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March 2nd, 2016
20th anniversary of fargo

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Fargo

The fact that Fargo the movie is celebrating its 20th anniversary may have you feeling older than you imagined, but for serious fans, this depressing emotion is made a bit easier knowing they can rejoice in being able to watch the relatively new Fargo TV show. For true fans, this 20th anniversary of Fargo, the celebrated crime drama film offers an opportunity to rejoice in the longevity and appeal of this exceptional movie. Fargo was one of the most popular cinema accomplishments directed by the Coen brothers and became an instant hit. Its popularity exceeded expectations and gained almost a cult following.

by Anne Middleton

March 2nd, 2016
best exercises to avoid the gym

Best Exercises for People Who Want to Avoid the Gym

A study from Cosmopolitan Body discovered that both men and women are uncomfortable exercising at the gym with women are twice as embarrassed as men.  But no one should let your gym anxiety prevent them from getting fit and improving their health. Besides, it turns out that some of your favorite activities done outside the health club, such as skateboarding, biking, yoga and hiking qualify as beneficial exercise. If you hate the idea of going to the gym or fitness center, you are not alone.

by Anne Middleton

March 1st, 2016
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Truly Honest Business Reviews

Where do you turn when your sink is backed up with gunk or your spouse wants to remodel the bathroom or your gutters are overflowing or your roof is leaking or you need help locating a restaurant to celebrate a special occasion or even if you chip a tooth? There are dozens of websites that provide business reviews for all types of services, one of the most popular being Yelp.  But what are you really getting from these crowd-sourced sites populated with thousands of comments from nameless individuals? Yelpers (those who write assessments and post them on Yelp) are permitted to rate services and places they have never visited.

by Anne Middleton

March 1st, 2016
gift guide for kids

The Best Gifts For Kids: A Guide

Whether it is a toy or board game, a book or crafts, athletic gear or educational gift, deciding on what to buy a child can be a challenging assignment. After all, you want to be the “cool” mom, dad, aunt or grandpa and deciding which gift to purchase can be quite a task. These suggestions can help guide you to some great gifts for kids. Toys What kid doesn’t enjoy tearing into a package and finding a toy? But identifying the latest and most-wished-for toys can get complicated since the trends are always changing.

by Anne Middleton

February 29th, 2016
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Bose Headsets vs. Beats by Dre

The advancement in the technology of modern-day headsets is simply astonishing.  These compact audio attachments can now block out the hectic world with noise cancelling technology. With all the choices available, it is often difficult to decide where to spend your hard-earned dollars. A headphone comparison can be very useful. When it’s time to buy the best sound accessories in the category and the focus is on superior headphones, there are two brands that should be considered: Bose and Beats by Dr. Dre.

by Anne Middleton

February 29th, 2016
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Top 4 Reasons Why You Should Be Getting Wine Online

American adults truly enjoy drinking wine, as the sales data clearly indicates. Whether we choose white wine or red, cabernet or chardonnay, the average wine consumption per United States resident is 2.82 gallons. And we enjoy drinking wine more at home than anywhere else.  Consumers spent $12.7 billion U.S. dollars on the wine they consumed at home, compared to $4 billion at full-service restaurants. The popularity of wine has also created an unfortunate side effect. Customers are confused and bewildered on which why to choose.

by Anne Middleton

February 26th, 2016
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These DIY Home Improvements Will Save You Money

These days, DIY projects are easier than ever to undertake.  Thanks to the Internet, just about anyone can be Bob Villa or Tim Taylor from the Home Improvement television series. There are visual instructions for almost every DYI project on YouTube and other social media, plus many manufacturers have DIY tutorials online. In the most recent survey, 71% of the DIY shoppers said they used the internet for information help on home improvement jobs. Or if you're truly old school, the local bookstore and library offers “how-to” books on many home improvement projects.

by Anne Middleton

February 25th, 2016
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Top Travel Ideas That Won’t Empty Your Wallet

There are 196 independent countries in the world today, depending on the source you use.   Regretfully, many Americans are missing the opportunity partake in a vacation to these magical lands and experience their unique sites and cultures. Every year, 40% of Americans leave vacation time on the table.  And even if they do decide to take a break, 61% of Americans work while they’re on vacation and 20% have been contacted by their boss while trying to relax away from the office.

by Anne Middleton

February 24th, 2016
comforting winter recipes

Try These Comforting Winter Recipes Made Healthy While You Still Can

When we imagine winter recipes, the image of simmering comfort foods with warm aromas resonate in our mind.  These nostalgic dishes have the ability to conjure up sentimental feelings that take us back to our childhood. From winter recipes for chili to stew to baked casseroles, these hearty and delicious foods are perfect for the cooler months of the year. Unfortunately, the majority of these comforting foods contain ingredients high in fat.  Too often, when we shed our cold weather coats, we find our waistline has expanded. This weight gain is largely the result of reduced exercise and increased eating.

by Anne Middleton

February 23rd, 2016
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A Surprise Inside

It is likely you know or participate in Monthly Subscription Boxes, but to some, the concept is rather new.  Monthly Subscription Boxes are packages full of goodies delivered to a friend, family member, or even your own home every month.  Unlike traditional subscriptions for magazines, these bundles offer an entirely new opportunity to enjoy something unique and fun.  Your parents may have referred to this as a “book of the month” or “flower of the month” or “food of the month club” in the past.  But these current monthly subscription boxes are not anything that your mom or dad would recognize.

by Anne Middleton