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(BPT) - More people are doing their holiday shopping online than ever before. Last year consumers spent $453.46 billion on the web for retail purchases, which was a 16 percent increase over 2016. Unfortunately, when it comes to online shopping, people are more concerned about finding the low…

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(BPT) - Books have it all, when you think about it. Especially if you’re seeking the perfect gift for the child in your life. Books are enriching, mentally and emotionally. They have the power to hold young minds in thrall with colorful illustrations and exciting storylines. Best of all, boo…

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(BPT) - Americans have lots to celebrate this holiday season, with unemployment rates at an all-time low and consumer confidence on the rise. According to The Annual Retail Sales Forecast for the Holiday Season from Deloitte, retailers have their sights on sales of more than $1.1 trillion.

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(NewsUSA) - For those who like to wear their holiday spirit front and center, it's the most wonderful time of the year. But it's also the season of charity, so why not feel good by making a fashion statement that's socially conscious as well?

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(BPT) - With never-ending holiday gatherings, travel, Sunday football tailgates and early morning snow-shoveling, everyone’s looking to stay strong and healthy this winter season. Along with colder temperatures, winter also brings a host of preventable sicknesses. In fact, the CDC estimates …

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(BPT) - Whether it’s for a holiday brunch, a festive dessert course or an afternoon accompaniment for fresh-baked cookies, espresso-based beverages have become an integral part of seasonal entertaining. JURA offers an online recipe library of coffee specialties that are easy to make in JURA …

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(BPT) - Whether you’re hosting the entire meal or bringing a dish to share, there’s no reason the turkey deserves all the attention this Thanksgiving. Using high quality, delicious ingredients is the key to creating quick, yet impressive side dishes to grace any holiday table. These recipes …

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(BPT) - It's here, the season of go, go, go. The time of year when there is so much to do, especially if you're hosting holiday festivities. You want everything to be magical and so you're planning events, buying presents, making plans for where everyone is going to sleep and all while worki…

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(BPT) - Anyone who has lost a loved one knows that grief does not take a holiday. While others are celebrating, those in mourning may feel their loved one’s absence even more strongly. How can you help someone you care about cope with and gain comfort from what should be the most festive tim…

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(BPT) - Charitable giving is a significant part of many people’s lives and budgets and individuals are often eager to give back and lend a helping hand to those in need. Unfortunately, not every organization seeking a donation is exactly what it claims to be. If you're not careful, you could…

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(BPT) - Finding the perfect holiday gift is no easy task. Whether you’re shopping for your mom, brother, sweetie pie or friend, finding a unique, memorable and most importantly likeable gift can be challenging. After so many birthdays, anniversaries and holidays, it can be hard to come up wi…

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(BPT) - As the holidays approach, those who love to host know shopping isn’t the only stress factor. Between groceries, cleaning the house, meal preparation and shoveling the driveway, it’s always a race to the finish line. Follow these five steps to leave guests impressed by (and even envio…

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(NewsUSA) - Coming up with clever holiday gifts is always a challenge, especially for someone who "has everything." However, ways to get creative include gifts that provide experiences, not just things to accumulate. Think of enjoying a craft beer or wine of the month, flying a drone or mode…

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(BPT) - Ready or not, the holidays are upon us. You may have visions of elaborate holiday décor or an extravagant light display to impress your neighbors. As you prepare for the season of parties, guests and entertaining, don’t procrastinate. Prepare now so you can spend more time doing the …

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(BPT) - Holiday fantasies aren’t just for children. Grownups also live by their own set of holiday myths, which were uncovered by a recent Coinstar survey. Let’s take a look at some of these holiday misconceptions and get to the real truth.

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(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 love…

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(StatePoint) It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the busyness of the holiday season -- from perfecting your home décor to searching for gifts for everyone on your list to creating a delicious holiday menu.

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(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, …

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(BPT) - 'Tis the season for cookies, cakes, candies and more! Those delectable treats are an iconic part of celebrations big and small. Whether you want to cozy up by the fire with your favorite confection or bring a few batches to the school bake sale, you're bound to be baking like crazy t…

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(BPT) - It’s hard not to dread the holidays if you’re trying to maintain a healthy diet. Heavy meals packed with carbs and creams are often followed by sugary treats — leaving you ready to crash in a house full of guests. On the other hand, munching on a simple salad while loved ones dig int…

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(NewsUSA) - Does a whiff of cinnamon bring back memories of your grandmother's kitchen? Is the smell of a fir tree unalterably linked to Christmas morning? The sense of smell is uniquely connected to memories, especially during the holiday season.

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(NewsUSA) - The holidays are almost here, and fans of uplifting Christmas television can look forward to 45 films on UPtv, including seven Sunday night premiere movies. The network, known for family-friendly fare, kicks off 55 days of holiday programming starting November 1.

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(NewsUSA) - As summer winds down, every boat owner clings to those last few warm days to take his or her boat out on the water with family and friends. Unfortunately, summer doesn't last forever and as the sun sets on another boat season, it is time to start thinking about how to store your …

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(StatePoint) Halloween may be the spookiest night of the year, but it’s the prices for costumes and decorations that are scarier than any vampire (and they’ll drain your wallet even faster).

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(NewsUSA) - Labor Day originated as a celebration of American workers, but for many Americans it has become a time for barbeques and sales to celebrate the end of summer. What has happened to the support for labor in America when longtime stalwart industries such as the automotive industry a…

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(NewsUSA) - Halloween has become one of America's most iconic holidays. But why celebrate for just one night when Orlando, Halloween Vacation Capital, offers Halloween events spanning an entire 78 days?

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(BPT) - The Fourth of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and the founding of our nation. It’s an opportunity to celebrate patriotism with fireworks and parades.

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(State Point) Summer days are all about sun and fun. Here are some tips and accessories to make sure your days spent at the beach, pool or lake are picture-perfect for posting on social media.