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Atlanta was hit with a snow and ice storm that made roadways treacherous and left many stranded.  People from other parts of the country that live here now admitted that traveling the streets during the storm was tougher than driving though a blizzard.  A southern snow and ice mix is […]

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When:  October 1, 2013 Where:  Kennesaw State University 1000 Chastain Road Leadership Room in the Student Center Kennesaw, GA  30144 Time:  6:00 – 7:30 PM Free of charge Learn how to save major $$$, find coupons, and discovera newprocess in couponing. Learn about savings through websites, organizations, shopping strategies, and […]

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  Last Friday it became official, I actually asked for a senior discount.  Many times I had thought when I got to the age I could get a senior discount, that actually getting one would be like taking a bullet!!!  I will be one of those women, no matter what […]

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One of my absolutely favorite blogs is www.southernhospitalityblog.com. Rhoda is an incredible DIY’er – I began following her over a year ago when she moved from Birmingham to Atlanta. Talk about rewriting your story, Rhoda is doing just that. As she writes on her blog: “My story is a great […]

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Americans will be paying more in Taxes in 2013.   As the chart below from CNNmoney shows we will be seeing a shortage in our paychecks.   So what can a family do to offset this shortage? A family can easily save hundreds to thousands of dollars each year by simply […]

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There are many agencies, organizations, and ministries that help people that are in need of assistance.  I have put together a Action Plan of Assistance that is a step-by-step plan to help you in your search.   Below you will find a National Action Plan that can be used anywhere […]

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Atlanta was hit with a snow and ice storm that made roadways treacherous and left many stranded.  People from other parts of the country that live here now admitted that traveling the streets during the storm was tougher than driving though a blizzard.  A southern snow and ice mix is vicious.  I went through a 12 hour ordeal getting home, sat in a line of traffic for hours (pic above to prove it!), thousands were stranded, many had to sleep in their cars, children had to spend the night in schools or were stuck on buses until the next day, and animals were left at home for days without fresh water or food.

The weather forecast can be tricky in Georgia, they have called for this weather before and it did nothing.  I got up early and heard the forecast for snow and ice, all businesses and schools decided to start the day as usual.  But a gut instinct told me to dress in layers with thermals and take some snow boots “Just in case”.  I had a fleeting thought about grabing a blanket, but did not act on it which could have been a big mistake.

My snow boots were a HUGE help!  I got out of my car a few times during the ordeal and they kept me relatively slip free.   But there were things I did not take and later purchased or wish I had with me.  So I decided to create a Action Plan for Commuters when there is a forecast of Inclement Weather.

Action Plan – Step 1 – Prepare for commute

  1. Check multiple weather sites to get the most current forecast.   I always check weather.com, listen to one of the local weather channels, and check the forecast on the www.noaa.org website.  I find that noaa.org usually gets it right and defer to it if there is a difference of opinion.

  2. If bad weather is predicted and you make the decision to commute, you can easily prepare and put together a SNOWJam kit for your car (see kit list below)

  3. Dress in layers – take coats, hats, gloves, scarves for all riders.

  4. Items needed for babies or small children – diapers, formula, books, small toys

  5. Make preparations for you animals.  Leave out enough food and water for a full 24 hours.  Make sure you have a way for a neighbor to get in your home to tend to your animals until you can get home. (Real story – one of our neighbors found me on FB and asked us to feed his dog.)

Step 2 – SNOWJam Kit:  * bring extra to share

  • Your best shoes for snow or ice

  • Cash/Debit or Credit Cards – make sure you have both (several people I know were stuck for hours with no money or way to book a room or buy food – some merchants could not take cards)

  • Water/Drinks – enough to last a few days – 1 gallon per person per day and plan for 3 days  (a case of water even better) *

  • Snacks – Protein bars, peanut butter crackers, packs of nuts, fruit *

  • Blanket(s) *

  • Cell Phone chargers  – car and wall outlet charger (very important as you may find refuge in a store or someones home and you want to stay in touch with loved ones.  I finally ended up in a truck stop and had used my phone, even plugged in with a charger  the battery was almost dead.  So I was back and forth between car and the store walking on ice more than I would have liked.)

  • Daily Medicine/Medical supplies IN THEIR ORIGINAL CONTAINERS – VERY IMPORTANT – I did not have my medicine with me, some people did not get home for a couple of days which could be life threatening without their meds or supplies.

  • Flashlight  - remember good working batteries

  • SOLO cups – you guessed it – potty break

  • Toilet Paper/Wipes

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Garbage bags – layer over blankets for warmth or use for trash

  • Extra protection:  in advance purchase snow chains, jumper cables, kitty litter, extra set of clothes and have in the car at all times.

Step 3 – Commute

  1. When you leave home make sure to have 1/2 Tank of gas or more!
    Also purchase any items missing in kit list above.

Step 4 – Technology Tips

  1. Social Media – keep informed via Facebook and Twitter account – social media kept me in the loop and was a huge help as the Verizon network would not allow me to make or receive calls for most of the day.  SNOWEDOUTATLANTA helped coordinate massive rescue efforts on Facebook.

  2. Hotwire.com – many people were standed and needed a hotel room and were turned away.  Go online and book via Hotwire.com – you can search for hotels near you and hopefully get a good rate to boot.  My sister saved the day as my son and his friend were stranded.  They made several attempts to book by phone and walk in with no success, my sister found one quickly.

             If you become stranded:

              Call 911 – also let others know via text or social media where you are located

              Send your location to family and friends via text, phone call, Facebook, Twitter.

              Post on SNOWEDOUTATLANTA to request assistance

             Google map – pin location (info) where you are located, share via social media and email to let others
know where you are and your situation.

My hopes are that we never experience this type of event again, but if we do that I will be a bit more prepared and hope that this Action Plan will help you be as well.

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When:  October 1, 2013

Where:  Kennesaw State University

1000 Chastain Road

Leadership Room in the Student Center

Kennesaw, GA  30144

Time:  6:00 – 7:30 PM

Free of charge

Learn how to save major $$$, find coupons,
and discovera newprocess in couponing. Learn
about savings through websites, organizations,
shopping strategies, and more! Learn how
redirecting your savings on products can free
your $$$ for healthier food choices!
Register online at

www.kennesaw.edu/stu_dev/alp/events.shtml

Open to all KSU Students, Faculty, Staff, and Family

Any questions – email helenmmaddox@gmail.com

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Senior Discount List

by Helen on April 18, 2013

 

Last Friday it became official, I actually asked for a senior discount.  Many times I had thought when I got to the age I could get a senior discount, that actually getting one would be like taking a bullet!!!  I will be one of those women, no matter what my actual age is – I will think I am forever 28 years old.  It will keep me young in spirit for sure!

Many people wonder what type of discounts you can get, check this handy PDF list below and print off or share with those 50+.

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When:  April 18, 2013 (Thurs)

Where:  Eagle Pointe Church

5100 Old Stilesboro Rd NW  Acworth, GA 30101
(770) 421-1643

Time:  6:30 to 8:00

Free of charge

Women in Focus would like to invite you to my next Couponing 101 – open to all ladies.

(Note:  No childcare is available).

Any questions – email helenmmaddox@gmail.com

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BANK OF AMERICA AND MERRILL LYNCH HELP CARDHOLDERS CELEBRATE SPRING

WITH MUSEUMS ON US®

Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders in Atlanta to receive free admission on

Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7

WHAT: Bank of America’s Museums on Us will offer free weekend access to Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders in Atlanta

WHEN: Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 (and the first full weekend of each month in 2013)

WHERE: Atlanta History Center 

& High Museum of Art

 

WHY: Museums on Us is designed to provide a cultural benefit to Bank of America cardholders and increase access to the arts across the United States. The program brings new audiences and increased attention to participating organizations, which range from some of the nation’s most celebrated museums to regional gems and include art, science and history museums, as well as other cultural institutions.

DETAILS: Simply present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain free general admission to any participating institution. Cardholders only; guests are not eligible for free admission. Program excludes fundraising events, special exhibitions and ticketed shows the first full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of each month. Not to be combined with other offers.

Bank of America is offering its customers a way to celebrate spring and enjoy the new season with Museums on Us. The program is giving bank cardholders free admission to some of America’s favorite museums and cultural institutions, including the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, IL, Brooklyn Children’s Museum in Brooklyn, NY, Perot Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas, TX and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, CA. As part of Museums on Us, more than 150 leading U.S. cultural institutions, in 31 states across the country, welcome bank cardholders in for free on the first full weekend of each month. For more information about Museums on Us, visit: http://museums.bankofamerica.com.

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Adairsville, GA Disaster Relief Action Plan

by Helen on February 2, 2013

Last February tornadoes ripped through Paulding County, GA. I was asked to write up a Disaster Relief Action Plan by relief coordinators and the plan was distributed to storm victims. I have updated and have a plan for those that have been impacted by the storms that hit Adairsville, GA this week. Please share this with churches, relief groups, agencies, and those that doing relief work there and with the disaster victims.



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One of my absolutely favorite blogs is www.southernhospitalityblog.com. Rhoda is an incredible DIY’er – I began following her over a year ago when she moved from Birmingham to Atlanta. Talk about rewriting your story, Rhoda is doing just that. As she writes on her blog:

“My story is a great testimony of how God can take ugly life circumstances and turn them into something beautiful and good and looking back 2 years ago, when my life seemed to be falling apart beyond repair, it’s with His amazing grace that I celebrate my Open House with all of you.”

(click on the links above to see her beautiful blog and read her story)

My sister Rita, friend Gail, and I arrived early. We wanted to get there before the rush. As Gail put it – she was so excited – it was like meeting a famous star! We 3 had followed her blog – read about her trials and triumphs, and loved seeing the transformation of her new home. Mind you the transformation was not easy work, it included ripping out cabinets, painting, rebuilding, sanding, you name it they did it – she with the help of friends, family, and most of all her sweet, sweet parents.

When we arrived we got to meet Rhoda – we were giddy! Rhoda is in the middle below, along with her roommate Rhonda (left), and sister Renee (right). The 3 R’s looked marvelous!!!!

 

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My sister Rita (on left), Gail (on right), and I were thrilled to be there. The house – let me just say – pictures don’t do it justice. It was breathtaking! Rhoda knows how to mix colors, fabrics, accessorize and it is a feast for the eyes!

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Renee was sitting with their sweet Dad and enjoying the company. Her Dad – is 85 – and works harder than most men 50 years his junior. We all watched and read about him installing stair treds, helping tear out the kitchen, and meanwhile tending to his gardens that he loves so dearly.

See what I mean – don’t you love the colors!

Just one of the beautiful vignettes in her home.

Look at the teal colors, felt like being at the ocean, love it!

This chest and mirror was at the top of her steps as we came in – stunning!

I had to get a shot of the merriment – everyone was a buzz and so excited to be there!

Her dining room – just gorgeous!

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This picture on canvas is one of my favorite things in her house – she posted this picture on her blog and I thought it was so dear. She and her Dad worked side by side – and this picture will always be a precious memory to her and us of the love and dedication he showed during the build out of the house.

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Oh and the kitchen, just beautiful. You would not believe – she had oak cabinets in prior to these beautiful Ikea cabinets. There is a lot of buzz about her new kitchen – look for it and Rhoda to become famous!

Rhoda in her beautiful bedroom – we all were so inspired!

My sister Rita and Rhonda, talking about writing, as writers do, and planning for us to all go eat Mexican soon (I am psyched!)

Oh and her office – let me tell you I would be so thrilled to have a retreat to work on my blog in a room like this. Look at the stenciled wall – the colors – she can mix and match with the best of them.

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See what I mean, look at her beautiful bedroom! She recently blogged about hand painting her drapes – they were scrumptious!

The highlight besides meeting Rhoda, was meeting her parents. What sweet wonderful people. We told her father that he was famous, that many people from all over thought so much of him and admired him for all he did to help Rhoda re-do her house. His comment “Well, that is just what you do for your children”.

I hope you enjoyed this Open House tour – I know I did. Be sure to find Rhoda on Facebook:
www.facebook.com/SouthernHospitalityBlog
– and bookmark her blog www.southernhospitalityblog.com. You will be inspired, learn tricks on saving money with her DIY projects, and learn how to create a home that is a refuge, retreat, and lovely to behold!

 

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My next Couponing 101 class will be held at Kennesaw State University.  This is my 2nd class at KSU, and Faculty, Staff, Students, and Family are all invited.   I am doing this class as a way to give back to the University, I began working at KSU in May of last year and love it there.  So I hope you will join me for this FREE session, be sure to register at:

www.kennesaw.edu/stu_dev/alp/events.shtml

 

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Americans will be paying more in Taxes in 2013.   As the chart below from CNNmoney shows we will be seeing a shortage in our paychecks.   So what can a family do to offset this shortage?

A family can easily save hundreds to thousands of dollars each year by simply using coupons to purchase groceries and everyday items.  By using coupons and combining with shopping sales, money will be saved and can offset lower take home pay.

I have been teaching Couponing 101 classes for over 2 years.  Many of those that have attended have told me by using the methods that I teach they have saved hundreds to thousands of dollars and has made a major impact on their budget.  I am scheduling classes now for Couponing 101 – and offer to all venues: businesses, schools, churches, organizations, and in peoples homes.   My normal charge is $10/person and also offer a 50/50 split for fundraisers with schools and organizations.  Classes are forming now – you are welcome to contact me to schedule today!  Click here to Email The Lifeboat! 

Chart from http://money.cnn.com/2013/01/03/news/economy/fiscal-cliff-taxes/index.html

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Less than $5.00 Comfy Cozy Christmas Gift

by Helen on December 16, 2012

I always like to look for cute gift ideas that are $5.00 or less.  One of the deals I came across this year was while shopping at JoAnn’s and at Walgreens.  I found some of the cutest little soft socks – do you have any like these – they are soft and keep your feet so warm!

These were a package of 2 pairs of socks for $7.99, but they were on sale for $3.19!   So I got 6 Pairs :}

Then I found some cute bags that were $1.48 but on sale for 59 cents – and I got 6 of them!

I had a 25% off coupon – and with a $1.99 bag of trail mix the total came to $19.52

My next trip was to Walgreens where they had lots of goodies on sale.  I had seen these holiday hot chocalate packets on sale for 97 cents – and of course as luck would have it they had 6 left and I got them all!

I wanted to find a cute label or card to go with the bags, and found some very cute printables.

I cut out one of the tags, used a hole puncher and punched a whole at the top of the tag, used some Raffia and a little cardinal I had in my Christmas Gift Wrap organizer.

And – I think it turned out very cute.

The total cost for each:

JoAnn’s —- 3.19 + .59 =   3.78  (after 25% off coupon) = $2.83

Walgreens — .97 (hot chocolate)

(Note:  I also bought $1.00 package of red tissue paper which I shared among the 6 bags) = .16

So for approximately – $2.83 + .97 + .16 =  $3.96

I will most likely add some home baked goodies in the mix – and will be my Comfy Cozy Christmas Gift!

(Note:  I already gave one as a gift in case you were wondering why I only show 5 pairs of things :} )

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