Archive for April, 2012

Happy Blueberry Pie Day!

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National Blueberry Pie Day really does exist. Yes, it does.

And the day dedicated to nothing but scrumdiddlyumptious blueberry pie just so happens to be … TODAY!

Congratulations to everyone, as we’ve all been given the green light to completely gorge ourselves on blueberry pie as a result of this glorious holiday — totally guilt-free. In fact, it’s practically a requirement. I mean, ignoring such a day would be a big ole slap in the face to blueberry blossoms everywhere.

And no one wants to see blueberries dissed. Blueberries are awesome.

Here are some fun blueberry facts:

Ο Blueberries are one of only a handful of foods cool enough to be naturally blue in color. Seriously, it’s an incredibly exclusive list to be a part of.

Ο Native Americans named blueberries “star berries” because of their five point blossoms. Native Americans also used blueberry juice as medicine to treat a number of illnesses.

Ο Native Americans were definitely onto something in thinking blueberries hold healing capabilities. Out of 40 fresh fruits and veggies, blueberries rank numero uno in antioxidant superpowers. They’re also high in potassium and dietary fiber, plus aid in reducing naughty cholesterol.

Ο Maine produces 25% of all low bush blueberries in the US, making it the largest producer of blueberries in the world. And as a result, numerous Maine towns have dubbed themselves “The Blueberry Capital.”

Ο Blueberries are my favorite food of all time. And I’ve been known to, on more than one occasion, pack away an entire carton in one sitting. Pretty much anything jam packed with blueberry goodness is high on my “to devour” list.

So if National Blueberry Pie Day has you feeling ambitious and you’re now jonesin’ to whip up a fancy blueberry pie of your own, here’s a blueberry pie turnover kit to help guide the way.

Hooray for blueberries. And pie.

-nicole-
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Go Green with 3 Recycled Handbags

As you set out to do some spring and summer shopping, it’s easy to gravitate towards the newest and coolest brands, right?

This year, I challenge you to embark on a new kind of shopping adventure:

Green shopping!

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, “green purchasing means buying smart. Shop with the environment in mind—that is, buy products that help conserve natural resources, save energy, and prevent waste. By educating yourself about the products you buy, you can make a difference in protecting the environment.”

On that note, check out how you can make a difference with 3 recycled handbags.

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Find the Best Prices with Nextag Radar

While you’re going about your busy life, Nextag has an army of bargain-hunting robots, scanning thousands of stores for the best prices. Did you find the perfect TV, but it’s slightly out of your price range? Set a Radar price alert, and you’ll receive an email once the product reaches your “target” price.

Why Set a Radar Price Alert?

They say time is money. Luckily Nextag helps you compare prices and save money on your favorite products.  Now, with Nextag Radar, you can save time, too!

When you’re shopping online and find a product that piques your interest, set a Radar price alert by entering how much you’re willing to pay.

Then you can get back to playing Words with Friends knowing Nextag has your back. Once your item reaches the “sweet spot” you’ll get an email with a link to purchase it. That’s much easier than checking Nextag every day!

Setting a Radar price alert takes less than 30 seconds, but can save you hundreds of dollars.

Go ahead, try it yourself and start saving money today!

-Joe-
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Swing into Spring with 3 Comfy Hammocks

Now that spring is here, there’s no excuse not to relax.

Sure, you’ve got a few hundred emails to read and a few hundred errands to run, but you still need to take a breather.

In fact, by taking a few minutes every day to relax, you can experience the following health benefits:

- Decrease your blood pressure.

- Slow your breathing rate, which calms your mind and body.

- Boost your immune system to prevent illness.

With these scientifically proven health benefits of relaxation, you don’t have to feel guilty about taking time for yourself. It’s good for you!

Check out 3 comfy hammocks that will boost your energy levels, and help you swing into spring.

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Top 3 Educational Wii Games for Kids

Take it from a former 1st grade teacher: keeping kids engaged is tough!

With Smartphones, laptops, iPads, TV, and countless other distractions, getting kids’ attention when it comes to learning can be a daunting task. But….it’s possible!

With the help of a little technology, kids are learning new concepts and skills at a ridiculous rate. Check out the top 3 educational Wii games for kids to learn more.

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Happy National Beer Day!

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Beer is the most widely consumed alcohol in the world. In fact, only water and tea are more popular beverages than beer.

Wow.

And for another “wow” moment, did you know there’s a company that actually produces beer soap? I mean I like beer just fine, but I don’t exactly have a desire to smell like it. Nor do I really want to be around someone who smells like it.

But the point is: beer is incredibly popular.

And logically, someone over the course of history recognized that such an influential and fanatically beloved beverage deserves a proper day of recognition. Hence today’s National Beer Day celebration.

So you might be wondering why April 7th? After all, if beer were nationally honored 365 days every year, you probably wouldn’t hear too many objections. But I’ll tell ya why April 7th is so special. And in about 30 seconds, you’ll agree at just how special this day really is.  Continue Reading »

Everything You Didn’t Know About Easter Candy

Did you know Easter is the second most popular candy holiday? According to the National Confectioner’s Association, Americans consumed 7 billion pounds of candy in 2011. From jellybeans to chocolate, Americans are infatuated with these sugary treats.

Check out these interesting tidbits of information, brought to you by comparison shopping site, Nextag.com:

The Symbolic Chocolate Bunny

Amazingly, 90 million chocolate bunnies are “birthed” each year. And there’s a very specific way in which you should eat them. According to 79 percent of Americans, bunnies should be eaten ears-first. Only 5 percent of respondents said you should start with the feet. While bunnies come in two breeds, milk and dark chocolate, 65 percent of adults prefer milk chocolate compared to 27 percent who prefer dark.

Marshmallows Galore

Every Easter, Americans buy more than 700 million fluffy Marshmallow Peeps, Marshmallow Bunnies, and delicious Marshmallow Eggs.  They are by far the most popular non-chocolate candy for Easter.

Approximately 4.2 million of these gooey confections are made each day. In 1953, it took about 27 hours to produce one Marshmallow Peep.

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Nextag Tickets: The Lakers, The Lion King, Madonna, Oh My!

Are you craving the thrill of court side seats at a neck-in-neck sports game? Do you wonder what it would be like to have orchestra seats on opening night? Does the memory of an awesome outdoor music festival take you back to those glory days?

Well who says you can’t do all three of those things this weekend?

With Nextag Tickets, you can. And you should – cuz it’s fun! And it takes a few minutes, tops.

Here’s the 411 on what Nextag Tickets offers people like you and me:

-  Concert Tickets

-  Theater Tickets

-  NFL Tickets

-  NHL tickets

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