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1/16/2020 8:00 AM | 0 Comments

Did you decide to finally work on getting yourself in shape for the new year? You're not alone. In fact, because it's also a new decade it's likely that more people than usual made the same vow. Unfortunately, research show that less than one in 10 of us manage to stick to our resolutions.  Maybe that's because the others don’t know the big secret to success when changing your ways. It has a ring of commonsense but still most people overlook or dismiss it: Do What You Like. That doesn't mean "do what you feel like" -- that'd be a recipe for disaster. It means pursuing diet and fitness programs you can enjoy. In other words, don’t take up jogging if you hate running, and don't take up a diet that won't allow you to eat potatoes if that's your favorite veggie. That said, below is a routine to follow to give yourself your best chance of success with your fitness aspirations this year. ( Before we start, note that you shouldn't make major changes to your die ... [...]
11/29/2019 8:00 AM | 0 Comments

There's no chance for many of us to put up our feet and relax after Thanksgiving Day. It's Black Friday! And then, it's Cyber Monday. Black Friday -- so-called because, supposedly, it's the day retailers get back into the black, after trading in the red for much of the year -- is a fantastic opportunity to score bargains. Cyber Monday chiefly focuses on consumer electronics. It's a great day to buy a computer or TV.  Although more and more of us do our Black Friday shopping online from the comfort of home, some of the best bargains are still to be found in brick-and-mortar stores.  Got to Get There But first, you have to get there. And that poses some special risks for drivers, both on the road and in parking lots. The early-bird start means that bargain-hunters will be out driving in the dark, which may be an unfamiliar experience for some. Roads and freeways around malls will be exceptionally busy from an early hour. In addition, there will be extra ... [...]
9/12/2019 5:00 AM | 0 Comments

When it comes to home maintenance, routine is a good thing. That's why we have spring cleaning and so on. If you schedule key tasks for particular times, you won't overlook jobs. And the better you maintain your home, the less money it will cost you in the long term and the more you're likely to enhance its value. For example, a heating system service will cost you around $200 to $300, while a furnace replacement will easy cost you 10 or 16 times that amount.  One good way of ensuring you get everything done is to divide the tasks across different times of the year by creating a seasonal home maintenance calendar. Spreading them out avoids the overall task becoming overwhelming, making it easier to manage, Even though our fall and winter here in Southern California are not usually as dramatic as in many other parts of the country, there are still chores that work well according to seasonal changes. Since we are now heading towards fall, let's take a close up look at the sorts o ... [...]
1/17/2019 4:35 AM | 0 Comments

We may be in a new year, and you may be giving your best shot at coping with a stressful work environment. But it's a tough challenge. Or maybe someone near and dear to you is struggling with workplace stress. Experts say as many as 4 in 10 employees report being "extremely stressed" at work. 8 out of 10 say they experience at least some stress. Although in some cases you may need and benefit from professional help, there are a number of actions for minimizing stress at work that could help you right now. What Is Stress? It's hard to pin down a precise definition of stress. According to the American Institute of Stress, one of the most common descriptions is "physical, mental of emotional strain or tension." A more detailed definition is "your body's way of responding to any kind of demand. It can be caused by both good and bad experiences. When people feel stressed by  something going on around them, their bodies react by releasing chemicals into the blood. "These chemicals give people more en ... [...]
11/15/2018 8:32 AM | 0 Comments

Everything You Need to Know About the Burbank Winter Wine Walk Wine walks -- downtown strolls visiting local stores, wine bars and bodegas to sample lots of different flavors, bouquets and vintages -- are massively popular across the whole of the US. But when they include a whole raft of other activities, celebrations, great shopping and a free public street fair, we must be talking about the third annual Burbank Wine Winter Walk. Coming up on Saturday (November 17) in the heart of Downtown Burbank's shopping and dining neighborhood, it's been called the city's social event of the season. And  with good reason. On the heels of last year's successful event and October's magnificent Beer Festival, this year's Wine Walk, showcasing world-class wineries and breweries, is set to be another sellout kick-off to the Holiday season. In other words, it's a great opportunity not only to sample some of the region's best wine offerings but also to get an early start on your Holiday gift shopping. This excit ... [...]
9/25/2018 8:51 AM | 0 Comments

Ensure your Legacy with Life Insurance Too many people are taking an unnecessary risk by not protecting their loved one with life insurance. That's the message from the non-profit consumer support organization Life Happens to mark September's 2018 Life Insurance Awareness Month. And it's not just a glib statement that's trying to sell you life insurance. There's a genuine concern about how survivors have to struggle after the main wage-earner in a family dies. According to a survey by Life Happens and the global insurance research group LIMRA, one out of every three households would have immediate trouble paying living  expenses if the main earner died. It's truly amazing that around 95 million adult Americans have no life insurance, even though many of them recognize that they need life coverage, Sometimes, they don’t think they can afford it, when the truth is that some types of life insurance are incredibly cheap, even costing less than fifty cents a day. Aldrich Taylor is among those ... [...]
7/26/2018 8:36 AM | 0 Comments

The Secret Sauce for the Perfect Outdoor Party Have you ever been to a poopy outdoor party? Or maybe it was just mediocre and unmemorable. You know the sort of thing: the food was crummy; people drank too much; the music was too loud; it was just plain boring. And so on. Who wants that? Not at your place for sure. If you're hosting an outdoor party this summer, the secret sauce of success is as simple as this: Make a plan It needn't be a flashy or expensive event (though it can be if you want). It just needs to be carefully thought out. If you're not sure how to plan an outdoor party, let's look at some of the essentials. Where to Start with Outdoor Party Planning There are a few basic items you need to decide at the outset for your outdoor party. These include the intended date -- which you should check against your calendar for potential clashes -- the time and duration. Then, there's the question of a theme or party type -- and the budget to pay for it. Will it be a semi-formal affair ... [...]
6/19/2018 8:30 AM | 0 Comments

One of the questions many newcomers ask is: Are smart homes safer? Set up and used properly, they certainly can be. For example, smart doorbells with camera technology enable you to answer a "ring" at the front door wherever you are, so the caller doesn’t know whether you're at home or not.

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