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ICE Standard with Smart911 In Case of Emergency App

ICE standard app

Ice Standard with Smart911 could save your life. This free application places all of your emergency health information on the lock screen of your iPhone, giving emergency personal your medical and contact info even when your cell is in lock mode.

We downloaded this application after speaking with an emergency professional regarding what they look for when they arrive at the scene of an emergency. Many people have an ICE contact in their phone, but because most people have their phone locked the emergency responders have no access to phone contacts.

With this application you can choose which of the following information to show up as wallpaper on your lock screen:
Emergency Contacts #’s
Birth Date
Blood Type
Health Conditions
Insurance Info
Other information

911 app

ICE Standard has partnered with Smart911 so you can register your cell phone number.  When you call 911 from your cell phone, emergency responders can see your ICE information in Smart911 enabled communities.

When an emergency situation occurs the more information the EMT’s have the better chance they have at saving your life or the life of your loved one. This information also allows them to quickly have the number of your emergency contact.

You can download this application on itunes. If you have an Android phone there are similar apps available at play.google.com for a small fee.

Do you have an app on your phone that you think we should give a try? Leave us a comment below.


Walmart Savings Catcher Program

Walmart Savings Catcher

Walmart Savings Catcher Program: Walmart has announced a new program called Savings Catcher for all in-store purchases. What a great program for those of us who don’t like to go to a bunch of different stores in order to hit all the sales.

Here’s how it works: If a local competitor in your area offers a lower advertised price on an item that you recently purchased at Walmart, you get back the difference on a Walmart Rewards eGift Card or a Bluebird by American Express Card. Amounts credited to these Cards can be used to make purchases exclusively in-store at Walmart or online at Walmart.com.

Walmart Savings

Savings Catcher has 3 simple ways to enter your receipts.

  • Enter the receipt number online at www.savingcatcher.walmart.com
  • Scan the code at the bottom of your store receipt using the scanner in the Savings Catcher section of the Walmart app.
  • Register your phone number on the Walmart app or card reading at check out, then each time you check out enter your phone number and your receipt will be submitted.

You can submit up to 7 receipts per week and Walmart will search your area for advertised prices that are lower and give you back the difference in reward dollars. You can let your reward dollars accumulate until you are ready to redeem them for a Walmart Rewards eGift Card or your Bluebird by American Express Card. I think this is the best part of the program, that you can wait until you decide to redeem, instead of getting a bunch of in-store rebate coupons.

We entered our first receipt and the whole process took about 2 minutes the first time to set up the account and enter. We received a credit for $2.15 on just that one receipt. The only negative about this program is it does not include on-line purchases, which we tend to do quite a bit during the holiday season.

Do you know of a great savings promotion being offered this year? Comment below, we would love to check it out.

This offer is valid until 2/28/2015

Travel Tips

Packing Tips for Business Travelers

Business Travel Tips Weve Tried It

Packing Tips for Business Travelers: One of our female readers asked for tips on packing for a business trip, a task that we’ll readily admit can be daunting.

Airlines now charge a fee for baggage and an additional charge for overweight luggage. Most business travelers favor a carry-on bag, thus eliminating the extra work associated with checked bags and the possibility that a lost or misdirected suitcase may not arrive with the traveler.

That said, savvy business travels have adopted the art of packing light by choosing neutral colored pants and skirts that can be paired with a number of light-weight blouses, scarves and jewelry. Don’t forget to include a nice jacket for dressier events and a pair of great looking shoes that will work for all occasions and are comfortable.

Exercise enthusiasts should also pack a set of workout clothes and athletic shoes. If you have the luxury of checking into your hotel before your first meeting, consider wearing jeans and your running shoes to and from the airport. Not only will you be more comfortable, but these bulkier items won’t take up valuable space in your carry-on.

The best way to keep clothing wrinkle-free is to fill up the suitcase space so that shifting is kept to a minimum. We recommend using interior straps, if available. Take care not to compress the folded items when the bag is closed.

Some travels purchase clothing folders, simple devices that are used to fold shirts and blouses like you might receive them from the dry cleaners. Place them in a plastic bag to further ensure your shirts arrive in great condition.

Toiletries, in miniature, should be placed in a zipper bags to ensure there are no spills. Doing so can save a mishap that could stain the suit you were planning to wear to an important negotiation session. It is also easy to pull out these personal care items for inspection during check-in.

Google your destination before packing to determine the weather during your stay. Will you need a raincoat and umbrella?

A lightweight laptop case that is easy to get into is a great investment. Make sure it has enough room for the rest of your devices and chargers. To ensure everything gets put into this all important case – MAKE A LIST and check it before you leave for the airport.

Do you consider yourself an expert at packing? Comment below with any great tips you have to share.

Travel Clothing and Accessories


Get Facebook Messages Without Downloading Messenger

Facebook Messages without Messenger

Get Facebook Messages Without Downloading Messenger: For those of you who are bucking the system and not downloading Facebook’s new Messenger application, we have a way that you can still see your private messages.

Go to Safari or whatever your web browser is and search for Facebook, open and and login. Save your password if you want it to stay open all the time.

Facebook WTI

Next go to the bottom of the screen and add the page to your home screen. There you go, you can now see your messages without adding another app. And for all intents and purposes you can get rid of your actual app, if you want.

No Facebook Messenger

We aren’t wanting to debate about whether or not Facebook is getting into all of your personal stuff with the new messenger app . For us it’s more of the principal of having to download an extra application when the first one works fine. This is just an alternative.


Weve Tried It Everyday Life Hacks

Remove Rust with Hot Vinegar Weve Tried It

Cut a Recipe in Half Measurements

Life Hacks WTI

Marker Life Hacks Weve Tried It

Life Hacks Weve Tried It

Weve Tried It Life Hacks

Mascara Life Hack Weve Tried It

Fridge Life Hacks Weve Tried It

Weve Tried It Everyday Life Hacks: We are always on the lookout for new life hacks to try out. If you know of any greats ones please leave us a comment below and we will test them out and see if they really work.

If you like any of the hacks above before sure to share them with your friends.

Back to school tips

Back to School Tips for Parents

School Supplies

Back to School Tips for Parents: In just a little over a month we will be sending our children back to school. It’s never to soon to start preparing.

Back to school shopping can be a big hit to your finances if you have not planned properly. The average family will spend $669.28 on clothes, shoes, supplies and electronics. This is an increase of almost 5% from last year.

If you take the time and do some planning, you might be able to save your family some time and money.

Here are some tips for getting organized:

Make a list: Check your schools website for their supply lists. Have you child try on their clothes and shoes from last year to see what is actually needed.

Shop at home first: You might be surprised what is left over from last year. Look in your drawers, cabinets and closets to find items from last year that can be used this year. Pencil boxes, calculators, rulers and boxes of pencils and pens all can usually be used for a couple of years.

Create a budget: Be clear with the family what you are able to spend, then figure out what is most needed and purchase those items first.

Check Ads: Check both online and print ads for special buys. Some retailers are even posting special ads on their social media pages.

school supplies list

School Tool Box Online Shopping Review

School Tool Box

School Tool Box Online Shopping Review: This year we decided to purchase our school supplies through schooltoolbox.com to make back to school time less stressful. No more having to go to multiple stores because they are out of items that are needed.

My daughter’s school is participating in the School Tool Box program. Each class list is already set up online for us. If you have some items from last year that you don’t need to purchase for this year, no problem just remove the items from the preset box for your class.

If your child’s school is not on the list of participating schools no worries, you can create your own custom box that is delivered right to your home. Just use the individual supplies tab to shop for the items on the list. The product categories menu’s are set up very well so creating your box is just a few clicks away.

We have heard from several teaching professionals who say they love School Tool Box because they know all the children will have exactly what they need for a great year of learning.

Another benefit of School Tool Box is that when your school participates in the program they can receive $5.00 per box as a fundraiser. If you are ordering as an individual, School Tool Box makes a donation to Feed My Starving Children for each box ordered.

School Supply Shopping

We are thrilled to already be done with our school supply shopping! When do you start your shopping?


Sunburn relief

At Home Sunburn Relief Remedies

Sunburn remedies Weve Tried It

At Home Sunburn Relief Remedies: Did you spend a little to much time out in the sun yesterday and now have a nasty sunburn? Here are some great home remedies for easing the pain with items you probably already have.

After doing a good amount of research, we found that these are the most common natural remedies.

Vinegar: Vinegar is a great way to treat sunburn,it is most effective after a cool or tepid shower.

You will need:
-1 cup apple cider vinegar
-a spray bottle (optional)
-Cotton balls

Take a water only shower if possible. Fill a spray bottle with pure unfiltered apple cider vinegar, and spray it onto your burn, or soak cotton balls and apply. Let it dry.

Milk: A cool milk compress is one of the quickest, simplest and low-cost ways to treat sunburn. The cool temperature of the milk with help ease the heat, while the milk creates a layer of protein to help your skin heal.

You will need:
-Soft Cloth
-Chilled milk

Pour a bowl of milk high enough so that you can thoroughly soak your soft cloth in it. When the cloth is saturated, let the excess liquid drain off. Drape across your burn, pressing gently so that it stays in place, and leave it on for as long as needed. If the milk in the bowl becomes room temperature chill it before re-dunking your compress.

Cucumber: Cucumbers can provide instant relief to sunburned skin. Not only is a cool cucumber soothing to the burn simply because its cool, but its antioxidant and analgesic properties promote healing and further relief from discomfort. You can either apply cucumber slices directly to the skin or make a cucumber paste and apply to the skin.

Baking Soda: Adding a few heaping tablespoons of baking soda to cool bath water makes a sunburn-soothing remedy. Just keep your soaking time down to 15 to 20 minutes.

Oatmeal: Oatmeal added to cool bathwater offers another wonderful relief for sunburned skin. Fill up the bathtub with cool water-scoop 1/2 to 1 cup oatmeal — an ideal skin soother — and mix it in

Potato: A potato makes a great pain reliever. Take two washed potatoes, cut them into small chunks, and place them in a blender or food processor. Blend or process until the potatoes are in liquid form. Add water if they look dry. Pat the burned areas with the pulverized potatoes. Wait until the potatoes dry, then take a cool shower.

Water: The sun not only burned your skin, but dehydrated it. Be sure to replenish liquids by drinking plenty of water while recovering from a sunburn.

Pain relievers: Nonprescription pain relievers such as aspirin and ibuprofen can relieve pain and cut the inflammation of a sunburn.

Do you have another great homemade sunburn remedy? Please leave us a comment below. Feel free to share these great tips with your friends on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

Car repair

Vehicle Maintenance Tips

Vehicle Maintenance Tips: Properly maintaining your vehicle is key to keeping it running longer and reducing the chances of costly repairs in the future.

By doing regular maintenance, your mechanic should be able to spot minor problems easily. Here are the basics:

Oil Changes: Oil changes are recommended every 5,000 miles if you use conventional oil, or every 10,000 miles if you use synthetic oil. During your oil changes be sure to have your air filter and windshield wipers inspected as well. Wipers should be changed at least once a year.

Replacing Tires: Use the penny trick to check for wear on tires. Put the penny in upside down in the tire tread, if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head on the penny, then the tire is worn out. If you can see all of Lincoln’s hair, then the tire is completely worn out. Also look at the side walls of your tires for cracking. If you see cracks in the side walls, then it’s time to replace the tires.

Tire Rotation: To keep tires rotated properly it is recommended that you rotate your tires every six months or 6,000 miles. Rotating tires will give you longer wear on your tires saving you money.

Brake Inspections: Have your brakes inspected every time you get your tires rotated. Disc brakes usually include a part called a wear indicator. When the wear indicator grinds against the rotor, it makes a squealing noise as you apply the brakes. This noise is a signal which tells you it’s time to have your brakes replaced.

Tire Pressure: Check the air pressure in your tires once a month. Tire pressure can change due to various conditions. The pressure can change due to weather conditions, heavy driving or lack of driving. Be sure to have your tire inflated to the correct pressure for the weather. There are different PSI recommendations for cold weather and warm weather.

If you are in the St. Croix Valley and in need of a tires, wheels or car repairs, we recommend the family owned business RMF Auto Service.

We found this car maintenance check list on the Napa website:

Car Maintenance Check List

Do you have any maintenance tips you use? Comment below we would love to hear them.

Lawn mower

Lawn Mower Maintenance Tips

Lawn Mower Tips

Lawn Mower Maintenance Tips: Few pieces of lawn equipment take a beating like a lawn mower.  Yet, this important piece of equipment is often neglected until it won’t start or something breaks.

A lack of preventive maintenance almost guarantees an early death for your lawn mower, but you don’t have to be a mechanic to keep it buzzing all summer long.

Check the oil: Monitor the oil level in your mower and look for floating debris or oil that is dark black in color. Old or contaminated oil should be drained and replaced. To change the oil, remove the drain plug underneath the mower and allow it to drain completely. Be sure to consult your owner’s manual for the correct type of oil to use.

Clean out the undercarriage: Grass can get caked in the undercarriage potentially clogging the mower’s discharge chute. Use a wire brush to scrape grass clippings and dirt from the undercarriage and spray the remaining debris away with a hose.

Inspect the air filter:  A clogged or dirty air filter puts added stress on the mower and burns gas less efficiently. Most lawn mowers have a paper or foam air filter that can be easily accessed.

Change the spark plug: Like the air filter, the spark plug is extremely important to a functioning lawn mower, yet inexpensive and easy to replace. Change the spark plug every year to ensure an easy start.

Have the mower blades sharpened: Mower blades endure a great deal of stress thanks to rocks, large branches and other hidden objects. A dull blade rips and tears grass instead of providing a clean cut.

Do you have any great outdoor tips to share? Comment below we would love to hear them.