I was privileged to design the website for Southern Grace, Event Planning and Party Rental in Boston, GA. Debbie serves all of south Georgia with elegant event planning and rental services. I love how beautiful her website turned out!
This video was shared on Facebook and really touched me. I wish we all could have this young lady’s positive attitude!
“An encryption flaw called the Heartbleed bug is already being called one of the biggest security threats the Internet has ever seen. The bug has affected many popular websites and services – ones you might use every day, like Gmail and Facebook – and could have quietly exposed your sensitive account information (such as passwords and credit card numbers) over the past two years.”
The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now
Be sure to change your passwords immediately. The list above will explain which ones to change. As a precaution, it may be wise to change ALL your passwords. I recommend using a password manager and generator, like LastPass. (I really balked at using a password generator for years, but now don’t know how I lived without it! You only need to remember ONE very strong password.)
More Heartbleed Information
OpenSSL Heartbleed: We’ve Patched Our Servers from GoDaddy
Password Security Tools and Tips
Please vote every day for a local hero in need. Jacob Ohern of Pavo is disabled and needs a fully equipped mobility van. You may read his story here. Bookmark the page and vote every day! Let’s help meet this very crucial need for Jacob and his dad.
Scam Alert: New Internet scam targets Netflix users
“The latest scam making the rounds is targeted at users of the popular Netflix streaming video service. This ploy is apparently a part of a concerted effort among fraudsters to expand their pool of potential victims to users of mainstream online services.”
8 Apps to Beautify Your Pinterest Quotes
“Don’t be a Pinterest embarrassment by pinning these unappealing images onto your carefully designed board. If you aren’t proficient in Photoshop, there are plenty of apps and tools to help you edit and improve the quality of quote posts for free, and they’ll even link you to Pinterest directly.”
10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12
Parents need to heed these warnings! “Children and youth use 4-5 times the recommended amount of technology, with serious and often life threatening consequences.”
The Eye Condition 70% of Adults Have Without Knowing
“The average American spends 6 to 9 hours every day staring at some type of computer screen, whether it’s a tablet, a laptop, or a smartphone. And we’re guessing you do, too.
“If so, you may join the ranks of the nearly 70% of adults who suffer from ‘digital eye strain’–a progressive condition that could eventually lead to serious eye diseases, concludes a new report from The Vision Council, a nonprofit organization that supports the optical industry.”
Getting Things Done® in 3 Minutes: Video
“Getting Things Done (GTD®) is certainly among the classics in the personal productivity field…We’re excited to be able to contribute to the GTD experience with our video: Getting Things Done in 3 Minutes. We think it will prove valuable as a starting point or a review for GTD novices, intermediates and experts.”
Decluttering Guru Peter Walsh: Don’t Focus on the ‘Stuff’
“SpareFoot recently chatted with Walsh to pick his brain about why we’re so cluttered and what we can do to escape from the mess.”
Better Business Bureau Warns Of ‘One Ring’ Cell Phone Scam
This story is a few weeks old, but still merits your attention if you’ve not heard. “The Better Business Bureau is warning cell phone users to be on the lookout for a new scam that could result in unauthorized charges appearing on their monthly wireless statement.”
The Hidden Dangers of Tax Software
“Even when you think you’ve done everything right, Uncle Sam may disagree.”
My Favorite Free Fonts
Twelve beautiful fonts to download for free, plus How to Find and Install Free Fonts on Your Computer from In My Own Style.
Apple Fixed A Bug In iOS 7. It’s A Doozy
“On Friday Apple announced a fix to a security bug in its iOS 7 system. Saturday Web security experts have parsed the patch to figure out what exactly the problem was . . . And apparently it’s a doozy.”
I wanted to heartily recommend the podcast by Michael Hyatt, How to Create More Margin in Your Crazy-Busy Life. I love Michael’s website, podcasts, and other materials, and was very helped as I listened to the latest episode of This is Your Life. It will help you as you try to balance your work life with your private life. I have already followed Michael’s suggestion and have “My Ideal Week” made up. I am still tweaking it, but it has given me direction in order to be more productive where I need to be, and to find time to relax in order to care for me and my family–very important for me as a mother! You can listen here or read the transcript: How to Create More Margin in Your Crazy-Busy Life.
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Google and HP Recall HP Chromebook 11 Chargers Due to Fire and Burn Hazards; Charger Can Overheat and Melt
“The computer’s charger can overheat and melt, posing fire and burn hazards.”
Free Download of the ESV Hear the Word Audio Bible
The christianaudio FREE Audiobook of the Month is the ESV Hear the Word Audio Bible. Free through January. Regular Retail Price: $28.98.
How To Send eBooks & Other Documents To Your Kindle
It’s very easy to send documents and eBooks to your Kindle or Kindle apps for your iPhone or other mobile devices.
19 Mind-Blowing Tricks Every iPhone And iPad User Should Know
“You spend, like, half of your life on that thing. Time to figure out what it really does.”
Desktop backgrounds from Microsoft
Microsoft has a great selection of beautiful desktop wallpapers for your computer.
10 Things Food Banks Need But Wont Ask For
“Some items are in high demand at the food bank and you may not realize it. Because they aren’t essentials, the staff doesn’t publicly ask for them. A survey on Reddit.com asked volunteers what items people would be most appreciative of and we’ve listed the top 10 below. If you’re looking for an easy way to help out, pick some of these up while shopping and drop them off at one of our area food banks.”
These Macro Photos Of Snowflakes Are Totally Breathtaking
Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful!
7 Useful Pinterest Tools You Should Know
“In this article we have compiled 7 useful tools you can use with your Pinterest from analyzing your pinterest activity to study your score and influence, pinning quotes, adding additional button as well as activity column on Pinterest page.”
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There are tons of blog posts and newspaper articles out there with information to help your new year be more productive. Here are some great ones I’ve run across that have particularly helped me!
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Replay of Live Q&A Call About Goal-Setting [Podcast] If you only listen to one podcast on having a productive 2014, this is it. I loved every minute of it and learned several things to help me with my business. You can listen to the audio and/or download the transcripts. Michael almost always says something that turns on the light bulb for me. The question and answer on perfectionism was perfect (no pun intended) for me.
How Do You Do It All? Balancing Family Life and Home Business in the Real World is an audio course created by my friend, client, and fellow single homeschooling mom, who balances her editing and writing profession with her family of four boys. Each time I listen, which has been several times, Mary Jo Tate never ceases to help me. She knows where I am, and has the tools and knowledge to find solutions to make it work. “Learn the Secrets of How to Balance Family Life and Home Business. Wouldn’t You Like to Move Past the Juggling Act and Stop Feeling Overwhelmed?”
Don’t Forget The Small Stuff This Year “Whether a designer, developer, blogger, or freelancer, you surely have a to-do list on which certain items slowly inch their way down. These forgotten items add up fast!…What better time than the new year, or new decade for that matter, to tackle your neglected checklist?” I’m working my way through these. Even though it is from 2010, it’s still an excellent list!
Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness is a book full of advice from a Christian point of view on being physically and spiritually healthy. It is so encouraging, which is what I really need!
Seven “End of the Year” Tasks to Simplify Your Life “The end of the year is quickly approaching and if you’re anything like me, you long for a little simplicity. And while I have no desire to go back to the pioneer days, there are a couple things you and I can do now to make impacting change. From what comes into your house to what stays in your house, here are Seven ‘End of the Year’ Tasks to Simplify Your Life.”
Desiring Virtue’s Daily Plan of Attack “Desiring Virtue’s first ever Home Management Printable” is customizable so you can keep up with your home and home business more easily. I’ve seen several, but liked this one the best.
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I wanted to share some of our favorite albums and songs we like to hear at Christmas. Each album or song can be purchased through our Amazon affiliate link. You can learn more about that here. I hope you enjoy these! What Christmas music is a must-have for you?
Favorite Christmas Albums
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Don’t miss Amazon’s 25 Days of Free MP3 downloads of Christmas songs. They are releasing a few at a time in new batches every few days until Christmas. There is a time limit as to how long you can download the songs for free, so be sure to bookmark the link and check back a couple times a week.:)