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September 16th, 2015
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Explore New Jersey

Jersey Shore and Atlantic City aren’t the only things remarkable about New Jersey.  Besides a presidential candidate, Jersey boasts a vibrant cultural life and plenty of attractions from the zealous traveler.  You’ll need to have fantastic shoes to trek across storied New Jersey! New Jersey is a land of lighthouses.  Mid-October, take the New Jersey Lighthouse challenge and explore the lore of all eleven of Jersey’s public lighthouses.  The silent sentinels of the sea are some of the oldest in the nation and you’re going to need a valiant shoe to make the most of your excursion.

by Anne Middleton

September 16th, 2015
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Enchanted By Shoes And Savings

New Mexico is dubbed the Land of Enchantment and with the stunning vistas, vibrant native culture and historical lore, the enchantment is real.  The terrain of New Mexico is famous and you’ll need a variety of shoes to enjoy all of New Mexico’s pleasures.  We’ll show you the shoes for your New Mexican excursion and you’ll be enchanted by the savings.  Tantalized by turquoise?  An excursion to Zuni Pueblo is a must.  The Turquoise Village offers an array of turquoise jewelry and fetish carvings.  Silver, coral and lapis await sojourners too.

by Anne Middleton

September 15th, 2015
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Awards You Don't Want To Win

There’s some accolades you don’t want to win.  Most awards are intended to laud the recipient but there are a few awards that do just the opposite.  Let’s take a look at some of the most infamous awards you can be accorded.  Texas Monthly’s Bum Steer Award
Badly behaved and imbecilic Texans may find themselves on Texas Monthly’s Bum Steer list.  The Lone Star State pillories its uncouth politicians and citizenry in its annual Bum Steer edition.  Past recipients of this dubious recognition include Wendy Davis, Lance Armstrong and Rick Perry among a legion of others over the storied years.

by Anne Middleton

September 15th, 2015
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Stop Looking For A Nice, Normal Guy

A recent study shows that being a “non-conformist” is actually more attractive to the opposite gender.   The Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin is encouraging women to fly their freak flag a little a bit more and shed the stereotype of the submissive woman. Here’s a few freaktastic dating site, we bet you didn’t know existed: 1.  Mullet Passions:  The site for people who have and love people who have mullets.  Redneck rendezvous for romance are available on this site, which is part of a larger network of social-media oriented Passions sites like Voodoo Passions, Plumber Passions and Taxidermy Passions.

by Anne Middleton

September 11th, 2015
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Auto-Inspired Gift Ideas

You’ve been tasked to bring something to the PTA’s Silent Auction.  You fill with dread.  Marjorie is bringing a spa pedicure gift certificate.  Lois is bringing another one of her kitschy quilts.  The Grangers always have those weird lumber sculptures their creepy uncle makes.  You’re not crafty and you’re not rich either.  Assemble an auto-inspired gift basket.  Basket plus filler plus shrink wrap plus goodies plus a bow are the basics of the gift basket.  The question becomes what to fill it with.  Men often get left out when it comes to these silent auctions.

by Anne Middleton

September 11th, 2015
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National Payroll Month

If you’re a small business owner, you may be doing your own payroll.  Payroll is a chore and can eat up oodles of productive time.  If you’re till pouring over manila timecards and clocking in and out on clunky time clocks, it’s time to update your payroll methods for September, National Payroll Month.  You may wax nostalgic about those manila punch cards your family business has been using since you were a teen.  If your Uncle Ned’s hardware shop is completely analog, show him some nifty software.

by Anne Middleton

September 10th, 2015
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Shoes For Fall

You may not hear the crunch of autumn leaves underfoot just yet, but if you’ve been shopping over the Labor Day Weekend you’ve probably noticed a sure sign of the resurgence of fall:  black shoes.  The fashion maxim of not wearing white after Labor Day has greatly relaxed since our grandmas and moms ditched their girdles.  However, retailers online and offline are just now trotting out inky-hued shoes and we’ve found the best for your fall social calendar: 1. Peruse the Pumpkin Patch—Fall proffers pumpkin patches and corn mazes galore.  Pitter patter in the pumpkin patch in the flocculent, comfortable Chickaree boot by UGG.

by Anne Middleton

September 9th, 2015
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Natural State Shoes

The Natural State, Arkansas, is known for being the home of the Clintons, having superb diamonds and quartz crystal.  If you’re from Arkansas, or just visiting, get into the Arkansas state of mind by getting some shoes fit for your Ozark adventure.  Boston Proper’s Colorful Mystique Flat is perfect for any Little Rock Soiree or backyard barbecue.  Reminiscent of the state’s famed Uncle Sam diamond, your shoes will gleam like diamonds you’d find at Crater of Diamonds State Park--the only place on the North American continent where you can dig for diamonds for a small fee and keep what you find.

by Anne Middleton

September 8th, 2015
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21st Century Breastfeeding

Lactation is not something women normally think about unless they have to lactate.  It’s not featured in glossy magazines like Cosmo very often and it’s a sometimes headline when a women decides to breastfeed in a public place. Teaching a baby to suckle is as old as humanity itself—that’s why humans are considered mammals!  Now, breastfeeding has gotten a high tech revamp with mobile phones and devices. Breastfeeding looks simple enough but many women struggle.  There’s also a myriad of considerations to factor in, such as timing of feedings and making sure new moms have the nutritional intake needed to sustain nursing.

by Anne Middleton

September 4th, 2015
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To Know About Idaho

Idaho may be one of the most under-rated states in the Union.  The potato has taken over the identity of this entire state.  It’s time to liberate Idaho from the tyranny of the potato.  Let’s unpack things you may not know about Idaho.  There must have been an incident that involved fishing gone awry because both the state itself and the city of Boise have very peculiar laws on the books about fishing.  In Boise, residents may not fish from a giraffe’s back.  In the entire state of Idaho, you may not fish on a camel’s back.  There’s 56,000 acres of fishing and boating at the American Fall’s Reservoir.

by Anne Middleton