Consumer Advice

There comes a time in every device's life when it reaches the end of the road. You try your best to delay the inevitable by buying that truly hideous bulky case and installing every annoying software update, but one day your slightly obsolete baby will power on no more. Unfortunately for me, that moment finally came for my beloved iPod Touch...

I was a little bummed to learn that one of the best deals ever will soon meet its end.  The Lifetime Senior Pass available from the National Parks Service is scheduled to increase from $10.00 to $80.00 sometime this year (2017).  I don't meet the age requirement yet, but I was looking forward to it because of the wonderful time...

There's something to be said for knowing who you are and where you come from.  There's clarity when you have evidence, documented or anecdotal, of which ancestor first arrived on these shores.  There's closure when you can pinpoint the village that your forebear(s) left in their quest to seek a greater fortune or better life.  That is the story of...

Since going natural in July 2009, I've had a love/hate relationship with my hair. Well, that's not exactly true. I don't hate my hair; I was frustrated learning what worked best for it. Despite my hair growing into a thick, beautiful mass of curls, it remained at the same length for a couple of years. After trying what felt like a...

Recently, after years of inadequate solutions to my carry-on bag problem, I had to finally purchase one that suited all my needs. The search was far too long and tedious. After all, how hard is it find a tote bag with a shoulder strap, multiple organizer pockets, and a laptop compartment? Apparently, I underestimated what's out there and, perhaps, my overly critical...

One of the most frustrating aspects of creating the garden of your dreams is the astronomical costs of supplanting barren land with healthy, lush plants.   Look at any gardening magazine and you will be inundated with photos of the most elaborately spectacular gardens you've ever seen.  Depending on where you live, where you shop or your personal tastes, it can potentially become an...

Today we are continuing with the second installment of our three-part series that breaks down the choices one has in booking accommodations for vacations or holidays. We will now look at mid-range options for those travelers who want a little more comfort than hostels can provide but at a more reasonable price than hotels. If you think you are up to the...