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Jun 21, 2015

Keeping Your Dog Cool When the Temperatures Rise

The weather is getting warmer, and when temperatures go up, you will need to make some adjustments for your dogs. Here are some points to keep in mind:

  • Most dogs will begin to lose their undercoats. The undercoat is the woolly fur that keeps the dog warm in the winter. If this coat is not brushed out, it becomes entangled in the top coat and matted. It is important to purchase a shedding blade and groom your dog more often until all of the undercoat is out, or make regular grooming appointments and let our grooming professionals do it for you. A shave-down might be appropriate, however, don't assume that all long-coated or thick-coated dogs should be shaved for summer. Long, thick coats can help provide insulation in both cold and hot weather. Removal of the natural insulation could stress a dog.


  • Dogs should not be left in a car this time of year for any length of time.


  • You should try to schedule your daily walk with your dog in the early morning or in the evening. If evening walks are a better option, try leashes with built-in flashlights.


  • Even though a dog's pads are tough, they can be burned on hot pavement or asphalt. If you must take your pet for a walk during the day, try doggie booties.


  • If your dog enjoys the water, consider filling a kiddy pool and placing it in the yard.


  • Dogs that lack dark pigmentation around their eyes, nose and ears, and dogs that are light in color can suffer from sunburn. Sunscreen should be applied to these sun-sensitive areas.



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Jun 21, 2015

Target May Owe you $10,000 for 2013 Security Breach

Target is close to making right on their massive security breach from 2013. Court documents filed in March show they have set aside $10 million to pay victims, up to $10,000 each. To be eligible, you must be able to clearly prove actual harm. They have set up a dedicated website where you can file your claim and get more information on the class action lawsuit.

If you’ve experienced at least one of the following, and used a credit or debit card at a Target location between November 27, 2013 and December 18, 2013, you may be eligible.

  • Unauthorized credit or debit card charges which haven’t been reimbursed.


  • Personal time spent addressing unauthorized charges.


  • Costs associated with getting a credit report fixed.


  • Higher interest rates or fees on accounts as a result of the breach.


  • Credit-related costs.


  • Costs required to replace a Social Security number, phone number or identification.


Target’s class action lawsuit website also has a very good FAQ section to answer all of your questions as well a list of important dates that you need to be aware of.

You Could Get Up to $10,000 | Target Class Action Lawsuit

May 06, 2015

Fitbit Flex $79 for Pink


Fitbit Flex in Pink is just $79 right now at Walmart. If you've wanted to try out the Fitbit, this is a great price, plus it's a cool color.

Fitbit Flex:

  • Tracks steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes
  • Monitors how long and how well you sleep
  • Wakes you (not your partner) with a silent wake alarm
  • LED lights show how your day is stacking up against your goal
  • Easy-to-wear, slim, comfortable wristband
  • Syncs automatically with select mobile devices and to your computer
  • Accessory bands allow you to personalize your Flex
  • Set goals, view progress and earn badges


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May 06, 2015

Discount Coupons for Beauty Products New York Spring Beauty Favorites

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After learning about this product at a recent preview, I was intrigued – a BB cream for hair, could it really work?! Well, it does! This product promises to deliver 10 benefits: shape, smoothness, calmer hair, anti-frizz, suppleness, shine, volume, flawless style, shimmer and fullness. And while I don’t know if I noticed any shimmer, it has definitely helped my bleached hair look smoother without losing its volume. If your hair needs a little something-something after those harsh winter months, I strongly recommend this miracle cream.

Vichy Ideal Body Balm
Just like my hair, my skin gets super thirsty in the winter, so to prep it for those glorious days of bare legs and sleeveless tops, a top-notch moisturizer is key. Vichy Ideal Body Balm is a current fave – not only does it smell divine, it leaves my skin feeling baby-soft! Oh, and it sinks right in. Vichy uses active ingredients traditionally used in face care: Hyaluronic Acid and LHA, combined with 10 fundamental oils to deliver firmer, smoother and more radiant skin. Works like a charm!

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic
This daytime antioxidant serum isn’t cheap, but it really delivers! Combined with sunscreen, this powerful serum provides “advanced environmental protection against photoaging by neutralizing free radicals that cause accelerated signs of aging.” I apply a few drops to my face before moisturizer each morning, and after only a couple of weeks have already noticed improvements in my skintone. Granted, I have other skin issues right now, but this serum has not aggravated any of my sensitivities, and I feel more protected now that sunny patio days are just around the corner. If you have sun damage, and want to prevent spots and premature aging, this is one kick-ass serum to invest in.

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This mask is part of my nighttime beauty ritual, and I freaking love it! Winter months literally sap moisture out of my skin, and this is the perfect mask to put life (and moisture) back where it belongs. The difference is pretty dramatic, and you’ll be sure to notice the results almost right away. “Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask works in synch with the skin’s natural nighttime recovery process to achieve a lifted, firmer look by the morning.” I apply this on my face and neck at night as the last step of my beauty routine – the smell and texture of this product are great, and it sinks right into my skin (it’s quite thick, so use sparingly). If your face needs post-winter rehab, I can’t recommend this mask highly enough.

CHANEL UV Essentiel
Last, but not least, we all know that sunscreen is super important all year round, but especially so in the spring and summer months, when we find ourselves outdoors more regularly. And while I’ve tried to be good at shielding my face from the damaging rays, I have to say that due to my sensitive skin, I’ve had a tough time finding sunscreen that worked for me…until I tried CHANEL UV Essentiel. This sunscreen is super lightweight, specifically formulated for the face, which means it won’t clog your pores, and it smells amazing too. I’ve been using it daily, and will continue to do so to protect my face from photo-aging and hyperpigmentation. If you hate the idea of adding another step to your beauty routine, I also highly recommend CHANEL CC Cream, which offers both coverage and SPF30, in addition to moisturizing and soothing benefits. Win-win!

And there you have it – my latest “can’t-live-without” beauty products to stock up on this spring. Get discount coupons for beauty products at the most popular beauty supply store in New York. Order your beauty products now!

May 06, 2015

Best Buy: Pyrex 4 Piece Glass Baking Set $29.99 (was $59.99) + Free Shipping

Best Buy: Pyrex 4 Piece Glass Baking Set $29.99 (was $59.99) + Free Shipping

Save $30 on this Pyrex 4 Piece Glass Baking Set at Best Buy. Original price was $59.99 but pay just $29.99 now. Perfect for hot/cold foods and also comes with a carrying case for portability.

-4 piece set includes 3-qt, 9x13 oblong baking dish with red plastic lid
-A hot/cold pack insert

-Durable, non-porous Pyrex glass that won't absorb stains or odours
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While supplies last. Available online only. Free shipping on orders over $25.


Nov 28, 2014

Gift Ideas For Your Husband

Christmas is a time to show the people in your life just how much they mean to you. However, finding the perfect gift for someone close to you can sometimes be tricky. If you are looking for the perfect Christmas gift for your husband, look no further. We’ve rounded up ten great gifts that will appeal to all kinds of husbands.

Whether the man in your life is drawn to beer, fitness, video games, or new technology, there’s something on this list that will make an outstanding gift. Make this Christmas one to remember with these amazing gifts for your husband.

Please note that prices listed here are subject to change.

1. Mr. Beer Premium Edition Home Microbrewery System

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What guy doesn’t love beer? This premium homebrew kit is a great way for your husband to start his first foray into the art of brewing beer. The kit includes a reusable two gallon fermenting keg with a lid and tap assembly, along with 11 bottles, beer labels, and easy instructions. Your husband will beam with pride when he shares his beer with his buddies, and he’ll remember who got him this thoughtful gift.

Price: $38.26 (82 percent off MSRP)

2. Automatic

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Automatic is the best smartphone accessory you’ve never heard of. This little box syncs with both your iPhone and your car’s onboard computer system, allowing you unprecedented access to your car’s driving information. Automatic can also help you save money on gas by analyzing your driving habits. Additionally, Automatic can help diagnose what your “check engine” light means.

Price: $99.95


3. Martian Passport SmartWatch

Check out the video above, which showcases a general review of this Martian watch, as well as a test of its speakerphone functionality.

Martian makes watches that straddle the line between traditional watches and smart watches. While they arguably work best with iOS devices and select Samsung devices with S-Voice capabilities, the watches will appeal to people who don’t generally care for digital watches. The timepieces from Martian blend a classic analog watch with Bluetooth functionality. There are ample voice command functions, a handy noise-cancelling microphone, and a neat LED light that sends you an alert so you don’t leave your smartphone behind at a meeting, restaurant, or at home.

You can trigger your phone’s camera shutter from your Martian Watch, and there’s something to be said from the professional air that this analog watch sends out. This is a great watch for a husband who isn’t interested in the styling of other smartwatches.

Price: $299

4. SmartThings Smart Home Starter Kit

Check out a demo of a house with SmartThings home automation installed in the video above.

If you’re intrigued by the idea of having a “smart home,” then this starter kit from SmartThings is the perfect first step. This kit includes one SmartThings Hub, one SmartSense motion sensor, one SmartSense open/closed sensor, and one SmartSense presence sensor. With these items, you can get notifications on your smartphone about the comings and goings of your family members.

You also get alerts in the event of break-ins and floods, and you can even use one of the sensors to help ensure that you never lose your keys again. The home of the future can be yours for relatively little money, and the ability to control your smart devices from your phone never gets old. There are no monthly fees, and set-up involves no messy wires and takes just 15 minutes. This is a wonderful gift for any husband who loves to tinker with new tech toys, or take on little jobs around the house.

Price: $199

5. Sony BDP-S5100 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi (2013 Model)

You can learn more about this Blu-ray player in the video above.

Maybe your husband jumped on the Blu-ray craze early, and he’s getting tired of his old, slow player. This Blu-ray player loads your media fast, so you can start enjoying your movies within seconds. No more sitting through those boring load screens!

The black design goes with most media centers and TV sets, but the angular edges give it a cool look that makes this more than just a regular ol’ Blu-Ray player. Oh, and did we mention this player has an Energy Star 2.0 rating?

Price: $88.99 (36 percent off MSRP)

6. PowerSkin PoP’n 2 iPhone Battery Pack

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The PowerSkin PoP’n 2 for the iPhone 6 doesn’t wrap around the whole phone, or even the whole back of the phone, but it does cover part of the back of the iPhone 6. This battery boosting accessory protects part of your phone, while also increasing your battery life. If your husband doesn’t want a traditional case, this might be a good accessory for him.

Price: $69.99

7. Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle – Kinect Sensor Edition

Check out an unboxing video featuring this bundle in the video above.

A shiny new Xbox One bundle might be the perfect addition to your husband’s man cave. This bundle comes with a Kinect sensor, the Assassin’s Creed Unity game, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, a wireless controller, chat headset, HDMI cable, and power supply. You may want to invest in additional controllers, however.

Price: $449 (10 percent off MSRP)

8. Misfit Flash

Learn how to use the Misfit Flash in the video above.

If you’re looking for a low-cost wearable to help your hubby get fit, this is one of your best options. The design is like a classic watch, but it’s the handy LED indicators that make this device so easy to use. A halo of 12 LED lights show you how active you’ve been throughout the day, making it easy for your husband to track his progress towards his fitness goals.

Price: $24.99 (50 percent off MSRP)

9. BACtrack Mobile Smartphone Breathalyzer

Get a closer look at this breathalyzer in the video above from CNET.

With holiday parties right around the corner, many people will be looking for a way to track their drinking and make responsible choices. This portable breathalyzer estimates when your BAC will return to 0.00%, which can help you to plan your evening and get home safely. If you want to help your husband drink responsibly, this is a thoughtful gift.

10. Samsung UN65HU7250 Curved 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz Smart LED TV

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Looking to splurge on a big TV, but still get the satisfaction of saving over $1,300? This is the Black Friday TV deal for you. Amazon is offering this 65-inch, curved, 4K TV from Samsung for nearly 40 percent off. The price is likely to increase after Black Friday, though it is not clear by how much.

If you’re looking for an awesome TV for your living room or home theatre set-up, this is a great option. Curved TVs have ardent fans and furious detractors in equal measure. Forbes notes that while curved TVs offer great sharpness and an immersive viewing experience, some people dislike the way that curved TVs limit where you sit in the room. If you sit too close to the sides of the TV, you can experience distortion or glare. All that being said, this is still a great TV for your husband, whether he wants to put it in the living room or a man cave.

Price: $1,997.99 (39 percent off MSRP, comes with free shipping)

Nov 28, 2014

Robo Shopping

You've MORE rights online than in-store

Many people are surprised to learn you've EXTRA rights buying online (or by telephone/catalogue) due to the Consumer Contracts Regulations.

These give a legal right to send most goods back within a fortnight for a full refund (including outward delivery costs), even if there's no fault. You'll usually need to pay for the return delivery. See the Consumer Rights guide for more.

However, this is balanced by the fact that ordering online means there's a time gap between ordering and delivering when the company has your money. So if it goes bust in that time, the cancellation rights don't help.

Buy in-store:You have NO right to return goods unless they're faulty. Some stores will allow you to return items, but that's their policy rather than any official obligation.

Buy online: Under the consumer contacts regulations, you have a 14-day legal right to return goods without any fault for a full refund (including delivery costs, though you may need to pay to send the goods back).

All this means researching offline but buying online can be your best bet. 

Of course this Robo-shopping technique can’t be looked at in isolation. If everyone does it, it’ll be a further boot in the back of high streets.

However, there is a half-way house. As we’ve nearly a complement of bricks and clicks stores (ie, those which have both a high street and online presence), it is at least worth considering buying from the web version of the high street ‘showroom’ that you looked in. I suspect as more people learn their rights this will become the age of the Robo-shopper.

Nov 28, 2014

Protect Yourself Online

Online shopping is convenient, easy, and quick. But before you start adding items to your cart, make sure you are up-to-date and have the latest security software, web browers and operating system. Keeping a clean machine is the best defense against viruses, malware, and other online threats.

Here are some other ways to protect yourself when shopping online:

  • Check out sellers: Conduct independent research before you buy from a seller you have never done business with. Some attackers try to trick you by creating malicious websites that appear legitimate, so you should verify the site before supplying any information. Locate and note phone numbers and physical addresses of vendors in case there is a problem with your transaction or your bill. Search for merchant reviews.


  • Make sure the site is legitimate: Before you enter your personal and financial information to make an online transaction, look for signs that the site is secure. This includes a closed padlock on your web browser’s address bar or a URL address that begins with shttp or https. This indicates that the purchase is encrypted or secured. Never use unsecured wireless networks to make an online purchase.


  • Protect your personal information: When making a purchase online, be alert to the kinds of information being collected to complete the transaction. Make sure you think it is necessary for the vendor to request that information. Remember, you only need to fill out required fields on a vendors checkout form. Before providing personal or financial information, check the website's privacy policy. Make sure you understand how your information will be stored and used.


  • Use safe payment options: Credit cards are generally the safest option because they allow buyers to seek a credit from the issuer if the product isn’t delivered or isn’t what was ordered. Also, unlike debit cards, credit cards may have a limit on the monetary amount you will be responsible for paying if your information is stolen and used by someone else. Never send cash through the mail or use a money-wiring service because you’ll have no recourse if something goes wrong.  Don’t forget to review return policies. You want a no-hassle ability to return items.


  • Keep a paper trail: Print and save records of your online transactions, including the product description, price, online receipt, terms of the sale, and copies of any email exchange with the seller. Read your credit card statements as soon as you get them to make sure there aren’t any unauthorized charges. If there is a discrepancy, call your bank and report it immediately.


  • Turn your computer off when you’re finished shopping: Many people leave their computers running and connected to the Internet all day and night. This gives scammers 24/7 access to your computer to install malware and commit cyber crimes. To be safe, turn off your computer when it's not in use.


  • Be wary of emails requesting information: Attackers may attempt to gather information by sending emails requesting that you confirm purchase or account information.  Legitimate businesses will not solicit this type of information through email. Contact the merchant directly if you are alerted to a problem. Use contact information found on your account statement, not in the email. 


Protect Yourself with these STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Tips:

  • Keep a clean machine: Having the latest security software, web browser and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware and other online threats.


  • Make passwords long and strong: Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create a more secure password.


  • Unique account, unique password: Separate passwords for every account helps thwart cybercriminals.


  • When in doubt, throw it out: Links in email, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete or if appropriate, mark as junk email


  • Get savvy about Wi-Fi hotspots: Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your machine.


  • Protect your $$: When banking and shopping, check to be sure the sites is security enabled. Look for web addresses with “https://” or “shttp://”, which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. “Http://” is not secure.


  • Think before you act:Be wary of communications that implores you to act immediately, offers something that sounds too good to be true, or asks for personal information


  • Help the authorities fight cybercrime: Report stolen finances or identities and other cybercrime to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov) and to your local law enforcement or state attorney general as appropriate.


Additional Resources:
  • Better Business Bureau 
  • OnGuardOnline.gov: Shopping Online 
  • OnGuardOnline.gov: Online Shopping Infographic
  • U.S. CERT: Shopping Safely Online

Nov 28, 2014

How to Find That Perfect TV

If you're in the market for a new TV you're in for a treat as prices for HDTVs have dropped dramatically and performance has improved just as much. That is unless you are hankering for a TV using an emerging technology -- such as 4K or OLED. But, and here's the rub, finding the perfect TV for you and your family can be a bit of a juggling act.

Thin and wall mountable, LCD TVs have emerged as the number-one choice among TV buyers. The bulk of this report will focus on LCD sets, now largely called LED TVs because they use an LED backlight. We will highlight the best LED TVs as well as the best value LED TVs, including some cheap LCD TVs worth considering. We will also look at the latest 4K LED TVs which offer roughly four times the resolution of standard HDTVs -- to see if their performance is worth their sometimes prodigious bottom line.

Plasma TVshad long been the favorites of those who prize picture quality over everything else. But plasma's drawbacks -- real and perceived -- have marginalized that technology to the point where it is virtually extinct. Panasonic stopped making plasma sets in 2013, and Samsung has announced that 2014 will be the last year it will manufacture plasma sets. That leaves LG as the only maker that has not officially pulled the plug on the technology (at least as of September 2014), but reports out of Korea say that it's a matter of when, not if, LG will exit that business as well. That means that if you are interested in a plasma TV, the 2014 holiday buying season will likely be your last, best chance of purchasing one.

Manufacturers have long promised sets with OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology. The lure of OLED is picture quality that is better than is currently seen on any set using any other technology. However, initial efforts at introducing OLED sets have been halting. Makers have struggled to get the technology right and to reduce prices that up to now were prohibitively high. That's why LG's sub-$3,500  55-inch OLED set may be a breakthrough product. It's profiled in more depth in our discussion of OLED TVs.

LED sets are now available in wall-filling sizes, but the largest sets come with a wallet-emptying price tag. If you are interested in a screen size over 90 inches, a home-entertainment projector might be a worthwhile, cost-effective alternative. However, projectors require more care than standard TV sets. We will focus on the details of that care and name some projectors to consider elsewhere in this report.

What makes a TV "perfect" for you?

In an attempt to get consumers to buy a new set, TV makers have been adding lots of high-tech goodies to their offerings. There's 3D, of course, and "Smart" features that let you access content directly from the Internet or from your personal computer. Things we never had to consider before, such as refresh rate, are now front and center on the features list and in advertisements.

On the other hand, maybe you just want a TV with a great, or simply a good, picture at a price that's easy on your wallet. Image quality is defined by a few different factors, including how deep a level of black a set can obtain, how accurate and saturated colors appear, how uniform the picture looks across the screen, how well it handles fast motion, and how free the picture is of image-processing bobbles like curved lines that are slightly jagged rather than perfectly smooth.

How much do you need to spend on a TV? If you're a perfectionist, be prepared to dig deep as cutting edge TVs can cost $4,000 or more -- and sometimes much more depending on the technology and screen size. However, others can find TVs with images that look perfectly fine -- in fact, pretty darn outstanding -- at $500 or even less. Keep in mind that even today's budget TVs can produce a picture that might have been state of the art just a few short years ago -- and we spotted one budget set that gives most current HDTVs a serious run for their money in terms of picture quality.

Nov 28, 2014

Knock Off or The REAL Deal

You may not care that the sale of counterfeit goods increases the price of the real product or that you don’t know where the money you spent is going and counterfeit goods are often linked to terrorism, but you may care that counterfeit goods are of questionable quality and that money you saved may go right back into fixing the merchandise when it falls apart.

Whatever you think of counterfeit products, (good or bad) it is wise to tell the difference between an artificial product and the genuine article.

So, below you’ll find a number of ways you can spot the not.

Look for Inconsistencies in the Packaging

The easiest way to spot a fake product is to look for differences in the packaging. Grammatical and spelling errors are common and rather obvious. We’re not talking about the occasional missing comma here. Instead, you’ll find random letters or typos in words they have no place in. Think “SOUTH AFRLCA” and “Assoxiation” for example. All of it is usually extremely obvious.

Even if there are no spelling mistakes, the printing quality would be rather shoddy. Look for colors that run or are different than those on the actual packaging you may have seen elsewhere. Look for warped or blurry text along with company logos that don’t quite look the same as the brand you think you’re buying.

Sometimes you’ll notice shoddy workmanship on the package itself. Sometimes counterfeit packages are partially or completely open before they even leave the seller’s hands. They might even be taped closed in a cheap and unprofessional way. If you see any of these many inconsistencies, they’re an absolute dead giveaway that what you’re getting isn’t exactly the real thing.

Look for Deals that Seem Too Good to be True

It’s not that counterfeit goods are always cheaper than the real products they are impersonating, but many of the deals you may be offered for them are generally ridiculously out of touch with the reality of the market. I mean, for crying out loud, who can afford to sell a brand new Louis Vuitton for $50 when the average price starts at $1,000 unless you are a counterfeiter? Exactly, nobody.

If you’re still in doubt, perhaps you should compare previous versions of the product you bought with this more suspect edition or, if this is your first time buying this product, go to the company website and compare what you have to what you see online.

Look for Shoddy Workmanship and Missing Pieces

Most companies take pride in their products, so seeing torn, frayed or broken merchandise should send up red flags immediately. If you see missing tags, decals or parts that are present on genuine versions of what you purchased, then you probably have a fake in your midst. All genuine products come with everything needed for their operation, including a user’s manual, product registration documents and accessories.

Therefore, if any of these are missing or different from what you’d typically expect, then you’ve likely been had by the seller. Again, it may not matter if something isn’t quite the same as the original, but can you think of anyone who wants a crappy product, even if they’re going for a deal?

Look for Safety Certification and Safety Standards Marks

If you’re buying electronics, you’d usually find a Underwriter’s Laboratory or ETL mark. These types of marks certify that the product has been tested and meets North American safety standards In Europe, you’re looking for a CE mark to tell you that the merchandise is certified for safe use on that continent.

Counterfeit goods either don’t have these marks or have fake and generic versions of them. We recommend familiarizing yourself with what these marks really look like, so you know what to look for. Often, fake products will have the certification on the packaging, but not on the product itself and although the mark is of varying sizes on all products, they always look the same in terms of font and design. So, if these marks look different in any way, or they’re just nowhere to be found, then you probably have a fake product and a huge fire hazard on your hands.

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