Monday, November 30, 2015

Find The Best Deals This Holiday Season

Are you ready to knock out your shopping list for the holidays, but don't know where to start?

Worried that it can get expensive? Here are some tips and tricks on how to find the best deals this season and save some money.

Not wanting to brave the crowds at your local mall? Neither do I. Amazon has deals through the entire holiday season so even if you don't find something right now, there will be another deal tomorrow. Look at the Today's Deals section for the deeply discounted items.

Never bought something on eBay before? No worries! It's free to set up an account and takes two minutes before you are checking out things to buy. Look for items that are new in the box or new with tags (NWT). A lot of companies are starting to sell their goods at a slight discount with free shipping on eBay.

Best Days To Shop
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Mondays are great for computers and electronics. Every major retailer wants to start the week off strong and put the large ticket items in their ads. On Sundays, major home appliances such as washer and dryers. Apparel sites tend to have slightly higher discounts on weekends due to higher website traffic.

December 21-24
Can you handle the stress of last minute shopping? If so, December 21st-24th are some of the best days to find deep discounts. Stores are trying to clear their inventory and are willing to lower prices in order to do so. However, be aware that shipping during these days is very expensive so stick to in-store purchases.

Free Shipping
Take advantage of the free shipping deals whenever you can by purchasing multiple gifts from the same websites. Most retailers offer free shipping and will guarantee delivery before the holidays if you order by mid-December. This can save you quite a bit of money by the time all of your shopping is done.

Email Lists
Do you receive emails from your favorite stores? While no one likes junk mail, there's something to be said for exclusive discounts. Most retailers encourage their customers to sign up for their emails to receive exclusive discounts. Why not take advantage? It's free!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

5 Easy Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Everyone has their favorite holiday traditions. 

That includes a turkey (or another type of main dish) on your family's table for Thanksgiving. But what about something to go with your main dish? Here are some simple recipes that'll impress your friends and family and pair nicely with your turkey.

Best Ever Green Bean Casserole
Casseroles are a must on Thanksgiving. But why do the same thing all of the time? Here's a delicious casserole that's easy to prepare and gets high reviews from everyone.

Total Time: 1hr 10 min
Prep: 25 min
Cook: 45 min

Level: Easy

Check out Alton Brown's Green Bean Casserole here.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Everyone knows that family member that can't pile the mashed potatoes high enough on their plate. This one is for them. Check out the recipe that has everyone's mouths watering and makes us excited for leftovers.

Total Time: 1hr
Prep: 15 min
Cook: 45 min

Level: Easy

Check out the full garlic mashed potato recipe here.

Homemade Applesauce
It's deceivingly simple yet always a hit at the family gathering. Need something quick? This is perfect for you.

Total Time: 25 min
Prep: 10 min
Cook: 15 min

Level: Easy

Check out this easy applesauce recipe here.

Best Sweet Potato Casserole Ever
The title says it all. If you're a fan of sweet potatoes (even if you aren't), you'll thank me for this one.

Total Time: 1 hr 25 min
Prep: 20 min
Cook: 1 hr 5 min

Level: Easy

Get started on this sweet potato casserole right here.

Caramelized Onion and Herb Stuffing
Okay before you say "O great here's another stuffing recipe," hear me out. This goes great with any kind of main dish and we've had rave reviews from those who have tried it. Check it out. You can thank us when everyone compliments you on the delicious stuffing.

Total Time: 2 hr 15 min
Prep: 40 min
Cook: 1 hr 35 min

Level: Easy

Check out this stuffing recipe here.

All of this amazing food is stirring up my appetite! Let us know how it turns out!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Rescue 5 and Engine 7, Respond to 1721 Westminister Street, apartment 1107 for a Medic Alert sounding…

Michael Morse
This is a guest post by Michael Morse. Check out his full blog at

The blood had dried onto the tile floor where he fell, a pool formed under his head and a stream on his right side. I placed the board on his left side and with help from the guys on Engine Co. 7 loaded him onto the stretcher. A search of his apartment turned up his ID as well as medication for high blood pressure and diabetes. Our patient was a Reverend, we learned, sixty-two years old with blunt force trauma to the back of his head and an injury to his left elbow.

Was he assaulted? Did he fall because of his low blood sugar level, or was his sugar low because he had been on the ground for an unknown period of time? Was his combativeness due to the head injury or hypoglycemia? Could I get through this call without wearing the numerous bodily fluids floating around?

His glucose level was 32. I gave him some glucagon IM; an IV was nearly impossible at that point, he was delirious, fighting us with all he had, which at six feet and at least 250 lbs was a lot. We managed to get our patient secured to the stretcher, and out of his apartment. Bill from Engine 7 drove us toward Rhode Island Hospital while me and Mike stayed in back of the truck wrestling with the Reverend. Mike tried to get some oral glucose into him but failed. For some reason people with low blood sugar fight the very treatment that can get them back to normal. Drool and snot mixed with the blood on the man’s face, smearing his glasses which had somehow managed to stay on the bridge of his nose. Knowing how annoying that can be I wiped the glass clean and put them back on his face.

Somehow his arm broke free of my hold. Before I could grab it he re-opened the wound on his elbow and smeared fresh blood on the wall next to the stretcher. Mike had his hand full holding the legs down, the patient was kicking up a storm. I saw a good vein on his right arm and tried for an IV, knowing that a dose of D-50 was just what we needed at this point. I missed the moving target, the fight continued until we backed into the rescue bay.

City Life Book Medical Alert Michael MorseThe back of the rescue was littered with debris; blood and mucus dripped from the walls. We restrained the patient the best we could and wheeled him in. Security was called, four of us held him down, Joanne started an IV and administered the D-50. A few minutes later he was alert and conscious. I stayed in his room until the doctor on call showed up. The Reverend looked me in the eye, glanced at my bloody uniform, put two and two together then looked away as tears pooled in his eyes.

“You’re pretty spry for big guy,” I said, trying to make light of the situation.

“I’m sorry for your troubles,” he said. “I have no recollection after pushing the medic alert button. I’ve been told I get a little crazy when my sugar drops too low.”

“Just a little,” I said, extending my hand to grasp the one he offered. We shook, he closed his eyes and rested.

Michael Morse worked as an EMT and firefighter in Providence, RI before retiring this year. His latest book, City Life is a poignant look at the lives of the people who need 911, and those who respond. Read more about it at

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Mobile Medical Alert Systems Keep You Safe And On The Move

New technology allows seniors to keep safety in mind while still being active. 

There's a new wave of technology in the medical alert industry called mobile personal emergency systems or (mPERS).

Unlike traditional land-line systems that are tethered to a base station that operates within the home, these operate off of cellular signals just like cell phones. This means you can have monitoring in and out of the home, wherever you go. That includes taking the grandchildren to the park, golfing, playing tennis, or just out to lunch with friends. That's a major benefit to active seniors!

How does it work?
Mobile alert systems use a couple of different technologies. Some GPS systems use cellular towers to determine your location, while others use satellites. GPS tracking means that your approximate location will be automatically conveyed to the medical alert call center when you press the button. This is especially important if you are lost or unable to speak. When looking for a mobile alert system, look for a true GPS system that uses satellites. This is much more accurate in finding your location (it can get as close as 15 feet or less!), which can mean a big difference when there's an emergency.

Things to keep in mind
In addition to looking at the type of technology used in mobile alert systems, here are some other things to keep in mind.

  • Is it waterproof? Falls are just as likely to happen in the shower as they are when you are out and about. Check for a system that is waterproof so you can have it wherever you go without worrying about water making it malfunction.

  • Is it easy to carry around? If you're out with friends or running errands, the last thing you want to think about is lugging around a bulky system.

  • How is the battery life? Just like a remote, a mobile system doesn't work if the batteries are dead. Instead of spending money on new batteries every time it runs low, get a system with a rechargeable battery.