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Out and About in Florida

There is a lot to see and do in Miami these days. From new restaurants to stunning architecture, theme parks to glorious recreational parks, there truly is something for everyone. Indeed, there are constantly new attractions opening up in the region.
aquaticaFor example, earlier this month BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse opened at Florida’s newest outlet center, Palm Beach Outlets. Measuring in at around 8,500 sq. ft., those who frequent the eatery will be subject to BJ’s classic deep-dish pizza, infamous Pizookie® dessert and “award-winning handcrafted beer.” This is the first time BJs has opened up in the West Palm Beach region, marking its 17th restaurant in Florida (5th in South Florida).
For tourists – or even residents – who love to walk around the neighborhood and admire new, striking architecture, Vladimir Doronin’s latest project will be of interest. Located in the attractive Brickell area, Doronin has been working alongside Ugo Colombo of CMC Group Inc., in this development. On the project, Doronin said, “we both see tremendous opportunity in Miami and in the Brickell area particularly. We also share a commitment to innovative aesthetics and relentless attention to detail, so I am especially pleased to partner with Ugo on these exceptional new projects, with more ideas in the pipeline.” These high-end condominium super-structures are set to be a truly phenomenal site in the region.
Since summer is on the way, for those in the Florida state, Aquatica could be just the ticket. This SeaWorld waterpark located in Orlando just opened and is the city’s “tallest, steepest and only multi-drop tower slide,” where riders get to drop closet to 80 feet at 20-24 feet per second from a breakaway box. Certainly not for the faint of heart but for those looking for a thrill it could be perfect!
Florida has been subject to some tremendous developments recently. Each is unique and cater to extremely different tastes. This sunshine state really does have something to offer everyone.

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Dog Died? No Problem. PetMatch Has a Replacement for You

Petmatch_1-11If Muffy, your beloved dog, as just died and you’re mourning her loss, there might be another solution. PetMatch, a new app, will help you to find a near replica and to adopt a new dog. Using images of either an old pet or an animal that belongs to a friend, they can help you to find a similar dog nearby.

The app searches for animals that are up for adoption in your local area.

Launched by Californian start-up Superfish, which has a specialty in image search algorithm, they will help you find a local match. Using their patented image recognition technology, they perform geometric analysis.

Users can then browse a list of potential matches and then click through to a profile that they want to see. They can get the contact information for the adoption center where the specific animal is.

The service is only in the US and is only for cats and dogs.

As the developers explained, “PetMatch is a faster, more intuitive way to bring you closer to finding exactly what you’re looking for. Behind the scenes, PetMatch uses Superfish’s patented image recognition technology to find similar adoptable pets in your area [and] gives you all the information you need to connect with the adoption agency.”

The company also has an app called Window Shopping that can help shoppers to find clothing that is similar to something they already have, or that they’ve seen in a shop.

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Watch Out for Your Child’s Nightmares, Says New Study

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Recently presented at a Pediatric Academics Societies meeting in Vancouver, Canada was a study that found that nightmares might be tied to bullying. The British-led study from researchers at the University of Warwick followed 6,438 children from birth to age 12. When they were 8-10, they were interviewed about bullying and were then interviewed about nightmares at age 12.

As co-author Dieter Wolke explained, “Our findings indicate that being bullied is a significant stress/trauma that leads to increased risk of sleep arousal problems, such as nightmares or night terrors.”

“It is an easily identifiable indicator that something scary is being processed during the night. Parents should be aware that this may be related to experiences of being bullied by peers, and it provides them with an opportunity to talk with their child about it.”

Researchers found that by the age of 12, 24% of the kids had nightmares and 9% had night terrors.

When adjusting for many factors, the researchers concluded that children who were victims of abuse and bullying were more likely to manifest their distress, anxiety and depression in sleep-related issues.

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The Naked Cowboy Sports New Undies Today

naked cowboyCertainly, there isn’t much bigger news than this to report at the moment. The Naked Cowboy, one of Time Squares most well known figures, will soon have a new uniform. But don’t worry – it won’t involve putting on extra clothes.

Keeping on his cowboy hat and boots, he’ll now be wearing Fruit of the Loom boxer briefs with a tapered leg when he strums and amuses around Times Square. The Fruit of the Loom’s marketing team explains that Robert Burck (aka The Naked Cowboy) was simply the obvious choice to sport their new line.

As Melissa Burgess-Taylor, vice-president of marketing , told the AP, “His primary wardrobe is so important to his daily job, we thought why not showcase him in our new boxer briefs.”

While the Naked Cowboy performs in his new briefs today, Fruit of the Looms will be on hand to hand out free samples. He’ll also appear high above Times Square in a marketing campaign with the slogan “Even the Naked Cowboy has changed his underwear.”

While you might not look as good in yours as the Naked Cowboy will, you can buy these briefs at Wal-Mart, Kmart and Target for $13.99 for a five pack soon.

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5 Inexpensive Ways to Liven Up Any Kitchen

For anyone who is desperate for a kitchen renovation but can’t afford the price tag that would entail, here is a great solution. These are quick, easy and cost-effective ways to brighten up any kitchen and to transform the space with ease.

* Display your kitchen gadgets. Take your spatulas and serving spoons out of the drawer and put them in cute cans or baskets on the counter. This adds a look of country to the kitchen. You could also add an overhead rack to hold pans for a bit more money.

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* Brighten up the kitchen with a colorful backsplash. This doesn’t cost much, but can really make a difference in the look of the space.

* Pain your cabinets. You may not have the money to buy new cabinets, but you can make them look like new, and get away from that ugly yellow color, by painting them a color you love.

* Bring in flowers to your space. This couldn’t be an easier or more inexpensive option. Buy beautiful flowers and place them in a vase in the kitchen.

 

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* Buy a few new chairs for the kitchen table, either creating a nice traditional look or buying mismatched and colorful chairs for an eclectic feel.

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Exercise for Summer Success

runnAs the summer approaches, most people start to think about their looks. It’s human nature to want to look appealing. Of course, even more important is your health and to make sure that you’re within a normal weight range and that you’re exercising.

How can you kickstart an exercise program now that it’s about to be May? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Make plans with a friend. It doesn’t matter if you join the gym, go for walks or take up swimming. It’s all easier with a friend and will keep you committed to your plan more consistently.

2. Find some type of exercise that you love. Look into joining Curves or doing kickboxing or enjoying Zumba. Any and all of these activities can make you happy.

3. Set a goal. Some people do better when they are working towards a goal. One idea is to do a couch to 5k. This is a program where you can learn to run a 5k in somewhere between 4 and 6 weeks. Look at a plan such as the one here.

The bottom line is that it’s time to get up and go. You just have to figure out how you want to do so.

 

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