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). 

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, May 17, 2013

Invisible Book Shelves

These shelves are literally BOOK shelves. I love this idea! What a great way to upcycle and recycle books that might have otherwise been thrown in the landfill. You can search yard sales or go to your local library's next booksale to find colorful books to hang.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Easiest Peanut Butter Fudge Ever!

I love fudge, but, because of chronic migraines, I find it necessary to restrict the amount of chocolate I eat. When I found this super easy recipe for peanut butter fudge, I was excited to try it. I was NOT disappointed! Using just four ingredients, it's so smooth, creamy and delicious. This fudge will quickly become your go-to fudge recipe.


2 sticks butter
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 lb. powdered sugar


Melt the butter and peanut butter in the microwave at 30-second intervals. Add the vanilla and stir. Stir in the powdered sugar. Immediately spread the mixture into a buttered 8x8-inch square pan. Place in the refrigerator to chill and set. Cut into squares.


Line your pan with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Lightly grease the foil or plastic. Once the fudge is chilled and set, you can easily lift the entire batch out of the pan and onto a board for cutting.

Try using crunchy peanut butter instead of the smooth style for added crunch.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Managing and Transcending Anger for Moms

We all experience stressful situations in our lives. Being a mother can be one of the most important, yet stressful jobs in the world. How we deal with and manage stress can have a definite effect on our emotional and physical well-being (and on our loved ones as well). If anger is your most commonly experienced emotional response to stress, you may be searching for ways to redirect it.

A certain amount of anger is a good thing. It can motivate us to make necessary changes in our lives. But, constant feelings of anger can have negative consequences on our relationships and our health. Actions and words spoken in anger can be as damaging as physical blows. No mother wants this. So what do you do?

Meditation or Yoga

Meditation and Yoga can calm the mind, body and soul. Consider taking a course or purchasing an instructional CD. Your local YMCA most likely offers classes and these can be quite affordable.

Keep an Anger Journal

Documenting anger outbursts can be useful for keeping track of your triggers. If you begin to see a pattern you'll have a better understanding of your own personal anger-producing situations, which can help you head off, if not avoid, these scenarios.

Take a Class

Conflict resolution and anger management training can be beneficial in helping control anger. These types of classes are available at local adult education centers and community colleges. Some are even available online.


There is absolutely no shame in talking with a therapist or counselor. Talk therapy can be extremely beneficial for getting to the root of anger issues and learning coping skills.

Self-Help Books

Take a walk thru any bookstore or go online and you'll see there is no shortage of self-help books available. My personal favorite is Transcending Anger, by Charles Dittell. This particular self-help book is unique in that Charles Dittell teaches readers how to rid themselves of anger, instead of just managing anger (an ongoing process). Charles is so confident in his methods that he's is giving away three signed copies of his Transcending Anger book, starting May 15, 2013. For a chance to win a copy, please visit the eBook Review Gal website, or Charles Dittell's website today.

I hope you'll find these tips beneficial. Please let me know what works for you!