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September 24th, 2015
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School-Worthy Shoes

School bells are ringing across the nation.  Are your kids appropriately shoe-ed?  We’ve got shoes curated for those just beginning to learn their ABCs to your teen learning trigonometry.  You’ll feel smart shopping for the back-to-schoolers using our codes, so let show you some school-worthy shoes. 1. Homecoming Queen—If your daughter is vying to be her high school’s homecoming queen, she’ll need two pairs of shoes, one for campaigning and one for coronation.  Boston Proper has the prettiest casual shoes around, and for her campaign shoes we favor the Mystique Sandal.

by Anne Middleton

September 24th, 2015
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Empire State Shoes

The Empire State has haunts for more than just the glitterati and fashionistas.  You can get into a New York state of mind and not traipse about the hustle and bustle of New York City.   If you want to travel to New York but want to skip the megalopolis’ usual tourist traps, we’ll help you traverse the state in some fine shoes.  Winsome wineries can be discovered throughout the state.  Trek the 1000 Islands Seaway Wine Trail, a 78 mile long trail hat meanders throughout Jefferson County.  A terrific day trip from any of the area's hotels, the trail is marked by green grape cluster signs.

by Anne Middleton

September 23rd, 2015
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All-American Breakfast Month

September is All American Breakfast Month, and it seems one New Jersey teacher has been taking his morning alimentation a bit too seriously.  New Jersey educator Arnold Anderson was late to work 111 times in two years, citing his breakfast as the cause of his tardiness.  Anderson was suspended without pay until January 1st.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  It’s been studied many times.  As bemusing as this teacher’s issue seems, there tips, tricks and hacks for making the preparation of breakfast less onerous.  1. Pre-prep:  Sometimes re-heating is yucky and sometimes it’s scrumptious.

by Anne Middleton

September 23rd, 2015
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Kettlebell Workouts

Something good may have come out of Soviet-era Russia:  kettlebells.  You may have seen them at the gym, canon-ball shaped weights that have a handle.  They’ve been amassing in gyms lately as the fitness craze du jour and I decided to investigate on my own.  Kettlebells, oddly enough, were invented to measure crops in the 1700s.  Farmers using them seemed to burgeon in strength.  They got cocky and devoted whole festivals to showing off their prowess with wielding these kettlebells, aka giryas.

by Anne Middleton

September 22nd, 2015
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Hunger Action Month

September is Hunger Action Month.  One in six Americans are struggling with hunger and one of the ways you can help is by taking a spoon selfie.  Put a spoon on your nose and snap a pic and post it up on social media with facts about hunger in the U.S. and be sure to use the #Spoontember hashtag. Want to work in solidarity with others concerned about hunger?  Go to feedingamerica.org and sign up for their ThunderClap for Hunger Action Day.  ThunderClap offers activists the opportunity to make a magnified impact because it amplifies your message using the power of a crowd.

by Anne Middleton

September 21st, 2015
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Avoid Becoming Obsolete

There are dozens if not hundreds of lists from endless “reliable” sources that claim to be cognizant of the most up and coming employment categories. But what about those jobs that are becoming obsolete?  What if you decide on a career path that becomes a dead end? You must be compelled to do some investigative research to assure a rewarding future. For example, one of the most commonly quoted statistics about wedding bliss is that half of all marriages end in divorce.  However, according to CDC reports, which are derived from census numbers, it appears as if divorce rates are decreasing.

by Anne Middleton

September 18th, 2015
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Bachelorette Party Planning

Your sister finally got popped the question.  You’re the maid of honor.  So many forgettable would-be mates and now she’s finally found the one to last her a lifetime.  It’s time to throw her one hell of a party.  We’ve curated a few essential apps to plan and execute the bachelorette bash: 1.  Bachelorette Party Decoration Ideas—in the Apple app store this app is your virtual conduit to an array of party themes.  Choose from “naughty”, “Christian” among many others.  You won’t feel naughty when you splurge on an iPad to manage all the wedding details when you use our codes from Verizon.

by Anne MIddleton

September 18th, 2015
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Wife Appreciation Day

September 20th is Wife Appreciation Day.  If you gave that beaming Cinderella her glass slipper oh-so-long-ago, perhaps it’s time to celebrate Wife Appreciation Day and show her she’s still foremost in your heart.  Let’s find some shoes that say, “I love you.” Shoes for the Adventure of Life….Together—When you said “Will you marry me,” you may have well queried “Will you go on the adventure of life with me?”  Sure you’ve had your ups and downs, but surely there’s been some revelry along the way too.

by Anne Middleton

September 17th, 2015
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Last Camping Trip

It’s not too late to take one last camping trip before summer’s end.  Sure you can shop the big box camping and outdoorsman retailers and you’ll end up with all the bug spray and tinny camping accessories you need.  I bet you’ve not checked the auto store.  Here are a few auto store must-haves for the last great camping trip of summer: 1.  A Cozy Chair—Laze about after a strenuous time pitching the family tent in the ARB Sport Camping Chair.  It even has a drink holder!  4 Wheel Drive offers 5% off any order so order a bevy of chairs for the whole tribe to camp with.  2.

by Anne Middleton

September 17th, 2015
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Teen Proof The Car

If you’re having ulcers at the ideation of enrolling your teen in Driver’s Ed, you’re not alone.  Many parents of novitiate drivers do, but keep things in perspective.  The chance of your teen having a fatal crash is only a 1 in 3,745 in any given year. Now, breathe.  Just as you baby-proofed the house when your dearie was born, you can also teen-proof the car.  Here’s how.  1. Keep Both Hands on the Wheel—13% of all 18-20 year olds admitted to having a collison while driving and wielding a cellphone.  Worse, 48% of adolescents have been a passenger in a vehicle where the driver, teen or adult, texted or called.

by Anne Middleton