BVNN Stories

With the BusinessVoice News Network (BVNN), your callers on hold will hear news and lifestyle stories mixed in with your existing On Hold Marketing. We upload three new BVNN stories each weekday. And with the no-touch system we provide, your staff doesn't have to do a thing.

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You might be surprised at all the things that can dull your bright smile. Teeth stains can be caused by drinking dark beverages like coffee, red wine or tea or using tobacco. But using an antihistamine, high-blood pressure medication, some chemotherapy drugs or anti-psychotic medications can also cause stained teeth. Source Link 

When you need a vaccination but don’t have time for an office visit your local pharmacy may be able to help. Common adult vaccinations for the flu, pneumonia and shingles are often available from a pharmacist and no appointment is needed. Just be sure that the pharmacy reports the vaccination to your doctor and the state health department. Source Link 

That set of blocks your pre-schooler plays with could be a real building block to being better at math. Researchers found that young children who were encouraged to build towers and other structures with blocks had gains in math skills and complex thinking. A key element was setting goals for the child to achieve with the building blocks. Source Link 

Tackling a sinkful of dirty dishes may be just the thing to boost your creativity. That’s because doing mundane tasks and simple chores can provide time for more deep thinking. The technique has some big proponents like billionaires Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos who have both said that they do the dishes at home. Source Link 

When it comes to the most effective way to argue with your spouse or significant other, the eyes have it. Experts say looking eye-to-eye provides the visual cues that add context to what you’re hearing and help you avoid misunderstanding what’s being said. It’s only after you each get better at communicating that you should consider a debate that’s done by text. Source Link 

You may have heard that the acids in sparkling water aren’t good for your teeth, but here’s something to smile about. Studies have shown that the effects of sparkling water versus regular on your teeth are about the same. But if your sparkling drink has citrus you should have it all at once like during a meal instead of sipping it slowly. Source Link 

Budgeting your personal finances can be easier if you stick to the 50/20/30 rule. Half of your income goes to essentials like food, housing, utilities and transportation and 20 percent is for savings. The other 30 percent covers expenses that are personal choices like your cell phone plan, gym membership, or dining out with friends. Source Link 

What food is high in protein and fiber and loaded with good fats? Nuts are a natural hunger-buster as a handy snack. Just watch the portion and limit yourself to about 10 or 12 peanuts, walnuts or pistachios and you’ll stay around 100 calories. Source Link 

It’s challenging to stay close as a couple after a baby arrives but there are ways to keep that connection. Prioritize couples time over household chores, find ways to do things together like taking a walk and don’t abandon the niceties like compliments for each other. And make a plan to help both of you get as much sleep as possible. Source Link 

Free samples like you see in grocery store aisles might be showing up in your mailbox. Amazon is using its knowledge of what you buy from them in programs that will send free samples of other products. Pet food, peanut butter, protein bars and beauty products are some of the free samples being mailed out by the online giant. Source Link 

Looking for a natural way to a whiter smile? You can brush once a week with a paste made from baking soda or use a five-to-one mix of water and apple cider vinegar as a mouthwash. Rubbing your teeth with orange or lemon peels is another whitening method and brushing with activated charcoal can absorb plaque and compounds that can stain your teeth. Source Link 

A good place to start your spring cleaning is in the medicine cabinet. Properly dispose of old prescription drugs that could be dangerous for children or abused by teenagers. Surveys show that one-quarter of Americans hang on to their old drugs and one in five don’t keep prescription drugs locked up. Source Link 

Many household plastics that go into the trash could have a second life in your home. Gardeners can use yogurt cups to grow seedlings and those clear plastic containers used to package salad mix or berries can store loose items in your fridge. And an old peanut butter jar is perfect for making salad dressing or overnight oats. Source Link 

Most people don’t think about foot care until they’re in pain but some common problems can be prevented with a few simple steps. Always wear water shoes around public swimming pools and in showers at the gym to avoid viruses that can cause nail fungus or athlete’s foot. Wear socks and tights made from breathable fabrics and if shoes hurt the first time you try them on, don’t buy them. Source Link 

When you want a loan or a credit card there’s a difference between pre-qualification and pre-approval. With pre-qualification, you ask the lender to look at your credit report to decide if you’re a good candidate. With pre-approval, lenders will get information from credit bureaus to generate a list of people who get offers for a loan or credit card. Source Link 

You’ve heard of refinancing your mortgage, but how about your loan for that set of wheels? Auto loan refinancing may be an easy way to save money because many people don’t shop around for the best rates when buying a car. Refinancing an auto loan is much simpler than a mortgage and may take just one day to complete. Source Link 

What form of exercise can help you beat depression without breaking a sweat? Yoga has been shown to ease the symptoms of depression for those who are on medication and those who aren’t. The deep breathing and precise movements of yoga can release “feel good” brain chemicals and block others that can worsen depression. Source Link 

For better self-esteem, look for ways to build on your strengths instead of just fixing the weaknesses. Discover what skills make you feel the best about yourself and find activities to stimulate that. If it’s critical thinking, go to lectures or take a class. Creatives can start a new project and or can strengthen perseverance by taking on a new responsibility on a short timetable. Source Link