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Showing posts from April 30, 2006

How to Become a Better Neighbor - Family Circle Magazine

These days many of us don't know our neighbors let alone socialize with them. A few years ago, we had a picnic, at a lake and invited many of our neighbors and friends. We had fishing, horseshoes and bike riding for adults and kids. We gave the kids goodie bags, that included a disposible camera. Everyone had a terrific time!

Read this article, at Family Circle magazine website for ways to get to know your neighbors. You may find some fun and entertaining ways to stay connected.

'Will Your Teen Make Money this Summer?' by Joelle Davidson

Visit for several lesson plans that will benefit your teen with writing resumes, interviewing skills, filling out an application and a W-4. Then head to Parenting Teens to particpate in the poll. Will your teen have a full or part time job this summer?

Summer is coming. Most teens start thinking about earning extra money during the months between school terms. Is your teen looking for a J-O-B or is he or she thinking of starting a business?

Let’s look at the benefits of each to help you and him decide which way to go.

1. Income Potential
JOB: You’re guaranteed a set hourly income and only the amount of hours offered by the company.

Own Business: You earn money based upon your hard work, creativity and innovation. It is not guaranteed, but there is potential for more money if you work harder.

2. Schedule
JOB: Your boss determines your schedule. He or she may be flexible. Or not.

Own Business: You schedule your own hours. This may m…

Museum Lover's Day is May 5

I love to visit our local museums. Last Saturday, we took a tour of the
Timken Museum of Art Museum. The museum houses the Putnam Foundation Collection of European old masters American art, and Russian icons.

Artworks in the collection range from 13th-century altarpieces through 18th-century portraits to 19th-century still lifes. Represented are the works of Dutch, Flemish, French, and Italian painters, including Rembrandt, Rubens, Petrus Christus, Fragonard, Jacques-Louis David, and Veronese, as well as American artists such as John Singleton Copley and Eastman Johnson. It's a beautiful museum.

Stop by and read, 'Raising a Cultured Kid'. The article explains the benefits of introducing your children to museums and other cultured events. Take advantage of the museum literature, family and kid programs and audio tours.

Even though the article is geared to grade school kids, teens will also enjoy today's museums and performing arts centers. We usually t…

'Everybody Loves Raymond' - Borrow From Your Local Library

Recently our local public library has acquired the DVD season series,
'Everybody Loves Raymond'. We've been having such fun watching season one, two and three. In season four, I loved it when Raymond thought that Debra had breast surgery. He couldn't make it up the stairs fast enough!

If your public library isn't carrying TV series DVDs consider requesting them. It benefits the library by increased visits.

Rona's Favorite Recipe - Quick Vegetable Soup

I used fresh cauliflower and added more water. My husband and I just loved this soup. It truly is easy and quick to make! Enjoy! Stop by Martha for more 'Everyday Food' recipes.

Quick Vegetable Soup

Serves 2; Prep time: 20 minutes; Total time: 20 minutes

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1 can (14.5 ounces) stewed tomatoes in juice

1/2 cup ditalini (or other short tubular pasta)

5 ounces frozen cauliflower (half a 10-ounce package)

1 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

Coarse salt and ground pepper

1. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add garlic and cook, stirring until fragrant, 1 minute. Add tomatoes with juice and 2 cups water; bring to a boil. Add pasta and boil 5 minutes; stir in cauliflower, zucchini, and thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Serve.

Per serving: 280 calories; 5.8 grams …

The Joy Factor Seven Steps to Joyful Living by Denise Torgerson

In the hustle and bustle of life, we lose track of the things that make it worth living. It seems that our culture has been so busy trying to get ahead, that we have become numb to the feeling of joy.
Joy is all around us, we just haven’t noticed it, our minds our too preoccupied with other things.
Here are seven steps that will help to take the numbness away, to give feeling back to our joy muscles.

1. Be Grateful.
Just for fun, spend a week counting how many times you get to say thank you, or feel grateful. It will amaze you. We don’t pay attention to the small things. For some reason we think it is in the big things that gratitude happens. For one week pay attention to detail. Gratitude happens in the details- the absolute bliss of wrapping yourself in a warm towel after a bath, the conversation that you had in the grocery store, that moment just before you fall off to sleep, the fabulous meal you ate that day. The list could go on and on. Take delight in the small things. This will at…

Sleeping Tips for Parents of Teens -

As a mom of a teenage son I recognize that he needs lots of sleep, it's difficult to get him up in the morning and he would like to stay up late. My husband says he's never seen anyone sleep so hard. iVillage Parenting site has a terrific article, 'Sleeping Tips for Parents of Teens'. Did you know that most teens need 8.5 to 9.5 hours a sleep? Wow! This can be a challenge when they have a part time job, sports, school, friends and extra curricular activities.

Consider stopping by today and sharing this article with your teen.

Learning to Knit Online

Would you like to learn to knit but just don't have the time? How about taking an online knitting class? Fiber Art Store and Learning Center website offers video knitting classes for $35 yearly fee. You'll have unlimited use of the video library, as well as a instructional printout.

Don't forget to try out the sample video, for free, today!

Creative Kids: Simple Science Fun - Homeschool eStore

You and your kids will be introduced to easy, fun and educational science projects through this ebook, 'Creative Kids: Simple Science Fun', at Homeschool eStore, for only $15.99.

They'll learn many things including how a volcano erupts, experiment with air pressure, gravity and water to discover the principles of physical science.

This book is geared towards preschool students. And remember with Homeschool eStore, there's no shipping. Your book is available right after purchase, so you can print and start using it. Visit the online store for more information.

Mom is Back to School ! I Passed My Test!

After much delay, I decided to go back to college and get my AA in Paralegal Studies. Due to my extremely busy schedule and my chronic neck and back pain I'm not able to attend traditional college. Thanks goodness for online colleges!

My husband and son have been very supportive. They reminded me to take advantage of small amounts of time for studying. My son even helped me with verifying my answers before submitting my online test. When I received my score he was very proud.

There's a TV show on ABC Family Channel called 'Back on Campus'. Parents and kids go to college, sharing the same dorm room and experiences. I've even joked with our son that we would go with him to college. Now we have our own experience, right at home!

National Oatmeal Cookie Day - Let's Get Baking

It's National Oatmeal Cookie Day so let's get the bowls, spatula, ingredients and the kids together and start baking.

Visit for your pick of 20+ oatmeal cookie recipes. I really like this site with it's comments and ratings. You have an idea if this recipe is for you before selecting it.

Family Labels - Personalize Your Address Labels and More

I've been purchasing our return address labels from Family for more than 10 years. Over the years, our 'faces' have changed. (especially our son's) I love that they offer different skin color, Aisan eyes, facial hair, as well as glasses. You can add your pets too! After all, they're family.

The peel and stick return address labels can be customized to announce birthdays, anniversaries, graduations or a new home.

Family also sells notepads, luggage tags, and birth announcements. Stop by their website to place an order or request their catalog.