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    5 financial fitness habits to begin in the new year

    (BPT) - While many people focus on personal health goals in the new year, the beginning of the year is also a great time to check your financial fitness. So how can you whip your finances into shape?

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    Bon appetit: The top 10 restaurant trends for 2015

    (BPT) - Each year the restaurant industry is full of vibrant change. To better understand what is trending on restaurant menus in 2015, the National Restaurant Association surveyed professional chefs of the American Culinary Federation to get their insight into what food, cuisines, beverages and culinary themes will be hot in 2015.

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    What does your snacking say about you? [Infographic]

    (BPT) - Everybody has their own “go to” meals and cuisine preferences, but one thing is certain. Americans love to snack. No matter your gender, favorite food or meal frequency, there’s a snack for everybody. Follow this infographic from Minute Rice to learn all about the snacking habits of people across the country, discover how your own snacking habits compare, and enjoy some new snack ideas.

Thursday 12/18/2014
Level up! Selecting the best video games for your children
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - Kids love video games - they're exciting, fun and engrossing. While games can promote learning and growth, too much video gaming - or playing inappropriate games - can lead to negative consequences. What should parents know to make good game choices for their children?

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Monday 12/15/2014
The last-minute holiday shopper's guide to great gifts for $100 or less
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - The holidays will be here in the blink of an eye – have you finished shopping for gifts? If your answer is no, you’re not alone. Fortunately, you can save time, money and cut down on stress thanks to a handy gift-guide guaranteed to inspire perfect presents for everyone on your list.

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Which books to gift this season
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - There are few things more pleasurable than curling up with a good book on a cold winter day, and if you have a reader on your holiday gift list, you’ll likely want to create that experience for them. With so many great books out there, how do you find the right book for the right person?

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Wednesday 12/10/2014
Holiday shopping game plan: How to save big and win the day
Updated: December 11, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - Have you made your list and checked it twice? Nearly all Americans have some kind of “game plan” in place when shopping for gifts during the holidays, according to a recent survey by 1010 Data. But for many, that plan might not come together until the last minute. If you’re looking to make the shopping experience faster, easier and more convenient, here are five tips to make this year’s holiday shopping game plan a winning one.

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Thursday 12/04/2014
Tips for finding the best tech gifts this holiday season
Updated: December 04, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - When it comes to giving technology gifts, it’s hard to stay “in-the-know” about what’s the latest and greatest. Yet, technology gifts are always some of the most popular gifts to receive.

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Monday 12/01/2014
Top 5 gift-giving trends this holiday season
Updated: December 01, 2014 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - Finding the right gifts for your loved ones each year can be a challenge. This year’s top trends, however, will make it easy for you to pick out perfect gifts that everyone will love!

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Wednesday 11/26/2014
Jingle bling: Give the look of diamonds for less than $100 this holiday season
Updated: November 27, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - Every year, some items make the list of “hot” holiday gifts, only to turn tepid next year when something trendier comes along (think banana hair clips and leg warmers). Yet one gift category has proven its enduring appeal for thousands of years. Diamond jewelry remains one of the most welcome and meaningful holiday gifts. However, diamond jewelry can get expensive quickly.

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The key to a great hostess gift: personalize!
Posted: November 26, 2014

(BPT) - It’s going to be the party of the season. You know what to wear, but you haven’t a clue what to give as a hostess gift. As your calendar fills with holiday parties, finding the perfect gift for hosts and hostesses can be a challenge. Fortunately, it’s easy and affordable to personalize a gift basket or other holiday treat – just look to the bakery department in your local grocery store. From bagels and muffins paired with orange juice, to an assortment of cookies accompanied by hot cocoa, personalized creations are a welcome alternative to traditional gifts – ensuring the hostess has a gift worth waking up to!

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Give Artfully this Holiday Season
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 4:31 am

(StatePoint) When it comes to creative gift-giving, you may feel you’ve exhausted your options, especially for those who seem to have everything. But there’s no need to make a holiday tradition out of giving the same old gifts year-in and year-out.

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Friday 11/14/2014
Time and Money-Saving Holiday Gift Ideas
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 4:31 am

(StatePoint) The holiday season is here. Amid decorating your home, planning holiday parties and baking cookies for Santa, you might find yourself with very little time (and cash) for holiday shopping.

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Saturday 12/20/2014
5 financial fitness habits to begin in the new year
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - While many people focus on personal health goals in the new year, the beginning of the year is also a great time to check your financial fitness. So how can you whip your finances into shape?

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Friday 12/19/2014
Uncorking the Top Wine Trends of 2014 [Infographic]
Posted: December 19, 2014

(BPT) - Will you be serving wine at your holiday gatherings this year? E. & J. Gallo Winery, the world’s largest family-owned winery, recently commissioned its inaugural Gallo Consumer Wine Trends Survey to identify the top trends of 2014. The survey explored everything from serving styles to wine on social media, food pairings and beyond. To see where you stack up among other American wine drinkers, visit www.GalloWineTrends.com for additional survey findings.

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Can't keep a resolution? Outside support can help
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - Holiday celebrations are a traditional way to cap off the year, but once the ball drops it’s time to usher in a new beginning with New Year’s resolutions.

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Thursday 12/18/2014
Simple tips for stylish holiday hosting
Posted: December 18, 2014

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The real reason we entertain
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - The holidays are here and parties are in full swing. At this time of year, there can be a lot of pressure to throw memorable parties that will keep people talking into the new year. Many people forget that the real cheer in holiday entertaining is spending time with family and friends.

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Wednesday 12/17/2014
5 ways to make any purchase a smart purchase
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - You work hard for your money and the last thing you want to do is waste it by buying the wrong product or investing in something of poor quality. So how do you know which product is the best? There is no definitive answer, of course, and marketing campaigns can be misleading. If you adhere to the steps below, however, you’ll find you’ll be generally happy with your purchases in the long run.

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Last-minute fitness gifts can keep giving all year long
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - A good gift keeps on giving long after you’ve recycled the wrapping paper and put away the decorations. A great gift keeps giving in ways that change people’s lives for the better. This holiday season, give the people you love something that will contribute to their lives day after day, month after month. Instead of fruitcake, give the gift of fitness. It lasts even longer, and makes people much happier. Here are three gift ideas that will support health and wellness all year long.

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Tuesday 12/16/2014
Popping the Question Over the Holidays? What Every Guy Should Know
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 4:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Congratulations, guys, on being so in love that you can save yourself at least one big headache this holiday season.

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5 steps to safer Champagne celebrations
Posted: December 16, 2014

(BPT) - New year’s celebrations and Champagne go together like Times Square and sparkle. Yet for all its ability to elevate a celebration, opening bubbly is not without risks. A Champagne cork can fly up to 50 mph as it leaves the bottle – fast enough to shatter glass. If the cork hits an eye, it can cause bleeding, abrasions and even glaucoma. Follow these five tips from the American Academy of Ophthalmology to prevent a serious eye injury when opening your bubbly:

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Friday 12/12/2014
6 holiday hacks for real moms
Posted: December 12, 2014

(BPT) - Everyone wants to throw the party friends rave about well into the new year. But busy folks just don’t have time to weave their own pine bough wreaths or turn paperbacks overflowing on the coffee table into an artfully arranged “tree” complete with a star and twinkling lights. You need ideas and you need them fast – and easy. You need holiday hacks for real moms! Here are six:

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Friday 12/19/2014
Bon appetit: The top 10 restaurant trends for 2015
Posted: December 19, 2014

(BPT) - Each year the restaurant industry is full of vibrant change. To better understand what is trending on restaurant menus in 2015, the National Restaurant Association surveyed professional chefs of the American Culinary Federation to get their insight into what food, cuisines, beverages and culinary themes will be hot in 2015.

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What does your snacking say about you? [Infographic]
Posted: December 19, 2014

(BPT) - Everybody has their own “go to” meals and cuisine preferences, but one thing is certain. Americans love to snack. No matter your gender, favorite food or meal frequency, there’s a snack for everybody. Follow this infographic from Minute Rice to learn all about the snacking habits of people across the country, discover how your own snacking habits compare, and enjoy some new snack ideas.

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Wednesday 12/17/2014
Expert Advice on Enticing Kids to Eat Their Fruits and Vegetables
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 4:32 am

(NAPSI)—As many parents know, kids can be picky eaters. And according to a recent study, moms are concerned that their kids aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables.

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Bring The Ultimate Super Bowl Halftime Show To Your Hometown
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 4:32 am

(NAPSI)—This holiday season, don’t forget to add your hometown to your gift giving list. Thanks to Pepsi and its “Hyped for Halftime” Super Bowl campaign, you could win a Pepsi Halftime Show for your entire hometown along with scoring tickets to the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show live in Arizona.

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Tuesday 12/16/2014
'Tis the Season to be Active
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 4:32 am

On the Net:North American Precis Syndicate, Inc.(NAPSI)

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Binge-Watching Becomes A New Holiday Tradition
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 4:32 am

(NAPSI)—Whether it's "Elf," "Miracle on 34th Street" or "Christmas Vacation," it seems that everyone has a favorite holiday movie or TV special they've made a part of their holiday traditions. According to a recent omnibus survey conducted by Research Now for Roku, Inc., maker of the popular streaming platform for Roku players and Roku TV, 75 percent of Americans plan to watch holiday movies and TV specials this season. But gone are the days when holiday movies and specials aired once or twice during the season and families had to plan their schedules to watch them on broadcast TV.

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Tips On Starting A More Nutritious Lifestyle
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 4:32 am

(NAPSI)—A growing number of men are enjoying a lifestyle that focuses on a diet built around nutritious, whole foods. Here are some tips to help you get started.

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Monday 12/15/2014
Viewers Can Enjoy TV When And Where They Want
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 4:32 am

(NAPSI)—Good news for TV fans who find their hectic schedules interrupt their TV viewing schedule. The nation’s TV service providers and networks have partnered to bring their TV subscribers “TV Everywhere.” You no longer have to fret over missing your favorite shows because of a canceled flight, an extended commute or a delayed doctor’s appointment. The TV Everywhere viewing experience offers the convenience of watching TV where you want, when you want, on the best screen available at the time. Start by going to your provider website or download the apps, sign in, and enjoy watching TV on a mobile device, inside or outside the home.

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Delightful Ham Dishes to Warm Up Winter
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) While winter brings chilly temperatures and longer nights, there’s nothing that can bring a family together like a warm meal.

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Smart Choices for Life
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) When you set out to make life changes such as weight loss or adopting a more active lifestyle, it can be tempting to look for shortcuts that expedite your path toward your end goal. However, long-term success is more attainable for those who take a slow and steady approach that puts health first.

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