Apr 202014
 

As you may already know, I am currently in San Diego, so my family will be celebrating Easter west coast style.  We are actually off to LegoLand today with my in-laws who live out here.  We celebrated with our family back at home last week, so this is technically our second Easter.

Anyhow, I saw some of these funnies floating around on Facebook over the past week or so & wanted to share them with you:

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Apr 032014
 

Have you ever wondered what the going rate for a babysitter is?  I have.

Back in my day when I used to babysit, I think I cleared $3 or $4 and hour and if anyone offered me more than that – it was like I had hit the lottery.  I remember babysitting one New Years Eve for nice couple that had three kids under the age of five.   The kids were all asleep by the time I got there, so all I had to do was sit there and hang out with Dick Clark.  When they got home around 1 am (a little more than a little tipsy) and the mother handed me a $50 bill as my payment, I’m pretty sure I cried a few tears of joy.

When my kids were younger, I always had family (either my mother or my sister) babysit.  I mean, it doesn’t get much better than free, right?  But now my sister is married & living north of Boston with her new husband and mother is in failing health & can’t handle them like she used to, so I have been starting to explore my options.

I truly had no idea how much a sitter would cost these days, so I did a little crowdsourcing and polled some people on my Facebook page. Continue reading »

Jan 192014
 

Do you love Instagram as much as I do?  I swear, I am always over there posting pictures of one thing or another.  Often times, I share the pictues on Twitter or Facebook, but not always.  It depends on my mood. Here’s a little peek at a few of the things that have been going on with me over on Instagram recently.

I snapped this picture of Milo sporting his winter coat out at the bus stop one morning.  Isn’t he adorbs?

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Chris and I had a date night down at the Fire House Theater in Newport.  We took in a hilarious improv comedy show by the Bit Players. Continue reading »

Oct 212013
 

There are all sorts of things that I see going on over on Facebook that really make me scratch my head.  You know, those absurd chain status updates or a friend request from a complete stranger.   So, I took it upon myself to make up a list of ten things that not only completely annoy me, but probably the majority of the general public, too.  Let me clarify – these “don’ts” that I’m going to list apply to personal Facebook pages – not Facebook Fan pages.

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1.  Don’t send me a friend request if you don’t actually know me.  Facebook isn’t about networking (at least for the majority of people on there) - it’s about reconnecting.  Why would I want a complete stranger to know what I’m up to or have the right to see pictures of my children?  Sure, I put my kids faces on here, but you guys don’t get to see everything….some stuff is for Facebook friends only. So if you don’t know me in real life or at least talk to me on a regular basis through other forms of social media, save your energy because I’m never going to add you as a friend.

2.  If I have met you or should know you somehow, but for some reason I don’t recognize your name and your profile picture is a photo of your dog (and not your face) – you’re not going to be my friend on Facebook.  Even if we do have friends in common. Continue reading »

Aug 132013
 

Are you on Twitter? If you’re a blogger, you should be. Even if you’re not, you should be. It’s a great way to get to know new people, whether they’re from your local area – or the other side of the world.  Not only that, Twitter is a great tool for sharing your blog posts with the world, so if you blog and you’re not on Twitter, check it out. I was actually on Twitter before I started my blog and it was because of some of the amazing people I met on Twitter that inspired me to start writing.

Granted, there is not necessarily a “correct” way to use twitter, however there are definitley some shenanigans that go on over on Twitter which drive me absolutley bonkers.  And that prompted me to make this handy dandy list of some Twitter Don’ts….and Do’s.

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Jul 302013
 

twitterSome of you already know, but I twit on a regular basis and I’ve met some truly amazing people through using Twitter.   Although most of the people I haven’t had the good fortune to meet in real life….a few of them I actually have and I know for a fact that a few of them are going to be friends for life.   And it’s all thanks to “The Twitta”.

With a few exceptions, I am on Twitter pretty much every day.   Some days I twit more than others, but I do check it regularly. Since I’m on there so much, there are a few trends that I’ve noticed and of course, I am going to share some of my observations with you today.

1.  Sometimes it’s difficult to tell in a 73×73 sized image what people actually look like.  It hasn’t happened to me often, but on a few occasions I’ve clicked on someones avatar so that I could put a face with a name and BAM – I was confronted with a much fuglier face than I expected.

2.  Sometimes 140 characters just isn’t enough SoYouHaveToCombineWordsSometimesToFitYourEntireMessage.  I know I could use Twit Longer or a service like that, but all the extra clicks put a strain on my wrist muscles.  It’s much easier to cram everything together, don’t you think?

3.  For a lot of people, English ain’t their first language.  Or maybe it is, but they don’t know how to use it correctly.  We all know how I feel about proper grammar, punctuation oh and ain’t isn’t a word. Continue reading »

Jun 132013
 

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting older or what, but lately I’ve had absolutely NO patience for people who post stupid crap on Facebook.  Luckily for people like me, who don’t have the tolerance for stupid status updates, Facebook lets us hide said stupid people’s garbage.  Right now, I think I have about a dozen people whose statuses I still see in my feed because of all the nonsense.  Ok, fine, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I’ve been on a major hiding spree lately and I’ve cleaned up my feed quite a bit.

If you post things like this, you’re going to get hidden:

1.  You constantly post pictures of your meals.  I get that once in a while you eat something that’s awesome enough that it’s worthy of a photo, but if there is more than one picture of something you’re about to put into your tummy per day – it’s too much.

2.  You take pictures of yourself in the bathroom mirror.  Doing it once is bad enough, but if you’ve done it more than one time in your life, it makes you a complete douche and I know for a fact that I’m not the only person who could care less about seeing them.

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Dec 152011
 

Some of you already know, but I twit on a regular basis and I’ve met some truly amazing people through using Twitter.   Although most of the people I haven’t had the good fortune to meet in real life….yet, a few of them I have and I know for a fact that a few of them are going to be friends for life.   And it’s all thanks to “The Twitta”.

With a few exceptions, I am on Twitter pretty much every day.   Some days I twit more than others, but I do check it regularly.  Remember my list of Twitter Do’s and Don’ts that I wrote up a few months ago?  Well, since I’m on there so much, there are a few trends that I’ve noticed and of course, I am going to share some of my observations with you today.

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Nov 012011
 

As a blogger I love it when people actually take the time to read my posts.  When I first started writing, I knew exactly where I wanted to take my blog and I’m lucky that so far it’s been playing out the way I had hoped it would.  But we all know that part of getting people to come over to read your blog is to stop by other people’s blogs & leave them a comment to let them know you were there.  I have my regular blogs that I read daily, but in addition to that, I read through tons of  other blogs.  I’m not saying that my blog is the best blog ever (well ok, I think it is), but if you’re wondering why I’ve stopped visiting your site, this is probably why:

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Sep 022011
 

I love getting comments on my blog.  Who doesn’t? It makes my day if I check my WordPress app on my iPhone while I’m out and about and there are a bunch of new comments on my posts.  It’s really, really nice to know that people take the time to read whatever I’m rambling about on any given day and it’s a huge compliment when takes the time to leave a comment.

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Aug 172011
 

If you’re a blogger, you probably use Google Analytics to check your stats from time to time.  If you’re unfamilar with Google Analytics, it’s a site - powered by Google, that keeps track of how your website is doing.  It tracks things like how many people visit your site, how long they actually spend on the site and some of the keywords they type (into Google) to find your site.

Here’s what it looks like (and no, that is not my page):

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Jun 242011
 
Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do. ~ Benjamin Franklin
 
 

I’m always right.  And now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s carry on – shall we?

I love writing.  I really do.  Sharing my stories, adventures and opinions on things with everyone truly makes me happy.  But when it comes to something like blogging, I’ve come to realize that it just simply isn’t possible to please everyone all of the time.   It’s just not. In real life, I’m the type of person that blurts out what I’m thinking before I have a chance to think about it – it’s just the way I’m wired.  Basically my point is that I get plenty of criticism, both in real life and here online.  Everyone has their own opinions and of course, they are entitled to them. 

Criticism is just a part of life.

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Jun 102011
 

There are all sorts of things that I see going on over on Facebook that make me scratch my head.  You know, those absurd chain status updates or a friend request from a complete stranger.   So, I took it upon myself to make up a list of ten things that not only completely annoy me, but probably the majority of the general public, too.  Let me clarify, though, that these “don’ts” that I’m going to list apply to personal Facebook pages – not Facebook Fan pages.

1.  Don’t send me a friend request if you don’t actually know me.  Facebook isn’t about networking (at least for the majority of people on there) - it’s about reconnecting.  Why would I want a complete stranger to know what I’m up to or have the right to see pictures of my children?  In case you haven’t noticed, I don’t put my kids adorable faces here on my site and I’m clearly protective about who get to see my kids faces online. So if you don’t know me either in real life or talk to me on a regular basis through other forms of social media, save your energy because I’m never going to add you as a friend.

2.  If I have met you or should know you somehow, but for some reason I don’t recognize your name and your profile picture is a photo of your dog (and not your face) – you’re not going to be my friend on Facebook.  Even if we do have friends in common.

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May 182011
 

Are you on Twitter? If you’re a blogger, you should be. Even if you’re not, you should be. It’s a great way to get to know new people, whether they’re from your local area – or the other side of the world.  Not only that, Twitter is a great tool for sharing your blog posts with the world, so if you blog and you’re not on Twitter, check it out. I was actually on Twitter before I started my blog and it was because of some of the amazing people I met on Twitter that inspired me to start writing.

Granted, there is not necessarily a “correct” way to use twitter, however there are definitley some shenanigans that go on over on Twitter which drive me absolutley bonkers.  And that prompted me to make this handy list of some Twitter Don’ts….and Do’s.

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Nov 062010
 

Do you Skype? Even if you don’t you’ve probably noticed that Skype has pretty much taken over the world with their free international Skype-to-Skype calls, video chatting, instant messaging, and reduced Skype-to-phone calling rates. My company uses Skype for department meetings (since most of us work from home and it’s the easiest way to get us all in one place) and I have a personal account, but don’t use it quite as much. I have a webcam on my laptop, but I always feel a little uncomfortable using it. I tend to tip the screen back a bit, so I think the person I was trying to chat with, would end up staring at the photos on the wall behind me, rather than me.

But the folks at Skype realized how impersonal starting at the little webcam really is and have come up with a line of cute accessories to help personalize your interactions with others! One of them is the FREETALK Buddy Cam! He’s a friendly face for free Skype-to-Skype video calls, but he’s much more than a pretty face. He’s cute, he’s clever and totally flexible. Set up is effortless – just plug him in to a USB port. He fits on to any screen or desk and within seconds he’s ready to send great images.

I received a FREETALK Buddy Cam of my own to review and I honestly really like it. It wasn’t necessarily the “friendly face” aspect as much as it was just simply easier for me to use. It was a piece of cake to set up, which is good for someone like me (who doesn’t read instructions and just figures it out as I go) and he really was ready to use in just a few seconds. I literally just took it out of the box and plugged it in. It’s made to attach to any surface, so you can place it where ever you like! It comes with a cable, so you don’t have to feel compelled to attach it on to your laptop or anything. Easy peasy.

The Buddy Cam comes in three different colors (green, blue and pink) so you can get one in your favorite color. It’s also compatible with Mac and Windows PC (XP and above). The Cam has 1.3 mega pixel hardware with a 5-element glass lens and can capture snapshots at upto 640×480 pixels, too!

Thanks again to the folks at FREETALK for the chance to review this nifty little toy. I think the FREETALK Buddy Cam is a pretty impressive little gadget. It retails for $19.99, so it would be a perfect stocking stuffer for your favorite Skyper.

**I received a sample product in order to provide a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way. No form of monetary compensation was exchanged**