Monthly Archives: May 2010

  • Memorial Day Weekend

    May 28, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Image from Wikipedia.orgMemorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day commemorates the U.S. men and women who died while in the military service.

    Ways to Observe

    • Many people visit cemeteries and memorials.
    • A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. local time.
    • Another tradition is to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff from dawn until noon local time.
    • Volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at National Cemeteries.
    • Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars take for poppies in the days leading up to Memorial Day; the poppy's significance to Memorial Day is the result of the John McCrae poem "In Flanders Fields."
    • Memorial Day is also used as a time for picnics, barbecues, family gatherings, and sporting events.
    • One of the longest-standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, an auto race which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911. The Coca-Cola 600 has been held later the same day since 1961.
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      The National Memorial Day Concert takes place on the west lawn of the United States Capitol. The concert is broadcast on PBS and NPR. Music is performed, and respect is paid to the men and women who gave their lives for their country.

    Information from Wikipedia.org.

  • AAA App for your iPhone

    May 26, 2010 - Leave a Comment

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    The new AAA Roadside application for iPhone users has arrived just in time for Memorial Day weekend and summer travel!

    This free application will provide AAA members with a service that uses their phone’s location-based service to send the vehicle location, description and problem in quickly to the roadside assistance dispatch. The user will receive a confirmation that the information was received as well as the option to call in to report it.

    Some neat features of the AAA Roadside App:

    • While You Are Waiting feature: Members can search for AAA-approved auto repair shops, Hertz rental locations with member discounts, AAA-approved accommodations and AAA office and retail locations with discounds on auto parts
    • Each serach displays key info for each location, including name, address, phone, distance from location, routing map, driving directions and a summary of the discount details.
    • An option for those who are not AAA members, to join

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    To make sure your iPhone and AAA App are working like they should on your next roadtrip, remember the zBoost YX230 is a great travel accessory to keep you connected and safe!

    To read more about the new AAA App: Click here.

    To read more about the zBoost YX230:  Click here.

  • E-Readers Lighten your Summer Load

    May 24, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    It's almost Memorial Day weekend and finally there will be some lazy time to read a book.  This year, reading has taken on a whole new look.  No longer are people lying by the pool or on the beach with their paperback summer novel. Now you see people staring into their iPad, Kindle, Smartphone or one of the many other E-Reader devices.

    On a recent trip to the beach, I down loaded three free books including Benjamin Franklin's autobiography, to my iPhone Kindle app.  This might not be a book I would pick up at the book store, but since it was free, I thought, why not.

    It's even possible to download text books, so instead of dragging around 30 lbs of heavy books to class, today's students can carry a lightweight E-Reader.  Obviously, text books are not free!

    Lighten your load this summer by adding an E-Reader to your packing list.  For more information click below on the link to a recent New York Times article on E-Readers.


    E-Reader Applications for Today, and Beyond

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/13/technology/personaltech/13smart.html?8cir&emc=cira1

  • 2010 Outstanding Incubator Client Award

    May 21, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Since we were recognized as a finalist in the National Business Incubator Associations’ Outstanding Client Award, I was invited to attend the annual meeting in Orlando, Florida yesterday. The luncheon was attended by almost 700 Entrepreneurs and Incubator managers from around the world. On your behalf I did receive the Outstanding Client Award.

    The National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) is the world’s leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship. Each year, it provides thousands of professionals with information, education, advocacy and networking resources to bring excellence to the process of assisting early-stage companies.

    Nominees for this award were rated on accomplishments such as rapid growth, achieving goals, obtaining investment, important customers, overcoming significant obstacles and/or developing a unique technology or service. Thanks to each of you and your contributions, Wi-Ex is the winner of the 2010 Outstanding Incubator Client Award.

  • Site of the Week: Hungry Girl

    May 20, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    In Hungry Girl’s own words, “I'm not a nutritionist, I'm just hungry.”

    As a self-proclaimed, average woman who struggles with all same foods issues as most other woman, Hungry Girl has created this website where she does all the leg work for helping woman make better food choices. As someone, who has struggled with fad diets, and yoyo dieting, Hungry Girl has made a change in her own life, and now helps other women make a change in their own. Hungry Girl says, “I scour supermarkets, restaurants and more to fulfill the cravings of my former lifestyle with replacement choices, and I love every minute of it! From low calorie ice cream sundaes to low carb donuts, I am always at the forefront of the latest trends in food and dieting, living the Hungry Girl lifestyle and loving what I eat! Some of the features of the Hungry Girl website are:

    • The News section, where HG is: Looking for the latest diet & nutrition headlines? You're in the right place...Dig in!” Here, HG covers all new topics about food, new products and what’s going on in the foodie world.
    • Chew The Right Thing:  Fabulous finds and disastrous discoveries revealed...Eat 'em up!” This section lists tons of recipes to make your favorite things, but in healthier ways.
    • Ask Hungry Girl:  Hungry Girl dishes out fresh advice...Gobble some up!” This is a Q&A section where readers send in their questions, and HG answers.
    • Weekly Weigh-In: "We've got lots on our mind. Click around to see what we're weighing in on!"  HG takes a look at popular products and lets you know which ones she likes best. For example, one of this morning’s weigh-in was on the nutritional content Greek Yogurt vs. Plain Yogurt, to see which is a better snack choice.
    • Girls Bite Out: You CAN survive weekends and dining out! These tips, tricks & recipes will help you get thru even the hungriest of times...” This section is dedicated to the most difficult time to eat healthy- the weekends and when going out with friends. This helpful section focuses on maintaining healthy choices while having fun!

    Go to Hungry Girl today and check out ways to change your eating habits for the better! You can also sign up for her FREE daily email!

  • The zBoost Pocket Keeps Us Connected on Cape San Blas, FL

    May 18, 2010 - Leave a Comment


    Cape San Blas, FL is an 18 mile long peninsula stretching out into the Gulf of Mexico and has some of the prettiest beaches in the world.  It was named the number one beach in the United States in 2002.  Unfortunately, it also has some of the worst cell service, especially if AT&T or Sprint is your carrier.

    Last week I spent 4 wonderful days teleworking from Cape San Blas and was so happy that I had taken my zBoost Pocket (YX110) with me on the trip. The zBoost pocket is quite small and it easily fit in the front pocket of my brief case.

    I'm not sure how the signal works on the Cape. Depending on the time of day you can go from no service to 1 bar while standing outside, with definitely no service in the house. As the zBoost instructions make very clear, the product does not create a signal, so when there is no service outside, the zBoost will not create a signal and bring it in.

    What it did do very well, is take 1 bar and boost it to 3 bars.  This allowed me and my daughter to make very clear cell phone calls. At one point, she said, "Mom this zBoost really works!"  We have visited Cape San Blas many times and this is the first time we were able to make cell calls from our rental home, A Tropical Breeze. www.vrbo.com/17507.

    In the past, I have experienced bad cell service in New York City, Hilton Head SC, Lakeside, OH and of course in the rural areas driving to these locations. For all future trips, my zBoost Pocket will be one of the first things I pack.

  • Armed Forces Day- May 15

    May 14, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the 3rd Saturday every May. It was created in 1949 to honor Americans who serve in the US military branches- the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard.

    Armed Forces Day was created by the Department of Defense to consolidate the celebration of all the military forces to all be observed on the same day. Observance of the individual branch days has continued, however.

    Remember to pay tribute this Saturday to all the men and women who have served for our country!

  • May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

    May 13, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Memorial Day is just around the corner, which in my mind, is the beginning of summer.  I am spending a few days teleworking from the beach on Cape San Blas, Florida and the summer weather has already arrived here.


    Since May is Skin Cancer Awareness month, here are a few reminders from the American Academy of Dermatology for protecting your skin from sun damage.

    Be Sun Smart® by American Academy of Dermatology

    Protect yourself from the sun

    http://www.aad.org/public/sun/smart.html

    Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma. You can have fun in the sun and decrease your risk of skin cancer. Here's how to Be Sun Smart®:

    • Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or more to all exposed skin. “Broad-spectrum” provides protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Reapply approximately every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.
    • Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses, where possible.
    • Seek shade when appropriate. Remember that the sun's rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If your shadow appears to be shorter than you are, seek shade.
    • Protect children from sun exposure. Be sure to play in the shade, use protective clothing, and apply sunscreen.
    • Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand because they reflect and intensify the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chances of sunburn.
    • Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds can cause skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look like you've been in the sun, consider using a sunless self-tanning product, but continue to use sunscreen with it.
    • Check your birthday suit on your birthday. If you notice anything changing, growing, or bleeding on your skin, see a dermatologist. Skin cancer is very treatable when caught early.
  • Article of the Week

    May 12, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Texas Bow Hunter, a forum for hunting enthusiasts recently posted a thread called “Cell Phone Boosters for the deer lease.....” discussing the problems that people have getting  good cell reception while out hunting.

    Genevieve said, “get the zboost. It works great. I just spoke with the guys at Wi-Ex and I might be getting an upgraded antenna. It would be best to call and speak with them. I wish I would have known about the better antenna when I bought mine. Here is the phone number for Wi-Ex. They have good customer service.”

    Read more at TexasBowHunter.com.

  • Tips from a Mommy Blogger

    May 7, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    I grew up in a very small town where everyone in my family lived within a 10 mile radius. Needless to say my family was at every birthday party, around for every holiday, dance recital - you name it and they were there - mom, dad, grandmothers, aunts, uncles and cousins.  When I decided to leave NC,  I joined my one other Aunt who lives outside of that 10 mile radius. Combine that with marrying my husband from Baltimore and my family became a radius of several states and thousands of miles.  When it came time for our first son to arrive - the first grandchild on both sides - I knew we needed to figure out a way to make those thousands of miles disappear. That is the day I joined the Mommy Blogging World!

    Over the last three plus years I have blogged - in the voice of a 3 year old and most recently the addition of our 7 month old - on every topic you can imagine that deals with babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

    Make a schedule

    Since I work in PR I love a good spreadsheet! Now I don't take the kids blogging that far but I do blog mostly on Sunday nights for the week ahead. This means some of the updates are a week old but no one really cares :) I do plan ahead for special occasions like birthdays and holidays so they hit on the right day.

    Know your audience

    My blog is for our family and friends and the grandparents love pictures. They like to read what the kids are doing as long as there is a picture to go with it! I learned the hard way that typing out paragraphs of what the kids are doing is not as effective as posting a picture.  This has helped me take a lot more pictures that I would have before since if for nothing else it gives me a post for that week.  So depending on who you are blogging for make the most of it for them and you.

    Have some fun

    Now that my son is a daily reason for me to ask "did he really say that!" I write myself emails of the things he says and does so I don't forget.   I can't wait until he is old enough to look back at the things he has said and the outfits he has put together - Don't think I don't mention that in photos so one day I don't hear: " Mom I can't believe you made me wear that!"

    Save it

    I am working now on taking the first three years of my son and making into a blog book so that he will always have it with him to look back on all the important (like walking and crawling) and not so important (like his favorite food as a 2 year old) milestones.

    Blogging Tips from A Preschooler Pro:

    I also thought you might find my 3 year old son's tips for his baby sister interesting:

    As I am now an expert blogger (over 2 1/2 years under my belt) I decided to give Sissy some tips on blogging

    - The old people really like pictures! They get a little antsy if they go a few days without pictures.

    - Blog often or you will lose your audience (really just get emails from the old people that they need some updates :) they won't really go anywhere)

    - No topic is off limits. I put warnings when I talk about poop but that is a major part of our life at this point so everyone should expect a little poop talk every now and then.

    As we head into Mother's Day weekend I hope all the Mommy's out there - Bloggers and non-bloggers - have a wonderful day.

    "A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them."
    -- Victor Hugo

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