Monthly Archives: April 2009

Social Media Marketing Map from Overdrive Interactive – a must have

I read a post on Twitter and clicked out of interest to see how social media would appear visually. It is a wonderful map showing the expanding world of social media.

It’s also a brilliant branding tool for agency Overdrive Interactive. It is going viral and if you share it, please share the link to their web site as well. I am printing this out for work and home! Enjoy social media marketers everywhere!

Social Media Marketing Map

@michaelgass Social Media Marketing Map Used For Ad Agency’s New Business

Mashup: Map of Swine Flu with Google Maps and Prevention Tips

The number of cases in the US has doubled in the past 24 hours. It is best to be prepared and stock up on food/drinks and make a plan for your family. No scare tactics here, just the truth.

View H1N1 Swine Flu map.

Wash your hands regularly. Count to 10 while washing to kill all germs.
Use wipes to clean grocery store carts before use and other publicly used items.
If you are susceptible to the flu, take extra precautions to protect yourself.

Sick employees need to stay home

CDC recommends that employees who experience symptoms of swine flu stay home from work until the illness passes. You don’t need any heroes in the office with this one. (“I haven’t missed a day of work in 18 years, and I won’t now.” Uh-huh. Yes, you will.)

How long until the illness passes? People with swine flu should be considered contagious as long as they display symptoms and possibly up to seven days after they get sick, the CDC says on its Web site. Employees with kids should understand that children, especially younger children, could be contagious for longer periods, according to the CDC.

From Swine flu resources on the Web

Here are some go-to sites for reliable information about the swine flu.

Your authoritative source: The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), Swine flu information.

CDC’s interim recommendations for facemask use.

CDC’s swine flu widget, which you can copy onto your own Web site.

Health and Human Services (HHS) press release about declaration of public health emergency.

USDA’s swine flu FAQ.

Follow the CDC on Twitter.

Follow Health and Human Services communicator Andrew Wilson on Twitter.

Google maps tracking the outbreak.

Earth Day Tips: 10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Earth Day is April 22. There is no better time than the present to appreciate Mother Earth and practice conservation. Here are some little things that we do around our house that are easy and make a difference:

Water conservation
Not rinsing dishes before we put them in the dishwasher (it was a hard behavioral pattern to stop!)
Collect cold water in a bucket in the shower before the water gets warm and use it to water inside/outside plants
Brush teeth without water running
collect rain water in barrel and water outside plants
use low flow toilets

Energy conservation
install a programmable thermostat
replace air filters regularly
wrap water heater in a blanket
unplug electronic devices (they still use electricity if turned off and plugged in)
change our light bulbs to CFL bulbs
recycle cardboard, glass, plastic, newspaper, aluminum, magazines, etc.
hang energy-efficient curtains over windows
install window liner during winter season to insulate wall

Grocery shop with a fabric bag and save the paper and plastic
Reuse water bottles and cut plastic usage
Plant a tree


After watching Al Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”, I learned little things we can all do daily from the Climate Crisis web site: There is even a calculator to determine our personal carbon footprint. is another good resource to get ideas.

I also use Freecycle to clean house, avoid taking items to the dump and to share with those in need.  I just unloaded a mattress and headboard to a woman today for her grandson’s bedroom!

Reduce junk mail

Cut direct mail catalogs and junk mail – use Catalog Choice to stop receiving unwanted catalogs.

An new organization called promises to completely remove you from up to 95% of the junk mail lists by contacting each organization from which you receive mail and/or catalogs for a one-time fee of $41.

Here is an opt-out guide to junk your junk mail from New Dream.

Good luck! Remember to reduce, reuse, recycle whenever you can.

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Note found by kindergartener on school bus – disturbing!

My kindergartener found a handwritten note on the floor of her school bus and put it in her school bag. I found it and opened it up and started reading it. At first, it read like any other note from a girl to another in high school. The bus is shared between HS, middle and elementary school so that made sense.

But as I read it, every parent’s nightmare was listed in the note. Jail time, teen pregnancy, you name it. The question is, now what do we do with it? We are going to turn it into the Principal. Thank goodness my daughter can’t read it, but what if a 3rd or 5th grader read it? Oh the horror. I typed it out into a word document as a reminder as well and I vow to be sure we are active in our child’s life so that this isn’t the path that she takes. I feel that the parents need to know what is going on with these kids and that is the least we can do. I will have nightmares tonight!

What would you do?

Atlanta Tax Day Freebies – Take Back What’s Yours!

Happy tax day to everyone in the US! Many businesses are offering tax day freebies and free food to lighten the tax paying load that citizens feel this time of year. Be sure to check them out.

Maggiemoo’s is offering a free scoop of ice-cream. While Metrotainment cafe has a buy one, get one free entree for tax day.  On a sweet deal, Dunkin’ Donuts is giving away free donuts when you buy any cup of coffee.

McCormick & Schmick’s
Who says you can’t love the number 1040? Wednesday diners at McCormick & Schmick’s will get a $10.40 certificate for future use. There’ll be $15 to $20 entrees discounted to $10.40. And patrons can choose themed drinks, such as a pint of Samuel Adams Deduction Draft.

TGI Friday’s
Want a free gift card? T.G.I. Friday’s will give Wednesday customers $5 Bonus Bites gift cards for food and beverage purchases of $15 to $25 and $10 cards for those who spend more than $25. Members of the 1,000-outlet chain’s frequent-customer program also will get double points.

P.F. Chang’s
The chain is keeping it simple by offering a 15-percent discount for diners on Wednesday.

Taco Del Mar
Out west, restaurant chain Taco Del Mar is offering a ‘Taxes Suck. Tacos Don’t’ promotion. You can register online and have a coupon for a free tax day taco sent to your email.

Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream and Treatery
Get free ice cream! Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream and Treatery will give away single-scoop servings to customers at 200 stores in what it calls an “e-cone-omic ice cream stimulus package.”

Snack chain Cinnabon will give out Tax Day Bites, free bite-size cinnamon rolls usually known as Classic Bites, from 5 to 8 p.m. at its 700 outlets on Wednesday.   They’re also offering an essay contest for Tax Day that could win you a $100 gift card!  Click here for more info.

McDonalds: Buy one Quarter Pounder with Cheese or Big Mac and get a second sandwich for just one penny.
Papa Johns Pizza: Three free toppings with purchase of a large cheese pizza.  Order online and use coupon code “1040″ to get toppings at no additional charge.

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro: Take 15% off your entire bill in what the chain is calling a Tax Relief promotion.

Quiznos: Free Torpedo sandwich (with purchase of a torpedo combo). To print a coupon, play their Toast and Destroy game.

Subway: Free cookie for everyone who walks into Subway on tax day.

TGIFridays: Tax Day Stress Relief gives you $5 Bites Cards (Gift Card) with $15+ purchase, $10 Bites Card with $25+ purchase.  Frequent customer program participants get double points as well.

Chick-Fil-A: Make a purchase and save your receipt. Bring the receipt back within the next 30 days (starting April 16) and you can get the same items free.

Hydromassage: Free Tax Day Massage at participating fitness center or chiropractic office nearest you. Reservations recommended.

Taco Del Mar: Register for an emailed coupon for a free taco at the Taxes Suck. Tacos Don’t promotional page. Save $10.40 on $99 or more by entering code TAXSAVINGS at checkout.

Walgreen’s: 15% off online orders and contact lenses. Use coupon code “TAXED.” Good though April 20th.

Rite Aid pharmacies in Georgia are offering a free one month supply of more than 300 commonly prescribed maintenance generic drugs when you sign up for the Rite Aid prescription savings card.

And Kroger has a freebie as well. If you register on you can design a recyclable shopping bag as part of a contest Kroger is holding. Enter your Kroger plus card number and your next purchase will include a free Kroger recyclable shopping bag.

Local farm markets are reopening now that spring is here. The Peachtree Road Farmer’s market features organic produce and locally made goods. On the second Saturday of each month there is also a free cooking demonstration from a local chef.

Sources: 11Alive, Examiner, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Restaurant chains.

For updates on local freebies and ways to save money, follow Valuesval on Twitter.

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