Two Shopping Apps for Bargain Hunters

August 22, 2014 12:02 pm

Ever met someone who didn't like getting a great deal on a new purchase? We didn't think so. Bargain hunting has its rewards, but not everyone has the time for comparison shopping. These free apps do the grunt work for you, ensuring that you're getting the best possible deal on whatever it is you're currently in the market for.

RetailMeNot
Available for Android devices, this app scours its database to find you coupons and promo codes for countless stores and restaurants across the country. You have the option for either printing the coupons out or presenting them to the cashier right from your phone. Email alerts about promos at stores near you keep you in the loop about the best sales.

Barcode Scanner
This handy app lets you comparison shop at the press of a button. Or in this case, the read of a barcode! While in a store, simply use your phone to scan a product's barcode or QR code and see if another retailer is offering the product at a lower price. This app is available for Android devices.

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Nest Cafe: Have Fun While You Dine

August 19, 2014 2:07 pm

For a casual brunch, lunch, or dinner spot, try the unassuming Nest Cafe in Bethesda. It may be a little bit difficult to find, but it's worth the trek. This fun restaurant offers something for everyone, including soups, salads, sandwiches, tacos, pasta, and brick oven pizzas. Many rave about the great brunch options, especially the bloody Marys.

You can sit in the cozy dining room or outside in the heated patio that's open year round. Nest Cafe features live music every Friday and Saturday, so be sure to call ahead to find out who's playing. If you enjoy the space, you can rent out the whole place for private events. You can also get delivery, or as they call it, the takeout taxi. For convenience, you can even order online.

Nest Cafe
4921 Bethesda Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 718-6378
www.nestcafebethesda.com
www.yelp.com/biz/nest-cafe-bethesda

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How to Reap the Health and Beauty Benefits of Coconut Oil

August 15, 2014 12:02 pm

If you keep up with natural beauty blogs, cooking magazines, or even just browse the racks at your local grocery store, you’ve likely noticed that coconut oil is having a moment in the spotlight. This all-natural oil is positively full of different uses, and these are just a few of the best.

  1. Cooking. Coating a frying pan with coconut oil is a wonderful alternative to using fattening sprays or butters. It gives your food a slightly nutty taste, but it usually doesn’t interfere with the taste of the food itself. You can also use coconut oil to replace shortening or vegetable oil in any recipe.
  2. Lotion. Although most DIY lotions require mixing a few ingredients, coconut oil can be used all on its own. Simply massage a bit into your knees, elbows, or anywhere else that you notice dry skin.
  3. Face wash. Washing your face with coconut oil is much less drying than using a traditional store-bought product, and it helps to remove makeup with ease.
  4. Hair conditioner. Take advantage of coconut oil’s numerous moisturizing benefits by rubbing it into your scalp and hair. Let it absorb into the strands for about two hours, and then shampoo out as usual.

101 Uses for Coconut Oil [Wellness Mama]
Everything You Need to Know About Coconut Oil [Shape]
31 of My Favorite Uses for Coconut Oil [Thank Your Body]
21 Miraculous Uses for Coconut Oil [Wonder How To]
10 Genius Ways to Use Coconut Oil [Michelle Phan]

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