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3 Tech Things that'll be Cheaper in 2015

By Bob on January 7, 2015 2:19 AM | Read More

You gotta love technology, because the more the public loves something the less it costs. Remember when Blu-ray players were all the rage and cost $500? Yeah, me neither.

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3 Terrific Apps for Holiday Photos

By Bob on December 5, 2014 9:52 AM | Read More

Between now and New Year's we'll all be taking a lot of photos. Our NY son, Cole, has grudgingly come around to the idea that Charlotte will be snapping loads of pictures of him with his friends and relatives when he's in town. Hey, that's what you get for being an only child. Suck It Up.

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5 Things NOT to Buy on Black Friday

By Bob on November 13, 2014 11:32 AM | Read More

I know a lot of people who looove Black Friday. Me? Not so much. With me, Black Friday takes a back seat to Taco Tuesday, Enchilada Wednesday and the all-important Margarita Monday. 

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Avoid These 4 Tech Traps

By Bob on October 27, 2014 2:24 AM | Read More

You don't have to be a technophobe to be tripped up by high-tech traps. The tech world is filled with scams that can cost you money, steal your identity or put you and your loved ones at risk.

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Sound Blaster Roar

By Bob on October 2, 2014 5:29 AM | Read More

The world is full of Bluetooth speakers that promise to deliver sound like you're sitting center stage at Carnegie Hall. Truth is there may be less than a handful that can actually deliver. 

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Price Check!

By Bob on August 4, 2014 4:20 AM | Read More

Charlotte's the shopper at Boomer Brief HQ. She never leaves the house without her trusty coupons and she can smell a deal before they even put out the sign. She's GREAT at shopping. Me? Not so much.

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iPhone Power Case

By Bob on June 19, 2014 4:32 AM | Read More

One of the drawbacks to traveling is that it can sometimes be a hassle to find an outlet to charge an iPhone, iPad or other electronic device. Finding a power station in an airport can be problematic and until recently, charging a device on a plane wasn't even a possibility.

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5 Tech Travel Tips

By Bob on May 29, 2014 4:02 AM | Read More

I never travel without my iPad. Yeah, I'm swimming against the Boomer male stereotype that says I'm supposed to be a Luddite sloth (Ok, maybe during football season) but I take my high tech toys with me when I hit the trail.

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Hit Me With Your Best (Buck)shot

By Bob on April 17, 2014 2:13 AM | Read More

Now that Spring is here, I've been looking for a good rugged outdoor wireless speaker. If I'm cranking up Tom Petty or Dwight Yoakum down at the ranch, I need a wireless speaker that can bounce around in a 4-wheel-drive jeep and blast out the tunes.

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3 Great Apps For The Road

By Bob on March 27, 2014 4:07 AM | Read More

Now that Spring has finally sprung (for most of us...our son Cole is still shivering in the Big Apple), it's time to think vacation. For those of you contemplating your next trip, I've found three apps that'll make your journey easier - and even a lot more fun.

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3 Fantastic Photo Apps

By Bob on March 6, 2014 4:42 AM | Read More

I've been taking photos since I got my first box camera circa 1960. Back then, photography was infinitely more complicated and the results were often less than memorable.

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3 Smartphone Secrets You Should Know

By Bob on January 23, 2014 4:20 AM | Read More

Owning a smartphone doesn't make you any smarter. In fact if you're like me, smartphones can leave you feeling, well, sort of dumb. They're infinitely complicated, but there are some easy tricks you can use to make you feel a little smarter.

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4 Tech Traps to Avoid in 2014

By Bob on January 2, 2014 3:03 AM | Read More

You don't have to be a technophobe to be tripped up by high-tech traps.
The tech world is filled with scams that can cost you money, steal your
identity or put you and your loved ones at risk. Make a resolution to avoid
these four tech traps this year:

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DIY Tip Genius

By Bob on December 12, 2013 4:32 AM | Read More

It's a well-documented fact that I am not the handiest of handymen excuse me, I mean  handyperson). I did fall off a 12-foot ladder and there was that time I tried to change the oil in my car and...let's just forget all that nastiness with the tow truck and oil slick that even had BP executives shaking their heads and saying, "Jeez, would you look at THAT!"

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5 Devices That Might Be a Waste of Your Money

By Bob on November 21, 2013 2:27 AM | Read More

I've never been an early adopter when it comes to technology. I waited a month before I installed iOS 7 on my iPhone and I'm glad I did - the hassle and bugs just weren't worth the trouble. As hard as it can be to migrate to new technology, it can be equally hard to let go of some of the older gadgets we've grown to love.

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1 App That Might Save Your Life

By Bob on October 31, 2013 4:17 AM | Read More

Sometimes you need your phone to do more than Instagram your lunch at Taco Bell and channel your Twitter musings. How about an app that could save your life? What would you say to that?

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Over 40 Magnifier and Flashlight App

By Bob on October 10, 2013 4:14 AM | Read More

When I hit 40, my eyesight hit the skids. Years of being hunched over a keyboard (computer and IBM Selectric) left me in the land of reading glasses.

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Buckshot Wireless Speaker

By Bob on September 19, 2013 5:16 AM | Read More

I've been looking for a good rugged outdoor wireless speaker for a while. If I'm cranking up Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (you haven't lived until you've heard my Bob Dylan-Tom Petty version of Refugee) down at the ranch, I need a wireless speaker that can bounce around in a 4-wheel-drive jeep across rocks and cactus and still blast out the tunes.

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6 Apps for Supermarket Savings

By Bob on August 29, 2013 4:15 AM | Read More

Charlotte's the Coupon Clipper in our family. She can spot a deal a mile away and I think there are stores out there that just know she'll beat them at their own game whenever she darkens their door **no offense Banana Republic**, Me? I'll clip 'em if I can save 50-cents on a roll of Duct Tape at Lowe's. Or light bulbs. Especially light bulbs.

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4 Free Apps for Fall

By Bob on August 8, 2013 5:41 AM | Read More

Charlotte and I are both Type A types. We love multitasking and we're never without an iPhone, iPad, iPod or some other piece of technology. Yeah, I know. It kinda blows the whole idea that Boomers are Luddite sloths **not applicable to me during football season**.

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6 Great New Apps

By Bob on July 18, 2013 4:27 AM | Read More

Looking for the next great app? Here are 6 you should really check out.

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6 MORE Tech Myths BUSTED!

By Bob on June 27, 2013 3:34 AM | Read More

Think you know all there is to know about buying gadgets and paying the best price for technology? Ummmm...maybe you should check this list to see if you're really in the know.

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3 Great Price Checking Apps

By Bob on June 6, 2013 5:24 AM | Read More

Charlotte's the shopper at Boomer Brief HQ. She never leaves the house without her trusty coupons and she can smell a deal before they even put out the sign. She's GREAT at shopping. Me? Not so much.

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Text Your MAMA

By Bob on May 16, 2013 4:53 AM | Read More

I've lived in Texas all of my life, where the cliché is "If you don't like the weather, wait a minute and it'll change." That's a true statement in this state where the weather can go from "Let's have a picnic" to "holy-shi*-we're-all-gonna-die" in about 30 seconds. Been there. Survived that. I'll 'splain.

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Flashlight

By Bob on April 25, 2013 5:16 AM | Read More

When we upgraded to the new iPhone 5 a couple of months ago, I lost most of my apps in the conversion. But, instead of crying over spilt apps, I decided to find some that were better than what I lost. It didn't take me long to find the best and brightest flashlight app I've ever used.

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6 Tech Myths Busted

By Bob on April 4, 2013 5:58 AM | Read More

Last week, I was down at the ranch house contemplating our upcoming remodel (stay tuned, it's gonna be a helluva ride...!) and took a minute to look at the electronic relics we need to replace. In one corner is a 1960's era Admiral "color" television that weighs more than a cruise ship anchor. Across the room is a stereo hi-fi (sadly, no vinyl to be found) that doesn't work or even function as a piece of vintage furniture. Yeah Boomers, we've got work to do...

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5 Websites Every Guy Should Bookmark

By Bob on February 28, 2013 2:12 AM | Read More

Charlotte and were only married a couple of weeks when something broke and it became my manly duty to fix it. We were newlyweds and I hadn't yet revealed to her my webbed feet and my inability to repair anything. I did my best to fix it.

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5 Free Apps to Help You Manage Your Busy Life

By Bob on February 8, 2013 5:38 AM | Read More

Charlotte and I are both Type A types. We love multitasking and we're never without a cellphone, iPad, magazine, catalog, you name it.

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4 Apps to Help You Find Love in 2013

By Bob on January 10, 2013 4:48 AM | Read More

If you're one of the many Boomers out there looking for love, cheer up. Technology is making it easier than ever to meet that special someone. We've found 4 Apps that may just help you find who you've been looking for:

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2 Last Minute Gifts for the iPad Cook

By Bob on December 20, 2012 5:35 AM | Read More

When I was kid growing up in Granbury, Texas it was BIG DEAL every year when the Neiman Marcus Wish Book would find its way to our trailer park mailbox. It must've been sometime in the late 1960's when one of the featured items was a COMPUTER for the KITCHEN. It was just a little smaller than a chest freezer and weighed about as much.

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5 Mobile Apps That Make Holiday Shopping Easier

By Bob on December 5, 2012 5:26 AM | Read More

Charlotte is the Coupon Goddess at Boomer Brief HQ. She doesn't leave the driveway without her iPhone and a purse overflowing with coupons, deals and price adjustments. I can't match her price-matching skills, but I've found someone who can take even Charlotte's shopping skills to a whole 'nother level: Andrea Woroch.

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The Gift That Keeps on Living

By Bob on November 22, 2012 4:38 AM | Read More

Due to the recent death of my father, I've been doing some pretty heavy commuting lately. His home is about 60 miles from Boomer Brief HQ and I've been spending a lot of time going there to clean out his house. Sifting through 89 years of life can be pretty unsettling. That's bad enough, but lately I've seen something that disturbs me even more: the 1 out of 4 commuters driving while distracted.

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5 Travel Apps For The Single Girl (or Guy)

By Bob on November 1, 2012 3:43 AM | Read More

I used to do a lot of solo business travel - trade shows (the usual suspects...Vegas, Chicago, Cincinnati, Orlando, Atlanta...) and visited some pretty exotic places in pursuit of new clients. Ever been to Cannon Falls, MN? How 'bout Ft. Wayne, IN or Westpoint, MS? They've both occupied top spots on my travel itinerary.

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411 on the New Cooking & Cocktail Apps

By Bob on October 18, 2012 5:46 AM | Read More

Charlotte's a cookbook collector. She's got hundreds of beautiful books that are dog-eared and stained with tomato sauce, flour, chocolate and probably Cole's sticky little finger prints. That works for her, but me? I'm becoming more of a digital cook whenever I venture into the kitchen or out to the grill.

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2 Travel Apps to Fall in Love With

By Bob on October 4, 2012 5:13 AM | Read More

One of the best things about being an Empty-Nester Boomer is not being tied to the school calendar. When our son Cole was in school, we were slaves to the academic schedule. No more!

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This App Could Save Your Life

By Bob on September 13, 2012 5:17 AM | Read More

Wouldn't it be great if apps did more than just help you manage the boredom of waiting in line at your local (rhymes with Wells Fargo) bank? How about an app that could save your life? What would you say to that?

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Free Home Improvement App

By Bob on July 26, 2012 5:05 AM | Read More

Charlotte and I have had plenty of experience with home improvement projects. Our most recent trip to remodel heaven landed us on HGTV.

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Improving Your Vacation Videos

By Bob on May 17, 2012 4:28 AM | Read More

With the popularity of smartphones, vacation videos have never been easier to take - or harder to watch. Let's face it, most videos are BORING. The majesty of the Grand Canyon is really something to behold, until it's beheld on a 3.5" screen.

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5 Favorite Travel Apps for Women

By Bob on March 22, 2012 5:11 AM | Read More

Charlotte and her girlfriends are a traveling bunch. There's nothing they like better (with the possible exception of shoe shopping) than getting together on a new trip adventure.

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Stretch Yourself

By Charlotte on January 12, 2012 6:59 AM | Read More

Many of my friends are into yoga. Sister cancer survivor Linda DuPre says it's very calming. And after we practiced poses at our last Betty's Bunch cancer support group meeting, I had to agree. My neighbor Mary Schreder loves yoga's toning benefits. EVERYBODY at our Bunco Christmas party wanted that girl's slimming secret. Next thing you know, she's on the floor demonstrating the plank in sequins and heels!

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Kobo Wireless eReader

By Bob on December 29, 2011 6:16 AM | Read More

Charlotte and I are both book lovers. We've been known to get (happily) lost in bookstores and I can't begin to count all the classics we've collected from our college days, library sales and the Half-Price Books chain of stores in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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High-Tech Heat

By Bob on December 15, 2011 5:00 AM | Read More

Charlotte is almost never warm. She's the only one wearing a sweater on the Kiva Dunes beach in July and don't get me started about winter. Let's just say she HATES the cold and for the record - cold kinda frowny-faces her back. 

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Total Body Turnaround

By Charlotte on November 16, 2011 6:00 AM | Read More

"Shake, shake, shake. Shake your booty!" 

 

Fitness guru Kathy Smith gives new meaning to that '70s anthem on her latest workout DVD, Ageless with Kathy Smith: Total Body Turnaround (AcaciaLifestyle.com; Nov. 15, 2011). In this three-part-thinning-session, Kathy shows how to shape not only your booty, but your legs, arms and core while trimming your waistline, improving your balance and increasing your energy. Nice!

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BiteHunter

By Bob on November 3, 2011 4:05 AM | Read More

Now that Cole has moved to New York, Charlotte and I are doing a lot more traveling. We love getting out of Collywood, but traveling comes with its own set of complications.

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Apps for Fall Travel

By Bob on October 6, 2011 4:58 AM | Read More

The best-kept Baby Boomer travel secret is that Fall is the perfect time to hit the road. What's not to like? The weather in the south goes from hell-on-earth hot to downright pleasant and the northern U.S. isn't even thinking about that first snow. Probably the best thing about fall travel is that it's a KID FREE ZONE. Since school's in session, the restaurants are less crowded. Attractions (with the exception of major theme parks) have shorter lines. Even airports are easier to maneuver. It's a great time to get up and go.

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Screenslam App

By Bob on August 26, 2011 4:51 AM | Read More

I think I may have mentioned this before, but Charlotte and I loooove movies. There's nothing we like better than kicking back with a bottle of wine and watching TCM or the latest delivery from our Netflix queue. It's a weekend ritual around our house.

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New Music & Movie Apps

By Bob on August 11, 2011 2:31 AM | Read More

It's no secret that Charlotte and I like our music. Charlotte looooooves her iPod - she can't get dressed in the morning without dancing (seriously, y'all) to Sheryl Crow, Gram Parsons or The Get Up Kids. Me? I like music too, but it's a timing thing. Mornings are for news, weather and sports. Evenings are for tunes ranging from Van Morrison to my man Miles Davis. What can I say? Opposites attract.

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Travel APPalicious

By Bob on May 18, 2011 2:42 AM | Read More

The official start to summer is just a couple of weeks away and a lot of us are going to be hitting the roads and airport bars taking to the skies. Miss Charlotte and I will be right there with you, so if you see me in a backwater barbecue joint in Mississippi or the Admirals Club at LaGuardia, say "Hi," but say it real LOUD because I'll be wearing my noise-cancelling headphones and rocking out to Robert Earle Keen's, Gringo Honeymoon.

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Wraps & Apps

By Bob on March 7, 2011 4:34 AM | Read More

I love my iPod Touch and iPhone - the Apps and accessories make these gadgets about the best I've ever owned. Like a lot of my Boomer brethren and sisteren, I don't go anywhere without 'em. They keep me organized and entertained from doctor's offices to airline terminals.

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Gadget Protection

By Bob on December 9, 2010 6:42 AM | Read More

If you've recently purchased an electronic gadget you've likely been offered the "Extended Warranty" at  checkout. I've always suspected that these things were little more than the electronic retailer's version of "you-want-fries-with-that?"come-on and just about worthless.

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App-A-Licous

By Bob on November 17, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

About a year ago we replaced our not-so-smart-phone (sorry, but you Motorola guys had to know the MotoQ9c was junk when you sold it) with the new iPhone. Translation: Best. Decision. Ever.

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Golf Gadgets

By Bob on October 4, 2010 6:10 AM | Read More

Let's just get this out of the way from the start. When it comes to golf I'm a hack. The only problem is that I love to hack around with this @#$%&* game. My golf buddies and I don't get to play that often, but when we do we're always checking out the other guy's equipment (insert joke HERE).


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iPhone & iPod LEATHERskins

By Bob on September 20, 2010 8:57 AM | Read More

It's no secret that the iPhone and iPod are the most popular electronic gadgets on the planet. Both Charlotte and I have them and they're always by our side.

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Mobile Help

By Bob on September 7, 2010 7:18 AM | Read More

Like most Boomers I'm a member of the "Sandwich Generation". You're probably a member, too. We're the Baby Boomers with children on one side - our aging parents on the other side - and we're in the middle. Yep, that's me.

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PC Summer Travel Tips

By Bob on August 11, 2010 10:43 AM | Read More

I never travel without my laptop. Yeah, I'm swimming against the Boomer male stereotype that says I'm supposed to be a Luddite sloth (Ok, maybe during football season) but I take my computer with me wherever I go.

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Phone Flicks App

By Bob on May 18, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

If you're a Netflix subscriber you really need to check out the Phone Flicks app for your iPhone.

This great new app isn't "officially" associated with Netflix, but it's a very easy way to manage your Netflix queue and Instant queue while adding movies to both.  

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Worldmate App

By Bob on May 4, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

The Worldmate travel itinerary app is a great little iPhone app for Boomers who fly the friendly skies.

 

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Photoshop Mobile App

By Bob on April 20, 2010 1:52 PM | Read More

The Photoshop Mobile app for the iPhone is one of the best photo apps I've found.

 

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Wii Fit Plus

By Charlotte on December 21, 2009 4:07 PM | Read More

Working out has become more game than chore since I changed coaches, swapping Wii Fit for new Wii Fit Plus. My latest trainer has me biking, skateboarding and keeping step with a marching band - in addition to exercising - all in the comfort of my family room.

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Wii Fit

By Charlotte on September 21, 2009 3:17 PM | Read More

Most mornings, our alarm buzzes at 6:30 a.m. sending Bob and me in different directions.  He showers and heads to work.  I go to the family room to meet my workout buddy: Wii Fit.

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Pandora Internet Radio

By Bob on July 6, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

Have you met Pandora?  If you love music - any kind of music - then do yourself a favor and check it out.  Pandora is a free online radio station that plays only the music you like, because it's based entirely on your preferences.

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Netflix Player by Roku

By Bob on June 8, 2009 6:46 AM | Read More

Let's get this straight right from the beginning.  The Netflix Player by Roku is the NEXT BIG THING (NBT).  This device slipped in like a freakin' NINJA when we were debating if Blu-ray was the killer app that would hold us hostage in front of our TVs.  

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Some beauty bloggers try any and everything. But I'm pretty picky about what I test, especially if I'll be putting it on my face. Unfortunately, I'm on the sensitive side and making a wrong choice could (and has) cost me days, even weeks of recovery time. Yikes!

That's why I'm big on brands I know and trust like IT Cosmetics. They're one of my fav anti-aging makeup and skincare lines. Think Bye Bye Lines Serum, SuperHero Mascara and much more. The folks at IT work with doctors to develop serious beauty solutions based on ingredients that are both cutting edge and good for your skin.

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Grace & Frankie

In the mood for a quirky comedy? Netflix' favorite female odd couple, Grace & Frankie, returns to the streaming service March 24th. For those of you who haven't discovered the quirky Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin series it may be one for your watch list.

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