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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Able to do it! How to replace the foam on the Caruso hairsetter system!

You find a product you like right? Then they discontinue it or a part of it wears out and you can only buy the whole piece not just the replacement part you need.  That is why God gives us insight.  I recently started wearing my hair curly.  I can roll it on rollers and dry it, take it down and it is as straight as the seams on a 1940's pinup model's hose within an hour.

But if you have ever used the Caruso steam hairsetter you know that this puppy will hold it for hoooouuuurrrrsss even without hairspray! That is wonderful.  Wonderful that is, until the thin foam around the rollers gets too compressed and/or starts crumbling.  Now don't get me wrong, they have certainly been worth the money I paid for them, lasting many years.  The problem I encountered was when I went to buy the replacement foam.


As I googled I found others saying what I just have.  "They are wonderful but my foam has worn out and you can't just replace the foam, you have to buy new rollers!" You can still use your old steam base but the rollers for a small pack is around $15-$20.

So I put on my thinking cap and considered using crafting foam, yes it is in sheets thin enough, but it is not porous enough to allow the steam to get in quickly. (This process only takes seconds to heat 1 roller up so I needed to keep it that way.)  My neighbor said he had some foam tape, but I think the glue of the tape would have been like tar to the steam, keeping it from getting through to the foam. Plus the steam would have made it gummy and it would not have stuck long I suspect.

Then it happened! That repurpose side of my brain kicked in! I thought about it and decided to try my idea! So tonight I went to Sally's Beauty Supply and got the items to try and see if this was a viable solution!  It was thicker foam but it works great! I purchased 1 pack of medium and 2 packs of large regular foam rollers. 
 I then opened them and took the foam off. Then I pulled the endcap off of the Caruso hair rollers (Thank you Lord that they came off! May they always be made that way!) I peeled off any old gunky foam pieces on there. On the medium size (pink) they slid over the post perfectly, no adjustments needed. 


On the large (gray) the opening in the foam roller was too small so I took a serrated knife and at first I made an x in the opening but with a bit of experience under my belt, I found that just an " I" cut works better because it gives a tighter fit!  Now I realize that they are not as long as the rollers.  I usually wrap my hair right around the middle section anyway so for me that is not an issue. But if you want to cover the entire length of the roller, just cut off the necessary amount from another foam roller and it will slide right on top of the other one and stay just fine! :) 

To get the foam on the plastic pole, place the cap side down onto something solid and then slip the foam cover over it like putting on a...well, 1940's pantyhose!  Just snap the cap back in place and you have a new set of rollers!


 The cost?  I paid $1.99 each for 3 bags and I have 8 rollers left over!

Now..what to do with the centers of the foam rollers I pulled out.  (Bonus!)  Maybe a vegetable or herb marker for my garden, or a small photo holder for the refrigerator or a gift tag for Christmas. Do you have any ideas? They come apart. (see the photo).  I would love to hear from you with your ideas for them!


Well here's wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving and be mindful of how blessed we are to have our friends and family in our lives.  Never take that for granted and don't forget to tell them that you love them!



Remember, it's all fun and games until somebody gets an idea! :) 
It is EZ4U2DO!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Clicking Can Change Your Life

The $12 Billion Dollar Gluten Free Fad...watch it today only!

This journey finding out about celiac is a winding one.  After being gluten free for a month, today I ate a hershey bar and was in such pain I was carefully watching for a 4th child to be birthed! THAT would have been a miracle!  Fast forward another month.  Missing bread, rolls, pumpkin spice donuts from Krispy Kreme (they are seasonal :( .  I miss sandwiches!  Healthy ones, from Subway. But they are deadly to me.  So in my infinite wisdom, I decide to have some multi-grain bread.  Pain and well, how do you put it delicately? Well, with a one-liner of course! Here goes...If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea... does that mean that one enjoys it? My answer...NOOO!!!!!!

I haven't had gluten in about 2 months and I am light headed, tired and have a flat stomach and no more bloating.  I am listening to The Wheat Belly on CD (book is on hold!).  I have learned the following:
1. Our wheat, like most things, are not our parents or grandparents wheat.  It has been hybridized with soy and mushroom proteins.  (some a bit toxic).  It is now called dwarf wheat. Many people's body's are adapting.  But about 1% is attacking itself from the gluten produced by the new protein and of the 99% left, 1/2 are gluten intolerent, meaning their bodies have trouble with it and it could turn into Celiac if left untreated. (ie: changing your diet, eating gluten free).  The rest are ok and have gut friendly responses to the new gluten. btw you can be gluten intolerant and have no symptoms.  It is free to stop gluten and see if you feel better!

2.I have learned that many people who eat well, and get exercise  yet can't lose weight might want to take gluten out of their  diets. The ones who did this dropped weight easily with no additonal changes to their diets or exercise. They also had the added benefit of losing the "bloating" they always thought were their big belly.  Thus the name of the book The Wheat Belly!

3.I have learned that wheat, and when I say wheat, I mean gluten, all gluten! Barley, malt etc., can now cross the brain/blood barrier and things like autism, schizophrenia, depression and many things like it are affected by the new dwarf wheat.

4.So....I was told to buy gluten free foods.  I wiped out my cabinet and gave way most all of my food because it had gluten.  Even broths can have wheat (they add it to things to make it thicker and make if feel richer so you think you are getting more for your money).  Nuts are sometimes coated in it to keep them dry.  I was told to not even buy foods that say "may be manufactured in a plant that processes wheat".  It is that serious. You know when you unwrap a stick of gum?  It doesn't stick because of the gluten on the paper.

5. So back to the cd's.  I hear it say, "If you are supposed to go gluten free, don't go gluten free with gluten free labeled foods! They contain corn, tapioca, potato , rice starch.  These starches work your body harder than regular sugar.  You might as well just eat a candy bar.  It is good, but hurtful and not good for any of the things you are trying to achieve.  What a shock!  I had by the time restocked with products marked gluten free!  I have put on 2.2 pounds! :(  Now I know why.... Plus like sugar, the starches are making me hungry all the time it seems.   

There is a way to go gluten free and/or eat healthier for lower weight, blood sugar, cholestrol, etc.  Start here, I am headed to watch it now.... I would love you feedback, experiences etc.!
 

I have a lot more but I want to post this link to help you eat healthier and it is only available today! click the link right below to see the 34 minute free education on your health! (or copy and paste)

http://realfoodcon.com/jordan-reasoner/

Jordan Reasoner www.scdlifestyle.com

Monday, August 12, 2013

Juicing update....

Ok, juicing update. I had more mental clarity on this day 5, but last night I noticed I was dizzy. Today I felt almost euphoric and as I was walking down the hall the dizziness was so much that I fell into the wall. Well when you feel euphoric you don't care. so I started cleaning like crazy. It wasn't long before I realized I was in trouble. So I googled "what to do if you get dizzy from a juice fast" and found the following video first thing. Thank you God! Her story is almost the same as mine although I didn't get hurt nor did I have any skin issues. I looked and felt better. But she is right, not enough calories. I lost 3 lbs. in 4 days. I was not doing it for that reason but that shows how few calories, in spite of the fact you are consuming massive amounts of fruits and vegetables, I was getting. I have to drive to the doctor tomorrow so i am going to eat tonight, what, I am not sure, I got rid of most everything because I found out that I have celiac disease and I couldn't eat much of what was here and that is why I was juicing. I will continue to juice as I loved it! But I will do it like 2 days a week eating days inbetween! I wanted to tell you since I told you how good it was. Just be careful if you lose too much weight quickly or start feeling light headed! All things in moderation right?
Here is the video that helped me so much


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvi_P99C5zY


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Got juice?

Just been to the gym and they have a new machine there......I was only on it for about an hour and I started getting sick.
But it's a great machine, it's got kitkats, hershey bars and almond joys, and everything in it!
It's something most all of us battle.  Wanting to be healthy verses putting in the effort to achieve it.  Time, energy, age and excuses all become best friends when the words "eat healthier and move" are spoken!
Well, let's face it, chips and candy bars taste good!
What isn't good are things like heart attacks, diabetes, cancer etc. What is also not good is Celiac disease.
Just found out I have it.  So does one of my daughter's. Dis  ease    it literally means "apart from ease"  and when we have health challenges it certainly is dis ease!
So it is time to try something new.....
Now I am juicing it!

This is Joe Cross.  He is my inspiration for trying juicing.  He is the star of fat, sick and nearly dead. He sure doesn't look it does he? Go check out his website and see how he looked before he started to get healthy!  Yes it is...it is him, the same guy!
http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/
 I got the recipes that are at the bottom of this blog (they are the drinks in the photos)  from Joe who starred in Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.
You can watch his movie right now for free at : 
http://www.hulu.com/search?q=Fat%2C+Sick+%26+Nearly+Dead
First buy the fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs!
(or go out to your garden!) 
Then wash and dry them. No don't use frozen ones, it isn't the same amount of nutrients and they make a racket in your juicer. lol   So buy fresh. No I didn't use them all the first day, I put the rest in the refrigerator. But you will be shocked when you see how much goes into just one drink.  I used to be against juicing, my reasoning being you left out the fiber and fiber made you .....well....regular.  At least according to Dr.Oz.  But after watching the movie I realized that the fiber fills you up fast and you can't take in as many nutrients as you can when you remove it by juicing.  Juicing = massive amounts of healthy nutrients quickly!
Then buy a juicer. I bought this juicer.  It is recommended for someone who is just starting to juice and isn't sure they will do it for a lifetime but it will handle sweet potatoes and kale (big and thin) easily! It really did.  I think the more expensive brands probably extract more juice but this one is a good one for a beginner like me! Oh the glass is almost empty because I was almost done drinking it before I remembered to take a photo of it! Yes, it really was that good! 

 Ninja Bachelor Party Juice

Recipe is later in the blog :)
The manual had a great tip! Put a plastic bag in the  pulp holder for ez clean up! That works for ez4u2do!
See no clean up! The pulp is great to thicken soups or to put into the compost!
Well, I'll let Joe tell you!
http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/pulp/
I am taking photos of my body in this journey, just not ready to post them yet......teehee

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Here is another of the recipes I have tried.  Peach Pie Juice but I thought it tasted like pumpkin pie...not that that's bad! 


Now for the recipes of the 2 juices shown here:

Recipe 1: Ninja Bachelor Party Juice

Ingredients:1/2 pineapple, rind removed
3 celery stalks
6 leaves kale (Tuscan cabbage)
1 handful spinach
1 small handful parsley
1/4 jalapeno
Dash of Himalayan sea salt, to taste

Directions:1.) Remove rind from pineapple.

2.) Remove seeds from jalapeno (optional).

3.) Wash all ingredients and cut to fit through your juicer.

4.) Juice all ingredients, then top with Himalayan salt and enjoy!

Recipe 2: Peach Pie Juice 

Imagine sitting on a front porch, warm summer air gently blowing, and digging that fork into a big ol’ plate of peach pie. Yep, that’s what it tastes like!

Ingredients:
• 3 Large Sweet Potatoes (peeled)
• 4 Ripe Peaches (pitted)
• 2 Golden Delicious Apples (cored)
• A dash of Cinnamon

Directions:
1. Juice in a juicer.
2. Pour into a glass over ice.
3. Sprinkle cinnamon on top.
4. Enter peach pie bliss. :)

Makes 2–3 16 oz servings.
You can go to Joe's website and pick which recipes make your mouth water!
Well, I guess that's it for now.  I'll try to keep you posted on how it's going.  Take care of yourself so that one day maybe you won't need someone else to take care of you! 




Got to get a little joke in and since this is about juicing....soak it all in  :)


Martha's way: To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature and roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing.
My way: Sleep with the lemons in between the mattress and box springs
. :)
source: 
http://www.jokebuddha.com/Juice#ixzz2bR4y4BXE
Remember, it's all fun and games until somebody gets an idea! :) 
It is EZ4U2DO!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Great New Movie banned from facebook and youtube.....

Kirk Cameron  will "show me that smile" (tag line from the series "Growing Pains") again in his new movie premiering in Sept. called Unstoppable.  
He revealed that Liberty is partnering with him in a new film he is producing, to be released in September.
The film, under the working title “Unstoppable,” aims to answer some of life’s toughest questions about suffering. Starring in the film, Cameron recounts the personal experience of a friend’s son who battled cancer, then goes back through history showing dramatic biblical accounts of human suffering.
“It’s really a movie about the unstoppable victory of the Gospel through history,” Cameron said.
When his friend’s son died, Cameron said he immediately found himself asking God why He didn’t heal him.
“That’s one of the questions that wrecks people’s faith, that’s a question that turns Christians into atheists, it’s one of the big hand grenades that unbelievers like to throw at communities of faith,” he said. “I’m looking to answer this by taking you on a journey, back through the Garden of Eden to the creation of Adam and Eve and the fall … all the way through to Israel, Christ, and the destruction of the temple in A.D. 70, to show that all kinds of tragedies have taken place in the plan of God and He steers that tragedy and uses it to accomplish what He loves and ultimately restore all things back to Himself.”

http://www.liberty.edu/libertyjournal/?PID=24995&MID=91489

Facebook has blocked his Unstoppable page and now youtube has pulled his trailer about the movie.  http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/07/19/facebook-blocks-kirk-camerons-new-movie-unstoppable

http://www.fandango.com/unstoppablealiveeventwithkirkcameron_165714/movietimes  check here for showtimes in your area

It is a sad thing when the thing that is censored is clean, healthly, uplifting subjects instead of blood and guts killings.  I am looking forward to seeing Unstoppable. I hope you will spread the word to your friends, they may have a difficult time finding out about it if you don't. 

God's speed Kirk and team!  

Remember, it's all fun and games until somebody gets and idea! :) 
It is EZ4U2DO!
Debbie Brooks Riffel

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Get Vegucated about what you are eating!

Do you know that the weed killer Roundup has now been genetically spliced into seeds? They are called GMO seeds or genetically modified organisms. It is not just sprayed on the food so you perhaps can get some of it washed off.  It is spliced into the DNA of the seed itself!  These seeds by the way are, for the most part, OWNED by Monsanto.  WHEN did the American public decide it was OK for living things like seeds to be OWNED?!  Now, unless you use their seeds you most often do not qualify for government subsidized loans.

As a matter of fact, if you are trying to use the seeds that have been preserved since your great, great, great grandparents time and they are pure,  heirloom seeds and your neighbors are using GMO seeds and some of them blow onto your farm (and they will) Monsanto will sue you for illegally planting THEIR seeds since they own them!  Even though they have contaminated your pure, heirloom seeds! 

Very rarely has anyone won against Monsanto.  Many farmers have lost their farms because of the cost of lawyers to defend them against Monsanto. Also  in the offing is "terminator technology" in which seeds they sell to the farmers will be sterile upon harvest so the farmers will not be able to keep seeds for next year and will have to come back and buy more from them. They say they have not done this but it seems like they are being politically correct about it.   

http://www.ethicalinvesting.com/monsanto/terminator.shtml

No one has to date, that I am aware of, put this technology in practice but every farmer that buys their seeds much sign a legal agreement with Monsanto that they will not save seeds from their own harvest.  But with GMO's who would want them to?!  Check it out for yourself!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto


Now for the great news! It is not too late! We have time to take back our health!  Plantastic! This is the season to plant your own food.  Live in an apartment?  Plant in containers!  Buy local, support your local farmers and get NON-GMO, fresh not trucked in 1500 miles (yes it is!) and healthy food. Find out the truth about what you are buying in the stores and putting in your families bodies, big pockets aren't going to tell you.  Food is the problem and food is the answer to our health problems! When, as the video says, wheelchairs are being bought and sold like cars...folks we need to turn it around!  

The video link below has videos that address : A guerrilla gardener in South Central LA; Why we're storing billions of seeds;How to grow fresh air and so much more!


http://www.ted.com/playlists/118/plantastic.html?source=facebook#.Uat8BpARVYI.facebook
It starts as a seed...so seemingly small....

we use all the land, both big and small!

Watch as they grow and are ready to be....

healthy, good food for my neighbors and me!

Start with one little seed or plant and watch and  you'll see,  food for your table and seeds for more next year free!

They were just tiny NON-GMO seeds and slowly they are growing and getting ready to fill our stomachs and bodies with healthy, nutritious food! By the way, the dictionary lists nutritious as:
Adjective
Nourishing; efficient as food.

When food isn't efficient anymore WE ALL need to step up to the plate and make a change...for our children and our grandchildren!  Start with a single seed....  buy one thing that is clean and healthy from your local farmer.  Get to know them, ask questions at your stores and find out where the food they sell comes from.

Dieting is a national pastime. While the number of Americans who diet varies, depending on the source, the Boston Medical Center indicates that approximately 45 million Americans diet each year and spend $33 billion on weight-loss products in their pursuit of a trimmer, fitter body.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/308667-percentage-of-americans-who-diet-every-year/#ixzz2V67QdEOX
If you are dieting anyway take this challenge because it is an all natural, what you would do anyway diet!

I challenge you to take the 100 mile diet!
Most food in stores are trucked in on an average of 1500 miles and are, on the average, already 2 weeks old.  At a farmer's market they are generally picked the night before and sometimes even that morning and are coming from around 15 miles away.  Just think how much longer it will stay edible in your frig with that freshness! If you don't have to toss as much it isn't more expensive! So for 1 month, buy local food that has been brought in from less than 100 miles.  Ask questions, make sure it is not a GMO food product, that it is organic and ask if it is heirloom.  We take more time to pick out a car than we do our food!  

Determine this month not to grab the cart, walk mindlessly in your supermarket and throw in the same old "regulars".  Come on, what have you got to lose?  WONDERFUL THINGS THAT'S WHAT!  Chemicals, toxins, food already out of it's peak freshness.  What do you gain?  A healthier body, boosting your local economy, helping your neighbor farmers, showing your kids what their bodies need to be strong and healthy, reversing high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar (this may take a few more months but many have done it and are now pill and shot free!

While you are eating that wonderful fresh food here is a free movie for you! Truck Farming, yep, they plant it right in the truck and bring it to your door, check it out! Thanks to Hulu.com for sharing this information with everyone!


Want to know more? Here is a great website that lists the 10 top food documentaries: http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2009/12/top-10-food-docs.html

Also for a wonderful source of great seeds try Baker Creek, I bought mine there and they strive to make everything the way it is suppose to be!  Plus you can see things like a red carrot....yes they are all natural and real!  If you have the privilege of going to one of their festivals I encourage you to! They are wonderful!
Their website is (and no I don't get anything from anyone I endorse):

So whether you are one person or a family of 12, you can eat to live a better life! Start now, there is still time to plant that one little plant! It is like this blog: EZ4U2DO!

and remember,
It's all fun and games until somebody gets an idea! :)  
Hugs,
Debbie


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Location, location, location...it's all part of Spring fever!

It is not surprising that the dictionary defines spring as: To move upward or forward in a single quick motion or a series of such motions; leap.

Well, Spring has finally sprung! For real that is!  Got the garden planted this weekend.  Well, most of it, still have some flowers to plant.  The flowers are already doing great though.  I love the beauty this time of year! The warmth of the sun on the soil, the light breezes making gardening a joy, the bird who returns each year to serenade you while you plant.  It all becomes like old, familiar friends.

I have been gardening for some time now and still have so much to learn.  But I have learned some great tips that I will share with you:

1.  If you are planting in a container, put a disposable diaper in the bottom (poke hole in it to match hole in pot). This will keep the plant from drying out!

2. If you are using a large container why waste all that soil! I have used old soda cans to fill up the pot where it didn't need soil.  You can also turn another pot upside down (secret hiding place for something special perhaps?)  and fit it inside so you won't use as much soil. These tips will also make moving the large container easy because it isn't as heavy! :)

3. No pop cans or old, smaller containers?  Look around your yard, neighborhood or park.  Those pesky sweet gumballs now have a perfect use! Or how about pine cones?

4.  None of those? How about the plastic nursery containers that your plants came in?  Stack them neatly and tightly and you will be surprised how much space you can fill up...

5.  As this article is titled...location, location, location. This is partly what makes a business successful. It is also one thing that determines the success of your plant's growth.  Make sure you place your new plant in the location for the proper lighting it will need to thrive.  That is one thing about containers....you can move them around as needed...and it is a good workout!

6. Is this your first time to try your green thumb? Plant herbs! They are hardy and bugs and disease stay way from them and they are delicious! (The herbs that is, not the bugs! :)

7. Compliment a gardener! Ask them if you might have a start from one of their beautiful plants! Gardeners are some of the nicest people you will meet.  They are like a community all their own, speaking a language that is valuable in content so be sure and listen up!  I have done it and seen others ask at garage sales only to have the desired plant dug up and instructions for planting given with a big smile!

8.Pour boiling water on weeds to kill them, you may need to do the stubborn ones twice! Make sure it is not near your plants!

9. Freeze seeds you don't use in your garden this year.  Yes that's right..FREEZE them....This tip came from Baker Seed Co. One of the best in the USA!  http://www.rareseeds.com/    To use, let seeds defrost at room temperatures making sure they don't get damp...ie: take them out of the pack and place on paper towel, towel, etc. till defrosted, then plant!

10.  Many seeds will germinate quicker if you soak them for an hour before planting.  Especially larger seeds like green bean seeds.  Check the pack or google to see if this would benefit any of your seeds.

MAKE SURE YOU BUY NON-GMO SEEDS! (google if you are unfamiliar with this!)

Until you can harvest the "fruits of your labor" you may have things growing in your yard already you can enjoy in your diet! Make sure they haven't been sprayed!
How about Red Clover Tea?

Red Clover Tea
2 cups red clover flowers
3 1/2 cups water
3/4 c. lemon juice
3 Tablespoons of agave nectar or date syrup or sugar.
Boil the clover blossoms and water for 5 minutes, let it steep for at least 2 more minutes. Strain and add lemon juice and sweetner.  Chill for at least 2 hours , pour it in a big glass over ice and enjoy as you relax in your garden!




Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made
By singing: -"Oh, how beautiful!" and sitting in the shade.
~Rudyard Kipling, "The Glory of the Garden


God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done.  ~Author Unknown


Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.  ~Douglas William Jerrold, about Australia, A Land of Plenty

Take thy plastic spade,
It is thy pencil; take thy seeds, thy plants,
They are thy colours.
~William Mason, The English Garden, 1782


In the garden I tend to drop my thoughts here and there.
  To the flowers I whisper the secrets I keep and
 the hopes I breathe.
 I know they are there to eavesdrop for the angels.
 ~Dodinsky, 
www.dodinsky.com




How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence.  ~Benjamin Disraeli

 When I water the plant she needs the umbrella! 


Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes.  ~Author Unknown (or strawberries!)

Two beds are better than one! Strawberry beds that is! 

I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I worked in the garden.  ~John Erskine

One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.
 ~W.E. Johns, 
The Passing Show


Don't wear perfume in the garden - unless you want to be pollinated by bees.  ~Anne Raver

It pleases me to take amateur photographs of my garden,
and it pleases my garden to make my photographs look professional.
 ~Robert Brault,
www.robertbrault.com



Well, I could go on for.....a long time! I love the gardens!  I will try to make a soon to come post with photos of my veggie garden as it progresses through the growing season.  Get out there and get your hands dirty! There's life in them there seeds! lol

Remember, it's all fun and games until somebody gets and idea! :)  Happy Gardening!  It is EZ4U2DO!
Hugs,
Debbie




Thursday, May 16, 2013

Abercrombie and Fitch, really....

This is a short post but I felt all women needed to be reminded in light of this lastest Abercrombie and Fitch statement.  I haven't posted for awhile, spring is allergy and planting time which inheritantly do not go together well but I hope to get back at it soon!
and remember... It's all fun and games until somebody gets an idea! :)
Amen! Well said Amber! I am posting this on facebook and my blog. abercrombie and fitch I think you are going to see a backlash!
http://capturedbyhisgracetales.blogspot.com/2013/05/tell-her-shes-beautiful_8.html

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Great way to have ants in your pant-ry! Marshmellows

Great way to have ants in your pant-ry!

http://thedecoratedcookie.com/2013/03/bugs-on-your-marshmallows-and-13-other-april-fools-day-food-pranks/


Then you can "eat what bugs you" in a smore! :) Hey I'm not Jimmy Fallon ya know!
It's all fun and games until somebody gets an idea! :)
Hugs,
Debbie



Snowpeople/baby shower Hershey bars!


Is there any better treat than chocolate?  Here is another wonderful idea for using a Hershey's bar!



http://www.allcrafts.net/crochetsewingcrafts.htm?url=coleybelle.blogspot.com/2011/10/halloween-bubbles.html


These would be cute for a baby shower too!  With a lifesaver and a tic tac pacifier! (and of course a different nose!You could add a little diaper, then in one diaper put a dot of mustard and whoever gets the "dirty diaper" wins a prize! Hey it's only fair right?! :)




Read colorful books to your child for free online and other children can read too!

http://www.wegivebooks.org

Read, Give, and Share with We Give Books!  And it is free to read and help others read!


I just found an amazing free resource and I wanted to pass it on to all of you. We Give Books is a free online library of children’s books that enables your kids to help other children around the world while they’re reading. The best part is, your reading will directly impact the great work of non-profit organizations around the world! Their tagline says it all, “combining the joy of reading with the power of giving.” It’s the perfect tool for parents, teachers, caregivers, and anyone who loves children’s books!
When you go to www.wegivebooks.org, you’ll be able to read a special selection of books without a We Give Books account, but you have to sign up to access their full library. It’s definitely worth it, though. It’s just a quick form, and once you’re signed up, you’ll have access to over 150 quality children’s books! There are a lot of familiar classic titles, and even more new ones for us to discover. You can sort the books by age level, genre, author, and seasonal selections in the “Featured” section, so everyone can find something they like.
On the Causes page you can learn more about where your donated books are going. This fall, We Give Books is focusing on early childhood literacy across the United States and supporting great causes like Jumpstart for young children. In the winter, you’ll be able to read to support global literacy and give books to non-profits like Room to Read. They also give you the option to donate to help your book donations reach even more children.
We Give Books is a program of the Pearson Foundation and Penguin Group. Penguin works with its authors to provide an outstanding selection of online books while the Pearson Foundation donates print books to charity partners. We Give Books is a great way to get your children excited about reading and to teach them about the importance of helping others.