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Avoiding Bait & Switch Scams Living Smart 

Avoiding Bait & Switch Scams

With the holiday’s quickly approaching, we will all be out there trying to find a gift for our friends and family. However, it’s important to stay focused and don’t make any rash decisions. Companies have gotten very good at convincing you to buy their products. While most of these appeals are perfectly within their rights, there are a few deceptive practices that can actually be illegal. Bait and switch is one of these. What is it? Bait and switch is the practice of advertising a product or service at a…

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Denver: The Mile High City Living Smart 

Denver: The Mile High City

How does 300 days of sunshine and breathtaking panoramic mountain views with over 200 named peaks that can easily soar up to 13,000 feet sound? How about a young, vibrant cultural environment with award-winning dining? Denver provides all of these commodities and more year-round, it is a sparkly clean version of New York City where high rise buildings and mountains paint the horizon. Denver is known as The Mile High City, and this has nothing to do with the fact that it was the first major US city to legalize…

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Fall Back to Summer Living Smart 

Fall Back to Summer

Feel like summer was too short? Extend it a little bit! What better way to begin the fall than with a stress-free vacation and much needed R&R in some great LGBT family friendly places. These three indoor water parks and outdoor theme parks are sure to give you that summer feel you crave anytime of the year. Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains, PA Great Wolf Lodge is a massive 79,000 square feet indoor water park with slides and pools for adults and zero-depth entry areas for the little…

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The iPhone Debate: 6 vs. 6 Plus Living Smart What's the T? 

The iPhone Debate: 6 vs. 6 Plus

In September, two new iPhones were announced by Apple, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Apple devotees have been given the tough decision of choosing their next phones. We compared the two models side-by-side to see how they stack up. iPhone 6 Capacity: 16 GB – $199 64 GB – $299 128 GB – $399 Dimensions: Height – 5.44 in. Width – 2.64 in. Depth – .27 in. Weight – 4.55 oz Display: 4.7 in. LED-backlit widescreen Multi-touch display with IPS technology 1334-by-750-pixel resolution at 326 PPI Chips: A8 chip…

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Getting Off the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle Living Smart 

Getting Off the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle

Do you have a serious moment once or twice a month, waiting to see if your money will last until you get paid again? If so, you’ve probably looked for ways to avoid this stress. While you may feel like you’ve exhausted all options, there are certain steps you may have overlooked to give yourself some breathing room.  Check Your Tax Withholdings Do you get a big refund every year after completing your taxes? If so, you are loaning the government money that could serve as your financial cushion. Talk…

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5 Cute Coats Under $100 Living Smart 

5 Cute Coats Under $100

Fall is here which means colder weather, pumpkin spice lattes and the return of cute jackets. These five coats are sure to keep you warm this fall without breaking your bank. Baseball Jacket Baseball Jacket in Wool Blend, H&M, $59.95 Collared Pea Coat Thread & Supply Double Breasted Pea Coat, Nordstrom, $58 Moto Jacket Faux Leather & Chiffon Moto Jacket, Forever 21, $24.80 Army Green Anorak Lined Parka, H&M, $79.95 Belted Tweed Celebrity Pink Skirted Double Breasted Coat, Nordstrom, $88

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Pack the Perfect Lunch Living Smart 

Pack the Perfect Lunch

Garden Turkey Sandwich with Lemon Mayo 300 Calories (per serving) Ingredients 1 tsps grated lemon peel 1 tbsps low-fat mayonnaise 2 slices whole-grain bread 1 cups loosely packed baby spinach leaves 2 ounces turkey breast, sliced 1 small tomato, sliced Directions Stir grated lemon peel with mayonnaise; spread on both slices bread. On 1 slice bread, alternately layer spinach leaves, turkey, and tomato, starting and ending with spinach. Top with second bread slice. Granola Bars Ingredients 2 cups quick cooking oats 1 cup all purpose flour 3/4 cup packed brown…

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Out Destination: Indianapolis Living Smart 

Out Destination: Indianapolis

It’s been called the “Crossroads of America” by many and “The Circle City” by others. But why is Indianapolis on the tip of everybody’s tongue lately? Is it because of their thriving arts and cultural attractions, history-making same-sex marriage rulings, or a bustling LGBT business community? Probably a combination of all three. This past June, Indy Pride drew close to 100,000 people to its downtown, which feels more like New York or Chicago then a mid-sized city. The streets are teeming with people at all hours of the day and…

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Fall For Your Hair Living Smart 

Fall For Your Hair

Simple Tips for Fabulous Fall Hair Our mothers always told us to protect our skin during the hot summer months, and with good reason, but what about our hair? Yes, a season full of sun exposure, salt water, and chlorine can be just as harmful to our tresses as to our skin. As the leaves fade to brown we find ourselves itching for something to spruce up our hairstyle. By following these simple tips you can learn to “fall” in love with your hair. Clarify You may want to cleanse…

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Red Carpet Report Card Living Smart 

Red Carpet Report Card

The 66th Annual Primetime Emmys took place on August 25 and all the stars were out to strut their stuff on the red carpet. See who stole the show with their gorgeous get-ups and who just had us saying “WOW,” and not in a good way. A+ Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex Caplan had a major fashion moment in a black-and-white Donna Karan Atelier gown with cutouts. She brought the drama by wearing it with sideswept hair, Neil Lane jewels, heels by Brian Atwood, and a clutch by Judith Leiber….

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Out Destination: Columbus Living Smart 

Out Destination: Columbus

When it comes to emerging LGBT meccas look no further than Columbus, Ohio. The Midwestern town is not only home to an energetic culinary and arts community, but also a thriving LGBT community, containing dozens of entertainment options to satisfy any taste and budget. One of the most impressive things about the Arch City is the overwhelming friendliness of the people. Wherever we visited during our stay, we were greeted with open arms and a friendly smile. On this visit, I wanted to focus on Columbus’s much bragged about culinary…

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The Road to Homeownership: How to Save $20,000 in Two Years Living Smart 

The Road to Homeownership: How to Save $20,000 in Two Years

The past two issues of Living Out have covered what to know before you apply for a home loan and when you should apply, along with what to expect. In this issue, the road to homeownership covers how you can make your dream of owning a reality. Making the move from renter to homeowner is challenging for nearly everyone, and the highest hurdle for most first-time buyers is saving enough money for a down payment. If your No. 1 priority in the next few years is to become a homeowner,…

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