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7 Excellent Swap and Share Sites

by Tracy McGill •

Remember the 20th century when we were in a consumption frenzy? Terms like swap and share weren’t even on our radar. The economic downturn combined with our fundamental need to connect with others has started a swap and share movement that has been defined as Collaborative Consumption. Businesses are now using the efficiency of the internet and mobile technology to …

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How to Use Essential Oils in Aromatherapy to Treat Colds and Flu

by Tracy McGill •

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Aromatherapy, literally ‘scent treatment’, is the practice of using essential oils extracted from trees, flowers, and herbs as an alternative medicine to ease all kinds of ailments and conditions including stress, depression, and cold symptoms. Essential oils stimulate our mood sensors while providing germ-killing power, as well as medicinal properties to ease symptoms of disease and illness. The restorative powers …

The Best Keyboards For iPhone

by Tracy McGill •

The market for Bluetooth wireless keyboards continues to explode since the release of Apple’s iPad tablet, leaving manufacturers scrambling to make the most portable keyboard without losing points in functionality. Luckily, both the iPhone and the iPad support Bluetooth wireless technology. And why do you need one at all?

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Bike Books: A Review

by Tracy McGill •

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With the temperatures falling outside you may not be getting on your bike as much as you’d like, especially if you haven’t stocked up on your wool clothing. So it’s the perfect time to catch up on your reading. As bike popularity is exploding, so are the number of books written about the love and care of a bicycle. Whether …

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The Best Computer Games for Kids 2010

by Tracy McGill •

Computer games for kids have in recent years been overshadowed by popular console games, but there are a wide range of choices for educational computer games that can’t often be found for other systems. Even if you own every gaming system there is, kids will still flock to the computer and parents love to to see kids having fun while …

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The Green Christmas Tree: Tips and Alternatives

by Tracy McGill •

Is there such a thing as a green Christmas tree? Can you still be kind to the earth while chopping down a piece of it to bring into your home? The question of the artificial vs. the live Christmas tree has sparked more heated online debate than Freddy vs. Jason. Lately the green pendulum has swung to the side of …

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Best LED Christmas Lights

by Tracy McGill •

LED Christmas lights have come a long way since they first hit the market. Now you can get just about any shape, size, and color to please the most die hard of holiday decorators. Most agree they are even more brilliant than the traditional incandescent Christmas lights, but perhaps the greatest benefit is that they are up to 90% more …

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Classic European Toys

by Tracy McGill •

European toys have a reputation for being safe, durable, and educational. Toy experts agree that Europe has the highest safety standards for toy manufacturers. With many parents dreaming of a China-free Christmas, the trend for the past few years has been toward more classic toys that stand the test of time. Toys from Europe tend to be more costly, yet …

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The Best Reverse Osmosis Water Filters 2010

by Tracy McGill •

Reverse osmosis for the home is a water purifying method in which tap water is forced through a semi-permeable membrane that prevents bacteria and minerals from passing through to produce a more pure form of drinking water. The choice of a water filtration system depends on if you’re looking to rid of a specific contaminant or if you’re generally looking …

Go-Ped Scooters: 2010 Review

by Tracy McGill •

So what’s a Go-Ped? Go-Ped is a line of scooters, electric, gas and human powered, designed and manufactured by Patmont Motor Werks. With their award winning technology, Go-Ped scooters are geared for the short distance commuter interested in reducing their carbon footprint. Manufactured in Nevada, the founders of Go-Ped are dedicated to providing jobs for Americans and supporting domestic manufacturers …