Category Archives: Nova Scotia

Bonanzle – A great Place to Find “Wanted” Items

My four-year old daughter is Care Bear crazy. Locally, the Care Bear selection is near nothing, and overall I find eBay prices a bit high for these used furry critters. A month ago I joined Bonanzle; a great and very easy to use online marketplaces. It works more like a buy instantly classified site, but it beats the heck out of eBay for smaller online sellers and shoppers. Last week I posted an ad for “Care Bears Wanted”, and I am now working with one seller on there to buy a very reasonably priced lot of 9 Care Bears. I am so thrilled with this site, and the sellers on there. If you haven’t checked out Bonanzle yet, you should.

Facebook-for-Profit Apps Echo with Sound of Silence

Remember all those hyped e-commerce apps for Facebook? We do, but it seems no one else does. Will these take off or continue to falter? Read what our Facebook afficianado says about social networking and selling.

“Just recently, Amazon joined the fray, rolling out two new Facebook applications: Amazon Giver and Amazon Grapevine. Giver lets you see and purchase what your friends want through their Amazon Wish Lists, and with Grapevine installed you can see recent public activity on Amazon. Currently, Amazon Giver users have posted 20 messages in the discussion forums and current statistics show that the app has a total of 1,450 installations since March 20, 2008. It currently has only 29 daily active users. Amazon Grapevine shows six discussion board posts, 18 daily active users, and according to Adonomics, 900 total users.”

Facebook-for-Profit Apps Echo with Sound of Silence
By Vangie Beal, April 2, 2008

Free Blog Tools To Save Time and Spur Sales

If you are using a blog as a developer diary, to promote knowledge related to your business, or simply to serve up affiliate links within your content, you know how time consuming they are to maintain daily. We provide five tools to help you maximize your efforts.

“BlogBackupOnline: Currently in beta, and free during the beta testing phase, BlogBackupOnline provides registered users with 50MB of storage space for archiving your blog. In addition to providing the free space, the service will do a full back up every day to save each blog entry. Once your blog has been backed up, you can also use the service to export blogs, in RSS format, to another server or directly to your own computer. One feature I really liked is that once the blog has been backed up you can restore the blog to the same or a different blog platform, which is an excellent feature for those who are interested in switching their blog to another service. BlogBackupOnline currently supports Blogger, WordPress, Friendster, LiveJournal, TypePad, Serendipity, Windows Live Spaces, Movable Type, Terapad, Vox and Multiply.”

Five Free Blog Tools Save Time, Spur Sales
By Vangie Beal, January 10, 2008

Holiday Lights Extravaganza Countdown!

Nineteen days and counting until I light the place up!

Today I bought something new for Christmas decorating. Well, last week I bought a new light up wireframe reindeer with motorized head movement. But today, I bought something REALLY new at Canadian Tire. I had one on those $20 off coupons, so really… how could I resist?

Outdoor Light and Sound Show

Outdoor Light and Sound Show ($99.99 – $79.99 with coupon)
– Create a Christmas light and sound show in your front yard.
– Synchronizes existing outdoor Christmas lights to the tune of 20 different Christmas carols.
– Plug lights or lighted decorations in to six different outlets.
– Each outlet can power 1,200 lights.

Oh yeah. It’s going to be a crazy dancing light show this year. You can check it out online on the CTC Web page. Don’t forget to grab your own CTC $10 or $20 off printable coupon (valid until November 18, 2007).

IMPORTANT NOTE: For family members and friends who are reading this, don’t tell Dean. Its a surprise. He doesn’t know I actually bought it yet. I figured I should wait until I made some of those no-bake macaroons (his favorite) before telling him that I blew yet more money on “yet another Christmas light thingy“.

The snow this weekend made it too cold and annoying outside to dig four 2-foot holes to put the driveway/runway ‘light posts’ in the ground. I guess that will have to wait until later on this week. I can’t wait to haul the totes of lights out and get started. I’m running  a bit late this year – hopefully all will be ready to turn on by December 1st.

(There are worse things to be addicted to, honest.)

The Canuck Buck keeps Going Up, Contests, Christmas Lights ….

Getting a pay cheque in the mail used to be such a wonderful thing — now it’s just depressing.  Since the end of August I have lost $1,018, due to being paid in US funds and needing Canadian dollars to live on. That’s like…. 571 large (and 1 medium) double single Timmys. Its about as much money as I funnel into my car’s gas tank… over a two year period. Its so weird having a dollar that is worth more than the US dollar. Guess I better drop the coffee addiction and start contesting full-time to even it out. Speaking of which I did get my Kool Aid MP3 player and I also won $50 in the eBay in the Shop Victoriously contest. The extra mountain bike I won last month that didn’t fit anyone in our family we gave to the little girl next door. Very fun! The new contesting blog “Canadian Contests – Daily Entry” is doing well and so far I’m managing to squeeze in new contest updates every day.

The count-down is on! Only twenty-eight days until our little home gets lit up. This week-end I plan on getting all the Christmas lights down, checked, and ready to go. They don’t actually get turned on until December first, but it’s much easier to get them put up in the warmer November weather. I found 6 pole-like trees out back that were cut down last year that I talked Dean into cutting off at about 6 feet. The idea is that when I make Santa’s runway (the red and white lights that run the length of the driveway) the lights can be spread out at even intervals on the poles and look nicer. The poles should also blend in really well with the tress that gorw along the driveway. Usually I just drape them along the trees that run alongside of the driveway, but a couple years back a Fedex truck caught the last strand when the truck brushed tree overhang. Fedex then hauled a good fifteen sets of light down the road. using the tree poles to attach the driveway lights should prevent that from ever happening again. Hard to explain but hopefully the end result will be what I want. Chances are, even if it doesn’t turn out — after having Dean dig two foot deep holes to bury the bottom of each pole, plus the chainsaw work and so on, I think I’ll be stuck with it regardless of how it looks in the end.

Ah, the fun times never end!

Tips for Parents with Kids Online (Rule #2): Keep The Computer Public

In my last post on Tips for Parents with Kids Online, I discussed the importance of placing a priority on safety over privacy when it comes to passwords and usernames. Today the focus is on the location of your child’s computer, and how you can limit risk and exposure to your child simply by keeping computer access restricted to public, traffic areas in your home. Basically this means you need to keep Internet connected computers out of your child’s personal space which is their bedroom in most homes. In our home a closed bedroom door indicates a need or want of privacy.

When it comes to the Internet you cannot possibly monitor a child’s habits adequately if you allow them access in private. A family lounge/rec room or a computer room to accommodate all systems in one household is the best solution. For older teens, if you do allow them a computer in the bedroom you need to consider an open door policy. By this I mean the bedroom door is left open while the computer is being used, and as the parent you need to periodically check up on the child to see where he is surfing and what they are doing.

Why is this important? For the most part technology and access to it is increasingly changing the way your children learn and the experiences they have. You know the girl or boy from school they interact with, but you don’t know the many people they can find and choose to interact with online. You do not want them to be lead or intimidated by complete strangers, and you also may not want them subjected to or actively seeking out particular kinds of content online.

By simply keeping the computer in a public space within the home is going to, right from the get-go, encourage your children to do more age-appropriate tasks and engage in more appropriate conversations online. Knowing that Mom or Dad can see what they are doing at any time is going to at least limit their daring behavior online. A public space also means you can help your kids by taking  a more active role in their Internet usage. Walking by you might see something in a browser that can be cause to stop and ask what they are doing in a fun conversation starter way. For parents not so ‘tech-savvy’, this can also be a great way to encourage your kids to help you learn how to do things online, and how to use different Internet-applications.

Don’t forget to check out Rule #1 – Get Usernames and Passwords.

A Lot of Critters Have Come to Call

Ah, I think I must be nuts! For two years we’ve had one little squirrel who raids the bird feeder. Its not a big deal to me, and I don’t mind the little guy hanging around at all. When we moved our stacked woodpile in preparation for Winter, we uncovered another critter – a little chipmunk had built its nest in the woodpile. This week we’ve spotted the chipmunk and two squirrels scurrying all around the doorstep and fresh cut wood we’re currently working on. All three will let us get quite close, and as we stand up on the doorstep to throw nuts and sunflower seeds down – the Bluejays also swoop in for their fair share of snacks. Here are three different critters – all the pictures taken in a span of about two minutes. I really like my critters and I’m actually considering adding a squirrel-type house/feeder to the backyard. Anyway – my lesson well learned for this week. Keep birdseed in tin cans with lids. The little bugger (squirrel) tore the plastic bag apart to get at the birdseed. Now I have flocks of morning doves and jays flying up from under the doorstep when  we use it.


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Note to MM: Aren’t they just so cute? ;)