Try these activities when you’re running out of ideas for keeping your one-year-old busy during those long, indoor Winter days. I gotta say, keeping my son busy this Winter has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Not that we spend a crazy amount of time outside normally, but I swear, it’s like he knows that the option is off the table.
Once Christmas is over the world begins to look very sorry and grey. Damp, dark days stretch ahead interminably. Perhaps you have booked a skiing break, or a week of vitamin D in the Caribbean – but will these be enough to see you through until Easter? For wine lovers, perhaps a winter weekend at The Vineyard in Stockcross near Newbury might ease the gloom. The Vineyard is a hotel that showcases old-fashioned luxury and wine, especially Californian wine.
The road to February is paved with good drinking intentions. Now is the time of year when many of us vow to cut down our drinking, from the ambitious Dry January merchants to those who just want to rein things in a bit after Christmas indulgences. Moist January, if you will. But few will manage to see their grand plans through to the end of the month, and fewer still will change their drinking habits permanently. How can we ensure that we drink less this month?
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".