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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...

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  • 7 tips to conquer your packing challenges while traveling

    7 tips to conquer your packing challenges while traveling

    Whether it's business travel, family road tripping or a romantic getaway, exploring new places is exciting. You may be counting down the days until you leave, but if there's one thing you dread, it's packing. Deciding what earns a spot in your suitcase is hard enough, let alone figuring out how...

  • Outdoor adventures offer out-of-this-world fun on Florida's Space Coast

    Outdoor adventures offer out-of-this-world fun on Florida's Space Coast

    When winter cold and snow force you indoors, you might dream of getting away to somewhere warm and sunny that offers plenty of energizing fun and a much-needed change in the weather. Planning for your spring and summer vacations is a great way to score some budget-friendly deals. It also helps...

  • Reducing risks while taking care of business: Tips to avoid distracted driving

    Reducing risks while taking care of business: Tips to avoid distracted driving

    The pace of business never seems to stop, and thanks to the convenience of cell phones, many people work on the go, even while they're driving. Yet cell phone use is one of the most common type of distracted driving, and it claims thousands of lives and causes thousands more injuries every year....

  • Top reasons to love Titus Mountain

    With 50 trails spread across three mountains, there is a lot to love about Titus Mountain in Malone, New York. To learn more, four bloggers offer an insider's perspective on why it's their top pick when the urge to carve some turns hits. Glenn: Hooked on Titus from the start Glenn Pareira is a green...

  • How to plan a successful spring getaway

    How to plan a successful spring getaway

    No matter where you live, spring travel is synonymous with the search for warm weather. While the sunshine may help keep the blues at bay, it takes more than just golden rays to make a trip unforgettable. Whether you're taking a family vacation, a couples escape or a getaway with friends, these...

  • 7 steps to secure your home while you're on vacation

    7 steps to secure your home while you're on vacation

    Warmer temperatures, budding trees and blooming flowers are all lovely parts of spring, but what you really look forward to is the start of vacation planning season! Deciding where to go and what to see, making arrangements and planning your wardrobe are all exciting aspects of summer vacation...

  • 6 ways to save money on your spring road trip

    With the thermometer hovering around freezing and snow still on the ground, it may not feel like it now, but spring is fast approaching. It will soon be time to step outside the house, enjoy the warmer weather and take that vacation you've been planning for months. Yes, it's time for a spring road...

  • 5 reasons ridesharing is on the rise

    5 reasons ridesharing is on the rise

    The rideshare industry has exploded in popularity over the past several years, with companies devoted to making transportation safe, reliable and enjoyable. At the swipe of a finger and tap of a button, you can hail a car through your smartphone. Within minutes, you are picked up at your desired...

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  • 5 family-friendly cities you should visit in 2017

    5 family-friendly cities you should visit in 2017

    Family vacations are as unique as the families that enjoy them. If your family vacations in 2016 involved returning to the same destinations again and again, 2017 is a great time to take embrace the weekend, step away from the traditional and explore a new city. So grab your family, pack your bags...

  • Discover the magic of winter

    Discover the magic of winter

    Were you lucky enough to grow up making snow angels? Did you spend the better part of a day building a snow fort or rolling up a snowman? If you have fond memories of playing in the snow, but for some reason haven't put on insulated pants or boots in a long time, then it's time to rediscover winter....

  • 9 life-changing experiences on Western Australia's Coral Coast

       Australia is an amazing country on many peoples bucket lists, with Western Australia offering some of the most extraordinary experiences of all. Will 2017 be the year you finally make this vacation dream come true? With secret beaches, untouched shorelines and an abundance of unique animals on...

  • 5 smart money-saving travel strategies

    5 smart money-saving travel strategies

    As the new year unfolds, now is the time to plan weekend escapes to ensure you have a chance to reset and refresh throughout the year. As Seekenders know, every weekend is a new opportunity for adventure and spontaneity. By planning your weekend getaways early, you'll set up key points to rejuvenate...

  • Touch down in Houston for the big game

    Touch down in Houston for the big game

    February is fast approaching, and with it the year's largest football event. Fans will come from across the nation to experience the highly anticipated Sunday football game in Houston, Texas. With mild weather, amazing city views, a walkable cultural district and delectable food, visitors will have...

  • 11 Reasons Billings, Montana, Was Named 'America's Best Town'

    Whether it's a quick weekend trip or a weeks-long adventure, you want to visit a unique travel destination that's equal parts excitement and relaxation. One location has something for everyone, with countless awards and accolades: Billings, Montana. Known as Montana's Trailhead, Billings perfectly...

  • Forget post-holiday sales: Find the best deals at local boat shows

    Forget post-holiday sales: Find the best deals at local boat shows

    Post-holiday sales aren't the only deals to be found during the winter months. Starting in January, boat shows take place across the country. They offer some of the best pricing and incentives of the year — a major draw for the millions of Americans who take to the water each year on more than...

  • Resolutions on the road: Cruising into 2017 with plans for better car care

    Resolutions on the road: Cruising into 2017 with plans for better car care

    Every new year brings a flurry of resolutions, and Hankook Tire checked out the road-related improvements Americans resolve to make happen in 2017. Whether you're looking to save money or are determined to make that cross-country road trip a reality, the Hankook Tire Gauge Index found Americans...

  • Wintery Wisconsin: 5 vacation destinations that can help you relax

    Wintery Wisconsin: 5 vacation destinations that can help you relax

    It may sound contrary to the holiday hype, but the winter season following the holidays can be a perfect time for a relaxing, soul-soothing getaway. Research cited by the American Psychological Association shows stress increases for many in the weeks leading up to the holidays, due to factors like...

  • Before you cruise, embark on a fun-finding mission in your port city

    Before you cruise, embark on a fun-finding mission in your port city

    When booking a sea cruise vacation, it may seem like a good idea to schedule your flight to the port of departure for the same morning your ship sets sail. A same-day flight might appear to save you time and money, but travel experts warn this could turn into an expensive mistake. Should airline...

  • Tips to 'get a grip' this winter

    Tips to 'get a grip' this winter

    'Tis the season for silks, boots and blazers, sweater vests, premium cuff links and choker necklaces. Winter is here, along with all the festive parties. But before you step out, make sure your stylish shoes have the best grip while walking up and down that slippery driveway. A slip and fall is...

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  • Taking charge of your AFib: Getting the facts and knowing your options

    Being diagnosed with a chronic medical condition can be overwhelming. Patients and their doctors face a delicate balancing act to weigh the risks of a disease against the potential side effects and inconveniences of treatment. This is certainly true for patients with atrial fibrillation, better...

  • 4 reasons to make today the first day of your smoke-free life

    In 1964, when the Surgeon General first warned the public about the dangers of smoking cigarettes, 42 percent of adults in the United States smoked, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today, about 15 percent of adults smoke cigarettes. The progress made in the last 50...

  • Simple tips for recreating red carpet looks at home

    Simple tips for recreating red carpet looks at home

    Whether you're looking to enhance your daily beauty routine or for tips to add glam to your style for an upcoming special occasion, Hollywood's red carpet is the best source for trends and inspiration. Fortunately, many of today's hottest looks are easy to create at home. Celebrity makeup artist...

  • 8 simple steps to help seniors, caregivers better manage medications

    8 simple steps to help seniors, caregivers better manage medications

    Modern medicine can work wonders. However, in order to be effective, medicine needs to be taken safely, according to prescribing guidelines, and patients and health care providers need to be vigilant about the dangers of drug interactions. When it comes to medication use, seniors take more prescription...

  • Trying to quit? Tips from former smokers can help you succeed

    Trying to quit? Tips from former smokers can help you succeed

    Since the Surgeon General released the first report on smoking in 1964, the smoking rate among adults has decreased from 42 percent to 15 percent. Though great strides have been made, more than 36 million adults in the United States continue to smoke cigarettes, claiming nearly half a million lives...

  • 5 healthier lifestyle changes that are simple, sensible and easy

    Often people set off on their weight loss journey but then get derailed because they think it is difficult to maintain. However, when this happens to you, it's important to not get frustrated. Keep in mind people who succeed in weight loss and healthy eating goals are the ones who recognize better...

  • Understanding Pneumococcal Pneumonia: Facts vs. Misperceptions (Infographic)

    Every day 10,000 Americans turn 65 years old.1 At 65, your risk of being hospitalized after getting pneumococcal pneumonia is 13X greater than adults younger than 50.2 The CDC recommends pneumococcal vaccination for all adults 65 years and older3 and states that "vaccination is the safest, most...

  • 5 things you must know about this groundbreaking treatment for servicemen and women

    5 things you must know about this groundbreaking treatment for servicemen and women

    When the nation's servicemen and women serve a tour of duty overseas, many don't return home the same. Nearly 60 percent of servicemen and 50 percent of servicewomen experience at least one traumatic event during their service, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. These events have the...

  • 5 things you need to know about vaccines

    5 things you need to know about vaccines

    No one wakes up in the morning hoping to be sick. Yet despite the angst people have about becoming ill, many forgo one of the easiest, most effective ways to protect themselves and their loved ones from common and even severe illnesses — they choose not to get vaccinated. There are many reasons...

  • 5 easy tips to prepare your family for the daylight saving time change

    5 easy tips to prepare your family for the daylight saving time change

    Daylight saving time brings brighter evenings and a reminder that spring and warmer weather are within reach. However, it comes with the potential to wreak havoc on a family's sleep routine. Time changes can make morning schedules just a little bit harder for parents everywhere. "A time change shifts...

  • 4 things you can do today to support your heart health

    4 things you can do today to support your heart health

    On the path to good health, it pays to follow your heart — literally. A healthy heart is essential to supporting good overall health, yet many people ignore the warning signs that their heart is not as healthy as it could be. A 2016 survey from the American Academy of Family Physicians, conducted...

  • 15 years of healthy smiles for every child (Infographic)

    Tooth decay is a silent epidemic in this country, and many children in need don't have access to preventative care. See what one organization is doing to help bring dental services to underserved kids. For advice on how to keep your child's smile healthy, visit www.MouthHealthy.org. Save Save

  • Volunteers bring healthier smiles to kids in need

    Volunteers bring healthier smiles to kids in need

    Did you know half of all children in this country enter kindergarten with tooth decay? Tooth decay is the number one chronic infectious disease among children in the U.S., affecting 42 percent of children aged 2 to 11 years old, according to the National Institutes of Health. In addition, nearly...

  • IBD Unmasked - Revelations (Infographic)

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  • 5 simple steps to boost your immune system now

    5 simple steps to boost your immune system now

    Whether it's battling the rampant germs of cold and flu season or maintaining wellness throughout the year, the immune system is your main line of defense. In order to feel good as often as possible — and recover quickly when you don't — it's important to keep your immune system strong. "The immune...

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  • What drives us? (Infographic)

    To further its ongoing mission to improve lives through meaningful innovation, Philips Sonicare, the power toothbrush brand most recommended by U.S. dentists and hygienists, has partnered with TED, the non-profit dedicated to ideas worth spreading. To kick off the partnership, Philips supported...

  • Are you reading and posting content worthy of your smartphone data? 5 tips to switch up your online commentary

    Are you reading and posting content worthy of your smartphone data? 5 tips to switch up your online commentary

    From awards shows to politics and sporting events, the beginning of the year is packed with comment-worthy moments. Many of us take these opportunities to share what we think are the smartest, sharpest and snarkiest takes and project online to our friends and beyond. But as these major moments happen,...

  • Borrow these wedding planner tricks for a polished event on a budget

    Borrow these wedding planner tricks for a polished event on a budget

    Planning your wedding is one of the most important management jobs you’ll ever take on. A professional wedding planner could help make the day go smoothly, but you can also achieve the same effect yourself for less money. According to TheKnot.com, the average cost for a professional wedding planner...

  • Newlyweds: Money-saving tips for your first move together

    Newlyweds: Money-saving tips for your first move together

    With the average wedding costing upwards of $30,000, starting your new life together takes a lot of careful budgeting. After you've finished paying for the flowers, reception hall, caterer, photographer and everything else related to your big day, you may not have much money left over when it comes...

  • Let them live: Tips to help your Valentine's flowers last longer

    Let them live: Tips to help your Valentine's flowers last longer

    Flowers and Valentine's Day go together like heart and soul. Something about a bouquet of bright blooms just brings a smile to your face, and you want to stretch out the joy of your floral gift for as long as possible. Unfortunately, flowers are often as delicate as they are beautiful, so you'll...

  • Learn the basics to avoid cell phone surprises

    Learn the basics to avoid cell phone surprises

    It's easy to be overwhelmed when it comes to choosing a cellphone provider. Everyone claims to offer the best, cheapest and most comprehensive service. It can be especially baffling for seniors who, despite boundless wisdom elsewhere, may be newcomers to this technology. When you boil it down, it's...

  • 4 ways to lead the charge on National Battery Day

    National Battery Day, Feb. 18, is a day when people across the nation are encouraged to participate in battery recycling to celebrate the vital role batteries play in our everyday lives. Without them, the modern world couldn't exist as we know it. From household appliances to laptops, cellphones,...

  • Tips to make it through Valentine's Day after the loss of a significant other

    Tips to make it through Valentine's Day after the loss of a significant other

    The heart-shaped boxes of candy and cupid-themed decorations started appearing on store shelves around the same time the New Year’s decorations were coming down. While Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a time to celebrate romantic love, it can be an emotionally painful holiday if your partner or...

  • Security in an insecure world

    Security in an insecure world

    The year 2016 was devastating for some safe deposit box holders. In New York, thieves cut holes in the roofs of three banks and brazenly emptied hundreds of safe deposit boxes, leaving the victims' pillaged boxes on the roof and strewn around the vault. A stealthier thief in Florida picked safe...

  • Year-round ways to help pets and their families in need

    Year-round ways to help pets and their families in need

    Approximately 48 million Americans face food insecurity every day, according to Feeding America, a non-profit organization and network of more than 200 food banks. That means they, and their pets, face uncertain access to a sufficient amount of affordable, healthy food. "People who face food insecurity...

  • 5 tips for safe space heater use

    5 tips for safe space heater use

    During the coldest days of the year, space heaters are one of the easiest, most efficient ways to get warm fast. However, when not used correctly, they may also be one of the most dangerous. Space heaters accounted for 40 percent of all home heating fires and a staggering 84 percent of home heating...

  • What you should know about rising interest rates

    What you should know about rising interest rates

    Homeowners planning to refinance and buyers searching for a home may have an idea of what’s in store for them with regards to interest rates, but they never really know until they lock in a rate. This is in part because rates can change direction fast, and when they rise—as they have been recently—it...

  • 2017 looking bright for small business owners

    2017 looking bright for small business owners

    The year 2017 is still in its infancy, but research shows small business owners feel this year could be one of the best in recent memory. A new survey, commissioned by Staples and conducted by Wakefield Research, found that 85 percent of small business owners surveyed reported feeling "optimistic"...

  • Debt poses risks to financial security for Americans reaching their golden years

    Americans now retire with far more debt than previous generations. This can pose a significant risk to retirees' income, and may result in them not having enough. It also means that when a spouse dies, there could be little left over as creditors deplete an estate's assets — forcing survivors to...

  • The home design trend you need to know about

    The home design trend you need to know about

    With the new year underway, the housing world is buzzing about the next transformative trend in home design and remodeling. This year it seems certain the growing trend of mixing and layering materials, something many designers and architects noticed was growing in popularity over the past few...

  • The next big IT career: Data analytics turns big data into career opportunities

    The next big IT career: Data analytics turns big data into career opportunities

    Career opportunities in technology continue to expand exponentially: the computer and information technology field is expected to grow 12 percent, adding nearly half a million new jobs by 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistic's Occupational Outlook Handbook. What's more, the median wage...

  • Smart shopping tips for Valentine's Day

    Smart shopping tips for Valentine's Day

    When cupid shot his arrow, there was no turning back. You fell in love and that's one of the best feelings in the world. It's something that should be celebrated always, but of course there's one day dedicated to honoring the power of love: Valentine's Day. Shopping for a gift that represents how...

  • 8 ways to create more quality family time this season

    This is a paid advertisement. Are you a parent that doesn't feel you have enough time to spend with your kids? You're not alone. Working parents tell their children they are too busy to play with them an average of eight times a week — that's more than once a day — according to a recent survey conducted...

  • 4 reasons you should review your beneficiary designations

    Baby boomers have been planning and saving for retirement for decades. They are also planning their legacy — creating wills, trusts and other sophisticated estate planning strategies to transfer their wealth to the next generation. However, most people may not realize their IRAs and qualified retirement...

  • Americans have less tolerance for power outages in a digital world

    Americans have less tolerance for power outages in a digital world

    A flash of lighting, a loud clap of thunder and BOOM! Suddenly everything goes dark and you know the power in your home is officially out. Just about everyone has experienced a power outage due to a seasonal storm in their lifetime and it is a trend that continues to grow between super storms and...

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  • 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...

  • 5 ways to win at winter driving

    As temperatures across the country start to drop, drivers are gearing up for changing road conditions. Whether you're making your way through a Nor'easter or simply trying to navigate wet roads down South, it's important to be prepared for whatever the season brings your way. Here is a five-step...

  • Cyberattack 411: Protecting your vehicle from hackers

    Cyberattack 411: Protecting your vehicle from hackers

    New vehicles are packed full of the latest and greatest technology. Among their many capabilities, today's vehicles can automatically apply brakes to avoid collisions, maintain a designated following distance behind the car ahead of it and maneuver the vehicle back into its lane if the driver veers...

  • Celebrating 40 years of Baja and All-Terrain Tire Innovation (Infographic)

    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 used this battleground as a laboratory and proving grounds of innovation the last...

  • Ready, set, winter! Winterizing tips for the inside and outside of your car (Infographic)

    Rejoice, winter-activity enthusiasts! The 2017 Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a snow-filled, icy winter. Go ahead, daydream of fresh powder, smiling snowmen and frozen ponds, and get ready to embrace winter! A few simple “winterizing” tips for the inside and outside of your car can ensure you’re...

  • Half of U.S. drivers adopt usage-based insurance when offered to them, yet few are given the choice (Infographic)

    -According to the 2016 LexisNexis® Usage-Based Insurance Study 50 percent of U.S. drivers adopt usage-based insurance when offered to them, yet only one in five say they were given an opportunity to purchase a UBI policy by their insurer. The study reveals three opportunities for insurers to increase...

  • Job alert: Diesel technician and truck driver shortage countrywide

    Job alert: Diesel technician and truck driver shortage countrywide

    As the transportation industry continues to grow and baby boomers continue to retire, the need for trained diesel mechanics and truck drivers has never been greater. Job openings span the United States, and many sit open while businesses feel the stress of a massive talent shortage. For people seeking...

  • Most laboratories are clean. Not ours (Infographic)

    Featuring rugged terrain and ever-changing conditions, Dakar is the ideal lab for BFGoodrich Tires, to push our products to the max in an endless pursuit of creating the world's most advanced off-road gear. In 2017, BFGoodrich Tires is proudly returning to the Dakar Rally to continue our Global...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • 5 reasons seafood is a great choice for a relaxing date night

    5 reasons seafood is a great choice for a relaxing date night

    "Date night" is an activity people typically look forward to with great anticipation. The good news is, your plans don't have to be elaborate for evenings together to turn out romantic and fun. Sometimes the most-satisfying date nights are the relaxing evenings spent at home with the one you love,...

  • 10 delicious ways to use almond milk

    As almond milk is America's favorite dairy alternative, here's a guide to enjoying it even more, with quick tips and out-of-the-carton recipes for every day. Almond milk is a great choice for people who are looking to avoid lactose, dairy and soy. It's also great for calorie-watchers, as unsweetened...

  • Protect your heart with these easy meal add-ins

    Protect your heart with these easy meal add-ins

    What's the biggest threat to our health? It isn't cancer or even accidents, but heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, one in four deaths in the U.S. is caused by heart disease, which includes heart attack and stroke. This statistic is scary, but the good news is, there is...

  • 5 fiscally-friendly budgeting tips for your family

    5 fiscally-friendly budgeting tips for your family

    Kids grow up so fast. As they do, those bills grow up right along with them – often faster than you can bring more money in, right? Yes, your budget is tighter than ever before, but you certainly don't want to sacrifice the fun things you do as a family just because of money. The good news is that...

  • The smart advice that makes clean eating an attainable lifestyle choice

    The smart advice that makes clean eating an attainable lifestyle choice

    Healthy eating trends come and go. Sometimes the fads are extreme, over-the-top and hard to maintain, but others offer simple, attainable changes that make them well worth incorporating into your lifestyle. Clean eating, actively seeking out foods that are minimally processed with simple, natural...

  • Last-minute party tips: Be the 'hostess with the mostest' for the least work and stress

    Last-minute party tips: Be the 'hostess with the mostest' for the least work and stress

    Everyone wants to be the “hostess with the mostest” when throwing a last-minute party, but how can you wow your guests when you have little prep time and a budget that’s more like “least” than “most?” “With warm weather approaching, impromptu get-togethers can pop up at any time,” notes Amanda Gluck,...

  • 5 ways coffee keeps winter blues at bay

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    The biggest game-day celebration of the year is right around the corner, and you’ve been called upon to host; are you ready? Whether you’re a veteran starter or you’re coming off the bench for your first hosting gig, throwing a great party for the big game is simple, so long as the right food (and...

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    5 surprising benefits of U.S. farm-raised seafood

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    There are many popular ways people chose to get the most out of their outdoor living space these days. They build a fireplace or a fire pit, install lighting or a water feature, add a paver patio or outdoor kitchen, or plant a garden or trees — the possibilities are limited only to a person's imagination...

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    Renovation season is approaching. Do you know what home improvements will give you the best return for your money? Here's a hint: step outside. You might assume upgrades to interior spaces like kitchens and bathrooms have the best payoff, but most home improvements don't return 100 percent of their...

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    Tackle your DIY projects with these 3 multipurpose tools

    DIY projects are surging in popularity right now and it’s easy to see why. A successful DIY project can fix a problem or make a much-needed improvement to your home, while also providing you with the satisfaction of a job well done. Best of all, it allows you to save money over hiring a professional...

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  • 4 bathroom design trends that marry luxury, beauty and sensibility

    4 bathroom design trends that marry luxury, beauty and sensibility

    When you're ready to create the bathroom of your dreams, it's no time to chase fads. You want design trends with enduring appeal, concepts that blend luxury, beauty, sensibility and eco-friendliness. Striking the perfect balance between indulgence and practicality can result in a bathroom where...

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    Rearrange your backyard with a concrete fire table

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    Where to find rebates, tax credits and rewards for energy-efficient home improvements

    If you're planning to make some home improvements this year, you're probably thinking about energy-efficient options, knowing they can save you money in the long run. However, many eco-friendly home improvements that help lower your energy bills can also pay off right away in the form of rebates...

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    Trend alert: Wood planks warm up ceilings and walls

    For centuries, hardwood planks have been the ultimate material for residential floors. Combining exceptional durability with unrivalled good looks, oak, walnut, cherry or other solid-wood floorboards add value and beauty to any home they grace. But these days, handsome timber planking is not only...

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    How to safeguard your home this winter from ice dam formation

    The unpredictable winter weather can wreak havoc for millions of Americans across the country, leaving them cold and reaching to crank up the thermostat. Those living in areas where the temperatures can plummet to subzero, and snow and ice are a certainty, are all too familiar with what the season...

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    6 easy, affordable smart home features that could help you sell your house faster

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    4 hot bathroom design trends that don't have to cost a bundle

    Coffee bars, TVs in mirrors, smart toilets and pet-friendly amenities — a growing number of homeowners are requesting such upscale features in their bathroom design, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Is it any wonder that association members report the average cost...

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    Plumbing the power of a powder room addition

    1Never underestimate the power of a powder room to make your home more livable and increase its resale value. Having more and nicer bathrooms consistently scores high in surveys on homeowners’ wish lists. What’s more, extra baths deliver more than just convenience; a National Association of Realtors...

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    With spring fast approaching and the kids at school, there's no better time to upgrade the playroom. Why not swap out a traditional swinging door for a playful chalkboard wall-mounted sliding door? Your little artists can draw for hours on the chalkboard, plus the sliding door can add up to 14 square...

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    There's a distinctly unwelcome sentiment that every parent, no matter how vigilant, must experience once in a while. You might know it as, "that was close." It happens when your child's sense of adventure unexpectedly outpaces your vigilance. Stephanie Hinderks, a mother of two, remembers the exact...

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    The average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water every single day, 70 percent of which occurs indoors. Flushing the toilet, brushing your teeth and taking a long hot shower all add to the consumption of this valuable natural resource. So what can you do within your own home to reduce...

  • 5 easy DIY projects to tackle this winter

    5 easy DIY projects to tackle this winter

    The winter months are the perfect time to dig in and tackle easy DIY projects for an updated home you'll enjoy all year long. These five simple home improvement projects are incredibly easy, affordable and can be completed in three hours or less. Marvelous mirrors Mirror, mirror, on the wall, you're...

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    5 tips to keep your home warm, cozy and protected this winter

    Winter is a harsh and cold season that can be terribly straining on homes, causing costly and inconvenient breakdowns, especially to plumbing and heating systems. Home experts recommend homeowners pay attention to the little things to avoid bigger problems from developing. Taking simple steps, such...

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    Hidden hazards to keep in mind this holiday season

    As we head into the holidays and winter months, it's important to ensure both your indoor and outdoor decorations are safe and securely assembled. These items are often overlooked around your home during the season and they can cause very serious hazards, including fires. U.S. fire departments...

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