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Friday, October 31, 2014
Do you think it is too early for holiday shopping? Most Americans do not think so. So do many big name-brand retailers. Forbes Living TV takes a look at the early Black Friday sales being offered now.
Amazon and Wal-Mart are going neck to neck in the sale arena. The giant online seller of almost anything is offering what they call Lightning Deals starting November 1. Not to be forgotten, Wal-Mart may match prices with Amazon for many items bought online and give customers free shipping to boot. And it is cutting the price on 20,000 items. Target is offering free shipping for orders purchased online through December 20. Forbes Living TV suggests readers sign up for deals and discounts online with favorite stores. It also helps to Like them on Facebook where daily deals are often posted. Holiday sales started early this year as the retail association noticed a marked uptick in revenue. Shoppers should keep eyes open for news on other stores getting in on the hopefully lucrative holiday shopping season. Want to see who will have the best sales soon? Check out The Black Friday website to view the ads and find early sales news.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
"Nominate a Family in Need for a Thanksgiving Basket & Win One for Paying-it-Forward"
With the holiday season just around the corner, we here at the Forbes Living TV show, along with our wonderful friends from Kitchen Innovations (www.kitcheninnovationsinc.com),want to help a special family that is struggling through these tough times. Kitchen Innovations is spreading the joy of cooking! They've kindly donated two Thanksgiving Gift Baskets with their collection of innovative cooking products, valued at $267.00 dollars! One basket is for the person who takes a minute to nominate a family and the other is for the family in need.
Forbes Living believes no family should go without a Thanksgiving dinner. Kitchen Innovations is including an additional $100.00 pre-paid Visa card for the family, this give-away basket is valued at $367.00 dollars. The recipient will win fantastic cooking products, and the money to buy a turkey with all the trimmings!
Please tell us under "Comments" or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org in 100 words or less, about a family that you feel is deserving.
Winners will be selected on November 15th and notified via Facebook.
- Entrant and recipients must be U.S. citizens living in the U.S.
- One entry per person only.
- Please add #PayItForward at the end of your entry for consideration. Entries without it will be disqualified.
- All entries must be received before midnight, EST on November 14.
- Entrants must "Like" the Forbes Living Facebook page and the Kitchen Innovations Facebook page.
- Entrants must be 18 years or older. Entrants under the age of 18 must send a parent or guardian's permission to enter.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Almost every store and street corners has a seller with a patch size amount of pumpkins to see. Some are large and some are small. Forbes Living TV shares the differences in pumpkins and what we can do with them.
Those really big pumpkins are the ones we grab to carve and light up for Halloween. They are also pumpkins to paint faces on. Cut off the stem at the top. Scoop out the pulp and seeds and sketch the face to be carved or painted. Add a small light inside for an scary sight. Carved pumpkins usually last about a week to 8 days. Once the inside is cleaned out and the face carved, spray the inside with a bleach solution and rub petroleum jelly on the cut edges to keep it fresh longer.
The pulp and seeds from a pumpkin can be eaten and if needed, frozen. If a pumpkin will be used for baking, cut it in half length-wise. Scoop out the pulp and seeds and cut off the stem. Place both halves face down in a roasting dish and bake for about and 90 minutes. Take out and let it cool. Then scoop the flesh out and puree it to use for soups, breads, smoothies and more.
Separate the seeds from the pulp, rinse and dry thoroughly and then spread on a cookie sheet sprayed with oil. Toss them around it and then bake them until crispy. Sprinkle salt and other seasonings on them for a cool fall treat.
Forbes Living TV also suggests using the pulp for facials, masks and soothing soaks. Pumpkins are plentiful right now. Be sure to grab a few large and smaller ones to decorate at and use around the home.
Friday, October 24, 2014
The next generation of smart phones and tablets are on store shelves. Now is the time to download and install the best apps for keeping malware off digital devices. Forbes Living TV shares some tips to keep personal and financial data safe.
Mobile devices are harder for hackers to get into and hackers have to work harder to get into them. They can steal the contact list from a smart phone and send ransom notes to the user to get the lists back. Back up contact data with apps like Avast which we use on all company computers, servers and personal digital devices. It scans, removes and protects data. Avast is best for Android users. iOS users can use Lookout.
Public Wi-Fi is an open market for hackers. Protect your devices with a secure VPN (virtual private network). There are many available for both Android and iOS. They are best used in airports, malls, coffee shops and other very public places.
The Forbes Living TV show recommends using an app to find a lost phone or protecting data when a phone is stolen or misplaced. There are many on the market that can locate a lost or stolen pone and many more that can wipe a phone of everything personal if it lands in the wrong hands.
In today’s very digital mobile world, it makes sense to do whatever we can to protect ourselves from unscrupulous people.
Monday, October 20, 2014
|This couple will not have any bad luck at all.|
Do not sniff basil leaves or a scorpion will appear in your brain. These and other scary food traditions are explained by Forbes Living TV.
Who knew that something as simple and fulfilling as bread could have so many superstitions tied to it? Check these out: if you don’t cut a cross in the top of the loaf of bread, the devil will sit on it. Only cut one end of the loaf or the devil will get out and fly around your house. Holes in a loaf of bread symbolize a coffin and indicate someone will die soon. Keep the loaf upright because if kept upside down it means bad luck is coming your way. All said, another name for the devil is empty carbs?
Crush the shells of cracked eggs or else a witch will use the piece to build a boat and cast a spell for terrible seas. Push a spoon into the bottom of an egg after boiling it to rid the shell of the devil, who likes the sulfurous smell of yolk because it reminds him of home. These are not bad thoughts, after all. Better safe than sorry.
This one might explain why there are single girls: each family member should take a turn stirring the Christmas cake mixture – especially unmarried girls, who will remain alone for another year. Bad luck will befall the other family members.
Forbes Living TV has also heard that throwing rice at a just married couple keeps evil spirits at bay so they wouldn’t bother the happy couple in their marriage. We wonder what it means when the inside of the getaway car is also sprinkled in rice.
Friday, October 17, 2014
|Make your own flavored sparkling water drink|
It is a common misconception that diet sodas will help people lose weight. While the drinks may not contain sugar, the sugar substitute is not much better. In fact, it can lead some to think that they might not be contributing to obesity by drinking a diet soda. Forbes Living TV offers some beverage alternatives which are better for us.
Drink water. It is a natural hydrator. It is usually free or sold in bottles at a very low price. It is portable, can be recapped to prevent spilling when moving and can be flavored.
Sugar-free juices are another good alternative. Some contain extra vitamins and minerals to improve overall health. And most do not cost too much. They are usually sold in boxes or small cartons.
Green tea comes in a several forms and different taste varieties to please most taste buds. Drink it cold from a can or bottle, or make it hot and add honey to naturally sweeten it up.
Sparkling flavored water will give carbonated beverage lovers the bubbly they desire with no added artificial ingredients. Tonic water flavored with strawberry slices and lemon or lime adds flavor and zip to the drink.
As the weather becomes cooler and heaters come on, Forbes Living TV recommends readers stay hydrated all year long. Kick the diet soda addiction out in the cold with the above ideas or tell us yours.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
|Reserve house and pet sitters early for the holidays|
Many families will travel out of town for the holidays. Some will take the roads and some will go by air. No matter which way you and your family travel, Forbes Living TV shares some reminders to keep handy.
Who will take care of the house, mail and family pets while you are away? Now is the time to reserve the best caretakers for these valuable assets. Be sure to add some buffer time to the schedule to allow for delayed flights or heavy traffic congestion. Add an extra day to the schedule, if needed. Make a list of what needs to be done daily.
Families who are taking flights out of town should consider downloading movies on tablets or digital devices a week or more before the flight departs. Sometimes the download is slow even on a fast connection. The same applies for adding apps and especially those related for travel.
If special meals, such as a gluten-free one, are needed for family members, place that request when reserving the flight and seats. If the reservation is already made, call the airline and add the request well in advance of the flight.
Forbes Living TV also suggests checking the baggage restrictions for all connecting flights. Your checked suitcase may be too big and heavy for the regional airline connection to the destination point. Know before you go.
With a little advance planning, a family holiday trip can go smoothly. Why leave some things to chance?