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“Knowledge of what is possible is

the beginning of happiness.”    – George Santayana

Commercial Security:

The Holidays are Coming: Is Your Business Ready?

If The holidays are right around the corner. Now is the time to be gearing up for those huge holiday sales. However, if you don’t take steps to ensure your business is protected, you may be singing a different tune this year.

 

Protecting your business can be challenging. Not only do you have to take steps to safeguard the physical storefront you have, but also the sensitive information you collect from your customers. Don’t wait for disaster to strike to take action – use the tips and information here to ensure your business can get through the holidays unscathed this year. 

Review Your Security Policies with all Your Workers

If you want to ensure your business remains secure through the holidays, you have to be able to rely on your employees. To make sure everyone is aware of the security policies in place, review them now. Be sure everyone is on the same page. Some of the things to cover include:

  • How to lock up valuable items
  • The cyber security policy you have in place
  • Rules about inviting people to the workplace for holiday events
  • Security action plan if an emergency occurs

Ensure all Security Equipment is Functioning Properly 

After you have reviewed all your security policies and procedures, it’s time to test all of your security equipment. You need to ensure it is all functioning properly. The items to include in this test are:

  • Surveillance cameras (inside and outside)
  • Alarm systems
  • Panic buttons
  • Access control systems and smart locks
  • Cyber security software

 Once you have tested all this equipment, be sure there’s nothing that may obstruct it, such as your holiday decorations. 

Provide Updates about Special Holiday Hours to Your Security Company

Are you planning to use a new schedule during the holidays? If so, you need to let your security company or alarm monitoring service know about it. This will ensure they know when to watch for any unusual activity. 

When it comes to the holiday season, there’s no question that it is a great time to make extra money; however, you also have to take steps to safeguard your business. The tips here will help you do just that.

Residential Security:

Securing Your Home Over Thanksgiving: Tips to Be Thankful For 

Securing Your Home Over Thanksgiving: Tips to Be Thankful For 

    
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. For many, this means traveling to visit family all over the world. However, if you aren’t confident that your home is secure, can you really enjoy this special time?

Probably not. The good news is, there are some helpful tips that will ensure your home remains safe while you are enjoying your turkey and trimmings. 

 

Put a Hold on Your Newspapers and Mail

If there are stacks of mail and a pile of newspapers near your front door or in your driveway, it’s a tell-tale sign that no one is there. This is a green light for burglars. Avoid this situation by putting a hold on your mail and papers. If you don’t want to do this, ask a neighbor to pick them up for you. 

 

Install a High-Quality Home Security System

Thanks to innovative technology, today’s home security systems are able to provide you with 24-hour surveillance, and you can even check in via your smart device to see what is going on. If you don’t have a security system in place yet, now is the time to have one installed. In addition to being able to see what is going on at all times, you will also have a third-party monitoring the property for any unusual activity. 

 

Use Timers for Your Lights

Another sign that your home is vacant is if it is always dark inside. It’s a good idea to use times for your lights. This will allow you to have them come on or go off at different times. It will help to reduce the look that your house is empty.

 

Use Social Media Carefully

While it is fun to let everyone know where you are and what you are doing, this isn’t the best course of action. A better plan is to wait to post on social media until you get back home. That way, no one will know you are away and potentially target your house. 

 

If you use the tips here, you will be able to safeguard your home during Thanksgiving. This will give you peace of mind and allow you to enjoy all the turkey and trimmings you can eat. 

Health Tip:

 Tips to Help You Avoid Overeating this Thanksgiving  

With Turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, corn, bread, dressing, cranberry sauce – the list of amazing Thanksgiving food goes on, and on, and on. With all this delicious food, it’s easy (and likely) you are going to overeat. However, if you are committed to avoiding that stuffed, uncomfortable feeling this year, you may need a bit of help.

 

Keep reading to find some useful tips you can use to help ensure you don’t overeat this year. 

Use a Smaller Plate 

Did you know there’s a direct correlation between the size of the plate you use and how much you wind up eating? It’s true! This is because servings appear smaller on larger plates. Use a smaller plate and see how much faster you feel full!

 

Choose Only Homemade Dishes

Try not to eat items this Thanksgiving unless they are homemade. You can cut your total calorie consumption by up to nine percent if you avoid the processed and packaged foods that may be sitting around this Thanksgiving.

                           

Watch Out for Spoon and Bowl Size

If food is being served from an extra-large platter, bowl or tray, you are probably going to grab more of it than if it was served from a smaller plate. This is because it distorts the idea of what a normal portion size would be. Also, if the serving utensils are larger, you are probably going to scoop up more of the food – make sure you remain aware of these “extra-large” serving items, so you can cut back on your portions.

 

Remember, you don’t have to completely blow your diet this Thanksgiving, but you also don’t have to avoid all those amazing foods you look forward to all year. Use the tips here to ensure you find a balance – your waist band will thank you!

Tech Corner:

Gearing Up for Gifting: Must-Have Gadgets for this Holiday Season   

Gearing Up for Gifting: Must-Have Gadgets for this Holiday Season   

There are some people who leave their holiday shopping for the last minute. If this doesn’t describe you, then you may want to check out some of the amazing gadgets that will make great gifts this holiday season. After all, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up, you may be able to snag some amazing deals on some of these high-tech toys.

 

For the Runner in Your Life: Fitbit Versa Smartwatch

The latest smartwatch from Fitbit can monitor all types of physical activity and provide personal coaching with real time stats and on-screen videos. It offers more than four days of battery life, as well! 

For the Kid (or Kid at Heart): Swagtron Self-Balancing Scooter

There are two things that kids (and big kids) love – showing off and wandering around aimlessly. This item combines both of these things. In addition to being self-balancing, this scooter includes Bluetooth speakers, as well as more than 7.5 miles of charge. 

For Your Pet Lover: Whistle 3

Pet Tracker

Any cat or dog owner knows the horrible feeling that comes from not knowing where their pet has gone. Whistle 3 is a unique, GPS tracker that helps you keep up with where your pet is, while monitoring their exercise levels.

 

As you can see, there are more than a few gadgets to consider buying the people you love this year. Get an early jump and enjoy more of the holiday season this year.    

Gossip Alert:

Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes from Your Favorite Celebrities  

 Are you ready to chow down on some of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes this year? If so, you aren’t alone! There are several celebs who have recently dished about their favorite dishes – learn what some of these are here.

 

  • Oprah: Pomegranate Martini
  • Blake Lively: Sausage and Brie Puff Pastry
  • Gwyneth Paltrow: Classic Bread Stuffing
  • Tori Spelling: Cranberry Sauce
  • Jessica Alba: Candied Yams
  • Kelly Ripa: Squash Soup