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The Author of this post is Solomon Dejesus

Last week, when I was at work, I logged onto and scheduled an appointment to have the internet installed at our house. We have gone this long without the internet, but now our oldest is in high school. She frequently gets reports and assignments that she has to use the internet to research information. Teachers e-mail students and parents now. Recently, when we had a meeting with her counselor about colleges and applications, she told us that all of the application materials are on-line now. The kids have to apply, pay application fees, and submit essays through the internet. They can even apply to lots of different colleges from one website. It is so much different than it was when I was in school. When we applied to colleges you had to send everything in that you typed on a type writer. You sent an actual check and had to wait for weeks, checking the mail everyday, to see if you got into your school of choice …

Review: The Complete Guide to Healthy Cooking and Nutrition for College Students

The Complete Guide to Healthy Cooking and Nutrition for College Students: How Not to Gain 17 Pounds at College
By: J. Lucy Boyd, R.N., B.S.N.
PUBLISHED BY: Atlantic Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-60138-357-0
Pages: 336
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

Living on your own or going off to college can be a major challenge, especially with easy access to fast-food stops, potato chips, frozen pizza, soda, etc. With classes and a busy social life you may neglect yourself by eating the wrong foods. In The Complete Guide to Healthy Cooking and Nutrition for College Students you’ll learn the basic nutrition basics that you should eat every day, how to evaluate your new surrounds (Dorm Kitchen, College Cafeteria and Local Restaurants), and obtaining the correct basic supplies for your dorm/apartment kitchen (microwave oven, George Forman Grill, Crock-Pot slow cooker, Blender, Mixer, utensils, cookware, spices, cups, bowls, plates, etc.).

Chapter 6 takes you through the basic cooking terms of the ins…

Exercise Rambling 101

October flew by fast and I somehow managed to stay away from the trick-or-treat candy, not to mention the few pounds that I dropped. It seems that I can only lose a pound a week, which is fine with me as long as I can keep those pounds from bouncing back through the upcoming holiday season.

Because of the economy, and just like most Americans, I’m somewhat on a budget, but with most of my Christmas shopping done early, I was hoping to buy a little program called Billy Blanks PT 24/7. The program has been available since early this year through Billy Blanks’ website, but it went retail in October at around $75-$90. Not as expensive as P90x or Insanity, but it can be pricey during a recession. I recently joined Ebay and I have been keeping a close eye on PT 24/7. I made a few bids, but the price always went up and up! I’m glad that I set a spending limit, as I bought the PT 24/7 yesterday through an Ebay store seller for just under $55. Its schedule to ship probably tomorrow, since tod…

Review - The Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life

The Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life BY: Glenn Beck and Keith Ablow, M.D. PUBLISHED BY: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-4516-2551-6
Pages: 289
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

The Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life is part autobiography and part inspirational. Glenn Beck, the radio and television host, writes about how he has changed his life. At an early age his mother committed suicide, and he never recovered from it until years later. As an adult, he became addicted to cocaine and alcohol that lead to end of his first marriage. Glenn went though depression and suicide thoughts. When he found a little success in the radio world, he became a material person, a hateful person. After he met his later-to-be second wife, he went inside a church and became closer to God.

Each chapter of Glenn’s is followed by a chapter written by Dr. Keith Ablow. The doctor examines what Glenn has been through, and also shares some of his patients’ stories that are similar…

The Friday 56 - How Not to Gain 17 Pounds at College

* Choose nuts as a snack, on salads, or in main dishes. Use nuts to replace meats or poultry, not in addiction to them.
- page 56, The Complete Guide to Healthy Cooking and Nutrition for College Students: How Not to Gain 17 Pounds at College by J. Lucy Boyd, RN, BSN

Billy Blanks PT 24/7


Thanksgiving is Coming

Guest post from: Mohamed Simon

Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and already, my family is all about it. My mom recently got satellite internet at home so she’s been emailing everyone relentlessly about what they’re bringing and who and it’s getting to be quite a long email chain. My aunts and uncles are of course going to fly in and it’s going to be a massive party like it always is. I love my family to death but they’re a lot to take so I think I’m going to have my new boyfriend spend the holiday with his family so as not to scare him off quite yet. He’s a great guy but he’s really softspoken so I’m afraid my loud family will totally blow his mind! Anyway, I’m in charge of the ham this year which means I’ve got the easiest dish – just call up the Honeybaked Ham Company and place an order, sounds doable to me! That’s my favorite dish anyway and hopefully I’ll get to take all the leftovers of it back to my house!

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Review - Billy Blanks Tae Bo Power

Unplanned, and at the last minute, I hopped over to my local Walmart. For some odd reason I glanced at the fitness section and there staring back at me was Billy Blanks. Not the real one. LOL. He was on the front cover of what I thought was the new DVD, which actually it was a cardboard box containing the new Taebo Power DVD and a pair of adjustable weighted gloves. I had to laugh and inspected the box as I had just ordered a pair of Everlast weighted gloves from an Ebay seller the night before. I glanced at the price and it was under $17 which wasn't bad considering that one exercise DVD cost at least $9, but this had the gloves. I was already aware that Tae Bo Power was being released, along with Cardio Explosion, on December 6. I'm not for sure if Walmart released this DVD early, or if the DVD/Glove set came out recently. It doesn't matter as I now have a new workout.

Since I had skipped my workout that morning because I had take care of a few errands, I waited until la…

Billy Blanks PT 24/7 giveaway!

The blog Laughing Lindsay is having a great giveaway of Billy Blanks PT 24/7 set.

Catching a Broadway show on the big screen

Guest post written by Alisha Henderson

 I've seen a few Broadway shows in my life and I absolutely loved them. I'd say it would be pretty hard to not enjoy a Broadway show. But, I'm not one of those people that can just afford to pick up and leave for a weekend to see a whole bunch of shows. Although I would love to be able to do that. So I like to seek out alternatives like local musicals, national tours of Broadway shows and movie versions of Broadway shows. I recently heard that they actually filmed a live performance of the show Memphis and released it in theaters. But now it's out on DVDs and I'm going to watch it.

 While I was online looking for some info about tracking down a copy of this, since they closed down all of our local video and DVD stores. As I was looking online for that info, I saw some info on miracle ear and decided to get fitted with some hearing aids.

 I found a copy of it and was glad to have the hearing aids. I think they helped me experie…


Health and exercise is a growing topic in our news/media culture, with the countless weight-loss television shows and celebrities' nip/tuck updates. CoolSculpting was invented to help healthy men and women, who have lost weight and are now healthy, get rid of those stubborn extra pounds, otherwise known as your love handles or muffin tops. There is not enough dieting or exercise to help you shrink down these areas. Some people give up or others have costly surgery with suctions, needles and even lasers. Harvard scientists developed CoolSculpting. It is FDA cleared and clinically proved to help banish those unwanted pounds by freezing the fast cells without ever damaging your skin.

After just one visit, you can see up to 20% reduction in the treated area. If necessary, you can have more treatments, which means more fat lose in those areas. Within months, the fat cells in the treated areas will be gone.

I recall hearing about CoolSculpting on an episode of the Rachel Ray show sever…

Book Review - Eat All Day - Drink All Day

Eat All Day - Drink All Day BY: D.G. Long PUBLISHED BY: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 978-1-4327-6671-9
Pages: 192
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

There are countless diet plans and how to diet books out there today. Eat All Day - Drink All Day is by a F.F. (Former Fatty) D.G. Long who uses the simple fact that it is way easier to burn off 100 calories than 500 calories or more three times a day. She doesn’t go to the gym, but goes by the 10,000 steps a day method; therefore the average person can easily understand and follow the diet plan that is introduced in the book.

Have you ever heard the phrase “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day?” Well, you should never skip breakfast and it should always be eaten within an hour of rising from bed.

The only equipment you need for this diet plan are the following: a liquid measuring cup; a set dry measuring cups; a set of measuring spoons; a blender; a small non-stick skillet; and a little kitchen scale.

There are drinks, sal…

Book Review - The Complete Guide to Creating Oils, Soaps, Creams, and Herbal Gels

The Complete Guide to Creating Oils, Soaps, Creams, and Herbal Gels For Your Mind and BodyBY: Marlene Jones PUBLISHED BY: Atlantic Publishing PUBLISHED IN: 2011 ISBN: 978-1601383693 Pages: 288 Reviewed by Billy Burgess
Let’s face it; the economy is not getting any better. The food cost and household items are getting more expensive every week. People are looking for ways to save money. The Complete Guide to Creating Oils, Soaps, Creams, and Herbal Gels for Your Mind and Body contains over 101 natural body care recipes that you can make at home.
The book gives a brief history of aromatherapy, an overview of essential oils and how to handle the oils. There is a long list of common carriers and base oils, like - cranberry seed oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, and many others. Then you learn about the common essential oils, like - balsam of Peru, cedarwood, lavender, lemongrass, tea tree, and etc. You learn about the 30 uncommon essentials oils and what oils to avoid. From there you’ll get a bri…

Why I Love the MTV Music Awards

This guest post from Walter Horn

My favorite awards show is the MTV Music Awards. I look forward to this ceremony every year. I think it is the liveliest of the awards show on television. I wish that MTV had it during the January or February season, so we do not have to wait until August or September. After all, the award shows play earlier in the year.

I enjoy seeing what the bands and artists are going to wear. It is not your typical formal affair. These artists go all out for the MTV Music Awards. It is truly entertaining to see what they are going to wear on stage or on the red carpet.

The hosts change every year for the MTV Music Awards. Unfortunately, I did not like Russell Brand or Chelsea Handler as hosts. I am not sure who I would like to host this year's MTV Music Awards. Possibly Jimmy Fallon since he is funny. It would be great to see Carson Daly back on MTV even though he is not funny.

It will be interesting to see what will go down on my favorite awards show this y…

Exercise & Ramblings 101

After two weeks of ignoring the scales, I am thinking of weighing again on Wednesday. I know I have probably ganined a few pounds, but maybe not because jeans are getting bigger on me. Over the last week I have ate too many 'sweets' and I need to stop that little habit. I've been ill with a sore throat, so there have been days I skipped my workout. As I am writing this, I have not done a Tae Bo workout, but I plan on doing one later after eat, probably a salad. I was planning on having a workout finished early in the morning, but I watched the new True Blood episode from last night which I recored on a VCR. Yes, I'm probably the only person who still uses a VCR.

For the readers who don't know me, I am a Tae Bo fan. After searching the web the other night for fitness equipment, I found out that there are two new Tae Bo workouts coming out in early September, Tae Bo Ripped Extreme and Billy's Bootcamp Sweat Off the Sizes. My birthday is in September, so maybe so…

Website Review -

Become, Inc. was founded in 2004 to help avid shoppers find the best products by using their web-wide product search and comparison website. They want to help you save time and money by guiding you to what or where you want to buy your item from. Their search engine is designed with your shopping needs in mind. Unlike other search engines, Become reduces the spam and irrelevant results, bring you the newest buying guides expert/customer reviews, articles, forums, and merchants by crawling through 3.2 billion web pages. You can use the new Search Zoom feature, where you can pick the search requirements that you want.

The search engines uses a new technology called AIR, Affinity Index Ranking, that filters out thousands of irrelevant results. The new search technology also scours through hundreds of news articles bringing you the newest information on products. The news sources are scanned every ten minutes, giving you constantly updated searches. 

You can hunt through over 20 million…

Book Review - The Diet Joke

The Diet Joke
BY: Lisa Pedace
PUBLISHED BY: Big Shot Press
ISBN: 978-0-9823404-1-7
Pages: 230
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

Author, humorist and actress, Lisa Pedace, takes a humorous approach on the subject of dieting, a stab at commercial/Hollywood dieting schemes, and jabs at the weigh-obsessed culture where we are fed twenty-four hours a day by the media telling us what we should and shouldn’t do. The Diet Joke is meant to be a reprogramming guide to help you jump start pass the culture nonsense and help you get starting on changing your life for the better, which isn’t easy since we are constantly bombarded with messages/commercials about new food products. We have to learn that these companies are here to make money and that they don’t care about out health. We have to be smart and not let the advertisers brainwash us into buying the products we don’t need. Even our own government wants to control our health, but we are the only one’s with the power to do somethin…