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9 Easy Ways to Enhance Daily Life

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It’s a fresh New Year and the perfect time to refresh our daily routines, courtesy of innovations in the consumer goods sector. With this in mind, here are an array of tried-and-true lifestyle enhancers and problem solvers that’ll help ensure a great year ahead.

Kami Home Camera (www.Amazon.com)
Kami is a brand offering an economical and complete AI-featured home security system. Mount the camera on a surface or on the ceiling, and it’ll give you more control over what you want to see in your room. In fact, its 360-degree rotation gives you an entire room’s view from one location. There are also sophisticated algorithms that allow for smarter alerts. With AI-based detection of humans, pets and abnormal sound, you only get alerted when it actually matters. You can also turn on privacy mode to temporarily disable the camera. Eyelid design makes it easy to know when you’re being recorded. Kami Home relies on Microsoft Azure to protect your data with the same level of security and privacy that protects millions of businesses around the world. It surpasses the highest U.S. and European data privacy requirements. There’s also a Kami Home App for iOS and Android which lets you check-in anytime, from anywhere. Access Kami Cloud, live view, adjust privacy settings, communicate over two-way audio and much more.

Nuheara IQbuds BOOST (www.Shop.Nuheara.com)
Those with mild hearing loss should definitely check out Nuheara’s IQbuds BOOST earbuds. Because only one out of six Americans hear perfectly under any conditions, such as a crowded restaurant, a concert or the movies, among others, these help enhance your hearing experience no matter where you are. With a sleek design and Bluetooth compatibility, IQbuds BOOST delivers smart, personalized hearing. It includes Ear ID, a clinical grade hearing assessment that automatically calibrates the earbuds to your unique hearing profile. They also feature audio transparency to bring the sound directly in front of you into sharper focus; an intelligent audiometric system that learns how you hear and automatically adjusts the IQbuds to your hearing prescription; super Intelligent Noise Control to balance between world noise and speech; 20 hours of on-the-go Bluetooth streaming and so much more. They’re perfect for people who could use a little help with their hearing, but either don’t want, or aren’t ready for, a traditional hearing aid. They cost thousands less than a traditional hearing aid and deliver “20/20 hearing” (20Hz-20Khz) without the need to visit an audiologist. IQbuds BOOST will transform the way you hear and connect to your world.

HairMax.Com Hair Regrowth Solutions (HairMax.com – Save 10% with Code: LUXELIST)
Thick and healthy hair is a sign of youth and vitality. But, unfortunately hair loss happens, and a once thick of head hair can becoming thinner.  When it happens, it can negatively affect self-esteem and make you look older than you actually are…or feel.  But, the good news is that there’s something you can do about it!  Specifically, the HairMax LaserBand 82—a leading-edge medical device that uses photo biostimulation laser energy to stimulate hair follicles, restore your hair’s natural growth cycle, and grow fuller, denser, stronger hair. It’s FDA cleared for both men and women and proven effective in seven clinical studies. During testing it averaged an increase in hair count of 129 additional new hairs per square inch. That’s thousands of new hairs! You use it only 3 days a week for as little as 90 seconds per treatment. The therapeutic light energy is delivered through 82 medical-grade lasers in a specially designed band to provide full scalp coverage.  Also consider the new ‘HairMax for Density Hair and Scalp Treatments’ formulated with their proprietary NRG8-pLEX complex, and bio active ingredients like apple stem cells, DHT blockers, caffeine and niacinamide—highly active ingredients that are delivered to the root of the follicle through liposome technology to help protect against biological aging and transform thinning hair into thicker, more voluminous-looking hair. And, the Acceler8 Hair Booster is light-activated giving an additional kick for healthy hair growth. This nutrient rich system also works to transform thinning hair and can be used with the laser treatments. Together the system helps address all six mechanisms of thinning hair, leaving you with fuller-looking locks.  Learn more about these at HairMax.Com and save 10% with checkout code ‘LUXELIST.’

Giani Wood Look Garage Door & Granite Look Countertop Paints  (www.GianiGranite.com)
From plain white to the elegance of natural hardwoods, Giani Wood Look paint will make your garage door look like wood and upgrade your home’s appeal in as quickly as a single morning. In fact, the paint kit is a simple, two-step application that will transform smooth, embossed, flat or raised panel metal doors in just three hours. Each kit contains the tools to cover 180 square feet of surface, which is the typical size of most two car garage doors. And, there is no need to prime prior to applying Giani Wood Look as its unique water based safe system contains a Wood Tone Base Coat that will typically cover in one application. Plus, the specially formulated Wood Grain Finish completes the total wood transformation of your garage door. But, why stop there when you can also transform your countertops and get the kitchen you’ve dreamed of without the mess, time or cost of replacement? Giani Countertop Paint is a simple, three-step application that will transform formica, laminate, corian, ceramic tile and cultured marble in a single weekend. Each kit contains all tools to cover 35 square feet, which is the average amount of countertop area in a kitchen. The granite paint comes in five granite shades, is water-based, safe and low odor. Its specialized primer hides existing discoloration and minor scratches, while its mineral colors create the characteristics of natural granite. The acrylic topcoat provides maximum protection as well.

Giani Liquid Stainless Steel Paint (www.GianiGranite.com)
Want to give your appliances an upgrade? Don’t switch out seemingly outdated appliances that still work but, instead, keep your functional machines and just improve their look with paint. Giani’s Liquid Stainless Steel is a single-day makeover process that will transform existing refrigerators, ovens and dishwashers, coffee makers and more with the bright, clean look of stainless steel. Liquid Stainless is a micro-metal technology made with real stainless steel. It’s a simple brush and roll-on application that will cover most common appliances in three easy coats, and dries to a brushed, metallic finish. The kit contains all tools to cover 19 square feet. Liquid Stainless is water-based, safe and low odor. It hides existing discoloration and minor scratches, while a clear acrylic topcoat provides maximum protection and is smudge free. It’s the perfect resolution to make those older appliances look fresh and fabulous!

Hunter Fan Company’s SIMPLEconnect Smart Fan Collection (www.HunterFan.com)
For the tech-friendly household, Hunter Fan Company’s line of SIMPLEconnect smart fans are a stellar choice, with each providing connectivity with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa and Google Home. One way to step into a more connected home is with the Symphony ceiling fan model. This modern smart fan works with an integrated remote control as well as home automation applications. With graceful, sweeping blades, elegant lines and a glossy finish, the Symphony is a soft modern masterpiece perfect for large indoor living spaces. Symphony’s Exclusive SureSpeed guarantee delivers high-velocity gusts with airflow optimized for ultimate high-speed cooling. The blade pitch is also adjusted to ensure ideal air movement and peak performance at all times. It includes dimmable bulbs to give you complete control of the light output and create the ideal ambiance in your room. Plus, its reversible four-speed WhisperWind motor delivers ultra-powerful air movement with whisper-quiet performance so you get the cooling power you want without the noise you don’t.

WaffleWaffle (www.MyWaffleWaffle.com)
If you’re looking to change up your breakfast or snack game this New Year, this fab foodie brand surely will get you on the right track. WaffleWaffle goes beyond the average breakfast with all-natural, Belgian-style waffles that are flavor-forward. The grab-n-fo WaffleWaffle’s come in various flavors so you can mix it up and satisfy your changing cravings, These include Cinnamon Roll, Buttery Vanilla and Buttery Maple. The company also makes more traditional flavors like the Original or Chocolate Chip, There’s even Birthday Cake! If you want to get a little sweeter you can get try their Red Velvet, Double Chocolate or Chocolate Cocoa varieties. Enjoy them on-the-go or go ahead and pile them high with your favorite toppings. I also like that every WaffleWaffle is made using the highly sustainable practices and energy efficient methods. As well, all products and packaging are made using wholesome ingredients, renewable resources and wind power.

BambuLife Socks (www.BambuLife.com)
Perfect for work, play or leisure, BambuLife socks deliver a trifecta of quality material, comfortable fit and unique style. They are two times softer than cotton and are naturally anti-microbial. They feature arch grip support and a cushioned sole for maximum comfort. BambuLife’s Low Cut socks have non-slip tabs to keep them in place, and their No-Show socks have an anti-slip silicone grip on the heel so they stay put. The No-Show socks also have size indicators on the toe to make sorting easier than ever. Plus, the socks’ fabrics naturally resist typical trapping odors because they are made of viscose rayon derived from bamboo, which regenerates naturally and grows without the use of harsh chemicals or pesticides that can cause skin irritations. Unlike cotton, bamboo needs no fertilizers to boost its growth since bamboo is naturally pest-resistant. Once harvested, bamboo can replenish itself within a single year. You’ll even stay a few degrees cooler in warm temperatures, and warmer in the colder climates thanks to the product’s moisture-wicking properties.

NasalGuard Airborne Particle Blocker (www.NasalGuard.com)
Stop the sniffles all year through! You can prevent the cold and flu, and indoor and outdoor allergies, with NasalGuard. With a mild electrostatic charge, this topical gel reduces inhalation of particles as small as rhinovirus, pet dander or pollen, along with many other airborne pollutants, contaminants and allergens. The electrostatic technology creates an invisible filter around the outside of your nasal passages. A pin-sized couple of drops of NasalGuard restricts thousands of fine and ultrafine particles from entering your system for up to six hours by either attracting the particles to stick to the gel rather than being inhaled, or by repelling the particles away from your nose in the first place. Plus, it is drug-free and lasts up to 150 applications. As the leader in particle-blocking electrostatic technology, NasalGuard has sold over 12 million units worldwide. It’s a great way to avoid airborne illness.

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As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List,” Merilee Kern is an internationally-regarded consumer product trends expert and hospitality industry voice of authority—a travel, dining, leisure and lifestyle expert who spotlights noteworthy marketplace innovations, change makers, movers and shakers. She reports on exemplary travel destinations and experiences, extraordinary events and newsworthy products and services across all categories. Reach her online at www.TheLuxeList.com, on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/LuxeListEditor, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList and on Instagram at www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReviews.

***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above may have been provided or arranged at no cost to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***

 

 

 

 

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Pearl Harbor survivors gather on 80th anniversary of attack

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PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — A few dozen survivors of Pearl Harbor and other veterans gathered Tuesday at the site of the bombing 80 years ago to remember those killed in the attack by Japan that launched the U.S. into World War II.

The USS Chung-Hoon, a guided missile destroyer, passed in front of the pier with its sailors “manning the rails,” or lining the ship’s edge, to honor the World War II veterans present.

David Russell, a 101-year-old from Albany, Oregon, who survived the attack while on the USS Oklahoma, stood to salute to the destroyer on behalf of the veterans.

Herb Elfring, 99, said he was glad to return to Pearl Harbor considering he almost didn’t live through the aerial assault.

“It was just plain good to get back and be able to participate in the remembrance of the day,” Elfring told reporters over the weekend.

Elfring was in the Army, assigned to the 251st Coast Artillery, part of the California National Guard on Dec. 7, 1941. He recalled Japanese planes flying overhead and bullets strafing his Army base at Camp Malakole, a few miles down the coast from Pearl Harbor.

Elfring, who lives in Jackson, Michigan, said he has returned to Hawaii about 10 times to attend the annual memorial ceremony hosted by the Navy and the National Park Service.

About 30 survivors and about 100 other veterans of the war joined him this year. Veterans stayed home last year due to the coronavirus pandemic and watched a livestream of the event instead. Most attendees this year wore masks.

They observed a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the same minute the attack began decades ago.

Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro recounted in his keynote address how Petty Officer 1st Class Joe George tossed a line to the USS Arizona that six men trapped by fire in the battleship’s control tower used to cross to his ship, the USS Vestal. Five of the six survived. Among them was Donald Stratton of Red Cloud, Nebraska, who died last year. Del Toro said he recently met with Stratton’s family.

“We sometimes talk about our victory in World War II as though it was inevitable. Only a matter of time. But there was nothing inevitable about one sailor’s decision to toss that line,” Del Toro said.

He said it took millions of individual acts of valor and courage at home and overseas to get the nation through the war.

The bombing killed more than 2,300 U.S. troops. Nearly half — or 1,177 — were Marines and sailors serving on the USS Arizona.

David Dilks, 95, traveled to Hawaii from Hatfield, Pennsylvania, with his son-in-law. Dilks enlisted out of high school in 1944, going from playing basketball one day to serving in the Navy the next.

Dilks said his battleship, the USS Massachusetts, bombarded targets like Iwo Jima, Okinawa and the Philippines during the war.

He recalls one day in March 1945 when he and his shipmates were watching the movie “Stage Door Canteen” on the ship’s fantail when a loud noise interrupted the film. They then saw a Japanese kamikaze plane crash into the USS Randolph aircraft carrier next to them.

“We never had a movie up topside after that,” he said.

Sitting at Pearl Harbor on the 80th anniversary of the attack, he said he’s thinking in particular about those that died.

“All of the sailors and soldiers who fought here — you should be proud of them. But more proud of those who didn’t make it,” he said.

Several women who helped the war effort by working in factories have come to Hawaii to participate in the remembrance this year.

Mae Krier, who built B-17s and B-29s at a Boeing plant in Seattle, said it took the world a while to credit women for their work.

“And we fought together as far as I’m concerned. But it took so long to honor what us women did. And so of course, I’ve been fighting hard for that, to get our recognition,” said Krier, who is now 95. “But it was so nice they finally started to honor us.”

This year’s ceremony took place as a strong storm with extremely heavy rains hit Hawaii, flooding roads and downing power lines. The ceremony was conducted under a pier with a metal roof. Skies were overcast but it was not raining during the ceremony.

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Denver weather: Will it finally snow this week? Here’s what to expect.

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Denver weather: Pleasant Saturday, windy Sunday, chance for snow Tuesday

It’s been a long time coming but Denver may finally get its first snow of the season. Although it’s very late and we’ve waited nearly a record number of days in between accumulating snows, the streak could come to an end this week.

The weather this season has been concerning. The overall lack of snow and precipitation, in general, is enough to have sent Denver back into severe drought. While the upcoming storm isn’t going to be a blockbuster, it is at least something and any kind of moisture is very much needed.

Denver as of Tuesday has gone 231 days without seeing measurable snow. The only year with a longer span between measurable snows in Denver was all the way back in 1887 when the city went 235 days without accumulating snow. With the way this forecast may pan out, it’s possible we could get a tenth of an inch of snow Thursday, which would snap the streak at 233 days. It is more likely Denver will receive measurable snow Friday, meaning we will fall one day shy of the all-time record. Regardless of when snow officially happens, it has been a very long time since Denver has seen snow.

The record latest date of the first snow in Denver has come and gone and is almost a distant memory at this point.

Latest first snow dates in Denver

1) 2021 — TBD
2) 1934 — Nov. 21
3) 1931 — Nov. 19
4) 2016 — Nov. 17
5) 1894 — Nov. 16

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A cold front associated with this system will push across the region late Thursday night into Friday morning. Above-average temperatures are expected Thursday before the cold front moves in, so we have nice weather expected until then.

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Avalanche leads NHL in scoring but ranks 27th in defense. “We got to be better defensively. Doesn’t matter who’s in net”

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Avalanche leads NHL in scoring but ranks 27th in defense. “We got to be better defensively. Doesn’t matter who’s in net”

NEW YORK — Jared Bednar’s demeanor after Monday’s 7-5 victory at Philadelphia bordered on somber. The Avalanche had just improved to 2-1-1 on its five-game road trip, but its head coach wasn’t too thrilled for the third time in four games.

Sure, the high-scoring Avs can score goals. They lead the NHL at 4.14 goals per game and have reached seven goals a league-high four times. But they rank 27th in goals-allowed (3.45) and they’ve given up more goals (20) than they’ve scored (19) on the trip, which concludes Wednesday against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

“I know what we’re selling in the locker room,” Bednar said of defensive structure. “I think our team has a real good idea on what we have to do to have success long-term, but it just doesn’t seem like we’re following through on it for 60 minutes.”

The structure appears off, with the Avs allowing far too many opportunities on their send of the ice so far this season. Colorado had a league-low 25.4 shots against average last season. Currently, it is allowing 30.3, tied for ninth.

Goaltending could also be part of the problem, although Bednar didn’t acknowledge that. Throughout the trip, Colorado has used two guys who were pegged to begin the season in the minors (Jonas Johansson and rookie Justus Annunen) while Darcy Kuemper recovers from an upper-body injury and Pavel Francouz completes his minor-league conditioning assignment.

Johansson has a .884 save percentage in eight appearances and Annunen is at .892 in two. Kuemper (.903) isn’t much better and Francouz has yet to play in the NHL this season after suffering a lower-body injury in the preseason.

“We got to be better defensively. Doesn’t matter who’s in net,” Bednar said.

Avs players realize the problem — particularly the two defensemen who spoke at the post-game news conference in Philly.

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