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Packing Like a Pro

If you’re interested in the last post where we discovered how to travel on a budget, now it’s time to see how to pack. Tom Ayzenberg writes a travel blog and does an amazing (and amusing) job of showing you how it’s done. Enjoy!

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4 Ways to See the World Cheaply


If you’re an adventurous soul and you’re dying to see the world but you can’t afford it – these suggestions are for you. You really can see the world if you’re savvy and thoughtful about the way that you travel. Here are a few ideas:

1. Watch a stranger’s home: This is a really creative way to see the world. If you look at a site like, you’ll see that you can find ways to watch other people’s homes while they are away.

2. Cruise around the world: You can work on a cruise ship and get paid while you travel. You could be a singer, a waiter, a photographer, a musician and more. Now, while this may sound romantic, many people find the hours grueling and the work isolating as you’re on the ship for so many weeks at a time.

3. Make it count: You can see parts of the world by helping others. You can do the Peace Corps. You can look into World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms where hosts provide the accommodations and food and you work on their farms. You could also teach English abroad.

4. Be a snow bunny: Here is a creative idea. Check out a ski resort that offers seasonal work. They might be looking for hotel staff, ski instructors, bartenders and cooks.

These are just a few of the ways that you can set sail on your next adventure without breaking the bank.

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Earth Day Is Coming: Get Ready

Do you know what you’re doing for Earth Day? Learn about Earth Day and get great ideas for yourself and your children.

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Intelligent Quisine with Bruce Shalett & Other Diet Options

Millions of people struggle with their diets so it’s no surprise that people are constantly looking for a solution for their desire to eat in a healthy way. Here are a few suggestions for doing so.

Intelligent Quisine: If you haven’t yet heard of this company, you may want to take note. With Co-Executive Chairman Bruce Shalett, the idea behind the company is to provide nutritionally complete, patented meals to people. The program includes three meals a day, and even snacks. It is recommended for ten weeks and the frozen meals are delivered directly to the person’s door every week. The meal plan includes 100% of the daily recommended intakes for 20 vitamins and minerals and also meets recommendations from the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and many others.

Partnering with friends: Another great way to stay healthy and to lose weight is to create accountability. One way to do this is to partner with friends and to create a check and balance system with each other. You can check in once a day (or more if you desire) and be honest about what you’re eating. Keeping a log of your daily food intake and exercise also keeps you accountable.

Self-Monitoring: Another option that many people have found to be widely successful is the FitBit or other self-monitoring electronic tools. These allow the user to see how many steps they’ve taken in a day, how much they’ve eaten, how well they have slept and other items. It can help a user to stay motivated and to see instant and daily results.

Whether you’re buying your food from a company like Intelligent Quisine with Bruce Shalett, partnering with a friend or buying a self-monitoring system, doing something is always better than doing nothing.


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Setting Out to Prove Mom Wrong One Crack at a Time

portrait-317041__180Talk about taking matters into your own hands. Many people are told that they shouldn’t crack their knuckles and that doing so isn’t just bad matters – but bad for you. But is this really true? And does knuckle cracking lead to arthritis?

Donald Unger from California set out to find the answer on his own. He began cracking the knuckles on his left hand at least twice a day – while never cracking those on his right hand. He did so to create a long term study of knuckle cracking (we aren’t even making this up). After sixty years, he had still not developed arthritis. He actually published his findings in the journal of Arthritis and Rheumatism and talked with the LA Times about his experiment.

Cracking your knuckles can cause ligament or soft tissue damage, worn researchers. A study that was published in the  Annals of Rheumatic Diseases linked hand-cracking to hand swelling and lower grip strength. However, it does not appear to be the danger that some parents warn their children it will be.

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Easter: A Chance to Consume Vast Amounts of Calories?

chocolate-easter-egg-524545_640Easter is a wonderful time to be together. But it’s also a time when children may pack on the pounds. A poll in England recently showed that the average child will receive £56 worth of chocolate eggs or presents at Easter and that they will eat 8000 calories on Sunday! the average child will receive 8 Easter eggs, which equates to 8000 calories.

Now, most children don’t eat all of those treats in a day, but the typical child will east those over four days.

The survey, carried out by, is certainly a good warning for us as Easter approaches.

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Record that Special Moment with Ringcam

ring-503503__180It’s an adorable idea. You want to capture your romantic wedding proposal on film, but you can’t always have a videographer hiding in the woods when you’re ready to propose. You can, however, have the ringcam. This device has a built in wide angle lens and a hidden microphone and it can be plugged into a computer to download the adorable footage.

The box looks like a regular jewelry box. The camera is hidden on the lid and there is a button on the top of the box that starts and stops the video recording. There is a USB port on the side of the box for charging the camera and transferring the film.

The box can be rented for three weeks so that people can plan their big proposal and have their camera ready.

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Howling for Your Lost Phone

Those of us who are constantly misplacing things could use Woolet. For $99, the pouch syncs to your phone over Bluetooth and will help you to locate your wallet or other item if you’ve lost or misplaced it. It includes an alert to your phone, a built in distance tracker and even a howling alarm that can help you to find the location of the missed item.

Woolet is the brainchild of Wooletco, a Delaware-based company that has raised almost $160,000 on Kickstarter. It has a mini-sensor on it and the phone will vibrate to warn the owner if the phone or another item is lost. The app will show the owner the wallet’s last recorded location. And, believe it or not, the Woolet can send signals to other Woolet owners to relay the exact location.

As the designers said, “Woolet is just 9.9mm thin, yet ready for anything. Unlike other smart wallets, Woolet is a ‘full wallet’. This means you don’t need to compromise on what you take. [Plus] batteries are an essential component of any smart device but are also often its weakest component. That’s why we designed self-charging batteries to provide dependable power that lasts.”

Woolets can be pre-ordered from Kickstarter and the products are expected to ship in May.

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