A Few Things http://www.afewthings.net/blog It would be great to get healthy recipes, learn exercise tips, maybe even hiking routes in the Jacksonville, Florida area. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 13:17:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5 The Success Indicator http://www.afewthings.net/blog/2012/12/31/the-success-indicator/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-success-indicator http://www.afewthings.net/blog/2012/12/31/the-success-indicator/#comments Mon, 31 Dec 2012 13:17:17 +0000 tracylp http://www.afewthings.net/blog/?p=238 The Success Indicator

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New Years Resolutions – Ipsy’s List http://www.afewthings.net/blog/2012/12/30/new-years-resolutions-ipsys-list/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-years-resolutions-ipsys-list http://www.afewthings.net/blog/2012/12/30/new-years-resolutions-ipsys-list/#comments Sun, 30 Dec 2012 16:44:35 +0000 tracylp http://www.afewthings.net/blog/?p=227 New Years - Ipsy


Love this! I want to copy and place in my cube at work!

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Fitbit Ultra http://www.afewthings.net/blog/2012/12/30/fitbit-ultra/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fitbit-ultra http://www.afewthings.net/blog/2012/12/30/fitbit-ultra/#comments Sun, 30 Dec 2012 14:53:05 +0000 tracylp http://www.afewthings.net/blog/?p=223

I recently received the Fitbit Ultra from my hubby, and so far I love it!! It is small, light, and easy to carry and tracks your basic daily activity level. It has a host of online analytical tools, it tracks sleep quality, and it boasts both Android and iOS mobile apps.

Fitbit Ultra

Measuring 2.1 inches tall by 0.8 inch wide and 0.6 inch thick, the Fitbit Ultra is extremely tiny. It’s about the size of a small Bluetooth headset and at 0.4 of an ounce, it’s also very light. Shaped like a clip I normally clip it onto my waistband or tank top, the Ultra also slides neatly into an included belt holster. The Ultra is so small that I forget that I am wearing it,

The Ultra’s rubberized surface is not waterproof. That’s a big drawback for anyone who sweats profusely or triathlon trainers who can’t log a long swim. A slim 2.5×1-inch OLED screen runs along the front of the device. This strip-shaped display is tiny, but it provides plenty of information. For instance, pressing the button on the Ultra’s face cycles through the number of steps you’ve walked, the calories you’ve burned, the number of stairs you’ve climbed, your equivalent distance traveled, and has a Flower icon that grows or shrinks according to your current physical activity. The Ultra also has a digital clock.

The second piece of the Ultra puzzle is a small base station that connects to PCs and Macs via a USB cable. It also serves as a receptacle to charge the Ultra’s internal battery, plus it syncs the pedometer data wirelessly to a computer within a 15-foot radius.


Docking Station

Other Features

At the Fitbit.com site, the company provides a wide range of analytical tools based on the information the Fitbit Ultra has collected. The main Dashboard shows the number of calories burned and steps taken in the last 30 days, current totals for the day, along with an overall activity score created against being completely sedentary. What’s new to the Ultra is an altimeter that also logs building floors climbed, also shown on the Dashboard.



One more feature from the Fitbit Ultra is tracking the length and quality of your sleep.  To activate sleep tracking, just slip the Fitbit into the pouch on the included cloth wrist band, which straps around your arm with Velcro. Pressing the button for 2 seconds starts and stops sleep mode.

Pretty cool gadget if you ask me :)


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Oyster Cracker Goodness http://www.afewthings.net/blog/2012/12/16/oyster-cracker-goodness/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=oyster-cracker-goodness http://www.afewthings.net/blog/2012/12/16/oyster-cracker-goodness/#comments Sun, 16 Dec 2012 19:19:42 +0000 tracylp http://www.afewthings.net/blog/?p=219 I like to have different snacks from time to time and recently I have seen this recipe, and really want to try it. Its quick and easy and you can store them for later. there are several out on the web. this one is from the Hidden Valley site.

  • ½ teaspoon of dill weed
  • ¼ cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 bag (16 ounces) oyster crackers
  • 1 packet (1 ounce) Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix
  • Optional: ¼ teaspoon lemon pepper or ¼ teaspoon garlic powder


Place crackers in a large bowl. Pour oil over crackers and mix to coat.
Add dressing mix and spices;  and thoroughly mix again until coated.

Bake on cookie sheet at 250°F for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

I am trying this soon! Let me know if you’ve made these before :)

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Mishap with Masterlock http://www.afewthings.net/blog/2012/12/15/mishap-with-masterlock/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mishap-with-masterlock http://www.afewthings.net/blog/2012/12/15/mishap-with-masterlock/#comments Sun, 16 Dec 2012 01:22:34 +0000 tracylp http://www.afewthings.net/blog/?p=215 Masterlock, why do you play games with me? The combination that is given on the lock should be the one that works, but alas, that was not the case. You are 3 numbers off on the first number, causing me unneeded irritation on not being able to open my lock.  You almost went back to the store to be returned, but my hubby figured out your games. Mess with me againi and you will be replaced.

Masterlock colored locks

Watch out for these Masterlock culprits!! They are a sneaky bunch!

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