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4 Tips for Safe Online Shopping

Online shopping is quick and convenient. After all, if you’ve got jimmy jazz coupons burning a hole in your pocket, you don’t want to have to wait to buy the latest hot fashions. However, one thing shopping online isn’t always, is safe. There are plenty of ways to be parted with your hard earned if you’re not careful. The good news is there are easy, common sense precautions you can take that won’t slow you down.

  • Be URL smart. Because scam sites can look almost exactly like the real deal, never click on any links to get to where you want to shop. Instead, type in the URL in your browser’s address bar. Also check to make sure there is an “s” after the “http.” That means any information you’re sending is being transmitted securely.
  1. Avoid Wi-Fi. Speaking of secure transmissions, if you want to keep your information secure, don’t send it over Wi-Fi. Public Wi-Fi is especially vulnerable as are smart phones. You’re much better off using a computer with a secure router as well as a firewall and anti-spyware software. If you must shop by phone, use a landline.
  2. Don’t overshare. Hillary Mendelsohn, author of, “thepurplebook” shopping guides, says there are only four things an online retailer should ever ask you for: the credit card number, the expiration date, the three-digit code on the back of the card and possibly a shipping address. Never give out information such as your Social Security number or even just the last four digits.
  3. Only use credit cards, not debit cards. When you use a debit card, that money comes out of your checking account and is instantly gone when you make a purchase. A credit card is protected from fraud under law and you’re not immediately out any money if something should go wrong.

 Following these tips will go a long way toward keeping you – and your money – safe.

Why Wigs Have Become the Next Fashion Trend

What do Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Adele, and Lady Gaga have in common? Is it their powerful personalities? Is it their passion for the music industry? If you answered yes to both questions, you are right. However, their similarities don’t just end here. They also have a flair for fashion and can rock just about any outfit! These ladies are also all devotees of wearing wigs as a fashion statement.

 With celebrities proudly talking about wearing wigs, what does this mean for the “average” woman? In short, like most fashion trends first rocked by celebs, it’s safe to say wigs are now the next trendy item to pair with our handbags and shoes. However, you don’t have to be a celebrity with a big bank account to sport a high-quality wig which will transform your look instantly! You can order wigs online from stores like Chiquel without worrying about spending a fortune or having to physically go to a store.

 Gone are the days when wearing wigs were considered stereotypes for drag artists. Thanks to celebrities talking about and wearing different hairpieces, you can now change your hairstyle instantaneously without resorting to chopping off or permanently having your hair curled or straightened.

 With a wig, you can sport a cute blonde bob one day or be a redhead the next. Of course, this goes without saying that you’ll need to fit the wig first and see if the cut and colour suits your features and personality. For a more subtle look, you can choose to go with a hair colour that is just about the same shade as that of your natural locks. Either way, wigs these days are so natural-looking; nobody will even know you’re wearing one unless you let them in on your little secret.

 Beware though, before you know it, you could be addicted to wearing wigs! Why shouldn’t you be? No more bad hair days, no more frizzy, fly-away hair, no more regrowth, and the chance to wear your favourite hair style within a few minutes!

Now, do you fancy yourself getting one? Go ahead, no one’s stopping you. A woman’s got the right to bare a gorgeous hair style every day of the week, , be it her own hair or not!

5 Nutty Sauces To Serve with Fish

Nuts with fish may sound absurd, but your family and friends certainly won’t think you are nutty once they have tried these recipes.  The following sauce recipes fit beautifully with various types of fish, and feature pine nuts, macadamia nuts and a few other nutty suggestions.

Spicy Grilled Salmon with a Peanut Sauce

If you’re looking for a spicy, nutty sauce for your fish, this mouth-watering creation is perfect for you.  This recipe takes a little longer to prepare as you will need to marinate the fish for 4-6 hours to let the spicy flavours soak in.  Place the salmon in a glass bowl, and in a separate bowl mix together peanut oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, sesame oil, and salt.  Whisk the ingredients together and pour over the salmon.  Marinate the fish for 4-6 hours, and then grill until it becomes soft and flaky.  Serve with rice.

White Fish in Pine Nut Sauce

This recipe calls for a firm white fish, such as cod, sea bass or flounder.  This is a simple but delicious recipe that takes 15 minutes to prepare, and only 10 minutes to cook.  The pine nuts should be placed into a food processor along with bread, garlic, lemon juice, and fish stock, and then pulse until smooth.  Heat the sauce thoroughly in a saucepan.  Pan-fry the fish for 2 minutes on each side, and then cover in the pine nut sauce.  Serve with a green salad and rice.

Monkfish with Almond Sauce           

This tasty recipe takes 15 minutes to prepare, and then another 15 to cook.  In a blender, pulverise a handful almonds and pour into a mixing bowl.  Add olive oil, lemon juice, and the zest of 1 lemon.  The sauce should resemble the texture of pesto.  Heat some olive oil in a pan and sauté the monkfish.  Cook for approximately 7 minutes on each side.  Add a splash of dry white wine, lemon juice, and butter, and cook until the wine has evaporated and the fish is cooked through.  Place the fish on a plate, and drizzle over the almond sauce and remaining pan sauce.

Arctic Char with a Hazelnut Pesto

Arctic Char is very similar to salmon, so you can use salmon for this recipe if necessary.  Preheat the oven to 190 degrees.  Using a food processor, finely chop one garlic clove.  Shut off the motor and add hazelnuts, cayenne pepper, salt, and parsley.  Blend until coarsely chopped, and then add oil and blend until it is incorporated into the sauce.  Arrange the fillets skin side down in a lightly oiled baking dish, and sprinkle with salt.  Spoon the pesto over the fish, and bake until the fish is opaque, approximately 12-17 minutes.  If you do not have a food processor the ingredients can be prepared by finely chopping with a sharp knife.

White Fish in Macadamia Butter Sauce

This delicious buttery, nutty sauce is a perfect partner to any white fish fillets, and takes only 10 minutes to cook. Heat a pan with a tablespoon of oil over a medium heat, and add the fish.  Sear in the pan for 2-3 minutes on each side.  Transfer the fish to a warm plate, and cover with foil to keep warm.  Add butter and chopped macadamia nuts to the warm pan, and stir until both nuts and butter are a light golden brown.  Season with salt and pepper, add parsley and spoon the sauce over the fish.  Serve with a tangy lemon wedge.

Anyone of these delicious sauces will brighten up any mealtime, and add a new dimension to otherwise bland fish recipes.  Next time you are stuck for meal ideas, try one of these nutty sauces.  Each one is guaranteed to drive your taste buds crazy!

Peter Richardson is a stay at home Dad who likes experimenting in the kitchen. His articles have been published on several food blogs. Click the link for a selection of fish recipes.

4 Outfit Ideas To Rock Your Hen Do

 How excited are you? Your big day is almost here, but first you get to have a hen party where you can celebrate with all of the amazing females in your life, whether friends, family or colleagues. As the bride to be, the attention will be on you whether you like it or not! Everyone will be making sure that you are having a great time and will help you to create lots of special memories – after all it’s pretty much a once in a lifetime event. So why not embrace the occasion and find an outfit that will be the envy of all your guests? Here are a few outfit ideas to get you started…

 Formalwear

If you’re going all out for your hen do, you might be allocating a fair part of your wedding budget on it. Perhaps you are all flying across the Atlantic to visit the bright lights of Las Vegas, or maybe you are going for a meal in a swanky London restaurant. Either way, you’ll need to look the part. Depending on the dress code, you’ll probably be looking for something from a beautiful evening dress to a cute cocktail dress. Find some killer heels and pretty pearls and you’ll look a million dollars!

 Fancy dress

You might want to go for something completely different and go for a fancy dress theme instead. There are so many you can choose from, everything from retro to superheroes, so you should find something that suits your personality. There are many fancy dress shops around, or you can find key pieces from high street stores. If you are feeling creative you might even challenge yourself and your guests to do it all themselves from materials and embellishments.

 Girls on the town

You might not want to do fancy dress, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still hit the clubs in town in a fab outfit. Have a look online or in your favourite clothes shops for their best stilettos, mini dresses and accessories. As the bride to be, you might choose to wear white, making it clear to everyone else that you are the one who is due to get married shortly (for the special attention remember).

 Pretty daywear

You might be doing something in the day time for your hen do, meaning you need something a little bit lighter and relaxed, whilst still looking perfectly pretty. Luckily, there are some beautiful tea dresses and maxi dresses available this season which should be suitable for your event (unless you are doing something mad like surfing or a high-wire adventure!). If you are due to go from the day event straight to a night time activity, bring along some accessories with you that can transform your outfit. If this is the case, perhaps choose a black dress as it will give you a bit more flexibility.

 About the author

Deena Hampton is a hen do organiser from Winchester, UK. On her own hen party, all her guests wore pink cocktail dresses and travelled in a pink stretch limo!

 


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Human Hair Wigs

If you are looking for the perfect accessory for your face, there is nothing better than genuine human hair wigs. Although other types of wigs may provide similar looks, there is nothing quite like a human hair wig when it comes to the feel and the psychology of wearing a wig.

You can get some of the best human hair wigs on the market at Advent Hair (adventhair.com). Advent Hair has a long and storied history of providing the best products to the marketplace at prices that are always competitive. No matter the color or the consistency of the wig that you are looking for, you can always find it within the large inventory of Advent Hair products.

You also have a choice of human hair wigsthat come with highlights, different hair lengths based on your preference as well as density and texture for your individual look. There is no need to sacrifice your looks for any reason. Come to the experts at Advent Hair and get the perfect wig for your facial structure and the impression that you are giving to the world. From such a highly respected company, you are sure to come away with a top quality product no matter what look you choose.

Shopping Online? Skip Paying for Shipping

The internet provides us with a variety of modern conveniences. Whether it be simple communication with friends and family members, conducting business, or reconnecting with people from the past, it just keeps getting easier and easier. Online shopping has become so popular that many retailers have completely closed down their storefront shops and work solely online as a way to save money, and you can literally purchase almost anything online.

 Clothing, electronics, even groceries and medications are all available at the push of a button, allowing for ultimate convenience and quick customer service. One issue many online shoppers face is the cost of shipping. While shipping on clothing and smaller items tends to stay in an affordable range, there are certain items where the shipping cost may be as much, if not more, than the actual product. These costs can definitely turn away online shoppers, but the good news is that there are simple ways to lower your shipping costs or avoid them altogether.

 Free Shipping

If you are someone that prefers online shopping but are somewhat on the fence due to outrageous shipping costs, you can actually find a variety of sites that offer free shipping for orders over $10.00, $25.00, and more. It just takes a little bit of online research to find out just what companies are offering these kinds of deals. If you have a specific product and online retailer in mind that does not offer free shipping, nine times out of ten you will be able to find that exact same product or a product that is quite similar at an online retailer that offers shipping discounts.

 Discount Codes and Coupons

 Discount codes and coupons are the online shopper’s dream. They provide shoppers with amazing discounts that include free shipping, buy one — get one free, and a variety of additional offers. You can obtain online coupons and discount codes by performing simple internet searches that include your favorite retailers. The best way to stay on top of the current coupon codes that offer free shipping and more is by signing up for updates via your favorite retailer’s site. After purchase, many sites will provide an option to click if you are interested in signing up for their newsletter as well as special updates. While many consumers automatically click no, it is always a good idea to click yes, as you will receive a variety of discount offers that are customized to your specific purchases.

 Incredible Savings

 In today’s economy, both the consumer and the retailer are feeling the pinch. Retailers are fully aware of the fact that they need to make offers available to customers in order to keep their business, and there are some truly great deals out there. All it takes is a small bit of research on your part in order to learn how to obtain the best deals on the web. Deducting the cost of shipping on your orders can definitely save you money, allowing you to continue shopping online with convenience and ease.

 Kara Fielder is a working mom who understands the importance of frugal living. She enjoys writing and sharing her experiences on how to save money by blogging for a variety of websites. Click for online discount codes.

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The Five Hottest Trends in Women’s Outerwear

Women’s outerwear has come a long way and has recently begun to heat up the runway. Women are no longer tied to having to select outerwear that is made of wool and available in the worst colors imaginable. Now there are hot and fashionable trends in women’s outerwear that give women a variety of beautiful jackets and coats to choose from.

Short Sleeve Jackets and Coats

One of the hottest trends available in jackets and coats today are those with short sleeves. These jackets create a unique look of elegance and women are choosing to wear gloves to add an even more fashionable look to their ensemble. Being able to mix and match the gloves with the jackets that they have selected provides the option of turning one great jacket choice into any number of looks. Gloves that meet the sleeve of the jacket can be worn or even shorter gloves that expose some of the arm can be worn. These jackets can be found in fur, suede and even leather.

Waist Length and Hip Length Fur Jackets

Outerwear that is waist length or hip length is also a hot item that will keep your warm in the winter. These jackets can be found made from fluffy soft fur that is mixed and matched to create a unique look as well as animal fur prints. Fur-lined jackets are also one of the hot trends that women are able to select from.

Outerwear With Furry Detail

Another hot trend in outerwear is the fur that is used to create detail on the jackets. Though the jacket may be made from leather, suede or another coat fabric, fur can found in strategic locations on the jacket to give it a look of style and class. It may be placed down one side of the jacket, just around the collar or the sleeves may be made of fur. This style provides a celebrity look to the wearer of these jackets.

Sheepskin Is In

Jackets that are short in length and made of sheepskin are also on the trendy fashion list. They can be found with asymmetrical zippers, pockets and other detailing that provide a great look. They can also have jagged and raw edges that will set them apart from other jackets. These jackets made of sheepskin are a great way to add style and to stay warm.

Invest in a Vest

In order to enjoy another fashionable jacket option consider investing in a vest. Women can choose from furs, wools and even quilted materials that will add a great look to any outfit. A vest is a fabulous alternative to wearing a bulky jacket. They are perfect when spending a lot of time indoors and they are a great way to complement any outfit. They can be used with casual wear or even with a more elegant choice of clothing.

Choosing women’s outerwear can be a real adventure when there are so many options available to select from. The new trends in outerwear allow any woman to turn her existing wardrobe into an exciting new one with the addition of just a stylish piece or two.

Stephanie Hix is a mom and fashion blogger who lives in the snowy northeast region of the U.S. She is always on the lookout for new coat designs. To see the latest offerings in women’s coats, visit newlook.com.

5 Christmas Gifts to Excite Your Inner Spy

Do you enjoy the adrenalin-filled adventures that James Bond always has on the big screen? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be put into such extreme situations? If you have ever wanted to experience the thrill of the chase without getting killed, then here are 5 Christmas gifts to excite your inner spy:

1. Driving experiences.

Part of what makes being a movie spy so appealing is the abundance of fancy cars. If you want to get behind the wheel of a fast, sexy vehicle, why not treat yourself to a Ferrari or Porsche driving experience this Christmas? If sitting behind the wheel of an expensive car while flying down a track does not make you feel like a secret agent, then nothing will.

 

2. Stunt driving experiences.

If just driving a fast car is not enough to satisfy your inner spy this Christmas, then you can get your blood pumping by purchasing a stunt driving experience. With driving instructors handy, you will spend hours learning moves from classic chases, such as the J-Turn or drifting. With a stunt driving experience Christmas gift, you will learn everything you need to know to escape the villains in your fantasies (or avoid traffic jams).

3. Shooting and paintball experiences – In a tank.

Aside from the fancy cars, another exciting aspect of being a secret agent is the weapon play. However, why have a normal shooting and paintball experience when you can do it all while operating a tank? With the tank shooting and paintball experience, you will rotate through various roles with your team of three. However, it will not be a nice drive through the park since you will have to worry about the other team driving their own tank as well. Fortunately, the life of a movie spy is all about the adventure, and driving a tank while shooting rounds of paint-balls will surely deliver.

 

4. Jet ski experiences.

If you want to bring your spy fantasies to the open water, then getting yourself a jet ski experience Christmas gift is the way to go. Not only are car chases a staple of the spy genre, but boat and jet ski chases as well. With a jet ski experience, you can experience the power of a jet ski by racing your way through a mile-long course. Whether you are chasing or being chased in your fantasy is up to you.

5. Bungee jumping experiences.

 If you have ever wondered what it would be like to bungee jump from a dam like James Bond, you can try a bungee jumping experience from a bridge or elevated platform. While an elevated platform or bridge will not exactly replicate the movie stunt you are familiar with, you will not be disappointed.

 Although your favorite movies spies constantly have to battle through deadly situations, you have the luxury of avoiding this risk. Instead, these 5 Christmas gifts to excite your inner spy are sure to fulfill your fantasies in exciting, but safe, ways.

  Jack Harding grew up with the James Bond movies and spent much of his childhood playing detective! Now grown, he spends his time writing about, and experiencing, a wealth of action and adventure. Click the link for more adrenalin-packed gift ideas.

Y Resolving Conflicts: Relationships 101

Working through your issues is important, especially if the issues prevent you from being happy and fulfilled in your relationship. Every couple has small problems, but it’s the bigger issues that can lead to marital problems. Dealing with your problems and resolving conflicts is important, so here are some things that you can do to ensure that you never go to bed angry:

Get a Gift — You may not want to get a diamond tennis bracelet or jewelry by Charriol just because you forgot to pick up the milk, but a small gift will always help to smooth over a fight. If you want to deal with a problem, give him or her a gift to show them just how much you love them, even if you weren’t the one in the wrong in this argument.

Maintain Contact — It’s nearly impossible for you to argue with someone that you are holding, so try and maintain physical contact with that person when you are having the discussion. It will help you to avoid getting too heated in your argument, and it will make solving the issue a whole lot easier!

Watch Your Words — Just because you’re having an  argument, it doesn’t mean that you need to lash out at the other person in anger. Make sure that your words don’t make the argument worse, as that will just drag it out. Keep your tongue under a tight rein, and it will be much easier for you to solve the problem.

Focus on the Issue — Don’t bring up all those times in the past when your spouse made a mistake or did something wrong, but focus on solving the problems that you’re facing right now. Only discuss the current issue, and leave the talk of the past for another time when you’re not angry. Bringing up the past will make you lose focus on the issue you’re trying to deal with now, so let the past lie.

Don’t Give Up — It’s amazing how much you both will cool down once you finish the fight, and it will be so much more pleasant to get in bed with each other once you’ve let the fight run its course. Don’t try and quit before it’s over, but give the fight a chance to run to completion. Rest assured that it will be much better for you once you solve the problem by finishing the fight.

Deal With Feelings — Don’t make accusations about the other person’s behavior, but instead focus on how their actions made you feel. Don’t say “You tried to hurt me”, but say “Your actions hurt me”. You will avoid attacking the other person, and they won’t be so defensive. If you want to solve the problem, try to keep it objective.

If you do these things, it will be much easier for you to get over your problems. By dealing with them the right way, you’ll keep your relationship strong!

5 Reasons to Choose Thrift Shopping

For some reason people have gotten the idea that everything must be purchased brand new, but with today’s economic concerns people are starting to look at other shopping opportunities. Price tags seem to be getting higher, but incomes don’t seem to be growing at the same pace. People all over the world are now trying to stretch their paychecks as far as they possibly can. At the end of the week, or at the end of the month, the money just does not quite stack up like it used to. There has to be a way to help make ends meet, and there is. It is called thrift store shopping. Here are five great reasons why you should try this great shopping method.

Save Money!

This could quite easily be the number one reason to start shopping at thrift store right this very moment. The amount of money that can be saved in thrift stores is absolutely incredible. Most people just don’t believe their eyes when they start looking at all of the really low price tags. You may need a shopping cart just to help you keep your jaw off the floor when you start seeing all of these really low prices. If you are looking for a way to stretch out your paycheck, then you need to take a really close look at some of the local thrift stores in your area.

If you are letting your pride hold you back, then you either need to swallow your pride, or put it on the shelf and get out there and have some fun.

Surprises Are Everywhere

Not only can you save a ton of money while you are shopping at thrift stores, but you can find some really great one of kind items. You could think of this as surprise shopping. When you enter a thrift store you may have a really good idea of what you want, but by the time you are leaving the store, you could have found something entirely different. You never know what you are going to find when you go to a thrift store. You could find something that one person thought was old, but in your eyes this older discarded item is nothing short of a treasure. That is just a small example of the magical surprises that happen every single day in thrift stores all over the world.

Recycling

Shopping at a thrift store is recycling at its best. You really can’t get any closer to recycling than this. Almost everything in a thrift store has had some sort of previous life. With that life also comes stories. It could be an olde piece of jewelry that has graced the lives of famous people, or it could be a wool suit that was at one time someone’s best looking attire. Every where you look, you see people talking about recycling. We all know how important it is, and shopping at a thrift store is one of the best ways to help recycle by purchasing previously owned items. You can even find things like old CDs, DVDs and video games online at websites like: musicmagpie.com.

Selection

Many people tend to steer clear of thrift stores simply because they want what is labeled as “in.” There is nothing wrong with this, but you would be pleasantly surprised by the selection that can be found in every single thrift store. You may even find that the local thrift store does have a lot of the things that are labeled as “in.”

Thrill of the Hunt

There is nothing more thrilling than combining all of these things together to make what could only be the ultimate shopping experience. If you are the type of person that loves to shop for deals, then shopping at a thrift store is right up your alley. There is nothing more thrilling than finding exactly what you have been looking for and seeing that it is priced so low. Instead of purchasing one, you can now purchase several.

George Papas is a freelance writer who enjoys shopping at thrift stores. He has managed to save enough money shopping at thrift stores to take a nice vacation.

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