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Polish your wood floors with coconut oil

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Yesterday, I was putting coconut oil on the ends of my daughter’s hair to condition it before she took a shower. In that process, I accidentally dropped some on our kitchen wood floor So I just rubbed it in with … Continue reading

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Green Produce

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Living in the Northwest, many times our produce is not quite ripe when available. Pears and avocados can be hard and green, especially from Costco. To nicely ripen them up I throw them into a pretty covered candy dish on … Continue reading

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Spring Lights

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Put some LED lights in our flowering trees right before they flowered so we wouldn’t disturb the buds.  What a beautiful way to enjoy spring dinners outside here in Seattle.

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Stinky Dishes

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Well, I know gross but, the other day I was unloading the dishwasher and happened to smell the inside of a glass to see if it was clean. To my surprise, even though it ran through the washer it smelled … Continue reading

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Make Foam Soap

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If I keep a bottle of dish soap at my kitchen sink it’s gone in about 8 minutes. My kids pour way too much in their hands and on dishes. So this is my quick fix. You know those foamy … Continue reading

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The Time for Giving

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Christmas is the time for giving and there’s no exception to my little friends outside. This weekend I made little edible ornaments for my feathered friends that look great on the little tree outside. You’ll need: • outdoor bird seed … Continue reading

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Delightful Mocha Cream Pie

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A new twist on the classic chocolate cream pie. International Delight iced coffee and creamers makes this recipe a snap. Delicious! Continue reading

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Amping Up Your Iced Coffee

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Put a bounce in your step and protein in your muscles all in a low calorie, high protein, caffeinated yummy low calorie easy drink using International Delight Creamer. Continue reading

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Summer Reading/Fitness Challenge

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Summer Reading Challenge

Every year my kids sign up for the summer reading challenge at the local library. This year, the prizes weren’t so motivating and they weren’t so excited so I came up with my own reading challenge. My daughters love to … Continue reading

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Spring in the Northwest

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Yes, it rains a lot in Seattle, so much that if it doesn’t rain in a full week it’s pretty much a top news story around here. But, when the sun comes out this time of year it seriously brings … Continue reading

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No Stir Parakeet Feeder

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We have parakeets and they’re really quite easy to take care of but one problem, they have flat beaks and when they eat they eat over the top of their food bowl and then seed shells drop on their food … Continue reading

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Costco Dog Food – WARNING!!

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(This email was sent to me by my Portuguese Water Dog Club) The truthaboutpetfood.com site cited below is a very interesting site. At the end of December, a local kennel donated 12 cases of Kirkland canned Lamb and Rice dog … Continue reading

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Make Homemade Pasta Tonight

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Who doesn’t already have everything you need to make fresh pasta? It’s really super simple so here’s a recipe to make homemade pasta in the food processor. When making fresh pasta dough, keep in mind that the amount of flour … Continue reading

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Healthy Face Scrub Recipe

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Rental Movie Review: Little Manhattan

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Little Manhattan: Watch this super cute, funny, and well organized movie. Continue reading

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Ziplist

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Shopping Made Simple It’s Free. Get Started Now! ZipList is so much more than a grocery list. It’s like your personal assistant. Everything You Need to Get In & On With Your Life At ZipList, we want to make grocery … Continue reading

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Free Stuff for Blogs

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Looking for free sources for images and other creative things?  Bookmark these links! Morgue File – Usually my first choice to search because it’s easy to use, has a nice library and includes a tool to crop and resize the … Continue reading

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Cake Pops Recipe

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We had a ball making Cake Pops last month for a friend’s birthday. Get the book here…

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Have a happy and healthy HALLOWEEN!

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Day 28: Loads of Candy

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Halloween and the upcoming holidays sends loads of candy your child’s way. There’s many theories on what to do with all that sugar. One is to give it away after a week, give it to charity, or let the kids … Continue reading

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Day 26 : Eat something that’s alive with every meal

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What’s alive on your plate? Continue reading

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Day 25: I Love You

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Saying “I love you” breaks a barrier that brings us all back to what family is all about and that… we really, love each other Continue reading

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Day 24: When to Quit

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Day 23: Scary Food

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Liven up any party with healthy snacks. Click on the photos to go directly to the recipe or click here to see more.

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Day 22: The Polite Advocate

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Teach your kids kindness and manners and teach them to be their own advocate. Continue reading

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Day 21:: Have Some Halloween Fun

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Have some fun during the holidays. I will never grow out of Halloween or any other holiday for that matter. It bring friends and family together and makes us smile. Keep it simple, relax, get creative, and enjoy! Halloween is … Continue reading

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Day 20:: Be Inclusive Not Exclusive

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Kids playing in 3′s can always have more arguments than kids playing in 2′s. Someone’s always left out, feelings hurt, the list goes on. But, when kids are getting together for a party, special occasion, or holiday, be careful to … Continue reading

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Day 19: Lean Ground Turkey vs Lean Ground Beef

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Get your kids use to the taste of turkey instead of beef. It’s high in protein, “extra lean” is of course lower in fat, and you can add all the things you would to a regular beef burger to pump … Continue reading

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Day 18: Getting There On Time

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Whether it’s getting to school, heading to the bus, or anywhere, there are two important elements that are imperative on getting your kids somewhere on time. Figure out what time you have to leave, not what time you have to … Continue reading

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Day 17: Who Got The Money?

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Mom… Can I have this? Please….? It seems if it’s your money, it’s easily spent, if it’s their money, they will budget and buy only what they really want. If you’re going on a family vacation, have them bring a … Continue reading

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Day 16: It’s Like Any Relationship

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Day 15: Getting All of Your Colors

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Yesterday I talked about the new “My Plate” program and just what your child’s plate should look like nutritionally. Now, one more note on that. In our family we call it “Getting all your colors” Make sure your child’s plate … Continue reading

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Day 14: My Plate Pyramid

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Genius. Simply genius. The food pyramid was always confusing. I could see what I needed to eat more of, and less of but what did that look like per meal?  They now put it all on a plate so we … Continue reading

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Day 13: Tasty Flowers

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Whenever we receive a basket of Edible Arrangements my kids devour it within no time. Something about the pretty display of fun that gets kids eating fruit. We always have every kind of fruit in our house that’s in the … Continue reading

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Day 12: Finding Kind

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What do you do if your child is being bullied? What does bullying look like? Continue reading

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Day 11: TRUST

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Day 10: Caring

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Teach your kids to care and teach them to care for animals. Caring for animals is a basic respect for another life. I’m an animal lover so I don’t want to go completely overboard on you here but I hate … Continue reading

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Day 9: Bad Words at the Table

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I have this saying “If you can’t read it, don’t eat it.” I’m a label reader and I try to keep it natural. But, if labels aren’t your thing then just watch out for one simple word in your food … Continue reading

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Day 8 : Homemade Granola Bars

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DAY 7: Hearing Loss

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The number one cause of hearing loss is excessive noise and the duration of that noise. Once your hearing is gone, it’s irreversible. So many times I’ve gone to concerts and my ears rang all night after that. Yes, that’s … Continue reading

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DAY 6: Hide the Veggies!

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Of course you know, Jessica Seinfeld has a great blog “Do It Delicious” and cookbook that shows you how to hide healthy veggies inside your kids’ meals. I’ve checked that book from the library many times and it has got … Continue reading

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DAY 5: Slip-Slap-Slop

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DAY 4: Who’s the Manager?

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I guess I singed up for the manager position the day I gave birth. Throughout your child’s life you’re the time keeper, accountant, tutor, chef, house cleaner… and the list goes on. The business plan is to slowly delicate your … Continue reading

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DAY 3: Cook With Your Kids

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Measuring, chopping, kneading… If your child helps you make a meal you’ll be surprised how healthy they’ll eat. It’s your chance to explain why you put certain things and a variety of ingredients into the recipe. And of course, cooking … Continue reading

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DAY 2: Bad to the Bone

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Bone density concerns are not just a heads up to seniors. Throughout all stages of your life it’s important to get a fare amount of daily activity that includes high or low impact exercise. You may know that a big … Continue reading

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DAY 1: The Power of Suggestion

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Renuzit Your Home for Fall & Winter

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Freshen your home with Renuzit, I like it and it smells wonderful! Continue reading

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Healthy Kids in 31 Days

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Starting October first, I’ll be writing for 31 days on a topic that’s very near and dear to my heart.  Ideas for raising nutritionally healthy, organized, mentally strong, and caring kids. Each day, I’ll post a small step that you … Continue reading

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QR Code Generator

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Make A Simple Fire Pit

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Make a simple fire pit in minutes Continue reading

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Cute FreeBees

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I visit this blog and website every so often and really have fun soaking in the whimsical art that they come up with. You can scrapbook, blog, make gift tags, make cards, and you’ll see you can come up with … Continue reading

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Drive-in Movie Birthday Party

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Drive-in movie party complete with pop-corn cake Continue reading

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Monday Morning Rental Movie Review :: True Grit

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Free Online Games For Kids!

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A great list of kid friendly and free online games Continue reading

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Rate Sony Bloggie Touch (Works with Mac!)

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Bloggy Boot Camp!

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Our Migrant Duck Friends

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Free Green House

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Make a seed green house free from recycled materials. Continue reading

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Duct Tape Fad

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I was wondering why Michael’s sells all of that duct tape in every color imaginable. I had no idea of the incredible usable items you can make using duct tape! Here’s a really cute wallet how-to -Click on the picture … Continue reading

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San Juan Island

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Sunset Magazine wrote an article (in the new May issue) about luxury adventure tent camping on San Juan Island here in Washington. I didn’t know they offered those right here in my own backyard so immediately, I went online to … Continue reading

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Coo-Coo Birthday Cake

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Buzzing Around :: How to write a children’s book

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As you may know, my American idol is The Pioneer Woman. She writes cookbooks, is coming out with her own show on The Food Network, developed Tasty Kitchen, and now has written a children’s book. On her recent blog post, … Continue reading

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Drive-In Movie

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Usually, Monday mornings I blog about the movie I rented the weekend before but not this week. This weekend was my daughter’s 14th birthday and she wanted to go to a drive-in movie. How could I not jump on this … Continue reading

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Unexpected Flowers

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My 13 year old daughter is thoughtful. Today she brought me a wonderful bouquet of the biggest yellow “mums” I’ve seen. They’re a plentiful, bright, yellow flower and that’s all Kylie needs to know. In a few days just think … Continue reading

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Buzzing Around :: Cooking Music

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Mall Scavenger Hunt Party Idea

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Country Strong :: Rental Movie Review

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For My Favorite Peeps

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Activity Cube

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Seattle :: Seattle Library

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Seattle :: Pike Place Market

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Today we took Lucy (my Portuguese Water Dog) on a short ride to Pike’s Market  in Seattle. You know, it rains a lot in Seattle but you can always enjoy Pike Place Market in any weather since most of it … Continue reading

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The Nester :: Spring Giveaways

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One of my favorite blogs is TheNester.com and right now for Spring, she’s offering a whole slew of giveaways from the vendors that advertise with her. She has also highlighted giveaways from Lisa Leonard Designs (who I love) And, super … Continue reading

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Buzzing Around :: Uncommon Goods

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Tangled :: Rental Movie Review

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Puffle Cake

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My daughter loves Club Penguin and it was her 11th Birthday last Sunday so she needed a Puffle cake. I gave this task to my 13 year old daughter and she did a great job! First get a Wilton ball … Continue reading

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The Next Three Days :: Rental Movie Review

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Life for John and Lara Brennan (Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks) is miserable after she is convicted of a murder she says she did not commit. Three years later while struggling with the demands of work and raising his son alone, … Continue reading

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Washington Wildlife :: Pileated Woodpecker

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If you hear a loud hammering sound in the woods, you may be listening to a Pileated Woodpecker. Continue reading

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The Fighter :: Rental Movie Review

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Fluer de Lis

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Introducing My Newest Blogs

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I know, I’ve been gone for awhile. Well, not really gone, just busy working on 2 new sites. First is my IslandKids.info site. It’s  an activities directory for families on Mercer Island. It’s been in the works for sometime now … Continue reading

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The Social Network :: Rental Movie Review

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It’s Monday and time for my Monday Movie Rental Review! This weekend we watched The Social Network. Rated PG-13 (2010) Director: David Fincher Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake To me this was a fascinating story. Fascinating because … Continue reading

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An Old Fashion Valentine’s Day

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Free Valentine Cards

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Wall Street – Rental Movie Review Monday

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Make a font of your handwriting FREE!

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Working

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$10 OFF Groupon!

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Don’t miss out on this great deal. Click here and get $10 OFF your next order. Go out and have some fun! Continue reading

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P90X

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I don’t believe that your best workout will happen in your living room but I did like Tony’s personality which made me feel like I had my own personal trainer. This may be the personal I need to motivate me for real results. Continue reading

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The American :: Rental Movie Review

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Rental Movie Review – The Town

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Resolution Confessions

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Free Food Journal

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Here’s a free food journal to help you get a healthy start to your new year! Continue reading

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Buzzing Around

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Solitude artwork on Etsy Continue reading

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Give the Gift of a More Comfortable Life

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Today’s Show – Jill’$ Steals & Deals

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Where’s the Fashion?

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Last night I was at a NCAA Volleyball game in Seattle. I like to casually watch people from time to time and gazed upon a women in the crowd with a black wool sweater, black sweat pants (yes, open leg … Continue reading

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Cake in a Cup

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A simple little chocolate cake in 5 minutes -Cake in a Mug receipe Continue reading

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A Family Shrine

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Christmas trees are personal, artful, and delightful, a sort of shrine if you will. Continue reading

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Coinstar Promo Courtesy of La Costa Mom

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Get $10 when you convert $40 in change at Coinstar! Continue reading

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Holiday Home Linky Party & our Christmas Mantel

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Re-look at your holiday decorations and reinvent them, re-purpose them, and even paint them. What was once considered beautiful in ornate gold may now look better in shabby barn red. Continue reading

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