Archive for May, 2012

5 Thrifty Ways to Improve the Value of Your Home

Buying a home is one of the largest investments that any of us will ever make, so it’s important to maintain the value of your asset. By making one or two small improvements each year, you can easily keep your property in great shape. Putting money into your home, whether you are selling or not, is a good way to boost its value and make it a more comfortable place for you and your family—and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Check out these inexpensive ways to improve your home’s value. You’ll not only improve it for your own use now, you’ll be putting a little more money in your pocket should you decide to put it on the market.

Happy 150th Birthday: Is It Possible?

If he and those who knew him are to be believed, Li Ching-Yuen lived a remarkably long life. Although investigators saw no difference between him and any Chinese man in his 60s, Li Ching-Yuen was supposedly 265 years old at the time of his death in 1933. While most people cannot imagine living to half that age, there are researchers who believe that the first generation of humans who can expect to celebrate their 150th birthdays may already be here.

Counting Calories? Try These Summer Cocktails

Summertime means warm weather, pool side parties, cookouts and an array of delicious beverages. Many calorie-loaded cocktails can leave you feeling bloated, which is the last thing you want to feel while wearing your favorite bikini! Slash the calories and enjoy delicious and refreshing Slim and Sparkling™ Summer Cocktails from Sparkling ICE.

5 Tips on Traveling with Your Pet: Keeping Your Best Friend Comfortable on a Long Trip

If you’re planning a longer journey, don’t assume that your pet will be a model traveler. Take into account the needs of your pet, and train him or her how to behave during the trip. While traveling can be stressful for both owners and pets, careful preparation can reduce stress levels for all and guarantee a safe and comfortable trip for your best friend.

Great Gift Ideas for Your Graduate

With summer quickly approaching, it’s graduation time for high schools and colleges. Graduation is a big milestone in life, marking the end of one part of a life journey and the start of another. It’s a time to celebrate accomplishments and a time to be proud, whether as a parent, friend, sibling, or graduate yourself! Graduation gifts come in all shapes and sizes, and they can have many different meanings to the graduate, from practical and useful to deeply meaningful.

Get Your Swim On: The Total Body Workout

Swimming is one of the safest and most effective workouts you can do. Because water counteracts gravity, swimming is a very low-impact form of exercise. This makes it a good choice for anyone with joint problems, as well as for those who are just beginning an exercise program and might not be ready for higher-impact workouts like running or strength training. Swimming’s low impact allows exercisers to do it nearly every day without risk of injury—something that cannot be said for most types of exercise.

Then and Now: The Evolution of the Camera

Today, most of us have good-quality digital cameras on our cell phones. This makes it easy to capture memories anytime and anywhere. Younger generations may not realize it, but photography was not always such a quick and easy feat. Not so long ago, capturing a photo required painstaking techniques on the part of the photographer and exacting stillness on the part of the subject.

Find Your Green Thumb: Tips to Improve Your Garden This Spring

As spring makes way for summer, and we all start spending more time outdoors, many people are excited to get back into their gardens. Whether these are vegetable gardens or flower gardens, whether you are a seasoned gardener or trying out gardening for the first time, here are seven tips to improve your experience and keep your plants at their happiest.

Lou’s: A Hanover Tradition Since 1947

A couple years after World War II, Lou Bressett, a recently discharged Marine, opened Lou’s Restaurant on Main Street in Hanover, New Hampshire. Lou’s met with great success, and over the years it has remained a Hanover tradition because of its delectable dishes, great prices, and welcoming atmosphere. We caught up with current co-owner, Pattie Fried, to find out what makes Lou’s such a local staple.