Monthly Archives: December 2009

  • Site of the Week: Fandango

    December 31, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    Since the movie season is in full swing with the latest flicks coming out I thought I could give all you movie fans a method that will save you time and money while still going to all the newest releases. Fandango.com is all around movie site where you can view trailers, purchase tickets, view movies times,  view ratings, rate the movie yourself, track upcoming movies, and best of all save some cash. The trailer viewing section of this site is great because many of them are extended trailers so you can get that last few seconds of the preview in. You can also purchase tickets on the site as well once you create an account. The tickets are printable at home which lets you avoid the ticket lines on opening night. To become part of the community you can rate movies for others to view or you can look at other’s ratings for the movies you want to see.
    Another great feature is tracking upcoming movies. I know the diehard movie fanatics have countdowns for when their favorite flick will come out and with Fandango they can make sure not to miss the earliest promotions of it.  Once you have a Fandango account you will start receiving emails about savings and how to get into movies for as cheap as $1 per person. You can get any better than that in these days.
     
    To try out the Fandango movie site for yourself visit: www.fandango.com

  • 7 Time Saving Tips for Christmas Decoration Storage

    December 29, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    The decorations are still up but sometime this week you will begin the process of packing it all away for another year. Start off with a little preplanning and you can save yourself hours of frustration both this year and next..

    1.  Storage Containers – Store everything in plastic, no more, old cardboard boxes. Purchase the inexpensive 18 gallon red and green storage bins that you can find at Target or Home Depot.  That way, no matter how messy your storage area may be, you will never misplace a box of Christmas decorations.  Plus your precious decorations will be protected from unexpected water damage and any type of pest infestation. These bins do sell out early.

    2. Pictures -Take pictures of all of your decorated areas and store in a small photo album.  This serves two purposes, first it helps you remember where everything goes, but more importantly you can give a picture to a family member and they can recreate the display just as you want it each and every year.  This small tip will save you hours of time and make sure the whole family is involved in this large task.

    3. Team Communication – Be sure to make a pizza date with your family to take down and store the decorations. Just as it is a family event to put up the decorations, make it a family event to put them away.  If you still need help, hire a local teenager in need of money, who would be happy to assist.

    4. Packing Order - As you store your decorations, pack and label them by display area.  For example, mantle and banister, wreaths, nativity...  You can also store and mark the boxes in stages.  At our home, we have stages 1, 2 and 3.  Stage one includes the advent wreath and most of the decorations both inside and out except the Christmas tree.  Stage 2 includes Christmas dishes, cards, clothes, jewelry, books, towels and cookie cutters.  Stage 3 includes the Christmas tree decorations and wrapping paper.

    5. Discard unused decorations – This is a hard one, but if you didn't display it this year, you won't display it next year.  Give it away to a family in need or put it in your garage sale bin to sell this spring. At the same time throw away any strings of lights that no longer work.

    6. Pack to Protect - Pack delicate ornaments in their original boxes and be sure to wrap anything that is loose in tissue paper or newspaper.

    7. Storing by Stage Number - Finally as you put the containers in storage put stage 3 on the bottom or in the back, with stage one in the front or on the top.  Next year you will be so pleased with yourself when it's time to redecorate.

    For additional tips go to http://housekeeping.about.com/od/garageandstorage/a/10cmasstorage.htm

    Happy Packing!

  • Merry Christmas!

    December 24, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    Wi-Ex wishes you a safe and Merry Christmas!

  • Recipe of the Month

    December 23, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    Spicy Nachos

    With the holidays here and family in town you may need a quick snack for the family to nibble on in between the fun activities of the holidays. The following recipe will take about 30-45 minutes to cook but will only have about 5 minutes to prepare.

    Ingredients:

    2 lbs of Velveeta cheese

    1 can of Ro-Tel tomato and chili sauce

    Crock-pot

    1 lb of ground beef

    Taco seasoning sauce

     Bag of tortilla chips

    Steps:

    1.       Cook ground beef until browned and mix with taco seasoning sauce

    2.       Cut the cheese into small cubes and toss into the crock-pot

    3.       Open the can of Ro-Tel and put sauce into crock-pot

    4.       Mix ground beef into crock-pot along with other ingredients

    5.       Let sit for 30-45 minutes or until cheese in melted on medium or high heat

    6.       Transfer to serving dish, surrounded by tortilla chips and enjoy!

  • Last Minute Shopping

    December 21, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    Now that we are 3 days away from Christmas, the Wi-Ex team thought we would give everyone a few last minute shopping tips to keep you sane while in the battle of the lines at the mall:

    1.       Have a shopping buddy who can stand in line while you shop around and so  you can avoid the lines. Take turns with your buddy being the shopper and the space holder and the two of you will be out of the mall before you know it!

    2.       Check for last minute shopping deals online. There are still a few online stores offering shipping before the 25th if you order early in the week.

    3.       Try to be at the stores when they open so you can be the first in and the first out!

    4.       Make lists before you head to the mall. Doing this will help you keep your sanity while facing the crowd. Sometimes with the sheer amount of people, holiday music, and heat in the malls will make you lose your cool. You'll lose track of your list, and before you know it you'll forget your important items.

    5.       Try to pick your last minute gifts you need at a common super store, like Wal-Mart, Target or Kohl's-- Think one stop shopping!

    Happy Shopping! Keep the prize in mind and get in and get out!

  • Community Involvement: The Salvation Army

    December 18, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    Download The Salvation Army Bellringer app for your iPhone.

    Inspired by our dedicated volunteers – a familiar sight outside of stores and at shopping malls during the holidays, The Salvation Army Bellringer iPhone app is a wonderful way to raise awareness for thousands of people in need, and have a little fun at the same time.

    By downloading this simple Bellringer app, you, your friends, and your family can share in the tradition of being a Salvation Army Bellringer volunteer.

    With 12 musical notes to choose from, you and your friends can ring your bells together and create unique sounds, play your favorite holiday songs, or make up an on-the-spot jingle. The notes are up to you, but one thing’s certain: Thanks to your bell ringing and donations, we can change lives for the better.

    Download the app now and help The Salvation Army continue Doing the Most Good. 

    This is the last big weekend to drop money into the Salvation Army red kettle before Christmas.  As you are running in to make those last minute purchases, don't forget to greet your local Salvation Army bell ringer with a smile, as you drop a few dollars into the red kettle to help a family in need.

     The "miracle" of Christmas is repeated over and over again through the joy of caring and sharing. The traditional red kettle is an integral part of the Christmas scene, with millions of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless, in keeping with the spirit of the season.

    Donations provide Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need. Financial assistance also helps with basic necessities, along with seasonal aid. Families of prisoners often are included. Many families receive aid over a period of months after the Christmas season as well.  Volunteers distribute gifts to shut-ins in hospitals and nursing homes, and shelters are open for sit-down dinners. The Salvation Army endeavors to bring spiritual light and love to those it serves at Christmas so that the real meaning of the season is not forgotten.

    No cash on hand or iphone app? This year you can make donations by credit card at several test sites across the United States or go to www.salvationarmy.com to make an immediate donation.

    In 1891, Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee created the kettle donation tradition when he placed an iron kettle in San Francisco's Oakland Ferry Landing that read, "Keep the pot boiling." He used the money people placed in it to fund a Christmas dinner for the poor in the area. The act soon spread across the United States and is now also a common site in Korea, Japan, Chile and many European countries.

  • Site of the Week: Snapfish

    December 17, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    Memories are one of the best gifts you can give someone.  Since Christmas is one week away I thought this favorite site of mine would be a good one to share for all you last minute shoppers.  Snapfish.com is an online digital photo site that allows you to store, print, order, and share your pictures. The first step is to set up an account and upload your pictures. Once you have created your account, you and your friends can link your accounts to exchange photos. You can also use Snapfish to keep up with your printing and have your prints shipped to you or sent to your local store that supports photo printing to pick up.

    Although the aspects above make organizing and sharing photos easier, the best part is the personalized gifts you can make with Snapfish.  Snapfish has over 100 gifts that you can personalize and make your own. A few of the gifts that stood out to me were the calendar that someone could enjoy all year long, the charm bracelet with photos in the charms that would last a lifetime, and the traditional coffee mug to brighten anyone’s  morning.  To start your Snapfish account or to buy a memorable gift for a loved one go to www.snapfish.com and start your digital photo collection now!

  • Office Party Etiquette

    December 16, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    The holiday season is upon us which brings many opportunities for celebration, including the annual office party. There are so many dos and don’ts when it comes to the holiday office party but I’ve narrowed it down to a few important, yet often ignored, points to remember (and possibly share with a co-worker or 2).

    First, and most importantly, remember that the annual office holiday party is still a business function. While it is an opportunity to relax and get to know your co-workers a little better, it is not an opportunity to try your new pick-up lines nor have all of those inappropriate conversations you’ve been holding back at the office.

    Second, attend. Unless you've got an amazing excuse, make sure you show up at the holiday party. Those who have organize the event have likely put a lot of work into it. They may take your absence personally and hold it against you. That's not how you want to start the New Year.

    Third, one drink is enough, really. Nothing good will come if you drink too much. Nothing.

    Fourth, Be aware of cameras. If you don’t want it posted on Facebook, don’t do it.

    Fifth, Don't forget to say thank you. The least you can do is thank the party organizers and others involved. It’s a simple courtesy that goes a long way.

    Just remember, you still have to work with these people when the party is done. Give yourself behavior limits before the party begins and you won’t have any regrets.

  • Shopping Deal of the Week

    December 15, 2009 - Leave a Comment

     In these last few weeks of holiday shopping the malls and shops are packed full, to say the least. Utilizing shopping tactics like Overstock.com will let you shop at home in your holiday pjs and save that precious holiday time. This week I am focusing on the last-minute holiday savings that can also make things productive. Overstock.com is a popular source for shopping online these days. Overstock.com offers consumers is savings of both money and time. The way this site works is the company buys surplus and returned merchandise and offers in on an online E-commerce marketplace at a discounted price.

    This holiday season Overstock.com is running what they call “25 Days, 25 Deals”, which is a deal a day for the 25 days leading up to Christmas. Now that we are in on the 15th day there are 10 days left to get these amazing deals for your last-minute shopping. The deal for today is a Hi-Resolution LCD Digital picture frame for the low-cost of $34.99. This is a steal because in the stores this item is going for $50 or more! This item can be shipped to your home by 12/24 so make sure to order someone near and dear to you one of these gifts before they are gone!

  • Happy Hanukkah

    December 12, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    There are 17 different correct ways to spell Hanukkah: Chanuccah, Channuka, Channukah, Chanuka, Chanukkah, Chanuko, Hannuka, Hannukah, Hanuka, Hanukkah, Hanukka, Hannukka, Kanukkah, Khannuka, Khannukah, Khanukkah, Khanukkah.

    Have a happy one, regardless of how you spell it!

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