December 21, 2011

Cute Idea - I Caught Santa Claus


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November 8, 2011

Shutterfly Family Photo Days


I love to take pictures. I take pictures of many people and things, but I enjoy taking photos of my family the most. Many times I can't think of any original ideas for good photos. Several of our photos are posed near the front door. I have taken pictures where everyone had their eyes closed! I need help coming up with creative ideas and ways to improve my photos.

Do you send pesonalized Christmas cards? I want to create personalized holiday cards, but I want to have just the right picture. Shutterfly is having “Family Photo Days” throughout November. Family Photo Days are about getting together with other families to play around with different photo ideas. It’s a chance to give your kids an opportunity to act silly and have fun, and capture those moments to share with your extended family and friends. The activities and resources are to help you get a fantastic online holiday card.

To organize your own Family Photo Day Shutterfly has provided many great resources such as:

Digital toolkit posted online with many ideas how to take better pictures

Styling Tips on video by Jenn Falik - Style and Beauty Expert

Shutterfly Meetup Everywhere Page to meet with others

They are having a holiday photo contest where you can win a full year of FREE cards. Plus every entry gets a code for 5 free cards! there will be 5 winners based on type of photo – best funny family photo, most unique family photo, etc.

Check out the great Christmas cards and Holiday cards at Shutterfly.

This post was sponsored by Shutterfly and Global Influence. I am to receive a code for 50 free cards from Shutterfly for posting about Shutterfly Family Photo Days.

October 18, 2011

The Big Bang Theory in Syndication


In episode 1 of season 2 of The Big Bang Theory, Leonard and Penny go on their first date. Both people feel insecure about the date and unbeknownst to them both, each of them has feelings for the other person. When Leonard learns of Penny’s insecurity about her intelligence, he gives her brochures to a local community college and tells her he is fine dating a girl who isn’t smart. Penny abruptly slams the door in his face.

I was asked "In your opinion, What are the top 3 things that a man should never say to a women? Is this a dealbreaker?"

Top 3 Things to Never Say to a Woman
1. You look fat.
2. You don't look pretty.
3. Meet my wife.

Each of those would be a deal breaker for me. How about you?

Don' forget The Big Bang Theory is now on 5 Night a Week. Go to www.bigbangweeknights.com to check your local listings.

I have been hired by Warner Bros. WBWord division to promote The Big Bang Theory in Syndication.

October 10, 2011

The Big Bang Theory 5 Night a Week


In episode 13 from season one of The Big Bang Theory, “The Bat Jar Conjecture,” which airs Wednesday October 10th, Sheldon’s arrogance ostracizes him from the group which leads to him competing directly against his friends with Sheldon's Group.

I was asked "Have you ever competed against a good friend? If your best friend knew that one item that would make a mends, what would it be? Is it as funny as a batman cookie jar?"

I competed against friends for good grades in school, but I did not have any angry competitions. I don't know what would make a mends.

The Big Bang Theory is now on 5 Night a Week. Go to www.bigbangweeknights.com to check your local listings.

I have been hired by Warner Bros. WBWord division to promote The Big Bang Theory in Syndication.

October 5, 2011

10 Holiday Planning Tips


Can you believe it is already October? There are only 7 weeks till Thanksgiving, and there are only 11 weeks till Christmas. Yikes! Where does the time go?

It seems that I, like most people, get very busy over the Holidays. Every year I tell myself I am going to be more organized. I wanted to give you some tips for holiday planning.

1. Make out your Christmas lists. My son keeps a running wish list for Christmas and his birthday. :) If he sees a movie or a game he likes, he writes it down.

2. Decide the logistics of Thanksgiving.
Where will you be celebrating? Who will cook the turkey? If you are not eating at your house, what will you need to bring?

3. Purchase baking supplies and things for the meals when you find them on sale.
My mom usually cooks the turkey, and she just freezes it until Thanksgiving. I like to purchase my supplies to make Christmas cookies.

4. Get your Christmas cards.
Check out the Storkie Christmas cards. The picture above is from their website. They have many cute styles. You can also get matching custom postage stamps, envelope seals, and address labels.

5. Address your Christmas Cards.
At Storkie.com you can get your return address printed on the envelopes. You can even get have the recipient's name and address printed on the front.

6. Gather your decorations to be ready when it is time to hang them.
I usually keep mine in the attic. I try to keep them all in the same area, so I don't have to search for things when I am ready to decorate.

7. You can wrap presents.
If you really want to get a head start on Christmas preparations, you could start wrapping presents now and wrap them as you purchase them.

8. Purchase any needed decorations.
Look for sales on Christmas decorations. They are the cheapest after Christmas, but if you need something for this Christmas, there will be plenty of sales.

9. Get busy shopping for Christmas presents.
I shop throughout the year and purchase when I see something at a really good price. I have to hide the presents for my kids at a relative's house, or they will find them.

10. Remember to keep the focus on "The Reason for the Season" which is the birth of Jesus who came to take away our sins. It is easy to get to distracted with the activities of the Holidays, so we have to make it a priority.

I hope these tips are helpful in your Holiday planning. Looking at the list I realized there are several things I could be doing now myself.

I wrote this blog post while participating in the Storkie holiday blogging program. I received compensation for my participation. All opinions are 100% mine.

October 3, 2011

Big Bang Theory 5 Nights a Week



If you love comedy then you're in for a treat...5 nights a week! Get your daily recommended dose of laughs from the Big Bang Theory 5 nights a week! http://bit.ly/pzVRir

I have been hired by WBWord to promote the Big Bang Theory 5 nights a week.

Finding Local Christian Organizations and Programs


Are you a Christian who is interested in volunteering in a Christian organization or a Christian program? If you are, do you already have an idea as to which program or programs you would like to offer your support to? If not, you will want to continue reading on.

When it comes to finding a local Christian organization or a Christian program to volunteer with, you will find that you have a number of different options. One of those options involves speaking with your church congregation leaders. Church officials are often the best source of information, in terms of programs that can use assistance from devoted Christians. In addition to giving the name and contact information a Christian program or organization that could use your assistance, you may find that your church already runs a similar organization or has plans to do so in the near future.

In addition to your church leaders, you may also want to speak with your other church congregation members. You may be surprised how many individuals take steps to volunteer in or around their community. Other church congregation members may have suggestions to offer you. These suggestions are nice, as they may have first hand experience with the groups being recommended. This means that you should have an idea as to what would be expected of you. You may even find church congregation members who would like to help you start a new Christian group.

The phone book is another one of the many ways that you can go about finding local Christian organizations. While the phone book can be a little bit tricky, in terms of finding non-profit organizations and programs, it is more than possible to do. What you may first want to do is check in your yellow pages. Some non-profit organizations are listed there. You may also want to find the contact information for other Christian churches in your area, as they may have their own organizations and programs that need support. While contacting other nearby churches is a nice approach to take, you will first want to check with your own church first.

The internet is another one of the many ways that you can find Christian programs and organizations to join and volunteer. In fact, the internet is a wealth of information. If you already know the names of a few local organizations or programs, like ones that have been recommended to you, you may want to perform a standard internet search with that information. If the organization in question is one that operates on a national level, you may want to include your city or state in with your standard internet search. This approach is nice if you are looking to narrow down your search.

You can also use the internet to find Christian organizations and programs that you do not already know the names of. The best way to do so is by performing a standard internet search. You may want to search with phrases such as “Christian organizations,” or “Christian volunteering.” It may also be a good idea to tailor your search if you are looking for something in particular. For instance, if you would like to help out youths, your internet search should include the phrases “Christian youth organizations,” and so forth.

Another one of the many ways that you can find local Christian programs and organizations to help with is by keeping your eyes and your ears open. Local Christian organizations, especially when hosting events, often advertise. These advertisements may appear in your local newspapers or on community bulletin boards. You can use the information provided to contact the organizers to see if any volunteer assistance is needed.

The above mentioned approaches are the best ways to go about finding local Christian programs and organizations to help. As a reminder, if you are looking to volunteer locally, you may first want to speak with those in your church congregation, including church leaders.

September 29, 2011

Compact Chillout Fan Giveaway

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September 23, 2011

The Big Bang Theory 5 nights a Week in Syndication!


#TheBigBangTheory is coming at you 5 nights a week! Get your local time & channel here: http://bit.ly/pzVRir

Can't get enough of The Big Bang Theory? Wish you could watch it more than once a week? Well, fret not more! Watch the show 5 nights a week, check here for your local time and channel! http://bit.ly/pzVRir

September 16, 2011

The Big Bang Theory: Season 4 on DVD



Until season 4, 'The Big Bang Theory' primarily focused on the core friendship of the guys with Penny as the lone girl. In Season 4, Penny gets some girlfriends with the introduction of Bernadette and Amy. I was asked "Do you think that guys and girls can have standalone deep friendship or do girls need girl time and guys need time with the boys?"
I think guys and girls can have deep friendships, but there is always the risk that one or both of the people may get romantic feelings about the other person. For single people, that is fine. But it is dangerous for married people. It is a good idea for girls to have female friends and boys to have male friends.

Get The Big Bang Theory: Season 4 on DVD available here: http://bit.ly/nXVJHe

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Supernatural: Season 6 on DVD/Blu-Ray


Season 5 ended with a banger between the gates of Hell opening up and fights with angels it was quite a departure from the earlier seasons but demonstrates how the show has evolved. I was asked "What was your favorite part of the earlier seasons and were you prepared for season 6?"
I am a new viewer, so I can't really answer that. The series is really exciting.

The pits of Hell have opened up and it's up to the Winchesters to fight for humanity and themselves! Find out here with Season 6 on DVD and Blu-Ray https://bitly.com/r2CsjG #spwb

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September 15, 2011

Kitten Massage

This is so cute!

TrueCare Online Monitoring


I had the opportunity to try TrueCare online monitoring. It is a way to monitor your child's online activity. I received some alerts that my son had become a friend of some adults. On further investigation I found that they were kids that had lied about their ages when they signed up. I felt much better knowing there was an additional layer of safety around my child's online activity.

Sign up for a free 60-day trial at truecare.com/bzzagent.

But remember these points:
Nothing takes the place of being a good parent
TrueCare is a tool to help parents protect their children by staying involved in their social networking activity. It’s not a replacement for all around good parenting.

Parents and children should use TrueCare together
TrueCare provides resources to help parents and kids communicate about the dangers of social networking and encourages parents to involve their children in setting up their TrueCare account. For tips on how to talk to your children about these topics, read over TrueCare’s Family Social Media Agreement.

TrueCare is about educating and protecting, not about spying Parents are only alerted when potentially dangerous posts are found; they don’t see every post their child makes. They’re also encouraged to discuss the alerts with their child and explain why the information they posted may be harmful or concerning.

I would recommend this monitoring service. Sign up for a free 60-day trial at truecare.com/bzzagent.

I received a free trial through BzzAgent. No other compensation was received.

September 14, 2011

Heely's are Fun!



Have you ever tried Heely's? They are fun shoes with wheels in the heels. You can remove the wheels, and they look like a cool pair of athletic shoes.

My kids love them! They have had a lot of fun skating and learning new tricks.

Heely's has a lot of information online.
Skate 101 Section:
Shows how to install and remove the wheels.
How to install the heel plugs.
The basics of Heeling and safety.

There is a section about different tricks you can do while wearing your Heely's.
Tricks listed such as:
180
Fish Tail
Propulsion Switch
Revert
Shuffling
Switching
and many, many more!

Check out the Heely's Safety Playbook.

You can get your own Heely's and check out the deal of the week.

We really loved our Heely's.
Heely's would make a great Christmas or birthday present.

I received a set of Heely's to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received.

September 12, 2011

The Big Bang Theory: Season 4 on DVD


Sheldon and Leonard are best friends and roommates who pester each other to no end! This couldn't be more apparent than in Sheldon and Leonard's blinding Roommate Agreement. 'The Big Bang Theory' shows us that living with a roommate can often be a great but difficult experience.

I was asked "What is your most memorable roommate experience? What do you think of Sheldon and Leonard's relationship?"

I had 2 roommates for a year in med school. Honestly, we were all so busy that we didn't have time to socialize much. Sheldon and Leonard's relationship is interesting!

Order Big Bang Theory: Season 4 on DVD/Blu-Ray http://bit.ly/oLtFCY

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Supernatural: The Complete Sixth Season on DVD


Season six of Supernatural focuses on the brother's relationship as they battle Heaven and Hell. The two brothers spend endless amounts of time traveling together, encountering demons and a trench coat wearing angel.

I was asked "If given the choice, would you choose your own sibling to help you in this battle, or would you chosse someone else."
I would chose one of my sisters because they are my best friends.

Get Supernatural: The Complete Sixth Season (Blu-Ray) http://bit.ly/o4wWQJ

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September 10, 2011

Family Talk Review



Since I have 2 teenagers, I am always looking for ways to get them to talk to me. I received a game called Family Talk. It is a set of 100 portable conversation questions about diverse topics. It is fun!

Family Talk takes the dinner table conversation with you wherever you go. You can play in the car, at dinner, or on vacation.

Created by a Mom/Occupational Therapist Beth Daniels, it began as a business of bringing families together through conversation.

It was the Conversation Game of the Year in 2009 Creative Child Magazine and has been seen on the Today Show.

You can get it on the website at http://www.aroundthetablegames.com/ It is perfect as a stocking stuffer or for traveling.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

September 9, 2011

#1 Yu-Be Skin Cream




Yu-Be (pronounced "YOO-BEE") is the #1 selling medicated, vitamin-enriched skin care cream in Japan. It is a glycerin-based moisturizer that has been manufactured in Japan since 1957.

It contains:
Glycerin - Natural "Humectant" attracts and retains moisture in the skin, making it softer.
Vitamin E - Natural anti-oxidant and skin protector. Vitamin B2 - Helps to smooth rough or damaged skin - also gives Yu-Be its natural yellow color.
Camphor - Helps soothe minor skin irritations and improves blood circulation and is a natural product from the camphor laurel tree-it is cooling, a local anesthetic and anti microbial

It has a a rich, creamy texture that absorbs into your skin instantly. It helped to protect and moisturize my skin.

You can get Yu-Be skin cream is now available at your local Sephora and Sephora.com.

Check out their website at http://www.yu-be.com/.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Barkonomics: Tips for Frugal Fidos



Are you looking for ways to save money on your dog supplies? Barkonomics: Tips for Frugal Fidos is the 28th book by Paris Permenter & John Bigley. They are the publishers of DogTipper.com.

The guide features over 300 tips organized such as dog food, fun, veterinary care and prescriptions, training, travel, and more. They interviewed dog experts in all areas of dog care, from vets to groomers. They set about finding ways dog lovers could reduce their costs while providing their dogs with a healthy, happy lifestyle.

It is a good book with many saving tips. I am always looking for ways to save money, and it was helpful.

You can get the book on their website DogTipper.com or on Amazon.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Purely American



I wanted to tell you about a great company called Purely American. I found the site through groupon. They have over 80 Storytelling Mixes that include handcrafted bean soup, chili, pasta, and dessert mixes. They are made in Athens, Ohio.

They have great customer service! As you know I traveled to help my sister who is ill. My second groupon had expired. I contacted Purely American and asked if they could extend my groupon. They did it with no questions asked! Now that is good customer service.



My favorite so far is the Minnesota Lake Country Chicken & Wild Rice Soup. It is one of the group of the Slow Cooker Gourmet mixes. It was easy to prepare and tasted delicious.

I was not asked to post this, and I did not receive any compensation for it. I just wanted to tell you about a good company with great customer service. I think we should support the companies that do a good job and are nice. I will certainly be a repeat customer.

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September 8, 2011

Big Bang Theory: Season 4


Synopsis
"Leonard and Sheldon are brilliant physicists, the kind of "beautiful minds" that understand how the universe works. But none of that genius helps them interact with people, especially women. All this begins to change when a free-spirited beauty named Penny moves in next door. Sheldon, Leonard's roommate, is quite content spending his nights playing Klingon Boggle with their socially dysfunctional friends, fellow Caltech scientists Wolowitz and Koothrappali. However, Leonard sees in Penny a whole new universe of possibilities ... including love."

Do you think that brilliant people are rather clueless about the dating scene? The people I have met who are geniuses usually don't care about social things. Their minds are on much more important stuff. The guys on the show should read something like "Dating for Dummies" if there is such a book!

You can order Big Bang Theory: Season 4 on DVD/Blu-Ray http://bit.ly/oLtFCY

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Keeping Kids Safe Around Electricity


Just one conversation might make all the difference. Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electricity providers, asks that at least once a year, parents teach their children about how electricity works, what it does, and how to stay safe around it. Every season has opportunities to discuss these issues, and September is especially appropriate because it’s National Preparedness Month.

Why is electrical safety important? Consider this:
• The most recent statistical data from the National Fire Protection Association indicates an annual average of almost 51,000 home fires involving electrical failure or malfunction.
• Those fires claim nearly 500 lives, injuring more than 1,400 people, resulting in more than $1.3 billion in property damage.
• Statistics from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission show that nearly 400 people are electrocuted in the United States each year.
• The National Institutes of Health reports that though childhood deaths due to electrocution are rare, they are more likely to occur when children are playing around electrical wires or equipment, and often result from either faulty apparatus, or a lack of understanding of the potential dangers involved. The majority of deaths, 69 percent, occur in or around the home.

How electricity travels
Electricity is always trying to get to the ground and will take the easiest path. Like all good travelers, electricity takes shortcuts whenever it can. If something that conducts electricity gives electricity an easy path to the ground, electricity will take it.

Water and metal are some of the best conductors for electricity. Because our bodies are mostly water, we are a great conductor, too. So if you touch an electric circuit and the ground at the same time, you will become electricity’s easiest path. Electricity will flow through you, and you could be seriously hurt or killed. This is why it’s so important to keep all electrical appliances away from water, and to make sure your hands are dry and you are not standing in water when you touch anything electrical. It’s also the reason no one should ever use water on an electrical fire, but should use a multipurpose fire extinguisher instead.

You don’t have to be touching the ground directly to conduct electricity. You could also be touching something that is in contact with the ground, like a tree or a ladder.

Electricity, You, and Appliances
Appliances and electronic devices have protective insulated cords and coverings to keep you from contacting the electricity inside – if a cord is frayed, get it repaired or replace it. It’s important to use appliances and cords the way they were designed to be used so you don’t damage the insulation or contact live electrical parts. If a live wire inside an appliance, toy, or power tool touches the inside of the device and you touch the device, it would be like touching a bare live wire. You cannot tell from the outside if there is a problem inside, so you should always act as if there were danger of shock.

Why Can Birds and Utility Workers Touch Power Lines But We Can’t?
Have you ever wondered why the birds that sit on power lines don’t get electric shocks? It’s because the electricity is always looking for a way to get to the ground, but the birds are not touching the ground or anything in contact with the ground.

If you touched a power line while you were in contact with the ground (or standing on a ladder or roof) electricity would travel through you. And if your kite or balloon got tangled in a power line and you touched the string, electricity could travel down the string and into you on its way to the ground. Both situations would mean a serious shock!

Have you ever wondered why people who work up on power lines don’t get shocked? Utility workers are trained to work with electricity. They wear special insulated boots, hardhats, and gloves, and use special insulated tools that help prevent shock. It would be a bad idea to climb a power pole and imitate them — and possibly fatal!

Tree & Power Line Safety
Lots of kids like to climb and play in trees. Follow these tips to stay safe:
• Never allow kids to climb in or play in trees, forts or tree houses that next to power lines.
• Never touch a power line with your hand or with any other object, whether you are in a tree or on the ground.
• Call your electric utility if you see trees growing close to high-voltage power lines or contacting these lines. (High-voltage lines are the ones at the very top of power poles.)
• If you see a power line that has fallen into a tree or onto the ground, stay away and call 911 immediately. Even if they are not sparking or humming, fallen lines can kill you if you touch them or the ground nearby.
• Before planting a tree, call your local utility locator service to make sure you won’t dig into underground power lines. Don’t let kids play near electrical equipment such as power lines, substations or transformers. They carry dangerous amounts of electricity.
• If you get caught in a lightning storm, go indoors immediately. If you can’t get indoors: Get in a hardtop car; stay away from trees, tall objects or anything metal; stay away from water (pools, rivers, ponds or lakes); and avoid wide open areas such as sports fields or golf courses.

Electric Shock
If someone has been shocked, there’s a chance they may still be in contact with the source of the electricity. Do NOT touch the person or anything he or she is touching. You could become part of electricity’s path and be shocked or even killed. Take these three steps:
1. Turn off the main power to the house.
2. Call for help (usually 911). Tell them it is an electrical accident.
3. When the victim is not in contact with the source of electricity and you’re sure there is no danger, tell an adult to give first aid for electrical injury. This may include CPR.
4. Don’t touch burns, break blisters, or remove burned clothing. Electrical shock may cause burns inside the body, so be sure the person is taken to a doctor.

Downed Power Lines
Downed power lines can hurt or kill you, even if they do not spark or hum. If you see a downed power line, stay very far away. Do not even get close to anything that is touching the line, like a tree, fence, vehicle, etc. Tell an adult to call 911 and the local electric utility to report the line.

If a Power Line Touches Your Car
If you are in a car when a power line falls on it, stay in the car. When you are in the car you are not a part of electricity’s path to the ground. Wait in the car until qualified electrical workers turn the power off and tell you it is safe to leave the vehicle. If people come near the car to help you, warn them to stay far away. Ask them to telephone 911 and the local electric utility for help.

If you MUST leave the car because of fire or other danger, JUMP away from the vehicle so no part of you touches the vehicle and ground at the same time. Land with both feet together, then shuffle away. Take very small steps and keep your feet in contact with each other and the ground constantly.

Do not try to help someone else from the car while you are standing on the ground. If you do, you will become a path for electricity and could be hurt or killed!

Once you jump from a car with a power line on it, the danger may not be over. Electricity can spread out through the ground in a circle from any downed line. The voltage drops as you move away from the point of contact. If one part of your body touches a high-voltage zone while another part of your body touches a low-voltage zone, you will become a conductor for electricity. This is why you should shuffle away from the line, keeping your feet close together.

During A Power Outage
Your family should always have a safety kit on hand. Put the items below in your kit to keep your family comfortable during a power outage. Replace all items in the kit at least once a year. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the kit is stored.
• Flashlights
• A battery-powered radio
• Extra batteries for flashlight and radio
• A three-day supply of bottled water
• Canned and dried foods
• Manual can opener
• Blankets
• First aid supplies

If you know someone who is dependent on electrically operated medical equipment, make back-up power arrangements in case a power outage affects that equipment.

Watch for traffic signals that may be out. Approach those intersections as four-way stops.

Make sure you have a battery-operated radio and flashlights. Check the batteries to make sure they are fresh. Use flashlights for lighting during a power outage; do not use candles because they pose a significant fire hazard.

Do not use equipment designed for outdoor cooking indoors. Such equipment can emit carbon monoxide and other toxic gases.

If you use a generator, place it outdoors and plug individual appliances directly into the generator, using a heavy-duty extension cord. Connecting generators directly to household circuits creates “backfeed,” which is dangerous to repair crews.

Thanks to Southern California Edison for providing this information.

September 7, 2011

Big Bang Theory Season 4 on DVD


The guys on 'The Big Bang Theory' have a very fun and playful work dynamic, often joking around with each other and playing games. Because they work at CalTech, most of their jokes revolve around astrophysics and Wolowitz's lack of a PhD!

I have had some good friends that were co-workers. How about you? Unfortunately the friendship usually fell apart after one of us left the job. Since I work as a professional, I can't joke and laugh as much as I would like at work. It would be fun to work with the people on Big Bang Theory.

Get Big Bang Theory Season 4 on DVD today! http://bit.ly/neZ9Ke
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September 5, 2011

Supernatural Season 6 on DVD



Dean surprises Sam early in the season with a sudden paternal side that emerges when the two brothers investigate a case of missing babies. I was asked "What's the most surprising skill your sibling, friend, or loved one has surprised you with? Did it end up making sense given their personality?"

My sister is a registered nurse (RN). She is very smart and has a master's degree. I have been very impressed by her knowledge. It certainly made sense given her personality.

Get Supernatural Season 6 on DVD today! http://bit.ly/pOLPLa

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Care For Your Indoor Plants

It is a difficult task to keep your indoor plants
healthy. Therefore it will make a big difference if
you chose those plants that could easily adapt to the
indoor environment such as lesser light, heat and
water.

It is not uncommon for plants to grow much slower
indoors than they would outdoors. Many plants are
known to stop growing or showing sign of development
or change from fall to winter.

Indoor plants have different needs compared to outdoor
plants and this means that they should not be "killed
with kindness" either.

It is necessary to control the temperature indoors for
the plants to thrive. It is recommended to keep the
temperature between 60 degrees to 70 degrees F during
the daytime and 55 to 65 degrees during the night.

It is advisable to keep the plants away from a drafty
location as this could lead to the plants drying.
Instead of keeping your plants in direct sunlight, it
will do them good to keep them in a place that gets
adequate light but not directly from the sun.

The varying changes in the day and night temperature
will only damage the plants.

In the winter, the indoor environment gets a lot drier
than the summer. This adversely affects the plants.
Therefore it is advised to ‘spray bathe’ the plants
twice a week to keep them healthy.

Hopefully, these tips will help you keep your indoor plants healthy.

Get Nikita Season 1 on DVD



Nikita and Alex grow and become a team as the show progresses, but aiding Nikita could mean death for Alex if she’s ever found out. I was asked "What is the strangest request that you’ve ever done for a friend and given the choice now would you do it again?"

I honestly couldn't think of anything. I mean, I have been asked not to tell someone something, but I haven't been asked to do something strange. Hmm....

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September 4, 2011

A Few Tips For The Indoor Gardener

While all plants are quite apt to prosper indoors,
they do need more or less the same conditions to grow
as outdoor plants do. These conditions are a good
supply of fresh air, proper sunlight, water and
nutrients such as plant food commonly known as
‘fertilizer’.

We will include here a few tips that are sure to make
your indoor plants grow healthier and add beauty to
your surroundings.

Ever notice how plants will face the source of
sunlight? This is because the sun is the main source
of their nutrition. Plant leaves change water and
nutrition from the soil to food through a process
called ‘photosynthesis’.

A couple of hours of sunlight is a must for your
indoor plants. If you do not have a place where you
can have adequate sunlight, and cannot move the plants
you should consider purchasing a couple of indoor
gardening lights.

Ordinary lights will not do. Indoor gardening lights
provide enough of ultraviolet light to nourish the
plants.

Provide adequate water to your plants. Your indoor
plants need ‘room temperature’ water to survive. Do
not over water the plants, most plants die due to a
lack of water or a surplus of it than they do of any
other reason.

Follow a rule of thumb, like you test a cake you
should pierce a knitting needle into a plant
container. If the needle goes in with ease the soil is
just the right dampness, if not increase the quantity
of water a bit.

Fertilizers are also important, once a fortnight add a
scoop of indoor plant fertilizer to your plant pot.
Used tea leaves are also a very good supply of
nutrition to your plant.

Follow these simple tricks and you will see your
indoor garden prospering very soon.

August 29, 2011

Supernatural: Season 6 on DVD



The brothers Winchester face a short separation from the end of Season 5 and the beginning of Season 6. Dean lives with a woman and is raising a child, and Sam is still hunting. The two brothers re-unite again and immediately get down to their old demon fighting tricks.

I was asked "What's the longest separation you've had with your sibling or best friend? What was the first thing you did when you were re-united?"
I guess the longest was approximately 6 months. When I saw my sister we hugged, and then it was like we were never apart.



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Nikita Season 1 on DVD


“The Division” recruits troubled youth, erase their background and shapes them into spies and assassins. I was asked "If given the chance, would you neglect your current life for one of globe trotting spy work if it meant you would have to cut all ties with everyone in your life?"

I wouldn't do it. I would miss my children and my family too much. It would be cool to do the job if I were younger and didn't have kids, but even then I would not want to cut ties with my family. How about you? Would you like to do it if you could?

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August 23, 2011

Oregon Chai Twitter Party


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August 22, 2011

Nikita Season One on DVD


In season one of this suspenseful series featuring international action star Maggie Q, the charming and deadly Nikita wages a war against Division, the agency that created her. Michael was the man who trained her. Now he is hunting her. But Nikita has an ace up her sleeve named Alex. She is a girl she had trained to infiltrate this secret unit of the government. This show is action packed!

There have been several moments throughout the show that Nikita has been judged solely on her looks, which is a huge mistake! Have you ever been in a situation where someone has judged you based on what you looked like? I have. I like to go shopping in jeans and a t-shirt. You can tell a lot about people based on how they treat you when they think you don't have much money. If a salesman treats me poorly when he thinks I don't have much money, he doesn't get my business.

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August 18, 2011

Preparing your Child for Back to School

As the first day of school approaches, parents and children alike begin to run the gamut of emotions: excitement, fear, anticipation, anxiety. For those who will be experiencing a child’s very first day of school, you may feel torn between the joy of leading your child through a momentous milestone and the sadness of knowing that your child is taking yet another step out from under your influence and protection. However, preparing your child for school can have the beneficial effects of soothing nerves and strengthening bonds. Here are a few ways to help you and your child transition easily into the next important step

Make a big deal out of gathering school supplies. Set aside time during the evening or weekend to focus on the needs of your student-to-be. If possible, arrange time alone to dig together through items you already have or to make a trip to a local store for a little back-to-school shopping.

•Celebrate the last hurrah of summer. Choose your favorite summer activity and make a point to say goodbye until next summer. Take some pictures of your child in front of a recognizable object, such as a tree in the front yard or the swing set in the back yard for an opportunity to see the dramatic progress and growth from summer to summer.
•Get into the academic mindset with an inspirational movie about life in school. There are flicks from every stage of learning. Talk about what you see in the movie that relates to students, teachers, homework, and school spirit.
•Begin a few weeks early to adopt the routine of a school day. Help children get back into the habit of early wakeup and early bedtime. Add some more structure to the day by assigning an activity/reading time. Everyone grabs some type of reading material or workbook and works quietly on their own.
•Give your child a proper sendoff. Whether it is a favorite activity, a party with family and friends, or a special dinner, let your child know how special each new stage of education is and how proud you are of his accomplishments
The start of the school year is a time to start fresh. Children wipe the slate clean of the previous year and begin anew. Communicate your expectations and offer your complete support as your child prepares to embark on her next great learning adventure.

Jennifer Tankersley is the creator of ListPlanIt where you can find over 400 lists and planning pages including a Back to School Planner, Homework Schedules, Calendars (all found in Student Planning) and many more.

August 13, 2011

Mom, Do You Want More Me Time?

By Aurelia Williams, author of Journey to Joy

Let’s see. You did the laundry, dropped the boys off at Karate and the girls at dance class, stopped at the grocery store for a few last minute dinner items...What’s missing? As you were taking care of everyone else all day long, did you remember to take care of yourself?

I know it can be hard to carve out space for you, since being a mom is a full time job, but taking care of yourself helps you have the strength and energy to keep taking care of everyone else, from your children to the snake your son left in the pocket of his dirty jeans. It's all part of what I teach my Journey to Joy students. It IS possible to find the time to get what you need done.

If trying to squeeze out a few more hours a day just for you seems impossible, why not try one of these ideas:

1. Don’t be afraid to start small. It’s better for you to take five minutes to read the funny pages or your favorite inspirational poem than it is to not take any time at all for you.

2. Get up twenty or thirty minutes earlier than usual and spend some time doing something you enjoy, such as reading the paper while you sip your coffee or meditating. By the time the children wake up, you will be ready to start your busy day.

3. Talk to the other moms at your children’s classes and find out if any of them live nearby. See if several of them are interested in forming a carpool, so you don’t have to make every trip to drop off and pick up the kids.

4. Find another mom who has children that get along well with your kids. Alternate babysitting services with her, so that you each have a few hours of free time every week to go to the gym or get your hair done. Don’t be tempted to do chores instead. You need this time for you and you won’t feel very rested and refreshed if you pick up the dry cleaning, do the grocery shopping, and run the car through the car wash instead of relaxing.

5. Delegate evening chores like setting the table, washing the dishes, and packing the next day’s lunch. If everyone does ten or fifteen minutes of work, you will have enough free time to soak in the tub or read a chapter of the newest best seller.

6. If you cook all of your family’s evening meals and always pack lunch for your children, don’t be afraid to give yourself a break once a week. Pizza every night may be unhealthy, but an occasional slice isn’t too unhealthy for the kids. Eating the occasional school lunch can actually be a fun treat for children, even if it doesn’t taste that great.

Finally, make sure your family realizes the importance of letting you find some time for yourself. Speak with your children about respecting your quiet time, whenever and however you manage to fit it into your day.

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August 8, 2011

Getting Ready for Back to School



I can't believe it is time for school again. My kids had their back to school night tonight. Where did the summer go? I still had other things I wanted to do.

There are so many things to do to get ready for school. We have to buy school supplies, school clothes, gym clothes, and other things. It is also a good time to think about our kid's health.

10 Healthy Tips to Get Your Kids Ready for Back-to-School

1. Get the kids ready to get up early.
My kids love to stay up late at night and sleep in late. But I try to get them up earlier and earlier as it gets close to school so it is not as hard to get them up.

2. Get their eyes checked.
Did you know that an average of one in four children has an undetected vision problem, which can interfere with their ability to read and learn? Undiagnosed vision problems can cause learning difficulties in school age children. Visual learning accounts for 80 percent of the learning process during their first 12 years.

3. Get their school physicals.
School age kids don't necessarily need to see their doctor every year, but they do need to get occasional check ups to check their growth and to look for any silent problems. One thing the doctor does is listen for a heart murmur. That can indicate a heart problem that can lead to sudden death in athletes.

4. Get their teeth cleaned.
It is a good idea to get their teeth cleaned every 6 months. The dentist can find any cavities and repair them before they get too large.

5. Find out your child's BMI (Body Mass Index)
That will tell you if your child is normal weight or needs to lose or gain weight. Many kids are overweight. I have one that needs to gain weight.

6. Consider a daily multivitamin.
I think it is a good idea to take a daily multivitamin. Although I try, I know my kids don't always eat what they should all the time.

7. Plan any medicines needed for school.
Usually if your child has to take any medicine at school, they will need a separate bottle that will go to the nurse to dispense.

8. Get them to eat a healthy breakfast.
It is a good idea to get them started before school starts.

9. Get a good fitting pair of shoes.
I didn't think that much about it when I was a kid, but proper fitting shoes are important.

10. Talk to your child.
Ask them to talk about their fears or concerns. Hopefully, you can help.

These were some ideas for your child get a healthy start to the school year. I hope they help you.


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August 4, 2011

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July 30, 2011

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July 29, 2011

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July 28, 2011

Things Remembered Facebook Photo Contest and Blog Giveaway


I am sure you have heard of Christmas in July. I love the great memories we make and remember during the holiday season. Things Remembered is having a contest where they are asking everyone to share their favorite holiday photo and the story behind it. You could win $200 and see your photo feature in stores and online this winter!

The picture above is the one I entered. Every year my dad passes out the presents when we exchange gifts at my Mom and Dad's house. The kids love to help pass them out. I have so many wonderful memories of Christmas, and I look forward to making new holiday memories.

The contest at Things Remembered is very easy to enter. You just submit one of your photos on their facebook contest area. Then you submit a brief explanation of your photo and you info. That's it! But hurry, the Facebook contest ends August 4th at 2PM.

Also, Things remembered is sponsoring a giveaway on my blog. You can win a 5x7 soho gunmetal frame The winner can literally "frame" the special picture you submit into the contest, and it's engravable with whatever memory/phrase you want to capture and remember!


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Since the facebook contest ends soon, the contest on my blog ends 8/2 at 12 Midnight CST.

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July 27, 2011

My Kids' Sense of Style

Can you believe it? It is almost back to school time. Where has the summer gone? I believe that time passes quicker when you get older. It is hard to believe it is time for back to school shopping.

I remember the feeling of starting a new year at school. Armed with new clothes and new school supplies, it seemed like every year was a new beginning. I liked school, but for some kids it was a chance to get a fresh start.

The good thing is my kids love to go shopping for back to school clothes. The bad thing is my wallet doesn't love it. But, of course, I am always looking for sales. :)

Both of my kids are developing their own sense of style. It is very interesting to watch their individuality and uniqueness develop. But if they don't like an item, then I can forget it. They won't wear it! Are your kids like that? I am trying to relax and let them pick what they like. But they do have a dress code at school, and I won't let them wear anything that is offensive.

My daughter doesn't like things that look too "girly, girly". I like pink, but she avoids it like the plague. She loves the color green, so she picks many things in that color. She usually wears jeans or shorts. Amazingly, recently she found a green summer dress that she wanted. She looks pretty in that. She is getting a little more feminine with her choices in jewelry and fixing her hair. I have also noticed she has been experimenting with my make up. What will I do when she starts dating?

My son likes the color black. He is not "Goth" or anything, but he just likes that color. I have to encourage him to wear other colors. He likes some blues, green, and white. He also likes camo prints. He is not big into sports, so he doesn't want any T-shirts with sports on them except maybe skateboarding. He likes some different pendants and chains. When we were in Arizona, he got a pendant with a real, black scorpion inside. He has wanted one of those for several months.

Well, this was a little about my kids' developing sense of style. I try to empower them to express their individual style, while guiding them to appropriate choices. I would love to hear about your child's sense of style.


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10 Tips to Get Your Kids to Eat More Vegetables

Like most parents, I suspect you have difficulty getting your children to eat their vegetables. My kids really complain about veggies. I complied this list to help you get your kids to eat more veggies.

10 Tips to Get Your Kids to Eat More Vegetables

1. Serve their fave vegetable
Usually kids have a favorite veggie. My son likes green beans, so I serve them at least once a week. Avoid serving it too much though. That would "burn them out" on it.

2. The one bite rule
My friend has a rule that the children must try one bite of every item served. If they really don't like it, they can leave the rest. That is a good way to at least get kids to try different veggies.

3. Hide the veggies
Many people sneak veggies into other items. I have heard about blending a small amount of veggies and adding it to spaghetti sauce. I haven't tried it yet, but I think it would work.

4. Make casseroles
Many casseroles contain veggies. Usually their flavor is hidden in the overall flavor of the dish. Unfortunately, my kids don't like casseroles. :(

5. Let them pick out a veggie
Take them to the store and allow them to pick a veggie they promise to eat. They will be excited to try the veggies of different colors and shapes.

6. Eat veggies first
Some people have a rule that they have to eat their veggies before they can have seconds on any other item such as noodles.

7. Change the way they are served
For example you can serve it fresh and cold instead of cooked. My son likes raw carrots, but he hates them cooked. ???

8. Make shapes or designs
My kids are teens, but this could work for younger children. You could make a smile out of veggies on a plate.

9. Talk about how an individual veggie helps.
You could talk about how carrots are good for your eyes.

10. Grow your own vegetables
Be sure to have the kids involved. Usually they will want to try it if they helped grow it.

I hope these tips help you get your kids to eat more vegetables. Please, let me know if you have any other tips.

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Peas and Thank You is a collection of recipes and stories from a mainstream family eating a not-so-mainstream diet. It's filled with healthy and delicious versions of foods we’ve all grown up enjoying, but with a Mama Pea twist—no meat, lots of fresh ingredients and plenty of nutrition for growing Peas. From wholesome breakfasts to mouth-watering desserts, there’s plenty here to satisfy the pickiest Peas in your life. It’s easier than ever to whip up crowd-pleasing meals that will have the whole family asking for, “more, Peas.” Sarah Matheny's delicious recipes and entertaining stories draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to her blog, peasandthankyou.com each month, where she makes raising a vegetarian family easy and fun. She is the author of “Peas and Thank You: Simple Meatless Meals the Whole Family Will Love.”

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July 13, 2011

Tips for Life on the Go

Are you having fun this summer? We have been traveling. My kids are having fun, but sometimes I am exhausted.

10 Tips for Making Your Life Easier and More Efficient While on the Go

1. Try to combine your trips.
I try to combine errands such as going to the post office, drug store, pet store, etc. at the same time. If I have several things to do, I pick a few that are located close together. A little planning really helps me save time and gas.

2. Use a planner.
I have a Franklin Planner where I write our schedules. Many people have their schedule on their iphone, but I don't have one of those. My sister has a large master calendar on her wall. She uses a different color for each person in the family. (She is much better organized than I am.)

3. Buy "on the go items".
I like the single servings of koolaid or crystal light. Then the kids can just mix one in a bottle of cold water.

4. Have quick meals on hand.
My kids love lunchables and lunch makers. They are great when I am too busy to cook.

5. If you are at home, prepare meals in advance. I have been interested in the concept of once a month (or 2 weeks or 1 week) cooking. Thus far I haven't really tried preparing that much food at once. I also read about the concept of freezer cooking. It sounds easier. One person said she just prepares and extra dish and freezes it when doing her usual cooking. For example, if you make lasagna, double the recipe and make 2 regular sized pans. Then just freeze the 2nd batch for later. I think I could do that. :)

6. Have plenty of snacks available.
I keep plenty of of fresh fruit and yogurt on hand. Then my kids can help themselves.

7. Look for restaurant coupons
We eat out a lot when we are on vacation. Remember to look for coupons. It can save you a bundle.

8. Look for specials for activities for the kids.
In my area they have specials on activities like laser tag, swimming, skating, and more. I hate to hear the lament "I'm bored!".

9.Plan more activities in the evening.
I don't tolerate the heat too well. I like to go grocery shopping in the evening.

10. Don't forget to take time for yourself. I like to take a hot bubble bath to relax. During the day, a nice treat would be a can of iced latte from Seattle’s Best Coffee.

I hope these tips were helpful. Do you have any ideas about how to save time or make your life easier? I would love to hear them.

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July 11, 2011

Visit Virginia Beach

Have you ever been to Virginia Beach? I remember when I was a teen, my sister got to go with her friend. She loved it, and I have wanted to go since then. She told me it was beautiful, and it was very fun. There is so much to do, and there activities for all ages.

Reasons I want to visit Virginia Beach:

1. I have never been, and I have wanted to go for many years. It is on my list of places I want to visit.

2. The beaches are beautiful. Like I said, I have never been, but I have seen a lot of pictures of the beautiful beaches. They have more than 35 miles of ocean and bay beaches. Virginia Beach is known as the "World’s Largest Pleasure Beach". I want to make sand castles with my kids.

3. There is plenty of shopping.
The trolley route leads to Lynnhaven Mall with JC Penney, The Gap, Dillards, Old Navy, and Abercrombie & Fitch. It has over 180 specialty stores, services, and movie theaters. Pembroke Mall at Town Center has many shops and eight movie theaters.

4. My son would love the Virginia Beach Rock Gym.
The Virginia Beach Rock Gym is a state–of–the–art climbing facility featuring a climbing tower, boulders, and a pro shop. It has a 32–foot Main Wall, a rugged textured surface with realistic edges, corners, and bulges. They have a weekly Youth climbing Club, and you can have Rock Gym birthday parties.

5. My kids would love Ocean Breeze Water Park.
On the Paradise Pipeline you twist and turn as you ride the pipe and then blast out the other end into a cool pool. The Hurricaine takes you higher and then you rocket feet first down an enclosed tube before plunging into the eye of the hurricane. The pressure builds as you spin, swirl and finally get released for a drop you will never forget.

7. The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center looks interesting. There you can learn a lot about the sea life. They have an IMAX theater. Also you can go dolphin watching. And you can go on a whale watching excursion.

8. I love swimming. I have always wanted to learn to surf. Another thing I have wanted to do is go para sailing. It looks so fun!

9. My son would love pier fishing.
You can drop a line into the Atlantic at Virginia Beach Fishing Pier, or crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay from Lynnhaven Fishing Pier. He is really getting into fishing.

10. I would like to visit The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia.
It offers instructional art classes for any one with an interest from ages 2 – adult. You can learn drawing, painting, ceramics, photography or crafts.

As you can see there are so many fun things to do in Virginia Beach. The good news is that it is within a day’s drive or less from two-thirds of the U.S. population. I want to go right now!

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July 2, 2011

The Closer Season 6 DVD


















There are many extras found on The Closer Sixth Season DVD. I always love the funny scenes. The video about gives you a small snippet of the extras.

- Script to Screen: Making Episode 3 In Custody
- Kyra Sedgwick opens up about The Closer
- Police Files: Unaired Scenes
- Gag Reel

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June 29, 2011

The Closer Season Six on DVD



















The Closer starring Kyra Sedgwick is a very interesting crime mystery show. I love to see shows with a strong leading lady character. If you haven't seen it, you really need to check it out. Pre-order your copy of The Closer: The Complete Sixth Season on DVD here today: http://bit.ly/kgqBLo !

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June 22, 2011

Time Saving Tips for Busy Moms

Frequently I feel there are not enough hours in my day. I am sure all you moms can agree. We have to rush the kids to school, rush to practice, pack lunches, make sure homework is done, cook supper, etc. There are so many things to do! I made a list of time saving tips for busy moms.

1. Prepare food in advance
There are books about once a month or once a week cooking. You can get a lot of that info online also. You take a day to do all the preparation. Then delicious home prepared meals are in the freezer, and you just have to cook them when desired.

2. Have foods in storage
Stock up on non-perishable foods when they are on sale. Then you won't have to go to the store before you can cook supper. One of our faves is chicken and noodles. I get the noodles, canned chicken, and chicken broth when on sale. Then I always have a quick and easy meal ready to cook.

3. Pack lunches the night before
You can make a sandwich and keep it in the fridge. Go ahead and pack anything that doesn't have to stay cold such as potato chips and an apple. Then in the morning before school, you just have to put the sandwich in the lunchbox.

4. Set out clothes the night before
You can have the kids pick out their clothes or you can pick them out. Then you won't have to hear "Mom, where is my.....?" It seems my kids are always losing their shoes. If we find them the night before, we don't have to worry about it in the morning.

5. Have a master calender
I keep mine in a Franklin Planner. My sister has a calender on the wall where she uses a certain color for each person's activity. Many people keep their schedule on an iphone.

6. Shop when it is less crowded
I try to avoid shopping on the weekends because those are the busiest times. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are the best for me. Many people shop at night, but I am a little chicken to do that.

7. Refill prescriptions every 3 months
Most insurance companies will allow that, and usually it saves money. Refill all the prescriptions at the same time.

8. Gather your coupons before shopping
I always take my coupon carrier with me to the store. But I like to look at the ads and pull the coupons I need while I am still at home. That speeds up my shopping
time.

9. Purchase Christmas presents throughout the year
I buy things when they are on sale. Then I don't have a large amount of shopping to do at Christmas time when the stores are really busy.

10. Give the kids chores
They may complain, but it is good for them. They feel they are contributing to running the household, and it will save you time.

I hope these tips are helpful. Do you have any other tips? I would love to hear them. Starbucks is a sponsor of this post celebrating the launch of Starbucks for Android™.

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June 20, 2011

The Closer Season 6 on DVD



















Have you seen The Closer? It is a good show. If you missed any of the shows this season, you can get them on DVD. Pre-order your copy of The Closer. The Complete Sixth Season on DVD HERE today!

I have been hired by Warner Bros. WBWord division to promote The Closer Sixth Season on DVD.

June 19, 2011

Bnter



"Bnter.com (pronounced “banter”), a social network designed for capturing conversations, proves a modern way to save those precious moments and share them with family members, friends, and followers. Web- and app-based, Bnter.com can be accessed from your laptop, ipad, or smart phone. Simple to use, free and fun, Bnter.com offers an organized means of sharing those funny moments in a more visually appealing way than simply sharing them in your Facebook or Twitter stream."

On Merriam Webster dictionary the definition of BANTER is "to speak to or address in a witty and teasing manner." According to Wikipedia "Banter is non-serious conversation, usually between friends, which may rely on humour or in-jokes at the expense of those taking part. The purpose of banter may at first appear to be an offensive affront to the other person's face. However, people engaging in such a conversation are often signaling that they are comfortable enough in each others' company to be able to say such things without causing harm."

Bnter is for capturing snippets of a conversation. You can post from Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr. Also, you can import conversations from Twitter and Facebook. They are quickly adding more places that participate. The posts are cute with little bubbles containing the words. It is easy to sign up - just create a username, a password, and your email address. You can find friends that are members.

Many people love to read jokes online. Bnter would especially appeal to teens and young adults. I think my kids would love it.
Check out Bnter - It's fun!

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the Bnter Campaign and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.