Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Verizon's HopeLine And Domestic Violence Awareness

 I am writing this post as part of the Verizon Wireless Lifestyle Bloggers program. Being part of the program does not in anyway influence this post in anyway. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. I am a survivor of domestic Violence. I shared my story here. This story took place over 20 years ago. Since then I have prided myself on how far I have come. I have been a proud survivor. I have repeated over and over that I am a survivor and never going to put myself in a position to be abused again.
Today I sit and thank God I have come as far as I have. 
Since I left my abuser I have remained very close to his family, after all they are my daughter's family also. In the last year and a half of his mother's life I was there to help take care of her. When she passed away I worried about what would happen but I was told abuser wanted to let me stay there with the boys, and even had it on paper. 
Things seemed to be OK for over a year, I even had roof replaced so I had a place for the boys. 
For the last few months I have seen signs of a change, to the point of feeling the need to add a voice recorder and the app. Circle of 6 on my phone. I recorded several times when he came into the house and was looking for an argument. Anything he said that was out of place I have saved on my phone and several other devices.
This weekend I went to NYC for some social media work. I received a call from him. He was flipping out. I told him to leave me alone. While I was gone my daughter messaged me and said he had a crazy spell and went into the house and messed up/destroyed things. 
I came home to find many of my things destroyed. He had thrown things outside, or just thrown around the house and smashed. My laptop, other electronics destroyed. Things he knew I needed for work ruined. Items in my yet to review pile. broken in pieces, and this:

This is my new HTC one9 that I was so excited to get to try out. 
This is an abuser. An abuser will take and destroy the things they know you need and want the most and destroy them.
I called the police. I did not fear him. I took away the right for him to cause fear in me. Many in domestic violence situations have been so abused, emotionally and physically, that they can't fight back. 
I look at where I was all those years ago and look at where I am now. I know how far I have come. I may be looking for a new home. I may have been victimized but I had in place ways to stop it.
I can not tell you how important my phone has been to me. A hidden phone in the hands of a victim can mean the difference between life and death. You can help make it happen. 
Since the launch of Verizon Wireless's Hopeline, in 2001 the stats on the number of victims who have received a lifeline are incredible.

    • 11.4 million+
      phones collected nationwide
    • $29 million+
      cash grants provided to domestic
      violence organizations
    • 190,000+
      phones donated to domestic
      violence victims and survivors
    Please, If you have a phone laying around donate it. If you have a friend you are worried are a victim, let them know you are there for them, tell them about Hopeline and encourage them to download the app Circle of 6 on it.

    "Throughout the month of October, Verizon will offer an exclusive line of purple HopeLine accessories, where each purchase will activate a $1 donation to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, up to $100,000. Featured accessories include phone cases, a headset, tablet case and more. The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides an abundance of resources and immediate support to enable victims find safety and live life free of abuse."

    5 Apps You Need On Your Android

     I am writing this post as part of the Verizon Wireless Lifestyle Bloggers program. Being part of the program does not in anyway influence this post in anyway. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

    Recently I was told I would be receiving a new android device from Verizon Wireless. As I waited for the phone to arrive I realized there were 5 apps I have put on each of my phones before any others. I thought I would share this list with you.

    1: Swype 

    This app is a must have for me because, even after all this time on phones and keyboards, I am still really slow at texting. Swype makes it easy to get the message out without adding one letter at a time. If you need even more reason to download this app, it now comes with brand new Star Trek™ keyboard themes and an all-new Emoji keyboard.

    Evernote is the best app workspace that I have found. It makes it easy to stay productive after you sync all of your devices. You can easily Organize your documents, photos and web articles, as well as write notes and more. The app is by far the best I have found for sharing your work with others. I can also use the create checkboxes to make lists. I need lists to remember anything so this function alone makes it worth downloading the app for me.

    Snapseed is the best photo-editing app I have found for what I need. It is an easy to use app that helps me enhance my photos with just a few simple steps. I can choose to manually make changes to my Photos or, if I'm in a hurry I can use the auto fix. I also have a choice of some great filters. This app is perfect for making my less then perfect photos look amazing.

    I can not tell you how valuable this app is to me. Living on an Island as I do, there are some spots that, unfortunately do not get service, no matter what your server. In these places, I more often then not, can still receive messages through this app. With Verizon Messages you can send and receive messages on all of your devices. You can also send and receive photos and videos, as well as edit them. This app has it all, even the ability to send an e-gift to your friends and family.

    If you have a Google Account you need Google drive. Google Drive makes it easy to access all your google files no matter what device you are on. To make Google drive the best it can be make sure you also download the apps Sheets and Google Docs. These turn a great app into an amazing app.

    There you have it, my must have apps. What are yours? Do you have one you think I should add to the list? Comment below. 

    Thursday, October 1, 2015

    Get Your Free Quote

    If you are lucky enough to own a home, you would be wise to take care of it. Doing so will make it go up in value if you ever make the decision to sell it in the future. A house is a huge financial investment on your part. This is why you need to do everything possible to get the best return on your investment. There are many different things you can do to make your home more valuable. Some of these are much more involved and expensive than others. Here are some ideas you can use when you are looking for ways to increase the value of your home.

    1. Have new grass planted

    Let's face it, nobody likes a lawn that looks shabby. This is why you need to spruce up your lawn if there are patches of dying grass. While spraying weed killer will sometimes make a lawn look presentable again, this might not be enough. If your lawn if very far gone, you will need to hire the services of a professional landscaping company to plant a new lawn for you. Once it is planted, you will need to do your best to maintain the lawn. Otherwise, it could end up dying again.

    2. Have your home renovated

    When people hear the word renovation, they often think of a very large and expensive project. However, this does not need to be the case. Renovations can be as simple as having new kitchen countertops installed in your home. If you would like to get your free quote on this project, you can head over to get your free quote .There are many projects you can choose from. Decide what you want to have done and how much money you have available to accomplish it. 

    3. Add central air conditioning

    If you live in a warm climate where air conditioning is a necessity, you should have a central air conditioning system installed. While this will cost you some money up front, you will definitely be able to sell your home for a lot more than you could without it. Also, more people will be interested in buying your home. There will be many buyers who will not make an offer on a home that does not contain central A/C. Along with the increased value it will add to your home, it will also be much more comfortable on very hot days.

    Monday, September 28, 2015

    Family Friendly Boat Tours of Manhattan

    Family Friendly Boat Tours of Manhattan Dedicated to helping locals and visitors alike enjoy the unique wonders of New York City, Classic Harbor Line hopes for the privilege of escorting you on a relaxing, inspiring and breathtaking sightseeing cruise through the waters we proudly call home. Our classic yachts - the Schooner Adirondack & Adirondack III and the Schooner America 2.0 (our sailboats), and the Luxury Yacht Manhattan (our motorized yacht) are reminiscent of the classic boats that cruised New York Harbor a hundred years ago.

    My Readers receive 15% off each ticket purchased at www.sail-nyc.com using ONLINE promo code Mom2015 - Valid for any Day Sail, Sunset Sail, City Lights Sail aboard Schooner Adirondack, Schooner America 2.0 OR any Cruise aboard our 1920's style motor yacht: Yacht Manhattan!

    A Peek At Disney's Zootopia

    Disney Zootopia

    Disney has been busy working on new movies that are coming out in the next couple years. One that we are most excited about it the movie Zootopia.
    The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), opens in theaters on March 4, 2016."

    Here is the movie Trailer that sparked our interest. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments below.

    If your as excited as we are about this movie you may want to follow along on these social media links to get up to the minute news.

    Like ZOOTOPIA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyZootopia  

    Follow Disney Animation on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DisneyAnimation

    Follow Disney Animation on Instagram: https://instagram.com/disneyanimation/

    Visit Disney Animation on Tumblr: http://disneyanimation.tumblr.com/

    Visit the official ZOOTOPIA website here: http://movies.disney.com/zootopia

    Thursday, September 17, 2015

    Udderly Smooth September Twitter Chat

    This Post is written as part of a continuing relationship I have with Udderly Smooth, though I might receive compensation in the form or product or money all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

    I was speaking to the folks at Udderly Smooth the other day and we realized it's been awhile since we have chatted with our Twitter Friends. We have come to the conclusion that it's time to do something about that. 
    We have decided to invite you all to hang out with us. This is one of our usual chats, not a formal Twitter Party. There will be fun prizes and perhaps a surprise or two. Check it out:

    Sept. 27th, 9 PM EST
    Hashtag:  #UdderlySmooth

    9 winners will receive an Udderly Smooth gift basket: 

    Grand Prize:
    One lucky winner will receive a Pandora Bracelet with this cute little cow bead.
    Please help get the word out by RTing:
    "Join @UdderlySmooth and @mmc67 for a Twitter Party Sept. 27th. 9PM EST. Great fun & prizes. 
    RSVP here: 


    US and Canada are eligible to win prizes. 
    All winners are chosen by Random.org from those who have RSVPed and are actively tweeting.
    Must be 18 or older to win a prize. 

    Thursday, September 3, 2015

    Tory Johnson: Shift For Good

    In her new book, SHIFT FOR GOOD: Simple Changes for Lasting Joy Inside and Out (on sale 9/15/15), Good Morning America contributor Tory Johnson recounts the remarkable internal transformation she underwent when she took the “Shifting” weight loss advice that she offered in her #1 New York Times bestseller, The Shift, and applied it to her personal relationships, career, and community. Below, she shares an intimate family moment from the beginning of her new Shift journey when she realizes that overcoming one obstacle—like weight loss—can reveal how to tackle other life challenges.

    “Liking those cupcakes, are you, Mommy?” my sixteen-year-old daughter, Emma, asks good-naturedly. She’s about to lie on my bed and chat with me into the night, as she does so often. When I don’t respond, she returns to her bedroom. I hear bits and pieces of her whispering to her twin brother, Jake: Mom . . . bad . . . mood. That doesn’t begin to describe the darkness that envelops me.
    I’ve wolfed down not one but two sugar-​laden cupcakes, a treat from friends who spent the weekend with us. This is nervous eating-without-thinking-about-the-consequences behavior that has plagued me throughout my life. It is something I haven’t done, or even been tempted to do, since my Shift, when I swore off sweets.
    When I first Shifted, (A) I changed the way I viewed food and myself, and as a result (B) I lost a lot of weight, so (C) I expected to be happy forever. Game over. Yet here I am, a good seventy-​plus pounds lighter but not a whole lot happier. In fact, I’m about to grab another cupcake.
    Emma’s innocent teasing about the cupcakes jolts me back to reality. I cannot allow myself to ever return to the on-​again/off-​again eating treadmill because it’s bound to end in disaster.
    Now that the weight is gone, it occurs to me that there are more layers in my life that I need to peel off and address—and that makes me uneasy. The truth is, I’ve lost the weight but I haven’t lost my Fat Girl mentality. It’s not that my life isn’t good. I have great kids, a loving husband and a rewarding career. But after the high of my accomplishment, I feel let down and I’m not sure why. I guess I imagined that once I lost the weight, life would be perfect—and it’s not. It’s yet another wake-​up call.
    Like many women who struggle with weight, I am well aware of what it feels like to use food as comfort to dull the pain, to temporarily ease every problem. I cannot start bingeing on food again if I want to have any chance of creating lasting change in my life and facing whatever problems arise in a more sustainable manner. In other words, I want to Shift for Good—not slide backwards.
    “Liking those cupcakes, are you, Mommy?” is all I needed to hear to know that I can’t allow food to soothe my woes ever again.

    Friday, August 28, 2015


    A video posted by Star Wars (@starwars) on
    For those of you anxiously awaiting all things Star Wars, A promo sneak peek was posted on the Star Wars Instagram account. This was also a great first look at Instagram's New landscape orientation mode. 
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens” releases in U.S. theaters on Dec. 18th 2015