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2019 Safer Internet Day and Tips for Parents

Are you a parent, scrambling to figure out ways to keep your children safe online? As children grow up with technology from before they can take a step or speak a full sentence, there are many questions and troubles that can arise. Striving to address an emerging online issue each year, the Insafe organization has shed light on topics such as cyber-bullying and social networking. This year, Safer Internet Day 2019 has the theme “Together for a better Internet.”

Safer Internet Day (SID) started as an initiative and has grown into a landmark event. Forming in Europe, the Insafe organization has grown above and beyond its original geographic zone and now celebrates in more than 100 countries worldwide, across all continents.

The idea is that no matter what language you speak or what country you call home, we all face issues brought forth by the Internet. As our children become emerged in the culture and effects of technology, cyber safety becomes increasingly important and we need to play our part in making the Internet a better place.

One resource of SID 2019 is a program called Family Online Safety Institute. The site provides parents with, “advice, tips and tools empowering you to confidently navigate the online world with your kids.” You can filter the content by specific topics such as: safety, privacy, social media and more. Great Plains Communications wants to help provide information, so families enjoy all the Internet has to offer, but in a safe manner. For more information on SID 2019, check out their website at http://saferinternetday.us/.

2019 Big Game Commercials

We have covered recipes for your big game day party, but how many of you are primarily there for the commercials during the game? Great Plains Communications has found a few of our favorite commercials you can expect to see this year and teasers for those brands that are making us wait.

Amazon – Not Everything Makes the Cut

 

Avocados from Mexico – Top Dog

 

Bubly – Can I have a bublé (Teaser)

 

Colgate – The Close Talker

 

Hyundai – The Elevator

 

Michelob Ultra – The Pure Experience

 

Pepsi – More Than OK

Don’t miss the big game between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams this Sunday, February 3 at 5:30 PM CT on CBS.

2019 Game Day Recipes

The big football game is this weekend, which means you have plenty of time to plan that perfect menu to wow your friends. Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel, Food Network for twists on some of our favorite game-day classic recipes.

Tomatillo Beef Nachos

As Eddie Jackson says, the beauty of this recipe is that you can make the different components ahead of time, so all you have to do is assemble when your guests arrive. The charred tomatillos will add a smoky flavor that melds perfectly with the savory beef. Keep the different toppings on the side for people to garnish as they please and you will have a fan favorite!

Spicy Pop Pulled Pork

Another make-ahead meal, you could prepare this pork the day before and reheat it in the crockpot for whenever your guests are hungry. The sugar in the pop and brown sugar levels out the spicy, smoky notes of the chipotles. Grab packages of buns and you have a sweet, savory, spicy dish that will have your friends’ taste buds dancing.

3 Ways to Amp Up Queso

Not wanting to take the time to make your own queso but are looking for a way to jazz up that jarred cheese? Here are three toppings that will add flavor, heat and freshness to the already beloved cheese dip.

Jamaican Meat Pie Footballs

Okay, this one might not be a classic game-day dish, but if you are looking to add something different to your table of treats, these Jamaican Meat Pies are just what you need. There is spice from the pepper mix and the dough is flaky, plus they look like little footballs so that’s a total touchdown!

If you aren’t currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn about what services we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Congratulations to Our Fit Social Giveaway Winner!

Jenni Joedeman and her family

Help us in congratulating our Fit Social Giveaway winner, Jenni Joedeman of Stapleton, NE! By liking the Great Plains Communications Facebook page, the post and tagging her workout buddy in the comments, she has won a Fitbit Charge 3™. This advanced fitness tracker helps monitor steps, calories, 24/7 heart rate, sleep tracking and much more!

Even if you didn’t win this giveaway, that doesn’t mean there aren’t many resources online to find support in getting healthy and reaching your goals this year. One example would be the LiveWell Challenge, formerly known as the NE150 Challenge, here in Nebraska.

So, what is the goal behind the LiveWell Challenge?

It is a group of Nebraska organizations, business and schools joining together with the Nebraska Sports Council in effort to get Nebraskans to complete 150 miles or more of physical activity throughout the year. This doesn’t have to just be running or walking, but bicycling, swimming, hiking, etc. Then if you wish to participate, you create a free account at LiveWellNebraska.com and log your miles. It is a way to connect with others reaching for the same goals across the state. They will also include events and articles on healthy living throughout the year.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in our Fit Social Giveaway and again congratulate Jenni Joedeman on being randomly selected as our winner!

Healthy Breakfast Recipes for a Healthy 2019

As we think about fitness this week with our Fit Social Giveaway on Facebook, let’s focus on food – breakfast foods to be exact. What we put in our bodies is a big part of staying healthy and reaching those 2019 resolutions, along with staying active. While breakfast is very important to get your metabolism working and start your day off on a healthy foot, not everybody is too excited about jumping in the kitchen in the a.m., especially with the busy schedules of life. So Great Plains Communications wants to help! We have looked to our cable channel, Food Network, for some of our favorite healthy, but still flavorful, breakfast recipes.

4 Whole30 Breakfast Recipes

Taking part in Whole30 or just want to see what the recipes are like? Unlike other diets or meal plans, these four recipes will have you feeling not only full but satisfied. They are packed full of protein and comforting flavors such as apple, sweet potato, and yes, BACON (sugar free)! All of these recipes can also be made ahead and placed in the freezer to reheat as needed.

Bobby’s Blueberry-Pomegranate Power Bowl

Breakfast bowls and “power bowls” have been a fad for a couple years now, but it is because they are delicious! This recipe gets thickness from blended oats, sweetness from the fruit and crunch from the protein packed crumble.

Overnight Carrot Cake Oats

Like Bobby Flay’s power bowl, these oats need to be made ahead of time so that the oats can soak up all the flavor from carrots, sugar and vanilla extract. The next morning, all you have to do is grab your jar and toppings and head to work. You will find yourself with a sweet, yet wholesome breakfast right at your desk.

How to Eat Salad for Breakfast

If you lean more toward the savory side of breakfast foods, this recipe could be for you. The vinaigrette is tart and sweet from the fresh orange, which goes well with the peppery bite of the arugula. Place it all on the crowd pleasing avocado toast and you have a breakfast that will have your taste buds dancing.

Find more recipes like these on the Food Network channel! If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn more about the services we offer in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1484.

2019 Fit Social Giveaway

According to statista.com, The Statistics Portal, the top two resolutions for 2019 are to, “Diet or eat healthier” and “Exercise more.” It can be hard to know where to start and what steps to take to reach your goals. Great Plains Communications wants to help get someone off on the right foot with our Fitbit Charge 3™ social giveaway! The advanced fitness tracker helps monitor steps, calories, 24/7 heart rate, sleep tracking and much more.

To enter the giveaway, go to our Facebook page and find the post including the picture above. Then follow these instructions:

  1. Like our Facebook page
  2. Like the post
  3. Tag a workout buddy in the comments

The giveaway will run until January 21, 2019 and the winner will be announced here on our blog on January 22. So, get after those goals and up your speed in 2019!

If you are looking to up your speed in more ways than one, check out what Internet speeds we offer in your area and let our reliable network keep all your family’s devices connected!

2019 Financial Goals and SmartHub

Have you set a goal to become more financially responsible in 2019? Great Plains Communications has just the features to make sure you stick to your resolution and succeed.

As a Great Plains Communications’ customer, you have access to SmartHub, an account management system that was introduced in 2018. It is a smart, fast and convenient system that allows you to view and pay your bill, receive notifications, report service issues and contact us about services and promotions.

To access SmartHub, you can either log-on to https://gpcom.smarthub.coop or download the free app from the iOS or Android app store. This allows you to manage your account at home and on the go!

Once you are signed in to SmartHub, you can also sign up for Auto-Pay and do away with worrying about late or missed payments. To show our appreciation, we enter all customers participating in the Auto-Pay program into a monthly drawing for a $100 Visa gift card! If you have any questions on signing up for SmartHub or the Auto-Pay program, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Don’t Miss Out on These Scholarship Opportunities!

The deadline is quickly approaching for the Great Plains Communications Scholarship and Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Scholarship. No matter if it is a big university or a two-year program at a tech school, college is expensive. Great Plains Communications wants to help with the burden of those glaring costs. Our scholarship program has allowed students to attend schools across the state, majoring in agriculture, law, engineering and much more.

With the deadline of February 1 less than a month away, we encourage you to download the Great Plains Communications Scholarship on our website and send the completed application packet to the following address:

GREAT PLAINS COMMUNICATIONS
SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE
P.O. BOX 500
BLAIR, NE 68008

The FRS is an affiliate of the National Telephone Cooperative Association (NTCA), an organization of independent telephone companies across the United States. Applicants should be graduating high school seniors with a C grade point average or above and have an interest in returning to a rural community after graduation. The FRS Scholarship application requires a signature of sponsorship from Great Plains Communications. To apply, see your school’s guidance counselor or log onto the FRS website at www.frs.org. Completed applications must be submitted to the following address by February 23.

GREAT PLAINS COMMUNICATIONS
ATTN: SCHOLARSHIP
P.O. BOX 500
BLAIR, NE 68008

If you have any questions regarding scholarships, please contact 402-456-9511 or scholarshipsgrants@gpcom.com.

Last Chance to SAVE with Our Holiday Promotion!

You don’t have much time left! The holidays might be over, but there is still time to take advantage of our great holiday promotion. Discover the magic of savings with Great Plains Communications and our new Value Bundle. Connect all your devices with reliable high-speed Internet and you could receive up to a $100 bill credit.

The Value Bundle includes:

Upgraded equipment

FREE Wireless

FREE HD Cable Channels

FREE Long Distance & Calling Features

 

New Internet customers can sign up for the bundle now and receive $100 bill credit and FREE installation. If you are already a Great Plains Communications Internet customer but are looking to increase your speed to fit your family’s needs, receive a $25 bill credit when you upgrade now. This promotion ends tomorrow, so call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 to sign up for this great deal while it is still available!

New Year’s Eve Tips and Recipes

Are boxes still stacked around the house and trash bags full of wrapping paper? The last thing you want to do is stress about planning what to make for New Year’s Eve.  Great Plains Communications wants to help you out! We have looked to a couple of our cable channels, HGTV and the Cooking Channel for some of our favorite recipes and helpful tips when keeping foods at the right temperatures all night.

How to Make an Epic Meat and Cheese Spread

Let’s start with a classic – a meat and cheese board. While they are a crowd pleaser, they can be intimidating to make. In this video, HGTV breaks it down into almost a formula that is sure to result in a beautiful and delicious spread.

Coconut Shrimp Skewers

These skewers are quick to make and definitely not lacking in flavor. Plus, by adding the avocado dip to small glasses, it becomes portable for a more social setting. Make it even easier on yourself and buy some disposable cups, so your guests can toss them when they are finished. Less dishes = less stress!

How to Keep Party Food at the Right Temperature

It can be tough to keep certain foods cold or hot throughout the night. These tips from HGTV will include things like a heated brick and ice packs, things you probably already have around the house – simple yet effective.

3 Ways to Make Ornament Cocktails

Keep the holiday theme rolling with these festive drinks. Make them ahead of time and you get decorations and drinks all-in-one!

 

Great Plains Communications hopes everyone has a safe and wonderful New Year’s celebration!

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