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Countdown to Christmas Our Holiday Gift Guide Day 19: More WiFi For The Home



Tired of slow internet? This WiFi booster ($199.95) covers up to 3,500′ sq. for improved performance and speed of a home’s wireless network. It plugs into your existing modem and provides a fast and reliable WiFi connection that eliminates dead zones. The router delivers superior bandwidth for uninterrupted gaming, streaming, or Internet browsing on multiple devices. It provides WPA/PSK2 security. Includes router, wall satellite for extended coverage, Ethernet cable, and AC adapter. 10″ L x 7 1/2″ W x 6 1/2″ D. (3 1/4 lbs.)

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:


Miniso Launches A Pop-Up in Times Square Complementing Their Flagship Store



The flagship Miniso store in Times Square is on the corner of 42nd Street and 7th. Now there is a pop-up situated next to the Disney Store at 1540 Broadway. This shop will remain open for a year as a plushie and IP heaven, with products including Sanrio, Snoopy, Winnie the Pooh, and Minions. It s the perfect store for teens, tweens and those who love cute, practical products that relish the child within.

I decided to go shopping in the store and bought the following: These adorable Sally “Peanuts Sock”, which are super soft and comfortable ($6.99)

Some fabulous facial masks ($2.99 – $5.99) and will definitely be back for more.

Easter Egg Q-Tips ($3.99). These were a great buy.

 A Sanrio wireless speaker ($25.99), that I have yet to have made work, though it is adorable.

And my favorite purchase Hello Kitty sticky roller ($6.99). This is one of the best I have ever used. I have a long haired white cat and this really does the job.

Miniso is continuing to expand rapidly around the world, particularly in the US where it now has 120 stores in more than 20 states.

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Easter Gifts: Just Bee’s Lilac Candle and A Toothbrush and Paste That Will Change Your Life



Going to brunch, lunch or dinner at someone’s house, for me alway entails bringing a gift. For Easter, I have the perfect suggestion. I just tried Just Bee’s Lilac Candle and am so impressed. This candle packs a scent that just by being open, sends that timeless fragrance wafting through my apartment bringing in that essence of springtime. Hints of rose, vanilla, honey and jasmine add to the aroma so that the room smells like a country garden. Made from natural soy wax, organic coconut oil and beeswax you get up to 20 hours of clean burning with 3.5oz ($15.98), 40 hours with 7oz($21.98) and 70 hours with the 13oz ($28.98).

They also have a Pomegranate and Lemon Rind and Ginger Pamplemousse, I can’t wait to try.

With all those Easter treats, the next item on my must have list is the tooth brush and tooth paste by Mouthwatchers. Created by Doctor Plotka, this manual toothbrush offers a breakthrough in oral care. First the bristles are silver infused, which naturally eliminate 99% of bacteria, viruses and fungi within 6 hours. The bristles are also dual-layered, which means they are 10x thinner than leading brands and as thin as a human hair at the tip. They reach places other brushes miss and deep into grooves where 95% of cavities form. The best part ($9.73) for two.

This company also makes the best tooth paste. Doctor Plotka’s 100% Naturally Sourced Whitening Toothpaste is an all-in-one flouride-free formula. The tooth paste, whitens with silica and hydroxyapatite which lowers the risk of erosion and restores your teeth to their natural whiteness. It uses organic propolis, a natural honeybee product known for its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, reduces the risk of cavities, gum sensitivity and plaque build-up. With mineral-rich thermal spring Water, sourced from France, is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits which can soothe irritation. The organic mint gives your mouth and breath long-lasting freshness. Best yet, 100% of ingredients are sourced from natural origins. This tube is fully recyclable and made with 44% post-consumer recycled materials. I found this tooth paste the best I have ever used and am now hooked.


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What’s Best for Diamond Rings – Gold or Sterling Silver?




Diamond rings are the very embodiment of grace and cherished remembrance. However, selecting the most suitable metal – either gold or sterling silver – to match these precious stones may not be a walk in the park because of several variables. Each metal has its unique attributes and considerations. To settle this matter, let us talk about what gold and sterling silver offer when it comes to diamond rings for women.

The Classic Elegance of Gold

For quite some time now, gold has remained an unrivaled favorite in the world of diamond rings. Its inherent enchantment makes it a natural choice.

Durability and Patina

Gold is naturally soft but usually alloyed with metals such as copper, silver, or zinc in order to increase its resilience. This results in differing karat counts in gold jewelry, whereby 14k and 18k are commonly used for diamond rings because they offer a balance between long-lastingness and quantity of gold. With time, gold develops a rich patina, which many owners find attractive.


Gold comes in yellow, white, and rose options, each with special appeal. Yellow gold adds warmth while providing brilliant contrast against the crisp brilliance of a diamond. On the other hand, white gold plated with rhodium improves the sparkle of diamonds, making them appear larger, whereas rose gold brings out the charm of a piece.

Price Factor

Gold has a luxury that comes with a higher price compared to sterling silver. Nevertheless, gold diamond rings can be a good investment, considering their durability, lifetime value, and inherent worth.

Sterling Silver: The Modern Muse

Despite gold’s dominance, sterling silver has trumped gold as an option for those who want understated elegance when it comes to diamond rings.

Sleek Aesthetics

The modern, sleek look of sterling silver makes it such a good match with diamonds. It glimmers beneath the shine of the diamond stones and gives them life through its bright, cool undertone. This attribute makes it perfect for people who prefer contemporary jewelry designs.


92.5% pure silver mixed with 7.5% of other metals (most commonly copper) forms a very tough sterling silver alloy that can withstand everyday use. Sometimes, though, when subjected to air and moisture, sterling silver may react by changing color, but this does not mean that it cannot be cleaned or polished back into its former glory.


For budget-conscious jewelry fans, sterling silver is a relatively low-cost alternative that lets them own beautiful diamond rings without breaking the bank.

Choosing Between Gold and Sterling Silver

The right metal for your diamond ring ultimately depends on personal preferences, budget, and how much work you are ready to put into its maintenance. For example, if you have classic taste and don’t mind splurging some money on gold, invest in gold diamond rings.

On the contrary, if you prefer fashion-forward styles or want to spend less on purchasing your engagement ring, buying sterling silver will be the right move.

The Final Take

Ultimately, the choice of metal is a function of how the ring resonates individually. More often than not, diamond rings represent love and commitment, and this has much more value. However, gold and sterling silver diamond rings would be excellent keepsakes for any jewelry box.

Considering their peculiarities and thinking about your style and financial resources will make it easier to decide which metal will make your diamond ring sparkle the most.

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President Day Sales and Closures



Today marks Presidents Day 2024. Officially, the holiday is known as Washington’s birthday. Presidents Day is a bank holiday in the Federal Reserve system, so most banks will be closed. TD Bank will be open, but The New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ will be closed. USPS is closed, however, UPS, FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery will be operating as usual. Closed also will be the DMV, libraries, courthouses and city hall. Federal and state courts will also be closed. Most public school districts will close for the holiday, as well.

Most people view Presidents’ Day as a day of rest, but it is also a day to save $$. It’s the only major retail holiday till late May. If you need a TV, mattress, or laptop now is the time to do it.

There are many sales to make your wallet a little more full. Check out Amazon, B&H and Best Buy for the best deals.

Happy Presidents Day and a day of rest.

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The Price of Artificial Diamonds Has Fallen From Last Year’s Peak and Will Continue Going Down




Covid times, which restricted human activity and mobility, have frozen many financial operations. Obviously, these restrictions should leave a trace. Unrealized needs and desires require to be compensated in other ways if they could not be realized in an accustomed one. So, once the threat has gone and people felt themselves in relative safety, they started compensating for all they lost during the pandemic – travels that could not happen; celebrations that could not be organized; purchases that were delayed, etc.

The thirst for emotions caused an incredibly high demand for jewelry. And, by the way, the unclear nature of the coronavirus become a convincing reason to consider ecology and choose artificial diamonds instead of buying traditional natural gems. It could not help but cause the price increase for the diamonds. So, last year brought a peak in pricing. Yet, it didn’t last long.

The new season is marked by an 18% decline in price for natural diamonds and an enlarged gap between prices for natural and artificial diamonds if compared to the previous period indicators.

The good news for the artificial diamond industry is that the price drop can be easily compensated by purchasing volumes and constantly increasing market share. Last year industry reached 10% sales globally and it is 4 times more artificial diamonds than were sold in 2018. Just two years and so surging growth that is likely to be continued in the next periods.

Besides the growing demand for artificial diamonds from consumers, there are a few important reasons that precondition such a pace of events in the jewelry market.

A responsible business approach is the core one. Ethical accents that closely correspond to the current social values determine the direction of the business as well. They also create a window for competition and, thus, a ground for distinguishing identical manufactured products from each other. It means that selling simply artificial diamonds that are ethical by nature is not the case anymore. Today consumers are highly educated and tend to compare every smallest detail related to the way of product’s production, meaning technology use, level of energy and water consumption, environmental approaches in packaging and delivery, etc.

Thus, if you are a responsible manufacturer, you have better chances to sell your product than those who do not care about improvements but just produce artificial diamonds. Madestones, which is trading lab-grown diamonds shares that the majority of their consumers come to them not just because of buying the product but mostly because of sharing their corporative philosophy based on a strong commitment to innovations.

Branding and greater opportunities for wholesale are other meaningful reasons fueling the growth of market share. Just a few years ago small manufacturers should look for the sales market. Today this task has become easier since artificial diamonds have entered the fashion segment closely. The jewelry giants, which have a wide audience of consumers, made a shift to the diamonds grown in the laboratories. These are fashion brands like Pandora, Signet, and Swarovski, that declare a rise in sales after embracing artificial diamonds. It means that these brands will need more and more diamonds to design their jewelry, which has been already popular. Most likely, it will be a huge order for refined diamonds of big sizes since they are better for turning identical gems into unique pieces when cutting.

Branding also entails a more aggressive marketing campaign since many people, including celebrities, strive to have touch with famous brands. One can see that lately celebrities are wearing artificial diamonds for stepping on a red carpet, or scene, or their weddings more often than ever. Even international official visits cannot do without gifting an ethical diamond. One of the latest examples is gifting a lab-grown diamond to US first lady Jill Biden by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the first state visit.

One could not help but mention the meaning of retail margins. It is not a secret that businessmen go there where the better profit is. The artificial diamond industry is more profitable if compared to the natural diamond segment because of the higher retail margin. It enables not only to receive good revenue but also creates a space for making the price of the product more affordable. Indeed, Edahn Golan, who is an independent analyst, said that “there is room for continued price declines. That is a very likely scenario. Retailer margins for artificial diamonds are high enough – around 60% compared with 34% for natural diamonds.” It means that the tendency to market expansion and price decline will keep continuing.

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