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Nick Tavares

Articles by Nick Tavares

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Follow These Medicine Reminder Tips and Never Miss a Dose Again

Do you take daily medication? Remember your daily dose and stay on top of your health with these helpful tips.

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Slow Cooker Creations

Healthy, classic or decadent – no matter how you prefer your slow cooker creations – these three delicious recipes are sure to satisfy. Healthy Recipes like Pinch of Yum’s quinoa chicken primavera disprove the idea that slow cookers work best with fatty meats. Made with quinoa, chicken, peas, asparagus and pesto, this casserole-like dish packsRead More

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10 Fun School Lunches to Pack Your Kids

Easy recipes that will pack lunch bags full of nutrients and appeal to all appetites.

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Impress With Recipes From AAA Diamond Rated Restaurants

Concoct expertly crafted dishes in your home with the help of AAA Diamond Rated restaurants. These recipes will ensure you three courses of fancy summer fare. 1. A fresh start Start sophisticated with the Champagne mango salad created by chef Jean Georges Vongerichten for his AAA Five Diamond Rated, self-titled restaurant in New York City.Read More

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What’s in a (Car) Name?

Automobile brand names have some funky histories, and many borrow from other languages. Check out the roots of these company titles and drop some linguistic trivia on your next road trip. Volvo This luxury brand opted for a Latin name, one that perfectly describes a car’s purpose. Rooted in the verb volvere, Volvo translates toRead More

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Drumming Out a Workout

I’m a drummer, and when I finish playing a show, I’m exhausted. Playing the drums requires constant motion in both legs and both arms. That, plus setting up and breaking down equipment, makes for a tiring workout. But does it count as exercise? To find out, I geared up with a Fitbit and got behindRead More

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Pet Allergies: When an Itch Means Something More

Ever think your pet might be allergic to you? While that may be a rare scenario, it’s increasingly clear that cats and dogs, like their human companions, can have allergies. Cornell University’s Baker Institute for Animal Health classifies potential pet allergies into three categories: atopic dermatitis caused by pollen, dust, mold and other natural irritants;Read More

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Walk This Way to a Healthier You

A daily walk is a simple, healthy habit. According to the Mayo Clinic, regular brisk walking helps prevent heart disease and high blood pressure, maintains a healthy weight and strengthens bones and muscles. Here are some ways to boost the benefits of your stroll. Warm up and cool down While walking is a low-impact exercise,Read More

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3 Fun Backyard Games for Pets

Daily playtime is vital to your dog’s physical and mental health. Get creative with your backyard games this spring and try some of these suggestions from Kurgo, a pet travel, toy and outdoor products company. AAA members save up to 20% on Kurgo products.  Flyball Flyball is actually a competitive team sport for dogs. ToRead More

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Make Delicious Smoothies 3 Ways

For a healthy snack, try blending up one of these satisfying smoothies. Green: Pineapple green smoothie This lean, green healthy snack packs in nutrients and flavor. EatingWell.com created this smoothie with almond milk, pineapple, banana, chia seeds, Greek yogurt and baby spinach. The result – a tasty drink full of essentials like protein and fiber.Read More

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Small Home Projects, Big Value

Minor projects create major value inside your home. A coat of paint, a weekend DIY project or a quick visit from a professional can make a difference in your dojo. To up your home’s value and appeal, check out these easy home projects. Consider seeking professional services and advice for the best possible results. UpdateRead More

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Go Upscale With Upcycled Pet Beds

Let sleeping dogs lie − but let them lie in comfort and style. By upcycling some unwanted items, you can create classy new sleeping quarters for Fido and Fluffy for next to nothing. Here are a few ideas to build a better bed for your furry friend. The luxurious luggage apartment Turn a vintage hardcoverRead More

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The Best Cold Weather Running Gear for Winter Runs

We asked Terrence Mahon, high performance coach at the Boston Athletic Association – the organization behind the Boston Marathon – about the essentials for winter running safety. Here are his top picks for winter-weather gear. Winter running shoes: These offer less-breathable uppers and extra traction, with moisture-wicking or water-repellent materials. Check out stabilizers with smallRead More

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Stay Active With These Winter Workouts

Our motivation drops with every snowfall, but you can stay active when cold weather hits. Fight off hibernation habits with these winter workouts. Shoveling snow • A person weighing 170 pounds can burn about 250 calories over 30 minutes of shoveling, according to North Dakota State University. • Shoveling increases your heart rate and providesRead More

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Food Puzzles Your Pet Will Love

When the cat’s away, the mice will play. But when the human’s away, what does the cat do? Food puzzles keep your pet occupied when you’re not home. They can be found at pet stores and online, and have several difficulty levels for various animal species. These puzzles compel pets to forage for food usingRead More