Archive for the ‘Public Service Announcement’ Category

Little Time- Big Savings

August 5th, 2011

Shopping online is something that I’ve been doing a LOT of the past couple of days- Those of you who come here regularly know that I don’t buy anything online without first looking for coupon codes. I’ve shared this in the past and I’ll probably sing it from the rooftops one of these days- it pays to do a quick search before submitting your order. You never know what you’ll find.

If you’re ordering from Sears online- then do a quick search for sears coupons or if you’re ordering from anywhere- just look first. It only costs a few seconds- and it could save you moolah!

Several days ago a good friend of mine was ordering herself a new laptop. Her husband did a quick search before placing the order and ended up finding not one but TWO online coupons that they could use and it ended up saving them around $500. off the price of the laptop. That is a serious chunk of change- so let this be my public service announcement of the week- check for coupon codes, it’s worth it!

Keeping them Safe

June 1st, 2011

I have several friends who have babies and also several who are expecting babies this month and in the coming months. The common concern with all of my friends has been that they want to make sure that when they place their baby in the crib, that it’s the absolute safest place for their newborn or toddler to be.

There are so many factors to consider from making sure that the mattresses don’t contain dangerous chemicals that could be harmful to the child, to making sure that the mattres is the proper size for the crib. Also making sure the mattress is the proper firmness and mattress coverings- which have the potential to suffocate the child if the wrong coverings are used.

While it can all sound a little daunting- one of the best things to do is read best crib mattress reviews, to find the latest and most up-to-date information on how to make sure that your crib and mattress are the safest possible for the newest member of the family. It doesn’t take much time to get the proper information and it could save your childs life.

When I learn something that I feel is valuable, I do like to share it so that others can benefit as well. Feel free to share this information with anyone in your life that is expecting or has a small child.

Honk If You Love….

June 24th, 2010

Since I made this image a thumbnail- you can’t see the full text but it says- “Honk if you love Jesus.  Text while driving if you want to meet him.”  (Click image for full sized view).

This is actually something that is going around on Facebook and people are encouraging others to share on their ‘walls’.    The truth of the matter is, as much as I agree with this statement and am against texting and driving, I couldn’t bring myself to add it to my wall to share with the world.

The reason why is because I have several friends who lost someone dear to them several weeks ago in a car accident and that’s exactly what the girl was doing- texting and driving.   She swerved into the other lane and ended up hitting a dump truck head on and was killed.    As much as I believe that this sign is true- I felt as though it would be insensitive to post it on my Facebook and since none of them read this space, I decided that here would be a better forum to share.

Oprah has a campaign right now where she is asking people to sign a “No Phone Zone” contract stating that you won’t use your phone at all while in the car.    I haven’t signed it, but then my phone is programmed into the bluetooth in our car so that when my “eye” rings, it automatically mutes the radio and I can talk to the person over the car speakers.  It’s very cool if I must say so myself, and you can keep on driving.   With that being said-    Please don’t text and drive, no matter how multi-talented you think you are-   it’s just an accident waiting to happen.

Oil Spill Tragedy On the Gulf Coast

May 2nd, 2010

Ever since the explosion in the Gulf, I’ve been following the oil spill which is turning into the worst in United States history. Most of you who read this blog know that I’m from the Mississippi Gulf Coast and it sickens me to see what this is doing not only to the ecosystem and wildlife, but also what it will do to our beaches, and the livelihood of those fishermen who have fished the Gulf for years.

I have so much that I could say about this, and how it enrages me that BP hasn’t done ALL that they could possibly do to get this tragic situation under control, but I believe my friend Bethany sums it up best in her blog with her entry entitled Oil and Water. I highly urge you to visit her blog and read her thoughts, as they echo exactly how I feel, along with so many others, I’m sure.

If you are on the MS Gulf Coast and would like to volunteer your time, please visit http://pascagoulariver.audubon.org. They NEED volunteers but are not training people, so please remember this. Also, if you can’t volunteer your time, many schools are also collecting items such as Dawn dishwashing detergent. You can also find local information by visiting WLOX TV.

This will affect more than those along the coast, so please do what you can. Every little bit helps.

My thoughts and prayers also go out to the families of those who lost loved ones during the explosion. I’m sure it may appear like it, but they haven’t been forgotten.

Understanding Short Sale

April 8th, 2010

A few days ago I was talking to a friend of mine who lives in Southern California and she mentioned the word short sale. The second she mentioned it, I wasn’t sure what she meant, so I stopped her mid-sentence and asked if she’d explain it to me. Luckily, for me she was more than happy to oblige my lack of knowledge.

She said that because of all the problems with the economy these days, there is obviously a huge amount of homes where familes have come into financial problems and are no longer able to pay their mortgages. They also owe more than the property is worth in many cases and some are on the brink of foreclosure. Rather than having the bank or lending company forclose, a short sale is possible, which allows the lender to accept less than is owed on the property when being sold to a third party. It’s much easier to repair the credit report after a short sale than a foreclosure.

These are things that I never knew, but I definitely found it interesting to know and also helpful for anyone who could possibly be in that situation. I don’t know about you, but I love learning new things, especially things that can help benefit me or others.

Human Guinea Pigs?

March 17th, 2010

You know- It really scares me when I hear a lot of hype about medication only to find out later that it wasn’t tested as much as it really needed to be before put on the market.  There have several of these over the last years, but the one that I’ve been reading about in the news most lately has been the yaz lawsuit. If you don’t know what Yaz is, it’s a birth control pill that has also been prescribed to teens for acne related issues, with side effects ranging from blood clots, strokes, gallbladder disease to, in the most severe cases, sudden death. Imagine taking medication for the prevention of getting pregnant or to clear acne only to end up with much more serious medical problems. I think there should definitely be stricter testing for medications before they are added the market and we the people become human guinea pigs.

Are You Breaking The Law On Your Computer?

March 17th, 2010

This morning I was reading an Tech article about different ways we could be breaking the law with our computers and I decided that I’d share it with y’all. I won’t share the entire article, but I’ll share the main points (the 10 things), without going into great detail, but I’ll provide a link at the end of the entry so y’all can read the entire thing if you’d like.

Do you remember the days when everyone thought that the Internet was a ‘free for all’? I do. Because the Internet was so new, people pretty much got away with all sorts of things simply because there was no regulations and laws for crimes committed in a virtual world. I encountered many people who felt that they could do what they want from the comforts of behind their computer screen without ever having to worry about getting in trouble. This also includes the guy who stalked me in the mid-90’s. It started online and escalated to him calling me from a payphone around the corner from my house at the time. Those were scary times, but I learned a lot from that experience and also spent the next 4 years of my life working as an online safety advocate, helping educate others of the dangers of the Internet.

There are people who still have the mentality that everything goes on the Internet, but not realizing that in the virtual world there are rules and regulations and even laws to follow. As per the TechRepublic article, ten are below. You don’t have to tell me if you’re breaking any of them. I don’t really want (or need) to know, but if the guy’s in black come knockin’ on your door, at least you can’t say you weren’t warned.

10 Ways You Might Be Breaking the Law With Your Computer

  1. Digital Millennium Copyright (DMCA) Act- Simply put, this means DO NOT overwrite, or circumvent any sort of copyright protection software, because it’s there for a reason and if you bypass it, you’re doing something that isn’t allowed.
  2. No Electronic Theft (NET) Act-  Burn a movie, cd, song (you get the picture) for a friend and you’ve done a serious no-no.  Oh, and this also includes sharing them and uploading to a p2p (peer 2 peer) websites.
  3. Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)- This is a treaty between the United States and some other countries which allows the governments to work together to collect data and information when certain laws are being broken, or counterfeit items are being created and sold. (Think pills, fake bags etc)
  4. Court rulings regarding border searches-  Simple. You enter the country with your laptop, PDA, “eye”phone  or anything of the like,  they have the right to search them all without any probable cause because you are entering the country and have crossed the ‘border’.  
  5. State and federal laws regarding access to networks-  This means that technically you are supposed to have permission from the owner to access any network and without it, you’re technically breaking the law.  (Yes, this includes unsecured wi-fi networks, so think about that next time you swipe your neighbors wi-fi connection.)
  6. “Tools of a crime” laws- I guess this would be similar to having drug paraphernalia even if you don’t have the drug because this law says that if you have things that could be used as a tool in a cyber crime then you can be held accountable, even if you haven’t actually committed the crime. 
  7. Cyberstalking and Cyberbullying laws- I could write a book about this, but the bottom line is, Don’t DO IT!   Don’t be a bully in the real or cyber world, and seriously people stalking is just crazy.   Try a water paint class instead.
  8. Internet gambling laws- I can’t imagine why anyone would want to gamble online, but if you do- you may want to check the laws in your area because in some States, it’s illegal.
  9. Child pornography laws-  They can’t be strict enough about this one in my eyes.   If you have child porn on your computer, or in your possession at ALL, it’s illegal and I hope you get caught.   This is the thing I hate most about the Internet, is that it allows these sickos a gathering place to prey on children, which is why its important to teach yourself AND YOURSELVES to be smart while online.     These people are much smarter than you give them credit for, and you should know what your children are doing online at ALL TIMES!  
  10. Pro IP Act-   This law actually means that if you are guilty of copyright infringement that they have the right to seize your ‘stuff’. 

I thought these were really interesting and I hope that you did too.    The commentary beside each law is my own, but if you’d like more information about how things are explained in the article, you can click here. Original article written by: Debra Littlejohn Shinder

Little Known Fact

March 14th, 2010

There is something about me that many of you may not know. I guess to say that it’s a little known fact would be misleading, since most people who know me pretty well do know, but I digress. Years ago, (1992 to be exact) I was a leasing agent at a large apartment complex. It was probably one of my favorite jobs ever because it allowed me to interact with people, and since I’m a definite people person it was a fun job. Aside from that aspect of it, it actually helped me later in life when I moved from the area and was looking for homes for rent.

Some people figure when they find a home to rent, they sign the lease for the determined amount of time and that’s that. Nothing could be further from the truth. Something that I always wanted people to know is that when they take possession of the home that they are renting that they insist on doing a walk through with the leasing company or whomever they are renting from. It’s important to make a list of anything that shows damage before you take possession, or to let the leasing agent, owner, real estate agency know within a few days if you find anything that could be considered damage and that you could be held responsible for later. I know it seems petty, but making a list of things like worn spots in the carpet, burn marks on the kitchen counters, anything of the such is important so that when you decide to move on to something else later, they don’t want you to pay for the damage that you didn’t do. It’s the best way to protect yourself. We always did a walk through with the person, and wrote down room by room any problems that there may have been, then both signed and were given a copy.

Also before signing your lease, make sure you ask questions about what the price of rent covers. In some places it covers water, sewage and mothly rent, and in others it may just cover the price of the property itself and you’ll be responsible for paying for water/sewage seperately. Find these things out before you sign on the dotted line and you won’t end up with any surprise fees. Also make sure and ask about the fees for late rent. Most places give you a few days grace period after the day it’s due and then fees start adding up for every day after that you’re late. It will be in your lease (or should be), but it’s always good to know these things up front.

Keep these things in mind when you’re planning your move and it should be without too many surprises.

Checking Before We Need To

March 12th, 2010

With everything that has happened recently, Marcel and I have been talking about how we think it’s time that we check our insurances and make sure that we have the best coverage possible. Not only that, we also want to make sure that we’re getting the best coverage for the lowest price. I’ll admit since I’m the one who was going to have to check on all everything, I wasn’t really looking forward to it. I could see myself calling company after company, until I stumbled across NetQuote. If you are looking for Ohio insurance, all you have to do is search and you’ll find everything you are looking for at one site, as opposed to going to five or even ten sites. It definitely made things much easier. Now if I can just get Marcel to sit down with me so we can decide what we need, and from whom. I’m glad there are companies out there that make it easier to find what we are looking for, and now all we have to do is see if we need to add to our policies or if we’re ok how we are. It’s definitely something to think about before you need it, and not when you realize you do.

“Eye” Love a Great Deal

January 20th, 2010

One of my favorite things about the Internet is how it literally opens up our worlds and makes them even smaller than before. It allows me to see things that I may otherwise have never seen, and when I find things that really interest me or that I think will benefit others, I like to share it. Several weeks ago, I was reading an article online from the Examiner that turned out to be an unbiased review on eyeglasses. In fact, the author wrote the review simply based on the fact that he’d been ordering glasses from Zinni Optical for several years and was a satisfied customer. The article mentioned that they are able to offer great prices on their glasses staring as low as $8.00 per pair of prescription glasses simply because they cut out the middleman and all the excess costs associated with that.

What they don’t offer is designer frames, but what they do offer is high quality glasses for a fraction of the price of designer. Who wouldn’t want those savings? I don’t personally wear glasses, but I know plenty of people who do, including both my parents. After reading the article, I’m convinced that anyone who is looking for quality prescription glasses without paying outrageous prices, should definitely check out Zinni. I know if I start wearing glasses it’s the first place I’ll check out. Who wants to pay high prices when they don’t have to? Not I!

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