No tricks here: Treat guests to a hair-raising Halloween experience
(BPT) - Whether prepping for trick-or-treaters or hosting a party fit for Frankenstein, turning your home into a haunted house can be fun and easy. With these tips, before you know it, your home will be transformed into the spookiest house on the block. * Create terrifying tombstones. Set the stage before trick-or-treate...
How to mentally prepare for a crisis in the workplace
(BPT) - Recent events in the news have reminded us that unexpected, dangerous and stressful situations can happen anywhere: on the street corner, at the grocery store, and in the workplace. While these situations are often chaotic, there are steps you can take to mentally prepare yourself to handle them better, whether y...
Tips to help your baby sleep through the night
(BPT) - If you're a new parent, the idea of a full night's sleep probably seems like just a dream. Your world is full of late-night feedings, diaper changes and snuggles in the rocking chair. If this sounds like you, you can take some comfort in knowing you aren't the only one out there dealing with sleepless nights. Tho...
Home security tips to keep the holiday season merry and bright
(BPT) - During the holidays, family and friends will be gathering to share stories, hand out gifts and enjoy time spent together. It is also a season with houses left empty and large piles of valuable gifts often sitting out in plain sight through the windows - making this time of year ideal for would-be burglars. "Takin...
Power over ticks [Infographic]
In the U.S., ticks transmit more diseases than any other pest. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) increased its estimate of annual Lyme disease cases to 300,000 - an increase of 10 times what previously thought. Below, the pest experts at Terminix provide basic information on how to be tick smart.
Think mobile: marketing tips for local businesses
(BPT) - No doubt about it, mobile technology is transforming the way consumers live and businesses operate. Today nearly 5 billion people use mobile phones around the world, with 1 billion of those phones being smartphones. According to research conducted by venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Americans ...
Job searching skills to help boost confidence
(BPT) - Finding employment can be a full-time job these days, and while there is good news that the jobless rate has dropped 8 percent in the last year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , the unemployment rate in August stayed relatively flat. This can make it a challenge for those looking for long-term jobs an...
Behind in saving for retirement? Approaches to catching up
(BPT) - Does the pace of your busy personal and professional life leave you feeling like you're always playing catch up? From finally reading that best-seller that's been sitting on your book shelf for a year to getting a solid eight hours of sleep to making sure you have enough money set aside for the future, it can be ...
Tips and tricks for planning the perfect Halloween
(BPT) - Planning the perfect Halloween can be pretty spooky, and it's not just because of the ghosts and ghouls that run from door to door. Coordinating Halloween activities, planning a festive party and pulling off the perfect costume for each family member can be frightening. But with a few technology tricks, you'll be...
HARP changes put refinancing in reach of more homeowners
(BPT) - When the federal Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) launched in 2009, millions took advantage, but many other homeowners found they couldn't qualify to refinance their underwater mortgages. Today, significant enhancements have made the program more accessible for homeowners and a great opportunity to lower ...
Don't give up on skin during the colder months ahead
(BPT) - During the fall, when temperatures drop, skincare steps that were crucial during the hot summer months can often be overlooked because skin isn't as exposed. Instead of waiting until skin is uncomfortably dry and itchy, make sure you're moisturizing every day so skin stays soft, smooth and supple. And with all of the gatherings and parties that happen through fall and winter, you want to feel comfortable and confident in whatever you wear - whether it's a short cocktail dress or a sle...