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March 11th, 2016
save money on home improvement projects

How To Save On Home Improvement Projects

So you say you are ready to become a “Do-It-Yourselfer” and can’t wait to get started. You are filled with anticipation imagining the money you’ll save on the multiple home improvements you’ve planned. It’s true that DIY can be the ultimate money-saving tool.  The first is to leave you pride at the door and realize that you may require guidance to get started on the adventure of DIY home renovation projects.  If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed, a good place to begin is at your local home improvement store. There is no better source of support and advice for home renovations than Lowe’s.

by Anne Middleton

March 10th, 2016
glasses vs contacts

Glasses vs. Contacts: Which Is Better for You?

There are many changes that come with age and a change in vision is an adjustment everyone has to make. Data reveals that more than 6 in 10 people wear glasses or contact lenses. Glasses or contact lenses…it is a decades’ old debate that has taken place for generations. It used to be that contacts were irritating and required too much effort.  But today, contact lenses have come a long, long way. Even folks with presbyopia (the inability to focus on close-up objects) who require bifocals can now consider the convenience of contact lenses. Contact lenses are thin, clear disks of plastic that float on the surface of the eye.

by Anne Middleton

March 9th, 2016
memorable wedding anniversary gift ideas

Memorable Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

Every wedding anniversary deserves special recognition. Staying married is not easy.  It takes patience, understanding and even hard work. Finding the “perfect” gift to celebrate matrimony is often a difficult task.  And when it is a “milestone wedding anniversary,” identifying the proper present can increase the stress. The selection of wedding anniversary gifts are endless and range from gift baskets of delicious chocolate to photo frames  to vacations.  One easy way to narrow down your gift search is to do explore what the traditional and modern representations are for each year of marriage.

by Anne Middleton

March 8th, 2016
benefits of protecting your eyes

The Benefits Of Protecting Your Eyes

The time has come for most of us to change the clocks and “spring ahead.” This means more sunlight later in the early evening hours. As you drive home from picking up the kids or after a full day at the office, you’ll want to assure you have a great pair of sunglasses to shield your delicate eyes from the powerful rays of the sun.  Before your commute during the new days filled with blinding sun, stop by the Oakley store and select a pair of shades to defend your helpless eyes. Oakley understands that sunglasses are now an essential piece of equipment in our everyday lives.

by Anne Middleton

March 7th, 2016
sensational spring fashion trends

Six Sensational Spring Fashion Trends

Women's apparel sales in the United States exceed $ 11.1 billion (that’s billion with a “b’). And the upcoming fashion trends will add significantly to that total. Although shopping for spring fashions has probably not yet entered your mind, the next time you walk into the mall, you’ll come face-to-face with a wide selection of spring outfits and warmer weather clothing. One of the anchor stores in many shopping centers is a name we are all familiar with, JCPenny. In the retail business for over 100 years, JCPenny operates more than 1,000 department stores in 49 states.

by Anne Middleton

March 7th, 2016
are you excited for pokemon

Are You Excited For The Year Of Pokémon?

As difficult as it might be to believe, 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the original pair of Pokémon games.  Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version were the original role-playing video games published by Nintendo for the Game Boy, first released in Japan in 1996. The Pokémon games allowed players to inhabit a world crawling with animal-like creatures who were endowed with seemingly magical powers, fighting and capturing them to use them in battle. The Pokémon games became an enormous worldwide phenomenon, even appearing on a TIME magazine cover.

by Anne Middleton

March 4th, 2016
superfoods to try in 2016

Superfoods To Try In 2016

You may be eating right, exercising and getting enough sleep, but you still may be lacking the vital nutrients key to maintaining your health. Micronutrient deficiency is still a problem, because one third of Americans are getting 47% of their calories from junk food.  We’ve assembled a powerhouse list of foods that will help you get the micronutrients your body needs for optimal health.  1. Tomatoes—Tomatoes are famous for their lycopene content but tomatoes also are a great source of flavanols, lutein, flavanones, glycosides and fatty acid derivatives.  Consuming lycopene-rich foods can lower your risk of stroke and cancer.  2.

by Anne Middleton

March 4th, 2016
saving money on car repairs

How To Save On Car Repairs

You’ve just gotten through the holidays.  You may have some credit cards to pay off or are looking to pay off your debt in the New Year.  You may have plan to pay off your bills, but what about your car repair budget?  A real downer can be shelling out the bucks for a pricey car repair.  Another big downer is a pricey car repair on an expensive vehicle.  Luckily, regular preventative maintenance can save you a lot of money on car repair.  Average car repairs in the U.S. hover between $300 and $400.  Do you have that socked away for a rainy day? Here are some of the priciest car repair costs: 1. Problems with the turbo.

by Anne Middleton

March 3rd, 2016
best craft projects for easter

The Best Craft Projects For Easter

Nothing says Spring like Easter.  And nothing says Easter like colorful crafts. These simple DIY decorating and craft ideas are fun for kids and adults alike. With just a little time and effort, your DIY craft project will make Easter extra special. Last year, it was estimated that Americans spent $14.6 million on all Easter-related products.  But the best decorations and gifts are often the ones that are Easter crafts that are homemade.  Try these fun ideas and do-it-yourself. 1. Napkins in the Shape of Bunny Ears. Set your table in a unique and super special way by folding your cloth napkins into a shape that resembles rabbit ears.

by Anne Middleton

March 3rd, 2016
st patricks day recipes

Check Out These St. Patrick's Day Recipes

It’s time to raise a glass and toast the annual observance of St. Patrick’s Day where everyone becomes Irish! In fact, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by 39% of the American population.  These estimated 122 million people celebrate their spirit in a variety of ways: • 25% decorate their home or office
• 31% attend a party
• 83% wear green
• And 34% make a special dinner Similar to a majority of holidays, food takes center stage.  The traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal focuses on customary dishes as corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew and Shepherd’s Pie.

by Anne Middleton