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12 December 2015 Traveling Home for the Holidays: A Survival Guide

Heading home for the holidays may daunt or delight you. Your main concern, though, could be how you'll afford the trip. After all, the money you spend on travel and gifts can add up fast. So how should you handle the costs of holiday travel and gifting, not to mention dealing with your parents' unsolicited money advice? Here, experts dole out tips for surviving the season with your finances intact. Think Off-Peak The reality of holiday travel is that everyone else is setting out on the same days, which can make flights more expensive. But if your travel plans are flexible, you can fly on days when there are fewer passengers. “If you can live with celebrating Christmas a day (or week) later or even flying on Christmas Day or New Year's Eve, you might save big. According to CheapAir, a California-based team of travel enthusiasts and tech geeks, you can save, by departing December 23, 24 or 25, and save returning December 31 or January 6. If plane tickets are still beyond your budget and you have some extra time, consider taking a bus or train to visit your family, or carpooling with friends to split the cost of gas and tolls.

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26 August 2015 Back to School Tips

Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement… and anxiety. Help calm your child’s fears (and your own) with these teacher-approved tips. Meet the new teacher. For kids, one of the biggest back-to-school fears is “Will I like my new teacher?” Breaking the ice early on is one of the best ways to calm everyone’s fears. Take advantage of your school’s open house or back-to-school night. Some teachers welcome phone calls or e-mails — another great opportunity to get to know each other before the year begins. If personal contact with the teacher isn’t possible, try locating the teacher’s picture on a school website or in a yearbook, so your child can put a name with a face. If your child’s teacher sends a welcome letter, be sure to read the letter together. Tour the school. If your school hosts an open house, be sure to go. Familiarizing your child with her environment will help her avoid a nervous stomach on the first day. Together you can meet her teacher, find her desk, or explore the playground.

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09 August 2015 Orlando Travel Tips - Visit Theme Parks and Travel to Walt Disney World

There's no other city in the United States — the world, even — that celebrates childhood quite like Orlando. The feeling that you get when you catch the light off Epcot Center's Spaceship Earth (found in Walt Disney World, of course); or from your first sip of Butterbeer in Hogsmeade (located inside Islands of Adventure's Wizarding World of Harry Potter); or when you witness the soaring heights of Shamu's flips (during the "Believe" water show at SeaWorld) — all prove that being a kid is about state of mind, not age. The notion that only young ones will enjoy this city's charms is just that — a notion. In reality, Orlando has a little of this and a little of that to appeal to all ages, and there's more to do here than visit theme parks. The subtropical climate is great for golfing and the downtown city landscape is too attractive not to explore.

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01 August 2015 How to plan a wine country trip

What's not to love about drinking wine in stunning locales with friends and loved ones? In the past 25 years, wine tourism has exploded and millions of people a year seek out wineries of all types and sizes from Napa Valley to South Africa. Keep reading for some tips on how to get the most out of your next day of wine tourism.

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28 July 2015 New York City Travel Tips

Cool, cosmopolitan, crowded, constantly evolving … the Big Apple blends big-city splendor with small-town charm. Amid Gotham's iconic landmarks and towering skyscrapers, you'll experience a vibrant culture permeating each of the city's distinctive neighborhoods and boroughs. Follow trendsetters to the East Village and Brooklyn to check out indie boutiques, iconic bakeries and trendy coffee shops. Afterward, peruse the racks of the sleek shops lining Fifth Avenue, admire the cutting-edge art collections at the MoMa and the Met, catch a memorable show on Broadway or sit down for a meal at the latest "it" restaurant.

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10 July 2015 USA Women’s Soccer Team Parades Down New York ‘Canyon of Heroes’

The U.S. women's soccer team was honored today with a historic ticker-tape parade and City Hall ceremony in New York City following the team’s World Cup triumph. The parade marked the first time a women’s sports team is receiving a ride down the city’s famed Canyon of Heroes. "Let me tell you it's about time, isn't it?" Mayor Bill de Blasio said after the parade during a ceremony at City Hall. "You can see out there the love that the people of this city and the people of this country have for this team and what they mean to all of us." The Future of American Soccer After Women's World Cup Victory 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup: Carli Lloyd Visualized Record-Breaking Goals in May

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07 July 2015 Orlando's Best Nightlife: Chic Views, Cheap Beer, Cheeky Culture and More

You love the nightlife, and Orlando’s got plenty of haunts for the beat driven (check out our 10Best Dance Clubs list for even more) but not everyone’s idea of nightlife involves throwing down to house or techno. For those who do – or maybe don’t care as much about the dance floor as they do the upscale, South Beachy vibe and the unparalleled city views – One80 Grey Goose Lounge should suit. Ensconced atop the city’s new Amway Center, it’s not only a post-Magic game favorite that also wins points for its industry nights and daytime patio parties. Those who prefer more of a $2.50 PBR dance party will feel right at home in their sneakers at downtown’s “everyone’s welcome” dance hall, the Independent. Depending on which night you go, the floor may be shaking to Motown or 80s, top 40 or disco classics, but the vibe is “un-sceney” and no one will mind your ripped jeans. How about something cheekier? At the Venue you may get a literal dose if Orlando’s resident burlesque troupe is performing. If not, you might find dance, song, experimental theater. The Venue serves it all and with a cozy bar in which to prep for your culture injection, you’ll be well prepared to take it in stride. Small plates and smooth jazz are on the menu at Jazz Tastings in Maitland, where the wine list is long, as are the instrumental breaks. Regular patrons – and locals just stumbling upon this hidden gem – enjoy both.

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03 July 2015 Happy 4th July

Happy 4th July Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as Fourth of July or July Fourth in the USA, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, the date on which the United States formally separated from Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States. Independence Day itself has nothing to do with the military, or soldiers.

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03 July 2015 The Top 10 Premium Airport Lounges

There have been many new lounges appearing around the world. Each offering a unique level of luxury and identity that has meant a broad and interesting collection of spaces in a variety of spaces. Excellent spaces that didn’t make the list, but should still be commended, include Virgin America’s ‘The Loft‘ in LAX, Hong Kong’s new independent Plaza Lounge and last year’s ‘Dolce Vita’ lounge in Rome for Alitalia. Whilst there are a few familiar faces compared to last year’s list, there are some new faces here, showcasing the recent investment into the customer experience in the aviation field. Whilst these lounges have been awarded the recognition on an overall product, from service, to space, to their individuality, it is predominantly the design of the lounges that has the weighing factor.

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28 June 2015 Disney bans selfie sticks over safety issues

The happiest place on earth is no place for selfie sticks. Disney theme parks ban the popular photo-taking tool. Disney may be where dreams come true, but if your dreams involve taking selfies with the aid of an extendable stick, you best start making different plans for your mobile photography. A new report states the world-famous theme parks will start banning selfie sticks beginning next week. All American theme parks will start enforcing the new rule starting June 30th, with the rest of the world following on July 1st. The news comes courtesy of a leaked internal email, which was later confirmed to the press by Disney. Why would Disney do this, though? Some of you love selfie sticks, most people hate them, but that is all subjective. You would be right to believe this is about more than the fact selfie sticks are among the most ridiculous things we have seen in our generation. Disney considers these selfie aids a safety hazard.

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21 June 2015 Luxury brand endorsements in popular song lyrics may influence purchases

Luxury brands that are endorsed by being mentioned in lyrics of popular songs likely see more brand awareness among younger consumers and may see an increase in purchases due to star influence. A number of brands such as Michael Kors, Tom Ford, Versace, Richard Mille, Maybach, Mercedes-Benz and others have been mentioned in hip-hop, rap, pop and rock songs that have topped the charts. By being mentioned in these lyrics, musicians are giving an organic endorsement of a brand that may encourage consumers to buy certain brands instead of others. “Popular song lyrics help to create aspirational consumers and embed ideas of social norms and goals to be pursued and achieved,” said Kelly Cooper, marketing manager for ShopIgniter, Portland, OR. “Mentions in music is a form of product placement as it has the potential to build awareness among current and new audiences, strengthen brand recognition as well as influence memory and purchase intentions,” she said. “Also, in this form, it is integrated into the medium at such a level that it doesn’t come across as a promotion or advertisement.

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17 June 2015 Tribeca Grand Hotel to open a jazz club on its cellar level

TRIBECA — A swanky TriBeca hotel is getting a bit more jazzed up. The Tribeca Grand is slated to open a jazz club on its cellar level, its owners said at a recent Community Board 1 meeting. The former of owners of Silver Lining, a cocktail bar and jazz club in TriBeca that shuttered last year, are consulting on the space, owners said. The team behind Silver Lining still runs speakeasy-like cocktail bar Little Branch in the West Village, and are slated to open a jazz club in Bed-Stuy. The Tribeca Grand jazz club will have capacity for about 150 people.

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15 June 2015 Things to remember in Your Wedding Limo

A wedding isn’t all magic and romance. It’s also guest lists, to-do lists, address lists—the perfect day takes an incredible amount of hard work. No matter how much planning gets done, unexpected things happen, from unseasonal weather to surprise speeches by uncles. But you can be prepared for the biggest things that might come up, and if you’re hiring a limo, you’ll also have a place to store invaluable emergency items.

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12 June 2015 Places to go while waiting for flight at Orlando International Airport (MCO)

There really aren't a lot of places down by the airport other than restaurants, hotels, gas stations. I guess the Florida Mall would be the closest shopping venue outside of the airport. Orlando airport does have a pretty nice selection of mall type stores. You could probably kill a couple of hours in them if you shopped slowly. There's also a hotel in the terminal that rents rooms during the day if you wanted some place private to relax. You could rent a room and then hang out by the pool for a while, if you're not too vacationed out. If you got an outside room you could watch the planes taking off and landing. The Florida Mall, located only minutes from the Orlando International Airport, is Central Florida’s largest and most remarkable shopping center. Welcoming more than 20 million visitors per year and spanning nearly 1.8 million square feet, The Florida Mall offers an experiential environment with more than 250 unique entertainment, retail and dining options.

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09 June 2015 The 10 Best Rooftop Bars in NYC for Summer

We've told you about New York's amazing rooftop bars in the past, but the bar scene in this dynamic city is always changing -- so we're updating our list. Here we bring you the summer 2015 edition of the city's top rooftop bars. From new spots in increasingly popular West SoHo, to Midtown rooftops with real staying power, these are the 10 bars you need to visit this summer. Some of them you probably haven't even heard of yet.

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09 June 2015 Flag Day - United States of America Falg Day

The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as 'Flag Birthday'. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as 'Flag Birthday', or 'Flag Day'. On June 14, 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City, planned appropriate ceremonies for the children of his school, and his idea of observing Flag Day was later adopted by the State Board of Education of New York. On June 14, 1891, the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held a Flag Day celebration, and on June 14 of the following year, the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution, celebrated Flag Day.

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07 June 2015 Plan Your Visit to - Statue Of Liberty US National Monument -

No visit to the New York City area is complete without a trip the world’s most famous landmarks – the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Statue Cruises offers departures throughout the day from both New York and New Jersey for the convenience of out-of-town visitors and local residents alike. Get your Statue of Liberty tickets here at the guaranteed lowest price. Visiting the Statue of Liberty National Monument and limited access of Ellis Island featuring the Wall of Honor is a memorable experience for people from all over the world.

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06 June 2015 SeaWorld may be bouncing back from 'Blackfish' backlash

On video at Shamu Stadium, a baby gray whale named JJ, found near death off Marina del Rey, swims out to sea after 14 months of rehabilitation at SeaWorld San Diego.. "Our commitment to animals goes beyond the boundaries of our park," an announcer intones over the din of uplifting music and applause. The scene moved Andrea Longlade from Toronto, watching with her 6-year-old daughter. "I think it's good that my money is going toward good things," she said. That's exactly the response SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. wants. The park is still reeling from the 2013 documentary "Blackfish," which accused the company's parks of mistreating killer whales. The backlash damaged the company's attendance, earnings and stock price, along with the wholesome image it projects.

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15 May 2015 Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.

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15 May 2015 How to Choose a Wedding Limo

How to Choose a Wedding Limo Wedding planning involves an incredible number of moving pieces. If you’re lucky, you’ll have assistance from family or a wedding planner, but it’s a stressful time no matter how much help you have. Weddings require you to put a lot of trust in businesses you don’t regularly deal with, such as professional photographers, big venues—and limo companies. Wedding limo service in Orlando or Wedding limo service in New York City We take some of the stress out of choosing a limo company, at least, by explaining how to spot a good (or bad) provider before you ever step into a car. A great limo company can get you to the ceremony on time, and in style, and take care of some of the details that make a wedding unforgettable.

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15 May 2015 How to Choose a Prom Limo

How to Choose a Prom Limo With spring finally here, and prom season almost upon us, high scholar’s thoughts are turning to tuxedos, dresses, and dances. One of the many things to organize is transport, and for many teenagers that will mean a limo. Hiring a limo to prom is about the experience as much as the set of wheels. Safe driving, professional service, and a well-maintained and clean limo all help to make a night memorable for the right reasons, so it’s unwise to choose on price alone. Here are some of the key things to consider.

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