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Toast the Margarita: It’s National Margarita Day!

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Question: What’s the most common tequila-based drink made in the U.S. today?

Well based on the fact the title of this post includes the word “margarita” — twice — you know where I’m going with this.

The answer is the much beloved margarita. In fact, the drink is so popular, and so heavily consumed, it’s earned its very own national holiday.

That’s right, folks. It’s time to bust out the blender and lime juice. Today is National Margarita Day!

It’s no surprise numerous people over the course of the last 80 years have tried to claim themselves the mixing mastermind behind the margarita. But no one has been able to uncover the identity of the true creator, leaving it as one of the great unsolved mysteries of our time. Historians aren’t even sure what decade the tequila/triple sec/lime juice concoction originated in. Best guess: it was sometime between the mid-1930s and late-1940s.

Frozen margaritas, whether of the strawberry, mango — or my personal favorite, raspberry — variety, weren’t introduced until the 1970s. It was then when a genius bartender converted a soft-serve ice cream machine into a frozen margarita machine. And to the utter delightment of millions, the frozen margarita was born.

It’s only right the utmost love and respect be shown to the almighty margarita on this her national day of recognition. Whether you go the classic margarita-on-the-rocks route or mix her up into a frozen frenzy, or whether you add the tequila and triple sec or go the family-friendly, non-alcohol direction, everyone can commemorate National Margarita Day.

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Cyber Monday Continues to Grow

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If just the thought of going out amidst the Black Friday frenzy causes you to cry in your pumpkin pie, then you’re probably a fan of November 28, 2005, the day “Cyber Monday” was conceived. Thanks to that fateful day in American history, a number of downright dreadful activities can forever be crossed off people’s holiday shopping lists:

1.  Waking in the wee hours of the morning

2.  Braving cold temps

3.  Waiting in seemingly never ending lines

Now for those who still prefer trekking to the store and buying in person, it seems as though you’re becoming a part of the shopping minority. ComScore Inc. shows that profits on Cyber Monday have grown each and every year since the day’s official introduction back in 2005. In fact, Cyber Monday reached record highs in 2010, topping $1 billion in sales. And last year, online sales jumped another 22%, to a whopping $1.25 billion!

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4 Cities that Rock Out on St. Patrick’s Day

First things first….Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

At this very moment, in major cities across America, hundreds of thousands of people are adorned in green, yelling “Cheers!” Can you hear the glasses clinking?

The celebrations happening in major cities like Boston, Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia today for St. Patrick’s Day are legendary.

People from all walks of life come together today to celebrate the Irish American culture, and they don’t hold back! From parades, to green rivers, to green beer, St. Patrick’s Day 2012 is hoppin’.

Learn what 4 cities will be doing today to commemorate this Irish holiday….and how Nextag Travel can get you there in just a few clicks!

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NCAA Tournament Tickets: Get ‘em While You Can

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And the committee has spoken.

As college basketball “enthusiasts” are prone to do, millions of us tuned into Sunday night’s NCAA tournament selection show to see where our favorite teams landed in the field of 68.

Some fans walked away sulking. Others didn’t walk, but skipped away with glee.

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I describe the emotions surrounding Selection Sunday as similar to that of watching a multi-million dollar lottery drawing, one where the viewer is holding a ticket and actually has a shot at winning something.

Yes, it sounds quite ludicrous. After all, I was not at all personally impacted by how the brackets unfolded — well, beyond a rise in blood pressure, feelings of anger and frustration towards the committee and their erroneous choices, and the subsequent expletives uttered, of course. But overall, no lasting, life-altering changes occurred for me as a result of the seeding. My bank account saw no effects. I still had to show up to work Monday morning. But despite all of this, the lottery analogy is an accurate one, I assure you.

Nonetheless, the selections have been made. And as is annual protocol, the last 36 hours have been filled with heated debate regarding how and where the committee went wrong. Who made the cut but shouldn’t have? Who deserved to “dance,” but got seriously snubbed? (Here’s looking at you, Washington and Drexel.)  Continue Reading »

March Madness & Bracketology Mayhem

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With the conference tournaments in full swing, the Big Dance is just a week away.

It’s here, people. It’s finally here!!

Today, no one, including the selection committee, knows with certainty the schools that will land the top four seeds in the NCAA tournament. This nail-biting information won’t be determined until after conference tournament play is wrapped up on Sunday afternoon. Then later that night, we’ll all huddle around our TVs and wait with bated breath as the brackets are announced.

But some assumptions regarding seeding can safely be made at this point.

For both Kentucky and Syracuse, it doesn’t much matter what they do this weekend. They’re surefire number one seeds.

But then it starts getting tricky.

I’m gonna do my best to remove my personal Duke-bias from this conversation, but considering who the teams vying for the final two top seeds are, I’m asking a lot of myself.

But as of today, here are the three big contenders — in no particular order — for the remaining two number one seeds in the NCAA tournament:  Continue Reading »

The Main Essentials for Summer Music Festivals

Now that spring has finally sprung, it’s time to start planning for the summer festival season. With new festivals popping up each year, there has never been a better time to lose your mind in a muddy field while listening to the muffled sounds of a 30-foot speaker system. Luckily Nextag has everything you need to make your festival as festive as possible. From tickets to tents you’ll be able to fill all of your essential needs.

Here’s my quick-fire guide to some of this summer’s most popular festivals.

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

Emerging from the desert outside Los Angeles, Coachella is fast becoming the festival of choice for young Hollywood celebrities and star-spotting, SoCal suburbanites. However, three days in the scorching California desert, living on a diet that would make your grandmother angry, and dancing like Thom Yorke can really take its toll on your system.

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Coachella Main Essentials

- Make sure you get a decent tent…..without spending too much.

- The sun in the Californian desert can be brutal so don’t forget a sun hat.

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

This festival blaring out of the heartland of Tennessee tends to draw big name acts and even bigger crowds. According to their website, “Bonnaroo isn’t just a show. It’s a vibe, a spirit, a way.” This may be true, but it’s also thousands of revelers going wild in the humid Tennessee heat, so make sure you stay cool and hydrated. You want to listen to Red Hot Chili Peppers, not feel like one. Right?

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“Lin” the Hearts of Jeremy Lin Fans with 5 “Lincredible” Products

“Linsanity has swept the Linternet!”

“Look, it’s Linderella!”

“Just Lin, baby!”

“It’s Mr. Lincredible!”

Those are just a few of the many nicknames given to Jeremy Lin, the latest NBA phenom to spark an international following. He’s like the new “Brangelina” – with ridiculous basketball skills.

Whether you’re a Knicks fan or not, there’s simply no denying that “Linsanity” has officially taken over the world.

So instead of running from it, I say, embrace it. And if you’re gonna embrace it, you may as well become a billboard for all things Jeremy Lin, right? Right.

Check out 5 products that will show your mad love for “Mr. Lincredible!”

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iOS Coming to a Mac Near You

On Thursday, Cupertino-based Apple Inc. announced a new version of their desktop operating system, dubbed “OS X Mountain Lion.” The update will be available this summer in the Mac App Store, the same way Lion was rolled out last year.

According to Apple, the new version contains over 100 new features, many of which were brought from their iOS devices.  During the announcement, Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, noted Macs have outsold PCs for 23 straight quarters. The update also signals a shift to rapid development, as Lion only debuted seven months ago.

Where’s the Mac?

Notice something missing from the name? There’s no Mac before OS X, as in previous versions, including Lion. This was first mentioned on the “About This Mac”page in the developer preview, and was later confirmed by Apple.

The company was quick to point out that removing the Mac moniker doesn’t de-emphasize their commitment to the Mac platform. Rather, it marks a historic, slow transformation that will perhaps someday unify the Mac and iOS platforms. As with Lion, Mountain Lion is expected to have extensive iOS-like functionality and interfaces.

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Celebrate the Giants’ Big Win with Fan Memorabilia

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A big CONGRATULATIONS goes out to the New York Giants: 2012 Super Bowl Champs!

But this past Sunday was a big day for more than just Eli and the rest of the Giants players; it was a big day for New York Giants FANS, too. After braving the temperatures of frigid home games, it’s time to bask in the warmth of victory.

And what do fans love the most, other than actually being at the game? Memorabilia that allows them to flaunt and brag about their team’s victory!

So to all the New York Giants fans out there, this post is dedicated to you. Here are 3 ways to celebrate your team’s world championship win!

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5 Ways to Be a Football Fashionista this Sunday

Ladies, are you ready for the big game this Sunday? And by ready, I mean you have your awesome game day outfit picked out.

If you haven’t quite gotten there yet, have no fear, my friends. Thanks to our pal Alyssa Milano, our cute, yet sporty, game day outfit is just a few clicks away.

Here are 5 ways to be a football fashionista this Sunday!

New York Giants Women’s Sweetspot Jacket

You’ll definitely be rockin’ the football fashionista look in this New York Giants Women’s Sweetspot Jacket. It’s fully lined in grey satin, and features an embroidered Giants logo at left chest, with raw edge detailing. With six buttons and a comfy collar, you can stay warm and support your team – without overheating! Great for game day, but cute for other outings, too. Pair this with a white tee underneath, and you’ll have the perfect amount of game day layers.

New England Patriots All Star Hoodie

Can you ever have enough hoodies? Probably not. This New England Patriots All Star Star Hoodie is a great way to show your love for the Pats this Sunday. It’s made of a cotton/polyester blend, and pairs great with comfy jeans. You’ll be sporting a distressed Patriots logo, with another miniature logo on the hip to match. Cute, comfy, and shows your big game spirit.

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