7 ways technology can help you make the most of your summer

With summer upon us and travel plans likely on hold, it’s time to figure out what’s on your family’s summer bucket list. Whether it’s learning a new language, reading one book a week or exploring your culinary skills, there are many different ways a smart home with Amazon Alexa can make this summer your best one yet. From enabling Skills to setting up Routines, here are seven different ways Amazon Devices and Alexa can help: 1. Rise and shine Although many of us think of summer as the time to…

5 steps companies might consider before reopening their office spaces

Sponsored by Office Depot After weeks of having employees work remotely whenever possible, many organizations are developing plans to reopen their physical workplaces. For many business leaders, this is a challenging time as they try to determine how to reconfigure their offices after quarantine. Putting a plan in place may be the best solution. A return-to-work plan may mitigate the closure of offices for additional and more enhanced cleanings, help prevent lost productivity and help reduce absenteeism. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…

Staying home? 5 tips for creating a comforting outdoor retreat

– As Americans stay home this summer, they’re looking for ways to spend time enjoying their outdoor spaces with family and friends. In challenging times, the private retreats you create in and around your home can be a substantial source of calm and comfort. Ideally, your home should be relaxing, a place where you can recharge from the demands of daily life. Here are suggestions for turning your outdoor spaces into an oasis of family fun, comfort and relaxation this season. Step up your grilling game Grilling can be more…

Expert Series: Frito-Lay Chief Customer Officer Mike Del Pozzo Sheds Light on the New State of Snacking

By Mike Del Pozzo Snacking isn’t slowing down this summer. The week of Fourth of July is historically the biggest week of the year in the U.S. for Frito-Lay and salty snacks. Although eight in 10 Americans say summer will look very different, one in three Americans plan to snack more compared to last summer in light of COVID-19, regardless of how they are celebrating this season, according to Frito-Lay’s U.S. Snack Index. We’ve seen consumer behavior shift in many ways over the last couple of months, but snacking doesn’t…

From fun themes to top technology: Here’s what you need for an epic backyard movie night

Canceled camps, postponed trips, closed pools and more — summer 2020 is shaping up to be very different for families across the country. While you may not be able to do some activities, that doesn’t mean you can’t make lasting memories while enjoying time together. You just have to think creatively and plan unique events at home! One way to inspire smiles is to turn your backyard, patio or even balcony into your own outdoor movie theater. Whether it’s a family fun day, a cozy evening with your partner or…

BrandpointContent – A Police Sergeant Fights Crime and a Chronic Disease

When he was younger, Eli knew he wanted to become a police officer and fight crime in his community. Today, he gets to do just that as a police sergeant in Mesa, Arizona. Yet, when he was younger and preparing for his law enforcement career, he did not suspect that he’d be fighting an equally important battle – one against chronic illness. In college, Eli noticed that he had a small patch of dry skin on his chest and scalp, but it was not enough to make him head to…

How to pour a slab to build a shed for top ROI and expanded living space

Sheds are a storage staple for homeowners, offering a place to put lawn equipment and seasonal items like gardening supplies. A shed can help clear out garage clutter, streamline organization and expand living space. However, today’s sheds go far beyond utilitarian use. While some people continue to build sheds for practical purposes, others are embracing sheds in ways that dramatically enhance their lives. Sheds can become dedicated spaces for hobbies such as woodworking, pottery or painting. They can also be transformed into elaborate playhouses for children. Sheds can become meditation…

Mental health on the farm: Don’t let pride stand in the way of getting help

American farm life is often portrayed with images of a happy family, healthy animals, sunshine and green fields. Working in agriculture is a source of pride for many people, but reality is not as perfect as the commercials and storybooks. In fact, depression and anxiety on the farm are pressing problems that have long simmered beneath the surface with little attention or open discussion. Shelby Watson-Hampton knows this too well; her older brother, Russ, who almost always appeared outgoing and energetic, silently battled depression and anxiety. Suicide claimed his life…

Impressive design gets the word out

First impressions matter now more than ever. If you can create a visually impactful, emotional connection with your branding, customers will respond. In today’s world, eye-catching design can be the difference between winning the sale or losing a potential client. Customers are bombarded by advertising every second of the day. Well-designed business collateral like brochures and posters can help a business break through the clutter and have meaningful connections right from the start of the user experience. Design tips to create unforgettable marketing Great design can be hard, but these…

Staying secure beyond National Home Safety Month

Assessing and updating your home’s security measures should be a year-round focus for homeowners. While timely reminders, such as National Home Safety Month, are great for encouraging immediate action, these considerations should remain top-of-mind 365 days of the year. Data collected in recent years by the FBI has revealed that there are roughly 2.5 million burglaries a year. This averages out to one burglary about every 13 seconds nationwide. So, while many feel safe and secure at home, one can never be too prepared when it comes to protecting your…