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Taking a Look at New Laws On the Books for the New Year

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Before you head off into the rest of 2015, the last New Year’s resolution you should perhaps consider is not to break any laws. I know it seems like a no-brainer. However, what if you are aware of a new law, and you end up breaking it unknowingly? Sadly, your “ignorance of the law” defense probably won’t carry you very far. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the new laws for 2015 so you will be prepared. We say ”some” because there probably isn’t enough space on our servers to cover all the laws. In California alone, there were 930 new laws signed by Governor Brown. Here are some interesting new laws from across the country to be aware of in 2015:

Big Cat

You won't be able to pose for a selfie with this kitty in New York. Image Source: Flickr user Koshy Koshy

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Written by Rick B.

January 9th, 2015 at 11:45 am

Fulfilling Resolutions to Consider in 2015

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I don’t like avocados, but I love guacamole. It’s one of my many quirks. I mention this because yesterday the news was all a flutter about a recent study linking avocados to lowering your cholesterol. In fact, it only takes a few weeks of eating avocado to bring the numbers down. This fits in nicely with my New Year’s resolution of getting into better shape. My last check up put me at the borderline of bad cholesterol, so bring on the guacamole!

Yesterday we also talked about how time management can help with increasing your family time. If the only two resolutions you keep this year were to get into better shape and spend more time with the family, then you would be doing all right. However, why stop there? There are some other great resolutions you can add to your list that are actually quite easy to keep. Consider adding these changes to your resolution portfolio:

Learning To Cook

Learning something new and getting a meal. Win/win! Image Source: Flickr user jwalsh

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Written by Rick B.

January 8th, 2015 at 12:15 pm

How Effective Time Management Improves Your Family Time

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We’re still in the resolution zone, the days right after New Year’s Day when we get to sort out how we’re going to change our lives for the better. Your intrepid correspondent is on his own resolution quest of improving his eating habits. I’m happy to report kale salad was on the menu for dinner last night. Not a bad start. Right up there with the “getting into shape” resolution is the “spending more time with the family” resolution. Again, a noble goal, but one that is going to take a little effort to pull off. It all comes down to an issue of time management. We’re talking a major organization overhaul. However, once you fall into these new routines, you’ll be amazed at how much more time you can carve out from your busy week to spend with the family.

Board Games

Getting ready for family game night. Who will win? Image Source: Flickr user vastateparkstaff

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Written by Rick B.

January 7th, 2015 at 11:32 am

Four Tips for Keeping Your Resolution for a Healthy Life Beyond February

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Have you firmed up your New Year’s resolutions yet? You probably talked about this at whatever celebration you attended on New Year’s Eve. Making resolutions is certainly a top conversation starter. Now that 2015 is officially underway and you have given yourself one last weekend of “indulgence,” it’s time to get serious about changing things for the better. If you’re like most folks, then your number one resolution was to get into better shape. This is a noble goal we should all embrace. It’s also the hardest one to keep because of the lifetime of bad habits that people acquire. This doesn’t mean you can’t turn things around, though. You just need to stay on track. Here are four helpful tips for keeping your resolution for a healthier life beyond February.

Perfect Portion

This is what a healthy dinner looks like. How does your dinner add up? Image Source: Flickr user viZZZual.com

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Written by Rick B.

January 6th, 2015 at 12:12 pm

A Fond Look Back at Last Summer

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So far this week we’ve checked in with looks back at the TV season, movie hits, and top books of 2014. Now, it’s time to recall how you spent your summer. Chances are no matter where you’re reading this, it is a wee bit cold. As December officially shutters, wouldn’t it be nice to start planning your next vacation? Earlier this year, the iPoll quizmasters asked the community, “How was this summer?” As with all questions posed for iPollers, there were plenty of responses. See how you compare to these answers.

How Was This Summer?

To that question, 39% of the respondents checked in with, “Nothing too amazing, but definitely not dullsville,” while 38% said, “It was at least pretty great.” If there was a category for, “What summer? It went by too fast to do anything,” I would have checked that box.

Crowded Beach

Hard to have fun in the sun when you can't find the sand. Image Source: Flickr user oh barcelona.com

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Written by Rick B.

January 3rd, 2015 at 10:14 am

Considering Some Big Book Blockbusters from 2014

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The best method to get more reading done is to stop reading. How is that possible? No matter where you are in life, your time is limited. Once you factor in work, school, family, and friends, it’s a wonder you can read the label on a box of cereal. If you finally do carve out some time for reading, you don’t want to waste it on a book that isn’t working for you. This doesn’t mean chuck it after ten pages. I’ve ready many books that didn’t really kick in until around page 100. That’s as far as you should probably go before starting on a new choice. Thankfully, the books we’ve gathered in this final “best of” round-up are qualified page-turners. Take the time to savor these novels.

Lots of Books

Can you find just one book to read in these stacks? Image Source: Flickr user Joseph Novak

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Written by Rick B.

January 1st, 2015 at 3:59 pm

The Best of Television in 2014

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Television can be a very fickle friend. Just when you fall in love with a show, it can be yanked off the air. Or worse, it jumps the shark and you’re stuck watching several more seasons because you can’t quit until you see it through to the end (Lost anyone?). It makes no sense to discuss the top ten in TV from a ratings perspective, in my opinion. That’s because too many of those include shows that are entertaining, but not really TV. In other words, I’d like to focus on the scripted shows as opposed to those where people are singing, dancing, or waiting to get a rose from a bachelor – no offense to reality TV. Below are some of the best shows of the fall season according to, well…me.

Flash vs. Road Runner

I'd actually like to see this match up. Image Source: Flickr user JD Hancock

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December 31st, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Who Came Out On Top at the Box Office for 2014?

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At the end of every year, we sometimes feel the need to round up the top list of everything. Who were the biggest winners and losers for 2014? To answer that question is to stray into dicey territory, especially if you talk about politics. Yeah, we’re not going to do that. Instead, we’re going focus on the movies. It was a big year for all things related to comic book superheros, and that trend doesn’t appear to be letting up. Here are the top ten (so far) box office champs for 2014:

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy – $332,657.316
  2. The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 1 – $296,655,981
  3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $259,766,572
  4. The LEGO Movie – $257,760,692
  5. Transformers: Age Of Extinction – $245,439,076
  6. Maleficent – $241,410,378
  7. X-Men: Days of Future Past - $233,921,534
  8. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $208,545,589
  9. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $202,853,933.
  10. Godzilla (2014) – $200,676,069

 

Movie Snacks

What good is a movie without movie popcorn? Image Source: Flickr user rick

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Written by Rick B.

December 30th, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Mobile Mission Monday: A Year of iPoll Surveys and Cash Rewards

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This is the week we’re all supposed to look back and figure out how things are as we arrive to 2015. Is it just me, or weren’t we just asking that question about 2014? One thing is for sure, the iPoll community has grown by leaps and bounds in the last year. The surveys are coming fast and furious. There are new quizzes each week that can open the door for some serious sweepstakes cash. Bottom line: the iPoll programmers have been busy little bees. In the last year, your intrepid correspondent has been on many Mobile Missions. Could I pick a favorite? Any mission that has made me money has becomes my favorite. Let’s take a look back, shall we?

After The Ball Drops

I am thankful I'm not in charge of sweeping up in Times Square. Image Source: Flickr user Anthony Quintano

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Written by Rick B.

December 29th, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Regifting and Returning: A Post-Christmas Tradition

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To regift or to return. That is the question you face today on this the beginning of the post-Christmas/pre-New Year’s shopping tradition. As with Black Friday, the day after Christmas is a huge day for retailers. On some level, you could think it is sad how fast people rush to return gifts they just got 24 hours earlier. However, if you’re the recipient of one of those horrible gifts, then clearly you have empathy for the shoppers. How did you do this Christmas?

Crazy Sweaters

You can return or embrace the ugly Christmas sweater. Image Source: Flickr user theuglysweatershop.com

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Written by Rick B.

December 26th, 2014 at 12:53 pm