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Food & Entertaining

Monday 06/06/2016
Unique gifts fit for every type of grad
Posted: June 06, 2016

(BPT) - Graduation season is in full swing, and “Pomp and Circumstance” can be heard around every corner. Help your favorite high school or college grad prepare for the next steps in life’s journey with a thoughtful, personalized gift. Here are a few ideas worthy of a ceremonial cap toss.

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Saturday 05/28/2016
Gift Guide for DIY Dads and Grads
Updated: May 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Father’s Day and graduation season are the perfect opportunities to beef up your gift recipient’s garage -- and high-quality tools are a must for anyone -- from DIY novices to professional handymen.

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Friday 05/27/2016
Tips to get family photos you want to keep forever
Updated: May 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - If you’re like most people, images of your family are probably languishing on your smartphone or tucked away in the closet on an old computer. If you take a break from the selfies and invest in the time to hire a professional photographer, you’ll end up with beautiful family portraits that capture and preserve the love, affection and expressions that are unique to your family. These photographs are your gift to yourself, your children and generations to come.

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Monday 05/23/2016
5 Father's Day gifts that beat a tie
Updated: May 25, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - While it’s true your father will appreciate any gift he receives this Father’s Day, you can seize the opportunity to think outside the tie box. Here are five ideas to help step up your gifting game this Father’s Day:

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Tuesday 05/17/2016
Dads and Grads Season: How to Pick the Right Gifts
Updated: May 17, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) It’s that time of year again. Whether you’re shopping for a new graduate or something special for Dad, you’ll want to find the perfect gift.

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Friday 05/13/2016
How to Select the Best Gifts for Grads
Updated: May 13, 2016 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) Graduation celebrates one of life’s major accomplishments. It also celebrates independence, which is often eagerly anticipated -- albeit a bit scary. As a result, most people are tempted to give gift cards to recent graduates to alleviate fears over upcoming expenses both after high school and college. But there are many practical and meaningful gifts you can get your grads that they’ll both appreciate and remember for years to come.

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Wednesday 05/11/2016
Great Father’s Day Gift Ideas
Updated: May 11, 2016 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) Historically wisecracked as one of the most difficult people to buy for, Dad still generates $12.7 billion in Father’s Day sales, according to the National Retail Federation’s “Father’s Day Spending Survey” conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics.

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Monday 05/02/2016
Great Father's Day Gifts for Outdoor Dads
Updated: May 04, 2016 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) Does Dad love the great outdoors? Show you care this Father’s Day by helping him gear up for upcoming adventures.

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Thursday 04/28/2016
Mother's Day gifts guaranteed to give a lift
Posted: April 28, 2016

(BPT) - For those who want to think outside the chocolate box, Mother’s Day poses a challenge of the very best kind. Making sure your gift counts all comes back to knowing and appreciating just what makes Mom special. These gift ideas are sure to strike a chord with those women who give us unconditional love, laughter and a lifetime of memories:

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Tuesday 04/26/2016
7 sweet gifts for Mom
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Show mom just how much you love her by showering her with sweet gifts straight from the heart. From a breakfast fit for a Queen, to a “berry” sweet chocolate surprise, to quick and easy gift ideas and sweet homemade treats, you’re sure to find the perfect gift for your family’s leading lady and make this Mother’s Day one to remember!

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Thursday 06/09/2016
Summer Must-Haves to Take the Fun to the Next Level
Updated: June 15, 2016 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Warmer weather, sun and clear skies are nearly here; that means it's time to get outside, explore new terrain and create unforgettable memories. Whether it's taking a hike, going for a dip in the pool, or creating the perfect backyard party, it's time to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and have some summer fun.

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Wednesday 05/25/2016
Respecting the stars and stripes: American flag etiquette
Updated: June 02, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Summers are packed with outdoor activities, barbecues and patriotic celebrations. While the American flag is often an important part of these celebrations, many of us have questions about how to properly care for and display it.

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Thursday 05/05/2016
3 Ways to Celebrate Summer Affordably at Home
Updated: May 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Don’t let the potentially high cost of summer fun keep you from enjoying time with family and friends.

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Tuesday 04/19/2016
Mom Knows Best: Even When Buying a Mother's Day Gift
Updated: April 20, 2016 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - If choosing the right Mother's Day gift has been your biggest challenge over the years, try taking a cue from mom herself.

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Thursday 04/07/2016
3 Ways Scents Can Impact Your Mood
Updated: April 07, 2016 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) Have your spirits ever cheered suddenly when you entered a room? Have you ever been whisked away to a different time and place after breathing in a familiar fragrance? The way you feel is affected by more than what meets the eye. When it comes to your mood, scent can be a very powerful force.

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Friday 04/01/2016
Sell your home fast with these 3 often-overlooked home-staging tricks
Updated: April 09, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - If you’ll be selling your home this spring or summer, your Realtor will probably talk to you about staging the house to maximize its appeal to buyers. Staging is a simple process that can have a big impact on how quickly your home sells and, Realtors say, how much buyers are willing to pay for it.

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Top tips for a perfect Mother's Day
Updated: April 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - She’s spent years taking care of you, whether it was mending your first broken heart, helping you pack and move for college, or moving in to help take care of your first child. Mom has always been around to help. For all the times she’s been there for you, now is the time to be there for her. This Mother’s Day, plan the perfect day to show mom just how thankful you are.

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5 simple steps to creating gift baskets that rock
Updated: April 09, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Graduations, weddings, birthdays, office celebrations, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and barbecues — spring and summer are full of occasions that cry out for a great gift basket. A big basket bursting with a bounty of goodies can be costly, however, if you buy a pre-made one. Worse yet, store-bought baskets can be predictable and impersonal. Creating your own gift basket can save you money, allow you to really personalize your gift and be as much fun to make as they are to receive!

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Wednesday 03/30/2016
Spring cleaning: 8 areas you can't overlook
Updated: April 07, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Spring is here, which means it’s time to start cleaning. While a good wipe down can leave your home feeling clean, there are several overlooked items that could be hosting germs, dirt and dust. So when you’re ready to get out the broom, mop and rags, don’t forget to tidy up these areas of the home.

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Tuesday 03/29/2016
Can't read it, don't feed it: Why wild bird-lovers should choose top-of-the-crop natural feed
Updated: April 06, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Have you ever wondered what’s in one of your favorite packaged foods, grabbed the box from your pantry, read the ingredients list … and realized you still didn’t know what you were eating? The ingredients in some processed foods can read like a chemist’s shopping list. Now imagine if your backyard birds could read. What would they say about the ingredients in the food you feed them?

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Tuesday 06/21/2016
7 simple, inspired ways to infuse summer fare with Mediterranean flavor
Updated: June 23, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Monday 06/20/2016
5 Tips for Fueling Like a Champion
Updated: June 20, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Whether your goals are big or small, the path to success begins with the first step. When it comes to fitness and nutrition, champion athletes can attest that small, everyday lifestyle changes can make a big impact.

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Why Kids Need Protein and How Milk Can Help
Updated: June 20, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Making sure kids eat nutritious meals is often a parent’s top priority. Moms know good nutrition is essential for their child’s health, since developing and maintaining healthy habits as a kid can lead to lifelong benefits.

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Natural v. Added Sugars
Updated: June 20, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Sugars are one of the most important health conversations today. A diet filled with too many added sugars is associated with weight gain, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. According to the 2005-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the average American consumes an average of 20 teaspoons a day, significantly more than the 6-9 teaspoons recommended daily by the American Heart Association.

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Fire-Up a Bold Fourth of July BBQ
Updated: June 20, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) This Fourth of July, take your backyard barbecue staples from basic to bold with knock-out burgers, grilled fruit “steaks” and festive red, white and blue-colored desserts.

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More Food, Recipes And Entertaining
Children invited to have ‘Soda Pop with a Cop’
Posted: June 25, 2016

Children can have a “Soda Pop with a Cop” today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Chick-fil-A in Killeen, 1400 E. Central Expressway.

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Lampasas to host 36th annual Toughest 10k in Texas
Posted: June 24, 2016

The Lampasas County Chamber of Commerce will host the 36th annual Toughest 10k in Texas on July 9, which will start and finish at the Hancock Park Pavilion in Lampasas beginning at 8 a.m.

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