Wednesday, August 30, 2017

#HurricaneHarvey How to Help

Information updated a few times a day.
Link to my storify article






































Uber is offering free rides to shelters
  • Houston is under a "white code" ,which means to hang a white sheet or shirt outside your window so you can be seen. 
  • Houston Emergency Information
  • Boil water notice for certain areas. 
  • If you are evacuating, don't forget your medications. Also, if you have allergies and food sensitivities, grab food and snacks, which you can eat. 
  • Bring diapers, wipes, baby food, extra clothes for the babies. 
  • Don't forget adult diapers and wipes for incontinent adults. 
  • Females: don't forget menstrual supplies: pads, tampons, or cups. 
  • For special needs kids, bring a favorite toy or device to keep them calm. 
  • Do not go into the attic. The rescuers can not rescue people from the attic. Get on the roof. Wave white flags. Be seen. If you need help, please call out your phone number, address, number of adults needing rescue, number of kids needing rescue, number of pets needing rescue, and if you need medical assistance.
  • If it is a medical emergency, call the coast guard at 202-372-2100
  • Bring your wall chargers, power banks, cords for phones, laptops. 
  • If you have Facebook access, please mark yourself safe if you are in a safe place. 
  • Houston has a curfew from 12 am to 5 am in some areas. . Please stay inside, if you can
  • Carry cash, if you can. Many atms are out of order and banks are in flood zones.
  • Stock up on food, which does not need cooking. Bring a can opener and a few dishes. Pop-tops are a good option.
  • Bring your sleeping bags and mats. Bring a yoga mat if you have to.  
  • Use the Zello app, if you want to help and out of state. It is a walkie-talkie app. Houston is using the app for coordination during the storm. Google Play Itunes
  • Do not return home until it is safe to do so. Monitor the weather and traffic, if you can. 
  • Do not drive on flooded roads. 
  • Information about HIV/AIDS Medications in Texas
  • Social Security offices in some areas may be closed. Most of Houston's offices opened back up Wednesday Sept. 6. Expect long lines. Phones must be on vibrate. No food or drink in office. No loitering around after your visit. 






































Lynn Gomes, LLC is excited to partner with Gibson Lupus Resource Center and other local businesses for the Harvey Aftermath Relief Program!. We are accepting donations of all kinds to help assist Houstonians that were affected by Hurricane Harvey. We need volunteers if you are in the Houston area to help with sorting, boxing, and distribution. All donations are tax deductible.
Contact (832) 933-0850 for more information!!




Helpful Links:


Multiservice Centers, which are open for evacuees. 

  • Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center
    • 6402 Market Street
    • Houston Texas 77020
    • 832.395.0895
  • Fifth Ward Multi-Service Center
    • 4014 Market Street
    • Houston, Texas 77020
    • 832.393.3800
  • Sunnyside Multi-Service Center
    • 9314 Cullen
    • Houston, Texas 77051
    • 832.395.0069
  • Third Ward Multi-Service Center
    • 3611 Ennis Street
    • Houston, Texas 77004
    • 832.393.4051
  • West End Multi-Service Center
    • 170 Heights Blvd
    • Houston, Texas 77007
    • 832.393.5950
  • John Peavy Senior Center
    • 3814 Market Street
    • Houston, Texas 77020
  • Kashmere Gardens Branch Library
    • 5411 Pardee
    • Houston, Texas 77026

Staging Places, until People are Moved to a Shelter

  • Fallbrook Church
    • 12512 Walters
    • Houston, Texas 77014
  • Lyndale United Church
    • 503 Reeid
    • Houston, Texas 77002
  • MD Anderson YMCA
    • 705 Cavalcade
    • Houston, Texas 77009
  • Trotter Family YMCA
    • 1331 Augusta Drive
    • Houston, Texas 77057
  • Community of Faith Church
    • 1024 Pinemont Drive
    • Houston, Texas 77091
  • M.O. Campbell Education Center
    • 1865 Aldine Bender Rd.
    • Houston, Texas 77032
  • YMCA at Calvalcade
    • 705 Cavalcade St.
    • Houston, TX 77009
  • Northshore High School - 9th Grade Campus
    • 13501 Hollypark Dr.
  • Westside High School
    • 14201 Briar Forest
  • Paul Revere Middle School
    • 10502 Briar Forest
  • Opening Soon
    • Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road
  • Closed
    • The Chinese Community Center on Town Park Drive is no longer being used as a shelter due to flooding. 

Shelters

  • League City
    • H-E-B 2755 E. League City Pkwy, League City, 77573
  • Friendswood 
    • City Activity Building. 416 Morning Side Dr. 
  • Tomball
    • First Baptist Church 401 Oxford St.
  • Brazoria County
    • 1900 N. Downing. Need ID to enter the shelter
    • Red Cross. Cafeteria of Living Stones Church: 1407 Victory Lane. The Red Cross will not take animals unless crated. 
  • Fort Bend County
    • Red Cross Shelter. Sacred Heart Church. 507 South Fourth Street, Richmond, Texas.
  • Galveston County
    • Abundant Life Christian Center. 601 Delandy Road in La Marque, beginning at 1:30 pm Friday. Residents need to have id, medication, and other necessities for a few days. 
  • Harris County 
    • Salvation Army: Harbor Light Center for men. 2407 N. Main. 
    • Sally's house for women: 1717 Congress Ave
    • Family Residence: 1603 McGowen St. 
    • Star of Hope Mens' Shelter: 1811 Ruiz St. Women's and families shelter are full 
    • Crosby Middle School in Crosby ISD will offer temporary shelter for flood victims at 10:00 Sunday. Red Cross will help operate shelter and provide funding but they will not be there. 
    • American Legion Hall. Crosby. 14980 FM 2100
  • Liberty County
    • Calvary Baptist Church: 816 North Blair, Cleveland, Texas.
    • Red Cross: Living Stones Church in Alvin, at 1407 Victory Lane.
  • Montgomery County
    • Conroe: Red Shield Lodge at 304 Avenue E
  • Pasadena
    • Dobie High School. Assistance available on the gym side. 
    • Golden Acres Baptist Church, 2812 Pansy St in Pasdena.
    • Pasadena HS, 206 S Shaver



Helpful Numbers:

  • Houston PD: 713-884-3131 
  • CenterPoint: 713-695-2111 
  • Texas Emergency Assistance Hotline: 1-877-541-7905 
  • Harris County Office of Emergency Management: 713-881-3100 
  • FEMA: 1-800-535-0321 
  • Houston TranStar: 713-881-3244 
  • CAJUN NAVY: 281-898-3016 ←-can someone confirm this number 
  • Text SHELTER (zipcode) to 433-62 or FEMA shelters in your area 
  • Evacuation routes – 1-800-452-9292 
  • Roadside assistance – 800-525-555 
  • Gas leaking – 713-659-211 or 888-876-5786 
  • Power outage – 713-207-2222 or 800-332-7143
  • HELICOPTER RESCUES
  • (832)776- 4587
  • NATIONAL GUARD 
  • (281)464-4851
  • (713)426-9404..TEXAS
  • Houston officials calling for public with boats and high-water vehicles to assist with rescues, if possible: 713-881-3100
  • Harris County Residential Debris and Damage Assessment Hotline 713-274-3880


Friday, August 25, 2017

FotoJet Designer Review

I received FotoJet Designer for Windows software for review. The software is also available online and on Mac.FotoJet is a graphic designer, collage maker, and photo editor.

I have used different editors over the years, such as Pic Monkey and Canva. I thought FotoJet software (online and Windows) had a similar look and feel to Canva. The software was easy to use.

You can create Facebook cover photos, Instagram layouts, collages, and my favorite, magazine covers.

Some areas, I strugged with. For example, You can use pre-designed templates to create designs. I had issues, at first, editing the text and photos in the templates. I had to click in the text box, multiple times, to edit the text box. For photos, I had to hold the photo over the photos in the template, until it automatically swapped out. It took a few tries and designs to figure it out.

Another issue, I had was the software froze a few times and I had to restart. I lost one design because of the freeze. I recommend saving as you make progress in your designs. You can load up projects but I wasnt sure where the projects was stored. Final saves were stored in the photos album.

Next, you can upload photos from your pc or from Facebook. You can connect your account. Fotojet pulled up a sample of my photos in each album, in no particular order. You also can share designs on social media using the app.

Other features include a built-in clip art and photo library. The app also has different shapes, fonts, and templates. The image above was created by searching for flowers in the photo library. I also used a predesigned template.

FotoJet Online

I discovered FotoJet online when I went to look up a tutorial. I saw a design on a template, I liked, and wanted to see if there was tips on how to recreate it. With the online version, you can still design and edit, but there are premium (paid) features. You can create an account to log in and play around with the designs. The premium features are marked with a crown. 

Premium features include advanced editing; the ability to save designs; access to more clipart, frames, overlays, fonts and templates. 

The subscription costs 4.99 per month or 34.99 per year. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

B-Land Lazy Phone Bracket Review (Tomoson)

Disclaimer: This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links.

I received the lazy phone bracket in exchange for honest review. The bracket comes with the bracket and a phone mount (can switch from horizontal to vertical). I wanted the bracket for live videos for my mama's bible study and for church. My tripod and monopod doesn't work in every situation.

The bracket is bendable/adjustable. You can adjust it around your neck or adjust it so it stand up in your backpack, like I did in church today.  Once you get it in the position you want, you attach the phone mount, either vertical or horizontal, and take your photos or videos. I used it to attempt to record a few fb live videos from church.

You can purchase the bracket using the link above. The bracket is prime-eligible.

Bumble Road Bath Bombs Review (Tomoson)

Disclaimer:This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links.




I received Bumble Road's Bath  Bombs in exchange for honest review from Tomoson. The bath bombs came in a tube and in a set of four: luscious lavender; really rose; orange creamsicle; and yellow grapefruitlicious. The scents are strong when you first open the package.



The bath bombs are enhanced. The really rose, for example, contains rose petals. and turns your water red. The orange creamsicle contains petals and orange essential oils. The luscious lavender contains lavender oil, while the yellow grapefruitlicious contains grapefruit and lemon oils. The bombs are also all natural and non gmo.




 I only tried the really rose so far, since the bombs arrived a few days ago. I love bath bombs. They help me relax after the kids go to sleep (or those rare moments when both kids are gone). Nothing like a distraction free bath with music and the diffuser going. . I like trying out new scents, whether I buy them or make them.

You can purchase the bath bombs using the link above. The bath bombs are prime-eligible.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Minerva Dairy Amish Butter Roll Review (Tomoson)



I received Minerva Dairy Amish Butter Roll, in exchange for honest review from Tomoson.

In my opinion, the butter has a similar texture and taste to cheese. I admit, I cut off mini chunks of the butter and ate it. The butter is so good.

The butter also melts easily and can burn easily, if you are not watching it.

Minerva makes the butter in small batches to maintain quality and freshness. The butter is slow churned, Next, The butter also contains 84% butter fat.

I used the butter in breads,cakes, and gravies, in addition to eating it by itself.

The butter did arrive in a cooler with ice packs, directly to the door.

You can purchase the butter, using the link above. The butter is reasonably priced. Minerva Dairy also sells cheese and butter sticks.










Grilled pineapples with Minerva Dairy Butter

Cornbread made with Minerva Dairy Butter

Pineapple cake with glaze made with Minerva Butter









Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Adunni Dares to Dream Book Review (Write Now Literary Book Tours)

Disclaimer: This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links.






I read Adunni Dares To Dream, in exchange for review from Write Now Literary Book Tours. The book was written by Taiwo I. Ajao and illustrated by Dr. Ajao. The book is the story of Dr. Ethel A. Adeloye.



Write Now Literary is pleased to announce Adunni Dares to Dream by Taiwo I Ajao, Virtual Book Tour, June 5-30, 2017.

Genre:

Historical Fiction, Kids, Youth

Author/Illustrator Bio

The Dr. Ajaos are a husband-wife, doctor-nurse team who have a joint passion for health
literacy, preventative healthcare, and education for at-risk groups in the Global setting.

Mrs. Taiwo I. Ajao, the Author, is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s in Public Health in Maternal and Child Health,while Dr. ‘Wale Ajao, the Illustrator, is an internationally-trained medical doctor with a Master's of Arts in Communications & Producing for Film and Video.

Together, The Dr. Ajaos intend to address health literacy via it’s most fundamental forms: using the arts of writing, entertainment, and communication to educate children and their parents. Adunni Dares to Dream is the beginning of a beautiful merger of not just a celebration of educational achievement, but also of Faith, Hope, Love and Miracles.

About the Book

Adunni Dares to Dream is the true tale of a poor African girl who just wanted to go to school.

Although she was a part of a very hardworking family, Adunni just could not have the finer things in life, like school, books, & literacy. In her culture, girls were just expected to look pretty, get married and have children. But Adunni wished for something more.

As Adunni dares to dream , she inspires many others to dream too, including a handsome young
man who couldn't stop dreaming about her! So Adunni has choices to make. Does she give in to her
society's expectations? Does she chose the status quo? What are Adunni's dreams and where do her
dreams take her?

Excerpt

Whenever Adunni brought up the idea of school, somehow Mama found a way to end it. Despite
the fact that she was illiterate, Mama was sharp, hardworking and very resourceful with money. Mama
had married young, as was common in the culture, and she started to bear children as a teenager. 

It was unfortunate, however, that she experienced the loss of many of those children during childbirth. Only Adunni and her sister had survived, and Adunni wondered often about what she could have done to save those who hadn't made it.

Adunni was tearful as she remembered how her mother had nearly died last year during childbirth. Was every girl expected to get married and have children, even if it killed her? Adunni didn’t want to be like other girls: she wanted to be great. 

Adunni believed that to be great,she must be smart and be able to read, and learn great things. 

My Review: 

First, the book is set in Africa. The book does not mention a specific country or region until chapter 4 (Nigeria). The book is also Christian-based.




The book starts with Adunni upset because her friend was able to go to school but she could not. In her country, parents had to pay for primary school. Adunni had to help her mother take care of her sister too so school wasn't a top option. She also had to help with the farm and sell goods at the market. 

Adunni wanted more out of life than marriage and having children. She saw her friends attend school each day in town and wanted to join them. I was elated when I read later on in the book about how her mother saved up for Adunni to go to school. Adunni used her education to read the bible to her family. The family continued to work to raise funds for secondary school for Adunni.

The book was a quick read for me. It was beautifully illustrated by Dr. Ajao. The book had its share of disappointments and sadness. I liked how Adunni wanted to focus on her education first, similar to how I was when I was younger. I messed up in college and it took years to finally go back and earn my degrees. I applaud Adunni for her dedication and efforts. The book was a good book over all.

Finally, the book has a glossary at the end with African terms used throughout the book. 

Links: 

Amazon Link for Reviews Only

Website

Tour hosted by Write Now Literary

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You can purchase the book using the link above. The book is available in paperback. The book is prime-eligible.

Monday, June 19, 2017

#MiracleofAloe Review (Tomoson)

Disclaimer: This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links.

I received Miracle of Aloe Miracle Assortment 6 pack,  in exchange for honest review from Tomoson. The products all contain aloe vera.

I received the following products:


  • Aloe All Over Dry Skin Lotion
  • Miracle Hand Repair
  • Rejuvenating Facial Gel
  • Miracle Rub Cream
  • Miracle Foot Cream
  • Aloe Relief



First, Aloe All Over helps moisturize and soften the skin. The cream helps with dry, cracked, and itchy skin. The cream has a light scent and absorbs quick.

Second, Miracle Hand Repair helps with dry, cracked hands. I used the lotion on my hands, especially between my fingers and knuckles to heal dry spots. The lotion has a light scent. You don't need to apply much, otherwise it can feel a bit heavy.

Third, Rejuvenating Facial Cream helps hydrate, tone, and tighten skin. You apply the cream after cleansing your face. The cream contains 90% aloe.

Fourth, Miracle Rub Cream helps with sore joints and muscle pain.  The cream uses aloe vera and methol to help soreness. In my opinon, the cream has similaries to icy hot.

Fifth, Miracle Foot Cream helps with dry, cracked feet. I wanted to try the foot cream first when the set first arrived to help heal my feet, especially the heels.

Finally, Aloe Relief helps with skin irritation and burning.

You can purchase the assortment set on Amazon The set is prime-eligible.



Monday, June 5, 2017

#SolePatches Review (Brandbacker)

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Sole Patches via Brandbacker. The post also contains Amazon Affiliate Links. 




I recieved Sole Patches, in exchange for honest review from Brandbacker. Sole Patches is a sticker, which you place in your shoes to keep your feet comfortable all day. The patches comes in a flower shape.

To use, you peel the adhesive backing and apply in your shoes. You can apply at the heel and at the front part of the foot, if needed.


What I liked about sole patches was the easy application and the comfortability when you first use them. What I did not like was over the course of the day, the patches may move or come loose and you have to apply another one.

The patches are also anti-moisture, anti-odor, and anti-microbial.

You can purchase the sole patches on the website. The patches come in a set of 6.  You also can purchase the patches on Amazon. The patches are prime-eligible.

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Smart Turn On/Off Snooze Alarm Clock Review (Tomoson)

Disclaimer: This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links.


I received the Smart Turn On/Off Snooze Alarm Clock, in exchange for honest review from Tomoson. The clock was easy to set and easy to use.

First, you have the top of the clock, which says On. You also have a 5 minute snooze button and a light button. On the bottom, you have off, which turns the alarm off when you flip the clock. The bottom also has a light mode.

On the back, you have the control panel. You have the hour up and down buttons; the minute up and down buttons; the battery compartment; a set button; and the illuminance sensor on and off button.

Next, the clock has a built in gradual alarm. The alarm will get louder if you don't turn it off quickly. The clock helped me in the mornings to get kids ready for school. I will hit snooze a few times on the Kindle, phone, and my other alarm clock, but this clock does get annoying after a few minutes lol. I have hidden this clock under the bed, under a pillow, and a few other places and still had to get up to turn it off.
























Videos:







Setting the Alarm.

To set the alarm, adjust the hour and minute up and down buttons until you find your desired time 

Setting the Clock

To set the clock, hold down the set button until the numbers flash. Then, adjust the hour and minute up and down buttons. Finally, hit set to confirm the time. The clock does have a 12 hour and a 24 hour mode. 

Once you are finished, place the clock on your table, desk, or other preferred location. The clock does use two AA batteries to operate. 

You can purchase the clock, using the link above. The clock is prime eligible. The clock also qualifies for Amazon's protection plan. 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Green Gobbler Apple Scented All Purpose Cleaner and Degreaser Review (Tomoson)

Disclaimer: This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links.


I received Green Gobbler Apple Scented All Purpose Cleaner and Degreaser,  in exchange for honest review. The system comes with 8 cleaning pacs, the spray bottle, and two chamois cloths.

The cleaning pacs are easy to use. You add one to the bottle, add warm water, and shake. The pacs also store in a separate compartment at the bottom of the bottle. For heavy duty stains, you add two pacs to the bottle.

I have used the cleaner to clean my stove; clean counters, and to mop the floor. I mixed the spray first and added some to the mop water. I loved the apple scent throughout the house. The apple scent helped the bathroom smell better---a lot better.

You can purchase the cleaner on Amazon, using the link above. The cleaner is prime-eligible.