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PostHeaderIcon Is your child at risk for Identity Theft?

I became a LifeLock Ambassador last year and I can’t tell you the amount of crucial information I have learned about Identity theft. Just when I think I know it all, the next month brings another draw dropper of facts. From ways people can get our information to how many of our service men and woman are targeted.

This month I want to educate you on just how much your child is at risk for Identity Theft. Seems crazy right? I would want to steal the identity of a child? They have absolutely no credit history so what good would it do. It may surprise you to learn that this makes them a prime target for Identity theft! Are you sitting there thinking you can’t afford it? LifeLock Memberships start as low as just $10 a month!



Identity thieves, criminals, and even relatives or friends may take advantage of your child’s identity. Personal identity information such as your child’s Social Security number and date of birth can be obtained from many places including medical offices, schools, and even online profiles. Armed with a child’s personal information, thieves can fraudulently:

  • Open new credit-based accounts like credit cards or mortgages
  • Establish new non-credit accounts like utilities, and cell phone services
  • Obtain employment and then evade paying taxes, for which the child will be held responsible.

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PostHeaderIcon Protect yourself this Holiday Shopping Season (Giveaway) #LifeLock

This year seemed to blow by for us and Christmas is just around the corner. It’s amazing to even say that! Of course that means here comes holiday shopping. The large amount of spending over such a small period of time, can increase the chances for identity theft and identity fraud. Simply being a smart shopper can reduce your chances but, it doesn’t necessarily ensure you have done enough to reduce all the risks surrounding identity theft during the holiday shopping season. Sometimes drastic times calls for drastic measures (I know this all to well) and this season might be the right time to go above and beyond the normal “tips and suggestions” that we hear about.

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PostHeaderIcon One at a time… Made in the USA

Will you take this advice?

A physics teacher in high school, once told the students that while one grasshopper on the railroad tracks wouldn’t slow a train very much, a billion of them would. With that thought in mind, read the following, obviously written by a good American . . .

This probably sounds crazy, but just yesterday I was in Target looking for a wastebasket. I found some made in China for$6.99. I didn’t want to pay that much so I asked the lady if they had any others. She took me to another department and they had some at $2.50 made in USA. They are just as good.

Same as a kitchen rug I needed. I had to look, but I found some made in the USA and they were $3.00 cheaper. We are being brain washed that everything that comes from China and Mexico is cheaper. Not so. That is also why I don’t buy cards at Hallmark anymore. They are made in China and are expensive. I buy them at Dollar Tree….50 cents each and made in USA.

Check this out. I can verify this because I was in Lowe’s the other day for some reason and just for the heck of it I was looking at the hose attachments… They were all made in China . The next day I was in Ace Hardware and just for the heck of it I checked the hose attachments there. They were made in USA. Start looking …

In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do affects someone else – even their job. So, after reading this email, I think this lady is on the right track.. Let’s get behind her!

My son likes Hershey’s candy. I noticed, though, that it is marked made in Mexico now. I do not buy it any more.

My favorite toothpaste Colgate is made in Mexico… Now I have switched to Crest. You have to read the labels on everything….

Good idea . . .. One light bulb at a time . . ..

This past weekend I was at Kroger . .. . I needed 60W light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets. I was in the light bulb aisle, and right next to the GE brand I normally buy was an off-brand labeled, ” Everyday Value .” I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats they were the same except for the price . . . The GE bulbs were more money than the Everyday Value brand but the thing that surprised me the most was the fact that GE was made in MEXICO and the Everyday Value brand was made in – get ready for this – the USA in a company in Cleveland , Ohio. So throw out the myth that you cannot find products you use every day that are made right here…

So on to another aisle -Bounce Dryer Sheets… Yep, you guessed it, Bounce cost more money and is made in Canada… The Everyday Value brand was less money and MADE IN THE USA! I did laundry yesterday and the dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free I have been using for years and at almost half the price!

My challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you shop for everyday things and see what you can find that is made in the USA – the job you save may be your own or your neighbors!

(We should have awakened a decade ago….)

Let’s get with the program and help our fellow Americans keep their jobs and create more jobs here in the USA .

PostHeaderIcon Bike Safety 101: Lock it up with Master Lock (Giveaway)


Master Lock Offers Five Essential Cycling Safety Guidelines

Even with the summer coming to and end, as the weather turns cooler, people are still pulling out their bikes and hitting local trails and roadways for a ride around town. Yet, the fun of cycling can easily be derailed if your bike becomes a victim of all-too-common theft. The Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates that more than 1.5 million bikes are stolen each year, according to Bicyclesource.com. Master Lock shares five essential tips for keeping your bike, and yourself, safe this season.

“Bike safety starts and ends with locking up your bicycle,” said Rebecca Smith, vice president, marketing for Master Lock. “Protecting your bike first and foremost allows you to focus on other safety guidelines to ensure an enjoyable riding experience.”

Follow these tips from Master Lock for a safe bicycling experience:

1. Select the right lock: When looking at security solutions to protect your bike, it’s important to weigh your needs. Heavy duty U-bars, like Master Lock’s 8170D, offer top-notch security and are ideal if you don’t already have a bike lock. If you are in need of a security solution that can lock up multiple items, a long, thick cable lock like Master Lock’s 8428DPS adjustable locking cable may be a better solution. Keep in mind, the thicker the cable or bar, the more security that lock will provide. If you have trouble remembering combinations, consider a keyed cable lock.  If you hate carrying around more keys than necessary, an integrated, set-your-own password combination cable lock like Master Lock’s 8220D is ideal.  Use the free Master Lock Vault to store log-in and password information for your lock combinations, key codes, and other confidential data for easy access via the web or smart phone app.

2. Gear up: Wear the proper safety gear every time you go out for a ride. Regardless of where you’re riding or how short the ride will be, a bike helmet is always a must. Fitting your bike and clothing with reflectors or lights will ensure you can be easily spotted day or night.

3. Map it out: Take time to familiarize yourself with the best bike routes in your city before heading out to avoid ending up on a dangerous trail or street. Consult an online mapping service, such as Google Maps, or your local transit authority or city website for an overview of streets with dedicated bike lanes, bike trails or other bike-friendly routes.

4. Remember the rules of the road: And follow them! Even though you’re on a bike, you still have to abide by the same traffic laws as drivers. This includes stopping at stop signs, driving on the right side of the road, yielding to pedestrians and signaling a turn. The three primary arm signals you should know are:

  • Left turn: extend left arm straight out in the direction of the turn, parallel to the road
  • Right turn: extend your left upper-arm out to the left, parallel to the road and angle your forearm vertically upward
  • Stopping: extend your left upper arm out to the left, parallel to the road and angle your forearm vertically downward

5. Ride defensively: Remember that your bicycle is a small, inconspicuous vehicle, so make sure you are noticed while riding. Whenever possible, ride in a bike lane while on the road and stay in a single file. Avoid traveling along the side of cars when passing through intersections – cars may turn in front of you without warning. Use caution when passing parked cars as occupants may not see you when opening doors or pulling out of parking spaces. Keep your hands over the brakes at all times so you can brake quickly if a hazard presents itself.

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