Guitar Deals

Posted by Admin on October 19th, 2014 filed in Uncategorized
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It is never the wrong time to shop for guitar deals. When you find them you have to move fast! How about these ibanez sr bass guitars? If I had a guitar player who needed a new instrument, I would be all over these. They’re sleek and oh-so-cool. I know a couple of guys who would drool if they saw this link.

My Little Furry Friend

Posted by Admin on October 19th, 2014 filed in Uncategorized
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The kids keep their hamster several feet away from my home office, so I regularly glance over at little Ginger throughout the day to see what she is doing. Sometimes I watch her running on her wheel and I can’t help but commiserate with her as she runs her own little rat race…so similar to what we often do as we race through our days.

What do you think of this little guy who was spotted in a pet shop? He certainly has his own way of doing things and who’s to say he’s wrong? I think he has the right idea!

Decorating for Autumn

Posted by Admin on September 28th, 2014 filed in Autumn, Seasons
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We recently put our summer decorations away and got out the autumn decorations. This is always an exciting time in our home and we enjoy the pumpkins and warm decor of this season very much.

It’s always fun to discover the items we’ve packed away in the boxes and bins. Candles, centerpieces, wreaths, pumpkins, colored corn…so many precious things! Maybe this year I will visit to find a special table cloth for our Thanksgiving holiday, too. I always like to add at least one or two new items to our collection.

First Frost

Posted by Admin on September 28th, 2014 filed in Autumn, Seasons
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I was talking with a good friend of mine the other day about the inevitable first frost coming up soon. She is insistent that the first frost of the autumn coincides with a full moon. The next full moon will be October 8, so in keeping with her theory, this will be the time we have our first autumn frost.

What do you think?

Finding Time to Strum

Posted by Admin on September 5th, 2014 filed in Homeschooling
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I may have mentioned that I have an acoustic guitar I want to learn to play. I’ve even purchased online guitar lessons to motivate myself to make the time to do it.

Have I done it yet?


But I WILL carve out this time. Some people may motivate to learn the guitar by browsing through a guitars centre. For me, spending money on lessons is a great motivator! Now that I have made the investment, I intend to learn how to play a few songs on the guitar.

It’s That Time Again…

Posted by Admin on August 20th, 2014 filed in Homeschooling
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Are you getting excited about school yet? No…well here’s a tip that is sure to get your blood moving! I have recently found this new buying co-op that really takes some of the sting out of buying curriculum. As a veteran homeschooler, I know that it can be hard to get motivated to begin another school year. I have been at this for a loooooong time and I still have a number of years to go…so I can’t let myself get burnt out.

The Homeschool Buyer Co-op is a free homeschooling organization for both new and veteran homeschoolers. Co-op membership is free and confidential, and entitles homeschooling families to discounts from hundreds of educational suppliers. The Co-op also sponsors “GroupBuys” for curriculum packages that can save homerschooling families lots of money. Public schools get these types of discounts…why shouldn’t homeschoolers get in on the action, too?On the site you’ll find lots of free information, such as databases of free curriculum, field trips, and educational contests and scholarships. There is definitely something for every type of homeschooler and homeschooling family.

So far, I’ve bought a Kaplan ACT prep class for a daughter who really needs to get herself in gear to take the ACT this fall or early winter. I saved $250 off that purchase so I’m excited about that one. The cool thing about the prep class is that it’s a subscription that we can start whenever we’re ready and we know she’ll be able to focus on it for the next six months. We’ll be starting our subscription in about a month or so. I also bought an online piano program called Simply Music that has two levels of instruction — the whole family can use this program and it’s a lifetime membership, so I am expecting to get a lot of use out of this membership. We saved 35 percent off this purchase. I can’t wait to see how the kids enjoy this new musical instruction.

I also have my eye on an art program with a year’s worth of lessons for kids between K and 5th grade. Nothing to do but pop in a DVD, print out a few pages and make sure they have the supplies they need. Easy peasy, right? This program is called the Home Art studio and we will be saving about 50 percent off that purchase. My kids love to create, so I anticipate that they are going to enjoy adding these new art lessons to our school routine. The curriculum even walks kids through how to make a portfolio to hold art creations.

I definitely had some holes in my curriculum and the Homeschool Buyer Co-op ha helped me fill in these holes, get some interesting programs and save a bunch of money. That works for me! So, take a look and let me know if you see anything interesting! I challenge you NOT to find one of their group buys that you don’t want to jump on! Seriously!

Click here for more information.

Guitar Strumming

Posted by Admin on August 7th, 2014 filed in Projects
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I have an acoustic guitar sitting in a corner of my living room, taunting me. This guitar dates back to my childhood. It is the very guitar that I tried to learn how to play about 35 years ago and I quit.

I don’t fancy myself a musician, but I do know how to read music and play the piano…so learning the guitar shouldn’t be such a stretch…

About a year ago, I had it restrung by a family friend and I bought myself some online lessons…I was going to learn to play it as a summer project. That summer came and went and the guitar still sits there, waiting for me.

Some day…I will bump this ol’ guitar up to the top of my to-do list and I WILL learn how to play a few pretty songs!

Cucumber Bonanza

Posted by Admin on August 7th, 2014 filed in Gardening, Vegetables
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Cucumber on a white backgroundI’m trying to look at this positively…but my cucumbers are doing WELL this year. As in…we have pretty much exhausted the options for eating them fresh and in salads and my kids are starting to complain…a little.

But never fear! This just means it’s time to get creative in the ways we use cucumbers. Here are a few new ways we have been using cucumbers at our house this summer:

Rub a sliced cucumber on a foggy mirror to defog.

Rub a cucumber slice on a squeaky hinge.

Rub an unpeeled cucumber on crayon scribbles on the wall.

Rub a cucumber slice on shoes to shine them and add a natural water repellent.

Wipe down the kitchen tap with a cucumber slice to shine it beautifully.

So…got any interesting ways to use cucumbers? I’d love to hear them!


Veggie Garden 2014

Posted by Admin on May 2nd, 2014 filed in Uncategorized
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Would you believe me if I said that our garden is rototilled, the weed-block sheets are on, AND the spring seeds are planted all before May 1st?? To say I’m proud, is an understatement, because we NEVER get our garden in this early. I guess I have to give some credit to my 17-year old daughter, Sarah, who decided she wanted fresh spring veggies this year, for her cooking endeavors. No complaints here!

One of the things I most love about having our own vegetable garden, is that it’s usually pretty inexpensive. — I definitely don’t need any don allred insurance or anything, because besides the cost of the seeds and renting the rototiller to break the soil, our garden is pretty much very low-cost and we all love reaping the fruits of our harvest!

Acts Of Kindness May Lead To Stronger Immune Cells

Posted by Admin on May 2nd, 2014 filed in Uncategorized
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Recent UCLA research discovered that people who derive their happiness from helping others have strong antibody genes, while people who tend to lean more on self-gratification can suffer from low antiviral and anitbody gene expression.

The study, which also involved the University of North Carolina, is one of the first of its kind to find out  how positive psychology impacts human gene expression.

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