April Articles


Digging up the Healthiest

Rhode Island Clam Shacks

  The Rhode Island coastline offers a multitude of food destinations. Among the seasonal establishments are the region’s countless clam and lobster shacks, which by the way, do little for the waist line. Still, who can refuse to give in to your selection of seafood, battered and fried to perfection?  In my travels, here are [...]

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Shining a Light Into the Past

The North Lighthouse on Block Island

Block Island, in itself, retains such a remote quality that one can hardly imagine that there can be something even more remote on the island. That being said, the North Lighthouse is just that. If you go to the most remote spot on the island, and if you don’t mind trudging through soft sand for [...]

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Finding Romance In Nature

Stepping Stone Falls, West Greenwich, RI

  Most couples think that a romantic outing has to involve dining out, or dancing, or a movie, or an expensive event, like the theater. Well, I beg to differ on this one. Despite loving the ornate and glamorous at times, I mostly opt for a chance to be outdoors to bring me back to [...]

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A Perfect Spot to Survey Providence

Prospect Terrace Park

Prospect Terrace Park is the ideal place to kick off a visit to Providence, or just enjoy a sandwich and city view if you are a local. Tucked away along Congdon Street on Providence’s historic East Side, Prospect Terrace is near a number of other attractions including Benefit Street, Brown University, RISD, the Providence Atheneum [...]

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Snacks on a Plane!

For some, a peanut snack is more dangerous than a snake. How to handle it on your flight.

Few situations can provoke more anxiety for people with peanut or tree-nut allergies than having an allergic reaction while flying on an airplane and being unable to get help. But in a new study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology-In Practice, researchers found passengers who engaged in eight mitigating factors were less [...]

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Comfort Food at the Mall

Cheeseboy Brings Grilled Cheese Sandwiches to Providence Place Mall

Nothing says “comfort food” more than a grilled cheese sandwich, that hot melted cheese and buttery toasted bread is fast, filling, simple, convenient, and is a comfy as a warm fleece blanket and a crackling fireplace.  Sometimes you might find a grilled cheese sandwich on the kid’s menu at a diner, but until Cheeseboy, you’re [...]

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I Have To Fly WHERE?

How Business Travellers Can Stay Safe in the Worlds Hotspots

 Business travellers increasingly find themselves needing to visit hotspots. Outside Europe and America, many countries need special care. Obviously, Iraq wouldn’t be the number one choice for a business trip. But other countries, like Saudi Arabia or parts of the Far East, require attention too. Horrific stories of kidnapping and murder scare anyone planning to [...]

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And Beyond RI

Spring in Boston

  When the snow melts on Boston Common, the crocuses are joined by daffodils in vest-pocket gardens in front of the brownstones, and the whole city feels fresh and clean, it’s time to visit Boston. You might visit Boston on business, after all, there’s a lot of business going on in Boston. Or history – [...]

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A Country Inn with a Rustic Farmhouse Atmosphere

From time to time, we visit an old country inn – a quaint little hotel built back when it wasn’t unusual to see a horse-drawn buggy – usually nestled in the downtown of some village that has grown up, or perhaps resisted the urge to grow up.  Even during the days of the Grand Hotels [...]

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Travel Product Reviews


Salads Taste Better

Salad dressings from San-J

I wonder how many people can honestly say that they love to eat salad on a daily basis. I don’t mean just lettuce and tomato because that isn’t a salad to me, but with lots of vegetables, cheeses, olives, nuts, sunflower seeds and croutons. Now that’s a salad! Anyway, how many say that they can [...]

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Morning Coffee Just Got Easier!

Enjoy Jiva Coffee Cubes

When I wake up in the morning, I leave just the right amount of time for me to get ready so I don’t get distracted. That means that I have to have practically everything ready the night before; even my lunch (unless something needs refrigerating). I have everything set out for the next morning so [...]

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Spice Up That Meal

Testing Teeny Tiny Spices from Vermont

There’s a lot to be said about those that love to cook; any day, any time, they just love to cook. And, I happen to be one of those that ‘love to cook.’ I’ve been told, however, that the one thing I need to work a little is the seasonings. I either add too much, [...]

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Beautiful skin within a fraction of time!

Testing Amarte Skin Products

Having beautiful skin these days takes a lot of hard work, right? I mean, there’s the cleanser, then the toner, then the lifter, then the night cover up (er), and so on and so on. That does sound like a lot of work to me; much more than I would be willing to do to [...]

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Elegance for the Home Dinner Table

Cloth Napkins by Mia and Finn

I just love going out to eat at a fancy restaurant, or any restaurant that uses cloth napkins.  It makes me feel like I am being treated to something really special since cloth napkins are so rarely used now-a days. And, when I am at home making a special dinner, I frequently use cloth napkins because [...]

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Flavors of Belize

Not  just an ordinary cookbook! When it comes to cooking, I have to say that I am a decent cook.  Sometimes I’ll follow a recipe completely, sometimes I ‘tweak’ it a bit and sometimes, I come up with my own recipe.  Either way, I love to cook just about anything and everything from anywhere using [...]

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Burt’s Bees Keeps Amazing Us

With the cold weather firmly settling in on the New England area, my family always keeps Burt’s Lip Balm in ample supply Each one of my three children is an avid user of their lip-balm, claiming that it lasts longer than any other lip balm on the market.  I can be added to that list also. Burt’s Bees lip [...]

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Bye Bye Dry Hands!

Washing my hands with Crabtree and Evelyn

  Washing hands after practically everything we do seems to be the way of the world these days. We wash our hands after using the bathroom, after sneezing, before shaking hands, after shaking hands, before we go to bed, when we get out of bed…..and the list goes on and on. And, with the repeated [...]

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Nice Warm Socks Without Gadgets

Checking out Heatholders

One thing that bothers me more than anything else when I am outside in the cold is for my feet to get cold. My face, hands, body and even my head can get frigid cold but when my feet get cold, I am done. Back to the house to put on another pair of socks [...]

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Beautiful skin without a Spa!

Testing Spa Sonic

Just about everyone want to have beautiful skin. There are a multitude of skin care products to help us achieve that desire and then there are spas, salons and facial centers to help with the process. I would love to be able to visit a spa every day, but it would cost a fortune, so [...]

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