Blackjack App by TapTapBoom

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Ok. So Vegas can be tough. Watching all that money go away time and time again. Thinking your next bet will be the big win you for which you have been dreaming.

This Blackjack app allows you to play and bet big without the cash loss, or the dream dying.

Be careful, it’s addictive…perhaps intentionally.

However, for the novice or seasoned players it offers a lot of fun. It also gives the players a chance to learn and try doubling, splitting, and the ever-so-risky bet of “all in”.

It’s also free.

There are ways you can plus up your experience by paying money for add ons, or other location Blackjack tables (this initial casino is based in London). Other casino options include: Macau, Monacco, Paris, and Las Vegas.

Really fun.

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Hello Fresh

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Hello Fresh is a home delivery service which provides you will all the ingredients and instructions on how to cook the meals.

A coworker shared an order he couldn’t use due to traveling. He gave us the Hello Fresh box, and our excitement began.

Admittedly, we were reluctant to try something like this assuming it was too expensive and complicated.

As it turns out, it’s kind of amazing.

The basics of the meals come sent in one box with instructions. You just need to provide the cookware, basci spices, and the actual cooking.

But we have loved each of the meals. It’s brought variety into our food for the wekk,  and we are looking into the plans which start around $9.99 per meal.

We found the dinners for 2 are actually spreading to 3, and everything has been surprisingly good.

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https://www.hellofresh.com/tasty/

 

Instagram Story

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I’m sure you are aware of Instagram. It’s an app that let’s you upload photos and share them. It’s a visual way of sharing your social media story.

Recently, Instagram launched Instagram Story as a way for users to now create photos, videos, boomerang, and more to share.

It’s only posted for 24 hours and allows the user to be playful and quick with giving some insight into their days.

At the top of the scroll it lists all the people you follow who have created stories and allows you to watch them one after the other.

And for the person who posts, you get to see who viewed it. Plus you can save it or post it to your regular feed.

And it’s just a little bit addictive. Have fun sharing.

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Missing Richard Simmons

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Missing Richard Simmons is a podcast about the sudden disappearance of Richard Simmons. Richard being the health and fitness guru/energizer bunny.

Back in February of 2014 he suddenly stopped leading his exercise classes and communicating with any friends, at all. With no explanation whatsoever. He totally and completely removed himself from public life.

Three years in, his friend/acquaintance Dan Taberski, decided to investigate and find out what happened. The podcast has only six episodes, (4 have been released at the time of writing this blog). And is totally and completely compelling.

It feels similar in ways to the SERIAL podcasts.

Several times listening I kept thinking, truth is stranger than fiction. This story is a mix of celebrity, sadness, mystery, nostalgia, intrigue, humor, compassion, and surprise.

I had been reluctant at first, but now I am all in.

There is an incredible story here.

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LOS ANGELES – 1992: Actor Richard Simmons poses for a portrait in 1992 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)

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https://www.missingrichardsimmons.com/

 

 

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is written by Marie Kondo and it a wonder.

Marie has spent her life tackling the issues of attaining an organized and tidy existence. She has tried every type of trick and method to keeping homes and life tidy. In this book she imparts all of her knowledge on what to do and what not to do from her first hand experiences.

“Keep only those things that speak to your heart”

We took her advice and applied it to our Tupperware drawer, which was a nightmare. We put all the items on the ground and only selected the ones we wanted to keep. Once we had selected what we wanted, we had about 40 items we didn’t need or want and got rid of them. The drawer even closed!

What Marie presents in her book is a deeper dive into why we hold onto items and how best to keep and to let go. What works and what does not. She ask you to stick to her strict guidelines in order to not repeat the patterns.

Tidiness is more than just organizing. It allows you to clear your mind and your life.

From Marie:

“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.”

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Quotes on organizing and tidying by Marie Kondo, author of the book, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.” Watercolor painting by Beverly Brown.

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Google Home

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Technology continues its march forward with Google Home. Much like Alexa and Amazon Echo, this new personal assistant forges way to our collective future.

Having received this as a gift from my parents (Thanks Mom & Dad), it’s rather mesmerizing. You start with “Hey Google” or “Ok Google” and then ask it a question or give it a command.

Example: “Hey Google, will you play Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland” And then it plays it. Or “Ok Google, how far away is the moon?”

It also can connect you to you TV, Nest, and other technology.

The future is now. Isn’t it incredible. “Hey Google, how far will technology go?”

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https://store.google.com/product/google_home