Mar 142016
 

Learn About Flayk and Enter to Win a Fitbit

Welcome to the Get Organized + Fit with Flayk Giveaway!

Hosted by Conservamom

What a concept….one app – multiple users…everyone is on board!  Read on…

As we all know, moms are a particular group that can be quite hard on themselves, which is why Flayk, a free, family/life management app now available for free download in both the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store is such a helpful tool.

Flayk allows families to coordinate activities, assign responsibilities, share to-do and shopping lists and award points for completed actions in a single app that can be used by multiple families and groups. One of the app’s core features is the ability for users to flayk events, which alerts the group in the event of an unexpected conflict – from car trouble to a meeting that runs long –and allows someone else to quickly pick up the task and keep the day moving smoothly.

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As detailed in ADWEEK, Flayk is the perfect solution for families looking to simplify life in 2016 as well as a technology “must have” for the new aged organized family.

Flayk Basic is free, and for a limited time, Flayk Premium, a seamless, ad-free experience with expanded features, is free for the first month. Flayk Premium is regularly priced at $1.99/month or $18.99/year.

Flayk is the only family management app on the market to introduce an innovative rewards system that lets families assign point values to specific activities. Family members can earn points for completing tasks and redeem them for specific rewards of the family’s choosing, for example, a raise in allowance, a curfew extension, dinner at a favorite restaurant or a pass on a chore.flayk_devices_720_2

Flayk recognizes that diversity with its customizable central hub to organize all kinds of families, whether they live under one roof or are in multiple locations.

In spirit of holding on to those 2016 Mom Resolutions and preparing for the spring season ahead, Flayk is offering a chance to win an all new Fitbit Blaze™ – Fitbit’s New Smart Fitness Watch including a breakthrough features such as PurePulse™ Heart Rate Monitor, Connected GPS, On-Screen Workouts and Color Touchscreen.FITBIT-blaze

Make sure to enter by downloading the Flayk app (IOS or Android) and setting up a profile!

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Mar 132016
 
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Craftsy Class Collections 50% Off – Multiple Classes/Bundles to Choose From

craftsy class collections

This offer is too good to not share with you.  These bundles pictured and MANY more are now discounted starting at 50% off.

Photography, baking, quilting, sewing, and so many more.  Now’s the time to take advantage of the classes whether they are for your learning pleasure, or as a gift.

Offer ends today, Sunday, 3/13/16!

craftsy collections 50% off

Go take a peek at what you could be learning while saving a lot of money!


Mar 122016
 

Do You Take Credit for Secure Financial Practices?

secure financial practices

Your credit cards are essentially your lifeline to the financial world, so one would assume you keep them protected at all times, yes?

Unfortunately, too many consumers can’t say yes to that question. In fact, misplacing a credit card or two at times in their lives is all too common. As a result, their financial worlds can be turned upside down at a moment’s notice, leaving them in a hole that sometimes seems too great to climb out of.

With that in mind, what are you doing as a consumer to best protect your financial well-being?

Being Pro-Active and Not Reactive Matters

In order to lessen the odds of becoming a victim, review your current financial practices, looking for any shortcomings that could put you and your finances at risk.

For starters, how many credit cards do you have?

In many cases, consumers have more than one card, though having a dozen or more is typically not the norm.

If you have a card or two (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express etc.) for typical and/or purchases, perhaps a gasoline card or two (Shell, Exxon/Mobil etc.) for those fill-ups at the pumps, and a specialty card (Home Depot, Target etc.) for more specific purchases, you are likely in the norm.

How secure are you with those cards?

Card-makers are trying to lessen the chances that you will become an identity theft victim by making the cards more secure in the first place.

For starters, a number of different brands have installed “chip security” on their cards, making it more difficult for thieves to use them for ill-intended purposes. The cards are unique in their coding, giving you more security upfront.

That said it seems no product is 100 percent foolproof against the most determined of identity theft thieves. As a result, that’s where the consumer comes in.

He or she needs to be sure they are using their credit cards wisely, avoiding putting themselves in situations where their data could be swiped from them in literally seconds.

One of the ways to protect your credit card financial data is by making sure it stays in your hands and your hands only. This means avoiding giving it to friends or co-workers to use.

Sure, someone close to you may be in an occasional financial pinch, but don’t put your credit card out there as the answer. If they need to charge something, do it for them on your card, having them reimburse you as soon as they can. Even better, loan them cash and keep your credit card out of the situation altogether.

How Secure is That Server?

Another area of focus should be online security when purchasing products or services.

Whether working off of a server for your home computer or one when you are traveling for pleasure or business, it is crucial that the server be as secure as possible against cyber-criminals.

While identity theft can and oftentimes is as simple as swiping someone’s credit card and/or getting their data or signature off of a signed receipt, online attacks are pesky problems too.

If you are using a server set-up for your home computer, make sure the company in charge of it has high standards when it comes to Internet security. How often do they review their security procedures? Have they had a history of cyber-attacks? If they have an attack that impacts you, how quick will they be to rectify the situation?

Also look at the security of servers when you are on the road.

More and more hotels and motels are allowing guests to use their in-house computer/s for tasks like checking email, printing out boarding passes when flying etc.

You may also be tempted to log-in to your bank or other financial accounts while traveling, perhaps make a purchase using a credit card. The question then begs, do you fully trust that computer and its server?

As you can see, there are myriad of opportunities for criminals to get your financial data and use it for criminal means.

The best thing you can do is take as many precautionary steps as possible to thwart the criminals at their own games.

So, do you take credit for secure financial practices?

Mar 082016
 

Digital Media Academy Spring Savings 2016

digital media academy spring 2016

Here’s something fun, educational, and rewarding for children to do this summer – especially for the ‘techie’ child.

What goes on at Digital Media Academy?

At DMA, kids (ages 6-12) and teens (ages 12-17) learn computer programming, app development, 3D modeling, robotics, graphic design, filmmaking, and much more!

Take a listen to what students have to say:

One can choose from one week DMA Camps, or step it up with two week DMA Academies. All camps are taught by industry experts and tech professionals.

Campers get hands-on experience creating projects using the latest hardware and software from Apple, Canon, Adobe, and more.

Just for GIRLS

Digital Media Academy also offers STEM camps just for girls, called Made by Girls! Learn from a female role model and tech professional in an environment of creative girls just like you!

The Savings

SAVE $100 with code CR8TECH16 when you register by March 31, 2016.

Find your summer camp at DigitalMediaAcademy.org! Questions? Call 1(866)656-3342 or email info@digitalmediaacademy.org.

Mar 052016
 

Why You Should Have a Bean Grinder for Your Home

bean grinder for your home

A cup of coffee in the morning is equal to the energetic and great day ahead. The more tasty coffee you will have, the more beautiful day you will have. The thing is, most people do not know that they can have even a better day by increasing the taste of coffee because there are some options to consider that can make a cup of coffee more delicious. That’s the reason I am writing this article so that you can learn why it is necessary for you to have a good coffee bean grinder for home use. So make sure before doing any that if you have a coffee grinder next to the coffee brewer. Without the coffee beans grinder, what is the reason that you cannot have the maximum taste that you are supposed to have? Let’s discuss some of the mentionable points here.

The Desired Coffee Every Time

The general reason to have a coffee beans grinder is that you can have every kind of flavor of coffee because you will just need to buy the beans pack, and grind it by yourself and use it right after the grinding. It is difficult to find some of the flavors in ground coffee because in supermarkets, they mostly stock items which demand. So, a great solution for coffee lovers who want different flavors of coffee at home, they can have it by having a bean grinder at home.

The Freshness of Coffee

The main technical reason beyond having a coffee grinder at home is that you can make the fresh cup of coffee with the freshest ground coffee. With all the fresh cup of Joe, you can have the best taste of coffee after extracting the coffee oil from the fresh ground coffee. It is because right after 2 minutes of grinding the beans, the real taste of coffee faded and what you taste then is only a half flavorful of a coffee cup.  After 2 minutes, the ground coffee starts oxidizing and that changes the taste completely. So having a grinder of your own will help you to have the best fresh taste ever.

Every Kind of Ground Coffee

If you haven’t invested on coffee beans grinder yet, then make sure to understand this point too. There are different coffee bean grinders with different grind settings. Invest a little more on that grinder which has every kind of grind options from coarse to fine ground coffee. It is because your mood changes many times a day, sometimes you want to have Espresso and the other time you want to make a regular coffee and all it can be achieved if you have a great quality of a bean grinder.

One thing to mention here is that you should also know the types of beans grinders. One type is the burr grinder and the second type is the blade grinder. If you are going after a separate grinder which can grind you finest coffee too, then go for the grinder with a conical burr stainless steel grinder because it will cover every option for you, but it is always costly as compared to a blade grinder. If you have a small budget, then do not worry, go and buy a blade grinder and you will still have the same taste of coffee.

Can you see the benefits of owning a bean grinder for your home?  There’s nothing like a fresh cup of coffee!

Mar 032016
 

Dish Out the Best Restaurant Experience

best restaurant experience

Do you ever stay awake at night as a restaurant owner wondering how your eatery can be even better?

For many individuals, couples, and business partners running restaurants, it seems like 24 hours in a day is never quite enough.

Not only do you need to have the best food in town, but your staff (especially waiters and waitresses) must be top-notch each and every day. If they’re not, customers may drift away from your establishment and over to others, including the direct competition.

With that being said, there are myriad of ways you can dish out the best restaurant experience for your guests not just once, but countless times. Remember, it is those individuals who keep a roof over your head and food on your table when all is said and done.

What’s on the Menu of Success?

When it comes to making your restaurant stand out from the competition, what exactly are you doing to accomplish that goal?

The best thing to do is do the occasional inventory (just as you would of your finances, purchases, food choices etc.) to see where your restaurant is winning point with customers and where you need to step it up some.

Start of course with your menu.

Having a consistent menu is great for retaining customers, but it is also important that you mix it up to a degree, giving both older and newer patrons a number of options to select from.

Your menu should also reflect a national desire on the part of many individuals to eat healthier at restaurants in 2016 and beyond.

Lastly, keep your menu options varied during days of the week too.

Having daily specials instead of the same old menu is a great way to keep guests coming back for more. Throwing in price cuts, especially in today’s challenging economic times for so many consumers, will do you well now and in the long run.

In looking at your need for the right seating for guests, buying in bulk oftentimes will save you money. Whether you or shopping for inside booths, tables and chairs or even restaurant patio furniture online; always look for deals.

It is always good to have a mix of seating (booths, tables and chairs, patio options etc.) since customers oftentimes have varied preferences to where and how they sit while dining.

Also make sure that the ambiance in your restaurant is conducive to what you offer.

A more formal restaurant is going to typically want a little bit more of a fancier look to it. This might also require patrons to be a little more dressed up when coming in. Meantime, a restaurant sporting the laid back look oftentimes will be on the noisier side, but that doesn’t mean a good time can’t be had by all.

Hire the Best Employees

Just like in any other business, those you hire to be a part of your team can and oftentimes make all the difference in the world.

It just takes one lousy customer service experience for a guest or guests to never return again. Worse yet, they may tell friends, family members, co-workers etc. not to eat at your restaurant. When that happens, it is tough to get that business back.

Your staff will oftentimes give customers a first and even last impression of your business, so make sure you send patrons home with a reason to come back sooner rather than later.

Face it, running a restaurant takes a lot of time and effort, not to mention being able to deal with gaffes along the way.

From the wrong food orders to food that doesn’t live up to the advertisements, you’re going to have some unhappy customers from time to time. The trick is always making sure those customers know deep down that you care about their feedback and you will do everything possible to send them home with a positive experience of your business.

Finally, make sure your employees take seriously the need for a clean restaurant.

Sure, staying on top of this is not easy (especially with diners coming and going all day), but your eatery can’t look like a health-hazard if you expect to keep business churning.

At the end of another busy day, take stock in whether or not you are dishing out the best restaurant experience for those who walk through your front door.

What makes a great restaurant experience for you?  What makes you go back to a restaurant time and time again?

Feb 272016
 

How Sleeping Positions Affect Your Life

How Sleeping Positions Affects Your Life

When you’re lying in bed, awaiting for your brain to shut off from the day that was, what do you think about? Perhaps, your mind is preoccupied, ruminating about tomorrow’s concerns of deadlines, meetings, bosses, economical issues, family problems, relationship,  etc.

For every man, woman and child who has no difficult drifting off into their own personal ‘dream realm,’ there is someone who is; pondering about life’s many challenges, goals and aspirations they may have. And if you’re someone who finds getting to bed a difficult venture, perhaps it’s time to start reevaluating not just what you think about at night, but the way in which you sleep, physically.

That’s right, since birth, we have a predisposition to sleep a certain way, which may or may not be a problem when we wake in the morning. Just as we develop habits in our everyday lives, we also do in our subconscious state, and as our body develops its preferred positioning location—we automatically ‘assume the position.’ This would explain why changing our sleeping-position is not as easy one would assume; in fact, it takes months and even years of premeditated effort to develop new muscle-memory that allows you to recognize how your body should (and want to) sleep at night. Additionally, the way our body is positioned at night explains a lot more than that creaky neck, ache back and sore hip; but, in fact, details our stress-levels, health, ability to focus and concentrate, happiness, productivity, etc.; furthermore, this may additionally affect personality traits, relationships, sex-life, brain oxygen levels, and so on.

So, if you’re someone who wakes up in morning feeling pain, it may be time to begin experimenting with different positions or purchasing an adjustable bed, using more pillows, lying on your side, using a wedge-foam in between your legs, placing blocks underneath the bed frame or even changing your bed’s elevation level.

Ultimately, we are all different, and what’s ideal for someone may or may not be for you. There is really no right or wrong way to sleep—but the way you’re currently sleeping may not be the best position for you. Now is the time to begin recognizing what’s going on in your life, how you feel in the morning (physically AND mentally), your sleeping history, your ability (or inability) to go to sleep without hesitation, etc. Whatever it is you’re enduring in your personal life, it may be a result of the way in which you’re sleeping.

Here are the 4 most common sleeping positions:  

1.) The Prone Position

Also known as the “Resting Toddler” position, the prone position is when an individual sleeps on his or her stomach with arms extended and bent. People with or in the beginning stages of developing Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), may benefit from this position. Studies suggest that the prone position helps to dilate the upper airways, helping air reach the brain more efficiently. Sleepers in this position are known to behave in more compulsive tendencies, tend to be more stubborn and/or think less analytically.

2.) The Royal Position

Sleeper sleeps supine (opposite of prone position) with arms lying in 180 degree along hips. The reason for its dignified title is because sleepers who utilize this position are known to have stronger personalities of self-confidence or self-involvement.

3.) Semi-Fetal Position

The most common of sleeping positions. The semi-fetal position is when a sleeper initiates a side pose, with knees slightly bent, one arm overhead and outstretched. Most sleep experts and researchers believe this position to be the safest in terms of receiving a full night’s rest and/or feeling least aching in the morning. Known to think logically, semi-fetal position sleepers maintain positive relationships and can focus most efficiently than other poses.

4.) The Full-Fetal Position

Also known as the “Womb Pose,” the full-fetal position is pretty self-explanatory. Sleepers lie in curled position, with knees close to stomach and head bent forward. Many believe sleepers who go to bed in this position are highly emotional individuals, who may or may not have had “highly intense relationships” with family or romantic life; furthermore, and oddly enough, sleepers in this position are also known to be more sexually active and women maintain a heightened capacity of achieving multiple orgasm.

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Feb 252016
 

Giving Assistant – Not Your Traditional Cash Back Site

giving assistant

For many of us, making purchases online is the way to shop.  It’s time-saving, cost-effective and means money savings – if you know what you’re doing.  Though, with the Internet being flooded with many cash back sites, it’s often hard to decide which site to shop through to get the most back on your purchase.  This is where you’ll find Giving Assistant not being your traditional cash back site – they are different on several levels.

It’s All About Giving Back

For starters, Giving Assistant makes no commission from your sales.  They give all their commission to you (not just part of it), when you shop through their site.  And, you don’t have to do anything extra on your part to get the higher cash back rate.

Cash Back

Do you see the cash back you’ll receive when shopping at Staples.com?  That’s a great cash back rate.  Plus, there are several coupon/promo codes to utilize as well, for Staples.com.  Other stores that you may frequently shop at, can be found at Giving Assistant too.

giving assistant

Promo/Coupon Codes

In addition, Giving Assistant also has coupon/promo codes to utilize, if there is one available for the site you’re buying from.  I didn’t find a site that didn’t have this perk.

And, of course, these all-time favorites are part of their program:

Meal Donation

And get this!  For every coupon/promo code you use found on the Giving Assistant site, Giving Assistant will donate a meal to a needy family.

 

giving assistant donated meals

Donate to Charity

Let’s take all this a step further.  Let’s say you’re someone who likes to donate to charity. Rather than having to do that all on your own, Giving Assistant can be set up so that all or part of the cash back that you’d received on a purchase – goes to your chosen charity.

donating to charity giving assistant

Charities to choose from are bountiful…here’s a few:

  • Salvation Army
  • High Hopes
  • Make A Wish
  • Several Ministries
  • St. Jude Hospital Inc.

Submit a Coupon/Promo Code

Sharing is caring. Have a coupon you want to share to a store found on Giving Assistant?  It’s a task easily done.  Find the store on the site and look for the link that takes you to submitting the code (at the time of this writing – they’re found at the bottom on the right-hand side of the specific store’s page.

Finally, one thing going for the Giving assistant site is that for each store on their site, they (Giving Assistant) gives the low-down for the site.  For example, you’ll know what the cash back tier is (if the store is one that has cash back limits set for different departments…IE: Amazon), what the shipping policy is, what the return policy is.  And, you’ll know what their Donation Promise is for that site (if that applies).

Getting Cash Back is Easy – (Images Below)

  • Sign up or Login to Giving Assistant
  • Enter the store in the search bar that you wish to shop at
  • The store will come up and you’ll be taken to a page that gives you the lowdown on the store along with all the available coupon/promo codes
  • Find the coupon you wish to use – click on it – a pop up will appear with the code you’ll need to enter at check out
  • Click on “Shop Now” to get your cash back
  • Cash back earned is paid out once you reach $5.01 and you have 2 choices of payment – Via Check or PayPal

Visual of Shopping Through Giving Assistant

Search for the store:

giving assistant

Check to see if a promo/coupon code is available:

store page giving assistant

Snag the code:

taples promo code giving assistant

Click on Cash Back Link: (found at the top right)

store page giving assistant

Store site will open – Shop Away

After your shopping trip at Giving Assistant you will be left with the feeling of accomplishing money savings, contributing to those in need, and donating to charity (if you choose).

Go ahead and sign up even if you don’t need to shop today (you’ll be prepared for when the time comes) bookmark the site – it’s free!

Feb 232016
 

Simple Ways to Be a Healthier and Happier Person

Simple Ways to Be a Healthier and Happier Person

Health and happiness are closely related, as being healthier can lead to happiness and being happier can make your body and mind healthier. The stresses of daily life can hinder your physical, mental, and emotional health, stunting your happiness and overall well being.

Research has shown that those who are happier are healthier and less stressed, which helps improve their overall quality of life. They tend to live longer, for they are more relaxed and healthier in their lives, relationships, and attitudes.

Being a happier and healthier person starts with you and the choices you make in your life. There are simple changes you can make that can lead to you feeling more confident in yourself, thereby being happier and healthier in your mind, spirit, and soul.

Here are a few ways to be happy and healthy:

Confidence

One of the best ways to be happy and healthy starts with confidence. Many people who are not confident in themselves lack a happy attitude, which can lead to poor self-esteem and unhealthy life habits.

Being more confident in yourself starts internally and moves externally. Learning to love yourself and your personality can truly help you be happier in your everyday life. Once you have learned to love who you are on the inside, what physical changes would help you grow in confidence? Is it losing weight? Changing the way you dress? Using cosmetic dentistry to whiten your teeth and fix your smile? If you feel more confident in the way you look and feel, you will be happier and healthier in your life.

Sleep

Getting the proper amount of sleep can help your body be happier and healthier, as sleep can not only reduce the amount of stress you feel, but also physically make your body stronger. Not getting enough sleep can lead to serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke while sleeping the right amount can improve your mood, help you lose weight, and keep your mind strong and happy.

Even though life can make it difficult to get enough sleep, make it a point to try and sleep more each night. Set a bedtime for yourself, or take part in relaxation techniques to help you fall asleep and stay asleep each night. These simple acts can help your body refuel and reenergize each night.

Slow Down

For many, the idea of slowing down is completely foreign. From work to family to life’s curveballs, slowing down does not feel like an option. However, for your physical and metal health, slowing down needs to be an option. Taking a breather each day to relax and enjoy the life you have can help your body and mind rejuvenate, which can help lower your blood pressure and help reduce your stress levels.

Reduce Your Sugar Intake

Too much sugar in your diet can lead to serious health problems, including weight gain, heart disease, and poor oral hygiene. Reducing the amount of sugar you eat each day can help you maintain a healthy weight and healthy diet, which invariably helps improve your mental health. The better your body looks and feels, the better your mind feels.

Exercise

One of the best ways to reduce your mental stress is to exercise. Most people are aware that exercise is a great tool to keeping the body healthy and happy, but many do not know how much exercise helps improve the mind and soul. The endorphins released when exercising helps to elevate your mood, keeping you mentally happy and healthy.

When it comes to finding the right exercise, look for something you are excited about doing a few times a week. If you dread heading to the gym or going for a run, you are more likely to skip your workout than if you were excited about exercising. Thus, pick something you love, such as bike riding, hiking, or picking up a sport you played when you were younger.

Water

One of the most important ways to be happier and healthier is by drinking water. Water hydrates the body, which keeps your mind clear, your skin radiant, and your body energized. Moreover, water helps to keep your body feeling full longer, thus it can help cut down on cravings.

These simple tricks can help your body and mind be stronger, healthier, and overall happier.

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