Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
I hope you enjoyed the tour of our small casa. We downsized when we moved here, but I don't have as much to clean. Yay!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
My resume is currently posted on Monster and Careerbuilder. I typically log on every morning and update my resume on each site and then proceed to search out positions that sound interesting to me. Over the past month or so, I've applied to quite a few positions, which all mostly result in no response.
Last week, I received a response from a "so called" search firm by the name of Parker and Harris. The email said I had passed the initial stage of screening and had to go to their website and complete some additional questions, which I did. At the end of the questions, the site noted that the particular position I was being considered for would be handling money, etc. and they needed my credit report. I was instructed to go to Creditreport.com and complete a credit report. When I finished the credit report, I was supposed to go back to their site and enter my member number from Creditreport.com. Duh, this should have been a red flag, over and over. I'm not stupid and I'm not even desperate for a job. Why did my common sense fail me? I don't know where my head was. Anyway, I completed my credit report (all of this was done after clicking the link to Creditreport.com through Parker and Harris's website.
I thought nothing of this when I finished their online questionnaire. I called Creditreport.com a few minutes later to cancel my membership with them. They offer a 7 day trial period and you can cancel anytime within those 7 days and not be charged. When I told the agent why I had ordered the report and why I was canceling, she was like, "Are you sure you want to give you credit info to a potential employer without meeting them first"? I was like, "No, these guys are fine. They look completely legit. Their website was great and they seemed so professional". I checked today and they've already shut it down. Go figure!
When I hung the phone up, I started Googling this company and found nothing on them, except for this post noting to be aware of identity theft scams like this one. My heart sank. I became very nervous. I went back to Parker and Harris's website and got their phone number and searched it as well. Apparently these scammers have operated under the same phone number, but change their business name and website address frequently. This website was also just thrown up at the beginning of September and is registered to someone in the Bahamas, as noted on Whois. I'm so dumb. I usually check stuff like this out, but my smarts failed me this time. I started to think these guys had some key logger program built into their website, which tracked all of my keystrokes. This would have given them my ss#, my address, date of birth, debit card number required for the credit report, everything. I called Creditreport.com again and asked to speak with a supervisor. I told him I wanted to change my member id number, just in case they would have access to the credit report online somehow. He said I couldn't do that, but I could go in and change my log in and password, which I did. Next, I called my bank and canceled my debit card. I also reported these jerks to the
FTC. This all happened because they wanted to either steal my identity or drain my bank account. I was really upset, as you can imagine. More upset with myself for being so gullible and stupid. I never do stuff like this.
I emailed Parker and Harris, told them I had reported them to the FTC and closed or canceled everything. I started looking online for anti-malware sites to remove any crazy stuff from my computer and the next thing I know, my computer completely shut down. Those jerks put some crazy worm or virus on my computer and shut it down. I was so mad, I just went to bed.
Yesterday, I woke up and started messing with my computer again. I went into safe mode and tried to do a system restore from an earlier date and it didn't work. I tried once more to a way earlier date and it worked. My computer came back on. I got back into Windows, got online and started downloading as much security, anti-malware and other virus programs for my computer. All of this could have been avoided if I would have been smarter about what I was doing. I didn't even know key logger programs existed, but they do. These internet crooks don't care about you. They just want your money or your identity.
I'm not overly concerned about my identity because I have so many student loans. I know they will be unable to open credit in my name. My debt to loan ratio is through the roof. I was just concerned about the bank account, but managed to shut that down before they had the opportunity to use it. I also read there are new, fake emails coming from Linkedin. If you use that site and receive a request from someone you don't know, I would recommend going to the site and checking your requests there. You don't want to end up with spyware, malware or some crazy virus just because you clicked on a random link sent to your email.
Anyway, I hope I am able to prevent this from happening to someone else. Please use my stupidity to your advantage and always check things out before going through what I went through.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
They also offer incredibly cute holiday gift ideas like this pumpkin:
The Mad Potter? They can accommodate 8-90 people and the only thing you have to supply is people and refreshments. Great for birthdays, team building sessions or as their website notes, "just because". Visit this page for pricing.
Whatever your creative needs are, look no further than The Mad Potter!
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If you're in college and have don't have a lot of time to wash your hair every day, TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo is one of the Top Hair Products for School. YouTube Celebrity Elle Fowler (http://www.youtube.com/allthat…) has teamed up with TRESemmé and created a tutorial to teach people how to use TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo properly. Please visit the following video to learn more about this great product:
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- Do shake vigorously before use and in between spray bursts for best results.
- Do lift sections of dry hair and spray lightly at roots
- Do spray in short bursts, holding 8-12 inches from head
- Don’t spray it like hair spray (all over and continuously)
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Saturday, September 17, 2011
If you're like most people these days, you try to figure out ways to cut back or cut out bills altogether. Cutting back doesn't necessarily mean you have to sacrifice good service. I'd like to tell you a little about Straight Talk:
Straight Talk offers two No-Contract plans:
1) The “ALL YOU NEED” plan for $30 a month to receive 1000 minutes, 1000 text or multimedia messages, 30 MB of data transfer for data phones and 411 calls at no additional charge.
2) The unlimited plan for $45 a month to receive unlimited talk, text and data Nationwide anytime with calls to 411 at no additional charge.
Straight Talk also offers an International Long Distance Service, which is a flexible prepaid calling service that enables you to make international calls from your home, cell or office phone at low rates. Call a friend
Free from activation, reactivation, or termination fees. There are no contracts, no surprise bills and no credit checks. Great nationwide coverage and excellent reception/connectivity. Amazing smart phones; touch screen phones, and app capable phones with features like voice navigation, camera, video recorder, music player, instant messaging, and Bluetooth®. Reconditioned phones are available from $10.00 with camera, mp3 player, mobile web access, and blue-tooth capability. Great for young users! Finally, Straight Talk only uses trusted phone manufacturers like LG, Motorola, Kyocera, Nokia and Samsung. Android on Straight Talk
I love how Straight Talk enables people to cut their cell phone bills in half. You have to be crazy to be on a contract these days when you can get everything you need without one. Imagine the amount of money you could save switching to Straight Talk. What would you buy with the extra money you save?
Straight Talk is a service provided by TracFone Wireless Inc., America’s largest no-contract cell phone provider in the U.S., with over 18.8 million subscribers. TracFone Wireless is a subsidiary of América Móvil S.A.B. de C.V. ("AMX") (BMV: AMX; NYSE: AMX; Nasdaq: AMOV; LATIBEX: XAMXL), the 5th largest cell phone company in the world with more than 236 million cell phone subscribers. Hook, line and sinker
So what are you waiting for? Ditch your carrier and your high monthly phone bill and check out Straight Talk today! You'll be happy you did!
From boot cut to flare jeans and even the ever so popular jean leggings, Express has women's jeans and denim essentials you need! For a limited time, enter for a chance to win free Express jeans! Express will be giving away 50 free pairs that you could possibly be rockin’ on the sidewalk!
I visited http://www.express.com and found the cutest cropped denim jeans:
Everyone who knows me knows I love vintage. I love these cropped jeans because they look like they're a take from a pair of 1950's cropped pants. They show off your figure like nothing else! These apparently have more stretch than most Express jeans and fit really well.
I also like these cute boyfriend jeans:
They look super relaxed and comfortable. A great pair of jeans to run errands in or just hang out with friends. They have rolled cuffs and worn details. They're made of cotton/spandex to give some added stretch.
I also like the EXTREME STRETCH STELLA JEAN LEGGING jeans:
These legging jeans flatter your curves in all the right places and have a lot of stretch as well.
No matter what type of jeans you like or wear, you can find what you are looking for at http://www.express.com.
I encourage everyone to visit Express giveaway to learn more about this great jeans giveaway opportunity. What Express jeans are your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know what your favorite pair is and why.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
I was lucky enough to get Dominic enrolled and accepted into a dual language academy (Spanish/English), which is a magnet school within Houston ISD. While the Pre-K students do not participate in the magnet program, Dominic's teacher does speak Spanish and she said she would be incorporating Spanish into their curriculum.
Here's his first day at school:
Houston ISD, you can read more about them here.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Instagram is basically another social networking site in a nutshell. It allows users to post photo's with captions. You can tag each photo, which makes it easier for other users to find your photo. You can follow people and people can follow you if they wish. It's a pretty cool app/site and I'm totally addicted to it.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Upromise is celebrating its 10th Anniversary by giving away $20,000 to users who share a story that tells how a parent has supported a child's dream! Upromise members have received more than $600 million in college savings through their rewards program, and it wants to celebrate all of the ways it has helped to fuel those sparks that made children into the people they are today and the adults they will become tomorrow.
Users can participate in the sweepstakes by submitting a story, and can vote on their favorite stories by “liking” them. Upromise will give away $1,000 to 10 winners and a grand prize winner for $10,000 will be selected from the participants as well.
Here's my dream I submitted:
I grew up in the 1970's to parents who were children themselves. Neither my mother nor father went to college. My parents divorced when I was nine years old. I grew up in Texas with my father. I never did exceptionally well in school. My father used to tell me I was not college material. When I was twenty-seven years old, I decided I was ready for college. I moved to Chicago and earned my degree in fashion design. Several years later, I earned my MA. Ed. I had to work full time while earning both degrees, which was very challenging.
I dream my son will someday have the luxury to earn as many degrees as he wants and not have to work while attending school.
Upromise invites you to join the movement, share your experiences and give a spark to help fuel the flame of their future dreams. This is an amazing opportunity to win a significant amount of money. I encourage my readers to visit www.upromisetodream.com and submit your dream. I would also like to see this contest promoted via Facebook, Twitter and your own blogs. You can also visit dream wall official rules to learn more about the rules of the contest.