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Chris Grasso

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Chris is a freelance writer from Tampa, Florida. He enjoys the sunshine and all kinds of outdoor activities. Email Chris at chrisgrasso88@gmail.com




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  • Ways to Stay Toned During The Holidays

    The holidays can be incredibly bad for your health when it comes to weight gain and eating correctly. Traveling in itself puts stress on your body and the options of what to eat in the airport are limited to mostly greasy and unhealthy snacks.

    Get a Group to Exercise With

    It is very easy to stay inside and watch TV after a giant meal you eat during the holidays. The cold weather sometimes does not lend itself to going outside for a run. Getting a group together helps in a variety of ways though as you can exercise while having fun. An afternoon or two of pickup sports can make a world of difference when it comes to your body, …


  • Why Should You Buy An SUV For Your Family?

    Transportation is a very complicated process when it comes to a family due to the fact that everyone needs to get in time for their daily routines. Many people tend to choose normal cars because they seem like the most convenient choice, but there are other alternatives that can be exploited.

    Capacity

    When it comes to an SUV car, you can count on it having enough space for 5 people to feel comfortable, like the 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser, and the pulling capacity is quite reasonable for that particular weight. Additionally, there are certain SUV cars that have a third row sitting, making it possible for 7-8 people to be in the car without having any problems.

    Safety

    Another …


  • How to Save Money On Your Glasses And Contact Lenses

    Many times a trip to the optometrist can leave your wallet empty without you feeling like you received much in return. The business of glasses and contacts does not always have to be expensive as there are many places where rebates are given. There are also programs that you can be a part of that will save you money in the long run.

    Insurance

    Many people do not make a yearly trip to the eye doctor if they have been checked to have perfect vision. For those of us who aren’t as lucky, the annual trip to the eye doctor can be worrisome. Having insurance for those who go to the optometrist frequently is recommended while those who do not …


  • What To Think About When Buying A Car

    Unless you have the money to do so, the best option is to buy a second-hand car rather than a brand new car. However, there are several reasons why people don’t like to buy used cars, such as the fact that there is a lot of mileage on them in most cases, wear and tear and they’re not completely sure about the background of the car. While most of it is based on trust between the seller and buyer of the car, one can never be 100% convinced that it’s the truth. In most cases, there is absolutely nothing wrong with buying a second-hand car, and as long as you know what you’re looking for and you can test drive …


  • Protect Yourself – Medicaid and Healthcare

    Healthcare organizations such as Medicaid and Medicare find themselves losing millions of dollars each year to scams and theft by fraud. If you’re covered by such an organization, make sure that you take the necessary steps in order to protect yourself and make sure that you don’t become a victim of any fraudulent practices. While lots of people think that they could never become a victim of such a scam, it’s more popular than many people think, but thankfully, there are things you can do in order to minimise the chances of it ever happening to you.

     Don’t give out your information

    Under no circumstances should you give out your information to somebody unless you’re 100% convinced that they are …


  • Tips to Stop Getting Calls from Numbers You Don’t Want

     

    Everybody has experienced the moment when they get a call from a number that they really don’t want to hear from. This could be because of several reasons, but most of the time, you’ve given out your number to people without realising. Thankfully, there are ways you can stop numbers from calling you, no matter where the call is from. Here are a few tips for stopping the phone calls that you really don’t want.

     

    Calls from an ex

    We all know what the relentless calls from an ex are like, whether they want you back or they simply want to call for an argument. While you might not feel ready to stop talking to your ex altogether


  • 8 Advantages to a Career in Nursing

    The field of nursing has expanded rapidly in recent years. There are many new exciting treatment technologies and a growing respect for the profession. If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding career, consider these eight benefits of becoming a nurse.

    1. Job Security

    Ask anyone who works in a medical setting if there are enough nurses today and they will tell you no. In fact, by 2016 there will be a chronic shortage of nurses. For people who need the care, this is awful news, but it’s great news for anyone thinking of becoming a nurse. A short supply of nurses will drive up salaries and job security in all parts of the field.…

    2. Wide Variety


  • Planning a Budget Wedding? Where to Cut Back and Where to Spend

    The average wedding here in Australia is believed to cost a whopping $36,200, a small fortune for just one day.

    Your wedding is one day of happiness, all about your relationship, which you and your partner will never get back. But do you really need to spend so much?

    The straight answer is no. A budget wedding is something you can really go to town on and we’ve got some great ideas on where you should cut back and what you should go all out on. So whether you’ve been doing your research on Pinterest or scouting Bride Online for ideas, you can have your dream wedding at a reasonable cost…

    The venue and ceremony

    Let’s be honest, the wedding …


  • Foods to Improve Your Brain Health and Their Benefits

    Did you know that you need to make sure that your brain stays in good health as well as your body? Most people spend so much time thinking about their physical health in terms of their body that they forget about brain health and how important it is. There are foods to improve your brain health which you might not be eating very much of in your diet, and if you can gradually increase more of these foods into your daily diet, you will start to see a big difference.

    Oily fish

    This is one of the foods that most people don’t eat simply because they don’t like the taste of it. A lot of people don’t like the texture …


  • Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Water Softener Today

    Water softeners are one of the most underrated home appliances in America today. While some new homes come with water softeners pre-installed, may new and old homes do not.

    That leaves homeowners with raw, unfiltered city water. City water may be safe to drink, but that doesn’t necessarily mean its good water. The water may have a weird taste and it may leave scaling on your sink and toilet.

    You can avoid these problems – and many more – by buying a water softener. There are dozens of advantages to buying a water softener or water conditioner. After much deliberation, we’ve narrowed our list down to the five best advantages:

    5) Extend the life of your appliances

    “Softening” your water …


  • 6 Steps To Becoming An Airline Pilot

    Many pilots have jobs that let them travel the world and take advantage of great perks. Before you can get a job as an airline pilot, though, you may need to take these six steps. They should qualify you to work at the top of your field.

    1. Get a Medical Certificate

    For safety reasons, pilots must be in good health before they can operate aircraft. While students can start their training before getting certified by a doctor, it’s best to get a medical certificate first. By doing so, you can find any health concerns that may prevent you from becoming a pilot before you spend a lot of time and money on training.

    Not all medical conditions will prevent …


  • What’s Unique about the Executive MBA

    Many people think that an MBA is a “one size fits all” degree for the young, semi-experienced professional. However, more seasoned professionals may not benefit as much from a regular MBA degree; they may seek out a more specialized MBA degree – the Executive MBA. The Executive MBA is specifically designed for the business-person who is more advanced in his or her career. The degree can help evolve his or her knowledge of leadership, strategy, innovation, management and more. Reflective of the unique nature of this degree is the average age of a typical Executive MBA – 37.2 years. On top of schoolwork, many Executive MBA students continue to work, which is why EMBA programs are flexible and geared towards …


  • What You Should Look For When Buying Your First Car

    Often when buying your first car, you often think about how it looks. What model is it? What colors can you get? You may find, though, that there are much more important factors when it comes to car buying that you don’t want to overlook. Here’s a list of things to look for that can save you money and/or help you in the long run when purchasing that first vehicle.

    Educate Yourself on Invoice Prices

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    As the car market turns more into a buyer’s market, having information as a buyer can be priceless. Part of educating yourself includes learning the invoice price of the car that you want. Invoice price means the price that …


  • Advice for Keeping Your Home Warm This Winter

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    Now that fall has officially arrived, it’s a good time to prepare for the trials and tribulations of winter. Most important, perhaps, is giving your home a thorough once-over for maintenance issues and energy-saving opportunities that put more money in your pocket and protect your housing investment. Here are some ideas for do-it-yourself projects and money-saving maintenance tips to keep your home warm, safe, and energy efficient this winter season.

    Prevent Cold Air Leaks in Windows and Doors

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    Cold air can seep in around your windows and doors, costing you valuable energy dollars. Start by weather-stripping the gaps in exterior doors and adding a door sweep along the bottom. Make …


  • An Overview of Two Popular Diets

    There is a stigma that healthy food is tasteless and can leave you wanting more of something less healthy at the end of the meal. The trick to keeping a healthy diet is to eat things that leave you satisfied as well as that are healthy for you. Tricking yourself into this is easy when you are eating the right foods in the right delicious combinations. Healthy eating does not always have to be associated with dieting though, healthy eating is a lifestyle that can last a lifetime. There are numerous websites that tend to give advice but I’d urge the reader to look at sites that are made by people who have no stock in the products that they …


  • Where To Keep Your New Gun

    There are many factors that come into play when determining where to store your new gun. Purpose, accessibility, portability, and price are all variables that will affect the type of storage that you will choose.

    Home Storage

    When at home, you must decide both how accessible you’d like your gun to be and who will have access to it. If you live alone, you may be comfortable with a loaded gun on your nightstand or coffee table. If there are others in your home, especially children, you’ll likely want safer options.

    Holsters and Trigger Locks

    You can carry your gun at all times in a holster, but you will want to secure it when you are not carrying. Putting your …


  • The Pros of Living in a Planned Community

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    Though planned communities got started in the 1930s, they have evolved since that time. No longer the cookie-cutter communities of the past, these beautifully planned suburbs have versatility and creativity: all the things today’s homeowners want when they settle down. If you’re in the market for a new home, consider the advantages of living in a planned community to decide if it’s the right fit for you and your family.

    Accessibility and Easy Commuting

    Planned communities are typically set up as suburbs, so they go up just outside cities or downtown areas. They’re ideal if you have a job in town but don’t necessarily want to live in the city. These communities are also great options for families with children …


  • Six DIY Ideas to Spruce up Your Space on the Cheap

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    The weather may be cooling down, but fall decor is heating up. A new season with its swirling leaves and vibrant color is an excellent inspiration to freshen your space and stow away or re-style drab decor in your house and kitchen. And because it’s DIY, you’ll barely be spending an extra penny. Here are six do-it-yourself ideas to welcome fall with open arms—and a full checkbook.

    Winsome Wreaths

    Wreaths aren’t just for the holidays. Any front door, closet door, dining room mirror or kitchen wall will be better for being bedecked with a fall wreath—and they come in tons of styles for every taste. For a rustic look, try incorporating burlap into the wreath. If your tastes run more …


  • 7 Money Traps Small Business Owners Should Avoid

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    Starting a small business is what the American Dream is all about; however, more small businesses fail than succeed because of common traps. If you’re thinking of starting a small business or have already taken the first step, you need to be wary of these seven pitfalls that destroy small businesses.

    Failing to Create a Business Plan

    Planning and setting goals is the first and foremost thing to consider when creating a business. With a clear plan, you know where your company is going and how to get there.

    The first step is to define your company and your customers. This knowledge is the foundation on which you craft your business goals. With clear goals in mind, begin planning what …


  • 5 Unexpected Jobs In the Sports Industry

    Most athletes dream of turning their sports hobby into a career one day. They know that the statistics are not in their favor of becoming an MLB baseball player or a Golfer for the Majors so they often turn to careers in coaching or sports broadcasting. What they don’t know is that their dreams don’t have to end there, as careers in the sports industry are not that limited. Here are five unexpected jobs in the sports industry that may just peak your athletic interests.

    1. Sports Marketing

    One of the most watched events of the year is the Super Bowl. People gather together in front of their TVs, some rooting for their teams, others gathered for a social event. …



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