Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Patriotic Tank Top How-To

My friend Hannah was kind enough to share her how-to instructions for this fabulous DIY Patriotic Tank Top. The complete instructions for the Stars and Stripes tank top are available here.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Bird's Nest Easter Cake How-To

Have you seen this adorable idea for creating a novelty Easter cake? I saw it on Facebook and had to share it!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Facebook and Your Privacy Settings

There seem to be some new rumors going around on Facebook again lately. I've been seeing new "disclosures" appearing on my Facebook friend's walls, so I did some quick research. As usual, Snopes is a great resource for what's true and what's false on the internet. According to Snopes:

According to TechTalk (via Snopes), "The fact is that Facebook members own the intellectual property (IP) that is uploaded to the social network, but depending on their privacy and applications settings, users grant the social network "a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License)." 
Furthermore, "While the social network does not technically own its members content, it has the right to use anything that is not protected with Facebook's privacy and applications settings. For instance, photos, videos and status updates set to public are fair game."

So, it's all about how you set your privacy settings, and not about any disclosures you put on your wall. Change your privacy settings asap.

Facebook users can prevent their profile photos from appearing in association with social ads by selecting the following options:

Settings --> Privacy Settings --> Ads (left column) --> Ads & Friends (Edit) --> Set to "No one"

It's as simple as need for any long-winded disclosure (which won't work anyway). 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New FREE Reading App for iOS and Android Users

If you love to read and have a smartphone you're in luck! Ether Books is a new FREE reading app for iOS and Android devices.

After downloading the free app, readers can choose their favorite genre and instantly download a short story, flash fiction or non-fiction or poetry. Ether Books currently has hundreds of contributing authors, so there's something for everyone.

Writers will appreciate the Ether Books app because it provides a brand new way to market their writing to readers. If you've written a novel, and would like to increase sales, add to your writing portfolio and give readers the opportunity to sample your work you'll LOVE Ether Books.

Here's a Press Release that gives much more information. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Teacher Crafts Free Book Download

11 Teacher-Approved Crafts for School

11 Teacher-Approved Crafts for School
Book Description:
"Filled with lots of fun craft ideas, 11 Teacher-Approved Crafts for School is a great go-to guide for back to school activities. Kids will love creating their own back to school projects and using them all year long. Plus, these projects will help them get excited for the school year. Try these activities for back to school and reap the rewards. Educational activities don't have to be boring - these back to school crafts are both fun and engaging. Find out how to make your own school supplies, classroom decor pieces and even school-themed jewelry. Crafts for school help everyone (not just students) get excited for the school year while remaining engaged during the long summer months."  
There are 11 fantastic crafts in three categories:
  • Crafts for Teachers
  • School Crafts for Kids
  • Back to School Crafts

Friday, August 2, 2013

New Goodreads Giveaways In Progress

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the Past by Paul Cude

Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the Past

by Paul Cude

Giveaway ends August 27, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Transcending Anger by Charles Dittell

Transcending Anger

by Charles Dittell

Giveaway ends August 27, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Friday, June 28, 2013

Bentwhistle the Dragon by Paul Cude - Win a FREE Copy

Sorry, this contest has ended, but Bentwhistle the Dragon is still available on 

We’re giving away a FREE signed copy of Paul Cude’s charming adventure tale, Bentwhistle the Dragon just for liking our new DIY Mom Online Facebook Page (appreciated, but not mandatory).  

Book Description:
"Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past is an adventure story children and adults alike will love, about the present day world in which dragons disguised as humans have infiltrated the human race at almost every level, to guide and protect them.
Three young dragons in their human guises become caught up in an evil plot to steal a precious commodity, vital to the dragon community. How will the reluctant hero and his friends fare against an enemy of his race from far in the past?
Fascinating insights into the dragon world are interspersed throughout the book. Ever wondered how dragons travel below ground at almost the speed of sound? Or how they use magical mantras to transform their giant bodies into convincing human shapes? In an action packed adventure that features both human and dragon sports, you'll get a dragon-like perspective on human social issues and insight into what to do if you meet a giant spider grinning at you when you're wearing nothing but your smile! You'd be flamin' mad to miss it."
*Enter as many times as you like! Shipping is FREE, but you MUST reside within the U.S. Thanks for entering and good luck!