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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...Read Now »
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.Read Now »
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.
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.Read Now »
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.Read Now »
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.
Did you catch the news? In Southern California, a 13-year old basketball phenom has already given his commitment to a local university where he will not even be eligible to attend for over five years. LaMelo Ball has, like his two older brothers also considered basketball whizzes, has verbally committed to the University of California, Los Angeles. For the appropriately named “Ball” family, the sport of hoops is a household passion. The brothers dribble together on a summer team that's coached by their parents, LaVar and Tina Ball. All three lads are expected to start for their hometown Chino Hills High this season.Read Now »
Patrice Banks, founder of Girls Auto Clinic, is a one-woman crusade who captured our attention as a leader in the automotive industry. Having recently started this movement toward a more gender-neutral automotive industry in 2013, Girls Auto Clinic has begun to garner some national attention and a lot of support in a short amount of time. After giving a wildly successful Ted Talk, Patrice was able to find a handful of team members who shared her passion for everything auto and who wanted to join her on her journey to make women well-versed on this topic.Read Now »
Happy U.S. Coast Guard Day! Founded by Alexander Hamilton as the “Revenue Marine” in 1790, the Coast Guard is the oldest continuously going sea service in the United States, whose original purpose was as the collector of customs duties in the nation's seaports. The modern Coast Guard was formed by a merger of the Revenue Cutter Service and the U.S. Life-Saving Service in 1915, under the U.S. Department of the Treasury. As one of the country's five armed services, the Coast Guard has approximately 42,000 men and women on active duty, 7,900 reservists, 32,000 auxiliarists, and 8,700 full-time civilian employees. In terms of size, the U.S.Read Now »
If you’ve ever journeyed to the grocery store with celerity to buy celeriac or fiddled with fiddleheads in a side dish, you’re a true foodie or training to be on the next season of Chopped. If you’re perusing the produce aisles and sighing when you see the all-too-familiar broccoli, then we have some oddball veggies we’d like to introduce you to: Romanesco—Teach your kids math and Fibonacci sequences with this exotic varietal of cauliflower. Great in stir fry, the spirals on the head of romanesco follow the Fibonacci pattern. Kai-Lan—AKA Chinese Broccoli, it can be a substitute for any recipe you’d normally include broccoli.Read Now »