50 state parks that will make you forget all about the shutdown
The government shutdown is having far-reaching consequences, but travelers are really feeling the pinch as their plans get ... well, shut down ... due to national park and monument closures. But America's principal attractions aren't all shuttered. From sea to shining sea, state parks have an astounding array of natural ...
What a home inspection can do for you
(BPT) - While giving a new $900,000 home a thorough going-over, Salt Lake City home inspector Kurt Salomon found a problem under the deck. The builder had cut corners, using the wrong kind of fasteners to secure the deck to the house. Yet, the municipal building official had approved the work. 'In some cases, a building inspector is not going to crawl underneath the deck looking at the hardware. A good home inspector will,' says Salomon, past president of the American Society of Home Inspecto...
Woman with rare disease overcomes adversity one mountain at a time
(BPT) - For most of her life, 44-year-old Tanya Howell was considered unreliable. She missed many days of work, even lost jobs and would frequently cancel on her friends and family at the last minute. She was particularly devastated when she needed to cancel on group outings, because she loves exploring and conquering th...
Malbec 101 [Infographic]
Malbec is a shining star in today's wine world, but what sets this red grape apart from the rest? Read on to take a quick course in 'Malbec 101' and learn about Alamos (R) Malbec, America's most preferred Malbec. Grown at the foothills of Argentina's Andes Mountains, Alamos Malbec combines bold layers of flavor and excellent acidity for a wine that enhances any meal. In addition to the award-winning Malbec, the Alamos portfolio of high-quality wines also includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Blend...
Be wary of credit and loan scams this holiday season
While economists are reporting signs of improvement in the economy, it's still tough out there for families trying to make ends meet. The fall and winter months can be even more financially challenging, between balancing the expensive holiday season and needing extra cash for repairs and replacements of everyday objects....
Practice makes perfect: a dress rehearsal for your turkey
(BPT) - The holidays are approaching and before you know it, you'll be thinking about that daunting task of cooking a turkey. This holiday season, make sure your bird impresses all the guests and relatives by conducting a dress rehearsal for your turkey. More than 88 percent of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving, accor...
Secrets for a streamlined routine: How to look flawless in seconds
(BPT) - Every year, women spend billions of dollars on cosmetics and beauty products because they think that a complex routine is the key to unlocking their beautiful best. Women are busier than ever and need simple solutions to streamline their everyday. Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominated star of the TV series 'Nashv...
Seven simple tips for prepping your home for the holidays
(BPT) - There's something about the holiday season that makes gathering with family and friends extra special. But between the cooking, decorating and shopping, preparing for the holidays with that never-ending to-do list can be overwhelming. To reduce stress and stay organized, make a list of all the tasks you need to c...
Move over carrots: other key nutrients for healthy vision
(BPT) - Popeye trumps Bugs Bunny - at least for your eyes. An overwhelming majority of Americans - 89 percent - identify carrots as the best food to eat to ensure healthy eyes but far fewer, 32 percent, know that spinach can help support their vision too, according to a survey by Kelton/DSM Nutritional Products. Move ove...
Women living with metastatic breast cancer [Infographic]
It is estimated that there are approximately 159,000 women living with metastatic breast cancer in the United States in 2013. This number is expected to grow to approximately 164,000 by 2015. Metastatic breast cancer, otherwise known as stage IV breast cancer, is the most advanced stage of breast cancer and means that the cancer has spread from its original location to other parts of the body. Although metastatic breast cancer is generally not curable, it may be controlled with treatment.