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  • Real Estate

    Fact or fiction? 5 common car insurance myths debunked

    (BPT) - Trimming costs is, hands down, the easiest way to put more dollars in your pocket. When looking at the major expenses in your life, insurance is often seen as a big one. While there are well-known tips for saving on insurance, like bundling home and auto, a good first step is to have accurate information. “There are a lot of myths out there about what impacts insurance rates,” said Eric Madia, vice president, product design, Esurance. “Dispelling some of those myths upfront will not only save people money, but will also help ensure they’re properly protected.”

  • Pets

    The Benefits Of Hemp, Krill And Salmon Oil

    (NAPSI)—If yours is among the nearly seven in 10 U.S. households with pets, you may be glad to learn of a good way to keep them healthy. Hemp seed, krill and salmon oil are some of nature’s best sources of natural essential fatty acids: omega-3 and omega-6 (EPA and DHA).

  • Home Decorating

    Home Updates that Pay Off

    (StatePoint) Whether you’re remodeling for a fresh take on an old style or contemplating a new build, there are choices you can make that will definitely pay off, say experts.

  • Bridal

    Pop the Question with the Perfect Song

    (NewsUSA) - Enhancing a once-in-a-lifetime event, such as a wedding proposal or ceremony, with the right song takes the experience to a whole new level. It adds a personal touch that makes for ongoing memories, as couples have the opportunity to play the song at anniversaries or other special events through the years.

Top Story

How to add a bathroom in an ‘impossible’ space

(BPT) - When it comes to real estate, kitchens and bathrooms typically sell houses. While you may not have enough money for a kitchen remodel, adding a bathroom can be a more affordable way to enhance your property and catch buyers' attention.

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Tuesday 03/19/2019
Patient finds treatment and hope after pulmonary fibrosis diagnosis
Posted: March 19, 2019

(BPT) - Most people have never heard of pulmonary fibrosis (PF), a progressive, debilitating lung disease affecting more than 200,000 people in the United States. Because it is relatively unknown, patients can go months or even years without the correct diagnosis. Gary Cunningham was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), one of the common types of PF, faster than most because he was all too familiar with the disease.

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8 ways to refresh your kitchen without a major renovation
Posted: March 19, 2019

(BPT) - The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home. From cooking and eating to spending time with your family, most kitchens are well lived in and loved. But when it comes time for an upgrade, the kitchen is also one of the most expensive rooms to remodel.

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4 tax tips for online filers in 2019
Posted: March 19, 2019

(BPT) - As time continues to tick, millions of tax filers are beginning to feel the pressure to file a tax return. But big questions still remain, and for those filing online, those questions are compounded by the myriad options for submitting a return.

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Celebrate life's major milestones in Myrtle Beach
Posted: March 19, 2019

(BPT) - From birthdays and weddings to anniversaries and retirements, life is all about celebrating those special moments with the ones we love. What better way to make the occasion unforgettable than to travel to an amazing destination?

For any important milestone, find the perfect way to celebrate by traveling somewhere special. Whether you’re looking for unique entertainment and fun for a group of friends on your birthday or a bachelor/bachelorette party, a quick getaway with your spouse to mark an anniversary, a romantic honeymoon destination or a family trip with the kids, everything you want can be found in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Happy birthday to you!

Whether you’re bringing the entire family or rounding up your besties for a weekend to celebrate a birthday, look for activities you know everyone will enjoy.

For the kids, take a ride on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, check out the sharks and stingrays at Ripley’s Aquarium or, for adventure and a little learning, wander through the interactive experience known as WonderWorks. After a morning relaxing on the beach with the kids, you can all head out to one of the area’s dozens of mini-golf courses for a friendly game or make a trip to The Track Family Fun Park for a go-kart race.

With your friends, charter a boat for a cruise or fishing excursion during the day, then enjoy dinner at one of the dozens of great seafood restaurants, followed by a show at the GTS Theater or The Carolina Opry. For the more adventurous, visit Go Ape Zip Line and Treetop Adventure for an unforgettable experience among the trees.

Romance your sweetheart

To surprise your special someone, celebrate your honeymoon or anniversary, or even pop the question, spring for a getaway in Myrtle Beach to spend quality time together.

Enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings by strolling through the gorgeous, 9,000-acre Brookgreen Gardens, which include an incredible sculpture garden and zoo.

Then take a sunset cruise or book a couple’s massage at a local spa. Make a reservation for an intimate dinner at one of the area's fine restaurants, like Aspen Grille or Thoroughbred’s Chophouse and Seafood Grille.

Celebrate with your wedding party

Plan the best bachelor or bachelorette party ever with the members of your wedding party.

You and your girlfriends will find plenty of exciting shopping at The Market Common and Barefoot Landing. For adventurous bridesmaids, rent jet skis at Action Water Sportz for an awesome day on the water. At night, toast the bride-to-be with craft cocktails at The Chemist, then dance the night away to live music at the historic Bowery.

Entertain the groom-to-be by hitting the links. Myrtle Beach is one of the country’s premier golf destinations, with 90 unique, challenging golf courses. Then get your adrenaline going by parasailing with Express Watersports, or take the wheel at the NASCAR Racing Experience at Myrtle Beach Speedway. Cap off the night by sampling local beers at New South Brewery and listening to live music at Tin Roof.


Sure, you’ve heard of honeymoons, but why not take a last chance at a peaceful few days with your partner before your new little one arrives? Look for restful, relaxing environments to enjoy your peace and quiet ... while you still can. Stretch out and catch some sun along the area's 60 miles of beaches, enjoy the natural beauty of the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk or stroll along the historic Conway Riverwalk.

Then you can catch the stunning view from the SkyWheel. This spring, Visit Myrtle Beach is giving away a Babymoon vacation package, which will include three nights of accommodations for two adults, airline tickets and more — complete with the lighting up of the SkyWheel in blue or pink to reveal the gender of your new baby.

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4 tips for a happier gut and a healthier you
Posted: March 19, 2019

(BPT) - Who could have guessed the popular term, “trust your gut” would become one of the ultimate, trending wellness tips for 2019? With 80 percent of our immune system residing there, the state of our gut helps determine how we feel, physically and mentally, most days. In fact, the relationship between good and bad gut bacteria is the secret to a healthier you. Simply put, when your gut bacteria are properly in balance and your gut is happy, you have a thriving population of beneficial bacteria supporting your immune system. When your gut is not happy, digestive issues, immune imbalance and weight fluctuations can naturally occur, along with common undesirable symptoms including everything from occasional gas, bloating, constipation and stomach upset, to sleep and mood disturbances, and food sensitivities.

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Lo que debe saber toda familia acerca del desarrollo infantil
Posted: March 19, 2019

 (StatePoint) Como padre, probablemente está siguiendo cada movimiento que hace su hijo pequeño, prestando especial atención a los hitos del desarrollo, como sentarse, ponerse de pie y hablar.

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What Every Family Should Know About Childhood Development
Posted: March 19, 2019

(StatePoint) As a parent, you are probably tracking every move your young child makes, paying special attention to developmental milestones such as sitting, standing and talking.

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Monday 03/18/2019
Know the Facts About Kidney Disease [Infographic]
Updated: March 20, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Our kidneys play many important roles including removing waste and balancing fluids, releasing hormones that regulate blood pressure and helping maintain the right levels of potassium in your body. When the kidneys are not functioning properly, they are unable to filter blood the way they should, which may cause health problems including hyperkalemia, or high potassium.

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