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2013 – Tribute to Ellie

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Posted 08 Sep 2013 — by HarriMac
Category Back to School, Featured

Ellie, the founder of ThePinkC, passed away three years ago this week. So today we’re posting a tribute to Ellie written by her lifelong companion Boo Bear. Boo Bear is no stranger to ThePinkC or technology so we hope you enjoy!

Boo Bear, Rattle Bear and Ellie

Boo Bear, Rattle Bear and Ellie

Emergency Kit on a Budget

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Posted 01 Sep 2013 — by HarriMac
Category Back to School

Being a student doesn’t exempt you from being prepared in case of an emergency. A time of emergency is not the time to dig out this list, it is before things happen. We’ve discussed the items you should include in an emergency kit before, but we wanted to talk today about some ways to get those items and keep them stored on a budget since back to school shopping sales are a great time to pick up some items.

What's in my (House Ditch) Bag
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1) Utilize a dollar store! I can’t emphasize this enough. Many items that you need for a kit can be gotten at a dollar store including flashlights, canned foods and can openers.
2) Students always need food to eat. If you use a food pantry or a food bank to get some of your monthly food anyway, put aside a couple canned items or peanut butter from the box in your kit. Build it up as you go!
3) You need to put your kit items in something. Now that you’ve moved in for the term or the year, you might have an old backpack, duffel or 20 gallon tote you aren’t using. That is perfect. You might even have left one at home because you got something new. If you don’t have one, check out used sales on campus or find something that is sturdy enough not to fall apart as soon as you pick it up.
4) Grab cans of food from home that have been on the shelf for a while but still have a good amount of life left (a year or so).
5) Sometimes student health services will be giving out free first aid kits at events during the year. Grab one and that is a good start to what you need!
6) Buy either 50 cent gallons of water (which you have to worry about where to store) or use water bottles you have already.
7) Check out the back to school and normal grocery store sales to stock up on canned items if you weren’t able to find ones you wanted at the dollar store.
8 ) Buy non-OEM chargers as a backup for your phone, laptop and tablet chargers and put that in your kit. They usually are cheaper and still work like an OEM charger.
9) If you’ve got old clothes that you were going to leave at home stick some in your kit so you have a change of clothes. You’re not worried about what happens to them so if you do need them in an emergency, you can toss them afterwards. This includes old sneakers and those old high school sweatshirts.
10) Keep a sleeping bag in your closet to use as a blanket in winter. when it is an emergency, grab it and go. A cheapie that is for 40 degrees or so will work.
11) Order free samples from companies. They’ll take a few weeks to arrive but they are free.
12) Use a combo weather radio/flashlight with a crank. It does 2 jobs in one and doesn’t need batteries. It also takes up less space which is vital for a student.
13) Keep cups from places like subway (clean them first of course). It gives you something to drink out of.
14) If you buy sandwich meat, keep the plastic container. Those are great for holding things like your first aid kit or a sewing kit and you’ve already paid for them!

What tips do you have for getting cheap items for your emergency kit?

Join us next week for a Tribute to Ellie!

The Back to School Series is Back!

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Posted 11 Aug 2013 — by HarriMac
Category Announcements, Back to School

Once again, we’ve put together 8 really amazing blog posts to help you get ready for going back to school whether you are a student, a teacher or a someone helping others getting ready for school. Of course you don’t have to be preparing for school to get something out of the Back to School Series – there is something here for everyone! Now sit back, grab your favorite beverage and get ready to dive in starting later this afternoon. We hope you enjoy!

sWaiting for the school bus
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Happy Father’s Day!!

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Posted 16 Jun 2013 — by HarriMac
Category Featured

Amsler & Amsler
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Today is Father’s Day!! We’re hoping all the folks that fill the role of Dad have had a great one! We’re sure you all did something great for your dad figures, but especially since we’re coming up on the first day of summer, why not plan ahead to give Dad a whole summer of awesomeness? Here are a few of our ideas starting with the technology:

How To: Make Your Wood Furniture Look Nice Without Refinishing!

Posted 05 May 2013 — by HarriMac
Category Soulville

Do you have a piece of wood furniture, say a table or a chair, that looks dull or has been sitting in storage so long it has lost its luster? If you’re a big fan of wood in your office area or even your living room while you code your new blog or go on a video game binge but have no interest in taking shop class, this how to can help you!

Organ Donation Month!

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Posted 21 Apr 2013 — by HarriMac
Category Featured, Soulville

April is Organ Donation Month! Even though the month itself is almost over, we at ThePinkC cherish the idea of organ donation. Ellie was an organ donor and helped save the lives of several other people through her gifts. Organ donation isn’t something most people jump out of bed thinking about and it revolves around a topic most of us don’t want to think about. But organ donation doesn’t have to be morbid and it can be straightforward to make happen. Every day someone is in need of an organ and there isn’t one available. If you’re confused, scared, worried, or even over the moon about organ donation, there are a few things we think you should do.

How to read DRM eBooks on a different device

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Posted 17 Feb 2013 — by HarriMac
Category Soulville, Technology
Amazon Kindle Keyboard

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Time to Update Your Emergency Kit!

Posted 04 Nov 2012 — by HarriMac
Category Featured, Soulville, Technology

In the US, today is the first day of Daylight Savings Time. This change to and from Daylight Savings Time is great for remembering that you should not only change your clocks, but check your emergency kit and check your fire alarm/carbon monoxide detector batteries. While I’m a public health geek through and through, my emergency kit isn’t only food and flashlights. I have tech supplies too! Below I’ll cover both, but think about setting these up more as a marathon not a sprint. Trying to acquire even just the home emergency kit can cost quite a bit of money so for many of us it involves some saving and some bit by bit shopping.

Hassle Free Textbooks 101

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Posted 27 Jul 2012 — by HarriMac
Category Back to School, Featured, Soulville

Every college student needs textbooks. Some high school students need to purchase textbooks. Grad students and professors never stop buying textbooks. So how can you manage to get these books without totally running out of money? We’ve got some suggestions that we’ve perfected over the years. Everyone buying books fits into one of four categories: I Am Never Going to Keep These Books and I Don’t Want a Hassle of Reselling, I Am Never Going to Keep These Books but I Want Some Money Back, I Am Going to Keep Some and I Don’t Want to Keep Others, and I’m Keeping Everything.