#HootSuite helps me kick social media butt

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#HootSuite helps me kick social media butt. http://hootsuite.com

I am so excited that I discovered Hoot Suite! I have 3 Facebook accounts, several Facebook pages and 4 Twitter accounts. Hoot Suite allows me to update any number of these at once. I love that I don’t have to log in and out of each of these accounts to share the same information. Thanks Mashable for sharing this!

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Congrats to the Rays on their No Hitter

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Congrats to the Rays on their No Hitter last night!

Our Trip To Sarasota, Part 2: St. Armands Circle

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One the things I liked best about staying at the Lido Beach Holiday Inn was its proximity to St. Armands Circle. It took less than five minutes to walk the 3 blocks to the European style shopping plaza. There are over 130 shops and restaurants in the circle. Most of the shops were too expensive for us to shop in but window shopping is FREE! We went to St. Armands Circle to eat, though, not shop. Our first evening in Sarasota we ate dinner ate Cha Cha Coconuts. We started with the Peel & Eat Shrimp, which were so yummy! Then I had their Yucatan Fish Tacos. They were good but I’ll try something different next time.

After dinner we took a short walk around the circle to Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop. I loved my Phish Food ice cream, but it cost about $4 for a very small cup and my husband bought his own. Next time we’ll get the next size up and get a flavor we both like for less than $8.

The day we checked out of our hotel we parked at St. Armands Circle, which wasn’t all that difficult on a Friday morning, and stopped by a couple of shops. First, I stopped by Kilwin’s to pick up some chocolate peanut butter fudge (made in the shop daily) and a bag of Australian red licorice for my dad’s birthday. It came out to $14.50, but the quality  was well worth the money.

After that, we went to Starbucks to eat a tasty Farmer’s Market Salad. As far as I can tell, nearly every eatery has outdoor seating so you can sit and enjoy your food or beverage while gazing at the beautiful courtyard in the center of the circle. I didn’t have the chance walk through the courtyard, but I did love all the Italian statues and palm trees along the walkways. We even saw some young men playing guitars that looked like they were fashioned from cereal boxes; I wish snapped a picture of them.

I hope we go back to St. Armands Circle sometime soon. On our next visit, I’d like to spend more time checking out the shops filled with beautiful clothes, eat dinner at the famous Columbia Restaurant, and grab some ice cream at Kilwin’s.

A Father’s Day Poem

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Happy Fathers Day to all the wonderful dads and grandpas out there! The world wouldn’t be the same without. Here’s a cute poem that I found online at FunMunch.com. I hope you like it.

Fathers are wonderful people

Fathers are wonderful people,
too little understood,
And we do not sing their praises
as often as we should,

For Father struggles daily
to live up to his image
As protector and provider
and hero of the scrimmage,

And perhaps that is the reason
we sometimes get the notion
That fathers are not subject
to the thing we call emotion.

But if you look inside Dad’s heart,
where no one else can see,
You’ll find he’s sentimental
and soft as he can be.

Fathers are just wonderful
in a million different ways,
And they merit loving compliments
and accolades of praise,

For the only reason Dad aspires
to fortune and success
Is to make the family proud of him
and bring them happiness,

And like our heavenly Father,
he’s a guardian and a guide,
Someone we can count on
to be always on our side.

And of course dads can be a lot of fun too!


Grill Safety Tips: What Fire Marshall Bill Didn’t Teach Us

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Dads and grilling seem to go hand in hand. My dad used to grill steaks for our family at least once a week.  My husband also loves the grill that he received as a birthday gift our first year married. It’s the only kind of cooking he knows how to do. However, I’m just thankful for his help with dinner. I’m a big fan of grilled meat and veggies, but I am NOT a fan of fire. What is it about men and fire?

Ladies, we all know that Summer is the season for BBQs and cookouts; it’s up to us to make sure our pyromaniac men do not hurt themselves or burn down any nearby structures. Hopefully, the only grill marks you’ll see this summer will be on your chicken, steak and hotdogs and not on your guy’s appendages, but here are 15 Grill Safety Tips you may find helpful.

Let me show you something. This guy should not be your "fire marshall".

  1. Assign a “fire marshall”, someone who is always in charge of the fire.
  2. Read the owner’s manual for your grill carefully. Make sure you assemble it correctly and follow the instructions exactly.
  3. Always grill outside in a well ventilated area, away from high traffic areas and be aware of windblown sparks.
  4. Do not grill near buildings (at least 10 feet away), dry leaves or brush. Do not grill under combustible surfaces.
  5. Make sure your grill is stable, not be easily tipped over.
  6. Use long-handled utensils that are made for grilling.
  7. If using a gas grill, you should always check connectors and tubes to make sure there are no leaks or blockages.
  8. Wear safe clothing–no frills, loose shirt tails or apron strings. Wear fire-retardant gloves.
  9. Keep flare-ups under control.
  10. Keep a fire extinguisher handy. Use a bucket of sand and hose to put out a fire if you don’t have an extinguisher.
  11. Never leave a lit grill unattended, especially when children are nearby and do not let them play near it even if an adult is present.
  12. Never move a hot grill. You could easily stumble and burn yourself. The grill may still be hot up to an hour after use.
  13. A clean grill is a safe grill. Remove the grease that has built up on the grates and at the bottom of the grill to prevent flare-ups.
  14. Try your best not to breath in the smoke from the grill, it contains carbon monoxide and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (cancer causing substances).
  15. Do not drink alcohol while grilling. You want to be clear-headed and quick in case a fire starts.

Sometimes We Insure Cool Stuff Like These Motorcycles

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We insured this totally custom-made bike which was in the movie Sin City.

We also insured this 2004 Vengeance Chopper Vertibreak for the same client.

If you have a motorcycle or any other vehicle you’d like to insure, call us at 1-888-721-1949 or stop by our office (11322 Seminole Blvd. Largo, FL). We’ll make sure you get the best coverage at the best price. We’ll check to see if you qualify for any discounts like:

-Mature Rider
-Insuring multiple motorcycles
-Renewals
-Multiple policies with our agency

Contact us for a free quote today!

Memorial Day

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Memorial Day

We walked among the crosses
Where our fallen soldiers lay.
And listened to the bugle
As TAPS began to play.
The Chaplin led a prayer
We stood with heads bowed low.
And I thought of fallen comrades
I had known so long ago.
They came from every city
Across this fertile land.
That we might live in freedom.
They lie here ‘neath the sand.
I felt a little guilty
My sacrifice was small.
I only lost a little time
But these men lost their all.
Now the services are over
For this Memorial Day.
To the names upon these crosses
I just want to say,
Thanks for what you’ve given
No one could ask for more.
May you rest with God in heaven
From now through evermore.

-C.W. Johnson

I came across this lovely poem today. The poet is a veteran, who put his life on the line by serving in our military, but he doesn’t hold himself in regard. Instead, he has a greater appreciation for the men who’s lives were sacrificed for our freedoms. Today, let’s remember those who are no longer with us, whether they died in battle or died at home, but let’s also celebrate the lives of the men and women serving now. They don’t know their fate, yet they fight for us anyway. Thank you to all the men and women who have served in the military and still do.

Today I can’t help but think of both my grandfathers, Gerald Winter (Navy) and Otto Leland (Army), who both served our country well and are no longer with us. I remember painting my Pop’s Navy tattoo with water colors as a little girl and being so proud of him. I never met my Grandpa Leland, but I have always enjoyed looking at his photos, military medals and the helmet he wore in WWII. I’m proud of him too.

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