Laptop or Desktop Quick Fix and more!

OK so I am a self taught nerd. I know some certain ins and outs of computers that some people simply don't know. So I have a few tips for you if your laptop or desktop computer is running slow or doing what mine was doing, turning off when it was using too much RAM, letting in obscene popups, and simply taking forever to load the next web page. The simplest way to put the problem I had is this, each time my computer needed to use more power for something like a game or a web page with animation it would overheat and shut off. So here are some simple things you can do to try and fix your computer without spending an arm and a leg taking it to a repair shop. I use a Windows operating system so these steps have been used for Windows only. I have not tried using them on a Mac so I don't know if they are the same or not.

The first thing you should do is go into your control panel and remove any programs that you are not using, do not recognize or are unnecessary. If you are unsure of what programs are important you can simply google them to find out what they are and what they are for. I removed 14 programs from my computer yesterday and they were junk that was hidden within other files that I had downloaded. These files/programs can be very harmful and contain viruses so remove them while you can.

The next step is to do a disk cleanup, and you can simply do this by opening the Start menu and typing disk cleanup in the search bar. When it pops up open the program and click on all the boxes to remove all the unnecessary files. It gives you a description of what you are deleting so if you want to keep some you can but if you are having computer problems its best to do a clean sweep. 

After that you should do a disk defragment, this is done the same way as the last step just open the start menu, type disk defragment and open the program. Run the defragment and let it do its thing. It will start and finish automatically. I will admit I only have minimal knowledge on what this does, I just know it is a good thing to do to help keep things running smoothly, but if you want to know what it does exactly read it here.

Once your finished defragmenting you should go through your files and folders like documents, and pictures and delete and tidy anything you don't need anymore or save them to a USB. If you don't have a USB you can simply attach the file to an email and send it to yourself. This is good if you have an external email program like hotmail, kind of pointless if it is internal like outlook. You would simply be moving it from one destination on your computer to another. 

Now you need to run a virus scan using your anti virus program. If you don't have an anti virus program I recommend downloading AVG Free you can get that here. I use it on all my computers. It works well and costs nothing.

The next step is to see if your computer is up to date. You can do that by opening the start menu and typing in updates. When you type it in you may have a list of different programs that can be updated on your computer. The one you are looking for is Windows Updates open it up and it will tell you if there are any updates you need, they also offer some optional updates. I always download the optional ones as well just to be sure everything is up to date. But you don't have to. 

One of my most annoying problems was the horrible popups that kept interrupting my work. Also my kids use my computer to play games on Disney Junior so that was something I couldn't have happen. To fix this you need to go into your Internet settings. If you don't know how to find it just google" where are my Internet settings located in Internet explorer or mozilla etc." Go into the content tab and see if your popup blocker is turned on. Mine was turned on but it was only set at the medium setting still allowing some popups, which I did not want. So if you are sick of popups set it to the highest setting to block them all.  

The last step is to make sure your fans are working correctly to cool your computer. If they aren't you will need to see a laptop technician to repair it. If they are working correctly you will want to clean them to make sure they stay running. You can do this by simply vacuuming the back of your computer, if it is a desktop. If you have a laptop you should turn it off, flip it over, take out the battery and go over the entire bottom of your computer very slowly to get as much dust particles as possible. Now my laptop kept overheating still after being cleaned and it was super easy to fix. It was not circulating enough air still so I had to find a way to prob it up and let it breathe. You can buy laptop cooling thing but I just found an old shelf bracket and placed it between the computer and the desk. It worked perfectly, was nice and balanced and hasn't given me a single problem since. 

I hope these tips can help save you money in computer repairs. They sure helped me. 



Daily Impact Day 3: 
I began saving all my egg shells under my sink for garden today, and I also decided to start taking all the coffee left in my little K cups and saving it to put in my garden. Both of these are helping produce less waste, and help my garden.



I also found a recipe for a super yummy crumb cake, you can get the recipe here.

Date it! Labels Review and Giveaway!

I never used to label anything. I just put stuff in bags or containers popped it in the freezer and assumed I would just know what was in there when I looked at it. We rotate our freezer stock monthly so our dates are never past their prime. But the other day I noticed I had some cubes in bags in my freezer, they were transparent and slightly yellowish/brown. Then I found another bag of cubes, some were orange, and some were green, and some were yellow. Ok so I had an idea of what the first bag was, those were chicken stock cubes but the last one was baby food cubes, but what kind of baby food? Peas? Green beans? Corn? No idea. No date on them either. They looked a little on the freezer burnt side so I tossed them. But what a bummer to just throw away good already prepared baby food just because I didn't know what they were and when they were made. Baby food cubes can look freezer burnt when they aren't just because of the moisture they contain but I am not chancing that with my baby.


 This brings me to my review. I got to try Lovable Labels Date It! Labels and I absolutely love them. I can put them on containers or bags and put the name of what it is and when I put it in or made it and here is the best part, if you write in permanent marker you can take rubbing alcohol and erase it and reuse that same label! Pretty sweet!


So I used them today in my frugal freezer prep. I went to Superstore today and found a beautiful roast. It was a Certified Angus Beef Inside Round Roast for 12.97 but it was marked down 30% making it only 9.07 and it was marked down early.



So I got a great deal already, then to stretch my great deal even further I took the roast and cut off 3 nice size steaks and now I have a nice roast dinner and a steak dinner for us.

 Date It! Labels have some super cute designs you can pick from. I chose retro because I love the nostalgic look. It makes me think of a simpler time.


So I labelled my meat popped it in the freezer and that was that. Now I know what it is, when it was packed, and saves my sanity and helps me feel more organized!


And now is everyone's favorite part, the giveaway! Lovable Labels has decided to give one of my lovely readers a set of their own Date It! Labels. So just enter the rafflecopter form and goodluck!

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*Oh and as my Daily Impact Day 2 update I decluttered some more and got a big bag of clothes to donate to the salvation army.

Mortimer and Catch Cupid!

My kids favorite bedtime story is Mortimer by Robert Munsch. Robert Munsch is an amazing writer and anyone who reads his books knows how well he relates to the child mind. His books are just the perfect amount of silly, and kids love it! My kids have began reading along with me just by memorizing the repetitive words and it is amazing because now I can write the word "quiet" down outside of the book and my son can read it. I highly recommend this book to all parents, not only is it adorable but it has helped my kids begin to read, which is a major bonus! 

About the book:

Feb. 1 1985 Classic Munsch
It's Mortimer's bedtime, but he would much rather sing his rowdy song. Mom, Dad and even the police can't get him to quiet down, until they become so distracted by each otherthat Mortimer drifts off to sleep.

About the Classic Munsch series:
Robert Munsch's award-winning books have become a staple on the bookshelves of families worldwide. His stories reflect the joys and challenges of everyday living, offering zany, yet utterly normal, experiences of family life. Munsch has sold over 40 million books in 20 countries and many languages, including French, Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese. Beginning with Mud Puddle in 1979, Munsch continued captivating children and adults with stories like Thomas's Snowsuit, David's Father, I Have to Go!, and the classic Love You Forever.


Disclaimer: All opinions expressed are my own, this is not a paid advertisement. 
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New Date It! Labels! From Lovable Labels!


Lovable Labels has brought another amazing new product to the table and I must say I am very excited to try them. I always have stuff in my freezer in containers but I usually don't have them labeled because I don't want to write on the container itself, I have used tape but it tends to fall off, there is other labels but they are not reusable. These labels are cute and reusable so you can write on them over and over. 

Lovable Labels has so many awesome products I can't pick just one that's my favorite. You will fall in love with them when you try them and they make the best gifts to. Everyone loves a gift that is practical! And by being one of my amazingly wonderful readers you can save 10% off any order by using coupon code AmandaGLB2 when you checkout at http://www.lovablelabels.ca!

Smartphone VS Tablet

Ok so my phone is like 4 years old with a qwerty keyboard and is only good for calling and texts. It is nothing special but it serves its purpose. A lot of people I know have been trying to tell me I should get a smartphone, because you can do so much on them. The camera is usually amazing, and you can access the internet. Well I was thinking I might get a tablet for all of my on the go work I do and just keep my current phone. So I decided to compare the 2 and share my discovery. 


Smartphone Pros:
  • Small enough to go anywhere, fits the palm of your hand
  • Cool apps 
  • Continues functioning as my text/calling device
  • They are the "in" thing
  • Wifi
  • Long battery life and holds a good long charge
Smartphone Cons:
  • Expensive not only do you buy the phone but have to pay the monthly plan cost to
  • Small screen
  • Site Compatibility (some sites web versions stink)
  • System upgrades are a pain
  • Some freeze a lot
  • Memory fills fast
Tablet Pros:
  • Just like a small computer
  • One time purchase payment
  • Easy to blog on the go
  • Ethernet or Wifi functions
  • Can use an app to text
  • Smaller than my laptop
Tablet Cons:
  • Too large to fit in your pocket
  • Battery doesn't last as long as a phone
  • Delicate
As you can see I don't have much bad stuff to say about tablets. And being my frugal self I would not be paying 6 or 7 hundred dollars I found some excellent deals on ebay for some really nice tablets for only 50-80 bucks!  Here is the one I have been thinking of buying on ebay! Click HERE! What's your opinion?

Just a Drop Review & Giveaway!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
 I got the pleasure of reviewing Just a Drop Personal Toilet Odour Eliminator. I know that embarrassing bathroom odours are not the easiest thing to talk about but lets face it, we all poop. I know I'm not alone in saying I wish everyone could poop rainbows and fart butterflies but that is not reality. In my experience Just a Drop does a great job, my little ones sometimes need a hand in the "clean up" department after using the bathroom so I put in a couple drops before they go and when I lend a hand I am not bombarded with a foul odour. Parents everywhere will love this product.
 Simply add a few drops in the toilet before use and you’ll never have to worry about embarrassing bathroom odours again! This is a great invention because some of the aerosol sprays are way overpowering and don't really do anything.
 
 Just a Drop creates a deodorising layer on the water’s surface, blocking odours from escaping. All you’ll leave behind is a fresh scent. If you want to keep your bathroom smelling fresh, put a drop before you leave! It is small enough to fit in your purse so if you have to go while your on the go you won't have to worry about being embarrassed in a public bathroom either.
A 15 ml bottle of Just a Drop has enough liquid to last for 400 uses or around 90 days. Single use packs are equivalent to one drop each.
A 6ml bottle of Just a Drop has enough liquid to last for 200 uses or around 60 days.
Many people turn to Just a Drop for relief from embarrassing bathroom odour associated with a number of medical conditions and treatment side effects. Just a Drop is ideal for those suffering from a variety of disorders, including:

Cystic Fibrosis - Celiac Disease - Steathorrhea - Giardia - Colitis - IBS - Crohn's Disease - Bariatric Surgery


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  • 10 Single individual use pouches
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Leftover Rice = Rice Pudding & Giveaway!

I love rice, and I also love rice pudding so do my kids. So to use up my leftover rice that's just sitting in the fridge I make a nice batch of rice pudding out of it. Here is my recipe:

Rice Pudding

2 cups leftover or minute rice
3 cups of heavy cream
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

1. Add rice, milk, sugar and cinnamon to a saucepan on medium. Cook for about 5-10 mins depending on if your using leftover rice or minute rice.

2. In a separate bowl beat the egg with the vanilla. You need to temper the egg mixture otherwise you will have scrambled eggs in your pudding. To do this begin to add some of your hot rice/milk mixture 1 tsp at a time, mixing together between spoonfuls until the egg mixture is heated through, about 6 or 7 tsp.

3. Add the egg mixture to the milk/rice mixture. Let cook for 5-7 mins or until you reach desired thickness. The pudding will also thicken when it cools. Serve either hot or cold.


The weather is cold and snowy so I thought I would treat someone to some Tim Hortons this month. Contest is running until January 20th so enter while you can! My generous sponsors are responsible for all my fun giveaways and keeping this blog going so thank you to them and thank you to all my fans and followers. I wouldn't be here without you!

Important things to know before hiring a mobile mechanic!

6 months ago I had a very nice car, it was an Eagle Vision. It was all leather interior, sunroof, power everything, just beautiful.


One day our car began making this horrible loud clunking noise and we were afraid to drive it to a mechanics because if it broke down along the way we need to pay for a tow truck on top of the repairs the car needed. So I searched online to find a mobile mechanic and seen one with a BBB rating at an A and the BBB is like a report card for businesses so this seemed good to me.


So I called the guy named Peter and he gave me a big speech about having 25+ years experience and the best prices in town, yada yada yada. So he came to my house and checked out my car. After the inspection he had decided the diagnosis was a problem with the head of the engine. He would need to tow it to his shop to fix it. Here is where you need to pay attention.

Children And Screens Encourages Children To “LOOK UP” As They Enter The New School Year

Summer break is almost over, and children around the country are getting ready to go back to school. It’s an exciting time, but it can also ...