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...]

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...]

Making a Bucket List for Long Term Goals  #BufferinBucketList

Making a Bucket List for Long Term Goals #BufferinBucketList

I have always been a list making sort of girl. I make lists for the grocery store, lists of errands I need to run, and lists of things I want to accomplish for my blogs. Lists keep me organized, on task and help me achieve goals or just manage to make it through the grocery store without forgetting anything. Imagine my surprise when I got asked to make a bucket list for Bufferin and realized I have never made a bucket list! ME! The queen of list making has no list for long term goals I would like to achieve before I die. I find that completely shocking and rather unacceptable. How am I going to achieve my long term goals if I don't write them down somewhere? I HAVE long term goals....now I just needed to put them in writing. Where better to write down my bucket list items than on an actual … [Read more...]

The Best Holiday Gifts: Food, Family and Financial Security  #GenworthUSA

The Best Holiday Gifts: Food, Family and Financial Security #GenworthUSA

This discussion about the best holiday gifts has been brought to you by Genworth and Brandfluential  but all opinions expressed here are my own. The holidays are a special time of year and while I am often caught up in the chaos of shopping and baking I try to never forget the reason for the season. I have never been the type of person to ask for diamonds and fancy coats for Christmas.  I don't need a Lexus tied up in a bow or a trip to some exotic island.  Okay, the exotic island sounds like fun but only if I can climb volcanoes and dine with the natives!  One year my husband got me a toaster oven and honestly I was probably the happiest mom on the block that year!  While a lot of people are maxing out their credit cards on gifts for friends and family, I would like to ask you to take a … [Read more...]