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November 27th, 2015
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Avoid Black Friday Blunders with Joe’s New Balance Outlet

If you’re watching what you spend this holiday season (and most of us are...or need to be!), start with an already discounted website like Joe’s New Balance Outlet and stack on the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals to get the lowest prices, save gas, and avoid getting trampled by the INSANE SHOPPERS willing to sacrifice their first born to grab the last hot ticket item off the shelf. I participated in the pre-dawn Black Friday dash exactly once. Once was enough to convince me that NO amount of savings was worth endangering my life to lock it in. Seriously, it was like the Hunger Games.

by Abbey O’Bryan

November 25th, 2015

Distracted Driving at an All-Time High

We love our Smartphones.  Well, “love” might be a bit dramatic, but cell phones have become extremely useful tools and a mainstay in our technology-driven lifestyle…
• They are portable and we can use them just about anywhere
• Smartphones facilitate immediate communication
• They provide instant access to worldwide news and events
• They are a comprehensive gadget that delivers entertainment in countless ways
…well, you get the point. All is not perfect, however. Cell phone use in the wrong place at the wrong time can be deadly. All you have to do is glance over to the car in the lane next to you.

by Anne Middleton

November 25th, 2015

Think Outside the (Holiday) Box

The bells have started jingling for the “season of giving.”  And if you are a bit strapped for cash, but have a harried and hectic lifestyle, why not ruminate on the concept of part-time work? There is much to be applauded for seasonal employment opportunities.  You need not be a Santa with sticky kids scrambling onto your lap.  The opportunities are boundless for a temporary occupation and most do not include a white beard or pointed green shoes. Forget the standard dreary “big box” store job involving the herding of customers who become fierce in their efforts to possess the latest gadgets.

by Anne Middleton

November 24th, 2015

Technology Draining Your Brain?

Just two short years ago, the Pew Research Center revealed that cell phone ownership among adults climbed to the astronomical level of 91% in the United States.  That indicates that pretty much single grown-up you encounter owns a device that often seems implanted into their ear.

by Anne Middleton

November 24th, 2015

Left High And Dry

Marooned Without a Compass Day was November 6th. This relatively unknown and unofficial holiday awakens the imagination and warrants a discussion of the age-old controversial question…What are the crucial items you would you covet if you were stranded on a dessert island? Are you a practical person who would opt for the stereotypical resources when left on your own, such as: 1. Fire. Fire is an essential for boiling the impurities out of the water supply, necessary when cooking food, valuable keep warm at night, required to discourage attack by vicious animals, not to mention letting passing ships know have been forsaken. 2. Blankets.

by Anne Middleton

November 20th, 2015
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Black Friday Shopping

You may have to stand for long periods.  You may have to sprint rapidly.  You may have to crouch, leap or balance.  Black Friday is coming.  Are your shoes ready for the powerhouse shopping excursion?  Floppy clodhoppers aren’t going to help you move nimbly through the concourse of the mall, so think a head and get some new shoes broken in so you’re not slowed down by shopping.  Here’s our top picks. Look chic and feel comfortable during the retail pandemonium while wearing the Fashion Wedge Sneaker by Boston Proper.

by Anne Middleton

November 19th, 2015
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Christmas Island

Christmas Island is not Santa’s personal vacation island.  It’s a natural wonder, often dubbed the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean.  This pristine island is perfect for the enthusiastic eco-tourist yearning for a new adventure.  Christmas Island was christened for its discovery on Christmas Day in 1643.  Let’s pack those shoes and sojourn to Christmas Island.  Fames for its red crab migration, 40 to 50 million red crabs inhabit the island.  These diurnal creatures roam the island by day and retreat to burrows to preserve their body moisture.

by Anne Middleton

November 19th, 2015
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St. Nicholas Day

In Flemish and Dutch speaking countries, St. Nicholas’ Day, Dec. 6th, is all about the shoes.  As Christmastide nears, children leave their shoes out for St. Nick to fill.  It is also customary for children to leave edibles for St. Nicholas’ horse, like hay,carrots and apples.  In exchange, Nicholas leaves candy and small gifts in the shoes.  If you have Belgian or Dutch ancestry, or just love trying out new holiday traditions, perhaps it would be fun to reinvigorate this tradition in your home.

by Anne Middleton

November 18th, 2015
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Fast And Furious (And Bizarre)

In America, we embrace our fast paced life, no-waiting culture and we readily admit that patience is a virtue most of us do not possess.   No wonder we have a hankering for fast food.  This conveyor belt industry in the United States includes in excess of 223,000 establishments.   But craving greasy, primarily non-nutritious meals is not limited to our stars and stripes nation. We now present some of the most outlandish food creations introduced worldwide in drive-through and on premise restaurants.   • Stuffed Crusts
o We love our stuffed pizza crust…extra cheese oozing from every bite.

by Anne Middleton

November 17th, 2015
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Super-Sized

Sometimes bigger IS better. Eight thousand square feet.  That humungous number represents the size of the new gargantuan Verizon store. Verizon Wireless, our nation's largest and most reliable 4G LTE network serving over 108.6 million retail customers, has thrown open their doors to their enormous new flagship West Coast retail location in Santa Monica, California. Within the walls of this colossal retailer, it is commonplace to become submerged into hands-on experiences.  Inside this amazing, aesthetically pleasing structure you’ll explore Verizon’s hands-on lifestyle shopping approach with fun, interactive "lifestyle zones.

by Anne Middleton