Lobster tales - cracking the king of crustaceans [Infographic]
Unchanged for nearly 100 million years, lobster is one of the most fascinating delicacies of the sea. Deliciously flavored and tender, lobster is considered to be one of the most delectable seafood options at the table. However, this wasn’t always the case as lobster did not achieve popularity in North America until the mid-19th century. Today, lobster reigns as the king of crustaceans and is widely sought-after and celebrated around the world. In fact, 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of Lobs...
As housing market warms, keep these buying tips in mind
(BPT) - Ready to buy your first home, or move up to a larger home for your expanding family? Home sales seem to be finally warming up after a five-year chill, as demand gradually builds among first-time homebuyers and existing homeowners seeking more room. Historically low mortgage rates, rising rents and relatively posi...
Soul-lifting home improvements that are good for your wallet, too
(BPT) - No matter how value conscious a homeowner may be, few people ever make a home improvement simply to increase their house’s resale value. People also undertake home improvements to enhance their enjoyment of their home – or to fix a problem, which, in its own way, is good for the soul, too. When it comes to decidi...
Zapping top myths about laser hair removal
(BPT) - For people considering laser hair removal for the summer, there’s good news – now is the perfect time to start. Easily hidden under typical cool weather clothing like bulky sweaters and leggings, skin is shielded from the sun and thus in perfect condition for hair removal. However, many men and women are on the f...
Rare Disease Day is February 28 [Infographic]
Millions of Americans will join others around the world this month in observing Rare Disease Day (February 28). They hope to help draw attention to rare diseases and the unique challenges faced by the nearly 30 million Americans affected by them. Because of the rarity of their conditions, patients are often challenged to find information, knowledgeable doctors and support for their condition. One such disease is Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic Syndromes (CAPS) – a serious, lifelong autoinflamma...
How to recharge your resolutions
(BPT) - Many find that the new year is a time to wipe the slate clean. In fact, 45 percent of Americans made New Year’s resolutions, according to the Journal of Clinical Psychology from the University of Scranton. But while it is easy to make resolutions, the hard part is actually following through with them. By the first few weeks of the new year, nearly two-thirds of Americans who made resolutions will have already broken them the journal also states. Avoid becoming a failed resolution stat...
Financial considerations beyond the 'fiscal cliff'
(BPT) - With the agreement reached at the eleventh hour of 2012 to avert components of the so-called “fiscal cliff,” nearly all taxpayers will be affected in some way. With that in mind, there are still many things you can do this year to prepare for potential additional tax changes and to take control of your financial...
Pellet stoves are awesome [Infographic]
Pellet stoves are good for your wallet and good for the environment. Fueled by biomass pellets, free-standing or insert pellet stoves are the cleanest solid-fuel burning residential heating appliance available.
Chef-inspired tips for a cleaner, more efficient kitchen
(BPT) - If cleanliness is next to godliness – as the old adage goes – than a clean kitchen is simply a divine place to be. It’s the room in your home that gets the most intense use, so keeping your kitchen clean can be a challenge. You can make kitchen cleanup a bit easier if you take your cleanliness cues from professio...
Preventing medication fraud and abuse starts at home
(BPT) - Prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions across the United States. More than 6 million Americans abuse prescription drugs and much of the abuse begins at home, according to a national survey on drug use and health. In fact, more than 70 percent of those who illegally use prescription pain reliever...