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8 Revealing Everyday Documents You Never Knew You Should Shred

Thursday, Feb, 18 2016

Boarding passes
Shred them after you land: Your boarding pass has your name, your travel plans, and a bar code that free websites can decipher. This code often reveals your frequent-flier number, which crooks can use to log in to airline accounts to view upcoming travel plans, check in to flights, and even cancel trips.

Prescription labels
Whether stapled to the Rx bag or on the bottle, these labels may list your name, the date of initial dispensing, the name and strength of the drug, and the dispensing pharmacist’s name. Thieves may use this info to refill prescriptions or steal your identity.

Shred all receipts you don’t save. Those from credit card purchases reveal the last digits of your card number and possibly your signature. Crooks can also use receipts for fraudulent returns and benefit from your store credit.

Pet medical papers
Keep records of major events, and shred the rest. Papers from a vet visit show a pet’s name—which a Google Apps survey of 2,000 people found is the most common password choice.

Return labels
Shred free return labels you receive in the mail, along with any envelopes with your name and address. Thieves often pair this with what you post on social media (family member names, work history) to piece together your identity. When writing your return address on an envelope, omit your name.

Don’t toss resume copies or drafts without shredding. Resumes hand crooks your name, phone number, address, email address, employment past, and education history in one convenient piece of paper.

Extra birth announcements
Children are 51 percent more likely to be victims of identity theft than adults. Shred birth announcements you don’t save, which typically have the child’s name, birth date, weight, eye color, and other personal identifiers. If the newborn is yours, don’t accept monetary gifts (like a savings bond) that ask for the child’s social security number—it is often not required to open an account.

Extra funeral pamphlets
Thefts use the identities of more than 2 million deceased Americans every year to apply for loans, open credit card accounts, or file tax returns, collecting billions of dollars in refunds. Shred extra funeral pamphlets or obituaries you don’t save. If a loved one passes, list age in the obituary but not the birth date or mother’s maiden name—these personal identifiers are handy for ID thieves.

posted by: Kathy Keene 3 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

Red Velvet Puppy Chow

Wednesday, Feb, 17 2016

5 cups Rice Chex cereal
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup chocolate chips
2 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1-1/2 T. milk
1 cup Red Velvet Cake Mix
1/2 cup powdered sugar
M & M's (seasonal colored ones)

Put the Rice Chex into large bowl.  Mix cake mix and powdered sugar into a large plastic bag.  Melt chocolate chips together in microwave lor on the stove top.  Careful not to burn and stir until smooth.  Stir in cream cheese and milk.  The chocolate will get thicker but it's okay.  Pour chocolate over Rice Chex cereal and stir until coated.
Dump cereal into the bag with powdered sugar and cake mix.  Shake, shake, shake until well coated.  Dump onto a cookie sheet and let cool. 
NOTE:  Because of the cream cheese, keep in the refrigerator if you won't be eating them that day.  You can also omit the cream cheese if  you wish.  If you do, you don't need the milk either.

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Thursday, Feb, 4 2016

A recent study says what you read reveals your personality. Here's what the study found: If you read...
Romantic Novels
You're sensual and extremely intuitive. You're also optimistic and quick to bounce back from disappointments.
Inquisitive, cautious and ambitious, you investigate many options before making a decision.
Detective Books
You enjoy mental challenges. An excellent problem solves, you'll tackle problems most people wouldn't touch.
Horror Stories
Everyday life can be boring to you, so you seek excitement.
Science Fiction
Highly imaginative and creative, you are fascinated by technology and like to plan for the future.
Extremely nostalgic and patriotic, you take pride in your self-reliance and go for the simple life.
The Bible
Honest and hardworking, you respect authority and find it easy to forgive people.
If you are well mannered, poised and gracious.
History Books
You're a productive person who dislikes small talk. You'd rather spend time on a constructive project than a party.
Coffee Table Books
If you prefer large, decorative books with color illustrations, you're an excellent host.
A lover of nature and animals, you often get in touch with your feelings.
Financial Magazines
You are competitive and enjoy nothing more than outsmarting outer people.
Women's Magazines
You are determined to be come "superwoman," striving for excellence in everything you do.
Fashion Magazines
You are status conscious and you work hard to improve your social image.
Compassionate and upbeat, you're an entertaining conversationalist with a ready supply of fascinating facts, which make you a bit hit in the office and at parties.
News Magazines and the Daily Newspaper
If you like to read up on current events, you're a tough-minded realist who's receptive to new ideas.
Comic Books
Fun loving and carefree, you refuse to take life too seriously.

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Wash Your Troubles Away

Wednesday, Feb, 3 2016

If you're having one of those days when you feel a little low, wash your troubles away. Literally. University of Michigan researchers have determined that just washing your hands with warm water and plenty of soap not only cleans your hands, but also your psyche--making you feel better. "Cleansing is about the removal of residues," said study leader Spike W.S. Lee. By washing the hands, taking a shower or even thinking of doing so, "people can rid themselves of a sense of immorality, lucky or unlucky feelings, or doubt about a decision. The bodily experience of removing physical residues can provide the basis of removing more abstract mental residues."

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Tuesday, Feb, 2 2016

Men and women are created equal, but boys and girls are not born the same.
• You throw a little girl a ball, and it will hit her in the nose. You throw a little boy a ball and he will try to catch it. Then it will hit him in the nose.
• You dress your little girl in her Easter Sunday best and she'll look just as pretty when you finally make it to church an hour later. You dress a boy in his Easter Sunday best and he'll somehow find every mud puddle from your home to the church. Even if you drive there.
• Boys' rooms are usually messy. Girls' rooms are usually messy, except it's a good smelling mess.
• A baby girl will pick up a stick and look in wonderment at what nature has made. A baby boy will pick up a stick and turn it into a gun.
• When girls play with Barbie and Ken dolls, they like to dress them up and play house with them. When boys play with Barbie and Ken dolls, they like to tear off their appendages.
• Baby girls find mommy's makeup and almost instinctively start painting their face. Baby boys find mommy's makeup and almost instinctively start painting the walls.
• If a girl accidentally burps, she will be embarrassed. If a boy accidentally burps, he will follow it with a dozen fake belches.
• Girls are attracted to boys, even at an early age. At an early age, boys are attracted to dirt.
• Most baby girls talk before boys do. Before boys talk, they learn how to make machine-gun noises.
• Girls turn into women. Boys turn into bigger boys.

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