Identity Theft Risks While on Vacation #LifeLocksafety

Identity Theft Risks While on Vacation #LifeLocksafety

This post about identity theft has been sponsored by LifeLock.  I am a LifeLock ambassador but all opinions expressed here are my own. For the last 2 weeks I have spent a great deal of time planning my family's upcoming vacation.  5 states, two weeks, and a whole lot of miles in the car with 2 teenagers.  I think we may be just a tad bit insane.  If not, I can guarantee we will be by the time we get back from this road trip!  Since I leave nothing to chance, I made our hotel reservations over the phone for the places I know we want to stop at along the way.  I have an itinerary planned out already for sights we want to see, restaurants we want to eat at and we are ready to go.  The one thing I will NOT be leaving behind is my wallet....unfortunately this trip will not be cheap and I … [Read more...]

Credit monitoring is not the same as identity theft protection! #LifeLocksafety

Credit monitoring is not the same as identity theft protection! #LifeLocksafety

I am a LifeLock Ambassador and this identity theft post has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. Last month I wrote about my experience with identity theft.  Someone had used my personal information to open a fake bank account and bounced a $300 check.  I was shocked!  A business had disposed of my personal information incorrectly and as a result, I ended up with a huge hassle to deal with!  If I had identity theft protection at the time, I would have known the moment that account was opened!  While credit monitoring is helpful, it could not have prevented the hassle I had to go through with police reports and paperwork! Identity theft can result from a criminal dumpster diving for your old receipts, with the installation of malware on your computer, or a … [Read more...]

Bare Necessities for a Tiny Purse #PoisewithSAM

Bare Necessities for a Tiny Purse #PoisewithSAM

This post about fitting the bare necessities into your tiny purse is brought to you by Poise but all opinions expressed are my own. When my children were babies, I never left home without a diaper bag or backpack.  It was filled to the brim with everything we could possibly need in order to survive the apocalypse.   Honestly, I had enough toys, food, sippy cups and diapers to outfit an entire baby army.  When they got older, I *STILL* packed like we were going to be lost at sea for a month.  Crayons, snacks, changes of clothes, etc all got stuffed into a large purse that looked more like a duffel bag than a fashion statement.  Now, I have teenagers.  I am sick of looking like a hobo when I go out and about.  I do not need to lug around 20 pounds of stuff everywhere I go.  Not to mention … [Read more...]

Silver Turtles, Kids in the Kitchen and a Lesson in Patience

Silver Turtles, Kids in the Kitchen and a Lesson in Patience

My children are in their early teens and as part of their 'summer chores' I decided that they needed to learn how to cook.  My daughter is very good in the kitchen, although she definitely prefers to make sweets and not actual dinner.  Unless she is going to live on cake for the rest of her life, that  needs to change.  My son would happily live on 'ready to eat' food.  That may include bagels (raw...because toasting is too much work), cheese sticks (because slicing actual cheese is too much work), and fruit that does not require cutting or peeling.  It will be unwashed.  Because running it under water is too much work.  Yes, I think I have the world's laziest teenager!  Getting my kids in the kitchen is an attempt to help them survive until adulthood after they leave my house. As long as … [Read more...]

Identity Theft is One Hassle I Could Live Without!  #LifeLockProtect

Identity Theft is One Hassle I Could Live Without! #LifeLockProtect

This post about identity theft has been sponsored by LifeLock and Find Your Influence but all opinions expressed are my own. #LifeLockProtect I like to think that I am very careful with my personal information.  I work in the medical field so I know all about the importance of protecting personal information!  I shred important documents, shop only on secure websites, and cut up old credit cards into miniscule little pieces.  However, sometimes identity theft is completely out of our control.  When a business disposes of our private information in an incorrect way, unscrupulous people can swoop in to steal it!  Every time you give your personal information to a business, you are risking identity theft!   I remember the day I learned that my identity had been stolen due to … [Read more...]