Fall in Love with Platinum

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Every year, Valentine’s Day is looked at as one of the biggest gift-giving holidays of the year. Additionally, many use the holiday to drop down on one knee and pop the big question. Last year, 250,000 couples became engaged on Valentine’s Day -; a testament to how important the day is to thousands of love-struck Americans.
If you’re looking for a unique, stylish and heirloom-quality accessory to give your special someone this year, you aren’t alone. According to jewelry and style expert Michael O’Connor, Platinum jewelry is one of this year’s best bets for a Valentine’s Day gift.
“Giving a gift of love on Valentine’s Day is about emotion and being sure you will be remembered,” O’Connor said. “Platinum jewelry is the perfect choice because its purity and rarity underscore the emotional reasons why you’re giving the gift, while its durability means that it won’t wear down like other metals and will last a lifetime.”
The following jewelry ideas, compiled by O’Connor, will help you pick out the hottest jewelry this Valentine’s Day:
* Engagement ring. If you’re looking to propose to your significant other this Valentine’s Day, look beyond the four Cs and seriously consider the setting. With an engagement diamond purchase, a premium is paid for a quality diamond, and you won’t want to diminish that investment with a metal that won’t complement the beauty and longevity of the stone. Platinum will hold your diamond more securely, and since it’s naturally a white metal, it will maximize the diamond’s sparkle. Designs that range from modern styles by Martin Flyer to vintage-inspired looks from Tacori can accommodate all types of diamond cuts.
* Gifts for him. One of the most popular Valentine’s Day gifts for men -; stylish watches from companies like Franck Muller, Vacheron Constantin and Jacob & Co. -; pair masculinity with durability in Platinum looks that are perfect for dressing up or down. If you’re looking for a different approach, Platinum cuff links also make a good choice for that businessman with a sense of panache.
* Platinum pendants. From the runway to Hollywood’s A-list, it’s all about layering this season. Look to layering Platinum pendants in oval, heart and square shapes for a distinct flair this year.
For more information on jewelry trends for Valentine’s Day, visit www.preciousplatinum.com.

Fresh Mussels Make 2012 Wellness Goals Taste Great

Every January, our focus turns to kicking off the year with a renewed commitment to healthy eating. We join gyms and invest in the latest protein powders and high-fiber shakes in pursuit of a healthier life. But did you know there’s a delicious powerhouse food that’s easy to make and won’t break your wallet just waiting to help us meet our goals?

Fresh mussels are packed with important health benefits. They are rich in nutrients without adding significant calories or fat to meals,” says registered dietitian Lois Ferguson, as he explains the benefits of fresh PEI mussels compared to other proteins like meat and poultry. “This makes them the perfect food for people who aim to live a life of fitness and health.”

Is Going Back to School an Option?

School is never easy, but responsibilities like bills or a family can make the prospect of adding to the mix seem overwhelming. Despite these challenges, people from all different backgrounds are choosing to go back to school, seeing continued education as a way to improve their current job prospects or create future job security.

Many choose to go back to school to complete degree programs they never finished or to enter a new career. Some find that an advanced degree is needed in order to get to that “next” position. However, in a lot of cases, these individuals worry it may be too late to go back to school.

Should I Go Back to School?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – School is never easy, but responsibilities like bills or a family can make the prospect of adding to the mix seem overwhelming. Despite these challenges, people from all different backgrounds are choosing to go back to school, seeing continued education as a way to improve their current job prospects or create future job security.
Many choose to go back to school to complete degree programs they never finished or to enter a new career. Some find that an advanced degree is needed in order to get to that “next” position. However, in a lot of cases, these individuals worry it may be too late to go back to school.
Annette R. Uncangco, MS, and regional director of career services at DeVry University, disagrees. “It is never too late to go back to school!”
“Many of our students are adult learners, who have come back to continue their education. Our Career Services department partners with our graduates in their career search and provides them with lifetime assistance throughout their career.”
Whatever your situation, going back to school is a big decision. Consider the following when making such a choice:

New iPad? Don’t Forget the Apps

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – In terms of technology, Apple’s iPad is this year’s gadget of choice. If you’re planning to purchase, or receive, an iPad this year, you’ll first want some applications (apps). Be forewarned, this can get addictive, and expensive.
Here are suggestions to get your initial fix — enough to show-off without draining your bank account just yet. All are downloadable from the iTunes App Store.
* Food. The beauty of the iPad is that it can go anywhere with you, like the kitchen, and has a large-enough screen to make reading easier, even with flour on your hands.
For the wannabe Julia Child, consider Epicurious, a free app from Condé Nast, the publisher of Bon Appétit and Gourmet. It offers colorful photos, a shopping list function and the ability to search by main ingredient, cuisine and dietary restriction.
Martha Stewart has her own application, by the way.
* Music. Set a mood with Pandora, a free Internet radio app that allows you to search by a particular artist, song or composer. When you do, it will build an entire station populated with songs and artists that match.
You can also choose the genre of music from Bluegrass and Doo-Wop to Lullabye. The application displays and plays the occasional ad, so an ad-free experience will cost $36 per year.
* TV/Movies. If you love Netflix already for catching up on movies and seasons of your favorite television shows, the company has a free iPad app. To use it, you will need an unlimited membership, starting at $8.99 per month.
* Geek. If you are the person everyone comes to for tech help, or if someone in your family is, LogMeIn Ignition for iPad allows you to remain on the couch when the phone rings.
The app, which costs $29.99, lets you view and control all of your computers from the iPad. Use it to fix a friend’s PC or Mac miles away, access files on the computer you forgot in the office, or turn your new iPad into a lightweight laptop.
* Games. Most of the best games for iPad and iPhone cost money. If you’re willing to invest, there are great ones, including classics like Tetris ($7.99), Scrabble ($9.99) and the top-grossing Angry Birds ($4.99).