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Secrets for selecting hard-working spring beauty products
Spring is the perfect time for women everywhere to "plus up" their beauty routine with the most effective, hard-working products - especially when it comes to skincare.
 
The do's and don'ts, how to prime your credit score before you house hunt
What's the most important thing you need to consider when buying a new home? Hint: it's not location.
 
5 outdoor living trends that instantly turn a drab deck into a beautiful oasis
If your outdoor space is a bit drab, there's no need to fret. The year's top trends in outdoor living will transform any deck in an instant and create a space that is truly an extension of the home.
 
Simple tips to keep busy families organized
Keeping your family organized is harder now than it ever was before. Learn how technology can help you and your family stay ahead of the game.
 
Beyond games: Tips for tapping tech for education
There's plenty technology can do to enrich learning and help kids develop new skills. The key is finding the right ways to use technology for learning, both in the classroom and at home.
 
Make the most of summer: 4 easy ways to go boating
Boating is a popular American pastime. This spring and summer, don't get left on the dock and take advantage of the warmer weather aboard a boat.
 
How to be a sun-savvy super hero for your family
Protecting skin from sun damage is important throughout life. Parents can help kids establish sun-safe habits with these fun summer activities.
 
Safety tips to prevent summer fun from becoming a summer scare
No family wants to have summer fun turn into a summer scare. Consider these safety tips to avoid the extra dangers during this active season.
 
Tips for transforming a dated NYC condo into a hot property
Learn just how easy it can be to transform a dated condo into a hot property everyone wants.
 
Career and technical training give students a competitive edge
Students who take career and technical courses are in high demand, and earn more than high school graduates who didn't take CTE classes.
 
Protect kids from dangers lurking online
What parents should know to protect kids from the dangers lurking in the Deep Web.
 
Parents: How to pick the right cost-effective technology device for your child's learning
Parents considering buying a chromebook for their children to use in school should keep these pointers in mind.
 
Is your child eating kid-friendly foods that support overall health and wellness?
Smart ways parents can get kids to eat healthier foods.
 
Picking the right camp for your kids
More than 10 million kids attend some type of summer camp. Here are some tips to ensure a positive summer for everyone as you look at camps.
 
Children's health concern: Every minute poison control answers a call about young kids getting into medicine
Children's health concern: Did you know every minute poison control answers a call about kids getting into medicine? Here's what you need to know about this growing problem and how to prevent it.
 
Have a delicious baking recipe? Share it with the world
Learn how your favorite breakfast recipe could win you amazing prices in Pillsbury's Bake-Off Contest.
 
Kick-start kids' summer with shoe-shopping tips for parents
When it comes to the health of your children, you do everything you can to help them grow up strong. Are you aware of the important role foot health plays in a child's overall development?
 
Healthy housekeeping tips offer a fresh approach to spring cleaning
Spring cleaning can be problematic for asthma sufferers. Learn what you can do to protect yourself during this season.
 
Modern technology rescues backyard pool-time fun
See how the latest technology makes owning a pool and cleaning it easier than ever.
 
Parents: Put the brakes on kids' summer 'brain drain'
Summer drains an average of two months worth of math skills from the brain of the average student, studies show. Parents can help halt "summer brain drain" by keeping kids' minds active with science, technology, engineering and math summer programs.
 
The new time to have fun and bond with your family: breakfast
Families are always looking for new ways to spend time together. Why not start your weekend off on the right foot with a little family time in the kitchen over a delicious hot breakfast?
 
Four out of 10 drivers don't know this dashboard warning could save their lives
Knowing the importance of correct tire pressure could help save your life.
 
Smart shopping tips for budget-savvy baby boomers
While the economy is moving again, many Americans - baby boomers included - continue to realize the importance of good money management skills. Boomers are focused on making the most of their money by boosting earnings, investing more and shopping smarter. Here are some smart shopping tips for baby boomers.
 
10 tips to help your kid speed to good dental health with NASCAR's Greg Biffle
Getting children to brush their teeth can be challenging. No parent wants to struggle with their child every morning and night to ensure they develop good dental habits and a healthy smile. Consider these tips.
 
Planning the perfect Easter egg hunt
If you don't have an Easter egg hunt to attend in your community, consider planning your own and inviting all the neighbors to participate. Here are some tips for planning the perfect Easter egg hunt:
 
Put a little 'spring' in your seasonal recipes
Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli offers three light recipes that are perfect for any spring get together. Which one is your favorite, try them all and decide.
 
Get decked out with color
Wondering what one of the biggest trends "on deck" is this year? Hint, it is a colorful answer. That's because more and more people are choosing to add color with a waterproofing deck stain.
 
Taking care of your dog's teeth: One more way to show you love him
Most pet parents enjoy hugs and kisses from their canines. But while your best friend is showering you with love, have you wondered if his teeth are clean? Or about how his dental health affects his overall well-being? Good oral care is as essential for dogs as it is for humans.
 
Get spring off to a fresh start with these easy cleaning tips
Seventy-two percent of Americans make spring cleaning an annual task, so use these easy cleaning tips to get your project started.
 
Rolling into spring: 10 dirtiest dogs in America
 
Easy do-it-yourself Easter: Fun Easter projects for the whole family
The Easter bunny is right around the corner, which means chocolate eggs, chick marshmallows and stuffed bunnies will soon be popping up around the home. Celebrate with a build-your-own Easter basket with the kids for some quality time for the entire family.
 
Car lovers: Take care of your four-wheeled family member
Your car is part of the family. Learn some tips to take care of this vital family member and keep it running as long as possible.
 
Tips for making your child's birthday extra special this year
For many young children (especially those between the ages of 3 and 6), a birthday is the most important and anticipated day of the year. The challenge is finding the time to create birthdays that will leave lasting impressions. Here are fun and easy ways to make your child feel extra special on their birthday.
 
Sure-fire laundry tips to make your kids' clothes last longer
Taking care of your kids' clothing can be a non-stop, dirty business. All that running around, sliding into home plate and puddle jumping can wear out more than just your kids' shirts and pants. It can also leave parents feeling like they're constantly catching up on laundry and continuously replacing faded, stained or worn-out clothing. Fortunately, a few simple tricks can help make laundry less of a chore, extend the life of children's clothes and even your budget.
 
Flab to fit: The five money moves that can whip your finances into better shape
Taking control of your finances doesn't have to be limited to the first few months of the year - you can get started anytime. Here's how.
 
Kitchen makeover: 3 simple tips for beauty on a budget
If you're tired of looking at your outdated kitchen, but feel replacement would be impractical, you're not alone. In 2014, consumers will be trying to find solutions they can afford to do themselves. Check out these three DIY remodeling trends for simple and unique ways to refresh the most used rooms in the home.
 
Wow guests with original wedding reception touches
Most brides have a vision of a beautifully decorated and themed wedding reception. Luckily, it is easy to achieve the wedding decor you see in your mind's eye with a few easy and inexpensive do-it-yourself projects.
 
Is your technology working for you?
For every new computer, gadget or service there are several different stages of ownership. Unfortunately, the first and happiest phase - the honeymoon - doesn't last forever. Eventually, devices can slow, services get outdated, and in the end, the ailing technology begins to work against you.
 
Through the art of makeup, people with rare pituitary disorders now have unique resources to help address common physical and emotional changes
Makeup tips can help people with Cushing's disease and Acromegaly address facial feature challenges caused by these pituitary disorders.
 
Perk up your home with pattern
Give your home an energy shot this spring with bright colors and bold patterns.

"Patterns are hot, hot, hot," says Cathie Pliess, program coordinator of design for The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and a certified interior designer. "Look for oversized patterns in bold colors on a white background."
 
Entertaining tips and tricks: Do game day right this spring
There are many exciting games during the spring and, unfortunately, it's nearly impossible to catch them all. But you can still have a great time watching from home if you do it the right way. In fact, hosting family and friends to watch the big game is an American tradition. Consider these entertaining tips and tricks so you host a winning party.
 
Spring has sprung: tips for getting outside to play
After being cooped up during one of the most brutal winters in recent memory, families are eager for warmer weather so they can get outside and play. Research shows that play is an important part of children's physical, emotional and intellectual development. Here are some ideas to help make outside activity part of your family's regular routine.
 
New moms guide to going back to work
Going back to work for new moms can be challenging. Learning to balance work and family while facing many new stressors can be overwhelming. Here are tips and tricks on how new moms can acclimate back into to the working world.
 
The key to a summer vacation full of amazing surprises: The Texas Gulf Coast
Summer vacation season will be here before you know it, and to ensure yours is full of family-friendly fun, you'll need to move quickly and be creative. You need some out-of-the-box thinking, and a location that's dependably exciting, affordable and amazingly diverse. One word: Texas.
 
Stay ahead of cybercriminals: use caution and common sense online
Cybercrime is everywhere these days. It happens in the dead of night, in broad daylight, in homes, hotels, restaurants and airports. The good news, however, is that it doesn't take a computer genius to protect yourself and your family from the proliferation of cyber criminals who are running scams or seeking to steal your identity.
 
Spring into four simple DIY home decorating trends
Whether you're personalizing a new home or revitalizing an old room, the start of spring is when newly imagined spaces become do-it-yourself realities.
 
Head-to-toe tips for picking and packing summer travel togs
Vacation packing is an art-form, one every mother must master if she wants her family to be comfortable and well-dressed while traveling. Running out of clean clothes, having to do laundry, or wearing outfits that are hopelessly wrinkled or don't suit the destination are all avoidable travel fiascoes. All you have to do is pack smart.
 
Teens need annual checkups, too
During cold, flu, and allergy seasons, sick teens and their parents are more likely to make time to see the doctor. However, these visits tend to focus on a specific illness rather than the teen's general health and well-being. Annual checkups, on the other hand, can provide an opportunity for teens and their doctors to discuss important health topics, such as weight, sexual health, vaccines and stress-related conditions.
 
From farm to suburb, chicken coops are at the heart of the self-reliance movement
Americans across the country are taking strides to be more self reliant, including growing food, composting and raising animals. While these types of activities are most often associated with people who live in the country, residents in unexpected settings are embracing aspects of this lifestyle at increasingly fast rates.
 
Spring into the season: Great dishes and flavors to celebrate spring's arrival
When spring finally arrives, we gladly shed heavy coats and snow boots. Meals, too, lighten up with warmer weather, as we leave behind hearty soups and heavier meals in favor of more sprightly and seasonal fare. Spring celebrations - from Easter brunches to graduation dinners - are great opportunities to revisit old favorites and try something new.
 
Five things you should know about spring allergies
April's showers bring May flowers but they also bring on sneezing, runny noses and watery eyes for some of the 50 million Americans with allergies. The spring allergy season begins in some regions of the country as early as February and can last into the summer months.
 
Is it really possible for kids to like whole grains?
We know. Whole grains are good for us, offering fiber, vitamins and other nutrients. But can they really be tasty enough for our kids to enjoy? And how do we add them to more of our meals? The answers may be as close as your nearest elementary, middle or high school. Schools across the country are introducing whole grain breads, pastas, rice, pizzas and tortillas.
 
Avoid sickness by using a four-step process to eliminate germs
All across the country this winter Americans have braced themselves for one polar vortex after another and many regions are experiencing their coldest temperatures in more than 20 years. This undesirable weather is driving adults and children alike indoors, where viruses and germs are spreading like wildfire.
 
Rare Disease Day 2014: Recognizing rare diseases and empowering patients to become self-advocates
For the past six years, international Rare Disease Day has served as a day on which hundreds of patient advocacy organizations, patients and their loved ones across the globe join together to highlight the importance of continued focus and research on uncommon and serious illnesses. This year, international Rare Disease Day will be held Feb. 28.
 
New laws emerge as technology impacts cars and driving
As it relates to public policy, lawmakers may be feeling overwhelmed as they try to keep up with researching, writing and passing legislation to regulate new technologies to maintain public safety or prevent the invasion of privacy. Here is news on some enacted and proposed legislation involving technology and driving.
 
Five sure-fire steps for planning the most memorable family vacation of your life
It's no secret that families are busy these days. Between mom and dad's careers, the kids' school demands and extra-curricular activities, quality time together as a family is hard to come by. This busy lifestyle is inspiring a new travel movement, and 2014 is positioned for the grand rebirth of the family vacation. If you want to take an unforgettable family vacation this year, the idea of planning might seem overwhelming. But travel experts agree that planning ahead and researching your options are important steps to ensure your trip is stress-free and full of fun.
 
Small tumor, major consequences: an acromegaly patient's journey
Paula Van Nostrand, a fit, health-conscious 34-year-old woman was training for her first triathlon when her life was placed on a trajectory no one saw coming. She began experiencing unexplainable symptoms but ultimately attributed them to her training.
 
Get your glitz on: How to add pizzazz to your Oscar party this year
Awards season will soon come to a crescendo with the airing of the Oscars March 2. Celebrities are gearing up to hit the red carpet and crossing their fingers that they come home with an award. You and your guests can feel like part of the experience too. Bring the elegance and excitement of the Academy Awards into your home this year by kicking your party up a notch with just a few small tweaks.
 
Five crazy cruise features you have to try
Cruise liners are no longer just giant ships heading to enviable destinations. They are small, floating cities, destinations unto themselves, packed with unexpected entertainment from on-board planetariums to skydiving experiences.
 
Five surprising solutions to help you stop snoring
Snoring not only keeps you and your bed partner up at night - it can be dangerous to your health. Typically, as you sleep, air passes through the nose and past the back of the throat without any trouble. But as muscles relax during sleep, the upper airway can become partially blocked, causing the soft tissue in the throat to vibrate and creating the cumbersome noise that is snoring. Loud and frequent snoring is a common warning sign for obstructive sleep apnea, which is a serious sleep illness. Over time, sleep apnea can increase the risk of high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, depression, diabetes, heart disease and more.
 
Don't let crooks steal your tax refund: Identity theft prevention tips
To itemize or not to itemize, deductions, exemptions, interest income and capital gains - you have a lot to think about when you're doing your taxes. While you're preparing your return, don't overlook a consideration that's every bit as important as whether you owe or are due a refund - tax-related identity theft.
 
Make TV safety part of your childproofing plan: Don't overlook TV tip-over risks
Have a new flat panel TV? Where will you put your older cathode ray tube (CRT) TV? For many families, when a new TV comes into the home, the old bulky TV often moves to a child's room, basement or other location where it could pose a serious safety hazard.
 
Misconceptions exposed - multivitamins and nutritional supplements
How often do you eat a cup of sauteed spinach? How about three servings of fatty fish, like salmon, per week? Probably not very often, but those are examples of foods and portions that are packed with the recommended amounts of essential nutrients. Research shows that Americans aren't making the nutrition grade and, therefore, can lack important vitamins and minerals like folic acid, vitamin E, vitamin K and even vitamin C.
 
Family needs compete with retirement among Hispanic Americans, survey finds
Long term financial planning can be daunting for many Americans, however, Prudential's 2014 Hispanic American Finance Experience survey indicates that the Hispanic community may face distinct challenges.
 
Take a fresh approach to better eating habits
The first step to improving your eating habits is simple: When it comes to meals, always include fresh ingredients. Fresh foods make meals taste better, and they can provide more of the nutrients that fuel your body and support your immune system.
 
Olympic hopefuls go for gold with virtual school
Thirteen year-old Vincent Zhou is the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Junior Men's National Champion. He dreams of one day representing the United States in the Olympics. Zhou, of Southern California, is a ninth-grader at Capistrano Connections Academy, where, despite his rigorous training schedule, he also excels off the ice, earning straight A's in all subject areas and earning the Presidential Award for Educational Excellence.
 
Survey says: Payday loan users savvier than you think
Read enough about the state of Americans' finances and you might get the impression that the average consumer is fairly clueless when it comes to making good money decisions. But a new survey indicates that Americans are more credit-savvy than you might think about how and when to use one of the most-maligned types of credit: payday loans.
 
Flip-flops and snow don't mix: Winter foot-health advice
The holidays are over, but most regions of the country face a few more months of winter. Whether you're slogging through deep snow and sub-zero temperatures in the north, or contending with dampness, chill and muddy conditions in the south, it's important to take care of your feet all winter long. You'll want them to be healthy and ready for action when spring finally arrives.
 
How to keep your kids active during the winter months
As the holidays wind down, so do the temperatures. As a parent, you know your kids can get restless in the winter months while they're cooped up inside. It's tempting to let the tablets and video games provide hours of entertainment, but it's important that kids stay active to keep their minds and bodies healthy. With a little creativity, you can keep your kids moving and prevent the winter blues.
 
Add value to your home with smart spring home improvements
Snow, blizzards, Arctic winds and damaging ice storms have wreaked havoc across the country this winter. While it may feel as though spring will never come, building experts suggest that now is the time for homeowners to consider spring home improvements that add value and comfort to the home.
 
Plugged in, tuned out: Teen distraction increases pedestrian accidents
From dating to driving to curfews, there's a lot to worry about if you have a teenager. You want to keep your child safe and likely have talked about distracted driving and avoiding texting while behind the wheel, but technology can be distracting while walking, too. More teens are plugged in and tuning out to the world around them. An alarming 39 percent were observed typing on a phone, and 39 percent were wearing headphones while crossing the road according to a new report.
 
Look for the seal for safe children's products
Your children's safety is your top priority. You heard from the experts and you've read the books to ensure you're providing them with the right clothes and the proper food. But what about the baby products they use every day? How do you know they're safe?
 
Small changes can help you live a healthier lifestyle
A new year often brings with it the desire to make improvements in your life, and kick old habits to the curb in the pursuit of healthiness. But for most Americans, resolutions fail within the first few months because goals are too ambitious, intimidating or unrealistic in nature. If you've resolved to be healthier this year, the good news is that successful, positive change - whether it be spending more time with friends and family, being more physically active, or choosing healthier foods - is more achievable than you think. It's important to think positively, stay focused, and take baby steps versus one giant leap towards a lofty goal.
 
Budget-friendly ideas for creating an impressive entertaining space
Between sports games, upcoming winter holidays and fast-approaching New Year's parties, there are many reasons to celebrate with friends and family. Now is the perfect time to create an impressive entertaining space in your home, before the season gears up. The good news is, with a few simple strategies, it's easy and affordable to create the perfect gathering area for your loved ones.
 
Healthy happy family travel
Looking to take a road trip but dread hearing the infamous "Are we there yet?" or "Can we please, please stop for fast food?" questions.
 
How Well Do You Know the Flu?
About half of US adults incorrectly believe that antibiotics or flu vaccines will treat the flu, according to a new survey from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). The good news is that two-thirds of those surveyed know that people should be vaccinated against the flu each year.
 
Living with breast cancer when there's no cure
Metastatic breast cancer - also referred to as stage IV breast cancer - occurs when breast cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Approximately 159,000 women in the U.S. are living with MBC, and this number is projected to increase to more than 164,000 by the year 2015. Since there is generally no cure for MBC, many women focus on living well with the condition while integrating continuous treatment into their lives.
 
Think spring: Insider tips for shopping a local boat show
A new year means new resolutions. Maybe your resolution is looking to spend more quality time with family and friends? Learn something new? Spend more time outdoors or being active? This is the year to follow through on that resolution and discover boating - an activity that can accomplish all of the above.
 
Don't forget about insurance when discussing finances with children
When it comes to financial literacy, parents know it's important to give kids the knowledge and skills they need to manage money. While you're teaching children about smart spending, saving and credit management, don't forget to discuss another important aspect of financial health: insurance.
 
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