Friday, January 28, 2011

Website Hosting – What Hosts Are Good?

I found a great site that provides a run-down of good hosting providers including free providers. The site is definitely worth checking out if you require a good host and don’t know who to turn to for that.


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Go to the website hosting review page and see their entire list complete with links.

- Michele

Friday, January 14, 2011

Arial or Helvetica?

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Once there was a typeface called Helvetica.

It was extremely popular.

Later came a software company called Microsoft.

They “borrowed” Helvetica for their operating system and called it Arial.

This inferior typeface is now on millions of desktops all over the world.

Can you tell the difference between the original and the rip-off
in these ten examples?

graphic for moonrise

See the rest of the examples and take the quiz here

To work with a quality web design company that can make your vision come alive and that will choose the best layout and fonts for your project visit

Friday, January 7, 2011

Ever Wonder Why Your Printer Cartridges Don’t Work Properly?


This could be one reason:

printer cat toy

When you find cat hair in your ink cartridges you can always order more online from After all what’s more important, keeping your kitten entertained or printing out some cheesy PowerPoint presentation? Smile

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Make Your Own Office Stationery Darts and Combat Workplace Boredom

Also, terrorize your co-workers, an added bonus.Winking smile

Office Stationery Darts

How to make some simple little darts out of household or office stationery

Office Stationery Darts


step 1 ~ Materials

Materials needed:
-Press tacks
-Paper clips
-Elastic bands
-3" by 3" sticky notes
-Card board


step 2 ~ Attaching the clips

Hold the clips around the tack with one hand, and wrap around the elastic band with the other to keep it in place. This is the hardest part, and if you struggle at first try attaching one at a time (although you will need more bands to do this).

Attaching the clips

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step 3 ~ Making the flights

Fold the sticky note in half to make a rectangle, then unfold again. Then fold in half to make a triangle, then unfold again. Then fold into a triangle once more the other way. These are the base folds. Fold in half along the first base fold (into a rectangle). Next, take one of the the top corners (one that's folded) and pull down into the middle, then repeat on the other side. Even out the sides. Its very simple to do, but it is hard to demonstrate in the form of text. Luckily, I can provide a picture.

Making the flights

visit to see the final step here
I guess if you wanted to get funky you could use some of your personalized stationery or even your office letterhead to create that extra special dart and wow your co-workers.

Use a Bubble-Mailer for a Netbook or Laptop Sleeve


Another Simple but effective idea from

I needed a laptop sleeve for my iBook, but didn’t feel like waiting days for a glorified computer glove. Using a bubble-mailer is a cheap replacement if you plan on carrying your laptop in a schoolbag.

Use a Bubble-Mailer for a Netbook or Laptop Sleeve

step 1 Gather Materials

The bubble mailer itself is a sufficient sleeve for the duties of a backpack. I wouldn’t want to drop-test it, but so far have no complaints. I also added a simple Apple logo to the front using transparent printer sheets. If you don’t already own these, it might be cost-prohibitive (at least in the sense of using a bubble-mailer to protect a laptop.) I bought my pack in the clearance section of Staples. My Mac is an iBook, so I picked a representative apple. Choose yours accordingly.

  • (1) Staples QuickStrip Poly Bubble Mailers, #5.
  • Dollar store Velcro strips.
  • (1) Sheet of Avery 8665 Clear Inkjet Full Sheet Shipping Labels, bought on clearance.

Gather Materials

See all the steps to put together your own custom bubble mailers here.

This could come in handy if you’re toting around a new Macbook Air too – which sort of reminds me of this Macbook Air parody:

This kills me!

50 Fun Things to do in Atlanta

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Alliance Theatre
Alliance Theatre
Part of the Woodruff Arts Center, the Alliance Theatre is one of the largest regional theaters in the nation. Serving a diverse audience, the Alliance has produced more than 50 world premieres bringing the world's best talents to Atlanta.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta Botanical Garden
With more than 30 acres of gardens, forest, wildflower trails, and a 10,000 square-foot Fuqua Orchid Center, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is one of Atlanta’s most beautiful attractions. The Canopy Walk, a 40-foot high suspension bridge creating a treetop walking trail is the garden’s latest addition. Visitors will also enjoy the Edible Garden Outdoor Kitchen and soothing sanctuary of the Cascades Garden.

Atlanta Braves
Atlanta Braves and Turner Field
The Atlanta Braves play from April through September at Turner Field. The Braves Museum and Hall of Fame features more than 600 Braves artifacts and photographs that trace the team’s history from its 1871 beginnings in Boston to Atlanta.

Little Five Points
Atlanta’s Eclectic Neighborhoods
Little Five Points is Atlanta’s bohemian hangout and home to a rich mix of art, theater, and shopping. 7 Stages Theatre, Dad’s Garage, and the Horizon Theatre are must-sees! Virginia-Highland features hip boutiques while East Atlanta Village is filled with homegrown restaurants and gastropubs. The historic district of Cabbagetown proudly boasts impressive architectural restorations.

Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome
The Atlanta Falcons kick off the official season each September. The Georgia Dome has hosted numerous events including: the 1996 Summer Olympics, two Super Bowls, the annual Chick-fil-A Bowl and the 2007 NCAA Men’s Final Four.

Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Thrashers and Atlanta Dream at Philips Arena
Philips Arena is home to the NBA Atlanta Hawks, the NHL Atlanta Thrashers, and the WNBA Atlanta Dream, as well as world-class concerts and events.

Michael C. Carlos Museum
Atlanta Higher Education Centers Score an A+ in Culture!
Globally-known performers are hosted at The Robert Ferst Center at Georgia Tech and Georgia State’s Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, while the Miriam H. and John A. Conant Center at Oglethorpe University serves as the permanent home to the Georgia Shakespeare Festival. Art collections featuring many centuries of works are found throughout the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory, the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art and the GSU School of Arts and Design Gallery. The Savannah College of Art & Design’s (SCAD) Atlanta Campus offers ongoing art exhibitions at its gallery, located at the Woodruff Arts Center. SCAD also restored the historic Peters House into Ivy Hall, which now hosts cultural events. Atlanta University Center’s Clark Atlanta University Art Gallery and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art present exciting works by nationally acclaimed artists, as well.

Atlanta History Center
Atlanta History Center
The Atlanta History Center features 32 acres of gardens, wildlife trails and woodland areas. The complex includes the 1840s Tullie Smith Farm and the fully restored 1928 Swan House mansion. The museum offers exhibitions on the Civil War, African-American heritage and Southern folk art, with a wing dedicated to the 1996 Olympic Games.

Atlanta Motor Sports
Atlanta Motor Sports
Road Atlanta in Braselton is a 2.5-mile track hosting the Petit Le Mans, plus sports car, vintage, motorcycle, and go-cart races from March through November. Gear up in your racing suit and head to Andretti Indoor Karting & Games where you can slip behind the wheel of SuperKart and speed away on one of the two new Andretti-designed indoor tracks.

Atlanta Ballet
Atlanta Opera and the Atlanta Ballet
The Atlanta Opera offers four main stage productions seasonally, in addition to pre-Opera lectures, student matinees and more. Atlanta Ballet is the oldest professional dance company in America. Performances combine contemporary and traditional with classic ballets and new choreography. Both companies perform at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Atlantic Station
Atlantic Station
Great boutiques, sidewalk cafes and hip restaurants reign at Atlantic Station, designed to feel like a city within a city. Free shuttles are available from the Arts Center MARTA Station. The Millennium Gate showcases world-class architecture, art and history in an intimate gallery setting and beautiful grounds.

See the other 40 fun things that you can do in Atlanta here

(More reasons to consider investing in atlanta real estate)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Electronic Cigarettes: Creating a Fuss

reblogged from

Over past few years regular cigarettes have been banned from restaurants, bars, casinos and other public places. It seems like every month a new state announces a smoking ban of some sort. There are talks amongst law-makers, that soon smoking will be prohibited in our cars and homes! It’s true, smoking has many negative impacts on people that smoke and people that surround them. No one likes smelly clothes. No one likes smokers breath. Cigarettes leave ashes around the house and your car. And the hardest thing to do, is to kick the habit. Well, we have a great revolutionary alternative for you!


Last evening, in the office someone brought Electronic cigarette and we all tried the e-puffs. Must tell you, it was smoother and effective than any other conventional cigarette you smoke. So I have decided to spread the word for E-cigarette for all of you who dont know about it..
E-cigarettes work like this: Nicotine is dissolved in propylene glycol, and the combination is stored in a cartridge that is designed to look like a traditional orange cigarette filter. The nicotine cartridge screws onto the main body of the e-cigarette, which contains a rechargeable battery that powers an electrical circuit. When the smoker inhales, a sensor in the circuit is activated. This causes a red-light-emitting diode at the tip to turn on. More importantly, the nicotine and propylene glycol are heated up so that they vaporize and get sucked into the smoker’s lungs.

Now the question arises is Electronic Cigarette safe?
Absolutely! The non-flammable Electronic Cigarette is driven by modern microelectronic technology, a small rechargeable battery and a unique, safe replaceable cartridge containing water, propylene glycol, nicotine, and a scent that emulates cigarette flavor. When using the Electronic Cigarette, the act of inhaling or smoking it produces the tactile and craving satisfactions traditional smokers seek, and triggers a vaporizing process that releases a simulated smoke that is actually a vapor mist that harmlessly evaporates into the air within a few seconds.

When using Electronic cigarette, you won’t have to use matches or lighters to light-up the cigarette. In fact Electronic Cigarette uses “NO-Flame” technology, so there is nothing burning inside the electronic cigarette. Once you start inhaling the battery and the atomizer produce vapor and once you stop inhaling the process stops immediately. This makes Electronic Cigarettes very safe product to use around your house, in the car or any other surrounding that might easily catch on fire. And one of the best part about this device is that Smoking everywhere is still allowed, because it has no flame.

How it works? Find out more here

~ electronic cigarette Kits by Boge and Joytech can be purchased here as well.

Investment Calculators


Here’s a handy tool – a savings-investment calculator:

Another interesting tool is this

Immediate Annuity Calculator

Calculate monthly income or initial deposit with one click!
Immediate Annuity Calculator

What Is An Immediate Annuity - An immediate annuity can be summarized as an investment with an insurance company that does not guarantee a specific rate of return but rather a lifetime of income that begins as early as one month after purchase and will last until death.  Immediate Annuities are used mostly for retirement purposes as a way to provide another source of guaranteed lifetime income.  When purchasing an Immediate Annuity there are several common payout options to choose from.

Straight Life Payout - Pays the purchaser a monthly sum of income until the purchaser’s death (highest monthly payout)

Joint Life Payout - Pays the purchaser and spouse a sum of income until the last spouse is deceased.

Life or (Joint Life) with Period Certain (5, 10, or 20) - Pays for as long as the purchaser (or purchaser's spouse if joint life is chosen) is alive with a minimum of 5, 10, or 20 years (depending upon period certain option) should the purchaser die prior to the period certain option.  Period certain options are most common in the immediate annuity world, because they provide some level of protection for beneficiaries.

You can find so much interesting financial info online these days. ~ Michele

30 Frugal Gift Ideas to Show You Appreciate Someone

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What do you get someone if you want to show you appreciate them, but if you don’t have a lot of money to spend?

If you have a lot of money, you can buy just about anything for that person. But for those of us with limited budgets, you’ll have to show that appreciation with a little creativity.

Australian reader Victory recently asked:

I’m in my final year of high school and in about a fortnight we graduate before heading off to exams (in Australia for those who live in Victoria) and so I was wondering if you could perhaps make a post about Teacher gifts. I’m a little low on ideas for showing gratitude to my teachers but I know they deserve something decent for helping me getting into university and such so perhaps you could offer frugal but tasteful advice on gifts other than the usual wine/beer/chocolate?

It’s a great question. Teachers are some of the most selfless people I know, and the work they do benefits us individually and as a society. However, I thought I’d broaden the topic for those who aren’t in school … and talk about frugal gift ideas for showing your appreciation to someone.

Let’s first identify what’s essential: that we show the person who has done something nice for us how much we appreciate them. It’s not essential that the gift be big, or expensive, or anything like that. It’s a token of our appreciation … and let me tell you, no matter how small, the person will likely appreciate the gesture.
The gift should also be appropriate to the person — if it’s personal, it’s likely to mean more. So while wine is always a nice gift, if the person is into other types of drinks (such as coffee), that would make a better gift. So take a moment to consider the person, what they like, and the times you’ve spent together.

So, let’s look at some ideas … some obvious, perhaps, but this list is meant only to spark your own ideas. Also, the definition of “frugal” is broad here … some ideas cost more than others, and some can be made for very little.

  1. Frame a picture of you with them.
  2. Lotions or bath oils.
  3. Journal. A nice journal can be beautiful. It’s one of my favorite gifts.
  4. Gourmet coffee with a personalized mug.
  5. A nice pen.
  6. Photo album or scrapbook, with memories already included.
  7. Homemade cookies you bake yourself.
  8. Or brownies.
  9. Spice gift basket. Get some small jars and fill them with exotic spices.
  10. Gift certificate for the person’s favorite hobby store.
  11. A burned CD with all the person’s favorite songs.
  12. A letter, hand-written on nice paper, from you. Make it heart-felt, with all the reasons you appreciate the person.
  13. A small plant.
  14. A movie pass and a small container of gourmet popcorn kernels.
  15. Soup mixes or cookie mixes in nice clear jars.

see rest of the list here

A nice personalized box is another good idea:


Or a newspaper plaque that has special significance to your recipient.


The nice thing about plaques is that you can customize your message to suit each individual and they’re a fun gift too.

~ Michele

Another Classic Teenage Fail


epic fail photos - Nail Polish Collection FAIL

Submitted by: Unknown

I don’t know who we have to protect our kids from more, the media or the mountain of strange crap that is marketed to them. Are there child safety products that can protect our sons and daughters from such quality wares as the Justin Bieber Nail Polish collection? I think not.

A Beach Wedding: a Nice Way to Get Married

This could be the perfect setup when you find that perfect someone or want to renew your vows with your significant other – check it out.

Aloha Island Weddings

Of course there are a ton of things to consider when you plan your perfect wedding and location is only one of them. Still location is a big part of the planning so why not go somewhere nice?

I found some very pretty wedding invitations that are designed with a tropical beach wedding theme in mind. Have a look at the pretty layouts available at :


beach wedding

gates to paradise copy

I think this would be my preferred way to get married, now all I have to do is find that special someone. ~ MIchele

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Tall Tale Postcards of the Twentieth Century


During the early years of the twentieth century, the tall-tale postcard flourished in the American Midwest, especially within the boasting, expansive atmosphere of the American frontier. Around the turn of the last century, when postcards came to function as surrogates for travel, people soon realized that they could be used to create or sustain a certain utopian myth about a town or region. Crafty photographers began to physically manipulate their photographs. Close-up photographs of ordinary-size produce and/or animals were combined, in skewed scale, with photos of people. Painstaking scissor-work resulted in hilarious, proto-surreal shots: children ride harnessed roosters, potatoes are so big that one alone fills a flatcar, giant trout caught in lakes and so on.

This gallery is a collection of some of the most ridiculous photo montages that appeared on postcards.












Source: Wisconsin Historical Images

See a lot more images at the link below:
Tall Tale Postcards of the Twentieth Century

Amusing old pictures from a time when people didn’t have to lock their doors and modern home security systems hadn’t been invented yet.  ~Michele