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Tips for a Healthier Holiday Season

Dec 17, 2014 in Lifestyle. 0 Comment

Tips for a Healthier Holiday Season

The average American gains a pound or two every holiday season. Although this doesn’t seem like much, it does add up over time. Unfortunately, as you age, it becomes more difficult to lose those unwanted pounds and maintain a healthy weight. But no one really wants to avoid holiday parties or miss out on all the delicious treats that are abundant this time of year. Here are some tips to enjoy a bit of holiday indulgence and still fit into your skinny jeans. 

Handle Holiday Parties like a Pro

There’s no need to turn down Christmas party invitations. Instead, go with a new approach. Fill up on a healthy dinner or snacks beforehand. This will help you feel full, making it easier to avoid the dessert table. Or, bring along a platter of healthy holiday goodies to give yourself and other party goers a healthier snacking option. It’s okay to enjoy some of the festive foods, but try to avoid overindulging. If possible, position yourself away from the appetizers to reduce temptation. 

Stay Active

As the colder weather arrives and the holidays draw near, it’s tempting to skip the workout and stay inside to watch Christmas movies. However, it’s important to keep up your active lifestyle to maintain a healthy weight. This doesn’t mean you must invest in a gym membership or spend every spare moment on a treadmill. There are lots of fun ways to keep fit in the winter. Speed walk through the mall while purchasing your Christmas gifts, or go ice skating with friends. Join a team sports program such as a local basketball or indoor volleyball team. 

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Creating Continuity with Color

Dec 15, 2014 in Homeowner. 0 Comment

Creating Continuity with Color

The increasing popularity of open floor plans in today’s homes presents some unique decorating challenges. How do you give each room an individual focus without its colors clashing with the decor in the rooms adjoining it? Use these tips to create a unified look in your home.

Ribbon of Color

Perhaps the easiest way to form a connection between the rooms of your home is to use a single color in varying amounts for each room. Most people choose a neutral color, but “neutral” has been redefined for the twenty-first century. Rather than being limited to shades of white, black and brown, neutral colors now run the gamut from pale, cloudy blues to warm, earthy grays. 

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Google Introduces Family-Friendly Games for Chromecast

Dec 05, 2014 in Tech. 0 Comment

Google Introduces Family-Friendly Games for Chromecast

The market for video streaming devices is hotter than ever, and the competition for users is growing fiercer by the day. With new entries to the market such as the Amazon Fire TV Stick, the others are working hard to keep and attract new users. Google recently announced that it has upgraded the apps for its own media streaming device, the Chromecast. The upgrade provides users with new family-friendly games along with additional movies and shows. Read on for more information about the latest upgrade to Chromecast.

What is Chromecast?

For those who aren’t familiar with the tiny device, the Chromecast is one of the easiest ways to stream media directly from your TV. In a head-to-head comparison with the competition, the Chromecast is the most affordable at a retail price of $35

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How to Make End-of-the-Month Accounting Easier

Dec 01, 2014 in Business/Finance. 0 Comment

How to Make End-of-the-Month Accounting Easier

End-of-the-month accounting isn’t always easy. For some, it can cause a feeling of dread with each passing day. End-of-the-month accounting refers to all of the tasks that must be accomplished in order to close out the books each month. There are three general procedures that must be performed to complete the process. While end-of-the-month reporting is often done by accountants or bookkeepers, it’s another story for small businesses. That is why it’s important to have a strong understanding of the entire process. 

Financial Adjustments

The process is begun by accounting for any required financial adjustments. This includes financial transactions that were accounted for but may need to be changed. This happens when the amount of the final transaction differs from when it was actually made. Adjustments must be made for interest as well. For example, if interest has been paid on monies in a business savings account, these transactions must be added to the ledger. Conversely, if interest has been charged on credit card purchases, it must also be added.

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Outdoor Christmas Decorating Tips

Nov 28, 2014 in Homeowner. 0 Comment

Outdoor Christmas Decorating Tips

Christmas lights are one of the most fun and festive parts of the holiday season. They can be used to highlight the gorgeous architecture of a classically styled home or create a colorful wonderland enjoyed by young and old alike. Use these decorating tips to make the best of your outdoor Christmas display. 

Choosing the Right Lights

Christmas light strings come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Most people are familiar with the small snap-in mini lights. They’re often used to decorate trees or outline yard decorations. 

Two other sizes commonly used for outdoor decorating are the C7 and C9 styles. Both are available as incandescent or LED lamps and come in a variety of shapes and finishes, including bubble, pointed oval, frosted, and crystal cut styles. 

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