Friday, January 28, 2011

Wireless/Online Safety Tips

Today is “National Data Privacy Day.”   

It may not sound like the most exciting day on the calendar, but it is very important in our world of “wireless” and “smart” devices.  Aaron Sadler, with the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office, stopped by to share some tips for operating in our high tech world safely.

Wireless Security
Always use anti-virus and anti-spyware software
Change the pre-set, default passwords on your wireless network
Turn off the wireless network when you know you’re not using it
Don’t just assume that public “hotspots” are secure. Other people can access and see information you send over a public wireless network

Online Security
Don’t respond to “phishing” e-mails
Be careful about sites you’re visiting for the first time
Protect your passwords and create unique ones!

Anyone with questions about any of these tips or those who think they may be victim of an online scam may contact the Attorney General’s Office
(501) 682-2341 or (800) 482-8982

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tasty...Skin Care?

Thanks to Dee Dee Helbig of Ava Bella Day Spa for sharing some great at-home skin care ideas.  If you would like to contact the staff at Ava Bella, visit their website at

Cinnamon and Honey Mask
1/4 t. cinnamon
1/4 cup of honey
little bit of dairy
Mix together and apply on face.  Remove after 10 minutes. Honey is a moisturizer & the cinnamon will help with detoxifying. The dairy will work as an exfoliant.
Drinking 1 T. of honey and 1/8t. of cinnamon twice a day has been know to help with weight loss. Also, 1/4 t. of cinnamon has the same amount of antioxidants as a cup of blueberries.

Hot Chocolate Body Wrap
2 packages of chocolate mix
whipped cream
1/2 cup warm milk
saran wrap

Mix the chocolate mix and milk together to form a paste. Add whipped cream to make it creamier. Paint on body ( in shower) and wrap yourself with the saran wrap. Leave on at least 1/2 hour. Remove.

Chocolate has an anti-oxidant effect which helps to detoxify the body. It also has caffeine in it which helps to stimulate the cells and helps with cellulite and to lose inches.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Winter Car Care

Thanks to Sid Moore of Christian Brothers Automotive for sharing tips to keep our cars running and safe in these cold temperatures.
  1. New Wiper Blades & Windshield Fluid: Quick and simple technique to change them yourself and how to fill reservoir with windshield fluid
  2. Examine Car Belts & Hoses: What signs to look for in wear in tear
  3. Tire Pressure/Snow Tires: How to properly check your tires and the benefits of snow tires
  4. Check Battery: How to check for corrosion-free connections and its ability to hold a charge
  5. Important Antifreeze Mixture: How to create the perfect antifreeze mix and properly dispose your old fluids
  6. Emergency Kit / What to remember if you get stranded: Important information on what to pack an emergency kit and what to do to keep from freezing if you are stranded 
 Christian Brothers Automotive
12701 Maumelle Blvd

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cold Weather Photography Tips

Today Austin Pittman of Bedford Camera & Video stopped by to share some tips for taking care of your camera and equipment and capturing that perfect snow day picture.

  • Avoid drastic temperature changes with your camera. 
    • Going from warm to cold or cold to warm will result in condensation
    • Don’t put your camera under your jacket between shots, just let it remain cold
    • When going from inside to outside or vice versa, leave your camera in your camera bag for an hour if possible before taking it out, this will eliminate condensation.
    • You can also put it in a ziplock bag
    • Condensation can not only ruin the shots that you were going to shoot that day, but if there is enough it can ruin your camera!
  • Keep your batteries warm
    • Cold weather will drastically reduce your battery life
    • If you keep your extra batteries close to your body, under your coat, it will improve that battery life
    • Rotate batteries—when your first battery goes dead, put it under your coat.  As it warms up, it will regain some of it’s charge
  • Snow picture tips
    • This is one of the times that you really need to get your camera off of automatic mode.
    • In auto mode, your snow pictures will be dull and have a gray tint to them.
    • In order to get really good snow pictures, you actually need to overexpose your picture by 1 to 2 stops.
    • This will turn the snow bright white
    • There is a fine line here though, if you over expose too much, you will lost all of your detail.
    • This really only works if you are taking landscape type pictures, if you have people or wildlife in the picture too, you run the risk of overexposing them
      • Have to decide which is more important, the exposure of your subject, or the whiteness of the snow
    • Many point and shoot cameras now have a beach or snow mode that will automatically make these setting changes for you

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Dean Agus/Crash Meadows Showdates

Dean Agus Acoustic
Every Tuesday Night @ Rod's Pizza Cellar
Hot Springs 7-9pm

Crash Meadows
Jan. 7 @ Fox N Hound
NLR 10pm-1am

Dean Agus Acoustic
Sat. Jan. 8th @ Prost
LR 9-12pm

Dean Agus Acoustic
Thurs. Jan. 13th @ Cajun's Wharf
LR 6-9pm

Oaklawn Park Opening Day Weekend
Crash Meadows
Fri. & Sat. Jan. 14 & 15 @ Lucky's
Hot Springs 9pm-1am

Crash Meadows
Jan. 22nd @ Crosswalk
Hot Springs 9pm-1am

Crash Meadows
Sat. Jan. 29th @ West End Smokehouse
LR 9pm-1am