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The Witches Promise

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It was just last week, Friday to be exact. And while a new business launching in Cape Coral isn't anything out of the ordinary, this was not a new business. So, why would a business that wasn't new hold an opening ceremony? Let's just say that the timing had to be perfect. Opening doors for business is, certainly, a cause for some celebration! But, for those who are not aware, the Red Headed Witches is a business that has been growing in Cape Coral for several years. To say that any business trying to find a perfect location faces a challenge would be true! However, where the Red Headed Witches are concerned, they needed to find a fitting home for their very unique costume business! With their most recent move into their location at 1910 Del Prado Boulevard, the Red Headed Witches realized that they had, in fact, found precisely the right home!
 

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Magnesium Deficiency: Common Ailment of the 21st Century?

SWFL Health and Well-Being

Vitamins and minerals keep our bodies healthy and functioning properly. As a mineral, Magnesium is actually involved in more than 300 of our body's regulatory processes! That is to say that magnesium is an integral part of a body's ability to synthesize proteins, helps to control our heart's rhythm and helps to maintain healthy nerve function. Because of the involvement of magnesium in so many integral processes within our bodies, it has been called a 'master mineral'. While the US (RDA) Recommended Daily Allowance is 240-420 mg./day, many healthcare professionals and dieticians have speculated that our actual intake of this mineral should be almost twice that amount! While historically, 'Hypomagnesia' or magnesium deficiency over time has been shown to be responsible for heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes mellitus type 2, as well as high blood pressure and, even, migraines. Because this deficiency is so common, looking at the reasons why becomes necessary.

 

Magnesium deficiency can adversely affect your energy levels!

 

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B.B. King - A Retrospective

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It's been slightly less than a month since his passing and the world has certainly lost one of greatest guitarists to ever play the Blues. With more than 15 Grammy awards to his credit and a string of accolades that is nothing short of amazing, B.B. King has long been considered one of the Top 100 Guitarists in the world. Because his music and personality touched so many persons, B.B. King will be remembered for many things! While guitar and blues aficionados will certainly remember many of his hits, most of the world will always recall his hit; "The Thrill is Gone". Grammy Hall of Fame Awards are only given to recordings that are at least 25 years old and considered to have 'qualitative or historical significance'. 'The Thrill is Gone' received that honorable designation in 1998.  

 

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Bitter, Not Sweet

SWFL Green Living

In November of 2014, Floridians went to the polls and nearly 75% of Florida's registered voters made Amendment One - Florida's Water and Land Conservation Initiative a law. The wording of Amendment 1 states; "Funds the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to acquire, restore, improve, and manage conservation lands including wetlands and forests; fish and wildlife habitat; lands protecting water resources and drinking water sources, including the Everglades, and the water quality of rivers, lakes, and streams; beaches and shores; outdoor recreational lands; working farms and ranches; and historic or geologic sites, by dedicating 33 percent of net revenues from the existing excise tax on documents for 20 years."

In light of the successful passage of that amendment, it might seem that the future protection of Florida's natural resources was a foregone conclusion. So, why is there so much controversy surrounding Florida's sugar industry? Clearly, it is because Big Sugar has mounted an attempt to have Florida's legislators do nothing and let the binding contract's term simply expire. Never has an agribusiness giant ever been so bold in their attempts to put profits ahead of people. Sadly, given the high level of corruption within the Florida legislature, so far, they're winning!


 

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A Little Girl with A Big Heart!

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Most of us look forward to that time of year when Girl Scout cookies are available. My mouth waters just looking at a box of Thin Mints! Recently I discovered that very few people (actually) know that the Girl Scouts organization provides cookies to our country's military personnel serving abroad. These donated military boxes come from the average cookie customers like you and I. Some customers are generous enough to buy a box or two for the military while making their own purchase. Once the donations are gathered from all over the US, Girl Scouts of America sends a variety of cookies to those serving our country around the world. Despite a recent shortage of cookies in local warehouses, one 8-year old Brownie Scout developed a plan to address both issues with one solution!

 

 

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Once in a Blue Moon..

SWFL Cuisine

It has been proven that human beings are creatures of habit. Having a daily routine is comforting in many ways. Because we are hard-wired to feel comfortable with aspects of our lives that are routine doesn't mean that, occasionally, we shouldn't break free from our conventions! The simple fact is that doing so can lead us to new realizations, awareness and appreciation for something we hadn't previously considered! Whether we plan to be unconventional or, due to circumstance, have to deal with something new, the results can be fantastic. Probably more often than not, our failing to pay attention can result in a disquieting experience! However, this isn't always the case. Once in a blue moon, we stumble upon something really wonderful!


 

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Medical Marijuana: Will Florida be Ready for 2016?

SWFL Health and Well-Being

Heading into the November 2014 election, Florida's medical marijuana proponents felt confident that passage of Amendment #2 was almost a foregone conclusion. While the vast majority of the state's population voted for Amendment #2, the 58% majority that it did receive wasn't enough for passage. It seems that during the term of a previous Florida's governor, an amendment that forced legislation to receive at least a 60% majority for passage was adopted. Given the 2014 failure of Amendment #2 in Florida, medical marijuana's biggest supporters have regrouped and are attempting to address issues associated with objections to the legislation's passage. Given the litany of objections to Amendment No.2, and the determination of Florida's medical marijuana supporters, only one question remains. Can new legislation that satisfies opponents regain the necessary support by election time?

 

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Small Business Saturday - The Making of a Gimmick

Cape Coral Business

November 29, 2014 marked Small Business Saturday® recently. For anyone who hadn't noticed, Small Business Saturday® is strategically positioned directly in the wake of both Thanksgiving and Black Friday. While Thanksgiving is a yearly national holiday, Black Friday is a socio-economically motivated event designed to tug at the purse strings of would be early Christmas shoppers. According to all financial reports in the wake of this year's highly anticipated event, sales projections were far off base and sales on Black Friday were particularly weak!

Because a host of factors are, likely, responsible for the shortage of pre-holiday sales at major retail outlets on Black Friday, perhaps something new working against that anticipated success is a lack of hype and a realization by many Americans that frantic spending on Black Friday is a gimmick! There...I said it. It's a fabricated false sense of urgency that threatens those who dare to not involve themselves with MISSING OUT! I mean, after all, we know; "These specials won't last long", right? 

 

 

 

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Tenacity in Fast Company

SWFL News

Dennis Trebing arrives early for work. His days working full-time with his family's business, Trebing Tile, often keeps him late. But Dennis says that working is his reality and it helps him to stay grounded. Perhaps more than most of us, the not yet 23-year old young man needs to feel that in his life, he says. What makes Mr. Dennis Trebing different is that his career pusuit is going fast. In fact, extremely fast would be more succinct! I had the opportunity to sit down with Dennis one morning this week and his time was limited. He let me know that after finishing his work, he still had to pack and catch a plane. Flying overseas to compete in the ADAC Zurich 24-hour race is something very few persons will ever have a chance to experience. But for Dennis Trebing, it's simply another opportunity on his road to success!
 

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Coconut Oil - Mother Nature's Breast Milk

SWFL Health and Well-Being

If you knew there was an oil you could use for your daily cooking needs that, also, improved your digestion and strengthened your immune system, would you give it a try? Suppose you found out that this same oil helped protect you from heart disease, cancer, and other degenerative conditions, would that influence your decision? What if you discovered that this same oil protected you from infectious illnesses, but also helped you lose excess weight. Would you still be a little skeptical? Most of us have a hard time believing things that sound 'too good to be true', as to be somewhat doubting is human nature. Truth is often stranger than fiction! Well, coconut oil is this genuinely miraculous substance! Not only are the benefits of using coconut oil well-documented, but it's quickly replacing other oils offering fewer health benefits.

 


 



 


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