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Apr 13

What’s so hot about portable solar chargers?

Did you know that you could charge your cell phone from the sun? While this might sound a little like something from a futuristic movie—or like something reserved for ultra-environmentalists—portable solar chargers are actually becoming more widely available and efficient. They can offer a convenient (and yes, eco-friendly) power solution for anyone, whether you’re a business traveler, an outdoor enthusiast, or just someone looking for a simple way to keep your tablet, phone, or MP3 player charged and ready.

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Mar 13

Tips for organizing and cleaning your refrigerator

Spring is just around the corner, which means that it’s a great time to start tackling those spring cleaning chores—which includes, yes, the refrigerator. Although cleaning the fridge can be a daunting task that you’d rather ignore, we have a few easy tips to make the job easier and more efficient.

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Feb 13

Tablet or laptop: which is best for you?

With so many new portable computing devices on the market—from smartphones to tablets to laptops to something in between—it can be difficult to know which is the best kind. Or, more specifically, which is the best kind for you.

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Feb 13

5 innovative uses for a tablet

Now that you have a tablet, you may have wondered how you ever lived without one. You use it for browsing the Internet, streaming music, email, watching movies, and countless other daily activities, no doubt. However, there are a number of other cool and innovative uses for a tablet that you may not have considered yet. Here are few awesome ways that they can be utilized.

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Feb 13

Valentine’s Day Playlist: Songs for the Singles

Image by DavidMartynHunt, used under Creative Commons)

On a day that’s dedicated entirely to coupledom, a single person can feel a little left out. This Valentine’s Day we’ve compiled a list of our favorite songs that celebrate going solo. So tell cupid sayonara, grab an air mic, and rock out with your fabulous single self. It’s way easier when you don’t have to harmonize with someone who’s singing off-key.

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Feb 13

Apps to help you connect on Valentine’s Day

(Photo by Ed Yourdon, used under Creative Commons)

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, the stress can begin to add up. If you’re in a relationship, there’s pressure to have the perfect day, and if you’re single, well, there’s pressure to not be. What should you do for a date? Where should you drown your dating sorrows? How do you find the perfect match?

But have no fear! Whether you’re married, single, or somewhere in between, there’s an app for that. Here are the top 5 apps to help you have a successful Valentine’s Day.

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Feb 13

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Her

Shopping for a Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart doesn’t have to be stressful—not when you’ve got the Vann’s gift guide to help you out. So ditch the last minute flowers, and get her something that she’ll really appreciate. (Well, ok, you can get her the flowers too.) Check out the following swoon-worthy gifts for the special woman in your life.

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Feb 13

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for HIm

Love is in the air, and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. As a holiday that is notorious for cliché gifts (stale chocolates, dying flowers, cheesy card), it’s also an opportunity to impress your Valentine with a gift that he’ll actually like. Here’s a Valentine’s Day gift guide for the man in your life, so that you’ll be sure to hit the bull’s eye with Cupid’s arrow.

Jan 13

Countdown to the Big Game: Last Minute Party Prep

The Big Game is only 3 days away, which means that if you’re hosting a party, it’s time to kick it into last minute prep mode. At this point, you probably already have your menu and TV ready to go (if not, check out our past blog posts), and maybe even some activities planned for the kids. With kickoff right around the corner, here are some quick tips and tricks for getting your home in winning shape for game day.

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Jan 13

How to plan a kid-friendly party for the Big Game

When the kids are happy, everyone’s happy.

If you’re hosting a party for the Big Game this Sunday, then you’ve probably started getting everything in order: the food, the TV setup, and the guest list. And if that guest list happens to include children, well, then there’s some extra planning you’ll have to do.

Although it might seem silly or unnecessary to “kid-ify” your game day party, there are some easy things you can do to make the Big Game more fun for the junior spectators. And in my house, I know that if the kids are happy, then everyone’s happy. Here are some ideas to fend off crankiness until the winning touchdown (or, at least until halftime).

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