21st century. Today, it’s not uncommon for older parents to move in with their grown children, and with the combined rise in housing costs and debt from college loans, more college graduates are moving home with...

  • World Contraception Day: What Birth Control is Right for You? (Infographic)

    - World Contraception Day on September 26 has a mission to improve awareness of contraception and to enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health. It's an ideal time for women to evaluate their birth control options, especially considering the high rate in...

  • Veterans find hope and healing through creative art

    Veterans find hope and healing through creative art

    Where words fail, the creative arts have the ability to speak. Art therapy is an empowering technique that allows for self-discovery and has the power to produce insight and expression in a non-threatening way. That is why the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) encourages creative...

  • Known and unknown causes of stroke (Infographic)

    Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. In most cases, a stroke is caused by a blood clot that blocks the flow of blood to the brain. Unfortunately, for about one in three of these types of strokes, what led to the clot is uncertain, or "cryptogenic,"...

  • How everyday consumers can bring clear vision to those in need

    How everyday consumers can bring clear vision to those in need

    Many people who wear glasses share a similar experience. They told their parents the chalkboard at school looked blurry, their parents took them to see an eye doctor and in less than a week, they were wearing glasses. It's easy to take for granted how simple it is to correct blurred vision. It's...

  • Critical illnesses are expensive - are you prepared?

    Critical illnesses are expensive - are you prepared?

    The cost of a critical illness — a heart attack, cancer or stroke — can hit thousands of dollars. It can push families to the financial brink, as more than half say they have little or no savings. The problem has become so acute that more employers are making critical illness insurance available...

  • Is your teen ignoring you or is it hearing loss?

    Is your teen ignoring you or is it hearing loss?

    We were all teenagers once. We let health warnings from parents and others wash over us like waves, noticed but forgotten almost as soon as they'd passed, because we figured we'd deal with them when we were older. Unfortunately, the mistakes of youth can lead to long-term or permanent hearing damage...

  • How to save money on health care

    One in two Americans has a chronic condition and 86 percent of health care spending is on chronic care, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When it comes to saving money, health care is probably the last place you might look, but there are many ways to build better health...

  • How to use color psychology when painting your home

    How to use color psychology when painting your home

    Do you ever wonder why you feel immediately relaxed when you enter a spa, yet when you enter a gym, you feel alert and energized? The answer can be found in the colors selected to decorate the space. "Interior designers use color psychology to evoke an emotional response," says Sue Wadden, director...

  • 5 reasons to make a career in fitness

    5 reasons to make a career in fitness

    Imagine waking up early on a Monday morning with a smile on your face. You’re excited to get the week started because you love what you do. Or how about taking a Tuesday afternoon all to yourself, without having to ask permission and use your precious vacation time? It might sound like a dream,...

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  • 6 unconventional jobs you can get with an IT or business degree

    6 unconventional jobs you can get with an IT or business degree

    Good compensation and benefits, doing meaningful work, and having the opportunity to advance – those elements have always been what employees desire in a career. But do these desired job qualities have to come at the expense of discovering new careers? "Demand for cybersecurity and finance professions...

  • Don't leave money on the table: Know your Social Security facts

    Planning ahead and getting an accurate picture of your options may be the key to getting the most out of your retirement. However, a survey commissioned by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) aimed to better understand how much Americans know about Social Security retirement...

  • Conserve energy and save money this fall by weatherizing your home with these easy tips

    Conserve energy and save money this fall by weatherizing your home with these easy tips

    Cooler seasonal temperatures can have an impact on not only your home, but also your wallet. Along with adjusting your thermostat as the cooler weather embraces much of the country, weatherizing your home also has a direct impact on the amount of energy required to maintain a comfortable temperature...

  • Get growing and plant cool crops for an extra inning of healthy harvest

    Get growing and plant cool crops for an extra inning of healthy harvest

    The growing season isn't over with the arrival of cool weather. Until the first hard frost hits, you have time to plant, pick and plate delicious homegrown cool-weather crops – and save yourself some money in the produce aisle. Favorable fall conditions mean growing cool weather crops is comparatively...

  • 3 common employment scams and tips to help avoid becoming a victim

    3 common employment scams and tips to help avoid becoming a victim

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Work from home. Flexible schedule. No experience needed.  Job postings with claims like these are difficult to resist. Unfortunately these types of offers are often employment scams that trick many people each year who end up without a job,...

  • 5 ways to promote healthy living within your home

    There’s nothing like feeling the warm sun on your skin, or seeing colorful flowers in bloom. Sometimes, just a little fresh air is all it takes for the day’s stress to melt away. It’s this sense of well-being that motivates so many to exercise more and eat better. To get healthy, people go on strict...

  • If you become disabled or laid off, how can you pay your bills?

    If you become disabled or laid off, how can you pay your bills?

    The transmission on your car fails resulting in a trip to the repair garage. Your appendix bursts requiring an overnight hospitalization. A windstorm damages your roof causing a leak.  What do these situations have in common? They're examples of life's unexpected, expensive surprises that can easily...

  • 5 DIY projects to liven up your office

    5 DIY projects to liven up your office

    Whether you go into the office every day or work from home, most of us probably spend a lot more time at our desk than anywhere else. Why not take some time to make it a space that you can enjoy? With some creativity and individual flare, you can transform a utilitarian work station into a personalized...

  • Tips to stop drafts, save money and improve your home

    Tips to stop drafts, save money and improve your home

    Can you imagine keeping your windows open all winter long? The heat loss, cold drafts and all that money spent on wasted energy would be staggering. But if your home has folding pull-down attic stairs, a whole-house fan, a fireplace or clothes dryer, you may be doing the equivalent of leaving the...

  • Financial tips: 5 ways to digitize your life and save even more

    Financial tips: 5 ways to digitize your life and save even more

    Technology evolves and improves seemingly every time you blink. From apps to virtual reality and voice assistants to robots, technology affords us the ability to make life easier so we can enjoy what matters most to us. And when it comes to managing finances, digitizing your life can actually have...

  • Back to work: Ease your baby into bottle feeding

    Back to work: Ease your baby into bottle feeding

    During your first few weeks with baby, your lives were intimately entwined: eating, sleeping and eating some more. All occurring at erratic, irregular times, and around the clock, might we add.   As the calendar on maternity leave begins to run out, it's hard to fathom how this intensive baby schedule...

  • Secrets to marrying style, eco-sense and luxury in any bathroom

    Secrets to marrying style, eco-sense and luxury in any bathroom

    When you're improving a bathroom, do you assume that luxury upgrades may look good but aren't always good for the environment? Or that sensible, eco-friendly fixtures, finishes and materials will lack the aesthetic of more luxurious ones? Just a few decades ago, the assumptions might have been...

  • Millennials: 3 financial priorities that shouldn't wait

    Millennials: 3 financial priorities that shouldn't wait

    Millennials are frequently criticized for needing instant gratification, but recent reports point out that they actually have more patience than previous generations. Both the U.S. Census Bureau and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say millennials are delaying getting married and...

  • 5 ways to prepare your outdoor living space for fall

    5 ways to prepare your outdoor living space for fall

    While everyone eagerly waits for spring each year and wishes summer could last a month or two longer, when it comes down to it, fall just might be America's favorite season. It's warm but not hot, the air has that clean crispness that's hard to describe and perhaps the biggest draw, pumpkin-flavored...

  • Millennial Matchup: Military Life Shapes Money Matters (Infographic)

    Military Millennials have unique lives. While their civilian peers are reportedly job-hopping, living at home with Mom and Dad, and ubering when transportation by automobile is absolutely necessary, millennials in the military are forced to grow up faster, leaving home for bootcamp at a young age...

  • Four top tricks for a successful school year

    As summer comes to a close, there are probably some mixed feelings among parents and students. As a parent, you may feel a certain relief seeing back-to-school ads and signs, while your children often dread the end of summer fun. Both parents and kids have a lot to prepare for. In addition to the...

  • Expert tips that can help achieve potty training success

    Expert tips that can help achieve potty training success

    Transitioning into underwear is a big deal for every toddler. However, while the end result is rewarding, the road to get there can be challenging for parents and kids alike. Because no two experiences are the same, keeping it simple and laying the proper foundation are essential. Dr. Tanya Altmann,...

  • How virtual education could be a last-minute lifesaver for your expat child

    How virtual education could be a last-minute lifesaver for your expat child

    You know the right way to find the best school for your children when moving abroad is to do your research and plan ahead. But what happens when circumstances prevent you from preparing the way you'd like? Many expat parents find themselves in situations like these: * You've been offered the promotion...

  • Help Celebrate and Support Teachers Nationwide During Back-to-School Season (Video)

    Help Celebrate and Support Teachers Nationwide During Back-to-School Season (Video)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. According to the Education Market Association, an estimated 99.5 percent of all public school teachers use their own money to equip their classrooms – research suggests it's frequently at a cost of more than $400 per year. Driven by this insight,...

  • Steps of the home loan process (Infographic)

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  • A+ college moving tips

    A+ college moving tips

    Across the country thousands of students are packing up their childhood rooms and heading off to a new adventure at college. The transition is equal parts exciting and nerve-wracking. The move itself, however, shouldn't cause unneeded stress. While college students usually don't have a lot of belongings...

  • Convenience vs. commitment: To bring or not to bring a car to college? (Infographic)

    Congrats, graduate! You have your college acceptance letter and you're one foot out the door. Now, you're faced with a new question: "Do I bring a car to campus?" The answer will vary depending on the student and the college. To help determine the right choice when it comes to cars on campus, consider...

  • 7 essentials for the great American road trip

    America has given the world some incredible gifts: Apple pie, jazz, baseball and rock and roll to name a few. And every summer, families and friends gear up for that most American of adventures: the road trip. There’s something about the freedom of the open road that inspires millions to load up...

  • Blue Link celebrates its fifth birthday (Infographic)

    -Hyundai Blue Link has handled more than 90,000,000 requests from customers since it launched just five years ago, with interactions increasing every year. In addition, subscribers remote started their Hyundai’s more than 22 million times and remotely locked the doors more than 2.5 million times....

  • 7 simple steps to changing a tire without losing your groove (Infographic)

    According to the Hankook Gauge Index, 80 percent of drivers are not comfortable changing a flat tire. As drivers prepare to hit the road this spring and summer, knowing how to change a flat can help you get back on the road again faster. For more information about selecting the right tires for...

  • The hottest accessory-friendly vehicles on the road

    The hottest accessory-friendly vehicles on the road

    Need help finding the perfect vehicle? If you're in the market for a new car or truck, consider purchasing one you can make your own. While just about any vehicle can be transformed with a few simple products, there are certain makes and models that are more accessory-friendly than others. To find...

  • Simple solution to maximize your car's performance

    Simple solution to maximize your car's performance

    Are you the type of driver who pushes the accelerator a little harder on the curves of a back-country road? Are you a person who smiles as they approach a new terrain or road condition you’ve never conquered before? If so, you’re a performance seeker. A person who is constantly pushing themselves...

  • Transform your drive! 5 easy ways to spruce up your vehicle

    Months of rough winter conditions take a toll on your vehicle. With the spring driving season upon us and summer road trips just around the corner, now is the perfect time to "refresh" your car for the months ahead. Luckily, transforming your drive doesn't have to be a big, expensive undertaking....

  • 5 winter driving tips to keep you safe, not sliding

    5 winter driving tips to keep you safe, not sliding

    What do you love most about winter? Is it the skiing and the sledding, the trips to the winter carnivals or seasonal get-togethers? There’s plenty to love about winter — and often that means driving out to enjoy those things. With sleet, snow and ice, winter weather can make your driving experience...

  • Weather the winter roads with these 12 tips

    For some, winter is a time to get cozy next to a fire, sip a mug of hot chocolate and watch the snow fall. But for those who spend their winter sitting in the driver’s seat of a rig, hauling goods all over the colder parts of the country, the snow that makes winter so beautiful can also make it...

  • 5 best friends for your car

    Maintaining an automobile can be a messy and often confusing task. There are crumpled maps, a little pad of paper where you track mileage, the sticky note telling you when to get an oil change and the string around your finger reminding you to check the tire pressure. And that’s not even half of...

  • Road readiness: Glove box guide (Infographic)

    When it comes to road safety, you can’t control other drivers or road conditions, but one thing you can control is proper maintenance of your vehicle and tires. To help remember what to check and when, Michelin and the FIA have put together five simple tips to help you stay safe on the road. Keep...

  • Over the river, through the woods, on off-roading tires we go (Infographic)

    Sleet. Snow. Heavy rain. Just a few winter conditions that can derail even the most promising adventures. But while you can't control the elements, the elements shouldn't control you. Check out the below list of off-road tips and trails worth hitting this season and make sure you have the proper...

  • Today's cars are lighter and more fuel efficient thanks to this material

    Today's cars are lighter and more fuel efficient thanks to this material

    Automakers are in a race against the clock and they know it. Current regulations require that by 2025, vehicles will need to achieve the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard of 54.4 miles per gallon, a dramatic climb from the 2016 standard of 35.5 mpg. This deadline now falls within one...

  • Sharing the road: Advice on safe driving [Infographic]

    Car accidents are the No. 1 killer of teens in America. Encouraging safe driving behaviors and sharing advice with all drivers — not just teens — can help address the problem. Do you share your lessons learned from the road?

  • The pickup truck - an enduring American tradition [Infographic]

    Strength. Durability. Versatility. Just like a good set of tires, the story of the pickup truck is one of longevity – and adaptation. What started out as a workhorse for farms and factories has now grown into the fastest selling vehicle for consumers across the country. Helping to keep this trend...

  • #FirstCarMoment: Freedom and Responsibility [Infographic]

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  • Forget something? Drivers forget where they park and more

    Forget something? Drivers forget where they park and more

    Although our everyday routines can be simple and second nature, there’s only so much we can remember. And when it comes to cars and car maintenance, many Americans frequently forget routine tasks according to the latest Gauge Index from Hankook Tire. When running errands, we park our cars, walk...

  • Total loss vehicles are valuable treasures to some

    Total loss vehicles are valuable treasures to some

    Each year auto insurers declare millions of vehicles to be total losses. This typically happens when an insurance company decides that it’s more cost effective to pay the insured for the pre-damage value of the vehicle rather than repair it. Ever wonder what happens to that vehicle after the insurance...

  • 6 must-have auto products for the summer

    6 must-have auto products for the summer

    Summer is a great time to get up off the couch and soak up the sun. As you stock up on sunscreen and prepare to protect your skin from the direct sunlight, be sure to pick up products to protect your vehicle as well. Whether you’re taking the car out for a summer road trip, a day at the park or...

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  • Your chicken soup now has antibiotic and hormone free chicken breasts (Infographic)

    - Progresso is now using only 100 percent antibiotic and hormone free chicken breasts in all of its 36 chicken soup varieties. Currently available on store shelves nationwide, Progresso is the first large retail soup brand in the United States to have antibiotic and hormone free chicken breasts...

  • Debunking bulk buying myths: The truth that makes 'cents' this season

    Debunking bulk buying myths: The truth that makes 'cents' this season

    Bulk buying often gets a bum rap. If you buy into common bulk myths, you probably believe "buying in bulk" means going to a warehouse store to purchase bucket-sized jars of jelly or paper towel packages so large they barely fit in an SUV — all to supply a big family. Bulk buying, you think, isn't...

  • 5 tips for simply better back-to-school meals

    5 tips for simply better back-to-school meals

    Start back-to-school season off right with a no-fail routine sure to keep the whole family on track for the busy school year to come. Follow these five tips for a healthy and happy school year from Daphne Oz, New York Times bestselling author and Emmy award winning co-host of ABC's "The Chew,"...

  • 5 ways coffee was there for us all summer long

    ¡Adios summer! Hello fall! There’s no denying the days are getting shorter and weather is getting cooler, but before breaking out the jackets and jeans, let’s take time to look back on the faithful friend that was a constant part of summer fun. From fueling warm-weather adventures to turning simple...

  • 5 simple tips for the perfect birthday goodie bag

    5 simple tips for the perfect birthday goodie bag

    Birthday parties are an exciting time for all, from the party games to the presents and delicious cake, birthdays are an occasion for family and friends to come together and celebrate. There are so many ways to make a birthday party special, but why not kick it up a notch and make your next birthday...

  • What Star Trek era are you from? (Infographic)

    When will the captains of Star Trek take over senior housing? Find out what your Star Trek era says about you at A Place for Mom.

  • Easy tips for smart snacking

    Easy tips for smart snacking

    It's hard to remember when the norm was three square meals a day, and snacks were relegated to nibbles at parties or as an afterschool bite to eat for kids. Today, whether young or old, snacks are a big part of our regular eating habits. In fact, a whopping 92 percent of us snack sometime during...

  • Cozy, clean and comfortable: 5 steps for getting your home autumn-ready

    Cozy, clean and comfortable: 5 steps for getting your home autumn-ready

    If cooler autumn weather makes you want to get inside your home to redecorate, add new furnishings or take other steps to settle in, you’re not alone. Rainy, snowy, cold or otherwise inclement weather makes us more productive overall because we’re less motivated to spend leisure time outside, according...

  • 7 reasons you should eat more seafood

    Seafood is a great catch, in more ways than you might imagine. While a mouthwatering meal of glazed salmon or grilled shrimp might win our stomachs on taste alone, the health benefits of seafood are beneficial to all. Low in fat and high in protein, seafood delivers some of the vital nutrients generally...

  • 6 ways to transition to fall without saying goodbye to summer

    As the long summer days come to an end, your time outdoors sadly begins to disappear. There might not be any more beach days or vacations for a while, but that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to summer completely. You can still incorporate elements of summer into your routine, even if the...

  • Fall entertaining forecast: cozy, comfortable and outdoors

    Fall entertaining forecast: cozy, comfortable and outdoors

    Whether an afternoon tailgating before the big game or a fun-filled evening under the dazzling autumn stars, the forecast for this season’s entertaining is trending toward cozy, comfortable and outdoors. “I think the big lifestyle shift right now is toward eating out less and entertaining more at...

  • 5 simple tips to refresh 'brown bag' lunches

    5 simple tips to refresh 'brown bag' lunches

    You're running out the door, already late and thinking about that important 8 a.m. meeting. Lunch is the last thing on your mind. In fact, you usually just pick something up from the deli line or local fast food place and hurry back to your desk. Sound familiar? You're not alone. Only one in five...

  • From Brazil to China - flavor exploration has never been easier

    No matter where you live, you seek authentic flavors from countries around the world, and tasting those flavors can offer a glimpse into the many different cultures and cuisines. In fact, three out of five people feel they have become more adventurous when it comes to trying ethnic cuisines, according...

  • Parent snack hacks to fight after-school hunger

    Parent snack hacks to fight after-school hunger

    "How was your day," you ask your child after school. Rather than hearing a funny recess anecdote or story about a tough test, she murmurs back, "I'm hungry." School days are long, and if your child participates in after-school activities, they're even longer. Busy kids need plenty of fuel to keep...

  • 7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Kiwifruit

    7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Kiwifruit

    When it comes to fruit, kiwis are often overlooked. But that's a shame, because these tiny orbs pack big nutritional, culinary and palate-pleasing surprises. Here are seven little-known facts about kiwifruit: 1. There's no need to peel kiwifruit. Kiwifruit is the perfect portable snack because it...

  • Healthy eating tips for kids when dining out

    Healthy eating tips for kids when dining out

    Whether they’re traveling, celebrating a special occasion or simply spending quality time together, families across the country enjoy going to restaurants and dining out together. As consumers become more sophisticated in their tastes and diets, restaurateurs are re-engineering their menus to accommodate...

  • 5 recipes that'll make you want to bring leftovers for lunch

    Bringing your lunch to work is a great way to save money and eat better. But it can be time-consuming and not as tasty as buying lunch out. Until now. With these five mouth-watering recipes and Reynolds disposable Heat & Eat containers, you can easily make tonight's delicious dinner, tomorrow's...

  • 5 ways to say goodbye to your 'sad desk lunch'

    5 ways to say goodbye to your 'sad desk lunch'

    You're running out the door, already late and thinking about that important 8 a.m. meeting. Lunch is the last thing on your mind. In fact, you usually just pick something up from the deli line or local fast food place and hurry back to your desk. Sound familiar? You're not alone. Only one in five...

  • Summer pasta-bilities: 5 unique ways to lighten up pasta dishes this season

    With warm summer weather in full swing, now is the perfect time to swap out heavier pasta dishes that leave you too full and tired for something lighter and more refreshing. In preparation for your next picnic or dinner party, Three Bridges Vice President of Research and Culinary Innovation, Chef...

  • Plant-based eating: Easy ways to make the change (Infographic)

    From Beyoncé and Jay-Z to Bill Clinton, plant-based eating is surging in popularity, and for good reason. In addition to being good for the environment, studies show people following plant-based diets are at reduced risk for heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other life-threatening health conditions....

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  • Winterizing is key to better lawns

    Winterizing is key to better lawns

    As September closes the door on summer with falling temperatures and leaves, many homeowners mistakenly slip into hibernation from yard work. However, this timeframe is crucial for prepping your yard for the coming winter— and positioning it to look its best the following spring. The typical yard...

  • 4 great ways to create an outdoor living space

    4 great ways to create an outdoor living space

    Whether you plan to live in your home for years to come, or have an upcoming listing on your mind, now could be a great time to create an outdoor living space. Today more than ever, homeowners are seeking ways to maximize the footprint of their home - both inside the four walls and out. Outdoor...

  • 10 Home Upgrades Under $500

    With the overwhelming popularity of home renovation shows, now more than ever, people are looking to tackle their own upgrades and invest in making their homes look and feel stylish, updated and reflective of their personalities without breaking the bank (or spending months in the process). To...

  • 10 smart ideas to heat your home for less

    10 smart ideas to heat your home for less

    As cooler temperatures begin to sweep the nation, homeowners are turning on their heat for the first time in months. With every degree increase on the thermostat, utility bills follow suit. A warm, comfortable home shouldn't cost you a small fortune. Luckily, there are some simple strategies for...

  • Superior design, superior functionality

    Superior design, superior functionality

    Incorporating style and sophistication is becoming a standard in today's modern homes. As the center of activity and entertaining, the kitchen is the room to truly "wow" guests with elevated design choices that don't compromise the space's necessary functionality. From countertops to fixtures,...

  • 3 things to look for when buying a new home

    3 things to look for when buying a new home

    Purchasing a new home is an exciting and sometimes stressful experience. Whether you're moving to a new town or looking to upgrade from your current space, finding a new home requires patience, expert guidance and a keen eye for detail. As a home seeker, the first thing you'll evaluate is location,...

  • Making memories: Tips for preserving and creating meaningful wooden pieces

    Making memories: Tips for preserving and creating meaningful wooden pieces

    From your first meal as a married couple at your oak dining table, to enjoying a glass of lemonade with your grandchildren on your pine kitchen stools — your most cherished memories are made at home. "Families have so many pieces of wooden furnishings in their homes that are meaningful to them,"...

  • Home improvement: What's old is new again

    Home improvement: What's old is new again

    Fall is a popular time for home improvement as people think about impressing their guests during the holidays. It is also a time for change, which makes the current trends in home décor so unique. Simply put, what's old is new again. Homeowners are gravitating to classic and timeworn elements to...

  • 6 simple ways to freshen your home inside and out

    6 simple ways to freshen your home inside and out

    Looking for some easy ways to breathe new life into your home? Whether it's the air inside or the decor itself, freshening things up can make your home look and feel more welcoming at any time of year. You don't need a lot of time or money to reinvigorate your home; just a few simple and affordable,...

  • Building a Strong Fence Starts with Properly Set Posts

    Building a Strong Fence Starts with Properly Set Posts

    There are a variety of reasons people put up a fence around their home. Often it’s to increase privacy, security, curb-appeal or property value. No matter what the reason or rationale, the long-term benefits of a fence are only as strong as the posts that keep it standing. There are a variety of...

  • Smart renovation investments to prepare your home for winter

    Smart renovation investments to prepare your home for winter

    Do you shudder at the thought of shivering through another frigid winter? Now may be an opportune time to consider investing in some energy efficient winterizing projects to let your home stay comfortable throughout the colder months. By investing in several simple, yet cost-effective measures,...

  • Smart tips for buying a first-home that will be easy and affordable to personalize

    Smart tips for buying a first-home that will be easy and affordable to personalize

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Call this the age of personalization. You can customize practically anything these days, from the kind of information you get on your favorite news feed and the offers you receive from your bank to the icons, background and sounds on your...

  • Wildfire protection starts in these 5 places

    Wildfire protection starts in these 5 places

    As recent wildfires in California and other parts of the U.S. have shown, nature's wrath is a good reminder to evaluate your own home's safety. If you live in a wildfire-prone area, it's essential to stave off potential damage long before flames rage toward your doorstep, experts warn.  And one...

  • Budgeting basics for first-time home buyers

    Budgeting basics for first-time home buyers

    Sponsored Ad content from Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. You wouldn't dream of going somewhere you've never been before without first getting directions. So, why would you go through life without a plan to help meet your financial goals? "An ongoing household budget is essential, whether it's...

  • Helpful hints for keeping tile surfaces gorgeous

    Helpful hints for keeping tile surfaces gorgeous

    Apparently, Texas isn't the only place where things are bigger when it comes to tile. During the past decade, homeowners across the country have installed larger and larger tile onto floors throughout their homes. In fact, the majority of tile installed today is considered large format, which is...

  • Upgrade your backyard with a DIY outdoor fireplace

    Upgrade your backyard with a DIY outdoor fireplace

    Upgrading an outdoor living area with a fireplace continues to grow in popularity at homes across the country according to the American Society of Landscape Architects. In fact, the latest Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey by the organization identified fireplaces and fire pits as...

  • What to look for when buying a garage door for your home

    What to look for when buying a garage door for your home

    The most important factor that garage door buyers consider is not the price!  That was the surprising result of a 2016 national survey completed in February. According to that study, the buyers’ most important consideration is appearance/curb appeal, followed by price, durability, low maintenance,...

  • 3 simple DIY updates to make your home safer and more energy efficient

    At the height of summer when busy schedules are at their peak, it’s difficult to find time to cross home improvement projects off of your to-do list. But as the seasons change, it’s important to be mindful of best practices around the house when it comes to safety and energy efficiency. From installing...

  • You're Free! Five Great Ideas for Repurposing Kids' Bedrooms

    You're Free! Five Great Ideas for Repurposing Kids' Bedrooms

    Now that your kids have launched lives of their own, you may be considering how to maximize the extra space they left behind. Making renovations can be a fun way to turn their now-empty rooms into a useful and/or relaxing space for your own enjoyment. And your timing could be spot on; a recent...

  • Simple ways to add curb appeal and character to your home

    Simple ways to add curb appeal and character to your home

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Homes with great curb appeal not only make you the envy of every neighbor on your street and provide a great first impression for guests, but they also offer increased value and take less time to sell. There are many simple, quick and low-cost...

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