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Tamara Gleason

May 10, 2016

Small Space Gardening

small space gardening

Plants can add an amazing aesthetic anywhere, so consider small space gardening. Live plants have excellent benefits such as purifying the air we breathe, adding fragrance, and perhaps best of all providing us with food! Maybe you’ve downsized, or don’t get around quite as freely as you used to, but gardening can still be a fun and rewarding pastime.

It would be easy to assume you need large spaces to garden well. Not so! Here are some easy ways to fit the garden you love into the space you have.  garden 1

The Space:

The first thing you will need to consider is the space you have. Be creative! Use the space around your mailbox; line your walkway with beautiful, edible greens such as kale or Swiss chard; hang planting boxes from fences, windowsills, and porch railings.  No yard? No problem! You can plant on a balcony, patio, and even use the indoors for small space gardening.
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The Plants:

You will need to decide what you are hoping to accomplish with your garden. Are you looking for a beautiful, fragrant, pop of color? Flowers such as African Violets, Marigolds, Peace Lillies, and Begonias all have what it takes to grow well indoors or out, and they work in small spaces provided they have enough access to sun.

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April 13, 2016

Phone Scamming: 3 Ways to Keep Yourself Safe

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With the rise of Internet communication, we may not be as concerned as we should be to avoid phone scamming. Yet every year thousands of people lose money and sometimes even their identities through phone scamming.

Let’s take a look at some easily recognizable ways our security can be at risk, and then talk about three ways to protect ourselves.

First: Recognize the Scam:phone scamming

Being able to recognize a scam is the first and most important way to protect yourself from being taken advantage of.  There are common phrases that should immediately give cause for caution.  If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is!  If you hear any of these, you are most likely being hooked by a crook.

  • You’ve been specially selected (for this offer).
  • You’ll get a free bonus if you buy our product.
  • You’ve won one of five valuable prizes.
  • This investment is low risk and Provides higher outcome than you’ll get anywhere else.

Scammers will use fast talk and pressure to get you to agree to hidden costs and charges. After recognizing these phrases or ones similar, it’s best to not continue the conversation and end the call.

 

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April 5, 2016

Shop at Home: Sensible, Safe Internet Shopping

          Safe internet shopping offers many avenues for making our lives more convenient and accessible. With just a few clicks of the mouse and a combination of keystrokes we can have anything the market has to offer delivered right to the front door.

Internet shopping is not only practical it’s exciting! But there are ways to be taken advantage of. Here are two key considerations to help protect your funds and your identity.

Safe internet shopping

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Know Your Vendor: In face-to-face transactions, it’s always a good choice to buy from companies you know and trust, like SpinLife. Safe internet shopping is no different. How do you know if the website you’re using is safe? There are three things to look for: the URL, the SSL (secure sockets layer), and the lock. Before you buy, look at the URL in the address bar. Is everything spelled correctly? Often scammers will use common misspellings of popular websites to fool unsuspecting buyers. If everything is spelled correctly, look at the domain at the end of the address, is it a less commonly used domain such as .net rather than .com? If so, you may have been redirected to another website. If your website is spelled correctly and ending in the correct domain, good!

SSL capture

Spinlife.com secure online checkout. Notice “https” at the beginning, and the closed padlock to the far right

There are only a few more things to look for to ensure a safe purchase. Look at the letters in front of the URL. The SSL encryption is present if the first letters of the URL are HTTPS:// rather than HTTP://. The last thing to look for is the picture of a closed padlock, which will be either at the end of the URL in the address bar, or in the status bar at the bottom of your browser.

Know What’s Required:

You’ve chosen your merchandise and you’ve checked all of the above; now you’re ready to pay!

Understanding what most vendors will ask of you will help prevent giving away sensitive and valuable parts of your identity. You should never give your entire Social Security Number to confirm payment, and rarely will you give your birthday.  Most websites will ask simply for your credit card number, expiration date, the name on the card, and sometimes the CCV (three digit code on the back)
Groceries, medical supplies, gifts, electronics and so much more are available to you online! And with a little smart shopping, your needs can be met with little to no risk. Happy safe spending from your friends at Spinlife!