- Sponsored News - As a busy working mom to two young children, Tamera Mowry-Housley, co-host of TV's "The Real," understands the daily challenge of juggling her time between home and work. However, family time is of the utmost importance to her, and she still sets aside time to cook meals with her family almost every night. She encourages other parents to reclaim family dinner nights, and there's no better time to start than summer, when the days are longer and the weather is perfect for backyard dinners.
While it may sound daunting and time-consuming to prepare dinner after a long day at work, it doesn't have to be. To make cooking easier, the RAGU brand has launched its new line of RAGU Homestyle sauces that have a heartier texture and a bolder flavor. Even the most demanding home cooks would be proud to serve new RAGU Homestyle sauces to their family, including Mowry-Housley.
"I'm a busy mom, but I make it a priority to set aside time to unplug and connect with my family over a meal almost every day -- products like RAGU Homestyle sauces help me do that quickly and easily," said Mowry-Housely. She partnered with the makers of RAGU because dishes made with quality ingredients are must-haves at her family's table, year round.
RAGU Homestyle Sauces contain no artificial colors, no artificial flavors and no high-fructose corn syrup. "The great ingredients and made-from-scratch taste make me feel good about serving RAGU Homestyle pasta sauce to my friends and family," added Mowry-Housley.
With its new line of sauces, the RAGU brand is honoring its rich heritage by using the tried-and-true cooking methods inspired by its founder, Assunta Cantisano, who started selling homemade pasta sauce in 1937. Made from a bold combination of vine-ripened tomatoes, onions and fragrant herbs and spices such as basil, oregano, fennel and ground black pepper, the ingredients are peeled, chopped and simmered to perfection. The result is a thicker and heartier sauce that hugs pasta perfectly, making it an easy choice for family meals.
With the variety of sauces available -- Traditional, Meat, Mushroom, Roasted Garlic and Four Cheese -- there are many summer-inspired dishes you can create. For recipe inspiration, Mowry-Housley recommends watching a delicious grilled chicken parmesan and zucchini noodles recipe video featuring RAGU Homestyle Traditional. The recipe was developed by lifestyle influencer Dzung Duong of the popular YouTube channel "Honeysuckle," and can be found here: https://youtu.be/S3QVZ6bxt8E
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- Sponsored News - For a Rolling Stones fan, what could top meeting the band in person? New Yorker Alex Emanuel met Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood inside the Recording Gallery within the Rolling Stones retrospective exhibit, Exhibitionism, at London's Saatchi Gallery.
After handshakes and back slaps with the band, Alex recalled, "It's going to sound silly, but for a moment I thought I was a member of the Rolling Stones. It's not every day you get to meet your idols." He added, "The show has given me a unique glimpse of the city through the eyes of the Rolling Stones."
Exhibitionism is a Rolling Stones treasure trove, and includes 9 themed gallery spaces with 500 items from original stage costumes, rare instruments, lyric books, backstage and touring paraphernalia, album art, photography, stage designs, personal diaries, and never-before-released audio and behind-the-scenes footage.
Celebrating the Stones' artistic collaborations in music, art and design, fashion, and film, Exhibitionism also features original works on display from an array of artists as diverse as Andy Warhol, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Dior, Ossie Clark, L'Wren Scott, David Bailey, Michael Cooper, Jeff Koons, Walton Ford, Shepard Fairey, and Martin Scorsese.
"The exhibition offers the most in-depth insight into The Rolling Stones and their incredible career," says Thea Jeanes-Cochrane, Director of iEC (International Entertainment Consulting), the company behind the exhibit. "We've worked hard to create something utterly breathtaking and it's very pleasing to see the fans reactions."
Chris Gottlieb, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at VisitLondon.com
adds, "Alex's Rolling Stones tour of London shows how the city is steeped in the history of one of the world's greatest rock bands."
Alex was taken on a Rolling Stones-themed, once-in-a-lifetime trip to London after the city's official tourism body, Visitlondon.com, identified him as a "super fan" of the band.
Alex visited many iconic Rolling Stones locations, including Edith Grove, Chelsea, where the band lived together; Regents Sounds in Denmark Street, where they cut their first albums; the 100 Club, where they played an impromptu gig in 1982, and Olympic Studios where "Sympathy for the Devil" was recorded.
Tourism initiative Fans of London -- devised by Visitlondon.com and supported by the GREAT Britain Campaign, British Airways, and Hilton -- celebrates many special events across London this year including the Rolling Stones exhibit, Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday celebrations, and 400 years of Shakespeare's legacy.
Exhibitionism runs until September 4 at London's Saatchi Gallery. Tickets are available at stonesexhibitionism.com. Want to win a trip to London for your own music fan fantasy? Visit www.visitlondon.com/fans
- Sponsored News - As we head into summer, it's important to find accessories that show off your style, while brightening up your wardrobe. Since summer brings an explosion of bold colors and vibrant patterns, this season's trends are no different.
So pack away your dreary duds, your winter boots and clean out that closet to get yourself ready for some fun in the sun.
Unsure of where to start? The following summer accessories are a must:
* Slip into a dress. A slip dress is a simple, elegant base layer that can be dressed up with accessories and is a trend worth paying attention to. To get a high-fashion look, layer them with frilly undershirts and jumpers.
* Fancy your footwear. If you're anything like Carrie Bradshaw, the best way to dress up an outfit is with a pair of wedge sandals. The right pair of wedges can glam up your look, make your legs look long, yet still allow you to move comfortably. If, however, you prefer shoes with little to no heel, you'll be happy to know that flat-flats are in (think ballet slippers and gladiator sandals.)
* Go glam with glasses. Choosing eyewear that's not only stylish but functional can be difficult. Transitions lenses
are great because they block 100 percent of the sun's harmful UV rays and are available in nearly all prescriptions. They also come in a variety of colors that complement your personal style and frame choice. With one pair of lenses, your eyes will feel comfortable indoors or out, in bright light, low light and everything in between.
* Choose a hat. As important as it is to get some natural vitamin D, too much sun is bad for the skin. A floppy hat is a great accessory that lets you flaunt a style that fits your personality, get a little sun, but still protect yourself from harmful UV rays.
* Grab a bag. A statement bag is the perfect way to enhance your look. When choosing the right purse for your outfit, think luxe fabrics, contrasting textures, and bright patterns. Pair with a great pair of glasses to pull off a celebrity look.
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- Sponsored News - If you think you might be struggling with hearing loss, there's an easy way to find out. There is now a scientifically validated test that you can take over the phone in the privacy of your own home. Bonus: It's free for the month of May.
The limited-time screening is being offered by MDHearingAid
in partnership with the National Hearing Test.
Unlike hearing exams offered in doctors offices, which use a series of beeps and hums at various frequencies and volumes to evaluate potential hearing loss, the telephone test uses speech and background noise.
"There's a very high correlation between how you hear speech in a noisy room and your level of hearing loss as measured with pure tones in an office setting," Dr. Charles Watson, principal investigator for the National Hearing Test, told National Public Radio (NPR) in an interview.
Watson says getting your hearing tested is the first step in determining whether you are a candidate for products that can help.
"It's a test intended to be very, very convenient," Watson told NPR.
The way it works is this: You log onto a website to receive a code, then call the phone number listed and input the code. The system will tell you what to expect and walk you through the steps to taking the test, which, Watson says, should be taken in a quiet room. Callers will then listen (one ear at a time) to a series of three-digit numbers with noise in the background. The test will get progressively more difficult, and the numbers harder to hear. The results are readily available, and those with slightly below or far below normal hearing levels are advised to seek a full evaluation by an audiologist.
Unlike vision problems, researchers say that hearing loss can be so gradual that it goes undetected for years, primarily because those affected are in denial.
Watson says his hope is that people will get the help they need.
To date, nearly 40,000 people have screened themselves for hearing loss using the National Hearing Test. Of these, 81 percent had significant hearing loss in at least one ear, if not both.
For a free access code, visit www.mdhearingaid.com/hearingtest
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- Even some Sunday school teachers are subject to it. So why are Uber and Lyft so averse to having their drivers fingerprinted that they just suspended service in a major U.S. city?
Fingerprints are widely considered the best way to weed out criminals, but checking them costs more than the simple name-based background reviews the app-based ride-hailing companies have fought hard to continue using across the country.
So a few months after the City Council in Austin, Texas, voted last December to require them anyway for public safety reasons, Uber and Lyft spent $8.6 million on a campaign blitz -- described as full of "dicey misdirections" in the city's largest newspaper -- to get voters to overturn the regulations.
It wasn't even close.
By a margin of 56 percent to 44 percent, voters said: Hell, yes, we want your drivers fingerprinted, just like cabbies and limousine drivers are.
And why wouldn't they? Consider the following:
* Ride-hailing drivers have been accused of a string of rapes, murders and other crimes across the nation.
* Uber agreed in April to pay as much as $25 million to settle a lawsuit in California that accused it of misleading customers about the strength of its background checks on drivers. "Laws designed to protect consumers cannot be ignored," San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon declared.
What makes the Austin vote all the more amazing is that people went to the polls knowing that Uber and Lyft had threatened to pull out if the rules weren't loosened.
"The threat brings to mind what was, for my generation, a famous (humor) magazine image," an Austin American-Statesman reporter wrote, referring to a 1973 National Lampoon cover of a man pointing a gun at a cute little dog's head. "'If You Don't Buy This Magazine, We'll Kill This Dog,'" the headline said.
"Lyft and Uber told Austin, essentially, pass our (favored) regulations or we'll kill your dog."
The "dog," in Austin's case, the reporter went on to clarify, being their customers and as many as 15,000 (at least temporarily out-of-work) drivers.
Public safety advocates are hoping the Austin vote marks a turning point in the ongoing effort to get the Ubers of the world to play by the same rules as everyone else.
"Until all municipalities require suitable background checks for drivers of these ride-hailing services, we fear continued disastrous consequences as a result of digital hitchhiking," said Scott Solombrino, co-founder of the National Limousine Association
Meanwhile, Austin Mayor Steve Adler has offered to return to the bargaining table to negotiate a compromise, and both Uber and Lyft are urging Austinites to contact their City Council members if they want the services to resume.
And, oh, yes, at least one small, start-up ride-hailing company named GetMe -- apparently sensing an exploitable opening -- has said it has no problem complying with the fingerprinting requirement.
- Sponsored News - Much ado has been made about encryption lately. And on some level, you probably understand it. Sort of.
You might know, for instance, that the FBI and Apple have tangled over it. (Apple won.) Most large companies like Google and Facebook support Apple's position. And that encryption keeps your "stuff" safe from prying eyes.
The problem is that the idea of privacy is just that these days -- an idea.
"The way technology is woven into our daily lives, you can't do without it," Amy Danker, an employee at Epic Wines and Spirits, told the Oakland Tribune in a recent interview. "So what's your other option? Are you gonna go back to a pager? I just assume that all my private information is already available through my IP ad-dress. You don't even think privacy exists, because it doesn't anymore, right?"
Natalie Plotnikova agrees, saying the arm of the law is getting too long. "I don't really like it," Plotnikova told the Oakland Tribune as she waited to be cleared through security at the Federal Building in San Jose. "I don't want the government to be able to use my phone to see my information."
This, say experts, is why encryption is necessary and important -- especially in our current mobile, on-the-go environment, where everything you do is done on smartphones. By having your information scrambled so that only the person you are sending it to can see it, your privacy is maintained and your information remains secure.
To that end, technology from a company called VirnetX -- which created an app called Gabriel
, that uses encryption technology derived from a CIA national security program -- may be the answer.
The Gabriel app, available at the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, was designed and built with personal privacy and security as a foundational principle.
For just $10 to $15 per year, users can take advantage of the Gabriel app and benefit from uncompromising encryption security when they talk, video chat, text, email or share photographs or documents.
No one will be able to see, hear or intercept your communications except for the party you're in contact with because Gabriel does not transmit or store data with any third party. It's person-to-person, end-to-end encryption that all but eliminates hacking possibilities.
Other benefits include:
* Making free voice or video calls or sending instant messages to other Gabriel members.
* Receiving spamless email.
* Sharing pictures or files that can't be intercepted.
For more information, or to download Gabriel, please visit www.gabrielsecure.com
- Sponsored News - Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman's life. It's a whirlwind of things to do and appointments to keep. Quite often, though, expectant mothers neglect to take care of themselves because they are so worried about taking care of their unborn baby.
That's why many experts agree taking prenatal vitamins is of utmost importance for both mom and baby.
"During pregnancy, a woman's body undergoes many physical and hormonal changes. She can experience things like fatigue, loss of appetite and an upset stomach, which can make it difficult to maintain the proper levels of essential nutrients needed for a healthy pregnancy," says Jay M. Goldberg, MD FACOG, a Los Angeles-based obstetrician.
Prenatal vitamins, which contain important ingredients such as DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid, and folic acid, not only help soon-to-be-moms keep up with nutrients that can be lacking in a diet, but also can help a baby develop his or her brain, eyes and central nervous system.
It's important to know that not all vitamins are the same, and now there is another choice. Vertical Pharmaceuticals LLC has created the first and only prenatal vitamin containing egg-based DHA -- OB Complete Gold
. OB Complete Gold contains OmEGGa DHA, a bio-efficient form of DHA found naturally in the brain, eyes and breast milk that comes from cage-free hens. OmEGGa DHA is easily absorbed and digested into the body and is distributed in fewer, simpler steps.
OB Complete Gold comes in a small softgel taken once daily and is a comprehensive formula with highly soluble forms of vitamins and minerals. It is sugar-free, lactose-free and gluten-free.
To aid busy moms, this dietary supplement comes in an on-the-go package that helps them keep track of their daily dosage, offers helpful information on baby's development during each trimester and provides offers for savings on refills. OB Complete Gold is a prescription prenatal vitamin, so talk to your health care provider and try it for free.
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- Sponsored News - As spring blooms and temperatures warm up, it's time to open up the windows and go outside. This means getting into your garage and dusting off the cobwebs from your lawnmower, wiping down your outdoor table and chairs, and getting your car primed to take you where you want to go this summer season.
According to experts, outdoor equipment such as trimmers, blowers, chainsaws and even patio furniture need some time and attention to get them ready for use after sitting all winter. This is especially true for cars that have borne the brunt of snow, ice, slush and other winter-related weather.
Here are some tips for getting your machinery, vehicles and outdoor equipment ready for summer use and entertaining:
* Get your lawnmower out of the corner of the garage. Wipe down all surfaces with a dry cloth, oil moving parts to ensure they are well lubricated, and make sure the blade is sharp. Sharp blades are better for your lawn and put less stress on the engine. If you added a fuel stabilizer like STA-BIL Storage
prior to putting it away for the winter, it should start up smoothly. Should you have some hard starts, try a revitalizer like Start Your Engines! to get it revved up quickly.
* Prime your automobile. With the cost of driving at a six-year low, you'll want to take that long-overdue road trip this summer, so ensuring that your auto is in tip-top shape is paramount. According to the AAA, driving costs are affected by how well your vehicle runs, and that includes the inside and outside of your car. Performing regular maintenance can ensure more efficient operation and help prevent costly repairs. One way to save money is by detailing the car yourself using products such as 303 Automotive Protectant to protect interior surfaces from cracking and fading. Originally engineered for aerospace and aviation applications, 303 Automotive Protectant safeguards against harmful UV rays that can cause discoloration. In addition, it keeps surfaces looking newer, leaves a dry matte finish so there's no oily feel, and helps repel dust. For the exterior, consider 303 Automotive Speed Detailer, which will instantly clean, protect and give your car a showroom shine. It's a great way to keep your car cleaner between washings. And at every fill-up to keep the engine running smoothly, use STA-BIL 360 Performance, a fuel treatment that protects your engine above and below the fuel line to keep your engine running cleaner, stronger and with greater performance.
* Assess your outdoor furniture. No matter what material your outdoor furniture is made of, start by wiping down the surfaces. Plastic furniture, if left uncovered all winter, may just need a little soap and water to remove any dirt. To protect your outdoor furniture's hard surfaces from harmful UV Rays, apply a layer of 303 Protectant. You'll also want to protect your fabrics from water and other debris, so try 303 Fabric Guard.
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- Sponsored News - Feeling kind of tense and achy? It may be because of poor posture.
While the media has jumped on warnings about "tech neck" -- the neck pain and damage sustained from hunching over smartphones and other devices for too long -- you're actually risking harm to your overall health if just about any part of your body becomes misaligned.
That's because, as the American Journal of Pain Management notes, a person's posture affects and moderates every physiological function, from breathing to hormonal production.
Yes, you read that right. Every physiological function.
How so? "Our muscles and ligaments routinely work to balance us as we sit, stand, bend and sleep," explains Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. "Over time, however, uneven stress causes the body to adapt and change -- subsequently causing aches and pains."
Multiple factors can contribute to poor posture -- including injury, stress, obesity, pregnancy and weak postural muscles. Chiropractors have been specifically trained, as part of their minimum seven years of higher education, to provide drug-free, hands-on care that helps to naturally align and strengthen the spine, as well as advise on healthy lifestyle habits.
And speaking of habits, in keeping with National Correct Posture Month, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress
is out with tips designed to help you develop smart ones regarding posture. Among them:
* Maintain a neutral spine, meaning chin up and shoulders pulled back.
* Avoid extended time spent with your head flexed forward.
* Don't cross your legs while seated.
Learn more at F4CP.com.
- Sponsored News - Now what?
That's the question chronic pain sufferers are asking following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's release of the first-ever national guidelines designed to curb the alarming increase in prescription drug deaths.
A record-high 28,647 deaths involving opioids were recorded in 2014, according to the latest statistics, which is 14 percent higher than the previous year. And the government's response -- advising doctors not to prescribe the potentially addictive pills in most situations for chronic pain -- couldn't have been plainer.
"It has become increasingly clear that opioids carry substantial risk but only uncertain benefits -- especially compared with other treatments for chronic pain," CDC Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden told reporters in March.
The one catch? Right now it's purely voluntary whether doctors used to prescribing the likes of OxyContin stop or not.
So if, for example, you're concerned about overdosing and experiencing musculoskeletal conditions including low back and neck pain, many experts say it's time to consider an alternative like chiropractic care.
Even before the CDC acted, drug-free chiropractic care was being touted as the go-to first option -- over both prescription pills and surgery -- as a result of research showing it yielded improved patient outcomes, higher satisfaction and lower costs.
"It's heartening to see the growing opioid epidemic is finally gaining the attention it deserves," said Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, noting that doctors of chiropractic have a minimum seven years of higher education and provide care and rehabilitation on issues ranging from musculoskeletal pain to headaches to general health concerns.
Learn more at F4CP.com