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The last time I checked, our DVR was over 50% full and includes countless episodes of shows I will probably never get around to watching. On a typical day, it may be the late evening before I get a chance to actually sit down and enjoy a good show. Sometimes I only have time to run a show in the background as I work on the computer or clean the kitchen.

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It never fails, almost every time my husband and I are in the car together, we are always trying to make last minute decisions. Where do we want to eat? Are there any new restaurants in town? What time does Sam’s close? Do we have time to take the kids to the park before it rains? How do we get to that new store?

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There are about 300 designs to choose from, some have a different design for each month. Upload up to 13 pictures to use, add icons and text for birthdays or events, and even pick what month you want to start with. I think it is a great way to wrap up the last year and start 2013 off! These are also great for gifts.  I had a reader comment that she frames the pictures at the end of each month. What a great idea!

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Fight Holiday Fat by AlliIt’s hard to believe tomorrow is the start of a new year. Since most of the holiday festivities have past, I am been thinking about ways to eat healthier and become more fit. With my three kids being so close in age, this is the first time in about four years I can actually set some goals and work to get fit without being pregnant or nursing. I am excited to get started and have been trying to find ways to keep myself on track. With a busy schedule, it is hard to stay focused. A couple weeks ago, I signed up for Let’sFightFat.com in hopes of finding some online support to assist me in reaching my health goals.

LetsFightFat.com

LetFightFat.com has a lot of great features that will allow me to stay focused, motivated and learn how to get fit. After I signed up (for FREE), I was prompted to customize my 120 day program. This included a start date, exercise preferences, meal plans,  current weight, and weight goal. Then, based on current weight, target weight, and body type, I was given a number of calories allowed during the program. Mine is 1180. I can handle that. I have really been trying to watch my calories and now with the program, I can easily track each calorie daily.  There are also healthy recipes to search through with nutritional facts. If I decide to make a recipe, I can easily add it to my calorie intake with just a click. I love the convenience.

Lets Fight Holiday Fat Schedule with Alli

I really enjoy the easy, viewable schedule. Each day I get a new tip or exercise routine to help me get fit and stay healthy. I can mark it complete and add it to my log after I do the routine and keep track of my progress. There is also a journal area to write down how I am feeling along the way. I like to jot down my own motivational thoughts that I can look back on if I get off track. I believe self-motivation is the key to success, even if I need addition motivation.

I am looking forward to continuing the use of LetsFightFat.com through the new year and if you are looking for a weight management resource, I encourage you to try it out as well. It’s FREE! Sign up here.

 

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In this technology-driven world, but sons have managed to easily learn how to use a tablet and smartphones. It didn’t take long before Ethan was downloading new games and apps and teaching himself how to play them. One day I was looking at our Samsung Galaxy Tablet powered by Android and noticed some new shortcuts for ‘Free Apps’ and ‘Free Job Search’ and a bunch of similar notification in the notification bar. I deleted the shortcuts and cleared the notifications, but had no idea where they came from. The only thing I knew to do was delete most of the apps on the tablet (which my son was not very happy about).

I recently learned about Madware and it has shed some light on these annoying new shortcuts and notifications. Madware is aggressive mobile adware that affects Android devices. It uses aggressive techniques to place advertising in photo albums, calendar entries and push messages to your notification bar. Madware can even go so far as to replace ringtones with an ad. After I learned about Madware, I looked at the tablet’s photo gallery and found 5 new photo folders with pictures that were ads. Seriously? That is insane! Most apps, especially free ones, have some form of ads and Madware is becoming more and more frequent. No only do you have to deal with all those ads while using the app, but now ads are being placed all over your device that you will see when you are not using the app. Less popular apps are 135% more likely to contain the worse forms of Madware than popular apps.

When you sign up for UPS My Choice , you will receive delivery alerts, approx. delivery times, ability to route package to will-call for pick up, electronically sign for package if you aren’t going to be home, and more.

When I get an email alert that a package will be delivered, it is extremely helpful. Especially if it is something that I am not expecting or did not have tracking information on. This is perfect for the holiday season because I do a lot of online shopping and can keep track of all my shipments.

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