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Better Food

The incredible desserts at Max Downtown

Not only will you find delectable food at Max Downtown, you’ll also be able to enjoy incredible desserts.  Warren Hardman, Executive Chef at Max Downtown is showing us how to make one of those desserts.  Max Downtown will be participating in the Taste of Hartford.  Click here to see the other restaurants that will be there. 

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Better Food

Celebrate National Hot Dog Day at Blackie's

Blackie's in Cheshire just celebrated 90 years in business and their hot dogs have been named "Best in Connecticut" by People Magazine!  Melissa Cole went to check out the incredible food.  Click here to see the menu.

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Better Contest

Better Connecticut Six Flags Tickets Sweepstakes

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Better Wine

The fine wines of summer

Beer is big in the summer, but wine is more than fine!  Renee Allen, founder of the Wine Institute of New England is letting us in on which wines are better in the summer.  Click here to learn more about Renee.

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Better Safety

Tips to prepare for hurricane season

Hurricane season is here, New England doesn’t get storms that often, but when they do they cause big problems.  FEMA’s Assistant Administrator for Federal Insurance, Paul Haung, is joining us with tips on how to be prepared for hurricane season.  Click here for more tips.

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Better Entertainment

Check out all the fun happening at Foxwoods this summer!

There are so many events and concerts happening at Foxwoods this summer.  We went to see the amazing places to party and take in all the entertainment Foxwoods Resort Casino has to offer.  Click here to plan your trip.

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Better Travel

Late summer travel ideas

It’s not too late to get away this summer, there are still some great deals out there!  Travel expert Jeanenne Tornatore is telling us all about them.  Click here to check out her blog.

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Better Skin

Get brighter looking skin this summer with a special product

Everyone wants to look brighter in the summer, one way to do that is to get rid of the bags under your eyes!  Melinda is showing us how a product called Plexaderm works and how it can help.  Click here for more information.

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Better Health

Weight loss success stories

Dr. Eric Kusher, owner of Compass Fat Loss Centers, is in the studio with two clients who have lost significant amounts of weight.  They're sharing their success stories today.  Click here to see how Compass Fat Loss can help you.

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Better Food

Learn how to make a delicious summer pasta dish

Jocelyn Ruggiero of Foodie Fatale is showing us a delicious recipe for summer pasta featuring radish and zucchini!  Be sure to find the recipe in the recipe section of our website and click here to check out Jocelyn's website.

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Better Books

Journalist Dan Abrams on his book, "Lincoln's Last Trial"

Lawyer and journalist Dan Abrams is out with a new book that looks into how life events prepared Abraham Lincoln for presidency.  It's called "Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to The Presidency."  Dan is joining us to talk about it today, you'll find the book in stores now.

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Better Makeup

The magic of a lash lift and tint

Do you ever feel like you look like a different person without mascara?  What if you could have dark curl lashes without any makeup?  A new procedure called Lash Lift and Tint makes it possible! We went to Simply Gorgeous by Erin in Southington to learn more!  Click here for more information.

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Better Living

Tips, tricks, and common mistakes made in the process of painting

Paint can really transform a space, but there are common mistakes people make in the process of painting.  Color and design expert with Benjamin Moore, Andrea Magno, is sharing tips on picking colors and helping us to avoid those mistakes.  Click here to pick your paint colors.

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Today's Headlines

Crazy storm footage, Thai soccer team homecoming, and a dangerous way to cut watermelon

Crazy storm footage, Thai soccer team homecoming, and a dangerous way to cut watermelon...all that and more in today's headlines.

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Better Books

A new thriller by Daniel Silva to add to your summer reading list

Daniel Silva just released a new thriller called "The Other Woman," he's joining us today to talk about it!

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Better Gardens

Find out which plants do well in the heat of the summer

The editor-in-chief of 'Better Homes and Gardens' is filling us in on the varieties of plants that can stand the heat.  Click here to learn more.

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Better Service

Tony LaRussa helping U.S. veterans get service dogs

You probably know Tony LaRussa for his baseball career, but he's also the founder of the Animal Rescue Foundation.  One of his missions is the get service dogs to U.S. veterans who need them.  We're talking to Tony and Danny Kimbrell, a veteran and trainer for the foundation.  Click here to get involved.

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Better Food

How to use vegetables from your local farmers market

Laura Grimmer of The Perfect Pear is showing us how you can use all the fresh vegetables now available at your local farmers market!  Click here to learn more about Laura's shop.

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Better Food

Flatbread Co. opens a new restaurant in South Windsor

If you love pizza, you'll love flatbreads.  Flatbread Co. focuses on making delectable, fresh, and unique flatbreads.  Scot went to check out the new location in South Windsor.  Click here to check out the menu.

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Better Food

A delicious, farm fresh salad for the summer

Chef Hunter Morton is the culinary director of the Max Restaurant Group.  Today he's showing us a farm fresh, delicious summer salad!  Be sure to find the recipe int he recipe section of our website.  Click here to learn more about the Max Restaurant Group.

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Better Adventures

Scot goes crabbing

Scot is going crabbing for the first time ever!  He went to the Connecticut Crabinators in Niantic to learn how.  Click here to visit their Facebook page.

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Today's Headlines

Amazon Prime Day glitches, Mama Mia premiere, and high heeled crocs

Amazon Prime Day glitches, Mama Mia premiere, and high heeled crocs...all that and more in today's headlines.

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Better TV

Caroline Rhea talks about her new show, "Caroline and Friends"

You might know her as "Aunt Hilda" from "Sabrina The Teenage Witch," now Caroline Rhea is the host of a new show that highlights some of the funniest home videos.  You can watch weeknights at 4:00pm on the Game Show Network.

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Better TV

The newest project from Piers Morgan comes to the U.S.

Piers Morgan is a presenter on a national morning show in England, a judge on "America's Got Talent," and one of Donald Trump's celebrity apprentices.  His newest project comes to television in the U.S. tonight, it's a show called Serial Killer with Piers Morgan."  Watch to see what it's about.  You can watch Monday nights at 7:00pm on Oxygen.

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Better Toys

Fun new toys for kids to ride around on this summer

Marissa DiBartolo from The Toy Insider is showing us some awesome toys for kids to ride around on this summer!  There's fun for all ages with these toys.  Click here to see more toys.

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Better Shopping

A look at some of the sweet deals on Amazon Prime Day

Are you ready to strike some amazing deals?  It's Amazon Prime Day, and this year Prime members have more time to shop!  Lori Tergerson is highlighting some of the latest and greatest products you'll find on Amazon today.  Click here to start shopping.

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Better Living

Check out this fun, beachy boutique!

One of the most fun beach boutiques can be found in Niantic right on Pennsylvania Ave.  It's called Grace.  Rachel Rinoski and Halli Ballantyne are joining us to show off some of their favorite products.  Click here to shop online.

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Today's headlines

Pictures from the Royal Christening, a rhino baby at the zoo, and a rose pyramid!

Pictures from the Royal Christening, a rhino baby at the zoo, and a rose pyramid!  All that and more in today's headlines.

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Better Food

Whip up a southern style breakfast

Victoria Ward, a former contestant on The Food Network’s “Cooks or Cons,” is showing us how to whip up a southern style breakfast featuring hush puppy waffle fries and spicy maple syrup!  You can follow Victoria on Instagram @hawthornechic. 

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Better at the Zoo

Check out the tropical rain forest being built at the zoo!

The Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence Rhode Island is working on a new project.  They’re building a new tropical rain forest that’s a must see this summer.  Scot went to check it out!  Click here to plan your trip to the zoo.

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Better Laughs

Comedian Juston McKinney in ‘Studio B’

Juston McKinney was born and raised in New England.  His career actually started as a deputy sheriff, now you’ll find him on stage in theaters and at comedy clubs!  He’ll be at the Hartford Funny Bone this weekend, click here for ticket details. 

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Better Beauty

What does beauty look like around the world?

Super model Rachel Hunter is telling us about a new show where she’s touring the world in search of true beauty.  Check out our conversation!

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Better Weekends

“Yes,” “Lynyrd Skynyrd” and more concerts in CT this weekend

There are some awesome concerts you won’t want to miss this weekend.  We’re talking “Yes,” “Lynyrd Skynyrd” and more!  Renee DiNino from The River 105.9 has all the details.  Click here to check out Renee’s blog.

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Today's Headlines

Barbie feet are a thing, a GoFundMe for Kylie Jenner, and the heat makes people dumber

Barbie feet are a thing,  a GoFundMe for Kylie Jenner, and the heat makes people dumber...All that and more in today's headlines.

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Better Food

Check out this delicious, no-bake dessert

Sometimes you just want a delicious dessert, but who wants to turn on the oven in the heat?  Maria Sanchez of Sweet Maria’s is sharing her recipe for peanut butter bars with milk chocolate ganache!  Be sure to find the recipe in the recipe section of our website, and click here for more information about Sweet Maria’s.

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Better Entertainment

Fun toys to keep kids occupied while traveling

Gone are the days of being bored in the car or on a plane!  Marissa DiBartolo of The Toy Insider is showing us toys that are sure to keep the kids occupied as you travel.  Click here to see more toys.

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Better Hair

Smart hacks to keep in your beach bag this summer

Jay Roberts from Blades Salon is showing us simple ways to keep hair looking healthy and clean all summer long!  Click here to follow Blades Salon on Facebook.

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Better TV

Whistleblower: a new show exposing the truth

A new show premieres tomorrow on Channel 3.  It’s called Whistleblower and it celebrates people who put everything on the line to do what’s right.  We’re talking to the host of the show, Alex Ferrer.  You can watch tomorrow at 8pm.

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Better TV

Some of your favorite black-and-white shows are now on Netflix!

Iconic shows like “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Andy Griffith Show” are now available to stream on Netflix!  Joan Lunden is telling us what other older shows are coming to the streaming service.  Click here to set up an account with Netflix.

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Today's Headlines

Longest finger nails cut, Demi Moore's credit card stolen, J Crew offering plus sizes, and more!

Longest finger nails cut, Demi Moore's credit card stolen, J Crew offering plus sizes...All that and more in today's headlines!

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Meet a Connecticut Etch-A-Sketch artist!

Today is National Etch-A-Sketch day, and Connecticut is lucky enough to be home to one of the premiere Etch-A-Sketch artists in the world!  Bryan Lee Madden is showing us some of his work and how he does it.  Be sure to follow him on Instagram for amazing artwork @bryanetch. 

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Better Living

Pool party essentials

The summer is a great time to have people over.  Limor Suss is sharing some pool party essentials to make sure everyone has a fantastic time!  Click here to learn more about Limor.  Promotional consideration provided by: Premier Protein, Black Box Wine, Band-Aid, BIC, Avon.

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Better Music

Find out where you can see trumpeter Doc Severinsen perform!

The one and only Doc Severinsen will perform with at Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center on Friday night!  It’s all part of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Talcott Mountain Music Festival.  Click here for ticket information.

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Better Food

Delicious ways to prepare tomatoes

Tomatoes are growing wild right now, so what can you do with all of them?  James O’Shea of the West Street Grill is sharing some delicious ways to prepare them.  Click here for more information about the West Street Grill.

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Better Health

Meet Dr. Pimple Popper

Dr. Sandra Lee is known for her videos online which led to a series on TLC called Dr. Pimple Popper.  She’s telling us about her journey and the new show!  It premieres tonight at 10:00 on TLC. 

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Better Health

Finding the right kind of prosthetic

Losing a limb is something many of us can never imagine going through.  For those who are forced to take that journey, finding the right kind of prosthetic makes a world of difference.  See how Prosthetic and Orthotic Solutions made a difference for one man.  Click here to learn more.

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Better Fitness

Tips for staying fit and healthy in the heat

Staying fit in the hot weather puts our bodies to the test.  Mary Ransom of m.e.l.t. Fitness has some helpful tips to follow this summer.  Click here to learn more about m.e.l.t.

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Today's Headlines

Thai cave rescue to become a movie, Drake breaks Beatles record, and no more peanuts on the plane

Thai cave rescue to become a movie, Drake breaks Beatles record, and no more peanuts on the plane.

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Better Living

Dive into the culture of food with “No Passport Required”

New Six-Part Series Hosted by Chef Marcus Samuelsson is premiering on PBS. He tells us all about diving into cultures with his new book “No Passport Required”.

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Better Living

“Cool” tech ways to stay cool this summer!

Consumer tech expert Katie Linendoll shares ways to help you beat the heat this summer! Click here for more.

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Better Living

Preparing for bigger life purchases!

Glenn Davis from Liberty Bank shares advice on paying for bigger purchases in life. To learn more, click here!

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Better Food

Celebrate Pina Colada Day with our “Better Bartender”

Our “Better Bartender” is sharing the original recipe for a Pina Colada! Click here for more. 

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Better Food

Celebrate Pina Colada Day with our “Better Bartender”

Our “Better Bartender” is sharing the original recipe for a Pina Colada! Click here for more. 

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Better Living

Celebrate National Picnic Month!

July is National Picnic Month. Julie Kieras from “Happy Strong Home” is here with some cool ways to make your next one memorable. Click here for more.

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Better Sports

Looking for a fun activity this summer? Learn about and play mini golf!

Play a round of miniature golf while enjoying a museum at The Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury. For more info, click here.

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Better Food

A new recipe from Chef Zipora's cookbook

Chef Zipora is author of the new cookbook "Recipe for a Delicious Life". Click here for more.

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Better Living

Looking for summer plans? Foxwoods has you covered!

Make summer plans at Foxwoods Resort Casino "The Pepsi Summer of Dreams" taking place right now. Click here for more. 

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3 Things

How to improve your relationships with others

Michael Miller is back to give us three things to improve our relationships with others. To learn more, click here

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Better Fashion

Visit a popular flip-flop company based here in CT!

Melissa Cole visits a flip-flop company based right here in our state. Click here for more.

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Better Living

Flashback to an amazing blueberry lemonade recipe

Lemonade is a summertime staple, we’re sharing a recipe for blueberry lemonade that Nora Murphy of Nora Murphy Country House showed us last summer.  Click here to see the recipe.

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Better Adventures

Scot goes clamming

Scot had the chance to go clamming for the first time last summer!  We checked in with Captain Morgan’s in Guilford, they said they are doing great!

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Better Holiday

National Fried Clams Day

Today is National Fried Clams Day!  We’re celebrating with Chelsea Mears, owner of Costello’s Clam Shack located in Noank.  Click here to visit their website.

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Do-It-Yourself

Quick improvements you can make on your home this summer

Tracy Metro is a home design expert, she’s sharing a few quick improvements you can make to your home his summer!  Click here to watch Tracy’s improvement videos.

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Better Sports

Figure skater Michelle Kwan talks about the Special Olympics USA Games

The Special Olympics USA Games are underway in Seattle.  It’s the 50th anniversary of the event.  Figure skater Michelle Kwan and Special Olympics Ambassador Novie Kraven are joining us.  Click here to learn more about the inclusion pledge.

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Better History

Fascinating history about the 4th of July

Many of us celebrate the 4th of July by spending time with friends and family, but we don’t want to forget why we celebrate this day.  Professor Phil Goduti from Quinnipiac University is sharing his knowledge.  Click here to learn more about Professor Goduti.

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Better Holiday

4th of July ceremonies and celebrations from Connecticut's past

We're going back in time to talk about the 4th of July celebrations and ceremonies that are part of Connecticut's history.  Ilene Frank is the Chief Curator and Chief Operating Officer at the Connecticut Historical Society and Museum.  Click here to learn more.

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Better Food

Grilled shrimp gazpacho: a go to meal for cold and quick!

Our friend Steve Cassarino, AKA Chef Roc is showing us how make Grilled shrimp gazpacho.  It's perfect when you need something cold and quick!  Click here for more recipes from Chef Roc.  Promotional consideration provided by Marina Del Rey Foods.

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3 Things

How to get better customer service

Michael Miller is back, today he's giving us three things we can do to get better customer service.  Click here to learn more about motivational speaker, Michael Miller.

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Better Living

Great ideas to celebrate the 4th of July

Are you ready for some 4th of July fun?  Alex Zarlengo has pulled together some great ideas to celebrate our country's birthday!  Click here to see more of his blog.

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Better Living

Restoring patio furniture

A couple of years ago we did a story with Steve Gentino of Chair Care who has earned the reputation of being the 'go to' guy to fix patio furniture.  Steve is joining us to tell us how business is now.  Click here for more information.

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Better Adventures

Fun activities on the Essex Stream Train and River Boat

If you’ve never taken a ride on the Essex Steam Train and River Boat, now is the time!  Melissa Cole is showing us the line-up of activities this summer.  Click here to book your trip.

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Better Weekends

Country music stars and other great concerts in Connecticut this weekend

It’s a busy time of year with the 4th of July right around the corner.  If you’re staying in Connecticut for the weekend, Renee DiNino of the River 105.9 has some great concerts and events  you might want to head to.  Click here to see Renee’s Better Weekends Blog.

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Better Laughs

Comedian Gary Johnson in ‘Studio B’

Comedian Gary Johnson, AKA G. Thang, is stopping by our studio before heading to the Hartford Funny Bone for a few shows.  Click here for ticket information.

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Better Food

Barbeque Asian style pork tenderloin

Bob and Danita Sulick, owners of The Mulb in Manchester are showing us how to make barbeque Asian pork tenderloin with Asian vegetable slaw.  Be sure to find this recipe in the recipe section of our website.  Click here for more information about The Mulb.

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Today's Headlines

A Crumpet Crisis in the UK, an Abundance of Cheese in the US and a $185 Sandwich?

A Crumpet Crisis in the UK, an Abundance of Cheese in the US and a $185 Sandwich?  All that and more in today's headlines!

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Better Living

A wonderful and simple blueberry crisp recipe

Nora Murphy of Nora Murphy Country House is showing us a fresh and delicious recipe for blueberry crisp!  Click here for the recipe and to see more from Nora’s online magazine.  You’ll also find the dishes featured in this story at unoallavolta.com.

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Better Living

Entertainment tips for your 4th of July celebrations

Limor Suss is sharing some patriotic inspiration for your holiday celebrations!  Click here to see more recipes and do-it-yourself ideas!

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Better Fashion

Trendy beach wear from a Connecticut company for the 4th of July

The Coastal Crab is a Connecticut based company, they sell all kinds of coastal apparel to have you looking the part of a beach lover!  Owners Rachel Redding and Laura Westner are joining us.  Click here to shop now!

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Pretty Gritty

Mom Hacks: quick tips on how to dress for the summer

Johanna Peck and Monica Lamoureux of Pretty Gritty are sharing some Mom Hacks on how to dress and accessorize for the summer.  If you have a mom hack, Pretty Gritty would love to hear from you, just email it to prettygrittygirlsmail@gmail.com.  Click here to check out the Pretty Gritty Blog.

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Better Manners

Tips for proper beach etiquette this summer

Beach season is upon us, etiquette expert Jodi RR Smith of Mannersmith is sharing some tips on proper beach manners so we can all get along!  Click here to learn more about Jodi.

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Better Drinks

Tasty 4th of July drinks everyone will love

Are you looking for something to serve at your 4th of July party that will really impress your guests?  Dimitrios Zahariadis, AKA The Cocktail Chemist, has just the thing!  He's showing us a few of his favorite patriotic drinks.  Click here to follow Dimitrios on Facebook.

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Better Shopping

Check out the newly renovated Highland Park Market

Scot went to visit the newly renovated Highland Park Market in Farmington.  They bought the liquor store next door and made the market bigger and better with a kitchen that's sure to impress you.  Click here to see all that Highland Park Market has to offer.

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Better Hair

Give your hair a summer cleaning with products from the kitchen!

In the summer chlorine and sunscreen ends up in your hair, and it doesn't wash out with just shampoo.  The good news is that you probably have all the items you need to clean your hair in your pantry!  Jay Roberts of Blades Salon in Old Wethersfield tells us how.  

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Better Entertainment

Plan some fun at Foxwoods this summer

Are you ready to plan some fun this summer?  Foxwoods has some great concerts and shows to book.  Watch to find who is coming to Connecticut and click here for more details.

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Today's Headlines

Body odor detector, science and technology Barbie, and Dunkin Donut's fries

Body odor detector, science and technology Barbie, and Dunkin Donut's fries...all that and more in today's headlines.

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Today's Headlines

It's National Sunglasses Day, Westport named one of the best beach towns, and rainbow pizza!

It's National Sunglasses Day, Westport named one of the best beach towns, and rainbow pizza!  All that and more in today's headlines.

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Better Travel

Peter Greenberg's top summer travel destinations

Check out the advice from travel journalist, Peter Greenberg!  He's telling us about the top summer vacation destinations.  Click here to learn more about Peter.

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Better Fitness

Workouts you can do on vacation

If you're getting ready to go on vacation but you don't want to break your workout streak, Ronand Mainor of m.e.l.t. Fitness has some fat burning exercises to show you!  Click here to learn more about m.e.l.t. Fitness.

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Men's Health

Important information about enlarged prostates

An enlarged prostate is common among men, especially later in life.  There's an outpatient procedure at Starling Physicians that can minimize the uncomfortable symptoms with little or no downtime.  Click here to learn more.

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Better Health

Meet a door-to-door audiologist

Hearing loss is something people can face as they age.  Hearing aids today aren't the same as our grandparents' hearing aids!  Melissa Cole met up with an audiologist who visits patients at their home and offers trendy hearing pieces.  Click here to get in touch with Nancy.

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Better Adventures

Have a blast at Quassy Amusement Park and Water Park

Looking for a place to cool down this summer?  Quassy Amusement Park and Water Park in Middlebury just opened some new water slides, Kara went to check them out!  Click here to book your trip today.

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Better Food

Flavorful recipe for Limoncello Shrimp

There's nothing better than a meal that's easy to make and tastes great!  Chef Francesco D'Amuri of L'Orcio Restaurant in New Haven is showing us how to make Gamberi al Limoncello, or Limoncello Shrimp.  Click here to see a menu and be sure to find this recipe in the recipe section of our website.

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Better Fun

2018 fair season preview

The fair season gets underway in just weeks, here to preview some of the fun you'll find this year is Kathy Naples.  She's on the board of The Association of Connecticut Fairs.  Joining her are livestock handlers Reba, Gabby, and Amy.  Click here for more information.  

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Better Living

How to set up the perfect table for The 4th of July

The Fourth of July will be here before you know it!  Nora Murphy of Nora Murphy Country House is showing us how to use flags to decorate a house and set the perfect table to celebrate America's birthday.  Click here to check out her online magazine.

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Better Money

Here’s why you don’t want to procrastinate planning for retirement

Planning for retirement is one thing Joel Johnson says you don’t want to procrastinate on.  Joel is a Certified Financial Planner and managing partner at Johnson Brunetti.  Click here for the free offer mentioned by Joel.

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CT Lighting

There’s no better time to put in a ceiling fan!

If you’re not a fan of the hot weather, you’ll want to consider having fans in your home.  Scot went to CT Lighting to see variety of fans they offer!  Click here to see more products.

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Better Pets

See how an organization is saving dogs from a horrible practice

No one wants to think of a household pet as food, but it happens in certain countries.  Humane Society International is making a difference by getting these dogs out of South Korea.  Click here if you want to help.

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Better Adventures

Have a blast at Powder Ridge this summer – No snow needed!

How much fun can you have at a ski resort in the summer?  Scot is showing us!  Powder Ridge has some awesome activities like zip lining and summer tubing.  Click here for more information.

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Better Adventures

Summer fun and sightseeing on the water

Looking for some summer fun on the water?  Kara took a tour on the Cross Sound Ferry for a lighthouse cruise!  Click here to book your trip.

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Today's Headlines

It’s a top 10 day of the year, a car that turns into a boat, and Ed Sheeran really had to go

It’s a top 10 day of the year, a car that turns into a boat, and Ed Sheeran really had to go…all that and more in today’s headlines

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Better Food

Coleslaw: the perfect side dish with BBQ

Ricky D of Ricky D’s Rib Shack in New Haven is showing us his coleslaw recipe that goes great with BBQ!  Click here to see a menu from Ricky D’s.

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Better Books

Here are some suggestions for your next summer read!

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a good book or two.  Lori Fazio from R.J. Julia Booksellers is showing us a few great reads that are just out.  She's also telling us about "The Great American Read," featuring classic books.  There are two store locations, one in Madison and one in Middletown.  Click here to learn more.

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Better Toys

Beat the heat with these awesome water themed toys!

Beat the heat with some of the best water toys on store shelves.  Marissa DiBartolo from The Toy Insider is showing us some of the most popular toys.  Click here for more summer ideas.

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Better Food

Fresh and simple shrimp with orzo dish

Chef Roc is showing us how to make a simple seafood dish, shrimp and orzo!  He uses fresh shrimp from Marina Del Rey Foods.  Click here to see more of their products and recipes.  You can find this recipe in the recipe section of our website.

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Today's Headlines

Farm Aid Festival coming to CT, Joanna Gaines posts about the new baby, and tag to the extreme

In today's headlines...Farm Aid Festival coming to CT, Joanna Gaines posts about the new baby, and tag to the extreme!

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Better Toys

Toys to celebrate Jurassic World

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom made it into the number one spot in the box office its opening weekend.  It's created a huge trend everywhere you look.  Maddie from The Pop Insider is showing us some of the most popular Jurassic toys on the market.  Click here to learn more.

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Better Summer

Check out awesome products from a Connecticut company

A Connecticut company called Big Mouth Toys is behind some of the most fun products of summer.  Andres Alfonso is the director of creative development at the company, based in Glastonbury!  Click here to see more.

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Better Travel

A beautiful tour of Old Saybrook

Scot is sharing some ocean views from Old Saybrook and all that the town has to offer!  Click here to see more.

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Better Safety

Prevent identity theft at Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union's event: Shred It

It's important to make sure any paperwork with account numbers and personal information gets put in the right place.  Shredding those papers and bills is a good way to prevent identity theft.  Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union is hosting Shred It, an event that the community can come to and shred documents.  It's happening Saturday June 16 from 9am-12pm.  Click here for locations.   

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  • Better Wine

    The fine wines of summer

    The fine wines of summer

    Beer is big in the summer, but wine is more than fine!  Renee Allen, founder of the Wine Institute of New England is letting us in on which wines are better in the summer.  Click here to learn more about Renee.

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    Beer is big in the summer, but wine is more than fine!  Renee Allen, founder of the Wine Institute of New England is letting us in on which wines are better in the summer.  Click here to learn more about Renee.

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  • Better Food

    The incredible desserts at Max Downtown

    The incredible desserts at Max Downtown

    Not only will you find delectable food at Max Downtown, you’ll also be able to enjoy incredible desserts.  Warren Hardman, Executive Chef at Max Downtown is showing us how to make one of those desserts.  Max Downtown will be participating in the Taste of Hartford.  Click here to see the other restaurants that will be there. 

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    Not only will you find delectable food at Max Downtown, you’ll also be able to enjoy incredible desserts.  Warren Hardman, Executive Chef at Max Downtown is showing us how to make one of those desserts.  Max Downtown will be participating in the Taste of Hartford.  Click here to see the other restaurants that will be there. 

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    Tips to prepare for hurricane season

    Tips to prepare for hurricane season

    Hurricane season is here, New England doesn’t get storms that often, but when they do they cause big problems.  FEMA’s Assistant Administrator for Federal Insurance, Paul Haung, is joining us with tips on how to be prepared for hurricane season.  Click here for more tips.

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    Hurricane season is here, New England doesn’t get storms that often, but when they do they cause big problems.  FEMA’s Assistant Administrator for Federal Insurance, Paul Haung, is joining us with tips on how to be prepared for hurricane season.  Click here for more tips.

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    7.18.18 Summer Pasta with Radish and Zucchini

    7.18.18 Summer Pasta with Radish and Zucchini

    Thursday, July 19 2018 10:36 AM EDT2018-07-19 14:36:00 GMT
    Summer Pasta with Radish and Zucchini Recipe provided by:  Jocelyn Ruggiero at www.foodiefatale.com Ingredients 1⁄2 cup olive oil 4 garlic cloves, pressed Approx 9 oz/14 radishes, sliced thinly 2 lbs zucchini, sliced thinly 2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar 2 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon  pepper 2 tsp salt 1 lb rigatoni pasta 3/4 cup ricotta 1 cup basil leaves, torn into pieces parmesan or Parmigiano Reggiano Preparation Heat oil in a large skillet over medium...More >
    Summer Pasta with Radish and Zucchini Recipe provided by:  Jocelyn Ruggiero at www.foodiefatale.com Ingredients 1⁄2 cup olive oil 4 garlic cloves, pressed Approx 9 oz/14 radishes, sliced thinly 2 lbs zucchini, sliced thinly 2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar 2 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon  pepper 2 tsp salt 1 lb rigatoni pasta 3/4 cup ricotta 1 cup basil leaves, torn into pieces parmesan or Parmigiano Reggiano Preparation Heat oil in a large skillet over medium...More >
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    7.16.18 Max Belltown Hill Orchards Blueberry Salad With Cornbread Crotons & Honey Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe by Chef Hunter Morton

    7.16.18 Max Belltown Hill Orchards Blueberry Salad With Cornbread Crotons & Honey Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe by Chef Hunter Morton

    Monday, July 16 2018 2:26 PM EDT2018-07-16 18:26:09 GMT
    Max Belltown Hill Orchards Blueberry Salad With Cornbread Crotons & Honey Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe by Chef Hunter Morton INGREDIENTS (for 4 salads) 8 oz mixed greens (feel free to use spinach or arugula) 4 ears of fresh corn, grilled or boiled, removed from cob 4 oz ricotta cheese 1 cucumber, sliced- optional 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved – optional 2 oz sunflower seeds, toasted 2 cups cornbread croutons (recipe below) 6 oz blueberry honey vinaigrette (recipe belo...More >
    Max Belltown Hill Orchards Blueberry Salad With Cornbread Crotons & Honey Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe by Chef Hunter Morton INGREDIENTS (for 4 salads) 8 oz mixed greens (feel free to use spinach or arugula) 4 ears of fresh corn, grilled or boiled, removed from cob 4 oz ricotta cheese 1 cucumber, sliced- optional 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved – optional 2 oz sunflower seeds, toasted 2 cups cornbread croutons (recipe below) 6 oz blueberry honey vinaigrette (recipe belo...More >
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    7.12.18 No Bake Peanut Butter Balls and Bars

    7.12.18 No Bake Peanut Butter Balls and Bars

    Thursday, July 12 2018 12:48 PM EDT2018-07-12 16:48:34 GMT
    No Bake Peanut Butter Balls and Bars Recipe provided by Maria Sanchez of Sweet Maria's Making a batch of Peanut Butter Balls or Bars is a great way to satisfy a chocolate craving without turning on the oven. The bars are super-easy, less labor intensive that dipping each ball into chocolate. Both equally delicious! Peanut Butter Bars with Milk Chocolate Ganache This recipe plus other summer desserts can be found in the new issue of Intermezzo Magazine. Makes 25 For bars Ingre...More >
    No Bake Peanut Butter Balls and Bars Recipe provided by Maria Sanchez of Sweet Maria's Making a batch of Peanut Butter Balls or Bars is a great way to satisfy a chocolate craving without turning on the oven. The bars are super-easy, less labor intensive that dipping each ball into chocolate. Both equally delicious! Peanut Butter Bars with Milk Chocolate Ganache This recipe plus other summer desserts can be found in the new issue of Intermezzo Magazine. Makes 25 For bars Ingre...More >