Friday, November 27, 2015

How to Clean Cell Phones and Other Tech Devices

November 11, 2015 by  
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Since water and electronics don’t exactly go well together, you may wonder how you can safely (and still effectively) clean your much-used tech devices. Since these things accumulate a ton of bacteria due to frequent touching, it’s important to clean them frequently. These tips will show you how.

  1. Use a disinfectant. While you likely want to clean your gadgets to remove those signs of smudging and fingerprints, it’s far more important to clean them to remove germs and bacteria. Use a disinfectant by spraying it lightly on a soft cloth and gently wiping the screen or keyboard—never by using pre-soaked wipes, which can drip into your device.
  2. Care for your touchscreens. Touchscreens may become damaged if they come in contact with alcohol or a disinfectant, so you might want to invest in a cleanser designed especially for them.
  3. Use compressed air. To clean dust from keyboards and crevices in other devices, use a can of compressed air, which can be purchased at your local office supply store.
  4. Clean earbuds. Constantly sticking your earbuds or headphones into your ears isn’t exactly sanitary, so you’ll want to regularly wipe them with an alcohol-dampened cotton swab.
  5. Go easy on the TV. Experts advise against cleaning your flatscreen television with glass cleaner or even water. Instead, wipe the screen gently with a microfiber cloth to remove dust and fingerprints.

How to Safely Disinfect and Clean Your Gadgets [Lifehacker]
How to Clean Your (Disgusting) Cell Phones and Tablets [The Mac Lawyer]
Find out how to clean your cell phone and other dirty gadgets [Today Home]

Best Pumpkin Dishes in L.A.

October 24, 2015 by  
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Check out these local establishments for the best pumpkin experience L.A. has to offer, just click the link:

Love to Read? Here’s How to Host a Book Swap Party!

October 13, 2015 by  
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If you fly through books faster than you can buy them, you might want to save some money (and have some fun) by hosting a book swap party with your fellow bibliophiles. This type of party enables you to trade your old books for a friend’s pre-loved titles that are new to you. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind when planning your own book swap.

  1. Determine the logistics. Consider how many people to invite depending on the size of your space, and then decide how many books each person should bring based on that number. If you’re at a loss, 10 books per person is a good start. You might also want to ask each guest to bring a covered dish or his or her beverage of choice.
  2. Send an e-vite. Make things easy on yourself by sending out a quick email invitation to the people you want to invite.
  3. Include the right details. Since the party is a unique idea, the invitation should include the general idea of how things will work and how many books the person should bring.
  4. Set up a display. Set all of the books in boxes or on a table so that guests can check them out before the swap begins.
  5. Start swapping! Once it’s time to swap, go around a circle letting each guest choose a book on every turn.

How to Host a Book Swap Party [One Good Thing]
How to Host a Book Swap [How Stuff Works]
How to Host a Swap Party [Real Simple]

The Car That Beat The Nazis

September 25, 2015 by  
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Click here to check out this great article from The Peterson.

Job Hunting? Here’s How to Ace That Interview!

September 15, 2015 by  
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It's natural to feel nervous about a job interview! After all, you want to appear modest but confident, eager but not desperate, and you certainly want to stand apart from the other candidates. Here are a few tips that will help you to master these key traits and ace that upcoming interview.

  1. Do meaningful research. Instead of simply researching the company’s earnings and the name of its founder, dive a little deeper. Read the company blog or even check out articles about the company in different media or magazines.
  2. Interview earlier in the week. If you get to schedule your own interview, aim for earlier in the week. That way, your interviewer will feel fresh and open to new candidates (although you might want to avoid the dreaded Monday morning).
  3. Be firm about your salary. While you may feel like you’ll make yourself seem greedy if you ask for more money, a bit of polite negotiation proves that you know your worth.
  4. Ask your own questions. Most interviews end with the interviewer asking the interviewee if he or she has any questions, which is a great opportunity for you to really shine. Ask well thought-out questions about the work atmosphere, goals for the company, or even what a day at the office usually entails.

12 Surprising Job Interview Tips [Forbes]
Interview Tips [Career Center]
6 Interview Tips and Tricks for 2014 [Business News Daily]

Find Food Co-Ops Near You With Help From These Two Websites

August 11, 2015 by  
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Shopping at a food co-op in your area is one of the best ways to obtain healthy, fresh foods and support your area’s local farmers and purveyors. Many people in small towns assume that they don’t have a food co-op in their areas, but they are actually more common than you might think. Here are two online tools to help you find co-ops near your home.

Co-Op Directory
This expansive website enables you to search by state in order to find the closest food co-ops. Each listing includes an address, phone number and links to the store’s website for additional information. Co-Op Directory also provides a short description of many of its stores, including the types of food that each store sells, its mission statement and other details.

Local Harvest
Local Harvest is one of the most popular websites for all types of fresh, local and organic foods, and it also offers a large directory of food co-ops in every state. You can search for your area by using the site’s interactive map, which offers pinpoints for each store. Once you find a co-op near you, Local Harvest provides all of the necessary driving directions, phone numbers and more.

Watching Your Waistline? Check Out These Weight Loss Tips for Women

July 14, 2015 by  
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Just about every website and magazine today claims to offer miracle diet tips, but the only real way to lose weight is by exercising regularly and watching what you eat. These smart (and realistic!) tips can help keep women on track to shedding those extra pounds.

  1. Determine your individual calorie intake. Sure, counting calories is important for everyone, but not every woman’s body requires the same amount of calories each day. Work with a doctor to determine your recommended daily amount based on your weight loss goals.
  2. Practice portion control. Even if your diet already consists of mainly lean meats, fruits, and veggies, many people go overboard when it comes to portion control. Measure out your portions beforehand to stay on track.
  3. Forgo diet treats. Every American supermarket is filled with “diet” versions of unhealthy treats, but in most cases, you’re better off opting for a smaller serving size of the real deal. That way, you won’t be tempted to overindulge.
  4. Balance cardio and strength workouts. Most people prefer one or the other when it comes to their gym habits, but it’s important to balance both types of exercise if you really want to lose weight.
  5. Amp up your workouts. Practice short bursts of intense activity, which burn far more calories and help you to lose weight faster.

Our 75 Best Tips for Losing Weight [Women’s Day]
7 Weight Loss Mistakes Even Healthy Women Make [Prevention]
7 Weight Loss Challenges and Tips for Women [ShareCare]

4th of July Flag Cake

June 27, 2015 by  
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Celebrate the stars and stripes with more than just Fireworks! Celebrate with deliciousness!

Ingredients Cake:

Nonstick cooking spray
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup stone-ground white cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
5 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons rainbow or red, white and blue sprinkles

2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
2 ounces chopped white chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


1 cup blueberries
One 16-ounce container strawberries
1 tablespoon apple jelly or apricot jam, melted

Special Offer for PLB Residents

June 25, 2015 by  
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New to Yoga? Check Out These Tips for Beginners!

June 8, 2015 by  
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Yoga can help improve your life in both mental and physical ways, but it can be intimidating if you’ve never been to a class before. You might feel nervous about what to bring, what to wear, and how to follow along, but with these simple tips, you’ll be able to make the most of your first yoga flow.

  1. Choose the right studio. Look at reviews online to find the best studio in the area. Many yoga studios also have beginner’s classes, so check the schedule before choosing your first class.
  2. Wear the proper clothing. To stay safe and comfortable during your practice, be sure to wear tight-fitting clothing that you can move around in. If you’re going to a hot yoga class, you also want to wear clothes made from a breathable material.
  3. Know the tools. If you’re not ready to commit to purchasing your own mat, you can usually rent one from your yoga studio. The studio will also provide a yoga block, towels, and maybe even a blanket.
  4. Be open-minded. You likely won’t understand all of the terminology or the names of the poses, but just remember that the more you put into your practice, the more you’ll get out of it.
  5. Take a break. If you start to feel overwhelmed during class, it’s acceptable and encouraged to go into child’s pose or simply lie down on your mat until you catch your breath.

12 Top Tips for Beginner Yogis [Shape]
12 Yoga Tips for Beginners [Care 2]
6 Yoga Tips for Beginners [Active]

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