Celebrate A Star-Spangled Holiday This July 4th

Saving Up for a Star-Spangled Holiday This July 4thThe Fourth of July not only brings joy and cheer to every American household, but it also means digging deep into your hard-earned savings for something to spend on during the celebrations. The jubilant madness that Independence Day brings usually means that people often set aside a particular “let’s get wild” budget for this momentous occasion. After all, what holiday doesn’t tag shelling out a hefty amount of money along with it?

While neighbors and friends might be going all out with the festivities, you can save up and have fun without going overboard with the splurging. Having fun doesn’t mean you need to go broke at the same time. Here are just a few ideas on how to keep the fire of the Fourth of July burning without having to break the bank.

The Running Man’s Guide To Choosing The Best Shoe

The Running Man's Everyone wants to be fit, and running is one of the simplest ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Still, running isn’t just something one can go into without being prepared. A good pair of running shoes can mean the world to a runner. Not only will the right running shoes protect your feet from injury, but it can also boost your performance and maximize your exercise. But more than the brand of shoe that you want to sport around on your feet, what’s important is the actual fit and shape of your walkers. While shoes might seem fine while you’re inside the store, it may not necessarily be the same once you’re already out there running. The first thing you need to do is to know your feet—that’s the secret to any good pair of shoes.

Summer Unplugged: Spend a Gadget-Free Summer this Year

Gadget Free SummerThe sweltering summer heat has the tendency to make us all just want to lie down in bed, immobile and completely unproductive. While most people will probably spend the summer locked up in their rooms, hunched over their gadgets, tapping and flicking touchscreens like there’s no tomorrow, you can opt to get up and actually do something that won’t waste your life away. In this fast-paced mobile day and age, it’s difficult to pry everyone away from their electronics, but at least for just the summer season, you can try to chuck those devices away and unplug—you’ll find just how satisfying it feels to spend your summer gadget-free.

Staying homey indoors. There are tons of activities you can do this summer. Staying indoors without your gadgets might seem boring at first, but once you disconnect yourself from the noise of mobiles and tabs, you’ll find a myriad of activities within the house, and you just might realize that one summer is simply not enough to accomplish them all.

Fast Fashion for Men: Laid-Back Styles That Don’t Take Too Much Time

Fast Fashion for MenGuys, this is for you. It’s a given fact that men have a get-up-and-go attitude—from rolling right out of bed in the morning down to crashing on the mattress when the day comes to an end. Men aren’t known to preen and primp like women do, but some studies actually show that men nowadays are becoming more and more concerned about their personal grooming. This includes tinkering around in the bathroom and choosing the perfect outfit for a night out in the city. Still, the manly nature of not putting too much time and effort into fashion is very much prevalent, even though dressing smart and sharp shows the world just how responsible and confident you are; not to mention it gives off an aura of positive first impressions. So, to balance out the need to look sharp yet still keep the primping down to a bare minimum, this handy guide will show guys how to look easy-breezy without looking like you just woke up five minutes ago.

Tips on Saving Money With Inks

Tips on Saving Money with InksCorrespondence in the olden days used to be all about the finely written script on a crisp piece of parchment. In this modern day and age, everything that’s anything is typed up and immortalized in print. While some might mourn the death of the art of handwriting, one thing remains constant then and now—ink. We all need inks, whether jotting something down or having an important document printed out for everyone to see. And because both offices and homes use up so much of it, ink does tend to eat up a huge chunk of your expenditures. Still, spending too much on ink doesn’t have to be the case. Here are just 3 simple ways you can save up on those ink costs:

Tips on Saving Money with InksGet a quality Printer. Everyone has a normal tendency to buy the cheapest alternative in hopes of saving money, but people seldom realize that buying a poorly made gadget will end up costing you more in the long run. Cheaper printers are less durable and produce undesirable prints. You will soon end up reprinting more often, costing you more not just on ink but on paper as well. Instead, purchase a good printer from the very start. This doesn’t mean that you should go out and buy the most expensive one you see; printers often have features that you don’t really need. Depending on what you’re going to use it for, choose a printer that’s basic but built to last. That way, you won’t have to worry about constant malfunctioning. Your best bet is to buy a printer from a source and brand that you can trust. The official HP Home & Home Office Store offers a wide selection of printers, accessories, and ink cartridges, as well as coupons such as $10 Off Orders $50+. It also has excellent customer service, so you can be sure that there’s an after-sales service waiting for you in case something goes wrong with your order.

From the Heart: Gifts for Dad on Father's Day

Father's Day GiftsDads all over the world are given special attention during Father’s Day, because it’s important to remember that man who toils day and night for all of us to have a good life. This special occasion dates back to the earliest record discovered in the Babylonian ruins. About 4,000 years ago, Elmesu was a young boy who made his own version of a Father’s Day card by carving well wishes to his father on a piece of clay. Sonora Smart Dodd, on the other hand, started a petition in 1910 asking ministers in Spokane, Washington to honor fathers—including her own—in their sermons. Afterwards, President Calvin Coolidge prompted people to allot a special day for dads everywhere in 1924. And finally, in 1972, President Richard Nixon signed the holiday into a law. Thus, we have a special date to pay our gratitude and respects to our fathers, and here are a few unconventional things you can do to show him how much you love him.

Dressing Your Age - Guide for Women

"There are three things always you should consider—your body type, your age and your lifestyle. And that's how you decide what trends are going to work for you. Not every trend works for every person."

Dressing Your Age - Guide for WomenComing from the TLC host of Fashionably Late and What Not to Wear Stacy London, what she says should be something of a credo for women who are quite unsure of what to wear. We all age at some point, and much as we want to stick to our own fashion sense, we have to get with the times. A few general rules for dressing age-appropriately would be to observe what your peers are currently wearing. Don’t try to imitate what the kids are into, and be mindful of the shopping section you’re in. And if you’re really unsure, remember that it’s best to stick with a classy look—the eternal style never fails.

Still, for those who need a little bit more information than general dos and don'ts, we’re here to give you a quick snapshot of what you should be donning, no matter what your age is.

The Curvy Shopper’s Guide to the Best Plus-Sized Stores

Best Plus Sized StoresFor decades, women all over the world have been handling household chores like a pro, climbing the corporate ladder like a boss, and saving the world with general awesomeness like no other hero known to man. With these accomplishments come sweat, tears, and lots and lots of heartache, but luckily, there is an all-in-one solution to all of life’s problems. Retail therapy has been making ladies feel like royalty since time immemorial, and since it is such a fabulous topic, we’re presenting a two-part feature on our favorite hobby—shopping. This week, we’ll go through the best places to browse for the deliciously curvy women out there. When it comes to plus sized- loveliness, here’s the best of the best.

Designer Brands for Less

Designer Brands for LessEvery woman has dreamed about walking down Fashion Avenue, designer shopping bags slung on one hand and a wad of cash on another. But we can’t all just wave our hard-earned money around and spend them on Louis Vuitton like they’re nothing. We hate to burst our own bubble, but not everyone can afford the high-class life, no matter how much we believe we deserve it. But that dream doesn’t have to be stuck in our imagination forever—a girl can still rock those brands without having to sell our kidneys for it. With this guide on how to score designer deals, you can make yourself or any other girl out there feel like a stylish heiress.

Online Security: Protect Yourself From Security Threats

Online Security: Protect yourself from Security ThreatsThe rise of the Internet meant the dawn of the information highway, and the truth is that the Internet has now become a basic necessity. The age of social media has also made it virtually impossible for people to let a day go by without logging on, especially with crowd favorites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Still, with all the perks and the entertainment value that the World Wide Web gives, there comes its own fair share of online dangers. Anything can happen: your files can be hacked, your computer can break down, and your identity can be stolen. So staying one step ahead of those sneaky Internet traps is now more crucial than ever. Here’s rundown of the many malicious threats out there that you can avoid being a victim of:

Cinco de Mayo: Mexican Spirit in the United States

Cinco de Mayo in the USMariachis, flamencos, salsa and chips. When the band starts playing and the heels start tapping, the tacos come pouring in as Cinco de Mayo brings its festivities wherever it goes. This merry holiday not only commemorates the victory of the Mexican forces against the French in the Battle of Puebla, but it also celebrates the deep culture and beautiful history of Mexico, especially in the United States. Oddly enough, May 5th is a day like any other in Mexico, as the anniversary is only recognized in the state of Puebla. But in the US, the colorful festival has the biggest parties, parades, music, buffets, and folk dancing all over the country. Not to be confused with the Mexican Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo in the US is a fantastic annual opportunity to revel in the rich traditions of Mexico. With such wonderful activities on this day, wouldn’t you want to join in on the heritage of Cinco de Mayo?

Simple Ways to Make Mom Smile on Mother's Day

Simple Ways to Make Mom Smile on Mother's DayA unique poster once circulated the internet with a line that said, “Moms—not all superheroes wear capes!” While it was certainly made to make people smile, its message has never been more accurate. Mommies all over the world know what it’s like to wake up at 3AM and change a diaper like there’s no tomorrow. Being a mother means going through a rainbow of emotions—anger, horror, tears of joy, worry, paranoia, blessedness, and relief—every single day. So when Mother’s Day comes around once a year, there’s no question that she deserves a break, and without spending too much and simply staying at home, you can help your mom do just that!

Go Techie: Featured Software Products For Your Various Needs

Go Techie: Featured SoftwareWhat do you see when you envision the future? Flying cars, automatic cures, androids that read your mind? Decades ago, nobody would have ever thought that anything could be remote-controlled, but surprise, surprise—everything now is wireless. There’s a great deal to be said when we talk about how far technology has gone, but what makes for common ground is this: technology makes our lives easier. Whether it’s helping us navigate through unknown roads or simply uploading pictures on the Web, both computer hardware and software are invaluable to us today. Typing and Photoshopping aside, here are some incredibly convenient software products you might not be using yet—but you most definitely should:

The Right Sport for a Fit and Fab You

The Right Sport for a Fit and Fab youThe legendary Muhammad Ali once said, “Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: A desire, a dream, a vision.” Do you envision a fit and healthy lifestyle for yourself? Do you dream of the glory of competition, and do you have a desire to win? Now that springtime has rolled around, get a fresh start by engaging in that sport you’ve always wanted to do. It might seem daunting to begin something entirely new to you, but once you start reaping the benefits of your hard work, you’re going to love yourself for it.

In choosing the sport you want, first ask yourself: “What is my exercise style?” Do the hectic demands of your busy schedule hinder you from setting aside a time for sports daily? Are you self-motivated enough to not put off your exercise? If so, you might want to engage in single activities like running. If you do have the time to commit to a routine, you can join a training buddy and dabble in the world of team sports. This will help you expand your social circle and meet some new friends. Still, you can opt to mix it up—say, you can go running alone twice a week, and then meet up with your team on weekends. Whatever you decide, the next thing you need to ask yourself is “What are my goals?” Here’s a short guide because we’ve got your back!

Which Jewelry to Wear and When to Wear Them

Which Jewelry to Wear and When to Wear ThemThey say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but how do you know what’s appropriate or not? It’s a universally given truth that women love to accessorize, whether it’s a drop of sparkle here or a flicker of gold there. But one wrong pop of color can ruin a perfectly good outfit.

Imagine going to work wearing those blinding stones that dangle down to your collarbone, or having overly loud neckpieces when taking your kids to the zoo. You wouldn’t want to look like you’re getting married when you’re simply going to the dentist, and you wouldn’t risk going to a formal evening event looking like you’re on your way to the farm. It’s important to know that the right jewelry can make or break your getup, so how do you know what to wear to which occasion? Fret not; we’ve got the perfect guide for you.