While I’ve tried many diets over the years, the single most important thing I was missing was the ability to correctly calculate calories and keep my fats, sugars & sodium under control.
Fortunately, the internet has a solution for every conceivable problem and when I discovered My Fitness Pal I was really excited! And the best part, they provide a free app for your smart phone so you can take your healthy eating on the go!
One of the features I appreciate the most is the ability to photograph the barcode on a package and instantly get the nutritional value of that snack! It takes all the manually work & guessing out of the equation, leaving you with just the facts.
Reports and charts can break down your eating habits into overall or individual categories, where you can see your weekly or monthly intake of sodium or whatever you’re having a hard time controlling in your diet. For me, it’s always been carbs…
In addition to counting calories & keeping track of nutritional values, My Fitness Pal also offers group communities, an exercise diary (with calories burned tool), apps, tickers and badges to place on your blog showing your weight loss progress.
Look for this and other great diet & fitness apps at Google Play Store!
I have a double drawer filing cabinet with folders to keep my monthly bills but there’s so much paper junk I accumulate on a weekly basis, I just can’t remember which ones I mean to keep and which ones were suppose to end up in the trash.
Then I saw the TV commercial for NeatDesk, the special scanner that digitizes all forms of paper and keeps them organized in a “neat” indexed archive on your computer or laptop.
In my estimation this was the gadget I’ve been waiting for to help me get rid of the frustrating clutter that’s been taking over my life!
I really considered getting this for Christmas, so went online to look at product reviews & compare prices. I really liked everything about it… except the $350 price tag!
Halfway through my disappointment, I clicked on an ad in the sidebar and ended up on Google’s Play App store.
Before I knew it I was looking at applications that help organize & store all kinds of “paper junk” including receipts, coupons, sales ads, to-do lists, business cards, doctors’ bill, recipes, cancelled checks--- just about anything that may prove useful at a later date!
CamScanner by IntSig Information Co.,Ltd
This app is incredible! It uses your camera to scan your document and store it on your device.
Your choice of scanning as an image or PDF file with ability to store by category & tags.
Works on phones & tablets and if you’re scanning business cards it can import the info into your contacts! Allows for cloud storage and syncing with other devices. This app has been downloaded by 60 million users and is FREE!
***A few years ago a devastating tornado ripped through our town leaving thousands homeless. After FEMA came in to assess damages & pay homeowners insurance, there were many who couldn’t prove their identity, let alone their ownership of a house! If these critical documents had been scanned & stored somewhere outside their home, they would’ve had instant access and immediate relief after the disaster.***Two summers ago my husband was suddenly admitted to the hospital while away on business in another state. They had no idea he was allergic to Morphine or that he was diabetic and on blood thinners. Luckily, I had already scanned & stored all of his meds & health summary on my phone for quick reference. When I gave this info to the ER nurses, they were able to better care for my husband without missing any of the life sustaining meds he was already on!
Items you can practice with can include shoe laces, leather straps, ribbons, Halloween or Mardi Gras beads, broken jewelry, costume jewelry, thread, yarn, floss, zippers, buttons, clasps & hooks, split rings, lock washers, safety pins, glue, and much more. Just be creative and don’t turn down anything!
Next thing to do after you’ve gathered your materials, is to Google DIY jewelry so you can have a visual of what the finished project should look like. Don’t worry if yours doesn’t look like the picture and it’s perfectly fine to try your own ideas.
For my little example below, I used a brown (round) leather strap from an old hat, cross-stitch thread (also called embroidery thread), a strand of fake pearls (left over from a previous project), glue (prefer clear glue) and an 8 mm bead or a medium flat button.
(btw, you ALWAYS need scissors!)
Measure your strap by wrapping it around your wrist to make sure it fits. It’s a good idea to have an extra 2-3 inches in the event your clasp doesn’t look good and you want to cut it off and try again…
Fold the strap in half and beginning wrapping about 1/2 inch below the loop, which you will later use as a button hole to fasten your bracelet. As you wrap the colored thread you will also wrap the faux pearls tightly into place.
Note: I decided to wrap thread between each pearl twice and make it look like a “V” design
Check your work every few wraps to make sure it’s not crooked or twisted. You’ll probably be able to manipulate the strand of pearls to straighten them on leather wrap. As you’re coming to the end, measure your wrist with it to see where exactly you’ll need to stop. If necessary mark it with a pencil or stick a pin through it.
When you get to the end double & triple wrap the colored thread and take a needle and hide the thread under the wrapping. I always put a little dab of clear glue to make sure it doesn’t ever unravel.
The closure can be anything that can fit through the end loop. I used an 8 mm bead but you can use a decorative button, a hook or even a lock washer (usually found in a toolbox).
This project took me 3 hours and I consider myself an intermediate crafter. I have fibromyalgia pain especially in my fingers so it shouldn’t take you more than an hour to make one!
Enjoy and Happy Crafting :)
Visit my handmade items at Krafty Chik
Two years ago, one of the gifts we received for Christmas was a Keurig coffee machine. I was ecstatic cause I’m a big-time coffee drinker and now I was going to finally experience quality coffee one cup at a time--- any flavor my heart desired!
What I didn’t know was that I’d be spending close to $16 every two to three days for a box of 12 K-cups, adding up to about $128 in one month!!! Needless to say, after the novelty wore off and my grocery allowance kept coming up short, I decided to unplug the Keurig and went back on the instant coffee budget.
But a few weeks ago, I discovered a way to save money & keep my Keurig! I was strolling through Walmart when I saw single-cup reusable filter pods designed for the Keurig… At first I sighed and just walked on but when I got to the end of the aisle, I turned around and headed right back to get a better look.
***NOTE: Keurig has come out with their own reusable filter pods, but I think you only get 1 for $17.
I picked this one up for under $10. It comes with 4 pods and a scooper and I can use it with ANY brand coffee, including Starbucks, 8’oclock coffee, Maxwell House, Green Mountain, Douwe Egberts, and Gevalia.
They all taste perfect, no coffee grounds in your cup and easy to clean.
Now I can drink gourmet coffee and still use my Keurig, and not go broke doing it! :)
If you haven't tried Ebates yet, let me tell you what you're missing! Every time you shop at your favorite online stores via the EBATES website, you will receive a percentage back in cash! That's right, Real Cash --not reward points, not gift cards or in-store credit!
All your purchases will be tracked with a special code that identifies you as the purchaser. When you checkout and the order is fully paid, EBATES credits you with the amount the merchant has agreed for the incentive. Some offer 2% back and others up to 15% back and if you check in regularly, you might find your favorite store offering a Daily Double!
Below is a snapshot of some of my purchases. All your visits & pending purchases can be viewed from your Ebates dashboard.
If you also participate in a store’s reward program, you can still use it upon check out! Look at my Kmart & Best Buy purchases--- I bought the items I was going to shop anyway, but did it through the Ebates website and at checkout I entered my rewards membership number of those particular stores, and have already received rewards from them too in addition to receiving cash back from Ebates. Two rewards from one purchase!
I recommend downloading the toolbar extension for your browser. It automatically detects Ebates participation while you surf the internet and pops up to let you know you’ll receive cash back. It looks like this:
Make sure you click on the “Activate Cash Back” button before you start shopping. Your cash will be paid out via check or directly to your PayPal account.
Personally, I feel very fortunate to be able to get anything back for spending my hard earned money on items I need to buy anyway; and still have enough money left over to buy pricey items at really discounted prices!
It’s a great incentive and I don’t know why anyone would overlook it!
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- old navy
- over 1,500 stores to choose from!
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BREAK UP WITH ADVERTISING!
It’s me, your consumer. We need to talk. Things have to change between us. We've drifted apart. I feel like our relationship is strained. Dysfunctional even. Don’t tell me you haven’t noticed.
It’s not me – it’s you. Honestly.
It’s become pretty clear that you don’t get me. Or respect me as an individual. You surely don’t respect my time. You constantly bombard me with ad after ad – most of them completely irrelevant to anything in my life. You interrupt me every chance you get. You try to dictate and monopolize my time. It’s all about you, you, you. I’m smothered AND I’m bored. Not a good combination.
You don’t respect my privacy. You gather, buy, and sell data about me behind my back. Aggregating this, algorithm-ing that. What is that about? Without my permission or knowledge, you sneak cookies on my machine to track my every move. It’s creepy. I need you to back off.
Is it any wonder that I have grown more distant? Yes, I am avoiding you. I don’t watch TV or listen to radio anymore. Or if I do, I use my DVR like Caller ID to skip right past your message. Because I don’t want to hear from you.
So, I’m spending more and more time online, where I feel more in control. Where people understand me. Where I can buy and download my movies, shows, and songs, without your relentless, irrelevant interruptions. Where I can block your pop-ups and delete your cookies. (But I’ll never forgive you for SPAM. Never.)
I think if you search yourself deep down, you will agree that our relationship has not been that great for you either. How many millions of dollars do you waste every day sending me messages that either don’t apply to me, or that I just ignore? How often do you wonder – “Am I getting through? What does my consumer think about me?” Let’s face it, you deserve better too.
We have tried it your way for a few decades now, and, I think you would agree, it’s just not working out for either of us. I don’t want to be tied down to something that isn't right for me. And you don’t want to reach out to someone not right for you.
So I’m sorry, but I just can’t go back to the way things were. That part of my life is over. I am moving on.
I have a proposition for you. Let’s try this…
I am creating a MeFile. And in that MeFile I am spelling out what I am all about and exactly what I’m looking for in an advertiser. Specifically. Authentically. Think of it like a profile for an online match-making service where I am matched up with ads about things I could actually want, care about, live with. If I am right for you, and you are right for me, you can reach me through my MeFile.
I understand your job here, and I know that you need my attention to do it. Now, I am giving you a better way to get it – directly from me. So if you want my attention, I am sure we can work something out. Just you and me.
I hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity. Actually, I am insisting. The ball’s in your court.
Me, Your Consumer
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