Working Out the Seasonal Sickness

Working Out the Seasonal Sickness
Has the seasonal plague hit you? If it has, don’t let it stop you from your productive workout routine. There’s still a way to get a moderately good workout in, even if you’re feeling under the weather. If you’re on a vigorous workout routine, the last thing you want is to let a little virus get in the way. Fear not, here’s a few ways to cheat your way into working out even when you’re not fully up to it and maybe even cure yourself in the process. Walking : If you’re feeling stuffy and congested, sometimes depending on how you’re feeling, a walk might be what you need. Though if you are having any sort of fever/body aches it’s probably best you wait it out until you feel better. If your symptoms are only neck up then that’s a...
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One on One with Seattle Artists at Sasquatch!

One on One with Seattle Artists at Sasquatch!
If experiencing Sasquatch alone wasn’t great enough already, I had the wonderful opportunity to interview some great Seattle groups like Beat Connection, Grace Love & The True Loves, Tangerine and Thunderpussy as well as Chicago rapper, Sir the Baptist. Beat Connection   CM: I saw you guys recently played a DJ set at Neptune. How does a DJ set work with a 4 man group? Reed: We’re actually working on changing it up a little bit but right now the DJ set is just me. Composition and flow is really important to us when we’re working on records and shows. I started Djing a long time ago, it’s been an important part of the band but it’s not something we do that often. It’s more of a special event because we haven’t quite figured a way to bring everyone into...
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The Jewel of Harney County

The Jewel of Harney County
Off the tiny two-lane highway of State Road 78, roughly 150 miles East of Bend, Or., lies the quaint, intimate, lavish-but-low-key Crystal Crane Hot Springs . Just outside of the tiny town of Crane, OR, it is like a spa, cowboy campground, lodge, and waterpark all in one. The hot springs have been an integral part of life in the area since the early 1900s. Dan and Denise Kryger purchased the property in 1997, bringing Crystal Cranes Hot Springs to what it is today with an extensive series of updates, upgrades, and little touches. Most notable are the cedar-enclosed private bathhouses, which add so much towards appreciating what a world-class spa experience this truly is, in the middle of nowhere. The Kryger's also upgraded the RV and dry-camping, as well as providing other luxury spa services like an on-call massage...
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Festival Review: Sasquatch! 2016

Festival Review: Sasquatch! 2016
Sasquatch! is four full days of music, arts and communion that takes place at the world famous Gorge Amphitheatre. Each day is jam packed of musical acts where it’s physically impossible to see them all. Every little nook and cranny of the Gorge Amphitheatre you’ll find work by Sasquatch! artist, Ryan “Henry” Ward and other featured visual artists. And of course, what is a festival without some friends to enjoy it with? How do you sum up such a crazy event like Sasquatch!? For me, the answer is simple. Five bands who made my trip to Sasquatch! are Alabama Shakes , Allen Stone , Beat Connection , Deep Sea Diver and Mac DeMarco . It was not only the power of their music which resonated with me so well, but also their ability to connect with the crowd that made...
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Chicken & Champagne at Bok a Bok Fried Chicken

Chicken & Champagne at Bok a Bok Fried Chicken
Meet Bok a Bok: a Korean fried chicken joint and newly opened toast of the town in South Seattle. The fast casual concept by Chef Brian O’Conner (previously of Roux and Skillet) is just in time for summer – aka the season delicious spicy fried perfection. Stop in for a quick lunch with a Sake back or grab a 100 piece wings for your inaugural Hawks pre-season, game day party. The important part is you can get damn good chicken fast – plus a premium beverage to cool down. The Chicken: Before I dive into Chef O’Connor’s menu, let it be known that the chicken at Bok a Bok is not your ordinary fried chicken. This is the Cristal of chicken with a fiery Korean twist. Bite into a moist juicy boneless thigh coated in fluffy batter with an audible...
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Engagement Rings That Dazzle

Engagement Rings That Dazzle
Wedding season is fast approaching. An engagement ring should be as precious and rare as the lady wearing it. As there are multiple jewelry stores in the greater Seattle area, going to every single one can be exhausting. Searching the web can result in flawed diamonds and what woman doesn't want to try on the glimmery brilliance shining off her fingers? Well that's why we are here. We want to make it easy for you with our pick for the best place to go and top rings for the type of woman you are. Turgeon Raine , located in the heart of Seattle, carries everything from traditional princess cut diamond rings to non-traditional pink diamond designs. The selection is luxurious and unique with a mix of their own styles in addition to international designer options. Find a design that fits...
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Seattle’s Meaningful Merrymaking

Seattle’s Meaningful Merrymaking
Summer in Seattle is known to be one of the finest secrets in the nation. With summer soirees just around the corner, that secret is about to be savored among locals and tourists alike. We can almost taste the outdoor movie popcorn. We can almost hear Ben Harper at Marymoor and Steve Miller at Chateau Ste Michelle. We can almost feel the sun… almost. How can you make the most of the summer season? My advice is to make it meaningful; no matter where you celebrate summer, there are awesome causes and Seattle charity events that make it easy to kill two birds with one stone. Pick a cause, enjoy life to the fullest, and make a difference. Here are some of our favorites to get you started. Negroni Week @ Six Seven June 6 - 12 Negroni Week is...
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De-Bloat Before You Boat

De-Bloat Before You Boat
Can we please throw out the fact that Memorial Day totally crept up on us once again? The idea beach partying and showing off the bod seemed like it was months away instead of only two days. Now we sit unprepared for the weekend ahead, trying out to figure the quickest way to get in perfect shape. Well, you may not get exactly where you want to be, but luckily we have some last minute ways to get toned up. No plain old squats here, we are in crunch time. Let’s lift those booties, bulk those arms, and sculpt those legs for an unforgettable weekend, you procrastinators. Stomach and Legs Leg raises, leg raises, leg raises. Not just any leg raises - hanging leg raises. This is a fool-proof method to get that tummy tighter in a shorter amount of...
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Priceless Home Improvement Projects To Do Before You List

Priceless Home Improvement Projects To Do Before You List
So you've decided you want to sell your home. The first thing you did was create a monster list of items you always wanted to do to your house but never got a chance to. Just to make sure you're not going in the wrong direction, you check in with a few of your friends to hear what they recommend. Low and behold, each and every friend had a different opinion of what you should do to prepare your house for market. Now what? The truth of the matter is you are going to need professional help on this one. Here are some recommendations on how to go about completing this task. Find a real estate professional you can trust. Use social media to ask your friends who they've worked with and if they had a good experience. Don't hire...
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A Paradiso Paradise

A Paradiso Paradise
USC’s Paradiso combines electronic music with nature at the gorgeous Gorge Amphitheatre. There is really nothing comparable to that mainstage view. Blooming into its 5th year, Paradiso is now squaring up with festivals like Electric Forest, Hard Summer and Tomorrowland with amazing stage production, carnival rides, art installations and a plethora of performing artists. So, if you are gearing up for Paradiso 2016 , make sure to check out these featured artists. Bassnectar No stranger to this scene, Bassnectar has been highly active since his first album was released in 2001. His music has been described as amorphous and ever-changing. Bassnectar is what you could easily call dubstep but it is really much more than that. Elements of hip hop breaks and groovy melodies are always working behind the heavy dripping bass sounds. His set will be one of the...
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Geometric Designs is Easier Than You Think

Geometric Designs is Easier Than You Think
When you think of decorating with geometric designs you may have some flashbacks to 70s interiors, but geometric designs can be used for just about any style and room. Here’s a few suggestions that we are loving this season. Cad Lounge Chair This modern classic lounge chair is the perfect example of a timeless piece that displays geometric designs in a classic way. Great for an office, living room or placed near a window in a bedroom.  WallSmart Hand Printed Lines Wallpaper Adding a single wall of wallpaper to a room can really create an interesting focal point. Case in point this hand printed lines wallpaper. The interesting design makes it look like a one-of-a-kind art piece.  WallSmart Arch Wallpaper Of course you can always amp up the geometric intensity with wallpaper that is meant to catch your eye, like this one with a repetitive yet harmonious...
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A Taste of Thailand

A Taste of Thailand
About once a year I undoubtedly crave the unsettling anticipation you might get walking a small mountain road in the Andes or jumping off a cliff into the warm bath water of the Caribbean Sea. It’s the idea of the great unknown, new perspective, and reminder that the world is bigger than your cubicle; it’s travel and this year’s hunger for adventure took me across the Pacific to Thailand. Why Thai? In Thailand there is something for everyone. The Northern historical city of Chaing Mai is the place for a more isolated, traditional Thai experience with a laid-back atmosphere, temples, and animal sanctuaries. Bangkok is bustling with people, parties, and excitement until well into the early morning. The Southern islands have pristine beaches, clear, teal waters, plus some of the best diving in the world. Getting around either by domestic...
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Mic Check: J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar

Mic Check: J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar
What classifies as good hip hop these days? Is it the repetitive hooks and choruses? Lyrics that are dominated by violence, drugs, alcohol and women? Or singing the same sad ol’ autotuned song time and time again? No. Real hip hop seems to be sitting in the shadows lately. Although motifs like sex, drugs, alcohol and violence are present in all hip hop, in great hip hop these subjects are not simply thrown at you and they are not the primary focus. They are details of stories. Stories that give birth to thoughts. Thoughts that inspire and connect with you in some sort of way. That is what good music, of any genre, is all about. Two MC's who are doing exactly this are J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar. J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive from start to finish is...
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Flavor of the week: Seattle Strawberry

Flavor of the week: Seattle Strawberry
Strawberries are not exotic. They aren’t a part of the latest food trend. They aren’t as summer nostalgic as blackberries or good for muddling like raspberries. But as one of the most popular flavors of all time… It’s not so bad being a strawberry. Whether you like ‘em traditional with rhubarb, pickled or reinvented, we got you covered. Here’s our list about where to get your fix for National Strawberry Month – best enjoyed with a very expensive glass of champagne. Berry Boozy Strawberry Fields Clever Bottle Stop at this slice of sophistication amidst Belltown’s bar row for your daily dose of class. Strawberry Fields is more than just the double-A side with Penny Lane. Try strawberry infused tequila with citrus and pink sea salt. More refined than its sister drink, the margarita, but just as fun to be around....
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Review: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Review: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
by Scott Mindel The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is the original Jazz Fest started from an intimate setting to now over 150,000 attendants on a single day. The festival started in the 70’s and the first year had an attendance of about 350 people and a lineup that included Duke Ellington, Fats Domino and Clifton Chenier. While jazz is still the focus; it has grown into a more traditional music festival with that New Orleans flavor. Whether you’re a lover of Jazz or not, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is a place to see bands from jazz and blues, folk, African beats, church hymns to some of the largest bands out today. The vendors offered an amazing array of foods from crocodile sandwiches to their most popular jambalaya and unusual crafts vendors throughout. The 12 stages...
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Must See Summer Flicks

Must See Summer Flicks
With the coming of summer we welcome not only warm weather but also new movies. When you need a break from the sun or the classic Seattle summer rain, duck into a theater near you and check out these upcoming summer movies. Enjoy. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Release Date: May 20th Once again, parents Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) must battle the Greeks who have moved in next door. This time they are the unruly ladies of Kappa Nu. They are young, they are attractive, and they are scary. The couple’s best friends Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz) and Paula (Carla Gallo) join in the fight and also call in reinforcements from their ex-neighbor, Teddy (Zach Efron) and his fraternity brothers. Will they be victorious in shutting down Kappa Nu or will they only make the girls angry? Free State...
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Charlotte Tilbury at Nordstrom

Charlotte Tilbury at Nordstrom
A rock star in her field, Charlotte Tilbury is well known for being the go-to make-up artist of the most well known celebrities and an innovator in the beauty field with cosmetics and skin care. Her dream to make every woman feel empowered and beautiful with make-up started at the young age of 13 when she put on her first lipstick and got attention like she never had before. Her story is inspiring and her positive attitude is contagious, when I asked her how she overcomes obstacles, she answered, “You have to train your brain to get out of a negative thought, wake up every day with crazy visualization and think in a limitless way.” Her power of positive thinking and making her crazy visualizations reality has really set her apart as a make-up artist. After 22 years of traveling...
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Movie Review: Captain America: Civil War

Movie Review: Captain America: Civil War
It's May, and any Marvel fan knows that typically means the ushering in of a new summer blockbuster from the acclaimed studio. This year’s hero of focus is Captain America in the new installment to his trilogy. Even though the film bares the Captain’s name, it truly feels more like an Avenger’s piece than anything. That’s not a bad thing in this case. While The Avengers: Age of Ultron fell a little flat, Captain America: Civil War picks the franchise up by its bootstraps and breathes new life into it. Marvel spawns off some new heroes as well that may pick up their own movies (stay for the post credit features to see what’s to come.) Civil War picks up nicely where Winter Soldier left off. After the Avengers defeated Ultron, Thor and Hulk are nowhere to be found. Hawkeye...
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Movie Review: Keanu

Movie Review: Keanu
Opening date: April 29, 2016 Score: 4/5 What does George Michael, a kitten and a violent street gang all have in common? Well nothing really, except they all somehow coexist in the new movie, Keanu starring everyone’s favorite comedic duo, Key & Peele. After five amazing seasons of the Key & Peele Show , Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are heading to the big screen in their first starring role as a duo. While there have been sightings of either of the two in other movies, fans have been longing for them to get a shot at their own full length motion picture and they won’t be disappointed with what transpired. Keanu does what most recent comedies featuring two leading actors of the comedy space ( Daddy’s Home, Ride Along, Get Har d) all fail to do - creating comedy...
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A Smoking Pen

A Smoking Pen
You’ve seen them. They’re becoming ubiquitous. Sports events, concerts, bars, the designated smoking area outside your office, even your aunt’s house. If you don’t use portable vape cartridges, chances are you probably have a friend, family member, or know someone who does. Portable cannabis vaporizer cartridges are without a doubt one of the most popular cannabis products sold on the recreational market. Factors such as convenience, discreteness, value, and flavor have led to exponential sales growth over the past year. Somewhat similar to the idea of the nicotine “e-cig,” cartridges come pre-filled with concentrated cannabis oil. They attach to a battery operated vape “pen” which generates heat and produces vapor. Due to their small size and lightweight, cartridges are preferred for on-the-go use when you can’t access your usual smoking set up or just need to exercise more discretion. The...
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