'Stress-Free Supplies Sale' - up to 70% off best-selling supplies

SALE: Hot days are starting to fade away – and so are the incredible savings from Craftsy's Stress-Free Supplies Sale! Check out gone-in-a-flash discounts on a range of best-selling art, cake decorating, sewing and quilting supplies, and snag fun favorites that are sure to keep you inspired indoors. Only hours left - shop now! CLICK HERE for your special savings!

Duration: 3 days, 8/21-8/23 @11:59pm MT


It's YOUR Dog, YOU Pick it Up...!!!

In most civilized places, city code requires dog owners to clean up after their dog poops on the ground! This means you carry a plastic bag with you (at all times!) when you take your dog out; you pick up the fecal matter off the ground or grass, secure the baggy and dispose of it in the nearest waste receptacle! Failure to abide by the leash law and dog feces cleanup law is a Class 4 misdemeanor.

Besides being a law, cleaning up after your dog is a well-known social etiquette among communities & pet owners, not to mention all the possible diseases people can contract from sitting or playing in areas soiled by animal waste. So why is it that so many dog owners insist on ignoring this responsibility?

Here are some additional reasons to consider for cleaning up after your dog:

•Dog waste transmits bacteria and viruses including, tapeworm, roundworm, E. Coli, Parvo and more.
•Canine fecal matter is a top contributor to storm water pollution.
•Waste matter accumulation can negatively affect your health and your children’s health, especially if they play in the same areas.
•Dog waste cannot be used as a fertilizer due its chemical make-up.
•A pile can take a year or more to fully break down.
•Dog waste accumulation attracts mice and parasites.
•Dogs can be found in 3 out of 5 households in the U.S. That's a lot of poop!

If none of these are good enough reasons for you to take action, then let me put it into perspective...

In the last four years I've ruined several pairs of shoes walking in parks and around my neighborhood grassy areas. I've also confronted a few dog owners for deliberately trying to leave their dog's crap on the ground. I’ve stood & watched owners as they deviously shifted their eyes left-right to see if anyone was looking at them, and then quickly leave the scene of the crime! Arrrggghhhh! I cannot tell you how infuriating this is!

If you are one of “those” dog owners, YOU HAVE TO PICK UP His/Her SH*T!!! You are NOT Exempt from this rule! Don't make me pick it up for you ‘cause I will bring it to your house and nail it to your front door!!!

Now, is that clear enough for ya???


How To Get Your Facebook RSS Feed on Your Website

Get your Facebook Status exported to RSS! Instead of having to find out your FB id for your page and then register it on ATOM or other service, just give FB RSS permission on Facebook and it will generate all the information you need! You'll be able to use this on your blog or website too!

Facebook RSS feeds come in two parts: the base URL and the page specifier.
The base URL for a page looks like this:

The part after the &id=
is where you put the page specifier, the Page ID number. The Page ID number is not the page's name. In other words, the name of my ResearchBuzz fan page is ResearchBuzzNews, but that's not the ID number; if I tried to use this URL:

I would just get the Facebook home page.

Finding the ID number
To easily find the Page ID number for a single page, go to http://findmyfacebookid.com/. Enter the URL of a Page, and it'll return you a long number.


Get Sponsored by Big Brands The more social accounts you connect, the more potential you have to make money. Make sure you set the Topics and Target Audience for every connection!

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My Fitness Pal



While I’ve tried many diets over the years, the single most important thing I was missing was the ability to correctly calculate calories and keep my fats, sugars & sodium under control.

Fortunately, the internet has a solution for every conceivable problem and when I discovered My Fitness Pal I was really excited! And the best part, they provide a free app for your smart phone so you can take your healthy eating on the go!

One of the features I appreciate the most is the ability to photograph the barcode on a package and instantly get the nutritional value of that snack! It takes all the manually work & guessing out of the equation, leaving you with just the facts.


Reports and charts can break down your eating habits into overall or individual categories, where you can see your weekly or monthly intake of sodium or whatever you’re having a hard time controlling in your diet. For me, it’s always been carbs…


In addition to counting calories & keeping track of nutritional values, My Fitness Pal also offers group communities, an exercise diary (with calories burned tool), apps, tickers and badges to place on your blog showing your weight loss progress.


Look for this and other great diet & fitness apps at Google Play Store!


PIC Monkey – The Fun Way to Edit Photos

picMonkey You want your photos to look great before you post them on Ebay, right? Don't worry, Pic Monkey is a FREE online tool that will help you "auto fix" your photos as well as make collages & designs! You can use photos from your Dropbox, Facebook or Flickr. Give this a try! http://www.picmonkey.com/


Same Great Results As “NeatDesk” for Free

If you’re anything like me, you probably have every kind of paper in the universe stuffed in all the drawers of your house, with the hope to file it away some day…only that day never comes!
I have a double drawer filing cabinet with folders to keep my monthly bills but there’s so much paper junk I accumulate on a weekly basis, I just can’t remember which ones I mean to keep and which ones were suppose to end up in the trash.

Then I saw the TV commercial for NeatDesk, the special scanner that digitizes all forms of paper and keeps them organized in a “neat” indexed archive on your computer or laptop.

In my estimation this was the gadget I’ve been waiting for to help me get rid of the frustrating clutter that’s been taking over my life!
I really considered getting this for Christmas, so went online to look at product reviews & compare prices. I really liked everything about it… except the $350 price tag!

Halfway through my disappointment, I clicked on an ad in the sidebar and ended up on Google’s Play App store.

Before I knew it I was looking at applications that help organize & store all kinds of “paper junk” including receipts, coupons, sales ads, to-do lists, business cards, doctors’ bill, recipes, cancelled checks--- just about anything that may prove useful at a later date!

camScanner  CamScanner by IntSig Information Co.,Ltd

This app is incredible! It uses your camera to scan your document and store it on your device.
Your choice of scanning as an image or PDF file with ability to store by category & tags.
Works on phones & tablets and if you’re scanning business cards it can import the info into your contacts! Allows for cloud storage and syncing with other devices. This app has been downloaded by 60 million users and is FREE!

Screenshot of medical alert card for St. Jude’s Aortic Valve replacement

On the importance of having digital portable documents available to you at all times!
***A few years ago a devastating tornado ripped through our town leaving thousands homeless. After FEMA came in to assess damages  & pay homeowners insurance, there were many who couldn’t prove their identity, let alone their  ownership of a house! If these critical documents had been scanned & stored somewhere outside their home, they would’ve had instant access and immediate relief after the disaster.

***Two summers ago my husband was suddenly admitted to the hospital while away on business in another state. They had no idea he was allergic to Morphine or that he was diabetic and on blood thinners. Luckily, I had already scanned & stored all of his meds & health summary on my phone for quick reference. When I gave this info to the ER nurses, they were able to better care for my husband without missing any of the life sustaining meds he was already on!



Fun & Hip DIY Jewelry

Before you go out and spend money on crafting supplies, I recommend looking around the house for items you can use to “practice” making your jewelry. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to throw away good materials you bought, if your project goes bust!
Items you can practice with can include shoe laces, leather straps, ribbons, Halloween or Mardi Gras beads, broken jewelry, costume jewelry, thread, yarn, floss, zippers, buttons, clasps & hooks, split rings, lock washers, safety pins, glue, and much more. Just be creative and don’t turn down anything!
Next thing to do after you’ve gathered your materials, is to Google DIY jewelry so you can have a visual of what the finished project should look like. Don’t worry if yours doesn’t look like the picture and it’s perfectly fine to try your own ideas.
For my little example below, I used a brown (round) leather strap from an old hat, cross-stitch thread (also called embroidery thread), a strand of fake pearls (left over from a previous project), glue (prefer clear glue) and an 8 mm bead or a medium flat button.
(btw, you ALWAYS need scissors!)
Measure your strap by wrapping it around your wrist to make sure it fits. It’s a good idea to have an extra 2-3 inches in the event your clasp doesn’t look good and you want to cut it off and try again…
Fold the strap in half and beginning wrapping about 1/2 inch below the loop, which you will later use as a button hole to fasten your bracelet. As you wrap the colored thread you will also wrap the faux pearls tightly into place.
Note: I decided to wrap thread between each pearl twice and make it look like a “V” design
Check your work every few wraps to make sure it’s not crooked or twisted. You’ll probably be able to manipulate the strand of pearls to straighten them on leather wrap. As you’re coming to the end, measure your wrist with it to see where exactly you’ll need to stop. If necessary mark it with a pencil or stick a pin through it.
When you get to the end double & triple wrap the colored thread and take a needle and hide the thread under the wrapping. I always put a little dab of clear glue to make sure it doesn’t ever unravel.
The closure can be anything that can fit through the end loop. I used an 8 mm bead but you can use a decorative button, a hook or even a lock washer (usually found in a toolbox).
This project took me 3 hours and I consider myself an intermediate crafter. I have fibromyalgia pain especially in my fingers so it shouldn’t take you more than an hour to make one!
Enjoy and Happy Crafting :)        
Visit my handmade items at Krafty Chik



Save money & Keep your Keurig!

Two years ago, one of the gifts we received for Christmas was a Keurig coffee machine. I was ecstatic cause I’m a big-time coffee drinker and now I was going to finally experience quality coffee one cup at a time--- any flavor my heart desired!

What I didn’t know was that I’d be spending close to $16 every two to three days for a box of 12 K-cups, adding up to about $128 in one month!!! Needless to say, after the novelty wore off and my grocery allowance kept coming up short, I decided to unplug the Keurig and went back on the instant coffee budget.

But a few weeks ago, I discovered a way to save money & keep my Keurig! I was strolling through Walmart when I saw single-cup reusable filter pods designed for the Keurig… At first I sighed and just walked on but when I got to the end of the aisle, I turned around and headed right back to get a better look.


***NOTE: Keurig has come out with their own reusable filter pods, but I think you only get 1 for $17.

I picked this one up for under $10. It comes with  4 pods and a scooper and I can use it with ANY brand coffee, including Starbucks, 8’oclock coffee, Maxwell House, Green Mountain, Douwe Egberts, and Gevalia.

They all taste perfect, no coffee grounds in your cup and easy to clean.

Now I can drink gourmet coffee and still use my Keurig, and not go broke doing it! :)

 filter pods for keurig



Are You Shopping on Ebates?

ebatesLOGOIf you haven't tried  Ebates yet, let me tell you what you're missing! Every time you shop at your favorite online stores via the EBATES website, you will receive a percentage back in cash! That's right, Real Cash --not reward points, not gift cards or in-store credit!

All your purchases will be tracked with a special code that identifies you as the purchaser. When you checkout and the order is fully paid, EBATES credits you with the amount the merchant has agreed for the incentive. Some offer 2% back and others up to 15% back and if you check in regularly, you might find your favorite store offering a Daily Double!

Below is a snapshot of some of my purchases. All your visits & pending purchases can be viewed from your Ebates dashboard.


If you also participate in a store’s reward program, you can still use it upon check out! Look at my Kmart & Best Buy purchases--- I bought the items I was going to shop anyway, but did it through the Ebates website and at checkout I entered my rewards membership number of those particular stores, and have already received rewards from them too in addition to receiving cash back from Ebates. Two rewards from one purchase!

I recommend downloading the toolbar extension for your browser. It automatically detects Ebates participation while you surf the internet and pops up to let you know you’ll receive cash back. It looks like this:


Make sure you click on the “Activate Cash Back” button before you start shopping. Your cash will be paid out via check or directly to your PayPal account.

Personally, I feel very fortunate to be able to get anything back for spending my hard earned money on items I need to buy anyway; and still have enough money left over to buy pricey items at really discounted prices!

It’s a great incentive and I don’t know why anyone would overlook it!



What kind of stores are on Ebates?

  • amazon
  • kohl’s
  • babies r us
  • cvs
  • best buy
  • kmart
  • cvs
  • hot topic
  • staples
  • drugstore
  • new egg
  • verizon
  • tmobile
  • qvc
  • macy’s
  • jcpenney
  • hotwire
  • orbitz
  • sephora
  • thrifty rental
  • budget car rental
  • travelocity
  • groupon
  • espn shop
  • gaiam
  • foot locker
  • overstock
  • sears
  • skechers
  • gamestop
  • itunes
  • disney store
  • scholastics
  • target
  • walmart
  • fingerhut
  • direcTV
  • linens n things
  • home depot
  • lowes
  • sirius xm
  • radioshack
  • build-a-bear
  • old navy
  • vitaminworld
  • over 1,500 stores to choose from!

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