Author: Silicon Valley Globe

Montpelier, History Hightlighted

Whether it’s time for a school field trip, a family vacation or you’re looking to bolster your knowledge of U.S. history, there are countless historic sites around the country where you can get away and learn about the nation’s foundation.

For a truly engaging experience, James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange County, Virginia, gives families, students and the history-inclined a way to peer into the past for a look at Founding Era life.

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Weather the Storm Wisely

One of the most serious side effects of severe weather is the potential for power loss. In some cases, it can be just a nuisance with little more impact than the time it takes to reset clocks. However, when the outage lasts for hours or days, or when you rely on power for necessities like medical equipment, a power outage can be a major imposition.

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Save more money with home automation

(Family Features) As much as half of the average homeowner’s monthly utility expenses go toward cooling and heating, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). For many households, that makes energy the largest home-related expense each month, next to a mortgage payment. Fortunately, numerous technological advances are making it easier than ever to manage home energy use. In fact, the DOE estimates you can save as much as 10 percent a year on energy costs by simply adjusting the temperature up or down when you’re away during the day. Installing a programmable thermostat that never forgets to adjust...

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3 steps toward better sleep

(Family Features) With overscheduled days full of early-morning conference calls and endless to-do lists, it’s impossible to avoid the stress that comes with working hard. Hand-in-hand with all that pressure, a lack of quality sleep can lead to aches and pains, stiffness, sore muscles, tingling or numbness in your extremities, general fatigue, as well as an increased risk of getting sick.

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Big flavor recipes for summer get-togethers

(Family Features) From patio potlucks to backyard barbecues, summer is the ultimate time to kick back and enjoy delicious food with your favorite people. If you’re looking to add big flavor to your warm-weather menu, get inspired by these recipes from celebrity chef Jose Garces.

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Staying disciplined in the midst of adversity

The one thing that distinguishes a winner from a group of losers is self-control and self-discipline in making and keeping hard decisions. It requires internally-driven incentives because when adversity comes, often discipline evaporates and it becomes harder to maintain. By “adversity,” it refers to anything that causes distraction and discomfort.

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Oliver Horn of Swisse’ success formula for creating a world-class brand

Swisse, a Melbourne-based Australian company of herbal and vitamin supplements, pivots its success story around health, happiness, and well-being. These three core elements are what Swisse Managing Director Oliver Horn describes as the “DNA” of the company. Swisse products include men’s and women’s multivitamins, dietary supplements, sports nutrition, skin care, and other “superfoods.”

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Lessons learned from an Aussie fundraising expert that can catapult your business

Tim Conolan is more than your ordinary business owner, but also a social entrepreneur, philanthropist, and expert of fundraising whose mission is providing support for sick kids and their families across Australia. In 2014, Tim was nominated the “Australian of the Year – Local Hero” and the EY 2014 Social Entrepreneur award in the Southern Region. He’s also an Australia Day Ambassador.

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