Amazon Black Friday Deals

At Amazon, Black Friday deals run for a week, not just a day so if you are shopping early for  Christmas or just want to grab a bargain, check out this link Black Friday Deals

Amazon Black Friday deals

There are some real bargains this week and on this page, you’ll be able to see what is coming up in the next few days – video games for the kids? 30% off or more

 
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Whatever you might be after, now is a great time to check out Amazon deals. They have a daily deal as well, once Black Friday has past – here’s the link for those: Today’s Deals

Keeping in Touch at Xmas

Nearly Christmas time again and the end of another year – it's amazing how fast the time goes by.

Christmas is a time for family and friends, for catching up with those you haven't seen for a while and for telling others you appreciate them and how much they mean to you. What better way than to send them a greeting whether as a phone call, a letter, a card in the post or an e-card or perhaps a personal video greeting. 

 

Do not be daunted by some of these ideas as they can be fun to make and your sentiments are appreciated by the receiver. Let's start by examining the options: 

If you want to make your own greeting cards, or just want some festive icons to add to emails or web pages, you can get these great Xmas icons free from Mighty Deals – just click on their "Free Stuff" tab. They come in 3 sizes, 64 x 64, 128 x 128 &  256 x 256 so come in very handy for a variety of projects. Mighty Deals also have Xmas stickers free just now – they are on currently on page 2 of the Free Stuff. There's heaps of other graphics in the free stuff as well, so check them out.  

 

Xmas Icons For e-cards with a unique touch, you can't go past Ojolie.com  –  I first heard about Frederikke's cards way back in 2008 (see my earlier blog post for more information) and have renewed my very low priced membership ever since ($12 for one year and $18 for 2 years). I've lost count of how many cards there are available, but there's a wide selection for all sorts of occasions and the great thing is that the membership area keeps track of that cards you have previously sent to the people on your email list there. They have a nice selection of free cards as well for you to try for yourself. Many of my friends have commented on the delightful cards I've sent them, so check them out at Ojolie.com or on facebook.

 

If you'd like a video to share this Christmas, try Animoto – they make it easy to use your own photos, text & even videos to produce a professional looking video message.  You can make a free one of 30 seconds or less with some limitations on the number of your own photos you upload but the cost is reasonable if you want to a bigger project. The free one below was made in about 4 minutes just as a demo.

The compliments of the season to you all. Trish

Make your own photo slideshow at Animoto.

Beating the Christmas Blues

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It's Christmas once again, and all around there's lights, food, song and cheer. Yet somehow the hustle and bustle only makes you more depressed and lonely. Do not fear; you are not alone! The holiday blues isn't uncommon, and there are lots of ways you can beat them and have more than a merry Christmas.

1. Know why you are sad.

Is it because of work, family, or the weather? Many people often find themselves feeling low for no apparent reason, but believe it or not, there is always a reason – you only need to find out what it is. Take time to reflect; stay in a quiet corner and allow yourself to think about what's really bothering you. Make a list of everything that's been troubling you for the past few days, the past year, or even your whole life. Understanding the "little details" can actually help to make you see things in perspective, and give you an idea how serious your melancholy is.


2. Accept, forgive, move on.

They say it's never easy to forgive (and forget), but the one reason it's so difficult to do is because we haven't first learned to accept that the thing happened at all. Whatever is making you unhappy is done and cannot be undone, and the only thing you can do now is to move on. However, before you can get to that stage, you must try and forgive yourself – for being weak and getting hurt; for letting another person make a fool of you; for not being able to stop something on time, when you felt you could.

Once you've learned to forgive yourself, it is only then that you can learn to forgive whoever or whatever has caused the pain. By this time, it will be easier to move on.

3. Practice empathy.

Now that you know the reason behind your blues and what to do about it, practice spreading cheer to others whom you think are in the same situation as you. Visit an orphanage; do a good deed for a total stranger; share a listening ear with a hapless neighbor. Or spare some time with the people close to you – send Christmas cards and letters to friends, or save one night where you can watch a Christmas movie with the family.

Christmas should be a happy time for everyone, so even with the blues you can still enjoy the season. All it takes is a little love and patience – especially on yourself.

Best wishes to you all for happy time with families
Trish

Queensland Floods, Jan2011

Flooding in Brisbane & surrounding areas (Queensland, Australia)

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My city is in the midst of the worst flood since 1974. The death toll has reached 14, mostly from the torrent that originated in Toowoomba & swept through the Lockyer valley, upstream from Ipswich & Brisbane, so although we have very serious flooding in the city, we had plenty of warning so little loss of life or serious injury. However, the amount of warning is no compensation for the approx 20,000 people in 30 suburbs whose homes have been inundated with smelly brown, water.

I’m lucky to be in a higher area. My place is 100 yards off  a major road which is flooded down the end about 1km from me. The store I buy my elctronic goods from just down there had water nearly to the roof & it is on a high bit. When I saw that shown in an aerial view from the TV chopper this morning, it really threw me as I didn’t think the water would reach there at all.

floods4They’re asking people not to go sightseeing, so it’s a strange feeling, on the one hand watching the grim scenes on TV but on the other, from where I live and the places I have to go for work, life is seemingly normal.  However, for the thousands and thousands of people with water through their homes or businesses, it certainly is a major disaster. And it’s not just here, NSW and Victoria still have the rain and the water that fell to the west of the ranges.

Especially hard hit are some of the smaller towns in the north and the west who have already had big floods since Christmas, have just cleaned up and now have to start all over again.

The cost of the cleanup for flooding on this scale is massive and many of the victims will suffer severe financial hardship. Any donations you are able to make would be received gratefully. Here is the link to the QLD Govt flood relief appeal www.qld.gov.au. Donations can be made online, by phone, in person, internet banking or mail. Our hearts go out to all who are suffering.

Free Xmas Downloads for Readers

Merry Christmas to all my Readers

To join in with the spirit of Christmas I want to share these titles with you and hope there will be something there you’ll find useful.

In the general category there are the following subjects:

  • 10 Surefire Ways To Cut Down On Your Grocery Bill
  • How To Generate Quick Cash In An Emergency
  • Calling Wine Lovers Everywhere!
  • Circulation Problems in the Lower Body
  • 4 Steps to Permanent Weight Loss
  • Perfect handbook for imperfect dog owners
  • Pet Medical Recorder

For Internet Marketing Newbies:

  • 21 Income Streams- Multiple Ways to Make Money Online
  • Blogging On Steroids
  • Super Affiliate Report
  • Copywriting Automator
  • Cool Easy Link Cloaker
  • Free Traffic Secrets
  • How To Make A Million Dollars With Joint Ventures

To claim any or all of them, please complete the form below with your first name and a valid email address.

You will be sent an email containing a confirmation link. Click on that and you will then receive another email with the link to the download page.

Name:
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Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year

Trish

Can Water Really Power a Car!? Is it Safe!?

With the holiday season approaching, many of us will be travelling extra miles in the next month or so bringing an increase in costs to a family budget already stretched by extra Christmas purchases. This is a perfect time to look for ways to save so this feature about running the family car on water really caught my eye.

It is claimed that yes, water really can replace gas to power a car! Many people have done it and are doing it now. They claim that the process is completely reversible and will not affect your auto dealer’s warranty.

The process is very safe because combustible gas is extracted as needed and steadily burned from water so there is no necessity for dangerous high pressure tanks, unlike large volumes of pure hydrogen which are highly flammable

If you are as intrigued as I am, click on the link below for more information.

Click Here to Learn More about How To Power Your Car With Water!

Leapfrog® Educational Toys for Christmas

To buyers of children’s Xmas gifts

Christmas is just around the corner again and you are faced with the task of buying gifts for the children in your life. The same old question arises:

What will I get the kids for Christmas this year?

All parents like to:

  • get the best value for their money
  • get something that will last
  • that your children will have fun using and most of all
  • something to help with their learning

I have a great suggestion for you. Kids love to learn. Buy them educational toys from the Leapfrog® Learning System range – there is something for every age group.

  • 6 months to 3 years – Learn and Groove® Musical table
  • 3 to 6 years – ClickstartTM My Computer
  • 4 to 8 or 10 years – Leapster® Learning Game System and the new Leapster® 2 Learning System
  • 4 to 8 years – TagTM Reading System
  • 6 to 10 years – Didj Custom Learning Gaming System
  • 8 to 14 years – Crammer Study and Sound System
  • 8 years and up – Fly Fusion Pentop Computer

You’ll find all these at  leapfroglearningsystem.com

This is just a sample of all the products in the Leapfrog range. If you’re looking for a special good quality gift that will bring both fun and learning to a child in your life, consider something in the Leapfrog range.

Happy buying
Trish

For e-Cards with a difference try Ojolie.com

If you are looking for some high-quality, imaginatively clever eCards, take a look at ojolie.com. Their moving works of art capture the sentimentality and creativity so often missing from the free eCards that abound on the net. Although they don’t have as wide a range of cards as the free sites do, the quality more than makes up for that.

Ojolie is pronounced as O-Jolee. The name “Jolie”, as in Angelina Jolie, means cheerful and pretty in English and beautiful in French. The site is run by Frederikke Tu, the Artist and her husband Timothy Tu, the IT guy. Their e-cards are artistic and moving with very tasteful music. Frederikke says “the inspiration for my animated e-cards is largely drawn from my passion for wildlife and the abundant beauty of nature”.

Of the cards I have viewed so far, my favourite is called “Love Dance” which is based on the graceful dance of the Japanese Red Crowned Cranes. It is a great choice for weddings, valentines, anniversaries or simply to say “I love you”. If I had to pick a second best, it would probably be ” Paper Snowflake” from the Christmas/Winter collection, but there are so many excellent cards that choosing any kind of “best” is not an easy task.

This is a membership site but very affordable at US$10 for a year’s worth of access to high quality cards. Alternatively, you can save with a two year subscription for US$15. With Christmas approaching, you might consider giving a membership to Ojolie.com as a gift with a difference – one that is sure to be appreciated all year long.

eCards are easier and cheaper than buying cards at the store and they help the environment by reducing paper waste, but the real reason to go to Ojolie.com is because their cards are different from the usual run of the mill freebies and certainly well worth taking a look.

To give you an extra incentive to visit, Timothy has very kindly offered one year’s free membership to the first five subscribers to this blog who sign up for membership using a special promotion code.

Just go to http://www.ojolie.com click on membership, join now and enter the coupon code 2008FINDLAY (it is case sensitive) at the top, complete your details and if you are one of the lucky first five to claim the bonus membership, the total will come to zero.

Happy eCard viewing!

Using E-Cards Safely

If you send or receive e-cards (electronic greeting cards), you may not think too much about whether they are safe for your computer or not. They are free and fast, making them a popular and convenient alternative to traditional greeting cards.

To send an e-card, you simply go to an e-card site, choose a card from a number of different categories, and then send it off to your recipient with a personalized greeting. Some of the more well-known companies are Hallmark, 123Greetings, American Greetings or Blue Mountain, but it’s worth doing a search as you’ll find many great e-card sites specialising in topics such as sports and nature & also charity e-cards.

Receiving an e-card is fun too. Often, these cards come equipped with short video or music clips. Millions of people receive e-cards for special days like Christmas, Easter and personal birthdays every year.

E-cards are created the same way Web sites are; they’re built on the Internet just like this page. So when you send someone an e-card, you’re actually giving them a link to click, which takes them to the online greeting card you created for them.

Not all e-cards are harmless cards, though; some may contain viruses, spyware, adware, phishing attacks or spam. At best, this is annoying and can involve pop-ups, lots of unwanted junk mail, or other minor disturbances. At worst, these viruses can crash your system or hack into your email contacts.

There are a number of ways you can protect your computer from unwanted surprises that come in the form of e-cards. The following are some tips for online safety for e-cards.

Know what to look for:

The best way to be safe from online viruses is to keep your eyes out for anything suspicious. A good indication an e-card is not legitimate includes:

  • There are misspelled words or names. The inclusion of non-letter characters such as * @ # $ % , if your name is misspelled, words are spelled with letters in the wrong order such as “Best Wsihes” or are misspelled in other ways, there is a possibility that it is spam or a virus.
  • Make sure you recognize the sender’s name before clicking on any links. The sender should always be recognizable, either in the subject line or the e-mail itself. People don’t normally send e-cards to strangers, so you should probably avoid opening e-cards from anyone you don’t know.
  • The e-card has an attachment. Most e-card companies that are legitimate don’t put their e-cards as attachments. Rather, they have a link you follow to the company’s website that takes you directly to the card. By downloading attachments, you can unknowingly be downloading a virus or other type of unwanted intrusion onto your computer.
  • Be cautious. If you have any suspicion that the e-Card you have received is fraudulent do not open, and do not click on any links within the e-mail if you do. Legitimate e-mails will always give you the option to pick up the e-Card by typing in the address of the Web site, rather than clicking on the link.
  • Preview a link’s Web address before you click it. If the link doesn’t show an address, move your mouse pointer over a link without clicking it to see where the link goes. (The address should appear on the bottom bar of your Web browser.)

Keep your anti-virus & firewall etc software up to date.

You should also have anti virus software, a firewall, anti-spyware and anti-adware installed on your computer to help to detect threats and protect your. In most cases you can get all these programs free, but they do need to be updated and run regularly to give you the best protection. Spyware and adware not only compromise your computer’s security, they will often slow your system down.

Read fine print and terms of service.

If you receive an e-card that has a check box saying you agree to their terms of service, be sure to read the fine print. If you are like most people, you simply check the I Agree box without even looking at the print. This can be a big mistake, because with spam e-cards, you might be agreeing to have them download spyware or adware or even to have access to your computer’s address books.

When in doubt, delete.

If something doesn’t look right, such as the name of the sender or vague subject lines, just delete the card. It’s better to safe than sorry.

E-cards are fun to receive and send, as long as you’re careful when doing so. The above tips will help you be safe online with e-cards.