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August 17th, 2015
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Balancing Act

Are you craving “work-life balance?”  This evasive term is even more difficult to achieve than it is to define the concept. If you are adept enough to discover true work-life balance, then you will bathe in a lifestyle that features flexibility.  Work-life balance offers employment that permits an individual to experience family and outside interests while still pursuing a career and financial stability. This state of nirvana continues to be a rare find in the American workplace.  Many employers persist in subscribing to the old-fashioned notion that “more hours at work equates to more production on the job.

by Anne Middleton

August 14th, 2015
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Your Own Happiest Place on Earth

Disneyland has long been considered the “happiest place on earth” and those of us who have been lucky enough to attend this mecca of childhood dreams understand this truth.  Filled with high calorie fare, cartoon characters that come to life, even if they cannot speak, and the thrill of rollercoasters, Disneyland is the epitome of joy. But there is more to this park of amusement than meets the eye.  Disneyland is an exceptionally well-run business that any organization could glean valuable information from.

by Anne Middleton

August 14th, 2015
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Last Minute Travel

If you’ve ever had to make a last-minute travel arrangement, you know how hectic it can be, especially when you forget your toothbrush and your phone charger.  Whether you’re a jet-setter or a homebody, it’s always good to prepare for those pesky times in life that you have to travel unexpectedly.  Two things I’ve learned from traveling is to expect the unexpected and have a packing list prepared.  You may have heard of Cortana, Window’s new virtual assistant.  Cortana supports contextual awareness for airline flight scenarios and actually detects when you get an email about your flight.

by Anne Middleton

August 13th, 2015
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National Thrift Shop Day

Cheapskates are not obnoxious or bad people.  In fact, being frugal is trendy. And these lovers of getting a great deal can now rejoice in their methods of saving on the every popular “National Thrift Shop Day.” This unique holiday is always celebrated on August 17th. If you haven't recently paid a visit to your local thrift shop, grab your loose change and small bills and revel in the joy of a discovering great deals simply by visiting a thrift store near you. You'll be amazed at the treasures you'll find hidden among the racks and shelves within. You may never shop full retail again! But you must also be a savvy shopper.

by Anne Middleton

August 13th, 2015
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Back to School Kicks from New Balance

Nothing says Back to School Season like a brand new pair of shoes. Remember the magic of early elementary when a shiny set of sneakers could make you run faster, jump higher, and even find more favor with your teacher? Or how about those painfully awkward middle school years when having THE perfect pair determined whether you could hang with the “cool kids” or would be cast off into the “loser” crowd and may have even been essential to your very survival! And we won’t relive the pain and horror of showing up on the first day of high school to see YOUR shoes on someone less stylish than your chic self...

by Abbey O'Bryan

August 12th, 2015
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An Interview With Culinary BroDown

If you’ve never stumbled across John Scherer’s food blog, Culinary Brodown, let me tell you, you’re in for a treat. He boasts shocking recipes (ramnut, anyone?) and couples them with his incredible sense of wit. Setting him aside from all the other blogs, he adopts a hilariously engaging “bro” façade, which rightfully secured him a spot as a finalist for Saveur Magazine’s, Best Writing Blog. We were able to chat with Josh to find out a little bit more about his blog and how he’s gotten here.

by Linda Lu

August 12th, 2015
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Keeping a Gratitude Journal

There’s sometimes a lot to get riled up about.  Or a funk that just lags and lags and lags can suck the life out of you.  It’s hard to filter out the noise and negativity at times, and that’s why many are turning to gratitude journals.  Gratitude journals can help relieve stress in an overwhelming world and your phone or tablet can be a conduit to a newfound sense of ease and wellbeing. A few tips for maximizing your gratitude journal odyssey:
1. Make a conscious decision to become happier and more grateful.   Don’t gloss over or just list.  Really engage with the ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘when’ and ‘why’ of your feelings.
2. Focus on people.

by Anne Middleton

August 11th, 2015
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Tomboy Tools Day

August 7th was National Tomboy Tools Day, a day dedicated to getting ladies to become mechanic mavens.  Ladies, learn how to fix a car and teach your daughters.  We’ve curated a variety of pink vehicle accoutrements to celebrate getting the dames under the hood.  Plus, we’ve got great savings too, using our codes.  You may be ready to get your hands dirty, but you don’t want callouses and scratches on your immaculate hands.  The Mechanix Wear Women's Original Glove in Pink Camo will safeguard your digits as you change the oil and replace the filters.  Advance Auto Parts offers 20% off your order, so outfit all your mademoiselle mechanics.

by Anne Middleton

August 10th, 2015
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Colors And Textures

Mixed media artists are enthralled by colors and textures.  Since junior high, I’ve always been jazzed by what was possible, taking everyday things and re-purposing them for art.  When I was a neophyte artist, I was mad about hue, so I took to exploring chromatics.  As I matured, I became more focused on texture.  I am a par excellent découper and even peddled a small line of decoupaged candles at one point as a side income.  I’m looking to reinvigorate my artistic life, so instead of jaunting to the art supply store, I’m looking to auto parts.  My art teacher used to say “Give me the weird.

by Anne Middleton

August 7th, 2015
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You and Your Email

Would it shock you to learn that people experience decreased stressed when they check their emails less often? Well now there is empirical data to support this common sense conclusion. To no one’s surprise, a new study identified that people felt less stressed when they checked emails only three times a day, instead of constantly glancing at their electronic devices.

In fact, the lower stress levels encountered from the frequent email obsession also predicted higher health ratings for folks of all types.

However, as you might guess, modifying email habits proved difficult for many involved in the study.

by Anne Middleton