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Spring has sprung at Seasons Magazine! We hope you enjoyed our premiere Winter issue, and we thank you for your support of this new publishing venture of South Bay’s Neighbor Newspapers. Our goal is to showcase the very best of Long Island, seasonally, capturing the essence of what it means to live here through Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn and the Holidays.
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In this issue, we highlight some of the most popular trends in Spring fashion. Check out our Spring Styles spread for tips on how to make your wardrobe pop as you pack away the boots and scarves for good. Looking for the perfect gift for the Mothers in your life? Be sure to browse our selection of unique gift ideas and shopping tips to ensure this Mother’s Day is a special one for those nearest and dearest to you. As the weather warms up and the flowers begin to bloom, take time to explore the many outdoor events and craft festivals going on across Long Island, featured within the pages of our Spring Happenings spread. While you’re out and about, be sure to explore the dozens of wineries who call Long Island home. See what Spring On Long Island looks like through the lens of our readers in our photo spread, as we showcase the beauty of the season as witnessed right in our own backyard. Don’t forget to submit your scenic shots for inclusion in our upcoming Summer On Long Island feature. Don’t miss our tips to begin the process of shaping up for bathing suit season. As you emerge from your winter hibernation, try to find ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine, including making yoga a part of your plan for healthy living. Looking for ideas to freshen up your home and gardening landscape this season? Look no further than our handy guide, full of helpful hints to make this seasonal “chore” go smoothly.
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Spring is a time for renewal and new beginnings. We here at Seasons hope you enjoy this issue of our magazine, and look forward to hearing your feedback and suggestions.
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Spring is a time to bid adieu to the bulky, layered looks that dominate winter. Each season, the runways help dictate which fashions will dominate stores across the country, and the following are some beauty and fashion trends to expect this season... SPLASHES OF ORANGE Orange is a vibrant hue poised to take the season by storm. Evoking feelings of warmth and sunshine, orange is an unexpected and bold color choice. Daring women can don head-to-toe orange and really make a splash. However, there are some more subtle ways to don orange this season, including adding a pop of this vibrant color to shoes or belts. If the runways were any indication, orange makeup also figures to be popular this season. An orange lip and a peachy eye flatter many skin types. Such coral colors are reminiscent of tropical, coral backdrops, making them perfect for afternoons by the shore.
BLACK-AND-WHITE DOMINATION Pairing crisp black and white will forever be a fashion staple. This combination continues to be a strong contender for spring/summer 2014 fashion. Avoid looking like the wait staff at a local restaurant by matching black with white in unique ways. One way to make black and white more unique is to play with texture. A black top over a willowy white skirt is ever-popular. Mix black leather with white lace, and vice versa, for a style that is daring but sweet at the same time. Black-and-white stripes remain popular, and color-blocking can be used to hide figure flaws and draw attention to more flattering areas of the
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Crop tops remain a fashion trend this season. Because they’re not for everyone, it’s unlikely this style will become oversaturated. This season, the crop top is about showing just a hint of the midriff, which can make the look more attainable. Of course, short tops can be reserved for athletic wear or swimsuits for those people who are not yet daring enough to incorporate them into their everyday wardrobe.
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Whether she’s still hard at work raising children or her kids have grown up and now have children of their own, Mom deserves our best efforts come Mother’s Day. And while traditional gifts like flowers and chocolate might make for thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts, those who want to go the extra mile for Mom this year can consider the following unique gift ideas...
Many adults recall the days of their youth when Mom would relax while listening to some of her favorite music on a lazy summer afternoon. Why not take a stroll down Memory Lane and take Mom to see one of her favorite acts in concert? Even if you have outgrown Mom’s musical tastes, she will still appreciate the chance to spend an evening out on the town with her kids and some good music.
If Mom is a fan of live theater, then nothing will elicit a bigger smile than tickets to a Broadway show she has had her eyes on. If Broadway is a bit too far for you to travel, do your homework and find a traveling production of a former Broadway show. Such productions often feature many of the same actors who made the play famous on Broadway, so you’re still bound to see an unforgettable show Mom will love.
Moms who love to travel and experience other cultures would certainly appreciate a trip abroad or a domestic getaway to a region of the country they have yet to explore. Before booking any such trips, speak to your Mom and ask if there’s anywhere in particular she’d like to go. Such trips can be expensive, so adults might want to speak to their siblings and finance such an excursion together.
If Mom is still as active as ever, then a day of pampering at a nearby spa is sure to please. Many luxury spas offer packages, especially around Mother’s Day, that make a full-on spa treatment a more affordable gift. Men and women can even accompany Mom on her trip and reap the rewards of being such a thoughtful son or daughter.
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Shop Smart For Mother’s Day Come spring, shoppers often ask, “What gift should I get Mom for Mother’s Day?” How do people transform the sentiments they have for their mother into gifts that represent love and devotion? Buying a Mother’s Day gift is no easy task, especially for those who wait until the last minute to do their shopping.
Beginning early can ease the pressure of Mother’s Day shopping. Research gift options at least a month prior so that you can read reviews on products and services to guarantee quality. You also want to make sure the gift will arrive on time if you will be ordering your gift online. Do some sleuthing. Play detective and take inventory of what Mom likes to do the most. If you ask your mother what she wants, she will likely brush off the question and tell you nothing. It is up to you to do the investigative work. Pay attention to conversations and see if there is anything she mentions wanting to try or something around the house that may need updating. Check expiration dates. Gift certificates and cards for particular stores or services are popular come Mother’s Day. But it is essential to check expiration dates on the certificates or find gifts, as there is a good chance Mom will put off pampering herself and you would not want the gift to expire before she has a chance to use it. In compliance with the law, chain
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Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and this special holiday serves to honor all those women who devote so much time and effort to their families. While gifts and other trinkets are certainly part of the celebration, a vast majority of children opt to treat Mom to a night out on the town come Mother’s Day. Not only does this give mom a night off from cooking, but it also presents an opportunity to get dressed up and spend time together as a family. A vast number of families travel to their favorite restaurants for Mother’s Day meals. Mother’s Day is one of the busiest holidays of the year for restaurants. The National Retail Federation says 54.8 percent of Americans treat their mothers to a special meal out on Mother’s Day. Billions of dollars are generated by people eating out with their mothers. With large crowds to be expected, diners can follow a few tips when treating Mom to a meal...
BOOK EARLY, VERY EARLY To guarantee a reservation at any restaurant, namely your favorite restaurant, you will need to make a reservation well in advance of Mother’s Day. It’s never too early to put your name on the reservation list. Don’t forget Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11th, 2014.
EXPECT TO WAIT Even with a reservation, you’re bound to spend some time waiting at the restaurant. Other families may be lingering at their tables, as no one wants to rush Mom out the door. Plan accordingly for a potentially long wait time. This means having a snack before you leave. Don’t arrive famished, as no one wants the dining party to be hungry and cranky, which is not a good way to celebrate Mom. Have plenty of snacks and drinks on hand for young children, as well as activities to keep them entertained.
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atmosphere in a typical yoga studio tends to be serene, yoga is a physically demanding discipline, and those unprepared to deal with such demands often find themselves suffering from injuries. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, injuries to the neck, shoulders, spine, legs and knees are possible when practitioners of yoga do not exercise proper technique and caution. So it pays for beginners to heed the following warnings when beginning a yoga regimen: Work with a professional. No matter how long your neighbor insists he or she has practiced yoga, it’s still best that you learn the discipline from a certified instructor. Your neighbor might know all of the poses, but an instructor with credentials can help men and women with preexisting medical conditions avoid poses that can exacerbate such conditions. Novices might not know that certain poses can increase injury risk for sufferers of osteoporosis, spinal problems and high or low blood pressure. When
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light cardiovascular exercise before beginning a yoga session to reduce your risk of muscle tears or pain when you start stretching or posing. Dress appropriately. Flexibility is essential when practicing yoga, so make sure your clothing is not restrictive. Women can buy pants made specifically for yoga that stretch easily, making it easier to perform various poses and stretches. Men may also be able to find pants made specifically for yoga, but if not, athletic shorts or track pants can work just as well. Stop if you feel any physical problems. It is not uncommon, especially for beginners, to experience feelings of dizziness or feel as if your body is becoming overheated during yoga. In such instances, stop immediately, as yoga is supposed to be a painfree discipline. Ask the instructor for help the moment you start to feel faint, dizzy, overheated or injured. Physical problems during yoga may be a byproduct of dehydration, so be sure to begin your session fully hydrated and remain so throughout your workout.
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EXPERIENCE One of the reasons to hire a real estate attorney is to make use of their experience. Hurdles have a tendency to spring up during complicated real estate transactions. Men and women involving themselves in development deals or buying rental properties likely won’t see potential red flags as clearly as a veteran real estate attorney will. When interviewing a real estate attorney, ask how long he
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Mojito Cocktail INGREDIENTS: 6 fresh mint leaves 1/2 lime, cut into wedges 3/4 oz. of simple sugar 1 1/2 oz. white rum 1 1/2 oz. club soda
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