With Super Bowl Sunday baring down on us, we wanted to share some of our favorite wing spots. According to the Wall Street Journal more than 1.25 billion wings will be consumed this Sunday. That's four per person for every man, woman and child living in the United States. Wow.
For those of you in Chicago here's our favorites:
1. Bird's Nest
2. Jake Melnick's Corner Tap
3. House of Wings
4. Wild Goose
1. Gators Wing Shack - Palatine
2. Palmer Place - La Grange
And for Minnesota we love:
1. Blue Door Pub
2. Hickory Hut
3. Spring Street Tavern
Where do you go for your favorite wings? If we didn't mention them, let us know and we can talk wings on Monday. Have a safe Super Bowl Sunday.
The big game is less than a week away. Hosting a party? Decorate your party favors with a little pigskin!
I don't know about you, but I am ready to skip town on this artic ridiculousness. 56 days to go - my heating system is on the blink for a second day in a row and I'm sick and tired of winter and being cold.
Since 56 days is a long time - I'm going to trick myself into thinking it's spring. I'm going to make my own container terrarium. No soil required, no dirt under my finger tips but maybe it'll take my mind off of the cold.
Winter is the perfect time to try your hand at air plants. Only 3 things required:
Terrarium - you can stop by your local craft store for a great selection.
Air plant - some nurseries are open all year. Check online for your nearest local store. They come in a variety of colors and they love warm air and regular moisture.
Spanish Moss - see above
And if you're not feeling like a DIY project, my local Lowe's sells a ready made air plant for $7.98 - now if I could just blink my eyes and make winter go away I would.
Tired of rooting through your desk drawers to find that old business card or a decent working pen? If your desk drawers look more like junk drawers overflowing with sticky notes, hand sanitizers, ketchup packets, and tangles of paperclips, it's time to get organized. Orderly drawers make it easy to find exactly what you need when you need it, making the day run smoother. Best of all it takes just a few simple steps to de-clutter.
Step One: Empty
What You Need: Cleaning Solution, Paper Towels, Drawer Liners
Remove the entire contents of each drawer one at a time onto your desktop, table or floor. Every random staple, crumpled shred of paper and file must come out. This is the only way you can see exactly what's in there and assess how much the drawer can hold. Now clean them completely with cleaning spray and a towel. Replace ripped drawer liners with nonslip liners to keep items in place once finished.
Step Two: Purge
What You Need: Trash Can, Storage Containers
Now's the time to be ruthless. Toss anything that doesn't work like dried up markers and pens. Can't bear to part with some things? Put them in storage containers and stash on a high shelf or closet for later use. If after six months you haven't used them, toss, recycle or donate.
Step Three: Plan
What You Need: A Small Box
There's no one "right" way to organize, so first plan your drawers based on how you use them. Keep items you need regular, quick access within close reach, typically your top desk drawer. To help determine what those items are, empty the drawer and place the contents in a small box. When you need an item, remove it from the box and place it in your top desk drawer. At the end of the week review the items placed in the drawer and organize them in a way that works best for you.
Sort through the items that remain in the box and store in a lower drawer those things you still need but use infrequently. Toss, recycle, or pass along to a co-worker any leftovers.
Step Four: Organize
What You Need: Drawer Organizers of Various Sizes
Once you've got your plan in mind, now you can make the arrangement permanent and neat. Choose drawer trays, organizers, and small boxes in various sizes so you can change up the configuration as your needs change. Twist OP specializes in offering an enormous variety of organization tools for your drawers. With lots of colors, shape and sizes to choose from, you're sure to find just the thing that strikes your fancy.
The more appealing your drawers, the more likely you'll be able to maintain them and you can find what you need at a glance. A little time spent today means a less stressful day tomorrow. Organize now!
You're not the only one who's busy at year end. With tax season upon us, scammers are working overtime to create new, slicker ways to trick you into divulging personal data in order to steal your money and identity. Watch out for these popular tricks aimed at catching you off guard.
Email scams take many forms, but the best ones come from email addresses that sound legitimate like firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. They use the IRS logo with names and signatures of actual IRS executives. If you click on a link within the email, it takes you to a site that looks just like the official IRS website and asks you to provide personal information such as name, address, bank account number, PIN, social security number, or even your mother's maiden name or your place of birth. Often the emails contain misspellings or ungrammatical phrasing common to non-native English speakers, a red flag that it originates overseas. Some of the specific hooks they use to trick you include...
1. Economic Stimulus. The fraudster claims the government has just announced a new, easier way to receive refunds as part of the Economic Stimulus program. To take advantage of it, all you need to do is have your refund direct deposited through an online form. It adds a sense of urgency by saying refunds will be delayed if the online form is not completed by a certain date.
2. Take the survey. In this scam, you're invited to participate in an IRS customer satisfaction survey that pays you $80. It starts with standard questions but ends with asking for your account details so they can credit you the $80.
3. Return errors. This email states that your return has inaccuracies that will delay your refund. For example, your social security number filed does not match the IRS records, or you forgot to sign and date the return. You are asked to confirm personal details before the return can be accepted.
4. You're under investigation. This fraud preys on the fear of every tax-paying American - an IRS investigation. It claims the IRS suspects you of tax fraud and as part of its investigation it demands answers to personal data.
5. Additional refund due. This scheme claims you're owed a refund just discovered by a recent IRS recalculation. It's usually an odd, but legitimate-sounding amount like $156.29. In order to claim it, you must submit a form accessed via a link. Clicking on the link automatically downloads malware that enables crooks to spy and collect your passwords and logins.
If any of this happens to you, email the IRS at firstname.lastname@example.org to lodge a complaint.
Although phone scams typically target seniors, they can trick any unsuspecting soul.
1. Social security refund. The fakers tell the victim they can get his or her Social Security payroll taxes refunded for an upfront fee based on the size of the refund. Of course, the refund is inflated as is their upfront fee. The problem is, the law doesn't allow a refund of taxes paid into Social Security.
2. Early bird reward. The caller offers a reward for filing your return early. All you need to do is provide your bank details. They'll even get you on a three-way call with your bank to "help" ensure you'll be properly credited.
The IRS doesn't reward early birds, and for official business they NEVER contact taxpayers via email. They may send out emails with general information, but they will never request personal information online. It uses US Mail for all authorized communication. The only official IRS site is www.irs.gov. You should never go there by clicking on a link but only by typing the address directly into your browser. Tax refunds are strictly obtained through an annual tax return, not a separate application form or any other process. Never give out personal information to unknown callers via the phone.
Start preparing now
Whether you're an early or last minute filer, there's a lot to be aware of this tax season. Stay on the look out and make sure you've got everything lined up to make year-end preparation less taxing. Twists OP has an enormous array of official IRS tax forms and materials to streamline the process. Make your list, check it twice and call them today!
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You just finished printing an important document and it tore in your briefcase.
An important safety sign that was supposed to last is now in ripped to shreds.
You set your new artwork down on the table and spilled coffee all over it.
We've all had times where we messed up a document we
were supposed to keep. There is however, an easy way to protect and preserve
documents, signs, menus, artwork and more. Laminate it!
What does lamination do? Lamination securely seals your documents on four sides and
provides protection from finger prints, scratches, liquid spills and even the
dreaded rays of the sun. It changes regular paper into the superhero of
documents. And it's easier than you think! Most machines for individual use
are pouch laminators. And modern pouch laminators, like the Swingline Fusion
laminators, can heat up in about a minute and do not require the old fashioned
cardboard carriers to hold documents.
And lamination can even make your papers look better! When you laminate with a glossy finish it makes your
document look shiny and vibrant. If you are going to laminate something really
important it's always a good idea to test an unimportant document before
laminating the actual piece. This will help ensure that you have set the
machine to the right settings prior to use. Of course if you are using an
automatic machine like the Swingline Fusion 5100L, it will adjust the
settings for you.
Need an idea of what to laminate? Download the Swingline GBC 101 Things to Laminate
2. Improve Finances
4. Get new job
5. Eat healthier
6. Manage stress better
7. Stop smoking
8. Improve relationships
9. Stop procrastinating
10. Set aside time for self
What's on your list? Did the weather this past week stop you from starting? Let us know how you are doing? We would love to hear from you and we wish you success in making 2014 your greatest yet!
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