Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Update on Our Issues with Frontier and Our New Provider Choice

A few months ago, I shared our negative experience with Frontier Communications, their bad customer service and our feeling that we were scammed for a package price deal we never received. We did stop service with this company which weirdly enough gave us credit we will never use (another scam to entice us back?) and searched for a service that would mostly fit our television viewing needs.

I encourage others who are having troubles with this company to do research on alternative network providers that exist out there. When we were in the thick of these issues with Frontier, I came upon way too many people experiencing the same horrendous customer service exposure we received.  There are other kinds of options including streaming services I never knew about that provide local channels and recording services. We settled on YouTube TV which, I have to be honest, took a lot of getting used to. But I think we're getting the hang of it & are relatively happy with their service.  We pay much less which will allow us to sign-up for different streaming services at different times depending on what shows we want to have access to.  And overall, just feel so much better shedding a company we did not feel good about. 
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Also, taking this opportunity to promote Lego Manatee! He needs so many more votes to become a real set. What an amazing opportunity for conservation awareness for these beautiful creatures if they became a Lego set. Vote for him: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/4e1b5ad6-912c-4f37-a8fb-2333779db8ec
Vote! 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Please Support Lego Ideas Manatee

My Husband and Sons are constantly working on new creative projects whether it be shooting video blogs, wall art, writing stories or building original Lego creations--it's always neat to see where their creations end up and whether or not they ever want to share their final products or just "shelve" them, literally or digitally. When my sons came to me with their Lego manatee build, I was beyond excited! Their Dad and I encouraged them to enter it into Lego Ideas and I honestly felt like it would be fairly easy to garner support from both Lego fans and Manatee Conservation fans.  But Lego requires tangible votes and I didn't fully comprehend the gigantic challenge in converting the excitement and support into actual votes that Lego would take seriously. It's a constant campaign...and it's a long journey.
Please vote!
Meaningful toys are difficult to find. Today's influencers focus on taking selfies in various positions and making news by who they're dating.  But conservation? That's a bit on the dull side, apparently.  That's why I love this Lego Ideas concept of a Manatee Build. Kids enjoy Lego in general so that works just on its own.  But building something with a clear message--in this case, the awareness and conservation plight of the Manatee--is delicious icing on the cake.  Lego plans on moving ahead with plant-based sustainable bricks and I believe this build would be a perfect meld.
Please Vote!
In order to vote for this Lego Idea, you have to have an account.  It's pretty easy to set up (just the same as setting up any online account).  It's free to vote and sharing the link would expose it to more potential supporters.  Take a look at the build closely, and decide if supporting it is something you'd like to do. And if you are so inclined please,  Vote! Vote! Vote!

Adventures of Lego Manatee:
Giving Aquaman a ride....
Always hungry!
          


Lego Manatee even went on a So You Think You Can Dance audition! He's really working it, so please vote for him!

Support the Brothers with Lego Manatee and Vote!!




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Thursday, August 9, 2018

When Books Just Feel Like a Hug

I periodically review--but mostly recommend--books that I enjoy and I make an effort to come up with interesting titles for the blog.  Thankfully, there are memes that inspire me. For this entry, this one stood out. 
Yes, sometimes, reading a great book does feel like a hug! Big shout-out to whoever came up with this gem! Here are my current recommendations:


Without You (Changing Hearts Series Book 1) by [Vargas, Yesenia]
 
Without You by Yesenia Vargas

This story begins at the tale end of high school when Ariana and Lucas first meet.  They are seniors and will be moving on to college upon graduation.  They fall in love and have to deal with all those crazy & scary feelings, but then must decide if the relationship is strong enough to withstand the distance post high school. It’s all about choices & as a reader I was rooting for them to make the right ones. The characters are of Latin descent & I loved how the author incorporates some language and culture while telling a very relatable story.  The main heroine, Ariana is strong and is a great role model for girls.  And Lucas is all kinds of sweet & kind. It’s not hard imagining falling in love with him.  I really enjoyed this beautiful story of young love.


Rock Her by Inglath Cooper  

The chapters alternate to tell the story in the perspectives of the characters: married couple Lizzy & Ty, their daughter Kylie, and rock star musician Ren.  I enjoyed “hearing” their voices because it shows how the same situation can be seen from so many points-of-view and not just a right or wrong, or bad person versus good person.  It’s also a look at how a marriage can pretty much implode on itself and how quickly the blame is attached to one particular person.  But every marriage takes two, and choices, even in small ways are made every day. Relationships are so complicated—between a man & a woman, and between parents & kids.  It’s all seen in this really entertaining story.

Escape in You by Rachel Schurig   

Zoe and Taylor are from different sides of the track, but surprisingly similar in their life struggles. Zoe feels trapped in her home life, having to take care of a mentally unstable mother.  Taylor is also trapped taking care of a mother who doesn’t hide her disdain of him and blames him for the loss of her son, Taylor’s beloved older brother.  They find solace in each other & develop intense feelings that could be love.  But they’re both afraid to trust in it and in each other.  Mix in some partying, alcohol, drugs and misunderstandings and you have yourself some serious life drama.  I found myself emotionally reacting during key parts of the story.  And I loved the romance between the two characters.  This love story is amazing. 



I hope you check out some of these titles! Let me know if you enjoyed them. I'd love to hear some feedback. 

A dream, a fantasy, a thought.....
 
Always thankful for everything & I love thinking of my gratitude as bookends!
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Spreading Awareness of the Struggles of the Amazonian Manatee

A huge shout-out to the folks at Rainforest Awareness Rescue Education Center-RAREC for the dedicated work they do for conservation and wildlife. Their current appeal is to bring awareness for the struggles of the Amazonian Manatee. I'd like to share their special message:

"Quite sadly, many people in the Amazon still buy manatee meat. This has to stop. We need to get the message across -- that the Amazonian manatee plays a vital role in the ecosystem. That the manatees do so much good for the environment. That we must all work together to protect them for the good of us all.
Please help us out! We are greatly encouraged by the success of our education programs. When we talk to people, they are so eager to listen, and so eager to help the manatee. We need to spread the word, we need to tell the people to stop buying manatee meat, and we have to make sure that the local fishermen know: It is NEVER OK to hunt manatees!
Help us keep our education program going! You can help us out by buying our manatee keychains. Proudly handcrafted by local artisans, they are a wonderful way to keep the manatees close to you in spirit. All proceeds go towards our conservation programs, so buy one for yourself, or to give to someone special.
We are also looking for volunteers from all over the world, to come to RAREC and help us care for the manatees -- and all the other amazing creatures under our care. You will see first hand, how wonderful these animals are, so you can be our ambassador back home. Tell the world about the Amazonian manatee, help us save it for the future!
Thank to all our followers for the cheers, for the comments, and for sharing this story with your friends -- every share helps!"

If you would like to know more about this organization or want to contact them, please visit their Facebook page. They are asking for volunteers so if you have the means, please consider it.
I searched the internet for some footage of the Amazonian Manatee and came across this video of a baby manatee whose mother was killed. A rehab center was contacted and according to the person that took the video, the manatee is now doing well. I truly hope so.


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