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    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

    March 24, 2019
    Besides being born, going off to college, or landing a dream job, the biggest adventure any human being will embark on is marriage. With that being said, marriage has often been played out in society as what it's not, an acquisition. Marriage is in fact a holy union of two souls connected by the...
    (BPT) - The rates of maternal mortality and preterm birth continue to rise dramatically in the United States. According to the CDC and March of Dimes, more than 700 women die of pregnancy-related causes in the U.S. every year, and more than 1,000 babies are born prematurely every day. It's...
    January 28, 2019 · supplements,health,New Year,tips,probiotics
    (BPT) - Are supplements part of your daily routine? If they are, you're not alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than half of all Americans take one or more supplements in their quest for better health. That's because even if you have an ultra-healthy diet (and many people...
    January 28, 2019 · ancient,ingredients,health,winter,honey
    BPT) - Whether it's a hot drink of honey, lemon and brandy, or a steaming bowl of chicken soup, many families have age-old home remedies, passed down through the generations, that they still use today when winter kicks into high gear. Grandma knew a thing or two about soothing a sore throat,...
    January 28, 2019 · Self Care,tips,parents,New Year
    (BPT) - As we begin a new year, it's important to reflect on our successes and examine the areas we'd like to nurture more in the year ahead. One area that often gets deprioritized by busy parents, but is essential to our wellbeing, is self-care. Setting aside time to reenergize your own needs...
    January 28, 2019 · skin care,tips,moisturization,dermatologist
    (BPT) - The chill, the dryness, the itch: As temperatures drop, winter can wreak havoc on your skin. Fortunately, you can fight winter's wrath by taking a few smart, proactive steps. Winter skin woes are common, with 83 percent of Americans saying their skin feels differently during the winter...
    January 28, 2019 · flu season,health,tips,CDC
    (BPT) - The 2017-2018 flu season will unfortunately be remembered for years to come. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)[i], the 2017-2018 flu season was the only season to be classified as "high severity" across all age groups. In addition, there were an estimated...
    January 2, 2019 · peace,soul,world,happiness,love
    Is it wrong to want to know everything? Perhaps not, but wanting more can cost you the chance of finding true inner peace, and even destroying your very soul. In today’s busy world, there are so many perceptions of what happiness is, what beauty is, and most importantly what love is. The right...
    December 27, 2018 · tips,youtube,content creator,social media,video
    (BPT) - Today's teens can easily connect with like-minded people by making videos and sharing them. For some 85 percent of U.S. teens, a smartphone is their tool of choice to watch, share and publish videos, according to Pew Research Center. Video and social media platforms are great tools for...
    December 27, 2018 · health,New Year,fitness,tips,finances
    (BPT) - In 2019, many Americans are planning for a "better me" in the year ahead. Gym memberships and diets are at the top of many lists, but what about financial health? Losing debt can be just as important as losing pounds, and financial fitness just as important as physical fitness. ...
    December 27, 2018 · New Year,Health,resolution,friends,tips
    (BPT) - The new year is often a time filled with self-reflection and thoughts of personal transformation, prompting individuals to start hitting the gym, eating right and reconnecting with old friends. However, New Year's resolutions can often be short-lived, frequently not even lasting through...
    December 27, 2018 · New Year's,traveling,resolution,goals,commitment
    (BPT) - Have you ever made a New Year's resolution before? If you have, chances are you've tried to lose weight, advance your career, learn a new hobby or achieve some other such goal to reinvent yourself. All of these goals require a long-standing commitment and many fizzle out, leaving you...
    December 27, 2018 · illness,tips,immune system,winter,holidays
    (BPT) - The winter months bring cold and flu season, which can take a toll on your health. While flu shots and rest are common advice for prevention, a strong immune system is critical to keeping you healthy all year long. According to Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN, CDE, a Registered Dietitian at...
    November 15, 2018 · holidays,travel,hacks,plane,tips
    (BPT) - Follow these tips to save time, money and your sanity this holiday season. 1. Avoid busy travel days If you're willing to be flexible, there are a few ways to avoid the madness of popular holiday travel days. If your plans permit, take a red-eye, which is the last flight out each night....
    November 15, 2018 · holidays,money,family,travel,gifts
    (BPT) - The holidays are a cheerful time of year, but the season also comes with increased spending - from purchasing gifts to holiday gatherings and travel. And, while most are shopping for gifts for others, recent research shows that more than half of shoppers are also buying for themselves,...
    November 15, 2018 · tips,holidays,food,family,entertainment
    (BPT) - The holidays are supposed to be a joyous occasion, filled with warm memories of family and friends. When it's your turn to host, however, the holidays can quickly turn into a stressful blur that involves cleaning, decorating and cooking all before the guests even arrive! Hosting loved...
    November 15, 2018 · tips,holidays,gifts,food,parties
    (BPT) - From shopping for gifts, planning holiday travel or parties and wrapping up work projects, the weeks leading up to the holidays can be full of activity. For those tackling their shopping list, finding the perfect gift for a special loved one may sometimes feel overwhelming. However, for...
    November 15, 2018 · holidays,food,recipes,tips,health
    (BPT) - Bring the gift of nutrition to holiday gatherings by incorporating sweet cherries into your favorite menu. It may not seem the season for cherries, but this is the time to raid the summer stash that has been frozen, dried or canned. Adding a bright, festive touch, sweet cherries will...
    November 15, 2018 · cheeseboard,holidays,cheese,food,how to
    (BPT) - 'Tis the season for getting together with friends and family to celebrate. Food is at the heart of the holidays, so whether you're hosting an event or attending as a guest, you'll want to whip up something to impress a wide variety of taste buds. The perfect solution: A holiday...
    November 15, 2018 · renovations,trends,tips,inspiration,entertainment
    (BPT) - When it's time to remodel and renovate your home, you're no doubt on the lookout for the freshest takes in design and color choices, so you can ensure your renovation is a lasting investment. To go about your home refresh in a thoughtful way, it can help to turn to the top experts in...
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