Thursday, February 17, 2011

Quit Smoking with Electronic Cigarettes

by Donna L. Watkins

Apparently electronic cigarettes have been around for awhile, but I had never heard of them. After hearing about them, I did a search online for what seems to be the most popular brand and found a lot of information. Here's a bit of what's on the V2Cigs website. Following the information is a discount code for 15% off is below if you choose to order.

Andries Rokker, Co-Founder, V2cigs.com:

The electronic cigarette is easily the most effective tool ever developed to combat smoke. When contacted one month after purchasing, over 79% of customers report they are not only satisfied with our product, but they are living their lives smoke free.

When compared to the effectiveness of other smoking cessation and nicotine replacement products, such as Gums, Patches, Lozenges, and Prescription Drugs, the results experienced by the electronic cigarette industry are night and day. Many of these competing products, although far more established in the United States, publish effectiveness rates as low as 10%. It is amazing that their industries continue to rake in billions of dollars each and every year when they fail to make any substantial dent in the smoking epidemic.

V2 is a small company based in Miami Beach, Florida. The business is owned by three ex-smokers, who wouldn’t be smoke free today if not for this product. Two of our founders recently lost loved ones to smoking related diseases. It is these personal experiences that have led us head first into the electronic cigarette industry.

At V2 we believe in the electronic cigarette and in its power to help people free their lives of smoke. Some of our clients use the e-cigarette strictly as a smoke-free alternative to traditional cigarettes, with no intention to end their nicotine consumption. This is their choice! Other customers have used the electronic cigarette to slowly reduce their nicotine consumption by gradually scaling down from our Full Strength cartridges to our Zero nicotine cartridges which contain only flavoring compounds.

These individuals have not only beaten smoke but their nicotine addiction as well. Whichever method you choose, one thing is certain, ridding your life of smoke is a major step that can only better your health. We are by no means endorsing nicotine, but facts are facts, and regardless how you spin them—the vast majority of smoking related deaths are caused by smoke, not nicotine!

At V2 we are committed to helping smokers free themselves from smoke. We understand how hard it is, because we were once smokers just like you. V2 gave us back our lungs and we are committed to sharing that experience with the world. If we can save even one smoker, it’s more than worth it.

We are smoke free today because of V2 electronic cigarettes. We feel healthier. We are healthier. And if you are a long-term smoker struggling as we once were, we give you our word that using V2 over traditional cigarettes can make a significant difference in your health too!

On the V2 Cigs web-site you will find a wealth of information on e-cigarettes and the political controversies that are heating up around our industry. Aside from simple company news on the products and services we offer, we are constantly combing the web for articles written by respected scholars and politicians who have decided to make a stand for what’s right. We will make everything we find available on our blog and news pages. We hope that you take the time to browse this information and learn the facts about our amazing product.


There surely is a ton of information on the website. What a wonderful way of eliminating tobacco for yourself or in the lives of your loved ones. If you choose to purchase any starter kit you can get 15% off your order with this discount code: 63856. Read more about electronic cigarettes.

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Make a Cat Scratching Post

From DIYorNot.com

When our cat Samantha Bee is in the mood for a good scratch, she paws at her scratching post with great enthusiasm. Like any indoor cat, she doesn’t have a tree to climb and needs some other way to give her claws a workout. A scratch post provides an opportunity for her to do that and keeps her from shredding draperies and the corners of upholstered furniture. We rub dried catnip leaves on the post and it drives her wild. Read the entire article.

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Buying Food in Bulk May Not Be Cheaper

This is especially true when you are shopping at a warehouse such as Costco that doesn’t except manufacturer coupons. Many times my wife and I have compared the prices at Costco with those at our local supermarkets. What we have found is that when there is a manufacturer coupon involved, oftentimes Costco loses!

Also, keep in mind that your local supermarkets will often run sales and other special promotions on various items. When this happens, the benefit of buying food in bulk is usually lost. Read the entire article.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

New Binoculars For Free



Visit Ebates.com

Okay, they weren't sold for free, but we purchased them with "free money" we've earned at Ebates.com over the past year and a half. Ebates is a site that links to a zillion websites where we all shop, and by clicking through Ebates to your regular shopping sites, you earn a rebate.

The average for our purchases is from 6-8%. That adds up even though we're not big shoppers, but you also earn $5 for referrals, so in less than 3 years, we've earned $642.40.  We like to do something special with those rebates, so we decided to buy binoculars that we've been considering for over a year.

Our current binoculars were purchased in the early 80's so we figured it was time to invest in a better pair. After a lot of research, Randal chose a Nikon model. Our neighbor that has since moved to TN had purchased the same ones since he's a birdwatcher also, and he's very happy with them.

Amazon.com's 29 reviews rated the Nikon 7294 Monarch ATB 8x42 Binoculars really good, so that's where we ordered them.

Just in time for our Valentine's celebration.  We love birds and wildlife, so we're spending our 'love day' doing what we love most since it is going to be 60 degrees on Sunday here in central Virginia.  I'll be sure to take a lot of photos and Randal will give the binoculars a good workout while we visit some 'new to us' natural areas that aren't too far from home.

If you haven't already used Ebates .... Check it out now! Get three (3) people signed up and shopping before end of month and you'll get $30.

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Save on Clothes for Teens and Tweens

While yard sales and clothing exchanges might work well for your babies and young children, it is hard to score free or cheap stuff for the older kids. Often, clothes wear out before they can get passed down to you or the trends change and your teen wouldn't be caught dead wearing something from five years ago.

Still, you can't afford (or don't want to afford) spending hundred and hundreds of dollars a year on clothes for your teens and tweens. Saving money just takes a little knowledge and information. Here are some ideas on how you can save money and still make your kids happy, all while building them a great wardrobe. Read the entire article.

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Looking For Free Checking?

Once a standard thing, it's now hard to find, like a cassette player in a department store. Recent research found that the number of banks offering free checking is down 11% from a year ago, but you've got options if your bank charges:

Internet banks - with lower overhead costs, online banks offer a lot of free perks and free checking is one of them. Make sure you use an FDIC insured option. INGDirect is a great one.

Credit unions - since they are non-profit and established to benefit the members (account holders) rather than shareholders, you'll find a lot of them still offering free checking.

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Improving Freezer Effeciency

Improve your freezer's efficiency by keeping it as full as possible.  If this isn't possible then make up bags of ice to fill up the empty spaces.  Just make sure you keep a 1" open space on each side of the interior for better air exchange.

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