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Smell That Smoke? Great Ways to Use a Smoker this Summer

Summer. Lazy days, warm temperatures, cool drinks, and BBQ are all hallmarks of my favorite season. Whipping up tasty meals on the grill and dining…

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Best Cities for a Weekend Getaway (Without Breaking the Bank)

Play dates, meetings, appointments and meetings fill our daily lives, devouring every moment like an insatiable monster. Most of us would love to get away…

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If You’re Craving Ice Cream You Are in for a Sweet and Sour Treat!

Imagine yourself on a hot day, you are probably sweating from all that heat, tired and wishing you had something cold in your mouth, something…

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Meal Prep: Stuffed Peppers on the Half Shell

Listen. I have turned into one of those folks who does the whole “meal-prep for the week on Sundays” thing. Which means I will gladly…

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It’s Summer! Get ready for Soup Season!

I heard that gasp of disbelief! Yes, summer is almost here, and soup should be on the lunch menu.  You foodies know what I mean; cold soups and gazpacho!  I’m the one who’s in charge of cooking in our household, and during the summer there’s nothing I dislike more than turning the stove on during a hot night; yuck! Luckily, cold soups and gazpachos are easy to prepare, and those

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Canada’s Sounds: Must-See Summer Festivals

If there’s one thing I know about summers in Canada it is this: Music Festivals. Almost a lifestyle in itself, music festivals from all over are bringing out new fashion trends, upcoming artists and stories to talk about months after the season is over. And if you’re planning on making any stops in the great north this summer (No, we don’t have any more snow), then there are some amazing

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Smart Ways to Save Energy and Money

Those sweltering hot summer days are just around the corner for me here in Illinois. I cringe the day I turn that A/C on, hearing it start up. It’s a love hate relationship. I can’t handle being too hot, I literally can’t breathe, and I hate that it uses so much; so much energy and so much money to run. I have been thinking about the various ways I could both reduce my energy consumption and

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Would You Wear a Google Throat Tattoo That Doubles as a Lie Detector?

The future is now, and it is coming for you. Motorola Mobility (owned by Google), filed for a patent for a type of wearable technology. It is described as something “that comprises an electronic skin tattoo capable of being applied to a throat region of a body.” Of course, you can also place it on your collar. The tattoo is temporary, and it is intended to have the ability to communicate with

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Work From Home? There’s an App for That!

The Silicon Valley is such a dynamic and connected place that it’s easy to take what we have for granted sometimes.  I’ve been working in this area since the late 1990s, and I was faced with a relatively significant setback early last year that fundamentally changed the way I was able to work in a typical office environment. I managed to roll with the punches and architect my workplace atmosphere. To

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