Friday, January 29, 2016

Simply Real Foods Market

 I have been hearing a lot of talk about online healthy food markets and decided it was time to check them out. I have friends who have recommended food sites but I have not used them yet to review their services. 

I am one of those people who likes a hands on approach to shopping but saving money and easily finding products intrigues me.  I am also lucky enough to live in a community that is surrounded by wonderful healthy food store options but that is not always the case for so many communities, where healthy food options are difficult to find. And finding allergen friendly foods can be even more difficult in some places. So shopping online at stores created specifically for healthy foods has a great appeal. 

I spent  quite a bit of time searching several sites. They carry a good variety of products and brands.The idea of paying a fee for the privilege of spending my money on an online food site, such as Thrive Market, doesn't sit with me well.  I found that no food site had all the items I use but between them all I could find what I was looking for.  I checked out several other sites and liked  Simply Real Foods Market the best. It had the majority of items I was comparing and also appeared to have the best pricing. 


Simply Real Foods is the kind of business that makes you feel "at home" immediately. The warm and easy to use website does a good job of represented the care and understanding this company has. This company was started by a dedicated mother and business woman, whose daughter has special dietary needs. After years of shopping at multiple stores and online sites to fill her grocery list, she decided to take charge of her families "Food Destiny" by creating an online site that is visually beautiful and easy to use. 

Simply Real Foods sells natural and organic, non-GMO foods at wholesale prices, and delivers them directly to your doorstep. 

1. The website is easy to find and even easier to move through. 
2. There is NO Membership fee. It is a member services organization. 
3. Prices appear to be 15%-20% lower then the local stores and even lower when an item is on sale. 
4.  Simply Real Foods has sliding scale prices for shipping, below is an example. 
Orders $150+ = FREE
Orders $100 - $149 = $4.95
Orders $50 - $99 = $9.95
Orders less than $50 = $19.95
5. Check out the Facebook page for sells and promotions. 

Please check it out and help this wonderful woman, help us, make food shopping a fun and easy experience. 
PLEASE give feedback in the comment section and share your experiences with these online food sites, if you have used them. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Your Key-Less Car Fob Can Be Easily Hacked.

As the Holiday Season becomes a distance memory, I have been reflecting on how I want to expand topics for this blog. Gluten-Free issues will always be my passion and therefore in the forefront of this blog yet there are so many other topics I would like to touch on.  I may stray off the topic now and then. Please use the comment box below to share your opinion of this idea. 

Key-less Car Entries are becoming more and more common and so are electronic car break-ins.  My neighbor took her children to a beach park last week and while they played someone used a device to activate her key fob (the key-less device that opens the car.) The thieves, using simple devices to override the key fob (purchased on the internet for as little as $20.00) stole all her credit cards, registration etc. The police told her that there were 10 cars in a local neighborhood that were recently broken into while the owners peacefully slept.

Key Fob

According to The New York Times"Burglars may be using a device called a "power amplifier" to break into cars with key-less doors without leaving a trace of their entry"  I found several excellent articles about the topic. Please see references below. Forbes/Entrepreneurs  has suggestions on how to prevent theft as well as opinions on what advice not to follow. 

My husband and I use a RFID wallet to protect our credit cards from being remotely hacked and I decided to do some research to see if there was something to protect the key fob. I found some crazy suggestions like putting your key fob in your  freezer or microwave, when you are home. There were some inconvenient  though effective ideas also like wrapping it in aluminum foil when not in use. Someone suggested using an empty Altoids container which seems more practical. 

Amazon has a collection of possible holders for the key fob. For example: 
Faraday Defense

 I also found Fob Guard: It appears to work just like the RFID wallets and has good reviews. According to their web page, rental car companies having been using this for awhile now to protect their cars. 
Fob Guard

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS (According to their webpage)

Interior Dimensions: 3 1/4” Width x 4 1/4” Length
Construction: Double Layer Inside Single Strip Closure
Material: Double layer conductive silver/copper/nickel RoHS compliant material protected by high durability sports nylon
Attentuation: Average shielding effectiveness of -85dB in the range of 30 MHz to 1 GHz and an average -80dB in the range of 1 GHz to 11 GHz. Material has been tested by an independent lab to Mil. STD. 285.
Suitable for: Electronic Car Keys, RFID Devices, Credit Cards

I haven't personally used any of these protects, nor do I profit in any way from any of these protects. Please do your research and the best of luck out. 

Bilton, Nick, Keeping Your Car Safe From Electronic ThievesThe New York Times, April 15, 2015:

Steinberg, Joseph, Vulnerability in Car Keyless Entry Systems Allows Anyone to Open and Steal Your Vehicle, Forbes/Entrepreneurs, May 21, 2015

Weissman, Cale Guthrie, A cheap device you can buy on Amazon or Craigslist may be what's causing a huge uptick in car burglaries, Business InsiderApr. 15, 2015,