January 19th, 1980: Jenson Button born

 Jenson Button – early years Formula One driver Jenson Button might seem to have everything today but his early life was very different. Jenson makes no bones about it- he owes his success to his father, John. At first glance, you might be forgiven for thinking that the photograph on the left is Jenson – but no, it’s his dad taken in 1978. John too was a racing driver. When his son showed interest, it was John who...

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Sheila van Damm

Racy Ladies: Sheila van Damm. Sheila van Damm’s career was interesting to say the least. She was known in the nineteen fifties as Britain’s top woman rally driver and by the nineteen sixties she was running ‘naughty’ reviews on the London stage. Yet she arrived at both careers accidentally. You will most probably have heard of the famous Windmill Theatre in London. It shot to fame in the wartime years as it was...

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How Much Do You Know About Birds?

How Much Do You Know About Birds? Many of us are fascinated by birds. It’s no wonder when we see wonderful photos in bright colors showing so many varieties of birds. Did you know there are about 10,000 different species? Close to seventy percent of those are found in the rain forests. In the United States, households have 40 million birds as pets these days. I bet you already know the ostrich is the largest bird, but did you know one...

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Get Your Computer Ready for the New Year Too!

Get Your Computer Ready for the New Year Too! Organizing your computer should be as important as organizing your paper records each year. We all will take the time within the next few months to get our paperwork ready for taxes. We go through receipts—or search for them, we collect the W-2’s and 1099’s. We get set up from the beginning for the coming year of record keeping too. We pull out the bills and information from last year and...

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Roberto Clemente

Who was Roberto Clemente? In my eyes he was the greatest right fielder ever to play the game of baseball. Some people may disagree with me, but of course I might be a little biased because I’m a Pittsburgh Pirate fan. I had the good fortune of watching this man play the game. When I was a youngster my dad and I would go to Forbes field and sit in right field just to watch him play. Well that’s what I thought – maybe we sat in...

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Planning For Getting Your Needs Met In 2017

How To Create New Years Resolutions. Getting Your Needs Met  In 2017. I love spontaneity and having fun don’t you? However, planning is an essential part of achieving success in business and in our personal life. Learning how to create and set goals, prioritizing,and planning for success is important. If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll probably end up somewhere else. You might arrive at a place you had not intended to get...

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Choose Life – A George Michael Diary

As we say a fond goodbye to George Michael, Andy Royston remembers the hairspray days. Enjoy What You Do. “Do you, enjoy what you do? If not, just stop – don’t stay there and rot…” It had been a mad year. I’d spent most of it living in a South Manchester bedsit, wasting time on a year out of college. Way too many nights had been spend on dank dance floors and working (badly) on my day job running...

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Want Your Own Personal Drone?

Now you can own one with this DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter.   Even though we knew it was coming, I thought it might be a little farther down the line before drones became this accessible, but DJI has made it a reasonably priced reality.  It comes fully ready to fly.  It’s easy to learn with a few test flights. What would you do with it?  Where would you take it?  If you like cutting edge technology, a drone is...

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Sportswear: Gifts for the Fisherman

Sure you could toss in a line and sit by your favorite lake or stream and relax, and there is nothing wrong with that. I kind of like to do that myself sometimes. Do you have someone in your life who is a real active fisherman? Someone who just can’t wait to get out there and fish, whether it is fresh water fishing or salt water fishing or both, every fisherman man or woman wants to be comfortable in their favorite sports wear. I have...

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Wonderful Star Wars Christmas Decorations

The new film, ‘The Force Awakens’ means that everything to do with Star Wars is chic and totally in! Did you know that you can buy amazing Star Wars Christmas decorations? From baubles for the Christmas tree and really funky R2D2 lights, to free standing giant figures of your favorite Star Wars characters ready to decorate your garden. This is a great time to resurrect the Star Wars mania with the new saga on the horizon, so why not...

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Gifts for Cooks

Looking for a great and unusual gift for someone who loves to cook and bake? Not on the High Street offers a wonderful range of fabulous and stylish gifts that are perfect for the cook – amateur or professional. What’s more many of them can be personalised. This makes them so very ideal as a gift because  your recipient will know that you really care and took the time and trouble to choose the perfect gift. A great example...

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Thinking of Others This Christmas

Thinking of Others This Christmas Every year it seems we all rush around shopping, decorating, baking, in the full swing of the Christmas Season. Do you stop to think how many are unable to do the same this year? If I’m honest, it’s too easy to look past the faces of those in need. Thankfully there is still time for me to have an attitude adjustment. Christmas is all about giving. It is my goal to share that fact with those who...

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Gift Ideas: Gadgets You Will Love

The Must Have Gadgets This Year Gifts are a delight no matter what the size! The gift ideas here are handy for any occasion. Put them in a gift basket, use them as a hostess gift, or just think of Christmas.  The colorful wrap, the beautiful bows, lights twinkling on the tree above them, it makes me smile just thinking of it. Most of these gift ideas will fit in one Christmas stocking. At our house Christmas stockings are always saved...

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Who Was Helle Nice?

The strange story of Helle Nice. Helle Nice: The forgotten story. By 1984 Helle Nice was an old lady. She lived in a rather squalid room in Paris. She knew that she hadn’t got long to live. She’d been born in at the same time as the century. She had her memories and not much more. She kept her mementoes in an old tin trunk under her shabby bed. Nowadays, she survived thanks to charity. But it didn’t seem too long ago...

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Christmas Plants and how to care for them

Christmas Plants and how to care for them. Christmas is a wonderful time of year and I’m sure that as your company comes to visit, they may also bring you a gift of flowers or plants. Plants make a beautiful hostess gift and they are certainly a seasonal gift. But once you have it, what do you do next? Well let me help you just a wee bit. First off, you want to take it out of any wrappings of cellophane, get a nice dish to put under...

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The Incredible Luci Solar Powered Lights

We love Luci! The inflatable, waterproof solar lighting system. The internet is a-buzz – the Luci solar lights are getting great reviews everywhere. Increasingly we are all appreciating the value of using nature’s resources such as the sun to harness energy and that’s exactly what the Luci does. You can see more details in the video below but suffice it to say that these incredible naturally-powered lights are...

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Gourmet Gifts: Cooking Classes

The perfect foodie gift: Fun culinary classes. Something I think many of us have in common is that we’d love to improve our cooking skills, knowledge and techniques. How wonderful  it would be to be able to serve new and exciting dishes to our families and guests. The classes provided by Sur la Table are run by expert chefs and take place in many locations. There are lots of themes too.  Choose from seasonal courses, baking, the...

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Lionel Trains: Gift of Tradition

This is a long time tradition in our family, now three generations deep and still going. Every year my brothers and I would watch as my dad set the Christmas tree in the tree stand. As he was stringing the lights around the tree, we would run up to the attic and dust off the Lionel Train box. Lionel is surely a trusted name when it comes to trains. Our train is a 1952 Berkshire all mental engine with a smoker, and a whistle. After the...

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Graham Hill

Graham Hill On December 5th, 1975, racing driver Graham Hill was due to appear at a ceremony at which the British Racing Drivers Club was going to honor his achievements as a racing driver. Hill had won the  Grand Prix Championship, the Indy 500 and the Le Mans 24 Hours race during his racing career. But instead, over two thousand of his friends and colleagues attended his funeral. He had retired from racing just five months...

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Formula One: Fathers and Sons

Formula One Trivia. As far as I’m aware, and at time of writing, there have been fifteen Formula One drivers whose sons have driven in Grand Prix races. If you know of more, please let me know in the comment section below. (And see below for the list – before you look though, can you name them all?) Personally, I would love to live long enough to see the daughter of a Grand Prix racer (preferably of a female driver) lining...

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Solving the Mysteries of Choosing a Kindle

Solving the Mysteries of Choosing a Kindle If you’re new to the world of ebooks and ereaders but tempted by the idea of buying a Kindle reader, you might find yourself asking, “Which Kindle should I buy?” or even “Should I buy a Kindle?” or “What’s the difference between a Kindle reader and a Fire tablet anyway? Help!” It’s no wonder you might be confused. When Amazon’s...

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Book Lover’s Reading Journal

A Great Way to Record and Remember What You’ve Read What an excellent idea this is–a book journal for reader!. I just ran across this while looking for something totally different. That’s my favorite kind of shopping. Off the top of my head I can think of six people to get this for as a gift. And it would be a great gift for any occasion. It’s something I wish I had ten or twenty years ago. Thirty years would...

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Gift Ideas for Dinosaur Lovers

What is it about dinosaurs that transcends generations even though they are extinct.  There is nothing especially cute or cuddly about them (I admit to exceptions).  They usually seem to have a lizard like skin.  We so often see them fighting another also extinct species. Perhaps that is the draw right there, or maybe it is that they existed so far in the past. Whatever the reason, kids and many adults love them.  If anything, they...

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Gifts for Music Lovers: The Bose Mini Bluetooth Speaker

Superior Sound in a Mini Speaker from Bose Talk about getting a wonderful sound from a super small speaker, and you will most likely be talking about the Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker. It’s ideal, and it’s tiny. The name Bose is associated with quality sound, and this one performs as such. As you can see in the picture, it’s very attractive as well, with a matte finish on solid aluminum. It feels very sturdy...

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Gift Ideas to Help Those in Need

A Helping Hand for those in need Would you like to do a little something to help the homeless or those in need? Drive around any city these days and you can’t help but notice how many people there are in need of help. Read the paper or watch the news and you grow more aware that plenty of them are families who for one reason or another are homeless or barely getting by. I don’t know about you, but sometimes the numbers...

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Gifts for the Traveler

Easier Travel is The Goal Today’s traveler is looking for ways to make trips go as smoothly as possible.  It isn’t as easy as it once was, especially with the airlines. We’ve seen dramatical changes over the past decade.  Not only with added security, but also with limits on luggage weight and closer quarters aboard many flights. Yet if the traveler doesn’t go that often, he/she might consider it frivolous to...

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The Selfie Stick

Really? Yes.  Selfies have become overwhelmingly popular today, and when you have a new trend, there will be clever people who come up with ideas to make the trend better or easier. This handy little tool, a selfie extender does the job.  On a recent trip to Bouchard Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia, there were so many people using extenders it grew funny.  I should have taken photos of them instead of the beautiful flowers.  It...

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Molkky: A Great Outdoor Game

Molkky: Europe’s most popular outdoor game. Coming from Finland, Molkky is a game that is fun, can be played anywhere and is planet-friendly. It can be enjoyed by all ages, all skill levels and, unlike other games, can be played by small or large groups of people. What’s more, it’s stylish, safe and sustainable – oh, and great fun to play. The fabulous Molkky The game is a cross between skittles and the...

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Decor: A Sunrise Palette

How to pick accessories and décor colours. Did you know that interior designers use a simple trick when they are coordinating décor in the rooms they design? Often, their cues come from artwork. For example, let’s take the gorgeous sunrise artwork below. Designers take a prominent item that will be displayed in the room. This is often a painting, a spectacular photograph or sometimes even a textile such as a tapestry or an...

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Clutter Control: The Home Lost Property Station

Keep your home tidy – easily and quickly. When your surroundings give you joy and pleasure, life is so much better. This is especially the case in your own domain – your home. And looking round and seeing a neat and tidy environment isn’t just good for your soul – it’s been proved that clutter can damage your well-being. But it’s easier said than done, isn’t it? In fact, it can be so easy and...

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Mom’s Outside Pumpkin Decor

Decorating with pumpkins is my favorite when autumn arrives – from inside to outside. I love all the big toothy grins they greet you with. I love the lighted ones the best. There so bright and cheerful. I have a bunch of lighted pumpkins inside as well a special big one outside. It’s fun to sit in the dark with all of them smiling at you; it even makes it a little bit spooky. Traditional Memories My Mom had this big...

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Halloween Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival Activities. Harvest Festivals are lots of fun to attend during the Autumn season. It’s a family fun activity! The Pleasant Valley Tree Farm it located in near Menomonie, Wisconsin. It is a place that decorates for Halloween and Christmas each year; I’ve been to both but featured in this article is the Halloween Festival. Spooky Ridge Trail This is where you can take a fun spooky trail walk where you see...

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Halloween Safety

Halloween is nearly here and kids big and small are all trying to figure out just what they are going to “dress up” as, or what character they will be for October’s Fright Night. The possibilities are endless, and I’m sure that the young ones will change their minds at least a dozen times or more. What shouldn’t change though, is the need for safety, while our kids are out there having their ghoulishly good times. Safety doesn’t have...

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Halloween Trivia

Fun Tidbits About Halloween. Halloween is one of the oldest celebrations. For everyone it means something different whether it is something superstitious, trick or treating or having a fun dress-up party. Its always fun to learn some fun facts about Halloween. You’ll learn fun trivia facts about the tootsie roll, black cats, creepy spiders, who really believes in “The Great Pumpkin” and even when the first Halloween...

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Cheryl’s Ghostly Flower Pot Decor

BOO! Ghost Flower Pot. There’s a ghost spooking around in my fall flower pot. It might just say BOO to frighten you. Who you gonna call to help catch this spooky ghost? I know…..Ghostbusters! I found this ghost stake decoration in this photo at my Connections Goodwill Store where I live. It was right up my alley for making a Halloween flower decoration. Its always fun to go shopping at your local Goodwill cause you find...

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American Horror Story: Coven

American Coven Story – Season 3 is for you if you’re looking for a Halloween present, or something to do on Halloween that is way over the top. It’s great if you’re in the mood to be totally spooked out too. I am not one for horror I am so easily terrified! It doesn’t take much to send me running for the bed covers. Images live with me forever. So I didn’t actually watch it – I heard it – and I was...

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How to make Halloween Tombstone Decorations

Soon there will be a chill in the air; the leaves on the trees will be beautiful colors for breathtaking sights in many parts of the country. Then leaves begin to fall from the trees and you know what that means. BOOO!!!! Halloween will be here, Halloween is a great time of the year for children and adults. Oh what fun to dress up in your favorite costume, go off to parties, community events, school parties, and run around the...

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Biology for Kids: SmartLab Toys Squishy Human Body

When my son opened this Smartlab Toys Squishy human body on Christmas morning he was so delighted that he laughed out loud! A human biology book with a gooey body to dissect! Just perfect for a 8 year old – it really can’t get better than that! This book/toy was an instant success. It’s great because he learned the names and relative size, shape and function of the major organs of the human body, and where they sit in the...

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My Hippie Costume

This is how I became a Hippie. Halloween will soon be upon us. If you’re going to have a party, or you’re invited to a party you have to be thinking about the costume you’re going to wear. Who do you want to be this Halloween? Oh what a task to stress over. What on earth I’m I going to dress up as for this party? When my son and his wife invited us to their first ever Halloween party, they told us that we had...

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Getting into The Halloween Spirit

Halloween decor Have you started decorating for Halloween?  It isn’t too late to add some unique, adorable, or scary decorations to brighten up your house for the occasion.  Decorations that you will have year after year to bring out for parties or family fun. It is getting closer…All Hallows’ Eve is drawing near.   Whether you are planning a party or simply decorating for fun and scares, you will find some unique and...

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Dressing Your Dog for Halloween

Halloween dog costumes that benefit Breast Cancer Research. Does your dog enjoy being dressed up? If so, there are some wonderful articles for you to choose from to make sure that he or she enters into the ‘spirit’ of things for your Halloween parties or festivities. You can choose from the more subtle gesture – such as the cute Halloween-themed bandana you see here – to full and fancy costumes. But the great...

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Halloween: Costumes for Kids

Halloween is such a fun time for adults and children alike. This is the time of year when you get to dress up like somebody you’re not, or somebody you want to be. For adults it’s dress up time for the great parties. For the kids its parties, and then the day they have been waiting for Trick or Treating, Oh the fun we all have! As a grandparent this is really an exciting time of year for me, with the Halloween parties my...

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Procrastinators Unite: A Series About How to Overcome Procrastination and Performance Anxiety

Procrastinators Unite: A Series About How to Overcome Procrastination and Performance Anxiety. By Stacey J Nelson Ph.D. Why People Procrastinate and Experience Performance Anxiety People habitually postpone tasks or procrastinate for a variety of reasons. Some of the reasons might be; “the fear of failure” or “the fear of success” or in other words, “the fear and responsibility of being successful”. A chronic procrastinator might be...

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Walking Dead T Shirts and Halloween!

It’s almost time to dress up and scare the living daylights out of your unsuspecting neighbours. Let’s start off with some Walking Dead quotes to get you in the mood: ‘Don’t look back, Carl’ – Rick ‘You can’t think forever. Sooner or later, you gotta make a move’ – The Governor ‘You walk outside, you risk your life. You take a drink of water, you risk your life. Nowadays you...

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Tricks & Treats, The Ultimate Halloween Book

Do-it-Yourself Halloween Ideas Halloween crafts are so much fun to make, even more so when you can do them with your children. Its a wonderful way to play together, a craft your child can enjoy making plus feel pleased with the accomplishment when it’s finished. That’s why I love this book, Tricks & Treats – the ultimate Halloween book, by Deborah Harding, published by Reader’s Digest. Personally I enjoy...

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Britain’s Got Opera!

Britain and opera. In 1990. I still lived in the UK and a friend from America was visiting. I remember him being amazed because the most popular song at the time – it was in the charts, played on the radio and was a favourite on pub jukeboxes – was Nessun Dorma performed by Luciano Pavarotti. ‘Only in England’ he would say ‘could the most popular song be an aria from a Puccini opera’. But was this a...

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Who Was Eugenio Castellotti?

Racing driver Eugenio Castellotti. Eugenio started racing in 1952, an era in which racing drivers didn’t have a long life expectancy. Indeed it was only three years later that his friend, driving legend Alberto Ascari was killed in an accident on track – in Eugenio’s car and wearing Eugenio’s helmet. Although the lack of safety in motorsport in those days seems horrifying to us now, the drivers and teams were...

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Cotton Rules for Today’s Baby – Aden + Anais

Swaddles and Blankets You’ll Love For several years now, more and more parents are insisting on cotton. Why? Not only because the natural fabric is safer on their baby’s soft, sensitive skin, but also because cotton is a sustainable product. You find many moms and dads laundering cloth diapers, seeking clothes that are cotton, and purchasing bedding that will breathe. It’s a fairly easy way to be environmentally friendly. With...

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Fire Chief Costume, For Halloween or Anytime

What Child Doesn’t Want to be a Fireman? Little boys and girls can be real-life heroes with this Fire Chief costume. Ever since I saw my friend’s grandson dressed as one, with his hat and boots, while carrying his blankie, it’s been top on my list for dress up days. Kids look up to firemen. Many want to be one when they grow up. They admire not only the uniform they wear, but all the gear they use too–including the...

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Halloween – Decorating Outside

I like decorating inside and outside for Halloween, especially with our grandchildren I take great pleasure in watching their smiling faces as we decorate, as you can see in the this picture how excited they get as the season approaches. Or do I really do all this decorating for myself; because I think I enjoy it as much as they do in anticipation for the big night. While you’re out there cleaning up the yard this spring or...

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Children’s Costumes that Encourage

Heroes. Children love to dress up.  Give them a super hero costume, a princess, or a pair of scrubs with a stethoscope and they can play for hours and weeks.  It is a fun use of their time and excellent for sparking their imagination. Now with Halloween nearing, parents and kids alike are looking for fun ideas for costumes. It’s a fun escape for children, and many adults as well.  These days with the stress in our lives, it seems...

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FitKicks Shoes: Next Best Thing to Barefoot

Fitkicks Footwear: For girls on the go. I have to let you know about my latest discovery. I always prefer not to wear shoes whenever possible, but it’s not always practical. These fabulous FitKicks shoes are the next best thing – they protect your feet, are non-slip and waterproof and are so comfy. They look stylish too and are available in several colours. The comfort quotient is incredible, they are so easy to clean and...

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Best Halloween Parties Ever

Best Halloween Parties Ever. Fall is upon us. The air turns cooler and the leaves will be beautiful vibrant colors. The views will be breathtaking as always. This all means one thing, Halloween is around the corner. This is a fun time of year for kids and adults alike. I found that as I got older some of the excitement of this wonderful holiday has worn off. My son Sammy and his wife Tricia bring back all of the excitement that...

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Need Halloween Ideas? Here’s a Book with 101

Craft Ideas for Any Age   Get a head start on Halloween with this terrific book. Published by Better Homes and Gardens in 2000, Halloween: 101 Frightfully Fun Ideas offers 168 pages of fun and unique ideas. The cover alone attracted my interest. It show a pumpkin decorated with curled soldering wire. I find decorating pumpkins more fun than carving them, though that is mostly because of a lack of carving skill. I am amazed at...

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Halloween Ties

Halloween: Elegant yet spooky ties. Not everyone like to get dressed up in ridiculous garb when Halloween comes around. But nevertheless, you can still show that you’re celebrating the day in a more subtle and stylish way with these speciality ties. Or maybe you’ve got to work on Halloween and your position doesn’t exactly allow you to dress like a gorilla or a pirate?  You can still show that you’re in the...

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Procrastinators Unite

A series of articles about Overcoming Procrastination and Performance Anxiety. By Stacey J Nelson Ph.D. New monthly meetings and Motivational Training in Delray Beach, and Boca Raton starting soon! See if you qualify to attend if you believe in the “Procrastinators Code Of Ethics”. People habitually postpone tasks for various reasons, including the “Fear of Failure” rejection, or the unconscious “Fear and...

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The Carnivore Club, A Review

  For Your Next Charcuterie Board When we first heard of the Carnivore Club, we had to know more about it.   Sure, carnivore is related to meat, but a club?  It didn’t take us long until we had to sample!  We found a high quality product, finely crafted, artisan meats, very unique and flavorful. For fine dining, a cocktail party, wine tasting—any time really—you will want to add this to your shopping list, your planning list and to...

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Gifts for Pizza Lovers

Gourmet pizza gift ideas. If you are looking for gifts for the gourmet pizza cook or pizza eater, then I have found a perfect selection of goods that they will absolutely adore. For the pizza connoisseur  there are some wonderful,practical – and tasty – ideas that will make cooking and eating pizza even more of a delight. Prices start at under ten dollars but there are also some deluxe items such as the specialist mini...

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Gifts For Kids: The Slinky

The Slinky – Over 70 Years Old ! Did you have a Slinky when you were growing up?  Do you still have a Slinky?  The cool little toy is fun for children and adults.  It’s hard to part with something so fun. Since August 30th is Slinky Day, it seemed appropriate to go back and remember… The slinky is a toy that has graced families since the 1940’s.  While it does have new varieties in colors, plastic, and even sizes, the...

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Dogs I Have Known and Loved

  Dogs I Have Known and Loved Author’s note:This story was originally written in 2012. Since that time I have lost my dear little pug, Sarah, which is the first story you will read. She was 15 when she died, she was blind, diabetic, and barely able to get around due to aches and pains. I guided her to bed at night, and I stayed close to her during the day, so she would not panic. The time came, however, when the...

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Didier Peroni and Gilles Villeneuve

Team orders in Formula One. At time of writing (July 2016) there’s a lot of mayhem going on about imposing team orders at the Mercedes Formula One HQ.  Now team orders are a subject of a very long article, or even a book, but today I want to talk about motorsport history — and the team orders at the Grand Prix of Imola in 1982. In that year, Didier Pironi of France and Canadian Gilles Villeneuve were team-mates driving for...

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What does ‘dord’ mean?

What does ‘dord’ mean? Well, it was in the dictionary but nevertheless, ‘dord’ means nothing. I don’t mean by this that it means ‘nil’ or that it means ‘zero’ – it simply isn’t a word. No such word exists. So why was it in Webster’s Dictionary for five years? And what’s more, how did a non-existent word get in there in the first place? It must be  pretty...

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School Supplies for Our Children

School Supplies for Our Children. As parents and grandparents we all want out children and grandchildren to have the best when it comes to their education. So whether their starting off in a new school year, or the current school year is almost over, we still want them to have what they need in the way of the best school supplies. Our grandson Bobby is in 3rd grade this year. Wow! Time sure does go by fast, as I still remember what he...

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Top Gifts for the Left Handed

Top Gifts for the Left Handed Left Handed Somethings for your Lefties Nope. I’m not kidding. If you think I might be, you are probably right handed. As a card carrying left hander, there have been dozens of times when it has put me in a fix. If you know a Lefty, please consider this. With ten percent of the population left handed, most everyone knows someone who is left handed. But have you ever thought about the inconveniences...

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Gifts for Lion Lovers

Gifts for Lion Lovers.   Born Under The Sign of the Lion, LEO   I have a friend, Jan, born under the sign of Leo on the Zodiac August 15th, who loves lion themed things. Recently she was really upset with the news reports of Cecil the Lion’s death. I wanted to cheer her up so I decided to see what I could find in the way of lion themed gifts and thought I would share them with you. If you have a friend like Jan, these...

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Formula One: Brothers

Formula One Trivia. How many pairs of brothers have raced in Formula One? Have you read the JAQUO article about fathers and sons who have taken part in F1? Did that make you wonder about brothers who have done the same? At time of writing, there have been six sets of brothers — well, seven, sort of — well, seven and a half, kind of….. But before we get into the details, see how many you can name before scrolling...

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Lighthouse Bath Decor

Lighthouse Bath Decor Why Use A Lighthouse Theme? Lighthouse bath decor feels fresh and clean. If you’re thinking of redecorating your bathroom, and would like something cool, crisp and fresh, why not try a lighthouse theme? Decorating with lighthouse accessories is easy to do, and it feels like a whole new room with just a few additions. You can replace rugs, wall borders, mirrors, cabinet knobs, toilet seats, towels, and so...

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How to Fix Leaking Plastic Gutters

Here in Western New York winter can be brutal. I get a lot of ice buildup on the edge of the roof in the winter. Over time this can cause problems with your gutters. When you have a leaking gutter it is usually leaking at the seam, this is where two lengths of the gutter are joined together. I had this problem with my plastic gutters. The leak was at a seam right over the front door. To be honest with you we don’t even use the front...

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Huntington Gas Grill – Made in the USA

For most of us here in Western New York grilling season has ended. There are some people here that will keep grilling through the winter months, I’m not one them. You may live in an area where grilling season is all year long, and that is fantastic. So for us, every year when spring finally does arrive we get busy cleaning up the yard, and the deck in preparation for a new summer season. This is the time of year we break out the grill...

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The History of Root Beer

Root Beer’s Beginning. One of the first things you notice when you start researching the early history of some of our favorite products is how much innovation was developed because of the product. As interesting as the root beer itself, you’ll find several firsts here in this article, some that became huge trends in our society. Even Shakespeare enjoyed a small beer on occasion, one with alcohol added. Was his flavor root...

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A Tribute to my Father In Law

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How to Restore Wooden Lawn Furniture

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Today is officially “Card Playing Day” and it’s a good thing too. I am worn out from all the visiting, eating, drinking, laughing and just all around merriment of the Christmas season, to need a “day off”. One where I can play cards without feeling guilty or to have that itch to be doing something worthwhile. If you are anything like me, Card Playing Day is just coming around at the right time. It’s a time to sit back, relax, grab...

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Christmas Decorations: Gifts and Memories

Great Gifts for Yourself or Others Every year before a few months before Christmas, the search begins for a new and special Christmas decoration.  It’s been a tradition since I started decorating my own home for the holidays. When my daughter was born, handmade crafts, from stockings to advent Santas became my favorites.  As she got older, treasures she made in school were added to the collection. It is still a special way to...

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Rolo: The Roll-Up Travel Bag

Travel light with the fabulous Rolo. This must surely be the best travelling bag if you like to travel light. Even when I’m going on long trip, I prefer to avoid checking luggage if I can – I’d rather rely on carry-on bags and avoid all the palaver they can cause.The Rolo is the perfect solution. I can easily pack everything I need for a trip of five or so days – longer if the trip is a warm-weather one and...

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Christmas Without Mama

Christmas of 1944 is a memory that often comes back to me, especially around the holidays. My mother, like many women of that time, worked in a defense factory in another city and state. I was five years old and my sister was my caretaker most of the time, except in the rare times on weekends and holidays, when Mama came home. As Christmas approached, we expected her home for the holidays, but the weather turned bad and snow and ice...

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Gifts for Animal Lovers:  Hummingbirds

The hummingbird is said to symbolize timeless joy.  Looking at one, it is easy to understand why.  It is hard not to be enchanted by the tiny, fascinating hummingbird.  With over 300 varieties, their exquisite coloring and their humming wings are always attentions getters.  Many appear to glitter as they flit about from flower to flower. They are among the quickest.  They are definitely the smallest, with some weighing as little as a...

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Gifts for Beer and Wine Lovers

‘Do-It-Yourself’ Adult Beverages The trend today—hopefully more than a trend—is away from many of the big brands and towards smaller, artisan businesses that make unique designs and custom products. That doesn’t apply just to jewelry or clothing.  It also applies to beverages, including the delightful alcoholic variety.  Sure you can still get a big name beer on tap, but nearly everywhere you go artisan beer is available...

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Gifts for Coffee Lovers

Gifts for Coffee Lovers. Are looking for some great ideas for that someone in your life that just can’t live without their coffee? I’m talking about that someone who loves to sit and chat with friends and family over a nice cup of their favorite coffee. Someone who likes to sit back, relax and read their latest book, or watch their favorite television show with a nice cup of steaming hot coffee.   Everybody knows someone just...

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Succulents: Free Plants

Succulents: Free houseplants that even I can’t kill. About three years ago, I planted a tiny succulent plant in a pot outside my back door. Since that time, it has multiplied like crazy. When I recently undertook my zero-cost bathroom makeover, I decided that the room needed plants, preferably on the south-facing window ledge. But this was a no-cost renovation so there was no budget available to buy plants and anyway, I’m...

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Monopoly: The De Luxe Edition

Play Monopoly in style. There’s no doubt that Monopoly is a great game. It’s been around for so many years and it’s lots of fun for all ages. But no-one could ever claim that it’s a stylish game. Most of us care deeply about the looks of the products we use in our homes and that’s why we usually keep the Monopoly box hidden away in a closet until it’s time to play. Until now, that is. Just take a...

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Gifts for Animal Lovers: Dragonflies

It is said that dragonflies bring success, victory, happiness, strength, courage, and adaptability. They have two set of wings but can fly with one if need be. They zip and zoom around flowers, ponds and ever around the world. They are fast. They are known for their ability to hover in one spot for a very long time as well there darting from place to place. They are amazing insects. They have a wonderful ability to adapt to their...

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Bathroom Makeover at Zero Cost

My ‘new’ bathroom with no budget. I have to admit that my bathroom was a complete embarrassment. It’s extremely tiny and dates from 1949. In the intervening years, someone had added a rather horrible, cheap wood vanity (which I had NO money to replace) and a completely out-of-period acrylic sink (ditto). Other than that, it has original fittings  — so therefore they are somewhat old, to say the least....

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Laugh and Learn Puppy from Fisher Price

Dance, Sing, and Learn with This Adorable Pup  I recently bought one of these adorable puppies for a baby gift. When I first saw it I thought he was the cutest little fellow. It comes in a few different colors, and responds when a paw is pressed. What surprised me was the singing and talking that comes from the little dog. This guy doesn’t just say things like “I love you,” but goes on to sing the ABC’s,...

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Gifts for Cat Lovers: Cat Design Pillows and Throws

Gifts for Cat Lovers: Cat Design Pillows and Throws. All cat lovers will appreciate these warm, cosy throws and pillows because their designs are truly beautiful. These are quality throws and pillows at very reasonable prices. They are made of luxurious materials designed for utter comfort. Throws: 1. Kitty Korner: The Manual Tapestry with Fringe This is a woven tapestry throw 47 x 60 inches. It is made in the USA. It has 8 panels...

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Castaway Cay: The Murky History

Disney’s Castaway Cay – previously the mysterious Gorda Cay. The very thought of going on a Disney Cruise makes me shudder yet thousands of people enjoy them every day. Their four  ships call regularly at Castaway Cay – Disney’s private island and the company’s idea of paradise. There, cruisers can enjoy the amenities you would expect from the company that specialises in man-made ‘magic’ and...

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Bug Jewellery

Bug Jewellery has been fashionable for many years. Everything from bees to dragonflies, cicadas, grasshoppers and bugs of every kind. I personally love butterflies, lady bugs and bees. Bug Jewellery is not for everyone, but I happen to really like it. Red bug bejewelled jewelry box In ancient times, Bug Jewellery was worn not just by women but by the men also. In Egypt, the Scarab Beetle was worn by the army as a talisman of...

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Small Spaces: Surviving a Small Refrigerator

How to live with a tiny fridge. When I first came to live in the States, I was completely astonished by the size of the refrigerators. When I was in the UK (admittedly a lot of years ago) people had fridges that were a fraction of the size. And we managed very well. For my first years in the States I rented homes. Invariably there was a monolith refrigerator and I became very accustomed to them. But then when I bought my tiny...

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Fun, Retro Coca Cola Decor

Retro Coca Cola Accessories for the Home. The Coca Cola brand is surely one of the best known in the world and is certainly recognisable just about anywhere. Particularly popular right now are the funky retro Coke décor items and household goods dating from the fifties, sixties and seventies – the good old rock ‘n’ roll years. They’re such fun and can make an interesting conversation piece in your home in...

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Remember the Electric Knife? It’s Still So Handy!

Fast and Efficient for Slicing Bread and Meat Make carving a whole lot easier Essential for holidays or party times is our electric knife. I am still surprised how effective the Cuisinart CEK is–what an improvement over my old one! I love to roast turkeys. In spite of the last minute rush, it seems one of the easiest meals to prepare. Just stuff the bird and stash him in the oven. No matter what I do, several hours later the...

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Alice in Wonderland Costume for Tweens

Alice in Wonderland is a Perfect Costume for Girls. As of my daughter’s last birthday, I am officially the mom of a tween and I can already tell you this is an awkward age. She definitely isn’t a “little” girl, but she isn’t a teen yet either. With this in mind, we have been talking about Halloween costumes and I already know the princess costumes of yesterday are not what she has in mind this year....

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Gift ideas for Football Fans

If you have some football fans on your gift list, consider NFL gifts. Who is your favorite team? Well no matter what you’re looking for you’ll surely find it in the NFL Fan Shop. There are so many fun things to choose from, all the teams are represented so you won’t be disappointed, and sure to find gifts for that football fan in your life. Team fan T-shirts and official NFL jerseys are popular items, I remember when my family gave me...

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Gift Ideas That Save On Shipping

Tips and Ideas that will Save on Shipping Shipping shouldn’t have to cost more than the gift you are sending. Don’t you agree? Over the past few years though, it seems to be edging closer and closer. So many of us have family scattered across the country, and even across the ocean. It’s frustrating when the expense of it becomes an issue. So this year and last, I’ve gone on a hunt for gifts that save on...

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Getting Back Into The Workforce:  State Offices

A Great Resource for Your Job Search The local employment office of your state is good for anyone looking for work, whether you are getting back into the workforce after years away or a recent change in employment. I admit, I’ve always avoided it in the past. I thought it was all about unemployment. Since I was trying to avoid the need for unemployment, I passed it by. Many of you will be familiar with them, but I was surprised when I...

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The Gift of Time

Give someone special the gift of time, with a Zodiac watch that will last a lifetime. I have to tell you this story; on our wedding day my wife gave me a Zodiac watch and I treasure that gift everyday. Now I’m going to tell you how long ago that was, we were married in 1973. My Zodiac watch is 42 years old and I still wear it today. This one is automatic so it has no battery; it winds with the movement of my wrist. The company is...

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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays and a Joyous Thanksgiving From Tweedle Pet Products – Natural and Organic – Gourmet Gluten-Grain Free Non GMO treats for Pets and Pet Parents. Tweedle and I are wishing all of our friends a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Holiday. So much food looks so delicious, but I nudge myself to try and taste a variety of foods, but not to overdo it. We can always revisit the fixings table, for a second and third portion…Why...

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Gifts For A Live-Alone Person

Someone On Your Gift List Who Lives Alone Is Hard To Buy For? I know just what you mean! I have a bachelor uncle and I always dreaded Christmas time or his birthday. He’s my only uncle and I love him dearly so I always search and search for something for him for those two special times. He has specific tastes and favorites, and every year I just ran myself ragged trying to figure out something he would enjoy. But not anymore, ...

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Getting Back Into The Workforce: Temping

Looking For Work? More and more I speak with men and women who have not been working for some time. With the economy as it is, it’s been difficult. Often those same people have exhausted unemployment benefits and are among those who don’t show up in the statistics. The growing number has made me look at various ways to find work. In the past, it was easier in some ways to look for work. You would stop in, drop off an application, and...

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Metrokane Lever Corkscrew: My Kitchen Essential

The easiest & most stylish way to open a bottle of wine. If you know me, or are familiar with my articles and recipes, then it will come as no surprise to you that the most essential item in my kitchen is my corkscrew. But not just any old corkscrew. Oh no. This is special. This is known as the Metrokane Rabbit Before we decided to buy this, we relied on the traditional-style corkscrew – the type that wine waiters use...

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How To Keep Half an Avocado Fresh

I love avocado and here in Florida, they are really inexpensive at certain times of year. During those times I love to have half an avocado for lunch or for a snack. But I’ve only recently discovered how to keep the cut half fresh for another day. I was looking for a way to keep the remaining half fresh without resorting to aluminium foil or that plastic wrap stuff – neither of which I wanted to buy. Furthermore, they...

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The Perfect Gift: A Basket full of Favorites

Who doesn’t love a gift basket?  A good friend over at Sam’s Place puts together beautiful baskets filled with goodies for all occasions.  That made me think of a way to share my favorites with friends and family. A basket such as this would work for anything from a wedding gift to a housewarming present to birthday or mother or father’s day.  Its contents are something everyone would appreciate and enjoy using....

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Mickey Mouse Toys Make a Great Gift for a Child in Search of a Role Model!

Mickey Mouse Toys Make a Great Gift for a Child in Search of a Role Model! My son was about three years old when he first watched Steamboat Willy and met Mickey Mouse for the very first time, and he laughed so much that we had to ration how many times he watched it from then on! He was looking at Mickey Mouse through the eyes of a very young child, and related to this cheeky little character completely. He understood him, and I would...

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The Survival Bracelet

The Wazoo survival bracelet: A great gift idea. Whether you’re buying this bracelet for yourself or as a gift, you can be sure that it’s a fabulous idea that can actually save lives in an emergency. Furthermore, I think it looks terrific. Survival bracelets – which contain just about everything you need in emergency situations – have been around for a while but the one made by Wazoo is without doubt the best....

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Baby’s Best Blanket: 100% Cotton from aden + anais

100% Muslin Cotton Equals Super Softness aden + anais Muslin Dream Blankets for babies have been at the top of the last three baby registries I’ve seen. I’m starting to think I should order them by the dozen to have them on hand. Both my niece and my nephew requested them, along with the aden + anais swaddles. Parents prefer natural fabrics and products today. They lean away from man-made fibers which can tend to make a...

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The Panasonic SD-YD250: Bread Making Made Easy.

So Glad I Got This Bread Machine. This bread machine is one of my top ten favorite presents! I won’t go so far as to say it changed my life, but it’s surely made it more fun. It’s been used so much it would have paid for itself in under six months (if it hadn’t been a gift, that is). For years I didn’t think I would use one. How much bread can a family eat…and so on. My brother-in-law bought this...

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Using Pullquote on Twitter

Use Pullquote to add interest and appeal to your Twitter messages. It sometimes seems to me that people either love Twitter or hate it. There seems to be no middle ground. For those who don’t like Twitter, the most common complaint is ‘how can I say everything I want to with just 140 characters?’ Youmight, for instance, have found a great quote on a website that you’d like to share. Or maybe you’d like to...

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Should You Buy a Range with a Glass Ceramic Cooktop?

Electric ranges with smooth cooktops: Perfect for small kitchens. I’m sometimes asked about this because the electric range I have in my small apartment has a smooth ceramic glass hob. Are they easy to clean? Do they work efficiently for cooking? Do they retain their good looks? The range I have is now twelve years old and it looks and works as good as new, despite daily use.  They are excellent for any size of kitchen but are...

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The Heidi Bowl

Some of you may remember The Heidi Bowl very well, and many others may have never heard of it. If you are one of the others and don’t know what I’m talking about, let me explain. November 17th, 1968 at 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time the Oakland Raiders vs. the New York Jets football game aired on NBC. The game was played in Oakland California; these two teams were fierce rivals, quarter back Joe Namath vs. Oakland’s Dayrle Lamonica...

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Ahava, Love in Hebrew!

I’m not big into cosmetics that you put on your face and I’m not knocking anyone who is, but for me, I prefer to keep things simple. To that end, you won’t find me wearing a whole lot of makeup on a daily basis. I just don’t have the time or the talent to use some of the millions of products out there. I would rather not wear any make up than wear it incorrectly! There is one thing though, that I cannot do...

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Do You Make the Bed Every Day?

I know it seems like a silly question but trawling round the internet, I’ve found that many people say that they don’t make the bed every day. This seems so strange to me – and I’m talking here about proper grown-up people, not teenagers. Making the bed every morning makes your home more attractive, neater and more comfortable. It’s lovely at the end of the day to sink into a nicely made bed rather than...

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My Childhood: 1949 – 1963

​When my brother, my only sibling, who is two years older than me, had a life threatening severe asthma attack in 1957 in San Francisco. The doctor came out to the house and gave him an adrenaline shot directly into his heart. He was saved from near death. After a month of testing which involved the “scratch” test with common offending allergens, the doctor found that my brother was severely allergic to eggs, milk,...

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Gift Idea: Reusable Water Bottles

Get a Reusable Water Bottle This year, when you are thinking of gift ideas, will you consider adding a reusable water bottle to the list?  If everyone in your family had their own, think how many plastic bottles you would eliminate.  If half the families in your community did the same, imagine how it would help to cut down. It will be a gift that inspires, one that may be used for years (think how many bottles that saves over time!),...

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Prevent Food Waste in your Home

Waste not want not – especially food. I’ve always hated seeing any sort of waste. This is probably because my parents were brought up during the Second World War and at that time, avoiding waste was a big issue and making the most of every scrap of meat, vegetables and fish was very important to the war effort. A report that was recently released has revealed that between thirty and fifty percent of the consumer edibles...

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The Perfect Chaise with Storage

The storage chaise. A perfect solution for small spaces. When space is at a premium in your home, it’s wonderful to find a stylish and chic piece of furniture that is so useful, wonderfully attractive and even gives you extra storage in your room. This comfortable seat will provide you with extra seating for guests, it’s the perfect item for a reading nook and it even makes a convenient spare bed for a child. It’s 63...

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The Best Travel Accessory: The ScotteVest

Storage and security when travelling, particularly for your tech. When you travel – whether you’re heading for an adventure in India or just to the local park for the afternoon – carrying everything you need securely and safely can be so tricky. When I travel, the important things I need with me in addition to regular packing (at minimum) are my travel documents, ID, iPad, Kindle, phone, my keys, wallet, sunglasses,...

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Good Shoe Choices For Aging Seniors

Good Shoe Choices For Aging Seniors As you age, it is so important to have shoes that are appropriate.  Maybe some are able to wear all kinds of heels still, but probably not too many. One of the most common injuries is a broken hip from a fall. Aging brings with it brittle bones.  Those bones break more easily.  With heels you risk ankle injuries as well as those that may occur from a fall.   Depending on the age of the person, a...

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Willow Tree Figurines

One of my favorite gifts has to be the Willow Tree Figurines! There is a beauty in their faces that makes them universally appealing. So many emotions are played out in their rather simple stances and a little bouquet of flowers in their hands makes one understand right away, that they are appreciated by the sender of the gift. Whether it’s a mother and father, boyfriend, girlfriend, or grandparents with children, the way the figures...

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Gift Ideas: Fun Activities for Kids without Electronics

Today television and social media play a huge role with kids learning, but sometimes you don’t want your kids sitting in front of the television or have their faces buried in the latest electronic games all day long. There seems to be some mixed reviews about television, video games, and social media .My personal opinion is I believe that there are a lot of educational programs and video games for kids, and they can learn very...

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Gourmet Food: A Great Gift

Is he eating properly? Is she cooking for herself? Chances are that there’s someone whose nutrition concerns you. It might be a son or daughter who is at college and living away from home for the first time. Or maybe you worry about an elderly relative. Whoever you’re concerned about – and whatever their age – healthy and delicious foods are a always a wonderful gift idea. It’s also a lovely way to send...

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10 Hot Frozen Gift Ideas

Girls are GaGa Over Frozen. As soon as I watched Frozen in the theaters, I knew little girls everywhere were going to be gaga over Frozen and the stars of the Disney hit – Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and Kristoff. While my daughter, who is 10, isn’t involved in the Frozen frenzy, every little girl I know ages 3 to 8 is. In fact, the most popular age group for Frozen fans is girls ages 3 to 8. While babies and young toddlers...

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Living Housewarming Presents

Do you need a fresh idea for a housewarming gift?  Let’s start with some of my favorite gifts that are not only fresh, but will remain alive and growing over the years. Our family moved all too often in years past.  With each new home, we had adjustments.  Some things we no longer needed, some new things were required.  Every time some family members and some dear friends surprised us with little welcoming gifts that made our...

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Look what my Ninja Master Prep Did Now!

Why I Think Everyone Should Have A Ninja Anyone who knows me very well knows how much I love this one little kitchen appliance.  The Ninja Master Prep Professional is the best, most effective appliance I own.  That is competing against the coffee maker and the bread machine.  Those are excellent for their specific tasks, but for versatility and performance, the Ninja wins hands down. The Ninja company makes a variety of...

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Fix Anything with Bondic Liquid Plastic

The throwaway society is really becoming a thing of the past. Today we see that it’s good common sense, a great money saver and good for the planet if we repair broken goods. But it’s not always that easy. That’s why we’re happy to recommend the Bondic system which can see to so many small repair jobs around the home, at work or in the car. You can see exactly how it works in the videos below but you’ll...

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Are you ready to become a vegetarian?

Are you ready to become a vegetarian? Vegetarian Day is officially October 1, but you can become a vegetarian any day of the year. Some people also transition into becoming a vegetarian, perhaps giving up one type of food item at a time. Some transition more quickly; others take months and even a year or more to fully change their eating habits. October is also the first day of Vegetarian Awareness month. Vegetarians eat fruits,...

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Quality Gifts for Men by Victorinox Swiss Army

Victorinox Swiss Army is a company based in Ibach, Switzerland and it has been making the Swiss Army Knife since 1891. This is the ingenious pen knife Schweizer Offiziersmesser, or ‘Swiss Officer Knife’, that US soldiers loved so much that they bought thousands of them after WWII, calling them a ‘Swiss Army Knife’ because they couldn’t pronounce the German words. These amazing knives were originally in made in Switzerland for...

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The Solar Charger, an Essential for Your Cell Phone

Emergency Solar Power When You Need It. Over 21,000 of these small WakaWaka solar chargers were put to good use in the Philippines after the typhoon Yolanda struck in November of 2013. Besides providing solar power to charge their cell phones and tablet, the flashlight also aided them during the dark hours. This solar powered charger was recently featured as one of the highlights at the Consumer Electronics Show. Using a USB cord, It...

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The Headless Horseman

Halloween! The very name sends shivers through us, because we know there are things around, on the ground, in the air; ghosts, goblins, spirits, and things that go bump in the night!! When I was a kid, one of the spookiest stories I ever heard was the tale of the headless horseman. There’s nothing spookier than the thought of being pursued by someone or SOMETHING! But even worse is having that something with NO HEAD, close on...

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Go Eco-Friendly with BagPodz

Bagpodz Reusable bags are the only way to go today.  It is such a simple thing each of us can do to help protect the environment.  You’ve seen the photos of the plastic trash bags in the ocean and the land fills.  They are not only dangerous to wildlife, but are also bad for the soil. Now that cities are beginning to ban plastic bags, it’s time for a better solution.  Even knowing how damaging plastic can be, many of us have found...

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The Soggy Doggy Super Shammy, Door Mat and Bed

Soggy Doggy Dog owners, do those words cause you to shudder?  Most dogs enjoy being outside, in spite of the weather. Ours used to race through the snow, roll around in it, then run into the house through their dog door, with clumps of snow on their forepaws. But it is the rain—or a bath—when we get the truly drenched dog.  Cute they may be, but wet is messy. Soggy Doggy can help.  First of all, I love the company name.  Second, they...

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Ghostly Pumpkin Decor

Ghostly Friendly Hello – BOO! Ghostly Pumpkin Pumpkin Ghost. A friendly ghostly Hello! My ghost found its way into my pumpkin. Now I have another Halloween decoration for my deck. A ghostly pumpkin! This ghost is used for make a ghostly flower pot. This is a unique ghost stake set and I have never seen it anywhere’s else. I just love that it can be used for a few different decorations. I went out to the pumpkin patch and...

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How to Cook in a Tiny Kitchen

Cooking in a tiny kitchen made easy. This is my kitchen and it’s not the smallest I’ve had. But it’s still pretty tiny, especially when you consider that we work from home, hardly ever eat out and therefore prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner in our kitchen every day. It’s L-shaped, small, and yet is perfect for us.There are a lot of myths about cooking in small spaces, which I’ll be debunking in this...

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This Week’s Young Inventor: Joshua Browder

Joshua Browder’s “DoNotPay.co.uk” Another invention from a teenager has crossed our desk here at Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine. It is always exciting to learn of a new one.  No doubt there are many more to find. Our youth have such a grasp of computers, apps, and technology in general. Just as many of our early inventions were created to solve a problem, so today’s youth are creating their own technological...

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