Day: October 9, 2020

No Trick-or-Treating? Throw the Ultimate Spooky Sleepover This Halloween

What a year for Halloween to fall on a Saturday. You could really make the weekend out of it, but—given that we’re in the midst of a pandemic and the CDC has recommended avoiding traditional trick-or-treating—how, exactly, do you make the most of the holiday? A spooky sleepover, my friends. It can be just your family or letting your kids invite a friend from their pod; no matter the guest list, borrow these ideas and you’re guaranteed to have a good time.

RELATED: 36 Halloween Quotes to Share This Spooky Season

For a truly next-level Halloween (COVID be damned!), make like My Super Sweet 16 and plan a mid-evening costume change for everyone. No, really—trade out the Spidey suit or Doc McStuffins attire for a set of Halloween PJs. Just be sure to order yours early though: Etsy has seen searches for All Hallows Eve-themed pajamas spike 206 percent this

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4 Tips for Taking Your Brick-and-Mortar Store to the Online Realm

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This year has been rough for brick and mortar retailers. Data from Yelp shows that 60 percent of temporary business closures related to COVID-19 have now become permanent. Many big-name brands have filed for bankruptcy as they’ve seen retail sales dry up.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, ecommerce is thriving like never before. Statista reports that ecommerce site traffic in May and June of 2020 actually eclipsed the traffic levels of the 2019 holiday shopping season.

As brick and mortar stores continue to struggle with government restrictions and the public’s desire to avoid outings that could lead to COVID-19 exposure, the need to take businesses online has never been more urgent.

Even if you’re late to the online game, however, you can still make a successful transition.

1. Choose the right hosting platform


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American Malls That Have Fallen Into Ruin

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Chesmar Homes to break ground on Benefit home in Lago Mar

Chesmar Homes will be breaking ground on Nov. 5 in the Texas City community of Lago Mar as it begins construction of its seventh Greater Houston Builders Association Benefit Home. Land Tejas donated the homesite, which is their 18th lot donation to the Benefit Homes Project, a 40-year-old charity fundraiser of the GHBA.

Their team of vendors and suppliers have already begun committing donations of materials and services to construct the home. These donations will ensure that, when the house sells at market value, proceeds will go to two local charities, HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home. Since the fundraiser began 40 years ago, nearly 12 million dollars has been raised.

Vendors and suppliers who are committed include: Builders Post Tension, Crossville, DataSmart, Boan-NuTone, Houston Window Fashions, Templar Electric, Houston Hurricane, The Ark Cast Stone, Austin Windstorm Construction and Stewart Door Company.

“Our vendors and suppliers are one of the

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Arts Council Of Princeton Executive Director Adam Welch Will Be In Conversation With Timothy M. Andrews

The conversation will take place Tuesday, October 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Arts Council Of Princeton Executive Director Adam Welch Will Be In Conversation With Timothy M. Andrews

The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP)Executive Director and nationally-acclaimed ceramic artist Adam Welch will be In Conversation with Timothy M. Andrews, art collector and major supporter of the Arts Council’s Artist-in-Residence program on Tuesday, October 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

This curated series of discussions is designed to celebrate and connect those who make art and those who love art. Breaking down the barriers between artist and art-appreciator, In Conversation delves into inspiration, studio practice, and artistic aspirations. Free registration is available on

“My work is about bricks and how their making is a reflection on labor and art. The forming, design, documentation and intervention, explores history and material culture. Knowing Timothy Andrews our In Conversation will be fun and a totally unique experience,” explains Welch. “When have you spent an hour looking and listening

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Notre Dame football, Brian Kelly twisting some aspects of COVID to their advantage


SOUTH BEND – It’s not that Brian Kelly didn’t have enough potential headaches to address this week, even from a 1-2 Florida State team that was reportedly uninspired enough in practice Wednesday to send its head coach into a tizzy.

A sampling:

• What to do with Florida State’s 6-5, 305-pound senior defensive tackle Marvin Wilson, arguably the best interior defensive lineman the Irish will face this season and a special teams menace with two blocked field goals so far.

• Figuring out whether the third time really is the charm in Louisville transfer Jordan Travis, the third quarterback first-year Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell has elevated to the top of the depth chart in four weeks. Or was Travis’ stellar play in a 41-24 comeback victory last Saturday over Jacksonville State more the product of playing against a middling defense, even by FCS standards?

• Approximating how much

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Gloria Estefan on Why Latinos Are Not a Monolithic Community – E! Online

E!: Were you nervous jumping into these tough, emotional conversations?

GE: You know what? I’ve never been nervous, I was excited about the conversation. Because that’s what we want to do. There’s no subject matter at this point in my life that can make me nervous. Honestly, I feel very secure in my skin. And I have very clear opinions and thoughts that have been shaped by a lifetime of experiences. Now, are some things incredibly personal that a lot of people will be hearing for the first time? They’re gonna learn a lot of things . There’s never been an avenue before to have these kinds of conversations. So it’s a whole other ball of wax. It’s exciting for me.

E!: This show stars three Latinas—and you’ve represented the Latinx community for decades. Why is that visibility important to you in 2020?

GE: First of all, the Facebook community

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Will Apple announce a new HomePod on Oct. 13? Here’s what we’ve heard


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Apple’s HomePod debuted in 2018. It had a $349 price tag, great sound and the risk of putting white rings on your tabletop. Since then, despite some nice iterations on the HomePod’s features via periodic software updates, Apple hasn’t made much progress in the smart home, even as Amazon and Google continue to expand their audiences for Alexa and Google Assistant products across the board.

But according to a Bloomberg report earlier this year, Apple isn’t giving up on the HomePod. According to “people familiar with the plans,” Apple is planning to release a smaller and cheaper HomePod. Details are few, but sources say that the new HomePod will be approximately half the size of the original. It will keep the same design, just on a smaller scale.

Apple didn’t announce the new speaker at its online Worldwide Developers Conference in June as some expected, nor at

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Yowie & Fred Segal Launch Limited-Edition Collection

Yowie founder Shannon Maldonado has been known to make us swoon over pretty much everything she touches. See her lifestyle shop and design studio, her Philadelphia home, and the interior design of Brooklyn-based co-working space Ethel’s Club for reference of said swooning. Her latest collaboration—a 19-piece collection with iconic L.A. retailer Fred Segal—sports groovy graphics, creative ceramics, and a colorful twist. 

<div class="caption"> A message for the moment: “We are inside to grow outside.” </div> <cite class="credit">Image courtesy of Fred Segal</cite>

A message for the moment: “We are inside to grow outside.”

Image courtesy of Fred Segal

<div class="caption"> The <a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mental Massage Tee" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mental Massage Tee</a> by Alex Madrid. </div> <cite class="credit">Image courtesy of Fred Segal</cite>
Image courtesy of Fred Segal

The collection, which is now available online and in person at the Fred Segal on Sunset Boulevard in L.A., includes one-of-a-kind pieces curated by Maldonado, as well as a few exclusives, including the Mental Massage tee, designed by Alex Madrid. “We worked together this spring on a collaborative tote that was a big hit for us,” Maldonado says. “When designing this tee, we were inspired by the idea

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Maid Of The Mist Welcomes All-Electric, Zero-Emission Boats During 2020 Season

A longtime Niagara Falls attraction has launched two new all-electric, zero-emission passenger vessels that will cruise along the majestic falls.

During an Oct. 6 press conference, representatives from the Maid of the Mist joined others from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, New York Power Authority and ABB Marine & Ports to share the news about these catamaran-style (double-hulled) ships.

In operation since 1846, the iconic boat tour attraction is welcoming these 2020 additions in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s initiative in target of an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

“The new all-electric vessels were designed to be in line with Cuomo’s efforts to make New York State a premier environmentally friendly tourism destination,” said John Percy, president and

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