Archives for: 2007

12/30/07

Permalink 05:20:26 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Science and Technology, Shopping Tips 139 words  

Google Phone Looks Hot!

Watch out iPhone as here comes Google phones! Check out this snippet from an article I was reading earlier today:

First came the fervent and persistent rumours of a Google mobile phone.

Then, just six short weeks ago, the search supremo (and just-about-everything-else-online supremo) announced there would not be a ‘Google phone' per se, but rather dozens of them from a raft of mobile manufacturers, and all built on an open Linux-based mobile phone platform named Android.

Now things are picking up steam, with Gizmodo posting a snap of one of the rumoured score of prototype phones circulating around the Googleplex and in the r&d labs of the mobile makers.

Full Article Here

I am thinking they are looking pretty hot, and I am personally looking forward to their debut.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Image Credit: APC Mag

Permalink 10:09:49 am, Categories: Website & Blog Reviews 260 words  

Credit Repair Road Map - A Review

The 2007 holiday season is just about over. The Christmas presents have all been wrapped, and unwrapped, stockings empty, and my digestion is just about returning to normal after Christmas dinner, and rounds of goodies, sweets, and other foodstuffs that are not so good for your health, but taste so wonderful.....sigh....

Now we are heading into that other season ... paying off the holiday bills season! And it is a great time of year for those who may be in or are finding themselves in a bit of credit troubles to read up on Credit Repair Tips such as those offered at Credit Repair Road Map.com, which is the site that I am reviewing for you dear readers today.

Credit Repair Road Map.com is a very young site, but from my findings is already offering some highly informative, and useful information for its users. Topics include Credit Basics, Money Management, Credit Companies, and more. They also include Credit Repair Sample Letters, which I thought would be a great communication tool for those looking to repair credit.

Overall I found the site easy to use, and not overly flashy, which is my own preference. I am interested in the content of the site, and appreciate that it is easy on the old eyes...B)

If you are looking for some solid info on credit repair you might just want to give Credit Repair Road Map.com a try. Just click on one of the linkys above to take you to their site.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Thank you to my sponsor.

12/26/07

Permalink 12:51:06 am, Categories: Wordless Wednesday 61 words  

Wordless Wednesday - "Happy Boxing Day"

Have you or will you be lining up? Have you ever gotten a really good deal on Boxing Day or do you find there really isn't too much difference in prices?

Happy Wordless Wednesday & Happy Boxing Day! Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

For a list of the other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

Image Credit: Wiki

12/24/07

Permalink 09:31:01 am, Categories: General Stuff 93 words  

Happy Holiday Wishes For 2007

Wow! It is hard to believe that 2007 is almost at a close, and today is Christmas Eve! With the shopping done, and gifts all wrapped, and under the tree, it is now time to kick back, relax, and enjoy the holiday. If you are still scrambling you may want to check out my Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas below.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas (if you celebrate), and a Happy, Prosperous New Year :)

I will be back soonly with tales of daring do, and braving those Boxing Day sales!!!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 09:26:29 am, Categories: Shopping Tips 124 words  

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

You say you haven't finished your shopping yet???!!!!! What are you doing surfing blogs get out there you only have a few hours left!!!

Here are a few last minute ideas that should be no hassle in coming up with even at the very last minute.

1. Lotto tickets

2. Grocery store gift baskets

3. Store gift cards (sold at most convenience stores and gas stations now)

4. The Standard Box Of Chocolates

5. E-cards (many retailers now offer e-cards, which you can buy online and have emailed to the recipient)

6. Cold, hard cash ... hey I'd appreciate it!

7. Charitable Donation (everyone has a pet cause that you could contribute to in their name)

8. Give The Gift Of You (coupons for hugs are welcome virtually everywhere)

Happy Holidays!
Sue
XOX

12/22/07

Permalink 11:48:02 am, Categories: Sales and Marketing, Shopping Tips 76 words  

Wall-E Is Going To Be HOT!!!!!

Watch out for Wall-E!

Check out next year's must have merchandise:

This is the most adorable thing I have seen since Nemo, and it is way cooler in my humble opinion! The kiddies are going to LOVE it, and the fine folks at Pixar are geniuses. B)

Here is another clip:

Coolness!!!! So if this is the first you have heard of Wall-E I can guarantee you that it won't be the last.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

12/21/07

Permalink 07:24:34 am, Categories: Fun & Games 65 words  

Who Wants To Be A Handbell Hero?

Here is a fun little time waster that I came across on the net. Not only is it quite festive in its own way, but it is damn addictive too! Dare ya to click on the linky above, and check it out. :D

You will either thank me or curse me after you realise how addictive this game really can be .. :p

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

12/20/07

Permalink 12:35:05 pm, Categories: Travel and Tourism 218 words  

Tis The Season For Winter Getaways

Can you tell by my last posting that I am starting to get a wee bit frazzled with the whole Christmas shopping thing?! ;) To be honest I would rather be spending the day planning a fun winter getaway. :D

Regular readers here already know (and if you don't start paying attention eh!) that I love to travel (who doesn't) and over the years I have learned a bit about travelling smart.

One way to insure that you get the most bang from your travel buck is to learn as much as you can about your destination. Here as an example is an awesome city travel guide to Nassau in the Bahamas. If you check out the page you will find listings on Cheap Hotels, and descriptions on what you can expect from them. There is also a handy list to Nassau attractions, and events, and even a page to click on for the weather forecast. Pretty cool eh! B)

The Nassau guide is only one example. If you are planning an upcoming winter getaway you might want to surf on over to the HotelsByCity.net website, and check out their 500 plus city guides to all the top travel destinations. I have found their guides to be informative, and helpful.

Happy Travels!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor.

Permalink 12:14:12 pm, Categories: Shopping Tips 98 words  

Checking That List

It seems I have been checking that list, over, and over, and over again! Every time I think I have come to the end of my Christmas shopping lollipop I realise I have forgotten someone. Today I dashed out because I realised I had not picked up anything yet for my stepfather, and since the folks live quite a long-distance away I need to ship their gifts ...

Next year I am going to get an organiser just for gift buying! Guess that is a sensible thing to do when you have a big family.

Happy Shopping!

Sue
XOX

12/19/07

Permalink 07:13:17 pm, Categories: Financial Products, Website & Blog Reviews 232 words  

Payday Loans ABC - A Website Review

Everybody goes through rough financial patches at one time or another throughout their lives, unless you are a Hilton of course, and in that case do not worry about reading the rest of this blog entry. ;)

Now for all the rest of us billion plus in the working world lets discuss payday loans for a bit. Payday loans also known as cash advances have become quite popular and even controversial to a degree of late. Some people think that these types of loans are too easy to obtain online, and others see them as a means to get over a financial hump.

I am not too proud too admit that I have needed a cash advance a few times in the not too distant past. As long as you are fully aware of the terms, and are able to pay them back on time they are ok in my opinion for emergencies.

Payday Loans ABC is an online resource for payday loans. I have found that their website is both informative, and very easy to use. If you are interested in learning more about cash advances that do not require a fax or getting the latest news from the payday loan industry then this guide will benefit you in my opinion. Just click on the link above for further info directly from their website.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor!

12/18/07

Permalink 06:19:10 am, Categories: Wordless Wednesday 87 words  

Wordless Wednesday - "Feeling Festive"

Feeling Festive

I am definitely in the festive mood! And since I will probably not be playing along in next week's Wordless Wednesday I thought I would take this opportunity to wish all my fellow WW participants a very merry Christmas if you celebrate it, and all the best in the upcoming year! The above photo is of our Christmas tree this year. :D

Happy Wordless Wednesday - Tuesday Edition! Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

For a list of the other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

12/17/07

Permalink 01:25:47 pm, Categories: Blogging Tips, Website & Blog Reviews 240 words  

The Bubblenator

The above image is of a wee elf ornament that I currently have hanging from my Christmas tree. He was a gift from my sister so the ornament does have a special place in my heart, however even I admit this wee elfkin is a rather disturbing looking creature. Or maybe it is just me....

Now you maybe wondering how I added the holiday message to the image. If so, it was EASY! To create the bubble text I used The Bubblenator, which is a fun, free, online service that anybody can use. Just click on the link that I have added into this blog entry, and follow the easy instructions on how to use the service.

Basically all you do is provide a link to the photo or image of your choice. Once that is done and you see your image you add in a bubble, and type up some text to go with it. The site will then give you the code to use, and you just copy, and paste that code into your blog or site. Like I said it was quite easy to do, and you are really only limited by your imagination. :D

I personally like to add images to my blogs in order to jazz them up a bit, and adding funny bubble quotes or captions will make them more interesting, and unique in my opinion.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor!

Permalink 12:33:03 pm, Categories: Shopping Tips 81 words  

Shopping Along Bloor Street Sunday Afternoon

Shopping on Bloor Street in Toronto

For those who are not familiar with it, Bloor Street in Toronto, Canada is normally very busy, and highly trafficked year round. Yesterday shopping along Bloor was very lonely indeed as we were hit with a major winter storm.

While it was very pretty, and a breeze for shopping (the stores were empty) I do admit I felt bad for many of the local shopkeepers who saw very little business with only 8 days to go until Christmas.

Happy Shopping!

Sue
XOX

Permalink 08:07:05 am, Categories: Affiliates and Ad Programs - Click Through 122 words  

Purchasing Space Heaters

Dang it's cold outside! Yesterday we went through the first major snowstorm of the season, and yes our thoughts turned to space heaters. Just like in the summer when it was too hot at hubby's office, now it is simply freezing!

One great online shop for all your space heating needs is the DESA Online Outlet. They have really beautiful gas fireplaces like the one in the photo above, and even gas space heaters that are suitable for the outdoors.

Currently DESA is offering free shipping on certain products right up until Christmas, so if you are looking for a home heating product now is a good time to check them out. :D

Happy Shopping!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to the sponsor.

12/16/07

Permalink 09:50:44 am, Categories: Shopping Tips 145 words  

Making That List & Checking It Twice

View Outside Toronto Snowstorm

A view from outside my window Sunday morning

On a blustery morning such as this it is a great time for Torontonians (or other urbanites depending on where you live) to be utilising the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission - our local public transport) to get in some Christmas shopping.

I do not advise driving in this weather, but the subway is running great! Also if you stay out of the shopping malls, and visit your local village type stores they should be empty making shopping a breeze. Plus the smaller merchants will be very happy to see ya! :D

Yesterday, I wrapped up my final major Christmas purchases in China Town, and Kensington Market, and I can tell you first hand that because of the snowy weather I pretty much had the run of both places, which is unheard of otherwise. Sweet!

Happy Shopping!
Sue
XOXO

12/13/07

Permalink 03:46:17 pm, Categories: Sales and Marketing 71 words  

Do Not Drink And Drive

Do not drink and drive is the message being sent by the promotion pictured above. The man in the giant glass is a former drunk driver that is being used to spread this very important message throughout the United Kingdom. This particular display is located at Paddington Station in London, England, to promote this government anti-drinking campaign.

Hopefully it works at getting this message across....

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Image Credit: BBC

Permalink 03:38:34 pm, Categories: Affiliates and Ad Programs - Other, Making Money Online 68 words  

Sponsored Reviews

Sponsored reviews is a pay per blog entry advertising program that I have been signed up with for a while now. Not only are their payouts good, and speedy, they now also offer an affiliate program. If you would like more details then just clicky on this link. It is definitely worth sign-up for if you are planning to or have already monetised your blog.

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

12/11/07

Permalink 07:01:39 am, Categories: Wordless Wednesday 42 words  

Wordless Wednesday - "At Prayer"

I found this image of people at prayer to be especially powerful, and moving.

Image Credit: BBC

Happy Wordless Wednesday - Tuesday Edition! Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

For a list of the other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

12/10/07

Permalink 03:03:08 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Death and Taxes 107 words  

Electronic Tombstones

Hubby forwarded me a CNN article earlier this morning in regards to electronic tombstones. Perhaps he figured that I would think it is a neat idea because I have gone on so much about wanting a digital picture frame for my desk. And if that is the case then he would be spot on because I certainly think they are a capital idea! Not only is the marker a simple recording of dates, and names with this you can include images, music, and even videos. Click on the link above to read more on this innovation in the funerary, and memorial business.

Sue
XOX

Image credit: CNN

Permalink 06:47:06 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Shopping Tips, Website & Blog Reviews 132 words  

Tis The Season For Saving Cash With Coupons

This past weekend I was having a look for an online Chadwick's coupon to save some money on some holiday season shopping. And I did find some super savings at this link for Chadwick's coupons, and discounts. Check it out!

Chadwick's is known for hot fashion, and by clicking on the link I have added into this entry smart fashionistas can grab a coupon code for 50% off your purchase, and free shipping on orders of two item or more. ow how cool is that my peeps! B)

For more great bargains using coupon codes you have got to hook up with Edealfinder.com. The site is very easy to use, and you can get coupons, and check out the latest promotions for all of the top online merchants. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

12/07/07

Permalink 09:59:02 am, Categories: Sales and Marketing, Strange and Unique Products 99 words  

Blast From The Fast Food Past

Hubby sent me this vid clip in an email this morning, and I thought it was too funny...and kinda scary cause I think I remember it! Hehehe and yeah my Dad drove one of those Ford Ltd station wagons .. lol!

This ad is as old as the hills, but funny how these commercial jingles get stuck in our heads, and are still there decades after the ads stop running.

Here is another featuring the Jolly Green Giant:

We watched wayyy too much TV in the early 70's .. ;)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

12/06/07

Permalink 09:42:43 am, Categories: Financial Products 144 words  

Some Thoughts On Credit Cards

So now that we are in the height of holiday shopping frenzy have you been giving those credit cards of yours a goodly work out? Well if you answered no you do realise you are probably in the minority, which is why so many of us (including me at one time) get into credit card debt.

If you must use credit cards, (most people see them as a necessary evil I think) then do yourself a favour and check out a good credit card comparison website such as the one I have linked to.

Not all credit cards are created equal, nor suitable for everyone's budgets. If you are a smart consumer you will shop around for one that offers the best rates, and 0% balance transfers in order to maximise your own savings, and reduce debt.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor

Permalink 09:29:59 am, Categories: Health and Nutrition 127 words  

Cough & Cold Medicines Harmful To Children

A warning has been put out regarding cough medicine for children that is rather scary considering the amount of times I gave my own kids cold remedies bought at the pharmacy when they were small.

The New England Journal of Medicine (the medical world's bible) is calling for the immediate removal of all paediatric cough and cold remedies from the marketplace.

Apparently studies have shown that these medicines do no good for children under that age of six, and in fact have the potential of causing great harm.

Perhaps we should start looking to folk remedies of old like chicken soup, which I personally find quite comforting, and helpful, and forget about these over-the-counter medicines that have become highly questionable anyway.

Cheers To Good Health!

Sue
XOX

Permalink 07:08:35 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Financial Products, Website & Blog Reviews 119 words  

Are You Looking For A Car Loan?

If you are looking to obtain a car loan you might just want to have a look at this online Auto Loans Financing resource I was having a look at this morning. Auto Loans Mania is not only informative, but it provides a means to apply for car financing directly online. Their speciality is applicants who have no credit history or a problematic one so if you fall into either category no worries...just surf on over via that link I have added into this entry and check them out. :D

I have personally found that the Auto Loans Mania website is easy to navigate, well designed, and simple to use.

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

Thank you to my sponsor.

Permalink 07:01:26 am, Categories: Shopping Tips, Product Recalls 78 words  

Black & Decker Recalls Toasters

If you have recently purchased a Black & Decker toaster here is a heads up. The company is recalling 23,000 two-slice black infra-wave toasters that come with a digital display. The model number, which is printed on the rating plate on the bottom of the toaster should be checked. If it is a ST2000 model then stop using it immediately as it is a potential fire hazard.

Complete details on this recall are located here.

Happy Shopping!

Sue
XOXO

12/05/07

Permalink 05:13:09 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Shopping Tips, Website & Blog Reviews 221 words  

Unique Gift Idea

I like to gift personal gifts. I want the people that I am giving a gift to in short order to be:

1. happy with it, and

2. know that I have put some real thought into the gift I have given them

If you are like me in this way, and have a poker player on your own holiday gift giving list this year then read on because I think I have got a unique gift idea for you that your recipient should love. :D

EPokerChips.com offers shoppers the chance to purchase Custom Ceramic Poker Chips either as a gift for someone or even a nice treat for yourself. These poker chips are a full graphic design, and can include your very own custom image or logo, or you can speak with one of the company's designers directly, and have them assist you in coming up with a totally unique, and fun image.

EPokerChips.com offers a completely safe and secured online shopping experience. I have found their website to be well designed, and very easy to use. Each of their products comes with their own customer satisfaction guarantee, which is outlined on their site. And shipping on all orders that total over $100.00 US dollars is free! Now THAT is cool! B)

Happy Shopping!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor!

12/04/07

Permalink 12:52:08 pm, Categories: Wordless Wednesday 53 words  

Wordless Wednesday - "It's The Season"

Image description: Santas warm up at a gym in Edinburgh, Scotland, for an annual run which aims to raise money for children with life-threatening illnesses.

Image Credit: BBC

Happy Wordless Wednesday - Tuesday Edition! Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

For a list of the other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

Permalink 10:24:45 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Website & Blog Reviews 271 words  

Rent A Garage In The UK

Good morning my peeps! Are you in the market for a garage? Specifically are you in need of a garage rental or place to park in the United Kingdom? If so, do read on as I am taking a look at a Rent a Garage website, and online resource today that I believe will be helpful to you.

The website I am reviewing (click on the link above at any time to access the site for yourself) belongs to Park Let Ltd. Park Let was formed by a group of people just like you, and I. These folks spent years wrestling with the frustrations caused by commuting in London every day, and they decided to do something about it hence the Park Let website!

I surfed on over to the website this morning, and was immediately impressed with the lay out, and ease of design. This site is meant to be no nonsense, and very user friendly. I like that! B)

Searches of the site are made very easy with the use of search boxes, they also allow for more than one search term meaning you can do look-ups by postal code, city or even a large navigational map.

If you have a space that is suitable for rental or for sale you can either contact Park Let through their website or give them a call via their telephone line: +448701624977 and speak with one of their experienced staffers.

Over all I found the website easy to use, and quite informative. I would recommend to anyone looking for parking space in the U.K.

Cheers!
Sue
XOXOX

My thanks to my sponsors!

12/03/07

Permalink 03:43:21 pm, Categories: Sales and Marketing 59 words  

Advertising Hoarding In Paris

The above image is of an advertising hoarding that is being put together at La Defense office complex, west of Paris, France. The giant adverts are certainly eye-catching in my own humble opinion, and can have a definite impact on any product or service.

Busy with holiday shopping today....will type more tomorrow!

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

Image Credit: BBC

12/02/07

Permalink 11:26:33 am, Categories: Death and Taxes, Strange and Unique Products 89 words  

Huggable Urns

Hot on the heels of the Muslim teddy bear scandal is this rather disturbing product -> the huggable urn! "These bears are intended as a cuddly repository for a loved one's ashes," according to the BBC. I'm sorry, and I'm certain that some people may see this as a wonderful idea, but I honestly find it creepy! What do you all think? Do you think it will perhaps help people with the grieving process? Or like me are you creeped out by this?

Happy Shopping!

Sue
XOX

Image Credit: BBC

12/01/07

Permalink 09:31:13 am, Categories: Health and Nutrition 176 words  

World AIDS Day

Here are some statistics for you:

People living with HIV:

* 33.2 million people living with HIV worldwide
* 30.8 million adults
* 15.4 million women
* 2.5 million children under 15

New HIV cases in 2007:

* 2.5 million total new cases
* 2.1 million adults
* 420,000 children under 15

HIV-related deaths in 2007:

* 2.1 million total deaths
* 1.7 million adult deaths
* 330,000 deaths among children under 15

Now let us ponder the fact that these are not merely stats. These numbers represent very real people! Since this is a topic that is dear to my heart I do donate to AIDS charities every year at this time. Please click on the link above to find out what you can do to help.

All figures above are obtained from UNAIDS AIDS Epidemic Update 2007.

I also want to take this opportunity to vent my disgust with the art student who rigged a fake bomb, and planted it outside of the Royal Ontario Museum disrupting the AIDS fundraiser this past week. It is sickening to me that anyone would ruin something that was designed to help suffering people in order to gain their 15 minutes of fame.

Sue
XOX

11/30/07

Permalink 08:01:10 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Shopping Tips 127 words  

Gift Ideas From Optics Planet

Optics Planet has a wide range of gift ideas for you to choose from! They carry binoculars, telescopes, flashlights, sunglasses, and even holsters!

I have blogged about this fine online company last summer when I was looking to purchase binoculars for my mother's birthday. She is an avid bird watcher. :D

Check out their Gift Guide for some cool suggestions, or have a look at their Best Sellers page.

I have found that Optic Planet products are of the highest quality, with the advantage of highly competitive pricing! They also have a rock solid guarantee, which is why they have such a loyal following. Check them out! My next telescope purchase will be through them. B)

Happy Shopping My Peeps!

Sue
XOX

Thank you to the sponsor.

11/27/07

Permalink 11:21:01 am, Categories: Travel and Tourism, Wordless Wednesday 58 words  

Wordless Wednesday - "Big Island, Hapuna Beach"

Happy Wordless Wednesday - Tuesday Edition! Thank you for stopping by!

Today in Toronto it is cold, wet, and very dreary outside, so I am daydreaming about a visit to Hawaii. The above image is from the Big Island, Hapuna Beach => simply breathtaking eh!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

For a list of the other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

Permalink 11:05:56 am, Categories: Affiliates and Ad Programs - Click Through 139 words  

MortgageCapital.com - A Review

MortgageCapital.com is the online home of home mortgage lender Mortgage Capital & Investment, a highly reputable company located in the U.S.A. I had the opportunity to visit their website earlier this morning, and I wanted to share a few of my thoughts on it with you.

The company itself specialises in various mortgage plans from the first time home buyer loan to construction loans. Their website is designed to be very user friendly, and easy to navigate, and I personally found it to be highly informative as well. Not only do they detail their varied loan programs, they also provide an online loan status tool.

You can have a look at the Mortgage Capital & Investment website by clicking on the link I have added into this entry.

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

My thanks to my sponsor!

Permalink 11:00:47 am, Categories: Science and Technology 101 words  

Look At What Is Number 10

Ok. I found this to be too funny in a sad sort of ironic, pathetic kind of way! I was reading through the top ten terrible tech products as put together by CNET, which I do recommend that you surf on over to if you just want to shake your head, and groan at some of these losers => but the funniest of all has to be #10 .... drum roll please... Windows Vista. I am soooo glad I did not run out and purchase a copy of it when it came out ... thanks to the fact I married a techie. ;)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Beverly Hills Dental Care

Good morning my peeps! I have got a terrific scoop for you today on Beverly Hills dental care that can give you that perfect smile you have always been dreaming of flashing!

Dr Maddahi's practice offers patients the very best, and latest in dental techniques while at the same time providing a beautiful spa like surrounding to insure your absolute comfort.

You can have a visit to Dr. Kourosh Maddahi website by clicking on the link that I have provided for you above. I was really impressed with the amount of information available on the site, which includes a Beverly Hills Dentistry blog. There is nothing more sexy in my opinion then a beautiful smile. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor.

11/25/07

Permalink 05:22:01 pm, Categories: General Stuff 91 words  

Less Than A Month To Go

As of today it is less than a month away from Christmas Day. So are you feeling stressed yet? Personally I refuse to let the holidays freak me out any more. Although, I admit I occasionally do get a bit stressed about finding gifts that are meaningful or useful to the person I am giving them to. And lets face it, as much as it is wrong to overly commercialise the holiday we all do, and the shopping stress is what gets to most of us beyond anything else.

Sue
XOX

Fun Free Dating Online

Smooch.com is a fun, new, free dating website that I had the opportunity to visit earlier today. It is designed to be user friendly, and has a ton of great features that you would want from an online dating site, but is absolutely free to use! Now that is cool! B) lcik thelick to go to Smooch.com

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Thank you to my sponsor!

11/24/07

Permalink 09:03:27 am, Categories: Health and Nutrition, Shopping Tips, Product Recalls 134 words  

Frozen Burger Recall

Frozen beef burgers manufactured by a Mississauga, Ont., company are being recalled because of possible E. coli contamination.

The affected products made by Cardinal Meat Specialists Ltd. include Cardinal Roadhouse Beef Burgers in a 20-piece, 113-gram box with a product code of 01-1697 and UPC 63351 00126.

The other recalled items are:
# Compliments Beef Burgers Super 6, 1.36 kg (8 x 6 oz) UPC 55742 34129, BEST BEFORE 08JUN14, 08JUN15
# Compliments Traditional Beef Burgers, .36 kg (12 x 4 oz) UPC 55742 34128 BEST BEFORE 08JUN15
# Compliments Three Cheese Beef Burgers 1.13 kg (8 x 5 oz) UPC 55742 34131 BEST BEFORE 08JUN22
# Compliments Peppercorn & Garlic Beef Burgers 1.13 kg (8 x 5oz) UPC 55742 34132 BEST BEFORE 08JUN14
# Compliments The Pulled Porkshire 4 Burgers 680 g UPC 23682 10208 BEST BEFORE 08JUN15
# Longo's Ultimate beef burgers, 8-1/4 lb / 113 g Burgers 2 lb 907 g UPC 72468 00241 Product code 1697.

Apparently these products were distributed throughout Canada.

For further info check 680 News.

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

11/23/07

Permalink 05:43:59 pm, Categories: Shopping Tips 104 words  

Recovering From Black Friday

So I wonder how many of my peeps are recovering from Black Friday bargain hunting? I know that at least two of my Canadian friends made the trek across the border today to take advantage of a weak American dollar, and massive sales at U.S. big box outlets.

I played it very low key today in preparation for Cyber Monday, that is the Monday directly following Black Friday, and refers to the beginning of the Christmas online shopping season. And that is how I prefer to do most of my own shopping, online, and avoid the crowds. :DB):D

Happy Weekend!

Sue
XOX

Business Loans - Keeping It Simple

I do not know about you my peeps, but when I am looking for a good online resource no matter what the topic, I look for sites that give just the facts, are not cluttered, and make finding the info I need fast, and simple. With that in mind I was impressed when I surfed on over to EZUnsecured.com in search of info on Business Loans. The site is easy to use, informative, and has one primary purpose, and that is in assisting businesses in obtaining the right financial options to suit their needs.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

11/22/07

Permalink 11:14:53 am, Categories: Affiliates and Ad Programs - Click Through, Fun & Games 61 words  

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Here in Canada we celebrated our own Thanksgiving Day last month in early October. However, I wanted to wish all of my American readers, and their families a very happy, and safe Thanksgiving Day! Enjoy your day! And too all you Canadian who have travelled south of the border to cash in on Thanksgiving Day sales => Happy Shopping!

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

Permalink 09:16:34 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Sales and Marketing, Shopping Tips 220 words  

The Scoop On A Portable Scanner

Have you ever considered how using a portable scanner would make life on the road so much easier? I have. And in doing so I have looked at a few different types of portable scanners, and thought that I would take the time to tell you a little bit about the ScanShell 2000N.

I do not own a ScanShell 2000N or the 2000NR version, but I have heard some good things about this portable scanner, and its companion software for use with Microsoft Outlook. Firstly, it is very lightweight as far as scanners go. It only weighs 14 ounces making this scanner very easy to tote about. B)

Another good feature is that no external power is required for this machine, it is equipped with a USB 2.0 port connection. And what I really appreciate about this particular model is that it has a high resolution of 600 dpi and color! B) Definitely a great way to scan those business cards, and maintain one's contacts while on the road!

The ScanShell 2000N is currently being sold for just $149.00 US. which to me is a very reasonable price for the product, and what you are getting.

If you would like some more info on this product you can check out the ScanShell Store online or give them a shout at +13109286675

Happy Shopping!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 07:57:18 am, Categories: Juicy News From The World Of Business, Shopping Tips 82 words  

British Shoppers Hitting US Stores

Apparently it is not only us Canadian shoppers that are taking advantage of a very weak US dollar. I was reading through the BBC website this morning, and came across a news item that states that the average Brit, and Europeans in general can save huge bux on everything from clothes, to electronics making a flight, and accommodation costs worth a shopping trip in the U.S.A. You can read more about this British consumer invasion here.

Happy Shopping!
Sue
XOX

11/21/07

Permalink 12:22:36 pm, Categories: Health and Nutrition, Website & Blog Reviews 122 words  

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

My husband's father died 20 years ago due to sudden cardiac arrest. And I have to admit to you that because of it I am very concerned about my own hubby's heart health especially as he gets closer to the same age his father was when he passed at 52 years of age.

If you have similar concerns about yourself of someone you love you may want to have a look at this online resource InsideCardiacArrest.com, and in particular at the Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator or as it is commonly known an ICD Implant.

They say knowledge is power, and in the case of sudden cardiac arrest I would say it may also save your life.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor.

11/20/07

Permalink 11:04:34 am, Categories: Wordless Wednesday 70 words  

Wordless Wednesday - "Bronto Burgers"

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday - Tuesday Edition

I took this photo outside of a greasy spoon in my neck of the woods that is appropriately named Bronto Burgers Restaurant. It is small, with very little room to sit, but they do make a yummy burger. :D

Happy Wordless Wednesday - Tuesday Edition! Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

For a list of the other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

Permalink 10:55:31 am, Categories: Free Stuff - Always Good, Financial Products, Website & Blog Reviews 125 words  

United Kingdom Commercial Mortgages Resource

I had the opportunity to visit an online loan site that specialise in UK Commercial Mortgages earlier on this very morning. I thought that some of my readers here may find it of benefit, and therefore will give you a brief review.

First off, the Money Magic website is absolutely free to use. They have access to all commercial lenders within the UK, and work with you in order to find the very best lender for your own needs, and circumstances.Through their website you can obtain free quotes, and financial advice simply by filling out a very easy to use form. If this interests you please do click on the link above to access their website directly, and obtain further information.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 07:51:24 am, Categories: Sales and Marketing, Free Stuff - Always Good 146 words  

Free Stuff For Moms

In my Urban Zoo I am definitely a Mommy blogger and therefore not only do I have an internet voice I also control (according to marketing stats) 85% of the household buying power. I would put that higher, but hey I digress.....

There are 75 million Moms in the United States alone, so if you want to harness some of the awesome consumer power you may just want to check out Samples For Mom or if you are a Mom like me you might want to get on their Mommy list. Right now they are seeking 100 Moms that would like to receive a Swiffer product to test and give them your opinion on - how cool is that! And it is absolutely free for Moms like us to join!

Thanks to The Mom Blogs.com of which I am also a member for this hot tip!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

11/19/07

Permalink 10:52:53 am, Categories: Travel and Tourism 261 words  

Hot UK Travel Deals

Now is the time for you to start planning your United Kingdom holiday my peeps! We are off the height of tourist season, and there are tons of great deals to be had on attractions, and accommodations around the U.K.

I love Ireland! And if you are planning a trip you must check out these Dublin attractions! The Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol, and Dublin Castle all are must see places for their historical value. Dublin hotels often show off their historic, and cultural pride as well.

If you are planning a visit to Cardiff the largest Welsh city, and the capital of Wales you have got to check out this resource for Cardiff hotels , and check out the money saving deals on some terrific Cardiff hotels, and other accommodations. Saving money on hotel rates means more money for fun places to visit like Cardiff Castle, Millennium Stadium, and Llandaff Cathedral!

Newcastle is another hot UK destination with much to see, and do there like St James Park. You can find some great deals on Newcastle hotels with many cool extras via the link.

Finally if you are finding yourself travelling to Leeds check out these special prices on Leeds hotels. Hubby's family is from this area of England, and there are many attractions for visitors to enjoy like the Royal Armouries Museum, Temple Newsam, and the Thackray Medical Museum to name a handful.

And of course with all these hot destinations there is always good food, and good shopping to be had!

Happy Travels!

Sue
XOXO

Thanks to my sponsor!

Permalink 07:59:36 am, Categories: Fun & Games 70 words  

Toronto Santa Claus Parade

Yesterday marked the 103rd Santa Claus parade here in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A great time was had by all, and the weather was goodly for this time of year. :D

You can read more about the parade, and view more images on the 680 News website.

I have always loved the annual Santa parade, and I now feel as if the holiday season is finally upon us. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

11/16/07

Permalink 10:21:12 am, Categories: Death and Taxes, Educational, Financial Products, Website & Blog Reviews 140 words  

Credit Repair

I was reading a news item this very morning that details how the majority of us are actually overburdened with debt. And this unfortunately can often lead to financial trouble. Timely to read this I thought to myself at this the busiest shopping time of the year.

Credit and credit repair are hot button topics with many consumers, and I am certain that many could benefit from the sound advice offered through ConsumerCreditDebt.org.

The ConsumerCreditDebt.org website provides information to consumers on tax debt, credit card debt solutions, and debt consolidation.

Have a look at the website by following through on any of the links I have added into this entry for you. Its absolutely worth it to your pocketbook, and peace of mind to become educated on credit repair strategies. :)

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

My thanks to my sponsor!

11/15/07

Permalink 12:47:47 am, Categories: Shopping Tips, Strange and Unique Products 208 words  

I Love Jones Soda....But.....

...ham flavoured soda pop is just ewwwww! Yes, I said ham, as in pork flavoured soda! Who would want to drink such a thing? Well Jones Soda Co has decided there will be some sort of market for it, even if only a kitch one as it will be part of a special Christmas release. Read on:

SEATTLE, Washington (AP) -- Coming soon next to the Coke and Pepsi in a store near you: ham-and latke-flavored soda to make your holiday feast complete.

It even will be kosher, the company making it says -- including the ham.

Jones Soda Co., the Seattle-based purveyor of offbeat fizzy water, is selling holiday-themed limited-edition packs of flavored sodas.

The Christmas pack will feature such flavors as Sugar Plum, Christmas Tree, Egg Nog and Christmas Ham. The Hanukkah pack will have Jelly Doughnut, Apple Sauce, Chocolate Coins and Latkes sodas.

"As always, both packs are kosher and contain zero caffeine," Jones said in a statement.

The packs will go on sale Sunday, with a portion of the proceeds to be given to charity, the company said.

Full article here

Well even I have to admit the kitch value is worth it! And the artwork on the bottles are definitely collectors items! :)

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

11/14/07

Permalink 12:10:15 pm, Categories: Affiliates and Ad Programs - Click Through 127 words  

What Is The Traffic Like In Your Neighborhood?

Traffic on my street can get snarly at times, and whenever there is an event happening locally in the village, traffic control devices such as a metal bollard, and other traffic calming measures are used to keep order on our streets.

Traffic Guard Direct is a leading online provider of access control barriers, and safety bollards. They have several products to choose from, which are detailed on their website including information to help consumers choose the right item for their own needs.

You can have a look at their website by clicking on the link I have added into this entry or give them a call at this toll free number +18777277347, and have a look at their complete catalogue.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Thank you to my sponsor!

Permalink 11:51:35 am, Categories: Shopping Tips 101 words  

Cross Border Shopping - Is It Worth It?

Have you been taking advantage of the strong Canadian dollar by shopping across the border? If so how have you found the border crossings? My girlfriend went to Buffalo last weekend to cash in on some great bargains, and got stuck in huge line-ups.

There are deals apparently to be had, but I have to wonder how great these are if you factor in time, and gas to cross the border. Canadian retailers are starting to drop their prices so it may just be worth your while to check out the sales here before travelling down there.

Happy Shopping!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 11:17:29 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Making Money Online, Science and Technology 122 words  

Small Business Web Hosting

Good morning my peeps! I do not think I have to tell you how important reliable, and affordable web hosting is to small businesses that are establishing their own online presence, but if I did -> now ya know!

Concentric Business Solutions provides small business owners with both very reliable service, (they have a guaranteed up-time) and affordability via their shared hosting packages.

Another thing that impresses me about Concentric Business Solutions web hosting is that they provide 24/7 client support by both email, and by phone. And they are currently offering a free 30 day trial of their services! Check out their site for more detailed info on the full range of services they provide. B)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Thank you to the sponsor.

11/13/07

Permalink 11:11:53 am, Categories: Wordless Wednesday 70 words  

Wordless Wednesday - "Wheee"

Welcome to WW -> Tuesday edition. Is it me or are you already missing summer time too? The above pic was taken at the Canadian National Exhibition this past August ... and it brings back those fond summer memories on this cold, and dreary November day....sigh....

Happy Wordless Wednesday - Tuesday Edition! Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

For a list of the other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

Permalink 11:10:08 am, Categories: Website & Blog Reviews 241 words  

Gorilla Trades Blog - A Review

Good morning my peeps! Today I had the opportunity to take some time and go through the Gorilla Trades blog, and I thought I would tell you a little bit about the site, and the type of information you can find over there.

If you are looking for a source on the latest stock market news, and tips then the Gorilla Trades blog may just be exactly what you are looking for as that is the primary focus of this web journal.

Firstly the site impressed me with its very basic design. I do not like overly flashy sites particularly when the subject matter concerns money. Just give me the facts please is my preference, and the Gorilla Trades blog delivers on that. Each of the news items is presented in an easy to read, and find format.

I noted that on average the blog is updated several times per day making for a ton of info being posted since it began only two months ago according to the site's archives. I can safely tell ya that this site's news, and information is definitely up to date, and timely!

If you are looking for regular stock news go have a look at this blog via one of the links I have added in above for your convenience. I am quite positive that you will find their blog informative, and worth your time reading.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Thank you to the sponsor.

11/12/07

Permalink 05:23:55 pm, Categories: Shopping Tips, Online Auctions 124 words  

Watch Those Shipping Costs!

I was surfing around eBay this past weekend looking for some deals on Nintendo DS games for the kiddo. I saw one auction that had a fairly good "buy-it-now" price ... and then I checked the shipping. The ship cost looked ok. at $10 bux until I realised this US seller wanted that in British pounds! That my dears is over $20 bux in shipping! Needless to say I moved on, but I wondered at how a price for an item can be listed in US funds, but the shipping in another currency. Just goes to show you, be very careful when making purchases online, and insure you know the full terms of what you are getting into before clicking that bid button.

Happy Shopping!

Sue
XOX

Permalink 03:11:40 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Shopping Tips, Home Decorating 124 words  

Home Redecorating For The Holidays

The weeks running up to the holiday season are traditionally hot for home redecorating, and renovations, with the kitchen, and bathroom being the most popular rooms for fixing up! Why you may ask? Simple, the answer is that these are the rooms most frequently seen, and use by holiday guests, and usually the ones in most need of upgrading.

If you are planning a home renovation or redecorating project I have a hot tip for you. Check out this website for the hottest looks, and prices in bath, and kitchen fixtures including Blanco sinks. Just click on the linky! Oh, and the best part free ground shipping on orders in the continental United States! B)

Happy Shopping!

Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor.

Permalink 01:25:39 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Celebrities In The News, Shopping Tips 177 words  

Seinfeld's Bee Movie Is Hot!

I sooo want to see Jerry Seinfeld's Bee Movie! It just looks too cute! Haha! Apparently I am not the only one to think that the concept of this film is a cool one either. The Bee Movie is currently very hot a the box office. Here is a snippet from the BBC:

Animated film Bee Movie has traded places with American Gangster at the top of the North American box office.

The cartoon, written by and starring Jerry Seinfeld, jumped a place to take the chart's top spot with $26m (£12.5m) takings, according to studio estimates.

American Gangster, starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, fell one place to number two with $24m (£11.7m).

Christmas comedy Fred Claus debuted in third place with $19m (£9m) in the US and Canada between Friday and Sunday.

Full BBC Article Here

Keep your eyes open for cool Bee Movie merchandise to "bee" get it "bee" hitting the store shelves in time for this Christmas shopping season. :D

"Bee" Seeing You! Hehehe ok I am "bee" ing silly now!

Sue
XOX

Permalink 01:11:34 pm, Categories: Travel and Tourism, Website & Blog Reviews 329 words  

Hotel Reservations.com - A Review

Hotel Reservations.com is one of the leading online resources to help you with every aspect of your vacation planning! I have visited their awesome website in the past, and was very happy to have the opportunity to visit with them again earlier this very morning, and see what new, and exciting bargains they have for discerning travellers to save big money on!

I love to travel, and I also love to save money (lets face it who does not want to save money!) therefore my first online destination when I begin my own holiday planning is Hotel Reservations.com I have personally found some great deals through them, and am happy to pass along the scoop to you.

Firstly their website is very user friendly, and very easy to use. You can customise it right off the top to reflect the language, and the currency that you the end user prefer to have information provided to you in. From there you can start using the drop down boxes to really customise your searches. You can look up, and compare prices on different destinations from all over the world including all the tourist hot spots, and many lessor known by equally as exciting places to visit, and explore. B)

Once you have settled on the destination of your choice, you can look up different hotels, motels, inns, and other types of accommodations, and vacation rentals. You can check on their availability, and get detailed info on each. You can also use the site to book your flights, and even book your car rentals!

Hotel Reservations.com also provides bargain basement prices on the hottest vacation packages, including cruises through Carnival Cruise Lines, and Royal Caribbean, the latter I have heard many good things about through friends.

Definitely worth checking out, and booking through! A great way to save and have extra spending cash for when you reach your destination! :D

Happy Travels!
Sue
XOXO

My thanks to the sponsor!

11/11/07

Mr. Toilet's House

Yes, that is a teel and glass, two storey, toilet-shaped house! It was unveiled this past weekend, in South Korea. Funds raised from renting the house will go towards providing sanitary toilets in developing countries, which in my opinion is a very cool idea, and certainly unique!

Here is a news snippet on Mr. Toilet's House:

SEOUL (AFP) — A South Korean lawmaker and public hygiene activist on Sunday opened his 1.6 million dollar toilet-shaped showcase house designed to campaign for cleaner loos worldwide.

The two-storey home, complete with a nameplate reading "Mr. Toilet's House", is now ready to be occupied, according to owner Sim Jae-Duck.

Billed as the world's only toilet house, the 419-square-metre (4,508-sq-foot) concrete and glass structure rose on the site of Sim's former home in Suweon, 40 kilometres (24 miles) south of Seoul.

Sim, 74, who told AFP last month that his mother gave him birth in a bathroom, has actively campaigned for "clean and beautiful" toilets since his service as Suweon mayor from 1995-2002.

His campaign has since turned many of public restrooms nationwide into facilities boasting paintings, fresh flowers or even small gardens.

Sim's house was completed before the Korea Toilet Association, which he funds, holds a forum in Seoul later this month to launch the World Toilet Association to take his campaign worldwide.

Full Google News Article Here

Again, what a really cool idea! Now if there were only a rooftop pool or a rooftop slide to a swimming pool below! :p

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

Permalink 03:53:12 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Sales and Marketing, Website & Blog Reviews 245 words  

eBay Sales For The Holidays

Good afternoon my peeps! I am not an eBay seller yet, but I have had an eBay account for a few years now, and I am an eBay shopper particularly around the holiday season, and just after when I have found you can get some amazing deals on holiday gift items now up for auction. The keyword though in that last sentence regarding my eBay activities is "yet" I am not a seller yet, but I have been considering giving it a try for some time now.

One of the keys to being successful in any type of business is understanding your market, and if you are considering becoming an eBay seller like me or are already set up as one you have got to check out this free eBay research data particularly with the hottest selling season upon us.

Terapeak's eBay research tools were designed, and set up by some very successful power sellers to help you on your own road to becoming a prosperous eBay seller. :D

I was checking out the Terapeak website this afternoon, and was genuinely impressed by it. Impressed enough to say I will use this site if and/or when I decide to get off my duff and set up my seller's account. Click on the linky above, and check out how they can help you on everything from pricing to what keywords you should be using.

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

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Permalink 03:27:16 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Sales and Marketing, Fun & Games 186 words  

FreeRice A Viral Marketing Success Story

Have you heard of FreeRice before? I first read about it on the BBC earlier today while surfing the net, and wanted to tell you about this fun game that you can play online, and help the world's hungry at the same time! How cool is that! B)

Here is a snippet from the BBC:

An internet word game has generated enough rice to feed 50,000 people for one day, the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) has said.

The game, FreeRice, tests the vocabulary of participants. For each click on a correct answer, the website donates money to buy 10 grains of rice.

Companies advertising on the website provide the money to the WFP to buy and distribute the rice.

FreeRice went online in early October and has now raised 1bn grains of rice.

That is enough rice to feed 50,000 people for one day, the WFP said on Friday.

Full BBC Article Here

The fact that word of mouth via the net has made FreeRice so popular has earned it the right to be called "a viral marketing success story" in my humble opinion. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 03:16:18 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Financial Products, Website & Blog Reviews 225 words  

Cash Advances & Payday Loans

Here on Nuttin' But Pimp I have written about Payday Loans, and/or cash advances in the past. Regular readers will recall that I have related to you how I have turned to payday loans here in Canada when times were really rough a few years back, and I am not ashamed to admit that to you. After all, almost everyone of us has or will go through some financial difficulties at some point.

A cash advance or payday loan can help out when you are strapped for cash and need to pay off a certain debt or bill by a deadline, or could use some extra bux to top off your groceries. Provided you understand the terms of the payday loan, and are confident that you will be able to pay it off when needed to they can really be a financial lifesaver.

Not all payday loans are created equal though. If you are thinking about applying for a payday loan or cash advance then you might want to check out the link I have added in above. It is to a website that can provide you with different quotes for loans up to $1,500 dollars. The money can be electronically deposited into your account, and you can set up a pay back schedule.

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

Thank you to the sponsor of this post.

Permalink 08:52:04 am, Categories: General Stuff 114 words  

Thank You

In Flanders Fields

by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep,
though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

To all those that served, and are serving. Thank you.

Permalink 08:31:22 am, Categories: Travel and Tourism 183 words  

Travelling To France

There are so many wonderful, and enchanting reasons to visit France. The Eiffel Tower as pictured above at sunset (how romantic oooh la, la), the wineries, the louvre, Versailles, and the Rhone Alps just to name a handful immediately spring to my mind when I think of France. And France hotels are known to be amongst the top ranked in the world.

Paris hotels are available to suit just about every budget, so a trip to the "city of lights" may be more cost effective then one might initially think. And there is so much to do there, whether you wish to go shopping or take in some of the world class museums or how about partake in a romantic river cruise....sigh....

Of course France is much more than just Paris. Nice is a very popular tourist destination within France, and Nice hotels can be booked at bargain prices even those situated in the centre of the city near the famed Promenade Des Anglais and the sea. Just lovely.....

Happy Travels! :D

Sue
XOX

Thank you to the sponsor of this post.

Permalink 12:05:51 am, Categories: Weird News 186 words  

Douglas Adams Predicted This Could Happen...

Have you ever used an online translator to communicate with someone? I have used them, but only to try to decode certain web pages, phrases etc. After reading an article entitled "Online translator sparks diplomatic row" I wondering if I should use them at all....read on for a snippet:

An email sent to the Dutch foreign ministry by a group of Israeli journalists has sparked a diplomatic row, thanks to an unreliable translation by Babelfish..

The journalists wrote a set of questions before a planned fact-finding trip to The Netherlands, running them through the online translation tool to turn them into Dutch.

The beginning of the email read: 'Helloh bud, enclosed five of the questions in honor of the foreign minister: The mother your visit in Israel is a sleep to the favor or to the bed your mind on the conflict are Israeli Palestinian.'

The translation was flawed as Babelfish confused 'ha'im', the Hebrew word for 'if', with 'ha'ima', which means 'mother'.

Full Article Here

Makes you wonder what other misunderstandings may have arisen over the use of Babel Fish eh!

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

11/09/07

Permalink 10:43:03 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Travel and Tourism, Shopping Tips 226 words  

New York CityPass Is Hot!!!!!

Those of you who know me well already know how much I love NYC. For those of you who do not: I LOVE NEW YORK!!!!! lol!

And I am very excited this morning (can you tell) to introduce my peeps to the New York CityPass, which is the hottest gift idea for those of us who love NYC. Read on.....

A New York CityPass will save you big bux on some of the very best NYC attractions that this hot city offers. Naturally this will leave more money for important stuff like souvenirs!

B)

If you have always wanted to check out the Guggenheim, (highly recommended by me!) The Museum of Modern Art, and the Empire State Building Observatory to name just three then you can save a whopping 50 percent off the admissions using a New York CityPass. How cool is that my peeps!

Another really cool thing about it (and why it makes a cool gift idea for those on your list that love NYC or are planning a trip there) is that it lets users skip most main entrance ticket lines, and get right into the attraction.

I know that I would definitely be happy receiving a thoughtful gift like this one. CityPass can also hook you up with overnight delivery and gift wrapping services that include a gift card.

:D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 10:22:34 am, Categories: Sales and Marketing, Humor - Funny Stuff 82 words  

Funny Commercials From Around The Globe

If we must be subjected to advertising then it may as well put a smile on our faces. :D The above video clip is a compilation of funny commercials from around the globe, and to be honest I had only seen one of them before. I have to admit my fave is the very first one, being a Canadian eh! I also like the one based around the urban legend of the "gaseous" date...;)

Enjoy!

Sue
XOX

Permalink 09:44:35 am, Categories: Website & Blog Reviews 98 words  

Help With Debt Consolidation

Debt Consolidation is a hot button topic in many North American households these days. It seems to me that we are all under an increasing burden of debt.

CircleDebt.com is a website dedicated to bringing information to those in credit trouble. Not only do they provide users with free debt consolidation loan quotes, they also provide their users with a message board, and helpful article on the subjects of credit, and debt. Worth checking out in my opinion if you are interested in this topic, and seeking further info.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Thank you to the sponsor.

11/07/07

Permalink 04:54:19 pm, Categories: Shopping Tips, Product Recalls 148 words  

Date Rape Drug Linked To Children's Toys

According to the BBC, Australia has issued a nationwide ban on a Chinese-made toy after it was found to contain a substance linked to the date-rape drug GHB. How scary is that! Here is a snippet from the news item:

Three children have been taken to hospital after swallowing tiny beads from the Bindeez game - one of the best-selling toys in Australia.

The beads were coated in chemicals which transformed into the banned drug when swallowed.

It is the latest in a series of safety scares over products made in China.

US toy maker Mattel has recalled more than 20 million Chinese-made toys this year.

Full BBC Article Here

Again, how scary is this! I mean lead poisoning is frightening enough, but this is just awful, and quite frankly really pisses me off! Does no one inspect these toys before they are allowed for sale to our children???

Grrrr.....

Developing An ECommerce Website

Setting up a successful online ecommerce storefront may seem very challenging to newbies, but I can tell you there are some great resources to help you in getting started, and managing your business.

AmeriCommerce is a software provider that can help you get off to a great start even if you have limited to no html skills whatsoever. They can also assist in every aspect of managing your online business from getting a SSL certificate, to your product catalogue, and even online marketing strategies. If you are planning on starting up, and/or maintaining an ecommerce website you should have a look at the services AmeriCommerce is offering, and see if they might be of benefit to you.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 01:05:55 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services 57 words  

Fashion Week In Beijing

This year's China Fashion Week is in full swing! Local and international designers are showing their spring and summer 2008 collections off in Beijing, and they are definitely hot! China has definitely earned a growing influence in fashion's highly competitive market in my own humble opinion. I love the Asian fashion scene!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Image Credit: BBC

Permalink 12:37:48 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Travel and Tourism 230 words  

Travel Club Med Style

The pumpkins have been taken off the front porch, and the leaves have all but fallen off the trees that surround our neighbourhood....Fall is in full swing, and before you know it winter will be here!

Brrr....I hate the cold! And if you are like me you may already be thinking of booking a winter getaway, perhaps somewhere, hot, and sunny with some white, sandy beaches!

Club Med is a popular dream vacation choice with very good reason. If you have never indulged yourself in a Club Med holiday before you may want to give some serious thought to it, or check out the linky I have added to this entry.

Imagine visiting a resort that has been set up to cater especially to you, whether you are a single, a couple looking for something very romantic, or a family looking for a resort that will make sure that your kiddos are happy, safe, and entertained. And the best part is that Club Med resorts are located throughout the world in all sorts of different climates etc. They have something for pretty much every type of traveller.

Sounds wonderful doesn't it! Sigh.....

If you are into the Greek Islands or perhaps looking for adventure in French Polynesia have a look at Club Med resorts, which are also quite affordable. B)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Thank you to the sponsor!

11/06/07

Permalink 03:02:59 pm, Categories: Wordless Wednesday 61 words  

Wordless Wednesday - "The Hat"

It's all about that hat! The above pic depicts a woman attending the 14th Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia. Efficient, ridden by Michael Rodd, won the prestigious race. The photo originally appeared in the BBC.

Happy Wordless Wednesday! Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

For a list of the other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

Permalink 02:59:53 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Financial Products 75 words  

Payday Loan Resource

Faxless Payday Loans or cash advances have become quite popular, but not all of them are created equal or are right for each individual circumstance.

PaydayLoanQuotes.com provides its users with a a payday loan fee calculator, and has the ability to get you multiple loan quotes fast. It is a great way to compare loan options, and make sure you get the right one for you.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Thank you to my sponsor!

11/05/07

The Lady Does Not Want US Dollars

Gisele Bündchen is the richest super model in the world. It has been reported that she earned a whopping $30 million bux last year alone!!! However, she is refusing to be paid in US currency according to a recent BBC news article. Here is a snippet:

The world's richest model has reportedly reacted in her own way to the sliding value of the US dollar - by refusing to be paid in the currency.

Gisele Bündchen is said to be keen to avoid the US currency because of uncertainty over its strength.

The Brazilian, thought to have earned about $30m in the year to June, prefers to be paid in euros, her sister and manager told the Bloomberg news agency.

However, Ms Bündchen, 27, declined to comment on her pay arrangements.

Last week the dollar hit long-term lows against the euro, the British pound and the Canadian dollar.

Full BBC Article Here

Currently I make most of my money in US dollars, and I can tell you it does hurt. I do understand Gisele Bündchen's thoughts on this, and hope that we eventually see some strengthening in the US dollar.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

BidVertiser Coupon For All Blog Readers

Bidvertiser

Listen up my peeps! Bidvertiser is a hot way for bloggers like us to make some extra cash through referrals, while at the same time giving us the opportunity to offer our readers the ability to get tweny bux worth of free clicks through the Bidvertiser network! How cool is that! B)

I first got the scoop on this hot money making opportunity for bloggers via this press release, which I will add in here for your own reading pleasure. :D

Read On:

BidVertiser is used by tens of thousands of bloggers to make money from their blogs by showing the BidVertiser ppc ads. Anyone can join BidVertiser either as a publisher or an advertiser, but we would like to share a new opportunity that not everyone is aware of:

BidVertiser now opens the the opportunity for bloggers to join as a referral, and as a unique benefit - a $20 coupon of free clicks is included with every referral account! This coupon can be shared and passed on to anyone - by placing a referral button on the blog, by adding the coupon link to a newsletter or even to an RSS feed

Once you signup as a referral, you get your unique referral link which will give $20 in free clicks to anyone that clicks it, adding great value to your blog as well as being a great benefit to your readers. Referral earnings are tracked online in the referral control panel and payments are made monthly, via PayPal or check, with a minimum of only $10.

If you choose to also activate your publisher account, you will also be able to get access to a new set of referral links that will both give your readers $20 in free clicks and will enable them to advertise directly on your blog via BidVertiser, increasing your earnings even more!

So how cool is that my peeps! This is a terrific opportunity for both advertisers, and publishers in my own humble opinion. So what are you waiting for.....

Click Here to Signup as a BidVertiser Referral!

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

My thanks to my sponsor.

Permalink 10:48:09 am, Categories: Our Peeps! 234 words  

Looking For An Old Banjo or Mandolin

If anyone has or knows of anyone who has an old banjo or Mandolin that they don't use and can donate, it would be going to a great place. There is a music program started in Webequie, Ontario. A reserve that is above the trap line.

This a little information on Webequie:

Webequie First Nation is located on the northern peninsula of Eastwood Island on Winisk Lake, 540 km (336 mi) north of the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Webequie is a fly in community with no summer road access. The primary way into the community is by air or winter road, which connects to the Northern Ontario Resource Trail. The First Nation have the 34,279 ha Webequie Indian Reserve. The Webequie or Webiqui Indian Settlement also have reserve status. Webequie First Nation is a member of the Matawa First Nations Management, Inc., a regional tribal council and a member of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

The registered population of Webequie was 714 persons in September of 2007, of which the on-reserve population was 253.

Again, this is going to be used for a very good cause! They are starting up a music program and are in desperate need of one of each of these instruments. If you can help or know someone who can, please do let me know, and I'll hook you up with the right peeps to get your donation up to the reserve! :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

Permalink 08:08:07 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Science and Technology, Shopping Tips 223 words  

Purchasing A Good Cheap Digital Camera

One of the gift ideas on my eldest daughter's holiday wish list is a new digital camera, as lately she has really taken to photography as a hobby, and interest. So this past weekend I took the opportunity to do some web surfing, and look for a good quality cheap digital camera that she might really like. :D

I had a look at the Samsung S630S, and the HP Photosmart R937 8MP 3X Digital Camera, which are both listed, and being featured on the Tech Bargains website.

I have found that Tech Bargains.com is a good online resource for purchasing electronics etc. Their website is designed to be easy to use for the end user, and has all the available online deals, and coupon codes updated 24/7 so shoppers never miss out on bargains! In fact if you want you can grab the Tech Bargains RSS feeds, and get the latest sales, scoops, etc as they come in. Very cool for the serious bargain shopper like myself! B)

So I haven't settled on one specific digital camera for my daughter's gift at this point. I'm going to continue checking out the different specs on the various cameras. Once I am ready I will be sure to grab the best deals through Tech Bargains, and save myself some serious $$$$.

Happy Shopping!
Sue
XOXO

11/03/07

Permalink 04:59:29 pm, Categories: Weird News 314 words  

Profiting Off The Dead

I came across an article today that is in regards to souvenir sellers in NYC. What struck me about the news article was that these are not exactly ordinary souvenir type items that you would expect to find such as t-shirts, baseball caps, etc, no these folks are hawking photos of the WTC site on fire etc....very grisly.

Here is a snippet from the article:

NEW YORK - Manuel Suarez's job hasn't earned him many fans. He keeps moving, to avoid catching the eye of the police. About 10 times a day, he is screamed at by strangers.

It's a lot of fuss for a souvenir seller. But Suarez's wares are Sept. 11 photo books sold to tourists at the World Trade Center site, and they spark an array of reactions as visitors see the images of smouldering ruins and pictures of people plummeting to their deaths.

People often accuse him of profiting off the dead. More often, however, they buy what he is selling.

The area around the trade centre site is a popular tourist destination and has become an open-air market for everything from Rolex knockoffs and Sept. 11 figurines to photo books showing the destruction of the attacks.

For some victims' families, the commerce is dismaying.

"To think that these people are coming here using this horrible disaster that our country suffered, to profit off it totally for themselves, is tasteless," said Lee Ielpi, who lost his firefighter son in the attack and later co-founded the Tribute WTC Visitor Center. "It should not be a place where people come and make money on the dead."

Full Article May Be Read Here

You know I am all for making money - obviously! But this, this is too much in my own humble opinion. Maybe in about 200 years something like this would be somewhat acceptable, but now ... it is too soon .. and way to fresh.

Sue
XOXO

Permalink 04:50:18 pm, Categories: Eco-Friendly 205 words  

AERO Award Program

Advanced Energy Research Organization, LLC (AERO) announces an up-front 200,000 licensing award and minimum $5 million two year royalty program for a qualifying new energy breakthrough.

The Charlottesville, VA energy research company is leading a world-wide search for promising, out-of-the-box inventors and scientists who have provable energy generation inventions that need support, further development and widespread public exposure.

AERO CEO Steven M. Greer MD notes that, "Over the past 100 years, many major energy breakthroughs have withered on the vine, died with the inventor or been absorbed into secretive corporate or government programs. It is AERO's mission to see that these new technologies are protected, supported and massively disclosed to the public so that we can go beyond our current addiction to oil, gas and coal and begin a new, sustainable era in human history.

AERO is uniquely qualified to see that such technological innovations make it to market. Our network includes 'A-list' celebrities, Nobel Prize winners, current and former heads of State and millions of people who follow our work. The inventor or team that has a qualifying system for energy generation will have the full force, support and protection of this unique, global network.

Web site for more information: http://www.aero2012.com/en/award.html

Permalink 04:45:27 pm, Categories: Sales and Marketing 238 words  

Insurance Marketing

Not all Insurance Marketing services are created equal or the same for that matter, at least that is what I have been told in regards to it. Therefore I was quite curious earlier this afternoon to spend some time looking into, and checking out this insurance marketing resource at Quotes Auction.com, and learning a bit more on what it is exactly that they are offering. If this is a topic that interests you then please do read on....

Firstly, what immediately caught my eye is that they are offering through a special promotion that is currently running two hundred dollars worth of high quality insurance leads absolutely free, yes, I said free! Simply click on the link I have provided to you within this entry (above) to be taken directly to the website for further details on this. All you have to do is fill in a simple to use form in order to be contacted.

The second thing that impressed me with this site is that they provide numerous articles on various aspects of insurance marketing to the readers of their site. These are very easy to locate on their left-hand navigation bar, and are quite informative in my own humble opinion.

Again, for further info, and pricing, as well as sample leads click on the link above to be taken directly to the website.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Thank you to the sponsor of this post.

Permalink 04:19:08 pm, Categories: General Stuff 80 words  

Turning Back The Clocks

Is it just me my peeps? Or is everyone sick, and tired of Daylight Savings Time already? Personally I am quite happy to see the end of it a bit later today (good riddance I say) and reclaim that one hour of sleep back. Woo Hoo!

Seriously, everybody seems to be cranky lately, and I wonder if it has anything to do with the pushing back of the change over to Eastern Standard by a few weeks?

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

Permalink 03:55:55 pm, Categories: Sales and Marketing, Website & Blog Reviews 227 words  

1000 Boxs

I had the opportunity to visit 1000boxs.com a little earlier on this afternoon, and check out the service that this website is offering to its users. It was pretty interesting in my opinion, and if you are looking for a new possible type of advertising venue please do read on, and learn what I found out during my visit.

Firstly this type of advertising strategy is still quite new so I am not certain how successful it might be, but again I did find the concept of it quite intriguing!

If you click on the link I have added in for you above you will be taken directly to the 1000boxs.com home page. There you will see a grid of very colourful, wee boxes. If you click on one of these boxes it will expand giving you info on a specific site, with a link etc. It is actually pretty cool, and opening up the individual boxes reminded me of opening up a Kinder Surprise. :D It was fun!

Advertisers are promised creative control of what goes into their own unique, and personal box. There is also a blog that is a companion to the main site that gives much more detail, and info for those who might be interested in getting involved. B)

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

My thanks to the sponsor of this post.

Permalink 03:45:56 pm, Categories: Website & Blog Reviews 73 words  

Three Months Of Facebook Has Taught Me....

....that social networking is great particularly when you have something to promote such as an e-business, blog or website. However, beyond that I am really starting to find the whole thing a chore. I'm going to spend a wee bit of time this afternoon removing apps, and generally cleaning up my facebook profile. I'll definitely keep my account open, but seriously have been spending less, and less time with it....

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 02:51:42 pm, Categories: Website & Blog Reviews 220 words  

Gorilla Off Topic

So what is Gorilla Off Topic you might be asking yourself, and if so, just hang on because I am quite happy to have the opportunity to tell you!

Firstly let me start off by explaining the "Gorilla" part. The "gorilla" is the one, and the same from Gorilla Trades, which are those highly funny, investment TV commercials that there has been so much hoopla about on the net lately. I have blogged about the "gorilla" ads on this very blog in the past. You should check them out!

Well now we have got Gorilla Off Topic to check out, and the title is pretty self explanatory. Gorilla Off Topic is the blog of the "gorilla" and it is completely off topic, in other words it is about anything, and everything under the sun with the exception of stocks, and investments.

I surfed on over to Gorilla Off Topic, and read some of the entries, these include sports commentary, and some bizarre news items, which I found to be interesting if not down right weird. I can tell you it does have the makings of a good blog, and is worth your while to click on the link above, and have a look for yourself. Happy blog surfing! :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Thank you to the sponsor of this post.

Permalink 10:39:41 am, Categories: Shopping Tips 127 words  

Canadian Shoppers Riding The Soaring Loonie

I was listening to a radio report this morning that announced Sears Canada is dropping its prices on this side of the border. This is of course in response to the larger than norm volume of Canadians travelling over to the States to take advantage of the strong dollar, and get in some pre-holiday bargains. Retailers this side of the border are being forced to compete, which is always good news for shoppers...:D

In a poll they cited 74% of Canadians are very happy with the loonie trading as high as $1.07 to the US dollar. And while I too am enjoying the benefits at the moment, if this keeps up for a lengthy period I wonder how long before Canadian manufacturers will be hurt. :-/

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

11/02/07

Permalink 10:07:41 am, Categories: Travel and Tourism 121 words  

Rent With Confidence Guarantee

It is that time of the year to start thinking about our winter getaways, and making our plans, which is why I was so excited to check out this holiday Holiday-Rentals' Rent With Confidence Guarantee the very best in the industry I am told! Cool! B)

Whether you are into a hot beach destination or are into a skiing trip at a gorgeous chalet like the one pictured above the planning of your vacation should be a stress free as possible. So with a guarantee that removes worry by offering maximum protection you can't go wrong in my opinion. :D

Click on the photos or link above for further details, and happy travels!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Thank you to my sponsor!

The Pine Cone Peso Is Hot!

Canadian shoppers rejoice! The Canadian dollar has shattered another record, reaching an all-time high in overseas trading, soaring past 1.07 this morning.

Experts are predicting that the dollar, which is flying in uncharted territory, could even climb to 1.10 U.S.

Canadian retailers are already starting to lower prices in response to the cross-border shopping. These include Wal-Mart, Zellers, and certain Canadian Tire Stores.

Woot! Woot!

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

Source: 680 News

Permalink 09:35:19 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Travel and Tourism 113 words  

NYC Car Service

It has been a couple of years since I have had the pleasure of visiting New York City either on business or as a fun weekend getaway, but when I have visited on of the important aspects of my travel plans was a safe, and reliable JFK airport car service.

Dial 7 is a well respected NYC car service, and they can hook you up with one of their extensive fleet of late model sedans and town cars insuring that you not only arrive on time, safe, and sound, but in style too! B)

Click on the link above or the logo below for more info.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Thank you to my sponsor.

11/01/07

Hello IZEA

IZEA is going to be hot!!! If you have no idea as to what I'm talking about read on. IZEA Inc is the new corporate name of Pay Per Post Inc. and I LOVE it! In fact when they first posted on the PPP blog that they were kicking around some new names to better reflect the complete package of what they are offering (much more than "pay per post" - it has become this very cool online community) I personally thought IZEA was the best. It's fun!!!

PPP legend Colleen gives us the IZEA scoop here.

Congratulations IZEA!

Sue
XOX

Permalink 11:32:02 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Travel and Tourism, Shopping Tips, Fun & Games 228 words  

St. Augustine Events

With our Canadian dollar just kicking butt lately we Canucks (who are already well known as snow birds) are really enjoying the bang our cash is bringing in when visiting the US, especially our fave state Florida. :D It is true, statistically Canadians travel over all to Florida more than anywhere else.

St. Augustine is one of the oldest cities in the USA, and is definitely high on my own list of travel plans. I was checking out a few of the upcoming St. Augustine events, and thought I would definitely pass along the scoop to you my peeps!

Uptown Saturday Night in St Augustine is hot, hot hot! These very fun events occur at the end of the month, specifically this past October 27th and this upcoming November 24th, 2007. There are artisans, music, good eating, antiques, and so much more for both locals, and tourist to enjoy! For me it is the shopping, in particular the antiquing that is the big draw! B)

With our Canadian dollar at an all time high there is no better time to enjoy St. Augustine events, and save big time cash while doing so. If you are going to be in the St. Augustine are this coming month or just want further details, please do click on the link I have provided to you for further details. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 11:15:33 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Making Money Online 112 words  

The Scoop On Survey Lion

Last year I joined a bunch of different online survey programs in the hopes that it would be a fun, and easy way to make a bit of spare cash. Every single one I joined turned out to be a bust with the exception of one, and that is Survey Lion.

I just received my third check from survey Lion, so yes they do pay out. I have received the occasional survey from them ranging between $5.00 - $15.00. If you like doing surveys you might want to check them out, they do not have an affiliate program yet except through email, but over all I am quite happy with them. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 10:10:15 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Financial Products 114 words  

Credit Card Resource

Good morning my peeps! As I shake away the cobwebs from last night's Halloween festivities I wanted to introduce you to this online resource for credit cards.

If you need info on a credit card bad credit or just in general you'll want to give a click to CreditNet.com. This site has the scoop on all the different types of credits cards, offers advice for those with poor credit, and is completely interactive.

This is a totally cool social networking on credit site with live chat, peer-to-peer help, message boards etc. Definitely worthwhile to check out as a leading credit card resource on the net.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor!

10/30/07

Permalink 12:37:18 pm, Categories: Wordless Wednesday 88 words  

Wordless Wednesday - "Happy Halloween"

I saw the above image, and it made me chuckle. I wish I could dress up my "boys" but my dogs would have none of a Halloween costume, plus they are terrified of jack-o-lanterns (I'm not kidding) so I leave them safely inside on Halloween night. Hope this has brought you a smile too, and if you celebrate have a safe, and happy Halloween! :D

Happy Wordless Wednesday! Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

For a list of the other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

Permalink 11:46:09 am, Categories: Website & Blog Reviews 251 words  

The Secret of Law of Attraction

I had the opportunity to visit the online home of the Law Of Attraction Accelerator earlier this morning, and whether you have heard of it before or not I thought I would give you a brief review of what I found out while I was visiting this website. If you are interested in learning more about this, and online money-making opportunities in general please do read on.

Initially when I surfed onto the Law Of Attraction Accelerator website I thought this reminds me a lot of the "secret" that was featured on the Oprah Winifrey television show last year. You know the one, there seemed to be a huge hoopla over it, and was the talk of the blogosphere, and net in general particularly the money-making forums. The "Secret" however was not free if I recall correctly.

With the Law Of Attraction Accelerator you can get a FREE 20 page law of attraction book that will be sent to your email account.Since free is my favourite price, and they state they will not sell your email address I thought it won't hurt to at leat have a look at.

Since many of you are also interested in online money making opportunities you may also wish to check out the Law Of Attraction Accelerator affiliate program. More details on the site. If this sounds like something you might find of interest you can check it out via one of the links within this entry.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Thank you to my sponsor!

Permalink 11:27:40 am, Categories: Science and Technology 267 words  

Captcha-Busting Program Spreading Spam

Arggghhh just when I thought that I was safe from spam in my comments section I read about this captcha-busting program in a BBC article this morning. Ugh! I hate captchas, but view them as a necessary evil, and do not fault my fellow bloggers from using them, but if they can be defeated what steps will we have to go to next????

Here is a snippet from the article:

A virtual stripper is helping to defeat anti-spam security checks.

Spammers have created a Windows game which shows a woman in a state of undress when people correctly type in text shown in an accompanying image.

The scrambled text images come from sites which use them to stop computers automatically signing up for accounts that can be put to illegal use.

By getting people to type in the text the spammers can take over the accounts and use them to send junk mail.

The scrambled text systems used to defeat automatic sign-ups are known as Captchas or "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart".

Typically they feature a disfigured word or one overlaid with artefacts that make it difficult for anyone but a human to decipher.

Many computer criminals have been trying to crack these systems to get at the net-based resources, such as e-mail accounts or blogging tools, they are designed to protect.

Full BBC Article Here

Grrrr.... before we fixed our comment sections with captchas hubyy and I were receiving tons of spam comments via our blogs ... and I would definitely hate to put up with that crap again!

Sue
XOX

Permalink 10:47:26 am, Categories: Shopping Tips 239 words  

House Warming Gifts

Those of you dear readers who are familiar with my family blog are most likely also in the know about my sister's recent change in residence. If not, the gist of it is my sister moved into her first new home after her recent divorce. It was definitely one of those life defining moments for her, and my niece, and naturally I thought about making certain that we gave her a thoughtful, and equally importantly useful house warming gift.

Roland's Housewarming Gifts at rolandsGifts.com definitely fills the bill for exactly what I was looking for in a house warming gift for my sister. The company is over a decade old and while originally marketed towards closing gifts for real estate agents they have been selling to the general public via their website for years now.

Have a look at these good quality personalized door mats, and then check out the highly competitive prices. I personally like the Olefin series.

While on their website I had a look at this custom address plaque as a possible gift idea as well. Have a look at the etched slates, I think they look very smart, and would definitely add to a home's curb appeal. B)

They have additional address signs available on their website, and I definitely would recommend checking them out whether you are purchasing for someone else or gifting yourself. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor.

Permalink 10:04:14 am, Categories: Sales and Marketing, Humor - Funny Stuff 110 words  

Don't Mind Our Dust

The Gap is well known for producing hilarious, and innovative ads. The one I have added above is no exception, and is amongst my own personal faves. Something about destruction, and chaos in a fashion store that appeals. B)

It is just too bad that The Gap is still tainted by their suppliers in India using child labour. At least many of the people I know still refuse to purchase from them because of it. Personally I cannot support any product where child labour is even a remote possibility. And no ad no matter how funny or clever can change that.

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

10/29/07

Permalink 09:55:37 am, Categories: Website & Blog Reviews 189 words  

The Grapevine - A Review

Good morning my peeps! It has been a while since I have had the pleasure of visiting a website that made me go "WOW!" Earlier this very morning I did visit a site that not only made me go "WOW," but absolutely impressed me with its innovation in a total lifestyle, and shopping experience.

Grapevine.com
follows the story of four very smart, savvy, stylish, and unique women known as the Grapevine Girls. Following the lives of Gabby, Liv, Shannon and Raqui on the site can become very addicting! Plus they share their own shopping tips, and open up their closets allowing you to make purchases of the same products via the Grapevine.com website. B)

The site itself encourages interactivity, and you can participate on their blog by leaving comments, and your thoughts on certain products etc. Have a look at
Grapevine.com
by clicking on the links I have added into this entry for you, and I think that you will agree that this site takes the old saying "I heard it through the Grapevine" to new online heights!

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

Thank you to my sponsor.

10/28/07

Permalink 10:05:21 am, Categories: Financial Products 244 words  

Identity Theft And Banking Info - Part Two

Please accept my apology for the lack of posting these past couple of days. I have been very busy with hobby A also known as PSICAN, which is par for the course with days to go before Halloween.

I did however, want to fill you in on what has happened with my sister's banking fiasco mentioned in the previous post: Identity Theft And Banking Info

All of my sister's assets through that financial institution were initially frozen. After much questioning including "where were you on the night of...at such and such time"...she was able to convince them to release enough of her funds to live on. In the mean time while the bank's investigation continues her online banking, VISA etc have been frozen. And I can tell you it has been a nightmare for her particularly as she pays her bills online.

The scary thing is we were talking to a friend of ours who had something similar happen. At the time of the crime our friend was a bank employee, but this made no difference to the investigative process with the exception of one thing. She was eventually able to find out where exactly it was that her card number, and password was stolen. I won't name the company, but it was a large US fashion retailer, and I was rather surprised when told this. It just goes to show you identity theft, and banking crimes can occur anywhere.

Sue
XOX

10/25/07

Permalink 07:48:59 pm, Categories: Financial Products 126 words  

Identity Theft And Banking Info

Just a quick post today my peeps as I am overwhelmed with a few things at the moment. I did want to alert you to something though so please do read on.... I just got off the phone with my sister who apparently had her banking info ripped off when she used her card at a gas station the other day. The bank alerted her that this morning a check for a large sum had been deposited into her account, and then immediately withdrawn. Thankfully the bank caught on to the scam right away, and any money my sister is personally missing will be covered ... but how scary is that! Her financial institution has launched an investigation, and hopefully the perpetrators will be caught.

Sue
XOX

10/24/07

Permalink 01:39:08 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Financial Products 110 words  

Unsecured Business Loans

Obtaining Unsecured Business Loans has become an easy, and streamlined process online with sites such as EZUnsecured.com.

Firstly I found the EZUnsecured.com website simple to use when I visited it earlier today. The site itself is well designed, and easy to navigate.

The application process is also easy, and approvals take between one, and three days. There are no application fees to worry about, and you can have the cash in hand in as little as one week.

If this is something that interests you, just click on the link provided above for further details on this type of quick, and easy business loan. B)

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

10/23/07

Permalink 12:08:26 pm, Categories: Wordless Wednesday 96 words  

Wordless Wednesday - "A Laptop"

Yes I know that I am an early-bird today .. :D I will be out most of the day, and wanted to get this entry up for the other WW early birds.

I have no idea why this melted, burnt-out laptop was on display at an IT systems exhibition in the German city of Munich. I saw the image originally on the BBC and as a techno junkie found it to be rather disturbing!

Happy Wordless Wednesday! Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

For a list of the other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

The Scoop On Rocky Boots

Rocky Boots like the one that is pictured above (ladies), and Bates Boots are not just for cops, and military personnel any more, they are a hot fashion item! I own a pair very similar to the one above that I wear with my long, black navy-cut coat, and I can tell you I think they look great, plus they are very tough.

If you need to wear them for work or you just really like the look (like me) my hot shopping tip for you is to check out CopShoes.com. Their prices on these high quality items is very competitive, and they provide a safe, and secured online shopping experience. :)

Happy Shopping!

Sue
XOX

Permalink 11:18:23 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Shopping Tips 94 words  

The Halloween Super Store!

I am sooo excited!!! Today is the big day when I will be checking out a new Halloween Super Store that has opened up in our neighbourhood.

Halloween has always been my absolute fave holiday, and I am looking forward to bringing you the scoop on this retailer, particularly if you are a late holiday shopper!

I am not certain if this particular merchant has an online presence yet, but I'll give you the details along with some fun photos ( I never leave home without my camera any more) tomorrow.

Happy Shopping!

Sue
XOXO

Ecommerce Whitepaper - Is Your Business Ready

Network Solutions has prepared a press release detailing its Ecommerce Whitepaper that will help online merchants prepare for the busy upcoming holiday season. Network Solutions is a provider of high quality Ecommerce Software, and I was already familiar with the great reputation of this company prior to checking out their Ecommerce Whitepaper earlier today through my "better half" who as most of my regular readers already know is an I.T. professional, and gives me his thoughts on all things "techie." :) Along with this pre info, and my own desire to succeed as an online small business operator I was really excited to check this out!

Basically this guide is available to help online merchants prepare their own SEO strategies including such topics as Pay Per Click Advertising, and other forms of online advertising that you may not be familiar with. How cool is that! B)

Staying on top of the latest in Search Engine Optimization along with online sales, and marketing strategies is imperative in my own opinion as more, and more people are doing the majority of their shopping online, which includes me. :) Just click on one of the links above that will take you to the Network Solutions where you can read the press release in total, and get some more info.

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

My thanks to my sponsor!

10/21/07

Permalink 05:07:14 pm, Categories: Sales and Marketing, Shopping Tips 130 words  

Putting Up The Halloween Decorations

This past weekend we did some of our pre-Halloween shopping, and got some of our decorations up. Granted our home already looks like Halloween year-round, but that is another story... ;)

One of the shops that I went into this weekend was Pier One Imports, and I have to admit that I was kind of put off by the Christmas displays. It seems like every year Christmas decorations, merchandise etc are being hauled out earlier, and earlier by the retailers....and it is getting annoying at least in my opinion.

Holiday stress is bad enough, and I don't want to experience it any earlier then those first weeks of November. I also believe it takes away from the spirit of Halloween .. :(

One holiday at a time please....

Bah Humbug! :>

Sue
XOXOX

Permalink 01:17:48 pm, Categories: Financial Products, Website & Blog Reviews 229 words  

Check Into Cash - A Review

Good Sunday afternoon my peeps. I had the opportunity to visit Check Into Cash a little bit earlier on in the day, and I thought I would pass along the real scoop on this online check cashing service.

Firstly, Check Into Cash is a pay day loan also known as a cash advance company. These types of services allow you to borrow quick cash to pay off bills or buy groceries etc ahead of pay day like a quick cash fix. I liked the fact that Check Into Cash says upfront on their main website page that these types of loans should be considered a short term option, and not something to fix a lengthy or ongoing credit problem, and in the latter case they do recommend credit counselling, which is exactly the same advice I would give someone in deep credit trouble.

With that said, I have taken out a cash advance before, and this company does have the added convenience of being able to apply for it online. They state on the site very fast approvals. You write a personal check, and they give you the cash is how it works in the most simplest of terms. For more detailed info you can check the site out for yourself by clicking on the Check Into Cash.com linky. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Thank you to my sponsor.

Permalink 10:41:43 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Science and Technology 183 words  

Facebook Bloggers Backlash

I grabbed the above photo yesterday whilst I was out shopping with the hubby. It is the community bulletin board at our local supermarket. Since I am pretty much as old as the hills I do remember when much social networking in the community centred around boards like these. They listed everything from local events, to houses for sale, to babysitters wanted etc.

Now community or social networking is a global phenomenon with sites like Facebook leading the way, and taking it to heights never dreamed of a a few short decades ago.

However, I have noticed a huge backlash against Facebook amongst my fellow bloggers, and I am not alone. I have read at least two articles now that have also noted that people are becoming turned off by the numerous applications, sheep throwing et al of this electronic community/social networking board.

What are your thoughts? Are you a "facebooker" that has had enough? I have a Facebook account, but I find I am using it much less lately, and I am a little overwhelmed by it at times.

Cheers!
Sue

10/18/07

Permalink 12:44:57 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Educational, Website & Blog Reviews 135 words  

Preparing For The Series 7 Exam

I had the opportunity earlier this morning to visit an online resource for Series 7 Exam material.

The Series 7 exam is a NASD/NYSE test, which must be taken as a requirement by most broker-dealers for their registered representatives.

If you are a financial professional or considering pursing a career in this exciting, and lucrative field you will want to visit the website, and look into the material being offered including books, and online testing. Some of the subjects that are covered include, but are not limited to Debt Securities, Investment Banking, Securities Markets, Taxes, Securities Analysis, etc. I was actually quite impressed with the amount of information to be found there. Have a look for yourself by clicking on one of the links provided to you above.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor!

Permalink 12:26:14 pm, Categories: Real Estate 127 words  

Yankee Doodle Real Estate

Growing up I spent a lot of time in southern Florida. My grandfather was a Canadian snow bird, and owned a lovely duplex just south of Miami, and near the beach. I have fond memories of those days, and often lament the fact that the property was sold.

Through most of my adult life I figured I would never be able to get into the US real-estate market. However, with the Canadian dollar climbing higher, and higher, and now above parity with the US buck, coupled with the American housing bubble burst, now may just be the time for savvy Canadians to invest in US real-estate.

I'm going to explore this topic further, and blog about it in more detail in the upcoming weeks.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 12:01:17 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Shopping Tips, Jewelry - Bling Bling 123 words  

So What Is On My Wish List?

So what is on MY holiday wish list this year? Bling!

I had the opportunity to visit the JrDunn site, and it certainly added to my list! :D JrDunn is the hottest jewelry, and loose diamonds online retailer on the net! Check out these gorgeous earrings my own personal faves are amongst the John Hardy collection, which are absolutely stunning in my opinion, and at a terrific price to boot!

JrDunn carries a huge selection of various jewelry designers. Just click on the link to check them out. Their site is easy to use, and the images will definitely whet your appetite for high quality bling, at a great price in my opinion! :D

Happy Shopping!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor!


Permalink 11:44:16 am, Categories: Our Peeps!, Blogging Tips 63 words  

Thank you Blog Madians!

At least I think that is what you call bloggers that surf the Blog Mad traffic generating site.

Check this out:

Nuttin' But Pimp has been voted into Blog Mad's Top Ten Daily Voted For Blogs today. How cool is that! B) Thank you to everyone who took the time, and voted for this blog. You made my day!!! :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

Permalink 11:00:18 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Shopping Tips, Home Decorating 156 words  

Home Decorating Is Hot In The Fall

Good morning my peeps! If you are thinking about sprucing up your home décor for the upcoming holiday season, when most of us are either entertaining or expecting out of town guests then read on....I've got a hot shopping tip for you! B)

Blinds are one of the easiest, and cost effective ways to change up a room, and if you are a big fan of the hottest home decorating show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition like me you'll know how much window treatments can work towards really finishing a room, and giving it that extra polish!

Did you know you can purchase online directly from the show's suppliers SelectBlinds.com? Well now you do, and check out these super gorgeous Sheer Shades that are so hot right now!

I think you'll agree that SelectBlinds.com prices are highly competitive, and they accept PayPal to boot!

Happy Shopping!
Sue
XOXO

My thanks to my sponsor!

10/17/07

Permalink 03:04:14 pm, Categories: Science and Technology 303 words  

Talk About A Lot Of Spam

The bus man sent this news item over to me today that states that 95% of all email being sent is spam. Think about this... Out of 100 e-mails travelling along the Internet, 95 of them are spam. Scary eh!

Here is a snippet from the article:

"Commtouch released its Email Threats Trend Report for the third quarter of 2007, based on the automated analysis of billions of email messages weekly.

The report examines the appearance of new kinds of attachment spam such as PDF spam and Excel spam together with the decline of image spam, as well as the growing threat of innocent appearing spam containing links to malicious web sites."

According to the report:

* Global spam levels reached an all-time high of 95% of all emails at its peak during the quarter.

* Blended threat messages -- or spam messages with links to malicious URLs -- accounted for up to 8% of all global email traffic during the peaks of various attacks during the quarter.

* One massive outbreak mid-quarter utilized over 11,000 dynamic zombie IP addresses to host malicious web sites. Leading zombie locations included the United States (36%) and Russia (8%).

* Image spam declined to a level of less than 5% of all spam, down from 30% in the first quarter of 2007; also, image pump-and-dump spam has all but disappeared, with pornographic images taking its place.

* PDF Spam represented 10-15% of all spam in early July and then dropped significantly, however a steady stream of PDF spam is still being maintained at 3-5% of all spam messages.

* Pharmaceuticals and sexual enhancers were the most popular spam topics, at 30% and 23%, respectively.

Full article here

Now what I would like to know is who is actually opening this spam mail or making purchases through them? Everyone denies it, but if no one ever bought through spam there would be no need for it.

Just a thought!

Sue
XOX

A Review Of Wordze

One of the hot button topics on this blog is making money online, and how to do that successfully. Getting an online business up, and running or establishing a strong web presence is not exactly easy as some of you might already know quite well, and therefore it is important that we utilise resources that have a proven track record in helping us to get those readers, and potential customers who will be interested in our products or services find us within the search engines.

Earlier this afternoon I had the opportunity to check out the Wordze website, and play around with their keyword research tools. Not only was I delighted by how easy it was to use the Wordze search tools (it took me no time to get the hang of it) I was also very impressed with the ability it offers users to really refine their own research, and get the keywords that best suits their own niche markets.

In my opinion Wordze is definitely a worthwhile service, as better keywords will get you better ranking, and increase sales. Click on one of the links within this entry, and check them out for yourself. Just look for the tour button on the top of their home page to learn more.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor.

Permalink 11:11:52 am, Categories: Our Peeps!, Wordless Wednesday 59 words  

Wordless Wednesday - The Pub

Giving some props to my fave pub Whelans Gate, in Toronto Canada. I have been a tea totaller for many years now, but the excellent atmosphere, and awesome pub food are well worth the visit! :D

Happy Wordless Wednesday! Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

For a list of the other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

Permalink 11:00:02 am, Categories: Website & Blog Reviews 226 words  

Internet Poker Rooms

I am not what you might consider a big online gamer, but I have visited a few different Online Poker Sites on the net, mostly out of my own curiosity to see what these sites are like, and what is involved with them.

A little bit earlier today I had the opportunity of spending some time, and checking out a website that offers its readership Top Poker Reviews.

I found Internet-poker.co.uk to be very well designed, and easy enough to use. The reviews that this site offers includes US Poker Sites or poker sites that accept American based poker players. They also include reviews of UK Online Poker Sites that appear to be unbiased, and are genuinely helpful in my own opinion.

If you check out their sidebar you can access articles that cover the latest online casino news, new payment methods etc. In my opinion as a person who would be consider not too knowledgeable on the online poker world this site is a good resource for the newbie, and the highly experienced gamer.

The Internet-poker.co.uk site also offers its readers the opportunity to receive a free monthly newsletter. The newsletter contains helpful poker playing tips, and suggestions, covers the latest in online poker news, and gives the reader the scoop on bonuses.

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

This was a paid review.

10/15/07

Permalink 10:18:15 am, Categories: Weird News 76 words  

Looniness With The Canadian Mint

I tend to use the expression "adding my two cents worth" often, but now I may have to rethink that after reading this craziness: Canadian Mint Claims Rights To Words "One Cent" that was posted to the Slashdot site.

Apparently the Canadian mint is attempting to copyright/trademark the words "one cent" and therefore I'm left to wonder if they succeed... who then will try to copyright my "two cents" worth!? 88|

Silly eh!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 10:03:02 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Shopping Tips 174 words  

Saving Money On Holiday Shopping

Can you believe that Halloween is only two weeks away?! I just got started decorating the house for my fave spooky holiday this past weekend, and before we all know it those decorations will be coming down, and the Christmas ones will be going up!

This year I would love to give my family a vacation for the Christmas holidays. I think that would be the most awesome gift I could give to all of us! It may not be too out of reach either with the Canadian dollar at par with the US one, and the cool Expedia deals that are available through the Coupon Chief website.

I personally prefer to do much of my holiday shopping online, and Coupon Chief makes the convenience that much sweeter by saving me money. I always check them out prior to making a purchase.

BestBuy.com is another one of my faves for holiday purchases when it comes to my kids, and you can save big $$$ using BestBuy coupons, including free shipping!

Happy shopping!

Sue
XOX

Permalink 09:27:17 am, Categories: Juicy News From The World Of Business, Shopping Tips 134 words  

Pine Cone Peso At Par

The Pine Cone Peso (aka the Canadian dollar) may be at par with its US counterpart, but many US retailers are not treating it thusly. I have heard several horror stories especially last weekend, which was a long one here in Canada in regards to Canadian shoppers finding large US companies like Target, and Starbucks not exchanging the loonie at par. One US retailer was reported to be trading at 60 cents on the dollar! 88|

Weird, usually US retailers are very good at this sort of thing in my experience as a cross-border shopper, and really should be wooing Canadian shoppers in my opinion.

Tips that are being given to Canadians shopping across the border include exchange your money here first, or use a credit card for a fairer exchange rate. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 09:06:33 am, Categories: Health and Nutrition, Shopping Tips, Product Recalls 396 words  

Tattoo Removal Creams Can Cause Cancer

Good Monday morning my peeps! I was reading the press release below in regards to tattoo removal, and how over the counter bleaching creams may be banned in the US much like other countries because of concerns they contain cancer causing agents. This was the first I had heard of it, and since I try to bring you the latest scoops on bans, recalls etc I am happy to alert you to this if you haven't heard it before. Read on:

FDA bans Tattoo Removal Creams?

San Diego - With the launch of it’s new website, Inkbusters.com warns the public about possible health risks associated with using tattoo removal creams purchased on the Internet. The new site states “many” tattoo removal creams sold online contain Hydroquinone, which is usually the active ingredient in skin bleaching creams.

In August 2006 the FDA proposed a ban on over the counter skin bleaching creams containing Hydroquinone due to concerns about Cancer and Exogenous Ochronosis. This proposed ban is similar to those already enacted in Japan, France, Great Britain and Australia for the same reasons.

InkBusters.com CEO Rick Barker notes, “Indirectly—and probably without knowing it—the FDA is saying they think the tattooed public may be at risk if they use tattoo removal creams containing Hydroquinone. This is particularly true when you consider most skin bleaching cream makers––prescription or OTC––never recommend Hydroquinone be used more than 4-6 months for maximum effect. Many tattoo removal cream makers online offer supplies well beyond this recommended period.”

InkBusters.com sells TCA at its website to help consumers remove tattoos in a natural non-laser fashion. TCA is a popular non-prescription skin-peeling agent commonly used by doctors, health spas and private individuals to remove fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars on the face. TCA has twice been medically tested and proven to fade and/or remove tattoos on the body. TCA looks and feels like water and is applied with a q-tip. There is no Hydroquinone in TCA.

It is good to know that there is a safe alternative to the creams for tattoo removal through InkBusters.com that is affordable particulary in comparison to laser removal.

I hope you find this info helpful! Have a look at the product in more detail by clicking on any of the links within this entry.

Happy Shopping!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor!

10/14/07

Permalink 02:01:26 pm, Categories: Our Peeps!, Website & Blog Reviews, Cool Contests 116 words  

Checking Out Blog About Your Blog

It has been a while since I had the opportunity to kick back, relax, and surf through some of my fave blogs, and since I last pimped Blog About your Blog. Today I am going to do both!

If you have not visited BAYB yet, surf on over for some great advice on online money making ops, blog promotion, and cool contests that all you have to do is leave a comment in order to enter. How cool is that! B)

BAYB is a community blog, meaning there are several writers, and the content is always new, and fresh!

Go check out Blog About your Blog and do leave a comment or two .. :)

Cheers!
Sue
XOXOX

10/12/07

Permalink 03:11:34 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Shopping Tips, Fun & Games 88 words  

The Scoop On Zickets

Hey my peeps, today I had the opportunity to check out a site called Zickets. Basically what they do is get you hooked up so that you can attend events that have sold out tickets pretty cool eh! B)

The Zickets.com website is very easy to use. Just pop the event you are interested in attending, and city of choice into a search box, and voilà you get a listing.

Check them out for theatre tickets, concerts, sports etc.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsors!

Permalink 08:49:23 am, Categories: Sales and Marketing, Eco-Friendly 215 words  

From Junk To Art



Matthew
sent me a BBC article the other day about a UK lady who took all of the junk mail she has received over the course of a year, and turned it into the sculpture you see above. Here is a snippet:

An artist has created an unusual exhibit in her Tyneside garden out of unwanted junk mail.

Anne Cohen, 54, from Newcastle, has placed all her hand-delivered junk mail on a large metal spike outside her front door.

She started on 1 January and now the artwork is over 5ft tall.

The mother-of-four said she came up with the idea to get people talking about the volume of junk mail delivered in her neighbourhood.

Full BBC Article Here

People have been complaining about junk mail since it first started being sent, and even the opt-out programs in certain countries appears to be of no value. Personally I just do not buy from companies that spam my snail mail box. We as the consumer do have the power to control sales, and marketing strategies if we choose to. If no one bought products via junk mail or clicked on spam links they would not be a problem.

And bravo Anne Cohen! What a cool idea to demonstrate the wastefulness of this kind of advertising!

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

10/10/07

Permalink 05:34:00 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Health and Nutrition, Shopping Tips 164 words  

Hair Confirm Drug Test

I had the opportunity to check out the HairConfirm Hair Drug Testing Kit via the company's website earlier today, and thought that some of my readers may be interested in this product.

I know that some of you might be thinking that this is an extreme way of dealing with a teen's possible drug problems, or as a means to prevent youth from substance abuse. As a parent of one pre-teen, a teen, and an adult child I can say that I have learned never to judge someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes. If I thought this product would be beneficial to my own family I would definitely use it. It may not be the only answer, but I would say it can be an effective tool, particularly for a family with a troubled youth.

If you would like further info on this product please do click on the link or photo above.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor!

Permalink 07:52:08 am, Categories: Wordless Wednesday 69 words  

Wordless Wednesday - Mailbox

The Acme Candy Shop is not too far away from where I live, and whilst I was out taking an afternoon stroll I grabbed this photo of its mailbox. Pretty cool eh! The store itself is pretty amazing too, with all of its sugary goodness... :D

Happy Wordless Wednesday! Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

For a list of the other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

Texas Holdem Tables At Cardroom Supply

Good morning my peeps! Despite not feeling too well last night I did do some web surfing, and I checked out some really cool products over at the Cardroom Supply.com website. Firstly check out this table set:

I snagged the above image, which by the way is linked directly to the site from the Cardroom Supply.com website. I wanted to whet your appetite by giving you the reader just a small visual taste of the Texas Holdem Tables that are currently available to purchase. Go on click on it...I know ya want to! :p

What I really like about Cardroom Supply aside from the merchandise that they are offering is that they provide a safe, and secured shopping experience that is conveniently accessible right from your office or home PC. The company accepts various forms of payment, including all the major credit cards, plus a big, big, bonus is that they will take PayPal (my own preferred method of payment for all online purchases).

While visiting I noted that Cardroom Supply has been around since 2003 so they have definitely established their own online presence. They provide customer service via phone, and electronically, and they even (this impressed me as well) allow for their customers to track their own orders via the website. Cool! B)

Happy Shopping!

Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor!

10/09/07

Innovative Payment Plan

Wow! When I first read that Radiohead had decided to allow fans to pay what they want for their new album I thought how innovative, and fresh! It turns out I was not alone in my thinking! According to the BBC both Ian Brown and Johnny Marr agree that this is a fantastic idea. Here is a snippet:

Radiohead's plan to let fans choose how much to pay for their new album has won support from two British indie legends.

Fans can name their price, from £0-100, and download In Rainbows on Wednesday.

Former Stone Roses singer Ian Brown said it was a "fantastic idea", adding: "Anything that can break the music industry up, I'm supporting it."

Ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr praised their trust in human nature. He said: "We'll see if their good faith is going to be rewarded. I think it will work."

Full BBC Article Here

I wonder if other bands will follow suit??? Cool eh!

Happy Shopping!

Sue
XOX

Permalink 03:34:13 pm, Categories: Financial Products, Website & Blog Reviews 225 words  

Spot Loans.co.uk - A Review

I had the opportunity to visit SpotLoans.co.uk this afternoon, and check out the services that are being offered through this particular financial product website. I am going to take a few minutes today to introduce you to the site, which I found to be a good online resource for those seeking a lender in the United Kingdom.

Firstly, the webmaster did a good job in putting together the SpotLoans.co.uk site in my own humble opinion. Obviously I base this on being a web surfer, and not a web designer, but in many ways I do believe the opinion of the end user (like myself) is the most important. I was impressed with how easy the site was to navigate, and use.

Aside from being a website with which a consumer can apply for, and receive free quotes there are also numerous articles. The entries range in subjects from debt consolidation, home loan, and mortgage advice, and secured loans to name just three. The info presented is not only fresh, but the few articles I did read were indeed informative in my opinion.

If you are looking for a quote, or would just like some further detail then please do click on the SpotLoans.co.uk link, and check this UK loan resource out.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor!

Honest Ed On Soda Pop Bottle

I love it!!! And I bet Honest Ed Mirvish would have approved as well!

Not only is Jones Pop tasty, I think this is a very cool way to immortalise the man, and his iconic store!

Here is a snippet from the CBC:

Seattle-based Jones Soda has brewed up a tribute to the late businessman and theatre impresario Ed Mirvish with a limited-edition run of cream soda released this month featuring a portrait of the beloved Torontonian.

Lisa Giroux, Jones Soda regional manager, said Russell Lazar — the general manager of the discount bargain shop Honest Ed's in Toronto — gave the soda company the green light to proceed.

"We chose to feature Ed Mirvish because he was such an icon in Canadian entertainment and Honest Ed's has been a loyal customer to Jones Soda for quite some time," Giroux said.

A total of 5,000 cases have been produced for distribution in Ontario.

Full CBC Article Here

I will definitely be picking up a bottle or two! Cool! B)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 02:28:42 pm, Categories: Financial Products, Website & Blog Reviews 222 words  

Endowment Express - A Review

Good afternoon my peeps! I have had the opportunity to spend some quality time checking out the Endowment Express website during the last couple of hours, and I thought I would give you some of my thoughts and impressions on the site itself, and the service that this particular company is offering based on what I have read there today.

United Kingdom Endowments policies can be sold through Endowment Express, and their website gives further details, and information on how they work. The website itself is fairly easy to use in my opinion. You basically fill in an online form that they provide, and once done they will give you a free quote. If the quote is acceptable to you then great, if not then you are under no obligation.

Selling endowment policies has become a big business in the United Kingdom over the last few years according to a fairly recent article put out by the BBC. There are pitfalls that should be avoided if possible, and that is why a good online resource on the topic, such as I personally found Endowment Express to be, is so important to the potential seller.

Visit the Endowment Express website for more info, and be sure to read through their about us, and FAQ pages.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor!

Permalink 01:23:25 pm, Categories: Weird News, Celebrities In The News 107 words  

LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE! Seriously!

Most of my peeps are probably already familiar with Chris Crocker's Britney Love vid above. Today, Britney Spears has spoken out against it according to USMagazine.com stating that she found the video "insulting."

Britney is definitely not amused at what she believes is a cheap grab at fame by her #1 fan. The exact quote from US Magazine is:

"She thinks he's creepy and that all his videos are an obvious attempt at fame. She finds it insulting and difficult to watch."

You would think she'd be happy for anything that seemed remotely supportive these days, but to each their own.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 11:19:09 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Sales and Marketing, Website & Blog Reviews 111 words  

Trade Show Booths

Good morning my peeps! I had the opportunity to check out the The Godfrey Group website earlier on this morning. They provide a pretty funky looking Pop Up Display that I wanted to have a look at along with other types of trade show booths, and displays.

I have to admit though that it was the Pop Up Display that really caught my own fancy because of the fact that it is quite eye-catching, and that is something in my own experience you definitely want when you are literally in the midst of a sea of competitors.

Have a look by clicking on the photo or links above.

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

10/06/07

Permalink 07:39:23 pm, Categories: Sales and Marketing 192 words  

Have Che On Your Butt!

It is perhaps the most reproduced, recycled and ripped off image of the 20th Century. And I thought that title would go to either Marilyn, Elvis, or Diana! ;)

A BBC article, and photographs reveal the infinite uses, and abuses, of the iconic image of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara, including his image on cigarettes.

Here is a snippet from the article:

Che Guevara, his eyes framed by heavy brows, a single-starred beret pulled over his unruly hair, stares out of the shot with glowering intensity.

It's now 40 years since the Argentine-born rebel was shot dead, so any young radicals who cheered on his revolutionary struggles in Cuba and Bolivia are well into middle age.

But the image has been infinitely repeated - emblazoned on T-shirts and sprayed on to walls, transformed into pop art and used to wrap ice-creams and sell cigarettes - and its appeal has not faded.

Full BBC Article Here

I can tell you his image is seen throughout my own neighbourhood on the backpacks of teens, within graffiti etc. I guess if you wanted to brand something or someone as rebellious, and anti-establishment what better image to use?!

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

10/05/07

Permalink 10:43:38 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Financial Products, Website & Blog Reviews 216 words  

Gorilla Trades

Yayyyy it is Friday!!! And this weekend here in Canada we are celebrating our Thanksgiving Day on Monday so we are headed into a long weekend! Cool eh! B)

Not only am I fired up about the extra day off, I am also really excited to say I have finally checked out Gorilla Trades, which is something that I have heard a lot about, but had personally never seen before. Gorilla Trades are those highly funny, investment TV commercials that there has been so much hoopla about on the net.

Well if you are a fan of these, or you are like myself, and are curious about these ads, and have not had the ability to see them before, then you are in for a treat! Just give some clicky love to the logo or linky above and you will be taken to the official Gorilla Trades video website.

The site is set up so that users can watch Gorilla Trades videos, including some hot behind the scenes footage! The site will also explain in far greater detail the purpose of Gorilla Trades, and how they can help out investors. There is a tutorial that is available as well that is worth checking out in my opinion.

Happy Viewing!

Sue
XOXO

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10/04/07

Permalink 03:42:55 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Our Peeps!, Shopping Tips 74 words  

Oprah Isn't The Only One

Oprah Winfrey is not the only one out there that LOVES Spanx merchandise. Spanx really does work to improve on figure flaws, and make us look great!

Hubby's friend the Urban Minx carries a selection of Spanx products online, including the cami pictured above.

Clicky on the link to check out the Urban Minx for Spanx, and other hot fashion items.

Always nice to be able to "pimp" a friend! :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

10/03/07

Permalink 11:43:11 am, Categories: Educational, Financial Products, Website & Blog Reviews 171 words  

Review Of A Personal Finance Resource

Good morning my peeps! Today I would like to offer up to you a review of a personal finance website.

Here in Canada the topic of payday loans made a lot of news a couple of months back as the rules for lenders were changed in order to offer stronger protection to consumers. Lenders must now clearly spell out any, and all fees up front that are associated with these particular loans. Cool! B)

Rebuild.org covers the topic of payday loans, along with other personal financial subjects. I had a look through their site a bit earlier today, and was happy with the overall info, and services provided through the site.

Mortgage Loans have a separate section devoted to them that provides links to the latest news, and articles. This is quite handy!

If you are looking to refinance via personal loans I do recommend having a look at what is being offered through Rebuild.org, and do some comparison shopping! :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

My thanks to my sponsors!

10/02/07

Permalink 01:01:35 pm, Categories: Wordless Wednesday, Humor - Funny Stuff 75 words  

Wordless Wednesday - Waterbed Pranks

Something a wee bit different from me for WW today. This vid clip was sent to me by a friend, and I thought I would share with you. It's funny, but I've got to ask how many shoppers would actually toss themselves onto a mattress like these???

Happy Wordless Wednesday! Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

For a list of the other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

Affordable Health Insurance

Good afternoon my peeps! I am always happiest on this blog when I can introduce you to a product or service that I think can be of great help to you my readers, and I definitely feel that way about WebHealthPolicy, which is a terrific resource for affordable health insurance. :D

There is nothing more important than our health in my humble opinion, and that includes insuring that we, and our families have the best possible health insurance coverage for our needs both now, and in the future. The reason why I am so happy to tell you about WebHealthPolicy is that during my visit to this site I found that it made the process of finding affordable health insurance very easy! There is a simple, and secured online form to fill out, and once that is done you can receive quotes to comparison shop with. Cool eh! If you are in need of health insurance or want to do some comparison shopping just click on the linky above.

Cheers to our health!

Sue
XOX

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Permalink 09:23:38 am, Categories: Celebrities In The News 86 words  

Britney Loses Babies

Pregnant Britney on Harper's cover

I wasn't exactly shocked by today's news that Britney Spears has been ordered to hand over her two young children to her former husband Kevin Federline. However, I was saddened despite the fact that Britney does not exactly illicit much sympathy with her actions of late. It is almost unheard of that a mother losses custody, hopefully this very low point in her life will serve to help Britney get herself together as oppsed to destroying her completely.

Cheers!
Sue
XOXOX

10/01/07

Permalink 09:50:51 am, Categories: Financial Products 197 words  

More Thoughts On Loans

Good Monday morning my peeps! Cheap loans have become a bit of a hot button topic across the internet, and specifically around the blogosphere of late. I have come across several articles in regards to topics such as personal loans, including secured loans for those with not such a good credit history. Some of these websites, and articles are great, and very informative, others have less to be desired.

There is much info out there already, however, since loans are such a hot topic I am quite happy to take this opportunity to share my opinion on them. Personally, I think that the vast majority of us will need to borrow money at some time, and if we do so with as much knowledge of what we are getting ourselves into in the first place we should be ok. When shopping around for loans remember the old line "caveat emptor" or "buyer beware" and be certain to get all the facts before signing anything. Also insure that the terms of the loan are realistic to your own financial circumstances, and that you will be able to pay it off.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor!

09/30/07

Permalink 02:14:41 pm, Categories: Humor - Funny Stuff, Website & Blog Reviews 59 words  

The Invisible Shopping Cart

Good Sunday afternoon my peeps! I be loving that I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER, where the above image was borrowed from. :D If you haven't checked out this cute, and crazy site before just give the linky in this entry some clicky love, and you won't be sorry! Definitely a fun way to brighten up anyone's mood!

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

09/28/07

Permalink 05:09:09 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Financial Products, Website & Blog Reviews 226 words  

Forex Trading 101

A few of my friends have gotten into Forex trading, but it is something that I personally have no direct experience in. Therefore when I was given the opportunity to check out this online Forex trading resource I was definitely curious to learn more.

Before I go on to the website review I must state that it is my humble opinion that any type of investing requires some good knowledge on the part of the investor beforehand. When it comes to our money "knowledge is definitely power."

Forex Club is an online resource for Forex trading. The website is very well designed, and easy to use for the end user in my opinion. The site contains extensive info on Forex, including professionally made introductory videos.

There are forums for members of the site to network with other traders, which to me would definitely be an over all asset in itself. I personally tend to learn quicker from others (particularly those who have been there) then attempting to learn on my own.

Forex Financial Club also offers live toll-free telephone client support, which is another feature that I would definitely see as a plus.

If you are interested in this topic I do recommend you have a look at this company via the links provided within this blog entry.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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Permalink 04:43:47 pm, Categories: Shopping Tips, Product Recalls 207 words  

Another Recall Of Children's Products

You know at this point I am seriously starting to think I should create a sub-category of recalled children's products that were manufactured in China. Better yet perhaps we as parents should just pitch them all?! Harsh I know, but this is getting ridiculous. Here is the latest:

Kolcraft playpens. One thousand of these affected models were sold in Canada, but over four hundred thousand were sold in the US. It’s the latest in the series of recalls involving Chinese-made products. The recall comes after a ten month old boy died of strangulation when he got caught in a restraining strap. The recalled playpens, which were manufactured in China, were priced at between $50 and $130 US and sold in stores from January 2001 through September 2007.

The affected models are:

• Kolcraft Travelin' Tot.
• Kolcraft Travelin' Tot LTD.
• Kolcraft Travelin' Tot 3-in-1.
• Kolcraft Travelin' Tot 4-in-1.
• Carter's Lennon Travelin' Tot.
• Sesame Beginnings by Kolcraft Travel Play Yard.
• Jeep Sahara SE Play Yard.
• Jeep Sahara Limited Play Yard.
• Jeep Sahara XT Play Yard.
• Jeep Sahara Limited SE Play Yard.
• Jeep Sahara Limited XT Play Yard.
• Contours 3-in-1 Play Yard (with rocking cradle and changing table restraint strap).

For more information, check out their website here.

Sue
XOX

Source Info: AM640 News

Permalink 04:23:28 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Financial Products, Website & Blog Reviews 241 words  

Credit Repair Online 101

Credit Repair is a hot bottom topic for many of us at least at one time during our lives. For me I got into a lot of problems with credit cards in my early twenties, and then again I got into some credit troubles, and ended up defaulting on a personal loan in my early thirties. Hey, it can happen to anyone. We think we are cruising along financially, and then bam a recession hits, and we lose our jobs or our partner loses a job etc, and then we find it increasingly difficult to meet our own financial obligations.

Well not to worry there are ways to repair bad credit, and some good credit repair resources online such as MyCreditsRepaired.com.

I had the opportunity to check out their website earlier this afternoon, and read up on their credit repair guide. The guide offers useful advice, and is available through their website for $19.95 US. Topics that are covered in this credit repair guide include, Free Government Grants, Wipe out Debts Without Bankruptcy, and Stopping Collection Agencies, to just name three. A full listing of the subject matter, and a sample are available on the website.

If you think you might be interested in purchasing this guide or you would like more detailed information then you can click on any of the links within this blog entry to access the MyCreditsRepaired.com site.

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

My thanks to my sponsor!

iPhone Warning Is Real

According to a BBC news item Apple iPhone warnings have proven to be true. An Apple software update is disabling iPhones that have been unlocked by their owners in order to different networks. Here is a snippet from the BBC:

Earlier this week Apple said a planned update would leave the device "permanently inoperable".

Thousands of iPhone owners hacked their expensive gadget in order to unlock it for use with other mobile carriers and to run a host of unsupported programs.

There are also reports of the update causing issues with unaltered iPhones.

On Monday Apple issued a statement in which it said many of the unauthorised iPhone unlocking programs caused "irreparable damage" to the device's software.

The company said this would "likely result in the modified iPhone becoming permanently inoperable when a future Apple-supplied iPhone software update is installed".

Full BBC Article Here

Apparently users are already reporting that it is true, and that their phones were pooched after updating. Personally I would never buy a phone that forced me to use a specific network, but to each their own. Considering the cost of the iPhone I do feel bad for those users that found this out the hard way.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

09/27/07

Permalink 12:18:40 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Website & Blog Reviews 230 words  

Private Jet Charters

Good afternoon my peeps! My morning was spent in part checking out the website of a company that provides Private Charter Flights for both business, and individuals. The company is New Flight Charters, and the following will be a bit about what I have learned about them earlier today. Read on....

Firstly, New Flight Charters has been in business since 2003, and to date have a perfect safety record, which lends much credibility to their already excellent reputation. This to me as a passenger, and consumer is perhaps the single most important thing when it comes to flying, and on this I know that I am not alone!

I checked out their extensive fleet whilst on their website, and I also noted that they state that they provide the lowest rates in the market today for the services that they are providing.

The New Flight Charters website is well designed, and very easy for web surfers to use. I was impressed that in their about us or get to know you page that they did include short bios on their personnel including their qualifications.

If you are interested in obtaining further details, and information on this company you can call them directly toll-free in the United States via this phone number: +18007321653 or you can click on the link above, and visit their website.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor.

09/26/07

Permalink 05:43:02 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Science and Technology, Fun & Games 225 words  

Halo 3

Gamers across Europe got their hands on Halo 3 at midnight on Tuesday, one of the most anticipated and heavily marketed titles in history.

I haven't played any of the Halo series yet, but must admit that the hoopla surrounding the Halo 3 launch has got me quite interested, and it is exciting! Here is a snippet from the BBC:

In the UK more than 1,000 shops opened at midnight so gamers could get their hands on the title.

Many gamers started queuing outside shops in the afternoon to ensure they got hold of a copy.

The Xbox 360 game is Microsoft's key weapon in the console wars with Sony and Nintendo.

Simon Soffe, a spokesman for retail chain Game which opened 150 shops, said: "Half of them seemed to be going home to play on their own and the other half were planning to go online and play against other people."

Microsoft hopes day one sales will top £70m ($140m), more than the opening takings of any movie in history.

However, sceptics point out that video games cost upwards of £40 ($80), while cinema tickets are much less.

Full BBC Article Here

Hmmmm in regards to video games outselling movies, yep I can see it, and much sooner then perhaps others anticipate.

Are you a fan of the Halo games? Will you be getting a copy of Halo 3?

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 05:00:04 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Sales and Marketing 226 words  

Corporate Branding Services

Branding a new product so that it is easily identifiable with a specific company can definitely gives its introduction into the marketplace a big boost if that company is considered reputable, and is already associated with quality products. There are many examples of products that are successfully branded like the iPod, iPhone, iTunes etc that are so readily associated with Mac, and are instant must-haves for Mac fans globally.

Today I reviewed the Brand Identity Guru website, which offers services in corporate branding. The site itself is well designed, and easy to use. I found it to be informative, and would encourage anyone that is even mildly curious in the topic of corporate branding to click on the link provided at the beginning of this blog entry, and read through the main page of the Brand Identity Guru website.

If you are interested in the services they provide there is a partial list of their current, and past clients (which I must admit I was quite impressed with) as well as an about us page that I would strongly urge you to check out. Again I found these pages to be informative, useful, and well worth the time to read.

I must say that my own knowledge of this subject was expanded just by visiting their website. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

My thanks to my sponsor!

Permalink 03:49:35 pm, Categories: Sales and Marketing 212 words  

Topless Nun Ad Offends

I have to admit to you dear readers that I am not the sort of person who is easily offended, nor do I consider myself a prude. However, even I must say that the above sign, which is causing an uproar in the United Kingdom is in rather poor taste in my own humble opinion. Here is a snippet from the BBC:

Plans to erect a sign with the image of a bare-breasted nun outside a seaside resort hotel, converted from a convent, have angered councillors.

Tenby Town Council is urging planners to refuse permission for the sign which depicts a nun lifting her bodice.

They claim it is "disrespectful and inappropriate" for use outside the former St Teresa's Convent building.

However they are supporting plans to turn the convent into a luxury hotel, restaurant and bar.

The convent was home to nuns until 1996 when the sisters who ran it became too old to continue. It had been a boarding convent school prior to that.

Businessman Sean Roche has submitted two separate applications for the hotel which he plans to call The Convent.

Full BBC Article Here

Calling the hotel and spa "The Convent" is one thing, but the signage in my opinion is too much, and completely inappropriate.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Learning From A Master

What I mean by my subject header "Learning From A Master" is not a direct reference to myself of course, but an internet consultant with a proven track record for making money online. If this is a subject that interests you as much as it does me then please do read on......

I had the opportunity, and pleasure of visiting the website of Garry Egan earlier on this very afternoon. Garry Egan's area of expertise is Internet Business Consulting, and from my own bit of research he has definitely made a name for himself in this field.

Amongst the many types of internet services that Garry Egan provides consultation on is Pay Per Click Management something that I personally would like to learn more about.

Aside from the site being very easy to use, which I would expect from a website of an e-commerce specialist, I was most impressed in how open, and accessible Garry Egan appears to be. In fact he encourages a chat for those seeking a bit of free business advice via his phone line: +15033804118 Just ask for Garry! Now how cool is that eh! B)

If knowledge is power, and you are serious about e-commerce, you might want to explore the services being offered by Garry Egan more in-depth by clicking on the link provided to you above, and visiting his informative website.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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Permalink 02:33:24 pm, Categories: Sales and Marketing, Health and Nutrition 97 words  

Super Skinny Nudes Not Very Sexy

A shock campaign by photographer Oliviero Toscani against anorexia was unveiled in Italy, featuring an emaciated woman in an advertisement for an Italian fashion house.

You have to admit that while beauty is usually in the eye of the beholder there really is not much in the way of beauty or sex appeal in the "size zero" body shown above.

I have no idea if the above campaign will work in helping women, and yes men that suffer from anorexia, but perhaps it will change society's attitudes towards ultra thin looks.

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

Image Credit: BBC

Permalink 11:13:17 am, Categories: Educational 80 words  

The Word On Graphic Organizers

I had the opportunity to vist a website, and read an interesting article on graphic organisers, and how they apparently can assist people in learning better, and enhance their own productivity. This was something quite new for me as it was the first time I've heard of it. Definitely of interest, you might want to check it out for yourself by giving some clicky love to the link within this entry. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

My thanks to my sponsor!

09/25/07

Permalink 01:33:40 pm, Categories: Shopping Tips, Wordless Wednesday 65 words  

Wordless Wednesday - April Cornell

I LOVE April Cornell Merchandise!

And I snapped the above photo during a recent window shopping trek. April's stuff is gorgeous! If you are unfamiliar with her you might want to click on the linky above, and check her site out. :D

Happy Wordless Wednesday! Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

For a list of the other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

09/24/07

Permalink 02:46:35 pm, Categories: Cool Contests 68 words  

Joy Division Contest

If you are a fan of Joy Division you have got to check out this cool contest I came across while surfing around the net this afternoon. Rhino is giving away a Joy Division Vinyl set, and all you have to do for a chance at it is fill in a very quick online form here. Cool eh! B)

And if you enter good lucks!

Cheers!
Sue
XOXOX

Network Network Network!

I cannot think of a single more important thing to getting a new business off of the ground then business networking, and with that said I am delighted to introduce to you my dear readers a great way to network online, and get your own small businesses out there!

As many of you my regular readers know I have been working on my own home-based business for quite some time, and hopefully will permanently be my own boss from this point forward. Getting a home based business to become profitable requires a tremendous amount of hard work, and that includes networking! Networking online does not have to be difficult though. All you have to do is check out DirectMatches.com, which you are going to be pleasantly surprised to find out (I know I was) is absolutely free to join. Yep, I said free - how cool is that! B)

DirectMatches.com has several thousands of members already that you can hook-up with, and resembles LinkedIn.com for those of you familiar with the latter. The site is very easy to sign-up for, and use, just check it out via one of the links in this blog entry, and I am certain you will be as equally happy with it as I am. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 10:42:45 am, Categories: Making Money Online, Juicy News From The World Of Business 151 words  

A Strong Loonie.....

While many Canadians are cheering on the strong Canadian dollar (loonie) I admit I am feeling the pinch. Last year at this time a sponsored post paid in US dollars was worth far more than it obviously is today. When I went to make a conversion at PayPal from US to Canadian dollars this past weekend the loonie was trading at $1.03 to the US....yep we Canadians are now losing on the conversion....and are still not seeing a break in the costs of US good in our stores...

I may take advantage of the strong Canadian dollar and visit the US this winter, which would be a huge savings with the dollar at par, but other than that I see no real benefit for the average Canadian. In fact it is probable that there will be job losses in our manufacturing sector...

Not much to cheer about ... eh!

Sue
XOX

Permalink 10:28:10 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Legal Advice 93 words  

Omaha Personal Injury Lawyer

Good morning my peeps! Earlier today I had the opportunity of having a look at the website of a law office, and resource for an Omaha Personal Injury Lawyer.

The Demerath Law website impressed me with its ease of use, and informative articles on such topics as auto accidents, boating and jet ski accidents, and wrongful death. It is definitely a worthwhile online resource for these topics, or if you would like to speak to someone directly via the phone you can contact them through +14023595656

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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Permalink 07:10:36 am, Categories: Blogging Tips 102 words  

What Happened To Blog Mad?

At one time Blog Mad appeared to be the best traffic generating site for blogs on the net. Lately things have been rather slow, and this morning (much to my horror) it looks like Blog Mad has lost their domain!

Worse yet, the two blogs of ours that linked directly to Blog Mad images such as badges were taken down. See Crinkley Bottom Extra as an example. If anyone knows how to get a hold of this fellow blogger please do pass along to them what is going on.

So does anyone know what is going on with BM?

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

09/20/07

Permalink 01:24:00 pm, Categories: Weird News, Travel and Tourism, Real Estate 190 words  

Weird Bit Of Real-Estate News

That cool looking piece of property pictured above is Bran Castle - the 14th-Century building famous for its links to the Count Dracula story. Apparently there has been a serious dispute in it's ownership putting the recent sale of the castle in jeopardy. Here is a snippet from the BBC:

It was returned to New York architect Dominic Habsburg, a descendant of the country's former rulers, last year after 60 years under state control.

Some MPs say that process was illegal and want to stop the castle being sold.

Mr Habsburg has threatened legal action, saying it would be a "dreadful injustice" to strip him of ownership.

The infamous Prince Vlad "the impaler", the real-life inspiration for Dracula, is reputed to have spent a night at Castle Bran.

This connection has been a boon to the tourist industry in Romania, and MPs are keen to hold on to a prized asset.

Full BBC Article Here

It will be interesting to see how this is resolved. Personally I would love to see the castle turned into a museum so that it can continue to bring Romania much needed tourist dollars.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Venture Capital Funding

Are you an inventor or entrepreneur that is looking for Venture Capital Funding? If so, or if you are an investor looking for an online resource for a hot new opportunity then stick around, you'll want to read more about the website that I had the opportunity to visit, and review a little earlier today. I promise you, this site is hot! B)

Raise Capital.com is the online go to place if you are seeking an investor or vice versa. The site is a hot meeting place where you can showcase your concepts, and business ideas along with your financial needs. It is a great way to hook-up with the right backers for you. I was personally impressed with the set-up, and video offered on the site for further info on the service.

Have you heard about the many folks who have been taken in by funding scams, and spam emails? Raise Capital.com works towards eliminating the possibility of being scammed by providing a safe, and secure online environment for networking, and they are cost effective to boot! The process is streamlined, and simplified, and they do offer live customer support, the latter being something that I personally appreciate.

Have a look at Raise Capital.com by clicking on the link, and be sure to check out the video I mention above, and see if this awesome service might be helpful to you. B)

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

My thanks to my sponsor!


Pine Cone Peso Almost At Par With US Dollar

Since I am only 40 years of age I cannot really recall the last time the Canadian dollar was at par with the US one. I believe I was around ten years of age at the time, and lets face it really could have cared less back then. ;)

Today, I am concerned. Is the United States poised for a recession? Experts do seem to think so. Will they inevitably drag us down with them? I sure as heck hope not! And when will we see a break in the price of their goods seeing that our money is pretty much at par right now?

I know, I'm full of questions, and will be seeking the answers. I would love to hear your own thoughts on this.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 10:30:32 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Financial Products, Shopping Tips 128 words  

Car Loans 101

Good morning my peeps! I am actually feeling a bit better today, and looking forward to introducing you to this online resource for obtaining a Car Loan. B)

Ideal Car Loans.com
offers consumers an easy to use one stop online shop for anything, and everything to do with car loans. I personally found it to be well put together, and quite informative! :D

The site is appropriate for everyone, including those of us that have less than great credit if you know what I am saying... :p

If you are in need of a car loan, or would just like some further info click on one of the links above to be taken to the Ideal Car Loan website.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsors!

09/18/07

Permalink 01:33:32 pm, Categories: Sales and Marketing, Wordless Wednesday 56 words  

Wordless Wednesday - Pimpin' Made Easy

Pimpin' ain't ever easy!

Unless you are trying to sell an adorable puppy or something similar of course! :p The above photo was taken outside of an ad agency in Barrie, Ontario, Canada.

Happy Wordless Wednesday! Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

For a list of the other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

09/17/07

Permalink 10:27:55 am, Categories: Shopping Tips 245 words  

Saving Big Money By Doing It Yourself

Good Monday morning my peeps! We had a very busy weekend, and I woke up late this am, with a nasty bit of a head cold to boot. Yuck! And enough of that! I am going to attempt to cheer myself up, and hopefully bring you something helpful, and informative by blogging about one of my favourite subjects here on the "pimping" blog, and that is saving money! Mine, and yours ... read on... B)

Winter time is around the corner, and yeah I know who wants to think about that, but it is important to start thinking about getting those pre-winter, and pre-holiday home improvement projects under way.

DoItYourself.com is the online resource for do-it-yourself types that want to save big money on their projects. The site is information packed with useful articles on topics such as, Installing Ceramic Tile, and Kitchen Cabinet Projects.

Now reading an article is one thing, and works for some people, but if you are more like me you will definitely appreciate the companion DVD that you can purchase on all these home improvement project topics. How cool is that! B)

Visit DoItYourself.com for more and buy the DVD. We have completed several of our own home projects now including Painting, ( check out the Painting DVD here) and with a bit of good foreknowledge, and info you can obtain professional quality results, while saving big $$$ by doing it yourself. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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09/14/07

Permalink 05:29:34 pm, Categories: Celebrities In The News 134 words  

If I Did It

"If I Did It" the "fictional" account (does anyone actually believe it is fiction?) of the slaying of Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman written by O.J (who does not think he is the killer?) Simpson was recently published by the family of Mr Goldman.

I do not care how this is marketed or spun ... I would never buy this book ... it is beyond disgusting....in fact I'm not certain there is a word that could describe such garbage. Sorry, but I cannot see any good coming from the publishing of this book. :(

In other OJ news .. he is apparently a suspect in an armed hold-up. Anyone surprised his name has factored into another crime scene? Guilty or not this time around...

More on that in this CNN article

Sue
XOX

Permalink 11:26:49 am, Categories: Shopping Tips 195 words  

Gearing Up For The Holidays

Hahahaha! Did the above image make you do a double take??? I know, we are just finishing up the summer break in the northern hemisphere, and here I am bringing up the holidays ... and most importantly holiday shopping! :>

Well in my opinion it is never too early to start planning for the holiday season, and getting a start on shopping for gifts. This of course includes (as you already know if you are a regular reader here) using coupons to save money on our purchases.

This year our family holiday wish list includes items that the whole family can use like a flat panel LCD TV, which Dell Home coupon codes can save you a whopping $200 bux on!

Shhhhhhh ... I am also planning on spoiling the kid with a new digital camera saving money with Best Buy deals.

Now that I've got ya thinking about holiday gift giving why not surf on over to Coupon Chief, and bookmark this fab site to get you saving some cash not only for the holidays, but all year round! Trust me, it's a cool site, that has already saved us personally lots of $$$$$. :D

Happy Shopping!
Sue
XOX


09/12/07

Permalink 05:52:25 pm, Categories: Affiliates and Ad Programs - Pay-Per-Post, Making Money Online 129 words  

PPP Direct

Well my peeps, I have had my very first PPP Direct experience. I was approached by an advertiser last week, but wanted to wait until the entire transaction (meaning payment received) was completed before blogging about it.

Firstly the turn around in payment was very fast! I received the agreed upon price within 5 days of the post going online, and being approved. I will not say the exact amount offered, but it was substantially more than I am currently asking for. Sweet! This also makes me wonder if I am currently undervaluing my writing?

The set up for PPP Direct marketplace is very easy to use, and I enjoyed the security of knowing that PPP was still involved.

All in all a positive & lucrative experience!

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

ORIKI Cosmeceuticals

Good afternoon my peeps! Today I had the pleasure of learning more about ORIKI Cosmeceuticals, and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to them if you are not already familiar with this fabulous skin care line. :D

ORIKI skin care products are designed with AMO or Asian, Mediterranean and Olive skin types specifically in mind. My daughters are Olive skin type, and therefore I have first hand knowledge of how important it is for people with AMO skin to find, and use the right product for their type of skin.

Did you know that certain types of ingredients will absolutely damage delicate AMO skin? ORIKI as stated above is designed for AMO skin, and therefore already takes this into consideration. They only use safe ingredients, which you can read more about in greater detail within their website.

You can purchase individual products, but one of the things I do appreciate about ORIKI is that they have simplified the shopping experience by putting together skin care kits, which will save you money. And saving money is always good!

If you have AMO skin then definitely click on the linky provided in this entry, and check this fine online company out (shopping through them is secured) or if you know someone who is AMO skin type please do pass along the link. :D

Happy Shopping!
Sue
XOX

09/11/07

Permalink 01:36:06 pm, Categories: Shopping Tips, Wordless Wednesday 66 words  

Wordless Wednesday - Paris Flea Market

I just LOVE the above print! :D I love the choice of colours, and naturally that gorgeous hat! You can view other examples just like it, and/or check out purchasing info by clicking here. Ahhhhh Paris in the Fall ... oooh la la!

Happy Wordless Wednesday! Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

For a list of the other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

Permalink 11:57:57 am, Categories: Juicy News From The World Of Business, Death and Taxes 76 words  

Body Shop Founder Passes Away

Dame Anita Roddick

Dame Anita Roddick

Such sad, and tragic news that Dame Roddick has passed on at the young age of 64 from a massive brain hemorrhage. If I could have had just one mentor in the business world of my own choosing it would have been her. A great lady, and a terrific company! Her life's philosophies, and business model thankfully live on in The Body Shop. Rest in peace Anita Roddick you will be missed......

Sue
XOX

Permalink 11:05:56 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Science and Technology 145 words  

Get Your Data Backed Up

Good morning my peeps! In an odd bit of synchronicity I was on the phone with my sister while reviewing an online backup site called IDrive-E (yes I can multi-task)...the weird bit was that as I was surfing the site she starts telling me how her PC crashed the night before, and she thought she might have lost some stuff.

I told her to "hold the phone" so to speak, and check out the review I am offering up today!

IDrive-E is hot in performance, and features. It is free to use up to to 2GB, and if you like the service you can easily upgrade to unlimited storage for $4.95 per month. Cool eh! B)

I like when it works out that my entries coincide with something that might be useful to a loved one! :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

My thanks to my sponsors!

09/09/07

Permalink 03:39:23 pm, Categories: Pets And Pet Care, Shopping Tips 135 words  

All Natural Pet Treats

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned how the recent pet food recalls had really put a scare into me, and made me seriously consider what types of foods/treats I purchase for my dogs.

In a weird bit of coincidence shortly after typing up the entry on "Wal-Mart Discontinues Selling Certain Dog Treats" I came across Doggie Bags!

Doggie Bags
is a brand new company that has been set up by fellow blogger, and Torontonian Trish! And I thought how cool is this! B)

Of course we wish Trish all the best with her new business, and look forward to trying out her all natural creations on Max, and Kipling!

Go have a look at her new site, and please do let her know that Sue sent ya over! :D

Happy Shopping!
Sue
XOXO

Make Money Online

I do not know about you dear reader, but I am bombarded with "get rich quick" spam emails daily. And lately when I surf through the blogosphere using traffic generating surf sites like Blog Mad, or Blog Explosion I come across many sites that promise much of the same. There seems to be far too many of these types on the net with very few actually turning out to be good resources for money generating programs.

This afternoon I had a look at a website that offers to show readers how to Make Money Online by example. The site is aptly named "Marketing to Make Money Online," and is brand new so there is not very much content at this point. However, the entries that are online are relevant to the purpose of the blog, and well written. If the blog author sticks with the purpose of the site it could very well become a very good resource for online money making opportunities, and a how-to guide for others. To be honest with you at this point it is hard to tell if this will be the case or not, but since this is a topic of interest to me I will keep an eye on the site, and perhaps write a follow-up at a future date.

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

My thanks to my sponsor!

Anti-Smoking Ashtray

Talk about effective advertising! This anti-smoking ashtray really drives it's message home - loud and clear. I LOVE it! B)

I'm telling ya, stuff like this only further works towards making sure I stay a non-smoker! Just looking at the photo above is gross ... lol!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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Permalink 10:28:19 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Shopping Tips, Fun & Games 238 words  

It's All In The Cards

Pictured above Copag Playing Cards

It is all in the cards - at the very least my sanity is as of late! For those of you who may not be regular readers of this blog or follow my other more personal family blog, The Urban Zoo, I will fill you in on what I mean by that statement ... :)

Recently both hubby, and I have quit smoking cigarettes, which as every ex-smoker knows is not exactly a cake walk nor easy thing to do. The worst is the craving part of the quitting process, but I have found a means of distraction through playing cards such as the ones pictured above, and it does help. :D I have been playing A LOT of solitaire, and when the kiddo is home from school quite a few rounds of gin rummy!

Copag Playing Cards are the best on the market in my opinion today. They are a casino quality playing card, and in fact used by casinos world over. You can purchase them online at great savings via Cardroom Supply.com. They provide safe, and secure online shopping for cards, poker supplies, etc. And as a bonus for shoppers like myself, they do accept PayPal, which is my own preferred method of payment. B)

You can check them out by clicking on the image above or through one of the links in this entry.

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

Thank you to my sponsor!

Permalink 09:41:27 am, Categories: Shopping Tips, Website & Blog Reviews 296 words  

Measured Up

A friend of mine recently passed along the Measured Up linky, which is a brand new forum for customer reviews. :D Customer review sites can be quite empowering to the consumer, and send a strong message to merchants. Measured Up looks like a lot of fun, and your reviews can win cash prizes to boot! How cool is that! B)

Here is what they say about themselves:

Measuredup.com is a new site where you, the consumer, rate and review the customer service you experience from any business, large or small, anywhere, at anytime. Now you don't have to quietly absorb those obnoxious comments and looks from the shoe salesperson, the counter person or the barista. Measuredup.com is the perfect forum for the shy or busy shopper to vent, tell their outrageous stories and get in the last word.

Not only will you feel a bit better after letting that person know that their attitude and smirk were not appreciated but companies that monitor Measuredup.com for comments from consumers like you may address the situation giving you the ultimate last word. For the rare and wonderful service you receive, Measuredup.com is a great way to reward a person or company with the best praise of all, recognition and recommendation.

Categories exist for "Shopping, Restaurants, Beauty and Travel" and for those wanting to go a bit further try categories like "Cable and Phone companies" and "Dry cleaning." Measuredup.com gives individual experience a public forum upon which the best and worst in customer service can be put in the spotlight. The site is cathartic, free and easy to use.

I've bookmarked the site for my own future use. Go check it out, and let me know what you think. :D

Happy Shopping!
Sue
XOX

09/07/07

Review of Vontoo

Vontoo voice messaging is on the leading edge of voice marketing technology, and compliments other marketing strategies such as postal mail, email etc. With this in mind I decided to explore the Vontoo website, and learn more about this hot service that is being buzzed about in the sales & marketing communities.

Basically Vontoo allows businesses to create, and send personalised, and targeted phones messages without the need of having to purchase or install expensive software. Cool eh! B)

When American Idol finalist LaKisha Jones was featured in a highly successful Vontoo calling campaign the buzz surrounding this service got real hot! You can read more about that along with other campaign successes on the Vontoo site.

Currently Vontoo is offering a 30 day free, with no obligation afterwards trial of their service. You can also check it out right now via a demo on their site. Just click on Voice Message Demo, enter your phone number, and voila.

I believe that once you surf on over, and check out the Vontoo site you'll agree that not only is this service complimentary as stated above to other sales, and marketing strategies, but if you look at the breakdown of their pricing it is highly cost effective as well. B)

Happy Sales!
Sue
XOX

Thank you to my sponsor!

Permalink 11:02:29 am, Categories: Shopping Tips, Strange and Unique Products 78 words  

Knits For Fruit

Ok. I admit that when I first came across these knit fruit jackets I thought what an absolute weird idea.

Weird, but cool at the same time! :D

With back-to-school upon us, I though what a neat, and original teacher gift idea. Or perhaps a fun way to tote your fruit into work. B)

Have a look at some of the other designs, and knit items for sale by clicking on the link above.

Happy Shopping!
Sue
XOX

09/06/07

Permalink 04:40:48 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Financial Products, Website & Blog Reviews 235 words  

Home Insurance Quotes

Home insurance is something that we all need whether we are home owners or we are property renters. It is one of those things in life that most of us just cannot escape - like taxes...:p

With that said, I can also state that not all home insurance plans are created equal, and some are far more better suited to certain types of individuals, and families than others. This is why a little research can not only assist in making sure you get the coverage you need for your own circumstances, but at the best possible rates too.

Today I had a look at a website that can not only provide you with a home owner insurance quote, but will list multiple quotes based on information that you provide such as your location, property type, whether or not you are already insured, your credit history, etc.

The website provides an easy to use, and secured form. It should take no more than a few minutes to fill out, and you will then receive your quotes. You can save up to a whopping 40% on your home insurance needs by just taking the time to compare the quotes offered. Cool eh! B)

If you are in need of home insurance surf over to 2Insure4Less.com, and they will help to hook you up with a good plan. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor!


09/05/07

Permalink 12:17:27 pm, Categories: Shopping Tips, Product Recalls 105 words  

Tainted Toys

This morning Mattel announced yet another recall of tainted toys that were originally manufactured in China. Many of these are Barbie accessories, which is something my own girls played with when they were much younger. Again, the problem with these toys is the paint used on them contains lead.

These recalls definitely have me spooked, and when purchasing toys for my niece or nephews I will be certain that they were manufactured either in the North America, or Europe. The minor cash savings that can be had by purchasing Chinese toys are not worth the possibility of poisoning our kids in my opinion.

Sue
XOX

09/04/07

Permalink 01:07:50 pm, Categories: Sales and Marketing, Wordless Wednesday 49 words  

Wordless Wednesday - The Doughboy

I was out shopping last week when I grabbed this pic. What can I say, I can't resist a display that features the Pillsbury Doughboy .. :D

Happy Wordless Wednesday! Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

For a list of the other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

09/02/07

Permalink 10:22:34 am, Categories: Shopping Tips, Product Recalls 132 words  

Childrens Pencils Recalled

Another product recall on children's items manufactured in China. This time it is a series of pencils packaged as favours that contain high amounts of lead.

Here is the list as issued by Health Canada:

-Prehistoric Party Favor Set
-Keep on Truckin Favor Set
-Championship Baseball Favor Set
-Championship Soccer Favor Set
-Championship Basketball Favor Set
-Championship Football Favor Set
-Camouflage Favor Set
-Pirate Party Favor Set
-Hearts & Flowers Favor Set
-Unicorn Magic Favor Set
-Frogs & Lizards Favor Set
-Princess Favor Set
-Shimmering Butterfly Favor Set
-Underwater Friends Favor Set
-Safari Party Favor Set
-Glitzy Girl Favor Set

Apparently these have been on the market since January 2007. This news comes hot on the heels of Toys `R' Us recalling 27 thousand crayon and paint sets also made in China.

Sue
XOX

08/31/07

Permalink 11:31:28 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Shopping Tips, Fun & Games 107 words  

Let's Go To The Ex

By "Ex" I mean the Canadian National Exhibition of course! We spent the day at the "Ex" yesterday, and came away with some fantastic bargains, such as three down filled jackets from the Urban Behaviour liquidation for $20 bux. Suzy Shier was also there, and we purchased numerous items such as jeans, shirts, sweaters, etc at 2 for $5.00 bux! More about all these great finds later. Today will be spent sorting through items, and generally resting up after our marathon 10 hour shopping spree! :D

If you are in the Toronto, Canada area or in easy commute the bargain shopping alone is definitely worth the price of admission!

Sue
XOX

08/28/07

Permalink 01:20:09 pm, Categories: Wordless Wednesday, Strange and Unique Products, Humor - Funny Stuff 36 words  

Wordless Wednesday - Monster Scooter

Is it just me, or is this over kill?

Happy Wordless Wednesday! Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

For a list of the other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

Image Source: FunnyHumor.com

08/27/07

Good Morning Angels

I just love the promotional posters designed by David Suzuki! Click on the image above to find out what steps each one of us can take to help clean up our environment. B)

I absolutely agree with the statement that we cannot achieve health if our planet is unhealthy.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

08/25/07

Permalink 12:27:10 pm, Categories: Pets And Pet Care, Shopping Tips, Product Recalls 223 words  

Wal-Mart Discontinues Selling Certain Dog Treats

Egads! More pet treats to be concerned about. Here is a snippet from Yahoo News:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Tests of two Chinese brands of dog treats sold at Wal-Mart stores found traces of melamine, a chemical agent that led to another massive pet food recall in March, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. quietly stopped selling Chicken Jerky Strips from Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co. and Chicken Jerky from Shanghai Bestro Trading in July, after customers said the products sickened their pets.

No recall was announced at that time, but Wal-Mart said in a statement Tuesday that customers who bought one of the products should return it to the nearest store for a refund.

Full Yahoo Article Here

Since the Menu pet food scare I have personally been very cautious with everything I purchase for my own dogs. In fact more often then not now that I am home I have been making my own dog food, and treats.

I would like to start promoting online shops that do sell all natural foods, and treats, and will be doing some research on this in the coming weeks along with sites that give recipes for treats to make at home. If you know of any good sites, please do drop me a line or leave me a comment. :D

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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Permalink 11:52:48 am, Categories: Fun & Games, Website & Blog Reviews 264 words  

Online Poker Room Review Site

Happy weekend my peeps! Today I had the opportunity to visit, and offer up a review of an online poker room review site that in part dishes up the latest news, and information regarding UK Poker Sites.

Internet-Poker.co.uk is an extensive website. In fact to give this site a proper review it took quite a bit of surfing time through the various pages. The website is that information packed!

The highlight of this site is Internet Poker Reviews, which refreshingly appear to be quite honest in opinion. In other words you will find an actual review of various sites, and not just "this is the greatest poker site ever, click here."

This site is UK based, but it also offers up information, and reviews of US Poker Rooms or sites that are US based poker player friendly. And while not an American online poker player myself, I did enjoy the rant on the "Port Security Act" that can be found on the page linked to within this paragraph. Food for thought!

If you enjoy online poker you will benefit from visiting Internet-Poker.co.uk for more then just the reviews. There are articles suited for both beginners, and the more advanced player. They list bonus codes, and the very latest poker news. Thankfully they do provide a site search function because again it is that extensive. I wasn't kidding!

They also give you an option for membership. You can join, or you can choose to view all of their content as a non-member.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

This has been a paid review.

08/24/07

Permalink 02:54:31 pm, Categories: Death and Taxes, Blogging Tips 183 words  

What Happens When A Blogger Dies?

Maybe it was the article I read earlier on Blogger Depression or maybe it is a bit of the end of the summer blues kicking in a bit early? Either way I started to feel a bit morbid this afternoon, and the question of what happens to a blog after the blogger dies started swimming in my head.

If something were to happen to me hubby has the keys so to speak to all of my blogs, and as a fellow blogger I know that he would at least put up an announcement letting the regular readers know that I had passed on, but what of bloggers that perhaps do not have this option?

I know that if one of my faves stopped blogging I would wonder what happened, and with the friendships I have built some with people on the other end of the planet I would worry, and I would want to know.

I wonder if maybe in this blogging age it might be a good idea to leave passwords, email contacts in a will?

Sue
XOX

Image Credit: About.com

Permalink 02:35:36 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Website & Blog Reviews 169 words  

Advantage Auto Insurance Quotes

Are you looking for a handy online resource in order to obtain auto insurance quotes? If so I have a resource that I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to.

Advantage Auto Quotes can assist you in finding the right Auto Insurance Plans for your own needs, and circumstances by utilising their easy to use online application form.

People have all sorts of differing auto insurance needs, and not all plans are appropriate for each individual driver. Advantage Auto Quotes takes this into consideration, and therefore provides info on such various plans as Business Insurance for commercial requirements to Poor Driver Auto Insurance Rates basically anyone who requires auto insurance can find suitable coverage through them.

If you would like further, and detailed information on how Advantage Auto Quotes can help you out in getting Better Car Insurance Rates please do click on the image above or one of the links provided to you within this blog entry.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor!

Permalink 10:40:01 am, Categories: Blogging Tips 137 words  

Blogger Depression

What happens when blogging just doesn't seem fun any more? Could be blogger depression.

I came across this article written by a fellow blogger on the Pay Per Post forums, which have become a regular must read for me. The article is entitled: Blog Depression & What YOU Need To Know.

In the two + years that I have been a blogger I have had periods of time where I do believe I was suffering blogger burn-out or depression, and found that not only could I relate to this article, but appreciated the suggestions, and tips offered.

If you are a blogger go check it out! It is definitely worthwhile reading that is beneficial to us all. At the very least there is a comfort to be found in just knowing you are not alone.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

08/23/07

Permalink 02:33:53 pm, Categories: Juicy News From The World Of Business 210 words  

Iran Closes Down Western Barber Shops

According to a BBC news article Iran has decided to get tough, and force the closure of several barber shops in, and around the capital city Tehran. These shops apparently offered "western-style" (whatever that means) hair cuts, and tattoos.

Here is a snippet from the article:

The authorities say the barbers were encouraging un-Islamic behaviour by offering Western hairstyles, tattooing and also eyebrow-plucking for men.

Police say they have inspected more than 700 shops during a two-week crackdown in the city.

The move is part of an annual campaign against what is known locally as bad hijab, or un-Islamic clothing, that this year is also targeting men.

Hundreds of women and men have already been cautioned.

Police say that as well as avoiding Western hairstyles and make up, barbers should not pluck customers' eyebrows.

Full BBC Article Here

Personally, I consider myself a tolerant person who tries to understand all points of view, but this action does strike me as very extreme. How can eyebrow plucking be considered wrong or offensive? And have tattoos not been around since pre-biblical times? I feel bad for the shop keepers who were only trying to make a living for themselves, and their families by providing a service that is obviously in demand.

Cheers!
Sue

Permalink 01:51:01 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Health and Nutrition, Shopping Tips 191 words  

Antibacterial Hand Gel

Yesterday was spent in part stocking up on back-to-school supplies for the kiddos. Yep, it is that time of year again! I blogged about these purchases earlier today on the Urban Zoo.

One of my numerous purchases included Purell hand sanitizer gel, which a couple of people expressed a bit of surprise that I added to my shopping list.

I first started carrying a purse-sized version of this gel during the SARS scare of a few years back. Hubby has also used it on a regular basis at work when he provides desk top support. As a techie he has to touch a lot of keyboards, etc that can be loaded with germs.

Naturally we got the kids to start taking it with them to school. As an example I have instructed them to use it immediately after sneezing into their hands in order to prevent the spread of possible cold/flu germs.

Antibacterial hand gel is a great substitute when traditional hand washing is impossible or cannot be accomplished in a timely manner, and we have noticed since using it illnesses in this house have been greatly reduced!

Cheers!
Sue

Permalink 01:25:09 pm, Categories: Science and Technology 125 words  

Would You Steal Wireless?

Most mornings I play catch up with international news via the BBC website. I find their reporting accurate, fast, and refreshingly unbiased for the most part.

Today I stumbled across an article on their site with the intriguing title of, "Is stealing wireless wrong?" which is something I have never contemplated before, much less done.

Personally my gut reaction is to say of course it is wrong, but the comments added to the BBC site show that not everyone agrees with my opinion.

What are your thoughts on this? Is this something you would do given the opportunity? Is it cheating the system? Should the word "borrow" be used as opposed to "steal" as the latter absolutely implies a crime is being committed?

Cheers!
Sue

Permalink 01:08:38 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Science and Technology 130 words  

Adult Firefox Toolbar

For those of my readers that enjoy viewing adult only websites I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to a toolbar designed specifically for use with the Firefox browser. Firefox is my own preferred browser of choice, and you'll find I've given it the props often!

The toolbar can be downloaded safely, and securely, and has several terrific features that can be used by the adult internet surfer! It is set up so that users may remain completely anonymous in order to protect their privacy, and the best part is that it is absolutely free with no obligations.

Learn more about "Bring The Porn" here
, but again please be aware that this Firefox toolbar is for "adult only" oriented media.

Cheers!
Sue

My thanks to my sponsor!

08/21/07

Permalink 01:14:14 pm, Categories: Wordless Wednesday, Strange and Unique Products 51 words  

Wordless Wednesday - Stay Totally Dry

Looks silly, but I bet you it works! I have no idea if or when these "Totally Dry" umbrellas were ever marketed or sold.

Happy Wordless Wednesday! Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

For a list of the other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

Image Source: FunnyHumor.com

Permalink 11:17:01 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Travel and Tourism 261 words  

Planning The Perfect Vacation In The US Virgin Islands

Summer time is soon coming to a close in the northern hemisphere, and before we know it the colder weather, ice, and snow will soon be part of our daily lives yet again. I know, this is not exactly a fun or relaxing thing to contemplate now is it.....

I can tell you what is a fun thing to think about, and that is a dream winter getaway to the US Virgin Islands, which provides the means to a warm, and safe dream vacation in the Caribbean. In fact did you know it is one of the top tourist destinations in the sunny south? And with good reason!

There is no better time then the present to start planning your dream vacation, and escape from the winter time blues.

Today, I'd like to concentrate on Villa Nicoletta, which is a gem amongst St Thomas vacation rentals. This property provides complete privacy within a luxurious, lush tropical setting! Have a look at this stunning villa via the link above, and I'm certain you will agree that Villa Nicoletta is simply gorgeous both inside, and out with the right amenities to provide you with a relaxing vacation or corporate getaway.

Rates are competitive, and based on number of occupancy. You can obtain further information from their website.

You may also note that with it's private pool, and hot tub overlooking some of the best views that St Thomas has to offer that many have chosen to celebrate their weddings, and honeymoons at Villa Nicoletta.

Happy Travels!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor!

What Happened With Skype?

If you are one of the millions of Skype users like us who were affected by the recent three day outage read on...

Skype has issued an official apology to it's users, and an explanation. Here is a snippet from the BBC:

Net phone firm Skype says its service is up and running again after three days of "unprecedented" disruption.

The problems with the service began on 16 August and stopped millions of people logging in and making calls.

Skype said the ongoing disruption was caused by an unexpected interaction between its servers and users' PCs.

Despite Skype's claim to have fixed the problems some subscribers reported that they had trouble making calls throughout the weekend.

Full BBC Article Here

Personally this is the first time we have experienced this type of disruption. I remember how happy I was with the service the first time I placed a call to my friend in British Columbia, Canada over 4,000 miles away, and how clear the call was. Over all I'm happy using Skype.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

08/20/07

Permalink 01:54:20 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Sales and Marketing, Website & Blog Reviews 248 words  

Digital Print Services

I LOVE to blog about industries that I have intimate knowledge of, and for many years my professional life encompassed the graphics, and communications field. In part this is why I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit, and review a business website that provides information on digital printing services as I can bring my own extensive knowledge on the subject to the table as well as my thoughts, and opinions being a consumer.

In my opinion the appearance of printed marketing materials cannot be stressed enough. The quality of the product, and it's ability to get the focus of your business across is imperative in making it successful. This is where a company like Channel M Communications can really be of good use in providing quality printed materials, and highly competitive pricing. With the use of digital technology, projects through them can be turned around in as little as 24 hours making their services that much more appealing!

No matter what your business printing needs, Channel M Communications can provide you with cost effective solutions including personalised direct mailing options that I can tell you from my time spent within the industry is a proven marketing strategy that works.

You may have a look at their website, and explore the services being offered by clicking on the link provided within this blog entry or call them directly via this number +17033784772 and speak with one of their knowledgeable staff members.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Thank you to my sponsors!

Permalink 08:49:15 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Educational 250 words  

Ground Breaking Book In Child Behavioural Challenges

I am very excited to introduce you to this book! Firstly because I believe in the importance of it, and secondly because it was authored by my dear friend Dr. Carla Wills-Brandon who has dedicated her life to helping others.

Here is a snippet in regards to this book's purpose:

RAPID RESPONSE PROGRAM TO INTERVENTION (RRP-TI - 2007) fills a gap which has long been overlooked. This groundbreaking program is designed to address the special needs of children in the public school setting with behavioral difficulties. Currently, such students have two options. They can be mainstreamed into regular school populations or sent to expensive, private facilities. With this innovative program children are brought back to the public school setting to prepare for a better future, in a positive atmosphere with:

•Clear suggestions for setting up a self contained classroom to address student behavioral challenges
•Strategies for creatively teaching social skills and expected classroom behavior
•Guidelines for boundary building – the expression of appropriate emotion
•RRP-TI Family Program, addressing the needs of parents and caregivers
•Communication information and strategies for effective interfacing with parents
•Colorful Behavior Contracts, Goal Charts and more!

While this book is geared towards educators it would in my opinion be of great benefit to parents as well. For those who may not have read Carla's other books, she writes in a clear and easy to understand manner that is of value to both the lay person, and professional.

For further info click on the link provided above.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 08:39:52 am, Categories: Financial Products, Website & Blog Reviews 269 words  

Payday Loan Resource

Payday, and cash advanced loans were a hot button topic in Canada a couple of weeks ago as new rules were passed in order to protect consumers. These loans are easy to obtain for most, and therefore while they can in fact be handy, they can also set people up to go into further debt. It is important that consumers know exactly what they are getting into before applying for a payday loan or cash advance.

It was with much interest earlier this morning that I had the opportunity to have a look at PaydayLoansABC.com, which is an online resource specific to payday loans.

Firstly, the site provides a state by state guide in order to find lenders via an easy to use drop down box. This is located on the main page of the site, and may also be accessed from the navigation bar. It is a handy feature for those seeking to find a lender online.

My primary interest in the site was in the articles that they provide in the way of the latest news from, and about the payday loan industry. This includes articles that are not so flattering, and provide good cautionary information to the consumers who read them.

PaydayLoansABC.com does provide consumer testimonials, but I believe they would benefit from a forum or message board where borrowers could communicate with each other, and make the site more interactive.

If you are looking for info on no faxing payday loans, and the application process click on one of the links provided in this entry.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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08/17/07

Permalink 12:18:26 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Shopping Tips 137 words  

BOGO (Buy One Get One 1/2 Price at Payless Shoes) is hot!!! This is especially true if you do not mind buying off season or last years styles.

Yesterday I picked up these two pairs of boots. Originally they retailed last winter for between $70.00-$80.00 respectively. The store knocked them down until they were each just $10.00, and with BOGO plus taxes I purchased both for $15.90 total!!!!

When hunting around the Payless shops be certain to look at their back shelves, and in the off-season areas of the store to find these clearance items.

I'm telling you this find made my bargain-hunter heart flutter. I intend to keep these for myself, but I could easily resell them on eBay for double what I paid, and they would still be a huge savings for any potential buyer.

Happy Shopping!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 11:04:01 am, Categories: Financial Products 198 words  

Switching Banks And Bank Accounts

Several months ago my financial institution decided it was going to amalgamate some of its branches to a new larger one, and this decision directly affected me because one of the branches set to move was my home branch. I can tell you that I wasn't to happy about it. The new super branch is farther away from me, and in an area of the city I tend to avoid for personal reasons.

Cranky as I was I took the time to do some research on other financial institutions much closer to home, and the different types of Bank accounts they offer, with a particular eye to Savings accounts that offered good rates on my money.

I am very happy to let you my readers know that just last week I opened a new Savings account that I am very pleased with despite the hassle of switching banks, at a convenient location!

In the very near future I plan to make an appointment at this financial institution to discuss what they offer in the way of business bank accounts as I work towards building an online business of my own.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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Permalink 10:22:52 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Science and Technology 183 words  

Twenty Five Years Of Compact Discs

Wow! It was with a bit of surprise that I came across this terrific BBC article on the history of the cd, and how it has changed forever the music industry. Here is a brief snippet:

The first compact disc was produced exactly 25 years ago in a factory in Germany after years of development by Philips and Sony. We take a look at the humble disc's history and how it shaped the music landscape.

Read the Full BBC Article Here

I say it was with surprise that I read the above article because despite taking the cd for granted as an everyday part of life I still clearly remember the good old days of vinyl. Heck, I remember 8-track! Has it really been that long ....

While the introduction of cds were a terrific move forward in the evolution of the industry I still occasionally miss the sweet sound of vinyl, call me old fashioned, but I do believe records used to sound way better....but then again it may just be my hearing that's to blame.

Happy B-Day Compact Discs!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

08/16/07

Recycling Old Cell Phones

There are times when I feel as "old as the hills." My regular blog readers will already know that I turned forty years old this past year. And reaching this milestone has been cause on certain occasions to reflect back, and look at all the changes in the world since 1967, which was the year of my birth.

Heck! Never mind all of the changes over the past forty years, how about the vast differences in lifestyles over the past twenty! For instance at the age of twenty ownership of a mobile phone or car phone was the domain of the rich. It was certainly not something I could afford, nor something that anyone I knew personally had.

Jump twenty years to the future, and I cannot dream of living without my cell phone. Each member of our family including all three of my kids (they are teens) have cell phones, and we can keep in touch with each other through an open line of communication 24/7. What an amazing piece of technology if you sit back, and think about it! And of course virtually everyone I now know owns their own cell phone.

With every good thing though, there will always be a down side. In the case of cell phones because they are so prevalent, and affordable there is a serious, and growing concern of what to do with older ones as we upgrade to newer models, and how if possible they can safely be disposed of with minimal impact to our environment.

Wirefly.org has some solutions to this very real issue. Did you know that you can donate your old cell phone for cash? How cool is that! Or did you know that you can support several charities by recycling your old phone? Again, what a great way to help our environment, and other worthy programs all at the same time!

If you have an old cell phone surf on over to Wirefly.org and find out what your options are for disposing of it safely! There is nothing more worthier in my opinion then for each of us to do our part to keep our world clean, which includes recycling old cell phones.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor.

08/15/07

Permalink 05:23:52 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Shopping Tips 107 words  

And So It Begins......

.....Back-To-School shopping for the kiddos of course!

These pair of Keds are my fave find of the day. We picked them up at Soft Moc for a song as they currently have some great in-store end of the season sales. The kid just loves them, and Keds are a good make. I have found that they stand up to the punishment my girly tomboy puts them through.

If you do not have a store nearby, you can check out the Soft Moc website that is having its own 50 percent off sales on selected items.

They will ship internationally. Check details on the site.

Happy Shopping!

Sue
XOX

08/14/07

Permalink 01:14:16 pm, Categories: Wordless Wednesday, Strange and Unique Products, Humor - Funny Stuff 77 words  

Wordless Wednesday - The Butter Stick

I have no idea if the butter stick ever made it out onto the market even as a gag gift? Sure is awkward looking though! There are some things in life like buttering toast that you just can't improve upon no matter what kooky schemes you might come up with.

Happy Wordless Wednesday! Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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Image Source: FunnyHumor.com

08/13/07

Permalink 07:31:06 pm, Categories: Shopping Tips, Strange and Unique Products, Home Decorating 107 words  

IKEA Ghost Night light

A friend of my daughter is planning her son's first birthday, and I decided to have a look at the IKEA Fall catalogue for some gift ideas.

I came across this SPÖKA ghost night light, and had some real mixed feelings on it. I mean if you were a little one would you be happy about seeing this thing glowing in the dark? Rather a disturbing thought isn't it! Perhaps if they had made this glowing ghostie with a smile it wouldn't seem so creepy....but then again a smiling ghost at 3am to a three year old might seem even more menacing!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 11:16:49 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Shopping Tips, Website & Blog Reviews 261 words  

My Love Affair With Socks

Multi-Stripe Socks

I believe in a polished look from head to toe, and this very much includes the look, and feel of my socks. You can say I have a wee bit of a sock fetish, but in reality it probably has more to do with the over all comfort of my feet.

Hue socks cater to both of my sock requirements because they are comfortable, and look very smart when worn. I think the the multi-striped example above are just too cute!

Turncuff Anklet

In the current warmer temperatures that most of us are experiencing right now a good turncuff anklet pair of socks like the ones above are a must have within my own wardrobe. And the best part is that through the website linked above you can purchase three pairs of any style for an affordable $15.00! Individually pairs are $6.00 so a multiple purchase will save you some $$$$.

Basic Anklets

Basic anklets like those pictured above come in different colour options such as white, black, navy, and red to coordinate, and compliment your outfit choices. These too are on for the same great bargain prices!

Have a look at Hue socks via the link, and shop with security, and comfort from the convenience of home. There are several more styles for you to check out on the website, too numerous for the scope of a single blog entry.

And with my own teen girls returning back to school shortly there is no better time to start stocking up! Pun intended .. ;)

Happy Shopping!

Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor!

Permalink 10:22:14 am, Categories: Shopping Tips 107 words  

Trolling The Used Bookstores

It was a lovely weekend just past, here in Toronto. The city hosted several festivals including the ever popular "Beer Fest" at Fort York. I however did not partake in any of these fests, but instead spent the weekend indulging in one of my favourite pastimes...trolling the used book shops.

You might be amazed to learn of some of the rare, and vintage titles that can be found usually in excellent condition. These in turn can be sold off on eBay for a tidy profit, particularly first editions or if you are like me just added to an ever growing personal library.

Happy Shopping!

Sue
XOX

Permalink 09:41:53 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Shopping Tips, Website & Blog Reviews 278 words  

Quality Food Items From iGourmet.com

iGourmet Presents The Chocolate Lovers Premier Gift Basket

Does that gift basket pictured above look devilishly tempting? I know I would be thrilled to receive a gift such as the one above delivered right to my doorstep!

I've spent a very yummy morning indeed reviewing the iGourmet.com website, which features many such gift baskets, and other gourmet food stuffs.

iGourmet has been providing high quality gourmet foods to online shoppers since 1997. They have established such a strong reputation in excellence that the prestigious Forbes.com has honoured them three years in a row with their "Best of the Web" as the best gourmet food website. If you spend any quality time on their site it is not hard to see why!

Firstly, their selection is impressive! There is much to choose from at wide ranging competitive prices that will suit most budgets. Have a look by clicking on the links provided to you above, and you will see what I mean. These items are well suited for both personal, and corporate use.

Despite the sheer volume of products available the site is designed to be user friendly, and it is quite easy to search for the type of items you are most interested in.

If you have any concerns about having food shipped through the mail you have nothing to worry about with iGourmet as they have developed a packaging system that allows the company to offer guaranteed freshness of their products upon arrival to their destination. You can read more about this on their website.

Kosher products are available as are gift certificates!

A yummy morning indeed!

Happy Shopping!

Sue
XOX

Thank you to my sponsor!

08/10/07

Permalink 05:27:19 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Eco-Friendly, Shopping Tips 98 words  

Making The Switch To CFL Light Bulbs

I am happy to say that we have made an almost complete switch to CFL light bulbs like the one pictured above throughout our home. We wanted to try them out first, and so have just been replacing the old incandescent light bulbs as they burn out.

After using them for a few months I can honestly say they will save you money on your energy costs, last longer then regular light bulbs, and they are so much better for our environment!

Here is a great article on Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs for further reading.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

08/09/07

Permalink 11:34:19 am, Categories: Blogging Tips, Fun & Games, Cool Contests 125 words  

Geeky Speeky Giveaway

How would you like a chance to win an 80GB Portable Hard Drive simply for leaving a comment, and stating why you would like to win one?!

You can, if you take part in Geeky Speeky's August Giveaway! Just clicky on the link to check out this really cool contest.

If you are a blogger you can increase your chances by doing up a quick blurb on your own blog, and let your readers in on the fun!

Contest runs until the August 21st, 2007.

Bloggers take note: Geeky Speeky also has a website, and blog directory that you should seriously consider getting listed on, especially with a Google page rank update either underway or looming depending upon which source you go to.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 10:41:40 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Shopping Tips, Jewelry - Bling Bling 234 words  

Baby Bling

Madame Butterfly Pacifier

Good morning my peeps! The subject of this entry is going to be baby bling, and some of the hottest in baby products brought to you by AristaBrat.com. Now it has been a long time since my own kids were babies, but I do know good quality, stylish baby gear when I see it, and I definitely had a lot of fun checking out the products at AristaBrat!

The item viewed above is just one example from their pacifier collection. It is a stunning piece that would make a lovely family heirloom, which could then be passed down through the family's generations. This is something our own family has done, as do many others.

The Duke Baby Rattle

AristaBrat's baby rattle collection is equally impressive! The collection includes fun pieces such as "the Duke" pictured above, and extraordinary elegant items like the Crystal Palace, which really must be seen to be appreciated! Have a look via the link.

AristaBrat carries several more luxury baby items including clothing up to size 24 months. They provide a safe, and secure online shopping experience, and will ship same day on orders received by 3pm EST.

If you are or know an expectant mother-to-be with a discerning taste you may also wish to set up a wish list, which is also provided for on the website.

Happy Shopping!

Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor!

Permalink 08:18:03 am, Categories: General Stuff, Blogging Tips, Science and Technology 134 words  

Fluctuating Google Page Rank - A Question

Google Page Rank of any given site's page to the best of my limited knowledge is based (at least in part) directly on the number of higher ranking links towards that website or blog. Over the past 2-3 days I've noted that my PR on two of the five blogs total that belong to either hubby or myself are fluctuating. I have never seen this type of fluctuation before, and I'm curious if anyone else is experiencing the same? Is Google in the middle of a PR update?

Would love to hear from other webmasters on the subject.

In the mean time if you are running a blog I would highly recommend you insure you ping your blog through the Google Blog Search, and make sure you get listed on their directory.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

08/08/07

It's All About The Eye Candy

Web art, and graphics are an important tool in giving your site some style! I love using photos, and graphics to juice up my own entries, and articles, and try to incorporate them whenever I can. Even my wee Pimp image above is easily recognizable, and therefore gives a strong branding to this blog.

Now if you are looking for the best graphics resource on the net then you have got to check out WebArtMonthly. They have oodles of images, including stock photos, icons, and clip art to choose from. And they update with new stuff monthly.

Go check them out! They do charge a nominal fee, but it's worth it if you are looking for a wide range of stunning graphics to choose from.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Thank you to my sponsor!

08/07/07

Permalink 01:38:52 pm, Categories: Wordless Wednesday, Strange and Unique Products 78 words  

Wordless Wednesday - Dr. Care Toothpaste

You have probably never heard of Dr. Care Toothpaste. It was a Canadian product marketed towards children that failed miserably.

"Anybody with kids would know that you don't make an aerosol can of toothpaste and put it in the hands of kids."

--Robert McMath, the curator of the Failed Products Museum in Ithaca, New York.

Happy Wordless Wednesday! Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

For a list of the other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

Permalink 08:50:36 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Free Stuff - Always Good 124 words  

Goth Dating Site

Meeting gothic singles online has never been easier since gothscene.com first popped on the scene. If you are into goth dating, and want to meet new people this site is definitely going to work for you.

Gothscene.com is geared specifically towards the gothic lifestyle only. Profiles on the site are of both men, and women, and you can perform searches based on location, age etc. Their services include instant messaging, emails, and the ability to set up your own black book. The site also wants you to feel completely secure, and gives you the ability to block any member.

This service is free, and thousands are taking advantage of it. Go check it out!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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Permalink 08:20:10 am, Categories: Science and Technology 240 words  

Realistic Video Games - Not For Everyone

I was reading through an article on the BBC this morning entitled video games need realism boost, and I have got to admit it is a topic I have more than mixed feelings on. Here is a brief snippet from the article:

More than good looks are needed to make a great video game, according to Glenn Entis, chief technical officer at games giant Electronic Arts.

Mr Entis told the Siggraph conference that games makers had to use much more than graphics to make their creations believable, engaging and fun.

Game worlds must not just look lifelike, he said, they must also react in a realistic manner too.

Since many of the games on the market these days are ultra violent already do we really need games that are going to portray this violence in an even more realistic manner?

To be honest it does not really affect me as I will not play games that involve killing human beings, nor have I ever allowed the kids to play them either. It is one thing to play a game where a character is an obvious fantasy creation, it is another when the character could easily resemble your next door neighbour in my opinion.

At what point does the need for realism within a game cross the line to very bad taste?

Just some thoughts reading the article above produced in this still somewhat foggy Tuesday morning mind.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 07:29:15 am, Categories: Travel and Tourism, Website & Blog Reviews 262 words  

San Francisco Sightseeing

"The Painted Ladies" San Francisco, California USA

One of the hottest travel destinations around the globe for both business, and pleasure is the fair city of San Francisco, California. Today, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to a travel company, Trusted Tours, that will hook you up with some terrific offers on San Francisco Sightseeing packages. Read on.....

The image above of the "painted ladies" also known as "postcard row" are a row of Victorian houses on Steiner Street, bordering Alamo Square park, in San Francisco. It is one of the more famous views of the city, and often what I picture in my mind when I think of Frisco. However, there is much to see, and do there, including some lessor known sights that are covered in the Trusted Tours website.

The San Francisco Sightseeing Deluxe City Tour insures you have the opportunity to see some of the best attractions this city has to offer at one highly affordable, and competitive price. Specialty packages such as Trusted Tour's Antique Car Tours of San Francisco put a unique, and memorable spin on your travel experience, and this is one that I know I would definitely wish to go on!

You can have a look at all of Trusted Tour's sightseeing plans via the links above, and I also recommend signing up for Trusted Tours eNewsletter so that you are always informed of their latest deals, and specials not only for San Francisco, but all the major US travel destinations.

Happy Travels!

Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor!

08/06/07

Permalink 06:11:17 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services 50 words  

The Pillsbury Doughboy In London

Hailing the arrival of Pillsbury brand products in the United Kingdom, the Pillsbury Doughboy arrived in London with much fanfare.

Not certain how the British will take to Pillsbury products, but the Doughboy sure looks like he is having fun! When doesn't he though....

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Image Source: BBC

Elvis Peanut Butter & Banana Creme Cups

Hahahaha! I saw the above, and just had to tell you ladies, and gents about the cool contest just launched by Hersheys to introduce this product. Click on the link above to see what fun prizes are being offered. The contest is only open to USA residents, but I'd still like to grab a package of these for collecting purposes.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 12:29:06 pm, Categories: Weird News 147 words  

Cruel & Unusual Punishment

The BBC reports that police chiefs in the Thai capital, Bangkok, have come up with a new way of punishing officers who break the rules - an eye-catching Hello Kitty armband. Read on:

The armband is large, bright pink and has a Hello Kitty motif with two hearts embroidered on it.

From today, officers who are late, park in the wrong place or commit other minor transgressions will have to wear it for several days.

The armband is designed to shame the wearer, police officials said.

Full BBC Article Here

Wow! Talk about your cruel, and unusual punishments lol! This certainly is an innovative concept towards discipline.

Hello Kitty has become one of the world's most recognized brands. First introduced by Japanese company Sanrio in 1974 Hello Kitty can be seen on everything from lunch bags to hair ribbons, and now apparently certain police officer's uniforms.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

08/05/07

Permalink 09:15:03 pm, Categories: Financial Products, Shopping Tips 57 words  

New Rules To Govern Pay Day Loans

Canada has set up new rules to insure that borrowers have a complete listing of all fees, and charges associated with pay day loans.

Lenders who charge sky-high interest rates will now have to disclose them prior to lending the cash.

This is very good news for Canadian consumers of this type of financial product.

Source: AM640

Permalink 01:42:34 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Travel and Tourism 181 words  

Camping Paris Hilton Style

It is called "Glamping," which is a combination of the two words camping, and glamour. Ans apparently glamping is all the rage right now, with companies designing products especially for the glamping crowd.

Read on:

Toronto - Pitching tents and roasting marshmallows over the fire isn't everyone's definition of a vacation. So, instead of roughing it, imagine martinis, gourmet food and silk sheets.

A new phenomenon called "glamping," or glamorous camping, is all about bringing the luxuries of home to the outdoors and companies are now rolling out fancy sheets, grills, refrigerators and cappuccinos to meet the trend.

Bob Matheson, the manager of Mountain Equipment Co-op on King Street, told 680News it may sound a little silly to those hard-core outdoors people, but times are changing.

"The days of sweating and working really hard in the outdoors are well behind us. As we get more comfortable, everyone gets into camping," he said.

Full Article Here

Designer sheets, and coffee makers may be for some, but to me this just doesn't sound like camping. To each their own I guess ...

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

08/02/07

DeLorean To Make A Comeback

Ha! This should date me. The first time I ever heard of let alone saw a DeLorean car was in a theatre. Yep, I first saw one in the movie Back To The Future, and I haven't seen one since! According to the BBC demand for this car is fuelling a possible comeback. Here is a snippet:

Demand for DeLorean cars is so high that it may go back into production, according to a US firm.

The last of the vehicles - made famous in the film Back To The Future - rolled off the production line near Belfast 25 years ago.

However, the number of enthusiasts seeking the car has meant a limited number may be built in the US.

The company was based at Dunmurry. Almost £80m of public money was spent in the hope of creating 2,000 jobs.

More than £20m in legal fees was spent by the government in legal action against the auditors of the failed company, which collapsed in 1982.

Manufacture of the DeLorean DMC-12 car began at the Dunmurry plant in 1981, with fewer than 9,000 cars rolling off the production lines before its closure the following year.

Despite the firm's failure the car, with its unpainted stainless steel skin and gull-wing doors, gained a cult following.

Full BBC Article Here

You got to admit, they do look cool!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

07/31/07

Permalink 01:57:15 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Wordless Wednesday 168 words  

Wordless Wednesday - Shopping Mall In Tehran

"Proving Hollywood's global appeal, posters of stars Al Pacino and Humphrey Bogart adorn the entrance to a shopping mall in central Tehran where pirate movies are in demand."

I have always found shopping experiences around the globe to be fascinating! How, and what we shop for says a lot about our societies, and often, as is illustrated by the photo above, proves that we are really not all that different. Granted they are showing very good taste in my opinion. I would have been a bit horrified to see Paris Hilton's mug promoting the mall. ;)

For non WW participants, yes I realise it is Tuesday in the USA, but WW is open to people around the globe so I occasionally like to post them for people living in areas where yes it is already Wednesday, and are already taking part in WW .. :)

Happy Wordless Wednesday! Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

For a list of the other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

Image Source: BBC

07/30/07

Permalink 11:30:50 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Shopping Tips, Fun & Games 269 words  

Bible Inspired Action Figures Coming To US Stores

Forget Barbie dolls, and celeb inspired toys. Instead of Spiderman or Bratz dolls, children in the US could soon be clutching a talking Jesus toy, a bearded Moses or a muscle-bound figure of Goliath. This little snippet courtesy the BBC:

From the middle of August, Wal-Mart, the biggest toy retailer in the US, will for the first time stock a full line of faith-based toys.

The Bible-based action figures will initially be given two feet of shelf space in 425 of the company's 3,300 stores nationwide.

There, the Tales of Glory dolls will take on what their makers are calling "the battle for the toy box" with some of the nation's most popular action figures.

The market is notoriously hard to crack, with every child wanting what their friends at school have and high-profile brands like Transformers and Spiderman dominating marketing.

So will the 12in (30cm) Jesus doll quoting scripture or the 3in (8cm) figure of Daniel in the lion's den open up children's imaginations - and their parents' wallets?

Full BBC Article Here

I have serious doubts as to how well these action figures will sell. Firstly they are being aimed at an obvious niche market, and despite that niche being a big one how many kids will want to play with these if their buddies at school of different backgrounds, and faith are not into them????

I'm no expert, but I am a parent, and of course former kid ....

Perhaps sales of these will be much better than I think they will be? Time will tell, and I'll make a note to revisit this topic after Christmas.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Online Rebate For Mediflow Waterbase Pillow



......Sweet Dreams ....

Today I have got a hot shopping tip for you courtesy of the Mediflow Website.

Have you heard of the Mediflow Waterbase Pillow before? If not, listen up! Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in tests found it to be the most superior of all pillows tested for people such as myself, and perhaps you too that suffer from neck pain. They also ranked it highest in promoting deep, and unbroken sleep ... something that I also suffered from for years. And I can tell you there is nothing better for your health then good quality sleep.

Go have a look at the Mediflow Waterbase Pillow via the link above, and watch the video clip on the main page.

Now for my hot shopping tip! While on the website scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on the link that says "promotions". Enter this code "mediflow-48D98" where you are promoted to do so, and download the special rebate coupon! You can use the coupon to get a $5.00 rebate when you buy the Mediflow pillow at any JC Penney store or JCP.com and Target.com. Cool eh!

Sweet dreams!

Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor!

07/29/07

Permalink 12:22:19 pm, Categories: Shopping Tips 94 words  

Adventures In Wal-Mart

As much as I say I loathe going to Wal-Mart, even I have to admit their prices are hot! I just got back from "adventures in the land of Wal-mart" with the kiddo. All of their summer stock is on sale, and I was able to pick up several pairs of new t-shirts, and shorts for the kid to wear at the cottage at just $5.00 bux a piece. You can't beat that, and at those prices it's no biggie if she ruins them the way an 11 year old tomboy usually will. ;)

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

07/26/07

Permalink 08:40:38 pm, Categories: Shopping Tips 198 words  

Memories Of Honest Ed's

I went shopping at Honest Ed's a few days back. Honest Ed's is a large discount store here in Toronto, no scratch that it is a shopping mecca known by virtually all Torontonians as a place to snag some great bargains.

The place is filled to capacity with all sorts of items from clothes to housewares, and some rather bizarre stuff too! Visiting is always an adventure.

The really neat thing about the place is how it is decorated with photos from various eras of the store itself, and numerous celebrities like a whos-who of Hollywood's A-List that have either visited through the years or knew Ed Mirvish because of his amazing contributions to theatre in this city.

Honest Ed's is a must-see for shoppers visiting this city in my own opinion.

Ed Mirvish passed away this past July 11th, and it was with some sense of sadness that I visited his store ... I used to shop there as a small child with my grandmother who has also passed on.. but I felt a sense of comfort as well in knowing that it will be around for generations of Torontonians yet to come.

Thanks Ed!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 08:00:46 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Travel and Tourism 287 words  

Planning A Visit To Britain

To say I am an Anglophile is an understatement! I LOVE everything British, and especially London! London RAWKS, and if you have never been to this world-class city what are you waiting for!

Firstly lets talk shopping. London is famous for it's fabulous markets like Portobello, Covent Garden, Camden, Brick Lane, Bermondsey and others , and naturally there is always Harrods to visit.

The theatre experience in London is also fabulous! Complete schedules for Victoria Palace Theatre, Adelphi Theatre, and Theatre Royal to name just a few are all available online.

This city is hot for its historical sites, and museums, and did I forget to mention the London Eye!!!!

It's easy to book Cheap Hotels in London both year round, and last minute through CheaperThanHotels.co.uk, and they are an excellent resource for travellers to this FAB city!

If you are looking to stay in a London burb, no problem. You can find listings for all the suburbs of London including Cheap Camden Hotels many which offer free extras!

Now I did say in the title that the subject of this entry was travel to Britain, which obviously is far greater than just London alone. Again no worries because this company can hook you up with the best deals on destinations around the United Kingdom. Have a look at this listing of Accommodations in Edinburgh, and check out the price points on some of the best places to stay in Scotland.

If you are planning on a visit to the UK either on business or for pleasure I do recommend you have a look at CheaperThanHotels.co.uk, and save yourself some cash that could be better spent elsewhere -> like on shopping!

Happy Travels!

Sue
XOX

07/25/07

Permalink 04:42:39 pm, Categories: Website & Blog Reviews 77 words  

The Simpsons Movie Website

I've just spent the last couple of hours surfing around the The Simpsons Movie website, and it is a must check out for fans of the show. That is provided you've got some time to waste.

I created the above avatar on the site, which an now be found wandering the virtual town of Springfield. You can also upload your own photo to create a Simpsons-like character, read trivia, play games etc.

Happy Web Surfing!

Sue
XOX

Permalink 02:24:25 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Health and Nutrition, Shopping Tips 188 words  

Singing The Wet Basement Blues

News sites are literally flooded (no pun intended) lately with reports of near catastrophic flooding from around the globe, and to be honest it is quite disconcerting to read about.

I have never experienced a highly destructive flood, but I did live in a house that faced chronic flooding issues due to poor basement drainage. This was a problem for me in more ways then the obvious time spent mopping, and occasional damage to items. I am terribly allergic to mold, which is a nasty by-product of basement flooding. In fact no one should be exposed to too much mold as it can be a serious health risk.

If you are singing the wet basement blues you should go have a look at the B-Dry System (they have been effective in fixing basement wetness issues for over forty years). They are the experts on fixing wet basement problems, which is why they can offer a lifetime warranty to their clients.

You can obtain further information by visiting the B-Dry website through the link above, and arrange for a free estimate.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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Permalink 01:53:56 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Science and Technology 182 words  

Facebook Facing Lawsuit

Facebook, which I believe is now the world's largest social networking site is being sued. ConnectU founders have claimed that their idea was stolen by Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg. They are asking that Facebook be turned over to them according to a BBC report. Here is a snippet:

Networking website Facebook is to face legal action on Wednesday in a suit brought by a rival site's founders.

Three founders of ConnectU say Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea for the site while at Harvard.

Facebook has become a global phenomenon with about 31 million users, compared with ConnectU's 70,000.

A Federal case accuses Mr Zuckerberg of fraud and misappropriation of trade secrets, and asks for ConnectU to be given ownership of Facebook.

Last year, Facebook turned down a $1bn offer from Yahoo.

Facebook has asked a judge at a Boston district court to dismiss the case.

Full BBC Article Here

It will be interesting to see what if any evidence is brought forward to back-up ConnectU's claims. If I recall correctly didn't MySpace at one time face a similar issue?

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 01:33:04 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Travel and Tourism 155 words  

Thousand Hills Golf Getaway

My father was an avid golfer. He would play golf at any opportunity that presented itself, including booking his vacations around well-known golf resorts.

Today, I had the opportunity to check out some of the vacation rentals offered at Thousand Hills Golf Resort in Branson, Missouri USA, including Branson condos, and cabins. Naturally this brought up fond memories of my Dad, and his love of the game.

I have included one image of Thousand Hills Golf Resort above, but you really must visit the website (I've linked the photo to it) to get a good idea of how beautiful the course, and accommodations really are.

The prices are excellent in my opinion, and I would recommend that anyone dreaming of, or planning the perfect golf getaway either as a couple, or a family as we used to do, have a look at what they are offering.

Happy Travelling!

Sue
XOX

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Wordless Wednesday - The King

I cannot think of another celebrity image with perhaps the exception of Princess Diana that can be found on so many products. I came across this plastic bust of Elvis while shopping last weekend, and decided to snap a pic. If you are wondering why the eyes look so terrible it is because this appears to be how they were painted on.

For non WW participants, yes I realise it is Tuesday in the USA, but WW is open to people around the globe so I occasionally like to post them for people living in areas where yes it is already Wednesday, and are already taking part in WW .. :)

Happy Wordless Wednesday! Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

For a list of the other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

07/24/07

Permalink 01:00:00 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Free Stuff - Always Good, Shopping Tips 185 words  

Keep Cash - In Your Wallet

Today I'm going to give you some hot tips for deals, and product coupon codes that are listed on Keep Cash.

If you are not already using Keep Cash to save money by grabbing a product or service's online coupon code you have got to check this out!

Right now you can save $100 bux on a home theater system, just by applying a Circuit City coupon number at the checkout. You can get the code by simply clicking on the link. That is all there is to it! Grab the codes at Keep Cash, and start saving money. I LOVE IT!

Here is another hot deal they've got going on for Avon products. Just copy the Avon coupon code and receive free shipping on purchases as low as $10.00.

There are tons of pages on different merchandise, and services. And this service is completely free to use, which is why I have the site bookmarked, and check it before I do any online shopping. Every little bit saved is a good thing in my books!

Happy Shopping!
Sue
XOXO

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Permalink 10:42:48 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Sales and Marketing 93 words  

Blog Reviews Hot!

According to a recent study revealed by the Canadian Marketing Association adults are more likely to purchase a product if they have read a positive review about it on a blog. The full article, and study is available to members on the CMA website.

The study confirms that blog reviews do provide a significant impact on purchasing decisions, and therefore a tremendous ROI for companies that utilise this type of marketing strategy.

Excellent news for companies such as Pay Per Post, which will continue to see growth as a result!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 08:44:21 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Shopping Tips, Website & Blog Reviews 339 words  

The Scoop On Hot Tub Covers

Can you dear readers believe that we are already at the mid point of summer? I was thinking about that early this morning as I was waking up, and how time seems to be really flying lately. The middle of summer is a great time for shoppers who are into bargain hunting though, as companies begin to offer discounts on certain lines, and seasonal merchandise. So despite my favourite season being half of the way through it is a great time to be scoping out some outstanding savings, and deals. And that my peeps is a very good thing!

Today I'm going to give you the scoop on purchasing Hot Tub Covers online. Spa covers or hot tub covers as they are also known are available through TheCoverGuy.com at some exceptional bargain hunting prices.

These hot tub covers are made from the best products, and built to last. It is the quality of their product that allows for them to offer you the consumer a five year warranty, which is an excellent indicator that they firmly stand by the workmanship of their product.

Currently throughout the month of July (I told ya now is a hot time to buy) they are offering free shipping throughout both the USA, and Canada! Now how cool is that!

And finally, the big bonus for me, and I wish that all online shops would start doing this, TheCoverGuy.com accepts PayPal along with Visa, Mastercard, and American Express. I say bonus for me, because as my regular readers know I like the security that PayPal offers when shopping for any given product or service online.

So there you have it my peeps! This is a hot scoop on the go to place on the internet for high quality Hot Tub Covers, and you can currently save huge on shipping.

Check out their website via any of the links provided to you in this entry or call the company direct at +18666526837 for further information.

Happy Shopping!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor.

07/23/07

Permalink 01:34:57 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Shopping Tips, Fun & Games 75 words  

Mission Accomplished

Mission Accomplished! Saturday July 21st at 12.03am we purchased our copy of Deathly Hallows - the last book in the Harry Potter series.

Here are a few pics from the book launch:

The local book shop held a costume contest

These are my three hamming it up

A fun evening enjoyed by all age groups attending

Mission accomplished!

I am still recuperating from a very hectic weekend. Regular blog service will resume shortly.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

07/19/07

Permalink 05:50:45 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Juicy News From The World Of Business 171 words  

And Speaking Of Harry Potter Spoilers

According to a BBC report from earlier today, Harry Potter author JK Rowling is quite upset about the spoilers appearing all over the place including the New York Times! The Times published a review revealing plot details before the release of the book. Here is a snippet from the article:

JK Rowling has hit out at US newspapers that have published plot details from the final Harry Potter book.

The author said she was "staggered" that papers including The New York Times had printed reviews ahead of the novel's publication on 21 July.

The author said the information was in "complete disregard of the wishes of literally millions of readers".

UK publishers Bloomsbury said spoilers remained "unauthenticated". Some books have been sent out early in the US.

The book's US publisher Scholastic has sued online retailer DeepDiscount.com for breaking the strict embargo by dispatching a number of copies.

Full Article Here

Spoilers or not we will all know the details Saturday midnight, and I'm content with the wait ... :)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

07/18/07

Permalink 05:04:11 pm, Categories: Hot Gossip, Hot Products and Services 153 words  

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Countdown Is On

The countdown is definitely on for the last book in the outstanding Harry Potter series. This Friday evening our local Chapters bookstore is hosting a mass launch party complete with give-aways for the best character costumes, free fortune telling, and much more.

Naturally I'll be there with the girls eagerly awaiting the clock to turn to Saturday 12.01am when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will finally go on sale.

I LOVE the hoopla, and hype generated by Harry Potter, if only because I see so much excitement generated by a book as very good thing!

I'll try to get some good photos to post over the weekend.

And NO I have no interest in the spoilers that are popping up all over the net, and just as quickly being hauled down. You never really know if the info found on spoiler sites in cases like this is accurate anyway.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 04:21:41 pm, Categories: Science and Technology, Fun & Games, Website & Blog Reviews 170 words  

Mac Poker Online

Mac Poker players have a terrific resource in the Mac Poker Online website, and I'm going to tell you a little bit about what you can expect from a visit there.

If you are interested in playing Mac Poker then this site should be your first stop on the web for good info. The site features honest reviews of Pacific Poker, Fulltilt Poker, and PokerStars amongst others.

The site is also a great way to get the latest info on hot Online Casino Bonuses just go have a look at what is currently being offered.

This website is well designed, and I found it quite easy to find information, and navigate through. It is appropriate for the highly experienced gamer, and newbies (if you are the latter check out their online poker for beginners guide). It is also updated frequently, so a great way to keep up with all the latest news. Definitely worth checking out if you are into Mac Poker.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor.

07/17/07

Permalink 05:19:39 pm, Categories: Wordless Wednesday, Strange and Unique Products, Online Auctions 157 words  

Wordless Wednesday - Beer Can Doll

"So, what do you do if you've got a bunch of empty beer cans, bottlecaps, pulltabs, the disembodied head of a doll, and no concept of female anatomy? Only one thing springs to mind!"

You never know what you might find at Disturbing Auctions.com, but you are guaranteed that it will be disturbing! I'm not certain what to make of this???? On the one hand it is creative I suppose, but....

If you are curious as to what might be under the beer can ((shudders)) then you'll just have to surf on over to the auction site yourself, and check it out. This just ain't that type of blog.

Seriously, it is a fun site, but I warn you that if you like the absurd be prepared to spend a couple of hours.

Happy Wordless Wednesday! Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

For a list of the other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

Permalink 04:59:43 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Real Estate, Website & Blog Reviews 329 words  

Renting Out Real-Estate

Have you ever rented out a property? Many years ago now, before the internet (yeah, I know when the dinosaurs roamed the earth) my now ex-husband, and I rented out a basement apartment in order to help pay the bills when my eldest daughter was born. It was a cute one bedroom basement unit, and the ex put in a brand new kitchen for the unit himself.

In those days you had to rely solely on newspaper ads or word of mouth advertising to get the word out about your available rental unit. These days with everyone now online it is a lot easier to reach prospective tenants through Rentals.com

This site is the resource for property rental online, and I'd like to take this opportunity to tell you a bit about the website if you are not yet familiar with it, and the features that I like.

Firstly, the site is very easy to use. You can easily set up an ad for your rental property in a simple four step process, or you can get your listing online via this phone line: +18888997566 The second might be a great option for those with multiple, and ongoing listings.

The price packages are quite reasonable, and affordable for the service being offered, and they include absolutely free a yard sign to help you.

Rentals.com is highly trafficked, and by listing through them you will be reaching a much wider audience, and potential renters than through newspaper ads. Your chances of making the right match for your rental is that much higher, and if your not happy after 30 days you'll receive a refund, not bad eh!

In case you are wondering, we did eventually find a nice single Mom who rented out the apartment from us, and it worked out very well. I can't help, but thinking though how much easier it would have been had a resource like Rentals.com
been around in those days ... ;)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 10:39:17 am, Categories: Science and Technology 217 words  

Google Continues To Address Privacy Concerns

According to a report by the BBC Google is continuing to address its user's privacy concerns. They have now announced that all of their "cookies" will auto delete after two years of inactivity. Here is a snippet from the news item:

Google has said that its cookies, tiny files stored on a computer when a user visits a website, will auto delete after two years.

They will be deleted unless the user returns to a Google site within the two-year period, prompting a re-setting of the file's lifespan.

The company's cookies are used to store preference data for sites, such as default language and to track searches.

All search engines and most websites store cookies on a computer.

Currently, Google's are set to delete after 2038.

Peter Fleischer, Google's global privacy counsel, said in a statement: "After listening to feedback from our users and from privacy advocates, we've concluded that it would be a good thing for privacy to significantly shorten the lifetime of our cookies."

Full BBC Article Here

I actually think this is positive step in addressing some Google users privacy concerns. At the very least the company continues to show that it does listen to its users. Although, I am quite certain as well that they will still receive criticism in regards.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

7 For All Mankind

I love a good fitting pair of jeans. There really is nothing like them to make both men, and women look sexy, and Seven for All Mankind jeans are hot!

If you have not heard of them before, Sevens as the brand has been dubbed, first came on the scene in Fall 2000, and took the fashion world by storm! They are worn by celebs Nicole Kidman, Cameron Diaz, Liv Tyler, Jennifer Garner and Heidi Klum. At first they concentrated on their womens line, but have long since added a hot line of jeans for the gents as well!

Check them out at the link above. You'll agree, these denims are hot!

Happy Shopping!

Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor!

07/16/07

Permalink 05:34:28 pm, Categories: Juicy News From The World Of Business, Death and Taxes 301 words  

Honest Ed Mirvish



July 24, 1914 — July 11, 2007

Over the weekend I couldn't help but note the irony that former Torontonian Conrad Black was convicted of fraud on the same day that his old haunt Toronto was celebrating the life, and memory of another business mogul "Honest" Ed Mirvish. While the former will forever more be tainted no matter what the outcome of his appeals, the latter will forever be remembered as a beloved philanthropist, theatre impresario and friend to all including the poor of this city.

Here is a snippet from the Globe & Mail:

Ed Mirvish was remembered yesterday as a zealous businessman with a wicked sense of humour, a loving family man and an extraordinarily generous person who dedicated his life to giving back to his community.

Mr. Mirvish, better known as Honest Ed, was famous for unconventional promotions for his massive discount store in downtown Toronto, which continues to sell everything from socks and microwaves to religious statuettes and antiques.

Canada's theatre community remembered him as a white knight whose decision to restore the ailing Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto helped put the city on the musical theatre map -- in spite of Mr. Mirvish's claim that he knew nothing about acting.

Mr. Mirvish died Wednesday in a Toronto hospital at 92.

As hundreds of mourners solemnly filed into the Beth Tzedec synagogue yesterday, Toronto police and emergency services personnel lined the walkway, saluting as Mr. Mirvish's immediate family arrived.

Several dignitaries, including Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, former premier Bob Rae, Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino and NDP Leader Jack Layton, were also acknowledged by the honour guard.

Full Article Here

Something to think about.....

Rest in peace Honest Ed, you are a person that did great things for this city, and someone we should all aspire to be more like.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 02:24:10 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Shopping Tips, Home Decorating 92 words  

Hot Bargain Tip!

Sale Alert! Online Discount Mart is having an awesome promotion for all of its online customers, and I couldn't wait to tell you my peeps about it! Right now they are taking 10% off of all sales (with no minimum on the order amount) right up until the end of the summer. How cool is that!

If you are looking to spice up your home décor either inside or out you've got to check out their merchandise, which is already highly competitively priced!

Happy Shopping!

Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor!

One Laptop Per Child And Intel

Intel has joined forces with the non-profit One Laptop Per Child foundation, which aids children in the developing world. Here is a snippet from the BBC in regards:

The agreement marks a huge turnaround for both the not-for-profit One Laptop per Child (OLPC) foundation and Intel.

In May this year, Nicholas Negroponte, the founder of OLPC, said the silicon giant "should be ashamed of itself" for efforts to undermine his initiative.

He accused Intel of selling its own cut-price laptop - the Classmate PC - below cost to drive him out of markets in the developing world.

"What happened in the past has happened," Will Swope of Intel told the BBC News website. "But going forward, this allows the two organisations to go do a better job and have a better impact for what we are both very eager to do, which is help kids around the world."

Full BBC Article Here

It is good to hear that these companies have decided to work together for the betterment of children around the globe. When I first heard of the $100.00 laptop I thought it was a fantastic idea, and it can only just keep getting better with chip-making giant Intel now on board. I believe that these laptops will be a key in providing education to some of the world's most poorest children. Excellent news!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

07/13/07

Lead Management - CRM Software

Having spent most of my own professional life in either a sales or client support capacity I have through experience learned how vital effective lead management, and CRM strategies are in working towards success within sales. In today's business world these are naturally handled for the most part electronically, and this has worked very well towards streamlining the processes.

Earlier today I had the opportunity of reviewing AIMpromote's customer relationship management software system, and I'd like to take this opportunity to outline some of the features, and benefits they offer that assist in generating, maintaining, managing, and selling leads.

Lead aggregation companies will certainly benefit in my opinion from this software's ability to manage all aspects of their business making it highly cost effective. This software allows for lead import, and export, lead reselling, and a bevy of other features that trust me are too numerous to list within the scope of a blog entry.

Aimpromote's CRM software also allows for complete automation of all sales processes, including campaign, and website report generation making it an outstanding online sales tool.

For a complete list of this software package's features, and benefits please have a look at AIMpromote.com by clicking on the link provided to you, and compare the costs vs. services offered with the other CRM software providers. I believe you will be clearly impressed with AIMpromote's lead management - CRM software, which is currently being offered on a 14 day free trial basis .

I also wanted to mention at this point that part of what impresses me the most about AIMpromote aside from their terrific software is that they are client goal oriented. The support they provide to their account holders is exceptional in its value. Not only do they provide electronic, and telephone support +18882514635 (for international calls you can obtain info on their website), but they also offer free one-on-one training in internet marketing and advertising with qualified experts in the field. To me that alone make it very worthwhile to look into further.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor.

Permalink 11:54:30 am, Categories: Juicy News From The World Of Business 156 words  

Conrad Black Convicted of Fraud

This is breaking news on the BBC. Here is a snippet:

Media tycoon Conrad Black has been convicted of three charges of fraud and one of obstructing justice by a jury in Chicago.

But Black was found not guilty of separate charges of racketeering, wire fraud and tax evasion.

Black was facing 13 charges associated with claims that he stole $60m from investors in the newspaper firm Hollinger International which he ran.

The jury took 12 days to reach a verdict in the high-profile case.

Full BBC Article Here

I have been following the Conrad Black saga since last year as he is a fellow Torontonian. And the words "How The Mighty Have Fallen" spring to mind. At this point I believe there will probably be an appeal, but this still will constitute a very sad day for Mr. Black. At this point it is almost certain that he will go to prison in the USA.

Sue
XOXO

Permalink 11:00:26 am, Categories: Juicy News From The World Of Business, Weird News, Online Auctions 235 words  

Here Is A Twist!

For those of you who might be unfamiliar with it Mighty Bids is a successful online auction site. Part of its success lies in the fact that it has always marketed itself as an alternative to eBay. Therefore when I came across a press release stating that the company was looking to sell I was rather surprised that they decided to utilise eBay as a way to auction off the site!

Here is a snippet of the press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MONTREAL, QC: After four years of proving there can be a successful alternative to the status quo, the founders of MightyBids.com today announced that their much-praised company is itself to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. More surprisingly is the avenue Peter Michaud and Jeff Ramaglia have chosen to take for the MightyBids.com sale. “We’re listing it on eBay,” Peter Michaud said. “We figure it’s the least we can do to show it was all in good fun. Mostly.” Michaud’s “good fun” is in reference to repeated MightyBids.com criticism of eBay’s continual rate and fee hikes. Using vehicles such as the eBay Food Drive, MightyBids.com has called attention to what they feel has been a policy of profit over people at the online auction giant’s corporate headquarters.

You can read the remainder of Mighty Bids Press Release at this link.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Starting Your Own Business

Working on getting my own home based business off of the ground has been one of the most challenging, yet rewarding experiences I have ever tackled thus far in my life. It has not been easy, and naturally there has been a steep learning curve that I am still on, but in the long run I know that it is going to be worth it!

Fortunately there are some very good resources available to people such as myself, and perhaps you too, that are online, and therefore easy to access, and gain information from. Today I'm going to introduce you to one such resource that may prove to be very helpful to readers who are also either starting up or are currently in business for themselves no matter what size your company.

Incparadise.com offers lots of useful info, plus provides affordable services for incorporation throughout the United States. Here is an example using their Tennessee Incorporation page.

Their small business blog is a powerhouse of info that I have bookmarked for essential reading. They pretty much cover every topic under the sun that is relevant to small business operations, and I found it very easy to navigate.

The site provides articles on topics such as different business structures, and therefore appropriate no matter what stage of business you are in.

Have a look at what they are offering via any of the links provided in this entry. I'm certain you will agree with me when I say it is a worthwhile resource. You may also be interested in exploring their commission based affiliate program.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor.


07/11/07

Permalink 03:02:17 pm, Categories: Wordless Wednesday, Strange and Unique Products 154 words  

A Word On Wordless Wednesday

For those of you who are visiting for Wordless Wednesday please see below or click here.

To address at least one person though that found the image to be disrespectful. It is a gag item only, a novelty that is meant to be funny. :) Ask yourself if you would have been as offended had it been a Bill Clinton cigar or a Paris Hilton trash can?

No real offence was ever intended by myself, and I'm certain that is equally true of the novelty, and gift company that actually sells them.

Each week I feature images of weird, odd, unique, or funny items for WW not because they are "ads," but because they fit with the over all theme of the blog.

Links to the company/individual that sells the item are going to be included at the very least as an image credit, and courtesy.

Hopefully that is n'uff said .. ;)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Design A Card & Earn Royalties!

Get those creative juices flowing! The PAYjr Visa Buxx Competition is hot!

PAYjr Visa Buxx is a prepaid credit card designed for teens 13 years of age, and up. This card enables parents to have complete control, and can be used as an effective financial teaching tool.

The launch of the card has been made even cooler by the fact that they are hosting a card design competition. Anyone can enter their card designs for absolutely free! Too cool! There are several prizes to be won, like MacBooks, Ipods, and Nintendo Wii systems. The winning designs are being judged by the general public, and if your design is picked to be used you will earn royalties!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

My thanks go out to my sponsor!

Permalink 01:40:02 pm, Categories: Wordless Wednesday, Strange and Unique Products 114 words  

Wordless Wednesday - Clearance Item!

Can you believe this is a clearance item?! Can't you picture it as part of YOUR bathroom décor?

Your friends and family will laugh when they go to grab a tissue out of this hilarious George W Bush Tissue Box cover. Finally there's a healthcare plan that works! Simply place this decorative box over your existing tissue box and pop the tissue through the cartoon nose. The top panel is hand-cast and hand-painted resin. The box itself is of durable ABS plastic.

Now selling at 50% off at Prank Place.com

Happy Wordless Wednesday! Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

For a list of the other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

Permalink 12:38:34 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Science and Technology, Shopping Tips 227 words  

Taking A Look At Comcast Bundles

Today, I'm going to take a few minutes to blog about the hot deals via comcast bundles that can literally save you a bundle of cash on all your cable, phone, and internet needs! Since I know my readers like to save big money, just as much as I do, I am quite happy to be able to introduce you to these special bargains.

Right now Comcast is offering several different bundle options depending on your area. By utilising these bundle options you can save money by combining the services that you require into one convenient bill.

Check out these comcast triple play bundles. By combining your digital phone, high-speed internet, and cable tv services into one neat bill you can save a whopping $25.00 per month. Now think about that. This translates into an extra $300 bux per year saved, and stays in your own wallet. Now that is cool!

What is even more exciting to the consumer is that these bundles are also coming with great cash back offers, and start out at low introductory rates.

To find out if these bundles are offered in your area just surf on over to the page I've linked to, click on the availability button, and just add your own data. It's that quick, and easy to do. Start saving some $$$$

Happy Shopping!

Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor!

China's First Expo on Reproductive Health

China's first expo on reproductive health has opened in Beijing. The date marks World Population Day, and features the latest advances in science, and technology as it relates to reproductive health. One of the more creative ways that expo organisers are bringing awareness is by featuring models wearing clothing made of condoms.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 10:35:24 am, Categories: Financial Products, Website & Blog Reviews 245 words  

Comparing Discover Cards

Today I will be reviewing a website that offers consumers the ability to compare the various different types of Discover Cards that are being offered to the buying public.

First off let me say that I believe anyone who decides that they would want to apply for a credit card should do some comparison shopping first, and that is why sites like this are important, so that you the consumer can make an informed choice based on the features, benefits, and yes even drawbacks on the differing credit cards that are available. Depending on one's own circumstances, and buying habits certain cards may be far more appropriate than others.

This site (follow through on the link) deals specifically with Discover Cards. You will see several options listed including the Discover Motiva Card, Discover Open Road Card, Discover Business Miles Card, Discover Student Card, and a handful of other types as well. Each comes with a brief description, and the ability to apply for them online.

The site itself is designed to be very user friendly, and easy to navigate. I would recommend it to anyone interested in applying for Discover Cards.

Looking deeper into the website there are articles on credit cards, credit in general, applying online, and a credit card glossary for further reading on the subject.

Again, it is good to check out online resources such as these in order to make an informed decision.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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07/10/07

Three Cheers for The Kwik-E-Mart

Three cheers for 7-Eleven Inc who have turned a dozen stores across N. America into the fictional Simpson's convenience store to coincide with the cartoon film's premiere on July 26th.

This clearly demonstrates a good marketing strategy along with the fact that this corporation has a FUN sense of humour!

In other Simpsons related news towns name Springfield in the states of Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Michigan are all anxiously awaiting to find out which one will be named the home of TV's most famous cartoon family, and host the movie's premiere. The lucky winner can expect a boost in tourism, and their local econonmy.

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

Host208 Web Hosting For Business

In my opinion web hosting should be one of the primary concerns for any business that has an online presence no matter what the size of the company. My previous servers as older readers know were less than reliable, and when I made the decision to start a business of my own, finding the right web hosting service for my goals became priority #1.

Today I'd like to introduce you to Host208 - Webhosting Services that are not only highly reliable, and provide above average client support, but are very affordable, and have plans that suit everyone's needs, and budgets.

Their business plan begins at just $4.50, which includes 15000 MB Data Storage, 300 GB Data Transfer, 3 Domains Hosted SiteStudio, which is website builder, 34 FREE pre-configured scripts, Anti-Virus & Spam protection, and much more. Check the site for further details.

They also provide Corporate, and Enterprise plans at just $8.50, and $12.50 per month for those who require additional storage, domains etc.

Trust me these prices are excellent for the services that are being offered! Additionally each plan comes with a 30 day money back guarantee. If you are looking for good, reliable web hosting, have a look at Host208 - Webhosting Services, and compare their plans.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor.

07/09/07

Permalink 07:40:40 pm, Categories: Sales and Marketing, Humor - Funny Stuff 71 words  

The Highly Disturbing Mr Sub Ad

Yes, this is the same Stavros Chicken Souvlaki...highly disturbing...Mr. Sub ad I blogged about quite a while ago. I finally found it in YouTube format, and thought I'd share "the chicken weeping over his dead friend" commercial with you.

I still can't bring myself to eat a chicken sandwich after viewing this...thanks Mr Sub...even I am not that twisted. ;)

Ew!

Sue
XOXO

Hot Latin Dating Site

It is not always easy to meet other people that share our tastes, lifestyles, and dreams either for friendship, dating or something more serious. If you are a little adventurous though you may just meet that special person online through a site like latina romance. This site offers comprehensive profile listings for those into the latina dating scene. I bet you might not have known that there is a special place on the web just for Latin singles!

This dating site is absolutely free to join, and you are under no obligations. Just have fun, and enjoy setting up a profile, and checking out the other members. There are thousands of people already signed-up, and you can use the search functions to find people that will interest you the most.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Sony To Slash Playstation Prices

Sony is set to cut it's price on the Playstation 3 in the United States in a hope that this move will boost its sales according to a report on the BBC. Here is a snippet in regards:

Sony is slashing the price of its PlayStation 3 games console by 17% in the US to boost sales.

As a result of the $100 price cut the PS3 will now cost $500 (£249), $20 more than the rival Microsoft Xbox and twice as much as the Nintendo Wii.

The Xbox and Wii have been significantly outselling the Japanese firm's PS3 in the US market.

The news came as Microsoft said it would not be cutting the Japanese price of its Xbox to lift lacklustre sales.

Microsoft made the announcement a week after it said it was spending $1bn to repair problems with the Xbox 360.

Full BBC Article Here

We do own a Playstation, but to be honest I have always preferred Nintendo's gaming products over that of Sony. Therefore this news will not really affect my own purchasing. However, if you are a fan of the Playstation, and planning on making a purchase you may just want to hang in there until the price drop takes full affect.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Cash Back Credit Card Calculator

Credit cards have become an integral part of most consumers shopping experience in today's world. It seems that everyone is using them, and many of us myself included have at least at one time or another gotten into some financial trouble with them. Therefore in my opinion as someone who has been there, and done that, it is vital for anyone who either has credit cards, and uses them or wishes to obtain a card have as much knowledge about them before hand prior to even applying.

Today I visited a website that I'd like to tell you a bit more about, as it does just that, provides consumers with information on various types of credit cards, includes reviews of them, and allows people the ability to comparison shop in one handy online location in order to find the best credit card/s for their own needs, and budgetary concerns. They even include such features as a handy online cash back credit card calculator.

The website is called Ask Mr Credit Card, and it is set up very nicely. It is easy to navigate, and the cash back credit card calculator is quite simple to use. Just input your personal expenses data, and hit submit. The calculator will then fetch the best card recommended for your own use based on the information you have given. It really is easy, check it out, and you'll see for yourself what I mean. If you are not already receiving rebates on certain purchases you'll definitely want to have a look at was is being offered.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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The Boeing Dreamliner Is Hot!

The BBC reports that a huge crowd as seen in the image above attended the unveiling of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. This magnificent (in my opinion) aircraft was put on view at Boeing's assembly plant in Everett in Washington state.

Here is a snippet of the BBC' report:

US plane manufacturer Boeing has unveiled its 787 Dreamliner - the firm's first all-new jet since 1995.

It is the only big commercial aircraft made mostly of carbon fibre rather than aluminium and is billed as the most environmentally friendly ever built.

Boeing says the 787 is much more fuel efficient than its competitors and produces 20% less CO2.

The firm says it already has more than 600 orders. The first test flight is expected in August or September.

Sunday was chosen for Dreamliner's premiere as it is 8 July, or, in the American date style, 07/08/07.

Full BBC Article Here

Orders for the Dreamliner have been swift, and enthusiastic. I personally look forward to reading more once the first test flights are completed. I have been following both news on the Dreamliner, and it's rival the A380 since early last year.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

A Review - MerchantOS

Today it is my pleasure to introduce to you MerchantOS, which is an online provider of point of sale or pos software, and inventory control web based services. I spent some time reviewing their website, and learning more about their services this very morning, and the following is what I have learned about their software package.

Firstly this software is appropriate for the small business owner, and retail operation. It is feature rich, and designed to at the bare bones level make your life easier by allowing you to control all areas of your operation with one handy application. Features of the software include the ability to track all merchandise, and sales, generate reports, track customers, and much more. In fact there are so many features, and positive benefits that it would go beyond the scope of this blog entry if I were to attempt to list, and critique them all. Therefore I recommend that if you are interested in pos software that you surf on over to the MerchantOS website via one of the links in this entry, and watch their introduction video, from there you may also wish to try out their demo.

You can see for yourself how easy it is to use, even for those of us who are not that computer savvy. There is no need to worry about data backups as they do that for you, no hassles to upgrade software, and you can access it from any computer with internet access at any time you choose.

The company is currently offering a one month no obligation free trial, and have a three tiered price plan, meaning you can choose from three different packages to suit your own needs, and budget. There is no added sign-up fees, nor any cancellation of service fees.

Another thing (and it's an important one) that impressed me is their level of client, and technical support. They even include an online forum, and blog to insure their clients needs are being met, and they are being kept up-to-date.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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07/06/07

Permalink 04:59:12 pm, Categories: Blogging Tips, Science and Technology 108 words  

Social Networking With Facebook

I took the Facebook plunge yesterday, and I finally signed up for an account with this social networking site. To be honest I was highly sceptical of it at first, thinking that it was just another MySpace, and more suited to college students than an oldster like me.

However, I have found that it can be a lot of fun, plus an additional way to promote this blog. I have already gotten some hits from my Facebook profile.

If you have not already checked it out, you might want to go, and have a look. It's very easy to set up, and free to boot!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 02:23:26 pm, Categories: Financial Products, Real Estate 194 words  

Renting Vs Home Ownership

There should be no doubt that owning property vs renting or leasing is a good long term investment for the vast majority of us. That is why I am happy to draw your attention to this website that features Asheville real estate, and some of the most beautiful property in North Carolina that I have seen.

If you are considering making the commitment to invest in your future by purchasing property then have a look at their website by clicking on the link provided to you. You may also wish to click on this link for Charlotte real estate, and explore further options, and housing bargains.

As a smart consumer I reccommend that you visit this page, which enables you to compare mortgage rates, and see how you could actually save more money owning vs renting! At the very least it is always a good idea to comparison shop when it comes to any financial product or service.

There is nothing like the feeling of owning your very first home, and in the long run knowing you are making a wise financial decision in doing so.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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Permalink 01:29:52 pm, Categories: Science and Technology, Online Auctions 158 words  

High Tech Auction For Security Risks

I read the following news snippet on the BBC this morning, and must say I thought what a brilliant idea! Read on:

Security researchers who find holes in software can now sell their findings to the highest bidder.

An online auction house has been created to bring together those who find the loopholes with the companies that can do something about them.

It aims to close the gap between the small number of bugs investigated and the huge number thought to exist.

By rewarding researchers, the auction house aims to prevent flaws getting in to the hands of hi-tech criminals.

Full BBC Article Here

With this reward system so to speak in place it gives incentive for people to work on fixing these security breaches. Perhaps even some of the would be "criminals" who might consider exploiting these bugs will now see this auction as a lucrative, and legal alternative? Like I said above, brilliant idea!

Sue
XOX

Permalink 01:24:59 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Shopping Tips 83 words  

Hot Product For Male Baldness

Today I had a look at a product that has had some really good press regarding the issue of Hair Loss in men. Procerin has been noted for it's beneficial properties, and is most effective for males who still have some hair growth, although it can also be utilised by those who's hair is no longer growing, but wish to retain it. For more information on Procerin please click on the links within this entry.

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

Thank you to my sponsor!

07/05/07

Permalink 10:42:23 am, Categories: Fun & Games 139 words  

My Ice Cream Cookbook Has Arrived

It's here, it's here! This is the ice cream, and sorbets cookbook that I won through a super fun contest that was held at the Mommmy Mommy Land blog!

My thanks to Robin for this really cool prize, I appreciate it! It certainly made my week to win, and I am looking forward to trying out the recipes! Well who am I kidding here, more like pick out the yummiest recipes, and have the hubby whip them up! I'm a fairly terrible cook, and he is pretty decent at it since his grandfather was a head chef at the Royal York hotel, and even cooked for Her Majesty on occasion. Hubby learned some tricks from his grandpa, and inherited some of his skills, and is a far better chef than I. ..... :)

Much thanks again to Robin!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

07/04/07

Permalink 12:15:34 pm, Categories: Celebrities In The News, Online Auctions 255 words  

Thats Hot Trash!

You know I should create a category file for "I Can't Make This Stuff Up!" that would be a perfect way to categorise this news item.

According to The Sun Online, Paris Hilton's garbage is being sold on the net. Seriously, her rubbish right out of the trash can is being auctioned off on eBay. Yeah, I know ewwwww! You've got to wonder who buys this stuff??? Maybe it's better we don't know!

Here is a snippet:

PARIS HILTON might want to invest in some padlocks for her bins – after her RUBBISH went up for sale on auction site eBay.

Paris’s cast-offs are selling for thousands after a band of celeb magpies delved into her bins.

Raiders took off with six rubbish bags from the jailbird’s Hollywood home.

And among the old banana peels they discovered all sorts of gems including a DVD of her own film Bottoms Up and even medical prescriptions.

Some items were deemed “too personal” for auction but an old toothbrush, a used deodorant stick, a “gourmet” dog food tin and her tatty old hair extensions were among the items up for sale.

God knows what was “too personal” then.

Full Article Here

I'm grossed out, but not really too surprised. Wasn't a reportedly used piece of Britney Spears' bubblegum also auctioned off on eBay?! Double yuck, and again who wants something like that unless they are planning some bizarre DNA experiments, and again I tell ya I think we are better off not knowing.

Happy Shopping!

Sue
XOXO

Checking Out The Police

Who Are The HOTTEST band of ALL time........

Please click on this to go and view an awesome banner where you can watch The Police's videos, listen to tracks from The Police's new 2 cd hits collection, enter to win a trip to NYC to see The Police in concert and even view details about their current world tour.

The Police are HOT! I just finished surfing through the link on the banner above on this lovely Fourth of July morning, and I'm telling ya my peeps you've got to go check it out! There is a contest to enter with the grand prize being a trip to NYC to check out The Police! Man I would love to hang in New York, and listen to the sweet sounds of one of my fave acts! Lets face it The Police are who defined new wave!

If you click on the banner you can check out the track list of the hot new Police Cd released just about a month ago on June 5th. If you haven't already bought yourself a copy of this 2-disc compilation, I highly recommend it! Ohhhh and with your purchase you get a free classic Police poster!

Can you tell I'm loving giving the props to my fave band?

I'm getting a bit ahead of myself though. I want to tell you all a bit more about the Police banner. Not only is there the cool contest to hook up with, you can also check out a list of ringtones to really add that personal touch to your phone, listen to selected tracks via the Track List/Jukebox, check out videos, get their reunion tour info, and much more! Man, I'm in Police heaven!

And don't forget to pass along this info through their send to a friend link to other Police fans.

Did I forget to mention The Police are HOT! Hahaha! I have had a really fun morning. ... :)

Happy Shopping!
Sue
XOXO


07/03/07

Permalink 01:00:46 pm, Categories: Wordless Wednesday, Strange and Unique Products 106 words  

Wordless Wednesday - American Patriot Play Figures

A continental soldier, a drummer boy, & a British "Redcoat"

This set features an American continental army soldier, a revolutionary war drummer boy, & a British "Redcoat" soldier - three poseable dolls that are ready for imaginative play in the context of your own historically-inspired ArtHouse decorations! If you are interested in this product or others like it you can surf on over to Art House for purchasing information.

Happy Wordless Wednesday! Thank you for stopping by! And for my American readers, wishing you all a very happy, and safe Independence Day!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

For a list of the other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

Permalink 11:57:20 am, Categories: Travel and Tourism, Website & Blog Reviews 367 words  

Accommodations In India

Since India's embracing of free-market capitalism it's outlook as an emerging world economic powerhouse has continued to be very bright. And as a country it is a hot travel destination for both the business, and holiday traveller.

Today I will be having a look at a Inasra.com, which offers listings, and booking services of hotels in India and other types of accommodations including motel, and bed and breakfast type lodgings.

Firstly I had not heard of Inasra.com prior to today, so I was quite intrigued to see what they have to offer!

Their main page, and in fact complete website is very basic in design. A navigation bar is conveniently located on the top of each page so surfing around their various pages is actually very easy.

They have two ways of looking up accommodations. The first is a drop down search box by state/city, and dates required, this in my opinion is the easiest way to do look ups, and is on the main page. The second way is a dedicated page listing hotels in India, which would appear to take more time, and is curiously absent from their main page's navigation bar. I had to find it through a deeper link.

As a resource for accommodations in India they have the potential of becoming a leading authority online in my opinion, as they do have a highly comprehensive listing for every price range, and budget imaginable.

What I would personally like to see Inasra.com add to their website as they continue to evolve are more pages that relate to Indian tourism in general, what travellers should know, and expect from a visit to their country. Perhaps add some pages on attractions that would interest the tourist in the major destinations within the country. These are just my suggestions, but I do believe they would assist in solidifying Inasra.com reputation as the online go to for travel to India.

Over all I was genuinely impressed with the service they have to offer, including the inclusion of telephone numbers where they can be reached off business hours. I would probably book through them.

Happy Travels!

Sue
XOX

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07/02/07

Permalink 11:29:06 am, Categories: General Stuff, Hot Products and Services, Shopping Tips 177 words  

Crocs Are Sooo Comfortable

This past weekend posting has been rather light on the blog while I celebrated the long weekend with friends, and family! However, I did manage to get some shopping in, and purchased these Crocs at a country music fest. Yes, I know, I actually hate country music, so why I was there is another story, but I wanted to tell you all about the Crocs!

These have got to be the ugliest shoes I have ever laid eyes on, but they are also the most comfortable I have ever worn!!! Seriously, they really are like walking on air, with tiny bumps in the soles that massage your feet while walking! Now I get it! I get why people will toss away all good fashion taste to wear them!

They are fun too! You can purchase charms to adorn them. I have added Krusty, the Clown, Betty Boop, and some pirate skulls to personalise mine.

Definitely worth the money spent on them, and if you hunt around you can buy them at good sale prices.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 11:10:12 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Travel and Tourism 239 words  

Spain Is Hot

Spain is home to some of the world's most gorgeous castles!

I have been recently reading a book called The World's Most Mysterious Castles, which Spain figures in most prominently! It is a country that is both rich in history, and culture, and a hot destination for both vacation, and business travellers!

Travel to this hot European destination is not as expensive as one may assume either. Accommodations in Spain can be found at great bargain hunter prices if one puts a bit of research into them.

Have a look at this listing for Cheap Hotels in Barcelona that come with many extras! Barcelona is well known for it's football matches or for the art enthusiast the Picasso Museum.

If a visit to the Royal Palace is more your style, or spending nights at the hottest discos in Spain than Madrid is definitely going to be on your must see list. Accommodations in Madrid can also be found at super deals. Just click on the link for last minute deals, and super savings on over 21 days bookings.

Whether you are looking for a Cheap Hotel in Madrid or any other hot Spanish travel destination you should go have a look at Cheaper Than Hotels listings for great deals, and savings! The website is very easy to use, and they will save you some big $$$$$ on all of your accommodation needs!

Happy Travels!
Sue
XOX

Thank you to my sponsor.

06/30/07

Permalink 09:52:08 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Science and Technology 76 words  

CBS Takes A Look At The iPhone

The above video clip gives you an idea of the features available with the iPhone. This latest Apple gadget went on sale in the States yesterday. From the vid clip it does look really cool! However, at it's current price I certainly won't be running out to purchase one anytime soon.

How about you? Do you plan to be the first kid on the block with an iPhone?

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

06/29/07

Permalink 12:14:21 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Travel and Tourism 221 words  

City of Roses - Portland Oregon

I am a dark tourist, meaning that when I travel to different destinations I tend to seek out the more darker, and sordid bits of history behind any given locale. I know, some people like beaches, and soaking up the sun with a good book, but I'm more up for historic sites, museums, and the more macabre the better! And on this account the "City Of Roses" does not disappoint!

If I were planning a trip to Portland Oregon I would definitely have to check out McLoughlin House, (historic site, and rumoured to be haunted) Pittock Mansion, (the grandest mansion in Portland, and very historically significant) and of course (should go without saying) the Oregon Historical Society Museum. To me these three sites alone would be worth the trip to Portland, and truly make my vacation experience awesome while there!

Naturally not everyone is a "dark" tourist or history buff, and in that case you might just want to check out the online Portland Travel Guides offered by SideStep.com, which lists some really cool places to visit. Something for everyone's tastes!

The site is really easy to use, and useful. They also include information on Hotels in Portland that are suitable for all budgets. Just click on the link to bring up a listing of accommodations.

Happy Travels!

Sue
XOX

Happy Birthday Pay Per Post

I just want to take this opportunity to wish Pay Per Post a very Happy One Year Birthday! And what a year it has been for them! You can read all about it on the Pay Per Post blog.

I want to wish them continuing success, and let them know that I really have had a lot of fun being a postie with them over the last several months. You guys RAWK!!!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Never Get Lost Again!

Ok I just finished checking out this site PublicRoutes.com, and I could not wait to blog a bit about it because it's just too cool!

This website, which is totally free to use provides information on, and directions for any destination within the United States, and the United Kingdom. What makes it really handy is you can receive directions for any mode of transport including the one I use most often which is public transit.

I checked it out using New York city as just an example. Not only do you get directions by entering in your place of origin, and your destination, but you get a map of New York as well. How cool is that!

You can also grab info on the weather, car rentals, hotels, flights, and more!

I can see this site as being very handy for planning out visits to tourist attractions, or new friends, business trips, shopping, or just working out the best route to get to work in the morning. Definitely one to bookmark for future, and continued use!

Happy Travels!

Sue
XOX

Thank you to my sponsor!

Permalink 11:02:58 am, Categories: Health and Nutrition 226 words  

New Diet Pill On War Against Obesity

I'm really not certain what to think about this new "diet" pill that has been unveiled by Italian researchers. On the one hand it sounds like a really good idea, granted it's a bit disturbing that it was discovered by accident on the quest for a superior diaper. On the other I can see how it could be very easy, and open to abuse. Here is a snippet from a BBC article:

Italian scientists have developed a pill that expands in the stomach to make dieters feel full.

They liken the effect to eating a bowl of spaghetti and say the pill can stop hunger for a few hours.

It is made from a hydrogel, which the team developed when trying to make more absorbent nappy linings, and may help in the battle against obesity.

So far it has been tested on 20 people but experts warned bigger trials would be needed to test safety.

Professor Luigi Ambrosio, lead researcher on the study at Italy's National Research Council, realised when they developed the hydrogel it may have a similar effect to gastric banding - a surgical procedure that reduces the size of the stomach.

Full BBC Article Here

As stated above my views are mixed on this new pill, but if it eliminates the need for invasive surgery, I do think that is a positive.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 09:56:55 am, Categories: Website & Blog Reviews 179 words  

Future Steel Buildings Blog - A Review

Today I had the opportunity to surf around the Future Steel Buildings Blog, and I thought I'd tell you a little bit about it.

Future Steel is a company based out of Markham, Ontario, Canada, and they have been in business for over 25 years. They manufacture buildings such as this one pictured below:

When I first surfed on over to the Future Steel Buildings BlogI expected to find the usual rather dull corporate type of blog, that has no real content beyond their own products, and services to engage readers. However, this was not the case at all. Yes, they do naturally talk about their products (they are a business after all) via sections like Future Steel Stories, but they also include crazy news items, and other interesting tid bits, that make the blog fun to read, and a reason to keep surfing back.

Overall the blog is designed neatly, is user friendly, and again contains enough content of interest to garner a regular readership because it is updated very regularly.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor!

06/28/07

Permalink 05:27:36 pm, Categories: Celebrities In The News 158 words  

Spice Girls Reunite

Yep, that is right, earlier today the Spice Girls announced a reunion tour. I wonder how long it will take for stores to become stocked with Spice Girls merchandise. I was never a fan of these "girls" particularly Victoria "I married a soccer superstar" Spice. And I'm not alone, she gave Paris Hilton a good run for her money in my Most Annoying Celebrity Poll. Here is a snippet on their reunion tour:

The Spice Girls have confirmed they will reform for a world tour to take place in December and January.

The full line-up has not performed on stage since Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell quit in May 1998.

The 11 dates announced include a London show on 15 December, eight days after the tour begins in Los Angeles.

"I think for us it was about celebrating the past, enjoying each other and it's about our fans. It was the right time," said Halliwell.

Full BBC Article Here

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 02:49:12 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Travel and Tourism 171 words  

Travelling To Melbourne Australia

Melbourne Australia is a hot travel destination for both the business, and holiday traveller, and it is not hard to see why. Melbourne boasts many attractions, and stuff to see, and do while visiting.

Once you've got your Melbourne accommodation you can concentrate on planning a super hot vacation taking in the shopping, fine dining, and night life that this Aussie city is famed for.

Now if you want to save some extra cash while finding the right Accommodation in Melbourne for your own needs, and desires (and who wouldn't?) then you should check out this hot listing of Cheap Melbourne Hotels to maximise your savings on accommodations while still getting the best bang for your travel buck in places to stay.

You can then use that extra money saved on fun stuff like the attractions I mentioned, maybe take a day trip out on the beautiful Great Ocean Road, or visit some of the nearby beaches along the Mornington Peninsula. Sigh .....

Happy Travels!

Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor!

Permalink 02:24:23 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Shopping Tips 150 words  

Payless Rocks!!!!

I LOVE shopping for shoes at Payless, especially when they have their BOGO (buy one get one) sales going on.

Today I purchased some new running shoes for the kid, and while she was in the store trying them on I found the cutest pair of Lower East Side, brown suede with faux fur, slip ons. They were regularly $44.99, but since the line was discontinued Payless had them marked down to $5.00 bux, and they were in a box at the far back of the store.

I tried them on, and my feet melted in them. They are sooo comfy. I purchased them, and with the BOGO sale paid $2.50 for them. How cool is that!!!!

I could easily resell them on eBay new in the box for 10 times what I paid, but n'yeah they are just too comfy, and will look hot with jeans in the Fall.

Happy Shopping!

Sue
XOXO

Permalink 12:19:07 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Shopping Tips, Home Decorating 201 words  

Bargain Shopping For Home Lighting

One of my own personal home decorating quirks is lighting. I think this probably in some way has to do with the fact I'm a migraine sufferer, and the lighting of a room does greatly affect me at times. I hate any sort of harsh lights.

And naturally, my quirkiness also has to do with aesthetics. I feel that lighting décor is a definite important consideration in regards to accenting the rest of the room, (shining the light on it if you will) and can really help to set the mood or tone of any room.

Since everyone has their own unique tastes I thought I would give you this shopping tip on an online shop, and resource for your home lighting needs. Farreys.com has a huge selection to choose from, and their prices are definitely bargain hunter worthy!

Have a look at these fine art lamps, they are beautiful, and hand crafted! They are also competitively priced.

If you are looking for something more specific like hinkley light fixtures you can utilise the website's search functions, which are easy to use to find exactly what you are looking for.

Happy Shopping!

Sue
XOX

My thanks to my sponsor!

06/27/07

Wordless Wednesday - Rhinestone Clown Brooch

"It's all the scariness of a clown, and all the tackiness of rhinestones, combined into one fantastic brooch."

I found this unique bit of bling bling at Disturbing Auctions.com. Sorry to all of you clown loving jewellery wearers, but this online auction seems to be long over. The site itself is fun though, and truly proves that one person's trash is another's treasure! In some cases though we must agree, trash is well just trash.

Happy Wordless Wednesday! Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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Permalink 09:21:51 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Educational, Financial Products 128 words  

Learn OEX Options Trading From The Experts

Would you like to learn more about effective options trading strategies from those with the expertise? If so, do read on, and I will give you a hot tip.

I visited the OEX Options website this morning, and here is a bit about what I found out. Not only will they provide you with solid online stock option trading information, but they will teach you how to utilise that information so you can trade successfully. Basically what they are offering is to become your mentor.

If you click on the link provided to you in this entry you can check out samples of the types of information being offered, and decide to sign-up for a subscription if you'd like.

Happy Trading!

Sue
XOX

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06/25/07

Permalink 09:05:06 pm, Categories: Health and Nutrition 187 words  

Summer Colds Suck

Summer colds suck! And the kid is coming down with one, and trust me there is nothing more miserable than a pre-teen girl with a head cold in 35+ Celsius heat, and humidity. Ugh!

Granted there is some help to ward off a cold, but you've got to catch it at the first signs, and symptoms. The BBC is reporting that taking the herbal remedy echinacea can more than halve the risk of catching a common cold, and lessen it's severity. Read on:

US researchers found it decreased the odds of developing a cold by 58% and the duration of colds by a day-and-a-half.

The results in The Lancet Infectious Diseases conflict with other studies that show no beneficial effect.

Experts believe echinacea, a collection of nine related plant species indigenous to North America, may work by boosting the body's immune system.

Full BBC Article Here

I have found that it does work, but again you've got to start taking it asap after the first signs or it won't work. At least that is what I've found. Now I'm off to pass the kid a tissue ...

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 08:06:44 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Shopping Tips 133 words  

Shopping Tip - Medical Uniforms & Scrubs

I just finished reviewing a site that those of you who are in need of professional medical uniforms or even more light-hearted scrubs are definitely going to want to check out!

If you are looking for some great bargains on medical apparel like lab coats or scrubs, then you should check out Uniform Country.com. They have a wide selection of items for both the gents, and the ladies at bargain hunter prices. They also offer the convenience of shopping for your uniforms online saving much time, and hassle.

I surfed through their site, and it is very easy to use, plus they offer secured purchasing. Also of note they provide free shipping on orders over $85.00.

For further info click on the link above.

Happy Shopping!

Sue
XOX

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Permalink 06:13:15 pm, Categories: Science and Technology, Shopping Tips 287 words  

It's a scorcher!

It's a scorcher in Southern Ontario right now, and I know that a lot of people are running out, and purchasing air conditioning units, and extra fans. I'm no exception, and I recently picked up a CENTRIOS tower fan with ionizer.

I'm not going to blog about the product, although the fan works great, and I have no complaints with it.

No, I'm just a little pissed with the hustler at The Source - Circuit City that sold it to me. You see they've got it on for a really good price, and when I looked it up on the web I was happy to note the store closest to me had a few in stock. Not wanting to wait for delivery I went on over to the store.

Not seeing these fans on display I asked the salesman about them. At first he acted like he never heard of them before, and tried to up sell me on another type that was double the price, with less features. Then when forced to check out the company's website so that I could show him exactly what I wanted, and that it was listed as in-stock, he then proceeded to surf over to the page of the one he had already tried to sell me on. UGH!

Finally I got him to check the correct page, and he then went into the basement, and surprise (!) you guessed it, he brought out the exact item I was looking for.

With much gnashing of teeth, and grumbling I paid for my purchase, and left with my fan.

Combined with the excessive heat - this experience did not leave me a happy shopper with fond thoughts of ever going back.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX


Permalink 05:34:11 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Shopping Tips, Home Decorating 96 words  

Hot Home Lighting

Shhhhh....don't tell the hubby, he thinks we are finished with the home decorating projects until the Fall! I found these really hot George Kovacs lights while reviewing the ShopPremeir.com website this afternoon, and I think they would look just stunning in our home!

Pendant fixtures are hot! Have a look at this beautiful George Kovacs pendant light. Beautiful, and will set the tone of any room.

I love this look, and think I just might be getting a couple of more summer projects on the go .... ;)

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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Permalink 02:43:30 pm, Categories: Weird News 197 words  

Judge Loses Lawsuit Against Dry Cleaners

Remember that weird lawsuit I blogged about a couple of months ago in the entry "Talk About Being Taken To The Cleaners." The gist of the story was how a US judge was suing a couple for $54 million over the loss of his fave pants (yes I said pants!). Well here is an update:

A US judge has lost a $54m (£27m) claim against a South Korean dry-cleaning firm which lost a pair of his trousers.

Roy Pearson, a judge of administrative law, claimed that Custom Cleaners had violated the Consumer Protection Act.

By refusing to pay him $1,000 (£500) after losing his trousers, they failed to honour a pledge to provide "Satisfaction Guaranteed", he argued.

But a Washington judge dismissed the case, which drew international attention, awarding the cleaners costs.

Legal groups have said the case, which has dragged on for two years and involved thousands of hours of legal investigative work, has damaged the image of the US judicial system.

Full BBC Article Here

The USA is already known for frivolous lawsuits, but this literally took the cake. Thank goodness saner heads prevailed. I really felt terrible for the business owners. What a nightmare!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 02:24:44 pm, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Hot People, Shopping Tips 152 words  

It's All About The Hair

Today I am going to give you the scoop on where you can purchase the hottest looks in celebrity wigs at highly competitive prices.

I had a look at the My Wigs And Weaves website earlier this afternoon, and was very impressed at what they are offering! If you want the hottest styles in lace front remi hair wigs then they are your go to company. These are high quality products made of actual human hair, and their hairpieces, and extensions can be dyed to match your own hair colouring.

My Wigs And Weaves offer 100% plus satisfaction guarantee, their products are exactly as pictured on their website. What you see is what you are going to get. They also offer next day shipping on their in-stock merchandise.

For further information, please do visit their site via the links I've provided in this entry.

Happy Shopping!

Sue
XOX

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Permalink 11:00:45 am, Categories: Science and Technology 138 words  

Is It Me Or Has Spam Gotten Weirder?

This past weekend a lot of spam got through my otherwise really good spam filters. One continuous barrage of email had the header: You've received a postcard from a family member! It has a link that ends with duhymn.hk. Of course I did not click on it, but I did a search, and that domain does not appear to exist. Perhaps it's a virus?

The weirdest of all had to be this one though, which is for some sort of cheap meds. It starts off with this line:

"I am ready to kill myself and eat my dog, if medicine prices here (link deleted) are bad.

Look, the site and call me 1-800 if its wrong..

My dog and I are still alive :) "

How bizarre is that! And no, I NEVER click on this stuff!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

06/23/07

Permalink 03:05:20 pm, Categories: Fun & Games 87 words  

Doing The Happy Dance!

I Won! I Won!

A Big Thank You goes out to Robin, and her Mommy Mommy Land blog for holding a fun contest last week, in which I participated, and won!

The prize is an ice cream, and sorbet cookbook, and I'll definitely be trying out some of the recipes on the kiddos. While I normally tend to avoid the kitchen at all costs, much to the relief of my family, the idea of making your own ice cream sounds like too much fun!

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

06/22/07

Permalink 10:45:07 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services, Travel and Tourism, Shopping Tips 121 words  

Vacationing In Sydney Australia

It has always been a dream of mine to travel to Sydney Australia. However, living on the other side of the planet makes travel plans a little more tricky, and therefore in definite need of more consideration.

That is why it is important to consult those with expertise like CheaperThanHotels.com, which provides you with a terrific listing of accommodations including Cheap Hotels in Sydney for those planning their dream vacations whilst still maintaining an affordable budget.

No matter what your monetary considerations CheaperThanHotels.com can assist you in booking hotels, motels, apartments, or guest houses at the most desired locations like Darling Harbour, The Rocks, and the City of Sydney itself.

Happy Travels!

Sue
XOX

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06/21/07

Permalink 12:12:29 pm, Categories: Shopping Tips, Strange and Unique Products 111 words  

Shopping In Delhi's Old Quarter

The above image was featured in the BBC earlier today. It depicts a shop in Delhi's Old Quarter. In the forefront of the photo is an antique gramophone. I adore small shops such as this one, and open air markets where prices are always up for negotiation, and the shopping experience is not soul-sapping as I so often feel when I am at a Wal-Mart or Ikea type of big box store. Oh do not get me wrong, I do shop on occasion at both of the those stores, but I really do not enjoy it, I mostly go for the savings on everyday items.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Image Credit: BBC

Permalink 11:33:29 am, Categories: Shopping Tips 205 words  

I Want Candy!

Ok. so who doesn't want candy!? Today, I had the pleasure of reviewing the Candy Under Cover.com online shop that features such yummy confections as personalized candy bars, and decorated cookies that are suitable for use as favours for all sorts of different events whether private or corporate.

No matter what type of occasion you are planning Candy Under Cover.com can help you out in making the event more memorable with fun, and unique give-away gifts.

If you are planning a wedding in the upcoming future you might want to have a look at their personalized mint tins of which the monogrammed style is my own personal fave. I think it looks elegant, and will definitely lend a touch of class to the affair.

There are actually several to choose from, and you can match one to your own personal tastes.

Candy Under Cover.com offers shoppers a safe, and secure way to make their purchases online. Business owner Cheryl Salto started her company back in 1998, and they are well established with a good reputation.

Once again, it was a pleasure to review this site, and I would personally be confident in purchasing through them.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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Permalink 11:03:46 am, Categories: Fun & Games 67 words  

Panda Crawling Competition

I saw the above image while surfing around the web this morning, and wanted to share it with you. It's just way too cute! The babies disguised as pandas took part in a crawling competition. The race was hosted by a Hong Kong area shopping mall. Unfortunately I have no idea what if any prizes went out to the contest's winner.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Image Credit: BBC

Back It Up

IDrive-E provides computer users with secure, reliable, and fast online backup that is suitable for small businesses as well as home use.

From a small business standpoint IDrive-E Pro offers the ability to set-up, and manage multiple accounts, and all data is encrypted offering the maximum in security. The PRO version offers unlimited storage space at just $4.95 per month or you can set up a yearly plan with them at $49.50, which offers additional savings over the monthly plan.

For those that don't require as much storage capability you can take advantage of the IDrive-E Basic plan that will give you up to 2GB of space for free.

And no need to worry about forgetting to do your back-ups, IDrive-E has them scheduled to run automatically!

I have had the ability to compare a few of the online backup services being offered, and I can say that I am impressed with IDrive-E.

Their company motto is:

"Our mission is to save the world, one computer at a time."

And I feel it is apt as their services do just that. There is nothing worse than losing vital data!

The IDrive-E website is set-up to be easy to use. You can compare both plans, and decide which one is best suited for you. They also have a demo, and FAQ to read through.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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Permalink 09:14:16 am, Categories: Sales and Marketing 84 words  

Vintage Dairy Queen Commercial

"Live a little at Dairy Queen" is the slogan for this vintage commercial circa the 1960's. It's a far cry from today's current ad campaign, which features a couple (a male waffle, and a female scoop of ice cream) spraying themselves with whipped cream. This one is fun though with it's cartoon images, and teens of the era hanging out with their malts, and shakes. Kind of makes one nostalgic for what seemed like a gentler time.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

06/20/07

Permalink 02:18:56 pm, Categories: Shopping Tips, Strange and Unique Products 180 words  

Hot Costumes At Bargain Prices

Dressing up in fantasy costumes is too much FUN whether you are a wee one like the cutie Yoda baby above or much, much older. Today I'm going to give you a hot tip on an online costume shop, that has an enormous selection to choose from at highly competitive prices.

The Halloween-Store.com carries a wide range of fun costumes from child to adult sizes, they also supply costume accessories, and spooky Halloween decorations to really get your party, and yard into the spirit of things!

Their website is well laid out, and easy to search through for the perfect costume for your own event or Halloween party. They also include a handy size chart so that you can make certain you order the right fit every time.

Halloween-Store.com offers secure online purchasing through their shopping cart, and also provides order tracking through their site.

I had a lot of fun just surfing through their pages today. Go check them out for all your costume needs. They do ship internationally.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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Permalink 01:20:37 pm, Categories: Weird News, Shopping Tips 105 words  

Toothpaste Containing Anti-Freeze

Scary thought eh! According to recent news items, shoppers in both the United States, and Canada have purchased toothpaste that contains anti-freeze. The toothpaste looks like name brand products such as Colgate, but in fact is counterfeit.

I believe these tainted toothpaste tubes were purchased at bargain discount shops, and dollar stores. Personally when it comes to things that I ingest or put on my skin like soaps I will only shop at large chain stores. Either way it is always a good idea to carefully examine any product before you purchase it.

Happy & Safe Shopping!

Sue
XOX

Further Reading: Tainted toothpaste spurs caution

Some Buzz On AgentOrganizer - Real Estate Software

I had the opportunity to check out AgentOrganizer, and get the scoop on this hot Real Estate Software package. It is offered exclusively through ReSupplyOnline.com, and the latest 2.8 version is now available.

This software has many cool features that can help an agent get organised, and make that sale! These include creating, and maintaining contact lists, scheduling, finances, and other related tasks management. You can also use this software to produce flyers, and even complete mail merges. Very handy!

You can download a complete version of AgentOrganizer for a 15 day trial basis, and see if it works for your needs by clicking on the link provided within this entry.

My sister-in-law is a real-estate agent, and I will be recommending she tries it out if she is not already using it.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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Permalink 11:33:13 am, Categories: Free Stuff - Always Good, Fun & Games 81 words  

Who Doesn't LOVE Ice Cream??????

Just wanted to give you a heads up on a fun contest being held by the Mommy Mommy Land blog! All you have to do is leave a comment stating which is your favourite flavour of ice cream to win a fabulous Ice Cream and Sorbet Cookbook!

You've got to act fast though. I just found this blog this very morning, and the contest closes today. So what are you waiting for???? Go click on the link NOW!!!!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

Permalink 11:21:53 am, Categories: Hot Products and Services 142 words  

Stash Your Cash

Good morning my peeps! Today I'm blogging a bit about the importance of saving money, and how you can benefit from using high rate savings and CD accounts.

Saving money is a good thing! We all know that it is, but if you are not stashing your savings into a high rate savings account, and putting it to work for you then you might as well be stashing your cash under your mattress, and that's just silly!

A great online resource for high rate savings and CD accounts is eMoneyCentral.com, and you cant check them out by clicking on the link. They will give you the scoop on different high yield accounts to compare from. You can then make an informed decision on which high interest account is best suited to you. Cool!

Cheers!

Sue
XOX

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06/19/07

Permalink 03:55:09 pm, Categories: Real Estate, Wordless Wednesday, Strange and Unique Products 83 words  

Wordless Wednesday - Extraterrestrial Real Estate

Hubble's view of Mars in 2003. Image credit: Hubble

You too can be the proud owner of a property on Mars! The next novel gift that's a must for your shopping list! Welcome to the Mars Shop!

Hmmm was it P.T. Barnum that said there is a sucker born every minute? He was right you know ... ;) Happy commercialism in Space!

Happy Wordless Wednesday! Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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06/18/07

Permalink 02:53:34 pm, Categories: Website & Blog Reviews 614 words  

A Review - The Blog Revolution

I have been mentioning how I miss the old Blog Explosion "Rent My Blog" campaigns in recent entries because they afforded me an opportunity to visit other bloggers that I may not have come across otherwise, and the ability to offer up a review, and promote other bloggers right here as well.

Today I'm going to do just that, give you my thoughts and opinions on differing aspects of The Blog Revolution.

I'm going to start off by being right up front with you, this review is being sponsored, but it was requested to be an honest, and neutral review of the blog owner's site. The opinions expressed here are solely my own.

The Blog Revolution is well established, with a lot of content in varying subjects to choose reading material from. This was the first thing I noticed. I noted it first, because good content is important to me, in fact I judge content above anything else as to whether or not I'll be spending 30 seconds or half a day on any given site.

The blog author is a student that goes by the username Trumania. There is a fairly lengthy "About Me" entry, which I read through first, and appreciated because it gave me a sense of who the writer actually is, and where in life they are coming from.

At this point I would like to make mention of this particular entry that caught my eye: Blogging v. Journalism It covers two hot button topics of my own, the quality of journalism as opposed to blogging, and Pay Per Post. We are both posties.

In regards to the first I genuinely wanted to reach out and hug the author for this:

"Many bloggers throw out facts and figures and yet they don’t cite any sources. If I see an article which has no sources I consider the information tainted. Now, that’s not to say the entire article is trash, but instead I see it as something I would need to research myself to make sure the blogger has the right facts and is basing his or her opinions on the right facts."

Not only do I wholeheartedly agree, but just today blogged on my family journal in regards to the lack of sources or resources that are just not cited on so many articles I come across on a daily basis. It's a pet peeve of mine.

As for the Pay Per Post part, Trumania covers the recent Forbes article controversy in regards to this online advertising company that we are members of. Definitely worth the read if you are interested in the subject.

I have read a couple of more entries on the site, and they are well written in my opinion, and demonstrate the thought put into each subject by the author.

Now for the design part. I leave this to last because again, if a site isn't causing my browser to crash, and is fairly easy to negotiate then the design of it is the least of my concern.

The template chosen for The Blog Revolution is a fairly common one. It's a good one, but I have seen it in use many times. I would like to take this opportunity to suggest to Trumania (Mike) to consider maybe switching templates to something more original, maybe add a unique logo as well. I think this would work towards getting the site some added attention by setting it apart from others using the same one.

Overall it was my pleasure to visit this site, and I wish Trumania continued success with it! Definitely worth going over, and checking out some of the other entries.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX



Permalink 12:24:22 pm, Categories: Juicy News From The World Of Business, Travel and Tourism 222 words  

Airbus A380 Sales Are Hot

Last month I blogged a bit about the new super jumbo A380 vs the 747. It spa