Healthy Living, Healthy Real Estate [infographic]

April 2, 2013 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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After a large, large slump, the housing market is on the rebound. House prices are finally rising and a few markets appear to be headed in a strong and healthy direction for 2013. We are finally moving in a positive direction!

Today’s infographic profiles ten all-star cities that are sitting pretty in the 2013 housing market. By analyzing median house and rent prices in cities with strong job markets and low vacancy rates, a solid list of cities emerge. This list is a great reference, with valuable information about each city and and plenty of financials to boot. While I am not looking to buy a home in the near, or even semi-near future, I will be keeping some of these cities in the back of my mind.

As a current Texas resident, I am pleased to see four of our fair cities on the list, including Austin, the fairest of them all. Looks like this might just be a good place to stay put, don’t you think?

The list includes San Fransisco, Seattle, and Omaha, among others. I you are planning a big move to one of these cities, give today’s infographic a quick read! [Via]

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24 Fun Facts About Beer [Infographic]

April 1, 2013 |  by  |  Food, Mind-Blowing  |  3 Comments
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Time for a pop quiz! What common beverage helped start the agricultural revolution, helps prevent kidney stones, and has been around for thousands of years? If you said beer you would be correct. Man’s favorite drink has been around for several thousand years and holds a special place in our history. People’s desire for more beer brought forth some of our most important inventions, such as the plow and irrigation systems which allowed for more efficient farming.

Today’s infographic from foodbeast.com is full of facts and trivia about beer. Beer can even improve your health (in moderation, of course) by strengthening your bones and reducing the chance of kidney stones by as much as 40%.

For more interesting facts about beer, have a look at the infographic below. [Via]

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Easter Facts [infographic]

March 31, 2013 |  by  |  Holiday  |  2 Comments
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Today’s infographic is very sweet because it is almost entirely about candy. Unlike Valentines Day, Easter doesn’t mind if you buy yourself chocolate. You’re not desperate and lonely for doing this, you’re awesome. Easter chocolate sales put both Christmas and our beloved Valentines Day sales to shame. In fact, the only holiday known to outdo Easter in chocolate sales is Halloween. What a startling statistic! What’s more, Easter chocolate comes in forms of bunnies and eggs! What could possibly be more interesting than eating the ears off of a chocolate bunny? Absolutely nothing! If your answer was, “Eating Peeps!” you’re disqualified, because Peeps are gross.

Despite my conviction that chocolate is the most important component of the Easter holiday, I do encourage you to come to your own Easter conclusions. Educate yourself on this sweet little holiday. Understand the role that jelly beans, plastic eggs stuffed with dollar bills, and yes, even Peeps play in making this holiday so special. Additionally, it might be wise to celebrate the true meaning behind the holiday. For those of you that think Easter is the celebration of the Easter Bunny’s birthday, you’ve got quite a bit of research ahead of you.

Happy Easter, y’all!
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Feel The Burn: A Caloric Breakdown [infographic]

March 29, 2013 |  by  |  Food, Health  |  1 Comment
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Oh God, I have some bad news. My diet of dark chocolate and cashews carries more calories than fried chicken. Don’t worry, switching to fried chicken wont be a problem! Seriously though, the human body does not require many calories to function, yet we can consume 138 times more calories than we can burn.

Americans have been having weight problems the last few decades. Fast food is on every corner and greasy, fried, cheese coated delectables are can be found on a ‘dollar menu’. I went to Burger King for the first time in years this week. First off there is no ‘small’ option. If you want a soda, the ‘medium’ is 22 entire ounces. I hope you’re not still wondering what’s wrong with the fast food industry.

Looking to increase your metabolic activity? Look no further. The liquid gold that runs out of your faucet is your number one friend. Drink water! Lots of water. They say 8 cups a day, I know you don’t do that. Some other interesting calorie burners include spicy foods and chewing gum. Now those are some healthy habits I can get into. [Via QuickQuid]

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Family and Medical Leave Act 101 [infographic]

March 29, 2013 |  by  |  Government  |  1 Comment
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Here is something you didn’t know: 62% of working Americans at a FMLA covered employeer qualify for 12 weeks of unpaid FMLA leave. 62% of FMLA covered working Americans also do not know about FMLA leave. Of course we’ve all heard of maternity leave, but most employees are covered under many different circumstances including personal and family health problems, caring for young children, family deaths and military leave.

America is a working society. We don’t work nine to five. We work until the job is done, especially since the recession. Many other countries like Australia have very strict labor laws, and when the clock hits five they’re done. We Yankees should take note: work isn’t everything.

The big problem is the ‘unpaid’ part of it all. Almost 80% of qualified citizens wont take FMLA leave because they straight up can’t afford it. Maybe its good these people don’t take leave, there are almost 1000 cases annually of FMLA violations by employers. The biggest culprit is outright termination. Think you’re protected by the FMLA law to take care of your sick mother? Too bad, you’re fired.

Out of almost 2000 cases of wrongful termination or discrimination under FMLA a year, half are dismissed. Bet you’re not so keen on that sick leave now are you? The Family and Medical Leave Act has helped millions over the years, but now at over twenty years old it may need another look. [FLMA Forms]

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