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The Best Kids’ Hiking Boots

Family hikes — whether they take you to the neighborhood park or deep into the wilderness — offer a perfect synchrony of all the best things, letting kids explore rich new environments, overcome gentle challenges, and spend time outside. The natural world is the ultimate STEM toy, full of opportunities for observation, categorization, and problem-solving, with boundless opportunities for open-ended, imaginative, collaborative play. But to hit all those trails, parks, knolls, forests, coastlines, and valleys, you’ll need to find a good pair of kids’ hiking boots. The best kids’ hiking shoes and boots strike a balance between comfort and stability, and are built to last.See more: The Best Hiking Boots for Men Kids will be pounding out some trail miles in...

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Spring Tautog Tips

Tautog provide some of the earliest saltwater fishing opportunities for New England anglers. Once the dandelions start to pop up on the lawns of Southern New England, savvy bottom fishermen reach for their tautog gear. Tautog, also known as blackfish, usually start to move inshore around the end of April, or when the water temperature hits the mid-40s. When it reaches 50 degrees, it’s game on! It’s no secret that tautog like to hang around structure, including rocks, mussel beds, wrecks and pilings. Isolated rocks and wrecks on an otherwise flat and featureless bottom are always prime spots, serving as oases for crabs, worms and other ‘tog food. For example, mostly sandy Nantucket Sound contains several wrecks that produce excellent...

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What does a pandemic say about the tech we’ve built?

There’s a joke* being reshared on chat apps that takes the form of a multiple-choice question — asking who’s the leading force in workplace digital transformation? The red-lined punchline is not the CEO or CTO, but: C) COVID-19. There’s likely more than a grain of truth underpinning the quip. The novel coronavirus is pushing a lot of metaphorical buttons right now. “Pause” buttons for people and industries, as large swathes of the world’s population face quarantine conditions that can resemble house arrest. The majority of offline social and economic activities are suddenly off limits. Such major pauses in our modern lifestyle may even turn into a full reset, over time. The world as it was, where mobility of people has...

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How Franchise Managers Can Best Differentiate While Conforming to Franchise Standards

It does’t matter if you run a fast food restaurant or a hardware store. A franchise owner gets the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship. But this happens without the higher risk levels generally experienced in traditional startups. However, running a franchise gives several advantages. For example, you get less room for innovation than in a startup. The brand has an image that it needs to maintain, and that means that you won’t have the ability to make decisions regarding things like the product lineup, signage, décor or uniforms. But it’s still possible to differentiate your location without jeopardizing your commitments to the franchisor brand. By improving your management skills and fine-tuning your approach to your local market, you can cultivate the...

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The 9 most comfortable bras you can buy online that feel like you’re wearing nothing at all

Social distancing has significantly distorted my definition of comfort. Jeans I once considered comfortable now feel like there’s a boa constrictor around my thighs, and bras, well, they’re even more intolerable than before. While going braless is a good (and beneficial) option for some, others prefer having a bit of support. It’s hard enough finding a good bra when you shop in person, but finding a comfortable bra online? Even worse. According to Iris Clarke, owner of Iris Lingerie in Brooklyn, in order for a bra to be comfortable, it must fit. “Bra fitting is an art,” says Clarke. “All of our band sizes are different, all of our cup sizes are different, bras come in all shapes, and breasts...

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