Vue Smart Glasses

Google Glass was introduced several years ago, and these devices have not been widely adopted. Two reasons are that the glasses are bulky, and they have a recording device attached which seems to be intrusive for many people. Vue Smart Glasses do not have a recording device attached so that fear can be allayed. Also, the glasses look stylish so they may be mistaken for regular glasses. The Vue Smart glasses come in plain, prescription and sunglass options. One interesting thing the glasses provide is something they term “bone conduction audio technology.” So instead of having in earbuds in your ears …

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Home Exterior Freshen-Up

June is a great time to freshen up the exterior of your home. Most of your time outside in the yard this spring probably comprised working with grass, flower beds and trees. It is now time to look to see if the exterior of your home needs a thorough cleaning. First off, though if you have any shrubs or trees that are touching your home you should trim them back. When looking at the outside of your home do you see streaks, dull paint, or mildew? If so, then consider hiring someone to pressure wash your home, or do it …

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Father’s Day Fun

Father’s Day is June 16th this year, and it is a time to celebrate dads who helped shape us into who we are today. One thing you want to make sure of is he is fed well. If you wish to enjoy a meal together, there are many great places to choose from. If he is a meat lover, consider Texas de Brazil in Birmingham as a place to indulge for dinner (or lunch on Fridays). They offer meat galore until you are full. Restaurants like Perry’s, Fleming’s and Ruth Chris are also fantastic options. For a more casual steak experience, …

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Grilled Chicken Drumsticks with Balsamic-chili Reduction

Grilling time can be a good time, and for this month the featured recipe is for drumsticks. If you are ready to grill something different with a little zing, this recipe is for you. Prep Time 1 Hour / Cook Time 35 Minutes Ingredients 4 Chicken drumsticks, skin on 1/3 cup Piri-piri oil (see recipe below) 1/2 cup Balsamic-chilli reduction sauce (see recipe below) 1-2 tsp Fine sea salt Recipe for Piri-piri Oil Equipment – One Mason or similar size jar Ingredients for Piri-piri Oil: 2 cups Neutral oil, such as Canola 1/2 cup Chilli flakes 1 Tbsp Fine sea …

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Down Payment for a Home

When it comes time to consider purchasing a home, many things go into the decision-making process. Most people will need to take out a mortgage to make the purchase as it will typically be a significant investment. One thing to plan for is the down payment required to close the loan and purchase the home.  Depending on the type of loan, that amount of money could range from nothing required up to 20% of the home purchase price. Some loans require Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) which protects the lender in case of a borrower default. A rule of thumb is that if …

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Delivery Drones are Coming.

Drones are becoming more commonplace as the prices have come down, and their acceptance rate has gone up. Although there are some concerns with drones related to privacy and safety, enough research has been completed that drones controlled by the Wing company are now officially permitted to start delivering items in a couple of areas in Virginia. One thing that is allowing them to do this is that they are being licensed by the FAA like a small commercial aircraft as opposed to the FAA drone regulations. That FAA aircraft regulation allows them to be operated with more flexibility than …

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Spring Cleaning

Spring is in full swing and before the summer guests come to visit, it is time to consider cleaning up for them and yourself. Before you get started on the deep cleaning consider if you have items you never use stashed away in areas of the house like the attic, basement and other areas. If so, consider getting rid of those things to provide a less cluttered area (and some extra cash) through something like Facebook Marketplace, eBay, Craigslist, or letgo. If you have enough things to move out of your home, you may choose to have a yard sale. …

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Mother’s Day, Food and Fun

May is the month we celebrate Mother’s Day. For most people reading this article, your mothers probably mean a lot to you. If they are still living, spend some extra time with them if possible (not just in May, but other times too). Having been raised by your mom, you should know a lot about what she likes and dislikes. Take that into consideration as you plan what you want to do for her. Moms, like the rest of us, have to eat and with Cinco de Mayo this month you should definitely put Mexican food near the top of the …

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Filet Mignon and Lobster Nests

Steak and seafood is a great combination. Make plans to enjoy this tasty meal with your date, your family, or your friends. Using this recipe should provide satisfaction to all who partake. Time: 40 minutes Effort: Easy Serves: 2 Ingredients 1 1 lb. lobster, steamed, shelled and sliced 2 3 oz. filet mignon steaks 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1/2 cup Light soy sauce or Teriyaki sauce 1 ear of fresh corn (keep the husks) 2 bunches of Kataifi dough (shredded filo pastry) 1 tbsp canola oil 8 white mushrooms, sliced 1 tsp olive oil 2 cups water for boiling the …

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Should You Consider a Career Change?

Considering a career change is a serious decision. Depending on where you are in your career, making a change could be a relatively easy adjustment, or a very difficult one. As you think about changing careers, make a plan to get yourself into a position where you can make the switch as easily as possible. If your finances are not under control, then you need to stabilize them. If you are purchasing a home, wait until after the purchase is complete before changing so you will not create an issue with the financing. If you need to get more education …

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