Archive for March, 2012

5 Reasons to Buy Your Wine Online


As much as I love perusing the grocery store liquor aisles, I’m a huge fan of shopping for my wine from my couch. In my pajamas. At whatever time I want.

See that’s the beauty of buying your wine online– the wine store never closes. And by wine store, I mean Nextag. It’s glorious.

Still not convinced? Well, let’s see if these top 5 reasons to buy your wine online will convince you!

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5 Gag Gifts for April Fools Day

Fortunately for my colleagues, April Fools falls on a Sunday this year.

Unfortunately, that leaves an entire day to plot my April Fools Day revenge. You’re actually doing your friends and family a service by playing some sort of prank! They say laughter is the best form of medicine. So, don’t hold back this year. Let your creativity flow and have a little harmless fun on April Fools Day.

Check out these 5 April Fools Gag Gifts, brought to you by comparison shopping website, Nextag.com:

Canned Unicorn Meat

If you thought Spam or Vienna sausages were delicious, just wait until you taste the magical goodness of Canned Unicorn Meat. While it’s not certified organic by the USDA, you’ll get your daily fill of glitter. On the bright side, it doesn’t contain Pink Slime. You’ll also get your fill of fiber, too. Continue Reading »

Sweet Tooths Rejoice: March is Maple Sugar Month!

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It makes perfect sense March is designated as Maple Sugar Month. Due to their cold days and even colder nights, February and March are typically the top two months for tapping up trees and collecting sap used to make that deliciously sweet maple syrup.

But sadly, due to an unseasonably warm winter in the northeast (the U.S.’s hot spot for maple sugar farms), this year has been a bust for many farmers. Some saw their trees’ sap production cut in half. Others didn’t even bother tapping their trees because sap sugar levels were so low.

Although a number of farmers were able to salvage their season by tapping their trees ahead of schedule, the fact remains this was one of the worst maple sugar seasons some have ever seen.

So for the sake of all maple sugar farmers, and barren pancakes everywhere, let’s hope Old Man Winter makes a more seasonable return next year.

In the meantime, to help properly celebrate this month’s tasty holiday, here are four “sweet” foods made from maple sugarContinue Reading »

Top 3 MacBook Pro Accessories for Power Users

The MacBook Pro is Apple’s hottest selling, fully-featured laptop computer. While the light and slim MacBook Air seems to get all the attention lately, the MacBook Pro is the company’s flagship laptop.

In fact, Apple is quietly shifting the Pro series towards professionals and developers, slowly phasing out their Mac Pro desktop, which hasn’t seen a refresh in quite some time.

Since the MacBook Pro has roughly the same processing power as Apple’s iMac desktops, it is a viable desktop replacement. However, there are still a large number of folks who prefer the desktop experience, rather than coding in your pajamas with the MacBook situated on your lap. Fortunately, there are a ton of accessories that breathe new life into your MacBook Pro.

Check out the top 3 innovative Mac accessories, brought to you by comparison shopping website, Nextag.com.

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The New iPad: Has Apple Reached the Glass Ceiling of Innovation?

March 16th was a busy day for UPS and FedEx workers nationwide as they delivered millions of iPads to eager households.. But does the excitement of the iPad 3 last once you open the box and power up this new hunk of metal?

In my opinion, it doesn’t. And this is coming from a self-proclaimed geek of all geeks.

It seems that Apple may have reached a glass ceiling of innovation when it comes to the iPad 2. The form factor on the last three device refreshes hasn’t changed since Tim Cook took the reins.

New iPad Is Still The Same Old iPad

The new iPad doesn’t seem to do anything new. Does the iPad 3 do things better and faster than the iPad 1? Most certainly. But there is nothing revolutionary—or evolutionary—about the new device.

My iPad 1 can still do 99% of the same tasks as the new iPad. While text appears sharper, images are crisper, and apps open faster, is it really worth buying a new device? After all, money doesn’t grow on trees these days.

My First Hand Experience with the iPad 3

Chances are, you’ve already read an iPad 3 review by now. It’s hands down the best tablet on the market, but is it enough to justify the expense if you already own the iPad 1? I’m not even mentioning the iPad 2, because quite frankly, who can afford to buy a new tablet every time there is a new version?

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The Best Spring Makeup Under $10

Last week, we celebrated the first day of spring with these 4 fashionable pieces for your closet.

This week, it’s time to talk about your spring makeup bag!

Hollywood makeup artist Julie Murray offers 5 tips for putting your best face forward this spring:

1)      Avoid heavy foundation.

2)      Mind your brows.

3)      Lashes, lashes, lashes!

4)      Contouring.

5)      Don’t be afraid of color.

Playing off Julie’s brilliant beauty advice, I’ve handpicked 5 beauty products that you can apply to your makeup routine. All of these items can be found on Nextag, for a great price.

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OMG, it’s National Puppy Day!

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Today is a day dedicated to puppies.

Is it possible for a day to be any cuter?

And really, shouldn’t every day be dedicated to puppies? I certainly wouldn’t argue with such a proposal.

This almost painfully adorable day was first introduced back in 2006 by animal behaviorist, Colleen Paige. Since its inception, National Puppy Day is celebrated every year on March 23rd as a way to both honor all that is awesome about dogs and help our dear four-legged friends by encouraging folks to adopt animals.

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Bailey!

Per the National Puppy Day website, today was developed “to celebrate the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives. But more importantly, it’s a day to help save orphaned puppies across the globe …”

This year, the goal for today’s “holiday” is to save 10,000 homeless puppies nationwide.

So if you’ve been considering adding a new furry member to your family, I can’t think of a better day to take the plunge than on National Puppy Day, can you? Your newly adopted pup, whether young in age or young at heart, will spend the rest of their lives loving you unconditionally as a thank you for saving them. And trust me, it doesn’t get any better than that.

It’ll be 12 years ago this summer when I adopted my sweet Bailey girl. (Please notice her ridiculous adorableness above and below).

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Some outsiders may only see the surface benefits of animal adoption – the positive effects on the dogs and cats who finally have forever homes. But trust me, the happiness, love, and insurmountable laughs Bailey has brought me over the last 11 years, far outweighs anything I have ever done for her.

So if your lifestyle allows for it, head out to a local shelter and give a dog in need a home. And don’t forget, dogs of all ages need families, so please consider the young at heart “puppies” too. You definitely won’t regret it.

And if you do take home a new best friend today … or tomorrow … or next week … here are some helpful puppy supplies for you both.

Now go shower a pup, young or old, with love and kisses. I know it’s a hard assignment, but they deserve it.

-nicole-
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Spring Has Officially Sprung – Another Excuse to Shop!

“I glanced out the window at the signs of spring. The sky was almost blue, the trees were almost budding, the sun was almost bright.”

~ Millard Kaufman

Don’t you just love spring? Those glorious months of the year when everything is almost as bright as the summer……but not quite warm enough to make you melt.

And when it comes to my wardrobe, I have to admit that I’m almost ready for this flowery season…but not quite.

And considering that today, March 20th, is the first day of spring, I better get movin’! I’m a few items away from frolicking in the grass with an iced cold lemonade…but I’m not quite there yet. Perhaps I should take my own advice and update my wardrobe, just in time for the weekend.

If, like me, you’re not quite caught up with your spring fashion, check out 4 fashionable pieces that will put a little bounce in your step!

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Chocolate + Caramel = Worth Celebrating!

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My excitement level is so high right now, I can barely type.

Today, people, is National Chocolate Caramel Day. That’s right, a day set aside solely to celebrate one of the strongest, most stable food relationships since peanut butter met jelly. Dare I say, a tandem that’s even greater than PB & J?!

The structured sweetness of chocolate mixed with the melt-in-your-mouth, sugary smoothness of caramel is just a downright heavenly combination.

Thankfully, there are so many, many wonderful and delicious ways to commemorate this here National Chocolate Caramel Day. For me, I kicked the daylong celebration off with a caramel soy mocha. Honestly, I can’t think of a better way to start any day, regardless of the holiday assigned to it.

But this blessed event should truly be respected and, like I said, celebrated all day long. To help you observe the day, here are 5 delectable foods packing that amazing 1-2, chocolate-caramel punch. Enjoy!  Continue Reading »

6 Kitchen Gadgets to Salivate Over

Who wants to use a plain, ordinary stove and oven when there’s so many awesome gadgets out there?

Whether you like barbequing or baking, there’s a kitchen gadget with your name on it. Check out these kitchen gadgets that’ll revolutionize the way you cook. Who knows, maybe you’ll even like cooking dinner for the family again.

Check out these six kitchen gadgets on Nextag that will make preparing healthy, nutritious meals fun, mess-free, and fast:

Breville Smart Grill

If you think the George Foreman Grill is cool, wait until you see the Breville Smart Grill! This next-generation indoor BBQ is one of the most powerful countertop grills on the market, offering 1800-watts of pure BBQ-cookin’ sizzle.

The Breville uses dishwasher safe, removable smart plates, which use Element IQ to disperse consistent, even heat. Unlike the George, you can set the desired temperature using the smart LCD display. The grill supports 310 to 450 degrees and has a variable temperature control system, allowing you to choose from Low, Panini, and Sear modes.

One of the many neat features of the Breville Smart Grill is that you can open the grill flat – like a griddle – for indoor barbeque mode. It comes with two pans, a ridged (a la George) and flat griddle-style pan. You can purchase additional pans, so you can have both of them be the same format. Continue Reading »