5 Clever Valentines Day Ideas

February 7, 2015 Blog

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Valentines Day is an important holiday, especially for couples. The holiday signifies love between people and gives you a chance to express that. While some have no trouble expressing themselves, others need a helping hand (or just some ideas). Here are ten clever and romantic ideas to do with your significant other on Valentines Day.

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1. Be Sweet– Even the most emotionless person would melt at feelings being expressed. Write all the reasons you love your significant other on a card, on a cake, etc. Anywhere that feels best to you. It will make your spouse feel loved and appreciate the effort you put into it.

2. Surprise– Show up at your man or womans work just to say hello or give them some flowers and chocolate. People love being surprised and being reminded of the love they have. If it is not possible to go there, just send a sweet, thoughtful text or call them. This lets them know you are thinking about them even when they are not around.

3. Take Charge– Chances are, you significant other does a lot for you. To show your thanks and appreciation, let them take a night off. Make them dinner, do the dishes, etc. Do not let them do a thing. It will make them feel special and loved, and give them a break. Then, watch a movie or do something of their choice, they will appreciate it.

4. Set a Date– Some are to busy to spend the whole day with their partner, some make a raincheck. homemade coupons to your partner will let them get “One Free Massage” or “Spend the day together” some other time. These can make them feel loved, even if you only saw them for a short time on this special day.

5. It is the Thought that Counts– Even if you can not afford an extravagant gift or have the money to go out, just spend time with them. your partner will not care, they only want to spend time with you and have the opportunity to love and be loved. They will understand, just have a quiet night at home to celebrate. In fact, it might seem more romantic.

Valentines day is an opportunity to express your love for your partner and build a stronger relationship. It is all about celebrating what you have, and what you have is your spouse. Use the above ideas to make the day a little extra special for the both of you.

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June 5, 2014 Blog

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February 19, 2014 Blog

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MSD_300x250_AffiliateContestThere are plenty of ways to find savings on the medical equipment that you might need, and they don’t involve driving all over town to find them. Sometimes your local drug store is not the best store to find the medical supplies you need, as they will either not carry them or be way overpriced.

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The best time to buy this year

January 13, 2014 Blog

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Average earnings in the US have been falling in terms of what they can buy since 2009. That’s according to the Office of National Statistics.

While we might not have more money coming in, we can still make decisions about when we spend.

We asked a range of experts for their opinions on the best times to buy certain goods in 2014.

January

  • Christmas goods are at rock-bottom prices. Stock up on cards, crackers and wrapping paper.
  • Furniture as well as winter clothes are available in the sales.
  • Frozen party snacks are also on offer, according to Sarah Sysum from BBC Easy Cook magazine.
  • Second hand tablets or other electronics are available as people sell off unwanted Christmas presents or older models that have been replaced. That’s according to Evan Kypreos from Trusted Reviews.

February

  • Gyms might be more flexible when it comes the membership prices. “In January there are plenty of offers,” says Rick Asiyani from Men’s Fitness magazine “But in February or March when the rush dies down, you could potentially negotiate a better deal.”
  • Mobile phones and televisions often get discounted through February and March as shops cut prices ready for newer models. Analyst Stephen Mader of Kantar Retail says: “It may not be possible to get a discount on existing premium products, but you can often find good bargains in the mid-tier price brackets.”

March

  • Golf membership could be cheaper according to Stuart Barber from Golf Today magazine: “Most clubs are looking for new members and offer incentives in March and April when the weather starts to improve.”
  • Cameras get discounted as newer models are launched and retailers clear their shelves – according consumer publication Which?
  • Weddings are cheaper in March than other times of the year, says wedding organiser Louise Alexander: “If you’re flexible with the date and book late, you’ll get a much better deal because venues want to sell the space.”

April

  • Chocolate. You might be sick of Easter eggs but now is the time to buy discounted chocolate.
  • Ski equipment and clothes are on end of season sale. Beware, availability on sizes will be limited, warns Vicky Norman from the Ski Club of Great Britain: “We urge people not to compromise on fit when it comes to ski gear – particularly on items like boots and helmets,” she says.
  • DIY goods are often reduced says Fiona Garcia, editor of DIY Week. Shops are keen to tempt us with deals as the weather gets warmer.

May

  • Summer package holiday brochures get published around now. The Independent’s travel editor Simon Calder recommends buying early for summer holidays. For other times of the year the advice is different: “If you can be flexible and aren’t fussed about where you go, wait until the week or even the day before,” he says.

June

  • Summer drinks are often cheaper, says Peter Millikin from You Could Save. As the weather gets warmer he recommends keeping an eye out for deals on cider and Pimms over Wimbledon fortnight.

July

  • Laptops are sold cheaply in the run up to new product launches at the end of the summer, according to Evan Kypreos from Trusted Reviews.

August

  • Summer clothing ranges are cut in price as autumn styles come in.
  • Fitness clothes and equipment are cheaper, that’s the view of Rick Asiyani from Men’s Fitness. He says it’s because there’s often a drop in sales as people lose interest in getting a swimsuit body.

September

  • Garden furniture and soft furnishings prices are cut as the summer ranges are sold off says Charlotte Blake, Good Homes magazine.
  • Computer equipment and printers are available on “back to school” deals say Which?
  • Cruises can be booked at good rates during “national cruise week” (the third week of the month). Adam Coulter from Cruise Critic also says good deals can also be found between January and March.

October

  • Bikes can be picked up at cheaper prices if you’re not fussy about having the latest model. Sam Dansie from Bike Radar says new models are released around August and September, it means you can find discounts on older stock in October.
  • Sweets can be found at bargain prices as shops clear their Halloween stock.
  • Weddings can also be cheaper this time of year says wedding planner Louise Alexander.

November

  • Houses may be cheaper, says Cardiff estate agent Michael Jones: “The run up to Christmas is a good time to buy, when the market’s a bit depressed.” However, for a better selection and more daylight for viewings, he suggests waiting until the spring.
  • Golf equipment and surf gear is best bought around now. “Boards are often sold cheaply in winter on auction and second hand surfboard websites,” says Martin Aaron of the Welsh Coast Surf Club.
  • Video games, wines and spirits often go on sale as people stock up for Christmas, says Peter Millikin from You Could Save.
  • TVs. Consumer publication Which? says UK retailers have caught on to the American tradition of holding “Black Friday” sales which means there are good promotional prices available.
  • Books often get reduced in the run up to Christmas. “On a pound-per-hour basis, books are the best value for money ever,” says Peter Crawshaw from Lovereading.

December

  • Power tools come specially packaged for Christmas, and Fiona Garcia from DIY Week says this means there are good promotional offers available.
  • Builders are best contacted this time of the year: “They’re looking to organise their forthcoming year’s contracts and the weeks around Christmas are a good time to schedule something in,” says Matt Brereton from the Federation of Master Builders.
  • Cars aren’t usually on people’s minds this time of year. It means a quiet month for dealers who are keen to shift stock, says Kieren Puffett, editor of motoring website Parker’s. He also points out that July is also good time to get a decent price – dealers are trying to clear out ready for new models.

Don’t Toss That Tech Recycle your old gadgets so they don’t end up in a landfill

January 2, 2014 Blog

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How to sell or recycle your old cell phone

 

If you’re ready for the new year, you may also be ready for new gear. That means it’s time to upgrade and trade in your old tech!

The National Retail Federation expected 31 percent of shoppers to purchase electronics as gifts this holiday season. That means a whole trove of recipients will be turning to their new smartphones and tablets in 2014, and those old electronics will hit the island of misfit gadgets.

If you’re one of the lucky ones exploring your new iPhone 5s or Samsung Galaxy Note 3, I encourage you to do the right thing and keep those dated devices out of landfills or wasting away in shoeboxes. Instead, give them to charity or sell them.

But first, wipe those old suckers clean of any personal data, phone numbers, financial information, passwords and selfies. Our gadgets store an enormous amount of personal data, and the last thing you want is to have your identity stolen. If you decide to get rid of your old device, follow these tips.

Clear your data

Remove your microSD card. The SD stands for “secure digital,” and it holds all kinds of information and photos that you want to keep private. MicroSD cards come in smartphones, GPS gadgets, digital cameras, digital audio players and other devices.

Remove your SIM card before you get rid of your old phone

Remove the SIM card from your old phone before selling it The microSD will be in the back of the phone or along the side. Take it out and keep it.

You should also remove your SIM card. SIM stands for “subscriber identity module” and communicates information about your device to your carrier. It stores your personally identifiable information, like billing info and phone number. Often, you can simply transfer your SIM card to your new device. But if your new phone is on a different carrier, call and make sure to close your old phone’s account.

If you’re trading in your phone at a store, don’t rely on that store to do these things for you. You’ll need to perform a factory reset, which is typically a few clicks away. If you need some assistance, Glyde.com offers simple step-by-step directions for many smartphones and tablets.

Sell it

Before you decide to sell your phone, do your homework. There are a number of places where you can get money for your device:

Sell your cell phone at gazelle.com

Gazelle.com is a simple, straightforward option. Simply choose your carrier and model, select its condition (broken/cracked, good or flawless) and the site lets you know how much you can get (my old Blackberry, for example, could land me $130). Then, ship it (shipping is free if the company thinks your phone is worth more than $1) and choose to be paid by check, PayPal or Amazon gift card.

 

Sell your cell phone on uSell.com

Usell.com connects sellers with buyers. Enter your model number and state the condition of your phone, and if there’s someone looking for that model, you’ll get an offer. If not, you’re out of luck.

 

Sell your old cell phone on ebay.com

eBay has a whole section dedicated to smartphone sales. Select your carrier and model number and the site suggests an auction starting bid and a “buy it now” price, which includes the price of shipping. Then, sit back and let the bidding begin.

Trade it in for a gift card

A number of big box and online stores have started trade-in programs, encouraging you to send your used devices in exchange for a gift card. Best BuyTarget and Amazon all have programs that recycle devices, including phones, computers, tablets, MP3 players, video games, cameras and other electronics. You can make the device-for-gift-card exchange online or in participating stores.

Give to charity

Want to feel good about getting a new device? Donate your old one. There are hundreds of charities that now accept cell phones. Donate your old device to Cell Phones for SoldiersCell Phones for Soldiers will take your old phoneOne popular program is Cell Phones for Soldiers, which works to keep military personnel and veterans in touch with their families. With just a $5 donation or donated device, a solider can talk with his or her family for two and a half hours. Plus, the nonprofit keeps phones out of landfills. Since 2004, the organization has shared more than 200 million minutes of free calls and saved 11 million devices from going to waste.

Other organizations that accept donated cell phones include the National Coalition Against Domestic ViolenceAmerican Kidney FundShelter Alliance and many others. Visit Phones 4 Charity or ReCellular, which are two organizations that oversee charitable cell phone drives, to learn about other charities accepting cell phones.

Want to find something local? American Cell Phone Drive keeps tabs in your area. Simply enter your ZIP code and view a list of community nonprofits raising funds through phone donations.

 

How to Curb Your Facebook Addiction

January 1, 2014 Blog

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Wake up in the morning, and what’s the first thing I do? Check my phone. Did any friends text me while I was asleep? How about important emails that may have come in overnight? Next: What’s percolated to the top of my Facebook news feed? What’s trending on Twitter?

The rest of my day is not much better. Dozens of times throughout my waking hours, I peek at the social media buttons on my phone, iPad or laptop, looking for that little adrenaline hit that comes with knowing someone “liked” a pic posted of my kid or “favorited” a snarky tweet. Nothing like killing some time waiting in line at the UPS Store to check my blog traffic and find that I’m having an unusually popular day. Even better to get a message on OkCupid from an intriguing hottie.

The social media high

Sure, all this activity is commonplace. I know because I see you walking down the street, on the subway or in the grocery store, nearly crashing your cart into the tower of Pringles because your eyes weren’t on the aisle but on your phone instead.

But commonplace doesn’t translate to normal, and I have not felt normal about my social media use for a long time. More often than I care to admit, I find my mind craving the digital hit of social media, making it hard to focus on the task at hand.

Brianna Vieira, a 20-year-old Boston University student who estimates she spends two hours per day checking social media on her devices, feels my pain. On the one hand, “there is always news, and Twitter and Facebook are how I stay on top of what is going on.” But on the other hand, this public relations major has been told by her friends that they resent how Vieira often pays more attention to her phone than their conversation when hanging out in person. “My dad gets annoyed with me all the time,” says Vieira, who got her smartphone (a BlackBerry) at age 15. “When I leave a building and walk down the sidewalk, I automatically check my phone. It’s a lot like how a smoker will automatically light up when they leave a building. It’s habit.”

Understanding the addiction

To learn how Vieira and I, and everyone else, can get a grip, I reached out to Pamela Rutledge, a psychologist and director of the Media Psychology Research Center in Los Angeles. I expected her to offer up tips akin to those used to treat substance abuse. Instead, when I asked for advice on how to contend with my “compulsion,” she made me relax a little.

“‘Compulsion’ is a harsh word,” Rutledge says. “Human beings are hardwired for social connection, and all of the sudden, we have all these new digital tools that allow us to connect, but we haven’t had time to learn how to use them.”woman textingPhoto: Cubmundo/FlickrSocial media satisfies our brain’s need for knowledge She compares the Internet and social media to automobiles: “It’s not like everyone in America got a car within the first three years they were invented. But pretty much everyone got on social media right away.” Proof? Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook in 2004. Today, there are more than 1.01 billion active users worldwide.

Rutledge says that social media and easy access to the Internet quench another innate human hunger: the need for knowledge. “The human brain wants to know things, and when there is uncertainty, when we don’t know what is going on, we feel uncomfortable,” she says.

That explains Vieira’s unease when she forgot her phone at home one day. “I was so nervous I was missing important emails,” Vieira says.

I shared with Rutledge how I often feel guilty that I’m stalking my phone instead of being engaged with whatever else I should be doing—especially when I hang out with my two young children. “A lot of that is very normal behavior that has been happening long before Twitter,” Rutledge says. She recalls when her now-grown children were small, and she, too, suffered guilt at the end of a busy day. “I’d be standing in the kitchen, thinking I should be engaged with what the kids were doing, but instead, I focused on the flyers that came home from school,” she says with a laugh. “Adults crave contact with their adult peers. That is nothing new.”

Breaking the habit

For those feeling as if social media is controlling them—and not the other way around—Rutledge offers these tips:Last5, a free time management appLast5, a time management app

  • Use a time diary to track how you spend your minutes throughout the day. I suggest the free version of apps Last5Chronos or Tictoc. There’s alsoTimeRabbit, which automatically tracks the minutes you spend on Facebook.
  • Pay attention to your emotions while you’re using the Internet. Consider whether the activity coincides with excitement, loneliness or anxiety.
  • After a week, reflect on how your time and feelings stack up against your goals and priorities. Get to the root of why you revert to digital life. Do you check Twitter when you crave adult interaction? Do you ping a friend by chat when you are worried something is going on that you’ll miss?
  • You may consider using a social media blocking app like Outsmarter, which allows you to control the time you spend on Facebook, chat and online games by blocking those apps at specified times.
  • Designate the time now freed to satisfy your cravings or reach your goals. Do you want to focus on a certain work project that Instagram was distracting you from? Can you make time for phone calls with old friends rather than poring over their Facebook news feeds? “You have to do something positive with your newfound time, otherwise simply blocking social media will not be productive,” Rutledge says. “You may be well-served to use that time to develop a vision board on Pinterest.”
  • Whatever goals you set, make them small and achievable. Do not set an agenda to “Be a perfect mother.” Studies show that you will feel much more productive and better if you set and accomplish lots of smaller goals,” Rutledge says.

My takeaway from my interview with this media psychologist? I’m not as cray-cray as I thought! “Just like with anything, technology requires a learning curve for how to use it effectively,” Rutledge assured me. “Right now, people are saying, ‘Holy cow! This is great!’ and checking it all the time.”