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I Took a Photo Class and Now I’m Headed to Best Buy

I just finished my beginning photography class at our local community college, and loved it. My original motivation was to learn to take food photos for our blog, so I asked for a good beginner’s camera for my birthday. When I was offered the opportunity to post about three different cameras at Best Buy, I actually got a bit gadget-drooly. Let me tell you about them, and see if you also get the urge to update.I learned about a Nikon, a Sony and a Samsung, all of which come equipped with built-in Wi-Fi.

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It’s National Family Caregivers Month. Are You a Caregiver?

It’s National Family Caregivers Month. As I’m a caregiver, I jumped at the chance to bring you this important public service information from AARP and the Ad Council about some of the resources available to the more than 42 million caregivers in the U.S. If you’re like most people, your mental image of a caregiver is of middle-aged women taking care of elderly parents. For me, only half of that is true. I’m middle-aged (or early Renaissance; medieval if you’re one of my boys). But I’m not caring for my parents; I’m now caring for someone who is only 57 and had a stroke in late September.

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Who Wants Perfect Hair? Our Trip to the Sally Hershberger Salon in Los Angeles

Over time things change, including our red hair. Rather than curse the grey, we took a trip to the Sally Hershberger Salon in West Hollywood. We’ll let you decide if we ended up looking younger and more alike than usual.

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A Peek Into Vegan Living with Attila Hildmann

Knowing I’m a vegetarian and fitness pro, a P.R. friend of mine recently sent me two books by Europe’s top-selling (almost 1 million copies) cookbook author, Attila Hildmann. The books are “Vegan for Fun” and “Vegan for Fit.” A cross between a healthy lifestyle philosophy and cookbook, these are books worth your time (and appetite).

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Vanilla Sugar Cinnamon Rolls

Nielsen Massey sent me some vanilla sugar so I decided to make cinnamon rolls. They were delectable. I tweaked a King Arthur Flour recipe to create these. One person is going to win some N-M vanilla sugar along with a 2 ounce bottle of vanilla. If you’re a vanilla lover, this is for you.

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ShiftCon: Make a Shift Toward Better Health

What happens if you bring together brands, bloggers and non-profits for a conference billed as “the first eco-wellness social media conference?” Shift. Shift is what happens. At the inaugural ShiftCon event this past weekend, hundreds of people came together to further the national conversation about the way we eat and live, and how that impacts our health and the environment.

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3 Santa Barbara Walks Only Locals Know

No matter where you live, walking outside is beneficial. And the nice thing about where you live is that your town has a few hiking paths that only locals seems to know about. Santa Barbara is no exception. We’re going to share three that will put you “in the know” for the day you come to town: one on the beach, one at a lake, and one in the mountains.

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Breathe Life Into Yourself

Want to reduce anxiety? Beat fatigue? Minimize stress? Lose weight without eating less or exercising more? Be more at peace with yourself? Click now to find out how.

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Get Smarter: Learn New Skills

In a feeble attempt to increase her brain power, Alexandra signed up for a photography class. This gave her a new understanding of the benefits of the RealPad that AARP and Intel designed for the 50+ “technologically shy” crowd.

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Travel to Tucson

I went on a road trip to Tucson in the middle of August and managed to find some benefits to summer sightseeing. And yes, you can even go outside, if you’re willing to wake up early.

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