How to Survive Graduation Day

June 9, 2016

It’s an exciting day for students and families seeing your son or daughter on the stage, all dressed up and smiling from ear to ear. So many dreams are being made. So many plans for the future are being discussed. So how do you make it easier emotionally and physically? Here are 8 tips on Surviving Graduation day: Arrive early to the venue. Your child will most likely have to be there at a certain time, but you should arrive at least an hour early to secure good seats to view where your child is sitting on stage. Eat and drink plenty before you go. Some graduations will take an hour and a half and others can go as long as 4 hours. The later being colleges, but some high school graduations could be 2 plus hours depending on the number of students. Bring tissues. It’s a happy day, but you don’t know what your emotions will be like on that day. So proud and excited for them, but the memories of when they were younger will pop into your mind. Bring your camera and phone. You don’t want to risk missing this exciting time. I left my phone...

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8 tips to stay alert while driving

January 21, 2016

Squirrel! Driving down the road we often look around to see what’s going on. Sometimes we see animals, sometimes we see pretty houses but most of the time we really don’t take in what we see. Driving is a habit and something we do almost every day. We don’t have to really think about it unless we are learning how to drive and have to pass a test. So what happens when you do see something? Like a squirrel? It’s like we get a slap in the face and it wakes us up. We have a quick response to either jump – if it’s running out in front of us – or we quickly look at it as it scampers on the side of the road trying not to get hit.  Whatever our reaction is, we do something. This something becomes the distraction to our driving or train of thought. We have so many distractions while we drive now. How can we help ourselves to really pay attention to our driving? Here are 8 tips to stay alert while driving When we get into the car, make all adjustments to seats, mirrors, GPS and climate controls so you are...

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5 Easy Steps and Apps to create a Home Inventory

January 15, 2016

It’s hard to remember every little thing you own in your home. Things are given to you or your buy them, then you put them aside for when you may need them. What would you do if you had a fire in your home and everything was destroyed? Having a home inventory will help you remember everything you have lost, will help with any insurance claims you may file and help verify losses for your income tax return. To start a home inventory: 1. Decide what will make it easier for you to remember, e.g. photos, lists, sales receipts, etc. There are many ways to record the inventory too, e.g. photos with written descriptions, video recorded on a thumb drive or files created with both photos and video saved onto the cloud. 2. Start with one room. Take a picture or video of the room. Make sure you open all cabinets and drawers so you capture everything in the picture. 3. List all items in the picture or describing what they are, including the make and model and where/when you purchased them. 4. If you have sales receipts, put them with this page. You will also need to know...

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5 Tips To Stay Safe During The Holidays

December 23, 2015

Having a fun and safe Holiday season may be the last thing on your mind, but it’s what everyone wants. Here are some quick things to keep in mind during this festive Holiday season: Tree Safety. Choose the right tree for looks but also quality. Make sure your tree is freshly cut so it will last longer, but also not dry out. Look for needles that do not fall off the branches or break. Live trees need to be watered every day. Christmas tree fires are not common, but when they do, they tend to be more serious. Most are caused by electrical problems. Keep away from electrical outlets and any heat source. Home Safety. When people are entertaining, more cooking is taking place and more distractions are too. Unattended cooking is one of the leading causes of fires in the home, according to the National Fire Protection Association. People often use their fireplaces to create a nice setting for their guests. Be sure your home is safe from any embers and clear anything dry (boughs, decorations) from the fireplace area to prevent any unattended fires from starting. Holiday Travel Safety. Before the rush of the Holiday season, have your...

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How To Approach A Cyber Attack

September 14, 2015

No one is safe from a cyber-attack. It doesn’t matter the size of your business or personal accounts. Data breaches are happening every day. Hackers get into point-of-sale devices and servers that contain vital records and credit card information. This information is then sent to a remote server so the data is available. Cyber-attacks are becoming more and more common. So what can I do about a cyber-attack? Businesses: Focus on prevention and risk management. Know what information you have and where you have it. Know who has access to this information. Don’t keep information longer than you need to. Don’t rely on just the IT department. Everyone has a role in recognizing potential risks. Have a plan of protection in place. Update and test security programs. Audit your business. Have a plan of recovery in place. All employees play a role. They should know what they need to do. Have this plan spelled out and printed out. If a breach occurs, take these steps: Stop the attack by making servers and computers unusable (pull the plug) Change passwords Identify the technical malicious access Correct the technical access with new software and security Report the breach to your State’s...

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Your Dog and Neighbors: Preventing Biting

What happens if your dog bites your neighbor? Our dogs are our pets. No, not pets – family members. They keep us company, they entertain us, and they protect us. So, what are our neighbors? Most people consider their neighbors to be friends or at least cordial acquaintances. When something happens between neighbors, things can be strained. You want to repair this relationship as fast as you can or it will be uncomfortable living near each other. So what happens when your dog bites your neighbor? The obvious thing is to first get your dog under control and away from your neighbor. Then make sure your neighbor is OK. But wait, it’s usually so much more than that! We are talking about the liability of owning a dog. It is up to you to have proper control of your dog in any situation. When indoors, your dog should never be in front of you when answering the door. You should also pay attention to how your dog is behaving when someone does come to the door. Is he wagging his tail? Is he excited to see the person? Is he protecting you and acting aggressively? If he is wagging...

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