Want To Look Up Who Called? Check That Annoying Caller Here
Thursday, September 29, 2011 3:45 PM

How many times has a phone number you don't recognize called your number, only to hang up once you answer the phone? Don't you wish you knew who it was or what they wanted? Isn't it irritating to have them keep calling over and over?


I recently came across a few websites that let users enter those pesky phone numbers and whether or not they know who it is that is calling. 


The most helpful of the sites is 800Notes.com and although it seems the website was set up for identifying who owns a specific 800 number (or at least, who is calling from it) you can also look up other phone numbers. I have found that most of the phone numbers that have called our place of business that are either not recognized or hang up when answered, are listed on this website. It really helps to ease the anxiety of trying to find out who is calling, without having to take an inconvenient call or call them back. Probably, 98% of these callers do not leave a message, which must mean it is not that important.


Use this website to save you some time.

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Cozi.com Is An Excellent Family Management Tool
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 1:02 PM

We have a hectic schedule. My husband works from home and my children homeschool, while I work away from the home during most of the day. We needed some sort of way to communicate online so that we are all on the same page and I have found Cozi.com to be a lifesaver!


We can use it so save our grocery list. No more writing it down on scrap pieces of paper or trying to remember if we told another family member that we ran out of … We now can all log in using our computer / cell phone and just add what we need to the list! Even my 12-year old can use it which I love, since she is the most up to speed with what we need in the house. How do I see the list when I stop at the grocery store? Just pull up their mobile Blackberry app! Other mobile phone apps are available as well. I believe they also cover Android and iPhone. Visit their website for details. I can also have my husband or my daughter log into the website and either text or email me the list with the click of a button.


There is a handy family calendar that everyone can access for upcoming family appointments. We can schedule upcoming appointments for the children and ourselves and the whole family will be able to see when we are tied up, so no more committing to more than one event at the same time. This is also great for upcoming events that we intend to attend, but then let slip our minds once it arrives. The calendar will email a reminder to everyone's email address or send a text to those family members who have cell phones.


There are also endless varieties of lists that you can create with the same capability as the grocery list. Have them emailed, texted, printed or pull them up on your mobile app. List items can be checked off as they are completed so that everyone is aware when something has been taken care of. This can be used for chores to be done around the inside of the house, outside of the house, grocery shopping, errands to be run, phone calls to be made, school assignments to be finished. The possibilities are endless. Read more about what you can do with Cozi on their blohttp://www.cozi.com/coziblog


For my young children, who do have access to the internet on our home computer, but don't have a cell phone, there is a feature where they can send a message to my cell phone anytime or "text" me. I like that feature since they can always call from the home phone, but sometimes I miss the call.


So how much does this handy system cost? NOTHING. They do have an option to "upgrade" if you want to remove ads, etc. Our account has only shown one ad to date, nothing aggravating though.


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This Word Counting Tool Is Helpful for Article Writing
Monday, September 26, 2011 4:18 PM

My oldest daughter recently needed to write a paper for her language arts class and the teacher asked that it be at least 250 words. Being fairly new to the internet, my daughter didn't realize the WWW offers many, many helpful websites when it comes to education. So her dilemma, coupled with my love for finding helpful tools online, sent me on a search for a website that would count the number of words on her paper she had already written. It didn't take me long to find a very simple, yet helpful website: http://www.wordcounttool.com.


 Although this site might prove to be most helpful for bloggers who have a minimum or maximum number of words they are shooting for, it was perfect for my daughter to use for her school autobiography. We don't have any fancy software for writing (like Microsoft Word). We  just use notepad or wordpad.


Try out WordCountTool.com. It's one of many free tools that will be featured on my blog. 


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ClearCheckbook.com Might Save You From Overdraft Fees!
Friday, September 23, 2011 12:17 PM

If you are like many moms on the go and are responsible for helping to manage the family finances at the same time, than you find it almost impossible to keep up with necessary (but dreaded) checkbook entries. Then, when you get that sinking feeling that maybe the account balance isn't what you had hoped, you go to log in to your online banking system, only to find that you have much less than you expected and are about to be overdrawn.


My question was whether there might be a handy phone app to help with that and I found at least one. Clearcheckbook.com is a free online service that you and your spouse can share to enter transactions into your checkbook register. No more writing it down when you get the chance. No more worrying about giving the checkbook "custodian" your receipts. There are even handy apps that you can download to your phone (assuming you have either Droid or iPhone) so that you can enter your transactions as you make them and always see your current balance! No more overdraft fees or concerns about not knowing what you've spent with that handy, yet dangerous little debit card and no more phone calls, texts or quick sit-downs about what the current balance is.


Now my only question is whether or not I can find the equivalent for a Blackberry or if I'll be trading my BB in for a different phone when it sees it's last day. Looks like I'm finally jumping on the "app" bandwagon and time will tell if my BlackBerry can keep up with me!

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Hurricane Preparation Hints
Friday, August 26, 2011 1:46 PM

My apologies to those now evacuating and those who are bearing down for the arrival of Hurricane Irene in their city. Living in Florida, I know that it is extremely important to have some sort of disaster kit handy when preparing for the worst. 


For those who do not reside in Hurricane Irene's path, it is best to have these items purchased and prepared in advance of any warning, as stores will sell out quickly once a storm forms in the Gulf.


More than likely, this list is not all inclusive, as I have never personally been affected by a hurricane. I have, however, been concerned every year with the possibility, and since I have small children, did some research on how to be as prepared as possible.


If you have been through this, please feel free to leave comments that will help make this more helpful to others.


-Have on hand one gallon of water PER PERSON, PER DAY for anywhere from 3 days to a week, longer if you have the means;


-Have non-perishable and canned foods available for the entire household for up to 7 days. This includes, but is not limited to: baby food, canned vegetables & fruits, canned meats (chicken; tuna); beans; tomatoes, etc. You can also buy juice that does not require refrigeration after opening. Snacks are ok too, such as nuts, pretzels, fruit, etc.


-Have charcoal/grill handy to cook food for the first hours after power fails but prior to refrigerated/frozen food spoiling. Placing food in a large cooler on ice can prolong the life of your goods, but of course, won't last the duration if it's more than one day.


-Plenty of blankets, pillows for staying in emergency shelters or over at friends, neighbors homes.


-First Aid Kit 


-Medicines for pain


-Prescription drugs (if you are in a projected storm path, refill these if they are less than a week's supply)


-Any special items needs for babies; small children; elderly or disabled persons should be considered in advance. Research the internet for more information.


-Have plenty of hygiene items on hand, such as wipes, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, lotion, feminine products, etc


-Flashlights with plenty of spare batteries & a battery operated radio for the latest updates. Do not plan on having internet access, phone service, television service or cell phone service. 


-Cash and credit cards to last for a week. ATM's and banks may not be operable for days.


-Keys to vehicle


-Toys and games to play with children (no electronic devices are available during this time. We mean board games).


-Books to read to pass the time.


-Keep important documents like marriage license, birth certificates, passports, bank checks, insurance cards, medical records, social security cards, insurance policies, copies of wills, etc. in an waterproof container to take with you upon evacuation.


-Tools for repairing and removing debris.


-Have a full tank of gas, prior to the arrival of the hurricane. Most will rush to buy gas at the last minute, resulting in unusually long lines and depletion of gas supply at locally popular gas stations.


-ID, medical records, medication, leash & cage for your pet(s). Keep in mind that pets might not be permitted to stay in emergency shelters with their families.

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Protect Your Children By "Furniture" Proofing Your Home
Friday, January 21, 2011 11:52 AM


Becoming a new parent can be a very exciting time, yet can also be a very anxious time. Many parents don't think about the things around their home that can potentially be dangerous for their children, once they are on the move. Young children who can crawl and walk should be protected from electrical outlets, unstable cribs or high chairs, cords to blinds that hang low, small objects that might be lying around a child can choke on and so much more. Many parents and family members tend to forget about the dangers that are located in their home, even that of tall furniture. It's important to keep in mind how inquisitive these young ones are and where their little minds take them.


Recently, a 4-year old boy in north Florida died in a tragic accident. While visiting with his grandparents and playing with his young cousin, he climbed a tall dresser full of clothes and it fell on top of him causing a fatal head injury. 


Not only will parents need to monitor the dangers of what lies in their own homes, but also when leaving their small children with family members or friends. Children are constantly exploring, running, climbing, jumping, dancing, etc and it would prove helpful if parents took a little time to go online and research what other parents have already experienced. 


One child safety website I found today states the following:


-Do not place toys or other items that children are attracted to on top of tall furniture. They will find a way to climb up and get to it

-Keep furniture away from windows and secure it to a wall with anchor straps

-Place safety gates at the top and bottom of staircases and be sure to hold the hands of toddlers who need to get up or down the steps

-Put safety guards on windows. Screens are not safety guards!


Find many more age appropriate safety tips and share your story to help educate others at: www.SafeKids.org


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Possible Hotel / Motel Scam
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 4:26 PM
This is a scam that is being circulated via email and possibly on the internet. Not sure whether it is true or not, but it is best to err on the side of caution.

You check in to a hotel or motel while traveling and settle in to your room. You receive a call on your room phone from someone who says that they work at the front desk and ran into a problem when trying to process your credit card. They ask that you please read them the card number and verify the 3 digit code on the back. You might be thinking that you are actually speaking to the front desk clerk and you give them the information.

Turns out that the person you just spoke to was a thief who called the front desk and asked for some random room number which happened to be you. The front desk transfers the call to you and if you answer, you are immediately asked this question.

How would you handle this situation if you were presented with it at your hotel? Let the caller know that you will come down to the front desk to straighten out the problem and do this only if you are sure that there is a problem. Most front desk personnel would have mentioned a problem to you while you were checking in, not call you on the phone later.

Just some insight to help you avoid a costly mistake.

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Do You Have Friends Like This?
Friday, June 18, 2010 9:19 AM
I received this from a friend. Do you have friends like this?


1. When you are sad,
I will jump on the person
who made you sad
like a spider monkey
jacked up on Mountain Dew!!!


2. When you are blue,
I will try to dislodge
whatever is choking you..


3. When you smile,
I will know you are
plotting something
that I must be involved in.


4. When you're scared,
we will high tail it out of here.


5. When you are worried,
I will tell you horrible stories
about how much worse
it could be until you
quit whining, ya big baby!!!!


6.. When you are confused,
I will use little words.


7. When you are sick,
stay away from me
Until you are well again.
I don't want whatever you have....


8. When you fall,
I'll pick you up
and dust you off--
after I laugh my rear off!!


9.. This is my oath.....
I pledge it to the end.
'Why?' you may ask;
-- because you are my FRIEND!
***********************
Friendship is like peeing your pants,
everyone can see it,
but only YOU
can feel the
true warmth...
**********************
Try sending this to
10
Of your closest friends ..
including the person
who sent this to you ...
then, get depressed
'cause you can only think of
4!

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One of Those Things -- You Either Love or that Drive You Crazy!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 11:18 AM
Here is "one of those emails" that people forward to their entire address list, adding to the black hole of nothingness. Unfortunately, I can't seem to delete them without trying out whatever it is that they ask me to do. Why is that? Are they productive in some way? No. Are they beneficial in some way? No, don't think so.

Then I thought about all of the people who tried it out before it was sent to me and realized that I am not the only one. So, I pass this on to you to try out for fun.


1- Find the C below.. Please do not use any cursor or "find" feature help (and yes, it IS there):

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

2- If you already found the C, now find the 6 below.

99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
69999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999

3 - Now find the N below. It's a little more difficult.

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMNMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

(Disclaimer: The following statement just came with the territory and has nothing to do with me!)

This is NOT a joke. If you were able to pass these 3 tests, you can cancel your annual visit to your neurologist. Your brain is great and you're far from having a close relationship with Alzheimer. Congratulations!

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Things Your Burglar Won’t Tell You: Part 2
Friday, May 21, 2010 11:24 AM
Earlier this week, I posted some information from an email that was forwarded to me that will help you avoid being burglarized. The source of these tips is reported to have been a security consultant who runs the website www.crimedoctor.com and a criminology professor at the University of Missouri, who wrote the book “Burglars On The Job” and the information comes from convicted burglars from various states.

The first part of this list can be found here.

13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you're reluctant to leave your TV on while you're out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. (Find it at FakeTV.com.)

14. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never ever look like a crook.

15. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.

16. I'll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he'll stop what he's doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn't hear it again, he'll just go back to what he was doing. It's human nature.

17. I'm not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?

18. I love looking in your windows. I'm looking for signs that you're home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I'd like. I'll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets..

19. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It's easier than you think to look up your address.

20. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it's an invitation.

21. If you don't answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

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Things Your Burglar Won’t Tell You: Part 1
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 10:48 AM
I received this email weeks ago and since I am not one to “forward” emails to everyone in my address book, I thought I would post it here since this might help someone out.

1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste, and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway, and I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how ling it takes you to remove it.

5. If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.

6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.

7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink, and the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

8. It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door. That’s understandable, but understand this – I don’t take a day off because of bad weather.

9. I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters (don’t take me up on it).

10. Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.

11. Helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms.

12. You’re right, I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. Bit if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.

…Part 2 will be posted soon.

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Don’t You Hate It When…
Friday, May 14, 2010 3:43 PM
1) You know news is happening in your area and you can’t find out what is going on;

2) A cardinal is attacking your car mirrors and it takes you a month to figure out what you can use to cover them and keep the bird from crapping on your car;

3) You are looking all over for your sunglasses before you get in the car and they are on your head;

4) You run all your errands and then realize you forgot the most important one when you get back;

5) You eat your lunch and find that you are still hungry and have nothing nearby to eat;

6) You print 60 copies of a document, only to find that the margins are wrong and the copies are no good;

7) All of this happens on the same day!

Have a good weekend, mine can’t get any worse.

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Garage Door Warning For Parents
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 2:00 PM
A four year old boy in Colorado was saved by his mother from being crushed by their garage door. The mother pressed the garage door opener, wanting to let her children take their bikes out to ride.

As the door was going up, a small piece of metal on the door caught the young boy by his shirt and took him up as it continued to rise. The boy screamed and was at risk of being crushed against the top of the garage. Concerned that he might fall and break / fracture his bones or skull, his mom was able to pull him out of his shirt just in time.

What makes this story so unique and amazing is that this little boy just had a cast removed from his leg the same morning. He broke his leg due to it being weakened from chemotherapy.

Many garage doors have a built in feature that will stop your garage door from going down all the way when there is something blocking its path (a child, dog, cat, etc) but not when the door is going up. The Colorado resident highly recommends that parents be careful and watch their children very closely when the garage door is in use.

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Boy Sent to Russia Alone
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 5:28 PM


Last week, the news was saturated with stories of a 7-year-old boy from Russia who was adopted by a woman from Tennessee and then sent back to Russia because she no longer wanted to parent him.

Russian authorities are furious with this act and are threatening to suspend all adoptions to US citizens, due to the outcome of this incident. Other incidents related to US adoptions are also being weighed in the final decision on adoptions to US families.

The Tennessee adopted mother, said that she feared for the safety of herself and her family, and that is why she chose to have the young boy sent back to his country. The boy’s adopted grandmother put him on the plane to comply with her daughter’s wishes. One of the concerns with keeping the child was that he would follow through on threats of “burning down the house.” They were in fear for their safety and stated that the child is violent and has severe psychological problems. These were problems that they were not made aware of when completing the adoption process.

Weeks to come should shed more light on whether the boy could have been helped to deal with any issues of instability, right here in the U.S. The problem is not necessarily that he posed a danger and needed to be helped by professionals, but that he was put on a plane to Russia alone, knowing that he is more than likely mentally unstable. The flight to Russia isn’t exactly “short and sweet”, and is wearing on a young child.

The U.S. State department is weighing in on the matter as well and more will be revealed after the investigation.

It is amazing that such a young child could prove to be such a threat to a family who went through such an ordeal just to get him. You certainly can’t give birth to a child and then “send him back” once you realize that he has psychological problems. Let’s see how this all works out.

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Dealing with Pollen
Monday, April 12, 2010 9:38 AM

Pollen is in the air and it is thicker than ever this year! Living in north Florida has many advantages. One is that our winter season has ended and, although it was a cold one, we are now happy to see beautiful flowers in bloom and more people are getting outdoors to enjoy the great Florida sunshine!

The downside is that because we had such a cold winter, the pollen didn’t begin to release during the late part of winter like it normally does. So at the first sign of spring, the warmth literally caused the pollen count to explode! Allergies are flaring up that never existed before. People have itchy eyes and throats, headaches and are literally choking on the high pollen count. Cars are consistently blanketed with the fine yellow “dust” and be careful not to brush up against anything outside because it will easily come off onto your clothes. I can’t remember seeing pollen blanket our area like this before: cars, grills, driveways, mailboxes, everything!

A local meteorologist says that we can expect to start seeing relief around mid-May, which isn’t the greatest news because we would like to see it before then, that is about a month from now. For those with severe allergic reactions, hang in there, we’re in for a long, miserable season.


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