Worried about holiday eating: dietary moderation and balance
From sports to home makeovers, Americans seem to love the concept of going to extremes. So it's no surprise that some people might think eating healthy and losing weight requires an all-or-nothing approach. But diet myths notwithstanding, nutritionists largely agree that a healthy lifestyle requires moderation and balance.
Five tips for choosing a new cellphone provider
If you've reached your limit with paying for unused minutes and features, overage fees, and long-term contracts, it may be time to shop around for a new provider. With cellphone service providers being as numerous and diverse as today's phones themselves, it can be a daunting prospect. However, with a little legwork, you...
Create your holiday home with lights
When it comes to decorating with lights for the holidays, there are unlimited ways to add twinkle to the inside as well as the outside of your home. Some people favor an elegant, restrained sprinkling of lights around a door, while others go for a more exuberant display of illumination on virtually every surface.
Three steps to keep hands and feet healthy during cold weather
Cold weather can be tough on skin, particularly on the hands and feet. A decrease in humidity paired with harsh temperatures can make hands and feet dry, cracked, achy and susceptible to infection. It's important to take some simple steps to protect extremities so they remain healthy all season long.
Break some rules and have fun with holiday entertaining
Each year you spend countless hours in the kitchen, slaving over a hot stove while your guests enjoy themselves in the next room. Imagine if you could spend more time with them, sharing stories and enjoying their company. Here are some tips to make that happen.
Gift ideas that embrace the true meaning of the holiday season
When the commotion of the holidays sets in, it's easy to forget the true meaning of the season. Giving back and helping others is what makes this time of year so special. As you rush from store to store buying gifts for your loved one, you might wonder how you can make a difference. Some simple steps can have a big impac...
How to protect concrete from winter damage
The average winter temperature in 25 U.S. states is below freezing, according to the National Climatic Data Center, and that can be very harmful to concrete surfaces left unprotected by homeowners. The repeated freezing and thawing that occurs due to changes in daytime and nighttime temperatures during the winter can cau...
The surprising truth about carpet
Carpet has gained quite the reputation in the past decade, fueled by a multitude of assumptions. But is there truth behind the rumors about this very popular flooring option? With a little investigation you'll find many are completely false - making carpet a viable flooring option that can benefit everyone, from allergy ...
Four steps to a more beautiful bathroom
The bathroom is one of the most frequented areas in your home, making your choice of bathroom decor pretty important. Don't forget about this key area when considering your next home improvement project. With a few tips, you can take your bathroom from so-so to spectacular in no time at all.
Americans' weekend state of mind [Infographic]
According to a new national survey from Hampton Hotels, most Americans’ more positive, outgoing and friendly personality traits emerge during the weekend. In fact, one-third of respondents claim they are a “completely different person” on the weekends than they are during the week. To help maximize the positive emotional response that the weekend brings to most Americans, Hampton Hotels worked with Dr. Christine Carter, a sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley to identify three simp...
Sweet potatoes still top spud in top food trends
Sweet potato consumption rose nearly 10 percent since the year 2000, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And as more restaurants tout sweet potato options on their menus, at-home chefs are looking for ways to prepare the nutritious orange spud.
Tips for keeping pedestrians safe on the roads
When it comes to keeping young walkers safe on America's roads, the country has made great strides. Still, bigger steps are needed to improve pedestrian safety overall, and particularly for teenagers. Here's what you can do to help keep walkers safe on the road.