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3 Back-to-School Bargains

August 19, 2010 at 2:46 pm , by

If you’re still scrambling to get your kid off to college, the last-minute expenses are probably getting you in a tizzy. (It costs how much for textbooks?!) Here are some deals from savings.com to take the edge off.

Apple
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Our pick: MacBook

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Get 10% off sitewide
Our pick: Anything! The site rents out college textbooks for well below purchase prices.

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Save 10% off plus Free Shipping on $50+ School Supply Orders
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Spa Getaway Sweepstakes

August 18, 2010 at 12:44 pm , by

LHJ is giving away seven different spa getaway packages to some amazing destinations:

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Check out what each spa has to offer and then click here to enter the sweepstakes!


Cheat Sheet: 4 Things You Maybe Missed This Week

August 13, 2010 at 2:30 pm , by

1. Jet Blue Flight Attendant Goes Bonkers.

While there are several varied accounts floating around the Internet, the basic story goes like this: A passenger was rude to Jet Blue flight attendant Steven Slater, hurled some expletives his way and refused to sit down; something hit Slater in the head, and he lost it. He took over the intercom to tell everyone off, grabbed two cans of beer, inflated the emergency exit ramp and slid down to the tarmac before escaping home, where he was later arrested. Over the course of this week, he’s garnered criticism and accolades, been denounced as a danger and proclaimed a hero. Late night comedians have of course pounced on this story, providing us with some hilarious spoofs and even a tribute song:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9LjcZRerLA

2. Friggatriskaidekaphobia!

It means fear of Friday the 13th, which is today. Most of us suffer from a bit of friggastriskaidekaphobia, or even simply from triskaidekaphobia, which is fear of the number 13 in any context. Many office buildings skip the 13th floor, for example, and some cities eliminate 13th Street in grids. Here are some more spooky examples.

3. Eat, Pray, Love is Released in Theaters.

The sure-to-be-a-blockbuster film, based on Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling memoir and starring Julia Roberts, opens this weekend. It’s directed by Ryan Murphy, creator of Nip/Tuck and Glee, and features a star-packed cast. Will it live up to the hype? Is it just as good as the book? Reviews are mixed so far, but critics are at least unanimous in describing the amazing scenery of the movie, shot in Italy, India and Indonesia. If you liked the book and are a Julia Roberts fan (and really, who isn’t?), it’s probably worth the ticket price.

4. The Happiest Baby in the World.

If you’re feeling down, or like you’re missing the simple joys in life, just watch this video of a baby laughing hysterically every time his dad tears a piece of paper. It’s been up on YouTube for a few years already, but it never gets old. I dare you to watch it without smiling.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXXm696UbKY


Angela Kinsey on Life as a Working Mom

August 12, 2010 at 6:13 pm , by

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Though they share the same first name, Angela Kinsey, the bubbly, petite blonde star of The Office, is nothing like her stern television counterpart. I chatted with Angela when she came to New York City for an event sponsored by Post-it (her personal favorites are the tiny ones she can stick on her packed calendar) about her life as a working mom and the upcoming season of her hit show.

How do you balance life as a busy actress with being the mother to a 2-year-old?

I am very lucky that Isabel can come to set and visit me during the day, but that dynamic is going to change, because she’s very busy. She’s wanting to do activities, and now work might just be boring for her. She’s got quite the social calendar. Growing up, my mom had a magnet on the fridge, and it was this frazzled woman, and it said, “If a mom’s place is in the home, then why am I always in the car?”  I feel like that chapter of my life is about to begin.

I think as a working mom, you’re always balancing things. You’re balancing your commitments and then you’re having to work really hard to set boundaries so that you can be fully present in your child’s life. And that’s the thing I think I’ve learned the most - when to say no, and how to say no.

What are some ways that you Do Good?

Anything to do with kids is important to me. I just did this thing for Do Something 101. If you go to Staples, you can pick up a pack of pencils or erasers or whatever, and they have these bins right by the checkout and you can just put the extra office supplies in the bin and they go to students who can’t afford their school supplies. And it’s so easy, and inexpensive. A pack of pens is like $2. And every little bit helps.

What can we expect from the upcoming season of The Office?

I think the demise of Michael Scott is going to be really fun to watch. One story line is, supposedly Michael has a medical condition, and because of this condition he has to contact his former lovers, so we’re going to see Melora Hardin come back as Jan, and Holly [Amy Ryan] is going to come back as well. Read more


3 Sweet Deals on Jewelry

August 5, 2010 at 5:48 pm , by

Accessorizing is the easiest way to jazz up an old outfit or try out a trend without committing your entire season’s wardrobe budget. Today we’ve got some fabulous deals from savings.com on jewelry to liven your look.earrings

Manhattanite
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Our pick: Foxy Originals Lilith Earrings

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Our pick: 1/2 Carat Diamond Sterling Silver Pendant w/ Black Rhodium & Chain

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Our pick: Antique Vintage Amber Ring in Sterling Silver

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Giant Post-It Art

August 4, 2010 at 4:33 pm , by

Walking through New York’s Grand Central Station, I’m used to seeing the beautiful architecture and art deco chandeliers. Yesterday, however, the gigantic billboard made out of thousands of Post-its caught me by surprise.

Post-its turn 30 this year, and to celebrate this birthday, Post-it Brand teamed up with Publicolor, a not-for-profit organization that paints the interiors of public schools and buildings in at-risk communities in bright, fun colors. They challenged kids to complete the phrase “In 30 years I will…” by creating a collage made entirely of Post-it products. The winners of the art contest, Ysanne Taylor, 16, and Allison Hilgert, 17, saw their project transformed into an oversized billboard version by pushpin artist Eric Daigh.

The giant billboard of Post-Its

Daigh used over 100,000 Super Sticky Post-its to create this massive billboard, which measures 40 feet wide and 44 feet tall. Check out more photos of Post-it art after the jump. Read more


Haiti: Six Months After the Earthquake

July 12, 2010 at 2:30 pm , by

Today marks the six-month anniversary of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti. A good friend of mine and fellow journalist, Eleanor A. Miller, is spending the summer reporting for the Haitian Times in Port-au-Prince. I asked Eleanor via email about her experience, and what she’s observed on the ground in Haiti.

Kids at The Sunday Project. Photo by Eleanor A. Miller

Shelter is the biggest issue. “There are tent cities everywhere. There is no open public space anymore–every park, every open lot, everywhere has tents and shacks and people living on it,” Eleanor said. “If any sort of tropical storm blows through, causing heavy rains, winds or mudslides, it will be another disaster all over again. Tents and tarps are already falling apart because they simply aren’t meant to be used continuously, and the strong heat and rains of the Caribbean have taken their toll.”

According to Eleanor, the mood among Haitians is frustration. Many look to the United States for much needed help. So what can average Americans do?

“Consider donating to Haitian-run organizations on the ground that know the culture, work intimately with locals and are sustainable,” Eleanor said.

Eleanor volunteers with The Sunday Project,  run by local radio personality Carel Pedre. Every Sunday, the group heads to Cité Soleil, the poorest slum in Port-au-Prince, and distributes 300 boxed meals to seriously malnourished kids. You can donate to The Sunday Project or find other organizations to give to. But it doesn’t cost anything to remain interested in the Haitian recovery and ask our government and aid organizations to do the same.

Cite Soleil

Cite Soleil, a slum in Port-au-Prince. Photo by Eleanor A. Miller


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