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Working on a Last-Minute Assignment

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With college well underway, you would think that I would be organized.

But I am not.

Organization has never been my strong suit, so it is really my fault that I am up late at night working on assignments for one of my medical classes.  We have to pick an area of study, prepare an essay on it and give a short five minute presentation on the topic.

That is a lot of work.

But it is something that needs to be done as it is worth 30% of our final mark.  I’ve devoted a lot of time to the project and you can really see things coming together.

Our group is speaking about the signs and symptoms of DVT, more commonly known as blood clots in the leg.  It is a subject that is near and dear to me as my uncle Brad had a blood clot in his leg and actually passed away from it a few years ago.  While I am aware of blood clots being a big problem for some people, I really think that most people aren’t educated as to early detection and treatment options.

I’m trying to change that.

It won’t be easy – but this presentation will be a good place to start!

Written by Randy Jenkins

March 4th, 2015 at 11:18 pm

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Taking a Drive on the Back Roads

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I’ll be the first to admit that I love driving.  There is something magical about hopping in your car, putting your foot on the gas, and going on a journey.  I love the freedom that my car provides me, and I can’t imagine life without it.

Recently, I have been taking drives on the backroads around our home.  You see, we live in a rural community that is surrounded by gravel roads, and there really seems to be endless paths to explore.  We’ve been trying a few each week to get the hang of the surrounding area.

But one of the challenges of driving on these gravel roads is that the cell phone coverage is not as good as along the highway.  Most of the time you can get some kind of signal, but there are places that are dead spots where you don’t get any kind of signal at all.

In the case of an emergency, you can find yourself out of reach of help of any kind.

So, I decided to buy a signal booster for car that makes sure that I can use my mobile phone wherever I go with a signal that is strong enough no matter where I might be.  I have great peace of mind knowing that if I am ever in trouble, I can use my phone to call for help.

Written by Dan Mann

March 3rd, 2015 at 10:11 pm

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Got a Separate Phone Line for Online Dating

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Online dating has been a mixed bag for me.  While my goal has always been to find the “one”, or at least someone to spend my life with, I have to weed through the garbage to find her.  In my case, it has been very challenging as I have been able to go on many dates with many women, but most of them don’t go past the first date because I am too picky.

But one of the things that I had not counted on was that there were some crazy ladies out there too.  In fact, one of the women that I dated turned out to be a stalker, and it went so far that I had to move, change my phone number and get a new job.  It was a veritable nightmare, and I never wanted to go through that again.

So, I looked for a way that I could get a phone number for online dating that I could use to give the woman I was dating and could change easily in case something went wrong.  I didn’t want to have to change my personal number again, so I found the Vox app that allowed me to get a second number on my phone (complete with voicemail) so that online dating was safer for me.

If you know someone that is dating online, you should encourage them to check out the Vox app to keep their personal phone number safe from being abused or having to be changed.  You never really know the person that you are dating should be trusted with your personal mobile phone number.

Written by Dan Mann

March 2nd, 2015 at 10:31 pm

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Save Money on Shipping your Online Purchases

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One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to shopping online would have to be shipping costs.  For me, a typical scenario includes me finding a great deal, adding it to my cart, and then checking the shipping costs.  Most of the time, the shipping cost makes your great deal a bad one, and I have to walk away from the transaction feeling cheated.

Shipping shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg, right?

I don’t think it should.  So, I have been hunting for a good way to save money on shipping from the websites where I love to shop.

It hasn’t been easy.

But last week, I had a glimmer of hope just show up by chance.  My brother had found a website, WS Guide, that provides codes for free shipping from many of the online retailers that get my business.  You don’t have to jump through any hoops to get the deals either – all you do is find the company where you will be shopping, click on their logo, and that is it – the free shipping is applied right to your shopping cart.

It is a pretty slick way to shop.

If you are like me and hate spending too much on shipping for your online purchases, you owe it to yourself to check out the site at

Written by Dan Mann

February 27th, 2015 at 6:27 am

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Switching to Natural Skin Care Products

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One of the things that my mother taught me is that you need to take care of your skin.  This meant that I would moisturize it each and every day and wear sunscreen whenever I was going outside.  I knew that her advice was based on her life experience as she looked nearly twenty years younger than she was when she passed away.  I took her advice to heart, and I have diligently applied moisturizer and sunscreen to my face for my entire life.

In the past year, I have started having problems with my skin, and a very bad rash showed up on my face.  I visited a dermatologist and he determined that I was developing an allergy to some of the chemicals found in my store-bought moisturizer.  He recommended that I switch over to a natural skin care product.

Since I was unfamiliar with natural skin care products at the time, I decided to do a little research online to find the best natural skin care product on the market.  There were certainly a lot of different opinions on the websites I read, but one name continually came up: Naturactive.

I ordered some of their product and used it on my skin.  The rash that I had from the store-bought moisturizers cleared up and I felt better about my face again.  I noticed that their product did not leave any kind of oily residue on my skin, and frankly, my face felt the best it has in years.

While my unsightly rash was something I would never have wished for, it was a blessing in disguise: I discovered natural skin care products that I love.  I’m never going back to those chemical-laden store-bought moisturizers ever again.

Written by Janice Rey

February 25th, 2015 at 6:19 am

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Hosting a Chat Room for Photographers

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As some of you have mentioned in the past, sometimes it seems like my camera is permanently attached to my arm.  While it might not be true, but I love being a photographer and capturing moments everywhere I go.  I have a wonderful collection of nearly 20,000 photographs that have been edited, and I would like to think that they are some of the nicest pictures in the world.

But the biggest thing I feel about pictures is that they are nothing if they are not shared.  Years ago, I used to put on a slideshow once per month at the community centre for people to see the photos I had taken.  Now that I use digital images, it made a lot more sense to find a venue where I could share them online.

I decided to start a chat room for photographers to share one photograph per day.  We used the Swift Chat app that you can get for your phones as the means to share these pictures between us.  Our group started out very small, but now we are hundreds of members strong – no matter what time of day you login to the chat group, your eyes are greeted by a tapestry of beautiful photographs.

It is simply amazing.

The whole project wouldn’t be possible without the app, so I want to say thank you to the folks over at

Written by Dan Mann

February 23rd, 2015 at 12:21 am

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Creating my Own Artwork

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Let me just start this post out with one simple truth I should share with you:

I’m not an artist.

Honestly, a child in kindergarten can draw a picture better than I can, and I even struggled with paint by numbers – I don’t know how you can mess those up, but I did.

But the one thing that I am is persistent.  I want to find something that I can do well on my own, and I think I might have found a kind of art that I could handle.

I am going to make my own canvas prints.

I recently came across a blog that had instructions on how to make your own canvas prints from home.  The steps that I would need to do seemed simple enough, so I am going to give it a shot.

I followed the instructions to the letter, and you can read more about the steps I followed if you’d like.

Basically, the entire process hinged around gluing a photograph to canvas and making sure that it was cemented on there – it seemed easy enough.

I did do well on my second one, but I managed to glue my picture onto the canvas backwards for the first one that I tried.

I think I might have found a type of art that I am actually good at.

Written by Randy Jenkins

February 18th, 2015 at 3:20 pm

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Looking for a New High Chair

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When I first became a parent, I thought it would be nostalgic to use some of the same things I did when I was a baby.  Since regulations have changed, using my old car seat was out of the question, but we did try my old crib and high chair.  It was neat to see what I must have looked like when I was a baby.

But after a little while, we noticed there were some problems.  We quit using the crib after our son just about ended up getting stuck between the rails (they were spaced further apart than current day cribs), and then the high chair broke.

We weren’t having a lot of luck.

Since we needed to replace our high chair, we decided that we were going to get the best one on the market.  We didn’t want to go through another chance that our baby might get hurt.

So, I went online and did a little research as to what would be the best high chair and bought it.

I feel a lot better knowing that our child will be safe while in the highchair and that it shouldn’t break on us.  If you are looking for a high chair , click here to find perfect high chair for your child.

Written by Dan Mann

February 18th, 2015 at 1:04 pm

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Using Tea Tree Oil for Yeast Infection Treatment

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Like many women, from time to time I have a yeast infection.  I suppose it is a fact of life for us, and while I certainly don’t enjoy it, I know how to take care of it.  Like many of my friends, I used to use over-the-counter yeast infection remedies to get rid of mine, but I have developed an allergy to whatever chemicals that they use to make their ointment.

So, I had to find alternative treatments.  I worked with my doctor to come up with something that would be effective for me that wouldn’t trigger an allergy.  I had a list of things that I thought that should work.  He went through my list and crossed items off one by one.

In the end, there was only one left.

We decided that I would try tea tree oil for yeast infection treatment.  It was readily available and easy to use.

I decided to give it a shot.

So far, it has only been a few days since I started using the tea tree oil, but things are starting to clean up.  I am also really happy that there have been no allergic reactions on my part – I think I will be using tea tree oil to treat my yeast infections from now on.

Written by Janice Rey

February 17th, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Setting Up a Tribute to my Grandmother

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My grandmother was one of the greatest influencers in my life.  She was there throughout my entire life and has helped shape me into the person that I am today.

But recently we lost her at the ripe old age of ninety-six.  I know that it is the natural way of things, but it doesn’t make her loss any less painful.

There is a real void in my life now.

Instead of being sad about everything, I really wanted to celebrate her life, her accomplishments, and who she was to me.  I enlisted the help of my siblings to setup a little tribute for her online, showcasing her life for everyone to see.

To make sure that the site could be found for a long time into the future, we bought a space for her on  We posted her picture as a tribute to the great lady that she was, and if anyone is interested in learning more about here, all they do is click her image and they are taken to the site we created.

I think she would have loved it.

Remember your loved ones and setup a tribute to them online by buying a space over at

Written by Dan Mann

February 17th, 2015 at 6:16 am

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