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Women and their finances: The time to...

by on 04/24/2015 - 02:15 pm
Category: Smart Living

By Angela Fleming, The May Group
With Women’s History Month happening in March, it is safe to say that we have a lot to be proud of. We are proud of the rights that women like Susan B. Anthony and Sandra Day O’Connor fought for—and won. We are proud of the work that we do, the families we raise, and the relationships we build.
Having said that, we also tend to put the needs of others ahead of our own. We focus so strongly on the success of all the people, places, and things in our lives that we sometimes lose track of the big picture. 
The big picture, in this case, is the fact that we outlive men and we are statistically less likely to be pr ...

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The best ways to banish winter skin

by on 04/23/2015 - 01:54 pm
Category: Smart Living

By Stanley Hurst
Owner, A Time To Spa
The harsh winter we just endured has wreaked havoc on our skin. The cold weather, coupled with indoor heating systems, strips skin of its natural moisturizing oils—leaving it dry, flaky, and dull.
So if you want glowing skin this summer, now is the time to give it some TLC.
To keep your skin soft and supple, it is important to clean your face, exfoliate to remove dead skin, steam to open any clogged pores, and use a mask or skin peel to remove any left over residue.
There are a number of skin care products available that you can buy for home use, with a lot more organic options on the market than ever before. Yo ...

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How to get rid of varicose veins

by on 04/22/2015 - 02:51 pm
Categories: Health & Beauty, Smart Living

By Sonja Stiller, MD

Center for Advanced Vein Care
Are your legs sporting spider webs of varicose veins? Are your “shorts” getting longer and longer each summer? Don’t fear; you have lots of company. A whopping one in four adults and up to 50 percent of people over 50 years of age suffer from vein issues.
Symptoms include:
• Heaviness, burning, aching, or tiredness in the legs
• Swelling of feet or ankles
• Itching in the vein area
• Color changes, dry, thinned skin, inflammation
The reason veins are discolored and swollen is because they’re not working. These one-way valves that are engineered to send deoxygenated ...

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First aid kit essentials

by on 04/22/2015 - 02:43 pm
Categories: Home, Smart Living

By Robin Ivany 
Savon Medimart
From personal settings to professional offices, a well-stocked first aid kit is a handy thing to have.
Whether buying a kit or making your own, pass the first test of readiness by keeping a first aid kit available in the appropriate nooks and crannies of your life. You should have one in your car, at your office, and in your home. Students should have handy a mini kit for their backpacks.
Stock the kit with emergencies in mind. At minimum, include adhesive bandages, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic wipes, a pair of latex gloves, and a roller bandage along with adhesive cloth tape.
Students can get by with the minimum, wh ...

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Is your concrete sagging?

by on 04/22/2015 - 03:20 pm
Categories: Home, Smart Living

By Vince Cabot
Owner, Accurate Concrete Leveling
As kids we loved jumping in puddles after a rainstorm, but for homeowners those standing puddles of water are not all fun and games. In fact, standing puddles of water on your driveway, sidewalk, walkway or patio can signal a problem with your concrete.
If you notice a lot of areas that puddle with rainwater after a storm, your concrete is probably sagging or cracking. Most concrete damage is instigated during the winter months due to freeze-thaw cycles, physical abrasion from snow blowers and shovels, and de-icing chemicals that drip off your car when parked in your driveway and garage. So after the harsh winter we just end ...

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Spring cleaning your gutters, the rig...

by on 04/21/2015 - 03:26 pm
Categories: Community, Home, Smart Living

By Vance Ferrari
The Gutter Guy
As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” And while those showers might be good for your landscaping, water can cause extensive, and expensive, damage to your home.
The leaves you raked up in your yard last fall can easily be hiding in your home’s gutters, causing water blockage and back up. Likewise, the birds who have returned to Northeast Ohio are busy building nests and favor gutters as a place to reside.
The gutters on your home serve a real purpose by channeling all of the water that falls on your home, whether it be from rain or snow, toward storm pipes. When that system is blocked for any reaso ...

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How to avoid implants

by on 04/21/2015 - 01:45 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

By Dr. Vladimir Pastouk, Dental & Cosmetic Solutions
Q: It seems like many older people I know have lost some or all of their teeth. What can I do to prevent this and avoid the need for dental implants?
A: Bravo for wanting to safeguard your teeth. There are four secrets for doing just that.
The first, and probably least known, is to make sure your dentist is an educator—I don’t mean one who is working at the university necessarily. Every dentist should educate patients on potential dental issues, provide information about their conditions, offer options, and give them the right to choose their treatment. When dentists educate patients, they learn from them ...

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When brushing is bad…and other myths ...

by on 04/21/2015 - 11:23 am
Categories: Health & Beauty, Smart Living

By Dr. Mario Pavicic
Five Points Dentistry
We all want white, wonderful teeth. We also know that our oral health is a window into our overall health, so we are serious about oral hygiene. 
But what if the advice you have been given is wrong, and, in some cases, downright silly? 
For instance, did you know that brushing your teeth too soon after you eat does more harm than good? Scrubbing on your teeth within 20 minutes of eating can actually drive corrosive acids into your teeth. For best results, wait an hour before brushing.
Also, after all the scary stories about teeth whitening ruining your enamel, you can rest assured. Prior to 1990, t ...

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How to purge your winter closet

by on 04/21/2015 - 11:18 am
Categories: Health & Beauty, Home, Smart Living

By Cyndi Milluzzi 
Owner, Dress Without Stress
Is the worst part of your day waking up to your wardrobe? Are the colors drab, the vibe sad, and the mood simply not capturing the sunshine you see trying to make its arrival?
It’s easier than you might think to transition your closet from heavy winter into spry spring. Turn on some music and roll up your sleeves—this will be fast and painless.
Start by clearing one shelf at a time and laying the items out for organizing. Since most of us tend toward the 80/20 rule (80% of the time we wear 20% of our wardrobes), give your clothes some air and yourself a new bird’s eye view of colors, fabrics, an ...

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Strongsville’s hotspot: Live music an...

by on 04/08/2015 - 03:50 pm
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community, Food

By Mike Trivisonno
Owner, Trivs Restaurant and Lounge
Trivs Restaurant and Lounge is one of Strongsville’s most lively spots to meet friends for after-work drinks or to enjoy an evening of live music.
Regulars keep returning to Trivs’ comfortable and inviting lounge to socialize with old and new friends, listen to top-notch local music, and sip fine wines and expertly mixed cocktails. Unlike other places, Trivs’ Happy Hour extends from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
During Happy Hour, guests can sip $5 glasses of wine in fine varieties such as Polka Dot Riesling or Canyon Road Merlot, or enjoy $5 martinis in enticing flavors like ...

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