Tech Chores For Snow Days

As we mentioned yesterday, the forecast predicts up to three more snow days this week alone. Even winter’s biggest fans have to be wishing for some Spring warmth by now! Think you have run out of activities to keep you busy when the weather is keeping you inside? Joelle Alcaidinho at Apartment Therapy has some ideas. If you were going to spend the day in front of the computer anyway, you might as well tackle some technological chores while you are at it. Number 1 on Alcaidhino’s list is backing up data. She says, “snow days are a good time to check on my various backup systems and ensure that everything is running smoothly and that everything that should be backed up still is.” Another suggestion from commenter “ec05″: “[delete] any necessary files off old computers so you can get rid of them-I am hoping my husband does this with his old iMac pedestal computer we have been lugging around for 12 years…” You can find out more here.

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Breathtaking Beach Photos

 

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The first day of spring may be less than a month away, but that is not slowing Old Man Winter down. Though New Englanders were treated to a sunny and mild weekend, The Weather Channel predicts that the thermostats will be dropping again throughout the week. There even appears to be a few more days of snow in the forecast. If the plunging temperatures and pothole-ridden roads have got you down, then maybe it is time to plan a tropical vacation to warm those chilled bones! Not sure where to go? Marnie Hunter and Daphne Sashin at CNN have got you covered. Hunter and Sashin’s “29 beach photos that will make you drool” slideshow will give you plenty of options, from Hawaii to Heron Island in Australia and Thailand to Tulum, Mexico. Twenty-two of the beaches on the list are in the United States, so you do not need to worry about a passport. Just bring a swimsuit! For more inspiration, see the rest of the slideshow here.

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Five Pet-Friendly Local Restaurants

If you think man’s best friend isn’t welcome at man’s favorite eateries, then think again. According to PetFriendlyRestaurants.com, many bars, cafes, and restaurants across Rhode Island and the rest of the country welcome dogs to dine alongside their human companions. Here are five local restaurants that welcome your four-legged pals:

    • On Thursday nights, Chianti’s Parkside Bar & Grill in East Greenwich hosts “Yappy Hour” for you and your dog on the deck above the main dining room. PetFriendlyRestaurants user Erin reports that Yappy Hour is “so much fun” but “the food for the [humans] is delicious,” too.
    • Canfield House in Newport hosts a similar event, Dog Happy Hour, in their outdoor dining area on Monday nights. Several PetFriendlyRestaurants users agree that the food is excellent, as is the way the Canfield House staff treats the dogs. Apparently, dogs are served biscuits and bottled water!
    • Not only does the Hotel Providence’s Aspire Seasonal Kitchen offer a laid back atmosphere with friendly service, fabulous food, and live music, but Lorraine on PetFriendlyRestaurant says that “we brought our boxer and she was treated like a queen.” The staff bring the dog water and treats and were also very affectionate towards her.
    • The menu at Luxe Burger Bar in Providence is not limited to human food. A Luxe Burger Bar staff wrote on PetFriendlyRestaurants that dogs are welcome on the patio, where they offer “both snacks and meals.” In addition to Dogs in Harmony biscuits, your dog is welcome to try “a line-up of meals includes a grilled and sliced chicken breast; a one-third pound hamburger patty; scrambled eggs with or without bacon and cheese; and hot dogs.” User Momof3giants advices bringing a stainless steel water bowl of you need one since Luxe only provides plastic bowls.
    • Should your evening plans call for some live music at a local dive, then you are in for a real treat at Nikc-A-Nee’s in Providence. So long as they are well-behaved, dogs of all sizes are welcome both on the patio and inside the bar. However, should your dog be sensitive to loud noises and crowds, it might be best to leave Sparky at home.
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Tutorial Tuesday: Getting Your Car Out of Deep Snow


On Groundhog Day, the famous Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, and Mother Nature is certainly fulfilling that promise for six more weeks of winter! It seems like every time we dig our cars out of the snow, we have to dig them out all over again. If your car happens to get stuck in deep snow, here are some tips from TheChearCars to get you out! This video will introduce you to the “rock” technique, which works for all-wheel drive, front wheel drive, and wheel rear drive vehicles. Another method is to use a traction aid. To find our what a traction aid is, and for other tips, you can watch the tutorial here.

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Happy President’s Day!


Happy President’s Day from the Rhode Island Insurance Blog and Bucci Insurance Group! Today we celebrate our first Commander-In-Chief George Washington’s birthday, as well as the lives and service of all of those who have held the highest position in the United States. Happy President’s Day!

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Happy Valentine’s Day


Happy Valentine’s Day from the Rhode Island Insurance Blog and Bucci Insurance Group! Valentine’s Day is traditionally associated with romantic love, but we have a lot of love for our readers and customers! We appreciate all of your support year-round. Enjoy this special day with your loved ones, including friends and family. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Online Dating

On Monday, we told you about local couples counselor Dr. Kate Robert’s Valentine’s Day tip for singles. If you are looking to start a new relationship, then try online dating. According to Suzanna Kantra of Techilicious, “marriages that begin online are less likely to result in separation or divorce, and those that remained married are happier than their offline counterparts”  While that may be true, Kantra knows that there are plenty of risks that come along with meeting new people on the internet.

Kantra’s first red flag is all about photos. While it may be obvious that someone who uses a grainy photo or no photo at all has something to hide about their appearance, there are other signs to watch out for. Someone who includes many pictures of themselves may be vain. Does it look like a person has been cropped out of a photo? That might mean they secretly have a significant other. Speaking of which, someone who lists their marital status as “separated” may not be so separate from their spouse after all. Kantra says, “…many separated people are nowhere near done. They may be on a trial separation, seeking variety, or way too fresh from a bad relationship to date seriously.”  For more online dating red flags, read Kantra’s article on Time Tech.

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National Donor Day

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Friday is Valentine’s Day, but it is also National Donor Day. Over 120,000 people are currently waiting for an organ, eye, or tissue donation. Unfortunately, an average of 18 people die every day waiting for that live saving transplant. To become a donor, you can register when you apply for or renew your license or by joining the registry online. Donors come in all shapes, sizes, and even ages. According to organdonor.gov, ”The condition of your organs is more important than age. Someone 35 years old with a history of alcohol abuse may have a liver that is in worse condition than someone 60 years old who has never consumed alcohol.”

To honor National Donor Day, BuzzFeed published a list of “12 Incredible Stories of Life-Saving Organ Donations.” This list shows how donors both living and deceased have changed and saved people across the United States. While there are several heartwarming stories about individuals giving organs to family members, here are donations from teachers to students, coaches to players, priests to parishioners. There are also people who donate to strangers. Last year, Cameron Lyle, a student at the University of New Hamsphire, ended his career as a shot putter to give bone marrow to an unidentified 28-year-old man. In addition to becoming an organ donor, consider the Be The Match Registry for bone marrow donations as well.

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Tutorial Tuesday: Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Basket

Good news for those of us who save our gift shopping for the last minute! YouTuber MiyokiBeauty has a great idea for a lovely present using items that you can get at a local convenience or grocery store. For this tutorial, Miyoki Beauty used a decorative box, newspaper, and tissue paper, as well as snacks, sodas, and grooming products she knows her boyfriend loves. Of course there are lots of items specific to Valentine’s Day for sale now, but do not feel limited! Be sure to tailor the basket to your lucky recepient. For example, if your partner is a self-described “beer snob,” consider including some craft brews they might not have tried and a new pint glass. If you are shopping for a tea or coffee lover, then how about some specials teas or coffee beans with a nice mug? Once you have all of your presents, this tutorial even shows you how to arrange them in the box or basket. Like MiyokiBeauty says, ”Valentine’s Day isn’t just about having a boyfriend or a girlfriend,” so consider making this for a friend or family member, too!

 

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Valentine’s Day Tips From GoLocalProv

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day on Friday? Valentine’s Day can be a stressful holiday for singles and couples alike, but fortunately couples counselor Dr. Kate Roberts has advice to make it easier for all of us this year. If you are “celebrating” alone this year, Dr. Roberts suggests trying online dating or speed dating. “Push yourself to strike up a conversation with people when you have opportunities.” It might feel awkward, but so is spending Valentine’s Day with someone you have only just started dating. The trick for people in a new relationship is to keep things light. Do not feel pressured to recognize Valentine’s Day as a new couple. If you do, stick with a small but meaningful gift like a CD or book you think they might like. For more advice and tips for couples in long term relationships, check out Roberts’s article on GoLocalProv.

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