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Dark chocolate: the new dessert

(BPT) – The percentage of Americans savoring dessert after dinner has increased 5 percent since 2009, and 78 percent of treats enjoyed after dinner include chocolates, according to a study by The Hartman Group on U.S. eating habits. If you are looking for a treat to complement your next meal, consider dark chocolate. A little goes a long way, making it the perfect choice to fit a balanced lifestyle. Here are a few ways you can savor dark chocolate: * Workday treat: Take a break from emails and meetings to enjoy a tasty treat and check in on social media.
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Simple ways baby boomers can boost heart health

(BPT) – It’s rare to find a person who hasn’t been affected by heart disease in some way. As the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease – and how to avoid it – should be top of mind, especially for baby boomers. Beyond scary statistics, heart health is about being able to live life to the fullest for as long as possible.  “Heart health is directly related to well-being,” says registered dietician Brooke Joanna Benlifer. “A strong and healthy heart allows one
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Six simple steps to financial success

(BPT) – After watching the stock market soar to record highs over the first four months of the year, many investors are wondering if they should make changes to their investment portfolios. Perhaps – but not because of what the stock market has done. Investment decisions based on short-term market moves are often short-sighted. A better approach is to stick to a long-term strategy built on proven investment fundamentals, and aligned with your goals and objectives. Here are six simple steps from Thrivent Financial that can help put your financial plan on the right track. 1. If your employer offers
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Four simple steps to help DIYers get pro-level painting results

(BPT) – When it comes to simple, low-cost home improvements that can add value and completely change the look of a room, you just can’t beat painting. From giving a room a whole new look to protecting the walls and boosting the value of your home, painting delivers many benefits – all at a fraction of the cost of other improvements. Tackle the job yourself, rather than hiring a professional painter, and you can save even more money. “Any do-it-yourselfer can achieve professional-looking painting results when they follow the right steps and use the right painting tools,” says Arti Lyde,
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Tips for the perfect summer evening in

(BPT) – For many, Memorial Day is the official start to summer – and its flurry of travel and outdoor activity. Sometimes, after a long week at work or a vacation road trip, all you want to do is unwind in the comfort of your own home.  What’s better than dressing down in those yoga pants, kicking back and reveling in some “me-time”? You don’t have to go out and spend half your paycheck to have a good time – some of the best summer nights are spent at home with a glass of wine, delicious snacks and a comfy
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Birdfeeder basics: Bring on backyard birds with the right feeders

(BPT) – When you dine, do you prefer clean and attractive tableware? Does ambiance enhance your enjoyment of your food? Birds feel the same way about their dining habits – the type and cleanliness of your bird feeders directly affects the number and species of birds that will visit your backyard this season. To attract birds, you need to understand not only what they prefer to eat, but how they like to eat it. For example, while many species prefer seed, some birds like to eat their seed from elevated platforms, others prefer hanging feeders and still others are content
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How to host a healthier happy hour

(BPT) – Going out with co-workers or friends after work is a great way to relax, but when you host a happy hour at home, you have full control over the guest list, atmosphere, music and, most importantly, the menu. Use these simple tips to entertain your friends, and your home may just become the new happy hour hot spot. Create whole-fruit drinks Entertaining at home allows you to use whole fruits and natural juices to create wholesome, yet delicious cocktails. For example, you can make a Whole Fruit Margarita using fresh oranges, lemons and limes instead of a bottled
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Three unique ways to help kids embrace a blended family

(BPT) – About 1,300 new stepfamilies form each day in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And of the 60 million American children younger than 13, half are currently living with one biological parent and that parent’s partner. As a result, couples are trying to find ways to include their stepchildren in the marriage ceremony and commemorate the union of all members of the new blended family. Andy Netzel of Geneva, Ohio, turned to Things Remembered, the nation’s leading retailer of personalized gifts, to find something unique and meaningful to commemorate the special day he married his
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Eight easy ways to organize – and maximize – a small bath

(BPT) – The bath serves a variety of uses, from a functional room to a serene sanctuary, a storage facility to a salon. And, whether you enjoy it yourself or share with the family, every bathroom is in need of one major thing – organization. To help keep your bath feeling more serene and less insane, follow these eight ideas to help improve your organization, maximize space and even add a bit of style. 1.Supersize your shower. You don’t need to remodel – or even use a tool – to increase the size of your shower space. Simply swap your
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On the move? Use these packing tips and tricks

(BPT) – Let’s face it – moving is hard. Along with the stress of leaving a familiar place and adapting to new surroundings, moving means packing, loading, transporting, unloading and unpacking everything you own – as well as everything you forgot you owned. While relocation may never be completely carefree, there are ways to ease the anxiety. A well-thought-out approach to boxing up belongings can help simplify the moving process and bring you one step closer to making your new house a home. * Box it up. To be prepared for packing, seek out a large quantity of clean, sturdy
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