Level Up: Style & Confidence Men's Mixer

When it comes to walking into a room with confidence, it takes an inner excitement and an ability to authentically express yourself. There are little details that can make a huge difference in a new situation. Wearing the right look that feels like the best version of you is one easy way to instantly stand up straighter, smile more, and have you catching a glimpse of yourself in the mirror. This is the person you want to be on a daily basis and especially when meeting someone for the very first time - that lasting impression is important. Today’s go-to casual style is being mistaken for not putting in an effort. With the right fit, fabrics, and outfit combination you’ll find it’s easier to figure out what to wear. You can level up your look to appear polished and still...
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March Food News: Luckily, There’s Boilermakers

photo credit: Black Cat | @photosbykaijaphotosbykaija Feeling lucky? Well you should because boilermakers are popping up on menus all over the place. Spots like Gold Bar and Black Cat are going beyond the basic beer and shot of whiskey by serving up shiny new combos. Follow the rainbow to your dining and drinking dreams with this edition of March Food News.  NEWISH Tamari Bar Cap Hill's new-style Izakaya and sister restaurant to Suika opened on Valentine's Day with a wide variety of menu items that combine Japanese pub food traditions with modern techniques and flavors. Don't miss The Rockin Marinated Waygu Beef served raw to grill on a hot stone, the Seattle Croquette, or any of the fresh sushi. For those feeling thirsty, Tamari also offers Japanese whiskey and sake flights.  Gold Bar & Oro Kitchen Gold Bar is a...
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5 Ways To Eat Less Sugar

You may or may not know that eating too much excess sugar can have health risks. The daily recommendations for added sugar is no more than 25 grams per day, and many of us get more than that from one snack or meal. Added sugar in foods contains no nutrients, can cause weight gain, raise cholesterol and cause issues with blood sugar maintenance. So what is added sugar? Added sugar is anything that’s been added to food and doesn’t include naturally occuring sugars like those in fruit, dairy and even vegetables. How to know if your food has added sugar? A good rule of thumb is to stick to whole foods, but check the label on products, if sugar is listed in the ingredients - it’s in there. Maybe you already avoid the obvious sugar culprits but you might be...
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10 Spring Cleaning Storage Ideas to Get Organized

photo credit: Jannoon028 I’m a baseboard-cleaning, hands-and-knees-scrubbing kind of gal, but that doesn’t mean I don’t accumulate dozens of hardly used spices and mentally suffer when I look under the sink at my disarrayed makeup/hair product/nail polish catch-all. Having a clean house is totally different than having a neat house – but I’m determined to have both. For optimal organization, check out these ideas and products that are sure to elevate your spring cleaning game. 1. Feeling Spicy Pretty much everything has an expiration date, including spices. And it’s harder to go through them if you keep buying cinnamon every time you decide to bake snickerdoodles. While spices don’t “go bad” per se, they do lose their potency and won’t flavor foods as well. Baking agents can also lose their leveling/rising effects. If you’ve had it for more than 4...
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Cinematic Imagination that Predicted the Future: Technology

Albert Einstein stated, "Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution." Without imagination, technology, space, medicine, genetics, etc wouldn't advance because we couldn't imagine the possibilities. What good would knowledge be if our imagination didn't allow us to explore it? We share our imagination through stories, art, music, and movies. Attending Comicon and watching the Academy Awards this past weekend made me realize how powerful Mr. Einstein's words are. Multiple movies have inspired and "predicted" the advancement in technology and science dating back to Metropolis in 1927. Which others have gotten it right? Find out in our Cinematic Imagination that Predicted the Future two-part series where we look at technology and science that has turned into reality. Blade Runner (1982) The first Blade Runner , set...
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Crank up your core workout - 6 Plank Variations to Challenge You

Having a strong core is more than just looking good in your bathing suit. Feeling strong and stabilized translates to every other exercise including weight lifting, running and spots. These plank variations are great for increasing core strength while toning up the shoulders when you're ready to take your practice to the next level. Make sure you can already complete a 1 minute regular plank before moving on to these options.  Plank Shoulder Taps Begin in a plank position on the hands. Slowly lift one hand off the ground to tap the opposite shoulder, and return to start. Continue alternating hands keeping hips and shoulders square to the ground. Repeat for 20 total reps. Plank Up and Downs Begin in a plank position on forearms, keeping your core engaged, push up onto one hand, and then the other so you are...
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February Food News: Carbs, Wine, and Truffles

There’s nothing better than the February Food News highlights to triage a month that includes way too much pink and recent rain forecasts that have undoubtedly tested everyone’s patience and SAD lamps. The closing of The Butcher and The Baker isn’t helping anything either. Here’s my proposal: wait out the rain in one of Seattle’s newest hot spots—before you know it, the sun will be out.  Newish Reckless Noodle House This haven for Vietnamese eats opened last month in the Central District. Bites like Caramelized Pork Fresh Rolls and traditional papaya salad are only $4 at happy hour which also includes $6 cocktails from the Reckless Margarita to a barrel aged negroni.  Le Messe Eastlake just got another Italian joint with Brian Clevenger’s Le Messe. As it should be, the pasta is the star of the show with tantalizing options...
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9 Natural Health Alternatives for Your Dog

In today's world, prescribed medication for dogs are just as common as humans. It seems that whatever injury or pain we may be experiencing a prescription is written, but they can take a toll on our livers and kidneys. While some may be necessary, for others there are alternatives that work just as well if not better. Below are some homeopathic options that I've personally tested and approved. However, I must stress that is very important to check with your vet before giving anything to your furbaby. I may be a dog, but not all dogs are created equal. I would never want to put my fellow canines in harm's way and there's no guarantee it will work the same for you as it does for me. Spice and Herbs TURMERIC Turmeric is a great and strong anti-inflammatory caused by...
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The Blue, the Blood, and the Super Moon

photo credit: Blood Moon from Kerry Park in Seattle l imgur In 2017, the greatest phenomenon that hit our western hemisphere sky was the fully visible solar eclipse during which millions observed. Social media feeds were flooded with pictures and comments for an observed once in a lifetime opportunity. This year, another lifetime marker is hitting our night sky on Wednesday, January 31st. A super blue lunar eclipse (or blood moon), will be fully visible especially to those living on the west coast and one you definitely don't want to miss. The Breakdown In today's times, a blue moon is defined as a second full moon in the same month that happens once every 3 years. Full moons have a designated name per month like Wolf Moon in January. When there's two, the second name goes blue. However, the moon doesn't...
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5 Musical Acts to Watch in 2018

photo: Yaeji l credit: James Emmerman Last year was a big year for music, but I have a feeling that 2018 is going to be even better. Here are five musical acts you should be listening to in 2018. Feel free to leave artists like Lil Pump and Jake Paul in 2017 where they belong. Yaeji Yaeji is a Korean-American electronic music producer who is based in Brooklyn, New York. In 2016, she released her first single, "New York 93", and then in 2017 she released two EPs,  Yaeji  and  EP2 . These releases helped her snag over 500,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. Her dreamy vocals commonly drift back and forth between Korean and English while her beats walk the line between house and hip hop. Yaeji is extremely refreshing in a world of EDM bangers and sounds like the...
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Five Must Watch Shows on Netflix

photo:  Louis Hofmann in Netflix's Dark l Julia Terjung / Netflix Congratulations. We made it through the holidays! Now it is time to get back to what we do best, binge-watch Netflix . With so many shows now available, sometimes it can be difficult to find the best one for you. To save yourself from the perpetual Netflix scroll, check out these five awesome Netflix shows that you can stream right now.    Black Mirror Black Mirror is back with their fourth season that is guaranteed to scare the hell out of you. Each episode, “USS Callister”, “Arkangel”, “Crocodile“, “Hang the DJ”, “Metal Head”, and "Black Museum” focuses loosely on a form of advanced technology. Whether it is a chip inserted in your child’s brain to help you track them or a dating app that tells you how long your relationship...
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It’s Showtime at Teatro ZinZanni

photo: Teatro ZinZanni's Joe de Paul by Michael Doucett On a rainy Thursday night, an unassuming tent was lit with bright white lights, welcoming a festively dressed crowd to Teatro ZinZanni’s “Love, Chaos, and Dinner.” Previously in Queen Anne, ZinZanni’s new temporary location in Marymoor Park boasts a larger than life Moulin Rouge Spiegeltent—one of the oldest and only of its kind in the world. Previously in Queen Anne, ZinZanni’s new temporary location in Marymoor Park boasts a larger than life Moulin Rouge Spiegeltent—one of the oldest and only of its kind in the world.    Once inside the plush walls, guests are transported into a red velvet Vaudeville. In the new location, Teatro ZinZanni maintains the same high standards it did in Queen Anne with a performance that is part circus, part cabaret with music, comedy, and improv. After...
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5 Cozy Date Night Ideas

Baby, it’s cold outside. But that doesn’t mean you can’t stay warm with bae and have fun this winter. Check out these 5 date night ideas for inspiration. 1. Glassblowing Heat things up by taking a class together at Rainier Glass Studio. There are several tiers to choose from, but some of the one-of-a-kind items you could make include an ornament, glass flower, votive, concave bowl, martini glass or vase. There’s even an option to BYOB (blow your own bong). You start with a flaming chunk of gooey, molten glass that you then dip in color and return to the furnace. After, you roll it, blow it, twist and/or turn it as a taffy-like glob hardens into your shape of choice. Master glassblowers will help you through the whole process – no artistic skills are necessary! Rainier Glass Studio ,...
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4 Holiday Road Trip Getaways

photo: Salish Lodge at Snoqualmie Falls by John Westrock via Flickr If there’s one thing we can count on this winter, it’s Seattle’s rain. But, the beautiful thing about precipitation is that a drop of a few degrees and a rise in elevation transforms that constant drizzle into a floating, ethereal delight of white. With mountains encircling us, snowy escapes are waiting at our doorstep – you don’t have to go far to get away. Here’s a list of 4 spots within a 4 hour drive that you won’t want to miss this season. NORTH Bellingham / Mt. Baker Driving distance: 1.5-2.5 hours photo: Artist Point Snowshoe by Sarina Clark What to Do Snowshoeing (or snowmobiling). Mt. Baker holds the record for most snowfall in a single season (95 feet!) and offers countless snowshoe trails off State Route 52 –...
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2017 Holiday Gift Guide: 12 Cool Kitchen Gadgets for Every Budget

For the ones who love to cook with the latest gadgets or the inspiring chefs that need a little help, these kitchen gadgets in our 2017 Gift Guide make a great gift that you can afford on any budget.  On a Tight Budget: Gifts under $20 Norpro Grip-EZ Jalapeno Pepper Corer - $6 If you’ve ever had that fiery-devil-oil-residue on your hands from a jalapeño, this product is for you. The curved design and sharp inner teeth easily removes the seeds and core to minimize skin contact, leaving you with empty shells perfect for stuffing all sorts of cheesy goodness inside. Salad Cutter Bowl by WEBSUN - $11 Simply add your ingredients to the salad bowl , rinse, and slice away using the guided knife grooves for easy cuts without any mess or frustration. It also has two rotation wings...
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2017 Holiday Gift Guide For Her

Women love to get something they wouldn’t normally purchase for themselves. Put thought into your gifts and use this guide to help you finish your Christmas shopping. Choose from precious handcrafted earrings, sparkling beverage maker, instant photo camera, and more. Some of these also make great stocking stuffers. For the Beauty Queen When it comes to fine jewelry, it’s wonderful to gift a special piece that is unique. If she loves to make a statement and enjoys all things beautiful, this special set of earrings from Turgeon Raine will decorate her jewelry collection and her wardrobe. The neutral colored moonstone and rose quartz is an easy to wear option with various colors of clothing she owns. Don’t worry about her waiting to take these out of the box for a special occasion; the 22 karat gold earrings go with everything....
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2017 Holiday Gift Guide For Him

This Christmas get him a gift that’s special yet unexpected. We’ve found the top gift items for the man that loves adventure, collecting gadgets, music enthusiast, and more. All items are the top 2017 must-haves he’ll be sure to get excited about. Use this guide to start shopping online and getting those items checked off your list. If He Craves Adventure   Most men love adventure and even if he doesn’t, you do! Get an experience you can both enjoy to ring in the New Year. Try this skydive simulation at iFly without having to do it in the traditional, scary off a plane format. After floating through the air tunnel and getting some experience, maybe next year you can upgrade him to the real thing? There are many packages to choose from but my recommendation is the 4 flight...
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Your Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

We all have that one friend who talks about getting healthier in the new year. Help them out this holiday season with some of the best health and fitness gifts to get them to be their healthiest self.  Or if you’re feeling in need of some inspiration, #treatyoself to some of these fantastic gifts at any budget. For the meal prep newbie The Instant Pot is the new “it” kitchen appliance, labeled as the machine that does the work of 7, working as your electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, warmer, and sauté pan so you can hit those meal prep goals. To read more about meal prep - check out 8 Ways to Meals Prep Like a Boss . For your bestie who does it all SENSO Bluetooth Headphones will resist even the rainiest run...
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Seven Gifts for the Entertainment Lover

It’s hard to believe the holidays are already here. Before you mindlessly cruise the mall or the internet for all your gifts this year, check out this list for seven awesome presents to give the entertainment buff in your life. READER LOVER   Kindle is the perfect gift for any book lover. This amazing piece of technology gives readers access to over a million books that all can be downloaded instantly from the Kindle app. The Kindle’s sleek design, built-in reading light, and no glare screen make it easy to enjoy a great book anywhere.  ($119.99) THE BOOK LOVER With that Kindle or if your book lover has a different e-reader, they will need books to read and Audible delivers just that. For a limited amount of time, Amazon is offering Audible for $4.95 for the first three months of...
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Holiday Treats Dogs Can and Cannot Eat

The holidays are our favorite time of the year. Besides being spoiled by our awesome pawrents on a daily basis, the holidays mean extra treats, toys, and if we give the cutest of puppy eyes, a few bites of holiday dinner. However, no matter how much we beg, we can’t have it all. Don't worry fellow pups, there are some we can be thankful for along with some great alternatives. THE NAUGHTY LIST
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    Gobbling Up Turkey

    It seems like giving us the bird would be completely ok, but we won’t be thankful for all of it. Feeding us raw turkey – that includes the neck and gizzards, can cause bacteria or salmonella poisoning that could end our puppy years. If the turkey is cooked, avoid treating us to the turkey skin. It’s too fatty and will give us diarrhea and may cause pancreatitis. Lastly, no, no, no, turkey bones. All of us love a good bone, but turkey bones will splinter causing us to choke or rupture our belly. Keep it to cooked lean pieces without seasonings, gravy, or grease to keep us jolly. 

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    Pigging Out

    How many times have you given your pup bacon or ham? Man, both of those are really yummy, but you may not have noticed that your furbaby wasn't feeling good afterwards. The grease from bacon is fatty and just as bad as that turkey skin and ham is packed full of sodium and preservatives – including those labeled organic and all natural. If sodium isn’t good for you humans imagine what it can do to us!

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    Going Nuts

    We like to think the nutcracker is a great chew toy for us during the holidays (if we can find a way to grab it), but the nuts that get cracked could be deadly. Macadamia nuts are poisoning to us so if you see us depressed, weak, vomiting, having tremors or paralysis, lack of coordination, or joint stiffness – take us to the vet ASAP. Walnuts contain a dangerous toxin that causes seizures, and almonds, pecans, pistachios, and hickory nuts can make our stomach upset or cause an obstruction. Peanuts, cashews, and hazelnuts are ok in moderation, but should be cooked along with salt, sugar, honey, and candied free.

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    Sugar and Spice – Not So Nice

    Onions, garlic, sage, chives, and nutmeg is all very dangerous. Not only will our stomachs hurt, but could have long term negative effects on our nervous system and red blood cells. Stuffing, mash potatoes, sweet potato casserole, and pumpkin pie are the main culprits containing these so make sure to check all of your sides before “accidentally” dropping any.

    For the sweet stuff, most humans know sugar needs to be extremely limited, but some may not know sugar-free treats are just as dangerous. The artificial sweetener, Xylitol (also known as Gum Xylitol) causes a fast and sudden release of insulin in our body seriously lowering our blood sugar in less than 15 minutes. We could end up vomiting, being lethargic, having tremors, and more. If you don’t take us to the vet, we could end up dying or with severe liver damage. 

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    Just a Few More

    A few other items you may or may not know is unbaked dough – especially bread dough. It may seem like an obvious thing since humans shouldn’t eat it either, but some just can't resist puppy eyes. The dough can expand causing the stomach to twist that will require emergency surgery. Also bread dough contains yeast. Yeast creates alcohol, which tosses me to the next thing. It may seem cute to give us a small sip of beer, wine, or any alcoholic beverage, but it won’t be cute if we end up in respiratory failure or having seizures. Besides wine being alcoholic, it is also made from grapes. Grapes (and raisins) can also be fatal and cause kidney failure. Coffee, tea, other caffeinated beverages, chocolate, salt and avocados are also listed on the naughty foods list.

    One to watch is dairy. Some pups can handle it, some can’t due to a lactose intolerant. Also cow milk can contain sugar and almond milk, well, almonds aren’t good for us so the milk isn't either.

THE NICE LIST I understand how hard it can be for you humans to resist our begging charms and may think that “just a little won’t hurt.” But do you really want to take that chance? To make us feel like we are still part of the holiday traditions without sacrificing our health, here are some dog approved holiday sips and eats to...
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