Cell Phone Disaster Apps, Cell Phone Disaster Tips

[ 40 ] November 14, 2014 |

Smartphone Digital Disaster Prep: Are You Ready?

Cell Phone Disaster Apps blog

During an emergency or disaster, the best approach is to be prepared. Know your risks. Make a communication plan with the family. Prepare an emergency supply kit (water, medications, food, flashlights, etc.). Your smartphone can be a great asset to you during disasters, if you plan well.

Mobile phones can give you the a universe of knowledge in a 4″ x 6″ case. You probably always have your cell phone near you, like an extra appendage. Why not brush up on some cell phone disaster tips?

Disaster apps to download: Emergency Preparedness

  • FEMA app. Access disaster safety tips, an emergency kit list, emergency meeting location information, and a map with open shelters. Text ANDROID or APPLE to 43362 (4FEMA) and receive a link for download (standard data/message rates apply) or go to the mobile site http://m.fema.gov and click SOCIAL , APP, TEXT MESSAGES then click ANDROID or APPLE.
  • Red Cross app. Access information on first aid, disaster risks and shelters. Visit www.redcross.org and click OUR FREE APPS at the bottom (available in English and Spanish).
  • ICE (In Case of Emergency) app. Store emergency health information as well as list an emergency contact on the lock screen of your phone so medical technicians can get it as quickly as possible. Search ICE in your app store to download.
  • MyFamily app. Keep your family’s health plan and prescriptions up to date on your phone and you’ll have them in an emergency.  Visit www.HealthFinder.gov for more information.
  • ***PSSST: I downloaded the first two apps. It took 3 minutes max (of course, they are free!). Just do it!

Cell Phone Disaster Tips

cell phone disaster Tips

    • Update your contact list with all the important numbers. In addition to family, friends, neighbors, local authorities, make sure to include medical contacts and pharmacies.
    • Remember to text. Disasters often lead to overwhelmed phone lines. Texting can be a much better form of communication.
    • Invest in solar or hand crank chargers.  Any back-up powering system is good, even car chargers. Also conserve your power by going to airplane mode (cell phone setting) when not in use and reducing screen brightness when in use. Here’s some examples of chargers I found. cell phone disaster Tips 2

Find these Solar and Hand Crank Chargers Here:  #1, #2, #3, #4

  • Use social media to stay informed.
  • Put your important docs within digital reach safely. Scan important records such as household records, medical records, and financial documents, and save the files on a cloud or flash drive. You may also want to password-protect the data you have stored in case of loss or theft. Store the backup records in a safe deposit box or other off-site location.
  • Get safety information sent directly to your phone. Below is a list of disaster specific keywords you can use to sign-up for bi-monthly safety tips via text message:
    • Hurricanes: text HURRICANE to 43362 (4FEMA)
    • Home fires: text FIRE to 43362 (4FEMA)
    • Wildfires: text WILDFIRE to 43362 (4FEMA)
    • Tornadoes: text TORNADO to 43362 (4FEMA)
    • Earthquakes: text EARTHQUAKE to 43362 (4FEMA)
    • Winter storms and extreme cold: text WINTER to 43362 (4FEMA)
    • Power outages: text BLACKOUT to 43362 (4FEMA)
    • Floods: text FLOOD to 43362 (4FEMA)
    • General monthly safety tips: text PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA)
    • Please note: If subscribing to more than one list, send a separate text for each disaster type you would like to subscribe to. There is no limit to the number of subscriptions. Sending STOP will automatically unsubscribe you from all our lists.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications. 

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The Big Book of Bacon, 100 Best Bacon Recipes + $100 Giveaway

[ 139 ] November 12, 2014 |

MMMM Bacon!  The Big Book of Bacon
The Big Book of Bacon

THE BIG BOOK OF BACON: Savory Flirtations, Dalliances, and Indulgences with the Underbelly of the Pig, by Jennifer Pearsall; November 4, 2014, 2014; $19.95; ISBN: 9781629145556

WHAT? 100 Best Bacon Recipes

I received The Big Book of Bacon written by Jennifer L. S. Pearsall to review and enjoy. Can I just say, this is something a bacon lover cannot put down. LIKE EVER!  I mean just look at the recipes

Apple Bacon Cinnamon Rollups

Apple Bacon Cinnamon Rollups recipe via THE BIG BACON BOOK (Photos courtesy of Skyhorse Publishing)

Satisfy your craving for this “candy meat” with dishes that spotlight bacon (like our Mushroom Swiss Burger), and others that use it as subtle, rich flavor enhancer (like the tart Cherry Tomato Pasta made with nutty zucchini and creamy Provolone sauce). You’ll learn how to cook a slice properly, how to navigate brand thickness and choice, and even how to make a Bacon Bowl! YES, I you read that right!  A BACON BOWL!  Here’s another recipe from the book that I am dying to make:

Berry Bacon Cheddar Breakfast Bread Pudding

Berry Bacon Cheddar Breakfast Bread Pudding recipe via THE BIG BACON BOOK (Photos courtesy of Skyhorse Publishing)

Alright, now I know you have an idea of the delectable recipes in this 271 page full color book.  You will love the heavyweight coated stock used to make the book and the oversized format. Every recipe has tips and tricks that help you understand the nuances behind each recipe.  There are photos galore, which is a must for me when using a cookbook.  And well…MMMMM BACON!

Can’t Wait to Win it?

Buy the Big Book of Bacon at Amazon. You will want one for everyone on your wish list!


The event will run November 12th – 22nd at 11:59PM EST   18years and older, US only.


Winner will win 5 copies of  the Big Book of Bacon ($100 Value), enough to give everyone on your wish list.  This The Big Book of Bacon Giveaway is featured EXCLUSIVELY on our blogso only those who enter here will win.

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Foxcroft Holiday Checklist for Holiday 2014 +$254 Giveaway

[ 491 ] November 10, 2014 |

Making A List! Checking it Twice! Foxcroft Holiday Checklist

Foxcroft Holiday 2014

The Chief Blonde is wearing Foxcroft Mixed Stripe Sweater Jacket ($98), Foxcroft Diane Essential Non-Iron Blouse ($76), Skirt–Forever21 (similar), Boots–the Loft (similar), Necklace and Earrings–Forever Sterling (reviewed here). 

Walt and I headed over to our local nursery after church this week. Bordine’s Nursery in Clarkston was having their annual Christmas Open House event with 20 decorated trees and 10 decorated mantels. You’ll be seeing a post on that really soon! The Purple Majestic Tree Room was the perfect setting to model this gorgeous sweater and blouse sent to us from Foxcroft’s Holiday Checklist Collection.

foxcroft Holiday Checklist

A crisp white blouse is the perfect vehicle for under a dramatic sweater and for displaying your statement necklaces.

foxcroft Holiday Checklist

The sweater is quite warm more like a jacket. It’s styling actually reminded me of the boiled wool jackets I wore when I lived in Switzerland.

foxcroft Holiday ChecklistThe sweater and white non-iron blouse can easily be paired with your own accessories and other holiday clothing items. Foxcroft’s clothes will surprise you. The quality is top-notch, but have you visited them lately? You will be quite surprised at all the changes and updates you will see to the site, clothing line, and social sites.

Foxcroft holiday Checklist

This row of holiday trees just made me feel like dancing!

Foxcroft Holiday Checklist will insure you have all the essentials for the holiday!

foxcroft Holiday Checklist 2014

Foxcroft Holiday checklist is a one stop shop so that for all the must haves for your holiday closet.

  1. The White Shirt
  2. Denim
  3. No-Iron
  4. Plaid
  5. Sweaters
  6. Pattern Play

Watch for a outfit post next week on the Foxcroft Holiday Red Wrinkle Free plaid blouse above. It’s another amazing essential to add to my collection.

Can’t Wait to Win it?

Visit Foxcroft’s Holiday Checklist of Outfits. You will love all the looks!


This giveaway begins 11/10 at 12:01 am EST and ends on 11/24 at 11:59 pm


$254 Gift Code from Foxcroft to purchase the 3 items I have here or whatever you want from the site under $254.  THIS GIVEAWAY IS LISTED EXCLUSIVELY on my blog, so only those who enter HERE will win.

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turkey hopWelcome to the Anything Goes Hop! This hop is hosted by The Review Wire and The Frugal Find. All participating blogs are offering a prize of at least $15. Now is your chance to seek out some awesome prizes for those on your Christmas list, but you berry hurry the hop ends on November 24th! Both The Review Wire and The Frugal Find are offering a prize you don’t want to miss! Now that you have entered our giveaway keep hopping to all the other giveaways on these fine blogs!

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Acting Discreet, Always Discreet! Exclusive Sample!

[ 77 ] November 7, 2014 |

Discretion: the quality of behaving in such a way as to avoid revealing private information

 Always DiscreetPracticing Discretion: Questions we all struggle with!

When you were younger (or even today), did you DIE when you had to purchase feminine care items? Did sneak these products on the shopping list so your mom or husband would have to buy them? If you had to buy them yourself, did you buy a massive cart full of other items, so no one would see? Did you pray that you wouldn’t run into a soul you knew, when you had “THAT ITEM” in the cart?

Well, it often feels the same when you are purchasing bladder protection products. Everyone seems to be walking with a hush though the aisle. Each person seems to want to find what they need, and get the heck out of there. It’s just so personal, definitely a situation that calls for some discretion. But these days, is a disguise really necessary?

Always Discreet bladder protection

 Times are changing. You can be discreet and still be real!

When I first started talking about bladder leakage on my blog just a little over a year ago, other bloggers wouldn’t even retweet my tweets! I had several of them tell me “I don’t talk about THAT on my blog”. Now that brands, like Always Discreet, a discreet bladder protection product, have joined the conversation, the open discussion of bladder protection has become more acceptable. I have noticed that women bloggers and everyday women alike are much less hesitant to bring up the topic. Yes, most feel the topic still needs some discretion, but there is no need to disguise yourself in the grocery store or hide bladder protection products under a mass of groceries.

Always Discreet bladder protection

Bladder Protection is just another personal care item

Seriously, we all love to laugh, dance and celebrate, don’t we? And no matter what is going on with my body, I seriously would not want to stop any of those activities. Yet, laughing, dancing, and celebrating can serve as a trigger to those who need bladder protection. This is an issue when you use the newest line of bladder protection products from P&G Always:

  • Always Discreet Liners — Absorbs 2X more than you may need* (*based on average US consumer usage)
  • Always Discreet Pads–Up to 40% thinner* and absorbs 2X more than you may need**(*than the leading brand, **based on average US consumer usage)
  • Always Discreet Underwear

The Always Discreet Liners work great for me. They are ultra-thin and neutralize odors instantly and continuously. Being individually wrapped, Always Discreet liners give me that discretion I need when I carry them in my purse or pocket. I can even use the wrapping from a new one to wrap up an old one for discreet disposal.

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Do you think Bladder protection is a subject that is out in the open?  Discreet? Taboo?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.