Crowd Free Back to School Shopping

miriam Thursday, August 9th, 2012

school suppliesJust when you’re getting used to hot weather, playing at the pool and sleeping in, it’s time to think about going back to school. It seems unfair that summer goes by so quickly, so make the most of it while you can. Don’t waste your time driving from store to store, trying to get everything you need on your school supply list. You can easily get everything you need in less than an hour, while staying at home in your pajamas.

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Do More this Back-to-School Season

miriam Monday, July 30th, 2012
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Get Ready for Back to School Time!

Although it’s hard to believe, summer is drawing to a close and millions of people are making preparations for going back to school. Some are teachers preparing their classrooms, others are students getting the necessary supplies, and some are businesses looking for ways to capitalize on the changing of the seasons. It’s no secret that the education and business sectors are struggling economically right now, so anything they can do to save money is very beneficial.

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suitcase 300x227 The Sisterhood of the Travelling CheapskateI love to travel. The only thing I love more than travelling is saving money when I travel! I swear that I account for half of the traffic on sites like,, and!  When I began travelling these tools were not around.  There were travel agencies or you could be brave and make your own accommodations.  The problem with doing it yourself was that you had never been to these places.  You didn’t know how the hotel was, what part of town was the best to visit, or what restaurants were a must-visit.  These days all you have to do is visit one of these web sites and type in your desired destination.  It’s like having access to a travel agency owned by millions of friends who have visited the location you want to visit and can recommend the best hotels, car rental companies, and beaches to visit.

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Finding Your Match

miriam Sunday, June 24th, 2012

This time of year the weather is warm and the sun is out.  Each year, my husband and I look forward to this time of year to get outside and exercise.  We have always loved to hike, bike, and play at the beach.  So far we have more than a decade of summers doing these things.  I love having a partner for my active lifestyle.  It makes the activities so much more enjoyable.

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Making Computers Personal Again

miriam Thursday, June 14th, 2012

When shopping for a new personal computer certain names keep popping up, names like Apple, HP, Toshiba, etc.  That’s for a reason.  They have proven themselves over decades with technological advances.  Every time a new technology has come along, these computer manufacturers have either been behind the new technology or at least adopted it very quickly.  These “bells & whistles” only get a reputation so far.  They have cemented their fan bases through reliability.

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The Best Father’s Day Yet

miriam Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
Great Father's Day Gifts

Great Father's Day Gifts

Once a year we get to think about the men in our life that have loved us, taught us, and protected us. If you’re lucky, you were raised by a father that emulated the kind of man you wanted to be, or wanted to marry some day. A good father can help create a family environment that promotes unity, love and trust. If you get married and have children, you get to experience another important father in your life. With all they do for us, it’s great to have one day to focus on them and show them our love and appreciation.

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For the Love of Music

miriam Friday, June 1st, 2012
Love Your Music

Love Your Music

When I think of music, it’s hard to know where to begin. For some people, music is not a big deal, but I wager to say that it’s very important to most people around the world, even if they don’t realize it. Some of my earliest memories involve listening to, dancing to, singing to, or playing music. My mother was very musically talented and taught all my siblings and I how to sing from a very young age. She also taught us all the play the piano, and strongly encouraged (forced) us to each play one other instrument. I chose the very unusual oboe, thanks to a recommendation from my older sister, but that is beside the point. My mom instilled in me a love of music from an very early age that remains with me still.

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Creative Memories or Created Memories

miriam Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

photoshop1 300x204 Creative Memories or Created MemoriesSupermodels on magazine covers at the grocery store checkout line; movie stars promoting their latest movie; a real estate agent marketing a home; what do all these have in common?  They all benefit from Adobe Photoshop.  The product that has had the largest impact on visual media is arguably Adobe Photoshop.

This program allows you to erase age wrinkles, sun blemishes, change the time of day, and even add subjects to the photograph.  The feature list is incomprehensible.  The possibilities are limited to your imagination.  I remember when I first used Photoshop, roughly 10 years ago.  It was difficult to figure out.  I was very intimidated.  I knew there was so much it was capable of, but I didn’t know how to use it.  Photoshop has gone through many generations  since that time.  They have made it much more intuitive and easy to use.

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Cute Cake Decorating

The countdown has begun and summer vacation is definitely around the corner. While children can’t wait for the last day of school, many parents are concerned with finding enough things to keep their kids busy all summer. There are of course the summer camping trips, family reunions and a few trips to the beach, but what about the rest of the time? What can you do to keep them stimulated and busy?

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Easy Technology Shopping

miriam Thursday, May 17th, 2012

office 287x300 Easy Technology ShoppingToday I took time to sit and meditate.  I sat on a park bench amidst some beautiful flowers.  I listened to the birds singing.  It was lovely.  Well, until I snapped out of it by the ring of my cell phone.

Our lives function with the assistance of technology.  This technology is wonderful.  Computers at home, copy machines at the office, GPS in the car, and mp3 players between them all.  These instruments are great up to the point that they aren’t interrupting.

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