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February 9th, 2016
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Valentine’s Day Dinner Recipes

It is estimated that over a third of people will eat out on Valentine’s Day.   That is a lot of crowded and noisy restaurants filled with frustrated couples whose reservations were not honored on time. This experience can be more annoying than loving. So consider this…the most romantic kind of dinner for Valentine's Day is one you cook at home.  No need to panic or gasp for air! There are very simply Valentine’s Day dinner recipes and wonderful romantic dinner ideas to make this day memorable without any stress. All the scrumptious Valentine’s Day Dinner recipes we mention below have links to click on for easy preparation instructions.

by Anne Middleton

February 8th, 2016
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Leap Year: Fun Activities For Your Extra Day

Leap Year Day is that very unique happening that comes around only every four years, always on February 29th. It provides a perfect excuse to celebrate and engage in fun activities and events.  With a little planning, this extra 24 hours during February leap year will be both exceptional and memorable. Fun Facts about February Leap Year Day
You may recall from elementary school that the earth rotates around the sun once every 365 and about 1/4 days. So, by adding an extra day every four years, we get impressively close to keeping the calendar consistent with the earth's annual trip around the sun.

by Anne Middleton

February 7th, 2016
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Best Super Bowl Halftime Performances

Of course we Americans watch the Superbowl for the game, but let’s admit it.  The halftime show and the commercials are pretty awesome too.  There’s even more buzz this year around the game’s halftime line up.  There’s a rumor going around that Coldplay and Beyonce may be welcoming Bruno Mars to the stage too.  This isn’t Bruno Mars’ first appearance at the bowl.  He was on stage in 2014 too.  The Superbowl halftime show is only 12 minutes long but it can cement a career or turn out to be a royal embarrassment.  This year, it seems folks are having some mixed reactions to the halftime entertainment lineup.

by Anne Middleton

February 5th, 2016
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Ways To Improve Your Vision

If things have been blurry and out-of-focus, it may not be your mental state.  You may have vision issues.  About 35% of adults don’t get annual eye exams because they feel they don’t need them. With better access to health insurance, many adults now can afford better eye care too.   Here are a few tips for keeping your eyes healthy all year long. Get that eye exam.
Especially if you are a smoker or are diabetic, you need to be vigilant about maintaining your eye health.   If you are smoker, quit.  Smoking makes you more likely to have cataracts, macular degeneration and amplifies your risk of eye disease if you are also diabetic.

by Anne Middleton

February 4th, 2016
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Necessities And Tips For Visiting Another City

Traveling the world is, for many people, a passion.  The thought of visiting a neighboring city or an international city center overflowing with history is something many people crave.  Discovering other cities, cultures and environments can be a once-in-a-lifetime, unforgettable experience.  A few months ago, the global financial company, MasterCard, released its 2015 global destination cities index.  This annual index provides a ranking of the most visited cities worldwide. In 2015, Asian cities dominated the list, along with a few European cities. Here are the 10 most visited cities in the world with international visitors.

by Anne Middleton

February 3rd, 2016
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Printer Ink: Seven Sensational & Simple Ways To Save

The number of people who work from home on a regular basis (and are not self-employed) grew by 89.8% from 2005 to 2013, to 3.5 million employees, according to data from Global Workplace Analytics. In fact, 77% of people stated that rooms in their homes that are not dedicated as bedrooms would be used as a home office. With this revealing data, and with today’s focus on technology, no one would be surprised to learn that over 83% of the US households own a printer.  Believe it or not, this simple device may be draining your bank account faster than you believe. Printer ink might actually be the most expensive liquid you purchase.

by Anne Middleton

February 2nd, 2016
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When You Should Take Your Pet To The Vet

Is Fluffy looking puny?  Is Rover not so rambunctious?  Many of the very health concerns that concern us humans also plague our fur babies, like diabetes, cancer and obesity.  Additionally, since cats, dogs, lizards and bird’s anatomies don’t mirror our own, sometimes it’s difficult to detect a problem early.  That’s why investing in preventative veterinary care for pets, like we do for ourselves, is important to maintaining pet health.  Far better to maintain the care regimen of a healthy pet, than lapse in care and then have tremendous bills for a sick one.

by Anne Middleton

February 2nd, 2016
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On Your Mark with McAfee

On your mark. Get set. Go! 2016 is flying by. We’re already a month in. For many of us, February is the first opportunity for us to catch our breath after the holidays. In January, the New Year was celebrated. The out-of-town guests took their leave or maybe you returned home from visiting family. The gift returns and exchanges were handled. The decorations were all packed away and stored back in the attic. The credit card bill showed up (yikes!). And now it’s finally time to get back on track. Time to crack down on all the superfluous spending, the spontaneous celebrating, and the sinful snacking.  Clean it up, America.

by Abbey O'Bryan

February 1st, 2016
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The Best Homemade Valentine’s Gifts

Valentine’s Day is traditionally celebrated as a day filled with love and desire. Red hearts are symbols of this romantic winter day and you can’t miss the displays of chocolates, cards and gifts in every store. It has become an immensely popular annual holiday as evidenced when 2015 Valentine’s Day retail spending reached a record $18.9 billion. It is clear that people of all ages aspire to express their love in form of tangible gifts for their loved ones on this special day. It’s true that men are expected to deliver a memorable gift on this day of love.

by Anne Middleton

January 29th, 2016
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Men’s Guide To A Successful Valentine’s Day

Are you one of the more than half (54.9 percent) of Americans who plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day?   If so, you are in good company.  A 2015 survey revealed that the average person celebrating their love on February 14th is expected to shell out $142.31. And just to add to the stress of this day of romance, a 2015 survey showed that 53% of women would actually end their relationship if they didn’t get something from their loved one on Valentine’s Day. Men are in quite a predicament to preform to some pretty high standards on this day of love.  To avoid being put in the dog house, here are some Valentine’s gift ideas for her.

by Anne Middleton