PRESS RELEASE: Intuitive Home Security System Now Available at Verizon

The Canary Camera and Home Security System distinguishes between normal household routines and potential suspicious activity sending alerts to a smartphone or tablet.

GREENVILLE, S.C.— The Canary Camera and Home Security System is now available online and at Verizon Wireless stores. The security system offers plug-and-play setup and integrates wireless connectivity to deliver HD video and audio monitoring directly to a smartphone or tablet. Canary is also intuitive as it learns normal household routines and adjusts accordingly to better detect suspicious activity. The system senses when home occupants come and go, and automatically arms and disarms, adding value over traditional security systems that require a disarm code be entered.

“The Canary Camera and Home Security System delivers convenience and peace of mind at an incredible value to customers,” said Jerry Fountain, president Verizon Wireless, Carolinas/Tennessee. “Verizon’s 4G LTE network provides seamless HD video and audio streaming directly to a smartphone or tablet so a person can keep an eye and an ear on their home from nearly anywhere, whether they’re a few miles down the road or enjoying a cross-country vacation.”

If Canary detects potentially suspicious activity, it will send a wireless alert to a homeowner’s smartphone or tablet. Through the Canary app, the security system streams a live video feed from inside the home – at night, it uses night vision video – so the user can distinguish between a false alarm and an emergency. If a threat exists, the customer can sound Canary’s siren and alert police with the touch of a button. All data streamed from Canary is encrypted to ensure a secure connection.

The Canary Camera and Home Security System, which also measures home air quality, temperature and humidity, costs $250 and requires no monthly fee or contract.


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PRESS RELEASE: FLORIDA TOMATO COMMITTEE LAUNCH ANIMATED WEB VIDEO CAMPAIGN



Series of animated web videos tell story of Florida tomatoes and why they are so red, ripe and delicious.

MAITLAND, FLA (March 2015) – The Florida Tomato Committee is launching a series of engaging animated web videos that tell the story of Florida tomatoes and what makes them so good, and good for you. The six videos in the series, produced by SenaReider, will launch in March may be viewed by consumers in a variety of ways including YouTube, Florida Tomato Committee social media channels, specialty blog sites and www.floridatomatoes.org/growers.

“For generations, Florida tomatoes have been grown, hand picked and cared for on family run farms,” says Samantha Daves, Director of Education and Promotion for the Florida Tomato Committee. “Our goal in this marketing campaign was to develop a set of videos that educate the public about how Florida tomatoes are grown and what makes them so nutritious, delicious and different from the rest. The video series and supporting digital content on the Florida tomatoes site and social media channels will demonstrate that the Florida family of tomato growers are committed to healthful and sustainable farming practices that result in the most red, ripe, nutritious and delicious tomatoes available.”

To learn more about this animated web video campaign and watch films, log onto https://www.facebook.com/FloridaTomatoCommittee. You can also view videos here: https://www.youtube.com/user/FloridaTomatoes.

About the Florida Tomato Committee

The Florida Tomato Committee is a Federal Marketing Order that was established pursuant to Federal Marketing Agreement and Order No. 966 as amended regulating the handling of tomatoes and has authority over the tomatoes grown in Florida’s production area comprising the counties of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk, Osceola, Brevard and all counties situated south. It affects tomatoes that are shipped outside the regulated area, which includes that portion of the state of Florida situated east of the Suwanee River and south of the Georgia border.

The Committee funds research and development projects and marketing promotions that focus on maximizing Florida tomato movement, including consumer and marketing research and customized marketing programs.




PRESS RELEASE: Your Game Day Pal is Waiting…Sweet 16 Reasons To Adopt A Pet During March Madness



Best Friends Animal Society Promotion
Offers Coast-to-Coast $16 Pet Adoptions March 28-29

KANAB, UT —March is upon us, and that can mean only one thing to college basketball fans… let the madness begin!

According to the NCAA, an estimated 181 million people tune in to March Madness. And a 2014 MSN survey indicated that as many as 50 million people participate in office pools. That adds up to a big investment in TV time, workplace wagering, snack snarfing and beer buying.

What if even a fraction of those folks decided to put a little of that money and energy into adopting a basketball buddy during the tournament? Best Friends Animal Society points out that thousands of lives would be saved, and a lot of furry fans would score new people with whom they’d share the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

“Pets can lower blood-pressure, reduce anxiety, and provide loyal companionship, so what better time to adopt a dog or cat than during a nerve-racking basketball tournament?” said Gregory Castle, chief executive officer for Best Friends Animal Society.

To help entice adoptions, Best Friends Animal Society is offering $16 pet adoptions during the “Sweet 16” promotion, March 28-29 at its adoption centers in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and at a pop-up adoption event in New York City.

Still not sure this is the best time to adopt a dog or cat? Best Friends offers Sweet 16 reasons that a new adopted pet is the perfect companion for March Madness. And there are a few fun photos to accompany them here.

1. A pet prefers the way your "lucky t-shirt" smells when you haven't washed it for a month.
2. A pet will never win the office pool.
3. A pet always thinks you're Division I, no matter what.
4. When you say "seeds," a pet knows you're talking tournament, not gardening.
5. A pet always goes for the under-dog.
6. A pet won't hog the remote or switch the channel to The Bachelor.
7. A pet won't take the last beer out of your fridge.
8. A pet won't order three large pizzas with everything and then tell you he forgot his wallet when they’re delivered.
9. A pet won't bore you with his "bracketology."
10. A pet thinks he looks best in your team's colors.
11. A pet thinks your rival school sucks too.
12. A pet doesn't mind if you "blame the dog."
13. A pet never shouts outdated catchphrases like,"Wassup!"
14. A pet is cool if you admire the cheerleaders.
15. A pet picks based on the mascot too.
16. A pet won't judge if you cry when your team is eliminated.

So don’t wait for the Elite Eight or the Final Four to find your new four-legged friend. Check out your local shelters and rescue groups to find the perfect pet, or go online to www.bestfriends.org/goadopt.

About Best Friends Animal Society®

Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to about 4 million. By continuing to build effective initiatives that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes, Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All®.

To like Best Friends Animal Society on Facebook go to: http://www.facebook.com/bestfriendsanimalsociety

Follow Best Friends on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bestfriends





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Book Review: The No More Excuses Diet

Disclaimer: I received a book to review. All opinions are my own. 

I have written before about my weight loss struggles. This is still a struggle, but I have found a friend in the diet world. Maria King, author of The No More Excuses Diet, is just like the rest of us, and has struggled with her weight. Maria is a busy mom of three boys (props to her) and founder of The No Excuse Mom movement.

She struggled with her weight through her twenties, was a personal trainer in college, and an avid fad/ yo-yo dieter. Eventually she found out why she kept failing at keeping the weight off. She figured out that excuses rule us and she set out to change that. Maria shows us with the power of 3s how to rid ourselves of excuses and finally keep ourselves going until we reach our goal, and even after.

I think Maria has made an art of combining short term goals with healthy habit-forming behaviors, creating permanent lifestyle changes. She has designed a transformation calendar to help you set clear personal goals. She even outlines a diet plan and percentages for carbs, protein, fats, and even a flexible portion. This plan can be personalized according to your specific goals. There is even a completely customizable workout plan, complete with illustrations. These workouts are designed to build strength, flexibility, endurance, and shed fat. There are 7 weeks worth of these exercises that you can do at home, with no equipment.

Packed with meal plans, grocery lists, lots of encouragement and a clear plan of action,The No More Excuses Diet is a must-read book for anyone who is ready to bust through the excuses the hold them back and take their health and fitness to the next level.

The No More Excuses Diet is my new best friend. I am currently working on my plan and I'm so excited to move on with this and start the next chapter of my life.

Book Review: The Story for Kids, NIrV

I received a book to review. All opinions are my own. 


The Story For Kids is written for children between 8 and 12, although it can be read to younger children. This particular Bible is arranged in chronological order, highlighting characters, events, and teachings. There is even art within the Bible to engage young readers' imaginations. One o my favorite features is that there are transitional paragraphs (set apart by italics) that help guide your child through the stories. There are even discussion questions especially for a small group or Bible study. It includes Scripture portions from the easy-to-read text of the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV). It includes a forward by Max Lucado and Randy Frazee. Available in hardback, paperback, and multimedia CD from Amazon.

I've mentioned before how much I love Bibles, this is no different with children's Bibles. It is very important to me that my children read the bible, understand it, and grow to love it as much as I do. When I find a children's bible, I have to check it out and learn more about it. I was very excited when I stumbled across The Story For Kids: Discover The Bible From Beginning To End. Tbomb isn't old enough to read it himself, but he had outgrown his toddler bible, so this was the next step. He loves listening to me read this bible because there are more details, so he is constantly learning something new about the stories he has always loved. He especially loved Noah. Before, he just new that basically God told Noah to build an arc, put 2 of every animal on it, and that it rained for forty days and nights. The few other details, like the rainbow, he picked up from me expanding on the story. Now, he wants me to read it to him all the times because all of his questions are answered.




Healthy Snack With CrunchPak #DisneySide

Disclaimer: I received the product in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.

When I was selected as a host of the #DisneySide @ Home party, I was so excited. Even more excited that there were so many brands out there wanting to work with this party. I was especially excited about the healthy snack options that had a Disney theme.

We love getting the "foodles" for Tbomb and Kodabug. Tbomb also gets excited about the Marvel Snackers- he has to have the Spiderman. I love the dippers and the snackers. We often get CrunchPaks for drives and picnics. We grab the family bags of apples when we are going to be rushing a lot or away from home for a few days- it makes my life easier to have it all done for me. We'll just grab a few for the kids too for snacktime. They actually had them for lunch today!
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 CrunchPak sent me some coupons to use at my party! I was so excited since my kids love these so much. I knew the kids at the party would as well. I used the "foodles" as a special treat for those kids that came early and stayed after, volunteering to help set up and clean. They enjoyed a special treat and their parents appreciated the healthy snack. A few of the parents mentioned to me that they had seen the "foodles" in the store, but had never thought about purchasing. Their mind was changed after this party. 

It amazes me how adding a character, or making the container shape fun, makes such a difference when trying to get kids to eat healthy. If they see a character they love on something, they automatically want to try it. Win!




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