Friday, May 18, 2012

Household Tips and Tricks

 Cut foam pipe insulation to fit sides of container...
 and cut slits in foam for a super easy paint brush holder.

Many More found HERE Inthiscrazylife

40 Almost Free Summer activities for Kids

Found this on a Great Website Thecentsiblelife She lists all of her 40 almost free things. Here is a sample of the list.Be sure to go to the site and check out the whole list !

 Local Library Summer Reading Programs – Our library has programs for kids of all ages. In fact last year one of my kids graduated to the teen programs at my local library, and I’ve never seen a kid more motivated to get his reading on. I think it was the idea of winning a free XBox that really motivated him.
 Free Story On-Line Story Time at Barnes and Noble
 Camp in your own backyard.
Use Trail Link to find local trails to go hiking, biking, etc.
Check out your local park and recreation organization to find a park you’ve never visited.
Go play in the sprinklers.
Try Geocaching. Per, geochaching is a “real-world treasure hunting outdoor game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocashes, using GPS enabled devices” such as your smart phone “and then share their experiences online.”
12. Check out hyper-local bloggers and local websites to find local nature attractions. In Oklahoma temperatures are often wickedly hot (in the 100′s) during the summer. We love to visit a place called Blue Hole, a natural cold water spring, that I discovered on a random search looking for fun things to do in Oklahoma. It only cost us gas money, a picnic meal, and $5 per car.
Train for a sport such as running & have a final goal or goal race picked.
Apple Retail Store – Camp -  Last year my kids learned how to make a movie at camp, and they loved it.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Scrapbook Sites


 Scrapbook Sites - Scrapbooking Ideas and Supplies - Come join the #1 scrapbooking site on the planet. View over a ONE MILLION layouts & project ideas! Shop in the award-winning Superstore!
Two Peas in a Bucket - Still the best place on the web for Scrapbooking Ideas, Inspiration, Friends, Education and Products!
A Cherry On Top, Scrapbook Shoppe - Over 36,000 Scrapbook Products, Inspirational Gallery, Friendly Community, and Digital Scrapbooking Shoppe.
DesignerDigitals - Your source for digital scrapbooking ideas, supplies, tips and tutorials. Let us help you turn your photos into lasting memories.
DaisyTrail - DaisyTrail is a social scrapbooking website that allows you to share your digital scrapbooks, thoughts and ideas with other scrapbookers. - The hub of the digital community! Home of the 12-kits-for-$25 Gold Membership, an open forum with TONS OF FREEBIES/DEALS, an inspirational gallery, tons of resources for the new or seasoned scrapper! Come mingle with the hottest designers in the industry!
Gina K. Designs/ StampTV - Weekly technique and broadcast quality video episodes for the Papercrafting world featuring Gina K. from Gina K. Designs.
Scrap Your Trip - 'cuz life is a trip worth scrappin!® 10000+ papers, embellishments for travel, Disney, cruise, military, sports, weddings and more! Free shipping to APO/FPO. - Scrapbooking Megasite. Over 1,400 Free Articles and Tutorials, Huge Layout Gallery and MORE!
Scrap Girls - Free downloads almost every day at Scrap Girls. Free eBook and movie tutorials help you get started digital scrapbooking. Super friendly site where you won't get lost in the crowd!
Digital Scrapbook Place - Want to learn to scrap digitally? Come on over to the friendliest (and largest) digital scrapbooking site on the net! From great freebies to challenging contests to online classes to fantastic products, come join the fun at DSP!
Cut@Home - The Ultimate Scrapbooking, Card Making, Rubber Stamping store online. We sell Dies, Embossing Folders, Paper, Die-cutting Machines from Spellbinders, Quickutz, Sizzix, Provocraft, Graphic 45, DCWV,and much more!
CraftCrave and DigiFree Scrapbooking Freebies - CraftCrave is an automated search engine which finds craft and scrapbooking freebies, tutorials, patterns, etc. It regularly posts the lists to a series of blogs. Items are automatically ranked by popularity. - Don't worry if you've never scrapped a page using your computer because this is the place to come and learn. Put away your scissors, pens and glue and get ready to enter a friendly community of users who will show you the way to Digital Scrapbooking!
Scrapbook Corner - Please visit us at oldest Scrapbooking Company in California! Your ARTBIN Wholeseller for the West Coast
Heartfelt Creations - We design and manufacture our own line of unique and creative Rubber Art Stamps and Matching Dies.
Scrapbooking for Less - Scrapbooking Closeouts Superstore - Huge Discounts on Scrapbooking Supplies on all your favorite brands!
Scrapbook Express - Over 10,000 items Complete Quickutz line Latest products, updated daily Great Prices, Fast shipping, friendly service. By scrappers for scrappers. Worldwide shipping. Premier on-line scrapbooking site since 1999
Get It Scrapped! - Free ideas & instruction. Page design, journaling, embellishing, technique, sketches, templates and more. Get practical about getting creative.
Scrapbook Elements Digital Online Store - For all your digital scrapbooking needs! Scrapbook-Elements offers unique, original artwork suitable for digital scrapping as well as being printable for use in paper scrapping and crafts. Check out our galleries, tutorials, and forums to be inspired!
My Scrapbooking Place - The best QUICKUTZ discounts and selection on the internet! Also save 30% or more on Making Memories, Karen Foster, BasicGrey, American Crafts, Cosmo Cricket, and many more!
Paper Crafter's Library - Paper Crafter’s Library is the first and ONLY website that provides an all-in-one learning solution for paper crafters. Whether your interest is in stamping, card making, scrapbooking, creating 3D items or altered art - Random Acts of Kindness for Scrapbookers! A fun, friendly and free scrapbooking community, and home of the free monthly mega kit!
Scrapbook Megastore (Vic) - Scrapbooking supplies, gallery, competitions and new Xyron range.
CrazyScraps - Online Scrapbooking Store, Specializing in Personal Die-Cutting Machines, QuicKutz, Cuttlebug, Cricut, We also carry BasicGrey, Bazzill, and much much more all on SALE visit us today !
Heritage Scrap - Heritage, Vintage & Altered Art Digital Scrapbooking Shop & Community
Scrap Shotz - One of Canada's largest stores, and the longest running kit program. Local pick up in Calgary available.!
Scrap-A-Doodledoo - Scrap-a-Doodle-Doo has an online store, as well as a bricks and mortar retail location that carries over 130+ manufacturers and the lastest products on the market!
3scrapateers - Home of the Original Scrap-a-Deal! Full service site, top notch digital products, top notch designers, forum, gallery, freebies, download-a-day and a friendly family like no other! Come visit us today.
Simply Scrapping Crafts - Scrapbook Supplies STEALS & DEALS Superstore! Check out our Closeout Specials! Huge Lots New Scrapbooking Supplies w/FREE SHIP -usa- New Arrivals & Favorites! Low price Copic Markers - New Steals every day! CLICK HERE TO SAVE!
Qauchogirl scrapbook - creative digital scrapbook papers, elements, ideas and inspiration
The Stamping Boutique - Original,artistic rubber and digital stamps for cardmaking and scrapbooking. We have challenges, groups, forums, digi-days, freebies,
FotoBella - Come and see the fastest growing online scrapbook store!
e-ScrapbookIt - Unique & original digital scrapbooking products. Papers, Themes, Embellishments, Alphabets, Frames, & More! ALL FREE! We also feature some layout & getting started tips.
QBaroo - QBaroo specializes in online retail and wholesale scrapbook stores, and offers a catalog of more than 2,000,000 scrapbook product images to make store creation faster and easier.
The Paper Parade - Come checkout the parade of scrapbooking paper, stamps, embellishments, and so much more! - the first italian site where the scrap has no secrets
Be A Best - Glitter Paper; CardStock; Scrapbook Supplies; FREE SHIPPING Any Order Over $49 - Online Scrapbook Store and Gallery
Memories & More - Vast selection of cardstock, specialty papers, designer papers, stamps & much more!
Scrappin' Cabinet - Scrappin' Cabinet is a blog about scrapbooking to help my fellow scrapbookers find scrapbooking supplies, gather ideas for your layouts and discover helpful information about this wonderful hobby we share.
Grandmommy & Me Custom Scrapbooks - Unique Scrapbooking Supplies specializing in Heritage and Patriotic themes. Custom Scrapbooks prepared for others, by the page, event or an entire album.
SEI - The on line source for all of SEI's great products, such as Simple Sets, Mini Memories, Lickety Splits and much more.
Virtual Scrapbooker - Your source for high quality digital scrapbooking content: themed kits, paper packs, & great accents. We also create custom packages upon request.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Albany Oregon Brass Ring Project

Good morning Friends.
This last weekend we took a trip over the Mountain Pass and ran into snow and bad roads .
Due to recent slides the road is down to 20 miles an hour and filled with orange cones to warn about the damaged area.
Hwy 20 Oregon will be a nightmare of repairs this summer.
I recommend to avoid at all costs.
However we did stop in Albany at The Brass ring Carousel Project and found it to be a wonderful and informative stop along the roadside.
You are still allowed to take photos and talk to all the artists.
I highly recommend stopping if passing through Albany Oregon.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Banana Split on a Stick

Banana Split on a Stick

It's a frozen banana split made in a cup. So easy to make.


  • 8 Tbsp. strawberry topping
  • 4 bananas, peeled and halved crosswise
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberry ice cream, softened
  • 8 Tbsp. pineapple topping
  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1/2 cup chocolate-fudge topping
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate ice cream, softened
  • Whipped cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 8 maraschino cherries (drained and patted dry)


Divide strawberry topping among eight 6-ounce plastic or paper cups. Insert a wooden stick into each banana half; place one in each cup, stick side up. Place a square of aluminum foil with a slit in the center over each cup, cover and freeze for an hour.
Divide strawberry ice cream among cups, spooning it in around bananas; repeat with pineapple topping. Freeze for 15 minutes. Spoon vanilla ice cream, fudge topping, and chocolate ice cream into cups until full. Place a square of aluminum foil with a slit in the center over each cup. Freeze overnight or until firm.
When ready to eat, peel off the cups. Top each pop with whipped cream, walnuts, and a cherry.
Prep Time:2 days Minutes
Cooking Time:none Minutes
Source: I saw it on Pinterest.
By Sharon from Vian, OK

Letter From Grandma

Grandma is eighty-eight years old and still drives her own car. She writes: 

Dear Grand-daughter,

The other day I went up to our local Christian book store and saw a 'Honk if you love Jesus' bumper sticker ..

I was feeling particularly sassy that day because I had just come from a thrilling choir performance, followed by a thunderous prayer meeting..

So, I bought the sticker and put it on my bumper.

Boy, am I glad I did; what an uplifting experience that followed.

I was stopped at a red light at a busy intersection, just lost in thought about the Lord and how good he is, and I didn't notice that the light had changed.

It is a good thing someone else loves Jesus because if he hadn't honked, I'd never have noticed.

I found that lots of people love Jesus!

While I was sitting there, the guy behind started honking like crazy, and then he leaned out of his window and screamed, 'For the love of God!'

'Go! Go! Go! Jesus Christ, GO!'

What an exuberant cheerleader he was for Jesus!

Everyone started honking!

I just leaned out my window and started waving and smiling at all those loving people.

I even honked my horn a few times to share in the love!

There must have been a man from Florida back there because I heard him yelling something about a sunny beach..

I saw another guy waving in a funny way with only his middle finger stuck up in the air.

I asked my young teenage grandson in the back seat what that meant.

He said it was probably a Hawaiian good luck sign or something.

Well, I have never met anyone from  Hawaii  , so I leaned out the window and gave him the good luck sign right back.

My grandson burst out laughing.

Why even he was enjoying this religious experience!!

A couple of the people were so caught up in the joy of the moment that they got out of their cars and started walking towards me.

I bet they wanted to pray or ask what church I attended, but this is when I noticed the light had changed.

So, grinning, I waved at all my brothers and sisters, and drove on through the intersection.

I noticed that I was the only car that got through the intersection before the light changed again and felt kind of sad that I had to leave them after all the love we had shared.

So I slowed the car down, leaned out the window and gave them all the Hawaiian good luck sign one last time as I drove away. Praise the Lord for such wonderful folks!!

Will write again soon,

Love, Grandma

Brilliant Up Yours

Here is the most brilliant statement ever made without a word being said!!!!!
This guy was told by his Homeowners Association that he could not fly the American Flag in his yard......
This is his response:
Is this not one of the biggest "Up YOURS!!!", you've ever seen?

Not Time to Plant !

Sue Genovese knew vegetable gardeners misunderstood the calendar during a 10-day period in March when local temperatures topped 70 degrees eight times.
"People were expecting to find eggplant, basil and tomatoes," said Genovese, whose family owns the Garden Path in Scranton. "They were looking for all the wrong things. You kindly say, 'In this area, it's truly not time yet.' "

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