August Articles

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The Swamps, Bogs, and Marshes in Our Backyard

Rhode Island Wetlands All Around Us

By Florence Chartier Frandsen Rhode Island may be a small state but it is a land of diversity. We have colorful hills of foliage, waves crashing on rocky seacoasts, and lots of low-lying areas in between. I mean lots. Water is one thing we’ve got, and along with water comes mud. Sometimes the mud gets […]

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Lunch or Dinner?

Two different views of Capital Grille

  By Matthew Johnson and Paul Pence This month, we have had the unusual privilege of enjoying Capital Grille at both lunch and dinner.  Capital Grille, a fine-dining restaurant right in the heart of Providence, is known for their excellent food, top-notch service, a dark wood upscale atmosphere, and a first-class wine list.  With these […]

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Being ‘massaged away’ to Bali, right here in Newport!

Spa Terre, Newport RI

It’s never to late to take that trip we have always wanted to do; to a far away land with crystal clear blue skies, the sweet sounds of nature, and nothing to remind us of the trivialities of our everyday lives. A place where we can nurture our inner self and be connected to something […]

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Visiting For The Long Term

Candlewood Suites

  When I first took Linda to Texas to meet my family, we needed a comfortable homebase — a place with not only a comfortable bed, but also a kitchen, laundry facilities, and room to spread out as we explored. My mother’s house had only limited air conditioning, and staying with relatives always means disrupting […]

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And Beyond RI

Art and Nature

  In 1825, Thomas Cole hiked into the Catskill Mountains, overlooking the Hudson River and painted the first landscapes of the area.  The vivid autumn colors and sweeping vistas inspired him to render the views in a romantic style that was soon to be called the Hudson River School. Among artists, the term “school” is […]

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Summer Along the Androscoggin

Halfway between Bangor and Montreal , on the eastern edge of the White Mountains and well away from the craziness of city life, you may be lucky enough to find Bethel Maine.    For a time, the town was a haven to the well-heeled and well educated escaping from the frenzy of city life, but over […]

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Travel Product Reviews

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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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Pistachio Snack Bar?

Enjoying Pistachio Bites

When it comes to snacking, I have to say I love pistachio nuts. It doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that my favorite color is green and so is a pistachio nut, but they just taste so darn good! Once a bag of pistachio nuts is placed in front of me I have […]

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Hold it with a Shouldit

A scarf with hidden pockets

I just hate carrying a purse; absolutely hate it! It is always slipping off my shoulder when I am walking somewhere and then it flops in front of me and I get all tangled up and, more than I can say, frustrated! Or, struggling at the checkout line trying to shove everything back into my […]

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Dressing Up that Favorite Outfit

Exquisite Handmade Jewelry From Margie Edwards Designs

How many women love to dress up for a special occasion? I mean, dressing-up, with the dress, shoes and just the right pieces of jewelry to accentuate the whole outfit. Imagine walking into that room looking like you just won the lottery and every heard turn as you make your way across the floor. Aren’t […]

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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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