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Kristin Sprague

Mobile, Measurements and Memory Lane

Last month marked the 30th birthday of the consumer cell phone. In 1984, when the first consumer cell phone was sold, it was used exclusively for conversation and was only in the hands of the very affluent. Who knew back then that today the mobile... More

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Kristin Sprague is the Digital Publisher at Progressive Business Media. Her role is to be forward thinking in the digital progression of their clients as well as their publications (Furniture Today, Casual Living, Gifts and Decorative Accessories, Kids Today, Home Accents Today, Home & Textiles Today). An early adaptor to digital marketing, Sprague is committed to educate and inspire by sharing simplified and successful practices on current and emerging trends across the entire digital marketing landscape through this blog. Kristin encourages you to reach out with any digital curiosities or topics you would like to hear about.
Rob Schwing

The effective cooking demonstration

Dear Grill Guy, Can you tell me the benefits to holding an outdoor grilling cooking demonstration? Obviously, people might show up for the food, but does the investment in time and resources really pay off? Want to sell more grills? Then get o... More

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The Grill Guy, aka "Rob Schwing," holds a lifelong passion for grills and grilling. With an extensive retail background and 18 years category experience, Rob has led Char-Broil and SABER Grills as a vice president in marketing, product development, consumer & warranty services, e-commerce and business development. He currently holds the title of GM at SABER Grills, LLC. Most Saturdays find Rob doing what he loves best-offering cooking demonstrations and surprising people with all that can be accomplished on a grill.
Rhonda Whitaker

It's all about the onion

You probably know May is National BBQ Month. It turns out May also is National Vidalia Onion Month so I thought I'd pay homage to the onion in my very first Casual Grilling blog.  Who doesn't love onions? Shrek thinks they are worthy and I do, too... More

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Ronda has been Casual Living's Graphic Designer since 2007 and Furniture Today's Graphics Manager since 2000. She just recently bought a home with grandiose thoughts of entertaining in her back yard and fantasizing she is a gourmet cook. The backyard is a long way from being an entertainment mecca but with this blog she's looking forward to trying new recipes to share while improving her novice grilling skills.
Jamie Sorcher

The Circle Game

I have to admit it is a bit surreal to return 20 years later to the industry where I kick-started my editorial career - home furnishings - a business that I have always had a passion and curiosity about, and one that has always had a special place... More

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Jamie Sorcher, senior editor at Casual Living, is a multimedia reporter as well as a word nerd, lifestyle expert and tech enthusiast. In broadcast, Sorcher has earned recognition as a go-to techie during more than 1,000 TV and radio interviews and originated the role of the Gizmo Girl on ESPN's Cold Pizza. She has written for publications as diverse as ShopSmart, Premiere, Home, Ty Pennington at Home, Sound & Vision, amNewYork, Robb Report, Consumer Reports, Maxim, Unlimited, Cafemom.com, The Huffington Post, Etown.com and ElleGirl.com. A graduate of Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism, Sorcher has studied at the London School of Economics and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Ray Allegrezza

Casual category growth gains attention

When it comes to selling casual /outdoor furniture, the vaudeville singer and comedian Jimmy Durante hit the nail on the head when he observed, “Everybody wants to get into the act.” Without a doubt, the outdoor furniture category, wh... More

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For those of you who don’t know me, I’m the editor-in-chief of Furniture/Today, sister publication to Casual Living. In that role, I oversee the editorial content of our publication and our Web site, www.furnituretoday.com, I create content for the paper and the Web site, I pen a weekly column, maintain a blog, create the content for an annual Leadership Conference, and try to stay as plugged in as possible to every aspect of the residential furniture business.


Cinde W. Ingram

Warming up with the economy

Economists were quick to dismiss a government report that the first quarter economy was weaker than previously thought. They shrugged it off like a dirty shirt, but the cold weather and severe storms across the nation last month may have had them ... More

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Cinde W. Ingram: Casually Speaking
Hi, this is Cinde W. Ingram and I'm the Editor in Chief of Casual Living and Garden Decor. Each week I hope to use this blog space to stay in touch with our readers. I want to know what you think about new products, markets, the retail climate and, most of all, Casual Living. Let me know what's going on. Check out my latest below.