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Learn The Best Way To Protect Your Social Media From Being Hacked With These Expert Tips

Uncategorized Jan 09, 2019

I’ve recently seen a lot of concern and worry about social media accounts being hacked-especially for those who operate theirs as a business. The things I have seen online about social media accounts provide light into how accounts get hacked. However, I want to provide you with a more comprehensive guide on how to prevent it.

Schedule Content & Be Vague

The first mistake accounts make is posting things that are “live” and personally relatable to their individual circumstances. You should never post things as they happen or as you’re doing them. Why? My friend Tara Thueson learned this lesson the hard way when her account was hacked minutes after she posted a story saying she was flying home from Hawaii. The hackers laughed (trust me they did) as they sent the threatening emails they knew she wouldn’t get for a few hours, overtook her account as soon as they knew she wouldn’t notice, and seriously tried to get her to pay to have her...

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5 Ways To Help Your Household Schedules Run Smooth And Never Miss Anything

Uncategorized Jan 04, 2019

Running a household is no joke. We each have our own schedules to do and work out. We have household responsibilities we need to do, tasks to complete and much more. One thing that you can do to help your house run smoother is have various types of meetings each month, week and day. These are the meetings that we have and what I've changed to make them more manageable.

Family Planning Meeting

A Family Planning Meeting is just that: a planning meeting. We use these family meetings to go over what we have going on that month. It helps our house run smoother because we're all aware of what's coming up. We sync schedules accordingly and shift responsibilities as needed. I try to keep these brief and entertaining for my kids with our Family Cheer, snacks, and coloring pages. These are generally short and most of the time done in addition to our more in-depth family meeting.

Couple's Meeting

My husband and I recently began a Financial Fitness Program to help us organize our finances...

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Rethink The Way You Protect Your Child's Identity Online With These Expert Tips

Uncategorized Dec 28, 2018

I know that we get concerned with protecting our own identity, but here's a kicker you may not have thought of: How are protecting your child's identity? Children these days have access to electronics as young as infants. We post and share thousands of pictures, stories, and posts a year. How can you make sure that what you're doing is truly protecting your child? I have some tips for you that will help.

Why Their Identity Is Important

I know that many of the kids I work with don't see their identity as a huge thing. In fact, they're not even sure why they should care about managing their identity. What a scary thing in today's world since at least 10% of kids had their identity stolen; most of them before age 7. You and I are also the only ones that watch for child identity theft.

Is their identity really at risk? Well, the truth is that it's more damaging to them than it is to you. When you have to file for identity theft and prove that you're who you say you are, you have a trail...

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Teens Write Letter To Parents About Thinking Before They Post About Them Online

Uncategorized Dec 26, 2018

At the request of my many adopted teens, I'm taking a step sideways and sharing some tips about things PARENTS should and shouldn't post online. I know we all want to post online some amazing memories, accomplishments and funny stories about our kids. I feel like we are not aware of how what we post online can affect their lives and futures. This is what I want to enlighten you about.

Protect Their Identity

While it doesn't seem like a huge deal sharing the annoying little lies your child does or asking for help discipling your 17 year old, it actually is. Everything you post online is discoverable and, the more technology develops, the more it's easier to tag children unknowingly in events. There are certain things that parents post online which can actually put their child at risk of having their identity compromised, stolen or worse. Posting personal information like birthdays, school friends, significant accomplishments, etc. actually can give away personal identifiable...

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Making Life's Lemonade

Uncategorized Dec 20, 2018

Over the past few months for us, I've been sharing how life has given us what I feel is more than our fair share of lemons. We've had just one bad thing after another seem to hit and befall us. And I still get asked all the time how I'm so positive, happy and at peace with it all. Well, the truth is I'm not on the inside. I honestly have just learned the secret to being happy with my life: make lemonade with life's lemons. How do we do that? I'll share my not-so-secret recipe with you.

Look For The Little Miracles

The first ingredient is oftentimes overlooked when we're going through any trials. For my husband and I looking for life's little miracles in each and every situation and circumstance is key. Even in our darkest moments, my husband and I stop, pause, and look at things from God's perspective. This is how we are able to see the little miracles in our trials. It doesn't make them go away, but it makes them a little bit less sour and lighter to bear. Looking for the...

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Securing Your Email Account Is One Of The Ways You Can Prevent And Easily Detect Identity Theft

Uncategorized Dec 18, 2018

I recently published a post on my tips for protecting your identity while shopping online and the response for more content has been ridiculous!! I know that we are all looking for ways to protect our identities while being online. So, I have decided that for the rest of this month's tech blog posts will be all about identity protection tips I have for you. I may even release a mini Identity Protection course for y'all in January next year, if you're interested in that. So where do you start with identity protection online? I believe you start with the basic place that holds all your information: your email account. Yes your email account is the logical place to start when it comes to identity protection.

Email Provider Security

I always recommend for my clients that they look into their email account's security features. What kinds of security features should your email account have? I'll make it simple and list them here for you:

  • Complex, long passwords (think more than 12...
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Finding Strength In Trials

Uncategorized Dec 13, 2018

Whenever I hear someone talk about trials, I always end up feeling like they're a brief, intense moment in time. I get the impression that they come and go just as quickly as a hurricane or a thunderstorm. The truth, for me, is the trial lasts longer than anyone ever says it does. Many trials in our lives are not over in a quick flash or come on like a thunderstorm. Trials come all the time, getting more intense the more you have to do and carry. I don't normally share these kinds of things, but today I feel like we need to talk about the life long trials and how to survive them.

What Postpartum Looks Like

This is what postpartum looks like. Not every time you tell the world you're pregnant do you get to take home that precious baby. Not every pregnancy allows you to bring home a baby. These are the worst kind. Postpartum is rarely glamorous or fun-baby or not. It's the worst when you can't bring home that bundle of joy and you're left with more questions than answers.

Postpartum...

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Using These 5 Expert Tips Can Protect Your Identity When Shopping Online This Season

Uncategorized Dec 10, 2018

With one of the busiest shopping seasons coming up, I feel it important to share with you my 5 tips I use to keep my identity safe when shopping online. The most obvious way to keep your identity safe online is to not shop online, but I feel like that’s living in fear and impractical for 90% of the population.

Secure Accounts

Learning how your identity is stolen is the key to protecting it. Most identity theft happens when you enter information into a false sight; usually in response to a gift of some kind. So always check the website you’re visiting. Don’t simply search in Google for the site address; type it in yourself. Many people like you have their identities compromised by visiting a site that isn't legit like you're lead to believe. It's like you visiting a site that's ".org" instead of ".com". Copy and paste the site url before visiting it and entering your information.

Encrypt Purchase Information

The second thing you can do is verify...

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Raising Children Is Like Raising Yourself As An Adult And That Requires Failing A Lot

Uncategorized Dec 06, 2018

As a new mom, I thought I knew it everything there was to know about raising kids. After all, I had spent decades babysitting, teaching and learning how to teach kids. How was my own baby going to be any different? Ha!!! I wish someone would have sat me down and told me raising your children is like raising yourself as an adult. So take everything you don't like about you, everything you've been trying to "fix" for years, and that's what you're going to have issues with when your baby comes along. For me, that's exactly what it has been like raising my kids. I spent many years trying to figure it out and I want to share some lessons I've learned from "doing it wrong" so other moms won't make the same mistakes I have.

Learn To Love Yourself First

One of the greatest things I have learned from "doing it wrong" is that I need to learn to love myself first. When you have your own children, they will each come with their own personalities and some of those personalities will be...

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4 Expert Reasons Why A Charging Station Creates The Best Tech Environment In Your Home

Uncategorized Dec 04, 2018

It's no secret that one of the reasons we don't have a problem with Screen Time in our home is because we have a Charging Station for all of our electronics. Today, I'm sharing my secrets with you on why our charging station is effective and how we use it in our home. Trust me, putting one in your house will be a game changer too.

Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

I love a charging station that locks because it keeps things, out of sight and out of mind. When you talk to criminals about what makes a target easy to steal, it's always because they can see it and it's convenient. If my kids forget that they have access to it, it really prevents them from wanting it all the time. Even my teenagers like it when they come over because they know they can charge their devices safely, without fearing of my kids stealing them.

Limited Access

One of the earliest security tricks I learned was only allowing access to what you need. In my home, it's not different. I don't want my kids to have access to...

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