Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween 2013

I love to go around and look at all the houses decked out for Halloween. People are so creative.  I just found this one on facebook.  You just have to watch it.  It's so awesome!!

In case you didn't know, the song is SAIL, by AWOL Nation.  One of my favorites.

Here's the link once more:

Do you have links to any others like this?  I would love to see them.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Frosty Festivities 2013

Frosty Festivities Event at Jennifer Grace Creates

It's time once again to join Jennifer of JenniferGraceCreates for her Frosty Festivities weekend.  You can read about it here. This is how Jennifer describes it:
The event will follow the same format as my previous events. Over the weekend there will be posts every hour from 4pm-10pm Friday, and 10am-10pm Saturday and Sunday (GMT), including crafts, tutorials, challenges, tips, a blog hop (with a mix of old and new faces in the hop), and many, many giveaways! It will all be on the theme of Winter and Christmas, so we can get nicely in the festive spirit and share lots of ideas to see us through colder days.
The giveaways will stay open until the Monday night (11th Nov) at 10.59pm GMT, so if you’re not around during the weekend then you’ll have the Monday to try and catch up. The challenges will stay open until the following Sunday (17th Nov), so there’s more time to take part in those too!

This will be the second year for her Frosty Festivities theme.  You can read about my last year's winter plaque at Frosty Festivities Blog Hop.  Also, Jennifer made a pdf of the weekend's activities that you can see here.

And while you're at Jennifer Grace Creates, be sure to enter to win a Glitz Designs Hello December collection kit.

Glitz Hello December

I hope I have enticed you enough to join in.  I'll see you there.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Convoy of Hope

Have you ever heard of the Convoy of Hope?  Last Saturday they came to my town and held a community gathering.  I had never heard of them before then.  All I knew was that they had a sign stating free food, clothing, and dental and health care. It was for one day and everyone was welcome. So my husband and I went to check it out.

This is what we came home with:

Not bad huh. They gave each of us a bag of groceries, a bag of toiletries, and a bag of granola bars.  There were 80 granola bars in all. Of course my son has whittled that number down to 40 in 3 days time. 

For the dental and health care, they just did basics, like check blood pressure, sugar levels for diabetes, height and weight, quick eyes and teeth look-over, and things like that. If you wanted, they would advise you on health risks and treatments.

They provided hot dogs and cokes and chips and popcorn. There were several blow-up bouncers for the kids.  With so many people there, we didn't even make it to the clothing part.

It was all run by volunteers. I know that the healthcare people were locals, but I'm not sure about all the others.  Through it all, they made you feel special. I was sure to thank each and every one of them that I interacted with.

When I got home I went online to their website to learn more about them. This is what they have to say about themselves.
Since Convoy of Hope, a 501(c)3 faith-based nonprofit, was founded in 1994 we have served more than 55 MILLION people throughout the world through international children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing.
Currently, there are more than 120,000+ children in our feeding initiatives in El Salvador, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Kenya, Nicaragua and the Philippines. Through the feeding initiatives we provide good nutrition, clean and safe drinking water, instruction on agricultural techniques, healthy living environments and education.
Year after year, we are lauded for our effectiveness and efficiency in mobilizing tens of thousands of volunteers for community outreaches and during times of disaster response.
No matter what we are doing, our objective is to always deliver much-needed food, supplies and hope to the impoverished and suffering.
At Convoy of Hope our goals are to provide help and hope to people in need in the United States and around world through our children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing.  
In the past 15 years, Convoy of Hope has been active in 46 states and over 109 countries providing disaster response, conducting community events, and directing nutritional programs and sustainability projects.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Handy Tip #6

Don't you just love left-over pizza.  Let me show you a quick and easy trick for warming it up.

If your household is like mine, there is usually only a couple of slices left to eat the next day.

Run your slice under the faucet to dampen it.

Shake off the excess water.

Microwave the slice for about 30 seconds, more or less.

Enjoy!  It won't be soggy like you would think.  I promise.  It steams it nicely. Be careful though, because it will burn your mouth with just that little of heating.

I actually do this with a variety of foods.  Hamburger patties especially. You would be surprised how many things can take the water splash.  Try it and let me know how yours turns out.