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A sink and vanity in the bedroom gave the Aachen, Germany, flat a distinctly European feel.
E arlier this year, my husband and I received an exciting Facebook message from our friends in Aachen, Germany. It read, “We are getting married! We hope you can join us for the celebration in July.” These friends were kind enough to travel to the U.S. for our wedding only two years earlier, so we sprang into action to see how we could make the trip with only a few months’ notice. Luckily, most...
Home solar panels
We’ve all heard that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But what if there were such a thing as free electricity? That’s the idea behind solar energy and the increasing popularity of home solar panels. So what’s the catch, and is it really free? The basics According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), “enough sunlight hits the earth’s surface in one and a half hours to power the entire...
Fresh food delivered through online grocery shopping.
It can be hard to find enough time to go grocery shopping. Busy schedules and important tasks often take precedence over clipping coupons and planning meals. Inclement weather and physical impairments make traveling to the store and carrying heavy bags a challenge. Online grocery shopping and meal subscription services eliminate these inconveniences and concerns. They allow you to purchase...
FitBit fitness trackers
The number one resolution almost every New Year is to get healthy. Activity trackers now make reaching that goal easier than ever. The term “activity tracker” refers to any wearable device that monitors and records physical activity. The great news is there’s a tracker for everybody; the bad news is there are almost too many choices. How they work Most activity trackers work...
mobile pay graphic
Most of us can agree that using credit or debit cards is a more convenient way of shopping than carrying around a bulging wad of cash. But what if there were an even easier way of making payments? Yes, even easier than just sliding your card at the register. Welcome to the age of the digital wallet! Android Pay Officially released on September 10, 2015, Android Pay will be pre-installed on all...
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These days, keeping up with consumer electronic trends seems almost impossible, especially when it comes to televisions. You get your new TV set up, and it already feels like it’s out of date. Here are two trends you should know about before you purchase your next television. What is 4K? One trend to watch this year is 4K, or UHD (ultimate high definition) resolution. As HD did about a...
data security
Cyber safety is a growing concern for just about anybody with access to the Internet. It’s a little too easy to be unaware of just how much personal information is floating around about you. What is my online footprint? Your digital footprint is the culmination of any and all online activity. Online information is collected and stored two ways. An active footprint is information given out...
Couple using laptop
Odds are you’ve heard about “net neutrality.” What isn’t quite so certain is whether someone has explained it clearly. Especially in the last several months, net neutrality has been in the news, but its appearances were reminiscent of phantoms—foggy glimpses here and there based on fragmented, sometimes incoherent, descriptions. The fact is, if you have a computer...
paper stack
Welcome to the New Year! Looking for an easy way to shed some excess weight without the hassle of diet or exercise? Chances are you’ve got pounds and pounds of papers lying around: bills, receipts, warranties, etc. Wouldn’t it be great to be done with the clutter of paper once and for all? Although it can be scary to not have all your important documents in a tangible location, going...