July Articles

Wickford Village is an Historic Charmer

One North Kingstown Village Has A Lively History

Wickford’s charming village atmosphere and old-fashioned Brown Street belie its vibrant 21st century liveliness. Walk around, explore the streets, poke into the shops, stop and have a sandwich outside on the deck overlooking picturesque Wickford Harbor. Fall in love with my home town. The quaint, friendly village looks just the same as it did then, […]

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An Off-Limits Piece of History

Origins of Newport's Naval War College

    One of the most interesting attractions of Aquidneck Island is one that most tourists to Newport may never see. The Naval War College (NWC), sitting around Coddington Cove and looking out at the Newport Bridge has a fine museum dedicated to underwater warfare and the naval tradition. Sadly, after the terrorist attacks on […]

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Avoid Vacation Rental Scams

Advice from the BBB

  As travelers dream of summer fun, Better Business Bureau is reminding consumers of vacation scams that can turn a dream vacation into a nightmare. Vacation rental scams typically pop up on online classified sites. In the typical scam, vacation seekers will search for a home for rent in a desirable destination and find an […]

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Just Talking

An anniversary for just the two of us

Every year, people try to find something new and exciting to do for their wedding anniversay. There are so many wonderful and fantastic places to go in Rhode Island, what would one choose to do? How about a wonderful dinnner at McCormick’s and Schmick’s, or a movie at the IMax theater? Or, a play in […]

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Wampum

The Importance of Wampum in Rhode Island

Growing up, I was told that wampum was “Indian money”. It was a less enlightened age, and in a part of the world where we never heard of quahogs. But now I know that wampum were shell beads used for trading. They weren’t money, any more than rum or nails or beaver pelts were money, […]

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Rhode Island’s Guilty Pleasure

Confessions of a Doughboy Addict

It all began a very long time ago… I was eight years old. My Aunt, (whom I was living with at the time), took my cousins and me to a Portuguese festival near her house in East Providence. I was so excited because I knew that I was going to get a balloon, and ice […]

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Four Flavors of Dance In One Place

Mardi Gras, Cranston RI

For the dancer with a broad taste in music, or perhaps one who just can’t quite make up his mind, Cranston offers Mardi Gras, a dance “location”, with four dance floors, each devoted to different music. Want country line dancing? You got it. Disco/80’s? Yep, got that too. Techo/New Age stuff that doesn’t have much […]

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Experiments with Priceline

Getting a room for just $35

The Internet has pretty much eliminated the role of travel agent. Sure, there are times when you may want someone else to hassle with figuring out the details of a trip, but if you don’t mind punching the buttons yourself, you can book your own flights, hotels, cars, and event tickets. We love Expedia for […]

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And Beyond RI

Travel Product Reviews

A Boot To Keep Our Men Dry

Testing LL Bean's waterproof Bean Boots

During the wintertime’s frigid temperatures and heaping mounds of snow, our feet sit comfortably in super insulated, knee high boots. In the summer, our feet are adorned with sandals, sneakers or just going barefoot. Autumn, with a chill in the air and leaves cascading to the grown, our feet are covered in different footwear, from […]

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Extraordinary Gift Ideas for Christmas

Being a Product Reviewer, I get sent some really unique items to look at that would be sure to ‘wow’ that special someone for Christmas. Or, maybe even ‘wow’ yourself! Check them out and see for yourself what they could inspire in someone. Speedy Plus Instant Marinator Ever try to marinate something with just a […]

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Keeping our valuables safe in a “small” way

Spibelt for Travel Safety

Whether I am taking a walk with my dog, going out for a hike or working out at the gym, I am always worried about how to keep my money (and valuables) safe. I don’t want to have to tote around a pocket book or backpack all day, which can be very annoying when I […]

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A Leisurely Walk with your Dog Made Easier!

A look at the inventive "Leisure Leash"

I love to walk with my dog into the deep woods — “off leash”. Yes, I walk my dog around the neighborhood with a leash because you never know about the maniacs in our neighborhood, but I prefer letting my dog run free and enjoy the outdoors as much as I do. However, when I […]

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Traveling with your kids just got a little better

Thanks to the National Geographic Almanac

Going on a family vacation is one of the best part of being a parent. All that planning and packing and who’s going to watch the cat and what about the mail and did will fill up the car yet and… well, it can get a little hectic at times but in the end, it’s […]

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Pure Water with Every Sip

Testing the Zerowater self-filtering tumbler

Water is essential for the human body to survive. Considering that the body is made up of approximately 65% water, drinking water on a daily basis helps the body function better. More and more people are drinking water daily and they do so in a number of different ways. Bottled water, water filtration systems in […]

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Feasting at the Big Game with Chipotle Mexican Grill Catering

Even if your team isn’t playing this year, you can throw the best Super Bowl party on the block with the catering options from Chipotle Mexican Grill. Whether you’re hosting a large gathering or a small group of friends, Chipotle has several choices for football fans everywhere. The Chipotle folks catered last year’s Superbowl party. […]

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Cute as a Bee

I am always fascinated with new inventions, especially those that really make sense. There are so many creative products that I am across in my reviews that I wonder why this hadn’t been invented before. Recently, I had a chance to review a really cute and innovative product that I need to mention to my […]

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Teaching the Kids to Grow

Soilless planting with DuneCraft

There’s a special joy in growing a plant from seed. Starting with a tiny dry pellet, with a bit of nurturing, and growing into a beautiful flower or perhaps even a plant that provides food gives that unique blessing of being a provider of life, no matter who you are. The folks at DuneCraft have […]

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A Brush For Wet Hair

Packing the Wet Brush for a weekend getaway

While traveling is one of the greatest joys in life, there is always the dreaded chore of what to pack.  Besides the clothes and cosmetics that have to be packed there are other items that I don’t normally think of until there is the need for it.  The excitement of discovering a new place turns nerve-jangling when I […]

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