7 Lifestyle Hacks to Lose Weight

7 Lifestyle Hacks to Lose (almost) 17 Pounds (almost) Effortlessly by Jan Cullinane (Updated – originally published in the 2015 Fall Issue of Ideal-LIVING Magazine)  I love the articles about people who have lost 100, 200 and 300 or more pounds. Their stories are inspiring and riveting, and I find their before and after photos…

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Ideal Southern Towns

Ideal Southern Towns Have you ever wondered where is the best sushi in Port St. Lucie, Florida? Or, which town has the best riverwalk? In the Fall 2015 issue of ideal-LIVING, we highlight 35 ideal southern towns from Knoxville to Ft. Myers, giving you great places to visit, along with savory eateries and top things…

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Life in a College Town

If you’re preparing to retire or relocate in the coming years, consider choosing a college town as your destination. If you’ve already got your sights set on a particular location, then find out about the universities, private colleges or technical schools that are in the area. Either way, you’ll find that the proximity of a higher-education institution offers many benefits to residents of any age.

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ideal towns >> new bern, nc

New Bern is not only the birth place of Pepsi-Cola, home to a multitude of cultural festivals and the second oldest town in North Carolina, but it has just completed a $65 million History Center, which is raising the bar on museum experiences across America, making this riverside town one of the most adored destinations in North Carolina.

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ideal towns >> amelia island, fl

Amelia Island — Awe-inspiring in Harmony with Nature by Scott Kauffman When the Sea Pines Company started developing Amelia Island Plantation 25 years ago in northeast Florida, the ground-breaking company set an ambitious goal of creating and operating a residential resort community that was harmonious with nature to the highest order. Sea Pines Co., led…

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Roam Alone: A Guide for Single Travel

Solo travelers make up more than 11 percent of leisure travelers in the United States, according to the U.S. Travel Association, and this number will continue to increase. After all, in 2014, the number of single American adults outnumbered those who are married. Travel tops many retirement to-do lists, and research repeatedly shows that experiences, such as travel, generate more joy than material purchases.

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ideal towns >> asheville, nc

Asheville — Mountain Adventures, Eclectic Artists & Incredible Architecture by Nancy Gross Famous for the stunning beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the grand Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC, is also known for its edgy, artistic energy and its burgeoning culinary scene. This thriving mountain city has an irresistible eclectic downtown with more than 30…

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ideal towns >> bluffton, sc

Bluffton — One of South Carolina’s Best Kept Secrets by Rachael Provost Filled with antebellum homes and Spanish moss-draped oaks, historic churches and screened-in porches, it’s a place you would almost expect not to exist anymore. But the secret is out, and Bluffton’s Lowcountry flavor and scenic setting on the banks of the May River…

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ideal towns >> bradenton, fl

Bradenton — Florida’s Bay Area Beauty by Scott Kauffman When it comes to this part of Florida’s Gulf Coast, Bradenton might not be as well-known as its sophisticated neighbor to the south, Sarasota. But that’s just fine for the folks flocking to the Bradenton region, which is equally rich in culture and recreational wonders with…

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ideal towns >> charleston, sc

Beautiful. Historical. Hospitable. — Welcome to Charleston by Nancy Gross The people are remarkably friendly. The grits are spicy and the oysters are fresh. The cobblestone streets are steeped in history, and the views of the harbor are spectacular. This is Charleston, SC, voted “America’s Best City” three times in a row. It’s also considered…

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